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Saturday, March 08, 2008


The return of ambition

I feel like I lost a week. I have had either a bad cold or the flu. It hit me hard and fast. Last Sunday was my birthday and I celebrated it lying flat on my back feeling sorry for myself. Poor me. I went to work half a day on Monday then spent the other half of the day in the doctor's office. He gave me a steroid shot that seemed a miracle, but in one day it wore off and I was miserable again.

As colds do, they release their grip slowly. Each day I was miserable, but less than the day before. I was very congested in the chest and coughed incessantly. I felt "out of it" and my joints felt weak and rubbery.

All of that is in the past now. Today, I feel like my old self and tonight is the birthday celebration I didn’t have last week. We are going to Zea's Restuarant. That means I will eat half a rack of dry ribs, with sides of dirty rice and roasted corn grits. Ummmmmmmm.

Today is pretty cool, but spring is half way here. The azaleas are blooming, things are beginning to green, and all of a sudden, birds are everywhere. I noticed the birds about two weeks ago. One morning on my way to get the paper, the bird songs were much louder. It was amazing. I don't think I have ever noticed such a contrast. Either I was unaware of that moment in previous springs or this year it was more sudden.

It is good to have ambition again. I am not cut out to be a patient. Lying around feeling bad is not my way of fun. I doubt that anyone else looks at it as fun either. I am happy, grateful, thankful, and glad to be feeling better. Now I can get on with it. Whatever "it" is.

Have a great weekend folks and I hope your bout with the flu is behind you or you pass it like a ship in the night.

Until the next time
John Strain