March 14th, 2016


I suspect I know what my last thought will be before I die...

On Saturday, I finished up my housework by taking the trash out. The trees around my apartment drop these horrible seed(?) things: Big balls the size of a ping pong ball, covered in spikes. They're so big and hard, you can feel them as you drive over them. Stepping on them isn't a good idea.

Somehow I stepped on one.

Other than the one time I fainted a year or so back, I can't remember the last time I fell down. It's probably been years. It was that cliche "time slows down" thing, the ground sllooooowwwly coming up at me. This isn't right... went through my head as the ground got closer and closer.

I landed on my hands and knees (bad enough), but that wasn't enough to stop my momentum and my downward path was finally halted by my chin and nose connecting with the pavement (mostly my chin). I clicked my teeth hard, but luckily didn't crack anything. My face was a bloody mess though, both dirty from street grime and bloody from "road rash".

Luckily no one saw me fall -- it was embarrassing enough being alone. I got myself back up onto my feet, and, dazed, went back to my apartment.

I usually do my push-ups Monday-Wednesday-Friday, though I'm not sure if the heels of my hands will be up to it today. (They weren't cut, but are sore/bruised.) My knees are odd: They hurt when I touch them (as if they were bruised), but if I don't touch them they're fine and nothing is visible on them. My chin, on the other hand, is a mess. It's got a big red-black scab and bruise on it. Unfortunately it makes it look like I have a dirty chin...

All in all, I'm VERY lucky it wasn't worse. Things like this make me so conscious of the risks of living alone though. I love (LOVE) living alone, but it would be nice if I had a safety net as well...

Who knew there were good political commercials nowadays?

Since turning off my cable TV service, I watch TV where I can get it. There are websites out there that stream live TV around the country (and world), so when I want to watch basic stuff (news, daytime TV), that's where I go. For some reason, almost all feeds come out of New York or Ohio. Of the two, I like the Ohio feeds best -- I grew up in NY, so Ohio is more different and interesting, in everything including the political ads.

Ohio's political ads are scary. I've spent all my life in New York and California, two of the most liberal places in the US. We never got Conservative-targeted ads. Ohio? Ohio is full of them.

Picture a middle-aged white man, military haircut, holding some kind of big rifle. He stares into the camera as he speaks. "Washington wants to take our guns. *cocks gun* But I'm not going to let them. *raises gun to his shoulder* I'm going to do something about politicians who want to take our guns! *fires repeatedly*" Excuse me, but that's damned scary. And that was someone RUNNING FOR OFFICE!

However, I also saw an ad that was the opposite of the gun one. I'm in love with this commercial.

Anything with Simon and Garfunkel in it tends to win me over, but this is just so positive and nice and kind and ... no guns. No threats. No anger. Just kindness and love and nice.

I wonder why the Democrats won't do a Hillary/Bernie or Bernie/Hillary ticket? Seems like that would be the best of both world.

Now and again I want to write a post about Trump, but I get all grumpy and close the window before I get even close to finishing it.