Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Ides of April

OK, so today isn't really the Ides of April, that would technically be the 13th of April. But I thought the title sounded a lot better than "tax day" or something like it. So I am going to go with it, as inaccurate as it may be...

Pammie came by this morning and commented that she thought I would be made crazy by some of the comments yesterday - they clearly misunderstood what I was saying. I thought about arguing here. But decided against it. I do worry about reading comprehension though.

So, changing the subject... you might ask... "what's new?"

Well, A couple of you may remember that I am a big fan of American Idol. I am so disappointed to say that this year I don't care who wins. I just don't care. The only one I might have cared about left last night. He has a great amount of talent and charm, I think the structure of the show just crushed his art. So, best wishes to you Andrew Garcia, I hope you have a brilliant future.

How's my shoulder? Well, I finally went to the doctor again this week - 6 months after he told me to come back if it didn't get better.... He took an x-ray, diagnosed an impingement as well as rotator cuff issues, and referred me to an orthopedic dude. I haven't heard from the orthopedic department yet. I will call if I haven't heard from them by the end of today. The pain and limited mobility are really getting old. I hope, hope, hope that there will be an easy answer.

Yesterday I got a county clerk to accept my application for a passport. I stupidly let my old one expire - by years past what can easily be renewed. So I had to do the whole process over again. It is not as easy as it used to be. I thought I had all my "papers in order" on Monday when I went to a passport acceptance agency, and they just looked at it and told me I would need an inordinate amount of paperwork that would be ridiculously difficult to obtain. They didn't even like the looks of my state issued birth certificate. I felt that I had moved to some third world country where I needed to press a hundred dollar bill into a hungry clerk's hand. So, I managed to leave there without one cuss word leaving my lips. Yesterday I started anew with an application and took it to a different place and carefully explained why I don't have my old passport and why I have an addendum for all the frigging names I have had and that the State of Pennsylvania would only send me what they sent me for a birth certificate, etc. And she accepted my money, and stapled it all together and sent it off. If you currently have a passport, do not let it expire. In 1990 when I got my first one, it was not this difficult.

I have more news, but I am keeping it to myself for now.

And on message - no matter what happens, I trust God that all is well. Deep in my heart I know that. And no matter what, a drink will not make anything better, in fact, I can't think of anything worse than a drink... not even death.

7 comments:

Syd said...

I don't know whether it is reading comprehension or simply that writing often doesn't convey the exact message that one is trying to deliver. I scratch my head sometimes with comments, but realize that my part is that I have been too obtuse in what I wrote. I think that a verbal discussion on the subject is often much better. Have a good day!

dAAve said...

AI is a bit disappointing this year, but Michael Lynch has emerged as my favorite.

Good luck with the poassport and that's a good reminder for those of us who might need to renew.

chitowngreg said...

Glad you went to another location with the passport. I think with many things like that it can all be in who you deal with and whether the person works to find problems or solve them. Good reminder for our trying to have more of a "glass is half full" mentality. Good luck with it!

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Sober Move said...

I completely agree with your last statement. I choose to believe that God, the universe, whoever it is one believes in, is not out to make our life difficult. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Bad things may happen, but they happen for a reason, to teach us a lesson and ultimately to land us in a better place.

Banana Girl said...

I read your post about rehab and despite the ***tards stealing your blog, I felt you were right on point and I see the same thing. I too needed the brush with "cruel reality" to keep me coming back. And I did and then I had you too. Thank you for that. It is the combination of all things that makes the journey successful, but not without the "cruel" foundation! J.

Ed G. said...

I worry a lot about the liberties we've given up for "safety" in terms of our bureaucratic processes. 9-11 gave lots of excuses. BTW - I've even heard of places where the bribe worked in our system too.

Anyway, glad your process is underway and I hope all your future journeys will be worth the effort.

Blessings and aloha...