Wipeout ~

We were all hanging out downstairs tonight, had played a couple games of yahtzee and decided to watch the tube. Nothing on though. We’re used to it, because there seldom is. $125.00 a month for cable, a couple hundred channels, but nothing on. Little did we know we were about to stumble on a gem Wipeout. For us it’s on ABC network at 8:00 pm. The show is a complete trip. The commentators leave a little to be desired, but watching these folks go at it is a trip. We laughed out loud throughout the whole thing. Actually set it to dvr and we don’t do that with many shows.

Must be a slow news day for us as well… as we were watching it we had a ticker across the bottom of the tv. Usually they are Amber Alerts, Severe Weather Warnings, National Crisis. Big Events. We were caught up in the show and didn’t catch it first time through. It came back through…
Local Woman Attacked by Wild Turkey ~ Tonight at 11:00 ! We Lost it.

Simon the Wormin

I made a wish this morning for balance for my kiddos. Pissed off about this morning, it was Monday I climbed back into wheel. Monday’s I alway feel like a hamster. Greeted by the most ungodly looking hairball I have ever seen. Syd nor Lola, neither one had enough class to be embarrassed, I thought I raised them better! For a second I thought one had lost a vital organ ~ ugly! Baby slept in as a result of L.H.’s Day.  My co~pilot was late, he’s always slow out of the shoot on Monday’s as his liver doubles in weight and Barley & Hops are notorious for sleeping in.  I was also stunned by the first news I saw this morning.  The Church Killing.

No, I am not religious.  And I don’t make it a practice to talk about religion or politics… but even a person of no faith can appropriately make comment on a tragic incident.  My heart went out to the people who were part of this.  Quite frankly I feel it made an impact on everyone’s lives, people were murdered.  They were murdered by a man who turned his love for a beer can into a career, our government supported this habit and allowed him the luxury of not jumping into the wheel, or forcing him to walk the path for survival.  When the system that supported him saw he was either unwilling or incapable of conforming they turned their back to him.  They had time to regulate his net worth and calculate the amount of cash and food stamps he was given each month.  The system also had time to evaluate and determine his benefits needed reduced, but they were much to busy to get this man help the desperately needed.    Unable to put the beer can down long enough to support himself, support others and become a productive citizen this man took offense to a church reaching out to parts of the community he felt it shouldn’t.  How he justified it was ok for him to survive with the help of others, but that courtesy could not be extended to people he didn’t personally approve of I guess was the booze. The outcome though is people were murdered, and the survivors are scarred for life because he drank beer after beer that the system purchased for him and planned a mass murder.  Off to Sunday Service he went to complete his mission.  Sick & heartbreaking.

This morning was especially difficult.  Tragedy like that sits with me.  Loss of life is not something I easily process and toss aside as I continue with my day.  I lost our 3rd child at birth and while I believe everyone is touched by a loss whether they realize it or not, those who have lost a child are touched on a deeper level.

We did finally get on the road, made it to the office and went through the motions.  I realized when it was time to pack up and head home I had no idea what we were having for dinner.  I also knew I had some redding up to do in the kitchen as my disposal quit working last night.  After a momentary lapse of guilt, I realized I’m not SuperWoman ~ I was ok with Pizza or Chinese ~ on paper plates to boot.  Call me mother of the year.

Pulled in the drive and felt the thumping… the stereo was on.  I also was pretty damn sure it was past the 1/4 mark as I could feel the vibration from the vehicle and that’s a No~No.  Grabbed my laptop case, small child, small child’s shoes, a couple folders that contained some work for the evening and made way to the house.  We had to stop and look for a worm.  We found this little guy last night on our return from the party.  His name was Simon the Wormon.  My boys always called a worm/nightcrawler a wormin.  So the baby has continued with this, but she likes to name her animal friends.  This joker was named Simon.  And Simon was MIA.  Time had to be taken to explain Simon was having dinner and maybe even dancing and I needed to get in that house and get that music turned down so we could have ours. The neighbors I am sure had had enough.  Opened the door, set and ready to go off… I instantly saw bodies and noticed the Wii was downstairs on the big  tv… another No~No.  The boys instantly turned everything down and my hearing came back almost instantly.  They got up, freed my arms, one went out behind me and went to get the baby.  She convinced him to help her look for Simon, just one more time.  I looked around and saw a freshly vacuumed downstairs (they even kept the lines nice,  just how I like them) tables polished up, toy room organized properly with everything matched up and my kitchen was clean, with apologies for not being able to fix the disposal ~ I almost  cried.  “Sorry about  the music Mom, we were watching the clock but you’re a little bit early.  We’ve ordered pizza, wanna play the Wii?

Yep, I wanted to play Wii & the stereo found it’s way back on.  We all played, even the baby, but she mostly danced and colored.  Tonight we had some balance.  It was very cool.

Got to keep the loonies on the path. Not going to happen today, I don’t have it in me. This lunatic longs for the grass… Piss on the job, I could survive without it for it a bit. Made it through many lean times & we’re still here. Pack up the kids, board a plane exit it some place exotic and enjoy life. Dream, live, do something to enact change. Reality then slams in, it’s impossible. Selling the house, uprooting the kids, leaving family behind ~ I couldn’t do it, I’d be lost without Little Hitler when everything was said and done. Stay on the Path. Temporary solution call in sick, call in because the baby is sick, Christ, blame the cat ~ that fur ball that greeted me en route to the bathroom looked especially gruesome, Syd or Lola needed medical attention!… I can’t make it to the office today, This lunatic longs for the grass.. I knew though even the temporary solution only delayed things for 23 hours. The grass is both forbidden and frowned upon. For a moment I was in my own little version of The Wall ~ random scenes coming at me, some a viable option, some not. It was like an acid trip, minus the acid.

Brain Damage
(Roger Waters)

The lunatic is on the grass.
The lunatic is on the grass.
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs.
Got to keep the loonies on the path.

The lunatic is in the hall.
The lunatics are in my hall.
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more.

And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.

The lunatic is in my head.
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me ’til I’m sane.
You lock the door
And throw away the key
There’s someone in my head but it’s not me.

And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear.
And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes
I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.

“I can’t think of anything to say except…
I think it’s marvelous! HaHaHa!”

I don’t understand how the grass got such a raw deal. There’s a whole world out there full of some completely amazing shit & I am stuck in the Asshole of American feeling like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Conformity forced upon me as I walk the path begrudgingly. Each one of my Monday’s starts the same… how do I get out of doing what I have to do?!? How did this weekend pass with lightning speed?!? Luckily these thoughts run through my head minus Sonny & Cher, that’s a plus. Hearing I got you, Babe ~ at a time like this would cripple me. Was with one man my whole adult life, I never felt like singing about it until right at the end when I had a moment of complete patriotism and sang one powerful verse internally “Let Freedom Ring”. It was the best I have ever sounded if I do say so myself. Roger Waters, David Gilmour had nothing on me.

What I don’t understand and what I am trying to figure out and have been for quite some time… why are some able to walk the path not tempted by the grass? And why I am one of the one’s who needs the grass and constantly has to fight against it to stay on the path? I look back on my life and think yes, as a teenager I was a nightmare, but in the grand scheme of things it could have been worse… certainly those few years didn’t seal my fate. It seems like some folks do more living than I do and to add insult to injury they have the appearance of complete contentment on the path ~ the grass never temps them, maybe it is just a facade, but how is it folks live life happily and never want to leave the path?

Been at “life” now almost 40 years, being kept on the path some will say signifies mental stability. When your inner lunatic hits the grass and doesn’t know enough to return to the path you’ve had a breakdown. I disagree. I think the grass is the fun stuff ~ the daisy chains and laughs. I feel very strongly the path is twofold; the daily things forced upon us that we have to do to survive as well as conditioning to accept these routines as actually living. I just can’t wrap my head around why there isn’t more time for the grass and why the path takes such stringent priority. I think if more credence was given to the importance of the grass, more people would “live”. And for the life of me I do not understand how you can have two unique people, one comes into the world stays on the path the grass doesn’t even entice them ~ the other struggles their whole life to stay on path and ignore the grass. It makes me wonder who has actually lived??? If you have never experienced the grass can you say you have?

