Ed Lada

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    Things to do in IOWA

    I was wondering if anyone would catch that. Denial, it isn't just a river in Egypt! At the rate I',m going, I'm not sure I will make it to 70.
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    FUCKING RACCOONS DECLARED WAR !!!

    I have no idea what you said up there Woody, something about a 2' baseball racket???? But take heart. I have been traveling between Ohio and Pennsylvania these last few weeks and I have never seen so many dead raccoons in my life. I lived here for 32 years and I think I have seen more road kill Rockys in the last 4 weeks, than in those 32 years combined. Maybe like us humans, they are getting dumber as the years go on.
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    When did No. 6 get banned, and why?

    I just don't get all of the hate for BJ here. I never had a problem with him and find him to be quite rational and reasonable. None of us are perfect, and compared to some of the folks here, he is a complete angel. I sure as shit wouldn't want to be a mod in this place.
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    When did No. 6 get banned, and why?

    Sure it does Snags, we all die sometime! Some just don't do it soon enough.
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    Blind Faith

    I love anything Clapton and I've always liked Blind Faith. I've always found that album cover a little creepy though. I've seen Clapton live 3 times, the last one was in 2015, and he never sounded better. I don't remember Clapton playing any Blind Faith songs at any of his shows that I saw. The way my memory is deteriorating lately, that doesn't mean he didn't. At my age, some loss of short term memory is to be expected, I find losing long term memories a little disturbing. It's like my hard drive is all fragmented. Speaking of oldies, I am going to see Robert Plant at an outdoor venue in July, in Berlin. I saw Led Zeppelin in Cleveland, OH, in 1977. I think both Plant and myself have aged a bit since then, but I am looking forward to it. I don't do standing very well anymore, maybe I'll bring a wheelchair to the show.
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    2018 Fishing Thread

    I am usually not big on wild game but I sure do love those big, hairy, ugly, porkish things. I have a good friend in Poland that loves to hunt wild boar and he frequently gives me hams, roasts and sausages made from them. I have a nice roast in the freezer currently, just waiting for me when I get back. I usually roast the meat low and slow and when it's nice and tender, serve it with horseradish. Simple and tasty. If you have another recipe, I'm open to suggestions.
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    Things to do in IOWA

    Funny you should mention that. I tell every woman I meet that all men are pigs, even me. I guess they take it as a challenge or they don't believe me, I don't know! Or maybe I am the first honest man they've ever met, that's certainly possible.
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    Things to do in IOWA

    Um, Austin, maybe your word choice wasn't the best. Maybe "when I raised hogs." would have been better.
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    Things to do in IOWA

    Well it appears to be billed as the "World's shortest, steepest, scenic railway...", so it's actually a funicular or inclined railway, not an elevator. It's Iowa, c'mon!
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    Things to do in IOWA

    Well, I actually left all 3 of my wives but after 3 failed marriages, I have to question why I can't chose a woman I can stay married to more than 10 year, so maybe it isn't all their fault. I mean, I try to be honest about my own behaviors, you know. I doubt I will go for number 4, I enjoy my quiet solitary life as I approach middle age. I have had a pretty interesting, often exciting life and now I'm ready for some rest.
  11. I posted here a few months ago that I have an as yet unidentified neurological condition that is really impacting my my physical condition and my life and is getting rapidly worse. Well now I am getting some very disturbing symptoms in my brain. Among other things, I forget things I did a few moments ago, I get aphasia, that is I can't remember common words when I talk, and this morning I went from one room to another and I couldn't figure out how I got in the other room, I thought I was still in the same room. Quite honestly that is scaring the shit out of me, as it would anyone. I am experiencing periodic mood swings and I have very labile emotions, I am happy one moment and will cry at the drop of a pin the next moment, and it is totally out of my normally tight control of my emotions. So I want to apologize in advance if I stay something totally outlandish, stupid or angry (at least more than my usual amount of those posts), because it may not be the real me. I will try to re-read my posts to make sure they make sense and I will probably catch most of them, but I just can't be totally sure. I am a very strong person mentally, and I think I am coping with this better than most, but it isn't easy and it sure does suck. I don't think the prognosis will be anything but bleak, given the rapid increase in the existing and new symptoms. But I don't have to like it, I just have to deal with it as best I can, until I can't anymore. I am not asking for pity or anything, I am incredibly optimistic most of the time, but still a realist. I just want y'all to know what's going on. And rest assured that I won't intentionally use it as an excuse to tear into you assholes and blame it on my condition, because I know some of you are already thinking that.
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    What Did I Ever Do to Piss Off the Gods?

    I went to the VA clinic today to get my enzymes checked again. Some of you might be happy others pissed but I am happy to say that I can still keep buying green bananas. The best case was that there was just a temporary spike in my enzymes, maybe a duct was plugged briefly causing the high level, the lab today reported the level was 174, which is perfectly normal. So that little stress is gone. Much to my relief. Back to the neurological mystery.
  13. This guy is interesting, he freely admits he doesn't know much about boats. Mostly he makes it up as he goes along. I have no idea if plans exist anywhere but in his head. He is persistent and patient though! He is calling it the SV Rusty Junk, although I thing SV Bumpy Lump would work too. I'm pretty sure his guiding principle is "Don't force it, get a bigger hammer." SV Rusty Junk
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    What Did I Ever Do to Piss Off the Gods?

