Jolly Dr. Rancher…

A few weeks ago I had strep throat. I took antibiotics for ten days (as prescribed) and, although my throat felt considerably, it was still a bit sore. It started to feel considerably worse over the next few days so I went back to see my doctor.

I like my doctor. He's a young doctor with a young family so he seems to like to relate to my wife and I. While he prescribes meds for illnesses like all doctors, he knows that I'm not big on putting any thing into my body that's not naturally meant to be there. He will often write a prescription for something and say, "Try doing *this* first. And if that doesn't work then go get the prescription filled." He did this today too…

I told him I was taking throat lozenges to try and alleviate the pain, which he seemed to almost have a stroke over… He explained that medicated lozenges all have some sort of antiseptic/numbing agent in them. This numbing agent makes you feel better for the half-hour that it remains active but because it’s usually a chemical numbing agent it also usually acts as chemical irritant. So, once the numbing wears off your throat feels worse… so you pop another one… feel better for a while… you feel worse… you pop another one… and so on.

Get this, he prescribed hard candies and cold water. Hard candies to get the saliva flowing and cold water to soothe the ache. Get this, a few days a half-bag of Jolly Ranchers later, my throat feel perfectly fine.

I like my doctor… and now I really like Jolly Ranchers.


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Could I be a leader? Or am I a natural follower?

Okay… So this whole blogging from my Palm Pilot On the ferry is looking to be promising. :^)

Well, I spend the bulk of today attending a leadership course set up thtrough my work. I wasn't sure if it was something I really wanted to attend but it was presented to us as something where attendence was not necessarily mandatory but was strongly reccommended… um… same thing, right? Either way, I decided to go with an open mind hoping that I might actually learn something from this pseudo-mandatory seminar away from my normal pixel-pushing day.

One of the first things they asked us to do was draw or write examples of leadership in our personal lives… this was way more difficult for me than I thought it was going to be and I knew at this point today was going to be a challenge for me. I realised that I don't necessarily look at leadership in the same way as everyone as else. People ay my table started drawing and writing immediately… whereas I spent the first half of the alloted time just staring at the paper… this was not like me.

The entire day ended being about how we view ourselves as leaders and what we could do to improve our skills as leaders. I discovered that I have some strange complex where I have great difficulty seeing myself as a leader. Why should anyone want to follow me?

I struggled with this for the entire day. Some of my collegues pointed out that I have, in my life, been in situations where I have had to take leadership roles: I used to be a teacher, I am a parent, I am a co-captian of my soccer team… and for some reason this scared me a bit. I feel like I truely want to be someone who is capabable of being a leader but in so many situations I feel like a natural follower: I felt only able to make new friends at college along side someone else who seemed to be a natural at attracting people, I've never been entirely comfortable being co-capitain of my soccer team, I don't really feel like I should be a leader in my family…

I was rather quiet for most of the seminar…

By the end of the day I felt exhausted. I have a tendancy to over-internalize in situations like this and it can be often draining. I did, however, come to some sort of quasi-resolution to my conundrum… Although I would like to be able to see myself as someone who could be a leader, in the traditional sense (visionary, commuicator, commandor…), I find that I am much more comfortable (at least for now) with the idea of being someone who leads by example, someone who can be seen as a positive role model, someone who inspires.

Still… I know I can follow… but could I really be a leader?

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This is a bit of a test buried in a mini ramble…

I just got a new Palm T|X (with portable keyboard) a very short while ago and I noticed that Vox has a mobile posting client (mini-app) for the PalmOne operating system. So, I figure I should try it out…
Life has been a combination of very busy with family duties, very busy with work, very busy with freelance work, and very tiring with the lack of sleep. I've been finding it very difficult to actually stay up-to-date much of the online socialising that I have grown accustomed to… It's been a bit of a drag.

Oh well, it't where I am in my life right now… I guess in the mean-time I'll just try and get used to being the geek on the public ferry service with the Palm Pilot and the fold-out keyboard…

This concludes our first Palm Mobile Vox application test… Thank you for your time.

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