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

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

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

Work hard :

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

Treating people with respect :

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

Removing angry people:

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

Bands:

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

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

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

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

                    " LIVE AT THE NAIL "  RADIO SHOW   !!!

  We welcome these Radio Stations that promote our show

WWW.CYBERSTORMRADIO.COM    WWW.SRrocks.COM

              1370 WPAZ POTTSTOWN   WWW.RADIOFREEWORLDWIDE.COM

   HOLA 1600 am        WXVU 89.1 fm        KUR    88.3 fm

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

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

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

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

  WPTC   88.1 fm        WCUC   91.7 fm      WSRN  91.5 fm      

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

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

BLACK CIRCUS RADIO ( DEAD CELL RECORDS )

 SHORTCAST.COM      WSJR  ( INTERNET )    WYBF  89.1 FM

  http://www.advancedrf.net

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

 

                        WEBCASTED BY REAL AUDIO    

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

             PERFORMED LIVE EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT AT 6 PM

                                     ** ALL BANDS GET PROMOTED **

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

                                              NO OTHER CLUB DOES THIS !! 

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

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

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  SUNDAY    2 - 24 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  MONDAY     2 - 25 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  TUESDAY      2 - 26 - 19

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

  REALLY GETTING SICK OF SPACKLING AND SPONGING.

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

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

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

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

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

  OFFICER - " WHERE ARE YOU GOING TODAY ? "

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

  OFFICER - " DO YOU LIVE AROUND HERE ? "

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

  OFFICER - " WHERE DO YOU PRIMARY LIVE ?"

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

  OFFICER - " LICENSE AND REGISTRATION SIR "

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  OFFICER - " WHY ARE YOU HAPPY SIR ? "

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

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

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

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

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

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

  ME - " NO.......NO I DON'T. "

  OFFICER GOES TO HIS CAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 NEXT STORY :

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

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

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

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

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

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

  SLEEPING INTERVALS FOR TONIGHT :

 - IN BED BY 11PM , UP AT 1:30AM.

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

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

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

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

  WEDNESDAY     2 - 27 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   THURSDAY        2 - 28 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   FRIDAY      3 - 1 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  SATURDAY      3 - 2 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 2 - VISIT CHILI'S AND A FRIEND.

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

 4 - ORDER CHINESE AND STAY AT HOME.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   SUNDAY        3 - 3 - 19

 WELL THIS WAS AN INTERESTING DAY.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  MONDAY         3 - 4 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 BARTENDER SHOWS UP EARLY AND WE SHOOT POOL AND CHILL.

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

  I STAY UP UNTIL MIDNIGHT WHICH IS LATE FOR ME.

 TUESDAY          3 - 5 - 19

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

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

 MY DAY :

  - BANANA

  - SMOOTHIE

  - 30 MINUTES ON BOWFLEX TREAD CLIMBER.

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

  - MOZZARELLA AND GENOA SALAMI WITH WATER AND SODA SELTZER.

  - ONE GLASS OF RED WINE.

  YEP , THAT WAS MY DAY.......BLOW.

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

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

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

   76ERS WITH A GOOD SOLID WIN.

  DRIVE YOUNGEST TO WORK.

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

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

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

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

  WEDNESDAY          3 - 6 - 19

  PAID IN FULL................

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  THURSDAY        3 - 7 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  FRIDAY      3 - 8 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  SATURDAY       3 - 9 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   SUNDAY        3 - 10 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   TUESDAY        3 - 11 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  TUESDAY       3 - 12 - 19

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

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

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

  SHOWER AND SHAVE. SEEING MYSELF NAKED CONFUSES ME.

  SIDE JOB TOMORROW. IT WAS MOVED FROM TODAY.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   WEDNESDAY        3 - 13 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  THURSDAY       3 - 14 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  FLYERS GET SMOKED. WASHINGTON IS JUST SO MUCH BETTER.

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

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

  FRIDAY        3 - 15 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  76ERS WITH A GOOD WIN.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  SATURDAY      3 - 17 - 19

  I HAD TO DO  IT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

  

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

   

  

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

   

  

     

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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