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                                                THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF A NIGHTCLUB OWNER , A FATHER , A GUY , AND A PENIS.

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     I continued the philosophy work hard  , treat everyone with respect , and have fun !! Help promote the BANDS as much as possible and these are my basic ingredients to run a small dive bar that's been around a long time.

Work hard :

     Wheels ( my wife ) gets upset at me. She accuses me of one thing , " you only care about THE NAIL".  She is right.  If parties come around or social gatherings , I always say lets go and at the last second, I would  have to work on bands , websites , or ideas or head to the club. She would get upset and I would eventually go out , but I must drive her insane.  I have a sleep disorder. It's called sleep apnea. I sleep no more than 3 hours a day. I use it to my advantage. When I get up in the middle of the night I would start working on NAIL promotions , websites , and business. I eat, sleep, and think THE NAIL. If I had to guess why I am so passionate about being a tiny somewhat semi " successful " club.  It's probably because certain people were against us. They said it was a foolish idea and a saturated business. We would be throwing money away. I had to prove them wrong , not for their opinions , but for myself. One person does stick out .........Wheels and I were over a " friend's " house.  We'll call him " J ".   Having a couple of beers with some " friends ", we decided to tell everyone we bought The Nail.  J's brother-in-law, " T " , said " it is the worst business to get in and you will fail eventually" ( and this was a person that was successful and I respected back than). I will never ever ever forget that. Here we were ....proud owners of an established 60 year old nightclub that Wheels and I have been patronizing for 2 decades and now told we had absolutely no chance of making it.....not even a fake congratulations. He was the first of several to try to shoot our hopes down.  Every time someone projects negativity towards our bar..........I WORK EVEN HARDER THAN BEFORE................... RUDY of Notre Dame would shit his pants. We bought the club in January of 1997 and as of today , we have the longest tenure of ownership of any owner dating back to its opening day as " Humphs Bar " in 1948. This is a huge monumental enormous gigantic accomplishment since all employees bailed on us when times got tough. My claim to Un-fame......" In our first 2 years of ownership , we lost enough money to buy a house in Havertown." I had 4 jobs and Wheels had 3 to keep The Nail afloat. Our so called friends/employees did not know this. Wheels and I struggled for over 2 years working 60-65 hour work weeks while they got paid and our bills piled up like a mountain........you try it and see how long you last. We did it because we believed in the bar , the music , and ourselves. Yes we lost friends but true friends and family stuck with us. Little did we know the previous owner Mitch had Daddy buy him the bar as a college gift.  So the books looked outstanding without a MORTGAGE. We found out his numbers were all lies at the settlement table.  My famous antennas told me many times something was wrong , but we ended up driving the hard road. The quick story of the last owner and how we purchased The Nail. Wheels and I are sitting next to him at the bar one night. I say , " Hey Mitch , if you ever want to sell The Nail , Wheels and I would be interested. " He replies , " No , no , no , no , no I would never sell it. " He gets up and walks towards the front door. About midway he stops and comes right back to us and says , " Are you serious ? , we can meet tomorrow at Villanova Diner if you want ? "  Holy shit did my antennas go up , but they were so clouded by my overwhelming feeling that I could own the infamous Nail one day.  Anyway , back to the main story of employees and bailing friends. One old school employee left us because he wanted to get " out of the  business ". The next week he got a job at a another bar as a bartender......not so old school there.  These were the high hurdles Wheels and I had to endure.....day in and day out........by ourselves.   It was time to rebuild.

Treating people with respect :

     Its simple, treat people with some dignity , make some humor about myself ( usually about my penis size or sex life) and remove all angry people.........everybody should be treated the same. Saying jokes about myself makes people feel a little better about themselves and they say " you know what , I am not the only one that has money , health , or relationship problems.

Removing angry people:

      Major priority here......nothing worse than sitting next to a drunken idiot proclaiming all life's answers while he works at Burger King deep frying onion rings. A Havertown policeman once quoted to me...." we never get any calls at The Rusty Nail ".  I wonder how many bars can say that ?  It seems every weekend there are fights or altercations at other clubs.  This is our home and that's how we treat people. OUR ONE RULE , " GET IN A FIGHT......DONE FOR LIFE. "

Bands:

      When we started, I asked what can we do for the bands " promotionally " wise ?   The same old answer ," we did it all and nothing will help".  At the time, we were in 11 newspapers and had one generic monthly calendar.  So , one weekend, Wheels and I went up to our mountain house ( that we built with our own hands ) with "phonebooks" from all over the counties. We made a list of all the newspapers and internet companies.  I continue to make the list grow.  Now, we are in 56 newspapers ,.radio promos ,our websites (www.thenail1.com., Facebook/rustynail together average over 1500 " hits " a day....that's  unbelievable for such a small nightclub) ,.monthly calendars on time , new illuminated outdoor marquee sign., 35 internet companies , mailing list ,our own radio show since 2005 ,  and it goes on. We have quadrupled the band intake. We let bands network with each other by having up to 4 bands or more on the weekends. I remember a phone call I took in 1999.  The person said, " we played THE NAIL a couple a months ago, we brought alot of people, had fun , and would like another gig ".  I said to him, " you mean no one has called you since than ? "  Right there and than I took over the booking. I call all bands every Monday ( or Tuesday sometimes ) before and after they play here ( no other owner does this).   Treat bands with respect...they are the backbone of THE NAIL They are the ones working hard to bring people in, practicing, promoting ,and such....so, why the hell wouldn't I help them?  I refuse to be the owner that's all drunk behind the bar with a disgusted face saying " they did not bring a 100 people....... they're done".  I give out my home phone number (no other owner does this) to prevent frustrating phone tag and usually have 15-20 minute conversations with each individual band on the first phone call (no other owner does this) . I know if I was in a band, I would like a direct link to the owner and have a respectable conversation. I put myself in the shoes of the band and tell them how much we appreciate them.  We lend out our PA system to bands playing  "other " clubs for FREE ( what the hell other owner does this ? ). Several times with my van and easy pass (no other owner does this). We throw a huge "Wheelstock " party at our private vacation home that Wheels and I built ( 4 years to build ).........for 13 years it was completely free .... it was $20 for the last two years..... 330 people showed up last year ( damn hurricane ).....400 the year before ! Once again, a 4 day party and the NAIL supplies breakfast , lunch , dinner , beer , liquor , bands , and showers for everyone for 4 days ( show me one fucking owner that does this ??!!  Throws a party for 400 people for 4 days for fucking FREE ??!! ). We ended it in 2006 because of the incredible amount of time , effort , wear & tear on our home , & neighbors being super pissed at us. The main reason for stopping this party was 2 out of 3 people did not who Wheels or myself were. We walk around to 40-50 campsites and say thank you and people would say , " who the hell are you ? " Yep the WHEELSTOCK party got so big people attending were now friends of friends of friends of friends and had no clue this was a RUST Y NAIL party and US thanking people for their support over the years.

     Our website is updated & blogged every day under the " HISTORY " link , not one day ever missed....this includes weekends, holidays , and vacations. I talk about my life as if it were a soap opera (no other owner does this) and in this business it usually is , but mostly for entertainment though (doing this since day one of the takeover ) ( no other club owner does this ).   I could go on and on and on.......no one comes close. I do all this because we do not have the luxury of the " walk in " crowd.  We need the bands to work a little harder for us ,that's why I work 10 times harder than any other club owner.

     We have our own radio show since 2005.  All bands get plugs on our LIVE radio show. All bands do live interviews to promote ALL their shows and express their music and songs. What the hell other owners help promote other clubs ?  Everyone helps a little......we help more. 

     We hope you join our little family.........simply known as THE NAIL

                    " LIVE AT THE NAIL "  RADIO SHOW   !!!

  We welcome these Radio Stations that promote our show

WWW.CYBERSTORMRADIO.COM    WWW.SRrocks.COM

              1370 WPAZ POTTSTOWN   WWW.RADIOFREEWORLDWIDE.COM

   HOLA 1600 am        WXVU 89.1 fm        KUR    88.3 fm

  WEXP 530 am         WWUV   90.7 fm     WVUM 90.1 fm       KUR    1670  am

  WWXU  91.1 fm      WWCY 89.5 fm       WIN 88.9 fm ( WIN 89 )

  WWEC  88.1 fm        WWNW  88.9 fm    WVUD  91.3 fm     Berks Cable ( Ch 24 )

  WPKN  89.5 fm        WPKM  88.7 fm      WDWN 89.1 fm      Hometown Utilicom ( Ch 41 )

  WPTC   88.1 fm        WCUC   91.7 fm      WSRN  91.5 fm      

  WDCV  88.3 fm        WXLV    90.3 fm     WRRG  88.9 fm      930 AM (The Cockroach)

  WRHS   89.7 fm        WVUD   91.3 fm     WIXQ 91.7 FM       WIXQ.COM             

BLACK CIRCUS RADIO ( DEAD CELL RECORDS )

 SHORTCAST.COM      WSJR  ( INTERNET )    WYBF  89.1 FM

  http://www.advancedrf.net

  WWW.THENAIL1.COM ( click on " radio show " on the left index on our home page. LISTEN AT ANYTIME )

 

                        WEBCASTED BY REAL AUDIO    

  ** Do you have a contact with a college, internet or commercial radio station ?  Any help to air our FREE show would be greatly appreciated.  We are here to help the local bands of our communities.  Our format is simple. We interview bands. The bands express their opinions and songs through their music.......with alittle fun too. **  This would increase our relationship with your band and The Nail nightclub.**

             PERFORMED LIVE ONCE A MONTH ON A SUNDAY NIGHT AT 6 PM ( OFF JUNE , JULY , & AUGUST )

                                     ** ALL BANDS GET PROMOTED **

                  ALL BANDS GET LIVE INTERVIEWS , CD EXPOSURE , ETC..  **

                                              NO OTHER CLUB DOES THIS !! 

   We made our point ............work hard , respect , and promote.  All businesses.....whether in a band or selling corn on the cob ........ should have this mentality and attitude.

                                              ***  BOOKING CONTACT AT  mailto:thenail1@comcast.net   ***

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   SUNDAY      10 - 6 - 19

  EARLY MORNING I AM CUTTING DOWN 14 FOOT HIGH SUNFLOWER PLANTS......MORE LIKE TREES.

  DO ALL MY NORMAL COMPUTER STUFF AND HAVE BREAKFAST WITH MY YOUNGEST.  IT WAS REALLY NICE TO HAVE THE KID HOME. BUT SOON SHE WAS ON THE TRAIN AND BACK TO COLLEGE. I AM NERVOUS AND THE KID TEXTS WHEELS AND I WHEN ARRIVING AT THE DORM.

  OFF TO THE NAIL WHERE I PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I HANG THERE FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS. I GET ALOT DONE WHILE LISTENING TO OUR EAGLES.  WE FINALLY GET AN EASY WIN WHICH WAS NICE TO SEE. OH......FANS STILL COMPLAINED ABOUT CARSON WENTZ AND HIS PLAY. UNBELIEVABLE.....YOU WIN 31 - 6 AND PEOPLE STILL COMPLAIN.

  DALLAS LOSES WHICH MAKES MY DAY EVEN BETTER.

  OFF TO A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE TO TAKE A RIDE TO SEE A UNION GAME.  WE MADE GOOD TIME AND THE KIDS ALWAYS CRACK ME UP. WE ARRIVE AT A LARGE TAILGATE IN WHICH MY FAMILY MEMBER KNEW SOME PEOPLE. THEY HAD A TON OF PIZZA , SNACKS , DRINKS , AND BEER. THEY EVEN HAD A CAKE FOR A FRIEND'S BIRTHDAY. EVERYONE WAS VERY POLITE THOUGH I HAD ONE LITTLE ISSUE.  I SHOOK HANDS AND INTRODUCE MYSELF TO AT LEAST 5 DIFFERENT MEN. I SAID HELLO TO AT LEAST 4 WOMEN.  AGAIN , ALL WERE VERY POLITE. BUT WHAT WAS MY ISSUE ?  NOT ONE PERSON SAID , " HEY , HELP YOURSELF TO FOOD AND DRINK "........NOT ONE.  IF IT WAS MY TAILGATE AND A FRIEND WALKED UP WITH A FAMILY MEMBER I WOULD BE OVER THE TOP COURTEOUS.  BUT.....THAT IS ME. AGAIN , THEY WERE ALL NICE.

  WALK TO THE STADIUM AND MEET OUR DOORMAN AND HIS SON. I HOOKED THEM UP WITH FREE TICKETS. THEY ARE SOCCER FANS. IT WAS NICE TO SEE.

  THE STADIUM WAS ROCKING AND THERE WERE A TON OF ACTIVITIES BEFORE THE GAME.  SO MANY THAT THE GAME STARTED 30 MINUTES LATE. IT WAS A REALLY GOOD TIME WITH MY NEPHEWS , SISTER-IN-LAW , OUR DOORMAN , AND HIS SON.  THE ONLY THING THAT KINDA SUCKED IS WE LOST.

  WE DRIVE BACK AND I GET DROPPED OFF. I HEAD HOME AND LOAD UP. WITHIN 30 MINUTES I AM HEADING TO NEW JERSEY. THE NAIL WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY NIGHT.

  CALL MY YOUNGEST TO CHAT A LITTLE BIT. I WAS NERVOUS THE KID TOOK THE TRAIN INTO PHILLY SOLO BUT ALL IS WELL. WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES AND THAT WAS NICE. I WAS CLOSE TO VISITING BUT IT WAS 8PM AT NIGHT AND I STILL HAD ALMOST AN HOUR DRIVE AHEAD OF ME.

 ARRIVE AT A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE AND I SETTLE IN. WE HAVE SOME NIGHTCAPS , TALK SHOP , AND WATCH SOME TV.

  I HEAD TO BED AROUND 11PM AND SLEPT DECENT. I DID WAKE UP SEVERAL TIMES BUT DID HAVE GOOD SLEEP FOR SEVERAL HOURS TWICE.

  AN ASIAN FAMILY WITH A HUSBAND , WIFE , AND 3 KIDS. THEY WERE DRIVING IN AN OLD SMALL YELLOW SCHOOL BUS. THEY ASK ME FOR DIRECTIONS AND THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND ENGLISH THAT WELL SO I TELL THEM I WILL GET ON BOARD AND DIRECT THE WAY. THEY WANT TO GET TO BARNABY'S RESTAURANT TO EAT. THEY HAVE A $1 SPECIAL ON WINGS.  HE PULLS INTO A LOT 2 BLOCKS BEFORE THE RESTAURANT AND I ASK WHY. HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND AND A STATE TROOPER PULLS UP NEXT TO OUR BUS. I GET OUT AND EXPLAIN TO THE OFFICER THE SITUATION. HE UNDERSTANDS AND IS VERY COOL. THE ASIAN FATHER PULLS OUT OF THE WRONG LOT AND HEADS TOWARDS BARNABY'S.  HE IS DRIVING WAY TOO FAST AND I YELL AT HIM. HE COMES TO A STOP AND BEGINS TO CRY. HIS WIFE TRIES TO CONSOLE HIM BUT TO NO AVAIL. THE KIDS START TO CRY TOO. I FEEL BAD AND TELL HIM IT IS OKAY AND I WILL DRIVE THE BUS TO THE RESTAURANT. HE STOPS CRYING AND SMILES.............dream ends.

  MONDAY    10 - 7 - 19

  OH MAN......NOT GOOD.

  HEY GUYS AND GIRLS I AM GONG TO BE HONEST.....I AM FRIGGIIN' TIRED.  I AM HELPING A FAMILY MEMBER TRAIN A NEW POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE AND WORKING 12 HOUR DAYS TO HELP HIS COMPANY CATCH UP ON A 6 WEEK JOB. WE ARE MAKING REMARKABLE TIME AND NOW WE ARE ACTUALLY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. HE HAS THANKED ME 10 TIMES. THE BEST LINE.........." I DON'T KNOW WHAT I DO WITHOUT YOU. " IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD.

  WE WORKED PRETTY HARD DRYWALLING ALL DAY.  I BROKE IN A NEW POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE FOR TWO DAYS BUT THIS YOUNG GO GETTER WHO I LIKE WILL MISS THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY. WHY ?......ANOTHER MORE QUALIFIED PERSON.

  WE MEET AT PANERA BREAD RESTAURANT AND THE NEW PROSPECT APPLICANT FIT THE BILL. I SAT VERY QUIET AS MY FAMILY MEMBERS INTERVIEWED HIM FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES.

  WE THAN HEAD TO YARDS BREWERY RESTAURANT. I ENJOYED JUST CHILLING AND WINDING DOWN. AGAIN , A DAY THAT START AT 6AM AND WE GET HOME AT 6PM....NOT FUN , BUT THE BEERS TASTED SO DAMN GOOD. I HAD A YARD BELGIUM WHITE AND CLOWN SHOES SPACE CAKE.

 BACK HOME AND WE CHILL FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. I STRUGGLE TO STAY AWAKE. I HEAD TO BED AT 10PM. I WATCHED TV FOR ABOUT 3 MINUTES.

 TODAY I RECEIVED HORRIBLE NEWS FROM WHEELS.  OUR BELOVED PUP WHO IS CLOSER THAN FAMILY TO ME TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE. SHE HAS NOT BEEN EATING OR MOVING AROUND FOR THE LAST MONTH OR SO. I THINK ONLY PET OWNERS REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW CLOSE THESE PETS CAN BE TO US OWNERS. WHEELS TOOK OUR PUP TO THE VET AND SHE HAD TO STAY OVER NIGHT. I AM HURTING INSIDE BIG TIME.

  TUESDAY      10 - 8 - 19

  ANOTHER LONG DAY BUT ONLY ONE THING WAS ON MY MIND......THE PUP.

  " OH NELLIE " HAD TO STAY OVER NIGHT FOR OBSERVATION , FLUIDS , AND MORE STUFF I DO NOT LIKE. SHE LOST 5 POUNDS AND THAT WAS EXPECTED SINCE HER EATING HAS DROPPED OFF. I HAD A DREAM AN ALL WHITE DOG WITH NELLIE'S FACE CAME UP TO MY BED WITH ALL KINDS OF ENERGY. I KEPT ASKING IF SHE WAS NELLIE ? THE DOG JUST SMILED AND WAGGED ITS TAIL VIGOROUSLY AT ME.

  I KNOW VETERINARIAN HOSPITALS ARE IN IT FOR THE MONEY. I GET IT.  BUT I HAD A SERIOUS ISSUE ABOUT TODAY.  WHEELS DROPPED OFF OUR PUP AND FOUND OUT THE DOG NEEDED TO STAY OVER NIGHT AND THE MEDS WE WERE GIVING HERE CREATED A KIDNEY FAILURE OR WORSE. TRY TO GUESS WHO TOLD US TO GIVE THE MEDS TO THE DOG ?  I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER AND I AM SURE WHEELS WAS FEELING DOWN WITH OUR DOG IN SUCH A STATE. TO PUT IT EVEN WORSE WHEELS LEAVES AND MY CELL PHONE GOES OFF. IT IS FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY. WELL , IT WAS THE VET HOSPITAL. THE REASON FOR THE CALL.........THEY WANTED MONEY. I WAS INCENSED WHEN I HEARD THIS AND BASICALLY HUNG UP.  THESE VET AND STAFF REALLY DO NOT HAVE A CLUE THAT OUR PETS BECOME OUR FAMILY.  I AM CLOSER TO THIS PUP THAN 75% OF MY FAMILY. THEY JUST DON'T GET IT. I KNOW THIS IS OVER THE TOP AND MOST PEOPLE DON'T GET IT BUT PET OWNERS LIKE US DO. THESE ANIMALS ARE THE BEST PART OF OUR LIVES. ALWAYS LOVING , ALWAYS LOYAL , AND ALWAYS IN A GOOD MOOD. YOU GET THE SAME GREETING OF LOVE NO MATTER IF YOU LEFT YOUR HOUSE FOR ONE HOUR OR ONE MONTH. OH , WE ARE RETURNING THE VERY NEXT DAY SO WE COULD OF EASILY BEEN ASKED , " HEY , THIS WAS A DRAMATIC DAY FOR YOU. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE BILL. WE WILL TALK TOMORROW WHEN WE SEE YOU. "

  OK......MY RANT IS DONE. OFF TO WORK FOR ANOTHER 12 HOUR DAY. WE WENT TO 2 JOBS AND I WAS SURPRISINGLY IN OKAY SHAPE.  THOUGH I DID GO TO BED AT 9:15PM.  THESE NO NAP DAYS ADD UP.

 A WONDERFUL DINNER OF PORK LOIN AND PEROGIES. MY FAMILY MEMBER CAN REALLY COOK. WINE AND A COUPLE OF BEERS AND I SETTLED IN NICELY.

 DURING DINNER WE GOT A WONDERFUL PHONE CALL BY MY NIECE ON THE WEST COAST. SHE WAS IN PHILLY AND VERY CLOSE TO MY HOUSE. UNFORTUNATELY , IT LOOKS LIKE WE CAN NOT MEET UP. ALL OF US CHATTED VIA SPEAKER PHONE AND I SAID , " DO YOU WANT TO FEEL GOOD ? " SHE GIGGLES AND SLOWLY SAYS , " UMMM....YESSSS ". I REPLY , " JUST HEARING YOUR VOICE MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. "

  SLEPT PRETTY GOOD TO 2:15AM. THAN IT WAS ALL TOSSING AND TURNING. I FELL ASLEEP AROUND 6:30PM ONLY TO BE WOKEN UP BY A TEXT.

