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Having Technical Problems. 

test patternI hope to update today’s quote, funny and beauty later.

Sigh

(Things appear to have been resolved.  We now take you back to the original blog, which is already in progress…)

Customer Service, Part Cinco

(Here we are, revisiting a common theme in this blog.  It’s as if they are not listening!)

I was fully prepared (okay, 85% prepared) to post last night for today, as this morning I was to be occupied during my blogging time-frame.  Another medical procedure.  Sigh.

Another endoscopy.  A camera-down-the-throat (and biopsy) to see the ‘progress’ of my esophageal erosion due to chronic acid reflux.  Which might lead to cancer and/or surgery.

Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be doing it!

This was set-up by my primary physician, as she saw I was suffering from this condition, and wanted to see the progression of the disease.

SO…I was referred to a specialist who saw me six weeks ago, and scheduled this procedure.  One day, outpatient, a few hours.  Roomie J will be driving, as I will be rendered unconscious by propofol (the Michael Jackson drug) for the procedure.

Last time I had this done, the clinic-de-jour called me (and sent me a letter) a month in advance to ask me questions about medical power-of-attorney, organ donation, that kind of icky stuff.  And advised me there would be an intake charge.  Up front.

I was grateful for the heads-up, as being on disability I don’t have lot’s of spare cash lying around for unexpected expenses.  I still wasn’t thrilled at the charge, of course.

But this time, the different facility (I changed doctors as the previous guy seemed to want to get as much Medicare money out of me as possible) had not called or sent a letter.  I assumed (NEVER do that – D. Brown) that if there were a charge, they would bill me.

WRONG!

They called me yesterday afternoon at 1630 hours (I was to be at the hospital at 0700 this morning) and advised me there would be a charge of over one hundred dollars!  They would not bill me, and if I didn’t have the funds, I would have to reschedule!

Of course, I don’t have the money.  And the caller had NO IDEA why I was upset, that this was in the very least an inconvenience and poor customer service!

THEN, she hung-up on me!

But not before telling me to reschedule I had to call my specialist’s office – THEY couldn’t do that!  At 1630 in the afternoon.

(I did rant, but used no foul language.)

Fortunately, my doctor’s office was still open.

SO…it’s been rescheduled for August 16.

Grrr.

PS – While I was writing this, the hospital called to see where I was.  I advised them of yesterday’s conversation and the rescheduling.  Must I do everything?

Pale Moon

So, I’ve been using VIVALDI as a browser for a while now.  Since March 26th.  Hasn’t been too buggy.  It does seem to be running slower, however.

Some time back, during another browser kerfuffle, a reader/commenter recommended PALE MOON, a browser similar to Firefox, but different!

So, I thought, WHAT THE HELL!  I’ve been using it about a month, now…

Initially, it seems more quick, and less buggy than Vivaldi, Firefox, IE11, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

Importing stuff like bookmarks is straightforward, and it had some pretty cool color/design variations, as well.

Here we go!

Click on the moon to the Pale Moon page!

(So far, so good!  A couple of functions inside WordPress do not function correctly, but nothing needed to publish daily blog posts.  Otherwise, fairly straightforward and non-buggy.)

Of course, now that I’ve said this…(knocks-on-wood)

FTC – Pale Moon and all the other browsers give me nothing!

“Don’t Go! It’s A COOKBOOK!”

to serve man

I awaken middle of the night and I’m cold.  Not just cool – cold.  This may have something to do with the fact that I’m laying on top of the top sheet, and not wearing much.  (I know – TMI)

Why am I doing this?

Well, I reside in The Valley of the Sun (the Phoenix Arizona area).  And we’re experiencing a cold streak.  It’s reportedly going to be 103° F, today.

It was 118° a week-and-a-half ago!  (Unofficially at a friend’s – 123°, on his back patio!)

And being in the Western side of the townhouse, I get the PM Sun exposure.  Usually 5 – 10 degrees warmer than the rest of the house!

SO…I sleep with a fan blowing directly on me, so the A/C may do her best work!

But, the body cools during sleep, and sometimes the combination of forced colder air and a cooler body equals…?

NO, this is not a replay of the Rod Serling Twilight Zone episode wherein the Earth’s orbit changed, and it is moving ever-closer to the Sun.  When, in fact, the TV character’s fever broke and he began getting colder, and in fact the Earth was moving AWAY from the Sun!

I was just getting cold last night.  So I moved the fan.

Which has nothing to do with the post’s title, except that’s another TZ episode.  The tag line from which popped into my head upon awakening cold. 🙂

My roommate said I watched too much TV as a child.  I’m beginning to think she was right.

Sometimes these posts write themselves!

Well, Here We Are. FIVE YEARS LATER!

Yep.

(Well, Here We Are, March 5, 2011)

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I’ve been posting something (sometimes copied stolen from others, sometimes amended, sometimes original) EVERY DAY since March 5, 2011.  Sometimes multiple somethings…

Along with a quote, funny, beauty and a You Tube clip.

EVERY DAY

What a long, strange, but mostly good trip it’s been…

I began blogging, as I’d been reading other’s blogs for about eighteen months (being on disability, and wasting time on the computer).  It occurred to me “Hey, maybe I can find a woman who likes guns” this way?

I did.  Unfortunately, the female gun bloggers I first found were in Idaho, Ohio and Indiana.  If you didn’t guess, I’m in Arizona.  So much for THAT idea! 😦

They became my Blogmothers™

Two remain today – Brigid and Tamara.  The others stopped blogging. (I don’t think I had anything to do with it.)

This blog has seen me through good times and bad times.  Loss and regain of benefits.  Skin cancer (post recovery from lymphoma) and minor injuries.  Loss of good friends like Mark Bell and Bob Hall.

