Creed

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Defense attorney creed:

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When the facts are against you, argue the law.

When the law is against you, argue the facts.

When both the law and facts are against you, wave your arms and yell that the entire case is a set up!

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/For those who are not attorneys or know any personally/

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The original creed has the third line reading:

When both the law and facts are against you, plead guilty.

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Hence, the logic is that if you see a lawyer denying the validity of a trial or investigation, guilt can pretty much be assumed.

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Ordered a set of quality Bluetooth headphones at a great price from Amazon yesterday.  This will allow me to go cordless on the laptop which has blown its internal speaker circuity.  They are due to arrive tomorrow.

Unleashed

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No medical appointments until February.  After over a year of slice and dice and prick and prod, I have finally exited the experience of doctors and dentists for the next six months.  Knock on wood.  Woohooo!

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Granted, everything I’ve been through began as an elective treatment, something I chose to do.  And at this point, I have finally reached the point where it was all worth it.  I have everything the way I want, I have the medications I want.  I’m in pretty good shape, over all.  Not saying that I have the body that I had when I was 18.  But I’m not complaining.

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Now I can relax, nothing on the schedule, live life as I see fit.  No more counting off the hours, getting prepped, being there on time.  And no more surgery, no more healing, no more special care in the things I do.  I can just be me again, as I please, full time.

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Roasted the bag of chicken quarters last night, restocking the freezer.  There was room for it, but once again, there is not a lot of room to spare.  Oh well, I need to work on it as I learn to eat again.  As soon as the sore in my mouth from chomping down on a wayward cashew heals, I will be thawing steaks and ribs and loin and relearning to eat.

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I need to go stock up on fresh veggies.  And I need to get bagged peas and beans, but not until it cools down a little.  Small pots and pans rule until the weather cools.

Shopping

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Got my complete denture maintenance kit together in a plastic container.  Cleaning, adhesive, padding, pain.  All there in one place, clean, travel friendly.

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I also got more honey roasted cashews.  And a bag of chicken, more alfredo mix, some cheese risotto mix, and some replacements for things I’ve wiped out.  A moderate shopping spree.

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Today was payday.  Nice to see a balance left after the smoke has cleared.

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Things are slow after the burn session.  Plenty more catching up to do, but a little rest and concentrating on day to day stuff is useful too.  Won’t be going to Bryan yet, so Music School is not on my schedule this week.  But that’s okay.  Not quite ready for it.  And I haven’t learned to sing yet with the dentures in my mouth.  Playing a little music here and there, but it’s not a primary focus at this point in time.

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Myka is thoroughly enjoying the box for the laptop battery shipping.

Whew!

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Burned out.  82 discs total.  15 minutes a piece, plus an hour for logistics.  21.5 billable hours.  Took closer to 25 hours though.  It was a pain, but it’s nice to have the 400G available on the catch all drive.  I can procrastinate again.  I have another 6 (maybe 8) DVDs to burn from a different external drive, but I’m in no hurry there, as it won’t change what is stored on the drive.  I need to do some sorting before that happens.

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I still have the hard drive to hard drive backups to do.  But I can sleep during those.  And there is some sorting needed before that happens.  Plenty of time in the schedule, no hurry.

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Scanning is next, but not today.  The rest of the day is rest day.  I’ve been waiting for the computer battery to arrive today, which it just did.  It arrived 80% charged.

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Nice to have the primary browser back online full time.

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Used up the milk.  No spoilage.  The chicken/broccoli alfredo turned out well.  No leftovers.  Almost out of recipe chicken.  Time soon for another bag of leg quarters.  I think I’ll have room for it in the freezer, though I should think about peeling those crawfish tails from the fling.  They would go well in dirty rice.  Thinking about a tenderized sirloin.

Argh

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End of day 2: 63 down, 17 to go.  Procrastination, like karma, even for good reason, is a β!†©#.  Fortunately, I am well overstocked in DVD blanks, cases, and labels.  But I am tired.  At least the third day is a half day and not a full one.  I’ll make it.  The catch-all hard drive has lots of available space on it now.  Hardest part is doing without the main browser during the burns for the sake of RAM usage.

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Cooked the third batch of sausage gravy today.  Tonight will be the chicken and broccoli alfredo, when it cools down.  Then the milk will get used up on time.  No shortage of food to eat.

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I used the dentures to eat a ham, egg, and cheddar sandwich.  The teeth work well, but the gums are still a bit on the sore side where the extractions were made.  Adhesive will help, once I get the brushes to clean them.  I ordered the brushes from Amazon to get free shipping for the laptop battery.  I could have gotten then locally a week ago, but I couldn’t think of anything else as the shipping balance item.  Just as well, I’m not quite ready to use them, though the dentures work quite well.  Sharp little suckers.  Got pastrami, smoked turkey, gouda, baby swiss, and provolone as an incentive for future sandwiches.  Until then, I’ve got plenty to eat.

