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Thursday, February 22. 2024
Setting aside my day with my brother on Tuesday for four hours. I'll just start with it was great walking and exercise, lunch at a diner that was great, and just 4 hours of talking about his experience with people who have had what I now have and what we felt was good to cover. Personal. Religion. History and Podcasts. Sports in depth. But mostly about my situation and logical outcome which will be reached at some point. All really nice to have and will share some another time.
My visit to Memorial Sloan Kettering on 53rd St in NYC was expected to just be a part of one conversation and possibly 2 others with one at Duke and one in Florida. After four hours, we made a decision and I will explain a bit.
First, my current group will handle radiation and chemo here near the house. That was set - and 2 weeks before starting. Now the radiation will continue here, but the chemo we learned and signed for at MSK is slightly different and will involve a new test with several options and groups and some information completion. It's a new trial and the doctor said they could collect my data and health and potentially (slim possible rejection) sign me up. As of now - high probability to join and take part. Mostly needing to see results and my ability to share, speak and keep notes. So it's engaging. That does need a level of intelligence they tested (I scored really high with their process and engagement) and a willingness to engage. I was all for trying things, which they smiled about. My current doctor, who has several potential tests but several weeks off, will be sidelined while I join this. Both groups work separately but share information and conversation as necessary. This is a learning chance!
Second, doctor and nurse were blatantly open. What is the reality. My best shot for now - I have a non-Methylated Glio Blastoma which is one of several different kinds of the same issue. Mine is very specific with a lot of downside potential over time when it comes to opportunity. They were very open to "enjoy life and get the most out of what you want, even if it includes cutting out of testing or trials." They support travel, learning, having fun. "Enjoy your life and get the best you can." I said I will, but I want to learn more, too and potentially help others. They smiled and loved my engagement and willingness.
Third, health and intelligence top notch! Nurse kept testing several times. No issues. Now approved to drive if I want. She recommended sports and gym again. Just got to let the surgical swelling on the left brain continue to decline which is slowly happening but maybe 2 more weeks. It doesn't hurt much. Just swollen and feels odd.
Fourth, GREAT BURGER at PJ Clarke's in NYC. A CLASSIC. Always has been. I don't know why but man that was so darn tasty. Food is still REALLY delicious.
Fifth, had my new mask for radiation set today at the hospital. After six weeks I get to keep it - kind've new artistic item. See attached!. It's a pin which radiates different parts of the head over 20-30 min each day starting 3/1.
Today, just lots of sleepiness. Got 6 hours last night. Got 3 hours today. Will probably get another hour before bed. LOL. No idea why just really dragging suddenly.
Still having lots of texts and phone calls, though - so all 100% positive and looking for fun.
Will write more later, just an update.
First - finally done with steroids, which has finally left me with my first full evening of sleep! Yay. After 19 days of less than a single 7 hour evening, I got 8 hours, deep sleep and the doctor confirming it was all steroid driven. The steroids were great and limiting physical back issues. Today? Still feeling good but sleepier last night, so all good.
Second, SKM visit today by 11 in NYC. Heading out shortly and 2 sons joining us to have a conversation. No information no knowledge just learning to start. 3 other potential docs to speak with or potentially meet, one in Florida with a very new learning I have and one at Duke College. So conversations will be interesting and needed. High likelihood may be no switches and having to make some choices of who/where/when in about 6 weeks. But right now I'm leaning that we may stick with the current group.
Third, visit from my brother yesterday, just a walk to town and lunch at a diner which was great. Good exercise, but he already knew several people with various versions of my particular result. Most have lost lives already, which is a known, but luckily knows several others who survived for years. Will share more later when I'm back.
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Tuesday, February 20. 2024
Friend shared this with me. I'm a long fan/reader of Franz Kafka. Visited a few of his offices and locations in Prague about 7 years ago. Prague itself was lovely and enjoyable, but Kafka is a fun portion in and of himself while in Prague.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924), who never married and had no children, was walking through a park one day in Berlin when he met a girl who was crying because she had lost her favourite doll. She and Kafka searched for the doll unsuccessfully.
Kafka told her to meet him there the next day and they would come back to look for her.
The next day, when they had not yet found the doll, Kafka gave the girl a letter "written" by the doll saying "please don't cry. I took a trip to see the world. I will write to you about my adventures."
Thus began a story which continued until the end of Kafka's life.
During their meetings, Kafka read the letters of the doll carefully written with adventures and conversations that the girl found adorable.
Finally, Kafka brought back the doll (he bought one) that had returned to Berlin.
"It doesn't look like my doll at all," said the girl.
Kafka handed her another letter in which the doll wrote: "my travels have changed me." The little girl hugged the new doll and brought the doll with her to her happy home.
A year later Kafka died.
Many years later, the now-adult girl found a letter inside the doll. In the tiny letter signed by Kafka it was written:
"Everything you love will probably be lost, but in the end, love will return in another way."
I'm keeping some of this minimally. I've never supported Trump. Never voted for him. Also never hated him, even if I often had some disagreements. But I've had really hard political moments with many Democrats, who over the last 8 years have gone from just from me not supporting them. But moving more toward disliking them a little, while often to finding more Democrats who are just blatant liars, often evil, greedy awful human politicians in behavior for themselves. They would gain support from journalists who (due to my 38 years in media) may become liars and engagers of false claims and beliefs.
This does not mean Republicans are 'better'. I haven't been a Republican in over 20 years. I still dislike them, too - just not as much as Democrats.
Some citizens have dived deeply for misinformation and lies about both Republicans and Trump in particular. Most of that is often ignored or misrepresented publicly. It's really annoying as Democrats have become such truly awful politicians.
This was a good article, mainly because it has been consistent for 8 years if you do read honestly and fairly. I could find probably thousands of similar articles like this and how so much journalism and media has been awful in this approach. Hell, I saw it at my offices but couldn't say my POV publicly back then. At least not till I was let go.
The current attack on Trump's business in NYC is annoying. I did have one view - I've had to deal with a lot of other businesses like this in media for what the claims against Trump are in the current lawsuit. But his attack is 100% because politicians/attorneys have engaged their legal/political opportunities to push BS. I know because I pointed out similar legal conversations I had in business but avoiding this approach for real businesses doing the same damn thing. Because it happens way more than people care or deeply engage. Sometimes getting stuff done properly to continue a business is more important than going to court over claims. So why this time? Makes no sense to me except the hatred is just so heavy. It's similar to why our one former commenter's claims were idiotic when he'd claim he was "correct". He never was and I simply didn't enjoy his hatred and lies.
Monday, February 19. 2024
Aha, well let's set aside the medical stuff for now. Still lots coming up - but we'll learn on Wed/Th what's about to start. MEANTIME - what else is going on?
Mrs. Bulldog and I traveled, taking the boys to Montana, Yellowstone and Jackson in late 2020. We took up Portugal in March 2023. We also did a wedding in New Orleans in 2021, another in South Carolina in 2023. We like to travel to Stuart FL where the in-laws live. Lovely area, but full of resting and beaches regardless of seasonal. I no longer golf with my 87 year old in-law father but he goes every day - and good for him! I enjoy the visit to the beach, walking and we stopped down at the old National Naval UDT SEAL museum in Fort Lucie. Several other museums, but local restaurants or bars are full of great foods. Sadly the bars for me, now, just full of blandness which is fine. Foods have been overwhelmingly tasteful. I'll take the gains where I can.
Music! Seeing Neil Young in early May, then the Rolling Stones and then Madness. I've always loved Madness, who I saw while I studied and lived in London of 1983! Elvis Costello even showed up and played with them that show I attended and I have fond memories of them as a young band with an Elvis Costello show up! Always a pleasure!
Paris is on the list of "well - when you can travel, what is the timing or plan?" We will figure for later in the summer if we can pull it off. I've been to Paris many times in my youth (formerly knew a bit of the language, now not so much). But Mrs. Bulldog has never been so time to GAIN more. Also looking forward to some side trips. Maybe Mont Saint Michel. I'm hoping for a visit to the Bayeux (learn about William the Bastard) and Normandy (WWII always a pleasure for historical visits).
Sunday, February 18. 2024
I have emailed my local Pastor. I will be meeting with him, and possibly (if she chooses) Mrs. Bulldog will join me.
Open to anything anyone might want to suggest or offer as potentially useful. I don't know what I might ignore or avoid - probably nothing, but sometimes not sure what may be enjoyable.
