Monday, September 10, 2012

Charles Parker: There's a Pain In My...What?

If you are a Facebook friend of mine you already know where I've been - why I haven't been posting.  I've been resting.  Last week I had a bit of a health scare.

On Wednesday night, ironically while watching Bill Clinton speak, I had some shooting pains in my left arm.  I guess it would have been more ironic if the pain had been somewhere else, but irony is irony I guess.  Frankly, I didn't think much of it.

Then - three times on Thursday - the pain happened again.  This time accompanied by some tingling in my lower left leg.  I decided to call my doctor, who in turn told me to go the ER.  So to the ER I went.

They hooked me up to an EKG - heart okay.  I had my head examined.  And just so you know - since many of you have insinuated that I have needed to get that done - the CT showed it was just fine.  They took and tested my blood - normal.  They did an ultrasound of the veins in my leg - clear.

The doctors and my wife decided that I had been doing too much - that I needed some rest.  So I had the doctor write me a pass to spend the weekend on the couch watching football.  And so I watched.

Because of all of this, I missed the president's speech on Thursday night and I missed his visit to Melbourne on Sunday.

Frankly, I was disappointed that I was unable to go to Florida Tech.  I told my family that despite what I think of the president's policies and job performance, the opportunity to be in the room with the leader of the free world is one that one should take if one has the chance.

But I digress.  I've dropped a few things from my schedule.  I'm trying to eat better and sleep more.  A friend is taking me fishing.  I won't pull as many weeds.  I'll play more.  I'll work differently.  I would say I'd laugh more - but I already laugh a lot.

I'm glad to be back on the blog again.  I will still write and I will still engage.  I just won't be doing it from 11:00 pm until 7:00 AM.

Now...where were we...?

Oh yeah. 

The jobs numbers were dismal again and it's still George Bush's fault.

Iran is rattling its sabres while the president has attended only half of his daily intelligence briefings since his inauguration.

The Democrat-controlled US Senate has still not produced a budget as we head for a fiscal cliff.

A former moderate Democrat US Senator who is now going back after his job admitted that ObamaCare is a disaster.

Almost 80% of Chicago eighth graders are not proficient in reading.  Chicago teachers on average make nearly $80,000 per year before benefits.  The Chicago teacher's union turned downa 16% raise and called a strike.  Who's concerned with the children?

Dang - I feel better already...


  1. It sounds to me like the teachers union is on strike and need the teachers to show it. It is obvious the the union doesn't think it is making enough money. Maybe the teachers should get rid of the union and keep there dues. I don't know what there dues are but it is probably a substantial raise.
    Larry Wirtzberger

  2. I do not support the President's agenda but did want to catch a glimpse of him. I saw that Air Force 1 was at Patrick AFB so I tried to hang outside the base fence on A1A to catch a glimpse.

    The Air Force police went overboard and essentially ran us spectators off the grounds. One Air Force policeman told us spectators that we were on THEIR land.

    The bottom line is that we spectators were at least 1/4 of a mile from Air Force 1. The Air Force police were so out of control I feared for my own safety and left the area before the President arrived back at Air Force 1.

    Welcome to America and its abuse of the 1st amendment.

    Lastly, the Air Force police probably turned a few of us pro military supporters into concerned citizens about the role of the military.

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