  WEDNESDAY        10 - 9 - 19

  DEVASTATING NEWS...............

  START MORNING EARLY AND HEAD TO A N.J. JOB TO HELP A FAMILY MEMBER FOR THE 3RD DAY IN A ROW. I HELPED 2 DAYS LAST WEEK AND 3 DAYS THIS WEEK ALONG WITH SLEEPING AT HIS HOUSE.......A NICE PERK BECAUSE THE FOOD AND BOOZE IS ALWAYS SO DAMN GOOD.

  WE OPENED UP DOORWAYS AND INSTALLED NEW HEADERS ALONG WITH INSTALLING RECESSED CEILING LIGHTS.

  I HEAD HOME AND SETTLE IN. MY KID SLEPT IN MY ROOM FOR 3 DAYS SO I GUESS SHE MISSED ME.  I SHOWER , NAP , AND HEAD TO THE NAIL.  I GET A TON OF STUFF DONE INCLUDING UNLOADING A TOILET FOR A FAMILY MEMBER. THIS IS ALWAYS FUN.

 FLYERS WITH A SOLID SHUT-OUT WIN. COULD WE FINALLY HAVE A FRANCHISE GOALIE ?......MAYBE. THE KID ( HART ) DID BECOME THE FIRST FLYER IN HISTORY TO RECORD A SHUT-OUT AT THE AGE OF 21.

  BACK HOME I CHILL WITH WHEELS. WE WATCH TV AND I HAVE A LIBATION OR TWO.

  THE NEXT MORNING WE GET CRUSHING NEWS. OUR VET CALLS AND TELLS US NELLIE DID NOT IMPROVE MUCH AND THEY RECOMMEND THE MOST HORRIBLE THING EVER......PUTTING HER DOWN.  THIS IS DEVASTATING NEWS.

  THURSDAY        10 - 10 - 19

  WHEN YOU HEAR THOSE CRUSHING WORDS FROM A VETERINARIAN.........IT IS INCREDIBLY PAINFUL. I CAN NOT TELL YOU THE ANGUISH WHEELS , MYSELF , AND OUR ELDEST FELT WHEN THE VET , ON SPEAKER PHONE , SAID THOSE AWFUL WORDS. WE CRIED ALL AT ONCE. IT WAS HORRIBLE NEWS. AFTER HEARING EVERYTHING THE VET SAID WE DECIDED TO GIVE IT ANOTHER 48 HOURS AT THEIR FACILITY USING MEDS AND AN I.V.  WE KNOW THE OUTCOME BUT THERE'S ALWAYS A GLIMMER OF HOPE.

  I SPENT 6+ HOURS SITTING ON A FLOOR WITH OUR PUP. THE VET GAVE US A LITTLE ROOM TO BE WITH HER. ALL OF US ROTATED VISITING OUR PUP FROM 9AM TO 5PM. IT IS HEARTBREAKING TO KNOW OUR BELOVED PUP IS CONFUSED AND UNAWARE OF THE MAJOR COMPLICATIONS OF HER HEALTH. WE HAVE SOME TINY GLIMPSES OF HOPE. I WILL CERTAINLY CLING TO THOSE HOPES.

  IT WAS NICE SOME FAMILY CALLED TODAY TO CHECK ON US. IT WAS DIFFICULT TO TALK. AGAIN , IF YOU ARE NOT A PET OWNER THAN THIS MEANS PRETTY MUCH NOTHING TO YOU. IF YOU ARE A PET OWNER YOU KNOW THESE ANIMALS BECOME FAMILY.............EVEN CLOSER.

 I TALKED TO MY PUP TODAY AND ASKED HER TO FIGHT THIS. I WANT HER AROUND MORE.

  FRIDAY     10 - 11 - 19

  ALL OF US JUST KEPT THINKING OF OUR PUP.  

  I SPENT NEARLY 7 HOURS TODAY WITH OUR PUP.  I ASKED A VET NURSE IF I COULD WALK HER OUTSIDE BECAUSE THEY ONLY WALK HER TO PEE AND THAT'S IT......3 MINUTES.   IT WAS NICE TO GET HER OUTSIDE FOR OVER 30 MINUTES.

  WE TAKE SHIFTS AND VISIT THE PUP. I HEAD HOME AND CHILL FOR ALITTLE. I TAKE A RIDE TO THE NAIL THINKING IT BE A SLOW NIGHT....I WAS WRONG.

 A LOCAL HAD A BIRTHDAY AND I GOT TO ME HER DAD AND SISTER. I LIKE HER ALOT AND SHE WAS FUN DANCING AND SINGING SONGS. I LIKED HER DAD AND SISTER TOO.

  A LARGE GROUP OF GIRLS AND GUYS CAME IN AND I SET THE MICS UP FOR THEM. THEY SANG FOR 3 STRAIGHT HOURS. IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY TO SEE.

  ONE OF THE GIRLS DATED A FRIEND OF MINE WHO PASSED AWAY. I SHOWED HER THE PICTURE BOARD WHERE I HAVE HIS PHOTO.  SHE WAS PRETTY COOL AND SHE TOLD ME STORIES ABOUT HIM , HIS SICKNESS , AND HIS LAST HOSPITAL STAY.

  I KNEW I WAS IN FOR A LONG NIGHT BECAUSE PEOPLE JUST KEPT COMING IN. AT 2AM I FINALLY WAS DONE. BY 2:30AM I WAS HEADING HOME.  I WAS EXHAUSTED.

  I ARRIVE HOME AND PURPOSELY CLOSE MY CAR DOOR A LITTLE HARDER THAN NORMAL. USUALLY OUR PUP HEARS THIS AND BARKS. SHE PRETTY MUCH KNOWS IT IS ME COMING HOME. I COME INSIDE AND SHE IS NOT THERE..........AN EMPTY CRATE. I GET MELANCHOLY AND HAVE A COUPLE OF BEERS TO WIND DOWN.

 OFF TO BED BY 3:30AM. I FELL ASLEEP TRYING TO WATCH AN AGENTS OF SHIELD.....NOT HAPPENING.

 TOMORROW WE MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE PUP.

  SATURDAY      10 - 12 - 19

  WE CHOSE LIFE...............AND BROUGHT OUR BELOVED PUP HOME.

  THE ONLY THING ON MY MIND IS MY DOG. SHE IS A BIG FABRIC OF OUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND WE TREAT HER THAT WAY. I KNOW MANY THINK THIS IS STUPID BUT IT IS JUST HOW WE FEEL. THIS DOG BRINGS INCREDIBLE JOY 20 TIMES A DAY AND NOT HAVING HER AROUND WOULD BE SO PAINFUL ESPECIALLY IF WE DID NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT. SO TODAY WE DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND WE ALL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY.

  WHEELS , MYSELF , AND OUR YOUNGEST HEAD TO THE VET TO BRING OUR PUP HOME.  THERE IS INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES WE MUST FOLLOW......8 DIFFERENT MEDS , 2 DIFFERENT SQUIRT BOTTLES , AND AN I.V. BAG WE MUST ADMINISTER TWICE A DAY. I GOOGLED HOW TO PERFORM THIS PROCEDURE CALLED " APPLYING WATER UNDER THE SKIN FOR A DOG ". I DON'T THINK ANYONE LIKES GIVING NEEDLES BUT IT HAS TO BE DONE.  FOR NOW , IT WILL BE TWICE A DAY AND 500 MILLILITERS PER DOSE. THAT IS A FAIR AMOUNT OF WATER.....MORE LIKE GATORADE WATER. 

  " HOME HOSPICE " WAS DEFINITELY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE EXPECTED. IT BASICALLY MEANS OUR PUP HAS A CHANCE TO LIVE MORE WITH US.  THE VET NURSES WHO WERE VERY NICE SHOWED US HOW TO ADMINISTER THE NEEDLE AND USE THE I.V. BAG CONTROLLER. IT WAS EXACTLY LIKE THE GOOGLE VIDEO WE WATCHED WHICH WAS GOOD. THEY ALSO GAVE US DIRECTIONS ON GIVING MEDS.  WE HUNG OUT FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES WHILE OUR YOUNGEST WALKED THE PUP. IT WAS THE MOST ENERGETIC WE HAVE SEEN HER.  WE ARE NOT GETTING OUR HOPES UP AT ALL AND FULLY KNOW THIS IS A DAY TO DAY THING.

  THE DOG JUMPS RIGHT INTO THE CAR WHICH WAS NICE TO SEE.  JUMPING DOWN AND OUT WAS SLOWER.  WE GET HOME AND IT IS SO NICE TO HAVE HER HERE. ALL OF US NEED TO OVER PARTICIPATE IN GETTING FOOD AND WATER INTO THIS DOG. IT WILL BE A 24/7 THING AND SOME OF IT IS DOWN RIGHT SILLY.....BUT NECESSARY.

  EXAMPLE - I PLACED A SMALL BOWL OF FOOD BETWEEN HER LEGS WHILE SHE WAS LAYING IN HER CRATE. I MADE A FRESH TURKEY SANDWICH IN THE KITCHEN. I WOULD TAKE AN EXAGGERATED BITE WITH SOME SOUNDS OF DELICIOUSNESS. I LOOK BACK AT THE DOG AND SHE LICK HER LIPS.  I DID THIS 20 TIMES AND THE DOG ATE HER BOWL OF FOOD. IT WAS MY MOTIVATION ACT.

 EXAMPLE 2 - WHEN WE SLICE DELI MEAT UPSTAIRS THE DOG ALWAYS COMES UP THE STEPS BECAUSE SHE KNOWS SHE WILL GET PRETTY GOOD SCRAPS. TO OUR SURPRISE SHE MADE HER WAY UP THE FLIGHT OF STAIRS. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE. SHE DID NOT EAT THE SCRAPS UPSTAIRS BUT DID EAT SOME A LITTLE LATER. SHE ALSO CAME DOWN THE STEPS WITH ME IN FRONT OF HER IN CASE SOMETHING WENT WRONG.

  THE FIRST SQUIRT MED WHICH LOOKS LIKE MILK DID NOT GO THE BEST.  WE ARE LEARNING.

  OUR ELDEST GOES SHOPPING WITH MY MOM AND BUYS 2 WONDERFUL PANT DRESSES. MY MOM EVEN SPRUNG FOR THE COST WHICH WAS NICE. OF COURSE , THE SIZE IS SLIGHTLY WRONG AND SHE MUST TAKE A RIDE TO SPRINGFIELD AT ANOTHER STORE. THE STORE DOES NOT EXCEPT AN EXCHANGE. OF COURSE , OUR KID PAID CASH.

  THE KIDS DECIDE TO STOP AT NICK'S ROAST BEEF. THE GOOD THING THE EXTRA ROASTED PORK WENT TO OUR PUP AND SHE ATE IT. OUR PRIORITY IS TO GET FOOD AND WATER INTO OUR PUP.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. THE BANDS ARRIVE 2 HOURS TOO EARLY........AND MAN DID THEY ARRIVE. THEY WERE TOURING AND WERE WAY WAY WAY OVER THE TOP WITH EQUIPMENT. I TOOK PICTURES OF THEIR TENT OUTSIDE AND EQUIPMENT ALL OVER THE NAIL. YES....I WROTE TENT.

  FLYERS LOSE IN A SHOOT-OUT.........BIG SURPRISE.

  THOUGHT FOR SURE PENN STATE WOULD LOSE AGAINST A GOOD TEAM ON THE ROAD....THEY WON AN EXCITING GAME.

  I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH EQUIPMENT IN MY LIFE WITH 2 BANDS. I WAS EVEN MORE AMAZED AS ONE BAND SAID THEY WERE GOING TO USE EVERY CHANNEL ON OUR MIXING BOARD.  IT LOOKED LIKE AN OCTOPUS OF WIRES. I TOOK A PICTURE OF THE MONSTROSITY AND WILL SEND IT TO OUR SOUNDMAN.

  BY MIDNIGHT I HAD TO ROLL OUT.  IT WAS TIME FOR ME TO HELP WHEELS WITH APPLYING THE I.V. BAG. SHE HAD FAMILY VISIT AND THEY WERE GONE BY THE TIME I GOT HOME.

  OK.....HERE WE GO.  WE SET EVERYTHING UP AND HANG THE I.V. BAG ON A CURTAIN ROD ABOVE A COUCH THAT OUR DOG WAS LAYING ON. OUR YOUNGEST AND WHEELS HELP ME. I TRIED TWICE WITH THE DOG FLINCHING AND THAT SUCKED. BUT THE 3RD TIME WORKED. OUR YOUNGEST HELPED WITH WATCHING THE LEVELS OF WATER/NUTRIENTS GOING IN AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHUT-OFF VALVE. WHEELS HELPED WITH CALMING THE DOG.  IT TOOK ABOUT 8 MINUTES FOR THE 500 MILLILITERS TO FLOW UNDER THE SKIN. THE DOG HAS A HUMP LIKE A CAMEL WHEN DONE. IT WAS A RELIEF. NOW THAT NUTRIENT / GATORADEISH / I.V. WATER WILL DISSIPATE INTO HER BODY OVER THE NEXT 12 HOURS.

  WE WIND DOWN WITH SOME LIBATIONS AND CHILL FOR THE NIGHT. OUR PUP IS HOME AND ALL OF US ARE THRILLED.

   SUNDAY        10 - 13 - 19

  GONNA KEEP FIGHTING FOR OUR PUP. I ASKED HER TO DO THE SAME.  MEDS MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY , SQUIRTY THINGS SEVERAL TIMES A DAY , AND AN I.V. BAG TWICE A DAY. THAN , WE HAVE ALL KINDS OF WAYS WE ARE TRYING TO ENTICE THE PUP TO EAT AND DRINK. IT IS A TEDIOUS PROCESS , BUT FOR ME........I'M OKAY WITH IT.

  DRIVE MY ELDEST TO A WEDDING IN NORTHERN LIBERTIES. SHE WENT WITH 2 FRIENDS AND OUR YOUNGEST CAME ALONG TOO. WE DROVE THROUGH SOME PRETTY COOL AREAS VIA G.P.S.

  THOUGH I DIDN'T WANT TO MY YOUNGEST WENT BACK TO COLLEGE BECAUSE WE WERE SO CLOSE TO HER SCHOOL WHEN DROPPING OFF OUR ELDEST AND FRIENDS AT A CHURCH. IT MADE SENSE.......BUT I TRULY WANTED TO STAY ONE MORE DAY.

  IT ONLY TOOK 5 MINUTES TO GET TO THE UNIVERSITY. WE PARKED AND WALKED TO PETE'S BEST PIZZA. IT WAS VERY GOOD. WE ORDERED A PIZZA THAT TASTED LIKE FRENCH ONION SOUP. DON'T KNOCK IT......IT WAS GOOD. WE ORDERED SOME CHEESE FRIES AND WATCHED OUR EAGLES BLOW. THE ONLY GREAT REPRIEVE FROM OUR LOSS TO THE VIKINGS WAS THE LOWLY WINLESS JETS BEAT THE COWBOYS.

  WE WALK BACK TO THE CAR TO RETRIEVE LAUNDRY AND A BOOK BAG.  I GO UP TO HER ROOM AND FLIP A FRIDGE DOOR FOR HER. IT TOOK ABOUT 20 MINUTES AND A BIT OF MACGYVERING SINCE I ONLY HAD A SCREW DRIVER.  I ROLL OUT AND IT WAS A WONDERFUL TO CHILL WITH THIS KID.

 STRAIGHT TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.  THE ACTS ARRIVED TOO EARLY BUT I KEPT THE DOORS CLOSED UNTIL 6PM SO I COULD GET DONE. IT GOT PACKED REAL FAST.

  A PATRON ASKED IF THEIR FRIEND'S ACT COULD PERFORM LONGER. THE ACT BROUGHT 40 PEOPLE AND ONLY DID ONE SONG. I INTERVENED AND GOT THE ACT BACK ON STAGE. I WAS THANKED 10 TIMES BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

 I HAD A GOOD TIME WORKING WITH OUR CREW , WATCHING THE COWGIRLS LOSE , AND MAKING FOOD ORDERS.

  LATE NIGHT I ROLL HOME AND FIRST THING IS APPLYING 500 MILLILITERS OF AN I.V. BAG TO OUR PUP. WE ARE ALL STARTING TO FALL INTO A REGIMENT AND MAN I HOPE WE DO IT FOR A WHILE.

  OFF TO BED AND DREAMT OF BEING CHASED BY THE POLICE. I HAD 4 PEOPLE WITH ME. WE GOT CAR CHASED FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE 2 HOURS. I THOUGHT I GAVE THE POLICE THE SLIP WHEN ONE OFFICER IN HIS CAR BLOCKED ME IN. A PERSON IN MY CAR SAYS , " JUMP OUT AND RUN !! WE WILL STAY AND GET ARRESTED. WE NEED YOU TO ESCAPE NOW !!!   WE CAN'T LOSE YOU !!! NOW PLEASE GOOOOOOO !!! "

  WHAT MADE ME FEEL GOOD AS JUST WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO FALL ASLEEP THE PUP JUMPED UP ON MY HIGH BED. NO EASY TASK FOR HER.

  MONDAY     10 - 14 - 19

  IF IT IS GOING GOOD FOR OUR PUP THAN I WILL NOT WRITE TOO MUCH MORE ON THIS SUBJECT IN THE FUTURE. I REALLY WANT THIS TO BE " THE NORM " AND BECOME A VERY BORING THING TO WRITE ABOUT. WE TALKED TO OUR VET TODAY AND DROPPING SOME OF THE 8 MEDS ALONG WITH 2 SQUIRT INJECTIONS IS A GOOD THING.  IT IS A POSITIVE DIRECTION. WE KNOW THE BIG PICTURE SO GETTING OUR HOPES UP IS ON HOLD RIGHT NOW. WE ALSO WILL DROP THE I.V. BAG FROM TWICE A DAY TO ONCE A DAY.  OF COURSE , THIS COULD ALL CHANGE IF OUR PUP TAKES A TURN FOR THE WORST.  RIGHT NOW..........SHE SEEMS SLIGHTLY BETTER WITH NO PAIN. IF WE CAN KEEP THESE TWO MAIN OBJECTIVES MOVING FORWARD THAN MAN WILL OUR FAMILY BE HAPPY.  #ONEDAYATATIME.

  GAVE I.V. BAG THIS MORNING TO THE PUP AND PRICKED MYSELF TWICE BECAUSE THE DAMN NEEDLE WOULD NOT RELEASE. I HAVE TO CHANGE THE NEEDLE EACH USE. I ENDED UP USING A DOG NAIL CLIPPER TO HELP ME PUSH THE NEEDLE OFF. AFTER THAT ......ALL GOOD.

  WHEELS WORKS FROM HOME WHICH IS VERY COOL.  OUR COMPUTERS ARE TOGETHER AT THE KITCHEN TABLE.  SHE HAS A PHONE MEETING WITH HER BOSS IN A COUPLE OF MINUTES AND SAYS , " CAN YOU LEAVE ? I HAVE A MEETING WITH MY DIRECT BOSS. " I REPLY , " I WILL BE QUIET AND JUST DO MY COMPUTER STUFF HERE. " SHE REPLIES , " NO , I DON'T WANT TO LOOK AT YOU. "  AS SO IT STARTS..........................

  A DOCTOR'S VISIT TAKES TIME , MONEY , AND MORE TIME WAITING IN A FRIGGIN' OFFICE. SO I HAD WHEELS TAKE MY STITCHES OUT. 

  ELDEST GOES ON JOB INTERVIEW TO BE A ASSISTANT TEACHER........SHE GOT THE JOB , IF SHE WANTS IT. I CRIED A LITTLE WHEN SHE CALLED AND TOLD ME. MY KID SAYS , " OH MY GOD YOU'RE SUCH A DRAMATIC NUDGE. "

  A PACKED HOUSE ON SUNDAY NIGHT AND CLEANING NEEDED TO BE DONE. I REALLY DO NOT MIND. A DIRTY NAIL MEANS A FUN NIGHT. I ARRIVED AT 4:45PM TO MEET MERCURY AMUSEMENT AND CLEANED UNTIL 9:30PM WHEN THE BARTENDER CAME IN.  IT FEELS GOOD TO HAVE OUR NAIL HOME PREPPED AND READY.

  CUTE STORY......A PATRON ASKED OUR BARTENDER , " IF YOU CAN GUESS MY AGE I WILL GIVE YOU A $100. " SHE GUESSED IT RIGHT ON THE MONEY.

  I ALSO FIXED THINGS LIKE A BROKEN TRIM PIECE ON A TABLE.  BY 9:30PM I WAS READY TO RIDE HOME. I RODE MY MOTORCYCLE WHICH WAS A VERY NICE.  I MADE THE MISTAKE OF PUTTING ON MY LEATHER JACKET WHILE IN THE NAIL. I GOT SO HOT SO FAST AND BEGAN SWEATING.  NOTE.......PUT ON LEATHER JACKETS JUST SECONDS BEFORE GOING OUTSIDE.

