Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Next year-let's all donate the money we would spend on each other to their favorite charity....there is always someone out there worse off then you and they need food and shelter more then you need a vibrating, color pulsing, fur covered coffee cup.
The retail industry will probably collapse, but buying dumb shit for people that really don't need more dumb shit is a dumb tradition.
I work retail and to be honest.....I hate the 2 month long run up to Christmas each year.
Let's be honest, how many happy people do you see this time of year? Not many and the ones that you do see happy are probably drunk off their asses.
Christmas ain't about buying dumb shit for people you really don't like......Christmas means lots of different stuff to lots of different people....but lets take the tradition buying of dumb shit out of the equation.
Whaddya all think?
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
This is what it looks like before it's proofed and baked.....
Here's what he looks like after he's all baked.
Sorta looks like Mr Teddy went out to the bar and got hammered....his eyeballs are sorta wonky.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old,
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:"
01. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
02. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
03. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
04. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
05. Pay off your credit cards every month.
06. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
07. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
08. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
09. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past, so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness, but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".
26. Always choose life.
27 Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Good stuff, huh?
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
I just make donuts for a living so I may not know as much about politics as the experts but don't they have a majority in both Houses and could basically tell the Republicans to sit down and shut the hell up?
Monday, December 07, 2009
I'm using the Daily Plate feature on Livestrong.com, I can access it with my Blackberry so there ain't no excuse not to add in all those "extra" calories.
Wow, was that last sentence a double or triple negative?
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I found a way cool calorie tracker at Livestrong.com that I can use on my Blackberry and my laptop to track everything I eat. It's pretty cool, I use it while I'm away from the computer on my Blackberry and it graphs everything out.
I went to the doctor last week and the first thing the doc said is to lose some weight and maybe my knees won't feel so bad.
Honestly...my knees are fucking killing me.
If I can stay off of cigarettes for 10 years and counting....I can lose 30 or 40 pounds. It might take a year to do it....but I will do it. You can believe that shit.
It would be nice to be able to walk up and down a flight of stair without having to use the handrails for support.
Will losing weight help?
Oh, hell yeah....I don't know if it will totally elimanate my problems but living with the pain and discomfort I have now for the rest of my like is NOT an option.
It sure was fun getting fat-now it's time to get fucking real and make sure I live to be old enough to see my grandkids graduate from college.
I wanna be one of the opinionated old geezers that can sit at the family dinner table and say all kinds of off the wall shit and get away with it because I'm old.
I'd also like to be able to get out on the bike and do a little riding as well....I really really miss being able to go out for hours at a time to be able to clear my head.
Hey, after all-the title of this here blog is... BIKE riding donut guy.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Tiger hit a tree and a fire hydrant.........He couldn't decide between an iron and a wood.
What do you call a black man being chased by hundreds of white men with clubs? The PGA Tour.
Elin took six but only put down a four on her scorecard.
What do Tiger Woods and a baby seal have in common? They both get clubbed by Norwegians.
What do rednecks and Tiger Woods have in common? They both park their cars on the lawn.
Don't get pissed at me...I didn't write them-I just stole them.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Look for edgier content in the future and less family friendly shit.
For example....stuff like these kid touching perverts.
That's all for now, in my next post, I'll describe how I almost had the shit beat out of me on Thanksgiving eve.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The stuff I am writing for them is similar to what I post here but it's a little bit more edgier and somewhat more off-color.
Not sure if I am going to post a link to it or not yet......
Friday, November 13, 2009
Did I just type that? Wow, it seems like it was just Labor Day.
Christmas is less then 6 weeks away and to be honest.....it's not one of favorite holidays.
I work retail and the next few weeks leading up to the holiday are the busiest and most stressful of the whole year.
I still have more than enough stuff to be thankful for to let a few cranky people ruin my day.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
-If you're in hurry shopping...don't freak out at the clerk waiting on you-I'll go just that tiny bit slower just to watch your face get red.
-I think I've said this before, but it bears repeating....be nice. You'll get the best service you've ever gotten when you're nice.
-Don't try to talk on your cellphone while you're trying to talk to me as I try to assist you....actually, I'll ignore you until you hang up. If you get a phone call while I'm serving you and you take it and ignore me....I'll walk away and let you finish your conversation.
-Don't whistle to get my attention. Seriously. I'll call you out on it.
-Don't ask me "Where are the fucking samples?" at 1 AM. Sorry....you get nothing.
Seriously, I'm a really nice guy but folks nowadays shop like they drive..... and quite a few people are self-absorbed assholes that think bigger and louder is always better.
Maybe my 80 year old knees are putting me in a bad frame of mind...time for a nap.
Monday, November 09, 2009
It's pretty much to only part of Fall I'm not in love with.
We had our parents over for Sunday evening dinner.....good times and my lovely wife makes a totally kick ass Italian wedding soup.
She's a good cook, she makes a ton more money then I do and she looks 15 years younger then her actual age.......am I a lucky guy or what?
Thursday, November 05, 2009
I don't know but my lovely wife freezes her ass off in the winter. (She's not fat)
I'm happy if the thermostat is set at 64 all winter. (I'm fat)
I did however, buy my lovely wife one of these for the winter. Since we have "time of day" rates....electricity is dirt cheap from 8PM to 8AM.....and my lovely wife doesn't have to freeze to death while she's watching TV at night.
Best wife ever....gotta keep her warm and happy:-)
Monday, October 26, 2009
It's been work, sleep, eat and work on computers much of the past two weeks.
Our son has been wanting an iPhone for at least the last 2 years....Christmas came early this year. I bought him a barely used one on eBay and took it in to the AT&T store to have it activated.
He loves it.... Me? It's nice and everything, but I think I'll stick with my Blackberry...my fingers are too fat to use a virtual keyboard.
