Monday, April 30, 2012

Perks & Food.

am getting my game face and converting to right frame of mine to spend the next three nights at Mom's. I love Mom but sometimes she can be a tad difficult to be around. Of course I am never difficult to be around.

There are some perks to being there. Which made me thinks of the different kind of perks that employers offer:

And food is always on the agenda. Sometimes we eat out. Sometimes we cook and sometimes I got get stuff and bring it home. Once in a while it is Kentucky Fried Chicken but I don't think I will do that this time, four a couple of reasons. First, I have gift cards from Red Robin and Subway and mom has gift cards from Sheri's. Second, read on:

Though desert isn't high on the agenda for either Mom and I we might dabble in a snack once in a while:;_ylt=AoOWztpAtQh0ek8VMeYrYSWs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTQzZmQzMzY0BG1pdANPZGQgRnJvbnQgUGFnZQRwa2cDYTRmMWU4NGYtOTY5OC0zYTNlLTkzNjctMTE3N2U2MDZhOTliBHBvcwM0BHNlYwNNZWRpYVNlY3Rpb25MaXN0VGVtcAR2ZXIDYzdhNTcxMDAtOTFmYy0xMWUxLWJiZWYtMTVhYmY3M2Y4YjZj;_ylg=X3oDMTFrM25vcXFyBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnMEdGVzdAM-;_ylv=3

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Updates Around The Blog.

Some updates from around the blog.

In case you missed the message that Snug posted on the blog a while back here it is:

"thank you, everyone, for all your kindness in my time of need. Les came home today. They wanted to discharge him as he is medically OK, just unstable on his feet, but his leg strength will come back in time. "

It has been a long battle and whe are happy the news is good. I'm still praying for Snug and her family that life gets easier.

As good as Snug's update is, is as bad as Kaye's update is. Her boy friend had briain surgery and here is some of a recent e-mail she sent me:

"News on Dave isn't what we were hoping for. He was diagnosed with a grade IV glioma. That's the worst of the worst. It's an aggressive brain tumor that originates in the brain. It seems to happen mostly with men age 60 and over. The surgery was successful, however the grade IV glioma always leaves microscopic cells behind. These are what starts to grow again. If Dave was to chose not to do anything, average life expectancy would be 8 - 9 months. After meeting with a chemo and radiation oncologist, they both told him that since his overall health is good, he should tolerate the treatments well and life expectancy is more like 2 - 4 years.
Dave started radiation therapy last week and will start chemo next week. The radiation will be for 6 weeks, every Monday thru Friday. The chemo is a pill he will take M - F one week a month. He does have some residuals from the surgery: mostly, he can't read. So he's going to speech and language therapy sessions once a week. He has like a blind spot on the right side of both eyes, so when he tries to read and as he glances from left to right, the letters just blur out or disappear. This is starting to get a little better, but if it's still an issue in a few weeks, we are to see a binocular specialist. "

All my good vibes, good thoughts, and prayers go out to Kaye and Dave and their families.

The follow two pictures are of my niece (my sister's daughter) and her son.

My niece is the one that is the morning news anchor at the CBS affliate in Dallas, Texas. She got word that they probably weren't going to renew her contract when it comes up in October. There is still a chace they may renew it but the waring is there. So some prayers and good thoughts her direction would be appreciated.

Spencer played in the SMU spring football game yesterday. He is second string Defensive End as a red shirt freshman. He was a walk on which means he doesn't have a scholarship. If he stays second string or movies to first string any time during the 2012 football season they would put him on scholarship. He played really well yesterday. However, good thoughts that he continues to play well, avoids injury, and lands a scholarship would be appreciated.

I'm sending good vibes and good thoughts Pat's way that her shoulder improves and that her overall health improves. Prayers got DR's way for a safe and rewarding trip to Arizona. And of course Dona's also gets our warm fuzzies for her and The Shankster. The Satellite Sisters announced on one of their shows a few weeks ago, that their dad is suffering from demaential Prayers, good thoughts, and good vibes go out their way also.

As to me I am surviving. My heart issues seem to be improving but they still want me to do the darn tests. The last couple of days I cooked some dynamite lunches and dinners for Mom & the caregiver. I will do that again today. The tomorrow starts three nights at Mom's. I will try very hard to do a blog entry each day but it may be hit and miss on the blog.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012


I got up this morning, poured myself a cup of freshly brewed coffee, sat down in my easy chair and started pondering. A simple exercise that at times can be dangerous, at other times can be peaceful, at other times rewarding, it can be problem solving time, or maybe it can just be a time to wonder about the world and just what are the most colorful mountains in the world:

From wondering about mountains to wondering what I missed when I fell asleep before the sunset last night:

Just as I got done pondering sunsets a cute little kitty appeared and peeked in my patio door. Made me wonder if all animals are that cute:

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Friday, April 27, 2012


Friday, the second one since the job finished. Certainly a different day depending on whether or not you are working. Today's agenda includes doing some work for a client, lunch and dinner for Mom, picking up around the house, picking up Mom's drugs, and watching the NFL draft. A little stress, a little work, a little fun. Not a bad day. The day started off in a good fashion when I read the following article:

Because it feels kind of weird lately getting up in the morning and not having a place to go to I enjoyed the following article:

Without going to work I can sleep in, I enjoyed the following tips:

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I had a nice day yesterday. Paying bills, banking, shopping and the movie "The Lucky One." Not a bad movie. It is a movie that a movie that my brother would call a groin movie. Have his wife kick him the groin, that way he saves two hours and ten bucks and still gets a good cry in. It was a touching story of a soldier that finds a photograph of a woman, then after the war searches out the woman for thanking her for saving his life. Nicolas Sparks. Should have known.

Sometime it is lucky to get into the doctor early, here is an article that will help you make you won luck where doctors are concerned:

Speaking of luck:

And ending with a company that wants some lucky asteroids:

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Monday, April 23, 2012

I'm Sorry.

On the agenda today is a good lawn mowing, paying bills, a pickup around the house, and maybe a movie.

Today I am sharing a story that was in yesterday's Oregonian that I found kind of touching:

Do you have someone you would like to find and apologize to? I have several. Teachers and fellow students. Maybe at some point I will try to find them.

It is going to be in the eighties today so eating some ice cream might be on the agenda:

Closing with things you need to know about today:

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Hundred Buck Attitude

Let's start the day off with ten things you should know today:;_ylt=AqO.nUipVxGkK.wUcXAkZECs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTQzbWMybXZkBG1pdANPcGluaW9uIEZyb250IFBhZ2UEcGtnAzQ1MjJmMGVjLTRlOWEtM2NjYi1iZjhlLTgxMmNhMjIxOWIxYQRwb3MDMQRzZWMDTWVkaWFTZWN0aW9uTGlzdAR2ZXIDZjNkMjE3MDAtOGM4MC0xMWUxLTlmZGYtNTNhZmI4NjVlYmY3;_ylg=X3oDMTFrM25vcXFyBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnMEdGVzdAM-;_ylv=3

The cruise was great. The weather was questionable in the morning but just as we were standing in line to board the cruise the clouds went away and the sun came out and stayed the rest of the day. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the chicken pomodore. Every was given a Caesar salad before the main course. Everything was on the firm including drinks. It was an absolutely perfect way to end tax season. And look what was given to the employees during the cruise:

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My last week was as follows. Monday I finished up at work about 2 then went and did some errands for Mom. I also went to downtown Portland to check where the parking was for the cruise and where we boarded. Tuesday was the movie The Hunger Games. To damn long. Wednesday was putting the finishing touches on my tax return. I put it on the back burner when I found out I owed a ton. Thursday was Mom day. Mom & I went to the heart doctor. Then we stopped for lunch. The while I did two loads of laundry at her house we played three games of Scrabble. I fixed a nice dinner for us. Made coffee for Mom and the caregiver for the next morning. I had to stop at the pharmacy on the way home. I got home about 9. Long day. Friday was personal errand day. Haircut. Car Wash. Grocery shopping. Dry cleaners. Gas up..

On the agenda this week is today is paying bills, lunch at Mom's, and a little pickup around the house. Tomorrow probably a movie. Tuesday the troops are going out to celebrate the end of tax season. Wednesday my sister and her husband leave for Texas so Mom duty begins. Wednesday night and all day Thursday at Mom's. Friday and Saturday is making sure meals are provided for Mom and the caregiver. I don't want to brag but they like my meals better than sister's.

That is it for the day. What was on your agenda last week? What is on your agenda for next week? Need prayers and good vibes for yourself, your relatives, or your friends? Something bothering you and you need to vent? Fire away. The blog is yours today so post anything you damn well please. I love hearing about your lives.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sailing Away

I wanted to thank everyone for their prayers, positive vibes, and good thoughts. With everyone behind me I think I am a slam dunk to nail those heart tests.

I'm really looking forward to the cruise today. The weather is cooperating with it being sunny and inthe mid seventies. Be a great way to spend three or four hours!

Starting the day off with a bit of a warning:

Speaking of warnings, could a company have screwed up things more than the one in the following article:

I am closing with tips on how to choose a restaurant:

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When I told my doctor I couldn't afford an operation, he offered to touch-up my X-rays. Henny Youngman

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's My Turn

It is now my turn to ask for prayers, good vibes, and good thoughts. Mom & I had our annual heart doctor appointment. Mom is fine. However, they detected an abnormality in my heart. I have two upcoming tests. An echocardiogram on 5-3 and a nuclear stress test on 5-7. If I said I wasn't scared I would be lying. So I'm pleading for your prayers and good thoughts.

I am tackling a tough subject today, bullying. I cannot recommend the movie BULLY enough. It should be required viewing for every teacher, every school administrator, and every student from the age of six on up.

Here is someone that took a stand:

And here is a school that is clueless:

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Disturbing

Enjoyed the day yesterday sort of a combination of a day off and doing chores. I did go to The Hunger Games. Not a bad movie just to long. Plus it was kind of unrealistic because the troops didn't rebel. Today a little more rest and a little more work on my own taxes. Taxes are always disturbing so we are doing disturbing stores today.

Up first if more for Moms and parents to worry about:

How stupid is this game? Why kids would want to play this game is beyond me.

Next up is another disturbing story:,0,6675749.story

Another story said she was released but it has be the dumbest move of all time to lock her up in the first place.

Now on to a dumb move by a law enforcement officer;_ylt=AqCTDs45thIMNWZyF.cfjECs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNtZTZwZnNqBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDMzhmNzkzNTQtZjg1MS0zNGFmLTg4OGQtYzFjNTBmYzQ1OTk2BHBvcwMxMARzZWMDdG9wX3N0b3J5BHZlcgNiODBkNmQ4MC04MGIxLTExZTEtYjI1Zi02NzVkN2I3YzA2MmU-;_ylg=X3oDMTFrM25vcXFyBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnMEdGVzdAM-;_ylv=3

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012


My first day off since February 1 and Mom, bless her heart, wanted me to come into see her today. But I am taking a me day. I finished at two-thirty yesterday afternoon. It was to late to go to a movie. So I ran Mom errands and checked out the boarding and parking situation for a cruise I am going on Saturday. The firm picked The Portland Spirit Lunch cruise for their end of the tax season party. It boards at 11:30 AM and the cruise is from 12 to 2. Food and drinks are on the firm:

Not going to a movie yesterday turned out to be a good thing thanks to my cousin/sister Dixie who sent me some nice gift cards. Red Robin, Wendy's, & Regal Cinemas. Three of my favorites. Waiting to go to a movie now means it is free!!

One thing that was a gigantic mixed emotion incident happened a couple of weeks ago. I am the executor of Mark's estate. He sent me his will and his letter of instruction. He gave me five percent of his estate. Which is a good chunk of change. Although I am overwhelmed that he would mention me and tell me that is was what his wife wanted I hope I never see a penny of it. That would mean he outlived me.

At work, the word is official a 23.5% increase over last year in my output. It is amazing how much I can do when there isn't someone bugging me several times a day like last year. I ended up doing as much alone as S (the doofus) and I did together last year. Overall the firm did more work this year than last with two less people. Best staff since I've been there.

On the agenda today is a car wash, a haircut, a little work on my own tax return (I filed an extension) and a movie.

Now on to today's post and a couple of articles. I will be drinking a lot of coffee today so the first article interest me a bit:

And I will start connecting with friends that I have ignored for the past few months:

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday, Sunday.

I honestly didn't realize how tired I was until I got up this morning. Maybe now that it is almost over my body is speaking to me. I haven't really had a day off since February 7. Tuesday will be the first and I am going to try to sleep in! I didn't meet my goal of doing one hundred returns at the firm but I came damn close. I think I would have made the goal if they would have given me a few more returns. I will say that in the four years that I have been there this is the best staff that they have had. We did more work than last year, with less stress, and fewer people. I do think next tax season will be harder because of Amy going to the Army. I hope my lottery winnings come in before then.

I received a couple of updates from Snug. Here is the first one:

"The good is that he moved to the rehab facility today, and all's well. It's a matter of time for him to get back on his feet and I'll have to be patient. The bad is that my dad started acting up. Phoned me and demanded that I place him in a home because "nobody looks after him" (he knows very well Les is in hospital). The ugly is that he pulled out his NG tube so mum had to take him to hospital to get one inserted. Do old men regress into small children when wives/daughters are already maxed out? I'm actually tempted to put him into a few weeks' respite care, if only to give my mum a break. "

Sound familiar? Seems like we had a blog post a while back that when our parents reach a certain age they change for giving folks to selfish ones and the only thing they really care about is if their needs are met. This to shall pass.

Then better news followed today:

"Sometimes, it makes me frightened what I'll be like when I'm old. After all, my dad is half my gene pool! As it is now, with Les's medical issues, I'm taking a hard look at middle age, and it aint pretty. But we did have a good weekend. The rehab facility gave him "home leave" because there's no physio on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, and he proved to them that he could go to the loo on his on, and could walk a few steps to transfer between wheelchair and seat, wheelchair and loo, that sort of thing. So he went home on Saturday afternoon, and he doesn't have to be back at the facility until Sunday evening. He was very happy to be home, and the dogs were very happy to see him. Queeni (she's daddy's girl) hasn't left his side."

Love the loyal dog. And getting old isn't for sissys.

Keep Adi in your prayers.

Now the blog is yours. Post whatever you damn well please. Share anything you want to. Vent. Update us. Just post something so I know you are alive!


"Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job." Franklin P. Jones

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Crunch Time

I am trying to get enough work done so that I can finish by Monday. Then there is lunch and dinner for Mom. Not enough time for a blog post today. I will return tomorrow.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! Except Mary, I just hope she survives it!


Friday, April 13, 2012


Which means the fear of Friday The Thirteenth. Should we be extra careful today?

I have just the potion for you to make sure you make it through the day:

So are you going to join me in putting your clothes on backwards?

I am closing with some good luck:

Some of the articles were a little old but each had information in them. I hope you enjoyed the history of the dreaded Friday the 13TH.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Hangover

I hope you all had a nice Easter. Here is an article that is kind of a hangover from the holiday:

I'm not sure I agree with the article but it was an interesting attempt.

I do know what happens to people if they try to scam you into believing that they will help you with all your tax problems:

They got what they deserved!

And I do know where you can for help for any of life's problems:

Off to what I think is the beginning of my last week of work!

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Sunday, April 8, 2012


"Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there." ~Clarence W. Hall

"Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian holidays that move in sync, like the ice skating pairs we saw during the winter Olympics." Marvin Olasky

To me Easter is day of reflection. A day of celebration with the family. A day of renewal. A day of a new Dahn (pun intended).

For those that celebrate either holiday may your holiday be rewarding and wonderful.

For those that don't celebrate religious holidays, the following article is for you:

Signs like the one in the above article is the reason I am proud to say I am a Methodist. It warms my heart that the positive comments about the sign out number the negative comments by thirty or forty to one.

Her is an update from Snug, AKA as Adi:

"Just a quick update: it's been ups and downs, really. He has been on the mend, and can now wheel himself about the ward in a wheelchair, though he has little strength in his legs to stand -- the meningitis caused a stroke-like issue with his legs. If all things go well, he is expected to move to a step-down rehab facility next week, for six weeks, where they will help him get back on his legs, or adjust to life using whatever aid is needed, be it a walking stick or a wheelchair. But the down is that although he was doing well, today he developed a fever which rapidly escalated into a high fever. So it's really still a day at a time. "

And a follow-up to my response:

"I'm taking it a day at a time, or it will become overwhelming. It is indeed daunting though, to think that it will be another 6 weeks before Les comes home. But I'm also told that 6 weeks is not really that long in terms of rehab time. Today has been a good day, no fever and he's seemingly back to normal. So I count the good days and not try to get weighed down by anything else. Your prayers and support have helped immensely, along with Dona's, and all the wonderful people at your blog."

Speaking of updates and Dona. Where in the hell has Dona been? Sure would like an update from her.

And I would like updates from all of you. Tell me what is going on in your lives. What went on. What is going on next week. How you are celebrating today's holiday. Updates on your friends that were in peril. Requests for prayers and good thoughts. Vent. Shout Joys. Post anything you damn well please.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

My Kind

Although I have a lot on my plate and a to do list the size of the Incredible Hulk I am getting caught up and the job may end the middle of next week. It is kind of mixed emotions. I will miss the people. They are all very nice. This is the best and the most efficient group they have had in the four years that I have been there. No turkeys. The end of the tax season party is April 21. We are going on The Portland Spirit. That is a cruise on the Willamette River in downtown Portland. Lunch and drinks are included. I asked Nancy to come along and she will be joining us. There will be another party later in the summer. A going away party for one of my favorite people that has worked there, Amy. She is the one that once said, "it will be a very sad day when you don't work here." Well, it will be a sad day when Amy leaves for the Army. Her husband is disabled and can't work. She has two years of college and can't afford more. She just had a baby last August. She made a decision that was best for her family, it takes a strong woman to make a decision like that. The service will pay for her last two years of college. She will make enough to send money home. Her husband and her two children will move in with his parents and the in-laws will take care of the children. Damn she will be missed if I go back next year. Amy is my kind of people.

My kind of mob:

The idea is spreading and just recently showed up in Washington State.

My kind of friend is one that sends me charming links, like the following one that DR sent:

I want that little girl in charge of something, anything, she is just to darn precious.

My kind of article:


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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Necessary? Unnecessary?

Today we are playing necessary vs. unnecessary. I give you an article and you tell me if what they are trying to do in the article is unnecessary or necessary.

First up, the cell phone:

Next up a potential new California law:

Finally, a little laughter:

While some of the schemes in the above articles may be unnecessary your comments are necessary to make the blog more interesting so, Comment Away.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

You've Been Pranked.

Let's start the day off with an appropriate for the day article:

I have pulled off a few pranks in my life. Small ones. Short sheeting. Icy Hot in shorts and jock straps. And so on. Probably the best prank ever thought of in my lifetime was the mastermind of a really good friend and myself. We had the good sense to call of the prank at the last minute. R & I worked at a company where Bob W. was our supervisor. He was a racist bigot magnified. It was winter time R was a professional baseball player just keeping busy until the season started up again. Neither one of us were bigots and it was quite annoying to listen to the B.S. Bob W. was spewing. R knew an African-American teammate that was taking acting classes. We decided to hire the acting class dude to come in to work one day and go to Bob's office and ask Bob if he could marry his daughter. We chickened out at the last minute because we didn't want to go to jail if he died of a heart attack. Any pranks in your past, done or undone?

Time for an update. My boss told me something on Friday that really kind of shocked me. I've worked fifty-nine more hours this year than I did last year at this time. When you add to it that I've also done a lot more with Mom this tax season than last it becomes pretty amazing that I'm not that tired. I am a year older and doing more work than for many years so I should be exhausted. I'm not really.

Last week of course it was five days of work. Three work projects at home. Dinner Thursday night at Mom's. Last Sunday and yesterday at Mom's. The next week is going to be six days at work (it is crunch time so Saturday is added to the schedule.) Thursday night is at Mom's. Saturday in between work is at Mom's to prepare Saturday and Sunday dinners. Other than that there really isn't much to do.

OK, I spilled my guts. Now spill yours. Catch me up on what is going on with you, your friends, and relatives. Let me know who needs prayers and/or good thoughts. Vent if you so desire. Shout the good stuff at the top of your longs if you so desire. Post anything you damn well please.

I am closing with a damn cute video that DR. sent:

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