Dave's Rants

From the mind of Dave Harris...

WOW moments…

Ever meet someone that you just click with right off and completely blows you away? Someone that leaves you wondering how you could get so lucky, but at the same time why it took so long? This happened to me recently and I am still reeling. We have not been talking long, but so far she likes a lot of the same things that I do, and has similar views on certain subjects, like religion and such. I want to spend a lot of time with her to get to know her better, but at the same time want to take it slow and build a solid friendship first. This is a new experience for me and I want to savor every minute of it, and hope it lasts for the rest of my time on this planet (unless there is room on the rocketship for her too).

Alone in a group

Went out to dinner with a bunch of people from work at my usual Friday night place. Even though I know a good number of them, I still always feel like I am out of place, as I don’t really get into a lot of mainstream stuff, and am also the largest person there, which is something that can cause someone to be on the outside. Had a good time but still deal with feeling like an outsider. Guess that’s what comes from not really being into all of the same stuff as most people…

Intelligence Matters!

Ever had one of those moments of clarity when you discover something new about yourself? I was watching Elementary today and started thinking about why I like the shows I do. It dawned on me that most of them I watch because most of the characters in them are highly intelligent or function on a different plane of reasoning. Some of them I relate to due to the fact that they don’t let the preconceptions or strictures of the general public guide the way that they think or act, and therefore experience a freedom that most people will never get the chance to enjoy. Taking this into account I understand more of why some people may not be able to handle my views on many subjects. I see so many people trying to emulate the popular norm instead of embracing their individuality, even if it does not align with what everyone else thinks they should do. No wonder we live in such an unhappy world where everyone is labeled negatively when they are being themselves, or just not adhering to the social norm.

Oh well…

PS Took a week off and was glad I did.

Roller coaster of life…

Well, I made it to 5 years at the same workplace. Unfortunately the week after sucked (workflow was crap and got less than I wanted to done) and had to sign a written warning as I nodded off for a sec during a meeting (get sleepy when bored or not doing anything actively). Hard to be fully awake when it is the last hour of your last day of work for the week and you are sitting in a meeting when the temperature is in the 60’s all night. Hoping that I still have a job when I get back as I really do not want to go looking for a new job. Oh well.

On the up side, I have started doing some serious work on learning C# and also HTML5/CSS. Am trying to be more productive with my ‘free’ time and all that.

Hopefully I have my job still and make it to my vacation I have put in for. We shall see…

Long time coming…

I know, it’s been a while since my last rant. Things have been moving along and have gotten somewhat better as I have a new position at work and making more in the range of what I needed to. Can at least get ahead on credit cards again after the medical problems this year.

Have signed up on a ‘dating’ site and also a kink/fetish one. Hoping to possibly meet some people that share my tastes and such to hang with or even more. Who knows.

More to come later. Time to start getting ready for bed.


New year, new problems…

Well, I was looking forward to the new year. Made it through to the 14th and celebrated my 45th. Yeah, I celebrated it alone but I did make it through. The the morning of the 16th arrived and I found that my life had changed forever. I know, people always say that, but most of us don’t realize what it means until it happens to us. A life altering event.

I woke up the morning of the 16th around 4am with a pain in my chest, the kind you get when you get a chest freeze eating an Icee too fast. After an hour or so of waiting for it to go away I finally drove myself to the ER (come to find out later that was an amazing feat in itself). When I got there they did all the initial things like an EKG and such. Nothing definitive was found. Over the next couple of days they did sonograms (ultrasound) of my heart and legs (most likely due to them being swollen most of the time slightly). Finally on Sunday the 18th they decided to do a Left Heart Catheter via my groin. Turned out to be a couple of blockages in the arteries around my heart. That’s when I knew that I had driven myself to the ER while having a mild heart attack. What a 45th birthday present eh? Find out later that night that they are going to do a second catheter to do angioplasty (the balloon to open up the artery/smush the plaque to the wall) and a stent (wire mesh tube pressed into place to open the artery with the balloon). Fun times, getting a hole poked in the same artery 2 days in a row.

Monday morning they take me and do the surgery and then ship me off to the ICU. One of the hardest things I have ever done was to lay in bed and not move one leg for 24 hours, as that side had to stay still for the artery to heal enough after being closed via direct pressure to the incision site. I have trouble enough laying flat in bed much less in an uncomfortable hospital bed. I was so happy when I got to sit back up.

Finally on Tuesday they moved me back to a normal room and then released me that evening. Bad thing is that even though they said I could go back to work the next day I would not make it back for another week. Wound up spraining my left knee and ankle trying to favor the right side as it still hurt from the incisions and then hurt my right foot favoring the left side. Am slowly getting back to where the right foot does not hurt a lot but it is taking it a bit. Just glad to have made it back to work as I had ran out of PTO and needed to start earning again.

Now I am on fun meds that make my blood thinner, keep my blood pressure down, and help to lower my cholesterol. And reading labels a lot more to check fat, sodium and the like. Guess I am officially old now.

After all of this I have decided that even though I have to watch my eating and all that, I am going to try to enjoy some other stuff more. I plan on getting out more, and not inhibiting some other aspects of my life that I have in the past. I figure that I’ve paid my dues and can now do some of the stuff that most every other person did in their youth. Watch out world, here I come!

Goodbye to one of the best friends a man could have…

At 9:30 AM I said goodbye to Snowball. I had hoped that he would have responded better to the medications but he has not. I’m glad for the near 14 years that i have had with him. Those of you that had the pleasure of meeting him know how special and loving he is. It would be awesome if each of you would stop and think about him or another special animal in your life for a few minutes today. Show them your love.




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