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09-14-2016 Journal – Mother Nature & Dentistry!   Leave a comment

Since our return from our vacation things have quickly returned to the normal everyday insanity. Over the years I’ve discovered that Mother Nature is a fickle friend at best and she got me again this week. We were still enjoying the post vacation afterglow as we visited a nearby Walmart. It was sunny and bright with a chance of thunderstorms. As we exited the store it was pouring rain with wind gusts of 30-40 mph.  We didn’t give it much thought until we heard on the radio about the severe wind advisory throughout the area.

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We arrived home to find the huge 60 foot maple tree in our backyard down for the count. It had missed hitting the house by only a few feet. It was a double trunked tree with one trunk now on the ground and the other still standing but leaning dangerously close to the house.  It was badly damaged as well and looked as if it might fall at any moment.

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The trunk that was down was partially blocking a nearby road used by our neighbors to reach their homes.  One of those neighbors arrived within minutes with a chain saw and agreed to take the wood in payment for cleaning up the mess. Hooray . . Right?  Not hardly. After doing an inspection of the standing trunk it was obvious that it too had to be immediately removed before it fell and caused serious damage to the house.

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The better-half found a guy through someone at work who is a tree removal expert.  Having no real choice in the matter he arrived to inspect the tree and I agreed to his price (OMFG) and told him to proceed.  So yesterday I got to spend my entire day removing limbs and leaves and watching the tree get dismantled.

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It’s now the day after and the tree is gone, I’m sore all over, and the house was saved from serious damage.  Nothing can save the damage the entire experience did to my wallet.  Thanks a lot Mother Nature . . . you nasty old hag.

After the last of the limbs and leaves were picked up and removed I took a shower and arrived for my dentist appointment right on time. The day just kept getting better and better as two of my teeth were extracted.  I was packed with gauze, patted on the head, and sent on my way.

THREE DAYS I REALLY WANT TO FORGET

2-14-2016 Journal–Avery, Kaiden & Alvin’s Chipmunks!   Leave a comment

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It seems that Winter has finally caught up with us. Up until now it’s been a relatively mild season as far as the snowfall goes. The temps have been up and down but noting too frigid until this weekend. Unlike many of the other northern states we expect to receive a lot of snow but the   temperatures usually don’t go much lower than ten degrees during the coldest months. 

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My father had a quaint old saying for cold weather like we’re seeing this weekend. He always described it as  "cold as a well diggers asshole" and if my mother was nearby it was "as cold as a well diggers elbow".  Below zero temps with a good healthy wind were all of that and a bag of chips.

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Last night my better-half and I spent our night at home babysitting the grandchildren.  We had the good sense to stay inside and not be roaming around in sub-zero temperatures.  The house was warm and cozy, the toddlers were reasonably well behaved, and another viewing of Alvin & the Chipmunks was in the offing (Just shoot me now).

Their parents were having a Valentines Day date night and weren’t expected to return until eleven.  Just as the boys were finally falling asleep and Alvin and the Chipmunks were coming to an end they showed up much earlier than expected. The current temperature at the time was –2 degrees with a wind-chill of -15. It apparently was just too damn cold for them to do much of anything and they’d called it a night.

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It’s now the next morning and I’m almost ready to leave this warm bed.  Hot coffee might give me enough energy to pick up all  the toys scattered throughout the house before having my bowl of hot oatmeal.  I imagine I’ll be stuck in the house for another day or two which doesn’t make me very happy.

I’m moving slower than usual due to a late night awakening where I spent two hours playing X-Box LEGO Star Wars, reading three chapters of my latest book, eating a cookie, and returning to bed at 5am.  This insomnia I’ve been suffering with for the last two months is just killing me.

02-06-2016 Journal – February Snow!   Leave a comment

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I awakened yesterday to another snow storm that eventually dropped more than ten inches on us. It was one of those snows that seem to stick to every surface, covering trees and bushes and turning the area into a wonderland. It’s one of the few winter things that can get me to leave the house. As you can see my camera operates just fine in the snow.

