Dreamer’s World October 15 2016


The weekend is here, and not a moment too soon. I am really tired today, but I did manage to get a few things done before I decided that it was time to come home and relax. I got a comforter and 2 duvets for the new bed, which is supposed to arrive here by the end of next week. The new bed frame will be here tomorrow, but it will stay in the box until the new mattress arrives. I only want to mess with the old bed one time before then, and that will be to disassemble the frame and then haul out the old box spring and the old mattress in order to have the room to put the new bed frame in place and then get the mattress on it. I am happy with the purchases I have made and am looking forward to things finally being resolved by this time next Saturday unless there is a delivery delay before then.

I finally feel like I am getting things done that have been bugging me for far too long because I wasn’t able to deal with them financially. Although I didn’t like spending the money, I know these things are for the best and will make life better in the future. It will also get rid of old furniture that would not likely survive another move since it is so old, but not valuable. I consider 15 years to be a good life for a cheap mattress and bed frame.

I’m glad that Hal (person) is home from work this afternoon. I don’t know if we will be doing anything later, but at least we are together and safe with The Stooges. There are times when I forget how lucky I am for the little things like that. I need to appreciate these times more often.

The Man Who Would Be … King? — Art by Rob Goldstein

Originally posted on Filosofa’s Word: “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – ?Albert Einstein “Dictatorships lock up the opposition, not democracies.” – Stanford University Professor Michael McFaul “It smacks of what we read about tin-pot dictators in other parts of the world, where when they win an election…

via The Man Who Would Be … King? — Art by Rob Goldstein

Dreamer’s World October 14 2016 – Struggling Along


I have written before about my ongoing back problems. I have consulted with my Chiropractor and he recommended a new mattress in the hopes that would resolve the problem of waking up each morning feeling like a truck had run over me. He did not recommend any particular type or brand of mattress, so I began looking on my own.

I had completely forgotten that mattress salespeople are just slightly above used-car salespeople on the evolutionary scale. I have dealt with some of the most unscrupulous bastards and bitches on the planet as I have looked in vain for a new mattress that won’t cost the equivalent of a moderately successful bank heist. My resolve has turned to frustration as things have gone on.

I actually finally placed an order for a mattress from a local furniture store. The problems then began to mount up. First of all, the mattress was not available, so it had to be shipped from the warehouse. I was told that the mattress would easily fit into a normal car because it was shrink-wrapped. This, of course, was a LIE. When I get the call that the mattress was available for pickup at the store, I discovered that a full-sized SUV would not hold the container. I complained about this and then the company FAILED to offer free delivery because of their error. I immediately called for the manager and canceled the transaction, even after they “graciously” offered me the free delivery once they realized that I was extremely pissed off. The damage was done, and I am through with them.

I have another mattress on order from a different company, and that should arrive before the 22nd of October. The price is a bit higher, but the delivery is included as well as a free return guarantee if it doesn’t work out. Until then, I will suffer through intense back pain that doesn’t go away until lunchtime most days. I hope that the mattress on order will be one that I can be happy with and will last me for many years. Only time will tell and I won’t be able to start the assessment until the 22nd of this month.

I wonder why the things that should be relatively simple always end up being so frustrating? It seemed that at every turn I was being pressured to spend more money than I wanted to on something that was promised to be worth the money. However, the people applying the pressure were not going to be responsible for paying for the damned thing either!

I hope that things will work out for the. I really look forward to waking up without being in intense pain for the first time in forever.

As the end of the week is finally here, I realize once again how much the pain and poor sleep has been affecting me and my writing. I have had to refocus all of my energy on work to make sure that I am not suffering from a decline in productivity, and that has resulted in less writing than I would have liked. I want to get this problem solved, and I made a start on that yesterday.

I finally found a mattress that is rated very highly by consumers, one that is made in America by a well-respected company, and also one that will have the shipping cost included (although they claim that it is free, we all know the deal). The only drawback is that the mattress won’t arrive until next Friday at the earliest, but I feel better about this purchase compared to the disaster mentioned above.


I know that this is available via Amazon, but for a large purchase I prefer to deal directly with the company for the same price in order to get a better warranty and protection. The mattress is designed to sit on top of existing box springs and that meets a key requirement since I don’t have the physical space for another bed frame right now.The mattress will be made and shipped, rather than sitting in a warehouse for months. I am looking forward to it arriving and to no longer waking up sore and exhausted every morning.

Once our move occurs next Spring, I will look into getting a new bed frame as well, probably one with storage drawers underneath the bed so I won’t have to clutter up the bedroom with a dresser. I don’t have that many clothes that need to be stored in drawers anyway, so it would make sense at that time.

Anyway, back to writing. I have to put time and energy back into this blog as soon as I can. I miss the daily routine of writing, provided that is isn’t just incoherent ramblings. I have dozens of aborted posts that will never see the light of day again because they are just awful to read through. Somehow it seems appropriate that all of this is happening as we all struggle to get through what will undoubtedly be remembered as the most vile and awful election in US history, one that has been conducted without regards to issues because everything is focused on one Nazi who wants to rule the world and is bragging about it as he attacks women and anyone else who dares to disagree with him.

I hope that things will improve for me once the new mattress arrives. I hope that I will sleep better and not feel so awful each morning. Until then, I will be struggling along.

Dreamer’s World October 6 2016 – Hurricane Matthew The Never-Ending Storm


I have lived all over the US as an adult. People often ask me where I would prefer to live, and my answer is very easy, it would be California without a doubt. Growing up in Kentucky I knew plenty of people who would vacation in Florida and loved it there. I was never one of those people. I visited Florida as a teenager, and while it seemed nice, I realized that it simply wasn’t the place for me. It was too humid and that was the reason I never felt too strongly about living there.

As an adult, I joined the Navy and sure enough I spent several years in Florida, mainly Pensacola and Jacksonville. Once again I was not overly impressed with the place enough to want to live there by choice. I know that there are those who will claim that neither Pensacola nor Jacksonville are really “Florida” but they were enough of a sampling for me. I have visited Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando and Miami, but my impression remained the same.

At that time, it had nothing to do with the people there. It was the weather, plain and simple. Fortunately I never had to go through a hurricane while I was in Florida. I have gone through a few here in the DC area, but the simple location of DC means that the impacts are not nearly as severe.

Since everyone is following the progress of Hurricane Matthew, it is worth noting that hurricanes are just another reason that I never wanted to live in Florida or anywhere along the East or Gulf Coasts. The idea of being constantly bombarded with statuses on storms and dealing with  the prospect of evacuations or extended power outages on a widespread scale is just a hassle that I can do without. I know people who live in Florida, and I hope that they will be OK. I have no desire to ever be one of them.