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NO, NO, DQ....say it ain't so!
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015... Summer is here! Our summer rotation of
family has started. Rip and Mel are here with Halie and Josh, but no Nic -
adulthood changes lifestyles. Not to worry - Nic will be here next month
with a friend. I hope he brings a 'shark' knife with him so he can protect
himself.......no, not from his friend, but from any 'unfriendlies' he might come
across while he is surfing. There is not much to talk about the family and
friends that just arrived yesterday around 4 a.m.
Oh, yes, Halie and Josh brought friends - Amanda and John. I hope they enjoy
themselves and find everything suitable at 1205. I will make notes if they have
any problems with the amenities. Okay, let's take a look at the bad news - only
because it is difficult to find any good news on the internet. Gees, I checked out four
stories, but they are too bad to write about. Maybe I can clean two of
them to a PG rating. Are you ready? Some folks are saying the
following was a prank; others say it was Satanic. Either way it is sick when an
18 year old senior cuts up a dead cow and leaves the parts all over a high
school campus. Yes, students in Woodstock, Connecticut found the 'remnants' when they showed up last week to take their finals.
The next one is funny if no one was hurt. Well, the Hawkins County Police in
Tennessee had to arrest a local couple for stabbing their neighbor. Did I hear
a why did they stab the neighbor. Well, the neighbor in the apartment next to
this couple - Johnny and Erin - called the police because of too much noise.
Police came and determined that the couple were making loud noises during sex.
That was okay with Johnny and Erin, but when the police came a second time for
the same reason, I guess, Johnny and Erin just lost it and had to take some
'other' action toward their squealing neighbor. I do have a question - were they arrested for aggravated
assault or aggravating
sex? (Let's meet again on July 7th)
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015... I love the United States of America. I don't know
if I have this strong feeling for country because I was a teenager in a time
when it was cool to be patriotic and to show it. Or do I have this spirit
because my father always expressed a steadfast love of his adopted country?
Yes, my father came to this country when he was sixteen years old. He left his
mother and three siblings to journey by himself to join his father and two
brothers here in a great city and a great country. Yes, he lived in a section
of New York City where the majority of people were of the same nationality, and
he learned the language of his new country. I wish I could say that I am
writing this because I was thinking of my father or because Memorial Day just
passed or that Flag Day is coming up this week. However, I can't. I am writing
this because I am annoyed about something I experienced while watching a
baseball game on television. I love baseball so I
purchase the MLB package every year from Directv. I watch my favorite team as much as I
can, and I watch a few other games especially the final innings of the close
ones. I am
a Yankees fan, but I watch the Mets, too. Recently, I checked out a game
between the Mets and the Marlins. However, I don't care for the Mets'
announcers so I switched over to the Florida Marlins feed. The MLB package
allows me to watch either market..........usually, but that is another story.
It was a good game so I decided to watch it. I was shocked during one
commercial break when they played an entire commercial in Spanish. I could not
believe it. I thought it was a mistake, but they played another one later in
the game. What is wrong with learning English? I would never want anyone to forget their native language or traditions! But if
the decision was to come to this country to live and work, then, by God and all
that is holy, everyone should become part of the USA and learn English!
(Some of the kids will be here on the 23rd - will you?)
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015... IMUS IN THE MORNING is going off the air.
Not to worry, he is still going to be on the radio. However, I don't think
I could listen to him live on the radio - too many commercials. I wonder
if there is a way to 'tape' it and
cut out all the commercials. It was easy to watch/listen to it on FoxBusiness because I could watch the three hour show in about an hour and a
half. So thank you, Imus, it has been an enjoyable experience although you
were getting a little repetitive at the end. Will I find something else on the
tube or will I just put on my Amazon Prime music which I love? Time will tell.
Speaking of time, I started bike riding again. I am only riding three or four
times a week, but I am out of my bad winter habits. I won't tell you about how
far I am riding because my own kids don't believe me. They say there is a
problem with the decimal point in my mileage. Oh, well, I was not a math
teacher. I have a story to tell about my ride last Friday. It is a true story,
but I know that my youngest is going to doubt it. First of all, everyone knows
I say hello or good morning to everyone I pass even those 'serious' bikers who
almost never respond. Well, I passed a young lady who was walking south as I
was going north. She was plugged in to her iPod, but I said a loud good morning
any way. Needless to say, she did not respond so I gave her the infamous
ARGH.... and continued on my ride. I knew I wasn't going to make it a marathon
session because the wind was just a little too strong even at the early hour of
seven. I rode two more miles and turned around. Riding home, I spotted her a
few blocks ahead of me. She was still plugged in to her iPod. I moved to the
middle of the road, got up right behind her, and in my manly, strongest voice I
said, "Have a nice day!" She jumped to the side of the road as I sped by. I
was smiling so much and giggling to myself that I didn't see one of those
'serious' bikers zoom right by me. That is the first one that has passed me in
two years. My record is shot because I was being a wiseass. There has to be a
moral to this 'true' story, but I can't think of one. (Will my summer friends
meet us here on June 9th?)
