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This May Not Even Be Permitted By WordPress

(If it is, I will remove it!)

Over the past few weeks, I have become weaker.  Lymphoma can do that.  I’ve loss muscle-mass, making getting out of my orthopedic lift chair difficult, sometimes even impossible.

The chair herself is now broken and irreparable.  Chair experts advise I am in need of a new one.  This is not like buying an ordinary chair.  They are build for patient height and weight, and many stores simply want to move them off the floor, patient need come-what-may.

And, of course, I’ve few funds.

My friend (an ex-gf) said she will set up a donation page toward this end.  And my ex-wife (a different person!) told me she to help!

A quality chair can cost well over $1200, funds I do not have.  And, given my circumstances I NEED a chair with a warranty.

And in the past month I have had to call the fire department FOUR TIMES to help me get out of my broken chair!

(How pathetic is that!)

Below is Judy’s Fundly Account she set up on my behalf.  Of course, there is also the PayPal account on this blog.

If you can take action, terrific, GREAT! (and THANK YOU)  If you are unable, please keep a good thought…

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In Need of Guffawing

Things just ain’t working right today.

My body; my sense of humor;  my computer.

Please send me a joke or a cartoon!  (the email is in the sidebar)

I NEED TO GUFFAW!

STAT!

Another Waste of A Good Wednesday (Through Sunday) 

Sorry Dave, no Cadacus

aka a cheat for a blog post? 

SO, I finished the blog, and began my best task, ignoring the next Wednesday task is laundry!

(which I abhor, but must be done!)

And I get a  telephone message from my kidney doctor – DROP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GET TO A HOSPITAL 

Which I did.

Seems my blood test showed high levels of one chemical and dangerous levels of another!

What a way to start the day?

This was last Wednesday morning…

HE’S BA-ACK! (as of this Monday)

Aside from the illness issues, the saddest part was I broke my promise to you.  Since March 5, 1911, I have written a blog post.  Or two, three or four.  DAILY.

But while in the hospital, I was unable to access my blog on my cellular telephone.  NOT THAT I HAD ANY TIME…

There were tests, and blood draws and injections and largely inedible food.

And friends and family to remind me I had reasons for all this!

To get to the chase, I had HYPOKALEMIA (low blood potassium) and HYPERCALCEMIA (excessive blood calcium).

Many of the recommendations for each disease are opposing, i.e. one says drink more water, the other, less water!

AND, I get to visit many doctors, because it’s undetermined WHY this is happening.

WHOOPEE

(at least I am home!)

 


What A Waste Of An Early Saturday Morning…

So, there I was in bed, about 0558.  I usually arise 0600-ish.

And my insides strongly suggested we visit the bathroom , loo, necessary, the throne, the ‘fresher’.

NOW!

So, I bolted out of bed ( as quickly as a crippled 64-year-old can!)

And I made it!  (Well almost…)

Fortunately, I was able to hit the raised toilet seat.

Unfortunately, I slipped whilst trying to sit!

And, in trying to re-position myself, again slipped!

And found myself almost reclining, with not enough arm strength to maneuver.

And one leg to try to use (the right leg being fairly useless – fused hip and all)

After about 10 minutes or so of wasting my time, (I asked Judy to get my left shoe, and put it on my left foot-obtaining possible traction.  Not enough.

I wrapped again on her door, to call the fire department, to pick me up.

(What joy f0r them, a scantily dressed man, somewhat ‘soiled’, in need of elevation)

In about seven minutes, they arrived, picked me up, made certain I could stand and was ambulatory.  And left!

No medical check or questions!

Did they ask if anything was injured or broken?  Heart attack?  They didn’t even check my pulse!

There main concern was getting me into the shower…

AND, they left.

I showered, dressed, checked in with Judy, and began my day.  Late!

(Don’t get me wrong!  I am GLAD they were here to help.  Just wish they were more concerned anout my health.)

Donde’ Es Guffaws?

(Sorry, couldn’t find a way to invert the first question mark in the title field!)

It’s been a while…

You may have seen some of these before,

They are worth a second look!

After all, this IS Guffaw in AZ!

How to Safely Clear Your Home

(from The Art of Manliness)

How to Safely Clear Your Home

Click on the above link – it’s a substantial article!

Slicing the pie

Of course, I suspect most of you out there have a passing familiarity with how to do this.  I certainly do.  When I owned my two-bedroom, one bath 740 sq ft house (for 18 years), I was a victim of three burglaries!  And I cleared the house after each one.

