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   WARNING - THIS EVERYDAY BLOG USES STORIES AND LANGUAGE THAT SOMETIMES OFFEND.............HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR WILL YA ?

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

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

Work hard :

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

Treating people with respect :

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

Removing angry people:

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

Bands:

      When we started, I asked what can we do for the bands " promotionally " wise ?   The same old answer ," we did it all and nothing will help".  At the time, we were in 11 newspapers and had one generic monthly calendar.  So , one weekend, Wheels and I went up to our mountain house ( that we built with our own hands ) with "phonebooks" from all over the counties. We made a list of all the newspapers and internet companies.  I continue to make the list grow.  Now, we are in 56 newspapers 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 (no other owner does this) to prevent frustrating phone tag and usually have 15-20 minute conversations with each individual band on the first phone call (no other owner does this) . I know if I was in a band, I would like a direct link to the owner and have a respectable conversation. I put myself in the shoes of the band and tell them how much we appreciate them.  We lend out our PA system to bands playing  "other " clubs for FREE ( what the hell other owner does this ? ). Several times with my van and easy pass (no other owner does this). We throw a huge "Wheelstock " party at our private vacation home that Wheels and I built ( 4 years to build ).........for 13 years it was completely free .... it was $20 for the last two years..... 330 people showed up last year ( damn hurricane ).....400 the year before ! Once again, a 4 day party and the NAIL supplies breakfast , lunch , dinner , beer , liquor , bands , and showers for everyone for 4 days ( show me one fucking owner that does this ??!!  Throws a party for 400 people for 4 days for fucking FREE ??!! ). We ended it in 2006 because of the incredible amount of time , effort , wear & tear on our home , & neighbors being super pissed at us. The main reason for stopping this party was 2 out of 3 people did not who Wheels or myself were. We walk around to 40-50 campsites and say thank you and people would say , " who the hell are you ? " Yep the WHEELSTOCK party got so big people attending were now friends of friends of friends of friends and had no clue this was a RUST Y NAIL party and US thanking people for their support over the years.

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

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

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

                    " LIVE AT THE NAIL "  RADIO SHOW   !!!

  We welcome these Radio Stations that promote our show

WWW.CYBERSTORMRADIO.COM    WWW.SRrocks.COM

              1370 WPAZ POTTSTOWN   WWW.RADIOFREEWORLDWIDE.COM

   HOLA 1600 am        WXVU 89.1 fm        KUR    88.3 fm

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

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

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

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

  WPTC   88.1 fm        WCUC   91.7 fm      WSRN  91.5 fm      

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

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

BLACK CIRCUS RADIO ( DEAD CELL RECORDS )

 SHORTCAST.COM      WSJR  ( INTERNET )    WYBF  89.1 FM

  http://www.advancedrf.net

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

 

                        WEBCASTED BY REAL AUDIO    

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

             PERFORMED LIVE 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    2 - 24 - 19

   THIS WAS A GOOD DAY. I FINALLY GET CAUGHT UP ON MY MAJOR PROJECTS. I ACTUALLY FEEL DAMN PROUD OF MYSELF. SO ......HOW LONG DOES THIS GOOD FEELING LAST ?.............ABOUT 2 HOURS.

  OFF TO THE NAIL EARLY MORNING TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.  WITHIN 90 MINUTES I COMPLETE ALL MY CHORES AND HEAD BACK HOME.

  WHEELS TOOK SOME TIME TO HELP PACK THINGS FOR ME. I LOAD UP MY MINIVAN WITH A LADDER , THE PUP , AND ALL ESSENTIALS I CAN THINK OF ALONG WITH MY PUNCH LIST THINGS.

  A FAMILY MEMBER STOPS BY AND WE GET ON THE ROAD. I AM MEETING AN ELECTRICIAN AND WHEELS IS VISITING FAMILY.  ALL OF US WILL GO OUT TO LUNCH. I FOLLOW THEM IN MY VAN WITH ONE RULE BEFORE WE LEFT, " IF MY ELECTRICIAN CALLS ME DURING THE RIDE I WILL BREAK OFF AND HEAD TO MEET HIM.

  THE KIDS GO TO PHILLY WITH MY MOM TO SEE " CINDERELLA ".

  WE GET ON THE ROAD FOR THE 45 MINUTE RIDE TO A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOME.  I HAVE NOT EATEN SO I AM THINKING OF THE PIZZA HUT WE WILL BE VISITING.........OHHHHHHHHHHHH PIZZA HUT.......SO DAMN GOOD. WE ARE 5 MINUTES AWAY AND MY CELL PHONE GOES OFF. LOOKS LIKE MY PIZZA EATING WILL HAVE TO WAIT. MY ELECTRICIAN SAYS HE IS LEAVING NOW AND WILL MEET ME SOON.  WHAT KINDA SUCKS IS I COULDA WENT ( EVEN WHEELS SAID THAT I HAD TIME TO DO BOTH ) BUT I HAD TO PREP AND BE READY FOR THE ELECTRICIAN'S MEETING AND DEFINITELY DID NOT WANT TO BE LATE.  IT ENDS UP HE GOT LOST AND WAS 90 MINUTES LATE. 

  I ARRIVE AT OUR HOUSE AND IT IS IN GOOD SHAPE.  I DID STOP AT RENEE'S COLD CUT SHOP. I PICKED UP 2 HOAGIES FOR THE ELECTRICIAN AND 2 BREAKFAST SANDWICHES FOR ME. THE SANDWICHES ARE GOOD AND VERY CHEAP. I EVEN GOT MY RENEE'S SANDWICH CARD PUNCHED AGAIN FOR A FREE HOAGIE ONCE I REACH 10 PURCHASE. I AM AT 4. I SHOULD HIT 10 BY TOMORROW.  I TALK TO THE OWNERS AND THEY ARE REALLY COOL. I ALSO FIND OUT THEY SELL EGG SALADS , DESERTS , EGGS , AND BREAD WHICH I DID NOT KNOW.

  AT THE HOUSE I UNLOAD , HAVE MY BREAKFAST SANDWICHES ( EGG , SAUSAGE , CHEESE ) WHICH WERE VERY GOOD. I BEGIN GETTING SETTLED IN AND KEEP DOING THINGS UNTIL THE ELECTRICIAN ARRIVES. WELL , AFTER AN HOUR I HAD ALL MY CHECKING-IN STUFF DONE. I WAS GETTING TIRED SO I SAT ON THE COUCH WITH THE PUP AND WATCHED TV WHILE HALF FALLING IN AND OUT OF SLEEP.

  THE ELECTRICIAN ARRIVES WITH HIS GIRL ( PIECE OF ASS ). HE IS OVER THE TOP SUPER COOL. HE DOES HIS WORK AND I PAY HIM ALONG WITH GIVING HIM AND HIS GIRL 2 ITALIAN HOAGIES. I GIVE HIM THE GRAND TOUR AND HE AND HIS GIRL LOVE OUR HOME. WE TALK FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES AND HE GETS BACK ON THE ROAD. AGAIN , THIS GUY WAS SO NICE AND POLITE.

  WHEELS CALLS ME AND WE TALK ON OUR LAND LINE PHONE. SHE TELLS ME ABOUT HER LUNCH WITH SOME FAMILY AND GETTING A FREE PIZZA AND I TELL HER ABOUT  THE WORK THE ELECTRICIAN DID. I EVEN SAY , " I AM CAUGHT UP WITH ALL THE MAJOR PROJECTS ON MY PUNCH LIST THAT I NEEDED TO DO. I AM IN A GOOD MOOD AND HAPPY TO BE HERE. "

  I DECIDE NOT TO BRING ANY BEER OR BRANDY WITH ME. I ARRIVE AND OPEN THE FRIDGE AND THE LAST RENTER LEFT BEERS HERE......BLUE MOON , MILLER LITE , BUD LIGHT , AND ALLAGASH.  GEEZ.....EVEN WHEN I WANT TO GET AWAY FROM BEER IT FOLLOWS ME.

   I SETTLE IN AND CHECK MY EMAILS. EVERYTHING IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT NOW. I AM CONTENT WITH MY LIFE , BEING HERE  , AND HOW FAT I AM.

  IT IS PRETTY WINDY HERE AND A LITTLE COLD. I AM ENJOYING SITTING ON OUR SECTIONAL WATCHING THE WORLD SERIES OF POKER AND THE OSCARS.

 THE OSCARS WAS GOOD FOR THE MOST PART. I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE WINNERS CAN NOT DO LESS THAN A 90 SECOND SPEECH.

  EVERYTHING IS GOOD RIGHT NOW. BUT , YOU SEE , MY LIFE DOES NOT ALLOW ME TO ENJOY ANYTHING FOR MORE THAN 3 HOUR INTERVALS. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT HAS TO MESS IT UP. I CHECK MY EMAILS AND READ SEVERAL ALONG WITH RESPONDING. I IMMEDIATELY NOTICE I AM OFF-LINE. TWO FRIGGIN' HOURS I SPEND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE HELL IT IS. MY CELL PHONE HAS INTERNET BUT MY COMPUTER AND BLUE RAY DO NOT. I CALL MY CABLE PROVIDER AND TALK TO A REALLY NICE TECHNICIAN. WE CAN NOT FIX IT AND I HAVE TO MEET A TECH TOMORROW......UNBELIEVABLE. FOR 2 HOURS I ENJOYED BEING CAUGHT UP ON EVERYTHING. THAT IS GONE AND WON'T BE COMING BACK.

  I GET A BOOK LONG TEXT THAT WE DOUBLE CHARGED A PATRON SATURDAY NIGHT. I TELL THE BARTENDER THE BAD NEWS BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT SHE GOT A HUGE TIP. WE WILL REPAY THE GUY $75.

  THOSE BEERS LEFT IN OUR FRIDGE ARE NOW BEING CONSUMED 2 AT A TIME. I AM NOT PISSED ABOUT LOSING MY INTERNET , NETFLIX, AND LAND LINE PHONE BUT JUST THE DAMN PRINCIPLE OF SOMETHING GOING WRONG. COMPLETELY SUCKS BALLS.

  IT IS REALLY WINDY HERE AND IT IS GETTING COLD. I CRANK THE HEAT AND HEAD TO BED BY 10PM. I WATCH A LITTLE MORE TV BUT I AM TIRED.  I AM SO COMFORTABLE. I AM GLAD EARLIER IN THE NIGHT I PREPPED MY BEDDING AND EVERYTHING UPSTAIRS WHILE ON HOLD WITH A TECHNICIAN FROM OUR CABLE SERVICE.

  I SLEPT GOOD AND HAD A WONDERFUL DREAM OF WHEELS DOING STUFF TO ME. IT INVOLVED HER LITTLE HANDS , A BAR OF SOAP , AND A LAMP........GOOD TIMES........GOOD TIMES.

  MONDAY     2 - 25 - 19

  MAYBE IT WAS ME ?.......MAYBE IT WASN'T.

  WELL , IT IS BEAUTIFUL HERE. LITTLE COLD AND DEFINITELY WINDY BUT MAN IS IT NICE. I BEGIN MY PUNCH LIST STUFF AND WAIT FOR OUR CABLE TECHS TO GET HERE. I KEPT THINKING IT HAS TO BE SOMETHING EASY. WHY WOULD MY INTERNET AND PHONE GO OFF-LINE SUDDENLY WHEN I WAS USING IT FOR 12 HOURS ?  WELL , I KNOW WHY. I THINK IT WAS ME. MY CABLE TV CUTS OFF TO A BLACK SCREEN SO I INSTALLED A BOOSTER.  NOT SHORTLY AFTER I LOSE BOTH INTERNET AND LAND LINE PHONES. I HAD 2 EXPERIENCED TECHS ARRIVE EARLY AND THEY IMMEDIATELY DIAGNOSED THAT I WAS THE IDIOT THAT CAUSED THE PROBLEM.

  THEY TELL ME MY MODEM IS VERY OLD AND THEY WON'T TELL HOME OFFICE I CREATED THE INTERNET/PHONE PROBLEMS BY INSTALLING THE BOOSTER.  SO THIS VISIT WILL STILL BE FREE. THEY INSTALL THE FIRST MODEM. NOTICE I WROTE FIRST.  THAN THEY TRIED A 2ND MODEM. THAN A 3RD MODEM AND THE TECH SAYS TO ME , "
 YOU KNOW WHAT , MAYBE IT WASN'T THE BOOSTER ? " I TOLD HIM , " ALL GOOD. I WON'T TELL HOME OFFICE YOU MISDIAGNOSED THE PROBLEM HERE. "

  A 15 MINUTE JOB LASTED OVER AN HOUR. WE REMOVED A 2ND NETGEAR ROUTER AND USED ONLY THEIR BRAND NEW ONE. LESS WIRES AND LESS MACHINERY IS FINE WITH ME. WE TESTED THE NEW MODEM ON THEIR COMPUTER , MY COMPUTER , AND MY CELL PHONE...........ALL IS GOOD.  AN HOUR LATER I HOOKED UP MY BLURAY AND IT WORKED. I NOW HAVE NETFLIX , HULU , AND AMAZON HERE..........F'N NICE.

  I RETURN TO MY PUNCH LIST AND ACCESS THE ATTIC. MONTHS AGO RENTERS AND US HEARD MOVEMENT IN THE WALLS SO I BEGAN SETTING TRAPS AND ENDED UP GETTING 2 FLYING SQUIRRELS. I HAVE NO PROBLEM TRAPPING REGULAR SQUIRRELS. THEY ARE JUST RATS WITH A FUZZY TAILS. BUT FLYING SQUIRRELS ARE CUTE , SMALLER , AND HAVE A FLAT TAIL. BASICALLY THEY ARE PRETTY COOL ESPECIALLY WHEN FLYING WHICH I GOT TO WITNESS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 28 YEARS HERE. ANYWAY , I CLIMB UP MY LADDER AND PEEK IN MY ATTIC AND MY HEART SANK A LITTLE. ALL 3 TRAPS WERE HIT. ALL 3 WERE FLYING SQUIRRELS......DANG IT.  I RESET ALL TRAPS AND WILL LISTEN FOR ANY MOVEMENT IN THE WALLS AND CEILING TONIGHT. EITHER ANIMAL HAS TO GO. I HAD TO REPAIR CHEWED ELECTRICAL LINES AND VACUUMED UP THEIR POOP.

  SPACKLING AND SANDING. GOOD GOD WHY DID I START THIS ?  ONE REPAIR SPOT TURNED INTO 10.  THERE WERE SOME MAJOR STRESS CRACKS ON SOME WALLS THAT DEFINITELY NEEDED PATCH WORK....I JUTS WENT TOO FAR.

  MAKE SOME RAVIOLIS , MEATBALLS , ZITI , BROCCOLI RABE , AND PORK LOIN FOR DINNER. I HAVE A TON OF LEFTOVERS.

  SETTLE IN AND WATCH SEVERAL EPISODES OF " AGENTS OF SHIELD ". IT IS OKAY AND IT IS EXACTLY LIKE " NIKITA ". I ALSO WATCHED THE 76ERS ALMOST BLOW ANOTHER BIG LEAD AND HUNG ON TO WIN BY ONE POINT.

  WALKED THE PUP FOR ALITTLE BIT AND THREW ABOUT 30 SMALL AND BIG BRANCHES OFF THE MAIN DECK. IT WAS QUITE DIFFICULT TO BEND OVER AND PICK THESE BRANCHES UP.

  OFF TO BED AFTER TALKING TO WHEELS AND THE KIDS. I WAS HAPPY TO HEAR THE KIDS HAD A GOOD TIME WITH MY MOTHER SEEING CINDERELLA AT THE ACADEMY OF THE ARTS.

   I WATCHED A LITTLE MORE TV WHILE SNUGGLING UNDER MY 2 COMFORTERS.  I SLEPT GOOD.

  TUESDAY      2 - 26 - 19

  YES SIR , NO SIR.......IT'S THAT EASY.

  REALLY GETTING SICK OF SPACKLING AND SPONGING.

  I NOTICED WATER HAS BEEN POOLING AT THE BOTTOM OF MY STEPS. I FIGURE I HAMMER IT OUT. USING A MINI SLEDGE AND BIG HAMMER IN EACH HAND I BECAME THOR AND DOUBLE SMASHED THE ICE LIKE A SUPER HERO. IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS I WAS COMPLETELY OUT OF BREATH LAYING ON THE GROUND WITH MY SWEATY FAT FACE ON THE ICE BECAUSE IT FELT GOOD. THE COMBINATION OF THE ICE BEING TOO THICK AND ME BEING TOO FAT WAS THE PERFECT STORM.

  I HAVE NOT SEEN A FLYING SQUIRREL IN 25 YEARS. NOW , I WILL BE THE SOLE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PUTTING THEM ON THE EXTINCTION LIST.  A TRAP WAS TRIGGERED AGAIN.........OH MAN THIS BLOWS.

  TRIED WATCHING THE AWARD WINNING OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIE CALLED " ROMA ". I DECIDED TO RENAME IT " BLOWA "

 WHEELS , I ALSO TRIED " MEDICI ". GAVE IT 30 MINUTES......STOPPED IT. YOU CAN WATCH IT WITH YOUR MOMMY.

  TAKE A RIDE TO THE HARDWARE STORE AND FOOD MARKET. I NEEDED SALT AND PEANUT BUTTER. I SEE SOME POLICE LIGHTS AS I PAUSE AT A STOP SIGN. I PULL OVER THINKING HE WILL GO BY ME. HE DID NOT. HERE IS THE CONVERSATION : (THE PICTURE OF THE COP BEHIND MY VAN AND SHORTER CONVERSATION IS ON FACEBOOK)

  OFFICER - " WHERE ARE YOU GOING TODAY ? "

  ME - " TO THE HARDWARE STORE TO GET SALT AND THE GROCERY STORE TO GET PEANUT BUTTER. I HAVE A FLYING SQUIRREL PROBLEM IN MY ATTIC. "

  OFFICER - " DO YOU LIVE AROUND HERE ? "

  ME - " NO , BUT I BUILT A MOUNTAIN HOUSE......LET ME RE-PHRASE THAT......MY WIFE AND I BUILT A MOUNTAIN HOUSE IN HICKORY HILLS DEVELOPMENT. "

  OFFICER - " WHERE DO YOU PRIMARY LIVE ?"

  ME - " NEAR KING OF PRUSSIA IN AREA CALLED ROSEMONT. MY NEIGHBORS ARE MUCH FRIENDLIER THAN HICKORY HILLS DEVELOPMENT ARE. " ( HE SMILES )

  OFFICER - " LICENSE AND REGISTRATION SIR "

  ME - YES SIR. ( I GIVE HIM MY LICENSE AND INSURANCE CARD )

  OFFICER - " SIR , STILL WAITING FOR THE REGISTRATION CARD  "

  ME - " OH CRAP....SORRY " ( I SCRAMBLE AND HAVE EVERYTHING OUT OF THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT.  I FINALLY FIND IT )

  OFFICER - " DO YOU KNOW WHY I PULLED YOU OVER ? "

  ME - " I REALLY DON'T. WHEN I PULLED OVER I THOUGHT YOU GO BY. "

  OFFICER - " YOU WERE DOING 52 IN A 35 MILE AN HOUR ZONE "

  ME - " YES !! " ( I WAVE MY FIST IN THE AIR LIKE ROCKY )

  OFFICER - " WHY ARE YOU HAPPY SIR ? "

  ME - " THIS 1989 MINIVAN HAS NEVER DONE OVER 50. IT'S A NEW RECORD !!! " ( I WAVE MY FIST AGAIN )

  OFFICER - " I AM HAPPY FOR YOUR NEW RECORD. LET ME RUN YOUR LICENSE AND REGISTRATION THROUGH. "

  ME - " YOU'RE SURE I WAS DOING 52 BECAUSE THIS RECORD WOULD MEAN ALOT TO ME ? " ( HE SMILES )

  OFFICER - " YES , YOU PULLED AROUND AN OLDER MODEL GREEN TRUCK "

  ME - " OK , FOR THE RECORD , I BELIEVE YOU AND WHAT YOU CLOCKED ME AT. "

 OFFICER - " YOU REALLY DON'T NEED THIS DO YA ? "

  ME - " NO.......NO I DON'T. "

  OFFICER GOES TO HIS CAR

  OFFICER - " EVERYTHING CHECKED OUT AND I AM GOING TO LET YOU OFF WITH A WARNING. "

  ME - " MAN, THIS DAY IS GETTING BETTER ALREADY. CAN I STILL SAY I HOLD THE RECORD FOR THIS VAN ? "

  OFFICER - " I BELIEVE GOING DOWN HILL AND GRAVITY HELPED HERE. "

  ME - " PLEASE DON'T MENTION THAT IN THE WARNING. I WANT MY RECORD OF 52 MPH TO BE LEGIT " ( HE SMILES AGAIN )

  OFFICER - " I LIKE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR SIR. HAVE A GOOD DAY. "

 OFF TO THE HARDWARE STORE TO PURCHASE SALT AND THAN TO THE GROCERY STORE TO GET PEANUT BUTTER. BACK HOME I PLAY WITH THE PUP BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE.

  MORE SPACKLING , SPONGING , FIXING , ORGANIZING , AND CLEANING. I AM GOING OVERBOARD BUT FOR SOME STUPID REASON I ENJOY IT.

 CLEANER STOPS OVER AND I PAY HER FOR 3 MONTHS WORK.

  WATCH THE FLYERS WIN A BIG GAME AND ANOTHER EPISODE OF " S.H.I.E.L.D " OR " NIKITA 2 "

 NEXT STORY :

  10 YEARS AGO I GAVE A NEIGHBOR OF MINE $1500 OUT OF MY POCKET. I GAVE HER A LEAD ON 2 FRIENDS OF MINE WHO SELL USED CARS. SHE BOUGHT ONE AND IT WAS A LEMON. THE " FRIENDS " NEVER RETURNED HER $1500. SHE WAS A SINGLE MOM WITH A KID AND MONEY WAS TIGHT TO SAY THE LEAST.  I TRIED TO CONTACT THEM BUT THEY WENT OFF THE GRID. AFTER 2 MONTHS , WHEELS AND I WROTE A CHECK FOR $1,500 AND GAVE THE MONEY TO OUR FRIEND.  I TOLD HER THAT THE SALESMEN GAVE THE MONEY BACK TO ME AND I AM GIVING IT TO HER. LITTLE DID SHE KNOW I NEVER GOT THAT MONEY REIMBURSED. 

  6 MONTHS AGO I SEE ONE OF THE SALESMEN. I STOPPED FOR ICE CREAM WITH MY YOUNGEST. HE RAN OVER TO ME AND SHOWED ME WHERE HE WORKS NOW. A PIZZERIA IN OUR AREA. HE NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE OWED MONEY NOR DID I.

  FAST FORWARD TO TONIGHT - I GET A TEXT FROM OUR BARTENDER " M. B. " IS HERE. THAT IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW. THE FLYERS GO INTO THE 2ND PERIOD INTERMISSION AND I CALL THE NAIL. MY ELDEST ANSWERS AND I SAY , " IS M. B. STILL THERE ? " SHE REPLIES , " YES ". I REPLY , " HAND HIM THE PHONE ". I HEAR IN THE BACK GROUND , " UT OH.....DAD'S ABOUT TO GO CODE RED. "

  CONTINUED - I WON'T GET INTO THE CONVERSATION BUT I AM TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY BY HIS HONESTY AND HAPPINESS TO TALK TO ME. WE TALK FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES AND LATER TEXT ALOT.  WHEN ALL SAID AND DONE HE IS GOING TO RETURN THE MONEY IN INSTALLMENTS NEXT WEEK.....OR GO OFF THE GRID AGAIN. WE WILL SEE NEXT WEDNESDAY.....THIS IS WHEN WE SUPPOSE TO MEET.

  MAKE DINNER OF LEFTOVER LOBSTER AND CRAB RAVIOLIS. I WATCH TV AND SETTLE IN PETTING THE PUP.

 OFF TO BED WHERE I DREAM ABOUT AN OLD NAIL MANAGER ( BACK STABBING PAIN IS STILL THERE ) AND HIS WIFE ( WHO I DATED ). I WAS PRETENDING TO BE MISSING A DOCUMENT AND HE KEPT SEARCHING FOR IT IN HIS HOUSE. I JUST WANTED SOME TIME TO TALK TO HIS WIFE AND MY OLD FRIEND. I MISSED HER. WE USED TO BE REALLY CLOSE IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL DAYS. FINALLY I LEAVE AND THE OLD MANAGER ASKS ME WHAT IS ON THE DOCUMENT?  I JUST SAY IT WAS NOTHING.

  SLEEPING INTERVALS FOR TONIGHT :

 - IN BED BY 11PM , UP AT 1:30AM.

 - FALL ASLEEP BY 3AM , UP AT 5:15AM BECAUSE THE DOG CAME UPSTAIRS TO GET ME.

 - WALK DOG AT 5:18AM , CHECK COMPUTER AND EMAILS UNTIL 6:15AM.

 - GO BACK TO BED AT 6:20AM , WAKE UP AT 8:15AM.

 TECHNICALLY THAT IS 6 HOURS OF SLEEP.....NOT ALL IN A ROW THOUGH.

  WEDNESDAY     2 - 27 - 19

  UP 4 FRIGGIN TIMES AND DREAMT 4 FRIGGIN' TIMES. I KNOW ONE DREAM I WAS PLAYING PING PONG WITH " D " FROM GIANT AND MY YOUNGEST WAS THE JUDGE. I WAS UP 17 - 3 AND HE CAME ALL THE WAY BACK TO TIE IT. THE TABLE HAS A BIG HOLE IN IT AND WE HAVE TO FIX IT AND DETERMINE THE RULES OF FINISHING THE GAME............DREAM ENDS.

  TODAY I CONCENTRATED ON PAINTING MY PATCH WORK. I HAD 11 TOTAL AND 8 WERE IN THE MAIN ROOM.  ONE PROBLEM , I ONLY HAD A SMALL PINT OF PAINT. I COULD NOT USE A LARGE BRUSH OR ROLLER IN A PAN BECAUSE IT WOULD ABSORB TOO MUCH PAINT AND I WOULD NOT HAVE ENOUGH TO FINISH. SO ........I USED A TINY PAINT BRUSH AND STROKED 1 INCH WIDE STRIPS AT A TIME. YES , THIS WAS A PAIN IN THE BALLS.

  I FINISHED ALL 11 PATCHES AND IT CAME OUT VERY GOOD ESPECIALLY THE MAIN ROOM. IT IS ABSOLUTELY NIGHT AND DAY WITH THE MAJOR EYE SORES ON THE WALLS WHEN I ARRIVED.

  GOT SOME MORE PROJECTS DONE INCLUDING MARCH CALENDARS FOR THE NAIL. I CAN NOT BELIEVE WE BLEW THROUGH FEBRUARY. SNOWED 5 TIMES. 3 DURING THE WEEK AND 2 ON THE WEEKEND. ALL STORMS HAVE NOT AFFECTED THE NAIL..........YET.

  HAVING THE BLURAY HERE IS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. PICTURE IS VERY CLEAR AND I HAVE ACCESS TO A TON OF SHOWS VIA NETFLIX , HULU , AND AMAZON. THIS IS SMALL IN LIFE BUT PRETTY NICE TO HAVE.

  WATCHED ANOTHER EPISODE OF S.H.I.E.L.D. I ALSO WATCHED A DOCUMENTARY ON NETFLIX  CALLED " THE BILL MURRAY STORIES ". IT WAS VERY GOOD. A GUY DOCUMENTS MURRAY'S INFAMOUS " POP UP " APPEARANCES AT PEOPLE'S HOMES , WEDDINGS , SPORTING EVENTS , BIRTHDAYS , AND MORE.  HE IS LIKE THE MYTHOLOGICAL BIGFOOT....HE IS SEEN THAN GONE. HE HAS TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES AND THE STORIES , VIDEOS , & PICTURES OF HIM CRASHING NORMAL EVERYDAY EVENTS WITH REGULAR PEOPLE IS VERY COOL. I RECOMMEND CHECKING IT OUT........STARTS A LITTLE SLOW ( FIRST 10 MINUTES ) BUT THAN PICKS UP. MURRAY IS SUPER COOL AND BELOVED.

  WENT TO BED EARLY AND GOT UP 4 DIFFERENT TIMES. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. ONE WAS THE DOG WHICH I JUST WALKED HER 2 HOURS BEFORE.

  I GOT TO ADMIT IT IS REALLY NICE BEING UP HERE. IF IT WASN'T FOR RENTERS I STAY ANOTHER COUPLE OF DAYS...... A WEEK IS NOT ENOUGH.

   THURSDAY        2 - 28 - 19

  AND FEBRUARY ENDS.......SO FAR SO GOOD.

  ANYONE WATCH THE TESTIMONY OF MICHAEL COHEN? I GOT A TEXT FROM WHEELS AND I MISSED THE FIRST 2 HOURS BECAUSE I WAS PAINTING. I DID WATCH THE LAST 4 HOURS. I WAS RIVETED TOO. SO . TO ME , IT COMES DOWN TO ONE QUESTION......DO YOU BELIEVE HIM ?   I HAVE TO AGREE WITH HOUSE OVERSIGHT CHAIRMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS AND SAY " HE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH ". CUMMINGS WAS A LONG TIME ATTORNEY AND SEEN 100'S OF CASES AND TESTIMONIES. NOW , A HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE FOR MARYLAND.

  SPORTS - WELL , THE BIG NEWS IS BRYCE HARPER IS COMING TO THE PHILLIES FOR 330 MILLION DOLLARS OVER 13 YEARS. EXPERTS SAY IT IS A GOOD MOVE BECAUSE THE PHILLIES ARE STILL UNDER THE CAP. HARPER'S NUMBERS AT CITIZEN'S BANK PARK ARE PHENOMENAL............ACROSS THE BOARD.

  76ERS WITH A BIG WIN OVER O.K.C.  WE NEVER BEAT THEM......UNTIL TONIGHT.

  FLYERS FOUGHT HARD TO TIE A GAME AGAINST THE BLUE JACKETS. UNFORTUNATELY , THEY LOSE IN OVERTIME. THEY HAD A TON OF CHANCES......BLOW. COLUMBUS ALWAYS SEEMS TO BEAT US.

  SPEND THE MORNING PUTTING EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER , CLEANING , AND LOADING UP THE VAN.  I TOOK MANY PICTURES OF THE HOUSE.

  ON THE ROAD AND MAKE GOOD TIME. CLEAR SKIES , DRY ROADS , AND LIMITED TRAFFIC.  I WOULD OF STAYED ANOTHER NIGHT OR TWO OR THREE IF RENTERS WERE NOT COMING IN TODAY. I FRICKIN' LOVE IT HERE. I ENJOY DOING PUNCH LIST THINGS , PLAYING INTERNET SCRABBLE & POKER , AND WEARING LIMITED TO NO CLOTHES 24/7.

  WHEELS AND ELDEST HELP ME UNLOAD AND SETTLE IN. THEY WERE SO HAPPY TO SEE THE PUP.

  DRIVE MY YOUNGEST TO WORK AT 4PM. I DECIDE TO STAY AT THE NAIL AND NOT GO BACK HOME. IN HINDSIGHT MAYBE I SHOULD OF WENT HOME BECAUSE I HAD PATRONS THAT WOULD NOT LEAVE. AFTER 9 1/2 HOURS I KICKED THEM OUT. I WAS JUST TO TIRED. I DID GET A LOT OF NAIL THINGS DONE THOUGH.

  A FRIEND STOPPED BY AND UPLOADED ALL MY NEW MOUNTAIN HOUSE PHOTOS TO THIS WEBSITE. I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO DO THIS FOR A LONG TIME. FOR HIS TIME I GAVE HOME OPEN BAR.

  MET 5 MUSICIANS AND ONE GIRL WAS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. SHE LOOKED LIKE MY YOUNGEST 5 YEARS IN THE FUTURE. I TALKED TO HER FOR A LITTLE BIT AND SHE IS A REALLY COOL KID. WE TALKED ABOUT ENVIRONMENT ISSUES AND 6 PACK PLASTIC RINGS I WAS CUTTING UP SO NO SEA CRITTERS WILL GET HURT.

  ONE GUY WHO DID NOT STOP TALKING GOT IN AN ARGUMENT WITH HIS WIFE SO HE LEFT AND WAS STAYING AT HIS PARENTS HOUSE UP THE STREET. HE TOLD EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE BAR ABOUT HIS PROBLEMS.

  ROLL HOME TIRED BUT STRESSED FROM PEOPLE NOT LEAVING THE NAIL. I AM SO SURPRISED THAT PEOPLE WORK IN THE MORNING AND YET ARE HERE UNTIL AFTER 1:30AM.

  AT HOME I HAVE A NIGHTCAP AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF " THE WALKING DEAD ". IT WAS GOOD.

   FRIDAY      3 - 1 - 19

 SNOW STORM 6 COMES IN AND THE KIDS GET A 2 HOUR DELAY.  AGAIN , IT DOES NOT AFFECT THE NAIL AT ALL. WE ARE REALLY DODGING SOME SNOW BULLETS THIS SEASON.  WEEKEND SNOW 3 - WEEKDAY SNOW - 3.

 DID NOT REALIZE I HAVE NOT SHORTENED THIS " HISTORY " WEBSITE SINCE EARLY SEPTEMBER. I SPENT TIME TODAY. I COPY AND SAVE ALL MY BLOGGING TO " MY WRITINGS ". OF COURSE I RAN INTO A LITTLE PROBLEM. THE FILES WERE TOO BIG TO TRANSFORM TO THE SAVED DOCUMENT. I HAD TO BREAK THEM UP INCREMENTS.

 GOT ALOT OF COMPUTER STUFF DONE TODAY. BEFORE I KNEW IT ......1PM. 

  HAD TO NAP. GOT A WONDERFUL NAP OF 45 MINUTES IN UNTIL MY CELL PHONE WENT OFF.

  WATCHED 2 EPISODES OF " THE WALKING DEAD ". I AM CAUGHT UP AND THEY WERE GOOD. A NEW BAD GUY IS IN TOWN AND IT IS A BAD ASS CHICK.

  BY 4PM I DECIDED TO GET TO THE NAIL TO START PREPPING FOR THE NIGHT. I AM GLAD I DID BECAUSE WE GOT SLAMMED.

  STOP AT THE BANK TO PICK UP $200 IN FIVE DOLLAR BILLS. THAN I STOPPED AT THE LIQUOR STORE TO PICK UP A BIG ORDER. I AM SO GLAD I DID BOTH.

  OH , THE OTHER DAY I WAS SHORTED $5 BY THE BANK. THE BANK CALLED ME AND COULD NOT FIND THE 5 BUCKS.

  ARRIVE AND IMMEDIATELY START DOING MY THING. LATELY I REALLY LIKE GETTING HERE EARLY TO PREP.  SCRAMBLING MAKES ME EDGY SO ARRIVING WITH PLENTY OF TIME IS A NICE WAY OF JUST CHILLING AND GETTING THINGS DONE.