It’s Monday and I am both fortunate and unfortunate enough to be on the Path. Daisy chains and laughs would be so very cool. But most can’t have those without prior dedication to the path. Enjoying the grass comes at a tremendous cost. As I drink my 3rd cup of coffee… my inner lunatic has conformed and I will stay on the path all day, all week and most likely for the next 20 some odd years. I’ll walk the path, I’ll go through the motions. Physically I am a slave to the path, mentally though I’ll never walk it. I have children who count on me to do this. I will also always be someone who longs for the grass, as I will never fully believe a person lives until their feet have felt it. I could be very wrong about this, but to truly live I think a person has to experience life off the path. I hope if nothing else as my children have watched me walk the path and they have learned the true importance in the daisy chains and laughs & it’s ok to step off the path upon occasion, as I think it’s vital. Balance… when a person masters that there is no inner lunatic to struggle with. Balance brings inner peace. I wish them balance.

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When Life just Blows…Fukitol

My eyes opened pre 5:00 am this morning. It’s Sunday so that obviously signifies something major. Major it is. You know how when something sneaks up on you that you have to attend but you would prefer to chew your right arm off with the teeth of the latest road kill to get out of it?? The thoughts of the event forced my eyes open in the 4:00 hour. And no the blog never came to mind. I now have confirmation that certain events do not have the ability to be manipulated by thinking of the blog. Unfortunately I have found myself in the middle of just such an occasion.

Today is my niece’s 4th Birthday Party. Now seeing this in print I think to myself, “Your (my) Mother was correct, you are the biggest bitch to walk the planet”. Ever since “My Keith Richard Years” as they are commonly referred to my Mother has called me as W.B. ~ Wonder Bitch. At the time in the middle of surviving my teens the title was probably fitting. Looking back, I could just cringe at times when certain memories pop into my head. I wasn’t sexually promiscuous, but I enjoyed a good buzz. It’s no picnic dealing with a teenager on drugs that you have no control over. I was said teenager. Never arrested, but I know I put her and the rest of the family through hell. There we close calls, one incident comes to mind where a friend of mine had a warrant out for his arrest and living down a dead end road when we turned to pull into my house the police officer pulled in behind us. I pulled into the drive the officer approached the car, my friend scared actually punched the officer and ran and officer got his shit together and pulled out his firearm, I could not watch my friend be shot and the officer I now know had no intension of doing so. I did feel the need to step between the officer with his firearm drawn and my friend. Unfortunate timing that my Mother decided at that exact moment to come out onto the back deck to see who had pulled in to visit. Please keep in mind I was 16 at the time, my friend 18 or 19 and the warrant for his arrest was for a court hearing he missed for a DUI. Him striking the officer out of fear is what brought the firearm out. He was afraid to go to jail and when it was all said and done, he would have been in minimal trouble for missing his court date, but striking the officer fried his ass, as it should have, Anyways, I did earn the title she bestowed on me. That being said once I successfully got my shit together, I do think the title of W.B. should have been tucked away, but it’s stuck with me, just like a second skin.

I believe at this point it’s tossed out there much too casually. She at times will still refer to me as W.B. and when she does, I have a flashback to the 80’s. I don’t believe she does though. It was such a traumatic time, she has most likely and hopefully blocked most of it. I think to her W.B. has become a generic tag she throws out there when she feels I am taking a stance on something. I do this quite often I guess. I have never been one to hold back or not say exactly what I feel. I like people to do the same with me so I set the example. A lot of people are under the assumption if you speak your mind you have no tact, this is something I disagree with strongly. I do have tact. If a person is so fragile they can’t handle hearing what I have to say I have always been of the mind set they need to “pony up” for lack of a better term. I am much too shook up about the trauma the day holds to find the terms I am looking for in some instances, my apologies.

Got a little sidetracked, this is after all about the Birthday Party. Now I love my niece. She is the daughter of my brother (I have two) and I love her to bits. But I have no doubt that she is going to make me look like a Delicate Wallflower by the time her life unfolds. Two days ago she turned 4, and she has already earned the private moniker Little Hitler. Now Little Hitler is tossed around quite frequently behind behind the backs of my brother and his wife. Nobody in the family is out of the closet with addressing the obvious issues that exist and there are several. They all can be tracked right back to everyone’s inability to tell this child No. She has never heard this word from anyone except me. I blame this on her Mom and Dad reading all the books, because they were by the bookers and they conveniently skipped the chapters that had the word No in them. There really is no sense in me trying to convey just how Little Hitlerlike she is, it’s impossible. I also don’t believe there is enough space left on the www to fully illustrate the past 3 years and 2 days. I don’t even have the ability to properly highlight/ outline with any brevity. Our family had a brief moment of hope that change was imminent with the announcement they were expecting their second child. They even went out on a limb and said they felt the second time would be better, as they knew what they were doing and didn’t feel they needed to rely on the books. This statement itself is a who ‘nother entry. He has been with us for almost 2 years ~ we love him. Unfortunately, shattered dreams as far as hope for a change in Little Hitler.

Now our family is a bit unconventional. When we gather, anything can happen and it usually does. We do great if we gather for a short period of time and those short periods of time do not happen on a regular basis. If we gather A. Too Frequently or B. For an Extended Period of Time you can bet your sweet bippy all kinds of hell can and probably will break loose at any moment. We all love each other, but we all have very strong personalities and there isn’t one of us who could be described as bashful. We have had some amazing gatherings; holidays, birthdays, Sunday Dinners. It doesn’t matter what the event the opportunity for a blowup always looms in the background. It’s presence is able to be felt. Maybe Little Hilter just came into the family fully armed for survival. I don’t know I haven’t properly assessed it just yet.

Our family parties have always (pre Little Hitler) had the same structure. The Sunday nearest the birthday would be the party day. The party was always scheduled at Grandma’s. She lives on 100 acreas, has a beautiful home, swimming pool and all the toys; quads, dune buggies, eagle’s nests, trampolines, the works. If it’s fun, it’s found it’s way to my Grandparent’s house. Our family is also small. Mom is an only child. My Dad has a brother and a sister. His sister passed away in her 20’s, his brother never married. It’s always been just a small party regardless whose birthday it was. Little Hilter arrives and we now have to have these Grand Events, Catered Events with a shitload of people most of them complete whackjobs. If someone has said hello to L.H. they get invited to this party. This rubs me completely the wrong direction. A child’s birthday party should be about the child, a celebration of their arrival into the family, enjoying the time with those that love them. It’s not about the gifts, or the quality of fillet selected to be grilled. Each year as we have progressed this event gets bigger and bigger and has become it’s own: Can You Top This. They put this party together inviting everyone who has blinked in their direction. There will be people there today who have come from States not even close to ours to take part in this celebration. There will be enough food to feed a third world country. Everyone is so fake and so full of themselves it makes me violently ill when I am parking the car prior to joining this party. I am not a person who determines someone’s worth by what they have. I should also interject just so there is no confusion… I don’t take this stance because I am jealous of what these blow hards have acquired in life & I can hold my own with the best of them. I am a single parent who worked her ass off to buy our first home, by myself. I drive a nice vehicle, nothing splashy but an Envoy, that I purchased on my own & my home is filled with all the goodies that make living comfortable. My bills are paid, money is being tucked into my 401K ~ we are trucking right along quite nicely. I left my job at the Post Office for the one I have now, that I have had for 10 years. This was solid move that allowed us to live a comfortable lifestyle. So I am not looking at these people secretly jealous, intimidated by their jewels and worldly possessions. I am wondering why the jewels are plastered from head to toe , why everyone feels the need to name drop and go into the most intense can you top this mode I have ever seen. I guess they feel obligated as the tone of the party right out of the shoot is Can you Top This. That’s just how it’s put together and what is immediately picked up as a person and their family & their neighbors (most likely they have been sucked into this as well, they might have waved to L.H. once from their yard. That’s a mandatory invite). This is after all L.H.’s party. Its’ supposed to be about celebrating her and enjoying the day with her, making sure her and all the little ones have a great time playing. It’s supposed to be something fun and enjoyable. And it’s anything but. From the fake hellos as a person arrives, to the sterile critique of the meal to the opening of the gifts (this portion takes no less than one hour. I am guessing this year it will be closer to two).

I would honestly prefer to wrap my lips around the exhaust of the Envoy opposed to attending this gathering of Stepfordlike Whackjobs. Everyone dressed to the 9’s including the children. People actually cringe when their child runs of to play with the other little ones there. “Oh the horror”, their child wants to play with other children, in the sandbox and they have just had their hair professionally done for the party and are wearing a $70 outfit. Please keep in mind these children are preschoolers. They are instantly attracted to the nearest mud puddle, sandbox or anthill they can find. At any given moment you can look at the children and see one with their finger in their nose up to their elbow. These people want you to believe they are the be it all, end it all of the party. Everyone wants to be looked at as the family who is trying to be topped, yet these fake idiots arrive to a child’s party, and come unglued when the kids want to play or get a little dirt on themselves.

