Saturday, October 29, 2011

I have a story to tell

I have a powerful story to tell, or so I've been told.  I agree that the story about perseverance should probably be told in a book.  Maybe there could be a big enough of a market of people who would actually buy a book about a fellow who 29 years after an accident is kind of impressed at the little acts of being able to more fully utilize his left hand in performing tasks.  The other day at work, I was rather pleased with myself that I was able to bounce a ball down to the ground, and alternate from my right hand to my left hand with catching the ball as it bounced back up.  Most people probably would not be impressed, but considering that I have spent many years where my left hand was not used, due to traumatic brain injury, and muscles atrophied, I am pleased.
Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury is a process.  I don't think it ever finishes.  Well, it will finish with death (at least as we know it).  People do grow.  The mind gets new knowledge, new experiences, and processes it, adding those to the memory banks.  
The physical abilities may take longer to be reclaimed.  Some people may not be able to get back to where they were.  But who knows for sure what limits there really are?  I suppose that some may find inspiration in the fact that I have been able to overcome many obstacles.
Many people want for others to succeed, and find success.  Life is generally better when situations are perceived as a win-win for those involved.  Work is happier, and people, I would suppose, are happier, and productivity goes up, and good things usually follow.
I guess there are those individuals in any organization who might see the situation as a zero-sum gain.  In order for someone to win, another must lose, and in order for people to be happy, others must also be sad.  Well, that doesn't make much sense, but who knows, it is theoretical, and I realize that people determine happiness in different ways, so it is not a zero-sum gain.
Each Brain Injury is different, as are most people who get brain injuries coming from different places with different knowledge skills and abilities.  Perhaps with time and practice, I could become a better guitar player, but I think that given my choices in how I choose to allocate time, I probably won't excel at  guitar any time soon.  It is extremely interesting to me how instruments can be made to produce sounds and patterns of sound.  I am pretty sure that I'm not the only one fascinated by such topics.
Many people probably enjoy the process of making the music, and a few are able to do it as a primary means of support for themselves.  

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

A bird building a nest, while we were at Disney's Animal Kingdom, we went into an aviary type place and this picture was gotten. I'm pretty sure that my digital camera is just a small thing. I see sophisticated DSLR cameras, and have a bit of camera envy, but for what I do, I like the mid range point and shoots.
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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

My wife really liked the idea of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, where there are animals practically out back of the guest rooms.
We had parked at Animal Kingdom, and did the Mt Everest roller coaster, the Kilimanjaro Safari ride, and we had dinner at Rainforest Cafe. OMG! The Chile con Queso with Ground Beef and tri colored nacho chips was great.
One of the cast members complimented me on my tie dye T-Shirt that I wore from Goats on the Roof.
There are lots of Rainforest Cafe's around, in fact, it is also associated with T-Rex cafe and Landry's Steak House. We thought about joining the dining club, but since the lap-band surgeries, we find that we don't get big entree's. If the 10% off extended to the appetizer, then yeah, we might have done it, but I guess we are okay. When we do get big entrees, we end up bringing most of the food home with us.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

A bird on a sheppard's hook

I like this view of a bird on a shepard's hook. That Shepard's hook is right outside of my window looking out in my office. It is exciting to see some wildlife in our back yard. It is even more exciting to see larger birds on our perches. I've seen a falcon, or a hawk. I saw an owl once, after a storm. It was impressive.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Legoland Florida

Legoland Florida
We went to legoland, and man, we were inmpressed by some of the many city structures which were built in miniature.

A grand Stand at the daytona 500.

The Las Vegas Sign

Tropicanna Hotel and Casino


Midevil Times (the name escapes me right now)

New York, New York


The Stratosphere

So many cool buildings

Then the Tallahassee Capitol Building

Some buildings in DC

Some Buildings in Miami

Some buildings in Key West

Then I went to EPCOT, that was pretty cool.

I posed by a Life sized Ford built of legos

A larger than life bust of Einstein

A southern Belle made of Legos

And parts of the old cypress gardens was open

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Trombones and Palm trees.

Trombones and Palm trees.
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Here, art is on our wall.
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Mount Washington Hotel

We were at North Conway, NH near the Bretton Woods summit area where the international monetary system was agreed upon. Presumably at the hotel in the distance. There were some pictures of the hotel, which I guess we could have gotten, but my wife found some laminated place mats. She picked out some frames, and sut the placemats down to size, and the "art" looks quite nice if I do say so myself. Other pieces of art were actually more expensive than the placemats, but the images on the placemats are very nice.
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bretton Woods

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An indoor / outdoor fountain that looked impressive. The running water sound was pleasing. I'm not sure how much it'd really get used, but it looked like a very cool idea. At the USF Botanical Gardens plant show and sale, we ended up getting a salvia plant and a pomegranite tree / bush.
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Birds in flight

There are some cool things about birds in flight. These particular birds were near Downtown Disney.

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Windmills in RI

Windmills in Rhode Island. As part of our recent trip up to visit Family in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachuessets, and remembering a passed Family member in North Conway New Hampshire, it involved flying into and out of Rhode Island. I don't know how much electricity gets generated by windmills. but there were a number of windmills in the Ocean State, Rhode Island, on streets, near highways.

I thought it was interesting.
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