Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Looking into the past, Anticipating the Future

Natchez's Tri-centennial this year
Its a little after 4:00 AM as I write this.  DKW and I are in the final day of our (7th) anniversary get-away.  Its been a nice little mini-vacation (as usual).  We came to Natchez and stayed with Neil (the owner) at the Bluff Top Bed and Breakfast on our honeymoon in 2009.  We enjoyed it so much, that we decided to make it an annual pilgrimage and have come back every year on our anniversary. 
As I said, I woke up early.  My leg/knee was hurting, and I was hungry.  So I got up and got the left over piece of the yummy po-boy(from Bilbo's Fish Market)  that I had for supper, along with a soda, and ate as I watched the Mississippi River (with one lone 18 barge tow chugging up-stream) flow by.  Such a peaceful time.  I couldn't help but to journey back in my mind to those days in the late 70's when I was stationed in Memphis aboard the CGC Kanawha (now home ported in Pine Bluff, AR),  The wee hours were I think my favorite time.  Most of the crew were asleep and, like this morning, it was quiet.  Just the river flowing by, slight mist rising off the water, and the occasional nature sounds. A very soothing atmosphere, just right for reflection.
I look forward to DKW and I continuing this anniversary tradition for many more years. But before I wrap this up, let me touch on Bilbo's again.  A great little place to get food.  Now it is carry-out only, cash or card, but if you're every in Natchez, you won't regret eating there.  You can check it out in the link I provided above.
Every one have a great day!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Dining with D.C.

Monkey in a tutu!
Today, as with most weekdays lately, I was watching my youngest grandchild, Delilah Clementine.  Since I did not bring my lunch with me today, and I had an errand to run anyway, I packed her (and her gear) into my car and off we went.  After I ran my errand, I took DC to a world famous international restaurant for lunch.  Since I had her apple juice with us, I got a meal (burger, fries, drink)and got a small order of nuggets for her.  As we sat eating (and chatting), I had the opportunity to observe her.  She was getting tired, but was in a good mood and eating well.  She ate two of the nuggets, which may not seem like a lot, but considering the way she was putting down the fries (she ate most of the medium order that came with my meal), she had a big meal.   As I watched her scarfing down fries, I was taken back to late 1990/early 1991 when my daughter (DC's mom) was 2 1/2 to 3 years old.   At the time I was still on active duty with the coast Guard, and working a part-time job at Ted's Frostop in the Oakwood Center Mall in Terrytown, LA. (Across the bridge from New Orleans - in the West Bank area near where we lived).  At the time, my family only had one vehicle.  The mall closed at 9 PM during the week, and my wife would come with Mary  to pick me up when we closed.  I could always tell when they got there, because as soon as she came thru the door, little Mary would scream "Fries!  Fries!"  And everyone I worked with would squirrel away a few so that she would have some.  So DC comes by her fry cravings honestly.  Another observation I made, and I could be wrong, is that I think she is leaning towards being a southpaw.  Nothing wrong with being a lefty, but I notice that if both hands were empty, she would take things with her left hand.  If she had something in her left hand (say a nugget), she would transfer it to her right and take (oh, say a fry) things in her left.  Just saying.
It was an enjoyable meal (other than assorted aches and body pains - not meal related).  We came home afterwards, and she is down napping at the moment.
Last night, I went with Mary & DC "trick or treating" at the sorority/fraternity house at M.S.U.  It was fun playing "top banana" to my little monkey, but I think I may have overdid it a bit and that's why I'm aching today.  Oh well, just part of paying my "grandpa dues."
Everyone have a great day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Watching Delilah.

DC and Me
Love those baby kisses!

Okay, I've been a while (about 6 weeks) since I last blogged, but the last three weeks or so, I've had what amounts to a full time job watching my youngest grandchild.  She's a sweetie, but she can wear you down.  As I often say, there is a reason you have children when you're young.  (Old folks with a bad knee have trouble chasing a healthy 14 month old).  But, as the photo shows, there are perks.  She is starting to talk some.  She can say the usual, "MaMa, Hi, Bye".  But I think it tells a lot that the one complete sentence that she says (usually after I say it to her) is "I love you."  Now, as much as I would like all claim to her doing that, I know there are many others telling her that.  So, keep it up everyone.  Every child should know they are loved. 

Since I've retired and have the time, I don't mind helping out with the baby.  Especially knowing that in a couple of months she and mama will be moving 2 to 3 hours away.  So I'm getting in my DC (Delilah Clementine) time in now.  Soon it will be few and far between. 

