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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The sheepdog understands the wolf because ...

H/T: Xavier Thoughts

Xavier has posted another thought provoking essay on predators and our role in their lives. Note: We DO have a role in their lives whether we want to or not.

Read it all.

God Bless Ya'll !

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An unforeseen hazard of motorcycling

H/T: Bayou Renaissance Man

The previous post concerning God and Texas certainly made me smile. It was a bit wry considering the truth of the thought.

I've never ridden a full-blown motorcycle in my life though I suspect the times I borrowed by junior-high school friend's moped, contrary to parental instructions, really doesn't count for much. Here's a 'story just for the fun and laughter I think it might bring you! Follow the links to keep laughing. The mental images are just too much!

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Texans will like this - Balance

By email from good friend HarryH:

God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day.

He inquired, "Where have you been?"

God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"

"It's a planet," replied God, “and I've put life on it... I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a place to test Balance."

"Balance?" inquired Michael, "I'm still confused."

God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over here I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things."

God continued pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

The Archangel , impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?"

"That’s the State of Texas , the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, beaches and plains. The people from the State of Texas are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to travel the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of good things."

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, "But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance.”

God smiled, "There’s Washington DC . Wait till you see the idiots I put there."
Conservative or Liberal - I think you just might agree! hehe

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What I Did During "Spring Break"

A blogger, even a sometimes blogger such as myself, always wonders just how much personal information to let out onto the 'net.

When something comes at you and changes your life as you know it, it is tempting to blog as though writing to a sympathetic audience of well wishers and well-do-ers. Then, you are reminded of the guy/gal that blogged about their struggle with depression/cancer/alcoholism/whatever and now find they can't get hired in a tight job market.  No one wants to take them on as a "liability."  It doesn't matter whether or not they've conquered that challenge or not.  They're marked for life by their own actions.

I've been thinking about whether or not to blog the events of the last three life-changing months or not.  Here goes.  I represents a kind of "spring break" in my life.

Last January I contracted bronchitis.  That's a fairly common situation in my life and I got in to the doctor's just as soon as I realized what I had.  By mid-February I was slowly getting better.  That means I was not into full-blown pneumonia, yet.

At this point, I woke up one Thursday morning with severe chest pains - angina pectoris.  Been there, done that.  Just never first thing in the morning!  Nitro didn't even begin phase it!  Austin FD/EMS delivered me to the hospital safe and quite sound - considering the shape I was in.  South Austin Hospital ER checked me out, ran me through a cardiac catheterization and pronounced me:
  1. In full-blown bronchitis and
  2. In full-blown congestive heart failure and
  3. In need of an urgent (not emergency) bypass.  At least three, probably four locations.
Following CABG (Pronounced just like you think:  cabbage.  Who says medical types don't have a sense of humor?  I felt like I'd been both sliced and diced!) they let me rest for a while.

Almost a month later, the next incident occurred.  Over the course of a weekend I became increasingly short-of-breath until one Monday night, about midnight, we decided things were going down-hill just too %^$&% fast for comfort. 

SWMBO! drove me back to South Austin Hospital - again.  I was still walking and talking when I checked in.  Again, they took me in, ran me through the screening process and got me on oxygen.  No, it wasn't congestion in or around the lungs.  I was done with the bronchitis by now.  Evidently one of the sites where the bypass veins were harvested from my left leg developed a clot and it broke free.  Lodged in my right lung - fortunately.  Getting caught in the brain could have been much worse.  Further more, the left lung was partially filled with unwanted fluid.  No wonder I couldn't breathe!

Finally, we come to today.  I've been home since the end of March.  My attitude has been observed to have "returned" and I'm physically (if not mentally) upright and on my feet when desired.  No strength.  Intermittently short of breath.  Oxygen kept withing grabbing distance, just in case.  A cane kept in the trunk of the car.  I don't need it around the apartment.

Well, that's what I did during my spring break.  Anybody else have as much fun?  ;>)


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