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Saturday, May 26th, 2007
5:09 pm
For my wife
For My Lady - The Moody Blues

My boat sails stormy seas
Battles oceans filled with tears
At last my port's in view
Now that I've discovered you

Oh I'd give my life so lightly
For my gentle lady
Give it freely and completely
To my lady

As life goes drifting by
Like a breeze she'll gently sigh
And slowly bow her head
Then you'll hear her softly cry.

Oh I'd give my life so lightly
For my gentle lady
Give it freely and completely
To my lady

Words that you say when we're alone
Though actions speak louder than words
But all I can say is I love you so
To drive away all my hurt

Oh I'd give my life so lightly
For my gentle lady
Give it freely and completely
To my lady

Set sail before the sun
Feel the warmth that's just begun
Share each and every dream
They belong to everyone.

Oh I'd give my life so lightly
For my gentle lady
Give it freely and completely
To my lady
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
4:50 am
Update
I guess I don't know enough to diagnose myself... so my previous post isn't
quite right. I do know I don't feel well. Still I am sorry if I've hurt
anyone... If I did, it was completely unintentional.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
4:54 pm
Heard on NPR
I heard an interview with this author on NPR the other night. All I can say is "Amen."

Robin Meyer's Speech
Saturday, November 4th, 2006
11:01 am
I've been a grumpy PITA lately, I'm sorry.
Friday, September 15th, 2006
10:45 pm
Acquainted with the Night

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain -- and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
O luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.

-- Robert Frost
Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
1:24 pm
Samwise Gamgee's speech
Been sitting around today watching some videos, when this part came up
and I realized how I've always enjoyed this speech, from the end of "The
Two Towers"...

Frodo: "I can’t do this Sam."

Sam: "I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here,
but we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that
really mattered, full of darkness and danger they were. Sometimes you
didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy. How
could the world go back to the way it was when there’s so much bad that
had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing, this shadow;
even darkness must pass.

A new day will come, and when the sun shines, it will shine out the
clearer. Those are the stories that stay with you, that meant something,
even if you were too small to understand why.

But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories
had lots of chances for turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going
because they were holding on to something."

Frodo: "What are we holding on to Sam?"

Sam: "That there’s some good left in this world Mr. Frodo…and it’s worth fighting for."

Current Mood: peaceful
Thursday, August 17th, 2006
8:54 pm
my buddy
Found this pic of the Col. Boy on the ol' hard drive:
(determined to drink from an old bucket. he's a water cat,
his front feet were in 2" of water)



Current Mood: numb
Sunday, June 5th, 2005
1:13 pm
The circle of life
I woke to find a stricken raccoon in the street
in front of our driveway this morning. I thought
it had been hit by a car but after looking more
closely saw that there wasn't any blood.
I called the local wildlife rescue folks who
told me that there's an epidemic of distemper in
the local raccoon population. I called the sheriffs
and when they arrived thats what they said was
going on. End stage Distemper causes brain dysfunction
and quasi-paralysis and that's exactly what this
poor guy was exhibiting. The police collared him
and put him out of his misery on the bank of the
stream next to our house.
Sigh. It's better that way in that the carcase
could act as a disease source for other animals in
the area so we and they did the right thing. Jerri
is shook up though, we do love our critters in this
household. From dust was he made, to dust shall he
be. Farewell master raccoon.

Current Mood: sorrowful
Tuesday, February 24th, 2004
9:44 pm
So long to the world of retail
What should I spray to get rid of Ants ? (Ant Spray, duh..)
Do you have rat traps ? (::glazed look in the eyes:: Aisle 2, on the right)
I put fertilizer on my lawn but it didn't work cause it's still brown. What kind do you have that works ? (You probably watered too much and washed it out into the street, polluting the local rivers and streams in the process.. Use this little box and hose end sprayer, at least you won't do *much* more damage)
Can you help me find a replacement for this inscrutably small and obscure faucet part that looks like it's from 1937 ? (no, just buy a new faucet, dammit ! They're only $14)
(and my favorite)I need some Potassium Permanganate for a science experiment in my classroom, do you have that ? (no, but thanks for the chem 101 refresher)

3 months of retail at OSH has passed slowly, but I'm saying sayonara next week. Or is that, So long suckers !
Thursday, December 11th, 2003
8:40 pm
Quiet time
I'm sitting here in the sickroom with the
vaporizer on, and our little gray Fiona
sitting on my lap. It's a quiet evening.

Current Mood: calm
Friday, October 31st, 2003
8:31 pm
Happy Halloween !
Phew !   I'm wiped out after answering the door
for 2 1/2 hours straight.. There's tons of kids in
this neighborhood. We went thru 7 bags of candy and
the last 2 kids had to split a pack of Dentyne gum.

Jerri was ready to ditch the whole thing after having
done it so many times but I enjoy seeing the costumes.
All the apartments I lived in never had any kids at all
come around so I guess I'm catching up on the whole exp.

Anyway, it was a good Halloween here since she got to
skip answering the door and hang out w/ her boy (who's
now in bed.. probably for the night !) and I got to
give tons of candy away. Lots of chainsaw murderers
and grim reapers and devils. There were two standouts
though, a little girl in a homemade dinosaur costume that
was wonderful and a young boy in full fireman regalia.
Honorable mention to the chainsaw murderer w/ the plastic
chainsaw :-)

Current Mood: tired
Thursday, September 11th, 2003
12:59 pm
Happy Faucet Day
Today is our Faucet day, ie, 4 years ago today I met my wife
Jerri for the 1st time when I visited her to help replace her
kitchen faucet. Yes, it's also that other anniversary too and
while I mourn the loss of those who are gone as much as anyone,
I choose to think of the good and pleasant aspects of this day.

She is nothing less than the best & truest friend I've ever had.
I love her dearly. Happy Faucet Day, sweetheart...



Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, July 28th, 2003
12:04 pm
Le Tour
Well, today's the day after the Tour de France ended for this year.
Your intrepid reporter may not have mentioned it before but he is
a cycling nut through and through. Now, the cynics out there are
saying it's only because of Lance Armstrong's success and there is
probably some truth to that.. but the real reason is that it's being
televised live now on OLN. I have to throw in my $0.02 about how
pitiful CBS & ESPN's coverage has been in previous years. Yes,
completely pitiful.. Anyway, this year's tour was a wonderful,
suspenseful, epic journey of sporting endeavor.
To Mr's Armstrong, Hamilton, Ullrich, etc.. Thanks for riding !

Current Mood: satisfied
Tuesday, July 15th, 2003
9:14 pm
Whoooooo !!!!
We found our kitty !!! Fiona's back !!

Our other kitty Aengus had disappeared for
a few min so I was out looking for him and
heard a familiar yowl when I was at the wall
between our house and the neighbors. I poked
my head over the fence and there she was !

Her flea collar had gotten caught around her
front leg so that might've been why she couldn't
jump back over the wall. She had a tiny little
cubby between a fence and the neighbors wall and
I had to fetch her out of there.. She's lost a
lot of weight but seems sooo happy to be home..

We just can't believe it, we have our baby girl
back !!!

Current Mood: Exultant !
Sunday, June 22nd, 2003
6:13 pm
The Colonel
Well, we never did find our Fiona. We should go check the pounds again but
it doesn't seem like that's gonna pay off. I did go a week ago friday and
saw the most pathetic looking cat, a big orange Garfield looking tabby
that had a shaved spot on his tummy where a big lump of tissue was hanging
out. I went to pet him thru the bars and he nuzzled up to me and closed his
eyes as I skritched. Of course, I was vulnerable, seeing as how I was desperate
about finding Fiona, and it was plainly apparent that this guy's chances of
getting adopted were slim to none (& slim just left town, RIP Chick Hearn :)
so of course he grabbed my heart right then and there. Jerri and I (& Sara)
went to look at him again on monday and we ended up taking him home. Jerri
pt66t5 (he was helping me type just now) promptly named him "Colonel Mustard."
The shelter folks couldn't tell us much about his condition so we took him to
various vets who told us the tissue lump was a hernia and that he has a
severly arthritic hind left knee & some kind of thyroid disorder. We think
he's between 7 & 10 years old, if not more as he has a good bit of gum disease.
Of course I wonder if this cat isn't the proverbial "bridge too far" but he's just
such a big sweetheart. He's about 16 lbs and nearly two ft long and is lying
on my lap as I type this. He's been traumatized and seems to be waiting for
the other shoe to drop and be sent back to the pound, consequently he
needs reassuring often.
I heard the expression "doing God's work" the other day.. and while all
the $ going to his vet bills would have been gratefully accepted by the
shelters and animal rescues in the area & perhaps done more to help the
plight of the stray and lost pets.. This sweet, loving kitty who didn't
have a chance can now look forward to a loving family for the rest of his days.

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, June 9th, 2003
12:27 pm
Inspiration
I think it's only fair that I give credit to
the person who's inspired me to start posting
again. While I will never attain this person's
level of posting competence.. I will make efforts
at keeping my LJ from being dismal all the time.

Dave Barry's Blog

Current Mood: busy
Friday, December 7th, 2001
11:08 am
The Brit Test...

I am 87.5% British, just like
Mr Bean
Shy to the point of ridicule, you've probably never been out of the UK.




And just because I know that "Biscuit" is Brit-speak for "cookie"
and the picture was of Tower Bridge :-)

(make the Santa ana's stop... someone... please ! :-)

Current Mood: Overly Dry
Wednesday, December 5th, 2001
11:34 am
Hmmm
Maybe it's right ( ie, the cat test )...
but I'm an unusual enough *cat* that I don't have
that great of luck making friends... hmmm
Monday, September 3rd, 2001
4:04 pm
oh well
Mike the hamster passed away sometime late last night
or today. I really thought he was gonna make it,
he was up and around and his little footie looked
much better. maybe he had a clot from his wounds
break loose. ::sigh, ponders the mysteries of nature::

Current Mood: a little blue
10:41 am
Will I survive ??
Well, Jerri's off on her Labor day vacation again,
(see gloomy posts posted last year in my LJ )
and this year I get to take care of house, animals, & Tim.
Just to show I'm being a good sport I let Tim have
his friend Kodey over for a sleepover last night.
Of course they neglected to cleanup any of the mess
they made after only reluctantly stopping
jumping off the cat scratching post with their skateboard
sans wheels at 12 am this morning.

::sigh:: I just get the feeling that whatever I do
gets twisted into "Brian the monster" in his mind.
It's hard to deal w/ dislike and rejection in your own
home. On the plus side, I got a piece of pizza for breakfast
since he must've decided he didn't want the one I bought
them. Oh well, they're missing out there, it's good.

His room looks soooo much better after having been
painted. It was in awful shape w/ all kinds of damage
via nails, knives, bb's, glue and all. I remember
being destructive when I was a kid so it's just
part of that phase he's going thru I guess. I hope
he'll realize how nice it is to have a 2nd chance at
handling situations where you've made past mistakes
so you can do things better the 2nd time. We'll see how
he does I guess.

I've taken to writing Jer emails to ease my missing her.
She doesnt have any phone so won't see them till she comes
back, but it helps for me and my sanity greatly. The animals miss her too.
The dogs have been keeping a lot closer tabs on me
and where I go since they realize I'm doing the
"taking care of" duties.
Tim's hamster Mike is doing better, so it looks like he's
going to survive his ordeal of having been out of his cage
and attacked by one or more of the other animals. His
bite wounds are a lot more visible now and look to be
more likely a result of a cat if you ask me. At least his little footie is doing better.

Anyway, things are interesting around here.. I've
always said my life is never boring at least..
talk to you soon LJ, ciao

PS, 14 days till Scotland !! Yay

Current Mood: contemplative
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