Nothing says damn good cooking better than radioactive particles sprinkled over a fresh plate of scrambled Egg Beaters….

February 24, 2012

By Christopher Green

Yum Yum, sounds real good don’t it, but more about that in a moment.

Now I know it’s been a long, especially in blog time on the blogosphere, stretch since I last posted. It is not that I haven’t had anything to say, because I am almost never at a loss for words, but rather because of continued frustration with how my health is starting to play out.  

To put it bluntly, I was starting to drift, ever so slightly, to the dark side of my emotional state of mind. After living with this: the congestion, the shortness of breath, the endless series of breathing treatments and all the other stuff I do to stave off the inevitable lung transplant  hanging over my head since 2004, I was just getting worn down emotionally, physically and, worse yet, intellectually. Read the rest of this entry »


Well, at least it looks as if I have finally stabilized health-wise, although the rest of my life…

December 19, 2011

By Christopher Green

Not so much.

But really, how stabilized can anyone be in these churning, gut wrenching times.

Now, now, I am not going go off and get all political on you, that’s not the thrust of this blog. But you have to admit that the uncertainty level is pretty high right now.

That’s all I wanted to say about that. This isn’t the time nor the place to discuss politics. If you really want to see where I stand politically, check out and look for WCGreen. Read the rest of this entry »

Something I found as I was looking for a Document on my old computer…

December 7, 2011

by Christopher Green

It’s a kind of obituary I wrote when Jimmy Stewart passed away. I wrote it for The Downtown Tab where I was a writer. I thought it would be a nice touch for the holiday season.

There are a lot of people from Indiana, Pennsylvania living here in the Cleveland area. Located about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, it’s one of those small towns long on heritage but, as it turned out, short on sustainable prosperity.  Besides being a charter member of coal country, Indiana, Pennsylvania was also the self-proclaimed Christmas tree capital of the world.

Being the county seat, they had a stoic court-house built with coal money. They even had the obligatory statue on town square in tribute to those who served. It wasn’t a true company town, but damn close. Over the years change had come slowly to Indiana, Pennsylvania, but when the mines started to peter out, it happened quick. Read the rest of this entry »

Sitting home alone on a Saturday night…

December 3, 2011

By Christopher Green

Reminds me of that first year or so of my sobriety. I went for the better part of two years without a date. I went from raging drunk to stuttering shy guy in the blink of an eye. I felt lost and terribly alone and the only solace I had was I wasn’t out in the world making a complete ass hole out of myself. That behavior went on most nights when I was drinking professionally.

I bet there are people out there still who say, even after 27 years, stuff like “do you remember when that asshole staggered into our party and tried to…..” You can imagine what I did. Me, well I only have halting, jiggering memories about those last few years of drunken debauchery, so I try not to think about it.

Anyway, that wasn’t what I wanted to talk about. Read the rest of this entry »

Note to self….

November 29, 2011

It really isn’t a good idea to call a client about tax matters after taking a vicodin and a dose of codeine based cough medicine.

Even if you take them an hour or so apart.

An old friend and my very first tax client called today with a question about his taxes. It was an easy question, nothing that puzzling so I figured what the heck.

I take the med’s at about the same time every day and, for the most part, I am alone during that portion of the day. I don’t really interact with anyone until the late afternoon or the early evening. So I wasn’t really prepared. Read the rest of this entry »

A week or so ago, I had to shelve going to a Halloween party hosted by two of my favorite people because of, you guessed it, my diminished health situation.

November 9, 2011

By Christopher Green

I really wanted to go because Joe, although we don’t see each other so much these days, is truly my best friend. He is the guy that if I was in trouble, I would call first. Not only that, his significant other, Diane, has always been in my corner when I needed her.

These two have been  friends of mine since back in the 80’s. Joe knew me when I was drinking; Diane met me after I stopped.

Now Joe has an artistic flair and Diane is a task master to the nth degree so I knew the combination of the two would produce a well decorated and nicely organized party. No keg in the corner augmented by excruciatingly loud music complete with a cavalier “you’re on your own” kind of party at their home. Read the rest of this entry »


October 18, 2011

By Christopher Green

Good old reliable Webster’s tags it as that“quality or state of being lazy, sluggish, or indifferent.” I say, as it applies to me, that I would call it a reaction to events, of sorts, or perhaps a seven year itch that is too bothersome to scratch. Or, in that ironic parlay of those decades younger that I, whatever, insert shrug here.

But it isn’t the first part because I’m certainly not lazy, although to some people, including a few of my former clients; it just might appear that way. It could very well be the second part, being sluggish because lord almighty, it seems as if every day feels like I am full of sludge before I even drag myself out of bed.

And so I think that the part that applies to me is also, I imagine the bane of people dealing with a chronic disease everywhere and that is resigned indifference. Read the rest of this entry »