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Tuesday, July 17, 2007



Bear has lost 11 pounds. He has stuck to his diet very well. Each day he gets 4 cups of Hills r/d dog food and no people food. He is following the vets orders to a T. It has been easy. On the other hand, I have not been foregoing chips when I come in from work in the evening. I haven't resisted seconds at mealtime, and I haven't said no to blueberry pie with my tea about 9:00 PM every night.

I guess it is easy disciplining other people or animals than it is yourself.

David Vitter would agree.

My 4th blogaversary is Thursday. My writing has really dropped off since May, but it is only a temporary thing. The slowdown started with me working in my yard. Once that gets going, it is hard to stop. Unfortunately, I screwed up both of my knees doing the sod, and I have not been able to get going with my running. Maybe there is something to this getting old thing. Naaaa.

I am going to Lafayette, LA for a Summer Symposium Wednesday through Friday. I will pick up 23 CEU's and have a few laughs in the process. Acquiring CEU's for the license every two years is sometimes a pain in the neck. Now that I go to this thing every year; I don't have to do anything else. Me and a couple of pals share a hotel room. The money we save gets spent in the bar after the sessions.

Here is a phone conversation I had yesterday at work:

The Players:
Lady at an agency in Little Rock, Arkansas

Me: Hi, this is John Strain. I am a social worker at blah blah hospital in Covington, LA. I have a patient who wants to relocate to Little Rock so I am calling to see what programs are available.

Lady: I wouldn't advise it. Arkansas ranks 49th out of 50 states in mental health services.

Me: Who's 50th, Louisiana?

Lady: No, I think it is New Mexico.

Me: Oh, I must have called the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce by mistake.

Lady: (Silence - I don't think she got it.) No this is blah, blah, agency.

Me: Well, just for laughs, could you tell me if there are any group homes in the area?

The rest of the conversation went fairly normally.

Here's to fairly normal,

Until the next time
John Strain


Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Happy Birthday America

Until the next time
John Strain