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Feels good to be on my own time and feeling up to making use of it.  Between work, medication side effects, medical procedures, and other people making use of my time, it’s good to finally be in the clear.  The last 12 months have been an ordeal.  I’m happy to see some free time that I can call my own.

Nothing happened today

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Well, I did make a store run.  Got DVD blanks, a prescription, cat litter, etc.  But otherwise, nothing happened.  Well, I did dishes and cooked pasta, got Myka some grass to munch.  Seriously, it was a lazy day.  I went through some old photos, looking for stuff to scan.  (Seriously, who was that girl?)  Some of them will show up here.  But I really didn’t do anything.  Don’t mind following the news in Washington, or playing guitar, or wearing Myka out.  It was a nothing day.  Nothing happened.

Chomp

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I think they’re stable and usable.

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I also think I have reached the point where it’s finally all been worth it.  Today was my last doctor appointment for six months.  (Okay, one more dental follow up just to check progress in adapting.  Nothing expected to happen other than talk.)

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Doctor appointment today went well.  Going to test a step up dosage on the valsartan.  Everything else went well.  Testing won’t be done for half a year.  I am off the hook.  I think I finally reached the point where I can say that it was all worth it.  Whew!

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Now if I don’t get called for jury duty again.

Scanner

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Six months after getting the scanner, I finally got the software installed and the unit working.  Actually a good image, considerably better than $55 price tag would indicate.  And I like the flexibility of the output, capable of doing what I want it to do, which is just placing the image in the folder I want without trying to do a bunch of other stuff.  I like its mix of simplicity and quality.  The prolonged delay says much about this year thus far.

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Now the next task is plugging in the external disk recorder.  I have a bunch of DVD backups to burn.

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The last of the big recipes have finally been consumed, dishes washed.  As hot as it is, doing a lot of easy grazing from the fridge, cabinet, and microwave, for which I am well stocked.  Thawed out ham and stadium bratwurst.

Session 2

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Got a second adjustment yesterday, and the plates are considerably better.  Next Tuesday should be the date for relining.  That should be the end of it, except perhaps a follow up.  Then I can learn to eat and sing, as they won’t be changing after that (hopefully).

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Taking the day off today, tomorrow is the birthday party in Elgin.  First public appearance for me and Egee.  I dread it, in a way, too much gregarious attention.  But I’m determined to have fun anyway.

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The weekend will be my time to catch up on chores, backups, installations, etc.  No shortage of catch up here.

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Lots of baby birds on the wing, being tutored by their parents.

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Bowed out of the party tomorrow.  It’s a little too soon after surgery to be out in the summer heat and carrying on.  Antibiotics still affecting my system, even though I finished them days ago.  Teeth not quite there.  Just not in the cards to be kicking up my heels yet.

Getting there

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Gums have almost healed.  Still some sensitivity when pressed, but overall settling down.  Still eating honey roasted cashews.

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Might be a busy week.  A Bryan run tomorrow morning.  Dentist appointment Tuesday.  After that, it’s up in the air.

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Playing a little music here and there.

Honey Roasted Cashews

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Had the dentures adjusted today, and they are MUCH better.  I put a Seabond strip in the lower plate, and I ate the celebratory honey roasted cashews.  It has been a looooong time since I have tasted any.

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Spaghetti for dinner tonight.  Not quite ready to eat in public yet, still a bit of healing to do, so the salad bar will keep, but I definitely look forward to it.

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I am more optimistic by magnitudes about the way they’ll work out for me.  I can relax this afternoon.  Things are definitely looking up.

Done!

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The slice and dice is finally over!!!!!!!!!  (Chomp chomp, as soon as the numbness wears off.)

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Q: How do you take a pain killer before the procaine wears off, when you can’t drink fluid without drooling it all over the place?

A: Crank up the washing machine.

#6 Egee

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My 6th guitar, hereby dubbed Egee is a Takamine EG523CDX12.  (12 string)  It has just entered my possession.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 – Electric solid body, unbranded and unnamed, purchased with S&H Green Stamps in 1966.  I experimented it to death, since I never really learned to play it.  (I still have the amp and it still worked the last time I plugged it in a few years ago, despite a slight tear in the speaker cone.)

