The Force Is Strong With This One

So once again the fiancée has left me to my own devices again this weekend. (YEEAAAAHHHH PAAAARRRRTTYYY). No not really. Worst case scenario I hit the airsoft arena for an all day session followed by sitting at a friends house till the wee hours of the morning shooting the shit and having a couple of cold ones. I know….a real ragger.

However, instead of fighting with her not to bring me something home I relented. ONLY because she sent me a picture of the make your own light saber stand in the place she was shopping. Needless to say with zero objection from her and some help from my future brother in-law a custom light saber will be in my position in a few short days.  (Squeeee.) (Yes, I am knocking on the door of 30 and no I don’t give a shit what you think of me. It’s the Wars bro and that’s all you need to know.)

Gentlemen please take note here. If you find a woman who is willing to put up with you AND WILLINGLY BUYS YOU A CUSTOM LIGHTSABER. SPRINT your ass to nearest jewelry store and buy an engagement ring. I’m more than certain you won’t find anyone better.

No Service

The school district I work for has a fairly large footprint in terms of geographical area. Part of that area includes a fairly rural (mostly wooded) parcel. In that area exists one of the elementary schools. This area isn’t underdeveloped by any means.

Water and power lines and most recently an expansion of the municipal sewer lines and gas services. Although in terms of modernized heat sources most still rely on fuel oil or an even fewer number still on coal. Hell even the cell phone providers have been putting in towers and upgrading them over the last 15 years of so.

However, once you are within 50 yards of the school all cell service drops right off. No data (not even the old edge network), no regular cell network, no Wi-Fi. ( There is Wi-Fi at the school, but I’m not “allowed” to have that password.)

Last I check it is 2015 and I’m really confused as to why this still occurs. It’s not like we live in a developing country where electricity is either nonexistent or spotty at best. We are on the verge of sending a manned mission to mars, but there are still dead/no coverage zones in the US. I know…I know #firstworldproblems, but you know what. We shell out enough for utilities the way it is this shouldn’t happen.

Service Interruption

As of late my BLOGS have been infrequent at best. It is not like I have a legion of followers whom fawn over every word although, if more people did the world would run a lot smother, but lets stay on track here.

As I have stated in the past I am getting married in the near future so more and more of my time is required for that task alone along with trying to figure out where the hell we are going to live cause everyone loves house hunting. Let’s see the scout unit I am involved keeps and growing although not a bad thing either that takes time as well. Oh yeah, one of my jobs has made a multi-billion dollar acquisition so once all parties involved give the go ahead that’ll result more over time than I can shake a stick at. And finally, I’m fighting off a cold. It hasn’t gone full tilt yet, but its slowing me down.

Long story short here people somewhere in the near future I hope to get some more consistency in terms of dispensing my sage advise. I’ve got a couple legal pads worth of stuff waiting to be formed into some sort of semblance of a rational BLOG. Until then hang tight people or if someone could figure out how to add more hours in the day that would be great.

The Perfect Campfire

This past weekend was another successful camping trip with my Boy Scout troop. Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend of weather. I digress from my main point here, the campfire.

One of the best things about camping is tending to the fire. It provides a source of heat and light. It is normally the primary way to cook food…unless your a wussy and bring propane stoves. ( The one caveat I have to this is when preparing large amounts of food for large groups. It just more efficient.)

If you are a Scout like myself getting a campfire started is one of the best tests of ones scouting skills. There are a few ways in which to challenge ones self in getting a fire started, flint and steel, 9 volt and steel wool, but probably the classic is the two match start.  Essentially you only get two matches to start it after that your SOL. Personally, if I have to use the second match I consider it a personal failure.

In order to achieve perfect ignition you need an appropriate amount of tinder. Really small twigs, pine cones, dried bark (preferably birch), pine needles (Not a ton. The smoke produced while hamper your ability to continue.). If you bring a fire starting kit that’s great. (This kit will normally include one or more of the following; dryer lint, saw dust, pine cones, broken apart twine, cardboard, etc…)  It is also important to remember that the tinder bundle/pile needs to be arranged in a manner that will allow an adequate amount of air to flow through it. Much like us a fire needs to breath oxygen.

Once the tinder catches fire it is a bit of race against time to keep the fire going. You essentially have two methods of building up the fire in order to keep it going. Log cabin and tepee. There are other types but that requires some time to set up and build depending on the situation. I prefer the tepee build because it allows one to pile on in a way and also to shield against winds that may be causing issues.

At this stage in creating a fire you are adding kindling. Somewhat larger twigs and sticks, splintered off pieces from logs, I think everyone gets the picture. Once this wood catches fire you can relax a bit, but it doesn’t mean slack off.

