Monday, May 08, 2006

The ZenFo Pro Returns!

OXFORD, Ohio (ZP) -- Okay, just made the drive back from the airport in Dayton. I was supposed to be in late tonight, but I managed to sweet-talk my way into an earlier departure.

I ended up in Virginia for a little longer than I expected. My grandmother is doing wonderful - so wonderful, in fact, that she's been moved into an extended care facility quicker than expected (by about a week.) The legs are healing, the big ol' knot on her head is finally shrinking, and they've moved up her ankle and heel surgery to the end of May.

As of right now, G'maw is expected to make an at least 90% recovery. Given her age, that's astounding.

G'maw is, after all, one tough bird.

Thank you so much to everybody who left comments and kept my kinfolk in their thoughts. I choked up a bit reading them.

While the ZenFo Grandma began her own healing journey, I had some unfinished healing I needed to do, some emotional TLC I needed to get out of the way. Going back o the ol' hometown is always a bit of a traumatic experience for me - I think it tends to be that way for many folks who grew up in small, rural communities. Going back for a medical emergency didn't allow me the luxury of mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the often unwanted trips down Amnesia Lane.

For now, let me just say that Joseph Conrad ain't got shit on me when it comes to hearts of darkness.

I'll blog about it later. Right now, I need a shave. I need a nap (averaging 3 hours per night for the last 10 days, well, sucks ass). For now, I finished a lil' meme I borrowed from Cowgirl a few weeks ago. I meant to post it before I left; I've revised it a bit to account for the lost time in between.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 3:15 AM ET
2. Diamonds or pearls? Um. Neither.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Wow...that's a good question. No clue.
4. What is your favorite TV show?
Most anything scifi-ish or on the History Channel.
5. What did you have for breakfast?
A soft pretzel and some coffee at Richmond International Airport.
6. What is your middle name? comment. Begins with a W.
7. What is your favorite food?
I'm a picky eater, so pretty much anything I eat.
8. What foods do you dislike?
Well, can't eat beef. Not a fan of bread either.
9. What kind of potato chips do you like?
Don't eat 'em. I am addicted, however, to Stacy's soy chips.
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?
Let's see... in the truck, I've got some Superwolf, Billy Bragg, the Queers, some Anthrax, Dillinger Four, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash's Live at Folsom Prison, and about a thousand mix CDs and compilations.
11. What kind of car do you drive?
A 1998 Ford Ranger.
12. Favorite sandwich?
Hmmm...drawing a blank on this one, too.
13. What characteristics do you despise?
Generally, anything evil-esque. Brain's not really working today.
14. Favorite item of clothing?
I had somebody in my hometown call me a Metrosexual Mennonite last week... I wear jeans and tee-shirts almost exclusively.
15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
I'm pretty open. Invite me somewhere. I'll see what I can do.
16. What color is your bathroom?
A very ugly creme color.
17. What is your favorite brand of clothing?
Don't have one.
18. Where would you want to retire?
Northern Arizona or New Mexico. Maybe Montana.
19. Favorite time of day?
Tie between sunrise and sunset.
20. Where were you born?
Mesa, Ariz.
21. Favorite sport to watch?
Baseball. Boxing.
22. Who do you least expect to answer this????
Who cares?
23. Person you expect to answer first?
Ditto. lol
24. Coke or Pepsi?
Don't drink soda.
25. Are you a morning person or night owl?
Both. Seriously.
26. What size shoe do you wear?
9 1/2
27. Do you have any pets?
Not currently. Cat in California at my folks' place.
28. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with everyone?
Oh, it'll show up on the blog eventually ;)
29. What did you want to be when you were little?
A diplomat.
30. Is the glass half empty or half full?
Depends on what we're drinking.
31. What is your best childhood memory?
Trading two dead groundhogs and a possum for three gallons of possibly the world's best white lightning (i.e. moonshine.) Yes, hillbillies will eat just about anything. But I'll put Earl's mash up against Dom Perignon any day.
32. What are the different jobs you have had in your life?
Let's see... sportscaster, print journalist, publicist, information consultant, image consultant, library design consultant, framer for a homebuilder, carpenter, sales associate, deejay, plumbing supply sales rep, librarian, stonemason's apprentice, "guest" adult website editor, etc.
33. What color underwear are you wearing?
Goin' commando today.
34. Nicknames:
Lord, too many. Pooh Bear, J. Jay, Asshole, Motherfucker, etc...
35. Piercings?
Currently, none. Past: About a dozen or so.
36. Eye color:
37. Ever been to Africa?
Working on it.
38. Ever been toilet papering?
Hell yes.
39. Love someone so much it made you cry?
40. Been in a car accident?
41. Croutons or bacon bits?
42. Favorite day of the week?
43. Favorite flower?
Wildflowers. Dogwood blossoms.
44. Favorite ice cream?
Lactose intolerant. Avoid the stuff like the Plague.
45. Disney or Warner Brothers?
46. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Don't eat fast food.
47. What color is your bedroom carpet?
Haven't seen the carpet in a while. Um...Denim and tee-shirt color?
48. Failed your drivers test?
49. From whom did you get your last e-mail from?
Lord, I'm terrified to check my e-mail. Haven't checked it in about a week.
50. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
No clue.
51. What do you most often do when you are bored?
Get into trouble. Blog.
52. Bedtime?
11 PM.
53. Who are you most curious about their responses to this questionnaire?
54. Last person you went to dinner with?
55. Lake, Ocean or river?
All of the Above.
56. How many tattoos do you have?
57. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
The reptile.
58. How many people are you tagging with this?
Open-surce tagging this sucker. Feel free to steal it.


