Friday, January 30, 2009

On the Road to Recovery

Wednesday afternoon I started getting sick and by that night I was sick as a dog. I began self-medicating and spent 13 hours Wednesday night and most of the day Thursday sleeping. I'm better today, but my head is still a little fuzzy and I feel a little weak. I was a disappointed because I couldn't go see DKB like I planned, but I didn't want to pass this crud on to her either. Better safe than sorry.

I'll try to be more inventive the next time I blog, but right now I'm doing good just being upright. My best to all.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Good Time Had By All

Monday evenings casino excursion went well. Mary (21st B'day) , John (her hubby), DKB and I all had a good, but exhausting, time. We left to come home yesterday morning around 10:45 since John had a doctor's appointment that afternoon. We got back early enough that DKB and I went for a leisurely lunch at Shaherazad's (Middle-Eastern Cuisine) before I took her home. I think both of us were bordering on exhaustion. If you read DKB's blog , you know that I gave her a promise ring. She really has filled my life with happiness again.

I'm playing "catch-up" at work today, so I don't have a lot of time to blog today, so for that reason I once again toss out - - -

Random Shots in the Dark (or "The Old Gray Matter Ain't What It Used To Be")
1. The first new car I ever purchased for myself was a 1972 (lime green) AMC Gremlin.
2. I actually like fruit cake.
3. I enjoy clever puns.
4. You have to grow old, but you don't have to grow up!
5. I wear a size 12 shoe and can lick my eyebrows. Don't know why DKB likes me. LOL!
6. Number 5 is a lie - I actually wear a size 11. *snicker*snicker* Sorry folks I couldn't resist a little fun.

Have a great day. I do. Every day I have DKB.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Monday

Well, when I get off work today DKB and I will be going with my youngest daughter (who turns 21 today) and her husband to the Silver Star Casino in Philadelphia, MS. I'm really looking forward to it. Not just for gambling (which I don't do often) but for the fun of going there with DKB. I've saved for a while to ensure that we can have a good time without damaging my financial situation.

Watched my grandson, Dylan, Friday night along with DKB. We put him to bed around 10 or 10:30. I heard him get up at 3:50 AM, fussing. I changed his diaper and gave him a bottle and was able to finally put him back to bed at 5:30. He let me sleep about 4 more hours before he was up again. I let DKB sleep.

Saturday, I started prepping for my turkey dinner (w/dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, etc.) on Sunday. I use an 18 quart roaster to cook the turkey and start it cooking Saturday afternoon (around 5 pm) with a low heat. I then check it Sunday morning and adjust the cooking temperature if needed. The result is a very juicy (but ugly) bird that is literally falling off the bone.

In my past Friday blog, I promised a couple of my in-depth postings of my random musings. Here is the first: In 1974, I was stationed at the U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Station in Pascagoula, MS. Around 8 PM, one evening we received a call about a blue light moving just under the surface of the water in the Pascagoula Ship Channel. I responded, along with an engineer driving the 16 ft Chris Craft. About 3/4 of a mile from the mouth of the channel we observed a blue light moving slowly (about 2 knots) up the ship channel. We paced it for a couple of hundred yards, before I took out a boat hook and poked at it. I briefly made contact with something and felt an electrical-type tingle. The light then disappeared for a couple of minutes. Then we saw it again just under the surface moving away with increasing speed. We opened our 2 - 4oo hp - Evinrudes to top speed and couldn't keep up. We cut our engine speed and watched until we lost sight of it. Then, about a half a mile from us we saw the blue light break the surface of the water and continue to rise, straight up and at high speed, until it disappeared from sight. Couldn't really tell an actual shape, but it looked like a blazing blue ball about 200 to 300 yards in diameter. So thats my UFO story, and believe it or not, it happened to me. Next time - my trip to the South Pole.

Be back Wednesday, taking off work tomorrow, so that I don't have to worry about rushing to work after a late night at the casino tonight. Wish us luck.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Morning Musings

Friday and the weekend begins. Yeah! Last night DKB and I went to babysit my youngest grandson, Jonas, who is 2 weeks old. Well, I had Jonas for about 10 minutes and then asked DKB to hold him so that I could go to the bathroom. Well, to make a long story short - I never got him back before my son and daughter-in-law came back. But, that's okay. I was happy just to spend time with her and my grandson and watch the inter-action between them. Both seemed very happy and content. Tonight, I get my second-youngest grandson (Dylan) to baby-sit at my house and DKB will be there. Dylan (4 months old) will be there for the night though as my youngest daughter & hubby will be attending a party being thrown for Mary (who turns 21 on Monday) and adult beverages will be served, and being sensible they want come home until tomorrow morning.

Chatted with my middle daughter, Donna, this morning and it looks like her significant other will be getting transferred from Tinker AFB (Oklahoma) to Keesler AFB (Mississippi). This is a good thing since it would put her 3 1/2 to 4 hours away versus 12-13 hours she is now. We would be able to visit more often. It should take place in March or possibly April.

Random Shots in the dark (or "The Old Gray Matter Ain't What it Used to be!")
1. I once saw a UFO. I'll elaborate on the incident in a future blog. (And no - I wasn't probed.)
2. When a kid, I once shot my sister with a BB gun. No permanent damage, but my dad sure wore out my backside. I deserved it. Stupid thing to do.
3. I once raised white mice. Not because I liked them, but I sold the "pinkies" (babies) to pet shops to feed snakes. Hey! Hey! Hey! Snakes gotta eat too.
4. When I was a kid, I would put baseball cards in the wheels of my bicycle so that it would sound like a motorcycle.
5. I've been to the South Pole. Again, I'll elaborate in a future blog.

Everyone have a great weekend and I'll be back Monday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Hump Day

The past 3 day weekend really screwed with my internal clock. I spent most of the morning convinced that it was Tuesday. Anyway, I know it is Wednesday and in case you didn't know it, its "National Hugging Day" - I kid you not - look it up.
My oldest son called this morning and asked if I could watch my newest grandson (born 1/6/09) Jonas, tomorrow night. Of course I said yes - he's such a cutie. As I think all my grandchildren are. But then, don't all grandparents think that way.
After work today I'm supposed to meet DKB at the public library and meet some of her friends. Don't know what they expect of me, but I hope I live up to those expectations.
First full day for our new president. Regardless of your political leanings, give the man a chance to do something before you lavish praise or blame on his head. Myself, I live by the rule "If you want to keep your friends, don't discuss politics or religion."
Some more rambling musings:
1. When I was a kid, I had a dog named "Bingo". Have no idea why I named her that.
2. When I was a kid, one of my neighbor friends was Jessie James. His father was Frank. True - cross my heart.
3. Ran away from home in 3rd grade. Don't remember why. Do remember my father wearing my butt out.
4. In 1972, I was working with my father roofing a house and "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night, came on the radio. To this day I still remember the lyrics - "Jeremiah was a bullfrog...."
5. 1966, I was given a "Batman" bedspread. I still have it on one of the beds in my home now.
6. Guilty Pleasure- "Power Rangers". I've watched all the incarnations. From the original "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" to the most recent "Power Rangers: Jungle Fury".
Remember "Life isn't like a bowl of cherries or peaches, it's more like a jar of jalapenos -- what you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow......"
Everyone have a great day and I will be giving DKB my "National Hugging Day" present(s) later. Chow!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Moving Right Along

I know the calendar says Tuesday morning, but my head tells me its really a Monday in disguise. Back to work - but its not so bad. I really like my job. DKB and I had a really nice 3 day weekend. Friday, DKB and I went to Shaherazad's (middle-eastern cuisine) for a very nice dinner (much better than last time) and then we walked around downtown Starkville and I gave her a little history of my hometown. Saturday, I met her friend, H. and we had a really nice time talking for several hours.

DKB and I spent a lot of time together over the weekend and even had our respective dogs visit in each other's home. I'm happy to say that everyone seems to be getting along together. Above are the pics I tried to post last week. Now that I've got that whipped, I can add more later.
Thanks for all the encouraging comments I've been getting. I think things will be good for a long time now.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

What a Wonderful Day

The sky is brilliant blue. The sun beams down warmly. All is right with the world. What's that you say - its actually a cold, dreary, gray, rainy day - well, you must not be in love. I actually came in to work (on my day off) to make this post, since my home computer is on the fritz. I'm not going to be too long since Harley and Pearl are with me. They just love to ride in my truck. I'm going to add a couple more pictures today. One of Harley and I and one of Pearl taken a couple of years ago.

If you've been reading this blog, you know the drama thats been going on the past few days and I'm happy to say that its behind us. I want nothing more than DKB to be happy and to be with me. I have to say that I've been overwhelmed by the show of support for me by her friends. Thank you. I hope some day that I get the chance to meet you all. I will actually start tomorrow - I've been invited to one of her friend's house to watch the NFL playoffs and have dinner. I'm excited and a little apprehensive. I hope I live up to her expectations.

