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Just received this horse manure which I am hoping is only pretending to be from Resume Bucket. After being rather nastily turned down today for an online writing position, I sorely needed the laugh this male bovine fecal material provided.

Dear Applicant

The Human resources have just reviewed your resume due to the one you posted on www.resumebucket.com You are now scheduled for an interview with the hiring manager of the company.His name is David leonard,you are required to setup a yahoo mail account(mail.yahoo.com) and a yahoo instant messenger (http://messenger.yahoo.com). After this process is done, you are to add up her yahoo id ( interviewdavid113@yahoo.com) to your yahoo buddy list for the interview.add her up now.She is online waiting for you

The position available are data entry,office assist,admin clerk,health care services,customer service,book-keeping,auditing,sales management,operation manager, human resources,sales director,admin assist,sales rep,accounting clerk,medical biller,payroll clerk,manufacturing m manager,assist supervisor.

If you are interested in any one of the position you are to follow all of the instruction given to you above.

Be nefits: Health, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, Employee Wellness and 401k plans. Paid Time Off and Holidays with Generous Company Discounts. Free mini office equipments and other benefits which will be relayed in the course of this briefing.

Work Time: Part-Time /Full Time

*Feel free to email me on interviewdavid113@yahoo.com

Regards
Human Resources Dept
To respond, please log in to your ResumeBucket message center by clicking here.

Sincerely,

ResumeBucket Team

1) Who in the world interviews using Yahoo IM and Yahoo email? The premier choice for a non face-to-face interview is currently Skype.

2) David Leonard or David leonard can’t make up his mind if he’s male or female (he also can’t make up his mind if his last name needs to be capitalized or not). Perhaps he’s a hermaphrodite? Proper use of pronouns in an email is an effective business skill. It’s unfortunate that the hermaphrodite only attended the school of spam (and not that stuff made by Hormel either)

3) There are numerous positions listed but I guess David Leonard’s S key is broken. Or perhaps the school of spam never taught him/her/it that if you have multiple things to list, you should say ‘positions’ not position.

4) The position available are…..should be the position available is or the positions available are. Is is singular, are is plural. For example, my cat IS crazy, my cats ARE crazy. Yes the cats ARE crazy but that’s neither here nor there.

5) The ‘human resources’ should be the human resources staff or human resources department or human resources manager (I could go on for days but you should be getting the drift that the troglodyte left out a word.

6) The human resources (whatever, perhaps the hermaphrodite itself?) have just reviewed my resume due to the one I posted on Resume Bucket. Did they review the ‘one’ I posted on Resume Bucket? What ‘one’ was that? This sentence should read that the human resources staff (or department, or manager) reviewed my resume which they found on Resume Bucket.

7) ‘Add up her yahoo id to your buddy list’. Add up? These sentences should read add, the up is not necessary. For example, my bills last month added up to more money than I earned last month, and my bills this month will add up to more money than I will earn this month.

8) The positions available are…..blah, blah, and blah. There should be a space after each comma in this sentence. There should be an ‘and’ between manufacturing m manager and assist supervisor. While we’re on the subject of ‘assist,’ the word ‘assist’ is generally not an acceptable abbreviation for assistant. The word bookkeeping is generally not hyphenated, and operation manager is normally operations manager. Be nefits is not a word, the proper spelling is benefits. And while we’re on that subject, there’s no need to capitalize each and every one of the benefits. Equipments is not a generally accepted usage and what are ‘mini office equipments?’

9) ‘If you are interested in any one of the position’ should be ‘if you are interested in any of the positions’ as we have another mismatch (position vs positions) and one is just unnecessary verbiage

10) Instruction would be appropriate if only one directive had been given. I am supposed to open a Yahoo email account, download Yahoo messenger, and add her up to my buddy list. That is three directives or ‘instructions’

Is this a legitimate job interview offer? I DON’T THINK SO!

Finally Back on Track

In October 2011, I fell and hurt my right knee. Since then I have had a lot of pain in the inguinal area of the same leg, and because of the pain I became very sedentary. The lack of exercise combined with no change in my eating habits lead to a weight gain of 15-20 pounds (since I was not the thinnest crayon in the box before the fall, this additional weight was really not needed!)

After 4 1/2 months of inactivity, pain, and nagging my doctor half to death (LOL) I took the bull by the horns, and started taking care of myself.

The motivating factor was the fact that I lost 3 pounds in 3 weeks without even trying.

Now I’m actively trying to lose weight and get in shape.

What do I mean by trying? I am eating healthier as well as using portion control (for example, I now eat one small bowl of Doritos rather than eating the whole bag in one sitting, and I buy ONE ice cream bar rather than 4 half gallons of Breyers and a pint of Haagen Daazs).

I am using dumbbells and ankle weights (5-7 pounds and I have several sets of dumbbells as well as 2 sets of ankle weights) every night when I watch TV, and I’ve started using the exercise bike again.

Next month I plan on buying a quarterly pass for the local aquatic and fitness center. It’s about a 10 minute bus ride from my house so that is very convenient.

