January 9, 2015

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 103 (Bad blood, dirty water, hot air and more)

ONE: I've been flummoxing phlebotomists for many years. On those rare occasions when I need blood drawn, they always have a really hard time with my veins. The other day the phlebotomist tried twice in one arm then gave up and called in a backup. Fortunately, the second phlebotomist moved to my other arm and drew blood on the first try. And he gave me me this lovely pink bandage. Luckily I was wearing a long-sleeve shirt.

The worst blood draw I ever had was a few years back when I had three pokes in one arm, two in the other arm. Then, finally, they successfully drew blood from my wrist!

TWO: My eight-year-old daughter received a scavenger hunt kit for Christmas with search items for both adults and children. One of the adult cards said to find a romance novel. Does this count?

THREE: That same daughter rattled off a great line when I was talking to her about needing to clean her room. She said, "I never clean. I only organize!"

FOUR: I forgot to include this in Quick Takes over the holidays, but right before Christmas we received a piece of mail completely torn in a half inside a special bag from the post office.

How exciting that my envelope was in the special damaged mail unit. It sounds like a bad Law & Order spinoff.

FIVE: And here's another old Quick Take I couldn't fit in last week. While we were in Florida for Christmas, this sign at the children's splash pool in my brother's neighborhood reminded me of the famous line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner:

Water, water everywhere,

And all the boards did shrink.

Water, water everywhere,

Nor any drop to drink.

SIX: A funny thing happened to me in the confession booth last Saturday. As I was on my way out, the priest stopped me and said, "Will you please go into the sacristy and ask the sacristan to turn on the air conditioning? It's getting hot." I hope it wasn't my sins that raised the temperature.

SEVEN: My latest post for Austin Catholic New Media is one of my favorites. Please check it out and find out what you can learn from a 101-year-old man in Nigeria.

EPILOGUE: For more Quick Takes, visit This Ain't The Lyceum.


  1. Love the pool sign. My favorite is "no loud cursing at pool" .

    1. That's funny. I guess quiet cursing is acceptable.