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Liz Hottel Barrett, August 202
So I had a reverse shoulder replacement of my right arm in December of 2019. Many of us have had replacement parts, and that one was something for which I am grateful. I have complete upper range of motion: the only hard thing is pulling up my pants since I’m unable to reach anything on my right backside with my right arm. A nuisance but I’m still lucky to have most of the rest of my range.
However, I’ve not been able to hold my fork to eat comfortably. It’s weird, and I wish I could get back a “normal” feeling when eating, but I can’t seem to. It’s not obvious to an on-looker, at least I don’t think so. But the consequences include spilling things down my front. It is so annoying, and most of the time I am unaware of it. Anyway, I’m pretty good with stain removers and bleach, but sometimes I just can’t seem to get rid of the stains.
Therefore, I have become incredibly creative:
My son John loves the fact that I remind him of Phyllis Diller and all the which things she used to do and say. Ah, aging is such fun!
LESSON: Is it “complete”, “finished”, or “completely finished”?
No English dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between these two words – “Complete” or “Finished”. In a recent linguistic competition held in London and attended by, supposedly, the best in the world, Samdar Balgobin, a Guyanese man, was the clear winner with a standing ovation which lasted over 5 minutes.
The final question was: ‘How do you explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand? Some people say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.’
Here is his astute answer:
“When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED. And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!”
He won a trip around the world and a case of 25-year-old Scotch.
I received this birthday card and just howled. It feels so good to laugh out loud! Liz Hottel Barrett 1/10/22
November, 2021: Thanks to Ann Merchant Boesgaard for this guffaw!
“Mom’s currently in a meeting — will she know what this is in reference to?”