April 14th, 2008

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9238 - monday

Work went well... not too bad for a Monday. I'm still feeling a little creaky, and tired, but I'm doing better than I was yesterday. It's good to take some time and charge the ol' batteries.

we're looking at a nice return on our taxes, MD state and Fed combined with the gimme from the fed this year into something quite pleasant.


50 things I've done meme nearly concludes with #49 - I...

49.'hurt my back when I was about 16... and I've been fighting the after-effects since. Did I cover this topic already? Probably, but this is a variation on the theme.
Sometimes I wonder what it'd be like to have less mobility than I have now... I've got / had more than a couple of friends here and there that are more disadvantaged than I am... Bound to a wheelchair, amputee with an artificial leg, a couple of folks dealing with achondroplasia or the like.

When I went to the FDR memorial, I got a bit frightened - fairly irrationally. My back and leg problems have followed me throughout my life - FDR ended up in a wheelchair at 38, due to polio. I began wondering how I'd react and adapt to that situation; it's a very real possibility that could be the result after I have my spine worked on. I don't think that I'd adapt very well, at least at first.

There have been times where I've needed a cane to get around... that's not too bad, but you lose a hand for common day's use, which seems to be needed a lot, even if it's just your off-hand. Upside, it's easier to wield a sword cane or umbrella. That said, you can carry a sword umbrella with you, even if you don't have a limp.

Ah well... at least I fit more comfortably into a crowd than an otter in a monocle. Sure, he's cute, but he's got limitations, too... Needs to be kept moistened all the time, and can only communicate via a series of barks and grunts.

Come to think of it... I know a lot of people that prefer to communicate that way... he might be ahead of the game if you got him some moisturiser and a polite pair of pants. (preferable on a belt - he doesn't have the shoulders for suspenders.)

Anyway, I hope I don't lose any more of my mobility or become reliant on a prosthetic / device assist. That really scares the hell out of me.

I wonder how much of my body will be patches / fixes / upgrades, by the time I die? How many bits of plastic, surgical steel, cadaver bits, and titanium? I kind of dig the fact that if I'm ashed, there's already a few pins to be found in the powder... or I could wreck the blade on a mulcher, should I get tossed into one for whatever reason.

Let's see... currently, I have a pin, and a little mesh in my back, some fillings in my teeth... and that's about it, save for scars where I've been sewn up.



On a lighter note... (than otters?) This week looks beautiful. I wonder how hard it would be to lure BHK to the office for a little lunch while it's so sunny and warm? Wednesday-Friday are all set to be in the low 70s and without clouds.



Cookie Monster recently interviewed on NPR.



It cracks me up when I see a web designer's site that doesn't work anywhere but IE7. How do those people still exist?



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