I've got a three day weekend, thanks to the MLK day holiday. So unless I make another special trip into town, there won't be another post until Tuesday.

Some random thoughts & observations:
* I have a 2004 Suzuki Intruder motorcycle that I love to ride year-round. Unless its raining - like today.
* A friend of DKB & I (at the end of the drama) emailed me that DKB seemed a little "flakey". I emailed her back that "Yeah, that might be true - but she's my flake".
*I like hot, spicy foods. (just like my woman - wink, wink.)
*I lived in New Orleans for 4 years and it is Mardi Gras time. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (for those that don't know French (Let the good times roll!)
*Fat Tuesday falls on Feb. 24th this year. The epic finish to Mardi Gras.
*I work for Mississippi State University. I have a great job with a boss & co-worker that I like & like me back.
*Battlestar Galactica returned last night on the Sci Fi network for its final season. I hate to see this show end, but it is great television drama. If you never seen it, you should check it out on DVD.

Well, I must run. Harley and Pearl will be getting anxious. Again - thanks for all your support.

P.S. I must be a little dense. I couldn't figure out how to post additional pics. If you want to see Harley & Pearl - drop me an email and I will email them to you. As always EyeHeartDKB.

Friday, January 16, 2009

A personal note to DKB

The "King" says it a lot more eloquently than I ever could:


I knew it would happen! I just didn't think it would be so soon. DKB just came to tell me that she realized that she had made a horrible mistake and wanted me back in her life. I am so happy my feet barely touch the ground. She said she needs a little time (week or so) to get her mind around the recent events, but we are together again. Oh, ye of little faith - See I told you so. She is mine again. Now that we are together again I will not cancel my blog. I will continue to post going-ons and observations of the world around me. I can't stop grinning. I could put the Cheshire cat to shame. Thanks to all of you that sent emails of support during the brief, but painful, period we were apart. In closing, let me state again - "Yahooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!


Its only been a few hours, but I felt compelled to add a few things. First and foremost, I only wish DKB the utmost happiness in her life. Second, I truely believe that she will be happier with me and will (eventually) come back to me.

If you've read my profile you know that I have 3 dogs - Harley, Pearl & Cooper. Harley is a chihuahua/whippet mix and Pearl is a chihuahua/fiest mix. Cooper is a lovable mutt that was adopted from the Humane Society. They are great company but sorely lacking in the conversation department.

Anybody else watch CSI last night? Sorry to see Grissom (William Petersen) leave but I think Laurence Fishburne will prove to be a great addition to the cast.

Mary, my youngest daughter, turns 21 on 1/26 and has been asking me to take her to the Choctaw Indian Casino at Philadelphia, MS, for months now. So I plan on taking her down and giving her a little cash to play with. You only turn 21 once and she already has a babysitter lined up for Caleb and Dylan (2 of my 6 grandkids).

DKB first contacted me on 12/17/2008 via email on . I responded, and we had our first date on 12/22/2008. We went to Mexico Tipico in Starkville (MS) ate, and talked for 3 hours. We literally closed the place down. We went back to her place and talked for 3 more hours. I got home around 2 AM, but I was hooked. I still am. But I am patient. I am confident she will be back. Pathetic - Maybe. Loser - I don't think so. So stick with me and wait for the joyous blog that I am sure I will post someday.

The Wait Begins

Its been 2 days since DKB broke it off with me and I am just beginning to be able to think of her without crying. I have received supportive emails from a lot of her friends and I thank each and every one of you for your support. (You know who you are.) I sent DKB an email yesterday with the subject line "Final Email". I always believe in keeping my word and it will be my final email to her unless she contacts me and tells me its okay to renew contact with her. I can hear those of you who don't know me saying "How pathetic is this guy?", dedicating a blog to the woman that shattered his heart. I can only say that you don't know me and you shouldn't judge her. She is the sweetest, loving, & honest person I have ever known. When we first met, we talked for over 6 hours and it seemed like the briefest of moments. I started this blog because I truly believe that she will eventually come to her senses and come back to me. She told me early on in our brief time together that the "cheater" had broken her heart and she could never go back to him. That he spent over 4 years with her and was afraid to commit. I believed her and gave her my heart. I was ready to commit to her from that first night, but told myself that I needed to take my time or I would scare her away. For my part, it was love from the moment I met her. When she realizes that "once a cheater, always a cheater" and comes back to me I will not hold back ever again. I'm not ashamed to tell anyone that will listen that I intend to make her my wife and take the very best care of her for the rest of my life. DKB will be mine again! More later.