So if you have thoughts, questions, views, ideas - please feel free to share your thoughts. I'm open for ideas of any kind!
Not much today on Saturday in terms of activity and effort - snow made that a bit of a delay and reduction for some things.
Two sons and one girlfriend, we took the dog and went to our local brewery. Lions Roar Brewing in Westfield, NJ.
We played some card games. I struggled a bit recovering and understanding the rules, we all had a great game and I guess I was ok.
I tried Red Ale. I didn't want beer originally, but figured why not one small one. I used to brew Red Ale and liked it as an old brewing. Today? Sorry, no taste. It wasn't bad. Just bland. So I drank half, and I guess beer is now done for me. There just wasn't anything I enjoyed. Not sad over that at all.
Continue reading "Drinking, Movies, Fun"
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Saturday, February 17. 2024
Nothing much, really, not today.
One regular physical which actually predated the surgery and current situation. I'd set that a month and a half ago PRIOR to the sudden outcome of 2/2-2/6. The meeting 2/16 with the 29 year old son (who I asked to join me for knowledge and conversation) went VERY well. Could be analyzed as "sad" but I said "Nope - not going for that." The doctor smiled and laughed and said he appreciated my approach which "just remember - anything could happen."
Steroids still IMPROVING my short term health. But may be a short term option until other tests or treatments become straightforward. It will always be engaged if necessary, even if they have no positive outcomes. It's always for a high hope and belief that it may assist.
Sleeping? Still odd. Plenty. At least 6 hours for now (I would only get 6-7 before all this anyway, but usually not as easily then). Today? Great 6 hour deep sleeps but then 4 - 6 am wake ups regardless of when I go to sleep (10-2am varies). A few daily naps of an hour or so. All expected or temporary as my health (doctors' view) improves.
Watching lots of sports (I have been down on Purdue college basketball and football for 2 years. Today? Did a long conversation and review - they are my #1 NCAA choice based on my analysis for college basketball. I was right about them for 2 years. Now? I have a very strong feeling of their play and potential outcome this year. Not my school, but I love reading what I'm seeing and THEY are my #1 belief.)
Music! Love it a lot right now.
Son is an excellent cook and has been prepping food wonderfully (and frankly, I am stunned how delicious everything has been for the last 5 days - wow! I don't know why I'm having GREAT food results.)
People - 99% love, kindness and friendliness. 1% anger, open results, honesty if it's "mean" because I do not care if you choose to be an idiot. One person, very nice guy I like a lot, former drug abuser who was arrested many years ago and cleaned up his life - built a business, he and I became really friendly with. Then, 3 months ago he became aggressive and lied about my sports commentaries. Literally lied and expanded how he responded to my results! At first I was nice about it and boosted the honesty and truth! He pretended to "joke" and called me stupid names. "Arrogant" "Wrong" "Liar of proof" "Don't consider the teams properly or the coaching." UGHHHHH I finally ended by saying he needs to stop being a dumbass. I have the highest respect for people like him who improved their own and other people's lives. I've never supported his teams (Dallas) and have always been open or honest about my responses - no lies. No falsehood. He then made a poorly supported claim about SF and several players - I checked with sports writer friends and I was 100% correct. He called me more names and a "liar" after my surgery. I reminded him I have great information and friends - and what my surgery is or why my outcomes were likely sad. That I RESPECTED AND SUPPORTED HIS PERSONAL IMPROVEMENTS. He again sends an aggressive and 100% incorrect response to me! I told him simply - stop or end our relationship. That's your problem. Nothing I wrote was wrong. He just didn't like it or agree with it and got angry at me for no good reason or an open discussion outside of calling me names. Nonsense. Unnecessary. I hope we regain our caring and friendly stuff. I don't think he knows what reality is - he never did properly, at times.
Sorry everyone if I say anything misspelled or long or incorrect! Please feel free to let me know when I do something improperly! I am sticking with the "I need to keep working on this" approach. Thank you again for prayers, support, happiness and love. You've all been so friendly!
Maybe as my health starts to shift a little, this all slows down or changes. I hope not!
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Friday, February 16. 2024
1. Feel free to ask questions or make comments. Open to answering questions of the personal health/mental and other situations.
2. IF you're in the video/digital promotion or production business in some way, feel free to reach out to me publicly on here or if you'd like, privately.
