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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        7 - 28 - 19

 A NICE DAY.......FINALLY.

 MY MAIN GOAL WAS TO RELAX AND CHILL AND DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. HOW LONG DID THAT LAST ?

  I DECIDE TO CUT TREE LIMBS AND HEDGE OUR BUSHES. TWO HOURS FIGHTING THE SUN AND USING SHADE WAS ENOUGH. I AM AMAZED HOW FAST STUFF GROWS.

  I COME INSIDE THE HOUSE AFTER DOING YARD WORK AND LOOKING LIKE THE SWAMP CREATURE AND SAY TO WHEELS , " POOL ? "

 WITHIN 5 MINUTES WE WERE AT OUR SWIM CLUB. IT WAS GLORIOUS. WHEELS AND I TALKED , I WATCHED HER SHOOT BASKETBALLS ( DID YOU KNOW HER FORMER NICKNAME BEFORE WHEELS WAS " HOOPS " ? ) , AND I SWAM LAPS FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. BOTH OF US CONTEMPLATED WHY WE DO NOT GO TO THIS POOL EVERY DAY ESPECIALLY DURING THIS 20 DAY HEAT WAVE. WE LOVE IT HERE.

 BACK HOME WE WATCH THE PHILLIES SAVE FACE AND BEAT THE DAMN BRAVES......NICE.

 I TAKE A NICE MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. WE HAD A GOOD WEEKEND AND I LOVE MY NEW LADDER EXCHANGE AND OUR NEW FREEZER......JESUS WHAT A DIFFERENCE.

  WE PREP FOR A NICE DINNER OF GNOCCHI'S , ZITI , STRING BEANS ( FROM OUR GARDEN ) CORN , AND CARLINO'S BREAD.  A LITTLE WINE , MUSIC , AND A FAN BLOWING AT US.  IT WAS VERY VERY NICE. WE HAD MY PARENTS OVER SO THIS WAS EVEN A LITTLE MORE SPECIAL. I THINK THEY REALLY ENJOYED COMING OVER.

  AFTER DINNER WE ALL WATCH " RED SPARROW ". JENNIFER LAWRENCE IS A PIECE OF ASS BUT EVEN I GOT SICK OF THE CONSTANT SEX MANIPULATION THEME THROUGHOUT THE  ENTIRE MOVIE. MOVIE WAS OKAY AT BEST. SO WANT TO BANG JENNIFER LAWRENCE.

 STAYED UP A LITTLE LONGER AND A FRIEND RENTING OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE SENDS US A PICTURE OF A DEER IN OUR DRIVEWAY. THAT WAS NICE.

  SPEAKING OF RENTALS. OUR OCEANFRONT CONDO IS OPEN AUGUST 24TH THROUGH LABOR DAY SEPTEMBER 2ND. IF YOU LIKE TO RENT OUR HOME PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL US. IF NOT.........WE GO AND BELIEVE ME , I HAVE NO PROBLEM GOING.

  MONDAY        7 - 29 - 19

  A VERY NICE TREAT TONIGHT.

  START DAY OUT BY HITTING THE WEEDS AGAIN. THIS IS NOW 2 STRAIGHT DAYS.  I CAME INSIDE AND FROM MY WRISTS TO MY FOREARMS WERE JET BLACK WITH DIRT. I ASKED WHEELS TO SHOWER WITH ME BUT SHE DECLINED.

  YOU KNOW THE THICK CARPET I LAID DOWN BEFORE MULCHING ? THE WEEDS GREW THROUGH IT.....AMAZING.

  SHOWER AND RELAX FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS ALONG WITH DOING COMPUTER WORK. WHEELS WORKS FROM HOME BUT SOON IT IS OFF TO THE AIRPORT.

  SHE ARRIVES AT HER HOME OFFICE BUT THE FLIGHT WAS BUMPY AND DELAYED FOR ALMOST AN HOUR DUE TO RAIN SLICK RUNWAYS AND BAD WEATHER.  CIRCLING IS NOT FUN. EVERYONE CHEERED WHEN THE AIRCRAFT LANDED SAFELY. EVEN THE PILOT SAID , " OKAY TO EXHALE NOW. "

 I DRIVE HOME AND TAKE 76 WEST.....WORST DECISION EVER. I CLAIM NEVER EVER TAKE THE SCHUYLKILL EXPRESSWAY AND I BROKE THAT VOW TODAY. 2PM ON A MONDAY AND 76 WEST WAS ABSOLUTELY PACKED...........WORST HIGHWAY EVER.

 STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR TONIGHT AND GET THE A/C'S ON.

  BACK HOME I CRASH AGAIN.  I WATCH SOME TV AND TRY TO NAP FOR 30 MINUTES.

  RETURN TO THE NAIL AND IT WAS FUN. THE BAND WAS SUPER COOL AND DID A MOCK PERFORMANCE WHILE BEING VIDEOED. I TOTALLY ENJOYED MY 2 KIDS , THEIR FRIENDS , AND OUR BARTENDER GETTING INTO THE VIDEO SHOOT. I EVEN GOT INTO IT. THE BAND BOUGHT A ROUND OF SHOTS AND BEERS FOR EVERYONE IN THE SHOOT AND THANKED THEM SEVERAL TIMES.  I MAY HAVE A LITTLE COAXING IN GETTING OUR PEOPLE TO THE STAGE.

 THE LEAD SINGER ALSO THANKED ME FOR HAVING HIS VIDEO SHOOT HERE AND HELPING HIS SISTER ONE NIGHT WHEN SHE AND HER HUSBAND LOCKED THEIR KEYS IN THEIR CAR.

  TESTED THE NEW FREEZER ALL NIGHT WITH MY TEMPERATURE GAUGE. SO FAR SO GOOD.

  THE NEW BARTENDER DID GREAT ON HER FIRST SOLO SHIFT AND I ADORE THIS KID. HER MOM STOPPED BY AND WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES.

   WE ROLL HOME AND I SETTLE IN WITH SOME CHEESE , A LIBATION , AND WATCH TV. IT WAS A FUN NIGHT.

  OH , OUR SUNFLOWER PLANTS HAVE TO BE 12 FEET HIGH. OUR CORN IS SHOWING SIGNS TOO. I HAVE NEVER HAD LUCK WITH GROWING CORN. I WATERED THE PLANTS THIS MORNING.

  TUESDAY      7 - 30 - 19

  START MORNING BY WEEDING AGAIN.  I SPENT ABOUT 2 1/2 HOURS UNTIL 10AM WHICH THE HEAT WAS JUST NOT MAKING IT FUN ANYMORE. AND BY FUN I MEAN BLOW.

