Stodghill Says So

An opinionated posting on a variety of subjects by a former newspaper reporter and columnist whose daily column was named best in Indiana by UPI. The Blog title is that used in his high school sports predictions for the Muncie Evening Press.

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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

There's Good News Today

Well, the old tooth has stopped hurting and there's nothing wrong with my toe. I know there's nothing wrong with it because the podiatrist at the VA Clinic told me so. He looked at my feet and shook his head.
There's plenty of blood circulating into your feet he said. There just isn't any blood circulating out.
So where's it going I asked.
He shrugged.
Then he trimmed my toenails.
You can come back in three months and have them trimmed again he said.
But what if they grow long before then I asked.
He shrugged.
The government only allows you to trim your toenails every three months he said.
Well that makes sense I told him. I'll remind my toenails of that.
So that's about it he said.
But my toe still hurts I said.
Can't be helped he said. The government doesn't allow for that.
But what about pain and suffering I asked.
I don't feel a thing he said.
OK Doc. What could I have been thinking of. You know best. You and the government.
Now we're on the same page he said.
Trouble is we're not reading the same book I said.
See you in three months he said.

(My apologies to the late Ross Spencer for stealing his style of writing in his Chance Purdue series. Spence would understand, having been an old vet himself)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who was a victim I mean patient of US military social medicine I can wholeheartedly sympathize with the way you were treated.

Although I was a dependent and the docs had zero use for me.

11:17 PM  

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