Sunday, September 2, 2007

Reverting back and other random thoughts

Well, playing around with wordpress on my own server was fun for awhile but the one feature i really missed was being able to post remotely via email in a simple straight forward way which Blogger provides nicely.  I know worpress has a facility to do it, i just found it to be a PITA and more trouble than it's worth.

Other random thoughts:
- I just completed a cruise over the past 8 days. My wife and I, with my family sailed out of NYC on August 23rd and returned on Friday and it was 8 days of pure relaxation.  We loved the time we had but we're both in agreement that we've had better vacations and that cruising was not really for us.  The food was great, but overwhelming, it ended up being very expensive even though we didn't actually pay for the cruise itself (my folks picked that up), the time in port was way too short to enjoy and explore fully, we're not gamblers, Sue doesn't drink and I'm not much of a drinker these days and after drinking all that is left is sun bathing and we're both not really sun bathers.  That said, the time with familiy and the experience of seeing even a little of another place and all the beutiful clear warm water and snorkeling, etc. were a lot of fun.  It was a good trip, not our favorite tho, as I've said.

- Rutgers.  My cable box switched off on me sometime during the cruise so my Tivo recorded like 3-4 hours of nothing but black screen.  Nice.  Anyway, it's tough to complain about not seeing a game against the likes of a Buffalo which is like College Football's version of a pre-season NFL-esque exhibition (although don't tell that to anyone in Ann Arbor right now and, yes, I've thouroughly purged my mind of our own UNH debacle at this point).

- Yankees.  I couldn't be happier to see that they swept the Red Sox while we were away but then the first game i get to see when we get back, they lose to the Devil Rays.  Sheesh.  But at least they are now 2 games ahead in the Wild Card.  I'd love to catch Boston for the division, it would be fitting right?, and it's definitely possible but the Yanks are now a pretty dangerous team so just making the playoffs now is enough.

- Sciatica. I have it and it's the friggin worst.  Ok, rewind to a little over a month ago, I was down in the basement and move a chest of drawers to another spot and I pulled my back.  Now I have a chronically bad back and it spasms like normal, except unlike normal, this time it doesn't fully go away.  After the spasm subsides, i feel like the whole month of August something just isn't right, and I have a small ache in my lower back.  Over time I feel like I've dislocated something but it's only mildly annoying so i live with it figuring it will correct itself at some point.  Ok, fast forward to the cruise and our walk through Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.  For those who've never been, Puerto Rico is hilly and we walked up to San Cristobal fort and then around town.  Well, after all that my back was killing me so that night in the cabin, I stretched it in every way I could think and finally I felt my back finally realign.  Oh, it was totally wonderful at that point.  Well, the persistent pain is gone now but just over the past 2-3 days I've had a terrible pain shooting down my right leg and and my big toe on my right foot was very numb.  It is starting to slowly subside but damn sleeping is tough.  Advil and Tylenol have almost zero effect, so i figure I just have to grin and bear it.  My theory is that when I realigned my back, which does feel perfect still BTW, I caused another kind of spasm which is making something swell and irritiating my sciatic nerve.  So that's what I'm hoping and starts to dissipate now.  It does suck major tho.

- Books, books, books.  The cruise was a perfect opportunity to do my favorite pasttime which is read.  I finished a book called "Never Call Retreat" which was the last in a series of books which were like "what-if" history and in this case it was "what if the South had one at Gettysburg". Well, it was an enjoyable read but what if history doesn't really do it for me.  Meh.  No great shakes.  The other books I've been reading are the Aubrey-Maturin series, which are the books the movie "Master and Commander: The far side of the world" were based on.  I love these books, the characters, the style, the sense of historical accuracey, the manners and actiaons of the Napoleonic era.  Great reading.  All told there are 21 books and I'm about to finish book 3.  Great great stuff.  Not the easiest reading as much of it is heavily laced with terminology that takes some getting used to but it's still worth it.

Ok, enough for my fist blog entry on my return to Blogger.  Hopefully more now that I've moved back to my old platform.

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