Sunday, December 18, 2011

I'm One of the Cheapest People I Know.

What's the bigger pisser.........

The fact that you have to make a special trip to the store for the one ingredient the receipe calls for that you never have, never use, and will never use again?


The fact that you forget to peel off and use the dollar off coupon on said item?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ode To Sonny Bono

What's dumber than tripping over raised sidewalk while running in the dark?

Walking with your head down, trying to figure out why your Garmin isn't connecting to the satellite and colliding with a tree.  A very large tree.  With a very solid trunk. 

Took a second or two to even realize what had happened.  Didn't even hurt initially.  The clue that something was wrong was Alicia saying "Oh my God, are you OK?"  I think I asked what happened.  "You ran into that tree".  I look up at the tree.  Run my tongue over my front teeth checking for chips because the blow to the top of the head caused my teeth to bang together.

I wonder if I am ok.  I flash back to Sunday's 49ers / Cardinals game.  Kolb took a knee to the back of the head and was taken out of the game with a concussion (and he had a helmet on).  Could I have a concussion?  Should I take myself out of the game?

I'm not dizzy, it's possible I'm a little disoriented, but I'm not in that much pain....and my teeth appear to be intact.  I will continue with my run and see how I do.

This by the way is the same run I tripped on the sidewalk a couple of weeks ago.  I was very careful to make sure I picked my feet up while running on that street, my knees are still scabbed.

When I got home I picked the bark out of my hair, asked Denny to check my pupils, and felt a little nauseated, which can be totally phychosomatic (not an easy word to spell....still wondering if that's correct), cause I've heard nausea can be a symptom of concussion.  I tried to stay awake long enough to watch the Biggest Loser finale, but kept dosing off.   I wondered if it was the possible concussion, or if I was just tired.

When I woke up this morning I figured I must be ok. 

Although I think maybe I rattled my brain a bit. 

Geeze, Me vs Tree......tree wins.

And that's why I don't ski.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Unexpected

I'm not the best navigator.  I take the wrong turn more times than I care to admit.  So often in fact that when I'm going somewhere for the first time and I find it without making a wrong turn it is a pleasant surprise.  I must also confess I have even been known to take the wrong turn when I'm going someplace I'm familiar with, like home.

When the kids were young we had a couple of exciting adventures because of this flaw trait.  Like the time we got lost in the hills of Fullerton and found glow sticks glowing on every corner, after we picked some up we realized they were markers guiding party goers to the party house.  Worked great, led us to the party...unfortunately we hadn't been invited.  We would have put them back too if, you know, I was a better navigator....cause darned if I could remember which way we came.  Hope everyone found the party, sorry about that.

Or take last night.  After working all day, and a meeting in the evening, I stopped by Tamara's on the way home.  When I left her place for home it was about 8pm.  I'm traveling north on East street (no wonder I get confused).  Usually I'll hop on the 91, but I missed it, I don't know why, maybe a little tired, maybe cause I was talking on the cell phone and slightly distracted?  Oh well, I figured I'd hang up and just stay on East, it's heading in the general direction and I'll figure it out eventually, right?

Then East changes to Raymond, no problem, I'm still heading in the right way.  And then the unexpected happens.  Just after crossing Chapman I find myself in a residential tract.  Uh Oh, this is how I usually end up lost, I'm so glad I have Survivor set to automatically record on the DVR.

Just as I was getting ready to click "go home" on my GPS, I see something to the left, just off Nutwood.  And then something up ahead.  What is that?  I've never seen anything like this before.  This is pretty darn amazing.  I need to drive around a bit and get the full effect.  THIS IS SO COOL.  I call Tamara and tell her she must get in her car and come see this.  "What is it?" she wants to know.  "I'm not going to tell you, you have to see it for yourself, I don't want to spoil it.  I'm going home, but if you come and see it, tell me what you think". 

About 15 minutes after I got home she calls and says "Yeah, that's pretty amazing".

I'm not going to say what it is, but if you are in Fullerton in the evening traveling north on Raymond, just after you cross Chapman, start to look for it....on the left at Nutwood.