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Five years ago, I smoked, drank a fair amount, drank coffee from morning until night, and hauled around a lard-assed 200+ pounds.
Then I got really sick. Now I've quit smoking (except, well .... you know); almost never drink either alcohol or coffee, and weigh in at a bantamweight 145. Being sick was a major drag, but in the end I wound up much the better for it -- except, as I say, for a few vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Optimistic?? Sure am -- as of just about exactly now, I am officially five years past my sell-by date. Works for me.
The worst, though, was Al's enunciation, which was be-saliva'ed to the max; you could see the spit in the footlights; in particularly horrid moments you could feel it like a gentle rain.
I've never had much use for Pacino, but that experience really was the bitter end.
The fatigue gives me chilling premonitions of old age.
But during the day, they'd send a "moving" party to set me up in a chair right next to my bed, and eventually moved me to a walker, at which point my main doctor, the chief surgical resident (who was a Rrrussian to the core and very brusque) would say:
Mistairrrr Mouwsse, bed is not your frrrriend!! Chairrr not frrriend!! Wal-ker! Now wal-ker is best frrriend for you."
By the end of my time there we got to be pals, but she terrorized the kids she supervised. Good doctors, though -- all of them.
But their national drink -- honey mead -- is just horrid-sweet, thick, and yucky.
We had tennis lessons and swimming lessons. We rode bikes. We built forts in the woods. Later, when we were allowed, we sailed sailboats on the lake.
Now and then we had rockfights, but not that much.
Then they send mean letters.
But the inmates (of whom I was one) were definitely in charge of that asylum. We had great fun.
I just LOOOOVE a good bookstore, but they are ever-fewer and farther between.
I mean, who knows what went into her decision the marry him, but I totally doubt she expected the wheels to come off in quite so sleazetacular a fashion.
It least she's a whiz-kid on her own.