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

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

Work hard :

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

Treating people with respect :

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

Removing angry people:

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

Bands:

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

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

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

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

                    " LIVE AT THE NAIL "  RADIO SHOW   !!!

  We welcome these Radio Stations that promote our show

WWW.CYBERSTORMRADIO.COM    WWW.SRrocks.COM

              1370 WPAZ POTTSTOWN   WWW.RADIOFREEWORLDWIDE.COM

   HOLA 1600 am        WXVU 89.1 fm        KUR    88.3 fm

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

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

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

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

  WPTC   88.1 fm        WCUC   91.7 fm      WSRN  91.5 fm      

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

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

BLACK CIRCUS RADIO ( DEAD CELL RECORDS )

 SHORTCAST.COM      WSJR  ( INTERNET )    WYBF  89.1 FM

  http://www.advancedrf.net

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

 

                        WEBCASTED BY REAL AUDIO    

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

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

                                     ** ALL BANDS GET PROMOTED **

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

                                              NO OTHER CLUB DOES THIS !! 

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

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

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   SUNDAY      10 - 6 - 19

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

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

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

  DALLAS LOSES WHICH MAKES MY DAY EVEN BETTER.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  MONDAY    10 - 7 - 19

  OH MAN......NOT GOOD.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  TUESDAY      10 - 8 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  WEDNESDAY        10 - 9 - 19

  DEVASTATING NEWS...............

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

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

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

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

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

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

  THURSDAY        10 - 10 - 19

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

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

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

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

  FRIDAY     10 - 11 - 19

  ALL OF US JUST KEPT THINKING OF OUR PUP.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 TOMORROW WE MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE PUP.

  SATURDAY      10 - 12 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   SUNDAY        10 - 13 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  MONDAY     10 - 14 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  OFF TO BED WHERE I SLEPT PRETTY GOOD.

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

  TUESDAY      10 - 15 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 FLYERS LOSE.....BLOW.

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

  I AM EXHAUSTED AND HURTING FROM WEEDING AND HEAD HOME.

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

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

  WEDNESDAY      10 - 16 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  THURSDAY     10 - 17- 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 - FRIDGE IS POWERED

 - HOT WATER

 - HEAT

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

 - FULL POWER IN OUR GARAGE WITH DOOR OPENERS.

 - KITCHEN AND HALLWAY LIGHTS.

 - BASEMENT LIGHTS.

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

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

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

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

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

  FRIDAY      10 - 18 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  SATURDAY       10 - 19 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  SUNDAY   10 - 20 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  OFF TO BED JUST SICK TO MY STOMACH. 

  MONDAY    10 - 21 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

 FLYERS WIN....DON'T FUCKING CARE.

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

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

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

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

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

  TUESDAY    10 - 22 - 19

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

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

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

  BACK HOME I AM QUIET AND BUMMED OUT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   WEDNESDAY     10 - 23 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  THURSDAY       10 - 24 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  FRIDAY     10 - 25 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

 GOOD SIGNING BY PHILLIES FOR JOE GIRALDI.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  SATURDAY    10 - 26 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

 PENN STATE WITH A SOLID WIN.

 ASTROS TIE SERIES 2 - 2.

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

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

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

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

 SOLID WINS BY OUR FLYERS AND 76ERS.

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

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

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

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

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

  SUNDAY    10 - 27 - 19

 AND THE SEASON IS SAVED.....FOR NOW.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 MONDAY     10 - 28 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   TUESDAY      10 - 29 - 19

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

  STARTED MY RUNNING :

 - DROVE TO RESTAURANT DEPOT.

 - STOPPED AT PARENTS HOUSE.

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

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

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

 - STOPPED AT THE LIQUOR STORE.

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

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

  ELDEST HAS ANOTHER GOOD DAY AT HER NEW TEACHING JOB.

  FLYERS GET SMOKED.

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

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

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

  #OHNELLIE

  WEDNESDAY     10 - 30 - 19

 TRIBUTE TO OUR PUP NELLIE :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  THURSDAY     10 - 31 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  FRIDAY     11 - 1 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  SATURDAY       11 - 2 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  TOP 3 FEELING GOOD AWARDS :

 3 - WHEELS , " I AM WASTED. "

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

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

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

 THIS WAS A GOOD PARTY.

  SUNDAY     11 - 3 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  MONDAY     11 - 4 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  TUESDAY         11 - 5 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

  BACK HOME I TAKE A NAP.

  CHILL FOR A LITTLE AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER

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

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

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

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

 FLYERS WITH A GOOD WIN AT HOME.

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

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

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

  WEDNESDAY      11 - 6 - 19

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

  SHOULDER STILL HURTING ME BUT GETTING A LITTLE BETTER.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  THURSDAY      11 - 7 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  FRIDAY    11 - 8 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   SATURDAY    11 - 9 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  I HAVE A LONG DAY TOMORROW TOO.

   SUNDAY      11 - 10 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 76ERS WIN.

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

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

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

  MONDAY     11 - 11 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  AT HOME I CHECK MY COMPUTER AND TAKE A NAP.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  TUESDAY       11 - 12 - 19

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

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

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

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

 SO THE JOBS TODAY :

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

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

 - INSTALL A SHOWER SPLASH GUARD AND CAULK.

 - REPAIR A DAMAGED WALL THAT WAS FILLED WITH MOLD.

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

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

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

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

 - PUTTIED DECORATIVE MOLDING TO PREP FOR PAINTING.

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

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

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

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

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

  I GOOGLE HOW TO TAKE 2 POTS APART :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 WEDNESDAY         11 - 13 - 19

  DAY 4 OF SIDE JOB...................I CONTINUE TO BE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. I NOW THINK I CAN DO THIS JOB IN 7 DAYS INSTEAD OF 10.

  MY NORMAL ROUTINE IN THE MORNING..........AGAIN.  MAKE BREAKFAST , LUNCH , AND START CAR FOR MY ELDEST. SHE LIKES WHEN I PUT THE HEATER SEAT ON.  I ACTUALLY MADE HER LAUGH IN THE MORNING. IT IS A TOUGH TASK TO MAKE SOMEONE LAUGH OUT LOUD AT 7:30AM ESPECIALLY WHEN SHE IS NOT A MORNING PERSON.

 SHOULDER IS STILL HURTING. THE CUSTOMER I AM WORKING WITH OFFERED TO PAY FOR MY ADVIL. THAT COULD OF BEEN THE NICEST GESTURE I HAVE EVER HEARD.

  A SECOND JOB HAD A VERY WEIRD REQUEST THAT I HAD TO ASK MY BROTHER ABOUT. THE CUSTOMER WANTED TO REMOVE OUTLETS FROM HER BACK SPLASH AND PLACE THEM UP AND UNDERNEATH EACH CABINET WHERE HER UNDER CABINET LIGHTS WERE. I NEVER HEARD OF THIS.

 OFF TO THE SIDE JOB. HERE IS WHAT I DID TODAY:

 - PAINTED FOR 6 1/2 HOURS STRAIGHT. OH......MY.......GOD. MAYBE $350 A DAY IS LEGIT.

  THE CUSTOMER TEXTS ME AND LOVES THE NEW PAINT ON HER WALLS. NEXT.....THE CEILINGS.

  ROLL HOME AND MY GAS TANK WAS VERY LOW. I AM WEARING SHORTS ON THIS " COLD " DAY BECAUSE THE HOUSE I AM WORKING AT IS SUPER WARM. THE WOMAN KEEPS IT VERY WARM FOR HER 90 YEAR OLD FATHER.

 I GET HOME AND SETTLE IN. I MAKE SOME MEATBALLS WITH SOME DINNER ROLLS AND CHECK MY EMAILS.

  LOOKS LIKE FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE WILL STRIKE AGAIN. IT IS JUST LIKE CRAIGSLIST. WE WILL SEE NEXT WEEK. I LIKE FREE,

  ELDEST COMES HOME LATE AFTER MAKING SOME TRIPS TO STORES FOR CLOTHING AND OTHER THINGS. I AM SO PROUD OF HER TO WORK 11 HOUR DAYS AND THAN GO SHOPPING. THAN......SHE GOES OUT TO DINNER WITH SOME FRIENDS.

  I WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER AND THAN HEAD TO THE NAIL

 FLYERS LOSE IN AN OVERTIME SHOOT-OUT. NOW......WE ARE BACK TO NORMAL.

 76ERS SIT EMBIID FOR "LOAD MANAGEMENT " AND GET CRUSHED BY THE 3 - 7 ORLANDO MAGIC.

 BY 1AM I AM EXHAUSTED. I HEAD HOME , HAVE A NIGHTCAP , DOWN SOME CHEESE AND LIGHT PRETZELS , WATCH ANOTHER EPISODE OF LUCIFER ( WHICH WAS VERY GOOD ) , AND GO TO BED.

  NO CONTACT FROM WHEELS IN 2+ DAYS. I ASSUME 2 THINGS......1 - SHE IS TOO FAR AT SEA TO TEXT OR CALL OR 2 - SHE IS JUST HAVING A GOOD TIME AND DOESN'T WANT TO THINK ABOUT MY FACE.

 THINKING OF THE PUP AND CALLING HER NAME OUT.................AGAIN.

  THURSDAY     11 - 14 - 19

  DAY 5 OF SIDE JOB.............I CONTINUE TO BE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. THE GRANDFATHER SAYS TO ME, " YOU REALLY GOT ALOT DONE TODAY. DID YOU HAVE HELPERS BECAUSE YOU WORK LIKE YOU DO."

  DID NOT SLEEP WELL BUT I GOT UP AROUND 6AM.  MADE MY KID BREAKFAST , LUNCH , AND STARTED HER CAR ON THIS CHILLY MORNING.

  GOT MY COMPUTER WORK DONE AND LOADED THE PILE OF MOUNTING DISHES INTO THE DISHWASHER AND RAN IT. MAN , WHEN WHEELS IS NOT AROUND STUFF PILES UP.

SPEAKING OF WHEELS , STILL HAVEN'T HEARD FORM HER IN 3+ DAYS.

  OFF TO THE SIDE JOB AND TODAY WAS MORE PREP FOR PAINTING AND ACTUAL PAINTING. I TOOK DOWN MANY LIGHTS , PAINTER'S TAPED ALL AREAS ( NOT FUN ) , TARPED ALL AREAS , AND BEGAN TO PAINT. WHAT SUCKED , I SAW TWO 1 GALLON CANS OF PAINT THINKING THEY WERE BOTH FOR THE CEILINGS........THEY WEREN'T. I RAN OUT OF PAINT AND HAVE TO FINISH TOMORROW. I DID SOME OTHER ODD JOBS AND CLEANED UP. I PUT THE ENTIRE ROOM BACK TOGETHER SO THEY COULD USE IT FOR THE NIGHT.

  THE CUSTOMER BOUGHT ME LUNCH.....A WAWA MEATBALL SANDWICH ON A LONG ROLL. I JUST BROUGHT IT HOME. THAT WAS VERY NICE OF THEM.

 OFF TO THE NAIL FOR A NICE NIGHT OF MUSIC. NEW MUSICIANS STOPPED IN WHICH WAS COOL. THEY WERE VERY GOOD.

  ANYONE WATCH THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL?.......JESUS.  MASSIVE BRAWL AT THE END OF THE GAME WHERE ONE PLAYER TORE THE HELMET OFF THE QUARTERBACK'S HEAD AND THAN SWUNG IT AT HIS HEAD WITH THE HELMET AND HIT HIM RIGHT ON THE NOGGIN. I WOULD FINE THE PLAYER 1 MILLION DOLLARS AND SUSPEND HIM THE REST OF THIS SEASON AND NEXT SEASON. THEY ARE ALSO TALKING OF FILING A POLICE REPORT OF ENDANGERMENT AND ASSAULT.

  ( YESTERDAY ) - A FRIEND WHO IS HELPING ON THE SIDE JOB STOPPED IN. HE AS HELPED WITH GETTING PARTS AND WORK SO I RECIPROCATED. HE HAD 6 BEERS AND 2 SHOTS OF JAGER. I CHARGED 5 BUCKS TOTAL AND TOLD HIM TO KEEP HIS TIP MONEY. PRETTY GOOD DEAL AT 85 CENTS A DRINK.

  DID NOT SEE MY ELDEST ALL DAY OR NIGHT. SHE ACTUALLY MADE A JOKE YESTERDAY WHEN SHE SAID IN THE MORNING , " SEE YA TOMORROW ". AFTER WORK TODAY SHE ATTENDED A CHILI COOK-OFF AT HER SCHOOL WITH ABOUT 40 PEOPLE. SHE SAID SHE HAD A BLAST AND THE CHILI WAS VERY GOOD.  THE DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL ALSO GAVE HER A WHOLE PIZZA TO TAKE HOME. SHE TEXTED ME , " BEST JOB EVER ". THIS MADE ME FEEL SO GOOD FOR HER. I CALLED AND WE TALKED FOR A BIT.

 YOUNGEST ATTENDS AN " A J R " CONCERT. SHE SAID IT WAS EXCELLENT AND 2 FRIENDS ARE SLEEPING AT HER DORM TONIGHT.

 TALKED TO A MUSICIAN AND HE SAID HE JUST PUT HIS DOG DOWN 3 WEEKS AGO. YEAH.......WE TALKED MUCH MORE.

  BY 12:30AM I WAS TIRED. I ACTUALLY ASKED TWO REGULARS IF WE COULD LEAVE.

 AT HOME I HAD SOME PIZZA AND A COUPLE OF BEERS TO WIND DOWN. I HATE DOING THIS BUT I HAD NO DINNER. I ALSO WATCHED AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER. AGAIN , IT WAS GOOD.

  OFF TO BED AFTER 1:30AM. I WAS UP AT 5AM READY TO DO THE WHOLE DAMN THING OVER...........BOTH DAY AND NIGHT.............AGAIN.

 STILL THINKING OF THE PUP AND CALLING OUT HER NAME AS IF SHE WAS HOME.

  IT WAS CHILLY IN THE BEDROOM. A LONGTIME PATRON OF THE NAIL WHO I HAVE NOT SEEN IN A WHILE ASKED IF SHE COULD SNUGGLE WITH ME.  M.P. IS A GOOD LOOKING WOMAN SO I HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THE SPOONING. M.P. SAYS . " I GET REALLY COLD SO I JUST WANTED TO USE YOUR BODY WARMTH. THIS IS NOT SEXUAL AT ALL. " AGAIN , I HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THIS AND MY BODY IS A LITERAL HEATING PAD. SHE CLIMBS INTO BED WITH ME AND I FEEL HER BODY IS PRETTY COLD. SHE BEGINS TO WARM UP AND I HAVE TO ADMIT IT FEELS GOOD JSUT TO LAY NEXT TO SOMEONE.  IN 15 MINUTES I AM FALLING ASLEEP.  I AWAKE A FEEL A HAND ON MY COCK. A SECOND GIRL CLIMBED INTO BED. SHE WAS A CHEERLEADER I KNEW IN HIGH SCHOOL NAMED K.P.  SHE BEGINS TO PERFORM ORAL ON ME WHILE M.P. WATCHED.  IT FELT AWESOME BUT I WAS EMBARRASSED WITH M.P. WATCHING ME.  I TURN TO HER AND SAY , " ARE YOU OKAY WITH THIS ? "  M.P. RESPONDS , " HEY , I'M JUST HEAR FOR THE WARMTH. "

  FRIDAY         11 - 15 - 19

 DAY 6 AND STILL HAVEN'T HEARD FROM WHEELS.  ACTUALLY.....DAY 6 OF SIDE JOB.

  NORMAL MORNING BLA BLA BLA.

  ARRIVE AT THE JOB AND THE END IS NEAR.  HERE IS SOME PROJECTS DONE TODAY :

 - FINISH PAINTING CEILINGS.

 - REMOVE ALL PAINTER'S TAPE AND THERE WAS A TON.

 - CLEAN AND RE-HANG 6 CEILING LIGHT FIXTURES. THIS WAS FUN.

 - INSTALL BASEBOARD AND QUARTER ROUND MOLDING.

 - RE-INSTALL ALL OUTLET AND SWITCH COVER PLATES.

 - REINSTALL ALL CABINET DOORS.

 - APPLY 2ND COAT OF KILZ IN BASEMENT BATHROOM.

 - CLEAN UP EVERYWHERE.

 - INSTALL A VERY MODERN KITCHEN FAUCET. ( THE 90 YEAR GRANDFATHER HELPED ME )

 - LISTENED TO MORE STORIES FROM THE GRANDFATHER.

 - ALL TOOLS ( ABOUT 300 ) IN THE GARAGE GET LOADED IN MY VAN. ALL WEEK I HAVE BEEN DRIVING MY CAR BUT TODAY I TOOK THE VAN TO RETURN THE TOOLS BACK HOME.

 - HELP PUT FURNITURE , PICTURES , DECORATIONS , AND ANYTHING ELSE BACK TO ORIGINAL POSITIONS IN ALL ROOMS.

  I HAVE SOME PLUMBING TO DO FOR TOMORROW.

 THE BEST COMPLIMENT :

 THE 90 YEAR GRAND FATHER IS ON THE PHONE WITH SON. I CAN HEAR ONE SIDE OF THE CONVERSATION OBVIOUSLY.

  GRANDFATHER - " I AM TELLING I CAN NOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH CHRIS IS GETTING DONE HERE.  HE TRULY IS DOING A FANTASTIC JOB.......... AND ALL OF THIS IS PART TIME. IT IS REMARKABLE AND I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THE HELL HE GETS SO MUCH DONE BY HIMSELF. HE DOES SO MANY THINGS AT ONCE.  "    I ALMOST STARTED CRYING. 

  YEAH.....BEEN I'VE BEEN IN AN EMOTIONAL STATE LATELY SO ANY EMOTIONAL STATEMENTS I HEAR GETS ME A LITTLE CHOKED UP.  GEEZ......I SAW A DIAPER COMMERCIAL AND GOT MOVED WHEN THE FATHER WAS HOLDING HIS DAUGHTER AFTER CHANGING HER DIAPER. I AM SUCH A LOSER.

