Operation Cringe

Can I tell you about the horrible week I had? And don’t worry, I won’t get into the gritty details; just know that I wasn’t able to shower or use the bathroom in my apartment for four days straight. There was a plumbing problem; every drain backed up and came out of the lowest point possible – the base of the toilet. Not the bowl; I mean where the toilet meets the floor. Ugh and the smell…thinking about it now is still cringey.

Everything got fixed, thankfully! I was able to take a shower and let me tell you, the feeling was incredible. I don’t think I will ever take for granted the value of what we call “basic amenities”. Going through that shitstorm (pardon the pun), I tried looking for a silver lining like I do with every challenge I face. I’ll need to update you later when I find it because right now all I can see is brown. 



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  • CC on

    Hi Doug! You’re such a gem of a person that even with what you’re going through, you found the time to reach out to make me feel better about my situation. Thank you! Hope you recover faster than the doctors say and hope to see you again soon. I appreciate you so much, take care!

  • Douglas Schmidt on

    There is always a silver lining if we look for it – you are correct.
    A little over 3 weeks ago, I was at the top of an extension ladder when the bottom slid out and I fell about 12 feet and landed on my heels on a tile floor. I shattered both heels and had surgery – screws and metal plates – it may be 5 or 6 months before I am walking.
    I could be full of self pity and anger. But I have found how much people care – family and friends – and how truly blessed I am.
    First of all, considering the fall…it could have been much worse. I could have fallen on my head, could have died, could have been laid up for life.
    Second of all, others have visited me and brought me food, given me financial assistance, taken over some of my work and taken me anywhere I may need to go.
    And finally, all I have to do is compare my life – despite this setback – to the majority of the people in the world. I still have a life better than most of them. I am truly blessed and this is just a bump in the road – albeit a bigger bump than most. But I will get through it a better and stronger and happier person.

    Personal note to CC – I am the guy who bought like 12 shirts from you in Palm Springs several years ago. I just ordered 6 of your new ones. I enjoy your newsletter.


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