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5 degrees F short of embarrassment

Posted 11-28-2009 at 02:09 PM by tony schofield
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Well into my third week out of hospital now, on diuretics and beta blockers for heart failure. Feeling rather better now, with reduced fluid on my lungs, and about fifteen pounds lighter.

Last night was my first party outing since my hospitalisation. It was my brother-in-law's 60th birthday celebration, and was held at The Owl - his local pub. Joyce and I dressed well for the occasion (Joyce by her standards, and I by mine, which I refuse to raise for anyone!)

We arrived...
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Door to the future

Posted 11-25-2009 at 06:09 PM by goldenmyst

The day rolls on as the rhapsody of life plays in Gershwin giddiness.

Surprise slipped through with door to past life opening. The apartment manager where my ex-wife currently lives, and I am a former tenant, offered me an apartment in my old universe. Ahhh the lure of the old wooden buildings world, with their worn homeliness, and old folks greeting me like I had left yesterday ,when it has been over a decade since I hailed from there, was powerful. Yet it was incumbent upon me to...
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Posted 11-22-2009 at 02:37 PM by tony schofield

Many years ago I had to travel by bus to the bank in the another township, as our village didn't have a bank. I took Paul, our son, then aged four with me. He was curious as to why we were going to the bank.

“To draw some money out,” I explained.

“Don't you get your own money from your work?” he asked.

“Yes,” I replied, “but it gets paid into the bank, which then looks after my money. I call into the bank and get money when I need it.”...
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Violence (In My Backyard)

Posted 11-14-2009 at 07:45 PM by m_miles
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There is an Open Discussions thread ('Bystanders') which hit a nerve with me yesterday. I hoped that I had managed to keep my objectivity on the topic, because the post was certainly difficult to write due to some old memories.

I live in a country where I can be frequently targeted for my race, especially around election year. Strangely, this, more than anything else reminds me of what the colour of my skin is, or where I don't belong in a country that still calls itself bi-cultural,...
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True Story from hospital

Posted 11-12-2009 at 04:26 PM by tony schofield

Sorry if it gets boring, but I'm just back home from my latest, one week hospital stint.

Not the easiest experience this time. A general medicine ward where most of the punters suffer from chronic illnesses, and where they seem to deal with everything that doesn't come under any other heading. There's many a crisis and sudden admission at all times of the day and night.

It's 2 a.m. on my third day and I'm woken by a querulous elderly man's voice arguing with someone....
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