 

#2 – Ny A nylon string guitar that I bought in 1968 for Sharon, who gave it back to me when we broke up.  I don’t remember the brand, it wasn’t expensive.  I took it to college and performed on stage with it, gaining SROs at the Basement.  I gave it to a friend after getting #3.

 

#3 – Yammer Hammer A Yamaha FG160 dreadnaught acoustic that I bought in 1974 from a co-worker when I was working for Automatic Electric. It turned out to be an exceptional Yamaha.  I wore it out in the 24 years I played it, housed in the denim print carry bag.  Lots of fond memories and stories.  I was offered three different Martins for it, trades which I declined  (Stored in the closet.)

 

#4 – Meenie A Takamine G335 12 string dreadnaught acoustic that I purchased new in 1997.  18 years of joyful service until the bridge popped.  Plans are to get it fixed.  My favorite guitar thus far, with more than a few good stories. (Stored in the closet.)

 

#5 – Maha My second Yamaha, a FS720S concert acoustic that Vince Bell sent me when the bridge popped on the Meenie in 2015.  It is also one of the exceptional Yamaha gems, and played much the same way #3 played, so adapting to it was easy.  Most noted is the StarWars b/w hard case.

 

#6 – Egee The Takamine EG523CDX12 jumbo that I brought home 11 hours ago.  This one was was accepted from a friend, in lieu of money to be repaid.  It plays much like the Meenie, and it has the TK40 electronics/tuner built in.  It’s also the first time in my life that I will have two working guitars together for any length of time (assuming I survive long enough).

 

(6 hours until dental surgery)

The Approach

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Friday is getting closer.  Things are going well for the prep.  Most of the recovery prep is done.  All of this week’s cooking is done, the soup diet ready to roll.  I’m pretty much ready for the third and final.

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Finances have been rough the last three months, and I’ve seen the reservoir drop in large chunks.  I won’t hit dead bottom, but close enough.  At least I’ll have pearly whites to chomp with.  But I am having to reel in extraneous expenses, go back into saving mode.  It’s summer, my needs are covered.  Hunker down and catch up.

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Not doing too much otherwise.  Building up my stamina, getting myself oriented.  If I stay on top of it until surgery, I’ll get through fine.  No partying on the 4th to distract me.

Farewell to June

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As usual, this is a slow time of year.  Ten weeks of summer ahead, A/C humming along.  Not much to talk about.  Cleaning house, cooking, etc, mostly during the night when it’s relatively cool.  Jambalaya and sausage gravy due up next.

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Things are quiet.  Season of the vampire shift, sleeping the heat of the day away.  Tonight is the six month shift, storing emails, etc.  Receipts and snail mail files tucked away.  General data cleaning for the second half of the year.

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Got a portable console box for the truck seat this morning.  Got tired of holding my drink with my legs.  It has an adjustable drink holder, perfect for the water bottle.  I can even rest my elbow on it, sort of.  I may modify it a bit for that.

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Six days to the final surgery.  I’ll be glad to get it behind me.

Vet visit

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Myka got her annual vaccinations today.  Needless to say, she did not enjoy the experience.  But she is back home and was fed her wet food, and things are back to normal.  She will probably be on the down side for a day or two as she responds to the injections.

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That lets me off the hook for the the rest of the week and most of next week too.  Now I can get back to sleep and get in the rest of my snooze time.  A quick store run late tonight, after it cools down a bit.

Doldrums

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Sleeping a lot during the day, now that summer is here.  The med switch has been a very positive step, though I’m still not 100% on the digestive tract.  Can’t complain, though.  At least I’m no longer clogged.  My diet is much improved.

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Been some chaos in the brew, though I have tried to keep my distance.  Fortunately I’m not in anyone’s sights.  Enough said.

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Had the denture fitting with the teeth, and they do look nice, though the teeth are smaller than my real ones.  I’ll be getting the extractions and finished dentures on the 6th of July.  I’ll probably have a follow up visit afterwards, just to make sure they are working properly.  I have decided that the first thing I will buy after I leave the dentist office with my dentures will be honey roasted cashews.  May be a few days before I can eat them, but they will be ready and waiting for when I can.  Then I’ll go somewhere chic for a salad bar.

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The black picks were a bust, not the same thickness as the yellow ones, though the labeling said they were.  I ordered another 3 dozen of the yellow to make it half a gross.  I like the new picks.  I’ll even accept the yellow color at this point.  I like the picks.  Sweet.  Not sure what I’ll do with the gross plus of other picks I’ve got.  Give them away I guess, seed a few pick bowls.

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Not much going on, though I am getting ready to tackle a few of the procrastinated projects before the final slice and dice.  I am feeling more up for work than I have in a couple of months.

