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Tonight’s the night, actually tomorrow’s the day
September 2, 2015, 2:58 pm
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Tomorrow’s test goes a long way in determining if I have a pace maker implanted. Yeah, it’s been a hell of a day.

Typical Me
August 27, 2015, 2:56 pm
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Wore a Zio cardiovascular patch. 1.7% of my left ventricular beats were wrong.  Yeah, that can lead to sudden death especially if the pumping function is low, like less than 35.  My echo = 47.  Great number.  A month later CTA = 37.

Cardio physiologist says the numbers are too different to make a decision on an implanted defibrillator.

Another echo in 2 weeks.

Surprise. Surprise. I haven’t been sleeping well. went to a psychiatrist today.  He wrote me a prescription. Said, “These will help you sleep and keep the nightmares of dying at bay.”

Sure hope he’s right.

June 26, 2015, 4:57 pm
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I been having uncomfortable feelings in my chest for a while; 2 years maybe more. Only happens occasionally. 6 weeks ago I got scared. Heart didn’t feel right. Got dizzy. Lasted about 30 seconds. 20 seconds longer than ever before and much, much more intense. 

Went to my cardio and saw his PA. She’s a little more conservative than he is; recommended a 30-day heart monitor. Got off that last week. 

PA told me this afternoon that my blood work looked great!!!   I was also down 10 pounds.  The echocardiogram was good. The monitor looked ok

Any questions?

Yes. If I gave you 2 dates and time can you look them up?


Gave her the first timeframe.  

Kind of a frown. What’s the second time?

Big frown

She said those were the only two times she made note of. What were the symptoms?

Not tightness, but more like my heart had no room to expand and contract. Didn’t last more than 8-10 seconds. 

She said, both of those times my heart beat from the bottom to that top. It’s called V-Tach.  Can be serious. Very serious.  But neither time did it exceed 5 beats. 

She wants to do more tests to determine if my bypasses are ok.  

Not want I wanted to hear.  Nowhere near what I wanted to hear

I’ve been exercising really hard for the last couple of weeks.  It’s the best I’ve felt in a year.  

I really expected good news. 

Oh well. 

It’s Not Always The Benjamins
June 23, 2015, 9:20 am
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Sunny.  Hot.  The first extended hot streak of the summer.

So Alex go a summer job.  Without getting into specifics, it’s in the automotive care industry.

The salary is not all that great . . .

but . . .

2 weeks ago they used his car to certify their mechanics in a couple of fields.  Last week the same thing.  More this week also.  Alex figures that he’s got about $1,200 worth of work and new parts for free.

Additionally today, the manager is buying a couple of parts for Alex at 1/2 price.  Then the 2 of them are getting outside-the-box training.  :)

And the fact that he’s lost 20 pounds is a very added plus.

Nope, it’s not always the number on the check.

What Would Have Freud Said
June 15, 2015, 1:14 pm
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It’s rare for me to have a sexually oriented dream.  Last night was an exception.

It started off really good . . . and then . . .

I’m at a party or a club surrounded by a bunch of really good looking 20 year old girls.  We’re all having a fun time.  Goes on for hours.  Then some sexual tension begins.  It becomes more and more obvious how the night was going to turn out.

One of the girls takes my hand and we’re magically transported to a sleeping area in an abandoned warehouse.

Some preliminary foreplay (which may be a redundant term)

I unbuckle my belt.  I unbutton the top of my pants.  I unzip my pants,

My . . . (you know what) pops out and I notice . . .

It’s covered in dust.  Heave duty coat.  Can’t see my skin.  So I begin to blow the dust off . . .

End of dream.  (but that’s OK, probably would have been the end of the night anyway)   :)

Fell Down……Went Boom!
April 12, 2015, 2:35 pm
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I was really pooped Friday afternoon.  Decided to run the block, 0.44 miles. 

I struggled. I mean really struggled.  I got 3/4 of the way through and noticed that one of my neighbors was getting some work done on their back yard.  

I looked away for just a moment. Of course that would be the moment the sidewalk had an uneven spot.  

Yep, struggling so I wasn’t picking my feet up high enough. Tripped and fell. Took a couple of layers of skin off the inside of my left thumb and a couple of burns on my right knee. 

Fortunately no one was looking. That would have hurt. And a good thing…. I can still tuck and roll.  Dropped my right shoulder and wound up sitting on my butt. 

Win – Win
April 6, 2015, 9:09 am
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Been raining on and off for 30 hours.  Clouds get blown away around noon.  Mid-80;s  till Friday with a good chance of rain both Wednesday and Thursday.

My theory of betting is 3-fold:

Bet a little on a team I think will win.

Bet a little against a team I think will lose.

and . . .

Bet a lot on a game when I think one team will win and the other will lose.  Mind you my definition of a little is a couple of bucks, and a lot is $10.

But last night the star aligned.  St. Louis against the Cubs.  Wainwright throwing for St. Louis.  John Lester opened after his off season move to Chicago.  Lester is good . . . but it’s still the Cubs.  Their shortstop is questionable in the field and their right fielder is basically an unproven rookie; lots of power, but . . .

Both those deficiencies came into play last night as the Cars blanked the Cubs 3-0.

I actually put serious money on this game; 30 whole dollars..

It was a nice win for me.

I’m now at a new high dollar mark.  It’s enough to make some futures baseball bet that Alex is predicting ie.,  Rookie of the Year, NL Champs, World Series Champs, etc.

My run with the NCAA is over.  After being in the top 10,000, I’ve dropped to just over 2 millionth.  And it’s not going to get any better.  I didn’t pick either of the Final teams.


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