Thursday, January 17, 2008

I should have known better

A little over two years ago, I borrowed a lot of money from a rather shady loan company. I knew they were shady, but I really needed the money. I have tried to pay it back but they keep increasing the interest on the loan. They nagged me mercilessly and even threatened me. In this day and age I figured I didn’t have to worry about the threats. I was so wrong.

A man showed up at my door yesterday and identified himself as being “a friend” of a friend of mine. Then he forced himself inside my house and proceeded to demand the entire amount I owed on the loan. I tried to explain to him that I didn’t have that kind of money to give him.

Next thing I knew he produced a billy club from his pocket and hit me on my left knee so hard that it made me see stars and collapse with the pain.

Okay, absolutely none of what I have just told you is true. But you have to admit, it’s a much more dramatic way to explain this giant dark blue bruise I have after I accidentally banged the hell out of my knee on my computer desk yesterday. Jeez, it hurt like hell. It was one of those pains that hurt so bad I didn’t even drop the F-bomb.

No, I’m not lame today. Walking doesn’t hurt at all. I may not be lame of leg, but I sure can be lame of mind and movement. Sometimes, I’m my own worst physical enemy.

On to an entirely different subject. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to eat someone’s science project.


Blogger Distributorcap said...

POP -- you had me going till the Billy club, and then i thought -- are you really Nancy Kerrigan?

hope you are feeling ok?

as for cloned food -- sounds like that billy club is safer

January 17, 2008 2:19 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

I don't know about cloned food (isn't everything we eat nowadays a far cry from what God originally planned), but I do know about bruises. Ow! As a mechanic, I get a new one every day, from busted knuckles to nailing my shin on the bumper of a '77 Thunderbird. Keep the knee warm, have Fred and Murph take turns laying on it. Heh ...

January 17, 2008 3:13 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

Great gotcha moment!

As for the bruise- ouchy. This is why I am never without this or this.

I once took a spill that was very, very bad. I had a bruise on my right hip and thigh that was about 14 inches long and various widths.

Someone told me about the arnica and I went out and bought it and rubbed it in. The pain started to subside within the day and the humongous purple/green/yellow bruise dissapated within days. Yes days.

Traumeel and/or arnica are must have items!

Feel better.

BTW, your link and that news is more evidence that we must buy and eat only locally grown and raised food from the smallest producers, when possible.

January 17, 2008 4:53 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

Speaking of bad loans and big bruises........ I thought your story was going to be a metaphor of the current USA's economic trouble. We borrowed when we knew we couldn't pat it back, now we are being beat up, even the fiscally-responsible people who stayed away from the "to good to be true" loan scams. The bruise is getting bigger day by day.....

....and that it even the big economic problem looming for the next decade, the unimaginably huge debt and the boomers retirement.....

I hope your boo-boo heals fast.

January 17, 2008 5:03 AM  
Blogger XUP said...

See, I believe anything is possible down in the US these days, including kneecap breaking goons.

Thanks for the comment on HL's blog - I took mine down (cold turkey) because the whole blogging thing was taking over my life. So now I'm slowly starting to re-visit some blogs, but I'll wait until I retire before having my own again... I think

January 17, 2008 5:14 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Hope you heal quickly...I hear martinis are good for bruises.

I just posted on cloned food. It doesn't make sense to me and I really don't like the idea of bypassing mother nature this way. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch and there is surely a downside to this.

January 17, 2008 6:15 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I'm incloned to believe that these foods are just fine.
So am I.
Me too.
Moi aussi.
You bet.
Of course.
Why not.
Eat up.

Anything to make a buck, the American way. And next time your desk pulls that shit, shoot that fucker!

January 17, 2008 6:17 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

Mmmmm, Soylent Green. :)

Did you borrow that money from Corleone Savings & Loan... uh, I mean, uh, Citibank?

Same diff, right?

January 17, 2008 6:18 AM  
Anonymous Joe the Troll said...

I had a huge bruise on my arm a couple months ago, and still don't know how I got it.

As far as the food goes, the article didn't work (I am not registering just to read a news item) but I got the gist from the comments. I see a lot of folks concerned about cloned food, yet they can never say specifically what it is that bothers them. They just have an oogie feeling. I have no idea how much anyone here knows about cloning, but I DO know that in every argument I've had about it in the last ten years, it became obvious that the person against it had a loose - at best- understanding of the science.

The fact is, we've been eating genetically altered food for a long, long time. That's exactly what hybrids are, after all. They didn't exist in nature, and were created for some reason. Better taste, more nutrition, greater yields, more resistance to cold or drought, these are all things sought through genetic manipulation of all sorts. What's wrong with these things?

