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

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

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

Treating people with respect :

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

Removing angry people:

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

Bands:

      When we started, I asked what can we do for the bands " promotionally " wise ?   The same old answer ," we did it all and nothing will help".  At the time, we were in 11 newspapers and had one generic monthly calendar.  So , one weekend, Wheels and I went up to our mountain house ( that we built with our own hands ) with "phonebooks" from all over the counties. We made a list of all the newspapers and internet companies.  I continue to make the list grow.  Now, we are in 56 newspapers and affiliates.........radio promos..........our websites (www.thenail1.com., Facebook/rustynail together average over 1500 " hits " a day....that's  unbelievable for such a small nightclub).......monthly calendars on time.......new illuminated outdoor sign............35 internet companies ...........mailing list............our own radio show ,  and it goes on. We have quadrupled the band intake. We let bands network with each other by having up to 4 bands or more on the weekends. I remember a phone call I took in 1999.  The person said, " we played THE NAIL a couple a months ago, we brought alot of people, had fun , and would like another gig ".  I said to him, " you mean no one has called you since than ? "  Right there and than I took over the booking. I call all bands every Monday ( or Tuesday sometimes ) before and after they play here ( no other owner does this).   Treat bands with respect...they are the backbone of THE NAIL They are the ones working hard to bring people in, practicing, promoting ,and such....so, why the hell wouldn't I help them?  I refuse to be the owner that's all drunk behind the bar with a disgusted face saying " they did not bring a 100 people....... they're done".  I give out my home phone number (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 FREE ??!! ). We ended it in 2006 because of the incredible amount of time , effort , wear & tear on our home , & neighbors being super pissed at us.

     Our website is updated & blogged everyday under the " HISTORY " link , not one day ever missed....this includes weekends, holidays , and vacations. I talk about my life as if it were a soap opera (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 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     6 - 17 - 18 ( FATHER'S DAY )

  MY GIFT TO MYSELF FOR FATHER'S DAY WAS TO DO NOTHING. I KINDA DID THAT.

  I WANTED JUST TO RELAX AND BINGE WATCH " THE WALKING DEAD ". AGAIN ..........I KINDA DID THAT.

  START MORNING DOING MY NORMAL STUFF. I DECIDED TO SIT IN FRONT OF THE TV AND PUT A RABBIT HUTCH TOGETHER. 3 HOURS LATER I HAD IT DONE. THE HUTCH IS ACTUALLY PRETTY COOL AND WELL THOUGHT OUT TO ACCESS AND PROTECT THE RABBIT. THE DIRECTIONS..........WELL , THAT'S ANOTHER STORY. MY YOUNGEST AND ELDEST HELPED ME 2 HOURS AFTER I STARTED IT. THE BEST ADJECTIVE BY MY YOUNGEST WAS , " THESE DIRECTIONS ARE VAGUE. " I REPLY , " THAT IS THE BEST ADJECTIVE TO DESCRIBE THEM. "

  GET MY ELDEST OFF TO HER NEW APARTMENT. THE KID ROLLS OUT AND NOW IT IS ME , MY YOUNGEST , AND THE PUP. THE KID STUDIES WHILE ME AND THE PUP WATCH THE PHILLIES.  PHILS TAKE 2 OF 3 FROM THE 1ST PLACE BREWERS. THEY WON 10 - 9 AND ALMOST BLEW A 5 RUN 9TH INNING LEAD.

  MY KID HAS BEEN STUDYING FOR FINALS THE LAST 2 DAYS. I WANTED TO GET HER OUT OF HER ROOM FOR A CHANGE OF PACE. SHE ALWAYS FIGHTS ME A LITTLE BIT IN THE BEGINNING BUT ALWAYS HAS A GOOD TIME WHEN WE ARE DONE......ALWAYS.

  WE TAKE A NICE BACK ROAD MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO THE NAIL. SHE EVEN SAID , " THAT WAS A LONG RIDE . " WE HANG OUT FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES AND ROLL OUT.

  NEXT STOP ........." WAWA ". I BUY THE KID DINNER FOR HELPING ME. WE SEE A NAIL REGULAR WHO WORKS THERE AND TALK TO HER FOR 10 MINUTES.

  NEXT STOP " RITA'S WATER ICE ".  WE GET SOME ICE CREAM AND SIT ON A WALL. I AM VERY SURPRISED THERE ARE NO BENCHES OR TRASHCANS AROUND. I ENJOY JUST CHILLING WITH THE KID.

  AN OLD REGULAR NAMED " MATTY B. " COMES OUT OF A RESTAURANT NEXT TO RITA'S CALLED " PIZZARELLA ". HE RECOGNIZES ME AND SAYS HELLO. HE INSTANTLY GOES INTO SALES MODE. HE WORKS AT THIS PIZZA PLACE AND TRIES TO SELL IT TO ME.  WE WALK IN TO GET MENU'S AND USE THEIR TRASH CAN FROM OUR ICE CREAM. HE PUSHES THEIR FOOD " USED CAR SALEMAN " STYLE AND SAYS IT IS REALLY REALLY GOOD. HE GIVE US 2 MENUS AND I THROW THEM OUT WHEN I GET HOME.  WHY DID I THROW THEM OUT ? HERE'S THE STORY :

 1ST - WE TRIED THIS PIZZA PLACE 6 MONTHS AGO AND IT WAS NOT GOOD.

 2ND - THE MAIN REASON I DISCARDED THE " USED CAR SALESMAN " APPROACH TO CONVINCE US WAS.......WELL , MATTY B USED TO BE A USED CAR SALESMAN.  YEARS AGO WE HAD A NEIGHBOR WHO LIVED BEHIND A HEDGE FROM OUR HOUSE. SHE HAD A DAUGHTER OUR KID'S AGE AND THEY PLAYED TOGETHER EVERY SO OFTEN. THE SINGLE MOM HAD NO MONEY AND NEEDED A CAR. I SUGGESTED USING MATTY B AND HIS PARTNER. SO , THESE GUYS GOT A CAR FOR OUR FRIEND. FROM THE START ALL KINDS OF MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE THE CAR NEVER GOT OUT OF THE MECHANIC SHOP. THEY SAID THEY GIVE HER THE MONEY BACK FROM THE PURCHASE.  SHE WAITED ONE YEAR AND USED ME AS THE GO BETWEEN. THE GUY WENT OFF THE GRID SO I GAVE OUR FRIEND FROM BEHIND THE HEDGE $1500 AND SAID , " I FOUND THE SALES GUY MATTY B. AND HE GAVE ME YOUR MONEY BACK. I HANDED HER THE MONEY AND SHE WAS SO HAPPY. I NEVER TOLD HER IT WAS ME GIVING THE MONEY OUT OF MY POCKET AND THE USED CAR SALESMAN NEVER CONTACTED ME AGAIN......UNTIL TODAY.

  WHEN LEAVING RITA'S WATER ICE I TOLD THE ABOVE STORY TO MY KID.

  BACK HOME I OFFER TO TAKE THE KID TO DINNER AT " BIGA'S ". SHE DECLINES BECAUSE SHE HAS ENOUGH FOOD. I KINDA WANTED TO TAKE THE KID OUT TO DINNER AND JUST CHILL FOR FATHER'S DAY AND SHOW HER THIS NEW RESTAURANT.  WE ENDED UP HANGING OUT AND WATCHING ABOUT 30 MINUTES OF THE LATEST SPONGE BOB MOVIE.

  I SETTLE IN AND WATCH 3 EPISODES OF " W. D. ".......... ALL OF THEM WERE VERY GOOD.

  WE MOVE THE RABBIT INTO HER NEW HUTCH. WE PUT HAY AND CARROTS IN THERE ALONG WITH NEW WATER FOR THE BOTTLE.  WE HAD THE RABBIT IN OUR GARDEN ALL DAY WHICH IS A HUGE CHANGE FROM THE BEDROOM'S LITTLE ENCLOSURE.

  OFF TO BED AROUND 1AM AND I SLEPT GOOD UNTIL 6AM. I HAD A COOL DREAM THAT I TOTALLY FORGOT.

   MONDAY        6 - 18 - 18

  EVERYWHERE I WATCH TV OR INTERNET THERE ARE ADS FOR FAT BURNING SUPPLEMENTS OR LOW CALORIE DIETS OR SMOOTHIES OR EATING HEALTHY........KINDA GETTING SICK OF IT.

  MY ANTENNAS WERE RIGHT AGAIN. PHILLIES ARE WINNING 4 - 2 AND HERE COMES THE 9TH INNING.  I SAID TO MYSELF , " THEY ARE GOING TO BLOW THIS LEAD ".  WELP , OUR PITCHER STRIKES OUT THE SIDES AND USUALLY 3 STRIKE OUTS IS A GOOD THING.....EXCEPT WHEN THE CATCHER MISSES THE 3RD STRIKE AND THE ST. LOUIS CARDINAL RUNNER SCORES FROM 3RD BASE. CARDINALS TIE THE GAME AND THAN IN THE 10TH INNING THEY HIT A HOME RUN TO GO UP 1 RUN. OUR PITCHER THREW THE SAME EXACT PITCH IN THE SAME EXACT LOCATION TWICE IN A ROW. AGAIN , MY ANTENNAS WERE SPOT ON.

  BUT.........THE PHILLIES DO SOMETHING US PHILLY FANS ARE NOT USED TO.  MOST RALLIES END UP IN FAILURE. I CALL IT " SUCKING US IN ".  THIS GOES FOR ANY  PHILLY TEAM. THEY MAKE A MOVE TO WIN A GAME AND FALL SHORT. WELL TONIGHT , A " CARDINAL " SIN WAS MADE. CARDINAL LEFT FIELDER DIVES FOR A BALL WITH PHILLY RUNNERS ON 1ST & 2ND. THIS IS A NO-NO WHEN UP ONE RUN. HE DIVES AND THE BALL RICOCHETS OFF HIS FACE AND BOUNCES TO THE BACK WALL. BOTH RUNNERS SCORE EASILY AND THE PHILLIES WIN IN 10 INNINGS. WATCHING THE POST GAME WAS PRETTY FUNNY.

  CUT THE LAWNS IN THE HEAT. I THINK I KNOW WHY ONE LAWN MOWER WOULD NOT START. GOOD OLE BLACK ELECTRICAL TAPE SEEMED TO WORK.

  PICK UP YOUNGEST AT SCHOOL ON MY MOTORCYCLE AT 9:30AM. MAN THERE WERE A TON OF PARENTS THERE. ONE MORE DAY OF SCHOOL AND MY KID IS DONE. I'M HAPPY FOR HER. WE TAKE A NICE SCENIC RIDE HOME.

  BACK HOME I MAKE BREAKFAST AND WE CHILL.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND DO MY NORMAL THINGS. I CONSOLIDATED 8 PUNCH LISTS INTO ONE.  I ALSO CHANGE THE MARQUEE TWICE , TAKE PICTURES , AND POST BAND FACEBOOK ADS FOR THE COMING WEEK. ( I DO THIS EVERY WEEK )

  I HEAR THUNDER AND IT MAKES ME NERVOUS SINCE I HAVE MY MOTORCYCLE HERE. I ROLL OUT AND NO RAIN COMES.

  TALK TO MY ELDEST AND YOUNGEST JUST TO CHECK IN ON THEM.

  CHILL AND WATCH 2 EPISODES OF " THE WALKING DEAD ". THE MOVE INTO SEASON 7 IS VERY VERY GOOD BUT SO DAMN DEPRESSING. THE " GOOD " GUYS GET THERE ASSES KICKED FRIGGIN' BIG TIME.

  OFF TO BED AND THE PUP IS ON MY BLANKET. THIS TIME I MOVE THE DOG AND WE WATCH HOGAN'S HEROES TOGETHER. I SLEPT PRETTY GOOD.

   TUESDAY       6 - 19 - 18

  SOME MOVEMENT ON THE WEEDING COMPANY BUT NOT MUCH. AN ACTUAL REAL  EMAIL WAS RETURNED SAYING " THEY WILL HAVE AN UPDATE ON THEIR SCHEDULE BY THURSDAY.  THIS IS THE 3RD TIME I HAVE READ THIS IN 7 WEEKS SO MY HOPES ARE NOT THAT HIGH.

  SPEND SEVERAL HOURS WITH A HEDGE CLIPPER , A TREE BRANCH SNIPPER , AND A LADDER. LET ME TELL YOU.......ITS NOT FUN.  OUR BUSHES AND TREES ARE WAY TOO HIGH.  TODAY I TRIMMED THE BEJESUS OUT OF THEM.  PILES OF BRANCHES ALL OVER THE PROPERTY.

  HEAD TO THE NAIL 3 TIMES.  I UNLOADED TRASH FROM A SIDE JOB , TOOK A BEER DELIVERY , TOOK A 2ND BEER DELIVERY BECAUSE THE 1ST HAD THE WRONG PRODUCT , AND MET WITH OUR SODA TECH.

  I HAD A NEW BARTENDER RE-OPEN FOR THE NIGHT. SHE TOLD ME SHE LOVED WORKING POOL LEAGUE NIGHT. I THOUGHT IT WAS NICE MY ELDEST AND HER FRIEND VISITED THE BARTENDER ON HER 1ST SOLO SHIFT.

  BACK HOME I TRY TO NAP BUT GET WOKEN UP.  WHY ?.......WHEELS MISSED A TURN COMING HOME FROM NEW JERSEY. I MAY HAVE MADE A JOKE OR TWO SINCE SHE HAS DONE THIS DRIVE OVER 1,000 TIMES. 

  YOUNGEST FINISHES SCHOOL. IT'S OFFICIAL.........ALL SNOW DAYS ARE MADE UP AND EXAMS ARE DONE.

  SETTLE IN FOR THE NIGHT. THIS NO BRANDY / NO BEER THING REALLY BLOWS.  I WATCH A COUPLE OF EPISODES OF " THE RANCH " WHICH IS GOOD. TOTALLY BUMMING DANNY MASTERSON , A MAIN CHARACTER & CO-PRODUCER WITH ASHTON KUTCHER , HAS BEEN LET GO AT THE END OF THIS SEASON. WHY ? BECAUSE OF HIS PENIS. HE HAS VEHEMENTLY DENIED ALL ACCUSATIONS FROM 4 WOMEN.

  WHEELS ARRIVES HOME AND IMMEDIATELY HEADS OUT TO DINNER WITH FRIENDS.  I HAD GLUTEN FREE , LOW SALT CHIPS WITH HUMMUS.......BLOW.

  DO IT NOW OR WAIT A WEEK.  USING 10 TRASHCANS WHEELS , OUR YOUNGEST , AND THE PUP ALL HELP ME LOAD THEM WITH THE BRANCHES I CUT THIS MORNING.  THE TRASH FOR WEEDS IS COLLECTED EVERY WEDNESDAY. IF WE DID NOT DO IT TONIGHT WE WOULD HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK. WE TIMED IT PERFECT AROUND 8PM. THE SUN WAS DOWN , I PUT ON SOME OLDIES MUSIC , AND THE PUP WAS GIVEN CUT BRANCHES TO PLAY WITH.  WITH THE LAWN CUT AND THE BUSHES TRIMMED BACK OUR YARD LOOKS 50% BETTER. NOW......WAITING FOR THE WEED COMPANY JUST ABSOLUTELY BLOWS. THE ONE YEAR I DECIDE NOT TO WEED MYSELF AND I GET A COMPANY THAT HAS A BACKED UP SCHEDULE WORSE THAN ANYTHING I HAVE EVER SEEN.

  AFTER LOADING 10 TRASHCANS OF BRANCHES AND BUSH TRIMMINGS I HEAD INSIDE FOR A NICE COLD VODKA / GREEN TEA WITH LOW SUGAR , SALT , AND TASTE. WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " BROCKMIRE ". IT WAS GOOD.

   WEDNESDAY         6 - 20 - 18

  I WAS TOLD , " MAN , YOU GOT TO STOP MAKING A HABIT OF THIS. " I ALMOST CHOKED ON MY RICE CAKE WITH LAUGHTER. ACTUALLY CHOKING ON RICE CAKES HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

  THE STORY : I RAN OUT OF GAS ON MY MOTORCYCLE TODAY. YEP , MY RESERVE FUEL GAUGE WAS POINTED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. THIS MEANS I RAN ALL GASOLINE DOWN TO EMPTY. IF THE RESERVE IS NOT ENGAGED THAN YOU HAVE ABOUT 1/2 GALLON LEFT.....WHICH GETS YOU HOME.  RIDING HOME FROM THE NAIL I MAKE IT ALMOST TO THE TOP OF CONESTOGA ROAD WHICH IS A STEEP HILL. THE BIKE CONKS OUT AND I NOTICE THE RESERVE IS ON. I MAY HAVE USED SEVERAL COLORFUL WORDS.

 --- I ATTEMPT TO START THE BIKE FOR ONE LAST PUSH AND TO MY SURPRISE IT STARTS AND I GUN IT IN 1ST GEAR. IT GETS ME UP THE HILL AND THROUGH THE TRAFFIC LIGHT BEFORE CONKING OUT AGAIN. I GLIDE MY BIKE TO OUR STREET AND TO THE BOTTOM OF MY DRIVEWAY. I THINK , " I WONDER HOW BAD IT IS GOING TO PUSH THIS BIKE UP OUR DRIVEWAY ? ". IT IS A STEEP INCLINE AND I THINK OF TEXTING MY YOUNGEST WHO IS IN THE HOUSE BUT I DECIDE TO GIVE IT A SHOT. IT IS NOW ME.....260 POUNDS VERSE A 641 POUND HONDA VTX 1300.  THE BIKE HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF THE INCLINING HILL.  SO IT'S ON.....FAT VS MACHINE.

 --- MY FIRST 3 STEPS PUSHING THE HEAVY BIKE UP THE DRIVEWAY AND I STOP. I SAID TO MYSELF , " THERE IS NO WAY I CAN DO THIS WITHOUT HAVING A HEART ATTACK. " I GIVE IT ANOTHER SHOT WITH THE MOTTO " JUST KEEP SWIMMING OR THIS LITTLE TRAIN CAN. "  STEP BY STEP , I REACH THE TOP AND INTO THE GARAGE. I WAS BREATHING SO DAMN HEAVY YOU THINK I RAN A MARATHON WITH A 100 POUND BACK BACK AROUND MY ASS. I MEAN I WAS PANTING LIKE OUR DOG ON A SUMMER DAY. I GO INSIDE AND TRY TO EXPLAIN TO MY YOUNGEST BUT NEEDED A MOMENT TO GET MY WIND. GOOD GOD I AM FAT.

  SO , THE POINT OF THIS STORY: 

  -- I TELL THIS EVENT TO A REGULAR AT THE NAIL. COINCIDENTALLY , HE SAW ME RUN OUT OF GAS WITH ANOTHER MOTORCYCLE 3 YEARS AGO. HE SAYS TO ME AFTER I TELL THE STORY , " MAN , YOU GOTTA STOP MAKING A HABIT OF RUNNING OUT OF GAS. "  I JUST GIGGLED AND CHOKED ON A CINNAMON RICE CAKE AND SAID , " HABIT ? I'VE BEEN RIDING SINCE I WAS 15 YEARS OLD AND THIS IS THE 2ND TIME IN 40 YEARS. THAT IS A HABIT ? "

  OK , LET'S START MY DAY.  I AM ELATED THE 10 TRASHCANS OF TREE LIMBS AND BUSH CUTTINGS ARE TAKEN. I WALK THE TRASHCANS BACK TO WHERE THEY BELONG. WALKING UP AND DOWN THE DRIVEWAY 3 TIMES MAKES ME PANT LIKE AN IDIOT.

  SINCE I AM OUTSIDE I MOVE THE RABBIT FROM ITS NEW HUTCH TO IT'S LARGE GARDEN ENCLOSURE. I HAVE THE PUP OUTSIDE WITH ME SO I DO ONE PROJECT......MOUNT A NEW OUTDOOR LANTERN. OF COURSE , IT  DOES NOT FIT SO I HAVE TO MACGYVER IT. JESUS......CAN'T CATCH A BREAK. IT CAME OUT NICE.

   NEXT I SECURE A BATHROOM TOE KICK THAT HAS BEEN FALLING DOWN FOR ABOUT 14 YEARS. THE SCALE IS ON THE GROUND WHERE I AM WORKING SO I WEIGH MYSELF. I AM 1 FULL SPIN AND A QUARTER.

   I GET SOME COMPUTER STUFF DONE AND DECIDE TO LAY ON THE COUCH AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF " THE RANCH". THE EPISODES ARE 22 MINUTES. I FALL ASLEEP FOR 30 MINUTES AND HAVE TO REPLAY IT. THE EPISODE WAS EXCELLENT......MADE ME CRY.

  TRY TO TAKE IT EASY MOST OF THE LATE AFTERNOON SINCE I HAVE TO BARTEND TONIGHT. I WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN A GOOD GAME OVER A TOUGH CARDINAL TEAM. THEY HAVE WON 3 SERIES IN A ROW NOW.

  RIDE MY MOTORCYCLE TO THE GAS STATION TO FILL IT UP. I WAS HAPPY I MADE IT WITH NO PROBLEMS.

  WHEELS VISITS AN UNCLE AND COUSIN. I HEAD TO THE NAIL.

  DRIVE MY VAN TO THE NAIL AND DUMP SOME MORE TRASH IN OUR DUMPSTER. MAN , IS IT GOOD HAVING THIS THING.

  I DO MY NORMAL STUFF FROM STOCKING TO FIXING TO WONDERING HOW I GOT SO FAT. BY 9:30PM I AM TIRED AGAIN.

  AFTER 10PM I START DOING MY CLOSING PROCEDURES. I GIVE A PATRON A RIDE HOME AND CHILL WITH WHEELS AT OUR HOUSE. SHE IS WATCHING A SHOW CALLED " GRACIE AND FRANKIE ". LILLY TOMLIN AND JANE FONDA STAR IN IT. BOTH ARE 80 YEARS OLD AND IT IS ACTUALLY AN OKAY CHICK SHOW. IT IS ABOUT TWO RIVAL WOMEN WHO HAVE THE WORLDS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN WHEN EACH OF THEIR HUSBANDS LEAVE THEM.............FOR EACH OTHER'S HUSBANDS. YEP , THE 2 HUSBANDS FALL IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER AND WANT TO MARRY. MARTIN SHEEN PLAYS ONE OF THE GAY HUSBANDS..........WHICH HE DID ON " TWO AND A HALF MEN ".

  I CHILL WITH MY YOUNGEST BY SNUGGLING WITH HER. I HAVE DONE THIS 4 TIMES TODAY WHICH IS STILL NOT ENOUGH.

  OFF TO BED BY 11PM. I SLEEP PRETTY GOOD.

  I TAKE MY NEPHEW TO A KID'S FOOTBALL TRYOUTS COMPETITION. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF KIDS ALONG WITH TABLES OF FOOD , SNACKS , AND WATER. WE ARE CATTLE SHOOTED THROUGH THE LINES AND END UP BY THE COACHES AND TRAINERS. ONE COACH SAYS ," WHAT POSITION WOULD YOUR KID LIKE TO PLAY ? " MY NEPHEW CONFIDENTLY SAYS , " QUARTERBACK ".  THE COACH KINDA SMIRKS AND I KNOW WHAT HE IS THINKING......" YEAH , EVERY KID HERE WANTS TO BE THE QUARTERBACK. "  ANOTHER COACH GIVES MY NEPHEW A RED JERSEY FOR OFFENSE. BLUE JERSEYS ARE FOR DEFENSE. THEY ARE THE SHIRTS THAT HAVE HOLES IN IT AND LOOK LIKE FISH NETS. THE KID SUITS UP AND WAITS FOR THE NEXT SERIES OF PLAYS TO END. EACH KID WANTING TO PLAY QUARTERBACK RUNS THE TEAM FOR ONE SERIES. IF IT IS 3 DOWNS AND OUT AND THAN ON TO THE NEXT KID. THE LINE MOVES FAST BECAUSE NOT ONE KID TRYING TO BE A QUARTERBACK EVEN MAKES A FIRST DOWN. SO ......3 AND OUTS EVERY TIME.

  CONTINUED - I MOVE TO THE TABLES OF FOOD SINCE I AM THE MOST COMFORTABLE THERE. I TEXT MY BROTHER WE ARE HERE AND HIS SON IS ABOUT TO START THE TRY OUT. MY NEPHEW GETS IN AND ON THE FIRST PLAY HE SCRAMBLES TO HIS RIGHT AND FIRES A 20 YARD FROZEN ROPE TO A RECEIVER. THE RECEIVER CATCHES THE BALL AND RUNS FOR ANOTHER 10 YARDS. IT WAS THE ONLY FIRST DOWN THE COACHES HAVE SEEN ALL DAY. THE NEXT PLAY MY NEPHEW SCRAMBLES TO HIS LEFT AND RUNS FOR 36 YARDS.  THE KID MOVES LIKE MIKE VICK.  2 PLAYS FOR 66 YARDS.  FROM THE OPPONENTS 24 YARD LINE MY NEPHEW DROPS STRAIGHT BACK , VIEWS THE FIELD , STEPS OFF A RUSH , AND FLOATS A PERFECT PASS TO THE CORNER WHERE A TIGHT-END CATCHES IT FOR A TOUCHDOWN. THE COACHES AND PARENTS ARE FREAKING OUT AND CHEERING. I TEXT MY BROTHER , " DUDE , YOUR KID IS F'N AWESOME AT QUARTERBACK !! ".................dream ends.

   THURSDAY    6 - 21 - 18

  DO NOTHING...........OR DO SOMETHING.

  SIXERS DRAFT VILLANOVA PLAYER  BRIDGES  !!! WOO HOO !!!

   20 MINUTES LATER........SIXERS TRADE VILLANOVA PLAYER BRIDGES TO PHOENIX.

  LITTLE BIT OF A SLAP IN THE FACE WITH THE SIXERS HERE. VILLANOVA COACH AND MOM ( WHO WORKS FOR THE 76ERS ) SITTING AT THE SIXERS TABLE. THEY GET SUPER EXCITED WHEN BRIDGES IS DRAFTED. CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW THEY FELT 1/2 AN HOUR LATER.

  START MY DAY IN A GREAT MOOD. THIS QUICKLY DROPPED SO MUCH I HAD A BEER AND BRANDY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A MONTH.  YEP , IT JUST PISS ME OFF.

  YOUNGEST AND I CLEAN THE RABBIT HUTCH AND PLACE THE RABBIT IN THE GARDEN ENCLOSURE.

  WEEDING COMPANY FOR THE 3RD TIME SAID A SCHEDULE WILL BE MADE BY THURSDAY. FOR THE 3RD TIME THEY LIED.

  OFF TO THE LIQUOR STORE TO PICK UP A SMALL ORDER WITH MY KID.

