Saturday, September 29, 2018

Music makes the world go around

Music. 
Some people live and breathe by their music, bleed for it even.
Some people couldn't care less about music, they don't listen to the radio, albums, iPod, Zune, whatever or seek out new music at all. I fall into this category. I just don't listen to music anymore. I think it came from my brief stint living in Atlanta where I had a four hour commute (one-way) to work each day and I would hear the same songs over and over on the radio.
After a while I just stopped caring about listening to music.

but everyone has a favorite song, album or artist. The stuff they can always listen to.

For me, off the top of my head and in no particular order:
Queen - Queen just made good music, so many songs to choose from but I like just about every song on their album "a kind of magic"
This was the soundtrack for the 1986 movie Highlander and both the album and the movie are earmarks in my development

Alan Parsons Project - tales of mystery and imagination:
This is a themed album of songs derived from the works of Edgar Allen Poe. It is also the very first CD I ever bought.

David Bowie - Heroes, Changes, Under Pressure, Space Oddity, Never let me down. Geesh, I could go on.

Once more with Feeling - this is the soundtrack to the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Not only are the tunes catchy, I mean really catchy, where they stick in your brain like peanut butter on the roof of your mouth
but the show was also a bonding moment between my kids and I, making it extra special

            Sweeny Todd - this is the soundtrack to the movie starring Johnny Depp. They did a good job. On the rare occasions, I listen to music this is what I can always listen too.

            Phil Collins - I like his solo stuff like No Jacket Required but I can dig some Genesis too.

            Dean Martin - Ain't that a kick in the head. Probably my all-time favorite song

And If I am in the mood then there is always
Alice Cooper
The Crow soundtrack
Van Halen - I like 1984 and 5150 the most
Motley Crue - I think their Dr. Feelgood album is my favorite


What's yours?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The way this year has gone and still happy

 

In use a few short months my family has gone trough some fire
My wife’s breast cancer returned which was closely followed by a full mastectomy. Then as she grows her new rack she is also going through the awful kemo therapy. So a very vane and proud woman is having to hide beneath a wig as she continues to go to work each day. She is always tired and nothing tastes the same.but I strive on.

I drove a old 88 Taurus that started to have issues.I ended up getting hit, both front and back by uninsured drivers,ina two week period. One was a hit and run. Went out and spent a grand I did not have to purchase a car just to get to and from work.drove great on the way home and after tiling it and tagging it I drove it to work. On the way home I couldn’t get it to go above 30 mph. The PCM has gone out. So now we carpool until I can get the money together for that.but I strive on

My job is stressful as I work for a tech firm that our major client could go away at anytime and take my job with it. I live in constant pain each and everyday due to chronic constipation from my pain meds sowing down my guts.

So with all of this why am i posting this as happy? Because on July fourth I became a grandfather for the first time. The situation with my daughter and the father is, well there isn’t one but that’s ok. My granddaughter is a beautiful little girl who already has me twisted around her pinky finger, just like her mom did. Couldn’t love my girls more and I am happy they are in my life.

Maybe this doesn’t belong in as happy. Maybe I just wanted to vent a little . I think it is more like I have a gargantuan shitburger on my plate right now (that could easily be solved with a suitable application of large amounts of cash) an yet with all of that plus Christmas rolling up fast I still can find the glimmer of happy in my life and death grip it like a mountaineer dangling from a rope,


Thank you for listening to an old man ramble.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ron and Dave on a Boat

 
A long, long, l o n g time ago back when I was in High School I went camping with my best friend Ron and his family. They were gracious and kind enough to invite me to El Dorado lake for the weekend, this guy whose idea of "roughing it" was a hotel with no attached restaurant and the pool was outside, in a tent.

Anyway we left after school on a Friday so once we got there it was dusk and the sun was dropping fast. Ron's dad backed the truck up to the boat dock and we launched the bass boat out into the lake and started putting out with a hearty "we will see you at the campsite"

So here we are boating across the lake. Ron driving and I am sitting there just staring out across the lake like a scene out of some kind of remedial Miami Vice episode.
Suddenly I hear/felt a "sqish"
Sqish?
I look down and my feet are splashing in a couple of inches of water. I look behind me to the back of the boat and the back of the boat is full of water.

Now before I go on let me mention that due to a mishap at a YMCA pool when I was really young, I have a healthy dose of aquaphobia. It's not a crippling amount but I do get anxious around large bodies of water and, as such, have never learned how to swim.

Anyway
I point to the back of the rapidly filling boat and yelling to be heard over the engine "IS THAT NORMAL?!"
Ron looks back and looks back at me with his eyes as wide as hubcaps "WE FORGOT TO PUT THE BOAT PLUG IN!"
"WHERE IS IT?" I yell back as the water is now lapping at my ankles
"SEE IF YOU CAN FIND IT" he yells back and goes back to driving but I could tell his brain was now doing its mental gymnastics trying to figure out the best course of action. When Ron thought hard, you could actually see him think.

I went to the back of the boat to see if I could find a boat plug. Before this moment I did not know boats had plugs so I was now looking for something that

     A. I didn't know what looked like.

     B. Could very well not even be in the boat

     C. The sun had dropped out of the sky by now

After a bit I located a black thingamabob and held it up "IS THIS IT?"
"YEAH, STICK IT IN THE HOLE"
So I proceed to try and jam the black plug into the small hole that water is gushing out of like faster then a garden hose
"IT WONT GO IN" Now there must have been something in my voice that alerted Ron as he yelled back
"DON'T PANIC"
I didn't realize I was panicking however as I mentioned before... I am anxious
"IM NOT! YET!"
"KEEP TRYING"
"I AM.... GOT IT!"
So, with the hole finally plugged he flipped on the bilge pumps to pump all the water out of the boat.
The water didn't budge.
It was a considerable amount of water and the tiny little pumps were not touching it.
"OK HERE IS THE PLAN" Ron yelled (so many previous and future mishaps were started with those words) "I AM GOING TO GO REALLY FAST
AND WHEN I SAY NOW TAKE THE PLUG OUT. THE SPEED SHOULD CREATE A VACUUM AND PULL THE WATER OUT."

...........Sounded feasible to me.

So Ron sped up the boat and yelled NOW and I pulled the plug back out of the boat
He did circles in the dark, he did loops, he did straight lines really, really fast.
We now had more water in the boat.
So we gave up on the science approach and I jammed the plug back in. I tried bailing for a bit but I had nothing but my hands to use as we finally pulled up to the campsite.
I believe the pumps ran all night long and by the next morning, we had a fully functional, nothing remotely like a submarine, boat again.

The End

Oh and on a side note, later that day we went back to where we had been doing all of our zooming around in the dark to find out that we had been in a forest the whole time.

We should have crashed into a tree like a speeder bike in Return of the Jedi.
 
 
I related this story to my daughter last night and all I had to menion were boats and lakes and she immediatly pipped up "You didnt forget the boat plug did you?!". She is lightyears ahead of me already.

Friday, May 18, 2018

We are all going to DIE

Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours.

Extinct. There is never going to another like it again. Ever.
Now Nature takes care of her own and when she decides it is time for a species to move on that's ok. They had their time and now it is time for another to take its place.
When man steps in and just through a pure sense of greed, want desire we are killing them off.
The great Auk was killed because they made great pillow fluff
The passenger pigeon were killed simply because there were a lot of them. A flock could take an hour to pass over and in one 3 month period hunters killed 50,000 of them a day.
The Carolina parakeet was easy to kill because as a species they would stop to mourn their dead.
Leave it to clay-footed man to interrupt the natural order of life.

Sure, a human plague would be nice to thin the herd but that wouldn't be a teaching event. If anything, it would sway us the other direction and make us feel more self-important as a species.
No,
We need an alien invasion.
Like Independence Day meets Predator
We need to find out we are not the top of the food chain anymore and that all life is important.
We need a humbling event to put straight in our heads what is important.

Instead, what we are doing is turning our home into a barren wasteland.
When my grandchildren are my age they are going to pay and pay dearly for what we have done.


Friday, May 4, 2018

waisting away

   
OK so HBO/Cinemax had a free preview weekend the other day and I went a bit overboard. I went to the theatre on Friday and saw 2 movies (it was to celebrate my wife and I 27th anniversary)and I guess figured I should not stop there. 
I have Netflix and Amazon so I have never really considered getting the movie channels but after this binge I might need to just to calm my ass down.

Movie

Central Intelligence

Alien : covenant

Independence Day: Resurgence

Split

Mike and Dave Need wedding dates

Keeping up with the Joneses

Kong: Skull Island

Cooties

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children

The Great Wall

Game of Thrones


Bits of
The Shack (got interrupted so shut it off)
Get Out (fell asleep) and
LaLa Land (couldn't get into it)
Ants, SpongeBob, etc. (baby watching for a bit)

In the 48-hour period, Saturday to Sunday, I spent 34 hours awake/conscious. I am sure it was less but using 7am as an anchor which should suffice. Saturday I was awake 7am to midnight and Sunday about the same 7am to midnight.

I tallied up the time-spent viewing for Saturday and Sunday by calculating the minutes of each movie. I spent a total of 23 hours and 41 minutes watching TV. I didn't count the bits of stuff I watched so that number is actually well over 24 hours.

I cannot account for those missing 10 hours but you know what? I am willing to bet that I was watching TV.

Granted Sunday I was wrapped around a heating pad the entire day but come on man
It's like I am just waiting around to die.
I have this stupid notion that if I dont leave the house it will not cost me any money. This is not the life I signed up for. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dogpile on the rabbit

The shits starting to stack up again.
  • Money getting tight. Cars are making noises. Tires going bald. normal stuff that sucks but eat at your cash.
  • Job is stressful. Seems like I spend every day waiting to get the notice I am no longer employed.
  • My health isn't too keen. I am having intestinal issues when I spend the day in absolute blinding pain. I get relief one day a week and the rest I sit on the pain scale rolling back and forth from a 2 to a 9. Doc gave me some meds that are supposed to turn the gut pain sensors back on from my pain medication while leaving the Brain ones still numb, Id say it helps but doesn't resolve the issue, Like a car with no gas and you need to get cross country but all you have is a mason jar of gas each time the tank starts knocking. (You will have to excuse me if some of this gets fuzzy. I took my nightly Ambien and it is kicking in)
  • Daughter starting on a new adventure as a single mother. which for her is stressful/scary as hell but being her parent I cant help but feel the stress too. I can only pray the baby will be big and healthy and come out of the womb with a briefcase filled with unmarked bills.
  • Son has a mental capacity problem and an inherent laziness to boot so I fear he will never become anything. He is my son who holds my entire heart but he angers me with his lack of drive and his wide-eyed naivety. 
  • Then just learn that my wives boobs are still trying to kill her. 5 or so years ago we had a cancer scare and treatment for breast cancer but we kicked its ass. however, now it is back and is going for the other one now. DAMMIT.
I try to count my blessings but when the curses start to dog pile on your shoulders eventually they wear you down till all you can see is just one little beam of light coming from betwixt the legs of one of he bodies blotting out the son.

It would be cool if there was a  pool of money created by the fabulous wealthy, a humanitarian event for the middle class, where they ask you what will it take to get you to zero?
   All the bills paid off for ever (like medical bills and house payments) and the monthlies for at least a year. New cars (well new to you cars) to replace the old, dead and dying, fill your food larders up to a packed capacity and get you all setup with the standards for life like life insurance and fraud insurance
   Maybe even a 2 year scholarship as well for each member. Everything needed to just get you to a point where every paycheck you earn is now a plus and you can actually gain ground from there. Yeah that would be awesome and they wouldn't even just give you the money and leave you to your devices but have people help you get it all done too.
I wouldn't even need too much myself, just maybe 300,000 to get dropped to less than zero.Thats what it could be called too "LESS THAN ZER0"

  Oh well If wishes were fishes the world would be an ocean.
This is not a definitive list by any means I just needed to vent and bitch and roar to the heavens and this is me roaring. No I have to go back to being the rock that lets it all roll off me like water off a ducks back,

Yall have a good night and tell your loved ones you love them.

ZOMBEE

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Thats some shit

FECAL ALERT

The human body is pretty cool.
You have the same receptors in your gut that you do in your brain. To the point that you, in fact, have a second brain.
"As researchers turn their microscopes to these hidden environments, they have discovered something remarkable: There's an entire ecosystem of bacteria and a vast neural network operating in our guts. This ecosystem is our second brain, and comprises some 100 million neurons, more than the spinal cord. This is not a thinking brain-it does not reason, write poetry, or solve multi-linear regressions-but mounting evidence suggests that your gut's health influences your mood."
 
 Ok so you have pain receptors in your brain but also in your gut
When you take pain medication (as I do) it indiscriminately shuts them all off both brain and stomach.
Well since everyone is asleep down there what this does then is cause chronic constipation.
You get too full and it hurts. Hurts like you have organs bursting and a spear sticking out of your side.

Thursday and Friday I was fine, just a 1 on the pain scale. No big deal. I was able to actually do stuff.
Saturday morning still doing great. I cleaned a room in the basement so my son could move down there.
Saturday afternoon though the pain jumped to a 3 and started rising
Sunday morning it was a solid 5 and I was bent over double at my desk
and grew
By the end of the work day on Monday, I was at an 8 almost a 9 on the pain scale.

  I was sitting in my car to go home sweating and shaking from the pain and I still had two errands to run. At each errand, I waited for a break in pain waves and then ran in, got what I needed while talking stilted and awkward and through my gritted teeth and ran back out.
Tuesday I didn't even go to work. It didn't hurt as bad as on Monday but I was exhausted from holding it all together.
Wednesday I went to work feeling fine and went by the doctors that afternoon. He had me lay down and thumped my midsection and my left side sounded like a watermelon.
An X-ray was taken and he confirmed that I was indeed full of shit. All the way up. My wife could have told him that.
He prescribed me this new medication they have developed just for this issue.
What this pill does is it goes to the receptors in your gut and turns them back on.

 Therefore, with some hope on the horizon I went home with my 3 weeks of samples and popped one in for the day.
And waited.
I figured that since it was a gradual issue with the pain medication, where the gut receptors had slowly started shutting off as time went by, that this pill would slowly turn them back on over time.

I was wrong.

This pill should be named revelry.

I took the pill about 4pm and went to watch "The Office"
It must have flew down to the stomach breaking apart little escape shuttles as it went and they all started flipping toggle switches on immediately.

By 5 I was gurgling
By 5:30 I was bloating and starting to hurt
By  6 I was back to sitting on the couch with my butt clenched unable to trust a single fart.

I.... I filled the bowl.
Twice.

So here we are on day two. I know this is just the beginning but so far I don't like this pill.
Oh it seems to be doing its job and doing it well
I took the pill this morning and by 10 I was in the work restroom.
It sounded like a garden hose spraying into the bowl.
I am debating on buying Depends.

So what does all of this mean for you? If you take strong pain medication regularly, watch out for the slowing of your bowels.
If you are experiencing this then there is a solution for you to try.

Today I am at a 1 maybe a 2 at the most.