This is a repugnant event. These isn’t another word to describe it & I have to gather myself and my kiddos together and attend. No wonder I was up at 4:00 am. This has been looming over my head ever since I received the formal invitation one month ago. The invitation itself had a typo and that in itself said everything people who attend this farce hide from.

It’s a damn shame. My youngest who is soon to be 3 is really looking forward to the party. She can’t wait to go and play, she loves a cake and candles. She will play her heart out and have a blast. Some of the kids will be permitted to play as well. So she should have a decent time, if I can keep her away from seeing the kids who are forced to stick close to their parents and not get dirty. These children go through several phases as the party progresses. Sneaking off to play but getting pulled back by their harness, yes some children who attend this are harnessed liked a Clydesdale, some just stay by their parents because the fear of God has been forced upon them before they exited their vehicle. The next stage is tears they are crying to play, begging pleading and have resorted to tears. This is especially painful to watch and the time I really have to bite my tongue and tend to my own. Then they hit rebellion where they do everything they can obnoxiously so their parents turn them loose. Some have mastered this and eventually get their own way, others unfortunately remain a party prisoner.

Needless to say all of the above, and the meal (who can eat in the middle of this?? it does require an iron stomach) all lead up to the time that probably repulses me the most. It would be hard to pick one thing that made me the craziest about this whole fiasco. My answer is subject to change at any point throughout, as I detest it from start to finish. The gift opening is especially distasteful though. L.H. and her mother go center stage, children then take their position and become the inner circle. Even the party prisoners are permitted to get to the inner circle. The adults then assume their position. Video Camera on it’s time to open the gifts. It begins with opening the card, the card is read completely and admired. The gift that came with it is opened, extracted from it’s package, played with for a few minutes and set aside. The giver then opens themselves up for a hug from L.H. Now L.H. doesn’t like anyone but her mother. She doesn’t take kindly to being forced to hug someone, her mother likes to ignore this fact and make it appear like she is ill and cranky and this is a rare behavior ~ her freaking out and rebelling against something she doesn’t want to do or doesn’t like. Now keep in mind if the family is driving down the road and L.H. is not happy with everyone and their seats in the vehicle the vehicle is pulled over immediately and people sit where she tells them to. She will even force a driver change. She will force them to take two vehicles if she doesn’t want to drive somewhere with her brother. That being said you can imagine how she comes unglued when she is asked to hug someone she doesn’t want to. Additionally there are probably anywhere between 20-50 kids sitting in the inner circle salivating over the toys that are making their debut in front of them. These kids want to see the toys, they want to touch them and play with them. These kids might as well take a flying leap as there is no way in hell any of them are getting to touch these toys. L.H. has been known to demand the toys can’t even be looked at and at this point those toys go to seclusion, under a table cloth. If L.H. doesn’t want someone looking at her new toy, they will not be permitted to look, plain and simple. Everyone’s gift is validated by its status post opening. If it is thrown into the pile ~ they know they didn’t hit the mark. If it is put into seclusion they can allow their chest to puff a bit more knowing they picked something to be hidden from the masses. Everyone strives to pick a toy that will be secluded. The embarrassment they absorb when the gift is chucked into the pile hits them very hard. Most have mastered striking up conversation with the person next to them, or excusing themselves to find a restroom when they see their gift in line to be opened, especially if they know there is no real chance for it to be secluded. Everyone tries to wrap their gift so their can be no mistaking when theirs is in the lineup.

Now I could continue to go on. It is honestly too grueling to do so, as the event is only hours away. My eyes popped open at 4:00 am because my body was telling me something. It was saying go immediately to the liquor cabinet and say good morning to Jack Daniels ~ unfortunately I have to drive so that isn’t an option.

I’m not sure what anyone has on their plate today, I am pretty sure that the majority will not have to deal with something so agonizing. So I feel in a sense I am taking one for the team. The kids have already asked this morning if I am in a mood. Throwing it in my face that things will get better once we get to the party. They are 16 and almost 19 need I say more. They are concerned if I will be ok today. Calling for a family hug and secretly praying this will be the party I totally lose it at and free us from having to go to any more. They know we will always be invited. They just hope eventually I blow to such a degree I am too embarrassed to attend a subsequent event (which that would never happen). As I explained me blowing would only ensure our prompt arrival at the next scheduled party. Most likely I would make sure we were first to arrive as opposed to our current status of blaming our late arrival on the baby napping. Getting there, having to spend the least amount of time possible, having the phone ring and excusing ourselves for our early departure as work has called and I have something that requires immediate attention. I am fortunate to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This does have its advantage.