  ROLL HOME AND UNLOAD ANY MATERIAL I DO NOT WANT TO FREEZE AT NIGHT INTO OUR HOUSE.

  I HAVE MY MEATBALL SANDWICH FROM WAWA THE CUSTOMER BOUGHT ME YESTERDAY.

 CHILL FOR ABOUT 3 HOURS AND FALL ASLEEP FOR 10 MINUTES. WELP.....THEY IS MY ENERGY BOOST. OFF TO THE NAIL I GO.

  I PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND THE BANDS AND CROWD START ARRIVING. IT WAS A GOOD NIGHT.  HERE SOME THINGS I DID :

 - I LIKED THE WEATHER GOT A LITTLE WARMER. I WAS IN A SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT AND OKAY TO STAND OUTSIDE. I HELPED OUR DOORMAN MANEUVER PEOPLE WITH PARKING AND THE BANDS WITH UNLOADING.

 - FLYERS AND 76ERS LOSE....THEY BLOW.

 - COOK FOOD ORDERS. THIS ALWAYS HELPS THE BARTENDER OUT BIG TIME.

 - HELPED WITH THE SOUND SYSTEM.

 - WASHED A TON OF GLASSWARE. THIS ALWAYS HELPS THE BARTENDER.

 - GOT A WONDERFUL SURPRISE AND 2 OF OUR COLLEGE BARTENDERS STOPPED IN. THEY ARE MY FAVORITES AND I LOVE SEEING THEM. IT MADE MY NIGHT.  I TEXTED MY KIDS THEY WERE THERE ALONG WITH A FRIEND'S 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY. THEY WERE ALL GOOD AND FUN TO SEE.

 - RAN OUT OF COKE - WALKED OVER TO 7/11 TO PURCHASE SOME.

 - RAN OUT OF HALF/HALF - WALKED OVER TO 7/11 TO PURCHASE SOME.

  MADE A LIST FOR RESTAURANT DEPOT. I WILL GO THERE EARLY MORNING BEFORE GOING TO THE SIDE-JOB.

  I HEAD HOME AND HANG WITH MY ELDEST. SHE HAD ANOTHER GOOD DAY AT WORK AND WENT SHOPPING WITH MY MOM AT NIGHT FOR NEW WORK CLOTHES. I AM SO SO SO SO HAPPY FOR HER. SHE SHOWERS AND HEADS TO A BAR TO MEET SOME FRIENDS.

  I AM TIRED AND GET A MIGRAINE HEADACHE. I NEVER GET HEADACHES. I DECIDE ALCOHOL WOULD DO THE TRICK......IT DIDN'T. I TOOK SOME ALEEVE AND THAN TOOK SOME MORE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.  I MAY HAVE PUSHED MYSELF A LITTLE TOO HARD THIS WEEK BY DOUBLE TIMING IT. THE FUNNY THING IS.............I HAD A STRONG SENSE OF PRIDE EACH DAY I GOT DONE MY DOUBLE SHIFTS.

  A RENTER STOPS AT OUR HOUSE TO PAY RENT. SHE'S NOT IN OUR HOUSE FOR 3 SECONDS AND SAYS , " HEY , WHERE'S NELLIE ? "

  HEAD TO BED THINKING OF MY PUP. MAN , I MISS HER COMPANY.  I STILL CALL HER NAME OUT AND APOLOGIZE FOR MY ACTIONS OF TAKING HER LIFE. I WANT TO SEE HER SO BAD.....EVEN IF IT IS IN A DREAM.

  SATURDAY       11 - 16 - 19

 DAY 7.........ANNNNNNNNNN DONE. I OFFICIALLY FINISHED THE 10 DAY JOB IN 7.

  EVER HAVE A 20 HOUR DAY ? ............I HAVE.

  EARLY MORNING I HEAD TO RESTAURANT DEPOT. I DO SOME SHOPPING AND JUST TRY TO TAKE MY TIME. THIS PLACE IS GOOD BUT THE REGISTER LINES ARE ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS. ALWAYS , AND I MEAN ALWAYS , EXPECT TO WAIT IN LINE 30 MINUTES.

 TO THE NAIL TO UNLOAD STOCK AND PREP FOR THE NIGHT. WE NEEDED FOOD AND MAN WAS I GLAD I GOT IT THIS MORNING.

  A FRIEND PICKS ME UP AND WE HEAD TO THE BIG SIDE JOB IN COLLEGEVILLE. I HAVE BEEN GOING THERE FOR 7 STRAIGHT DAYS.  WE ARRIVE AND THE PARTS WE HAVE DO NOT WORK. THE CUSTOMER AND MY FRIEND GO TO SUPPLY STORE WHILE I CHANGE A FLUID MASTER IN A TOILET. THIS WAS NOT ON THE LIST AND I HAVE HAD MANY EXTRAS ADDED INTO THIS JOB.  THEY RETURN AND MY FRIEND INSTALLS THE PART.  I SETTLE UP WITH THE CUSTOMER AND WE ROLL OUT.........AFTER SHE LIKE 2 MORE BIG JOBS DONE IN THE FUTURE. I WILL BID ON THEM LATER.

 MY CELL PHONE GOES OFF AND IT IS ANOTHER CUSTOMER IN PAOLI. WE DECIDE TO STOP BY BECAUSE WE THINK IT IS AN EASY FIX.  SHE HAS A GARBAGE DISPOSAL NOT SPINNING OR POWERING UP.  WE ARRIVE AND IT IS EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT. WE CLICK A RESET BUTTON AND USE AN ALLEN WRENCH DESIGNED FOR GARBAGE DISPOSALS TO WIGGLE IT LOOSE AND FREE.  THE CUSTOMER IS OVERJOYED WE SHOWED UP WITHIN 1 HOUR OF HER TEXT AND FIXED THE PROBLEM FOR $20.

  I GET DROPPED OFF AT HOME AND SETTLE UP WITH MY FRIEND. I AM ONLY HOME FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES.

 WHEELS KEEPS ME POSTED ON HER FLIGHTS HOME. BY 9PM SHE MADE IT BACK SAFELY.

 AT THE NAIL AND I BEGIN FINISHING UP WHAT I STARTED EARLY MORNING.  I ASKED 10 BARTENDERS AND NOT ONE COULD WORK THE SHIFT TONIGHT. I AM NOT A FAN OF BARTENDING. MY ELDEST WAS THE BACK-UP BACK-UP. WE HAD AN ALBUM RELEASE PARTY AND THE BANDS AND PEOPLE STARTED COMING IN.......AND SO DID THE FOOD ORDERS. I COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW MANY ORDERS WERE PLACED. MY ELDEST CAME IN AT 9:30PM TO 11PM.  IT WAS SUPER HELPFUL. I SHOULD  OF LET HER STAY LONGER.  OF COURSE , JUST WHEN I THOUGHT 11PM AND NO ONE WOULD BE ORDERING MORE FOOD......THEY POURED IN AGAIN.

  SO I BARTENDED THE WHOLE NIGHT , COOKED FOOD , AND HELPED WITH EVERY THING. WE HAD A GOOD DOORMAN AND THE NIGHT WAS STEADY.

  PENN STATE WITH A NICE WIN OVER A 27TH RANKED TEAM.  THEY HAVE 2 GAMES LEFT TO MAKE THE COLLEGE PLAY-OFF FINAL FOUR. IF THEY DO THIS THE EXPERTS AND COMPUTERS SAY THEY WOULD HAVE AN 89% CHANCE OF MAKING THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS.  ONE GAME IS SUPER EASY AGAINST RUTGERS UNIVERSITY IN WHICH MY YOUNGEST IS GOING TO. THE OTHER GAME.......AGAINST OHIO STATE......THE 2ND RANKED TEAM IN THE NATION AND AT THEIR HOME. THIS WOULD BE A MIRACLE WIN.

 FLYERS WITH A CRUSHING CRUSHING LOSS. I WAS JUST SAYING TO A GUY FROM ASBURY PARK BEING A PHILLY FANS NOT ONLY MAKES US UPSET BUT CRUSHES US WITH BITTER GUT PUNCHING LOSSES. FLYERS UP 3 - 0 AT HOME IN THE 3RD PERIOD END UP LOSING IN AN OVER TIME SHOOT-OUT.

 THE NIGHT ROLLS ALONG AND I GET MANY COMPLIMENTS ON OUR VENUE FOR HOSTING SHOWS AND SUCH. THERE WAS ONLY ONE HEAVY SET SOUTHERN ACCENTED GIRL WHO WAS COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY ANNOYING. IT WAS HER BIRTHDAY AND SHE WANTED TO HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH VODKA.....SHE DID.  THE SURPRISING THING.........SHE TIPPED REALLY WELL.

 ANOTHER GIRL HAD A NICE BODY ON HER AND FLIRTED WITH BAND MEMBERS WHO HAD A 2 HOUR DRIVE HOME. ONE BAND MEMBER HIT ON HER FOR OVER 4 HOURS. THEY TALKED 3 INCHES FROM EACH OTHERS FACES. IT REMINDED ME OF THE SCENE IN SEINFELD.........THE CLOSE TALKER. THE OTHER BAND MEMBERS WANTED TO GO HOME. WELP..........SHE LEFT ALONE. I JUST SHOOK MY HEAD AND THOUGHT , " THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL I WOULD TRY TO GET LAID IF I HAD A 2 HOUR RIDE HOME AND FRIENDS NEEDED THE RIDE.....UNLESS THE CHICK LOOKED LIKE CHRISTIE BRINKLEY IN THE MOVIE VACATION.

 BY 2AM I START SHUTTING TV'S AND LIGHTS DOWN. THERE ARE STILL 20 PEOPLE HERE. I HAD ONE DRINK WITH OUR DOORMAN AND ROLLED HOME.

 WE CLOSE AND I LEAVE AROUND 3AM. AT HOME I HAVE A SLICE A PIZZA AND SOME WATER. I TAKE SOME ALEEVE AND START THINKING ABOUT THE PUP. I AM STILL GRIEVING OVER MY BEST FRIEND AND FEELING ABSOLUTELY GUILTY I MADE THE WRONG DECISION TO PUT HER DOWN. I CURSE MYSELF FOR DOING THIS AND GO TO BED UPSET.

  SUNDAY      11 - 17 - 19

  SIDE JOB IS DONE SO NOW I SPEND THE WHOLE DAY AND NIGHT DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SINCE I WAS DOUBLE TIMING IT FOR 8 STRAIGHT DAYS. WELL.......THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

  FIRST I THOUGHT THE EAGLES GAME WAS AT 1PM....IT WASN'T. I KINDA WATCHED DALLAS WIN OVER THE LIONS. SO NOW MY DAY STARTS SUCKING ASS.

 I GET SOME THINGS DONE AND THE GAME STARTS.  I WATCH THE GAME WITH NO CELL PHONE AND MERRILL REESE ON THE RADIO.  I YELL OUT A FACT OR SUGGESTION AND NOT 2 SECONDS LATER EITHER MIKE QUICK OR MERRILL REESE SAY EXACTLY WHAT I JUST YELLED OUT. I WOULD THAN PRETEND TO BE MERRILL REESE AND SAY OUT LOUD , " ANNNNNND YES , EXACTLY WHAT CHRIS SAID FROM VILLANOVA IS WHAT THE EAGLES NEED TO DO. " SO HERE IS MY TAKE ON A VERY WINNABLE GAME.

 - WHY THE HELL DID WE GET AWAY FROM THE RUN ?  THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST THE PASS AND VERY BAD AGAINST THE RUN. SO WHAT THE HELL DOES DOUG DO ?......GOES CRAZY FUCKING PASS HAPPY.

 - THE RUN WAS WORKING AND THAN THE 2ND HALF COMES WHERE WE ARE VERY MUCH IN THE GAME. CHRIST , WE HAVE THE LEAD 10 - 9.  SANDERS GOT 4 TOUCHES IN THE 2ND HALF AND THAT WAS IT.

 - PLAY CALLING AGAIN IS GENERIC AND MUNDANE.  NO MIS-DIRECTION , CREATIVITY , AND HOW ABOUT SCREEN PLAYS ON A VERY AGGRESSIVE PATRIOT DEFENSE ?

 - DROPPED PASSES AGAIN BUT WENTZ HAS TO TAKE MOST OF THE FAULT HERE. HOLDING ON TO THE BALL WAITING FOR RECEIVERS TO GET OPEN IS NOT AN OPTION. IT CREATED 5 SACKS AND A FUMBLE LOST.

 - THE DEFENSE HAD THEIR BEST GAME OF THE SEASON. MILLS AND DARBY ARE SOMEWHAT SOLIDIFYING THE DEFENSE. DID YOU KNOW BRADY HAD SOME OF HIS WORSE NUMBERS OF THE SEASON AND HIS CAREER IN THIS GAME ?

 - I WILL BE THE FIRST TO SAY AGHOLOR IS A HEAD CASE BUT THE HAIL MARY WILLIE MAYS CATCH IN THE END ZONE WAS A TOUGH CATCH WITH HIS BODY ARCHED BACKWARDS. NOW.....ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS I ALWAYS SAY , " THESE RCEIVERS DO NOTHING ALL DAY BUT CATCH A FOOTBALL.  THIS IS ALL THEY DO FOR A LIVING AND GET PAID MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. SO......IF THE BALL TOUCHES BOTH YOUR HANDS EVEN IF YOUR ARE UPSIDE DOWN HANGING FROM A CHANDELIER WITH A GOLDFISH ON YOUR COCK........YOU SHOULD CATCH THE DAMN BALL.

 - PETERS AND JOHNSON GETTING HURT CERTAINLY DOES NOT HELP. TO ME , IT WOULD BE MORE REASON TO RUN THE BALL BECAUSE THE REPLACEMENTS WERE NOT BLOCKING AND GIVING TIME FOR WENTZ TO THROW.

 - EAGLES AVERAGE PER RUN WAS ALMOST 5 YARDS PER CARRY IN THE FIRST 3 POSSESSIONS. AFTER THE GOEDERT TOUCHDOWN THEY RAN THE BALL JUST 2 MORE TIMES IN THE 1ST HALF. THE 2ND HALF THEY THREW 33 TIMES TO 9 RUNS. THE PATRIOTS ARE THE TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM BUT OVER THE LAST 6 WEEKS THEY WERE GIVING UP ALMOST 6 YARDS PER CARRY IN THE RUN GAME. SO , WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU GET AWAY FROM THAT GAME PLAN ?? THE SCORE DICTATED RUN THE BALL !!! IF WE WERE LOSING BY 20 POINTS THAN THAT IS A DIFFERENT STORY.

 - MISSED OPPORTUNITIES TO EITHER INTERCEPT A BALL ON DEFENSE OR MAKE A GOOD CATCH ON OFFENSE. GAMES AGAINST SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS MUST HAVE VERY LIMITED MISTAKES.

 THIS WAS A VERY WINNABLE GAME BUT THE EAGLES COACHING STAFF SHIT THE BED ALONG WITH PLAYERS NOT STEPPING UP LIKE WENTZ AND AGH-O-ASS.

  I HAD TO WATCH THE 2ND HALF AT THE NAIL WHICH KINDA SUCKED BECAUSE NO ONE WATCHES A GAME LIKE I DO. BUT....BANDS WERE COMING IN AND THAT WAS THE PRIORITY.

  3 SOLO ACTS - ONE WAS OKAY , ONE NEVER SHOWED , AND WAS UNDERAGE SO I DID NOT ALLOW HIM TO PLAY.

  2 BANDS - ZOO TRIPPIN' WAS EXCELLENT AND HAD MORE ENERGY THAN A KID IN A CANDY ROOM.  THE 2ND BAND WAS FROM THE COUNTRY OF CHILE AND WERE GOOD.  IT WAS KINDA COOL SEEING BOTH BANDS NETWORK WITH EACH OTHER.

 I ROLL HOME TIRED AND CHILL WITH WHEELS FOR A NIGHT CAP. WE WATCH A HALF EPISODE OF RAY DONOVAN.

  I GO TO BED THINKING OF THE EAGLES BAD LOSS AND OF COURSE.....MY PUP.

  MONDAY      11 - 18 - 19

  I WANTED AN EASY DAY AND I GOT IT....THE NIGHT NOT SO MUCH BUT I AM OKAY WITH IT.

  NORMAL ROUTINE IN THE MORNING ALONG WITH DOING THE BOOKS FOR OCTOBER AND MAKING SOME BANK DEPOSITS.

  I TRIED TO RELAX , NAP , AND WATCH TV BUT WAS JUST UNEASY AND RESTLESS.

 HAVE A NICE DINNER WITH WHEELS AND OUR ELDEST. THE KID IS STILL GOING STRONG WITH THIS NEW TEACHING JOB. I AM OVER THE MOON PROUD OF HER.

  STILL FIGHTING THIS DOG THING. I STARTED LOOKING FOR PUPPIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SHELTERS.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND CLEAN. I WAS ABOUT TO CLOSE AT 10PM AND THAN REGULARS STARTED ARRIVING.  IT WAS GOOD BUT I WAS ALSO TIRED. I SAW THE BIG PICTURE AND STAYED OPEN ALONG WITH THE HELP OF A BARTENDER. IT WAS SO GOOD SHE WAS THERE.

  ROLL HOME LATE NIGHT AND STILL VISION MY PUP WELCOMING ME AT THE DOOR. I SORELY MISS THIS GREETING AND TALKING TO HER. I CAN NOT SHAKE THIS JUST YET AND THE PAIN IS STILL HERE EVEN THOUGH IT WAS 3 WEEKS AGO THE LAST TIME I SAW HER.

  I HAVE SOME NIGHTCAPS AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER. BY 1AM I GO TO BED.

  TUESDAY       11 - 19 - 19

  GOT SOME REST TODAY..........KINDA.