  INSIDE FOR WATER , WEBSITE , AND CHECKING EMAILS.

  OFF TO THE SWIM CLUB TO SWIM SOME LAPS , ENJOY THE COOL WATER , CHECK OUT THE HOT MILFS , AND BE LOOKED AT LIKE A TOTAL PERV.

  BACK HOME I TRY TO NAP AND WATCH SOME TV. 

  YOUNGEST HELPS ME FILL 2 TRASHCANS OF WEEDS THAT WERE IN THE STREET. I DID NOT WANT TO WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW WHEN THE TRASH MEN COME PLUS IT LOOKED BAD FOR US AND THE NEIGHBORS. IT ONLY TOOK US ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO CLEAR THE STREET OF ANY WEEDS.

  WAKE UP ELDEST TO HELP US LOAD WEEDS INTO TRASHCANS.  THE KID TELLS ME LATER AROUND 7PM.

  PICK UP SUSHI FOR MY YOUNGEST AND MY ELDEST NOW WANTS TO GO TO A LOCAL PUB. I GUESS THE LOADING OF THE WEEDS WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW MORNING. MY ANTENNAS TELL ME WE SHOULD FILL ALL TRASHCANS TONIGHT AND NOT CUT IT CLOSE.

  DROP OFF ELDEST AND HEAD TO THE NAIL.  I DO MY NORMAL ROUTINE. BY11PM I AM PRETTY TIRED.

  PHILLIES WITH A VERY GOOD 4 - 2 WIN OVER THE GIANTS WHICH ARE THE HOTTEST TEAM IN BASEBALL.

  AT HOME I SEE MY YOUNGEST IS UP. I NOTICED THE KID LOADED 3 MORE TRASHCANS OF WEEDS BY HERSELF. I ASKED HER WHY AND SHE SAID , " WE WERE SUPPOSE TO IT TONIGHT SO I JUST FIGURED I DO SOME ".  THE KID IS AWESOME SO I SAY . " YOU'RE THE BEST. INSTEAD OF A 7:15AM SCHEDULE HOW ABOUT WE DO 8AM ? " THE KID SAYS , " YEAH!! " AND GOES TO BED......BUT NOT BEFORE HUGGING AND KISSING THE PUP.

 I HAVE A COUPLE OF LIBATIONS AND WATCH AGENTS OF SHIELD. THE STORY LINES ARE GETTING REPEATED AND TO THE POINT TO BE JUST DOWNRIGHT SILLY. THOUGH I READ THE SHOW HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR 2 MORE SEASONS WHICH WOULD BE 7 TOTAL.

 OFF TO BED FOR TOMORROW IS " FINISH THE LOADING OF WEEDS " DAY. WHAT COULD GO WRONG ? MY ANTENNAS ARE TELLING ME SOMETHING BUT I CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT .......SO OFF TO BED I GO.

  WEDNESDAY      7 - 31 - 19

  I SWEAR I FIGHT FIXING THINGS ON A DAILY BASIS.......WELL PUMP , MAIN A/C , ICE MACHINE , CAR BATTERIES , WATER IN BASEMENT , AND NOW OUR TAKE-OUT DISPLAY REFRIGERATOR. MAN IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING.

 BUT , LET'S START THE DAY SHALL ME ?

  7AM I AM A WEEDING MACHINE. I CAN PLOW THROUGH WEEDS LIKE NO OTHER. IN BARE FEET I MOVE AROUND IN THE BUSH. I AM LIKE A PANTHER STALKING ITS PREY. YES , I HAVE NO LIFE AND TOTALLY FAT.

  WE HAVE A TOTAL OF 20 TRASHCANS OF WEEDS, TREE LIMBS , AND HEDGE CUTTINGS. MY YOUNGEST ADDED 3 TRASH CANS ON HER OWN YESTERDAY SO AS ALITTLE TREAT I PUSHED BOTH KIDS BACK TO 8AM......INSTEAD OF 7:15AM.  THIS COST ME BECAUSE THE TRASH MEN WHO PICK UP GRASS CLIPPINGS AND SUCH SHOWED UP 2 HOURS EARLY. LAST WEEK THEY ARRIVED AT 10AM. TODAY........8AM. WE JUST WEREN'T READY.

  WE LOADED UP ABOUT 9 TRASH CANS AND I GRABBED 3 HUGE ARMFUL OF WEED PILES MYSELF AND LOADED THEM INTO THE TRASH TRUCK. THE REST WOULD HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEDNESDAY. I MADE A MISTAKE AND ASKED A WORKER IF THEY COULD GO AROUND THE BLOCK AND COME BACK IN 30 MINUTES. HE SAID NO. THE DRIVER AND THE GUY IN COMMAND GOT OUT AND ASKED IF I WANTED TO THROW THE 2 LARGE STREET PILES IN THE TRUCK BEFORE THEY LEAVE. I GOT LARGE ARMFULS IN THE TRUCK AND FORGOT TO ASK HIM IF HE COME BACK IN 30 MINUTES. I AM PRETTY SURE HE WOULD OF SAID YES IF I ASKED HIM.

 THE TRUCK DRIVES OFF AND WE SPEND ABOUT 45 MINUTES FINISHING LOADING THE TRASHCANS. WE MADE 3 LARGE PILES IN DIFFERENT CORNERS OF THE PROPERTY FOR NEXT WEEK. WE DUMPED RECYCLABLES AND TRASH ON 2 SEPARATE TARPS SO WE COULD USE THE TRASHCANS. WE RE-FILLED THEM LATER , PUT ALL TOOLS AWAY , LOWERED THE UMBRELLAS BECAUSE RAIN WAS COMING , AND HEADED INSIDE. THE KIDS GO BACK TO BED.

 ON A SIDE NOTE -- HOUSE FLIES AMAZE ME. OUR PUP WAS OUTSIDE WITH US. SHE LAID A HUGE POOP RIGHT IN OUR WALKING PATH. I DID NOT WANT ANYONE TO STEP IN IT SO I GOT A LARGE THICK BRANCH AND COVERED IT AS A MARKER WARNING. BY THE TIME I GOT THE BRANCH TO COVER THE HULKING STEAMER 20 FLIES WERE ON IT HAVING A BUFFET. HOW THE HELL DID THEY SCENT THAT SO FAST ?

  I DO SOME COMPUTER WORK WITH BANDS AND HEAD TO THE SWIM CLUB AGAIN. THE POOL WATER WAS GLORIOUS AND ONE SUPER HOT MILF WAS CHECKING ME OUT.  SHE REMINDED ME OF THE CAST MEMBER OF THREE'S COMPANY TV SHOW JENILEE HARRISON WHO PLAYED " CINDY SNOW " , LA RAM CHEER LEADER , HAD A PART IN THE TV SHOW DALLAS , PLAYBOY MODEL , AND MISS YOUNG AMERICA. MAN, THIS CHICK SO WANTED ME.