Everyone have a great day!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Missing Big Daddy

Big Daddy and Mama Jennie
In the past I have mentioned I grandfather, Grover Sanders, several times.  I, and my kids too, all called him "Big Daddy".  As I was driving home from Wally World today, he was on my mind for some reason and I was nearly brought to tears as I remembered riding with him in his old truck don that same stretch of road.  Big Daddy passed away in 2003, while my wife (Sue) and I were in New Jersey to see my youngest son graduate from (Coast Guard) Boot Camp.  I received the news just an hour or so before the graduation, and kept it from everyone until it was over so that it wouldn't put a total damper on what should have been a totally happy day.  Needless to say, with 3 licensed drivers, we headed straight home. 
I started thinking about all the changes in my life since then and what he has missed.  Some he would have liked, others I'm not sure.  (Note: My grandmother, Mama Jenny, passed away in 2005).    They knew one of my eight grandchildren (who was born in 1999).  They would love the others.  Now, both of them would have been devastated by Sue dying in December, 2005, since we had been married 29+ years at that point.  I remarried in October, 2009, and if I am perfectly honest, Mama Jenny would not have tolerated my new wife, but not necessarily liked her.  She would have thought she was too "progressive" for her tastes.  Big Daddy would have liked her, and I could almost hear him telling my grandmother, "Awww, Hush Up Jenny!  He loves her, she loves him and they make each other happy.  What more matters?"  Makes me smile to think of it.  Now, Big Daddy was a devout Christian and was a deacon at Longview (MS) Baptist Church for nearly 60 years, but he was a firm believer in "Live and Let Live".  If you didn't cause him trouble, he wouldn't cause you any. Big Daddy was (and I'm not the only person to say this) one of the finest men I ever knew.
I know I've left out a lot. But a lot happens in 13 years.     I Miss you Big Daddy!
Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Comic Book Geek Heaven

Okay!  I've never denied the facts that I love cheesy sci fi movies, and I've been a comic book fanatic nearly my entire life. (At least once I learned to read.)  Well, this morning, science I had finished the books I had brought to read, and had my computer with me, I decided to do an online search for FREE Science Fiction books available.  Now if its free and online, its usually either ol! (in the public domain) books or amateur writers just trying to get published.  I was looking for any sites other than  This is a fine site and has a lot of stuff, but since I was very familiar with it, I was looking for something different.  While doing this search I found a link for  Curious, I went to the site, just to look around.  Well the next thing I knew, two hours had passed and I am still reading.  (Though I took a break to write this.)  This site has literally thousands of comic books in all genres and from different ages (Gold, Silver, Bronze, etc.) and is accumulating more all the time.  If I'm ever between books, or just want a little light reading, I know where I'll be.  If you have even a passing interest in comics, maybe this site is for you too.
Everyone have a great day!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

OMG! Football!! WooooHoooo!

Dak and Bully! !
Glory Days!
Okay, I know its early yet, but Friday night my Oakland Raiders beat Arizona and last night (in what I considered a double victory) the LOS ANGELES Rams beat the Dullest Plowboys.  Now I realize that its only the first preseason game for each of these teams, but hey, in the audition for Tony Romo backup (in Dallas) former MSU QB Dak Prescott looked absolutely awesome in the first half.  He was 10 for 12 passing (& the 2 misses were balls dropped by the same receiver after Dak put the ball right in his hands), but should be 12 for 12.He had 2 TD passes and NO interceptions.  The second half QB, Jameill Showers, was good, but Dak was better.  The Rams unheralded QB, Sean Mannion,  had a great 2nd half and the Rams came back and won the game late 28-24.  The 2016 #1 overall NFL Draft pick Jared Goff, did not look good for the Rams in the first half. I know, I even said earlier - "Its Preseason", but hey - Football is back.  My SHS Yellow Jackets start play on Friday and MSU opens at home with South Alabama on September 3rd.  Its gonna be tougher for them this year without Dak, but the starting QB battle is now down to 3 wannabes.

Couple of sporting events that I'm a little interested in today.  At noon (CST), in the National Pro Fastpitch League, the Pennsylvania Rebellion play at the Dallas Charge.  Now, my interest in this event is based on 2 reasons: (1) Kayla Winfield of the Rebellion, played at Mississippi State last year and is an excellent athlete, and (2) my sweetie is from PA.