  ANNNND WE HAVE TO DO THE WHOLE THING AGAIN. TONS OF DOCUMENTS AND WAITING AND WAITING AND WAITING. WORKING WITH BANKS IS THE SLOWEST PROCESS EVER. I WON'T GET INTO IT BUT TODAY AN APPRAISER CAME TO VALUE OUR HOME...........AGAIN.  AND YES, WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE FIRST APPRAISAL JUST 3 WEEKS AGO AND COST $500. ANYWAY ,  HE WAS MUCH FASTER THAN THE GUYS LAST MONTH. ONE GOOD THING I THINK IS HE TOOK OUR 31 PAGE APPRAISAL FROM LAST MONTH AFTER SAYING " NO " TWICE. WHEN HE WENT TO HIS CAR I SAW HIM PAGING THROUGH IT. I GUESS THIS IS GOOD....I HAVE NO IDEA.

  GOT OUR ELDEST OFF TO WORK. SHE PARTIED WITH FRIENDS LAST NIGHT AND GOT IN LATE. I WAS SO AFRAID SHE CALL IN SICK LIKE SHE HAS DONE IN THE PAST. I WAS ELATED TO SEE SHE GOT UP ON TIME AND HEADED TO WORK ON TIME.

  IS ANYONE WATCHING THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS ? SEEMS LIKE A BIG WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.

  OFF TO THE NAIL ON MY MOTORCYCLE.  YEP , IT WAS A LITTLE CHILLY BUT NOT TOO BAD. I DID MY NORMAL CHORES AND MET FOR A BEER DELIVERY AND GOT OUR BEER LINES CLEANED.

 RIDE HOME AND I DECIDE TO RE-PACK MY VAN. I TAKE ALL THE TOOLS OUT AND INSERT THE 4 SEATS THAT WERE SITTING IN OUR GARAGE. AFTER THE 4 SEATS WERE INSERTED , I PILED MY TOOLS BACK IN THE VAN. I ALSO PLACED BIGGER TOOLS LIKE MY POWER MITER AND WET SAW TILE CUTTER BACK IN THE GARAGE.

 REMOVED THE BATTERY FROM MY MOTORCYCLE AND COVERED IT. IT ONLY TAKES MINUTES AND I LIKE TRICKLE CHARGING IT IN A NICE WARM HOME DURING THE WINTER. IT HAS WORKED FOR 5 STRAIGHT YEARS SO WHY BREAK TRADITION. FOR 5 YEARS THE ONLY MAINTENANCE I DID ON THIS BIKE WAS REPLACE THE BATTERY......WHEN I LEFT IT OUTSIDE IN THE GARAGE DURING THE WINTER.

  PUT LAWN MOWERS TOWARDS THE BACK OF THE GARAGE AND BROUGHT FORWARD THE GENERATOR ( FREAKIN' LOVE THIS MACHINE " AND SNOW BLOWER. I STARTED THE SNOW BLOWER TO TEST IT FOR THE WINTER. IT WORKED FINE AND I FILLED THE TANK WITH FRESH GAS.

 MADE A MOVE ON BAND BOOKING. I THINK I BOOKED 10 BANDS IN ONE NIGHT. IT COULD OF BEEN 15 BUT DATES DID NOT ALIGN FOR 5 OF THEM WHICH SUCKS.

 ELDEST COMES HOME TIRED. SHE WANTS TO BARTEND AND I FEEL BAD AND GIVE HER THE OPTION OF TAKING OFF. SHE DECIDES TO GO IN. THIS MEANS I STAY HOME.

  WHEELS COMES HOME FROM A THANKSGIVING WORK PARTY. SHE BROUGHT SOME FOOD HOME BECAUSE EVERYONE BROUGHT WAY TOO MUCH FOOD. HERE IS A RULE OF THUMB ( THAT NO ONE EVER LISTENS TO ME ) - " COOK HALF OF WHAT YOU THINK WHEN BRINGING FOOD TO A 40+ PEOPLE PARTY ).

 I CHILL AND WATCH THE FLYERS LOSE AGAIN....THAT IS 4 STRAIGHT. OH WELL ....WE BLOW.

 WHEELS AND I WATCH 2 TV SHOWS RETURNING TO NEW SEASONS. ONE WAS SHAMELESS WHICH WAS VERY GOOD AND SEASON 4 AND THEIR LAST MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE WHICH WAS GOOD TOO.

 ELDEST COMES HOME AND SHE  TALKS TO US. SHE IS LAUGHING AND TELLING STORIES. SHE SEEMS TO HAVE TURNED OVER A NEW LEAF. SO FAR SO GOOD AND IT IS GREAT TO SEE HER HAPPY.

 LATE NIGHT I STAY UP AND START THINKING OF THE PUP AGAIN. IT DEPRESSES ME AND I DECIDE TO HAVE ONE MORE NIGHTCAP AND SOME HUMMUS. I STAY UP AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER.

  WEDNESDAY      11 - 20 - 19

  START THE MORNING WITH MY NORMAL " DAD " ROUTINE OF MAKING BREAKFAST , LUNCH , AND STARTING THE CAR AND THE HEATER SEAT ON. NEVER REALLY FEEL APPRECIATED.

 LOOKS LIKE BIG DADDY IS GOING TO THE EAGLES GAME THIS SUNDAY. I HAVE FOUND 2 PEOPLE TO MEET UP WITH AND ONE VERY GOOD TAILGATE. TEXT ME IF YOU LIKE US TO STOP BY AND VISIT YA.

  WE DID THE BOOKS FOR OCTOBER. IT IS THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR I DID NOT LIKE THE NUMBERS. THE STREAK OF BEING IN THE BLACK IS OVER. I HAVE NEVER GONE A WHOLE YEAR WITH 12 STRAIGHT GOOD MONTHS......BLOW.

  GIVE A FRIEND A RIDE TO A DOCTOR'S OFFICE. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A WHILE. I BELIEVE IN GOOD KARMA.....I COULD USE IT.  MY GIFT FOR DRIVING HIM WAS A VITO'S PIZZERIA'S MOZZARELLA GARLIC BREAD CHEESE STEAK WITH FRIED ONIONS AND MUSHROOMS. I GAVE HALF TO WHEELS AND THE OTHER HALF TO OUR ELDEST. I NEVER HAD A BITE.

  VITO'S PIZZERIA - THE CHEESE STEAK WAS VERY GOOD FROM WHAT WHEELS TELLS ME BUT I HAD AN ISSUE.  I CALLED TWICE , PUT ON HOLD FOR SEVERAL MINUTES , AND HAD TO WAIT. OK , SO ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE NORMAL WITH A POPULAR PLACE. MY ISSUE......THEY TOLD ME THE ORDER BE READY IN 15 MINUTES.  IT WAS 25 MINUTES. WAITING 10 MINUTES MADE ME LATE TO MEET A TECH AT THE NAIL. SO , WHAT SHOULD THEY DO WHEN TELLING CUSTOMERS HOW LONG THE WAIT IS ?  REAL SIMPLE...........TELL THEM MORE TIME , LIKE...... " HEY , YOUR ORDER WILL BE READY IN 30 MINUTES " THAN , WHEN YOUR ORDER IS DONE IN 25 MINUTES YOU ARE VERY PLEASED IT IS 5 MINUTES EARLY. THE GIRL WHO TOOK THE ORDER WAS VERY POLITE.

 MEET OUR SODA TECH AT THE NAIL. I THANKED HIM FOR WAITING FOR ME. WE HAD ONE OF THE LARGEST ORDERS I CAN REMEMBER.

  WHILE CLEANING AT THE NAIL I WATCH A NEWS STORY. A POLICEMAN WHO LOST HIS GOLDEN RETRIEVER 2 MONTHS AGO VOWED NEVER TO OWN A DOG AGAIN BECAUSE HE WAS SO HEART BROKEN. I FELT HIS PAIN BIG TIME.  WELL , DURING HIS SHIFT HE PULLS OVER AND SEES AN ABANDON CAR. HE LOOKS IN AND THERE IS A PUPPY IN THE BACK SEAT SHAKING AND SCARED. HE TOOK THE PUP TO THE SHELTER TO GET CHECKED ON. FOR 3 WEEKS HE VISITED THE DOG TO MAKE SURE IT WAS OKAY. WELL , TODAY HE ADOPTED HER........GOOD STORY. I CRIED.

 I AM STILL CALLING OUT MY DOG'S NAME AND LOOKING FOR HER.  OUR HOME AND YARD IS EMPTY OF ANY SIGN SHE LIVED HERE FOR 11+ YEARS. I KNOW I WILL GET OVER THIS BUT NEVER REALIZED HOW CLOSE I WAS TO THIS DOG.

 ANOTHER CRAIGSLIST DEAL ( ACTUALLY FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE ) GOING DOWN ON SUNDAY.

  BACK HOME I DO MY NORMAL BAND THING. I BOOKED MORE BANDS WHICH IS MY GOAL EACH DAY. I ALSO DID MY WEDNESDAY FACEBOOK POST OF BANDS PLAYING HERE THIS WEEKEND. OVER 25 ACTS & BANDS THIS WEEKEND.

  I CHILL IN MY ROOM WITH MY COMPUTER. I DO THIS BECAUSE WHEELS WORKS FROM HOME AND IN OUR  KITCHEN AND SHE DOESN'T WANT TO SEE MY FACE. I PLAY SOME POKER , WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER , AND TAKE A NAP.

 ELDEST COMES HOME AND WE TALK AGAIN. SHE SHOWED US PICTURES OF HER STUDENTS IN HER CLASS. THEY ARE ADORABLE. OUR ELDEST ALSO WAS ASSIGNED TO MAKE HER FIRST LESSON PLAN FOR THE CLASS FOR NEXT WEEK. AGAIN , THIS KID IS COMING HOME HAPPY , GIGGLING , AND SAYS HER DAYS GO BY REALLY FAST. THESE ARE ALL GOOD SIGNS.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO FIX A DAMN 4 FOOT FLORESCENT LIGHT. I TOOK IT DOWN AND WORKED ON IT ON THE POOL TABLE. I GOT ONE LIGHT TO WORK OUT OF THE 2 BULB FIXTURE. I HATE 4 FOOT FLORESCENT LIGHTS.

 SOME PATRONS COME IN AND I WATCH THE 76ERS COME BACK FROM A 17 POINT 3RD QUARTER DEFICIT TO WIN THE GAME. THIS IS A REALLY GOOD WIN. THE ONLY NEGATIVE....IT WAS THE NEW YORK KNICKS. THEY ARE THE WORST TEAM IN THE NBA. I THINK WE ARE NOT AS GOOD AS THE " EXPERTS " ARE SAYING.

  GOT MY WEEKLY CALL FROM OUR YOUNGEST AT COLLEGE......THE KID CALMS ME AND I LOVE EVERY SECOND TALKING TO HER.  WE TALKED FOR OVER 40 MINUTES. MY MOOD CHANGED TO GOOD.

 DROVE HOME AND HEAD RIGHT TO BED. I WAS TIRED. WHAT TOTALLY SUCKED. I WAS UP EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR......FRIGGIN' NIGHTMARE.  I DID NOT SLEEP FOR MORE THAN ONE HOUR ALL FUCKING NIGHT !!

  THURSDAY     11 - 21 - 19

 AND MANKIND LETS ME DOWN AGAIN.....IN A TINY WAY.  BACK AND FORTH ALL WEEK , BACK AND FORTH ALL WEEK , BACK AND FORTH ALL WEEK................I HAVE BEEN EMAILING BACK AND FORTH ALL WEEK WITH THIS GUY ABOUT PICKING UP A LARGE A/C UNIT FOR THE NAIL. WE EXCHANGED INFORMATION , CELL #'S , AND MORE. HE IS LOCATED IN CENTER CITY. I TELL HIM 3 DIFFERENT TIMES I COULD PICK IT UP. HE DECIDES ON THIS SUNDAY. I WRITE BACK " COOL , SEE YA ON SUNDAY ". I PUT A TARP IN THE BACK OF MY CAR AND EITHER BEFORE THE EAGLES GAME OR AFTER I WILL STOP BY TO GET THIS UNIT. I GET AN EMAIL TONIGHT , " SORRY CHRIS , OUT OF THE BLUE SOMEONE PICKED THE UNIT UP. " I SWEAR I FUCKING HATE MEN. " OUT OF THE BLUE ? " .........SOMEONE HAD TO GET HIS ADDRESS AND CELL # TO KNOW WHERE TO PICK IT UP. OUT OF THE FUCKING BLUE MY ASS.

  IN SEARCH MODE FOR PUPPIES. I AM NOT SURE IF I AM GOING TO PULL THE TRIGGER BUT I HAVE TALKED TO THE KIDS AND WHEELS. I DID FIND 2 PUPS THAT NEED A HOME.  I THINK THE DATE OF ME DOING SOMETHING IS QUICKER THAN I THINK.....WHY ? ........2 REASONS.

 1 - I SAW A FACEBOOK POST AND IT READ " LOSING A PET IS HARDER THAN YOU THINK. "  THE PICTURE HAS A LITTLE KID KNEELING AT A LITTLE GRAVE WITH A CROSS IN THE GROUND.  BEHIND THE KID IS THE GHOST OF HIS DOG WITH IT'S PAW OUT. YES........I STARTED CRYING AT THE NAIL. I MOVED BEHIND MY LAMP SO NO ONE WOULD SEE MY FACE. TO SEE THE POST GO TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE SINCE I SHARED IT.

 2 - ( TOO FAR MAYBE ? ) - MANY MANY TIMES I WOULD ARRIVE HOME AND GO INTO MY DARK BEDROOM. I WOULD SEE A BLACK SILHOUETTE OF THE PUP ON MY BED AND THAN I WOULD HEAR THE THUMPING OF A HAPPY TAIL TO SEE ME THIS WAS SO REWARDING.  WHAT DID I DO TONIGHT IN DESPERATION TO SEE MY PUP ONE MORE TIME ? I GOT 2 OF MY BLACK SHORTS AND SHAPED THEM INTO MY PUP'S SILHOUETTE.  IN THE DARK IT LOOKED LIKE HER LAYING ON MY BED AGAIN. I SAID QUIETLY , " GOOD NIGHT GIRL. DADDY LOVES YOU. " I GO TO SLEEP SAD AGAIN.

  START MY MORNING GETTING OUR ELDEST OFF TO HER TEACHING JOB. I HAVE SEEN A TOTAL TRANSFORMATION OF HER PERSONALITY AND CONFIDENCE. I HOPE SHE CONTINUES THIS PATH.

 DRIVE TO MY PARENTS AND WE VISIT SOME AUNTS AND A COUSIN FOR LUNCH. IT WAS A VERY NICE VISIT. I ATE TOO MUCH , SHOWED ALL OF THEM PICTURES ON MY PHONE , AND HAD A GOOD TIME.  TRAFFIC ON THE WAY HOME WAS NOT GOOD.

 BACK HOME I DO MY COMPUTER WORK AND TRY TO NAP. I DID FALL ASLEEP FOR 30 MINUTES WHICH WAS NICE.

 MY ELDEST TEXTS ME ABOUT THE HALF OF MOZZARELLA GARLIC BREAD CHEESE STEAK WITH FRIED ONIONS AND MUSHROOMS I GAVE HER FOR LUNCH FROM VITO'S PIZZERIA. THE TEXT WAS " UNREAL ".

 WHEELS AND I WATCH THE LAST 2/3'S OF THE CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE " THE MULE ". IT WAS GOOD.

 I HAVE BEEN ON A ROLL WITH BOOKING LIVE MUSIC AT THE NAIL. THIS IS A GOOD THING.

 I HEAD TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND SETTLE IN.  WE HAD A NICE CROWD TONIGHT WITH MUSICIANS , REGULARS , AND " DAN TV WORLDWIDE. "  I WAS INTERVIEWED AGAIN. YES IT CAN BE SEEN ON FACEBOOK.

 FLYERS WITH A NICE COMEBACK WIN. DOWN 2 - 0 IN THE FIRST 5 MINUTES OF THE GAME THEY SCORED 4 UNANSWERED GOALS.

  LATE NIGHT I ROLL OUT CLOSE TO 1AM. AT HOME I HAVE SOME WINE , CHEESE , AND CRACKERS. I WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER. IT WAS GOOD. I GO TO BED TIRED AND SAD ( FROM THE STORY EARLIER )

   FRIDAY    11 - 22 - 19

  ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO MY SECOND DOG " BEAR " WAS HIT BY A CAR.  HE DIED IN MY ARMS WHEN I GOT HIM TO THE VET. THEY JUST COULD NOT DO ANYTHING FOR HIM. IT WAS THE 2NDDOG TO DIE IN MY ARMS AND I HATED THAT MEMORY. IN LESS THAN 48 HOURS I TOLD WHEELS , " I CAN'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE. I VISIONED OUR DOG AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR STEPS LAST NIGHT AND CRIED. " I CALLED A FRIEND WHO HAD 12 PUPPIES JUST 2 WEEKS AGO. HE WAS DOWN TO ONLY 2 NOW. WITHIN 5 MINUTES WE WERE AT HIS HOUSE PICKING OUT ONE OF THE 2 REMAINING DOGS. HER NAME WAS " SHELBY ". SHE WAS A SWEET HEART. MY HEARTBREAK WITH SHELBY AND I WILL NEVER EVER DO THIS AGAIN WAS I HAD HER PUT DOWN WHILE WHEELS AND THE KIDS WENT TO OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE. I WAS OKAY WITH THIS BECAUSE THE KIDS WERE REALLY YOUNG AND DID NOT WANT THEM TO EXPERIENCE THIS EXTREME HEART ACHE. THE ONE THING I DREAD I DID WAS I HAD THE VET DOCTOR TAKE SHELBY TO THE BACK ROOM BY HERSELF AND HE PUT HER DOWN........ALONE.  I TOLD THE DOCTOR , " I HAVE HAD 2 DOGS DIE IN MY ARMS AND I JUST CAN'T TAKE A 3RD." SHELBY DIED BY HERSELF. I HATED MYSELF FOR DOING THIS. TWO DAYS LATER I VOWED I WILL NEVER EVER LET A PET DIE BY THEMSELVES.  WELL ,  IT HAS BEEN 3 WEEKS SINCE WE PUT OUR BELOVED PUP DOWN " NELLIE ".  I AM SURPRISED I HAVE GONE THIS LONG. TOMORROW WILL BE A NEW DAY FOR OUR FAMILY........WE HOPE.

 GET ELDEST OFF TO WORK AND I MAKE HER LAUGH. LET ME TELL YOU IT IS SUPER HARD TO MAKE SOMEONE LAUGH WHO IS NOT A " MORNING " PERSON. I AM SO HAPPY FOR MY DAUGHTER RIGHT NOW.

 HEAD TO MY PARENT'S HOUSE FOR LUNCH AND DROP OFF SOME MASON JARS FOR THEM. I MUST SAY HAVING HOT DOGS FOR LUNCH WASN'T WHAT I EXPECTED. BEING ITALIAN , I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A MEAL ENDING IN A VOWEL.

 TAKE A RIDE TO THE LIQUOR STORE. I TALK TO A FRIEND WHO WORKS THERE. HE WAS SUPER SYMPATHETIC TO MY LOSS OF OUR DOG. HE SAW IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA ALONG WITH OVER 300 PEOPLE WHO RESPONDED TO MY HEART ACHE.

 TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT......VACUUMING , STOCKING LIQUOR , MARQUEE , BATHROOMS , AND MORE....THE NORMAL STUFF.

  RETURN HOME AND SETTLE IN. WHEELS AND I TALK ABOUT OWNING ANOTHER DOG SO WE GET OUR KIDS INVOLVED TO BY TEXTING AND CALLING THEM.

 YOUNGEST GOES TO ANOTHER CONCERT WITH FRIENDS. I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM HER BUT SHE WILL BE HOME TOMORROW WHICH IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING.

 I TRIED TO REST BUT IT AIN'T HAPPENING. I WATCH SOME TV AND DO SOME COMPUTER WORK.

 BACK TO THE NAIL AND RE-OPEN AND PREP. THE BANDS START ARRIVING AND SO DO THE FANS OF MUSIC. A SOLID CROWD ALL NIGHT AND I RAN HELPING THE DOORMAN AND BARTENDER ANYWAY I COULD.

 DURING THE NIGHT I STOPPED ONE BAND AFTER THEIR FIRST SONG AND MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT......." HELLO EVERYONE AND WE THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING MUSIC TONIGHT. I JUST LIKE TO QUICKLY SAY THE BAND PLAYING NOW ( AUTOPILOT ) IS FROM CANADA. THEY .......( A LARGE APPLAUSE )....... ARE TOURING SO IF YOU LIKE TO DONATE ANY MONEY TOWARDS THEIR GASOLINE OR MCDONALDS MEALS ( SOME LAUGHS )  PLEASE SEE THE DOORMAN.  ANOTHER LARGE APPLAUSE.

 DURING THE NIGHT I MUST OF BEEN THANKED 25 TIMES BY BAND MEMBERS , FAMILY OF MUSICIANS , AND/OR MUSICIANS THEMSELVES.  IT IS EVEN NICER WHEN A 85 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER COMES UP TO ME ( AFTER I GOT HER A BARSTOOL ) AND SAYS , " I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO HERE "......AND HUGS ME.

  ROLL HOME WHEN EVERYTHING WAS UNDER CONTROL. I MAKE ONE DRINK AND GO TO BED. I SLEPT HORRIBLE THE NIGHT BEFORE. 

 TONIGHT....... I SLEPT LIKE A LARGE EMOTIONAL WEIGHT WAS LIFTED OFF MY SHOULDERS. THIS STORY WILL BE TOLD TOMORROW.

  SUNDAY     11 - 23 - 19

 WELP , I PULLED THE TRIGGER. THE FAMILY AGREED WE NEEDED ANOTHER DOG. SO , I DID THE LEG WORK FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS AND WE FOUND AND SAVED A DOG. THE 9 WEEK OLD FEMALE PUP WAS IN A SHELTER AND WE GOT HER VIA WWW.ADOPT-A-PET.COM

  WE HAD THE CHOICE OF 2 FEMALE PUPPIES ABOUT 7 WEEKS OLD AT THE TIME. ONE WAS IN HAVERTOWN NAMED " RILEY " AND THE OTHER IN NEW JERSEY NAMED " SADIE ". WE WANTED " SADIE " AT FIRST BUT WHEN WE FOUND OUT HER SISTER " RILEY " WAS IN HAVERTOWN THAT CHANGED THINGS. THE DIRECTOR CARING FOR " RILEY " LIVES IN HAVERTOWN , KNEW THE NAIL BIG TIME ( SHE HAD A 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY HERE ) AND GREW UP IN ARDMORE. WE ALL MET AT THE NAIL TO EXCHANGE PAPERWORK , MONIES , AND THE PUP. 

 WE ARRIVE AT THE NAIL AND ALL OF US BEGIN PREPPING FOR THE NIGHT WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE PUPPY TO ARRIVE.  THE KIDS , WHO ARE OLDER NOW , WERE LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN GETTING READY TO RUN DOWN THE  STEPS ON CHRISTMAS MORNING TO SEE WHAT WAS UNDER THE TREE. I NEVER SEEN THEM SO ANXIOUS. IT WAS NICE TO SEE.  THE DIRECTOR ARRIVED AND WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES. SHE WAS VERY NICE AND INFORMATIVE.

 TAKE A RIDE TO PET VALUE TO PICK UP A COLLAR AND PUPPY FOOD. THERE ARE OTHER BIG DOGS THERE AND OUR PUP WENT RIGHT UP TO THEM TO SAY HELLO. THE STORE HAD AN AREA TO WASH YOUR DOGS FOR $10 WHICH WAS VERY COOL.

 STOP AT MY PARENTS TO SHOW THEM THE PUP. MY MOM NOW WANTS ONE. I DID TELL HER THE SISTER " SADIE " IS STILL AVAILABLE. NOW........CONVINCING MY DAD IS ANOTHER STORY.

  BACK HOME WE SETTLE IN AND FRIENDS START ARRIVING WHEN THEY SAW THE NEWS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA.  IT WAS VERY NICE TO SEE.

  I TOOK THE LOSS OF " NELLIE " VERY HARD. IT STILL PAINS ME TO THINK OF HER. THIS NEW PUP LOOKS LIKE HER AND SEEMS TO BE A SWEET HEART. SHE WILL FILL THE VOID A BIT AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE ANOTHER WONDERFUL DOG IN OUR LIVES AGAIN. SHE ALREADY IS ENTERTAINING US.

  I LEAVE MANY VISITING GIRLS AT OUR HOUSE COOING OUT " AWWWWWWW " EVERY TIME THE PUP DOES SOMETHING CUTE. IT WAS ENTERTAINING TO HEAR.

 AT THE NAIL I BEGIN TO LOAD-IN BANDS AND START THE NIGHT. I HAD A GOOD TIME TALKING TO PATRONS AND THE BARTENDER ABOUT PUPPY NAMES.  I FEEL A WEIGHT WAS LIFTED OFF MY SHOULDERS WITH FINALIZING THE PURCHASE OF THE PUPPY. I ALSO FEEL A LITTLE GUILTY BUT THINK.......I AM SURE " NELLIE " WOULD WANT THIS. WE RESCUED A DOG FROM A SHELTER AND THAT IS THE BIG PICTURE.

  BY 10:15PM THE LAST BAND STARTS AND THE BARTENDER CAN HANDLE IT THE REST OF THE WAY. IT WAS FREE SHOW WHICH I THOUGHT WAS NICE OF THE BANDS.

  76ERS BLOW OUT MIAMI AND JIMMY BUTLER WHILE THE FLYERS LOSE IN A OVERTIME SHOOT-OUT........AGAIN.

  AT HOME MY YOUNGEST , WHEELS , AND MYSELF WATCH SOME TV AND SNUGGLE WITH THE PUPPY. AFTER A LITTLE PLAYFULNESS SHE LIKES TO SNUGGLE ON YOUR LAP OR ARMS. IT IS A GOOD FEELING.

  MY YOUNGEST GIVES ME A BIRTHDAY CARD WITH A REMARKABLE ART PICTURE OF NELLIE. I STARTED TO CRY BECAUSE I MISS HER SO MUCH. MY YOUNGEST HUGGED ME.

 I SLEPT GOOD TONIGHT THINKING OF BOTH DOGS.

  SUNDAY    11 - 24 - 19

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY ..........YEP , THIS WAS A LONG DAY AND NIGHT BUT IT WAS FUN.

  CRATE TRAINING THE PUP AND SO FAR SO GOOD. THE DIRECTOR WAS CRATE TRAINING THE PUP SO WE CONTINUED IT. WHEELS GOT UP AT 5:30AM TO LET THE PUP OUT. THE DOG IS CUTE AND WHEN SHE YAWNS SHE MOANS AT THE SAME TIME.

  WE HANG WITH THE PUP FOR A LITTLE BIT BUT WE HAVE TO ROLL OUT.

  MY YOUNGEST AND I LOAD UP THE CRATE , FOOD , TOYS , AND THE PUP.  WE STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND THAN GO GET  A FAMILY MEMBER.

 THE DOG IS HILARIOUS AND ALREADY MAKING EVERYONE LAUGH. SHE BARKS PLAYFULLY AT MY YOUNGEST AND SHE CHASES HER AROUND THE NAIL. MY KID WAS LAUGHING THE WHOLE TIME...........DOGS = HAPPINESS.

 STOP AT A 2ND FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE WHO WILL PUPPY-SIT.  WE HANG OUT A LITTLE BIT AND THAN ROLL OUT.

  WE DROP OUR YOUNGEST OFF AT COLLEGE AND MAKE VERY GOOD TIME.

 A FAMILY MEMBER AND I HEAD TO THE LINC FOR SOME TAILGATING AND EAGLES FOOTBALL.  WE HIT 1 OF 3 TAILGATES. IT WAS A COUSIN AND ABOUT OF HIS 20 FRIENDS. THEY HAD A NICE LAY OUT OF FOOD , BOOZE , BEER , TENTS , AND MUSIC. I THOUGHT THE GIRLS DANCING THE ENTIRE TIME WERE SO ENTERTAINING. THEY SANG AND DANCE TO LOUD MUSIC THE WHOLE TIME. THE GUYS PLAYED CORN HOLE AND DRANK SHOTS OF CINNAMON WHISKEY. THEY ALSO HAD A PEE TENT WHICH IS VERY USEFUL.

 IT RAINED AND IT SUCKED BUT WE HAD A TAILGATE WITH TENTS AND EVERYONE WAS COOL. WE LAUGHED AND DRANK COORS ORIGINAL ALONG WITH SOME I.P.A. BEERS.

 MET UP WITH WHEELS , OUR ELDEST , AND MORE FAMILY. WE TAKE THE V.I.P. ENTRANCE AND BYPASS 10,000 PEOPLE GOING IN THE REGULAR ENTRANCES.  TWO ESCALATORS LATER AND WE WERE IN A SUITE. YEP........WE WERE IN A SUITE WITH FOOD , DESERTS , BOOZE , BATHROOMS , TV'S HEAT , AND MORE. WE EVEN HAD A GOOD YOUNGER CROWD THAT ACTUALLY CARED ABOUT THE EAGLES. THIS IS RARE AND IT WAS NICE TO SEE. EVERYONE WAS VERY POLITE.

 UNFORTUNATELY , THE  ACTUAL GAME WAS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE AS AN EAGLE'S FAN. AGAIN , OUR OFFENSE WAS JUST TERRIBLE. NOT ONE TIME DID WE GET TO CHEER ALL GAME. A DISGUSTING GAME FOR THE OFFENSE AND WE LOSE 17 - 3. WE WERE NEVER IN THE GAME AT ALL. WE DID SCORE A TOUCHDOWN WITH 19 SECONDS LEFT BUT I DON'T COUNT IT.

  WE STAYED UNTIL THE VERY END WHERE MORE THAN 80% OF THE FANS LEFT ALREADY. IT STILL WAS VERY GOOD TIME BECAUSE SOME FAMILY CAME WITH ME. 

  WE HEAD HOME AND THE TRAFFIC IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. EVERY DIRECTION YOU GO IS PACKED WITH THE TRAFFIC. WHAT I NOW DESPISE IS THE POLICE FUNNEL ALL VEHICLES TO GO TOWARDS THE WALT WHITMAN BRIDGE. A HORRIFIC AND COMPLETELY STUPID IDEA. THEY STARTED DOING THIS 2 YEARS AGO AND IT MAKES THE ONE AND ONLY STREET TO GET OUT OF A SHIT SHOW / CATTLE SHOOT. WELL , ONE VEHICLE WENT TO THE ON-RAMP TOWARDS THE WALT WHITMAN BRIDGE JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER WILDEBEEST CARS IN LINE .....EXCEPT ........THIS ONE VEHICLE MADE A U-TURN ONTO THE ONCOMING RAMP BACK TO PACKER AVENUE.  THIS ONE LITTLE MANEUVER SAVED OVER 60 MINUTES OF WAITING IN TRAFFIC. IT WAS THE BEST MOVE I EVER SEEN.  THE CAR TOOK PACKER AVENUE TO ANOTHER STREET TO GET TO BROAD STREET AND THAN THE TIMED LIGHTS OF WALNUT STREET ALL THE WAY BACK TO HAVERTOWN. THIS CAR STOPPED AT A SUPERMARKET BECAUSE SOMEONE HAD TO PEE AND THAN DROPPED OFF A FAMILY MEMBER. THIS LONE WOLF VEHICLE MADE IT HOME FROM PHILLY TO BRYN MAWR IN 55 MINUTES WITH 2 STOPS. THIS VEHICLE WAS ............ME.

 MY ELDEST IS THE ONE WHO HAD TO PEE. SHE USED THE BATHROOM AT THE SUITE AND IN 18 MINUTES WE WERE AT 48TH STREET AND WALNUT STREET. SHE SAID SHE " MUST " USE THE BATHROOM AGAIN.  A FAMILY MEMBER FARTS IN MY CAR AND SHE RUNS OUT. THE ODOR WAS NOT PLEASANT SO I LOWERED THE WINDOWS AND GOT OUT TOO. THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS NOT GOOD BUT WE WAITED ABOUT 15 MINUTES. OUR ELDEST HAD TO FIND A SECURITY GUARD , WHO THAN GOT A BATHROOM KEY , AND THAN HAD TO GET AN ESCORT HER TO THE EMPLOYEES' BATHROOM. SHE MUST OF BEEN BURSTING. I MADE A JOKE WHEN I SAW HER WALKING BACK....." HEY YOU , I SEE YOU RAN LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL TO THE BATHROOM BUT ARE NOW CASUALLY WALKING BACK ".  SHE BEGINS TO LAUGH AND TELLS US THE STORY.

BACK HOME I SNUGGLE WITH THE PUP FOR 15 MINUTES. THAN I ROLL TO THE NAIL FOR A BIRTHDAY SHOW. THERE WAS A NICE CROWD AND ONE SUPER BEST GREAT THING IS DALLAS LOST TO THE PATRIOTS.

 AFTER 3 HOURS OF OVERSEEING EVERYTHING I ROLLED HOME. I SNUGGLED WITH THE PUP AND HEADED TO BED.  I WAS TIRED.

 HAD A DREAM ABOUT A BARTENDER WHO I HELPED WHEN SHE AND HER KID WERE BEING HARASSED.

  MONDAY     11 - 25 - 19

  ANNNNNNNND THE PUP HAS WORMS......NICE. THIS IS VERY NORMAL FOR YOUNG DOGS.

 WE DECIDED TO CHANGE VETERINARY HOSPITALS FROM RADNOR TO ARDMORE. THOUGH RADNOR ARE ALL VERY POLITE THEIR PRICING IS VERY HIGH. WE WILL SEE HOW ARDMORE DOES.

 PLAYING WITH THE PUP ALL DAY. IT IS SUCH A WELCOMED SITE IN OUR HOME. I DO FEEL GUILTY AND PAIN FROM NELLIE'S PASSING THOUGH. I WAS DRIVING HOME FROM THE NAIL TONIGHT AND MY YOUNGEST CALLED ME. I SAID , " WOW , PERFECT TIMING. I WAS JUST THINKING OF NELLIE AND IT MADE ME SAD. HEARING YOUR VOICE ALWAYS HELPS ME."

 HAD MY NEPHEW COME OVER TO PLAY WITH THE PUP FOR 90 MINUTES. WE HAD HER OUTSIDE SEVERAL TIMES. THE DOG HAS CONFIDENCE CARRY A SOCCER BALL 3 TIMES THE SIZE OF HER AND CHASING MY NEPHEW AROUND THE PROPERTY.

  2 FRIENDS STOP BY AND WE LET THEM SNUGGLE WITH THE PUP. THIS DOG IS GETTING ATTENTION AND A VERY GOOD HOME. AS A FRIEND SAID , " THE DOG HIT THE JACK POT ".

  ELDEST DOES HER FIRST " PLANNER " FOR HER STUDENTS THIS WEEK AND GETS AN CERTIFICATE PASSING A CLASS ON " RECOGNIZING AND REPORTING CHILD ABUSE ". I AM SO SO SO HAPPY FOR THIS KID ( ADULT ).

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO VACUUM FOR AN HOUR AND CHANGE THE MARQUEE SIGN. I ALSO WATCHED THE FLYERS WIN A GOOD 2 -1 GAME AND THE 76ERS ABSOLUTELY AND TOTALLY SHIT THE FREAKIN' BED. A 6 POINT LEAD BLOWN WITH MINUTES LEFT. THEY SCORED 0 POINTS IN THE LAST 3 MINUTES AND TORONTO SCORED THE LAST 10 POINTS TO WIN THE GAME. EMBIID SCORED........0 POINTS......UN-FUCKING-HEARD-OF.

  ROLL HOME AND CHILL WITH THE PUP. OUR ELDEST TOOK OUR PUP TO A FRIEND'S HOUSE TO VISIT THEIR YOUNG DOG.  OUR PUP WAS A TERROR. THIS LITTLE THING HAS SOME ATTITUDE.