3. I am interested in doing videos publicly to speak of all this. Already set a meeting at work. Variance and knowledge is IMPORTANT TO ME and others. Some people prefer privacy and silence. I do not. I'd love to speak and promote the truth, feelings and knowledge (or a lot of strangeness). But would love to do regular videos if wanted or necessary and NO ISSUES with comments and openness!
Was suddenly and surprisingly called to the oncologists a week earlier than they had planned. 4 hours with 5 different doctors and the surgeon who removed the staples from my head. Pretty good overall after 9 days.
He was very happy and positive with that. Says my speaking was excellent. I was surprising him well for health - recommended I go back to the gym regularly already. My intelligence? Very, very high since his surgeries on this topic often have far more concerning outcomes from the people treated. I was said to be shockingly good. But he did recommend some realism and expectations. Realistic is 18 months of probability. That's the likelihood. Not essentially how it will happen. Just pretty standard.
I mentioned I had 2 friends who i have - Glio Blastonoma - which both lasted 18 months. It's not assured, since there are now several things we can try and test. I said "I'm 100% in for anything immediately and I expect the best!" They like my attitude! But they also asked me to be a realist. I said fine - I've done that already. But I'm not going to just give up too easily. I'll expect more and try more for whatever can happen and expect!
But the doctors, as happy as my push for happiness, positiveness, openness and anything good - they loved that I wasn't crying or upset. They were also "Let's just be open too about what reality seems to indicate."
I replied "fine - my brain is actually talking to me - and I'm fine with reality." They asked what I was being told by the brain. For the first time I repeated things that it keeps saying. They said it's correct - and that it's not terrible to expect even if the brain speaking may be driven by medication....doesn't mean the brain is wrong.
It rarely has been, of course, which is why I always loved writing and pushing attitudes some people even today are disgreeing with me about (incorrectly mostly).
Boys came home, we've had some talks. We are being open and realistic. It will all be very, very hopeful and I am pushing myself hard already!
Brief, and funny, talk this morning.
Knowing my probability is very short and I am taking things very specifically engaged, I had a very funny conversation with my 29 year old son about God and how "He" is managed and what "His"names are.
I reminded my son we've spent thousands of years of men misusing names and genders for God - and we've adopted a lot (all with the most positive and forward thinking views, of course) but that in reality God isn't male or female - we don't have a clue. LOL We don't even know if "HE" has a name. So many great names to raise, use and alter or employ. And not to be upset, angry or needing to revise it at all. Just fun to talk about it all!
I took many religious courses in college. Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Muslim/Islam, etc. I remember the Judaism 2 were with a very good friend (sadly struggling with her name which I'll remember eventually) and watching her apply the standard Jewish restrictions on the spelling and length of the use of "God", "Yahweh" and other utilizations. She'd limit its use and spelling in notes and usage. I'd just use it! LOL. All great fun and use - lots of differentiations and conversations and so many laughs from time to time.
Of course, we had different lives, raisings and usage - but it was so enjoyable engaging these conversations (even if sometimes MAYBE we got a little too emotionally engaged in differences). In the end, it was always great love and learning.
It's even fun having jokes and conversations with my son - far less religious than even I was or am slowly adopting again. But I appreciate the views and outlooks. Life is a great way to adopt and learn why we may need or use religion. Or not need and use it. I am certainly non-judgemental. But always appreciative!!!
Thank you all!
Thursday, February 15. 2024
Brief hello and update! Good Morning! This may be long, but I spent a lot of time over the past few days having sports conversations and thinking about my growth and youth. So this may be broad and not overly specific in some ways. It's more of a combination of open conversations with friends who have happily swung by to speak and get together to see if I'm holding my head together and speech well.
I am slowly working on the reading, writing and updating. Will keep things as simple as possible. Some things are actually going way better even today than I'd expected! A few personal family and home things - oof. LOL. Frustratingly slow and asking help as words are struggled or forgotten, and I'm slowly reviving others which work!
Sorry if some of you have, or have families, friends or others who have had similar health issues like mine. I am not trying to make anyone feel bad or feel the need or desire to discuss. If I do speak about my situation in any way, I'm just happy to say what even others in my family have asked me to avoid raising. Mainly because I feel nice openly discussing as i need to work out the details! Hoping for great things as I may need to work through it all!
