Of Roses and Violets, and of Hearts and Such….

It’s the most horrible day of the year… (with apologies to Pola and Wyle!)

… well, it is for me, at least. But hopefully not forever. Actually, yesterday went rather well, all things considered. It all comes down to a promise with a little faith. And hope.

I didn’t post this yesterday because I don’t want to be that guy who rains on everyone else’s parade. You all who have someone shouldn’t have to suffer with the rest of us; you should enjoy your day and I’m grateful that you have it. It’s just that of the four significant / long-term relationships that I’ve had, none have spanned through February while being “in a relationship”. One started as early as March while another ended late one January. The shortest lasted for a little over four months with the longest being just under eleven. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart so the prospect of having no prospect on the premier romantic day of the year for the 23rd time since the end of my first relationship has been and continues to be quite depressing. I have faith that my time will come but until then….

So how was yesterday a good day overall? I’m alive to talk about it after the fact?! Really though, I’ll be working remotely for the next several days because of an infection with open sores on my thigh as a result of an allergic reaction to a Jagua skin stain (“temporary tattoo”) that has resulted in my not being able to go to the office: the wound must stay open to the air and my boss doesn’t like the idea of my being in the office in shorts… or with an exposed thigh.

Wait, how is that good, other than having a flexible work arrangement? And regarding the wound at this particular time: is this a coincidence? Are these disconnected events? I think not. It just so happens that this wound is indirectly related to a promise that I received 22 years ago next Tuesday for which I still wait for fulfillment.

I recently restarted my blog after several years of inactivity but I’ve been holding back on actively writing as I’ve been debating on its direction and how broad I’ll be taking the content. I have many varied interests so I could have no end of posts if all I did was write. I’ve been stuck in “analysis paralysis” but I’ve decided on three primary topics: spirituality, technology and relationships, usually to be posted on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, respectively. I occasionally will post articles on other topics, too, including health, history and mathematics, from time to time. I plan on at least two to three entries every couple weeks or so.

I plan to kick this off with a series on my past starting next Tuesday (in honor of the significance of that date) and continuing the Thursday of the following week. In this series I’ll share stories—some pleasant, some not quite so (with content warnings as appropriate)—and over the course of the next several months you’ll come to find how the attached photos are related to the answers to the questions previously raised, as well as get answers to the questions that some of you may have regarding the script in the photos itself and what it means to me. I’ll also keep you posted as to how my leg is healing. (To start, yes, that’s my leg as of last Monday and the photos are untouched.)

Get ready for a ride and to know a lot more about me!

Heart. Jagua skin stain "spot test", 36 hours after application. 75 hours later, still no negative reaction.
Heart. Jagua skin stain “spot test”, 36 hours after application. 87 hours later, still no negative reaction.
Jai Guru Deva Om, in Sanscrit. Photo of a Jagua skin stain allergic reaction, 12 hours after application. Applied 24 hours after spot test.
Jai Guru Deva Om, in Sanscrit. Photo of a Jagua skin stain allergic reaction, 12 hours after application. Applied 24 hours after spot test.
Jai Guru Deva Om, in Sanscrit. Photo of a Jagua skin stain allergic reaction, 40 hours after application. Note the blistering and open sores.
Jai Guru Deva Om, in Sanscrit. Photo of a Jagua skin stain allergic reaction, 40 hours after application. Note the blistering, open sores and cellulitis. I’m now taking Keflex.

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