August 24

August 24, 2017

In the last few days, I have some recurring lower back pain to renders me about 50% less flexible than I usually am. And I’m pretty nimble for a being a large human.

The way I’ve always treated it was to take a scalding hot shower when I get home from work, take 75-100mg of dihydramine, and climb into bed and not wake up for nine hours. Last night this worked well, and I awoke this morning more flexible and less hurty. It’s a slipped disc from an old racquetball injury, and I hate it.

About seven years ago, I went to a chiropractor in Phoenix (when I used to live there) for about two months, having about a dozen adjustments done. Seemed to have done the trick, and my employer at the time paid for it, so I was happy. But I only went there because I had a very hard time even putting my socks on and walking. I suspect as I get older, it’ll become a more prevalent thing. I am eating better lately, though, and I know that helps.

Writing-wise, I’ve averaged about a thousand words a day in the last month. Not my standard, but the injury and my emotions overall have taken a beating, making my body not sound with my mind. Exercise definitely helps. I will get back to a point of almost-homeostasis. That’s one of the few things I want right now.

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August 22

August 22, 2017

We live in a country that has the most dishonest human being as its Chief Executive. Of the many thoughts that come across my mind while watching this speech, a worrysome one comes to me:

If something actually did happen to this man, it would not only damage this country, it would damage the fragile psyche of the people who follow this person to the end of the earth in anything that he does. They would then become lost, and likely further irrational than their current superegos allow.

Full disclosure: I hope nothing bad actually happens to this current Placeholder of the Oval Office. But a person can really wonder all possibilities when it comes to comprehending the sheer negativity and disgusting behavior that this person demonstrates.

Oh my hometown of Phoenix, how I hope nothing bad happens there tonight. I love you Phoenix, you deserve so much better.

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August 21

August 21, 2017

This is a world that at times does not make sense. That is most of every day. We all have our routines, and goals, sure, but we come across things and situations that we just can’t control or understand. And that stinks for those of us who like to both understand and control.

So you have to play the long game at times.

Today was a day that was productive locally. I’ve gotten many thousands of words down on formerly blank pages. My laundry and housework got done, my dog cared for and cleaned. My back hurts and I haven’t been sleeping well, but it could be much worse, as I could be laid up in bed permanently or even paralyzed, which I’m not. It’s about maintaining while building myself up.

The solar eclipse was a nice distraction for a few minutes. It reminded me of the dark and rainy days Portland has where sunlight is only a dream backed by a twinkle in someone’s eye from a distant memory from summertime. Basically, October through May. The really good days and the real reason to live in Portland anyway, if you ask me. I just had too much sun living down in Phoenix for the first 32 years of my life. It was time for something different.

But I didn’t know it would be this different.

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