Friday, June 26, 2015

Bible Study Killings; Obamacare Lives!; Same Sex Marriage Lives! Obama sings Amazing Grace; House of Cards; Obits; Salaries; Disability; Gun Shot; Opera Role

An amazing week!  9 innocent parishioners killed during their Bible study.. by a 21 year old devil who was invited in to share study with them.   He sat there for an hour before deciding to kill some of them, including the preacher/Senator who had invited him in.   Afterwards, the shooter was elated and showcased the Rebel (Confederate) Flag as he smiled about what he had done.

However there was some good news, in my opinion.   Yesterday, the Supremes decided 6 to 3 to allow Obamacare to survive the last ditch attempt by the GOP nutzies to kill it, and do away with health protection for millions of Americans.

And today... they decided that "same sex" marriage should be recognized as valid in all of the 50 states.  Hard-line Catholics immediately vowed to discredit the measure.  How?  I don't know.

I listened to CSPAN's broadcast of the preacher/Senator's funeral from Charleston, South Carolina. President Obama was magnificent!  I don't know if he, or some of his staff members wrote the eulogy, but he delivered it in what must have been the best manner of any President before him, except for Lincoln.  I bawled like a baby.   At the end, he led the choir in  Amazing Grace.. and it was a perfect catharsis moment.  God.. that guy is good!

I've been watching NETFLIX' House of Cards and it is causing me to look at our representatives in a different way.  One of the Washington Post's writers, says that the series is more than fantasy, because it can't possibly ever be true that the only intelligent man in DC might be like Francis Underwood.  Well... it is becoming more and more apparent to me every day that President Obama is the only intelligent man in DC.  Just look at the 16 assholes that are trying for the Republican nomination in 2016.

Well, let me jump to something else.  The July 2015 issue of the Funny Times is quite interesting in a couple of ways:

Obituaries:  A. G. Sloan has created a list of "specific qualities and accomplishments"  that could be used to good effect in an obituary or eulogy, such as:

Paid bills on time.

Never missed Garbage Day.

Asked for directions when lost.

Salaries: Harper's Index (not really funny if true):

The average amount that a male nurse's salary exceeds that of a female nurse in the US:  $5,100. !

Disability: (News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd)

Check out the accomodations at Australia's sixth annual National Disability Summit in Melbourne!

Who you lookin' at?  (News of the Weird  by Chuck Shepherd)  At Murphy's Express Gas station, one customer shot another in the foot, because he was being stared at while he pumped gas.

The World of Scatalogical Opera?

On Met Opera Radio (Sirius-XM) all week, an interview has been aired with recently deceased Margaret Juntwait (3/18/57 - 6/3/15)  talking to the fantastic Isobel Leonard.  At one point, Isobel is reminded that she has played one of her roles at the Met 100 times!  Surprised by the statistic, I guess, Isobel replies: "Are you shittin' me?"


Sunday, June 14, 2015

What's up lately?

Hello again!  It's been almost  three weeks since my last blog entry and a  lot has happened since then.   I'll try to recap a bit.

Elaine:   Elaine had a problem a couple of weeks ago and we had to pull our "life guard" cord to get help.  The nurses who came found that she had a rather high fever, so the Westminster Fire Station ambulance took her to Carroll Hospital Center.  They couldn't find anything wrong with her in the Emergency Room, so they had her committed to the regular hospital.

After a week of tests (580 cat scans; 200 exrays; 3,000 pokes and prods by nurses, doctors and technicians..... ok I exaggerate a little...  they gave up and sent her home.   Another mystery case that could probably only be solved by Dr. House, but he was busy I guess.

However, since she had a lot of tests, she now knows that she doesn't have cancer, pneumonia, aneurisms, sinus blockages, and a lot of other ailments.   So, even though we will probably never know what caused her fever, she certainly got some good diagnostics on her overall condition.

Joe:  My breathing problems have gotten much worse.  Elaine has a touch of breathing problems too.  We are both going to a Doctor Jacobs in a few days.  My cardiologist thinks that my fat belly is pushing on my esophoghas and that is probably true.  When I bend down to tie a shoe or pick up something, I lose my breath.  Also, when I walk, I walk slow, otherwise I lose my breath.

Elizabeth:  She did a very nice job of arranging for her ex-husband, Bob Clark's funeral needs, and she will be the executrix of his estate.  Lots of time-consuming activity to take of, considering that her school duties now require plans to be prepared for each of her 200 (?) clients.  But, if anyone can do it, Elizabeth can.

She let me eulogize Bob, and I'm glad that I could say something nice about a guy that I liked.  John Cole wrote a song for Bob and sang it at his funeral.  Very moving.

Diane:  Had the mourners over to the Farmstead house after the funeral service.  Good food and nice remembrances of Bob Clark.

Diane has all of her vegetable planting done.  She also manufactured an Earthbox and has tomato plants growing crazily in that setup.   Also,  John has removed some more shade in the yard so Diane can have a bigger garden.   How can she do all that and also keep up with her EBAY business?

Chris:  Chris is having a good time back at SSA.  He and Kathleen just got rid of one of their cars and now Kathleen is planning to buy a BMW.

Chris and his writing buddies have published a book.  Chris gave me a copy.   It is a compilation of stories.  Chris has the first and last positions.. two stories.    So far I have read and reread the first one, which has a twist.  Nice writing.

My Kids!

What did I ever do to deserve my three accomplished children?   I love them and enjoy seeing them make their determined way in the world.  Their mother would be so proud of them.  (And the grandchildren and great  grandson too!)