Making Friends at Mac Resource Store

I had to take my laptop to Mac Resource Store, because I accidentally got droplets of glue from a spray can on the keyboard.  When I picked up my laptop, I was still wearing my bandages from the surgery.

The employee that helped me checkout is named Eric and he asked about the bandages.  That’s how we got to talking about ear surgeries.  Turns out, Eric also has hearing loss and he got a BAHA implant a few years ago.  We talked a little bit about the surgery and other surgeries.  We both had mastoidectomies done and we have even seen some of the same doctors.

I had a great time talking with Eric, because I don’t know anyone who has undergone similar surgeries as me.  When I get the outer processor for the BAHA, I am going to visit Eric again, so we can compare thoughts on the device.

It may sound funny, but I am kind of glad I messed up my keyboard.  I got to meet a great person that I can relate to in a way I have never done before.

 

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Sorry Mom

Today is Mother’s Day, so I thought it would be a good time for me to apologize to my mom.

Mom, I am sorry for:

  • Hiding rubber snakes in the bed
  • Putting that fuzzy worm on your shoulder
  • Putting fish from the creek into our bathtub
  • All those times you had to visit the principle, because I got in trouble at school
  • Being extremely stubborn and ignoring everything you said
  • Putting a plastic spider in your hair
  • Hiding my brother in the shrunk
  • All those speeding tickets I go as a teenager
  • Being rebellious and obnoxious

It didn’t matter how much trouble I caused, how mischievous or reckless I behaved, you where always there.  You never abandoned me or gave up on me.  You are an awesome mom and I love you.

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Doggy Day Out

Cook’s Pest Control came today to spray the yard for fleas and ticks.  We don’t have any, but with five dogs it’s important to be proactive.  The dogs had to stay out of the yard for a couple of hours, so I decided to take them on a field trip.

First, we did the drive-thru at the bank.  I deposited my check, and the teller sent out five biscuits for the boys.  I called each boy by name and handed them their treat.  They all did an excellent job.  They waited calmly for their turn and didn’t try to take a treat from another dog.  The teller was very impressed and said, “Your dogs are awesome.”

Next, I took the boys into the woods.  They had a wonderful time running around and swimming.  Ben tried to catch some of the fish, but wasn’t successful.  It was fun watching him try and it made me laugh.

Finally, it was time to go home.  The boys had a great time and they are all exhausted.  I ended up spending the afternoon cleaning the Jeep, because it was covered in mud.

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Brown Recluse Spider in my House

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I found this Brown Recluse spider in my bedroom.  The Brown Recluse is a tiny spider, but it also deadly.

As you can imagine, the Thaler’s are not happy about this intruder.  A call was made to Cook’s Pest Control to ensure it doesn’t have any relatives taking up residence in our home.

I am usually the type of person that will not kill spiders.  If they are outside, I don’t bother them.  If they are in the house, I might kill it or I might take it outside.

However, the Brown Recluse is a different story.  This is full on chemical war.  There will be no enemy survivors, all Brown Recluse spiders on our property must die.

Tailbone Injury and Family Lessons

Yesterday, I fell backwards in the garage and landed on my tailbone.  When I hit the concrete floor the pain was so excruciating I felt like I was about to vomit and pee my pants at the same time.

My mom was on the other side of the garage.  She knew I fell, but didn’t see the landing.  She was calling to me and worried I hit my head.

I didn’t answer right away, because I was so concerned about accidentally going to the bathroom in my pants.  I was struggling to get off the floor as quickly as possible.  However, the pain was so bad it was a difficult task and I was moaning the entire time.

I finally managed to stand up and told my mom I was fine.  I didn’t hit my head, so we got into the Jeep.  We had tickets to see the Footloose musical at the Von Braun Civic Center.  We both were looking forward to it, so I tried to continue on with the day.

However, the pain in my buttocks and lower back continued to increase and I was struggling.  We ended up going to the Madison Hospital ER.  I told Mom she didn’t have to stay and if she wanted she could go see the musical without me.  There wasn’t anything she could do at the ER, but she decided to stay with me.

They took x-rays of my lower back and the doctor examined me.  Luckily, nothing is broken.  The doctor said I have contusions on my coccyx.  Basically, I bruised my tailbone and I should be better in about a week.

Yesterday, I planed to do something nice for my mom.  I bought the tickets for the musical and we planned to spend the day having fun.  The day didn’t go as planned.  My mom ended up doing something nice for me.  She spent the day at the ER and went to the pharmacy to get my medication.  I guess that’s what family is all about.

 

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

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I read “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch a few years ago and I loved it.  Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnage Mellon.  He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only had a six months to live.  Before he died, Randy Pausch gave his last lecture at Carnage Mellon.  The advice he gave during the lecture struck a cord with millions of people.

Randy Pausch talked about the importance of family, humility, and working toward your dreams.  There is an abundance of good advice in the book, so I decided to read it again.

While reading the book, I found myself thinking about my own personal goals.  A few years ago, I finished a PhD program and a huge dream of mine was fulfilled.

However, since then I have floundered a bit.  I don’t have another dream or personal goal.  I started thinking about what I want to accomplish next in my life.  I have a some ideas that I am researching.  I will post an update once I get it all straight in my mind and let everyone know what I plan to achieve next in my life.

Hungry Shark Evolution – Video Game

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I enjoy playing the Hungry Shark Evolution video game.  The goal of the game is to grow your shark by consuming lots of food and to avoid being killed by other predators.  As your shark grows, the number of things that can kill you decreases.  However, you are at a greater risk of dying from starvation.

Yesterday, Hungry Shark Evolution held a chop fest competition.  Winners received extra gold coins and the grand prize winners received five gems.  The coins and gems are used for things like game upgrades, so I decided to participate in the completion.

There were over 500,000 contestants.  I didn’t win the grand prize, but I did score in the top two percent and won a bunch of gold coins for my game character.

It may not be the greatest achievement of my life; however, it was fun and I am pleased with my ability to do well in the competition.