Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Blog Topic Is . . .

It doesn't seem like I have anything extrordinary or new to blog about this week. My routine is to start the week with a blog, regardless of whether I have material or not. And routines are very much a part of me--weekly routines, daily routines, etc.

I even notice annual routines like our September vacation, summer trip to Silver Lake, getting out our annual Halloween or Christmas yard decorations, winterizing our home, spring cleaning, etc.

So then, my weekly blog. Sometimes I do wonder how many would miss it if I didn't put one up. I also do an on-line weekly family fantasy football league preview on the league bulletin board, which I also thought that nobody read, until I was one day late putting one up last week. Then my nephew Vic posted this to the bulletin board:

"Wow, is da blog that shell-shocked that he can't even put together the preview? Typical loser Michigan (fan) to crawl into a shell and cry all by themselves. Can't face the world, huh."

Well, at least I know that they were reading my weekly fantasy preview. I wasn't sure anybody was paying attention. By the way, I think Vic was the anonymous poster this past week whose comments kept asking about my fantasy football team. Sheesh, give it a rest. At least my Wolverines scored a big win. No reason to cry there.

Now I lost track of where I was. Oh yes, a blog topic for this week. Sorry. Talking about routines got me off track for a second. And I have to hurry because tonight Wendy and I engage in a TV-watching routine. The Amazing Race is on. For some reason, part of our routine includes having an "Amazing Race" snack. Maybe watching those people burn so much energy running around the world makes us hungry. I don't know.

Tonight we have an "everything" cookie from Whole Foods Market. White and dark chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, mmmmmm. One of my favorites. Speaking of favorites, my favorite beer becomes available in October: Bell's Octoberfest. Bells is a Michigan-based brewer most famous for its Oberon ale, but its Octoberfest literally flies off the shelf once it becomes available.

Our local grocery store had to a post a "Bells Octoberfest" shortage along with an apology. Basically, the store said once it's gone, it's gone. No more coming. I was lucky to snag one six-pack. Of that, I have one bottle left. I suppose I could have that as part of my Amazing Race snack tonight but I don't believe a Bells Octoberfest would go well with a Whole Foods everything cookie.

Anyhoo, I got off track again. What was I giong to blog about this week? Not trying to procrastinate here, honestly. One thing I do procrastinate about is my annual flu shot. Finally, the doctor said he needed to see me this past week. Thought certainly it was for a flu shot, but surprise!--they didn't receive their flu vaccine supply yet. There's a shortage of both seasonal and swine flu vaccine. They just wanted blood. Always want my blood. I think some of their other patients are vampires.

Wonder when the flu vaccines will come in at the docs. I'm on a waiting list, which meant some clerk wrote my name on a scrap piece of paper there. Did you know that for swine flu, groups of Americans have been segregated into four priority categories? I'm in group two, those with a medical condition that makes that vulnerable. Woo hoo! Group one, highest priority, are infants and children.

I was surprised that the last group comprised the elderly. Usually they come first when getting flu shots. Somehow I'm reminded of that talk of "death panels" when I see senior citizens getting last dibs on important medical treatment. But anyway I digressed once again.

So what to blog about today? Sorry, my mind's blank. Maybe next week.


Blogger TechnoBabe said...

I'm in the senior category, last to be taken care of and last to need help and last in the priority list. Last but certainly not least!!!
Hubby and I have been fighting a flu for three weeks. Nothing serious, just a regular flu. Finally feeling stronger and symptoms less and less. Hope you and your wife don't get any flu this year.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Lynilu said...

We elderly come at the top of the list for seasonal flu, but the swine flu is apparently not targeting us as the usual stuff does. Or maybe "they" just don't want to reveal an insidious plot to thin the ranks?

7:32 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

TECHNOBABE--I hope so too. No flu! They installed bottles of hand sanitizer where we work (by doors for example), hoping to cut down on the spread of germs there.

LYNILU--They say that swine flu might claim more young victims than any flu in recent memory. Maybe because they don't have the immunity built up over the years like we do.

3:06 AM  
Anonymous Enforcer said...

Give the cookie to Wendy and drink the beer

5:27 AM  
Anonymous cassie-b said...

Please keep on blogging. I read every blog you post - well not the fantasy football blog.

We got our flu shots last week, and they were free. Who knew. I went back to the company I worked at for all those years, and because we had the right insurance card, there was no charge. Not even for Don, who never did work there. And even though I'm such a baby about shots, I can't say it hurt.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Carine said...

ahh, so I'm not the only one who is having some trouble on the topics lately!!!

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also commented about your fantasy football performance...just because I handed you a well deserved loss.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

ENFORCER--Wendy had her own cookie. But there was only one beer, unfortunately.

CASSIE--My flu shot will be free, so long as I have an office visit to go with it. But I have a co-pay for that!

CARINE--Just not much blog fodder going on in my life lately. And I hate to write about the same stuff over and over.

ANONYMOUS--Okay, it's Jimmy too. I figured. A curse upon your plumbing then.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Dave ~~ You didn't do too badly for someone with nothing to say.
The swine flu injections are for children, then the elderly and the in betweens last as far as I know.
And we seem to have plenty. Glad you liked the story of the 'fish' deer.
It must have been terrified to swim so far out, so was lucky to be rescued. I hope Wendy enjoyed the story also. Take care, With best wishes, Merle.

4:28 AM  
Anonymous caroldee said...

AWESOME KITTY DAVE!! Awww I would miss ya for sure.. I got nothing to say either.. the rain has dampened my fall spirits!! Ughhh
won't be any flu shotsof any kind around here for awhile.. they are running low.. so we sit and wait. I got one .. waiting on the other.
Take care:)

7:53 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

MERLE--Wendy did enjoy the story. She's a big fan of deer. Yet her son wants to go deer hunting next month. A pox on him.

CAROLDEE--I see they're running very low on flu shots here in Ann Arbor. I guess supplies are meeting only 30 percent or so of demand.

9:17 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Big Dave ~ No flu shot for me. I've got enough problems all on my own! ~ jb///

1:46 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Unfortunately, my new routine is my monthly blog post. It's really weird, but I'm spending so much time at school. For instance, I got home tonight at 6:45 pm - on a Friday!

I've never had a flu shot, or the flu. I hope I'm not tempting fate.

4:48 PM  
Blogger B.S. said...

Well, there's nothing regular about me or my life. I just post when something comes up- usually something I'm upset about. I do start to get nervous when too much time goes by between posts, because I fear losing my small virtual support network (what's left of it).

After reading your post, I think I'm going to head out to Whole Foods. That cookie sounds irresistible. Uh-oh- I just remembered- today's a home game- no driving is allowed on a home football Saturday.......maybe I can hitch a ride on a firetruck en route to a burning couch.....


2:32 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LZ--I usually get one; just not looking forward to it.

FRED--A monthly blog, eh. I don't know. At my age I might forget to do one.

BETTY--I'm sure Ann Arbor was a ghost town after the game last night. No joy in Mudville, a-gain.

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