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Thursday Thirteen #22

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Thirteen things that Bubba has noticed while taking the bus

  1. I’ve noticed that buses actually run every 15 minutes in my neck of the woods…so it’s easy for me to use them.
  2. There are some real characters on the bus. No, not like the homeless guy that has a string of drool coming out of one of the corners of his mouth…I mean the really, really pretty lady that always looks like she’s about to kill someone…and the guy that rides the bus asking anyone what movies they’ve seen…and the hardworking immigrants that are so tired that they appear glad to catch 15 minute snoozes from job to job.
  3. Why does a bus stop need a sign telling the homeless that it’s illegal to stay there from 2am to 6am? Are law enforcement officers so bored they can spend those hours busting homeless people for grabbing a few winks?
  4. It’s funny to see a teenager with headphones singing aloud audibly to the music, totally unaware that we can hear them. It seems like not too long ago, I was that kid.
  5. According to one rider, a 20 mile bike ride in traffic “isn’t too bad.” Dude, have you noticed that you live somewhere that has temps above 110 degrees? You’ve lost your mind.
  6. Bus drivers tend to be pretty nice people.
  7. I always wondered why buses in my area drive slow…it’s because they always run ahead of schedule.
  8. Kids on the buses tend to behave exceptionally well. You can imagine my surprise.
  9. It’s a great place to listen to music. All I have to do is sit there and listen…don’t have to pay too much attention to anything else.
  10. Guys dropping their wives/girlfriends/significant others at the bus stop are hilarious. It seems like they’re always peering inside the bus for some reason…why? If you see some guy that you think is going to harass or hit on your wife…are you going to board the bus and beat them up? Sheesh. Put your insecurity away, Chachi.
  11. There are very few people that talk loudly on a bus, including those on cell phones. However, those talkers with excessive volume always seem to be the ones with the least amount of intelligence.
  12. I love being able to take my bike on the bus. Makes getting from here to there a lot less tiring…which is still important to Bubba.


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June 13

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Howdy folks. Unca Bubba here, just posting a quick update.

I got this energy drink from one of my co-workers this morning called Zipfizz. I must admit; it seems to work pretty well…at least for a couple of hours. The first thing that I noticed is the amount of B vitamins contained in this little puppy. B6? Ya got 125% of the US RDA. B12? Ya, we got that too…some 41,667% of the US RDA of that one! Of course, I had one 5 hours ago…so I’m yawning now. Wonder if I should try another one…lol

Work is going pretty well. I seem to be productive…but we’ll see when I get my reviews at the end of the month.

I am trying to decide whether to try the valley fever cure (3 months of strong antibiotics), or the guai protocol for fibromyalgia. I’ll let you know next week which one I do…but I have to do something to change what’s been going on.

Well, time to put my nose to the grindstone again. Bubba sez God bless…and I love ya!

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June 12

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What a fun-filled, joyful week it has been.

Yeah, I’m going to do this in somewhat reverse-chronological order.

First of all, I am at work today…thanks to the miracle that is Rockstar Juiced Energy Drinks. And today is a vast improvement over yesterday…when I woke up less than an hour before I was supposed to be at work. Therefore, I called in saying I wasn’t able to work…and then went back to sleep. I woke up a couple of times to grab something to eat, etc…but each time I was sleeping within 45 minutes.

I finally got up…at 5:00. PM.

A part of me is really sick and tired of being so tired…and having it influence my life like it does. It also reminded me of the question that has went through my mind: just what IS disabled? Is disability when you can’t work at all? Or is it because you can only effectively commit to about 20 hours a week? Or does it happen when you can work full time…but you can’t do anything else, like clean, cook, or have a life outside of work? Well, I fall into the last category. If I didn’t do any housework, ate out all the time, never went to church, never spent time with friends or family, I probably could work 40 hours a week. Barely. But I don’t think that’s a life…I think that in fact is disabled…until someone can accurately tell me what is wrong.

Sometimes I wonder how long I’m going to be able to keep this up. Because it’s becoming clear to me that, in my present physical state, I am not going to be able to work 40 hours a week for much longer. A part of me is OK with this, and a part of me is really scared about what life is going to look like. Where will I live? Would I be approved for disability? Will I have to declare bankruptcy? I certainly hope not.

Going backwards…this last Sunday was the first time that I could attend church without having to worry about the lighting. I really enjoyed getting together with my brothers and sisters in Christ…I missed you guys lots! Had a really great time at Brenda’s potluck…we have some neat people in our group. The only downsides to Sunday: on a 2.5 mile bike ride, I found I had no energy whatsoever, and towards the end of the day I was beginning to forget simple words…like instructor. *sigh*

Saturday I did laundry and watched TV. And that was about it.

