Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"You know you're getting old when you bend down to tie your shoelaces and then think about what else you might do while you're down there." - George Burns

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted anything.  At the time of my last post, I was doing quite poorly; my back was a constant throbbing and cramping that kept me from doing much.  Even walking forty or fifty feet required me to sit or lean against something to get some relief.
Back on the 13th I had an appointment with a pain-management specialist, and have gotten some relief.  I was given some steroid injections in some of the L vertebrae, and in the S-1 vertebra, along with some Lidocane.  The Lidocane helped somewhat with the immediate pain, but I was somewhat dizzy afterwards and had to be driven home.  Over the past few days the intensity of the pain has lowered considerably, even after the Lidocane wore off.  The pain is still there, but nowhere near as bad as it was, and seems to be abating still.  I still have a lot of stiffness in my back from my waist to my shoulderblades, but I am able to ignore it in most cases.  For about a week after the treatment, I had sort of a low level buzz going on, just enough to keep me from sleeping well, but not enough to make me feel active.  I'll be getting some more treatments next month, and hopefully will improve even further.  Now that I have a little more mobility, I hope to get out and do more photography, and maybe get more sleep.  Lack of sleep tends to make me feel fuzzy, and I have a hard time posting when I am feeling burnt out.  I am able to walk more, and have started doing some light work with weights.
Thanks for having patience with me and showing up here.


Qadhdhafi is finally gone; I doubt if anyone will miss him much.  I just hope we don't get mixed up in that mess in Libya; from the sound of it, the new government will probably be just as bad, if not worse.  They are planning to run it according to Sharia law, which is about as backwards and barbaric as they come. 


The OWS protests are reminding me of the ones I used to see in the sixties; probably the same sort of people.  There were some idealists out there back then, but most of them didn't have a clue what they were talking about.  The rest of them were basically out for free stuff, and getting stoned and laid.
I've been seeing some ugly stuff happening at these OWS happenings, and I think it's going to get worse before this is over.

Any favorites in this bunch?  A lot of older ones in there.

"Something's Gotta Give" by Christian Kane
"Ribbon of Darkness" by Marty Robbins
"Chelsea Morning" by Judy Collins
"Just for Love" by Quicksilver Messenger Service
"Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones
"Mr. Bad Example" by Warren Zevon
"Yesterday's Gone" by Chad and Jeremy
"Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring
"Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond
"Squeeze Box" by The Who

Monday, October 10, 2011

Starting to get some fall weather around here.  We haven't had any frost yet, but we did get some snow and sleet last week, though none of it stuck at our elevation.
Thursday, I had this view of the Oquirrh Mountains to the west of my mailbox:

My vegetable garden is still ok, so the temperatures are still well above freezing at night, but we've been getting a lot of rain, wind, and cool weather.


A few days ago I received a box of  .45ACP ammo (PMC 230 grain bronze hardball) from an internet ammo company called Ammo.net to try out.  Their prices are relatively inexpensive compared to a lot of other companies, especially for good name brands, so I will be adding a link on my sidebar if anyone would like to check on their goods and prices.


NBA lockout still on.  You know, I can think of a lot of things more important than a bunch of guys getting paid enormous amounts of money to play games.


"You're the One" by The Vogues
"Eye in the Sky" by The Alan Parsons Project
"I Am the Walrus" by The Beatles
"Run to You" by Bryan Adams
"Midnight Rider" by The Allman Brothers
"Stay" by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
"I'm Alive" by Spooky Tooth
"Down In Mexico" by The Coasters
"Someday Never Comes" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"The Midnight Special" by Johnny Rivers