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  • Rich 11:26 am on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Going Without Coffee Sucks 

    After three days of continual headaches I gave up and started allowing myself one cup of coffee a day.

    I’m sitting at my desk at work, taking a short break because I’m up to my ass in alligators, and right now I’m wondering if a coffee pot and a straw would count as one cup.

    I’ve been distracted by problems at home and the usual trouble with my girlfriend and I haven’t done shit with my work stuff. So today I’m playing catch-up.

    You know, it just occurred to me that there’s something seriously wrong with that last statement. Why the hell should I have to deal with work on my days off? –How about, because I need my job?

    I’m sure that I’m the only one who’s ever had that problem. 😉

    I’m also having one of those days where I need to add sugar, lots of sugar, to my coffee. I haven’t because of blood pressure and blood sugar, But I really need some help to get me through this day.

    Don’t you just hate Mondays? I now it’s Thursday, but it’s my Monday, and so far it sucks more than a San Diego whore when the fleets in.

    The boss is coming in and wants to talk to me. I have no idea what they want, but this is rarely a good thing.

    Ah, well. Life goes on.

     
    • Rich 10:00 am on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

      Too Damn Old 

      I got out of bed, took my meds, took my shower and put breakfast in the microwave.

      While I was waiting I took my blood pressure. Even with the new meds it was 160/105.

      My blood sugar was high(150mg/dl). So I guess I’ll have to go back to the doctor and let him juggle my medication until they get it right.

      Shit. Heart palpitations are a sign of great sex. Just not before you finish.

      My waistline is now larger than my chest, I have trouble with breathing when I lay flat, and I get winded just looking at a flight of stairs.

      Hopefully the doctor can fix my blood pressure/sugar. At least until I can get this tired old body under control.

      I may be old, but I ain’t dead yet. And I refuse to go gentle into that good night.

      It looks like I’m going to have to be nice to my new doctor, if I’m going to out live any more enemies.

      Besides, I may have this cute little 30 something interested in a little extra curricular activity. –It’d be kind of embarrassing not to be able to live up to expectations.

       
      • Rich 2:08 pm on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

        Rain Storm in Las Vegas 

        It’s raining like a bitch here in Vegas as I write this and we’re expecting even more this evening.

        I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a grey, wet day that sucks the energy right out of me. So I’m going a little batshit trying to stay awake.

        I’m caught up on my projects for work, and the bosses are stuck in California. So now I’m trying to keep busy by redoing a bunch of old projects.

        I’m also drinking green tea – which has no caffeine and almost no flavor– and playing with my iPhone.

        I have a new program that adds captions to photos.

        Here’s the first one.
        WTF?

        Sometimes the photo is perfect.

        In case you haven’t noticed, I’m bored out of my skull.

        So….. did you know that you can buy ghost peppers on Amazon? Why you would do that to yourself I can’t imagine, but if you’re in to pain that’s a good place to start.

        More useless drivel to come.

         
        • Rich 12:26 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

          Caffeine Withdrawal 

          I had to quit caffeine. Which means no coffee, no black tea and no colas. My God that sucks.

          My blood pressure was high enough that I broke down and went to one of the walk-in clinics run by Southwest Medical. They checked my BP (185 / 105) and bumped my meds, told me to lose weight, give up salt, fatty foods and caffeine.

          I’m trying to go along with them. Heck, I even brought a salad for lunch.
          (One of the girls just said she’s going to In and Out Burger for lunch…. Bitch!)

          But my head hurts like the beginning stages of a migraine, and I generally feel like shit. I even gave the girls my Takis, they’re like hot Cheetos, but taste like they have even more salt.

          And the truth is, I feel so crappy that I thought there must be something serious wrong with me. So I Googled “caffeine withdrawal” and came up with this on OneMedical.com:

          Headaches are the most common symptom, occurring in about 50 percent of people experiencing withdrawal. But there are a variety of other issues that can accompany quitting caffeine, including:

          Fatigue
          Anxiety
          Irritability
          Depressed mood
          Difficulty concentrating
          Drowsiness
          Brain fog
          Flu-like symptoms with muscle aches

          Symptoms typically begin within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuing caffeine, peaking during the first two days, and can last all the way up to day nine. Although high-dosing coffee drinkers are more likely to experience intense symptoms, it only takes about three days of regular caffeine consumption to create the withdrawal effects. Re-introducing caffeine during the withdrawal period can actually reverse the symptoms within just 30 to 60 minutes, but that will make it harder to reach your ultimate goal of total abstinence.

          Yup, that describes me to a tee.

          And this; this is really depressing. –It’s empty.

          I just washed it carefully and am putting it on a shelf until I can have my coffee again. –Someday soon, I hope.

          I also put away my Nespresso machine and my coffee pot.

          The PAC I saw at Southwest Medical said I could drink all the green tea I want. Have you ever tasted green tea? It’s like drinking hot water.

          Yeah, I’m getting even crankier. I hope the people I work with have the good sense to leave me alone unless it’s really, really important.

           
          • Rich 12:42 pm on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

            Notebook and Sharpie Pen 

            A friend gave me this notebook to write in.
            Write what you ask? Why my thoughts of course. –She’s an old hippie turned new age, whatever they call themselves.

            notebook

            Dance in the rain? Yeah right, my mamma said I had a choice, I could get struck by lightning, or I could get struck by her hand if I didn’t get my ass back in the house.
            Yup, she instilled in me the good sense to come in out of the rain.

            Any way, on recommendation of a travel writer, I tried a sharpie pen, which is exactly what it sounds like, a very fine point sharpie.
            fine tip sharpie

            You can see what happens when you don’t lift your hand high enough or tilt the pen too much. At least it doesn’t bleed through. Because of the way I write it still makes a mess. –So it’s back to ball points.
            sharpie text
            (And for those of you who know me, I can read it even if you can’t.)

             
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