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015... WOW! Nothing to write about.
Ana, a subtropical to tropical storm, was a bust and that was good for us. The only thing
it did was wash out the entire weekend. I checked my sources for strange,
odd, or bizarre stories, but everything current was a little bit too risque for
my readers. However, Brady, the youngest grandchild at 11, would have
perused them ALL with a knowing smirk or grin on his face. Today would
have been my father's 104th birthday. I bet he would be lost today in all
the technology that is out there. I know my mother was lost in the final
years of her wonderful life, but that is another story. I guess I will
have to resort to my PROMPTS app to see if I can find a topic that stirs up my
Here goes.... When the thunder began roaring.... That was the first
one. I remember the time I went to pick up Chinese take-out in my Jeep
Wrangler. Nic came with me and he was very, very young........maybe 5
years old. Well, I left him in the Jeep. Yup, the food wasn't quite
ready and a storm came. Nic said, "Bad 'tunder', Staudie." It was.
Now, all you PC people can stop your bad thoughts. I parked the Jeep where
I could watch it from inside. I could see it, but Nic could not see me.
He didn't seem stressed, however, later on he told me that he was scared.
"Toughen up, Boy!"
More about thunder or should I stir the PROMPTS again. One more comment
about thunder before I push that icon again. Thunder never bothered me when I
lived in New Jersey, but here on the island it scares the 'botheration' out of
me. Did I hear a why? The why is that I can see storms coming from
across the Sound for miles! Hitting PROMPTS.... As an ant, I knew
that.... I think I will stop here...not because my imagination could not
come up with something clever.... I don't like ants and my rambling would
become too long. Oh, I just remembered that I did step in a nest of fire
ants once. That was an awful experience and a painful one, too.
Okay, enough about those pesky creatures that are as old as the dinosaurs.
Did you know that fact? (Let's have a picnic on May 26th.)
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015... Medical alert! Medical alert! Not
really, but last week was a busy week for me, and it could have been busier.
However, my sleep doctor postponed my appointment because she can not see me until I
have been on the CPAP for thirty days as per federal regulations. No big deal because
I needed a break. I went to see my eye doctor and dentist last week.
Nothing major, thank God! It was nothing compared to what Dr. "McDreamy"
Shepherd and my friend Phil had to endure. I think it was a week ago
Sunday that my friend Phil was in so much pain that he had to go to Urgent Care.
He was told he had Shingles. I could really tell a few jokes here about
shingles, but I won't. After hearing about all his pains and sufferings, I
am glad that I got the shot. I wasn't going to get the shot, but my
wonderful wife made me get it. I guess she didn't want to hear me moaning
any more than I do on a regular basis. Well, this is my rambling so let's get
back to me. Last Monday, I went for my glaucoma checkup. My eye pressure
in February was high so doctor changed my drops. Success!
The pressure is back to normal. Now here comes the complaining - I need
about 7.5 ml to last three months. The old medicine came in one vial or
bottle or dispenser. What is it called? Well, the new medicine comes
in a 2.5 ml dispenser. Do you know how hard it is to dispense no more than
one drop in each eye? It is very difficult so do they help and put it all
in one bottle? NO, this company only makes the small size so they send me
three small containers. I am very
careful because if I run out I can't get more until the three months is up.
I ran out once with my old medicine. Thank God, the doctor had a sample
bottle that he gave me to stop me from going blind. When he gave me that
sample he said that half a drop is better than running out. Those words
have made me very frugal with my glaucoma drops. Oh, he also recommended
that I only use Similasan over-the-counter eye drops for my eyes. For
those who use over-the-counter drops, make sure there is no 'preservative' in
them. Gees, I
don't want to make this any longer, and I had a good story to tell about my
cleaning last Thursday with Nancy, the substitute hygienist, and my gag reflex.
I guess it will have to wait for quality time after dinner one night this
summer. (What are you doing on May 10th?)