September 21st

First time in the medical office of my family doctor in years. I have supplemental medical insurance through work and whenever I needed to see a doctor or a specialist or do lab work I would just set an appointment online and be in and out in 15 minutes. Now, even though I had an appointment set up, there is a delay of over 90 minutes…

I have another appointment set through my supplemental insurance for tomorrow morning, but I want to start my checkups on two tracks and see how they go and which way is faster…


September 20th

Today in the morning I went to my dentist for a scheduled appointment for root canal work. The first anesthetic didn’t work, I could still feel sharp pain while the doctor was drilling, so she gave me another one. Within 30 seconds, I could feel there was something wrong with me — there were cold sweats and nausea, and overall weakness in my chest area. I was able to tell my dentist that there is something wrong and that I don’t feel well. The next thing I remember is the faces of my dentist and her two assistants…


September 19th

I found this amazing tree and its roots in the park on the grounds of Baranow Sandomierski Castle today. I have never seen this type of root system where all individual roots form a solid singularity that seems to emerge and spill over the ground and curbstones. That tree is over two centuries old, and hopefully, it will stay there for a few centuries more — it took firm possession of this particular part of the land, it clearly defined its space there, and laid a well-grounded foundation to thrive. I think this is something that I strive…


September 18th

Bieszczady Mountains near Cisna, Poland

Not many photos today, I was too busy gripping the steering wheel until my knuckles turned white. Yeah —it was a real-life “white knuckles drive” today (that phrase is common in Nort-East USA, I wonder if it is used and understood in the rest of the English-speaking world)? I spend the day driving around the Bieszczady Mountains (a part of the Eastern Carpathian Mountain Range) — 250km in 5 hours in total. It doesn’t seem like much but on the contrary — it was probably the most difficult drive I had in my life. It was raining on…


September 17th

The alleyway in Przeworsk

I have a confession to make — I love the Habsburgs and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. I find something very comforting in the required conformism and bureaucracy of a benevolent despotic empire. Lives that are lived and judged by numbers and official notes and rigid social standings. When every day and every week and every month and every year are the same and follow the same path and routine as previous days, weeks, months, and years. A good emperor who might be a tyrant, but looks like a kindly old man with a grey beard and whiskers is always…


September 16th

After 7 hours of driving, we arrived in Rzeszów. We — I mean me and my mom. It might be surprising to take mom as a companion on a road trip but she wanted to visit a city where she went to college and hasn’t been back in 52 years. I have never been to Rzeszów myself, so we decided to go on a long weekend trip there. Drive went fine, my mom is a very good passenger — we talked when we wanted, we didn’t when we didn’t want to, we took several detours to see something…


September 15th

I am tired, very tired. Tiredness usually starts on Monday morning and lasts until Friday afternoon. Afternoons and weekends on Monday to Thursday are tiresome as well — I do have some energy to do something, to go for a walk or a bike ride or read a book — but most of the time I spend those hours mindlessly staring at the computer or a cell phone screen. Sometimes I don’t even have the energy to do my dishes or prepare proper lunch for the next day. On weekends, even when I have to do physically demanding…


September 14th

Yes, as George Harrison sang — “All things must pass”. All good things in this case. My super impressive 29 years streak of NOT having any speeding tickets or moving violations or points on my license came to an end yesterday. Totally my fault — I’ve noticed the sign with a change of a speed limit, took my foot off the accelerator but didn’t started braking. And right there were the cops with a speeding trap. They clocked me going 84 in a 60 zone, 4 points on my license, and 100pln penalty (I got off rather…


September 13th

Big plans for the upcoming week — from Thursday to next Tuesday I am off work. And I have a trip planned for that time, a trip together with my mom. Fifty years ago she graduated from a Polytechnic in Rzeszow in southern Poland and haven’t been back there since. She has been mentioning that she would love to visit that city once again but it would be a hassle to take a train with several transfers and all the luggage, so I decided to arrange for a trip and drive her there and back (drive is almost…


September 12th

Often when listening to a new song, my mind is trying to place it in a particular geographical place. Place it in a particular time period as well, but this is pretty obvious for listening to any song. What I mean is not the well-known connection of the artist to place, city, or region like Bruce Springsteen to New Jersey, the Ramones and Blondie to New York City, Allman Brothers Band and REM to Georgia, or Joy Division to Manchester. It is rather something more intricate. …

footsteps of the Furies

“for they knew what sort of noise it was; they recognize, by now, the footsteps of the Furies”. Maciej — on the road to recovery.

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