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Again this morning I discovered even more snow had fallen. I heard the snowplows a number of times during the night as they attempted to keep the roads clear enough to use. The last thing I did before going to bed last evening was to crank up my snowblower and clear the driveway.

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My better-half was scheduled for work at 5:30 am and the last thing I wanted was to be awakened early today just to clear snow from the driveway.  It’s 09:00 am now and I haven’t heard from her so I can assume you made it to work in one piece.  This photo was taken early this morning just as the sun was coming up.

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It’s just as beautiful out today as yesterday. The temperature dropped overnight which kept the snow sticking to the trees.  Hopefully I’ll get motivated later this morning and get my butt outside for more pictures. Since I’m slowly recovering from this flu I can start getting my life back to normal once again.

I WOULD HAVE LOVED THIS WEATHER AS A KID

12-30-2015 Journal–Winter is Finally Here!   Leave a comment

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I was just getting readjusted to my so-called normal life after the Christmas insanity ended and was really hoping for some quiet downtime. Oh how stupid I must be.  It just never seems to work out the way I plan.  All of the unseasonably warm weather abruptly ended yesterday with a beautiful yet annoying snow storm.

Yesterday was spent getting up close and personal with my snowblower once again. The final snow amounts have yet to be determined since it’s still snowing but my better-half shoveled at least five inches off the deck last night so the total will be a bit more than that.

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Today will be spent looking out the window while our last holiday visitor tries to make travel arrangements to get out of here. It appears he’ll be taking a short bus ride to Boston, staying there for a day, and then a flight back to Los Angeles.  I have a feeling he’ll be really happy about getting back to the surf and sun of California.

We’re planning on a reasonably quiet night for our New Years celebration with Chinese takeout and hopefully a movie or two.  I’m sure my better-half is already having day dreams of watching all of the vacuous celebrities strutting their stuff in New York.  Watching the ball drop with her is for me is much like getting a root canal without anesthesia. I’m hoping she’ll come to her senses but I’ve been hoping for that for years and I’m still waiting.

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So I’ll just sit around today waiting for the snow to get deep enough to require me to fire up the snowblower. I suppose the remainder of the day can be spent reading, painting, or possibly even napping. Since the house is still filled with every kind of cake, cookie, and candy you can possibly think of, I need to stay busy and away from all the junk food.

Enjoy your New Year’s  celebration but be smart about it.  Don’t drink and drive.  Find a boring sober friend and give him your keys.

HAPPY 2016

P.S.  Good news! We made it through the first snow storm without the snowplow operators destroying our mailbox.  Maybe that’s a sign from God or just dumb luck.

08-20-2014 Journal Entry–Dangerous Stupidity!   Leave a comment

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Today has suddenly become a day of rest.  It wasn’t planned this way but I’m nothing if not flexible when it comes to loafing.  My better-half is gone to work, the cat is snoring at the bottom of the bed, and I’m watching an old rerun of Unsolved Mysteries while I type.  I had a bit of a scare yesterday so I’m relaxing today and trying to recuperate.  And of course it was a case of sheer stupidity on my part.

I awoke yesterday, had a cup of coffee, and then immediately headed for the treadmill for forty minutes of fun and torture.  That workout is fairly intense and I’m usually soaked and exhausted after I’ve finished.  I then took a short ride to Lowe’s to see my girl and to buy some supplies for what I hoped would be my last project of the summer.  I purchased 25 gallon of driveway sealer and returned home intending to store the cans and to do the job another day.

During the ride home I kept thinking about the project and convinced myself I could get it done today. The weather was in the eighties and the sun was beating down. The perfect day for this type of project I thought.  I swept the driveway, changed my clothes, and got to it.

In my bicycling days I was always told to avoid dehydration, "drink when your not thirsty".  One one occasion I fell from my bike during a 100 mile ride because I hadn’t consumed enough water. I ended up in a clinic being treated after almost passing out. Did I follow that hydration rule today? Of course not! I was in a hurry to get the job completed so I started immediately without drinking anything.

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An hour later I’m still at it, my clothes are soaking wet, and all of a sudden my legs gave out forcing me to sit in the yard for a few minutes to catch my breath. I knew what was happening so I slowly made my way into the house for water.  I drank two bottles of water and sat for a bit to cool off. I should have stopped at that point but the job was only half done and I wanted to finish.  I returned to it after putting on a hat and drinking another bottle of water.

Another half hour goes by and I find myself so weak I can barely stand. I sat down right where I was and couldn’t get up.  It took almost five minutes before I had the strength to move and return to the house.  More water and rest which didn’t help all that much. I knew I only had about ten more minutes of work to finish the job and decided to just do it, regardless of how I was feeling. That was stupid mistake number three.  I finished the job and barely had enough strength to return to the house. I took a cold shower and drank more water but felt no better. 

For the rest of the day and well into the night I wasn’t myself.  I couldn’t focus on any one thing and had lost my appetite completely.  I also slept badly during the night but it seems this morning I’m pretty much back to normal.  I still feel a little shaky but better.

I’m only relating this story as a warning to others not to be as stupid as I’ve been.  I could just as easily have dropped over and ended up in an ambulance rushing me to a hospital. This is from a person who knew better but said the hell with the circumstances, I can handle it.  I couldn’t. It was more than a little scary but I guess it takes absolute terror to get through to me.

Remember to hydrate before your thirsty, while your thirsty, and again after you’re no longer thirsty.  This has been my first and hopefully last health related Public Service Announcement.

01-03-2014 Political Correctness Alive and Well in 2014   2 comments

I decided to brave the cold this morning just to get out of the house for a few minutes.  Everything was fine until I made that one fatal mistake.  I turned on a local Maine radio station and within two minutes my blood pressure was soaring.  There was a young lady being interviewed who sounded like she might have been twenty-one years old.  She was a “Journalist” and I use the term loosely.  She was going to explain to all of us in the audience about the eight million senior citizens in this country who are “food challenged”.  That supposedly means they don’t have the proper food with the proper vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy life style.  She was also concerned with seniors living in northern Maine in agricultural areas she termed “food deserts”.

Please someone just take a gun and shoot me, please!!!  I understand now why at a certain point the very elderly get tired of living.  To be in your eighties and to have been force fed political correct crap for 40 years can send you over the edge. What boggles my mind is that everyone you talk to hates political correctness.  Many of those same people must be either disingenuous or big, fat liars.  If everyone hates it so much why is it thriving in this country?

The following list of quotations are from both celebrities and intellectuals.  I realize that the people who fawn over celebrities are more likely to be some of the  “politically correct weasels” who say they hate it it but really don’t.  Many of these quotes are for them.

“Don’t ever call me mad, Mycroft. I’m not mad. I’m just … well, differently moraled, that’s all.”Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair

A lot of people are bored of all the political correctness.” – Clint Eastwood

“The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity.”  ― George Orwell

I got a feeling about political correctness. I hate it. It causes us to lie silently instead of saying what we think.Hal Holbrook

“You’re not allowed to call them dinosaurs any more,” said Yo-less. “It’s speciesist. You have to call them pre-petroleum persons.” – ― Terry Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb

I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism.P. D. James

“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.”Gore Vidal

Whether it’s people walking off ‘The View’ when Bill O’Reilly makes a statement about radical Islam or Juan Williams being fired for expressing his opinion, over-reaching political correctness is chipping away at the fundamental American freedoms of speech and expression. –  Eric Cantor

“I know that even now, having watched enough television, you probably won’t even refer to them as lepers so as to spare their feelings. You probably call them ‘parts-dropping-off challenged’ or something.”Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff

“The problem is that it has become politically awkward to draw attention to absolutes of bad and good. In place of manners, we now have doctrines of political correctness, against which one offends at one’s peril: by means of a considerable circular logic, such offences mark you as reactionary and therefore a bad person. Therefore if you say people are bad, you are bad.”
Lynne Truss, Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door

Political correctness has become a straightjacket.Gary Oldman

“The old restriction meant that only the orthodox were allowed to discuss religion. Modern liberty means that nobody is allowed to discuss it. Good taste, the last and vilest of human superstitions, has succeeded in silencing us where all the rest have failed.”G.K. Chesterton, Heretics

When political correctness first started coming around, it ruined Andrew Dice Clay and Eddie Murphy’s stand-up career. Sam Kinison died at just the right time, ’cause no one was going to tolerate what he was saying anymore either.Artie Lange

The critical importance of honest journalism and a free flowing, respectful national conversation needs to be had in our country. But it is being buried as collateral damage in a war whose battles include political correctness and ideological orthodoxy.Juan Williams

I think you have to judge everything based on your personal taste. And if that means being critical, so be it. I hate political correctness. I absolutely loathe it.Simon Cowell

“Those who are most sensitive about “politically incorrect” terminology are not the average black ghetto-dweller, Asian immigrant, abused woman or disabled person, but a minority of activists, many of whom do not even belong to any “oppressed” group but come from privileged strata of society.”Theodore Kaczynski, Industrial Society and Its Future

“Can’t call ‘em zombies anymore,” sighed Manny. He seemed almost wistful. “Now we gotta be all politically correct. It’s like the Cold Wars never happened.”David S.E. Zapanta, Posthumous

In my opinion there’s nothing more to be said on the subject.  For all of you “politically correct weasels” out there . . . KMA.

04-06-2013   1 comment

I hesitate to get into this subject since it’s not something I’ve ever been very good at.  I’d like to talk about texting in general and also about sexting in particular. To me they’re similar enough to discuss as one topic since both seem to be the "thing to do" these days.

I’m someone who lives for technology in most things and I work very hard to stay on top of the latest and greatest trends.  Some things like sexting and texting just never really appealed to  me because I’ve always been more of a hands-on kind of guy when it comes to the opposite sex. It’s my belief that if you want someone to respond sexually to you, you do it in person.  Why is it necessary to text at all?  Put me on speed dial and hit the damn button if you have something to say, especially if it’s something erotic.  Hearing the words spoken by someone who I desire is way more erotic than a text message that could be sent by damn near anyone.

I understand that texting and sexting are all the rage with many of the younger generation because it’s so much easier to say outrageous and erotic things on a computer. Young women can get as crazy as they want, say anything they want, and all too often send pictures and videos thinking it’s safe and won’t easily get distributed.  Sorry girls but just think about it.  You sext your heart out to someone you think you love and want to be with.  Two weeks later the magic has disappeared and he walks away after sending your photo’s, videos, and sext messages to all of his friends.  Nothing on the net can be totally controlled no matter how hard you try. You should never forget that, ever!

As I was recently surfing around the net I discovered a few sites giving advice on how to talk dirty with sexting. I won’t link to them from this blog but if your really that interested just look around a little, they’re everywhere. This first list is suggested sexts from men to women.

  • "Passed the lingerie shop, and thought of you."
  • "Are you wet in the right places?"
    "I need to feel you."
  • "When I think of you, everything gets harder."
  • "What are you wearing under your clothes."
  • "Are you ready for some ecstasy?"
  • "My hands feel empty without your breasts."
  • "I want to be inside you."
  • "You need a tongue bath."
  • "Meet at the door naked."

Tell me ladies, do these really do anything for you?  I find them just a little lame and would be more than a little embarrassed sending them to anyone.  Now lets check out a few examples of some suggested sexts sent by women to men.

  • “I’m imagining you all over my body.”
  • “My clothes feel so uncomfortable right now, come and help me get out of them.”
  • “I can’t stop thinking about what you’re going to do to me tonight.”
  • “Does it make you hard to imagine me standing naked.”
  • “I’m dying to please you tonight.”
  • “I want you in my mouth.”
  • “I’m so horny, do you want me to keep myself warm until I can see you.”
  • “I want to stroke you all the way to heaven.”
  • Does it turn you on knowing that I wrote this txt with one hand because my other is busy.”