It's easy for people to suggest shunning this food in favor of locally grown food at the farmer's market, and they have every right to do so, I guess, but think of all the people in the world - the MILLIONS of them - who have no locally grown food, or a farmer's market. Think also of the ones who live near you who are working yet can barely afford to put some frozen crap in front of their kids - let's face it, the farmer's market isn't necessarily the most economic choice. I'm sure that a new form of wheat that could grow in an under irrigated section of the Sahara would be welcome in that area, and I'm equally certain that the orange growers in Florida last year would have loved an orange that could deal better with a severe cold snap. And a lot of moms would love to have the price of a good, nutritious meal come down to where it is the norm three times a day every single day.

January 17, 2008 6:56 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Good one, Randal :-D

You had me goin' there, POP. You should use your skills to write a blog or something...oh wait..ok.

I don't eat meat, so cloning animals for food doesn't bother me. I couldn't read the article without having to register, so I'm going to look at my newspaper later.

Hope the knee feels better. You should just accuse your husband of hitting you, that's what I'd do. ;-)

January 17, 2008 8:56 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Hope your knee feels better, PoP. I run around so fast sometimes, I notice bruises that I don't even remember getting.

The economy is starting to really spiral down fast. Bush said he'll hold the stimulus package unless it comes with making the tax cuts permanent. How many ways can I absolutely hate this man? The enmity is endless.

January 17, 2008 9:35 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

But Pop! you didn't have to come up with an explanation, none of us can see your knee.

This said, you had me until the billy club.

I'll believe anything...

January 17, 2008 9:50 AM  
Blogger D.K. Raed said...

I HATE it when I hurt myself like that. Much better when I can blame someone or something else for my klutziness. It's a stretch sometimes, but it makes me feel better. You sure your desk or chair wasn't to blame in some way? Just trying to help out ...

HEAL, HEAL, bruise & weal, red be gone, black & blue, time for you, time to go & make me whole (okay, that's an old celtic healing chant I just made up, repeat many times per day while alternately icing & warming your elevated knee).

January 17, 2008 12:09 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

You son of a gun! I was just boiling when I read that! unbelievable! I wouldn't doubt abything today. Hope your knee heals quickly!

January 17, 2008 1:24 PM  
Blogger Josie said...

PoP, my gosh...! You had me going. Phew.

I have a giant bruise on my leg, too, and I have no idea where I got it. Now I know what to tell people when they ask me.

Hey, I see Urban Pedestrian is back. I wondered where she went.

January 17, 2008 1:53 PM  
Blogger dada said...

PoP: You really had me going with this. I don't think they'll be busting kneecaps until late summer or early fall '08 at the earliest.

In the mean time, hope your knee's better. Think of it as good prep for next August should you still be in arrears on that loan. (Ouch!)

January 17, 2008 2:11 PM  
Blogger Kahshe Cottager said...

You really caught me with this! I am sorry you have a bruised knee but I am glad that it was caused by the computer desk and not at the hand of a loan shark! Now if you will excuse me, I must go put my dropped jaw back in place!

January 17, 2008 4:20 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

You should have stuck with the loan company story.

We might have sent you money.

January 17, 2008 4:56 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

You had me going until he pulled out the billy club! I thought to myself "OMG, do things like this really happen???"

I can really relate - I tripped on the sidewalk while walking the dog one night and fell right on my knee and BOY did I see stars! Like you, I couldn't even swear, it hurt so much. The only reason I ever stopped rubbing it and got up the strength to stand up was because Diva came running back to see what happened to Mommy and licked my face so much I had to stand up in self-preservation!

January 17, 2008 4:58 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

You had me worried....yes, the Gullability factor is pretty high...( I can't even spell it ....that is pathetic...)
You have O'Henry writing skills...

I am glad that you did not get Kerriganed....but I am sorry you whacked your knee...I hate it when the furniture attacks...

take care of that knew....lots of ice...and maybe something to drink that is medicinal as well..

January 17, 2008 8:36 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

oooops..I really can't spell tonight...
"take care of that KNEE"

January 17, 2008 8:37 PM  
Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

I am not sure that I understand - you owe your computer desk a lot of money, so it hit you in the knee with a billy club?

January 18, 2008 1:56 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

I too thought it was a metaphor for our oh-so-in-hock country. But it's been a rough day.

Arnica gel really works to make bruises heal fast--I bruise easier than a tomato, so I should know.

January 18, 2008 10:48 AM  
Blogger dennis said...

Patricia scared Dennis. Dennis is glad Patricia was just kidding.

January 18, 2008 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You almost got me on that one! lol

Take care of your knees..they are sooooo important...

I should be getting a brand-new one in April.. in the mean time.. wobbling myself around....

Never realized how truly important our knees truly are...

Take care..


January 20, 2008 10:43 PM  
Blogger Bruce, a work in progress said...

My wife has gotten to the point where, when she bangs into something, she looks at me and says "tomorrow when I ask you where I got the latest bruise, remind me of this okay?"

January 22, 2008 11:17 AM  

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