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The above image is a sign frequently seen in US restaurants, which reads, “No shirt, No shoes, No service.”  In many places, this is a matter of law, ostensibly for hygiene reasons.

What occurred to me is – it seems it would be perfectly legal and acceptable for men or women to walk into establishments displaying this sign, and as long as they wore a shirt and shoes, they need wear nothing else!  LOL!

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Updates and/or confessions . . .

Well, it has certainly been a year.  My wife and I were talking recently about all that has happened since Halloween 2016, which was about when we put the gas fireplace insert in the house, and trying to do the numbers.

Here is what I came up with:

Fireplace Insert             $3500.00

Hot Water Heater             500.00

New HVAC System       4500.00

Refrigerator                       450.00

Car starter (2x)                 300.00

Repair Oil Leak              1000.00

Which, I do believe, tallies up to just over $10K in house and car maintenance, in just over one year.  On the agenda for the coming year – replace our 20 year old car, and try to regain access to our garage.

Now for the confession.  This is something that has been in the back of my mind since my Thanksgiving post about my friend Francine.  So far, we haven’t heard any news about a change in her status, but the truth is, even if there had been a change, her family would be so busy with everything that they wouldn’t likely be thinking of updating a Facebook page.

But, the fact that she is dying (or has died) from cancer got me thinking of how surprised I was to hear the news.  Which reflected back on me – some things I haven’t put in my blog, so none of you know anything about them.  While they aren’t as imminently life threatening as cancer, it still feels dishonest to not tell you what is going on.

So, let’s back up about 6-7 months.  I’d been using my home gym to build strength, and muscle tone, and I really felt things were starting to turn around for my health and fitness.  Then, one day I woke up, and couldn’t raise my left arm up to shoulder level in any direction.  The pain of attempting to move it at all was severe.  My initial reaction was, “Oh,, I probably pushed that last workout a bit hard, and I’ll just need a few days off.”  Well, a few days became a couple of weeks with no improvement, so I asked my wife what she thought I should do.  After some discussion, she said she thought it was “frozen shoulder” – something I’d never heard of before, and suggested I go to the chiropractor.  And I did.  It didn’t even take him a whole minute to confirm her suspicion.  “Oh, yeah, that’s frozen shoulder, alright.”  He ran me through some range-of-motion tests, then gave me some home-exercises to do to “loosen it up.”  He also said that, while cheap, this was the LONG, SLOW path to recovery, but it would work.

Now, today, I only sleep about 1 1/2 hours at a time, and it has been like this for 6 months.  I’m in pain constantly, and while the exercises have my range of motion back to about 85% of normal, the pain has not reduced one bit.  When bad weather affects arthritis, or migraines kick in, that is on top of the trouble with the shoulder.  It has reduced me to a babbling wreck more than once, as well as causing me to miss some past Saturday posts.  I don’t know what to do anymore.  I even have trouble remembering what day it is, without help from my computer.

So, this isn’t actually killing me, but it has seriously screwed up my quality of life.

Oh, and in keeping with the updates and confession theme of this post, the new program I’m doing for the migraines has had a noticeable effect now.  While the migraines aren’t usually as sharp as they were, they also don’t tend to go away anymore – ever.  It has been like this for a couple of weeks.

I’m ready for a new game, perhaps even a new avatar.  This one is busted.

Next lifetime – can I be Supergirl?  PLEASE?

My Wife Is Hot . . .

I always thought so, but now I have scientific proof.

You see, my wife had the bright idea of trying to identify what was generating heat in our house, to see what we could do to reduce our utility bills.  So, to accomplish this, she suggested that I go on eBay and buy a non-contact digital thermometer, so we could see what was generating heat (or leaking it) around our house.

We managed to get one that was only around $15 USD, so we weren’t upset at the price.  It arrived the day before yesterday, and we started identifying heat flows.

We confirmed that our bathrooom is the hottest room in the house, at 73F.  The front door was 69F.  The water heater is 65F – when idle.  We haven’t tested it while it’s actively heating water, yet.

So, since the objective was to identify what we could use to passively heat the house during the winter, so we reduce the utility bills as much as we can, I got playful and aimed the thermometer at my wife while she was topless.  99F degrees.  The cats – 76F.  Me, 86F.

There seems to be no doubt about it – to best control our winter utility bills, my wife needs to be naked any time she’s inside our house.  She is the hottest thing in it!  LOL!

Saturday Posts . . .

Before I give you the quote, I should explain that in the video game this comes from, the characters call their world “Thedas”.  So, in the quote, every time you read Thedas, you can substitute Earth, and see if you agree that it applies to us.

“There is a danger to the natural order.  Legends walked Thedas once, things of might and wonder.  Their passing has left us all the lesser.”

“Yes!  Is Thedas so full of wonders that we should leave them to die, one by one?  Mankind blunders through the world, crushing what it doesn’t understand: elves, dragons, magic… the list is endless.  We must slow the tide or be left with nothing more than the mundane.  This I know to be true.”

Both of those quotes are verbalized by the character Morrigan, in the game Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Giving Thanks . . .

Today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA, and most people will sit down at some time today to elaborate meals shared with someone they care about, in celebration of the holiday.

For me, today has special significance because I was recently reminded of someone that I considered a dear friend when I first moved to the St. Louis metro area.  It was December, 1994, when we met, and she was one of my superiors at the job I moved there for.  No, she was more of a mentor, because we both did the same type of work there.  Her name was Francine.

Last Saturday, my wife saw a Facebook post by one of Francine’s relatives, announcing that Francine is dying of cancer.  The relative used the phrase “has finally admitted that she is . . . ” which says to me that Francine has been sick for some time.  She was expected to die within days, but I’ve heard no update since.

Anyway, this got me to thinking of the many people I knew and liked at that job – and how many of them have died of cancer.  Not many have died, but to a person, ALL who have died did so of cancer.  What does that say about the place where we worked?  Most died while still working there.

So, today I’m giving thanks for the MANY wonderful people who have touched my life over the last 55 years.   Some had minor appearances in my story, some inspired whole chapters.  They were all special, and I’m forever grateful to have known them.  It will be a while, but eventually I will see them again.  The great video game of  LIFE always respawns with a new character.

Saturday Posts . . .

Here is another piece of wisdom gleaned from a video game.  This was found in the “Rise of the Tomb Raider” game, and was attributed to a disciple of a “prophet”.

“No man has ever told the truth about God, for no man can ever know.

There is more sacred in the heart of a farmer or soldier than in the hearts of lords and emperors.

We are all of us deceived by those that claim to speak on behalf of the creator.

No man speaks for Him, for His voice is the sky, the water, and the flow of the world.”

A terrible joke . . .

While I was playing a video game today, the antics of one of the bad guys inspired me to imagine this:

A married couple, Hal and Lucy, had such a string of luck with Lottery winning that they discussed between them the possibility of buying their own country.  They had ideas on how to make it a paradise, and a utopia.  The discussions became quite detailed, until they ultimately realized that what they were discussing was a Hal-Lucy Nation.

10 Years for US . . .

but a whole lifetime for him.  I’m talking about our pet cat, Merlin, who joined our family 10 years ago today.  You can find our original announcement here:

https://mr-spock-rocks.com/2007/11/01/hes-here/#comments

Sorry I don’t have any update photos to share, but he still doesn’t pose for cameras.  He does purr a lot, and he still chases shadows.  Now, though, he prefers to chase shadows that we aren’t deliberately making for his amusement.