 BANDS START ARRIVING AND I AM NOT REALLY FEELING IT. I EVEN TELL THE BARTENDER THAT TONIGHT MAY BE SLOW AND MAYBE I WOULD REGRET NOT ADDING 4 MORE BANDS TO THIS NIGHT. I WAS THINKING OF ROLLING HOME. WELL , I WAS WRONG......BIG TIME.

  BARTENDER STARTS COOKING A FOOD ORDER. I TELL HER TO GO BARTEND AND LET ME COOK. I NEVER LEFT THE BACK KITCHEN AREA FOR 3 HOURS STRAIGHT.  FANS OF MUSIC POURED IN AND IT WAS FUN TO SEE. THE MUSIC WAS VERY GOOD TOO. FIREBALL SHOTS FLOWED LIKE WATER.

  I HELP BARTEND ALL NIGHT. I WAS SUPPOSE TO LEAVE AROUND 8PM. I HAD TO STAY CLOSER TO 1AM.......IT WAS THAT DAMN PACKED. I POSTED ON FACEBOOK TOO.

  EVERYONE WAS SUPER COOL FROM MUSICIANS TO FANS. I WAS REALLY PROUD OF HOW WE RAN THE SHOW. ONE GUY WAS A DOUCHE BAG BUT I FIGURED HE WAS FEELING GOOD SO I JUST ESCORTED HIM OUTSIDE. IT WAS OVER IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS.

  FLYERS WITH A NICE WIN.  THEY WERE UP 2 - 0 AND THAN BLEW THE LEAD TO A TIE 2 - 2 GAME. THEY REBOUNDED AND WON THEY GAME 6 - 3.

  HARPER MANIA - OWNER MIDDLETOWN FLIES HARPER TO FLORIDA FROM PHILLY ON HIS PRIVATE PLANE. NO BIG DEAL RIGHT ? .......WELL A RADIO STATION WAS TRACKING IT.  EXAMPLE - " HARPER IS IN FLIGHT AT 10, FEET AND APPROXIMATELY 10 MINUTES AWAY FROM CLEARWATER. " THAT IS TAKING IT A LITTLE BIT TOO FAR.  OH , OVER 100,000 TICKETS WERE SOLD IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS OF SIGNING HARPER. THIS IS A NEW PHILLIES RECORD.

  BACK HOME I WATCH SURVEILLANCE AND MAKE SURE THE BARTENDER LEAVES OKAY. NO NIGHTCAPS FOR ME. OFF TO BED WITH THE PUP USING MY PILLOW.

  SATURDAY      3 - 2 - 19

 PEACEFUL NIGHT FOR ME...............BUT NOT THE NAIL.

  WHEELS HEADS TO DINNER WITH FRIENDS AND A SLEEPOVER. WHEELS HAS DONE ONE SLEEPOVER IN THE LAST 50 YEARS.

  YOUNGEST CALLS ME " NUDGE " 10 TIMES TODAY. IT WAS THE NUMBER OF TIMES I SNUGGLED WITH HER. I HAD TO MAKE UP FOR BEING AWAY FOR A WEEK.

  DID SOME COMPUTER WORK AND UPDATED ALL OUR TRAVEL WEBSITES WITH MY NEW MOUNTAIN HOUSE PICTURES. MAN , I FRICKIN' LOVE GOING UP THERE.

  WHEELS DRIVES YOUNGEST TO WORK. THE KID HAS A 7 HOUR SHIFT.

  I GO ON A SIDE JOB AND IT WORKED OUT NICELY.

   I WENT TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND THAN PICKED UP MY YOUNGEST.  I CALLED MY ELDEST AND WE HAD 4 CHOICES FOR DINNER :

 1 - STOP AT HYKELS AND VISIT A DOORMAN WHO NOW WORKS THERE.

 2 - VISIT CHILI'S AND A FRIEND.

 3 - CRASH BERTUCCI'S WHERE WHEELS WAS WITH HER FRIENDS.

 4 - ORDER CHINESE AND STAY AT HOME.

  WELL , MY KID HAD A LONG 7 HOUR SHIFT SO I LET HER MAKE THE DECISION. IT WAS CHINESE FOOD AND STAY HOME TO CHILL. I ENJOYED EVERY SECOND OF IT. WE STOPPED AT HO CHOI'S. THEY TELL US OUR ORDER WILL BE READY IN 15 MINUTES. IN 6 MINUTES IT WAS READY. MAN ,THEY'RE GOOD.

  AT HOME WE ALL HAVE DINNER AT THE TABLE AND LISTEN TO MUSIC. WE SPLIT SOME WONDERFUL CARLINO'S DESERTS TOO.

  ALL OF US HEAD DOWN THE BASEMENT TO SHOOT POOL , LISTEN TO MUSIC , AND WATCH TV ( MUTED ). AGAIN , I ENJOYED EVERY SECOND. I EVEN TOLD MY KIDS THAT. 

  WE HEAD UPSTAIRS TO DO OUR OWN THINGS. I WATCH THE 76ERS LOSE. ELDEST'S DRIVES TO THE NAIL. YOUNGEST GOES TO HER ROOM TO PLAY COMPUTER GAMES AND STUDY.

  ELDEST THROWS A SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE NAIL. IT WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL.

  WIND DOWN THE NIGHT AND HEAD TO BED AROUND 11:30PM. I SLEEP PERFECTLY UNTIL MY CELL GOES OFF AT 3AM..........." I'M SLEEPING OVER HERE " - WHEELS.  WELP , GUESS I'M UP NOW.

 SNOW STORM IS A COMING......AGAIN. CALL TO SEE IF NAIL IS OPEN TONIGHT.

   SUNDAY        3 - 3 - 19

 WELL THIS WAS AN INTERESTING DAY.

 BRYCE HARPER MANIA - HIS NUMBER 3 JERSEY JUST SET A RECORD FOR MOST SOLD IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD.............IN ALL SPORTS. 

  SNOW STORM 7 FALLS ON A SUNDAY SO THIS REALLY DOES NOT AFFECT THE NAIL AGAIN. WE DID CLOSE BUT IT WILL BE A MINIMAL LOSS ESPECIALLY SINCE WE HAD A BIG FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS.  SUNDAY TO THURSDAY SNOW STORMS -  4. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SNOW STORMS - 3.

  I ROLL TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. AT THE TIME I WAS NOT SURE IF WE WERE GOING TO OPEN. YOU KNOW WHAT A BIG NIGHT IS ? WHEN THE BARTENDER MAKES NEARLY $500 IN 4 HOURS.

  BACK HOME MY YOUNGEST HELPS ME UNLOAD MY VAN OF TOOLS.  I MOVE ALL SEATS OUT IN PREPARATION OF POSSIBLY USING IT TO TRANSPORT MY SNOW BLOWER TOMORROW. I ALSO STARTED THE SNOW BLOWER TO TEST IT AND FILLED IT WITH FRESH GAS.

  YOUNGEST FINDS OUT A 2 HOUR DELAY IS IN ORDER FOR TOMORROW.

 FLYERS WITH A SOLID WIN OVER #1 ISLANDER TEAM. THEY KEEP THEIR HOPES ALIVE FOR A PLAY-OFF SPOT.

  WHEELS AND I TREK TO OUR TAX ACCOUNTANT. IT IS A LONG DRIVE BUT WE REALLY LIKE GOING HERE.  I CAN NOT TELL YOU THE THINGS THIS GUY IS INVOLVED IN. WE JUST SHAKE OUR HEADS EVERY TIME WE VISIT.  WE ARE HAPPY WITH OUR RESULTS AND ROLL OUR AFTER A 2+ HOUR MEETING. WE FAXED ALL NUMBERS LAST WEEK AND HE HAD ALL OF IT DONE AND WE STILL HUNG OUT 2+ HOURS. USUALLY WE STAY LONGER BUT THE SNOW AND HIS ASSOCIATES KEPT SAYING , " YOU HAVE OTHER CLIENTS WAITING ". HE RESPONDED , " LET THEM FUCKING WAIT !! " GOD , I LOVE GOING HERE.

  THE DRIVE HOME WAS DANGEROUS. IF YOU WENT SLOW YOU WERE OKAY. IT WAS AROUND 7:45PM AND THE SNOW WAS COMING DOWN PRETTY GOOD. IN HINDSIGHT I WILL NOT TAKE MAJOR HIGHWAYS HOME IF THIS EVER HAPPENS AGAIN. I WILL TAKE THE SLOWER LANCASTER AVENUE. IT WILL TAKE MORE TIME BUT MUCH SAFER. WE SAW 1 CAR FISHTAIL TO THE RIGHT OF US. WE SAW ONE TRUCK SPIN 180 RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. BUT THE MOST EYE OPENING WAS A SEMI TRUCK BLOWING BY US AND SPRAYED OUR WINDSHIELD WITH SLUSH. FOR ABOUT 2 SECONDS I COULD NOT SEE ANYTHING.

 WE TOOK OUR TIME AND MADE IT HOME. WE STOP AT " ZESTO'S PIZZERIA " TO PICK UP FOOD FOR EVERYONE.  BACK HOME WE CHILL AND LISTEN TO MUSIC.

  BY 10PM I GOT TIRED IN A HURRY. I HAVE BEEN UP SINCE 3AM. I SLEPT OKAY.

  MONDAY         3 - 4 - 19

  WELP , TIME TO GO ON A DIET / HEALTH KICK AGAIN. I CAN FEEL IT IN MY BELLY.  I WAS SHOOTING POOL WITH MY ELDEST AND WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO TAKE A SHOT I NOTICED MY STOMACH WAS TOUCHING THE GROUND.

  I KEPT THINKING ABOUT THE SNOW STORM WE DROVE IN. ACTION NEWS REPORTED 2 YOUNG TEENAGERS DIED IN AN ACCIDENT.  BEAUTIFUL KIDS........I COULD NOT IMAGINE THE PAIN.

  SO , TODAY WHEN MY YOUNGEST CAME HOME I ENTERED HER ROOM 3 DIFFERENT TIMES. EACH TIME I GOT A GROAN BUT I HAD TO HUG THE KID. SOME LINES I WOULD TELL HER :

 " DO YOU KNOW MY FATHER NEVER HUGGED ME ? " - THE KID GROANS BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT THE 300TH TIME I TOLD HER THIS.

 " DO YOU KNOW OFTEN I THINK ABOUT YOU EACH DAY ? I WILL GIVE YOU A CHOICE - A) ONCE A DAY , B) ONCE AN HOUR , C) ONCE A MINUTE , D) EVERY SECOND "  KID GROANS AND ANSWERS LETHARGICALLY , " EVERY SECOND ".

  " DO YOU KNOW MY DAD NEVER SAID HE LOVED ME ? " KID REPLIES AND GROANS , " OH MAN.....C'MON ".

  " DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN I USED TO HOLD YOU IN ONE HAND ? "

  I GET SOME THINGS DONE TODAY AND HEAD DOWN THE BASEMENT AFTER FIXING OUR VACUUM CLEANER. I WATCHED 2 EPISODES OF " SHAMELESS " AND THEY WERE OKAY TO VERY GOOD. ONE MORE EPISODE LEFT.

 TO THE NAIL TO FIX SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN BOTHERING ME. THE MEN'S BATHROOM DOOR STICKS OPEN. SO WITH A DREMEL AND JIGSAW I SHAVED DOWN THE DOOR IN PLACE AND RE-SECURED IT. THIS WAS NOT FUN.

 THE BACHELOR JUMPS OVER A FENCE. OH MY GOD ! OH MY GOD !! OH MY GOD !!!. I CARE ZERO ABOUT THIS.

 BARTENDER SHOWS UP EARLY AND WE SHOOT POOL AND CHILL.

  I ROLL HOME AND HAVE ZERO BOOZE. I WILL ATTEMPT THE " NO BEER , NO BRAND , NO BREAD " RULE AGAIN. BASICALLY I AM GOING TO TRY TO EAT HEALTHY AND MAYBE EVEN USE OUR TREADMILLS.

  I STAY UP UNTIL MIDNIGHT WHICH IS LATE FOR ME.

 TUESDAY          3 - 5 - 19

  LUKE PERRY AND KING KONG BUNDY DIE ..........OH MAN.

  STARTED MY " JESUS , WHAT THE HELL HAPPEN TO YOU " DIET TODAY. 

 MY DAY :

  - BANANA

  - SMOOTHIE

  - 30 MINUTES ON BOWFLEX TREAD CLIMBER.

  - CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD - LIMITED DRESSING & REMOVED ALL CROUTONS.

  - MOZZARELLA AND GENOA SALAMI WITH WATER AND SODA SELTZER.

  - ONE GLASS OF RED WINE.

  YEP , THAT WAS MY DAY.......BLOW.

  YOU KNOW ALL THIS SUPER HYPE WITH BRYCE HARPER ?  WHEELS GETS A TEXT FROM HER BROTHER AND HIS WIFE PICTURED WITH BRYCE BETWEEN THEM............MUST BE NICE. THEY HAD SOME KIND OF LUNCHEON. I GOT A PICTURE OF HOSKINS AT BAT FROM THE 1ST ROW AGAINST THE PHILLIES DUGOUT.........MUST BE NICE.

  PHILLIES WITH A WALK-OFF DOUBLE TO WIN 2 - 1 OVER THE CARDINALS. THEIR GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE RECORD IS 7 - 2 - 2.  IT MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT NICE TO SEE.

   BRIGHT HOUSE FIELD WHICH IS NOW SPECTRUM FIELD HOLDS 8500 PEOPLE. SATURDAY IS HARPER'S FIRST GAME. THEY SOLD 1500 STANDING ROOM ONLY TICKETS TO MAKE IT 10,000. THEY ALSO SOLD OVER 270,000 TICKETS FOR CITIZEN'S BANK PARK FOR THE REGULAR SEASON. YEP.........SMART PURCHASE.

   76ERS WITH A GOOD SOLID WIN.

  DRIVE YOUNGEST TO WORK.

   TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. ABOUT 4 WEEKS AGO I WAS TOLD TO " LET IT GO ". BUT TONIGHT I DECIDED FUCK THAT. A FORMER NAIL POOL PLAYER AND TEAMMATE NOW ON THEIR 3RD DIFFERENT SPONSORING VENUE DECIDED HE CAN PARK IN OUR BACK LOT. I DID NOT KNOW THE BARTENDER WAS ALLOWING THIS. I STOPPED IT TONIGHT. YEP......STILL A LITTLE PEEVED THE TEAM LEFT US AFTER 15 YEARS. THE COUNTLESS STUFF I DID FOR THEM STILL FESTERS IN MY CRAWL. ONE FUCKING WORD TO THOSE BACK STABBING BASTARDS.......WHEELSTOCK. ( A 4 DAY FREE PARTY AT OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE THAT INCLUDED BREAKFAST , LUNCH , DINNER , BEER , LIQUOR , BANDS , FIREWORKS , COMPETITIVE GAMES LIKE BEER PONG & HORSESHOES AND MORE - LAST WHEELSTOCK 438 PEOPLE SHOWED. AGAIN FREE.........GUESS WHAT POOL PLAYERS NEVER MISSED A WHEELSTOCK ? ). MAN , ITALIANS JUST CAN'T LET IT GO. IT'S ALL ABOUT LOYALTY.

  PICK UP YOUNGEST AT WORK AND HEAD HOME.  THIS KID ALWAYS BRINGS MY BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN.

  AT HOME WHEELS AND I WATCH 2 EPISODES OF " THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL ". THEY WERE VERY GOOD.

  OFF TO BED WHERE I SLEPT DECENT. THE NO BEER AND NO SUGARY BRANDY I THINK IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE. WE WILL SEE.

  WEDNESDAY          3 - 6 - 19

  PAID IN FULL................

  START DAY WITH MY NORMAL ROUTINE OF YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL , BLOGGING , EMAILING BANDS , AND WALKING THE PUP.

  I CONTINUE MY 30 MINUTE WORKOUT WITH OUR BOWFLEX TREAD CLIMBER. I INCORPORATED AN " AIR " SPEED BAG WHILE TREADING. FOR SOME REASON TODAY WAS HARDER THAN THE OTHER WORKOUTS. I TURN ON SPORTS TALK RADIO AND JUST TRUDGED THROUGH IT. I FEEL THIS TIME I WILL CONTINUE EATING SMART , TRYING TO WORK OUT A LITTLE , AND CUTTING DOWN ON BOOZE. FOR ME TO GO 3 NIGHTS WITHOUT BEER , BRANDY , OR BREAD IS A A SMALL MIRACLE. I FIGURE WHEN I CAN SEE MY COCK WHILE STANDING NAKED I WILL START DRINKING BRANDY AGAIN.

 TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE ABOUT EATING HEALTHY VERSE EXERCISING. HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT. I ALWAYS SAID EATING RIGHT LOSES WEIGHT WAY MORE THAN EXERCISING.  WORKING OUT HELPS BUT REALLY IS JUST THE ICING ON THE PROVERBIAL CAKE.  HERE IS A LITTLE SCENARIO : IF I DRINK JUST ONE SHOT OF SEAGRAM'S LIME TWISTED GIN ( 1 1/4 OUNCE ) IT WOULD HAVE 90 CALORIES. THE GOOD THING THERE IS ZERO SUGAR , SODIUM , OR CARBS IN THAT 1 SINGLE SHOT. THE BAD THING - TO WORK THAT 90 CALORIES OFF I WOULD NEED TO RUN FOR 9 MINUTES , RIDE A BICYCLE FOR 13 MINUTES , OR CLEAN MY HOUSE FOR 33 MINUTES. I DON'T EVEN WANT TO THINK WHAT I HAVE TO DO WHEN I EAT HALF A PIZZA.

  AFTER WORKING OUT I DECIDE TO TAKE A FULL SHOWER AND SHAVE AND IT FEELS WONDERFUL. WARM WATER CASCADING OVER MY FAT WRINKLES AND CREVICES IS SUCH A GOOD FEELING. I VISION I AM IN HAWAII UNDER A WATERFALL WITH NATIVE GIRLS IN GRASS SKIRTS SPONGING ALL OVER ME IN MY MUUMUU.

  I WATCH AN OLDER MOVIE THAT I THOUGHT WOULD BLOW BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY OKAY. THE NAME OF THE MOVIE WAS " THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON ".  I KNOW.......I THOUGHT IT WOULD SUCK TOO BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY OKAY.

  GAME OF THRONES WILL SET A NEW RECORD FOR FIGHT/WAR SCENES. ONE SHOW FROM START TO FINISH WILL BE AN ENTIRE BATTLE. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN DONE ON TV OR MOVIES.

  76ERS ABSOLUTELY SUCK ASS AND LOSE TO THE LOWLY BULLS. I TURNED THE GAME OFF IN DISGUST AND FOUND OUT THE REFS RE-SET THE CLOCK AND BROUGHT ALL THE PLAYERS BACK OUT FROM THEIR LOCKER ROOMS FOR A 2ND CHANCE TO WIN THE GAME. THEY DID NOT. AGAIN THEY BLOW A LEAD. THIS TIME A 10 POINT LEAD WITH 6 MINUTES LEFT. THE 76ERS MADE 3 F'N BASKETS THE WHOLE 4TH QUARTER !!

  ALEX TREBEK MAKES A HEARTFELT PLEA ON TV ABOUT HIS SUDDENLY DIAGNOSED STAGE 4 PANCREATIC CANCER......OH MAN.

  YOUNGEST COMES HOME AND OF COURSE I NEED ATTENTION. I CAN'T TAKE NOT BEING WITH HER. WE SNUGGLE AND TALK. I BELIEVE I AM MORE OF A KID THAN HER.

  2 CRAIGSLIST-LIKE DEALS IN THE WORKING. THEY ARE ACTUALLY LOCAL NEIGHBOR WEBSITE CALLED " MARKET PLACE ".  WE WILL SEE TOMORROW.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO MEET MERCURY AMUSEMENT. WE TALK FLYERS AND MORE.

 GROUPON - I ORDER 2 MOVIE TICKETS THAT I STILL HAVE NOT USED YET. BUT I DID NOTICE FLYERS TICKETS FOR SALE FOR $29 ( UP HIGH I KNOW ) AND UNION TICKETS FOR $23. I THINK I MAY USE GROUPON A LITTLE MORE.

  I WROTE THIS STORY EARLIER IN THE WEEK. SO HERE IS THE QUICKIE VERSION.

 - HOOKED UP A FRIEND WITH A USED CAR , CAR WAS A LEMON , FRIENDS WHO SOLD THE CAR WOULD NOT GIVE $1500 BACK , WHEELS AND I GIVE $1500 TO FRIEND AND PRETEND WE GOT MONEY BACK , 10 YEARS LATER  AT THE NAIL TONIGHT THE SALESMAN MEETS ME AND GIVES US OUR $1500. HOW'S THAT FOR FULL CIRCLE ?

  ROLL HOME AND WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISLE. " IT WAS VERY GOOD.

  I SLEPT GOOD UNTIL 3AM WHERE I HEARD THE DOG BARKING. MY ELDEST WAS JUST COMING IN. I DID FALL BACK ASLEEP. I THINK I AM SLEEPING BETTER WITHOUT DRINKING BOOZE. IF THIS PROVES TRUE I HAVE A HARD DECISION TO MAKE.......BOOZE OR SLEEP ?

  THURSDAY        3 - 7 - 19

  CALL YOU AFTER 4:30PM...................YEAH RIGHT.

  I GUESS WHEN THE TOOLS ARE STORED IN MY HOUSE IT KINDA MOTIVATES ME TO FIX STUFF. I EMPTIED MY VAN LAST WEEK AND STILL IS EMPTY.

  DO MY MORNING THING AND DECIDE TO RE-LEVEL AND RE-GLUE BATHROOM FLOOR TILES ALONG WITH SECURING CERAMIC WALL TRIM AND WOOD TRIM.  I SPEND ABOUT AN HOUR AND FINISH EVERYTHING. IT CAME OUT NICE AND THAN I LET A FAN BLOW AIR ON THE FLOOR TO DRY THE GLUE.

  NEXT I RE-SANDED AND RE-STAINED AN ANTIQUE DESK PIECE OF FURNITURE. IT WAS DAMAGED PRETTY BAD SO OVER TIME I SANDED , PUTTIED , AND NOW DID IT ALL OVER AGAIN.  IT CAME OUT 10X BETTER.

  POSTED MY STORY OF THE $1500 GIVE BACK ON FACEBOOK. SOME VERY NICE COMMENTS WERE SAID. SOMETIMES IT'S NICE TO HEAR COMPLIMENTS ESPECIALLY WHEN I WAS NEVER EXPECTING THE MONEY BACK.

  WORKED OUT AGAIN AND TODAY WAS A LITTLE BETTER. KINDA WEIRD THAT EVERY OTHER DAY IS HARD OR EASIER........NOT SURE WHY.

   2 NIGHTS AGO FLYERS WERE DOWN 5 - 0. THEY ENDED UP LOSING 5 - 3 BUT AT LEAST THEY SHOWED SOME HEART AND BATTLED BACK ALITTLE BIT.

  A GUY ON A WEBSITE SAYS " HE WILL CALL ME AFTER 4:30PM TODAY ". THE CALL WAS NEVER RECEIVED. WHAT THE FUCK IS IT WITH PEOPLE WHO EITHER TEXT OR EMAIL ME AND THAN NEVER GET BACK TO YOU. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. ME............3 SECONDS AND I RESPOND. IT HAD TO DO WITH RAILROAD TIES.  I WILL TEXT HIM TOMORROW.

  TO THE NAIL AND IT WAS A PEACEFUL NIGHT.  THE MUSICIANS WERE COOL BUT MAN DID IT MAKE ME MELANCHOLY. I DID GET A TON DONE THOUGH......FROM BANDS TO CLEANING TO STOCKING TO RE-ORDERING PRODUCT.

  ROLL OUT AND MEET MY ELDEST AT ANOTHER BAR. SHE ASKS ME TO COME IN BUT SINCE I AM ON THIS " EAT HEALTHY " CRAP DIET I DECIDED NOT TO. BEING SO CLOSE TO BEER AND BRANDY IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. I HAVE THE POLICY " OUT OF SIGHT , OUT OF MIND ".

  BACK HOME I HAVE A GLASS OF WINE , PEANUTS , AND SOME MOZZARELLA CHEESE. I HUNG OUT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND WENT TO BED. I HAD 2 DECENT NIGHTS OF SLEEP BUT TONIGHT I WOKE UP ALMOST EVERY HOUR.

  FRIDAY      3 - 8 - 19

  DAY 2 - CALL YOU AFTER 5PM.  NO CALL ALL NIGHT.  I AM JUST AMAZED ABOUT PEOPLE. I EVEN FOUND HIM ON FACEBOOK. 2 DAYS IN A ROW HE MESSAGED ME ABOUT CALLING AND NEVER DID.

  DRIVE YOUNGEST TO SCHOOL. SHE FORGETS INDEX CARDS FOR A TEST. RETURN TO SCHOOL TO DROP OFF INDEX CARDS. I WAS OKAY WITH THAT.

  ATE HEALTHY TODAY....FRUIT AND SALADS. OH MY GOD IT SO BLOWS EATING THIS FRIGGIN' RABBIT FOOD. I ALSO DID THE BOWFLEX STAIRASS FOR 30 MINUTES.

  DRIVE TO THE LIQUOR STORE TO PICK UP A FILLER ORDER. ALL KINDS OF CONSTRUCTION WORK BLOCKING STREETS.

  STOP AT THE NAIL TO MEET BEER DELIVERY GUYS.  I STOCK THE ORDER AND THE DELIVERY GUY SAID SOMETHING WEIRD......" DO YOU WANT ME TO TAKE THE EMPTY KEGS ? " I FOUND THIS WEIRD BECAUSE THERE IS A $30 DEPOSIT ON EACH KEG AND I HAD 4 EMPTIES. THIS WOULD BE $120 OFF MY BILL THIS WEEK EVEN THOUGH I PAID $120 EXTRA LAST DELIVERY. A MEMORY THAT ALWAYS STINGS IS A WHEELSTOCK YEARS AGO.  FRIENDS TOOK EMPTY KEGS HOME AND PLACED THEM IN THE BACK PARKING LOT. THERE HAD TO BE 25 OF THEM. WHEN I ARRIVE ON TUESDAY MORNING THEY ARE ALL GONE. SOME KIDS TOOK THEM ACROSS THE STREET AND CASHED THEM IN. I GO ACROSS THE STREET TO ARDMORE BEVERAGE AND ASK THEM ABOUT THE KEGS. THE OWNER REPLIES , " YEAH , I THOUGHT THAT WAS WEIRD. " I LOST THE DEPOSIT ON EVERY FUCKING EMPTY KEG. DO THE MATH......NOT FUCKING HAPPY ABOUT IT.

  ANYWAY , BACK TO OUR BEER DELIVERY GUY. I ASK HIM , " WHY , DID YOU SAY IF YOU WANTED TO TAKE THE EMPTY KEGS TO ME? " HE REPLIES , " OH , IT'S USUALLY DELIVER IT , PICK IT UP , POLICY. IF WE TAKE THEM AND WRITE OFF THE $120 WE MAKE LESS MONEY  "  I REPLY , " I AM TOTALLY CONFUSED. I PAY AN EXTRA $120 LAST DELIVERY AND THIS DELIVERY I GET $120 OFF ISN'T THAT EVENING OUT ? " I ALMOST CALLED THE OWNER OF THE BEER COMPANY FOR THIS STUPIDITY.

 STOCK BEER AND LIQUOR AND THAN DO THE MARQUEE SIGN. I CLEAN FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND DECIDE TO HAVE THE BARTENDER RE-OPEN. I AM NOT ANTICIPATING A BIG NIGHT. I WAS WRONG.

  BACK HOME I SETTLE IN. WHEELS AND ELDEST GO TO A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE TO HAVE DINNER. THEY ALSO RECEIVED PHILLIES SPRING TRAINING HATS.

  I HANG WITH MY YOUNGEST BUT THE KID DOES REMOTE COMPUTER GAMES WITH HER FRIENDS WHILE I JUST WATCH THE 76ERS BLOW.

  I DECIDE TO TURN ON SURVEILLANCE AND SEE THE NAIL IS PACKED.  I CALL THE BARTENDER AND HE NEEDS HELP. I WAS THERE IN LESS THAN 7 MINUTES.

  I ARRIVE AND IMMEDIATELY HELP WITH BARTENDING , COOKING , AND WASHING GLASSES. I HUNG OUT ABOUT 90 MINUTES UNTIL THE BARTENDER COULD HANDLE IT. I WAS GLAD I STOPPED DOWN.

 ROLL HOME AND I AM IN THE DOOR FOR 11 SECONDS. MY ELDEST SAYS CAN YOU DRIVE ME TO THE BAR RIGHT PAST THE NAIL? I LIKE TO CANCEL MY UBER. YEAH......THAT STINGS BUT I ALWAYS TELL THE KID THAT I RATHER DRIVE HER THAN AN UBER DRIVER. I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE MONEY , IT'S ABOUT SAFETY. I DRIVE HER TO THE BAR PAST THE NAIL. THAT STINGS A LITTLE.

 RETURN HOME AGAIN AND I CHILL WITH WHEELS. WE WATCH A VERY GOOD EPISODE OF " THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. "

 I DID NOT DRINK ANY BOOZE TONIGHT. GOOD GOD THAT IS TOUGH.

  OFF TO BED AROUND MIDNIGHT WHERE I SLEPT GOOD. I ONLY WOKE UP ONCE WHEN I HEARD MY DOG SNORING. OTHER THAN THAT I SLEPT TO 7:30AM !! HMMMMM.....MAYBE THIS NO BOOZE THING MIGHT BE BENEFICIAL. IT SUCKS NOT DRINKING BIG TIME BUT SLEEPING WELL IS NICE.

  SATURDAY       3 - 9 - 19

  SOME NICE SURPRISES TODAY...................

  STARTED THIS NEW NETFLIX SERIES CALLED " AFTER LIFE " WITH RICKY GERVAIS.  A DARK COMEDY WITH A WICKED SALTY TONGUED DIALOGUE FROM GERVAIS. IT IS ONLY SIX 25 MINUTE EPISODES AND I LIKE IT. YOU WILL CRY AND YOU WILL LAUGH.

  WHEELS AND I DID THE NAIL BOOKS. IN THIS BUSINESS YOU NEVER GET A " PAT ON THE BACK " OR EVEN A " HEY ,  GOOD JOB ". FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY...........THE NUMBERS WERE VERY NICE.

  CHILLED A LITTLE BIT AND THAN OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND WORK THE NIGHT. I HAD SOME NICE SURPRISES.

  SAW CHEF DUFF AND HIS KIDS AS I DROVE BY HIS HOUSE. I STOPPED AND TALKED TO HIM FOR A LITTLE BIT.

  WHEELS , ELDEST , AND FAMILY STOP IN. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE. I GOT TO HEAR SOME STORIES ABOUT SOME FAMILY MEMBERS MEETING ALL PHILLIES PLAYERS AND BRASS. IT IS VERY COOL TO HAVE THE INSIDE TRACK ON STUFF BUT IT IS ALSO DEPRESSING........MAYBE MORE ENVIOUS I GUESS. ALL GOOD THOUGH.

  PHILLIES BRYCE HARPER MADE HIS 1ST APPEARANCE AS A DESIGNATOR HITTER. HE HAD 2 WALKS AND THE PHILLIES LOSE 8-7.

  AFTER WHEELS AND FAMILY LEFT 2 COUSINS STOPPED IN. THEY CRACK ME UP BUT MAN CAN THEY PARTY. BY 1AM I HAD TO LEAVE. THEY ARE OLDER THAN ME AND WANTED TO STAY OUT. THEY WERE THE LAST ONES TO LEAVE.

  I TEXT MY YOUNGEST IF SHE WAS HOME. THE KID TELLS ME SHE IS WITH 2 FRIENDS I REALLY ADORE. I ASK FOR PROOF. SHE SENDS ME AN ADORABLE PICTURE OF HER AND THE 2 FRIENDS. IT MADE MY NIGHT.

 FLYERS WITH A BIG WIN OVER 1ST PLACE ISLANDERS IN NEW YORK. THEY KEEP THEIR CHANCES OF A PLAYOFF POSITION IN SIGHT.  THE ONLY THING IS YOU NEED BINOCULARS TO SEE THE LAST WILDCARD SPOT.

  IT WAS A PEACEFUL NIGHT BUT STEADY. EVERYONE WAS COOL FOR THE MOST PART. ONE 36 YEAR GOOD LOOKING WOMAN WAS ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHED AND A LITTLE PEEVED I CARDED HER. I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THIS IN A MILLION YEARS. WOULDN'T THAT BE A FUCKING COMPLIMENT ??!!  SHE WALKED IN WITH HER 75 YEAR OLD FATHER AND LEFT WITHIN MINUTES. SHE WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER.

  CAUGHT 4 GUYS IN THE BACK PARKING LOT. THE TIP-OFF WAS OUR BARTENDER COULD NOT FIND THE PERSON WHO ORDERED A MOZZARELLA STICKS APPETIZER. I KNEW THE GUY WAS HERE BECAUSE HE WAS A PHOTOGRAPHER. AFTER 2 MINUTES I PUT IT TOGETHER.....CHECK THE BACK LOT. I FOUND THEM. I YELLED AT THEM.

  ROLL HOME PRETTY TIRED BUT WATCHED ANOTHER " AFTER LIFE " SINCE IT IS ONLY A 22 MINUTE EPISODE. IT WAS VERY GOOD. OFF TO BED.

 HAD A GOOD COOL DREAM AND TOTALLY FORGOT IT.........BLOW.

   SUNDAY        3 - 10 - 19

  WHEELS CRIED 11 TIMES TODAY......ALL GOOD CRIES THOUGH.

  TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY. THE NAIL HAD A GOOD WEEKEND , THE FEBRUARY BOOKS WERE AWESOME , AND I KEPT MY HEALTHY KICK GOING.......2X.

 DOUCHE BAG - WHAT CONSTITUTES A DOUCHE BAG ? LET'S SEE :

 - YOU POST AN AD FOR FREE ON " RAILROAD TIES ". THE AD SAYS THE TIES ARE IN BRYN MAWR AND THE TIES ARE READY TO LOAD UP. THE AD ALSO SAYS " HE " WILL HELP.

 - 3 STRAIGHT DAYS YOU RESPOND TO MESSAGES BUT NEVER LEAVE A NAME , ADDRESS , OR TIME TO MEET. TWO OF THOSE DAYS HE SAID " I WILL CALL YOU IN A BIT. " HOW FUCKING LONG IS " A BIT " ?

 - 4TH DAY- WE MEET.........IN FUCKING BROOMALL , NOT BRYN MAWR.

