Day Two

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It was nice to get out of the house today.

The main roads are pretty much Clear, the side streets are another story.

After two days off it’s back to work it’s back to work Friday. Will be on a two hour delay.

I hope this is all the snow we will see for a long time.

The Blizzard of 2014

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This is the most snow we have had in years! I believe they say in Portsmouth we got 5 inches. I am hearing downtown Norfolk got 7. Reminds me of the snow storm from 1980.

Everything is closed. Guess I’ll get the shovel and try to get the sidewalk cleared.

Medical technology is fascinating

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My mother had her six month eye checkup today with her surgeon to see how well her cornea transplant was doing.

One of the tests was to see how many cells were in her cornea and the machine pictured above is what was used.

It’s a microscope and the pictures it takes are at the cellular level. I wish I could have grabbed some photos of the actual images but I wasn’t comfortable snapping those. I didn’t know if the techs would get upset.

It was neat watching the technician count the number of cells in a small area and then the computer gives an estimate of how many cells total are in the cornea.

My mother and half brother have an eye disease called Fuchs’ dystrophy, basically your corneas wear out. So far, knocking on wood, my eye doctor sees no sign I have it. Hopefully some genes from my father are looking out for me.

My mother’s left eye is in worse shape and hasn’t had any cornea work. What was neat was when they ran this equipment on her left eye. You could see the effects of this disease on her cornea. The images looked like pictures you would see of the moon or some distant planet. It looked like you had mountains and smooth areas. The raised areas was the parts the disease was destroying.

The only cure for this disease is a cornea transplant.

It’s amazing how much technology we have that can do good but as a society we still do stupid things.

Noodles & Co. chooses site in Norfolk’s Ghent area

Colorado-based restaurant chain Noodles & Co., which is entering the South Hampton Roads market with a location in Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven area, has signed a lease for a second store in the region – in Norfolk’s Ghent section.

Full story here at the Virginian-Pilot.

Not all people you know are friends

Labor day was a very boring day for me. No phone calls, emails, or text messages. Social media like Facebook were very quiet.

That’s when it dawned on me. I know lots of people, but not many are friends. Facebook and other social outlets have probably added to this. I’ve met a lot of people through others that I know, networking, etc.

When it comes down to it I have a lot of people I chat with. I don’t have many that I can count on to have my back.

I guess with the unexpected drama I went through last week it has really got me thinking about the various forms of relationships I have in my life. My emotions are settling down and I’m accepting that what I thought was a good friendship really wasn’t if someone would throw it away over senseless bullshit. I’m seeing deficiencies where what I need I’m not getting. Recently I had been involved in an augmented reality game where I was meeting a lot of people throughout the area. Now that my interest in this activity is waning, I’m finding that my interactions with the majority of the people had dropped off as well.

So the small group of folks that I consider my best friends are folks that I have several things in common not just one item. People that I find multiple things in common are probably one I should spend more time getting to know better and spend less energy on those who probably won’t develop into anything further.

I’ve wasted too much time trying to be everything to everyone in my life. To hell with that. It’s worn me out and when I look in the mirror I forget who I am anymore. I just have to learn to be me and if someone in my life can’t deal with that then goodbye and good luck somewhere else.

Also means I have to get out of my comfort zone and start meeting new people to replace those people in my life that aren’t good for me. Sunday I met an online friend at Cafe Stella in Norfolk, VA. She had recently gotten a phone like mine and wanted to try out some of the new features. While there I met Jennifer and we had a good conversation for almost an hour after my other friend left. Shared Facebook connection now. Who knows. Might be something worth exploring further.