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Sirens – 100 words
sirens

I hear the sirens’ call yet their tongues are still. I am compelled to the rocks though they do not beckon. Thirteen years lost at sea. Denied sanctuary at every known port. I am a pirate who does not pillage. An explorer who fears the forbidden land.

The cult of the flesh eludes me. Knowledge versus belief versus morality. The more I shed my vices the louder they scream. Driven mad. The voices in my head sit in judgment of me. They pronounce me inadequate. The sentence is exile in the wilderness of thought. A prison of my own construction.

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Tom Week – fleeing the smoke
smoke

Fleeing the smoke

The fires in Santa Rosa were making the air in San Francisco unbreathable so we ran away. We are in Moss Landing where the air is salty and clean. We’ve been so busy with the house that we haven’t been in the RV for a while. My mental checklist left off a few essentials. The RV keys and the food.

Fortunately Pat had her set of keys, and we were able to buy more food. How does one forget the food you ask? Shut up! That’s how!

The no-coke experiment

It’s going well. I feel better, but my blood sugar hasn’t dropped as much as I had hoped. Of course my expectations are unrealistic.

RV addicted

Spending time in the RV is always relaxing and fun, but this time it feels like we’ve run away from home. A great feeling. Can’t wait to hit the road full time.Still on the run from the smoke.

Still Running

The wind changed and the air at home is still bad. Going home on Sunday. Hoping for the best. Next stop, Prunedale.

Blood Sugar Nasty

For lunch I had a really big meal/ Two hours later my blood sugar was 78. I haven’t had low blood sugar in months, and never after a big meal. That’s totally backwards.

Sick Dog

TJ couldn’t stop coughing so we took him to the vet. He has fluid around his lungs and an enlarged heart. We got meds and he’s quiet now.

Joke for Dad

  Two husbands were talking about their wives. Both admitted there were sometimes arguments.

  Chad said, “I’ve made a great discovery so I always have the last word.”

  “Wow!” said Sherm, “How do you manage that?”

  “It’s Easy,” replied Chad. “My last word is always ‘Yes Dear.’”

 

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Tom week – bad news/good news
bad news - sad dog

Bad News

The Bad News is: My stress levels, and thus my blood sugar levels, have been trending above safe for a while now. What I discovered is that the news is stressing me out. So to preserve my health and sanity I am cutting way back on my news intake.

The problem with this is that I suffer from severe FOMO. (Fear of missing out.) I am worried that I might miss something important. Though in reality I guess Trump isn’t going to anything stupider than what he’s already done. (I kid)

Good Ride

I had an unusually good bike ride today. I backed off on the speed a bit with the idea that I was going to go for a Strava Personal Best near the end. When I got to that segment there was traffic so no best time.

The thing is, when I finished the ride I realized that I felt great. I wasn’t sweating much and my legs didn’t ache. I actually “enjoyed” the ride. Weird.

Blood Sugar Update

So I spent a couple days watching food and levels carefully. It’s the Coke. I used to be able to drink coke because it would spike my levels but they’d drop back down just as fast. Now the spikes are lasting hours, if not days. So that’s it. No more regular coke drinking.

Weird Email

On my new web host I have a default email address. What this means is that all the email sent to tomflanders.com that doesn’t have an actual account gets shoved in the default address. It’s amazing what shows up there. My favorite so far is [email protected]

The Whole Moving Story

I got several questions about the upcoming move so here’s all the details:

  • Got laid off from work after 13 years. Job outsourced.
  • Unable to get a new job, mostly due to my age.
  • The housing market here in SF is way up price-wise, so it’s a good time to sell.
  • We’re cleaning out the house. It’s taking much longer than I thought.
  • When the house is sold we are going to live in the RV and wander the country.
  • Eventually we are going to settle someplace with decent weather and a low cost of living.
  • I want to move to the East Coast to be closer to friends and family.
  • Also, East Coast is not as agist as Silicon Valley, so better job prospects.

 

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The Man In The Mirror – 100 words
man in the mirror

The man in the mirror scared the shit out of me.

All I wanted was a silly selfie of my just-out-of-the-shower hair. I pointed the camera and there was a weird green flash and this appeared on my phone’s screen.

I took another picture and it came out normal. Though my shower hair wasn’t as funny as I’d hoped.

I keep looking at the weird picture. It’s definitely me but what am I wearing? Goggles and a head lamp like I’m some kind of urban spelunker. What strange adventure is calling to me from the other side of the mirror?

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Tom Week – Longer Bike Rides
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Longer Bike Rides

My current cycling goal is to do longer bike rides. Last week I did a 20 mile ride and it did not go well. The first big climb went well but I never recovered my energy after that. I wound up several very slow climbs. Ten miles takes about an hour. The twenty took two and a half.

I brought twice as much fluids as I thought I would need. It turned out to be just enough. The whole time I was very thirsty, but drinking made my stomach ache. If I had any sense I would have turned around after five miles. I didn’t.

So it turns out my blood sugar was very high. Need to check that in the future.

So on Sunday I got up the nerve to try a few extra miles. I did twelve miles in a little over an hour. Feeling better.

TJ Better

TJ is eating regular again. Much relief.

 

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