And I was WRONG in so doing!

THIS IS WHAT THEY PAY THE POLICE FOR!  My ego and sense of violation got the better of me.  AND, I taught in every one of my classes to leave the scene and call the police.

(Those who cannot do teach?)

Still, it’s good to have this knowledge.  What if no police are available?

But, regardless, it should only be done in exigent circumstances…

♫ Ev’rything That’s Old Is New Again ♫

aka  ♫  When Will They Ever Learn?  When Will they EVER Learn  ♫  ?

I like diet soda.  I’ve been consuming large quantities of it since the late 70’s, when I largely gave up sugar.

It also provides me caffeine, as I drink little coffee.

And, my daily allowance of chemicals I know are not good for me!

I remember back in the 80’s, when New Coke came into the marketplace.  Not diet, but a big deal in the soft drink world.  And it flopped.  People liked the previous formula.

Remember Pepsi Clear, Pepsi Free and numerous other attempts by the soda industry to corner and expand the market?

Well, the Coca Cola Company is at it again.

When they initially came out with Diet Coke, I was heartbroken.  The (then) wife and I were ardent fans of Tab, with it’s high caffeine and no sugar.  I even bought a few two liter bottles and squirreled them away for an upcoming anniversary (my wife didn’t drink).

And when Tab began disappearing from the shelves and Diet Coke replaced it, we bit-the-bullet and gave it a try.

A few months later, the anniversary rolled around, and to both our surprises, we had developed a taste for Diet Coke.  And the shelved, vintage Tab tasted funny!

Fast forward to the 00’s.  A long-time Diet Coke fan, it was announced another diet drink would be added to the mix.  Coke Zero.  Alleged to taste closer to real Coke!

So, I gave it a try.

Lo and behold it was closer to original Coke (which I loved in days of yor).  Spiciness had been added!  Soon my Diet Coke addiction had been replaced by Coke Zero.

And all was right with the World!

But, ‘they’ cannot leave well enough alone.  It was announced in July, that Coke Zero sales hadn’t met their expectations, and production will end at the end of August!

And replaced with Coca-Cola Zero Sugar!  With ‘improved’ taste!

Well, last time I went for Zero, it was there, but had not been faced, and this old cripple couldn’t bend to reach it!  So, I grabbed some CCZS.

The verdict?

Bland.  It lacks the zip of original Coke or the spiciness of Zero.

Sigh.

They still make small productions of Tab, if I can find it…

Well, Here We Are AGAIN…

My roomie Judy has a multitude of health problems.  More than I, which is a little disquieting…

Five months ago, almost to the day, she had rotator cuff surgery on her right shoulder.  After months of physical therapy, it seems to operate almost pain-free!

However, she also has a LEFT shoulder.

It seems standing Frankenstein’s monster-esque for over thirty years (she is a hairdresser, standing and arms-out-front) is not conducive to shoulder joint health!

So, this morning, she goes under the knife yet again, this time on her left side.

As she has chronic heart and breathing issues, this could get complicated, more so than the average bear.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers today (if that’s what you do).

I will post her occasionally as to her progress.

At least it’s her left, this time – she is right handed and last time was taxing for her.

Thank you.

Jerry Lewis RIP

By now, most of you have probably heard.

Jerry Lewis has passed.  At age 91.

Like so many comedians/comic actors he had amazing range and talent.  Some Hollywood types are a one-trick pony.  Jerry certainly wasn’t.  Have you seen King of Comedy?

After his split from straight man Dean Martin, it was publicly asked, “What’s Dean going to do?”  😛

My lovely sister was in one of his movies.  The Nutty Professor (the original in 1961) filmed exteriors on Arizona State University campus.  My sister was one of the extras!  Unfortunately, her scenes were cut!  She still adored the man.

Then, there was his long commitment to the Muscular Dystrophy charity.  How giving was this man?

I’ll leave you with this.  When I heard he had passed, I imagined him just like this, sneaking into the Supreme Being’s conference room and pantomiming again, to Count Basie…

Keep ’em laughing Jerry!

Bob Dylan Arrested, Police Officer Says “That’s Not Bob Dylan”

(From the ‘News of the Weird’…)

Bob Dylan likes to wear hoodies in public — it helps him stay inconspicuous. But this time, it led to his detainment.