At this final phase of the fire building you should be adding fuel wood. Large tree branches, split logs, broken up floor boards, whatever you have to keep the fire going.  This is where you start creating the coals you will need for cooking later in the day.

However, in my case the fire was just for heat and relaxing by. Once the fire was going it was just a matter of feeding it the occasional log or two to keep it at the optimal temperature.

Pain Is Weakness Leaving The Body

In light of my recent injury I decided to pull this one out of my personal archives.

Pain is what you are experiencing when you are doing something to your body that you shouldn’t be, asking your body to perform beyond its limits, or you have experienced a trauma of some kind. Pain is the not so gentle reminder that you are still alive and should keep breathing…..still breathing.

If you are like me I experience some form of pain daily because of a past injury I have experienced. The daily discomfort I have is nothing compared to when the injury I experienced finally caused me enough pain that I couldn’t get off the floor. (Just to clarify, many moons ago I fell down a flight of stairs. It just took a while for the injury to get to the afore mentioned point.)

Hospitals have adopted the 1 through 10 pain scale along with the different smiley faces to help identify the level of pain/discomfort a person might be experiencing. Keeping the pain scale in mind my injury started with a level of 4. I then continued to walk around with said pain for an additional six months.

Compared to most people I have an exceptionally high tolerance for pain in general having had my hands burned at a younger age, a nail shot through my foot, and various other accidents/injuries. However, my body had had enough and decided that it would not tolerate me not doing anything about my injury anymore and I couldn’t get up. To be specific I could get to the standing position, but asking my body to do anything more than that was out of the question. So at that point my pain was a 9.

I have been asked why only 9? Why not 10? Well, I was still able to communicate that I was in pain. It is my belief that if I am truly at a level 10 in pain I will not be able to express that. I will either be writhing in pain and unable to speak or will have passed out from the intensity level of the pain. If you have seen the move “A Fault In Our Stars” the main female actor expresses that point quit well.

My ultimate point here again is the same as before. Don’t be an idiot. If you injure yourself seek medical help sooner rather than later or at least stop the activity you are doing. My most recent injury I was lucky and it was only muscle strain. The above injury was probably mild at the time but since I ignored it for so long it became much worse and required surgery.

Placed On The Injured Roster

Sunday morning I woke up with a slight ache in my left shoulder. As per my usual I just chalked it up to my usual list of daily aches and pains. As the day progressed I would learn this to be incorrect.

This same day I would be participating in an airsoft event at the local indoor arena. If you haven’t guessed this is where I would also injure myself.  Normally I wouldn’t give running around with an extra 35 or so pounds of gear a second thought, but since sometimes I will need to move in quick and not always all that graceful ways I eventually aggravated my issue. Normally this is where one would stop before making the injury worse.

Well you can also guess that I didn’t do that either. Yes, I am aware the I preach the use of common sense, but since I come equipped with a standard issue male ego and I didn’t want to let my team down I pressed on. As a result of  my inability to use reason I injured myself enough that I had to take a sick day. Can’t even begin  to describe how annoyed I am with that.

Long story short people. Don’t be stupid. If you hurt yourself bench yourself early on. I could have done a lot more damage than I did and taken myself out for more than the day I already have.

Mrs. Fix It

So today I had one of those what I am going to call “proud hubby moments”. My fiancée not only cleared up the low pressure situation in the downstairs shower head of her parents extra bathroom, but also installed a brand new shower head with out issue. I find this spectacular because a majority of the females I know wouldn’t know thing one about basic home repair and would most likely just call a plumber wasting time and money.

No, the future Mrs. did me proud. Took the time to trouble shoot the issue and  cleared out a busted piece of the previous shower head from what I think was two heads ago and installed the new one thus improving both water pressure and water usage.

Here is my point, I expect every adult in the house to be able to trouble shoot and fix basic things like this. Ladies you have been stepping up to the plate a lot lately, keep up the good work. For those of you who haven’t or refuse to we need to have a chat. To the gentlemen in the audience that don’t know the difference between a Flat head and Philips head screwdriver……first off figure that shit out. Second, and this is for everyone who doesn’t know what is what in basic home maintenance, take some classes. I believe Lowes and Home Depot offers them. THIS IS A ZERO EXCUSE AREA as far as I’m concerned.

“If she doesn’t find you handsome, she’ll at least find you handy.” -Red Green

Wait Times

In the retail pharmacy universe when a prescription is dropped off patients have a two options. Leave it to be filled a later time/date or wait. When a patient indicates they wish to wait the intake technician does some pharmacy math  based on the current work load situation you will normally get a wait time that ranges somewhere from 5 minutes up to ½ hour.

