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   WARNING - THIS EVERYDAY BLOG USES STORIES AND LANGUAGE THAT WILL OFFEND SOME ONE..............SOMETIMES.

                                                THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF A CLUB OWNER , FATHER , & A GUY.

                                                        SCROLL DOWN TO MOST RECENT DATE

     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. 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 in a row. 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 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 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 " Humps Bar " in 1948. This is a huge monumental enormous gigantic accomplishment since all employees bailed on us eventually 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.......you try it and see how long you last. We did it because we believed in the bar 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 to be 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 and affiliates.........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 sign............35 internet companies ...........mailing list............our own radio show ,  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 to prevent frustrating phone tag and usually have 20-30 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 at "other " clubs for FREE ( what the hell other owner does this ? ). Several times with my van and easy pass. 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 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.

     Our website is updated everyday 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........and in this business it usually is......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 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 EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT AT 6 PM

                                     ** 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        8 - 13 - 17

        IT'S WHAT TEENAGERS DO...........LIE. IT BOTHERED ME ALL NIGHT AND INTO THE NEXT DAY.

        UP EARLY AND STARTING MY ROUTINES. I CONTINUE TO BE ON THIS " NO 3 B " PLAN.......NO BREAD , NO BEER , NO BRANDY. I AM TRYING TO JUST BE SMART IN EATING AND NOT GOING SUPER HARD CORE. TODAY I WAS TESTED AGAIN.

        A NICE MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO THE NAIL. I PREP AND GET THINGS DONE.

        OLD SCHOOL............A RENTER FROM NEXT DOOR AT THE NAIL CALLS ME AND SAYS, " JUST SEEING IF YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOORS BEING OPEN AT THE NAIL. I SAW NO VEHICLES BACK HERE AND I WAS CONCERNED. "  I REPLY , " WOW , NEIGHBORS KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR EACH OTHER. HOW OLD SCHOOL IS THAT ? "  I TELL HIM MY MOTORCYCLE IS OUT FRONT AND THANK HIM.

        12:45PM MY KID CALLS ME AND ARRIVES AT OUR CONDO. TO SAVE US MONEY THE KID WILL CLEAN OUR CONDO BETWEEN RENTERS.  THEY WERE JUST 5 BLOCKS AWAY. THIS WAS PERFECT TIMING AND I WAS REALLY HAPPY THIS WORKED OUT. IN 25 MINUTES HER AND HER BOYFRIEND CALL BACK AND SAY THE PLACE IS CLEAN AND READY FOR THE NEXT RENTER. MY ANTENNAS IMMEDIATELY WENT UP BECAUSE THE LIST I GAVE THEM SHOULD OF TAKEN AT LEAST 45 MINUTES TO  2 HOURS. I BELIEVED THE KID AND THANKED BOTH OF THEM SEVERAL TIMES FOR HELPING US OUT WITH OUR PROPERTY.

        PARENTS STOP BY AND WE HEAD TO A CHRISTENING. THE GOLF CLUB IT WAS HELD AT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. AGAIN , THEY HAD ALL KINDS OF GREAT FOODS AND  DESERTS AND BOOZE BUT I DECIDED TO JUST EAT SEMI-RIGHT WITH NO BOOZE AT ALL.  IT WAS GOOD TO SEE ALOT OF FAMILY. RIGHT BEFORE ENTERING THE CLUB HOUSE I GET A TEXT FROM TODAY'S RENTER AT OUR CONDO. MY MOOD IS RUINED.

        BEEN WORKING ON SOMETHING FOR THE RADIO SHOW FOR OVER 3 MONTHS. IT ARRIVED TODAY VIA A FAMILY MEMBER. IT IS SMALL AND KINDA COOL.

        BACK HOME WE HANG OUT A WHILE. MY ELDEST ARRIVES HOME FROM THE SEASHORE WITH 3 FRIENDS. THEY PLAY Wii IN OUR BASEMENT AND OUR YOUNGEST JOINS THEM. I DO NOT TALK TO THEM AT ALL.

        WHEELS MAKES A NICE DINNER OF SAUSAGE , PEPPERS , ONIONS , MUSHROOMS , AND RICE. WE INVITE ALL THE FRIENDS FOR DINNER AND SIT ON THE PATIO. I WAS QUIET BUT ENJOYED IT. I ALSO HAD NO BREAD.

        WAITING FOR " GAME OF THRONES " TO START I FLIP BACK AND FORTH FROM " BREAKING BAD " TO " PULP FICTION ". THE COMMERCIALS ARE SO DAMN ANNOYING AND EXTEND THE MOVIES FOREVER. BOTH SHOWS WERE STILL GOING ON AFTER " GAME OF THRONES ".

          I FORGOT HOW DAMN GOOD " BREAKING BAD " WAS. WE WATCHED THE ENDING AND FINAL EPISODE AND IT WAS EXCELLENT ESPECIALLY SINCE WE FORGOT SOME PARTS.

        COUPLE OF GLASSES OF WINE AND WE WATCH " GAME OF THRONES ". IT WAS VERY GOOD. WHAT SUCKS IS IT IS ONLY A 7 EPISODE SEASON THIS YEAR. WE HAVE 2 EPISODES LEFT.

        OFF TO BED STILL THINKING HOW I WAS DECEIVED TODAY. MAYBE THAT IS TOO HARSH OF A WORD SINCE WE ARE DEALING WITH A TEENAGER. I KNOW TEENAGERS LIE ALL THE TIME AND I GET IT. BUT IT IS THE PRINCIPLE OF IT. IT IS THE HONOR OF IT. IT IS YOUR PROPERTY. IT IS OUR FAMILY'S PROPERTY. IT JUST SHOWS WHAT A PERSON YOU ARE AND HOW YOU TAKE THINGS ON........SCHOOL , LIFE , HEALTH , JOBS , PEOPLE......ETC. I KNOW THAT'S JUST WHAT THEY DO.  WHAT MAKES ME MORE MELANCHOLY IS IT REFLECTS ON ME AS A FATHER AND AS THE OWNER OF THE CONDO.  MY WHOLE MOOD CHANGED WHEN I RECEIVED A LONG TEXT FROM THE RENTER WHO JUST ARRIVED AT OUR CONDO. BASICALLY......IT WAS NEVER CLEANED. I WAS COMPLETELY LIED TOO. MY ANTENNAS WERE RIGHT. IT RUINED THE REST OF MY DAY , NIGHT , AND NOW TOMORROW MORNING. I FORWARDED THE TEXT TO MY KID AND SHE RESPONDED , " I WAS MAD AND NEVER WANTED TO BE THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. "

        MONDAY       8 - 14 - 17

        " DAD , YOU CONSISTENTLY EMBARRASS ME " - MY YOUNGEST.  I RESPOND , " IT'S PRETTY MUCH MY JOB. "

        IT'S OFFICIAL. I WILL BRING THE JEEP BACK ONE MORE TIME.

        TRYING TO TAKE IT EASY DURING THE DAY.  WHY ? I'LL PRETTY MUCH BE AT THE NAIL FOR THE NEXT 6 NIGHTS.

        STILL TRYING TO KEEP THE " 3 B " PLAN GOING. I WAS ACTUALLY CALLED FAT TONIGHT. THIS WILL BE A MOTIVATOR. IT'S FUNNY I LOOK AT MYSELF AND I DON'T " FEEL LIKE " I WEIGH 270 POUNDS. THAN , WITH MY SHIRT OFF , I LOOK IN THE MIRROR WHILE STANDING SIDEWAYS AND SAY TO MYSELF , " OH YEAH , I DO LOOK LIKE I'M IN THE PACHYDERM FAMILY."

        FAT JOKES I HEARD OR READ OR JAY OB TOLD ME: ( SO MISS THAT DUDE )

        I'M FAT. NOT BECAUSE IT RUNS IN MY FAMILY , I'M FAT BECAUSE NOBODY RUNS IN MY FAMILY.

        EVERY TIME SOMEONE CALLS ME FAT I FEEL LIKE CUTTING MYSELF..........A PIECE OF CAKE.

        I FELL DOWN AND ROCKED MYSELF TO SLEEP TRYING TO GET UP.

        I LIKE TO LOSE 40 POUNDS. I CALCULATE I HAVE 53 TO GO.

        FACEBOOK MEMORIES ARE A GREAT WAY TO SEE HOW FAT I GOT.

        I REALIZED I AM TOO FAT WHEN I PULLED MY PANTS DOWN AND MY ASS WAS STILL IN THEM.

        I CHASED MY KID'S SCHOOL BUS THINKING IT WAS A TWINKIE.

        OK , SO I CONTINUE MY NO BREAD , NO BEER , NO BRANDY QUEST. IT'S HARDER THAN IT SEEMS. I AM ALSO FIGURING MY LIVER SO NEEDS A BREAK.

        A WEEK LATER AND I AM STILL LOOKING FOR MY LOST LICENSE PLATE ALONG HAVERFORD ROAD. I NOW FEEL SOMEONE STOLE IT.

        ELDEST HAS FRIENDS SLEEPOVER. MAN THE TRASH THAT ACCUMULATES IN THE BASEMENT.

        ELDEST IS SICK AND NOW MAY GET US SICK.

        I POSTED ON FACEBOOK A SUPER LARGE ANT MOUND AND A BIG WHITE AND BROWN MUSHROOM IN OUR YARD. I DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT THEY ARE. I AM GUESSING THE MUSHROOM MAY BE EDIBLE AND THE SUPER ANT MOUND IS A GROUND SPIDER.

        TAKE A WALK WITH THE PUP AND MAIL A LETTER.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I USED OUR MARQUEE TO SPREAD A WORD OF SUPPORT FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE AND HOW MUSIC IS WORLDWIDE THING FOR LOVE.

        FRIEND HOOKS ME UP AND I DO THE SAME. I GET ALL MY STUFF DONE AT THE NAIL AND GIVE MY FRIEND A RIDE HOME AND PICK UP MY YOUNGEST AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE.

        BACK HOME WHEELS AND I WATCH " RAY DONOVAN ". IT WAS VERY GOOD. I ALSO HAD NO BOOZE AND I STILL THOUGHT RAY DONOVAN WAS VERY GOOD.

        IN BED BY 11:30PM AND WATCH THE PHILLIES FOR A LITTLE BIT. I WAKE UP AT 1AM AND 2:30AM TO CHECK THE SCORE LIKE AN IDIOT. I ALSO WOKE UP AT 5AM AND 6AM.

        WHILE DRIVING MY KID HOME FROM A FRIENDS HOUSE I SEE A BRIGHT WHITE NEW-LIKE FAN STANDING IN THE CURB FOR TRASH TOMORROW. I SAY , " MAN , THAT THING LOOKS BRAND NEW. " I PULL OVER AND BRING IT IN MY VAN ACROSS THE DRIVER SEAT OVER MY KID'S LAP. THE KID LOOKS AT ME LIKE I AM A DORK AND SAYS , " YOU ARE SO CONSISTENT AT EMBARRASSING ME. "

         OH , I FIXED THE " NEW " TRASH PICKED FAN IN ABOUT 30 SECONDS. IT IS IN PERFECT CONDITION.

        THE NEXT MORNING I WENT BACK FOR A SMALL WAGON THAT BE GOOD FOR GARDENING BUT THE DAMN TRASHMEN GOT THERE BEFORE ME AT 8AM.

        TUESDAY      8 - 15 - 17

        I PRETTY MUCH DO NOT BELIEVE ANY NEWS OR THREADS ON SOCIAL MEDIA ANYMORE.  I HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND HOW SUBJECTS CAN BE BLOWN WAY OUT OF PROPORTION.  I AM NOT A TRUMP SUPPORTER BUT MAN THE NEWS REALLY DISSECTS EVERY SINGLE WORD HE SAYS AND THAN INTERPRETS IT THEIR WAY WHICH BECOMES THE PUBLICS VIEW.

        THE STUPID FACE ALL OVER THE NEWS..............THIS ONE GUY SCREAMING SEEK HEIL AND THROWING HIS ARM OUT LIKE A MENTAL PATIENT IS NOW SAYING THAT IS REALLY NOT HIM.  YEAH.......RIGHT. WHAT A JACKASS.

        FATHER SEES SON ON NEWS DURING NAZI HATE RALLY AND BANS HIM FROM THE FAMILY. GO FOR YOU.

        FOUND OUT WHAT INSECT MOVED ALL THAT DIRT TO MAKE A LARGE ANT MOUND.  THE INFAMOUS WASP.  THE LARGE MUSHROOM THAT LITERALLY DOUBLED IN SIZE AFTER THE RAINFALL HAS NOT BE IDENTIFIED. I DECIDED TO UPROOT IT BECAUSE IT HAS GILLS UNDERNEATH IT. THIS IS A SURE SIGN OF DO NOT TOUCH OR EAT ME. WITH SO MANY KIDS AND A DOG IN OUR YARD. SOME OF THESE CAN BE POISONOUS.

        CONTINUE MY " 3 B " GAME PLAN. IT SEEMS IT IS DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. THE ONLY GOOD THING IS MY LIVER GETTING A BREAK.

        OFF TO THE NAIL FOR A REALLY FUN NIGHT. OUR POOL TEAM PLAYED ANOTHER TEAM FROM DOWN THE STREET WHICH IS BASICALLY A 2ND NAIL TEAM.  UNLIKE THE BACK STABBERS WHO LEFT US AFTER 15 YEARS OF WHEELS AND I BUILDING AND PLAYING FOR THE TEAM. ALL OF THEM ATTENDED WHEELSTOCKS. IMAGINE THAT ? IN OUR HOME , WE SUPPLIED BREAKFAST , LUNCH , DINNER , BEER , LIQUOR , LIVE MUSIC , AND ACCOMMODATIONS FOR A WHOLE FUCKING WEEKEND FOR FUCKING FREE AND THEY LEAVE OUR BAR. I COULD NOT FEEL MORE BETRAYED FROM THIS TEAM. FUCKING NO HONOR , FRIENDSHIP , OR LOYALTY ANYMORE THESE DAYS.

        OH , OUR TEAM WON TONIGHT 3 - 0 IN THE QUARTERFINALS AND WILL PLAY THE BACK STABBERS NEXT WEEK IN THE SEMIFINALS.

        LOT OF FUN TONIGHT , GOOD MUSIC , AND I GOT TO TALK TO A FAIR AMOUNT OF PEOPLE.  MY LEGS WERE HURTING BY THE END OF THE NIGHT BUT IT WAS ALL ENTERTAINING. OUR TEAM IS REALLY GOOD GUYS.

        I ALSO INSISTED A GIRL I REALLY LIKE GET A RIDE TO HER CAR UP THE STREET.  IT IS THE LITTLE THINGS I DO I HOPE KARMA SEES ONCE IN AWHILE.

        BACK HOME I WATCHED THE PHILLIES GET SMOKED AGAIN.

        I SLEPT REALLY GOOD GOING TO BED AROUND 1AM. BUT , AND THERE IS ALWAYS A BUT , MY DAMN CELL PHONE CHIMED BECAUSE OF A LOW BATTERY. DAMN IT !  I'VE BEEN UP SINCE 5AM.

        WEDNESDAY         8 - 16 - 17

        IS IT WRONG TO NOT TO LIKE ANY PENIS THAT DATE MY DAUGHTERS ?..............

        WHEN A CERTAIN FAMILY MEMBER SAYS , " WOULD YOU LIKE A _ _ _ _ _ FOR FREE ? " WE ALWAYS SAY YES. THIS TIME IT WAS A 50" TV WITH A STAND AND 2 BLACK GLASS SHELVES UNDERNEATH. IT IS IN PERFECT CONDITION. I LIKE HOW I DID A TEST FOR 25 MINUTES TO SEE IF IT WORKED AND I NEVER PLUGGED THE COMCAST CABLE LINE TO THE WALL.......DUMAS. WE ARE THINKING OF TAKING IT TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE.  HMMMM......GOOD EXCUSE TO GO UP THERE. MAN , I MISS THAT PLACE. MOST LIKELY I WILL WAIT UNTIL AFTER LABOR DAY WHEN THE RENTALS SLOW DOWN ALITTLE BIT.

        HAVE TO THANK MY ELDEST AND HER BOYFRIEND ( GRRRRR ) FOR PICKING UP THE TV.

        JEEP PART III - I DRIVE TO ESSINGTON AVENUE TO SEE MECHANIC CHU AGAIN. HE IS ALWAYS SUPER COOL.  HE TELLS ME HE NEEDS ONE HOUR SO I DECIDE TO WALK AROUND TO SEE THE SIGHTS OF INDUSTRIAL PHILLY. IT WAS HORRIBLE.  I WALKED ONE WAY FOR 30 MINUTES AND THAN TURNED AROUND LIKE FORREST GUMP AND WALKED BACK ( I KNOW HE RAN ). I HAD A JUMP IN MY STEP THE FIRST 45 MINUTES BUT THE LAST 15 MINUTES WAS A STRUGGLE. I WAS ACTUALLY CLOSING MY EYES TRYING TO NAP AND WALK AT THE SAME TIME. I KEEP STRAIGHT BY LISTENING TO MY FEET HIT THE CEMENT SIDEWALK. IF IT HIT GRASS I KNOW I WAS OFF COURSE.

        THE LONG WALK WAS SUPER DIRTY AND AT TIMES OKAY.  ALOT OF NEW CAR DEALERSHIPS ON ONE SIDE AND THAN JUNKYARDS AND CRAP ON THE OTHER. LITERALLY CRAP ON THE SIDEWALKS I HAD TO DODGE. SOMETIMES THERE WERE NO SIDEWALKS AND WALKING ON THE EDGE OF ESSINGTON AVENUE IS NO PICNIC. I SAW TRASH , POOP , OLD TIRES , AND ALL KINDS OF DEBRIS STUFFED OVER A SMALL 3 FOOT CEMENT RETAINING WALL. PEOPLE DUMPED SHIT OVER THE WALL.......A TON OF SHIT. I WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING AND SMELLING FOR A HUMAN BODY. I WOULD NOT OF BEEN SURPRISED IF I FOUND ONE. I DID PICK UP 3 BUNGEE CORDS AND A PHILIPS/FLAT SCREW DRIVER BIT.

        MECHANIC CHU TELLS ME I AM READY TO GO. IT IS GOOD TO FEEL MY ASS AGAINST THE SEAT AND I HEAD HOME. THE WHOLE WAY HOME THE JEEP DRIVES NICE AND THE " CHECK ENGINE " LIGHT DOES NOT GO ON.

        OH , ONE MORE THING. I MISSED MY TURN FOR MECHANIC CHU'S SHOP AND HEADED TOWARDS THE PLATT BRIDGE. THE TRAFFIC CAME TO A STOP AND I WOULD OF HAD TO CROSS THE BRIDGE INTO CENTER CITY , THAN TURN AROUND, THAN FIND MY WAY BACK TO MECHANIC CHU. THIS WOULD OF EASILY TAKEN 2 HOURS. I DECIDED TO BACK MY JEEP UP ALONG THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY TO THE MISSED EXIT. OH !! MY !!! GOD !! DID THIS SAVE ME. IN LESS THAN 2 MINUTES I WAS GOING THE RIGHT WAY. THE FUNNY THING......2 OTHER DRIVERS DID THE SAME THING AS ME AND FOLLOWED ME BACKWARDS.

        GOOD ON MY DIET AS I DROPPED 10 POUNDS IN OVER A WEEK. I KNOW THIS IS JUST WATER IN MY ASS WEIGHT BUT I CAN FEEL ALITTLE BIT IN MY BELLY. KINDA LIKE IF I WAS LAYING DOWN AND REMOVED A NEWSPAPER FROM OFF MY STOMACH.

        ELDEST BOYFRIEND ( GRRR ) MAKES A NICE DINNER WITH SOME GUIDANCE FROM ME.  WE ALL SAT OUT ON THE PATIO AND IT WAS NICE. THE MEAL OF CHICKEN , POTATO , AND SPINACH ALTOGETHER WAS GOOD.

        OFF TO THE NAIL FOR AN EASY NIGHT I THOUGHT. 2 GIRLS CAME IN FROM LAST NIGHT AND I ENJOYED SEEING THEM. THAN I GET A CALL FROM SOME REGULARS WHO LIKE TO MEET A FRIEND HERE LATE NIGHT. INSTEAD OF GOING HOME AT 11PM........IT WAS 2AM. I DID ENJOY THE NIGHT THOUGH.

        2 CARPET AREAS REALLY BOTHERING ME AT THE NAIL. I BROUGHT A ROLL OF DOUBLE SIDED TAPE FROM MY HARDWARE STORE BASEMENT AND FIXED BOTH OF THEM. I WONDER HOW MANY THINKS I FIXED FOR FREE. THE SAVINGS HAS TO BE IN THE MILLIONS OF MY LIFE.

        WORKERS AT MY NEIGHBORS SIT ON OUR PROPERTY AND SMOKE CIGARETTES DURING THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. THEY THROW THE BUTTS ON THE GROUND. KINDA PISSING ME OFF.  I AM GOING TO TAPE A SIGN ON THE CEMENT WHERE THEY SIT NOT TO LITTER.

        BACK HOME I HEAD TO BED PRETTY TIRED. I WAS THINKING , " WHY ARE MY LEGS HURTING SO MUCH ? " I WASN'T STANDING A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT AT THE NAIL AND THAN I REMEMBERED I WALKED FOR 1 HOUR THROUGH A LANDFILL ON ESSINGTON AVENUE.

        IS IT WRONG TO HATE EVERY PENIS THAT WANTS TO DATE MY DAUGHTER ? SO CANADIAN PENIS HAS BEEN HERE FOR A MONTH. I DON'T LIKE IT AND I WOULD NEVER EVER HAVE THE BALLS TO ASK MY PARENTS IF A GIRL COULD STAY AT OUR HOUSE FOR A MONTH. TIMES HAVE CHANGED. BUT MY ANTENNAS WENT UP THIS MORNING. MY KID RUNS UPSTAIRS FROM THE BASEMENT. NOW , THIS COULD OF BEEN GETTING SOMETHING BUT MY ANTENNAS TOLD ME DIFFERENT. SHE COMES DOWN DRESSED AND SAYS TO ME, " I AM GOING FOR A DRIVE. " I REPLY , " DID YOU GET IN AN ARGUMENT WITH THE BOYFRIEND ? " SHE SAYS , " YES. " I WHISPER REPLY , " CAN I DRIVE HIM HOME NOW ? "  I GET A MINI LAUGH AND SHE SAYS , " NO , HE'LL COME DOWN SOON. "  HE DID AND THEY WERE EATING DINNER AND HANGING OUT TOGETHER BY LATE AFTERNOON.........DAMN IT.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE THING , WHEN I ASKED MY ELDEST AND BOYFRIEND ( GRRR ) TO GET THE TV FOR ME AND THEY RETURNED. I ASKED HOW THE JEEP RAN. SHE SAID THE " CHECK ENGINE " LIGHT WAS ON. I IMMEDIATELY TEXTED MECHANIC CHU.......AND PART IV WILL BE NEXT WEEK. I AM TRYING TO LOOK AT THIS POSITIVELY.  LIKE , " WOW , WE ARE REALLY GETTING OUR MONEYS WORTH WITH THIS NEW USED ENGINE ". 

        THURSDAY       8 - 17 - 17

        " YOU'RE GIVING ME A BAD VIBE ".......................

        I REALLY LIKE THIS TV WE GOT FROM A FAMILY MEMBER'S FRIEND.  IT IS A 50" WITH STAND AND GLASS SHELVES AS I WROTE YESTERDAY. WE ARE THINKING OF MOVING IT TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE WHICH BE NICE. I TEXTED OUR CLEANER IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE OUR 68" REAR PROJECTION TV THERE NOW. SHE SAID 3 TV'S LIKE OURS WERE BEING GIVEN AWAY AND NOT ONE WAS TAKEN.

        I LIKE INTERNET SCRABBLE. THE GAME I PLAY IS CALLED " SPELL IT ".  THERE ARE 1000'S AND 1000'S OF PLAYERS. IN FACT , WORLDWIDE IT'S OVER 20 MILLION PEOPLE WHO PLAY. ANYWAY , ON THIS " SPELL IT " SITE I DECIDED TO PLAY THE TOP 3 BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD.  I BEAT #3 HANDILY AND WE ARE IN A RE-MATCH NOW. I AM STILL PLAYING #1 & #2.  I HAVE A SMALL AND BIG LEAD RESPECTIVELY ON THESE PLAYERS.

        BARCELONA SPAIN - THE TERRORISTS USE VEHICLES TO RAM HELPLESS PEOPLE. IMAGINE THAT ? WHAT DOES YOUR GOD THINK ? 14 PEOPLE KILLED AND OVER A 100 INURED. MANY ARE KIDS AND MOMS. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE WHOLE WORLD DOESN'T BAND TOGETHER WITH ALL THE SPECIALIZED AGENCIES LIKE THE F.B.I. , C.I.A. , AND WHATEVER AND TRACK THESE FUCKERS DOWN. I AM TALKING EVERY SINGLE NATION GROUP TOGETHER AND JUST ERADICATE THEM.  SINCE 2015 EVERY MONTH THERE HAS BEEN A VIOLENT ATTACK LIKE THIS. THIS SHOULD BE THE UNITED STATES NUMBER ONE PRIORITY ALONG WITH OTHER NATIONS LIKE FRANCE , GERMANY , ENGLAND , AND EVERYONE.

        ONE MORE THING....HOW THE FUCK DID THE DRIVER GET AWAY ??!!

        ANOTHER THING I SAW THAT STOPS MAD PEOPLE DRIVING OVER INNOCENT CITIZENS IS THOSE CYLINDERS THAT RISE UP FROM UNDER THE GROUND. I WOULD HAVE THEM ALL OVER THE PLACE.

        BACK TO MY WEIGHT LOSS AND MORE.  YESTERDAY'S BLOG RECEIVED THE 3RD HIGHEST " HITS " IN 20 YEARS. I THANK YOU FOR ENJOYING MY OBESITY AND PARENTING OF GIRLS WHO DRIVE ME NUTS.

        SPEAKING OF " NUTS ". THE CANADIAN BOYFRIEND HEADS HOME........NICE.  ANYONE ENTERING MY HOME THAT HAS 2 BALLS HANGING BETWEEN THEIR LEGS ARE REALLY NOT WELCOMED HERE.

        YOUNGEST HEADS TO ANOTHER STATE FOR A VACATION.  THE KID TOOK A 6 HOUR ROAD TRIP TO GET THERE. SHE SAYS THE PLACE IS BEAUTIFUL AND SHE MISSES HER PUPPY.

        ELDEST HAS A SLEEPOVER WITH A TON OF GIRL FRIENDS.

        I ROLL TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND OPEN MIC. ONE MUSICIAN WAS PRETTY DAMN GOOD.

        WATCHED THE EAGLES PLAY OKAY AT BEST. ALSO WATCHED THE PHILLIES LOSE AGAIN.

        END THE NIGHT WITH MY ANTENNAS GOING UP IMMEDIATELY.  HERE'S THE STORY :

        AN OLDER LADY ENTERS THE NAIL. SHE TELLS ME SHE IS BABY SITTING AND HAS A COUPE OF HOURS TO  KILL.  I THOUGHT THAT WAS WEIRD. WHERE'S THE BABY YOUR SITTING ?  ANYWAY , SHE SHOULD NOT BE WEARING SPANDEX NOR A LOW CUT SHIRT. I AM NOT SAYING SHE BE A GOOD FIT FOR THE TV SHOW " GOLDEN GIRLS " BUT SHE WAS CLOSE. SHE IMMEDIATELY STARTS HITTING ON THE GUYS IN THE BAR. AFTER I TELL HER TWICE " NOT TO TOUCH ME AND I'M MARRIED " , SHE SAYS , " YOU SHOULD " F " YOUR WIFE LIKE IT WAS THE FIRST TIME EVERY TIME. " OKAY , THE ADVICE WAS NOT THE WORST BUT CERTAINLY COULD OF BEEN SAID MORE ELOQUENTLY. SHE IS TOUCHING , GRABBING , AND HUGGING 4 OTHER GUYS IN THE BAR. IT IS NOW GETTING VERY AWKWARD.  SHE BEGS US IF SHE CAN PLAY MUSIC ON THE JUKEBOX. OF COURSE , WE SAY OKAY TO HER FAVORITE ARTIST........WHO I FORGET NOW. SHE FONDLES ALL MALE PATRONS AND NOW I AM FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE.  IF SHE WAS A PIECE OF ASS BLONDE..........MAYBE I FEEL DIFFERENT. DAMN IT !! I WISH SHE WAS A PIECE OF ASS BLONDE SO I COULD MAKE THAT DECISION !!

        SHE CONTINUES TO USE THE " F " WORD WHICH I AM NOT A FAN OF IN CASUAL CONVERSATION FROM A LADY. ON 2 OCCASIONS , I ASK HER TO BE NICE. BOTH TIMES SHE TELLS ME ," DON'T' TELL ME WHAT TO DO ". YEP.........THAT WOULD BE STRIKE 1 & 2.  SHE IS COMPLETELY ANNOYING WITH STUPID QUESTIONS AND EVEN MORE STUPID PHILOSOPHIES.  SHE CONTINUES TO " HIT " ON THE GUYS AND IT IS NOW COMPLETELY UNCOMFORTABLE. AT FIRST , IT WAS CUTE AND COOL. THAN , AFTER 30 SECONDS , I REALIZED THIS CHICK WAS A NUT JOB.  THE CONTINUING TOUCHING MADE A DOORMAN FEEL VERY UNEASY. THE THOUGHT OF HER HAVING SEX WITH ME OR ANYONE SKEEVED THE BEJESUS OUT OF ME. I ACTUALLY THREW UP ALITTLE IN MY MOUTH THINKING ABOUT IT.

        30 MINUTES IN AND ALL OF US ARE COMPLETELY ANNOYED WITH HER AND HER ACTIONS. I PURPOSELY STAND BEHIND THE BAR SO SHE CAN NOT TOUCH ME. SHE ASKS ME IF I SING DURING " OPEN MIC ". I TELL HER , " I ONLY SING TO MY WIFE BEFORE SHE GOES TO BED EVERY NIGHT. " SHE ERUPTS FROM HER CHAIR AND WANTS TO HUG ME. SHE SAYS , " OH MY GOD , THAT IS THE BEST THING I EVER HEARD !! I FUCKING LOVE THAT !! " SHE WANTS A HUG BUT I REPULSE BACKWARDS BEHIND THE BAR. I ALSO TEL HER , " YOU NEVER HEARD MY VOICE. THIS COULD BE A BAD THING ". SHE CONTINUES TO RUB AND FONDLE THE GUYS AND I AM JUST SICK TO MY STOMACH.

        HOW IT ENDS - I GO TO MY BARSTOOL AND CHECK EMAILS ON MY COMPUTER. PSYCHO TOUCHY LADY IS HUGGING OUR DOORMAN AND ANOTHER REGULAR WHO JUST CAME IN. SHE PLAYS POOL AND DOESN'T EVEN TAKE HER TURN WHEN SHE IS UP. SHE THAN SAYS , " HOW THE FUCK CAN I WIN THIS GAME ? " RIGHT AFTER HER FIRST TURN. OUR DOORMAN REPLIES , " WITH PERSEVERANCE AND PRACTICE ". THIS LADY IS JUST BAT SHIT LOOPY.  I TELL HER WHEN SHE CURSES AGAIN , "CAN YOU JUST BE NICE WHEN TALKING PLEASE ? " SHE TELLS ME " DON'T' TELL ME WHAT THE FUCK TO DO. " AND THERE IS STRIKE 3. I GET ANGRY AT HER AND REPEATEDLY SAY , " BE NICE !! CAN YOU JUST BE NICE !! " SHE WALKS OVER TO ME AND PUTS HER BODY AGAINST MY SHOULDER WHILE I AM IN MY BARSTOOL. SHE SAYS , " ARE TELLING ME I WASN'T NICE ? WHAT DID I SAY THAT WASN'T NICE ? " I VEHEMENTLY TELL HER , " LOOK , I TOLD YOU NOT TO TOUCH ME.  MAN , YOU'RE GIVING ME A BAD VIBE. "  SHE REPLIES , " YOU'RE GETTING A BAD VIBE FROM ME ? "  I REPLY , " OH GOD YES. "  SHE ABRUPTLY LEAVES AND ALL ORDER IS RESTORED AND THE TOTAL UNCOMFORTABLENESS IN THE WHOLE BAR EVAPORATES IMMEDIATELY.   TOUCHY ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING.

        ONE PATRON SAYS AFTER SHE LEFT , " MAN , EVERY TIME I COME HERE SOMETHING CRAZY IS ALWAYS GOING ON. "

        ON A FINAL NOTE. FACEBOOK HAS TAKEN MY " RUSTY NAIL " ACCOUNT AWAY. THIS IS THE 2ND TIME. YOU CAN ONLY USE YOUR REAL NAME AND THEY WANTED PROOF THAT MY EVERYDAY NAME IS " RUSTY NAIL ". I HAD TO TAKE A PICTURE OF MY DRIVER'S LICENSE AND SEND IT TO THEM. I DID THIS ONCE BEFORE.  THIS TIME I USED GOOGLE AND TRIED TO MAKE A FAKE PHOTO LICENSE. I AM NOT THAT GOOD WITH COMPUTERS SO MY FAKE I.D. KINDA LOOKS LIKE RALPH KRAMDEN WITH GLASSES ON FROM THE TV SHOW " THE HONEYMOONERS. "  THEY HAVE DENIED IT ONCE. I SENT IT A 2ND TIME AND I WILL NOT BE SURPRISED IF THEY DENY IT AGAIN.

        FRIDAY      8 - 18 - 17

        NOTHING LIKE BEING AWOKE TWICE IN ONE NIGHT...........UGH.

        AND THE RAIN CAME..........SOME PRETTY COOL SKIES THOUGH. A CAR PULLED OVER AND WE CAN SEE THE FLASH OF PICTURE TAKING FROM THE PARKING LOT AT D.M.I. HOME SUPPLY. I AM THINKING , "NOW WHAT ? ". THAN I REALIZED IT WAS THE SKY THEY WERE TAKING PICTURES OF. SO I DID THE SAME. THE COOL THING....TOWARDS MY NEIGHBORHOOD WAS BLUES SKIES WITH ROLLING BUMPY SKIES. TOWARDS PHILLY.......LIGHTNING STRIKES AND DARK CLOUDS.

        MEET A RENTER FOR OUR SEASHORE HOUSE AT THE NAIL. SHE WAS VERY COOL. I GAVE HER A BUNCH OF LIGHT BULBS AND A TOASTER TO REPLACE AT OUR HOME. SHE WILL BE GOING DOWN SATURDAY. THIS IS THE LAST FULL WEEK RENTER OF THE SEASON.  IT IS GOOD AND BAD. GOOD TO RENT , BUT BAD WE CAN'T GET IN THERE. THOUGH , GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO WAIT.

        ALSO MEET THE BEER DELIVERY GUYS TOO. I TIMED BOTH MEETINGS. I STOCKED BEER FOR AWHILE AND THAN PREPPED THE NAIL FOR THE NIGHT. I WAS HOPING TO TAKE MY MOTORCYCLE WHEN I RETURNED. THAT WAS SO NOT HAPPENING.

        STOP AT THE BANK ON THE WAY HOME.

        IT'S LITTLE.............BUT I AM REALLY ENJOYING THE INTERNET SCRABBLE GAMES. I AM NOW PLAYING PLAYERS IN THE TOP 10. I AM DOING WELL IN ALL THE GAMES BUT I DID LOSE TO THE #1 PLAYER BY 8 POINTS. WE STARTED A REMATCH. IN THE 2ND GAME , I AM UP 62 POINTS WITH 6 LETTERS LEFT. I AM NOT GETTING MY HOPES UP UNTIL THE LETTERS ARE DONE ESPECIALLY AGAINST SUCH A GOOD PLAYER.

        TRIED TO SEMI-REST AT HOME BUT IT WAS 3PM ALREADY. I WOULD BE RETURNING TO THE NAIL IN JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS.

        LOOKS LIKE MY " RUSTY NAIL " FACEBOOK ACCOUNT IS NOT COMING BACK.  DAMN.....KINDA LIKED IT. I AM GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE SOME THINGS AROUND SO PEOPLE KNOW MY NAME & RUSTY NAIL ARE THE SAME. I ASSUME MOST DO.

        RETURN TO THE NAIL BUT I WAIT FOR THE MONSTER STORMS TO PASS THROUGH. LUCKILY WE LOADED ALL THE BANDS IN WITH NO PROBLEMS.  5 BANDS TONIGHT AND OUR ELDEST BARTENDING WAS KINDA COOL. IT WAS FUN TELLING STORIES ABOUT HER AND GETTING CAUGHT WITH PARTYING.  THE SHOW MANAGER WAS FUNNY AS IT WAS THE FIRST THING HE SAID TO HER WHEN SHE ARRIVED. MY KID SIGHS AND SAYS , " OH C'MON THAT WAS 2 YEARS AGO. ".  ( IT WAS MORE LIKE LAST YEAR )

        HEY , PHILLIES GET SMOKED AGAIN.  IT IS SUCH A DISGRACE TO BE THE WORST TEAM IN ALL OF BASEBALL. IT IS EVEN MORE WORSE US PHILLY FANS HAVE TO ENDURE IT......IN EVERY SPORT.

        QUICKLY ROLL OUT OF THE NAIL. IT HAS BEEN A LONG WEEK. EVERY NIGHT BEING THERE KINDA SUCKS BUT I DO ENJOY IT FROM SOME STUPID REASON.  MAYBE NOT MEETING THE PSYCHO LADY BUT OTHER THAN THAT IT HAS BEEN FUN.

        BACK HOME WHEELS AND I SETTLE IN. I EAT A LOVELY SALAD......MMMM......MM. AND THAN SNACK ON BROCCOLI , CARROTS , AND CELERY.......MMMM......MM.  FINISHED THE NIGHT WITH SOME CHEESE , PEANUTS , AND RED WINE.

        WHEELS AND I WATCH 2 EPISODES OF " OZARK ". BOTH WERE EXCELLENT.

        OFF TO BED AND I CRASH HARD. IT WAS AROUND 11PM. AHH SLEEP GOOD.

        AT 2AM MY CELL PHONE GOES OFF. MY ELDEST NEEDS TO BE LET BACK IN. THE KID WAS HERE EARLIER AND WALKED TO A FRIEND'S HOUSE. THE DOOR GOT LOCKED BEHIND HER.

        I STAY UP FOR 1+ HOURS CHECKING EMAILS , FACEBOOK , AND PLAY INTERNET SCRABBLE.

        OFF TO BED BY 3:30AM AND I FALL ASLEEP FAST.  I PULL MY COMFORTER OVER MY HEAD. THE ONLY GOOD THING WEARING A MASK IS CONSTANT COOL AIR NO MATTER IF YOU HAVE 10 PILLOOWS AND BLANKETS ON YOUR HEAD. I COULD OPEN MY EYES AND STILL NOTICE NO DIFFERENCE FROM WHEN THEY ARE SHUT. IT WAS PITCH BLACKNESS. I FALL ASLEEP AGAIN QUICKLY.

        DOG WHIMPERING AND SCRATCHING AT 5AM.....CRAP. I LET THE DOG OUT TO PEE AND I DO THE SAME. WELP , I AM NOW UP.

        SATURDAY        8 - 19 - 17

        " HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING TONIGHT ?..........."

        NOWADAYS EXERCISE KINDA AIN'T MY THING. I USED TO BE THIN , IN SHAPE , COULD RUN LIKE THE WIND , THROW 90+ MPH , JUMP LIKE A KANGAROO , DUNK A BASKETBALL AT 18 YEARS OLD , HIT A BASEBALL A COUNTRY MILE , AND WAS A GOD OF SPORTS. OK , MAYBE THAT IS TOO FAR SAYING I WAS A GOD BUT I FELT INVINCIBLE. I TRULY FELT IF I WAS HIT BY A CAR , THE CAR WOULD BREAK FIRST OR AT THE VERY LEAST I JUMP OUT OF THE WAY IN NANO SECONDS BECAUSE OF MY GREAT REFLEXES.  WELL , I WAS ( KEY WORD " WAS " ) AN ALL-STAR IN EVERY SPORT I PLAYED. I PLAYED ALL SPORTS.  NOW..............MY BODY'S METABOLISM HAS SLOWED TO A TORTOISE AND HE WOULD KICK MY ASS.  NO MORE CAN I BURN CALORIES LIKE FUEL FORCING A ROCKET INTO OUTER SPACE. NOW , I LOOK AT FOOD AND GET FAT. THE MEER THINKING OF FOOD ANDI GAIN WEIGHT.  I ACTUALLY TURN AWAY FROM MCDONALDS COMMERCIALS ON TV. SO , I AM TRYING TO EAT BETTER AND MAYBE THROW IN SOME EXERCISE. THE " 3 B " PLAN IS STILL ON COURSE .....NO BREAD , BEAR , OR BRANDY.

        WHEELS MAKES SOME AWESOME CHICKEN CUTLETS.  I HAVE SOME YOGURT WITH NUTS ALONG WITH A GRAIN BAR FOR BREAKFAST.  MMMMMMM......MM THAT IS GOOD.

        BY LATE LUNCH I HAVE A CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD ALONG WITH WATER. I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW AN ITALIAN LOVES TO EAT LIKE A FRICKIN' RABBIT. NO , REALLY , I CAN'T TELL YOU BECAUSE NO FRIGGIN' ITALIAN EATS LIKE THIS !!

        WHEELS AND I TAKE A WALK AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD. I REALLY ENJOY HANGING WITH HER. WE TALKED BUSINESS AND FAMILY FOR ABOUT 35 - 40 MINUTES. PLUS , THE NEIGHBORHOOD WE WALKED IN WAS BEAUTIFUL.

        OFF TO THE SWIM CLUB WITH WHEELS. IT'S A GOOD CROWD AND WE CHILL. I SWAM SOME LAPS AND WATCHED WHEELS DOGGY PADDLE. I PREFER HER TO DO DOGGY STYLE BUT HEY GOTTA TAKE WHAT YOU CAN.  WE SHOT BASKETBALL IN THE POOL. YOU KNOW WHEELS NICKNAME USED TO BE " HOOPS ? " I WATCHED HER MISS 23 SHOTS IN A ROW FROM 4 FEET. IT WAS PRETTY DAMN ENTERTAINING. OVERALL THE POOL WATER WAS BEAUTIFUL. I SAY EVERY TIME WE GO , " YOU ALWAYS SAY " YES " WHEN ASKED IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE POOL ".  I SAY THIS BECAUSE I ASKED OUR ELDEST TO WALK OR GO TO THE POOL WITH US. THE KID DID NEITHER.

        BACK HOME WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF " OZARK ". IT WAS EXCELLENT.

        WE BOTH SHOWER AND WHEELS HEADS TO A CRAB DINNER WITH COUSINS WHILE I HEAD TO THE NAIL.

        PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND HAD A DJ COME IN TO SPIN. HE WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD AND HAD A NICE FOLLOWING.

        I HEAD TO THE CRAB DINNER AT MY COUSINS HOUSE. THE CRABS WERE GONE BUT A GLASS OF HOME MADE WINE AND CHILLING WITH THE COUSINS WAS FUN. I TOLD SOME STORIES OF WHEELS AND I DREAM VACATION IN BERMUDA.  THEY FELL ASLEEP.

        WE ROLL HOME AND WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH A NIGHTCAP AND ANOTHER EPISODE OF " OZARK ". AGAIN.....EXCELLENT.

        I WAS ON THE DOOR TONIGHT AND 3 PEOPLE WALKED UP. 2 GUYS WHO LOOK HOMELESS AND A PIECE OF ASS GIRL WHO LOOKS LIKE SHE TIME TRAVELED FROM THE 70'S. ONE GUY STUTTERS WHEN SPEAKING AND MY ANTENNAS GO UP INSTANTLY. THEY ARE OUTSIDE SMOKING SO I PUT WRIST BANDS ON THEM AND TELL THEM ABOUT THE NIGHT. I ALSO TELL THEM THEY DO NOT HAVE TO PAY COVER CHARGE SINCE THEY ARE NOT HERE TO SEE MUSIC.  AGAIN , ONE GUY KINDA SLURS HIS WORDS AND I ASK , " HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING TONIGHT ? " HE REPLIES , " NO I HAVEN'T SIR. "  I GO BACK INSIDE AND MY ANTENNAS ARE TELLING ME DIFFERENT.

        I WAIT ABOUT 5 MINUTES FOR THEM TO FINISH THEIR CIGARETTES AND I GO BACK OUTSIDE. I SAY TO THEM , " GUYS , I AM UNCOMFORTABLE AND FEEL YOU'VE BEEN DRINKING TONIGHT SO I AM NOT GOING TO ALLOW YOU TO COME INSIDE TONIGHT. SORRY AND HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND."  I TOOK THEIR WRISTBANDS AND WENT BACK IN.

        SUNDAY     8 - 20 - 17  ( HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WHEELS - 29 YEARS )

        THIS WAS A VERY GOOD DAY.

        IT'S 5AM AND I AM WATCHING A DEER WALK AROUND IN OUR FRONT PROPERTY.....KINDA COOL.

        WHEELS MAKES A VERY GOOD DECISION. LET'S GO TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. IT IS PICTURE PERFECT WEATHER SO WE LOAD UP OUR NEW USED 50" BIG SCREEN TV ALONG WITH THE PUPPY AND HEAD TO THE MOUNTAINS. WHEELS DRIVES AND IT WAS A GOOD TIME JUST TALKING ON THE WAY UP.

        OH , WE ALSO DO NOT TELL OUR ELDEST WE ARE GOING FOR ONE NIGHT. WE JUST ASSUMED RED SOLO CUPS , PING PONG BALLS , AND COCONUT RUM WOULD FOLLOW ABOUT 5 MINUTES AFTER WE LEFT OUR DRIVEWAY........SO WE KEPT IN QUIET.

        WE ALSO TALK TO OUR YOUNGEST VIA CELL PHONE ON THE DRIVE. THE KID MELTS ME WITH HER SENSE OF HUMOR. HER NEW CRAVING IS NICK'S ROAST BEEF. SHE LOVES THE GRAVY FRIES AND BROCCOLI RABE. SHE " SUGGESTED " NEXT TIME WE GO DOWN THE SEASHORE WE SHOULD STOP AT NICK'S ROAST BEEF WITH HER FRIENDS.  WHEELS AND I GIGGLE AND MOST LIKELY WILL DO IT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

        WE ARRIVE IN THE POCONOS AND THE LAST RENTER LEFT OUR HOME NICE.  WE UNLOAD AND IMMEDIATELY START DOING LITTLE PROJECTS. THE MAIN ONE WAS TO SWITCH OUT THE TV'S. IN ABOUT ONE HOUR , WE HAD IT WORKING AND THE NEW " USED " TV SITS ON A STAND WITH 2 BLACK SHELVES. IT LOOKS EXCELLENT.  THIS TV IS 10X BETTER THAN OUR OLD ONE.

         I PLACE A " FREE " SIGN ON OUR OLD BIG SCREEN TV AND ROLL IT OUT ON THE DECK. I FORGOT A PIECE OF CARDBOARD BECAUSE I WAS GOING TO POST A " FREE " SIGN AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR DRIVEWAY AND SCREW IT TO THE TELEPHONE POLE. DON'T YOU KNOW THE LAST RENTER LEFT A PERFECT SIZED SQUARE PIECE OF CARD BOARD.  I POSTED A " FREE " SIGN AND WE ARE HOPING A LOCAL TAKES IT. IF NOT , I WILL TRASH IT NEXT TIME I AM UP HERE.

        WE TAKE A WALK TO OUR DEVELOPMENT'S POOL.  WE DECIDED TO SEMI-EXERCISE AND NOT DRIVE. IT IS ONLY A 10 MINUTE WALK BUT WHAT THE HECK.  WE CHILL POOL SIDE AND IN THE WATER FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES. THERE ARE ONLY 4 PEOPLE HERE.  2 PARENTS WITH 2 KIDS. MAN I LOVE COMING HERE. THE WATER IS SUPER REFRESHING AND I REALLY LOVE IT HERE.

        I MAKE WHEELS LAUGH. I AM IN THE SWIMMING POOL AND START DOING WATER PUSH UPS. SHE SAYS , " WHAT ARE YOU DONG ? " I REPLY , " DOING PUSH-UPS UNDERWATER WITH 3 WATER NOODLES ". I SHOW HER 3 NOODLES I WAS PUSHING DOWN IN THE WATER TO SIMULATE A PUSH UP. I ALSO SAY ( PRETENDING TO BE AT A GYM ) , " YEP , I GAVE UP PUSHING BARBELLS FOR WATER NOODLES. "

        WE WALK BACK TAKING A LONGER WAY BY GOING AROUND THE LAKE. IT IS PICTURE PERFECT DAY. SOME KIDS ARE PLAYING BASKETBALL AND SMOKING POT.  MAN I LOVE COMING HERE.  LOL...............YES WE SMELLED SKUNK WEED AS WE WALKED BY THEM AND THEIR BALL BOUNCED TO US SO I THREW IT BACK TO THEM. WHEELS AND I REMEMBER THAT AROMA WELL. 

        BACK AT THE HOUSE AND THE PUPPY GOES BAT SHIT CRAZY WITH HOWLING AND CRYING THAT SHE MISSED US. WE GIGGLE AND UNDERSTAND BECAUSE IT WAS A WHOLE 45 MINUTES. HOW EVERY FAMILY DOES NOT HAVE A DOG IS BEYOND ME. THEY ARE SO DAMN ENTERTAINING AND LOVING EVERY DAY........GREAT TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE AND STRESS.

        WE GET DRESSED AND HEAD OUT TO AN ANNIVERSARY DINNER.  WE GO TO A WONDERFUL RESTAURANT CALLED " CHARLIE WEAVERS ". IT IS NOW A B.Y.O.B.  THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND SO WAS OUR WAITRESS " MIKE "......WHO WAS A SALTY OLDER LADY. WE LIKED HER RIGHT AWAY.  WE ORDERED STEAK , ST LOUIS RIBS, STUFFED MUSHROOMS , HOME MADE CORN BREAD , GREEN BEANS , MASHED POTATO WITH GRAVY , AND WE BROUGHT THE RED WINE.  THE DINNER WAS VERY GOOD AND I ENJOYED WHEELS COMPANY THE WHOLE TIME.

            WHEELS MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD SEVERAL TIMES. MAN HAS SHE CHANGED FROM 32 YEARS AGO. FROM SUPER INNOCENT SHY GIRL TO , AS SHE SAYS , I JUST DON'T CARE ANYMORE......TOO DAMN FUNNY.  ONE QUICK TALE IS I SAY TO HER , " THIS RESTAURANT IS REALLY GOOD. I REALLY LIKE LOCAL AND FAMILY RUN RESTAURANTS. PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS HERE AND THAT IS A SIGN THE FOOD IS GOOD ".  WHEELS REPLIES DRYLY , " THEY ARE THE ONLY RESTAURANT AROUND ".  WE BOTH LAUGH OUT LOUD.

        ABSOLUTELY GREAT TIME AT THE RESTAURANT AND EVERYONE THERE SAYS HELLO TO US. IT IS ALOT MORE LAID BACK UP HERE AND I LIKE IT.

        BACK HOME THE DOG FREAKS OUT ON US AGAIN FOR LEAVING SO LONG. WHEELS AND WATCH THE END OF THE PHILLIES GAME IN WHICH THEY WIN.  WE ALSO DO SOME SMALL ODD JOBS BUT BASICALLY WIND DOWN THE NIGHT. WE WATCH TV AND LOVE THE NEW REPLACEMENT TV. IT IS SO MUCH BETTER.  WE SETTLE IN GOING BACK AND FORTH FROM " IMPRACTICAL JOKERS " AND " SHARK TANK ". BOTH WERE VERY GOOD.

        I PLAY A LITTLE INTERNET SCRABBLE AND THIS TIME I BEAT THE #1 PLAYER BY 107 POINTS. HE BEAT ME FIRST BY 6 POINTS AND I CRUSHED HIM THE 2ND TIME. NO RE-MATCH AS OF NOW. I ALSO BEAT THE #2 , #3 , #5 , AND #8 PLAYERS ON THIS SITE. THERE ARE OVER 50,000 PLAYERS ON THIS SITE I USE. ALL THE ONES I PLAYED TONIGHT HAD EXCELLENT RECORDS.

        END THE NIGHT WITH SOME APPLE AND ONE LAST GLASS OF WINE. IT COULD NOT ENDED ANY MORE BETTER.

        AGAIN , AS I POSTED ON FACEBOOK ( THANKS FOR OVER 100 COMMENTS AND LIKES FROM FAMILY & FRIENDS ) , HAPPY 29TH ANNIVERSARY KID AND AS I SAID YESTERDAY " I LOVE HANGING OUT WITH YOU. "

        MONDAY        8 - 21 - 17

        IT FEELS LIKE A SUNDAY............

        UP EARLY BECAUSE THE PUP WAS BARKING AT SOMETHING AROUND 5AM.  I STARTED MY ROUTINE OF COMPUTER STUFF THAN BEGAN PREPPING OUR HOME FOR THE NEXT RENTERS.  CLEANING WINDOWS AT SUN UP WAS ACTUALLY OKAY ESPECIALLY WHEN I SAW A LARGE DEER RIGHT OFF THE PATH. AFTER SEVERAL HOURS I CHILLED AND PLAYED SOME INTERNET SCRABBLE. I WENT UNDEFEATED WITH 11 WINS AND 7 PLAYERS WERE IN THE TOP 20.  IT WAS FUN TALKING TO PLAYERS MOSTLY FROM ENGLAND.

        BEAUTIFUL DAY.........WALK THE PUP DOWN TO THE LAKE WHERE AN EERIE FOG HOVERED OVER THE WATER. I HUNG OUT FOR A LITTLE BIT AND WALKED AROUND OUR HOUSE. THE LAST RENTERS LAID A PIECE OF LARGE WOOD ON THE GROUND BETWEEN THE HORSE SHOE PITS. IT WAS WET BUT I ASSUMED IT WAS USED TO WALK BACK AND FORTH OVER A DRENCHED AREA WHILE PLAYING HORSESHOES. A GOOD THING AND POSSIBLY A BAD THING COULD HAPPEN HERE.  THE GOOD - I LIFTED UP THE WOOD AND THERE WAS A TON OF LARGE WORMS. THIS WOULD BE GOOD FOR FISHING. THE BAD - IF THIS AREA STAYS VERY WET THAT MEANS ONE THING......I HAVE A LEAK AGAIN IN OUR SEPTIC SYSTEM'S DRAINAGE FIELD. THAT WOULD BLOW.

        WHEELS BEGINS HER CLEANING AND PREPPING FOR THE NEXT RENTER.  I WATCH TV AND TRY TAKING A SHORT NAP WITH THE PUP.  I AM SO DAMN TIRED.

        MAN THERE IS A SHIT LOAD OF PROTESTING GOING ON. ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL 100 YEAR STATUES OFFEND PEOPLE. THE LEFTISTS ARE PRETTY ANGRY AT EVERYTHING.  TO ME THIS IS A TAUGHT HATE FROM VERY UNKNOWLEDGEABLE PARENTS.

        SPEAKING OF DUMB. HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS A MISSISSIPPI NEWS STATION RECEIVED BEFORE AND DURING THE ECLIPSE : ( SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT OUR COUNTRY )

        - " IS IT POSSIBLE TO CHANGE THE TIME OF THE ECLIPSE ? MY SON HAS SCHOOL AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT "

        - " WHY IS THE ECLIPSE GOING STRAIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY ? THAT IS NOT FAIR. YOU HAVE PLENTY OF PEOPLE ON THE COASTS WHO LIKE TO SEE IT. CAN YOU CHANGE IT  NEXT TIME ? "

        - " WHO PLANNED THIS ECLIPSE ? "

         AFTER THE ECLIPSE , OVER 222,000 PEOPLE GOOGLED " MY EYES HURT FROM LOOKING AT THE ECLIPSE "

        WHEELS AND I LOAD UP AND ROLL HOME. I LOVE THIS NEW TV AND DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE THE BEAUTIFUL  WEATHER. BY 11:30AM WE ARE ON THE ROAD.

        STOP A PICK UP LUNCH AT ZESTO'S PIZZERIA. I GET A DOUBLE CHICKEN , NO CROUTONS , CAESAR SALAD. AFTER SETTLED IN I SHARE MY CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD WITH MY ELDEST. THE KID REALIZES THERE ARE NO CROUTONS AND SAYS , " ARE YOU INSANE NOT ADDING CROUTONS ? " I JUST LAUGHED.

        WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " OZARK ".  AGAIN......VERY GOOD.

        WHEELS AND ELDEST GO SHOPPING FOR 3 + HOURS WHILE I CHILL AT HOME.

        I ROLL TO THE NAIL AND TRY TO DO PUNCH LIST THINGS. I MADE A LIST OF 10 ITEMS BUT ONLY GOT TO 2. I WAS PRETTY TIRED.

        MAYWEATHER VS MACGREGOR FIGHT WILL BE SHOWN AT THE NAIL THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.

        BACK HOME I WIND DOWN WITH WHEELS. WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF " GAME OF THRONES ". IT IS DOWN RIGHT FUCKING AWESOME.  WHAT SUCKS IS THIS SEASON IS ONLY 7 EPISODES. NEXT WEEK WILL BE THE SEASON FINALE.

        WHEELS HEADS TO BED AND I ACTUALLY STAY UP A LITTLE BIT LONGER. USUALLY THIS IS REVERSED. A LITTLE AFTER MIDNIGHT AND I WAS CRASHING.

        TUESDAY        8 - 22 - 17

        IT'S LITTLE BUT IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT...........

        MAYWEATHER VS MACGREGOR FIGHT WILL BE SHOWN AT THE NAIL THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.

        DROPPED 15 POUNDS OF WATER / BEER WEIGHT. NOW THE HARD PART COMES. I CONTINUE MY 3 B'S AND I AM REALLY SURPRISED I AM NOT TOTALLY JONESING FOR BRANDY AND BEER......AND BREAD.

        THIS HAPPENED TUESDAY MORNING BUT I WILL TELL IT NOW. LIGHTNING STORMS CAME LAST NIGHT. I FINALLY HEAD TO BED AT 3:15AM. THIS IS NOT GOOD. MY AIR MASK WAKES ME UP BY SHUTTING OFF. I THINK IT IS THE POWER BUTTON OR MAYBE IT CAME UNPLUGGED BUT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE. THE REASON ? WE HAD A POWER OUTAGE AT 6:15AM.  I WAIT ABOUT 30 MINUTES AND I DECIDE TO GET THE GENERATOR. I PEE FOR 11 MINUTES AND THAN GET DRESSED.

        IN A WAY THIS POWER OUTAGE IS GOOD. I WANTED TO TEST OUR GENERATOR WHICH WORKS REALLY GREAT.  IT IS SIMPLE TO SET-UP AND OUR LIMITED POWER IS ON WITHIN 5 MINUTES. BUT , THERE IS SOMETHING I WANTED TO TEST.......... HOW TO POWER UP INTERNET AND TV. I FOUND OUT THAT 3 THINGS NEEDED TO BE DONE TO HAVE INTERNET AND CABLE TV.

        1 - SUPPLY POWER TO DOWNSTAIRS MODEM. I DID THIS AND IT DID NOTHING.

        2 - SUPPLY POWER TO UPSTAIRS RELAY MODEM. I DID THIS AND IT DID NOTHING.

        3 - SUPPLY POWER TO THE BASEMENT'S MAIN CABLE/MODEM BOX. THIS DID WORK.

         I HAD 3 EXTENSION CORDS RUNNING FROM THE LIMITED OUTLETS I HAD TO THE 3 MODEMS. I HAVE TO ADMIT THIS WAS SUPER COOL. WE NOW HAVE POWER TO CABLE TV , INTERNET , REFRIGERATOR , 2 KITCHEN OUTLETS , KITCHEN LIGHTS , BATHROOM LIGHTS , BATHROOM OUTLET , BASEMENT LIGHTS , BASEMENT OUTLET , GARAGE DOOR OPENER , AND HEAT.  THIS IS PRETTY DAMN COOL.

        OH , ONE MORE THING , AFTER 25 MINUTES OF TROUBLE SHOOTING TO GET INTERNET AND CABLE , I FINALLY SIT DOWN AND TEST MY COMPUTER. GOOGLE WORKS AND I SAY TO MYSELF , " NOW THAT IS PRETTY DAMNN COOL. "..........RIGHT AS I SAID THE WORD " COOL ".........THE POWER GOES BACK ON.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO COMPLETE MORE OF MY PUNCH LIST STUFF.  THIS WAS THE HARD ONES AND 4 MORE GOT CROSSED OFF.  IT WAS SUPER MUGGY OUT AND MAN DID I SWEAT LIKE A FAT GUY AT AN ALL-YOU-CAN EAT SEAFOOD BUFFET.

        - I REMOVED EVERYTHING OUT OF THE OUTSIDE STORAGE / BATHROOM. I MEAN EVERYTHING. I WAS SWEATING MY BALLS OFF. MY HEAD DRIPPED LIKE A BAD LEAKY FAUCET.  I SWEPT IT OUT , THREW SOME STUFF OUT, CONSOLIDATED , AND IT SEEMS WE CREATED ABOUT 25% MORE SPACE TO PUT MORE CRAP IN.

        - CLEANED AND SECURED THE THRESHOLD....AGAIN SWEATING LIKE BULL ELEPHANT IN MUSK.

        - RE-POSITIONED AN ANCHOR FOR OUR DIVIDER WALLS. THIS WAS A PAIN BECAUSE I HAD TO DRILL THROUGH STEEL........SO NOT FUN.

        CLEAN UP AND PUT EVERYTHING AWAY IN STORAGE ROOM AND MY VAN. IT WAS 10PM AND I THOUGHT I WOULD PASS OUT CARRYING THE LAST DIVIDER BACK INTO THE STORAGE ROOM.

        THE SUPER HUGE MUSHROOM I PLUCKED AND THREW OUT 3 DAYS AGO HAS NOW TURNED INTO 8 SUPER MUSHROOMS. I SO WANT TO COOK THESE BASTARDS BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE.

        A FRIEND POSTED ON FACEBOOK OLD PICTURES OF A WHEELSTOCK PARTY.  MAN , DID THIS BRING BACK SOME MEMORIES. I FORGET MOST STUFF BECAUSE I WAS SO HAMMERED BUT THE PICTURES DID RE-KINDLE SOME STORIES. THIS WAS A MAJOR MAJOR ANNUAL PARTY EVERY YEAR. I MEAN WHO THE HELL HAS A FREE PARTY FOR 4 DAYS AND SUPPLIES BREAKFAST , LUNCH , DINNER , LIQUOR , BEER , BANDS , FIREWORKS , BEER PONG TOURNAMENTS , HORSE SHOE TOURNAMENTS , CAMP FIRES FOR AS FAR AS YOUR EYES CAN SEE , AND UP TO 12 BANDS EVERY YEAR.......ALL FOR FREE.  THE LAST WHEELSTOCK IN 2006 DID 438 PEOPLE. WHAT A FRIGGIN' SCENE.

        YOUNGEST COMES HOME FROM CONNECTICUT. MAN  WAS IT GOOD TO SEE HER. I LOVE JUST LOOKING AT HER. I GOT HOME AROUND 10:30PM AND WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. IT WAS SO GOOD TO SEE THE KID.

        IT'S LITTLE BUT IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD.  FOR 25 YEARS YEARS A GUY WANTED TO SING AT AN OPEN MIC BUT HE COULD NOT MUSTER THE COURAGE TO GET ON STAGE AND SING. LAST MONTH I HAD EVERYTHING SET-UP FOR ANYONE TO SING. THIS GUY PRACTICED ON HIS GUITAR IN THE CORNER BUT STILL WOULD NOT GET ON STAGE. IT WAS LATE SO I ASKED OUR DOORMAN TO STAY OPEN TO GIVE THIS GUY A CHANCE. WITH SOME ENCOURAGEMENT BY A REGULAR AND OUR DOORMAN THE GUY GOT ON STAGE AND SANG. HE POSTED A PICTURE ON FACEBOOK AND HIS KIDS WERE ELATED THAT HE FINALLY ACHIEVED HIS BUCKET LIST ITEM. TONIGHT HE TOLD ME , " THAT MOMENT WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF MY LIFE AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER IT. I HAVE TO THANK " A " AND " D " FOR THEIR ENCOURAGEMENT. I REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO HERE AT THE NAIL AND YOUR STAFF DOES A GREAT JOB WITH BANDS. "

        THURSDAY        8 - 23 - 17

        JUST WHEN YOU MAKE ONE PERSON FEEL GOOD..........ANOTHER MAKES YOU FEEL BAD.

        HEARTWARMING STORY YESTERDAY AND THAN A GUY FROM A BAND SHITS ON OUR VENUE. THE BAND HAS PLAYED HERE SEVERAL TIMES AND NOW SAYS BAD THINGS.  WE KNOW WE ARE SMALL AND DON'T HAVE 200 PEOPLE HERE TO SEE YOU PLAY. WE KNOW....WE KNOW.  WISH WE DID BUT WE DON'T. JESUS , FUCKING PEOPLE. INSTEAD OF WORKING TOGETHER.....AHHH FUCK IT.

        MORE FURNITURE...............SUPER HIGH QUALITY OUTDOOR WICKER CHAIRS , TABLES , FOOT RESTS , AND CUSHIONS. I ASSUME THIS WHOLE ENSEMBLE COSTS IN THE THOUSANDS. AGAIN , A CERTAIN FAMILY MEMBER HAS STEPPED UP. OUR MOTTO IS , " WHENEVER THEY ARE GETTING RID OF SOMETHING..........WE ALWAYS SAY YES !! "  NOW , OUR DILEMMA.......WHAT THE HELL DO WE DO WITH IT ?

        OH , ONE MORE THING......THEY GAVE US A BIG SCREEN PLASMA TV.  IT WAS ACTING WEIRD WITH A REALLY BAD PICTURE BUT I GOT IT TO WORK FINE LATER. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT IT. WHAT I LIKE TO DO IS START CHANGING OUT THE CRAPPY TV'S AT THE NAIL.

        GOOD DAY TO CHILL.  HAD SOME FAMILY OVER TO UNLOAD STUFF SO I MADE THEM LUNCH.

        WHEELS MAKES A NICE DINNER AND SOME FAMILY COMES OVER. ALL OF US ATE OUT ON THE PATIO AND IT WAS PERFECT.  THEY PLAYED CARDS AFTERWARDS WHILE I HEADED TO THE NAIL.

        WATCHED THE PHILLIES WIN A RARE GAME.

        GOT SOME STUFF DONE AT THE NAIL AND PEOPLE ROLLED OUT BY 10PM....SO I ROLLED.

        BACK HOME WHEELS AND I WATCH A VERY GOOD EPISODE OF " RAY DONOVAN ".

        ANNNNND MELANCHOLY...............I BOOKED A HUGE RE-UNION GIG 5 YEARS AGO. YEP , 5 YEARS AGO. IT WAS THE LONGEST FUTURE DATE I EVER BOOKED. WELL , THAT DATE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING OF THIS YEAR. IT WOULD OF BEEN A HUGE NIGHT. THE BAND IS A WHEELSTOCK BAND AND THEIR 20 YEAR RE-UNION WOULD OF BEEN GIGANTIC. THE SHOW WAS STILL POSTED ON THEIR WEBSITE SO I HAD HOPES..............UNTIL I EMAILED A BAND MEMBER FOR AN UPDATE.  THE LEAD SINGER HAS PULLED OUT.  IT IS NOT A 100% BUT IT IS NOW NOT LOOKING GOOD. I WAS SO BUMMED.

        THURSDAY       8 - 24 - 17

        JUST HELPING A TOMATO................

        THIS WAS A LONG DAY. AS YOU KNOW I START MY DAY BEFORE THE BIRDS ARE CHIRPING. WHEN YOU GET HOME AFTER 1AM AND GO TO BED AROUND 3AM..........THAT'S A LONG FRIGGIN'S DAY. OH , I WAS UP AT 6:30AM FRIDAY MORNING.

        CUT THE LAWN BY DOING 3 THINGS. FIRST , I USE THE RIDING MOWER. THIS MACHINE IS HUGE IN HELPING ME GROOM OUR GRASS.  THE ENGINE WAS SPUTTERING AND STALLED ONCE. I HOPE IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME PUTTING 10W40 CAR OIL IN IT.  IT DID RE-START AND I FINISHED EVERYTHING.

        NEXT THE PUSH MOWER. I FILL IT WITH GAS AND START THE ENGINE. THE WHOLE MACHINE WOBBLES UNCONTROLLABLY. I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. I LIFT UP THE LAWN MOWER AND THE CUTTING BLADE IS SHAPED LIKE A QUESTION MARK. I HIT THE BEJESUS OUT OF A LARGE ROCK LAST CUT AND NOW THE BLADE IS SEVERELY BENT. TIME TO BE A BLACKSMITH LIKE IN " GAME OF THRONES ". SPEAKING OF " GAME OF THRONES ", I HAVE WATCHED THE LAST EPISODE 4 TIMES......IT IS THAT DAMN GOOD.

        SO HOW THE HELL DO I BEND A STEEL GRASS BLADE STRAIGHT ? I REMOVED THE BLADE FROM UNDER THE LAWNMOWER AND OF COURSE OIL SPILLS OUT SO I MOVE IT TO THE GRASS. I FIRST TRY USING A MINI SLEDGE HAMMER. THAT DOESN'T WORK. THAN I WEDGE THE BLADE BETWEEN 2 ROCKS AND USE LEVERAGE........THAT DOESN'T WORK. THAN I THINK LIKE A BLACK SMITH............ NEED FIRE. I GRAB MY PLUMBING TORCH AND HEAT THE BEJESUS OUT OF IT. I USE A THICK GLOVE AND AGAIN USE 2 ROCKS AS A FULCRUM TO BEND THE METAL. USING MY FAT I LEANED ON THE BLADE TO SEMI STRAIGHTENED IT. IT WAS NOT QUITE STRAIGHT ENOUGH SO I USED A VICE IN MY BASEMENT AND MY WEIGHT. THIS DID THE TRICK AND I RE-INSTALLED THE BLADE ON THE MOWER.

        NEXT WAS USING MY NEW WEED WHACKER. I............FRICKIN'.........LOVE.......THIS MACHINE.  I AM NOW LOOKING FOR STUFF TO WHACK AND EDGE. I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING WEED WHACKERS FOR DECADES AND THIS ONE HAS BEEN REMARKABLE.

        ANOTHER PROJECT WAS HELPING OUR TOMATO PLANTS. I USED ALL 14 OF OUR WIRE CONES TO SUPPORT THE TOMATO PLANTS AROUND THE HOUSE.

        I AM EXHAUSTED AND IT IS ONLY 12 NOON. I HAVE MY YOUNGEST FINISH THE PROPERTY BY LEAF AND GRASS CLIP BLOW.

        I LOAD ALL MY TOOLS AWAY AND MAKE LUNCH FOR MY KID.

        TAKE A RIDE TO HOME DEPOT WITH MY YOUNGEST. I ADORE BEING WITH THIS KID.  WE SHOP , TALK , AND MAKE JOKES. I LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT. I PURCHASE A TV WALL MOUNT AND 12 DRIVEWAY LIGHTS.  THE TV MOUNT IS FOR THE NAIL AND THE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS ARE FOR THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THE SOLAR LIGHTS ALONG THE DRIVEWAY JUST DO NOT GET ENOUGH SUN AND THE LIGHTS ARE SPARSELY ON IF NOT COMPLETELY OFF. YEARS AGO I HAD THEM PLUGGED INTO AN OUTLET ON A TIMER AND THEY LOOKED AWESOME. I WILL DO THAT PROJECT NEXT MONTH.

        WE HIT ALL KINDS OF TRAFFIC BUT A FANTASTIC BACK DOOR SAVED US 40 MINUTES. DROPPED OFF MY KID AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE AND I HEADED HOME. I HIT ALL KINDS OF TRAFFIC , BUT WITH 2 TURN AROUNDS I MADE IT HOME IN 20 MINUTES WHICH USUALLY TAKES 10. I WAS HAPPY CONSIDERING THE LOG JAM OF VEHICLES.

        ARRIVE HOME AND SEE WHEELS FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES. SHE HEADS TO A DINNER WITH FRIENDS AND I HAVE A SALAD , 3 MEATBALLS , AND A HANDFUL OF PASTA.

        HEAD TO THE NAIL AND START MY ROUTINE. I HAD ONE PROJECT TO DO. HANG A NEW / USED FLAT SCREEN TV. THIS SHOULD ONLY TAKE 30 MINUTES TO HANG AND MAYBE  1 HOUR TOTAL.  3+ HOURS LATER AND HELP FROM A REGULAR I FIGURED OUT HOW TO HANG IT. I WILL NOT GET INTO THE TROUBLE SHOOTING I HAD TO DO BUT THERE WAS SOME SWEARING GOING ON THAT I HOPE GOD DID NOT HEAR. I LOAD A 100 TOOLS AND CLEAN UP. THE TV LOOKS 10X BETTER THAN THE OTHER TV THAT WAS THERE......FRIGGIN' NIGHT AND DAY. EVENTUALLY I LIKE TO CHANGE ALL THE OLD TVS TO FLAT SCREENS BUT THAT COULD TAKE YEARS WAITING FOR MY FAMILY MEMBER TO PURCHASE NEW ONES AND US GETTING THEIR OLD ONES.

        10 FRICKIN' PM AND I AM DONE WITH TOOLS. I AM SO DAMN TIRED. THE GOOD THING IS I GOT TO WATCH THE EAGLES AND LISTEN TO MERRILL REESE WHILE WORKING. OH , THE EAGLES LOOKED SO-SO AT BEST. THEY TRULY ARE A 500 TEAM AT BEST AND WITH A TOUGH SCHEDULE ACHIEVING 8 - 8 MIGHT BE A GOOD THING.

        SOME REGULARS CAME IN AND IT WAS GOOD TO SEE ALL OF THEM......ESPECIALLY THE CHEESEMAN. I GAVE ONE REGULAR A SHOT GLASS THAT HAD PRINTED " TULLAMORE DEW " ON IT. HE LIKES THAT WHISKEY SO I GAVE IT TOO HIM.

        BY 1AM I AM OUT OF STEAM. A COUPLE OF REGULARS WERE LEFT SO I LET OUR DOORMAN/BARTENDER CLOSE.

        HOME BY 1:30AM I WIND DOWN WITH A COUPLE OF GLASSES OF WINE , HUMMUS , AND SHARP SWISS CHEESE. WOULD OF BEEN NICE TO HAVE A PIZZA. I WATCH " GAME OF THRONES " AGAIN.

        OFF TO BED BY 2:45AM. I SLEEP GREAT UNTIL 6:30AM.  I ONLY WOKE UP TWICE DURING THE NIGHT.

        SATURDAY NIGHT THE NAIL WILL HAVE THE MAYWEATHER / MCGREGOR FIGHT. I WILL BE DOWN THERE ALONG WITH A BARTENDER I KNOW VERY WELL.

        FRIDAY      8 - 25 - 17

        15 MINUTE JOB TURNS INTO 3 HOURS PLUS CALLING A FRIEND............CHRIST IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING.

        I MEET MERCURY AMUSEMENT AT THEIR SHOP. I TAKE MY BIKE AND IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY.  IT WAS COOL AS THEY CHECKED OUT MY MOTORCYCLE AND WE TALKED. THEY HOOKED ME UP WITH A 33' FOOT LONG ETHERNET CABLE.  WHY ? I WANT TO TEST A SMART TV BY DIRECTLY HOOKING IT UP TO THE MODEM.  WE HAVE HAD A SMART TV FOR 2 YEARS WITH NO INTERNET ACCESS WHICH TOTALLY BLOWS.  HAVING NETFLIX AND SUCH RULES. I ALSO CALLED A FIOS TECH WHO LIVES IN NEW JERSEY THAT CAN HOPEFULLY HELP US.

        STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I GET MY CLEANING AND CHORES DONE AND THERE IS ONLY ONE THING LEFT TO DO...........TEST OUR CABLE SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE WE GET 2 THINGS........1 - I WANT ALL TV'S TO BE ON ONE CABLE BOX ( WE HAVE 2 AT THE NAIL ) AND 2 - MAKE SURE WE CAN ORDER THE MAYWEATHER / MCGREGOR FIGHT.  I GOT NEITHER.....WHAT A SHIT PREDICAMENT AGAIN.

        OUR CABLE BOXES HAVE 20 WIRES SO I DECIDED TO LABEL THEM AND REMOVE LINES UNUSED.  I MESSED AROUND WITH THESE CABLES FOR 3 HOURS ALONG WITH REMOVING WIRES AND A DIRTY SCUMMY DISGUSTING SHITTY VCR PLAYER THAT ONLY PLAYED BETA TAPES. I CALLED MERCURY AMUSEMENT AND THEY CAME OVER TO HELP. IN 5 MINUTES WE HAD IT WORKING.  I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. I HAD IT THE EXACT WAY AND IT DIDN'T WORK. MERCURY AMUSEMENT SHOWS UP AND IT WORKS.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE THING , I GO TO ORDER THE FIGHT AND WE HAVE THE WRONG BOX. WE CAN ACCESS THE ON-DEMAND. WE CAN ACCESS THE MAYWEATHER / MCGREGOR FIGHT. WE CAN DO EVERYTHING BUT ORDER THE DAMN THING. SO I SCRAMBLE.  I CALL COMCAST AND A TECH TELLS ME I HAVE THE WRONG BOX. I NOW HAVE TO TRAVEL TO A COMCAST STORE TO REPLACE OUR BOX......OH JOY.

        I AM SO STRESSED OUT FROM THE ORDEAL WITH THE CABLE BOXES. THREE F'N HOURS TO DO A F'N 15 MINUTE JOB. I JUST WANT TO GO HOME AND SLEEP.

        WITH THE BAD COMES THE GOOD. WHEELS AND I GET INVITED TO THE PHILLIES / CUBS GAME. OUR KIDS CAN GO TOO BUT THEY DON'T WANT TO. I AM COMPLETELY DISAPPOINTED THEY DON'T WANT TO COME.  WE ROLL OUT.  SINCE WE ARE TAKING I-95 HIGHWAY WE DECIDE TO DROP OFF OUR JEEP ONE MORE TIME AT MECHANIC CHU'S SHOP. THIS WAS A GREAT DECISION.  WE MADE GOOD TIME TO HIS SHOP WHICH I WAS SURPRISED AT 5:45PM. TAKING THE BLUE ROUTE TO I-95 WAS A CHANCE BUT IT WORKED BIG TIME.  WE DROP THE JEEP OFF.

        NOW , HOW TO GET TO THE STADIUM FROM ESSINGTON AVENUE ? I MAKE A HUGE CALL AND ASK 2 MECHANICS. JUST GETTING OFF I-95 NEAR THE PLATT BRIDGE I SAW HOW BACKED UP IT WAS. I MEAN SOME CARS WERE REVERSING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO AN EXIT THEY MISSED. I ASK 2 MECHANICS. ONE SAYS GO BACK TO I-95 WHICH DID NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME. THE OTHER SAID , " GO RIGHT OUT OF OUR LOT. GO TO A GAS STATION AND MAKE A RIGHT AGAIN AND THERE IS ROUTE 76."  WE TOOK THAT WAY AND WE WERE AT THE STADIUM IN 5 MINUTES. THE OTHER WAY WOULD OF TOOK US 45 MINUTES.  HUUUUUUUGGGGE DECISION FOR ONCE.

        WE ARRIVE IN KING STYLE........V.I.P PARKING ( THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A DOG SNIFF YOUR CAR ). OH ONE MORE THING.........THE PARKING WAS SUPPOSE TO BE IN MY NAME.  FOR THE 100TH TIME THEY HAD NO IDEA WHO I WAS......JUST LIKE LIFE. WE IMMEDIATELY SAY " THIS IS THE SISTER OF........... " AND WE WERE IN 3 SECONDS LATER AND GIVEN 2 LOLLIPOPS.  WHEELS PET THE DOG WHILE THE CANINE OFFICER FRISKED ME. I JUST SHOOK MY  HEAD.

        OVERKILL ........SUITE , 24 PEOPLE , TOTAL LAYOUT OF FOOD , OPEN BAR , BARTENDER , WAITRESSES , FLAT SCREENS , SEATING INSIDE & OUT , DESERTS , TAKE HOME DOGGY BAGS ( I KINDA HOOKED UP MY YOUNGEST AND HER FRIENDS BY TAKING TOO MUCH BUT WHAT THE HELL. I HATE SEEING FOOD WASTED. IT WAS TRASH OR TAKE IT HOME.....EXCEPT THE 4 SMALL SODAS ) , AND THE PHILLIES PHANATIC CAME IN AND TRASHED THE PLACE WITH POPCORN. WE TOOK PICTURES AND IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE THING. THEY GIVE YOU BAGS TOO TO TAKE FOOD HOME. SO I DOUBLE BAG MINE AND A FAMILY MEMBER SAYS ," OH , I WANTED THE 2 HEALTHY SANDWICHES AND SALAD. IT WAS THE ONLY 2 THING I WANTED. THE OTHER STUFF WAS FOR MY KID. OF COURSE BOTH BOXES WERE AT THE BOTTOM. SO, I TOOK EVERYTHING OUT AND GAVE IT TO HER.  THE BAG BROKE SO I ADDED 2 MORE BAGS TO MAKE IT QUADRUPLED BAGGED.

        THE PHILLIES BEAT THE CUBS WHICH WAS NICE TO SEE ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE WERE A TON OF CUBS FANS.  THE CUBS ONLY RUN WAS A HOMERUN. MY FRIEND CHEERS AND I SAY , " C'MON , YOU'RE APPLAUDING FOR THE OTHER TEAM ? " HE RESPONDS , " I RESPECT BOTH TEAMS WHEN THEY DO SOMETHING GOOD. " IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY.

        IT WAS A GOOD TIME MINGLING WITH MANY PEOPLE. I WAS GETTING MELANCHOLY THINKING OF THE NAIL'S TV CABLE PROBLEMS , MY KIDS NOT COMING WITH US , ALONG WITH BEING EXHAUSTED.

        ROLL HOME AND GET OUT OF THE PARKING LOT IMMEDIATELY. I MAKE GREAT TIME TO I-95 AND MISS A ENTRANCE TO THE HIGHWAY. I CURSE BUT FIGURE IT OUT QUITE QUICKLY TO GET BACK ON THE HIGHWAY. YOU SEE , I HAD GOOD LUCK GOING DOWN BUT THE GODS WOULD NOT ALLOW ME TO HAVE GOOD LUCK BOTH WAYS........STORY OF MY LIFE.

        BACK HOME WE CHILL.  I STOPPED DRINKING BY THE 6TH INNING AND NEVER HAD ANYMORE. I WENT ON THE COMPUTER ALITTLE BIT AND HEADED TO BED. IT WAS CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT AND I HAVE A HUGE DAY TOMORROW SO WHY NOT GET  SOME MUCH NEEDED REST.

        PEE FOR 3 MINUTES , WATCH TV IN BED , SLEEP BY 12:30AM , UP AT 2AM , FALL ASLEEP , 2 REALLY GOOD DREAMS , AND FINALLY JUST GET OUT OF BED BY 5:45AM. IT IS STILL DARK AND IT IS DEPRESSING THIS LACK OF SLEEP THING. MY WEBSITE BLOG IS DONE BY 7AM.

        SATURDAY        8 - 26 - 17

        WE SO NEEDED THIS NIGHT.......AND I DID TO FOR CONFIDENCE.

        PERFECT - I AM AT THE NAIL BY 8:30AM. I NEED TO EXCHANGE A CABLE BOX TO GET PAY PER VIEW FOR TONIGHT AND I NEED MY ACCOUNT NUMBER TO DO IT. I DRIVE TO AN XFINITY STORE. WELL ACTUALLY , I DROVE BY IT AND HAD TO ASK A GIANT EMPLOYEE IN THE PARKING LOT GATHERING SHOPPING CARTS WHERE THE STORE WAS. I ARRIVE AT 9:01AM AT THE STORE AND WAS 4TH IN LINE. THE STORE OPENS AT 9AM. I AM GREETED , LOGGED IN , AND AN EMPLOYEE GETS ME WITHIN 1 MINUTE.  I TELL HIM I NEED TO EXCHANGE A BOX FOR PAY PER VIEW CAPABILITIES AND DOES HE NEED MY PAPERWORK & ACCOUNT NUMBER ? HE REPLIES , " NOPE , I GOT YOU. " SUPER COOL DUDE AND HE GIVES ME SOME MINOR INSTRUCTIONS. I WAS OUTTA THERE IN 5 MINUTES.

        STOP AT MY PARENT'S HOUSE TO CHECK ON IT.

        STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.  I INSTALL THE NEW CABLE BOX RELATIVELY EASY AND ORDER THE MAYWEATHER / MCGREGOR FIGHT. I AM SUPER PLEASED TO GET ALL THE TV'S ON ONE STATION TOO. I AM ALSO HAPPY TO HAVE THE BIGGER BETTER CABLE BOX FOR FUTURE ON-DEMANDING AND PAY PER VIEW EVENTS.

        BACK HOME I HELP LOAD UP OUR CAR. WHEELS , OUR YOUNGEST , AND 3 FRIENDS ARE HEADED TO THE BEACH.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO LOAD IN BANDS. IT WAS A BIRTHDAY PARTY , LAST SHOW FOR A BAND , A PAY PER VIEW FIGHT , AND 5 BANDS.  TO A VENUE , THIS IS THE PERFECT STORM.  WE WERE PACKED AND IT WAS FUN AS REGULARS , GOOD FRIENDS , AND COUSINS STOPPED IN. I RAN HARD WITH THE BARTENDER. THE STAFF DID A GREAT JOB.

        ABOUT 20 PEOPLE SINGING ONE JUKEBOX SONG WAS PRETTY COOL. I TURNED THE VOLUME UP BIG TIME AND THEY ALL CHEERED AND POINTED AT ME WITH GLEE......IT WAS A COOL MOMENT.

        THE NIGHT FLEW BY AND EVERYONE WAS COOL.  THE FIGHT WAS AS PREDICTED MAYWEATHER TKO'D MCGREGOR IN THE 10TH ROUND.

        I CLOSE WITH THE BARTENDER AT 2AM. I RIDE MY BIKE HOME AND SHE DRIVES OUR VAN.

        AT HOME I HANG FOR A LITTLE BIT BUT HEAD TO BED BY 2:45AM. UP AT 6:45AM. I ALSO WALKED THE PUP ON A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT.

        A NURSE , MYSELF , AND OUR ELDEST HEAD INTO A MAKE SHIFT HOSPITAL.  IT LOOKS LIKE 15 MOBILE HOMES PUT TOGETHER. MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING SICK AND NO ONE KNOWS WHAT IT IS.  WE ENTER AND SEE IF WE CAN HELP. A SECRETARY SAYS GO TO THE BACK AND SEE IF ANYONE NEEDS YOUR HELP. I WILL CALL YOU. THERE IS A PHONE IN THE LAST ROOM. WE ZIGZAG AND MOUSE TRAP OUR WAY TO THE BACK. PEOPLE ARE COUGHING AND SITTING ON THE FLOOR.  WE ASK SEVERAL PEOPLE IF WE CAN GET THEM ANYTHING.  MOST ARE UNRESPONSIVE. THE PHONE RINGS AND I PICK IT UP. THE SECRETARY ON THE OTHER END SAYS EMPHATICALLY , " GET OUT. GET OUT OF THERE NOW !! " I DON'T WANT TO CAUSE A PANIC SO I WHISPER TO MY DAUGHTER ," WE HAVE TO LEAVE NOW. I WANT YOU TO RUN BEHIND ME. " I TELL THE NURSE WHO CAME WITH US THE SAME THING. WE START TO LEAVE AND SOME SICK PEOPLE ASK WHERE WE ARE GOING?  I SAY , " WE NEED TO GET 3 BOXES OF MEDICATION RIGHT NOW. " WE PASS SEVERAL PEOPLE AND NOTICE PURPLE SPOTS DEVELOPING ON THEIR FACES. I SAY TO MY KID RIGHT BEHIND ME WALKING FAST , " WE MUST HURRY. " I TURN BACK AND PEOPLE START FALLING DOWN...................dream ends.

        SUNDAY         8 - 27 - 18

        HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM. SERIOUSLY , HOUSTON GOT SLAMMED WITH UNBELIEVABLY HIGH WATER LEVELS FROM HURRICANE HARVEY'S WINDS & RAIN.  SOME BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES WERE AMAZING.  CNN SHOWED A HOUSTON HIGHWAY SIMILAR TO OUR I-95. THAN AFTER , COMPLETELY COVERED ALMOST TO THE HEIGHT TO THE BOTTOM OF HIGHWAYS SIGNS !!  A HOUSTON AIRPORT .......SHOWED HIGHWAY AND THAN AFTER , IT LOOKED LIKE A HUGE OCEAN. HOLY CRAP IT WILL TAKE YEARS TO RECOVER.  WHAT IS EVEN WORSE , MORE PREDICTED RAIN TO COME.

        BACK TO MY MUNDANE LIFE OF BEING FAT , HAVING A BIG HEAD , AND BAGS UNDER MY EYES THAT COULD HOLD GROCERIES.

        COULD NOT SLEEP AGAIN SO I HEADED TO THE NAIL EARLY MORNING TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I LOVE OUR NEW CABLE BOX. I ALSO FOUND OUT ONE RESTAURANT PAID $5,000 DOLLARS TO AIR THE MAYWEATHER FIGHT..........OUCH. THEY CHARGED $30 A HEAD.

        LOCAL BAR FOR SALE - FLIP & BAILYS IS STRUGGLING BIG TIME. THEY ARE UP FOR SALE FOR A MEER 1.6 MILLION. I TOLD WHEELS I LIKE TO PURCHASE IT JUST SO I COULD WALK TO WORK EVERY DAY. I TOLD HER ," WOULDN'T THAT BE A HEALTHY THING TO DO ? "

        BACK HOME I CHECK MY COMPUTER STUFF AND WITHIN AN HOUR I CAN'T KEEP MY EYES OPEN. I TAKE A POWER NAP. I DREAM OF BEING THIN AND HAVING HAIR.

        UP AT 12:30PM WE LOAD UP OUR VAN FOR THE 3RD TIME TO HEAD TO OUR KID'S COLLEGE. IN A HOUR OR SO WE DRIVE TO A NICE PUB CALLED " 51 ". THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND THE WAITRESSES WERE ADORABLE AND BUBBLY. THE 2 WAITRESSES WE HAD WERE FUN , HAPPY , AND ATTENTIVE. THE CRAB DIP WITH GOUDA CHEESE WAS EXCELLENT.

        BY 3:30PM WE HEAD TO THE KID'S NEW DORM. I HAD A REALLY NICE TIME WITH MY ELDEST. SOME THINGS I MADE HER DO :

        - ASKED HER TO HOLD MY HAND WHILE WALKING TO THE FIRST TRAFFIC LIGHT TOWARDS THE PUB. AS SOON AS WE HIT THE LOCATION SHE LET GO QUITE QUICKLY. WE BOTH LAUGHED AS I SAID , " GEEZ THAT WAS FAST ".

        - I SAY , " WE SHOULD DO THIS ONCE A WEEK. THE KID REPLIES , " AS LONG AS YOU'RE BUYING. "  I RESPOND , " AS LONG AS YOU HOLD MY HAND FOR ONE BLOCK ? ". SHE RELUCTANTLY REPLIES , " OH MAN.....OKAY. "

        - WALKING HAND AND HAND FOR ONE BLOCK HEADING TOWARDS THE PUB I SEE 3 GIRLS COMING TOWARDS US. I START TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT ASKING THEM A QUESTION ABOUT DAD'S & DAUGHTERS AND MY KID IMMEDIATELY SAYS , " SEE , I KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO EMBARRASS ME AGAIN. THIS IS WHY I DON'T HOLD YOUR HAND. "

        - I GET A TEXT - " DAD , I FORGOT MY POCKETBOOK. CAN YOU CHECK THE CAR TO SEE IF IT IS IN THERE ? "  I RESPOND , " YES IT IS. " SHE RESPONDS , " CAN YOU DRIVE IT UP TO ME NOW ? " I REPLY , THAT IS SO NOT HAPPENING. WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU NEED ? " OUR ELDEST RESPONDS , " I HAVE BEEN HOLDING KEYS FOR A FRIEND FOR A YEAR AND MY BIRTH CONTROL PILLS. " I RESPOND , " WELL , YOUR FRIEND WAITED FOR ONE YEAR SO I AM SURE ONE YEAR AND ONE WEEK WILL BE ACCEPTABLE AND YOUR BOYFRIEND IS IN CANADA SO NO WORRIES THERE. " KID RESPONDS , " MAN , YOU'RE A NUDGE. "

        - LATER THAT NIGHT - " DAD , DO YOU HAVE A 5 FOOT CABLE WIRE FOR A TV ? "  I REPLY , " YES ". KID RESPONDS , " CAN YOU LEAVE IT ON THE BACK PATIO WITH MY POCKETBOOK ? "  I REPLY , " YES , I WILL PUT THE CABLE WIRE IN YOUR POCKETBOOK NEXT TO YOUR BIRTH CONTROL PILLS. "

        I HAVE 1 HOUR TO RELAX BEFORE HEADING TO THE NAIL. I PLAY 2 INTERNET SCRABBLE GAMES IN WHICH ONE PLAYER MAY HAVE THROWN HIS COMPUTER INTO A WALL. ON THE LAST 2 MOVES OF THE CAME I TOOK THE LEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME AND THAN WON. I RAISED MY HANDS WHEN I WON AND YELLED " YEEEEESSSSSS !!!, MAN DID THAT FEEL GOOD !! WOOOO I'M A WINNER !! AND YOU'RE A LOSER !!!! ( I WAS YELLING AT MY COMPUTER TO THE PLAYER I JUST BEAT ) " I ALSO WON ANOTHER GAME ON THE LAST MOVE. I FELT GREAT ABOUT IT.

        THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH PROVES I HAVE NO LIFE.

        RIDE MY MOTORCYCLE TO THE NAIL TO LOAD-IN BANDS.  IT WAS FUN TO CHILL WITH SOME REGULARS AND THE PROMOTER OF THE SHOW. ONE GIRL PLAYED BASS AND SHE WAS ADORABLE.  HER DAD DROVE IN FROM OHIO TO SEE HER PLAY. THAT WAS KINDA COOL.

        BACK HOME I WIND DOWN WITH SOME VODKA/GREEN TEAS AND WATCH ALITTLE TV.

        PHILLIES WIN AND THIS NEW KID HOSKINS HITS ANOTHER HOME RUN. HE HAS AHD A HOMERUN IN 6 STRAIGHT GAMES TO HOLD THE RECORD. HE WAS INTERVIEWED AND HIS PERSONALITY IS MORE BORING THAT MUD.

        DAMN FORGOT TO WRITE THIS YESTERDAY. EAGLES DEFENSE GAVE UP 17 WHILE THEY ALSO SCORED 2 ON A SAFETY. THE LOSS OF 17 - 2 TO THE CHICAGO BEARS WAS QUITE EMBARRASSING.  THAN I REALIZED IT WAS THE PHILLIES WHO LOST 17- 2 TO THE CHICAGO CUBS.

        I CAN NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET WOOD SHIMS THINNER TO USE THEM AS WEDGES FOR UNDER A WOBBLY TABLE. I TRY SEVERAL METHODS BUT THEY KEEP BREAKING OR SLIPPING OUT OF MY HAND IF I USE A SAW OR SANDER. THAN , USING THE OUTSIDE OF MY FROM TEETH I GRIND DOWN PIECES OF WOOD TO BE USED AS SHIMS.  MAN , WOOD SHAVINGS AND DUST WAS FLYING EVERYWHERE...............dream ends.

        MONDAY     8 - 28 - 17

        THIS WAS A GOOD DAY.

        JUST ME AND THE PUP HANGING OUT.  I'M ENJOYING IT.

        PICK UP A FAMILY MEMBER AND TAKE HIM TO COLLEGE FOR HIS FIRST DAY. I ALSO DRIVE TO THE BANK AND THAN THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.

        BACK HOME I GET SOME THINGS DONE.

        LOAD UP MY VAN WITH A TON OF TOOLS ALONG WITH SUPPLIES AND THE PUP.  I GET UP ON THE ROAD.

        TAKE MY GO-TO BLUE ROUTE TO I-95 HIGHWAY. FROM VILLANOVA I ENTER THE RAMP AND THE BLUE ROUTE COMES TO A DEAD STOP. ARE YOU F'N KIDDING ME ??!!  IT IS 1:30PM ON A MONDAY !!  WHAT THE HELL ?  I PASS A LARGE TRASH TRUCK WHO WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH 476 SO HE BACKS UP ALONG WITH RIGHT EDGE OF THE ROAD. AS SOON AS I PASS HIM AND SEE THE BACK-UP SO I PULL OVER AND DO THE SAME DAMN THING.  BOTH OF US BACK OUR VEHICLES BACK TO LANCASTER AVENUE.

        NOW , MY DECISION , TAKE THE SCHUYLKILL EXPRESSWAY IN WHICH ME AND MY FAMILY VOWED NEVER TO TAKE BY ANY MEANS OF ANY SITUATION. THE DILEMMA WAS GO THROUGH SIDE STREETS VIA PHILLY OR TAKE A HUGE CHANCE BY HEADING TOWARDS 76 HIGHWAY.  GOD I HATE THE SCHUYLKILL EXPRESSWAY.  I MADE THE CHOICE.......TAKE 76. TO MY SURPRISE IT MOVED WELL AND I WAS ELATED.

        STOP AT A FRIENDS HOUSE TO DROP OFF 2 NAIL 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHIRTS.

        LATER MY FRIEND THANKS ME VIA A TEXT. HE ALSO SENDS ME AN EMAIL THAT HE LIKE TO USE ME AS A REFERENCE FOR A PROMOTION AT HIS WORK. I HAVE DONE COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF THESE. I WRITE BACK , " ABSOLUTELY ANY TIME. I WILL TELL YOUR COMPANY YOU WERE THE BEST LOVER I EVER HAD. "

        ARRIVE AT MY LOCATION AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL.  I HAVE MY YOUNGEST AND 3 FRIENDS HELP UNLOAD A TON OF STUFF.  WE ALL SETTLE IN.

        ALL OF US GO TO THE DOG PARK WHICH I ALWAYS WANTED TO ATTEND. OUR PUP LOVED IT EVEN THOUGH ANOTHER DOG GAVE HER ZERO ATTENTION.  WE DID GET TO MEET AN ADORABLE PUPPY.

        WE THAN STOP AT A PARK WITH A TON OF KIDS.  WHEELS AND I TAKE THE PUP FOR A WALK WHILE THE KIDS PLAY. EACH TIME I SURPRISED OUR YOUNGEST AND FRIENDS ABOUT WHERE I WAS TAKING THEM.  THE HINT FOR THE PARK WAS , " IT WILL TAKE YOU BACK TO WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE KID. "

        STOP HOME AND WE ORDER " PRIMO HOAGIES ".....SO DAMN GOOD......SO DAMN EXPENSIVE.

        WHILE THE FOOD WAS ORDERED I TOOK THE KIDS TO THE WATER. THEY BRAVED IT.

        ALL OF US BACK HOME WE HAVE A WONDERFUL PRIMO DINNER. THE KIDS HEAD OUTSIDE FOR SEVERAL HOURS WHILE WHEELS AND I WATCH THE SEASON FINALE OF " GAME..............OF..........THRONES !!! "  IT WAS VERY GOOD AND THIS SEASON HAS BEEN THE BEST OF ALL 7.

        BECAUSE OF " GAME OF THRONES " I BROKE MY " 3 B " DIET AND HAD 2 BEERS AND 2 BRANDIES. YES , I AM THAT INTO THE SHOW. I WAS VERY EXCITED TO SEE THE FINALE.

        SETTLE IN AND WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN AND THE NEWS. I ALSO PLAY ON THE COMPUTER AND BY 12 MIDNIGHT I WAS IN BED. I WATCHED MAYBE 10 MORE MINUTES OF TV AND IT WAS OFF TO BED. I SLEPT UNTIL 9AM !!!

        I DO SOME SIDE WORK FOR A FORTUNE 500 BUSINESS. THE WOMEN WHO STARTED IT IS CONFIDENT , INTELLIGENT , BACK BONED , AND A PIECE OF ASS.  A BODY LIKE A 25 YEAR OLD AND CONFIDENCE OUT THE YING YANG. I AM DOING SOME WORK IN A BACK COMPUTER ROOM AREA.  NO ONE WORKS IN THIS PRIVATE AREA. SHE STOPS BY TO CHECK ON ME BUT SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT IN HER EYES. I AM GETTING A VIBE AND MY ANTENNAS GO RIGHT UP......ALONG WITH OTHER THINGS. SHE SAYS TO ME , " YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING YOU SHOULD GO FOR IT. " I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT SHE MEANT BUT I TOOK THE HIGH ROAD AND SAID ," USUALLY I DO. I ALWAYS SAYS I TRY THINGS ONCE. " SHE LOOKS AT ME COYLY AND SAYS , " SO WHY DON'T YOU GO FOR IT ? " AGAIN . I TOTALLY FEEL THE FLIRTATION BUT I SAY , " I KNOW. BUT SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GO FOR IT. "  SHE BEGINS TO WALK AWAY AND PULLS HER SPANDEX AND UNDERWEAR HALFWAY DOWN PAST HER ASS AND SEDUCTIVELY SAYS , " WELL , YOU TELL ME WHEN YOU LIKE TO GO FOR IT ".  SHE LEAVES THE AREA AND I GO BACK TO WORK WITH A MAJOR HARD-ON.....................dream ends.

        TUESDAY        8 - 29 - 17

        I THOUGHT IT WAS MONDAY.

        HAD A GOOD SLEEP , DID COMPUTER STUFF ,PLAYED A LITTLE INTERNET GAMES ,AND THAN WENT INTO FULL WORK MODE.   A FULL SUMMER OF RENTING AND MANY THINGS NEEDED TO BE DONE :

        - REPLACE AND ORGANIZE ALL LIGHT BULBS THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.

        - FIXED THE FRONT SCREEN DOOR. IT DOES NOT CLOSE PROPERLY SO I DID A TOTAL MACGYVER.

        - FIXED A 3 WAY LAMP.

        - SHAMPOOED A CARPET.

        - LAID DOWN CARPET TILES OUTSIDE ON A PATIO.

        - LUBED AND FIX A SLIDING SCREEN DOOR.

        - PATCHED A BATHROOM DOOR.

        - REMOVED A DOOR KNOB CHILD DEVICE.

        - TESTED A TV AND AN INTERNET PASSWORD.

        - INSTALLED 2 DOOR STOPS.

        - REPLACED A CLOSET LIGHT.

        - WD40'D SOME CLOSET DOOR KNOBS.

        - TRIED TO HOOK-UP A Wii GAME. THIS WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL.

         WHEELS AND I SPEND TIME CLEANING TOO. SHE TOOK A RIDE TO WALMART TO PICK UP SUPPLIES AND HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF HEARING A TOUGH MOM TALK LIKE A TRUCK DRIVER TO HER TEENAGE KID.  AHHH.......ALWAYS A SHOW AT WALMART.

        RAIN ALL DAY SO IT WAS A PERFECT TIME TO GET PUNCH LISTS DONE. WE PUT A PRETTY GOOD DENT INTO IT.

        LOAD UP THE KIDS AND HEAD TO A FAMILY'S HOUSE FOR A BURGER / DOG DINNER.  THE KIDS WERE FUN AND I ENJOYED HANGING OUT TELLING STORIES , LAUGHING , AND CONSUMING SOME ADULT BEVERAGES.

        DRIVE BACK BUT FIRST STOP AT WAWA FOR THE KIDS. I THOUGHT THEY GET HOAGIES OR TREATS OF SOME SORT. NOPE...........COFFEES.

        BACK HOME WE CHILL AND WATCH SOME TV AS THE KIDS PLAY.

        I HANG OUT UNTIL 1:30AM AND FINALLY HIT THE BED.  I SLEPT GOOD AGAIN.

        WEDNESDAY      8 - 30 - 17

        WHEELS AND I BOTH AGREE......WE SHOULD DO THIS MORE.  

        THE RAIN IS GONE AND IT IS A PICTURE PERFECT DAY.  BUT............I JUST HAVE TO FIX A WOBBLY TOILET. THIS SHOULD TAKE NO MORE THAN 5 MINUTES.

        3 HOURS LATER............WHEELS HAS BEEN TO HOME DEPOT TWICE , I CALLED MY BROTHER FOR ADVICE , AND I AM STILL WAITING ON SEALANTS TO DRY. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED:

        - I TIGHTENED THE CARRIAGE BOLT OR TOILET BOLT TO SECURE THE TOILET BASE TO THE GROUND. NOTHING WAS HAPPENING AND I INSTANTLY KNEW THE PROBLEM. I DRAIN THE TOILET OF ALL WATER USING A WET/DRY VAC. I CLEAN THE AREA AND ALSO FIND A LARGE PIECE OF CLOTH CLOGGING THE DRAIN. SO , I GUESS THIS IS GOOD I FOUND THAT.  NOW THE FLANGE IS BROKEN. I TRY TO DO A MACGYVER AND IT DOES NOT WORK. WHEELS GOT ME A NEW WAX SEAL BUT NOW HAD TO RETURN TO HOME DEPOT FOR A NEW FLANGE.  OH , PIECE OF CAKE TO INSTALL THE NEW FLANGE OVER THE OLD ONE RIGHT ? NOPE.........THE FLOORS ARE ALL CONCRETE. THERE IS NO WHERE TO SHOOT SCREWS IN AND PLUGS JUST WOULDN'T WORK IN THIS SMALL AREA.

        GAME PLAN 2 - PRE-DRILL HOLES INTO OLD PLASTIC FLANGE. SECURE NEW METAL FLANGE ON TOP OF THAT AND USE A SHIT LOAD OF LIQUID NAIL. I LET THE FLANGE DRY FOR ABOUT 8 HOURS. I RESEATED THE TOILET ( WHICH IS A TOTAL PAIN BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SEE THE BOLTS STICKING UP FROM THE FLOOR ) AND ALSO SEAL THE BASE WITH WHITE LIQUID NAILS. I ALSO USED A SHIM TO FIX A SLIGHT WOBBLE. IF I TIGHTENED THE BASE TOO MUCH ( WHICH I MIGHT HAVE DONE ALREADY ) THAN I WOULD HAVE TO START ALL OVER.....OH GOD.

        I HAVE NOT EVEN TESTED FOR FLUSHING , DRAINING , OR LEAKS YET.  I WILL LET THE LIQUID NAILS DRY FOR 24 HOURS. THE TOILET SEEMS SECURE AND STABLE BUT THE TRUE TEST WILL BE TOMORROW. I WILL CONNECT EVERYTHING AND TEST BY FLUSHING.....THAN LIQUID NAIL IT AGAIN.  A 500 POUND MAN WITH DIARRHEA AND HIS LEGS STRAIGHT OUT SHOULD BE STABLE ON THIS TOILET.

        OKAY.....I'M FRAZZLED. I SHOULD BE ENJOYING DOING ODD JOBS AND THE WEATHER.  SO WHEELS AND I HEAD TO THE WATER.  WE CHILL , SOAK UP THE SUN , TALK , TAKE A LONG WALK , AND THE KIDS JOIN US LATER. IT IS WONDERFUL.........PICTURE PERFECT WEATHER.

        SPEAKING OF PICTURES - AT 5:30AM I HEAR MY PUP WHINING. THE DOG IS TRAPPED IN THE KIDS ROOM BECAUSE THE BEDROOM DOOR IS CLOSED. I TAKE HER FOR A WALK AND SAY , " MAN I SHOULD OF BROUGHT MY CAMERA ".  AFTER 15 MINUTES OF WALKING THE PUP I RETURN AND GET MY CAMERA AND TAKE SOME BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF THE SUN RISING.  THE SUN WAS A BRILLIANT SUPER VIBRANT ORANGE. IT WAS REALLY SOMETHING TO SEE. I WILL POST PICTURES ON FACEBOOK.  OH , I ALSO RETURNED FOR A 3RD TIME TO PICK UP SOME TRASH AND GRAB A TEE-SHIRT THAT WAS SITTING ON A FENCE FOR 3 DAYS. I WILL WASH IT AND MAYBE MY YOUNGEST WILL WANT IT. THE TEE-SHIRT SAYS , " WATER ALWAYS FINDS ITS OWN LEVEL. "

        ALL OF US HEAD BACK , SHOWER , AND CHILL.  THE KIDS MAKE PIZZAS WHILE WHEELS AND I HEAD TO A FAMOUS RESTAURANT I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO TRY. I ALSO WANTED TO MEET THE CELEBRITY CHEF.....WE DID BOTH.  WE ARRIVE AND GET SEATED BY A CORNER WALL. I DID NOT WANT TO BE IN A CORNER AREA. WITHIN 3 MINUTES , WE MOVE TO A WINDOW TABLE. THIS IS 10X BETTER. WHEELS AND I CELEBRATE OUR 29TH ANNIVERSARY WITH AN OUTSTANDING MEAL AT " MIA MIA RAW BAR AND RISTORANTE "........IT WAS EXCELLENT AND A BYOB TO BOOT.   WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED SHRIMP COCKTAIL , WARM TOASTED BREAD WITH OIL/PESTO ON THE SIDE , ARTICHOKES WITH FRIED SHALLOTS , CALAMATA LEMON , & HERBS , CHICKEN SALTIMBOCCA , VEAL MIA WITH CANNELLINI BEANS , BROCCOLI RABE , SUNDRIED TOMATO PARM , AND BOTH ENTREES SERVED OVER HOME MADE PASTA.  YEP , THIS PISAN ITALIAN WAS HAPPY. OH , AND A BOTTLE OF 3 RING MERLOT.

        AFTER THE MEAL WHEELS ASKED IF WE COULD MEET THE POPULAR CHEF. SHE HAS BEEN IN OR ON TV , NEWSPAPERS , AND MAGAZINES.  I FOLLOW HER ON FACEBOOK BECAUSE SHE REALLY SHOWS TRUE INSPIRATION WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN AND BELIEVE ME THIS GIRL FOUGHT THROUGH SOME SERIOUS HARDSHIPS. SHE CAME OUT AND TALKED WITH US FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES. I ENJOYED HER CONVERSATION AND HONESTY OF LIFE IN THE BIZ.  WHEELS AND I SUFFERED SOME THINGS TOO IN THE BUSINESS SO WE HAD A CERTAIN SMALL BOUND WITH MIA.....AT LEAST ON OUR SIDE.  SHE INTRODUCED US TO HER BOYFRIEND / CHEF IN THE BACK KITCHEN AREA WHICH WAS ADMIRABLE AND JUST A NICE THING TO DO. WE TOOK SOME PICTURES AND POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK.  YOU SHOULD GOOGLE HER NAME. SHE IS A REAL INSPIRATION ABOUT LIFE , TRAGEDY , AND A WAY TO OVERCOME IT WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE & TRUE GRIT. I TOLD HER ABOUT BEING AN INSPIRATION BECAUSE PEOPLE THAT WORK HARD WITH STRIFE TO OVERCOME NEED TO HEAR IT ONCE IN A WHILE..........EVEN IF FROM A STRANGER.  THE NEXT DAY I SAW IT POSTED ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE THAT SOMEONE SAID " I WAS AN INSPIRATION ".   IT FELT GOOD THAT WE MADE SOMEONE A LITTLE HAPPIER THIS NIGHT. MAYBE ALOT MORE PEOPLE SHOULD DO THIS ON A DAILY BASIS LIKE WHEELS AND I DO. ANYWAY , WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND " MIA MIA'S RESTAURANT ".

        BACK HOME WE RE-ARRANGE THE FURNITURE FOR " MOVIE NIGHT ". THE KIDS ARE GIGGLING AND THE PUP IS LOVING THE ATTENTION BY BEING BETWEEN ALL THE GIRLS. WE WATCHED " GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY 2 ".  IT WAS FUN AND ENTERTAINING.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH A LITTLE ORANGE AND CRANBERRY JUICE ..............AND SOME VODKA. DESPITE MY TACKLING THE TOILET PROBLEMS THIS WAS A VERY GOOD DAY AND NIGHT.

        THURSDAY      8 - 31 - 17

        AND THE END OF AUGUST COMES FAST.

        BEAUTIFUL DAY TO WORK ON A TOILET.  ANOTHER RIDE TO A HARDWARE STORE TO GET A WATER SUPPLY LINE FOR THE TOILET.  I FOUND THE LEAK AND INSTALLED A NEW TOILET SUPPLY LINE ALONG WITH TIGHTENED A PLASTIC NUT UNDER THE TANK. I PUT DRY TISSUES UNDER THE WATER SHUT OFF TO LOOK FOR LEAKS IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS. SO FAR SO GOOD. I ALSO LIQUID NAILED THE BASE AGAIN SO NOW 3 ELEPHANTS CAN STAND ON IT.

        SOME OTHER PROJECTS WERE DONE AND NOW IT IS TIME TO CHILL. WHEELS AND I TAKE THE KIDS TO A NICE FAMILY DINER FOR BRUNCH. THE FOOD WAS GOOD AND I ENJOYED ALL THE KIDS COMPANY.

        DROP KIDS OFF AT THE AMUSEMENT PARKS. WE GOT A SUPER DEAL FOR $25 A KID FOR 5 1/2 HOURS.  THEY HAD A BLAST.

        I PREP BABY BACK RIBS FOR THE NIGHT'S DINNER.

        WHEELS AND I TAKE A LONG LONG WALK TO GET THE KIDS AND TAKE SOME PICTURES. 

        BACK HOME ALL OF US ENJOYED LEFTOVERS FROM MIA MIA RESTAURANT AND OUR BABY BACK RIBS.  IT WAS PERFECT.

        TO THE WATER BEFORE SUNDOWN. I TOOK SOME COOL PICTURES OF THE SUN SETTING. THE KIDS PLAYED WITH THE PUP WHO WAS JUST TOO FUNNY RUNNING ALL OVER THE PLACE.  WHEELS AND I SAT DOWN WITH A LITTLE TABLE. ON THE TABLE........BOOZE. IT WAS WONDERFUL.

        BACK HOME THE KIDS PLAY GAMES IN THEIR ROOM WHILE WHEELS AND I WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN AND THE EAGLES BLOW. WE ALSO WATCHED A PRETTY GOOD MOVIE CALLED " THE PASSENGERS ".

          I HAVE BEEN SLEEPING GREAT BUT TONIGHT MY CELL PHONE WENT OFF AT 4AM. IT WAS A TEXT MY YOUNGEST SENT ME 8 HOURS AGO.....DAMN IT. MY CELL PHONE IS ACTING WEIRD AT THIS LOCATION.

        ON A SUPER SAD NOTE OUR DOORMAN/BARTENDER LOST HIS ONLY BROTHER TODAY.  HE DIED OF AN EMBOLISM AT BRYN MAWR HOSPITAL.  WE STARTED A GO-FUND ME PAGE TO HELP WITH FUNERAL COSTS. PLEASE FIND IT ON FACEBOOK AND MAKE A DONATION.

        FRIDAY            9 - 1 - 18

        SUMMER IS AT AN END. MAN I HATE THAT IS GOES TOO FAST.

        DID IT ON FACEBOOK BUT NOT HERE...........HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE DUCK.

        FOR SEVERAL YEARS I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THE INTERNET ON OUR SMART TV.  WELL , I DID IT TODAY AND IT WORKS AWESOME !! WE NOW HAVE NETFLIX AND MORE. BUT , I AM ALITTLE CONFUSED.  HERE IS THE SCENARIO - THE WIRELESS WIFI DOES NOT WORK TO ACHIEVE INTERNET ACCESS. I GOT A 30' ETHERNET CABLE AND RAN IT FROM THE TV TO THE MODEM. BANG !! IT WORKS PERFECT !!  WHEELS AND I ENJOY WATCHING AN EPISODE OF " OZARK ".

        THE ONLY QUESTION IS , WHEN WE ACCESSED THE INTERNET AND SAW NETFLIX IT HAD 10 OTHER PEOPLE ALREADY REGISTERED. HOW DID THEY ACCESS NETFLIX VIA WIFI ?.....MAYBE ALL OF THEM HAD 30' ETHERNET LINES.  ANYWAY , THIS IS ANOTHER HUGE FIX.

        TOILET SEEMS TO BE WORKING - NOT LEAKING AND SECURED.......SEEMS.

        GET THE KIDS UP SUPER EARLY AT 1PM. WE HAVE A QUICK CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND IT IS OFF TO ANOTHER SURPRISE. I FEEL IF I DID NOT INTERACT WITH THESE KIDS THEY STAY IN THE BEDROOM ALL DAY AND NIGHT. THE SURPRISE.......THE ZOO !!  WE WALKED AROUND FOR 2 HOURS AND THE PLACE WAS FRIGGIN' PACKED !! I DID ENJOY EVERYTHING.

        BACK HOME I DO SOME PUNCH LIST STUFF LIKE SECURING WOODEN FLOORS TO CEMENT......NOT F'N FUN. WHEELS MAKES A NICE LEFTOVER LUNCH WITH OUR BABY BACK RIBS.  THIS IS THE 3RD MEAL WE GOT OUT OF MIA MIA RESTAURANT AND THE DINER WE WENT TOO.

        WHEELS TAKES A WALK AND I DO SOME COMPUTER STUFF ALONG WITH PLAYING SOME INTERNET SCRABBLE AND SOME MORE PUNCH LIST STUFF.

        ALL OF US HEAD TO THE WATER WITH THE PUP. THE DOG IS TOO DAMN FUNNY. SHE LOVES TO DIG BEHIND OUR CHAIRS.....CRAZY POOCH. I ENJOYED EVERY SECOND OF THIS. AGAIN , WHEELS AND I AGREE WE SHOULD DO THIS ALOT MORE.

        KIDS TAKE A WALK TO THE PARKS AND FOR ICE-CREAM.  WHEELS AND I CHILL WITH SOME LIBATIONS AND WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN IN THE 9TH INNING.

        MEET KIDS AT 10PM AT THE WATER. WE TOOK THE PUP AGAIN AND IT WAS FUN SITTING IN THE SLIGHTLY CHILL NIGHT WITH OUR PUP. WE WATCHED FIREWORKS AND PLAYED. AGAIN......LOVE DOING THIS.

        BACK HOME WE WIND DOWN THE NIGHT.  I HEAD TO BED AROUND 12 MIDNIGHT AND SLEPT GOOD AGAIN. I THINK I NEED MORE OF THIS PLACE.......AND THIS BED......ALOT MORE.

         I WILL POST MANY FACEBOOK PICTURES OF OUR STAY HERE.

        FACEBOOK WON'T SOLVE IT.....SO I WILL. I STARTED A NEW " RUSTY NAIL " ACCOUNT. I LOST 5,000 " FRIENDS " AND NOW MUST START FROM THE BEGINNING.......BLOW.

        SATURDAY        9 - 2 - 17

        STAY OR GO................STAY.

         ON VACATION AND CELEBRATING OUR 29TH ANNIVERSARY ALL WEEK AND I DECIDED TO DRINK BRANDY.  BAD MISTAKE........BAD SUGAR HEADACHE.

        DO SOME MORE LITTLE PROJECTS BUT MOSTLY CHILL TODAY DUE TO BAD WEATHER.

        KIDS GET UP SUPER EARLY AT 3PM.

        WATCH PENN STATE WIN BIG AND TEMPLE GETS CRUSHED.

        POSTED PICTURES ON FACEBOOK OF THE KIDS AND ALL THE STUFF WE DID THIS WEEK.  SOME COOL PICS.

        STARTED ANOTHER " RUSTY NAIL " FACEBOOK ACCOUNT AND THEY ALREADY CAUGHT ME.....DAMN IT.

        WHEELS AND I HEAD TO A FAVORITE PUB CALLED " CASEYS ON THE THIRD ". ALWAYS GOOD FOOD HERE. WE ALSO BRING HOME A PIZZA FROM " A & LP " FOR THE KIDS.  BOTH WERE PRETTY BUSY AND I KNEW SOMEONE FROM ARDMORE THERE.

        BACK HOME WHEELS AND I WATCH THE PHILLIES LOSE AND 3 EPISODES OF " OZARK ". WE FINISHED THE SEASON AND IT WAS VERY GOOD.

        SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH THE NAIL IS HOSTING A HOUSTON RELIEF EVENT.

        SLEPT DECENT BUT NOT AS GOOD AS THE LAST SEVERAL NIGHTS. UP SEVERAL TIMES AND FINALLY WALKED THE PUP AT 6:30AM.

        SUNDAY       9 - 3 - 17

        BACK TO THE BEAN TOWN......HOME.

           I WOKE UP WITH A MEAN SUGAR HEADACHE. WALKED THE PUP AND BACK TO BED AFTER A COUPLE OF HOURS.  BY 10AM ALL OF US WERE CLEANING OUR HOME.

        WAITING TO ROLL OUT ON SUNDAY WAS A GREAT DECISION. MOST VACATION LEASES ARE SATURDAY TO SATURDAY SO LEAVING YESTERDAY WOULD OF HIT TRAFFIC AND DRIVING IN THE SUCK ASS RAIN.  WE MADE GREAT TIME. WE ALSO STOPPED AT WAWA FOR THE KIDS. THEY GOT SANDWICHES WHILE I WALKED THE PUP.

        IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL MAGNIFICENT VACATION THAT I CAN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME WHEELS AND I STAYED AT ONE OF OUR PROPERTIES FOR SO LONG. IT WAS ALOT OF FUN. WE MUST DO THIS MORE IN THE FUTURE.

        MY 2 FAVORITE THINGS OF THE VACATION - GETTING HBO TO WATCH SERIES FINALE OF GAME OF THRONES AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO ACCESS NETFLIX AFTER YEARS OF TRYING.  OK , MAYBE GOING OUT TO DINNERS WITH WHEELS AND MEETING POPULAR FIT CHEF MIA MIA WAS UP THERE TOO.

        BACK HOME I UNLOAD WHILE WHEELS TAKE OUR KID'S FRIENDS HOME. I GET A FAIR AMOUNT DONE WHEN THEY PULL UP. THAN ALL OF US HELP INCLUDING OUR ELDEST WHO WE WOKE UP. I MEAN IT WAS 2PM AND THAT IS SO EARLY.

        I TRY TO NAP BECAUSE I HAVE A LONG NIGHT AHEAD OF ME. 

        OFF TO THE NAIL ON MY MOTORCYCLE. IT'S A NICE DAY AND I PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I WAS NOT EXPECTING ANY KIND OF CROWD ON A LABOR DAY SUNDAY.........I WAS WRONG.  A VERY GOOD CROWD AND GOOD MUSIC CAME THROUGH. I THINK MY FAVORITE BAND WAS THE SWORD TOTING IRISH KELTIC HARD ROCK DRESS IN KILTS WITH A CUTE FEMALE LEAD GUITAR DRESSED WITH A SILVER ARMOR BRA ON............YEAH , THEY WERE MY FAVORITE.

        WHEELS HEADS TO A FRIENDS BBQ PARTY.  BIG PARTY AT A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE.

        I LOAD-IN AND OUT BANDS SUPER EFFICIENTLY AND THEY WERE SPOT ON WITH SET TIMES. THAT WAS SO GOOD TO SEE. EVERYONE WAS VERY COOL AND IT WAS A FUN NIGHT.

        I ALSO MET A NICE FATHER/DAUGHTER COUPLE TONIGHT. THE FATHER ALWAYS WANTED TO STOP IN THE NAIL.  THE DAUGHTER SAID SHE TAKE HIM. HE WAS SUPER COOL AND REMINDED ME OF MY FATHER-IN-LAW. I TALKED TO BOTH OF THEM , WALKED THEM ACROSS THE STREET TO PARK , AND THEY THANKED ME SEVERAL TIMES FOR THE TIME THEY STAYED THERE. IT WAS LITTLE BUT FELT GOOD.

        BY MIDNIGHT MY LEGS WERE HURTING AND ACHING. ROLL HOME , WATCH SOME TV , HAVE 1 1/2 LIBATIONS , AND HEAD TO BED.

        PHILLIES WIN A GOOD GAME IN EXTRA INNINGS. ALSO , DID ANY ONE SEE UCLA COME BACK FROM 44 - 10 MIDWAY THROUGH THE 3RD QUARTER TO WIN 45 - 44 OVER TEXAS A&M ? HOLY CRAP WHAT A GAME. I EVEN WATCHED THE REPLAY AT 1:30AM.

        MONDAY      9 - 4 - 17

        IT'S OVER JOHNNY................

        THE SUMMER OFFICIALLY COMES TO AN END.

        WE HEAD TO OUR SWIM CLUB ONE LAST TIME. I ENJOYED WALKING AROUND WITH MY YOUNGEST AND FOR THE 1ST TIME AT THE CLUB WE PLAYED SHUFFLE BOARD. WHEELS ACTUALLY FIRST TIME EVER.  THE WATER WAS A LITTLE COLD BUT WE SAT BY THE EDGE. THE CLUB PLAYED MANY GAMES WITH THE KIDS LIKE CATCH THE EGG , SEARCH FOR MONEY , PIE EATING CONTEST , AND MORE. IT WAS VERY NICE.

        YOUNGEST AND I HEAD TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND GET IT READY. WE EVEN TOOK THE PUP. MY KID RELUCTANTLY GOES WITH ME. I TELL HER " I CHERISH EVERY SECOND WITH YOU ". THE NEXT MORNING I TELL HER , " YOU KNOW THE ONE WORD I SAY WHEN BEING WITH YOU ? " SHE REPLIES , " I KNOW , I KNOW......CHERISH. " I GIGGLED.

        ORDER DINNER AT ZESTO'S. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND THEY NOW DO NOT GIVE YOU A FREE LITER OF SODA ANYMORE IF YOU SPEND MORE THAN $30 DUE TO THE SODA TAX. I KINDA GIGGLED BECAUSE THE TAX ADDS ABOUT 3 CENTS A BOTTLE.

        EAT OUT ON THE PATIO AND THE BREEZE WAS WONDERFUL.  WE CHILLED FOR A LITTLE BIT.

        WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " RAY DONOVAN ". IT WAS VERY GOOD.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH NO BEER OR BRANDY. I HAD MY SHARE DURING OUR VACATION WEEK. I ENJOYED ALL OF IT.....SPENDING TIME WITH WHEELS AND OUR YOUNGEST & HER FRIENDS WAS VERY FUN.

        BACK HOME AND BACK TO THE GRIND STONE.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE THING.......A MOUNTAIN HOUSE RENTER CALLED AND SAID OUR SEPTIC SYSTEM HAS A LEAK.  YEP , BACK TO THE GRIND STONE.

        TUESDAY          9 - 6 - 17

        WELL HELLO THERE.................THAT'S A FIRST.

        " DAD, DO WE HAVE TO DO THE WAVING THING ? " .......YES , YES WE DO.  MY YOUNGEST WALKS TO THE BUS STOP FOR HER 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL. ABOUT EVERY 1/2 BLOCK THE KID TURNS AROUND AND WAVES TO ME. I RETURN THE WAVE WITH SOME SILLY BODY ANTIC WAVE. A TRADITION I LIKE TO KEEP. MY KID ON HER 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL SAYS , " HOW ABOUT JUST FOR TODAY "

        FAMILY MEMBER DRIVES ME TO ESSINGTON AVENUE TO RETRIEVE OUR JEEP. WE MADE GREAT TIME TO AND FROM. IT IS THE 3RD TIME RETURNING FOR THE JEEP BUT I DON'T CARE. THE MORE THEY FIX AND ADJUST IT THE LONGER THE JEEP LASTS. FOR NOW , THE " CHECK ENGINE " LIGHT IS NOT ON. IT HAS BEEN ON FOR OVER 7 YEARS.

        BACK HOME I DROP OFF THE JEEP FOR AN INSPECTION. OUR MECHANIC IS RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET WHICH IS CONVENIENT.

        OUR LOCAL PARK HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR OVER A YEAR.  MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WENT INTO RESTRUCTURING THE ENTIRE PARK. I MUST ADMIT IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD. THIS SATURDAY THE PARK RE-OPENS AND THERE WILL BE FIREWORKS TOO.  SHOULD BE FUN FOR THE KIDS.

        MY YOUNGEST HAS BEEN ON A " NICK'S ROAST BEEF " JAUNT LATELY. I TEXT THE KID AT 9:30AM , " WHAT TIME DOES NICK'S ROAST BEEF OPEN ? ". I GET A QUICK REPLY , " 10AM ".  I RESPOND , "
         OH SHOOT , I CAN'T WAIT AROUND 30 MINUTES. " THE RESPONSE , " AW MAN ".

        PREP FOR LOADING MY VAN.  OF COURSE I FORGOT 2 THINGS. I JUST HAVE TOO MANY PUNCH LIST NOTES. I LOAD UP OVER 300 TOOLS AND SUPPLIES ALONG WITH THE PUP. OFF TO TRY FIX A SEPTIC SYSTEM DRAINAGE FIELD LEAK.  KEY WORD HERE IS " TRY ".

        I MAKE EXCELLENT TIME. I DID GET PRETTY NERVOUS AND EVEN THOUGHT HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO WALK. WALK WHERE YOU SAY ? WALK TO A GAS STATION.  THE " LOW ON FUEL " LIGHT WENT ON RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST EXIT UP THE BLUE ROUTE. I KNEW I HAD AT LEAST 20 MILES LEFT IN THE TANK. THE THING IS..........I WANTED TO GO 27 MILES. I PASS QUAKERTOWN EXIT BECAUSE IT IS ALL HIGHWAY AND NO WHERE CLOSE FOR A GAS STATION. SO I HAD TO MAKE A DECISION. GET OFF THIS EXIT AND FIND A GAS STATION VERY QUICKLY OR KEEP GONG TO THE NEXT EXIT I KNOW HAS A GAS STATION.  THE ALLENTOWN FUEL/FOOD EXIT WAS 15 MORE MILES. I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW GLAD I WAS WHEN I PULLED UP TO THAT GAS STATION. EVERY MILE MARKER I SAID TO MYSELF ," OK , I AM 4 MILES AWAY , SO TO GET GAS AND COME BACK WOULD BE AN 8 MILE WALK.....WITH THE DOG. " I DID THIS EVERY MILE I GOT CLOSER.

        ARRIVE AND UNLOAD A SHIT TON OF TOOLS AND SUPPLIES. WITHIN 20 MINUTES I WAS ON A 30' LADDER CHANGING HIGH HAT FLOOD LIGHTS 17' UP ON THE CEILING AND WIPING DOWN A CEILING FAN. I ALSO LEAF BLEW THE DECK AND SET-UP NEW TABLES AND A CHAIR FROM A FAMILY MEMBER.

        MY MAIN JOB IS TO FIND AND FIX A SEPTIC SYSTEM DRAINAGE FIELD LEAK.  I HAVE 2 PROBLEMS , THOUGH IT IS BEAUTIFUL NOW THE RAINS CAME BIG TIME LATER. THE WATER HIDES THE LEAK. ALSO , MY PUNCH LIST IS UP TO 20 THINGS NOW. FOR THE FIRST TIME I WAS NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING HERE AND NOW I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO FIX....UGH.

        LAST RENTERS LEFT OUR HOME VERY GOOD. THEY EVEN LEFT SOME BLACK BOX ROSÉ WINE. I HAD 2 GLASSES AND IT IS DETERMINED I WILL NOT DRINK WHITE WINE AGAIN..........GOT A HEADACHE.

        MAKE SOME HEALTHY THINGS FOR DINNER AND STARE AT MY PUNCH LIST. IT IS DEPRESSING. A CONTRACTOR WOULD CHARGE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR THIS. I WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN BIG OVER THE STINKING METS AND PLAY A GAME OF INTERNET SCRABBLE. I WON OVER A TOP 10 PLAYER.

        I SMELL FISH AND POOP ?  I WALK AROUND OUTSIDE AND IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY. I SMELL AN ODOR AND LOOK INSIDE AN OUTDOOR METAL TRASHCAN WE HAVE FOR ASHES FROM OUR WOOD STOVE. WELL , LAST RENTERS DECIDED TO PUT USED DIAPERS ( AND BELIEVE ME THE KID REALLY USED THEM ) AND ONE VERY LARGE FISH 3/4 EATEN IN IT. THE HEAD WAS THE SIZE OF MY FIST. I GET MY CLIP BOARD AND WRITE " EMPTY OUTSIDE TRASH CAN OF FISH AND POOP. "

        SLEPT GREAT IN JERSEY BUT NOT HERE. I WAS UP 4 TIMES FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6AM.

        FOR THE 2ND TIME I WITNESSED A WILD ANIMAL FOR THE FIRST TIME HERE. OVER A MONTH AGO I HAD THE PLEASURE TO SEE AND TAKE PICTURES OF A LARGE 300 POUND BLACK BEAR. TONIGHT WAS A LITTLE SMALLER CRITTER. I KNOW THIS ANIMAL IS UP HERE BUT I CAN NOT REMEMBER EVER SEEING ONE ON OUR PROPERTY. WELL TONIGHT , AS I WAS WALKING TOWARDS THE COUCH TO SIT WITH MY PUP I SEE A RED FOX RUN UP ON OUR DECK. HE SEES ME AND I TRY TO HIDE BEHIND A WINDOW WHICH IS LIKE PUTTING AN ELEPHANT BEHIND A FLAG POLE. HE INSTANTLY RUNS DOWN TO THE PATH AND STOPS. HE TURNS AROUND AND STARES AT ME...........AND THAN MOVED ON. THAT WAS KINDA COOL.

        I DID ENJOY WATCHING RE-RUNS OF " MONK ". THEY DID A MARATHON OF THIS OLD DETECTIVE SHOW I LIKED. I FORGOT HOW GOOD IT WAS.

        OFF TO BED , SLEPT BAD AND MAN DID THE RAIN COME ALONG WITH BOOMING THUNDER AND LIGHTNING.  IT WAS 79 DEGREES AND BEAUTIFUL AND NOW IT IS HIGH 40 DEGREES AND RAINING LIKE THE BEJESUS. I ACTUALLY TURNED THE HEAT ON BEFORE I WENT TO BED..........WHICH WAS A GOOD CALL.

        WELP , IT'S 7:12 AM......TIME TO GET STARTED ON PUNCH LISTS.

        WEDNESDAY      9 - 6 - 17

        RAIN INHIBITS ME FROM TRYING TO FIX DRAINAGE FIELD SO I GOT A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS DONE. I WAS NOT FEELING IT COMING HERE BUT IT IS NICE......LESS THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE OF COURSE.

        BEFORE I LEFT , AT HOME , I FIXED A REFRIGERATOR ICE MAKER. WE HAD NO CUBES FOR CLOSE TO A YEAR. I WAS THINKING OF ORDERING A NEW FILTER OR CALLING A TECH.  BUT I JUST HAPPEN TO REMOVE THE ICE BIN TO CLEAN IT AND I REMEMBERED......LOWER THE " DUMB WAITER " TO FIX ICE MAKER FROM ONLY GIVING CHIPPED ICE. IT IS LITTLE SQUARE OPENING AT THE BACK OF THE FRIDGE WITH A MINI SHELF IN IT.....KINDA LOOKS LIKE A DUMB WAITER. I PUSHED IT DOWN ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO AND IT STRUCK ME TO DO IT AGAIN. THIS IS A NICE CONVENIENCE WE DID NOT HAVE FOR A WHOLE YEAR....LOVE CUBED ICE.

        A COUPLE OF THINGS DONE :

        - DIG DUG MACHINE NEEDS TO BE TAKEN HOME. I CONTACTED OUR FRIENDS AT MERCURY AMUSEMENT AND THEY SAID TECHNICALLY I JUST NEED TO TAKE THE MONITOR HOME. THIS WOULD JUST BE 4 BOLTS AND 2 WIRES TO DISCONNECT. OH , ONE MORE THING , DON'T TOUCH ANY METAL WHEN REMOVING IT BECAUSE IT STILL HOLDS A CHARGE......JUST GREAT.

        - ORDERED BEER AND LIQUOR FOR THE NAIL.

        - REPLACED ALL BURNT OUT LIGHTS. OF COURSE I GET UP THE NEXT MORNING AND THROW A SWITCH AND BOTH HALLWAY LIGHTS GO OUT TOGETHER. ANNNNND REPLACE THEM AGAIN. GOING OUT IN THE RAIN TO REPLACE SOME WERE NOT FUN.

        - STARTED TO INSTALL NEW DRIVEWAY LIGHTS BUT RAIN WAS TOO HARD. I PREPPED AS FAR AS I COULD FOR TOMORROW.

        - FIXED A REVERSE DOOR CATCH. I HAD TO CUT A DOOR DOWN WITH A CIRCULAR SAW OUTSIDE UNDER THE AWNING AND THAN RE-INSTALL THE DOOR AND LATCH PROPERLY. OF COURSE I TRIED SOME MACGYVERING BUT ENDED UP DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY.

        - LABELED OUTDOOR SEAT CUSHIONS TO COME INSIDE EVERY NIGHT AND BE STORED IN A BEDROOM CLOSET. OH I AM SO SURE RENTERS WILL DO THIS. I ALSO EMAILED OUR CLEANER TO DOUBLE CHECK THE CUSHIONS ARE INSIDE AFTER EACH CLEAN. THEY WILL BE RUINED WITHIN ONE WEEK IF LEFT OUTSIDE AT ALL.

        - CLEANED OUT BBQ DRIP TRAY. THIS IS ALWAYS ALOT OF FUN. I DID MAKE 2 LARGE BURGERS WITH BBQ ONIONS AND LETTUCE & CHEESE......NO BREAD.  GOD , NOT HAVING A BUN FOR A BURGER JUST DOWN RIGHT BLOWS.

        - WIPE TOPS OF EVERY BASEBOARD HEATER.

        - DUSTED THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.

        - WIPED DOWN EVERY WINDOW SILL INSIDE AND OUT.

        - SPRAYED ANY BED STAINS.  YES , YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I DID THE SAME AT THE CONDO AND LET ME TELL YOU " CLOROX BLEACH " SPRAY DOES A REMARKABLE JOB. I SPRAYED HEAVY ON ONE BED MATTRESS AND LIGHTLY ON 2 OTHERS. I TURNED ON CEILING FANS AND LET THEM RUN 24 HOURS.

        - DISCONNECTED AND UNPLUGGED AN OUTDOOR BUG ZAPPER.

        - LEAK UNDER BATHROOM SINK. I CLEANED THE WHOLE THING OUT , TIGHTENED CONNECTIONS , AND TESTED FOR 24 HOURS. I COULD NOT FIND THE LEAK. SO I PUT EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER. I PLACED A DRY PAPER TOWEL UNDER AREA OF WETNESS AND WILL CHECK IT TOMORROW FOR DROPLETS.......JUST LIKE I DID AT THE CONDO WITH THE TOILET.

        - CLOROX SPRAYED A JACUZZI PILLOW.

        - FIXED A BASKETBALL LIGHT FIXTURE IN THE GAME ROOM AND CLEANED IT.

        - TESTED AND REPLACED A VACUUM WITH A PROPER SIZED VACUUM BAG.

        - WET / DRY VACCED ABOVE KITCHEN CABINETS. THIS REALLY NEEDED TO BE DONE. OH , I DID NOT NOTICE WHILE I WAS USING THE WET/DRY VAC...........TONS OF ATER MISTING OUT THE BACK OF IT WHILE I WAS STANDING ON THE COUNTER TOP. ANNNNNND CLEANED UP EVERY WHERE.

        THERE WERE SOME MORE THINGS THAT I JUST FORGOT. BY 9PM I WAS TIRED. I TOOK A SHOWER AND SHAVED TO TRY TO WAKE UP A LITTLE BIT BUT IT DID NOT HAPPEN. WHEELS DID HAPPEN TO CALL ME RIGHT AS I WAS GETTING OUT OF THE SHOWER COMPLETELY NAKED. WE TALKED PHONE SEX WHICH WAS AWESOME. SHE HAS THE BEST VOICE FOR THIS KINDA STUFF.  

        WE DID NOT TALK PHONE SEX AND I WAS IN BED BY 10PM......DIDN'T EVEN WATCH HOGAN'S HEROES.

        THURSDAY      9 - 7 - 17

        IT BE NICE TO ENJOY THIS WEATHER , THIS HOUSE , AND NATURE.......YEAH , IT BE NICE.

        A MISTAKE COSTS ME AN EXTRA 4 HOURS OF WORK AND IT STILL MIGHT NOT BE FIXED.  HERE'S MY PAIN :

        THE SEPTIC SYSTEM :

        - TACKLED MY HARDEST JOB TODAY. AFTER 4 1/2 HOURS IN I WAS STARTING TO PANIC I COULD NOT FIX IT. UP AT 6AM I STARTED MY ROUTINE AND LITTLE STUFF. BASICALLY I WAS WAITING FOR THE WEATHER TO HEAT UP. BY 10AM I STARTED TO TRY TO FIND THE LEAKS IN OUR DRAINAGE FIELD VIA OUR SEPTIC SYSTEM.  WITHIN 30 MINUTES , I FOUND ONE LEAK. I WAS ELATED TO FIND IT SO FAST BECAUSE DIGGING STONES , ROOTS , AND DIRT IS NO FUN.

        - I SET UP A FOLDING TABLE AND RAN AN EXTENSION CORD TO THE WORK AREA. I STARTED BRINGING OUT TOOLS. BACK AND FORTH TO MY VAN 20 TIMES. I HAVE THE PUP WITH ME AND THE WEATHER IS COOPERATING.  I START DIGGING USING A SHOVEL AND THE CLAW END OF A HAMMER.  I PUSHED MYSELF AND BY DAY'S END EVERYTHING WAS HURTING.  THE TRENCH I DUG IS IN THE SHAPE OF A CROSS. I FOUND A " CROSS " IN THE MIDDLE CONNECTED BY 4 PVC PIPES........2 WERE CRACKED AND 2 DID NOT LINE UP WITH EACH OTHER.  I TRIED TO MACGYVER THE 2 BROKEN LINES BUT BECAUSE THE PIPES ARE BURIED WITH SO MUCH DIRT AND STONES THEY WOULD NOT BUDGE. I AM UP SHITS CREEK LITERALLY.

        - GOT SUPER UNLUCKY AND THAN LUCKY. I CALLED MY SEPTIC SYSTEM TECHNICIAN BUT HE WAS NOT IN THE AREA. HE GAVE ME SOME SUGGESTIONS THAT I KNEW ALREADY. I TRAVEL TO THE HARDWARE STORE TO PICK UP SUPPLIES AND A NEW PVC CROSS. I AM VERY LUCKY THEY HAVE THIS PRODUCT. OK , I CAN DO THIS. I AM NOW GOING TO SAWZ SAW THE CROSS OUT. I CUT 4 TIMES AND REMOVE THE PVC CROSS.......AND THAN FEAR , ANGER , AND DEPRESSION HIT ME ALL AT ONCE WHEN I SEE WHAT I DID. I REMOVED THE PVC " CROSS " AND THERE IS A 5TH FUCKING PVC PIPE GOING STRAIGHT DOWN ABOUT 5 FEET DEEP. I NEVER SAW IT. I NOW HAVE TO ALIGN 4 PIPES AND THIS 5TH DRAIN THAT GOES STRAIGHT DOWN. THIS 5TH PIPE COST ME AN EXTRA 5 HOURS OF WORK AND WILL BE THE REASON ( I THINK ) IF IT LEAKS AGAIN. THE ONLY THING I AM THINKING IS MAYBE GRAVITY WILL HELP. THE WATER IS BEING PUMPED DOWN AND NOT OUT OR SIDEWAYS AND THIS COULD HELP IF I EVER FINISH THIS PROJECT.

        - ONE BY ONE I START PUTTING THE PVC DRAINS BACK EVERYTHING. EACH PVC LINE I DIG OUT MORE TO ALLOW ROOM TO WIGGLE THEM IN PLACE WITH EACH OTHER. I DO NOT FEEL GOOD ABOUT THIS AT ALL. BY 4PM I HAVE THE PVC " CROSS " BACK TOGETHER. I REMOVE THE SEPTIC SYSTEM'S LARGE CEMENT COVER ALONG WITH A GIANT ROCK ON TOP OF IT. I NEED TO ACTIVATE THE SUMP PUMP AND SEE IF MY SEALS HOLD. I REMOVE MY GLASSES WHILE LOOKING DOWN IN THE TANK. I KNEW THEY WOULD FALL OFF BECAUSE I WAS SWEATING SO MUCH. I USE A RAKE AND DROP IT INTO THE PIT OF DESPAIR. I LIFT THE UP THE FLOAT AND THE SHIT STARTS PUMPING........LITERALLY.  I DO NOTICE A SMALL TINY TINY PUDDLE BY THE 5TH PVC PIPE GOING DOWN IN THE GROUND. I AM TOTALLY BUMMED. I USE MY FATNESS AND STEP ON THE DAMN THING TO PUSH IT DOWN. I DO A 2ND TEST AND SEE THE SAME SMALL TINY PUDDLE.  I DECIDE TO CLEAN UP , DRY OUT THE PUDDLE , AND WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW.

        - WHILE LAYING ON THE GROUND WITH MY HANDS IN THE GROUND I HEAR THIS VERY LOUD WOOD CRACKLING NOISE. I LOOK INTO THE WOODS ABOUT 70 YARDS AWAY I SEE A 100 FOOT TREE FALL TO THE GROUND.  IT BROKE FROM ABOUT 6 FEET HIGH. I NEVER WITNESSED THIS BEFORE.  I WILL CHECK IT OUT TOMORROW SINCE I HAVE NO LIFE. I TOLD WHEELS THIS STORY ON THE PHONE LATER IN THE EVENING AND SHE SAID , " I GUESS A TREE FALLING DOWN IN THE WOODS DOES MAKE NOISE. "

        - I TAKE A 3RD RIDE TO THE HARDWARE STORE TO RETURN UN-USED PRODUCTS. ALL NIGHT I AM THINKING ABOUT IF THIS LEAKS. EVERY TIME I GO OUTSIDE I CHECK THE SMALL PUDDLE AREA I DRIED WITH PAPER TOWELS. I SEE IT IS DRY BUT THAT MEANS NOTHING BECAUSE THE SUMP PUMP NEVER ACTIVATED. UNLESS THAT SUMP PUMP GOES ON IT WILL REMAIN DRY. I ALREADY PUT THE 300 POUND CEMENT LID AND 100 POUND ROCK BACK ON THE TOP OF THE TANK SO TOMORROW WILL BE THE 2ND TEST. I HAVE NO MORE ENERGY TO TAKE THE LIDS OFF AGAIN. I TAKE A LONG SHOWER ( 10 MINUTES ) AND FLUSH SOME TOILETS I HAD CLEANSER IN. I GO OUT SIDE AND STILL NO PUDDLE. THIS IS GOOD BUT AGAIN UNTIL THE TANK FILLS UP AND ACTIVATES THE SUMP PUMP ALL THIS MEANS SQUAT.  TOMORROW I WILL REMOVE THE CEMENT LID AND ROCK AND REACH DOWN WITH A RAKE TO TURN ON THE PUMP. IF YOU HEAR OR FEEL PAIN AROUND 9AM TOMORROW.....THAT WOULD BE ME FINDING ANOTHER PUDDLE.

        MUD IS ALL OVER MY TOOLS , I USED A BED BLANKET TO KNEEL ON WHILE WORKING IN THE BACK YARD.  THERE IS DAMP WATERY MUD AND GRASS ALL OVER. I FINALLY CLEAN UP EVERYTHING AND IT IS DEPRESSING. I JUST HAVE A FEELING MY PVC PIPES I LINKED TOGETHER ARE NOT GOING TO HOLD. HAVING A RENTER COME IN TOMORROW NIGHT DOESN'T HELP EITHER.

        IT IS NOW 5:30PM AND MY BODY ACHES. I HAVE ONE MORE JOB TO DO AND I AM RELUCTANT BECAUSE MY SNEAKERS ARE MUDDY ( OR SLIPPERY ) AND MY ENERGY LEVEL IS LOW.  THESE ARE 2 INGREDIENTS FOR A SERIOUS ACCIDENT.  I TAKE A SMALL BREAK OF ABOUT 15 MINUTES AND DECIDE I MUST GET THIS LAST PROJECT DONE........LEAF BLOW ALL 3 ROOFS , 2 DECKS , AND ALL GUTTERS. I SET-UP THE 30' LADDER , EXTENSION CORDS , AND LEAF BLOWER. I CLIMB UP USING THE 2ND STORY DECK. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND LOOKING DOWN ON THE CRAP PIT AND " CROSS " DUG OUT OF THE SEPTIC DRAINAGE I TAKE A PICTURE AND POST IT ON FACEBOOK. THE BEST COMMENT WAS BY MY BROTHER ......" SHITTERS FULL !!! " ( IT'S FROM THE MOVIE )

        I BEGIN LEAF BLOWING STICKS , MOTHS , CATERPILLARS , AND MORE. I ALSO NOTICE OUR 2 SKY LIGHTS ARE ALMOST GREEN. CLIMB BACK DOWN AND GRAB WINDEX AND A RAG. I CLEAN THEM....UPPER ROOF IS DONE.  MOVING DOWN I DO THE AWNING ROOF AND THAN THE DECKS BELOW. BY 6:30PM I FINISH. I HAVE TO STOP. I HAVE NO MORE ENERGY.

        I ENJOY SOME PIZZA AND CHILLED ICE WATER. YES , SEVERAL BEERS WOULD OF BEEN SO NICE BUT I CONTINUE THIS " 3 B " DIET......NO BREAD , NO BEER , NO BRANDY.........BLOW.

        CHECK COMPUTER STUFF , PLAY A GAME OF INTERNET POKER , AND BY 7:30PM I'M LAYING WITH THE PUP ON THE COUCH.  SEVERAL TIMES I TAKE THE PUP OUTSIDE AND CHECK ON THE DRY PUDDLE AREA UNDER THE " CROSS " PVC PIPES.  IT IS DARK SO NOW I HAVE A FLASH LIGHT. IT IS STILL DRY BUT THAT GIVES ME NO CONFIDENCE ABOUT TOMORROW WHEN I ACTIVATE THE SUMP PUMP.

        I WATCH THE PHILLIES LOSE , THE CHIEFS FIGHT BACK AND BEAT THE PATRIOTS , AND SOME HOGAN'S HEROES.  BY MIDNIGHT I HEAD TO BED EXHAUSTED. I SURELY WILL SLEEP UNTIL SUNDAY.

        AT 11:59PM I SLIP INTO THE MY BED AND MY BODY THANKS ME. THE PURE JOY OF LAYING DOWN IS BLISS. I FALL ASLEEP QUITE QUICKLY. I EVEN HAVE A DREAM ABOUT WHEELS , MYSELF , AND MY YOUNGEST. WE ARE TRAPPED IN A CAVE AND THE CEILING HEIGHT IS ONLY 1 FOOT HIGH. WE MUST CRAWL UNDER ROCKS AND OUT A HOLE THAT HAS SUN LIGHT. WE KNOW WE MUST GO THAT WAY. BUT THERE IS A PROBLEM. EVERY TIME WE MOVE THE ROCKS DROP AN INCH. I TELL WHEELS TO GO FIRST , THAN ME , AND MY YOUNGEST LAST SINCE SHE IS THE SKINIEST.  WHEELS AND I GET OUT BUT MY YOUNGEST IS SCARED TO MOVE. THE CAVE IS SMALLER NOW AND ONLY 8 INCHES HIGH. I TELL MY KID SHE CAN DO THIS. I ASK HER TO CRAWL ARMY STYLE AS FAST AS SHE CAN. SHE BARELY MAKES IT THE EXIT HOLE AND I GRAB HER ARM FLINGING HER OUT AS THE CAVE DROPS TO THE GROUND..............dream ends.

        OH , ONE MORE THING. I WENT TO BED AT 11:59PM. AFTER THIS DREAM I WOKE UP AND SAID TO MYSELF , " IT HAS TO BE AT LEAST 5AM.....HAS TO BE. " I LOOK AT THE CLOCK AND IT SAYS , " 1:30AM ". I SLEPT 1 1 /2 HOURS. I ACTUALLY GIGGLED AND SHOOK MY HEAD. I GET UP AND PEE FOR 11 MINUTES AND HEAD BACK TO BED. I DID SLEEP UNTIL 6AM. I GUESS THAT IS GOOD.

        FRIDAY      9 - 8 - 17

        " AND UP FROM THE GROUND CAME A BUBBLING BREW " - BEVERLY HILLBILLIES.

        THERE ARE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF PAIN. TODAY , I EXPERIENCE SEVERAL OF THEM.

        MY MAIN OBJECTIVE WAS TO TEST MY " CROSS " PVC CONNECTION THIS MORNING. I WAS CHECKING IT THROUGHOUT EARLY AND LATE EVENING. BUT , WITHOUT ACTIVATING THE SUMP PUMP THIS MEANS NOTHING. I NEED MANY GALLONS OF WATER FLUSHING THROUGH THE PIPES FOR A REAL TEST.  TODAY , WOULD BE THAT DAY. I WOULD RAKE AND SHOVEL THE DIRT AND ROCKS IN , DO SEVERAL OTHER SMALL PROJECTS , CLEAN-UP , AND HEAD HOME.  THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN.

        BEING UP SINCE 6AM I PACED , WATCHED PORN , AND DID SOME COMPUTER THINGS TO KEEP MY MIND OFF TESTING MY SEALS ON THE " CROSS " PIPE. I WAS WAITING FOR THE SUN AND WARMER TEMPERATURES BUT BY 9AM I COULD NOT WAIT NO LONGER.  MY BODY WAS ACHING FROM YESTERDAY BUT A QUICK TEST , RAKE THE TRENCHES , AND I'M OUTTA HERE.

        I LIFTED THE 100 POUND ROCK OFF THE 200 POUND CEMENT LID. I SLID THE 200 POUND LID TO ACCESS THE DEEP BOWELS OF THE SEPTIC TANK. IT WAS TIME TO LOWER A RAKE AND PULL ON THE BOBBER TO ACTIVATE THE PUMP AND FLUSH POOP WATER THROUGHOUT MY BACK YARD. YES, NOW WAS THE TIME.  10 , 9 , 8 , 7 , .........

        SUMP PUMP IS ACTIVATED AND THE WATER IS FLOWING. MY " CROSS " IS HOLDING AND I SMILE , CLOSE MY EYES , BEND MY FACE SLIGHTLY TO THE SKY , AND FEEL THE WARMTH OF THE SUN & GENTLE BREEZE ACROSS MY BALD HEAD.

         I GOT TO ENJOY THIS BLISSFUL MOMENT FOR ABOUT 8 SECONDS AS MY EARS PICKED UP A SOUND.......THE SOUND OF WATER BUBBLING FROM THE GROUND. I LOOK 20 FEET AWAY FROM " THE CROSS " AND IN A DIFFERENT SECTION OF OUR YARD I REALIZE THERE IS ANOTHER BREAK IN THE PVC DRAINAGE LINES AND LEAK. I SCREAM " NOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!! " A SQUIRREL FALLS FROM A TREE , SEVERAL BIRDS FLY FOR FEAR , AND A STORK BY THE WATER DROWNS ITSELF. I BELIEVE MY VOICE WAS A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE. I DROP TO THE GROUND IN ANGUISH AND PAIN. I COULD NOT BELIEVE I HAD TO DO THIS ALL OVER AGAIN.

        SET UP ALL MY TOOLS , TABLE , CALL SEPTIC TECH , DRIVE TO HARDWARE STORE , AND BEGIN TO DIG. I FIND THE BREAK AND INSTALL A FERNCO OR RUBBER BOOT TO IT.  A 2ND PUDDLE HAS FORMED SO I INVESTIGATE THAT BY DIGGING FOR THAT PIPE. I RUN INTO A GIGANTIC ROCK RIGHT WHERE I NEED TO SEE. THIS WAS ALOT OF FUN REMOVING. I FIGURE OUT HOW THE PIPES ARE RUNNING. I DIG AND REMOVE ALL ROCKS ALL USING USING A HAMMER AS A PICK AXE. I TAKE PICTURES AND SEND THEM TO WHEELS. THE BAD NEWS HAS ARRIVED.

        BY 1P EVERYTHING IS DONE. ALL DIRT IS PILED BACK ON AND RAKED ALONG WITH PRE-TESTING. OUR BACK YARD LOOKS LIKE  TESTING GROUND USED BY NORTH KOREA.

         NOW , I JUST NEED TO LOAD A 400 POUND DIG DUG MACHINE IN MY VAN , LOAD A 1000 TOOLS , CLEAN THE HOUSE , LOAD A BLANKET WITH POOPIE DIAPERS & A FISH HEAD , AND DRIVE HOME EXHAUSTED.

        BY 3PM I AM ON THE ROAD. I FOLLOW ONE GUY WHO IS DRIVING 108 MPH. I WAS HOME IN 80 MINUTES.  MY YOUNGEST HELPS ME UNLOAD A 1000 THINGS. MY WHOLE BODY ACHES.

        EARLY EVENING I DRIVE TO MERCURY AMUSMENT TO DROP OFF THE DIG DUG MACHINE. THAN TO GET A LIQUOR ORDER , THAN TO THE NAIL. A BARTENDER OPENED THE NAIL FOR ME AROUND 12 NOON TO RECEIVE A LARGE BEER ORDER. I SPEND OVER 3 HOURS STOCKING LIQUOR , BEER , AND CLEANING BINS.  MY PAIN WOULD NOT END.

        A CO-HOST FOR THE RADIO SHOW TAKES MY COMPUTER TO PREP FOR SUNDAY'S RADIO SHOW. HE WILL KEEP IT UNTIL SUNDAY.

        I ENDED UP STAYING THE WHOLE NIGHT. IT WAS A NICE CROWD AND EVERYONE WAS COOL.  BY 2:40AM I HAD TO ROLL OUT. I AM HALF WAY HOME AND FORGOT MY CELL PHONE. I GO BACK AND GET IT.

        IN BED BY 3:15 AM I CRASH HARD. I WAKE UP AT 5:30AM FREEZING MY ASS OFF. I GUESS I SHOULDN'T OPENED THAT WINDOW. UP AT 7AM I START MY DAY......IN PAIN AND WITHOUT MY COMPUTER.  THIS WILL BE TOMORROW'S STORY.

        SATURDAY            9 - 9 - 17

        ALL I WANTED TO DO IS MOVE MY COMPUTER.........JESUS.

        MY LAPTOP IS WITH A RADIO SHOW HOST. HE IS PREPPING THE COMPUTER FOR OUR LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW ON SUNDAY AT 6PM. STOP DOWN , IT WILL BE FUN.

        OUR JEEP GOT A GREAT PRICE TO RESTORE THE ENGINE. TOTALLY HAPPY WITH IT. WE RETURNED IT 3 TIMES FOR EVEN MORE ADJUSTMENTS.......EVEN MORE HAPPY. THAN , I TAKE IT ACROSS THE STREET TO OUR MECHANIC AND HEAD TO THE MOUNTAINS. I DO NOT HEAR FROM THEM ALL WEEK. THIS IS NOT GOOD. WHEELS MAKES THE CALL TO THEIR SHOP AND THE MECHANIC SAYS , " HAVE CHRIS CALL ME ". THIS IS NOT GOOD. THERE IS A FULL LIST OF THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE. I AM JUST SICK ABOUT IT. I FULL EXPECTED A SIMPLE INSPECTION AND GET THE DAMN CAR BACK. I REALLY SHOULD LEARN ABOUT CAR ENGINES MUCH MORE. I HATE BE SUBJECTED TO MECHANICS. I BELIEVE THE SHOP WE USE BUT IT IS SO FRUSTRATING.

        BODY ACHING AND MY CONTINUING HARD DAYS REPEATS ITSELF.  BUT LET'S START WITH MY COMPUTER WOES. WE HAVE 2 MODEMS IN OUR HOME. THE MAIN ONE UPSTAIRS AND THE " RELAY " OR " JUMPER " DOWNSTAIRS. A RELAY OR JUMPER MODEM EXTENDS THE AREA OF INTERNET RECEPTION AND INCREASES SPEED. WELL , THIS IS FOR MOST FAMILIES BUT NOT OURS. BUT THAT IS ANOTHER STORY. MY BEDROOM OLDER COMPUTER IS ONLY USED ONCE A MONTH....TWICE A MONTH DURING THE RADIO SHOW SEASON. I LITERALLY HAVE TO MOVE EVERYTHING TO THE MAIN ROOM. I SET IT UP AND RECEIVE INTERNET. WELL , THIS MORNING I WANT TO SIMPLY MOVE IT UPSTAIRS NEXT TO THE MAIN MODEM AND JUST LEAVE IT THERE. I AM SICK OF MOVING IT. REAL SIMPLE RIGHT ?

         SET- UP MY COMPUTER AND MONITOR AND NO INTERNET. ARE YOU " F'N " KIDDING ME ??!! I CALL XFINITY AND A VERY NOVICE OLDER WOMAN TRIES TO WALK ME THROUGH IT. SHE NEEDS TO TALK TO HER MANAGER ALMOST EVERY QUESTION. NOTHING WORKS AND I RUN OUT OF PATIENCE AFTER 45 MINUTES.  I DECIDE TO MOVE THE COMPUTER BACK DOWN STAIRS TO THE KITCHEN AREA. I TURN IT ON AND INSTANT INTERNET.

        REASON - THE UPSTAIRS MODEM HAS ID AND PASSWORDS DIFFERENT FROM THE DOWNSTAIRS MODEM. YOU THINK THEY BE LINKED BUT THEY ARE NOT. I WOULD JUST NEED TO ENTER THE NEW ID AND PASSWORD. OH , THE PROBLEM IS I HAVE NO ID OR PASSWORD FOR THE UPSTAIRS MODEM. SO DAMN FRUSTRATING.

         WHEELS VISIT SOME FAMILY AND I TRY TO NAP. AFTER 15 MINUTES OF LAYING DOWN MY CELL PHONE GOES OFF. MY YOUNGEST NEEDS TO BE PICKED UP. OFF TO GET HER AND A FRIEND FROM " PORCH DAY " PARTY. IN THE TOWNSHIP NEXT TO US THEY CLOSED A STREET AND BANDS PLAYED MUSIC ON 10 DIFFERENT PORCHES ALONG WITH FOOD AND DRINK. THE KIDS SAID IT WAS KINDA COOL ESPECIALLY SINCE ONE OF THEIR FRIENDS IS IN A BAND.

        I SHOWER AND SHAVE AND HEAD TO THE NAIL. I PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND IT WAS FUN UNTIL THE VERY END. AGAIN , OUR STAFF DID AN EXCELLENT JOB MOVING BANDS AND PEOPLE. OVER 120 TICKETS WERE SOLD AND IT WAS A SOLID CROWD UNTIL 11PM. PERFECT LOADING AND UNLOADING AND SOME OF THE MUSIC WAS REALLY GOOD......SOME OF IT WAS NOT SO GOOD. OVERALL I HAD A GOOD TIME

        ONE STORY IS A BAND MEMBER AND I ARE WERE TALKING OUTSIDE. HE SAYS HE KNOWS AND WORKED WITH STEVIE WONDER. I SAY I HAD A FRIEND WHO WORKED WITH STEVIE WONDER AND HIS NAME WAS DANNY SEMBELLO. HIS HIS JAW DROPPED AND HE SAYS , " DANNY IS NOT A FRIEND TO ME , ( BLESSES HIMSELF ) HE WAS MY BROTHER. " IT ENDED UP HE LIVED WITH DANNY FOR 3 YEARS IN CALIFORNIA. WE TOLD STORIES AND SINCE MOVING BACK TO THE EAST COAST HE NEVER GOT THE TRUE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM. I TOLD HIM WHAT WE HEARD AND HE WAS THANKFUL FOR CLOSURE. NOW , THAT IS A VERY SMALL WORLD.

        HURRICANE IRMA DOING SOME DAMAGE.

        PHILLIES WIN AND WE ALWAYS PLAY THE NATIONALS TOUGH.

        THE LAST ACT WAS A BUNCH OF TOUGH KIDS AND WANNABEE HIP HOP STARS. I DID NOT LIKE THEIR MUSIC AT ALL BUT WHO AM I TO JUDGE. IF THEY ARE HAVING FUN AND NOT HURTING ANYONE THAN GO FOR IT. I DID NOT LIKE WHEN THEY BROKE OUT TWISTED TEA BOTTLES OUTSIDE AFTER THE PERFORMANCE. I HAD TO TAKE AWAY 10 OF THE 12 BACK THEY BROKE OUT.  2 GOT AWAY TO CARS. I JUST SHOOK MY HEAD AND SAID THEY RUINED A REALLY FUN NIGHT. MAYBE " RUIN " IS TOO HARSH OF A WORD BUT THEY ENDED THE NIGHT ON A LOW NOTE.

         I DID ENJOY MEETING LOTS OF MUSICIANS AND PEOPLE.  PLAYING WITH THEM ALL NIGHT VIA ON THE MICROPHONE AND JUST TALKING TO THEM. I WAS THANKED 20 TIMES FOR RUNNING THE SHOW.

        OH , ONE MORE THING , I DO NOT HAVE MY MAIN COMPUTER BACK BUT I THINK I LOST MY " RUSTY NAIL " FACEBOOK  ACCOUNT AGAIN. OH WELL , I TRIED.

         BACK HOME MY YOUNGEST HAS A SLEEP OVER. THEY TELL ME OF THE CONCERT THEY ATTENDED THE NIGHT BEFORE AT THE MANN MUSIC CENTER AND OUR LOCAL PARK THAT RE-OPENED TODAY. THEY HAD BANDS , TOYS , GIFTS , FOOD , GAMES , BLOW UP HOUSES , LASER LIGHT SHOW , AND ALL KID STUFF FOR THE RE-OPENING. THEY SAID IT WAS FUN.

         OH , JUST ONE MORE THING , SPEAKING OF CONCERTS AND FUN. I HAD TO FORGO TICKETS TO A BILLY JOEL CONCERT IN A SUITE TO WORK A HIP HOP SHOW AT THE NAIL.......OH JOY.........BLOW.

        SUNDAY      9 - 10 - 17

        LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW RETURNS AND THE LAUGHS WERE ABUNDANT AGAIN. MUST THANK THE BANDS POOPY , MOUNT VENGEANCE , KISSING THE KLEPTO , AND MIDHEAVEN FOR HAVING ALOT OF FUN WITH US. SHOW SHOULD BE UPLOADED BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON OR EARLIER.

        LOST A 2ND RUSTY NAIL FACEBOOK ACCOUNT....OH WELL. THEY STILL HAVE NOT GOT BACK TO ME FROM THE FIRST ACCOUNT I LOST.

        EAGLES WITH A HUGE WIN OVER THE REDSKINS. BELIEVE IT OR NOT , THIS WAS A " MUST WIN " BY LOOKING AT THEIR SCHEDULE.  IT WAS GOOD TO SEE COACH PEDERSON GET GATORADED AT THE END OF THE GAME.  I DID HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT PLAY CALLING ON THE OFFENSE BUT TO ME SPECIAL TEAMS AND DEFENSE WON THIS 30 - 17 GAME. THE DEFENSE GAVE UP 10 POINTS WHICH WERE BY TURNOVERS.  WENCE MADE SOME REALLY GOOD PLAYS AND SOME REALLY BAD PLAYS. THE GOOD PLAYS OUT-WEIGHED THE BAD PLAYS. THE EAGLES WON ON A VERY CONTROVERSIAL NON-CALL AT THE END OF THE GAME. THE SCORE DOES NOT INDICATE HOW CLOSE THIS GAME WAS.

        WHEELS GOES TO BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY CLUB FOR A WORK PICNIC. I STAYED HOME FOR REST AND EAGLES. IF I WENT I WOULD OF ATE LIKE A PIG AND DRANK LIKE A LUSH.

        ROLL TO THE NAIL AND BEGIN PREPPING FOR THE RADIO SHOW AND THE NIGHT. IT WAS FUN AND I THOUGHT WE DO AN HOUR SHOW. BUT OF COURSE IT WAS 2 HOURS.  THIS IS A GOOD THING......TIME JUST FLIES WHEN LAUGHING SO HARD. I NEEDED THIS AFTER MY WEEK OF POOP HELL.

        BACK HOME WHEELS & I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " RAY DONOVAN ". IT WAS VERY GOOD.

        OFF TO BED REALLY EARLY. HAD TO SOME COOL DREAMS. ONE DREAM WAS I HAD TO CARRY MY YOUNGEST ACROSS ROCKS. WE WERE JUMPING ON THEM. WE MADE IT ACROSS A LARGE RIVER.  ALSO WOKE UP 5 OR 6 TIMES BUT JUST COULD NOT GET MOVING. BY 6:57AM I FINALLY GOT UP. THIS IS LATE FOR ME.

        MONDAY / TUESDAY    9 - 11 / 12 - 2017

        YEP , MY BRAIN BLOWS. 

        FIRST I MUST ACKNOWLEDGE 9/11. I WATCHED SEVERAL NEWS REPORTS AND DOCUMENTARIES ON FIREMEN , FAMILIES , POLICE , AND MORE.  OH MAN THE PAIN THESE BASTARD TERRORISTS CAUSED. WE WILL NEVER FORGET. I ALSO POSTED " WE WILL NEVER FORGET " ON OUR OUTSIDE MARQUEE SIGN.

        SPEAKING OF THE NAIL'S OUTSIDE MARQUEE. I SPENT SOME TIME FIGURING OUT HOW TO FIX THE SIGN AFTER 2 WHITE MALES IN A SMALL GREY CAR THREW A ROCK THROUGH IT ON LABOR DAY MONDAY NIGHT. THESE FUCKING LOWLIFES HAVE NO MORALS OR DECENCY.  AFTER CONTEMPLATING ALITTLE I DECIDED TO JUST USE THE PIECES FALLEN INSIDE THE MARQUEE , SCOTCH TAPE , AND A HOT GLUE GUN. I PIECED THEM BACK TOGETHER LIKE HUMPTY DUMPTY.  I AM SUPER SATISFIED HOW THE PUZZLE CAME OUT.

        SPENT ABOUT 45 MINUTES WITH OUR SURVEILLANCE TEAM. THE GUY IS SUPER COOL AND I FELT BAD CALLING HIM THE WRONG NAME SEVERAL TIMES. MAN, MY MEMORY BLOWS. ANYWAY , HE MADE 2 VIDEOS AND 3 STILL PICTURES OF THE GUYS WHO THREW A ROCK THROUGH OUR MARQUEE SIGN. I POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK.

        SPEAKING OF FACEBOOK. FOR THE 3RD TIME I RE-MADE MY " RUSTY NAIL " ACCOUNT. SO IF YOU SEE IT PLEASE " FRIEND " ME.

        WALKED AROUND PROPERTY TODAY USING MY NEW WEED WHACKER AGAIN. I HAVE NEVER WHACKED SO MUCH IN MY LIFE. ( EXCEPT MAYBE IN MY BEDROOM )

        NEW USED ENGINE IN JEEP ....AWESOME. TAKE ACROSS THE STREET TO GET A SIMPLE INSPECTION. I'M FIGURING 90 BUCKS.  WELP.......$1007. UN-F'N-BELIEVABLE. I TAKE THE JEEP BACK HOME.

        I TALKED TO MECHANIC CHU ON ESSINGTON AVENUE AND LOOKS LIKE IT CAN BE DONE FOR HALF THE PRICE.

        GOT ALOT OF CLEANING DONE AT THE NAIL. BACK HOME TO CHILL ALITTLE BIT.

        WHEELS AND I GET INVITED TO A COUNTRY CLUB. WE DINED OUTSIDE OVERLOOKING THE GOLF COURSE AND GOLFERS. IT WAS WONDERFUL.  OH , AND IT WAS FREE.  MAN DOES FREE MAKE THE FOOD AND WINE TASTE SO MUCH BETTER.

        TOTALLY JINXED MYSELF. THE NAIL HAS BEEN HAVING ITS BEST NUMBERS IN 20 YEARS. I WROTE LAST WEEK WE HAVE BEEN IN THE RED EVERY MONTH. WELP , AUGUST BOOKS MADE THAT STREAK COME TO A HALT BIG TIME.

        PHILLIES LOSING 7 - 2 GOING INTO THE 8TH INNING.  THEY WINN 9 - 8 IN THE 15TH INNING....NICE. THIS WAS AN EPIC GAME. SUPPOSEDLY WON IT IN THE 9TH INNING BUT REPLAY SHOWED OUR GUY WAS OUT AT HOME. 2 OUTS IN THE 10TH INNING AND THE NEW KID HITS HIS 2ND HOMER OF THE GAME TO TIE IT. THAN WIN IT IN THE 15TH INNING. 

        CLEVELAND INDIANS WIN 20 STRAIGHT TO TIE AN AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD.

        SHOWTIME PICKED UP A SERIES I HAVE BEEN WATCHING. YOU MUST BE A FAN OF THIS COMIC OR YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT.  THEY ARE SHORT SHOWS......ONLY 28 MINUTES OR LESS. THE NAME ?  " DICE ". IT IS ACTUALLY NOT BAD AND IT DID MAKE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD SEVERAL TIMES. IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHO " DICE " IS THAN THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT THE SHOW FOR YOU.

        WEDNESDAY         9 - 13 - 17

        BACK TO CHU.  WHEELS AND I RETURNED THE JEEP BACK TO ESSINGTON AVENUE. THIS TIME IT WAS A DIFFERENT REASON......COST. OUR MAINLINE MECHANIC VS ESSINGTON AVENUE MECHANIC. THE DIFFERENCE ?........ABOUT 50%. 

        LOVE WALKIE TALKIES.....BEST THING EVER INVENTED. OK , MAYBE THAT IS GOING TOO FAR BUT WHEELS AND I USED THEM WHEN TRAVELING TO PHILLY IN 2 SEPARATE CARS.  IT HELPS WITH MANEUVERING IN TRAFFIC AS A TEAM AND JUST CONVERSATION. ANYTIME YOU TRAVEL IN PAIRS I REALLY LIKE USING WALKIE TALKIES.

        WAS GOING TO CUT THE LAWN BUT MAN DID THE RAIN COME.

        FOUND AN OUTLET / LIGHT TIMER. I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THIS FOR A WHILE. OF COURSE WHILE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE I COME ACROSS THE TIMER. I WANT TO INSTALL LOW VOLTAGE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS AT THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. WE USED TO HAVE THEM AND THEY LOOKED REALLY NICE AND DIRECTED RENTERS TOWARDS OUR HOME EASILY.  WE HAVE SOLAR LIGHTS NOW AND SINCE IT IS IN THE WOODS SUNLIGHT RARELY HITS THEM THUS MAKING THEM DIM OR BURN OUT QUICKLY. OUT OF 11 DRIVEWAY LIGHTS ONLY 3 WORK.

        WHEELS MAKES A NICE STIR FRY AND WE CHILL FOR DINNER WITH OUR YOUNGEST AND THE PUP. ALWAYS FUN WITH THE PUP.

        NEIGHBORS INSTALLED A NEW A/C COMPRESSOR. IT IS DEFINITELY AN EYE SORE ON OUR PROPERTY. THE FUNNY THING IS THE TECHS WHO WERE WORKING IN OUR BACK YARD I KNEW.  I TOLD THEM THEY COULD USE OUR DRIVEWAY TO PULL THEIR TRUCKS IN.

        OFF TO THE NAIL WHERE I GET ANOTHER LITTLE PROJECT DONE. SPLIT THE TV'S UP.  ONE REMOTE WILL CONTROL 6 TV'S AND THE OTHER REMOTE WILL CONTROL THE MAIN TV. I HAD TO CALL COMCAST AND GOT THIS REALLY NICE GIRL TO WALK ME THROUGH. TECHNICALLY I DID ALL THE WORK BUT SHE SENT A SIGNAL TO THE BOX TO RE-ACTIVATE IT. I CALLED OUR REMOTE THE " BABY REMOTE " AND SHE REPLIED , " OH MY GOD THAT IS SO CUTE. I NEVER HEARD A REMOTE CALLED " THE BABY ". SHE GIGGLED AND I ENVISIONED DOING HER.......AND THAN HUNG UP.

        MY NEIGHBOR IS FILLING OUR DUMPSTER. I AM ALLOWING HIM TO FILL IT EVERY WEDNESDAY SINCE IT GETS EMPTIED EVERY THURSDAY MORNING. HE IS MOVING OUT BY THE END OF THE MONTH AND MAN DOES HE HAVE A TON OF STUFF. I DID DUMPSTER DIVE A LARGE PLASTIC BLUE TARP.

        CLEANED , BARTENDED , AND THAN A " TEST ".  A YOUNG GUY WALKS IN AND ASKS FOR A " DOUBLE SAMBUCA WITH SPRITE. "  HE LOOKS AROUND 22 YEARS OLD SO I ASK HIM FOR I.D.  THE OLLLLLLDDDDDD " I LEFT IT AT HOME " ANSWER. MY ANTENNAS GO RIGHT UP AND DO NOT SERVE HIM. HE LEAVES AND I GO OUTSIDE AND THERE IS A POLICE OFFICER IN THE HARDWARE LOT ACROSS THE STREET. SO , WHY DID I THINK THIS WAS A TEST ?

        ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO A YOUNG ADULT CAME IN ASKING FOR A PITCHER OF MILLER LITE. I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH MY BROTHER AND SUPER PRE-OCCUPIED BECAUSE I WAS TELLING HIM ABOUT A FLYERS PLAYOFF GAME I ATTENDED THE NIGHT BEFORE IN WHICH THEY WON IN OVER-TIME. IT WAS THE BEST HOCKEY GAME I EVER ATTENDED.  WELL , I PLACE THE MILLER LITE PITCHER IN FRONT OF THIS " ADULT " BUT DO NOT GIVE HIM A GLASS.  I WALK DOWN THE BAR TO HANG UP THE PHONE AND FINISH MY EXCITED CONVERSATION. I RETURN TO CARD AND CHARGE THIS " ADULT "...........AND HE IS GONE.  THREE MINUTES LATER THE COPS ARE IN THE NAIL BUSTING ME FOR SERVING A MINOR. I NEVER WILL FORGET THE STING THEY PULLED ON ME.....ALWAYS CARD PATRONS NO MATTER WHAT.

        ROLL OUT AND HEAD HOME. HAD SOME VODKA / SPARKLING WATER ALONG WITH HEALTHY CHIPS & GUACAMOLE ALONG WITH A NUTRITION BAR.  BY 11PM I WAS IN BED.

         PHILLIES WIN AND THE KID HITS ANOTHER HOME RUN.

        THURSDAY        9 - 14 - 17

        GOT TO EMBARRASS THE KID................

        2ND A/C COMPRESSOR GETS INSTALLED IN OUR BACK YARD. THAT EYE SORE JUST DOUBLED.

        BEAUTIFUL DAY SO FINISHING THE LAWN WAS ON THE LIST. USING MY RIDING AND WALKING MOWER I GOT EVERYTHING DONE IN ABOUT AN HOUR.

        SO , I'M ON MY RIDING MOWER CUTTING THE LAWN AND I SAY TO MYSELF , " HMMMMMM , MY KID IS ABOUT TO GET OFF THE BUS. " I DRIVE THE RIDING MOWER AT LIGHTNING SPEED........ABOUT 3 MPH TO THE BUS STOP.  JUST AS I ARRIVE AND SPIN THE MOWER AROUND THE KID'S BUS PULLS UP. I BEGIN YELLING " WHO NEEDS A RIDE ?!! " TO THE KIDS GETTING OFF THE BUS. THE PARENTS THERE ARE GIGGLING AND MY KID HIDES HER FACE IN SHAME AS I POINT TO HER AND YELL " HEY ?? I KNOW YOU !! "  I CAN SEE HER LIPS MOUTHING " OH MY GOD ".  THE KID GIGGLES AS I FOLLOW RIGHT BEHIND AS SHE WALKS TOWARDS HOME.  FINALLY SHE JUMPS ON THE MOWER WITH ME AND SAYS , " WHY ARE YOU SUCH A NUDGE. " ---------------  MY JOB IS DONE HERE.

        OUR GARDEN STARTED OUT SO PROMISING. TODAY I HAD TO PICK CARROTS , TOMATOES , AND ONIONS. WELP , THE CARROTS WERE 1/3 THE SIZE THEY SHOULD BE AND KINDA LOOKED LIKE PORN TOYS. THE ONIONS WERE SUPPOSE TO BE THE SIZE OF SOFTBALLS BUT ENDED UP THE SIZE OF MY BALLS. THE TOMATOES......SOME WERE GOOD BUT SOME WERE ALIEN-LIKE.  OH , AND THE LETTUCE WAS NON EXISTENT.

        RE-HEAT SOME TURTLE SOUP AND SLIGHTLY WATER IT DOWN FOR MY KID. WE GOT IT FROM DINNER THE OTHER NIGHT.  OUR YOUNGEST SAID IT WAS ALITTLE BETTER THIS TIME AROUND.

        WATCHED A LITTLE BIT OF " ELLEN ". ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD SHOW.

        OUR DIG DUG MACHINE IS DOWN TO ONE MORE TROUBLE SHOOTING ANSWER IN FIXING IT. IF IT DOESN'T WORK.....WE WILL LOSE A 2ND ARCADE MACHINE FOR THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THAT WOULD SUCK.

        TAKE A SHOWER AND HEAD TO THE NAIL.

         I GOOGLE HOW TO PREVENT A DOG FROM SCRATCHING. OUR PUP HAS BEEN ENDURING IT TOO LONG WITH NO HELP FROM OUR VET. SO , PURE COCONUT OIL WAS APPLIED TO THE PUP'S SKIN TODAY.  WE ARE HOPING THIS WORKS INSTEAD OF ALLERGY PILLS WHICH HAVE NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO SOLVING THERE ISSUE.

         I LIKE TO UPDATE OUR TABLES. THEY LOOK LIKE ASS. I WAS GIVEN NEW MARBLE-LIKE FORMICA BUT I THINK THIS IS TOO FANCY FOR THE NAIL. SO I CALLED MY BROTHER WHO IS A MASTER CARPENTER FOR SOME IDEAS.  WE BRAINSTORMED AND I DECIDED TO TAKE ONE TABLE HOME AND WORK ON IT TOMORROW. I LIKE THE IDEA WE CAME UP WITH.

        REALLY GOOD BAND TONIGHT AND ONE SEMI-ANNOYING PATRON. 

        OVERALL A GOOD NIGHT FOR MUSIC.  ONE MUSICIAN I TALKED TO PLAYED WITH TOMMY CONWELL.

         I FELT BAD FOR THIS ONE LADY. SHE CAME IN AND HER HAND WAS BLEEDING. SHE SAID SHE WAS NOT PAYING ATTENTION AND TRIPPED ON THE SIDEWALK AND ROLLED INTO THE STREET.  SHE SAID , " THANK GOD NO CARS WERE GOING BY AT THE TIME. " I GOT HER TO THE WOMEN'S BATHROOM AND GAVE HER A WET CLOTH AND BAND AIDS.

        PHILLIES WIN BIG AND THE KID HITS ANOTHER HOME RUN. THE MANAGER WAS PRETTY FUNNY AFTER THE GAME IN A POST INTERVIEW. HE SAYS , " HOSKINS HITS A HOME RUN.....BLA BLA BLA...."  THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY.

        ROLL HOME AND WHEELS AND I WATCH THE BEGINNING OF SEASON 3 OF " NARCOS ".. IT WAS SLOW MOVING SINCE THEY NOW HAVE TO SET UP A WHOLE NEW KING PIN SCENARIO.  THEY TOOK OUT ESCOBAR THE MAIN CHARACTER.  HE HAD TO DIE SINCE HE DIES IN REAL LIFE BUT I THINK THEY SHOULD OF STRETCHED IT LONGER. THE ACTOR DID A GREAT JOB OF BEING THIS EVIL SINISTER DRUG LORD. THE NEW DRUG KINGS ARE THESE 4 GOD FATHERS. I WAS AMAZED THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT FLOWS IN FOR THESE COCAINE DEALERS. IMAGINE THIS..............THESE GODFATHERS WERE PAYING POLITICIANS , POLICE , GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS , AND MORE OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN BRIBES. ONE F'N BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR ??!!  .......JUST IN BRIBES ??!! HOLY CRAP !!

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH CARROTS AND GUACAMOLE......HMMMMM........MMMM.  BLOW.

        A LITTLE RED WINE TOO.

        FRIDAY          9 - 15 - 17

        LONG LONG DAY................

        UP AT 6AM. REMEMBER THAT TIME........6AM.

        APPLY COCONUT HELP OIL TO THE PUP. WE ARE HOPING THIS HELPS IN SOME WAY. I ALSO WALK HER.

        JINX MYSELF LIKE AN IDIOT. AUGUST ENDED OUR " IN THE RED " STREAK. BOTH US AND THE CLEVELAND INDIANS HAVE COME TO A HALT..............TOTALLY SUCKS.

        THE NAIL TABLES HAVE BEEN BOTHERING ME FOR A LONG TIME. TODAY I STARTED THEIR RE-BIRTH. THE MARBLE FORMICA IS JUST TOO HIGH END FOR THE NAIL AND I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH OF IT. SO , I RIPPED DOWN 1/2" BY 4' X 8' PIECE OF WAINS COATING TO MAKE STRIPS FOR THE SIDES OF EVERY TABLE. I BROUGHT HOME ONE TABLE FOR A TEST. AFTER BREAKING OUT MY TABLE SAW, CIRCULAR SAW , MITRE BOX , SANDER , HORSES , AND BACKING MY VAN UP TO ACCESS OTHER TOOLS.........I FINISHED ONE TABLE. IT LOOKS MUCH BETTER WITH A WOOD TRIM.  I HAVE 8 TABLES TO DO AND WILL PAINT ALL OF THEM LAST WHICH I THINK WILL MAKE THEM EVEN LOOK BETTER. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO BE OUTSIDE WITH THE PUP.

        TECHS I KNOW FINISHED INSTALLING A/C COMPRESSORS ON OUR NEIGHBOR'S PROPERTY TODAY. I TALKED TO THE TECH I KNOW AND SUGGESTED COVERING THE EYE SORE BLACK ELECTRICAL LINES COMING DOWN THE BUILDING. I WAS GLAD WHEN HE SAID THEY ARE COVERING THEM WITH A DOWNSPOUT TYPE OF MATERIAL. THE FINAL PRODUCT CAME OUT NICE. STILL WISH THEY WERE NOT ON OUR PROPERTY LINE BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO.

        JEEP - TO ESSINGTON AVENUE AGAIN. WHEELS DROPS ME OFF AND I PICK UP OUR JEEP.  BY GOING TO MECHANIC CHU WE SAVED ALMOST $500...........SO WORTH IT.  THE JEEP IS INSPECTED AND DONE.

        I STOP AT " NICK'S ROAST BEEF " AND PICK UP GRAVY FIRES AND BROCCOLI RABE FOR MY YOUNGEST AND ROAST PORK SANDWICH WITH LONG HOTS AND HORSE RADISH ON THE SIDE FOR WHEELS. I GOT NOTHING. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO GET NOTHING AT NICK'S ROAST BEEF ??

        STOP AT THE NAIL TO GET THE A/C'S ON. THIS WAS A VERY GOOD CALL. I LOAD 2 MORE TABLES TO TAKE HOME.

        BACK HOME I UNLOAD THE TABLES AND LOAD IN ONE LARGE WICKER CHAIR. MY DAY IS NON-STOP.

        HEAD TO OUR ELDEST COLLEGE TO PICK HER UP AND DROP OFF THE CHAIR. I GOT TO SEE THE NEW UPGRADED DORM SHE IS IN. IT IS FRIGGIN' NIGHT AND DAY COMPARED TO HER LAST DORM.  IT REALLY IS A SMALL APARTMENT.  OH , THE " SIGHTS " AT THIS COLLEGE ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY......WELL , I ALMOST RAN MY JEEP OFF THE ROAD 11 TIMES.

        A NICE RIDE HOME AND MY KID TALKS THE WHOLE TIME.....THIS IS RARE BUT GOOD.

        BACK HOME WE UNLOAD AND THE KIDS PLAY WITH THE PUP. THE DOG JUST CRACKS US UP.

        I MAKE A SMOOTHIE AND THE KIDS TAKE A RIDE TO " CHIPOTLE ". LATER THEY PLAY Wii TOGETHER.

        TEXT WITH MY BROTHER ABOUT THE TV SHOW " NARCOS ".

        I WORK ON 2 MORE TABLES AND FINISH THEM WITH THE WOOD TRIM.  I NEED TO DO 8 TABLES. I NOW HAVE 3 DONE. I LOAD THEM IN THE VAN. I CLEAN UP OUTSIDE AND LEAF BLOW THE SAW DUST.

         DINNER TIME I HAVE A SALAD AND LEFTOVER STIR FRY.....OH JOY.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I UNLOAD 3 NEWLY TRIMMED TABLES AND RE-LOAD 3 MORE TO TAKE HOME. I ALSO HUNG 2 BEER SIGNS.

        BOOKED AN OUT OF STATE HIP HOP ARTIST. THEY WANTED TO RENT OUR VENUE ON A TUESDAY NIGHT. WHO AM I TO DENY.

        IT IS 8:30PM AND I KNOW THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD NIGHT BUT NOT ONE PERSON IS HERE. I AM STARTING TO DOUBT MY ANTENNAS. THAN......THE FLOOD GATES OPENED.  A YOUNG GOOD LOOKING CROWD ABSOLUTELY PACKED THE NAIL TONIGHT.

        HELP A FELLOW PATRON GET HIS KEYS FROM HIS CAR WHICH HE LOCKED IN. I GAVE HIM A " SLIM JIM " AND A HANGER. HE GOT THEM.

        MAN THE YOUNG GIRLS TONIGHT WERE MAKING ME DEPRESSED. I WILL NEVER BE YOUNG OR GOOD LOOKING AGAIN. I LOOK LIKE A TRAIN WRECK THAT WENT THROUGH A ZOO.

        MY GAME PLAN WAS TO HAVE THE BARTENDER COME IN AT 9PM AND THAN I LEAVE AT 9:15PM. THIS WAS NOT HAPPENING. MY ELDEST WAS THE BARTENDER SO I STAYED AND HELPED. WE HAD TO HAVE 2 BARTENDERS TONIGHT. MAN DID WE RUN HARD ALL THE WAY UNTIL 1AM.

        AT 1:05AM I HAD NO MORE ENERGY. MY LEGS WERE HURTING. IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT OF BLACK LIGHTS , BEACH BALLS , SILLY STRING , GLOW STICKS , AND MUSIC.

        AT HOME I WIND DOWN WITH A LIBATION UNTIL 2AM AND THAN FALL INTO BED. I SLEPT ALL THE WAY TO 6AM. REMEMBER THAT TIME ? MY 20 HOUR DAY HAS ENDED AND RESTARTED ON THE SAME TIME.

        SATURDAY       9 - 16 - 17

        A DAY TO REMEMBER A FRIEND.................

        MORNING STARTS WITH ME TRIMMING OUT 3 MORE NAIL TABLES. TOTAL IS AT 6 NOW. I HAVE 2 MORE TO GO. I THINK THEY CAME OUT VERY GOOD COMPARED TO WHAT THEY USED TO LOOK LIKE. AFTER FINISHING ALL 8 THAN I WILL PAINT AND LEVEL THEM.

        WHEELS PICKS MORE VEGGIES FROM OUR GARDENS. SHE ALSO WALKED WITH A FRIEND AND THEY GAVE US A CUCUMBER THAT SHAMED EVERYTHING WE GREW AND MADE ME HORNY.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO MEET WITH SOME OLD FRIENDS. WHEELS AND I ARE DONATING A 1/2 KEG TO A CHARITY FUND RAISER TONIGHT. WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES OF THE OLD TIMES AND WHEELSTOCKS.

        I SPEND 3 HOURS CLEANING THE NAIL FROM FRIDAY NIGHTS BIG ANNIVERSARY PARTY.  THIS IS A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE. I WAS PRETTY TIRED BUT GLAD I GOT EVERYTHING DONE. I EXCHANGED MORE TABLES AND HEADED HOME.

        TOO TIRED TO WORK ON THE LAST 2 TABLES I TRY TO TAKE A NAP. I SLEPT ALITTLE BUT SOON I WAS SHOWERING AND SHAVING FOR TONIGHT.

        WHEELS AND I HEAD TO THE NAIL ONE MORE TIME. WE WERE IN AND OUT VERY QUICKLY. WE PICK UP A FAMILY MEMBER AND HEAD TO A FUND RAISER PARTY.

        CALL MY KIDS TO BRING IN MY TOOLS OUT THE DRIVEWAY. WHERE DID THIS RAIN COME FROM ?

        THE LOCATION WAS BOATHOUSE ROW AND THE PLACE HAS A WONDERFUL VIEWS. IT IS ACTUALLY 2 MILES AWAY FROM BOAT HOUSE ROW WHICH WE HAD TO FIGURE OUT THE HARD WAY.  A BRIDGE BEING CLOSED FOR A DANCE EVENT MADE IT EVEN MORE HARDER TO GET TO. WE ARRIVE AND THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. MANY DONATIONS FROM CLUBS AND RESTAURANTS BUT " SHAKE SHACK " BURGERS WERE THE BEST.  WE ATE , DINED , MINGLED , AND BOUGHT RAFFLE TICKETS. WE HAD TO LEAVE AND I HEARD WE MISSED WINNING A BIG SCREEN TV BY ONE NUMBER. THAT IS KINDA THE STORY OF MY LIFE BUT TONIGHT'S BIG PICTURE WAS RAISING MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE. I REALLY ENJOYED SEEING SOME OLD FRIENDS AGAIN. I ALSO GOT A CHANCE TO TRY CONSHOHOCKEN IPA. THIS IS A GOOD BEER. I WENT OFF MY " 3 B " PLAN FOR A LITTLE TONIGHT.

        OFF TO THE PHILLIES GAME TO MEET FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WE ARRIVE AND THE GAME WAS IN A RAIN DELAY.   PHILLIES COME BACK TO WIN 5 - 2 AND WE DID NOT GET OUT OF THERE UNTIL MIDNIGHT.  IT WAS FUN MEETING UP WITH PEOPLE AND LOTS OF LAUGHS.

        BACK HOME I TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHEELS.  I AM SURE SHE REMEMBERS NOTHING OF THE 30 SECONDS.

        ARDMOREFEST - A BENEFIT FOR HOUSTON - IS SUNDAY AT 6PM AT THE NAIL. I WILL BE THERE MOST OF THE NIGHT.

        SUNDAY      9 - 17 - 17

        ARDMOREFEST - A BENEFIT FOR HOUSTON WAS A SUCCESS.  8 BANDS AND FRIENDS PACKED THE NAIL TONIGHT. I WAS ON DOOR MANAGING DONATIONS OF FOOD & CASH , SOUNDMAN WAS RUNNING THE BANDS , THE BARTENDER WAS RUNNING .......THIS WAS A FUN NIGHT.

        COFFIN AT THE NAIL ? NOT FOR ME ( YET ) , BUT A LEAD SINGER DID JUMP OUT OF IT. I POSTED SOME PICS ON FACEBOOK.

        THOUGHT I WAS DONE AND THAN I REALIZED I WASN'T. I BROUGHT THE REMAINING 2 TABLES TO THE NAIL. I AM VERY PROUD OF HOW THESE CAME OUT ( THE ONLY ONE ACTUALLY ). I JUST NEED TO PAINT AND LEVEL THEM.  THAN I FORGOT ONE TABLE THAT HAS OUR AMPLIFIER ON IT NEXT TO THE MIXING BOARD...........DAMN IT.

        MAN DO I HAVE A LONG WEEK.....SHIT LOAD TO DO.

        EAGLES SUCK US PHILLY FANS IN AGAIN !! GOD I CAN'T TAKE BEING A LOYAL GREEN BLOODED FAN. DAMN IT !!  THEY KEPT THE GAME CLOSE ALL THE WAY INTO THE 4TH QUARTER. THAN , THE PLAY CALLING TURNED HORRIBLE. 2 TURNOVERS LED TO 10 POINTS AND A " CHIP SHOT " FIELD GOAL AS MERRILL REESE SAID MISSED. THAT IS A 13 POINT TURN AROUND WHICH WAS THE DIFFERENCE OF THE GAME SINCE WE LOST BY 7.........ALONG WITH LACK OF RUNNING THE BALL OR QUICK SHORT PASSES WHICH ARE LIKE A RUN. OUR QB WAS SACKED 31 TIMES.........WORSE EVER. CHIEFS ADJUSTED BY CALLING SCREENS AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY AGAINST OUR STUPID COACHES.....WORST EVER.  AGAIN , SUCKS TO BE A PHILLY FAN.

        IT WAS TIED AT 13 - 13 IN THE 4TH QUARTER. WE HAD THE BALL ON OUR OWN 33....WHY NOT BRING IN THAT BIG 265 POUND RUNNING BACK ???!!!

        SUCKED IN EVEN MORE.  WITH 20 SECONDS LEFT IN THE GAME THE EAGLES SCORE TO MAKE IT 27 - 20.  THEY PERFORM A PERFECT ON-SIDE KICK. OUR PLAYER TIPS THE BALL FORWARD OVER A CHIEF PLAYER.  UNFORTUNATELY , THE BALL DOES NOT BOUNCE UP TO HIM BUT LANDS FLAT WHERE HE HAS TO FALL ON THE FOOTBALL INSTEAD OF USING HIS MOMENTUM AND CONTINUE RUNNING. IF THE BALL BOUNCES UP IN ONE MOTION ( LIKE THE MOVIE " INVINCIBLE " ) HE RUNS INTO THE END ZONE TO TIE THE GAME. ( THOUGH OUR ROOKIE KICKER WHO MY DAUGHTER WAS WORKING WITH AT GIANT FOOD STORE 3 DAYS AGO PROBABLY WOULD OF MISSED IT AND WE LOSE 27-26. SHE SAID HE WAS A HORRIBLE BAGGER AND GLAD HE GOT A JOB AS THE KICKER. HER LINES MOVE MUST FASTER WITHOUT HIM BAGGING.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE " SUCKED US IN " PLAY BY OUR BELOVED HEART BREAKING EAGLES. ON THE " HAIL MARY " PLAY WITH 5 SECONDS LEFT IN THE GAME.....I HAD AN ISSUE WITH THIS.  MOST TIMES , I MEAN ALL TIMES ,  3 RECEIVERS VIE FOR THE JUMP BALL WHILE ONE LURKS IN THE BACK OF THE END ZONE FOR THE TIP. ALL OUR RECEIVERS JUMPED FOR IT AND GUESS WHAT ? .....IT WAS TIPPED. IF A RECEIVER WAS STANDING INCHES INSIDE THE BACK OF THE END ZONE IT WOULD OF BEEN CAUGHT JUST LIKE RECEIVER AGLORASS CAUGHT HIS EARLIER. 

        PHILLIES LOSE......BLOW.

        WHEELS GOES TO " BONEFISH ".....NICE. I HAD A PORK ROLL SANDWICH WITH NO BREAD.

        FRIEND STOPS OVER TO TAKE SOME OF MY MICS AND CORDS TO BE FIXED. HE ALSO GAVE US BAD NEWS THAT A FLAT SCREEN TV MY NEPHEW TRASH PICKED IN AVALON CAN NOT BE FIXED.......LOL........OH WELL.

        THE GOOD THING............THE STINKING COWBOYS LOST HUGE AND LOOKED HORRIBLE AGAINST A MEDICARE DENVER BRONCO TEAM.  WE HAVE THE LEAD IN THE 4TH QUARTER AGAINST THE #1 POWER RANKED TEAM AND LOSE BY 7. COWBOYS GET ABSOLUTELY SMOKED BY A .500 TEAM BY 25 POINTS. MAYBE THIS DIVISION IS UP FOR THE TAKING SINCE IT SEEMS ALL THE TEAMS ARE .500 AT BEST. WE KNOW THE EAGLES BLOW BUT IT SEEMS EVERYONE ELSE DOES TOO.

        MONDAY           9 - 18 - 17

        GONNA BE A REAL LONG WEEK.........TIME TO GET STARTED.

        UP EARLY AND START MY ROUTINE OF GETTING MY KID OFF TO SCHOOL AND DOING BAND AND WEBSITE STUFF.

        FOUND A MOUNTAIN HOUSE RENTER VIA A TRAVEL SITE. THIS GUY WAS EXTREMELY QUICK IN GETTING BACK TO ME.

        DRIVE ELDEST BACK TO COLLEGE. THIS WAS A JOYFUL RIDE BECAUSE MY KID , LIKE ALL TEENAGERS , LOVE THE MORNING.

        BACK HOME I GET SOME EMAILS DONE.

        MY FAVORITE THING TO DO.............WEED.  FOR 3+ HOURS I FOLLOWED THE EDGES OF OUR PROPERTY AND WEEDED AND CUT BRANCHES. THIS WAS NOT FUN.

        YOUNGEST HELPS ME LOAD 4 TRASHCANS OF WEEDS.  A HUGE HELP AND ALWAYS AWESOME TO HANG WITH THIS KID....AND THE PUP TOO !!

         I HUGGED OUR YOUNGEST 11 TIMES TODAY. AS SOON AS I ENTER HER ROOM SHE GROANS.

        LOAD MY VAN OF TOOLS BECAUSE I HAVE ONE MORE STINKING TABLE TO TRIM OUT.

        MAKE A SMOOTHIE AND TAKE A SALAD TO THE NAIL. OH JOY.......EATING LIKE A RABBIT SO BLOWS.

        WASTING BANANAS ? ......FREEZE THEM JUST AS THEY GET RIPE OR A LITTLE PAST. THEY ARE STILL GOOD FOR SMOOTHIES AND BANANA BREAD. A CHEF TOLD ME THIS TONIGHT.

        AT THE NAIL I BEGIN 2 TASKS. I AM ALREADY EXHAUSTED FROM WEEDING EARLIER.

        1 - AS SOON AS I GET OUT OF MY VAN IN THE BACK PARKING LOT I BEGIN WEED WHACKING. THIS NEW WHACKER REALLY HAS BEEN DOING AN UNBELIEVABLE JOB.  I SPEND ABOUT 30 MINUTES WHACKING OFF. IT LOOKS ACCEPTABLE NOW.....A LITTLE LESS THAN A JUMANJI SCENE.

        2 - FINISH THE DAMN LAST FORGOTTEN TABLE. I SET- UP SAWS OUTSIDE AND WORK IN THE BACK LOT. WHEN DONE I PUT ALL MY TOOLS AWAY AND BRING THE TABLE BACK INSIDE.  I SPREAD THE TABLES OUT SO I CAN WALK AROUND THEM AND PUT ALL BARSTOOLS ON THE STAGE FOR MORE ROOM. ALL TABLES ARE OFFICIALLY TRIMMED OUT , SANDED , AND CAULKED.  I USE BLUE PAINTER'S TAPE ON ALL TABLES TO PREP FOR PAINTING.  I FIND THE RIGHT CAN OF PAINT AND SHAKE IT LIKE HOMER SIMPSON ON A TREADMILL.....FAT WAS FLYING EVERY WHERE.  APPLY 2 COATS TO EVERY TABLE. I THINK THEY CAME OUT EXCELLENT. IT IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE FROM WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE TO NOW........HUGE. I HAVE NO LIFE.

        CLEAN PAINT BRUSH AND PUT EVERYTHING AWAY. I TALK TO SEVERAL PATRONS , WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN ON A GRAND SLAM , AND SEE THE GIANTS LOSE TO THE LIONS. I THINK OUR EAST DIVISION WILL NEED 9 WINS TO TAKE IT.

        GET ALL MY NORMAL CHORES DONE ESPECIALLY A FOOD LIST.  TOMORROW......HEAD TO THE DEPO.......UGH. SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE IT'S GROUND HOG DAY.

        BACK HOME I WIND DOWN WITH WHEELS. WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF " OUTLANDER ". IT WAS OK TO GOOD.

        TUESDAY         9 - 19 - 17

        TRY TO MAKE YOUR WIFE BELLY LAUGH AT 8AM IN THE MORNING. I PRIDE MYSELF ON MAKING WHEELS LAUGH. IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT ATTRACTS HER TO ME AT THIS POINT. I DID MAKE HER LAUGH HARD THIS MORNING. JUST ONE THING , I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT I SAID BECAUSE MY BRAIN BLOWS.

        START MY DAY AT 6:15AM. IT IS TOUGH GETTING UP BUT MY JOY IS BEING WITH MY KIDS. OUR YOUNGEST IS JUST SO COOL. WE TALK , MAKE A LUNCH , A LITTLE BREAKFAST , AND IT IS OFF TO THE BUS STOP WITH ME WAVING LIKE A MENTAL PATIENT WHILE THE KID WALKS UP THE STREET.

        THEY ARE CALLING FOR 90 DEGREES ON SUNDAY ??!!  OF COURSE THEY ARE. WE ARE HAVING A LITTLE GATHERING AT OUR HOUSE AND DID NOT FIGURE HIGH TEMPS WERE IN THE PICTURE IN LATE SEPTEMBER.

        MY LONG WEEK CONTINUES AS I HEAD TO RESTAURANT DEPO.  I GO HERE ONCE A MONTH AND THAT IS TOO MUCH. THE LINES AND WAITING ARE HORRIBLE. SOMETHING ALWAYS GOES WRONG WITH COUNTING PRODUCT OR PAYING WITH A CHECK.  THE ONLY THING THAT SAVED ME WAS MY IPOD , HEAD PHONES , AND JOHNNY CASH.

        LEAVE RESTAURANT DEPO AND HEAD TO THE NAIL TO UNLOAD PRODUCT THERE. I JUST STACKED THINGS SINCE I WAS RETURNING LATER.

        AT HOME I UNLOAD AND STOCK A 100 ITEMS. IT........SO.........SUCKS DOING THIS BY YOURSELF. MY 3+ HOUR ROUND TRIP FOR GETTING FOOD AND PRODUCT IS DONE. I GOT TOO TIRED AND WHEELS HELPED WITH SOME WHEN SHE GOT HOME.

        TIME TO CHILL FOR ALITTLE BIT. I HANG WITH MY YOUNGEST AS THE KID COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL.

        I WATCH CNN & OAN PRETTY REGULARLY. THE NEWS IS PRETTY DAMN DEPRESSING WITH HURRICANES , FLOODING , SINK HOLES , SHOOTINGS , AND TRUMP CALLING NORTH KOREA DICTATOR " ROCKET MAN "...............WHAT A WORLD.

        OFF TO THE NAIL. ALL THE TABLES ARE OFFICIALLY DONE. THEY CAME OUT SUPER NICE. I REMOVED ALL THE BLUE PAINTER'S TAPE AND TOUCHED UP PAINTED EVERY TABLE. PLACING ALL BARSTOOLS ON THE STAGE I VACUUMED THE ENTIRE ROOM , CLEANED UP , AND PUT EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER. ANOTHER GOOD THING....THE PRICE TO UPDATE ALL TABLES WITH WOOD TRIM - $0.

        DO SOME MORE CLEANING , PREPPING , STOCKING , LIST MAKING , AND FINALLY SIT DOWN AT 9PM.

        ROLL OUT AND GIVE A PATRON A RIDE HOME.

        HANG WITH WHEELS AND WE WATCH " RAY DONOVAN ". THIS SHOW HAS TAKEN A TURN. I AM NOT SURE IF I LIKE IT OR NOT. I DO LIKE THE SUPER HOT CHICK FROM " BANSHEE " WHO IS NOW A MAIN CHARACTER.

        SNACK ON SOME ROASTED NUTS , SHARP CHEESE , GENOA SALAMI , AND RED WINE.

        OFF TO BED FOR TOMORROW WILL BE ANOTHER LONG DAY.

        WEDNESDAY         9 - 20 - 17

        LIKE I SAID.....THE LONG WEEK CONTINUES. THIS SEEMS EASIER BUT NOT REALLY.

        PLACE SMALL ORDERS FOR LIQUOR AND BEER.

        HEAD TO NORTH WILDWOOD TO CHECK ON OUR CONDO. I AM GLAD I DID.  HERE IS THE LITTLE EVENTS OF MY LITTLE LIFE :

        - LOAD UP MINIMAL SUPPLIES AND TOOLS.

        - PICK UP A FRIEND IN KING OF PRUSSIA AND DRIVE HER TO THE AIRPORT.

        - HEAD TO NORTH WILDWOOD AND LOW ON GAS. I DECIDE TO STOP AT A SUNOCO AT MILE MARKER 17 ON THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY. PRICE OF GAS WAS $2.81. AT HOME IT IS $2.87 SO I FIGURE THAT IS A LITTLE BETTER. I WAS RUNNING PRETTY LOW AND DID NOT WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE NOT MAKING IT TO THE WAWA FOR GAS WHICH WE NORMALLY GO. I ASSUME SUNOCO IS ALITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE BUT NOT BY MUCH.

        - GET INTO NORTH WILDWOOD AND DRIVE BY WAWA. GAS PRICE IS $2.51. I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD......30 CENT DIFFERENCE A GALLON FROM SUNOCO.

        - STOP AT PRIMO HOAGIES FOR A " BADA BING " AND RED POTATO SALAD. SO DAMN GOOD , SO DAMN EXPENSIVE. I WANTED TO GO TO " RUSSO'S " BUT THEY WERE CLOSED.

        - UNLOAD AND CONDO IS IN DECENT SHAPE. I SETTLE IN AND DEVOUR HALF MY CHICKEN SANDWICH.

        - WALK TO THE BEACH WHERE 3 HOURS EARLIER THERE WERE VIDEOS OF THE HURRICANE SLAMMING 2ND STREET'S WALLS OF ROCK AND SHOOTING WATER OVER AND INTO THE STREET. 9 BLOCKS DOWN I WAS STANDING IN THE WATER AND IT WAS CALM AND PEACEFUL. ABSOLUTE MAGNIFICENT DAY AND A FAIR AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WERE ON THE BEACH. MAN DID THEY CATCH SOME GOOD WEATHER FOR THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER.

        - WATCH THE NEW GHOSTBUSTER MOVIE WITH CHICKS WHILE I DO COMPUTER WORK. THE MOVIE WAS OKAY.

        - FIND ALL THE TOILETRIES I THOUGHT I LOST. ALL OF THEM WERE IN THE MEDICINE CABINET. GLAD THE PREVIOUS RENTER DIDN'T TAKE THEM.

        - I FIGURE DO SOME CLEANING TODAY WHILE I HAVE SOME ENERGY. I START UPSTAIRS - CLEAN UNDER BEDS , VACUUM BEDROOM & AN OUTSIDE DEAD-END HALLWAY ( HAD TO RUN AN EXTENSION CORD THROUGH A WINDOW ) , WIPE DOWN TOILET , SHOWER STALL & SINK , CLEAN ALL WINDOW SILS , AND FIX 2 VERTICAL BLINDS & A CABLE BOX.

        - MOVE DOWNSTAIRS AND CLEAN ONE BEDROOM NOT BEING USED. I FIXED A SCREEN CATCH FOR SECURING ALONG WITH NORMAL WIPING EVERYTHING DOWN AND SWEEPING.

         I WANT TO SIT ON THE BEACH FOR A LITTLE BIT BUT I GOT TIRED. I HUNG OUT AND PLAYED ON THE COMPUTER WHILE WATCHING SOME TV.  TRIED A NEW DRINK OF JAMESON AND COKE ZERO. I MUST ADMIT THEY ARE GOOD BUT AFTER HAVING 11 OF THEM IT WAS JUST TOO MUCH SODA.

        ( OK , IT MAY HAVE BEEN 4 DRINKS OVER 4 HOURS )

        PHILLIES WIN ANOTHER EXACTING GAME WITH THE BATS OVER CHASE UTLEY AND THE #1 DODGERS.  I KNOW THESE GAMES MEAN NOTHING BUT IT DOES SHOW PROMISE.  NOW , WE MUST CONCENTRATE ON PITCHING.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT AND HEAD TO MY BEDROOM. I AM PISSED THE TV REMOTE IS NOT WORKING. I TRY SOME GOGGLING AND THAN REALIZE AFTER 20 MINUTES MAYBE I SHOULD JUST CHANGE THE BATTERIES.......YEP , THAT WAS IT.

        LAST TIME I WAS HERE I SLEPT EXCELLENT. I WAS HOPING FOR THE SAME. I DID NOT. UP EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR UNTIL 6AM........DAMN IT.

        THURSDAY        9 - 21 - 17

        I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE...............

        SLEPT HORRIBLE TONIGHT. I WAS DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE LAST TIME I WAS IN NORTH WILDWOOD AT OUR CONDO I SLEPT REALLY WELL. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO IT ACTUALLY......BUT , LET DOWN AGAIN.

        IT'S CALLED " IRISH FESTIVAL " OR IRISH WEEKEND. MAN DID THEY PICK A GORGEOUS WEEKEND. ALMOST RECORD HIGHS AND COOL ON THE BEACH.  WALKED DOWN TO THE OCEAN AGAIN AND SO WANTED TO JUST GET A CHAIR AND SIT.  I LIKE TO THAT MELT AWAY ALITTLE AND ENJOY THE AIR , BREEZE , SAND , AND OCEAN. MAN I WANTED TO DO THIS.

        WALKED BACK TO OUR CONDO AND BEGAN CLEANING AND LOADING OUR CAR. ON HANDS AND KNEES I CLEANED TOILETS , TUBS , AND FLOORS. I WAS GLAD I DID HALF YESTERDAY. I WAS DONE BY 9AM SO I THOUGHT NOW WHAT ?  RENTERS ARE COMING IN AT 1PM. DO I GO TO THE BEACH AND CHILL ? OR JUST GET ON THE ROAD ? I SAT AND WATCHED PORN TO THINK IT OVER.

        HOME BY 11:20AM I " UNLOADED " BY MYSELF AGAIN. ONE DAY I WILL ARRIVE HOME AND NOT CARRY ANYTHING IN OR OUT.

        WHEELS GOES TO AN AFTERNOON PHILLIES GAME IN THE SUITE WITH ALL THE PERKS AND SOME GOOD FRIENDS. THEY HAD A BLAST.

        I SETTLE IN AND CHILL WITH MY YOUNGEST. I MAKE THE KID LUNCH AND WE HANG OUT. OF COURSE I TORTURED HER WITH HUGS AND SNUGGLING. THE KID GIGGLES AS I REPEAT THE SAME QUESTIONS OVER THE YEARS.

        NEPHEW STOPS BY AND I MAKE HIM LUNCH. MY YOUNGEST AND I SLICED A TON OF LUNCH MEAT WHILE HE WORKED ON A COMPUTER. THIS ONE COMPUTER WE COULD NOT FIGURE OUT THE PASSWORD , THAN I REMEMBER WORKING WITH OUR SURVEILLANCE TECH AND HE SAID MANY TIMES " ADMIN " WILL WORK. IT IS SHORT FOR " ADMINISTRATION."  FIVE YEARS LATER WE KNOW THE PASSWORD.

        HEAD OUT TO THE LIQUOR STORE TO PICK UP AN ORDER FOR AN ANNIVERSARY PARTY THIS WEEKEND.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I CHANGED THE MARQUEE , TOOK A PICTURE , AND POSTED IT ON FACEBOOK FOR ADVERTISING.  WE ARE HOPING IT WILL BE A FUN WEEKEND HERE.

        BOOKED SOME REALLY POTENTIAL GOOD SHOWS FOR THE NEAR FUTURE. WHEN I BOOK RE-UNION , CD RELEASES , OR BIRTHDAY PARTIES IT ALWAYS MAKE ME FEEL GOOD THAT THE NAIL WILL HOPEFULLY HAVE FUN NIGHTS FOR FANS AND FRIENDS.

        BACK HOME I GET GREETED BY FAMILY. WE CHILL , LIBATE ( VERY SIMILAR TO HYDRATE BUT WE DON'T USE WATER ) , AND HAVE SOME LAUGHS.

        OFF TO BED LATE NIGHT.  TOSSED AND TURNED. UP SEVERAL TIMES AND AT 5:30AM I TOLD MYSELF TO GO BACK TO BED. I FELL ASLEEP AND WAS RE-AWAKENED BY MY YOUNGEST AT 6:15AM. IF I AM NOT UP , I TELL OUR KID TO WAKE ME AT THAT TIME SO I CAN MAKE HER LUNCH AND SEE HER OFF TO SCHOOL. I CHERISH THESE TIMES AND DON'T WANT TO MISS THEM.

        MY BROTHER-IN-LAW AND I ARE WALKING DOWN A SIDEWALK AND NOTICE KIDS PLAYING IN A BUSY STREET AREA. THE ROAD IS CONCAVED WITH A SMALL HILL. VEHICLES DRIVING OVER THIS HILL CAN NOT SEE THE KIDS. THE CARS ARE FLYING OVER THIS HILL AND THE KIDS ARE PLAYING A CAME OF " CHICKEN " WITH THEM. WE ARE STUNNED THIS IS GOING ON. WE GET IN THE STREET AT THE TOP OF THE HILL WHERE BOTH KIDS AND CARS CAN SEE US. WE BEGIN DIRECTING THE CARS TO SLOW DOWN AND THE KIDS TO MOVE TO ANOTHER LOCATION..............dream ends.

        FRIDAY      9 - 22 - 17

        DID SOME RUNNING TODAY. MET FOR A BEER DELIVERY AND PREPPED THE NAIL FOR A TRIBUTE / MEMORIAL SHOW.

        AT HOME I TORE THROUGH MY GARAGE AND BEGAN PREPARING FOR A PARTY HERE ON SUNDAY. OUR ONE CONCERN IS THE HEAT. THEY ARE CALLING FOR 91 DEGREES. I SPENT ABOUT ONE HOUR SUSPENDING WORK TARPS IN THE AIR. THEY CREATED SHADE AND WORK ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. JUST ONE PROBLEM......THEY DON'T LOOK SO GOOD.  WE HAVE REACHED OUT TO FRIENDS FOR TENTS.

        WASHED DOWN BEER BINS , CHAIRS , AND MORE. I ALSO BROUGHT HOME A TABLE AND CHAIRS FROM THE NAIL.

        MY YOUNGEST HELPED ME PREP OUR PATIO AND RE-ARRANGE EVERYTHING.  WE OPENED UP SOME AREAS FOR FOOD AND DRINK STATIONS. I ALSO HOSED DOWN THE AREA. TOMORROW WILL BE MORE PREPPING AND TRAVELING TO GET CHAIRS AND TABLES.

        OH JOY , OUR ELDEST TOLD US HER BOYFRIEND TRAVELED IN FROM CANADA AS A BIRTHDAY PRESENT. HE WILL BE HERE FOR 10 DAYS. I TEXTED HER AND ASKED WHERE HE IS STAYING ?  THIS BOYFRIEND FLEW IN AND IS MISSING COLLEGE FOR AT LEAST ONE WEEK. ALSO , DISTRACTING OUR KID FROM HER STUDIES. I AM NOT A FAN OF ANY OF THIS.

        YOUNGEST OFF TO A FRIENDS HOUSE FOR A SLEEP OVER WHILE I HEAD TO THE NAIL AGAIN.

        PREP AGAIN AND TALK TO SOME PEOPLE AND BAND MEMBERS. IT WAS A LONG DAY SO I ROLLED OUT EARLY ONLY TO TURN AROUND OUT OF THE BACK PARKING LOT. I WAS LEAVING AND A CAR WAS BLOCKING THE GATE. AT FIRST , I THOUGHT IT WAS A BAND BUT SOON REALIZED IT WAS OUR 2ND BARTENDER WHO I HAVEN'T SEEN IN 6 MONTHS.  WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES AND THAN I SAID , " I MISS YOU TOO MUCH LET ME PARK AND GO BACK IN." I STAYED FOR ANOTHER HOUR.

        BACK HOME WE CHILL AND I AM IN BED PRETTY EARLY. 

        I HAD ONE OF THE WORST NIGHTS EVER SLEEPING.

         

         

         

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

   

  

     

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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