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I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Popcorn husk or crumb stuck in my tonsil / throat for a week

Actually, for more than a week I have had a piece of popcorn husk lodged in my throat or tonsil. It was driving me insane. I did also sorts of stuff to try and dislodge it. I read on the internet somewhere to eat granola bars or other coarse food that might scrape it free. Didn't work. Another suggested gargling with olive oil. I was driving on my job and stopped at a store and bought a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. I pulled into a parking lot and began gargling. The oil started to create a mild burning sensation. I spit it out (hope no one was watching)  and the crumb was still in place. I tried getting back there with a tooth brus, with my finger. Nothing worked. I went to bed at night and woke up to strange, disrurbing thoughts about what the consequence could be. An infection? A visit to the doctors that might lead to surgery and another infection and maybe even DEATH! Just crazy thoughts that seem to occur at 3 or 4 AM.

Anyhow, I started to think perhaps the popcorn scratched my throat and that was what I was feeling. But at last, this afternoon on day 8 I was walking across a parking lot at Syracuse University and it felt different. I coughed lightly and the thing came free, caught it in my hand. What a relief.

This little piece of popcorn was lodged in my throat for 8 days before it suddenly came free and I spit it out. It drove me insane for all those day. I will never eat popcorn again.

Years ago I quit eating popcorn because it would frequently catch in my throat or tonsils. I finally swore off the food. But than, I began to eat it again, taking precaution not to eat the crumbs. But after this episode I will NEVER eat it again. That's it. Done. No more popcorn.

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