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

                                                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      1 - 19 - 20

  AMAZING.....ONE " RULE " OF THUMB AND IT WORKED.........SO FAR.

  FIRST , I MUST THANK THE BANDS FOR SHOWING UP TONIGHT AND HAVING FUN WITH US.  AGAIN , WE HAD BIG LISTENING NUMBERS WHICH MAKES US FEEL SOOOOOO GOOD AND PROUD THAT WE ARE DOING SOMETHING FOR THE BANDS AND THEIR MUSIC. MIXLR DOES AN OUTSTANDING JOB OF TRACKING LISTENERS AND THEIR MESSAGES TO US.

  LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW WAS PERFORMED TONIGHT AND WAS IT SO FUN. SOME GREAT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINING CONVERSATION. WHEELS AND OUR ELDEST EVEN BROUGHT THE PUPPY IN AS A SURPRISE !! SORRY.......EVERYONE LAUGHED SO NO PUPPIES OR COOKIES WERE GIVEN OUT. WE MUST THANK THE BANDS SEMBLANCE , BIG HANDSOME , PLAYING PRETEND , NO! YOU FIRST , ANTTIMMY , SCARED20 , AND OF COURSE , MIDHEAVEN FOR HANGING SOME FUN WITH US TONIGHT. WE HAD HUGE LISTENING NUMBERS AGAIN ! THANK YOU !

  OK LET'S START THE MORNING. THERE WERE SOME THINGS TO DO.

  ATTEMPT NUMBER 15 TO FIX OUR LEAK IN THE FRIDGE'S ICE BIN THAT INHIBITS THE ICE CUBE PROCESS. I NOTICED OUR ICE MAKING MECHANISM WAS SLIGHTLY TILTED. SO , I DID A MACGYVER. USING A WOODEN RULER I SLID IT ALONG THE BOTTOM OF THE MECHANISM AND AGAINST THE LEFT WALL. BASICALLY I WEDGED IT IN THERE. THIS WAS STRICTLY A TEST. IF IT WORKS I WILL USE A PROPER WAY OF FIXING THIS TILT......A SHIM. ANYWAY , I LET THE FRIDGE RUN ABOUT 12 HORUS AND LO AND BEHOLD THE ICE BIN HAD NO WATER IN IT.......JUST ICE CUBES. YEAH !!!

 SPEAKING OF FRIDGES. OUR ELDEST WANTS A FRIDGE UPSTAIRS IN OUR 2ND FLOOR KITCHEN / OFFICE AREA. BASICALLY , IT IS TO KEEP FOOD AWAY FROM ME THAT SHE BUYS. WELL.....CRAIGSLIST STRUCK AGAIN. TECHNICALLY IT WAS FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE.  A GUY WAS REMODELING HIS KITCHEN AND SELLING HIS FRIDGE FOR $25. AFTER ONE WEEK HE DECIDED TO JUST GIVE IT AWAY FOR FREE.....THUS I STEP IN.  THE POST WAS ONLY 11 MINUTES OLD. WHEELS AND I TAKE THE 22 MINUTE RIDE IN A LITTLE UNDER 40 MINUTES. I WAS A COMPLETE ASS AND WENT THE WRONG WAY ON THE BLUE ROUTE FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES. OUR G.P.S. KEPT GOING UP IN MINUTES....WHAT THE FUCK !!??!!  EARLIER I MAPQUESTED THE AREA OF GLENSIDE AND THOUGHT IT WAS TOWARDS SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP ESPECIALLY WHEN I SAW IT ON THE MAP .......SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP OFF THE BLUE ROUTE. WELL......THERE ARE 2 FUCKING SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIPS !!

 ANYWAY , WE FIGURED IT OUT AND HEADED TO THE ADDRESS. THE GUY WAS COOL AND EVEN PLACED THE FRIDGE ON THE CURB AND TOOK THE DOORS OFF. WE GOT IT HOME IN 22 MINUTES. WE MOVED IT INSIDE OUR HOME USING A DOLLY AND TARP. I INSTALLED THE DOORS ( THANKS BRO FOR THE NEW DRIVE SOCKETS AND TOOLS !! ) AND TESTED IT. AFTER 6 HOURS THE FRIDGE IS WORKING PERFECTLY AND IT IS PRETTY DAMN CLEAN.

 IMMEDIATELY HEAD TO THE NAIL AND BEGIN PREPPING FOR THE RADIO SHOW. B.B. OUR ENGINEER AND CO-HOST ALONG WITH STEPH ANOTHER CO-HOST HELPED ME SET UP. WE HAD A MINOR SET BACK BUT ALL WAS WELL. A GOOD AMOUNT OF MUSICIANS SHOWED AND WE HAD FUN !!!!

  I LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ANDY REID AND THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FOR WINNING OVER THE TEXANS AND GETTING INTO THE SUPER BOWL. SORRY TEXANS....EVEN THE PLANT BASED DIET CAN BEAT THE CHIEFS TALENT AND HOME FIELD.

 49ERS WIN OVER THE PACKERS WHICH I AM OKAY WITH.

 BACK HOME WE SETTLE IN WITH A NIGHTCAP AND WATCH THE AWARD SHOWS WITH THE TV AND MOVIE ACTORS. THAT HUGE HALL THAT SEATED SO MANY BIG MOVIE STAR WAS PRETTY NICE. BUT, THE ONLY THING I THOUGHT ABOUT WAS THE MONEY IN THIS ROOM COULD STOP HUNGER IN EVERY COUNTRY WORLDWIDE.

 OFF TO BED AND I SLEPT GOOD. AROUND 5AM A PUPPY JUMPED ON MY BED AND IMMEDIATELY SNUGGLED NEXT TO ME AND FELL ASLEEP. I FOUND OUT LATER SHE SNUCK OUT OF THE UPSTAIRS BEDROOM AND CAME DOWN TO ME. THAT WAS COOL SINCE SHE NEVER DID THIS BEFORE.

  #AMAZINGMAZE

 MONDAY       1 - 20 - 20

  ROAD TRIP.........

  WHEELS TAKES THE PUP TO THE VET FOR A CHECK-UP. CRAZY MAZE IS IN GOOD HEALTH AND GAINED ANOTHER 5 POUNDS. TOTAL WEIGHT NOW - 24 POUNDS. WHEN WE GOT HER SHE WAS 14 POUNDS.

  I EDIT LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW. MAN , WHAT A DIFFERENCE FROM EDITING IN SEASON 1 TO SEASON 14 TODAY.  LIGHTNING FAST USING DIGITAL GADGETS.  TO GIVE YOU THE TIMING FACTOR. THE FIRST 5 SEASONS IT WAS TAKING ME 3 DAYS TO EDIT AND MAIL OUR SHOWS TO THE AFFILIATES. NOW..........UNDER 1 HOUR. ALSO , NO MORE GOING TO THE POST OFFICE AND MAILING CD'S INDIVIDUALLY. WHAT A FUCKING WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. ALL ARE SENT ELECTRONICALLY.

  WHEELS RETURNS AND STARTS PREPPING FOR A ROAD TRIP. I HEAD TO THE NAIL AND D.M.I. HOME SUPPLY.  I GET DONE IN UNDER AN HOUR. THIS INCLUDES UPLOADING THE SHOW TO GOOGLE DRIVE.

  BACK HOME WE LOAD UP WHAT WE NEED AND THE PUP. WHEELS DRIVES WHILE I MAKE PHONE CALLS. WE ALSO DECIDE TO USE OUR CD PLAYER FOR THE FIRST TIME. WE HAVE ALL THESE OLDIES 70'S ROCK CD'S AND IT WAS FUN LISTENING TO THEM.

 WE MAKE VERY GOOD TIME A, UNLOAD , AND SETTLE IN. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL HERE. IN FACT , I TAKE A PICTURE OF OUR LAKE DRIVE ROAD COVERED WITH PACKED SNOW , LINED BY TREES , AND LAKE ON THE SIDE. OUR PUP PEERS DOWN THE ROAD AND I SNAP A PICTURE. IT IS A SUPER COOL PICTURE AND I POSTED IT ON FACEBOOK. I NAME IT " ALBUM COVER ? "

  WE WATCH THE END OF THE 76ERS. THEY BEAT THE NETS AGAIN. WHEELS AND I WERE JUST AT WELLS FARGO LAST WEEK PLAYING THE SAME TEAM. 76ERS DID THE EXACT SAME THING.........ALL GAME LOSING AND THAN PILED ON THE DEFENSE IN THE 4TH QUARTER TO TAKE CONTROL AND WIN. SIMMONS SET A RECORD FOR 1ST BASKETBALL PLAYER EVER TO HAVE 30+ POINTS , 10+ REBOUNDS , 10+ ASSISTS , AND 5 STEALS.....SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WE SHOULD TRADE HIM.

 I TAKE A RIDE TO FILL GAS TANK , GET BRANDY , AND PICK UP OUR FAVORITE PIZZA.

 BACK HOME WE CHILL AND I TELL WHEELS , " I FRICKIN' LOVE THIS PLACE ".  IN UNDER 1 1/2 HOURS WE ARE DRIVEWAY TO DRIVEWAY LOOKING AT THIS BEAUTIFUL SCENERY.

 ELDEST VISITS YOUNGEST AT COLLEGE. THEY GO OUT FOR A SUSHI DINNER IN CENTER CITY. THOUGHT THAT WAS VERY NICE.

 I WALK THE PUP ALONG THE LAKE AND JUMP ABOUT 10 DEER.

 COULDN'T GET OUR BLU-RAY TO ACCESS NETFLIX.....THIS KINDA SUCKS.

  WE WATCH AN EXCELLENT DAVID BLAIN MAGIC DOCUMENTARY. IT HAD A SHITLOAD OF HUGE CELEBRITIES IN IT.

  OFF TO BED WITH THE PUP.........UGH. LOVE CHILLING AND SNUGGLING WITH HER.....NOT SO MUCH SLEEP.

   TUESDAY       1 - 21 - 20

   VERY HAPPY ON OUR CRAIGSLIST " FREE " PURCHASE OF A REFRIGERATOR. WHEELS SPENT ABOUT 20 MINUTES CLEANING IT WHILE I PAVED A PATH TO GET IT TO OUR UPSTAIRS KITCHEN AREA. IN TOTAL , IT TOOK US ABOUT 45 MINUTES BUT IT IS NOW IN PLACE AND I MUST SAY IT LOOKS VERY GOOD. OUR ELDEST IS SUPER HAPPY SHE HAS A FRIDGE UPSTAIRS AND AWAY FROM ME TAKING HER FOOD.

 SPEAKING OF CRAIGSLIST IT REALLY LOOKS LIKE A VERY LARGE DEAL WILL GO DOWN LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON. IT WILL BE THE BIGGEST PURCHASE WE EVER MADE USING THIS SITE.

 YOUNGEST STARTS CLASSES AT COLLEGE. SHE SAID ALL WAS GOOD.

 I DID NOT SLEEP VERY WELL SO I WAS IN SLOW GEAR ALL MORNING AND INTO THE AFTERNOON. BUT.....I PICKED UP SPEED AND BEGAN PUNCH LIST WORK. HERE IS THE LIST:

 - RE-ORGANIZE KITCHEN CABINETS. I TRY TO VISION OUR HOME NEVER BEING RENTED BUT THINGS GET SO PUT OUT OF PLACE IT IS TOUGH NOT TOO.

 - REMOVE A BALCONY SLIDING DOOR AND CLEAN EVERYTHING UNDERNEATH ON THE TRACK RAIL AND LUBRICATE THE TRACKS. OF COURSE , THE PUP TROTS OUT ON THE BALCONY DECK TO SEE THE SCENERY.....AND FINDS THE ONE LOOSE SPINDLE. MY HEART JUMPED WHEN SHE STUCK HER HEAD THROUGH IT. THE DROP IS ABOUT 12 FEET.

 - DUSTED ENTIRE 2ND FLOOR AND MAIN ROOM CEILING FAN , MADE ALL BEDS , CHECKED UNDER ALL BEDS , AND CHECKED ALL DRAWERS. I FOUND OVER 25 ORANGE PING PONG BALLS ALONG WITH TRASH OF ALL SORTS.

 - INSTALLED A PIECE OF WOOD TRIM TO HIDE CABLE WIRES IN A BEDROOM. IT WORKED EXCELLENT.

 - TAKE A RIDE TO THE HARDWARE STORE AND DOLLAR STORE FOR SOME ITEMS NEEDED.

 - TRIED EXCHANGING A HDMI CORD TO SEE IF IT WOULD FIX OUR BLU-RAY MACHINE TO GET NETFLIX.....IT DID NOT WORK.

 - TURNED ON POWER FOR FRIDGE THAT WAS DEFROSTING FOR 24 HOURS.  THIS IS 3 REFRIGERATORS IN LESS THAN 2 WEEKS WE HAD TO DEFROST TO MAKE THE ICE MACHINES WORK. WELL.....WE ARE 3 FOR 3.

 - WHEELS NOTICES WATER IN OUR 2ND MUDROOM FRIDGE UNDER THE VEGGY DRAWERS.....OF COURSE. I SPEND TIME LEVELING THE UNIT AND MOVE ALL FOOD TO THE KITCHEN REFRIGERATOR. THIS WILL BE THE 4TH FRIDGE TO DEFROST FOR ANOTHER 24 HOURS........OH.......MY........GOD.

 - CHECK ALL LIGHT BULBS THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE. ONLY HAD TO CHANGE AN AWNING BULB.

 - FIXED 2 LAMPS.

 - SHAMPOO 3 DIFFERENT STAINED AREAS ON ONE SECTIONAL COUCH. IT CAME OUT VERY NICE. IT IS VERY NICE TO HAVE A SMALL SHAMPOOER HERE.

 - CHECKED AND TESTED BOTH VACUUMS.

  CLEANING AND ORGANIZING EVERYWHERE I GO.  BY LATE AFTERNOON I WAS DONE.

 WALK THE PUP SEVERAL TIMES AND TAKE SOME COOL PICTURES. WE ALSO PURCHASED A HARNESS TO REPLACE THE NECK COLLAR. THE DOG IS JUST TO ENERGETIC AND PULLS CONSTANTLY ON A LEASH.

  LEFTOVER PIZZA FOR LUNCH IS ALWAYS GOOD.

  WHEELS MAKE A NICE DINNER AND WE CHILL. THE PUP WALKING ALONG THE TOP OF THE COUCH IS PRETTY FUNNY.

  WATCH THE FLYERS WIN A HUGE GAME OVER THE PENGUINS.

  WATCH AN EPISODE OF THIS IS US. WELL , WHEELS WATCHED IT WHILE I WAS ON CRAIGSLIST , DOING BAND EMAILS , AND PLAYING INTERNET POKER.

 WE HAVE SOME NIGHTCAPS TO SETTLE IN ON THE NIGHT. I WALK THE PUP LATE NIGHT TWICE AND DOESN'T POOP. THIS IS NOT GOOD. OH , THE SKY'S STARS ARE ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.

  HAD THE PUP SLEEP WITH ME AGAIN. SHE DID BETTER THIS NIGHT.

 OH , JUST ONE MORE THING , HAVING A PUP ON THE BED CAN DISTRACT ANY CONCENTRATION. I MEAN ANY.

  WEDNESDAY      1 - 22 - 20

  THE PUP SEES HER FIRST DEER. FIVE DEER CASUALLY STROLL PAST OUR FRONT PATH. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SCENE WITH ALL THE SNOW AND LAKE FROZEN OVER. I GRAB THE PUP AND LET HER PEER OUT A WINDOW. IT WAS LIKE SHE SAW SANTA CLAUSE. I PLACE THE PUP DOWN AND SHE JUMPS UP ON TOP OF THE COUCH AND LOOKS OUT ANOTHER WINDOW.  WE ALL SHOULD LOOK AT LIFE WITH THIS MUCH ENTHUSIASM.

  CAN'T SAY SLEEPING WITH THE PUPPY IS A GOOD THING ESPECIALLY THE WAY MY SLUMBER IS.........BUT JESUS SHE IS SO NICE TO SNUGGLE WITH.

 START THE DAY WITH SOME PUNCH LIST THINGS. I AM CARRY A TOOL BAG AND I FEEL THIS SLIGHT PAIN ON MY CALF. I START TO BLEED.  I FIND A NEW UTILITY BLADE SLIGHTLY PIERCING OUT OF THE SIDE OF THE TOOL BAG. YEP, IT GOT ME. WHEELS PUT A BAND AID ON IT.

  GOT A LARGE SHOW MOVED ONE DAY EARLIER SO I CAN ATTEND A WEDDING. THIS WAS A BIG DEAL AND I THANKED THE PROMOTING COMPANY FOR DOING THIS.

 I CONTINUE MY HARD LOOK FOR A GOOD USED MINIVAN / WORK VEHICLE.  I HAVE SEARCHED COUNTLESS DEALERSHIPS , CRAIGSLIST , NEXT DOOR , AND FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE. I CAN NOT FIND A BETTER DEAL THAN THE ONE WE HAVE NOW........UNTIL TODAY.  OF COURSE , I TOLD THE OWNER OF THIS ONE VEHICLE WE BUY HIS TOMORROW. WELL , I FOUND ANOTHER VEHICLE VERY SIMILAR TO THIS ONE SO I DECIDED TO CALL THE OWNER. WE EMAILED SEVERAL TIMES BUT THAT WAS NOT MOVING FAST ENOUGH. I CALL THE GUY AND HE SEEMS COOL BUT HE IS NOT MOTIVATED TO SELL HIS VAN AT ALL.  THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR ME BECAUSE THERE WAS NO NEGOTIATING THE PRICE.

 CONTINUED -- WHAT WOULD YOU DO ?

  COMPARISONS OF THE 2 VEHICLES :

   KING OF PRUSSIA VAN              VERSE                NEW JERSEY VAN

  - 2 YEARS NEWER                                                 - $1150 CHEAPER

  - INSPECTED 3 DAYS AGO                                   - INSPECTION DUE NEXT MONTH

  - NEW BACK ROTORS AND BRAKES                  - CLAIMS IT IS IN MINT CONDITION ( I BELIEVED HIM )

  - VERBALLY AGREED TO PRICE                         - 7,000 LESS MILES

  - ONE OWNER                                                         - ACQUIRED VIA CAR REPO

  - GOOD COMMUNICATION                                    - NO PICTURES OF VEHICLE YET JUST ALL DESCRIPTION.

  BOTH VEHICLES HAVE ALL THE BELLS , WHISTLES , AND MORE. SO I WENT A STEP FURTHER AND ASKED MY 3 GIRLS. ALL SAID KEEP THE DEAL FOR THE KING OF PRUSSIA VAN. I AM AGREEING WITH THEM BUT IT WOULD OF BEEN NICE TO CHECK THIS VEHICLE OUT TOO.  AGAIN , I REALLY BELIEVE THE DEAL WE ARE ABOUT TO MAKE TOMORROW IS A FAIR DEAL FOR BOTH PARTIES......PROBABLY MORE FAIR ON HIS END. THE THING THAT IS ALWAYS MY MOTIVE WHEN USING CRAIGSLIST AND SUCH THE DEAL SHOULD BE GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THIS DEAL IS FAIR.

 EXAMPLES OF GREAT DEALS I HAVE DONE ON CRAIGSLIST AND SUCH.

  FLYERS TICKETS - $250 UNDER FACE VALUE THAT CAME WITH FREE PARKING AND ACCESS TO CADILLAC GRILL.

  76ERS TICKETS - $180 UNDER FACE VALUE.

  REFRIGERATOR - FREE AND IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.

  14 FIVE GALLON DRUMS OF DRIVEWAY SEALER - $4 A DRUM.

  COUCH FOR BASEMENT - EXCELLENT CONDITION - FREE.

  OK , SO YOU CAN SEE WHERE I AM GOING HERE. THE MINIVAN WE ARE ABOUT TO BUY TOMORROW IS IN MINT CONDITION AND WE HAVE A VERBAL AGREEMENT. I AM NOT IN LOVE WITH THIS DEAL BUT I AM OKAY WITH IT. THE ALTERNATIVE IS BUYING A BETTER USED VEHICLE AT $18,000 OR A NEW VAN AROUND $30,000. BOTH THESE OPTIONS WOULD HAVE MONTHLY PAYMENTS AND INTEREST RATES. BOTH WE DO NOT WANT.

  TRAINING THE PUP NOT TO GO BALLISTIC EVERY TIME WE ARE ABOUT TO FEED HER IS PRETTY DAMN FUNNY. THE BEST DESCRIPTION I CAN GIVE IS THIS DOG IS " RAVENOUS " AT EVERY FEEDING.

  WHEELS AND I HEAD TO ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS UP HERE. IT IS A BYOB AND CALLED CHARLIE WEAVERS. THE WAITRESS " MIKE " IS ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES BUT COOL. TO BE ON HER GOOD SIDE BRING UP YOU ARE A FAN OF THE TV SERIES THE WALKING DEAD. OUR MEALS WERE VERY GOOD AND THE TOTAL COST WAS 60 BUCKS.....THAT'S WITH TIP.  ALSO , IT IS JUST SO COOL TO CHILL WITH WHEELS AND TALK ABOUT LIFE , BUSINESS , INVESTING , KIDS , PUP , FAMILY , AND MORE. THE THING WE ARE STARTING TO DIG NOW IS OUR FLEXIBILITY TO TRAVEL TO OUR CONDO AND MOUNTAIN HOUSE NOW THAT THE KIDS ARE OLDER. THIS IS PRETTY COOL. I FRIGGIN' LOVE COMING UP HERE AND THIS HOUSE.

 TALKED TO BOTH OUR KIDS TONIGHT......LOVED EVERY SECOND.

 TRIED TO SET UP A LUNCH DATE WITH SOME PHILLY AUNTS AND A COUSIN AND I GOT SHOT DOWN. I GIGGLED WHEN I HUNG UP THE PHONE. SO , I SET UP ANOTHER LUNCH DATE WITH SOME OTHER COUSINS.

  76ERS KEEP IT CLOSE BUT THAN GET SMOKED.

  WHEELS AND I WIND DOWN BACK AT HOME. WE HAVE A DRINK AND SNUGGLE WITH THE PUP. SHE IS PRETTY HAPPY TO SEE US. 

 OFF TO BED AND THIS TIME WE WILL FLIP FLOP BEDROOMS. WHEELS WILL HAVE THE PUP TONIGHT.

  THURSDAY     1 - 23 - 20

 WELP.........THE PURCHASE OF A USED VEHICLE ALL WENT DOWN AND I MADE A MISTAKE. I GOT A " SIGN " AND I DID NOT HEED IT.

 I SLEEP GOOD AND WHEELS TAKES THE PUP FOR THE NIGHT. MY SHIFT TURN WAS ABOUT 6:15AM SO I ENTER THE BEDROOM AND ASK WHEELS , " WHERE'S THE PUP ? " SHE LIFTS UP THE COMFORTER AND THERE IS THE PUP HIDDEN AND SNUGGLED AGAINST HER BODY.

  START THE MORNING AS ALWAYS WITH MY NORMAL ROUTINE....WHICH NOW INCLUDES PUPPY DUTY.

  BY LATE MORNING WE BEGIN THE PROCESS OF CLEANING AND LOADING UP THE CAR.

 4 REFRIGERATORS DEFROSTED IN 2 WEEKS AND...........IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING NORMALLY AGAIN. WE ARE 4 FOR 4 IN FIXING THEM.

  WE GET ROLLING AND STOP AT THE DUMPSTER TO DROP OFF A COUPLE OF BAGS OF TRASH.

  WE MAKE GREAT TIME GETTING HOME AND SETTLE IN. 

  I HEAD TO THE BANK TO MAKE A DEPOSIT AND ACQUIRE A CASHIER'S CHECK.

  WHEELS AND I HEAD TO A GUY WE MET AND HAVE BEEN TALKING WITH THE LAST 3 WEEKS. WE ARRIVE AT HIS WORK AND HIS SON IS THERE AGAIN. WE EXCHANGE LICENSES , THE CAR'S TITLE , AND OF COURSE......I HAND HIM THE CASHIER'S CHECK. MY ANTENNAS HAVE BEEN TELLING ME FOR 3 WEEKS TO KEEP LOOKING HARD FOR A SIMILAR VEHICLE.  I COULD ONLY FIND 2 EVEN CLOSE TO THIS ONE. FOR THE MOST PART NOTHING BEAT THE VALUE AND CONDITION OF THIS CAR.........SO ,ON THE DRIVE OVER I SAID TO WHEELS ," THIS IS IT , ANY LAST QUESTIONS TO BAIL ? " SHE GIVES ME THE " LOOK " LIKE " I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS , GET IT THE FUCK OVER WITH. YOU'RE AN ASSHOLE ".

  WE MAKE THE BIGGEST CRAIGSLIST PURCHASE EVER AND BUY THE VEHICLE.  THE ONE MISTAKE I DID WAS I NEVER TOOK IT FOR A TEST DRIVE. I SAW & LISTENED TO THE ENGINE , MADE SURE IT WAS INSPECTED , AND MORE BUT NEVER PHYSICALLY DROVE IT UNTIL NOW.

  SO...........WHEELS FOLLOWS ME IN HER CAR AND I ACCESS THE VEHICLE . I WILL NOT DO THE GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS VAN BECAUSE THERE ARE A TON. BUT , I WILL DO THE BAD THINGS.

  HERE THEY ARE :

 - THE SEAT - IT IS SLIGHTLY TO CLOSE TO THE STEERING WHEEL EVEN THOUGH I HAVE IT ALL THE WAY BACK. I THOUGHT IT SHOULD MOVE BACK AT LEAST ANOTHER 1 FOOT......OR I LOSE A 100 POUNDS.

 - THE SEAT - IT IS NOT AS COMFORTABLE AS I THOUGHT. IT FELT LIKE SOMETHING HARD WAS PUSHING ON MY ASS. YES , THERE ARE A 100 SEXUAL JOKES THERE. AGAIN , I HAVE A HUGE ASS AND JUST MY FAT ALONE IS COMFORTABLE BUT SOMETHING WAS HARD IN THE SEAT. I GUESS IT WAS THE OLD STORY OF THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA.

 - THE SOUND - THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. IN THE FIRST MILE OR TWO EVERYTHING WAS GOOD. THAN.....I HEAR A SLIGHT HIGH PITCH NOISE IN THE BACK RIGHT OF THE VAN. I CAN NOT TELL IF IT IS ON THE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS THE RADIO SO I TURN IT OFF. I NOTICE IT IS ONLY MAKES NOISE ON " TURNS " WITH THIS SLIGHT HIGH PITCH SOUND. I AM TOTALLY BUMMED. THE GUY DESCRIBED IT AS MINT AND PERFECT CONDITION AND JUST PASSED INSPECTION 3 DAYS AGO. I PULL UP TO OUR HOUSE KINDA MELANCHOLY. IT IS THE FIRST TIME IN 100'S OF CRAIGSLIST AND SUCH EXCHANGES AND I FEEL THE BUYER GOT THE BETTER DEAL.

 I TEXT THE GUY AND HE SAID HE NEVER HEARD THE SOUND BECAUSE HE ALWAYS HAS THE RADIO ON.

 - " THE SIGN " - AT THE BANK , THE TELLER SHOWS ME THE CASHIER'S CHECK AND SAYS , " DOES EVERYTHING LOOK OKAY HERE ? " I LOOK AT IT AND THE NAME ON THE CHECK IS SPELLED WRONG. SHE NOW HAS TO DO IT ALL OVER WHICH TAKES ABOUT 10 MINUTES. I AM IN LINE FOR 25 MINUTES AND PEOPLE BEHIND ME ARE NOT HAPPY....ESPECIALLY WITH THE ONE TELLER WORKING WITH ME AND THE OTHER TELLER ON THE PHONE. ONE LADY NEXT IN LINE ACTUALLY LEFT IN A HUFF OF ANGER. ANYWAY , I SHOULD OF SEEN THIS AS A " SIGN " FROM ABOVE.........( USE A DEEP GOD VOICE ) , " CHRIS .........HOLD OFF ......... YOU MUST CONTINUE SEARCHING FOR ANOTHER VAN.   ALSO......LOSE SOME WEIGHT........FATTY. "

  I HAVE 2 DIRECTIONS HERE. ONE - CANCEL THE CASHIERS CHECK AND RETURN THE VAN , OR 2 - GIVE IT A LITTLE MORE TIME TO FOR ME TO GET ACCLIMATED TO THE CAR.

  I HAVE SOME DINNER AND HEAD TO THE NAIL. TO PUT ME IN A BETTER MOOD WE HAD THE BIGGEST JUST JAM SINCE WE STARTED IT 2 YEARS AGO. THE KEY.....A COMEDIAN. THE GUY WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY FUNNY AND HE BROUGHT A TON OF FAMILY.  MORE MUSICIANS ARE HEARING ABOUT OUR FORMAT AND THEY LOVE IT. THE WORD IS FINALLY GETTING OUT AND MAN DID WE HAVE A GOOD CROWD.  THE MOST HEART WARMING TO ME WAS 20 MUSICIANS WITH GUITARS , HARMONICAS , KEY BOARDS , AND MORE ALL STARTED SINGING JOHN DENVER'S " COUNTRY ROAD ".  YOU KNOW THE SONG , ( SING ALITTLE ) , " COUNTRY ROADS , TAKE ME HOME , TO THE PLACE I BELONG......WEST VIRGINIA , MOUNTAIN MAMA , ( STILL SINGING IN YOUR HEAD ? ) TAKE ME HOME , COUNTRY ROADS. " IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS I EVER HAD BEING PART OF THE NAIL. I WAS SINGING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS.....WITH TEARS IN MY EYES. TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE SINGING TOGETHER ON ONE SONG GOT ME SO EMOTIONAL AND PROUD THAT I THOUGHT , " MAYBE THIS WORLD ( SOMETIMES ) IS NOT SO BAD. "

 SPEAKING OF HEART WARMING........MANY " DELCO " PEOPLE SPREAD THE WORD FOR DWAYNE " THE ROCK " JOHNSON TO CONTACT A LOCAL GIRL NAMED EMILY WHO IS BATTLING CANCER. SHE REALLY LIKES THE ROCK AND LOVES TO COOK. ANYWAY , THE ROCK STEPPED UP .....AND IT WENT VIRAL INSTANTLY. HE GAVE HER A 6 MINUTE PERSONAL HEART WARMING VIDEO , A NEW COMPUTER , AND $1,000'S OF DOLLARS WORTH OF HIS CLOTHING LINE. A CUTE THING WAS A CHEF'S HAT HE HAD CUSTOMIZED AND EMBROIDER FOR EMILY WHICH SAID , " CAN YOU SMELL WHAT EMILY IS COOKIN'? " I TEARED UP WATCHING THE VIDEO OF HER BEING INTERVIEWED BY A LOCAL CHANNELL 10 REPORTER. IT IS ALL OVER FACEBOOK AND SOCIAL MEDIA. IT IS SO F'N COOL.

 AFTER A REALLY FUN NIGHT AT THE NAIL AND BUSY ( I HAD A BARTENDER HELP ME FOR ABOUT AN HOUR ) I HEAD HOME STILL THINKING ABOUT THIS PURCHASE. I MAKE 2 DRINKS AT 1:30AM AND FALL ASLEEP DURING THE 2ND DRINK. I WAKE UP AT 3AM AND HEAD TO BED.

 ANOTHER CRAZY DAY AND NIGHT IN THE BOOKS.

 OH , JUST ONE MORE STORY :

 DRIVING HOME WITH WHEELS WE LISTEN TO ADELE 'S CD " 9 ". WE PLAYED ALL 12 SONGS AND I DID NOT KNOW A SINGLE ONE. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORY. ANYWAY , I GO OFF ON A POSITIVE LIFE RANT AND SAY , " YOU KNOW WHEELS , I THINK WE ARE 1 PERCENTERS .....WITHOUT THE MONEY. " SHE GIGGLES AND TOTALLY AGREES. I CONTINUE , " I MEAN LOOK AT OUR LIVES RIGHT NOW.  WITH OUR 2 JOBS , THE KIDS IN COLLEGE AND A TEACHING JOB , AND 2 VACATION PROPERTIES WE CAN DO ANYTHING WE WANT. WE CAN TRAVEL TO THE SEASHORE AND POCONOS EVERY WEEK FOR 3 TO 5 DAYS IF WE WANTED TOO. I MEAN....WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF THE STARS LINING UP FOR US ON ALL THESE SCENARIOS ? WE BUSTED OUR ASSES BUILDING THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE , THE NAIL , THE CONDO , AND I LOVE COMING UP HERE TO THE POCONOS. WE ARE 88 MINUTES DRIVEWAY TO DRIVEWAY AND THAT IS AWESOME. IN 1 /1 2 HOURS HOURS YOU CAN BE DRINKING A BEER ON THE DECK OVERLOOKING A LAKE.  I MEAN THIS IS A PRETTY DAMN COOL SITUATION ". I GO ON AND ON ABOUT WE HAVE SO MUCH FLEXIBILITY TO REALLY ENJOY OUR PROPERTIES AND EACH OTHER......THAN MY BLOOD AND NEGATIVE GENES SETS IN.....AND THE RANT TURNED NEGATIVE.

 CONTINUED - THE GOOD VIBE AND LIFE RANT CONTINUES AND AS WE APPROACH THE LEHIGH TUNNEL. I AM TALKING ABOUT OUR NORTH WILDWOOD CONDO NOW AND I SEE AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN , THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO GO THROUGH , A TOWER ANTENNA ON THE VERY TOP. SO , I CHANGE TOPIC AND SAY TO WHEELS , " YOU SEE THAT HIGH MOUNTAIN ? YOU SEE THAT ANTENNA TOWER ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN ? THAT IS WHEN WE BOUGHT OUR CONDO AT THE " PEAK " OF THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. YOU COULD NOT GET ANY FUCKING HIGHER THAN WHEN WE BOUGHT IT. JESUS CHRIST WHAT THE FUCK WAS I THINKING ? THIS MOUNTAIN IS NOT HIGH ENOUGH FOR THE PRICE WE PAID SO THEY STUCK A FUCKING ANTENNA TOWER ON TOP OF THE FUCKING MOUNTAIN TO PISS ME OFF EVEN MORE AND REMIND ME THAT WE DROPPED THE FUCKING BALL ON THIS TIMELY PURCHASE. CHRIST.....THE OWNERS BEFORE US ARE PROBABLY IN FUCKING BARBADOS SINCE 2006 LIVING THE FUCKING DREAM SUCKING ON MARGUERITES WHILE WE GOT STUCK WITH THIS DAMN MOUNTAIN PRICE........DAMN IT !!  WE BOUGHT IT SO DAMN HIGH !!

 CONTINUED - WHEELS SHAKES HER HEAD ( I'VE SEEN THIS HEAD SHAKING MANY TIMES ) AND SAYS , " CAN YOU GET BACK TO THE GOOD PART OF OUR LIVES ? .........JESUS CHRIST. "

  FRIDAY     1 - 24 - 20

  THE MORE I DRIVE IT THE MORE I AM LIKING IT.

  TOOK A RIDE TO EAGLE AUTO TAG WHICH MOVED FROM HAVERTOWN TO SPRINGFIELD WHICH KINDA SUCKS FOR ME BUT I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND. I HAVE USED THIS PLACE ON 5 DIFFERENT OCCASIONS AND THEY CUT ME A BREAK. ANYWAY , I REGISTERED OUR " NEW " VEHICLE , GOT A NEW TITLE , AND RECEIVED A LICENSE PLATE.

 I TIMED IT PERFECTLY BECAUSE WHEN FINISHED I DROVE TO CENTER CITY TO PICK UP OUR YOUNGEST. IT IS ALWAYS A JOY TO CHILL WITH THIS KID.

 WE STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.

 WE STOP AT THE BANK TO GET CHANGE FOR THE NAIL. I ASK THE TELLER WHO RAN THE CASHIER'S CHECK YESTERDAY FOR ME , " IF I WANTED TO CANCEL THAT CHECK , COULD I DO IT ? " SHE CALLED IN A MANAGER AND HE SAID I COULD.....NOT THAT I WOULD........BUT I COULD.

  STOP AT VIC'S SUSHI. MY KID GETS LUNCH AND MAKES A LITTLE MONEY FOR HELPING ME FOR 15 MINUTES AT THE NAIL.

 AT HOME WE HAVE LUNCH.

  I DECIDE TO WORK OUTSIDE SINCE IT IS BEAUTIFUL OUT FOR LATE JANUARY.

  OUR YOUNGEST WALKS THE PUP AND PUTS HER ON THE RUNNER. THEY PLAY FOR A LITTLE BIT.  NOT KNOWING IT IS GOING TO BE A SERIOUS DOWNPOUR TOMORROW I ASK MY KID TO SWEEP UP ALL THE LEAVES GOING DOWN OUR OUTSIDE ENTRANCE STEPS.  IF THE DRAIN GETS CLOGGED THE RAIN POURS INTO OUR BASEMENT. I THINK I DODGED A BULLET HERE.

  SOME VEHICLE SMASHED OUR WOOD STREET BORDER........AGAIN. I TAKE SOME TOOLS AND WORK ON IT FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES.

  I WINDEX THE VAN'S OUTSIDE WINDOWS THAN TAKE MY KID FOR AN EYE APPOINTMENT.

  BACK HOME WE PLAY WITH THE PUP.  WE TOOK THE " NEW " VAN AND IT MADE THE HIGH PITCH NOISE AGAIN BUT THIS TIME ONLY TWICE.  I PARKED IN SOME MUD SO WHEN WE GOT HOME I HOSED DOWN THE ENTIRE VAN.

  HEAD TO THE NAIL IN THE VAN AND I AM LIKING IT MORE AND MORE I DRIVE IT.  I FIGURED TONIGHT WAS GOING TO BE SLOW SO I BROUGHT THE VEHICLE'S MANUAL IN WITH ME. AFTER PREPPING AND LOADING THE BANDS I MANNED THE FRONT DOOR AND READ THE FEATURES OF THIS VAN........JESUS IT HAS A TON. MOST LIKELY I WILL NEVER USE 90% OF THEM. THE BEST IS THE VAN HAS AN OUTLET SO IF I EVER WANT TO HEAT UP A PIZZA WITH OUR MINIATURE MICROWAVE.....DONE.  THE SEATS SWIVEL 180 DEGREES AND A TABLE FOLDS OUT TOO. IT HAS U.S.B. FEATURES , 2 DVD MOVIE SCREENS , HEATED SEATS THROUGHOUT , SATELLITE RADIO , AND G.P.S. NAVIGATION. THIS THING WAS BUILT FOR TRAVELING.

  THE NIGHT MOVES ALONG I AM PLEASANTLY SURPRISED ON A GOOD NIGHT. THIS NIGHT HAD 3 BANDS CANCEL ON US SO WE DID A LAST MINUTE REBUILD AND GOT A SOLO ACT AND 2 BANDS TO FILL IN. WE ENDED UP WITH ABOUT 50 PEOPLE ATTENDING THE SHOW WHICH IS NOT BAD.

 I ROLL HOME AND CHILL. I HAVE ONE LIME GIN ON THE ROCKS AND WHEELS AND I WATCH A HALF EPISODE OF SHAMELESS. AGAIN , IT WAS VERY GOOD.

 MY TURN WITH THE PUP AND I DID A TEST. SHE WAS SLEEPING ON THE COUCH AND I DID NOT WANT TO DISTURB HER. I CLOSE ALL THE LIGHTS AND GO TO BED WITH MY DOOR OPEN. AT 3:15AM I HEAR A THUMP ON MY BED AND FEEL MY COMFORTER MOVE. WITHIN SECONDS I HAD A WARM PUPPY SNUGGLING ON MY NECK. I SMILED.

 BY 5:15AM THE PUP JUMPED OFF THE BED. THIS IS HER SIGN I NEED TO PEE. I WALK HER AND LUCKILY IT IS ONLY MISTING OUT. I KNOW THE HARD RAIN IS COMING SOON. SHE DOES HER THING AND WE GO BACK TO BED AGAIN.

 AT 6:45AM SHE JUMPS OFF THE BED AGAIN. SHE KNOWS IT IS FEEDING TIME.  I STARTED TRAINING HER ON FEEDING TOO. THE DOG GOES ABSOLUTELY BALLISTIC WHEN SHE SEES AND HEARS THE BAG RATTLING TO FILL HER BOWL. I MEAN JUMPING ON YOU AND ALL OVER THE PLACE. SHE FRIGGIN' BOUNCES LIKE TIGGER ON 2 HIND LEGS. I AM PUTTING A STOP TO THIS. I MAKE HER SIT AND STAY UNTIL THE BOWL IS ON THE FLOOR. IF SHE MOVES AN INCH TOWARDS I YELL THE COMMAND TO STAY. OH MY GOD IT IS HILARIOUS. IT'S LIKE ASKING A KID TO STAY AT THE TOP OF THE STEPS ON CHRISTMAS MORNING.

  OUR YOUNGEST DECIDES TO GO BACK TO COLLEGE TONIGHT. OF COURSE I AM SADDENED BUT I CAN NOT BLAME THE KID. I AM JUST SO HAPPY FOR HER THAT SHE IS ENJOYING COLLEGE AND HER FRIENDS.

   SATURDAY       1 - 25 - 20

 WHAT THE HELL IS A BACKING OR VACUUM PLATE ?......I FOUND OUT.

 THE SQUEAKING OF THE " NEW " VAN CONTINUES. I GAVE A RIDE FOR MY ELDEST TO MAGGIANOS IN KING OF PRUSSIA FOR HER WORK'S CHRISTMAS PARTY. BOTH OF US PINPOINTED WHERE IT WAS COMING FROM.........BACK RIGHT WHEEL. SO , THIS IS GOOD. AT LEAST I FOUND OUT WHERE.

  BACK HOME , I CALL THE MECHANICS SHOP WHO JUST CHANGED THE BRAKES AND ROTORS ALONG WITH LIGHT BULBS AND PA INSPECTION. HE THINKS IT IS A BACKING OR VACUUM PLATE. IT IS AN EASY FIX AND THEY WILL NOT CHARGE ME IF I BRING IT IN. THIS PLATE IS NEXT TO THE ROTOR ON THE BRAKING SYSTEM. HE TELLS ME IT IS AN EASY FIX BUT THERE IS ONE PROBLEM....THEY ARE IN COATESVILLE. BUT.............I HAVE A BACK UP PLAN FIRST.

 I MAKE HOME MADE BANANA PANCAKES FOR WHEELS AND I.

 I PROGRAMMED THE " NEW " VAN.  IT NOW CONTROLS OUR GARAGE DOORS AND GATE AT THE NAIL. I ALSO PLUGGED IN SOME NAVIGATION POINTS FOR QUICK G.P.S.ING.

  WHEELS GOES TO A CHARITY FUND RAISER WITH SOME FRIENDS AND THAN DINNER AT MAGGIANOS. I HAD A PEANUT BUTTER AND FLUFFERNUTTER SANDWICH.

  I TOOK A LITTLE NAP WITH THE PUP. THIS IS ALWAYS HEARTWARMING. I DO FIND MYSELF CALLING MAZE THE PUP OUR OLD DOG NELLIE.......WHICH MAKES ME SAD. I STILL REALLY MISS HER.

  WORK ON OUR BLU-RAY FOR ACCESSING NETFLIX AND SUCH ON TV'S WITHOUT AN HDMI PORT. I DID A TEST ON MY TV WITH AN HDMI PORT AND IT WORKED. THIS IS VERY GOOD NEWS AND IT NARROWED MY TROUBLE SHOOTING DOWN TO ONE PROBLEM. I HAD A BAD CONVERTER. HAVING THIS AT OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE IS VERY USEFUL. NOW.....I CAN'T REMEMBER IF OUR MT HOUSE TV HAS A HDMI PORT OR NOT.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR A HUGE NIGHT. ONCE AGAIN WE RUN A PERFECT SHOW. OVER 130 TICKETS WERE SOLD AND MAN DID OUR STAFF RUN. I WAS SO APPRECIATIVE OF OUR STAFF I GAVE THEM OPEN BAR FOR OVER AN HOUR. I MOSTLY WANTED TO HANG WITH THEM TOO.

  SO MANY PEOPLE CAME UP TO ME AND THANKED US FOR PUTTING ON SHOWS LIKE THIS. IT WAS A DAMN GOOD FEELING.

 MY ONE ACE IN THE HOLE........OUR DOORMAN IS A MASTER CAR MECHANIC SO I TOLD HIM ABOUT MY BACKING/VACUUM PLATE PROBLEM WITH THE " NEW " VAN. HE TOLD ME IT IS AN EASY FIX. WE WALK OUTSIDE AND HE SPENDS ABOUT 1 MINUTE PUSHING BACK THE PLATE AWAY FROM THE ROTOR/BREAKING PAD. WHEN I DROVE THE VAN HOME I DID NOT HEAR ANYTHING. THAN AGAIN......I DID HAVE SOME BOOZE IN ME. I WILL TEST IT AGAIN TOMORROW.

  A SOLID 76ERS WIN OVER ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE NBA......LEBRON JAMES AND THE LAKERS.

 SPEAKING OF THE 76ERS.....I GOT OFFERED 2 TICKETS AGAIN. A GOOD PRICE.

 VILLANOVA WITH A GOOD WIN TOO.

 ROLL HOME TIRED. I GO STRAIGHT TO BED.

  SUNDAY       1 - 26 - 20

 AND IN AN INSTANT 9 LIVES WERE TAKEN FROM US.

  WELP , THE NOISE IS STILL THERE.  FIRST ATTEMPT HAS FAILED. THE HIGH PITCH SQUEAKING NOISE FROM THE VACUUM PLATE ( I THINK ) IS STILL MAKING THE SOUND ON MY VAN. I WAS SUCKED IN AND GOT ALL THE WAY TO THE NAIL AND HEARD NOTHING.....UNTIL I ENTERED THE GATE. I WAS EVEN THINKING , " MAN, I AM REALLY STARTING TO LIKE THIS VAN. "

 THE 2ND ATTEMPT WILL BE ME SINCE I KNOW HOW TO BEND BACK THE PLATE. I WILL DO THIS TOMORROW.IF NOT , OFF TO THE MECHANICS SHOP.

  I CLEAN AND PREP FOR THE NIGHT.

 WHEELS TAKES A RIDE TO VISIT FAMILY.

 DID ANYONE WATCH THE PRO BOWL ?

  BACK HOME I SETTLE IN WITH WHEELS AND THE PUPPY. IT WAS MY TURN WITH THE PUPPY. WE TRIED A NEW GAME PLAN TO USE THE CRATE......KEEP THE PUPPY AWAKE. SO FROM 7PM WE KEPT HER AWAKE. I GO TO BED AND BY 3:45AM I HEAR HERE BARKING. OH WELL.....THAT DIDN'T WORK. SHE DID POOP AND PEE WHICH MADE IT LEGITIMATE FOR HER TO BARK.

 WE WATCHED THE MUSIC GRAMMY AWARDS. OH MY GOD IT WAS SO DAMN BAD. A COUPLE OF PERFORMANCES WERE GOOD BUT MOST WERE REALLY UNWATCHABLE AND UNLISTENABLE. SOCIAL MEDIA RIPPED THE SHIT OUT OF THE AWARD CEREMONY.

  WATCHING TV I SCROLL THROUGH FACEBOOK WHILE I AM SITTING AT MY DESK. I SEE A FEED THAT READS " R.I.P. KOBE ". I THINK NOTHING OF IT BECAUSE I KINDA QUICKLY SCROLLED THROUGH STORIES. THAN..........ON ESPN I SEE IT , " KOBE BRYANT HAS DIED DUE TO A HELICOPTER CRASH. " I AM HEART BROKEN. HE WAS TRAVELING TO A BASKETBALL EVENT IN WHICH HE WAS COACHING AND HIS DAUGHTER WAS PLAYING IN.

  SO , THIS IS HOW QUICKLY THINGS HAPPEN IN LIFE. HERE IS MY TAKE :

 - IT IS INCREDIBLY SAD 9 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES DUE TO A HELICOPTER CRASH. KOBE WAS A GOOD PERSON AND GAVE A TON TO HIS COMMUNITY. HE SEEMED TO LOVE HIS KIDS BIG TIME AND HEARING THE 13 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WAS IN THE HELICOPTER WAS EVEN MORE DEVASTATING.  SLOWLY NAMES ARE BEING RELEASED LIKE THE KID'S FRIEND AND HER PARENTS WERE ON THE TRAGIC TRIP. I BELIEVE THE FATHER WAS A BASEBALL COACH.  OH MAN , THE FEAR THESE PEOPLE MUST HAVE GONE THROUGH.

 - A WHOLE NATION IS SHOCKED AND FOR THE MOST PART EVERYONE IS SYMPATHETIC.  HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHER AROUND THE LAKERS STADIUM AND EVEN HERE IN LOWER MERION WHERE KOBE WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL.

 - EVERY NEWS AGENCY AND EVERY TV STATION HAS INTERVIEWS OR TRIBUTES TO KOBE. IT IS REALLY SO DAMN TRAGIC. OF COURSE , IN OUR WORLD , THERE ARE ALWAYS PEOPLE WHO BRING OUT THE NASTY SIDE OF THINGS. IT SEEMS ON SOCIAL MEDIA SUDDENLY PEOPLE ALL HAVE HARVARD DEGREES.

 - SOME PEOPLE POSTING ABOUT KOBE'S RAPE CHARGES. NOT THE TIME TO DO THIS.

 - SOME PEOPLE POSTING ABOUT A REPORTER WHO USED THE " N " WORD DURING HER DESCRIPTION OF KOBE'S OLD TEAM THE LAKERS. SHE CLEARLY AND ABSOLUTELY SAID " NAKERS " FOLLOWED EXTREMELY QUICKLY BY " LAKERS ".  OF COURSE SOCIAL MEDIA BLEW THIS WAY OUT OF PROPORTION. MOST PEOPLE AGREED SHE DID NOT SAY THE " N " WORD.

  THIS IS A HORRIBLE INCIDENT.  KOBE APPARENTLY USED HIS HELICOPTER FREQUENTLY BECAUSE HE HAD A LAUNDRY LIST OF AILMENTS ALONG WITH THE HORRIBLE CALIFORNIAN TRAFFIC. HE COULD NOT SIT IN A CAR FOR MORE THAN 2 HOURS WITHOUT BEING IN PAIN. I COULDN'T BLAME HIM FOR USING ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF TRAVEL. WHAT THE HELL.....I DO THE SAME THING IF I HAD HIS KINDA MONEY.

  AGAIN , 95% OF THE PEOPLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA ARE HEART BROKEN ON KOBE'S DEATH AND HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER ALONG WITH THE OTHERS. WE KNOW THERE WERE 9 PEOPLE TOTAL ONBOARD WHICH MAKES IT EVEN MORE TRAGIC. THIS WAS A LOCAL GUY WHO GAVE AN ABSOLUTE SHITLOAD OF MONEY AND TIME BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY.  I TEARED UP WHEN THEY SHOWED A SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO OF KOBE HOLDING HIS DAUGHTER AND DANCING WITH EXCITEMENT WHEN THE EAGLES WON THE SUPER BOWL.

  NEEDING BEER I DRIVE BACK DOWN TO THE NAIL AFTER DINNER. YEAH , IT'S KINDA NICE HAVING A 24/7 BEER DISTRIBUTOR AND LIQUOR STORE. BUT , THIS WAS NOT ON MY MIND. I WENT OUTSIDE AND CHANGED THE MARQUEE TO SAY " R.I.P. KOBE ".

  MONDAY      1 - 27 - 20

  KOBE STILL HITTING HARD ON PAIN AS I WATCH SEVERAL SPECIALS ON HIS LIFE. ON THE OTHER END THERE ARE CRUEL PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO POST BAD SHIT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  IT AMAZES ME WHEN EVERYONE BECOMES A FUCKING SCHOLAR ON SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS. THEY KNOW ALL THE FUCKING ANSWERS.  THE MAIN NEGATIVE POST WAS THE RAPE CHARGES. THE GIRL HE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH DROPPED ALL CHARGES SO HE WAS ACQUITTED. THAN YOU CAN SAY WELL SHE TOOK A BOAT LOAD OF MONEY TO SETTLE IT OUT OF COURT.....WHICH WE DON'T EXACTLY KNOW. ALLS WE KNOW HE CLAIMED IT WAS CONSENSUAL AND SHE DROPPED THE CHARGES. I ALWAYS BELIEVE THE WOMEN IN ANY SEX CHARGE BUT HERE SHE DROPPED THE CHARGES.

 I UN-FRIENDED AT LEAST 5 PEOPLE TONIGHT AND BLOCKED 3 MORE. I AM JUST SO SICK OF THE PURE SINICISM AND NEGATIVITY. EVERYBODY HAS THEIR PERFECT LIVES AND KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS HIDDEN BEHIND A KEYBOARD.

 LOWEST RATINGS FOR THE GRAMMY MUSIC AWARDS OF ALL TIME. I THOUGHT IT WAS HORRIBLE AND EMBARRASSING EXCEPT FOR A COUPLE OF ARTISTS. I DID NOT KNOW AEROSMITH WAS LIP SYNCING.

  LINED UP A SIDE JOB FOR TOMORROW.   I NEED TO BRING MY OLD CRAP WORK VAN TO MY FAVORITE MECHANIC NEAR THE AIRPORT. HIS NAME IS " CHU ".......BEST EVER ON PRICING. ANYWAY , THIS MEANS I NEED TO TAKE 1,000 TOOLS OUT OF MY OLD VAN AND INTO THE " NEW " VAN.

