alexkerensky

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    • Welp, this sucks

      2 years ago

      alexkerensky

      So I broke my leg last thursday, December 8.  Slipped on my son's winter boot he had left on some stairs, and down I went.  Broke both the tibia and fibula on my right leg.  I didn't know then that it was broken--i was hoping just sprained an ankle, but I knew something was wrong when my mom, who had been watching our kids, comes to the top of the stairs, and says, "Joe, do you need an ambulance?  Yes, you need an ambulance."  (Read that all in one breath, no pause.)


      Now, there are a few funny things, and I encourage you to laugh at them (and me, too), because I find them funny.  First off, my wife and I had just gotten home from my company's christmas party.  Now, the funny thing about the christmas party is that it has an open bar, but I can't drink because I have to work at 11 pm, about 2 hours after I got home from the party.  So I was sober, not even a sip of a beer.  But since I was headed to the hospital, I wasn't going to work, so I had to call the guy who would do my job.  Ironically, he has been back at work for only a couple weeks because he had back surgery a while ago and had to get that fixed up.  Ok, technically, I had my wife call him, but I asked her to.  What can I say?  I'm a professional.  Also, I had my wife call my boss to let him know, too.  And him?  On our way out of the party, he smiled as we walked by and told me to get to work.  Irony much?


      So there I was, right leg/foot/ankle hurting a bit, laying on the basement floor.  I had been carrying a 5 gallon bucket when I fell, so I slid that under my knee to keep my poor appendage off the ground.  I could look up the stairs to see my mother and my wife on their respective phone calls, and I was feeling like a really loser.  But then a cop shows up--first responder and all that--who basically secures the scene and makes sure traffic isn't a problem.  Got to talk to him a bit while we waited for the paramedics/emts to show up.  He basically talked about nothing, but it was a nice distraction.  Also, it wasn't the first time that I have been laying flat on the ground  and looked up to see a cop standing there, but that's a story for another time.  


      (Hey, look, another time:  So I was at work, trying to get a plugged drain to run.  It wasn't completely plugged, thank goodness, but it was really slow.  I had to reach down into the drain, grab handfuls of a mixture of fat and filteraid, and pull them out.  Of course I had gloves on, but shorts sleeves, so it was messy.  I was on my belly, arm down the drain as far as it would go, and suddenly there were two shiny black boots by my head, right in front of my face.  I turn my head, and there are black uniform pants, a belt with a gun, a batton, and other stuff, a uniform shirt complete with a shiny badge, a smiling face, and policeman't hat.  Kinda scared me, but more because he was not expected than anything else.  But there you go.)


      After the cop showed, the emts came.  Now, the ambulance service around here is basically volunteer in nature.  There are a couple of nurses that ride along, but most everyone else does it for free.  So sometimes they show up peace-meal, other times all at once.  This time, it was a slow trickling in, but enough folks showed up with enough stuff to get me taken care of.  One of them was a good friend of my wife's, and a friend of mine, but she still helped me out.  I got my boot off the hurt side, got a splint slipped around my leg, (From one of the emts:  "Well, that's gotta be a good sign--his leg just went back into joint.")


      I got to ride in an ambulance to the local ER, where we got x-rays taken, where they deduced it was in fact a spiral fracture of my tibia, and a possible fracture of the fibula.  Probably needed surgery, but since they don't do that in town, I got to head in an ambulance an hour or so south to the nearest hospital where there were surgeons. 


      Spent the night there, in some pain, but drugs are wonderful ways to take enough of the edge of to make it ok.  Not great, of course, but there is some kind of pain tolerance everyone has.  Friday morning I got to see my friends Bob and Giddy before surgery, so that was cool.  Giddy is an EMT, too, so he knew some of the people at the hospital, which is awfully funny when he shows up for a social visit, instead of a professional or business engagement.  Surgery went well--couple brackets and screws, some stitches, and then recovery.  I didn't feel a thing during surgery--got the spinal, but eventually the pain came back.  More medicine!


      I got discharged today with a prescription for painkillers, instructions for taking care of myself and the injury, and now I am at home.  In some pain, but nothing that a prescription can't take care of.


      Thanks for reading.  I'll keep you all informed as we go, and I'll post what pics I can when I can.



    • The force is strong in my family...

      3 years ago

      alexkerensky

      So over the past month or so, we have been watching the star wars movies, as time together as a whole family permits. It is kinda sad, really, when a family with kids 9, 7, 5, and 5 has trouble getting together for a couple hours a week to watch a movie together, but i suppose that's life.


      So far, we have watched A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens. We do plan on watching the episodes I -III yet, of course, because the story is not complete until you know all you need to know about Darth Vader. And since the kids expressed a delight in the Ewoks in RotJ, we will see if we can find An Ewok Adventure and The Battle for Endor. (The wife likes those more so than me, but whatever.)

    • School's IN for winter!

      4 years ago

      alexkerensky

      Yes, that's right, we are sending our kids to school again. It's that time of year, when kids to back to school, and some area schools that don't have AC end up cancelling school a little after noon because it's going to be really hot. But not the school we send our kids to. They get to go all day.

      Yes, if you are wondering, the twins are in school--kindergarten. They are in the same classroom, unlike preschool where they were in different classrooms. V! seems to love it, and R! seems ok with it so far. I think the fact that the first few weeks are introduction to being at school and review of all the stuff learned last year probably bugs him, since he does keep saying they talked about colors or shapes or letters and he already knows that stuff.

      D! is in fourth grade and Z! is in second grade. Those two seem to have fallen back into the scholastic habit after a summer off, and I'm grateful for that. Z! aced her first spelling test, and D! got 10/11 states and capitals (NE US), though she did get a bit of extra credit for having some interesting devices for remembering states and their capitals.

      As for the wife, well, she graduated with her master's degree back in june, and has since gotten a job at a local home for guys with disabilities. Her master's had to do with human development, so this does fit with her studies, which means that her work was an investment, not some frivolous exercise in taking on debt.

      Me? Well, i'm still on the night shift. Or I still am the night shift, if you want to look at it that way. Of course, I'm in charge at night, so there's that. (Yes, Mr. Truck Driver, when I say we'll get to you about 6, I mean about 6, and there's nothing you can do to make it any earlier. On the other hand, I can push it back to 9 or later.) And when I come home, the house is empty and quiet. I can take a shower in piece, and sleep away the day.

      Live is pretty good right now.

    • Welcome to the 21st Century

      4 years ago

      alexkerensky

      Well, I've never been one to maintain currency on the edge of fashion or technology. I've decided from early on to make do as much as I can. Part of this is a simple desire to be as cheap as possible, taught to me by my parents and grandparents, who lived remarkably frugal lives. Part of this, too, is that growing up, we never really had a lot of extra money, so we did without or as cheaply as possible. Of course, this got reinforced in college as well as early in marriage. We do not spend money we do not have, and we think twice about spending money even if we do have it.

      That much being said, we have long had cell phones, because those have a decent value to them. Free long distance calling, phone service fairly well anywhere, etc. But our phones we not going to be the top of the line phone. Whenever we had to get new phones or adjust the contract or service, we would opt for the cheapest option. Usually this was a free phone a couple years or models out of date.

      But no more, at least, not exactly. We own a Samsung Galaxy S5, which is a bit bigger than any phone i would want, though it looks nice enough.

      It's like i'm on the cutting edge or so!

    • New site...

      4 years ago

      alexkerensky

      So I go away for a weekend, and whole site gets jacked up and whatnot?

      Shoot, if i had known that was all i would have had to do for the update, I would have gone away for a weekend a long while ago. I mean, sheesh.

      So it looks pretty cool so far, though we will have to see how it works. I probably will grow to like it; of course, if i don't like it i will just grow to use it and let it go.

    • Your daily ouch

      4 years ago

      alexkerensky

      So last night before I went to work, I pointed out to the wife that our ten year anniversary was coming up. I asked her what she would like to do in regards to that, in terms of gifts or going out or whatever.

      Her response: "Probably nothing. I'll be too busy."

      Ouch?

    • haven't posted one in a while

      4 years ago

      alexkerensky

      So I figured I would. Why not? all the cool kids do it, right? And since I am one of the cool kids, I might as well get with the program.

      So here's a quick update: D! is nearly done with 3rd grade and playing rec league soccer, Z! is nearly done with 1st grade while taking dance lessons, R! and V! are still best buddies while finishing up preschool. The Wife is nearly done with her master's degree; the final project is due to be turned in on the 19th of June. Yeah, that's right before we leave for vacation--the day before.

      Me? I'm still working. Still lurking. Still modding, for what it's worth. It's all good, really.

    • I need to ask a favor...

      5 years ago

      alexkerensky

      ...of anybody willing. On June 4, the wife and I will be celebrating 9 years of marriage. To help celebrate this, I would ask any and all of you who read this to help me with something. If you are willing, I would like you to call or text a phone number with a short congratulatory message. I imagine it would go something like, "Hey, Mrs. Eggebeen (pronounced egg-a-bean), this is so-and-so from RoosterTeeth.com. I'm just calling/texting to say happy anniversary."

      Yes, this is serious. I want her to be flooded with messages all day, though none earlier than 7 am CST, if you please. This would be a weekday, and she'd be up then with our kids, getting them ready for and off to school.

      If you are interested, feel free to message me with any questions. If you doubt this is real, please message me so I can try to convince you this is serious, because this is. Also, please pass this around if you see it. The more messages, the better!

      And now for the really important part. The number is 712-578-9609. And because I know people are going to wonder, yes, this is our actual cell phone number, but for the line we would be eliminating at the end of June. I am not going to pass out the main cell number. (Yes, I have thought this through.) I also realize that if lots of people are calling/texting, they may not get through, so if you have to call/text a day or two late, I'm cool with that.

      Thanks!

    • Since nobody saw the last journal...

      5 years ago

      alexkerensky

      ...I figured I'd open it up for everyone to see. But instead here's the text copy-and-pasted instead:

      On June 4, the wife and I will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary. One thing i've wanted to do ever since we got married was to have just about everyone i know send us (or rather, the wife) a text or voice mail with well-wishing. Problem is, I don't want to just give out our number to people willy-nilly because i don't want to get swamped other times.

      So i had an idea, roughly based on on what joel did to jack at rtx last year. In case you didn't know, joel swapped the number chip in jack's phone, then gave out the number to everyone and he got swamped with texts and calls. Well, we happen to have a second cell phone line on our plan we don't need, and we are planning on getting rid of it anyway. So if i give a number out, it would be that one, and then we would get rid of the line afterward, so we would not be bothered anymore.

      Well, my friends, what do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Would you be willing to cooperate? Should I open this up to everyone on RT? Or just a few people?

    • All caught up!

      5 years ago

      alexkerensky

      Ok, not quite. I have yet to listen to this week's, but otherwise, I am all caught up on the RT podcast!

      I have to say, i've developed a better understanding of the folks at RT, what they do and why, and such, listening to them. I think i enjoy it mostly because it's rather random and spontaneous, not scripted. Even if there is a structure to the discussions, or games like Gavin or Google, there is a natural flow to them.

      Who knows, i may sometime get around to watching the video live. We'll see!

  • Comments (315)

    • SloeBombFizz

      5 years ago

      How you doing?
      Get flooded out?

      • alexkerensky

        5 years ago

        We are doing quite well, actually. Just 5.8" of rain in 24 hours, but not much more than dampness in the basement. Most of our town had a bit of water in basements, though. But over in Rock Valley, most of the town is on lockdown. Only way in is highway 18 from the east, and that keeps trying to turn into a river of mud down the big hill.

    • darnclem King of Dongs

      7 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    • DrJones

      7 years ago

      Call him Calrissian, or Carl for short.


      Either way I fill his bowl with smoooooth Colt 45.

      It works everytime.

    • cheeser FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

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      Merry Christmas!

    • Fireball DRUNK

      7 years ago

      I have a top loading machine, but the washing powder I make and use can be used in an HE/Front loading washer as well, except you would only use one tablespoon for a load of laundry.

    • Loredo85

      8 years ago

      Thanks! smiley1.gif

    • SloeBombFizz

      8 years ago

      Yes, but that woulda made for an all sorts of complicated question.
      It's only the bottom tiers of counties and only during the January antler-less season for now.
      Couldn't find an easy reference to it, but bottom of page 6 shows where.
      www.iowadnr.gov/law/files/huntingregs.pdf

    • daruma

      8 years ago

      Thanks Joe!

    • sithhead2

      9 years ago

      In reply to alexkerensky, #5:

      I ended up walking away from chemistry for an hour, then coming back to the problem at hand with a half-distracted mind. Keeping myself from being able to overfocus let me figure it all out. Crisis averted.

    • Nalin

      9 years ago

      Cat5/6e cabling's signal runs out at ~100 meters or ~314.3 feet. Give or take a couple dozen feet/couple meters in either direction due to weak signal, low power, or crimps in the line.

    • Loredo85

      9 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=HilwtqaN4Gs - trailer.

    • Loredo85

      9 years ago

      The image comes from "Inception" - sorry if our spoilers ruined anything!

    • LittleHarf04

      9 years ago

      Oh, now that just sounds like -loads- of fun... Unless you like yardwork, then YAY! I personally hate it smiley1.gif

    • nerdybella

      9 years ago

      Total Money Makeover is a really good book, and had a very active following.

      Sometimes when I read stuff at frugaldad.com I think of you. smiley0.gif

    • LittleHarf04

      9 years ago

      Yeah, that's probably smarter. Didn't think the small bits could come out. If I use the air, the dust will fly ALL over my apt, so I was going to try and cut out the middle man. I guess if I still want a working PC though, I'll have to put up with the nasty for a bit. Thanks!

    • LittleHarf04

      9 years ago

      Yeah. Also, if you saw my ghetto cubicle, you likely wouldn't be shocked lol. But even the office workers can eat at their desks.

    • Maidenscurse

      9 years ago

      Congrats Papa!!!! i just read your journals!!! :D

    • otter_be Butts Forum Moderator

      9 years ago

      berb=barb

      also known as Blawndee

    • Maidenscurse

      9 years ago

      LOVE the names!

    • Maidenscurse

      9 years ago

      i cant believe its that time already! do you guys have names picked out?

    • Maidenscurse

      9 years ago

      man thats crazy, talk about time flying by!! what are the genders again? i think you told me already but i can't remember

    • Nalin

      9 years ago

      Life sucks and then you die.

      When I'm in my more morose moods, I have a tendency to recite this loudly as well. smiley8.gif

    • kickcows GREEN IS THE BEST

      9 years ago

      YOU'VE BEEN TOO QUIET!!!

      i hope everything is going well with the pregnancy.

      we miss you!

      smiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

    • iluvdblchexs

      9 years ago

      RvBTO is very much an option again this year. I haven't made a final decision yet. I'm only about two hours away so no need for flight arrangements. I've got lots of time to decide.

      As far as hockey... I'm a Sabres fan. Home town team! I love the guys! We played last night and got 8 deep in the shoot out.... Shit is stressful!

    • nerdybella

      9 years ago

      Thanks!

    • steph

      9 years ago

      I suppose in my current situation, it's harder for me to see the awesome. I'm too busy being outnumbered, lol!

    • SloeBombFizz

      9 years ago

      In reply to alexkerensky, #2:

      The apon's got all those Australian phrases on it. Same as the drink coozy. They're a matching set.

      Bonzer, ankle biter, choppers, cakehole, etc.

    • daruma

      9 years ago

      I'm glad somebody made a comment about the sawing-in-half gag, I thought that was a pretty good line. smiley6.gif

    • otter_be Butts Forum Moderator

      9 years ago

      darlin'

      no it sure as hell doesn't work.

      if I discipline them, the parents get on my case.

      although I'm sure yours are very well behaved, I also get all the learning disabled children, which after three hours, gets rather bothersome.

    • Psycholagny Resident of Old Olney

      9 years ago

      say that the game is bad and you won't allow it in your household


      He'd never believe me. Before I got it for him, I'd told him about some of the reviews I had read, plus we both know Call of Duty is one of his favorite series.

      As for allowing it into the household, I watch grittier stuff than he does half the time smiley6.gif

    • LittleHarf04

      9 years ago

      Ok, ok I lied... So I'm going to go get an oil change at some point, and go for a walk after dinner... OTHERWISE I'll be glued to the TV playing ODST :-)

    • LittleHarf04

      9 years ago

      Not so much

    • GodOBiscuits FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      Yes, I only have one. But I will be carrying a friend's quad most of the time.

    • otter_be Butts Forum Moderator

      9 years ago

      sadly it was the third, they broke up last night.

    • steph

      9 years ago

      Thank you. I want to get to know her like that too, I hope that it can work out that way. I am determined to make this work out. smiley12.gif

    • Psycholagny Resident of Old Olney

      9 years ago

      HIMYM: How I Met Your Mother
      NPH: Neil Patrick Harris

      You should watch it sometime smiley0.gif

    • sithhead2

      9 years ago

      In reply to alexkerensky, #6:

      damn calculus. took that freshman year, forgot it all sophomore year, needed it junior and senior year. that really sucked. don't forget what you learn!


      I've learned it all once before, so I'm not concerned.

    • Maidenscurse

      9 years ago

      she hasn't been sleeping through the night. but thats about it. she's always puked alot but no. nothing else different. ^_^

    • mm172001

      9 years ago

      I like the way you think. smiley0.gif

    • mm172001

      9 years ago

      They're fun until they become teenagers. Then they transform into Satan incarnate.

    • Maidenscurse

      9 years ago

      thats so awesome!! ^_^

    • Maidenscurse

      9 years ago

      Wise choice! How far along is she? I assume it's too soon to know sexes?

    • Maidenscurse

      9 years ago

      CONGRATS! That is big news!!!
      It's a 1999 Nissan Altima

    • sithhead2

      9 years ago

      Oh I got Edwards crystal clear.

      This person who was writing about what he wrote talked about the actual sermon though for about 2 paragraphs out of 17 pages.

      So I BS'd my way through the assignment. Just finishing up now, actually.

    • Raptor_Alpha FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      Man, i see the table, and my first thought is, just wait til you have kids. it won't ever stay clean--little fingerprints stick to everything!

      Visions of peanut butter and oatmeal crusted upon the table came into mind....this is why I DO NOT have kids. smiley0.gif

    • mm172001

      10 years ago

      but if you wanna meet the twins

      Do you always refer to your wife like that? smiley7.gif

    • Nalin

      10 years ago

      TWINS?!

      I think you won this weekend. That's very exciting. Congratulations!

    • Psycholagny Resident of Old Olney

      10 years ago

      How's the swelling?


      Not that bad at all considering. I even had to skip out on taking my Percocet to take my kid to her appointment [driving = bad] and the pain is surprisingly manageable.

    • kickcows GREEN IS THE BEST

      10 years ago

      YOU'RE A SPONSOR!!!

    • mm172001

      10 years ago

      Thanks Joe!

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