It has been a very interesting day to say the least. The main part is that my application for health insurance was denied for having a lifetime cholesterol reading of 207. That leaves me with the option on Jan.1, 09 of going without health insurance like many folks in this country or trying to find a job with health insurance coverage. My toughness does not include going without health insurance if there is a choice, because of a fear of losing everything if another accident happens. So the choice was made to go to work.
With that choice made, some phone calls were made to see what might come of going back to Houston to look for work. It looks viable after the first of the year. My readers can look forward to about another month of adventures, then a significant tapering of activities after that. If a job is found, then the adventures will likely only be one a week at best. The OFM blog may become one of only occasional entry. RATZZZZZ There is not crying in Comfort Castle. There is much gladness that the year of travel happened. Tioga George was one of the folks that inspired me to go for it even if you are not certain of the outcome. As my buddy George L used to say a lot "GO FOR THE GUMBO".
A good place to relax and let your mind regroup is the garden down at the Marketplatz. There is a nice grape arbor with benches for a soothing rest that was sorely needed.
This is near a rock area that has a few interesting points to it. One neat thing is the type of grass that is growing there and hangs over the wall like long hair.
As the grass is examined, one can notice the rock etchings nearby. There was not any explanation found for the rock etchings, so we get to enjoy them as beautiful works of art.
Strolling through the garden can really ease a troubled mind.
It is not a preference for me to go back to work, but it is wonderful to live in a country where you have choices about your work. At least working again will help my economic situation and likely will give me more latitude in what is done when full timing comes into my life again. The stock market crash has knocked my situation down to a level that was not expected to arrive until at least ten years later than now.
Should my job search be successful, the Houston area will get the benefit of the thirteen months of experience and attitude change that traveling and blogging has provided. It would seem that the area will be viewed from a noticeably different perspective in the future. This could be very good for me and my readers.
Actually it could be very interesting to see the area with a new eye. Additionally, with the “improvements” that hurricane Ike has made to the area, there may be many new places to try to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM