Monday, February 24, 2014

An updated update

I had surgery on my left eye last December and on my right eye a week ago. The procedures went well but I must wait a while yet before new eyeglasses can be prescribed. Vision impairment results in a limited amount of reading and close-up work.

A number of pieces are in preparation and I expect to restart blogging soon. However, because I'm also involved in other activities, the pace of publication at Northern Insight will reduce from what it has been during the past five years.

A number have asked privately if I have information about Alex G. Tsakumis and his site, Rebel with a Clause. Sorry to say, I do not. I'm looking forward to his return because we need him. To paraphrase Mr. Dooley, the Irish bartender,
"AGT does ivrything f'r us. He takes runs at th' polis foorce an' th' banks, th' Liberals, the Mayors and th' ligislachure, th' young, the old and th' foolish. He comforts th' afflicted, afflicts th' comfortable, buries th' dead an' roasts thim aftherward."

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  1. AGT is very active on Facebook

  2. Good wishes on your speedy recovery, Norm. Looking forward to hearing from you again soon.

  3. I can understand that it would be unwise to be starring at a computer soon after surgery. Take your time Norm...... because when you do always it's worth waiting for.

    Guy in Vic

  4. .. got no doubts re your vision, views or foresight .. recover, reload .. take aim

  5. Oh good, Norm! I hope your eye-work goes as well as a growing number of my friends and relatives who have availed themselves of this awesome technology. Most of 'em, after years of failing eyesight---even some after a lifetime of imperfect vision---are like little kids on Christmas Eve, suffering the seemingly unbearable last little bit of waiting for the wrappers to come off. If you're as fortunate as my most recent friend to have eye-surgery, and I hope you are, you'll find shopping for eye-glasses at the dollar-store carousel the polar opposite to expensively unique prescription glasses. Soon come.

    We'll be glad whenever you get back---it'll make that last little bit of waiting all worth it.

  6. Thanks for the update Norm! Glad to hear the eye surgery went well!

    Look forward to catching up with you on your blog whenever you can post. Thank you.

  7. Good to hear from you, Norm. As with AGT, it's unsettling when we don't have a definite statement on where you're at.

  8. @Evil Eye. What name does AGT go under on face book ? I didn't think that he used sites like that. I haven't been able to find him, are you sure that it is not an imposter ?

  9. Speedy recovery Mr Farrell. Hope to read more of your analysis showing howuch is being given away by the liberals lately. Another $120 Million in the last few days to keep more Albertans employed in the Northeast and a bunch of changes to the Oil and Gas Actuvities Act that no doubt allow easier subsidized plunder with little job creation.

  10. very happy to hear your eye surgery went well! Its nice to read the update. Will look forward to your posts, when your eye sight is up to it. In the meantime, enjoy life and family. One can not live by blogging alone.

    A few weeks ago I checked AGT's site and there was something else there, so I emailed AGT. He advised the website was still under construction and he was busy working. As I recall his last post at the end of Jan. advised the new blog would be up sometime in march. We all miss his comments, however the guy does have a wife, 3 kids, aging parents, other assorted family and friends and oh, he has a business to run. I'm just waiting until sometime in March to see the new blog. I don't know if AGT does face book. If you check some of his older posts you may find out whether he does or not. To the best of my recollection, he has commented on not using twitter.

  11. Hope all is well and that the surgery is now out of the way. I had lasar treatment for astigmatism and myopia and it has been a great success. Been 19 years since and I can get by with $5.00 reading glasses from the dollar store nowadays, instead of the expensive $450 glasses I used to have to wear.
    Speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you posting again in the near future.

    1. Five dollars? I get my reading glasses for $1.79 each at this tarp&tool discount place near here. Bi-focalism for me means a pair of short glasses on my nose and another pair of taller lenses riding on my brow which I can shake out of their bushy nest with an only slightly menacing rhythmic grimace. I haven't found a use for the inevitable tri-focalism of the taller and shorter lenses superimposed and to reverse the process, at least one finger has to be used but for $1.79 it works pretty well. The secret is selecting the wider-hinged models--most of these cheap storm windows break at the hinge---and not being too sartorially picky or too fashion self-conscious, which I have certainly never been. I buy $20 worth at a time and they get spread throughout my house, woodshed, shop and vehicle; being almost always within reach of a pair of specs, I end up neglecting inventory until I notice, usually at the most inconvenient time, I can't find any glasses---they've been either lost or have all migrated to my glovey. Then it's back to the discount place to see what colours they have on offer.

  12. Glad to hear you are fine Norm. Grateful for any news about Alex, thanks. Mr. Dooley is right!

    July Morning

  13. "I'm not blind. I've just seen enough!"
    You ain't seen nothin' yet! Take a look at Grant G's blog and see what the future of LNG has in store for us.
    Maybe we should petition to be annexed by some superpower. Quebec for instance?

    I yearn for the good old days, before we became 'stinking rich,' and had to get by chopping wood and hauling water.



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