I climbed eleven flights of stairs yesterday only to find that the door for my floor was locked from the stairwell side. I descended eleven flights of stairs to get to the elevator. #’Merica

I slept too late this morning to make it an early morning, so I am making it an intentionally late morning instead.

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33 Responses to 2019-02-13

  1. Barb says:

    Hey- you got some exercise!
    Way more than I did.
    Got here in about 6.5 hours, forgot we get horrible gas mileage pulling the camper, so 2 gas stops instead of the usual 1.
    Our camping place is called Low Key Hideaway, there’s enough room between the water for the road into Cedar Key & maybe 60-70 feet to park the campers.
    I’d post a pic, but I don’t think it’s possible
    Got set up & went to a restaurant called Steamers.
    Excellent seafood (of course)
    Rained all night, overcast & only about 60 degrees today.
    No idea what we will do yet.

  2. Steve says:

    Spent a little of my “Get your head examined” money last night at REI. My floor pump finally gave up the ghost over the weekend. I actually had to use my air compressor and an adapter to fill my tire. They now have floor pumps that cost $75!! And you still have to pump it yourself! I sprang for the $35 model- still has a hose and a gauge.

    It was hard to get up this morning after getting home at 10 and watching the finale’ at Westminster last night. THE BOXER WAS ROBBED! For those that remember Cash and Zoe, we are certainly impartial (!!) when it comes to boxers.


  3. ITP Lurker says:

    Hey, Mr. Failing Health, here’s a book you might find helpful, written by two MDs:

    Am I Dying?!: A Complete Guide to Your Symptoms–and What to Do Next

    • And here I was trying to avoid talking about my failing health… 😏

      Wouldn’t be easier to let WebMD tell me that I have cancer, which I wouldn’t be surprised to learn. Just kidding, sort of.

      I’m almost afraid to think what sort of reaction I’d have reading this book, heavily doubting that my “special snowflake” symptoms are covered, but I might give it a go.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        I download the free Kindle sample of books I’m not sure about. I can generally tell within the sample text if it’s gonna work for me or not. Or I can save you the time:

        You’re not that special. None of us are. You’re not dying. Not this week, or year at least. Eventually, yes. As we all will.

        Your health isn’t failing. I’ve seen family members and colleagues die from “failing health”. I know what it looks like. You’re just middle-aged, welcome to the club.

        I do sincerely think the more energy that you devote to cultivating this “failing health” mindset the more of these ailments du jour you bring upon yourself. I mean, if you keep telling your body that it sucks, what’s it supposed to do? Energy flows in the direction we decide, positive or negative. Love the one you’re with, dude, meaning your body. You’ve by no means cornered the market on symptoms.

        We all have symptoms, and do we all have to be miserable because of them? I’m taking a stand and saying no, I can have ailments A through Z, but hey, the sun is shining, and I woke up today, and I have as much food and beer as I care to ingest. That puts me *WAY* ahead of many people. I also have the time and resources to have a personal trainer, two different massage therapists, a physical therapist, and a stellar yoga teacher that are all helping me reclaim my body from decades of holding in in a constant fight-or-flight stance.

        My favorite line from any movie ever is in the Shawshank Redempetion when Morgan Freeman says “Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’.” It’s truly that simple. Your life and health are by no means over, unless you want them to be.

        Alrighty then, I’ll put my soap box away and let it start collecting dust again.

        • Barb says:

          You got that right! Preach it!!

        • It would be a lot easier to swallow, perhaps literally, if this pain in my chest would go away as my doctor told me it would last Fall. I don’t consider a pain in my chest to be akin to worsening eyesight.

          Regardless, this may be the year I spend enough on healthcare to make it tax deductible! Woohoo!

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Hey, guess what? Anxiety, among other things causes chest pain. Ask me how I know.

          • Don’t know why I’d be suffering from anxiety with all that’s going on and the thought of spending more than a public school teacher’s annual wages for house renovations/repairs. 😮

          • ITP Lurker says:

            The only way out of your sitaution is right through the middle. Start something small on your house. I think you keep trying to eat the whole elephant in one bite, and of course that makes you shut down. It gets overwhelming to think about, and for me, it’s like a circuit breaker flips off in my head.

            I too let a lot of stuff ride at my house for years. I finally started taking on one part at a time, even though “I don’t have the money”. The money keeps working out. And my house keeps getting better. And my emotional load lightens more and more.

            You can do this. Being paralyzed feeds a vicious cycle. You can break the cycle. Start somewhere. Make a phone call or email someone to get a quote on something.

            And at least you do have the wherewithal to cover your medical expenses. Imagine if you didn’t. You probably have it to cover your house too, which once you open the purse strings at long last, will be an investment in yourself, and then suddenly you’ll be moving forward.

        • Staaaaaaaaaaacy says:

          All of this!!! xoxo

        • Stacy Fox says:

          All of this!!! xoxo

  4. HamWithCam says:

    This just in:
    “Beloved Red Bar (Grayton Beach, FL) totally destroyed by fire…”

    Bad deal.
    73 de JG/HamWithCam

  5. HamWithCam says:

    Look, here’s a simple truth:
    “The only thing over which we have control is how we choose to react to a given situation.”

    Choose to react…

    Success, failure, the people with which we work, the good and bad, sickness and good health, etc.

    It’s all our choice.
    All our choice.

    Of course, we are all the products of our upbringings, our culture, social norms, etc.
    But at the end of the day, it’s still all our choice.

    To make a short story, long:
    I was waiting in the lobby of the company cafeteria at the local soda pop company where I worked for 15 years. A video board was scrolling the menu with today’s specials, “Meatloaf, green beans…banana pudding” etc.

    At the end was not the usual “Have a good day…” but “Make it a nice day….”

    I’ve never forgotten that.

    The news is filled with stories of those that somehow manage to make lemonade out lemons. Against all odds, blah, blah, blah.

    Be that somebody.
    Adapt and overcome.

    Make lemonade.

    Oh, and Fix. The. Plumbing.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

  6. Look, I was able to climb eleven flights of stairs, admittedly with a shortness of breath and sweat, which seems “normal “ to me.

    • HamWithCam says:

      You’re in far better shape than I.
      And I go to the Y daily.

      At least you got that going for you.

      However, I am…taller.

      73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Yes, exactly. Very normal to sweat and be short of breath after 11 flights of steps. But you also not only climbed up, you went back down again. You have so much more going for you then you let yourself realize.

  7. Never realized my High membership also got me a discount at the Symphony gift shop. Mother’s birthday card secured!

  8. Barb says:

    Just bought oysters, salmon (rumored to be flown in from Alaska), mullet dip, & stone crab claws from a hilarious sea food market.

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