"When faced with a problem you do not understand,
do any part of it you do understand; then look at it again."
~(Robert A. Heinlein - "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress")

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

NOT one of my brighter ideas.

Being cheap about cab fare.

There's a Kroger about half a mile from my apartment. Being unable to drive, I've been taking a cab each way to do my grocery shopping, usually around $5.00 each way (including a modest tip).

Tuesday, the 23rd, I went back to work for the first time in a month.  I go again tomorrow (Friday). I HAVE been walking some, in this cast-like boot, and using the bus again. But, it's still awkward and exhausting.

Today, I decided to walk to Kroger and just use the cab to get back with a load of groceries.

The STUPID part was going around 2:30 PM  in wonderful Houston summer weather, trying hard to not pass out because if I went down, not only would I need help in getting back up again, I'd be damned lucky if I didn't break something else in such a fall.

If I try that stunt again, I'll at least wait until later, when the sun has gone down.

I DO need to get better at walking, as it is all too possible I may not have anything to drive ever again (see "First blow ..." in Hat-trick:  ).  This situation just may KILL me financially.  The money is running out. I am grateful beyond words for the donations that have come in from friends, but as I mentioned in that post, I see no possibility of avoiding Chapter 7 in the near future.

So, I may be walking for the remainder of my life.

Christopher Lee

A couple of weeks ago, I updated "Of COURSE, they're naked!!!" ...  because of the sad news that one of my all time favorite actors had passed away, on 07 Jun 2015, at age 93.

As if the man wasn't already fascinating enough, I found this at
  http://buzzfeeduk.tumblr.com/post/121266080043/rip-christopher-lee ...

What more needs saying? :-)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Shower ...

... equals unfathomable luxury in my present situation.

For the first time in four weeks (since my accident of Sometimes, like just sucks ), I've been able to shower, instead of just sponge bathing. 

As with my broken arm accident of two years ago, deliberation in all things is the rule. If I sit in the tub, I have a Hell of a time getting back up, being weak in my arms and trying to brace myself against wet slippery surfaces. I prefer a shower while standing.  I DO have one of those Rubbermaid non-slip (with suction cups) mats for the bottom of my tub.

BUT, if I slip anyway, or lose balance from a spasm of pain by putting my foot down wrong, well, there might be a more dangerous place in my apartment for such an accident (considering the spigot, faucet handles and mixing valve at one end of a typical apartment bathtub), but I have great difficulty in conjuring it up.

So, this IS progress, of a sort.  I'm getting better at walking with that awkward boot (like walking on a cast), and may attempt a bus ride in a couple of days.

Tomorrow, I'll call Randalls to find out if I'm on next weeks schedule.

But, STILL a long way to go on recovery, including financial, so if you can help, I desperately need it and would be very grateful.

Paul Gordon
3433 West Dallas, # 1102
Houston, Texas 77019

(Or, you can use the Paul Gordon Medical donation button (PayPal) near the top left of the webpage, just below the main title picture.)

Thanks, in advance. :-)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


In some sports, a triple win (or more).

Could NOT find an antonym, which would best describe my current situation (described in my previous posts).

Yesterday (Monday, 15 Jun 2015), I went to Ben Taub Hospital for my follow up to my checkup and diagnosis of a week ago (Described in my post: Where things stand ... ).

After spending about six hours there, they gave me a doctor's note saying that on Sunday, 21 Jun 2015, it would be Ok for me me to go back to work. When I got home, I had my apartment manager fax a copy of that note to Randalls , so (maybe) I'll be on next week's schedule.

Ben Taub wants me back for another follow up in a bit over three weeks (Thursday, 09 Jul 2015), and they want me to keep using that boot until then.

So, in another week, maybe I can begin earning and collecting paychecks again.  I sure hope so.

What makes me look for an antonym for "hat-trick", and has made me so despondent and desparate lately, is a series of trevails I am sufferring, to the point of feeling my options have been reduced to the numbers 7 and 44:  Bankruptcy - Chapter 7, and .44 Special hollow-point.

First blow ...
In early January, my car died on me when I pulled into a restaurant parking lot. I couldn't restart it and had to have it towed home. The next morning, I had it towed to Pep Boys, who couldn't find anything wrong with it. Was able to drive it home, but when I drove it to Kroger's later, it died again. Thinking possible fuel contamination. I got a bottle of STP fuel cleaner and put in in the tank. Made it home alright.

