Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: sciatica

Current reading: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Recent listening: You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, Olé Coltrane, Peace Trail by Neil Young, Slightly Stoopid, Johannes Brahms, Dylanesque by Bryan Ferry, Watermark by Art Garfunkel, Roxy Music (eponymous)

Recent viewing: Longmire, Limitless (series), The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher

Recent playing: Mario Run, Really Bad Chess

Recently accomplished: Finished a book, traveled to Georgia, laundry – Find out Piraja Fisken)

Imperative To Do: Replace CR-V, change insurance agent, clean roof/gutters, fix HP printer, bariatric application, write Mother’s article

Standing by peaceful waters

On Friday we journeyed to Coos Bay to attend the memorial service for Tina’s grandmother, Ruth, who died a couple of months ago. Ruth had Alzheimer’s disease during her last years, so her passing brought about mixed emotions. Although it probably sounds weird, the funeral was one of the best I have ever attended. You can read all about it on Tina’s blog.

While we were there, we stayed at The Mill Casino (mentioned in Vital Statistics a few days ago). I considered playing some no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em but never really got the chance. I did spend about 5 minutes playing a penny slot machine called Mr. Cashman. After I read the help screen and switched to playing all three lines, I put myself in the black quickly and not long after that won big. I walked away with a 480% profit on my $1 investment.

The drive back yesterday was long and rainy. I noticed my left shoulder popping with even the slightest hand/finger movements so I had to do most of the steering with my right arm, a practice to which I am not accustomed. I thought I might have slept on it wrong and made a note to call my doctor today to get to the bottom of the problem. However, when I walked from the parking garage to my office this morning I realized the cause of my pain – I have been lugging about 15 lbs of laptop around on that shoulder intermittently throughout the weekend. I brought two laptops home for the boys to use in the hotel room. I guess that’s the last time I do that.