  BRING THE PUPPY OUTSIDE AND PUT HER ON THE RUNNER. MEANWHILE , I RELOCATE ALL MY TOOLS FROM VAN TO VAN.

  I GET EVERYTHING DONE AND GO INSIDE. THAN I REMEMBER I WANTED TO GIVE A SHOT AT PUSHING BACK THE VACUUM PLATE AROUND MY VAN TIRE'S DISC. SO , I GET THE PUP AGAIN AND PUT HER ON THE RUNNER. I USE A HAMMER AND PRY BAR AND SLOWLY TAP AROUND THE EDGE OF THE PLATE. I EVEN MOVED THE VAN BACK A LITTLE TO GET ALL AROUND THE TIRE'S PLATE EVENLY. THE TRUE TEST WILL BE WHEN I DRIVE IT TO THE NAIL.

  BACK INSIDE I THROW OUT A CLOCK RADIO. I REALLY IKE IT BECAUSE I LISTEN TO SPORTS TALK AT MY DESK. I USED TO HAVE SEVERAL CLOCK RADIOS BUT CAN'T FIND ONE NOW. THAN I REMEMBER MY ELDEST HAD A PHONE / RADIO IN HER ROOM.  UNFORTUNATELY , SHE TOLD ME I TOOK IT OUT OF HER ROOM MONTHS AGO. I SEARCHED AND COULD NOT FIND ABOUT A WEEK AGO. WELL , TODAY I SEARCHED A BOX I LABELED " PHONES " IN MY BASEMENT AND FOUND IT. IT WILL BE A QUICK INSTALL......OR WILL IT ?

 THE PHONE HAS A VERY NARROW JACK PORT SO A NORMAL PHONE JACK DOES NOT FIT....OF COURSE IT WON'T. OK , I WILL USE THE JACK ALREADY IN THE PHONE. OK COOL.....OH WAIT , THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE CORD IS CUT. NOW I MUST SPLICE TOGETHER THIS CUT LINE WITH A NEW PHONE CORD. MAN, EVER TRY " STRIPPING " A PHONE LINE TO REVEAL THE RED AND YELLOW WIRES ? FUCKING HARD AS SHIT. THE WIRES ARE SO DAMN THIN. AFTER SEVERAL ATTEMPTS AND ME CURSING I GOT IT DONE. IT WORKS GOOD...BOTH PHONE AND RADIO.

  I MAKE SHRIMP FOR LUNCH. YEP...........20 SHRIMP WERE MICROWAVED THAN COOKED ON A SKILLET THAN PUT IN THE FREEZER FOR 15 MINUTES. THEY WERE SERVED WITH COCKTAIL SAUCE. HMMMM.....WHAT A LUNCH.

 I WALK THE PUP AT LEAST 10 TIMES TODAY. WHEELS TAKES HER TO A DOG PARK.

 OH , ONE MORE PUP STORY. LAST NIGHT , AFTER WALKING HER AT 3:45AM , WE SNUGGLE INTO BED AND I BEGIN TO FALL ASLEEP UNTIL I HEAR HER GAGGING TO COUGH. SHE IS AGAINST MY NECK AND UNDER THE COVERS SO I LITERALLY THROW HER ONTO THE MIDDLE OF THE BED ON TOP OF MY COMFORTER. I HEAR HER THROW UP. NOW , IT IS DARK , 3:45AM , AND I AM TIRED. SO , I DECIDE TO SEE IF ANY VOMIT HIT MY BLANKET IN THE MORNING. I CHECKED WHEN I GOT UP AND LUCKILY SHE WAS JUST AIR GAGGING FOR A QUICK SECOND.

 OK MY DAY IS DONE.

  MY RIDE TO THE NAIL AND ONLY ONE THING IS ON MY MIND.....THE DAMN VACUUM PLATE AKA BACKING PLATE AKA DUST PLATE......THAT IS FUCKING SQUEAKING. NOW , WHEN I FIRST GOT THE VAN IF I TEST DROVE IT I WOULD OF NOT BOUGHT THE VEHICLE. I WOULD OF JUST GOT IN OUR CAR WITH WHEELS AND SAID , " LET'S GO " ANDGAVE THE FINGER TO THE OWNER. IT WAS SQUEAKING ABOUT 25% OF THE TIME.  LAST WEEKEND I HAD MY DOORMAN LOOK AT IT. HE IS A MASTER MECHANIC BY TRADE. HE SHOWED ME WHAT TO DO BY DEMONSTRATING. HE USED A SCREW DRIVER AND PUSHED THE PLATE AROUND THE WHOLE BRAKE DISC. AFTER HE DID THIS THE SQUEAK DROPPED TO ABOUT 10%. NOW , MY HAMMER AND PRY BAR WAS TODAY SO I DROVE TO THE NAIL WITH THE BACK WINDOWS DOWN AND THE RADIO OFF. IT WAS COLD IN THE CAR BUT I HAD TO SEE........OR TECHNICALLY HEAR. I DROVE ALL THE WAY TO THE NAIL AND HEAR NOTHING......UNTIL AT THE VERY LAST SECOND AS I AM ABOUT TO PARK I HEAR A SLIGHT TINY SQUEAK. I SAY TO MYSELF , " FUCK ".

 IN THE NAIL I LINE UP A SODA GUY AND BEER CLEANING GIRL FOR TOMORROW. I THAN MAKE LISTS FOR BEER AND LIQUOR. I DO SOME CLEANING AND WATCH FAMILY GUY FOR AN EPISODE. THE SCENES WITH QUAGMIRE HITTING ON THE DAUGHTER MEG IS SO DAMN FUNNY AND EDGY TO SAY THE LEAST. ONE SCENE PETER FINDS OUT QUAGMIRE WANTS TO BANG MEG HIS DAUGHTER. SO HE KNOCKS DOWN THE FRONT DOOR AND RACES IN. MEANWHILE QUAGMIRE AND MEG SNEAK OUT THE BACK DOOR AND INTO HIS CAR. LIKE A MARRIAGE CEREMONY THEY DRIVE AWAY WITH SODA CANS DRAGGING BEHIND THE BUMPER. THE BANNER ON THE BACK BUMPER SAYS, " I'M GONNA BANG YOUR DAUGHTER. ".....TOO FUNNY. HOW THEY GET AWAY WITH ALL THIS. I GUESS THERE IS A REASON WHY FAMILY GUY HAVE THE MOST F.C.C. GRIEVANCES , VIOLATIONS, AND COURT CASES OF ALL TIME.  ANYWAY , I CAN NOT SIT STILL SO I MAKE BAND LISTS TO CALL FOR TOMORROW SINCE IT IS TOO LATE NOW. I MAKE A LIST OF 11 BANDS TO CALL.......THIS IS A GOOD THING.

 ROLL HOME LATE NIGHT AND AGAIN I LISTEN TO THE SQUEAK. I HEAR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING UNTIL I GET TO MY DRIVEWAY. AGAIN , I HEAR A SLIGHT SLIGHT SQUEAK. THE PROBLEM IS DOWN TO 2%. NOW......DO I TRY PRYING IT BACK MYSELF AGAIN OR BRING IT TO THE ORIGINAL MECHANIC OR JUST LEAVE IT ALONE SINCE IT IS BELOW MINIMAL NOISE NOW. I WILL DO ANOTHER TEST LISTEN TOMORROW WHEN I GO TO MY SIDE JOB.

  ANOTHER LARGE SIDE JOB 2 WEEKS FROM NOW IS SET UP.....UGH. I GUESS THIS IS GOOD. THE PROBLEM IS PAINTING. I PAINTED 2 WOMEN'S BATHROOMS 2 WEEKS AGO AND THE COMPANY REP SAID I DID A " PHENOMENAL " JOB. THIS IS GOOD RIGHT ? WELL , THEY NOW WANT ME TO DO THE MEN'S BATHROOMS WHICH ARE LARGER.

 SETTLE IN AT HOME. OF COURSE , I WALK THE PUP AS SOON AS I GET HOME.

  WE WATCH THE GOOD DOCTOR WHICH IS ALWAYS VERY ENTERTAINING.  I HEAD TO BED AND SLEPT PRETTY GOOD. SURE WHICH I COULD REMEMBER MY DREAM THAT RE-OCCURRED TWICE DURING THE NIGHT. THIS MEANS YOU WAKE UP , PROBABLY PEE , THAN GO TO BED AND THE SAME DREAM OCCURS AGAIN.

 WHEELS IS IN AN UNCLES HOUSE THAT IS HUGE AND HAS ALL KINDS OF WATER POOLS , WATER FALLS , AND STEEP DROP OFFS OF A 100 FEET OR MORE. SHE SEES A LITTLE GIRL AND A DOG WADING IN JUST 1 FOOT OF WATER. SHE THAN SEES A SMALL SHARK APPROACHING THEM. WHEELS BEGINS TO RUN TOWARDS THE KID AND DOG BUT IT IS TOO LATE AND THEY BOTH GET SUCKED UNDER IN JUST 1 FOOT OF WATER. SHE WALKS OUR PUP AWAY FROM THIS AND THE DOG JUMPS IN A WHIRL POOL. HER LEASH GETS JAMMED AND SHE STRUGGLES TO PULL THE PUP OUT. THE JAMMED LEASH RECOIL DOES NOT MOVE AND THE DOG GETS SUCKED DOWN A DRAIN......WHEELS DREAM ENDS.

  TUESDAY      1 - 28 - 20

 WHEN YOU SEE GREEN LIGHTS ON PEOPLE'S HOMES DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS ?

  START MORNING SHUFFLING MY WEEK AROUND.  THE NEXT 3 DAYS I WILL BE SCRAMBLING. 

  WHEELS TAKES THE PUP AND SHE KEEPS HER UP. I AM NOT SURE WHICH IS TOUGHER RAISING A BABY OR RAISING A PUPPY IN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS.

  OFF TO A SIDE JOB WHERE THE CUSTOMER IS JUST SO DAMN NICE. I HAVE WORKED ON HER HOME AT LEAST 10 TIMES. HERE IS TODAY'S LIST :

  - DROVE TO JOB IN " NEW " MINIVAN. SO PISSED IT IS STILL SQUEAKING. TOMORROW I WILL DRIVE TO MECHANICS SHOP THAT INSPECTED IT JUTS LAST WEEK. IF THEY CHARGE ME I WILL PISSED EVEN MORE.

  - SECURED A KITCHEN BASE CABINET TOE KICK.

  - REPLACED 6 BULBS FOR KITCHEN UNDER CABINET LIGHTS.

  - SECURED A TOILET PAPER HOLDER.

  - SEALED AND SECURED A TUB ASSEMBLY AND STOPPER.

  - RE-ALIGNED 2 SLIDING DOORS IN 2 DIFFERENT CLOSETS.

  - WITH THE HELP OF THE CUSTOMER WE INSTALLED AND SET-UP A CAMERA / DOORBELL WHICH A CELL PHONE CAN ACCESS. IT WAS SO COOL I LIKE TO GET ONE FOR OUR HOUSE AND EVEN THE NAIL..........DAMN PORCH PIRATES.

   THE CUSTOMER ASKED IF I LIKE MORE MONEY BUT I DENIED IT. SHE IS ALWAYS COOL AND GAVE ME A LEAD ON A FRIEND 2 BLOCKS AWAY.

  BACK HOME I CHILL WITH THE PUP. I TRY TO NAP BUT THAT AIN'T HAPPENING.

  I MAKE A DECISION TO PROMOTE THE NAIL AND DO A RADIO SHOW.  I WAS GOING TO HEAD TO THE NAIL BECAUSE IT IS MY NIGHT OF CALLING BANDS. I DECIDED TO CALL ABOUT 11 BANDS TONIGHT AND THAN GET ON THE ROAD.

 WHEELS HEADING TO JAMAICA. A $4,000 DOLLAR A NIGHT PLACE.....KINDA NICE. OH , SHE ALSO JUST BOOKED A LAS VEGAS TRIP.

  I CLOSED THE NAIL AND HEADED TOWARDS RIDLEY TOWNSHIP. A RADIO SHOW HOST OF DELCO LIVE ASKED ME TO CO-HOST WITH THEM. SO I TREKKED ON OVER.  THESE GUYS HAVE A MODERN SET-UP WITH A STREAMING VIDEO WHILE WE ARE ON-AIR. OVER 4,000 VIEWS AND OVER 200 COMMENTS FOR THE SHOW WE DID. THE SHOW'S SITE ON FACEBOOK WAS SHARED 30 TIMES. I SHARED IT TO IF YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO A COUPLE OF MINUTES.

  IF YOU SEE GREEN LIGHTS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD IT IS ABOUT KIDS WITH CANCER. FACEBOOK HAS ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE SHARING AND LIKING THE PAGE. TONIGHT WE GOT TO TALK ABOUT " LILY ". SHE IS A 15 YEAR GIRL WITH CANCER AND ALL KINDS OF TREATMENT FROM NEEDLES TO RADIATION TO FREQUENT HOSPITAL VISITS. TONIGHT WE TALKED TO THE MOM WHO WAS SO COURAGEOUS IN TELLING HER DAUGHTER'S STORY. DELCO LIVE WILL DO A FUND RAISER AND MAKE THE PUBLIC AWARE OF THIS.

  OTHER SUBJECTS WERE KOBE , ANGRY PEOPLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA , SEX , WHITE NOISE MUSIC , SPORTS , AGING , AND THE THEME WAS " WHY DELCO IS DELCO ".  THE SHOW IS 90 MINUTES AND I STAYED THE WHOLE TIME. WE DID PROBABLY DID CLOSER TO 2 HOURS AND I EVEN STAYED AFTERWARDS FOR ANOTHER 30 MINUTES AS WE TALKED AND BRAIN STORMED IDEAS FOR FUTURE FUND RAISERS.

  BY 1AM I WAS HOME AND HAVING A NIGHTCAP. I REGRETTED EATING SOME PEANUTS AND VEGGIES STICKS. I REGRETTED MOST OF ALL WAS HAVING 2 BRANDIES....DAMN IT !!

 GOD BLESS OUR ELDEST. THE KID WORKS 9 HOUR DAYS AND THAN GOES OUT AND PARTIES.  AT 3:30AM I DID NOT SEE HER CAR. I REMEMBER WHEN WHEELS AND I DID THIS.

 MY TURN WITH THE PUPPY. OH MAN WHAT A NIGHT. I WAS UP AT 3:30 , 4:30 , 6:30 , AND FINALLY 7:15AM.THE NEW THING THE DOG BARKS WHEN SHE WANTS TO GET UP ON THE BED. I REACH DOWN AND GRAB HER HARNESS AND PULL HER UP. I ROLL OVER AND HIT THE PILLOW. FIVE SECONDS LATER I FEEL THE PUP SNUGGLED HER HEAD ON MY NECK. JESUS THAT IS SO DAMN CUTE !!!

  TOMORROW....DRIVE TO COATESVILLE. I AM AN IDIOT. THAT STORY TOMORROW.....AND IT AIN'T GOOD.

  WEDNESDAY          1 - 29 - 20

 WHY DO I NOT LISTEN TO MY ANTENNAS ??

  I LOAD UP MY COMPUTER BECAUSE I KNOW THIS IS GOING TO TAKE TIME.  IT FIRST STARTS WITH ME HEADING THE WRONG WAY TO COATESVILLE. LIKE A FUCKING IDIOT I TOOK THE BLUE ROUTE TO 76 TO 202. IT WAS PACKED THE WHOLE WAY. THAN , I MISS THE ENTRANCE TO 202 SOUTH BECAUSE I WAS WATCHING THE NEW G.PS. SYSTEM AND HEADED ON 422 WEST....EVEN THOUGH I HAVE DONE THIS RIDE 1,000 FUCKING TIMES.

 ARRIVE AT ARTY'S MECHANIC SHOP. VERY COOL PEOPLE. A CUTE GIRL WITH ALL KINDS OF INK HELPS ME SETTLE IN. I AM HOPING THIS IS AN IN & OUT JOB. I MEAN JUST PUSH THE BACKING PLATE A LITTLE AND I AM ON MY WAY. WELL , AS ANDY DUFRESNE OF SHAW SHANK REDEMPTION WOULD SAY......." HOPE " IS A GOOD THING. WELL NO IT FUCKING BLOWS AND I AGREE WITH " RED ".

  I SET UP MY COMPUTER AND BEGIN MY NORMAL ROUTINE OF EMAILS AND UPDATING MY BLOG. AFTER ABOUT 20 MINUTES THE OWNER / MECHANIC COMES OUT. I SEE THE LOOK ON HIS FACE. IT'S LIKE WATCHING A SCENE FROM THE GOOD DOCTOR AND THE MECHANIC COMES FROM THE OPERATING ROOM TO TELL ME MY CAR HAS CANCER.

  WELL , THE CALIPERS WERE THE PROBLEM. THIS WAS CAUSING THE METAL SCREECHING SOUND AND THE ODOR OF BURNT METAL , RUBBER , AND ASS HAIR.  THE NEW BRAKES THAT WERE JUST REPLACED HAD TO BE REPLACED AGAIN. HOW THE FUCK DID THIS VAN PASS INSPECTION ? OF COURSE I GET A POLITE ANSWER OF WHY AND I JUST DON'T BELIEVE A WORD OF IT. AGAIN , EVERYONE WAS SUPER NICE HERE BUT BE PREPARED TO PAY A BIG BILL.

  HE TELLS ME $400 TO RE-DO EVERYTHING AND ADD IN NEW CALIPERS. HE ALSO TELLS ME FOR ANOTHER $300 THE FRONT BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS ARE BARELY HANGING ON. NOW WE ARE UP TO $700. I TELL HIM TO HOLD OFF AND JUST DO THE BACK BRAKES. I TEXT WHEELS AND SHE WRITES BACK , " GET THE FRONT BRAKES DONE TOO BECAUSE OF YOUR WEIGHT. " I DID NOT THINK THAT WAS A NECESSARY TEXT. SHE ALSO TEXTED , " LET IT GO. "

  SO , I TELL THE CUTE GIRL WITH A TON OF INK ALL OVER HER HANDS AND ARMS TO TELL THE MECHANIC TO DO EVERYTHING NEEDED. THE BILL IS NOW $850. I ALSO ASK THE GIRL IF SHE KNOWS THE NAIL AND LIKES HARD ROCK MUSIC. SHE SAYS " NO " TO BOTH AND LOOKS AT ME LIKE I AM A FAT PERVERT IN A CANDY STORE. AGAIN , SUPER NICE PEOPLE AND THE OWNER EVEN GAVE ME A BREAK ON PARTS BUT......BE PREPARED TO PAY A TON OF MONEY HERE. IT SEEMED LIKE EVERY CUSTOMER HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH THEIR VEHICLE.

 I DROVE HOME PISSED AND THINKING WHY DID I NOT FOLLOW THROUGH ON ONE OTHER VAN I LIKED. MY ANTENNAS TOLD ME TO KEEP LOOKING AND I JUST STOPPED. I MAKE GOOD TIME HOME BY GOING THE RIGHT WAY.

  BACK HOME I TEXT THE FORMER OWNER OF THE VAN AND OF COURSE HE DENIES EVERYTHING AND SKIRTS THE PROBLEM. IT COMES DOWN TO ETHICS. HE IS A SHORT LITTLE INDIAN GUY THAT WORKS AT A BIG COMPANY AS A TOP TECH ENGINEER. I REALLY DID NOT THINK HE DOOP ME HERE. BASICALLY , HE SOLD ME THE VAN KNOWING FULL WELL IT NEEDED WORK. I WILL ALSO EMAIL HIM EVERYDAY FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE LIKE ANDY DUFRESNE IN SHAW SHANK REDEMPTION TRYING TO GET BOOKS FOR THE PRISON LIBRARY.

 OVER 6,000 VIEWS ON THE DELCO LIVE RADIO SHOW I DID.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO BARTEND AND CLEAN. I HAVE 2 GROUPS COME IN EARLY BUT THEY LEFT BY 10PM....SO I LEFT.

  GOT MY WEDNESDAY NIGHT CALL FROM MY YOUNGEST. THIS ALWAYS CALMS ME.

 OF COURSE I GET A CALL FROM A RENTER THAT HER TOILET IS NOT WORKING. I DRIVE UP AND DO A MACGYVER. I TEXT HER TO CALL ME IF IT DOES NOT HOLD. I WAS " HOPING " IT WOULD BUT BY THE NEXT MORNING IT WAS BROKE AGAIN. I HATE FUCKING " HOPE ".

 BACK HOME I DRINK ONE LARGE GLASS OF WINE AND WE WATCH THE SEASON FINALE OF RAY DONOVAN......IT WAS GOOD.

  OFF TO BED WITH THE PUP.

   THURSDAY      1 - 30 - 20

  $500 TO $1,000 TO ....." I'M SORRY WE CAN'T FIND THE PART."

 VAN PART II - MY DILEMMA IS TO KEEP OR NOT TO KEEP THE CRAPPY VAN, I WANTED TO FIX IT FOR SIDE JOBS , LOADING MULCH , AND OTHER CRAPPY CRAP STUFF. THE GOOD VAN WOULD BE FOR TRAVELING AND PICKING UP STUFF LIKE FURNITURE , APPLIANCES , AND OTHER THINGS I GET ON CRAIGSLIST ON A WEEKLY BASIS. BUT NOW , I NOT SO SURE.

 I HEAD TO A VERY GOOD MECHANIC NAMED " CHU ". I ARRIVE ON ESSINGTON AVENUE AND HE IMMEDIATELY TAKES ME. HE PUTS THE CRAP VAN UP ON A CAR LIFT AND THERE IS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE REAR AXEL.  THE LEAF SPRINGS SHOULD BE REPLACED AND DEFINITELY THERE IS AN OIL LEAK THAT MADE " CHU " GIGGLE AS WE LOOKED UNDER THE CAR WITH A FLASH LIGHT. HE GIVES ME A PRICE OF $500. I REPLY , " IS THAT WITH PARTS AND LABOR ? " HE RESPONDS , " YES ".  SO , I AM VERY COOL WITH THAT. I SEARCH JUNKYARDS FOR A OLDER THAN GOD MINIVAN AXEL AND IT CAN NOT BE FOUND......UNTIL I SEARCH " VIRGINIA ". I FIND ONE FOR $426 WHICH IS 3X WHAT THE VAN IS WORTH. I BEGIN TEXTING AND EMAILING " CHU " AND WE DECIDE TO WAIT. NOW I AM AT AN IMPASSE.  I REALLY DO NOT WANT TO TRASH UP THIS "
 NEW " VAN WE HAVE.

  LEAVE MECHANIC'S SHOP AND HEAD TO THE NAIL. I PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND WALK OVER TO D.M.I. HOME SUPPLY FOR TOILET PARTS.

 STOP AT A RENTAL PROPERTY AND A 15 MINUTE JOB TURNS INTO A 75 MINUTE JOB. I HAD MY BROTHER LAUGHING AS HE CALLED ME WHEN I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. FINALLY FINISH AND I ALSO CLEAN THE TOILET , FLOOR , BATHTUB , SINK , AND ALL FAUCETS. ALL OF IT LOOKS REALLY DIRTY AND BAD UNTIL I CLEANED IT. OUR RENTER HAS ONE OF THE NICEST DOGS AND IT IS ALWAYS NICE TO SEE HER.

  BACK HOME I SETTLE IN. I AM SICK OF DOING VAN STUFF SO I SETTLE IN WITH THE PUPPY AND WATCH 2 EPISODES OF " ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE ". I PONDER HOW THE  HELL IS EVERYONE OVER WEIGHT WHEN THEY ARE LIVING OFF THE LAND. I GOOGLE AND FIND OUT EACH PERSON MAKES OVER 50 GRAND AN EPISODE......NOW THAT IS MY KINDA OF LIVING OF THE LAND.

 ELDEST COMES HOMES IN A GOOD MOOD WHICH IS NICE TO SEE. WE HAVE DINNER AND CHILL.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO WATCH THE 76ERS LOSE TO THE WORST TEAM IN THE NBA.......WOW......THEY BLOW.

 THE NIGHT HAS A GOOD CROWD AND MUSICIANS. THESE " JUST JAM " NIGHTS HAVE BEEN BUILDING MOMENTUM AND IT IS SO NICE TO SEE.

 AFTER 1AM AND I ROLL HOME PRETTY TIRED. I HAVE NO DRINKS OR FOOD AND HEAD RIGHT TO BED.....AFTER I WALK THE PUPPY.

 I LET THE PUPPY SNUGGLE WITH ME AND WE DOSE OFF. I HAVE A VERY COOL DREAM THAT OF COURSE I FORGET.

  5:30AM THE PUP JUMPS OFF THE BED AND THAT TELLS ME IT IS POOPY TIME. SHE DOES 1 & 2 OUTSIDE AND I GIVE HER A TREAT. BACK IN BED AGAIN. 

 6:00AM THE DOG JUMPS OFF THE BED. I TELL HER TO " F - OFF ". I THROW HER BACK ON THE BED. THIS BUYS ME ANOTHER 30 MINUTES.

 BY 6:45AM THE YELPING DOG WANTS TO EAT. I FEED HER AND I GUESS MY DAY IS STARTING. I MAKE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR OUR ELDEST AND START HER CAR.....AND WALK THE PUPPY AGAIN.....AND PUT OUT THE RECYCLABLE TRASH.

   FRIDAY       1 - 31 - 20

 JANUARY IS IN THE BOOKS WITH ONLY ONE SNOW FALL AFFECTING THE NAIL.  OF COURSE , THE ONLY SNOW FALL OF ALL OF JANUARY WAS ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. ANY NIGHT BUT FRIDAY OR SATURDAY AND I DON'T CARE. I HAD A 5 OUT OF 7 CHANCE AND LOST........BLOW.

 I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH THE CRAP VAN SO I PARKED IT ON OUR LAWN. I ALSO TRANSFERRED A 1,000 TOOLS TO IT.

 TIME TO RUN :

 - 7:45AM I GET A CALL FROM OUR SODA TECH. I MEET HIM AT 8:30AM.

 - TAKE A RIDE TO THE LIQUOR STORE AND PICK UP AN ORDER.

 - BACK TO THE NAIL TO MEET OUR BEER LINE CLEANING TECH. SHE IS SUPER COOL. WE TALKED ABOUT PUPPIES , KOBE , KIDS , AND TRUMP.

 - TAKE A RIDE TO MY PARENT'S HOUSE TO DROP OFF CLOTHES. I ALSO HAD A NICE BREAKFAST.

 - BACK TO THE NAIL TO MEET FOR A LARGE BEER DELIVERY. I SPEND ABOUT ONE HOUR STOCKING BEER , CLEANING , MARQUEE SIGN , AND POSTING ON FACEBOOK FOR THE MUSIC THIS WEEKEND.

 - BACK HOME I SETTLE IN. I WALK THE PUPPY AND IT IS NICE BEING GREETED BY HER.

