Monday, June 30, 2008
I was planning a 4th of July barbecue at Mom's house with Mom, Laura, and myself. Was going to grill some hot dogs but then I remembered from her last visit here in 2001 that the only kind of hot dogs she likes are the expensive ones you buy in movie theatres! OK, so maybe I can take the barbecue to the lobby of the local theater, borrow some of their hot dogs, and barbecue them in the lobby. Or maybe I will just do hambugers instead.
If the hot dog thing wasn't bad enough in a recent call with her she said it would be fun to go roller skating. The only time I roller skated it scared me emotionally for life. I actually wrote about it on my blog at the beginning but just to refresh everyone's memory here is my story about the only time I roller skated:
In High School I was neither a nerd or popular. I just didn't exist. Overshadowed by some great siblings. Sis was prom queen. Bro was all state in three sports. I won a Howdy Doody look alike contest. Neither was I exactly a klutz. Just wrong place, wrong time derailed my athletic career. Our school had a student body of 2,500 with 570 in my class. The last player on our team would be a starter at many other schools. I was that last player. So I wasn't a klutz. We were visiting our aunt and her family in Glendale, California between my junior and senior years in high school. My sister and my cousin, Sandy, took me roller skating. I'd never been on roller skates before. I had been working out to get in shape for football and hadn't bought new clothes yet so my pants didn't exactly fit. It was at a roller skating rink in Pasadena, California. My sis and Sandy convinced me that if I went out to the middle of the rink where everyone was skating in a circle to the music they would hold on to me. Should have known better than to trust them. The music started sis was on one side holding on to my arm, Sandy on the other side, holding on to my other arm. My pants kept slipping so I kept holding on to them. Sandy and sis got to laughing and let go of me. I went flying, my pants went down, tidy whities exposed, I hit the railing and did a pretty good somersault over the railing into the concession stand. I was so embarassed. We had a real hard time in the emergency room telling the doctor how my aunt broke a blood vessel in her eye laughing. I didn't get hurt physically but the emotional damage was severe.
Do you think I want to try roller skating again? Oh, well if everyone reads in the newspaper about a guy getting arrested for bringing a grill to the lobby of a theatre or being taken to the hospital in his underwear after being foolish enough to try skating again, you will know it is me.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Would you like more links?
More talk about my personal life?
More talk about movies and TV shows?
More political talk?
More talk about Mom?
More talk about dating?
More talk about the book that I am writing?
More talk about family dynamics?
More referral to other blogs?
More tests? For example, personality tests.
This is your chance to help me improve. I'd like to know what you all would like. Feel free to post anything that you might want from a blog.
Hope this day goes well for all of you.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I'm asking for all your good thoughts and/or prayers be directed my uncle's direction for a speedy recovery and good reports. Also more good thoughts and prayers should be sent my cousin, Dixie's, direction. That she be strong for them while she is there and for her good health.
Thank you all in advance. Hope you and all your relatives are healthy!
UPS drivers are under instructions to only turn right. According to their management they save millions in fuel costs by having their drivers only turn right. I frankly don't know how they save anything. Just for fun I tried the turning right thing yesterday and to get to the places I wanted to go by only turning right I had to go miles out of my way to there. OK troops you have two assignments: 1. Trying getting some where by only turning right and get back to me about what you found out and 2. Be on the lookout for a UPS driver making a left turn.
On to food pairings. It has been discovered that pairing certain foods can lead to some really good health benefits. For instance, eating almonds with a glass of red wine can enhance the benefits that wine gives you for a healthy heart. For more information on food pairings you can read the entire article here: http://news.aol.com/health/story/ar/_a/dynamic-duos-for-better-nutrition/20080625124509990001?icid=200100125x1204833290x1200214461
Want to read what some people over 80 are doing? You will be amazed at how many people over stay active in business, including 106 year-old cowboy Jack Weil. Read the entire article here: http://smallbusiness.aol.com/features/older-entrepreneurs?icid=200100125x1204785985x1200209452
Don Imus is at it again. Read about here and vote on whether or not he should stay on air.
OK, back to getting ready for the company of the next week or so. Mom's house is done and looks great. Today my house gets a shampoo job. Tomorrow both cars get a bath. Then there is laundry. So off to work today.
Hope this finds you all in good spirits and that your day is filled with joy.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Dixie is my favorite cousin. Her brothers Denny and Dave and herself always lived in the same city we did while growing up. They were more like a 2nd set of siblings then they were cousins. Their mom and dad, Aunt Velma and Uncle Frank we my second set of parents. Our families always did things together. Every holiday we spent together. We had some really great Thanksgivings and Christmases. Frank and Velma are now in Arizona. Dixie just moved back the mainland from Hawaii and is looking for a place to settle down. That is one of the reasons for the visit, she wants to explore Portland. If she likes it here she may consider moving in with Mom and helping take care of her.
About Dixie? Fun and unusual. She spent years high up in administration at Kaiser before deciding the stress wasn't worth and quit the job. She became a school bus driver because she loved the kids. On her 50th birthday she sky dived. On her 55th birthday she bungy jumped.
This is my older fun cousin. I'm looking forward to the visit.
The next couple of days are going to be filled with getting two houses ready for company (Mom's and mine) shampooing carpets, changing sheets, grocery shopping and those things we do when people come to spend time with us.
I'd like to know if any of you are looking forward to visitors and what you do to get ready for them.
May this be a day filled with love and friendship for all of you.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Before sharing my goals I want you all to know that I would love to hear what your goals are. I would really like to learn more about all of you that post here.
The one word that best describes what the next twelve months will be like is recommitted. I am recommitted. Recommitted to my goals. Those goals are:
1. Get to 185 lbs. That is the magical number I adopted in November when I started my commitment to better health. Seemingly a major goal back then, it seems very doable now.
2. Get off all medication. When I set that goal in November I was on six medications, now I am on two. The goal daunting in November seems doable now.
3. Take up golf again. I was a decent golfer but quit because so much was going on in my life that I didn't have the time to play weekly.
4. Finish my book. Both the first and second drafts. Send it to several publishers or an agent.
5. Continue my quest to meet a life partner.
6. Take a trip that requires flying.
7. Learn to swim. I swim a little bit but not well, just well enough not to drown in the bath tub. I want to learn to swim well enough to feel safe in pools.
8. Take some dancing classes.
9. Join some single groups, like dinner for eight.
10. Take a cooking class.
There you have my goals, what are yours?
May your dreams come true today and in the future.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
"For your birthday I was trying to think of something special I could give you so I opted for something which is special and unique and something only I could give you. You will understand as you open the quilt - made by mom, and is one of a kind - I had two so I thought since we share so much this would be truly valued by you, and a memory of Mom that we share."
"Thank you so much for all that you do - we love you so much and as long as were are here on earth you will never be alone."
The gift was this beautiful quilt made by my Mom:
Had a choloesterol test his morning. After my test was so good in January I quit taking some medication and was a little worried about the results that my self-doctoring would bring about. I got almost as good as reading without the medication that I got with it. Total with meds, 1o4, without, 121. Bad with meds, 55, without meds, 65. Good with meds, 37, without, 43. Trig with 79, without 65. I'm so happy, everything is within the good limits and the good and trig got better without the meds! Walking and dieting does work. Very encouraging for me to continue, diet, walking, and losing weight. Now the blood pressure, get that down and I'm off all meds but one! That one will follow and within six months I predict I will be drug free.
They had the Top Chef Reunion last night. Richard wasn't there in person because he was with his wife who was close to delivering their first baby. Congrats Richard! He was there by satellite. Stephanie won another ten grand by being the fans' favorite. It is the first time in the history of Top Chef that the Top Chef was also the fan's favorite. It is also the first time a woman won. Yea to both. Lisa was even half way likable at the reunion. It was good to see the whole crew back. I'm looking forward to next season!
May this be a good day for all of you.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
1. Closure for her and for me or.
2. People change and we are the good match that we weren't before.
Like I said I have my reservations. I am going to view it as a week just to have fun and whatever happens happens. It will be good for Mom and Laura to visit.
What do you ladies think? Any advice for me? Any comments would be appreciated.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Hope this will be a great day for you all.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Russert was one of those rare hosts that you couldn't tell if he was a Republican or Democrat because he treated both of them the same. Asked them the same tough questions. Shook their hands afterward. Rare.
My feeling is blogs should be informative (Russert worked for the Democratic party before his TV gig) , should let the readers get to know me (I'm a very emotional person and news like this often takes a few days for me to get over), and should be a place where readers can share thoughts and also tell what is going on in their lives and how events effect them. That is what I would like to do today. Make it your place for the day. Make it a place where we both can heal from the tragic news not only of Russert's death but also talk about other things going on in your life. If you would like to say something about the death of Tim Russert and what it means to you and how you are dealing with it, type away here. In addition if you are dealing with some trauma or other things in your life and think it would help to put it out there type away here. I'll support you any way I can.
Friday, June 13, 2008
On to life. Mom's phone actually is working now. Verizon not only came out yesterday they called her twice to make sure the phone was working. Why didn't they do that on their supposed previous trips out there. I'm glad the phone is finally working.
I wanted to thank my friend Kaye for visiting and reading the blog yesterday. She sent me a nice email afterwards. I really appreciate that. Thank you, Kaye.
I'm 97% back to where I was emotionally before the trip that went awry. I'm getting there. So life is getting better.
May this be a great day for all of you.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
The last three days besides the dentist I have also been dealing with the devil. The devil's name is Verizon. I hope those idiots are reading this post because they without a doubt are one of the worst companies on the planet as far as customer service goes. They would have to improve to stink at customer service. Think I'm upset? I'm only starting. We decided to hook up a land line in mom's apartment at C. Springs. Monday I called to set up the phone. First they have a phone system with four hundred and fifty choices and none of them have to do with ordering new service. They start out by asking if the number you are calling about is the one that you called them on. Then if you answer no they ask what number you are calling about. How do I know what freaking number that I am calling about, it hasn't been set up yet? I finally figured out if I hit the o key four times it takes me to a breathing person. So I did that. Got a really nice lady that took my order and said they would be out to set up the phone between 8 and 10 Tuesday morning. I went out there to be at mom's apartment when they came. At 10:30 they still hadn't got there, I had the pleasure of going through Verizon's menu from hell again. Finally got another breathing person. They said they dispatched somebody at 10 and they would be out within the hour. When they hadn't shown up by two, I went through the Verizon menu from hell again and got another live person. This one told me that Mom's phone was never scheduled to be set up on Tuesday but it was scheduled for Wednesday. When I politely asked why then had they told me six different times that it was scheduled for Tuesday and why if it was scheduled for Wednesday had they told me thay had dispatched someone on Tuesday the response I got was "What do you want me to tell you?". You idiot I want you to tell me when the phone is going to be working. It is now Thursday morning and mom's phone still isn't working. I called the Verizon menu from hell again yesterday afternoon and after getting to a breathing person was told they had hooked the phone up but there was trouble on the line and it would cost two hundred dollars for them to come out and fix it. Instead I called a friend who has a small phone repair company. He came out and said the line was so screwed up that he couldn't do anything. He called the Verizon repair office directly and told them what they had to do. Verizon said they will be out between 8 and 6 today to fix the phone at no cost. I do wonder, however, if when they come out to fix the phone they will have enough freaking brains to go the apartment and make sure the phone is working before they leave. They never had that many brains before on their supposed previous trips to C. Springs. I sincerely hope mom's phone is working sometime today. Oh and by the way the people at C. Springs said several other residents have had the same problem with Verizon. Being incompetent must be contagious. Verizon can threaten to sue me if they want but I'm not removing this post, they deserve every word.
Ethics is what I was learning about yesterday. Us accoutants are required to take a four hour course in ethics every two years. The only course that fit my schedule was in Corvallis a little city about ninety minutes from my home base. Course starts at 8:3o so I had to be on the road early. They actually take attendance at these things before they hand out verification that we attended. Following my flexible ethics after they handed out the verification after the 10:15 break, I left and came home to get ready for the dentist.
That has been my week. How has yours been?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player tags 5 people and posts their name, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
What was I doing 10 years ago? Working by fanny off building my own business
Five snacks I enjoy in a perfect, non weight-gaining world:
1. Ice cream just any
2. Organic chocolate covered hazelnuts.
3. Fat Free potato chips.
Five snacks I enjoy in the real world:
The same as in my dream world
Five things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. start a charitable foundation named after my parents to pay for dementia research, breast cancer research, organ transplants, and for college schlorships for children of poor parents.
2. Buy a winter home in Los Angeles.
3. Fly women in from all over the world until I found the right one to marry.
4. Hire a chauffeur.
5. Make my siblings, friends, and mom millionaires.
Five jobs that I have had:
1. Boxboy in a grocery store.
2. Delivered flowers.
3. Chief Financial officer for a dental manufacturer.
4. Accountant for a Big 8 firm.
5. Boss of my own business.
Five of my habits:
1. Money in descending order by denomination in my wallet.
2. Pennies in one pocket, other change in the other.
3. Walk at least three miles every morning.
4. Watching Top Chef every Wednesday
5. Up at five every morning.
Five places I have lived:
1. Billings, Montana
2. Pocatello, Idaho
3. Los Angeles, California
4. Ashland, Oregon
5. Portland, Oregon
Five people we should all get to know better: (A nice way of saying TAG!)
I don't know if I can do five without repeating yours. I ended up with four.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Today took mom too church. She hasn't been to church in quite a while and wanted to go. It is hard for her to go because she can't walk far distances. We have two wheelchairs for her one is the mobil wheelchair and one is a regular wheelchair. The mobile chair is to big to get into my car and we just can't afford the cost of a van right now. So I took the regular wheelchair. We went to the Sherwood Methodist Church because it was the closest church to us. It went really, really well. So many people came up to mom and introduced themselves that she was kind of in seventh heaven. Mom is a social animal so when people talk to her she is really in her element. The music was good, the message topical, and the church beautiful. I'm glad we went.
Speaking of the mobil wheelchair it is time for me to confess to a really weird thing I did on the day that we moved Mom. At about 1:30 I was exhausted and had probably put over twenty miles on my legs by then. Not to mention the lifting. So you know what I did from 1:30 on? I got that mobile wheelchair, set it on the fastest speed and used that thing to move mom's stuff. I would carry a couple of boxes on my lap and then take off like a Nascaar driver. It made the move a lot more fun and it was certainly faster than walking. Inventive? Yes. Weird? Yes. Would I do it again? Yes.
Went to the new Indiana Jones movie the other day and really didn't like it. Thought it was slow moving, boring, and they showed basically the same scene over and over again. There really isn't a lot of movies out there right now that are any good. So far the best movie playing anywhere is on HBO, called RECOUNT.
I really kind of wanted Hilliary to be the nominee but I wanted to win the lottery too and neither happened this week. Although I would love to see Barrack choose her as a running mate, don't think it will happen. Be interesting so who McCain picks as his running mate also.
That is all for the day. So what weird thing have you done in the past, that you would do over again?
May this be a great day for all of you.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Next, I learned a lot this week. I learned that I hate accounting seminars. Also learned that sometimes men really are annoying. In the men's rest room at one of the seminars there is a sign on the light switch that says "turn lights off when leaving." The only time the lights were shut off is when I left. None of the others ever shut that light off. I always thought most men could read!
The other thing I learned is moving is darn hard especially when the assisted living center where mom is at kind of pushed mom out of respite care to the new apartment and did so by promising to help with the move. They didn't keep their promise. They didn't help at all. We hired movers to move the big stuff from home to the new apartment and from the old apartment to the new apartment but since C. Springs had promised to help move the clothes etc we let the movers go after the big stuff was done. I ended up having to move the stuff a long with Mom. We got done about three. I spent the night at Mom's apartment because I felt she might have trouble adjusting to the new surroudings. She did fine and truthfully it was nice to have another body around at night.
Which is the last thing that I learned. I no longer like being alone. I really like having company. It is a place that I thought I would never arrive at. So I am thinking about getting a roommate. I'm not going to do anything rash until I have thought things through. But it is something that I am considering.
Hope this is a great day of all of you.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Because of the seminar and staying at Mom's house I missed Top Chef last night as Mom doesn't have Bravo. I did record it and am heading up to watch it as we speak.
As to the seminars. Damn I count the minutes until those things end! Tomorrow's seminar should be easy as it is only a four hour seminar. Eight hour accounting seminars seem like sixteen hour seminars and four hour accounting seminars seem like eight hour ones! Darn we need a lot of education to keep our licenses. Forty hours a year. To much in my opinion.
Hope this is a great day for all of you.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Off to explore the moving possibilities. Hope this is a great day for all of you.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Monday - no post. I will be in an eight hour seminar and those boring accounting seminars wear me out. The subject is so boring and technical it isn't worth mentioning here. When I get home probably I will probably just kick back and not do the computer thing.
Tuesday - If it rains in Portland will post a normal message. If it doesn't rain my friend Al has invited me to a baseball game/lunch. Every so often our triple A franchise does a business man's special where they play a game at 11 a.m. This is what is going on Tuesday. If it doesn't rain there will be a small message on Tuesday Morning.
Wednesday - no post. Another boring accounting seminar. I will be learing all about Tax Favored Health Care Plans and Medicare.
Thursday - normal schedule only day of the week nothing planned. Probably will take mom to lunch to get her out a bit.
Friday - Four hour seminar during which I will be being taught all about Travel and Entertainment, if there is a post it will be late in the afternoon.
Hope your week is an outstanding one!