Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Go Figure - Hearing Test

I have been getting aggravated recently by the difficulty understanding conversations so I decided that after over 3 years it might be useful to get things checked out with the audiologist.

I have a digital hearing aid. She checked it out pretty well, got all the wax out and changed a little filter I often forget to check. She also adjusted it using the computer to change the audio filtering to blank out more of the background noise and amplify the foreground a little.

This really did seem to help somewhat but it was decided that due to the length of time since the last one that I should get my hearing test updated. This requires a prescription from a doctor and so we scheduled another appointment.

Today I went in for the test. She did have to remove some wax from my ear. I then repeated all the words I could hear and pressed the button when I heard the various tones in the earphones. After this was all finished, she smiled and told me my high frequency hearing actually tested better than the last time.

I did not know you could actually improve. I thought you were sort of doomed to reduced capability as time goes by. My problems that I was concerned about were probably wax related in the ear and the hearing aid. Maybe the tuneup helped or maybe I really am better than before.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

One of my favorites over the years.

"Solitude," by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 - 1919).

Laugh, and the world laughs with you:
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth
Must borrow its mirth,
It has trouble enough of its own.

Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound
To a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure
Of all your pleasure,
But they do not want your woe.

Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all;
There are none to decline
Your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by;
Succeed and give,
And it helps you live,
But it cannot help you die.

There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train;
But one by one
We must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Street Photography

I thought this may be too long but as I watched it I grew more fascinated.

I got this from the Observer VeryShortList.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

What Were You Doing in 1965?

USS General J. C. Breckinridge (AP-176)

I was taking a boat ride!

In June to August of 1965 LBJ decided to put 50,000 troops into Vietnam and I was available. After all this time I am a little fuzzy on details but we might have arrived in June.

Just happened across this picture a little while ago of my 'cruise ship' for my trip from Oakland to Pearl Harbor and Yokohama and finally Cam Ranh Bay.