Old Patriot's Pen

Personal pontifications of an old geezer born 200 years too late.

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Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

I've been everywhere That was the title of a hit country-and-western song from the late 1950's, originally sung by Hank Snow, and made famous by Johnny Cash. I resemble that! My 26-year career in the Air Force took me to more than sixty nations on five continents - sometimes only for a few minutes, other times for as long as four years at a time. In all that travel, I also managed to find the perfect partner, help rear three children, earn more than 200 hours of college credit, write more than 3000 reports, papers, documents, pamphlets, and even a handful of novels, take about 10,000 photographs, and met a huge crowd of interesting people. I use this weblog and my personal website here to document my life, and discuss my views on subjects I find interesting.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Light Blogging will Continue

I like to write. One of my favorite literary characters is James Macintosh Qwilleran, the hero of Lillian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who..." mystery series. "Qwill", as he respectfully known, boasts that he can write "a thousand words about anything", and supposedly does in the "Cat Who" books where he writes a twice-weekly column, "The Qwill Pen", for the Moose County Something, the county's newspaper. I tried this once. It's not an easy task. It requires a large background of knowledge, good references, and an almost eidetic memory. Yet I've known people who COULD do that, especially on the half-dozen areas where they had intimate knowledge.

It's hard to write, however, when your arm hurts, especially when it's the arm you depend upon for most of your activities. I visited my local doctor's on Tuesday. He diagnosed my problem as an inflamed bursus in the right shoulder (I'm right-handed), with some muscle atrophy and a few other minor problems. I got a cortisone shot, scheduled for xrays, and a trip to physical therapy. The arm feels better, but still gives me problems when I use it too much - as in sitting at my computer typing for four or five hours straight. Even surfing has been limited since the flare-up. Hopefully it's already begun to heal, and will be fine by Christmas.


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