But the BEST, and most surprising part, are the friendships I’ve developed through this medium.  Who knew?

A huge thank you goes out to the generosity of people I only know through the Internet, who have offered me support, both moral and financial.  And given me gifts!  You know who you are…

I miss those who are no longer blogging, by choice or life circumstance – North, Matt, Maura, CoolChange, William the Coroner and many others.  (If I’ve left you off the list and you are still around, please forgive me).

I am SO GRATEFUL for (in no particular order) Bobbi, Doc in Yuma, Ron, Proud Hillbilly, Paul, Kevin Baker and the other Kevin, Southern Belle and KX59, Tom, Biff, Keads, Bluesun, Wirecutter, Jim, Greg, Kenny, Quizikle, Sean, Irish, Jeffery and Wilson.

And especially Murphy, Brigid, ASM826 and Borepatch!  And Judy, my roomie!

And my dear friend Dave the genius (who prefers to be called Dave the mechanic) who sends me multiple funnies daily to possibly include in the blog!  And who – when he is in town – takes me out for Red Devil pizza!  And who has been a loyal friend since 1973.

And to all you loyal folks who don’t blog or even leave comments but bother to stop by – THANK YOU!

I don’t know what the future holds, but I do plan to continue posting some useless nonsense daily for a while longer.

It gives me something on which to focus – a routine and discipline.

338,283 Visitors

394 Followers

56 Countries

2,365 Posts

11,754 Comments

FIVE YEARS!  Here’s to five more!

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(Now, if I could just find that WOMAN!)

FTC – Red Devil gives me nothing!

This Whole ‘Making A Blog’ Thing Is More Difficult Than I Remember!

The other day I was playing with settings in WordPress, thinking about making some stylistic changes to the GiA blog.

And I hit a wrong key.  Or something…

FIRST, I saw my blog, with pictures of carrots instead of cacti!  Then, I noticed many of the staples of my blog page missing.

And I had to get to a doctor’s appointment!

SO, I posted a hurried apology and left.

And late that night, I was able to get GiA reconfigured back to her former glory – well, about 85% of it.

WHAT A PITA!

As to the next part – do I bother to tweak it back to the original, or do I just go ahead and move on to my ‘improvements’?

Who knows?  I’ll figure it out.

EVENTUALLY.

We get what we pay for!  :-P

Apologies…

In planning some changes to my blog, I inadvertently hit a wrong button, and it changed!

Sigh.

Of course, now I need to research where I made the error, and make corrections.

And, I’ve an appointment this morning (!) so, off I go!

Later.

What’s In A Name?

Billy Shakespeare said that.

I’d a recent experience, wherein I left a blog post comment @ one of my blogfriend’s™ blogs.  A few minutes later, it occurred to me that I’d addressed him by someone else’s name!

And there was no method in his blogging software by which I could make a correction.

(I did go back and make a second comment, apologizing.)

This reminded me of a year-or-so ago, when a kind soul sent me a few dollars on my sidebar Paypal link.  (hint, hint).  It was late, I was preparing to retire, and had taken my evening meds.  (HALF of the medication I am prescribed has possible side effects of memory loss!)

And I thanked him profusely, using a wrong name!

Then, I sent him another email, apologizing.  Hopefully, I got it right the second time(?)  I’ve not heard from him ever again.

Sigh.

At least, in the few significant personal relationships I’ve had in my lifetime with the opposite sex, I’ve not uttered another woman’s name whilst in flagrante delicto!

I don’t think?  I wasn’t on this kind of medication, then…

I don’t know…

SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM II

at least it's with BACON!

at least it’s with BACON!

Yes, my friends, SPAM has reared it’s ugly head, yet again.

Not the unwanted and unwarranted comments by advertisers and weirdos…

BUT, for some unknown reason, two of my favorite supporters (and Internet friends), Brigid and Old NFO had recent comments sent to the SPAM file!

Mea culpa

I just need to check the SPAM file more often!

Sorry

Sigh.

 

Cat-A**-Trophy

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Belle, after a hard day of messing up my life

I generally do not allow the livestock into my room.  Because of mild allergies and annoyances – as it is my ‘sanctuary’.

HOWEVER, the ‘kitten’ Belle (who is now over one year; officially a cat) does sometimes get in.  She is generally friendly and loving (except the whole trying-to-trip-me-on-the-stairs thing).  And there is something soothing about petting a cat and hearing her purr.

BUT, she does like to explore, and find mischief.  Like going to my desk and retrieving wrapped sugar-free cough drops as toys.  Which she then drops to the floor, making them dog fodder – should they get in.  And for me to step on, later.

The biggest annoyance, though, is as my computer is open on my desk – she walks on and sometimes lays on the keyboard!  When this happens, two things occur:

  1. Somehow, she connects to illegal government security and/or porn sites  (SERIOUSLY, how does she DO that?)
  2. She presses combinations of keys making my use of the computer impossible!

The other morning, I began my usual rituals ending with sitting at my desk and starting to do my blog.  Suddenly, it became VERY clear that anything I typed (No, TRIED to type) wasn’t working!  It was as if the keyboard were haunted!  Periods became <, even when the caps lock was off!  Highlighting text (to cut and paste into my blog software) became very finicky and non-responsive.  I actually began thinking I would not be able to use my PC to blog on and would have to resort to my tablet, which would be much more difficult.

Much cursing, whining and praying ensued.

After roughly 45 minutes, some combination of keyboard tweaks I tried actually WORKED!  I was able to do the blog as I usually do, complete with correct punctuation!  HUZZAH!  Of course, I’ve no idea how I fixed things, exactly…

The plan, now, is to remove the wireless keyboard to an undisclosed location, if I am not using it, lest the kitten invade again.

And to figure out how she’s getting to those websites.

NO, not those ones!

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…

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