So my day is scheduled. I would prefer Open Heart without the luxury of anesthesia, it didn’t go that way today. My Lucid Karma dictates that I must attend this party. Not sure who penned the phrase Karma is a bitch but they nailed it.

I should close with a sincere statement. Happy Birthday Little Hitler, I do love you with every bit of my heart. Because of you I am an Aunt and I do enjoy that and try to put everything aside and make sure we have fun, which we do. She acts like an angel when it’s her and I because she knows I don’t take any shit & she respects that. So I will wish you the Happiest of Birthdays and hope that I am able to get through this without coming unglued. I haven’t yet and this will be the 4th. I do know the eruption is building inside and I do hope I am able to keep it controlled as we face each year. I would have to think as she ages people will feel less obligated to attend ~ I sure as fuck hope so.

Wish me luck and be thankful you have never crossed paths with Little Hitler & if you have, I’ll see you there.

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I didn’t even play a game of poker online if I knew the symbol for the shocked smiley I would have inserted it here~ the boys asked if I was ill 😉 Friday night ~ they always host a huge poker tournie in their “ManCave”; easily 20 kids from the neighborhood play. When they get themselves settled, chinese or pizza delivered and into their game I quickly hop online to find one for myself. Been a habit for the past couple years. I am a die hard card player, came by it honestly through genetics. Last night I never even thought of poker < insert shock smilie here> .

These blogs are addicting. I hadn’t read a blog that I was aware of prior to starting mine ~ I just jumped in. Last night though I started noodling around and found some excellent reading. There were a couple times I laughed out loud. Hysterical stuff out there. Excellent stories to be read and also reassurance that there are indeed folks living an insanely chaotic life. Sometimes a person needs to know they aren’t the only one. The chaos and life stories fascinate me.

Just in the small little tour I took last night ~ the writing styles are very fun to dissect and very Lucid. It’s fun to see who is speaking from life experience and find those who think they have buffaloed the reader into believing they are speaking of life experiences ~ I now refer to those types of blogs as a Seinfelder.

I am hoping my appreciation for the Seinfelder will grow. I didn’t come into the world loving Jack Daniels I developed a taste for it, right after it hit my lips, love at first gulp ;). While I am sure that isn’t the case with the Seinfelder, I do hope I find an appreciation for that type of blog. I am willing to bet there is something fascinating in each one if a person looks hard enough. Right now though because there are so many I haven’t seen if I feel a person is blowing smoke up my ass I move on.

I haven’t found one that I have thought, Hang it up Bud, log off, the internet is not your friend. Which that surprised me as well. I read quite a few & you would think out of X amount there would be at least one that had no business being there. Not the case. At this point the Seinfelder is the major offender.

Very enjoyable & I can see how a person gets totally sucked into this. Today we went to the grocery, the Farmer’s Market, Target & the fish store. This fish store as a result of a blog a found last night. It’s amazing now that I am paying attention how many random events in a person’s day would make for a blog entry. Mind boggling and unfortunate that most would fall into the Rant category. People can sure be ignorant out and about on a beautiful Saturday. I bit my tongue several times. Try to keep my cool when traveling with the kids, I had my oldest with me & at the grocery store we danced through the isles with a Mother and Daughter ~ and the daughter wanted to date my Son, a he her (almost sounds like I am part donkey he her, HeeHaw) but they live a considerable distance and in High School that means a little something. Well at $4.00 plus a gallon now it means something for everyone unfortunately. Anyways I didn’t want to be going off in the middle of Big Bird (Giant Eagle, a local food chain for us) my son’s cheeks were already flush ~ I couldn’t set him ablaze in the middle of the dairy department. Had that Girl and her Mother not been there, it most likely would have been all over & one hell of a Blog Entry.

I don’t have much now, but I can assure you ~ you won’t find a Seinfelder here. That’s just not my style. And unfortunately my life isn’t one that would force me to have make a Seinfelder entry ~ I couldn’t get that lucky. Driving home we were talking in the car, I was also pondering in my head and I do hope that this blog doesn’t change how I am interact in the real world. Today I found myself thinking every time something idiotic happened about the blog. Where as when I was out there before the blog never entered the equation there was no blog.

