Right now, I’m in an United jet above Arkansas, on my way back to Texas. I’m coming back from a hugely depressing business trip. Not like we’re going out of business, but it sure seems like it.
I’m not even sure I’ve addressed some of the goings on in the recent past. We RVed up to Glacier National Park/Waterton Park in September. The region experienced many forest fires; we decided to leave early for Yellowstone.
Glacier National Park, early September
We camped off the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway, at Moran. Flagg Ranch is without internet access, a great thing unless you’re a Twitter addict. It’s not a good thing if you’re a blogger, either. It is a lot of fun if you’re into photography like I am. While Yellowstone is undoubtedly the more scenic park, Grand Teton has a great appeal for me due to its undeniable scenic beauty.
I also went out to California to see the Raiders play the Giants. I wanted to see them play the Cowboys but CowboysFan was willing to pay up to $400 a ticket to see their officials steal a game from the Raiders. We saw a Giants team without Eli Manning starting at QB. The one time in 216 games.
I also had an episode with my back in early November. I was supposed to make a site visit to a location in the northeast. I aggravated a disc problem to such a degree I had to report to the emergency room. While there, I asked them to do back surgery that day. I suggested cutting off my back to relieve the pain. On a level of 1 -10, I rated my pain a 9. It was worse than the kidney stone I had at Warner Robins. I guessed the only thing worse was an amputation. They gave me two shots, one of a drug called Torodol (or something like that). The pain subsided to a manageable level. I’m scheduled for an MRI next week.
One more thing: I know this from having traveled across the nation. Everyone in the country is angry. People who were already angry, their anger hasn’t subsided, and people who weren’t angry sure as hell are now. If that is news, turn from your news channel.