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Summer vacation, being sick and other assorted bullshit

GAH it’s been eons since I blogged and I’ve probably lost all or most of my 6 readers by now. Sorry guys! I finally got some time off work – and for once, from all my jobs, and took full advantage of it. I spent many days on the beach… and this year did something remarkable.

For those that don’t know, and still bother coming around here, my favorite uncle died suddenly when I was young younger a kid. He was a competent swimmer, a teacher, a great man who overcame many obstacles in his all too short life, and in fact, I was named after him (it’s a unisex name, y’all, stop smirking). That summer, he was out on the lake with his girlfriend, enjoying his vacation before returning to teach at school. He was out on one of those inflatable raft thingies… and suddenly fell off and drowned. We believe he had a seizure which caused the accident. What I know for sure is… my life changed the day we got that phone call. I never swam in open waters again. Pools were fine because they were safe – they had concrete bottoms and walls and ladders to climb out of. Irrational? Yes. Inhibiting? Absolutely. Something I could easily overcome? Not on your life.

This summer…. 22 years later… I decided to face my demons and get in the water. And I swam, dammit. I swam out to the buoy and back again. And I swam more than once. And I had a fucking blast. I think Danny would be proud.

And here’s photographic evidence too!

Swimming in the Mediterranean
I think the buoy is stalking me
Swimming in the Mediterranean
See? It's chasing me!
Swimming in the Mediterranean
Die, buoy, die!

My stepson went back home to Germany and I must admit, I miss him already.

Also? I got bronchitis… again. In summer. What the fuck?

Anyways, I’m back and will make an attempt to be a better blogger and blog more often. If you’re still reading this drivel, thanks!

4 replies on “Summer vacation, being sick and other assorted bullshit”

Yay for swimmiing and yay for blogging and yay that Dana’s BACK!!! I too, have had limited puter time lately, but I have been checking in. I’m so happy for you.

Just checking in with my favorite blogger. Facing big, long-term challenges seems to be a common thread this year for a lot of us. Congratulation again!

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