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  •  Lovely as usual to hang out and chat. (6+ / 0-)

    I thank DarkHawk98 for his humorous account of getting ready for a major, major procedure. Fortunately, it sounds like he's going to be in tip-top shape for his surgery--and he will be carrying all of our good wishes with him.

    I have to call it a night myself, but you left-coasters are of course welcome to schmooze for as long as you please. I think DH is a night owl too, so that helps.

    Peace and blessings to all--may everyone have a happy and healthy week.

    I'm seeking to organize DKos members in SE Michigan--roughly, from the Ohio line at Lake Erie NE to Port Huron, W to Flint and back S from there. If you'd like to join our new group, Motor City Kossacks (working title), please Kosmail me.

    by peregrine kate on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:35:22 PM PST

    •  yeah I can still (6+ / 0-)

      burn the candle at both ends AND from the middle.  We learn how to do that stuff during my years living and going to school behind the "Redwood Curtain" of Humboldt County, Ca. Where the men are men and the sheep tremble in fear it was once said, By Brett Harte maybe?

      laughs

      side note: Brett Harte was the founding editor of the Arcata Union newspaper.  He was forced out of town and sent packing to San Francisco AFTER he wrote a scathing editorial about the massacre of hundreds of Indians on Tuluwat Island in Humboldt Bay. U.S. Grant was not there but he had been a commander at Fort Humboldt  but not at the time of the massacre.

      Life is not a problem to be solved but an adventure to be experienced.

      by DarkHawk98 on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:58:37 PM PST

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      •  geez..talk about timing...sitting waitng for 5am (5+ / 0-)

        when I go get some stents put in my arteries...should be fine etc, fingers crossed....part of  a sequence of operations I have been going thru to correct congenital aneurysms.

        3-4 hours..geez, my poor Mrs Bee...at least they have some new furniture and art to grok.

        SO far, so good, except for three bad infections with 3 months daily dressing changes and huge scars..I tell the kids I had a fight with a shark and won.

           This will be done by inserting the peices and ultrasound probes thru leg arteries...no 'zipper club' (chest opening, big zipper/scar) like my brother and a friend have when they got new heart valves put in....fingers crossed, knock on wood!

        And let me also just say there has never been a better time to have hi tech medicine done, be very glad this isn't 1999 or 1899.

        Anyway, mine certainly not as serious as what you have been prepping for, no mistake.
             I really am with you on the prep and exercise thing, I totally get it, and there is one thing you left out, that so much of what is happening to you is really largely out of your control: does one just sit there and wait and brood...some do.

        No, you move your ass, as it is the one thing under your control you can do with positive results....and it helps you and those around gain confidence as well...cause they are fretting right along with you. This helps them cope.

        Thank you for this diary and sharing what is happening with you on this issue.

        And just in addition, fingers crossed, after this, I am moving to Eureka..yeah I know..but 'it's pretty' etc.  I am not totally thrilled, but am trying to stay open to it. Family, can't live with em, can't live without em, so you move in next door.

        I have written here a couple of times about that aspect of Humboldt history..very sad, and I am impressed with the tribes there...they are neglected and abused by the Federal govt, currently meth is overwhelming them, the pot grows are taking water needed for the salmon, the pot grow gangs are growing on their land without permission and shooting at the youth, the feds don't do anything to help those and don't go after the worst and largest grows, but instead attack medical mj outlets..and frosting that cake is Gov Moonbeam and his dam tunnels taking the Trinity River water..something the counties and the tribes are coming out in almost unison about.

        And the now Eureka's tea bagger boomers are working to get an east west coal train shoved thru prime wilderness, with eminent domain now openly babbled about.  There is a lot of stupid there...

        Glad you are not living there now? Heh.

        Good luck brother, you are doing it right!

        I will check back on the MNCC, I have never before..and here we are...people I 'know' dkos wise...

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 02:34:09 AM PST

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        •  KenBee! (1+ / 0-)
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          Thank you so VERY much for sharing your thoughts you have given me more knowledge than when I started my writings.  

          And buddy can we TALK about Humboldt County laughs

          Oh lordy a new fight against the redneck crazies? How I long to be able to help.  Those were the days.  

          It can't be any worse than the redwood log carved into a peanut that wast driven from Eureka to the White House to protest the expansion of  Redwood National Park. or how about the dude in the lobby of the Veterans Building in Eureka who was carving on a 4 foot long 4x4 piece of lumber like he was some Buford Puser from the Movie Walking Tall. He was doing this during Congressman Phil Burtons hearings in the hall that day of field hearings on the park expansion.  Ignorance and intimidation have been endemic with some members of the county for a very long time.  Ignore them. or stand up to them and call them out for their ignorance.

          As a BLM River Ranger on the Stanislaus River, I spent many weeks during the summer of 1979 looking for Mark DuBois who was Executive Director of Friends of the River and had chained himself to a rock (at an undisclosed location along the river) to protest the filling of New Melones Reservoir.  

          Be careful with the dope farmers they are dangerous folks.  I fought fire up in the country many times (last time was Happy Camp, Orleans and Junction City in 2008) and the dope farmers were down right mean and dangerous.  they threatened to shoot fire fighters for doing back fires that saved the towns but burned their crops.  

          Enjoy the city zoo, Cutten School district and the bird Sanctuary in Arcata! and then there are the hours and hours you scan spend watching birds in the Arcata bottoms back roads, the drive to Prairie Creek to see the elk or the hike up Redwood Creek to see some VERY tall tree's.  and THEN there is the sea food, the state parks south of Eureka and oh lordy so much more.  But you KNOW all of that already LOL

          THE BEST & WISEST PERSONS in all of Trinity and Humboldt County's are the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief's of Hoopa Indian Reservation. The chief is a very wise Kurok he is and a 30+ year personal friend and the assistant is a man I fought fire with during the summer of 1977. Both are very wise men and a very tender caring soles.

          Life is not a problem to be solved but an adventure to be experienced.

          by DarkHawk98 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:38:13 PM PST

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