Archive for September, 2008

Dizzy Izzy & Electric Bulls

September 27, 2008

About 7 years ago, I broke my left pinky.  The story goes like this. 

Once upon a time there was a college student who played dizzy izzy with a club she was in.  The rules were 5 spins n the bat and then run 50 feet or so (I’m not good at guestimating distances).  We all did this without any mishaps and then faculty leader of the club said something along the lines of, “That wasn’t rediculous enough!  Do it again with 10 spins!”  Hmmm.  So ten spins I did and then I did one more on my way down to the grassy field.  I hyper extended my pinky, ring finger, and middle finger on the left hand.  Because of the way our bdies are designed, my pinky broke in order to prevent my tendon from snapping.  Tendons take way longer to heal so I was glad in a weird sort of way that Ibroke my pinky.  I also vowed to never play dizzy-izzy again.

Today I have added something to my “never again” list: riding electric bulls.  I rode one today and when I fell off, my leg did something a bit unnatural and my toe bent under my weight in such a way thatI broke it.  But it is n ordinary break.  Noooooo, I have to be unique in all I do.  It’s my MO.  As you can see in the photo, the tip of the bone near the joint broke off.  So whereas many toe breaks are taped together and they heal naturally, I am in a splint and on crutches and have to go see an orthopedic surgeon.  The nurse said, “I’ve never seen a break like that.”  Do I get points for originality?

I twittered about this as it was happening (i.e., in the exam room) and want to say thanks to Carol for making me laugh out loud in the patient first.  When I told her what happened she responded with, “Oh my gosh.  That’s EVEN BETTER [than dropping a hammer on it].  If you’re gonna break a bone, then you might as well do it while falling off an electric bull.”  I was kinda getting bummed out about the effect this is going to have on life so thanks fo lifting my spirits, Carol.

Advances

September 26, 2008

Let’s say hypothetically that an old boy friend (as in, a boyfriend from 12 years ago) “friends” you on Facebook.  And let’s say, hypothetically of course, that you decide to ignore this old boy friend since it was a…less than good relationship thinking, “Maybe he won’t notice.”  Then when old BF “friends” you again with a message attached that seems to lead you to think that maybe since he is an adult  now, he will behave as such so you accept his friend request and decide to give him a chance. 

If less than 12 hours after accepting the friend request the old BF leaves a comment on a picture (that he never had in this hypothetical situation, by the way) that he used to keep this picture above his bed, you decided to deleted the creepy comment and delete him as a friend, you might think he would get the hint that his advances (12 years after being dumped) are not at all (even remotely) welcomed.

But no, in fact this was not the case.  hypothetical ex-boyfriend decides to send you a message on Facebook tell you he loves you and he always will. 

So yes, this is not a hypothetical but an unwelcomed blast from the past.  And yes, I did permanently BLOCK this guy from being able to contact me EVER.  And NO it is NOT okay to pledge your love to someone you don’t even know anymore! The girl he dated is gone!  I am much different than I was 12 years ago, thank God.  Take a hint old BF!  And yes, I am a bit creeped out about this.

Objective

September 26, 2008

I am usually pretty good at remaining objective and then making a decision on the facts.  It’s part of my personality type so I’m not puffing myself up here.  And I am definitely not saying that I am always objective.  That said, it was hard for me to remain objective as this debate went on this evening. 

Reasons:

  1. Sen. McCain’s incessant emphasis of his extensive world travel (we get it already)
  2. Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama talking over each other.
  3. Sen. McCain’s incessant harping on Sen. Obama’s naivete
  4. Sen. McCain’s incessant use of the phrase “Sen. Obama (still) doesn’t understand
  5. Sen. McCain’s incessant character attacks of Sen. Obama
  6. Sen. McCain’s poor grammar (i.e., “…committee that oversights NATO…”)
  7. Sen. McCain’s obvious assumption that all military veterans think he is the best thing since sliced bread
  8. Sen. McCain’s shameless plugs for veteran’s benefits.
  9. The moderators use of the term “your rule as president.”  So far as  know, the president serves.  Ruling is what monarchs do.  Slip of the tongue?  Maybe.  I find it a significant slip of the tongue. 
  10. Sen. McCain’s shameless use of emotional rhetoric.  We don’t want to just feel good.  We don’t want a band aid and a pat on the head.  We want long term solutions to legitimate problems.  Sen. Obama’s response of “I have a bracelet too” did seem a bit cheesy, however, I think his point was, there are emotions on both sides of the issue.  There are veterans who actually oppose the war in Iraq.

Note to Senator McCain: We get it.  You don’t agree with Sen. Obama.  I have a humble request.  Can you just state that and then tell us why instead of bashing someone who is a colleague?  Your snarky comments are not appreciated and despite popular belief, it doesn’t make me think you’re cool and that I should vote for you.  Citing your extensive experience leads me to believe that maybe you are part of the problem and therefore not part of the solution.  Maybe your experience is what helped get us here.  Maybe a little humility would help you serve the country better whether in your role as a Senator or should you be voted in as the President.

Note to Senator Obama: Please don’t play into Sen. McCain’s snarky comments.

Photo by: Hong Kong dear Edward

Ravens, Lillies, and a Ball and Chain

September 26, 2008

Long before The Beatles sang Free as a Bird, the idea has long been a part of the human story.  We want to soar above the tree line and be wild and free in God’s bautiful creation.  How many children have probably said, “I want to fly like the birds, mommy.”  In fact, I would best the Wright brothers were inspired by birds in their pursuit to fly.  But let’s face it…even when we do strap ourselves to something that can assist us in this endeavor, it’s a bit more complicated than the birds.

Just as the beautiful idea of flight has inspired many, beauty is something that has inspired quite a few others.  The lily for instance is serene and simple in it’s beauty.  There are entire gardens devoted to displaying lilies.  They are used in weddings and they are a reminder in Easter-tide of the Lily of the Valley.  Though children may not often say, “I want to be as beautiful as the lily,” the beauty of creation in general has transfixed many of us.

So of the three items mentioned in my title, which one does not belong?  The Ball and Chain, you say?  Are you sure?  You mean a heavy black ball tethered to your leg is not desireable?  Interesting.  I wonder then why we decide to carry them around or drag them along so much.

22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
 27″Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

 Luke 12.22-31(NIV, italics added)

Carrying our worries around is quite cumbersome and taxing…kinda like having a large metal ball attached to your leg with a chain. 

Here’s to ditching the ball and chain!

Photo of raven by: dobak
Photo of lily by: *Mickey

Connoisseur of Sorts

September 25, 2008

Some are eperts in wines.  They study the wine as they swirl it with care in their glasses.  They smell the wine.  They sip the wine an are able to taste the subtle differences in grapes and soil and season.  Others prefer the world of beer.  The barley, the hops, the frothy head.  Instead of cabernet, zinfindel, or merlot, these folks prefer lagers and ales.  Then still others are quite enraptured with coffee.  These folks grind their own beans.  They smell the grounds.  They purify the water they use to make the coffee.  From the French Roast to the Italian Espresso, these folks know coffee.

Me?  I’m a connoisseur of sorts.  But my taste is a bit less refined.  My friends, if you want to know about coffee ice cream, I’m here for you!  My favorite so far?  Starbucks brand: Classic Coffee.  It’s so smooth and creamy!  Not at all like Breyers.  That’s last on my list.