I’m sorry but if these were sent to me by any woman I’d be a little amused but far from aroused.  A number of years ago when texting and sexting first arrived on the scene I met and dated a young lady who was truly addicted to sexting.  She drove me crazy with dozens of messages all day long and the harder I tried to tell her it wasn’t my thing the more persistent she became. I then told her that I was too cheap and  refused to spend my hard earned money just to receive unlimited sexts from anyone.  On our next date she gave me an unexpected gift, a new cell phone.  She demanded that I carry that cell phone which was set up for unlimited texts and that I respond to her sext messages with some good dirty talk of my own.  Shortly after that she sent me her first few nude photo’s which helped me to decide to break things off.  I returned her telephone unused and disappeared from her life.  Just not interested.

Here are a few additional stats I found interesting but a little scary. Our friends over at Harlequin Publishing ran a survey of their readers with the following troublesome results:

  • 43% of women talk dirty through texts.
  • Two-thirds of that 43% said they’d only send racy messages while in a serious relationship, while 35% only needed a few dates before they’re ready to start sexting.
  • 27% of women admitted to sending nude pictures via email or text messages.

Well there you have it. It appears that this sort of interaction is here to stay in one form or another.  That doesn’t change anything for me though.  I’ll always prefer to hear my soulmate whispering softly to me on the telephone as she’s speeding home to be with me.

I wish all of you ladies the best of luck.  It’s a dangerous world out there so please be careful with what your sending onto the net.  I’m reasonably sure I’ll eventually be reading some of what you’ve sexted to your lovers if you continue putting it out there.  There’s one thing we all should know by now, once something is on the net it’s there forever.

02-09-2013   2 comments

Nemo is dead, long live the king.  The final tally for our area of Maine was approximately 38 inches of snow and one hell of a wind storm. We have a few drifts of five or six feet but nothing more serious than that. It could have been a whole lot worse.

After all of the snow-blowing today I won’t be able to left my arms tomorrow. I think I’ve finally bonded with this new snow-thrower, it’s now my BFF.  It took a good part of the day to clear the driveway and then more disappointment. There was so much snow on the roads that the plows weren’t able to arrive until late afternoon. Even then they were only able to  clear one lane in the middle of the road.

I’m hoping they’re able to widen the lanes a little more so we an get out of here for a while tomorrow. Even the birds were having serious issues trying to hang onto the bird feeder in a thirty-five mph wind.  Not only were they fighting amongst themselves for the food but also fighting  for a place on the bird feeder that offered some protection from the wind.

Our neighbors were out in force in mid-afternoon as the snow gradually stopped.  It was nice to see everyone helping each other for a change in a neighborhood where individual privacy is the norm.

My better-half spent a lot of time emailing and connecting with family members from areas unaffected by the storm. She was also distributing photo’s far and wide to almost everyone.  I feel for anyone who might have been caught in this blizzard with vehicle problems or medical emergencies. This kind of weather is definitely life threatening if not taken seriously.

The only good news for most of the state was the low number of power outages.  We managed to escape the massive outages  suffered in past storms due to a great deal of work by tree trimming crews throughout the summer months who cut down what would have been snow laden branches. Kudos to Central Maine Power and the local towns whose preventative work paid off in a big way.

I’ll be spending a few hours tomorrow in the final cleanup and then life will return to normal.  I’m been hearing rumblings of another storm approaching in a few days and I hope to God it’s a little less of a problem than this one.

Everyone will be back to work tomorrow and life goes on. I’m really proud of myself because if what the media says is true (sarcasm), I’ve just survived my thirteenth "Storm of the Century".  I think I should get some kind of honorable mention somewhere in that Guinness Book of World Records.

I won’t hold my breath though.  Enjoy your day while I return to the cleanup.