 AFTER A HALF AN HOUR OF BEING STARED AT IN THE POOL LIKE I WAS A HARBOR SEAL AWAY FROM ITS HOME I SWAM MY LAPS , SHOTS SOME HOOPS , AND ROLLED OUT. I WAS GETTING IN MY CAR AND I THINK I HEARD CHEERING AND APPLAUSE AS I DROVE AWAY.

  BACK HOME I LIKE DRIVING BY OUR 8 GARDENS AND SEEING THEM CLEAR OF WEEDS....FOR THE MOST PART. I WENT RAMBO ON THEM. MOST LIKELY I WILL DO ANOTHER WEED SESSION BY WEDNESDAY.

  I DRIVE MY YOUNGEST TO WORK AND STOP AT THE NAIL TO GET THE A/C'S ON.

  BACK HOME I RELAX AND HAVE LUNCH AND DINNER WHILE WATCHING TV.  I FEEL GOOD BECAUSE THE MAJOR WEEDING IS DONE AND ALLS I HAVE TO DO IS GO TO THE NAIL LATER TONIGHT AND DO MY NORMAL ROUTINE STUFF AND PLACE A BEER ORDER. IT WAS A HARD DAY AND REWARDING. NOW.....JUST TOTALLY CHILL AT THE NAIL. YEP.....TOTALLY CHILL...........YEP , TOTALLY .........CHILL............JUST...........CHILL.

  I PICK MY YOUNGEST UP AT WORK AND DRIVE HER HOME. I HEAD TO THE NAIL AND START MY NORMAL THINGS. I WANT TO DO A BEER ORDER TOO.

  I CHECK THE ICE MACHINE AND THE BOX IS EMPTY. I DECIDE LIKE AN IDIOT TO DO A FULL CLEAN. THIS MEANS TAKING THE MACHINE CABINET APART PIECE BY PIECE AND RUNNING A LONG HOSE FROM OUTSIDE TO THE MACHINE. OF COURSE , THE CONNECTIONS EXTENDING THE HOSE LEAK SO I PUT THE 2 CONNECTING LEAKING PARTS ABOVE THE BACK KITCHEN SINK AND A BAR SINK. THIS WAY THEY CAN LEAK ALL THEY WANT OVER SINK DRAINS......PRETTY SMART EH ?

 A QUICK TALK WITH WHEELS WHILE SHE IS BUSINESS TRAVELING AND I WAS CLEANING AN ICE MACHINE. SHE SAID SHE WAS SLEEPING BAD AT THE HOTEL. I SUGGESTED MAYBE SHE MISSED ME AND THAT WAS THE REASON. SHE REPLIED YES THAT WAS PROBABLY IT.

  ONE BY ONE I BEGIN SCRUBBING THE ICE MACHINE PARTS WHILE WATCHING THE PHILLIES AND LISTENING TO THEM ON THE RADIO. THEY GET SMOKED. I AM OKAY USING ENERGY TO CLEAN THE ICE MACHINE THOROUGHLY. IT NEEDED TO BE DONE. IT WAS THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED WHERE I JUST BOWED MY HEAD IN DISGUST AND PAIN.

  PATRONS , CUSTOMERS , AND SOME REGULARS COME IN. ONE NEW PATRON ASKED FOR A GUINNESS BOTTLED BEER. I WALK TO THE BEER DISPLAY REFRIGERATOR AND OPEN THE DOOR. I GET HIT WITH A BLAST OF VERY HOT AIR. UN-F'N-BELIEVABLE. THE FRIDGE IS NOT WORKING. IT IS 9:30PM AND I AM ALREADY TIRED.

  I PUT THE ICE MACHINE BACK TOGETHER AND WRAP ALL THE HOSES. I ALSO SPRAYED MY CAR OF BIRD POOP SINCE I HAD THE HOSES OUT. I HEAR THE ICE MACHINE DROP ICE SO THAT IS A GOOD SIGN. NOW.....THE FRIDGE.

  I UNPLUG THE MACHINE AND THE PLUG LOOKS SLIGHTLY MELTED......JUST A TINY BIT. THE LIGHT AND 2 FANS WORK IN THE FRIDGE BUT NOT THE COMPRESSOR.  I NOW MUST MOVE 140 BEERS. OH MY GOD. I START MOVING BEERS TO THE CLOSEST BEER BIN. THAN , USING MILK CRATES , I LOAD UP THE BEER BOTTLES AND MOVE THEM TO THE WALK-IN FRIDGE IN THE KITCHEN AREA. I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER.

  I CLEAN UP AND SHUT THE FRIDGE DOWN.  I COLLAPSE IN A BAR STOOL AND JUST STARE AT MY EMAILS.  A DOORMAN DROPS OFF A EMPLOYEE APPLICATION THAT MY ELDEST MAY OR MAY NOT TRY FOR AN INTERVIEW. TO ME , IT BE A GOOD STABLE LONG TERM JOB WITH BENEFITS AND EVEN REWARDING.....BUT WHAT THE HELL DO I KNOW.

  THE LAST GROUP OF PEOPLE ROLL OUT BEFORE MIDNIGHT AND I AM OUT THE DOOR NOT 30 SECONDS BEHIND THEM.

AT HOME MY KID COMES IN FROM A TV PARTY AND WE TALK WHILE SHE HUGS THE PUP. SHE GOES TO BED WHILE I DRINK ALCOHOL DEPRESSED OF THE MACHINERY BREAKING DOWN. BY 1AM I WAS IN BED.....ONLY TO WAKE UP SEVERAL TIMES TO PEE AND REFILL MY RESERVOIR CPAP MACHINE BECAUSE IT WAS BONE DRY.

 TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY I GUESS.......BLOW.

  THURSDAY         8 - 1 - 19

 I GUESS THERE ARE SILVER LININGS IN EVERYTHING......BUT IT STILL BLOWS.

  START MORNING AND I MEET A NEW REFRIGERATION TECH. AS SOON AS I SEE HIM I LIKE HIM. HE REMINDS ME OF THE BEST FRIDGE TECH WE EVER HAD NAMED HAVERTOWN BOB.  I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A NEW RELIABLE AND VERY LOCAL TECH SINCE HIS PASSING 10 YEARS AGO. HE IS FROM ARDMORE , HAS IN OWN TRUCK , AND DOES NOT WORK FOR A BIG COMPANY NAME. WE MEET AND HE TROUBLE SHOOTS OUR BROKEN DOWN DISPLAY FRIDGE.