Continue reading "Sports! Good Morning!"
Wednesday, February 14. 2024
One thing I have to do, for revival, is to keep notes, write, and improve.
I will keep it as simple to start as I can.
I will focus on stories - broadness, not specific or deep.
It may be long.
It may cover several options or topics within a grouping.
I will add articles if I can. I will focus on spelling and sentence structure.
If I do something or write something improperly, wrong or in need of revision - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD COMMENT.
I could shift back to my old style, I've got a few I'm reading. But overall I'm keeping it simple as possible to start.
Some may be longer and have lots of coverage. So wait for tomorrow.
I'm open if you're happily honest and correcting so I can review and make the corrections if needed!
Such a pleasure as I work to recover! I will make one more statement that sounds mean but I'm not afraid to finish this finally, regardless of what anyone replies with. I make so few, but this is so overdue in my life and so damn annoying from the office. Zachriel, who I shall name once because I learned so much about his deep trouble, and his shit and his stupidity, who he is where he is from, his lies, his evil, his deepness that was often overlooked. I have no trouble if his mind is eliminated. He must go. His work is the most evil and I dug up so much about him in my online work, prior to my recent health issues, to know him, without exposing him, and I hope he finally got my recommendation to corporations who insisted delivery of my information. So many people opposed him and I agreed. I feel right to oppose his deep evil. I know he thinks I do NOT know who he is - but I do. I know where he is from, who he is, but I had to, due to the office, keep it all quiet publicly. That's how social groups handle this. But he fell into a range of BS that I had to keep raising because he is deeply evil in my POV and not afraid to lie and be an asshole as a person. So now I won't be the same toward his action. I'm sure someone or he thinks there is more information I don't know. That is incorrect. I'm far more intelligent than he ever knew or admitted. Far more connected, far more knowledgeable and he literally told me once I didn't know about him (or his group as he used to say) when I did. Corporate handling required ME remaining quiet...so I'm being as polite limited as I can. I know everything. He'll say I don't - and he should know he's lying if he doesn't realize it.
No more naming of him. He shall leave and we shall return to happiness and love without the truths I exposed about him.
Now I will share other information because that's my last negativity...I've had several things on a few issues I've had to pressure and move on the last few weeks and now I've told everyone I'm ending that.
Continue reading "Good Morning!"
Tuesday, February 13. 2024
Thanking Bird Dog so much! We had a great call, even though I (sadly for a few moments) forgot his name. But it did come back and things are working again.
For me - the move is 100% support and love for all of you and thankfulness of your support.
Health? Amazing for a 61, soon to be 62 year old. My surgeon does the 3mm cancer removal from my left brain and says there is work to do to figure out what it is and what the likely length(s) are. We shall see. 1 year? 10 years? 20 years? We do not know. We shall see.
He said "you can go to the gym after the surgery is repaired as you are encouragingly great shape! How were you against 45 year olds?" I told him I had won a lot in tennis this past summer against "better" 45 year old tennis players. More than even I'd expected. I ran the night of surgery for 7 miles online! Faster than 45 year olds! Suddenly the ONLY person who I couldn't understand (knew the English, but not the logic) was my wife! It had happened for 4 weeks first. Then the surprised issue on Friday Feb 2 and a hospital visit as a result from her with me leading to the study and surgery.... Anyone else? NO PROBLEM for 4 weeks. So odd and Feb 2 the doctors were speaking English and I just stared and said "Hmmm...it's English. I know the words. I cannot tell what you're asking me." Got the name, address, birthday, day lengths, car information, work names and information - so much correct! Health and wife info? English. No clue. LOL, so bizarre. 2 steroid shots - it all clears up till surgery!!!
Work? Lots of GREAT calls. NO issues. None, literally. My boss said "we know you have a few names and words you're working on - all good, though and you're 90% pushing the right words and the 10% are slowdowns to get them right - it's just us reminding you when you have to slow down." So I'm going to work to fix that over the next 2 months.
Several friends called me this weekend about our political, religion and sports calls (particularly the Super Bowl) and literally everything I said and they responded? "100% correct and great to know." I even helped many people win a ton of money at the Super Bowl because I made my expectations - and as I have always understood sports really well it all paid off!
All the best and as my health information becomes more and more available, I'll fill you in, but write about other things as well!
