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It looks like I’m on an every-other day schedule

Well after yesterday I was in recovery mode today. I had to get caught up on my sleep. I’m also still dealing with the pains from the right side back muscles going into spasm when I bend over. I don’t know what I’m going to do about that, because to be honest this has been an ongoing issue since 2002 when I started walking with the short leg after the wreck. I think there are some body-weight exercises that I can do to strengthen the muscles but I don’t know how well that will work when just moving the wrong way can cause painful spasms, but I’ll figure it out.

All I did today was mess around on the phone, read some web comics, eat a little, pet take care of the cats, and try not to sit for too long at a stretch so I don’t make my back worse. That part was the hard part because getting in and out of my chair are triggers for the back spasms. But again I will figure it out or tough it out. At this point I don’t know if having a high pain tolerance is a good thing or a bad thing. I know that my knees would be in better shape if I felt pain more quickly as I wouldn’t have injured my cruciate ligaments as much or as often if I could feel then going as they went, not to mention the collateral damage from walking around in that condition. But I don’t know if toughing it out will make my back worse or better in the long run. I’ll have to Google it but most people I talk to (or tweet with) are in the camp that pain means stop, especially since I can pull my own teeth w/o Novocaine.

Well I knocked this one out after dinner and I need to get up early tomorrow, so this is going to be a short one.

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I need people

I’m a little over a month without Mrs. the Poet now and I’m suffering from a lack of human contact. There was someone who was supposed to check in on me and make sure I ate enough and showered regularly, but injury and work schedules have caused that to not happen. So are there any readers in the DFW area feel like doing a human kindness? Anyone feel like taking me out for a burger and fries?

Kyle Busch just won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Pocono, for his first win of the season. For some reason I have the urge to buy a package of Caramel M&Ms now. 😀 There is an Indy Car race that I missed the live broadcast that will have a rebroadcast after the NASCAR race post-race show. I also missed the NHRA race from Sonoma that was also broadcast at the same time. All the races were on at the same time, whose idea was that? And now the replay of the Hungarian Gran Prix F1 is on the same channel as the other two races.

I mentioned getting a burger earlier, but to be honest most of my protein intake has been in the form of frozen burritos and PBJ sandwiches. I have been watching my intake lately because of my budget. I should write it down and sell it as “The Poverty Diet“. I have been spending about $20 (US) per week on groceries including the cat’s food. I haven’t felt too deprived, mainly because of things like that $0.50 frozen pie and $0.75 2 liter soft drinks. I just need to be careful not to get the soft drinks with the corn syrup sweetener.

I need to get up early tomorrow so I’m cutting this off now.

Mrs. the Poet’s cat is trying to push me out of my chair

Not much going down today. The cats have been wandering around the house looking for Mrs. the Poet and now her cat (Clyde) is behind me in my chair and trying to worm me off the chair. I’m a little peeved at the cats at the moment because one of them knocked down the card I was using to make the floor for the TGS2 mockup and put a big crease in it making it unusable. I suspect Clyde because I saw him walking through my work area several times but since I didn’t see the crime happen I can’t collar a suspect. Now I have to wait for more of the right kind of junk mail to come in.

Speaking of the scale mockup TGS2, before the cat walked on it I finally had a layout I was comfortable with for the wheel cutouts. But since I know what I did I can do it again even better when the next suitable piece of junk mail arrives. Now watch as I never get that kind of junk mail ever again.

My eyes are still bothering me after the allergy attack that kept me from playing with the RPG yesterday. I’m still getting intermittent whiteouts from the goop in my eyes, but at least the itching and burning has gone away. I’m trying to figure out what has been causing all this hate and discontent but all I can get is “grass pollen” when I was hoping for a species to exterminate. I really hope it’s not all grasses because I like walking barefoot on a lush lawn, and wiping out my lawn won’t protect me from the neighbors’ lawns or the lawn down the street or the park the block over. Not to mention all the positive benefits of grass in reducing the heat island effect of metropolitan areas.

Off on a tangent does anyone know what the effect of replacing conventional roofs with solar shingles would have on the heat island, worse, better, or about the same? How about covering asphalt parking lots with solar panel canopies? I’m hoping for a win-win-win of reduced heat island to go with the weather protection underneath and power generation.

Back on track, part of the problems I’m having is the allergies are making me dehydrated somehow. I don’t know if having my nose blocked makes me breathe through my mouth more or what but I tripled my fluid intake today and I’m still getting the dry-eye. That would be something else interesting to study.

Well I have meandered long enough, I really need to do some things around the house.