  TAKE A WONDERFUL RIDE TO " SONNY'S ITALIAN DELI " IN LIMERICK. MY YOUNGEST TRAVELED WITH ME AND SAID , " IT WAS THE BEST CHICKEN CUTLET SANDWICH I EVER HAD. "  WE ORDERED 1 HOAGIE , 2 ITALIAN CHICKEN CUTLET SANDWICHES  , 1 CUPCAKE , 1 SMALL PASTA SALAD , AND 1 WATER. THE COST........FREE. OKAY , THESE WERE FRIENDS OF OURS THAT I MET. THEY ARE DOING WHEELS AND I A FAVOR SO I DROVE OUT THERE. I ACTUALLY ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO THEIR DELI. I HAVE HAD THEIR FOOD BEFORE WHICH IS ALWAYS VERY GOOD BUT NEVER BEEN TO THE BUSINESS. I LEFT A $36 TIP IN THE JAR.

  BACK HOME WE SETTLE IN. THE KIDS , WHEELS , AND MYSELF ALL PLAY AND PET THE PUPPY. MAN THAT DOG WAS HAPPY.

  MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO THE NAIL. THIS IS WHERE IT GOES DOWN HILL AND I CAN'T REMEMBER DOING THIS EVER.

  ONE BAND IS SUPER EARLY WHICH I HATE.  I BEGIN MY INSTRUCTIONS OF HOW TO LOAD IN. THE NORMAL STRICT PROCEDURES. THE BAND WANTS TO WAIT FOR THE 2ND BAND SO WE ALL WAIT. IT IS A GOOD SIZE GROUP WHEN THE 2ND BAND ARRIVES. PROBABLY CLOSE TO 16 PEOPLE. ALREADY , AT 7PM , IT IS THE BEST THURSDAY NIGHT IN MONTHS. THIS WOULD CHANGE.

  MY ELDEST ARRIVES AND TELLS ME SOMETHING I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR. SHE SAYS IT IN FRONT OF A PATRON AND EVEN THE PATRON SAYS SOMETHING TO MY KID.....AND HE WAS RIGHT. I WILL NOT GET INVOLVED BUT IT WAS A VERY PETTY THING TO SAY ABOUT A FRIEND. IT PUT ME IN A BAD MOOD.

  THE FIRST BAND IS DONE LOADING IN ON THE STAGE. THEY ORDER DRINKS AND FOOD USING CREDIT CARDS. I AM THE DOORMAN FOR THE NIGHT AND GO OUTSIDE TO SEE WHAT THE OTHER BAND IS DOING. I LOOK DOWN THE SIDEWALK AND ONE BAND MEMBER IS PISSING ON THE SIDEWALK. I FUCKING FREAK OUT. A BAND MEMBER ROLLING A LARGE SPEAKER CABINET IN STOPS. I SAY TO HIM , " HOLD OFF IN BRINGING THAT IN. I AM PRETTY SURE TONIGHT'S SHOW IS CANCELLED. "  I COULD NOT JUST DO NOTHING. TO ME , THIS WAS A SLAP IN THE FACE. I FUCKING HATE PEOPLE WHO LITTER AND THIS IS 10X WORSE.

  OH , 2 REGULARS WHO I CAUGHT ON SURVEILLANCE LITTERING CIGARETTE BUTTS FOR A 3RD TIME CALLED THE NAIL. I TOLD HIM IF I SEE HIM LITTER CIGARETTE BUTTS OUTSIDE ONE MORE TIME THEY ARE FLAGGED FROM HERE. THEY NEVER SHOWED UP AND I DIDN'T FUCKING CARE.

  I CONFIRM THE GUY'S ACTIONS AND CANCEL THE SHOW. I FEEL BAD FOR THE 1ST BAND WHO DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG AND APOLOGIZED 10 TIMES TO ME. THE 2ND BAND NEVER CAME BACK IN.  I GAVE EVERYONE'S CREDIT CARDS BACK AND SAID , " YOUR DRINKS AND FOOD ARE ON ME. " I HAD ALL OF THEM LOAD UP AND LEAVE. I WAS SO PISSED SOMEONE WOULD DO THIS WHEN A BATHROOM IS FUCKING 50 FEET AWAY.

  I FELT BAD FOR THE BARTENDER BECAUSE NOW THE NIGHT WOULD BE WORSE WHEN 16 PEOPLE LEAVE. REGULARS AND POOL PLAYERS CAME IN LATER WHICH WAS NICE.

  I RIDE HOME AND HAVE 2 BEERS AND ONE BRANDY. I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " THE WALKING DEAD " AND TO MY LITTLE TINY CREDIT ONLY HAD ONE BRANDY.

  OFF TO BED AND FOUGHT A SECONDARY CPAP MACHINE ALL NIGHT. I SLEPT A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES FROM 11PM TO 6AM......THIS CERTAINLY DOES NOT HELP MY SOMBER MOOD.

    FRIDAY     6 - 22 - 18

  WELP , THROW MY WHOLE GOOD EATING / NON BRANDY - BEER DRINKING OUT THE WINDOW.........DAMN IT.

  LITTLE LUCK TODAY AND MAN AM I NOT USED TO IT.  I TAKE A NICE MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO THE NAIL THIS MORNING. I GET THE NORMAL THINGS DONE AND HEAD BACK HOME.

  WHEN I'M QUIET , CONVERSATION JUST BLOWS.  I WAS STILL MELANCHOLY ABOUT THE LAST 24 HOURS SO I WAS VERY QUIET. ALL OF US TOOK A RIDE AND WHEELS AND I TOOK A LITTLE FURTHER RIDE.  WE ARRIVE AND THE LINES ARE AT LEAST 1 TO 1 1/2 HOURS LONG......PROBABLY MORE.  WHEELS TELLS ME WE CAN BYPASS THE LINES AND GO THROUGH THE " QUICK CHECK-IN ".  IN SECONDS WE WERE THROUGH AND I WAS ASTONISHED. WE WERE 3RD IN LINE IN SECONDS AND IN LESS THAN 1 MINUTE WE WERE ON OUR WAY. THE LINE WITH 300 PEOPLE WAS NOT MOVING AT ALL. MAN , THIS WOULD OF SO MADE MY MOOD WORSE.

  WHEELS GRABS A PRETZEL AND WATER. I HAD A SMOOTHIE SO I WAS GOOD. A 1 HOUR AND 7 MINUTE TRIP AND A FRIEND MEETS US. THIS IS WHERE MY DIET PLAN GETS SHOT UP BIG TIME.

  WE MEET 2 OTHER FRIENDS AT A WONDERFUL HOUSE. THERE ARE NOW 6 OF US. SNACKS AND BOOZE BEGIN TO FLOW. WE TALK , CHILL , LISTEN TO MUSIC , AND WATCH THE PHILLIES SMOKE THE NATIONALS.

  A FRIEND BRINGS HIS WONDERFUL ITALIAN HOAGIES AND A TON OF SNACKS FROM HIS DELI IN LIMERICK CALLED SONNY'S ITALIAN DELI. LET THE BOOZING BEGIN.  I MAY OF PARTAKED IN MILLER LITE , COORS LIGHT , JIM BEAM , HIREM WALKER BLACKBERRY BRANDY ( HAVE NOT TRIED THIS IN YEARS ) , JACQUIN'S APRICOT BRANDY , JIM BEAM , GIN & TONIC , AND ONE HIT OF POT. YEP.............I WAS HAMMERED.

  BY 11:30PM I DID NOT KNOW MY NAME WITHOUT LOOKING IN MY WALLET AT MY LICENSE.

  I WAS TEXTING WITH BANDS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT AND BOOKED SOME GOOD SHOWS. THAN I GET AN EMAIL THAT A MAJOR ARTIST I BOOKED WITH A 1/2 MILLION FOLLOWERS ON FACEBOOK CANCELLED A SHOW IN OCTOBER. I MOVED SOME LOCAL BANDS TO GIVE THIS ARTIST THE NIGHT AND HE CANCELS..........SON OF A BITCH.

  OFF TO BED WHERE I ACTUALLY SLEPT / PASSED OUT GOOD.

  SATURDAY      6 - 23 - 18

  I HAD TO BE GOOD...........AND COULDN'T GO TO BED.

  FRIDAY NIGHT I DRANK LIKE 10 MEN IF NOT ONE. THIS HAD TO CHANGE ESPECIALLY SINCE I HAVE A DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT ON TUESDAY.

  I SLEPT GOOD AND WHEELS AND I TAKE A PUPPY FOR A WALK. THIS YOUNG DOG GOT A FULL WALK AND MAN DID IT HELP LATER IN THE EVENING BECAUSE THE THING WAS AS MELLOW AS A SLOTH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT.  WE ALSO MET SOME NEIGHBORS AND ANOTHER DOG.

  BACK HOME BREAKFAST IS READY. I DO NOT DO BREAD AND TRY TO EAT HEALTHY.

  WE CHILL ALITTLE BIT AND THAN HEAD TO A FUNNY PLACE CALLED " BARK & BREW ".  IT IS AN INDOOR / OUTDOOR BAR ESTABLISHMENT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO BRING YOUR DOG. IT IS FRIGGIN' HILARIOUS. I POSTED SOME PICTURES ON FACEBOOK AND SO DID OUR FRIENDS. I RECOMMEND THIS PLACE AND MY KIDS WOULD LOVE WORKING HERE. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND EATING THERE LIKE WE DID. WHY ? WELL DOGS TEND TO PEE AND POOP ALOT. WITH 20 DOGS RUNNING AROUND THOSE ACTIONS CAN TAKE YOUR APPETITE AWAY ALONG WITH THE SMELL.  WE ENDED UP ORDERING FOOD BUT I WENT WITH A SMALL ANTIPASTI AND SPLIT IT WITH WHEELS. I HAD ONE SAM ADAMS SUMMER ALE.  THE YOUNG FEMALE WORKERS REALLY SEEMED TO ENJOY WORKING HERE WITH DOGS RUNNING ALL OVER THE PLACE. WE DETERMINED THIS BE A GREAT PLACE TO MEET FOR A FIRST DATE.

  BACK HOME WE CHILL AGAIN. WE WATCH THE PHILLIES BEAT THE NATIONALS AGAIN WHICH WAS REALLY NICE TO SEE. THE BULLPEN HELD ON. AFTER THE WIN WE WATCHED BALTIMORE , THE WORSE TEAM IN THE MLB , BEAT THE ATLANTA BRAVES. PHILLIES ARE 1 1/2 GAMES BACK OF FIRST PLACE.

  MORE FRIENDS STOP OVER AND IT WAS FUN TO CHILL AGAIN. THE BOOZE DID NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO FRIDAY NIGHT. I DID GIN AND TONICS WITH LIMES AND NOTHING ELSE.  SOME FRIENDS DRANK WATER TONIGHT. MAN DID FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT US UP. 

 TALKED MOST OF THE NIGHT AND IT WAS FUN. I WAS CONSTANTLY KEEPING AN EYE ON NAIL SURVEILLANCE VIA MY PHONE AND COMPUTER. IT WAS WEIRD SEEING BOTH MY KIDS WORKING OUR BAR. I MOSTLY DID NOT LIKE IT. THEY DO AN EXCELLENT JOB BUT BEING IN THE BAR BUSINESS IS THE LAST THING I WANT THEM TO DO. I KNOW THE CASH MONEY IS EXCELLENT BUT MY YOUNGEST IS SO TINY.  IT ENDED UP A PACKED NIGHT AND THAT MADE ME FEEL GOOD FOR THEM. I CALLED AROUND 11:30PM AND TOLD THEM I WAS GOING TO BED ALONG WITH SOME SMALL PROCEDURES IN CLOSING.

  EVERYONE GOES TO BED EARLY. I MESS WITH MY COMPUTER AND PICK UP 2 SIDE JOBS. I DECIDE I CAN NOT GO TO BED UNTIL I WATCH MY KIDS CLOSE AND LEAVE. I WAS JUST TOO NERVOUS.  I CAUGHT ONE GIRL TAKING A DRINK OUTSIDE BUT BESIDES THAT EVERYTHING ELSE WENT SMOOTHLY FROM WHAT I SAW.

   A LITTLE AFTER 1AM THE KIDS CLOSE THE NAIL. I FEEL BETTER THAT THEY ARE SAFE AND HEAD TO BED AFTER 1AM. I SLEPT DECENT AND HAD SOME COOL DREAMS.

    SUNDAY          6 - 24 - 18

  THE PACE PICKED BACK UP AGAIN......NOT GOOD FOR ME.

   IT SUCKS TRYING TO BE GOOD EATING AND DRINKING WHEN HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS WHO ARE EATING AND DRINKING. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO BE GOOD ESPECIALLY SINCE I HAVE A DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT ON TUESDAY. THE WEIGHT I LOST AND GOOD NUTRITION IS ALL BEING THROWN OUT THE WINDOW.

   WHEELS AND I TAKE A WALK. WE TAKE 2 DOGS WITH US. THE FIRST DOG IS A BULLDOG.........HE MADE IT 10 MINUTES SO WE BROUGHT HIM BACK HOME. THE 2ND DOG IS A PUP.......SHE MADE IT 20 MINUTES SO WE BROUGHT HER BACK HOME. WHEELS AND I JUST WENT HOME.

   TRYING TO BE HEALTHY IN THIS ENVIRONMENT IS JUST IMPOSSIBLE.  TODAY , 6 OF US LOADED UP AND HEAD TO A MARINA. THE LAKE IS OVER 1 MILLION SQUARE ACRES. WE STOP AT WALMART FOR SOME BAIT FOR FISHING AND MEET THE GIRLS AT THE DOCK. WE RENT A PONTOON BOAT AND CRUISE AROUND THIS GIGANTIC LAKE. WE ACTUALLY GOT LOST.  WE FISHED AND CAUGHT A SUNNY AND A CATFISH. WE TALKED TO SOME VERY COOL LOCALS AND TOOK A DIP IN THE 75 DEGREE WATER.  SOME HOAGIES AND BEER WERE CONSUMED.  THE BOAT CAME WITH A RADIO AND THE LOCAL STATION PLAYED OLD SCHOOL ROCK ALL DAY.

  I POSTED SOME PICTURES ON FACEBOOK THAT WERE KINDA COOL.

  BACK HOME WE ARE EXHAUSTED. I TAKE A RIDE WITH A FRIEND TO A VERY COOL BIKER BAR WITH BBQ FOOD.  WE PICK UP OUR ORDER AND HEAD BACK HOME.

  EVERYONE CHILLS AND BY 11PM MOST OF US ARE FALLING ASLEEP.  PHILLIES COMPLETELY SUCK ASS AND RUIN A 6 - 2 LEAD. NOT SURE WHY THEY TOOK OUT PIVATTA THE STARTING PITCHER.  THEY LOSE 8 - 6 AND THE BULLPEN BLOWS ANOTHER GAME.  NATIONALS STEAL THIS GAME AND AVOID A SWEEP.

  DURING THE NIGHT I HAD GIN & TONICS WITH LIME BUT WE RAN OUT OF TONIC. I FINISHED WITH 2 HIRAM WALKER BRANDY......DAMN IT. OH , I ALSO HAD SOME COORS LIGHT DURING FISHING AND MILLER LITES WHEN BACK AT HOME.

  BY 11:30PM I HEAD TO BED. I WAS SO DAMN TIRED.

   MONDAY        6 - 25 - 18

  FRONTIER ARILINES....................WAS ACTUALLY GOOD. 

  WHEELS AND I END OUR 4 DAY GET AWAY TO CHARLOTTE , NORTH CAROLINA. TOO MUCH FOOD AND BOOZE BUT IT WAS FUN.  THE FLIGHT THERE WAS GOOD SINCE WE FRIENDS TOOK OUR LUGGAGE AND BOOZE. THEY WERE DRIVING SO IT WAS A BIG HELP. WE CALLED FRONTIER AIRLINES 3 TIMES TO TRY TO GET A REFUND ON THE BAGGAGE WE ALREADY PAID FOR MONTHS AGO. WELP , NO REFUNDS , BUT WE COULD USE THEIR CREDIT TOWARDS UPGRADING SEATS OR FUTURE FLIGHTS. SO WE UPGRADED TO " FIRST CLASS " ON THE WAY HOME.  WE WERE IN THE 2ND ROW AND IT IS NICE TO HAVE. IT WAS THE FASTED I EVER GOT OFF A PLANE. WE ALSO USED OUR CREDIT TO UPGRADE A " CHECK - IN " BAG THAT WAS SUPPOSEDLY ALREADY PAID FOR. FROM THINKING WE LOST THIS MONEY EVERY PENNY WAS USED.

  MORE FRONTIER - A DESK GIRL STEPPED UP AND LET US USE THE REMAINING CREDIT FOR A NON-CHECKED-IN BAG.  I ALSO GOT TO EXPERIENCE " SPEED CHECK-IN ". THIS IS WERE YOU CAN BYPASS A 2 HOUR WAITING LINE AND GO RIGHT TO CUSTOMS' FOR SEARCHING STUFF.....NO TAKING SHOES OFF , NO OPENING COMPUTERS , NO METAL SEARCHES......RIGHT THROUGH. I AM NOT SURE IF THIS IS A GOOD THING FOR SAFETY BUT IT SAVED US 2 HOURS OF WAITING IN LINE. THIS WAS AWESOME GOING TO NORTH CAROLINA.  ON THE WAY HOME WE DID NOT HAVE THIS BYPASS LUXURY BUT THE LINES WERE SHORT SINCE WE TIMED IT PERFECTLY. IT TOOK US 30 MINUTES. WE DID GET TO TALK TO ONE 7 FOOT DOUCHE BAG THOUGH.

  THE DOUCHE BAG - HE COMPLAINED THE WHOLE TIME ABOUT SERVICE AND ONE TIME HE MISSED A WEDDING.  WE WERE IN LINE AND WHEN WE SAT IN OUR 2ND ROW SEATS ON THE WAY HOME.....HE WAS IN THE 1ST ROW.  FRONTIER OVER BOOKED 8 SEATS SO THEY OFFERED A $600 CREDIT TO WHOEVER WOULD GIVE UP THEIR SEAT. WE THOUGHT ABOUT IT BUT THE NEXT FLIGHT TO PHILADELPHIA WAS TOMORROW  WHICH WAS FINE BUT THE AIRPORT WAS TRENTON. I GOT ISSUES WITH TRENTON.  ANYWAY , BACK TO DOUCHEE , 2 SEATS ARE OPEN NEXT TO HIM. ONE YOUNG KID IS MOVED TO THE 1ST ROW BECAUSE HIS TICKET WAS DOUBLE BOOKED. NOT HIS FAULT . SO FRONTIER UPGRADED HIM TO THE 1ST ROW. WHAT DOES DOUCHEE SAY , " I PAID FOR MY UPGRADE , MUST BE NICE YOU DIDN'T. "  THE STEWARDESS IMMEDIATELY SAYS , "
 IT WAS OUR FAULT FOR DOUBLE BOOKING. HE HAS NO SEAT SO WE MOVED HIM HERE. "  THE STEWARDESS ASKS DOUCHEE TO MOVE TO THE WINDOW SEAT EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A MIDDLE SEAT.  THE AIRLINE ANNOUNCES EVERYONE IS CHECKED-IN AND WE ARE READY FOR TAKE OFF. NOT 30 SECONDS LATER 2 PEOPLE ARRIVE AND THEY ARE THE 1ST SEATS THAT WERE OPEN.  IT WAS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES RUNNING BACK DONNEL PUMPHREY AND HIS GIRLFRIEND. 

  CONTINUED - SO NOW THE YOUNG KID MOVED FROM THE BACK OF THE PLANE AND PROBABLY SITTING IN CARGO HAD TO MOVE BACK. PUMPHREY AND HIS GIRL FRIEND TOOK THEIR SEATS AND DOUCHE BAG HAD TO MOVE TO HIS ASSIGNED SEAT WHICH WAS IN THE MIDDLE. HE WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER.  

  SO , BESIDES THESE MINOR HICCUPS FRONTIER AIRLINES DID A VERY GOOD JOB OF BEING ON TIME BOTH TO AND FROM CHARLOTTE.

  OUR ELDEST ,  YOUNGEST , AND A FRIEND TIME IT PERFECTLY IN PICKING US UP AT THE AIRPORT.  I WAS ADVANCE TEXTING THEM AND IT WORKED NICELY. I TOOK OVER DRIVING AND WE WERE IN AND OUT OF THE AIRPORT WITHIN 10 SECONDS. WE STOP AT OUR KID'S FAVORITE PLACE....." NICK'S ROAST BEEF ". EVERYONE HAD WONDERFUL ROAST PORK , ROAST BEEF , AND ROASTED HAM SANDWICHES SMOTHERED WITH GRAVY AND SIDES OF CHEESE FRIES. I HAD A SMALL TINY PLATE OF BROCCOLI RABE AND ONE LONG HOT PEPPER WITH A GLASS OF WATER........NICE.

  BACK HOME WE UNLOAD AND SETTLE IN.  WE CHILL FOR A LITTLE BIT BUT THAN I TAKE A RIDE ON MY MOTORCYCLE WITH MY YOUNGEST. I ADORE SPENDING TIME WITH THIS KID. EVERYONE HASSLES ME WHEN I ASK THIS YOUNGSTER TO COME WITH ME BUT THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH I CHERISH EVERY SINGLE SECOND.  WE ARRIVE AT THE NAIL AROUND 8PM AND DO OUR NORMAL STUFF. I DECIDE TO CLOSE FOR THE NIGHT.

  WE TAKE A RIDE TO " RITA'S WATER ICE ". THE KID GETS ICE CREAM AND I GET NOTHING.

  BACK HOME I CHILL WITH WHEELS. I DRINK WATER THE WHOLE NIGHT WHILE WE WATCH THE PHILLIES GET COMPLETELY OUTCLASSED BY THE YANKEES. EVERY YANKEE PLAYER IS HUGE. IT WAS LIKE THE GAS HOUSE GORILLAS VERSE BUGS BUNNY. ALSO , MORE THAN HALF THE STADIUM WERE YANKEE FANS. PHILS LOSE 4 - 2.......BLOW.

 I HEAD TO BED PRETTY TIRED BY 11PM. I SLEPT DECENT.

  OH , JUST ONE MORE THING , I GOT A LETTER BEING SUBPOENAED TO APPEAR IN COURT NEXT MONTH. YEP , MY VACATION IS OVER. BACK TO THE CRAP.

   TUESDAY         6 - 26 - 18

 " DUFFIFIED " PODCAST. OVER 75,000 DOWNLOADS AND RATED IN THE TOP 10 PODCASTS FOR DOWNLOADS. WELL , MY INTERVIEW WITH CHEF DUFFY WAS RELEASED TONIGHT AND IT WAS FUN. DETAILS HOW TO LISTEN AT THE BOTTOM OF TODAY'S BLOG.

  START MY DAY WEEDING OUR DRIVEWAY SIDE GARDEN. OUR FRONT GARDENS LOOK ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. I BELIEVE JUMANJI 3 WILL BE FILMED HERE.  WE HAD 10 TRASHCANS LAST WEEK AND TODAY WE HAVE 6 MORE. I MUST ADMIT THE GARDEN LOOKS AWESOME WHEN DONE. NOW , I JUST HAVE 7 MORE TO GO.

  MOVE THE RABBIT TO THE GARAGE GARDEN. I MOVE THE RABBIT IN THE MORNING AND THAN THE KIDS MOVE IT BACK TO THE HUTCH AT NIGHT.

  TAKE A SHOWER AND HEAD TO MY DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT. I AM NERVOUS MY SEMI-HARD WORK OF EATING RIGHT AND WALKING WAS THROWN DOWN THE DRAIN WHILE VACATIONING IN NORTH CAROLINA.  I AM IMMEDIATELY RECEIVED BY A HOT RECEPTIONIST. I BELIEVE SHE WANTED ME. I TAKE A SEAT AND WITHIN 2 MINUTES I WAS BEING ESCORTED BY A NURSE.  SHE WEIGHS ME AND I STRIP DOWN TO MY BOXERS IN THE HALLWAY. I LOST 7 POUNDS SINCE THE LAST VISIT. IT SHOULD OF BEEN MORE BUT I WILL TAKE IT.

  OK , I DIDN'T STRIP DOWN.

  DOCTOR TAKES MY BLOOD PRESSURE AND IT COMES IN 122 OVER 82....SOMETHING LIKE THAT. THE YOUNG DOCTOR PRAISES ME FOR GOOD WORK AND SAYS I'M THE BEST PATIENT HE HAS. HE PROBABLY HAS ME AND 2 OTHER PEOPLE OVER 95 BUT IT FELT GOOD.  HE TELLS ME I SHOULD GO GET BLOOD WORK DONE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP. LABCORP IS 2 MINUTES AWAY. I COULD HAVE BLOOD CHECKED ALONG WITH CHOLESTEROL , ELECTROLYTES , H.E.P. 3 , DIABETES , LIVER ( UT OH ) , KIDNEY , AND MORE. SO , I SAY YES. HE PRINTS ME OUT PAPERWORK AND I HEAD OVER WHERE THE DOCTOR SENT MY FILES.

  I ARRIVE AT I AM 5TH IN LINE. I GET UP TO THE SEMI PISSED RECEPTIONIST AND SHE SAYS , " ALL SYSTEMS ARE DOWN ".  I REPLY , " YEP , OF COURSE THEY ARE. " AND LEAVE PISSED. WHY DIDN'T THEY JUST TELL ME THAT WHEN I GOT THERE ?

  BACK HOME I AM JONESING FOR AN ITALIAN HOAGIE I SAW IN THE FRIDGE LAST NIGHT. WELP , MY KID TOOK IT TO A SLEEP OVER.  I SETTLE WITH A CHICKEN SALAD AND TOMATO SANDWICH WITH WATER ON THE SIDE. I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " THE WALKING DEAD " WHICH WAS GOOD.

  THE KIDS AND I HEAD OUTSIDE TO LOAD UP THE TRASHCANS OF BRANCHES AND WEEDS I DID TODAY. WHEELS GETS HER HAIR CUT BY A GIRL WHO VISITS OUR HOUSE. SHE DID NOT SAY HI TO ME SO I JUST WENT OUTSIDE. I EVEN SAID TO MY KIDS OUTSIDE , " HOW DO YOU WALK IN SOMEONE'S HOUSE AND NOT SAY HELLO TO THE OWNER ? "  THE HAIR DRESSER DID NOT SAY HI TO MY KIDS EITHER.

 BACK INSIDE I CHILL WITH MY YOUNGEST AND WE TALK. I LOVE EVERY SECOND AS SHE TELLS ME A CONCERT SHE ATTENDED 2 DAYS AGO.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND BARTEND. I HAD A NICE LITTLE NIGHT AND GOT A TON OF BAND WORK DONE. I ALSO WATCH THE PHILLIES GET SMOKED AGAIN BY THE YANKEES.

  WHILE BARTENDING WE SEE RED AND BLUE LIGHTS. I GO OUTSIDE WITH SOME PATRONS AND THERE ARE A TON OF FIRE TRUCKS AND COPS. OUR NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET WITH THE MECHANIC SHOP HAD A FUEL LEAK.

  GIVE A PATRON A RIDE HOME AND CHILL. I HAVE SOME WINE AND ONE BEER ( WHICH I REGRET) AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF " THE WALKING DEAD ". IT WAS GOOD. THE NEW BAD GUY IS AN EXCELLENT CHARACTER.

  I HAVE LISTENED TO THE CHEF DUFFY PODCAST TWICE NOW. WE HAVE REMARKABLE CHEMISTRY AND THE SHOW FLOWS SO QUICKLY. EVEN WHEELS HAS A LITTLE HELLO IN THE END. I USED HEAD PHONES AND JUST REALLY ENJOYED IT.  OVER 72,000 DOWNLOADS PER SHOW IS QUITE AN ACHIEVEMENT FOR DUFF........WHO USED TO BARTEND HERE.  HE HAS A LONG LONG LIST OF CREDENTIALS. JUST GOOGLE HIS NAME AND YOU WILL SEE. IN FACT , GOOGLE , " CHEF DUFFY INTERVIEWS BIG DADDY " AND IT COMES UP ON NUMEROUS WEBSITES. I'LL TRY NOT TO LET THE FAME GET TO MY HEAD.

  HERE IS HOW TO ACCESS THE SHOW AND " WARNING " ...CHEF DUFF CURSES.

In case you haven’t heard. Chef Duffy interviewed me on his extremely popular professional podcast. It was a lot of fun.

To listen :

- go to www.duffifiedlive.com

- click – “ Guests and Episodes

- click – “ Big Daddy “ ( starts at 11 mins and 40 seconds )

  ** Fasebook only -- ( my characture is not up yet BUT I inserted it below. Its me drinking a “ Dallas Sucks “ beer at an Eagles game ) **

 

   WEDNESDAY       6 - 27 - 18

  DOES EVERYBODY DO THIS MUCH IN ONE DAY ?

  LISTENED TO " DUFFIFIED LIVE " AGAIN AND I KNOW I AM SLIGHTLY BIAS BUT I REALLY ENJOYED IT. THERE IS A WONDERFUL FLOW BETWEEN CHEF DUFF AND I. I ALSO COMPLAINED A TINY BIT THAT MY CHARACTURE IS NOT ON THE " GUESTS AND EPISODES " WEBSITE PAGE. 50 OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED ALLLLLLL HAVE THEIR PICTURES ON THE SITE. I AM THE ONLY FRIGGIN' ONE WITHOUT A PROFILE PIC.........JESUS I SEE THIS BROKEN RECORD ALL THE FRICKIN' TIME. MY CHARACTURE IS ON THE 2 OTHER PAGES THAT SAY " CHRIS B _ _ _ _ _ _ _ " AND " BIG DADDY ". THE SECRETARY AND ENGINEER IN FLORIDA DID GET BACK TO ME QUICKLY AND SAID THEY FIX IT.

  MOVED THE RABBIT TO THE GARAGE GARDEN. I REALLY DO NOT FEEL THE LOVE FROM THIS RABBIT FOR DOING THIS. I MEAN IT IS A LARGE SCREENED GARDEN WITH VEGGIES AND ROOM TO HOP AROUND AND COVER TO HIDE. I NEVER GET A NOD OF APPRECIATION OR NOTHING FROM THIS RABBIT.

  MY YOUNGEST AND I SLICE TURKEY AND MOZZARELLA CHEESE. YES , I HAVE A DELI SLICER AT MY HOUSE. INSTEAD OF PAYING $9 A POUND I PAY $2.  WE FREEZE MOST OF IT AND USE AS NEEDED. AS MY KID SAYS , "
 FRESH CUT TURKEY IS THE BEST TIME TO HAVE IT. " SO........I MADE TURKEY GRINDERS FOR US.  WE ALSO WATCHED AN EPISODE OF " THE WALKING DEAD ". IT WAS VERY GOOD.

 TRASH MEN TAKE 6 CANS OF WEEDS. OUR DRIVEWAY GARDEN LOOKS EXCELLENT.  I AM JUST SO BUMMED AND HANDCUFFED ABOUT THE FRONT GARDENS. IT REALLY LOOKS BAD AND I AM SURPRISED THE NEIGHBORS ARE NOT SAYING ANYTHING. GOING ON 8 WEEKS WITH THIS WEEDING COMPANY. I HAVE THE MOTTO " I WILL NOT WRITE HARASSING " EMAILS TO THE COMPANY.

  OFF TO LAB CORP TO GIVE BLOOD AND URINE SAMPLES. MY LAST 3 TIMES HERE HAVE BEEN UNPLEASANT. ALL THE WORKERS ARE PISSED AT LIFE AND MOVING PATIENTS IS SLOW. WELP , THEY REDEEMED THEMSELVES BIG TIME.  I ARRIVE AND ONE OLD LADY IS WAITING. I AM RECEIVED RIGHT AWAY AND THE GIRL BEHIND THE GLASS BEGINS MY PAPER WORK. NOT 30 SECONDS LATER A GUY OLDER THAN DIRT WALKS OUT. THE OLD WIFE SAYS , " WOW , THAT WAS FAST !! IN & OUT !! "  THEY WOBBLE OUT.  ME , I AM ASKED TO GO TO ROOM 2. THE NURSE TAKES 3 VILES OF BLOOD IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS. I EVEN SAY TO HER , " YOU'VE DONE THIS A COUPLE OF TIMES HAVEN'T YOU ? " SHE GIGGLES. I ALSO SAY HELLO AND GOODBYE TO ANOTHER NURSE WHO I THINK REALLY APPRECIATED MY KIND WELCOMING GESTURES. BY THE WAY SHE WAS LOOKING AT ME WITH APPRECIATION I THINK SHE WANTED A SPERM SAMPLE.

  THEY ALSO ASK FOR A URINE SAMPLE SO I GO OUTSIDE TO THE WATER FOUNTAIN AND DRINK 3 FULL CUPS. I AM GUIDED TO THE MEN'S BATHROOM AND I LOCK THE DOOR BEHIND ME. I RUN THE FAUCET TO HELP ME THINK PEE. IT'S REALLY EMBARRASSING TO PULL OUT MY TINY COCK AND PEE INTO A TINY CUP.  THE TIP OF MY COCK FIT IN THE TINY CUP WAY TOO EASILY. I WAS ACTUALLY ASHAMED THAT MY PENIS IS SMALLER THAN A LIGHT SWITCH.  I LEAVE THE PEE SAMPLE ON A TABLE WHERE THEY TOLD ME AND THE NURSE SAID , " YOU'RE ALL DONE. " I WAS THERE LESS THAN 4 MINUTES. CHEERS LAB CORP........CHEERS.

  BACK HOME I GATHER MY 2 KIDS. WE HEAD TO A RENTAL PROPERTY TO DO A PRETTY BIG JOB. THE FEMALE RENTER IS DOING LAWN WORK OUT FRONT BUT IT IS THE BACK YARD I AM CONCERNED WITH AND SAID I HELP. IT LOOKS LIKE THE MOVIE " JUMANJI ". WE HAD TO BREAK AND CUT DOWN A TRAMPOLINE AND  A PITCH RETURN CONTRAPTION FOR KIDS.  I HAD THE PERFECT TOOL TO CUT THESE METAL TUBING THINGS DOWN.......MY SAWZ SALL WITH A METAL BLADE. IT WORKED ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. " HAVING THE RIGHT TOOL " AS MY BROTHER ALWAYS SAYS.

 THE YARD LOOKS HORRIBLE. THE GRASS IS A FOOT HIGH AND MANY WEEDS ARE 5 FEET HIGH. A GIRLS KID'S BIKE WAS LEANING ON A TREE AND IVY GREW OVER IT. I COULD ONLY SEE A WHEEL. SO NOW YOU GET THE PICTURE. THE FEMALE RENTER USES MY LAWN MOWER TO CUT THE FRONT YARD WHILE WE LOAD UP THE 100 PIECES OF METAL INTO MY VAN.  WE ALSO TREE CLIP LOW HANGING BRANCHES AND THROW THEM IN A PILE IN THE VERY BACK OF THE YARD IN SOME BRUSH. WE GET DONE AND I GO TO GET OUR LAWN MOWER. THE RENTER TOLD ME SHE BROUGHT IT HOME. THE KIDS AND I DRIVE THE VAN HOME AND I WALK THE LAWN MOWER BACK TO THE RENTAL PROPERTY.  THE MOWER STARTS AND I BEGIN MOWING. I AM AFRAID OF HITTING HIDDEN SPRINGS FROM THE TRAMPOLINE AND OTHER TOYS LIKE HARD BALLS IN THE DEEP GRASS. WELL........I HIT A LARGE LACROSSE BALL AND MY MOWER STOPS. IT WILL NOT START AGAIN. I ONLY GOT HALF THE LAWN DONE.

  WALK THE MOWER HOME AND GET MY RIDING MOWER. I DRIVE THIS BACK AND FINISH THE LAWN. I SEE 2 BIG TRAMPOLINE SPRINGS BEFORE RUNNING THEM OVER. THE BACK YARD STILL NEEDS MORE WORK BUT IT LOOKS 10X BETTER. THE RENTER TEXTS AND THANKS ME.

   ALMOST WENT TO THE PHILLIES GAME TONIGHT BUT THE YANKEE BRASS WAS BEING ENTERTAINED BY THE PHILLIES BRASS WHICH MEANS........WE GOT PUSHED OUT. OF COURSE THE PHILLIES WIN.....WHICH IS GOOD.

  OFF TO THE NAIL AND I STOP AT OUR DUMPSTER. MAN THIS THING IS GOLD. I UNLOAD ALL OF THE TRAMPOLINE'S AND BATTING CAGE'S METAL TUBING PIECES ALONG WITH NETTING AND CANVAS.  IT WAS A TON OF STUFF AND FILLS THE DUMPSTER.

  AT THE NAIL I BEGIN MY NORMAL STUFF. BY 10PM I HAD CHANGED THE DEEP FRYER OIL , CALLED & TALKED TO BANDS , SENT EMAILS , SENT TEXTS , FINISHED JULY CALENDARS , SET UP A SIDE JOB FOR TOMORROW , STOCKED LIQUOR , MADE A FACEBOOK AD FOR THE WEEKEND BANDS , CLEANED BATHROOMS , AND SOME MORE STUFF I JUST DON'T REMEMBER.

  BACK HOME I CHILL WITH WHEELS. I HAVE SOME WINE AND HORSE RADISH CHEESE AND LOW FAT , LOW SALT , LOW CALORIE , LOW ASS , AND  LOW TASTE CHIPS. WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF " BROCKMIRE " WHICH WAS EXCELLENT. THE OPENING SCENE WAS FAR FROM FUNNY AND WAS ACTUALLY SUPER DARK AND CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT.  IT WAS A SCENE OF RUSSIAN ROULETTE........AND I JUMPED.

 CHILL SOME MORE AND TRY TO WATCH A SEASON 7 FINALE OF " THE WALKING DEAD " BUT OUR NETFLIX WAS NOT WORKING........SO I WATCHED HOGAN'S HEROES AND FAMILY GUY AND WENT TO BED.

   THURSDAY        6 - 28 - 18

   " MISTER FIELDING !!   YOUR NUMBER CAME UP...........WE WORK TODAY !! "

    I WILL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT BUT THE WEEDING COMPANY EMAILED AND SAID THEY WILL COME OUT THIS SUNDAY. I REPLIED , " AWESOME !!!!  I WILL HAVE DRINKS AND COOKIES FOR THE GUYS. "   WHEELS LOOKS AT ME LIKE I'M A SUCK UP JACK ASS.  DO THEY KNOW IT WILL BE 105 DEGREES ?

    ELDEST SAYS  , " MOM , WHAT WAS THAT NOISE ? "   WHEELS REPLIES , " IT WAS YOUR FATHER'S WHOLE CLOSET SHELF COLLAPSING. WE'LL TELL HIM WHEN HE GETS HOME FROM HIS SIDE JOB THAT HE HAS ANOTHER SIDE JOB. "    

   WHAT THE HECK IS A TRIGLYCERIDE ?  DEFINITION - FAT IN YOUR BLOOD. THIS LEADS TO STROKES. I HAVE A LOT OF IT I THINK.

    MY DOCTOR CALLED AND SAID THE 2ND STEP OF THE PHYSICAL WAS GOOD. BOTH BLOOD AND URINE TESTS WERE IN. I ALWAYS WAIT FOR THE " BUT ". ACROSS THE BOARD EVERYTHING WAS NORMAL AND WITHIN THE PARAMETERS OF HEALTHY. " BUT "........2 THINGS WERE SLIGHTLY A CONCERN.

 ONE - CHOLESTEROL - MINE IS 221. STANDARD RANGE IS 100 - 199. THE DOCTOR WAS NOT REAL CONCERNED WITH THIS.

 TWO - TRIGLYCERIDES - MINE IS 533. STANDARD RANGE IS 0 - 149. YEP.....I'M FAT.  AGAIN , THE DOCTOR DID NOT SEEM REAL ALARMED IN THIS NUMBER BUT TO ME IT IS HIGH.  SO BESIDES TRYING TO BYPASS BEER AND BRANDY HE NOW WANTS ME TO CUT DOWN ON SWEETS AND WHITE BREAD.  YEP.........MY FOOD LIFE JUST GOT WORSE. I DID SEND A MESSAGE TO MY DOCTOR TO SEE IF THIS 533 NUMBER IS HIGH OR DO THESE NUMBERS GO MUCH HIGHER...................LIKE TO A MILLION.

  I ALSO GOT A WEBSITE LINK FROM MY DOCTOR WHICH IS KINDA COOL. IT IS CALLED " MY CHART ". YOU CAN ACCESS EVERY DOCTOR VISIT AND WHAT THEY WROTE DOWN ALONG WITH ANY TEST RESULT OR SURGERIES OR WHATEVER VIA COMPUTER OR PHONE. I ACCESS IT TONIGHT AROUND MIDNIGHT AND THERE WERE NO RESULTS IN MY BLOOD & URINE TESTS. I EMAIL THEM. BY 8AM THE NEXT MORNING THE RESULTS WERE POSTED. YOU CAN ALSO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR AND PRE-SCHEDULE VISITS SO WAITING AT THE OFFICE IS AVOIDED.

  OK , SO LET'S START MY DAY. WHEELS WORKS FROM HOME WHICH IS ALWAYS COOL. SHE LIKES TO GO TOPLESS IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER WHICH HELPS MY BLOOD PRESSURE STAY LOW.

   I TOLD MY YOUNGEST LAST NIGHT ABOUT OUR SIDE JOB TOMORROW , " IF YOU WANT TO SLEEP IN AT YOUR SLEEP-OVER THAT IS FINE. I WILL WAIT UNTIL 10:30AM BECAUSE I TOLD THE CUSTOMER I BE THERE BY 11AM. DON'T YOU KNOW THIS KID TEXTS ME AT 9:30AM AND SAYS , " COME GET ME. " MY HEART WAS FILLED WITH JOY.  I EVEN DID A LITTLE TEST WHEN I PICKED HER UP. I ASKED , " SO , SINCE SCHOOL HAS BEEN OVER YOU HAVE BEEN SLEEPING IN BED UNTIL 1 OR 2 PM. YOU HAVE A SLEEPOVER AT A FRIENDS AND I EXPECTED THE SAME THING. WHY TEXT ME SO EARLY TO GET YOU ? " THE KID RESPONDED , " I WANTED TO GO TO THE SIDE JOB WITH YOU. " A TEAR ROLLED DOWN MY CHEEK AND MY YOUNGEST SAYS , " YOU ALRIGHT ? "  I REPLY , " ALLERGIES. "

  2 THINGS - WHEELS DOES NOT GO TOPLESS AND I KNOW MY YOUNGEST WAS JUST GOING ON THE SIDE JOB FOR MONEY.

  ELDEST GETS AN APPLICATION AT BARNABY'S NEAR HER COLLEGE. SHE WAS TOLD TO TALK TO A MANAGER BUT IT WAS TOO BUSY WITH A PRIVATE PARTY. SHE WILL RETURN ON SUNDAY. MAN , I HOPE THIS KID GETS THIS JOB.

  MAKE BREAKFAST FOR MYSELF , WHEELS , AND MY YOUNGEST. THAN OFF TO A SIDE JOB WITH MY YOUNGEST IN DREXEL HILL. IT WAS A QUICK JOB OF 90 MINUTES. THE LONGEST PART WAS GOING TO LOWES TO LOOK FOR AN A/C FILTER. LOWES HAS 100'S OF THEM. OF COURSE , WE COULD NOT FIND THE SIZE WE NEED. SO I SUGGESTED A CUT-TO-SIZE FILTER. THE LOWES WORKER NEEDED A CRANE TO GET UP TO THE TOP OF THE 4TH SHELF. I ASKED IF MY KID COULD TAKE THE RIDE. I EMBARRASSED HER AND HE SAID NO BECAUSE OF SAFETY RULES.

  MORE EMBARRASSMENT - AT LOWES WE ARE LOOKING FOR A CERTAIN LIGHT BULB. I AM COMPLAINING THAT I FEEL FAT BUT CAN'T REALLY SEE IT. I TELL MY KID , " I CAN SEE MY FEET , KNEES , AND THIGHS BUT I FEEL HUGE. IN FACT , THERE IS A VIDEO OF ME ON THE PONTOON BOAT IN NORTH CAROLINA.  I HAVE NO SHIRT ON AND LOOK SO DAMN DISGUSTING. "  WE WALK AROUND AN ISLE AND A HUGE ROUND GUY WITH A BLACK SHIRT , BLUE JEANS , AND A BALD HEAD IS RIGHT THERE. HE IS MY TWIN. I BELIEVE GOD WAS TELLING ME SOMETHING.  I SAY TO MY KID , " STAND BEHIND ME AND TAKE A PICTURE OF BOTH OF US. " I POSITION MYSELF JUST LIKE THE GUY AND BEHIND HIM ON AN ANGLE BUT MY KID SAYS , " NO. " I LIP , " C'MON !! " SHE SAYS , " NOOOOO. " I WHISPER ," WILL YOU JUST TAKE THE PICTURE ? "  MY YOUNGEST TAKES THE PICTURE AND IS GIGGLING AND SHAKING HER HEAD.  WALKING AWAY I SAY TO MY KID , " MAN , THAT WAS PRETTY LOW TAKING A PICTURE LIKE THAT. " SHE BLURTS OUT , " YOU TOLD ME TOO !!! "  I RESPOND , " I REALLY DON'T LIKE YOU GOING TO THE DARK SIDE OF MY FAMILY NAME. YOU MUST GO TO THE GOOD SIDE OF YOUR MOTHER'S NAME. SHE REPLIES , " YOU KNOW......THEY CAN BE CRAZY TOO. "

  AFTER THE SIDE JOB WE STOP AT THE GAS STATION ( SUNOCO ON ROUTE 1 - $2.87. IT WAS PACKED ) AND THAN AT MY PARENTS HOUSE FOR LUNCH.  MY KID HAS PASTENE AND I KINDA HAD A HAM AND BROCCOLI RABE SANDWICH. MY DAD IS STILL COOKING THE PASTENE AND GIVES ME THE " HAM " SANDWICH. I OPEN IT UP AND THERE IS ONE THIN SLICE OF HAM ACROSS THE WHOLE ROLL ....ONE SLICE !!!  AND WITH ONE PIECE OF BROCCOLI RABE ON HALF OF IT. I SHOW IT TO MY YOUNGEST AND SHE GIGGLES.

  BACK HOME I TRY TO REST BECAUSE I AM BARTENDING TONIGHT. I WATCH A GOOD SEASON 7 FINALE OF " THE WALKING DEAD ". BUT ONE 20 SECOND SCENE HAD ME CHEERING AND CRYING. I REPLAYED IT 4 TIMES !!

 WHAT TOTALLY SUCKS IS SEASON 8 OF " THE WALKING DEAD " COSTS MONEY. I HAVE 4 WAYS OF WATCHING IT.......AMC ON-DEMAND , NETFLIX , AMAZON , AND YOU-TUBE. ALL COST MONEY. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. NETFLIX MOST LIKELY WILL RELEASE SEASON 8 IN OCTOBER. MY QUESTION IS DO I PAY MONEY TO WATCH IT NOW OR WAIT 4 MONTHS.

  LOAD UP MOTORCYCLE AND DO A SMART THING......I SHORTEN MY LAPTOP COMPUTER STRAP SO IT DOES NOT BOUNCE WHEN I RIDE. I THINK MY LAST COMPUTER SHUFFLED AROUND TOO MUCH ON MY LAST BIKE AND BROKE. NOW , IT FREELY HANGS OFF MY SHOULDER WHILE I RIDE.

  NEW OPEN MIC CALLED " JUST JAM ". TO MY SURPRISE 6 MUSICIANS CAME IN AT 8PM. IT WAS THE MOST WE HAD IN MANY WEEKS. PUT IT THIS WAY. WHEN I STAY TO 2AM....IT WAS A GOOD NIGHT.

  PHILLIES WITH A HUGE WIN OVER THE NATIONALS.

  ROLL HOME ON A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT. I PULL INTO THE GARAGE AND SEE THE PET RABBIT IN HER HUTCH. I LET MY DOG OUT AND WAIT ABOUT 5 MINUTES AT MOST. THIS IS A LITTLE LONG SO I GO TO THE DOOR AND SEE A WHITE AND ORANGE CAT ALONG MY PATIO ON THE DRIVEWAY SIDE. I GO OUTSIDE AND THE CAT CHASES A WILD RABBIT BIG TIME. THAN MY DOG CHASES THE CAT WHO IS CHASING THE RABBIT. BOTH CAT AND DOG GROWLING AND SCAMPERING LIKE A BENNY HILL CHASE SCENE. ALL HELL HAS BROKEN LOOSE. BOTH CAT AND RABBIT GOT AWAY. MY DOG COMES BACK ALL RILED UP AND PROUD.....SHE SHOWED THEM.

  ON A SAD NOTE.......ANOTHER GUNMAN GOES ON A SHOOTING SPREE IN ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND. WHAT A WORLD.

  WHILE WRITING THIS BLOG MY DOCTOR ALREADY GOT BACK TO ME ON MY QUESTION ABOUT HIGH TRIGLYCERIDES. THIS " MY CHART " WEBSITE IS VERY EFFICIENT :  ( DAMN.....FRIED FOODS WAS ADDED TO THE NO EAT LIST )

      Hi, Chris

We typically don't treat high triglycerides until you get into the greater than 800 range. You are right that yours are well above the normal range of 150 and warrant surveillance to make sure that they don't creep into the higher levels at which point we would have concerns that it could cause pancreatitis. Like we talked about on the phone, I don't think it warrants treatment at this time, especially because I feel that when we recheck the labs in 6 months the numbers will come down due to the lifestyle changes you have recently made. Keep doing what you are doing and watch the sweets, carbs, and fried foods and the triglycerides and cholesterol numbers should come down. The Mediterranean diet is a great way to improve these number
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   FRIDAY    6 - 29 - 18

  SIDE JOB LEADS TO A SIDE JOB LEADS TO A SIDE JOB....BUT NOT WHAT YOU THINK.

  MY DOUBLE WIDE CLOSET COLLAPSES.  THE WEIGHT OF EXCESSIVE CLOTHES AND BOXES IS WAY TOO MUCH. I REMOVE EVERYTHING , SECURE THE SHELF , AND MY YOUNGEST HELPS ME PUT EVERYTHING BACK.  I FEEL PRETTY GOOD ABOUT IT BECAUSE THIS TIME I SECURED THE SUPPORTS INTO STUDS. 8 HOURS LATER I GET A CALL FROM MY YOUNGEST......IT FELL AGAIN. THE 2ND COLLAPSES WAS NOT AS BAD BUT AGAIN.....WAY TOO MUCH WEIGHT.

 RETURNING TO A SIDE JOB TO DO PLUMBING WORK. THIS TIME WITH A FRIEND. I WILL DO THIS JOB ON SUNDAY. YEP....SUNDAY...BECAUSE EVERYDAY IS THE SAME WITH ME.

  THE HEAT WAVE IS COMING.

  I ASKED FOR A CONFIRMATION CALL , TEXT , OR EMAIL BY THE WEEDING COMPANY TO SEE WHEN THEY ARRIVE ON SUNDAY.......IN THE 105 DEGREE HEAT. I NEVER GOT IT.

  STILL KINDA BUMMING I CAN NOT CONTINUE TO WATCH " THE WALKING DEAD " WITHOUT PAYING FOR THE 8TH SEASON. I PAY FOR CABLE....AND THEY CHARGE EXTRA. I PAY FOR NETFLIX.....AND THE CHARGE EXTRA. WHAT A FRIGGIN' RACKET. I MAY START WATCHING " FEAR THE WALKING DEAD " WHICH IS A PREQUEL AND GETS VERY GOOD REVIEWS.

  I DID FINISH " THE RANCH ". IT WAS VERY GOOD AND THE MAIN CHARACTER GOT BOOTED OFF THE SHOW FOR REAL LIFE CHARGES AGAINST GIRLS. ACTOR DANNY MATHESON FROM THE POPULAR TV SITCOM " THAT 70'S SHOW " IS OUT.

   THIS WOULD BE A VERY GOOD WEEK TO USE OUR POOL MEMBERSHIP. THE HEAT WAVE IS HERE AND I KNOW EVERY TIME I GO TO THE POOL I SAY , " JESUS I LOVE COMING HERE. "  WE HAVE NOT GONE ONCE YET.

  THE BIG NEWS IS.....COMCAST. SOME ONE GOT FIRED. THE BEST POST I SAW WAS A FACEBOOK PICTURE FROM THE MOVIE " AIRPLANE ".  A BALD GUY , IN AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER , IS SHOWN PULLING A PLUG AND HOLDING IT UP WHILE SINISTERLY SMILING. THE RUNWAY LIGHTS GO OFF JUST AS THE HERO IS ABOUT TO LAND THE TROUBLED PLANE. WELL , SOMEONE AT COMCAST CUT A MAJOR MAIN FIBER LINE FROM A NEIGHBORING PROVIDER. THIS AFFECTED PHONE , CABLE , AND INTERNET THROUGHOUT THE NATION. I GOT TO FIND OUT VIA OUR CONDO RENTER WHO CALLED ME IMMEDIATELY. I WALKED HER THROUGH THE NORMAL STEPS AND IT DID WORK BUT SHE WAS TELLING ME SHE ONLY HAD 20 CHANNELS WHEN SHE SHOULD HAVE 200.  MY EMAILS WERE NOT RUNNING SO WAS THIS A COINCIDENCE ?

