Share Your World: September 18, 2017

By: sonofabeach96

Sep 24 2017

Category: Uncategorized


Time for this week’s Share Your World from Cee’s Photography.


Here are Cee’s questions for the week:

Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …

….Autism.  My oldest has Autism and, even though we’ve had that diagnosis for roughly 10 years now, there’s still much to learn.  About how he processes information, in what manner we should study to get him to retain that info better, and how to give him the tools to deal with his sensory integration and proprioceptive cravings, just to name a few.  It’s a forever learning process for us all.

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

Well, that depends.  In a beach house or for an overnight stay in a hotel, for example?  Clean sheets and an at-least-somewhat-comfortable bed.

I’m not opposed to roughing it either.  In fact, that’s really more my style anyway.  But even when backcountry camping, I require a creepy-crawly-free environment.  As much as possible, at least.  Nothing worse than being awakened by the unmistakable feeling of a spider crawling up your arm or leg.

What is your greatest extravagance?

We live well below our means in every way possible, so there aren’t many.

I used to be a big-time concert goer, and was willing to travel great distances to attend if necessary.  I still love live music, but I’ve seen most everyone I’ve wanted to see, who’s still alive of course, at least once, so I’m not quite as rabid as I used to be.  And once Jerry was gone, my Dead Head traveling days came to a close.

I used to buy a new kayak every year or two, but I have more than I need now, so that’s stopped.  And if I bring one more kayak or canoe home, my wife may leave me.

There’s my photography stuff, but aside from some crazy-expensive lenses I’d love to have, but likely never will, I’m good there too.

I suppose I’d have to answer that our travels are our extravagance.  We go, somewhere, as often as possible, and with five of us, those costs can add up.  But, we have very little debt.  So, instead of big car payments or gigantic mortgages, we drive our cars ’til they die, and are long since paid for, and our farm payment is less than most pay for rent.  So, we travel instead.  Oh, and save for retirement, because, ya’ know, I was ready to retire ten years ago.  Well, mentally at least.  It’s a trade off that works for us.

What inspired you this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

In my line of work, as an OT in a subacute rehab hospital, I see plenty of people who…shall we say…wallow in their situation, and freely bitch, moan, and whine about every little thing.  Yes.  I get it.  Your knee has been replaced and it hurts to flex it.  What did you expect?

Anyway, in the middle of the poor me’ers, I’ll sometimes get a patient who has every right to complain, because of age, disease, pain, and/or general difficulty with basic living skills.  My favorite patient currently is one such individual.  Despite being devoured by arthritis, 93 years old, and with macular degeneration limiting her visual acuity, she never says one cross word, always smiles when I come to her room in the mornings, and gives her all with any treatment idea I throw her way.  She’s a kick-ass inspiration, to be sure.


My songs of the day are:

“You’ve Got To Learn” by Nina Simone

“Sleep Around” by Prince

“You’re Mind Is On Vacation” by Buddy Guy

“The Greatest” by Cat Power

“Sweet Inspiration” by The Derek Trucks Band

“How I Spent My Fall Vacation” by Bruce Cockburn

“Sleep” by My Chemical Romance

“Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” by Zucchero

38 comments on “Share Your World: September 18, 2017”

  1. We also live below our means, with travels being our only extravagance.

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  2. You were excited about your oldest’s initial days at high school. Is he still doing well? Autism is a challenge, but there seems to be so much more to the story, which makes the wins so much sweeter? My limited experience, maybe makes me hopeful.

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    • Yeah, he’s really working hard. He has modifications, and in-class assistance with math, but for the most part, he’s in the general class with everyone else. That’s a huge step from a few years ago, so he’s doing much better. Math is an issue. I’m trying to figure out the most effective way to explain it to him, and for him to retain it. It’s an ongoing process, daily. 😃

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  3. I am impressed by the way you handle your finances. And this is comming from an ex-auditor of big4 firm. 😎

    And i love everybody’s gotto learn sometime. Its my all time fav song

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  4. A smart way to live!! I like your lifestyle

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  5. Okay so for your vacation needs- we are like twins when it comes to what we want and don’t want😂

    Also, I love kayaking! We have two at my parent’s house in Houston and it’s my favorite activity when I visit home 🙂

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    • Kayaking is awesome. I’ve been whitewatering since I was a teen. Quite the rush. I love flat water and sea kayaking too though. The level of peace found being on the water is hard to beat. 😃

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  6. I really enjoyed reading this post, sonofabeach. I feel like I have found a new friend. Who needs luxury when you have people you love, a kayak to paddle around in, and new travels waiting on the horizon? Blessings to you and your family.

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  7. There’s still a lot of research going on about autism. It’s hard to know what is going on in the mind. Since autistic kids seem to focus on certain things, they can be good at them. I love your post!

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  8. Love this post . Great inspiration. I’ve got a soon to be 100 hrs still driving around and fit as fiddle.

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  9. Cars will go on forever if you service them regularly. My car is around 14 years old and have done around 230,000-240,000km and still going strong. I have no wish to replace it. It’s just old and dented. Otherwise it’s still works very well

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  10. I could comment on every one of your responses – I love them so much. I’ll pick just one. My Dad spent his final days in nursing care. We kept him home as long as we could. He was 97 when he finally passed “old and satisfied with days” (the way the Bible describes Abraham) and he never complained, always kept a positive and interested attitude till the very end. In all his days, he saw so much change. We always suspected he stayed alive long enough to see this nation’s first black president inaugurated. For when he was born in 1911, no one would ever have dreamed… He ran for office in the 60’s, was a delegate to the 1960 Democratic Convention that nominated JFK. Beach, you’d have loved my dad…

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    • That’s fantastic! He sounds like a great guy, and a fantastic attitude can carry one very far. I’m certain I’d have had lots to talk to him about. That is so cool that he was involved, ya’ know? Making the change.

      And I love, love, love working with patients like him, and my current little lady. I treat all my patients well, even when they’re whiny, demanding, entitled, or crotchety. But the ones who are like your dad? I treat them like gold, and go outta my way to make sure they have everything they need…because they never ask for anything. I have so much respect for someone who is the highlight of my day, even though they feel like shit. Isn’t that crazy to think about your dad being born in 1911?!? That’s crazy. 😃😃


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