I’m nearly drug-free … and feeling better

As you progress through the events of several decades, stuff happens.

You suffer an injury.

You get sick.

You might be depressed or in pain.

Sometimes … you fit a certain profile and now you need to take this …

Every one of those events can lead to drug usage.

Your doctor prescribes a pain killer for post-surgical recovery.How Many Pills

Another says you’ve got to take a pill for your blood pressure.

Your knees tell you that running is tough on them … so you take Vitamin I … Ibuprofen.

The stress of work-life has you off balance.

Maybe you adjust your vitamin regimen or take a Prozac.

Antacids or a daily purple pill helps reduce your reflux.

Are you a druggie?

In recent weeks … I’ve become … nearly … drug-free … and I’m feeling better.

I want you to consider what a similar change might do for you.  I’m no doctor, but I’ve learned most doctors don’t pay much attention to the individual.  You need to look out for yourself.

Do you remember the slogan … Better Living Through Chemistry?

That is a variation on an advertising slogan for Dupont

… the company that brought us many types of plastic and a wide range of industrial chemicals.

Pharmaceutical companies and the healthcare industry seem to fully embrace the idea now.

I have stopped taking all prescription medications except a low-dose pill for blood pressure … and if I can do so without causing my doctor to experience heart failure, I’ll stop taking that too.

I quit taking pain medication.
Now I have fewer aches & pains.

Aches & pains associated with over-enthusiastic exercise, demanding weekend home projects, work injuries, childhood injuries, a fall from the roof of a 2-story house, knee surgery, fatigue, and stress have led to a variety of attempts to alleviate the pain.  I had reached a point where I was taking a daily meloxicam tablet rather than a handful of ibuprofen.  When I started taking meloxicam it seemed to do wonders.

If you are taking NSAIDs … or considering it … do some research, visit WebMD and other online resources … read … and understand … NSAIDs can have some serious side effects … and they don’t mix well with many other medications.  They can be seriously dangerous when taken along with steroids … and it seems not all doctors know this.

I quit taking purple pills.
Now I have less indigestion and no nausea or acid reflux.

At some point in recent years, I experienced an extended period of indigestion, reflux, and nausea.  The purple pill was prescribed, and when generic Prilosec (omeprazole) became available, I continued with the OTC versions.  When that initial bout abated, I cut back from daily use to “as needed” but it seemed I still needed it quite a bit.

When I decided to cut down on meds, I began taking a probiotic (Align).
Wow … what an improvement!

I quit the testosterone replacement therapy.
Now I have more energy, better attitude, and less concern about chest pains.

Low-T is the latest big hype among pharmaceutical companies.  My doctor decided my T was too low and I should try one of the new gels.  I tried three but with no noticeable positive impact.  So, my doctor had me begin Testosterone injections.  The first three injections resulted in noticeable changes and some questionable (even serious) side effects, but my doctor wasn’t convinced there was a connection.

When I went for the fourth injection, the nurse showed me a contaminant in the bottle from which the first three shots had been taken.  So, I got a new vial from the pharmacy.  The next injection seemed to have no affect; a few weeks later, the second injection seemed to do nothing, as well.  By then, I had been experiencing for several weeks new chest pains that didn’t feel like muscle aches.  It was at that point I decided to cut out as many prescription and over-the-counter medications as I could.

Another great benefit has been weight loss … nearly 30 pounds!

When I started the T-Replacement Therapy, I soon lost six or seven pounds.
That was encouraging.

In just a few weeks following my decision to stop taking the NSAIDs and omeprazole, my weight loss now totals nearly 30 pounds … without a diet (though I am eating smarter and allowing myself fewer sweets) and only a modest increase in recreational physical activity.

Now I look forward to what will happen when I re-instate a regular fitness routine.

Of course, I should add the standard disclaimer … “Your results may vary.”

But … it could be worth a try … for many reasons!

The benefits of becoming (almost) Drug Free include:

  • Fewer Aches & Pains
  • More Energy
  • No Gastric Distress
  • No Nausea
  • Improved Appetite
  • Weight Loss





Where Everybody Knows Your Name

On our second visit to the Eagle Harbor Inn

we thought we had walked into the Keweenaw Peninsula

version of the TV series Cheers.

Entering the Eagle Harbor Inn, you walk into a cozy bar with tables near the door and a well stocked bar in full view just behind.  There is more seating to the right and around the bar.  The dining room is to the left.

When we arrived, the bar area was busy.  Most of the bar stools were occupied and more than half the tables were, too.  The atmosphere was inviting.

As we entered the air was filled with greetings of “Hello!” “Welcome!” “Good to see you again!”

We looked back toward the entrance to see who was walking in behind us.  No one was there.

My next thought was that the locals were funnin the out-of-towners.  Wrong.

In of town of about 55 people … in an area populated at the rate of 4.3 people per square mile … they either know your name or know you are a stranger.

They know your name


know you are a stranger

It took me a few seconds to recognize the group seated at the front tables.  Why?  Well, when we met them a couple days earlier in Copper Harbor they had just returned from a busy day enjoying outdoor activities around the Keweenaw … wind-blown, dressed for hiking, the beach … whatever.  Now, they all looked pretty good … cleaned up, hair combed, no hats.

More importantly, I finally recognized them as Bill & Connie … along with their daughter, grandkids, and a few others we had not yet met.  As we chatted with the group, Mary Probst, Eagle Harbor Inn Proprietor, joined the conversation, before showing us to our table.

We felt like we were in the right place.

Eagle Harbor Inn ArtThis was our second visit.

The surprising thing is that it took us more than 20 years to get here.

My recommendation to you …

You should not

wait so long.

What a great place!

Mary, our host, showed us to a table in the dining room where we were pleasantly surprised by the bright and open ambiance.  Large windows brightened the room and offered great views of area around the restaurant.

Are you visiting the U.P. … the Keweenaw Peninsula … this year?

Stop at the Eagle Harbor Inn!

You will not be disappointed.

On our first visit to the Eagle Harbor Inn we tried their pizza.  It was great.

When we are home, Friday is movie & pizza night.  We try a wide variety of pizzas. I think we can speak with some authority.  The Eagle Harbor Inn offers great pizza.

On our second visit a couple days later, we ordered dueling trout dishes … charbroiled v. almandine.  We sampled each other’s entre.

Dueling Trout Dishes

Trout at Eagle Harbor Inn









Eagle Harbor Inn Trout 2

They were both great.

You will find many great dishes on the Eagle Harbor Inn Menu


 Remember the word “Inn”

The Eagle Harbor Inn also offers lodging

7 Single Rooms & a 1-bedroom Apartment



 Follow these links

to learn more

and have fun


Click Here If you would like to know more about the Eagle Harbor Inn.

Click Here If you would like to explore the Keweenaw Peninsula … where the Eagle Harbor Inn is located.

Click Here To see a video clips of “Norm-isms” Greetings from the Cheers series.


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 A Special Boomer Review “Thank You”

to Mary Probst and the Eagle Harbor Inn

for fine dining experiences and the use of your graphic.

Oh Yes! I do remember Maid-Rites. Try Debbie’s recipe.

Debbie's Midwestern Kitchen

Loose Meat Sandwich.

If you know what this is, you must be from the Midwest.  Here in Iowa there is nothing quite like a loose meat sandwich, or Maid-Rite, as many of us grew up calling them.  This delicious sandwich with meat messily spilling over the edges of the bun is a staple for many Iowan meals.

The Maid-Rite sandwich was popularized back in 1926 by a man named Fred Angell.  He began franchising the idea and a chain of restaurants called Maid-Rite began to spread throughout Iowa.  Today one of the few original shops remains in Marshalltown, Iowa – Taylor’s Maid-Rite.  Several new shops have emerged over the years and have been grandfathered in through the franchise, but Taylor’s is one of the originals and a favorite of many long time Maid-Rite fans.

I have vivid memories of Taylor’s in Marshalltown.  I played softball in high school and our…

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Acoustic Annoyance – First Music Video

Tower of Song


Leonard Cohen

Performance & Arrangement


Brian Jacobson

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Acoustic Annoyance

World Premiere – Tower of Song – The Primative Series

Additional Leonard Cohen Link:

Leonard Cohen Does Standup Comedy

Early Boomers heard and danced

to this music when it was first introduced.

Many of our Boomer Generation

Inspirations and Anthems

Are connected to these 

Sights and Sounds.

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Woodgate has something to say to which most of do … or will … relate. So, get a grip and read on …

Woodgate's View

Parts of my body that were once reliable and indispensable have turned against me.  But revenge is sweet.


Of all the regrets that I have for getting old, it is not that my facade is wrinkled and course.   Not that my teeth are few and far apart, nor that my hair is no longer thick and brown nor my bones strong and upright.  Not even the gradual loss of vision and hearing capabilities.  I accept the fate that age deals to us all and actually relish this time that no longer insists that I try to impress the ladies with any real or imagined good looks.  In fact I have to account to very few people any more because I have outlasted many of them and in so doing am wiser and content with all that I am, warts and all.

To those who would find some aspect of my…

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