Schedules and other foolish things

AS we all know, schedules are fine things indeed; until life hears about them, at which time keeping to one’s schedule becomes forever a goal to reach for, and never a goal achieved.

On Thursday of last week I drove to Shands Surgical Center in Gainesville, Florida, for a final round of eye surgery. It’s not exactly a hobby of mine, or something I do on the spur of the moment, or even out of boredom. It was planned.

It was in my schedule, you see.

When I got there after nearly two hours of driving, it was postponed. So, tomorrow morning, I will drive back to Shands for that final round of eye surgery. Again. I know the route very well.

Following the surgery, there will be several days’ interval before I can get back to work on the computer, so emails and blogs will have to wait. So will editing, and so will writing.

At least until Monday of next week.

See you then.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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