 - BY 2PM I CAN NOT KEEP MY EYES OPEN. I TAKE A NAP AND THE PUP STRETCHED HER BODY ALONG MY BACK. IT WAS A VERY NICE FEELING. I CAN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I FELT SOMETHING WARM AGAINST ME IN BED BESIDES A PIZZA.

 - ELDEST COMES HOME AND WE TALK FOR AWHILE. 

 - GIVE ELDEST AND A FRIEND A RIDE TO A LOCAL PUB. I WAS GOING TO GO IN BUT I ORDERED A LATE NIGHT PIZZA. I HAVE NO LIFE. BY 10PM I WAS BACK WITH WHEELS. WE WATCHED 2 EPISODES OF SHAMELESS WHICH HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD.

 WATCHING THE FLYERS PUT ALL KINDS OF PRESSURE ON THE PENGUINS IN A TIED 3RD PERIOD GAME. I MEAN THEY DOMINATED WITH SHOT AFTER SHOT ON NET. I SAID TO WHEELS , "THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE. IT'S THE PHILADELPHIA WAY. " IN THE FIRST 30 SECONDS OF OVERTIME A FLYERS DEFENSEMAN GIVES THE PUCK AWAY IN OUR OWN ZONE LIKE A DUMB ASS AND CROSBY STEALS IT AND WINS THE GAME ON A SNAP WRIST SHOT.....BLOW.

 I TELL OUR ELDEST , " WHEN YOU GET HOME WALK THE PUP AND TAKE HER TO YOUR ROOM. "

 WATCHED AN EPISODE OF ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE. IT WAS GOOD. THAN I GOOGLED WHAT IS REAL ON THE SHOW. THEY KINDA DON'T LIVE ON THE MOUNTAIN. IT WAS DESCRIBED AS THEIR SET.

 AT 3:30AM I HEAR THE PUP BARKING. I GET UP AND WALK HER. I ALSO TURN OFF THE HAZARD LIGHTS ON OUR JEEP. I GUESS MY KID DID NOT HEAR MY INSTRUCTIONS RIGHT.

 BACK TO BED AND THE PUP STRETCHES ALONG SIDE OF ME AND THAN PUTS HER HEAD OVER MY NECK. JESUS.......WHAT A NICE FEELING. YOU COULD ALSO HEAR HER BREATHING.

  SATURDAY     2 - 1 - 20

 ALL HANDS ON DECK !!!!.........NOW !!!!

  I HAD A WONDERFUL DAY JUST CHILLING WITH WHEELS AND THE PUPPY. I WAS PRETTY LAZY THE WHOLE TIME JUST WATCHING TV , DOZING OFF , ON THE COMPUTER , PLAYING POKER , AND OF COURSE SNUGGLING WITH THE PUP.

  WHEELS WALKS THE PUP TO OUR NEIGHBORS HOUSE. THEY HAD TO PUT THEIR DOG DOWN 2 WEEKS AGO. EVEN THO I HATED THEIR DOG " YAPPER " AND I AM NOT A BIG FAN OF THESE PEOPLE I CAN TOTALLY RELATE TO LOSING A PET SO I SAID NOTHING.

 FOUND 2 RENTERS VIA AIRBNB.  MAN FACEBOOK AND LINKED-IN WORKS. WE BYPASSED THEM AND THEIR OUTRAGEOUS FEES AND THE PEOPLE WERE VERY HAPPY WITH THEIR DISCOUNTED PRICE.

  I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO TONIGHT AT THE NAIL. I WAS NOT EXPECTING A HUGE NIGHT.

  TO GET A FEEL ON THE NIGHT I SEE FACEBOOK POSTS AND TALK TO BAND MEMBERS. ONE BAND MEMBER SAID TO ME , " I THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BIG NIGHT ".  NOW , THEIR " BIG " AND MY " BIG " ARE 2 WAAAAAAAY DIFFERENT " BIGS ".  SO I ASK THE GUY , " IF YOU THINK THE NIGHT IS GOING TO BE BIG , IN PEOPLE COUNT , HOW MANY DO YOU THINK WILL COME TONIGHT ? " HE TELLS ME " 60 ".  OK , THIS IS WHAT I THOUGHT. HIS " BIG " IS 60. MY " BIG " IS 160.  I CANCEL OUR DOORMAN AND BACK-UP BARTENDER.

    THE BANDS START LOADING IN. THE PEOPLE START PILING IN TOO. I AM THINKING THIS IS GOING TO ME MORE THAN 60 PEOPLE SO I START SENDING OUT TEXTS TO ALL NAIL WORKERS. I GOT A DOORMAN AND HIS WIFE TO COME IN. I PAID HIM DOUBLE AND GAVE HIS WIFE OPEN BAR. I IMMEDIATELY WENT TO BARTENDING.

 SO THE BARTENDER AND I RAN FOR 3 STRAIGHT HOURS. NUMBERS HIT ABOVE 150 AND MAN DID WE SCRAMBLE.

  THE MUSIC AND THE FANS WERE COOL ALL NIGHT.....EXCEPT FOR ONE " RICH " GUY WHO WANTED TO KISS THE BARTENDER. I DID NOT ALLOW IT BUT HE DID TIP THE BARTENDER $100.

 BARTENDER NOT FEELING GOOD SO I LET HER COME HOME EARLY AND I CLOSE. I GAVE OPEN BAR TO OUR STAFF AND CHILLED FOR ANOTHER HOUR.

  I ROLL HOME TIRED AND STARVING. I HAVE SOME PIZZA AND WATER AND HEAD TO BED.

 I AM WALKING WITH KELLY RIPA AND SHE IS GUIDING ME TO A HOUSE NEAR GRANGE FIELD IN HAVERTOWN. I KNOW THIS AREA VERY WELL. WE ARE HOLDING HANDS AND SHE IS SUPER COOL.......AND SUPER ADORABLE. IT KINDA FEELS LIKE A DATE AND I DO FANTASIZE HOW AWESOME IT BE BANGING HER FOR 30 SECONDS. ANYWAY , WE ARRIVE AT THE HOUSE AND ENTER. ALL HER FRIENDS GREET ME NICELY. THEY DECIDE ON PLAYING A GAME WHICH I DO NOT KNOW.  10 OF US SIT IN A CIRCLE. SITTING ON OUR FEET AND KNEES THEY GO AROUND SAYING ONE WORD. EACH PERSON SAYS ANY SINGLE WORD THEY FEEL LIKE. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON SO I WHISPER TO KELLY SITTING NEXT TO ME , " HOW IS THIS GAME PLAYED WITH SAYING ONLY ONE RANDOM WORD  ? " KELLY RIPA REPLIES , " IT'S REAL EASY. WHENEVER A PERSON SAYS ONE WORD THAN..............." I GET AWAKEN BY WHEELS AND SHE SAYS , " DID THE PUPPY EAT THIS MORNING ? "  OBVIOUSLY...............dream ends.

  SUNDAY       2 - 2 - 20

  THIS WAS A GOOD DAY. I ALMOST GO AS FAR AS SAYING A PERFECT DAY.

  EARLY MORNING I HEAD TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I SPEND A SOLID 2 HOURS CLEANING AND DOING MY NORMAL CHORES.  IT WAS A HUGE SATURDAY NIGHT AND THE FINAL COUNT WAS 171 PEOPLE CAME THROUGH THE DOORS.

 BACK HOME WE CHILL WITH OUR ELDEST AND HAVE BREAKFAST.

  WHEELS AND I LOAD THE VAN UP WITH SUPPLIES AND THE PUPPY. WE TAKE A ROAD TRIP AND IT BEGINS TO SNOW. DURING THE RIDE WE CHECK OUT ALL THE FEATURES ON OUR " NEW " VAN. HALF OF THEM WE CAN NOT FIGURE OUT. WE TRY TO USE G.P.S. , CD PLAYER , HANDLESS CELL PHONE , AND MORE. IT WAS FUN TRYING TO FIGURE THEM OUT PLUS IT TOOK UP TIME.

  THE SNOW IS COMING DOWN BUT NOT REAL BAD.  WE GET MAYBE 2 INCHES AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL CLINGING TO THE TREES. THE BAD THING IS ON OUR 80 MINUTE TREK WE SAW 4 ACCIDENTS.

 WE ARRIVE AND UNLOAD. IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL HERE.  SLIGHT SNOW AND WE SETTLE IN.

  ONE TASK ON MY LIST WAS THE BLU-RAY. LAST TIME WE WERE HERE IT DID NOT WORK. THE CONVERTER BOX THAT CHANGES HDMI TO RCA WAS MALFUNCTIONING.  I HOPED OUR TV HAD HDMI PORTS TO BYPASS THE CONVERTER BOX AND RCA WIRES. I TESTED IT AT HOME AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY GOING RIGHT INTO HDMI PORTS. WELL , NOW IS THE TEST. I PULL THE TV OUT AND AT FIRST I DO NOT SEE ANY HDMI PORTS. I AM KINDA BUMMED OUT. THAN......I SEARCH THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LARGE TV AND THERE ARE 2 PORTS !! I AM STOKED AND YELL TO WHEELS , " THE TV HAS HDMI PORTS !!! THE TV HAS HDMI PORTS !!! " SHE THINKS I'M A LOSER.

 NOW TO TEST THE BLU-RAY PLUGGED DIRECTLY INTO THE HDMI PORT'S OF THE TV. THE NETFLIX SCREEN POPS UP AND I AM SUPER STOKED. WE NOW HAVE NETFLIX , HULU , AMAZON , YOUTUBE , AND MORE. I SEARCH YOUTUBE SINCE THAT POPPED UP FIRST. TWO DAYS AGO I WANTED TO WATCH PICARD BUT YOU HAVE TO PAY CBSACCESS TO GET IT. WELL , YOUTUBE IS AIRING THE SHOW TOO. SO.........I WATCH THE FIRST EPISODE OF PICARD AND IT WAS VERY GOOD. I WAS LIKE A KID IN A PORN STORE.

 WHEELS AND I SETTLE IN FOR DINNER ......MEATBALL SANDWICH , A SLICE OF PIZZA , SOME CORN , AND BEEF STROGANOFF.

  AFTER DINNER WE MAKE SOME DRINKS AND WATCH THE SUPER BOWL AND ITS COMMERCIALS.  SOME COMMERCIALS WERE VERY GOOD AND SOME WERE NOT. I AM JUST AMAZED IT IS 5 MILLION DOLLARS FOR A 30 SECOND COMMERCIAL.

 THE HALF TIME SHOW WITH JENIFER LOPEZ AND SHAKIRA WAS NOT MY CUP OF TEA. IT WAS WELL CHOREOGRAPHED WITH THE MOST DANCERS IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY BUT THE LATINO MUSIC AGAIN WAS NOT MY CUP OF TEA. I GUESS IT MADE SENSE IN MIAMI. IT WAS CATCHY BUT THE 2 MAIN GIRLS DRESSED SO DAMN SKIMPY IT WAS A LITTLE OVER THE TOP FOR ME. BELIEVE ME I LOVE ASS BUT I THOUGHT FOR A WORLDWIDE SHOW WITH KIDS WATCHING.....OVER THE TOP. LOPEZ'S OUTFITS WERE NOT FLATTERING BUT SHAKIRA'S WERE. I DID THINK THERE ARE A TON OF KIDS WATCHING THIS.....WONDERING WHAT THEY ARE THINKING.

 THE GAME WAS VERY GOOD AND WE CHEERED FOR ANDY REID.  SOME EAGLES/CHIEFS CONNECTIONS HERE OBVIOUSLY LIKE REID COACHED PHILLY 14 YEARS , KELSEY'S BROTHER , AND EVEN LESEAN MCCOY. 

 THE GAME WENT BACK AND FORTH AND I THOUGHT WHEN THE CHIEFS WERE DOWN BY 10 POINTS WITH 7 MINUTES LEFT THEY WERE GOING TO LOSE. BUT LIKE THEY HAVE DONE ALL PLAYOFFS THEY STORMED BACK AND WON THE GAME BY SCORING 21 UNANSWERED POINTS.

 PATRICK MAHOMES DOES IT AGAIN. NO NFL TEAM HAS COME BACK 3 STRAIGHT PLAYOFF GAMES BEING DOWN 10 POINTS OR MORE. HE ALSO WON THE MVP OF THE GAME AND BECAME THE YOUNGEST PLAYER TO WIN THE LEAGUE MVP AND SUPER BOWL MVP.

 IT WAS COOL WHEN THEY SHOWED THE CHIEFS FANS IN A STADIUM EVERY TIME THEY SCORED. THEY REMINDED ME OF PHILLY FANS. REID DESERVES A CHAMPIONSHIP AND I AM GLAD HE GOT ONE.

 OFF TO BED TO SLEEP WITH THE PUP. SHE WAS ACTUALLY VERY GOOD.

  MONDAY      2 - 3 - 20

  LADY WALKING LITTLE DOG - " BEAUTIFUL DAY HERE "

  ME - " FOR FEBRUARY.....I'LL TAKE IT. "

  LADY WALKING LITTLE DOG - " NOT TOO SURE ABOUT SHORTS AND A TEE SHIRT THOUGH "

  I WAS WEARING A TEE SHIRT AND SHORTS WHILE WORKING OUTSIDE......ANNNNNNNND LOVING IT. I CAN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME IT WAS THIS WARM IN FEBRUARY AT THIS HOUSE. IT IS ALWAYS 10 - 15 DEGREES COLDER HERE. TODAY WAS AT LEAST 60 DEGREES.

  BEEN HERE 3 DAYS AND ONLY SEEN ONE LADY THE ENTIRE TIME........ANNNNNNNNND LOVING IT.

  THE PUNCH LIST TODAY TOTALLY DRAINED ME. MAN I WAS HURTING. HERE IS WHAT I DID :

 - SHOVELED ANY REMAINING SNOW AND HEAVY WET LEAVES OFF THE DECK.

  - I HAVE 2 GORILLA LADDERS. THESE LADDERS FOLD IN ANY POSITION. I DECIDED TO BRING ONE HERE AND LEAVE IT IN OUR CRAWL SPACE. THERE WAS A REASON FOR THIS.

 - PAINT THE STAIRCASE WALLS LEADING UPSTAIRS.  I BLUE TAPE EVERYTHING , TARP THE STEPS , AND USE THE GORILLA LADDER.  IT IS GOOD TO USE BUT IN SUCH A SMALL SPACE IT WAS NOT FUN. THIS 3 HOUR PROJECT TOOK 5 HOURS. THE PAINTING OF THE WALLS CAME OUT VERY GOOD. ONLY ONE PROBLEM , THE COLOR DID NOT MATCH EXACTLY SO NOW WHEELS WOULD LIKE THE 1ST AND 2ND FLOOR HALLWAYS DONE........UGH.

 - WHEELS HELPS ME CLEAN UP.

 - I HAVE THE LADDER SO WHY NOT UTILIZE THIS 60 DEGREE WEATHER. I BRING IT TO THE 2ND FLOOR BALCONY DECK AND ACCESS THE TOP ROOF. I LEAF BLOW THE ROOF AND GUTTERS.

 - MOVE LADDER TO DECK AND ACCESS THE AWNING ROOF. I LEAF BLOW ALL OF IT.

 - REMOVE LADDER FROM THE DECK AND LEAF BLOW THE ENTIRE DECK.  I AM EXHAUSTED BUT GLAD I AM DOING IT NOW BECAUSE RAIN IS EXPECTED TOMORROW PLUS IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL OUT.

 - FIX A CLOSET DOOR THAT CAME OFF ITS TRACKS.

 - ACCESS CRAWL SPACE AND STORE GORILLA LADDER.

  BY 6PM I AM SO DAMN TIRED. WHEELS WENT FOOD SHOPPING AND PICKED UP A PIZZA AND STROMBOLI. WE SETTLE IN AND I STRUGGLE TO STAY AWAKE. SHE USES THE BLU-RAY TO ACCESS NETFLIX AND WATCHES THE SEASON FINALE OF GRACE & FRANKIE.

  I HAVE DEVELOPED A COUGH SO I TAKE SOME MEDS. I HAD ONE BEER AT DINNER TIME BUT THAT WAS IT. BY 9PM I WAS JUST TOO TIRED OF MOVING LADDERS ALL DAY AND CLIMBING ROOFS.

  I HEAD TO BED AND WATCH TV IN MY ROOM. I ENJOY THIS TIME. I FLIPPED BACK AND FORTH FROM THE FLYERS ( WHO WON ) AND THE 76ERS ( WHO GOT SMOKED ).

 BY 9:45PM I TURN THE TV OFF AND FALL ASLEEP. I DID WAKE UP SEVERAL TIMES BUT OVERALL SLEPT GOOD.

 TOMORROW MORNING..........WHAT IS THAT BUZZING ALARM SOUND ?

  TUESDAY       2 - 4 - 20

  UP EARLY AND I HEAR A BUZZING SOUND.  AT FIRST I THINK IT IS A WASHER OR DRYER. I ACTUALLY UNPLUGGED BOTH MACHINES BUT THE SOUND KEEPS COMING. THAN I KNOW WHAT IT IS.......THE SEPTIC SYSTEM ALARM.

  BACK UNDER THE HOUSE AND INTO THE CRAWL SPACE. I SET THE ALARM TO SILENT AND SEAL UP THE DOOR. I THINK IT IS PROBABLY JUST A MALFUNCTION UNTIL BOTH OUR 2ND FLOOR BATHROOMS WERE NOT FLUSHING PROPERLY.

 CALL OUR SEPTIC TECHNICIANS AND THEY " FIX " SOME COILED UP WIRES AFFECTING THE FLOAT DEVICE. I HAVE TO GO BACK UNDERNEATH THE CRAWL SPACE FOR THE 3RD FRIGGIN' TIME.  I MOVE THE SWITCH FROM SILENT BACK TO ALARM AND THERE IS NO NOISE. I DO SCHEDULE THEM TO EMPTY OUR TANK AT A LATER DATE.

 I WALK THE PUP AND SHE GETS TO SEE 8 DEER. SHE DID NOT BARK OR WANT TO CHASE THEM.

  I DECIDE TO TAKE DOWN SOME ADDRESS NUMBERS. TWO WEEKS AGO I INSTALLED REFLECTIVE NUMBERS BUT DID NOT TAKE DOWN THE OLD NUMBERS. IT NOW LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A DIFFERENT ADDRESS. SO , I GET A LADDER AND A SCREW GUN AND REMOVE THE OLD NUMBERS.

  CHILL WITH THE PUP IN THE " NEW " VAN. I FIGURE OUT HOW TO LINK UP OUR CELL PHONES. THE VAN HAS VOICE ACTIVATION ON PHONES , GPS , RADIO , AND MORE. THE PROBLEM IS......I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO USE IT.

 BACK INSIDE I MAKE A SIGN FOR OUR OUTSIDE CHAIRS. IT SIMPLE SAYS , " CUSHIONS IN THE FIRST FLOOR BEDROOM CLOSET "

 FIX A VACUUM THAT IS BADLY BROKEN.  THIS IS A TOTAL MACGYVER.

 TRY TO FIX A RECOIL LEASH......ITS DONE.

 I AM REALLY GLAD I LEAF BLEW ALL THE ROOFS YESTERDAY.  THE RAIN CAME BUT NOT TOO BAD. STILL.....SO GLAD I CLEANED ALL THE OUTSIDE DECKS AND ROOFS. I REALLY LIKE WHEN THE ROOF AND DECKS ARE CLUTTER FREE.

 SETTLE IN AND HAVE LEFTOVER PIZZA AND ITALIAN STROMBOLI. OUR FAVORITE PIZZA PLACE HERE IS EXCELLENT. THEY ARE CALLED JIREH'S. ONE ORDER AND WE GET 4 MEALS OUT OF IT.  WE ORDER PRETTY MUCH EVERY TIME WE COME UP.

 GET A WONDERFUL PHONE CALL FROM OUR YOUNGEST. SHE HAS A QUESTION ABOUT HER FIRST W-2 FORM. I TELL HER , " I AM STILL EXPECTING OUR WEDNESDAY WEEKLY PHONE CALL TOMORROW . " SHE RESPONDS , " I WAS THINKING OF THAT BUT WE WILL HAVE NOTHING TO TALK ABOUT." I REPLY ," OH , I WILL DEFINITELY HAVE THINGS TO TALK ABOUT. "

  WATCH 2 EPISODES OF DEEP SPACE NINE WITH THE RETURN OF WORF. WORF TRANSLATES A KLINGON GENERAL'S WORDS TO HIS FEDERATION CAPTAIN. THE CAPTAIN SAYS , " WHAT DID HE SAY ? "  WORF RESPONDS , " HE SAID.......IT IS A GOOD DAY TO DIE."   FUCKING LOVE KLINGONS.

 WHEELS AND I WATCH 3 EPISODES OF YOU. IT KINDA IS LIKE DEXTER. IT WAS GOOD.

  WE WATCH THE STATE OF THE UNION. I ACTUALLY SAID , " I'M VOTING FOR TRUMP WHEN NANCY PELOLSI TORE UP HIS SPEECH." OK , MAYBE I AM BEING FACETIOUS BUT I THOUGHT OVERALL TRUMP DID A GOOD JOB OF PRAISING HIMSELF.

 AGAIN I HEAD TO BED EARLY. I FORCED MYSELF TO STAY AWAKE UNTIL 10PMISH. WHEELS BRINGS IN THE PUP TO MY BEDROOM AND NOW MY NIGHT BEGINS.

 THE ENTIRE NIGHT THE PUP SNUGGLES ON MY BACK AND NECK.

 2:30AM - UP AND WALK THE DOG. SHE PEES AND POOPS. TEMPS IN THE 50'S STILL.

 6AM - UP TO FEED HER. TEMPOS DROP TO 30'S.

 8AM - WALK PUP AND SHE SEES AND HEARS 20 CANADIAN GEESE HONKING LOUDLY. SHE JUST STARES AND DOES NOT BARK OR WANT TO  CHASE. THE GEESE WALK ON THE FROZEN LAKE. THE TEMPS DROP AGAIN.

 SHAKE THE COUGH A LITTLE BIT AND NOW I HAVE SNEEZING FITS. ALSO , MY EYES HURT.

  WEDNESDAY       2 - 5 - 20

 START MORNING FEELING SLUGGISH BUT I BEGIN SOME SMALL PUNCH LIST THINGS AND CLEANING THE 2ND FLOOR.

  LATER IN THE DAY THE SEPTIC TECHS SHOW UP TO EMPTY OUR TANKS.

  THE NEXT HOUR WE ARE LOADED AND READY TO GO. I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE BUT BAD WEATHER IS COMING SO WE FIGURED TO GET ON THE ROAD. I REALLY WANTED TO STAY ONE MORE DAY......AT LEAST.

 MAKE GOOD TIME HOME AND WE SETTLE IN.

  I TYR TO REST WITH THE PUP. I AM STILL HAVING SNEEZING AND COUGHING FITS.  I REALLY FEEL MEDS DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

  ANYONE WATCHING THE SHIT SHOW WITH THE IMPEACHMENT , PELOSI , AND TRUMP.  I SWEAR THIS SEEMS LIKE A SCRIPT HOLLYWOOD WROTE.

 GTE A WONDERFUL CALL FROM OUR YOUNGEST. ALWAYS FUN MAKING HER LAUGH.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND CLEAN. I HAD A NICE GROUP OF FIREMEN COME IN.  THEY WERE ALL VERY COOL.

 HEAD HOME AND BASICALLY GO RIGHT TO BED. I TOOK SOME MEDS AND COUGH DROPS. UNFORTUNATELY , I SLEPT REALLY BAD.

 THURSDAY          2 - 6 - 20

  BEST CINEMATIC SCENE EVER ?..........PRETTY SURE IT IS.

  FIGHTING THIS SNEEZING / COUGHING THING AND THAN..........IT JUST BREAKS. NOT SURE BUT I THINK IT IS A COMBINATION OF MY FAT CELLS FIGHTING THE VIRUS ALONG WITH ORANGE JUICE , CHICKEN , SOUP , TUSSIN DM , AND NIGHTQUIL.

  FLYERS AND 76ERS BLOW.

  TRIED TO REST FOR MOST OF THE DAY TO FIGHT THIS FLU. BUT WAS INTERRUPTED BY THE PUPPY , CELL PHONE CALLS , AND A FAMILY VISITOR.

 TRUMP........I SWEAR WHAT A SHOW THIS IS.  UNFORTUNATELY , THIS IS OUR PRESIDENT AND OUR COUNTRY.

  OFF TO THE NAIL AND SETTLED IN. I HAVE 2 SHIFTS. THE MUSICIANS ARRIVED EARLY AND IT WAS FUN. NEXT , THE REGULARS COMES IN UNTIL 1:30AM.

  WHEN I FIRST ARRIVED I WAS NOT FEELING GOOD BUT ABOUT 2 HOURS IN I FELT A SWITCH IN MY BODY.  IN A INSTANT I FELT BETTER. I STILL FEEL REMNANTS OF THE SICKNESS BUT DEFINITELY BETTER.

  AT HOME BY 2AM AND I TRY TO GET THE PUP OUT FROM THE COVERS IN WHEELS BED.  I AM DRESSED IN 2 THICK JACKETS WITH A HAT .....STANDING IN A DARK ROOM. IF WHEELS WAKES UP SHE IS GOING TO HAVE A SHIT FIT. THE PUP JUST SQUIRMS AROUND UNDER THE COVERS SO I SAY " F' IT. " AND GO TO BED.

  I CAN NOT THINK OF ANY ONE SCENE WHETHER A MOVIE OR TV THAT HAD THIS KINDA OF HUGE REACTION WORLD WIDE. I WATCH AT LEAST 50 VIDEOS AND TEARED UP ON HALF OF THEM.  THE AUDIENCE REACTIONS ARE UNBELIEVABLE.  SOME ARE JUST A COUPLE OF PEOPLE IN A ROOM THAT SHOW 2 SCREENS. ONE IS THE PEOPLE VIEWING THE SHOW AND THE OTHER IS THE SCENE BEING PLAYED. I SWEAR I TEARED UP A TON OF THE TIMES. I BEGAN WATCHING VIDEOS AT 1AM AND THE NEXT MORNING WAS WATCHING THEM AGAIN.

 THE SCENE IS FROM GAME OF THRONES WHEN ARYA KILLS THE NIGHT KING.  THE ASSASSIN COMES OUT OF NO WHERE TO ATTACK THE NIGHT KING. SCREAMS OF JOY FROM THE AUDIENCE. THAN , THE NIGHT KING SPINS AND STOPS HER IN MID-AIR.  SCREAMS OF PANIC FROM THE AUDIENCE.  THAN.....THE PAUSE OF THEM BOTH STARING AT EACH OTHER. SHE DROPS THE KNIFE TO THE OTHER HAND AND SHE DOES IN THE NIGHT KING. MAN , WHAT A FRIGGIN' SCENE.