 HAVE SOME NIGHTCAPS AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER. IT WAS GOOD.

 YOUNGEST CALLS AGAIN AND WE HAVE A FAMILY CHAT VIA CELL PHONE. THE MAIN TALK WAS WHAT TO NAME THE PUP. WE HAVE GONE THROUGH 100'S OF NAMES AND NOTHING IS FITTING JUST YET. WE HAVE 3 WAYS OF CHOOSING A PET NAME :

 1 - ALL 4 OF US AGREE ON A NAME.

 2 - ALL 4 OF US PICK 5 OF OUR FAVORITE NAMES. WE TALLY THE COMMON NAMES AND SEE WHO WINS.

 3 - USE OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK AND DO A " VOTE ". ALL 4 OF US WOULD CHOOSE JUST ONE NAME AND LET THE PUBLIC VOTE AND DECIDE.

   EVERYONE GOES TO BED AND THE PUP GOES RIGHT TO HER CRATE TO SLEEP. I STAY UP AND SHE BEGINS TO WINE A LITTLE BIT. SO......I PICK HER UP AND WE WATCH TV FOR AN HOUR TOGETHER. IT WAS NICE.

 OFF TO BED AROUND 12:30AM. I SLEPT OKAY.

  TUESDAY        11 - 26 - 19

 RADNOR VET IS EXPENSIVE SO WE CALLED ARDMORE VET. THEY TOLD US THE SOONEST APPOINTMENT WOULD BE FRIDAY. WE CALLED RADNOR VET AND THEY SAID BRING HER IN 2 HOURS.

  AT THE RADNOR VET 6 TECHNICIANS PICKED UP OUR PUPPY TO HUG AND KISS HER. THEY ALL KNEW NELLIE AND HOW WE WERE HURTING.  EVERY EMPLOYEE CONGRATULATED US AND SHOWED MAJOR LOVE TO THE NEW PUP. IT WAS NICE TO SEE. OUR DOCTOR HUGGED US. SHE TRULY KNEW THE PAIN WE WENT THROUGH. EVEN THE OWNER OF THE BUILDING AND HEAD DOCTOR WE KNEW CAME OVER TO HUG THE PUP AND SAY KIND WORDS. HE POSTED ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE ABOUT US MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION AND NOT TO FEEL GUILTY. ANOTHER ENTERTAINING PART WAS 2 CAGED KITTENS FOR SALE. OF COURSE , OUR PUP HAD TO INVESTIGATE. IT WAS FUNNY WATCHING THE KITTENS AND PUPPY INTERACT.

 THE TESTING........I BROUGHT POOP IN AND IT WAS ANALYZED. LIKE WE THOUGHT THE PUP HAS WORMS. IN FACT , 2 DIFFERENT TYPES OF WORMS. FIRST - ROUND WORMS WHICH CAN BE SEEN IN THE POOP.  IT IS PRETTY CREEPY SEEING TINY WHITE WORMS MOVING IN HER POOP. THEY IMMEDIATELY PUT HER ON THE MEDS FOR THAT. ADULT ROUND WORMS WILL BE KILLED OFF WITHIN 48 HOURS. A SECOND TREATMENT WILL BE NEEDED TO KILL OFF ANY EMBRYOS. SECOND - MICROSCOPIC WORMS WERE FOUND IN ABUNDANCE. THE TECH SAID IT WAS THE MOST SHE'S EVER SEEN. THEY TREATED THE PUP FOR THIS TOO. A DISTEMPER SHOT ALONG WITH SOME PILLS AND THE PUP IS ON HER WAY TO GOOD HEALTH. SHE ALSO GOT HER NAILS CLIPPED.

 WE STOPPED AT A PET VALUE FOR FISH OIL. THE PUP HAS DRY SKIN FROM SCRATCHING.  I CAN NOT IMAGINE THE FEELING OF WORMS UNDER YOUR SKIN.....UGH. WHEN ALL SAID AND DONE TOTAL COST WAS $200.

  ENJOYING THE PUPPY'S ANTICS ALL DAY. SHE IS A SWEET HEART AND WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO NAMING HER.

 ELDEST DOES A DOUBLE SHIFT. WORKED ALL DAY AT HER TEACHING JOB AND THAN BARTENDED AT NIGHT. SO PROUD OF HER.

 YOUNGEST WANTED TO COME HOME LATE NIGH TONIGHT SINCE SHE IS DONE HER CLASSES. I WOULD ALWAYS LIKE TO BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. TOMORROW I WILL GET HER.

 WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. IT WAS GOOD. I FELL ASLEEP ON THE LAST 5 MINUTES AND RE-WATCHED IT WHEN I GOT UP THE NEXT MORNING.

 UP AT 4AM BECAUSE I COULD NOT SLEEP. I HEAR THE PUP WHINING AT 5AM. SO....WE PLAYED , WALKED HER OUTSIDE , AND WATCHED TV TOGETHER. I ALSO TAUGHT HER WHO IS BOSS IN BITING. THIS THING IS A LITTLE BITING DEMON. SO A COUPLE OF LOUD GROWLS AND FLASHING MY TEETH KINDA PUT HER IN HER PLACE.

  THE BANDS ARE COMING THROUGH WEDNESDAY , FRIDAY , SATURDAY , AND A SUNDAY MATINEE SHOW. CAN ALWAYS CLICK ON BAND SCHEDULE ON THE HOME PAGE ON THIS SITE.

  WEDNESDAY       11 - 27 - 19

  START MORNING SCRAMBLING BUT FIRST..........THE PUPPY.  WE HAVE ANNOUNCED VIA SOCIAL MEDIA THE NAME OF OUR NEW PUP. TO SAY SHE CAME AT A PERFECT TIME TO FILL OUR BROKEN HEARTS WOULD BE A HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT. THIS TINY BUNDLE OF JOY IS SIMPLE.......A..."MAZE"...ING.  WE WELCOME " MAZE " WITH WHOLE HEARTS TO OUR FAMILY.

   I AM UP AT 4AM AND BY 5AM I HEAR SQUEALING.  I WALK MAZE OUTSIDE AND WE PLAY. WE LAY DOWN AND WATCH TV TOGETHER AND IT WAS A NICE MOMENT.

 OFF TO THE NAIL FOR A BEER DELIVERY AND PREPPING OF THE BAR. I WORKED FOR ABOUT 90 MINUTES AND THAN I WAS HEADING TO MY KID'S COLLEGE. I MADE VERY GOOD TIME. IT IS ALWAYS GREAT TO SEE OUR YOUNGEST.

 WE HEAD TO MY AUNT'S HOUSE IN SOUTH PHILLY AND HAVE LUNCH WITH HER , ANOTHER AUNT , AND A COUSIN. IT WAS VERY NICE.

  HEAD HOME AND OUR YOUNGEST IMMEDIATELY PLAYS WITH MAZE. THE KID IS ENTERTAINED FOR SEVERAL HOURS. I CAN NOT TELL YOU THE JOY A LITTLE PUPPY BRINGS TO A HOUSEHOLD. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE IT.

  YES........WE DO LIKE THE CHARACTER " MAZE " ON THE TV SHOW LUCIFER. IT DID HAVE A SOME BEARING ON NAMING THE PUP SINCE THE DOG BITES LIKE A LITTLE DEMON. WHEELS ALSO LIKES MAISY OR MAZEY AS NICKNAMES.

 FAMILY ARRIVES AND ONE WITH STAY AT OUR HOME FOR SEVERAL NIGHTS.

  ELDEST ARRIVES HOME ANNNNNND......RIGHT TO THE PUP. THE KIDS ARE OVERJOYED AND OVER THE MOON WITH THIS LITTLE BUNDLE OF PURENESS.

 ROLL BACK TO THE NAIL AND PREP FOR THE BANDS AND PATRONS. I TRAINED A NEW DOORMAN AND HAD A GREAT TIME WITH ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE. SHE BARTENDED TONIGHT AND I ALWAYS DIG THIS KID.

 IT WAS A STEADY CROWD ALL NIGHT AND CONTINUED TO GROW TO MIDNIGHT. IT WAS SO NICE TO SEE. PEOPLE WERE HAVING A GOOD TIME AND IT WAS FUN.

 ELDEST CALLS ME TO COME TO A PARTY SHE IS AT. THE FATHER IS AN OLD SCHOOL OLD TIMER OF THE NAIL. I WAS DAMN CLOSE IN GOING BUT STAYED AT THE NAIL TO HELP A LITTLE LONGER AND I DID NOT REALIZE HOW LATE IT WAS.

  I HEAD HOME AND THERE IS MY YOUNGEST AND MAZE SNUGGLING. WE WALK HER OUTSIDE AND PLAY WITH A SOCCER BALL. THE PUPPY CRACKS US UP TO NO END. WE USE A FLASH LIGHT TO SEE AT NIGHT. YES.....IT IS 1AM AND WE ARE PLAYING. THIS IS HOW MUCH JOY A DOG BRINGS TO FAMILY. AT 1AM YOU DON'T THINK TWICE ABOUT HAVING FUN WITH HER. WE LAUGHED THE WHOLE TIME.

 MY YOUNGEST IS JONESING FOR A CHEESEBURGER. I NEVER SAY " NO " TO HER. WE DRIVE TO THE MCDONALDS NEAR US AND THERE IS A LINE 6 CARS DEEP. THIS MCDONALDS HAS HORRIBLE SERVICE SO WE BYPASS IT. WE DRIVE TO WENDY'S AND IT IS CLOSED. WE DRIVE TO A MCDONALDS IN ARDMORE AND IT IS WIDE OPEN.....NOT ONE PERSON THERE. WE GET OUR FOOD AND IT IS COLD........TOO FUNNY. 

AT HOME WE MICROWAVE THE CRAPPY FOOD AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER. I SHOW MY YOUNGEST THE CHARACTER " MAZE " ON THE PROGRAM.

 WE WALK THE PUP AGAIN , PLAY A LITTLE , AND HEAD TO BED.

  THANKSGIVING THURSDAY     11 - 28 - 19

 A DAY TO BE THANKFUL OF WHAT WE HAVE. THIS IS BEING SHARED ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY AND WE SHOULD PAUSE AND TAKE A MOMENT TO DO THIS.

  THE PUP REALLY CAN SCREECH WHEN SHE WANTS OUT OF HER CRATE. WE CONTINUE TO ALL TRAIN HER AND SHE IS FILLING THE VOID A BIT AT A TIME.

  TOOK A FAMILY MEMBER TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR FRIDAY NIGHT. WE SPENT OVER 2 HOURS CLEANING , FIXING , STOCKING , AND OTHER THINGS. WE GOT A LOT DONE AND HE WAS VERY HELPFUL.

 BACK HOME I RELAX WITH THE PUPPY AS WHEELS AND HER MOM MAKE DINNER. I DID NOT WANT TO MOVE.

  DALLAS COWDICKS LOSE AND MAN DOES THIS MAKE ALOT OF EAGLES FANS HAPPY.

  FAMILY ARRIVES AND WE CHILL. WE WATCH FOOTBALL , LISTEN TO MUSIC , TELL STORIES , MAKE JOKES , AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DINNER. I REALLY ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT.  THE PUP SLEPT THE WHOLE TIME WHICH GAVE US TIME TO EAT AND HAVE CONVERSATION.

  WAIT AN HOUR AND THAN DESERTS OF PUMPKIN AND APPLE CRUSTED PIE WITH ICE CREAM. I AM OFFICIALLY OVER-FAT.

  A FRIEND STOPS BY AND WE HAVE NIGHTCAPS AFTER FAMILY LEFT.  MY KIDS SET UP A GAME WHICH JUST AMAZE ME. THEY CONNECTED OUR MAIN ROOM TV TO A COMPUTER.  THAN 5 OF US LOGGED-IN ON A WEBSITE VIA OUR CELL PHONES. WE PLAYED 3 DIFFERENT GAMES ALL AT THE SAME TIME AND INTERACTIVELY......AMAZING.

  THE FOUR OF US CONTINUE TO PLAY AFTER A FRIEND LEFT. IT WAS FUN FOR JUST OUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY TO CHILL AND HANG WITH EACH OTHER. I HUGGED MY KIDS SEVERAL TIMES.

 OFF TO BED BY 11:30PM. I DID NOT SLEEP WELL.

  AWAKENED AT 2AM BY THE PUP SCREECHING. BOTH MY YOUNGEST AND I WALKED HER.

  AWAKENED AT 7AM BY THE PUP SCREECHING. WHEELS AND I GET HER OUT OF HER CRATE AND I WALKED HER.

   I PLAYED WITH MAZE FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES TO LET WHEELS GO BACK TO SLEEP. MAZE IS PLAYING IN MY BEDROOM WITH TOYS & MY SOCKS AND THAN CRASHED ON MY BED WHILE I DID COMPUTER WORK. I LAID WITH THE PUP AND AS SHE SLEPT I TOLD HER STORIES ABOUT A GREAT FRIEND SHE REALLY WOULD OF LIKED NAME NELLIE.

  FRIDAY      11 - 29 - 19 

  IT FELT LIKE A SATURDAY...........

  THE PUP SQUEAKS AT NIGHT AND MAN IT IS LIKE HAVING A NEW BORN BABY. UP AT 3:30AM TO WALK HER , THAN HAD HER SLEEP IN MY BED UNTIL 7AM , THAN WALK HER , AND THAN FEED HER.  SHE HAS ENERGY FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES AND THAN SLEEPS FOR ABOUT 2/3 HOURS. REPEAT THE PROCESS ALL DAY AND NIGHT.

  START MY MORNING CLEANING AND PLUNGING A TOILET......NICE.

 ALL OF US PLAY WITH THE PUP IN THE MORNING.

  I EMAIL OUR DECEMBER CALENDARS TO OUR PRINTING COMPANY.

 YOUNGEST HEADS TO A PENN STATE FOOTBALL GAME AND TAILGATE PARTY. IT WILL BE HER FIRST VENTURE.

  FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE STRIKES AGAIN...........AKA A BETTER CRAIGSLIST. MY ELDEST TELLS ME SHE BOUGHT A 40" SMART TV FOR $170. I SAID TO HER , " GIVE ME 15 MINUTES ".  I COMMUNICATE WITH 3 PEOPLE AND ONE PERSON AGREES ON A PRICE. A 55" PRACTICALLY NEW SMART TV FOR SALE AT $200. I OFFERED A $100. THE FINAL PRICE SETTLED WAS $150.  MY ELDEST AND I TOOK A RIDE TO SOUTH HAMPTON ( ABOUT 30 MINUTES ) AND HAD LUNCH AT A SONIC. I DID NOT KNOW SONIC EMPLOYEES BRING THE FOOD OUT TO YOU LIKE THE OLD DAYS. I WAS EXPECTING OUR SERVER TO BE ON ROLLER SKATES. THE FOOD WAS MUCH BETTER THAN MCDONALDS THOUGH I ONLY HAD ONE CHEESEBURGER.

 BACK HOME WE INSTALL THE TV. IT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR AND WE TEST IT FOR NETFLIX AND SUCH. IT CAME WITH A TON OF FEATURES INCLUDING MAGIC REMOTE , HDMI INPUTS , 3D GLASSES , AND MORE. I ACTUALLY OFFERED MY KID $160 FOR IT TO BRING TO THE NAIL. SHE DID NOT ACCEPT.

 SHOWER AND RACE TO THE NAIL. I AM LATE AND THE BANDS , DOORMAN , AND BARTENDER ALL BEAT ME. I AM FANATICAL ABOUT LOADING-IN BANDS SO I STAY UNTIL WHEELS PICKS ME UP. I LEAVE MY VEHICLE THERE.

  WHEELS IS BLOW DRYING HER HAIR WHILE I AM IN THE SHOWER. I APPLY SHAVING CREAM TO MY FACE AND FORGOT TO GET MY RAZOR IN THE MEDICINE CABINET. I POKE MY HEAD OUT  OF THE SHOWER CURTAIN AND SAY TO WHEELS , " HEY........WANNA STEP IN HERE FOR 30 SECONDS ? " SHE REPLIES , " WOW.....THAT IS TEMPTING.. " SHE HANDS ME THE RAZOR AND LOOKS AWAY IN DISGUST.

 OFF TO DINNER WITH 5 FAMILY COUPLES. WE HAD A GOOD TIME TALKING , TELLING STORIES , AND JOKING. THE FOOD AND SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD AT GIAMPINO'S CUCINA ITALIA. THE MANAGER OF THE RESTAURANT KNEW US AND HE EVEN BROUGHT OUT HIS 3 MONTH OLD BABY TO SAY HELLO. I RECOMMEND THIS B.Y.O.B RESTAURANT WITH ONE PIECE OF ADVICE....." PREPARE TO WAIT ONE HOUR FOR THE MAIN ENTREE ". IF YOU HAVE THIS MINDSET YOU WILL ENJOY THE NIGHT MUCH BETTER. I HAD A GREAT TIME CHILLING WITH MY FAMILY.

  WE ARE THE LAST ONES TO LEAVE THE RESTAURANT. THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS WITH US.  I CHECK MY CELL PHONE WITH SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AND THE BARTENDER AND DOORMAN HAVE IT WELL HANDLED.  THIS MEANS I SHOULD PARTY MORE....AND WE DID.

 BACK HOME I WAS TIRED. I WALK THE PUP AND WE CHILL FOR ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO. OUR ELDEST HEADS OUT TO A BAR AROUND MIDNIGHT WHICH I DID NOT LIKE BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO.

 OFF TO BED WHERE I WAS AWAKENED AT 3:30AM. I HAVE TO ADMIT IT WAS KINDA NICE HAVING A DOG SLEEP NEXT TO ME AGAIN. I KNOW I COMPLAINED ALOT BUT FEELING THIS LITTLE THING'S WARMTH MADE ME THINK OF NELLIE. I STILL MISS HER PRETTY BAD AND I EVEN TALKED TO MY COUSINS ABOUT IT AT DINNER TONIGHT. THEY HAD BAD EXPERIENCES TOO AND CRIED LIKE LITTLE KIDS WHEN THEIR DOG WAS PUT DOWN........JUST LIKE ME.