  I SEMI - FIXED THE PROBLEM AT BEST BUT NOT ENTIRELY AT THE CONDO. I TRIED 4 COMCAST PHONE NUMBERS AND EVERYONE WAS UNAVAILABLE OR BUSY. THE RENTER WENT TO THE BEACH WHILE I INVESTIGATED. LUCKILY , WHEELS SEES AN ACTION NEWS REPORT ABOUT COMCAST GOING DOWN NATIONWIDE. IT WAS A RELIEF TO KNOW IT WASN'T OUR PROBLEM. I TEXT THE RENTER THE NEWS AND SHE TEXTS ME BACK 2 HOURS LATER , " EVERYTHING IS BACK TO NORMAL YEAH !! "

  I SAID THIS BEFORE. IT IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL HAVING VACATION HOMES ON THE BEACH AND ON A LAKE IN THE POCONOS. BUT........NOT USING THEM KINDA SUCKS.  IT IS AWESOME WE ARE HAVING OUR BEST YEAR IN RENTING.....( AND LAST YEAR WAS OUR BEST THAN ). BUT..........WE CAN'T USE THEM FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS WHICH IS NO FUN. I REALLY LOVE GOING TO BOTH PLACES.

  NOTHING LIKE A GOOD THICK BURGER COOKED MEDIUM WELL ( AT MOST ).  WHEELS SAUTÉS SOME MUSHROOMS AND ONIONS WHILE I DO THE BURGERS. I ATE 2 LARGE ONES WHICH WAS TOO MUCH. I DID NOT USE ROLLS WHICH SO BLOWS. EATING A BURGER WITH A FORK AND KNIFE IS JUST NOT RIGHT. BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT THE BURGERS WITH MOZZARELLA , ONIONS , AND MUSHROOMS WAS PRETTY DAMN GOOD.

   OFF TO THE NAIL ON MY BIKE. THE NIGHT STARTED OUT SLOW AND I DID NOT HAVE A GOOD FEELING BUT IT MAN DID IT PICK UP.  A COUPLE OF FUN THINGS HAPPENED TONIGHT: ( I POSTED ON FACEBOOK )

  - MUSICALLY , OVERALL 4 BANDS COMBINED , WAS IN THE TOP 10 BEST PERFORMANCES I HAVE SEEN HERE AT THE NAIL IN 21 YEARS.

  - WHEELS AND A FRIEND MAKE A VISIT. THEY REALLY TIPPED THE BARTENDER BIG TIME......BIG.....TIME.

  - A GOOD SIZED CROWD AND SOME OF THE HOTTEST GIRLS TONIGHT. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I REMEMBER MORE GIRLS THAN GUYS.

  I MOVED THE BANDS ALONG , WAS SUPER PLEASANT TO ALL PATRONS , HELPED ANOTHER MOTORCYCLIST PARK NEXT TO MY BIKE , PLAYED WITH ONE GIRL WHO KEPT TOUCHING ME ( MAN IN MY DAY I SO WOULD OF.......WELL. ) , AND OVERALL A REALLY FUN NIGHT WITH GOOD PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE.

  MY ELDEST WAS THE BARTENDER AND I ALWAYS LOVE WORKING WITH HER.  SHE HAS 2 FRIENDS COME IN AT 1:15AM. ALL OF US DO A FULL CLOSE. THEY WERE A BIG HELP AND IT WAS AN EXCELLENT CLOSE. I EVEN CHANGED THE MARQUEE SIGN WHICH HELPS THE NEXT DAY.

  WE ALL ROLL OUT TOGETHER. MY ELDEST GIVES A RIDE FOR HER FRIENDS TO THE SEPTA LOTS WHILE I FOLLOW ON MY BIKE. WE FOLLOW EACH OTHER UNTIL THEY WENT TO THE FRIEND'S HOUSE.

   I HEAD INSIDE AND HAVE SOME WINE. I TRY TO WATCH " LUKE CAGE " SEASON 2 OPENER BUT FELL ASLEEP WITHIN 30 MINUTES.

  OFF TO BED WHERE I SEE MY CLOSET FELL AGAIN. MY YOUNGEST WAS NICE ENOUGH TO MOVE THE BOXES. SHE WAS UP WHEN I GOT HOME WHICH WAS SO COOL.

    SATURDAY        6 - 30 - 18

  AFTER 21 YEARS YOU THINK I FRICKIN' LEARN.

  FIX DOUBLE CLOSET SHELF PART II - THIS TIME I HAD TO GET WHEELS INVOLVED. SHE HAS CLOTHES FROM THE 70'S IN MY CLOSET.  I REMOVED ALL CLOTHES ON HANGARS AND SHOES. IT WAS TIME TO RE-ORGANIZE AND CONSOLIDATE. I WENT TO MY VERY LOCAL HARDWARE STORE ( MY BASEMENT ) AND FOUND MORE ANCHORS FOR THE 10 FOOT WIDE SHELF UNIT.  I SECURED THE SHELVING AGAIN AND IT WAS TIME TO RE-HANG STUFF. I HUNG MY 6 SHIRTS AND PUT AWAY 3 PAIRS OF SHOES. WHEELS WENT THROUGH 200 OUTFITS AND 50 PAIRS OF SHOES. SHE DONATED 2 LARGE BAGS OF CLOTHES , THREW OUT ONE BAG , AND HUNG THE REST. THE 400 POUND LOAD OF CLOTHES IS NOW A REASONABLE 100 POUND LOAD OF CLOTHES ON THE SHELVING UNIT. THIS TASK IS DONE.

   WHEELS MAKES BREAKFAST - MY YOUNGEST HAS A WONDERFUL EGG, CHEESE , AND BACON SANDWICH ON AN ENGLISH MUFFIN. SHE MAKES ME A BEAUTIFUL CAPRESE SALAD......SLICE MOZZARELLA & SLICED TOMATOES IN AN OIL & BASIL DRESSING. OH MY GOD IT WAS SO GOOD !!! AND I WOULD SO NOT PREFER MY KID'S EGG SANDWICH.

  YES......SARCASM WAS USED ABOVE.

  KIDS HEAD TO THE 104.5 MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH SOME BANDS I RECOGNIZE LIKE IMAGINE DRAGON , JUDAH & THE LION , AND A J R. IT ALWAYS MAKES US NERVOUS WHEN OUR KIDS DRIVE TO CAMDEN BUT THEY MADE IT TO AND FROM .........AND HAD A GOOD TIME. THEY EVEN LEFT EARLY TO BEAT THE TRAFFIC WHICH WAS VERY SMART. THEY SENT ME A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF THEM AND A FRIEND AT THE CONCERT. I WILL POST IT ON FACEBOOK.

  I TRY TO REST SINCE I AM ON DOOR TONIGHT.  I FADE IN AND OUT OF SLEEPING WHILE WATCHING SOME WORLD CUP SOCCER.

  WHEELS AND I DECIDE TO GO TO OUR LOCAL POOL FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR. AS I ALWAYS SAY..........IT WAS WONDERFUL. THE WATER HAD A SLIGHT CHILL WHEN ENTERING. WHEELS AND I TALKED FOR ABOUT 1 1/2  HOURS. I ALSO SWAM LAPS AND DID RESISTANCE WALKING IN THE WATER. I ALSO SCARED MANY LITTLE KIDS BECAUSE I LOOK LIKE A WHALE SHARK IN THE WATER.....THE LARGEST LIVING CREATURE IN THE SEA. IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO GO HERE.

  DRIVE HOME AND STOP AT OUR VERY LOCAL CLOTHES DONATION BIN. WE DROP OFF WHEEL'S 2 BIG BAGS OF CLOTHES FROM THE LATE 1960'S TO EARLY 1970'S. IF YOU SEE A HOMELESS LADY WITH A SHORT BLACK LEATHER SKIRT WITH A LEATHER TOP TO MATCH.............IT WAS WHEELS.

  BACK HOME WE SETTLE IN FOR JUST 45 MINUTES. WHEELS SHOWERS WHILE I CHANGE.  SHE IS GOING TO A BBQ WHILE I AM HEADING TO THE NAIL.  SINCE SHE IS GOING TO DINNER WE DECIDE TO HAVE A HEALTHY APPETIZER. SOME AWESOME COLD EXTRA LARGE SHRIMP WITH COCKTAIL SAUCE ON THE SIDE. I AM TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY AND CUT DOWN ON SALT SO SHRIMP HAS TO BE OKAY FOR YOU RIGHT ?

  WELP.....THE LARGE BAG OF EXTRA LARGE SHRIMP HAS A TON OF SALT IN IT. I MILES OF JUST ATE A DEER SALT LICK.  THE SHRIMP IS OKAY FOR YOU BUT THE PACKING COMPANY USES SALT TO PRESERVE THE SHELF LIFE OF THE SHRIMP. BESIDES SALT , THEY USE A SALT PRESERVATIVE CALLED " SODIUMATONOFFATTYIOUS " TO KEEP THE SHELF LIFE OF SHRIMP FRESH FOR UP TO 12 DECADES.  I LOOKED AT THE AMOUNT OF SALT CONTENT ON THE INGREDIENT LABEL. ONE LICK OF A SHRIMP HAS 35,000 MILLIGRAMS OF SALT. THIS IS JUST LICKING IT !!

  OFF TO THE NAIL ON MY MOTORCYCLE. IT WAS A WONDERFUL RIDE. I HOPE I SAVE GAS FOR OUR CARS BECAUSE THE PRICES HAVE HIT $3 AGAIN....SOME STATIONS ARE A LITTLE LOWER.

  I GOT TO ARRIVE LATE WHICH WAS REALLY GOOD. WE DID SUCH A GOOD CLOSE LAST NIGHT I COULD ARRIVE LATE WHICH IS ALWAYS A NICE LITTLE PERK.  I KNEW I COULD DO THIS AND I ALSO KNEW.....IT WAS GOING TO BE A HORRIBLE NIGHT. I ALLOWED A DJ TO BOOK A NIGHT WITH THE ASSUMPTION A SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY WAS BEING THROWN. WELP , JUST YESTERDAY I GET A TEXT THAT THE PARTY WAS CANCELLED BECAUSE THE BIRTHDAY BOY WAS DOWN THE SEA SHORE.......ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ?? WHY WASN'T I TOLD THIS 6 WEEKS AGO????!!!! WE NOW HAVE 2 DJ'S FOR THE WHOLE NIGHT.  NO BANDS = NO PATRONS.

  I PUSHED BACK THE BARTENDER BY TEXTING HER TO COME IN.........7PM TO 7:30PM TO 8PM TO 8:30PM TO 9PM TO FINALLY 9:30PM. IT WAS THE LATEST A BARTENDER HAS EVER COME IN ON A SATURDAY NIGHT IN 21 YEARS. I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. THE DJ'S WERE POLITE AND I KNEW ONE OF THEM BUT I NEEDED TO GET OUT OF THERE. I SHOULD OF KNOWN TO STAY ON THIS BIRTHDAY PARTY BUT I DIDN'T. YOU THINK I LEARN OVER 21 YEARS.

  I RIDE MY BIKE HOME AND WITHIN 1 HOUR BOTH KIDS AND WHEELS ARRIVE HOME TOO. THE DOG WAS HILARIOUS WITH HER NORMAL WAGGING TAIL , SNEEZING , AND SMILING LIKE ELVIS GREETINGS.

  OH , I PUT THE RABBIT IN HER HUTCH FROM OUR GARDEN. WE DO THIS EVERY NIGHT.  GARAGE GARDEN DURING THE DAY AND HUTCH AT NIGHT FOR SAFETY.

  BY 11:30PM I WAS JONESING FOR A BEER AND BRANDY. I WAS GOING TO DO ONE NIGHTCAP WITH WHEELS. I WAITED FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES FOR HER TO JOIN ME IN THE TV ROOM. BY THAN.........I FELL ASLEEP. I ALWAYS GET AWOKEN WHEN SHE TAKES THE TV REMOTE. EARLIER I DID WATCH ANOTHER " LUKE CAGE " EPISODE. IT WAS OKAY.

  OFF TO BED WHERE I SLEPT GREAT UNTIL 4:30AM. I GET UP AND BEGIN MY NORMAL MORNING ROUTINES. IT IS NOW 7AM. MAYBE I WILL TRY TO GO BACK TO BED.

  OH......PHILLIES WITH A HUGE WIN. THE BIG THING....THE BULLPEN HELD ON FROM THE 2ND INNING. MIKE SCHMIDT SAID , " THAT WAS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPRESSIVE PLAY I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY BASEBALL CAREER. "

  WHAT HAPPENED THAT IMPRESSED HALL OF FAMER MICHAEL JACK SCHMIDT ? - IN THE 2ND INNING , PHILLIE STARTER VINCENT VELASQUEZ HAS A MAN ON 3RD BASE IN A TIED GAME. THE BATTER SMOKES A LINE DRIVE RIGHT BACK AT HIM. THE BASEBALL NAILS HIS RIGHT & PITCHING ELBOW. THE BALL DEFLECTS AND ROLLS TOWARDS THE 3RD BASE LINE.  VELASQUEZ DROPS HIS GLOVE , POUNCES ON THE BALL , AND FIRES A THROW TO 1ST BASE..........LEFT HANDED !!!! I MEAN HE FIRED IT.  THE BATTER WAS OUT AND HE PRESERVED THE TIE GAME. PHILLIES GO ON TO WIN 3 -2 .

  OH , JUST ONE MORE  THING , THE WEEDING COMPANY WHO PROMISED TO BE HERE ON SUNDAY SAID THEY GIVE ME A HEADS UP SATURDAY OR SUNDAY ON THE EXACT TIME OF ARRIVAL ON SUNDAY. WELP.......SATURDAY IS GONE AND IT IS NOW SUNDAY MORNING AT 7AM.  GEE.......I WONDER IF THEIR SHOWING UP.

   SUNDAY        7 - 1 - 18

  ASK................AND YOU WILL RECEIVE !!!!!!!! ( 8 TO 10 WEEKS LATER )

  HOW THE HELL CAN I GO TO BED SO DAMN EXHAUSTED AND BARELY KEEP MY EYES OPEN AT 11:30PM..........AND WAKE UP AT 3:30AM ( WHICH IT IS NOW ) ??? IT WAS A FULL DAY AND I SHOULD BE SLEEPING !! DAMN IT !!

  START MORNING BY WALKING WITH WHEELS AND HAVING NICE CONVERSATION. AT FIRST I SAID NO BUT I DID NOT WANT HER TO WALK BY HERSELF AND PLUS........I AM FAT. 

  BACK FROM THE WALK WHEELS PREPS A REALLY GOOD DINNER FOR LATER ON.....CORN , PAN SEARED SPICED UP TUNA STEAKS , STRING BEANS , POTATOES , MEAT LOAF WITH BACON STRIPS , AND EGGPLANT PARM. I HAD A GOOD SUGGESTION AND I THINK THIS WAS THE MAIN REASON FOR THE BEST EGGPLANT I HAD MADE BY WHEELS. WE SKINNED THE EGGPLANT AND THAN I SLICED IT ON OUR DELI SLICER. EGGPLANT WAS PAPER THIN....SO DAMN GOOD. THE KEY TO GOOD EGGPLANT PARM IS THINLY SLICED EGGPLANT. SHE SPENT 2 HOURS PREPPING ALL THESE DINNERS. OH , AND WHEELS MAKES ME A SMOOTHIE. SO PREFER THESE OVER MCDONALDS EGG & SAUSAGE MCMUFFINS.

  EXTREME COMMUNICATION WITH A SIDE JOB. I MEAN I AM OVER THE TOP TEXTING AND EMAILING EVERY MOVE......" LEAVING NOW , " PICTURES OF RECEIPTS , " WE ARE HERE "......AND MORE TEXTS AND EMAILS WITH WORK PERFORMED.  WELL , I WAS PISSED TODAY ESPECIALLY AFTER SO MUCH COMMUNICATION WITH A LANDLORD AND TENANT. THE FEMALE TENANT TEXTED ME , " I WILL NOT BE HOME , BUT MY HUSBAND WILL BE. I'LL TELL HIM YOU'RE COMING AROUND 2PM. "   I HAVE LEARNED IN THE PAST TO OVER COMMUNICATE BECAUSE PROBLEMS ALWAYS ARISE.

  I HEAD TO THE NAIL AND BEGIN MY PREPPING FOR THE NIGHT.  I TEXT A FRIEND , " TELL ME WHEN YOU'RE READY TO BE PICKED UP. " HE TEXTS RIGHT BACK AND I LEAVE THE NAIL AND GET HIM IN HAVERTOWN IN 5 MINUTES.  WE DECIDE TO ACCESS A MAJOR PLUMBING JOB BEFORE GOING TO LOWES FOR MATERIAL. WE STOP BY AT THE JOB SITE AND IT IS 30 MINUTES EARLY......1:30PM.  WE KNOCK AND RING THE DOOR BELL. I GOT A BAD FEELING WHEN NO ONE ANSWERED.

  TO WASTE TIME , WE HEAD TO LOWES TO PURCHASE PRODUCT NEEDED FOR THE JOB. WE RUN INTO A SMALL PROBLEM IN LOCATING WHAT WE NEED BUT GET IT DONE. I RETURNED A BAR BULB THAT I GOT WRONG AND REPLACED IT. I ALSO APPLIED FOR A LOWES CREDIT CARD BUT IT TAKES 7 - 10 DAYS TO GET THE ACTUAL CARD. SO , A LOWES REP SENT ME A PICTURE OF MY CARD VIA EMAIL. HE TOLD ME , " WHEN PURCHASING JUST SIMPLY HAVE THE REGISTER PERSON SCAN THE BAR CODE AND ACCOUNT NUMBER I GAVE YOU HERE. "  WOW.....THAT BE EASY. BUT YOU SEE , THIS IS MY LIFE , AND NOTHING , AND I MEAN NOTHING IS EVER EASY.

  WE GET ALL OUR PRODUCT AND I WANT TO USE MY NEW LOWES " CARD " THAT I HAVE TO SHOW VIA MY CELL PHONE. WELP..........IT DID NOT SCAN.  THE GIRL AT THE REGISTER HAD TO GET A MANAGER. THEY HAD TO PLUG IN EVERY BIT OF INFORMATION ABOUT ME AND THAN IT WENT THROUGH. I MADE SOME JOKES TO THE GIRL AND MADE HER AND MY FRIEND LAUGH. THE PEOPLE IN LINE BEHIND ME WAITING 15 MINUTES.....DID NOT LAUGH AT ALL.

  BACK TO THE SIDE JOB AT 2:05PM. REMEMBER....THE WIFE TOLD THE HUSBAND WE BE COMING AT 2PM ( ISH ). WELL , WE BANGED ON THE DOOR AND RANG THE DOOR BELL AND WAVED TO THEIR SURVEILLANCE CAMERA. I KNEW THE GUY WAS HOME AND WAS PROBABLY SLEEPING OR LAZY. I WAS PISSED. I BEGAN TEXTING BOTH THE TENANT AND LAND LORD. I TRIED CALLING THE GIRL BUT OF COURSE NO ANSWER. 30 MINUTES LATER I DROP MY FRIEND BACK HOME AND I WENT TO THE NAIL AGAIN. I WAS SO FRIGGIN' PISSED.

  BOTH LANDLORD AND TENANT RESPOND. THE LANDLORD SAYS THE TENANTS ARE NEVER LIKE THIS AND THE TENANT SAYS HER HUSBAND IS DEFINITELY HOME. I NEVER RESPONDED. I WILL TOMORROW WHEN I CALM DOWN.

  I GET INVOLVED IN FIXING A 4 FOOT FLO LIGHT AT THE NAIL AND MY CELL GOES OFF. IT IS WHEELS AND SHE WROTE , " YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE IT BUT THE WEEDING GUYS ARE HERE. "

  IN 30 SECONDS I LEAVE THE NAIL AND HEAD HOME.  I PULL UP THE DRIVEWAY AND THERE ARE 4 MEXICAN GUYS WEEDING OUR JUMANJI GARDEN.  HERE'S THE NEXT 3 HOURS:

  - I ASKED FOR A HEADS UP EMAIL OR TEXT OR PHONE CALL ON WHEN THE LANDSCAPERS WERE COMING. OF COURSE , I WAS NOT EXPECTING ONE BUT MAN IT WOULD OF BEEN NICE BECAUSE I HAD SOME PREPPING TO DO. SO NOW WE SCRAMBLE.

  - WHEELS , MY YOUNGEST , AND ME GET ALL KINDS OF TOOLS AND BUCKETS. THEY REMOVE ALL SEA SHELLS , BIRD FEEDERS , METAL ARTWORK , AND DRIVEWAY LIGHTS IN ALL OUR FRONT GARDENS WHILE I BEGIN TO HEDGE CUT ALL BUSHES THAT NEEDED IT.....WHICH WAS ALL OF THEM.

  - I USE MY YOUNGEST AS A TRANSLATOR FOR SPANISH.

  - WHEELS PUTS OUT A BIG PITCHER OF ICE WATER WITH GLASSES WHILE I GET A HOSE FOR THEM. IT IS 105 DEGREES AND THESE GUYS ARE BULL GRUNT AWESOME WORKERS.

  - USING A SAWZ SALL I CUT WEEDS THAT BECAME TREES. I AM NOT FABRICATING. I BELIEVE THEY ARE CALLED MULBERRY BUSHES. A SMALL 1 FOOT WEED CAN BECOME A 10 FEET TREE IN WEEKS. I CUT AT LEAST 4 DOWN ALONG WITH OTHER EXTENDING BRANCHES. ONE TREE WAS ABOVE OUR ELECTRICAL WIRES THAT FEED THE HOUSE. THE 8 WEEK DELAY FROM OUR STARTING SCHEDULE REALLY MADE THIS JOB 10 TIMES HARDER. IT WAS PROBABLY CLOSER TO 10 WEEKS FROM THE INITIAL DATE WE SCHEDULED.

  - AFTER A SOLID HOUR I RUN OUT OF SPEED. I TAKE A BREAK AND GO OUT A 2ND TIME BUT I ONLY LAST ABOUT 15 MINUTES.

  - THERE WERE 4 GUYS AND THEY WEEDED FOR 3 SOLID HOURS. ONE GUY IN A YELLOW SHIRT I THOUGHT FOR SURE WOULD HAVE A STROKE.

 - I INSTRUCTED THEM IN SPANISH AND THEY FOLLOWED IT FOR THE MOST PART.  WHEN ALL SAID AND DONE OUR WEEDS , BRANCHES , AND HEDGE CUTTINGS FILLED 2 DUMP TRUCKS. I FIGURE IT HAD TO BE 25 TRASHCANS OR 50 BAGS. IT WAS A MONUMENTAL TASK AND THESE WORKERS BUSTED BALLS.

  - THEY ALSO DID OUR EDGES OF THE SIDEWALKS AND PATHWAYS ALONG WITH THE WEEDS BETWEEN EACH CEMENT PAD AND THAN LEAF BLEW OUR BACK PATIO TO OUR FRONT DRIVEWAY AND ALONG THE STREET. THEY ALSO WEEDED OUT THE DRIVEWAY PLANTS WHICH ARE ALWAYS ANNOYING.

  - I TOOK SOME PICTURES OF THE WEEDING PROCESS AND POSTED IT ON FACEBOOK. " WOW " WAS WRITTEN MANY TIMES BY FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I WISH I HAD A BEFORE PICTURE BECAUSE THE WEEDS WERE OVER 6 FEET HIGH.

  - I ASK MY ELDEST , WHO HAPPEN TO COME HOME AFTER THE WORK , WHAT WOULD YOU TIP THESE WORKERS ? I ALSO ASKED MY YOUNGEST , WHO WAS MY TRANSLATOR , THE SAME QUESTION AND WHAT SPANISH WORD MEANS " TIP ? ".  I ASKED WHEELS TOO. THE CONSENSUS OF ANSWERS RANGED FROM $50 TO $100 PER MAN.

  AS THE WORKERS WERE RAKING AND GETTING READY TO LEAVE WE LOADED UP IN BATHING SUITS AND HEADED TO OUR SWIM CLUB. I GOT CASH FOR A TIP AND WHEELS DROVE. I WANTED TO SIT IN THE BACK SEAT DRIVER SIDE SO I COULD JUST REACH OUT THE WINDOW AND HAND THEM CASH.  WHEELS PULLS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE DRIVEWAY AND IN SPANISH I ASK THE HEAD WORKER TO COME OVER. I , OF COURSE , ALREADY HAD THE WINDOW DOWN , BUT WHEELS ROLLS IT UP VIA THE FRONT SEAT BUTTONS THINKING SHE IS ROLLING IT DOWN. SO , I AM HANDING CASH TO THIS GUY WITH ONE ARM HANGING OUT AS THE WINDOW IS GOING UP. HE HAD TO THINK I AM A "MUY LOCA GRINGO ".  I GIVE THE GUY THE TIP AND SAY " GRACIOUS ". HE RESPONDS " THANK YOU ". WAIT , COULD HE SPEAK ENGLISH THE WHOLE TIME ?

  COMPLIMENTS TO RICKS LAWN & LANDSCAPING. I BIT MY TONGUE FOR OVER 10 WEEKS AND ALWAYS RESPONDED OVER THE TOP NICELY WHEN EACH WEEK THEY EMAIL ME SAYING THEY HAD NO IDEA WHEN WE WILL BE NEXT.

  NEXT IS MULCHING....UGH.

  SOME VERY GOOD WORLD CUP SOCCER MATCHES. THEY ARE IN THE ROUND OF 16. AS AN AMERICAN , I AM NOT A FAN OF RUSSIA , BUT I ALWAYS HAVE ONE MOTTO WHEN WATCHING THESE GAMES......" I LIKE WHEN THE HOME TEAM WINS. " I WAS LEANING TOWARDS RUSSIA TO WIN OVER SPAIN. NOT BY MUCH BUT LEANING. WELL , SPAIN OUT PLAYED THEM THE WHOLE GAME. AT ONE POINT THEY HAD 500 MORE PASSES THAN RUSSIAN AND CONTROLLED THE BALL OVER 75% OF THE TIME. THAT IT DOMINATING.  WELL RUSSIA HAD THE GAME PLAN , " PLAY SUPER CONSERVATIVE DEFENSE AND COUNTER ATTACK WHEN POSSIBLE. " IT WORKED TO A SHOOT-OUT WHERE THE RUSSIANS WON IN PENALTY KICKS. THE STADIUM WENT NUTS.

  SPEAKING OF NUTS. WHILE WAITING FOR THE LANDSCAPERS TO FINISH WE ARE WATCHING THE PHILLIES IN EXTRA INNINGS.  IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 13TH INNING ANDREW KNAPP SLAMS A WALK-OFF HOME RUN TO WIN THE GAME.  WHAT WAS NUTS WAS HIM BEING INTERVIEWED AFTER THE GAME. HE TOLD HIS DAD ," I'M SUPPOSE TO START TODAY. " SO HIS DAD ATTENDED THE GAME. UNFORTUNATELY , KNAPP DID NOT START SO HE TOLD HIS DAD. THE FATHER RESPONDED , " WELL , JUST WIN THE GAME WITH A HOME RUN THAN. "

  LEBRON JAMES - I THOUGHT HE STAY IN CLEVELAND BUT THAN I HEARD HE OWNED 3 HOMES IN LOS ANGELOS. JAMES SIGNS A 4 YEARS DEAL FOR 153.3 MILLION DOLLARS. OH.....MY....GOD. THE CLEVELAND FANS WILL BURNING HIS JERSEYS AGAIN. SIXERS AND COLD PHILLY WEATHER NEVER HAD A CHANCE.