 I ACTUALLY LIKE THE PART WHERE THE NIGHT KING'S GUARD HAS HIS FEW STRANDS OF HAIR SLIGHTLY BLOW IN THE WIND. HE SLIGHTLY TURNS AND THINKS , " WHAT WAS THAT ? "  THAN.....ARYA FLIES FROM OUT OF NOWHERE.  REACTIONS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES IS PRETTY ENTERTAINING. I MUST HAVE WATCHED 2 HOURS OF THIS ONE  SCENE. I JUST COULD NOT GET ENOUGH OF IT.  THERE ARE MANY  " TV " WATCH GROUPS AND THEIR REACTIONS ARE FUN TOO.  THE BEST WAS A GROUP OF AT LEAST 1,000.........OVER THE TOP COOL.

 GOOGLE " ARYA KILLS NIGHT KING ".  I LATER GOOGLED ALL HER ONE LINERS , KILLS , AND BANTER WITH " THE HOUND. " ARYA IS SUCH A BAD ASS ASSASSIN. OH , BY THE WAY , ARYA IS A 5 FOOT HIGH , 100 POUND GIRL.

  FRIDAY        2 - 7 - 20

  LOCAL GUY GETS HIT BY A CAR ON ARDMORE AVENUE AND DIES FROM THE INJURIES.  IT WAS A HIT & RUN AND LATER THE DRIVER TURNED HIMSELF IN. MY HEART BREAKS BECAUSE THE GUY WAS A GREAT PERSON WITH WIFE AND KIDS. JUST SHOWS......LIFE CAN END IN SECONDS. THIS REALLY HIT ME HARD WHEN I SAW THE STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA. THERE IS A VIGIL SATURDAY NIGHT AT ST. MARY'S CHURCH.

 SO I DO MY NORMAL THINGS OF LIFE.  I THINK A LITTLE BIT LESS ON GETTING UPSET ON MONEY OR THINGS THAT BREAK.  BY 12 NOON I AM CHILLING WITH A SNAPPY PUPPY.

 DRIVE TO THE NAIL TO MEET OUR TOWNSHIP INSPECTOR.  FOR THE FIRST TIME WE HAD NO VIOLATIONS.  I HAVE TO THANK MY OLD DOG NELLIE WHO I STILL MISS TERRIBLY. THE INSPECTOR KNOWS THE HORRIBLE FEELING TO LOSE A PET.

 WHEELS GOES TO A NICE DINNER AT " THE CLUB " AND ENJOYS SOME MUSIC WITH FAMILY. I WAS HAPPY SHE INVITED OUR ELDEST WHO TAGGED ALONG......VIA MY SUGGESTION. 

 DRAG A LARGE BROKE TV DOWNSTAIRS AND INTO OUR " NEW " VAN.  I HEAD BACK TO THE NAIL AND THROW IT IN OUR DUMPSTER.

  START LOADING IN THE BANDS AND THE CROWD ARRIVES.  I DID A SMART MOVE AND BROUGHT IN A EXTRA DOORMAN. THE MUSIC WAS VERY GOOD AND DIVERSE....THE CROWD WAS EXCELLENT.

  WE RAN HARD ALL NIGHT AND IT WAS A GOOD TIME. THIS WAS TRULY A NIGHT FOR THE NAIL TO GET SOME NOTORIETY ON A SMALL TINY LITTLE ITTY BITTY SCALE. IT WAS SUCH A POSITIVE NIGHT ON FANS , MUSIC , AND OUR STAFF.  I ALWAYS SAY GOOD NEWS / COMPLIMENTS MOVE LIKE A TURTLE. BAD NEWS / ANGER MOVE LIKE LIGHTNING. TONIGHT.....WAS A TURTLE.

 SPEAKING OF SCALES.  WE GOT A REPLACEMENT DELIVERED TODAY. DAMN THING READS EVERYTHING FROM WEIGHT TO BMI TO HOW LONG MY COCK IS. ALL OF IT FROM A PHONE TOO.

 ELDEST STOPPED IN THE NAIL ( WHICH I SUPER APPRECIATE ) WITH SOME CO-WORKERS. I TOLD THE CO-WORKERS IF THEY MAKE THEIR OWN DRINKS BEHIND THE BAR THEY WOULD BE FREE.  THEY WERE GIGGLING AND IT WAS FUN. THAN.........MY ELDEST ASKED ME TO DRIVE THEM TO THE BAR DOWN THE STREET. ANNNNNNND SLAPPED IN THE FACE AGAIN.  WE HAD GREAT OLD TIME 70'S/80'S DANCE MUSIC AND FREE BAR AND SHE WANTS TO GO DOWN THE STREET. DO THEY GIVE COKE AWAY FOR FREE OR SOMETHING ?

 ROLL HOME SUPER TIRED. RIGHT TO BED .....NO BOOZE.

  SATURDAY      2 - 8 - 20

  MY FATHER TAUGHT ME TO ALWAYS RESPECT YOUR ELDERS. HE DID NOT SAY THIS TO US AS KIDS BUT DEMONSTRATED IT TO ME ONE DAY. THIS MEANS PARENTS FIRST  , GRAND PARENTS , AUNTS , UNCLES , AND SO ON. ANYWAY , THAT ONE DAY , I ONCE SAW MY BROTHER GET PINNED TO A WALL 3 FEET UP WHEN HE DISHONORED MY DAD.  RIGHT THERE I WAS TAUGHT , " IN HIS HOUSE , YOU RESPECT HIM AT ALL TIMES. I MEAN ALL FUCKING TIMES. " ( THIS GOES EQUALLY FOR MOM TOO ).    

  START MY DAY CLEANING UP PEE AND POOP. SURE GLAD WE HAVE TILE FLOORS.  IT WAS NOT THE PUPPY'S FAULT AND I AM STARTING TO THINK GETTING A PUPPY WAS TOO SOON.

 I CANCEL A LARGE SIDE JOB BECAUSE PAYMENT WAS NOT GIVEN TO ME FROM A JOB 3+ WEEKS AGO. I HAVE  A MOTTO , " I DON'T LEND MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO OWE ME MONEY AND I DON'T DO WORK FOR PEOPLE THAT OWE A BALANCE ".

 VILLANOVA LOSES.....I KNEW THEY WOULD.

 FLYERS WITH A BIG WIN OVER THE CAPITALS. DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AFTER A HOME LOSS TO NJ.

 X F L ........EH.

 WATCH SPIDERMAN FAR FROM HOME. I ACTUALLY FOUND SOME PARTS ANNOYING.

 I DECIDE TO HEAD TO THE NAIL REAL EARLY. LATELY , I LIKE ARRIVING 4 HOURS AHEAD OF LOAD-IN TIME FOR BANDS SO I CAN JUST TAKE MY TIME. I AM GLAD I DID.

 WITH TORNADO WARNINGS I PLAYED A LITTLE GAME WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE BANDS. I CLAIMED A TORNADO HIT THE NAIL MARQUEE ON JUST ONE SIDE....THE OTHER SIDE WAS FINE WHICH READ THE 4 BANDS. THE SIDE HIT BY MOTHER NATURE WAS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS. EVERY BAND NAME HAD AN ENDING OF " ASS " IN THEIR NAME. IT WAS FUN AND SOME BANDS WANT TO NOW CHANGE THEIR NAMES PERMANENTLY LIKE PROJECT PEGASUS  TO PROJECT ASSBORED AS HELL LIKED THEIR NEW NAME BORED ASS TOO. THOUGH I THOUGHT SWEET FREEDOM TO SWEET ASS WAS THE BEST.

 SO I TOOK MY TIME CLEANING AND PREPPING FOR THE NIGHT. LAST NIGHT WAS BIG BUT I DID NOT THINK TONIGHT WOULD BE BIGGER......IT WAS. ONE BAND ALONE DID 60+ PEOPLE.  IT STARTED OUT SLOW AND THE DOORMAN AND I THOUGHT ABOUT TAKING OUR WALLS DOWN. I MADE THE CALL TO WAIT JUST ONE MORE BAND. THAN...........DROVES OF MUSIC FANS ARRIVED. MOST BY URBER OR LYFT.  THE DOORMAN GOT SLAMMED AND ME........ DOUBLE SLAMMED. OVER 100+ PEOPLE AND I WAS FLYING BEHIND THE BAR. IT ACTUALLY WAS A GOOD WORKOUT RUNNING HARD FOR 4+ HOURS.

 THE MUSIC WAS GREAT AND SO WERE THE FANS. IT WAS FUNNY BECAUSE THE DOORMAN AND I SURE FELT OLD TONIGHT WITH SUCH A YOUNG CROWD. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE THESE YOUNG ADULTS SUPPORTING THE MUSIC SCENE.

  BY THE 4TH BAND THE NAIL HAD ABOUT 20 PEOPLE LEFT SO WE STARTED OUR CLOSING AND TAKING DOWN WALLS AND SUCH. WHAT SAVED ME TIME WAS MAKING IT A PLASTIC CUP NIGHT.  BY NOT WASTING TIME CLEANING GLASSWARE IN THE SINKS I COULD MOVE SUPER FAST.

 I END THE NIGHT GIVING THE DOORMAN OPEN BAR FOR HIS EXCELLENT WORK. WE CHILLED WITH SOME REGULARS BUT BY MIDNIGHT WE WERE READY TO CLOSE......WHICH WAS FINE WITH ME.

  AT HOME I GO RIGHT TO BED.....NO BOOZE.

  SUNDAY         2 - 9 - 20

  THAT WAS A LONG WEEKEND. IT WAS GREAT FOR THE NAIL , BANDS , AND MUSICIANS. I FEEL SO PROUD IN A SMALL WAY THAT SO MANY PEOPLE GAVE US COMPLIMENTS ON HOW WE RUN A SHOW AND OFFER OUR VENUE AS A TINY PLATFORM FOR THE BANDS.  IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I DID A SOLO SHIFT BARTENDING AND I RAN THE WHOLE TIME.  TECHNICALLY I DO NOT LIKE DOING IT BECAUSE WHO THE HELL WANTS TO LOOK AT A FAT BALD DUDE BEHIND A BAR. BUT........ONCE IN A WHILE IS OKAY.

  TALKED TO OUR DOORMAN AND WE BOTH AGREE " TODAY'S " KIDS HAVE NO IDEA OF THE VALUE OF A DOLLAR AND RESPECT OF OTHERS WHEN IN THEIR HOME. HE WENT INTO HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER'S BEDROOM AND SHE TOLD HIM TO " GET OUT ".

 76ERS WIN.....THIS IS GOOD.  THEY BASICALLY HAVE THE BEST RECORD IN ALL OF THE NBA AT HOME.  BEING AN AWAY TEAM......NOT SO GOOD.

 WATCHED JOHN WICK CHAPTER III PARABELLUM.  I THINK THEY SHOULD OF HAD A LITTLE MORE PEOPLE SHOT IN THE HEAD AND A LITTLE MORE OF HIM BEING THROWN THROUGH WALLS OF GLASS. IF JUST A LITTLE MORE OF THESE 2 THINGS THE MOVIE WOULD OF BEEN ALOT BETTER.

  HEAD DOWN TO THE NAIL AND SPEND ABOUT 2 1/2 HOURS CLEANING AND DOING THE NORMAL CHORES. THE DIRTIER THE NAIL THE BETTER THE NIGHT. IT WAS A VERY GOOD WEEKEND.

  I STILL FEEL COMPLETELY DISSED BY A CRAIGSLIST PURCHASE. I WILL CONTINUE BEING AN ANDY DEFRESNE ABOUT THIS. ONE LETTER A DAY......SOON TO BE 2.

  BACK HOME I CHILL AND WE WATCH THE OSCARS.  OVERALL IT WAS ENTERTAINING.   EMINEM MADE A RARE APPEARANCE. ALSO , THIS TIME , THOUGH IT HAD SOME HICCUPS , JOAQUIN PHOENIX GAVE A GOOD SPEECH AFTER WINNING BEST ACTOR IN JOKER.

 OFF TO BED WITH THE PUPPY. UP AT 2:30AM , 3AM , 5AM ......OH , I'LL JUST STOP COUNTING.

  MONDAY / TUESDAY      2 - 10/11 - 20

 MAYBE I SHOULDA OF WENT TO THE SEASHORE. I TOSSED AROUND THE IDEA BUT THE RAIN WAS DEFINITELY A MAJOR FACTOR.  USUALLY A GOOD NAIL WEEKEND = A LITTLE TRAVEL TIME.

 GLOBAL WARMING IS GOOD FOR ME BUT PROBABLY NOT SO GOOD FOR PEOPLE 50 YEARS FROM NOW.  I SPENT SOME TIME OUTSIDE RE-ARRANGING MY GARAGE TO LOAD TOOLS IN.  I ALSO TRANSFERRED ALL OF THE 1,000 TOOLS FROM MY OLD VAN TO MY " NEW " VAN AND THE GARAGE.  I HAD THE PUP OUT ON THE RUNNER CHAIN WITH ME TOO.

  SPEAKING OF GLOBAL WARMING. I TALKED TO A REALTOR TODAY ABOUT SELLING OUR CONDO AND PURCHASING A SINGLE HOME 5 OR MORE BLOCKS FROM THE BEACH. THAN.....AFTER HANGING UP .....I READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING. IN LESS THAN 50 YEARS OCEANS WILL RISE MORE THAN 3 FEET BECAUSE OF MELTING GLACIERS. THIS MEANS.......ANY COASTAL HOMES ARE SCREWED. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT UNLESS YOUR PRESIDENT TRUMP.

 SPEAKING OF THE PUP. IT IS 2 STRAIGHT NIGHTS OF SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT......A WELCOME SIGHT.

  I FOUND AN AXLE FOR $175 FOR MY OLD CRAP VAN. I TALKED THE GUY DOWN TO $100.  THEY ONLY GLITCH IS IT IS LOCATED 90 MINUTES FROM MY HOUSE. THE SELLER DID GIVE SOME SPECIFICS ABOUT THE AXLE AND AFTER THE 3RD EMAIL TO MY MECHANIC HE SAID DO NOT DO IT BECAUSE RE-WELDING WAS INVOLVED. I NOW HAVE DECIDED TO SELL MY CRAP VAN FOR $11. I WEIGHED THE OPTIONS AND IT CAME DOWN TO ME SELLING THE VAN I POOPED IN SEVERAL YEARS AGO. IT WAS TIME TO LET IT GO.

 76ERS BOUNCE BACK AND EMBIID IS LOVED AGAIN.

 FLYERS LOSE A VALIANT GAME BY COMING BACK FROM A 3 - 0 DEFICIT TO A VERY GOOD ISLANDER TEAM. A QUICK STORY : THE POOL LEAGUE MANAGER COMES IN AND HE IS A BIG FLYERS FAN. I TELL HIM THE SCORE IS 3 - 0 ISLANDERS. HE REPLIES , " OH MAYBE THEY WILL COME BACK ". HE LEAVES AND I GIGGLE. I WATCH BOTH THE 76ERS AND FLYERS AT ONCE. DON'T YOU KNOW THE FLYERS COME BACK AND TIE THE GAME 3 - 3 WITH JUST 2 MINUTES LEFT ?!?!?!  I BEGIN TO TEXT HIM , " DUDE !! NICE CALL !! THE FLYERS CAME BACK AND TIED THE GAME 3 - 3 !! " .........BUT..........I DO NOT SEND THE TEXT. I SAID TO MYSELF , " YOU KNOW WHAT ? I AM GOING TO WAIT JUST 2 MINUTES UNTIL THE REGULAR TIME RUNS OUT OF THE GAME. " ISLANDERS SCORE WITHIN 90 SECONDS LEFT. I DELETE AND NEVER SEND THE TEXT.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO WORK ON A STAGE OUTLET. BANDS HAVE BEEN HAVING TROUBLE ACCESSING IT SO I SPENT TIME DOWN MY BASEMENT , IN MY GARAGE , AND SEARCHING MY VAN FOR ALL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT.  I CAME UP WITH A NICE IDEA TO HAVE MORE OUTLETS ON THE STAGE'S RIGHT SIDE.

 MEET MERCURY AMUSEMENT.

  BANDS ARE THE BACK BONE OF THE NAIL. IN 2 DAYS , I HAD OVER 15 BANDS CONTACT ME. THIS IS A GOOD THING.

 WHEELS AND I DID THE JANUARY BOOKS FOR THE NAIL. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE THE FINAL NUMBERS. IT MAKES ME SEMI-PROUD TO RUN A BUSINESS I WAS TOLD HAD A ZERO SHOT OF MAKING IT ........... 25 YEARS AGO.

 BACK HOME WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF THE MARVELOUS MS MAISEL. IT WAS VERY GOOD.

 EARLIER IN THE DAY I WATCHED ALL OR NOTHING ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. IT WAS " EH " AT BEST AND THIS IS COMING FROM A BIG EAGLES FAN.

 WALK THE PUP TWICE AND SHE DOESN'T POOP. THIS IS NOT GOOD. I BRING HER IN MY ROOM AND SHE SLEEPS ALL THE WAY TO 5:45AM. SHE JUMPS OFF THE BED BUT WITHIN 2 MINUTE JUMPS BACK UP AND GOES BACK TO SLEEP WITH ME UNTIL 6:40AM. THIS IS A GOOD THING. NOW.........WE MUST GET BACK TO THE CRATE TRAINING AGAIN.

  ONE MORE PUP STORY........OUR YOUNGEST AND WHEELS TAUGHT THE DOG TO " PLAY DEAD " AND " ROLL OVER ". WHEELS POINTING A FINGER AND YELLING " BANG BANG " AND THE DOG DROPS AND FREEZES WITH HER LEGS UP IN THE AIR........IT'S PRETTY DAMN FUNNY.

  WEDNESDAY         2 - 12 - 20

 A SAD DAY.  IN LESS THAN 4 HOURS A TOW TRUCK WAS MEETING ME TO TAKE MY VAN AWAY. THE FINAL DECISION CAME WHEN THE AXLE I FOUND ONLINE WOULD NOT WORK. THIS EXPEDITED THE SITUATION TO EMPTYING THE VAN , REMOVING ALL THINGS INSIDE , TAKING OFF THE NEW WINDSHIELD WIPERS , AND REMOVING THE LICENSE PLATE. I DROVE THE VAN TO OUR LOCAL PARK WITH A LARGE PARKING LOT. IT IS A NICE FLAT AREA TO LOAD THE VAN ON. I TOOK SOME PICTURES AND POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK. IT WAS KINDA SAD SEEING MY VAN BEING DRIVEN AWAY. THE VAN SERVED ME FOR 18 YEARS AND HELPED ME WHEN I HAD TO POOP ONE DAY.  I MEAN WHAT KINDA OF VEHICLE GIVES SO MUCH ?

 BANDS ARE THE OIL TO THE NAIL'S ENGINE.  IT CONTINUES TO ROLL AS 4 BANDS AND A PROMOTER CONTACTED ME TODAY.

  SEEMS LIKE WHENEVER IT RAINS WE CAN NOT ACCESS AMAZON PRIME TO WATCH THE MARVELOUS MS. MAISEL.

 SPENT SOME TIME OUTSIDE RE-ARRANGING TOOLS AGAIN IN MY " NEW " VAN AND THE GARAGE. I LOADED DVD MOVIES , MENU'S , AND MUSIC CD'S TOO.

  TESTED A NEW MODERN WEIGHT SCALE THAT I GOT FOR FREE VIA A WARRANTY. IT IS SUPER NICE. UNFORTUNATELY , THE RESULTS ARE THE SAME. THE SCALE READ IN L.E.D. FORMAT " YOUR STILL FAT......FATTY ".

  I TRIED ON 5 DIFFERENT SUITS. I SWEAR I AM LIKE TOMMY BOY WEARING RICHARD'S SUIT JACKET. I KEPT HEARING THE SONG , " FAT GUY IN A LITTLE SUIT.......FAT GUY IN A LITTLE SUIT. "

 I TAKE THE PUP AGAIN FOR THE NIGHT AND SHE SLEEPS THROUGH UNTIL 6:30AM. THIS IS A GOOD THING. I HOPE IT CONTINUES.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP , BARTEND , ORDER STUFF , AND MEET WITH A PROMOTER. I ALSO PHONED SEVERAL BANDS.

  I GET MY TRADITIONAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT PHONE CALL FROM MY YOUNGEST AT COLLEGE. A WONDERFUL TALK AND AT THE END OF THE CONVERSATION I HEAR " LOVE YOU ". YOU REALLY DON'T GET TO HEAR THAT TOO OFTEN. I TOLD MY KID ," YOU CALM ME. "

 I ENTERED AN 18 PLAYER INTERNET POKER TOURNAMENT WHERE THE BUY-IN WAS $50,000. I WON IT AND POKERSTARS COMPANY ADDED OVER $330,000 TO MY ACCOUNT. DAMN SHAME IT WAS ALL " PLAY " MONEY.

  ROLL HOME AND CHILL WITH WHEELS. WE WATCH A VERY GOOD SHAMELESS.

  I WALK THE PUP WHEN I GOT HOME AND SHE IS READY TO SETTLE IN. I LET HER SLEEP ON THE COUCH WHILE I HEADED TO BED.  ABOUT 3 HOURS LATER I HEAR A LITTLE DOG WHINING TO GET IN BED WITH ME. I HAVE TO ADMIT HAVING THIS TINY LITTLE WARM FURRY BODY SNUGGLE AGAINST YOU IS ALRIGHT.

  FOR JUST 3 SECONDS , AS MY VAN WAS BEING TOWED AWAY , I THOUGHT OF WHEN WE PUT OUR DOG DOWN LAST HALLOWEEN AND IT MADE ME SAD...............THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A MACHINE.

  THURSDAY     2 - 13 - 20

 THE BAND CONTACTS KEEP ROLLING IN. THIS HAS BEEN A GOOD STRETCH LATELY AND I HOPE IT CONTINUES.

  THURSDAY IS TRASH DAY. OUR NAIL DUMPSTER GETS EMPTIED EVERY THURSDAY MORNING AROUND 5AM. SO I DECIDED EACH THURSDAY I WILL TRASH SOMETHING. THE LAST 2 THURSDAYS I DUMPED 2 LARGE TV'S. TODAY I TRASHED 2 SMALL TV'S AND SOME PARTS OF A KITCHEN STOVE.

  THE PUP CONTINUES TO SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT. THIS IS A GOOD THING.

  THE NEW AND FINAL SEASON OF THE RANCH CAME OUT. I WATCHED SEVERAL EPISODES. IT IS VERY GOOD.

  STOPPED AND PICKED UP A LIQUOR ORDER.  IT IS REALLY NICE TO HAVE THE DRIVEWAY PARKING NOW. I CAN BYPASS ALL THE SHOPPERS. THE AREA IS A SHIT SHOW FOR PARKING.

  AT THE NAIL I WATCH OUR FLYERS WIN A SOLID GAME.

  I MADE A PRETTY BIG CONTACT TONIGHT. A GUY COMES IN WHO KNOWS S. Mc. FROM THE BAND THE STAND. THIS BAND PACKED THE NAIL YEARS AGO. HE TELLS ME HE TALKS ABOUT THE NAIL ALL THE TIME AND IS LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO DO A CD RELEASE PARTY. JESUS....THIS WOULD BE BIG. WELL , I WENT ON FACEBOOK AND SENT A " FRIEND " REQUEST. WITHIN 2 MINUTES HE ACCEPTED AND WITHIN 15 MINUTES WE WERE TALKING VIA CHAT. WE ARE GOING TO MEET NEXT THURSDAY.

 BACK HOME WE WATCH THE SEASON FINALE OF SHAMELESS. IT WAS VERY GOOD.  NEXT SUMMER THERE WILL BE A SEASON 11 BUT IT WILL BE ITS FINAL EPISODES.

  WALK THE PUP AND HEAD TO BED. I LEFT HER SLEEPING ON THE COUCH. SOMETIME DURING THE NIGHT I FEEL A SMALL WARM FURRY HEAD LAY ON MY NECK. I HEAR BREATHING TOO.  IT WAS A GOOD FEELING.  SHE SLEPT UNTIL 6AM AND JUMPED OFF MY BED. I GOT UP AT 7AM AND SHE WAS LAYING BY THE SIDE OF MY BED. I FED AND WALKED HER. BACK ON MY BED AND SLEPT UNTIL 8:30AM. THIS ROUTINE I CAN LIVE WITH.

  FRIDAY      2 - 14 - 20

 MY MOM THINKS I'M FAT. IT IS TRUE BUT MOMS SHOULDN'T SAY THAT.

 OPEN A NEW BANK ACCOUNT AND MADE $500. WE USED WSFS BANK ( HATE THE NAME....TOO HARD TO SAY ) LAST MONTH FOR A VERY LARGE LOAN FOR RENTAL HOMES AND CONSOLIDATION. WE HAVE USED THE SAME REP SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS. IT HELPED US GREATLY AND EVEN GAVE US A MONTH OFF FROM MAKING A PAYMENT. ANYWAY , I ARRIVED AND THE ASSISTANT MANAGER HAD EVERYTHING READY WHEN I ARRIVED. THE ONLY BAD THING WAS MY G.P.S. TOOK TO A WEIRD WAY.

 STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.

 OFF TO MY PARENTS HOUSE WHERE MY MOM WENT SHOPPING FOR ME. WE HAVE A WEDDING COMING UP AND NOTHING FITS ME. WHEN SHE CALLED SHE SAYS , " NOTHING IS GOING TO FIT YOU. " YOU KNOW......EVEN AT 60 YEARS OLD YOU THINK , " WELL THAT KINDA HURT. " I UNDERSTOOD AND TRIED MY 91 YEAR OLD DAD'S SUIT JACKETS ON AND PEE STAINS IN THE PANTS............THEY FIT. GREAT....MY DAD AND I ARE THE SAME SIZE AND WE BOTH PEE A LITTLE WHEN WEARING CLOTHES.

 BACK HOME I SETTLE IN AND TRY TO REST A LITTLE BECAUSE I HAVE A LONG NIGHT. I FINISH THE FINAL SEASON OF THE RANCH. IT WAS EXCELLENT AND I AM MAN ENOUGH TO SAY I CRIED.

 BOOKED ANOTHER BIG SHOW. VASEY HALL WHO ALWAYS PACKS THE PLACE WILL DO ONE LAST PERFORMANCE UNTIL THEY GRADUATE VILLANOVA AND MOVE TO NEW YORK. THIS BAND BRINGS ALOT OF ASS TO THE NAIL........ALOT........OF...............ASS. I ALSO BOOKED 3 OTHER BANDS TODAY. I HAVE BEEN ON ONE OF MY BIGGEST ROLLS LATELY. MAN I HOPE IT CONTINUES. IT IS JUST SO GOOD FOR THE NAIL.