  HE CHANGES THE CAPACITOR AND RELAY ( PARTS ON HIS TRUCK ) AND THE FRIDGE BEGINS TO RUN. HE FIXED IT IN LESS THAN 40 MINUTES. I AM THINKING I NEVER HAVE THIS GOOD LUCK. WELL.......IT DID NOT LAST LONG UNTIL HE SAID TO ME THE COMPRESSOR KEEPS SHUTTING DOWN AFTER JUST 5 MINUTES OF BEING ON. IT IS A BAD COMPRESSOR. SO , NOW WE HAVE TO ORDER A NEW $500 COMPRESSOR. HIS PRICE , SO HE SAYS , WILL BE $700 TOTAL AND HE WILL TRY TO COMPLETE IT TOMORROW.

 I SEARCH CRAIGSLIST AND FOUND A COUPLE OF REALLY GOOD COMMERCIAL FRIDGES. BUT NONE WORK OUT DUE TO SIZE , PRICE , AND SOME PEOPLE NOT GETTING BACK TO ME.

  SO , WHAT THE HELL COULD BE THE SILVER LINING IN A $700 PRICE ?  FIRST - HE IS OLD SCHOOL AND IS VERY LOCAL WHILE WORKING OUT OF HIS VAN WITH A 1000 TOOLS IN IT........SOUND FAMILIAR ?  I LIKE THIS ALREADY. SECOND - THE LAST FRIDGE TECH TO FIX OUR BEER CHILLERS COST $705. HE ONLY REPLACED THE RELAY AND CAPACITOR WHICH IS UNDER A $100 IN PARTS TOTAL. THIS NEW TECH IS REPLACING A FRIGGIN' WHOLE NEW COMPRESSOR FOR BASICALLY THE SAME PRICE !! YES , I AM PAYING $700 ( WE WILL SEE TOMORROW ) BUT THE BIG PICTURE IS THIS NEW TECH COULD BE VERY USEFUL AND AFFORDABLE IN A LONG RUN LIKE ICE MACHINES AND A/C'S. TOMORROW WE WILL SEE IF HE STICKS TO HIS WORD ABOUT THE $700 PRICE TOTAL.

  A 2ND COMPANY I AM LOOKING FOR IS A BEER DISTRIBUTOR.  WELL , I FOUND ONE TODAY. THE COMPANY I USED WENT OUT OF BUSINESS. SO THE DRIVER WENT BACK TO AN OLD DISTRIBUTOR I USED IN THE PAST. I CALLED THEM AND THEY WERE VERY HAPPY TO HEAR MY VOICE AND PLACE AN ORDER. THE OWNER EVEN APOLOGIZED FOR THE MISHAPS THAT HAPPEN IN THE PAST.  SO , WE WILL SEE TOMORROW WHEN THE ORDER IS DELIVERED.

 WHILE THE FRIDGE TECH WAS WORKING I GOT ALOT DONE AT THE NAIL. I HEAD HOME KINDA BUMMING BECAUSE IT STARTED SO GOOD WITH FINDING TECHS AND DISTRIBUTORS BUT NOW I HAVE TO PUT OUT FOR THE NEW COMPRESSOR AND HOPE IT GETS FINISHED BY TOMORROW.

  BUT......MORE SLIGHTLY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN. 

 I PICK UP WHEELS PERFECTLY ON TIME FROM THE AIRPORT. TRAFFIC WAS BAD GOING THERE BUT FOR SOME REASON IT MOVED. IT WAS SO PERFECT I THOUGHT FOR SURE I BE LATE BECAUSE SHE TEXTED ME HER PLANE LANDED AND I WAS NOT EVEN ON THE BLUE ROUTE YET. I GET TO THE AIRPORT EXIT AND PARK UNDER A BRIDGE OVERHANG. I ALWAYS PARK HERE. I DID NOT EVEN STOP THE CAR WHEN WHEELS CALLED ME AND SAID SHE IS OUTSIDE THE TERMINAL READY FOR PICK UP. MAN......PERFECT TIMING.

 ON THE WAY HOME WE COMPLETELY AVOIDED THE SHIT SHOW OF I-95 AND TOOK 420. THIS MEANS WE STOP AT NICK'S ROAST BEEF. WHEELS ORDERS AND WE PICK IT UP.

 WE HAVE TO PICK UP OUR YOUNGEST AFTER WORK. THIS WAS TIMED PERFECTLY AGAIN WHICH IS A MINOR MIRACLE.  IT WORKED TO PERFECTION SO I HAD TO PLAY WITH OUR KID. OF COURSE , WHEELS CALLS ME A NUDGE. I RESPOND THE KID WILL MISS MY PLAYFULNESS.

 I GAVE OUR YOUNGEST A NAIL KEY AND GATE REMOTE. I TOLD HER IF WE ARE LATE FROM THE AIRPORT I WANT YOU TO WALK TO THE NAIL AND HANG OUT THERE. SHE CALLS US FOR PICK UP AND ASKS WHERE WE ARE. I TELL HER WE ARE STILL ABOUT 25 MINUTES AWAY SO WALK DOWN TO THE NAIL. IN REALITY , WE ARE JUST 20 SECONDS AWAY AND WHEELS CALLS ME A NUDGE. I WANT TO TEST MY KID TO SEE WHEN WALKING DOES SHE KEEP HER HEAD UP AND LOOK AROUND TO BE AWARE OF HER SURROUNDINGS.......OR......HEAD DOWN IMMERSED ON HER CELL PHONE. I DRIVE TOWARDS HER AND GO RIGHT BY HER. WHEELS STARTS HYSTERICALLY LAUGHING AS THE KID SAW US. I NEVER GOT TO SEE MY KID'S FACE BUT FROM THE WAY WHEELS WAS LAUGHING IT HAD TO BE SHOCK AND SURPRISE ROLLED INTO ONE. I IMMEDIATELY TURN AROUND AND WE GET HER.

  WE DRIVE HOME TO DROP THEM OFF. I HEAD BACK TO THE NAIL WHERE SOME GOOD THINGS HAPPEN. I OPEN EARLIER THAN I THOUGHT AND MUSICIANS START TO COME IN.

  SO 2 MORE GOOD THINGS. I GET A CALL THAT A BUS IS COMING FOR ONE OF THE BANDS TOMORROW NIGHT. THIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING.  NOW I NEED A 2ND BARTENDER FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. I GOT A FUN FEMALE BARTENDER I LIKE TO 9:30PM AND ANOTHER OLD SCHOOL BARTENDER FOR POSSIBLY AFTER 9:30PM. THE BASES ARE COVERED FOR TOMORROW.