Voodoo Child said...

i'm glad for you and your g-maw. you flew into the glorious day'un in'nat'n'l? sorry about the luck there. if you go through this highway city again, and need a layover, shoot me out an email.

cooper said...

Glad you are back and the gram is ok. I check out the meme tomorrow. My weekend of funhas gone on to long and ineed to get some sleep.

I was checking on you though.

Smurf said...

Yay Jason!!! You are back! Tee hee giggle giggle... lol... I know your middle name that begins with a W! I feel very proud. I am very happy that your grandmother is doing so well. I had so much fun reading this cuz I could SO hear your voice and antics as I read it! *hugs* I miss you sweety. There are a few things you said that suprised me a little... I didnt know you didnt like DISNEY OR WARNER BROS... and I lived with you... your childhood memory... I still remember Tally telling me you wanted to marry your grandma's dog... lol

Jason the Chicken or the egg.. um the REPTILE... lmao Jason!

The LL Pooh J was a really sweet nick name you had... Don Juan de Jenny... hmmm let me think... no I cant that's right I know you for real... dang it! lol... j/k

OH yea.. the DOGWOOD BLOSSOMS.. that is incredible... how could I have known you 10 years and yet not known this? I love these too... adore them... Wow.

*blush* Can you tell I missed you sweety? I did! Glad things are ok and you are back and you seem to be ok. I love you sweety!

<3 Smurf

The ZenFo Pro said...

Lol...I actually prefer Dayton to Cincy, mainly because the Dayton airport is easier to access and, yeah, Cincy is one expensive fly-out (Delta wanted more than a grand to fly into Richmond....Dayton...about 400 bucks.)

Weekend of fun? tha sounds interesting ;) Get some sleep, chica...good for ya!

Yeah, never was a big fan of disney or warner bros....Transformers and GI Joe I can watch for hours. As for grandma's comment ;)

Dog Juan de about that one, chica :p

Missed ya too. Actually, I missed being able to get online freely, too. Yeah, doing okay. But I did hit that downward spiral for a bit when the whole people-die-sometimes thing set in, plus the stress of going on adrenaline for a few days.


Cowgirl said...

Metrosexual Mennonite? Oh my...

Glad you're back and G'maw is better.

EsotericWombat said...

Hey man. Glad to see you back, and moreover that you're back with good news.

Dead animals for booze? Daaaaaaaaaaaaamn.

The ZenFo Pro said...

Lol...yeah, not exactly a fashion guru ;)

I'm rather utilitarian in how I dress... plain, solid tee shirts and low-rise, bootcut jeans. I loathe buying clothes, hate ties, and don't have too much money to spend worrying about what's in and what's not. I just like keeping things simple.

This woman I met thought it was a religious thing. Actually, it's a pseudo-religious thing - I decided a while back to try to live as simply as I can and still maintain a job. Besides, can't go wrong with a black tee and jeans...guys have been dressing like that for over. Very cost-effective, too.

The Mennonite thing I actually took as a compliment; Mennonites are generally good people. The metrosexual part? Lol...anybody in my hometown who doesn't watch NASCAR, wear a fishing hook in a hunting cap, or own at least one Confederate flag is considered a metrosexual :P

Hey, thanks man.

Yup. Good Ol' Boys will eat just about anything. This guy Earl made the sweetest shine; it's how he supplemented his disability check. $10 would get you a half-GALLON of this stuff. Great with Cran-Apple ;)

cooper said...

3:15 am....woa

Metrosexual Mennonite - love that term have to use it next time i reference you...

A Diplomat? When I was little I didn't even know what a diplomat was. lol

"Ever been to Africa? Working on it." See ya there.

No undewear, doesn't drink soad, or eat fast food.


The ZenFo Pro said...


Yup...early flight ;)

Oh lord...that metrosexual mennonite thing is gonna haunt me...

Cat. said...

Welcome back (although I'm very late on the bandwagon there), and I'm so glad to hear that gmaw's doing better than expected. She sounds right tough! :-)

I stole the meme; it's here ( if you care.

Scarily we not only have the same eye color, but drive the same vehicle. Maybe your metrosexuality has gone too far and you're turning into a woman...

[mind you, I married someone whose nickname in college was Amish--and not because of his religion]


The ZenFo Pro said...

Hey Cat.:

Wow...small world...and thanks for the linkage!

Lol...why was your spouse nicknamed Amish? I justhave to ask ... ;)

Let said...

I'm amazed at the odd emails I received because of my answers to this meme. People really get "stupid" in the cyber world. Jesus...

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