  WATCH THE PACKERS BEAT THE LIONS......GOOD.  DAMN LIONS OR FALCONS SHOULD OF NEVER FRIGGIN' BEAT US.

  BACK HOME I CHILL WITH WHEELS AND OF COURSE WE GIVE FULL ATTENTION TO THE PUP. I WAS SEMI-PLEASE ON THE INTAKE OF FOOD AND WATER THE DOG DID TODAY. BUT.......AT THE END OF THE NIGHT OUR PUP GAINED AN APPETITE. BOTH WHEELS AND I WERE DELIGHTED TO FEED HER SLICED TURKEY , PEANUTS , AND ONE PIECE OF POPCORN. THIS MEANS NOTHING TO MOST NON-PET OWNERS BUT IT MADE MY NIGHT. THE DOG ATE NORMAL AND FAST LIKE SHE DID IN THE PAST.

  OFF TO BED WHERE I SLEPT PRETTY GOOD.

 I ATTENDED A PARTY FROM A FORMER BARTENDER. SHE HAD ALL KINDS OF LARGE SPACES WITH HUGE ROOMS. EACH AREA HAD BEEN DECORATED IN A GOTH THEME. IT WAS A LITTLE CREEPY BUT VERY COOL.  PEOPLE FOLLOWED HER AROUND AS SHE DESCRIBED HOW EACH ROOM WAS DESIGNED AND HOW FUTURE ROOMS WILL BE DECORATED.  HER WHOLE ENTOURAGE CHEERED AFTER EACH DESCRIPTION. I WAS CONFUSED A BIT BUT STILL FOLLOWED THE GROUP...............dream ends.

  TUESDAY      10 - 15 - 19

  EVERYDAY WITH THE PUP IS A JOY.  IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE HER OUTSIDE LYING IN THE GRASS. SHE HAD HER FACE IN THE SUN , EYES CLOSED , AND NOSE TWITCHING FOR EVERY SCENT IN THE AIR.  FOR 2 HOURS I WAS OUTSIDE WITH HER.

  THERE ARE SOME PROJECTS I WANTED TO DO BECAUSE OF BEING NEUROTIC. ALL 3 WERE NOT FUN.

 1 - CLEANING COILS BEHIND YOUR FRIDGE CAN HELP THE EFFICIENCY BY 50%. SO I PULLED OUT THE FRIDGE AND THE COILS WERE PRETTY MUCH CLEAN. WHAT WASN'T CLEAN WAS UNDER THE FRIDGE. SOMETHING BROWN SPILLED AND IT WAS GOD AWFUL.  AFTER WIPING THIS UP AND USING A VACUUM I MOVED THE FRIDGE BACK IN PLACE.

 2 - CLEANING OUT YOUR DRYER VENT. I CAN NOT REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I DID THIS. I WENT IN THE BASEMENT AND ACCESSED OUR VENTS FOR THE DRYER IN A CRAWL SPACE. AFTER DISCONNECTING A SECTION I PUT MY ARM IN THE TUBE. THAN , USING A LONG WOOD TRIM PIECE I REMOVED A TON OF LINT. THE DRYER WAS ON SO SHIT WAS FLYING STRAIGHT OUT. THIS WAS NOT FUN BUT I AM GLAD I DID IT BECAUSE THERE WAS ALOT.  UPSTAIRS I HAVE WHEELS AND MY ELDEST HELP ME PULL OUT THE STACKABLE DRYER ONTO A CART WITH WHEELS.  I CHECK THE BACK OF THE DRYER AND THE VENT IS CLEAR.  OF COURSE THE VENT TUBE IS ATTACHED WITH A ZIP TIE. THIS MADE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO SNIP AND REPLACE.

 2A - THE CART WITH WHEELS HAS A CRATE ON TOP WITH ALL KINDS OF CLEANERS.  WELL , ONE CLEANER OF BLEACH MELTED THROUGH THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE AND THE CRATE WITH METAL WIRES AND ONTO MY CARPET DESTROYING IT.....NICE.

 3 - WEEDING......UGH.  THE DIRT WAS HARD AND HURT MY KNEES AS I CRAWLED AROUND FOR 2+ HOURS. MAN , DID MY KNEES HURT.  MY ELDEST CAME OUTSIDE TO HELP PUT ALL THE WEEDS IN TRASHCANS.

  OK.......NOW LET'S START THE NIGHT.....AFTER A SHOWER.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO FIND A SINK WITH A GOOD FAUCET AND SPRAY HANDLE IN MY DUMPSTER. SO OF COURSE I TAKE IT HOME. A COUPLE DAYS AGO I NOTICED WE NEEDED A FAUCET IN MY OFFICE AREA....IT HAS A KITCHEN.

 FLYERS LOSE.....BLOW.

  CHANGE THE MARQUEE , TAKE PICTURES , AND CREATE BEER & LIQUOR ORDERS. THIS IS ALWAYS FUN.

  I AM EXHAUSTED AND HURTING FROM WEEDING AND HEAD HOME.

  HEAD TO BED WITH A DRINK AND WATCH THE SEASON FINALE OF AGENTS OF SHIELD. IT WAS GOOD.

  I DREAMT ABOUT A FAMILY PARTY WHERE EVERYONE WAS DRINKING AND HAVING A GOOD TIME. I AS WALKING AROUND IN MY BOXERS AND A TEE SHIRT. I COULD NOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME FIND ANY PANTS TO WEAR. I ALSO HAD TO USE THE BATHROOM FOR A LONG TIME BUT I WANTED TO FIND ANY KIND OF PANTS FIRST.

  WEDNESDAY      10 - 16 - 19

  I NEVER THOUGHT THE TEXT " SHE POOPED !! " BE ONE OF THE BEST TEXTS EVER.  THE PUP IS BATTLING AND SO ARE WE.

  REMEMBER THE SINK AND FAUCET WITH A SPRAYER I FOUND IN OUR DUMPSTER. WELP , THE FAUCET AND SPRAYER IS NOW IN MY UPSTAIRS OFFICE/KITCHEN. IT WORKS VERY GOOD. 

  TOOK OUR JEEP IN FOR AN INSPECTION.  THIS SHOULD BE A FUN BILL.

  OUR ELDEST GOES TO A 2ND INTERVIEW.  THE FIRST INTERVIEW WENT MUCH BETTER AND THEY DID OFFER HER A JOB AS A TEACHER'S ASSISTANT. CROSSING MY FINGERS AND HOPING THIS IS THE JOB FOR HER AND SHE TAKES IT.  SHE REALLY LIKED THE INTERVIEW , THE TEACHERS , AND THE KIDS.

  OFF TO THE NAIL. I MET A FRIEND WHO IS RENTING OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE. I GAVE HIM A BOX OF MISCELLANEOUS THINGS TO BRING UP AND HE GAVE ME A USB CHARGING STATION.......GOOD TRADE.

  YESTERDAY I USED GORILLA GLUE ON SEVERAL TABLES IN THE MAIN ROOM. I ALSO FOUND THE MATCHING PAINT. UNFORTUNATELY , THE PAINT WAS SAHARA DESERT BONE DRY IN THE CAN. I CUT OUT A PIECE THAT WAS LIKE RUBBER AND TRIED TO MICROWAVE IT WITH A SPRITZ OF WATER. THIS DID NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO WORKING.

 I FOUND SOME PAINT IN MY HARDWARE STORE BASEMENT. IT WAS CLOSE ENOUGH TO USE ON OUR TABLES. I SPENT ABOUT 30 MINUTES PAINTING EDGES OF 8 TABLES.

 WATCH THE FLYERS GET SMOKED. OK.....WE DO SUCK.

  OH MY GOD...........I PICKED UP GLUTEN FREE PENNE PASTA BY MISTAKE.  WHEELS MADE THIS WONDERFUL SHRIMP PASTA IN A WHITE SAUCE. USUALLY IT IS REALLY GOOD AND I DID NOT WANT TO SAY ANYTHING BUT IT TASTED LIKE A SOUR ASS. MY ELDEST SAYS , THIS PASTA IS HORRIBLE. I THREW OUT 2 BOXES THE OTHER DAY. IS THIS THE GLUTEN FREE PASTA ? "

 THE BOX SAYS " GREAT TASTING "......NO , IT TOTALLY BLOWS. I WILL GIVE IT AWAY FREE AT THE NAIL. I TOOK A RIDE TO THE LIQUOR STORE TO PICK UP A BIG ORDER. I MENTION THE GLUTEN FREE PASTA TO MY SALES REP AND I OFFER 4 BOXES TO HER. SHE SAYS SHE WILL GIVE THEM TO HER CHURCH FOR THE HOMELESS. I GAVE HER THE BOXES AND LEFT. THAN  I THOUGHT , " OH MAN , I JUST GAVE THE HOMELESS ANOTHER PROBLEM. "

 I FEEL LIKE I AM ALWAYS SOLVING PROBLEMS , FIXING THINGS , AND ORDERING STUFF. I DID ENJOY HAVING A GROUP PHONE TALK WITH MY COUSINS ABOUT THE UP AND COMING COUSINS PARTY WHEELS AND I ARE HOSTING.

  GOT SOME MORE THINGS DONE AND HEADED HOME. MY KNEES STILL HURT FROM WEEDING.

  OH , UNLOADING THE BOXES OF LIQUOR AND OTHER THINGS IN THE RAIN SUCKED.

  AT HOME I WIND DOWN WITH SOME WINE , SAUSEEEGE , AND CHEESE. WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF " FLEAGBAG ". THIS SHOW SO FAR IS VERY GOOD.

  THURSDAY     10 - 17- 19

  AND THE WINDS CAME BUT MAN DID WE HAVE A BACK UP................................

  THE PUP IS GIVING US CONFIDENCE BUT WE ARE WELL AWARE NOT TO GET OUR HOPES UP.  I TOLD WHEELS , " SHE HAD A VERY GOOD POOP " AND SHE REPLIES , " WHERE IS IT ? " AND GOES INSPECTS IT HERSELF. YEP........WE ARE OVER-THE-TOP DOG LOVERS.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO MEET FOR A BEER DELIVERY.  I GOT SOME THINGS DONE ALONG WITH STOCKING BEER.  I ALSO RE-TRASHED THE SINK THAT " HAD " A SPRAY FAUCET IN IT ( $120 FAUCET FOR FREE ).  I THINK BETWEEN MY CRAIGSLIST , NEXTDOOR WEBSITE , AND MY " SKILLS " AS A CONTRACTOR I HAVE SAVED THIS FAMILY CLOSE TO 2 MILLION DOLLARS.  THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE ALONE SAVED US 200K BY BUILDING IT OURSELVES. CONDO REMODEL.....ADD ANOTHER 100K. OUR HOMES , RENTALS , FIXES , AND SO MANY OTHERS THAT I DO ON A DAILY BASIS.........1.7 MILLION.  OK , JUST KIDDING , BUT IT IS NICE TO FIX OR REPLACE SOMETHING WITHOUT CALLING EXPENSIVE REPAIRMEN.

  BACK HOME WE GET SOME GOOD NEWS. OUR ELDEST ACCEPTED A TEACHING JOB. I AM OVERJOYED AND WE WILL HAVE A SMALL GET TOGETHER FOR THIS NICE OCCASION. THE KID STARTS ON MONDAY. I WILL TAKE FULL CREDIT AND 15% OF HER SALARY FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN. MAN , DID I FIGHT.

  THE WINDS CAME AND KNOCKED DOWN A LARGE TREE BRANCH. THIS IS TURN CREATED A BLACKOUT.  WE WAITED 30 MINUTES AND DECIDED IT WAS " GENERATOR " TIME. I F'N LOVE THIS MACHINE.  IT TAKES ME 5 MINUTES TO SET-UP. OF COURSE , IT WAS 10 MINUTES BECAUSE I HAD TO FIGURE OUT THERE WAS NO GAS IN THE MACHINE. A MINOR HUMP AFTER I FILLED THE TANK AND WE HAD POWER FOR MANY THINGS. I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW NICE IT IS. AFTER GETTING IT GOING I DROVE TO THE GAS STATION TO FILL UP OUR CONTAINERS JUST IN CASE. THE BLACK-OUT ONLY LASTED 2+ HOURS BUT HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAD VIA OUR GENERATOR. AGAIN , IN MINUTES I HAD IT SET-UP:

 - INTERNET - WHEELS WORKED FROM HOME TODAY SO THIS WAS A PRIORITY. I HAD TO RUN EXTENSION CORDS UPSTAIRS , TO THE MAIN ROOM , AND IN OUR BASEMENT TO ALL THE ROUTERS. IT WORKED PERFECT.

 - CABLE TV TO THE MAIN ROOM. ( NOT A NECESSITY , BUT A VERY NICE LUXURY. OUR ELDEST KINDA TURNED US ON TO A NETFLIX SHOW CALLED ZOMBIES )

 - FRIDGE IS POWERED

 - HOT WATER

 - HEAT

 - ALL POWER IN OUR BATHROOM ( FOR SHOWERING AND SUCH )

 - FULL POWER IN OUR GARAGE WITH DOOR OPENERS.

 - KITCHEN AND HALLWAY LIGHTS.

 - BASEMENT LIGHTS.

 - 2 OUTLETS IN KITCHEN AND ONE OUTLET IN THE BASEMENT.

 ALL THIS IN OUR GENERATOR BECAUSE 3 YEARS AGO I HAD AN ELECTRICIAN FRIEND CONNECT AN INGENIOUS PIGGY BACK BREAKER BOX TO OUR MAIN PANEL BREAKER BOX. BASICALLY , I HAVE 6 BREAKERS THAT I CHOSE FOR POWERING IN CASE OF A POWER FAILURE. FROM OUTSIDE I PLUG IN MY GENERATOR AND START IT UP. I GO BACK TO MY BASEMENT AND THROW THE 6 PIGGY BACK BREAKERS ON NEXT TO OUR MAIN PANEL BOX.......THAT'S IT !! NO MESSING WITH THE MAIN PANEL BOX OR MAIN BREAKER ....NOTHING !!  WHEN THE POWER CAME BACK ON I JUST SHUT DOWN THE GENERATOR , UNPLUGGED IT , AND TURNED THE 6 BREAKERS OFF. AGAIN....THAT'S IT !!

  WE KEPT THE EXTENSION CORDS OUT FOR SEVERAL MORE HOURS JUST IN CASE THE POWER WENT OFF AGAIN.  I LIKE THIS TOP OF THE LINE GENERATOR BECAUSE IT BASICALLY STARTS ON ONE PULL. OH.....THIS WAS EASILY A $1500 JOB. MY FRIEND DID IT FOR $400.

  ELDEST OFFERS TO WORK TONIGHT AT THE NAIL SO I STAYED HOME WHICH WAS NICE. WHEELS AND I WATCHED A CONTINUATION MOVING OF BREAKING BAD CALLED " EL CAMINO ". IT WAS GOOD. THIS MOVIE STARTS AT THE END OF BREAKING BAD AND TAKES HIS TRAVELS IN THE AFTERMATH. I LIKED IT AND IT WAS GOOD TO SEE THE OLD CHARACTERS. WE ALSO WATCHED AN EPISODE OF FLEABAG. I AM TELLING YOU THIS IS A VERY GOOD SHOW AND THE LEAD ACTRESS WON BEST COMEDIENNE.  ANOTHER GOOD EPISODE TONIGHT.

  ENJOYED OUR PUP AND HAND FED HER THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT. SHE HAD A GOOD 24 HOURS AND THAT IS PEACHES TO US.

  FRIDAY      10 - 18 - 19

  OUCH......$700+ BILL TO FIX AND INSPECT OUR VEHICLE. MAN, DID I GET IN THE WRONG BUSINESS.

  THE PUP HAS ANOTHER GOOD DAY AND THAT IS JUST GREAT WITH US.

  TRUMP'S NEW SLOGAN FOR HIS 2020 CAMPAIGN....." GET OVER IT "........LOL.

  SOMETIMES I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD ON HOW LONG IT TAKES PEOPLE TO RESPOND TO EMAILS OR TEXTS ESPECIALLY WHEN WE ARE HELPING THEM. I KNOW IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL BUT IT IS A PET PEEVE OF MINE.

  BEAN BAGS ARE ADDICTING.  OUR ELDEST BROUGHT IT DOWN FROM HER BEDROOM TO THE MAIN ROOM. THE PUP , HER , AND WHEELS USED FOR 12 STRAIGHT HOURS.

  I WATCHED AN EPISODE OF WU ASSASSINS. YOU REALLY GOT TO GO INTO SUPER NATURAL FANTASY MODE BUT IT WAS GOOD.

  I ALSO WATCHED ONE EPISODE OF THE GOOD PLACE. I HAD NO IDEA THE THEME OF THIS SHOW UNTIL TODAY. IT WAS OKAY TO GOOD.

  COILED UP ALL THE EXTENSION CORDS WHEN WE USED THEM FOR THE POWER OUTAGE. AGAIN......FRICKIN' LOVE THAT GENERATOR. I EVEN BROUGHT HOME TWO 6-WAY POWER STRIPS FOR THE NEXT TIME.  I FIGURED OUT AN EASY WAY TO HAVE OUR KITCHEN TV POWERED UP TOO. 

  WHAT A WORLD.........25 YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM INDIANA BLOWS BY A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS WITH LIGHTS FLASHING AND METAL ARM OUT. SHE KILLS 3 KIDS. WHAT A FUCKING NIGHTMARE.

  OFF TO THE NAIL FOR A PEACEFUL NIGHT. ONE BAND WAS AN HOUR LATE BUT NO BIG DEAL FOR WE JUST FLIPPED FLOPPED THE BANDS.  IT WAS GOOD MUSIC AND I ENJOYED HANGING OUT. I ALSO HAD A NICE VISIT FROM A BARTENDER. I REALLY LIKE THIS KID.

  BACK HOME I EAT TOO MUCH AND HAVE 3 BEERS.......DAMN IT. MY BELLY FELT FLAT AND PRETTY GOOD.....THAN I GET SO HUNGRY BECAUSE I HAD NO DINNER. BY MIDNIGHT I'M RAVENOUS.  MAN , IS THIS MY DOWNFALL OF EATING HEALTHY.

  FORGETTING SOME REALLY GOOD DREAMS. I RAN OUT OF PAPER AND EACH NIGHT I FORGET TO PUT A NEW PAPER AND PEN NEXT TO MY BED.

  SATURDAY       10 - 19 - 19

  HEAD TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I ALSO HELPED A FAMILY MEMBER LOAD A NEW TOILET INTO THEIR CAR.

 A NICE LITTLE GATHERING FOR OUR ELDEST IN SEMI-CELEBRATING A NEW TEACHING JOB. THE YOUNG ADULT STARTS TRAINING ON MONDAY. THE ONLY THING IS SHE IS FIGHTING A FLU-LIKE SYMPTOM.

  FAMILY COMES OVER AND ABOUT 10 OF US ENJOY PRIMO HOAGIES AND ZESTO PIZZA. WE ORDER WAY TOO MUCH FOOD AS ALWAYS BUT LEFTOVERS ARE RATHER GOOD. A VERY NICE SURPRISE WAS OUR YOUNGEST CAME HOME FOR HER SISTER. THE KID TOOK THE TRAIN FROM CENTER CITY AND WALKED TO OUR HOUSE. THOUGH I LOVED THE SURPRISE AND SNUGGLED WITH HER FOR AN HOUR I TOLD HER , " NEXT  TIME TELL ONE PERSON.....FOR SAFETY REASONS. "

  THE PUP ATE GOOD TODAY AND THE PLUMBING IS DEFINITELY WORKING. SO FAR SO GOOD.  WE ASKED OUR YOUNGEST HOW THE PUP LOOKS AND SHE SAID , " SHE LOOKS NORMAL. "  IT MAKES US FEEL GOOD BUT WE ARE NOT GETTING OVER CONFIDENT. TUESDAY THE DOG GOES IN FOR BLOOD WORK TO CHECK LEVELS........AGAIN.

 SHOULDA GOT A DOOR MAN BUT AT THE TIME I REALLY WANTED TO SEE MIDHEAVEN. THIS BAND TAKES 2 1/2 HOURS TO SET UP AND IT REALLY LOOKS COOL.  THEY HAVE LIGHTS AND ALL KINDS OF GADGETRY.  I WANTED TO STAY WITH MY FAMILY BUT I FINALLY GOT MOVING AND HEADED TO THE NAIL.  IT WAS A FUN NIGHT AND LOTS OF FRIENDS SHOWED. I POSTED PICTURES ON FACEBOOK. ALSO , I THOUGHT THE LEAD SINGER FROM CROWN OF EARTH GETTING UP AND DOING A SONG WAS VERY COOL.

  PENN STATE WITH A HUGE WIN.  THIS IS 2 WINS IN A ROW OVER NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS. I DID NOT HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO SEE THAT. THE " WHITE OUT " WAS SUPER COOL.  THEY MOVE TO 7 - 0.

  FLYERS BLOW......I THINK OF THE MOVIE THE WATER BOY WHEN THE TEAM LOSES THEIR BEST PLAYER AND THE GUY YELLS OUT , " OH NO !! WE SUCK AGAIN !! "

  ROLL OUT FROM THE NAIL AROUND 12:30AM. THE BAND WAS STILL PLAYING. THEY REALLY ARE GOOD.