Monday, February 12. 2024
Some readers know Bulldog from our Urban Hikes. Good pal with a cool wife. We'll try to take out trolls, but we do not mind differing opinions.
My wife had a wonderful call with Bird Dog last week prior to my surgery. Short form news - I had 3 mm cancer tumor removed from left brain. I'm getting better. Good conversations, good improvement for now. Feeling healthy. Doing calls, texts, but I have small words, conversations and learning to improve.
Business, politics, history and other reading have been improving, accurate and on style. I have moved to positivity, facts, truth and honesty and goodness. Except for trolls on Maggie's.
My statement(s) for now are the doctor asked me to start writing more as time goes by. I will try to do so as I recover, as my surgeons are pushing. My intelligence, even my company said (as did many business partners) "holy crap - you've been AMAZING" because my work and knowledge has been amazing and my company will have a massive growth this year with the work I've done while I take a recovery break from stuff with them.
My long term life - we'll see what happens. I will reiterate I love all of you - you've all been great readers, thinkers, and followers for years and while business the last 3 years has kept me from writing a lot, I want to let you all know I respect all of you, when you've engaged the kindness and love and sharing.
All the best - we'll stay in touch! I want positives, goodness and love. No trolls, please.
Monday, January 1. 2024
If you don't love it, it would drive you crazy - and it certainly does.
Several states have either tried, and failed, or succeeded so far, to remove Trump from their ballots.
The best example recently was in Maine. Where an unelected official pushed this through, then had the temerity to explain their reasoning.
That reasoning is best described as a version of "I had to destroy democracy to save democracy." It's a classic trope and one which is often crafted in literal and legal fashions to make them sound smarter, better, and more caring for all. As if we want them to do this.
The person who did this claims, in a manner I have yet to really completely wrap my head around, that doing this was a method of getting "better leaders" and avoiding "election sabotage." Now how making Trump's candidacy and the right of people to vote for him isn't election sabotage must require some elaborate rhetoric, and certainly she tried very hard to explain it. Naturally, it's all nonsense and she's basically, in the most respectful fashion I can dredge, an idiot with few redeeming qualities to hold the office currently held.
Continue reading "Gotta Love the Nonsense"
Tomorrow we are out of the official 6 week window from Nov 20 (the earliest the holiday season starts prior to Thanksgiving) to Jan 3 (the latest you can have a work day if Jan 1 falls on a Friday).
Meetings were canceled, postponed, or otherwise put off unless absolutely necessary. Which was pretty common as the end of year approached. Some tasks have to be completed and goals met.
Which isn't to say nothing happens during the 6 week fiesta. There's always work, and I've seen it get pretty busy (this year a lot of firms were sprinting to their year end budgets - almost all coming up short). But it's definitely treated as a mild work period.
Many management comments will basically sound like "We really need to put in some effort these last few weeks to make the budget, but don't forget that the office party is on Tuesday Dec X and you'll need to get your self-evaluation in no later than the 29th of December. Have a great season."
I always worked the week between Christmas and New Year - mainly because most people wouldn't, and it was an easier week. I remember taking those days to go to long lunches and see movies after lunch, then finish up at the office. Working from home takes a bit of that out of the equation, but I still did quite a bit of work last week.
Hope all of you, particularly if you share our points of view, thoughts, or opinions, have a great new year. Which isn't to imply those who don't should have a bad one. I don't wish ill on anyone at all. Some people just have bad years. I've had one or two along the way, and I've always looked for ways to flip that script. I am pretty good at that. There is always someone who injects themselves into your life and just know they have to in order to somehow make your life 'better' or feel like they somehow belong, and they aren't really welcome. They show up anyway and feel like they are doing a service. I work hard to be civil and cut those people out of my life as much as possible. You have to maintain positivity and those people are simply not positive. One of those people, recently, learned something about me which completely altered their view.
They had gone to HR not too long ago and had crafted a story, reporting me. After some angst, HR basically ignored it. That person treated me poorly for a while until taking the time to learn about me. The script has flipped. After a non-apology, I simply said "I don't spend too much time worrying about nonsense. It doesn't move me forward and I try to be optimistic. It pays dividends." Since that time, my work life has become immeasurably better, though busier.