 - I TELL HIM I WILL ARRIVE AT 11:30AM. HE WOULD LIKE A HEADS UP TEXT SO I MESSAGED HIM AT 11:28AM......." I AM 2 MINUTES AWAY IN A SILVER MINIVAN. "

 - I ARRIVE AND THE RAILROAD ROAD TIES ARE ON A STEEP HILL AND MOST ARE EMBEDDED INTO THE HILL.  I GET OUT OF MY VAN AND SEARCH AROUND HIS FRONT STEEP HILL. I CAN NOT GO 2 STEPS UP THE HILL WITHOUT SLIPPING ON MUD. ONE SECTION HAS 3 LARGE TIES NAILED TOGETHER WITH HUGE RAILROAD SPIKES. THE 3 PIECES OF LARGE WOOD ARE COMPLETELY SOAKED AND WEDGED AGAINST 5 BUSHES.  THE 3 HAD TO WEIGH A 1,000 POUNDS. THEY WERE THE ONLY ONES IN GOOD CONDITION OUT OF 20. THE REST WERE SHIT. I GET IN MY VAN THINKING , " OKAY , HIS AD SAID THE RAIL ROAD TIES WERE READY TO GO. MAYBE THEY ARE IN HIS DRIVEWAY AND COULD JUST BE EASILY LIFTED INTO MY VAN. " I DRIVE AROUND AND NOTHING IN HIS DRIVEWAY OR AROUND HIS HOUSE. I WASTE 10 MINUTES AND DECIDE TO ROLL OUT.  NOW , 10 MINUTES MIND YOU. I TEXTED HIM 12 MINUTES AGO AND HE KNEW I WAS COMING AT 11:30AM. JUST AS I WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE I SEE A FRONT DOOR OPEN. A GOOFY TALL GUY THAT LOOKED LIKE KRAMER OF SEINFELD COMES OUT IN A TEE SHIRT AND NO SHOES ON. HOW THE FUCK WAS HE GOING TO HELP ME ??

  HE WAVES AT ME AND I OPEN MY VAN DOOR. I SAY , " ARE THE ONES HERE ( I POINT TO THE HEDGES AND THE 1000 POUND TIES ) THE ONLY ONES PULLED FROM THE GROUND ? " HE SHAKES HIS HEAD YES AND POINTS.  AS I CLOSE MY DOOR I SAY , " THESE ARE TOO HEAVY. " I HEAR HIM SAY IN A STUPID VOICE , " SO YOU DON'T WANT THEM ? "  WHAT A WASTE OF FUCKING TIME. HE WASTED MY TIME BY NOT RESPONDING FOR 3 DAYS , ME DRIVING TO ANOTHER LOCATION, AND THESE TIES ABSOLUTELY WERE DETERIORATED , SOAKED , AND SUCKED ASS.

  I DECIDE TO HEAD TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I WILL HAVE THE REST OF THE DAY OFF WHICH WAS VERY COOL. I SPEND ABOUT AN HOUR AND HEAD HOME.

  ARRIVE HOME AND DO 30 MINUTES ON THE BOWFLEX STAIR ASS.  IT WORKED WELL BECAUSE I LISTEN TO SPORTS TALK RADIO WITH RAY DIDDINGER AND WATCHED EAGLES SUPERBOWL HIGHLIGHTS ON MY CELL PHONE. THE TIME PASSED VERY QUICKLY.

  WHEELS MAKES OUR YOUNGEST AND MYSELF SOME HEALTHY FRUIT TOPPED TOASTED GRAIN BREAD. I HAD 2 WITH AVOCADO , STRAWBERRIES , BERRIES , AND BANANA.

  WHEELS WATCHED ALL 6 SHORT EPISODES OF " AFTER LIFE ". I RE-WATCHED SEVERAL EPISODES AND THE FINALE WITH HER. SHE CRIED EVERY EPISODE. THIS SHOW MAKES YOU LAUGH AND CRY.

  I MADE A TON OF MEATBALLS AND FILLED A QUART SIZED CONTAINER. BY " MADE " , I MEAN I MICROWAVED 3 SEPARATE AMOUNTS , ATE 5 OF THEM , AND PUT THEM IN THE CONTAINER. I HAVE TO ADMIT RESTAURANT DEPOT MEATBALLS ARE GOOD.

  I PLAY SOME INTERNET SCRABBLE GAMES WITH PEOPLE FROM ENGLAND AND ACROSS THE POND AS THEY SAY. ONE PLAYER HAS A 120 POINT LEAD ON ME. I HAVE THE 7 LETTER BONUS WORD " GARNISH " IN A PERFECT TRIPLE WORD , TRIPLE LETTER , SECTION OF THE BOARD. IT WAS FOR 109 POINTS AND WOULD GET ME BACK INTO THE GAME. THE GUY DID NOT PLAY ANOTHER WORD UNTIL THE NEXT MORNING. I WAS EXCITED LIKE A LITTLE KID WHEN I PLACED THE WORD. EVEN DURING MY NIGHT'S SLEEP I THOUGHT ABOUT IT. ANYWAY , I PLACED THE HUGE SCORE WORD AND I WON THE GAME. I ALSO WON HIS 2ND GAME CHALLENGE.  THIS MEANS NOTHING TO YOU BUT I FOUND IT FUN.

  FAMILY GIVES US NICE PHILLIES BASEBALL CAPS AND OUR YOUNGEST GETS A BRYCE HARPER SHIRT.

  A BARTENDER POSTS ON FACEBOOK SHE HAD A BLAST AT OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE. IT WAS NICE TO SEE.

  WE WATCH THE 76ERS GET COMPLETELY OUTPLAYED FOR 2 1/2 QUARTERS. WHEELS AND I DECIDE TO GO FOR A WALK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. IT IS MY 2ND WORKOUT BUT I LIKE IT. WE WALK ,TALK , AND WE GOT TO SEE A FRIEND OF OUR ELDEST. SHE TOLD US ABOUT A FARM FOR ANIMALS IN NEED. I SAW PICTURES ON FACEBOOK WITH HER AND BABY GOATS. THEY WERE CUTE.

  AS WE WALKED I CHECKED THE SCORE OF THE 76ERS. WE CAME BACK AND WON. THIS IS A BIG WIN AND EMBID'S RETURN WAS SIGNIFICANT.

  BACK HOME WHEELS MAKES A WONDERFUL DINNER OF COCKTAIL SHRIMP , FILET MIGNON , STRING BEANS , PASTA , BRUSSEL SPROUTS , AND SALMON.  WE LISTENED TO SOFT MUSIC WHILE WE ATE AT THE TABLE WITH OUR YOUNGEST.

  WE WATCH THE FINALE OF " THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL ". I THOUGHT IT WAS GOOD AND WHEELS CRIED.

  WE WATCH THE FINALE OF " SHAMELESS " WHERE AFTER 9 YEARS A MAJOR MAIN CHARACTER LEAVES THE SHOW. THE FINALE WAS GOOD AND WHEELS CRIED.

  WE WATCHED " THE ARETHA FRANKLIN TRIBUTE SHOW ". MUSIC WAS EXCELLENT AND WHEELS CRIED.

  I ASK MY YOUNGEST TO RIDE WITH ME. I WAS BEING THE UBER FOR OUR ELDEST WHO WAS GOING TO A BAR DOWN THE STREET FROM THE NAIL.  YEP......KINDA STINGS A LITTLE BIT BUT ALL GOOD. AGAIN , I RATHER TAKE MY KID THAN AN UBER DRIVER. WE LISTEN TO MUSIC AND DROP HER OFF. ON THE WAY HOME I TALK TO MY YOUNGEST WHICH I ADORE. I STOP AT MCDONALDS AND GET THE KID A SMALL FRENCH FRY. THIS WAS A GOOD TRADE TO ME.....SHE RIDES WITH ME FOR COMPANY AND I GET HER FRENCH FRIES.

  BACK HOME WHEELS AND I WATCHED 2 EPISODES OF " RUSSIAN DOLL ". THEY ARE SHORT EPISODES AND THE PREMISE OF THE STORY IS LIKE THE MOVIE " GROUNDHOG DAY ".  IT WAS GOOD........WHEELS CRIED.

  WE ALSO WATCH " AMERICAN IDOL ". SOME OF THE CONTESTANTS REALLY HAVE HEARTWARMING STORIES. AGAIN........WHEELS CRIED. THE GIRL WAS A WRECK ALL NIGHT.

  I WAS PROUD OF MYSELF AS I WORKED OUT TWICE TODAY AND AGAIN.......NO BOOZE.

  I DID SLEEP PRETTY GOOD. I WOKE UP AROUND 6AM WHICH IS DECENT FOR ME. I ALSO LET MY ELDEST IN AT 7AM.

   TUESDAY        3 - 11 - 19

  BIG NEWS FOR EAGLES FANS......DESEAN JACKSON IS BACK. I LIKE THE TRADE BIG TIME.  SADLY , FOLES GOES TO JACKSONVILLE.

  FLYERS WITH A NICE WIN OVER A TEAM THEY SHOULD BEAT. THEY ARE ONLY 3 POINTS OUT OF A PLAY-OFF POSITION BUT...............THEIR SCHEDULE IS PRETTY DAMN TOUGH.

  SLEPT REALLY WELL. SO GOOD MY YOUNGEST PUSHED ME TO WAKE ME UP.  I DO NOT REMEMBER EVERY BEING THAT DEEP IN SLEEP. AGAIN , THIS HEALTH KICK AND NO BOOZE MIGHT BE A DIFFERENCE HERE.

  A FAMILY MEMBER BUYS A WHITE CORVETTE. THE MONEY COULD BUY A HOUSE. I WAS JUST LOOKING AT MINIVANS ON CRAIGSLIST FOR UNDER 1500.

 I DREAMT I WENT BACK TO COLLEGE AT KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY. MY DORM ROOM WAS LOCKED FOR 2+ YEARS. SOME STUDENTS TOLD ME THAT WAS PROBABLY FOR SAFETY REASON AND NONE OF MY STUFF WOULD BE TAKEN. I GET THE DOOR OPEN AND MY ROOM IS THE SIZE OF A SMALL WAREHOUSE. THE PROBLEM IS NOTHING IS IN IT AND THE FLOOR HAS 6 INCHES OF WATER. ALSO , GREEN MOLD ON THE WALLS AND CEILING. IT WAS LIKE A SCENE OUT OF THE MOVIE " JUMANJI ". I SLOSHED AROUND A BIT AND WAS TOTALLY FREAKED OUT.

  I SET UP A SMALL ELECTRICAL SIDE-JOB FOR TOMORROW.

   TAKE A RIDE TO MAKE A BANK DEPOSIT. I RETURN HOME AND TRY TO LOOK FOR A 100' TAPE MEASURE. I SEARCH OUR GARAGE AND ALL MY TOOLS. I EVEN SEARCHED THE NAIL'S FILING CABINETS LATER THAT NIGHT. I REALLY LIKED THAT MEASURING TAPE AND JUST CAN'T FIND IT.

  WHEELS AND I TAKE A WALK AROUND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE BOTH AGREE THIS AREA IS EXCELLENT TO LIVE IN. NOT JUST SCHOOL DISTRICTS , COMMUNITY , LOCATION , AND SUCH BUT THE STREETS ARE SO WIDE AND HARDLY DRIVEN ON. WE CAN WALK DOWN THE STREETS WITH BEAUTIFUL HOMES AND TREES. IT REALLY IS A GOOD SPOT TO LIVE. I ALSO LIKE LIVING 5 MINUTES FROM WORK AND FAMILY.....SO DOES WHEELS.

  OFF TO THE NAIL. I PREP , CLEAN , AND CONTACT BANDS. I AM TRYING TO MOVE AN AFTON SHOW FOR A PRIVATE PARTY. I FRIGGIN' LOVE PRIVATE PARTIES. IT WAS A TOUGH DECISION TO TRY TO MAKE THE CHANGE. HMMMMM.........HIP HOP SHOW OR PRIVATE BIRTHDAY PARTY ?

  BACK HOME I WALK THE PUP AND THAN CHILL WITH WHEELS. WE WATCHED THE FINALE OF  " THE GOOD DOCTOR ". I BELIEVE SHE CRIED AGAIN.

  I HEAD TO BED PRETTY TIRED AND MY LEGS WERE HURTING. I AM STILL FAT.

  ON A SAD NOTE , I SAID GOODBYE TO MY FAVORITE SWEAT SHORTS FOR WORK AND DAILY WEARING. I USED THESE SHORTS FOR EVERY SMALL JOB AT MY HOUSE AND PROPERTIES FOR THE LAST 2+ DECADES. THEY WERE PERFECT FOR CASUAL WEAR TOO. THE SHORTS HAD SO MANY HOLES MY COCK WOULD PEEK OUT ON OCCASION. EVEN MY BALLS WOULD GET OUT TOO ..........ON A DIFFERENT LOCATION OF HOLES. I WILL MISS THEM , ESPECIALLY WHEN WATCHING PORN.

  TUESDAY       3 - 12 - 19

  MY FIRST THREESOME........................

  SO HAPPY CASSIE CHANGED HER MIND AND TOOK BACK COLTON ON " THE BACHELOR " .....OMG !! OMG !! OMG !!! CAN THIS COUPLE BE ON ANY MORE TALK SHOWS ? MY GOD WHAT A WASTE OF TIME.

  OK , MY DAY STARTS WITH THE NORMAL ROUTINE.  I DID THE STAIR TREAD CLIMBER AGAIN AND THIS TIME I WATCHED WSOP POKER PLAYERS BEING COMPETIVE IN CRAZY HANDS. I ALSO LISTENED TO SPORTS TALK RADIO......ALOT GONG ON IN WITH PHILLY TEAMS.  IT REALLY PASSES THE TIME VERY WELL.

  SHOWER AND SHAVE. SEEING MYSELF NAKED CONFUSES ME.

  SIDE JOB TOMORROW. IT WAS MOVED FROM TODAY.

  76ERS WITH A MUST WIN OVER A BAD CLEVELAND TEAM. LOSING TO THE SUCK ASS BULLS THE OTHER NIGHT REALLY HURT. ANYONE SEE EMBIID'S DUNK ?........JEEEEESSSSSSUUUUUUSSSSSSS.

  AT 3:45PM I DRIVE OUR YOUNGEST TO WORK AND THAN I GO TO THE NAIL TO PREP , STOCK , CLEAN , AND FIX STUFF.  I GOT SOME BAND BOOKINGS DONE AND BOOKED A PRIVATE PARTY.

 BACK HOME I HAVE A 3-WAY CONFERENCE CALL WITH 2 COUSINS. IT WAS MY FIRST 3-WAY. THEY WERE GENTLE.  I STARTED A LARGE COUSINS GET TOGETHER PARTY AND ALMOST HAD TO DROP OUT.  I AM SCRAMBLING TO RE-WORK MY SCHEDULE AND WORKERS. WE TALKED ALL DETAILS ABOUT THE PARTY.  FOR ANY FAMILY THAT READS THIS WEBSITE THE PARTY IS SATURDAY MARCH 23RD IN MEDIA ( MORE LIKE SPRINGFIELD ). THIS IS VERY KID FRIENDLY AND STARTS AT 5PM. BRING A SNACK , SIDE DISH , OR DESERT.  ALSO BRING SOME SORT OF BOOZE. MEN WILL DONATE $ TOWARDS THE FOOD AND CHEF ( $5 TO $10 ). THE MAIN DISH IS SMOKED PORK WITH BURGERS AND DOGS FOR THE KIDS.  A PRIVATE FAMILY FACEBOOK PAGE WAS MADE FOR THIS EVENT.

  BACK HOME WHEELS AND I WATCH THE 2 FINAL EPISODES OF " RUSSIAN DOLL ". IT WAS GOOD. IN ANOTHER ROOM WHEELS WATCHES THE FINALE OF " THIS IS US " AND CRIES. I SHOT POOL WITH MY YOUNGEST DOWN THE BASEMENT AND LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. THE POOL PART I CARE ZERO ABOUT THOUGH THE KID IS BECOMING QUITE A LITTLE PLAYER. ANYWAY , IT'S THE BONDING AND TALKING PART I LOVE.

 NO BOOZE AGAIN AND I BELIEVE I DROPPED ABOUT 8 POUNDS IN A WEEK. IT MEANS NOTHING. IT REALLY IS LIKE THROWING A DECK CHAIR OFF THE TITANIC. REALISTICALLY , I NEED TO DROP ANOTHER 40. THIS COULD BE AWFULLY TOUGH GOING SO LONG WITHOUT FUN FOOD , BOOZE , AND CONTINUING THE EXERCISING PART..........BLOW.

 OFF TO BED AND I WATCH THE 2ND HALF OF THE WALKING DEAD. IT WAS VERY GOOD WITH ANOTHER VERY GOOD EVIL CHARACTER. EARLIER I TRIED TO ON-DEMAND THE SHOW BUT WE ARE HAVING MINOR PROBLEMS WITH INTERNET AND TV RIGHT NOW. I SPENT ABOUT 35 MINUTES WITH A VERIZON TECH BUT IT DID NOT SOLVE ANYTHING. TECH WAS NICE THOUGH.

  AGAIN , I SLEPT GOOD UNTIL THE DOG WOKE ME UP BARKING.

 THE OTHER DAY I WAS LEAVING FOR THE NAIL. WHEELS AND THE KIDS ARE MAKING JOKES ABOUT ME FOR BEING A NUDGE. AS I CLOSE THE DOOR TO LEAVE I HEARD AN ERUPTION OF LAUGHTER.......TOO FUNNY.

   WEDNESDAY        3 - 13 - 19

  TESTING , TESTING , TESTING..........1......2.......3 CHICKEN WINGS.

  THE NORMAL ROUTINE NOW INCLUDES TREAD MILLING. WHAT KINDA BLOWS IS WORKING OUT , EATING HEALTHY , AND NOT HAVING ANY BOOZE FOR 10 DAYS AND NOT REALLY SEEING RESULTS. OK.....I LOST 8 POUNDS ( MOSTLY WATER WEIGHT BUT IN MY CASE BEER WEIGHT ) AND I AM SLEEPING BETTER BUT THE LONG ROAD TO THE TUNNEL IS SO FAR AWAY. I AM NOT EVEN AT THE TUNNEL TO EVEN TO SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

  OFF TO A SIDE-JOB TO INSTALL A KITCHEN LIGHT. THE WOMEN WAS VERY POLITE AND IT WAS A QUICK JOB.  THEY HAD THEIR VERY STEEP DRIVEWAY COMPLETELY RE-PAVED SO I ASKED FOR THE CONTRACTOR WHO DID IT. MAY BE WE WILL GET A PRICE.

  THE WEATHER IS CHANGING BUT WE ARE DEFINITELY NOT OUT OF THE WINTER WOODS.  WHEN WALKING WITH WHEELS TODAY WE SAW 2 BRILLIANT RED CARDINALS GOING THROUGH OUR NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATED PARK. THEY REALLY STOOD OUT WITH THE BUSHES STILL IN WINTER MODE AND NOT BLOOMING. I ALSO KNOW WARMER WEATHER IS COMING BECAUSE I SAW SMALL INSECTS OUTSIDE MY DOOR THIS MORNING. MAN , HOW DO THEY KNOW ?

  FIGHTING OUR INTERNET AND ON-DEMAND. I SCHEDULED A TECH FOR TOMORROW. I ALSO LOWERED OUR MONTHLY BILL BY $36.  MAYBE ANOTHER $12 IF WE USE OUR OWN ROUTER........WHICH IS AT THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE.  HMMMMMMMMMM.........MOUNTAIN HOUSE I SAY.

  TRIED WATCHING " THE WALKING DEAD " 3 TIMES BUT OUR ON-DEMAND KEPT FREEZING.....BLOW.

  I LIKE TO SAY WHEELS AND I DID NOT PAY ANYONE TO GET OUR KIDS INTO COLLEGE.  MAN.....THE GUY MADE 25 MILLION DOLLARS DUPING AND FABRICATING THE SYSTEM. HE WAS GETTING HOLLYWOOD STARS AND THEIR SPOILED BIG MONEY KIDS INTO UNIVERSITIES. MY FAVORITES ARE :

- HOLLYWOOD KID GETS INTO COLLEGE ON A FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP. ONE PROBLEM.....HIS HIGH SCHOOL HAD NO FOOTBALL TEAM.

- GIRL GETS IN ON A WATER POLO SCHOLARSHIP. ONE PROBLEM......THE KID NEVER PLAYED WATER POLO AND THE PICTURE THE PARENTS SENT TO THE COLLEGE WAS PHOTO SHOPPED WITH ANOTHER STUDENT/PLAYER.

- 2 GIRLS GET INTO USC. HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY PAID SHADY MONEY TO GET THEM IN. FOR 2 YEARS THEY NEVER WENT TO ONE CLASS.......JUST PARTIED. THE GIRLS WERE SUPER HOT SO I AM OKAY WITH THIS.

- PARENTS PAYING SHADY GUY UP TO A 1/2 MILLION DOLLARS TO GET THEIR KIDS INTO ELITE COLLEGES. ONE CELEBRITY IS THE CHICK FROM THE TV SERIES " FULL HOUSE ".

  SO ALL THIS MADE THE NEWS AND THEY SHOW THE F.B.I. SCREAMING AND CRASHING DOORS INTO THESE HOLLYWOOD ACTOR'S HOMES AT 4AM IN THE MORNING. REALLY ?........THIS IS WHAT THE F.B.I. NEEDS TO DO TO APPREHEND THESE " CRIMINAL " PARENTS ? A FUCKING MAILMAN CAN MAKE A CITIZENS ARREST. HEY F.B.I ?......FUCKING GO FIX SOMETHING ELSE IMPORTANT WILL YA ? THE PEOPLE ARE GUILTY AND SHOULD PAY REPARATIONS BUT SMASHING DOORS DOWN LIKE DRUG DEALERS I SWAY OVER THE TOP.

  I BOOKED A SOLO ACT NAMED " ROCK AND ROLL ". HE CLAIMS HE WILL BRING IN 150+ PEOPLE. HE PERFORMS ON SATURDAY MARCH 30TH. HE HAS NO FACEBOOK ACCOUNT.

  A PUBLISHING COMPANY HAS SHOWN INTEREST IN MY BERMUDA VACATION STORY. SHE READ PAGE ONE AND WE TALKED VIA EMAIL SEVERAL TIMES. SHE REQUESTED THE WHOLE STORY NOW. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN MANY MANY MANY OTHER CONTACTS. I USUALLY GET BLOWN OFF IMMEDIATELY. AT LEAST SHE HAD INTEREST AND IS SUPER POLITE. IT WILL GO NO WHERE BUT STILL IT WAS FUN TO RE-READ THIS PHENOMENAL TRUE STORY FROM YEARS AGO. I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE ALL THAT HAPPENED TO WHEELS AND I.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND MEETS SOME FRIENDS. THEY HAD A LARGE BRAND NEW AIR FRYER FOR ME TO TRY FOR OUR MENU. WE TRIED 4 DIFFERENT WAYS OF COOKING WINGS. UNFORTUNATELY " TIME " WAS THE DOWNFALLEN FACTOR. THE WINGS TASTED OKAY TO GOOD BUT PRESENTATION OF THE FOOD WAS NOT SO GOOD.  IT TAKES US 7 MINUTES OR LESS TO COOK AN ORDER OF FROZEN WINGS BY DEEP FRYER. WITH AN AIR FRYER IT TAKES 21 MINUTES OR MORE. IT IS A DAMN SHAME BUT IT JUST TAKES TOO LONG. I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THESE AIR FRYERS FOR OVER A YEAR NOW AND THAT IS THE ONE MAIN PROBLEM. HEALTHY WISE THEY ARE PERFECT.

 OH.........I FIND OUT TODAY A COUPLE CONCEIVED A KID AT OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THAT KINDA MADE ME FEEL GOOD. ALMOST LIKE A GOD-PARENT.

  AT HOME WHEELS AND I START A NEW NETFLIX SERIES CALLED " SCHITT'S CREEK ". I THOUGHT IT WAS OKAY WITH SOME VERY FAMILIAR ACTORS LIKE EUGENE LEVY ( AND HIS SON DANIEL ) , CATHERIN O'HARA , AND CHRIS ELLIOT.  I WAS SURPRISED IT'S IN ITS 5TH SEASON AND PICKED UP FOR A 6TH.

  OFF TO BED AND CAN'T SLEEP. I WATCH " THE WALKING DEAD " WITH ON-DEMAND AND IT WORKS......GO FIGURE. OH.....IT WAS GOOD.

  THURSDAY       3 - 14 - 19

 IT WAS SUGGESTED TO ME WE DO A $10 COVER CHARGE AND OPEN BAR THE WHOLE NIGHT.  HMMMMMMM......NOT SURE THIS IS QUITE LEGAL.

 ANOTHER MUSIC BAR CLOSES.  THE TROC HAS HAD MANY BANDS COME THROUGH BUT THEY ANNOUNCED THEY ARE CLOSING THEIR DOORS. I KNOW DRUMMERS WILL NOT MISS LOADING-IN UP THOSE 100 STEPS.

  ROUTINE - MAKE LUNCH , DRIVE KID TO SCHOOL , TREADMILL , EAT RABBIT STUFF , DO COMPUTER EMAILING , BLOG , WALK WITH WHEELS , GO TO THE NAIL , AND COME HOME.

  PUSHED IT A LITTLE TODAY WITH THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER. I DECIDED TO WEED OUR GARDENS. THE STORY IS OUR WEEDING COMPANY TOOK 3 1/2 MONTHS TO ARRIVE AND WEED. IT TOOK 10X LONGER WORKING AND THE PRICE WAS $300 HIGHER THAN QUOTED.  TO SAY I WAS PISSED WAS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. I ALSO FOUGHT THE PRICE AND GOT IT BACK DOWN ALMOST TO THE ORIGINAL QUOTE. ANYWAY , I NEVER WANT TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN.

 I WEEDED FOR 90 MINUTES AND MY YOUNGEST HELPED LOAD THE TRASHCANS AND SHE CLEANED OUR OUTDOOR STEPS OF LEAVES. IT WAS A LOVELY BONDING THING.

  LOAD UP OUR ELDEST AND THE KID ROLLS TO THE MOUNTAINS........WITH 20 FRIENDS. OH.......MY........GOD.......I HOPE I DO NOT REGRET THIS.

  WALK WITH WHEELS AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL OUT. WE GO THROUGH OUR NEW PARK AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY PACKED WITH PARENTS AND KIDS.  WE WALK THE VERY WIDE STREETS WITH NO TRAFFIC AND I SEE 3 PIECE OF ASS YOUNG MOMS WITHIN 3 HOUSES OF EACH OTHER. TO ME , THIS MAKES A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE BAND FROM ENGLAND. I DID NOT CANCEL " JUST JAM " BECAUSE MY ANTENNAS WERE TELLING ME THE GUYS FROM ACROSS THE POND MAY NOT SHOW UP.......THEY DIDN'T. NOT A CALL , TEXT , FB MESSAGE , OR EMAIL. THE GOOD THING IS A NEW GROUP OF YOUNG MUSICIANS AND THEIR FRIENDS STOPPED INTO JAM. THE ONE GIRL WAS ADORABLE AND ACTUALLY SANG OKAY. I MAY BE BIAS BECAUSE SHE WAS A PIECE OF ASS.

  BY 10:30PM THE MUSICIANS STARTED LOADING OUT AND SETTLING THEIR CREDIT CARD TABS. I DECIDE TO DO A FULL PREP FOR TOMORROW'S SHOW. THE MAIN THING IS PUTTING UP THE DIVIDING WALLS.......ALWAYS FUN.

  FLYERS GET SMOKED. WASHINGTON IS JUST SO MUCH BETTER.

  AT HOME I WIND DOWN WITH SODA WATER AND SOME CHEESE. OH MY GOD IT WAS AWESOME !! I WENT TO BED DEPRESSED.

  I DREAMT ABOUT DATING A SMOKING HOT ASIAN GIRL. I WAS HAVING TROUBLE CONVINCING FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHE WAS MY GIRLFRIEND.  YOU KNOW , THIS IS NOT FAR FROM REALITY. IF IT EVER HAPPEN..........IT WHICH IT WOULDN'T...........BECAUSE THAT IS REALITY.

  FRIDAY        3 - 15 - 19

  BEAUTIFUL DAYS IN MARCH BUT I'M NOT GETTING SUCKED IN. I'VE SEEN WHAT MOTHER NATURE CAN DO BEFORE IN THIS MONTH.

  DROVE OUR YOUNGEST TO SCHOOL. THE KID JUST AMUSES ME SO MUCH.

  I HIT THE WEEDING AGAIN FOR ANOTHER 90 MINUTES. I AM ABSOLUTELY PISSED AND SURPRISED HOW STRONG THE ROOTS ARE ON THESE PLANTS.  I THOUGHT FOR SURE THEY BE EASY PICKENS SO EARLY IN THIS ALMOST SPRING SEASON. I WAS COMPLETELY WRONG. USING THICKER AND MORE COARSE GLOVES I STRUGGLED TO WEED. I COULD OF GONE 10 TIMES FASTER BUT EVERY WEED HAD ROOTS DUG IN LIKE IT WAS A TREE. I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. AGAIN , MY YOUNGEST HELPED ME LOAD THEM IN THE TRASHCANS.

  AFTER THE RAIN THE WEEDED BEDS LOOKED REALLY GOOD. THE RAIN ALSO WASHED AWAY ALL OUR DIRT LEFT ON THE DRIVEWAY AND STREET WHICH WAS NICE.

 DROVE TO PROSPECT PARK TO HAVE A CAR KEY MADE. WE ONLY HAVE ONE KEY FOR OUR JEEP AND IT MAKES ME VERY NERVOUS. OUR ELDEST LOST THE KEY AT COLLEGE AND I KNOW REPLACING THEM COULD COST UP TO $300. THIS PLACE DID IT FOR $80.

  I MAKE A MISTAKE AND TEXT WHEELS , " I AM 2 MINUTES FROM NICK'S ROAST BEEF. DO YOU WANT ANYTHING ? "  I WAS FIRST IN LINE AT 10:30AM. I GOT LUNCH FOR WHEELS AND OUR YOUNGEST. I GOT NOTHING BECAUSE OF MY STUPID STUPID STUPID DIET.

  I AM SO GLAD I SET-UP THE NIGHT BEFORE FOR TONIGHT'S SHOW. MAN, IT MAKES SUCH A DIFFERENCE. I ARRIVE AND THE ACTS WERE WAITING. OVER 120 TICKETS WERE SOLD TONIGHT. WE HAD A FULL STAFF AND AGAIN WE RAN A SUPER EFFICIENT SHOW.

 WHEELS GOES OUT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND PARTIES BIG TIME.  HEY WHEELS .......HOW YA FEELIN ? GETTING TO OLD FOR THIS HARD PARTYING KID.

  FLYERS BLOW 5 - 2. THIS WILL HURT LOSING 7 - 6.

  76ERS WITH A GOOD WIN.

  I AM NOT A FAN OF OUR HIP HOP NIGHTS BUT ON OCCASION SOME ACTS ARE ACTUALLY OKAY.  I AM ALSO A FAN OF ONE ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL GIRL THAT ATTENDED TONIGHT. SHE WAS TAKING PICTURES WITH SOME PERFORMERS AND I PHOTO BOMBED IT. I ACTUALLY DID THIS SEVERAL TIMES WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE JUST TO MESS WITH THEM.

 COMPLETELY ENTERTAINED WHEN 4 OF MY YOUNGEST FRIENDS STOPPED BY TO GET HER. MY YOUNGEST HELPED ON THE DOOR AND COOKED FOOD ORDERS ALL NIGHT. THAN THEY WENT BACK TO OUR HOUSE TO PLAY.

  CHILL WITH OUR WORKERS AND BOUGHT SOME DRINKS FOR THEM. WE GOT DONE EARLY WHICH WAS FINE WITH ME.

  ROLL HOME AND MY KID'S FRIENDS PERFORM A SONG AND DANCE ROUTINE USING A QUEEN MUSIC. THESE KIDS JUST CRACK ME UP.

  WATCH TV FOR A LITTLE BIT AND THAN OFF TO BED. I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW NICE IT IS TO HAVE A TV REMOTE THAT WORKS. WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING OURS FOR OVER 2 YEARS.

  WHEELS COMES IN AND GOES TO BED PRETTY QUICKLY. SHE WAS FEELING GOOD. I HEAD TO BED AROUND MIDNIGHT.

  SATURDAY      3 - 17 - 19

  I HAD TO DO  IT.

  BASICALLY JUST LAID AROUND TODAY LOOKING FOR STUFF ON TV , SNUGGLING WITH MY YOUNGEST , AND CHILLING WITH THE PUP. I WATCHED A COUPLE OF EPISODES OF " MONK ". I REALLY LIKED THIS SHOW.

  I WAS TIRED FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE WITH A HIP HOP SHOW. THESE SHOWS DRAIN ME. THIS MORNING I LOGGED IN AND SENT MY PAPERWORK TO THE BOOKING AGENCY.

  DRIVE YOUNGEST TO A FRIEND'S HOUSE. I ADORE THE FRIEND. THAN I DRIVE THEM TO A CLOTHING STORE. THEY WANTED TO WALK HOME WHICH I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT.

 ELDEST PARTYING AT THE POCONOS. A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT THIS TOO.

  I HEARD WHEELS USE THE BATHROOM 10 TIMES DURING THE NIGHT AND MORNING. SHE WAS NOT FEELING GOOD.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND MAN THE DOOR ALONG WITH HELPING WITH SOUND.  THE BANDS WERE GREAT , THE FANS WERE GREAT , AND THE BARTENDER WAS GREAT. YEP.....IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT.

  THE BARTENDER AND I RAN A SUPER EFFICIENT SHOW. THE BANDS DID MOST OF THE WORK BUT WE HELPED WITH OTHER STUFF LIKE LOADING , UNLOADING , AND DIRECTING. IT WAS A REALLY GOOD TIME.....BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING ON MY MIND AND I HAD TO DO IT.  HERE IS MY LITTLE SPEECH BETWEEN THE 3RD AND 4TH BANDS THAT CREATED A STANDING OVATION AND A ROAR OF CHEERING:

  " HELLO EVERYONE. MY NAME IS BIG DADDY AND I OWN THE NAIL.  I JUST WANTED TO SAY 2 QUICK THINGS.....ONE IS GOING TO EMBARRASS A PERSON A LITTLE. BUT FIRST - I MUST THANK THE BANDS AND THEIR FANS FOR YOU TRULY ARE THE BACK BONE OF THE NAIL. I AM SO GLAD OUR REGULAR DOORMAN WANTED OFF TONIGHT. IT GAVE ME A CHANCE TO MEET THE BANDS , LISTEN TO THEIR MUSIC , AND MEET ALL OF YOU.  SECOND - TONIGHT IS SPECIAL BECAUSE WE HAVE THE LONGEST TENURED FEMALE BARTENDER HERE AT THE NAIL.  SHE IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME. SHE IS A SINGLE MOM , A FITNESS INSTRUCTOR , AND AS OF TODAY A GRADUATE OF THE POLICE ACADEMY. I AM SO DAMN PROUD OF HER. "

 - THE PLACE ROARS , CHEERS , AND APPLAUSES.  ONE GUY HANDS OUR BARTENDER $20 AND SAYS , " MY MOM WAS A SINGLE MOM AND I KNOW HOW TOUGH IT IS. "

  MY BARTENDER THANKED AND HUGGED ME AT THE END OF THE NIGHT. I WAS SO PROUD OF HER.

   SUNDAY      3 - 17 - 19

  REMEMBERING......................TOUGH NOT TO ON THIS DAY.

  WHEELS AND I DECIDE WE ARE GOING TO VISIT FRIENDS OUT OF STATE.  WE BOOKED A FLIGHT AND USED POINTS. WE WERE QUITE HAPPY WITH OUR ROUND TRIP PRICE FOR 2 PEOPLE WAS $90.

  FLIGHT PRICING - FRONTIER AIRLINES IS BY FAR THE LOWEST OF ALL THE AIRLINES IN PRICING. MOST FLIGHTS WE FOUND WERE $350 ROUND TRIP FOR ONE PERSON. FRONTIER AIRLINE'S PRICE WAS $94.  WOW !!! THAT IS A BIG DIFFERENCE !!! BUT IS IT ??  THIS IS JUST THE PRICE OF THE AIRFARE TICKET. FRONTIER DOES NOT INCLUDE PAYMENTS FOR YOUR SEAT ( $20 EACH WAY ) , YOUR LUGGAGE ( $40 EACH WAY ) , YOUR CARRY-ON ( $20 EACH WAY ) , AND IF YOU LIKE TO " BULK " EVERYTHING TOGETHER ( UP TO $149 ). SO GUESS WHAT.....THEY ARE EXACTLY THE SAME PRICE IF NOT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE OTHER AIRLINE'S PRICES. 

  I GOOGLED REVIEWS FOR FRONTIER AIRLINES. THE BEST ONE WAS:

  -  " NEVER EVER EVER USE FRONTIER. THEY ABSOLUTELY SUCK WITH SUCKING YOU IN WITH SUCK SUCK EXTRA FEES. NEVER EVER USE FRONTIER. THEY SUCK ".

 - MY SECOND FAVORITE WAS , " I RATHER WALK THAN USE FRONTIER "

  DO MY RUNNING TODAY. ARRIVED AT THE NAIL AND PREPPED FOR THE NIGHT.

  TAKE A RIDE TO MY BROTHER'S HOUSE AND FIX A CLOGGED LAUNDRY TUB DRAIN. I USED MY ELECTRIC SNAKE AND CLEARED IT QUITE QUICKLY. THE CULPRIT OF THE CLOG........ A GREEN SCOTCH BRITE DISH SCRUBBY.

  BACK HOME I FIXED A FENCE. I HAD THE PUP OUT WITH ME AND SHE SUNNED WHILE LAYING ON OUR PATIO.

  ELDEST MAKES IT HOME FROM THE MOUNTAINS. SHE HAD 17 FRIENDS VISIT. SHE SAID IT WAS A GOOD TIME.

  WHEELS HAS A DREAM ABOUT US TRYING TO GET INTIMATE. WE KEPT BEING INTERRUPTED IN OUR HOTEL ROOM WHICH HAD PEOPLE GOING THROUGH OUR ROOM TO THE BATHROOM. EVEN AN OLD DOORMAN STOPPED AND TALKED.  YEP.....EVEN IN A DREAM I CAN'T GET ANY.

  76ERS WITH A BIG STATEMENT GAME BEATING THE #1 BUCKS. IT WAS NICE TO SEE. I COULD NOT STAND THE NATIONAL ANNOUNCERS SO I WENT INTO OUR BATHROOM AND LISTENED TO THE FINAL 15 MINUTES WHILE SHOWERING. OUR ANNOUNCERS WERE HILARIOUS.....ARE YOU KIDDING ME !!!!

  FLYERS STICK IT IN THE PENGUINS ASS AGAIN. THE LAST TIME THEY PLAYED WAS OUTDOORS AND THE FLYERS CAME BACK WITH JUST SECONDS LEFT AND WON IT IN OVERTIME. WELL , THEY DID THE SAME THING TONIGHT.  THE ONLY THING THAT SUCKED A LITTLE BIT .......I WAS DRIVING MY ELDEST TO A BAR WHEN ALL OF IT WENT DOWN. THE GOOD THING WAS I HAD IT ON THE RADIO.  THE BAD THING IS THE PENGUINS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFF AND MOST LIKELY WIN THE CUP AGAIN WHILE WE SIT AT HOME AND MISS THE PAYOFFS.

 SHOWER AND LOAD UP AS ALL OF US HEAD OUT TO DINNER.  EIGHT OF US MET AND HAD A WONDERFUL DINNER WITH CONVERSATION , LAUGHS , AND REMEMBERING. THE GIRLS WORE THEIR NECKLACES THAT WERE GIVEN TO THEM FROM THEIR UNCLE. HE MADE THEM OUT OF GOLD COINS THAT HIS FATHER HAD......THEIR GRANDFATHER.....MY FATHER-IN-LAW.........WHEEL'S DAD. THIS IS OUR ONE GET TOGETHER.  HERE IS MY FACEBOOK POST ( LESS 2 PICTURES - ONE WITH WHEELS , MYSELF , AND HER DAD LAUGHING AND THE SECOND WAS A PLAQUE I MADE AND HANGS AT THE NAIL.

 
   " Miss ya ---- My father-in-law was born on April Fool's Day and passed on St. Paddy's Day. Could not of picked a better person to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage on a ski lift at Jack Frost with a flask of brandy.......33 years ago. I asked him 30 feet in the air , " Sir , there could be 2 scenarios here. One - you're going to throw me off this chair lift OR 2 - you and I are going to drink this flask of brandy together. I like to marry your daughter." He turns to me and grabs my neck and says , " Give me that flask son. " So miss this man. ( This memorial plague hangs at The Nail for as long as Wheels and I own it  "

   MONDAY     3 - 18 - 19

 " DAD , I WAS SCARED "....................

  MONDAYS ARE NO FUN , BUT TO ME THEY ARE MY WEEKENDS. SINCE I PRETTY MUCH WORK EVERY WEEKEND MY MONDAYS , TUESDAYS , AND WEDNESDAYS ARE MY WEEKENDS.

  I RE-GLUED BATHROOM FLOOR TILES AND THEIR GROUT LINES ABOUT2 WEEKS AGO. MY GLUE WAS BRIGHT WHITE AND IN THE GROUT LINES WHICH WERE GREY. I ASKED OUR ARTIST YOUNGEST TO MATCH THE GROUT LINES WITH HER PAINTING SKILLS. WHEN I GOT UP THE NEXT MORNING I WAS BLOWN AWAY HOW SHE MATCHED THEM PERFECTLY. THE KID ALSO DID IT AT 11PM AT NIGHT.

  DID A BANK DEPOSIT TODAY AND HIT EVERY KIND OF TRAFFIC JUST 1 MILE FROM OUR HOUSE.

  MONDAY NIGHTS ARE SLOW BUT I BEEN SPLITTING THEM WITH A BARTENDER. THEY ARE ACTUALLY FUN NOW.

  GET AN ESTIMATE IN SECONDS WAS THE AD. I FILLED OUT THE APPLICATION FOR A DRIVEWAY REPAVE AND IT HAS BEEN 2 DAYS.

  TALKED TO A NICE GUY ABOUT PURCHASING AN ARCADE MACHINE. I TALKED TO HIM ONCE AND NO REPLY AFTER THAT. AGAIN , WHY THE FUCK MAKE AN ADVERTISEMENT AND NOT FUCKING RESPOND TO IT ?  I JUST DON'T GET IT.

  THIS NO BEER AND NO BRANDY ABSOLUTELY BLOWS. I WAS ON THE STAIRASS TREADMILL TODAY AND I WAS THINKING , " WHY THE FUCK AM I DOING THIS ? I MEAN I AM OLD , BALD , FAT , AND PEOPLE LOOK AT ME LIKE I SHOULD ROLLED BACK INTO THE OCEAN. DO I REALLY NEED TO BETTER MY LIFE ?"

  I DID USE NEW DOCTOR SCHOLL'S SHOE INSERTS FOR MY SNEAKERS. THESE GEL / FOAM INSERTS WERE GOOD BUT I THOUGHT THEY BE MUCH BETTER.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO DO MY THING.  WEATHER GOT A LITTLE COLDER BUT I DID THE MARQUEE SIGN AND THAN STARTED PREPPING ORDERS FOR THE NAIL AND FOR A COUSINS LARGE PARTY THIS WEEKEND WHICH I ORCHESTRATED.

 I ROLL HOME AND WATCH TV FOR ABOUT 1 HOUR. I GOT TIRED SO OFF TO BED. I FALL ASLEEP PRETTY QUICKLY..............BUT IN ONE HOUR I GET WOKEN UP BY A LITTLE VOICE THAT SAYS , " DAD , SOMEONE IS IN THE HOUSE. "

  AFTER 2 SHOVES I WAKE UP AND MY KID HAS A SLIGHT PANICKED LOOK ON HER FACE.  SHE SAYS , " I THINK THERE IS PEOPLE UPSTAIRS AND I HEAR TALKING ". I QUICKLY MOVE INTO THE KITCHEN AND PUT ON A SWEAT JACKET. I STAND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STEPS AND HEAR VERY LOUD TALKING. I KNOW WHAT IT IS. I SAY TO MY KID , " THIS IS GOING TO BE MY FAULT. WHEN I WAS WORKING OUT I HAD THE RADIO ON SPORTS TALK PRETTY LOUD. I GUESS WHEN I TURNED IT OFF I SET IT ON ALARM AND NOT OFF."  I GO UPSTAIRS AND TURN THE RADIO OFF. WALKING DOWN THE STEPS I SAY , " SO YOU COULDN'T OF TURN THE RADIO OFF ? "  THE KID RESPONDS , " I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMEONE PLAYING IT LOUDLY TO GET US UPSTAIRS SO I WAS SCARED. " I RESPOND , " ALL GOOD KID. YOU MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE.

  TUESDAY       3 - 19 - 19

  NOPE.........I AM NOT " THE DOCTOR " ANYMORE.

  COYOTE SPOTTED IN OUR AREA. KINDA COOL BUT GOT TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE SMALLER PETS.

 DID SOME RUNNING TODAY AFTER MY NORMAL MORNING ROUTINE.  I WALKED THE STAIR TREADMILL WHILE WATCHING FUN WSOP POKER PLAYS BY FAMOUS PLAYERS.

  DRIVE YOUNGEST TO WORK , THAN PICK UP LIQUOR ORDER , THAN STOP AT MY PARENTS TO GET TABLES , AND FINAL STOP WAS A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE FOR A WARMING TRAY. THIS IS WHEN THE FUN STARTS.

 AS I PULL UP MY NEPHEWS ARE PLAYING STREET BASKETBALL WITH A FRIEND.  THEY SEE ME AND THEIR EYES LIGHT UP.......IT'S UNCLE CHRIS TIME.  SO LET'S PLAY THIS OUT.

  - IN MY HEYDAY I WAS A VERY GOOD ATHLETE. I ALWAYS TELL MY KIDS , " NAME THE SPORT AND I EXCELLED IN IT. " WELL , TODAY WAS BASKETBALL. IN HIGH SCHOOL I WAS THE ONLY WHITE KID ( AT 6' 1" ) THAT COULD PALM A BASKETBALL AND EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE.........DUNK A BASKETBALL. YES , I WAS THE WHITE DOCTOR J. DID I EVER TELL YOU I MET DOCTOR J AND GOT ENGAGED AT HIS 30,000TH POINT GAME ? ANYWAY , I COULD JUMP LIKE A RABBIT AND WAS PRETTY DAMN GOOD.

  - SO LET'S FAST FORWARD TO NOW........FAT......BALD........OUT OF SHAPE.........AND FAT. THE NEW MOVIE " DUMBO " WAS ABOUT ME.

 - I GET OUT OF MY 1978 MINIVAN AND BEGIN PLAYING " HORSE " WITH THE 3 KIDS. ACTUALLY WE PLAYED " PIG " BECAUSE I THOUGHT I RUN OUT OF BREATH PLAYING TOO LONG FOR " HORSE ".  THE YOUNGEST KID WINS AND I COME IN LAST. I ABSOLUTELY SUCK ASS IN SHOOTING. I KEPT TELLING THE KIDS , " YOU KNOW , IN MY DAY I WAS REALLY GOOD. " AFTER A 3RD MISSED SHOT IN A ROW MY NEPHEW SAYS , " THAT'S NOT TODAY."

 - WE PLAY ANOTHER GAME AND I LOSE BUT I COME IN 3RD OUT OF 4. I STILL SHOOT HORRIBLE. AGAIN IN MY DAY I WAS REALLY GOOD.

 - OK , THIS IS WHERE THE HEART ATTACK COMES IN. MY BROTHER COMES OUT AND WE DECIDE TO CHALLENGE THE KIDS TO A 2 VS 3 GAME.  I WAS OUT OF BREATH AND SUCKING AIR BOTH GAMES AND MY BROTHER TOOK A SPILL OFF A CURB. WE REALIZE WE ARE NOT IN OUR PRIME ANYMORE. I THINK HE HEARD ME SIGH SEVERAL TIMES MAYBE EVEN A SMALL SNIFFLE OF SADNESS TOO.  BUT , WE DID WIN BOTH GAMES TO TEACH THESE YOUNG WHIPPER SNAPPERS A THING OR TWO.

  I HAD A GOOD TIME BUT WAS SWEATING LIKE A FAT KID IN A SWIMMING POOL. I TALKED WITH ANY NEIGHBOR WALKING BY ( MET ONE NICE LADY WITH AN 11 WEEK OLD PUPPY ). I ASKED AT LEAST 4 DIFFERENT WOMEN IF THEY LIKE TO PLAY 3 ON 3 WITH US BECAUSE WE NEEDED A 6TH PLAYER. 3 LADIES WERE IN THEIR 80'S BUT ONE CHICK JOGGING WAS SUPER HOT AND SHE SAID , " I AM SO BAD AT BASKETBALL " AND GIGGLED. SHE WANTED ME SO BAD. I ALSO ASKED AN OLD LADY TO REF A CALL WHO WAS 10 FEET AWAY WHEN MY NEPHEW FOULED ME. SHE SAID , " I SAW NOTHING " AND JUST KEPT WALKING. I NICKNAMED HER " SCHULTZ ". ( THINK HOGAN'S HEROES )

  I HEAD TO THE NAIL SWEATY , FAT, AND THINKING OF PIZZA. THE ONLY GOOD THING IT WAS 2 WORKOUTS IN ONE DAY. THE NEXT MORNING I WEIGHED MYSELF AND LOST 12 POUNDS. IN THE KITCHEN NAKED , I AM STANDING IN FRONT OF WHEELS ( WHILE SHE WORKS ) LOOKING AT MY BELLY SUCKING IT IN AND OUT LIKE A BALLOON LOSING AIR. I SAY TO HER , " IN MY MIND I AM STILL THAT COLLEGE CAPTAIN SOCCER PLAYER. YOU KNOW THE PICTURE STILL HANGS AT THE NAIL. I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. I CAN SEE MY ANKLES LOOKING STRAIGHT DOWN. I SEE MY TOES AND FEET NO PROBLEM. I FEEL I HAVE A FLAT STOMACH. THAN WHEN NAKED I LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND TURN SIDE WAYS AND I LOOK LIKE ALFRED HITCHCOCK. "  WHEELS LAUGHS AND ALMOST SPITS OUT HER TEA.

  WHERE WAS I. OH , SPEAKING OF WALKING......I WATCHED ANOTHER EPISODE OF " THE WALKING DEAD ".  IT WAS GOOD. IT TOOK ME 30 MINUTES TO FIGURE OUT IT WAS A DREAM SEQUENCE BUT ONE SCENE A MAIN CHARACTER WITH A SWORD FIGHTS KIDS.  THE KIDS DID NOT DO WELL AT ALL.

  WHEELS MAKES ME AVOCADO ON GRAIN TOAST WITH STRAWBERRIES. OH MY GOD IT IS SO DAMN GOOD. OH , WHILE I WAS EATING SHE TELLS ME ABOUT THROWING UP THE NIGHT BEFORE. I LOOK AT HER AND THAN MY FOOD. I LOOK AT HER AND THAN MY FOOD. SHE GOT IT.........AND STARTS LAUGHING AND SAYS , " SORRY."

  AT THE NAIL I DO MY THING. I GOT DONE QUICKLY AND WAIT FOR THE BARTENDER TO COME IN. I TALK TO SOME OF THE POOL PLAYERS.

  BACK HOME I SETTLE IN. THIS NO BEER NO BRANDY THING REALLY REALLY BLOWS. I WATCH THE FLYERS LOSE AND THE 76ERS WIN. WHEELS WATCHES " THIS IS US " IN ANOTHER ROOM.

  I HAVE 2 GLASSES OF RED WINE AND SOME MUNSTER CHEESE WITH ONE HARD PRETZEL. WE BOTH WATCH ANOTHER EPISODE OF " SCHITT'S CREEK ". I HAVE TO ADMIT IT WAS MUCH BETTER THAN EPISODE ONE AND I THINK WE WILL FOLLOW THIS THROUGH.

  OFF TO BED WHERE I SLEPT GOOD. I ONLY WOKE UP TWICE AND REMEMBER PART OF A DREAM.

  DREAM - MY BROTHER-IN-LAW IS IN A BLACK CORVETTE. HE WANTS TO DRIVE ACROSS A STREET THAT HAS A SMALL GULLY OF WATER. I AM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET AT THE TOP OF A RAMP AND TELL HIM TO WAIT. I WANTED TO SEE HOW DEEP THE WATER IN THE GULLY WAS. I START TO WALK DOWN AND HE FLOORS IT. I YELL ," STOP !!! " BUT HE KEEPS GOING. THE CAR GOES RIGHT UNDER THE WATER FOR THE GULLY IS 6 FEET DEEP. I YELL OUT , " WHAT THE FUCK ??!! " THE BLACK CORVETTE COMES UP ON MY SIDE AND UP THE RAMP. THE CAR IS TOO FAR TO THE LEFT AND I TELL HIM TO BACK UP A LITTLE AND MOVE THE CAR RIGHT.  HE BACKS UP ALL THE WAY INTO THE GULLY WATER AND UNDER IT. AGAIN THE CAR CAN NOT BE SEEN. HE COMES FLYING OUT OF THE WATER AND IS STILL TOO FAR LEFT. AGAIN , HE BACKS UP INTO THE WATER AND COMPLETELY SUBMERGES THE CAR. AGAIN HE DRIVES IT UP THE RAMP TOO FAR LEFT TO MAKE IT ALL THE WAY UP............ dream ends.

  WEDNESDAY       3 - 20 - 19

  YOU TELL HIM.............

   I THINK I NEED TO WRITE DOWN WHAT HAPPENS TO ME EACH DAY BECAUSE I AM FORGETTING HALF THE STUFF.  I FEEL THIS IS NOT A GOOD SIGN FOR THE FUTURE.

  A FAMILY MEMBER MIGHT TAKE A VACATION WITH US. THAT COULD BE A GAME CHANGER AND FUN.

  TOOK A RIDE TO THE NAIL IN THE MORNING TO MEET A BEER DELIVERY. THAN I TOOK A RIDE TO A COUSIN'S HOUSE TO DROP OFF THINGS FOR A PARTY FOR THIS SATURDAY.  THIS LITTLE PARTY IS NOW OVER 60 PEOPLE.  THE ONLY THING THAT SUCKS IS THE WEATHER IS NOT LOOKING GOOD. OF COURSE SUNDAY IS PREDICTED TO BE IN THE 60'S.

  ALMOST BOUGHT A USED 4 FOOT HIGH ASTEROIDS 4 IN 1 ARCADE MACHINE. THIS WAS ON CRAIGSLIST. I SEARCHED AND FOUND OUT WALMART SELLS THEM NEW FOR $299.  OVERALL THE REVIEWS WERE VERY GOOD. I DID NOT LIKE THE 3 HOURS TO PUT IT TOGETHER PART THOUGH.  I DO HAVE ONE ARCADE MACHINE THAT IS AT A PERSON'S HOUSE. THE7 MAY OR MAY NOT TRY TO FIX IT. I AM HOPING THE " MAY NOT " AND THAN I WILL GIVE IT SA GO WITH MY NAIL CONNECTIONS.

  OFF TO THE NAIL WHERE I GOT A LOT OF BAND WORK DONE AND FINISHED STOCKING BEER AND BREAKING DOWN BOXES. I ALSO HAD NEW PATRONS COME IN WHO KNEW THE BANDS PLAYING THIS WEEKEND.

  DID MY WEEKLY FACEBOOK BAND POST. WE RECEIVED THE HIGHEST " SHARES " I CAN REMEMBER. LAST I SAW MY POST WAS SHARED 19 TIMES.

  WHEELS AND I VACATION EVERY YEAR WITH OUR COUSINS. WE DO EVERY OTHER YEAR IN ANNAPOLIS AND OCEAN CITY. WE ALSO DO DINNERS WITH COUSINS ABOUT EVERY 3 MONTHS. I HAD TO CANCEL THE LAST 2 BECAUSE OF THE NAIL AND ALWAYS GET RIPPED A NEW ASSHOLE ( JOKINGLY BY THE COUSINS ) . WELL , THIS TIME WHEELS HAS TO CANCEL AND I SAID TO HER ONE THING , " YOU'RE GOING TO CALL COUSIN " T " THIS TIME ".  TWO DAYS LATER WHEELS ASKED IF I COULD CALL HIM. I GAVE HER THE SAME ANSWER. WELP , TODAY I GOT A CALL FROM MY COUSIN ASKING IF WE WERE IN FOR THIS SEASON'S COUSIN VACATION IN WHICH WE ALREADY SAID YES. I HAD TO TELL HIM NO. DAMN......WHEELS GOT OFF THE HOOK.

  BEAUTIFUL GIRL GETS ACCEPTED TO U.C.L.A. ON A SOCCER SCHOLARSHIP. SHE PLAYED 4 YEARS VARSITY ON HER HIGH SCHOOL TEAM AND WAS TEAM CAPTAIN AND THE MVP OF THE LEAGUE ONE YEAR. SHE IS A REALLY GOOD LOOKING KID. JUST ONE THING........THE HIGH SCHOOL HAD NO SOCCER TEAM AND MOMMY AND DADDY PAID OVER $600,000 TO GET THEIR DAUGHTER INTO U.CL.A.  OH.......MY........GOD.

  MOM TORTURES KIDS ON REALITY YOUTUBE SHOW. SHE WAS RECEIVING UP TO 1 MILLION DOLLARS FOR HER KIDS TO RE-ENACT STUPID EVENTS.  IT WAS REALLY POPULAR BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE IDIOTS. THEY AVERAGED A 1/4 MILLION VIEWS A FUCKING DAY ON YOUNG KIDS PLAYING WITH TOYS AND STUFF. IT FUCKING BOGGLES MY MIND. OH, THE MOM WAS LOCKING THE KIDS IN A CLOSET OR NOT FEEDING THEM FOR DAYS IF THEY DID NOT " ACT " CORRECTLY. SHE HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND HER KIDS TAKEN TO CHILD SERVICES. WHAT A F'N WORLD.

  WELP , THAT WAS ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS WITH NBA BASKETBALL. IF YOU WATCHED OUR 76ERS PLAY THE CELTICS IN AN EPIC BATTLE YOU WERE IN FOR A TREAT. 76ERS WERE LOSING THE WHOLE GAME UNTIL BASICALLY THE LAST 2 MINUTES.  EMBIID AND JIMMY " BUCKETS " TOOK OVER. THE LAST SHOT TO SEAL IT BY JIMMY BUTLER WAS AWESOME AS HE FROZE AFTER MAKING THE SHOT FOR ABOUT 5 SECONDS AS HIS TEAM SMOTHERED HIM. THE CROWD WAS OFF THE WALL ELECTRIC. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME WE BEAT BOSTON ALL YEAR.

  ROLL HOME AND WHEELS , MYSELF , AND OUR YOUNGEST WATCH 3 EPISODES OF SCHITT'S CREEK. THEY ARE ONLY 21 MINUTE EPISODES AND I HAVE TO ADMIT IT IS GETTING BETTER. ONE SCENE I LAUGHED OUT LOUD FOR ABOUT A MINUTE.  THE WRITING IS CLEVER. OH , SINCE THERE IS A CURSE WORD IN THE TITLE OF THE SHOW AND OUR YOUNGEST TURNED US ON TO IT WE CALL IT S-CREEK.

  MY RECORD 4 DAYS OF SLEEPING PRETTY GOOD IS DONE. SLEPT HORRIBLY TONIGHT.

  THURSDAY        3 - 21 - 19

  VILLANOVA WINS.....IT CERTAINLY WAS NOT EASY.

  FLYERS WIN TO KEEP THEIR FAINT PLAYOFF HOPES ALIVE.

  PHIL MARTELLI OF SAINT JOES WAS FIRED BY A COLD HEARTLESS AUTOMATED INDUSTRIAL ROBOTIC NEW FEMALE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. ABSOLUTELY A DISGRACE AND DESPICABLE

  TAKE A RIDE TO CENTER CITY WITH MY PARENTS TO VISIT 2 AUNTS AND A COUSIN. WE HAD A NICE LUNCH.

  NOTHING LIKE BEING AWAKENED AT 3AM BY A BARKING DOG.  WHAT WAS MORE FRUSTRATING IT WAS MY KID OUTSIDE. THE DOG BARKED FOR 2 MINUTES UNTIL I GOT UP WITH A LARGE RAMBO KNIFE TO INSPECT.

  A NICE OPEN MIC OR " JUST JAM " TONIGHT. A FAIR AMOUNT OF MUSICIANS SHOWED UP. THE COOLEST WAS WHEN 2 BANDS AND 3 SOLO ACTS ALL PLAYED TOGETHER.

  DRIVE YOUNGEST TO WORK AND THAN GO RIGHT TO THE NAIL AT 4PM. I WAS SO DAMN TIRED. I DID GET A 2ND WIND AROUND 10PM AND DID A FULL SET-UP FOR FRIDAY NIGHT.

 AT HOME I WIND DOWN WITH A SODA WATER AND SOME PEANUTS.

  I END MY DAY WITH MY KID GETTING ANGRY AT ME FOR EATING ONE OF 6 PIECES OF HER MEXICAN TACO SLIDERS. I CAN NOT IMAGINE SAYING THIS TO MY DAD. HE WOULD OF SCOLDED THE SHIT OUT OF ME AND THAN THREW ME THROUGH A WALL.

  FRIDAY          3 - 22 - 19

  WORKED OUT THE LAST 2 DAYS. I EVEN PUSHED BACK A FAMILY LUNCH TO EXERCISE. SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE. I KNOW IT WON'T LAST BUT IT DOES FEEL GOOD. #MISSYOUBRANDY.

  DRIVE KID TO SCHOOL AND THAN TREK TO RESTAURANT DEPOT FOR SOME SUPPLIES. NOTHING LIKE DRIVING TO NORTH PHILLY AT 6:45AM.

  STOP AT THE NAIL TO DROP SUPPLIES OFF. AGAIN , I AM SO GLAD I TOOK THE TIME LAST NIGHT TO SET-UP FOR TONIGHT.

 ROLL HOME TO CHILL A LITTLE BIT. I FIND OUT WHEELS WAS OFFERED TO GO ON A FAMILY CRUISE TO CUBA FROM FLORIDA. YEP..........WHY NOT.

  BACK TO THE NAIL AND I AM UNSURE OF THIS NIGHT. BY 10PM I WAS TEXTING BARTENDERS TO COME IN AND HELP. WE GOT SLAMMED.  WE BOOKED LOCAL COLLEGE BANDS AND LET ME TELL YOU THE NAIL WAS ABSOLUTELY JAMMED PACKED.  ONE OF THE BEST LOOKING CROWDS I REMEMBER.  

 WELP , THERE'S A FIRST. A GUY MAKING OUT WITH 2 VERY HOT GIRLS THAN THE 2 GIRLS MAKING OUT WITH EACH OTHER. I MEAN THEY WERE GOING OUT LIKE RABBITS.  THEY WERE 5 FEET FROM ME AT THE DOOR. I WAS SLIGHTLY ENVIOUS. IT JUST PROVES IF YOU DRESS LIKE A MALE CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE " KINGSMAN : THE SECRET SERVICE " .....YOU GET 2 GIRLS.

  I STOPPED COUNTING UBER CARS PULLING UP OUT FRONT.  IT WAS ACTUALLY GOOD TO SEE KIDS BEING RESPONSIBLE.

  PARENTS THANKING ME FOR RUNNING THE SHOW.......FELT GOOD.

  ROLL HOME AND I HAVE A NIGHTCAP OF GIN ON THE ROCKS AND A BOTTLED WATER. I HAD A SLICE OF MOZZARELLA CHEESE AND 2 PRETZELS. IT IS NOT GOOD TO EAT LATE NIGHT BUT THAT DOUBLE SALAD I HAD FOR DINNER JUST WAS NOT ENOUGH.

 OFF TO BED BY 2AM. UP AT 6AM TO LET THE DOG OUT. TIME TO START ANOTHER DAY.

  SATURDAY        3 - 23 - 19

  OFF TO LOWES TO PURCHASE ALOT OF OUTDOOR LUMBER. WHEELS JOINS ME AND WE STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. 

  BACK HOME I WORK OUT AND MAKE A MISTAKE. I USUALLY WATCH POKER VIDEOS BUT THIS TIME I PLAYED " WARM HOMECOMINGS ".  THIS WAS A BAD MISTAKE BECAUSE GOOGLE POPPED UP VIDEOS OF MILITARY SERVICE MEN COMING HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING BUT ONE PROBLEM......I CRIED THE WHOLE WORKOUT.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO LOAD-IN BANDS. WHEN THE DOORMAN AND BARTENDER ARRIVED I PRETTY MUCH ROLLED OUT.

   I ARRIVE AT A FAMILY FUNCTION I PUT TOGETHER WITH THE HELP OF SOME COUSINS.  OVER 80 FAMILY MEMBERS SHOWED UP. THE CROWN ROYAL FLOWED LIKE THE NILE RIVER. LOTS OF LAUGHS AND GREAT FOOD. WE ALSO DID A FAMILY PICTURE AND IT IS ALL OVER FACEBOOK.

  THE PARTY WAS SO GOOD WHEELS UBERED BACK 2 HOURS LATER. THE COUSINS ROARED WHEN SHE CAME BACK IN.  IT WAS A FUN NIGHT AND WE WERE THE LAST TO LEAVE.

  BACK HOME ( I SHOULDN'T OF DROVE ) VIA BACK ROADS WE BOTH HEAD RIGHT TO BED. I THINK WE HAD SEX BECAUSE CLOTHES WERE ALL OVER MY BEDROOM AND I WOKE UP NAKED.

  SUNDAY     3 - 24 - 19

 " ONE HOUR MY ASS "...............

 " YOU TRICKED ME "..................

  START DAY PRETTY TIRED SINCE I DRANK 3 DIFFERENT KINDS OF CROWN ROYAL ON SATURDAY NIGHT. MY BODY WAS HURTING.

  I HAVE TO MAKE RUNS THIS MORNING SO I DECIDE TO TEXT MY YOUNGEST AT A SLEEPOVER IF SHE NEEDS TO BE PICKED UP. SHE RESPONDS , " YES , GET ME KNOW ".  I DRIVE TO THE WRONG HOUSE FIRST......CRAP.

  I STOP AT MY KID'S FRIENDS HOUSE ( THE RIGHT ONE NOW ) AND WE START TO TALK. AS WE ARE DRIVING I JUMP UP ON THE BLUE ROUTE HIGHWAY. THE KID SAYS WITH A LOW GROAN , " UT OH ".   WE MADE 5 STOPS.....A COUSINS HOUSE TO RETRIEVE ALL THE STUFF I SUPPLIED FROM THE SATURDAY PARTY , MY PARENTS HOUSE TO DROP OFF TABLES , A BROTHER'S HOUSE TO DROP OFF A WARMING TRAY , THE NAIL TO DROP OFF BEER AND BOOZE , AND THAN MCDONALDS FOR BREAKFAST SANDWICHES.

  BACK HOME WHEELS SAYS HELLO AND HUGS HER DAUGHTER. I SAY , " YOU KNOW WHAT IS NICE ? WHEN I PICKED UP OUR DAUGHTER SHE SAID , ' DAD , IF YOU HAVE ANY RUNNING YOU HAVE TO DO I WILL GO WITH YOU '. " WHEELS GIGGLES AND DOES NOT BELIEVE A WORD I SAY ESPECIALLY WHEN MY KID RESPONDS , " HE TRICKED ME. "

  I HAVE 20 PIECES OF OUTDOOR LUMBER IN MY VAN. THEY ARE EACH 8 FEET LONG. I AM NOT SURE I SAID THIS BUT I ASK WHEELS , " DO YOU THINK I SHOULD DO THE STREET PROJECT THIS MORNING ? " SHE RESPONDS YES AND ASKS ME HOW LONG WIT WILL TAKE ? I RESPOND , " ABOUT AN HOUR ? "

  I FIRST FIX A FENCE FOR THE 2ND TIME. IT CAME OUT NICE.

  WHEELS HELPS ME BIG TIME LOAD UP MY VAN WITH TOOLS AND I DRIVE IT DOWN TO OUR  STREET TO UNLOAD EVERYTHING. THAN I PARK MY VAN IN THE DRIVEWAY.  WITH THE PUP , WE BEGIN THE TEDIOUS TASK OF REMOVING ALL OLD ROTTED OUT WOOD BORDERS TO OUR 2 FRONT GARDENS. IT IS A 150 FOOT RUN.  ONE BY ONE WE REPLACE THE OLD TIMBERS AND THAN WE ADDED ANOTHER TIER ON TOP TO THE STREET AND DRIVEWAY BORDERS.  WE FINISH UP AND LOAD THE TOOLS BACK INTO THE VAN.  AS I AM DRIVING UP THE DRIVEWAY I OVER HEAR WHEELS SAY , " ABO0UT AN HOUR MY ASS. " I START LAUGHING.

  I TAKE A NAP FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES. I HAD ZERO TIME. 

  LOAD UP MY VAN AND HEAD TO THE NAIL FOR THE RADIO SHOW. TO SAY IT WAS AN INTERESTING SHOW WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT. WE RAN INTO MAJOR TROUBLE AND STARTED 45 MINUTES LATE , HAD A SURPRISE GUEST , AND HAD THE SELF PROCLAIMED GREATEST SOLO ARTIST EVER.  HIS MUSIC WAS TIMED AND BACK TRACKED WITH BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONY NUMBER 6. YOU CAN HEAR OUR CRITIQUE ON HIS MUSIC. I LIKE TO THANK THE BANDS ROCK AND ROLL , ABORTION SURVIVOR , FLESH OF THE LOTUS , CxTx , EXTINCTION , BELLIGERENT , AND MIDHEAVEN.

 ROLL HOME AND I AM TIRED.  WHEELS AND I WATCH ONE EPISODE OF " SCHITT'S CREEK ". IT WAS GOOD. BY 11PM I COULD NOT KEEP MY EYES OPEN.

  MY YOUNGEST FLOPS ON MY BED AND GROANS " UGHHHHHH ".  THE KID WAS STUDYING WHEN I LEFT FOR THE NAIL AND NOW IT IS 11PM AND STILL DOING HOMEWORK. SHE STILL HAD 2 HOURS MORE. SHE ASKS ME IF SHE CAN HAVE OFF FROM SCHOOL TOMORROW TO CATCH UP. MY MOTTO WITH OUR STRAIGHT A STUDENT......." I ALWAYS SAY YES ".

  OFF TO BED AND DREAMT ABOUT MY COUSIN'S WIFE TELLING ME HOW TO COOK BURGERS AND CHICKEN WITH NO FRYING PANS , POTS , BBQ , GRILL , OR ANYTHING.

  MONDAY        3 - 25 - 19

  IF YOU ONLY KNEW THE PAIN I WENT THROUGH WHEN OUR RADIO SHOW STARTED 13 SEASONS AGO.  HERE ARE SOME :

 - CASSETTE TAPE RECORDINGS.  EDITING WAS A NIGHTMARE AND LASTED 2+ DAYS.

 - RADIO STATIONS WANTED ME TO MAIL THEM COPIES. SO I HAD TO BURN 25 SHOWS OVER A DAY OR SO.

 - GO TO POST OFFICE AND MAIL CD'S TO OUR AFFILIATES. OUR SHOW WAS ALWAYS A WEEK BEHIND.

 - COST MONEY TO MAIL 25 HEAVY ENVELOPES EACH WEEK. PLUS THE TIME TO DRIVE THEM TO A POST OFFICE AND STAND IN LINE.

 - AFFILIATES NOT AIRING OUR SHOW AND NOT TELLING ME. I ONCE DROVE UP THE BLUE ROUTE ABOUT 25 MILES TO LISTEN TO OUR TIME SLOT. I CALLED THE RADIO STATION AND THEY HAVEN'T AIRED OUR SHOW IN MONTHS. THE DJ DIDN'T EVEN KNOW OUR NAME. NOTHING LIKE BEING LIED TOO.

 - SOMETIMES DURING RECORDINGS THE CASSETTE TAPE WAS NOT FLIPPED OVER. WE WOULD LOSE HALF A SHOW.

 - THE AGONY OF EDITING A SINGLE SHOW TOOK 3 - 5 DAYS.

  SO LET'S FAST FORWARD TO TODAY.

 - IN 45 MINUTES I EDITED THE SHOW , UPLOADED TO OUR WEBSITE , AND UPLOADED IT TO GOOGLE DRIVE SO BANDS AND FANS CAN DOWNLOAD IT............45 FRICKIN' MINUTES.........DONE. EACH MONTH I DO THIS AND MY PAIN FROM THE PAST IS SLIGHTLY HEALED.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. WE HAD A VERY GOOD WEEKEND.

  DRIVING BACK HOME I PULL UP TO OUR STREET AND DRIVEWAY. I THINK OUR BORDER WALLS FOR OUR GARDEN CAME OUT NICE. MAYBE EACH YEAR I WILL ADD ONE BORDER TO OUR WALL. IN 15 YEARS I WILL HAVE A WALL BLOCKING OUR HOUSE FROM ANYONE TO SEE. YOU KNOW.......MAKE OUR GARDEN GREAT AGAIN.

  I WORK OUT AND IT DOES FEEL GOOD. I KNOW I LOST WEIGHT BECAUSE I CAN FIT THROUGH AN ATTIC ACCESS PANEL.

  I LOAD UP THE VAN WITH THE PUP AND TAKE A RIDE TO ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES. THE DOG IS ACTING LETHARGIC AND WAS LIMPING A LITTLE.

  WE MAKE GOOD TIME AND SETTLE IN. I BEGIN MY PUNCH LIST AND CLEANING. I ALSO MADE PASTA AND MEATBALLS. I HAD ONE GLASS OF RED WINE ALL NIGHT......BLOW.

  WATCH 76ERS GET SMOKED.......BLOW.

  UP IN OUR ATTIC I CONTINUE TO KILL OFF THE LAST REMAINING FLYING SQUIRRELS IN OUR EASTERN REGION. I REALLY FEEL BAD.

  LAST WEEKEND I SAW 2 HOT GIRLS SUCKING FACE WITH EACH OTHER AND A GUY DRESSED LIKE THE KINGMAN : SECRET SERVICE MOVIE. IT WAS KINDA COOL. I WAS ENVIOUS. I GOOGLE SEARCH FOR A PICTURE OF " 2 GIRLS MAKING OUT WITH A GUY " TO CREATE A HUMOROUS FACEBOOK POST FOR THE NAIL. WELL , UP POPPED A PORN VIDEO.  IT WAS THE BEST VIDEO I EVER SAW.

  OFF TO BED AND THE DOG COMES UPSTAIRS AROUND 5AM. I FIGURED SHE HAD TO PEE SINCE SHE DRANK A TON OF WATER EARLIER IN THE NIGHT. I GO DOWN STAIRS AND SAW A WET CARPET. NOTHING LIKE SOPPING UP PEE AT 5AM. GLAD I HAVE A SHAMPOO MACHINE HERE.

  I COULD NOT GET BACK TO SLEEP. TIME TO START THE DAY AT 5:20AM........BLOW.

   TUESDAY     3 - 26 - 19

  MAN.......IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING.

  DOG PEED IN THE HALLWAY AGAIN. I GUESS LEAVING MY SHAMPOO CARPET MACHINE RIGHT BY THE LAST PEE MADE MY DOG THINK , " WELL , SINCE HE HAS IT OUT I'LL JUST HIT IT AGAIN. "

  DO MY ROUTINE OF BLOGGING AND EMAILING. 

  NOW THE PUNCH LIST : ( ARE YOU F'N KIDDING ME ? )

- LUCKILY I AM EXPERIENCED WITH THE " SLOW DOWN " MENTALITY OF THIS GEOGRAPHICAL AREA I AM IN.  I NEEDED 3 CAR REGISTRATION STICKERS SO LAST YEAR I BROUGHT THE PAPERWORK OF ONE VEHICLE AND THAN TOOK PICTURES OF THE OTHER 2. I DID NOT WANT TO REMOVE THE REGISTRATIONS CARDS FROM OUR VEHICLES SO I TOOK SOME PICS. WELL , THIS YEAR IT DID NOT WORK.  I HAD TO TEXT THE PICTURES TO WHEELS AND THAN SHE EMAILED THEM TO THE OFFICE I WAS AT.  I WAS 2ND IN LINE AND THIS PROCESS TOOK OVER 1 1 /2 HOURS. THE LADY IN FRONT OF ME WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER EITHER FOR SHE WAITED THE SAME TIME PLUS SHE OWED BACK DUES OF OVER $3,000.  2 WOMEN WORKING THE OFFICE AND IT TOOK 1 1/2 HOURS..........UNBELIEVABLE.  ONE WOMAN I TALKED TO WAS SUPER COOL. THE OTHER.....ALL BUSINESS. LAST YEAR I WAS IN AND OUT IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES. I ALSO GOT POOL TAGS WHILE I WAS THERE.  AS I WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE I ASKED FOR A BULK TRASH PERMIT FOR JUNE. THIS WAS A SILLY REQUEST SINCE THE DUMPSTERS DO NOT ARRIVE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. I MEAN WHY SHOULD PERMITS BE AVAILABLE SO FAR OUT ? .........BLOW.

 - BACK HOME THE DOG AND I WALK AROUND THE LAKE , THE HOUSE , AND THE FIRE PIT TO PICK UP TRASH. IT AMAZES ME HOW PEOPLE ARE SO IGNORANT TO MOTHER EARTH AND JUST LITTER EVERYWHERE. I ACTUALLY GOT MY SNEAKERS WET FROM GOING INTO THE EDGES OF A MUDDY LAKE TO RETRIEVE BEER CANS.

 - ADDED A 2ND TRASH BAG AROUND A DRIVEWAY LIGHT POWER STRIP AND CONTROLLER.

 - DOUBLED CHECKED FOR A HIDE A KEY AND MADE A HUGE SCORE AND FOUND 2 OLD PIECES OF SIDING. THIS MAY SOUND LITTLE BUT RENTERS DO SHIT TO OUR SIDING.......BBQ TOO CLOSE , SHOOT PAINTBALLS INTO IT , AND SHOOT ARROWS INTO IT TO NAME A FEW. IMAGINE FUCKING THAT.....SHOOT FUCKING ARROWS AT MY HOUSE !!?? ANYWAY , 2 YEARS AGO I TRIED TO MATCH THE SIDING AND OF COURSE IT WAS DISCONTINUED. I TOOK A PIECE FROM THE BACK OF THE HOUSE TO FIX THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE. I USED A NEW PIECE WHICH DID NOT MATCH THAT WELL TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE WHERE YOU DO NOT SEE IT AS MUCH. NOW.......I CAN REPLACE IT WITH AN ORIGINAL ( WHEN IT GETS WARMER )

 - ORGANIZED EVERY DRAWER AND CABINET. AGAIN.......PEOPLE AMAZE ME. WHO THE FUCK PUTS A PIECE OF SOAP ON TOP OF A TOASTER ?

 - CLEANED OUT A MICROWAVE. I BELIEVE SOMEONE ACTUALLY NUKED A SMALL RODENT IN THERE. MAYBE IT WAS A SMALL FLYING SQUIRREL. WHO LEAVES SHIT LIKE THIS ?

 - TURN ON OUR NEW CEILING FAN AND IT DOESN'T WORK. HMMMMMMM........IT COULD BE 2 THINGS. 1 - THE MOTOR IS DEAD OR 2 - SOMEONE WALKED OUT ON THE BEAM AND FUCKING TURNED IT OFF AT THE PULL STRING.  SO , WHAT DOES FATTY FAT FATTY FATTY FAT FUCK DO ?........I WALK OUT ON THE 11 FOOT HIGH BEAM AND TURN THE CEILING FAN ON.  IN 26 YEARS I NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE. WHO THE FUCK DOES THIS ?

 - SOMEDAY I LIKE TO MAKE MY BERMUDA TRIP STORY INTO A SCREEN PLAY OR MOVIE. I KNOW THIS IS A PIPE DREAM AND I HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF BANGING THE EAGLES CHEERLEADERS ALL AT ONCE BUT TODAY I TALKED WITH A SUPER POLITE SUPER KNOWLEDGEABLE SUPER COOL WOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. SHE CALLED ME AND WE TALKED FOR ALMOST 2 HOURS. WELL , SHE MOSTLY TALKED.  SHE READ MY STORY AND KNEW IT TOP TO BOTTOM. THIS LADY WAS INCREDIBLY KNOWLEDGEABLE ON WRITING , SCREEN PLAYS , AND SUCH. HER COMPANY CONSULTS WRITERS FOR HOLLYWOOD SCRIPTS AND SUCH. IT WAS KINDA COOL HEARING HER TALK. SHE REALLY HAD A WONDERFUL DICTION OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

 - TALKED TO BANDS AND SATURDAY'S ONE MAN BEST SOLO ACT EVER CALLED ROCK & ROLL DECIDED TO MAKE IT A FREE SHOW.  THIS IS GOOD BECAUSE I WAS WORKING BOTH THE DOOR AND BARTENDING. NOW I DON'T HAVE TO DO THE DOOR.

 - RE-DOWNLOADED MY INTERNET POKER PROGRAM. THAT WAS FUN.

 - CHECKED MY TRAPS.....NO FLYING SQUIRRELS.  YEAH !!

 - NOTICED OUR SLIDING DOOR ON THE UPPER BALCONY DECK WAS NOT SLIDING. I SPENT A SHIT LOAD OF TIME TRYING TO MACGYVER IT. I REMOVED THE WHOLE DAMN DOOR AT LEAST 10 FUCKING TIMES. I EVEN INSTALLED A DOOR KNOB SO A PERSON CAN NOW USE 2 HANDS WHEN SLIDING IT TO THE RIGHT. USUALLY JUST ONE HANDLE SLIDES IT......NOT IN MY HOUSE. THIS WILL BE ANOTHER BIG PROJECT WHEN THE WEATHER GETS WARMER.

 - TOOK A RIDE TO PICK UP SOME SUPPLIES AT THE LOCAL FOOD MARKET. EVERYTHING HERE IS ALWAYS 25% OR MORE CHEAPER.

 - CHECKED A VACUUM. EVERY TIME I AM HERE I CHECK BOTH VACUUMS. I WILL DO THE OTHER ONE TOMORROW.

  BY 7PM I WAS TIRED. DURING THE DAY WHILE DOING STUFF I HAD A SHOW ON CALLED " VERY SCARY PEOPLE ". IT WAS HOSTED BY DONNIE WAHLBERG AND THEY DID DOCUMENTARIES ON CHARLES MANSON AND JOHN WAYNE GACY.............MAN WERE THEY COMPLETELY SICK FUCKS.  TO ME GACY WAS WORST THAN MANSON. THIS SICK FUCK HAD EVERYONE FOOLED.

 SETTLED IN AND HAD PASTA AND MEATBALLS FOR DINNER WITH A GLASS OF WINE.  I WAS PRETTY TRIED. I WALKED THE DOG FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES AND SAT DOWN AND SNUGGLED WITH HER. I HAD A SMALL GLASS OF GIN ON ICE , WATCHED HOGAN'S HEROES AND FAMILY GUY , AND WENT TO BED.

  WEDNESDAY     3 - 27 - 19

   DID NOT SLEEP GOOD AND THE PUP DID IT TO ME AGAIN. NOTHING LIKE WALKING DOWN STAIRS AT 5:30AM AND SEEING A LARGE CIGAR ON THE GROUND IN THE HALLWAY.  AHHHH.......WHAT A FUN WAY TO START THE DAY. THE BEST THING WE EVER DONE WAS BRING A CARPET SHAMPOO MACHINE UP HERE. 

  I AM HAPPY TO REPORT FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT DAY NO FLYING SQUIRRELS WERE KILLED BY ME.

  2ND VACUUM COMPLETELY HAD A BROKEN HANDLE. I AM THE KING OF MACGYVER'S AND FIXED IT. IT TOOK ME ABOUT 30 MINUTES BUT IT CAME OUT NICE. I EVEN TESTED IT.

  WALKED PUP AROUND THE LAKE AND PICKED UP TRASH. I JUST DON'T GET PEOPLE LITTERING.  I WAS IN SHORTS AND FLIP FLOPS SO GOING INTO THE WATER'S EDGE TO RETRIEVE BEER CANS AND BOTTLES WAS EASIER.

  DECIDED TO HOOK-UP OUR BLURAY TO ACCESS NETFLIX , AMAZON , AND HULU. I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I PULL THE TV OUT AND RUN THE CONNECTIONS. IN LESS THAN 3 MINUTES EVERY THING IS PERFECT. USING THE TV REMOTE I ACCESS THE INPUT AND SEE THE HOME PAGE OF BLURAY. OK COOL..........NOW TO ACCESS NETFLIX. WAIT ...........WHERE'S THE BLURAY REMOTE ?  I F'N LEFT IT AT HOME.........BLOW.

  TOMORROW - WHEELS IS GOING TO THE PHILLIES OPENER IN THE SUITE. MUST BE NICE. I WILL WATCH IT VIA AN ATLANTA TV STATION HERE.

  WIPED DOWN A WALL WITH 3 STREAKS OF WATER. THIS MAY NOT BE A GOOD THING.

  CRAWLED UNDER OUR FRONT DECK TO RETRIEVE A BASKETBALL AND LONG PIECE OF OUTSIDE CORNER TRIM FOR VINYL SIDING.  HMMMMM......MACGYVER THIS PIECE INTO A ROCK TRENCH TOMORROW ?

 CONTACTED A MOUNTAIN HOUSE RENTER VIA A LINKED-IN WEBSITE. BY DOING THIS I SAVED HER ALMOST $500. SHE WAS SUPER COOL AND WE HAD MANY CONNECTIONS.

 TONIGHT THE PUP WILL SLEEP IN MY ROOM.

  WATCHED THE FLYERS WIN A FUN GAME IN AN OVERTIME SHOOT-OUT. THEY SHOULD OF WON IN OVERTIME BUT THE GOAL WAS DISALLOWED.  THE REPLAY WAS NOT REVIEWABLE. THE YOUNG GOALIE CARTER HART STOPPED ALL 5 SHOOT-OUT ATTEMPTS.  MAN THAT WAS NICE TO SEE. OH , TIME TO CHANGE THAT OVERTIME RULE.

  3RD NIGHT IN A ROW AND I MADE PASTA AND MEATBALLS. THIS TIME MOZZARELLA CHEESE WAS SPRINKLED IN THERE. A GLASS OF RED WINE AND IT WAS GOOD. PLAYED A LITTLE INTERNET POKER TOO.

  SETTLE IN AND WATCH TV AROUND 8PM.  I HAD A SMALL GLASS OF LIME GIN AND A SODA WATER. BY 11PM I WENT UPSTAIRS TO BED WITH THE PUP.  BY 11:30PM I WAS SLEEPING.

   I AM TRYING TO SELL AN USUAL HOME / INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.  ON SUNDAY I HAD 5 RETIRED MEN ENTER THE OPEN HOUSE. ONE GUY KEPT SCRATCHING HIS LEGS AND SAYING , " WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE ?? " HE LOOKED ON HIS LEGS AND SAW SMALL INSECTS ON HIM.  HE SAID , " LET'S GET THE HECK OUT OF HERE. " I AM MORTIFIED AND GO TO MY GARAGE TO GET INSECT SPRAY. THEY LEAVE AND MY NEXT APPOINTMENT IS NOT UNTIL 4 HOURS FROM NOW. SO I SPRAY ALL CARPETS AND TURN ON CEILING FANS , BOX FANS , AND OPEN THE WINDOWS.

  CONTINUED - I WAIT 3 1/2 HOURS AND REMOVE THE FANS AND CLOSE ALL WINDOWS. THE NEXT APPOINTMENT IS AN OLDER GUY NAMED " LES " WHO OWNS A PLUMBING SUPPLY SHOP. HE LIKES THE HOUSE BUT LOVES THE INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX SIDE. HE ASKS IF HE CAN STORE HIS TOOLS HERE AND A GAS TORCH TANK.  WE WALK AROUND AND HE SEEMS LIKE HE IS GOING TO MAKE AN OFFER. HE GIVES ME HIS CARD WITH HIS STORE LOCATION AND ROLLS OUT. HE TELLS ME HE WILL BE IN TOUCH.  AFTER HE LEAVES I DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE OF HIM LEAVING HIS TOOLS HERE SO I LOAD THEM UP AND TAKE THEM TO HIS PLUMBING STORE IN WHICH THE ADDRESS WAS ON THE CARD HE GAVE ME.

  CONTINUED - BEFORE I LEAVE I SEE ACROSS THE STREET OLD ITALIAN GUYS IN SHARP SUITES STANDING OUTSIDE A DELICATESSEN STORE. THEY LOOK IMPORTANT. WHAT WAS WEIRD IS ITALIAN GUYS IN SUPER COOL OLD STYLE CARS WOULD DRIVE UP TO THEM ONTO THE CURB AND GENTLY TOUCH THE STOP SIGN BY THEIR STORE FRONT WITH THE BUMPER OF THEIR CLASSIC CARS. TO ME IT SHOWED A KINDA OF RESPECT.  I WATCH SEVERAL CLASSIC CARS DO THIS. AFTER 10 MINUTES ,  I DECIDE TO DRIVE TO THE PLUMBING STORE.

  CONTINUED - I PULL UP TO THE PLUMBING SUPPLY STORE AND SEE A LOADING DOCK ENTRANCE. I BACK MY VAN UP AND GET OUT. A WORKER ASKS IF HE CAN HELP AND I RECOGNIZE HIM INSTANTLY. I SAY , " HEY CHARLIE MC !! HOW YA BEEN ? " HE REPLIES , " YO CHRIS. GOOD TO SEE YOU !! I'VE BEEN REALLY GOOD. HOW ABOUT YOU ? " I EXPLAIN TO CHARLIE I HAVE HIS BOSS'S TOOLS AND WANT TO DROP THEM OFF. HE SAYS , " DO YOU MEAN LES ? " I REPLY , " YES , THAT'S HIM. HE WAS AT MY HOUSE FOR SALE AND MAY BUY IT. HE LEFT TOOLS BUT I FELT UNCOMFORTABLE LEAVING THEM THERE SO I BROUGHT THEM HERE. HE GAVE ME HIS CARD WITH THIS ADDRESS ON IT. " CHARLIE RESPONDS , " OKAY COOL. HE DOES THAT SOMETIMES. PUT EVERYTHING BEHIND THE DOOR ON THE LEFT. "..........dream ends.

   THURSDAY     3 - 28 - 19

  THAT BOWL IS REALLY CLEAN.  I RUN SOME WATER THROUGH THE BOWL AND HEAT UP SOME PASTA AND MEATBALLS IN IT.  I FINISHED MY DINNER WITH A NICE GLASS OF RED WINE.  I THAN REALIZED WHY THAT BOWL WAS SO REALLY CLEAN SITTING IN THE KITCHEN SINK. YESTERDAY , I LET THE DOG LICK THE BOWL CLEAN AFTER DINNER. I SURE HOPE THE SAYING " DOGS HAVE CLEAN MOUTHS IS TRUE ".

  IT WAS WHEELSTOCK WEATHER SO I HAD TO BE OUTSIDE.

  LOVE BEING HERE BUT I FOUND OUT SOME SERIOUS PROJECTS NEED TO BE DONE NOW.........SLIDER DOOR , LEAK , AND INSTALL FOAM BOARDS IN CRAWL SPACE TO NAME A FEW.

  WHEELS GOT THE QUEEN TREATMENT AT THE PHILLIES GAME.  AN OWNER'S SUITE , OUTRAGEOUS FOOD , SPECIFIC BOOZE FOR HER ( BRANDY ) , THE PHANATIC , BASEBALL CAPS , TAKE HOME FOOD , AND A GREAT GAME. THE ONLY DOWNER WAS DRIVING TO AND FROM THE GAME. #TRAFFICBLOWS.

  FINALLY MY FIRST DEER. SITTING DOING COMPUTER WORK I SEE 2 DEER WALK RIGHT ACROSS OUR DECK STEPS. I TOOK A PICTURE AND POSTED IT ON FACEBOOK. IN FACT , THERE ARE 5 DIFFERENT POSTS I MADE IN THE LAST 3 DAYS. MY BROTHERS , FAMILY , AND FRIENDS ALL HAD SOME NICE COMMENTS......MOSTLY NICE.

  TWO HOURS BEFORE THE PHILLIES GAME I DECIDE IT BE SMART TO DIG A FRENCH DRAIN. MY PIC AXE BROKE MORE THAN HALFWAY INTO IT. I WAS SO OUT OF BREATH. IT WAS A SERIOUS WORKOUT. I KEPT HAVING TO STOP BECAUSE I AM FAT. I WANTED TO SEE THE OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE PHILLIES GAME. I KEPT PEEKING IN TO CHECK IT OUT. I WAS LUCKY THAT A LOCAL STATION AIRED THE GAME WITH OUR ANNOUNCERS. BIG OPENING DAY WIN.  ANYWAY , I DUG A TRENCH , LAID PIPE , FILLED WITH ROCKS , COVERED IT WITH DIRT , AND DROVE MY VAN OVER IT 30 TIMES.  THE BAD THING......I MAY WANT TO CHANGE OUT THE PLASTIC PIPING TO PVC PIPING NEXT TIME I COME HERE.

 WENT UNDER THE CRAWL SPACE AND FORGOT WE GOT A FAIR AMOUNT OF STUFF OUT OF THERE. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS INSULATION HANGING DOWN. ANOTHER PROJECT WILL BE SECURING INSULATING FOAM BOARD UNDERNEATH. ANOTHER PROJECT NEXT TIME I COME HERE.......UGH.

  WALK THE 3 ROOVES AND LEAF BLOW THEM. I NOTICED A LEAK BY OUR CHURCH PEW IN THE MAIN ROOM. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS THE MASTER BATHROOM TOILET. IT ENDS UP IT'S THE EDGING ON THE ROOF. I WENT INSIDE OUR ATTIC TO SEE THE LEAK AND DETERMINED THIS WILL BE ANOTHER PROJECT DOWN THE ROAD. REPLACE NEW EDGE CAPPING AND MUCK.......UGH.

  OH , I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THERE HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY NO MOVEMENT ON MY ATTIC TRAPS. 5 STRAIGHT DAYS WITHOUT KILLING A FLYING SQUIRREL. SO THERE ARE 2 SCENARIOS HERE. 1 - THEY FINALLY FIGURED OUT TO MOVE TO ANOTHER HOME OR 2 - I KILLED THEM ALL.

  I STARTED CLEANING TOO. GOT MANY BEDROOMS DONE , DISHES ( INCLUDING THE ONES THE DOG LICKED ) , MUDROOM , AND 3 BATHROOMS. FIGURE I GET SOME THINGS DONE BEFORE ROLLING OUT TOMORROW.

  I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT WAS 8PM BY THE TIME I SAT DOWN. I WATCH THE 76ERS WIN ALONG WITH 2 GLASSES OF LIME GIN AND SOME MOZZARELLA CHEESE.

  OFF TO BED AND FORCED THE PUP TO COME UPSTAIRS WITH ME AGAIN. I WAS HOPING THE DOG WOULD LAY ON THE FLOOR. BUT WITHIN SECONDS SHE JUMPED ON THE BED. HEY......A WARM BODY IS A WARM BODY.

  MY NEIGHBORS DROVE UP AND SAW ME PEEING ON OUR PROPERTY. THAT WAS EMBARRASSING. I REALLY WANTED TO STOP OVER THEIR HOUSE AND SEE ALL THE WORK THEY DID AND MAYBE EVEN HAVE A DRINK. BUT , THEM SEEING MY COCK WAS A DEAL BREAKER.

  EVERYWHERE I TURN I AM CLEANING OR ORGANIZING OR FIXING OR SEEING SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED.

  OFF TO BED WITH THE PUP TO WATCH THE END OF HOGAN'S HEROES AND THAN 10 MINUTES OF FAMILY GUY. I JUST GET SO TIRED BY 11:10PM.

  FORGOT A DREAM WITH A FRIEND NAMED MIKEY H. DAMN IT ......IT WAS A GOOD ONE.

  FRIDAY      3 - 29 - 19

  BEAUTIFUL HERE AND I DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE. I GOT ALOT DONE BUT HAVE OTHER PROJECTS I REALLY LIKE TO DO. MY DILEMMA.........COME BACK HERE FOR ANOTHER WEEK AND LEAVE TOMORROW.  I MENTIONED THIS TO WHEELS AND SHE LAUGHS AND SAYS , " WHY NOT ? ".   HMMMMMMMMMMMM. 

  MAKE GOOD TIME BUT HAD 2 STOPS. I PICK UP MY BROTHER-IN-LAW AND THAN HEAD TO GOOMBAS PIZZERIA. MY COUSIN HOOKED ME UP WITH 4 VERY LARGE HOAGIES......2 OLE ITALIANO , 1 GODFATHER , 1 CHICKEN CUTLET ALA RABE , AND 1 LARGE BAG OF ITALIAN HOAGIE CHIPS ( HIS NAME ON THE BAG ASSOCIATED WITH PRIMO HOAGIES ).  I POSTED A FACEBOOK PICTURE OF MY BROTHER-IN-LAW WITH NELLIE IN FRONT OF HIS GOOMBA'S PIZZERIA SIGN.

  I GO A DIFFERENT WAY FROM THE PIZZERIA AND MAKE GREAT TIME. I  HAVE BEEN HERE 10 TIMES AND JUST FIGURED OUT THIS WAY.....UGH. AT HOME WE UNLOAD AND WHEELS JOINS US FOR LUNCH. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT.

 MY ELDEST SAYS I POST WAY TOO MUCH THIS WEEK ON FACEBOOK. THE BET WAS OVER/UNDER 8 TIMES. I WON.......IT WAS 7. SHE NOW HAS TO WORK A FREE SHIFT AT THE NAIL.

  SETTLE IN AND I TAKE A NAP. THE FOOD JUST KNOCKED ME OUT.

  SHOWER AND HEAD TO A CHILI'S RESTAURANT WITH THE FAMILY FOR MY BROTHER-IN-LAW'S BIRTHDAY. THE FOOD WAS GOOD AND WE GOT HOOKED UP SINCE WE KNEW 3 WORKERS. OUR WAITRESS IS A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF OUR ELDEST. THE WORKERS ( WHICH WE KNEW 3 ) SANG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO.

  I HEAD TO THE NAIL BUT DROP OFF MY ELDEST AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE IN HAVERTOWN.

  AT THE NAIL I SETTLE UP EVERYTHING AFTER BEING GONE A WEEK. WHEN THERE IS NO BANDS THIS PLACE IS SLOW. THE NAIL HAS BEEN LIKE THIS FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER.

  ROLL HOME AND HANG OUT WITH EVERYONE FOR A LITTLE BIT. THEY ALL GO TO BED AROUND 11PM BUT FOR SOME REASON I STAY UP. I DECIDE TO WATCH AN EPISODE OF THE WALKING DEAD. THIS COULD OF BEEN ONE OF THE BEST EPISODES I HAVE SEEN YET.

  OFF TO BED AND DO NOT SLEEP THE BEST.........DAMN IT.

 SATURDAY      3 - 30 - 19

  LIVE AND LEARN AND HOPEFULLY THIS SOLO ACT LEARNED. TO PROMISE A VENUE HE BRING 150 PEOPLE IS A NO-NO IN ANY BUSINESS.  I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER.  LUCKILY MY ANTENNAS KNEW.

  TOO NICE OF WEATHER NOT TO DO SOMETHING OUTSIDE. SO I SEMI-ORGANIZED OUR GARAGE. WE THREW SOME BIKES AND TOOLS OUT. NEIGHBORS PICKED THEM UP ALREADY. THE ONLY THING THAT GOT THROWN OUT THAT I STILL WANTED WAS A HEDGE CLIPPER. NOT SURE HOW THAT GOT IN MY TRASH PILE. AFTER ABOUT 2 HOURS I HAD ENOUGH. WHEELS AND HER BROTHER HELPED TOO.

  FLYERS AT 1PM......BLOW.

  PHILLIES AT 4PM.....YEAH !!  HARPER'S FIRST HIT IS A MONSTER HOME RUN. MAN DID THE CROWD GO NUTS. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE AND THE PHILLIES WON AGAIN ON OFFENSE AND CRAPPY BULLPEN PITCHING. THIS MIGHT BE THE THEME ALL YEAR.........SCORE AT LEAST 7 RUNS AND WIN.

  MOTHER-IN-LAW BUYS PIZZA FOR EVERYONE. WE CHILL AND I HEAD TO THE NAIL

  I ARRIVE AND DO MY THING. I PREP AND LOAD-IN THE SOLO ACT CLAIMING REPEATEDLY HE WOULD PACKED THE PLACE. BY 9PM NOT ONE PERSON CAME TO SEE HIM. I DECIDED TO CLOSE AND ROLL BACK HOME BY 9:30PM. I EVEN GAVE A RIDE TO A PATRON WALKING UP TO THE FRONT DOOR TO HYKELS.

  BACK HOME WE WATCH IMPRACTICAL JOKERS AND 2 EPISODES OF SCHITT'S CREEK. THEY WERE GOOD.

   OFF TO BED BY 11:30PM AND I WAS PRETTY BEAT. AT 2AM THE DOG FREAKS OUT. I TOSS AND TURN UNTIL 3AM. IT IS NOW 4AM AND I WILL TRY TO GO BACK TO BED. THE CULPRIT MAKING OUR DOG BARK.....OUR ELDEST COMING IN. I TALKED TO HER BRIEFLY.

  I HAD A WONDERFUL WEEK IN THE POCONOS. HOPEFULLY I WILL DO IT AGAIN REAL SOON.

  SUNDAY      3 - 31 - 19

  CRAIGSLIST STRIKES AGAIN................

  THIS WAS A VERY GOOD DAY AND NIGHT........WITH WHEELS.

  START DAY BY GETTING UP EARLY. YEAH.....WHAT'S NEW ?  MY BROTHER-IN-LAW AND I TAKE A RIDE TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I SHOULDA DID THIS LAST NIGHT BUT I WANTED OUTTA THERE BECAUSE OF THE SOLO ACT WHO PROMISED TO " PACK " THE PLACE. HE BROUGHT ZERO PEOPLE. ANYWAY , WE GOT EVERYTHING DONE IN 30 MINUTES.

  STOP AT D.M.I. HOME SUPPLY AND LOWE'S FOR SOME SUPPLIES.

  BACK HOME WHEELS HAS BREAKFAST FOR US. AFTER EATING WE LOAD UP 2 VEHICLES.  TAKE A RIDE TO ALLENTOWN TO RETURN MY BROTHER-IN-LAW HOME. THE COOL THING IS I BROUGHT WALKIE-TALKIES SO WHEELS AND I COULD TALK AND USE EACH OTHER WITH TRAFFIC. THEY REALLY COME IN HANDY AND FUN TO USE. PLUS....THEY MAKE THE TIME GO SO FAST.

  ARRIVE AT THE HOUSE IN WHICH I LOVE. WE UNLOAD AND CHILL FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. I DO KINDA BUM OUT WE DID NOT BRING THE PUP.

  I CONTACT A GUY VIA CRAIGSLIST FOR 4 X 8 SHEETS OF INSULATING FOAM. THE PRICE RANGE FOR THESE ARE A LITTLE EXPENSIVE. FOR 1/2 " THICK THEY ARE ABOUT $10 A SHEET. FOR 3" INCH THICK THEY RUN ABOUT $50 A SHEET.  WELL , THIS GUY HAD 3" THICK FOAM BOARDS FOR $5 EACH. NOW THAT IS A FRIGGIN' DEAL. THE DRIVE IS ONLY 20 MINUTES FROM JACK FROST / BIG BOULDER SO WHEELS AND I ROLL TO IT.

  OF COURSE THERE IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM. G.P.S FLIPPED US AROUND 5 TIMES , I WAS LOW ON GAS , AND THE GUY'S MAIN ROAD TO HIS HOUSE WAS CLOSED DUE TO A MUD SLIDE 2 YEARS AGO.......2.......F'N......YEARS......AGO. YEP......WOULDA BEEN NICE TO KNOW THAT DETAIL. WE CALL HIM TWICE AND GET LOST TWICE. WE ARRIVE AND WE HAVE A PROBLEM RIGHT AWAY. I WANTED 10 SHEETS BUT THEY ARE TOO THICK. WE CAN ONLY GET 4 IN THE VAN AND 2 MORE WE HAD TO CUT IN HALF WITH A BORROWED SAWZ SAW.  HE HANDED ME THE SAW WITHOUT A GLITCH. HOW DID HE KNOW I KNEW HOW TO HANDLE BIG TOOLS?

  SO WE ROLL AND IT COSTS $30 FOR 6 FOAM BOARDS. THIS IS A REMARKABLE DEAL ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE $50 EACH. I CAN'T CLOSE THE VAN HATCH SO WE JUST HIGHTAIL IT HOME. WE DID SEE A TRUCK AND TRAILER JACK KNIFE ON A HIGHWAY. POOR BASTARD WAS DOWN A SMALL DITCH SIDEWAYS. THAT HAD TO SO BLOW.

 BACK HOME I UNLOAD THE BOARDS WHILE WHEELS ORGANIZES THE HOUSE. THE LAST RENTERS LEFT BEER , CIGARETTES , SOME LIGHT TRASH , AND $4 IN CHANGE.  THE HOUSE WAS LEFT OKAY BUT NOT THE BEST.

  WE TAKE A RIDE TO CHARLIE WEAVER'S RESTAURANT. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL WAITRESS NAMED " MIKE " WHO IS PRETTY FUNNY AND COOL. YES SHE HAS A GUY'S NAME.  WE ACTUALLY TALKED " THE WALKING DEAD " FINALE WHICH WAS TONIGHT AND SHE SAT AT OUR TABLE FOR A LITTLE BIT. WE HAD ALL KINDS OF GOOD FOOD LIKE HONEY GLAZED SHRIMP ( EXCELLENT ) , TOMATO & SHARP CHEESE SALAD , NEW YORK STRIP STEAK , FLOUNDER, MASH POTATOES WITH GRAVY , BRUSSELS SPROUTS ( WHICH I DO NOT LIKE BUT THESE WERE VERY GOOD ) , MIXED GREEN BEANS , AND BREAD. WE ALSO BROUGHT OUR OWN RED WINE. TOTAL COST FOR THIS WONDERFUL MEAL......$58.

  STOP AT OUR LOCAL MARKET FOR SOME SUPPLIES. I MESS WITH AN ADORABLE CASHIER GIRL. I KNEW WHAT SHE WAS THINKING BY HER BODY LANGUAGE SO I LEAN OVER AND WHISPER , " I KNOW WHAT YOUR THINKING..........I SOOOOO WANT MY SHIFT TO END. " SHE BEGINS TO GIGGLE AND CONFIRMS WITH A NOD. SHE SAYS , " SO TRUE. I GET OFF AT 9PM. " I TELL HER , " HEY , WE ALL HAD TO DO IT.  HANG IN THERE. "

  STOP AT A LOCAL DOLLAR STORE FOR SUPPLIES. I TALK TO A CASHIER AND TELL HER , " WE CAME IN FOR JUST ONE BOTTLE OF DISHWASHING LIQUID ". WE HAD LIKE 30 THINGS. SHE GIGGLES AND SAYS , " THAT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME HERE. MY HUSBAND JUST CAME IN AND BOUGHT 10 THINGS MORE THAN HE WANTED. " I REPLY , " SINCE YOU WORK AT THIS DOLLAR STORE , DOES YOUR HUSBAND GET A DISCOUNT AND EVERYTHING IS 80 CENTS ? " SHE GIGGLES.

  BACK HOME WE UNLOAD AND DECIDE TO VISIT OUR NEIGHBOR BEHIND US. WE WALK OVER AND TALK FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES. THEY WERE VERY COOL.  HE IS DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB REMODELING THE ENTIRE HOUSE.

  BACK HOME WE WIND DOWN WITH SOME DRINKS. I AM SO CLOSE TO DRINKING BRANDY BUT I STICK WITH LIME GIN.

  PHILLIES WIN AGAIN AND SWEEP THE BRAVES. HARPER HOMERS AGAIN. IT IS SO FUN TO SEE THEM SCORE RUNS. PHILLIES WIN 5 - 1.

 FLYERS LOSE AND I DID NOT EVEN KNOW THEY WERE PLAYING.

  I WATCHED SOME OF AMERICAN IDOL WHICH IS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD.  BUT THE MAIN SHOW I WATCHED WAS THE SEASON FINALE OF " THE WALKING DEAD ". I WAS VERY  DISAPPOINTED IN IT.

  BY 11:30PM WE HEAD TO BED. I HAD AN ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL TIME WITH WHEELS TODAY.

   MONDAY       4 - 1 - 19    ( HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY MAN )

 I AM REALLY HOPING WHEELS AND I CAN DO THIS GETTING AWAY STUFF IN THE FUTURE. WITH THE KIDS GETTING OLDER IT WILL GIVE US TIME TO ENJOY OUR PROPERTIES.  TODAY WAS JUST ANOTHER REALLY COOL TIME CHILLING OUT WITH WHEELS.

  BUT , THERE IS ALWAYS A PUNCHLIST. WHEELS WORKS FROM HOME SO I GIVE HER SPACE AND MOVE UPSTAIRS & OUTSIDE TO DO PROJECTS. HERE THEY ARE :

 - INSTALLED A TV MOUNT ON A WALL. IT WAS FUNNY I GAVE WHEELS 3 OPTIONS. THE EASIEST WAS REPLACING HER BEDROOM TV WITH A LARGER ONE AND JUST SIT IT ON A CLOTHES DRAWER FURNITURE OR INSTALLING 1 OF 2 TV WALL MOUNTS. OF COURSE , I KNEW SHE PICK THE TV MOUNT. IT TOOK ME ALMOST 2 HOURS TO FINALLY INSTALL THE TV MOUNT , RUN THE CABLE LINES , AND MOUNT THE TV. GEE, THE CABLE LINE WAS TOO SHORT WHEN MOVING HIGH ON A WALL SO I HAD TO TAKE A CABLE LINE FROM ANOTHER BEDROOM AND FLIP THEM OUT. WHEN ALL SAID AND DONE IT DID COME OUT REALLY NICE. HAVING NO RACKET SET DID SUCK.

 OH MY GOD - I AM UPSTAIRS AND I ASK WHEELS TO THROW 2 SCREWS UP TO ME FROM THE FIRST FLOOR. AFTER 15 ATTEMPTS SHE GOT ME BOTH SCREWS. IT WAS HILARIOUS AND WHEELS IS CRYING LAUGHING THROWING 2 STUPID SCREWS UP TO ME. THROW AFTER THROW ARE HITTING THE WALLS WAY TOO LOW FOR ME TO CATCH. SHE WAS CRYING LAUGHING. LATER I CALLED MY YOUNGEST AND SAID , " HOW MANY TIMES DID IT TAKE FOR MOMMY TO THROW 2 SCREWS UP TO ME ON THE 2ND FLOOR HALLWAY ? " SHE RESPONDS , " 8 ? " I SAID, " HIGHER " SHE REPONDS " 15 ? " I REPLY , " HIGHER ". THE KID STARTS LAUGHING WHEN I SAID " 20 ".  THE FUNNY THING IS I HOLD BOTH MY HANDS ON THE CEILING AND SAY TO WHEELS , " OKAY , THROW THE SCREW WAY UP HERE TO MY HANDS ON THE CEILING. SHE THROWS AND THE SCREW HITS THE WALL ABOUT 4 FEET BELOW ME. SHE STARTS ROARING LAUGHING. THESE ARE ALWAYS FUN TIMES.

 - FIXED A LOOSE TOWEL BAR. TOOK ME OVER 30 MINUTES TO FIND THE RIGHT ALLEN WRENCH.  IT ENDS UP A SMALL SCREW DRIVER WORKED BEST.

 - REPLACED A DOORKNOB I INSTALLED ON A SLIDING DOOR TO THE UPSTAIRS BALCONY DECK. I USED A HANDLE AND IT WORKS NICE. UNFORTUNATELY , I THINK I NEED TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE DOOR OR AT THE VERY LEAST SECURE THE BOTTOM PLATE.

 - PUT 2ND TV BACK TOGETHER AND TAPED LINES TOGETHER. I DID THE SAME THING WITH THE NEW TV MOUNT.

 - MOVE OUTSIDE TO DIG UP THE NEW FRENCH DRAIN. I WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THE PIPING I USED SO I REPLACED THE WHOLE TRENCH WITH PVC PIPES. THIS WAS NOT FUN. I STARTED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. IN THE END I USED MY VAN AS A STEAM ROLLER TO FLATTEN DOWN THE NEW TRENCH. OF COURSE , I HIT THE BACK STEPS AND DAMAGED THE FIRST STEP. JESUS H. !!!! CAN I GET  A BREAK ??!!

 - FIX DAMAGED STEP.

  LATE AFTERNOON WHEELS AND I DID DO OTHER SMALLER PROJECTS.

  FOR THE FIRST TIME WE SAW 3 BLUE HERONS. IT'S ALWAYS ONE STORK HERE BUT TODAY WE SAW 3. WE ASSUME THE MALE STORK FOUND SOME ASS AND THEY HAD A KID....UNLESS THEY ARE DOING A THREESOME.

 STORKS HAVE REMARKABLE EYE SIGHT. THE PREHISTORIC BIRD IS AT THE LAKE CLOSEST TO US. I QUIETLY MOVE OUTSIDE TO TAKE A PICTURE. I DID THIS TWICE. BOTH F'N TIMES THE DAMN STORK SAW ME AND FLEW AWAY.

 FOR THE FIRST TIME I SAW A STORK SHOOT HIS HEAD INTO THE WATER TO SNATCH A FISH.....KINDA COOL.

 WHEELS DRIVES TO GET OUR FAVORITE PIZZA AND HOAGIES. BACK HOME WE CHILL AND WATCH TV. I HAVE 2 AMSTEL LIGHTS. IT WAS VERY NICE.

  2 GIRL MODELS WERE TAKING PICTURES AT OUR FIRE PIT. I ASKED WHEELS , " I LIKE TO GO OUT THERE AND SCREAM AT THEM , ' GET OFF OUR PROPERTY !!! ' " WHEELS REPLIES , " OKAY. " I OPEN THE DOOR TO GO OUT AND WHEELS YELLS , " YES MEANS NO !! COME INSIDE !! AND LEAVE THEM ALONE. "

  A VERY LOCAL ARDMORE BAR IS TRYING TO SELL. YEP.......ANOTHER ONE GOING DOWN OR HAD ENOUGH.

  TIMES SURE FLIES. IT WAS 7PM ALREADY. WE WATCH THE 76ERS GET BLOWN OUT , AMERICAN IDOL , SCHITT'S CREEK , AND LETTER KENNY.  ALL WERE GOOD ( EXCEPT THE 76ERS ). THE COMMERCIALS ON HULU ABSOLUTELY BLOW. ALSO , WITH THE TV SITCOM LETTER KENNY YOU MUST USE THE WORD CAPTIONS BECAUSE THEY TALK SO DAMN FAST.

  HAPPY TO REPORT NO FLYING SQUIRRELS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN 8 STRAIGHT DAYS. I HOPE THIS STREAKS CONTINUES.

 A GLASS OF WINE FOR ME AND A SNIFTER OF BRANDY FOR WHEELS TO END THE NIGHT. I DID SMELL THE WONDERFUL AROMA OF THE BRANDY AS I WAS DELIVERING IT TO WHEELS. I WAS SURPRISED I DID NOT TOTALLY MISS IT. IT DID SMELL SUPER SUGARY SO MAYBE THAT REMINDED ME OF MY SUGAR HEADACHES.

 I POSTED A FACEBOOK MEMORY PICTURE OF MY FATHER-IN-LAW. TODAY WAS HIS BIRTHDAY.

  TUESDAY       4 - 2 - 19

 FIX ONE THING....ANOTHER BREAKS. THE STORY OF MY LIFE.

  SAW 6 DEER THIS MORNING ALONG WITH OUR 3 STORKS AND A SQUAD OF CANADIAN GEESE LANDING IN THE LAKE......PRETTY COOL.

 THE 4' X 8' BY 3 INCH THICK FOAM BOARDS I PURCHASED FOR 5 BUCKS EACH WERE ABOUT TO BE INSTALLED.........OH MY GOD.  HERE IS THE PROCESS FROM A FAT GUY.

 - START MORNING BY PREPPING TOOLS FOR THE CRAWL SPACE JOB. I QUICKLY FIND OUT THAT MY WASHERS ARE SLIGHTLY TOO SMALL FOR MY 4" SCREWS. I BEGIN TO HAND SCREW THE WASHERS AND REALIZE IT IS TAKING WAY TOO DAMN LONG. I USES MY SCREW GUN AND IT WORKS MUCH QUICKER. I PREP 100 SCREWS WITH WASHERS.

 - MOVE TOOLS , TARP , EXTENSION CORDS , DROP LIGHTS , AND LARGE FOAM BOARDS OFF THE DECK NEAR THE CRAWL SPACE ENTRANCE.

 - USING A CIRCULAR SAW I CUT THE BOARDS IN HALF LENGTHWAYS SINCE THEY ARE TOO WIDE TO GO UNDERNEATH AS A FULL PIECE.  THOUSANDS OF FOAMS PARTICLES FLY ALL OVER THE PLACE INCLUDING MY CLOTHES AND SAW. IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS SNOWING.

 - REMOVE ACCESS PANEL TO CRAWL SPACE.  IT'S ONLY 48 INCHES HIGH. I MAKE A WOOD LETTER " T " TO HELP HOLD BOARDS IN PLACE WHILE I SECURE THEM UP. I BEGIN TO INSTALL BOARDS ON THE CEILING ONE AT A TIME. I HAVE 12 PIECES TO INSTALL. BY THE 2ND PIECE , I STRAIN MY SHOULDER AND THE PAIN IS PIERCING.  WHEELS CHECKS IN ON ME VIA WALKIE-TALKIE. I HEAR VIA THE WALKIE-TALKIE , " YOU OKAY ? "  I RESPOND , " 10 - 4 ....WHY ? " SHE RESPONDS , " I CAN HEAR YOU GROANING THROUGH THE FLOOR. OVER AND OUT. "

 - I MOVE OH SO SLOW INSTALLING 24" WIDE BOARDS BY 8 FEET LONG TO THE CEILING. CRAWLING ON MY KNEES HURTS EVEN WITH A TARP. I ALSO NEED TO MOVE FALLING INSULATION AND RE-DO SOME WIRING.

 - I MOVE WET INSULATION AND CUT UP CANOES TO ONE SPACE. I WILL LATER REMOVE ALL OF THE JUNK IN THIS CRAWLSPACE ON BULK TRASH DAY AT OUR DEVELOPMENT IN JUNE.  I NOW HAVE EVERYTHING LINED-UP AND READY TO LOAD OUT OF THE CRAWL SPACE. THAT WILL BE ANOTHER DAY.

 - SLOWLY I FINISH ALL 12 FOAM BOARDS. I MUST ADMIT IT LOOKS EXCELLENT. I AM GLAD MY VAN DID NOT FIT 10 BOARDS. I LIKE TO DO THE ENTIRE CEILING IN THE CRAWL SPACE BUT THAT WOULD PUT ME IN THE HOSPITAL.

 - MOVING A WET TARP I SEE A YELLOW SPOTTED SALAMANDER. IT'S BRILLIANT COLORED SPOTS ARE KINDA COOL. I TAKE A PICTURE OF IT AND THE WORK I AM DOING IN THE SMALL AREA. I POST IT ON FACEBOOK. ( THANKS BEAR FOR THE CREATURE EXPLANATION.........MY COUSIN COMMENTING IS SUCH A CITY SLICKER )

 - I ALSO SECURE A SOFT FLOOR AREA THAT DEPRESSES IF YOU STEP ON IT BY THE FRONT DOOR. I ASKED WHEELS TO STEP ON THIS AREA SO I CAN SEE IT FROM UNDERNEATH. WE USE THE WALKIE-TALKIES AGAIN AND IT WORKS PERFECTLY. I SEE THE FAULTY FLOOR AND SECURE IT FROM BELOW. BY THE WAY , CUTTING WOOD IN A CRAWL SPACE WITH A CIRCULAR SAW IS NOT FUN.

 - I LOAD OUT ALL TOOLS FROM THE CRAWL SPACE AREA AND CLOSE THE ACCESS PANEL. I AM EXHAUSTED BUT 3 MAJOR PROJECTS WERE COMPLETED TODAY.

  HELP WHEELS LOAD UP HER VEHICLE AND SHE MAKES EXCELLENT TIME GOING HOME. I WILL STAY ANOTHER DAY OR SO.

  MY CELL PHONE SURVEILLANCE APP WAS NOT WORKING ON MY PHONE. I USE GOOGLE AND I GOT IT TO WORK. THIS WAS A GOOD FEELING.

 CALL LOCAL OFFICE TO GET MORE THAN 6 POOL WRISTLETS. LAST YEAR THEY GAVE US 8. THIS YEAR 6. THE ANGRY LADY TOLD ME IF I WANT MORE IT BE $10 A WRISTLET. THEY COST ABOUT 4 CENTS EACH.

  DO SOME OTHER SMALL PROJECTS AND FOUND MYSELF NOT QUENCHING MY THIRST. I DRANK WATER , VITAMIN WATER , SODA WATER , AND ORANGE JUICE. I JUST COULD NOT STOP DRINKING. IT WAS PISSING ME OFF.

  FOR THE FIRST TIME I STREAMED THE PHILLIES GAME ON MY COMPUTER. IT WAS NOT BEING TELEVISED HERE SO I USED OUR ACCOUNT TO ACCESS THE STREAM. IT WORKED EXCELLENT. PHILLIES WIN THEIR 4TH STRAIGHT AND NO OTHER PHILLY TEAM HAS STARTED 4 - 0 SINCE 1915. HARPER WAS A SHOW AGAIN WITH A HOMERUN AND 2 OTHER HITS AND SO WERE THE 500 FANS WHO TREKKED TO THE WASHINGTON STADIUM.  HARPER WAS BOOED BUT ALSO CHEERED " MVP ". THIS TEAM IS FUN TO WATCH. THEY ARE AVERAGING 8 RUNS A GAME. MAN THAT IS A LINE-UP. IF WE ONLY HAD SOLID PITCHING THIS TEAM COULD BE WORLD SERIES BOUND.

 FLYERS LOSE. I WAS WATCHING THEM AND THE PHILLIES AT THE SAME TIME. KINDA COOL TO HAVE MY LAPTOP WITH THE PHILLIES ON AND THE BIG TV WITH THE FLYERS ON. I DID CHANNEL SURF SINCE THE FLYERS BLOW.

 I TURN ON THE BLURAY AND IT DOESN'T WORK. JESUS CRIMONIES IT'S ALWAYS FRIGGIN' SOMETHING !!! WE WERE JUST USING IT LAST NIGHT AND NOW THE SCREEN GOES BLACK.

  AT 8:30PM I MAKE SOME PASTA AND MEATBALLS AND A GLASS OF RED WINE. I SETTLE IN FOR MORE TV WATCHING. I AM PRETTY TIRED.

  IN BED BY 11:15PM. I WAS ABSOLUTELY EXHAUSTED......AND SLEPT HORRIBLE.

  DAY 10 AND NO FLYING SQUIRRELS WERE INJURED WHILE WRITING THIS BLOG.

  WEDNESDAY     4 - 3 - 19

  " CROSSING MY FINGERS "...................

  WELL , I WORKED UNDERNEATH THE HOUSE IN A CRAPPY CRAWL SPACE WITH A SPOTTED SALAMANDER SO WHY NOT DO THE VIRTUAL OPPOSITE.  HERE'S MY DAY. IT WAS 7PM BEFORE I KNEW IT.

 - DID SOME LEG WORK FOR WHEELS AND HER FAMILY.  USING THE LAST POINTS OF OUR TIMESHARE I BOOKED A 4 BEDROOM PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT A BEAUTIFUL HOTEL. IT SLEEPS 12 , HAS 4 BATHROOMS , BALCONY DECKS OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN , AND MORE. THIS GET AWAY IS NOT FOR A LONG TIME BUT IF THIS WORKS OUT MAN AM I ALITTLE ENVIOUS. I TALKED TO A TRAVEL REP WHO LIVES IN THIS STATE AND FREQUENTS THIS HOTEL WITH HER KIDS AND SHE SAID , " GETTING A 4 BEDROOM PRESIDENTIAL SUITE IN THIS HOTEL IS LIKE HITTING THE LOTTERY. " I SAW A GALLERY OF PICTURES OF THIS HOTEL AND IT LOOKS AWESOME.

 - POSTED MY WEEKLY FACEBOOK AD FOR THE BANDS THIS WEEKEND.

 - I NEVER SET UP OUR PHONE MESSAGING SYSTEM HERE. OUR PHONE READS " MESSAGES ". I DID NOT KNOW HOW TO ACCESS THEM. I CALLED OUR LOCAL PHONE COMPANY AND A NICE TECH WALKED ME THROUGH IT.

 - KING OF MACGYVERS..........WE HAVE 2 SKYLIGHT WINDOWS 24+ FEET HIGH. IN THE SUNLIGHT I COULD SEE A TON OF COBWEBS. I MEAN HOW THE HECK COULD OUR CLEANER GET TO THEM ? SO , I CONNECT AN EXTENDABLE DUSTING POLE TO A BROOM HANDLE THAN STAND ON A LADDER. I WIPED ALL THE COBWEBS CLEAR AND IT LOOKS VERY GOOD. IN FACT I DO ALL THE HIGH WINDOWS.

 - MESS WITH MY BROKEN BLURAY. I CAN NOT FIX IT EVEN WITH THE HELP OF GOOGLE. I TEXTED A FRIEND WHO GAVE ME THE DEVICE BUT NO RESPONSE.

 - TO THE ROOF......NOT FUN , ESPECIALLY WITH THE HIGH WINDS. I REALLY FELT A TREE LIMB WOULD HIT ME WITH THESE 40 MPH WINDS.  I HAVE THE PHILLIES GAME ON IN MY BEDROOM WHERE I ACCESS THE ROOF VIA OUR BALCONY DECK. I BRING A LADDER , BOX OF TOOLS , CLEANING ITEMS , METAL DRIP EDGE , AND MORE TO THE DECK. I SECURE THE LADDER TO THE DECK RAILING FOR I FEARED THE WIND WOULD BLOW THE LADDER SIDEWAYS AND DOWN. THAT'S ALL I NEEDED......A FAT GUY STUCK ON A ROOF AFTER HIS LADDER BLEW DOWN.

  OH , PHILLIES HAD A CHANCE TO STEAL A GAME. NOLA ABSOLUTELY SHIT THE BED BY GETTING SMOKED. PHILLIES DOWN 6 - 2 MAKE A GREAT COMEBACK TO TAKE THE LEAD 8 - 6 IN THE 8TH INNING AND THAN SHIT THE LEAD AWAY.......F'N BLOW. IT IS SO EARLY IN THE SEASON BUT I WAS REALLY DISGUSTED ON THIS LOSS. DAMN BULL PEN PITCHING BLOWS.

 - I GET EVERYTHING ON THE ROOF AND MAN THE WINDS ARE HOWLING. I FIRST SEE TINY GREEN CLUMPS OF MOSS ON OUR ROOF. I HAVE SEEN THESE BEFORE AND 3 YEARS AGO I SPRAYED THEM WITH A BLEACH CONCENTRATE TO KILL THEM OFF. WELL , THIS TIME I DECIDE ON MY HANDS AND KNEES TO SCRUB OUT EACH INDIVIDUAL ONE..........ARE YOU F'N KIDDING ME ?  THERE HAD TO BE A 1,000 PLANTS GROWING OUT OF OUR ROOF. SO , ONE BY ONE I SCRUBBED THEM WITH MY GLOVES. AFTER ABOUT 45 MINUTES OF CRAWLING AROUND THE MAIN ROOF I WAS DONE. MY GLOVES LOOKED LIKE THEY WENT THROUGH A TREE CHIPPER. I POSTED A PICTURE OF THEM ON FACEBOOK. I REMIND YOU THE PICTURE IS THE " TOPS " OF THE GLOVES.

 - I WINDEX BOTH SKY LIGHTS.

 - LEAF BLOW THE ENTIRE ROOF.

 - INSTALL 2 METAL DRIP EDGES AND SPRAY THEM WITH FLEX SEAL.

 - I TAKE A COUPLE OF PICTURES OF THE LAKE FROM THIS HEIGHT. IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL ON THIS SUNNY CRYSTAL CLEAR DAY.......EXCEPT FOR THE HIGH WINDS.

  THREE ROOF PROJECTS DONE AND I BEGIN MY DECENT WITH ALL MATERIALS TO THE BALCONY DECK. I AM TIRED BUT I DECIDE TO TAKE A CRACK AT FIXING ONE MORE THING. I TEXT WHEELS , " I AM GOING TO TRY TO FIX THE BALCONY SLIDING DOOR ONE MORE TIME BEFORE TEARING IT OUT. " SHE TEXTS BACK , " OK FINGERS CROSSED "

  WELL THE FINGERS CROSSED MUST OF WORKED. I COMPLETELY REMOVE THE WOOD TRIM AROUND THE DOOR AND A WOOD SPACER. I REMOVE THE SLIDING DOOR AND LIE IT ON MY BED. I ALSO HAVE THE PHILLIES ON MY BEDROOM TV WHICH IS KINDA NICE TOO......UNTIL THEY LOST BY WALKING PLAYERS AND THE WINNING RUN IN.

  I REMOVE THE ADJUSTABLE ROLLERS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SLIDING DOOR. I ADJUST THE HEIGHT AND RE-INSTALL THE DOOR......IT DOES NOT WORK. I REMOVE THE DOOR AGAIN AND LAY IT ON MY BED. THIS TIME I REMOVE THE ROLLERS COMPLETELY FROM THE DOOR AND MACGYVER THEM TO A NEW HEIGHT USING SCREWS AS SHIMS. I ALSO CLEAN THE METAL GUIDE THE DOOR ROLLS ON AND LUBRICATE WITH WD-40. THIS IS A LONG PROCESS BUT I DECIDE TO DO IT ANYWAY. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND THE TEMPS ARE HIGH ENOUGH TO HAVE A DOOR MISSING AND STILL BE WARM INSIDE.

  FOR THE 2ND TIME IT DOES NOT WORK AND I AM LOSING ENERGY. THE PHILLIES GAME HAS BEEN OVER FOR AN HOUR BUT I DECIDE THREES A CHARM. I REMOVE EVERYTHING AGAIN AND RE-SHIM THE SLIDING DOOR EVEN HIGHER. IF IT DOES NOT WORK I MAY THROW THE SLIDING DOOR OFF THE BALCONY. I RE-INSTALL EVERYTHING AGAIN AND TO MY SURPRISE THE DOOR SLIDES PRETTY NICE. I HAVE TO REMOVE THE LATCH AND ADJUST IT SO THE DOOR WILL LOCK BUT THAT ONLY TOOK ABOUT 10 MINUTES.

  I TEST IT SEVERAL TIMES AND HEAD DOWNSTAIRS. I AM VERY SATISFIED WITH MY MACGYVER.  I CHECK FACEBOOK MESSAGES AND EMAILS FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. I GET REALLY TIRED AND LAY DOWN FOR 20 MINUTES.

 I TAKE A WALK TO THE BEACH SIDE AND FILL 2 SMALL CANS WITH SAND. THESE WILL BE USED FOR PEOPLE WHO SMOKE. WHEN I ARRIVED AT OUR HOUSE THERE HAD TO BE 50 CIGARETTE BUTTS IN THE CANS AND IT STUNK TO THE HIGH JESUS. I WAS SURPRISED BECAUSE MOST OF THE CIGARETTES WERE ONLY HALF SMOKED AT BEST. HOW DO YOU SPEND $8 FOR A PACK OF CIGARETTES AND NOT SMOKE THE CIGARETTE IN IT'S ENTIRETY ?

 I SAW A TOUGH LOOKING GUY WALKING AROUND THE LAKE. WHEN WE PASSED WE NODDED AND SAIS , " WHAT UP ? " AT THE SAME TIME. HE WAS TOUGH LOOKING AND I WAS IN FLIP FLOP AND SHORTS HOLDING 2 RED, WHITE , & BLUE CANS WITH A SAND SHOVEL. I THINK HE FELT SAFE FROM ME.

 BACK HOME I LOAD THE LADDER INTO THE CRAWL SPACE AND SECURE THE DOORS. I WRAP UP A LONG EXTENSION CORD AND BRING IN OTHER TOOLS INSIDE. I WAS GETTING TIRED AGAIN. I CALL WHEELS AND THE KIDS AND NOTICE IT IS FRIGGIN' 7PM......WHERE THE HELL DID THE TIME GO ?

  I WIND DOWN WITH A GLASS OF RED WINE WITH PASTA , SAUSAGE , AND 2 PORK CHOPS. WHAT SUCKED IS I HAVE HAD PASTA TWICE THIS WEEK AND JUST NOTICED A PARMESAN CHEESE IN THE FRIDGE ON THE DOOR. I NEVER SAW IT......CRAP.  LOVE PARMESAN WITH PASTA.

  END THE NIGHT WATCHING THE 76ERS LOSE AGAIN. I ALSO WATCH SOME OTHER SHOWS BUT BY 11PM I JUST CAN'T KEEP MY EYES OPEN. UPSTAIRS TO BED AND SLEEP HORRIBLE AGAIN. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND IT.

  DAY 12 - NO FLYING SQUIRRELS INJURED......YEAH !!

  SAW ON THE NEWS A 14 YEAR OLD BOY ESCAPED HIS CAPTORS BY RUNNING FOR 2 HOURS AND ENDED UP A RED ROOF INN. HE WAS KIDNAPPED FOR OVER 12 YEARS. 

 A RUNWAY MODEL WAS THE GLEAM AND PRIDE OF THE SHOW. I THOUGHT SHE WAS ADORABLE AND SEEMED LIKE A REALLY GOOD PERSON WHEN INTERVIEWED. WHY WAS THIS A SPECIAL MOMENT FOR HIS GIRL TO GO DOWN A MODEL WALKWAY IN A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING GOWN WITH OTHER MODELS ?........SHE WAS IN A WHEELCHAIR.

  THURSDAY      4 - 4 - 19

 WELP , YOU KNOW THAT 14 YEAR OLD KID WHO ESCAPED FROM HIS CAPTORS ? IT WAS A HOAX. ENDS UP IT WAS A 23 YEAR MENTAL CASE. THE FAMILY WAS HEART BROKEN AND CRUSHED AGAIN WHEN THEY SAW IT WAS A FARCE. I CAN NOT EVEN IMAGINE THE PAIN THE 2ND TIME AROUND. WHAT THE F ?

  BACK TO MY MUNDANE LIFE.  THE SMALL PROJECTS I LIKE BETTER.  

 - AFTER I STOWED THE LADDER UNDERNEATH IN THE CRAWL SPACE AND SECURED THE DOORS I HAD TO RE-OPEN THEM AGAIN. I REMOVED THE LARGE LADDER.......AGAIN.

 - USING OVEN CLEANER I WIPED DOWN THE WOODSTOVE GLASS AND OUR OVEN DOOR GLASS. IT CAME OUT EXCELLENT. I MACGYVERED IT CLEAN BY USING PLUMBER'S UTILITY CLOTH.

 - TOOK A RIDE TO THE HARDWARE STORE AND LOCAL MARKET FOR SUPPLIES.

 - USING FLEX SEAL I SPRAY OVER THE DRIP EDGE I INSTALLED YESTERDAY. YEP.......BACK ON THE ROOF. I TOOK ANOTHER PICTURE BECAUSE IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL UP HERE. I MAY BUILD A ROOF DECK.

 - DOUBLE CHECKED AND TESTED THE SLIDING DOOR TO BALCONY DECK. VERY HAPPY HOW THIS TURNED OUT.

 - INSTALLED A DOOR SWEEP ON THE FRONT DOOR AND MACGYVERED A LITTLE SIDE PIECE TO BLOCK AIR.

 - MY UNCLE GAVE US A BIRDHOUSE AS A HOUSE WARMING GIFT 20 YEARS AGO. WELL , THE WHOLE THING JUST DISINTEGRATED. SO TODAY , I BUILT A NEW ONE. I SPENT ABOUT 30 MINUTES FROM START TO FINISH. USING THE LADDER I MOUNTED IT HIGH ON THE SAME TREE.  WHAT WAS WEIRD.........I FELT BAD SCREWING INTO THE TREE.

 - CLEANED THE BACK OF MY VAN WINDOW SINCE THE WIPER DOES NOT WORK.

 - ORDERED VACUUM BAGS FOR A VACUUM I REALLY LIKE HERE.

 - SEARCHED FOR RUBBER WRISTBANDS.....MORE EXPENSIVE THAN I THOUGHT.

 - PUT THE LADDER BACK UNDERNEATH THE HOUSE AND SECURED THE DOOR.

  STARTED TO SEMI-LOAD TOOLS IN OUR MUDROOM . I THINK IT IS TIME FOR ME TO ROLL HOME.  I HAVE TO ADMIT BEING HERE FOR 2 STRAIGHT WEEKS WAS PRETTY DAMN COOL.....THOUGH TONIGHT I DID TELL MY YOUNGEST I WAS GETTING BORED SINCE MY PUNCH LISTS ARE AT AN END.

  76ERS WILL LOSE.....THEY DID. SO DID THE FLYERS.

  I TOLD MYSELF THIS MORNING I AM GOING TO TREAT MYSELF TO A BREAKFAST AT A VERY GOOD LOCAL DINER. I WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE AND THE PHONE RINGS.......A BAND. THAN 2 MORE PHONE CALLS AND 3 EMAILS LATER I SAID TO MYSELF , " I WILL JUST HAVE A ENERGY BAR AND A SMALL 10 OUNCE ORANGE JUICE TO HOLD ME OVER. " I LOST MY APPETITE AND NEVER WENT TO THE DINER.

  7PM COMES QUICKLY. TIME JUST FLIES BY AND I DO NOT LIKE IT.

  CALL WHEELS AND THE KIDS. I JOKE WITH MY KIDS AND TELL THEM , " I ALWAYS SAY I LOVE YOU FIRST. " BOTH CALLED ME A NUDGE.  WITH BOTH KIDS , AFTER THE PHONE CONVERSATION I SAY , " OK , TALK TO YOU LATER ...................." AND PAUSE FOR ABOUT 10 SECONDS. BOTH KIDS HAD THE SAME REACTION AND SAID , " OH MY GOD YOUR SUCH A NUDGE........LOVE YOU ( SARCASTICALLY ). I LAUGHED.

  TRIED FIXING THE BLURAY BY INSERTING A BLURAY DVD.....IT DID NOT WORK. MAN IT BLOWS NOT HAVING NETFLIX.

 SAW SOME DEER WHICH IS ALWAYS NICE.

  WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH SOME RED WINE AND CHEESE.......OH JOY. CAN'T BELIEVE I HAVE GONE SO LONG WITHOUT BRANDY.

  IN BED AROUND 11PM AGAIN. WOKE UP AT LEAST 10 TIMES DURING THE NIGHT. I JUST DON'T GET IT. I KNOW I HAD TWO GOOD 2 HOUR INTERVALS OF SLEEP THOUGH.

 WAKE UP FRIDAY MORNING AND IT IS SLEETING.......NICE.

  FRIDAY     4 - 5 - 19

  YES , IT IS SLEETING. TWO PRIOR DAYS I WAS ON THE ROOF IN THE SUN AND 50+ DEGREES. MAN , MOTHER NATURE IS FICKLE.

  FOR THE MOST PART I GOT ALL MY PUNCH LISTS DONE.  OUR HOME LOOKS GOOD AND IT MAKES ME FEEL SATISFIED AND PROUD. SOMEDAY I WILL COME HERE AND JUST RELAX AND DO FUN STUFF. I SO ENJOY BEING HERE.

  I SLEPT DECENT AND BY 7AM I WAS UP. EVERY MORNING I CHECK MY ATTIC FOR FLYING SQUIRRELS. WE HAVE GONE ANOTHER DAY OF NO INJURIES.

 I START MY MORNING WITH MY NORMAL COMPUTER ROUTINE BUT I ALSO BEGIN TO LOAD EVERYTHING INTO THE MUDROOM. I WAS WAITING FOR THE SLEET TO STOP BUT BY 10AM I WANTED TO GET ON THE ROAD. A FULL CLEAN AND I MOVED ALL TOOLS OUTSIDE ON THE DECK. IT WAS TIME TO HEAD HOME.......AFTER 3 STOPS.

 1ST STOP - I FIX A LIGHT COVER ON A LADDER. I HAD TO TOTALLY MACGYVER THE SPRINGS TO HOLD IT IN PLACE AND IT WORKED PERFECT. THIS WAS IN THE PLYMOUTH MEETING AREA.

 2ND STOP - THE NAIL........BEEN A WHILE SO I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED TO SEE OUR NUMBERS WERE GOOD FOR THE WEEK.

 3RD STOP - A RENTER CALLED AND SAID THEIR FRONT DOOR DOESN'T CLOSE PROPERLY AND THEIR BATHROOM SINK IN NOT DRAINING. I FIXED BOTH PROBLEMS AND SOME OTHER THINGS. I ALSO ENJOYED THE RENTERS DOG.....SUPER SWEET.

  AT HOME , I UNLOAD AND SETTLE IN. WHEELS GREETS ME IN A G-STRING WHICH WAS VERY COOL.  WE IMMEDIATELY HEAD TO THE BEDROOM FOR ABOUT 30 SECONDS. IT WAS AWESOME TO BE WELCOMED LIKE THIS.

 AT HOME , I STEP OUT OF THE VAN AND MY PUP COMES RUNNING TO ME WINING , WHIMPERING , SMILING , AND GROANING. IT WAS ADORABLE TO SEE.  I WALK IN THE HOUSE AND SAY TO WHEELS , " I WISH ALL MY GIRLS WOULD GREET ME LIKE THIS.

  ( ONE OF THE 2 STORIES ABOVE IS TRUE )

 I TRY TO NAP BUT IT AIN'T HAPPENING. MY YOUNGEST CALLS ME UP TO GET HER AT SCHOOL. I TELL HER I AM TIRED. SHE TELLS ME , " I THOUGHT SINCE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ME IN A WEEK YOU WOULD WANT TO GET ME. " THE KID WAS RIGHT.

 MY ELDEST JOINS ME AND WE PICK UP MY YOUNGEST. WE STOP AT " ROAST & CHOP " FOR AN EARLY BIRD DINNER. THIS RESTAURANT IS EXACTLY LIKE CHIPOTLE BUT GREEK. WE THOUGHT THE FOOD WAS OKAY.

  WE STOP AND PICK UP A FRIEND FOR A RIDE HOME.

  WE BRING WHEELS FOOD HOME TOO. SHE HAS HER HAIR DONE AND SO DOES OUR YOUNGEST. MY ELDEST HAS HER FRIEND HELP DYE HER HAIR MAROON.

  I HEAD TO THE NAIL AND PREP FOR THE NIGHT. THE RAIN COMES AND THAT IS NOT GOOD. THE BANDS START LOADING IN AND A FRIEND WARNS ME ONE BAND WERE ASSHOLES AND LIKE TRASHING STUFF. ACTUALLY BROKE A WINDOW AT THE LAST VENUE THEY PLAYED. GREAT.....THIS IS ALL I NEEDED. MY MOTTO TO THE ASSHOLE BAND WAS " KILL THEM WITH KINDNESS ". IT WORKED PERFECTLY.

  THE BANDS STARTED LATE BUT EVERYTHING MOVED REALLY GOOD. THE FIRST BAND I DID NOT LIKE BUT THE OTHER 4 I DID.  THE FIRST BAND HAD 2 VERY OLD GUYS TRYING TO BE YOUNG AND IT JUST DID NOT WORK FOR ME.

 I DID ENJOY TALKING TO PEOPLE AND BAND MEMBERS ALL NIGHT. OF COURSE, YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE ONE DICKHEAD WHO HIDES LIKE A SHEEP BUT REALLY IS A WOLF.  I INSTANTLY SEE THROUGH THIS. I HAVE SEEN THIS MANY TIMES. A PERSON COMES IN ALL HAPPY , TOUCHY , FRIENDLY , AND BECOMES AN ABSOLUTE DICKHEAD AND ROYAL GITBAG. I WAS SPOT ON AGAIN.

 SO DURING THE OTHER 4 BAND SETS THIS ONE GUY IN THE 1ST BAND KEPT BEING AN IDIOT. HE WOULD GRAB THE MIC DURING THEIR PERFORMANCES , GET ON STAGE , HUG BAND MEMBERS WHILE THEIR PLAYING , AND MORE.......ALL STAGGERING LIKE A DRUNK TEENAGER WHO HAD HIS FIRST DRINK. THE BAND MEMBERS ROLLED WITH IT WHICH WAS VERY COOL ON THEIR PART. THE OLDER GUY WAS JUST DOWNRIGHT EMBARRASSING. SO WHAT WOULD HAPPEN ?

  HIS FRIENDS ARE LEAVING AND TRY TO GET HIM OUT 3 DIFFERENT TIMES. I HAVE THEM MOVE THEIR CAR TO THE FRONT MARQUEE TO BE AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE AND A SHORT WALK FOR THE DRUNKEN OLD GUY. THEY HAVE TO GET OUT OF THEIR CAR AND BRING HIM OUTSIDE AGAIN. I TRY TO KEEP MY DISTANCE BECAUSE I KNOW THIS OLD DUDE WILL SNAP AT ANY MINUTE. WHAT SUCKED IS I GOT HIM OUTSIDE AND I ASKED HIM IF HE HAD A CREDIT CARD.....CRAP.

 BACK INSIDE IT TAKES HIM LONG TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO TIP AND SIGN A VISA SLIP. IT WAS PAINFUL TO WATCH. I WANTED HIM OUT SO BAD AND I WILL NEVER BOOK THIS BAND AGAIN. HE FINALLY FINISHES THE CREDIT CARD RECEIPT.

  HIS FRIENDS WAIT FOR HIM OUTSIDE AND AGAIN HE GOES TO THE MUSIC AND STAGE AND BOTHERS THE BAND. I ASK HIS FRIENDS TO COME GET HIM AGAIN. I TAP HIM ON THE SHOULDER AND SAY HIS FRIENDS ARE WAITING FOR HIM. HIS FRIEND WALKS IN AN APOLOGIZES TO ME AGAIN.

  WE WALK HIM OUT AND I STAND BETWEEN HAVERFORD ROAD AND THE GUY. I DO NOT WANT HIM STAGGERING INTO THE STREET.  HE WALKS TO THE CAR AND THE DOOR OPENS. I AM THINKING , " FINALLY , THIS OLD DRUNK BAND MEMBER IS GETTING OUT OF HERE.....THANK YOU LORD. "  WELP.....THAT DID NOT QUITE HAPPEN.  HE DECIDES TO WALK NEXT TO THE CAR ALL THE WAY DOWN THE BLOCK. ANOTHER BAND MEMBER WHO WAS SUPER COOL AND FUN AND IN THE BAND SEEING SNAKES STARTS TO LAUGH. WE KNOW SOMETHING IS GOING DOWN AND HE KNOWS THIS GUY IS TROUBLE. WE SEE HE STARTS TO ARGUE WITH HIS FRIENDS IN THE CAR. NOT 5 MINUTES LATER HE BEGINS KICKING HIS FRIENDS CAR.....BOOM , BOOM , BOOM !!!  THE DRIVER GETS OUT AND THEY ARGUE. THE ABSOLUTE SHIT SHOW I PREDICTED HAS STARTED. I KNEW IT FROM THE FIRST SECOND I SAW HIM. I THOUGHT FOR SURE HE WALK BACK INTO THE NAIL AND HIS FRIENDSWO0ULD LEAVE. LITTLE DID HE KNOW I WAS NOT ALLOWING HIM BACK IN.

 ME AND THE COOL BAND MEMBER MAKE JOKES AS HE ARGUES WITH HIS FRIENDS. AFTER ABOUT 10 MINUTES OF BEING AN ANGRY ASSHOLE TO HIS FRIENDS HE FINALLY GETS IN THE CAR.  THEY WERE SUPER LUCKY BECAUSE A COP CAR WENT BY JUST 5 MINUTES EARLY AND DID NOT DO ANYTHING. IT SURELY WOULD OF BEEN A NIGHT OR MORE IN JAIL IF THAT COP PULLED OVER.

 SO NOW I WATCH THE LAST BAND FINISH AND WE START THE CLOSING. THE BARTENDER HAS 10 FRIENDS COME IN AROUND 1AM. I HELP WITH THE CLOSING AND I AM PRETTY TIRED. UP AT 6AM AND IT IS 1:30AM........NICE.

  AT HOME I HAVE SOME MOZZARELLA CHEESE AND SODA WATER....YEP , NO BEER OR BRANDY.

 PHILLIES WITH A NICE WIN AND AGAIN AVERAGE MORE THAN 8 RUNS. THEY WIN 10 - 4.

  SATURDAY       4 - 6 - 19

 ALL HANDS ON DECK.............FUN NIGHT.

 MET BEER DELIVERY AT THE NAIL MID-MORNING. I REALLY LIKE MY NEW COMPANY.

  STOP AT THE BANK TO GET CHANGE. TRIED THE DRIVE-THRU BUT KNEW THEY WOULD NOT GIVE ME QUARTERS.....HAD TO GO INSIDE.........BLOW.

  TRYING TO CONVINCE MY YOUNGEST TO STAY A LITTLE LONGER AT THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE WITH ME. LATER I TRIED USING MY ELDEST TO JOIN ME IN THIS QUEST. BOTH CALLED ME A NUDGE.

  I TOLD MY ELDEST TONIGHT , " I THINK I AM GOING BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE FOR A WEEK AGAIN. " THE LOOK ON HER FACE WAS PRICELESS. IT WOULD BE 3 WEEKS IN A ROW TO TRAVEL TO MY FAVORITE PLACE. I HAVE TAKEN A WEEK IN EACH OF THE LAST 4 MONTHS.

  WHEELS ASKS THE PUP TO " GO FOR A WALK ". OH MY GOD THE DOG FREAKED OUT CRYING YES AND WHINING THANK YOU. I THINK IT HAS BEEN 3 YEARS FOR A SERIOUS WALK. WELL...........TWENTY MINUTES LATER WHEELS RETURNS AND THE DOG IS EXHAUSTED. OUR PUP IS GETTING OLD AND I DON'T LIKE IT ONE BIT.

 WHEELS AND I DO THE BOOKS FOR MARCH. THIS PAST MONTH WE HAD HUGE BILLS FOR INSURANCE , ACCOUNTANT , AND TAXES AND STILL CAME OUT IN THE BLACK. I WAS OKAY WITH THE NUMBERS. ANOTHER MONTH OF BOOZE , FOOD , AND ALWAYS HAVING CASH ON HAND. NO ONE EVER SAYS THIS BUT , " THANK YOU NAIL .....I LOVE YOU. " ALWAYS HAVING CASH ON HAND IS NICE. THE FEES WE HAVE SAVED FOR NOT USING A.T.M.'S HAS TO BE IN THE MILLIONS........BLOW.

  PHILLIES LOSE.......BLOW.

  FLYERS SEASON ENDS ON A LOSS.........BLOW.

  76ERS WIN OVER A VERY BAD TEAM.

  SOME REALLY GOOD NCAA BASKETBALL GAMES. AUBURN ABSOLUTELY SHIT THE BED.

  OFF TO THE NAIL AND 3 CARS PULL IN THE BACK LOT WITH ME........I KNEW IT BE A BIG NIGHT.  CALLED IN A 2ND BARTENDER AND WE GOT SLAMMED. 2 DOORMEN AND 2 BARTENDERS. IT WAS ALSO A DOORMAN'S FIRST SHIFT ALONG WITH A BARTENDER'S FIRST SOLO SHIFT.  IT WAS FUN TO SEE.  I RECEIVED SO MANY COMPLIMENTS AND HAND SHAKES TOO. THE MUSIC WAS SO DAMN GOOD TONIGHT. IT IS NICE TO BE APPRECIATED.

  WHEELS GOES FOR A WALK WITH A FRIEND AND THEY STOP AT THE IRON HILL BREWERY FOR DINNER.  WHAT WAS COOL IS SHE MADE A RARE APPEARANCE AT THE NAIL LATER IN THE NIGHT. WE ALL HUNG OUT. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I DRANK IN A LONG TIME.

  CIGARETTE DISPENSER IS DONE.  I TOOK A PICTURE AND POSTED IT ON FACEBOOK. IT KINDA LOOKS LIKE GUMBY NOW........OH WELL.

  BACK HOME WHEELS , MYSELF , AND OUR YOUNGEST WATCH AN EPISODE OF SCHITT'S CREEK. IT WAS GOOD.

    SUNDAY     4 - 7 - 19

  TOO NICE OF A DAY NOT TO DO SOMETHING OUTSIDE......AND WE DID.

  UP EARLY AND I DECIDE TO GO TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.  I WAS TIRED BY 10AM.

 - BRIEFLY TALKED TO A GUY WORKING ON HIS MOTORCYCLE IN THE BACK LOT.

 - CHANGED OIL IN FRYER. THIS IS ALWAYS A FUN PROJECT. SEMI-CLEANED FRYER TOO.

 - SCRUBBED OUT SINK AND 2 COUNTER TOPS.  THIS WAS NOT FUN BECAUSE ONCE OIL DRIES AND GETS ON ANYTHING IT IS PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE IT.

 - SAID GOODBYE TO OUR CIGARETTE DISPOSAL CAN. AFTER THE HEAT MELTED IT FROM THE INSIDE IT LOOKED LIKE GUMBY.

 - EMPTIED ALL TRASHCANS.

 - TOUCHED-UP SPRAY PAINTED OUR BENCHES OUT FRONT. I ALSO SPRAYED PAINTED OUR WATER LINE ACCESS LID ON THE SIDEWALK. SOMEONE WROTE ON IT , " CEO SAYS FUCK THAT ! " I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THAT MEANT.

 - CHANGED THE OUTSIDE MARQUEE. WRESTLEMANIA 35 WAS FREE TONIGHT. I HEARD IT WAS THE HIGHEST SALES EVER AT MET STADIUM AND OVER 80,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED.

 - REPLACED A VACUUM BAG THAT GAVE BIRTH TO A HEALTHY 15 POUND BAG OF DIRT,. THE TUBES WERE COMPLETELY BACKED UP. I SPENT AT LEAST 30 MINUTES CLEANING EVERYTHING OUT. I THAN SPENT ABOUT 45 MINUTES VACUUMING THE NAIL. I WASTED ABOUT 15 MINUTES VACUUMING AND NOTICED DIRT SPITTING BACK OUT. AS SOON AS I SEE THAT.............I KNOW THE BAG IS FULL AND READY FOR DELIVERY.

 - PICKED UP CIGARETTE BUTTS..........MY FAVORITE THING TO DO.

 - CLEANED BATHROOMS , DID REGISTER , BALANCED BANK , AND OTHER NORMAL ROUTINE STUFF.

 ROLL HOME AND I WAS TIRED. ALREADY MY HANDS AND LEGS WERE HURTING. WHEELS MAKES A NICE BREAKFAST/LUNCH OF SCRAMBLED EGGS , BACON , AND ONE PIECE OF WHOLE WHEAT BREAD.

  PHILLIES WITH A NICE WIN. THE BULLPEN HOLDS ?.....YES IT DID. A WONDERFUL 2 - 1 VICTORY.

  OUTSIDE WE GO.......ME , YOUNGEST , PUP , AND WHEELS. WE LISTEN TO THE FINAL INNINGS POF THE PHILLIES GAME WHILE WASHING 2 CARS.  WE HAD THE RADIO ON IN OUR GARAGE. A NEIGHBOR FROM 2 HOUSES AWAY WALKS UP OUR DRIVEWAY AND ASKS IF WE CAN LOWER THE RADIO THAT IS IN OUR GARAGE. LUCKILY WHEELS HANDLED IT. I MIGHT OF HAD A DIFFERENT RESPONSE. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ?  IT WAS THE PHILLIES GAME ANNOUNCERS NOT FUCKING DEATH METAL MUSIC. 

  THE 3 OF US DO AN OVER THE TOP FULL CLEAN OF BOTH OUR CARS. THE 1988 VAN DID NOT DESERVE ANY ATTENTION THOUGH I STILL LOVER HER.  WE VACUUMED , WINDEXED , WASHED , CLEANED , AND I MEAN THE FULL MONTY OF CAR SERVICES YOU COULD POSSIBLY DO.  BOTH CARS WERE LIKE NEW WHEN DONE.  IT WAS ON OUR LIST FOR AWHILE TO GIVE THESE VEHICLES A GOOD CLEANING.......WE CERTAINLY ACHIEVED THAT.

 BACK INSIDE WE CHILL AND HANG OUT. WHEELS MAKES A NICE DINNER OF CHICKEN , BRUSSELS SPROUTS , RICE , AND STUFFING. YES , I ENJOYED BRUSSELS SPROUTS.

  AFTER DINNER WE ALL PLAY CARDS AND LISTEN TO OLDIES MUSIC. IT WAS A GOOD BONDING MOMENT. I LOST EVERY GAME.

 ELDEST WHO WAS SICK ALL DAY SUDDENLY GOT BETTER AND WANTED A RIDE TO A BAR DOWN THE STREET FROM THE NAIL. I WAS HER UBER DRIVER.

 WIND DOWN AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF " SCHITT'S CREEK ".  AGAIN , IT WAS ENTERTAINING. THE WRITING IS VERY CLEVER.

  OFF TO BED AND I SLEPT GOOD. I WOKE UP A COUPLE TIMES BUT QUICKLY FELL BACK ASLEEP.

  MONDAY       4 - 8 - 19

  SATURDAY NIGHT WE HAD A YOUNG MAN JUST COLLAPSE BY THE FRONT DOOR. THE FATHER AND I HELPED HIM OUTSIDE TO A BENCH. I GOT HIM WATER , THE MOM RAN TO 7/11 AND GOT HIM CANDY BARS AND ORANGE JUICE , AND A DOCTOR IN THE BAR CAME OUT TO ASSIST. WE ALL REACTED VERY QUICKLY AND THE YOUNG MAN WAS FINE. I ASSUME HE WAS A DIABETIC OR SOMETHING. MY ONLY QUESTION WAS , " WHY THE HELL WAS THEIR A DOCTOR IN OUR DIVE BAR ? "

  UTILIZE THE NICE WEATHER AND BE A NUDGE. HERE'S MY LIST :

 - BRING TRASHCANS DOWN TO THE CURB. WHEN I AM GONE TRASH AND RECYCLABLES NEVER MAKE IT TO THE STREET CURB.

 - TRASHED SOME STUFF IN THE GARAGE AGAIN. IF IT HASN'T BEEN TOUCHED IN 2 YEARS I AM TRASHING IT.

 - SET-UP A 30 FOOT LADDER TO ACCESS OUR ROOF. I TELL WHEELS BEFORE I GO UP , " HEY , I'M GOING ON THE ROOF SO IF YOU HEAR A LOUD THUMP CALL 911. ". I REMOVE A SPACKLE BUCKET WORTH OF PINE NEEDLES BLOCKING OUR GUTTER DRAINS.

 - CHARGE AND USE A CORDLESS TILLER. I DO THE GARAGE GARDEN AND DRIVEWAY GARDEN. ONE CAME OUT REALLY GOOD AND THE OTHER DID NOT.

 - I HAVE BEEN TRICKLE CHARGING MY MOTORCYCLE BATTERY ALL WINTER. I RE-INSTALL IT IN MY BIKE AND THE ENGINE STARTS RIGHT UP. I FRIGGIN' LOVE THIS. 3 YEARS AGO I TRIED TRICKLE CHARGING THE BATTERY IN THE BIKE WHILE IN THE GARAGE. THE BATTERY DIED. SO , NOW EVERY WINTER I TAKE 10 MINUTES AND REMOVE THE BATTERY AND PUT IT IN MY WARM BASEMENT FOR CHARGING. I WILL ALWAYS DO THIS. I WALK INSIDE AND WHEELS IS WORKING AT THE KITCHEN TABLE. I YELL OUT , " LIKE A GLOVE !!! " SHE SPINS AROUND LIKE THE CHICK IN THE MOVIE " THE EXORCIST " AND SAYS , " I'M ON A CONFERENCE CALL !! " I HEAR A WOMAN ON THE SPEAKER PHONE SAY , " WHAT WAS THAT ? " WHEELS RESPONDS , " IT WAS MY SILLY HUSBAND. "

 - CLEAN UP THE BIKE FOR A LITTLE BIT AND TAKE IT FOR A TEST RIDE. IT RUNS GOOD.

 - BACK HOME I MAKE A TURKEY & PROVOLONE SANDWICH ON WHOLE WHEAT. OH MY GOD IT WAS AWESOME ! ....BLOW.  #STILLGAININGWEIGHT.

 - TAKE MOTORCYCLE UP THE STREET TO PICK UP MY YOUNGEST AT THE BUS STOP. THE FACE SHE GIVES ME AND BODY LANGUAGE IS SO FUNNY WHEN SHE SEES ME WAITING ON MY MOTORCYCLE. WE TAKE A WONDERFUL SLOW RIDE AROUND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

 - BACK HOME I LOAD UP MY VAN OF A 1000 TOOLS THAT WERE IN OUR KITCHEN.

 OK , SO I GOT SOME PROJECTS DONE TODAY AND IT ALWAYS FEELS GOOD. NOW......IT'S SNUGGLE AND NUDGE TIME.

  I BEGIN HUMMING THE DARTH VADAR THEME MUSIC.  MY YOUNGEST INSTANTLY GROANS AND MOVES FROM HER DESK TO HER BED. SHE GETS UNDER THE COVERS WHILE I SNUGGLE IN ON TOP OF THE COVERS. LET THE " NUDGING " BEGIN.

 HERE IS THE SCENARIO - MY YOUNGEST IS GOING TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE WITH 3 FRIENDS.  ONE FRIEND IS BEING DRIVEN BY HER MOTHER FOR JUST ONE NIGHT. THE KID WILL DRIVE BACK WITH HER FRIENDS THE NEXT DAY. THE MOM WILL DRIVE UP AND THAN DRIVE HOME THE SAME DAY. I HAVE ASKED MY KID IF I COULD COME UP THEIR LAST NIGHT TO CHILL WITH HER AND HER FRIENDS......NO WAS THE IMMEDIATE ANSWER. I ASKED MY ELDEST TO COME UP WITH ME TO TRY TO PERSUADE OUR YOUNGEST TO SAY YES......THAT WAS AN IMMEDIATE NO ANSWER.

  SO I TRIED ANOTHER PLOY AND I THOUGHT THIS WOULD WORK.

 WE ARE SNUGGLING AND THE KID IS SARCASTICALLY GROANING. SHE DOES THIS ALL THE TIME. LET THE CONVERSATION BEGIN AND MAYBE SOME COAXING:

 ME - SNUGGLING ON THE BED -- " YOU KNOW , I LOVE THESE MOMENTS. I GONNA MISS THESE TIMES. YOUR HEADING TO COLLEGE SOON SO I CAN'T DO THIS STUFF 10 TO 20 TIMES A DAY. "

 YOUNGEST - GROANS - " YOU STILL HAVE TIME AND I WILL BE HOME ON WEEKENDS FROM COLLEGE "

 ME - " DO YOU THINK IF YOUR ROOM MATE GOES HOME FOR A WEEKEND I COULD STAY WITH YOU IN YOUR DORM ROOM ? "

 YOUNGEST - " I DON'T THINK THE SCHOOL WILL ALLOW IT. "

 ME - " MAYBE WE CAN PUT IN A SPECIAL REQUEST OR SOMETHING ? "

 YOUNGEST - GROANS - " YEP , PROBABLY NOT GONNA HAPPEN. "

 ME - " SO I HEAR YOUR FRIEND IS NOW BEING DRIVEN UP TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE BY HER MOM ? "

 YOUNGEST - " YES , SHE CAN ONLY COME UP FOR ONE NIGHT SO THE MOM IS DRIVING HER UP IN THE AFTERNOON AND THAN SHE WILL GO HOME WITH US THE NEXT DAY SO WE CAN BE ALTOGETHER. "

 ME - " HMMMMMMMMMM........"

 YOUNGEST - " NO "

 ME - " I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ? "

 YOUNGEST - " I KNOW YOU AND I KNOW THAT SOUND. YOU'RE A NUDGE. "

 ME - " WHAT IF I DROVE YOUR FRIEND UP THE LAST DAY AND WE HUNG OUT. I COULD TAKE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS OUT TO LUNCH OR DINNER OR MOVIE OR ANYTHING. THIS WOULD SAVE THE MOM A DRIVE TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. I WILL STAY THE REST OF THE WEEK AND YOU GUYS GO HOME THE NEXT DAY LIKE PLANNED. "

 YOUNGEST - " MAN , YOU ALWAYS TRY TO NUDGE IN ON ALL OUR TRIPS. YOU DID IT WITH MOM WITH CUBA , MY SISTER WITH SOUTH CAROLINA , AND NOW ME WITH THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. "

 ME - " IT'S BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. "

 YOUNGEST - " YOU'RE SUCH A NUDGE. "

 ME - " C'MON.....THIS IS A GOOD IDEA. I COULD SAVE YOUR FRIEND'S MOM A 3 HOUR ROUND TRIP DRIVE. "

 YOUNGEST - " NO "

 ME - " WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR ' NO ' IS THAT ? " ( WE DO THIS ALL THE TIME WITH PERCENTAGES FROM 0 - 100% )

 YOUNGEST - " ZERO PERCENT " SHE STARTS TO GIGGLE.

 ME - " YOU CUT ME. YOU CUT ME DEEP. THIS IS NOT PAPER CUT....IT HURTS. " SHE LAUGHS AS I TICKLE HER.

 YOUNGEST - " HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF YOUR DAD ASKED TO COME UP TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE WITH YOUR FRIENDS ? "

 ME - " DAMN , THAT IS A GOOD POINT. " THE KID LAUGHS AS I TICKLE HER AGAIN FOR HER PHENOMENAL REBUTTAL ANSWER.

 YOUNGEST - " SEE HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS ? "

 ME - " YEAH ,BUT I AM SO MUCH COOLER THAN MY DAD. OKAY , I HAVE ONE MORE SUGGESTION. DO A GROUP TEXT TO YOUR OTHER 3 FRIENDS. EXPLAIN HOW I CAN DRIVE THE MOM , MAYBE BRING UP THE PUP NELLIE , TREAT FOR A DINNER , AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CLEAN THE HOUSE FOR THE NEXT RENTER. WRITE ALL OF THAT AND IF I GET 3 YESES THAN CAN I GO? "

 YOUNGEST - " OH MY GOD YOUR SUCH A NUDGE. "  SHE SENDS OUT THE TEXT. WITHIN 2 MINUTES 2 FRIENDS TEXT BACK ' NO '. "  SHE BEGINS TO LAUGH.

 ME - " TELL YOUR FRIENDS THEY CUT ME........CUT ME DEEP. "

 WE SNUGGLE MORE AND I PLAY AND I MAKE HER LAUGH. WHEELS COMES IN AND OUR YOUNGEST EXPLAINS EVERYTHING I TRIED TO DO. WHEELS RESPONDS , " OH MY GOD........REALLY ?? "

  WHEELS MAKES A NICE SALMON DINNER AND GOES FOR A WALK WITH A FRIEND. I RUN OUT OF TIME TO HAVE DINNER AND HEAD TO THE NAIL. I WAS GOING TO TAKE MY MOTORCYCLE BUT I HEARD IT MAY RAIN LATER. I ALSO FORGOT I WANTED TO DO A MINOR ELECTRICAL JOB.

 I ARRIVE AND PLACE ELECTRICAL TOOLS ON THE BAR. WE HAVE AN OUTLET THAT HAS NOT WORKED IN OVER 25 YEARS. IT IS THE OUTLET UNDER OUR BIG TV. BY THE WAY I GOT SOME REALLY NICE COMPLIMENTS ON OUR BIG TV LAST WEEKEND. ANYWAY , I GET A LADDER AND FOLLOW THE DEAD LINE. IT GOES RIGHT INTO THE BREAKER BOX.....CRAP. NOW , DO I CUT THE LINE THAT I THINK IS OFF USING A TIN SNIPS AND RUBBER GLOVE OR CALL A FRIEND ? I CALL THE FRIEND.

 I HAVE NO ISSUES WITH DOING ELECTRICAL WORK EXCEPT THE MAIN PANEL BOX. EVER SINCE I STOOD BEHIND MY COUSIN IN A WAREHOUSE AND HIS SCREW DRIVER HIT THE MAIN BUS BAR IN THE BOX. ALL I SAW WAS WHITE LIGHT AND A BLACK SILHOUETTE OF A HUMAN BODY AND HEAD.....MY COUSIN. I NEVER WENT INTO A PANEL BOX AGAIN.  I AM THINKING OF JUST CUTTING THE LINE AND RUNNING IT TO A JUNCTION BOX RIGHT NEXT TO THE PANEL BOX. I TURN OFF AND ON EVERY BREAKER AND THE JUNCTION BOX DOES NOT TURN OFF......ARE YOU F'N KIDDING ME !!??!!??

 I CALL MY FRIEND. HE WILL ARRIVE IN 45 MINUTES SO I WASTE TIME DOING THE REGISTER , CLEANING STUFF , AND REPLACING THE BAD OUTLET & PLATE. I SIT AND WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN A FUN GAME. THE BULLPEN HOLDS AGAIN.

  MY FRIEND ARRIVES AND WITHIN 15 MINUTES HE REMOVES THE BREAKER BOX PANEL DOOR , SEES THE CUT LINE , SHEATHES IT , AND POPS IT INTO A BREAKER. DONE.......10 MINUTES.

  WE CLEANUP AND WE CHILL FOR A LITTLE BIT. ANOTHER PROJECT DONE.

 BACK HOME LATE NIGHT I AM TOO TIRED SO I GO TO BED.

 UPDATE - THE NEXT MORNING ONE OF MY KID'S FRIENDS IS PICKING UP OUR YOUNGEST TO GO TO SCHOOL. I THOUGHT I WAS DRIVING HER LIKE ALWAYS. MY YOUNGEST SAYS , " NO , ' E ' IS DRIVING ME THIS MORNING. " I REPLY , " HMMMMMMMME ' E ' YOU SAY ? THINK I WILL HAVE A LITTLE TALK WITH HER WHEN SHE ARRIVES. " MY KID BEGINS TEXTING. I YELL OUT , " DON'T YOU WARN HER !! " THE KID STARTS LAUGHING AS I HUG HER AND SAYS , " TOO LATE. "

 WE WALK DOWN TO THE END OF THE DRIVEWAY AND THE CAR PULLS UP. THE WINDOW ROLLS DOWN AND I SAY TO HER FRIEND , " YOU CUT ME MAN. YOU CUT ME DEEP WITH THAT NO ANSWER. " HER FRIEND GIGGLES AND SO DOES MY KID. SHE RESPONDS, " WELL , IT'S KINDA A LADY'S THING GOING ON HERE. " THEY DRIVE AWAY AND I BACK WALK UP MY DRIVEWAY WHILE A NEIGHBOR WAVES TO ME AND LAUGHS. THEY HEARD THE LITTLE CONVERSATION.

   TUESDAY      4 - 9 - 19

  JUST COULDN'T SLEEP..........

  GOT INVOLVED IN A BITTER DISPUTE OF A COUPLE LAST NIGHT. COPS SHOWED UP , THE GIRL WAS ATTACKED , AND THE HUSBAND REMEMBERS NOTHING.  ALCOHOL AND ANGER ARE NOT A GOOD MIX.

  LOOKING FOR BANDS FRIDAY NIGHT. I POSTED A FACEBOOK AD ALONG WITH OTHERS SHARING IT.......NOT ONE BITE.

  BANGING OUT PUNCH LIST STUFF. 

  FIXED A BROKEN DRAWER IN MY KIDS ROOM.  THERE WILL BE ONE LESS COFFEE CAKE IN THERE. I DON'T GET IT I GIVE UP BEER AND BRANDY FOR ALMOST 2 MONTHS AND ONLY LOSE MINIMAL WEIGHT. TIME TO GIVE UP AGAIN.

 PHILLIES BLOW 6 - 1 LEAD AND LOSE 10 - 6......BLOW. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY PAINFUL TO WATCH. SUPER LONG INNINGS FOR OUR PITCHING STAFF WHILE WASHINGTON BREEZED THROUGH THEIR LATE INNINGS SHUTTING US DOWN. A FUCKING 9TH INNING , 2 OUT , 2 STRIKE PITCH WAS HIT FOR A HOME RUN TO TIE THE GAME 6 - 6 AND PUSH THE GAME INTO EXTRA INNINGS. IT WAS SO IRRITATING TO WATCH. PHILLIES COULD NOT THROW A DAMN STRIKE.

  TURNED ON THE 76ERS AND THEY WERE LOSING BY 30. TURNED IT OFF.

  DROP OFF MY YOUNGEST AT WORK.

  DROP OFF A GIRL WHO NEEDED HELP. I MADE SURE SHE GOT INTO HER HOUSE TO GET SOME BELONGINGS AND GOT OUT. IT WAS EASY TO ACCESS THE HOUSE......THE COPS KICKED IN THE DOOR LAST NIGHT.

  GAVE SOME ADVICE TO A MALE FRIEND ABOUT DIVORCE.

  STOP AT A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE TO FIX A BUBBLING DECK AND A LOOSE TOILET PAPER HOLDER.  MY NEPHEWS ALWAYS CRACK ME UP.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I TESTED THE NEW OUTLET AND EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE WORKING FINE. SOMETIMES IT IS THE LITTLE THINGS THAT PLEASE ME.

 PICK UP MY YOUNGEST FROM WORK AND HEAD HOME. WE PLAY WITH THE PUP FOR A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THE DOG IS SO DAMN HAPPY TO SEE US.

  WHEELS AND I WATCH SOME EPISODES OF SCHITT'S CREEK. THEY WERE GOOD.

  WHEELS GOES TO BED BEFORE ME WHICH IS RARE.  FOR SOME REASON I COULD NOT SLEEP.  I END UP GIVING A RIDE FOR MY ELDEST LATE NIGHT TO A LOCAL PUB.

  BACK HOME I STAY UP PAST 2AM. FINALLY I TOLD MYSELF I HAD TO GET IN BED AT LEAST. I WAS UP AT LEAST TWICE AND MAN DID 6AM COME AROUND QUICK.

 WEDNESDAY         4 - 10 - 19 

 CONTINUE MY QUEST TO KEEP THE GARDENS WEEDED. I NEVER WANT TO ALLOW THEM TO GET AS BAD AS THEY DID LAST YEAR. WE WAITED FOR A LANDSCAPING CREW TO ARRIVE AND THEY WERE 2 1/2 MONTHS LATE FROM THE DATE THEY PROMISED. OUR 3 INCH HIGH WEEDS BECAME 2 FEET HIGH.

  SO , AFTER MY NORMAL RUN OF MORNING PROJECTS AND DRIVING MY KID TO SCHOOL I STARTED THE PROCESS.

  WEED OUTSIDE FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS. HUNDREDS OF SMALL WEEDS POPPING UP WERE DE-ROOTED.  IT IS A TEDIOUS PROCESS BUT I HAVE NOTICED EACH TIME I WEED THERE ARE LESS PLANTS. BUT CUTTING 1,000 WEEDS DOWN TO 700 DOES NOT SEEM LIKE A LESS PROBLEM.

  YOUNGEST HELPS ME FILL TRASHCAN WITH WEEDS. ALWAYS A JOY TO HANG WITH THIS KID.

  IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS I HAVE WATCHED A NETFLIX TV SERIES CALLED " OUR PLANET ". IT IS A DOCUMENTARY ON PLANTS , ANIMALS , INSECTS , AND THE PLANET. NARRATED BY DAVID ATTENBOROUGH.  IT IS VERY GOOD. THE FILMING IN CRYSTAL CLEAR AND SOME VIDEO IS JUST DOWNRIGHT AMAZING.  EVEN MORE EYE OPENING IS HOW WE ARE LOSING THE RAIN FORESTS. THE 2 LARGEST HAVE LOST 75% AND 50% RESPECTIVELY.  SEA ICE IN THE SUMMER TIME WILL BE NON EXISTENT IN 10 YEARS.  THIS AFFECTS OUR PLANET BIG TIME. BUT..............OUR ORANGEY PRESIDENT THINKS DIFFERENT ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AND THIS OTHER NONSENSE SO I AM NOT WORRIED.

 SPEAKING OF ORANGE. ORANGUTANS POPULATION HAS DROPPED 75% DUE TO RAIN FOREST BEING KNOCKED DOWN.

  OH , ONE MORE " OUR PLANET " SCENE THAT WAS DAMN BRUTAL. THIS ONE ISLAND WAS PACKED WITH WALRUS......EVERY SQUARE INCH. THEY CLIMB OVER EACH OTHER AND SOME SMALLER ONES GET CRUSHED. EVEN WORSE.......THESE 2,000+ POUND ANIMALS WOULD CLIMB UP CLIFFS TO FIND SPACE. THEIR EYE SIGHT IS POOR SO THEY CAN SEE OTHER WALRUS IN THE WATER BELOW. SO THEY TRY TO CLIMB BACK DOWN.......NOT GOOD. THEY SHOW WALRUS FALLING FROM CLIFFS.......HEART BREAKING.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO CLEAN AND ORDER PRODUCT.  I GOT SOME THINGS DONE AND EVEN GAVE 2 PATRONS A RIDE HOME.

  BACK HOME WE WIND DOWN AND WATCH A COUPLE OF EPISODES OF " SCHITT'S CREEK ". AGAIN , THE WRITING IS VERY CLEVER.

  PHILLIES LOSE BY 2 TOUCHDOWNS.....ABSOLUTELY BLOW.

  76ERS WIN BIG AND SECURE THE NUMBER 3 SEED. THEY WILL PLAY THE BROOKLYN NETS IN THE 1ST ROUND. WE SPLIT THE SERIES DURING THE YEAR AND THIS TEAM IS NO JOKE. OH , ONE MORE THING, EMBIID MIGHT MISS THE FIRST GAME OR EVEN THE WHOLE SERIES. GUESS THEY DID NOT DO THE " LOAD MANAGEMENT THING QUITE RIGHT."

  HAD A DREAM I WAS WORKING WITH QUEEN LATIFAH. I WAS HELPING HER CLEAN UP HER HOUSE AND OTHER ODD JOBS. WHEN REMOVING OLD CLOTHES I NOTICED SHE HAD DRAWERS OF CASH. THESE LONG DRAWERS PULLED OUT AND THE CASH WAS INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED PERFECTLY. STARTING WITH ONE DOLLAR BILLS AND TO THE BACK OF THE DRAWER 100 DOLLAR BILLS.

  THURSDAY        4 - 11 - 19

 IT'S BONDING......COST $80 , BUT IT'S BONDING.

 OUTSIDE AGAIN WITH THE PUP.  I AM TRYING TO STAY AHEAD OF THIS WEEDING THING. I RE-WEED THE FIRST 4 GARDENS I DID LAST WEEK.  I START WEEDING THE 5TH GARDEN AND THE MAILMAN STOPS AND SAY , " OH I LIKE THOSE PURPLE FLOWERS BUT I KNOW THEY ARE WEEDS." I REPLY , " YEAH THEY DO GROW VERY FAST. " HE SAYS , " THEY WILL HELP WITH RAIN RUN-OFF AND THE BEES USE THEM."  I GO BACK TO WEEDING AND I THOUGHT , " MAYBE I WILL DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. "  THESE PURPLE WEEDS ARE SPREAD OUT THROUGH THE ENTIRE FRONT GARDEN. I DECIDE TO WEED A RECTANGLE AND IT ACTUALLY CAME OUT NICE. MOST LIKELY I WILL DO THE SAME RECTANGLE ARRANGEMENT AT THE FAR END OF THE GARDEN TOMORROW.

  I TESTED MY MULCHING TOOL AND I AM MANEUVERING MY WAY AROUND A TOP CHICKEN WIRE OF THE GARDEN. I SAY TO MYSELF , " WHY THE HELL DO I HAVE THIS TOP WIRE.......WE DO NOT HAVE A RABBIT ANYMORE ? "  I REMOVE THE CHICKEN WIRE AND ROLL IT UP. IT WILL BE STORED IN THE GARAGE UNTIL THE NEXT RABBIT.

  I LOAD UP THE WEEDS AND FILL ANOTHER TRASHCAN.

  TAKE A NICE SHOWER AND HANG OUT A LITTLE BIT. I WAS PRETTY TIRED ALREADY AND IT'S ONLY 3PM.

  A NICE DINNER WITH WHEELS AND OUR ELDEST.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO WORK AND HANG OUT. IT WAS A NICE " JUST JAM " NIGHT WITH A FAIR AMOUNT OF MUSICIANS SHOWING UP.

 MY ELDEST SHOWS UP AND PARKS HER JEEP IN THE BACK LOT. I GIVE HER A RIDE DOWN THE STREET TO ANOTHER BAR. I TOLD HER , " THIS CUTS ME MAN.....CUTS ME DEEP. "

 THE MUSICIANS ROLL OUT AND I TEXT MY KID BEFORE MIDNIGHT. I PICK HER UP AND DRIVE HER BACK TO THE NAIL. SHE DRIVES THE JEEP HOME WHILE I FOLLOW HER.  AT HOME WE BOTH TAKE A RIDE TO A LOCAL BAR.  WE PASS " KELLYS " AND THERE IS A LINE OF VILLANOVA STUDENTS TO GET IN. THEY ALL LOOK 15 YEARS OLD.

  WE STOP AT THE GROG AND MY KID WANTS ME TO COME IN. SHE KNOWS SOME FRIENDS AND INTRODUCES ME. WE CHILL FOR ABOUT ONE HOUR AND I HAVE TO HEAD HOME.  THE BILL......$61.  I GAVE A $22 TIP. THEIR PRICES ARE REALLY HIGH BUT 30 MINUTES IN A GROUP OF 30 VILLANOVA KIDS ENTER. THE DOORMAN " CARDS " THEM IN SECONDS. HALF LOOK UNDER 21.......I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD. ANOTHER THING......IT IS SUPER LOUD IN THERE. I DID ENJOY BONDING WITH MY KID. IT IS RARE A KID ACTUALLY WANTS TO HANG OUT WITH HER DAD FOR A LITTLE BIT. SHE THANKED ME SEVERAL TIMES.

  BACK HOME I HAVE A GLASS OF RED WINE AND SOME CHEESE. I HEAD TO BED.  MY LONG DAY AND NIGHT HAS ENDED.

   FRIDAY      4 - 12 - 19

  LESSON LEARNED....................

  I WANTED TO DO SOME MORE OUTSIDE WEEDING BUT THE DAY DID NOT GO AS EXPECTED. SO , I DID OTHER STUFF.

  UP EARLY AS ALWAYS AND GET YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL.  I LIKE DRIVING THE KID AND MESSING WITH HER. I ALWAYS SAY TO HER , " YOU KNOW......I JUST LOVE LOOKING AT YOU. "

  MID MORNING AND OFF TO THE NAIL TO MEET OUR BEER LINE CLEANING GIRL.  IT IS ALWAYS NICE TO GET TOGETHER. I GET SOME THINGS DONE.

  GET A CALL THAT THE BAND SPIDER RICO WANTS TO DO A RE-UNION SHOW AT THE NAIL. THIS WOULD BE A FUN NIGHT. THE LAST TIME THEY PLAYED WAS 11 YEARS AGO.

  RETURN HOME AND BEGIN WORKING ON A JEEP HATCH WINDOW.  THIS WINDOW HAS BEEN MAJORLY SQUEAKING FOR OVER 4+ YEARS. MANY TIMES I WEDGED A WOOD SHIM IN THE GASKET OR WEATHER STRIPPING OF THE WINDOW TO SILENCE IT. BUT......IT ALWAYS FALL OUT. I CAN NOT DRIVE THE CAR 30 SECONDS WITHOUT IT SQUEAKING LOUDLY AND MAN IT IS ANNOYING.  I BEGIN THE PROCESS OF TROUBLE SHOOTING THIS PROBLEM ALOT MORE CLOSELY. I AM JUST SICK OF IT. IT ENDS UP A NUT WAS MISSING ON A BOLT TO HOLD A CLAMP SECURELY. IT TOOK ME 45 MINUTES TO FIND THE RIGHT NUT. I FIX THE JEEP WINDOW AND GO INSIDE TO LAY DOWN. THAN MY PHONE GOES OFF.

 RETURN TO THE NAIL TO MEET OUR SODA TECH. HE TELLS ME 1:15PM AND HE ARRIVES AT 2PM. HE IS A REALLY GOOD GUY BUT I WAS A LITTLE PEEVED ABOUT THIS TARDINESS.  THE FUNNY THING IS I WENT TO LAY ON THE COUCH AND SAY TO WHEELS , " WATCH MY PHONE GO OFF SINCE I AM LAYING DOWN.  2 MINUTES LATER....IT WENT OFF. ANYWAY , THE SILVER LINING THAT OUR SODA TECH WAS 45 MINUTES LATE IS ME GETTING ALOT OF THINGS DONE TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.

 RETURN HOME A 2ND TIME TO CHILL. I WANTED TO TAKE MY MOTORCYCLE BUT I ALSO WANTED TO TAKE THE JEEP TO SEE IF THE WINDOW WOULD NOT SQUEAK.....IT DID NOT. I ALSO FIXED THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS.

  INSIDE I WIND DOWN AND TRY TO REST. WHEELS HAS HER TWO BEST FRIENDS OVER TO GO FOR A WALK. SHE ALSO TOOK OUR PUP TO THE VET TO GET HER NAILS CLIPPED. IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE HER FRIENDS.

  I HEAD TO THE NAIL FOR A 3RD TIME. I WATCH THE PHILLIES BOUNCE BACK AND WIN A GAME EASILY........9 - 1. IT IS THE LOWLY MARLINS SO ANYTHING LESS THAN TAKING 2 OUT 3 GAMES IN THIS SERIES WOULD BE BAD.

  76ERS LIST EMBIID AS " DOUBTFUL " FOR TOMORROWS' 1ST PLAYOFF GAME. I PREDICT 76ERS LOSE IN 5.

  THE RAIN COMES AND IT SUCKS. I LOAD IN THE BAND AND IT IS A VERY SLOW NIGHT. MAN IT IS SO NOT FUN. IT ALWAYS PUTS ME IN A MELANCHOLY MOOD.

  ON THE WAY HOME I PASS OUR LOCAL PUB AND IT HAS A HUGE 25 YARD LINE TO GET IN. THEY ARE ALL VILLANOVA STUDENTS AND LOOK 18 YEARS OLD. APPARENTLY THE BAR WAS HAVING A 50 CENT BEER SPECIAL.

  ARRIVE HOME MELLOW AND GRAB A DRINK. I PLACE IT ON AN END TABLE AND JUST WHEN I AM ABOUT TO SIT DOWN MY ELDEST SAYS , "CAN YOU DRIVE ME TO THE BAR PAST THE NAIL ? "

  I PUT MY DRINK IN THE FRIDGE AND GET IN THE CAR. MY KID GETS IN THE CAR AND I SLOWLY MOVE THE VEHICLE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE DRIVEWAY. I SAY TO HER , " DO I SAVE 1 MINUTE AND GO STRAIGHT OR GO AROUND THE BLOCK ? " THE KID DOESN'T ANSWER AND I DRIVE STRAIGHT. THE PROBLEM IS OUR STREET TURNED INTO A ONE WAY ABOUT 10 MONTHS AGO. THE MAIN STREET IS 100 FEET FROM OUR DRIVEWAY. NOW WE MUST DRIVE AROUND 3 BLOCKS TO GET TO THIS MAIN STREET. IT IS NUISANCE BUT IT DOES MAKE SENSE SINCE CARS USED TO WHIP AROUND THE CORNER WHEN IT WAS NOT A ONE WAY STREET.

  ANYWAY , I SWING THE VEHICLE FAR RIGHT JUST IN CASE SOME ONE DRIVES UP THE ONE WAY. I AM ON THE MAIN STREET IN LESS THAN 3 SECONDS. WE DRIVE PAST THE PACKED BAR AND I SHOW THE HUGE UNDERAGE VILLANOVA KIDS GETTING INTO THE BAR TO MY ELDEST.  WE DRIVE ANOTHER 3 BLOCKS AND THAN......RED AND BLUE  FLASHING LIGHTS. I SWING MY CAR OFF TO THE SIDE AND THE COP PULLS BEHIND ME. I SAY TO MY KID , " DID I GO THROUGH A RED LIGHT WHILE STARING AT THE LONG LINE OF KIDS OR SOMETHING ? " I REALLY DID NOT KNOW.

  THE COPS ASKED FOR LICENSE AND REGISTRATION WHICH I HAVE READY. SHE RETURNS AND TELLS ME , " I CAN'T BELIEVE I SAW YOU DRIVE DOWN A ONE WAY STREET. "  I THOUGHT FOR SURE SHE LET ME OFF WITH A WARNING. NOT HAPPENING AND LESSON LEARNED...........$180 FINE.

 DRIVE MY KID PAST THE DEAD NAIL AND TO THE BAR DOWN THE STREET. I RETURN HOME COMPLETELY BUMMING OUT.

  WHEELS AND I WATCH 2 EPISODES OF BROCKMIRE AND ONE EPISODE OF SCHITT'S CREEK. BOTH WERE CLEVER WRITING AND FUNNY. I DID NOT LAUGH ONE TIME.

   SATURDAY      4 - 13 - 19

  TRYING TO SHAKE THIS MELANCHOLINESS..........MAYBE THE 76ERS OR PHILLIES WOULD HELP ?

  WHEELS AND YOUNGEST VISIT A COLLEGE FOR ORIENTATION AND OTHER THINGS. OUR KID ACTUALLY WON A RAFFLE. THEY REALLY LIKED THE  UNIVERSITY. I DROPPED THEM OFF AND PICKED THEM UP AT THE TRAIN STATION.

  WATCHED THE 76ERS ABSOLUTELY SUCK ASS. HOW DID BROOKLYN EVER LOSE A GAME ? FUCKING BEST TEAM EVER. THEY WENT ON A 20 - 1 RUN AND I TURNED IT OFF.

  SNUGGLE WITH THE PUP TODAY. ALWAYS NICE.

  HELP PREP PACK FOR OUR YOUNGEST. HER AND FRIENDS ARE TRAVELING TO MY FAVORITE PLACE. THEY ARRIVED SAFELY AND I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD THAT THESE KIDS ARE GROWING UP SO FAST. THEY ARE GOOD KIDS AND WHEELS AND I ALWAYS TALKED THAT SOME DAY THEY WILL BE TRAVELING AND MORE. THAT DAY HAS COME SO FAST.

 HEAD TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND DO THE DOOR. 6 BANDS CAME THROUGH AND EVERYONE WAS COOL.  I MOVED BANDS PERFECTLY. AGAIN , LOVE THE NEW MIXING BOARD. 

  LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW IS SUNDAY AT 6PM. HOPING WE DO NOT RUN INTO PROBLEMS AGAIN.

  BAND HAS A SMALL BUS AND ASKS ME TO SIGN THE INTERIOR. I ASK MY BARTENDER TO JOIN ME. WE GO INSIDE THE BUS AND THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF SIGNATURES AND PENIS DRAWINGS. IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY. WE GAVE OUR AUTOGRAPHS AND POSTED PICTURES ON FACEBOOK.

  THE NIGHT REALLY MOVED WELL. BY MIDNIGHT THE LAST BAND PLAYED THEIR LAST SONG. I HAD A GOOD TIME WORKING WITH THE BARTENDER BUT MAN WERE MY LEGS HURTING. I AM ALWAYS STANDING , MOVING , WALKING , OPENING DOORS , GOING HALFWAY DOWN THE BLOCK TO MOVE CARS FROM GETTING TOWED , AND MORE. MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE WAS PREVENTING PEOPLE FROM LITTERING CIGARETTE BUTTS. I AM JUST AMAZED I TELL THEM 5 TIMES AND THEY STILL LITTER.

  PHILLIES GET SMOKED BY THE WORSE TEAM IN THE DIVISION.......F'N BLOW.

 ELDEST VISITS ME AT THE NAIL AND THAN I GIVE HER A RIDE TO ANOTHER BAR. I PAST KELLYS AND 5 POLICE OFFICERS ARE ACTUALLY HELPING ORGANIZE LINES ENTERING THEIR BAR. I FUCKING JUST SHOOK MY HEAD.  100'S OF KIDS UNDERAGE GETTING HELPED INTO A BAR......BY THE COPS.

 BACK HOME I WIND DOWN AND WATCH TV FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. 2AM THE DOG FREAKS OUT AND I AM UP BY 7AM......NICE.

  SUNDAY      4 - 14 - 19

 LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW RETURNED AND IT WAS A FUN SHOW. WE TALK POLICE ENCOUNTERS. OH MAN.......DO WE TELL STORIES ALONG WITH THE BAND MEMBERS AND SOME PATRONS. WE MUST THANK JEEPERS CREEPERS , RASAN AND THE HEYDAY , RAPLH PAGANO BAND , ANDREW OF MIDHEAVEN AND 2 LOCAL PATRONS BRANDON AND CHEETIE.  BRANDON USED THE " F " WORD 22 TIMES IN 4 MINUTES.

  I ALSO MUST THANK A PATRON WHO RELIGIOUSLY LISTENS TO OUR SHOW AND SAID , " HE HAS TO HEAR EVERY SHOW ".  KINDA MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.

 CRAIGSLIST STRIKES AGAIN AND WHEELS SAYS , " THIS IS EXCITING ". WE MET AN OLD LADY IN A RITE AID PARKING LOT TO PURCHASE A DOG NAIL GRINDER FOR $10.  SHE OFFERED A CAT COLLAR FOR $8 BUT WHEELS DENIED IT. WHAT SPARKED THIS WAS OUR PUP GETTING HER NAILS CLIPPED FOR $20.  THIS PROCESS TOOK ABOUT 11 SECONDS. THERE IS ONE THING I HAVE TROUBLE WITH AND THAT IS CUTTING OUR PUPS NAILS. SO.....A GRINDER MADE SENSE. I PRICED THEM ONLINE AND THEY ARE ABOUT $22 PLUS SHIPPING. I GO TO CRAIGSLIST AND THERE IS ONLY ONE FOR SALE AND BRAND NEW IN THE BOX AND THEY LIVE 5 MINUTES FROM US.. TO MY SURPRISE THE LADY RESPONDED INSTANTLY. IN LESS THAN ONE HOUR WE WERE MEETING IN A DRUG STORE'S PARKING LOT TO MAKE THE EXCHANGE..........EXCITING.

  PHILLIES WITH A VERY NICE EXTRA INNING WIN OVER A CRAPPY TEAM.......WE'LL TAKE IT.

  TEXTING OR CALLING MY YOUNGEST 11 TIMES TODAY. THEY SEEM TO BE HAVING A REALLY FUN TIME. 

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO DO THE RADIO SHOW AND CHILL ALITTLE BIT.

  BACK HOME AND A QUICK DINNER. I WAS JONESING FOR A HAMBURGER. THE HUGE BURGERS I GOT A RESTAURANT DEPOT WERE PREFECT. SO NEED TO BBQ THEM.

  ONLY ONE SHOW TO WATCH TONIGHT........GAME......OF........THRONES !!!!  MY BROTHER AND HIS WIFE POSTED A FACEBOOK PICTURE OF THEM ALL DRESSED UP AS THE KING OF THE NORTH AND THE DRAGON QUEEN.  ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS !!!

  OH.....GAME OF THRONES WAS EXCELLENT.  AT 27 MILLION DOLLARS PER EPISODE YOU EXPECT IT AND IT DELIVERS.

  MONDAY        4 - 15 - 19

  SOMETHING'S MAKE ME HAPPY......RE-UNION SHOWS. I AM HONORED TO ANNOUNCE OUR FRIENDS FROM SPIDER RICO WILL BE ON THE EAST COAST IN JUNE. WE HAVE CONFIRMED FRIDAY JUNE 21ST.  THIS WILL BE A VERY FUN NIGHT.

  OK....MY DAY.

  76ERS BOUNCE THE " F " BACK AND SMOKE THE NETS. I THOUGHT THE NETS WERE INVINCIBLE BUT THE 76ERS TOOK THEIR HEADS OUT OF THEIR ASSES AND JUMPED ON THEM ,STOMPED THEM , AND BROKE THEIR NECK.  IT WAS SO FUN TO SEE FINALLY.  A RECORD 3RD QUARTER AND A RECORD HIGH POINTS IN A PLAYOFF GAME.

 PHILLIES SUCK ASS AND WE CAN NEVER BEAT THE DAMN FUCKING METS. WE LOSE AGAIN TO THEM AND THEIR FUCKING IRRITATING FUCKING MET FANS.

 IT WAS A LITTLE CHILLY AND WINDY BUT I DECIDE TO CUT THE LAWN. MY RIDING MOWER STARTED RIGHT UP AND THAT IS ALWAYS A HUGE PLUS. NEXT I FOUGHT MY SELF-PROPELLED LAWN MOWER A LITTLE BIT BUT GOT THAT DONE. THAN , I HAVE BEEN CHARGING MY WEED WHACKER FOR 2 DAYS AND IT WORKS SO DAMN NICE. I GOT EVERYTHING COMPLETE AND THE LAWN LOOKS GOOD. FUNNY.....AFTER THE RIDING MOWER I TOLD MYSELF I WOULD NOT DO ANY MORE BUT I JUST KEPT GOING. I AM GLAD I DID.

  WHEELS WORKS FROM HOME AND I EDIT THE RADIO SHOW. IT TOOK ME 4 TIMES LONGER BECAUSE ONE GUEST USED THE " F " WORD 24 TIMES. THE SHOW IS DONE AND UPLOADED TO OUR WEBSITE. I WILL UPLOAD IT TO THE GOOGLE ACCOUNTS TOMORROW FOR FANS TO DOWNLOAD.

  TAKE A BREAK AND PLAY ONE FINAL MOVE ON AN INTERNET SCRABBLE GAME. A PLAYER WAS SHOCKED WHEN ON MY FINAL PLAY I MADE A 7 LETTER TRIPLE PLAY 90 POINT MOVE TO COME FROM BEHIND BY 65 POINTS TO WIN THE GAME. HE CHATTED ME AND WAS PRETTY FUNNY IN HIS RESPONSE. IT IS JUST A GAME BUT IT WAS FUN.

  WHEELS ORDERS ME NEW SWEAT SHORTS.....I LOVE THEM. THEY ARE SOFT , SLEEK , AND WHEELS CAN EASILY SLIDE HER HAND RIGHT UP THE LEG WHENEVER SHE WANTS.

  MESSING WITH MY YOUNGEST TO SEND ME PICTURES FROM THEIR GET AWAY TRIP WITH HER FRIENDS. I WAS CALLED A " NUDGE " SEVERAL TIMES.

 WHEELS AND I SEARCH FOR BIRD FEEDERS. GOOD GOD IT TOOK FOREVER TO FIND THEM.

  OFF TO THE NAIL FOR SOLO ACTS AND BANDS. IT WAS A FUN NIGHT FOR A MONDAY.

  BACK HOME I WIND DOWN WITH 2 MGD BEERS. I WAS TIRED SO BY 1AM I WAS OFF TO BED. DOG BARKING AT 2AM DID NOT HELP.

  TUESDAY    4 - 16 - 19

  1AM .......2AM.........3AM LISTEN TO SPORTS RADIO..........4AM STILL LISTENING TO SPORTS RADIO.......5AM....MILES GET UP. BLOW.

  IT IS OFFICIAL SPIDER RICO WILL BE PLAYING HERE ON FRIDAY JUNE 21ST. THAT IS PRETTY DAMN COOL.

  BEAUTIFUL DAY SO I DECIDE TO HEAD OUTSIDE FOR ALMOST 4 HOURS. THE PUP JOINS ME AND SO DOES MY ELDEST.  WE FINISH THE WEEDING AND ALL THE GARDENS LOOK GOOD. THIS YEAR I WILL ATTEMPT TO STAY ON TOP OF THE WEEDS.

  INSIDE I DO SOME COMPUTER WORK. I HAVE MY LEGS UP ON A BARSTOOL AND SHOW WHEELS MY LEGS. I LOVE MY LEGS AND FEET. YEARS AGO A GIRL WATCHING ME PLAY SOFTBALL SAID , " I LOVE YOUR LEGS. " ANYWAY ,   WHEELS MAKES A YUCKY FACE SAYS , " OH MY GOD. YOU DON'T WEAR SHOES WHEN WEEDING ? " I REPLY , " I LIKE TO BE ONE WITH THE EARTH. " I LATER SHOWERED.

  A RENTER STOPS BY TO DROP OFF A RENT CHECK. SHE TALKS TO MY NEIGHBOR AND ASKS HOW THE BALL GAME WAS. HE REPLIED , " IT WAS GREAT. WE WERE AT THE 3RD BASE LINE ABOUT 20 ROWS IN. WE HAD A FOUL BALL HIT NEAR US. ".  I JUST SMIRKED SAID TO MYSELF , " I'LL BE IN A SUITE TOMORROW FOR FREE. "

  SPEAKING OF FREE SUITE. I HATE MY DAD'S BLOOD WHICH IS IN ME AND HIS ALWAYS NEGATIVE FIRST REACTIONS. I FIND OUT WHEELS AND I WERE OFFERED TO GO TO A GAME IN THE PRIVATE SUITE WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES. I ASK IF THE KIDS CAN GO AND THEY WERE NOT INVITED. I TOLD WHEELS I DO WANT TO GO THAN. IMAGINE THAT ? I COULD SIT WITH FORMER PLAYERS , FREE FOOD & BOOZE , FREE V.I.P PARKING , AND BE TREATED LIKE A ROCK STAR AND I RATHER BE WITH MY KIDS. I MUST BEAN IDIOT. WHEELS CALMED ME DOWN.

 OFF TO THE NAIL ON MY MOTORCYCLE. IT WAS A NICE RIDE. I PREPPED AND CHANGED THE MARQUEE. PEOPLE HONKING AT ME AS I AM ON THE LADDER. I AM NOT SURE IF THEY KNOW ME AND SAYING HELLO OR TRYING TO SCARE ME OFF THE LADDER.

  HANG OUT AND PLAY A GAME OF POOL WITH MY ELDEST. I RAN THE TABLE. THE KID SAYS , " I GOT ONE TURN AND IT WAS BREAKING. " I REPLIED , " THAT'S WHAT 7'S DO. " ( A 7 IS THE HIGHEST RANK IN THE A.P.A. POOL LEAGUE. HUNDREDS OF PLAYERS AND ONLY A HANDFUL REACH THIS LEVEL. )

  RIDE MY MOTORCYCLE HOME AND SOME COLLEGE PRETTY GIRL PUTS HER THUMB OUT FOR A RIDE. SHE HAD LONG BLONDE SWIRLY HAIR PAST HER ASS. I WAS DAMN CLOSE TO PULLING OVER. I THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND KNEW IF I TOOK OFF MY HELMET FOR HER TO USE SHE SEE MY FAT BALD HEAD. THAN RIDING WITH ME SHE HAVE TO PUT HER HANDS AROUND MY WAIST AND FEEL MY HUGE FAT FATTY FAT FAT STOMACH. SO I DROVE RIGHT BY AND JUST GAVE A HEAD NOD. YEP.....I THOUGHT OF ALL OF THAT IN THE 4 SECONDS DRIVING BY HER HITCH HIKING THUMB. #I'MALOSERFATTYFAT.

  BACK HOME WE WATCH THE PHILLIES SMOKE THE LIVING BEJESUS OUT OF THE METS. THEY SCORED 10 FRIGGIN' RUNS IN THE 1ST INNING. MAN IT WAS NICE TO SEE SINCE THE METS ALWAYS KICK OUR ASS.

  YOUNGEST ARRIVES HOME FROM THE POCONOS WITH HER FRIENDS. THE PUP AND US GREET THEM. THEY WERE TOO FUNNY. OF COURSE I APOLOGIZED FOR HARASSING THEM A COUPLE OF TIMES WITH TEXTS AND ASKING THEM TO SEND ME FUN PICTURES. THEY ARE REALLY GOOD KIDS.

  YOUNGEST SETTLES IN AND WITHIN MINUTES I AM SNUGGLING WITH HER ON HER BED. WE TALKED ABOUT HER VACATION AND OTHER STUFF. I HATED NOT DOING THIS FOR THE PAST 5 DAYS. IT WAS PURE JOY JUST TO HOLD THE KID AND ANNOY HER. IT WAS ONLY MINUTES UNTIL SHE CALLED ME A " NUDGE. "

  WHEELS AND I WATCH THE PHILLIES AND AN EPISODE OF SCHITT'S CREEK. BOTH WERE GOOD.

  I SLEPT REALLY GOOD FOR 2 HOURS THAN.................( SEE ABOVE ).

  PART 1 - I AM IN NEW YORK AND TRYING TO GET BACK TO PHILLY. IT DID NOT TAKE LONG BEFORE A GUY WITH A GUN TRY TO ROB ME AND ANOTHER MAN WAITING FOR THE TRAIN. THE ROBBER WAS TWITCHY AND SEEMED HESITANT SO I GOT PISSED AND WENT COMPLETELY CODE RED. I GRABBED HIS GUN AND WE STRUGGLED WITH IT FOR JUST SECONDS. I TURNED HIS WRIST WITH THE GUN TOWARDS HIS BELLY AND THE GUY GOT SUPER FRIGHTENED WHEN THE WEAPON WAS POINTED AT HIM. I SCREAM , " GIMME THAT FUCKING GUN YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE. OH ...........YOU DON'T LIKE THAT DO YA !!! ".  I TAKE THE GUN AND BEGIN PISTOL WHIPPING HIM. I MEAN I FUCKING GOING APE SHIT ON HIS HEAD. I REPEATEDLY SMASH HIS FACE AND HEAD UNTIL HE IS NOT MOVING ANYMORE.  I DUMP HIM IN A TRASHCAN AND SAY ," AND THAT'S WHERE YOU FUCKING BELONG. " THE OTHER MAN THANKS ME AND SHOWS ME WHERE TO GET THE PHILLY TRAIN. I FOLLOW HIM.

  PART II - THIS GUY I SAVED LEADS ME THROUGH WALLS OF A CONCRETE MAZE AND A SMALL PLANK. I SEE MOVING BLOCKS OF CINDER ABOUT 12 FEET LONG. PEOPLE ARE JUMPING ON THEM AS THEY GLIDE ALONG THE RAIL ROAD TRACK. THE GUY TELLS ME TO JUMP ON ONE.  I JUMP AND BALANCE MYSELF ON THESE MOVING PIECES OF CEMENT. THEY LOOK LIKE THE BARRIERS YOU SEE IN PARKING LOTS. I GLIDE ALONG WITH MANY OTHER PEOPLE TOO. THE GUY TELLS ME WE HAVE TO GET OFF AT THE NEXT STOP. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE DO SO I JOIN THEM. I FOLLOW THE BIG CROWD UP SOME STAIRS AND THROUGH A GENERAL STORE. PEOPLE ARE JUST CUTTING THROUGH TO GET TO THE NEXT TRAIN. I RECOGNIZE THE OWNER FOR IT IS AN OLD GIRL FRIEND NAMED LORI M. SHE IS PISSED NO ONE IS BUYING ANYTHING SO SHE LOCKS THE DOOR AND PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM COMING IN. SHE WAS ANGRY SO I DID NOT SAY ANYTHING AND FOLLOWED ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE OUT THE EXIT DOOR.

 PART III - FOLLOWING THE CROWD WE COME UP STEPS AND TO A PLANK AGAIN. THERE ARE ONLY 2 GUYS WAITING FOR THE TRAIN. I SEE WHITE TAPE GOING UP THE STEPS AND WRITTEN ON THE TAPE IS THE WORD " PHILADELPHIA ". I SEE THE 2 GUYS AND ASK , " IS THIS THE STOP FOR PHILLY ? ". ONE GUY POINTS AND SAYS , " YOU SEE THE TAPE RIGHT ? "  I SAY TO HIM , " YOU LOOK LIKE A GUY I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH. HIS NAME WAS RICH L. " THE YOUNG GUY SPINS AND SAYS , " YEAH , I'M HIS SON AND HERE IS MY DAD. " THE DAD AKA RICH COMES OUT FROM A SIDE WALL AND I SAY HELLO AND SHAKE HIS HAND. WE BOARD THE TRAIN AND I SEE SIGNS FOR I-95 SOUTH. I FINALLY REALIZE I AM HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION HOME...................dream ends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

  

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

   

  

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

   

  

     

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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