I do not know how much weight I’ve lost (other than the original 3 pounds) because several months ago I *accidentally* broke the scale. I can hear the snickers already!

Well, it really WAS an accident–I accidentally stepped on one side of the scale while trying to clean the bathroom and it slammed back down onto the floor and started making wierd noises–but I do have to admit that I did not run right to the store and replace it.

I still feel NO need to replace the scale LOL. I figure I get weighed at least every two months by my doctor(s) or nurse(s) so that’s good enough for me.

I do know that my clothes are a lot looser than they were, and that my legs/back/behind do not hurt when I walk now.

I have to give a shout out to two Facebook friends (Sondra and Traci) who are also fighting the battle of the bulge. Their posts on Facebook and pictures of the food they eat keep me motivated to do this long term. Also their feedback, asking questions, and their ‘liking’ of my posts keeps me accountable. I know if I don’t post for a few days my cousin (Traci) will say hey how are you doing? It’s like a Facebook weight loss support group.

Traci has also motivated me to try food that I’d never eaten before such as laughing cow spreadable cheeses and turkey bacon. Traci and I have similar tastes in food so if she says something is good I can pretty much trust her opinion (although if she ever recommends beef liver I will run in the other direction, been there, did that, didn’t get a t-shirt ROFL)

Another shout out goes to Spark People. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/register.asp?from=friend&ReferredBy=2500605 I have belonged to Spark People for nearly 4 years but haven’t used them to their full potential until recently. There are nutrition and fitness trackers (seeing what I eat and how many fitness minutes I get in a day has been very motivating for me recently). They also have blogs and spark pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUGSBUNNY1959

I am tracking protein, calories, fat, sodium, calcium, iron, potassium, cholesterol, and several vitamins. I am trying to get the RDA (recommended dietary allowance) without supplements other than potassium (I am extremely low in potassium even with the 1500 mg in potassium supplements I take every day, so I’m adding more tuna, bananas, etc to my meal plan)

Tonight I fixed a ‘healthy’ omelet: 1/2 cup Lucerne Best of the Egg, 2 slices turkey bacon, 1/4 cup shredded cheese, and 1/4 cup chopped white onion. I microwaved all of the ingredients in the same bowl for about 3 minutes — until the egg substitute was firm but still moist. For dessert, I had raspberries and grapes. I drank one can of Diet Coke with dinner, and one can of Diet Coke after dinner

I am also motivated to lose weight because there is a good possibility that I can stop taking my high blood pressure medication as well as my medication for my borderline diabetes.

Dreams and Nightmares

Once or twice a month I dream (more like a nightmare) about a so-called teacher who taught home economics at Cascade Junior High School in Bend Oregon when I was in the seventh grade (I was in the seventh grade for two school years–more on that later–so it would have been from September 1971 through June 1972 and then again from September 1972 through December 1972)

I call Dorothy Stenkamp a so-called teacher because she had no more business teaching students, molding young minds, or being in a classroom than my cats do. Even in the seventies, teachers were expected to teach children skills they needed for their future, to report abuse to the authorities, and more than anything else NOT to abuse the children themselves.

I don’t know if I was the only student she verbally and emotionally abused in her so-called teaching career, but I really doubt it. I was a troubled and troublesome student but you can’t tell me that I was the only troubled/troublesome student she ran into in 30 years of so-called teaching.

Now, if this teacher had possessed half a brain she would have seen beyond the behavior to the underlying causes. I know that 40 years ago the regulations on reporting suspected abuse basically did not exist, and there were no repercussions for not reporting suspected abuse–but this woman made things worse by her actions towards me.

I was physically abused by my mother from the time I was 3 years old until I was 16 years old; I was sexually abused by my maternal grandfather from the time I was 8 years old until I was 15 years old; and I have been verbally and emotionally abused by two other family members (mother and maternal grandmother) throughout my life (this abuse continues to this day from my mother).

Any idiot with even half a brain should have realized that a 12 year old girl doesn’t scream at other students so loudly that it hurt their ears for no reason (if I screamed at my tormenters loud enough to hurt their ears, they went away and left me alone, at least til the next time) and any idiot should have realized that a 12 year old girl with test results showing a 140 IQ doesn’t flunk half her classes for no reason.

Teachers often talk about students to other teachers. At least one teacher at Kenwood Elementary School and one at Cascade Junior High would have seen the bruises on my back, buttocks, and the back of my thighs. So its not unlikely that all of my teachers knew somebody was abusing me even though I never said anything (I did however act out to beat hell!)

And you cannot tell me that when my so-called best friend–in whom I had confided–got furious with me and told everybody in school about my maternal grandfather having sex with me when I was 11 years old that the ‘rumors’ stayed confined to the student body. The junior high school counselor heard the ‘rumor’, assumed that it was more than just a ‘rumor’, and had discussed it with my mother ‘there is something very major but she won’t talk about it to me.’ I despised that school counselor with every fiber of my being and wouldn’t have discussed a hangnail with her, much less an attempted rape.

