Common Sense; Not So Common Anymore

What happened to common sense? At what point in time did it go the way of the dodo? The rotary phone? The “30 minutes or less or your pizza is free”?

For that matter, where did good customer service go? I get so chapped when I go into a store and the cashier is yucking it up with a co-worker, and doesn’t even look at me. They’re so engrossed in their other conversation, that I feel as if I’m inconveniencing them.

I used to think my first name was pretty unusual. I mean, it’s not Mike or John, but it’s also not some funky made up artsy fartsy name that celebrities like to saddle onto their kids. By the way, what is the motivation for that? Do they have their own awards show or something?

And now, the nominees for Most Unique Name for a male born to an A-List Celebrity:
Salamander Jolie-Pitt
Toe Jam Ritchie-Madden
Lemonade Garner-Affleck
Mitt Romney, Jr.

Anyway, I digress. My name is not that unusual. It is commonly misspelled, but it’s typically done so the same way each time. My name is correctly spelled C-O-R-E-Y. Many people spell it C-O-R-Y. In the past, I’ve had it spelled C-O-R-R-Y, C-O-R-R-I-E, or any of those variations with a K as the starting letter. What I find amusing, and insulting at the same time, is when someone responds to a letter I’ve written them, which includes my correctly spelled name, and they still spell my name wrong. Sometimes, as in an email I received this week, my name was spelled two different ways in the same email, and neither one was correct. I can understand if they were contacting me for the first time, but they were responding to an email I sent them with my name clearly written in the signature. Another person owed me a check, and they put it in an envelope. On the outside of the envelope, my name was spelled correctly. On the check, incorrectly. Do people really have that short of attention spans? What makes matters worse is that these letters are from people in business. Owners, presidents, executives, managers. You would think that at some level, they would understand the value in respecting someone’s name.

Anyway, just venting. I’ve played those games when you try to guess if certain celebrities are alive or dead. You know, Abe Vigoda, dead or alive? Ernest Borgnine, dead or alive.

I had no idea common sense died.

I sure miss it.

Mom Is Home

It seems like the last week has been filled with little teases of good news, but only to be let down by some unexpected letdown. But finally, after an 11th hour concern over the infection in my mom’s arm, the doctors felt like my dad could take her home and treat the infection outside the hospital.

There are still many tests ahead this week, but they’re all things that can be done as an outpatient. The tests will help answer a lot of questions, but probably the biggest is the type and stage of my mom’s cancer. We are also concerned to see if it’s spread, and if so, how much and where.

I am discovering the value in finding great joy in even the slightest victories. I know there are going to be some good days and many bad days ahead. Just the fact that she’s now home and resting in her own bed is comforting. She still is very sick, but it blesses my heart that she’s back home with my dad, and in a place where she is most comfortable.

I have no idea what the week ahead holds. I have responsibilities and obligations to meet. The world doesn’t stop just because I’ve got important things on my mind. I just pray for grace for today. Strength to make it through this day.

Then tomorrow, do it again.

My Favorite Commercials

OK, here are mine. What were yours? (by the way…what was the deal with the Jack in the Box commercial in which Jack gets run over by a bus? That was a little disturbing)

Doritos: Crystal Ball
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Pepsi Max: I’m good
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Monster.com: Moose
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Good News Today

You know, after a week like this week, and a day like yesterday, today was a bit of an oasis. The cardiothoracic surgeon who yesterday, was pretty convinced my mom would have a significant amount of fluid back around her heart, today said that it really wasn’t that bad. In fact, instead of having another surgical procedure tomorrow, Mom is being released to go home.

There are still lots of tests to come, all of which are outpatient, and she still has cancer, but we’re very excited that she can go home Sunday. She’s already told Dad what she wants for dinner. The food at the hospital has been predictably bad, so the fact that she’s talking about food is a good thing. She’s lost so much weight, just holding food in her hand makes a difference on the scale.

So, today was a good day. We’re not out of the woods, but we’ll enjoy the victory of at least being out of the hospital for now.

Thanks again for your prayers and words of comfort and support!