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Augie88GT
09-23-2015, 12:17 PM
Hi folks,

As some of you know, I was stricken with a serious illness in 1990, when I was 22 years old. I was basically bedridden when I was between the ages of 22 and 33. My illness rendered me physically incapable of driving a car for 21 years.

Very slowly and gradually, I am continuing to make progress regarding recovery form my illness.

In the past 2 months, I've had 2 pieces of good news to communicate.

First, about 6-8 weeks ago, I did some limited shopping in a supermarket. I didn't buy much - just some orange juice (with calcium, of course), vitamins, and muffins. I drove there myself, and I pushed the shopping cart around the store for a short while. But, for me, it was a major milestone. That was the first time I shopped in a supermarket since I lived in Ann Arbor, MI back in 1990.

Second, about 2 weeks ago, I drove to my local 7-11 store late at night to buy a quart of milk. The last time I was in a 7-11 store was in Long Island, NY back in 1989, my senior year of college. This was another milestone for me.

Little by little, after being sick for 25 years now, I am slowly beginning to live a semi-normal life again. But life is still a struggle many times.

mike g
09-23-2015, 08:07 PM
badass! I bet that feels freaking awesome.

Augie88GT
09-27-2015, 09:04 AM
Hi Mike,

Thanks for the comment.:smile:

Yes, it did feel awesome. Actually, it felt more strange and surreal.

The aspect that I found most striking in the supermarket is how much more "computerized" everything is. When I used to go shopping in supermarkets when I was in college and graduate school back in the 1980s, those electronic scanners (that scan the UPC symbols) were considered "cutting edge".

Now, the registers have multiple computer screens and card scanners. And there are all different sorts of codes and symbols. If something is on sale, it has a specific code. If something is on sale, but you need a "price club" card/number to get the item at the sale price, there is a different specific code.

This does add complexity to the whole shopping experience.

I remember when I was a kid back in the 1970s, and people made predictions about shopping in the future. In fact, I remember a specific exhibit at Disneyworld back then (circa 1978). The prediction was that all shopping would be done from home. And they sort of predicted the internet. While it is true that some shopping is done from home, and it is increasing every year, most people still go out to a store to do their shopping.

Who knows what the future holds? Amazon wants to fly items to their customers using drones, if it can clear legal hurdles. Actually, delivering food (like pizza, for example) using that method is a good idea. But I can also envision the sky being so crowded with drones that they will begin to crash into each other.

Augie88GT
09-27-2015, 09:14 AM
Hi folks,

On Friday, I started my 1988 Mustang GT. I try to start it a few times a year.

I had to charge the battery for about 45 minutes. After that, everything was fine. The 5.0 liter engine fired right up. I ran it for a while.

It reminds me of the song "Red Barchetta" by Rush: "Ooh, fire up the willing engine, responding with a roar..."

And there is that relatively new song by Nickelback where they describe robbing a bank on a Sunday. Of course, the bank is closed. And there is a police car sitting right there. There is a line in the lyrics that goes: "stolen Mustang...small block 302". I get a kick out of that song.:smile: