Thursday, March 22, 2007


Pronunciation: ‚sir, ‚s‡-„r
Function: noun
Date: 14th century

1. one that sees
2 a: one that predicts events or developments b: a person credited with extraordinary moral and spiritual insight

One of the profiles for my INFJ personality preference profile says that I supposedly have "the capabilities of a seer." If so, than some of my experiences today may confirm that:

(1) I knew that the bureaucracy of the Veterans Administration would not be as simple as I had been told. Whether that was because of some special insight that I have within me or because of my twelve years experience as a state bureaucrat, I don't know, but when I finally found the clinic to which I had been directed, I learned that I must first go through Intake at the VA Hospital before I can be served. Doug did not have the time to drive me to the hospital, so I must begin the trek again tomorrow.

(2) My greatest fear in this whole experience came true today. When we arrived at my house to pick up my mail and feed Alex, I could not find him. I called for Alex from the front yard and from the back. He never came. I pray that Alex is OK. I did refill his food bowls, which after a week were empty. I pray he is OK and that I'll see him whenever I can obtain another ride to my house.

If I do have seer abilities (which I truly doubt) they missed the most positive experience of the day. When I arrived back at my mother's home, there was a phone message from Nick, my oldest son. He came by, took me out for an excellent steak dinner, and will transport me to the VA hospital tomorrow. And, if we have the time, back to my house to again seek Alex.

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled [poets] to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. ~ Socrates, in Apology, sct. 21, by Plato.


  1. Hopefully Alex was just out socializing Nick. Is there any way you can leave him in the house, so that you know where he is?

    I hope your appointment today goes well.


  2. The joys of doing business with the government. Hope that was the last snafu.

    Sorry about Alex. Hope he turns up. As Laurie said, he may be visiting somewhere.

  3. Alex and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. In my experience, cats get kind of skittish when they're left alone. He's probably around, he's just laying low until he's sure everything is safe.

    I once had my handwriting analyzed as part of a job interview, and was told that I was psychic. I have a hunch the science behind it is a little fuzzy.

  5. I'm no seer myself, but I bet Alex ran out of food the day before and is out looking for something to nibble on or just doing cat stuff.

    As for the VA bureaucracy, I'm so disgusted treat vets so badly. I hate to say it, but I wasn't surprised at what was discovered at Walter Reed. My sister is a veteran, and because I worked for the DoD for 9 years, I have several friends who are vets, and of all people, I've always believed veterans deserve at least 10 times better care than I get, but they don't get that kind of care from the VA.


    Hope you and your son have a great day today :)

  6. Thinking of you, Nick. I hope you can get some action at the VA. I bet Alex will be around soon.

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  8. now ps...good luck with the VA.

    hope Alex comes back soon.

  9. I, too, hope that Alex was just out foraging. I can't believe he won't come back and find the food you set out. Good luck!