To add to the total joy of being me from third grade through seventh grade (1967 though 1972) my parents divorced in 1968. Back in the sixties, divorce was neither as prevalent or as accepted as it is now. Being from a “broken family’ or ‘a single parent household’ was looked down upon in those years or at least it was in my extended family.

So there you have it: a child from a ‘broken home’ who is being sexually, verbally, physically, mentally and emotionally abused by three out of the four authority figures in her life (the fourth one was largely absent from the picture), who is also being harassed (by what feels like every member of the student body) about an attempted rape (although my ex-friend stated “Suellen had sex with her grandfather” not “Suellen’s grandfather tried to rape her’) and then a long-time teacher hops in and abuses her verbally and emotionally.

This teacher had it in for me (why I do not know) and called me a liar and a thief to my face, not only one time but repeatedly. For example, I found an wool army blanket in the local park, when I told her about finding it, she said I’d stolen it. She even told my mother that I’d stolen the blanket. Then when I accidentally skipped her class (and went across the street to the public library instead) I was called names for skipping class, a liar for saying I went to the library, and a liar for saying it was accidental (3 names for the price of one, how nice! NOT!)

I don’t know why the memory of this teacher haunts me twice a month but I want this woman out of my head. I owe her NO explanations, and its none of her business that not only did I graduate from high school but that I graduated from college (TWICE even).

I Beg To Differ: Life in the AARP lane

http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-11-2011/10-Great-Sunny-Places-to-Retire-AARP.10.html

http://www.scmc.org/

St Charles Medical Center may be a small hospital to AARP (226 beds) but it is the largest hospital in central Oregon. It is also a level 2 trauma center; in fact, it is the only level 2 trauma center in eastern Oregon.

The St Charles Health Care system also owns and manages the hospitals in Redmond, Madras, and Prineville.

In my opinion, the St Charles Health Care system delivers a level of care that meets or exceeds the level of care provided by Portland area hospitals.

Do the hospitals and clinics in the rest of eastern Oregon send their patients that need more care to Portland and Salem hospitals? Some might, but the articles I’ve read say that St Anthony’s (Pendleton, Oregon), Wallowa Memorial Hospital (Enterprise, Oregon), Grande Ronde Hospital (La Grande, Oregon), Blue Mountain Hospital (John Day, Oregon), Mid-Columbia Medical Center (The Dalles, Oregon), St Alphpnsus Medical Center (Baker City, Oregon), Harney District Hospital (Burns, Oregon), and Sky Lakes Medical Center (Klamath Falls, Oregon) and other medical facilities in eastern Oregon send their patients to St Charles Medical Center

http://www.healinghealthcareassoc.org/documents/SCMC.pdf

As stated on the page I linked to directly above this paragraph, St Charles Medical Center serves over 200,000 people in a 33,000-square-mile area (greater than the size of Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Hawaii combined).

I was born at the original St Charles Hospital; I’ve been treated at the emergency room for various injuries and other medical emergencies several times over the years and I was admitted to the hospital proper with pulmonary emboli almost 1 1/2 years ago (August 8 2010).

I was treated at Kaiser and Providence when I lived in Portland; it took months for Kaiser to figure out and treat my menstrual periods that would not stop (I’d had the same problem in Bend, and it took my doctor here ONE VISIT!) and my gallbladder surgery at Providence was delayed for FIVE HOURS due to a snowstorm. At least in central Oregon, a snowstorm is not a major event that prevents surgery from being performed! It took 2 emergency room visits, an ultrasound, and numerous doctor visits to even get the gallbladder issue diagnosed; during the time they were IMO dicking around I had 4 major gallbladder attacks and several minor attacks.

St Charles Medical Center is also affiliated with Air Life and they have their own heliport for critical care transportation.

Patients receive award winning care at the hospital itself, the Cancer Center, the Heart Center, NOW Care (immediate care for orthopedic and neurological care), the Emergency Room, and various clinics under the St Charles Health Care System umbrella

If you don’t need hospital care there are numerous clinics throughout the area (including but not limited to):

1) Mosaic Medical http://www.mosaicmedical.org/ (in Bend and Prineville)

2) Bend Memorial Clinic http://www.bendmemorialclinic.com/Home.aspx (numerous clinics throughout the central Oregon area)

You can find a complete list of medical clinics here: http://www.medicalclinics.in/oregon/bend-clinics.html

I was admitted to St Charles Medical Center in August 2010 for pulmonary emboli. I was in the emergency room for 5 hours and in the hospital; I had no health insurance and no money. The St Charles Foundation waived my entire bill, which was over twelve thousand dollars ($12,000.00). I doubt that the (mostly) for-profit hospitals in the Portland/Salem area would have done so.

Over the years, my father had gallbladder surgery, back surgery, double bypass surgery, and carotid artery surgery–all at St Charles Medical Center. There was never any discussion of going to a hospital in the Portland/Salem area because he KNEW that the level of care right here in Bend Oregon meets and/or exceeds the level of care in the Willamette Valley.

If you need more care than St Charles Medical Center can provide you (unlikely IMHO!) Air Life and short flights from the Redmond airport to Portland make AARP’s comments about transportation issues a non-issue.