 MY MOTTO IN LIFE , " BE NICE TO ME AND I WILL BE NICER TO YOU. BE MEAN TO ME AND I WILL BE MEANER TO YOU. ". I ALSO HAVE THE CREED , " I WILL DO 10 THINGS FOR YOU BEFORE YOU DO ONE FOR ME. " ANYWAY , I HATE ARGUING WITH MY KIDS. IT FELT NICE WHEN MY ELDEST CALLED AND APOLOGIZED FOR FREAKING OUT WHEN I ATE HER 5 DAY OLD PASTA IN MY FRIDGE. I TOLD HER , " FROM NOW ON , I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR WHO'S FOOD IS WHO'S. IN THIS HOUSE EVERYONE SHARES."

 OFF TO THE NAIL AND PREPPED FOR THE BANDS. IT WAS A FUN NIGHT AND FREE CANDY WAS GIVEN OUT. I THOUGHT ALL THE BANDS WERE VERY GOOD. ONE BAND CALLED " Z " SHORT FOR ZEEK MITCHELL BAND WAS MY FAVORITE......SAXOPHONE AND KEYBOARDS ARE ALWAYS A COOL SOUND. I POSTED A FACERBOOK PICTURE OF THEM ON OUR STAGE AND OUR PUPPY STANDING ON OUR WINDOW SILL LIKE OUR OLD PUP DID. STILL MISS YOU NELLIE.

 EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE WHILE SNUGGLING WITH THE PUP I SAY TO HER , " NELLIE , ARE YOU IN THERE ? " THE DOG ALWAYS FLINCHES AND LOOK AT ME AS TO DAY , " YEAH , I'M HERE DAD. " I CRY EVERY TIME.

 CLEANED OUR KITCHEN SINK BY USING EASY OFF. MAN THAT STUFF WORKS. I ALSO CHANGED THE OIL IN THE FRYER.

  OH , PANIC SET IN AS THE BATTERY ON OUR FLOOR SAFE DIED. I ONLY CHANGED THIS ONCE AND TOTALLY FORGOT HOW TO DO IT. I JUST REMEMBERED IT WAS SUPER EASY. WELL , THE BARTENDER AND I SPENT ABOUT 30 MINUTES TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT. I COULD NOT FIND THE GUY'S PHONE NUMBER I PURCHASED IT FROM SO LUCKILY THE SAFE HAD A PHONE CONTACT ON THE FRONT. IT WAS IN CALIFORNIA. WE CALL THE COMPANY AND A TECH FIGURED IT OUT IN ABOUT 30 SECONDS.

  DRIVING HOME I COME TO A STOP ON HAVERFORD ROAD AND LAID ON THE HORN JUST 1/2 MILE FROM THE NAIL. WHY ? ......A RACCOON. THAT SUCKER DID NOT WANT TO MOVE FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET. LITTLE DUDE HAD SOME ATTITUDE............SO I RAN HIM OVER WITH MY NEW VAN.

  AT HOME I WATCH TV , HAVE 2 BEERS , AND SNACK ON FOOD WHEELS GOT. DAMN I HATE DOING THIS LATE NIGHT EATING BUT I WAS SO DAMN HUNGRY.

 THERE WERE SOME GIRLS DANCING AND BEING PLAYFUL ALL NIGHT WITH ME AND THE BARTENDER. I THOUGHT THEY WERE ADORABLE.

 TOMORROW , WE HAVE ONE OF 2 THINGS THAT ARE INEVITABLE IN LIFE. THE ONE OF 2......TAXES. WE ARE ALSO PUTTING A WILL TOGETHER AND MEETING WITH AN ATTORNEY. WHEELS AND I WANT TO GIVE ALL OUR DEBT TO OUR KIDS.

 I DID NOT RUN THE RACCOON OVER. HE CASUALLY MEANDERED OFF THE MIDDLE OF HAVERFORD ROAD AS I LAID ON MY HORN FOR 30 SECONDS. HE LEARNED NOTHING.

  SATURDAY       2 - 15 - 20

  MY WEEKENDS ARE LIKE YOUR MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS.

  MY CELL PHONE HAS BEEN GOING OFF PRETTY CONSISTENTLY ALL WEEKEND. I AM MISSING A BACHELOR PARTY. OUR FAMILY GROUP TEXTING IS SOMEWHERE ABOVE 400 TEXTS.

  OFF TO THE NAIL EARLY MORNING TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.  I SPEND ABOUT 90 MINUTES.  WHAT WAS NICE I FOUND 2 BRAND NEW BATTERIES AT HOME FOR OUR SAFE AND FIXED THE LOCK.

 OFF TO MY PARENT'S HOUSE FOR BREAKFAST AND GET FITTED FOR THE 3RD TIME FOR A SUIT. MY MOM IS OVER THE TOP WITH DRESSING MEN AND I HAVE TO ADMIT SHE IS EXCELLENT AT IT. WHEN SHE WORKED AT STRAWBRIDGE'S SHE WAS THE NUMBER 1 SALES REP IN THE AREA. THAT IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. SHE MUST OF READ MY WEBSITE BECAUSE SHE SAID , " YOU'RE NOT FAT ......LOOK AT THOSE BROAD SHOULDERS. "

 ROLL HOME AND WHEELS AND I IMMEDIATELY HEAD TO OUR ACCOUNT. HE IS LIKE TONY SOPRANO AND WE LOVE HANGING WITH HIM TO HEAR HIS 100 STORIES.  HE HAS 5 TV'S IN HIS OFFICE. ONE HAS HORSE RACING AND HE SAYS , " HEY , THAT ONE OF MY HORSES. " UP POPS HIS NAME ON THE TV AS AN OWNER. I SWEAR EVERY YEAR I SAY WE HAVE TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH THIS GUY. WHILE MOST PEOPLE DREAD GOING TO THEIR ACCOUNTANT OR GETTING THEIR TAXES DONE.......WE LIKE IT.

 WHEELS AND I ALSO TALKED TO AN ATTORNEY AND PUT A LIVING WILL TOGETHER. IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING. AT OUR ACCOUNTANTS OFFICE HE HAS ALL KINDS OF TRADES LIKE LAWYERS , REALTORS , INVESTORS , AND MORE.

 STOP AT BURGER KING TO GET WHEELS LUNCH. THEY SO BLOW. SHE DID THE 5 FOR 4.....THE BURGER WAS THE SIZE OF  A HOCKEY PUCK , THEY WERE OUT OF CHICKEN NUGGETS , AND THE COOKIE WAS SMALL......BLOW. I HAD NOTHING.

  WENT IN A DOLLAR TREE STORE TO PICK UP SOME ITEMS FOR OUR ELDEST. SHE NEEDED A BROOM AND A UTENSIL ORGANIZER FOR A KITCHEN DRAWER. I GOT BOTH......EACH WAS A DOLLAR.

  ROLL HOME AND WHEELS AND I TALK ABOUT LIFE , INVESTING , VACATIONING , KIDS , AND MORE.

 BACK HOME WE CHILL FOR A LITTLE BIT. OUR ELDEST HANGS WITH US AND TELLS US SOME REALLY FUN STORIES OF HER 2 FRIENDS ( BOTH I KNOW AN DONE IS A DOORMAN AT THE NAIL ) ARE ON A IMPRACTICAL JOKERS CRUISE. THEY SENT PICTURES AND VIDEOS......IT IS PRETTY FUNNY. THEY SAID IT WAS THE BEST VACATION EVER.

  WHEELS GOES OUT TO DINNER WITH FAMILY WHILE I HEAD BACK TO THE NAIL.

  BANDS ARRIVE 2 HOURS TOO EARLY. OH MAN I HATE THIS.  I LOAD THEM IN. THE NIGHT WAS STEADY AND IT WAS AN EASY NIGHT FOR THE DOORMEN BECAUSE WE HAD 3 PROMOTERS WHO COLLECTED MONEY AT THE DOOR. WE JUST NEED TO CARD AND TELL PEOPLE WHERE TO PARK. IT WAS A SOLID CROWD AND BUSY ALL NIGHT. I HELPED BARTEND AND COOK UNTIL MIDNIGHT. IT WAS ALSO GOOD TO SEE MY MAN HOLLYWOOD.

 ROLL HOME AND CHILL WITH WHEELS AND THE PUPPY FOR A LITTLE BIT. WE WATCH SOME SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AND HEAD TO BED. I GOT THE PUP TONIGHT. SHE WAS GOOD.

 DECIDED I DO NOT WANT TO TRASH MY " NEW " VAN ESPECIALLY WHEN MULCH SEASON COMES AROUND. SO NOW I AM IN SEARCH MODE FOR A TRAILER. OUR JEEP HAS A HITCH ON IT ALREADY WHICH IS NICE. ALL I NEED NOW IS THE TRAILER AND A BALL JOINT.

 OUTSIDE OF THE NAIL I ONLY HAVE A RUSTY NAIL TEE SHIRT. I KEEP AN EYE ON PEOPLE SMOKING AND PARKING. THERE IS A GROUP OF GIRLS.....ALL OF THEM ADORABLE. ONE GIRL SAYS TO ME , " IT IS FREEZING OUT HERE HOW ARE YOU JUST IN A TEE SHIT ? " I REPLY , " MY FAT RESERVES HELP ALOT. " SHE REPLIES , " WHAT ? YOU ARE DEFINITELY NOT FAT. " I SMILED .........AND WALKED INSIDE AND TOLD OUR BARTENDER NOT TO SERVE HER ANY MORE ALCOHOL.

  SUNDAY     2 - 16 - 20

 LONG NIGHT NUMBER 3.

  A BAD THING TO HAVE IS A GIGANTIC STROMBOLI WHEN I COME HOME AT MIDNIGHT.......DAMN IT.

  I DO NOT LIKE DOING IT BUT I CANCELLED A WHOLE NIGHT OF BANDS BECAUSE A FRIEND TOLD ME SO. HE HAD ISSUES WITH A PROMOTER AND I M GOING TO TRUST HIM ON THIS ONE.

  MOST OF THE DAY JUST CHILLED AND TRIED TO REST FOR THE NIGHT.

 SPENT SOME TIME LOOKING FOR A TRAILER.

 ELDEST COMES HOME AFTER A WEEK OF HOUSE AND DOG SITTING. THAN I FIND OUT SHE HAS TO PICK UP FRIENDS AT THE AIRPORT AT 1AM.

 OFF TO THE NAIL EARLY SO I THOUGHT. AN 8PM START ENDED UP A 7:30PM START.......I COULD OF USED THAT 30 MINUTES. I ARRIVE AT 5PM AND STILL RAN OUT OF TIME SETTING UP.

 BANDS AND FANS START LOADING IN AND SOON IT WAS PACKED.  SOME FUN AND TALENTED YOUNG BANDS TONIGHT.  CLEVER BAND CALLED WITHOUT A MAP WHILE CHANGING INSTRUMENTS AND WANTED NO SILENCE HAD A RECORDED MESSAGE RUN THROUGH OUR SPEAKERS. IT WAS FUNNY AND DIFFERENT. THE FANS TURNING ON THEIR CELL PHONE FLASH LIGHTS DURING ONE SONG WAS KINDA COOL TOO.

 AGAIN , HAVING PEOPLE COME UP TO ME AND THANKING US FOR PUTTING ON A GOOD SHOW.  ONE BAND I LIKED THE MOST CALLED BIG HANDSOME.  BEFORE THEIR SET THE LEAD GUITARIST SAYS , " I LIKE TO DEDICATE THIS SET TO BIG DADDY. "

  BACK HOME I CHILL AND MAKE A GRAPEFRUIT DRINK WITH VODKA. THAN I SEE A HUGE ZESTO'S STROMBOLI IN THE FRIDGE.............DAMN IT.

  OFF TO BED AND I LET THE PUP SLEEP ON THE COUCH.  IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I FEEL A LITTLE WARM HEAD NUZZLE AGAINST MY NECK.

 MONDAY         2 - 17 - 20

  THE PERFECT DAY...............GOTTA THANK MOTHER NATURE AND GLOBAL WARMING FOR A 53 DEGREE DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY.

  LET THE RUNNING BEGIN :

 - WHEELS AND I LOAD UP THE " NEW " VAN WITH SUPPLIES AND THE PUPPY. WE STOP AT PHILLIPS 66 ( BEST PRICE FOR GAS AROUND ) AND FILL THE TANK.

 - STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.

 - STOP AT MY PARENTS HOUSE TO GET MY SUIT WITH NEW SHIRTS AND TIES.

 - STOP AT OUR YOUNGEST COLLEGE AND WE WALK TO A LOCAL PARK. WE GET LUNCH AT A STREET VENDOR...... A HOT DOG , 2 HAMBURGERS , AND A HOT SAUSAGE. ALL SERVED ON LONG ROLLS. THE SANDWICHES WERE " EH " AT BEST. LACK OF MEAT WAS THE MAIN PROBLEM. THE GUY WAS NICE BUT I WOULD NOT GO HERE AGAIN. THE GOOD THING.......HIS MATH WAS HORRIBLE. 4 SANDWICHES AND A LARGE WATER FOR $17.

  ** QUICK STORY - PARKING IS ALWAYS BAD IN CENTER CITY. I SEE A VAN MOVING OUT OF A SPOT SO I GO AROUND THE BLOCK. I GET TO THE PARKING SPOT AND JUST 2 CARS ARE AHEAD OF ME SITTING AT A TRAFFIC LIGHT. I SAY , " MAN , WHAT ARE THE CHANCES ONE OF THOSE 2 CARS WILL TAKE THAT PARKING SPOT ? " ONE MINUTE LATER THE 2ND CAR TAKES THE SPOT.  I SAY , " JESUS H CHRIST IF THAT  DOESN'T EPITOMIZE MY ENTIRE LIFE WITH LUCK RIGHT THERE !! 2 DAMN CARS TO THE SPOT AND ONE OF THEM TAKES IT......DAMN IT !! " ** BOTH WHEELS AND MY KID TELL ME TO " LET IT GO ".

  UPDATE - I GOT A WAY WAY BETTER PARKING SPOT 2 MINUTES LATER. THE SPOT WAS AT THE PARK. I COULD NOT OF NOT RESERVED A BETTER PARKING SPOT FOR 3 HOURS AND FREE. WHEELS COUNTERED MY BAD LUCK WITH HER GOOD LUCK.

 - WE HANG IN THE PARK AND EAT OUR LUNCH. CRAZY MAZE IS HAVING A BLAST WITH SIGHTS , SOUNDS , OTHER GODS , AND SMELLS.  WE WALK TO THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER AND THERE IS A SUPER LONG PATH FOR WALKERS , JOGGERS , AND BICYCLISTS. LET ME TELL YOU......BIKE PATHS ARE THE WAY TO GO FOR ASS. THERE WAS A TON OF PEOPLE OUT EXERCISING. ALL GIRLS IN SHAPE AND ALL PIECES OF ASS. I NEVER SEEN SO MUCH SPANDEX.

 - WALK ALONG THE RIVER AND HEAD TO A REALLY COOL DOG PARK. A GUY RECOMMENDED THE PARK AFTER HIS YOUNG DOG WRESTLED WITH OUR PUP FOR 10 MINUTES. IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY. THERE HAD TO BE A 100 DOGS AND OWNERS THERE. MAZE WAS EXCELLENT. I THOUGHT FOR SURE SHE FREAK OUT BUT SHE WAS COOL WITH GREETING AND BEING GREETED BY EVERY DOG. I TOOK SOME PICTURES AND POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK.

 - WHEELS GOES INTO THE DORM TO USE THE BATHROOM AND CARRY SOME THINGS DOWN WHILE I GOT THE VAN. WE SAY GOODBYE AND ROLL OUT. WE ACCESS 76 EAST IMMEDIATELY AND MADE GREAT TIME.

  WE ARRIVE AND TALK TO SOME NEIGHBORS. ONE NICE NEIGHBOR ENTERS OUR HOME TO SEE THE FLOORING WE HAVE. I HOOK HER UP WITH A NAME TO MAYBE GETTING A BETTER PRICE AT AVALON TILE.

  OK.....KEY THINGS HERE. IF WHEELS IS TO WORK AT HOME SHE MUST HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET.  WE ARE IN " SEASONAL " MODE HERE SO SOME THINGS ARE SHUT OFF FOR THE WINTER. LAST TIME I WAS HERE I DID GET EMAILS , FACEBOOK , AND INTERNET SO I WAS HOPING FOR THE SAME. WHEELS SETS UP AND DOES A TEST........WE HAVE INTERNET FOR HER WORK !!!

 PART II - IT BE NICE TO HAVE A LAND LINE FOR WHEN WHEELS DOES HER PHONE CONFERENCE CALLS. A CELL PHONE WORKS BUT SOMETIMES THE CLARITY AND SIGNALS ARE NOT THE STRONGEST.  LAST TIME HERE THE PHONE JACKS DID NOT WORK. WELL.......THEY DIDN'T WORK AGAIN. I DECIDE TO CALL COMCAST AND TALK TO A TECH. I TELL HER I HAVE NO DIAL TONE SO SHE SUGGESTS PLUGGING THE PHONE CORD DIRECTLY INTO THE BACK OF THE MODEM. WAAAALLLLLLAHH !!! IT WORKS !!!  SHE ALSO TELLS ME WE CAN ONLY GET 911 , 1 800 NUMBERS , AND LOCAL CALLS.....THAT'S IT. WELL , WE DO A TEST AND IT ENDS UP WE CAN CALL ANYWHERE WE LIKE. WHEELS IS NOW 2 FOR 2 IN WORKING AT HOME.

 WE TAKE A RIDE TO HOME DEPOT TO PURCHASE A LONG PHONE CORD.

  STOP AT OWENS PUB FOR SOME DRINKS AND $2.95 CHEESE STEAK SANDWICHES. IT WAS THE SPECIAL OF THE NIGHT. WE ALSO GOT SPICY SHRIMP AND SCALLOPS WITH BACON. ALL OF IT WAS GOOD. WE SAT AT THE BAR. WE WERE 0 - 3 STOPPING HERE BECAUSE IT IS ALWAYS PACKED. THERE WAS A SOLID CROWD TONIGHT AND SOME BAR STOOLS WERE OPEN. WE MAY GO BACK TOMORROW FOR 39 CENT WINGS.

 IT WAS A WONDERFUL DAY AND NIGHT. WE RETURN HOME FOR SOME NIGHTCAPS AND WATCH 2 EPISODES OF YOU. BOTH WERE GOOD.

 I TELL WHEELS , " WE ARE 1 PERCENTERS.........WITHOUT THE MONEY. "

 TUESDAY       2 - 18 - 20

 63 DEGREES IN MID-FEBRUARY ? I'LL TAKE IT.

 DID SOME PUNCH LIST STUFF LIKE FIX A LAMP , FIX A VACUUM , AND CLEAN A TUB DRAIN.

 RAN A PHONE CORD AND IT WORKED PRETTY GOOD FOR THE SPEAKER PHONE.

 I HAD THE PUP SLEEP WITH ME AGAIN. THE DOG STRETCHES UNDER THE COVERS AND MAN SHE CAN SCRATCH A BACK.

 DOG PARK II - I TAKE A LONG WALK ALONG THE BEACH AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL.  WE STOP AT THE DOG PARK HERE AND THERE WERE AT LEAST 15 OWNERS THERE. THE SMALL DOG SIDE WAS EMPTY SO I LET CRAZY MAZE RUN AROUND. SHE WAS HAVING A BLAST. I TOOK SOME PICTURES AND POSTED THEM.

  WE WALK THE BOARDWALK BACK AND PEOPLE ARE COMING UP TO ME AND MAZE. WE TALKED AND THEY LOVED OUR LITTLE PUP.

 I TALKED TO A FORMAN ABOUT THE BEACH WORK BEING DONE. THEY CONSTRUCTED A METAL WALL AS A BARRIER TO HELP WITH BEACH EROSION AND PROTECT OCEANFRONT HOMES. HE TOLD ME PEOPLE ARE FREAKING OUT ABOUT NOT ACCESSING THE BEACH. IT WAS VERY NICE WHEN THEY CUT INTO THE WALL AND NO STEPS WERE NEEDED ANYMORE TO ACCESS THE BEACH PATHS. WELL , DUE TO THE WICKED STORMS THE PAST YEAR THIS WALL HAD TO BE CONSTRUCTED. THEY WILL GO BACK TO CONSTRUCTING STEPS TO GO UP AND OVER THE BARRIER AGAIN. TO ME , IT IS NO BIG DEAL. I MEAN OUR BEACHES HAVE TO BE MAINTAINED AND SAVED. HE TOLD ME THE OLD DUNES WILL EVENTUALLY BE THE BEACH.

 AFTER A 2 HOUR  WALK AND PLAYTIME WE ARE BACK HOME. THE PUP GOES RIGHT TO MY BED AND JUMPS ON IT. SHE WAS ASLEEP IN SECONDS.

 WHEELS AND I GO TO OWENS PUB AGAIN. $1 DRAFTS , 39 CENT WINGS , AND CHICKEN PARM PLATTER WITH PASTA AND BREAD FOR $4.99. YEP........IT WAS A CHEAP NIGHT OUT.  THE BAR IS ALWAYS PACKED AND WE LIKE IT.

  BACK HOME WE CHILL WITH THE PUP AND WATCH 2 EPISODES OF YOU. THEY WERE VERY GOOD.

 DURING WINTER SEASON WE ONLY GET LIKE 12 TV CHANNELS. THIS MEANS I COULD NOT WATCH THE FLYERS ON TV. BUT..........I HAVE THE APP FOR COMCAST SPORTS NETWORK. IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS , I WAS STREAMING THE FLYERS GAME ON MY COMPUTER. THIS WAS A VERY NICE PLUS FOR THE NIGHT. OH.....FLYERS WIN !!

 A COUPLE OF NIGHTCAPS AND WALKING THE PUP I HEAD TO BED. ANOTHER GREAT DAY AND NIGHT.

  WEDNESDAY         2 - 19 - 20

 GOT TO ADMIT.....IT IS PRETTY DAMN COOL HERE.

  THE PUP GETS ME UP AT 6AM.  WE GO THROUGH OUR ROUTINE. I WALK HER IN THE DARK BUT IT IS STILL 50 DEGREES.

  WORKERS STILL CONSTRUCTING A WALL TO 13TH STREET. I WONDER IF TRUMP'S WALL IS MOVING THIS QUICKLY ?

 DO SOME ODD JOBS LIKE CLEANING BATHROOM EXHAUST FANS AND A TUB DRAIN. I ALSO SPRAY PAINTED THE BOTTOM PORTION OF OUR FRIDGE. IT CAME OUT EXCELLENT. LITTLE SMELLY BUT EXCELLENT.

 INTERNET , PHONE LINE , NETFLIX , AND GOOD WEATHER. THIS IS KINDA TOUGH TO BEAT.

 I TAKE THE PUP ON A LONG WALK AGAIN. THIS TIME WE TAKE " THE WALL ". I COLLECTED SEASHELLS FOR OUR GARDEN ON THE BEACH AND WE MET SOME NICE PEOPLE AGAIN. ONE LADY JUST LOVED MAZE.

  WHEELS AND I HEAD OUT TO DINNER AGAIN. WE STOPPED AT DOGTOOTH AND THE PLACE WAS BUSY FOR A WEDNESDAY HAPPY HOUR AND IN THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY.  $1 DRAFTS AND HALF OFF APPETIZERS. WE DID CHICKEN QUESADILLAS , TERIYAKI CHICKEN WITH VEGGIES , AND CHEESE STEAK EGGROLLS. ALL WERE VERY GOOD. WE ALSO HAD A VERY ENTERTAINING WAITRESS BEHIND US SERVING TABLES. WE SAT AT THE BAR. ANYWAY , SHE WAS BUBBLY AND TELLING STORIES TO CUSTOMERS THE WHOLE TIME. THE ENTERTAINING PART......HER VOICE WAS AS IF PEEWEE HERMAN AND THE MOM ( KITTY FORMAN ) ON THAT 70'S SHOW HAD A KID.

  AFTER DINNER WHEELS AND I LOOK AT A 5 BEDROOM / 4 BATHROOM HOME.  WE WALKED AROUND THE YARD AND PROPERTY. THE HOUSE HAS POTENTIAL BUT WE DECIDED IT WAS NOT WHAT WE WANTED.

 BACK HOME WITH THE PUP. SHE SNUGGLES WITH WHEELS ON THE COUCH EVERY TIME.

  NEXTDOOR STRIKES AGAIN. THIS IS A GOOD WEBSITE. IT IS SIMILAR TO CRAIGSLIST BUT VERY  LOCAL TO YOUR AREA. I AM PICKING UP A FOAM FILLER SUPPORT MATTRESS TO ADD TO A BUNK BED MATTRESS WE HAVE. IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND BRAND NEW. THE PEOPLE ARE MOVING AND DON'T WANT TO TAKE IT WITH THEM. THEY HAD THIS MATTRESS SUPPORT FOAM FOR 3 MONTHS.  THE PRICE..........FREE.

 CALL SOME BANDS TONIGHT. WHEELS SAYS , " WHY WERE YOU SO RUDE TO HIM ? " I DID NOT THINK I WAS RUDE BUT I DID SAY TO THE GUY 3 TIMES , " PLEASE GIVE ME SHORT ANSWERS SINCE I HAVE TO CALL 4 MORE BANDS TONIGHT. I ALWAYS THINK OF A FAMILY MEMBER WHO WAS DIAGNOSED BY A PSYCHOLOGIST FOR A JOB POSITION. THE DOCTOR WROTE , " IF YOU DO NOT GET HIS ATTENTION IN 5 SECONDS OR LESS HE WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU. " I THINK I HAVE A LITTLE MORE ATTENTION SPAN THAN MY FAMILY MEMBER. I'M MORE LIKE 10 SECONDS.

  WE WATCH 2 EPISODES OF YOU. THEY WERE VERY GOOD.

 TEXT MY YOUNGEST , " PRETTY SAD DAY TODAY ". THE KID RESPONDS , " WHY ? " I REPLY , " I ALWAYS GET A WEDNESDAY NIGHT PHONE CALL EVERY WEEK BUT TONIGHT IT DID NOT HAPPEN. "......8 SECONDS LATER MY CELL PHONE RINGS.

  WE ALSO WATCHED THE 2 HOUR DEMOCRATIC DEBATE. TO ME , CANDIDATES LOOK LIKE LITTLE KIDS WHEN THEY RAISE THEIR ARMS TO COUNTER ANOTHER CANDIDATES' ANSWER. I THOUGHT BUTTIGIEG DID THE BEST AT ANSWERING ACTUAL QUESTIONS. I THOUGHT V.P. BIDEN HELD HIS OWN FOR THE MOST PART. EXPERTS SAY WARREN DID THE BEST BUT I THOUGHT SHE WAS ANNOYING AND REPETITIVE. KLOBUCHAR DID A GOOD JOB TOO. SHE HAD TO ANSWER ONE OF THE MOST STUPIDEST QUESTIONS FROM THE HOT CHICK REPRESENTING TELEMUNDO TV AND THEIR 2% VOTERS. THIS CHICK ASKED HER IF SHE WAS A QUALIFIED CANDIDATE SINCE SHE FORGOT THE NAME OF THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO. OF ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU  CAN ASK ....THIS IS THE FUCKING ONE ? EVEN WARREN STOOD UP FOR KLOBUCHAR WITH THE IDIOCY OF THAT QUESTION. I ALSO THOUGHT BERNIE SANDERS WAS GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER HEART ATTACK AND WE RARELY SAW HIS UPPER TEETH. I ALSO THINK HE SOUNDS LIKE DOC BROWN FROM THE MOVIE BACK TO THE FUTURE. BLOOMBERG HAD THE LEAST EXPERIENCE WITH ONLY 10 WEEKS IN ON THIS CAMPAIGN. HIS POLL NUMBERS WENT UP AND I WAS HOPING HE HOLD HIS OWN BUT......HE DID NOT.

