Did you ever see those plastic cones they put around a dog’s head to keep it from getting someplace it shouldn’t be biting or licking? I kind of feel that way right now.
We were up by 6:30 yesterday morning, which is an ungodly hour even if it’s 80 degrees outside and you’re going to be doing something fun. When it’s cold and you’re headed to the hospital, it really sucks.
Surgery for my skin cancer was scheduled for 8:30 and they took me in right on time. We had been told it could take anywhere from one to six hours, and it was about 2½ hours actually being worked on. They excised a good sized chuck of flesh and once the pathologist checked it and said they had removed all the cancer, it took quite a while to close things up. First they tried to just close up the excision they had cut out of my ear with stitches, but that caused a problem and the cartilage started to buckle, so they had to do some reconstructive surgery.
They sent me home with a big old pressure bandage that makes me feel guilty for every conehead dog I ever laughed at. I have to go back in eleven days to remove the stitches and look things over, and then again in March. They had numbed me enough that I didn’t feel anything, but a few hours later when that wore off I really appreciated the drugs they sent home with me. They didn’t put me in La La Land, but they helped a bit.
Terry and I appreciate everybody’s concern and prayers. This was just a bump in the road and we’re looking forward to getting the follow up behind us so we can get on down the road.
As much as I hate it, now I have to bring Bad Nick in for a moment. A while back I wrote that we were having a problem with people making multiple entries into our weekly free drawings even though the rules say one entry per person. 99.9 percent of our readers are nice folks who understand that and are not a problem. But we continue to have a few who have to make waves, and started using the names of cartoon and movie characters. Sometimes as many as 30 a day. When I wrote to tell them to stop it, they started using names of historical figures. Again I said no, so one came back with Rosie the Riveter, Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and said THOSE are not cartoon characters, movie stars, or historical figures.
I got four different e-mails yesterday arguing about the contest. One fellow, a regular blog reader, said, “There’s always a way to beat the system and I just like to find it. It’s kind of a hobby.” Who has time for that? You really need to get a life. At least three different people said they never use their name on the internet because they are afraid of identity theft, of government tracking, or of some master hacker finding out their information. One said they never use credit cards, cash only, and will not even use their real name when checking into an RV park. I’m sorry, but if you are that paranoid stay locked up in a secure compound somewhere.
This is supposed to be a fun way for us to give something back to our readers, not a fulltime job preventing the very few from abusing the simple rules we have set up. I don’t want to be a jerk, but it’s real simple – it’s my sandbox, I make the rules, and they are not going to change. So here’s how it’s going to be – if you make multiple entries, if you enter multiple times with different variations of your name, if you use fake names, and if you want to argue about it, go away. You are banned and we’re not going to discuss it. I prefer to concentrate my time and energy on all of the nice folks out there who don’t have a need to play silly games and need supervision. And to all of you who do play by the rules, thank you. It’s a pleasure to deal with adults. Okay, end of rant, Bad Nick has left the building.
With all that said, I’m almost hesitant to tell you that over 100 folks have entered this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Judy Howard’s Going Home With A Cat And A Ghost, the sequel to her excellent COAST TO COAST WITH A CAT AND A GHOST. Ride along as Judy, her cat Sportster, and a life-sized stuffed doll called Cowboy Jack take a journey into her past, encountering the ghosts of her teenage years. This is a book you won’t forget soon! All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday evening. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
And finally, I have to share a warning with you that blog reader Bill O’Conner sent to me. Bill and his wife got stuck in the recent bad weather and found themselves facing a cold night dry camping in a rest area on their way to Florida. The next morning Bill went outside to put the key in their toad, and did not realize that when the steps came out they were covered in ice. He said he took a bad fall and really banged himself up. I had the same thing happen to me in our first year on the road, when we pulled into an RV park in northern Texas to wait out an ice storm. In our case, the steps were frozen and did not extend when I opened the door and stepped out into space. So please be careful if you find yourself in bad weather. Even when you are off the road things can be dangerous.
Thought For The Day – Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.