  SATURDAY    11 - 30 - 19

  THANKSGIVING DINNER PART II

 THE PUP IS DEFINITELY LIKE A NEW BORN. CONSTANT ATTENTION AND EVERY 4 HOURS NEEDS TO BE FED AND EVERY 2 HOURS NEEDS TO BE WALKED.

 BASICALLY CHILL TODAY AND TRY TO RELAX AND SPEND TIME WITH MAZE.

  YOUNGEST ARRIVES AT PENN STATE AND SEEMS TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD TIME TAILGATING AND HAVING FUN WITH HER FRIENDS.

  SHOWER AND HEAD TO THE NAIL. I SPEND A SOLID HOUR PREPPING FOR THE NIGHT.

  HEAD TO A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE FOR ANOTHER THANKSGIVING DINNER. THEY DID ALOT OF WORK ON THEIR HOME AND IT IS NOW A PERFECT PLACE TO HOUSE A LARGE GET TOGETHER. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT , WE JOKED ALL NIGHT , WATCHED THE FLYERS & PENN STATE , LISTENED TO JOHNNY CASH , AND TOLD STORIES. IT WAS SUCH A GOOD TIME AND EVERYONE WAS FUN.

  A FAMILY MEMBER TEXTED THAT HIS YOUNG KID HAD CAUGHT AN INFECTION EARLIER IN THE WEEK. IT IS CALLED MOUTH AND FOOT. IT IS A MILD INFECTION AND VERY COMMON IN LITTLE KIDS. ONCE THE FEVER IS BROKEN THAN ALL IS OKAY. HIS KID BROKE THE FEVER 3 DAYS AGO AND HER MILD RASH WAS BARELY NOTICEABLE. LET ME TELL YOU THE JOKES THAT WERE FLYING WERE OFF THE CHARTS FUNNY. WE JOKED ABOUT IT ALL NIGHT AND THE KID WAS FINE. JUST NO KISSING WAS THE RULE OF THUMB.

 I ROLL TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I AM NOT HERE TO JUDGE MUSIC BUT MAN DID WE HAVE A DIFFERENT STYLE OF SOUND. ONE ADORABLE GIRL IN SPANDEX BASICALLY HUMMED AND USED A SYNTHESIZER FOR VOCAL EFFECTS. ONE ACT USED A MONSTER 7 FOOT HIGH BOARD OF GLOWING ELECTRONICS TO MAKE AN INDUSTRIAL ELECTRO POP SOUND. HIS ONLY VOCALS WERE ONE WORDS LIKE " FUCK !! " , " RESPECT !! " AND MORE . ANOTHER ACT JUST SEEMED TO HAVE ANGRY LYRICS IN EVERY SONG. I THOUGHT I SEEN IT ALL BUT TONIGHT FIXED THAT.

 WATCHED COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE 76ERS WIN A BIG EXCITING GAME.

  I ROLL HOME TO CHILL WITH WHEELS. WE ENJOY THE PUP , WATCH TV , AND HAVE A NIGHTCAP.

 OFF TO BED AND I HEARD THE PUP SCREECHING CRYING AT 1AM , 2AM , AND 3AM. MY NEW MODE IS NOT TO GO GET HER RIGHT AWAY AND JUST WAIT. EACH TIME AFTER 2-3 MINUTES SHE QUIETED DOWN. LITTLE DID I KNOW THE  NEXT MORNING WHEELS GOT HER AT 3AM.

 OH ONE MORE STORY. WHEN WE PICKED UP THE SMART TV VIA FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE , THE WHOLE TIME I WAS TALKING TO THE LADY WITH MY ZIPPER DOWN. I TOLD THIS TO MY KID ON THE DRIVE HOME AND SHE ROARED LAUGHED.

 SUNDAY     12 - 1 - 19

  NORMALLY I REALLY ENJOY SUNDAYS BECAUSE MY FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS ARE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE'S MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS. OK....GOT ALL THAT. SO WHY DID I NOT ENJOY TODAY?.........THE EAGLES.

  DO MY NORMAL ROUTINE AND NOW ADDING PUPPY CHORES INTO IT.

  BY 12:30PM I AM HEADING TO THE NAIL FOR A MATINEE SHOW WITH SMARTY PANTS. I HAD A REALLY GOOD TIME REMINISCING OLD WHEELSTOCK STORIES AND MORE.  A FUN LITTLE CROWD AND THE BEST WAS WHEN A GUY HELD UP HIS PHONE HIGH AND WAVING IT AROUND AND YELLS REPEATEDLY , " IT'S MY WIFE !!! IT'S MY WIFE !!! ". WITHIN 2 SECONDS , I TURNED OFF THE MAIN ROOM RADIO. AFTER HIS " CONVERSATION " , THEY ALL LAUGHED AND HIGH FIVED ME FOR THE QUICK THINKING. I GUESS HE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE GETTING MILK AND EGGS. THEY TOLD MANY STORIES AND THEY WERE ALL FUN.

 LISTENING TO MERRILL REESE AND MIKE QUICK. THE PAINFUL EAGLES GAME LINGERED ON AND IT JUST DID NOT FEEL RIGHT. THE DOLPHINS SCORE 23 UNANSWERED POINTS FROM AN EAGLES 28 - 14 LEAD AND WE LOSE. ANOTHER GUT PUNCHING HEART BREAKING LOSS FOR EAGLES FANS. THE DOLPHINS WHO ARE THE WORST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE MADE US LOOK LIKE ASSHOLES. I JUST KNEW THIS GAME WAS GOING TO BE MUCH HARDER THAN IT SEEMED. VEGAS MADE US A 10 POINT FAVORITE WHICH IS A TOTAL JINX. THIS WAS SO SICKENING. THE ONLY FANS IN FOOTBALL TO HAVE OUR HEARTS RIPPED OUT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. I HAVE COME TO THE REALIZATION WE DO HAVE A SHITTY COACH AND TEAM.

 BY 7PM THE SHOW WAS DONE AND EVERYONE LEFT. I ROLL HOME.  I LET THE BARTENDER RE-OPEN.

 ELDEST GETS A FEVER AND MIGRAINE HEADACHES. WHEELS TAKES HER TO THE QUICK CLINIC AND FOR MEDS AT RITE-AID. THE POOR KID HAS BEEN FIGHTING MIGRAINES FOR 3 DAYS NOW.

 BACK HOME WE WATCH A SHAMELESS AND RAY DONOVAN. BOTH WERE GOOD.

  ALL OF US SNUGGLED WITH THE PUP FOR ABOUT AN HOUR EACH.

 OFF TO BED AND OUR NEW RULE IS " DO NOT GET THE PUP UP WHEN SHE CRIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. " I HEARD HER CRY 3 TIMES BUT SHE IMMEDIATELY CALMED DOWN. SHE SLEPT ALL THE WAY TO 6:30AM. I WALK HER AND SHE GOT TO CHASE HER FIRST RABBIT AND PLAY WITH HER FIRST SNOWBALL.

  MONDAY       12 - 2 - 19

  WHEN A FAMILY MEMBER NEEDS HELP......I ALWAYS SAY YES.

  ENJOYING THE PUP AND TRYING TO BOND AND HAVE A CONNECTION. I STILL THINK OF NELLIE AND IT STILL HURTS. THIS PUP MAZE IS ENTERTAINING THOUGH.  MY YOUNGEST AND HER FRIENDS CAME HOME FROM A PENN STATE GAME AND TAILGATE. ALL 4 GIRLS GOT OUT OF THE CAR IN OUR DRIVEWAY AND SIMULTANEOUSLY YELLED OUT , " OHHHHHHHHH ". YES, I HAD THE PUPPY WAITING FOR THEM.

  MY YOUNGEST DOES SHOTS OF JAGER AT A PENN STATE FOOTBALL GAME. SHE TOLD ME THIS AS I DROVE HER BACK TO COLLEGE. MY HEART SANK A LITTLE BIT AND I WAS QUITE SURPRISED. I AM REALLY NOT LIKING THIS " GROWING UP " STUFF. SHE GIGGLED AND SAID , " AT LEAST I TOLD YA. " OF COURSE ,I OVER SIGHED AND ROLLED MY EYES SEVERAL TIMES DURING OUR TALK. SHE RESPONDS , " YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE A BIG THING OF THIS AREN'T YOU ? " INSIDE.....I LAUGHED.

 TEAMS WITH 2 WINS WERE 0 - 42 WHEN DOWN 14 POINTS IN THE 3RD QUARTER. THE EAGLES SNAPPED THAT RECORD ON SUNDAY. WHAT A CRUSHING LOSS.

 ELDEST GETS CALLED INTO WORK AFTER A VISIT TO THE QUICK CLINIC LAST NIGHT. SHE HAS A SLIGHT FEVER AND INNER EAR INFECTION. HER DIRECTOR DID NOT THINK IT WAS SERIOUS ENOUGH. THE POOR KID DROVE TO WORK AND PUT IN 3+ HOURS IN. I SUGGESTED OUR ELDEST SHOULD OF MADE HER CASE A LITTLE STRONGER IF SHE REALLY WANTED OFF BY SAYING , " I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL ALL NIGHT AFTER THEY MEDIVAC'ED ME FROM THE AMBULANCE. I HAVE A FEVER OF 102 DEGREES BUT IT CAME DOWN AFTER MY BLOOD TRANSFUSION. OH , DURING THE BLOOD TRANSFUSION THEY FOUND A FRACTURED BONE IN MY ARM. ANYWAY , DO YOU STILL WANT ME TO COME IN ? "

 WATCHED AN EPISODE OF LUCIFER WITH THE PUP TODAY. IT WAS NICE TO SNUGGLE.

 BOUGHT SUSHI FOR MY YOUNGEST AND SHE WENT TO THE BANK WITH ME TOO. THAN....I DROVE HER TO COLLEGE. I REALLY LIKE THESE TIMES WITH HER.

 BACK HOME FOR A LITTLE AND THAN TO THE NAIL WITH MY VAN AND TOOLS. I HAD ONE PROJECT I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO DO FOR A LONG TIME.

  SOME THINGS DONE :

 - WATCHED SEATTLE JUST STORM BACK AND CRUSH THE VIKINGS. IT MUST BE NICE TO CHEER FOR YOUR TEAM.

 - 76ERS LOSE A 30 POINT LEAD BUT STILL WIN BY 9.

 - REMOVED THE MEN'S BATHROOM DOOR. IT IS VERY HEAVY AND ONLY 26 INCHES WIDE. THE THING IS SOLID. THIS DOOR HAS BEEN STICKING OPEN FOR MANY MONTHS AND IT TOTALLY BOTHERS ME WHEN MEN GO INTO PEE YOU CAN SEE THEIR ASS FROM OUTSIDE BECAUSE THE DOOR WON'T SHUT. WELL , I SET UP TARPS AND A CIRCULAR SAW AND SHAVED OFF 3/4'S OF AN INCH. IT NOW WORKS PERFECT.

 - TALKING TO A PATRON ABOUT OUR DOGS. HE HAD A WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT HIKING ALONG THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. HE WAS MEETING UP WITH A SHELTER. THE DOG STOPS IN ITS TRACKS AT A FORK IN THE ROAD.  HE CONTINUED BUT THE DOG STAYED.  HE CALLED THE LOYAL DOG BUT IT WOULD NOT BUDGE. HE WALKS BACK TO THE FORK IN THE ROAD AND HE DECIDES MAYBE THE DOG IS TELLING HIM SOMETHING SO HE TAKES THE OTHER ROAD. THE DOG FOLLOWS HIM AND THEY FIND THE SHELTER CAMP SITE WITHIN 15 MINUTES.

 - DECEMBER CALENDARS ARE IN ON TIME.  I REPLACED ALL OF NOVEMBER ONES WITH THEM. A PATRON WALKED IN AND GAVE ME A BAG HANGING ON OUR DOORKNOB WHICH I NEVER SAW. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME A U.P.S. DRIVER PLACED OUR BOX IN A BLACK PLASTIC BAG AND HUNG FROM THE DOOR KNOB SO IT WOULDN'T GET WET. NOW THAT IS A GOOD DRIVER/DELIVERY PERSON.

 - HAD TO FIX A CLOGGED UP KITCHEN SINK DRAIN. THIS IS ALWAYS FUN.

 GET ALOT OF BAND EMAILS DONE AND THAN I HEAD HOME.

 WALK THE PUP AND WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF THE GOOD DOCTOR. MAN THIS GUY CAN ACT....GOOD EPISODE.

  THE PUP SLEEPS THROUGH THE NIGHT AGAIN. FROM 11PM TO 6:30AM. THIS IS A GOOD THING.

   TUESDAY       12 - 3 - 19

 FRIDGE DOWN AGAIN.  AFTER 3 CALLS OUR TECH RETURNS MINE AND WE SCHEDULE FOR TODAY AT 11:45AM.

  MY NORMAL ROUTINE IN THE MORNING PLUS THE PUPPY.

  LOAD MY VAN WITH BUNGEE CORDS AND WOOD PLANKS.  THAN , OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE TECH. I REMOVE THE TV ON TOP OF THE FRIDGE AND WRAP A BUNGEE CORD AROUND THE WHOLE UNIT TO KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED.  I LAY DOWN WOOD PLANKS TO MATCH THE HEIGHT OF THE FRIDGE AND ALSO REMOVE STABILIZING SCREWS AT THE FEET. I WIGGLE THE WHOLE FRIDGE FORWARD WITH ALL THE BEER IN IT. THERE IS NOW ENOUGH ROOM TO GET BEHIND IT TO ACCESS WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO LIKE ADDING MORE REFRIGERANT OR REPLACING A FILTER. 

  I CHANGE THE MARQUEE SIGN AND VACUUM THE NAIL.  I REPLACE SOME BULBS ON A KITCHEN SHOP LIGHT TOO.

 AT 12:45PM THE TECH SHOWS UP. HE WORKS AN HOUR AND WE ROLL OUT. WE WILL CHECK IT WHEN I RETURN.

 I STOP AT A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE TO PICK UP A BABY GATE AKA A PUPPY GATE.

  I STOP AND GET GAS FOR OUR CAR.

  ROLL HOME AND DO SOME COMPUTER STUFF AND WATCH AN EXCELLENT EPISODE OF LUCIFER. I ALSO TRY TO NAP WITH THE PUP BUT NEVER DO.

  BACK TO THE NAIL AND AS I EXPECTED THE FRIDGE DID NOT CHANGE AT ALL WHEN CHECKING THE TEMPERATURE. I CALL THE TECH AND LEAVE A MESSAGE. GEE.....NO ANSWER.

  WE FINALLY GET A BILL FROM THE HOSPITAL WHERE I GOT STITCHES IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. DID YOU KNOW WITH JEFFERSON HOSPITAL IN CHERRY HILL YOU GET 2 BILLS ? ONE FROM THE HOSPITAL AND ONE FROM THE DOCTOR.  BOTH BILLS WERE ABOUT $3,500 EACH TOTALING 7 GRAND. I WAS THERE 4 HOURS AND IT COST 7 FUCKING THOUSAND DOLLARS. WE THINK OUR INSURANCE WILL COVER HALF. I ALSO PLACED A GRIEVANCE BECAUSE THE DOCTOR CHARGED ME FOR BLOOD AND LABORATORY WORK. I SHOULD OF NEVER GOT BLOOD TAKEN BUT THE DOCTOR PRICKED HERSELF WHILE GIVING ME STITCHES. WHY SHOULD I FUCKING PAY FOR THAT ?

  WATCH THE FLYERS BLOW OUT THE MAPLE LEAFS. IT WAS ACTUALLY A VERY CLOSE GAME AT 1 - 1 BUT THE LAST 8 MINUTES THE FLYERS SCORED 5 TIMES FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE AN EASY 6 - 1 VICTORY. IT WAS ACTUALLY MUCH CLOSER THAN THAT.

  I HAVE A NICE LITTLE CROWD AND A NEW YOUNG COUPLE. THE GIRL WAS ADORABLE IN BLACK SPANDEX AND FROM NORTH CAROLINA. WE EXCHANGED SOME STORIES AND THEY WERE VERY COOL.

  I GET SOME EMAILING DOWN , PREPPING FOR THE RADIO SHOW , AND INSTRUCTION FOR BANDS THIS WEEKEND. SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE ANY WEEKEND SHOW I SEND LOAD-IN INSTRUCTIONS AND PA SYSTEM INFORMATION TO ALL THE BANDS. I DO THIS EVERY WEEK ALONG WITH " THANK YOU " EMAILS FROM THE BANDS WHO JUST PLAYED HERE.

 ROLL HOME LATE NIGHT. I MAKE ONE VODKA / CRANBERRY LIGHT DRINK TO WIND DOWN THE NIGHT. I WATCH AN EPISODE OF LUFICER WHICH WAS NOT THE BEST.

I SNUGGLE WITH THE PUP , WALK HER , AND THAN PUT MAZE IN HER CRATE.

  I SHOULD OF WENT TO BED BECAUSE I HAVE A VERY LONG 2 DAYS AHEAD OF ME. I FALL ASLEEP QUICKLY AT 2AM.

  BY 6:15AM I HEAR THE PUP SQUEAKING. TIME TO START MY VERY LONG 2 DAYS.

  WEDNESDAY      12 - 4 - 19

 TODAY .....A MAN'S MAN DAY OF WORK. SO , WHY DID I CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP ?

  UP EARLY AS ALWAYS AFTER A LONG TUESDAY NIGHT. I MAKE A LUNCH FOR MY KID , FEED & WALK THE PUP , LOAD MY CAR , AND DRIVE TO NEW JERSEY.

  OUR FAMILY HAS A MOTTO......IF ONE FAMILY MEMBER IS DOWN THAN ALL OF US COME TO HELP. SO , I ALWAYS COME TO HELP. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ONE FAMILY MEMBER HELPING ME BUILD OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE , REMODEL OUR CONDO FROM TOP TO BOTTOM , AND A 100 OTHER THINGS.