We all have similar experiences and hopefully all of you will take Colin Powell's old comment (which is part of a list of 'rules' I try to employ) that "Optimism is a force multiplier."
Oddly, the list of 'rules' were given to me by one of the most negative, mean, people I ever worked for. I added that comment when another co-worker suggested it as a means of dealing with the list of rules, which are generally very good.
Whatever rules you live by - live well and benefit from them. Just remember, you're not here because you have to make other lives better. If you do, and if they accept it, great and good for you and them.
If all you do is keep showing up and you haven't read the room - maybe there's another room that's better for you and others. Find a way to be beneficial and live better in whatever way works.
A friend of mine recently described the upcoming year as 'tumultuous'. I won't disagree with that description. Despite that, we'll find a way to make it all a good one.
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Tuesday, November 7. 2023
I once laughed at a M*A*S*H episode in which a British fellow was commenting on his military's focus on foot hygiene. It was amusing at the time, but over the years I've largely ignored my feet. To my dismay.
I was just over 30 when I had both feet operated on for bunions. That was a vast improvement, but it more or less ended my competitive volleyball days.
I was just over 45 when I suffered severe back trauma which I learned was related to tight hamstrings, and recently learned that was related to my feet.
At any rate, I had one bunion operated on again, it was a big operation, when I was 55. Today, as I inch closer to 62, I have a host of foot problems. Not good for someone planning on hiking the Camino de Santiago in the next few years.
My new podiatrist had nothing good to say about the previous operations. He explained to me they were improper diagnoses of the situation and now there's not much chance any additional surgery will provide relief. He also pointed out something I'd known about but never took seriously. I don't use orthotics.
He did a scan, got me some, and I've got to say my feet feel much better. Not 100%, but at this point I'll take any improvement.
I also now spend a lot of cash for properly-fitted sneakers. I always figured if they fit, they're fine. Over the last year I've learned to take that a little more seriously. Hokas are the new brand - I'll let you know when I get them if they're "all that". At least you can get them sized for width, which is critical for me.
Take care of your feet. Don't ignore them or put off any care the way I have. Big mistake, and fixing what's messed up isn't easily reversible at my advanced age.
Wednesday, November 1. 2023
Boycott Israel. It's a great idea if you're angry at Israel for developing a strong economy and thriving culture. You may be upset at them for invading Gaza, and you can support the right for Palestine to have their own nation. Truth be told, Israel and the UN have offered Palestine a nation several times, and each time been rebuffed. Israel also isn't happy about returning to Gaza. Remember they removed all Israeli settlers, and the IDF, years ago with an understanding that it would be demilitarized. Funny how that worked out.
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Tuesday, October 31. 2023
I was about 55 years old the first time I went to Disneyworld. I'd been to Florida and Orlando several times before, but never any of the theme parks. I'd been to Disneyland with my boys while I was in my late 30s. The comparison between California and Florida is stark. Not that Disneyland is bad, if you're into theme parks and Disney in particular. Orlando just offers so much more.
I'm not writing about Disney, though. What I found really intriguing was, when I visited Disneyworld, I was surprised to see how well it has adapted through the years (Disneyland still has work to do to catch up). I realized, upon visiting Epcot, what Disney's original goal was. At a time when long distance travel was rare, and still a luxury, he sought to bring foreign lands and foreign experiences to the United States. As authentic an experience as possible, whether from abroad or from entertainment. Disney hired locals from the regions represented in Epcot, and they continue to do so. In fact, when I was in Britain I met a former pub owner who was one of the first Disney had brought over to run the "authentic" English pub in Epcot. My Italian dinner in Epcot was served by a native of Tuscany.
Continue reading "Some Thoughts on Travel and Authenticity"
Wednesday, October 25. 2023
I'm not a UFC fan, and I'm not a Bud Light (or even Budweiser) fan. I don't follow extremely violent sports like UFC, though plenty of my friends do. I also don't drink that much anymore, but Bud was never on my "oh, I really like that" list of products. Nor were many of their now subsidiary brands. I have lots of friends who only drank Bud. I use the past tense for a reason, since they no longer do.