  I GET MY EMAILS DONE AND ORDERING. BY MIDNIGHT I AM EXHAUSTED AND HEAD HOME. I CHILL WITH MY YOUNGEST WHO ALWAYS GREETS ME WHICH I LOVE. SHE HUGS THE PUP AND WE TALK.

 I WATCH THE FINALE OF SEASON 5 OF AGENTS OF SHIELD. IT WAS VERY GOOD. NETFLIX AIRS SEASON 6 LATER NEXT MONTH. I TRIED TO GET IT VIA HULU , YOUTUBE , AMAZON , AND ON-DEMAND ABC....BUT ALL WANTED MONEY. SO I WILL WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST WHEN NETFLIX PICKS IT UP.

  I WAS MORE THAN CONTENT TODAY. ALL GOOD THINGS HAPPENED AND THE STARS ALIGNED WITH ALL MY PROJECTS EXCEPT THE FRIDGE COMPRESSOR WHICH I AM OKAY WITH.....FOR NOW. 

 THE BIG PICTURE IS IT LOOKS LIKE I FOUND A BEER DISTRIBUTOR AND A RELIABLE FRIDGE TECH ALONG WITH COVERAGE FOR FRIDAY NIGHT'S BUS ARRIVAL.

 PHILLIES WITH A VERY GOOD WIN OVER THE HOTTEST TEAM IN BASEBALL. HOW HOT ? THE GIANTS HAVE WON THEIR LAST 8 SERIES UNTIL TODAY. WE TOOK TODAY'S GAME 10 - 2 AND THE SERIES 2 - 1. THE GIANTS WERE THE ONLY TEAM IN MLB HISTORY TO START JULY 10+ GAMES UNDER .500 AND END THE MONTH OVER .500.  PHILLIES HAVE 2 VERY WINNABLE SERIES COMING UP WITH THE WHITE SOX AND DIAMONDBACKS.

 ONE MORE STORY. I LET MY DOG OUT AND WITHIN 15 MINUTES I HEAR HER BARKING LIKE THE BEJESUS. I GO OUTSIDE AND SEE NOTHING IN THE BACK AREA. I GO TO THE FRONT DOOR AND SEE A DELIVERY GUY BEHIND HIS TRUCK COMPLETELY WIDE EYED AND SCARED. HE WAS MOVING BACK AND FORTH TO GET A SIGHT VANTAGE POINT TO SEE IF OUR DOG WOULD COME GET HIM. HIS EYES SHOWED SO MUCH FEAR IT WAS ACTUALLY ENTERTAINING. IT REMINDED ME OF A THREE STOOGES EPISODE WHEN AN ACTOR GETS SUPER SCARED.

 ONE MORE STORY.........FELT BAD ON THIS ONE. A YOUNG COUPLE COMES IN AND I ASK FOR I.D.  THE GIRL SHOWS ME RIGHT AWAY AND THE GUY IS FUMBLING. HE CAN NOT FIND HIS DRIVER'S LICENSE SO I CAN NOT SERVE THEM. HE THINKS THE RESTAURANT THEY WERE AT LAST THE WAITRESS NEVER GAVE IT BACK TO HIM WHEN HE WAS I.D.'ED THERE. 30 MINUTES AFTER THEY LEAVE AND ONE OF THE JUST JAM MUSICIANS PICKS UP A DRIVER'S LICENSE ON THE FLOOR AND HANDS IT TO ME....IT WAS HIS. I POSTED A FACEBOOK AD BUT TOOK IT DOWN LATER. I WILL JUST DRIVE IT TO HIS HOUSE TOMORROW. HE MUST OF DROPPED IT WHILE FUMBLING WITH HIS WALLET.

  FRIDAY      8 - 2 - 19

 THE BUSTED BUS AND THE BANDS WHO JUST WOULDN'T LEAVE....................

  I SWEAR TO SWEET LITTLE BABY JESUS YOU JUST CAN BELIEVE THE STUFF THAT HAPPENS TO ME. I DON'T KNOW ANYONE THAT GOES THROUGH THE SHIT I DO ON A DAILY BASIS. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME STORY TELLING ?

  OUR VACUUM IS NOT SUCKING WELL SO I REMOVED THE OLD DUCT TAPE AND USED GORILLA TAPE. THE VACUUM SUCKS MUCH BETTER. I ASKED WHEELS IF SHE LIKE GORILLA TAPE TO HELP FOR SUCKING AND SHE DECLINED.

 I VACUUM 30 HOUSE FLIES AROUND OUR WINDOWS. NO IDEA WHERE THEY COME FROM. 

 I TAKE A SHOWER WITH THE DOG. YEP....BE A LOT MORE FUN WITH WHEELS BUT THE WAY I LOOK THE DOG IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS WILLING TO STEP BEHIND THE CURTAIN. I FEEL BAD FOR THE DOG BECAUSE IT'S LIKE THE GAME SHOW LET'S MAKE A DEAL......WHAT'S BEHIND THE CURTAIN ??!! THE DOG STEPS THROUGH AND SEES ME AND MUST SAY , " OH MY GOD I AM SO THANKFUL I ONLY LIVE 15 YEARS."

 OKAY BACK TO LIFE. MY DILEMMA........BUY A COMMERCIAL FRIDGE OR FIX THE OLD DINOSAUR WE HAVE.  MAN.......WHAT A STORY. BUT LET ME GO IN ORDER OF THE DAY AND INTO THE NIGHT AS I USUALLY DO.

 MEET OUR NEW A/C TECH AND I GIVE HIM THE NEWS THAT I WILL BE BUYING A COMMERCIAL FRIDGE INSTEAD OF FIXING THE OLD DINOSAUR ONE FOR $700 ( AT LEAST ). HE WORKS ON OUR ICE MACHINE THAT HAS BEEN STRUGGLING AND LABORING ALL SUMMER. I LEAVE HIM THERE AND 3 HOURS LATER HE TEXTS ME IT NEEDS A NEW WATER PUMP , MOTOR , AND FLOAT PUMP. THESE PARTS TOTAL $300.....NICE. CAN'T WAIT TO GET THAT BILL.

 I DRIVE TO A HOUSE IN ARDMORE AND DELIVER A YOUNG 24 YEAR OLD KID HIS DRIVER'S LICENSE. HE WAS VERY THANKFUL.

 CRAIGSLIST STRIKES AGAIN WITH THE PERFECT STORM.  I WILL EXPLAIN.  I GO BACK AND FORTH WITH A NICE GIRL ABOUT PURCHASING HER FATHER'S COMMERCIAL FRIDGE. THE COMMERCIAL FRIDGES GO FROM $2200 TO $4200 AND HIGHER. THE ONE SHE HAD WAS PROBABLY AROUND $2200 NEW. THEY WERE ASKING FOR $1200. I OFFERED $400 CASH AND I WOULD PICK IT UP TODAY. SHE RESPONDED , " WE AGREE ".

