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

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

Work hard :

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

Treating people with respect :

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

Removing angry people:

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

Bands:

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

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

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

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

                    " LIVE AT THE NAIL "  RADIO SHOW   !!!

  We welcome these Radio Stations that promote our show

WWW.CYBERSTORMRADIO.COM    WWW.SRrocks.COM

              1370 WPAZ POTTSTOWN   WWW.RADIOFREEWORLDWIDE.COM

   HOLA 1600 am        WXVU 89.1 fm        KUR    88.3 fm

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

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

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

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

  WPTC   88.1 fm        WCUC   91.7 fm      WSRN  91.5 fm      

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

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

BLACK CIRCUS RADIO ( DEAD CELL RECORDS )

 SHORTCAST.COM      WSJR  ( INTERNET )    WYBF  89.1 FM

  http://www.advancedrf.net

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

 

                        WEBCASTED BY REAL AUDIO    

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

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

                                     ** ALL BANDS GET PROMOTED **

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

                                              NO OTHER CLUB DOES THIS !! 

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

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

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   SUNDAY      10 - 6 - 19

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

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

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

  DALLAS LOSES WHICH MAKES MY DAY EVEN BETTER.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  MONDAY    10 - 7 - 19

  OH MAN......NOT GOOD.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  TUESDAY      10 - 8 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  WEDNESDAY        10 - 9 - 19

  DEVASTATING NEWS...............

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

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

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

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

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

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

  THURSDAY        10 - 10 - 19

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

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

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

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

  FRIDAY     10 - 11 - 19

  ALL OF US JUST KEPT THINKING OF OUR PUP.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 TOMORROW WE MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE PUP.

  SATURDAY      10 - 12 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   SUNDAY        10 - 13 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  MONDAY     10 - 14 - 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  OFF TO BED WHERE I SLEPT PRETTY GOOD.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

  

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

   

  

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

   

  

     

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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