A long drive–3 hours in the summer, often up to 5 hours in the winter–so yes it’s a long drive when you are having critical medical issues.

But if you are having critical medical issues that require treatment in the Willamette Valley, you would be taking Air Life or an air ambulance, NOT driving.

I am NOT saying that St Charles Medical Center is the be-all-and-end-all of all hospitals or that St Charles Health Care System is the end-all-and-be-all of health provider networks. I am just saying that AARP should have done some research on the hospital and other medical services before maligning it.

Grumble Growl Bitch Whine and Moan (LOL)

Description: Yes, I am grumbling, growling, bitching, whining, and moaning tonight. You ask why? I am seriously frustrated with my roommate (lets just call him Andrew like I did in this post: http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=1066)

Today’s installment of frustration came when I discovered that I was storing cookie sheets in the oven.

As the oven is rarely used by either of us, this isn’t as dumb as it sounds. Or at least it wasn’t until Andrew used the oven to cook a small pizza for himself.

I kept smelling burned ‘stuff’ even after the pizza was removed, and as he is very absent-minded (age, health, multiple cans of beer every day) I thought perhaps he’d put something else in the oven and forgot about it (he’s forgotten water running in the kitchen sink–with a pot he was washing blocking the drain–to the point it nearly flooded the countertops) or that he’d forgotten to turn off the oven (he’s also forgotten to turn off the burners on the stovetop).

The oven was turned off — but still the ‘burning stuff’ smell was persisting so I opened the oven door, and there was nothing on the bottom rack. I bent down and looked closer; that was when I saw the cookie sheets on the top rack (which is directly under the heating elements for the broiler).

Just to add to the joy of the situation the few potholders I still have are nowhere to be found. I am not self-destructive enough to remove cookie sheets from a still hot oven with my bare hands, so I found a small towel to make sure that the cookie sheets HAD been in the oven during the pizza cooking. The top cookie sheet (one of three) has charcoal on it, so the logical assumption is that the cookie sheets got baked along with the pizza. The oven door is open, the oven hood fan is on (metal is not meant to be cooked when there’s nothing on it so there’s some smoke in the kitchen), and the cookie sheets are still cooling on the rack.

Update: he started to cook another small pizza, and I heard the oven door close (I wonder if he even noticed that the oven door was open, and the fan was on). I stalked into the kitchen and said (snarled really LOL) ‘there are cookie sheets on the top rack that you’ve already fried!!” Then I grabbed the towel, grabbed the cookie sheets and trotted them out into the snow in the carport. He had the nerve to complain that I left the oven door open and there were no potholders!

This is not my first grumble with Andrew’s kitchen habits. He leaves soiled paper towels on the countertops because I haven’t lined the garbage cans (here’s a newsflash, Andrew, I am OUT of kitchen trash bags and I don’t get paid until January 7 2011). He hasn’t figured out how to turn on the hood fan when he stir fries–which he does once or twice a week–to the point that he’s set off the smoke alarm more than once. He leaves actual garbage on the countertops because I haven’t lined the garbage cans. There are three garbage cans in the kitchen, if the one closest to him isn’t lined he won’t put anything in it.

He has a small (dorm size) refrigerator/freezer in his room. When he asked to use one of the drawers (meat tray and crisper) in my full size refrigerator I said sure. Within two weeks, he’d taken over both the meat tray and the crisper. What irritated me is that he’d put vegetables on top of my boxes of ‘Boston Baked Beans’ and ‘Jaw Breakers’ (types of hard candy that comes in cardboard boxes). He forgets meat and vegetables both, to the point that they spoil. Now juices from dead vegetables and spoiled meat don’t affect normal candy bar wrappers, but they do affect unsealed cardboard boxes and their contents. Luckily I discovered that he had decided that permission to use one meant permission to use BOTH before my candy got ruined.

http://www.ferrarapan.com/html/jb_history.html
http://www.ferrarapan.com/html/beans.html

Since then–and without asking or even mentioning it before doing so–he’s taken over half the top shelf, half the third shelf and the top of the in-fridge freezer. I’m lucky that he doesn’t seem to even know where the small chest freezer is — or he’d take over that too probably with comments about ‘since you aren’t using it anyway.’

Oh yeah, he wants a cupboard in the kitchen for his food, which is fine. But when you are asking for a favor, making comments about whether or not the current contents of the cupboard are being used is not very nice. It is MY house, and I don’t have to use all the stuff in it just so I can keep the stuff in MY cupboards!

The stovetop is a disaster area because he never cleans it up after stir frying. He has not put a dish or glass or piece of silverware in the dishwasher since he moved in (August 1 2011). I suppose I should be happy he puts his dishes in the sink! But I am not his mother, his wife, or his girlfriend. He should clean up after himself!

Of Dogs and Dummies: Life in the Pedestrian Lane

Cops can be really stupid, and even dumb dogs can be really smart!

