Blog entries by Cloudyskies

What Happened and Other Stuff
Flagrant misuse of cream cheese is common practice in Germany. It’s also what I’d come to identify as a public health problem for American...
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The response had been well-nigh instantaneous. Sirens blared in the distance immediately after I ended the call. By the time I made it down the...
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Gone were the days of cruising through life without having to witness an old man’s bare ass strutting by. The distressing scene in Basic Instinct...
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My worst year of illness was 2017. For most of that year, I needed help standing up to pee in a bed pan that was two steps to the right of my...
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The healthy years: a class to kick a*& in Germany … The widely popular Korean martial art Taekwondo mostly involves fast, combative...
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“I just broke up with George. He said he understands.” “Sorry to hear that,” my wife texted back. It had been a brutal winter. In the front...
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The healthy days: from Germany to ball in Vienna, Austria … It was late on a Friday morning and I was sitting at my work station taking big gulps...
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How far would you go to to convince someone of something? Early on in my illness, I would stage falls to the floor so my wife would pay attention...
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The healthy days: an incident in Sicily … Our guidebook was right. It was beautiful, and nearly deserted. As we slowly walked up the rocky path...
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The healthy days: a little mishap at a Manhattan apartment … When I’m on vacation, I eat like a camel. There’s a lot of gorging and then sitting...
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I am rather embarrassed to admit that I had three major medical episodes in the past that were all psychosomatic in nature. The first occurred...
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TENNIS COURT My next door neighbor has a tennis court in his backyard that is visible from my bathroom window. In summer, I sometimes look out...
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When much of your life has been stripped away, you come to appreciate some of the simplest, most basic things—food and water, the Internet, a warm...
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It’s 2018. I’m seeing a psychiatrist once every two weeks: a meathead Russian guy with a large pot belly, a thick accent, and a disheveled head of...
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