 ARRIVE IN CHERRY HILL AND THE WORK BEGINS. A LARGE TEAR OUT JOB SO WE HIT THE GROUND RUNNING. WE TEAR UP 3 SETS OF FLOORING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM LAYER. WE REMOVE ALL KITCHEN BASE CABINETS , APPLIANCES , AND BASEBOARDS.  THIS IS A HUGE UNDERTAKING AND I RAN OUT OF STEAM AROUND 2PM.

 WE BEGIN TO WRAP UP AND I SAY , " I GOT A 2ND WIND....LET'S KEEP GOING ". SO WE SPEND 2 MORE HOURS BANGING STAPLES DOWN ON THE FLOOR AND REMOVING ANY NAILS. THIS WAS PAINSTAKING BEING ON OUR HANDS AND KNEES. AT TIMES , I WAS LAYING ON A TARP SIDEWAYS TO HELP RELIEVE MY KNEES.

BY 4PM WE HAD ALL THE FLOORS IN THE KITCHEN , HALLWAY , AND BATHROOM SMOOTH AND READY FOR HARDYBACKING AND TILING. OH , WE ALSO LOADED IN 20 BOXES OF FLOOR TILE AND FILLED THE DUMPSTER WITH ALL THE TRASH. THE CUSTOMER WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZED WE GOT SO MUCH DONE.

  I DROVE BACK TO MY FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE AND DECIDED TO SLEEP OVER. I WAS TOO TIRED TO TREK HOME.

 TOOK A NICE LONG SHOWER IN THIS OVER THE TOP MAGNIFICENT HOME. YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THE DECORATIONS , APPLIANCES , KITCHEN , BATHROOMS , TILING, AND ART HERE. BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS WOULD SHIT THEIR PANTS. I SETTLED IN WITH SOME LIBATIONS AND WE HAD A NICE DINNER OF STUFFED SHELLS , MEATBALLS , AND A SALAD.

 WE WATCHED 2 HOURS OF THE MOVIE " THE IRISHMAN ". IT WAS GOOD....SO FAR.

 I GO TO BED EXHAUSTED AND MY HANDS HURT. JUST AS I GET READY TO T=CLIMB INTO BED I SEE A PICTURE OF MY YOUNGEST AND ELDEST. IT WAS A CHRISTMAS PICTURE......WITH MY OLD FRIEND NELLIE IN IT. I CRIED MYSELF TO SLEEP THINKING OF HER.

  THURSDAY      12 - 4 - 19

  WELP , THIS IS A DIFFERENT MORNING FOR ME. NO PUPPY OR LUNCHES BEING MADE BUT HARD WORK. MY BODY IS DEFINITELY NOT USE TO THIS.

 UP AT 6:20AM I AM STILL THINKING OF NELLIE. LATER IN THE DAY WHEN OUR CUSTOMER WAS WALKING HER 2 GERMAN SHEPPARD'S I TOLD HER THE STORY OF OUR OLD BEST FRIEND AND THE NEW PUPPY.

  OUT THE DOOR BY 7:40AM. WE STOP AT WAWA FOR SOME APPLE JUICE AND A BREAKFAST SANDWICH. I JOKE WITH THE 2 FEMALE WORKERS WEARING REINDEER ANTLERS.

 DAY 2 AT THE JOB AND WE DRYWALL A BACK SPLASH , HOOK UP OUTLETS & UNDER CABINET LIGHTS , AND BEGIN TILING A LARGE FLOOR. MIXING CEMENT OUTSIDE IN THE COLD WAS NO FUN OR CUTTING TILE WITH A GRINDER EITHER.  WE WORKED UNTIL 4:30PM AND GOT ABOUT 70% OF THE TILING DONE. WE CLEANUP AND LOAD THE TRAILER OF TRASH.

 STOP AT AVALON TILE TO DROP OFF EXTRA UNUSED MATERIAL.

 AT HOME I SHOWER. I NEED TO CLEAN MY ONLY BLUE JEANS OF WHITE  POWDER CEMENT , CEMENT GLUE , AND SPACKLE. THEY WERE EVERY WHERE. I WENT INTO THE BATHROOM , TURNED MY CELL PHONE FOR SPOTIFY MUSIC , AND WASHED MY PANTS FOR 15 MINUTES. LATER MY FAMILY MEMBER WOULD HEAT THEM IN THE DRYER.

 I TAKE A LONG SHOWER ( 12 MINUTES ) , LISTEN TO MUSIC , AND FEEL THE WARM WATER ON MY ACHING BODY. IT WAS NICE.

 TALK TO WHEELS AND MY ELDEST. BOTH SEEM TO BE DOING VERY GOOD. I MADE MY ELDEST LAUGH SEVERAL TIMES WHICH ALWAYS FEEL GOOD.

  WHEELS CALLED ME THAT OUR HOUSE WAS COLD. OUR THERMOSTAT WENT TO " VACATION " MODE BUT SHE FIXED IT WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM ME.

 I HAVE A NICE LIBATION AND CHILL WITH THE TV ON AND TALK.

 WE HEAD OUT TO DINNER TO A PLACE CALLED OTT'S. IT WAS VERY GOOD.

 I TAKE SOME IBUPROFEN AND THAN A MUSCLE RELAXER LATER ON. BOTH SEEM TO HELP.

  OFF TO BED LATE NIGHT AND TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY.

 FRIDAY       12 - 6 - 19

  UP AT 6:30AM AND OUT THE DOOR BY 7:15AM.

  AT THE JOB SITE ALITTLE AFTER 10AM. I WAS ON MY HANDS AND KNEES GROUTING AND SPONGING. THIS IS NOT FUN WHEN YOU ARE DOING 4 DIFFERENT AREAS. WE ALSO MOVED ALL THE KITCHEN BASE CABINETS BACK INTO PLACE ALONG WITH ALL APPLIANCES. I HAD TO UNLOAD AND RE-LOAD THE REFRIGERATOR. I DID GET SOME HELP FROM THE CUSTOMER WHEN I WAS MORE THAN HALF WAY DONE.

  ROLL TO THE NAIL AND MY MAIN OBJECTIVE WAS TO SLIDE THE TAKE-OUT REFRIGERATOR BACK INTO PLACE. THIS IS NORMALLY A 2 MINUTE JOB BUT OUR FRIDGE IS ON A HALF STEP SO IT MAKES IT 10X HARDER DOING IT BY YOURSELF. AFTER 1 HOUR AND CURSING THE GODS I CALL WHEELS. SHE CAME DOWN AND IN 5 MINUTES WE SLID THE FRIDGE BACK INTO ITS SPOT. WE USED THE OLD EGYPTIAN WAY OF FULCRUM POWER AKA THE SEESAW WAY. I USED LARGE PLANKS OF WOOD TO COUNTER BALANCE THE FRIDGE'S WEIGHT.  THERE IS SO MANY JOKES THERE.

 FINISH PREPPING THE NAIL AND ROLL OUT.

 AT HOME WE PACK FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES AND ROLL OUT AGAIN.

  WHEELS DRIVES AND I HALF FALL ASLEEP BUT I TRY TO KEEP CONVERSATION TOO.

  WE ARRIVE AND THE PUP GETS TO SEE A NEW HOUSE. SHE WAS EXCELLENT ON THE RIDE UP....NOT A PEEP.

  WE SETTLE IN AND I BEGIN DRINKING. MY BODY WAS HURTING AND I KNOW ALCOHOL SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS.

  I TAKE A LONG JACUZZI AND WHEELS BRINGS THE PUP IN WITH ME ON THE LAST 10 MINUTES OR SO. JUST IN THE ROOM NOT IN THE TUB.

  FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARRIVE AND WE DO OUR FAVORITE PIZZA PLACED CALLED JIREH'S.  CHEESE STEAKS AND OTHER STUFF WAS ORDERED BUT THE CHICKEN ALFREDO BROCCOLI WHITE PIZZA WAS EXCELLENT.

  FRIENDS BRING 2 DOGS...ONE IS 2 YEARS OLD AND THE OTHER 11 MONTHS. OH......MY......GOD.......THE CIRCUS BEGINS WITH 3 DOGS CHASING AND PLAY FIGHTING WITH EACH OTHER FOR 1 HOUR.

 EVERYONE SITS AROUND THE TABLE BUT I AM ACHING SO I SNUGGLE WITH THE PUP ON THE COUCH. BY 10PM I WAS JUST TOO TIRED AND HEADED TO BED.

   SATURDAY     12 - 7 - 19

  TOO MUCH FOOD AND BOOZE. IT NEVER FAILS WHEN YOU HAVE GET TOGETHERS THERE IS ALWAYS TOO MUCH FOOD. 

  THE PUP DID GOOD AGAIN BY SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT. IT IS A CIRCUS WITH 3 DOGS BUT IT IS VERY ENTERTAINING.

  WHEELS GOES SHOPPING WITH FAMILY AT THE OUTLETS HERE.  20 YEARS AGO THERE WERE 15 STORES. NOW.....OVER 200.

  PRETTY MUCH THE WHOLE DAY WE TALKED , JOKED , LAUGHED , DRANK , AND ATE.

  76ERS JUST SMOKE THE CAVALIERS. I THINK THEY WERE UP BY 40 AT HALFTIME.

  FLYERS WITH A SOLID WIN TOO. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE.

 SOME FUN COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES.

 GOT TO THANK MY ELDEST FOR PREPPING THE NAIL TODAY SO I COULD DRINK AND EAT TOO MUCH FOOD.

  I TRIED JIM BEAM PEACH. IT'S ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD.

  OFF TO BED AND GETTING READY FOR ANOTHER DAY.

  LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW IS SUNDAY AT 6PM.

 ANYONE GOING TO THE EAGLES / GIANTS GAME ON MONDAY NIGHT ?

  SUNDAY      12 - 8 - 19

 LARGEST LISTENING AUDIENCE IN OUR 13TH SEASON. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED AND LISTENED TO LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW TONIGHT.

 ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE WITH 3 DOGS ALL UNDER THE AGE OF 2 YEARS OLD. OH MY GOD WHAT A CIRCUS.  IT WAS QUITE ENTERTAINING CHASING AND NAVIGATING THESE PUPS ALL WEEKEND.

 UP EARLY I BEGIN MY PUNCH LIST STUFF. I HAVE NOT BEEN TO OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE IN QUITE A WHILE AND I MISSED IT BIG TIME.  AFTER A NICE BREAKFAST OF COCONUT ROLLS.....SO AWESOME .

I BEGAN MY PUNCH LIST.

 THE LIST :

 CLEANED WINDOW SILLS , CLEANED TV GLASS , CLEANED OUT WOOD STOVE , CLEANED WHOLE AREA OF WOODSTOVE'S FLOOR TILE , LOADED WOOD NEXT TO STOVE , REMOVED STAIN ON TOP OF WOODSTOVE , REMOVED STAIN ON CARPET , CLEANED GLASS DOOR ON WOOD STOVE ( USE EASY OFF ...IT WORKS GREAT !! ) , FIXED A TOWEL BAR , REMOVED A STINKY BROKEN TOILET SEAT , DUSTED HIGH WINDOWS & OTHER AREAS , SHOVELED AREAS ON BOTH DECKS , AND OTHER OTHER THINGS.

  LOAD UP AND HEAD HOME. AGAIN , THE PUPPY IS EXCELLENT IN HER CRATE DURING THE WHOLE RIDE. WE MAKE VERY GOOD TIME.

  AT HOME WE UNLOAD AND CHILL. I SNUGGLE WITH THE PUP AND WATCH FOOTBALL FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.

 OFF TO THE NAIL. I STOP AND GET GAS FIRST. I MUST ADMIT I LET THE TANK RUN PRETTY LOW. AFTER DRIVING 20 MINUTES THE WARNING LIGHT OF " LOW FUEL " CHANGED TO " YOU'RE AN ASSHOLE ".

  I BEGIN PREPPING FOR THE RADIO SHOW. WE HAD 5 BANDS SHOW UP AND IT WAS AN INTERESTING NIGHT. I LEARNED SEVERAL NEW THINGS LIKE " NOISE " MUSIC. I HAD A GREAT TIME AND LOTS OF LAUGHS. I MUST THANK THE BANDS AT THE INTERVIEW ( ONE MEMBER IS A FITNESS INSTRUCTOR AND HE GAVE ME HIS CARD. HMMMMM , I GUESS HE IS TELLING ME SOMETHING ) , HAXON , WITHOUT A MAP , OUARQUE ( PRONOUNCED " WARK " ) , AND TACHYONN.  THE LARGEST LISTENING AUDIENCE WE EVER DONE. THANK YOU !!! SOME FUNNY CHAT MESSAGES TOO !!

  I HANG OUT WITH B.B. FOR ONE BEER AND IT IS ALWAYS ENTERTAINING TO HEAR HIS STORIES. I GIVE HIM A RIDE HOME AND I HAVE A NIGHTCAP WITH WHEELS AND THE PUPPY. WE WATCH A GOOD EPISODE OF SHAMELESS.

  HEAD TO BED TIRED.  UP AT 1AM TO THE SMELL OF BACON AND A PUPPY SQUEAKING.  I GET UP AND MY KID IS COOKING.....UGH.

 UP AGAIN AT 3AM TO A PUP SQUEAKING. THIS TIME I WALK HER. WHEELS GETS UP TOO. I LET THE PUP SLEEP IN MY BED UNTIL 7AM.

 STILL THINKING OF OH NELLIE. WHEN I GET HOME MANY TIMES WHEELS WOULD LET NELLIE OUT JUST AS I WAS PULLING UP THE DRIVEWAY. IT WAS A VERY WELCOMED SIGHT TO HAVE MY DOG WAITING FOR ME , WAGGING HER TAIL , STANDING ON THE EDGE OF THE PATIO WAITING TO BE GREETED.....I MISSED THOSE TIMES DEEPLY.  I GOT MYSELF UPSET THINKING OF THIS WHEN I GOT OUT OF MY CAR AND UNLOADED ALL THE RADIO ELECTRONICS.

 I WALK INSIDE AND TELL THIS TO MY ELDEST. SHE SAYS , " OH MY GOD DAD......CAN YOU JUST LOOK AT THIS PUPPY INSTEAD ? "

  MONDAY     12 - 9 - 19

 BEST GAME EVER ..........

 STARTED MORNING WALKING THE PUPPY , FEEDING THE PUPPY , AND PLAYING WITH THE PUPPY.

 FRIENDS STAY AT OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE AND NOTICE WATER ON THE FLOOR IN A BATHROOM. THIS HAPPENED TO WHEELS WITH THE WASHER MACHINE BUT WE ARE NOT SURE WHAT IT IS IN FRONT OF THE SHOWER AND TOILET. THIS CAN NOT BE A COINCIDENCE WITH 2 LEAKS WITHIN 2 DAYS.

  I EDIT RADIO SHOW FROM SUNDAY. OH THE PAINFUL PAST IS LONG GONE. IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES I HAD THE SHOW EDITED , UPLOADED TO OUR WEBSITE , AND DOWNLOADABLE TO GOOGLE DRIVE FOR THE BANDS. THE PURE JOY OF THIS QUICKNESS IS UNENDING. EXAMPLE - YEARS AGO WE USED CASSETTE TAPES , BURNING THE SHOW TO CD'S AND THAN MAILING EACH COPY TO OUR AFFILIATES. I F'N HATED STANDING IN LINE AT THE POST OFFICE. THIS PROCESS WOULD TAKE 3 FUCKING DAYS.

  I DO SOME MINOR THINGS FOR THE NAIL. I AM NOT TOO CONCERNED BECAUSE WE WILL BE CLOSED TONIGHT.

  FRIENDS ARRIVE WITH THEIR 2 DOGS AGAIN AND THEIR SON. WE HANG OUT WHILE THE DOGS GO APE SHIT.

  OUR PUP KNOWS THE COMMAND " SIT " . WE ARE TEACHING " STAY " AND " COME HERE ". I THINK IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO TEACH DOGS AT A YOUNG AGE SOME SIMPLE COMMANDS.

  OFF TO A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE TO TAKE 2 VEHICLES TO THE EAGLES / GIANTS GAME. IT WAS THE WORSE TRAFFIC I EVER SEEN........1 1/2 HOURS TO GET THERE. THE GOOD THING WE GET TO TAILGATE THE WHOLE GAME BY BEING IN A SUITE.  AGAIN , WE ALL WERE TREATED FOR FREE.......JUST AWESOME.

 GIANTS TAKE THE LEAD AND IT LOOKS DISMAL. A SHITLOAD OF GIANTS FANS ARE RUBBING IT IN OUR FACES. THE EAGLES ARE A DISGRACE IN THE FIRST HALF. 5 EAGLES RECEIVERS AND 3 ARE ON THE PRACTICE SQUAD AND ONE IS A 4TH QUARTERBACK. OUR RUNNING BACK BOSTON SCOTT WAS BASICALLY CUT 4 WEEKS AGO AND EXCELLED FOR OVER 155 YARDS. I TELL OUR SUITE , " THIS WILL BE THE TALE OF 2 HALVES "........MAN I KNOW MY FOOTBALL. I WAS CALLING PLAYS ALL GAME AND CRITICIZING THE EAGLES PLAY CALLING ALL FIRST HALF.

  THAN....THE 2ND HALF THEY WENT FAST PACED NO HUDDLE. BEST GAME EVER !!!  WE SAW OUR EAGLES STORM BACK TO WIN IN OVERTIME , GIANTS FANS TUCKED THEIR DICKS BEHIND THEIR ASSES , AND THE SUITE NEXT TO US ( THOUGH I DO NOT AGREE ) WERE TOTALLY DISSING THIS ONE DRUNK GIANTS FEMALE FAN. THEY RIPPED HER A NEW ASSHOLE AND THREW BEER CANS AT HER. I ACTUALLY ALERTED SECURITY TO HELP OUT. THE GIANTS GIRL WOULD NOT JUST WALK AWAY WHICH WAS STUPID.

  WE STAY 45 MINUTES AFTER THE GAME AND CONTINUE TO EAT AND DRINK. WE EVEN TAKE FOOD WITH US.

 WALKING BACK TO OUR V.I.P. PARKING A DRUNK GIANTS FANS SEE US CARRYING FOOD. HE YELLS OUT , " GIMME SOME FOOD. " HE IS A COMPLETE JERK-OFF BUT I WALK BACK AND SAY , " EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE A GIANTS FAN HERE SOME TURKEY HOAGIES.

 WE MADE GOOD TIME GETTING HOME AND HAVE A COUPLE OF NIGHTCAPS TO END THE EVENING WITH THE PUPPIES. OUR ELDEST LOVED HANGING WITH THE DOGS AND SENT US PICTURES AND VIDEOS ALL GAME. BY 1AM I HAD TO GO TO BED.

 GETTING UP AT 6:30AM TO WALK THE PUP 4 TIMES , FEED HER , AND HELP OUR FRIENDS PACK WAS NOT REAL FUN. I WAS SAD TO SEE THEM GO BUT WE HAD A REALLY GOOD TIME.

  TUESDAY      12 - 10 - 19

  PUP GETTING UP EARLY IS NOT IN THE PLAY BOOK.  I FORGOT HOW TIME CONSUMING RAISING A PUPPY IS.

  OUR FRIENDS AND THEIR SON SLEPT OVER. BY 7AM THEY WERE ON THE ROAD WITH A 10 HOUR TREK HOME.  THEY MADE IT SAFELY WHICH MADE ME FEEL RELIEVED.  THEIR SON GOT UP AROUND 11AM AND HE ROLLED OUT.  TIME TO PUT OUR HOME BACK TOGETHER AND I WANTED TO CHILL WITH THE PUP.

WATCHED 3 EPISODES OF LUCIFER WITH THE PUP.  ALL WERE GOOD.

 HAD SOME LEFTOVER PULLED PORK FROM THE EAGLES GAME. I HAD FOR LUNCH AND DINNER....GOOD STUFF.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO CLEAN AND PREP.  I WAS TIRED FROM PARTYING ALL WEEKEND AND MONDAY NIGHT AT THE EAGLES GAME BUT I FORCED MY WAY THROUGH IT. THE LIST WAS CHANGING THE MARQUEE SIGN IN THE RAIN , ORGANIZING THE MAIN ROOM'S TABLES ,  VACUUMING THE WHOLE NAIL , HANGING AN UPDATED SMOKING PERMIT , FIXING A CLOGGED URINAL , WRAPPING AN ETHERNET LINE FROM OUR RADIO SHOW , CONTACTING BANDS VIA PHONE & EMAIL , CLEANING THE BATHROOMS , STOCKING BEER , ORDERING BEER , AND BARTENDING. YEP........LOTTA FUN.

  WATCH THE 76ERS WIN AGAIN AT HOME. THEY HAVE A 3 GAME WIN STREAK AND ARE 13 - 0 AT HOME WHICH IS VERY COOL. SURE WISH OUR EAGLES WOULD HAVE A 3 GAME WIN STREAK..... WELL 4 , COUNTING THE GIANTS VICTORY.

 BACK HOME WHEELS AND I WATCH MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. IT WAS VERY GOOD.

 OFF TO BED AFTER WALKING PUPPY TWICE. BY 4AM SHE WAS CHIRPING. I WALKED HER AND LET HER SLEEP WITH ME UNTIL 7AM. AGAIN , THIS IS NOT IN THE GAME BOOK FOR RAISING PUPS.

   WEDNESDAY       12 - 11 - 19

  THANK YOU MINIVAN....THANK YOU.

  DID THE MORNING THING WITH THE PUPPY.  SHE HAS BEEN SQUEAKING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHICH IS TOO MUCH. I WALKED HER 3 TIMES AND HAD HER SLEEP WITH ME UNTIL 7AM.

  MADE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR OUR ELDEST.

  GOT MY EMAILS DONE AND BAND STUFF. I AM ALREADY TIRED AND IT IS ONLY 9AM.  THAN AGAIN......'I'VE BEEN UP FOR 5 HOURS.

  2 BEDROOM DOORS ON OUR 1ST FLOOR DO NOT CLOSE PROPERLY. I NEED TO HAVE THEM CLOSE TIGHTLY SINCE THE PUPPY LIKES TO EXPLORE. SO , I BROKE OUT A CIRCULAR SAW AND SCREW GUN. I CUT ONE DOOR DOWN AND RE-INSTALL IT. OF COURSE , IT DOES NOT CLOSE PERFECTLY. I TAKE THE DOOR DOWN AGAIN , GET ALL MY TOOLS OUT AGAIN , AND WITH A LITTLE CURSING AGAIN .............I RE-CUT IT. IT NOW CLOSES NICELY.

  THE SECOND BEDROOM DOOR NEEDS ADJUSTMENT ON THE DOOR KNOB AND KEEPER. A FAMILY MEMBER GAVE ME SOME HAND TOOLS ( ALONG WITH A BEAUTIFUL FINISH NAIL GUN , SANDER , PLANER , AND ONE OTHER TOOL I CAN'T REMEMBER ) AND I USED A CHISEL TO ADJUST THE DOOR KNOB KEEP AND THE JAMB KEEP. THIS WAS QUITE ENTERTAINING WITH A PUPPY IN THE MIDDLE OF IT THE WHOLE TIME.

 HAD SOME PUPPY TIME AND WATCHED 3 EPISODES OF LUCIFER. THEY WERE GOOD.

 CLOSED THE NAIL TONIGHT FOR THE 2ND TIME THIS WEEK. MONDAY I CLOSED BECAUSE OF A WONDERFUL TIME AT THE EAGLES GAME. TONIGHT......A SPECIAL DINNER WITH A FAMILY MEMBER WHO FLEW IN FROM PORTLAND. THE ONLY THING THAT SUCKED IS IT WAS A 1 HOUR AND 40 MINUTE DRIVE. WE EVEN SAVED TIME BY HAVING MY PARENTS DRIVE TO OUR HOUSE INSTEAD OF PICKING THEM UP. THIS SAVED ABOUT 20 MINUTES. I TOOK MY OLD MINIVAN WHICH MAKES ALL KINDS OF SCARY NOISES TO OUR KID'S COLLEGE IN PHILADELPHIA. THAN , WE HEADED TO NEW JERSEY.

  WE ARRIVE AT THE RESTAURANT AND IT WAS NICE. WE DID NOT REALIZE IT WAS B.Y.O.B SO NONE OF US BROUGHT BOOZE. THE GOOD THING A FAMILY MEMBER BROUGHT MANY BOTTLES OF RED WINE. SO......RED WINE IT WAS. SERVICE AND FOOD WERE GOOD. WE HAD A NICE TIME. I WANTED TO TALK TO MY FAMILY MEMBER AND NEW BOYFRIEND MORE BUT I COULD NOT HEAR AND SEATED SEVERAL AWAY. OVERALL , A FUN TIME. I DID FEEL BAD FOR MY 90 YEAR DAD WHO TREKKED THE WHOLE WAY.

 AT 10PM WE FINISH WE DECIDE TO VISIT A FAMILY MEMBER'S NEW HOUSE SINCE WE ARE JUST 5 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE RESTAURANT. WE FIGURE WE DO IT NOW SINCE IT IS VERY RARE TO SEE THEIR HOUSE AND IT WAS BRAND NEW. WE DRIVE OVER AND VISIT FOR 15 MINUTES. WITH SHOES OFF ( YES , YOU MUST TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF ) EXCEPT FOR MY 90 YEAR DAD. THIS WAS MY FAVORITE TIME BECAUSE NOW I GOT A CHANCE TO TALK TO MY NIECE AND HER NEW BOYFRIEND.  OTHER FAMILY EXPLORED THE NEWLY RENOVATED HOUSE. SINCE I SEEN IT I TALKED TO MY NIECE AND HER BOYFRIEND. OF COURSE I MADE JOKES AND THE GUY IS COOL.  OUR FAMILY IS OVERWHELMED AT THEIR HOME. I CALL IT " THE MUSEUM ". IT IS SUPER OVER THE TOP DECORATED AND BETTER HOMES AND GARDEN WOULD SHIT THEMSELVES SEEING THIS HOUSE.

  SHOES BACK ON AND WE ROLL OUT. IT IS NOW 10:45PM AND WE STILL HAVE A LONG DRIVE HOME. WE STOP AT OUR KID'S COLLEGE TO DROP HER OFF , GET GAS , AND MAKE IT BACK TO OUR HOME WITH THE PUPPY WAITING. I THANKED MY MINIVAN FOR MAKING THE LONG 3+ HOUR TREK. THE NOISES THIS VEHICLE WAS MAKING WAS CONCERNING TO SAY THE LEAST.

  MY PARENTS ROLL OUT THOUGH I DID OFFER TO DRIVE THEM HOME. AGAIN , I FELT BAD FOR MY 90 YEAR OLD DAD WHO STILL HAVE A DRIVE WELL AFTER MIDNIGHT. THEY ROLL OUT FROM OUR HOUSE AND WE SETTLE IN WITH THE PUPPY.

  WHEELS AND I HAVE A NIGHTCAP AND WIND DOWN THE NIGHT. I WAS TIRED.

 FLYERS LOSE......BLOW.

 WELP , ANOTHER DAY IN THE BOOKS.

 THE PUPPY WAKES UP AGAIN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. THIS TIME IT WAS WHEELS TURN.

  THURSDAY      12 - 12 - 19

 FUN JUST JAM NIGHT AND NEW MUSICIANS STOPPED IN.  IT WAS COOL TO SEE SO MANY ACTS JAMMING WITH EACH OTHER.

 76ERS WITH A BIG STATEMENT WIN OVER THE CELTICS.  BOSTON WAS 10 - 0 AND HOME. EMBIID STEPPED UP AND DID NOT HAVE ONE TURNOVER IN THE 4TH QUARTER. HE ALSO MADE FREE THROWS AND HAD A HUGE BLOCKED SHOT AT THE END OF THE GAME.

  WATCHED THE SEASON 4 FINALE OF LUCIFER. IT WAS GOOD BUT I THOUGHT IT BE BETTER. I WATCHED SOME OF THE AFTER BITS WITH THE CAST. IT WAS GOOD.

  THE PUP IS A NUTTY DOG. SHE IS ENTERTAINING US ALL THE TIME. IT'S LIKE HAVING A BABY THOUGH. CONSTANT ATTENTION , HOURLY FEEDING , AND CHANGING DIAPERS OR IN THIS CASE....WALKING HER OUTSIDE.

 MET A BEER DELIVERY FOR TODAY. SPENT ABOUT AN HOUR STOCKING BEER AND PREPPING FOR THE WEEKEND.

  STILL EATING LEFTOVERS FROM THE EAGLES GAME SUITE BUFFET.  THE PULLED PORK IS NOT TOP TASTE 4 DAYS LATER.

 LATELY , THE HAPPIEST I HAVE SEEN OF OUR ELDEST AND IT IS SO NICE TO SEE. I BELIEVE THE NEW JOB THAT HAS RESPECT AND COUPLED WITH A NEW PUPPY ARE THE REASONS.

  WATCHED AN EPISODE OF THE MAN IN THE HIGHTOWER. IT WAS EXCELLENT.

 HAD WHEELS MAKE ME MORE OF THE COLORED COPIED RENTAL FLYERS FOR OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE AND CONDO. I PLACED THEM IN THE NORMAL SPOTS OF THE NAIL. WE ARE STARTING TO BOOK SOME WEEKS AT THE SEASHORE CONDO ALREADY.

 OUR YOUNGEST ASKED FOR A WEEK AT OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE. WHEN I ASKED IF I COULD GO WITH HER FRIENDS THERE WAS A LONG PERIOD OF SILENCE.....THAN LAUGHTER.  MAN , THEY ARE GROWING UP TOO FAST.

  SPEAKING OF THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. I NEED TO GET UP THERE TO SEE WHY WATER IS ON OUR BATHROOM FLOOR.  IT CAN BE ONLY 3 THINGS....WASHER , SHOWER , OR TOILET.

  BEEN MAKING A MOVE ON BOOKING BANDS AND CREATING SHOWS.

  LOOKS LIKE I MAY BE WORKING IN NEW JERSEY AGAIN.

  OFF TO BED AND DID NOT SLEEP THE BEST. HEY......WHAT'S NEW ?

  FRIDAY    12 - 13 - 19

  NORMAL ROUTINE IN THE MORNING. WHEELS BUYS THE PUPPY ONE OF THE THOSE " SLOW EATING " DOG BOWLS. THE PUPPY IS SO DAMN RAVENOUS ( WHICH IS NORMAL ) WHEN EATING SHE PURCHASED A BOWL THAT HAS HIGH RIDGES IN THE BOWL. IT DOES SLOW THE PUP DOWN FROM EATING. BASICALLY , 30 SECONDS TO ABOUT 3 MINUTES.

 DRIVE TO GET MY YOUNGEST AT COLLEGE. I PLAYED A LITTLE RUSE ON HER BUT SHE PICKED IT UP QUITE QUICKLY. DURING MY RIDE SHE CALLS ME :

  YOUNGEST - " HOW CLOSE ARE YOU ? "

  ME - " ABOUT 20 MINUTES I WILL TEXT YOU WHEN 5 MINUTES AWAY LIKE I ALWAYS DO "

  YOUNGEST - " I WILL NEED HELP BRINGING STUFF TO THE CAR. "

 ME - " I HIGHLY SUGGEST LETTING YOUR FRIENDS HELP YOU. THEY SHOULD COME OUTSIDE TO THE CAR. "

 YOUNGEST - " OH MY GOD  !!!! I KNEW IT !!!!! YOU BROUGHT THE PUPPY !!!! "

 ME - " SORRY , YOU'RE BREAKING UP I CAN'T HEAR YOU. AGAIN , HAVE YOUR FRIENDS HELP YOU BRING STUFF TO THE CAR. " ( I COULD TOTALLY HEAR HER )

 YOUNGEST - " DID YOU BRING THE PUPPY ??!!??!! "

 ME - " AGAIN , I CAN'T HEAR YOU SO DEFINITELY HAVE YOUR FRIENDS HELP BRING YOUR STUFF OUTSIDE TO THE CAR. " ( AGAIN , I COULD TOTALLY HEAR HER )

 YOUNGEST - " CAN YOU HEAR ME ? "

  ME - " YOU ARE BREAKING UP.....CAN'T........HEAR..........STUFF........BRING........FRIENDS."  ( AGAIN , I CAN TOTALLY HEAR HER )

  SHE COMES OUT OF HER DORM ROOM AND I HAVE THE PUPPY WAITING RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DOOR. ALL THE GIRLS SCREAM " AWWWWWWWWW.....SHE'S SO CUTE !!!!! " THEY ALL HUG THE PUP AND LAUGH WITH JOY.

 WE HANG OUT FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES. I TAKE SOME PICTURES AND POST THEM ON FACEBOOK. A LADY WITH HER DOG STOPS BY TO VISIT OUR PUP. THESE MOMENTS WERE ADORABLE. WE SAY GOODBYES AND ALL THE KIDS HUG MY YOUNGEST. I SAY TO MY YOUNGEST ," YOU HAVE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS THERE ".

 I TAKE A DIFFERENT WAY HOME VIA WEST RIVER DRIVE........LOVE IT.

 AT HOME ME AND MY YOUNGEST SNUGGLE WITH THE PUPPY WHILE WATCHING TV. IT WAS AWESOME.

  SHOWER AND OFF TO THE NAIL FOR A LATE NIGHT PUNK SHOW. THE FIRST BAND STARTED AT 10PM WHICH IS THE LATEST I REMEMBER BUT IT DID WORK OUT AND THERE WAS A NICE LITTLE SOLID CROWD.

 I DID GET MELANCHOLY FOR IN MY " MEMORY " FEED ON FACE BOOK THERE WAS A CHRISTMAS PICTURE FROM 3 YEARS AGO. MY KIDS AND THE OLD DOG ALWAYS TOOK AN ANNUAL PICTURE IN FRONT OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE. THIS MADE ME SAD AND I SCROLLED THROUGH MANY PICTURES OF MY NELLIE DOG.  SHE WAS SUCH A SWEET HEART. I EVEN BLEW UP PICTURES TO SEE HER EYES CLOSER.

 FEELING SAD I GROUP TEXT MY FAMILY. I ASK THEM , " DO YOU THINK WE CAN PHOTOSHOP NELLIE INTO THIS YEARS CHRISTMAS PICTURE WITH THE NEW PUPPY ? " NO ONE AGREED.

 I CALL MY ELDEST AND WE TALK. SHE TELLS ME " TO LET IT GO AND THINK OF THE NEW PUPPY. " I KNOW THIS BUT I STILL MISS OH NELLIE.

 THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE I WILL CONTACT A FAMILY MEMBER TO SUPER IMPOSE / PHOTO SHOP OUR CHRISTMAS PICTURE THIS YEAR......EVEN IF IT IS JUST FOR ME.

  THE NIGHT ROLLS ALONG AND IT WAS FUN.

 76ERS WITH ANOTHER HOME WIN. THEY ARE 14 - 0 AND THE ONLY TEAM IN THE NBA UNDEFEATED AT HOME.

  HEAD HOME AND MY YOUNGEST HAS 3 FRIENDS STOP OVER AFTER 12:30AM. I BRING THE PUPPY DOWNSTAIRS TO THE BASEMENT AND ALL THE KIDS WOO AND SAY " AWWWWW ". I HAND THE PUPPY OVER TO A FRIEND TO HUG. SHE SAYS , " OH MY GOD I WANT A PUPPY NOW. "

  I END THE NIGHT WITH A NIGHTCAP. MY YOUNGEST WALKS THE PUP AGAIN AND PUTS HER IN HER CRATE.

  MY YOUNGEST STEPPED UP AGAIN BY GETTING UP AT 5AM TO WALK AND FEED THE PUP AT 7AM. I WAS UP AT 6:30AM BUT DECIDED TO STAY IN BED UNTIL 8AM. MY KID WAS SO RELIEVED WHEN I TOOK OVER THE PUPPY SHIFT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

  

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

   

  

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

   

  

     

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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