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I've been trying to find a way to get better at open water swimming, and I figured the ocean is the best way to do that since the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean are so warm and inviting. I found a group that does a mile swim every Sunday, heading half a mile out to a buoy and back in a kelp forest in Monterey. It was cleaner water than Santa Cruz and fairly safe from sharks (although not jellyfish) so I decided to give it a try. It also ha da nice beach for the kids to play at.

 

I got there, suited up in my wetsuit (which I regret is sleeveless) and headed out to the group. I don't know what it is, but for some reason I just can't breathe right for the first few minutes of open water swimming. I can jump in a pool and settle right into a rhythm, but out in the open I nearly hyperventilate. I kept trying to steady myself, but I basically had to breaststroke with my head up for the first few minutes. Finally I calmed down and got a steady stroke going, but I still did mostly breaststroke while using freestyle bursts here and there to keep up with the back crowd. 

 

I got to the yellow buoy a half mile out after 18 minutes, and they had me kiss the barnacle encrusted thing. Then I asked for an uber, which got a laugh, so I'm guessing the answer was no. Swimming back was actually harder, as the wind and waves had really picked up and the tide doesn't actually carry you in along this stretch of beach. 

 

I got out and my legs didn't really work, and I was shivering pretty badly, but it felt good to be done. It wasn't enjoyable like running and biking. It is just such a different feeling to know that there is no stopping on the swim, not really. You can slow down or tread for a bit, but really that just means you are going to get hit by waves and it's not really rest. It's tough, but hopefully I can get more comfortable out there if I do it more often.

 

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When my cat was murdered i said "may whoever did it see whatever he loves die in agony". For about a month now a neighbor was getting sicker and sicker without any doctor being able to figure out what's wrong with him as the only symptom was intense pain and today he died. The thing is that according to my mother, his wife is the most possible suspect for the death of my cat. Do you think there's a relation?



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When my cat was murdered i said "may whoever did it see whatever he loves die in agony". For about a month now a neighbor was getting sicker and sicker without any doctor being able to figure out what's wrong with him as the only symptom was intense pain and today he died. The thing is that according to my mother, his wife is the most possible suspect for the death of my cat. Do you think there's a relation?

 

Good God, I hope not!

 

Anyhow, I have good news.  This month sees my life getting back together.

 

Last month, my father-in-law spent the whole time dying.  It was a brutal experience.  For years, I've been the guy who talked to doctors and whatnot for the family.  Now that I've been in school, I literally did virtually all the talking with the health care folks.  I could describe things as they happened.  I didn't want to be pushy, but the staff soon figured out I had some sort of background and the doctor finally asked me what I did because I actually knew what was happening.  Yep, I was really smart.  Nothing like being smart enough to see the train coming while standing in the middle of the tunnel.  All my smarts and acumen were of absolutely no help.  The ending was obvious in the middle of the play.  Didn't need to be a genius to see what was happening.  Just a matter of letting it grind out in brutally inevitable fashion.

 

On the first morning when things became set in stone, we get a call in the wee hours of the morning and go to the hospital because my father-in-law had ended up intubated in the ICU.  While walking through the lot at 0330, my wife trips over construction materials and breaks her wrist.  I spent the whole time that morning going back and forth between the ICU and ED.  By the way, getting to see a closed reduction on a loved one's wrist... fun FUN FUN!  Cool story, I sat with my wife and her respiration and heart rate spiked as the ketamine wore off.  I held my wife's good hand and told her to breathe more slowly.  "Breathe steady, my dear.  It's good.  Breathe with me."  One of the health care folks behind me said to another, "living the dream!"  He wasn't being facetious.  Pretty emo, huh?  piss off!

 

So, when my wife went in for the open reduction and have a plate screwed into her radius, her dad finally gave up the fight and died.  The hospital allowed her to stay in the recovery bed for a couple extra hours so I could go be with the family.  Good times.

 

At the end of last month, I was driving through the canyon to get back home after taking my wife to visit her family and I hit a burro.  bwahahaha.  Good Lord.  I felt so terrible, but highway patrol thinks the burro actually lived, so I guess there's that.  Car had to have several thousand dollars work, my wife still has bruises across her abdomen, and I missed mental health clinical the next day, but that's life for ya.

 

Anyhow, I never missed an assignment, never missed an exam, and still managed to go down to Moreno Valley at least once a day and often twice.  I fulfilled every familial and academic obligation.  the beauty of my anonymity is that I can say this, brag a little, but I'm not bragging to people who know me anyway.  When I was a kid, I pulled a tooth out of my head with the root still attached because I was afraid of going to the dentist.  I tell you now, I would rather have done that every day again last month rather than live through May.  Praise God, June is here and I have a feeling it's gonna a be a great month.  It's gonna be great indeed!


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