|Me (bottom center) with friends at Chesapeake Bay cottage, Maryland - 1962|
Good morning folks! There is no particular subject on this posting other than clearing out some thoughts in my head for the week ahead.
First of all I am SO GLAD that the Olympics are finally over. Is it me or did these Olympics seem to go on forever? I almost always watch MSNBC which of course the past three week has been dominated by the Olympic coverage. I have absolutely no interest in water polo (or whatever it is that they're doing for HOURS in the morning when I turn on the TV). I don't like to watch tape delayed coverage. I would prefer to watch the Olympics live but that is impossible because all the good stuff is tape delayed and what is live is choked with commercials and stories of all the hardships it seems all the Olympic athletes have to overcome to get to the Olympics. I'm sure they do but after a while, every one of them? Really? I AM GLAD THE OLYMPICS ARE OVER.
Next subject, I've been real busy at work. I mean extra, super busy. This is the height of the summer tourist season and our hotel is full almost every night. That's the good news because we're making money and I have a job. I can see the change this year from last year in the business we're doing. When I first started at the hotel (2006), summer was crazy. Then when the economy went down, our business followed suit. Each year got a little slower until two years ago there were actually days (during the week) when there was NO ONE at the hotel. Last year we started to see the occupancy pick up and this year, it's back to CRAZY, which as I said is GOOD. But I am busy as a one armed paper hanger. And I'll be even busier because this week I work four days to fill in for our other part-time worker, who can't seem to go two full weeks without some kind of emergency. Yesterday she gave her notice (no surprise) so I'll be working for four day weeks until we get a replacement. I'll try to keep up on my blog postings but I suspect I'll be too exhausted to keep up the daily postings. We'll see.
Change of subject again, my right leg is really bothering me. I think I have either arthritis or bursitis in it. Of course I think the worst that I have cancer of the leg and it will have to be amputated, and then thoughts go through my mind like "How will I drive a car?", "Can I still work the front desk at the hotel?", et al. Crazy thoughts I know but that's what happens when the body parts start to go folks. I have an appointment with a doctor next week to check it out. How is this for a coincidence? I picked a doctor at random (I wanted a male doctor nearby). I saw the name Thomas Kelly who was located in Rehoboth Beach. So I called his office and asked if he was taking new patients. He was so I made an appointment. When I was at my dermatologist this past Monday, I was looking at the list of doctors in the medical building that is posted in the lobby. It turns out my new doctor is in the suite right next to my dermatologist, suite 305 and suite 306. How is that for convenience? Also, my new doctor has the same last name as my Bill. The first thing I thought when I made an appointment with Dr. Kelly, was "This is the doctor who is going to take me out." No sadness here folks, this really is probably the doctor who will sign my death certificate. I'm 70 years old now and starting to creak and ache and fall apart a little bit more each day and most professionals (and people in general) I come in contact every day are younger than me so I am just stating reality. This is the doctor who will probably take me out. I hope I like him.
Speaking of which, I've been receiving more cruel and nasty comments on my blog postings in which I dare to state my opinion. I don't post those comments because they're from trolls whose only purpose is to post those nasty comments under the name Anonymous. The latest I received told me that I was an old man consumed with jealousy because Michael Phelps has won so many gold medals. Well, the "old man" I plead guilty too but the jealousy charge? Folks, I may be a lot of things but one thing I am not is jealous of anybody or anything. That is one thing I know. I was fortunate to have been born into a good family, albeit very poor and with a distant father. I have been blessed with good looks (not bragging, just stating the obvious, no need for false humility at this time of my life), a good personality, good brains, I'm not lazy, I work hard, I am generous, I have some talents, I've had good health all my life, I've been in a loving a committed relationship all my adult life, and I've loved and been loved with great passion. How many people can say that? What do I have to be jealous of anybody else for? As I said before, I have many faults but jealousy isn't one of them. I've gotten everything I had ever hoped for out of life (except maybe that in ground pool). The fact is that I am seventy years old now. I never expected to live past sixty shows me that the past ten years has all been "gravy" for me. Every day I live past today is a bonus.
When I receive those occasional nasty comments my first thought is "What a sad person who feels the need to project his (or her) enmity on to me." I'm thankful that I'm not one of those persons. I can't imagine living my life longing to be someone else and hating the person I am not. I am quite happy with myself. Ironically I think that attitude of mine about myself is exactly the thing that sets people like this off to leave a nasty comment. What a sad life they must live.
So there you go folks, my ruminations today in no particular order. I think I've cleaned out my mind and I'm ready for this coming week of busy, busy at the hotel. I hope my leg holds out.