On Thursday December 22 2011 I was going to an appointment with my doctor at Mosaic Medical and was walking to the bus stop (the bus stop is across the street from the mobile home park that I live in, and its a 5-10 minute walk from my house to the bus stop). I walk everywhere and usually try to cross SE 15th Street as I come out of the park (this depends on traffic though, and this time traffic was quite heavy so I decided to walk up the street to SE Bronzewood Avenue and cross there–that’s where the bus stop is anyway, at the corner of SE Bronzewood and SE 15th)

I noticed a vehicle driving very slowly half in the bike lane, half on the road. Then I noticed a medium to large dog (looked like a St Bernard/boxer cross, with the markings of a St Bernard, body of a boxer) walking along the sidewalk; the vehicle was a police car or animal control vehicle (no markings on the vehicle, no lights on either).

The cop was following the dog and attempting to capture it. Yes, we have a leash law but this dog seemed to be very mild mannered–no biting, snarling, growling, foaming at the mouth, or rushing at me (or anyone else). In short, this dog was not an active threat to anyone!

Before reaching either the dog or the vehicle, I stopped and rested by leaning against a tree on mobile home park property (this PRIVATE property borders the CITY sidewalk, and I often stop and lean against a tree, sit on a rock, etc on this PRIVATE property–as repeat readers of this blog will remember, I have a very bad leg; even short walks are painful, troublesome, and require frequent stops).

When I resumed walking, the dog saw me. He ran and disappeared into one of the unfenced yards in my mobile home park.

The police officer (animal control officer, perhaps, as I said the law enforcement vehicle was NOT marked!) saw me too, and that was when things got stupid: the police officer actually motioned me to jaywalk across the street with a minimum of 15 cars coming in each direction.

At this point, a second cop in an actual police car had pulled up behind him, still with no warning lights on.

How would cars coming from either direction even know until they were within striking distance of ME (literally) that either of these cars were police vehicles, or that there was an issue, or that they should stop for me?

Although there is no law in Oregon against jaywalking (I already verified that with the police, as noted in this post: http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=1070), I have a real aversion against doing it when there is heavy traffic. I am not into dying or severely injuring myself by allowing 3,000-5,000 (minimum) pounds of homogenized metal to come into close personal contact with my body!

The only times I would even consider jaywalking in heavy traffic are limited to the following:

1) I have been told to cross the street against traffic (jaywalk) by a police officer, animal control officer, or other public official who has their flashing lights on or some other way of letting the general public know that there is an issue and that they should stop for either the jaywalker or the public officials

2) There is a very real threat to me if I remain on the sidewalk or on the shoulder that I am currently on (say a dog that is biting, snarling, growling, foaming at the mouth, rushing at me in a threatening manner, or showing signs of aggressive behavior). However, even a dog bite is probably less painful and life-threatening then the aforementioned 3,000-5,000 pounds of homogenized metal traveling at between 30 and 40 miles per hour; I would probably take my chances with the dog unless it was foaming at the mouth (I hear the treatments for rabies are painful).

I find it appalling that a police officer or animal control officer would even think of risking the life of a pedestrian while attempting to capture a dog that was presenting NO threat at all to anybody. Leash law or no leash law, it is beyond stupid (and beyond irresponsible) to encourage unsafe crossings of a busy street simply because you are so focused on capturing a dog

I was amused to see the dog heading in the other direction (north on 15th street) about 10 minutes later.–the cop had gone south on 15th street and then disappeared into the traffic on Reed Market Lane. I do agree with the principle of leash laws as you never know if a dog is going to be aggressive or not, but I was pleased that the dumb (IMHO) cops had failed to either capture the dog or get me killed/injured

My Life in the Pain Lane–Further (Mis)Adventures in Medical Care

Anyway, life in the pain lane refers to the not quite 3 months I have been dealing with a painful leg. On October 1 2011 I fell and banged the living daylights out of my right knee. I’ve referred to this earlier, specifically in these posts:
http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=1116 and
http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=1108

Over the last three months, my leg has gotten worse and worse to the point I actually asked my doctor to authorize a wheelchair (for those of you that care, he refused to authorize a wheelchair –he said that people who start using a wheelchair rarely if ever get out of it once they start using it and that they generally go downhill fast; I had already heard that from a friend).

But he did agree to authorize a four wheeled walker similar to this http://www.amazon.com/Rolling-Walker-Shopping-Basket-Burgundy/dp/B000EGGS7E or this http://www.novaorthomed.com/Listing.aspx?id=415)

My insurance won’t cover it, and a walker that is rated for my weight (which is none of your damn business ROFL) runs anywhere from $155.00 to $189.00 not including shipping.

I’ve seen 3 doctors (I have seen my primary care physician at least 4 times). I’ve had an ultrasound of the entire leg (to rule out additional blood clots) and an x-ray of the knee plus 3 x-rays of the entire leg. I am scheduled for a sleep apnea test on January 9 2012 and waiting for a referral to an orthopedist (probably in January 2012 also)

Everything is normal……..except for the fact that my leg hurts all the time.

I was originally prescribed generic Vicodin for the pain. It helped me sleep, but it made me weepy (24/7 waterworks –except when I was sleeping — is not my idea of fun!). I take Trazodone and generic extra-strength Tylenol to help me sleep. I was also prescribed Tramodol for pain, but the side effects (drowsiness and dizziness) have scared me off of taking it.

