Sunday, May 23, 2010

Five years ago today, I almost died.

This is the anniversary of the heart attack that sent me into the hospital; I ended up with a stent and found out that I'd had a couple of earlier ones that I didn't know about.  I also found out that I had sleep apnea, and that my breathing stopped on the average of 75 times an hour and probably contributed to the problem.
I'm taking a little better care of myself these days, so hopefully I won't have another attack in the near future; those things hurt.


I was just looking over the email that my spamblocker has shuffled over into the Known Spam folder; I think the majority of it is either Viagra or promises to increase the size of my wedding tackle.  Next would be the myriad versions of the Nigerian Scam, and odds and end of other spam filling the remainder.
Judging my all the spam going out in the first category, I get this vision in my head of vast warehouses, overflowing with blue pills that are being frantically pimped in the emails.   I don't even like thinking of all the "enhancing" pills, devices, etc that seem to be piling up somewhere with no one to use them to gain a Wonder Wienie.
Amazingly enough, there evidently are still clueless idiots out there being nailed by the Nigerian Scam.   I have seen some that are claiming Nigeria, others claim to be from various people in the Mideast, I've gotten some purporting to be from Russia, South American countries, India, and some places that I think are pure invention.  Every one of them claims to want to give me free money.  Folks, if someone says they want to give you something for free, be very suspicious.  TANSTAAFL


          "If You Could Read My Mind" by Gordon Lightfoot
         "Understand Your Man" by Johnny Cash
         "This Guy's in Love With You" by Herb Alpert
         "Leland Mississippi Blues" by Johnny Winter
         "Goin' Through the Motions" by Blue Öyster Cult
         "Autumn Leaves" by Cannonball Adderley/Miles Davis
         "Our Guessing Game" by The Moody Blues
         "I Wanna Go Back" by Eddie Money
         "Run Through the Jungle" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
         "Ride the Wild Surf" by Jan & Dean

I think this one strikes a chord just about everyone, at one time or another.

This is one of those tunes that is made for driving on a warm summer night with the top down on the Jeep, and the volume turned up.

The old surfer music of the sixties was sort of simple, but it also had a light-hearted energy to it that mirrored a happier mood and simpler outlook on things. In other words, it was just sort of fun.


leeann said...

Re: your title: I'm really glad you didn't. Not as much as you and the missus, of course. But I'm still glad.

Kenny said...

5 years, way to go.

terri said...

So glad you survived that heart attack so I could "meet" you, and more importantly, so that you could go on to enjoy the rest of your life.

Wedding tackle - cracked me up! I've never heard it referred to as that before.

Nate said...

I must be doing something wrong because I never get all that interesting spam. Maybe Comcast just deletes it before it ever reaches me. Or I'm just deprived.

Congrats on surviving that heart attack and keeping on.

BobG said...

LeeAnn: that would have put a helluva cramp in my plans.

Kenny: thanks Kenny

Terri: I'm glad to have been able to get in contact with you and all the other wonderful people I've met on the Web. That term must be more common in the western US, I guess.

Nate: my spam blocker puts it in a folder so that I can glance over it in case it goofed up; some really strange stuff floating around out there.
Thanks for the good wishes, and glad you got a chance to meet my wife at the convention.

James Higham said...

Not much surfing over your way, Bob?

meleah rebeccah said...

Oh! Happy Anniversary. I am very glad you survived your heart attack and learned how to take better care of yourself. Keep on doing that!

And seriously, I've noticed the Spam is out of control these days!

Bob G. said...

Glad you never checked (out on us).
We would have been deprived of a person with some great commentary and great song lists!
(it also tends to put a crimp in the family plans...believe me)

Be well & stay safe.

B.G.(the other one)