Friday, November 3, 2017

Medical update plus whatever comes into my head.

My brother in law is in a rehab facility. He's improved a bit but he still moves between reality and into some product of his imagination. My poor sister is holding it together but I know this is wearing her down. All my other sister and I can do is offer her as much help and support as we can.

In other matters we have had an unusually warm Fall. At 7:10 on Friday evening it was 71 degrees and in typical New England fashion there's potential for snow at the end of next week. If you don't like the weather, wait a minute.

Locally in Massachusetts they have just passed a law against what is called distracted driving. I suppose that covers a host of things though I have not researched myself. I can only guess eating and drinking are part of it but it's really aimed at phones and the various things you can  do with them. Right off the bat I will say that I don't have high zoot phone. I have an inexpensive, basic phone. I don't need all those apps. In some respects a lot of technology has passed me by and that's ok. I think it's all fantastic though I do find some of it annoying. A friend has a new car and turning on the radio was needlessly busy. The GPS and your phone are all linked to an infotainment center. Press radio, set your station and then it asks you, "Is this the station you have selected?" and you have to press yes. For God sakes! Just get on with it! Remember reaching over and turning the radio on with a knob, which also controlled the volume, and if you had already set the station, you were done!

Getting back to the phones, I wonder what the police feel about this. While it is a good law in theory, it seems to be just one more thing that they will have to be on the lookout for. Then there are the people walking around staring at the little screens. Oblivious to others and sometimes oblivious to traffic. Once again I think the fact they have shrunk your old desktop computer down to something you can carry around in your pocket is amazing but it's also turned some people into phone zombies. I guess I'm just at the stage of life where I am simplifying, not complicating my life. Things are complicated enough. 

I think about all the things that have happened in my lifetime. The Korean War, television, rock and roll, the space race with the Soviets,. The Soviets themselves. I remember Khrushchev saying, "We will bury you!" Watching all the space launches in school. Around here the election of John Kennedy, then the assassination of Kennedy. Then watching live as Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby. Two months later the Beatles. The Vietnam War. The killing of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. The riots at the Democratic convention. Woodstock. Watching the U.S. land men on the moon in my living room. The Beatles break up. The Kent State shootings. The gas crunch. Watergate and Nixon resigning. Once again around here, the Blizzard of '78. And this is still the 1970's.

There's so much more to remember right up through to the World Trade Center and the present day state of affairs. I guess in reality it's just me realizing that I'm aging. I really didn't think about it until about a year ago which is about when I stopped working. And now there's my brother in law, who has recovered a bit, but in reality this could play out in several ways.  

Anyhow that was a bit of a ramble. I will try to be back on a more regular basis and I want to thank all of you who always visited here. I do appreciate it.
I'm outta here.        

Monday, October 23, 2017

Family medical matters

Since we've been back from our little vacation my brother-in-law has taken ill. There has been an uptick in pressure and other family concerns. At the moment he is stable but he could go either way. All I can do at the moment is to be there for my sister. There will be a hospital move coming up in the near future which for all these years has been very convenient. It's (the hospital) very close by and will be closing soon. It will remain open as an emergency room and for prompt care.I spent six weeks there in September 1963 with a case of ruptured appendix. Getting back to my brother-in-law, there's the potential he might not be going home and have to enter a facility or worse...
Considering all that's going on my sister is handling it well. Now these kind of situations can create some family tension and that has happened. I won't get into details as this whole episode is still unfolding.
As for other matters, the weather has been wonderful. I can't remember a better October even as I write this the sun is out and we're heading for another 70 degree plus day. Rain is coming Tuesday into Wednesday but we need it. Arlene and I went to another new restaurant in town and it was enjoyable but none have topped our original favorite Raso's. Because of our local proximity to Boston the building of a hotel has caused all these new restaurants to pop up and it has been enjoyable to explore these places. What else are you going to do when you retire besides go out and eat.

 I started this particular entry a couple of weeks ago. I had two videos from our vacation that I uploaded to YouTube. I know you have already seen them Gere but they have been sitting here for a few weeks and that was the original idea of this blog entry.  

So that's it for now. I have a busy day ahead of me so I best get out of this chair and into the shower.
I'm outta here.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

We're back

Leading up to our little three day trip the weather looked like it could be iffy but for the most part it was fine. Sunday was overcast with sprinkles of rain here and there but it didn't matter. We sat on a bench watching the ocean beyond the empty beach. It was quite relaxing though there was a steady stream of cars on the road behind us. there were still visitors to the island which of course included us. At our hotel there were cars from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Pennsylvania and of course Massachusetts. I didn't take many pictures as we've seen a good part of the place and nothing out of the ordinary was happening. I did get out early on morning and walked down to the water to watch the sunrise. There was one lovely sunset but I didn't have my camera and wasn't in a good position to get a shot.


I crossed the street on my way back to the hotel and looked back.

 So it was a relatively short time but it is always nicer than hanging around here. The day we left, Tuesday, was picture book. Just lovely, but we had to leave. Cape Cod is a lovely place to drive through and as you move further north the road becomes more highway instead two roads and the traffic thickens. The closer you get to Boston the more congested it gets. Still it was only about 10:30 A.M. and I do like seeing the city skyline the distance.

One other thing that I have enjoyed for the last few days is a you-tube video that has had me laughing even just thinking about it. Arlene received it a couple of days ago.  It was originally posted some six years ago. Try not to laugh!

Oh the laundry! I'm outta here.