Jul 11, 2010

July 11th, 2010

Yesterday was a nice lazy Saturday, nothing happened worth mentioning except: I did get to talk to my old friend "Lynette" whom I've known since age 16, Plan to hang around her the Friday before I leave Dallas, I'm sure it will be fun, since I haven't seen her in 20 years or more. She is one of the few girls I would ever marry, but it would be like marrying my sister or something. Ewwwwwwwww! She is similar to my older sis in the maternal instinct department. She only had two kids but wanted more, so she has 5 dogs instead. She has always been a hard worker, being continuously employed in the accounting dept, for the past 25 years. I have a lot of respect for Lynette.

I woke up this morning in the painful throes of Gout in three joints at once. Took some gout medication and advil, only crippled for a half a day rather than a week. This medication "colchisine" prevents salitic acid crystals from forming in the joints. Salitic acids main causes are Beer and Red Meats. I only had one beer yesterday, but I did pack in 5 hotdogs, that I made in my hotel room. Apparently the sodium nitrites, easily convert to salitic acid, so I need to keep it to one dog every other day. I've never had a gout attack involving two legs at the same time before, i nearly had to crawl to get down the two floors of stairs this morning. Yet now... I'm nearly back to normal, and I ate cornbread for dinner, with a few chasers of Gin and Tonics.

I finished my Book "The Life of Pi", which was a delightful story about an Indian boy, who joined Islam and Christianity, in addition to his native Hindu, so he was going to services three times a week, observing all the major events and holidays of all three religions. His parents were worried, because most days he was involved in one religious thing or another. But they were wise enough to allow him to find his own direction. His father, the head Zookeeper of the Pondicherry Zoo, was constantly worried that another political party might step in and cancel subsidation for his Zoo. Finally his father decided to sell all the animals and move the family to Toronto. On the ship to Toronto, which many of the zoo's animals that were to be dropped off the cities along the way, sank during a storm in the South Pacific, and the boy found himself on a lifeboat, with a zebra, a hyena, an Orangutan, and a Bengal Tiger...
I will leave the rest of the story up to you to read, this book was well written, insightful, and amazing in its descriptive abilities, read it and you will learn lots about Zoo keeping, Animal training, Zoology in general, India in the 1970's, a brief history of Pondicherry, a former French colony, Hinduism, Islam, and more than a few poignant observations about life from the Author, who is a 47 year old Spaniard. "The Life of Pi"... I give it... Two thumbs up.

Now I only have the Upanshads to read, but books that heavy, take me an hour to go through one page. I need a companion book for entertainment.....

Might be looking for an apartment soon I hope. I want something around 500 bucks with a garage. Plenty of places in town like this. I want to have a small motorcycle shop, with lift, so I don't have to sit on the ground to work on my babies. I want to put a sidecar on my old Honda 900, so I can drive it to work during the wintertime!

I got to hit the jacuzzi, call Lynette, and go to bed, got some early things to do in the morning. In two days, I will be back in the woods for another 6 days, before going to Dallas.