Bob Dylan Arrested, Police Officer Says “That’s Not Bob Dylan”
Caleb J. Murphy June 29, 2017 I Love Rock N Roll No Comments
Bob Dylan likes to wear hoodies in public — it helps him stay inconspicuous. But this time, it led to his detainment.
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
On a rainy night back in 2009 in some New Jersey suburbs, police responded to a call about an “eccentric-looking old man” wearing a hoodie wandering in someone’s yard.
Police officer Kristie Buble was the responding officer.
“We got a call for a suspicious person,” Buble told ABC. “It was pouring rain outside, and I was right around the corner so I responded. By that time he was walking down the street. I asked him what he was doing in the neighborhood and he said he was looking at a house for sale.”
When she detained the man, he said his name was Bob Dylan.
“Now, I’ve seen pictures of Bob Dylan from a long time ago and he didn’t look like Bob Dylan to me at all,” Officer Buble said. “He was wearing black sweatpants tucked into black rain boots, and two raincoats with the hood pulled down over his head.”
So she started questioning this man.
“Okay, Bob,” she asked him. “What are you doing in Long Branch [New Jersey]?”
He said he was touring the country with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.
“So now I’m really a little fishy about his story,” she explains.

Bob Dylan likes to wear hoodies in public — it helps him stay inconspicuous. But this time, it led to his detainment.
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
On a rainy night back in 2009 in some New Jersey suburbs, police responded to a call about an “eccentric-looking old man” wearing a hoodie wandering in someone’s yard.
Police officer Kristie Buble was the responding officer.
“We got a call for a suspicious person,” Buble told ABC. “It was pouring rain outside, and I was right around the corner so I responded. By that time he was walking down the street. I asked him what he was doing in the neighborhood and he said he was looking at a house for sale.”
When she detained the man, he said his name was Bob Dylan.
“Now, I’ve seen pictures of Bob Dylan from a long time ago and he didn’t look like Bob Dylan to me at all,” Officer Buble said. “He was wearing black sweatpants tucked into black rain boots, and two raincoats with the hood pulled down over his head.”
So she started questioning this man.
“Okay, Bob,” she asked him. “What are you doing in Long Branch [New Jersey]?”
He said he was touring the country with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.
“So now I’m really a little fishy about his story,” she explains.
Bob Dylan
photo via The Odyssey Online
Then she asked him for his ID, but he didn’t have any on him. She asked where he was staying and he said in a tour bus parked at a hotel by the ocean.
She found this very suspicious.
But she went along with his story as her training taught her. She asked him to take her to this hotel, so she put him in the back of her cruiser and off they went.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t really believe this was Bob Dylan,” she said. “It never crossed my mind that this could really be him.”
Buble made small talk on the way to the hotel, never believing a word he said.
“He was really nice, though, and he said he understood why I had to verify his identity and why I couldn’t let him go,” she said. “He asked me if I could drive him back to the neighborhood when I verified who he was, which made me even more suspicious.”
But she pulled into the hotel parking lot and what do you know — there were huge tour buses parked in the lot. Also, Buble’s Sargent was there waiting for her.
“Sarg,” she said. “This guy says he’s Bob Dylan,’”
The Sargent looked in the window.
“That’s not Bob Dylan,” the Sargent said.
But they went over to the tour buses and knocked on the door. Soon enough, Bob Dylan was able to prove his identity to Buble and her Sargent with his passport.

“Okay,” Buble sheepishly said. “Um, have a nice day.”

h/t Crazy4Rock

There is, of course, a larger message here.  (One’s opinion of Bob Dylan and the misspelling of Sergeant, aside…)

Persons being ‘detained’ because they cannot identify themselves.

Do you have to carry ID with you at all times? – link

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that these kinds of laws can be legal, as long as the officers had reasonable suspicion to detain you in the first place.

And how sad is THAT?

When I took a Criminal Law course (back in the olden days) there was a then famous case wherein a subject was walking along along a beach with no ID.  At 0300.  The police stopped and questioned him, as he appeared ‘suspicious’  Seemed he was carrying a large beach ball, and wearing swim fins!

He wasn’t harming anyone or anything.

(This may have been the case that made it to the Supreme Court)

Turned out, the subject was a local city councilman testing the police’s authority!

My point is, in a free society, we shouldn’t have to ID ourselves, unless the police have at a minimum reasonable suspicion of a crime having been committed nearby.  OR, probable cause you might be a viable suspect. (and NO, I am NOT a lawyer…)

“Papiere, bitte.” (translation, “Papers, please”)

From the history of that country who brought us those Nazis everyone is talking about!

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…