Throughout the year there are a number of “Awareness Months” for various diseases and disorders, and while I sympathize with people with these disorders, and have a tendency to donate to their various goals, most awareness months have little personal effect on me. October however is different, in that I have a personal reason to support Lupus Awareness Month
I have not posted here in my blog about this before, but most of you who know me personally are aware that my Wife has battled with the horrible auto-immune disease known as Lupus. When she was 12, it nearly killed her, and I would never have known the woman who is the Love of my Life.
Lupus is an auto-immune disease, which in layman’s terms is like the opposite of AIDS, instead of having no immune system, people like my wife have an over-active immune system. Their immune system is so vigilant in it’s destruction of things that it determines is a “foreign contaminant”, that it gets confused, and starts attacking tissues in the body as well. The end result is that the white blood cells literally destroy the body from the inside out.
There is no cure for Lupus, and it kills, and funds for research are desperately needed in the search for a cure. So please, check out The Lupus Foundation of America or the Alliance for Lupus Research and learn how you can make a difference in the research of this deadly disease.
If you want to know more about Lupus, I recommend you check out the Living with Lupus Blog, written by my wife, Barbara Moline, or visit lupus.org or lupusresearch.org
This is a retroactive post, in May, I had a horrific experience where I almost died from a combination ailment and car accident. While working late at the Want a Better Website offices, I started experiencing great pain, I believe now that I was passing a kidney stone. I decided at 4:30 a.m. that I should drive home. While driving, I had a car accident, as another symptom of the ailment (a sudden need to vomit without warning) caused me to swerve, hitting the curb and destroying both left tires of the car, not to mention bending the front struts in the impact with the ground. I was hurt, but not more badly then my gut was already feeling.
Continue reading “A Funeral (and almost another)”
I used to think that bloggers seemed to post about ridiculous amounts of suffering in their lives. Back then I assumed that this was simply due to exaggeration and making the sorrow up out of thin air. Now I have a completely new theory. Owning a blog causes suffering.
Anybody who has been glancing at my blog on a regular basis knows that particularly the last year of my life has been filled with suffering. Horrible things seem to keep happening to me, usually without any sort of good reason. What is the most recent horrific thing that has happened to me? Yesterday, my laptop was stolen.
Continue reading “On Blogs and Suffering”
Well depending on how you look at it, either yesterday or today is the 10 day mark from when “the letter” was written, and so far the police have not stormed down the door and taken me off in cuffs. On the other hand, I have not received word that they believe me from the DA’s office yet either. They did receive my letter. I sent it certified mail and they received it on Tuesday according to the USPS, but no word back from them in any form that they believe my story, and no word that they are after the real culprits of this crime. I guess now all I can do is wait.
As most of you who know me well know, I’ve had a great deal of difficulty lately with the fact that some checks from a long time closed checking account have gotten into the hands of some vagrants who have decided to go on a several month shopping spree in my name. Last thursday I received a letter from the Tarrant County DA(District Attorney) office stating that if I didn’t pay off the balance of 6 of those checks within 10 days a warrant would be put out for my arrest.
What follows is the events of Thursday through today in regards to what has happened thusfar in this case.
Continue reading “And two of those mudflaps…”
don’t know when I’ll be back again, ok so that’s not true, I’m currently planning on returning on Thursday. Continue reading “Leavin… on a jet plane..”
You know the expression “It can’t possibly get worse?” You know how whenever anyone says that it almost invariably… DOES get worse? It’s been like that for me lately. Any of you who happen to read my blog probably consider me a pessimist with my relatively bleak outlook on life I’ve had the past several months. You may be right, my depression, which is again in full swing, probably forces me to focus on the negative aspects of life and ignore the good. This past week and a half however, I’ve been consciously trying to find the good, I have yet to find it.
Last Week was, as most people here in the USA know, tax day, April 15th. I received my W2 from Metrotime Business Systems on April 14th, no, I didn’t say January, I said April, as in one day before the taxes were due. And as much as I had wished the W2 would alter my taxes slightly for the better (I had come up with a balance of owing $254 without that 1 W2), hoping that the fact that I claimed 0 deductions on the W4 to get that W2 would cause Metrotime to withhold too much money which would counteract the fact that also during this year I worked (again for Metrotime) under a 1099-MISC. It didn’t, in fact, it made things worse, I now owed $306 on my federal taxes, I know that’s not that much of a difference, but I didn’t have $254 to begin with, $306 was killer. I had a check come in from a job but I didn’t get the check UNTIL April 15th, and then too late in the day to deposit it in time, so I borrowed $100 from my father to make sure I had enough money in my account to pay my taxes. Continue reading “The Week from Hell”
Last night my phone was acting up worse then ever before. Every time would attempt to dial it would hangup, and when the battery died, it would simply refuse to charge, I plugged it in for hours, it never charged. At about 2:30 I tried to open the phone to try it once again and I heard a snap sound, I saw a piece fly up and the phone fell in half, it’s horrible. Continue reading “Dead Phone”
This record is of the events of Thursday, February 26th. Shortly after I got up on Thursday I received a call from my father telling me he was planning on taking off from work early and that he was going to go with me over to Metrotime to be my witness so I can go and get my stuff out of the grips of Harold.
As I was getting ready I almost wore my WCW shirt because of what he had said in his reply to my letter: “Go back to WCW with my blessing.” I decided against it however and wore one of my normal pullover shirts. I did make sure and in the box of the few things I had of Metrotime’s, I placed the Metrotime shirt that he had given me at one point. This is not just a statement about how separate from Metrotime I am now, but quite frankly I didn’t want that in my closet, I only ever wore it when I went to work and not all the time then, it is an UGLY shirt with a very ugly color combination.
Continue reading “Cleaning Up and Clearing Out”
Forgive me if I slip and use the word “today” I’ve been up all night trying to move all sites off all systems related to Metrotime Business Systems except for metrotimecomm.com and moving them to Infinite, the server in San Jose. Why am I doing this? Well tod… er yesterday I lost my job. Continue reading “6 a.m. and all’s … well iffy”