OBLIGATORY YEAR-END POST: 2017 Edition

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xmas treeWell, well, well. Deep subject, I know. Here we are, yet again, with the end of yet another year. Blinked, and what was 2017 is closing down, making way for the mystery and suspense that 2018 will bring. So, let’s do a bit of year-in-review, shall we? Here goes…

I do have to say that, as a while, 2017 wasn’t too bad. That’s not to say that it didn’t come with its own set of challenges. What year doesn’t, really? But, comparative to the previous years, 2017 wasn’t so bad, personally.

The first big thing to happen in January was the removal of a cyst from my back; it was situated right between the shoulder blades, and was roughly the size of a large orange. Or a small grapefruit. Point is, this thing was large enough to press against my spine, and even sitting up straight was painful. I gave it the name Lloyd, because that’s what I do. I went in for outpatient surgery, and experienced everything due to requesting a local administered, rather than being induced. That was quite the experience, lying on my stomach, feeling what felt like a melonballer remove what was on my back. It was very cold in that operating room, let me tell you.

cyst removal prep

I also got this neat hat out of it…

It was also around the end of January when my knees started acting up constantly. But more on that in a bit.

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BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA!

Let’s see…there were no graduations or deaths to speak of this year. At least, ones that impacted me. Hey, this is my year end review and all. My sympathies if you’ve experienced loss this year. I know how that goes all too well. Regardless, there was one wedding I got to go to, for Other James and Melissa, back in October. It was quite lovely. And brief, which was nice. Here’s a picture of those wacky kids:

other james and melissa

complete with a surprise Stephanie in the back…

…and here’s a pic of me and Other James before the wedding:

me and other james

moments before the carnage began…

Yes, yes, I’m wearing a tie. Try not to choke on whatever it is you might be choking on at the moment.

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this happened more often than not…

Bit out of sequence, mind, but I had to bid adieu to my beloved youth group kids in April. Shelli decided to retire this year, and focus on her family and such, and so the group was given over to the just-formed Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I miss them, I really do. It took a bit to acclimate to not having to come up with a lesson every week. I sill wonder how they’re doing. Ah, well. It’s out of my hands. Like it was ever in my hands, if you catch my drift.

The only live show I went to this year was Iron Maiden back in July. It was during the Book Of Souls tour, they played Lincoln, and it was friggin’ AWESOME. I went with one of my Brothers From A Different Mother, Matt O. Bad knees or not, there was no way I was going to miss this chance. I can now scratch this one off my Bucket List. Now, to try and catch Alice Cooper and Megadeth before it’s too late.

awaiting iron maiden

patiently awaiting to RAISE THE IRONS!

Which brings me to this last bit: Remember earlier, when I mentioned that my knees started to go bad in late January? Well, in the past they would flair up, but then go away. Not so this time–since January, the pain was almost a constant, usually feeling worse in one knee and switch periodically. Since January, I had been using a cane to get around. Then, in late August, I woke up one morning and I couldn’t stand up. The pain was too great. After visiting my doctor–I’ll spare you the details of what kind of adventure getting down from my second floor domicile over to the doctor was–I was admitted into the hospital, where I was given a battery of tests, and finally received cortisone shots into both knees. It turned out I had a severe case of gout in both knees, which I’m told is a very rare kind of occurrence. The cortisone shots helped immensely, but the general arthritis still flairs up now and then. I’m still using the cane, and on the really bad days I’m using the walker my Grandma Betty once had. Knee braces come into play once in a while, as well. We’ll see what comes when I get my annual checkup in February.

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from the I Can’t Even files…

So, there we have the year that was 2017. Yeah, some pretty good movies were watched, some books were read, some \,,/METAL\,,/ was had. What will 2018 bring? Well, outside of the movie schedule already being planned by the Exalted Geeks, there’s my middle nephew’s confirmation, and another cousin’s progeny graduating High School, both in May. Otherwise, we shall see what the year brings. Until then, I remain your humble servant Uncle NecRo. See you all next year.

Yeah, that joke never gets old. Cheers.

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HALLOWEEN’ING Day 4: In Remembrance of the Halloween Whopper

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In September of 2015, while listening to a Halloween-themed podcast to help get me in the mood for the season (it doesn’t take much), they reported of a new specialty burger that Burger King was going to unleash for the Halloween season, the HALLOWEEN WHOPPER. Or, HA1LOWEEN WHOPPER, as the big thing was the A1 sauce that was supposedly baked into the bun. But, that wasn’t what interested me in this concoction.

You see, for a while leading up to this, Burger King had a type of cheeseburger that featured a black bun and slice of black cheese that was only available in Japan (they get all the cool foods, I swear). Now, the prospect of having a Whopper here in the States that had a bun that was as black as my heart made me giddy. I didn’t even care that the cheese was going to be the standard yellow color, THE BUN WAS BLACK. And I gloried in its awesomeness.

Unfortunately, this special Halloween fast food burger did not last very long. Shortly after its introduction, consumers started complaining about a rather odd effect of turning their poop green. I’ve never experienced this after consuming one of them, but apparently the outcry was enough to have Burger King pull the Halloween Whopper from all of the chains serving it two weeks before Halloween itself, never to be seen again.

So, here’s to the awesomeness that was the Halloween Whopper. Sure, it just tasted like your standard Whopper, but that wasn’t the point. It was the presentation. And all that are left are the memories of this very brief time.

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HALLOWEEN’ING Day 3: “Paranormal” (Alice Cooper)

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Look, you’re probably going to be getting an Alice Cooper reference here at least once every year. This year it’s no different. And rather than taking a look back at one of his classic releases, this time I’m gonna reference his recently-released album Paranormal. Specifically, the lead-in title cut, “Paranormal”.

The song is sung from the point of view of a ghost that is lamenting not being able to physically be with his love, who is still alive. It’s rather poignant as well as creepy in its execution.

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HALLOWEEN’ING Day 1: So It Begins…

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Today is the first day of October, so you know what that means! It’s time to kick off

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By now, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year has been building up, what with all things Halloween starting to trickle into the public conscience back in September (or, as I like to call it, pre-October). I have been chomping at the proverbial bit to begin the countdown on my blog.

So, for the next 30 days, just like the previous years beginning back in 2014, expect a daily bit of fun, posting bits and pieces on the only holiday that matters. And so, to kick off this year’s festivities, I give to you now the time honored tradition of playing the Marilyn Manson cover of “This Is Halloween”. Cheers, my wonderful freaks, and here’s to the days to come…

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