Anyone see this? College Grads Coming Up Short in Professionalism. What the hell? It's not the colleges fault....it's shitty parenting. If you let your kids act like assholes....guess what? They are gonna grow up to be assholes.
We just had a beautiful weekend weather wise here on the east coast....now it's back to rain. Kinda makes me wanna crawl into a huge vat of mashed potatoes and eat my way out with a spoon made out of butter.
I like winter more then I used to, my knees on the other hand aren't looking forward to it a whole lot. Maybe someone sells battery powered knee warmers....oops-looks like someone does. Not sure if my lovely wife would want me to spend 260 bucks (plus another hundy for 2 extra batteries) for them though. They sure do like tempting though....
I see things are going just peachy over in Afghanistan....if the USSR got their asses handed to them 20 years ago...well, maybe they oughta be a clue as to what we are headed for.
I sure would like these folks to get done with there 15 minutes of fame real soon. They are both starting to annoy me. Grow the hell up and raise your kids.
As long as he stays in Texas, he should do fine. Would I sit and listen to him? Maybe.
Ummm....did everyone forget he was a kid toucher? Just sayin'.
Holy crap....getting the Democrats to do anything must be like herding cats.
I call bullshit.
Don't fall for this one folks.
Friday, October 09, 2009
You don't get to go away and see stuff.
You save a pile of money and get to sleep in your own bed.
Unfortunately, my wife had to work most of the week, so I scheduled lots of computer work to keep me busy.
I do know one thing, if I had to drive a lot for my job.....I'd probably buy a used police car and leave all the markings on it to drive to appointments. I had a client over in Lancaster and drove on Rt 30 to get there in haevy traffic.
My speedster days are long gone, I'm fairly content to drive along at 5 mph over the speed limit...I felt like I was in a NASCAR race for a half hour. People were following me less than a car length behind me, cutting in in front of me, driving while talking on the cell, wondering all over the road etc.....I think we need to tighten up traffic enforcement....if you pass a stringent test-you can drive on the highway-if you don't pass-you get to drive on surface streets.
Anyways......this was my birthday weekend and once a year my in-laws take all their kids out to dinner theater. As it so happens, I needed a haircut. My lovely wife always cuts my hair and she always does a great job. As I was fetching my clippers...I didn't notice that the attachment on the clippers that regulates how much hair is removed ....sorta fell off.
My wife took one nice long swipe at the back of my head and well...I kinda now how a really short haircut all over as she didn't want me going to dinner with a nice haircut (from the front view) with a bald stripe going up the back of my head.
Eh, it will grow back.
My pop surprised me with one helluva a birthday present. 2 years ago, I borrowed several thousand bucks to set up by business and buy some advertising. I started paying him back this year and his birthday present to me was to completely forgive my entire loan to him.
Thanks, dad! My business partner (my son) and I pretty much throw all the money back into the business at this point. My son is going to be an expert as using a Macbook, he's been using it pretty much non-stop for the past few days.
I don't think I'll be able to quit my job any time soon, but it will be one heck of a nice source of income when I retire from making donuts.
This past weekend is also traditionally..."Door Picture Day". My parents have been taking pictures of Katie and Dan every year since they've been babies.
They ain't babies any more.
Our daughter is in her 4th/5th year of her PA degree and our son is in 11th grade and might possible end up 7 feet tall. The kid is tall....but I can still take him.....barely.
Oh, I almost forget...I'm now 50 as of today. Other than 85 year old knees....life is pretty good.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
This thing is SOLID.
Since it's made out of aluminum, it doesn't flex at ALL.
Super simple to set up and since I have an early copy of Windows 7, I used Boot Camp to install that as well. Win 7 works fairly well on a 4 year old laptop but it flies on the Macbook. If you've stuck with XP for the past few years...Win 7 will be a whole new ball game, but I recommend either waiting to get it on a new PC or buying a system builders copy from Newegg and doing a clean install.
I like the Mac's glass screen with the LED backlighting....I now see why they cost more then the usual PC stuff you buy from HP or Dell-part of it is because they don't cheap out on materials...the display is NICE! The backlit keyboard is really sweet as well, not sure what's different about the key action, but it feels so much smoother then my HP laptop.
I'm just some joker that makes donuts for a living but I can see switching over to all Apple machines as mine wear out. They are nice pieces.
I've was working on a new clients machine yesterday....as part of my service-I open desktops up and blow all the dust out of them and reseat all the connectors and RAM. This particular machine had never been opened up or cleaned since it was new 5 or 6 years ago.
I tried using compressed air out of a can....didn't cut it, I ended up using my leaf blower on it. The machine might not be salvalgeable as the dust had built up so badly that none of the fans were able to spin and I'm afraid something overheated in the past because the machine will only run for a minute of so before shutting off. I want to at least pull the hard drive out and get all the data out before I give up.
The worst news you can give someone isn't that their computer is dead...it's the fact that the data is toast as well.
One more helpful hint....change your routers default passwords...any geek out there already knows your default password.
Nice....2 shootings in one day. I drive past were the second shooting occurred every morning on my way to drop off our son at school. Not saying that York is unsafe but it isn't exactly safe either.
I am having some bumper stickers made.....In big letters-"Don't Blame ME"...in smaller letter below..."I didn't vote for him."
I'm a registered Libertarian, so I voted my party in the last election.
I'm not sure what the hell is going on in DC but Obama has a majority in BOTH houses and he hasn't got shit done yet.
Maybe I don't have a firm grasp on how things work down in Washington, but if I was in charge and had the advantage in both houses....I'd be busting some Democratic skulls together to get stuff done.
I know I busted Bush's balls on an almost daily basis when he was in office...but he was a complete dumbass. At least (I think anyways) that Obama has at least half a brain...I'd sure like to see something accomplished soon before China owns all our debt obligations.
This is a shame....all I can think about is how the 8 kids are handling all this. Mom and Dad are being complete assholes.
Drive one and 1/2 blocks? Damn, that's lazy. I used to have to walk or ride my bike over a mile to get to high school every morning.....at least until I got my first car.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
5 hours later...I have my nightstand cleaned, my clothes switched over in my dresser and the top of my dresser cleaned off. Barely touched my side of the closet. I have a 1 year rule...if you haven't used it in the past year, has no sentimental value and it didn't cost a ton of money to purchase...it goes in the trash or gets donated.
I'm gonna donate a bunch of clothing....except some of my clothing won't be donated. I have some extremely worn out t-shirts that no longer fit me and probably will never fit me again...but I can't bring myself to chuck them....too many good memories in those old shirts.....
We are going out to dinner this weekend....bad news-the pants that fit me in January no longer fit...I'm gonna have to do a "Billy Bob" and go to Wal Mart for a new pair with a higher number waist size....then lose some damn weight. My problem is my knees have never come back 100% after my surgery this year....the bastards hurt to some degree pretty much all the time.
I have a brand new 13" Macbook Pro sitting here ready to get opened up and turned on...I figured I'd have plenty of time this week. As it turns out, the computer consulting is rapidly filling up my spare time this week. I'm all set-I got a book and a magazine with a test of the exact model I bought included....just gotta carve out some time.
Why not right now instead of writing this blog entry?
This blog entry was put together over a couple days here and there and right at the moment-I'm having a cocktail and I'll be headed to bed. My rule for working on computers? Never work on computers when you're tired or when you've imbibed.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I've had several inquirys about Apple in the past year and since I've never had one before...I've had to turn down business.
Turning down business ain't a very good business strategy if you wanna build a business so I took the plunge and layed out a fair amount of money for one of their machines.
Sure hope my plan it makes me some money. I have a year to pay for it and also gotta pay back my pop for a loan I took out to get everything off the ground.
Making a little pocket money sure is expensive:-)
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I want to learn how Apples work so I can add them to my repertoire. I've had a few client inquiry's about setting them up...not really sure how they work or much of anything else about them. I figure the best way to learn is to buy one and figure it out for myself.
Anyone out there have a good reason why they are so damn expensive?
Monday, September 21, 2009
Anyways....my son and I are gonna invite one of my nephews over to light some of my old model cars on fire and roll them down the driveway.
Doesn't sound very mature for a 50 year old.....screw that-I wanna have fun and what 10 year old nephew wouldn't enjoy having fun lighting plastic model cars on fire with an adults permission? Hell, I'd like to set a full size car on fire and roll it down the street, but I think I might get in trouble for that.
Most folks over 50 probably ain't gonna see any humor here.....
Me? Yeah, I think it's funny.....
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Now I ain't the bestest speller in the world, but maybe Grandma shoulda ran this sign past one of her grandkids before she let herself loose.
Long after she's dead....her image will still be on the Internet.
The Internet is forever.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
This upcoming week....I'm almost completely booked for the week and it's only Sunday.
If you live anywhere in Central PA....you know that this week is York Fair week. I typically don't go, I really don't like being in large crowds of people....and if you've been in a rundown Wal-Mart lately-those are the same people that go to the fair.
How come Apple releases a new version of iTunes every 4 days? It keeps asking me if I want to update.....no. I want you to leave me the hell alone so I can play my stuff.
Never drive DWI...let a 6 year old do it......
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
So......I was showing a new associate how to drain and filter the shortening in the donut fryer. I carefully explained what to do and what not do......and proceeded to do a "what not to do".
Things could be worse.....I worked at a place 20 years ago that had a 500 gallon shortening spill....that was a mess.
It always helps to look on the bright side when you screw stuff up....it can always be worse, whatever-my trainee and I both got a laugh out of my clumsiness. Now he how knows what a "what not to do" looks life in real life.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
This week at work, I'm training a new associate on the fine art of baking and donut making. If I had my druthers...I'd be training people all the time-it's one of my favorite things to do. The gentleman I'm working with this week is semi-retired and was looking for something extra to do. It's always a pleasure to work with more "mature" associates....
I may sound like an old whippersnapper, but kids nowadays could learn a few things from us older guys.
This is one of my favorite shows. Pretty cool how pawn shops work but I enjoy the interaction between the grandfather, the son and the grandson. My dad, me and my son are pretty tight as well...maybe we oughta start a business together.
I dunno...but if I owned a store with tons of shiny new computers-I'd have a steel grate across the door when I wasn't open.
I was on Facebook and saw one of my coworkers baby girl....awww she is soooo adorable. I can hardly wait for grandkids. Our daughter is still in college so there isn't a rush, but it will be so cool when it happens.
I like maps and I like science...way cool site.
Biggest WTF? I've seen for awhile....this however, comes in at a close second place.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
My first thought was to ask him if he was high.
Thought better of that and told the guy that yes, donuts are probably one of the worst things you can eat if you're watching what you eat.
He seemed satisfied with that answer.....and then proceeded to buy a dozen donuts. Oooookay. Let's face it-not many skinny people eat donuts.
One of my friends at work has Downs Syndrome. He doesn't let that get in his way of putting in 100% effort every night he comes to work.....there are lots of folks that are "normal" that don't have nearly the work ethic that Brian does.
My favorite saying he has is "shut up and get to work" ....ya gotta like a guy like that. He doesn't complain, he doesn't explain...he just smiles and works his ass off.
It always amazes me how some folks are complete assholes when they think they are anonymous on the internet.
Yeah, on rare occasions I'll be an asshole, but I always try to do it in person....it feels better that way and you get to see the look on someones face when you call them out. I think I might be a confrontation addict.
Madonna doesn't get it....nobody gives a shit about what she thinks-they paid for a ticket to hear her sing, not listen to a lecture.
Why is this news? You know my opinion-Jon and Kate need to suck it up for the next 10 years or so and finish raising their kids.
Anybody watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta? I like the other locations the show has been to but I can't stand listening to ebonics...so I'm skipping this run.
People of Wal-Mart.....yeah, I've seen a few of these folks.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Being somewhat old school, I think this is a dumbass idea.
If I was king....school would start the week after Labor Day and run 5 1/2 days a week until May 1st with one week off at Christmas.
The best part of being a kid is having summers off.
I know when I was a kid, summer was the time to get part time jobs mowing yards, paper routes and I also worked at an auction house from age 12 to age 16 every Saturday.
I did all that stuff and still had plenty of time to have fun and get into trouble....just ask my mom.
I got one of those fancy Blackberry's.....I'm getting to the point where I have to check my schedule before I make appointments....I'm absent minding and I need something that beeps at me when I need to be somewhere.....ain't technology great?
I was setting up my mom's laptop so she gets all of her e mail from her different accounts sent to Windows Mail......jeez, all you have to do is miss one port setting and nothing works right. Hopefully, I have it done correctly (after several attempts) and ....Mom, if you're reading this-feel free to chip in and tell everyone what a wonderful son I am.
My pop is wearing one of those portable heart monitors for a month, the docs are looking for an irregular heartbeat....my old man is one tough Irish guy-he said they ain't gonna find any problems. Alrightly then dad...just listen to the doctors....we'd like you to stick around for awhile.
Wow...this whole Michael Jackson thing won't die (see what I did there?) My opinion? It's a sad tale starting from the time the dude burned all his hair off filming a Pepsi commercial and it went downhill from there. He was one strange guy.
I'm waiting for a better program. I want the government to replace my Chrysler minivan with another Chrysler product for free since they are pretty much owned by the government. Then I'd sell the new vehicle. I have no idea what made me buy a Chrysler product but never again....I'm sticking with Subies from now on.
I'm one of those Libertarian nutjobs, so I didn't vote for Obama but his party has the edge in both the Senate and the House of Representatives......why isn't anything getting done? The Democrats continue to find new ways to lose. I'm sure it ain't this simple, but if I was President, I'd call each and every Democrat to the Oval Office, get about 2 inches away from them and read them the riot act. They are gonna piss away the next year and get squat accomplished.
What do I know, all I do is make donuts and fix computers.....and shoot my mouth off.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Not too sure about my diet. All I know is that I gotta take it just a touch more serious. Dumb and fat ain't no way to go through life. What kills me is when I come home in the morning and want to inhale the entire contents of the refrigerator.
I have 4 perfectly good bikes.....maybe I oughta ride one of them once and awhile.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Can I get a "Hell yeah?"
One of the first albums I bought when I was a kid.
If you listen to Lil Wayne......you probably have no idea what the hell I'm talking about.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The rest of the controls?
I'd figure something out....
Her remote control has at least 2 dozen buttons...all with teeny tiny writing that's all but undecipherable to my 50 year old eyes. My client is a few years older then me and she was a little frustrated.
To get the DVD player to work, you need to push a button on the TV remote and then push the same button again within 2 seconds to select your viewing source...none of the viewing sources are tagged "DVD" Once we had that figured out, the DVD player has it's own remote with about 900 tiny little buttons.
Both the TV and the DVD player are made by Sony.......somebody at Sony needs their ass kicked.
If I could figure a way to make a universal remote with large easily understandable buttons....I'd be able to retire on the profits.
PS-My business partner (our son) turned 16 yesterday. To say I'm proud of him would be a huge understatement. He's pretty much got his stuff together and has his head screwed on straight....it's gonna be fun watching him as he finishes growing up.
My wife and I have great kids.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The guy is leaving a beautiful smart wife and their kids for a floozie in another country.
The dude must be mentally ill...Mrs Sanford gets kudos in my book for wanting to reconcile. She's a way better person then I am.
Jenny Sanford Talks About Husband’s Affair
PS....got back to work last night after a 4 day weekend....working for a living sucks. On the bright side, my consulting business is doing well enough to help pay some household bills....I'm digging that bigtime.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Couple of things you might notice....
-There's enough meat for 4 people...only 2 of us.
-Mike uses REAL charcoal to cook meat-tasted awesome.
-The grill screen is never cleaned-natural anti-stick
All I gotta say is Mike is one helluva cook. The man knows how to cook meat....crispy on the outside and tender and BLOODY on the inside...and he makes one mean Hollindaise sauce.
Today is the first day I've had off from work in 12 days straight. The celebrate (other than playing poker last night) I'm doing absolutely nothing. It's gonna be an effort to put on a shirt to go outside and check the mail. I'm 2 bottles into a 4 pack of wine coolers and it's only 2 in the afternoon.....looks like I'm staying home for the rest of the day.
I got our daughters car back from the shop...1900 bucks. New brakes, rotors, state inspection and a complete engine disassembly to replace every single gasket in the engine. If it cost anywhere near that much to fix ever again....I'm gonna drive it through the front window of my mechanics garage. It's always something but over the long run...it's still cheaper then a new car.
Here's an example of how money can screw you up. I say let the guy get on with his life. He paid his debt to society..I don't particularly like the dude-but he deserves a second chance...it's not like he drank a 5th of Jim Beam and swerved into a minibus full of kids and killed them all or something. Killing dogs isn't exactly sterling human behavior...but he coulda done worse.
Pretty soon....the Japanese will all be as fat as Americans.
Wanna blow smoke up someone's ass? Here's the tool to do it with.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Coulda been worse, the computer that I replaced was almost 10 years old-it was due. No biggie, I had a back up less then 24 hours old. I just transfered all his stuff and I was in bed by 1 PM. Didn't have the time to remove all the crapware yet....I'll do that sometime next week.
Yay for me.
The only casualty was my bike ride with my friend Mike....fortunately he's an understanding friend- I'm sure he'll thank me by taking all my money at poker later tonight....
Anybody got a few spare hundred thousand bucks?
I wanna do something like this. I have the technical skills and the sense of humor to pull it off. Unfortunately, our area is flooded with donut shops and most folks around here probably aren't ready to pay a dollar for donut. It would be a lot of hours but I like being creative.....maybe I'll post up some of my wilder creations...
Stay back 100 feet.......I'm just like a firetruck. My lovely wife made me an entire batch of chili before she left for the beach. I've had it for my last 3 meals. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Yesterday a client's computer shit the bed.....today...I hope I don't.
Sometimes I don't think very much before I eat stuff.
Seriously....shut the hell up. If she was an ugly old white guy instead of a leggy attractive woman....nobody would give a shit what she's saying.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I'm pretty sure it's terminal....I've had problems with this box in the past.
I'm just glad I talked them into buying a portable hard drive that backs up nightly and off site storage that does the same as well.
Worst case scenario is that he'll be out a few hundred bucks for a new computer.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Since my family is in Myrtle Beach......how's the donut guy gonna unwind? One word.....
Yup, gonna spend 30 dollars of the family budget on a little poker Thursday night. Every time I play, I get a little better-who knows....maybe one of these days I'll win a game.
I'm also being a total slacker when I'm not working or fixing computers...the grass really, really needs cut but instead of using some of my free time on Wednesday morning to do it....screw it, I'm going for a bike ride with my buddy Mike.
The grass will still be there when I get around to it....bike riding is a serious business.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Does she realize Medicare is managed by the government? While it ain't perfect....it's better then nothing.
What's scarier is all the people that think she's on to something talking about "death panels". I just hope she makes a complete ass of herself before the elections roll around again so she has no chance of getting anywhere near Washington DC.
She's friends with Michele Bachman, who thinks the Earth is 7000 years old.
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Thursday, August 06, 2009
We dumped our stuff and headed down the road. Why the hell they have so many registers....I'll never know-I don't think I've ever been there and seen them all open at once.
In other news....gonna be headed out for some mountain biking for sure in Sunday. My buddy Mike has a new sweetie and she's never been out on the dirt.
I hope I can keep up with her....she's a skinny little thing and in about a month when she gets a little experience-she's probably gonna be able to kick my ass.
I'm sure she'll do fine, in deference to her and Mike and my lack of dirt riding this year...we are gonna be taking it extremely easy. I might even bring a camera along and take a few pics...Redman is my favorite place to mountain bike.
I've had a slightly pinched nerve or something in my shoulder going on for about a week...not that big a deal except I'm having a heck of a time getting to sleep....just can't get comfortable.
My pop gave me a couple of his painkillers and I'm sure one of those will do the trick. In fact, I took one about a half hour ago and I'm starting to get tired now so I think I'll go be unconscious for a few hours.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Did the Rail Rail on Sunday with my buddy Mike, his sweetie and a couple other good friends. I think we did something like 10 or 12 miles and had a nice rest stop half way and I had a quite yummy iced coffee mocha slushy with whipped creme.
I probably balanced out my calorie intake with the miles I pedaled but the best news was that I had no extra knee pain the next day.
If you need a good cocktail idea...mix equal parts of diet peach Fresca and grapefruit juice with a shot of the cheapest whiskey you can find (I'm not a whiskey connoisseur). It's not like I'm a drunk or anything, I allow myself 2 cocktails on my evening off every week....good stuff.
This upcoming weekend...looks like we'll be doing a little mild off-roading down at Lake Redman. It'll be the first time this year my mountain bike has been in the dirt...should be fun.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
He I.M.'ed yesterday and insisted I put away the computer for a few hours on Sunday afternoon and go for a little ridey ride.
Sounds like a plan to me...been working my ass off at work and with consulting-I need a break.
In other news...as of yesterday-I don't owe anyone money.
Well, that's not quite true, I do owe my folks 2 grand for helping me get my consulting business of the ground which I'll be stating to pay off in the next couple weeks. I may not owe any money to anyone except my folks....but I also don't have any money either.
I gotta feel bad for our daughter, she's stuck with my van (with the broken AC) this week and she has to navigate and park in downtown Philly. Her car is in the shop with an oil leak. I can see why she might be a little pissed at her car letting her down in the middle of summer....the AC on her car rocks.
I'm fairly sure you could hang meat in her car and it wouldn't spoil.
It gets me where I'm going but as more stuff on it stops working...it's starting to piss me off.
It's paid for so I suppose I can't complain too much.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I was the guy calling 911 because our neighbors were away on vacation and I saw 2 guys get out of a white van, fiddle around with their front door and then went inside.
The cops (everyone on duty-it was like 5 or 6 cop cars) surrounded the house and rang the doorbell. No one answered, so the cops went inside (the door was unlocked)....a minute or two later, 2 very scared looking drywall contractors came out with a couple of cops behind them.
The professor has a damn big mouth.
Any cop will tell you- it's all about attitude.
I'm am quite sure that if the professor and been calmer and not shot his mouth off and called the cop racist-this would have been a non-event...Henry oughta be glad he has concerned neighbors instead of looking for a reason to open his piehole and complain about "racist" cops.
Black people can be just as racist as white people.
Monday, July 27, 2009
She says she is almost afraid to load my page up and sorta looks through squinted eyes because afraid of what she's gonna find.
Hey, the wedding video was cool wasn't it?
The 900 pound woman with no neck making macaroni salad soup?
Maybe not so much.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I wouldn't drink it, I'd give it to my brother-in-laws when they came over.
I like this beer in case anyone wants to buy me a 6 pack.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I like nothing better then to take a vacation and remove my brain for an entire week. Take a nap when I feel like it, have a bowl of ice cream for breakfast or stay up until 3 AM reading a book.
Last week, I did all of those things.....and I gotta say-I'm a pretty happy camper. Didn't get to ride any because of nagging chest cold, but hey...things coulda been worse.
I was in a discussion with someone on Facebook concerning the direction of the country. The dude is a devout Catholic and thinks Obama is pretty much Satan and George Bush was real close to the second coming of Christ.
I just Google Catholic priest and the first 10 news results are about kid touchers.
Kinda hard to have a serious argument with the guy after that.
I didn't vote for Obama...I'm a Libertarian and maybe I wasted my vote-but I voted for Bob Barr. I am fairly sure that the majority of the politicians in Washington have too many conflicts of interest and/or are just plain douchebags and crooks.
I got back to work last night and my faith in human stupidity has been renewed. A guy walks up to the bakery and says....."Are you making donuts?" while I am standing in front of a donut fryer that is full of donuts.
Maybe is wasn't a dumb question, but the guy asking weighed at least 350 pounds and was wearing a Dallas Cowboys half-tee. I bet his back hair looked like this guy.
Remember my time/intelligence corollary? The later it gets in the evening.....the intelligence of the person you're talking to in a supermarket goes down by a proportional amount. Except when my next door neighbor visits on his way home from work-he's pretty damn smart.
Friday, July 10, 2009
He won 130 bucks last night playing in a tournament...dear old dad busted out as usual.
Not that I play all that often, but I do enjoy playing...just gotta get a little better.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
I've had worse colds, but this one is bad enough.
The Tour started yesterday....I gotta be honest and say that I'll be bit torrenting each of the daily stages, I can't stand Versus's habit of including the same 4 commercials every 6 minutes for the next 3 weeks.
I do love listening to Phil Liggett, someone oughta hire him to do some Nascar races.
till later....time to get some sleep.
Friday, July 03, 2009
On the agenda.....
-Maybe a couple of nice slow bike rides on my new townie bike. I bought it last year and it has less than 10 miles on it.
-Poker with my son next Thursday night...he's way better than I am.
-Fill in all the stone chips on my van and give it a nice wax job.
-Stay up late and sleep in.
-Hang out with my lovely wife. She can only get one day off...our plans are up in the air at the moment.
I had the best client yesterday. Very nice woman who is around 80 or so was having some problems with her computer. I got her all fixed up and last night we spent some time learning how to use Google Picasa.
All I can say is that I like working for spunky senior citizens and almost without exception- if you are over the age of 60 and never used a computer and buy one- you'll have an easier time learning things if you know that if you do manage to screw something up- I can almost always fix it because most folks over the age of 60 have the smarts to stop before they get in over thier head
If you are between 40 and 60...those are the folks that give me lots of business. Sometimes people think they know what they are doing and once and awhile...they screw up their computer so badly I have to format it and start over.
Kinda like when I was a kid and my dad didn't seem very smart and I knew way more then he did.....the older I got-the smarter he got. I'm almost 50 and he's in his early 70's.....he's pretty damn smart right about now.
Funny how that works out sometimes, isn't it?
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
My mom and dad always told me to stand up in the back seat and jump up and down when we were going up hills so the car wouldn't stall out.
.....yeah, I remembered.
What pranks did I play on my kids?
I remember scaring our son shitless by hiding under a blanket and popping out.
I told her daughter we were having monkey hair and boogers for dinner.
I'm a bad man.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
How long will MJ hang around?
At least I don't have to read about Jon and Kate+8 for a few weeks.
It's been a king hell busy week- more blathering to come.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Whatevers...I know the bakery manager pretty good, in fact I helped hire her as a part timer and trained her about 10 years ago. Maybe a change of scenery would be nice-we'll have to see how the next couple of nights go.
Just watched Jon and Kate Plus 8......wow, what a freakin' trainwreck.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
They did some special decorations, bought me my favorite soda, some really good chocolate and my favorite frozen pizza.
I have the best kids ever.
If you're a dad, granddad, a great granddad or a great great granddad...have a great day.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
My neighbor is a pilot for a major airline and due to his work schedule....sometimes I'm at work when he does his shopping. He stopped in last night and we were talking about the Air France tragedy...the dude has been flying fighter jets and passenger jets for the last 35 years so he pretty much knows what he's talking about when the discussion is about large passenger aircraft or aviation in general.
His opinion of large composite aircraft? He won't fly on one.
Hell, I just make donuts for a living but I do know composite stuff doesn't bend much...it snaps. Maybe I'll stay off the plastic airplanes as well....like I fly a lot anyways.
I'm not much of a redneck, but what the hell do you do when another country launches a missile (which might or might not have a nuclear warhead attached) at you? I guess if it was me answering the red phone........I'd atom bomb the living shit outta the country responsible. Lots of innocent people would die....sucks to be them-too bad they have a batshit crazy guy running their country.
If I haven't scared the crap out of one of my fellow central Pa bike bloggers with my wild political blatherings and observations about composite materials ...we're gonna meet up sometime this summer for a nice casual ride. Any of you fellow bike bloggers that live nearby (and I know there are some out there) feel free to invite yourselves along when ever we figure out a time and date.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
All 3 of them had red bushy hair.
All 3 of them were wearing the same color flannel shirts with the sleeves ripped off.
Did I mention that they were triplets?
Of course, they bought a couple dozen donuts....I'm just happy they didn't buy all the donuts.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Here is some info from Jim.....
PLEASE try & help me find a home for these kittens!!!
The gray/white is male & other 2 are female all short hair.
I don't want to let them run wild here at the trailer park,, there's already enough wild/strays here!
Me & the momma have raised them since first born when momma first brought them into our trailer.
They are litter box trained & eat solid food.
They seem very healthy, very clean & they all sleep on my bed!!
They're going on 9 weeks now & ready to go.
If money is a problem, I will donate $50 per kitten for shots & fixing.
If you can't take one,,PLEASE ask around PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,,, Jim 717-487-0133
I can tell you my buddy Jim has a heart the size of Alaska-if there was any way he could keep them-he would, but he already has several kitty's he has adopted.
Jim is located in Lewes Delaware and runs a charter fishing service-I'm sure he would be happy to send more pictures or talk about the cats-please give him a call if you are thinking about adopting a cat.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
With the four of us... we all have wildly ranging sleep habits.
My lovely wife usually gets by on 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night and sometimes gets a nap in the afternoon schedule permitting...I don't know how she does it. She easily looks at least 10 years younger then she actually is.
Me? I go all over the place. Sometimes I'll be sleeping by 6 AM in the summer and sometimes I stay up until 1 or 2 in the afternoon and get up just in time to go into work at 9PM.
Our daughter sleeps whenever she has the chance- that kid is on the go...sometimes a day or two will go by without us crossing tracks for more then a minute or two.
Our son? In the summer, he tends to stay up late and about a month into his summer vacation, he's usually on the same sleep schedule as me. It's a real pain for him to get back to a regular sleep schedule by the time school starts but as an added bonus- him and I go out to breakfast quite a bit while he's on vacation since he's still awake when I get home at 5 AM.
I kinda like that....any time you get to spend with your kids while they still live at home-you never get that time back when they grow up.
I think I'm in love...
The Heart Cart. Hmmmm I sure hope that laptop isn't using Windows.
I wonder if my boss would understand this....probably not.
This couple will have the best wedding day story ever.
Interesting pictures from Iraq.
This is gonna be fun. I've become such a TV whore. I've been watching Real Housewives of New Jersey...
If I had some stupid money....I'd buy this, a 52" TV and a killer sound system.
My son sent me this.....Missing Baby Found in Sandwich. It's bad, but not in the way that you think it's bad.
I've had clients like this in the past.....guess what? When they call me for service...I'm usually too busy to see them for several weeks.
This guy is pretty funny.
I guess if you are religious.....you can say pretty much anything....whatever, that's what free speech is all about-but I bet he ends up on a "watch" list.
Quite an imagination.
Like music from the 80's? Remember this music video?
Finally...a cute kitty picture.
Gosh, what do I do with all that money?
I've taken very little out of the business....95% of the proceeds go right back into the business buying new equipment, supplies, etc.
I borrowed some money from my parents and when I get that all payed back....I'll be buying another laptop to use as a loaner and a desktop PC to use as my main PC. I beat the hell out of my laptop and I've found out that they don't last much more then 3 years...so I'm switching over to a desktop to save some money.
Spend money to save money...I love how that works out.
I do think I'm going to wait to buy something until Windows 7 has been released...tried the upgrade route with the beta version of 7 and it was a complete disaster. Rule #1 of computer stuff....if it's ain't broken, don't try to fix it.
One thing I don't like about being a part time computer consultant is driving around meeting with clients.....dear Lord I hate traffic. Maybe if the traffic all moved at 85 mph-then I'd be okay with it.
Don't get me wrong, I love helping senior citizens with computers and tech and I have all the patience in the world when I'm showing an 80 year old how to send pictures in an e mail....but put the same person in a car and put them on the highway....well, I suppose I gotta do a better job working on my patience behind the wheel.
For most of last week, I was surviving on 5 hours of sleep a day, last night, I slept 9 hours....it felt great to sleep in. Got up at 5 AM, got my lovely wife a paper and a cup of coffee and headed out to detail her car and cut the grass and then saw three clients.
Yeah, baby...ain't nothing like owning your own business. In between my full time job and my part time job...I put in close to 80 hours last week.
Friday, June 05, 2009
What those two parents need to remember is that looked into one another's eyes and took marriage vows that probably included terms like "for better or worse" and something like "until death do us apart" .....marriage is some serious stuff-I hope they work their problems out....at least for their children's sake.
Yeah, if they ain't happy together....too damn bad.
They need to suck it up and be civil with each other (and stay married) until their kids are all out of school...just my opinion.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I have Windows 7 running on a 4 year old Pentium 4 laptop with one gig of RAM and by golly....it runs pretty darn good.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Been working retail for most of the last 35 years...this is the first time I can remember having off 4 days in a row-whatever, I'll take it.
The whole family helped out with some gardening this weekend.
What was I doing?
Taking pictures of my toe and getting my cocktail on.
I was out of Seagram's 7 so I had to go liquor store shopping...there are lots of different kinds of booze. I go into a liquor store maybe once every 2 or 3 years to get a new bottle of whiskey...I decided to buy the cheapest whiskey I could find.
9 bucks bought me a bottle of some brand I never heard of-it's all good, I can't taste it anyways after I dump in the Seven Up. Maybe because I don't drink much....but why is there 50 different brands of whiskey?
I did manage to get my lazy ass outside and I seeded some bare spots in the lawn and did some yardwork. I always manage to go out in the middle of the day when it's 90 degrees-I ain't the smartest knife in the drawer.
Hell, I even rode my bike some....it was only 5 miles but ya gotta start somewhere.
Since my knee operation and my return to work- my knees haven't been doing the greatest. I have arthritis in both of them to start with and having the one operated on didn't really help matters as I began to favor the "good" knee and that one started to give me major problems.
In the last couple weeks-I've turned a corner and they've been slowly improving. To be honest, I am totally paranoid about overdoing the exercise thing and screwing them up again. Ain't no way I wanna have to live with the constant pain I've been through the past few months.
I've gained a few pounds so I really need to get back on the horse, just don't want to screw up my progress.
Dick Cheney is just killing me. For 8 years you didn't hear shit from the guy and now he can't shut the hell up. I more apt to listen to this dude more then anyone else in the Republican party....just sayin'.
Well, I've touched on politics in this blog post....may as well hit religion while I'm at it and piss off the other 50% of my readers. Don't blame me, I just post the links.....
This guy pretty much sums up Memorial Day for me...as do these guys.
