The $100K trigger finger

Most of us are familiar with the story of the Six Million Dollar Man, and most of us have eaten a Hundred Grand Bar (the candy bar formerly known as the Hundred Thousand Dollar Bar). But what about the Hundred Thousand Dollar Trigger Finger?

This story concerns an acquaintance of mine who is a sworn officer for a state law-enforcement agency. One weekend, while doing a little home improvement, he accidentally cut off the tip of his right index finger, just above the first knuckle. Since the guy is right handed, his right index finger is his trigger finger—a fairly important digit for someone in law enforcement.

After the accident, he and the severed fingertip were rushed to the hospital. The doctors called in a hand specialist—there’s a specialist for every body part, apparently—who attempted to re-attach the finger. The hand specialist was unsuccessful, so he called in a plastic surgeon to sew up the shortened digit in a way that would minimize scarring. All in all, my acquaintance spent two nights in the hospital.

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The High School Confusion

If you think it’s easy to get into even a public high school for some kids, think again. Yesterday I met a girl and heard her story, her parents formally disowned her when she was 15, and she spent six months living in a car before trying to enroll herself in school miles away with no parents. It’s not the lack of parents that was the problem — it seems her former school district was so far ahead of the new one that, even at 16, she only had three classes left to graduate.
Three classes simply weren’t worth the trouble for the school. she was denied entry back into high school and told to finish her high school equivalency at the nearby community college. Obviously, this came with a fee that fortunately she could pay from working two minimum wage jobs. Perhaps it was survival instincts kicking in, but even then she knew she was the exception.

High School isn’t a Guarantee

The GED is a great, feasible option for many people. However, what if you really want that high school diploma? There are ways to get it beyond high school. Maybe you’re like me, or maybe you think you’re “too old” for high school, but still want that diploma. Consider looking into options at the community college.

She had two options: sign up the GED Classes online and believe me there are plenty of great courses or traditional classroom work. She opted for independent study largely because she was so disheartened at being denied re-entry into high school. However, it worked for her, especially considering she enjoyed those last three classes. For others who are busy with work, family or other obligations, it’s relatively simple to squeeze it into your schedule. Continue reading “The High School Confusion”

Holy Awkwardness Batman

Today was a busy day. I was on the road at 8:30am and didn’t get home until 10:30.  I’m exhausted. First a coworker asked me to drive him down to DC to drop off a car that needed to be made accessible.  We then had to take the Amtrak back to Baltimore followed by a cab ride back to my coworkers parking lot so I could pick up my car.  Then my coworker and his wife offered to take me to lunch.

I then had to run home and pick up D.  I then took him to Walmart to pick up a gift and went off to a (hard to explain) mini early work related Christmas party (don’t ask).

THEN, D and I had been invited to a holiday party, so off we go to Columbia (30 min away) for their party. We walk in … and the hostess says hi … the host doesn’t bother getting up.  D and I get a drink and sit down … and talk to ourselves. Continue reading “Holy Awkwardness Batman”

I Hate Wearing Glasses

The other day I went to sleep and all was fine.

Then around 5:30/6am I woke up.  Not spontaneously.  Rather my eye was really bothering me.  It was painful and runny (sorry for the lovely details!).

So I went to the bathroom and saw that my eye was really red. I washed it and tried going back to sleep. No going.

So naturally I logged onto the internet to see what the possible causes of a red, runny, painful eye could be. First possibility? Pink eye. Now I’ve never had pink eye before, I know it is highly contagious.  So when I took a shower I was super careful and used a separate towel to dry my face.

Now I’m not a huge fan of doctors (most people aren’t I suppose) but I knew something was wrong and I figured it was probably something I should have checked out.  I wear contact lenses and have quite the visual impairment without them. (No .. literally … I just went for a recent eye exam and all I could see was a black blur for the top letter. You know the huge E at the top of the chart? Just a blur for me!) Continue reading “I Hate Wearing Glasses”

Does Your Food Budget Dictate Your Nutrition?

A few weeks/months back two women who I really respect were having a discussion about making healthy food choices.  As far as I know, they are both stay-at-home moms trying to support their families on one salary. One was raised in a single parent home and one was a single mom herself not too long ago.  I tell you all this just to say that both of these women have had unique life experiences.  Their discussion centered around whether you could be poor and still eat healthy food, or if being poor meant that you could not afford to eat healthy. Obviously, they both had different opinions.

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Cleaning out

My parents are trying to sell their house and move to Florida. This is looking like a long-term goal instead of a short term one, but that’s not relevant.

In getting ready to eventually move and to make sure their house is presentable to prospective buyers, they needed to clean up. Now, my parent’s house was already fairly neat. A point my mother would emphasize anytime someone left a paper out, “I’m trying to keep this place clean.” But again, I digress.

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