  I WANT MY YOUNGEST TO TRAVEL WITH ME. WHEELS JUST DOESN'T GET IT WHEN I WOKE THE KID UP EARLY AT 12 NOON. I ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY ENJOY EVERY SECOND WITH THIS KID PLUS SHE IS AN EXCELLENT NAVIGATOR. ALSO , HAVING A 2ND PERSON IS HUGELY HELPFUL BUT EVERY TIME I ASK A KID I GET CALLED A NUDGE.

 WHEELS AND OUR YOUNGEST GO TO THE BANK. I HEAD TO THE NAIL AND TELL THE CRAIGSLIST GIRL I WILL ARRIVE AT 2PM. BY 1:30PM I AM HOME AND THEY ARE STILL AT THE BANK......ALMOST 2 HOURS. I MUST LEAVE RIGHT NOW TO MAKE THE 2PM MEETING TIME. THIS SO WASN'T HAPPENING.

  WHILE WAITING AT HOME I UNLOADED THE VAN OF ALL THE TOOLS AND BACK SEATS. I PLACED EVERYTHING ON THE PATIO DECK WHILE THE PUP LOOKED AT ME LIKE I WAS AN ASSHOLE. I AM NOT SURE WHY SHE LOOKED AT ME BUT I GOT THE REASON 3 HOURS FROM NOW. ANYWAY , I HAVE NOT STARTED THE VAN IN QUITE AWHILE AND SINCE MY KID DRAINED THE BATTERY BY LEAVING THE KEY IN THE IGNITION WRONG. I TRICKLED CHARGED AND IT WORKED BUT THAT WAS 2 WEEKS AGO. I WAS SMART THOUGH. I GOT IN THE VAN AND SAW OR HEARD NO BELLS AND WHISTLING AS A VEHICLE DOES WHEN YOU OPEN THE DOOR AND PUT THE KEY IN THE IGNITION. I THOUGHT FOR SURE IT WOULD NOT START. BUT......IT STARTS. I MOVE THE VAN NEXT TO THE PATIO AND UNLOAD A 1,000 THINGS. IT TAKES FOREVER BY YOURSELF.

 I CALL MY KID AND THEY ARE STILL AT THE BANK. IT IS NOW 1:45PM FOR MY 2PM EXCHANGE. I OFFER TO MEET THEM HALFWAY AND LET WHEELS FINISH THE BANKING STUFF. I GET IN MY VAN AND DRIVE ABOUT 1 MINUTE AND NOTICE SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THE A/C WILL NOT BLOW AT FULL CAPACITY. THE ENGINE WON'T REV FAST EITHER AND THAN A WARNING LIGHT COMES ON MY DASHBOARD. A RED BATTERY ICON WARNING MY BATTERY IS FUCKED. I SWEAR TO HOLY HELL YOU JUST CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP. I LIMP MY VAN BACK TO OUR DRIVEWAY AND CHANGE VEHICLES LEAVING ALL MY TOOLS OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO. NOW , IN OUR NEW CAR I NEED TO GET A DAMN COMMERCIAL FRIDGE INTO IT.

  WE MEET AT GULLFIFTY'S PARKING LOT AND MY YOUNGEST JUMPS IN. WE HEAD TO POTTSTOWN AT 2PM ON A FRIDAY. THE TRAFFIC WAS BAD BUT WE MAKE OK TIME.  BY 3PM WE MEET AT A CLOSED RESTAURANT. THE GIRL IS SUPER SHY BUT CUTE AND THE FATHER IS THERE. HE SPEAKS WITH A HARD BULGARIAN ACCENT. THE DEAL IS PERFECT FOR ME. THE FATHER WAS IN CHARGE OF THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS BUT HE GOT IN A CAR ACCIDENT AND BUSTED UP BOTH HIS LEGS. HE WAS OUT OF FOR THE COUNT FOR OVER 1 YEAR. WE ENTER THE PLACE AND IT NICE EXCEPT WOOD FLOORS WERE BUCKLED AND STICKING UP DUE TO EXCESSIVE MOISTURE.  HE SHOWS ME THE COMMERCIAL FRIDGE AND EVEN THOUGH I GOT THE MEASUREMENTS I WAS NOT TOTALLY HAPPY WITH IT.  THE FRIDGE SEEMED SMALL BUT IT WAS ONLY 2 YEARS OLD AND TOTALLY CLEAN. HE REMINDED ME MANY TIMES HOW THESE FRIDGES CAN BE OVER $2,000 AND HE WAS RIGHT. HE SAYS , " I GIVE TO YOU FOR 400....THAT GOOD PRICE. NOW YOU BUY!! "

  I LIKE THE FRIDGE BUT NOT LOVE. BUT THAN HE SHOWS ME A DOUBLE CASE COMMERCIAL FRIDGE AND OFFERS THE SAME PRICE. I MEAN IT IS NICE. I ASKED THEM TO TURN THE FRIDGES ON BEFORE I ARRIVED.....THEY DID NOT. THAT MADE MY ANTENNAS FO UP. I USED MY TEMPERATURE GAUGE AND THE DOUBLE FRIDGE WAS NOT WORKING. IT WAS VERY NICE BUT HE SAID IT NEEDED " PROPANE ". I PLAYED DUMB BECAUSE I KNEW IT WAS REFRIGERANT. AGAIN , HE SAID , " THE FRIDGE IS IN PERFECT CONDITION AND ONLY NEEDS PROPANE TO FIX. YOU SELL MUCH MORE THAN 400. " IF IT WORKED I WOULD OF BOUGHT IT. I DID NOT FEEL LIKE FIXING IT AND THAN EITHER USING IT AT THE NAIL OR TRYING TO SELL IT TO MAKE A 100 BUCKS. SO........I BOUGHT THE SINGLE COMMERCIAL FRIDGE WITH MY KID CONFIRMING IT TOO.

  THE FRIDGE WAS ON WHEELS SO I DID NOT HAVE TO USE MY DOLLIES. WE ROLL IT AROUND THE WARPED FLOOR AND OUTSIDE EASILY. THERE IS A HANDICAP RAMP AND IT GOES RIGHT TO THE BACK OF THE CAR. WITH SOME FINAGLING I ACTUALLY GET THE WHOLE FRIDGE IN MY NEW CAR. I THOUGHT FOR SURE SOME OF IT WOULD BE HANGING OUT. WE SAID OUR GOODBYES AND HE STILL WANTS ME TO BUY HIS STUFF.  I TOLD THEM I HAD A 2 HOUR DRIVE AHEAD OF ME.

