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The Wrong Thing to Boomerang

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Back in 2007, I had this insane cross country tour of Australia– a fantastic invitation, opportunity, and no second guessing it for a minute.. but it was done as a visit to every capital city in a 2 week time span.

I was working mad hours right up until I left, and it was my first weekend here, my first presentation stop in Hobart, Tasmania– when I came down with a cold. The show had to go on, so I presented, socialized, coughed my way around the country. i got a doctor’s housecall in Adelaide, and some scrips, and every possible suggestion for a cure, but the CogDogWog was strong:

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So on this current trip, it was my choice to return to Tasmania since I hardly saw it.

And damnit, wouldn’t you know it, last night I felt that deadly sore throat and cough come on, and I am full in the Wog. Again.

And again it won’t keep me down… too long. At least on this trip, my 2 weeks here are purely my time, no obligations except the ones I create.

I snoozed most of the drive back along the Great Ocean Road today–no, I am not driving, I might need a lot of assistance to do that:

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And in the I Cannot Believe What Americans Suffer for Quote unquote Health Care department…. my friend Jan took me to a local strip mall. I walked in, without insurance coverage, without an appointment, and was sitting in a doctor’s office within 5 minutes. He prescribed me an antibiotic (the visit cost me a whopping AU$35), I walked next door to a pharmacy, and within another 5 minutes had some antibiotics (it set me back US$17).

At home, where I pay a lot more for insurance, under the same situation, I might have to wait to see a doctor, I would have paid a $50 co-pay, I would have driven to a pharmacy, and paid another $35-$50 co-pay for the scrips.

If I were not feeling so crappy, I might try to find dome meaning in this.

Anyhow, its rest for 2 days, and hopefully soon get this freakin’ lampshade off my head and back to the real stuff.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. Sorry to hear about the crud. Hopefully the meds will mend you up.

    It might be fine time remember what I’m told they say in Australia, “keep your pecker up!”

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