    True dat. Sometimes I am wishing for such a diagnosis, I am getting worn out from the day to day physical and mental struggle and the difficulty of obtaining answers. But I am not at my limit yet, we'll see what happens in the future.
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    What Did I Ever Do to Piss Off the Gods?

    Overseas care is a pain in the ass. If your rating is 60% or greater you can receive care for any illness regardless of service connection. I can go to any hospital I like overseas and get care however most of them will ask for cash up front. Then I have to send the receipts to the VA office in the US that handles this. It takes them up to 10 months to reimburse me. I am currently on my estranged wife's medical insurance in Germany since she works there. That makes my life much easier. In the US they have the Veteran's Choice program. In spite of Trump claiming he wants to invent that, it has been in existence since 2014. If you live more than 40 miles from a VA facility that can treat your condition, or you have to wait for more than 30 days for an appointment, then you can go to any doctor you want and the VA will pay. I have enrolled in the system when I was in the US last year. The problem is the program expires this year and they are out of funds, so for now it isn't an option probably. In addition, in an emergency, I can go to the nearest treatment center and the VA will pay. This is what I did last week. I joined the Disabled American Veterans when I was medically discharged from the Army in 1994. It was the best $125.00 (lifetime membership) I ever spent except that time in Japan..., never mind. The DAV has reps in all VA major medical facilities and in all VA regional offices. They are on top of everything and they advocate for the best possible outcome. I would highly recommend that any disabled veteran join such an organization, there are several. As you pointed about above, there are also services available from each state.
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    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    A damn good film. I don't know why it didn't get more attention. Maybe it was too soon. It would probably be better noticed today.
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    Things to do in IOWA

    Ddin't you get the memo? In recent years, kids are abandoning Facebook in droves, nothing but old farts on there nowadays.
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    Huckabee Compares Trump to Churchill

    Montgomery was an unmitigated disaster, a legend in his own mind.
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    Huckabee Compares Trump to Churchill

    Quite honestly, I think Britain without Churchill wouldn't have made a rats ass bit of difference in the outcome of WW II, in fact, the outcome may have been better without him. I can support that opinion very well, but it would take far a more intensive discussion, which is beyond the scope of this forum, so go ahead and scream if you disagree, I don't mind.
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    What Did I Ever Do to Piss Off the Gods?

    Yes and no. Imaging can find large lesions, but even MRIs aren't always perfect. The abdomen is pretty crowded and the pancreas is small. Another anarchist here that's an MD, suggested that the pancreatic enzymes could be causing my neurological symptoms. If the fucking VA ever gives me a date for a primary care appointment, which is my gateway to specialists, I can ask them for the specific exams required to identify why my pancreas is behaving like it is. It pisses me off that I have to wait more than 3 weeks now for a letter telling me when my primary appointment is. Who knows how long I will have to wait until they can begin to start focusing on Identifying the problem, let alone getting to see a specialist to maybe help me. Fuck me!
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    When did No. 6 get banned, and why?

    I never said that. I was just making an observation. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I don't want any assholes coming down on me for no good reason!
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    What Did I Ever Do to Piss Off the Gods?

    Here's a new one for any of you medical anarchists out there. I felt like complete shit Thursday, all day, the last time I felt that bad was in 2005 when a severe infection and a subsequent heart attack almost killed me. So I went to th ER at a local hospital. Blood work and ahead CT. Then more blood drawn. CT came back negative for any gross lesions, stroke, etc. Blood came back with elevated pancreatic enzymes. ER Doc: Well, any history of pancreatitis, etc, your pancreatic enzymes are a bit elevated. Me:Negative, no hx of any abdominal problems except gall bladder disease, gall bladder was removed, and some GERD that's under control. How high? Doc: 1,200. Me, OK, what's normal? Doc: Oh, usually anything below 200. Me: Well doc, that sounds pretty high. Doc: Yeah, usually anything over 700 is an automatic admission. Are you in any pain? Me: No, none at all. Doc: Hmm, you should be doubled over in pain, turning yellow and vomiting with those levels, but I see your not. Maybe you can see your family doc in a day or 2 and have him repeat the test and see what the result is. Me: OK, can I go home then? Doc: Yeah, I suppose, if we admit you we will just keep an eye on you. You can go if you like. Me: OK, thanks, bye. WTF, Like I need another problem, I like my pancreas, I have always treated it well. I need that little gland, it's pretty damned important. And I still am incredibly tired and feel like shit but no other symptoms. I'm going to the local VA outpatient clinic on Monday to have them check my levels again, and we'll see what happens. FML! While I was in the ER, I was my usual jocular self, joking with the nurses, bickering with my best friends wife, and just generally having fun. When I went to check out, I told the folks at the desk that they were all very nice but no offense, I hoped I wouldn't see them again. They laughed and said don't worry, they would not forget me, and have a nice night. We all laughed as I said goodbye I think they enjoyed my visit. I think. I hope they weren't just being polite and they couldn't wait for me to get out of there.
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    When did No. 6 get banned, and why?

    Well, in BJ's defense, sometimes there IS a difference between an anarchist and an asshole.
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    Flying under the radar is smart

    I saw the odd C 17 now and then at Osan Airbase when I lived in Korea, but I have only seen videos of them backing up. I did often see the U 2 take off in the a.m., pretty often, and saw them land a few times, that's pretty cool.