The next day, on my way to work, it died again. I managed to push it off the street into a parking lot, and called Pep Boy's towing. When it arrived, the car  (after sitting awhile) started again, and the driver thought it would be a waste of time taking it back to Pep Boys as they would have nothing they could check. So I continued on to work, while he followed.

After a few days it seemed to get better, and for a couple of months I thought it might be a fuel contamination problem that finally just passed through.

Then the problem returned with a vengeance. After a few miles driving, it would die and not be able to restart until it had sat for 5 or 10 miniutes. Numerous trips to Pep Boys and then to the Honda dealership did no good because they could not reproduce the failure.

Having a car I simply could not trust resulted in me depending on walking and riding the bus (free with my special pass for being over 70) and awaiting my tax refund before trying again on service.

Second blow ...
In April, my 11 and 1/2 year old computer died and I was pretty much cut off from everyone except for trips to a local branch library where I could use their computers. Horrible!

The bus rides may be free for me, but the time involved really sucks. To go there, and to come back involved about and hour and a half each way, using two busses, to have an hour's access to the computer.

So, when the tax refund arrived, my first use of it was to go to Micro-Center and get a refurbished Windows 7 desktop unit. To get back in business online.

A few months back, the apartments in my complex were wired up with cable outlets for Comcast/XFINITY and I took advantage of that to get one of their high-speed modems with a telephone package, figuring that I would drop my landline telephone to help offset the cost.

Coming up on the Memorial Day weekend, I figured on using the rest of my tax refund seeing about the car. The Honda dealership told me that they could do a VERY thorough analysis for $112.00 and I was going to have it towed to them the following week.

THIRD (and possibly DEATH) BLOW...
Friday, 22 May 2018, the event in Sometimes, life just sucks happened, and everything just went to HELL.

This has cost me FOUR paychecks so far, and the bills soon to come from Ben Taub may literally KILL me.

Obviously, the car problems have been put on hold, I am literally running out of money, and am scared to death about what's in store.

So I would truly appreciate whatever help you can provide.

Paul Gordon
3433 West Dallas, # 1102
Houston, Texas 77019.

(Or, you can use the PayPal donation button near the top left of the page, just below the title picture).

Thank you.


Friday, June 12, 2015


Dear GOD, I so hate to beg.

But, this situation (being almost crippled and unable to work and draw paychecks) is literally DESTROYING me. I am running out of money.

Those with access to PayPal ( https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/send-money-online ) can donate to my email address of gordonp@airmail.net

I am so ashamed of asking for this, but my options are becoming desperate.

If you can help a bit, Thank you.

Paul Gordon
3433 W. Dallas, Apt. 1102
Houston, Texas 77019


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Where things stand ...

On Friday, 22 May 2015, I had my accident (referred to in Sometimes, life just sucks ).  I had badly sprained my right angle after slipping on a muddy sidewalk at a bus stop.

Sunday, 07 Jun 2015, I thought things had improved enough to go to a local clinic and hopefully get a doctor's note allowing me to return to work.

BUT, the nurse at that clinic was very disturbed by all the redness that still remained on my foot and lower leg.  Fearing a possible blood clot, she felt she couldn't issue such a note and recommended I go to Ben Taub emergency room for blood flow tests.

I took a cab there, arriving just before 6 PM, and was there until a bit after 2 AM before I was released.  It was almost 3 AM when I got back home.

They took all kinds of blood tests to make sure there was nothing toxic, and to make sure (by sonogram) that blood flow wasn't restricted by a clot. They took x-rays of the ankle and the tibula (one of two parallel bones in the lower leg) and found fractures on both the ankle AND the tibula.

They gave me a special boot they want me to wear until I go back for a follow-up on Monday, 15 Jun 2015.  Unfortunately, I cannot use it, as it is like walking on a cast. I almost had a bad fall right in the emergency room when I tried it (I suppose THAT would be the best place for it to happen, but there is no way I can afford a fall that might break something else.).

The only way I can use that boot would be to get a crutch. I'm going to see if someone here will give me a ride to a local CVS pharmacy that has one. I'm probably going to have to use that boot if I hope for that doctor's note from the orthopedic surgeon Monday morning.

I have GOT to be able to return to work and begin drawing paychecks again. Otherwise, this situation will finally FINISH me; it's really just as simple as that.

Will know more on Monday, but this is NOT good. :-(


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