So I started out with severe knee pain (which has gone away); I then progressed (or digressed, depending on your point of view) to 1) severe inguinal (thigh and groin) pain 2) tingling in the side of the calf 3) foot falling asleep easily 4) muscles up and down the back of the entire leg feeling like they have either swollen or contracted (never relaxed). My leg hurts from my rear end to my ankle, mostly the back of the leg and in the inguinal area. However, tonight I got up from a long nap and my thigh had decided that the rest of the leg was having too much fun and that it needed to join the party!

Walking on the bad leg is problematical because I am right-dominant, and its my right leg that is injured. My left leg is taking up some of the slack but my whole body is out of whack due to the right leg. I have to stop after 5-10 (a maximum of 15) steps and either just stop or bend over and say ‘s–t, that hurts’ or ‘d–n, that hurts.’ Usually, I also have back pain and pain in the gluteus maximus, sometimes to the point that I have to sit on the ground or on the floor to temporarily relieve the pain

This is exacerbated by the fact that I do not have transportation other than the local bus–the nearest stop is a 5-10 minute walk from my house. Sometimes I take taxicabs, but its been $8.00 — $10.00 (not including gratuities) each way no matter where I go. I normally earn $85.00 per week and get paid twice a month — that doesn’t stretch to cover very many taxis. Nor does it stretch to cover a new walker that is rated for my weight (I hate to harp on the weight issue, but even the ones that are rated for 300 pounds really only support people up to 275 pounds–I can’t wait until I lose 30 pounds to start using the walker, there would be no point in even buying it, since even if I was crash dieting–which is not healthy–it would take a month and a half to lose that much weight, and I’m in pain NOW)

I am becoming more sedentary because of the pain which is not good for the leg, or for my other health issues (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, borderline diabetes {type 2} just to name a few). Also, its next to impossible to lose weight without being able to get some regular (3 x – 4x a week) exercise, and I usually walk once or twice a week (to the bus stop, to Safeway from the bus transfer station and back, and then to my house from the bus stop). These are 5-10 minute walks at most (usually interrupted by frequent stops because of the pain) and while they may raise my heart rate for a short time which is healthy they are not enough to consistently help with weight loss.

Sitting on the toilet hurts! And not to be gross, but its that time of the month. I do not like sitting on the toilet to insert tampons as I prefer to squat on the floor. I cannot squat long enough to successfully insert a tampon — the pain is so great I nearly fall over (so I’ve given up and sit on the toilet and swear about it)

I hurt when sitting–other than sitting on the floor or the ground. I hurt when walking. I hurt when sleeping — although not as much as when I do anything else, partially thanks to lying down and partially thanks to generic Tylenol and Trazodone

The last time I did laundry it took me 10 days (I kid you not!) to get 3 loads done. You see, I don’t have a working clothes dryer, and its 1/16 of a mile (maybe even less) walking distance to the clubhouse where there is a working clothes dryer. ONE walk to the clubhouse wore me flat out. My laundry would still be sitting in laundry baskets in the clubhouse if I hadn’t asked the park manager to retrieve it for me.

A friend suggested that I post here asking for suggestions to 1) ease the pain, preferably using natural methods or herbal supplements as I already take 15 prescription medicines for various ailments 2) get a walker that is rated for my weight (that won’t break the budget) 3) make walking easier. As usual, spam is NOT welcome — and again I earn $85.00 per week and my insurance does not cover most medical equipment so please consider those things when linking to (again) non-spam solutions or (again) non-spam possible solutions.

The things that I have tried so far or have been recommended to me by friends

1) I emailed my local Lions club to ask for help with the cost of the walker (no response yet)
2) I contacted a site called One Blue Rose to ask for help with the cost of the walker (no response yet)
3) A friend suggested that I take magnesium supplements, and I plan on buying these with my next paycheck (January 6 2011)
4) Another friend suggested that I get more exercise, less sleep (I would welcome ideas on exercises that would gently strengthen the leg without killing me)
5) I recently bought a wheeled cart that will allow me to haul groceries and laundry without having to be a total pack mule!
6) Money is always gratefully accepted (JUST KIDDING FOLKS!)

Other considerations: The muscles are not atrophying (yet) as I do move around the house on a regular basis and I do walk to the bus stop and back, from the transfer station and back at least once a week)

No I Am NOT Getting Paid to Write Anything Here.

Are you getting paid money for writing this – or will you do it without getting paid?

Most of the posts are my ‘opinions’ or my ‘experiences’ or my ‘thoughts’– with some links added if they are needed — which the commenter would realize if he/she/it read (and comprehended) any of the posts.

I don’t write for SEO (search engine optimization) and I don’t write for money on either of my blogs. I write for the sheer joy of putting my thoughts, feelings, experiences on paper (virtual or otherwise). I write because I am a damn good writer, and that’s not just MY opinion. I write because I need to get the feelings and experience and sometimes the thoughts out of my mind–it’s called venting. Some people vent by yelling, some people vent by writing, and still other people vent by leaving vaguely insulting comments on blogs.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the TOTALLY INSANE!!