I just realized its now Saturday evening and I don’t have any poker software running. Am I am off to see whose life I can get into from the recent tags and also find out exactly what I want to do with the CSS so I can move in completely. Have a great Saturday Night All, my seat is open at the poker table.

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‘I don’t like spiders and snakes
And that ain’t what it takes to love me
You fool, you fool
I don’t like spiders and snakes
And that ain’t what it takes to love me
Like I want to be loved by you’

For some reason a category decided to appear and it was called 1.
I must have bumped something learning the controls. These posts are just to release the technorati spiders (which I still haven’t learned about technorati but throwing caution to the wind, trusting others who say I need this)

The 1 bothered me. So I had to change the name to something spidery. That shook the memory a bit as I remembered my Mom and Dad jamming to this tune, I had to still be in single digits as far as years old go. My Dad is a complete and total arachnophobiac. My mom enjoyed the shit out of his fear and I cannot tell you how many pranks were the result. This was pre~divorce and I would imagine was mentioned quite prominently in the divorce papers somewhere.

Anyways a post about nothing just to get the spiders just jarred a few memories. Scheduled to vanish into the www once they do their job. Happy weekend all 🙂

I am and I am not a morning person. Guessing most will wonder how that can be as it really is a cut & dry issue; you either are or you are not. Well it wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t both. Let me just say my mornings are hectic and not something I jump out of bed anxious to be in the middle of. Each day though about the same time my eyes pop open and I get ready to get to my morning. This happens at 5:00 am. I feel that alone justifies me calling myself a morning person. The fact that I begin immediate preparation also opens the door to entertaining the thought: if you have to prepare to face the morning, you really can’t claim to be a morning person. So while I am not a natural morning person, I am dedicated and I do face each day much too early for my liking.

I prefer morning solitude, but that’s not a reality in my world. I just do my best to get through it without all hell breaking loose because I do realize it doesn’t take much to constitute a Morning from Hell. Being the morning sets the tone for the whole day I try to get through it as quickly and uneventful as possible. Those little morning events seem to be the root evil & can derail everything.

The planets must have been in perfect alignment this morning because I feel I handled one of those “little morning events” like a natural born morning person would. That doesn’t happen very often so when it does I take note & am always sure it means one thing~ it’s going to be a stellar day. I am also a realist & I have lived enough to know that it can indicate all Hell is going to break loose. That can’t ever be determined until the end of the day so I am still waiting to see how it goes & hoping for the best.

So far I am on target for stellar. And this is about honesty, getting to the core so I will admit, I have lowered the bar on stellar, out of necessity (just like mastering the guard). If I get through the day without coming unglued or losing my cool to me that’s stellar.

This morning, being Friday, anxiously looking forward to weekend I faced a coffee card conspirator and I didn’t even let him ruffle my feathers. He gave me his best shot, I watched it unfold and rode right with it.

I ride to work with a friend. A friend who cannot reciprocate because he will not have his license back until 2010 or 2011(the actual date escapes me at this time). He and I like to have a morning coffee, knowing full well it means we have to stop and fight the masses, we love coffee it’s a morning ritual so we deal with it as best we can. Normally he fights the crowd and gets us two cups of Morning Blend. This morning though, I needed cigarettes so I said I’d fight the crowd.

At the coffee bar fixing two cups of coffee. I lay down my credit card and my coffee card. It’s a punch card, buy 5 coffee’s and your 6th one is free. Monday we would have one free cup, after purchasing two this morning. I like cream, my friend likes milk. Milk was empty on my end so that meant I had to go to the other end. To my right is a man I see every morning and he is not a morning person. We hit the store the same time and I have seen him on a regular basis for at least two years. He’ll get nudged, people will reach over, dribble a bit and usually these people say excuse me, pardon me, sorry about that. He never even responds. I will say this when I see him I always think to myself and have even said a out loud a few times “There’s the Prick” because he is. He’s rude and I don’t care for it, nor am I intimidated. This might be a good time to interject that my language is a bit colorful and I don’t usually find myself intimidated by much. So I leave my station and travel to the other end to get the milk & finish up the coffees. I then hurry to the register line that is easily 20 people long. This is because this Sheetz only feels the need to have one person run the register in the morning. They have 6 registers but I can count on one hand the times I have seen two of them running at once. Guessing because they “give” me a free coffee every 5th purchase they think that justifies forcing me to wait in line for 10 minutes to have it or purchase my way to the next “reward”. I gladly pay for the 6th if the would open another damned register.

I collect my card, get in line behind “The Prick”; holding two coffees I realize I only collect my card, my credit card ~ the coffee card was gone. I also see “The Prick” holding my card. He never presented a card before so I know he doesn’t normally use one. I also know mine had 2 hole punches in it and conveniently enough the first card I ever see him hold has 2 hole punches in it. It doesn’t take Colombo to figure this one out. We eventually get to the register. He presents his card and asks for a can of Snuff. My card is then punched and returned to him. Now normally by the time we get to the register I would have confronted him. I didn’t though. It’s Friday I have a busy day at the office, I am already pissed about 20 people in line and one checker, knowing most likely than not they don’t have my cigarettes on stock at this point in the week. It’s a coffee card for $1.10 cents. I try to let it slide, but it is the principal of the matter. Had he asked for the card I would have given it to him. Well I would have given it to mostly anyone, him I would have had an internal struggle with, just because he is “The Prick”. He then steps aside & I really do feel he did this just to twist the knife; he knew he had my card, I knew he had my card and he wanted to be a dick about it. I then look at him and tell him to “enjoy”. he’s a nonresponder so I didn’t expect him to say anything~ he didn’t. But he wanted me to know he hijacked my card and I wanted him to know that I knew he wanted me to know. I really didn’t want him to enjoy the coffee, but he had to pay for it and it will be days before his free one comes to him. And if he lets that card sit on the bar one time between now and then I will repossess it.

My turn at the register, finally. The clerk asks if I would like anything else to which I reply,” A carton of Marlboro Menthol Ultra Lights 100’s, please”. A non smoker he had no idea was baffled. I then hit him with, “I would also like another coffee card with 2 punches as he seemed to help himself to mine. Grand Theft Coffee Card”. Now everyone is looking. Coffee card conspirator has a look about himself , I believe he is stunned I called him out. Well if he had the balls to take the card, he should realize while I myself don’t possess balls, I don’t need them, when he shoved it in my face I wasn’t going to ignore it, I am a responder. He walked out, I wait 5 minutes for my cigs and my coffee card with 4 punches. Complete and damn proud of myself for the way it was handled.

So far I have been rewarded, the night is still young and I have an appointment for a haircut/ possible perm at 6:00 pm. Which I have debated several times today if, under the circumstances I should cancel, but I am going for it. I am all about signs, and feel today a secondary issue would have reared it’s ugly head if Coffee Card Conspirator was able to seek the ultimate revenge for me calling him out.

Not even close to the name I was looking for. It’s ugly, but effective and I can live with that for now. Forever it seems everyone is talking about blogging & I really had no idea what the draw was. Got the bug yesterday to look into blogging a little more seriously. I have been fascinated with it to this point, reading little tidbits, but never dove into it. Finally decided to dip my toes in.

My whole adult life, as things would happen, people would always look at me with that certain look and say, “You have a book in you”. I am sure many of you can identify with the certain look I am speaking about and for those of you who can, you also know the exact sound of the voice that accompanies it. Now, long time friends who have rode with you through life usually chuckle and say there’s a new chapter and try to come up with a catchy name for it, that takes the sting out of the root of the discussion. People who aren’t as close to you as those who name the new chapter are the ones whose voice you can monitor (there is so much to be learned as you get in tune with that, but more on that at another time). These are people who know you, but don’t know you. Closer than the casual acquaintance, possibly a co-worker or friend that you have that you noodle around with, but someone you keep a wee bit of distance with because at the end of the day people who live a certain type of life have to keep it guarded in order to maintain a bit of cloaked dignity. As you share more of your Lucid Karma with these closer than a casual acquaintances they become more comfortable in not trying to disguise their curiosity or their being thankful their lives seem a bit hum~drum. Little do these people know they could eventually be held to task and take on an important role, naming the next chapter.

With that being said I am now officially on my way. I am looking forward to getting my feet wet and also looking forward to sharing Lucid Karma moments both current events and chapters from the past. Certain chapters never seem to complete themselves & a new chapter can begin at any moment.

This itself I guess is a new chapter as the cloak of dignity opens.