 OFF TO BED AND I TURN OFF THE TV RIGHT AS A PROTESTOR SCREAMS " YOU DEPORTED 3 MILLION PEOPLE " WHEN BIDEN WAS ABOUT TO ANSWER A QUESTION. THE PROTESTOR WAS ESCORTED OUT. PEOPLE CRACK ME UP.

 NOW , I HEAD TO BED.

  THURSDAY        2 - 20 - 20

 I CAN'T HAVE AN EARLY DINNER AROUND 2;30PM. WHY ? BECAUSE WHEN I GET HOME AT 1:30AM I AM STARVING. DAMN IT I HATE EATING LATE NIGHT.

  UP AT 6AM WITH THE PUP. WE WALK TO THE BEACH AND I TAKE PICTURES OF THE SUNSET WITH HER IN THEM. THEY ARE PRETTY COOL. I POSTED THEM LATER.

  DECIDED TO USE A HAIR DRYER TO MELT SOME ICE AWAY FROM THE ICE MAKER MECHANISM. IT WORKED.

  IT IS SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL HERE. SOMETHING WAS LINING UP RIGHT TO GET INTERNET , NETFLIX , AND A PHONE LINE DURING THE WINTER SEASON. THE COMCAST TECH TOLD US WE WOULD NOT GET ANY OF THE ABOVE. SO........I WILL NOT CALL THEM TO COMPLAIN.

 MAKE A BREAKFAST SANDWICH AND DO MY NORMAL MORNING ROUTINE.

  LOAD UP AND I HEAD HOME. I MAKE GREAT TIME BECAUSE I HAVE EXPERIENCE WHEN TO " ARRIVE " AND " LEAVE ". IT'S ALL ABOUT TIMING WITH TRAFFIC PATTERNS.

  ELDEST GETS TO SEE THE PUP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 5 DAYS. IT WAS CUTE.

 I FIND IN MY HARDWARE STORE BASEMENT AND POWER SUPPLY FOR A BEACH RADIO. I ALSO FIX A TEMPERATURE GAUGE THAT I USE QUITE OFTEN.

  WHEELS GOES TO DINNER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.  I HEAD TO THE NAIL.

  A GOOD CROWD COMES IN AND THE MUSIC STARTS WITH JUST JAM / OPEN MIC. IT WAS FUN BECAUSE WE HAD A COMEDIEN TONIGHT AND HE BROUGHT A NICE CROWD.

  WHAT ALSO WAS FUN WAS THE FLYERS AND 76ERS.  FLYERS COMEBACK FROM 3 -1 TO WIN IN OVERTIME. 76ERS COMEBACK FROM A 20 POINT DEFICIT AND WIN IN OVERTIME. THOUGH THE 76ERS DID HAVE A 16 POINT LEAD.

 A GUY CAME IN TONIGHT WHO WENT TO SCHOOL WITH MY BROTHER AND HIS FATHER PLAYED TENNIS WITH MINE.

  I RAN HARD ALL NIGHT. HEAD HOME AROUND 1:15AM. I WAS NOT REALLY TIRED BUT SUPER HUNGRY SINCE I HAVE NOT EATEN IN 12 HOURS. BY 1:30AM I WAS HAVING 3 BEERS , 2 BRANDIES , AND HEALTHY CHIPS WITH A SALSA CHEESE. NONE OF THIS IS HEALTHY. WORST TIME TO EAT EVER.

  FRIDAY        2 - 21 - 20

 244 TICKETS SOLD TONIGHT. OH.......MY..........GOODNESS.

 FIGHTING AN ORDER FOR NEW BARSTOOLS. MAN , WHAT A HASSLE.

 TOOK A RIDE TO 2 BANKS TODAY. THE BANK I JUST ACTIVATED AN ACCOUNT WITH KINDA DISAPPOINTED ME BY NOT HAVING A WORKING FAX NUMBER. SO , I HAD TO DROP OFF DOCUMENTS.

  STOP AT OUR YOUNGEST COLLEGE. ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE THIS KID. WE STOPPED AT GOT SUSHI.

 AT THE NAIL WE PREP FOR THE NIGHT.

 BACK HOME THERE WAS ONLY ONE THING OUR YOUNGEST WANTED TO DO.........PLAY WITH THE PUPPY !!!

  OFF TO THE NAIL AGAIN AND SOON THE CROWD ARRIVES ALONG WITH THE BANDS. ALL STAFF WAS ASKED TO COME IN EARLY BECAUSE THE CROWD PACKED THE NAIL.  THE NIGHT WAS OVERBOOKED WITH SO MANY ACTS SOME ADJUSTMENTS HAD TO BE MADE. IF I DID NOT PLACE 4 ACTS BEFORE THE FIRST BAND AND 3 MORE ACTS BETWEEN BANDS SETTING UP..........WE WOULD OF DEFINITELY RAN OUT OF TIME. THE LAST ACT FINISHED AT 1:45AM.

  WE BEGIN CLOSING AND I TRY TO PREP FOR TOMORROW AS BEST AS I CAN.  MY LEGS WERE HURTING FROM STANDING AND MOVING ALL NIGHT. FOR THE MOST PART IT WAS A VERY GOOD NIGHT. A COUPLE ACTS COMPLAINED ABOUT BEING PUSHED BACK BUT OVERALL EVERYONE WAS COOL.

 ROLL HOME AROUND 2:30AM TIRED AND MY LEGS ARE THROBBING. FOR ONCE I GO RIGHT TO BED WITH NO FOOD OR BOOZE. THE BED NEVER FELT SO GOOD. I WAS ASLEEP BY 2:45AM.

 UP AT 6:30AM AND READY TO START ANOTHER DAY.

 QUICK STORY : A GUY COMES INTO THE NAIL EARLY TONIGHT BEFORE THE CROWD AND ACTS ARRIVED. HE SPOKE VERY LITTLE ENGLISH. HE LITERALLY POINTS TO A BEER IN THE FRIDGE. I SAY , " AZUL LUNA ? " HE SAYS , " SI , SI !! ". I KNEW SOME SPANISH ( BLUE MOON ) SO I WAS ABLE TO COMMUNICATE TO HIM ALITTLE. AFTER GOING BACK AND FORTH TRYING TO COMMUNICATE HE SHOWS ME A WAVING FINGER TO " PAUSE " ME FROM FIGURING OUT WHAT HE IS TRYING TO SAY TO ME. HE USES AN APP ON HIS PHONE TO TRANSLATE SPANISH TO ENGLISH. HERE IS WHAT I READ WHEN HE SHOWED ME HIS PHONE......" EXCUSE ME SIR. IS THERE GOING TO BE SEXY LADIES DANCING TONIGHT AND REMOVING THEIR CLOTHES ? " I GIGGLE AND THRUST MY HAND SIDEWAYS SAYING " NO NADA , NO NADA ".  ONLY AT THE NAIL.

  SATURDAY     2 - 22 - 20

 YOU JUST CAN'T MAKE THESE STORIES UP.............

 SCRAMBLED TODAY.

 UP EARLY AND DO MY NORMAL ROUTINE.

  OFF TO LANSDOWNE AS NEXTDOOR  ( LIKE A LOCAL CRAIGSLIST ) STRIKES AGAIN. I PICKED UP A FOAM SUPPORT MATTRESS FOR OUR CONDO'S BUNK BED. I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A WHILE WITH NO LUCK BECAUSE DIMENSIONS HAD TO MATCH PERFECTLY. WELL , I FOUND ONE. THE GUY WAS VERY COOL AND AN ELECTRICIAN. OH.......IT WAS FREE. I SWEAR I COULD FURNISH AN ENTIRE APARTMENT FOR FREE USING THE SITES I KNOW.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FROM THE 240+ PEOPLE FRIDAY NIGHT. I HAD TO SCRAMBLE BECAUSE I WAS ATTENDING A WEDDING AT 2PM. PLUS I HAD TO PICK UP FAMILY. I RACE AROUND AND GET EVERYTHING DONE. I EVEN CRAWLED ON MY HANDS & KNEES AROUND THE ENTIRE NAIL TO PICK UP PIECES OF PAPER AND CARDBOARD A VACUUM WOULD NOT PICK UP. THIS WAS FUN. I ALSO TAKE A FILLER BEER ORDER ( FOR A $1,000 ) BECAUSE LAST NIGHT SUCKED US DRY OF EVERYTHING.

 I RACE HOME , SHOWER , SHAVE , PLAY WITH MYSELF , AND GET DRESSED. I USE OUR WASHER AND DRYER TO CLEAN A 100 BAR RAGS. I ALSO UPDATE OUR FEBRUARY CALENDARS WITH NEW BANDS BOOKED AND PRINT OUT 30.

 SPEAKING OF BANDS I JUST BOOKED A 5 ACT NIGHT. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS BUT MAN HAS THE NAIL BEEN ON A ROLL WITH BOOKINGS. I AM NEVER HESITANT TO SAY , " THE BANDS ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE NAIL ".

 WE LOAD UP AND HAD BACK TO THE NAIL TO DROP OFF CALENDARS AND BAR RAGS.

 PICK UP A FAMILY MEMBER. THAN PICK UP MY PARENTS. THAN OFF TO A CHURCH FOR A FAMILY MEMBER'S WEDDING.

 THE CHURCH WAS NICE AND THE WEATHER WAS EXCELLENT FOR A LATE FEBRUARY DAY. IT FELT LIKE 60 DEGREES.

 OFF TO THE RECEPTION WHERE WHEELS AND I HAVE BEEN BEFORE.  THE FOOD WAS GOOD AND THE DRINKS FLOWED.  THERE WERE ALOT OF LAUGHS AND THE EVENING WAS A LOT OF FUN. THEY EVEN GOT A SEMI-CELEBRITY TO SING A SET OF SONGS. HE WAS CHRISTIAN GUARDINO OF THE SHOW AMERICAS GOT TALENT IN 2017. THE GUY WAS FORMERLY BLIND AND 17 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME. HE JUST MISSED BEING IN THE FINAL 10 PERFORMERS AND RECEIVED THE GOLDEN BUZZER AWARD WHATEVER THE HELL THAT MEANS.

 THE NIGHT ROLLS ALONG AND OF COURSE I TRY TO DANCE. IT IS A HORRIBLE SCENE OF FATNESS. WE HAD FUN DANCING WITH THE BRIDE AND GROOM INDIVIDUALLY ALONG WITH WHEELS AND MY KIDS. TO ME , IT WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT. AND LIKE MY SEX LIFE , IT LASTED 2 MINUTES BECAUSE I FELT LIKE I WAS GOING TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK DANCING FAST SONGS.

  MY ELDEST WAS FEELING GOOD AND IT WAS FUN TO WATCH HER DANCE AND SING. I GOT TO SLOW DANCE WITH MY KIDS AND WHEELS.

  WEDDING CRASHER. MY ELDEST INVITES A FRIEND , WITH OUR APPROVAL , TO THE RECEPTION SINCE THEY WERE GOING TO AN IMPRACTICAL JOKERS MOVIE RELEASE. IT WAS CLOSER FROM THE RESTAURANT THAN DRIVING ALL THE WAY BACK HOME. THE GUY FITS IN QUITE WELL WITH OUR FAMILY.

  FOOD WAS GOOD , DRINKS WERE GOOD , AND HAVING A PHOTO BOOTH , TATTOO CORNER , AND MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE ACTIVITIES ALL MADE THE WEDDING MORE FUN. IT REALLY WAS A FUN EVENING.

  SAY OUR GOODBYES AND ROLL HOME. I DROP OFF MY PARENTS AND WE CONTEMPLATE GOING TO A BAR WITH SOME FAMILY. BUT , IT WAS TIME TO GET HOME TO THE PUPPY.

  A FRIEND STOPPED BY TO FEED , WALK , AND PLAY WITH OUR PUPPY WHILE WE ATTENDED THE WEDDING.

 AT HOME WE ARE EXCITED TO GREET THE PUP. THE DOG FREAKS OUT ESPECIALLY WHEN SEEING OUR YOUNGEST. 

 WE SETTLE IN AND WHEELS AND I HAVE ONE NIGHTCAP. WE WATCH SEASON 1'S FINALE OF  YOU. IT WAS VERY GOOD BUT I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED IN THE LOSS OF ONE CHARACTER.

 THAN MY CELL PHONE GOES OFF. I GET  A TEXT THAT A GIRL HAS LOCKED HERSELF IN OUR BATHROOM. I SWEAR IT IS ALWAYS SOMETHING AT THE NAIL.  AFTER 30 MINUTES I TELL OUR STAFF TO BREAK THE DOOR DOWN. OUR DOORMAN DOES THIS AND THE GIRL IS PISSED. SHE TRIES TO RUN BUT HE CATCHES AND CALMS HER DOWN. WE ORDER A LYFT AND GET HER HOME SAFELY. TOMORROW I WILL FIX THE DOOR.

  SUNDAY       2 - 23 - 20

 I AM ALWAYS AMAZED HOW CRUEL PEOPLE CAN BE.  THEY POST THINGS THAT ARE JUST DOWN RIGHT MEAN.  FOR INSTANCE , I POST A STORY ABOUT A TROUBLED GIRL LOCKING HERSELF IN A BATHROOM FOR 30 MINUTES. SHE CAN BE HEARD CRYING , UPSET , GETTING SICK , AND SAYING " I JUST WANT TO GO HOME. " WHAT DO SOME PEOPLE COMMENT ?  HOW ABOUT THIS ONE ," SHE DESERVES IT " OR " GIRLS DO THIS ALL THE TIME. " THIS IS THE FUCKING WORLD WE LIVE IN.

 ANYWAY , MY SMALL WORLD.

 I SPEND SOME TIME USING OUR SHAMPOO MACHINE ON A FOAM MATTRESS. I SPRAYED IT HARD AND THAN USED THE HAND HELD VACUUM. THE ONE SIDE CAME OUT NICE. I WILL DO THE OTHER SIDE TOMORROW WHEN IT IS ALMOST 60 DEGREES.

 EVERY WEEK I AM TRYING TO THROW OUT SOME THING. MY MOM ALWAYS SAID , " IF YOU DO NOT TOUCH IT FOR ONE YEAR THAN THROW IT AWAY ".  WELL , MY MOTTO IS PROBABLY CLOSER TO 2 OR 3 YEARS. TODAY I LOADED AN OLD COMPUTER MONITOR AND AN ELECTRIC GLASS TOP STOVE.

  TRIED TO TAKE IT IS EASY TODAY SINCE WE HAVE BANDS COMING IN TONIGHT.

 WHEELS AND I WATCH SEASON 2 , EPISODE 1 OF YOU.  IT WAS GOOD. BUT AGAIN , YOU CAN NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING THE MAIN CHARACTER SAYS.....BECAUSE IT CHANGES EVERY TIME AT THE END OF THE SHOW. I GUESS THIS IS WHAT THE WRITERS WANT. IT WAS STILL VERY GOOD.

 PLAY WITH THE PUPPY. THIS IS ALWAYS A NICE THING. I TRULY BELIEVES IT LOWERS ANXIETY LEVELS.

 STOP AT A FAMILY MEMBERS HOUSE TO DROP OFF A BIRTHDAY CARD. OF COURSE I PLAYED WITH MY NEPHEWS.

 FELT REALLY BAD FOR A FAMILY MEMBER THIS MORNING SO I TEXTED HIM FOR A WHILE. IT WAS NICE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS EVENTUALLY JOINED IN.

  OFF TO THE NAIL AND I STOP AT THE DUMPSTER TO UNLOAD THE COMPUTER MONITOR AND GLASS STOVE TOP. I TAKE OUT THE COMPUTER MONITOR AND EVER SO GENTLY LEAN IT ON THE REAR BRAKE LIGHT COVER. ANNNNNNND IT BREAKS A SMALL TINY CHIP ON THE EDGE OF THE BRAKE LIGHT. JESUS H !!!! .......MY DAMN LUCK.

 I UNLOAD SOME TOOLS AND FIX THE BROKEN WOMEN'S BATHROOM DOOR. I ALSO FIX A TRIM PIECE FOR A MAIN ROOM TABLE. I MAKE A LIST FOR FOOD TOO.

 BANDS ARRIVE AND I LOAD THEM IN. ONE BAND WAS COUNTRY ROCK CALLED THE BARREN WELLS. THEY WERE VERY GOOD. THE NEXT BAND FROM KENTUCKY CALLED RAGS TO RICHES WERE ALTERNATIVE TECHNO ROCK. THEY USED MASKS THAT LIGHT UP WHILE PLAYING 2 SETS OF DRUMS. THEY ALSO USED A SYNTHESIZER WITH BACKING TRACKS. IT WAS A COOL SOUND. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME A BAND DID NOT WANT MONITORS ON WHICH I THOUGHT WAS STRANGE.

 I DID THE DOOR AND HUNG OUT WITH SOME REGULARS. AT THE END OF MY SHIFT I HAD ONE CHOCOLATE MARTINI AND A GOOSE ISLAND DRAFT. AFTER A WEDDING THEY SHOULD OF NOT TASTED THAT DAMN GOOD.

 BACK HOME I SEE MY ELDEST ORDERED A PIZZA. I HAVE NOT EATEN SINCE BREAKFAST AND IT WAS 10:30PM. I WAS PRETTY HUNGRY. I ASKED FOR A PIECE AND SHE SAID NO.  IMAGINE THAT ? I DID NOT GO BALLISTIC THIS TIME. IF I EVER SAID THIS TO MY PARENTS.........JESUS CHRIST HEADS WOULD ROLL. I BLAME IT ON MYSELF FOR BAD PARENTING I GUESS. PEOPLE ALWAYS COMPLAIN KIDS ARE SELFISH OR BAD. I DISAGREE. IT'S THE PARENTS FAULT EVERY TIME. ANYWAY ,  I TRY TO ORDER PIZZA WITH MY YOUNGEST FROM 2 DIFFERENT PLACES BUT BOTH WERE CLOSED. I ENDED UP DOING HEALTHY CHIPS AND HUMMUS.

 OFF TO BED AND HAD 2 DREAMS.

 1 - A BARTENDER GAVE ME A BILL SAYING I DRANK 3 SHOTS OF SHIVETS CORDIAL. I TOLD HIM I NEVER DRANK THIS EVER IN MY LIFE AND HIS BILLS HAD TO BE MIXED UP. HE BEGAN FREAKING THE FUCK OUT. I SAID " LOOK , GO OVER AND ASK MY WIFE WHAT I DRINK ? " HE IS FURIOUS AND WALKS OVER TO WHEELS AND HE ASKS HER. SHE RESPONDS , " BEER ". THE GUY IS EVEN MORE PISSED WHEN HE ASKED , " WHAT ELSE DOES HE DRINK ? " WHEELS RESPONDS , " LIQUOR. " SHE WOULD NOT GIVE A STRAIGHT UP ANSWER. I PLEADED MY CASE AGAIN AND SAID , " DUDE , I DIDN'T EVEN DRINK ALCOHOL TONIGHT. " HE RUNS OFF FUMING. I GET WHEELS WHO IS FEELING GOOD AND I LITERALLY CARRY HER TO THE CAR. WE ARE SLOWLY WALKING AND WE PASS 2 BASKETBALLS ON THE SIDEWALK THAT ARE DIFFERENT SIZES. AS WE APPROACH THE SMALLER BASKETBALL MOVES INTO THE STREET ON ITS OWN......dream ends.

 2 - I SEE AN OLD FRIEND. HE TELLS ME HE IS OKAY AND EVERYTHING WAS HIS FAULT.  HE LOOKED GOOD AND NORMAL FROM WHAT I REMEMBERED HIM AS. I TOLD HIM , " IT'S ALL GOOD. " HE BACKS AWAY AND SEMI ROLLS HIS EYES AND WHISPERS , " NOT REALLY FOR ME. "............dream ends.

  MONDAY     2 - 24 - 20

  LET THE RUNNING BEGIN...........AND ASSEMBLING.

  I TOOK A HOME DEPOT SURVEY AND THEY OFFERED ME A WATCH. ALL I HAD TO DO WAS PAY FOR SHIPPING......5 BUCKS. THE WATCH ARRIVED TODAY AND IS ACTUALLY PRETTY NICE. I GOOGLED THE PRICE AND IT IS WORTH OVER 8 GRAND.

  ALWAYS SAD WHEN OUR YOUNGEST GOES BACK TO COLLEGE AFTER VISITING.  WE LOAD UP AND STOP AT MY PARENTS HOUSE FOR A NICE BRUNCH.

  OFF TO COLLEGE AND I PARK. I HELP HER CARRY STUFF UP TO HER DORM ROOM.  WE HUG AND I ROLL OUT.

  STOP AT RESTAURANT DEPOT. THE PLACE IS ALWAYS PACKED AND LINES TAKE 40 MINUTES TO GO THROUGH.  I GOT LUCKY BECAUSE A WORKER JUST OPENED A REGISTER. I WAS 2ND IN LINE. DOING THIS 20+ YEARS I ALSO FIGURED OUT SOMETHING TO MAKE THE PROCESS OF CHECKING OUT FASTER.........SPIN ALL THE PRODUCT'S SCAN CODES TOWARDS THE REGISTER WORKER.  I ALWAYS HAVE TIME WHEN WAITING IN LINE SO I DO THIS. WHEN THE CODES ARE FACING THE WORKER IT GOES MUCH FASTER WHEN THEY SCAN THE PRODUCT. ROLL OUT WITH MY $700 WORTH OF FOOD TO THE CAR AND 2 BAGS OF BREAD FALL OFF THE CART. YEP.........IT CAN'T BE ALL GOOD.

  DRIVE TO THE NAIL TO UNLOAD A TON OF PRODUCT. I FRICKIN' LOVE OUR " NEW " FREEZER IN THE KITCHEN AREA. EVERY BOX I BOUGHT WAS STORED IN THE FREEZER. USUALLY WHEN I GET HOME I HAVE TO GO UP AND DOWN OUR STEPS  5 TIMES , THAN DE-BOX ALL FOOD , AND THAN LOAD THEM INTO OUR 2ND FLOOR FREEZER. MANY TIMES I WAS THROWING BOXES UP THE STEPS TO SAVE TIME. NOW..........JUST LOAD IN NAIL'S FREEZER 2 FEET FROMT HE BACK DOOR. SOME PRODUCT I DO NOT STOCK BECAUSE I KNOW I AM RETURNING LATER TONIGHT.

  BACK HOME I PUT THE PUP ON THE RUNNER AND UNLOAD MORE PRODUCT. I STOCK EVERYTHING AND THAN GO OUTSIDE. I FINISH THE 2ND SIDE OF THE SUPPORT MATTRESS BY CLEANING WITH AN ENZYME SPRAY ( I SPRAYED IT BEFORE I LEFT ) AND USING OUR SHAMPOO VACUUM AGAIN. I ALSO SPENT SOME TIME THOROUGHLY CLEANING THE SHAMPOO VACUUM. IT HAS BEEN LENT OUT SEVERAL TIMES AND IT NEEDED A REAL CLEANING. LUCKILY IT WAS 62 DEGREES OUT AND I COULD USE OUR OUTDOOR HOSE.

 ONE FOR TWO WITH FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE WHICH IS JUST LIKE CRAIGSLIST.  A COUPLE WAS GIVING AWAY TWO BIG GREEN TURF RUGS. THEY LOOKED LIKED ASTRO TURF. WHEN I SAW IT I THOUGHT OF OUR CONDO'S 2ND FLOOR PATIO. I SHOWED WHEELS AND SHE AGREED. EACH RUG WAS 9' X 12' WHICH WOULD BE PERFECT FOR THE CONDO'S PATIO. I ONLY HAVE TO DO 2 SMALL SEAMS. ANOTHER BIG PLUS IS THEY LIVED JUST 7 MINUTES FROM OUR KID'S COLLEGE. THE WOMAN POSTED A PICTURE AND SHE HAD THIS SUPER COOL ROOF DECK OVERLOOKING THE CITY. EVERY PIECE OF FURNITURE WAS MODERN AND NEW. THE RUGS WERE IN PERFECT SHAPE. I WAITED 6 HOURS AND NO RESPONSE. I EVEN HAD WHEELS CHECK MY COMPUTER WHEN I WAS RUNNING ERRANDS. THE LADY ONLY HAD THE RUGS POSTED FOR 12 HOURS. I KNEW THEY GO QUICK.....AND THEY DID. THE NEXT MORNING I AM UP AT 6AM AND SEE HER POST SAYS " SOLD ".........DAMN.

  THE 2ND CONTACT WAS FLYERS TICKETS.  TWO TICKETS FOR $85 WHICH IS A GOOD PRICE. THE SEATS ARE 2ND LEVEL BUT I AM OKAY WITH THAT. THE GUY IS A BARTENDER AND HAS A FAMILY SO I KNEW I HAVE A CONNECTION WITH HIM. I SAW HIS OLD POST AND IT SAID " TONIGHT'S GAME REDUCED TO $65 FOR 2 TICKETS ". I MESSAGED HIM , " HEY , I OWN A NIGHTCLUB ( THE CONNECTION ) AND HAVE PATRONS WHO ARE FLYER FANS. CONTACT ME THE DAY OF THE GAME AND I WILL BUY THEM AT THE DISCOUNTED PRICE YOU OFFERED LAST WEEK. " HE REPLIES , " LET'S JUST DO THE DEAL NOW. "  SO WHEELS USED HER VENMO ACCOUNT AND PURCHASED 2 TICKETS. THE GUY EXPLAINED TO ME HIS HOME IS A ONE HOUR DRIVE FROM WELLS FARGO WHERE THE FLYERS PLAY. WELL , HE MOVED EVEN FURTHER JUST LAST MONTHS AND NOW HAS A 2 HOUR DRIVE.....THUS HE NEEDS TO SELL HIS SEASON TICKETS. SO , I NEED TO SET UP A FLYERS APP ON MY PHONE TO RETRIEVE THE TICKETS. I THINK $32.50 A TICKET IS A VERY GOOD PRICE. 

 STILL ON THE FLYERS.........A GUY WHO SOLD ME 2 TICKETS FOR $250 CONTACTED ME AGAIN. THESE SEATS ARE RIGHT BEHIND THE FLYERS BENCH WHICH IS SUPER COOL. THE ONLY THING IS THE SIGHT LINES TO WATCH THE GAME WERE NOT THE BEST. WE HAD ACCESS TO THE CADILLAC GRILLE AND FREE PARKING BUT OUR NIGHT STILL ENDED UP OVER $400. WHEELS WANTED TO BUY THE EXPENSIVE TICKETS BUT I WANTED TO GO CHEAP.