 WE STOP AT RITA'S WATER ICE. A CUTE GIRL SERVES US AND WE GET ON THE ROAD.  BY ROUTE 202 IN KING OF PRUSSIA THE KID TELLS ME TO TAKE A DIFFERENT WAY HOME VIA GOING THROUGH WAYNE. THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT CALL AVOIDING 76. SHE ALSO MADE AN EXCELLENT CALL GOING TO THERE TOO BY CUTTING THROUGH A SCHOOL STREET. ANYWAY , WE DRIVE TO THE NAIL AND ASK WHEELS AND OUR ELDEST TO MEET US THERE. BY 4:30PM WE ARE ALL AT THE NAIL. IT WAS ALL HANDS ON DECK TIME.

 ON THE DRIVE HOME I TALK WITH MY YOUNGEST WHICH I ADORE. I ALSO TELL HER , " I THINK I JUMPED THE GUN IN BUYING THIS. I MEAN IT FIT IT OUR NEW CAR SO IS IT TOO SMALL ? "

  WE NEED TO REMOVE THE OLD FRIDGE AND PLACE THE NEW ONE IN IT'S SPACE. BUT........SHIT HAS TO BE MOVED AND CLEANED. WE MOVE ALOT OF THINGS INCLUDING THE TV ON TOP OF THE OLD FRIDGE AND THE ICE MACHINE. I FIND OUT QUICKLY THE OLD FRIDGE WILL NOT ROLL BEHIND THE BAR ON MY DOLLIES. WE NOW MUST HEAVE THIS BEHEMOTH OVER THE BAR. SO , IT IS ME AND 3 GIRLS MOVING A 450 POUND COMMERCIAL FRIDGE. I PUT 3 OF THEM ON THE SIDES AND ME IN THE MIDDLE. USING MY FAT AND THE BAR TOP AS A SEESAW WE TEETER IT OVER AND ON TO THE TOP OF THE BAR. WE THAN USE 2 DOLLIES AND ROLL THE OLD GIANT OUTSIDE. I ALSO NOTICED A MAJOR SPLIT IN THE POWER CORD. IT WAS CUT DEEPLY AND VERY EXPOSED OF WIRES. I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS DAMN THING WAS RUNNING AT ALL.

 WE GET IT OUTSIDE AND BEGIN CLEANING INSIDE. LET ME TELL YOU..........MOVING A LARGE COMMERCIAL FRIDGE THAT HAS BEEN SITTING IN ONE SPOT FOR OVER 70 YEARS IS NO JOKE. SHIT BUILT UP BEHIND AND UNDERNEATH IT.........OH......MY.......GOD. 

 EVERYTHING IS CLEAN AND NOW WE MOVE THE FRIDGE INTO PLACE AND START LOADING THE NEW FRIDGE WITH BEER. I HAD IT PLUGGED IN NEAR THE POOL TABLES TO ALLOW IT TO COOL AND SEE IF THE THING WORKS. ALL 4 OF US SPEND TIME LOADING AND PREPPING THE NAIL FOR TONIGHT. IT WAS EXHAUSTING. OH , WHEN LOADING THE OLD FRIDGE OUTSIDE THE DOOR SLAMMED TO THE GROUND AND SHATTERED THE GLASS DOOR. LUCKILY , IT WAS DOUBLE PANED AND ONLY ONE PANE BROKE.

  I LET EVERYONE GO HOME AND I JUST STAY AT THE NAIL. WHAT A LONG FUCKING DAY AND THE NIGHT WOULD BE MUCH LONGER.  THEY LEAVE AT 6:15PM. I BEGIN TO FINISH PREPPING AND GO OUTSIDE. THE FUCKING BANDS ARE PARKED ACROSS THE STREET. THEY ARE ONE HOUR TOO EARLY.

 I GIVE MONEY TO OUR BARTENDER AND SAY , " GET 2 LARGE BAGS OF ICE BEFORE COMING BACK. THEY ARE ABOUT $4 TO $5 EACH. " SHE RETURNED WITH GIGANTIC OMEGA BAGS WORTH $15 EACH. I AM SPENDING MONEY LIKE WATER.....LITERALLY.

  I LET THE BANDS LOAD IN.  ONE GUY IS PISSED OFF HE HAD A CAB STOLEN THE NIGHT BEFORE IN NEW YORK AND WOULD REFUSE TO USE OUR HOUSE CAB OR SHARE WITH OTHER BANDS. THEY REQUESTED NOT TO BE FIRST BAND NOW SO THEY COULD GO TO A MUSIC STORE AND BUY ONE.  NOW WE FLIP FLOP THE ORDER OF THE BANDS ALL NIGHT. I MOVE THE BANDS WELL AND THE FIRST 3 BANDS SOUND REALLY GOOD. THE 4TH BAND DECIDES TO BYPASS OUR PA SYSTEM AND USE THE VOCALS THROUGH SOME MACHINE FLOOR SPEAKER.  IT WAS FUCKING HORRIBLE AND EVEN THEIR FANS KEPT SCREAMING " MORE VOCALS ". I RESET THE PA SYSTEM FOR THE LAST BAND AND IT WAS PERFECT. THE MANAGER THINKS HE HAS THE ROLLING STONES AND IS MAD AT PAYMENT EVEN THOUGH WE HAD A 2 WEEK EVERYDAY GROUP EMAIL WITH ALL 5 BANDS ABOUT EVERY DETAIL.  HE WAS AN ANGRY DUDE. VERY FAKE POLITE TO ME ALL NIGHT AND THAN STONE SILENCE.

 THE BUSTED BUS TRIP.........I BROUGHT A 2ND BARTENDER IN JUST FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE TO HANDLE 40 PEOPLE AT ONCE. I GOT A CALL FROM A GUY YESTERDAY AND HE SAYS , " WE HAVE A BUSLOAD OF PEOPLE COMING TOMORROW NIGHT. I AM TALKING 30 - 40 PEOPLE COMING. A SHIT LOAD OF PEOPLE. I AM TALKING SHIT LOAD. 40 PEOPLE WHICH IS A SHIT LOAD. " SO....A SHIT LOAD OF PEOPLE WERE COMING AND I HAD TO BE PREPARED.