If you get a wait time longer than that I’m going to assume that the pharmacy is experiencing critical systems issues. If this happens please be patient. A lot of the time is out of the staffs hands and are doing the best they can. If possible make arrangements to come back the next day.

However, and this one chaps my ass, if someone drops off a prescription and says they will be back later  (more than 3 hours) that day and you are not experiencing computer issues and the patient returns and nothing was done who the hell are you kidding.

Normally I wouldn’t give much of a damn about other pharmacies inability to function properly, but in the last 3 months on 4 separate incidents that I can recall it happened to family members of mine. Even that is not all that significant, but over the last 2 weeks we have had an influx of patients leaving a specific chain because they would tell them to return in 3 hours and then have nothing done. Seriously people, I know I preach not to rush the filling of medications, but I find that unacceptable.

It lowers the standards of the profession and damages the relationship between the patient and pharmacists in general.

Planning A Wedding

Planning my upcoming nuptials has been a rollercoaster of a ride. Not exactly backwards inverted corkscrews, but a couple of G’s are being bulled on the dives. The one thing I can take away from the experience thus far is to give yourself plenty of time and look at ALL of your options.

When I first proposed to my fiancée we thought about trying to put the wedding together for the June wedding she wanted. It would have given us a little under 10 months to get it together. After realizing all that would need to be accomplished in the short amount of time and a certain key member of the wedding party being out of country until a few months before hand that thought was quickly nixed.

For those of you who are forced to or think planning a wedding in under a year is doable…. good luck. Personally, I think you are higher that a kite in a wind storm, but have at it. I know people have done so , but the amount of stress involved can be crippling. Unless you have the assistance of a wedding planner I seriously caution against it.

Let me be frank and point out that you and your significant other will fight over what is most likely really stupid stuff. This is one of those “believe me I know” moments. The way I have minimized this at least from my hetero males perspective is to help make decisions, but remain minimally involved. To that effect I have said “honey if that’s what you want then that’s what it shall be.”, or something to that effect. Otherwise I have had the future Mrs. narrow it down to at least three choices and hash it out from there. See people almost 30 years old at this point and standardized test taking skills are still relevant. I can count the number of times on one hand where I have said, “I want this.”, and when I have I pretty much got my way because it truly was a small ask on my part.

At this point in the game we have all our major items checked off. We took our time and shopped around for the best price, but once we found what we wanted we jumped on it like a couple of rabid wolverines. Seriously people, make a game and start checking off things on your list as quickly as possible. I promise it will mitigate the stress and reduce the nonsense fighting. Getting things nailed down early minimizes the room for error, but does allow for it to happen when it is a non-issue and easy to fix.

The Perfect Mate

Let me just preface this with I don’t believe in perfection, but my fiancée is as close to perfection as I can get in terms of my partner in crime for life. You’ll also have to excuse some of my hetero skewed thoughts. At the end of the day I really don’t give a damn about anyone’s sexual orientation, but what I do care about is people being able to get along with their spouse/life mate.

Everyone needs to eat and unless you have a healthy pocket book or desire to go down early from blocked arteries eating out every night just isn’t an option. I suggest one of you be a decent cook.

I may get in trouble for this one, but if you stack my cooking skills against my future wife’s she’s got me beat by miles in the baking department, but when it comes down to dinner and such I’ll most likely outshine her. Scouting kick started learned life skills early for me and cooking was a central part of the troop I grew up in.

However, since I have no desire to be the primary meal creator in the house and I know she can cook I will most likely be the sous to her executive chef. Let me also be clear here that all adults in a household should be competent enough to cook a basic meal without burning the house down. “Mom” will occasionally get sick, need a break, or have their own stuff to take care which will preclude them from creating dinner that day.

Figure out how to divide up chores. I find that everyone does have a task they like to do. Either because they want that task done a specific way or it takes them away from everything else and gives them a few moments of Zen.

I also suggest finding out as much background knowledge on a person as possible. You might find they have a skill that compliments one of yours, you find it interesting and wish to learn more, or is just a bonus for life in general. In my case my fiancée has studied massage therapy. Although not her job anymore that skill set is not wasted. I’m sure everyone is thinking “you lucky bastard you”. Your god damn right I am. She makes dealing with my aches and pains easier, especially with the damage I have done to myself over the years.

However, its a two way street. I am a firm believer of give and take. I have done my best to learn from her so that when she requires a neck massage to relieve the tension of the day or help with a pulled muscle I’m not making the issue worse than it already is.

Let me put it in to perspective here. Find the person that makes you the least homicidal and make it work.