 AT HOME I HANG ABOUT 1 HOUR AND HEAD TO BED. I WAS PRETTY TIRED. I DID NOT SLEEP.

  SUNDAY   10 - 20 - 19

  IT WAS A LONG DAY AND IT WAS FUN. THAN THE EAGLES " PLAYED " ?

  HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE I.V. BAG TODAY FOR THE PUP. I ACTUALLY HAD TO LET WHEELS AND OUR YOUNGEST FINISH THE INJECTION OF WATER. I HAD TO ROLL OUT.

  YOUNGEST GETS A RIDE BACK TO COLLEGE BY WHEELS WHILE ELDEST GOES TO URGENT CARE. YEP , THE POOR KID JUST HAD A CELEBRATORY DINNER FOR GETTING A NEW JOB AND HIT WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS BRONCHITIS.  MY GOD THE KID CAN'T CATCH A BREAK. I FELT SO BAD. WHEELS PICKED UP A PRESCRIPTION AND NOW HER FIRST DAY OF TRAINING WILL BE PUSHED BACK.

 I HEAD TO THE NAIL TO MEET FOR A VIDEO SHOOT.  IT WAS KINDA COOL WITH ALL THE LIGHTS AND CAMERAS SET UP.  A GUY I KNOW WAS PROMOTING HIS NEW SHORT STORIES BOOK.

  I DECIDE TO JUST STAY AT THE NAIL AND KEEP PREPPING FOR THE DAY. I WAS NERVOUS ABOUT SETTING UP THE RADIO SHOW SO I SLOWLY AND METHODICALLY PUT IT TOGETHER. LAST SHOW WAS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF A MINOR ONE BUTTON PROBLEM. TODAY , I JUST CASUALLY TOOK MY TIME AND FOLLOWED MY INSTRUCTIONS IN ASSEMBLING THE SHOW'S EQUIPMENT.  IT WORKED PERFECT.

  OH , SATURDAY NIGHT'S BANDS DISSEMBLED ALL OUR MONITORS AND AMPLIFIER AND DID NOT PUT IT BACK TOGETHER SO THIS WAS ANOTHER TEST FOR ME TO TRY TO REASSEMBLE IT. AGAIN , I JUST TOOK MY TIME , RAN THE WIRES NEATLY , AND TESTED WITH A MICROPHONE.  I SURPRISED MYSELF AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY.

  I HAVE ALL THE MICS SET-UP FOR LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW AND TESTED. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I EVER DID THIS. THE BANDS STARTED TO ARRIVE AND OUR ENGINEER WAS READY TO GO.  THIS WAS A FUN FUN SHOW.

  I HAVE TO THANK THE BANDS SCARS LIKE THESE , DRACULA'S MINISKIRT , REBECCA & THE CITY , THE WORLD WITHOUT US , MORNINGSIDE LANE , AND MIDHEAVEN. THIS WAS A FUN SHOW AND WE REPLAYED THE LEGENDARY " STEPH'S RANT ".  OUR CO-HOST JUST SCHOOLS ME ON LIFE AND METAL MUSIC.........AGAIN.

 THE RADIO SHOW WENT PERFECT AND MY EXTRA WORK OF PRE-PLANNING REALLY HELPED. I ALSO HAVE TO THANK B.B. , OUR ENGINEER , WHO HELPED 2 WEEKS AGO WHEN WE DID A PRACTICE SHOW TOGETHER TO FIX THE TECH PROBLEMS.  ALOT OF FUN , WE MADE EVERYONE LAUGH , AND IT REALLY WAS A GOOD TIME.

  WE BREAK DOWN THE SHOW AND LOAD UP EVERYTHING IN OUR CAR. IT WAS TIME TO WATCH OUR BELOVED EAGLES TAKE ON OUR MOST HATED RIVAL AND BATTLE FOR 1ST PLACE.........THOSE DAMN COWBOYS. WELP , WITHIN 6 MINUTES WE WERE DOWN 14 - 0. WITHIN 3 MINUTES , I SAID I GIVE B.B. A RIDE HOME.  I ALSO SAID , " THE PAIN TO BE AN EAGLES FAN IS JUST EXCRUCIATING. WHY IS IT ALWAYS THE OTHER TEAM THAT SCORES , GETS BREAKS , OR WHATEVER. WHY COULDN'T WE BE UP 14 - 0 ?  OH MY GOD I CAN'T TAKE IT. WE LEAVE BEFORE THE 1ST QUARTER ENDS.

  AT HOME I CHILL WITH THE PUP , WHEELS , AND OUR ELDEST. WE GET SOME GOOD NEWS THAT HER SICKNESS IS ACUTE AND NOT CONTAGIOUS. WE WATCH THE EAGLES' DEPLORABLE PLAY , LISTEN TO MERRILL REESE GO APE SHIT , AND CHANNEL SURF OVER TO THE EVAN ALMIGHTY MOVIE....WHICH IS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD.

  THE EAGLES GAME IS JUST SICKENING TO WATCH. THE TEAM WILL GET RIPPED TOMORROW ON SPORTS RADIO. AGHOLOR SHORT ARMING A CATCH WAS TALKED ABOUT ON THE EAGLES POST GAME SHOW. SETH JOYNER AND RAY DIDINGER RIPPED HIM AND THE TEAM A NEW ASSHOLE.......AND RIGHTFULLY SO.

  OFF TO BED JUST SICK TO MY STOMACH. 

  MONDAY    10 - 21 - 19

  WELL , MY MOOD TOOK A NOSE DIVE AND I KINKED MY NECK.

  EDITED LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW , UPLOADED IT , AND DOWNLOADED TO GOOGLE DRIVE IN GREAT TIME. IT IS READY TO BE LISTENED TO ON THIS SITE. GO TO HOME PAGE AND CLICK " RADIO SHOW ".

  2 1/2 MONTHS OF PREPARING PAPERWORK , SENDING DOCUMENTS , E - SIGNATURES , APPRAISAL , AND A CONFIRMATION THAT OUR SETTLEMENT DATE WOULD BE MID-NOVEMBER OR EARLIER WAS ALL SHOT TO SHIT IN ONE 60 SECOND PHONE CALL.  WE GOT DENIED. TO SAY I AM INFURIATED WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT. FUCKING LED ON FOR ALMOST 3 MONTHS WITH NO PHONE CALL BACKS OR RETURNED EMAILS.  WE WERE MISLED FROM FUCKING DAY ONE. I WROTE 2 EMAILS TO 2 SUPERVISORS......FUCK MR. COOPER.

  WE DO HAVE A BACK UP PLAN BUT NOW WE MUST RE-DO FUCKING EVERYTHING ALL FUCKING OVER AGAIN. IT IS A FUCKING NIGHTMARE.  IT FUCKING SUCKS BECAUSE THEY REALLY MADE US FEEL LIKE THE WHOLE TRANSACTION WOULD GO THROUGH.  FUCK MR. COOPER.

  I TAKE A NAP AND I AM SO FUCKING PISSED. I WAKE UP WITH MY NECK KINKED AND HURTING. NOW FOR 48 - 64 HOURS I WILL WALK AROUND LIKE I HAVE A NECK BRACE ON.

 FLYERS WIN....DON'T FUCKING CARE.

  EAGLES TALK......DON'T FUCKING CARE.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE WEEK AND A BARTENDER COMES IN TO TAKE OVER.  I AM HAPPY TO ROLL OUT ON MY MOTORCYCLE.  IT ENDED UP A GOOD MONDAY NIGHT AT THE BAR. 

  I DON'T GET IT....EAGLES CRUSH JETS , JETS BEAT COWDICKS , COWDICKS CRUSH EAGLES.

 OFF TO BED IN A HORRIBLE MOOD.  WE WERE TOLD MULTIPLE WAYS OF DOING THIS VERY LARGE TRANSACTION AND NOW .....FUCKING ZERO. NO ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS AFTER WE TOLD THERE WOULD BE IN CASE SOMETHING WENT AWRY...........UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE.  I AM SICK OF LIFE.

  OH......I ALMOST HIT A DEER ON THE WAY HOME FROM THE NAIL ON MY MOTORCYCLE. THIS IS RIGHT AFTER A BARTENDER TOLD ME , " HEY , WE ARE ALIVE EVEN THOUGH BAD THINGS ARE HAPPENING. " THANK GOODNESS SHE KNOCKED ON WOOD AND AS I WAS PUTTING ON MY MOTORCYCLE JACKET ON.

  TUESDAY    10 - 22 - 19

  OK....RANTED YESTERDAY. NOW.....WE START ALLOVER.

  PART 2 - WE GET A LIST OF A 100 THINGS AND WHEELS PUTS IT ALL TOGETHER.  WE EVEN STOP AT THE BANK LATER IN THE MORNING TO DROP OFF MORE PAPERWORK AND DOCUMENTS.

  TAKE THE PUP TO THE VET FOR BLOOD WORK.  WE WERE HOPING OUR CARE WOULD SOME HOW REVERSE THE DOWN CLINE. SHE HAS BEEN EATING , DRINKING , AND HER PLUMBING IS WORKING. BUT , THE UPDATE IS NOT GOOD. SHE CONTINUES TO HAVE BAD ELEVATIONS IN HER LIVER AND KIDNEYS.  BOTH OF US WERE UPSET TO HEAR THE NEWS BUT WE KNEW IT WAS COMING. I THOUGHT ABOUT OUR PUP THE REST OF THE DAY AND NIGHT.

  BACK HOME I AM QUIET AND BUMMED OUT.

  CALL CABLE COMPANY AND LOWER OUR MONTHLY BILL BY $50.

  CALL CELL PHONE COMPANY AND LOWER OUR MONTHLY BILL BY $50.

  MY NECK IS STILL KINKED AND IT SUCKS. IF I REMEMBER I FIGHT THIS FOR AT LEAST A WEEK OR MORE.

  TRY TWICE TO GIVE THE PUP AN I.V. AND SHE YELPS. I FEEL HORRIBLE SO WE DECIDE TO PASS FOR TODAY.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT , CALL BANDS , AND CLEAN. I GOT SOME THINGS DONE FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS AND THAN TOTALLY RAN OUT OF ENERGY.

  BACK HOME AND IT IS NICE TO SEE THE PUP WAGGING HER TAIL WHEN I WALK IN. WE WATCH TV AND HANG OUT.

  NATIONALS WIN GAME 1 IN HOUSTON 5 - 4......GOOD GAME.

  WE WATCHED AN EPISODE OF FLEABAG.  IT WAS OKAY. OTHER EPISODES WERE WAY BETTER.

 ELDEST SEEMS TO BE FEELING BETTER. TOMORROW IS HER FIRST DAY OF TRAINING AT HER NEW TEACHER'S JOB.

   WEDNESDAY     10 - 23 - 19

  ANOTHER DAY IS ONE MORE CHERISHED DAY WITH THE PUP. AT LEAST THAT'S HOW WE LOOK AT IT.

 JUST KINDA CHILLED TODAY.  I KINKED MY NECK A 2ND TIME. THIS IS 2 STRAIGHT NIGHTS OF HAVING ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE SLEEP.  I WAS LITERALLY UP EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR.

 BROUGHT OUR JEEP BACK TO THE MECHANIC.....TWICE. WHEN YOU SPEND $700+ TO FIX AND THE BRAKES GO TO THE GROUND THAT IS A CONCERN.

  NATIONALS TAKE A 2 - 0 LEAD IN WORLD SERIES. I THINK I AM OKAY WITH THEM WINNING.

 76ERS WIN OPENER AT A PACKED WELLS FARGO CENTER AGAINST THE CELTICS. I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT 3 POINT AND FOUL LINE SHOOTING.

  GOT AN OFFER FOR A VERY LARGE SIDE-JOB. I WOULD NEED TO BRING MY FRIEND IN ON THIS AND I DO NOT HAVE THE MOTIVATION PLUS IT IS A FAR DRIVE.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO GET THINGS DONE.  I CONCENTRATED ON STOCKING BEER. AFTER ABOUT 60 MINUTES OF ORGANIZING AND STOCKING I WAS TIRED.

  ELDEST HAS A GOOD DAY FOR HER FIRST TRAINING CLASS. SO FAR SO GOOD.

  BACK HOME I CHILL WITH WHEELS. WE WATCH 2 EPISODES OF FLEABAG. THEY WERE VERY GOOD.

  THURSDAY       10 - 24 - 19

  WE SEEM TO BE ADAPTING TO HELP OUR PUP OUT. SHE HAS NO APPETITE SO THAT IS A CONCERN.  WE HAND FEED HER EVERYDAY. I KNOW HER BRAIN MUST BE SAYING , " OH MAN THAT SMELLS SO GOOD I SHOULD EAT THAT. " BUT HER BODY IS SAYING , " I AM NOT HUNGRY AT ALL. " THE DOG SEEMS TO LIKE SHARP CHEESE AND HAMBURGERS.......KINDA CAN'T BLAME HER. MY NEXT PROJECT IS TO ROLL UP BALLS OF HER DOG FOOD AND MAKE MEATBALLS OUT OF THEM.  I WILL BAKE THEM IN THE OVEN AND DO JUST ONE AS A TEST. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE HOUSE SMELLS LIKE WHEN DOING THIS.

 TOOK OUR JEEP IN FOR A 3RD TIME. LUCKILY , IT IS RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET. THEY CHANGED THE ENTIRE BRAKING SYSTEM.  IT SEEMS ABOUT 40% BETTER BUT DEFINITELY NOT TO WHERE IT WAS BEFORE WE BROUGHT THE CAR IN FOR INSPECTION.

  SAW AN OPOSSUM AND A RABBIT RIGHT NEXT TO EACH  OTHER. THEY SAW MY CAR PULL UP AND TOOK OFF.

  KINKED MY NECK AGAIN AND MAN IS IT HURTING.  I DECIDED TO TAKE A LONG HOT SHOWER. WE HAVE A LARGE MARBLE SEAT IN OUR ROMAN SHOWER STALL. I STOOD ON THE SEAT SO MY NECK WOULD WOULD BE INCHES FROM THE SHOWER HEAD. IT FELT GOOD BUT STILL THE PAIN IS CONSTANT.  WOULDA BEEN KINDA FUNNY IF WHEELS WALKED IN AND SAW ME STANDING ON THE SEAT WITH MY HEAD ALMOST TOUCHING THE CEILING.

  YESTERDAY I HAD TO GIVE AN I.V. BAG TO THE PUP.  IT WENT SO MUCH BETTER THAN 2 DAYS AGO. WHEN THE DOG YELPS I FEEL HORRIBLE.

  WATCHED A NEW SHOW WITH MY KID ON NETFLIX CALLED LUCIFER. IT WAS GOOD. MY ELDEST ALSO LET ME HAVE SOME OF HER BROCCOLI / CHEDDAR  SOUP WITH HOMEMADE ITALIAN LOAF BREAD. IT WAS DAMN GOOD. I COULD NOT MOVE FROM THE COUCH BECAUSE OF MY NECK PAIN SO WHEELS AND OUR ELDEST WERE ACCOMMODATING MY DINNER AND PHONE CALLS. YES , I WAS CALLED A NUDGE SEVERAL TIMES. BUT I DID MAKE MY ELDEST LAUGH OUT LOUD AT LEAST 5 TIMES.

  YESTERDAY I DID GOT MY WEEKLY CALL AT 10PM FROM OUR YOUNGEST AT SCHOOL. SHE REALLY SEEMS TO BE LOVING IT WHICH MAKES ME FEEL SO GOOD. JUST HEARING HER VOICE IS NICE TOO. WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 25 MINUTES.

  TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS. WHAT SUCKS IS I CAN NOT FIND MY DAMN DECORATIONS SO I BROUGHT OUR HOME DECORATIONS TO THE NAIL. I SPENT ABOUT 1 HOUR HANGING AND DISPLAYING THINGS.

  I GOT A CALL TO BE ON " DANNY TV ". IT IS A FACEBOOK FACE TIMING THING AND IT WAS FUN.  I GOT INTERVIEWED AND I MADE IT FUN WITH JOKES , STORIES , AND WEARING DIFFERENT MASKS DURING THE INTERVIEW.  IT CAN BE SEEN AND HEARD ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE " RUSTY NAIL ". SINCE IT IS HALLOWEEN TIME I TOLD SOME GHOST STORIES AND BACK GROUND ON THE NAIL AND SHOWS HERE.

  A NICE SHOW OF MUSICIANS FOR JUST JAM. EVEN THE " DANNY TV " GUYS PARTICIPATED ON SOME SONGS.

 FLYERS WITH A NICE WIN ON THE ROAD AGAINST CHICAGO.......4 - 1.

 UNION LOSE IN SECOND ROUND OF PLAYOFFS.....2 - 0.

  A FUN NIGHT AND I ROLL HOME. MY NECK IS STILL KINKED BUT IT DOES FEEL A LITTLE BETTER FROM MOVING AROUND I GUESS.

  BACK HOME TO HAVE SOME LIBATIONS. I HAVE BEEN STRESSED OUT WITH THE DAMN HUGE BANKING THING GOING DOWN THE DRAIN AND OUR PUP SO I HAD BRANDY. 

 MR. COOPER DID SEND US AN EMAIL DECLINING OUR DEAL. IT WAS NICE OF THEM.......FUCKING ASSHOLES STRINGING US ALONG.

  I WATCHED 2 EPISODES OF THE CONNORS. IT IS VERY WELL WRITTEN.

 OFF TO BED WITH MY DAMN KINKED NECK AND NOW I HAVE SHOOTING PAIN DOWN MY RIGHT ARM.  THIS AFFECTS MY SLEEPING WHICH SUCKS BECAUSE MY SLEEPING BLOWS WHEN NOTHING AFFECTS IT. IT IS NOW 3 STRAIGHT NIGHTS I HAVE HAD A TOTAL OF MAYBE 6 HOURS SLEEP.

  FRIDAY     10 - 25 - 19

  KINKED NECK STILL LINGERING BUT GETTING BETTER. BUT........NOW MY SHOULDER IS HURTING.

  DOGGY DIAPERS........YEAH , IT'S COMING TO THAT.

  WATCHED AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER. IT IS ENTERTAINING. LEAD ACTORS DO A VERY GOOD JOB.

  ASTROS FIGHT BACK AND WIN A GAME. NATIONALS UP 2 - 1. NOT SURE WHY BUT I AM LEANING FOR THE NATIONALS TO WIN.

  ELDEST GOES TO EXTENDED TRAINING FOR 2ND DAY OF HER NEW TEACHING JOB. SUPER HAPPY FOR THIS KID TO HAVE DIRECTION AND A JOB SHE CAN BE SUPER PROUD OF. SHE SAID IT WAS ALOT OF RULE LEARNING AND COMPUTER WORK TODAY. MONDAY SHE STARTS WITH HANDS ON TEACHING AND CARING FOR THE KIDS.

 DROVE A FRIEND TO AND FROM AN ATTORNEY'S OFFICE. MY PAYMENT WAS A BADA BING PRIMO'S HOAGIE........GOOD TRADE. I LET WHEELS AND OUR ELDEST SPLIT IT.

 GOOD SIGNING BY PHILLIES FOR JOE GIRALDI.

   GIVING THE PUP AN I.V. BAG. IT WENT WELL. I AM NOT A FAN OF DOING THIS. WE ARE SEEING SOME CHANGES THAT ARE NOT GOOD LIKE NOT JUMPING ON A BED ANYMORE OR STAYING OUTSIDE BY HERSELF LONGER. AGAIN , I AM JUST CHERISHING EVERY MINUTE WITH THE PUP. TONIGHT I ACTUALLY SNUGGLED ON A BEAN BAG WITH HER FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. SHE GROANED AT ME.......WHICH IS VERY NORMAL.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I CONTINUED TO SET UP HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS , TURNED OFF OUTSIDE LIGHTS TO GIVE IT A HALLOWEEN MOOD , AND WORE A MASK AS THE " MYSTERY DOORMAN ".

  A NICE CROWD WITH SOME FUN MUSIC. I THOUGHT THE FIRST BAND THE MANIPULATORS WERE VERY GOOD.

 EX- EAGLES SCANDICK CRITICIZES EAGLES TEAM AND JENKINS FOR LEADERSHIP. OH , SCANDICK WAS CUT TWICE BY THE EAGLES AND BY DALLAS. HE SAID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING NEW TO US PHILLY FANS.  #BITTERMUCH.

  HAD A GOOD TIME TONIGHT BUT ROLLED OUT VIA MY MOTORCYCLE. A NICE RIDE HOME.

  SETTLE IN WITH WHEELS AND THE PUP, I HAVE SOME RED WINE AND WE WATCH THE NEW SECOND SEASON OF THE KOMINSKY METHOD. THE SHOW HAS EXCELLENT WRITING.  WE WATCHED 2 EPISODES.

 UP AT 2AM TO PEE. I WALK THE PUP TOO.

 OFF TO BED WHERE I SLEPT BETTER. THE ONLY THING IS I WOKE UP WITH A LOT OF PAIN IN MY SHOULDER.

  SATURDAY    10 - 26 - 19

  PEEING IS A GOOD THING BUT.................

  MY SHOULDER IS NOW HURTING ME BIG TIME. IT IS A SHOOTING PAIN THAT WILL NOT STOP. IT IS JUST CONSTANT ALL THE TIME. COUPLED WITH MY NECK PAIN THIS IS NO FUN.

  SNUGGLED WITH THE PUP TODAY AND ENJOYING EACH MOMENT.  THE DOG IS URINATING ALOT WHICH I GUESS IS A GOOD THING. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS SHE WENT ON OUR TILE FLOOR TWICE AND MY BEDROOM CARPET ONCE. SO , I GOOGLED IT AND A VETERINARIAN SAID JUST GET A NORMAL DIAPER , CUT A HOLE IN IT FOR THE TAIL , AND PLACE IT ON THE PUP. WELL , THIS KINDA WORKED.

  FIRST I NEEDED TO GET DIAPERS. I WAS GOING TO GO TO PET SMART FOR DOGGY DIAPERS ( NEVER KNEW THEY EVEN EXISTED ). THAN I SAW A VET DOCTOR'S VIDEO AND HE DEMONSTRATED HOW TO USE REGULAR DIAPERS. THAN I THOUGHT CRAIGSLIST. WELL , WHAT DO YOU KNOW A PERSON WAS SELLING 400 DIAPERS FOR $40. I GOT THEM FOR FREE. WELL ,  WHEELS GOT THEM.  IT WAS SUPER LOCAL AND ONLY SECONDS FROM THE NAIL. WHEN WHEELS RETURNED I DID A TEST WITH THE PUP. I CUT A HOLE IN A DIAPER , SLIPPED IT ON THE DOG , AND SHE WALKED 5 STEPS....WIGGLED HER RIGHT BACK LEG......AND IT CAME RIGHT OFF. WHEELS AND OUR ELDEST ROAR CRY LAUGH. I THINK I NEED A BETTER PLAN.

 THEY SAY CHANGING YOUR OWN OIL REALLY DOES NOT SAVE MUCH MONEY. SO I SCHEDULED ONE FOR TOMORROW ( YEP....ON A SUNDAY ) AT PEPBOYS FOR $60 ( ISH )

 PENN STATE WITH A SOLID WIN.

 ASTROS TIE SERIES 2 - 2.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR A BIG NIGHT. I HAD SOME MORE DECORATIONS TO SET UP , TURNED THE OUTSIDE LIGHTS OFF FOR A MORE COZIER HALLOWEENISH ENVIRONMENT , AND THE BANDS STARTED ARRIVING.

  PEOPLE IN COSTUME STARTED PILING IN THE NAIL FOR A FREE SHOW. IT WAS A PACKED HOUSE AND ALOT OF FUN. OUR STAFF RAN HARD ALL NIGHT. I HELPED WITH SOUND , FOOD ORDERS , THE DOOR , AND BARTENDED. IT WAS THAT DAMN BUSY. IT WAS ALSO ALOT OF FUN.  SOME REALLY CLEVER OUTFITS TOO.

 I POSTED SOME PICTURES ON FACEBOOK BUT MANY OTHERS DID TOO WHICH WAS NICE TO SEE. I WENT ON FACEBOOK THE NEXT DAY AND EVERY 5TH STORY WAS ABOUT THE NAIL AND HOW MUCH FUN THE HALLOWEEN SHOW WAS. SOME GOOD VIDEOS TOO.

  REGULARS AND SOME CO-WORKERS CAME IN. A NICE COMPLIMENT WHEN OUR BARTENDER AND HER BOYFRIEND SAID I WAS THE BEST BOSS THEY EVER HAD. THEY WERE FEELING GOOD BUT I APPRECIATED THE KIND SLURRED WORDS.

 SOLID WINS BY OUR FLYERS AND 76ERS.

  THE FOOD ORDERS WERE FLYING AND I WAS QUICK AND SYSTEMATIC. IT IS SO NICE TO LET THE BARTENDER DO HER THING AND IT SAVES TIME WHEN WE HAVE A COOK.

  EVERYONE WAS SUPER COOL AND THE NIGHT ROLLED ALONG. I TRIED TO LEAVE 5 DIFFERENT TIMES. BY 1AM I HAD TO ROLL. THE DOORMAN AND BARTENDER COULD HANDLE THE FINAL HOUR.

  BACK HOME I PUT A DIAPER ON THE PUP ALONG WITH A PAIR OF PHILLIES SHORTS FROM MY YOUNGEST CLOTHING DRAWER. I LOCKED THE DOG IN HER CRATE AND THAN NEXT MORNING THE DIAPER WAS OFF.

  I RAN HARD THIS WEEKEND AND THOUGHT I DESERVED A LITTLE NIGHTCAP. I HAD 2 BEERS AND 2 BRANDIES. THE NEXT MORNING......SUGAR HEADACHE. I WILL NOT DO THIS AGAIN FOR ANOTHER 3 MONTHS.

 OFF TO BED WHERE MY PAINFUL SHOULDER INHIBITED GOOD SLEEP AGAIN......BLOW.

  SUNDAY    10 - 27 - 19

 AND THE SEASON IS SAVED.....FOR NOW.

 AS YOU KNOW THE EAGLES ARE A PRETTY BIG DEAL TO ME. THE TEAM STEPPED UP AND WON A HUGE GAME ON THE ROAD AGAINST THE BILLS TODAY.  IT REALLY KEPT OUR PLAY-OFF HOPES ALIVE AND THIS HALF WAY POINT. THE NEXT 3 GAMES ARE GOING TO BE TOUGH AND WE COULD WIN 4 OF THE  NEXT 5 GAMES AFTER THESE NEXT 3 TO MAKE A PUSH FOR THE DIVISION. OH THANK YOU EAGLES FOR WINNING THIS WEEK BECAUSE LAST WEEK'S LOSS JUST BLEW TOTAL ASS.

 HAD A 2 HOUR CONDO MEETING THIS MORNING VIA PHONE. IT WAS NICE. EACH CONDO OWNER GAVE 2 FELLOW OWNERS A $100 EACH FOR THEIR HUGE PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPLETE MAKEOVER REMODELING OF OUR COMPLEX. THEY MET WITH CONTRACTORS , DID LEG WORK , MET WITH INSPECTORS , TOOK PICTURES , HAD UPDATES ,  AND SO MUCH MORE.  TO SHOW WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE THEY ARE WE GOT AN EMAIL THE NEXT DAY SAYING THANKS. THEY WILL USE THE MONEY FOR A SMALL DINNER AND REST WILL GO BACK INTO OUR ASSOCIATION FUND FOR LATER PROJECTS.

  THE PUP GETS AN I.V. TODAY FROM WHEELS AND I. SHE STARTED OUT REAL SLOW BUT PICKED UP ALITTLE BY LATE NIGHT.

 SET-UP AN OIL CHANGE FROM JIFFY LUBE IN HAVERTOWN. THE TOTAL WOULD BE $65.  I CALLED FIRST BECAUSE I KNOW MY LUCK.  NO ANSWER 3 TIMES.  I DRIVE THERE AND THE GUY TELLS ME IT WILL TAKE OVER 2 HOURS........ SO I LEAVE.  BLOW.

 DRIVE TO MY PARENTS FOR BREAKFAST AND CATCH UP ON STUFF. 

  SET-UP UP ANOTHER OIL CHANGE AT ANOTHER JIFFY LUBE FOR $53.  THE GUY TOLD ME IT IS SLOW AND HE CAN DO IT IN 20 MINUTES. I ARRIVE AND IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES IT WAS DONE....6 QUARTS OF OIL AND NEW FILTER. WHAT IS COOL AND 20 TIMES FASTER IS THAT USE A VACUUM TO SUCK OUT THE OLD OIL FROM THE TOP INSTEAD OF DRAINING FROM THE BOTTOM.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.  THE WEEKEND HALLOWEEN SHOWS WERE FUN.  I THINK IT WAS VERY GOOD FOR THE NAIL TOO BECAUSE I WENT ON FACEBOOK AND EVERY 5TH STORY PEOPLE AND BANDS WERE POSTING ABOUT THE SHOWS HERE. IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD.

 BACK HOME I SHOWER AND RUN HOT WATER ON MY SHOULDER. I AM ALSO USING ICY HOT AND IBUPROFEN.

  WHAT A FUN EAGLES GAME. OF COURSE I WAS YELLING AT THE TV AND WHEELS JUST SHAKES HER HEAD AT ME. SEVERAL TIMES I WOULD SAY A RECOMMENDATION FOR EITHER THE OFFENSE OR DEFENSE AND 3 SECONDS LATER MERRILL REESE OR MIKE QUICK WOULD REPEAT WHAT I JUST SAID. I WOULD YELL OUT ,
" YES , LIKE CHRIS FROM ROSEMONT JUST SAID ". OF COURSE , I HAD TO MAKE WHEELS KNOW THIS.....WHILE SHE SHOOK HER HEAD AT ME AGAIN.

  WE WATCH 2 EPISODES OF SUCCESSION. IT WAS VERY GOOD. IT GOT ALL KINDS OF EXCELLENT REVIEWS AND ACCOLADES.

  WE ALSO WATCH AN EPISODE OF KOMINSKY CODE. AGAIN......VERY GOOD.

  FEEDING THE PUP BY HAND IS BOTH REWARDING AND HEART BREAKING.

 OFF TO BED AND I ONLY HAD ONE NIGHTCAP. I GUESS THIS IS GOOD.

 MONDAY     10 - 28 - 19

  PAIN IN NECK IS ABOUT 70% BETTER BUT SHOULDER IS HURTING BIG TIME. IT IS NOT EXCRUCIATING BUT MAN IT IS CONSTANT.

 PUP GAVE US A SCARE. IF SHE STOPS EATING , DRINKING , AND MOVING AROUND THAN WE HAVE TO MAKE A HORRIBLE DECISION. TODAY SHE DID NOT WANT TO EAT THAN SHE TURNED IT ON LATE NIGHT AROUND 10PM.  THIS LATE NIGHT EATING HAS BEEN CONSISTENT. I DON'T CARE WHEN SHE EATS AS LONG AS SHE IS EATING SOMETHING. WHEN I LEFT FOR THE NAIL AT 6PM I GOT UPSET JUST THINKING ABOUT IT.

 ELDEST HAS A GOOD FIRST DAY AT WORK. SHE LOVES THE KIDS AND IT HAD TO BE TOUGH WORKING A 9 HOUR SHIFT WITH THE WAY HER HOURS WERE.  IT WILL GET EASIER AND I AM HOPING SHE KEEPS IT GOING. I AM OVERJOYED AND SO HAPPY FOR THIS KID. SHE NOW HAS DIRECTION AND SOMETHING SHE CAN BE PROUD OF.

 SNUGGLED WITH THE PUP TODAY.  TRYING TO GET IN AS MUCH TIME AS I CAN.  WHEELS IS DOING THE SAME.

  TO THE NAIL TO CLEAN. A 1,000 LEAVES WERE TRACKED INTO THE PLACE.  NOT SURE WHERE THEY COME FROM SINCE THE CLOSEST TREE IS A BLOCK AWAY. I VACUUMED FOR NEARLY 40 MINUTES. I ALSO WENT OUTSIDE AND CHANGED THE MARQUEE. IT WAS A NICE NIGHT AND I JUST TOOK MY TIME DOING IT. THE HIGHER LADDER IS SO MUCH EASIER.

  NEW PHILLIES MANAGER HAS A WELCOME PRESS CONFERENCE. HE IS ALREADY BELOVED. JOE GIRALDI IS THE REAL DEAL.

  76ERS STEAL A WIN OVER ATLANTA TO GO 3 - 0. THEY TRIED TO GIVE IT AWAY AT THE END OF THE GAME BUT HELD ON.

  WHAT DOES DAVID BOWIE , BREAKING BENJAMIN AND THE NAIL HAVE IT COMMON ?  HOPEFULLY WE WILL KNOW AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME.

  ELDEST COMES TO THE NAIL TO MEET SOME FRIENDS FOR A BIRTHDAY GET TOGETHER EXCEPT THE BIRTHDAY BOY NEVER SHOWED UP. I HUNG OUT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND THAN ROLLED HOME.

  HEAD HOME AND WHEELS DOES A GREAT JOB OF GETTING THE PUP TO EAT.  WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF THE KOMINSKY METHOD AND IT WAS GOOD. I ALSO WATCHED AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER WHICH WAS GOOD.

 OFF TO BED AND DID NOT SLEEP WELL DUE TO SHOULDER PAIN.

 HAD A DREAM ABOUT A FORMER GIRL I KNEW IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IN 8TH GRADE SHE WAS THE HEAD CHEER LEADER AND A PIECE OF ASS. ONE DAY IN THE PLAY GROUND , 2 OF HER FRIENDS WALKED OVER AND SAID SHE LIKE TO DATE ME.  I DECLINED BECAUSE SHE BROKE THE HEARTS OF ALMOST EVERY BOY IN MY CLASS.  THIS IS A TRUE STORY. TONIGHT I DREAMT SHE WAS INVITING PEOPLE INTO HER HOME AND I DECLINED. JOANNE C. , MAN YOU WERE SMOKING HOT. IF SHE ONLY ASKED AROUND 10TH GRADE I WOULDA OF GAVE HER THE BEST 30 SECONDS EVER.

   TUESDAY      10 - 29 - 19

  OUR PUP TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE..........

  STARTED MY RUNNING :

 - DROVE TO RESTAURANT DEPOT.

 - STOPPED AT PARENTS HOUSE.

 - STOP AT FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE TO PICK UP A WARMING TRAY.

 - STOPPED AT COUSIN'S HOUSE TO PICK UP FOLDING CHAIRS.

 - STOPPED AT THE NAIL TO MEET FOR A BEER DELIVERY.

 - STOPPED AT THE LIQUOR STORE.

  BACK HOME I UNLOAD AND SNUGGLE WITH THE PUP FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

  I TOOK A 60 MINUTE JACUZZI WITH EPSOM SALT.  IT FELT BETTER BUT BY THE NEXT MORNING THE PAIN RETURNED TO MY SHOULDER AGAIN.

  ELDEST HAS ANOTHER GOOD DAY AT HER NEW TEACHING JOB.

  FLYERS GET SMOKED.

  WHEELS AND I WATCH 2 EPISODES OF THE KOMINSKY METHOD. THEY WERE GOOD.

  WHEELS AND I TRY FOR 24 HOURS TO FEED OUR DOG. SHE IS NOT EATING AND THIS MEANS WE NEED TO SAY OUR FINAL GOODBYES.  WHEELS , MYSELF , AND OUR ELDEST ALL SNUGGLED WITH HER SEPARATELY. I GOT UP AT 5 AM AND MY ELDEST WAS LAYING WITH HER ON A BEAN BAG. AT 6AM WHEELS WAS LAYING WITH HER. I WILL TAKE MY TURN LATER. WE CRIED ALL NIGHT BECAUSE NOW WE MUST MAKE A HORRIBLE DECISION.

THIS DOG BROUGHT SO MUCH JOY AND LAUGHTER INTO OUR HOME AND FAMILY. I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES SHE ENTERTAINED US AND MADE US FEEL GOOD. AS PET OWNERS WE ALL DREAD THIS MOMENT.  WE KNOW IT COMES SO FAST AND IT IS SO HEART BREAKING.  SHE WILL SORELY BE MISSED.

  #OHNELLIE

  WEDNESDAY     10 - 30 - 19

 TRIBUTE TO OUR PUP NELLIE :

  WELL , TODAY WE MADE THE HORRIBLE DECISION TO PUT OUR BELOVED PUP TO SLEEP. SHE HAS NOT EATEN IN OVER 36 HOURS AND WE THOUGHT IT WAS TIME. THOUGH , I DID SECOND GUESS MYSELF.

  I CALL OUR ELDEST AT WORK AND CAN BARELY SPEAK TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL. OUR ELDEST COMES HOME AT LUNCH TIME.

  OUR YOUNGEST TAKES THE TRAIN IN FROM CENTER CITY AND I PICK HER UP.

 A FRIEND STOPS BY TO SAY HER LAST HELLO TO NELLIE. THAT WAS SUPER NICE OF HER.

  I PLACE THE PUP ON MY BED AT 8AM IN THE MORNING AND SHE STAYED THERE UNTIL 4PM.  ALL OF US PET , SNUGGLED , KISSED , AND TALKED TO HER. IT WAS HEARTBREAKING.  I MADE SOME CALLS TO SEE IF WE WANTED TO EUTHANIZED AT THE VET HOSPITAL OR AT HOME.  WE DECIDE TO GO TO OUR VET.

  WE LOAD UP ALL MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND MEDICINES TO TAKE BACK.  WE TAKE HER FAVORITE BLANKET AND A BOX OF TISSUES. I HELP THE DOG OFF MY HIGH BED AND SHE WALKS OUTSIDE AND JUMPS IN THE BACK SEAT OF OUR CAR. I AM SURPRISED SHE HAS THIS ENERGY AND NOW I AM DOUBTING MYSELF ON MAKING A 4:30PM DEATH APPOINTMENT.

 DURING THE RIDE TO THE VET I ASKED TWICE , " SHOULD WE TURN AROUND AND TAKE HER HOME FOR AT LEAST ONE MORE NIGHT ? " IF JUST ONE PERSON SAID YES....I WAS DOING IT. ALL 3 AGREED WE SHOULD STAY THE COURSE. I KNOW MY BRAIN SAYS IT IS TIME BUT MY HEART IS ACHING HORRIBLY.

 AT THE VET WE STAY IN A PRIVATE ROOM FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. THE DOG'S EARS PERK UP WITH DISTANT BARKING AND AGAIN SEEMS ALERT. I ASK AGAIN , " ARE WE DOING THE RIGHT THING HERE ? " NELLIE LOOKS CONFUSED , SOMBER , AND SAD BUT SEEMS TO KNOW THE ATTENTION AROUND HER.  I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

 A DOCTOR COMES IN AND EXPLAINS THE PROCEDURE. WE TELL HER TO START THE PROCESS. TWO TECHNICIANS INSERT AN I.V. WHILE WE WAIT OUTSIDE. AFTER 5 MINUTES , THE DOCTOR USES AN OUTPUT ON THE TUBE TO INSERT 2 NEEDLES. THIS FIRST DOSE IS TO MAKE HER VERY DROWSY......BASICALLY TO FEEL NO PAIN.  SHE SAYS , " LETS WAIT 10 MINUTES TO LET THE MEDS DO THEIR WORK."  EVEN AFTER THE FIRST 2 NEEDLES I AM STILL THINKING LET'S TAKE HER HOME.....BUT I DON'T SAY ANYTHING.

  THE DOCTOR RETURNS WITH 2 MORE NEEDLES. SHE USES THE I.V. TO INFUSE THE MEDS TO STOP HER BRAIN ACTIVITY AND HEART. I AM CRUSHED AND ASHAMED I AM DOING THIS TO THE DOG I LOVE WITH ALL MY HEART. THIRTY MINUTES AGO THE DOG IS ALERT AND GETTING HUGS. AFTER 60 SECONDS SHE LIES ON THE COMFORTERS LIFELESS. THE DOCTOR USES HER STETHOSCOPE TO CONFIRM HER HEART HAS STOPPED.  I DON'T WANT TO BELIEVE IT AND STILL PET HER. BUT SHE IS GONE AND I LET MY DOG DOWN BIG TIME. I KNOW IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO BECAUSE HER LIVER AND KIDNEYS WERE FAILING BUT I FELT ONE MORE DAY WOULD OF GAVE ME MORE PEACE. AS THE KIDS AND WHEELS LEAVE VIA THE OUTSIDE STEPS I STAY IN A BREEZEWAY AND CRY.  I FEEL LIKE A FAILURE AS A FATHER. I KNOW THAT IS FAR FETCHED BUT THIS IS HOW I LOOKED AT THIS DOG. SHE WAS MY DAUGHTER.

  OUTSIDE MY DAUGHTERS ARE HUGGING AND CRYING IN EACH OTHERS ARMS. WHEELS HUGS THEM TOO. I WATCH FROM THE INTERIOR DOORS OF THE BREEZEWAY. THIS DOG HAD TOTAL TRUST IN ME , JUMPED RIGHT INTO OUR CAR ( WITH A LITTLE SLIP ) , AND WALKED RIGHT INTO THE VET OFFICE WITHOUT HESITATION.  HERE I AM DECEIVING THE DOG. I FELT SO BAD THE DOG HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE OTHER 5 TIMES WE WERE HERE THE VETS HELPED HER. NOW............THE OPPOSITE AND IT WAS LIGHTS OUT.  I AM OVERCOME WITH GRIEF AND HAVE FAILED AS A PROTECTOR. I KEPT STARING AT NELLIE'S INNOCENT FACE OF TRUST. I MEAN SHE WOULD FOLLOW ME OFF A BRIDGE. I HAD HER LIFE IN MY HANDS AND I LET IT SLIP THROUGH. IT'S JUST HOW I FEEL RIGHT NOW. WE GOT AN EXTRA MONTH WITH HER AND I CHERISHED EVERY SECOND BUT I KEPT THINKING I COULD OF GAVE HER A LEAST ONE MORE DAY WITH US. SHE JUST KEPT STARING AT ME FOR AN ANSWER AND SHE NEVER STARES AT ME FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME.  I WAS CRUSHED INSIDE. MY HEART ACHED.

  THE KIDS AND WHEELS TELL STORIES ON THE WAY HOME BUT I AM ASHAMED AND QUIET. I FEEL I STABBED A BROTHER IN THE BACK. I LEFT THE VET OFFICE STILL VISUALIZING MY DOG LAYING ON HER STRIPED COMFORTER LIFELESS. DURING THIS PROCEDURE I REMINISCED THE 2 OTHER TIMES I WITNESSED EUTHANIZING TWO OTHER BELOVED PETS. ONE WAS 45 YEARS AGO AND I STILL REMEMBER IT LIKE YESTERDAY. I AM SURE THIS DAY WILL BE REMEMBERED UNTIL I DIE. I HOPE I GET TO MEET HER AGAIN. I DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE RAINBOW BRIDGE BUT I SURE HOPE THERE IS ONE FOR HER SAKE. MAYBE SHE WILL CHASE AN AIRPLANE OR TWO. YES , OUR DOG CHASED AIRPLANES.

  WE GET HOME AND I REMOVE HER DOG BOWLS FROM THE HALLWAY. SHE WILL NEVER USE THEM AGAIN.

  I DECIDE TO GO TO THE NAIL AND GRIEVE ON MY OWN. WHEELS ASKS ME FOR A HUG AND I BEGIN TO CRY. I WHIMPER IN HER EAR , " I LET HER DOWN. IT'S MY FAULT ".  MY KIDS COME OVER AND HUG ME TOO. I WANTED ONE MORE DAY BUT DID NOT PUSH FOR IT.  I DRIVE TO THE NAIL CRYING.

 WHILE DRIVING , AT MY FIRST RED LIGHT , I TURN TO MY LEFT AND SEE A RED NEON SIGN THAT SAYS , " I LOVE DOGS. "

 THERE'S PEOPLE THAT DON'T UNDERSTAND BEING A PET OWNER. SOME ARE IN MY FAMILY. I GET IT BUT IF YOU OWN A DOG OR PET THAN YOU GET WHERE I AM COMING FROM. THIS DOG WAS FAMILY TO ME. SHE ALWAYS GREETED ME WITH SMILES , A WAGGING TAIL , AND ALWAYS APPRECIATIVE. TO ME....THAT WAS TRUE LOVE. SHE TRAVELED WITH US AND I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE. SHE WAS 11 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS OLD WHICH IS TOO YOUNG IN MY BOOK.

  SHE HAD THIS WELCOMING SMILE EVERY TIME WE ENTERED THE DOOR. IT WAS SO ENTERTAINING. THE DOG BROUGHT SO MANY LAUGHS AND JOY IT IS UNCOUNTABLE. SHE WAS A SWEET HEART. SHE STAYED ON OUR PROPERTY ALMOST ALL THE TIME. ONLY A HANDFUL OF TIMES IN 11 YEARS DID SHE EVER WANDER. SHE LIKED TO SLEEP WITH US AND USUALLY TOOK MOST OF THE BED. SHE GAVE US LOVE AND WE GAVE IT BACK. IT WAS A GREAT RELATIONSHIP. EVERYONE LOVED NELLIE. SHE WAS THAT SPECIAL. OUT OF RESPECT AND ADMIRATION I COINED A PHRASE , " OHHHH NELLIE " BECAUSE I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF HER AND IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD WHEN I SAID THOSE WORDS 50 TIMES A DAY. I DO NOT KNOW ANY HUMANS THAT MAKE ME FEEL THAT GOOD.

 I MISS HER SO MUCH AND I TRULY FEEL HORRIBLE. I KEEP WONDERING , " WAS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I COULD OF DONE TO HELP HER LIVE LONGER AND HAVE SOME QUALITY OF LIFE ? " I WILL DOUBT MYSELF FOR A VERY LONG TIME. I MISS MY GIRL , I MISS HER SOFT FACE , I MISS HER WONDERFUL BODY LANGUAGE..........I MISS HER. THIS WAS AN EXCRUCIATING EXPERIENCE THAT WILL PAIN ME FOR MANY MORE DAYS.

 NELLIE , I MISS YOU GIRL AND LIKE I SAID TO YOU IN YOUR LAST SECONDS , " I AM SO SO SORRY. "

  THURSDAY     10 - 31 - 19

  IT IS NOT A HAPPY HALLOWEEN FOR US. WE DECIDED TO SHUT ALL LIGHTS OFF OUT FRONT BECAUSE WE WERE IN NO MOOD TO GIVE OUT CANDY AND BE HAPPY WITH TRICK OR TREATERS.

  I AM STILL FEELING INCREDIBLY GUILTY. I JUST CAN'T SHAKE IT.  I KEEP TELLING MYSELF IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. BUT I ALSO VISUALIZE AT 4PM SHE WAS DRINKING LOTS OF WATER OUT OF HER BOWL IN THE HALLWAY AND ONE HOUR LATER SHE WAS LIFELESS ON HER FAVORITE COMFORTER. MY YOUNGEST SHOWED ME A PICTURE ON HER CELL PHONE OF HER DRINKING OUT OF HER WATER BOWL. SHE SAYS , " IT WAS THE LAST PICTURE I HAVE OF HER HERE AT THE HOUSE. I HATE BEING THE ONE THAT HAS TO MAKE A DECISION OF LIFE OR DEATH. IT WAS A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. ALL DAY AND NIGHT I AM LOOKING DOWN THE HALLWAY OR IN HER CRATE. I SAW A SHADOW ON THE DOOR AND IT LOOKED LIKE HER WAITING TO GO OUTSIDE. 

  I MAKE BREAKFAST FOR MY YOUNGEST AND CALL HER TWICE TO COME INTO THE KITCHEN. I WAIT 5 MINUTES EACH TIME AND SHE DOESN'T COME IN. I WALK TO HER ROOM AND SHE IS CRYING. SHE SAYS , " I READ YOUR WEBSITE. I SHOULD OF SAID YES TO BRING HER BACK ONE MORE DAY. " I HUG HER AND WE BOTH CRY TOGETHER.

  I BEGIN DOING THINGS TO GET MY MIND OFF NELLIE. IT IS HARD.  I BREAK DOWN HER CRATE THAT WAS IN THE CORNER OF OUR MAIN ROOM FOR 11 YEARS.  THE BELLS ON THE DOOR THAT SHE RANG WITH HER NOSE OR PAW TO GO OUTSIDE WERE TAKEN DOWN.  I AM JUST SO HEART BROKEN.  I SPENT ABOUT AN HOUR GOING THROUGH PICTURES AND POSTED A FINAL TRIBUTE TO NELLIE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. BETWEEN THE 2 POSTS WE HAD OVER 500 FRIENDS AND FAMILY WRITE SOME BEAUTIFUL COMMENTS AND CONDOLENCES.

  I REARRANGE THE HOUSE A BIT WITH THE HELP OF MY YOUNGEST. SOME FAMILY IS COMING OVER ON SATURDAY AND I WANTED TO BEGIN PREPPING OUR HOME INSTEAD OF WAITING TO THE ACTUAL DAY.

  ELDEST HAS ANOTHER GOOD DAY AT WORK AND HER CO-WORKERS AND BOSS GAVE HER CONDOLENCES AND HUGS. OUR KID SAID SHE WAS CRYING THE FIRST 1 MINUTE OF WORK.

 ANOTHER NICE THING WAS OUR YOUNGEST HAD 2 CLASSES CANCELLED AND SHE DECIDED TO STAY HOME ONE MORE DAY. THIS WAS WONDERFUL. WE ALL HAD DINNER TOGETHER AND DID SOME ART WORK FOR OUR LITTLE PARTY ON SATURDAY. IT REALLY HELPED.

  I HEAD TO THE NAIL AND BEGIN GRIEVING AGAIN. I JUST KEEP THINKING OF NELLIE'S INNOCENT TRUSTING FACE LOOKING AT ME AND SAYING , " YO DAD , WHAT'S GOING ON HERE ? " I BEGIN TO CRY AGAIN.  I JUST CAN'T GET HER FACE OUT OF MY MIND.  I ALSO CAN NOT GET THE VISUAL OF LEAVING THE PRIVATE ROOM AT THE VET'S OFFICE WITH MY GIRL LAYING ON THE FLOOR LIFELESS ON HER STRIPED COMFORTER. BOY IS THIS GOING TO LAST A LONG TIME.

 FAMILY AND FRIENDS CALL IN AND TEXT US. IT WAS NICE. ALL OF THEM ARE PET OWNERS AND UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH.

 SOME PATRONS SHOW UP AND MUSICIANS FOR JUST JAM OPEN MIC BUT I AM IN NO MOOD. LUCKILY THEY CUT THEIR SET SUPER SHORT.  I DID HAVE A FIRE CHIEF COME IN AGAIN AND TELL REALLY COOL STORIES OF BEING A FIREMAN.

 MY SHOULDER IS IN SERIOUS PAIN. I TAKE SOME ALEEVE AND USE ICY HOT.

 I HEAD HOME AND WE WATCH 3 EPISODES OF SCHITTS CREEK. THEY WERE GOOD. I BEGIN TO LOOK DOWN THE HALLWAY THINKING I WILL SEE THE PUP. I GET DEPRESSED AGAIN. BY 10:15PN I GO TO BED.

 THE RAINS AND WIND COME AND THE PHONES START GOING OFF WITH WARNINGS. I FINALLY GET UP AND TURN MY RINGERS OFF. I TOSS AND TURN FOR 3 HOURS AND CONTINUE TO THINK OF NELLIE. THE PAINFUL MEMORIES OF YESTERDAY COME BACK VIVIDLY.  BY 1AM , I AM WRITING THIS BLOG AND DOING OTHER COMPUTER WORK.

   IT IS NOW 3AM AND I STILL CAN'T SLEEP. I CAN'T SHAKE THE INCREDIBLE GUILT OF LETTING A LIFE BALANCE IN MY HANDS. I FEEL I  LET A BOND OF INCREDIBLE TRUST BETWEEN ME AND THE PUP BREAK SO EASILY AND QUICKLY. THIS PAIN IS AWFUL.

   AT 4AM , I CRAWL INTO BED CRYING AND APOLOGIZING TO MY GIRL..............AGAIN.

  FRIDAY     11 - 1 - 19

 A NEW MONTH STARTS AND I AM STILL STRUGGLING WITH MEMORIES OF THE PUP.  I CLOSE MY BEDROOM DOOR TO DO COMPUTER WORK. I HEAR A DOG LAPPING WATER IN A BOWL OUTSIDE IN THE HALLWAY. I OPEN THE DOOR AND HOPE I AM HAVING A GOOD DREAM OR SOMETHING TO SEE MY PUP ONE MORE TIME. IT ENDED UP A CEILING FAN WAS MAKING THE NOISE.

 ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IS TAKE A RIDE TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE OR BEACH CONDO BY MYSELF FOR 3 OR 4 DAYS. I WAS CONSISTENTLY DOING THIS FOR MANY YEARS EVERY MONTH. I JUST REALIZED EVERY TIME THE PUP WOULD GO WITH ME. NOW , I HAVE NO INTEREST IN GOING.

 CRIED AGAIN TODAY. I ASKED WHEELS AND MY ELDEST , IF WE GOT ANOTHER DOG HOW SOON WOULD YOU WANT ONE ?.......A WEEK , A MONTH , A YEAR ? "  ELDEST SAYS , " A MONTH " AND WHEELS SAYS , " A YEAR ".  I TELL THEM I AM HAVING A TOUGH TIME SHAKING THE GUILT FEELINGS. I START TO GET UPSET. MY ELDEST HUGS ME AND FOR ONCE IT WASN'T A SARCASTIC HUG.

  WHEELS AND I PREP FOR A GATHERING OF FAMILY. WE MOVED SOME TABLES AROUND AND DID SOME OTHER MINOR THINGS. I AM NOT IN THE  MOOD FOR THIS GET TOGETHER BUT BOTH WHEELS AND I THINK MAYBE IT WOULD BE GOOD TO SEE FAMILY AND HAVE SOME LAUGHS......AND GET HAMMERED.

  START MY DAY THINKING OF THE PUP. I FIND MYSELF TALKING OUT LOUD SAYING , " HEY GIRL  HOW YA DOIN' ". I GUESS THIS IS MY WAY OF COPING.

 WHEELS AND I DO A TON OF DOCUMENTATION WORK FOR A BANK.....FAXING , E-SIGNATURES , ETC.  WE ARE LIKE LIGHTNING WHEN ASKED TO GET ANY KIND OF INFORMATION. THE BANK'S MOVEMENT.......NOT LIGHTNING-LIKE. THEY TOLD US 6 WEEKS FOR THIS WHOLE PROCESS AND WE STILL DON'T KNOW IF WE ARE GETTING APPROVED. IT TOTALLY SUCKS WE GOT SHOT DOWN BY MR. FUCKING COOPER.....BACK FUCKING STABBERS.

  FOR THE FIRST TIME I READ THE FACEBOOK COMMENTS.  OVER 500 AND MANY CAN RELATE TO WHAT WE JUST WENT THROUGH. ONE FRIEND SAID THEIR DOG HAD TO BE PUT DOWN 2 YEARS AGO. SHE SAID SHE STILL CRIES TODAY. I DON'T THINK I WILL GO THAT LONG BUT I FELT HER PAIN.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. THE BANDS MADE IT A FREE SHOW ON THIS E.P. ALBUM RELEASE NIGHT. BAND MEMBERS CAME UP TO ME THANKING ME FOR LETTING THEM PLAY HERE. OF COURSE I RECIPROCATED. IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD.  I STEP OUTSIDE AND ANOTHER BAND STARTS THEIR SET BY SCREAMING INTO THE MICROPHONE , " WE LOVE THE FUCKING NAIL !!!!!!!!!! ".......AND GOES INTO A DEATH METAL SONG.

  A SOLID CROWD ALL NIGHT. I HELPED WITH THE DOOR , COOKING , AND BARTENDING. THIS IS A GOOD THING WHEN IT IS BUSY.

  I WENT OUTSIDE BY MYSELF WHILE MANNING THE DOOR. I THOUGHT OF THE PUP AND MAN DID IT MAKE ME MELANCHOLY.

 FLYERS WITH A WONDERFUL OVERTIME SHOOT-OUT WIN.  OVER THE LAST 7 YEARS THE FLYERS HAVE THE WORST RECORD IN SHOOT-OUTS. I FOUND A NEW WAY TO HELP THEM WIN WHEN IT GOES TO A SHOOT-OUT........I DON'T WATCH.

  AT HOME I SETTLE IN WITH WHEELS. WE WATCH SOME TV AND TALK. ANOTHER DAY PASSES AND I HOPE EACH DAY WILL FADE A LITTLE MORE WITH SUCH VIVID MEMORIES OF MY PUP.....THOUGH I DON'T WANT TO FORGET.

  SATURDAY       11 - 2 - 19

  IT TOOK MY MIND OFF THE PUP..............

  WHEELS AND I HOSTED A COUSIN 2 PARTY.  OVER 60 FAMILY MEMBERS PACKED OUR HOME AND IT WAS A GOOD TIME. WE HAD ENOUGH FOOD AND CROWN ROYAL FOR 300 PEOPLE.

  WE SET-UP OUR HOUSE ALL WEEK AND TODAY.  BY 5PM FAMILY WAS ARRIVING. 

  I PICK UP OUR YOUNGEST FROM THE TRAIN STATION AND SHE HELPS ME WITH THE NAIL AND STOPPING AT AN ICE SKATING RINK FOR SNOW.  WE PACKED KEGS AND BOOZE AND HEADED BACK HOME. AT LEAST 5 COUSINS ASKED ME , " HOW DID YOU GET ALL THE ICE ? "

  IT WAS A LITTLE CHILLY BUT A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND NIGHT. BY NIGHTFALL I HAD A FIRE PIT GOING AND IT WAS PERFECT.

  CLEANING SHOULD BE FUN. WHEELS DID ALOT LATE NIGHT AND SHE WAS FEELING GOOD......ALONG WITH SOME OTHER COUSINS.

  WE SET UP OUR VEHICLE TO BE AN UBER......NOT ONE PERSON CALLED ME TO USE IT.  I WAS BUMMING ABOUT THAT CAUSE IT WAS A GOOD JOKE.

 FLYERS LOSE IN A 12 ROUND SHOOT-OUT. MY JINX OF NOT WATCHING DID NOT WORK THIS TIME.

  76ERS WIN EXCITING GAME AND I FORGOT TO PUT IT ON THE TV......DAMN IT. I EVEN HAD A TV SET-UP OUTSIDE.

  TOP 3 FEELING GOOD AWARDS :

 3 - WHEELS , " I AM WASTED. "

 2 - C.B. - , " GOOD NIGHT LITTLE NICOLETTA " - SHE WAS TALKING TO THE WRONG DAUGHTER.

 1 - D.M. - WHEELS HELPING HER INTO HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW'S CAR. SHE SAYS , " WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU HERE ? " WHEELS REPLIES , " I LIVE HERE ".

      D.M. - WHEELS HELPING HER PUT HER SEATBELT ON. SHE SAYS , " WHAT ARE YOU DOING ?  I'M GOING TO PUNCH YOU. " WHEELS REPLIES , " DON'T YOU DO THAT BECAUSE I WILL PUNCH YOU RIGHT BACK. "

 THIS WAS A GOOD PARTY.

  SUNDAY     11 - 3 - 19

 THE UNOFFICIAL COUNT WAS 72 FOR THE PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT.  IT TOOK WHEELS AND I 6 HOURS TO CLEAN UP THE NEXT DAY.

  WHEELS STAYED HOME AND BEGAN CLEAN-UP AS I LOADED KEGS , BEERS , BOOZE , CHAIRS , TABLES , AND MORE. I MADE STOPS AT A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE AND THE NAIL.

  PREP THE NAIL FOR TONIGHT AND AFTER 2 HOURS I WAS ALREADY TIRED.

  ROLL HOME TO CHILL AND WATCH OUR EAGLES WIN A GAME THAT WAS DESPERATELY NEEDED.  OF COURSE THEY HAD TO MAKE IT INTERESTING IN THE 2ND HALF.

  I KEEP THINKING OF THE PUP LAYING ON THE FLOOR AT THE VET'S OFFICE. SHE LAID LIFELESS ON HER FAVORITE ZEBRA STRIPED COMFORTER.  I HATE THIS VISUAL.  I FEEL HER SPIRIT IS AT THE VET'S OFFICE AND NOT HOME.  MAYBE WE SHOULD SHOULD OF BURIED OR SPREAD HER ASHES HERE. WHAT BROUGHT THIS IS I DO NOT FEEL HER PRESENCE AT ALL. I FEEL HER SPIRIT IS AT THE VET'S HOUSE. THIS IS ALL HOKEY POKEY CRAP AND I SURE HOPE MY PUP IS NOT WANDERING AROUND WONDERING WHERE WE ARE. I KNOW THIS IS SUPER STUPID BUT IT IS JUST HOW I FEEL.

  LIKE I WROTE 2 DAYS AGO. I LOVE GOING TO OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE OR CONDO WHEN IT IS NOT RENTED. I GO FOR 3 OR 4 DAYS AND EVERY TIME I BRING THE PUP. NOW.........ZERO MOTIVATION TO GO. SHE WAS SUCH A GOOD COMPANION. AGAIN , I KNOW THIS IS TRIVIAL AND DUMB TO MOST PEOPLE BUT SHE WAS SUCH AN AWESOME MATE TO CHILL WITH. I TRULY LOVED THAT DOG.

 OFF TO ANOTHER FAMILY DINNER.  WE STOPPED AT A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE TO DROP OFF CHAIRS. THAN ATTENDED THE BIG CRAB DINNER WITH PASTA. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS I DID NOT WANT ANY CRABS. I WAS TIRED AND MY MOOD GOT SUPER MELANCHOLY. I JUST WANTED TO GO HOME AND LAY DOWN. MY SHOULDER WAS HURTING FROM ALL THE LOADING AND UNLOADING I DID TODAY BY MYSELF.

  I DID NOT HAVE A GOOD TIME AND JUST WANTED TO LEAVE.  I ASKED MY YOUNGEST AND SHE WANTED TO ROLL TOO. WE WERE THE FIRST TO GET OUT. I SAY A GROUP GOODBYE AND GET KICKED IN THE BALLS BY A LITTLE COUSIN............UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE MY LUCK.  I LIMPED TO THE CAR AND IT HURT ALL NIGHT.  THE LEFT SIDE OF MY BALL SACK SWELLED AND I SPIT UP SOME BLOOD LATER IN THE EVENING. SO , NOW MY SHOULDER HURTS AND MY BALLS......JUST FUCKING GREAT.

  IN BED AT 8:15PM I TOSS AND TURN ALL NIGHT.  THE PHYSICAL PAIN AND MENTAL PAIN OF THINKING OF MY PUP LINGERS IN MY MIND. I KNOW I WILL SHAKE THIS BUT MAN IT IS TOUGH.

  MONDAY     11 - 4 - 19

  CRAIGSLIST MIGHT STRIKE AGAIN. ACTUALLY , THIS SITE IS CALLED MARKET PLACE.

  SLEPT HORRIBLE TONIGHT. BETWEEN MY SHOULDER AND LEFT NUT HURTING I WAS TOSSING AND TURNING ALL FRIGIGIN' NIGHT.  I RARELY CUP MY BALLS BUT TONIGHT IT DID FEEL BETTER UNDER THE COVERS FOR 2 HOURS.

  UP EARLY AND MADE BREAKFAST FOR OUR ELDEST. I ALSO PACKED A LUNCH FOR HER AND STARTED THE CAR ON THIS CHILLY MORNING.

  DRIVE OUR YOUNGEST BACK TO COLLEGE. I ENJOY THIS KID'S COMPANY SO MUCH. WE TALKED ABOUT OUR PUP , COLLEGE , FRIENDS , AND LIFE. I TRULY CHERISH THESE TIMES.

  BACK HOME I DIG OUT A TON OF BIG TREE LOGS AND BRANCHES. I SET-UP MY POWER MITRE BEHIND OUR GARAGE AND SPEND 45 MINUTES CUTTING THESE BIG LOGS INTO LITTLE PIECES. THE REASON WHY I DID THIS WAS DURING OUR PARTY I HAD A FIRE PIT GOING AND MOST OF THE PIECES WERE TOO BIG. NEXT FIRE PIT WILL BE MUCH BETTER.

  OUR DRIVEWAY HAS SOME REALLY LOOSE SPOTS OF GRAVEL. I SPENT ABOUT 30 MINUTES SWEEPING THEM UP INTO A BUCKET. I KNOW OUR SNOW BLOWER WOULD THROW THESE ROCK PROJECTILES SO WHY NOT CLEAN THEM UP NOW ON THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY.

  I PUT A TON OF TRASH DOWN AT OUR CURB. TOMORROW IS TRASH DAY AND I FIGURE SINCE IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL OUT I WOULD GET IT OUT OF THE WAY NOW. WHAT SUCKS IS WHENEVER I AM OUTSIDE I ALWAYS BRING THE PUP OUT WITH ME. WHEN I PUT THE TRASHCANS AT THE CURB I WALK UP THE DRIVEWAY AND NELLIE WOULD BE WAITING FOR ME...............BUT NOT TODAY OR ANY MORE.

  I AM STILL STRUGGLING WITH THE LOSS OF OUR PUP STILL. THE VET OFFICE SENT A NICE CONDOLENCE CARD. 

  I WASN'T IN THE MOOD FOR CRABS LAST NIGHT BUT TONIGHT WHEELS , MYSELF , AND OUR YOUNGEST POUNDED SOME CRABS AND PASTA FOR DINNER.

  I WAS INCREDIBLY OVERJOYED TO HEAR FUN STORIES FROM OUR ELDEST AT WORK TODAY. SHE WAS LAUGHING AND TOLD US HOW FUN IT IS TO WORK WITH THESE YOUNGSTERS WHILE TRAINING TO BE A TEACHER.  TO SEE HER SO HAPPY AND FULFILLED REALLY MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. I SURE HOPE IT CONTINUES. I THINK SHE FINALLY FOUND HER GLITCH.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO CLEAN AND PREP.  I VACUUMED , STOCKED GLASSWARE FROM OUR PARTY , STOCKED BEER , BOOZE , AND PLASTIC CUPS. I CALLED IN A LARGE BEER ORDER AND I WAS SURPRISED HOW MANY REGULARS CAME IN TONIGHT.  I CLOSED AROUND 1:45AM.  TO SAVE TIME I DECIDED TO WRITE THIS BLOG AROUND MIDNIGHT JUST SO IT IS ONE LESS THING I HAVE TO DO IN THE MORNING.

  COWGIRLS WIN.....BLOW. 76ERS LOSE......BLOW.

 AT HOME AROUND 2:10AM AND RIGHT TO BED.

  TUESDAY         11 - 5 - 19

  IT WAS A GOOD DAY BUT I STILL FIND MYSELF TALKING TO THE PUP WHEN I GET HOME.  I DO NOT FEEL HER PRESENCE AT ALL IN OUR HOUSE AND IT BOTHERS ME. TO SHOW HOW STUPID I AM I WANT TO TAKE A RIDE TO THE VET OFFICE WHERE WE PUT HER DOWN JUST TO SEE IF I COULD " FEEL " ANYTHING SINCE THAT IS WHERE WE LEFT HER.  I KNOW THIS IS PATHETIC AND DUMB BUT MY HEART STILL ACHES FOR THIS DOG WHO WAS MY TRAVEL COMPANION. WE SPENT ALOT OF TIME TOGETHER AND I MISS IT SORELY.

 HEY......MY SCROTUM SWELLING WENT DOWN. I GUESS THAT'S GOOD. URGENT CARE TOLD ME TO CALL AFTER 2 DAYS. THE TECH WAS RIGHT FOR ME TO WAIT AND NOT PAY MONEY YET. THE SWELLING WENT DOWN ON ITS OWN.

 MAKE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR OUR ELDEST AND START HER CAR BEFORE SHE GOES TO WORK. I WILL TRY TO DO THIS EVERY MORNING.

 I ACTUALLY SEARCHED ON CRAIGSLIST AND OTHER LOCAL WEBSITES FOR PUPPIES. I FOUND AN ADORABLE 10 MONTH BLACK DOG FOR FREE.  BUT I KNOW TO HOLD OFF. A FRIEND TOLD ME , " GETTING ANOTHER DOG KINDA RE-INCARNATES THE ONE YOU LOST ".  I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH THAT BECAUSE ONE TIME WE LOST A DOG AND I WENT 2 DAYS IN MISERY. BY THE 2ND DAY I HAD A FRIEND HOOK US UP WITH A PUPPY. THE WEEK BEFORE HE HAD 13. BY THE TIME I GOT TO HIM HE HAD 2.  WHEELS PICKED THE DOG AT THE TIME.

  LOOKS LIKE FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE ( EXACTLY LIKE CRAIGSLIST BUT LOCAL AND YOU NEED TO JOIN THE GROUP ) WILL  STRIKE AGAIN. WE WILL KNOW ON SATURDAY. MORE COMMUNICATION WAS DONE TODAY.

 OFF TO THE NAIL IN THE MORNING TO MEET FOR A LARGE BEER DELIVERY. I STOCKED OVER 30 CASES OF BEER. ANNNNNNDDDDDD MY SHOULDER HURTS AGAIN.

  BACK HOME I TAKE A NAP.

  CHILL FOR A LITTLE AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER

  OUR ELDEST COMES HOME AND AGAIN SHE IS IN AN EXCELLENT MOOD AFTER A LONG DAY. SHE TELLS REALLY FUNNY STORIES ABOUT THESE YOUNG KIDS. TO ME , THAT IS HAVING FUN AT YOUR JOB. MOST PEOPLE CAN'T SAY THAT. I AM OVERJOYED ON HER ATTITUDE AND MOTIVATION FOR HER NEW TEACHING JOB........SO FAR.

  ROLL BACK TO THE NAIL. A FRIEND GAVE ME PRACTICALLY NEW WIRELESS SHURE MICROPHONES. I HAVE 4 TOTAL AND THEY VALUE AROUND $325 EACH.  I TINKERED AROUND WITH THEM FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES AND TO MY SURPRISE I GOT THEM TO WORK. IT IS PRETTY COOL.

  A FRIEND STOPS OVER AND GOT ME A MICROWAVE PLATE FOR OUR YOUNGEST AT COLLEGE. UNFORTUNATELY HERS BROKE AND WE ARE HOPING THIS ONE FITS. WE ALSO ESTABLISHED A GAME PLAN TO A LARGE SIDE-JOB I START THIS SUNDAY.

  A REGULAR STOPS IN. I HOOK UP HIM UP WITH SOME " GLASSWARE ". I ACTUALLY THOUGHT HE MEANT ROCKS OR SHOT GLASSES. IT WAS MORE FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES. I HAPPEN TO HAVE 2 IN A BAGGY IN THE KITCHEN. HE WAS OVERJOYED TO GET ONE FOR FREE.

 FLYERS WITH A GOOD WIN AT HOME.

 DESEAN JACKSON.....OUT FOR THE SEASON.  BLOW.

 I HAD A BUSY MONDAY NIGHT AND AGAIN A GOOD TUESDAY NIGHT. I AM NOT SURE WHAT IS GOING ON BUT IT IS NICE TO SEE. I LEFT NEAR 1AM AND GOT HOME. AGAIN....NO BOOZE OR SNACKS AND RIGHT TO BED. I TRIED TO WATCH TV BUT ONLY LASTED 10 MINUTES.

 WHEELS AND I DID ARE CIVIC DUTY AND WALKED UP TO OUR LOCAL CHURCH AND VOTED. THERE WAS A FAIR AMOUNT OF POLITICIAN PUSHERS AND 2 OF THE 3 VOTING BOOTHS WERE DOWN. STILL......IT WAS ONLY A 15 MINUTE PROCESS. I TOOK SOME PICTURES AND POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK. IT LOOKS LIKE THE DEMOCRATS DOMINATED DELAWARE COUNTY.

  WEDNESDAY      11 - 6 - 19

  MY WEEKLY CALL FROM OUR YOUNGEST AWAY AT COLLEGE ALWAYS MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. SHE HAS THIS CALMING VOICE AND PERSONA THAT I PRETTY MUCH NEED ON A DAILY BASIS.......WELL..........WEEKLY.

  SHOULDER STILL HURTING ME BUT GETTING A LITTLE BETTER.

  ELDEST HAS ANOTHER GOOD DAY OF WORKING AS AN ASSISTANT TEACHER. I AM SO PROUD AND REALLY HOPE THIS KEEPS GOING.  SHE ALSO JOINED A PILATES CLASS WITH OTHER TEACHERS WHICH I THINK IS GREAT. I CALL IT NEW " CIRCLE " OF FRIENDS. SHE COMPLETED HER ORIENTATION TODAY AND NOW NEEDS TO DOCUMENT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND , FINGER PRINTS , AND SOME OTHER THINGS. TO ME , IT MAKES SENSE WHEN WORKING WITH KIDS.

 HELPING A FRIEND AGAIN. I DROVE TO KING OF PRUSSIA AND THAN TO RADNOR TO DROP OFF A FRIEND AT HIS SOCIAL WORKER'S OFFICE. I LATER PICKED HIM UP AND TOOK HIM HOME. SOMETIMES JUST HELPING OTHERS OUT IS REWARDING AND BASICALLY BEING A GOOD HUMAN BEING. HE BOUGHT ME A PRIMO'S " BADA BING " FOR MY UBERING HIM. AGAIN , I GAVE THE SANDWICH TO MY ELDEST.

  STILL THINKING OF THE PUP. I JUST CAN'T SHAKE IT.  WE GAVE ALL OUR EXTRA DOG FOOD AND MORE TO A FRIEND. OUR HOME IS NOW COMPLETELY SIGHT-FREE OF ANY DOG THAT EVER LIVED HERE AND IT MAKES ME SAD.

  I LIKE WAITING FOR OUR ELDEST TO COME HOME FROM WORK. THE KID HAS A LONG DAY.......UP AT 7:30AM AND BACK HOME BY 6:30PM. SO FAR SHE HAS BEEN DILIGENT , PUNCTUAL , AND MOTIVATED. I LEAVE FOR THE NAIL AFTER SHE GETS HOME AND TELLS ME CUTE STORIES OF THE KIDS SHE WORKED WITH.

  AT THE NAIL I FIRST USE MY SCREW GUN TO ACCESS OUR SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT. I HAD TO BYPASS A POWER SUPPLY TO GET 2 CAMERAS BACK ONLINE. TO MY SURPRISE..............IT WORKED.

  SET-UP 2 MEETINGS TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT THE NAIL.  ONE IS FOR OUR YEARLY BACKFLOW INSPECTION ( TOWNSHIP STEALING MONEY ) AND HAVING OUR BEER LINES CLEANED. OH , PAYING A LIQUOR LICENSE 4 TIMES HIGHER THAN WHAT IT WAS FOR 20 YEARS IS THE STATE STEALING FUCKING MONEY FROM US. IMAGINE THIS........OUR TINY DIVE BAR NAIL PAYS THE EXACT FUCKING SAME FEE AS HUGE CLUBS LIKE ARDMORE HALL OR WORLD CAFE. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ?  PRICES SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE BY THE SIZE OF THE CLUB OR SEATING.  WE SEAT 30....THEY SEAT 300.  IS THIS FAIR TO PAY THE SAME HIGH FUCKING LIQUOR FEE ?

  ONE PHONE CALL TO SAVE A RENTAL.  A FAMILY WHO HAS RENTED OUR POCONO HOME FOR MANY YEARS.  HE CANCELLED A 10 DAY ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TRIP TO OUR HOME. THE FATHER IS ON DISABILITY AND OTHER FAMILIES CANCELLED ON THEM SO HE CANCELLED. SO , WHAT DID I DO ? I OFFERED 50% OFF.  HE WAS IMMENSELY APPRECIATIVE AND SAID HE WOULD DO THE VACATION. HE EVEN SAID HE WOULD PAY THE FULL AMOUNT OVER A 4 MONTH PERIOD. AGAIN , SOMETIMES JUST DOING THE RIGHT THING IS REWARDING ENOUGH.

  CLEAN AND CHECK LISTS FOR THIS WEEKEND.  I MADE A DEAL WITH MY YOUNGEST TOO. IF SHE HELPS ME AT THE NAIL SATURDAY NIGHT I WOULD PAY HALF OF A PRODUCT SHE WOULD LIKE. WE WILL SEE THIS SATURDAY WHEN I PICK HER UP AND DRIVE TO A HOME FOR THE PURCHASE. OH.....THE GIRL SELLING THIS DEVICE IS A PIECE OF ASS. MAN , TO BE YOUNG AGAIN.

 76ERS LOSE AGAIN. MAYBE WE AREN'T AS GOOD AS EVERYONE THINKS.

  BACK HOME AFTER MIDNIGHT. I WATCH TV AND AGAIN.........NO BOOZE OR LATE NIGHT SNACKING.

  THURSDAY      11 - 7 - 19

  LOOKS LIKE CRAIGSLIST HAS STRUCK AGAIN. I NOW HAVE 2 OARS IN THE FIRE AS THEY SAY. ALL THIS GOES DOWN TOMORROW.........WE WILL SEE.

  JUST FOUND OUT I WAS INVITED TO 2 EAGLES GAMES THIS SEASON. ONE IF FOR MY BIRTHDAY. GAMES WILL BE AGAINST THE SEAHAWKS AND GIANTS. GOTTA THANK WHEELS BIG TIME.

 JUST CAN'T SHAKE LOSING OUR PUP AND HOW GUILTY I FEEL. EVERYTHING I DO IS REMINDING ME OF THE GIRL. I UNLOADED MY VAN OF ALL TOOLS AND SEATS IN PREPARATION ON A POSSIBLE CRAIGSLIST PURCHASE TOMORROW. I HAVE AN OFF-WHITE TARP AND ON IT IS A CLUMP OF NELLIE'S HAIR. I GUESS SHE WAS LAYING ON IT ONE DAY WHILE I WAS WORKING OUTSIDE. SO.......I CREATED ANOTHER FACEBOOK POST WITH 10 PICTURES OF HER.

 EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS I WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING FOR HER POOP OUTSIDE WHEN I PUT THE RECYCLABLE TRASHCANS DOWN BY THE CURB......ANYTHING PHYSICAL TO REMEMBER HER. I THINK I'M LOSING IT.

 ELDEST IS IMPRESSING ME BIG TIME WITH HER NEW TEACHING JOB. GOING TO PILATES CLASSES , GETTING UP EARLY , POSITIVE ATTITUDE , FUN STORIES , AND GETTING ANY DOCUMENTATION DONE WHEN NEEDED. SO FAR I AM OVER THE MOON PROUD OF THIS KID.......ADULT.

 WHEELS TEXTS ME , " I HAVE A DEMO PRESENTATION AT WORK TODAY AND I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS. " I TEXT BACK , " YOU GOT IT AND WILL DO FINE......BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE MY FACE DURING THE PRESENTATION. " SHE TEXTS BACK , " OH YEAH THAT'S RIGHT. "

  MET THE TECH WHO DOES THE INSPECTIONS FOR OUR BACK FLOW DEVICE. I HAD EVERYTHING PREPPED .....FLOOR OPENED , EASY ACCESS TO THE DEVICE , A DROP LIGHT SET-UP , AND AREA WIDE OPEN. IN 5 MINUTES HE WAS DONE.  NOT BAD FOR 50 BUCKS. HE IS ACTUALLY VERY COOL AND REASONABLE. OTHER TECHS WERE CHARGING AS HIGH AS $250.......SINNERS.

  BACK HOME I CHILL AND DO BAND STUFF.  I AM BUILDING A NICE NOVEMBER OF SHOWS.

 RETURN TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND CLEAN.

 FLYERS ALMOST BLOW A 2 - 0 LEAD AND WIN IN OVERTIME 3 - 2. THANK GOODNESS IT DID NOT GO TO A SHOOT-OUT.

  OAKLAND RAIDERS ARE IN MY TOP 5 FAVORITE FOOTBALL TEAMS. I WAS HAPPY THEY WON A CLOSE GAME TONIGHT. THE FANS ARE VERY CLOSE TO EAGLES FANS.....BAT SHIT CRAZY. I ALSO ALWAYS LIKED COACH GRUDEN.

  TALK TO A PATRON WHO I MAY USE ON MY LARGE SIDE JOB FOR PAINTING. I WILL ACCESS THE JOB THIS SUNDAY.

  ROLL HOME TIRED AND AGAIN I GO RIGHT TO BED......NO BOOZE OR NIGHTLY SNACKS.

  I ENTER MY BEDROOM AND SAY , " HEY NELL.....HOW'S IT GOING PRETTY GIRL ? " MANY MANY TIMES SHE WOULD LAY NEXT TO MY BED ALONG THE BASEBOARD HEATER. I JUST SIGHED WHEN I SAW NOTHING BUT CARPET.

  FRIDAY    11 - 8 - 19

  STONE SILENCE........WHAT THE FUCK IS IT WITH FUCKING IGNORANT FUCKING PEOPLE ? I WAS COMMUNICATING VIA FACEBOOK MESSAGING FOR A PRODUCT FOR OUR YOUNGEST KID AT COLLEGE. THIS GIRL WAS COOL AND WE SET UP A TIME TO MEET.......THAN COMPLETE SILENCE FOR 3 DAYS. I CAN FUCKING SEE SHE SEES MY MESSAGE BECAUSE UNDERNEATH EVERY MESSAGE IT SAYS " SEEN ". THE GIRL JUST STOPPED RETURNING MESSAGES. NOT EVEN A FUCKING , " HEY , GO FUCK OFF I SOLD IT. "  JUST GOES TO PROVE YOU CAN BE A PIECE OF ASS BUT A TOTAL FUCKING GITBAG.

  LUCKILY I HAD A BACK UP PLAN. I HAVE EXPERIENCED TOO MANY ASSHOLE PEOPLE LIKE THIS GIRL SO I SET-UP ANOTHER MEETING. THIS SHOULD ALL GO DOWN TOMORROW WITHOUT A HITCH. I ALSO HAVE A 2ND PURCHASE TO DO TOO. BOTH THESE PEOPLE WERE VERY COOL WITH COMMUNICATION UNLIKE THE " C " WORD FIRST GIRL.

  I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD WITH PEOPLE LIKE THIS. IT WOULD ONLY TAKE A MILLISECOND TO RESPOND......NOTHING.

  DID SOME RUNNING TODAY AND UNLOADED 1,000 TOOLS.  I AM ALREADY TIRED.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.  A GOOD CROWD PACKED THE NAIL. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE.  MUSIC AND PEOPLE WERE ALL VERY COOL.

 TESTED A WIRELESS MIC WITH 2 BANDS TONIGHT. BOTH ACTS LIKED IT.

 HEAD HOME AND HAVE A NIGHTCAP AND SOME UNWANTED FOOD. I FELT HORRIBLE THE NEXT MORNING.

   SATURDAY    11 - 9 - 19

 YOU WANT A LONG DAY ?.....HERE IT IS.

  CRAIGSLIST AND FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE STRIKE AGAIN. LET THE RUNNING BEGIN.

  AT 6AM I AM DRIVING WHEELS TO A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE AND THAN TO THE AIRPORT. WHEELS WILL BE JOINING 12 FAMILY MEMBERS FOR A BAHAMA CRUISE.  FIRST STOP.....FLORIDA. WE HOOKED UP ALL THE COUSINS AND FAMILY BIG TIME BY BOOKING A MAGNIFICENT PRESIDENTIAL SUITE THAT SLEEPS 12. IT IS THE ONLY SUPER LARGE SUITE OUT OF 300 UNITS.  WE DID THIS THROUGH OUR TIMESHARE.  ALL FLIGHTS WERE GOOD AND THEY ARRIVED TO A RAINY 70 DEGREE FLORIDA.

  I DRIVE TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I SPEND ABOUT 90 MINUTES.

  STOP HOME AND CHANGE VEHICLES. I DRIVE MY EMPTY VAN TO CINNAMINSON , NEW JERSEY. I AM PURCHASING FIFTEEN 5 GALLON DRUMS OF DRIVEWAY FILLER AND SEALER. THE PRICE IS $50 A BUCKET.  I BOUGHT ALL 15 FOR A $100.  I THOUGHT THE DRIVE WAS GOING TO BE 1 1/4 HOURS BUT IT ENDED UP JUST 36 MINUTES. I ASKED THE GUY TO MEET ME CLOSER FROM THE ORIGINAL SPOT OF BURLINGTON ,NEW JERSEY. HE AGREED TO A WALMART PARKING LOT IN CINNAMINSON. ONLY ONE TINY HITCH. I DID NOT COUNT THE BUCKETS UNTIL I GOT HOME AND UNLOADED THEM. THERE WAS 1 SHORT. I AM STILL VERY OKAY WITH THIS PURCHASE OF $7 A DRUM.

 DRIVE TO MY KID'S COLLEGE AND MY CELL PHONE DIES.  I ALWAYS LEAVE A CHARGER IN EACH VEHICLE BUT FOR SOME STUPID REASON I TOOK ONE OUT OF MY VAN. SO.....NO G.P.S. TO GET TO THE COLLEGE FROM JERSEY. SMARTLY , I TEXTED MY KID AND WROTE DOWN ALL INFORMATION TO A CLIP BOARD THAT WAS NEEDED FOR THE NEXT STOP.

 I ARRIVE AT THE COLLEGE 30 MINUTES EARLY.  NOW......HOW DO I TELL MY KID THIS WIHTOUT A CELL PHONE ? I BANG ON THE FRONT DOOR BUT THE LAZY GUARD DOES NOT MOVE AN INCH. LUCKILY , I GET A NICE STUDENT WHO DOESN'T THINK I AM CREEPY TO ALERT MY KID I AM HERE.

 MY KID COMES DOWN AND WE LOAD THE VAN WITH HER LAUNDRY. WE WALK CENTER CITY AND HAVE BREAKFAST AT A SUPER COOL PLACE CALLED THE CONTINENTAL. HANGING BASKETS FOR SEATS ( I WAS TOO FAT SO WE GOT A BOOTH ) , SUPER COOL DECORATIONS , VERY NICE MODERN ECLECTIC LIGHTING , AND A NEW AGE TYPE OF SCENE HERE. IT WAS WONDERFUL. WE HAD BREAKFAST , TALKED , GIGGLED , AND WALKED CENTER CITY AGAIN.

 BACK TO THE VAN AND WE MEET A PERSON FOR AN IPAD PRO 6TH GENERATION COMPUTER PAD WITH A DRAWING PENCIL. I COULD NOT FIND ANY FOR LESS THAN $600 ON SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND $800 BRAND NEW. WELL , WE GOT THIS ONE FOR $225. WE MADE THE EXCHANGE WITH A NICE GIRL AT WHOLE FOOD MARKET IN CENTER CITY. WE TESTED " THE PENCIL " AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY. THE IPAD IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. IT ALSO CAME WITH A PROTECTIVE COVER , EAR PHONES , AND MORE.

  DRIVE HOME WITH THE SWISHING NOISE OF THE DRIVEWAY SEALERS IN THE DRUMS. WE GIGGLE MANY TIMES.

 WE SETTLE IN AND I WATCH PENN STATE LOSE A TOUGH GAME. MY ONLY PROBLEM WAS A PENN STATE RECEIVER RUNNING FOR A TOUCHDOWN AT THE END OF THE GAME AND HE FALLS AT THE 10 YARD LINE ?  WHAT THE FUCK?  THEY NEVER GOT A TOUCH DOWN AND LOSE BY 5 POINTS.

 OFF TO THE NAIL FOR A PACKED NIGHT. I BROUGHT IN EXTRA STAFF AND OVER 230 PEOPLE PACKED THE NAIL. HAVING A 2ND BARTENDER AND A COOK WAS HUGE.  OVER 40 ORDERS OF FOOD WERE MADE.

  I LOVE THE NEW WIRELESS MICS. MAN DID IT SAVE ME TIME TO RUN THE SHOW AND IT WAS FUN TO USE. THE PERFORMERS USED THEM TOO.

  FLYERS WIN IN A SHOOT-OUT AGAIN ? IT IS TRUE.....GOOD WIN BOYS.

 ROLL HOME CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT AND TIRED. MY YOUNGEST AND I WATCH SOME TV AND THAN I HEAD TO BED.

  I HAVE A LONG DAY TOMORROW TOO.

   SUNDAY      11 - 10 - 19

  STARTED MY 10 DAY SIDE-JOB. I WILL STAY THE COURSE SINCE I AM BY MYSELF DURING THE DAY.  I FIGURE I MILES DO SOMETHING.  IT WAS A LONG DAY AND I WAS TIRED BUT THE NIGHT WAS SO WHAT I NEEDED.

 AT 7:30AM I TALK TO WHEELS. FOR THE MOST PART HER 2 FLIGHTS TO FLORIDA WERE GOOD AND SHE SENT ME PICTURES OF THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE THEY ARE STAYING IN. OH MY GOD........IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

  UP AT 6:30AM I GET MY COMPUTER WORK DONE.  BY 8AM I AM HEADING TO THE NAIL.  AFTER A HUGE NIGHT I SPENT ABOUT 90 MINUTES CLEANING AND PREPPING FOR THE NIGHT.

  I GET TO THE SIDE-JOB BY 10:30AM. I UNLOAD 200 TOOLS AND SETTLE IN.  I DO A WALK-THROUGH WITH THE CUSTOMER AND BEGIN SOME OF THE 20 THINGS ON THE LIST.  REPLACED SCREENING ON A SLIDING DOOR AND WINDOW , REPLACED KITCHEN DOOR HINGES , AND A DROP CEILING IN A VERY LARGE BASEMENT ( THIS TOOK MOST OF THE TIME ).  I GOT THESE DONE AND IT WAS NICE BECAUSE I HAD A SMALL RADIO TO LISTEN TO SPORTS TALK.

  MY FRIEND ARRIVES AND HE BANGS OUT A TON OF PLUMBING IN LESS THAN ONE HALF DAY.  UNFORTUNATELY , WE RAN INTO A PROBLEM AND HE HAS TO RETURN WITH PARTS NEXT WEEKEND.  HE IS PRETTY DAMN GOOD AND IT IS A SHAME BECAUSE HE WOULD OF GOT EVERYTHING DONE IN 3 1/2 HOURS WHICH IS AMAZING.

  HEAD HOME PRETTY TIRED. I HAVE ONE MORE THING TO DO.

  I DRIVE MY YOUNGEST BACK TO COLLEGE AND WE DECIDE TO GO TO CHINATOWN.  WE WALKED AROUND , TOOK PICTURES , AND HAD DINNER AT  MANDARIN RESTAURANT CALLED PENANG. IT WAS VERY GOOD.  WE STOPPED AT ONE RESTAURANT AND IT WAS A 1 HOUR WAIT. IMAGINE THAT ON A SUNDAY NIGHT ??  CHINATOWN WAS HOPPING !!!  SO WE MOVED ON AND THIS ONE HAD A 10 MINUTE WAIT. I SO ENJOYED THIS TIME.

  BACK HOME I SETTLE IN. MY ELDEST IS PRETTY SNUG ON THE COUCH WATCHING TV SO I GO TO MY BEDROOM TO WATCH SPORTS , EMAIL BANDS , AND CHILL. I HAD NO BOOZE TO END THE NIGHT.

 FLYERS WIN IN AN OVERTIME SHOOT-OUT AGAIN ?  THIS IS TRUE. WHO IS THIS TEAM ?

 76ERS WIN.

 ANNNNNNNND MOST IMPORTANT OF THEM ALL......THE COWASSES LOSE TO THE VIKINGS AT HOME.  THANK YOU MINNESOTA......SKOL !!

  OFF TO BED AND MY SHOULDER HURTS. I DREAM ABOUT AN PAST DOORMAN AND 3 OTHER FRIENDS. WE ARE ALL HANGING OUT IN A CABIN MAKING JOKES , DRINKING , AND LISTENING TO MUSIC. I SEE THE DOORMAN DOING SOMETHING UNDER THE COVERS IN HIS BED. I SAY , " YO DUDE , ARE YOU  JERKING OFF ? " HE REPLIES , " YEAH , I HAVE TO OR I WILL NOT GET ANY SLEEP TONIGHT. "  I AM NOT SURPRISED BY THIS ANSWER BECAUSE HE SAYS SHIT LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME.  ALL OF US LAUGH AND SAY , " GO TO THE BATHROOM WILL YA ? ".  HE GETS OUT OF BED KINDA PISSED BUT STILL PROUD HE ENTERTAINED US.

 STILL CALLING OUT MY DOG'S NAME. I TALK TO WHEELS AND SHE HAD A DREAM OF HER AND GOT TO SEE HER. I WAS ENVIOUS.

  MONDAY     11 - 11 - 19

  DRIVING HOME I STARTED THINKING ABOUT MY PUP AGAIN.  I SEE HER LAYING ON THE FLOOR ON HER ZEBRA BLANKET AS WE LEFT THE VET'S OFFICE. I HATE THAT VISUAL.  I ARRIVE HOME , CALL HER NAME , YELP OUT LOUD ( IT WAS HOW I CALLED HER TO COME TO ME ) , AND CRIED AGAIN. JESUS........I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW HARD I AM TAKING THIS. LATER I TALKED TO MY ELDEST ABOUT IT.

 WHEELS MAKES IT TO THE CRUISE SHIP. ALL GOOD SO FAR.

  I HEAD TO MY SIDE JOB ON DAY 2. I AM ALLOWING 10 DAYS. TODAY I CONCENTRATED ON RECESSING SOME NAIL HOLES , INSTALLED KITCHEN CABINET DOOR MAGNETIC CATCHES , SPACKLING & SANDING THROUGHOUT 5 ROOMS , REMOVING SWITCH & OUTLET COVERS , REMOVING LIGHTS FROM THE CEILING , MAJOR CLEAN UP IN THE BASEMENT & VACUUMING FROM INSTALLING A TON OF CEILING TILES , AND REMOVING DRAPES. MOST OF THIS TO PREP FOR PAINTING.

  I DECIDED TO TAKE ON THE PAINTING MYSELF.  TWO PAINTERS I CONTACTED AND THEY BOTH WANTED $350 DOLLARS PER DAY. IT WAS NOT IN MY BUDGET. MAYBE I SHOULD OF BEEN A PAINTER....NOT TOO BAD TO MAKE $1750 A WEEK. MY 10 DAY JOB WITH 20 PROJECTS IS LESS THAN THAT.

  CUSTOMER GAVE ME A FAIR AMOUNT OF MASON JARS. I WILL GIVE THEM TO MY ELDEST'S FRIEND WHO IS MAKING SOME KIND OF HOOCH. THEY ASKED ME A WEEK AGO IF I HAD ANY. I REMEMBERED SO I ASKED THE CUSTOMER.

  I SPEND ABOUT 5 1/2 HOURS AT THE JOB. I LOAD UP ALOT OF OLD CEILING TILES AND TRASH TO BE PLACED IN OUR DUMPSTER.

  ROLL HOME AND TRAFFIC IS OKAY. LIKE I WROTE ABOVE I STARTED THINKING ABOUT THE PUP AND MAN DID IT MAKE ME MELANCHOLY.

  AT HOME I CHECK MY COMPUTER AND TAKE A NAP.

 MY ELDEST ARRIVES HOME AND SHE STILL SEEMS TO BE ENJOYING TRAINING TO BE A TEACHER AND THE LITTLE KIDS.

 I HEAD TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT , DUMP TRASH , AND STOCK THE MASON JARS FOR PICK UP LATER ON. I CLOSE UP AND MY KID PICKS ME UP.

  OFF TO DINNER AT MY PARENT'S HOUSE. WE HAVE ROASTED PORK LOIN , BROCCOLI RABE , MAC & CHEESE , AND WHITE WINE.  EVERYTHING WAS VERY GOOD. WE EVEN HAD OREO COOKIES WITH ICE CREAM AFTERWARDS.

 AFTER DINNER WE DRIVE TO A FRIEND'S HOUSE WHO IS HELPING ME WITH THE SIDE JOB. I PICK UP A HEAT GUN AND SOME MATERIAL.  I TALK ALITTLE TO HIM AND HIS WIFE BUT THAN THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT'S SIRENS WENT OFF. DAMN.....THAT IS LOUD.

  MY ELDEST DROPS ME OFF AT THE NAIL AND SHE GOES TO GULLIFTY'S TO MEET SOME FRIENDS.

  I CONCENTRATE ON BAND CALLS , EMAILS , AND FACEBOOKING ACTS.  I WAS BEHIND FROM THE WEEKEND BUT CAUGHT UP TONIGHT.

  ROLL HOME LATE NIGHT AND WATCH NFL FOOTBALL. IT WAS AN EXCELLENT GAME BETWEEN SEATTLE AND SAN FRAN. SEATTLE KICKED A FIELD GOAL IN OVERTIME TO WIN THE GAME. SAN FRAN LOST THEIR KICKER AND USED A ROOKIE THIS GAME. HE MADE 3 FIELD GOALS DURING THE GAME TO MY SURPRISE BUT WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO WIN THE GAME IN OVERTIME I SAID , " THERE IS NO WAY THIS KID IS GOING TO MAKE THIS "......HE SHANKED IT BIG TIME. I FELT BAD FOR HIM AS THE SEAHAWKS MARCHED THE BALL THE OTHER WAY AND KICKED THE GAME WINNING FIELD GOAL WITH AN EXPERIENCED KICKER.

 OH.....THERE IS NOW WAY THE EAGLES ARE BEATING THE SEAHAWKS IN 2 WEEKS. THIS IS A VERY GOOD TEAM. I WILL BE AT THE GAME.

 I PUT THE TRASHCANS DOWN BY THE CURB AND THINK OF THE PUP. EVERY NIGHT AT THIS TIME I WOULD WALK HER. I TRULY FEEL SHE WAS MY BEST FRIEND AND COMPANION.

 OFF TO BED WAY TOO LATE. I SLEPT GOOD THOUGH.

  TUESDAY       11 - 12 - 19

  DAY 3 SIDE JOB............I AM AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.

  DO MY NORMAL ROUTINE OF MAKING BREAKFAST , LUNCH , AND START THE CAR TO WARM IT UP FOR MY KID. SHE HEADS TO WORK AND I DO MY COMPUTER STUFF.

 FIRST EMAIL I READ IS A BAND CALLED THE JIVE BOMBERS NOT WANTING TO PLAY WITH OTHER BANDS BECAUSE THEIR MUSIC IS WAY DIFFERENT.  I OFFER 3 SCENARIOS LIKE HAVING 2 DIFFERENT TIMED SHOWS. ONE SHOW AT 7PM - 9PM AND THE NEXT SHOW 10PM - CLOSING. MOVING THEM TO ANOTHER DATE OR MOVING THE OTHER BANDS TO ANOTHER DATE.  ALL SCENARIOS WERE SHOT DOWN AND THEY OFFERED NONE TO FIX THIS TINY PROBLEM. I AM JUST FUCKING AMAZED THAT SOME BANDS DO NOT WANT TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH OTHERS.  YEP.....THIS WILL HELP OUR ORIGINAL MUSIC CAUSE. I ASSUMED THEY JUST DID NOT WANT TO PLAY NO MATTER WHAT I OFFERED.

 START MY MORNING PISSED. I HEAD TO THE SIDE JOB AND START WORKING TO GET MY MIND OFF THAT DESPICABLE BAND. CANCELLING SHOWS WITHIN 2 WEEKS IS A MAJOR PET PEEVE OF MINE AND REALLY STEAMS MY CLAMS.

 SO THE JOBS TODAY :

 - USING A HEAT GUN I LITERALLY HEAT UP OLD KITCHEN FLOORS TILES AND REPLACE THEM. THIS WAS ALOT OF FUN AND TOOK MOST OF THE DAY.

 - THE GRAND FATHER TELLS ME STORIES OF HIS SERVICE IN THE KOREAN WAR , WORKING AT C.N.A. ( A FAMILIAR FIRM ) , AND WORKING AT VANGUARD ALONG WITH RAISING HIS KIDS.  THE GUY IS 90 YEARS OLD AND REMEMBERS STORIES LIKE THEY WERE YESTERDAY. THE ONLY TOUGH PART WAS ME WORKING QUIETLY WHEN HE FALLS ASLEEP IN HIS FAVORITE CHAIR.

 - INSTALL A SHOWER SPLASH GUARD AND CAULK.

 - REPAIR A DAMAGED WALL THAT WAS FILLED WITH MOLD.

 - SPACKLE AND WET SPONGE A 1,000 HOLES AGAIN.

 - USING PAINTER'S TAPE THROUGHOUT 4 ROOMS. I RAN OUT OF 3 ROLLS......THIS WILL BE ALOT OF " CUTTING IN ".

 - MITER BASEBOARD AND QUARTER ROUND MOLDING BUT IT DOES NOT MATCH THE ORIGINAL MOLDING. I DID IT ANYWAY JUST TO SHOW THE CUSTOMER.

 - REMOVED CABINET DOORS IN A KITCHEN AND MAIN ROOM TO ACCESS PAINTING MORE EASILY.

 - PUTTIED DECORATIVE MOLDING TO PREP FOR PAINTING.

  SOME MORE MINOR PROJECTS AND I DID ENJOY LISTENING TO THE GRAND FATHER'S STORIES. I TOLD HIM I WAS LEAVING AND HEADING TO MY NIGHT CLUB TO WORK INTO THE EVENING. HE RESPONDS , " WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WORKING HERE AND I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DO BOTH. "

  ROLL HOME TIRED BUT FEELING I ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING TODAY.  THE HEATING UP AND REMOVING THE KITCHEN FLOOR TILES WAS A JOB AND A HALF ON ITS OWN.

  AT HOME I HEAT UP MUSSELS AND CRAB CLAWS FOR DINNER ALONG WITH SOME PEAS , CARROTS , AND DUMPLINGS. OUR ELDEST COMES HOME AND WE HAVE DINNER TOGETHER.

 MY PARENTS CALL ME TO STOP BY THEIR HOUSE. YEAH.....LIKE MY DAY AND NIGHT ISN'T TOO FILLED.  I ARRIVE AND MY MOM SHOWS ME 2 POTS STUCK IN EACH OTHER. I TAKE IT WITH ME AFTER SEVERAL FAILED ATTEMPTS TO BREAK THEM APART.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO VACUUM , CLEAN , AND DO COMPUTER WORK. A LADY CALLS ME AND SAYS SHE LIKED TO DO A 60TH BIRTHDAY PARTY ON THE NIGHT THE JIVE BOMBERS ARE PLAYING. HOW IS THAT FOR GETTING KICKED IN THE BALLS.......TWICE IN ONE MONTH.

  I GOOGLE HOW TO TAKE 2 POTS APART :

 1 - PLACE BOTH POTS IN HOT WATER AND PUT SOME ICE IN THE TOP POT.

 2 - PUT BOTH POTS ON THE STOVE AND HEAT UP.

 SINCE I DID NOT HAVE A STOVE AT THE NAIL I DID THE FIRST SCENARIO........IT WORKED.

 76ERS WIN BY ONE POINT IN A SUPER EXCITING GAME. IT WENT DOWN TO THE LAST SECONDS.

 GABE KAPLER , FORMER PHILLIES MANAGER OF THE PHILLIES , LANDED A 3 YEAR DEAL WITH THE GIANTS.

 EAGLES GAME AGAINST SEATTLE GOT FLEXED DUE TO THE PACKERS / 49ERS GAME. INSTEAD OF PLAYING AT 8:20PM , THE GAME HAS BEEN MOVED TO 1PM. I AM OKAY WITH THAT.

 TALKED TO WHEELS AND SHE IS ON THE MAGNIFICENT GIGANTIC CRUISE SHIP.

  THINKING OF MY YOUNGEST AND MY CELL PHONE RINGS AS I AM DRIVING HOME. SHE CALLED TO TELL ME SHE AND 3 FRIENDS ( AND PARENTS ) WILL BE GOING TO A PENN STATE FOOTBALL GAME THIS MONTH. I WAS ELATED FOR HER. SHE FELT BAD BECAUSE SHE WOULD MISS A THANKSGIVING DINNER. I TOLD HER I WAS ABSOLUTELY FINE WITH IT. I WANTED HER TO EXPERIENCE A HUGE TAILGATE FOOTBALL GAME LIKE THIS.

 DRIVE TO MY PARENTS HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT AND PLACE 2 SEPARATED POTS ON THEIR PATIO.

  ROLL HOME LATE NIGHT AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER. IT WAS VERY GOOD. I HAD SOME NIGHTCAPS AND SLEPT BAD.  OH WELL....CAN'T WAIT FOR ANOTHER DAY.

  OH.....ACTION NEWS AND EVERYONE FREAKING OUT HOW COLD IT IS ?!?!?!?!.......C'MON PEOPLE THIS IS NOTHING. THINK FEBRUARY , 12 INCHES OF SNOW , MINUS 20 DEGREES , SNOW DRIFTS ABOVE THE GARAGE , TREE BRANCHES FROZEN , POWER OUTAGES , ICE EVERYWHERE..........THAT'S COLD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

  

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

   

  

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

   

  

     

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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