I Need To Have My Head Examined

1ADAC9E9-D5C5-4679-839E-09B93C8226E1No, really, I do need to get my head examined, as in a CAT scan of my head, which I hope will be less painful than a cat scratch of my hand.

So why do I need to have CAT scan? Thank you for asking. Around a month ago I got a head cold and one of the byproducts of that cold was that my left ear got clogged up. But even though my head cold only lasted a week, I still, three weeks later, can barely hear out of that ear, and what little I can hear sounds muffled. It’s really annoying.

So I went to an ear, nose, and throat doctor. I figured the clogged ear was due to a residual fluid build up from my cold and the ENT doc would drain the fluid and I’d be all set.

Before I met with the doctor, the hearing tech ran an audiometry test and, no surprise, the hearing in my left ear was way worse than in my right, which is not that great to begin with. Ah, the joys of aging.

When I met with the doc, he examined my ear and said that he didn’t think my issue is due to fluid in my ear. He thinks my clogged ear sensation might have something to do with some other mechanical issue with my ear, but the only way to know for sure is to get the head scan.

And so, tomorrow I get the scan and on Friday I have an appointment to learn the results. Wish me luck. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s not an inoperable brain tumor.

Damn, I think I’ve been watching too many “Grey’s Anatomy” episodes.

Share Your World — Copy and Paste

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday. And that means it time for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. This week she asks about plagiarism, pets, and dancing. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Is copying and pasting images or information off the Internet plagiarism? Do you credit those whose work you ‘borrow freely’ or do you think the idea is repugnant?

Uh oh. I copied and pasted Melanie’s questions right from her post into mine. I’m so sorry, Melanie. I promise it won’t happen again — until next week.

As far as images are concerned, I’m going to copy and paste from my own post in response to Dr. Tanya’s question about images. I wrote, “When I write a post I will generally search Google, Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, DeviantArt, and/or my own photo library for an image that perfectly illustrates or complements my written words. … It’s important to credit the artists or photographers whose images you use in your posts.”

Do you let sleeping dogs lie?

If you’re talking literally, then of course I do. Give that damn dog a rest.4B1C3964-757E-4F56-BCDF-B088EB6BD08DIf you’re talking metaphorically, then no, I can be like an attack dog and I always stir up that sleeping dog

What’s the strangest pet name (for adults) that you’ve ever heard someone called?

When my wife and I first started dating, her “pet name” for me was “Poopie.” I told her that was a dealbreaker and she had to stop referring to me as a bag you pick up dog shit with. I guess she liked me enough to stop calling me “Poopie.”

Do you like to dance? If yes, what’s your favorite and if no, why not?

I used to like to dance the night away when I was younger. Now, on those relatively rare occasions when I find myself on a dance floor, I usually just shift my weight from one foot to the other in time to the beat of the music. It’s something to behold.

Share some traditions you observe around Thanksgiving or if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, what are some traditions you have?

We invite our adult kids and their significant others over to our house every Thanksgiving. We usually alternate between a large turkey and individual Cornish hens. And Thanksgiving dinner staples include stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, green bean casserole, salad, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie!

The Real Me

F0622FB8-B599-4BB1-8ACF-1DC3C2376ECERory, A Guy Called Bloke, wants to know the real me. He asks, “What is or who is The Really You? No, really, as in really you? Who are you really? That’s basically what this game is about — who are you — who is — the really you!

To that end, every week he’s going to pose three questions to find out who we really are.

So who am I really? Let’s find out.

What is your favorite sweet treat?

Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream.5A47A1CA-8BDE-4CC0-A96E-AEAA7C7B0CEC

If you want to really relax – what is your go to?

I go to the freezer, pull out a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream, and sit down on the couch and watch a bunch of HGTV House Hunters shows while enjoying the ice cream.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

At the risk of being redundant, it’s my daily helping of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream.

Thursday Inspiration — Train Travel

D8E7C9C6-F60A-4331-A40E-8C21CAD15A5F.pngWhen I saw that Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt this week was all about trains, I was reminded of a post I wrote almost a decade ago on my old, now defunct blog. I thought it would be a great fit for a post about trains. So, thank you, Paula, for inspiring me to dig deep into my archives and to resurrect this old post.

Flying Amtrak

3AFA3EC6-BA34-4DA2-B76D-C905DCE59C48I am writing this post on an Amtrak train, the California Zephyr, headed for Chicago from San Francisco. From there I will board another Amtrak train headed to Boston. I decided that, since I have to make this cross-country trip, I would make it an adventure. Rather than flying or driving across the country, I am taking the train.

So far, it’s been a good decision. It’s relaxing and comfortable and scenic. The train passed through the Sierra Nevada Mountains and just left Reno on its way to Salt Lake City and then to Denver before we hit the plains states.

I even have my own “roomette” where I can actually sleep in a fully horizontal position. How well I will actually be able to sleep I don’t know, but I’m sure by tomorrow night, exhaustion will kick in.

This is only the first day of a four-day cross-country train adventure. I wonder how I’ll feel when I look back upon this mini-adventure four days from now.

My return trip to San Francisco will not be so pleasant I’m afraid. I will be driving a rental truck filled with stuff we left in storage when we moved last summer from a big old Victorian home in Massachusetts to a small, urban condo in San Francisco.

And I’m going to try to make that cross-country drive in the rental truck in five days. So next week I probably won’t be online very much, if at all. And I definitely won’t be as relaxed or comfortable as I am right now.

Sadly, there is no WiFi on this train. What is this, the Middle Ages? Fortunately, I do have a 4G WiFi hotspot device with me that does give me internet access, but it’s spotty.

The train is continuously moving through cell zones and sometimes access is great, at other times it’s barely there or is not there at all. So I’m going to post this while I have enough of a signal to get through.