Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Gods Must Have Been Angry

We’ve not had that earthquake as of yet. However, we did get thunder and lightning all afternoon, into the night yesterday ... in a dry sky.

That’s right. There was not a drop of rain. Just streaks of lightning flashing across the sky and rolling thunder.

Ominous it was.

Me thinks the Universe was very angry, and with good reason judging by all that’s going on in the world.

Then, along about 9:17 p.m. the power went out ─ no lights, no A/C, no Wi-Fi; and not just in my unit, not just in the complex, the entire neighborhood was pitched into darkness.

Maybe that squirrel blew out a transformer after all.

Fortunately, I knew exactly where the flashlight was and managed to get to it in the dark. Then, as I could hear neighbors coming out with their flashlights to discuss the situation, I got matches from that same drawer, lit the John Wick candle, crawled into bed and, with no Wi-Fi, finally had free time to start reading Randy Rainbow’s book.


Expecting no power until morning, it was a surprise when I heard the A/C startup around 10:15 and the lights come back on.

At the part of Randy’s life where I was reading about what a tool his dad was — Dad was a hound dog, a poor provider and I don’t know why his wife didn’t just kick him to the curb, but I guess couples stayed together back then, even when they no longer loved or even liked each other. At any rate, engrossed in the story by then, instead of taking advantage of Wi-Fi being restored, I opted to keep reading until I felt sleepy.

The antibiotics I’d picked up yesterday began working immediately so, waking up this morning, I was inclined to cancel the office visit at the medical center, but inasmuch as I’d had so much trouble getting an appointment, I kept it.

Remembering not to drink coffee this morning, my BP was 125/54.

I liked the friendly cute little Black lady doctor I was paired with, I liked her nurse, so I let them talk me into a shingles shot, though I didn’t think I needed it and didn’t want it.

As for the folliculitis the over the phone doc had suggested, she said it wasn't that, looked more like I’d been out and about and something had bitten me.

I don’t see how since I always wear leggings when out and about — except I do wear shorts when going to the mailbox or taking out the trash.

So, it's possible, but even though I’ve been assured Moderna has nothing to do with it, my gut tells me it’s a delayed reaction to the last two boosters.

But whatever, the antibiotics are working and a hydrocortisone cream has been added to the mix, so I’m over it. I will, however, have to return to the medical center for the 2nd shingles shot.

When I got to the car to head to the medical center this morning, Talker was taking something out of the trunk of her car and had an update for me on Karen.

Another complaint has been made to the office about Karen, and it wasn’t from the Talker.

There is a guy who comes to bingo that I thought was new to the complex because I’d never seen him before, but he tells me he’s lived here a year and a half on the opposite side of the complex. He’s tall, got a good build, not a bad looker and doesn’t appear to be infirmed in any way, as so many men around here are, so I was expecting the women to swarm him.

And before you go thinking anything …… no, not me. I’ve neither the time or the patience to deal with anyone.

So, anyway, he approached Talker recently and said, "Your downstairs neighbor is crazy”.

Turns out Karen has been following him around, stalking him, writing love letters to him.

He said he’s been trying to avoid Karen, but she hunts him down. One day, said he, she saw him in the laundry room and, when he ran to get away from her, she ran after him at which time he went to the office with the letters, incidents of stalking and said, "I can’t take this".

I’d pay to see what Karen wrote in those letters.

Management has been talking a good game about doing something about Karen. They better follow through before it turns into a Fatal Attraction boiled bunny thing.

