Monday, June 13, 2016
My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who left kind comments, emails, and even a phone call as I went through my little medical scare this past week. Actually it was no small deal, so I'll have to commend the fine medical staff at Kaiser Permanente Hospital for seeing me through the ordeal. The many prayers and wishes of good will that came from the blogging community also was a big help in keeping me optimistic throughout the week. Most of all I praise God for giving me more time for blogging and living and everything that makes my life good
The situation I faced was a pretty common one that some of you might have also dealt with in your own lives. About twenty years ago I was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia that likely was with me since birth. As I grew older the situation became worse. This was essentially addressed in 1998 and I've been doing well since. However a blockage of one of my heart arteries worsened to the point that last week I had a bit of an incident. Not a heart attack or stroke, but that would probably been coming if not for the procedure that opened the closing artery with a stent put in place. I should now be good to go many more miles before my time is up.
So that means more blogging for me and with more blogging comes more Battle of the Bands posts. I hope everyone is still good with that after my last two Battles that featured songs of Justin Bieber. As some who follow my blog might have noticed, I tend to carry on themes through my Battle series. Remember how my "Manhattan" theme went on through four different Battle of the Bands post. There is a method to my seeming madness at times.
Some of you might recall that after "Manhattan" I began a theme of "Love and Ego", hence the Justin Bieber songs. Also I use songs that I like a great deal or I have found particularly interesting. So far I have not used any songs that I don't like. Coming on Wednesday I'll be continuing the "Love and Ego" theme with a song that seems an appropriate continuation of my previous Battles.
The last song, "Sorry", is an apology to a lost lover in hopes of winning that love back. My next song will be of a similar theme--a plaintive appeal for a lover to return. Very different style from the Bieber song which will make some of you happy, but it's a very old song that has remained relatively popular even in our era.
This post is a tease for my Wednesday BOTB post, but more than anything it is a thank-you to some fine blogging friends. We may disagree at times and we might poke a bit of fun at each other, but there is a bond among us that provides a lot of support and encouragement. I have felt this more than ever over this past week. Just keep loving and respecting each other for who we are and what our interests are. It's all good. Just different and sometimes even strange to us.