Sep 28

When You Make Me An APPOINTMENT For A Specific Time, I EXPECT To Be In My Appointment At That Specific Time. That’s Why It’s An APPOINTMENT And Not A Walk-In.

Had the appointment with my Cardiologist yesterday. Hegerwald. Walked away from that one pissed.
Busted my ass in traffic to get to the appointment by 1415 (would have made it except for getting stuck behind the logging truck that refused to go over 15 mph UNDER the speed limit so I arrived at 1418) for a 1430 appointment. Checked in then wait, wait, wait, wait, finally got in to about 1445. Still almost 20 minutes earlier than how long I waited the last time.
Assistant takes me in to the exam room and takes my vitals. That’s 2 minutes. She leaves and in less than 30 seconds the Doc comes in. Great!
Pleasantries. Pleasantries. Reading the results from my last series of tests done last January he’s holding in his hands. Heart action fine. Heart strength fine. Everything looks good; any questions?
Yeah, why does my heart occasionally feels like it fibrillating and speed up for a few seconds?
Oh, that can happen and is really nothing to worry about. Any chest pains?
Only when I over exert myself.
Really? When was your last chemical stress test?
(Pointing to his hands holding the results from my last stress test) Last January.
Oh. Well. You’re heart is good. Make an appointment with me in 6 months.
Wait. That’s it? You could have told me this over the phone.
OH, I like face-to-face to answer any questions or concerns.
Really? Well, Doc, I enjoy busting my ass in traffic on a 2-hour 80 mile round trip when we could have called or zoomed test results that I should have had last January. Especially since it’s good news.
He left. I left. Nine minutes total in the exam room.
It will be a cold day in Hell before I make another appointment with that office.
Watching Ian approach Florida. Hope it all works out for y’all.
Sep 24

Have You Ever Had These Random Weird Thoughts About Past Acquaintances?

Like, I’m sitting here, minding my own business, when I suddenly wonder what ever happened to Tip & Doris (Tipton?)? The couple that had wife-swapping “parties” with my folks way back in the day. Harsh part of all that was that they stuck us kids off in one of the other bedrooms while they did it. (Literally I guess: Did It.) Which, I suppose, really was better than us sitting and watching. I still remember walking in on each of them a couple of times. Of course, at 8 years old I had only a vague idea of what was going on. Thanks goodness.

I know. Not posting much. Honestly, by the time I even remember that I need to post it’s past my bedtime. Or I shrug my shoulders and start another episode of NCIS New Orleans and then go to bed when it’s finished.

SWMBO’s friend and his family came over for a couple of days last week. The above picture is from setting off both triggers with the shotgun loaded with “double-ought” (?) buckshot. Figured I could handle it because I had shot buckshot before: Not remembering it was from a 20-guage shotgun instead of this behemoth SWMBO’s friend has. Slapped my arm pretty good.

Otherwise, one of my last shots from the 1911 .45 he has completely cut down the tree we had our target nailed to.

So that was fun. Good thing we’re not lacking in trees around here.
Otherwise, not a whole lot going on. Trying to get outside things done before “The Dark” sets in. Already sucks that it’s still dark at 0600 and that’s just going to get worse for awhile. Hate Winter.
SWMBO’s roses came in real nice. Freakin’ bush went crazy this year! So I planted 5 more for her. Bushes.
Took SWMBO to “Montezuma’s”(?) in the Kitsap Mall for date-day dinner yesterday. It got more spendy. The blond waitress (can we still call them that?) in the split-mini skirt looked especially wow (even better when sweeping under the table across from me (Not that I noticed!)), BUT, the food sucked. We’ll probably pass on them the next time we feel like “authentic” Mexican food. (I think we like El Sombrero’s best anyway. Don’t know why we try other places sometimes.)
Amazon wants me to buy an “echo dot” for only $.99. I’m already paranoid that my phone and my freakin’ TV are listening to me and they want me to buy another device that purposefully listens in. Like that’s going to happen.
I used to take my dick out and wave it to the NSA or whoever it is watching us from our TV, but the other folks in the TV Room at the home got upset.

Sep 13

Just Want To Thank Everyone That Took A $50 Raspberry Pi Kit And Jacked It Up To Over $200 “Because.” And I broke my Pi-Hole.

I need 1 or 2 for projects but won’t be buying them until the price goes back down to somewhere near normal. Dipshidiots.