20 comments:

  1. OMG! This 'Karen' is a real character. She sounds like a borderline personality disorder (amongst a number of other pathologies)! I was a psych nurse for 25 years and she's ticking a lot of the boxes. Yep, I to would love to see what's written in those letters! I'm sure they're 'choice'. LOL! Keep us posted on this on-going saga/drama. These folks seldom disappoint! Keep your distance! As you know,
    Shirley, they're toxic.
    Paranormal John

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    1. "Ticking a lot of the boxes" is an interesting way to put it and no worries about my keeping away. If I see her walking my way, I'll turn and run like the guy did :-)

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  2. SO glad you kept your doc appointment. Nice that the antibiotic is helping; be sure an take it for as long as prescribed, even if your symptoms are instantly better. (You don't want me to repeat the nursing class lecture about how antibiotics work, then regress when people stop taking them before they're supposed to.) Your new "little lady" doc sounds thorough if they reviewed your vaxes. The newer shingles vax is nice. Like 90% more effective in preventing it. Shingles is horrid, scary and painful for months. I've had 2 colleagues stopped in their career tracks by it. I've had several patients and a neighbor with it, including into their eyes. One had a horrid case that killed him. Some docs, especially newer ones, initially mistake shingles for cellulitis, then it worsens and stays on one side of the body, just like a line drawn to split your halves vertically, and they decide, duh, it's shingles. Good doc you have, and you're being a good patient. You can't blame anything on the covid shots, except probably not being hospitalized with covid; nice try though. I just gotta tease you.
    Karen is sounding really dangerous. Egads, she's spooking strong, able-bodied men? Can you all put a restraining order on her from the entire campus? Hang in there. Linda in Kansas

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    1. When Dr. Fauci comes out and says they've discovered an unusual side effect of the vaccine that attacks the legs, just remember I told you so. LOL. Remembering when Talker first approached me saying "Shirley, I'm scared", we knew Karen was dangerous then, and you nailed it with "spooking strong able-bodied men". Maybe the guy she chased should call the cops on her, like she did on Talker.

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  3. Try a probiotic capsule, Name brand or Sam's Club brand X is just fine. I take one a day all the time. If your antibiotic is a Noon, take the probiotic at 6 p.m. That way you can avoid finding a probiotic food. Kimchee is nasty in my book, and gut. I'm all for holistic, as western medicine does NOT have all the answers. I Hawaii friend recommended arnica gel as a topical for muscle aches, pains, and bruises, and it works, without the goo or smell. WalMart has a version like the old roll-on deodorant bottles; says gel, but seems liquid; lasts forever. Betcha Pain Cave Man knows about it. Drink water; take your meds, with food, even just a cracker, will help. This has been a Free Public Service Announcement from a nurse who still cares. (I bet your gut will feel better with a once daily probiotic capsule.) Of course, your campus drama would put my vessels and gut in over-ride. Linda in Kansas

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    1. LOL. Thanks for that Free Public Service Announcement.

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  4. Never seen a dry thunderstorm. That's an extreme drought for sure. (We have thundersnow about once a year: heavy snow storm with thundering from the clouds, but no lightening. I think it's aliens throwing snow balls.) Linda in Kansas

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    1. I wouldn't at all be surprised about the aliens as I'm sure they're watching us implode our own selves.

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  5. omg, these Karen antics just keep getting better! I would love to see her letters too.
    I've heard shingles is awful and went ahead and got the shingrix vaccine, myself. Be forewarned, that second hit put me on the couch for a day.

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    1. These latest antics by Karen take the cake. What was she thinking to give him evidence to prove the stalking ... love letters.

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  6. Oh no, not a boiled bunny! I wonder if Karen the Stalker's days are numbered now.

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    1. Her days should have been numbered several incidents ago.

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  7. Karen sounds like she’s a couple of bricks short of a full load. Yikes.

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    1. Management needs to stop bringing in people with mental health issues.

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    1. Either management gets her help or provide the guy she's chasing with a bodyguard.

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  9. The Karen stalking that poor Man is potentially a boiled Bunny thing waiting to happen... without even the One Night Stand! Yikes! Management getting enough complaints about that Resident should force their Hand before something they have liability about happens, when other Residents feel Threatened and Unsafe around her.

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    1. Unfortunately, it's been management's practice to wait until something bad happens,

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  10. PS: I'd pay good Money to see those Stalker Love Letters too, must have been some really creepy content for him to show Management!

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    1. Hopefully, someone who's read the letters will start talking about what was written and it will filter down to me.

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