  OFF TO THE SWIM CLUB. WE ARE ACTUALLY COUNTING HOW MANY TIMES WE GO THIS SUMMER TO SEE IF IT IS WORTH IT. ALL 4 OF US GO AND IT WAS WONDERFUL. WE PLAYED WATER BASKETBALL AND A GAME OF " AROUND THE WORLD " IN WHICH WHEELS WON AND I CAME IN LAST. I PLAYED " SHARK " WITH MY KIDS WHILE WHEELS SUNNED. IT WAS THE PERFECT TIME TO GO....RIGHT AROUND 6:30PM. EVERYONE HEADED HOME FOR DINNER AND WE BASICALLY HAD THE POOL TO OURSELVES. I PLAYED AND JOKED WITH MY KIDS WHICH WAS AWESOME. I HAD THEM LAY ON THEIR BACKS AND FLOAT WHILE I PULLED THEM AROUND THE POOL. IMAGINE HOW RELAXING THAT IS ? SO THAN I HAD MY YOUNGEST PULL ME AROUND THE POOL WHILE I FLOATED ON MY BACK. IT WAS GIGGLE TIME WITH THIS KID. I ALSO SWAM LAPS AND RESISTANCE WALKED IN THE POOL TOO.

  BACK HOME WE ALL SIT FOR A WONDERFUL DINNER. WE PLAYED MUSIC AND JUST HAD REALLY NICE CONVERSATION. THE PUP SAT WITH US TOO. SOMETIMES SHE GETS SOME LEFTOVERS.

  CRAIGSLIST STRIKES AGAIN. I TALK TO A REALLY NICE LADY IN W.C.  HER KIDS GRADUATED FROM THE SAME UNIVERSITY THAT OUR ELDEST IS GOING TOO. THEY ARE OPENING UP A NEW BREAKFAST PLACE AND WANT TO UPDATE THEIR BARSTOOLS. THESE STOOLS JUST HAPPEN TO MATCH OURS AT THE NAIL. I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR 1 YEAR FOR A GOOD DEAL SINCE THESE STOOLS CAN BE $60 A CHAIR. THEY WANTED $25 A STOOL AND THEY HAD 10 OF THEM. I OFFERED $50 FOR 4 AND THEY AGREED. SINCE THEY LIVE IN W.C. MY ELDEST PICKED THEM UP ON THE WAY TO HER APARTMENT. SHE TEXTED ME WHEN THE TRANSACTION WAS DONE , " STOOLS ARE IN GREAT CONDITION AND THEIR HOUSE IS HUGE !! " I MAY MAKE AN OFFER FOR THE OTHER 6.

  WHEELS AND I SETTLE IN AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF " HOMELAND ". IT WAS OKAY AND IT FELT A LITTLE LONG. I BREAK MY MEAL PLAN AND HAVE ONE GLASS OF WINE , 2 BEERS , AND.....ONE BRANDY. I HAD A SMALL SUGAR HEADACHE THE NEXT MORNING ON JUST ONE BRANDY.  I THINK THIS IS A GOOD THING TO KEEP WEANING MYSELF OFF THIS SUGARY PRODUCT.

  WELP , IT'S 6:30AM.......MILES TRY TO GET BACK TO SLEEP.

  I AM IN A 3RD FLOOR APARTMENT BUILDING. THE UNIT IS OLD AND IT IS BASICALLY ONE ROOM WITH A BED. I REALLY DO NOT KNOW MY NEIGHBORS BUT IT SEEMS TO HAVE YOUNG ADULTS HERE. I WOULD SAY AGE WOULD RANGE FROM 18 - 22.  I AM STRAIGHTENING MY ROOM AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM GOES OFF. THE WATER STREAMING OUT IS NOT FAST BUT KINDA LIKE A HARD MIST. STILL.....IT IS AFFECTING MY ROOM BY WETTING MY BED , CHAIR , TV , AND MORE. I FRANTICALLY SEARCH MY APARTMENT FOR A SHUT-OFF VALVE. I CAN NOT FIND IT SO I DETERMINE I HAVE TO GO TO THE BOILER ROOM OF THIS OLD APARTMENT BUILDING AND FIND IT. I RUN OUT AND INTO THE HALLWAY. I HEAR OTHER TENANTS SCREAMING BECAUSE THEIR ROOMS ARE BEING RAINED ON.  I RACE DOWN THE STEPS TO THE BASEMENT. A PERSON HANDS ME A FLASH LIGHT AS I RUN BY HIM.  ROOM BY ROOM I LOOK AND LISTEN FOR A SUPPRESSION SYSTEM THAT DIRECTLY AFFECT THE SPRINKLERS.  I GET TO THE LAST ROOM AND IT IS DARK. I AM CARRYING THE FLASH LIGHT LIKE COPS DO WITH A GUN. I SEE A LARGE BACK FLOW AIR TANK BUT CAN NOT FIND A TURN OFF OR RELEASE SWITCH. I HEAR WATER MOVING AND NOTICE A SWING VALVE. I TURN IT AND I HEAR THE WATER STARTING TO COME TO A STOP. THE NEXT THING I HEAR ABOVE ME IS LOUD CHEERING THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING.

  CONTINUED - I SLOWLY WALK BACK UP THE 3 FLIGHTS OF STEPS TO GET BACK TO MY ROOM. A YOUNG ASIAN GIRL WITH BLACK HAIR HUGS AND KISSES ME. SHE SAYS , " THANK YOU SO MUCH ".  NEXT , A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG BLONDE GIRL WHO LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ACTRESS ON THE TV SHOW " I-CARLY " HUGS AND KISSES ME. SHE SAYS , " YOU'RE AMAZING. THANK YOU !! "  I GET TO MY HALLWAY AND GO IN THE WRONG ROOM. I SEE SOME OLD 8TH GRADE FRIENDS PLAYING CARDS. THEY GIVE ME THE COLD SHOULDER AND I CERTAINLY KNOW I AM IN THE WRONG ROOM. JUST AFTER I LEAVE THEY PULL A CURTAIN CLOSED TO TELL ME THEY WANT PRIVACY AND ME OUT OF THERE.  I WALK TOWARDS MY ROOM AND REALIZE I HAVE TO GIVE THE FLASHLIGHT BACK. I GO DOWN ONE FLOOR AND A YOUNG ASIAN GUY HUGS ME. HE SAYS , " YOU KNOW YOU CAN HAVE THIS ANY TIME NOW. " HE POINTS TO HIS BUTT AS I AM FOLLOWING HIM DOWN THE STAIRWELL.  I GIVE THE FLASH LIGHT TO THE PERSON ON THE 2ND FLOOR WHO SEES ME COMING. THE YOUNG HOT BLONDE FROM ( I-CARLY ) SCAMPERS DOWN THE FLIGHT IN A G-STRING AND NIGHTIE ON. SHE SAYS , " OH MY GOD , I HAVE TO TAKE A SHOWER. SHE RUNS DOWN THE HALLWAY AND ENTERS THE BATHROOMS THERE....................dream ends. ( MAN , SHE COULDN'T ASK ME TO SHOWER WITH HER ?)

  MONDAY     7 - 2 - 18

 STILL SHAKING MY HEAD ON HOW MUCH WEEDING WAS DONE YESTERDAY......BUT.

 START MY MORNING AT FRIGGIN' 3:30AM. HOW THE HELL CAN I KEEP DOING THIS ?

  GET EVERYTHING DONE BY 6:30AM AND GO BACK TO SLEEP. I DO NAP UNTIL 8:30AM AND HAVE A COOL DREAM WHICH I  WROTE IN YESTERDAY'S BLOG.

  KEEP THE OUTSIDE CLEANING UP AND MOVEMENT GOING :

  - I WALK AROUND OUR HOUSE AND WEED MORE. 3 TRASHCANS LATER I WAS DONE.

  - PUT THE RABBIT FORM THE HUTCH TO THE GARAGE GARDEN. SO GLAD OUR ELDEST GOT A RABBIT.

  - MOVE STONES IN OUR FRONT GARDEN TO LOOK MORE SYMMETRICAL WITH THE LANDSCAPE. I HAVE NOT SEEN THEM IN 5 YEARS.

  - REMOVE MORE IVY FROM OUR FRONT TREE. IVY REALLY STRANGLES ALL LIVING PLANTS.

  - REMOVE ANOTHER WEED AND SMALL TREE THAT CLIMBS OUR TELEPHONE POLE NEAR OUR DRIVEWAY GARDEN.

  - BROKEN LAWN MOWER. I SPEND A SOLID HOUR TRYING TO FIX. IT WILL NOT START AND A CABLE BROKE. I AM USING A VICE GRIP TO HOLD IT IN PLACE.  I HAVE MY DOG WITH ME BUT AFTER 15 MINUTES SHE SIGNALS ME WITH A PAW MIDDLE FINGER AND SAYS LET ME THE HELL INSIDE.

  - REMOVE ALL DRIVEWAY LIGHTS AND STICK THEM IN THE GROUND OR FACE UP IN A BUCKET TO ALLOW THE SUN TO CHARGE THEM. I AM SWEATING LIKE THE BEJESUS.

  - REPAIRED A STREET WOOD BORDER.

  BACK INSIDE FOR A WONDERFUL CAESAR SALAD WITH CHICKEN SALAD ADDED. OH MY GOD IT IS SO GOOD. SO WOULD NOT RATHER HAVE PIZZA. I HAVE SOME WATER AND SODA WATER TO WATCH " LUKE CAGE " WHICH IS OKAY.

  YOUNGEST GETS DRIVEN TO A FRIEND'S HOUSE BY WHEELS FOR A VACATION.

  I HEAD TO THE NAIL ON MY MOTORCYCLE. I HAVE A NEW BARTENDER WHO IS ADORABLE. SHE IS MY ELDEST FRIEND AND I REALLY ENJOY WORKING WITH HER. I WORK AND SHOW HER HOW TO DO A FULL OPEN AND CLOSE.

  TONIGHT I COMBINED OPEN BLUES AND ANGEL BLUE BAND WITH TOURING BANDS TO GET HEADS IN THE DOOR. FOR A MONDAY NIGHT TO HAVE CLOSE TO 30 PEOPLE HERE WAS NICE EXCEPT FOR ONE THING THAT I DID NOT NOTICE UNTIL ABOUT 2 HOURS INTO THE SHOW................NO ONE DRANK ALCOHOL. NONE OF THE 3 BAND MEMBERS NOR PROMOTERS AND NOT MUCH OF THE BLUES PEOPLE DRANK AT ALL.

  I ASK A TOURING BAND MEMBER IF HE DRANK. HE SHOWS ME A TATTOOED  " X " ON HIS ARM AND SAYS , " NO MAN I'M IN FOR LIFE ". I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THAT MEANT.

  WE HAD 30 PEOPLE HERE AND 3 WERE DRINKING......I WAS ONE OF THE 3.  I FELT MORE BAD FOR OUR BARTENDER WHO WAS BUBBLY AND FUN ALL NIGHT. I GAVE HER AN EXTRA PAYOUT.

  WE DO A FULL CLOSE AND I HEAD HOME. THE BARTENDER BRINGS SOME STUFF HOME FOR ME WHICH I COULDN'T ON MY MOTORCYCLE.

  IT IS AFTER 1:15AM AND I WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH A LIBATION AND AN EPISODE OF " LUKE CAGE " WHICH WAS OKAY.

  TUESDAY      7- 3 - 18

  YEP.........CAN'T EVEN ENJOY ONE FRIGGIN' NIGHT WITHOUT SOMETHING HAPPENING.

  UP EARLY AS USUAL.....BLOWS.

  WHEELS AND I HEAD TO THE SWIM CLUB. THE WATER IS GLORIOUS AND IN 15 MINUTES THUNDER KICKED US OUT. NO FORECASTERS SAW THIS COMING.

  WHEELS STAYS AND I DRIVE HOME LIKE A MANIAC. TO SAY I HAD TO POOP WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT.  I DRIVE UP TO MY BACK DOOR , PARK THE CAR SIDEWAYS , THROW ALL CLOTHES OFF , AND DIVE TOWARDS THE TOILET. IT WAS LIKE A SCENE FROM " DUMB & DUMBER ".......WITHOUT THE EX-LAX.

  CHECK MY EMAILS AND DECIDE NOT TO WORK FOR A WOMEN WHO TWICE MISSED MY TEXTS AND CALLS ON SUNDAY. AS I STATED 2 DAYS AGO ON THIS BLOG WE STOPPED TWICE AT THE HOME AND NO ANSWER. I WAS FURIOUS ESPECIALLY AFTER I CONFIRMED WITH THE TENANT TO BE THERE. AGAIN SHE CONFIRMED , " THE HUSBAND WILL BE THERE WAITING. "  HE WAS NOT. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE TO NOT ANSWER THE DOOR WHEN WARNED 3 TIMES VIA PHONE CALLS AND TEXTING.

  BACK TO THE SWIM CLUB TO CHILL AGAIN. THE WATER IS BLISSFUL.  I SWAM LAPS AND POWER WALKED IN THE WATER. I ALSO FELT SO DAMN FAT WITH ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS AND LIFE GUARDS IN BIKINIS. SMOKING HOT AND I AM UGLY AS SIN.

  HEAD HOME AND JUST CHILL FOR A LITTLE BIT. WE WATCH SOME REALLY GOOD WORLD CUP SOCCER MATCHES.

  FRIENDS PICK US UP AND WE HEAD TO THE PHILLIES GAME. 10 MINUTES FROM THE STADIUM AND IT DOWN POURS.

  TREATED LIKE ROYALTY WITH PRIVATE PARKING , WALK UNDERNEATH STADIUM TO AVOID RAIN , SEE ORIOLE PITCHERS PRACTICING , PRIVATE DINNER , SUITE , BOOZE , AND SNACKS.....GOOD GOD I WOULD LOVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS.

  MET A GUY TONIGHT WHO HAD A BACHELOR PARTY AT THE NAIL......30 YEARS AGO.

  PHILLIES WIN A GOOD FUN GAME.  I HAD A GREAT TIME CHILLING WITH SOME OLD FRIENDS AND WHEELS. NOT WORRYING ABOUT DRIVING HOME WAS NICE TOO.

  GOT TO MEET SCOTT KINGERY'S DAD.  FRANCO THE 3RD BASEMAN , WHO IS AFRICAN AMERICAN, MADE A REMARKABLE DEFENSIVE PLAY IN THE 8TH INNING TO PRESERVE THE WIN. I TURN TO MR. KINGERY AND SAY , " MAN , YOUR SON IS GOOD. "

  ** IF NOT A PHILLIES FAN , SCOTT KINGERY IS WHITE AND ABOUT 5 FEET TALL AND PLAYS SHORT STOP **

  BACK HOME I BASICALLY PASS OUT. OFF TO BED AND ACTUALLY SLEPT TO 8AM.

  OH , JUST ONE MORE THING.  THE LIGHTNING STORM BLEW OUT A TRANSFORMER FOR THE NAIL BACK LOT GATE. 3 CARS GOT STUCK. OF COURSE , NO ANSWER BY THE OWNER WHEN I CALLED AT 9:44PM. I ALWAYS ANSWER MY CELL PHONE 100%. HE DID CONTACT ME THE NEXT MORNING THOUGH WHICH WAS COOL AND THE GATE IS FIXED. NOW I HAVE TO GET THE 3 CARS TO THE OWNERS..........WELL ONE IS OURS.

   WEDNESDAY         7 - 4 - 18

  HAPPY 4TH OF JULY , HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY , AND HAPPY HEAT.  IT WAS HOT BUT TODAY WENT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH.  WELL.........NOT TOTALLY BECAUSE I HAD TO GET 3 CARS OUT FROM BEHIND THE NAIL.

  GET A TEXT AT 9AM THAT THE GATE IS REPAIRED.  LIGHTNING AGAIN HAD BLEW A TRANSFORMER. NOW I MUST GET MY ELDEST JEEP OUT OF THERE ALONG WITH 2 OTHERS. I OFFER TO GET THE KEYS AT A PLACE OF WORK FOR ONE GUY. I DRIVE THERE EARLY MORNING AND RETRIEVE HIS KEYS.  THE OTHER GUY IS NOT ANSWERING MY TEXTS OR CALLS WHICH HINDERS THE SITUATION BECAUSE OUR STREETS ARE NOW CLOSED. THE JULY 4TH PARADE IS STARTING. SO , I TAKE A BREAK.

  WHEELS AND I WALK AROUND THE AREA AND SAY HELLO TO MANY FRIENDS. FREE BEER , DRINKS , HOT DOGS , PRETZELS , JAGER , AND MORE.  THE LARGE PARADE CIRCLES OUR BLOCK TWICE. I FIGURE AT LEAST 10,000 PEOPLE ARE HERE......PROBABLY WAY MORE. WE WALK DOWN TO THE NEW PARK FOR MORE ACTIVITIES.  IT WAS VERY COOL THAT THIS TOWNSHIP DOES THIS EVERY YEAR. IT REALLY IS A BIG PRODUCTION. MUSIC , MARCHING BANDS , OLD VEHICLES , FIRE ENGINES , POLICE CARS , AND MORE MARCH OUR STREETS. IT WAS SOMETHING TO SEE.

  BACK HOME WHEELS , MYSELF , AND OUR ELDEST GO TO BROOMALL TO PICK UP ONE OF THE DRIVERS STUCK BEHIND THE NAIL. HE IS VERY COOL AND A MUSICIAN.  ALL OF US HEAD TO THE NAIL.

  AT THE NAIL THE GATE WORKS AND WE GET OUT. I DRIVE A FRIEND'S CAR TO HIS WORK WHILE WHEELS FOLLOWS ME. THE MUSICIAN TAKES HIS CAR AND OUR DAUGHTER GETS HER'S. ALL 4 OF US ARE OUT.  WHEELS FOLLOWS ME TO THE RESTAURANT " THE GOAT'S BEARDS " AND I DROP THE KEYS OFF TO A SUPER HOT BLONDE GREETER.  SHE GIVES THEM TO HIM AND I TEXT , " I THINK THE HOT BLONDE GREETER WANTS ME. " HE RESPONDS , " LOL......I'LL PUT IN A GOOD WORD. "

  BACK HOME WHEELS HEADS TO AN ANNUAL PARTY THROWN BY OLD FRIENDS. I TAKE A NAP SINCE I GOT UP AT 3:30AM. I AM TRYING TO AVOID SO MUCH FREE BEER AND FOOD. IT IS TOUGH.

  ELDEST FRIENDS GO IN AND OUT ALL DAY.  IT WAS GOOD TO SEE THEM. WHEELS RETURNS AND WE CHILL FOR A LITTLE BIT. WE WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN AGAIN. THEY HAVE THE BEST HOME RECORD IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE AND NOLA IS 8 - 0 AT HOME.  THE PHILLIES ARE ALSO 10 GAMES ABOVE .500 AND 1 1/2 GAMES OUT OF 1ST PLACE. THEY ARE QUIETLY STICKING AROUND AND STAYING IN THE HUNT FOR A PLAYOFF RUN.

  WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO USE THE SWIM CLUB THIS SEASON. AGAIN , WE TAKE A 2 MINUTE RIDE TO THE  POOL. THE WATER IS AWESOME AND WE BRING A SMALL RADIO TO LISTEN TO THE PHILLIES. I WORK-OUT BY SWIMMING LAPS AND WALKING IN THE WATER. WE ALSO MAKE PLANS FOR OUR 30TH ANNIVERSARY. WHEELS AND I DECIDE TO GO TO NEW YORK FOR SIGHT SEEING AND THEATRE. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.

  BACK HOME AGAIN AND WHEELS MAKES A VERY GOOD DINNER OF SALMON SMOTHERED IN A LEMON SEASONING , RICE , AND CORN ON THE COB. WE WERE GIVEN A TON OF LEMONS AND LIMES FROM THE PHILLIES GAME BECAUSE THE BARTENDER SAID THEY JUST THROW THEM AWAY. SO WHEELS USED ABOUT 20 SLICED LEMONS FOR THE SALMON DISH. IT CAME OUT VERY GOOD.

   WE WATCH A MOVIE CALLED " AMERICAN MADE " WITH TOM CRUISE. IT IS A REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF DRUG SMUGGLING. PABLO ESCOBAR AND MORE DRUG KING PINS ALONG WITH F.B.I. & C.I.A. ALL HAVE A PART IN THIS GUY'S LIFE. IT REALLY IS ENTERTAINING AND EVEN MORE MIND BLOWING THIS GUY WENT THROUGH IT.

  OFF TO BED BY 11:30PM. 2 GOOD DREAMS I FORGOT ALREADY......DAMN IT. I REALLY HAVE TO COME UP WITH A WAY TO REMEMBER THESE PRETTY COOL DREAMS.

   THURSDAY       7 - 4 - 18

  AT OUR NEW PARK I AM IN LINE FOR FREE HOT DOGS , PRETZELS , SODA , AND WATER. THE LINE IS SHORT AND I GET 2 DOGS THINKING WHEELS WOULD WANT ONE. SHE DID NOT. A POLICE OFFICER STANDS NEXT TO ME AND HAS 2 PRETZELS. HE LOOKS AT THE SHORT LINE AND SEEMS RELUCTANT TO GET IN IT FOR A HOT DOG......SO I GAVE HIM MINE. I WAS PROUD OF MYSELF NOT HAVING ONE FREE BEER ALL DAY......THAT WAS TOUGH.

  THE HEAT CONTINUES AND I KINDA BURNT MYSELF OUT TODAY.  AFTER BRINGING THE RABBIT FROM UPSTAIRS TO THE OUTSIDE GARDEN I USE THE RIDING MOWER TO CUT THE LAWN. I TRY STARTING 3 LAWN MOWERS AND NOT ONE STARTS WHICH TOTALLY BLOWS. I TEXT AND EMAIL THE GUY WHO FIXED THEM AND OF COURSE.....NO TEXT BACK AND HIS EMAIL ADDRESS BOUNCED BACK.

  I MOVE 200 TOOLS AND 2 SEATS FROM MY VAN TO THE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE. I PREP MY VAN FOR MULCHING BY LINING IT WITH PLASTIC. I DID IT A LITTLE DIFFERENT THIS SEASON AND I HOPE IT WORKS BETTER. THE FREE MULCH THIS YEAR LOOKS REALLY GOOD AGAIN.........DARK AND RICH IN COLOR AND CLEAN.

  LAY DOWN FOR A NAP. I END UP WATCHING A BAD MOVIE ABOUT A LAWYER PLAYED BY DENZEL WASHINGTON. WHY DIDN'T I NAP ?

  I HOSE DOWN OUR HOME'S A/C GRID AND FILTER. I LET THEM DRY IN THE SUN FOR 2 HOURS AND REPLACE THEM.

  LAWNMOWER FIX PART II - I GOT A SUPER NICE SELF-PROPELLING LAWN MOWER OFF CRAIGSLIST. I MEAN I REPLACED A $4 BELT AND IT WORKS AWESOME. I GOT IT FOR FREE. IT IS THE BEST LAWN MOWER I EVER HAD. I REALLY LIKE THIS MACHINE. I TAKE OFF THE LID AND DO SOME TINKERING WITH THE SPARK PLUG , THROTTLE , AND CHOKE. THE MAIN THING WAS FINDING A SMALL VICE GRIP. I LOOKED 2 DAYS AGO AND COULD NOT FIND IT. WELL , SINCE ALL MY TOOLS WERE IN THE KITCHEN I WENT THROUGH THEM ONE BY ONE. I FIND IT AND IT'S THE KEY FOR ME GOING BACK OUTSIDE TO ATTEMPT TO RUN THIS ENGINE.  IN 10 MINUTES , I SOLVED IT AND FINISHED CUTTING THE EDGES OF OUR LAWN. IT'S LITTLE BUT I AM SO DAMN CONTENT.

  I WENT THROUGH WHEELS POCKET BOOKS AND BELLY BAGS ( OR WHATEVER THEY'RE CALLED ). I FIND 3 SMALL BLACK BAGS AND TAKE THEM OUTSIDE TO MY MOTORCYCLE. I SIZE UP THE 3 AND PICK ONE. I MISS MY OLD BIKE BAG SO THIS WILL FILL THAT VOID. I FIGURE OUT HOW TO MOUNT IT TO THE HANDLE BARS AND I LIKE IT. IT IS SMALL BUT I AM ALWAYS NERVOUS CARRYING MY CELL PHONE ON MY PANT'S BELT SO THIS IS A NICE AND SAFER WAY OF DOING IT.

  VACUUMING HOUSE FLIES. I FOUND 2 WINDOWS NOT LOCKED AND CLOSED THEM PROPERLY. I THOUGHT THIS WOULD SOLVE THE ATTACK OF THE FLIES. WELP , IT DIDN'T. EVERY YEAR , AT THIS TIME , I NEED TO VACUUM 5 - 10 FLIES EACH DAY FOR ABOUT 3 TO 4 WEEKS.

  WHEELS MAKES A NICE DINNER OF OMEGA PORK CHOPS , CORN , AND  MUSHROOMS.

  OFF TO THE NAIL ON MY BIKE. IT IS BEAUTIFUL RIDING HERE AND I ENJOY THE SHORT TRIP. I CLEAN OUT THE A/C'S FILTER AND FAIL FIXING A 4 FOOT LIGHT. STANDING ON THE BAR AND GOING UP AND DOWN THE LADDER 15 TIMES WAS HARD ON MY FAT BODY. I CHANGE THE MARQUEE SIGN AND CLEAN SOME BEER BINS OUT. BY 8:30PM , I WAS EMAILING AND TALKING TO BANDS.  WHEN I GOT HERE MUSICIANS WERE COMING INTO PLAY OUR " JUST JAM " NIGHT.

  BY 10PM I HAVE A NICE LITTLE CROWD. I CONTINUE TO 12 MIDNIGHT TO GET MY EMAILS DONE AND BEGIN WRITING MY BLOG FOR TOMORROW. SOMETIME I LIKE DOING IT HERE AND NOT IN THE MORNING. TOMORROW I AM TRYING TO BEAT THE RAIN FOR MULCHING..........I HOPE I CAN. WELL , NOT REALLY , IT'S A PAIN IN THE BALLS BUT WHEN ALL DONE IT LOOKS SO DAMN GOOD.

  AFTER LETTING THEM SOAK FOR 1 DAY I SCRUB & CLEAN 25 GREEN BASKETS.........SO NOT FUN.

  SINCE WHEELS AND I ARE GOING TO NEW YORK NEXT MONTH I HAVE BEEN PUTTING SOME FEELERS OUT. I GOT SOME VERY GOOD SUGGESTIONS BY ONE PATRON HERE TONIGHT. HE WAS A HUGE HELP AS FAR AS OPINIONS OF NAVIGATING NEW YORK AND SIGHT SEEING. HE LIVES IN NEW YORK AND GAVE ME HIS EMAIL. I WILL EMAIL HIM NEXT MONTH.

  SOME NEW REGULARS THAT DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH VERY WELL ARE SUPER COOL. THEY DRINK , THEY SHOOT POOL , THEY BUY BEERS FOR THE MUSICIANS , AND THEY TIP WELL. WISH I HAD 50 OF THEM. REALLY MAKES THE NIGHT FUN.

  AFTER MIDNIGHT AND I AM COOKING MOZZARELLA STIX ORDERS.  THE NAIL ALWAYS AMAZES ME. IT IS " THE BLACK HOLE ".

  AND ON THE LAST NOTE - "OUT OF SIGHT , OUT OF MIND ". GOT HOME LATE NIGHT. HAD 3 BEERS AND 2 SHOTS OF BRANDY. WAY TOO MUCH EVEN THOUGH I WAS JONESING ALL NIGHT TO WIND DOWN. I WATCHED AN EPISODE OF " LUKE CAGE " AND FELL ASLEEP.  THE NEXT MORNING I PUT THE BRANDY BOTTLE BY WHEELS' BEDROOM DOOR. FROM NOW ON IT WILL BE IN HER ROOM......OUT OF SIGHT.

   FRIDAY      7 - 6 - 18

  BURNT MYSELF OUT TODAY.

  PERFECT WEATHER FOR MULCHING.  OVERCAST , RAIN , AND TEMPS DROPPED. IT WAS TIME TO TAKE ON THE MONUMENTAL TASK OF MULCHING 9 GARDENS. IT WAS DRAINING TO SAY THE LEAST.

  I PREPPED THE VAN YESTERDAY WITH A PLASTIC LINING AND REMOVED ALL TOOLS AND SEATS. I DRIVE TO OUR MULCH LOCATION AND BEGIN LOADING.  6 TIMES I DID THIS......6.........FRIGGIN'......TIMES I FILLED A MINIVAN. WHEELS HELPED ME WITH THE LAST ONE BECAUSE I THINK I POPPED A NUT.

  I TOOK SOME BRIEF PAUSES BECAUSE IT WAS DOWN POURING AND I WAS TIRED. THE RAIN ALSO CAUSED WATER IN OUR BASEMENT BECAUSE OUR DAMN DRAIN WAS CLOGGED AGAIN. I REALLY WAS NOT EXCEPTING SO MUCH RAIN.

  I OPENED THE NAIL LATE BECAUSE I HAD TO GO TO THE SWIM CLUB.  WHEELS AND I GO AND IT IS BLISS. I MADE A NEW RULE....." WHENEVER ASKED TO GO TO THE SWIM CLUB , ALWAYS SAY YES. "  WE ORDER A PIZZA FROM THERE.

  BACK HOME WE CHANGE , MAIL SOME LETTERS , AND GET THE PIZZA. I AM RAVENOUS WITH HUNGER.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I WAS NOT EXPECTING A GOOD NIGHT AND I WAS WRONG.  KISSING THE KLEPTO PACKED THE HOUSE. WATCHING SO MANY GIRLS IN A RATED PG MOSH PIT WAS VERY COOL. TONIGHT WAS A REALLY FUN NIGHT , BUT I HAD ONE DILEMMA.

  PHILLIES SCORE 2 TOUCHDOWNS AND A FIELD GOAL TO BEAT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 17 - 4.

  HEAD HOME EXHAUSTED. I HAVE 2 BEERS AND NO BRANDY. MY " HIDE " THE BRANDY WORKED.

  OFF TO BED BY 1:30AM. I WILL BE AT THE NAIL BY 7:30AM TOMORROW. THAT STORY WILL BE TOLD TOMORROW.

  DILEMMA - A CUTE , NICE BODIED , HIPPIE BLONDE CHICK IS HAVING A BLAST PARTYING AND DANCING. SHE WAS SUPER CUTE AND HAD SUPER SHORT CUT UP BLUE JEANS ON. I MEAN REALLY SHORT JEANS.  THAN I NOTICED SOMETHING THAT I FELT I SHOULD TELL HER GIRLFRIEND OR EVEN THE BOYFRIEND ,BUT I DIDN'T ...............................HER TAMPON STRING WAS HANGING OUT. AT FIRST , I THOUGHT IT WAS A YOYO STRING BECAUSE IT WAS SO LONG.

   SATURDAY      7 - 7 - 18

  ROAD TRIP.............THERE GOES EATING AND DRINKING WISELY.

  AT THE NAIL AT 7:30AM. LET MY LONG DAY AND NIGHT BEGIN.

  - I PREP THE BAR FOR 2 HOURS. TRY FIXING A LIGHT FOR THE 3RD TIME AND FAIL.

  - BACK HOME I SHOWER AND PACK.

  - FAMILY MEMBER PICKS WHEELS AND I UP.  2 OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS JOIN US FOR A TREK.

  - ABOUT HALF WAY WE STOP AT A REST / FOOD AREA. I GET OUT AND MY DOOR HITS A CAR. IT DOES MAKE A SMALL MARK. I ASK MY FAMILY MEMBER TO MOVE HIS CAR. WE EAT AND GET BACK ON THE ROAD.

  - 5 HOUR TOTAL ROAD TRIP AND WE ARRIVE AT OUR HOTEL CALLED " THE DISTRIKT ".  WE GET VALET , UNLOAD , AND CHECK IN 3 ROOMS. GOING UP THE ELEVATOR A COUPLE COMPLAINS THEY PAID $300 A NIGHT FOR A CLOSET SIZED ROOM. WE PAID HALF AND ARE SATISFIED WITH OURS.

  - UBER A RIDE TO THE BASEBALL STADIUM. WHEELS THINKS OUR DRIVER WAS A GIRL , THE REST OF US SAID HE WAS A GUY.  LET THE DRINKING BEGIN.

  - WE MEET UP WITH 11 MORE COUSINS TO MAKE OUR GROUP 16 TOTAL.  THE FOOD , BEER , AND FUN BEGINS.

  - OH , LET ME TELL YOU THIS STADIUM IS BEAUTIFUL AND HAS SOME OF THE HOTTEST GIRLS I EVER SEEN.

  - THE GAME GOES WAY TOO FAST AND MORE THAN HALF THE CROWD ARE PHILLY FANS.  IT IS A PICTURE PERFECT DAY AND OUR SEATS ARE IN THE SHADE. I POST SOME PICS ON FACEBOOK FOR FAMILY TO SEE.

  - PHILLIES ARE DOWN 2 - 0 AND MAKE A NICE COME BACK TO WIN AND HANG ON BY A 3 - 2 MARGIN. THE PHILLY FANS HERE REALLY TOOK OVER THIS STADIUM. I NEVER BEEN TO AN AWAY GAME FOR THE PHILLIES. IT WAS PRETTY COOL.

  - HEAD OUT AND TAIL GATE WITH EVERYONE FOR ANOTHER 2 HOURS. WE ARE UNDER A BRIDGE AND THE JOKES AND STORIES BEGIN AGAIN. THIS IS A BLAST OF A GOOD TIME.

  - WE WALK TO THE MAIN DISTRICT AND OVER THE ROBERTO CLEMENTE BRIDGE. HUNDREDS OF PAD LOCKS ARE CONNECTED TO THE FENCING THE WHOLE WAY ACROSS. APPARENTLY IT IS FOR GOOD LUCK.

  - WE STOP AT A COUSIN'S HOTEL AND A WEDDING IS GOING ON. I POP MY HEAD IN THERE AND A SMOKING HOT GIRL SAYS , " ARE YOU TRYING TO CRASH THE WEDDING ? " OH , THE THINGS I WOULDA DONE TO HER FOR 30 SECONDS. THE HOTEL IS MAGNIFICENT.

  - WE WALK THE MAIN DISTRICT AREA AND IT IS PACKED WITH PEOPLE , BARS , AND RESTAURANTS.

  - WE ARRIVE AT ONE RESTAURANT AND IT IS PACKED. WE WAIT 10 MINUTES AND GET A PHENOMENAL TABLE OUTSIDE ON THE FRONT EDGE. IT IS PERFECT. IT OVERLOOKS THE ENTIRE SQUARE JUST CHOCKED WITH PEOPLE , VENDERS , LIGHTS , AND MORE. A COUSIN SUGGESTS , " LET THE WAITRESS ORDER FOR US. " WHEELS AND I ARE GAME AND WE LET THE WAITRESS , WHO WAS VERY COOL & EXPERIENCED ( WHICH WAS KEY TO THIS EXPERIMENT ) , ORDER THE ENTIRE MEAL......APPETIZERS AND ENTREES. OUR COUSIN HAD ONE RULE TO THE WAITRESS AND IT WAS , " PICK FOOD THAT IS REALLY GOOD BUT FOR SOME REASON PEOPLE DO NOT ORDER IT. " IT WAS PRETTY COOL TO GET SURPRISED WITH FOOD AND SHE WOULD EXPLAIN WHY SHE PICKED IT.  THE ENTIRE MEAL WAS EXCELLENT.

  - THE BOOZE IS FLOWING REALLY GOOD........I MEAN REALLY GOOD. GIN , BOURBON , BEER .....GOOD GOD. THIS AREA IS CLEAN , FUN , COOL , AND PACKED WITH PEOPLE. A TON OF PHILLY PEOPLE TOO.

  - WE WALK BACK TO OUR COUSIN'S HOTEL TO SAY GOOD BYE AND THAN WE TAKE AN UBER TO OURS.  WE END THE NIGHT WITH SOME RED WINE IN OUR ROOM FOR A NIGHTCAP. YES , I BROUGHT WINE IN MY LUGGAGE.

   I WAS COMPLETELY SURPRISED HOW FUN AND BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH IS. I HAD A GREAT TIME.

  SUNDAY      7 - 8 - 18

  BACK HOME.

  START MORNING HANGING OUT IN A BATHROOM. YEP.........BUT IT WAS CLEAN. OUR HOTEL ROOM WAS PITCH BLACK AND 64 DEGREES. IT WAS LIKE ICE.  I GET OUT OF BED WITH A PENIS THE SIZE OF A PEANUT SHELL AND GO SHOWER. I DID NOT WANT TO WAKE WHEELS SO AFTER SHOWERING I BROUGHT MY COMPUTER INTO THE BATHROOM AND DID MY INTERNET STUFF.  3 HOURS LATER WHEELS GOT UP.

  SOME FAMILY DO BREAKFAST AND WE VISIT THEM IN THE DINING AREA. THIS HOTEL IS REALLY NICE BUT HAVE HORRIBLE ELEVATOR SERVICE. THAN WE CHECK-OUT , GET VALET , LOAD LUGGAGE , AND GET ON THE ROAD.  WE MAKE OKAY TIME AT BEST.  BUT IT WAS THE FIRST STOP THAT WAS INTERESTING.

  ABOUT 1 1/2 HOURS IN WE MAKE A REST STOP.  WHEELS IS JONESING FOR " POPEYE'S CHICKEN. " THIS IS WHEN THE SHIT SHOW STARTED.  OFF THE HIGHWAY THIS REST STOP HAD 6 STORES IN IT. EACH CHAIN LIKE BURGER KING , STARBUCKS , A PIZZA PLACE , POPEYE'S , AND MORE WERE ABSOLUTELY PACKED WITH CUSTOMERS. LINES WERE 50 DEEP. THE CASH THEY MUST MAKE WAS UNTHINKABLE. WELL , POPEYE'S WAS THE WORST......SERVICE WISE.

  THE STORY : POPEYE'S HAS 5 WORKERS.  2 COOKS , 1 KID OUT FRONT , 1 OLDER LADY , AND 1 GIRL WE ARE NOT SURE WHAT SHE DID.  LET'S ANALYZE :

  - 2 COOKS --- THEY TALKED AND ONLY COOKED CHICKEN.

  - 1 KID OUT FRONT - HE USED THE REGISTER , PLACED CHICKEN ORDERS , FILLED FOOD INTO BOXES , GOT CONDIMENTS , FILLED OTHER ORDERS , RECEIVED ALL ORDERS , RANG UP ALL CUSTOMERS , GOT SODA CUPS , AND GREETED EVERYONE.

  - 1 OLDER LADY - COUNTED WATER BOTTLES.

  - 1 GIRL - STOOD IN BACK LOOKING AT COOKS.

 OK , SO , CAN YOU SEE WHAT IS GOING ON HERE ? IT WAS THE MOST POORLY RUN FAST FOOD STORE I EVER SEEN AND PEOPLE WERE LETTING THEM KNOW IT.

  - ONE HOT GIRL IN FRONT OF US SAID , " I AM CONTACTING POPEYE'S NOW AND COMPLAINING. "

  - ONE HOT GIRL AND HER MOM BEHIND WHEELS AND I COMPLAINED THEY COULD DO IT BETTER.

  - ONE GUY SAID , " WE SHOULD GET THE FOOD FOR FREE. "  I SHOOK MY HEAD ON THIS ONE.

  - ONE FATHER OF 4 REAMED OUT THE OLD LADY AND KID.

  - ONE CUSTOMER WAITED IN LINE FOR 45 MINUTES AND THAN THREW THE FOOD AT A TRASHCAN....POINT TAKEN.

  SO , WHEELS AND I WAITED. WE WERE ABOUT 10TH IN LINE AND IT TOOK ABOUT 40 MINUTES. THE 1 YOUNG KID DID EVERYTHING. THE 1 OLDER LADY SAID , " I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THE FRONT LINE. I AM NEW HERE. " YEP......PRETTY TOUGH TO PUT 2 PIECES OF CHICKEN IN A BOX.

   PEOPLE COMPLAINED THE WHOLE WAY DOWN THE LINE. APPARENTLY 3 WORKERS WENT OUT FOR BREAK DURING PEAK LUNCH TIME. IT REALLY WAS A SHIT SCENE TO SEE.  OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WAITED ABOUT 2 MINUTES AND DECIDED TO GO TO AN A-PLUS STORE AND BURGER KING FOR FOOD.

  THE ONLY SILVER LINING WAS WHEELS AND I TALKED TO 2 HOT CHICKS AND ONE MOM. IT WAS ENTERTAINING.  THE FOOD WAS OKAY.  THE REST STOP USUALLY TAKES 15-20 MINUTES AND WE WERE THERE OVER AN HOUR.

  BACK ON THE ROAD AND WE MAKE LESS THAN OKAY TIME. WE GET DROPPED OFF AT HOME. OUR ELDEST , PUP , AND RABBIT GREET US.  FAMILY STAYS FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES AND ROLL OUT. WE SETTLE IN.

  I HEAD TO THE NAIL TIRED ON MY MOTORCYCLE. I SPEND A SOLID HOUR PREPPING THE BAR.

  PHILLIES LOSE AND I WAS SEMI-SADDENED HOST RUSSIA LOST IN SOCCER IN A PENALTY SHOOT-OUT.

  BACK HOME WE GET " ZESTOS " FOR DINNER. WE TAKE A RIDE TO A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE AND HAVE DINNER THERE. WE TREATED FOR DINNER SINCE OUR FAMILY MEMBER TREATED FOR PHILLIES TICKETS AND DROVE BOTH WAY TO PITTSBURGH. WE HEAD TO THE FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE WITH THE PUP.

  THE PUP LOVES THE PROPERTY WE ARE AT. WE FEED A TURTLE AND SOME COY IN A POND AND HANG FOR ABOUT 1 HOUR. BY 8:30PM WE ROLL HOME. I AM EXHAUSTED AND THINK OF GOING TO BED NOW.

  I STAY UP AND DO NOT DRINK ANYMORE ALCOHOL. I AM JUST BURNT OUT.  I DO SOME COMPUTER WORK AND THAN GET A CALL FROM A MOUNTAIN HOUSE RENTER. A WOMEN COULD NOT GET THE TV ON BECAUSE THE LAST RENTER MUST OF HAD KIDS AND SET IT TO A DIFFERENT INPUT. I ASSUME THEY USED Wii OR X-BOX OR PORN. AFTER 10 MINUTES SHE GOT THE TV TO WORK VIA MY INSTRUCTIONS.

  OFF TO BED AND MY BEDROOM IS 60 DEGREES. MY ELDEST SET THE THERMOSTAT UPSTAIRS TO 60. THIS AFFECTS MY BEDROOM ONLY ON THE FIRST FLOOR. I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER.

  MONDAY        7 - 9 - 18

  ONLY ONE THING ON WHEELS AND I MINDS...............A LITTLE DUCK.

  LIKE ALL PARENTS WE WORRY. OUR YOUNGEST HAS BEEN IN CONNECTICUT WITH FRIENDS FOR OVER A WEEK AND TODAY THE KID CAME HOME. I ADORE THIS KID AND I BEGAN TEXTING TO GET ETA'S OF HER ARRIVAL. LIKE LITTLE KIDS WHEELS , MYSELF , AND THE PUP KNEELED ON OUR COUCH LOOKING OUT THE BAY WINDOW KNOWING SHE WAS CLOSE. WHEN SHE ARRIVED THE DOG HOWLED.

 YOUNGEST ARRIVES AND WE UNLOAD AND SAY THANK YOU TO THE FRIEND AND FATHER.  NOW I CAN BEGIN MY DAY.............WITH MY KID...............WHICH I LOVE.

  YOUNGEST AND I DRIVE WHEELS TO THE AIRPORT. WHEELS HEADS OUT TO WORK FROM ABROAD AT A BEAUTIFUL HOTEL AND AREA.

  TRADITION - ANYTIME AT THE AIRPORT WE STOP AT " NICK'S ROAST BEEF " ON THE WAY HOME. MY KID ENJOYED 2 ORDERS OF BROCCOLI RABE AND GRAVY FRIES. I GOT NOTHING BECAUSE I AM FAT AND DRANK & ATE LIKE 10 MEN OVER THE WEEKEND.

  WE STOP AT THE NAIL TO DROP SOME THINGS OFF. WE NEVER WENT INSIDE.

  BACK HOME WE GO OUTSIDE TO FINISH THE GARDENS WITH SEA SHELLS. IT WAS THE LAST PROJECT TO DO. EARLIER THIS MORNING I STAKED DRIVEWAY LIGHTS AND FLAGS INTO THE BORDERING GROUND OF THE FRONT GARDENS. I SWEPT ALOT TOO. MY YOUNGEST AND I BORDER 2 GARDENS WITH MANY SEA SHELLS. EACH YEAR WE WRITE SOMETHING IN THE GARDEN WITH THE SEA SHELLS. THIS YEAR WE WROTE " EAGLES LII ! ". I POSTED PICTURES ON FACEBOOK FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SEE.

  OFF TO THE SWIM CLUB WHERE THE WATER IS AWESOME.  I PLAY WITH MY KID AND SHOOT SOME WATER BASKETBALL. IT IS GLORIOUS. I ALSO SWIM LAPS AND STARE AT THE HOT LIFE GUARDS LIKE A MENTAL PATIENT. GOD TO BE YOUNG AGAIN.

  BACK HOME WE SETTLE IN. THE KID SNUGGLES WITH THE PUP AND I HEAD TO THE NAIL ON MY MOTORCYCLE. THE WHOLE RIDE I JUST THINK HOW GLORIOUS IT IS TO HAVE OUR YOUNGEST HOME.

  AT THE NAIL I START MY NORMAL STUFF. I LIKE THE NEW BARSTOOLS BIG TIME. I EXCHANGE 4 NEW ONES FOR FOUR OLD ONES. I TOOK THE OLD ONES HOME YESTERDAY. OH , AND BY " NEW " I MEAN CRAIGSLIST. WHAT SUCKS IS I WENT TO BUY 6 MORE AND SOMEONE ELSE BOUGHT THEM.....OH WELL. I AM STILL VERY CONTENT IN BUYING 4 BAR STOOLS IN EXCELLENT SHAPE FOR $50. THEY RUN ABOUT $60 EACH SO THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT DEAL.

  PHILLIES SPLIT DOUBLE HEADER WITH THE STINKING METS. SO SHOULD OF BEEN A SWEEP.

  BACK HOME I WIND DOWN WITH SEVERAL BEERS AND A GLASS OF WINE.....NO BRANDY.

  TUESDAY   7 - 10 - 18

  WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE MY.............YOUNG.............JEDI.

  YOU WANT A LONG DAY. HERE IT IS.

  UP AT 5:30AM I START MY NORMAL ROUTINE......WEBSITE , EMAILS , BLOG , MOVE RABBIT TO GARDEN , FEED RABBIT , PUT TRASHCANS OUT , WALK DOG , FEED DOG , AND SO ON.

  SPEAKING OF WEEDS. THE COMPANY SENT US A BILL MORE THAN TWICE WHAT I WAS QUOTED.  SOUNDS LIKE THEY DO NOT WANT TO WAIT 10 WEEKS TO GET PAID TOO...........LIKE WE DID FOR THEIR WORK.

  MY YOUNGEST AND I HEAD TO OUR FIRST SIDE JOB AT 9:30AM.  WE ARRIVE IN THE LANSDALE AREA AND BEGIN. I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW HELPFUL AND JOYFUL IT IS TO WORK WITH MY YOUNGEST. ANYWAY , ON THE LIST - PAINTING FASCIA BOARDS IN BOTH FRONT AND BACK OF HOUSE ( THESE ARE RIGHT BELOW THE GUTTERS , CLEAN OUT GUTTERS ( THE ROOF WAS BURNING HOT ) , PAINT FRONT AWNING AND AROUND FRONT DOOR TRIM , CHANGE A FRONT LANTERN LIGHT BULB ( I WAS TOLD THE HUSBAND COULD NOT DO IT SO MY YOUNGEST DID ) , SECURE 3 FENCE POSTS , AND FIX A GATE THAT WAS NOT CLOSING PROPERLY ( HAD TO DIG OUT ALL ROCKS ALONG THE FENCE AND GATE AREA AND THAN SECURE....NOT FUN IN 95 DEGREE HEAT ) , TOTALLY MACGYVERED A FRONT DOOR CLOSER ....THE CUSTOMER WAS ELATED ) , FIXED A HOSE HOLDER AND ROLLED UP A 100 FOOT GARDEN HOSE , AND THAN RE-LOADED A 100 TOOLS. THE CUSTOMER DID ADD ON THINGS SO THIS JOB WENT LONGER THAN EXPECTED........3 1/2 HOURS.

  DRIVE TO MY COUSINS PLACE " GOOMBA'S PIZZERIA " FOR A VERY GOOD ITALIAN HOAGIE. WE SIT IN THE VAN WITH THE A/C ON AND TALK AND EAT. I LOVED EVERY SECOND. WE SPLIT THE HOAGIE. I CHANGE CLOTHES THERE TOO.

  ARRIVE AT 2ND JOB TO FIX AND MACGYVER 3 OFFICE CHAIRS , SECURE CABINET KNOBS IN A KITCHEN , AND CLEAN A TOILET IN WHICH SOMEONE HAD MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF CHILI AND MEXICAN FOOD THE NIGHT BEFORE. THE MANAGER SAID ,"  HAD TO JUMP BACK WHEN FLUSHING BECAUSE IT WAS THAT DISGUSTING. "  WE NEVER FOUND THE CULPRIT BUT I CLEANED IT SINCE I HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE AT THE NAIL. ALSO , I USED THE CLEANING CREW'S CART WITH ALL KINDS OF DISINFECTANTS AND BLUE WATER CLEANERS. IT MADE THE JOB SO MUCH EASIER. WE TRASHED SOME OLD OFFICE CHAIR PARTS TOO. MY YOUNGEST WAS PAID IN SUGAR COOKIES BY THE SECRETARY THERE.

  LOAD UP AND ROLL HOME. WE SETTLE IN WITH THE PUPPY WHICH IS SO AWESOME EVERY TIME WE SEE HER. THIS DOG IS ABSOLUTELY PURE JOY. I WISH THE WHOLE WORLD WAS DOGS.

  CONVINCE MY KID TO GO TO THE SWIM CLUB AGAIN. MY YOUNGEST ALWAYS SAYS " NO ". BUT DRIVING HOME AFTERWARDS I ASKED , " SO , WAS IT WORTH GONG TO THE SWIM CLUB ? " SHE RELUCTANTLY SAYS , " YESSSSS. "

  SO WHY DID MY KID SAY " YES " ? AFTER NOT WANTING TO GO ? AND WHY DID I WRITE " WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE " AT THE TOP OF TODAY'S BLOG ? WELL , MY KID IS DOING OPPOSITE OF WHAT I WANT. SHE IS MOVING TOWARDS MY FAMILY NAME " THE DARK SIDE " THAN WHEELS FAMILY NAME ( THE JEDI ).

   HERE IS THE SHORT EXPERIENCE :

  - WE ARRIVE AT THE POOL AROUND 5:30PM AND IT IS PACKED. THIS IS RARE BECAUSE AT THIS TIME MOST PEOPLE HEAD HOME FOR DINNER. RIGHT BEFORE THE ENTRANCE IS A NICE WOMAN AT A TABLE WITH NAME TAGS. THE SIGN ON HER TABLE SAYS , " ST. THOMAS SPLASH PARTY ". I SAY TO HER , " HELLO , WHAT IS A SPLASH PARTY ? " THE WOMAN RESPONDS NICELY, " EVERYONE HAVING FUN IN THE POOL. " I GO TO TAKE A STICKY NAME TAG BUT MY KID STOPS ME. THIS WAS THE FIRST WARNING SIGN.

  - WE JUMP IN THE POOL AND PLAY AND TALK. I ADORE EVERY SECOND WITH THIS KID. I ALSO CLEAN OFF THE  PAINT ON  MY HANDS. HEY......CHLORINE IS THE BEST. A 12 YEAR GIRL IN THE POOL SWIMS TO US AND ASKS IF WE PLAY WITH HER. SHE KEEPS SAYING , "  COME HERE , COME HERE , COME HERE " AND SWIMS AWAY. I ASK HER IF SHE IS FROM ST. THOMAS AND PART OF THIS CHURCH GROUP TODAY. SHE RESPONDS , " YES ".  MY KID RELUCTANTLY PLAYS REALLY YOUNG GAMES WITH HER LIKE HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU SPIN UNDER WATER. MY YOUNGEST IS ROLLING HER EYES. THE SWIM CLUB MAKES AN ANNOUNCEMENT , " WILL THE ST. THOMAS CHURCH PARTY PLEASE MEET AT THE YELLOW TENT FOR PRAYER AND DINNER. "  HMMM.......FOOD YOU SAY ?

  - I ASK OUR YOUNG FRIEND , " SO , DID YOU EAT YET ? " SHE REPLIES , " YES , I HAD WATERMELON AND SOME COOKIES. "   HMMMMMMM......COOKIES YOU SAY ? MY DAUGHTER LOOKS AT ME LIKE SHE DOES MANY TIMESWITH THE FACE OF " PLEASE DAD DON'T ". I ASK THE YOUNG GIRL , " SO , DID YOU GO TO C.C.D. AT ST. THOMAS AND GO TO SCHOOL THERE TOO. " SHE REPLIES , " YES , BUT I AM DONE C.C.D. SINCE MY CONFIRMATION. "  I TURN TO MY KID AND ASK , " DIDN'T YOU GO TO C.C.D. AT ST. THOMAS ? " THE KID REPLIES , " NO , IT WAS ST. CATHERINE'S. " I REPLY , " BUT BOTH C.C.D'S SCHOOLS ARE SAINTS WITH WOMEN'S NAMES RIGHT ? " MY YOUNGEST SAYS , " YES , PLEASE DON'T DO THIS. " I TURN TO OUR NEW YOUNG FRIEND AND ASK , " SO , ARE YOU GOING TO GET MORE COOKIES ? "  MY KID GASPS WITH EMBARRASSMENT AND SAYS , " PLEASE , DON'T DO THIS. "

  - WE GET OUT OF THE POOL AND FOLLOW THIS NEW LITTLE GIRL " FRIEND " TO THE YELLOW TENT FOR PRAYER. THE YOUNG KID STOPS TO SAY HELLO TO HER FAMILY BUT MY YOUNGEST AND I KEEP WALKING TO THE MASSIVE SPREAD OF FOOD AT THE YELLOW TENT. MY KID IS GIGGLING AND SAYS , " WE ARE NOT DOING THIS. " I REPLY , " YES WE ARE MY YOUNG JEDI. " THE PRAYER ENDS I SAY ALITTLE LOUDLY , " AMEN !! ". MY KID SHAKES HER HEAD AT ME.  WE ARE GREETED BY A DELIGHTFUL WOMAN WHO SAYS TO US , " HELLO , WOULD YOU LIKE A LEMONADE OR WATER ? " I RESPOND , " WELL HELLO TO YOU AND YES.....WE'LL TAKE BOTH. "  WE WALK AROUND THE YELLOW TENT SHAPED IN A SQUARE. ALL 4 SIDES HAVE TABLES OF FOOD......PIZZA , HOAGIES , BRUSCHETTA , SALAD , COOKIES , BROWNIES , CHIPS , AND MORE. " WE BEGIN FILLING OUR PLATES AND WALK TO AN OPEN PICNIC TABLE. THERE IS AT LEAST A 100 PEOPLE IN THIS AREA. WE SIT AND EAT AND MY KID SHAKES HER HEAD AGAIN CALLS ME A " NUDGE "

  - WHILE SITTING ,TO MAKE THE RUSE OF US BELONGING TO THE ST. THOMAS CHURCH GROUP I BEGIN TO FAKE WAVE TO PEOPLE NOT LOOKING AT ME. I WAVE SEVERAL TIMES TO ADULTS AND KIDS IN THIS GROUP BUT.....THEY ARE NOT LOOKING AT ME. I WANT PEOPLE LOOKING AT ME WAVING TO THINK I KNOW PEOPLE HERE. MY KIDS SAYS , " MY GOD CAN YOU STOP." I RESPOND , " HOW'S YOUR PIZZA AND HOAGIE ? "

  - FINISHED DINNER I CONVINCE MY KID TO TAKE A 2ND WLAK TO THE YELLOW FOOD TENT FOR DESERT. I HAND HER A PLATE AND SHE FILLS IT UP WITH COOKIES , BROWNIES , CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS , AND MORE.  WE WALK BACK TO OUR PICNIC TABLE AND SHE ASKS , " HOW AM I GOING TO GET ALL THE DESERTS OUT OF THE POOL AREA ? " I REPLY , " BY PUTTING THEM IN OUR POOL BAG. " THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID. WE ROLL HOME AND I MAKE JOKES THE WHOLE WAY. I MAKE HER LAUGH AND SHAKE HER HEAD. I TELL HER , " I REALLY DON'T LIKE YOU MOVING TO THE DARK SIDE OF MY NAME. " SHE REPLIES , " I SAID ' NO ' A BUNCH OF TIMES. " I REPLY , " A BUNCH IS LIKE 30 TIMES.....YOU SAID ' NO ' 3 TIMES. " SHE REPLIES , " OH MY GOD YOU'RE SUCH A NUDGE. " I SAY, " YOU KNOW. THESE ARE THE STORIES YOU WILL REMEMBER. YOU CAN SAY TO FRIENDS OR FAMILY ' I REMEMBER WHEN MY DAD TOOK CHURCH FOOD AT OUR SWIM CLUB........" MY KID GIGGLES AND SAYS , " YEAH.....BUT YOU'RE STILL A NUDGE. "

  WE ARRIVE HOME AND SHE MAKES COOKIES AND ICE CREAM WHILE I HEAD TO THE NAIL ON MY MOTORCYCLE. AFTER ARRIVING FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES I TEXT MY YOUNGEST , " SO , YOU ALWAYS STEAL CHURCH FOOD ? " THE KID TEXTS BACK , " NUDGE ".

  I GET SOME BAND WORK DONE , WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN WITH A NEW ROOKIE PITCHER , AND ME & A BAND MEMBER RE-DO A LINE-UP OF BANDS 3 TIMES TO MAKE ALL 8 ACTS HAPPY. NOT 15 MINUTES AFTER I SENT A 3RD GROUP EMAIL OUT 2 BANDS REPLY SAYING THEY WANT LATER TIME SLOTS. I HAD A NICE LITTLE CROWD BUT BY 1AM I HAD TO CLOSE. THIS WAS A LONG DAY AND NIGHT. 

  I TALK TO WHEELS VIA PHONE. SHE CALLS ME FROM HER HOTEL AND I ASK , " HOW WAS YOUR DINNER ? " SHE TELLS ME HER HOTEL IS NEW AND BEAUTIFUL , THEY ATE ON A 50TH FLOOR ROOF TOP RESTAURANT OVER LOOKING THE CITY , HAD PHENOMENAL FOOD , CHILLED WITH BUSINESS FRIENDS , AND WAS COMPED 4 FREE DRINKS. SHE ASKS ME , " SO , WHAT DID YOU DO FOR DINNER ? " I REPLY , " ME AND YOUR DAUGHTER STOLE PIZZA FROM A CHURCH CROUP. "

  I ARRIVE HOME AND MAKE LEFTOVER FETTUCCINI ALFREDO PASTA FOR MY YOUNGEST WHO IS STILL UP. SHE EATS IN THE MAIN ROOM AND WE WATCH SPONGE BOB AND THE MOVIE " THE WITCH , THE LION , AND THE WARDROBE." SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

  OFF TO BED BY 2AM.....MAN I WAS HURTING.

   WEDNESDAY        7 - 11 - 18

  A SMOOTHIE IS BETTER TASTING WHEN DRINKING......................BUT " TIME " WAS ON MY SIDE.

  LET THE RUNNING BEGIN........IT NEVER STOPS. IT IS JUST EXHAUSTING.

  GET A CALL IN THE MORNING FROM MY BEER DISTRIBUTOR THAT OUR DELIVERY WILL BE IN 20 MINUTES. GET DRESSED AND DRIVE TO BANK FOR A DEPOSIT , THAN TO THE LIQUOR STORE , THAN FILL UP MY CAR & CAR GAS TANK , AND THAN ARRIVE AT THE NAIL. AS THE GATE IS OPENING AND I AM PULLING IN THE BEER GUY'S TRUCK IS RIGHT BEHIND. YEP.......WHEN DRIVING I HIT EVERY GREEN LIGHT AND AT THE LIQUOR STORE THE MANAGER WAS OUTSIDE THE BAY PICK-UP DOORS CATCHING A SMOKE SO I DID NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE MAIN REGISTER AREA IN THE STORE........RIGHT TO THE BACK.  IT IS LITTLE THINGS LIKE THESE THAT MAKE MY DAY A LITTLE NICER. WONDER HOW LONG THAT WILL LAST ?

  STOCK A TON OF BEER AND DO OTHER PROJECTS LIKE WIPE DOWN ALL CEILING FANS , TV'S , AND PA SYSTEM. FOR THE 4TH TIME I TRY TO FIX A 4 FOOT CEILING FLORESCENT LIGHT BUT CAN'T. I SPRAY SOME WEEDS OUT BACK ( SO AMAZED WEEDS CAN GROW THREW MACADAM BLACK TOP !! ) CLEAN KITCHEN AREA AND SOME OTHER LITTLE PROJECTS. I TRASH A TON OF CARDBOARD IN THE DUMPSTER AND AFTER 2 1/2 HOURS I HEAD HOME BY 2:30PM. I AM BUMMING BECAUSE I ONLY HAVE SEVERAL HOURS TO REST UNTIL MY SHIFT STARTS AT 5PM AND I HAVE TO RETURN TO THE NAIL.

  I DECIDE TO MAKE A SMOOTHIE. I WANT TO USE UP THE REMAINING BANANAS , BLUE BERRIES , AND STRAWBERRIES WHICH ARE GETTING CLOSE TO COMPOST MODE.  I LOAD THEM IN THE BLENDER GLASS WITH ALMOND MILK AND CRUSHED ICE CUBES. I FLIP THE LARGE GLASS UPSIDE DOWN TO THE MAGIC BULLET BLENDER MACHINE.  OH , JUST ONE PROBLEM................I DID NOT TAKE OFF THE DRINKING LID FOR THE BLENDING LID WHICH HAS SHARP BLADES TO SPIN THE FRUIT. 16 OUNCES OF FRUIT MIX SPILL ALL OVER THE KITCHEN COUNTER , THE TOASTER , AND IN THE MAGIC BULLET MACHINE ITSELF. I SCREAMED AND CURSED SO LOUD THAT GOD HIMSELF HEARD ME............AND CALLED ME A LOSER.

 NOW I HAVE TO WASTE PRECIOUS TIME I HAVE CLEANING THE FUCKING MAGIC ASS BULLET MACHINE.  I CLEAN UP THE KITCHEN AND THE BULLET INSIDE & OUT. I PLACE THE MACHINE OUTSIDE ON THE HOT PATIO IN THE SUN TO DRY ANY INTERIOR PARTS. I FLIP IT EVERY HOUR TO GET ANY REMAINING WATER OUT. THE SUN IS HOT SO I AM CONFIDENT IT WILL BURN ALL MOISTURE UP.

  MAKE ANOTHER SMOOTHIE BY SWIPING OFF THE KITCHEN COUNTER FRUIT MIXTURE INTO A BOWL. I ADD MORE REMAINING FRUIT AND MIX IN A STANDARD BLENDER. OH MY GOD IT WAS SO GOOD !! SAID NO ONE EVER. I THINK OF DAIRY QUEEN WHEN DRINKING IT.

  LAY ON THE COUCH AND BEGIN WATCHING " LUKE CAGE " WHILE PETTING MY PUP.  I FALL ASLEEP IN 3 DURING THE OPENING CREDITS.

  OFF TO THE NAIL AND I AM GLAD I PREPPED ALREADY. I BEGIN LOADING IN 5 BANDS.  A SEMI-NEW FEMALE COLLEGE BARTENDER ( FRIENDS WITH MY ELDEST ) IS ON SHIFT TONIGHT. SHE PICKS UP MY YOUNGEST , A BARSTOOL , AND FAN.  THE NIGHT IS STEADY AND THE MUSIC IS GOOD. I RUN A TIGHT SMOOTH SHOW BUT ONLY ONE FOOD ORDER. I ASK ANOTHER FRIEND OF MY ELDEST TO PICK UP MY YOUNGEST AT THE NAIL  SHE SAYS YES BECAUSE SHE IS STOPPING BY OUR HOUSE TO PICK UP THE PUP TO GO TO COLLEGE AND VISIT MY ELDEST. YOU GOT ALL THAT ? I DON'T EITHER.

  OF COURSE AFTER I LET MY YOUNGEST HEAD HOME..........10 FOOD ORDERS. THE FEMALE BARTENDER I WORKED WITH TONIGHT I REALLY LIKE AND ADMIRE. SHE IS ADORABLE , HARD WORKING , AND ONE HECK OF A COLLEGE STUDENT.

  I TOOK A PREVENTATIVE MEASURE TODAY. I CONTACTED SOME BARTENDERS AND TRUST MY ANTENNAS.

  MET MERCURY AMUSEMENT WHERE I GOT THE LOW DOWN ON THE BAR DOWN THE STREET AND FUTURE FLYERS TICKETS.

  SO KNEW THE PHILLIES WOULD LOSE IN EXTRA INNINGS.  IN THE 10 INNING , THE PHILLIES PITCHER THROWS HIGH HEAT ON A 2-1 COUNT. THE MET BATTER SWINGS LIKE THE TASMANIAN DEVIL AND MISSES BIG TIME. I SAY TO MYSELF , " HE SHOULD THROW THE FAST BALL HIGH AGAIN. "  OUR PITCHER THROWS A HANGING CURVE BALL AND THE MET BATTER HITS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. PHILLIES LOSE 3 - 0 ON A 3 RUN WALK OFF HOME RUN.......BLOW.

  THE NIGHT ENDS PERFECTLY. ALL BANDS MOVE IN AND OUT QUICKLY.  WE CLOSED AND GOT OUT OF THERE.

  MOTORCYCLE RIDE HOME AND REPLAY " LUKE CAGE ". I MADE A SEAGRAM TWISTED LIME GIN & DIET TONIC WITH LIME WEDGES. OH MY GOD SO MUCH BETTER THAN A COLD SAM ADAMS AND A SNIFTER OF BLACKBERRY BRANDY...........BLOW.

  ACTUALLY IT WAS GOOD AND I HAD 10 OF THEM.  ALL ZEROES ACROSS THE BOARD ON INGREDIENTS LIKE SUGAR , SALT , AND SUCH. CALORIES ARE ABOUT 100 A SHOT. I PUT 11 SHOTS IN EACH OF MY DRINKS.

  OFF TO BED WHERE GETTING UP FROM THE COUCH IS PAINFUL.

  30 BANDS AND ACTS COMING THROUGH UNTIL SUNDAY.

 ON A SAD NOTE I HAVE CANCELLED " OPEN BLUES " WHICH WAS ONCE A MONTH.  FOR THE MOST PART WE LOST MONEY EVERY SHOW FOR 5 1/2 YEARS. I BELIEVED IN IT SO BAD BUT THE NUMBERS JUST HURT TOO MUCH.

  THURSDAY     7 - 12 - 18

  BACK IN THE BEAN TOWN AND IT ONLY TOOK ME 30 MINUTES FOR ME TO MAKE WHEELS SUPER CRY LAUGH.

  START OFF MORNING LIKE ALWAYS....UP WAY TOO EARLY WITH NO SLEEP.

  TODAY WAS MY CHILL DAY. I HAD 8 DAYS OF WORKING BOTH DAY AND NIGHT SO I WANTED TO JUST RELAX.  BY 1PM I WAS DONE MY NORMAL ROUTINE THINGS AND DECIDED TO WATCH A MOVIE. I FELL ASLEEP WITHIN 10 MINUTES.

  OH " BUILD A BEAR ". THEY DID A SPECIAL OF " WHATEVER YOUR KID'S AGE IS , THAT WILL BE THE PRICE. "  THIS USUAL $25 CHARGE TO BUILD A BEAR IS NOW AS CHEAP AS $5 OR $6.  SO , FAT PEOPLE STOOD IN LINE FOR 7 HOURS. THE COMPANY HAD TO STOP BECAUSE OF THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE. ONE HUGE LADY WITH GIGANTIC TITS SCREAMED AT AN EMPLOYEE ON ACTION NEWS SAYING " MY KID AND I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR 7 HOURS !!! "  YES , OUR COUNTRY JUST GOT DUMBER BY 7%. TO SAVE $18 YOU STOOD IN LINE FOR 7 HOURS. DUMBEST THING I EVER HEARD. LIKE THE COMEDIAN SAYS , " THERE'S YOUR SIGN.....THERE'S YOUR SIGN."

  ELDEST COMES HOME WITH THE PUP. YEP........THE KID TOOK OUR DOG TO HER COLLEGE APARTMENT.  I CAN'T SAY I LIKE THIS BECAUSE THE DOG GETS STRESSED AND SHE IS A VERY GOOD SECURITY SYSTEM HERE.

  RE-WATCH MOVIE CALLED " JUSTICE LEAGUE ". I DID GO IN AND OUT OF NAPPING A LITTLE BIT BUT OVERALL THIS MOVIE WAS VERY GOOD.  AQUAMAN , WHO ALWAYS GETS DISSED , IS A BAD ASS AND WONDER WOMAN IS A PIECE OF ASS. I DID GIGGLE AT SOME SCENES AND ALSO SHED A TEAR ON OTHER SCENES. TO ME ......THAT'S A GOOD MOVIE.

  YOUNGEST AND I DO A FINAL TOUCH ON THE GARDENS. WE PAINT THE SEASHELLS THAT SPELL " EAGLES " GREEN. THIS LITTLE ART JOB REALLY MAKES THE SEA SHELLS STAND OUT. I POSTED A PICTURE OF MY YOUNGEST AND THE SEASHELLS SPELLING " EAGLES LII ! ". IN LESS THAN 2 HOURS A TON OF FAMILY , BROTHERS , COUSINS , FRIENDS , AND NEIGHBORS ALL RESPONDED........PRETTY COOL.

  OFF TO THE SWIM CLUB WITH MY YOUNGEST. AGAIN.....ADORE BEING WITH THIS KID. WE SHOOT BASKETS AND I EXERCISE BY SWIMMING LAPS.

  HEAD TO THE NAIL WITH MY YOUNGEST AND WE PREP THE NAIL. THE KID HELPS ME TRY TO FIX A CEILING LIGHT. IT WAS MY 5TH ATTEMPT AND THIS TIME I BROUGHT AN ELECTRICAL TESTER. APPARENTLY , IT IS NOT A BAD 4 FOOT FLORESCENT BULB ( WHICH I CHANGED 15 TIMES ) BUT A BAD BALLAST. SINCE THE LIGHT IS OLDER THAN FIRE I WILL JUST REPLACE IT.

  OFF TO THE AIRPORT TO SIT AND WAIT FOR AN HOUR. WHEEL'S PLANE WAS LATE AND THE BEST THING WAS ME CHILLING WITH MY YOUNGEST OFF I-95 LISTENING TO THE MUSIC SHE LIKES AND TALKING. AGAIN , ANOTHER BONDING EXPERIENCE.

  OUR TRADITION IS ALWAYS STOPPING AT " NICK'S ROAST BEEF " ON THE WAY HOME. TONIGHT THAT WOULD CHANGE ON A PLACE WE DRIVE BY 50 TIMES AND NEVER STOP AT. THEY ARE KNOWN FOR PHENOMENAL AND AWARD WINNING MILKSHAKES AND SUPER GREASY FOOD.  TONIGHT AT 9:20PM WE STOPPED AT " NIFTY FIFTY'S ". THE PLACE IS BIG AND SUPER BRIGHT WITH TONS OF NEON LIGHTS.  OH , AND IT WAS PACKED.  WE WAITED ABOUT 10 MINUTES FOR A BOOTH.  HERE IS OUR LITTLE EXPERIENCE :

  - WAITRESS IS COOL AND WE ORDER 2 MILK SHAKES TO SHARE.....TWIX AND REESE'S PIECES. ALL OF US AGREED THAT REESE'S WAS MUCH BETTER. TWIX ACTUALLY TASTED LIKE COFFEE.

  - I ORDER A DOUBLE CHEESE BURGER WITH ONION , LETTUCE , AND TOMATO. YES MY DIET WILL TAKE A BACK SEAT TODAY. IT IS GOOD , BUT IT INSTANTLY FALLS APART WHICH I DID NOT LIKE.

  - WHEELS ORDERS CHICKEN PIZZA CHEESE STEAK. AGAIN , SHE SAID IT WAS GOOD BUT SHE ONLY HAD HALF.

  - YOUNGEST ORDERS SPICY CHICKEN BITES. THEY WERE GOOD.

  - WE SHARE CHEESY , BACON , RANCH FRENCH FRIES. THE ORDER CAME AND NO RANCH WAS IN IT. THE WAITRESS IMMEDIATELY GOT US A SOUFFLÉ CUP OF RANCH. THE FRIES ARE GREASY AND SMOTHERED WITH BEACON , BACON , BACON OIL , FRENCH FRY OIL , CHEESE OIL , AND CHEESE. I GAINED WEIGHT JUST LOOKING AT IT. BETWEEN THE 3 OF US WE ATE LESS THAN HALF OF THE ORDER. I THOUGHT THESE WERE LESS THAN OKAY.

  OVERALL , WE ASKED EACH OTHER , " WOULD WE GO BACK HERE AGAIN ? "  BOTH WHEELS AND OUR YOUNGEST WOULD BUT I WAS A LITTLE MORE RELUCTANT. I WOULD GO BACK BUT ONLY TO SHOW A NEW FAMILY MEMBER THIS PLACE OR VISIT JUST FOR THE SHAKES............MAYBE ONCE A YEAR OR SO. I WAS NOT BLOWN AWAY BY THEIR FOOD. I WAS SURPRISED THE PLACE WAS PACKED AT 10PM SO DON'T TAKE MY ADVICE SO INTENTLY BECAUSE I AM ON A DIET AND THAT IS WHAT I KEPT THINKING. MANY PEOPLE LOVE THIS PLACE. IF YOU ARE FAT WITH YOUR ASS HANGING OVER EACH SIDE OF YOUR CHAIR ( LIKE ME AND THE GUY ACROSS FROM US ) THAN THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU.

  BACK HOME WE ARE GREETED BY OUR PUP. THIS IS EXPERIENCE NEVER GETS OLD. IT IS AWESOME AND INSTANTLY BRINGS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN. A TOTAL JOY TO HEAR THIS DOG HOWL WITH GLEE AND SHOW HER SMILING TEETH WHILE SNEEZING. IT IS TOO DAMN FUNNY.

  I MAKE DRINKS FOR THE NIGHT AND ONLY LAST ABOUT 45 MINUTES. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A MONTH I HAVE ONE  LARGE SHOT OF APRICOT BRANDY. I DID NOT ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS I USUALLY DO WHICH I THINK IS A GOOD THING FOR ME.

  OFF TO BED WHERE THE PUP IS ALREADY ON MY COMFORTER.......IT WAS OKAY WITH ME.

  SO , WHAT DID I DO TO MAKE WHEELS ABSOLUTELY CRY LAUGH FOR SEVERAL MINUTES? I MEAN TEARS POURING DOWN HER FACE AND MANY NAPKINS NEEDED TO WIPE AWAY THE TEARS. WELL , THIS WAS A VISUAL JOKE AND I WILL DO THE BEST I CAN.  NOW , WHEELS KNOWS MY " LOOK " AND FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AFTER 33 YEARS. SHE INSTANTLY KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT I AM THINKING.  HERE IS THE SHORT EXPERIENCE :

  - WHILE WAITING FOR A TABLE WE SEE THIS OLDER UNSHAVEN EMPLOYEE. HE IS DISHEVELED AND A WORKER AT " NIFTY FIFTY'S ". HE HAS A SAILOR HAT ON THAT SAYS " J _ _ _ _  ".  HE SLOWLY LUMBERS WHILE HE WALKS AND YOU CAN FEEL HIS PAIN OF WORKING HERE. HIS LIFE REVOLVES AROUND SERVING GREASY FOOD TO CUSTOMERS AND THERE IS NO TUNNEL OR LIGHT AT THE END. I FEEL IT RIGHT AWAY AND WHEELS IS RIGHT BEHIND ME. THE POOR GUY HEARS SCREAMING BABIES AND WHINING KIDS ALL DAY AND NIGHT. FOOD IS BEING THROWN AND KIDS ARE MESSING UP TABLES HE HAS TO CLEAN. THE HEARTACHE IS FELT. I MEAN IT IS PATHETIC AND I PAIN FOR THE GUY. BUT THAN I SEE SOMETHING ON HIS LAPEL. NOW , BOTH WHEELS AND I HAVE NOT SAID ANYTHING TO EACH OTHER ABOUT THIS POOR MAN'S SUFFERING AND ANGUISH THROUGH EACH AND EVERY WORK SHIFT. HE SLOWLY WALKS BY US LIKE TIM CONWAY PORTRAYING THE SUPER OLD MAN WITH WHITE HAIR ON THE CAROL BURNETT TV SHOW. YOU KNOW , WHEN HE JUST SHUFFLES HIS FEET QUICKLY BUT MOVES SLOWER THAN A BABY CRAWLING.  I " LOOK " AT WHEELS AS HE SADLY SHUFFLES BY US. SHE KNOWS MY " LOOK ".  I SURVEY TO HER HIS ENTIRE LIFE STORY WITH JUST ONE " LOOK ".  SHE BEGINS TO LAUGH. BUT THAN I MAKE HER SUPER CRY LAUGH BY POINTING TO MY LAPEL OF WHAT I SAW ON HIS LAPEL EARLIER. IT SAID JUST ONE WORD AS I SHOW WHEELS................" MANAGER ". 

  FRIDAY       7 - 13 - 18

  START MORNING TAKING A WALK TO MAIL LETTERS.  THAN I SPRAY WEEDS IN OUR FRONT GARDENS. YES , IN LESS THAN ONE WEEK WEEDS ARE GROWING BIG TIME. THAN I WEED WHACKED ALL THE EDGES OF ALL GARDENS AND OUR PROPERTY. LOVE THIS NEW WHACKER.......CORDLESS AND POWERFUL.

  OK , GOT THEM OUT OF THE WAY. GO DOWN MY BASEMENT HARDWARE STORE AND FIND A 4 FOOT FLORESCENT LIGHT. I WILL USE THIS TO REPLACE THE BAD FIXTURE AT THE NAIL.  I LOAD IT UP IN OUR JEEP TO BE LATER TRANSPORTED TO THE NAIL.

  TRY TO TAKE IT EASY TODAY SINCE I WILL WORKING TONIGHT.  BUT.....THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING. ONE BANK WE HAVE 3 LOANS WITH AND HAVE SO MUCH INFORMATION ON US THEY KNOW WHEN I POOP. WELL , THEY NEED MORE INFO. SO WHEELS PRINTS DOCUMENTS OUT WHILE I MAKE COPIES. I TAKE A CAR RIDE TO THE BANK AND DROP THEM OFF. OUR RESPONSE TO DOCUMENTS NEEDED..............LESS THAN 1 HOUR. THEIR RESPONSE TO WHEN LOAN GETS PROCESSED.........3 MONTHS. 

  OK......NOW I CAN RELAX AT 2PM.  WHEELS HEADS TO A FAMILY DINNER AND I JUST CHILL AND WATCH TV.

  VERY COOL AND A SECRET - WHEELS MOM IS HEADING TO CANADA. ONE OF WHEELS BEST BEST FRIENDS IS HEADING TO CANADA. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THEY ARE ON THE SAME AIRPLANE ?........PRETTY GOOD. THAT IS AWESOME !

  OFF TO WORK BUT DECIDE TO STOP AT ACME TO PICK UP SOME SOUR MIX. I NOTICE IT IS $5.39 A BOTTLE WHICH IS A LITTLE EXPENSIVE.  I GRAB 2 AND HEAD TO THE REGISTER LINE. A NICE WOMEN LETS ME IN FRONT OF HER BECAUSE I ONLY HAVE 2 ITEMS. THE REGISTER LADY IS A LITTLE CONFUSED AND RINGS MY 2 BOTTLES UP AND BEGINS TO RING UP THE NICE LADY'S STUFF. BOTH OF US TELL THE REGISTER LADY THEY ARE SEPARATE. SHE FIXES THE PROBLEM AND CHARGES ME $6 FOR 2 BOTTLES.......NICE. IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS.

  AT THE NAIL I BEGIN MY ROUTINE. I GET EVERYTHING DONE AND BEGIN TO LOAD IN THE BANDS.

  IT IS A GOOD NIGHT OF PEOPLE AND MUSIC.  SOMETHING RARE IS THE LAST ACT DID A TON OF COVER SONGS. THIS WAS NICE TO SEE AND HEAR. A GOOD CROWD ENJOYED IT AND SANG ALONG. OH , I LOVE WATCHING PEOPLE SING TO SONGS.  THIS ONE BLONDE GIRL WHO WAS A BASS PLAYER IN THE OPENING BAND SANG TO EVERY SONG. SHE WAS ADORABLE.

  PHILLIES WIN WHICH IS SO NICE TO SEE. WHEN THE GAME WAS OVER I PUT ON EAGLES VS ATLANTA PLAYOFF GAME.  I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT AND SOME PEOPLE CAME UP TO ME AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE MIRACLE SEASON THIS YEAR.

  THE NIGHT ROLLED PERFECTLY. I KEEP A CONSTANT LOOK OUT TO HELP BANDS LOAD-IN , LOAD-OUT , SET LENGTHS , SOUND HELP , PARKING , AND MORE.  ALL THE BANDS THANKED ME FOR MY DUE DILIGENCE.

  THE NIGHT IS A FUN. THE BARTENDER AND I DECIDE TO PREP FOR TOMORROW NIGHT BY SETTING UP DIVIDERS AND MORE. BY QUARTER OF 1AM I WANTED TO HEAD HOME.

  I FOLLOW MY ELDEST HOME ON MY MOTORCYCLE. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT.  AT HOME I CHILL WITH MY YOUNGEST AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF " LUKE CAGE ". I WAS HAPPY THAT SHE WAS STILL UP.

  HEAD TO BED AROUND 2:30AM. 

  SATURDAY       7 - 14 - 18

  LONG DAY..............BIG NIGHT.

  START MORNING DOING THE JUNE BOOKS FOR THE NAIL.  I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW HARD IT IS TO COME OUT IN THE BLACK IN THIS COMPETITIVE BUSINESS.  ANOTHER MONTH WE SURVIVE. NO PATS ON BACKS HERE.....JUST KEEP SURVIVING.

  NEIGHBOR GIVES US 5 HOSTA PLANTS. WHEELS FOUND SOME NICE SPOTS IN OUR FRONT GARDENS FOR THEM. I DID SOME MINOR WEEDING WHILE SHE PLANTED THEM.

  PHILLIES LOSE TO LAST PLACE TEAM WITH OUR BEST PITCHER NOLA.......BLOW. SILVER LINING ....BOTH BRAVES AND NATIONALS LOST.

  WHEELS GOES TO THE POOL WITH OUR YOUNGEST. LATER IN THE NIGHT I ASK OUR KID , " DID YOU HAVE FUN AT THE POOL WITH MOM ? " SHE RESPONDS , " YES , IT WAS FUN. " I REPLY , " THAT'S GOOD , BUT IT PROBABLY WAS NOT AS FUN WITHOUT ME THERE ? " SHE REPLIES , " IT WAS FUN. " I SARCASTICALLY RESPOND , " YEAH.......BUT NOT " AS " FUN WITHOUT ME THERE. " THE KID GIGGLES AND SAYS , " YOU'RE A NUDGE. "

  OFF TO THE NAIL EARLY. THE GOOD THING IS WE SET UP ALOT THE NIGHT BEFORE.  31 ACTS WERE BOOKED AND 132 TICKETS WERE SOLD.  THE NAIL WAS PACKED AND OUR STAFF DID AN EXEMPLARY JOB IN MOVING BANDS , DRINK ORDERS , AND FOOD ORDERS. HAVE TO THANK MY CHEF FOR COOKING 4 STRAIGHT HOURS OF NON STOP ORDERS.  OVERALL , ANOTHER VERY EFFICIENT SHOW RUN.

  BACK HOME I SETTLE IN WITH A BEER AND THAN A GIN & TONIC.  I WAS ACHING AND HEADED TO BED AFTER WATCHING A GOOD EPISODE OF " LUKE CAGE ".

  FALL ASLEEP PRETTY MUCH AS MY HEAD HIT THE PILLOW. THAN AT 3:30AM......JUST 2 HOURS INTO SLUMBER.........MY FRICKIN' CPAP MACHINE FLIPS OVER AND SPILLS WATER ON MY BED. I JUST FILLED IT UP THIS MORNING. I SWEAR IT IS ALWAYS SOMETHING.

  SUNDAY      7 - 15 - 18

  I KEEP PUSHING THIS OLD BODY.

  SLEPT BAD WITH WATER IN MY BED FROM MY TURNED OVER C-PAP MACHINE.  SO, WHAT THE HELL....LET'S START THE DAY.

  MID MORNING I AM AT THE NAIL. YES.......9:30AM I AM AT OUR CLUB THAT OPENS AT 6PM. I.........AM.........AN IDIOT.  ANYWAY , THIS DAMN CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE IS ON MY " GET THE  ' F ' DONE LIST. " I SET UP MY TOOLS AND DO OTHER CRAP AND BEGIN WALKING ON THE BAR TOP TO ACCESS 2 LIGHTS THAT ARE NOT FUNCTIONING. 5 TIMES TRYING TO FIX ONE STUPID LIGHT.  I REPLACE ONE FIXTURE AND FIX THE OTHER. I SEMI-PREP FOR THE NIGHT AS THE RAINS COME. I AM SO GLAD I DID THE OUTSIDE MARQUEE LATE LATE LAST NIGHT.

  WHEELS HEADS TO A BABY SHOWER WITH MY MOM.

  HEAD TO A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE TO INSTALL A LARGE WINDOW. I ALSO WATCH THE WORLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WHILE WE WORK. FRANCE CRUSHES CROATIA 4 - 1 ( I KNOW IT WAS 4 - 2 BUT THAT FRENCH GOALIE SHOULD OF NEVER LET THAT 2ND GOAL IN ). ANYWAY , WE SPEND SOME TIME WORKING ON THE WINDOW AND IT CAME OUT REALLY NICE.

  OFF TO LOWES TO RETURN PLUMBING PRODUCT I BOUGHT FOR A CUSTOMER THAT DID NOT ANSWER THEIR DOOR ON 2 OCCASIONS AND DID NOT ANSWER THEIR PHONE ON 3 TRIES. SO..........I CANCELLED THE JOB AND WORKING FOR THIS PERSON FOREVER. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I EVER DONE THIS IN 35 YEARS. I KNOW IT IS MONEY BUT NOT RETURNING CALLS , TEXTS , OR ANSWERING A DAMN DOOR IS PRETTY FRIGGIN' FRUSTRATING. I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THIS BULLSHIT.  ANYWAY , AT LOWES I GO RIGHT TO " CUSTOMER SERVICE " WHICH USUALLY HAS LINES AND LONG WAITING. TODAY....FIRST AND DONE IN 3 MINUTES.......NICE. OH , AND I HAVE MY NEW LOWES CREDIT CARD NOW.

  HEAD TO A COUSIN'S GET TOGETHER BBQ AND BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH A PRINCESS. I CALL A FAMILY MEMBER TO CHECK ON HIM. THE BBQ WAS CREATED FOR ALL GUYS SINCE THE GIRLS WERE AT A BABY SHOWER. THE BBQ'S SAUSAEEEGE WAS EXCELLENT ALONG WITH CHEESEBURGERS STUFFED WITH MOZZARELLA AND PEPPERONI. WAY MORE FOOD ARRIVED AND CELEBRATING MY COUSINS 1ST BIRTHDAY. VIA " GROUP-ON " MY COUSIN FOUND A POPULAR TV CHARACTER CALLED " SOPHIA ". I HAVE NO IDEA WHO SHE IS BUT A NICE YOUNG GIRL PLAYED THE PART WONDERFULLY. SHE ARRIVED IN A PRINCESS DRESS , READ A BOOK , TALKED TO THE KIDS , TOOK PICTURES , SUNG HAPPY BIRTHDAY , AND MORE. SHE WAS A REALLY GOOD PERSON AND TOTALLY PLAYED THE PART. I AM SURE MY 1 YEAR OLD COUSIN WILL REMEMBER THIS FOR A LONG TIME OR UNTIL HER NEXT POOP.

  I HAD A GREAT TIME AT MY COUSINS BBQ. LAUGHS , BOOZE , AND STORY TELLING. WHAT WAS EVEN NICER WAS ALL THE GIRL COUSINS STARTED ARRIVING.  NOW WE HAVE A FULL BLOWN OUT PARTY WITH CROWN ROYAL.  I POSTED SOME PICTURES ON FACEBOOK OF THE PRINCESS SOPHIA AND THE BBQ. A FAIR AMOUNT OF BROTHERS , COUSINS , FAMILY , A LOCAL NEIGHBORS ALL HAD COMMENTS......MOSTLY ABOUT DRINKING THE CROWN ROYAL.

  WHEELS FOLLOWS ME HOME UNTIL THE HALF WAY POINT. I HEAD TO THE NAIL AND SHE VEERS OFF FOR HOME. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT BUT IN A 12 MINUTE RIDE TO THE NAIL I STARTED FALLING ASLEEP. AFTER ONE EXTREMELY SCARY EXPERIENCE I TOLD MYSELF I WILL NEVER CLOSE MY EYES WHILE DRIVING AGAIN. IF I AM TIRED I WILL PULL OVER. I COULD NOT BELIEVE I WAS SO DAMN TIRED AND FOUGHT IT ALL THE WAY TO THE NAIL. I ENTER THE BACK LOT AND PARK. I LEAVE THE A/C ON , RECLINE MY SEAT , AND INSTANTLY FALL ASLEEP FOR 15 MINUTES. I NEEDED THIS SO BAD. POWER NAPS ARE THE BEST THING FOR YOU.

  OPEN UP AND I SEE I HAVE A PHONE MESSAGE. IT IS A BAND AND I RETURN THE CALL. HE ANSWERS AND TELLS ME HIS BAND IS WAITING IN THE SEPTA LOTS FOR 2 HOURS. THE BAND WAS 3 HOURS EARLY. I LOAD THEM IN AND BEGIN MY NIGHT.  A 2 PIECE ACT CALLED " POOR ELIZA " OPENS THE SHOW. THEY WERE FROM BOSTON WITH AN ASIAN LEAD SINGER AND GUITAR PLAYER. SHE WAS ACCOMPLISHED AND VERY ENTERTAINING. THEY WERE ALSO VERY COOL. THAN......DEATH , KILL , DESTRUCTION , CLIMB ON POOL TABLE , REMOVE DRUM KIT TO CENTER OF ROOM .........HARD CORE METAL.  2 BANDS FROM SAN ANTONIO TEXAS PLAYED. THEY WERE ALL VERY COOL AND BEFORE THE SHOW STARTED WE TALKED EMBROIDERY , RAISING CHILDREN , CHURCH PRAYER , AND FINGER PAINTING.  THAN THEY PLAYED AND ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE. THEY SCREAMED ABOUT " BULL SHIT " AND I GRABBED A FIRE EXTINGUISHER FOR SAFETY. AFTER THE RINGING IN MY EARS STOPPED AND PRETTY PINK ELEPHANTS WERE NOT VISIBLE ANYMORE I MADE SOME ORDERS OF FOOD AND ROLLED HOME.

  BACK HOME I SETTLE IN WITH MY ELDEST AND HER 2 FRIENDS. I REALLY LIKE THESE KIDS. WE TALK AND THEY ROLL OUT TO GO BOWLING. YEP....BOWLING.....ON A SUNDAY NIGHT AT 10PM.  SO BELIEVE THAT.

  WHEELS AND I SETTLE IN WITH DRINKS. I HAVE GIN & TONICS AND REFRAIN FROM BEER & BRANDY. WE WATCH A VERY GOOD EPISODE OF " HOMELAND ".

  PHILLIES LOSE 2 OF 3 TO THE LAST PLACE MARLINS.....F'N BLOW.

  OFF TO BED WHERE I FALL ASLEEP RIGHT BEFORE I HIT THE PILLOW. I WAS ACTUALLY SNORING IN MID-AIR AS MY FATNESS FELL LIKE A TREE IN THE WOODS.

   MONDAY        7 - 16 - 18

  I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD ON PEOPLE. IT HAS BECOME A " ME " WORLD. TO ME , IT'S ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING.

  WHY DO I GET MYSELF INTO PROJECTS ? AFTER THE NORMAL MORNING ROUTINE STUFF I DECIDED TO GO INTO MY BASEMENT'S TOOL ROOM AND HANG 2 LIGHTS.  I REMOVED AN OLD LIGHT , TAPPED INTO AN EXISTING LIGHT FOR POWER , AND I NOW HAVE 3 OVERHEAD LIGHTS IN MY TOOL ROOM. WHY DID I DO ALL THIS ? I TOOK A 4' FOOT FLORESCENT LIGHT FROM MY TOOL ROOM TO THE NAIL. I HAVE TO THANK MY YOUNGEST FOR HOLDING FLASHLIGHTS FOR ME WHILE I WORKED IN THE DARK WITH THE ELECTRIC OFF.

  2 BARTENDERS LET GO TODAY BUT WILL REMAIN " ON CALL ". BOTH ARE TOO BUSY WITH DAY JOBS SO I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND. IN RESPONSE , I HIRED 3 COLLEGE GIRLS.....MAYBE 4.

  100 DEGREES OUTSIDE AND IF YOUR A/C IS BLOWING 75 DEGREES INSIDE THAT IS NOT TOO BAD. THAT'S WHAT OURS WAS WHEN I PLACED A TEMPERATURE GAUGE IN THE CEILING REGISTER VENT.

  MY MOTTO FOR THIS YEAR , " NEVER SAY ' NO ' TO THE POOL. "  WHEELS , MYSELF , AND YOUNGEST TOOK A 2 MINUTE DRIVE TO OUR SWIM CLUB. THE WATER WAS GLORIOUS AND EVEN MORE ENTERTAINING IS WATCHING " HOOPS " AKA WHEELS SHOOT BASKETBALLS. I NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. MY YOUNGEST AND I ALSO SWAM LAPS FOR EXERCISE.

  BACK HOME I MAKE A FRESH TURKEY / MOZZARELLA / TOMATO SANDWICH ON TOASTED WHEAT. OH MY GOD IT IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN LASAGNA OR RIGATONI & MEATBALL.

  OFF TO THE NAIL WITH MY VAN AND TOOLS.  I HEAD OUT TO CHANGE THE MARQUE SIGN AND NOTICE THE BANDS FROM LAST NIGHT REMOVED LETTERS FROM A BAND WHO DID NOT SHOW UP. I DO NOT LIKE THIS. I ALSO NOTICE A PIECE OF WINDOW CAPPING IS ON THE GROUND................AND GO GET MY TOOLS.

  FIX THE WINDOW CAPPING STANDING ON A LADDER THAN CHANGE THE MARQUEE. IT WAS THAN I NOTICE AND HEAR CAR HORNS HONKING AND PEOPLE YELLING.  ABOUT 50 YARDS AWAY A SUV IS STUCK SIDEWAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF HAVERFORD ROAD. I POSTED A PICTURE ON FACEBOOK AND HERE IS THE STORY :

  " IT'S ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING. THIS GUY AND 2 YOUNG KIDS BROKE DOWN SIDEWAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF HAVERFORD ROAD. THE GENTLEMEN IS STRUGGLING AS THE KIDS WATCHED THEIR DAD. HE CAN NOT BUDGE HIS BROKEN VEHICLE OVER THE CURB. COUNTLESS CARS SPEEDING BY HONKING THEIR HORNS AND YELLING OBSCENITIES. PEOPLE YELLING OUT THEIR WINDOWS AND CURSING MADE ME FEEL HORRIBLE FOR THEM. FOR ONCE , MY BIG SIZE AND WEIGHT CAME IN HANDY. I WALK DOWN AND SAY TO THE KIDS , " C'MON KIDS.....LET'S HELP DAD. " WE PUSH THE CAR ON TO THE SIDEWALK AND THEY EASILY GLIDE IT DOWN TO THE MECHANIC'S PARKING LOY. THE FATHER TURNS TO ME AND SAYS , " GOD BROUGHT YOU TO ME. I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH." THE KIDS THANKED ME TOO.

  BACK INSIDE I CLEAR A SMALL AREA OF THE  BAR AND WORK ON THE NEWLY INSTALLED 4' FLORESCENT LIGHT. I GET TOOLS , MOUNT A DROP LIGHT , AND BEGIN WORKING.  I WANTED TO " SAFETY " UP THE LIGHT A BIT BY USING PROPER JUNCTION BOXES AND SUCH. I REMOVED AN OLD LIGHT THAT WAS HARNESSED STRONG ENOUGH TO HOLD A SMART CAR. 2 FRIGGIN' HOURS LATER I COMPLETED THIS SIMPLE 30 MINUTE TASK. ANOTHER 15 MINUTES OF CLEANING UP AND PUTTING TOOLS AWAY. I ACTUALLY HAD A CUSTOMER HELP ME WITH TURNING THE LIGHT SWITCH OFF AND ON FOR TESTING. OVERALL , IT CAME OUT EXCELLENT.

  I HAVE SOME PEOPLE COME IN BUT I ROLL HOME AROUND ACTION NEWS TIME.  WHEELS AND I WATCH A VERY GOOD SEASON FINALE EPISODE OF " HOMELAND ". BESIDES HIDING BRANDY , I AM NOW LIMITED BRINGING SPECIALTY BEERS HOME WHICH I CHERISH , LOVE , AND ADORE. I THINK IT HELPS WITH THE MOTTO , " OUT OF SIGHT , OUT OF MIND. "

  THAN I GOT SUPER MELANCHOLY WHILE LAUGHING. I MUST OF SAID , " WHY ROBIN ?? WHY ?? " I WATCHED A HBO DOCUMENTARY ON ROBIN WILLIAMS. IT HAD WONDERFUL EXTRA TIDBITS OF HIS MOVIES , HIS ADLIBBING , OUT TAKES , AND OF COURSE SCENES WHERE WILLIAMS MAKES HIS CO-ACTORS LAUGH BY NOT GOING BY THE SCRIPT. THE DOCUMENTARY ALSO HAD THE DARK AND SAD SIDES OF THIS WONDERFUL TALENT OF A MAN. I SHOOK MY HEAD 20 TIMES WHILE WATCHING THIS AND LAUGHED 20 TIMES. IT IS SO DAMN SAD TO SEE A MAN LOVED BY MILLIONS TO GO OUT LIKE THAT. THE DOCUMENTARY ON HBO IS CALLED " ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND " . THERE IS A TON OF COMEDIC ACTORS IN IT AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND WATCHING IT.  THOUGH I DID GO TO BED PRETTY SOLEMN LIKE.

  TUESDAY       7 - 17 - 18

  I HAVE TO ASK MY WIFE AND YOUNGEST FOR A SIMPLE " LIKE "...............NO COMMENTS , JUST  A MILLISECOND OF TIME TO CLICK " LIKE ". 

  I REALLY HAVE TO CUT DOWN ON THIS DO STUFF DURING THE DAY AND THAN WORK 7 HOURS AT NIGHT. MY LEGS ARE HURTING BIG TIME. NO ONE CARES.

  FLIES GETTING IN OUR HOUSE PART II. I GOOGLED IT AND THEY CAN COME IN THROUGH ROOF VENTS.  JESUS...........I KEEP OUR VACUUM OUT WITH A NOZZLE. TODAY AT LEAST 30 FLIES WERE SUCKED UP.  USUALLY IT IS JUST A 2 - 3 WEEK SPAN BUT THIS SEASON WE GOT HIT A 2ND TIME.

  ALL STAR GAME USED TO BE PLAYED FOR HOME ADVANTAGE IN THE WORLD SERIES. IT IS NOT ANYMORE. AMERICAN LEAGUE WINS AGAIN BUT IT WAS COOL WHEN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE TIED IT WITH A 2 RUN HOMER IN THE 9TH.

  I KNOW I PRONOUNCE " WATER " ......." WOULDER ". I AM TRYING TO FIX THAT.

  MOVING THE RABBIT IN AND OUT IS A SLIGHT HASSLE. TODAY BECAUSE OF THE RAIN WE HAD TO DO IT TWICE.

  WHEELS HEADS TO K.O.P. MALL FOR DINNER AND TO RETURN A BOOK TO A FRIEND. I MADE A HAMBURGER.

  ROLL TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. AN INTERESTING NEW COUPLE CAME IN. THE GIRL IS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE AND HAS SOME PERSONALITY TO SAY THE LEAST. SHE KNEW THE ENTIRE POOL TEAM AND THEY PLAYED JUKE BOX SONGS ALL NIGHT. SHE EVEN DID SOME DANCING ON THE FLOOR AND OTHER DANCE MOVES TO ENTERTAIN US. I LIKED HER AND SHE TIPPED AWESOME. SHE WORKS AT " TANGO " AND I SAID I COME VISIT HER.

  THE POOL TEAM ALSO TOLD ME ANOTHER BAR ( I WON'T SAY THE NAME ).  THE OWNER OF HANGOVER CARIBBEAN BAR IN HAVERTOWN ON WEST CHESTER PIKE ( AREA CODE 19087 ) TRY TO COERCE THE NAIL TEAM TO MOVE TO HIS BAR BY PROMISING THEM FULLY PAID DUES AND CHEAP APPETIZERS AND BEER. THIS WOULD BE ENTICING TO ANYONE ESPECIALLY WHEN THE CAPTAIN LIVES ACROSS THE STREET. JUST ONE PROBLEM........IN OVER ONE YEAR THE OWNER OF HANGOVER CARIBBEAN BAR IN HAVERTOWN ON WEST CHESTER PIKE ( AREA CODE 19087 - NEXT TO MCDONALDS ) HAS NOT PAID FOR ANY DUES FOR HIS TEAM YET AND THEIR PRICES ARE TWICE AS EXPENSIVE THAN THE NAIL. THE TEAM WAS PRETTY PISSED AND STAYED LOYAL.....UNLIKE A ANOTHER GITBAG TEAM WHEELS AND I PLAYED WITH FOR 15 FUCKING YEARS WHO LEFT US FOR A POOL HALL. FUCKING INGRATES.

  OH , LOOKS LIKE OUR POOL TEAM WILL SPLIT IN TWO BECAUSE OF TOO MANY PLAYERS AND WE WILL HAVE 2 NAIL TEAMS NEXT SEMESTER.  MAYBE THAT GOOD KARMA OF PUSHING A 3,000 POUND S.U.V HELPED.

 SPEAKING OF PUSHING A 3,000 POUND VEHICLE OVER A CURB.  I COPIED IN BOTH WHEELS AND MY YOUNGESTON THE FACEBOOK PICTURE AND STORY. OVER 100 FAMILY MEMBERS " LIKED " OR " COMMENTED " ON THE GOOD DEED......EXCEPT WHEELS AND MY YOUNGEST. I REMINDED MY YOUNGEST TWICE AND WHEELS ONCE TO AT THE VERY VERY LEAST GIVE ME A " LIKE. " THEY BOTH TEXTED BACK THAT I AM A LOSER. THEY WOULD BE CORRECT.

  LATE NIGHT I AM HURTING BIG TIME. I CLOSE UP AND HEAD HOME. THE SHEER JOY TO SIT IN MY CRAPPY VAN AND TAKE A LOAD OFF MY FEET IS BLISSFUL. I ALMOST FALL ASLEEP IN THE BACK LOT WHILE STARTING THE VEHICLE. AT HOME I MAKE ONE NIGHT CAP AND TRY TO WATCH AN EPISODE OF " LUKE CAGE ". I FALL ASLEEP ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.  

  I AM WALKING WITH SOME FRIENDS NAMED BIG B AND " E ". ALSO IS A FAMILY MEMBER NAMED " J ". WE HAVE THIS BIG GREAT DANE DOG WITH US WHILE WALKING ALONG A CREEK BED. ABOUT 10 YARDS AWAY THERE IS A FENCE WITH BARBED WIRE ON TOP. THE DOG SEES SOME KIND OF ANIMAL ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE AND TAKES OFF AFTER IT. THE DOG JUMPS THE FENCE BUT CATCHES IT'S HIND LEFT ANKLE ON THE BARBED WIRE. THE DOG TEARS IT UP AND IT IS A SERIOUS INJURY. I TAKE OFF MY SHIRT AND WRAP THE DOG'S LEG. " J " SAYS HE WILL GO GET HIS CAR AND MEET US INSIDE THE GATE. THERE IS A GATE ALONG THE FENCE AND WE HURRY TO GET TO IT. WE ENTER AND IT IS A MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY. WE GET TO THE FRONT DOOR AND ASK AN ORDERLY FOR ASSISTANCE. THEY PATCH THE DOG UP AND ALL IS GOOD. PATIENTS WANDERING AROUND THE MAIN LOBBY AREA SEE THE DOG AND BEGIN PETTING AND KISSING THE DOG. THEY ASKED US WHAT HAPPENED TO ITS LEG. EVERYONE IS OVERJOYED WITH THE DOG.

  CONTINUED - " J "PULLS UP HIS CAR AND WE SAY GOODBYES TO THE PATIENTS AND WORKERS. WE HAVE 2 CARS NOW SO " J " AND " E " LEAVE IN HIS CAR WHILE WE FOLLOW IN BIG B'S CAR. WE HAVE THE DOG IN A CAR AND AS WE ARE LEAVING ALONG THE FENCE THERE IS A YOUNG CHEETAH. I GUESS THE CAR ENGINE SPOOKED THE CUB.  NOT 5 SECONDS LATER WE SEE A MOTHER CHEETAH POP OUT AND RUNS WITH HER CUB. I SAY TO BIG B , " MAN , SINCE WHEN DO WE HAVE CHEETAHS AROUND HERE ? " ....................dream ends.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

  

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

   

  

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

   

  

     

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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