Oooh! Good tie-in for future Sharknado Movie!
The other event of interest is the Arena Football conference championship game (at 5 PM cst) between the Jacksonville Sharks and the Philadelphia Soul.  The winner will play the Arizona Rattlers (who doubled up the Cleveland Gladiators 82-41 yesterday).  Now I'm pulling for the Sharks, because Jacksonville is where my youngest son and his family live. (He proudly serves in the USCG).  Also, you may not know - but the Philadelphia Soul are owned by rock icon, Jon Bon Jovi.  (And totally unrelated to this game, but the Arena team in Los Angeles (the LA Kiss) are owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.  Of the legendary rock band, KISS.)
Everyone have a great day

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Happy Coast Guard Day

Semper Paratus! ! !
Today, August 4th, is Coast Guard Day.  The following is copied from a Coast Guard source:   

"The Coast Guard celebrates its 226th birthday in August this year. The Coast Guard is one of America's five armed forces and traces its founding to Aug. 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress.
The service received its present name in 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to form a single maritime service dedicated to the safety of life at sea and enforcing the nation's maritime laws.
The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service and the smallest of the five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in the nation's waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security."
That succinctly states the history of the service in which I so proudly served for nearly 21 years, and in which my youngest son has served nearly 15 years (so far).  So - Happy Coast Guard Day to all!  And a proud salute to all who serve, have served, and will serve in (what a Master Chief I served with called) "The World's Largest Coast Guard".  Semper Paratus Y'all!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

It's a (Sharon) Special Day! ! !

Wearing my Weird shirt and an evil "I'll Rule the World" grin
July 31st!  Sharknado: The 4th Awakens makes it's premiere tonight as the culmination of a Sharknado marathon (1-3 precede the 8:00 PM premiere).  This movie is definitely a "Sharon Special" (see my July 2 entry for an explanation of the term).  As a matter of fact, I was in the local Wally World last week and saw the shirt that I'm modeling and thought that it would be perfect for the premiere and a way for me to pay a little homage to Sharon at the same time.  Plus, with it marked down to a dollar - what's not to like.  DKW even remarked to one of her friends that was visiting, "How many people do you know that dress up for Sharknado movies?"  I know I'm a little strange, but I'm gonna throw that same question out for everyone -  Are you, or anyone you know, dressing up for a movie?
Last week's get-together went pretty well for DKW and her friends.  The pig roast turned out well and everyone seemed to have a nice time visiting together.  I did end up processing and freezing a good bit of pork for future use - but that's okay.  Its cooked, in the freezer, won't go to waste, and will be enjoyed by moi for the rest of the year probably.  Back down to me, DKW, and our 3 (4 legged) gurls!  But that's okay too.  Nice to have company, but also nice to just be us too!
Hard to believe that Starkville High (defending 6A state champions) starts it's football season in less than 3 weeks (August 19th).  Looking forward to it!
Everyone have a great day!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Busy Summer Underway

Even in retirement, I'm staying busy. But I'm sure most retirees have reached that point at some time.  Beginning on Friday past (7/22/2016), a few of DKW's childhood friends(from PA) began gathering here for a get-together at our home.  I had already started prep for a pig roast on Saturday by making tater salad, deviled eggs, and a couple of breads (fig &  blueberry). I picked up the pig Friday and iced it.  Early Saturday morning I laid it out and kneaded in a dry rub on the interior and spread olive oil on the skin side.  Had to enlist a little help to turn the pig (60 lbs.) a couple of times, but it turned out great. Even after feeding the group of us for several days I'm going to end up shredding and freezing a lot of meat for use in future recipes. But that's okay. Its all good.

We have a couple of other short jaunts planned this summer, and I'm looking forward to those, but I don't like to publish any details until we are back.  I will say that one jaunt concerns family health and the other strictly a fun trip.  I will, after the fact, publish details.  I don't do it now for security reasons.  Even though we have someone here to watch the place.  No need to let any potential bad guys know when we are gone.  Trying to play it smart - ya know.

And in closing - SHARKNADO Week is underway on SyFy network.  Last night I watched "Atomic Shark" - Sooooo Cheesey!  Definitely a "Sharon Special"!  Tonight's offering is "Dam Sharks".  Break out the wine to go with that cheese! The first 3 Sharknado movies will air back-to-back-to-back on July 30th  beginning at 6:00 PM (Central Time) and July 31st ending with the world premiere of Sharknado 4 at 7:00 PM (Central).  Break out the snacks and veg out!
Everyone have a great Day!

