Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 10, 2015. Susan left yesterday morning for Pascagoula, Mississippi to look at houses and make an offer. There are several we are interested in … the one we are most interested in is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath ranch style house, 6 blocks from the beach. She will be flying back on the 15th. In almost 20 years, this will be the longest we have been separated. Strange how we can spend a day together, she in her office and me in mine … say maybe 20 words to each other and as long as we know the other’s heart is beating in the next room … that’s enough. We are one. Hard for some of our younger couples to understand: there is NO “I” in “We”. Talked to Susan this morning … she has a job, strait transfer, (no lapse in health insurance), to the CVS in Pascagoula. Further proof that this move is just a part of God’s plan for us. That said … I am sitting here this evening feeling like ½ of me is missing.
We all have superstitious idiosyncrasies, (some folks more than others). (CNN NEWS) — Very superstitious: Weird rituals help athletes perform better. “Sports are full of superstitions, from athletes who perform a specific routine before every game to ones who consider certain items to be lucky or unlucky. Hockey, especially, is rife with these sorts of baubles and rituals, especially in the playoffs, when players grow beards until their team is eliminated and often refuse to touch the trophies awarded to the conference champions. In addition to these broad, widely agreed-upon rituals, individual players have their own idiosyncratic practices: Corey Perry, the star winger of the Anaheim Ducks, has an eight-step ritual he goes through before every game that includes twirling his stick a certain way and tapping the ice before going into the locker room to put his pads on.” Over the years I have known several trial lawyers who had superstitious idiosyncrasies. One had a pair of “lucky” trial socks: he would wear the same socks during the whole trial. Me? I have my “Lucky” Shriners Ring!
“Assisted Suicide” is a controversial issue/subject. (CNN NEWS) — What remains unsaid about assisted suicide. “Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in all but five states. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in the rest. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will hint, vaguely, how to do it. This leads to bizarre, veiled conversations between medical professionals and overwhelmed families. Doctors and nurses want to help but also want to avoid prosecution, so they speak carefully, parsing their words. Family members, in the midst of one of the most confusing and emotional times of their lives, are left to interpret euphemisms.” The 5 States that allow assisted suicide? Oregon, Vermont, Washington. In Montana, Baxter v. Montana (2009) court decision created a defense for a physician who is prosecuted. In New Mexico, doctors can help terminal patients die according to a 2014 court decision. Shouldn’t a person, with God given free will, have the ability to end their suffering if they are in horrible pain?
And in the “rode hard and put away wet” news? (BBC NEWS) — Ageing rates vary widely, says study. “A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age. The report, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracked traits such as weight, kidney function and gum health. Some of the 38-year-olds were ageing so badly that their “biological age” was on the cusp of retirement … The international research group followed 954 people from the same town in New Zealand who were all born in 1972-73. The scientists looked at 18 different ageing-related traits when the group turned 26, 32 and 38 years old. The analysis showed that at the age of 38, the people’s biological ages ranged from the late-20s to those who were nearly 60.” A follow up study showed folks with a biological age in the late 20’s, were married, tee totaling fundamentalist Christians who scored very low on a “life satisfaction” survey … while folks with a biological age in the late 50’s, early 60’s … were “party hardy”, promiscuous, heavy drinking, dope smoking, heavy metal/hard rock fans … who, surprisingly, scored extremely high, (no pun intended), on a “life satisfaction” survey. Go figure.
In related news: (BBC NEWS) — World’s oldest man Sakari Momoi dies at 112 in Japan. “The world’s oldest man, Japanese super centenarian Sakari Momoi, has died in Tokyo at the age of 112. The former high school principal and father of five children died of kidney failure in a care facility on Sunday. He had been named the oldest man by Guinness World Records in August.” He died extremely happy. His physical age was 55.
Sitting here editing these Ramblings and missing Susan. Her babies are all hunkered down by the door … waiting for her to come home. They will have to wait until Wednesday evening. We will spend Thursday packing … and Friday moving down to Pascagoula. It is amazing to see how quickly all the pieces in this move are falling into place. It is almost like God is clearing all obstacles and pushing us South. There will be no Sunday Lunch and a Movie …
Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. I remain nicotine free. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)