Yes, this is a rant. A good old-fashioned rant that has been brewing for a while.

The Good #1: On November 15 2011, I was waiting (somewhat patiently) for traffic to clear on 15th street so I could cross and get to the bus stop which is about two long blocks down the street. There was a lot of traffic, and I had resigned myself to being there for days LOL. Then a northbound truck stopped for me, and almost immediately a southbound truck stopped for me too. The drivers of the passenger vehicles were ticked off, but they couldn’t get around the trucks. I said “thank you” loudly and promptly scooted my boots across the street!

The Good #2: On November 21 2011, I was able to walk to the bus stop without stopping (5-10 minutes) and on the way home I only needed to stop once. I was able to walk from the transfer station to Safeway and back again without stopping and without using a grocery cart as support. I was able to do a normal grocery shopping without having to sit on the floor at least once. This is notable because since I fell on October 1 2011 my thigh pain and back pain has meant that not only do I stop numerous times while walking, I usually have to sit on the floor at Safeway at least once and if there is a shopping cart available I use it as a crutch while walking between the bus stop and Safeway.

The Good #3: On Saturday night (November 20 2011) my radio station went to dead air. It was supposed to be Tom Kent’s Ultimate Party (http://www.tomkentradio.com/main/ultimate/ but after 15 minutes all I had heard was commercials and dead air. Then I tried to play my 70s Radio Hits CD but somehow it had become corrupted–really was mad about that because there are a lot of songs on that CD that I love. So I dug out a bunch of old CDs–Enya, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Windham Hill mixes, country mixes, Vince Gill, Ventura Highway. All of this was a nice break from oldie rock n roll–which I love–but I’d forgotten how much I truly like country music and new age music. Saturday night I listened mostly to the Enya CDs–I am sure my rock n roll loving roommate was in his bedroom throwing up ROFL!! Sunday I listened to Enya again, and threw in the Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Windham Hill mixes, and Vince Gill.

The Bad #1: Friday November 18 2011 I called Mountain High Coins and Collectibles (http://www.mtnhighcoin.com/index2.html) to ask if 14K gold PLATED jewelry had any value. I was told that it was worth $20.00 per ounce, so I decided to take my 14K gold PLATED herringbone necklace and 10K gold PLATED watch to the store today (Monday November 21 2011). Now–as I’ve stated before on this very blog–I have no transportation other than the bus which becomes really germane to this rant in just a bit. I worked this morning from 6 am to 8 am and then had a Skype interview for another job (full time, $9.00 per hour) at 9 am (I had taken a shower and washed my hair in between getting off work and starting the interview, so that my hair would be dry when I left to catch the bus–around 10:45 am). I probably arrived at Mountain High Coins and Collectibles (http://www.mtnhighcoin.com/index2.html) around 11:30 am — shortly thereafter I was rudely informed that they don’t buy gold PLATED jewelry because the plating is so thin that its not cost-effective to remove it. Now I don’t have a problem with the gold plated jewelry not having any value — but I do have a problem with mixed messages, rudeness, lack of professionalism, and appallingly bad customer service (especially from a store where I have never received anything other than excellent customer service before). When I mentioned that I’d called on Friday to ask if gold PLATED jewelry had any value, the woman behind the counter first said “you called us, correct?” and when I replied in the affirmative, she said “I don’t know who you talked to, but there is no value to what you have.” Again, she was rude and unprofessional–and her message of ‘you are LYING about calling US’ came through loud and clear.

Now if I had transportation of my own (car, bicycle, motorcycle, scooter, etc) this wouldn’t be such a big deal, but I don’t have any kind of a vehicle. So I am stuck with the Bend Area Transit/Cascades East Transit bus which runs every 40 minutes (every 80 minutes on Saturday, and not at all on Sunday). So I probably had a 35 minute wait between leaving the coin store and the next bus; to just add immeasurably to the ‘joy’ of the situation, that 35 minute wait was not in warm sunshiny weather. Oh no, it was cold (right this minute at 3:39 pm PST it is 40 degrees–with wind chill feels like 31 degrees), windy (gusting between 21 and 29 mph), and raining. The longer I waited the angrier I got.

The Ugly: I sold a PTR domain to a friend. Now selling it wasn’t the ugly part; getting all the plugins pushed and re-licensed to the new owner has been extremely frustrating. The plugins are licensed to the domain, but the new host won’t install/reactivate the ones where he doesn’t have proof of purchase (and these plugins were purchased by me anywhere 2003 to 2007). I ceased operation of the site almost 2 years ago so I hadn’t kept copies of anything; I’d intended to let the domain expire for good in June 2012. There are 3 plugin sellers involved with these plugins: Polar Web Services, Cash Plugins, and Scripts-US. Polar Web Services and Cash Plugins have been very helpful. Scripts-R-Us has been a total disaster to deal with. There has been an exchange of emails (4 from them to me, 3 from me to them) lasting from Friday November 18 2011 to Sunday November 20 2011, with the upshot being that they would send me copies ‘tomorrow’ during their ‘normal business hours.’ They finally did send the requested copies at 9:03 am this morning.

And the totally insane? On Tuesday November 15 I was walking from the bus stop in front of *Columbia Sportswear (in the Bend Factory Stores at 61334 S Hwy 97 #440) to **Joanne Fabrics and Crafts (61284 S Hwy 97). Its not that long of a walk, but I am fat and out of shape with a bad thigh. This means that I stop quite often when walking because 1) I am out of breath (or) 2) My thigh hurts (or) 3) my back hurts (or) 4) all of the aforementioned. There are 2 newspaper machines (Bend Bulletin–local paper–and the Oregonian–statewide paper) in front of the Subway store at 61419 S. Highway 97 and I was reading the headlines (not aloud, but I may have made a comment about one of the headlines). I looked up in the midst of my reading and some lady is just glaring at me. So I’m just wondering what her problem is as I was NOT in her way, she had just gotten out of her car and hadn’t even shut her car door yet. I was neatly dressed too, it was obvious I was not some bum or street person. It was pretty obvious that I was reading the headlines from the newspaper–which last time I checked was totally legal LOL. After a few minutes of this I decided to move on, but as I walked away I said (hopefully loud enough so that the insane -IMO- lady heard it) “well, excuse me for reading the damn newspaper!”

http://www.columbia.com/Bend-Factory-Stores/Stores_prime_bend,default,pg.html

Politics……

I will preface this by saying I am a moderate Democrat. I have received aid from Pell Grants, the food stamp program, and unemployment benefits. Both of my parents benefited from Medicare and Social Security, as did both sets of grandparents.

My father enlisted in the US Navy (served in WWII and Korea), and his father was in the Merchant Marine during WWII.

My father, too, served in WWII and won the silver star. He never spoke of the war. However, he was proud of serving and fighting for our freedoms. Later in his life, he spoke often of how socialism and communism were slowly taking over America. He worked three jobs to support us and now Americans have become accustomed to the handouts from our government, and refuse jobs that they feel are beneath them. We all need to work at any job that is available and stop relying on a socialist influenced government to care for us.

Now I normally don’t discuss religion or politics on this blog, but I find this comment (from a Yahoo news story that I was reading) to be offensive at worst and uninformed at best.

This comment makes it sound like the ‘socialist leanings’ in this country are a new thing. I don’t call programs that started 78 years ago in 1933 (the New Deal programs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and 47 years ago in 1964 (the Great Society programs of Lyndon Baines Johnson) ‘new’

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression#United_States

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Society

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_D._Roosevelt

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_B._Johnson

Would this commenter prefer the widespread suicides that occurred in the early years of the Great Depression? Or perhaps he would like the 20,000 people per day laid off every day, or maybe the 20,000 companies that declared bankruptcy would be what floats his boat?

During the Great Depression, unemployment rose to 25% and crop prices fell by up to 60%. Attempts to shore up the US economy by retaliatory tariffs on imports from other countries worsened the economy in all affected countries including the USA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoot-Hawley_Tariff_Act

Perhaps the commenter thinks people should be left to starve when there are NO jobs available or the competition for jobs is fierce.

And in reality, if you are on self-sufficiency programs such as unemployment or some of the ‘welfare’ benefits you are not allowed to turn down employment without sacrificing or limiting your benefits. Perhaps the commenter should do some research into the facts before parroting ‘Americans turn down jobs in favor of handouts’

Personally, I have been unemployed or underemployed since November 2005 when I moved to Bend Oregon to take care of my elderly father (who has since died). I am NOT picky about jobs, I have applied for over 500 jobs in the last 6 years (fast food, janitorial, banking, clerical, accounting, retail, personal care, etc). I have worked several temporary jobs in the last 6 years.

I sold everything that would sell (antiques, collectibles, vintage jewelry, vintage glassware, tools, books, etc) to keep my bills paid from 2009-2011. My mother paid about 13 months of space rent or I would have been living in a truck with two cats (not to mention the litter boxes!)

I have 2 college degrees (BS in Business/Economics, and AS in Hotel/Restaurant Management), and 20 years of experience in various fields. I currently have a permanent part time job (10 hours per week) for an online freelancing site (in their Risk Management Department)

I have no children. I am not a senior citizen. I am not disabled. Unemployment benefits ran out in April 2010 (with a 5 week extension in mid-2011). Therefore, the only ‘socialist’ benefits I am currently entitled to are food stamps and state health insurance (the first year on the insurance there was no cost to me, but now that I have income my insurance costs me $9.00 per month).

I take 8 prescription medicines daily (10 pills every day, not including iron, calcium, and Tylenol). I could not afford my prescription medications without the ‘socialist’ state health insurance. I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anemia, and am borderline diabetic; I also take blood thinners since I was diagnosed with pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs) in August 2010

I make $85.00 per week before taxes–a total of about $340.00 per month. Cable internet (which I must have for my job) and phone runs around 70 per month, ditto for electricity. This leaves a whopping $190.00 to cover all other expenses. I couldn’t afford food without the ‘socialist’ food stamp program