Thursday, May 15, 2008

Day Late And A Dollar Short...!

Well...don't know if you noticed or not, but the Hermit didn't post anything on Wednesday. The reason..? I was at the V.A. Hospital having a blood test done. One of those inconvenient things that get in the way of our daily fun. However, I have to admit that if everything in my daily life went as smoothly as my trips to V.A., there would be a lot more time for fun!

Let me tell you what I mean...I used to go in for the blood test at the earliest time I could. The lab starts drawing blood at 7:00 a.m. so I would go in around 6:00 a.m. and stand in line with all the others that had the same idea. I, for one, had to leave home at around 5:00 a.m. to get a good spot in line.

Of course all of this meant fighting rush hour traffic as well...which as you all know, is not one of my favorite things . Rush hour traffic falls into the same category as root canals, poison ivy rash, fingernails drawn down a chalkboard, gritty bedsheets, and wet kisses from an ugly cousin!

The miracle solution to this dilemma came from the only person logical enough to see the obvious...a small child! With the clarity of vision possessed by those still young enough to believe in simple solutions for hard questions, my niece simply said " Why not leave after the traffic?"

So I did! And it worked! Not only was the traffic almost non-existent, the line was gone as well! From 235 people waiting before noon...I became #10 when I arrived for my test. I walked into the lab at 1:05 p.m. and was back in my car on the way home at 1:35! Try that at your Doctor's office...where they tell you to show up at a certain time and then they don't show for an hour after your appointment time!

All in was a good day. At least as good as a day can be that involves hospitals and Doctors and such. It did have one drawback though, as all good things usually do! I did not get to have my virtual morning coffee talk with my virtual coffee pals! I missed that...a lot!

So here's to the morning! To the sound of morning talks laced with laughter, to the steaming mugs of happiness served to smiling guest, and where the gentle warmth of the early morning Sun is matched by the glow that comes from nearby matter how far away they may be!

My friends are far away in miles, and yet so close with heartfelt smiles...!

Come on, let's get some more coffee!


blondie said...

I DID miss your post yesterday. Even though I was busy busy myself :)

Cheers to coffee, coffee and more coffee!

Glad your appt. went well.
Catch ya soon!

HermitJim said...

Blondie...thanks as always for the visit and the comments! Glad someone noticed I was gone...


meltcat said...

Hey Jim,
Glad to hear positive thoughts on the whole Dr. thing. And, happy to see your wonderful prose back on the monitor screen!
Have a good one,

HermitJim said...

Thanks Cat...nice to have my friends looking out for me! And thanks also for the comments...always appreciated!

See ya later!

Will said...

Coffee used to be a nice morning beverage. Now it is a necessity.

I agree with you on the VA thing, when I was not working I would never go before lunch and it was always in and out.

Now I need to do but cannot find the time.

I will share my double shot of coffee with you on my way out the door to sit in traffic.

Only 4 more weeks left. I think I made my point. I need to guarantee my retirement this time.

HermitJim said...

Will...thanks for the comments and the visit! I can tell ya, you are going to love retirement! Especially if you have enough to keep the wolves away from the door, ya know?

Drop by anytime...and look forward to seeing you at TE soon.