The Things You Hear!

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 202019

I’m an eavesdropper. Some might say it’s because I’m nosy, but I justify it by saying that as an author, some of the best story ideas you get are based upon some overheard snippet of conversation. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! But sometimes you hear things that make it very hard to bite your tongue and not laugh out loud, give yourself away. Here’s an example.

I had to go to two different labs yesterday to get blood draws, one for my civilian doctor and one for my VA primary care doctor, both of whom I have appointments with in the next week or so. It would be nice if they would share information so I only had to get stuck once, but they don’t do that. We started the day with a trip to LabCorp here in Edgewater. Since we had already made the appointment online, it was a simple case of checking in and going right in back for a visit with their resident vampire. We were in and in out less than 15 minutes. Then, after a quick stop at the chiropractor for adjustments, we drove to Daytona Beach to the VA medical clinic there.

The lab there has about six stations side-by-side so you’re sitting next to other vets who are also getting blood drawn. Next to me was a woman that looked to be in her late 30s. Apparently she had been in earlier in the day and they tried several times and were not able to hit a vein, so they had her come back when another tech who is their go to person for difficult cases was available. That tech got it right the first time, much to the woman’s relief. It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud when she said, “I’m glad you know what you’re doing. I got poked more times this morning than I did on my honeymoon.” Yeah, that’s got to go in a book someday!

Since I had to fast before the lab work, once we were done at the VA we stopped at Leanh’s Chinese Restaurant for lunch, one of our favorite places. It was as delicious as always. Soon after we got back home it started raining, and we had a pretty strong thunderstorm that lasted a couple of hours. I had not slept well the night before, so I spent most of that time in my recliner dozing on and off.

A couple of readers have asked me how my fire ant bites are doing. Except for the big blistered one that was on my toes, the rest have cleared up nicely. That one is now an open sore that seems to be healing, although I have been having an incredible amount of pain in my foot the last two or three nights. Terry is watching it closely and there’s no sign of infection, but if it continues I’m going to have to go see a doctor.

Meanwhile, today is going to be another writing day. Monday and Tuesday were marathon days at the keyboard for me, knocking out 5,500 words one day and 6,500 the next. I really want to get this new book done by the end of the month, and if I keep up that pace I will. And since the temperatures are in the 90s with lots of humidity, staying inside and writing is going to be a lot more fun than doing much of anything outside. I will keep you updated on my progress.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – A happy marriage is when one half snores and the other one does not hear it.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  One Response to “The Things You Hear!”

  1. That woman’s comment had me laughing out loud at 4 a.m. nearly waking Jim up. That was funny.

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