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Definitely A "Sharon Special"
I saw a commercial for it yesterday.  So, Sunday, July 31st, Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens will premiere on Syfy network.  Grab your refreshments and settle in!  I will!   Now, if SyFy does like they have done in the past they will run all 3 previous Sharknado movies prior to the latest one.  Might run the first 3 a few times in the week preceding.  Whatever, you'll have the opportunity to catch up during SyFy Sharknado Week (as they call it.)  And just so you don't think that the fun will end anytime soon, production of Sharknado 5 - AND 6 - (WooooHooo!!!) has been confirmed.  Now, some may wonder at the caption that I put under the picture (top,left).  My late mother-in-law would often come in when I was watching a cheesy Sci Fi movie, give a deep sigh, and say "Jerry, you watch weird Sh**"  To which I would nod my head, and say, "Yep, and I love 'em"!  (Which I do!)  So, in her honor, whenever I watch (Tivoed or broadcast) movies of this ilk, I warn anyone around that what follows, will be a "Sharon Special"!  Most of the Godzilla movies (not all) fall under the S.S. label, and a lot of the ones on SyFy network (i.e. "Sharktopus vs. Piranhaconda", "Dinocroc vs. Supergator", "Ice Spiders", and "Arachnoquake" - to name a few.)  Now, in my defense, I feel that I can not be alone in my love of cheesy Science Fiction movies.  I mean, they make sooooo many.    So, if you are such a person, let the scoffers just back off.  I like to watch good stuff, but what would life be without a big helping of cheese!
Everyone have a great day!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Father's Day Memories/Perspective

Many a day - in my youth spent this way
At this point in my life (age 61), I sometimes find it hard to fathom that I am a father, let alone a grandfather!  Some days I actually feel my age, but depending on whats going on I find myself thinking about not long ago graduating from Starkville High (1972), or being in my 20's or 30's.  In the part-time job that I will have for a few more weeks (see last entry), I have a lot of time to think.  Mother's Day was past and I knew Father's Day would be coming next month.  So I started thinking about my own father and grandfathers.  Now, I never knew my Dad's dad.  He passed away when I was only a few months old (1955).  My mother's dad (Grover Sanders), who I (and my children) always called "Big Daddy" was the only grandfather I knew, and he was a great one!  My father (Fred) passed away in 1991, when my oldest child was only 13, so Big Daddy was pretty much their grandfather too.
I don't want to be sad, so I will share a couple of happy memories of my daddy and "Big Daddy".  My dad, was an avid fisherman, and even though I still enjoy the occasional fishing trip, I wasn't into as much as he was.  But, as a boy, I wanted to spend time with him (other than at work - I worked with him weekends and after school - as detailed in other entries) when he was having fun.  So early one Saturday morning, right at sunrise, we were in his boat and going out to check the lines he had set out.  I was still half asleep, and was trailing my hand in the water along side the boat when Dad picked up a pole, tapped me on the leg and said, "Son, you might want to pick up your hand."  I sleepily said, "Huh?", looked over and proceeded to yell and try to levitate at the same moment.  Following my hand was a big gator. (They had been brought in years previous to try and control the beaver population at Noxubee Reservoir.)  I was still shaking, and remember him laughing - at least until he accidentally dropped his cigar in the water.  Then, he lit up another Swisher Sweet, took a puff, and sagely asked, "Need to change your drawers?"  I was not amused.  At least then, I can laugh about it now.
When I was a young boy I was (and still am) an avid reader.  In my pre- and early teens, I was heavily into comic books.  I mowed a lot of yards to support my habit - I mean - they cost 12 cents each for the monthly titles and a whole quarter for the 80 page GIANTS.  Anyway, I digress.  I was 13, had a broken right foot, and was spending the second week of June (since school had just ended) at Big Daddy's and Mama Jenny's.  I had read several of my recently purchased (from saved coinage) titles and was really lusting after an 80 page Spiderman title what was not carried at the United Grocery on Main Street in Starkville (They carried primarily DC monthlies and giants, and very few Marvel (Spiderman being one) monthlies only.  I knew, from a past conversation with the magazine supplier, that McKinnon's Market in Sturgis (Mississippi), the next town over, carried Marvel monthlies and Giants.  So, when Big Daddy got home from work, after working all day in the hot June Mississippi sun, I immediately set about what I thought would be a campaign to take me to Sturgis.  Instead, he just asked my grandmother how long until supper was ready (hour or more she said), poured himself a cold drink of water from the pitcher in the fridge, and said "Let's go!"  I vividly remember the drive in his old green pickup.  Window's rolled down (no a/c), and my cast-encased right foot up and out the window talking excitedly about comics and Big Daddy just smiling and nodding his head.  We got to McKinnon's and he helped me (on my crutches) up the steps so I could get to the comic stand (which I could see just behind the glass window of the store. Not only did they have the Spiderman Giant I wanted, but I ended up spending 8 of the 11 dollars I had.  The only reason I didn't spend that is I knew it would be a few weeks before I could start mowing again, and some DC titles I regularly read would be out before then.  After my purchase, we made our way back to Big Daddy's, had supper, and as they watched TV I lost myself in Spidey's battle with the Green Goblin. 
  Its been almost 25 years(Oct.1991) since Dad passed and  I lost Big Daddy 13 years ago (2003), But I still miss them both!  These two men, with diametrically opposite personalities, did more to shape me in my early years than any one.  I will always love them.  If your father is still around, make sure they know that you do!
Everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On My Time Being My Time