Trying to make things “better” I broke the Raspberry Pi in the TV room. Well, not physically broke it; just hosed the Pi-Hole installation so  badly that I went ahead and re-flashed the card and reinstalled Pi-Hole and the CUPS (Print) server. Also  installed PiVPN to play with too. The first two are working great. Still learning PiVPN. Well, still learning Pi-hole too.

Trying to re-build/fix our Network too. Surprising the number of “things” attached to our network. Not that 7 security cams and their controller help with that much. (But at least I can be sitting in Bumfuck, Egypt and see who’s at my front door. Or basement door. Or stealing peas from my garden.)

And this is why I’m seriously considering Starlink. (Left part is the Modem. Right from speedtest.net. Ain’t DSL wonderful! But it IS compared to the dial-up we used to have out there.)

I see where Killary Klinton says no one is above the law. Except her, of course. Anyone else think she’s got that painting of Bill in the blue dress that was hanging on Epstein’s wall stashed in their bedroom?

Saw a video of some 3rd world country (NOT the USA) (Argentina?) where the government hasn’t been able to do anything about the motorcycle robbers so the people have started to run them over or otherwise fook them up. Sounds good to me. Maybe we ought to consider it here? Give folks 10% off their car insurance for every 2 protestors blocking a freeway that they take out.

I’m normally not a violent man; but I see violent times ahead. Especially when President Trump wins again.

Sep 07

Hey, Brandon! You’re Welcome To Come Over And Try To Kick My Ass Anytime. If You’re Man Enough. We’re Of An Age …#FJB #LGB

Was supposed to get some blood drawn last Friday;  but I forgot about it in my Date Day With SWMBO excitement. AND we went to Home Depot so I definitely wasn’t thinking of blood work.

So, 3 day weekend and I don’t eat past midnight last night, but don’t sleep very well anxious that I’d mess up somehow getting to the Urgent Care to get my blood drawn today. But, got there fine @ 0750 only to learn that the Lab Tech didn’t show up for work today. Fuck. Now I get to do this all over again for tomorrow.

My cardiologist called last week because we haven’t seen each other this year and he’s running low on funds or college tuition for his kids or he missed a boat payment and thinks that I should come in for a “checkup.” Okay. Sure. Let’s do that towards the end of the month and he can also finally tell me the results of the last stress test. (Or was not telling me really part of the stress test?) As long as Medicare and Tricare For Life covers it I’ll be there.

Stopped by the mail-it place but they were closed.

Forgot to finish and post again.

Left a message on the My Chart thing asking my Doc if I had to see him first or could he just refer me to the Orthopod? He called me about 1000 and said that he could see me at 1500. Cool! Finally got to tell him that I always feel rushed when we see each other and I don’t get to say everything I need to say. So we slowed down a bit. I know he’s busy, but, I’m not getting the care I need when I don’t get to say what’s wrong. Which really isn’t much, but …

So, x-rays of my knee appears pretty much normal. X-ray of my pelvis shows arthritic changes and that’s why I’m hearing that “thump” up my spine when I walk. Just getting old.

He’s referring me to physical therapy for my back and hip and the Orthopedic Surgeon for my knee. He did offer to inject “stuff” in my knee and back; but I feel that that’s not really finding out why they hurt so it wouldn’t do much good to treat the symptoms. But that’s just me.

Went to the Naval Hospital Pharmacy and got my two brand new pain meds! The Joy! One I have to take with food and can’t “play” on my tractor several hours after taking it. So I got a few things done before hand. The other is a “couple of hours before bed time” pill. Love those. (Not.) These things he gave me are stronger than NSAIDS(?) but not Narcs. I don’t like Narcs. I can take them but they make me feel funny. Not me looking out at the world. Never been into the “mind altering” stuff other than way too much booze when I was way younger. (Quit drinking alcohol in 1974 or so.)

So I’ll take 3 of each then stop taking them. As usual.

Still haven’t gotten that blood work.

Been watching a lot of video’s on YouTube about OLD Los Angeles. So old the narrator says “Los AinGLeez.” Lots of places I remember were still around when I was a kid. It all used to be a pretty decent place Way Back When. School smog days an all. Did see a picture of the City Hall being built and that was cool. I joined the Navy in that building.

We have a Fire Weather Warning for our area of the Northwest. Think I’ll pull the RV closer to the front door just in case we need to throw stuff in it and bug out. My neighbors are idiots and I’ve been surprised they haven’t burned down the neighborhood already these past 15 years.