Friday I rested and went to the movies to see Knocked Up. Before I say anything else, I will say that there is enough vulgarity and sexuality to offend about everyone, including conservative Christians. So, if you are easily offended, don’t see it. However, that being said, I thought the movie was absolutely hilarious…and realistic…and didn’t put a positive light on anything that shouldn’t have it. I won’t disclose any of the movie (this IS a family-friendly blog for the most part), but I will say they show enough “reality” to make the viewer think about their own values. Bubba sez ’nuff said.

Thursday I did nothing.

There…you’re now up to date.

Well, I have a few more things to comment on.

Paris Hilton. What has she done that has made everyone so upset? I mean, I don’t really pay much attention to her, but let’s recap what her actions have been. She’s pretty. She had a widely distributed videotape of her having sex. She starred in a really bad TV show. She released a CD of songs with a dubious quantity of talent. She then committed a couple of driving offenses. To all of this I say: so what? Why is everyone obsessed with her? You don’t like her? Don’t buy her CD or watch her shows. Otherwise, CNN and all you other media types…find some NEWS.

The Sopranos Finale. Really, what did you think was going to happen? Tony gets whacked? The whole family gets whacked? Jailed? Whatever happened, it was going to disappoint a lot of people. Millions of us have watched every episode, and become more familiar with the Sopranos famiglia than our biological families. And now, we realize that the artificial relationship we’ve had with James Gandolfini and his fellow thespians must end…so there are going to be some bitter feelings. But I’m sure we’ll all get over it…until they announce the Sopranos Movie.

The White Sox. C’mon boys, what’s going on?

The Diamondbacks. What an exciting team to watch…as streaky as any rookie, and Randy Johnson isn’t just part of our roster…he’s BACK.

The Suns. I still can’t believe it. And no, the NBA front office did NOT rob them of their chance to go to the Finals. Right or wrong, gotta follow the rules, kids.

Cornerstone church. If you are in the East Valley outside of Phoenix, and are a Christian, you gotta go check it out. I am really proud of the job we’ve done with the new building.

Darfur. I feel I must say something about this…and we need to be truthful. Is it a fact that what’s going on can be called genocide? Absolutely. Should we be made aware of what’s going outside of our little corner of the world? No doubt. However, I am disappointed that people are being told to be activists…without really being told what to fight for. What is needed? Well, the UN and the African Union (AU) is sending a joint force of about 20,000 troops and police as peacekeepers to the area. I don’t know if that’s enough…but we still have Americans saying “we need to do more!” OK, fine! What do you want to do? More humanitarian aid? Great…just don’t complain when the national deficit increases, or your taxes are raised to make up the difference. What else should we do? Send troops? Yeah, that’s already proven to be such a positive, well-received effort in other areas of the world. I will definitely comment more about this in the future…but until then, remember this: When you ask for the government to do something in a war, remember that it’s going to cost either tax dollars or human lives. Or both.

Well, time to go back to work. God bless you all….love ya!

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It’s my anniversary…

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Yep, my anniversary.

I don’t know why I put it in my calendar to repeat, but I did.

No, you silly. Not my wedding anniversary. I’ve had two different ones, and now not having one at all is fine with me.

It’s the first anniversary of getting a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

As I think back, it’s been an interesting year.

I’ve found out who my friends are…and, more importantly, which ones aren’t.

I’ve lost my truck.

I’ve found out how much I’m loved…which, fortunately for me, is a lot.

I spent 6 months not working. In some ways I tried to make it time well spent, but in other ways, I just wished I was working. BTW, I am working now….although don’t know for how long.

I’ve dated one or two people…only to have those relationships not work.

I had an ex-girlfriend move here. Sometimes we get along, sometimes we don’t…but we’ve remained friends.

I’ve learned that just because a doctor is a good diagnostician, doesn’t mean that he’s the best doctor for the job.

I’ve gotten to remember how much fun riding a bicycle can be.

I’ve seen little girls grow up into young women…and noticed what an exciting, scary, and wondrous adventure it is to be female and come of age.

I’ve gotten to get to know babies and infants, and marvel at how wonderful and precious we are when we are newcomers to this thing called life.

I witnessed something no one should have to witness: a couple mourning the loss of their 4 year old son.

I have been a part in our church’s expansion to an 1100 seat auditorium, and gotten to learn how to run theatrical lights.

But mostly, in this past year, I’ve gotten to experience the rollercoaster known as life. Good days, bad days. Pain-free, alert days, and days where I couldn’t remember names of people I love because I was so tired. I’ve been heartbroken, happy, sleepy, broke, rich, blessed, tired, alert, upset, content, and grumpy…sometimes all in the same hour.

I am, however, thankful.

Thankful that God has sustained me for all of this time, and that I still have friends and family that love and care for me like I never imagined possible before.

Thank you for reading my drivel, and staying with me, even though I haven’t always been regular with my postings. God bless you.

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