  I LOAD UP NEW BARSTOOL SEATS FOR THE NAIL. THEY ARE HEAVY SO I NEED A HAND TRUCK. I ALSO MOVE THE MATTRESS ON THE PATIO TO INSIDE BECAUSE IT IS SUPPOSE TO RAIN. LATER I WALK BACK INTO THE HOUSE AND THE NEWLY CLEANED MATTRESS IS ON THE DIRTY KITCHEN FLOOR WITH MY ELDEST AND THE DOG ON IT.

 OFF TO THE NAIL AGAIN. I UNLOAD THE BARSTOOL SEATS AND TOOLS. I COVER BOTH POOL TABLES AND BEGIN TO ASSEMBLE THEM. THIS WAS NOT FUN BUT THEY LOOK GREAT. I HATED HOW OUR BARSTOOLS LOOKED. ABOUT HALF OF THEM HAD RIPS & TEARS IN THEM ALONG WITH ME PATCHING THEM 10 TIMES WITH BLACK GORILLA TAPE.  I ASSEMBLED 17 BARSTOOLS AND FIXED 2.  I USED MOLLIES WHICH COULD BE THE BEST INVENTION EVER.

 I CLEAN UP AND GO TO THROW OUT ALL THE BOXES AND OLD BARSTOOLS. ONE PROBLEM , OUR NEIGHBORS STUFFED MY DUMPSTER. I DON'T SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE I WANT TO BE A NICE NEIGHBOR. THEY THROW TRASH IN MY DUMPSTER ALL THE TIME. I RE-ARRANGE THE TRASH TO FIT MOST OF THE BOXES AND BAR STOOLS. I STORE THE EXTRA BOXES ALONG THE SIDE OF OUR BUILDING. THEY WILL BE TRASHED WHEN OUR DUMPSTER GETS EMPTIED LATER IN THE WEEK.

 I CLEAN UP INSIDE AND LOAD MY TOOLS AND HAND TRUCK BACK INTO THE VAN. I AM PRETTY TIRED BUT I FORCE MYSELF TO CHANGE THE MARQUEE SIGN. IT WAS JUST TOO NICE OUT NOT TO DO IT NOW.

  76ERS GAIN A BIG LEAD , LOSE IT , AND THAN REGAIN IT TO WIN.

 BACK HOME I HAVE SOME NIGHT CAPS AND WATCH THE GOOD DOCTOR WITH WHEELS. IT IS A GOOD SHOW.

 I ALSO WATCH THE HALF SEASON OPENER OF THE WALKING DEAD. IT WAS EXCELLENT. ONE LONG SCENE HAD PEOPLE CRAWLING THROUGH SMALL CAVITIES IN A CAVE TO ESCAPE THE ZOMBIES AND THE BAD GUYS. MAN IF YOU ARE CLAUSTROPHOBIC THIS WAS A TOUGH SCENE TO WATCH.......ESPECIALLY THE ONE ACTOR WHO WAS BIG IN SIZE. HE MADE JOKES GOING THROUGH THESE LITTLE TUBES OF CAVE. NOT FUN AT ALL FOR HIM ESPECIALLY WHEN ZOMBIES ARE BITING AT YOUR FEET.

 OFF TO BED AND MAN WAS I EXHAUSTED. IT FELT SO GOOD TO HIT THE MATTRESS. I LEAVE THE PUP ON THE COUCH AND MY BEDROOM DOOR SLIGHTLY OPEN. ABOUT 2 HOURS LATER I FEEL A LITTLE WARM BODY AGAINST MINE.

  I NEVER SEEN A SPIDER THIS BIG BEFORE. IT HAD TO BE 4 FEET ACROSS. IT ACTUALLY LOOKED FAKE HANGING IN A OUTDOOR BREEZE WAY. I WARNED PEOPLE WALKING BY NOT TO APPROACH IT. IT REALLY LOOKED LIKE A STUFFED ANIMAL UNTIL IT MOVED AND DROPPED TO THE GROUND. I ALMOST SHIT MYSELF.  IT STARTED OOZING SOME GOOEY SUBSTANCE OUT OF ITS ABDOMEN AND THAT'S WHEN I WAS COMPLETELY FREAKED OUT. I WANTED TO STEP ON ITS HEAD TO KILL IT. PEOPLE WERE AROUND AND I KEPT YELLING , " SHOULD I KILL IT ?!?!  SHOULD I KILL IT?!?!? " , BUT NO ONE ANSWERED...............dream ends.

  I AM IN BED WITH AN OLD GIRLFRIEND NAMED L.M.  WE ARE COMPLETELY NAKED AND WE BEGIN FOOLING AROUND. EVERY TIME I GET CLOSE TO " DOING THE ACT " SOMEONE COMES INTO THE BEDROOM TO INTERRUPTS US. EACH TIME THEY LEAVE WE GO BACK TO FOOLING AROUND. I AM REALLY ENJOYING THIS AND MY ROCK HARD LOVE HAMMER IS READY FOR 10 SECONDS OF LOVE. BUT , ANOTHER PERSON COMES IN AND THIS TIME IT IS D.E. HE SAYS , " OH , SORRY , I DID NOT KNOW YOU GUYS HAD NO CLOTHES ON. " HE FUMBLES AROUND THE BEDROOM GATHERING SOME CLOTHES AND SUCH...............dream ends.

 AND AGAIN , I DON'T GET ASS IN A DREAM. OH.....D.E. IS MARRIED TO L.M. IN REAL LIFE. NO IDEA WHAT THIS DREAM MEANT.

  TUESDAY   2 - 25 - 20

  BEST NIGHT EVER...........DAMN CLOSE.

  I CONTACT 10 FAMILY AND FRIENDS. NOT ONE CAN GO TO A FREE FLYERS GAME. THIS ALSO INCLUDED FREE PARKING , FREE MEAL AT CHICKI & PETE'S , A FREE RIDE , AND A FREE MEAL IN CHINATOWN. NOT ONE COULD DO IT. SO.........I CALL MY YOUNGEST.  BEST KID EVER.

  I DOWNLOAD THE FLYERS APP AND BOTH TICKETS ARE TRANSFERRED TO MY ACCOUNT.  TWO TICKETS FOR $65 IS A DAMN GOOD PRICE. FACE VALUE IS $85 PLUS FEES.......EACH.

 DID SOME PAPERWORK AND NAIL BOOKS. I ALSO WATCHED THE SEASON FINALE OF ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE. IT WAS GOOD.

  OFF TO CENTER CITY TO PICK UP MY YOUNGEST. I TAKE BACK ROADS AND MAKE VERY GOOD TIME AT 5PM.  THE SCHUYLKILL EXPRESSWAY WAS JAMMED PACKED......I DID NOT TAKE IT.

 DURING DRIVE I TALK TO A POTENTIAL MOUNTAIN HOUSE RENTER. SHE AND HER FAMILY SEEM VERY NICE. WE WILL SEE IF THEY RENT OR NOT.

  AT HER COLLEGE WE HEAD TO CHICKIE & PETES. WE ORDERED BONELESS WINGS AND DUAL FRIES. OVERALL , IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH THEIR FOOD.

  MY PHONE WILL NOT DOWNLOAD THE TICKETS PROPERLY. I ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK BEFORE GOING TO THE GAME. SO , I GAVE THE FLYERS ACCOUNT APP OVER TO MY KIDS PHONE. SHE FIGURED IT OUT AND UPLOADED THE TICKETS IN ABOUT 30 SECONDS.

 TAKE THE CRABBY TAXI TO THE GAME. IT IS ALWAYS FUN TO TAKE THIS CAB PLUS.....IT IS FREE. THOUGH I DO TIP THE DRIVER.

 AT THE GAME WE HEAD TO OUR SEATS. THEY ARE 12TH ROW ON THE 2ND LEVEL. I KNEW THEY WERE HIGH BUT OVERALL I KINDA LIKED THEM BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE THE PLAY DEVELOPING. ON EVERY GOAL I TELL MY KID , " OK , WATCH THE GUY COMING DOWN THE MIDDLE ". THE PLAYER PASSED TO THE TEAM MATE IN THE MIDDLE AND SCORED. WE JUMP UP AND CHEER EVERY TIME. MAN I KNOW MY HOCKEY !!! OUR ROW WAS HALF EMPTY WHICH WAS NICE TO PUT ONE SEAT BETWEEN US SINCE I AM FAT. THE ONLY DOWN SIDE WAS THE FLYERS SHOT AWAY FROM US 2 OF THE 3 PERIODS. FLYERS WIN 4 - 2 WHICH IS AWESOME SINCE THE SAN JOSE SHARKS USUALLY BEAT US.

  BETWEEN PERIODS WE WALK COMPLETELY AROUND THE 2ND LEVEL. I GET HER SOME GELATO  / ICE CREAM AND I BUY A LARGE CORONA CAN FOR $14.50......OUCH.

 WE WIN AND MY KID SAYS , " THIS IS MUCH MORE EXCITING THAN BASEBALL. "

 WE TIME GETTING TO THE CRABBY TAXI PERFECTLY. THE TAXI WAS FILLED AND AS SOON AS WE GOT ON THEY LEFT. IT WOULD OF SUCKED TO WAIT 20 MINUTES FOR THEM TO RETURN. ANYWAY WE MADE THE BUS AND EVERYONE WAS IN A GOOD MOOD SINCE WE WON. THE DRIVER'S PHONE GOES OFF AND HE ANSWERS IT WITH SPEAKER PHONE. A FLYERS FAN ASKS WHEN HE WILL RETURN. THE DRIVERS SAYS , " I HAVE A FULL BUS BUT WILL BE BACK IN 15 MINUTES. " I SPIN TO MY DAUGHTER AND SAY , " WATCH THIS ".  SHE ROLLS HER EYES AND WHISPERS , " OH GOD , YOU'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO EMBARRASS ME AGAIN AREN'T YOU ? "  I SPIN IN MY SEAT AND FACE EVERYONE IN THE BACK OF THE BUS. I PUT MY PHONE ON SPEAKER AND DIAL THE DRIVER. HE JUST GOT A CALL 3 SECONDS AGO. HE HEARS HIS PHONE RING AND GROANS, " OH MAN NOT ANOTHER CALL. " LITTLE DOES HE KNOW IT IS ME SEATED RIGHT BEHIND HIM. HE ANSWER HIS PHONE AND I SAY , " EXCUSE ME SIR CAN YOU TELL ME WHEN WE WILL BE ARRIVING AT CHICKIE & PETE'S ? " THE WHOLE BUS ROARS AND THE DRIVER LAUGHS TOO AND SAYS , " OH YOU SUCKA ". A COUPLE OF MINUTES LATER MY KID SAYS TO ME , " THE GUY 2 SEATS BEHIND US IS STILL LAUGHING AT YOUR PRANK TO THE DRIVER. "

 BACK AT OUR CAR WE GO TO CHINATOWN. WE MAKE GREAT TIME AND FIND FREE PARKING. WE WALK AROUND THE CORNER AND THERE IS A RESTAURANT WE COULD NOT GET INTO LAST TIME BECAUSE OF A 90 MINUTE WAIT. THE NAME IS CHUBBY CATTLE. WE GET SEATED RIGHT AWAY AND THE PLACE IS VERY COOL. IT HAS STOVES ON YOUR TABLE FOR COOKING DEEP PANS OF SOUP INTO. THEY ALSO HAVE A CONVEYER BELT BEHIND GLASS NEXT TO YOUR TABLE TO SEE THE FOOD PREPPED EVERY DAY. OUR ASIAN WAITRESS IS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE SO I ASK HER TO CHOOSE OUR ENTIRE MENU. SHE GIGGLES , LAUGHS , AND GETS NERVOUS DOING THIS. SHE BRINGS TO OUR TABLE OXTAIL SOUP ( WHICH WE COOK UNTIL BOILS RIGHT AT OUR TABLE ) , EEL SUSHI , AND WAGYU BEEF SKEWERS. DO NOT LET THESE DESCRIPTIONS SWAY YOU......THE FOOD WAS PHENOMENAL. OVER 1,000 REVIEWS OF THIS RESTAURANT AND EVERY REVIEW IS 5 STARS.  WHAT RESTAURANT HAS REVIEWS LIKE THAT !!??!! THE ADORABLE WAITRESS THANKS US FOR THE BEST TIME SHE HAD AND IT WAS THE FIRST TIME SHE EVER PICKED A MENU FOR A CUSTOMER.

 WALK OUT TO THE STREETS OF CHINATOWN AND TAKE SOME PICTURES. I POSTED PICTURES ON SOCIAL MEDIA LATER OF ALL THE THINGS WE DID.

 AT DINNER I TEXT WHEELS , " IN CHINATOWN. ETA IS 11:30PM. PLEASE LEAVE DOOR UNLOCKED. "

 I DROP OFF MY KID AFTER A HUG AND KISS. IT WAS SUCH A GREAT TIME HANGING WITH HER. MY HEART MELTS AND MY BLOOD PRESSURE LEVELS OUT.

 I MAKE VERY GOOD TIME GETTING HOME. LITERALLY 20 MINUTES FROM CENTER CITY. I PULL UP THE DRIVE WAY AT 11:32PM . IT WOULD OF BEEN 11:30PM BUT I HAD TO DELIVER SOME LETTERS. I GET OUT OF MY CAR , WALK TO THE DOOR , AND IT IS LOCKED. I PISS AND SCREAM A LITTLE WHILE I GET THE HIDE-A-KEY.

 CHECKED MY COMPUTER AND THAN RIGHT TO BED. I SLEPT PRETTY GOOD.

 TOMORROW I AM UP AT 6:30AM. I AM TAKING A FRIEND FOR A DENTAL OPERATION. I HAVE TO BE IN KING OF PRUSSIA BY 7:30AM. THIS STORY.........TOMORROW.

  WEDNESDAY     2 - 26 - 20

  DOING THE RIGHT THING AND IT BRINGS GOOD KARMA.

  I PICK UP A FRIEND AT 7:30AM TO BRING TO A DENTIST FOR SURGERY.  WE ARRIVE AT THE OFFICE AND HE CHECKS IN. I HAVE TO STAY FOR THE SURGERY AND DRIVE HIM HOME AFTERWARDS. THE SECRETARY ASKS FOR PAYMENT AND HE SHUDDERS........HE FORGOT HIS CHECK BOOK. I ASK THE  AMOUNT SO I WILL FRONT THE MONEY. THE SECRETARY SAYS , " 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS. "

  GAME PLAN II - I TELL A NURSE I WILL DRIVE HIM BACK HOME TO GET THE CHECK BOOK. IT IS JUST A 10 MINUTE DRIVE AND WE SHOULD BE BACK IN 30 MINUTES. I DRIVE HIM BACK AND HE GOES INTO HIS APARTMENT. 5 MINUTES..........10 MINUTES..............15 MINUTES.............ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ?!?!  I CALL HIM AND HE CAN NOT FIND THE 6 THOUSAND DOLLAR CHECK. YOU THINK THAT BE SOMETHING YOU COULD FIND EASILY. I TELL HIM TO RE-SCHEDULE AND I HEAD HOME. I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER BECAUSE I WANTED TO GO BACK TO THE SEASHORE BUT STAYED HOME BECAUSE OF THIS..

 BACK HOME - I ORDER A PHONE BATTERY AND A DIETARY KETO PRODUCT. TWO SECONDS LATER WHEELS TELLS ME WE GOT A NOTICE FROM OUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY THAT " SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY " IS BEING DONE AND THEY FROZE OUR ACCOUNT. I GUESS THEY WERE COOL WHEN I PURCHASED A BATTERY BUT RED FLAGS WHEN UP WHEN I ORDERED A DIET SUPPLEMENT. THE COMPANY MUST OF SAID , " THERE IS NO F'N WAY FATTY BOY IS ORDERING THIS. IF IT WAS A CHEESECAKE WE LET IT GO THROUGH.

  HANG WITH THE PUP AND SHE IS A NUT JOB TODAY. THE FUN PART WAS WHEN SHE SETTLED DOWN AND SNUGGLED AGAINST ME. WE WATCH A MOVIE CALLED UNKNOWN WITH LIAM NEESON AND JANUARY JONES. THE MOVIE WAS " EH " TO " OKAY ".

 WHY " EH " TO " OKAY " ? - ONE SCENE A HITMAN IS FIGHTING LAIM NEESON. THEY ARE IN AN APARTMENT ON THE 5TH FLOOR. A GIRL HELPS IN THE FIGHT AND STABS THE HITMAN WITH A DEADLY NEEDLE. THE 2 ESCAPE VIA A SMASHED WALL INTO ANOTHER APARTMENT AND DOWN AN OUTSIDE BUILDING LADDER TO A CAR BELOW. A 2ND HITMAN ENTERS THE 5TH FLOOR APARTMENT AND LOOKS OUT THE WINDOW AND SEES THEM 2 SCREECH OFF AT 50 MPH AWAY IN A CAR. THEY SHOW LIAM NEESON IN THE CAR DRIVING 80 MPH WITH THE GIRL. NEXT THING YOU SEE IS ANOTHER CAR T-BONE THEM IN A HUGE CAR CRASH........IT WAS THE 2ND HITMAN IN HIS CAR. SO.........YOU'RE TELLING ME THE 2ND HITMAN UP ON THE 5TH FLOOR APARTMENT LOOKING DOWN OUT A WINDOW AT A CAR SCREECHING AWAY AT 50 MPH RAN DOWN TO HIS CAR AND T-BONED THEM NOT 2 BLOCKS AWAY ? .........INCONCEIVABLE.

 ADDED A 6TH BAND TO FRIDAY NIGHT.....CORNERS OF SANCTUARY. I AM HELPING OUT A FRIEND'S BAND WHO IS BRINGING IN A NEW SINGER BEFORE THEY HEAD TO EUROPE FOR A TOUR.

  GO UPSTAIRS TO PRINT OUT AND COPY VISA SLIPS FOR THE NAIL. OUR ELDEST NOW HOARDS FOOD IN HER BEDROOM AND FRIDGE.....SHIT ALL OVER.  ITS SICKENING. IT STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN LIKE OLD CHINESE FOOD MIXED WITH ASS AND DIRT. TO SAY I GET INFURIATED THAT FAMILY DOESN'T SHARE EVERYTHING IN THIS HOUSE WOULD BE AN MAJOR UNDERSTATEMENT. FOOD SITS UP THERE AND NOW MUST BE TRASHED.  OH.......THE PUP LOVES GOING UPSTAIRS. TO HER , IT'S LIKES A CANDY TRUCK SPILLED OVER IN THE BACK YARD.

 I FINISH WATCHING THE SEASON FINALE OF ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE. I AM NOT SURE WHAT TO BELIEVE ANYMORE BECAUSE THEY SEEM TO HAVE A SHIT LOAD OF CASH NOW. I GUESS THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL PAYS WELL.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO CLEAN....UGH. I NOTICE A BATHROOM FLOOR TILE IS DISLODGED. ANOTHER THING TO FIX.  I CHANGE A VACUUM BAG THAT WAS 2 WEEKS PAST IT'S 9 MONTH PREGNANCY. OH MY GOD WAS THIS THING STUFFED. I VACUUM THE WHOLE NAIL. I HAVE TO ADMIT WHEN DONE I LIKE HOW IT LOOKED.

  FIRST STOP AT A GAS STATION TO FILL UP JEEP TANK FOR OUR ELDEST. I WINDEX BOTH SIDES OF THE WIND SHIELD AND THROW OUT A TON OF TRASH AND USED TISSUES.......DISGUSTING AND I WILL NEVER GET A THANK YOU.

  WIPE DOWN BAR TOPS , STOOLS , BATHROOMS , AND LEDGES.  THIRTY MINUTES OF THIS WAS FUN.

 YOUNGEST CALLS AS I WAS PUTTING AN ITINERARY TOGETHER FOR THE KID ON ," WHAT TO DO IN THE POCONOS. " I JOKED WITH HER LIKE WE HAVEN'T TALKED IN WEEKS....EVEN THOUGH WE HAD A GREAT TIME JUST LAST NIGHT.

  A NICE LITTLE CROWD BUT EVERYONE LEAVES EARLY WHICH IS FINE WITH ME. I AM NOT A LATE NIGHT PERSON ANYMORE. 

 AT HOME I SETTLE DOWN WITH A SODA WATER/VODKA DRINK AND WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF YOU. IT WAS GOOD BUT STARTING TO GET ON MY NERVES A LITTLE BIT. THE SHOW IS VERY SIMILAR TO DEXTER.....WHICH IS NO COMPARISON.

 OFF TO BED. THE PUP IS IN THE OTHER ROOM ON THE COUCH. TWO HOURS LATER SHE JUMPS ON MY BED AND SNUGGLES AGAINST ME. IT IS A NICE FEELING HAVING SOMETHING WARM SNUGGLE AGAINST YOU.

  THURSDAY     2 - 27 - 20

 A BET IS A BET........BUT.

  GOT THE PUP TO SLEEP MOST OF THE NIGHT. SHE DID TRY TO TELL ME I HAVE TO POOP BUT I KINDA MIS-READ HER. ANYWAY , THE DOG COMPLETELY STRETCHED UNDER THE COVERS WITH EVERY INCH OF HER BODY TOUCHING MINE. IT IS QUITE AMUSING AND LOVING WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.

  EVERY THURSDAY OR SO I LOAD UP THE VAN TO BRING STUFF TO DUMP AT THE NAIL. HAVING A DUMPSTER IS SO NICE TO HAVE. I LOADED UP 2 TV'S , CARD BOARD , AND A MAIN SPEAKER. I HATED THROWING OUT A MAIN SPEAKER BUT THE COST WOULD NOT MATCH SAVING IT.

  TOOK A NAP WITH THE PUP. I REALLY ENJOY THIS. I TALK TO HER ABOUT OUR FORMER DOG NELLIE. I WAS ON INSTAGRAM AND SAW SOME PICTURES OF HER. IT STILL MAKES ME SAD WHEN I THINK OF HER. I TELL THE PUP THIS AND SHE IS FILLING THE VOID NICELY FOR ME.

 CRAIGSLIST MAY STRIKE AGAIN........WE WILL SEE.

  A HEALTH CARE COMPANY CALLED ME SAYING I OWE MONEY ON A CPAP MACHINE FROM 4 YEARS AGO. THE GIRL WAS SUPER IGNORANT AND TALKED WHILE I TALKED.....SO I KEPT TALKING...AND SO DID SHE. I REFUSED TO STOP EXPLAINING AND BOTH OF US TALKED OVER EACH OTHER. SHE ENDED UP SAYING , " CALL THE NUMBER I GAVE YOU." I REPLIED , " OK , I WILL WAIT FOR THEM TO CALL ME."  SHE SAID ,"  NO , YOU MUST CALL THEM." I REPLIED," OK SOUNDS GOOD , I WILL WAIT FOR THEIR CALL." I SHOULD OF JUST NOT ANSWERED THE PHONE.

 OFF TO THE NAIL. I STOP TO GET GAS FOR THE VAN FIRST. THAN STOP AT OUR DUMPSTER TO UNLOAD.  IT WAS NICE TO SEE THE DUMPSTER WAS COMPLETELY EMPTIED. I AM SURE MY NEIGHBORS WILL FILL IT QUICKLY.

 IT IS OFFICIAL A 6TH BAND HAS BEEN ADDED TO FRIDAY NIGHT'S SHOW. THIS HAS POTENTIAL TO BE FUN.

  A VERY NICE JUST JAM TONIGHT. ABOUT 10 MUSICIANS SHOWED UP ALONG WITH A FEMALE LEAD SINGER. MAN , SHE HAD A SET OF LUNGS ON HER. I HAD A GOOD TIME. I HANG OUT WITH SOME REGULARS TO ALMOST 2AM.

 I REPLACE A STAGE FAN....ALWAYS SOMETHING.

  BACK HOME I CHILL FOR ALITTLE BIT. I END THE NIGHT WITH A NIGHTCAP AND HEAD TO BED. MY START OF THE WORK WEEK TECHNICALLY STARTS TOMORROW......THE WEEKEND.

  I MAKE A LIST FOR MY YOUNGEST OF " THINGS TO DO " AT OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE AND POCONO AREA. I EMAILED IT TO HER.

 FINISH MY BLOG FOR TOMORROW WHILE I AM AT THE NAIL.

  THE BET - ( POSTED THE STORY AND PICTURES ON FACEBOOK TONIGHT )

  - TWO CUTE GIRLS SIT AT THE BAR. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY THE " GIRL NEXT DOOR " ADORABLE. ONE GIRL IS JUST DOWN RIGHT SWEET. SHE BEGINS FOLDING OUR CALENDARS INTO AIRPLANES AND A SWAN. IT IS THEIR FIRST TIME HERE AND THEY ARE ENJOYING THE MUSIC AND AMBIANCE OF OUR DIVY TAVERN. I TELL ONE GIRL , " IF YOU THROW YOUR PLANES AND HIT THE FAR WALL I WILL GIVE YOU OPEN BAR THE NEXT TIME YOU COME HERE. " WELL , I TURN MY BACK AND SHE THINKS I DO NOT SEE HER BUT THE FIRST PAPER PLANE THROW ONLY GOES ABOUT 3 FEET. SHE RETRIEVES IT. I RING UP A SALE AND COME BACK. SO I SAY , " OK , YOU READY TO THROW ALL 3 PLANES ? " SHE DOESN'T KNOW I SAW HER FALTER ON THE FIRST THROW OF THE BIGGER PAPER PLANE. SHE THROWS THE BIG PLANE AGAIN AND IT FLOATS PERFECTLY AND HITS THE WALL. IT ACTUALLY LEANS AGAINST THE WALL UPSIDE DOWN AND ALL OF US LAUGH. SHE THROWS THE OTHER 2 SMALL PLANES BUT THEY ONLY GO A COUPLE OF FEET.

  I ASK HER , " SO I AM GOING TO ASK YOU A QUESTION." SHE SAYS , " OKAY ". I ASK , " WAS THIS YOUR 2ND THROW OF THE BIG PAPER PLANE ? " HER FACE IS ADORABLE AND SHE BLUSHES AND ROLLS HER EYES. SHE KNOWS SHE WAS CAUGHT AND SAYS , " OH NO !!! " I REPLY , " IF YOU WERE HONEST I WOULD OF DOUBLED THE BET. I DO THIS WITH MY KIDS ALL THE TIME. " SHE ROARS LAUGHS. AS THEY WERE LEAVING I TOLD THE GIRL , " NEXT TIME YOU COME IN I GOT YOUR DRINKS " SHE CHEERS AND RAISES HER FISTS AND YELLS , " I LOVE THIS PLACE !!!! "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

  

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

   

  

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

   

  

     

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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