The recent attempts by Bud to rehab their image, such as aligning with the UFC, reek of desperation. A friend had asked me if I felt the CEO was aware of the choice to engage this marketing disaster that was Dylan Mulvaney. I simply said "I don't care what they say otherwise, but ultimately yes, in my experience, the CEO had to be aware." I was then asked if I agreed or disagreed with that decision, and I simply replied "Given how much marketing drives my industry, and what I know about how it is engaged, I would have disagreed and warned against it." That said, I didn't really care one way or another. Budweiser tastes awful. Mulvaney barely registers on my radar and what little I know is that he is a annoying twit engaging in idiotic behavior which, if I were a woman, would be insulting. But I'm not a woman, I don't care, and his attempts at humor and "activism" always fell flat with me. My position on this debacle was one of interested but rather disengaged onlooker.
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Monday, October 2. 2023
I am a Philadelphian, for the most part. I was born there, but I really only lived there for 6 years, only the most formative years of my youth. I spent 9 more years, a few hours north of Philly, in a region evenly split between Philadelphia people and New York City people. However, that split shifted as I lived there. More and more New Yorkers arrived, and today it's a pretty solid ex-NYC region. Given it is equidistant to both cities, during the pre-cable/internet days you had a choice of which games you wanted to watch on TV or listen to on the radio.
Of course, I opted for the Phillies. Not really a popular choice in my high school, but the team was amazing during the late 1970s. Even if they didn't win a World Series until I'd left for college, their teams were always in the mix. My father-in-law sent me this article, knowing my penchant for all things Philadelphia (I married into a Yankees/Mets/Giants family - talk about mixed marriages!).
The one memory my father loves to share about baseball is related only tangentially. He had taken the family to Germany so he could attend a conference. We spent the last 3 days in Hamburg at the Hotel Intercontinental. I was getting the International Herald Tribune each morning, early, before anyone else was showered and ready for the day. I had to see how the Phillies were doing. They were about to make the playoffs for the first time in 26 years, after all. For me, it was an experience I had to indulge as fully as I could. I couldn't watch, or listen to, the games. We were too busy, but I was thinking about it constantly.
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Sunday, September 24. 2023
Point is, when you celebrate a Nazi, simply because he's Ukrainian and fought Russians in WWII, you confirm that you have created a self-perpetuating cycle of BS which is beginning to pile up. It becomes even worse when you utilize your media ties to block the information surrounding that person. The Left will say "but lots of German soldiers weren't Nazis." Soldiers, yes. Waffen SS, not so much. Let's just get a grip and call things what they are.
The cycle of leftist hypocrisy and lies is growing. We're just caught in their vortex.
For weeks, Mrs. Bulldog resisted seeing Barbie with me because she feared I'd have a negative reaction to the pro-female message, as some in the conservative media have. I assured her that not only am I not a conservative, but I have a sense of humor. One rainy Saturday afternoon, I finally got her to shift enough and we took it in. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's funny and the story is absurd in the extreme. Yes, there's an outlandishly Woke overtone of "men rule the world" as a message. It's only a part of the story. The main story really is much more subtle. Yes, it's partially about empowering women, but it's also a story about how Wokeness and Intersectionalism are dangerous, while individualism and self-awareness are critical. If you (like me) do not mind spoilers, then feel free to read on. I found Barbie to be funny, engaging, and intelligent, requiring an open mind and a willingness to engage absurdity to gain insight into deeper thoughts. Sadly for the scriptwriters, I believe they underestimate consumers and their own intelligence exposes the massive flaws in the agenda the writers hoped to push. It actually promotes capitalism (success of Ken's Mojo-Dojo Casa Home), civility and avoiding thoughts and behaviors which promote gender supremacy. Ken's hoodie, at the end, more or less sums up my view. Be yourself.
Barbie was just a comedy that tried to (poorly) push a leftist agenda and wound up undoing itself with other, better, themes while making me laugh hysterically. Ken, inadvertantly at the end, promotes individuality.
The movie begins by paying homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey and an openly ironic narrative describes how Barbie, the doll, "saved girls" and helped improve their lot in the world and in life by empowering girls to achieve. This was, arguably, the most inspired part of the production, because it parodies itself and, throughout the movie, it incorporates recreated scenes from classic films.
Is there an overriding theme or message to Barbie? Yes there is, but it is poorly done. What the theme may be, ultimately, is up to you, and I'm sure we'll all have different views. I did not see what they wanted me to see (I rarely fall for Hollywood nonsense).
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