Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Guess Who's Having Surgery in a Few Weeks


That's right, kids. If you read the blog last week, you saw my quote of the day referenced the fact that I "...felt like a big steaming puddle of hamster vomit all week." Sorry to make you read that again, but it adequately describes the way I felt.

Anyway, Saturday morning I woke up and had severe pain in my lower abdominal region. As long as I was sitting down or laying down I was fine. But when I stood for any period of time I was in a lot of pain. But I started feeling better as the day went on and I actually attended a Young Adults football gathering at Crossroads followed by Patch's annual Halloween party later that night. I still wasn't feeling 100%, but well enough to do these things nonetheless.

Sunday morning I woke up bright and early and drove up to Georgetown to play guitar with the Praise Team at the new Crossroads Georgetown Campus. All was going well until around 9:30. The pain came back and I actually had to sit down on the ground for a few minutes. I was in a lot of pain during the service, so if anyone was in attendance in Georgetown Sunday, I apologize if you felt I was disconnected.

I spent the rest of Sunday afternoon on the couch watching football and NASCAR. I was actually feeling much better.

Monday I went to work as usual, but while walking in to the office, the pain hit me again. Now call me stubborn, but I really hate going to the doctor. Yes, I should have gone right then, but me being the dummy I can be sometimes, decided to see how things went yesterday and last night before making the decision to see a doctor.

Which brings me to this morning. I went to work (thirty minutes late - it takes a while to get ready when you're in pain). I caved, called the doctor and got an appointment. Long story short, I have not one, but AT LEAST TWO HERNIAS!!! So, I have a consultation with a surgeon next week with surgery to follow.

This is new territory for me. I have never been under the knife (unless you count having my wisdom teeth taken out). I've never had a major procedure like this done. So, have you or anyone you know had this surgery? If so, what can I expect? How long is the recovery process? Exactly how much pain will I be in after the surgery? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Sorry to bore you with my medical issues, but I am man enough to admit I'm a little nervous!!! Call me a big wuss if you want, but this is a big deal to me!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Quote of the Day

"I've felt like a big steaming puddle of hamster vomit all week." -Me

Thursday, October 23, 2008

LOST Season 5 Promo

UPDATE 10/25/08: The video should work now...

The LOST Season 5 Promo is on the 'net. Like I've said before, if you haven't watched LOST but think you might want to get caught up, DON'T WATCH THIS! However, if you're a fanatic like me, you're sure to enjoy it.

Here you go...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I Knew It!!!

I found this story online today... read on!

LONDON (Reuters) - Two U.S. fighter planes were scrambled and ordered to shoot down an unidentified flying object (UFO) over the English countryside during the Cold War, according to secret files made public on Monday.

One pilot said he was seconds away from firing 24 rockets at the object, which moved erratically and gave a radar reading like "a flying aircraft carrier."

The pilot, Milton Torres, now 77 and living in Miami, said it spent periods motionless in the sky before reaching estimated speeds of more than 7,600 mph (12,000 kph).

After the alert, a shadowy figure told Torres he must never talk about the incident and he duly kept silent for more than 30 years.

His story was among dozens of UFO sightings in defence ministry files released at the National Archives in London.

In a written account, Torres described how he scrambled his F-86 D Sabre jet in calm weather from the Royal Air Force base at Manston, Kent in May 1957.

"I was only a lieutenant and very much aware of the gravity of the situation. I felt very much like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest," he said.

"The order came to fire a salvo of rockets at the UFO. The authentication was valid and I selected 24 rockets.

"I had a lock-on that had the proportions of a flying aircraft carrier," he added. "The larger the airplane, the easier the lock-on. This blip almost locked itself."

At the last moment, the object disappeared from the radar screen and the high-speed chase was called off.

He returned to base and was debriefed the next day by an unnamed man who "looked like a well-dressed IBM salesman."

"He threatened me with a national security breach if I breathed a word about it to anyone," he said.

The documents contain no official explanation for the incident, which came at a time of heightened tension between the West and the Soviet Union. Planes were on constant stand-by at British bases for a possible Soviet attack.

The files blame other UFO sightings on weather balloons, clouds or normal aircraft. Torres said he had been waiting 50 years for an explanation.

"I shall never forget it," he told the Times. "On that night I was ordered to open fire even before I had taken off. That had never happened before."

UFO expert David Clarke said the sighting may have been part of a secret U.S. project to create phantom aircraft on radar screens to test Soviet air defences.

"Perhaps what this pilot had seen was some kind of experiment in electronic warfare or maybe it was a UFO," he said. "Something very unusual happened."

The files are online at: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos

Monday, October 20, 2008

My Current Favorite Song

Here's the new Nickelback tune "Gotta Be Somebody." It took me a REALLY long time to hop aboard the Nickelback train, but I have to admit these guys are rock solid. In fact, I have often said the biggest problem with Nickelback is that they are TOO popular. You can't deny the fact that Chad Kroeger can flat out write a radio-friendly, poppy rock song. Some people are just blessed, I guess...

Anyway, here it is for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

New Quote of the Day

I got this in an email earlier today...

"Someone has ripped the tailgate right off the f'n hinges of the crybaby caravan." -Chris

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Brahms was like the Slayer of his day." -Me