Okay, all things considered, I'm a pretty fortunate guy.  The point I've arrived at in my life, has taken a lot of planning - & a lot of luck. (Not all of it the best.)
I am currently 61 years old and I have worked since I was 10.  At the age of 10, I spent most Saturdays (& everyday during the summer) working for my Dad, who was a roofer/carpenter.  I started by just toting asphalt shingles to the roof for him and his crew to put on.  Asphalt shingles weigh 90 pounds per bundle.  I started carrying half a bundle at a time and by the time I joined the Coast Guard (at age 17) I could carry 2 bundles comfortably and 3, if pressed.  But I digress.....
I retired from the U. S. Coast Guard after 21 years, and last year I retired from Mississippi State University.  I sought, and eventually found a part-time job working two days a week.  Well, as I've been working less, and I've come to see that our expenses are manageable (our home & cars are paid for), I've come to covet my time more than having a job.  So, effective July 1st, I will be leaving my P-T job, and I'm looking forward to it.  More "me" time means I can do jobs around the home at my leisure, and stop before I get too tired and/or injure myself.  More time for little "crafty" things that I do as a hobby, and (most importantly) more time to be with my sweetie.
Now, I mentioned some of the luck was not so great.  In 2010, just about 9 months into my marriage, I was going home on my motorcycle when an elderly gentleman turned in front of me without warning.  I had less than 10 feet to react (the skid was 7 feet long) and could not avoid him.  Thankfully, I survived and the settlement I received is the big reason my home (with a new roof) and cars are paid for.  I DO NOT recommend this way of earning money.  I was months recovering, and have no memory of the accident or 2 months following.  Probably for the best, because I'm told I was in a lot of pain.  But again, I digress......
The last paragraph just brings home vividly that life is short.  That being the case, and because I can, I plan on living it as fully as I can.  Why Work?
Everyone have a great day

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mom's Day Thoughts

Happy Mom's Day! Put yours on a pedestal! (Machine gun optional)
Today, May 8th, is Mother's Day, and its a bitter-sweet day for me.

My first wife (and my children's mother) passed away in December, 2005.  I still love and miss her, and my present wife understands that she will always have a place in my heart. (Just one of the reasons I love her.)  So - to my children - remember your mom on this day.
Now, DKW lost her mom in December, 2014.  Sharon was a unique character (to put it mildly) and I grew to love her in the few years we had together.  DKW was (and to some point - still) devastated by her passing.  The closest comparison I can make, is the extent to which my oldest was affected when Sue passed.  They were more than mother-daughter, they were best buds!  Now, all the kids were affected to some extent - but she seemed affected most deeply. 
Now, this past December (2015), I lost my mom.  (yes - with very few exceptions - December sucks for me.)  It was kind of anticipated, but anytime you lose a parent it hurts.  Miss ya Mom!
Now, I will be a day late - but I plan to tomorrow go put flowers on their graves, in addition to my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. (But not in December!) 
In an unrelated matter, I was finally able to mow for the first time yesterday afternoon and I'm still a bit sore.
Now, the day started horribly.  I woke around 4:00 AM and wanted a drink of water.  As I walked into the kitchen I heard rushing water and realized the kitchen, living room breakfast nook, and a bedroom (not the master) had a few inches of water in them.  I was able to cut off the water under the kitchen sink.  But it took 5 plus hours to get the water up. (I filled a 3 1/2 gallon mop bucket 28 times.  And that doesn't take into account the number of towels used.  I purchased a new kitchen spigot, but after a frustrating hour, gave up and hired a friend to install the new one.  Great decision on my part!  He fixed the sink/leak and I started mowing the jungle. Its weird, I know, but I find mowing relaxing.  I put in my ear plugs and am alone with my thoughts.
Now, briefly back to DKW's mom - Sharon.  I have, and have always had, an affinity for cheesy Sci-fi or horror movies.  If I was watching one of that ilk when she came over, she would watch a short bit and then invariably say, "Jerry, you watch weird sh*t!"   So, today being Mother's Day and All, DKW and I are about to watch a TOXIC AVENGER marathon (The Toxic Avenger, The Toxic Avenger Part Two, The Toxic Avenger Part 3: The Last Temptation of Toxie, and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.).  This on the heels that The Toxic Avenger 5: Toxic Twins is planned for a future release.
Everyone cherish your mom and your memories!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Back to it

The last few weeks have been fairly rough for DKW and I as we've both been sick and fighting the crud.  I seem to be doing somewhat better now.  A little wrung-out and feeling weak, but other than a tickle in the middle of my chest that makes me cough when I breath deeply, I'm much better than I have been.  My birthday was almost 10 days ago (April 3rd) and I turned 61.   Now that is not too big a deal to most folks, but my Grandfather (George) died at age 60, and his son (my father), Fred died at age 56.  So for my personal family history (on my dad's side), I am currently the longest lived male.  Now, on my mother's side (who passed in December, 2015), she lived to be 80, and her parents (my maternal grands) both lived to age 97.  I've been told my whole life that I took after my mother's side of the family, and I hope so.  I'm shooting for a 100-plus!

Hmmmm! And made in Mississippi
Mowing season is upon us again, but lots of rain is making it difficult to do anything.  I did get out with my riding mower this past Saturday as the ground, though damp, was fairly firm and rain was predicted for yesterday. (And it did rain all day long).  I mowed the front yard of my house but had to quit as the mower was having all sorts of issued.  The repair guy just picked it up and took it to his shop a few minutes ago.  He's supposed to give me an estimate before doing the work.  It may be time to get a new mower.  We'll just have to see.  Everyone have a great day!

Saturday, March 26, 2016


My youngest Grandchild at Easter
I love this picture!  I've been sick for 5 days now, and it has kicked my butt.  It was nice to get this though from my daughter.  Little DC has her fierce face on! 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Being sick SUCKS!

Especially if your significant other is sick at the same time.  Now I don't get sick that often, but when I do - its seems to kick my butt!  Tuesday evening I started feeling a little blahh.  Wednesday I woke up with a slight fever and feeling a bit weak.  As the day wore on, I  was getting weaker, light-headed and more feverish.  At one point, (around 8 or 9 last night) my fever got up to 101.9.  I was trying to ingest a lot of fluids, not really feeling like eating much.  My fever was still over 101 when I got up this morning, but I think I finally broke the fever about an hour or so ago (I hope).  My body temp seems like its back to normal and I'm feeling a bit cold.  So I'm gonna cover up and rest.  Still really weak.   If I don't start getting some strength back today, I think I may have to blow off my (part-time) job again tomorrow.  I hate to do it, but my working sick does no one any good.  Ya know.
Have a great day!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

FaceBook - hmmmmmmm - - no

Actually I do have a Facebook account - but I can't even remember the last time I posted anything.  I do try to get on it at least once a week to check out any new posts that my kids and/or grandkids have made.  That is the reason I got an account in the first place - cause that is where new pics of my grandkids go, along with any accomplishments or family news.   I have a (very) few friends, but I DO NOT converse on facebook.  I don't have umpty-hundred (thousand or million) friends - and don't want them.  The reasons for this are (1) Lots of folks just like to argue or state something outrageous to get a rise out of folks. (2) People Lie!  Believe it or not - lots of untruth on the inter-web!  (3) There are a lot of high-tech Idiots - that believe anything and pass it on as gospel (see 2 for explanation).
I prefer email or IM to talk with folks - as it is more private. (I do use the phone too - but my hearing is not great - and getting worse.)  Those folks that matter to me can send me an email or IM me if I'm on line.  If you don't have my email - well, you're not family - or a close enough friend.  You can always call and ask me.  I'm in the book. (If you don't know my name - wellll........)   Before leaving this topic, just let me say that I know some folks love to FB and thinks its great.  Heck, my sweetie is active there and lets me know if there is anything that might interest me. - But I prefer to continue with limited involvement.  How you continue is up to you!
Tomorrow Chiquita (our chihuahua) will be 3 years old.   The smallest and youngest of our 3 girls.  And two weeks from today I celebrate the Fabulous Fortieth Anniversary of my 21st birthday!
Everyone have a great day!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Barsooming Along

First Edition cover art
I recently finished reading the John Carter of Mars series written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  (Who is more widely known as the creator of Tarzan.)  John Carter first appeared in 1917's "A Princess of Mars".  If you are looking for a science based series, you will be sorely disappointed.  This series is pure fantasy, but greatly enjoyable, at least to me.  There are eleven books in the series, but because the last two are actually compilations of short stories that appeared in sci fi pulp mags in the 1930's, book 11 was actually published before book 10.  But to keep action and referrals straight, read 10 before 11 - understand?  I also find it interesting that Burroughs was a much more prolific author than I thought.  (He wrote over two dozen Tarzan books alone.)
I'm gonna take a little Burroughs break for a bit, but I do plan to read more of his.  I want to read his "Carson of Venus" series (first book being  "Pirates of Venus" - 1934) and see how it compares to John Carter.  Similarities, differences, etc.  Before doing that though I plan on reading some Thorne Smith.  Smith is an author that passed away in 1934 at the age of 36.  He didn't write a huge number of books, but he did create some characters that are still known to this day.  Last week DKW and I watched a movie titled "I Married A Witch" which was based on Smith's book "The Passionate Witch".  Now this might not mean much to most folks, but this was the basis for the 60's TV series "Bewitched", which a bunch of folks know or at least have heard of.

Smith also created "Topper" which was the basis for a couple of movies (The first starring Cary Grant in 1934) and a TV series in the 1950's.
As you might gather, I enjoy reading older fiction just to see how perspectives have changed over the years.  But don't think I don't read newer stuff, I do.  I just tend to read different eras in batches.  And I do read a bunch. 
Today is Super Bowl Sunday though, and I will be watching.  This will be the 50th Super Bowl.  Although technically, the first two were not called the Super Bowl.  It was the "AFL-NFL World Championship Game" (both won by the Packers).  In 1968, Super Bowl was first used (for S.B. III) when Joe Namath and the upstart Jets upset the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.  I am 60 and I have seen every one to this point, so I don't plan to start missing them now.
Everyone have a great day!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sharing Minion Humor

Post-Life Planning

Most of this post will be an edited version of an email I sent my children concerning my wishes after I am gone.  Which, if I have my way, will not be until some time after 2100, when I turn 145.  Hey, I'm in good shape and with medical advances, ya never know.  Plus if I make the arrangements myself and let everyone that cares about me know, there is no question about what to do.  Plus other folks might find what I've done, and am going to have done, interesting.

Now, when I pass:
1.  I will be cremated.  Once the ashes are back at the funeral home, take the bag out of the cardboard box it comes in and transfer them (in the bag) to my "Memory Box". (If the cardboard box fits - just put it all inside).   Mississippi law allows the burial of ashes in a cemetary.  (Mississippi Burial and Cremation Laws can be seen at .)  You are not required to purchase a coffin or urn from any commercial enterprise. (i.e. funeral home)
2.  My ashes are to be buried in the grave adjoining my 1st wife (where we already have a stone erected.  Check with the folks overseeing the graveyard to see if they have any requirements overseeing the burial of ashes.  Since (and this comes from the website above) "cremation renders ashes harmless, .... there is no public health risk involved....".  You might have to contract someone through the funeral home to dig the hole for the ashes, but since it is a small box and contains only ashes, it shouldn't need to go more than 2 or 3 feet deep.
3. Expenses: Other than the Death Certificate(s), Cremation,  engraving the stone, and (if needed to be contracted out) the burial of the "Memory Box".  There should be no more needed expenses.    I don't need all the extras offered for a by the funeral home.  They are a "commercial enterprise" and are in business to make a profit. And once the day is done, who wants to leave through the sign in book from visitation, and trust me - thank you cards are a lot less expensive at Walmart.

And speaking of visitation, instead of a visitation, since there will be no rush to bury a body.  I would rather all my family and friends gather at my house for a cookout on what would be my first birthday after I pass.  Put the "Memory Box"  (some pics of it are below) on a small table by itself so folks can read the items I put on it and share the happy times of my life.  Then, after everyone has eaten and -those that feel the need - had a cry.  Those that want to can head over to cemetery and say goodbye.
Life goes on.  Be as happy as you can.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Just Sharing - Election Wisdom

 I'm having a hard time with the candidates for President.  I don't like any of them and loathe some of them, but I will do my best to stay informed and vote.  That said, I would like to share this quote (below) from sci-fi author Robert A. Heinlein.
“If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for ... but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Working in the Snow.... & Thinking!

This past week Mississippi got one of its rare snowfalls.  About 50 miles north of us here in Starkville they got accumulations of an inch or more.  Here, though it snowed all morning, nothing accumulated because it melted as it touched down.  However, as I was working my part-time job driving a shuttle (2 days a week - and I don't really want to work more since I've retired - twice) in the falling snow and thought back to the last time I had worked in the snow. 
About 40-or so years I ago I attached TAD (Temporarily Assigned Duty) to a Coast Guard Ice Breaker on a trip to Antarctica (South Pole).  Before we got to the Pole and the scientific station there it snowed, often, but I guarantee you it was much colder than Mississippi.  The air temp was in the negative 30's  with wind chills in the -80's.  Once we got closer to the pole though it wasn't snowing and though it was cold, it was very dry.  Lots of rocky islands about.  Its one of those life experiences that I'm glad I got the chance to do, but I don't really have any hankering to go there again.
I really hate to be cold.  I prefer the Mississippi heat in the summer (90 and up) to our relatively mild winters.  I know it makes me sound a little strange, but I prefer to ride in my car with the AC off and the windows down.  I do try to take care of myself, take frequent breaks, and drink lots of water when working outside, but I do want to be around for many more years.  I turn 61 in April and feel fairly young.  I think I may stop working at the end of this year.  Not a 100% sure, but I'm starting to lean that way.  I've got enough to do now, what with work around the home and hobbies, that I can stay busy.  My home is paid for and my retirement checks covers our bills. Plus, I enjoy having my time as just that, My Time. The ability to go where I want, when I want, and do what I want to do.  After all, isn't that exactly what we work a lifetime for?  I know its a long shot, but my goal is to be here at the start of the next century!  Hey - with medical advances you never know.  If I continue to take care of myself 145 is not beyond the realm of possibility.  
Everyone have a great day!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sixty Year Snapshot

Today is the 60th anniversary of my very first New Year's Day.  So I thought I would try a little retrospective in 10 year bites.  Now, obviously, I don't remember a lot about 1/1/1956 (as I was 8 months old at the time) - but this morning I did watch (as my first movie of 2016), the 1956 sci fi classic "Earth Vs the Flying Saucers". 
1/1/1966 - I was 10 and in 5th grade.  I was heavy into comic books and cub scouts (though later this year I would move up to Boy Scouts (Troop 27 - Starkville, MS).  At this time comics were 12 cents each and most of any money I earned was spent on them. I lived on McKee Street with my parents and younger sister (born in 1957).
1/1/1976 - I was in my 4th year in the U.S. Guard and in the process of getting ready to reenlist for 6 years in order to maximize the reenlistment bonus I was qualified for.  I was stationed in Memphis and would marry for the first time later that year. (Though I didn't know it at the time.)
1/1/1986 - I was stationed on the USCG Gulf Strike Team (in Mobile, AL).  I was married to Sue and we had four children. (Ages 7, 6, 4, & 2 at this date).
1/1/1996 - I was working for Quincy's Family Steakhouse & Buffet in Starkville.  I retired from the Coast Guard in 1992 and had a 5th child that was born in 1988.  She would be the last of our children. We were living in a large home (Double wide with large addition added home) with seven bedrooms.
1/1/2006 - Sue passed away 4 weeks ago and I was devastated.  We were married over 29 years and at this time none of the children lived at home.  At the time I had 3 grandchildren.  It was dark time for me.
1/1/2016 - I still live in the large home, but now share it with DKW who I met in late 2008 (almost exactly 3 years after Sue died).  We celebrated our 6th anniversary last year and she was the big reason I came out of the dark place.  I retired from MSU last year (2nd retirement) and a month ago started a part-time job at a local medical facility. I have 8 grandchildren now - the youngest being 5 months old and the oldest 16 years old.
Now I've left a lot out that happened over the past 60 years.  Otherwise I would be writing for days - but, like most folks, there have been many highs and some lows - but all-in-all I've had - and have - a good life.  Count your blessings.  In the past month, I've lost my mother and Aunt (who passed yesterday of a sudden coronary).  You never know when it might be your time.  I'll do an entry like this again in 2066! :-)
Everyone have a great day!