Monday afternoon Terry did the final proof read on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and I uploaded it to our printer’s web server back in Michigan. If all goes well we’ll have it back to us here in Phoenix early next week and get it mailed out before we leave for Show Low to see my daughter Tiffany and her girls.
After being chained to my desk getting the paper done, I needed a day out. So yesterday we went to the post office to send out some orders and then ran some errands that included a stop at WalMart, and then to Best Buy to purchase a TV to replace the Samsung LCD that has been failing for a couple of months now.
We were limited in our choices to a 28 inch model due to where it mounts on a cabinet door over the windshield in our motorhome, and discovered that small TVs seem to be going the way of the dodo bird and the wooly mammoth. There are plenty of 48 inch and larger TVs available, and a few 32 inch models, but when you get smaller than that the list of choices really thins out.
After seeing what was available, we settled on an Insignia 28 inch with a built-in DVD player because the 28 inch choices were either a smart TV or one with the DVD and we seldom have a fast enough internet signal to make use of the smart TV’s features. We already have a free standing unit, so we’ll give our old DVD player to Tiffany and the girls.
With that done, we decided to have an early dinner at JM Chinese Food, our favorite Chinese restaurant in this area. Should we be concerned that we’re only here a few weeks a year, but they not only know us by name, they also know what we’re going to order?
Some of you know that I have arthritis in my hands that has made typing increasingly painful the last few years. I tried Dragon Speaking software and found it less than useful, so it was hampering my work. Over the years I have tried dozens of different home remedies and dietary supplements that did not help. I had about resigned myself to living with the pain, but a couple of months ago a friend suggested I take MSM on a daily basis. I took a 1000 mg tablet every day for several weeks and didn’t really see any difference, so he urged me to double up, taking one in the morning and another at night. I was skeptical but I have to tell you, after about two weeks of the increased dosage I began to notice a real improvement.
A couple of weeks ago I was in a working frenzy on my latest Big Lake book, knocking out 3000 – 4000 words a day. Normally that would leave my fingers swollen and throbbing by the end of the day, and two days in a row would put me out of action. Not this time around. No pain, and my hands were flexible, with no discomfort. For the last week I’ve been working 10+ hours a day on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, which usually puts me out of action for a day or two afterward. But this time around I have no discomfort at all and I can squeeze my hands into fists and flex my fingers easily. I’m impressed!
Are you in the mood for a good short story? Here are fourteen to choose from with a Texas flavor, by my friend George Wier, ’14: A Texanthology. George is the author of the Bill Travis mysteries series and one of the most talented writers I know. Read this book and I bet you’ll become a fan too.
Thought For The Day – It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong.