Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday 11/10/08

I ventured out today. I was up at the crack of dawn, and made it to Coffee with my normal group of people (here to fore referred to as SOCDS (The Sherman Oaks Coffee and Debating Society), where I endured all the compulsory comments that friends and acquaintances offer to one suffering in the situation I am in----we went on to resolve all the worlds more immediate problems and concerns, just in case the man calls and asks for our advice---(yeahh that will happen!!)

Then I sallied forth to the local Kaiser Hospital to pick up a prescription I had phoned in early last week but only now in a position to pick up---fortunately I took my last pill last night so picking up the refill today was timely. I also walked over to the adjoining building in the hospital complex and got my annual free flue shot---I don't know why I do that, been doing it for a good number of years but have never got the flu---but then what do ya expect when its free right? I then drove to the other side of the valley here (20 miles), and deposited some checks in my credit union, then 20 miles back to the barn here, stopping on the way to drop off books due at the library and pick up a couple new mystery novels to kill time with---as nothing I can do til I get the required official death certificates----which won't happen til later in the month approximately 11/21, and arrived back home only to find Forrest Lawn Mortuary had called, seemed a form had not been given to me to be signed---and rather than drive to Glendale to sign the silly form, I drove the 3 miles to Kinko's (next door to where I had been earlier for coffee), then called Forrest Lawn had them fax the forms, signed them and faxed them back----and came home.

A friend of Jerry and I, stopped bye and offered his condolences, and now I am alone again, its 4pm----way to early for dinner, nothing on TV, to late to take a nap----whats the proper response time to mail thank you notes? I have this list I am creating ----?? 2 days, 3 days??

I watched two movies from Netflix yesterday----mailed then off today, replacements will be here by friday----have two more still here at home to watch, -------have no idea what I will do tomorrow, nothing mandatory anyway, maybe I will sleep to noon----naw!! I think tomorrow I will make up a list of things I need to do-----change the utilities to my name, and stuff like that----


  1. Speaking as someone who got the flu one year (9 years ago) -- keep getting the flu shot, Gary! You do NOT want the flu...

    Sounds like you're doing as well as you can, considering... It's good that you're staying busy as you are; I think that will help you as much as anything...

    You're still in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Gary
    You are coping and that is good!!
    Just remember that if you feel the need to vent that is why you have your blog..
    Prayers and bear hugs again for you my friend.

    Bear((( )))

  3. Honey, there is no "proper" time for doing anything when you are grieving, so don't worry about crap like that. The only thing you have to do right now is take good care of your OWN self and let your friends and relations take care of you, too.

    You won't even know which way is up for a long, long time, so be easy on yourself.

  4. Do what you need to do to get through it. The trick is to get through it. Hang in there.

  5. The last time I got a flu shot, I had a business meeting in Chicago, and I had just got the shot before the flight. I was miserable, the high altitude of the plane made my head feel like it pop if anyone stuck it with a needle.

    The meeting was horrible too. I was snotty, sniffly and generally screwed up with the flu.

    I don't do flu shots anymore. If you can do those without going through that, more power to ya old guy.

    Glad to hear you are busy, I think that is probably best, to keep going. My thoughts are with you Gary.

    hmm...I need to look up what nebish means...

  6. I am sure it will gte better with time. He will be greatly missed.

  7. It is good that your are trying to carry on. Just remember......ONE STEP AT A TIME. Don't rush anything, do it at your own pace. We will all be here whenever you are ready for us.

  8. Um, hate to point out the obvious, Gary... but maybe the reason you never get the flu is because of the flu shots? LOL... But thanks for the reminder. My better half had her flu shot a couple of weeks ago, and I should go for one myself.

    Stay busy, sir - it's the only trick to getting through this, especially these first few days and weeks. Your huge community of on-line friends is going to walk through this with you, as much as we can.

  9. As for the thank you cards: Brides who get married and share the JOY, usually reply within two weeks. But that's when then there's been joy shared.

    You have grief. Take your own darn time!


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