Refrigerators....ours is pretty much average.
28 years of marriage down the poop chute because Mel can't keep his penis in his pants. Lovely, I'm sure his 7 children are proud.
Saw this on the way to taking our son to school this morning.....I'd be willing to bet that the driver was talking on a cell phone. That's the second time that house has been driven into.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Kinda busy, not much time to blog.
When it rains it pours.
I'm not complaining.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
How'd we do?
Well I still suck, but I lasted longer in the tournament then I did last time and I lasted longer then my son.....that hardly ever happens.
Do I win Dad of the Year taking my son to a poker game?...on a school night?
Hell yes I do, it's a fairly family friendly game with some ground rules...no losing your temper or you are asked to leave and no foul language. I figure he gets to meet new people and I get to meet potential clients....and we were home by 10:30.
We only play every 3 or 4 months so it's win/win as far as I'm concerned.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
They had a dead portable hard drive and wanted to know if I could get the data off of it. I said I'd give it a shot.....took the thing apart and disconnected it from the logic board and hooked it up to my laptop....yay! Success!!!
It sure is cool to be able help folks out-they were pretty darn desperate and were sure they lost all their data-lots of family pictures and all their financial stuff.
I asked for my normal fee and they gave me a very nice tip on top of my fee....it's all good. They're happy and Dan and I have enough money to go play some poker tonight.
Wish us luck.....
One neighbor is getting a new driveway, that entails 4 or 5 different vehicles with back up beepers constantly going off.
Another neighbor is having an addition put on the back of their house...that entails constant hammering.
I'm just happy to sleep like a normal person for a week...it's nice to have a window open at night and listen to the crickets at night and the birds in the morning.....things could be worse.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Don't think I've ever been so far behind on yard work. I have the grass in the front yard cut and trimmed, but we have lots of flower beds to redo and quite a few bare spots where the grass is dug up from last years tree work.
The back yard?
I haven't touched it up to this point. The grass is over a foot long in places, maybe I can let it go back to it's native state...it's kinda pretty.
Who doesn't like coupon? I'm putting this link in here because my lovely wife reads my blog and she saves us a a ton of money with coupons. I think I've mentioned before how she is the better half....yeah, without her- I'd be a lonely 49 year old living in a rusty travel trailer somewhere....
Spam hot dogs? Yuck. The best hot dogs ever? Hebrew National hands down.
I could do this.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
This is from Anna Quindlen, Newsweek Columnist & Author
All my babies are gone now. I say this not in sorrow but in disbelief.
I take great satisfaction in what I have today: three almost-adults, two taller than I am, one closing in fast. Three people who read the same books I do and have learned not to be afraid of disagreeing with me in their opinion of them, who sometimes tell vulgar jokes that make me laugh until I choke and cry, who need razor blades and shower gel and privacy, who want to keep their doors closed more than I like.
Who, miraculously, go to the bathroom, zip up their jackets and move food from plate to mouth all by themselves. Like the trick soap I bought for the bathroom with a rubber ducky at its center, the baby is buried deep within each, barely discernible except through the unreliable haze of the past.
Everything in all the books I once poured over is finished for me now. Penelope Leach., T. Berry Brazelton., Dr. Spock. The ones on sibling rivalry and sleeping through the night and early-childhood education, all grown obsolete. Along with Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are, they are battered, spotted, well used.
But I suspect that if you flipped the pages dust would rise like memories. What those books taught me, finally, and what the women on the playground taught me, and the well-meaning relations --what they taught me, was that they couldn't really teach me very much at all.
Raising children is presented at first as a true-false test, then becomes multiple choice, until finally, far along, you realize that it is an endless essay. No one knows anything. One child responds well to positive reinforcement, another can be managed only with a stern voice and a timeout.
One child is toilet trained at 3, his sibling at 2. When my first child was born, parents were told to put baby to bed on his belly so that he would not choke on his own spit- up. By the time my last arrived, babies were put down on their backs because of research on sudden infant death syndrome.
To a new parent this ever-shifting certainty is terrifying, and then soothing. Eventually you must learn to trust yourself. Eventually the research will follow. I remember 15 years ago poring over one of Dr. Brazelton's wonderful books on child development, in which he describes three different sorts of infants: average, quiet, and active.
I was looking for a sub-quiet codicil for an 18-month old who did not walk. Was there something wrong with his fat little legs? Was there something wrong with his tiny little mind? Was he developmentally delayed, physically challenged? Was I insane? Last year he went to China Next year he goes to college.
He can talk just fine.
He can walk, too.
Every part of raising children is humbling, too. Believe me, mistakes were made. They have all been enshrined in the 'Remember- When- Mom-Did ' Hall of Fame. The outbursts, the temper tantrums, the bad language, mine, not theirs.
The times the baby fell off the bed. The times I arrived late for preschool pickup. The nightmare sleepover. The horrible summer camp. The day when the youngest came barreling out of the classroom with a 98 on her geography test, and I responded, 'What did you get wrong?'. (She insisted I include that.)
The time I ordered food at the McDonald's drive-through speaker and then drove away without picking it up from the window. (They all insisted I include that.) I did not allow them to watch the Simpsons for the first two seasons.
What was I thinking?
But the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs.
There is one picture of the three of them, sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4 and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night.
I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less. Even today I'm not sure what worked and what didn't, what was me and what was simply life.
When they were very small, I suppose I thought someday they would become who they were because of what I'd done. Now I suspect they simply grew into their true selves because they demanded in a thousand ways that I back off and let them be.
The books said to be relaxed and I was often tense, matter-of-fact and I was sometimes over the top.
And look how it all turned out.
I wound up with the three people I like best in the world who have done more than anyone to excavate my essential humanity.
That's what the books never told me. I was bound and determined to learn from the experts. It just took me a while to figure out who the experts were.
Way cool huh?