Med switch

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I gave up clonidine and now I’m taking valsartan for hypertension.  There are faint signs of improvement in the side effects.  It’s a little soon to see anything definitive, but I’m hoping for more, but I’m ready to take more drastic measures if it doesn’t resolve soon.  But I am hopeful.  clonidine is a rough drug, I’m not sad to be off of it.

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Got the new D’Andrea delrex picks today, and I like them, despite their bright yellow color.  Now I’m going to get some of the black ones.  I don’t want the reputation of being a lemon picker.  But I found my replacement for the discontinued Pro Grips.

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Not much else to talk about.  It’s summer, soggy, warm, sedentary.

Dentist – round 2

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The first mold came back from the producer, and adjustments were made to fit my bite.  Then they were epoxied together to be sent back to the producer.  The top had a vacuum fit that is difficult to dislodge.  I also got to pick out the tooth color, a shade brighter than my natural color.  They will be pretty and look natural.

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I was expecting extractions today, but that won’t be for another two visits.  I try the fit with teeth in two weeks, then extractions in early July.  I expect finished dentures by mid-July if the schedule goes as I imagine.  If not, early August.

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So I can still sing.  And I need to take stuff from the freezer to thaw.  Soup diet is at least a month away.

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In the meantime, I have plenty to keep me busy.  Backup DVDs, install the scanner software and test, and plenty more.  I may even get in a few recordings as a singing comparison for before and after.

Rough Weekend

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Spent in excess of 36 hours on my back to avoid extreme abdominal pain this weekend.  Again, it was the clonidine’s constipation bringing everything to a halt where it mixed a very nasty toxic brew, some of which irritated the appendix.  Standing for longer than 2 minutes was impossible for a while, due to pain, low blood pressure, distorted vision, nausea, weakness.  It was no fun, and it put a major crimp in my plans.  And while that mix is still inside me, the extreme symptoms have subsided.

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Prepping for Friday and the main dental process.  I hope that I have fully recovered despite the set back of the weekend.  I am working toward it as steadily as I can.

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Restrung my guitar today.  As usual, big difference.

Dentist

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First visit to the dentist was last Friday.  Got a panoramic x-ray and mold sets done.  I go back on June 8th for the slice and dice.

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So I have time to eat spare ribs and other chewy things for a couple of weeks.  And did I make enough of them.  14 ziplocks, with at least two ribs in each, sitting in the fridge, waiting for the freezer to be juggled.  Those two rack packs go a loooong way.

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Strange online event concerning the ribs.  In chat I was talking about them, and a 40 year old woman thought we were having a gay booty call.  She was so uptight and immediately judgmental, snap attack on our innocent conversation that she saw as perversion.  That woman sure had a dirty mind under that self-oppressed exterior.  Aggressive politics is everywhere these days.  Could make for an interesting piece of fiction/social commentary.

Spar’s

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Sweet spare ribs for the weekend.  (Extra brown sugar in the sauce.)

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Summer

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Got to 95°F yesterday.  It’s summer.  A/C has been running for a few days.

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I’ve picked out my dentist, affordable, well rated.  All I need to do is get my body up to snuff.  It’s been a little slow in bouncing back from this spring’s barrage of activity.  But there is no time pressure on the schedule.  I’m hoping to have it done in two weeks (by the end of May).  It is summer now, so the distractions are wilting.  Looking to begin the first of next week.

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For the weekend, it’s rest and medication, in prep for the next week.

Snip

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Cut my hair today.  Got a thumbs up.

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Myka got a new scratch pad, belated birthday.  She has gone nuts over it. Not sure what she’s smelling (didn’t open the cat nip bag), but she has been all over it.

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Getting ready for dental work.  A little slower than first projected, but not a big problem there.  I have ample window for it.  The ball is rolling.

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Almost recovered from the Fling, still tail draggin’ a bit, but things are getting done.  Stayed home from music school tonight.  Looks like a typical summer this year.  90s coming on schedule.  Still no steady high dew points, but they can’t be far behind.  A/C is ready to run.  Fan is sufficient for now.  The wild flowers are folding.  A farewell to spring.

 

Rainy day

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My body is starting to rebound from last weekend.  A little slower than usual, but there was the trip to Bryan, not to mention errands.  But I am starting to get the rest needed to mend and rejuvenate, at least for starters.  Unpacked the guitar today.

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Need to call UHC and see what sort of dental insurance I have.  It was largely gutted late last year, what little assistance there was, but there might be a bit of help on x-rays, etc.  Then I can get started.  Haircut first.

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Not much else going on.  Lots of sleeping.  It rained today, a perfect excuse for vegetating.  Not that I need one.