November 2005 Notebook Entries

Notebook entry, November 10, 2005

It's been six weeks since my last entry, and with each passing day it's becoming more and more obvious that the passion that I once held for my web site is on Sabbatical. My degenerative disc disease in my spine is my biggest problem right now. I have been suffering from micro-spasams for the past ten days and after a doctor's visit on Tuesday, he has switched me to a higher doses of NASD's medication and will put me in touch with a physical therapist.

The old saying, "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything," rings very true as the pain consumers your thoughts and musings away from the subject that you want to pursue.

Oh, well, the good news is that tomorrow, November 11th, 2005, I will be 60 years old and will be eligible to retire from the Postal Service. Being eligible is one thing, but not being able to afford to retire is another matter. I just sent my sister a check for $5,000 to pitch in for the care of my father, who will turn 94 next month. The only thought that I could think of while I wrote the check was: "My parents had three kids to help pitch in and take care of them in their old age, while I have had only one" doesn't look good for the kid here.

So much for this dribble....I do promise to lift my fingers and make some more entries soon. A lot has happened in France concerning race riots that I wanted to comment on, and there has been an important essay written my Maureen Dowd of The New York Times concerning the "failure" of the feminist movement.

Until then....happy Birthday to me.