What a Wonderful World

As the United States preps for Halloween this month, we here in the Campbell household prep for Halloween candy splurge shopping the day after Halloween (this resembles the day after Valentine’s Day candy splurge shopping).  It’s a Hallowed tradition that goes back to our days in California. We would wait til the day after Halloween (and Valentine’s, same deal) and go to Wally World and just stack up on candies that were marked way down.  It’s a joyous time for us.


I was wrong about no more 80+ degree weather or rather the weather man was.  It is supposed to be 86 or so tomorrow and then 80 on Tuesday, then back to the mid-60s for the rest of the week.  I guess I can handle a couple more days in the 80s.  The rest of the week will be beautiful.


D&D games have been scheduled.  Wednesday the 11th and Friday the 13th are the days that we are resuming.  Only lost one player who wasn’t a player yet.  He said he has internet fail, a forgive explanation.  So, I have to rework some of what I had ready cuz I had counted him in when figuring out the size of the battles and experience and treasure rewards for each battle.  No biggie, I track all of it on computer… it’ll be look up a few things in the Dungeon Master’s Guide and then change a few things in the spreadsheet then look up some more in the Monster Manual and then change the number or type of monster that they have to fight or change the hit points to make them a tad easier to kill.  I want the stuff to be challenging to maintain interest but not a walk in the park.


I sat at my desk with minimal pain for 14 hours yesterday.  Apparently Physical Therapy and Flexeril do work.  I am only doing my stretches once a day though, so I think it’s more the Flexeril working on the muscles that freak out and cause me pain.  Whatever it is or whatever combination it is, it does appear to be working cuz just a few weeks ago I couldn’t sit there for 20 minutes without pain starting.  Today I only made about 10 hours before my back totally freaked out.  Thus I am typing this on my laptop while lounging in bed.


I have Physical Therapy on Monday and Wednesday this week.  I wonder if I still need him?  I mean I am living a pretty pain free (or at least minimal pain) existence for the most part with the stretches I am doing and the Flexeril.  I guess I will talk to him about it.  I can handle staying on Flexeril for the rest of my life.  And the stretches aren’t hard or very time consuming.  He said he only had 5 stretches to teach me, I have learned the 5.  The rest of the time I spent hooked to the TENS Unit machine (20ish minutes).  I can’t say that I feel much different before or after therapy.


I see my Mental Therapist on Wednesday morning.  I hope I am awake for it.  I have been working on taking my Flexeril at 12 and 12.  If I wait til noon to take it I don’t normally take a nap.  No Flexeril induced nap today and I took it at noon.  The midnightish one knocks me out, gives me weird dreams, but I get some serious sleep.  Between Flexeril and Clonazepam, I fall asleep a hell of a lot quicker than I used to.


Still haven’t beat Civ4 on Conquer mode without the use of nukes.  I think it might be the civilization leaders I like to play.  He gets his “Super Unit” really early, so the first 5 or 6 civilization I face, I chew thru.  Then I run into the “Super Unit” of the next couple and it takes a lot more resources to beat them.  This causes a bottle neck which lets the last nation build and build and build up their army to come and trounce my forces.  Then I get pissed and quit the game.  Things I have learned…  Don’t let the German’s get Panzers, they can go toe to toe with your Modern Armor and win half the time….  Of all the early “Super Units”, the Roman Praetorian is by far the best….  Japan has a really tough mid game, best to take them out early or wait until you have tanks and they don’t.

The reality is I didn’t start playing the Roman civilization because of the  Praetorian.  I chose them because Augustus Caesar has the best traits as a leader.   Choosing the best traits and then getting the best unit was just BONUS.

I’ll have to research other civs to see if there is a civ leader than has decent traits and a good mid or late super unit.  I am thinking Washington perhaps.  Play American, perhaps.


The final version of Mutant Football League is due out some time this month.  The last Beta push has rocked, can’t wait for the final version.  Still haven’t won a game by points. Have won a couple by death of the other team.  This version is much harder than the old Sega version where you run a bomb passing play and score every time.  Oh well, I get closer and closer every time I play (well, almost every time).  I will win eventually.


I found I like watching my wife while she plays World of Warcraft.  Well not watching my wife per se, watching what she makes her character do in WoW.  Brings back good and bad memories.  But I have no desire to play the new expansion, I hated it.  Everyone I know who plays WoW says it is a great expansion.  Well, I didn’t like it.  And it will probably keep me from ever playing WoW again.  Well, if Blizzard gives me a free week again, I would play.  Play one of my low level dudes and literally waste a week on Blizzard’s dime.


I made it thru September without my mood crashing.  That is a first in several years (not counting my leukemia year where nothing phased my mood).  Last year by this time I was way down, now I am still fairly happy with life.  Long term pain and depression walked side by side for a while, but when the pain went away I am Happy Hectic.


Author: Jeff Campbell

I am a 47 year old dude, married to the most wonderful woman in the world. I am officially a 2 year survivor of AML Leukemia. I am crazy but love my life anyway.

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