Archive for July, 2009

My Time Machine

July 14th, 2009 2 comments

Facebook has become among many things, my own personal time machine. The only problem however is that I haven’t been able to find that Read-Only override setting.

I’m hoping that I don’t have to explain that sentence above. I’m sure that my readers are just bursting with the knowledge and excessive brain activity that will preclude me from having to take the time to explain that ‘Read-Only’ means, well just that; read only. It means you can look, but can’t change anything. Similar to a CD-ROM drive where you can put the CD (Compact Disk) in and view the ROM (Read Only Memory). Ok, I’m getting a bit technical here and I know how some of you feel about that.

Anyway, back to my time machine. I’m always running into and reconnecting with people from my past on Facebook. For the most part (those of you that have been paying attention) Facebook has been a pleasurable experience. It allows me to reflect back and make me realize just how old I’m getting.

In the movies, whenever our hero steps into a time machine, he/she is informed about how dangerous things can be if they go back in time and change anything. Even the most minute of changes could cause major catastrophe and in turn cause the universe to implode or explode or whatever universes do when they cease to exist. Our hero in this case isn’t hampered by a ‘Read-Only’ time machine.

Now that my extreme geekiness is beginning to show, perhaps I should get to my point. The point being that Facebook has become my personal time machine although read-only. I’ve been able to go back in time and reflect back on memories that I had way back in the day. I’ve been able to go back and think about some of the decisions I’ve made (both good and bad) and reflect back and wonder about the effect that such decisions have had on my life.

For the most part, I would leave everything almost exactly the way they originally went down. I’m a firm proponent of believing in the idea that “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” But I also believe that I should be given the opportunity for a mulligan (do over).

For example…

  • Would it really have been bad to go back and prevent my Kindergarten self from getting his finger smashed in the car door in the Schwegmann’s parking lot in August 1976? Seriously. Had I not gotten that injury (I lost a finger nail for a while) then when Missy Moore had (accidentally mind you) stepped on this same finger during nap time a couple of weeks later, I wouldn’t have had to return to the emergency room. That incident did nothing for me except make me reflect back upon it now and realize just how much if an idiot I was back then.
  • Would it also have been bad to go back and prevent myself from *ahem* putting rocks in my ears because the kids were too loud while waiting for the bus? Yeah, one got stuck, and it took another trip to the emergency room to get it out. Not to be outdone however, my younger brother did the same thing the following week, complete with his very own trip to the emergency room. To think that people actually used the expression, “Son! Do you have rocks in your head?” To which I could reply, “Well, as a matter of fact, there was this one time…”

Stupid shit like that, I should be able to do again, because although learning experiences. They sucked.

  • I would have never worn those green corduroys. What was I thinking?
  • I would have never had lit that bottle rocket that ended up hitting one of my friends, thus scarring him for life.
  • I would have never hit my grandmother’s dog on the head with a badminton racket, thus causing him to scratch me and leave a scar under my left eye.

Ok, most things that caused injury to me and others would be things that I would want to do away with. But I do realize that my personal relationships with people developed the way they were intended and I shouldn’t want to change them.

I would think that perhaps had I not gotten involved with this woman or that woman or any numerous of failed relationships that I’ve had, I probably wouldn’t have developed into the person that I am today. Without that, I wouldn’t have Susan in my life. She fell in love with the person that I am today (ok maybe more like 8 years ago) and without learning through life experiences that may not have happened.

It’s funny and somewhat ironic that some of my favorite Sci-Fiction television shows and/or stories revolve around some time manipulation device. I love pondering the ‘what if’ this never happened or ‘what if’ that would have happened instead. I like wondering what would change (if anything) if people were given the power to actually go back in time and not fall victim to read-only mode.

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The Power of Music

July 10th, 2009 1 comment

So, I’ve been making some trips to the doctor lately. Well, two doctors actually. One is an Ear/Nose/Throat specialist and the other is my general practitioner. I’ve been suffering from allergies year round for like the past couple of years, so I decided to do something about it. So with the combination of prescriptions I’m taking, I’ve been feeling somewhat “out of it” (for a lack of a better term).

What I mean by “out of it” is that I get these bouts of dizziness often. If I turn my head too quickly one way or the other, I space out. I also get these periods where I’m confused. It’s really hard to explain really. But a good example would be something that occurred last night:

On my way home from work yesterday, I called my wife to see what she would like for dinner. I had to stop at the grocery store anyway, so I thought I would get a suggestion from her. She requested Chinese, which would work because there is a Chinese place practically next door to the grocery. So I decided to pop into ‘Hot Wok’ and place and order and then do my grocery shopping while they were cooking my food (‘About 10 minutes’). Anyway, apparently I had paid for the meal after placing it, when I went to go pick it up after shopping, I couldn’t remember if I had paid or not. The woman behind the counter thought I was crazy for trying to pay for my food for a second time.

On top of the dizziness and confusion, I’ve been having somewhat restless nights. I toss and turn and I feel like I’m just lying there in bed the whole night watching the alarm clock. Yet, I must sleep because I know I’ve been having dreams (although bizarre ones, which is another story altogether).

So hearing the alarm clock go off this morning didn’t sit well with me. I felt like I didn’t sleep at all, but wanted to get coffee going, only to step into cat vomit (this is starting to sound a bit familiar). Grumpy Bob became Grumpier Bob and even more grumpier once I realized the air conditioner wasn’t working (deja vu). It’s also garbage day, and I neglected to get the garbage out the night before. Oh, and my father-in-law is coming over tonight, which means that my wife is going to be a complete ball of stress for the entire day because well, she stresses about these things.

So, I’m frantically trying to get things done. Get coffee going first (a guy has his priorities), fix the AC, and wonder what to do about the cat vomit that is on my bedroom carpet. I don’t want to make too much noise while my wife is sleeping because I was already having a bad enough day to have to deal with the wrath of Susan. Luckily she woke up on her own! Whew! I can address that mess now without having to fear for my life.

By the time I had gotten everything done, I realize that an hour has gone by since I woke up. So it was non stop since I woke up and I still haven’t had my first cup of coffee. I got the trash out to the street, addressed the litter boxes (we have three) and got ready for work.

So, I’m tired and grumpy and have to go to work now to boot (thankfully it’s Friday). I get into my car and turn on the radio to discover that Walton and Johnson are still running repeats. My CD player has a CD that’s stuck (I need to figure out how to get that disc out), so I either listen to what I have in the CD player (again) or put on the ear-buds and listen to what I have on my iPhone.

I put the song list on shuffle (I like to be surprised) and put it on full blast. I’m blessed with Detroit Rock City (KISS) and as I’m driving down my street, I find myself singing along with Paul Stanley, which I can assume must have been loud because I began hearing myself over the song. But the strange thing was, it perked me right up. I no longer cared about the ordeal I just went through at home, nor was I bothered about my commute to work.

Now, I need to just make it through the day (and night).

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Subway – Eat Fresh!

July 9th, 2009 3 comments

I’d like to take the time to mention that one of my readers has opened up a Subway in Metairie, LA.   I encourage all of my readers to show her some support and stop by the new Subway located on 2309 David Dr. in Metairie.

Is there anyone that doesn’t like Subway?  

So if you’re in the area of that Subway, hell even if you’re not in the area, you should stop by, grab a sandwich and a cookie and enjoy.

Subway via Google Maps

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