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Banking woes...

Thanks to a fraudulently cashed $3000 check, I had to close a checking account and open a new one. So, my weekend was a little bit stressed. However, I got it all taken care of, and ordered some checks with the 'Mystery Machine' on them. 


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New titles (to me, at least)

While I still have two Hitchens books I need to tackle ('Love, Poverty and War' and 'Hitch22') I received three more books that I had ordered this week. These include Hitchens' 'Letters to a Young Contrarian,' Ayaan Hirsi Ali's 'Nomad,' and 'What's God Got to Do With It?: Robert Ingersoll on Free Thought Honest Talk & the Seperation of Church & State.' 
The questions remain - which will I tackle first? and How long will it take for me to get around to it? 

Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on any of these books? 


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Recovering nicely

While I am staying at my sister's house, and I do get headaches putting up with her, I am recovering nicely. 

I am going out tomorrow for lunch with several old friends, and had dinner with another last night. 

The thing I am waiting for is for my "patient advocate" - i.e., my sister - to find a cardiopulmonary rehab that accepts my insurance and is close enough for her to drive me back and forth. According to her, it is likely to be 3 sessions per week for 10 weeks. I will need to stay at her house until it is all over. This doesn't exactly make me very cheerful, but I can't really see that I have much choice in the matter. 

In other news, I got a new laptop and a new cellphone, so I have been having fun getting them all set up t my liking. 

Next thing is to start participating in some atheist forum other than facebook. 

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10 months...

It's been that long since I've put anything in this blog thingy. I really don't do journal-type things very well, do I? However, there has been a lot going on in that time. Rather than recite ten months worth of updates that won't matter since no-one who reads this will know who I am anyway, I'll just give the basics and the latest.

I was out of work for close to four years. I never really had what I'd call a regular job - at least not one that went year 'round. I am a musician, so I used to do a lot of musical theater - playing shows or musically directing them. I often did jobs in churches, either singing or playing piano. About a year ago, I got a regular full-time position in a department store, selling shirts and ties. It pays minimum wage, but it's regular and there are benefits provided.

About a month or so ago, I mentioned to my doctor that I hav noticed what he refers to as Hematospermia. I actually noticed it about a year and a half ago, but I attributed it to the removal of a catheter after my surgery and the fact that I was on a buttload of blood thinners. The doctor ordered some blood work, and gave me a referral to a urologist. The urologist ordered (probably the same) bloodwork as well as a CT-scan (urogram.) I got the cat scan on my 50th birthday.

I should mention that about a year and a half ago my surgeon told me that in 2 or three years I would probably need to have a second mechanical valve put in my heart, this time on the right side (making two.)

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Nothing to do with atheism...

I had an appointment at 8:30 this morning, and so I called last night for a cab to pick me up at 7 a.m. I was going to take the cab to the train station, then walk from the train to where the appointment was (or take another cab.) At 7:05, there was no cab in sight, so I called the company. The guy said he'd look into it, but never took my number. When I called back he said someone would be there in two minutes. I went outside and had a cigarette but no one showed.

The guy had mentioned that he was calling another company. After about 45 minutes of waiting and phone calls, I called another cab company myself. The lady that answered told me that they had sent a cab to my house (I hadn't even identified myself, or the address) and that she called and told me the cab would be there, but I never came out. When I told her that was not true - and I was not yelling, or even rude to her - she hung up me.

Eventually, I got another person on the line from the first company, who told me that they had nothing available.

I called the person with whom I had the appointment, and was told the person wasn't in (at 8:30) but had called out sick.

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I've spent a few days

I've spent a few days enjoying various atheist sites and blogs. It has been difficult to do much of this in my current situation, but I hope to continue for the next couple of weeks at least. The RSS is proving to be a good place to visit, but I have grown tired of arguing with theists, at least considering how much I was doing it a year ago (on a different site, and under a different name.) Still, I think if I had a more stable life situation I think I would be much more engaged and engaging.

Still, I have hopes that this year will bring some stability my way (a decent job would be a start.) I have some catching up to do both personally and on line.

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No free time today

I have a rehearsal today during which I will be teaching music to about 80 to 100 kids, and then it is inventory time at Macy's until 1:00 a.m. Plus business to take care of in the morning.

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Sunday morning...

...and what do you know? My sister took her 7 year old kid to church. Way to go, did. Make a liar out of me.

Of course, the kid had to come in and wake me up so I will be ready to help him build the Lego Star when they get back.

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Waste of time?

Spent the morning attending an orientation session with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR,) which is designed to help people with disabilities find gainful employment. I really am not sure what disability I can claim to have, but my family seems to think I have one. I am sure that this process will prove to be as useful as any other I am currently engaged in, so I guess time will tell what benefit I will derive from it. At the very least, it will get my sister off my back.

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Finished reading...

Sam Harris' book, The Moral Landscape. I found parts of it interesting, certainly, and his general thesis is refreshing. However, I am not sure I quite understood all of it, so I think I will have to read it more closely at a later date.

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