Good For Old Farts

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 042022

Terry and I had our regular periodic checkups with our primary care doctor yesterday afternoon, and after going over all of our charts and the results of our lab tests that were done last week, he said we are both doing very well. Our blood pressures, A1C, cholesterol, and all those things they look at are within the ranges they should be. We even lost a few pounds each since our last visit. So I guess we’re doing pretty good for a couple of old farts.

When we were done at the doctor’s office, we drove down to the beach, which was packed even though it was midweek. I guess the combination of the intense heat and the fact that school starts in the next week or two was bringing the people out. Volusia County, Florida, is one of the few places where you can drive on the beach, and we drove down a mile or two, enjoying the feel of the ocean air on us and the views. There were probably some views I enjoyed more than Terry did, but it’s okay. I’ve reached the age where it’s expected to be a dirty old man.

After we left the beach, we went to Stavro’s Pizza in New Smyrna Beach. It’s our favorite pizza place around here, and on Mondays and Wednesdays, large pizzas are half price plus $1. They are big and delicious, and you just can’t beat a deal like that.

Taking our time with our meal because we had some prescriptions to pick up on the way home and we wanted to be sure they were ready, we just enjoyed being together, holding hands while we ate like a couple of kids on their first date.

We stopped at Publix to pick up a few things, then went across the street to the Walgreens pharmacy drive-through, which was closed, with a sign saying they were understaffed and to please come inside. I left Terry waiting in the van with the engine running while I went inside to pick up the prescriptions, only to find that one of them had not been filled yet. They were definitely shorthanded because it took a long time to get it. I began to worry that the ice cream we had bought at Publix would be melted by the time I got back to the van and we got home. Fortunately, it wasn’t, which meant we had a nice snack later in the evening as we watched TV. Yeah, I know, pizza and ice cream right after a doctor visit to say we are healthy. Go figure.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Crazy Days In Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series. Everybody seems to have gone crazy in the little mountain community. Neighbors are threatening violence, eco-protestors are on the march, flower children are camping in the nearby forest, two of Sheriff Jim Weber’s deputies have gotten into a fistfight in the ButterCup Café, the grocery store manager has locked himself in his office and won’t come out, bears are chasing dogs into houses, and somebody has stolen the town’s mascot. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, a mild-mannered retired couple have shot an intruder during a home invasion. By the time this wild tale is finished, more blood will be shed and the good people of Big Lake will be left wondering just how well they really know their neighbors.

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. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books and audiobooks to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

Thought For The Day – If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

Nick Russell

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

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