Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Flu Filler Fandango

The last 16 hours have been dreadful. I woke up in the middle of the night/early morning freezing and fevered. Cold chills, body aches, and a pounding head were there too. I had a prescheduled doctor's appointment for this Friday to have an anxiety disorder checkup to get more medicine. After taking Tay the teenager and Bug the seven year old to their respective schools, I dropped by the doctor. My wife and I have been ill this week and both have had bad experiences with the healthcare system. There's something wrong when the people at the front desk ask for your money before they ask what's wrong with you. I tweeted earlier, "when getting paid comes before providing care, a doctor has violated their hippocratic oath. Healthcare is broken in America." I like how liberal I'm getting the older I get. There's something punk rock about that and I'm running with it.

I wrote something related to the book I'm writing and hopefully it will be posted at Studio30plus  As aoon as they approve it, I will let you all know. The rules with them are, it must be for their magazine only. In the meantime, here are the two excerpts I've shown from my book this week on this blog site.

Michael, aka @spdrph, the very talented dude over at has a good blog filler idea he got from someone else called the Friday 56. You take the closest book to you, open it to page 56, type the 5th sentence, plus a couple of others for context. So, here's my contribution:

Paul Shirley's Can I Keep My Jersey?, a funny 2007 memoir of a journeyman basketball player who played for 11 teams, in 5 countries in 4 years. Page 56, sentence 5, plus a few more.

Bayno handed me the phone and said, "Congratulations buddy." Obviously the (Atlanta) Hawks were on the other end - the story would not go well with the theme here if not. I listened in disbelief as the assistant to the GM told me that the team was going to sign me to a ten-day contract."

Depending on healh, I will drop some more fiction this weekend. Until then, here's a band and song I highly recommend, Gainesville punk rock group Hot Water Music with their song Remedy. Something I need more than cowbell to break this fever:


  1. Thank you. Baseball Prospectus was actually the closest book to me, but I didn't think that would be fun for anyone.

    Hope you're better soon.

    Ever notice that, whenever someone gets Biblical in a work of fiction, something awful is about to happen? I havent read the Moore book yet, but I assume that's what's going to happen.

  2. Hope y'all feel better soon! Sick sucks.

  3. I really hope you feel better soon. I am so frustrated with doctors. I can hear the clock ticking the moment they walk in the room- counting down my ten minutes of allotted time. I won't get into the health issues I have been dealing with here- but, it has been frustrating dealing with doctors/specialists for the past 8 months. I feel like they no longer care enough to think "outside the box" and ask questions about the whole person- to try to find a link and get a better sense of the bigger picture. Sorry for ranting- it's just a subject that is really raw for me right now.

  4. A Capp - you and my wife should talk. she has the same issues you have. we feel the same as you

  5. I have managed to avoid sickness this entire winter. My hub and daughter are illin' today, and I feel my run will be ending. Sigh. Hope you feel better.
    Nice to meet a fellow journalist. I became your newest follower via Google reader. Come see me over at Lighten Up!