  A BUNCH OF PEOPLE ARRIVE AND I HEAR " THE BUS IS HERE ". NOW MY ANTENNAS WERE UP ALL NIGHT ABOUT THIS " SHIT LOAD BUS TRIP ".  PEOPLE WALK IN AND THEY WERE COOL AND I ASK , " WHERE DID YOU PARK THE BUS ? " THE SHITLOAD GUY , WHO JUST TALKED TO ME LAST NIGHT , SAYS , " OH , THERE IS NO BUS. WE DROVE 3 CARS. THERE IS 8 OF US ". ONE GUY PAYS FOR 8 PEOPLE. I TURN TO THE 2ND BARTNDER AND SAY, " YOU ARE OFF TONIGHT. I WILL GIVE YOU A PAYOUT AND OPEN BAR FOR THE NIGHT. " HE WAS FEELING GOOD BY 2AM AND I ASKED HIM TO TEXT ME WHEN HE GOT HOME....HE DID.

 BACK TO THE ANGRY ROLLING STONES MANAGER. 13 PEOPLE CAME TO SEE HIS BAND......NOT A BUS LOAD OF 40. I REALLY THINK HE WAS EXPECTING A $1,000 PAYOUT.....EVEN THOUGH WE HAD A 2 WEEK GROUP EMAIL WITH ALL BANDS EXPLAINING EVERY DAMN DETAIL INCLUDING PAYOUTS....INCLUDING " WHOEVER COMES TO SEE YOUR BAND THAT IS YOUR MONEY. " IT REALLY IS A SIMPLE RULE. HE GIVES ME THE STONE SILENCE TREATMENT WHICH I ACTUALLY ENJOYED. I OVERHEAR HIM TALKING TO THE SHITLOAD GUY WHO EXPLAINS TO HIM HE SHOULD HAVE ALOT MORE MONEY BECAUSE HE BROUGHT A SHITLOAD OF PEOPLE. I STOPPED IN MY TRACKS AND WAS GOING TO CONFRONT HIM ON HIS " SHITLOAD OF PEOPLE " AND BUS TRIP, BUT I DECIDE NOT TOO. IN FACT , THE REMAINING OF THE NIGHT I JUST KEPT QUIET AND COOL. THERE WAS NO REASON TO FUEL THE FIRE. THEY WILL BE GONE IN AN HOUR OR SO AND I WILL DELIGHTFULLY NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN THE REST OF MY LIFE.

  WELL , I HAVE BEEN MOVING THE VEHICLES EXCELLENT ALL NIGHT UNTIL THE ROLLING STONES MANAGER DECIDES TO PULL UP HIS LARGE 1970 VAN OUT FRONT. THEY UNLOADED PERFECTLY BUT RELOADING THEY WERE THERE OVER AN HOUR AND ABSOLUTE COMPLETE ASSHOLES. I ASKED TWICE TO MOVE THEIR VEHICLE BUT DECIDED AGAIN NOT TO FUEL THE FIRE AS THEY DRANK WHITE CLAWS. THE MANAGER EVEN BROUGHT WHITE CLAW IN AND OUT OF THE NAIL FOR A LITTLE BIT. AGAIN....I JUST ROLLED WITH IT. EVEN A 2ND DOORMAN AND RADIO SHOW HOST WHO STOPPED IN ASKED ABOUT WHY THE VAN WAS PARKED SO LONG WITH SO MANY PEOPLE OUTSIDE DRINKING AND TALKING.

  BY 2AM THEY FINALLY LEAVE. GOOD FUCKING RIDDANCE.  NOW I HAVE 2 CARS PARKED IN THE RIGHT LANE OF HAVERFORD ROAD. ONE TAKES OFF AND I ASK THE OTHER TO MOVE TO THE SIDEWALK. BY 2:30AM I HAD TO LEAVE.  I WAS PRETTY DISGUSTED WITH THE TRASH I HAD TO CLEAN UP BOTH ACROSS THE STREET AND NEXT TO US.

 WHILE OUTSIDE I SEE THIS GIRL WITH BLUE HAIR. SHE HAS BEEN GOING IN AND OUT OF THE NAIL ALL NIGHT. THE ONLY THING I ENJOYED WAS HER TITS HANGING OUT. SHE WALKS ACROSS THE STREET AND I FLASH MY FLASH LIGHT ON HER AND ASK , " WHERE ARE YOU GOING ?" ( WHICH I KNEW ) SHE RESPONDS , " TO PEE." I REPLY , " DO ME A FAVOR AND COME INSIDE AND USE OUR BATHROOM. " SHE DOES AND I GET TO SEE HER HANGING OUT TITS WALK BY ME AGAIN.

 FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER I SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING AT 1AM. AS SOON AS THE BAND ENDED I TURNED OFF MUSIC , TV'S , LIGHTS .....EVERYTHING.  IT TOOK ANOTHER 90 MINUTES TO GET THESE BANDS TO MOVE. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT AND MORE DISRESPECTFUL PEOPLE TO DO THIS.

 OH , THE PHILLIES LOSE A HORRIBLE HORRIBLE GAME IN 14 INNINGS TO THE WORST TEAM IN BASEBALL. THEY SHIT THE BED IN THE 9TH INNING BY LETTING THE TEAM TIE THEM WITH 2 OUTS AND 2 FUCKING STRIKES ON THE BATTER. THIS NO DOUBT WAS THE MOST PAINFUL LOSS OF THE YEAR. WHEN YOUR CENTER FIELDER HAS TO PITCH AND A PITCHER PLAYS LEFT FIELD YOU KNOW IT IS BAD.

  I HAVE A BEER WITH THE CREW AT THE END OF THE NIGHT AND HEAD HOME.

  AT HOME I HAVE A BEER AND BRANDY. I CHECK MY SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AND THE BAND IS STILL THERE TAKING PICTURES OUTSIDE USING OUR MARQUEE AND WALL. I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD. I WATCH TV UNTIL I FALL ASLEEP AND GO TO BED. THERE'S THE PUP LAYING ACROSS MY COMFORTER.

 THERE WAS AT LEAST 10 MORE STORIES BUT I HAVE BEEN WRITING FOR 2 HOURS.

 OH , JUST ONE MORE STORY ABOUT HOW MY LIFE ROLLS. REMEMBER WHEN I WROTE I LOADED MY 1,000 TOOLS OUTSIDE WITH THE VAN SEATS TOO ? REMEMBER THAT ?  WELL , WE WERE AT THE NAIL PUTTING EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER AND I GO OUTSIDE TO THROW SOME THINGS IN THE DUMPSTER. IT IS RAINING HARD AND I AM KINDA SURPRISE BECAUSE IT IS A SUN SHOWER RAIN. BUT....IT IS RAINING HARD. BY THE TIME I START WALKING BACK TO THE NAIL DOOR I YELL OUT , " ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ?!?!?!?!?!!!! " THE KIDS AND WHEELS REACT AND SAY ," WHAT ?? " I REPLY , " ALL MY TOOLS ARE OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO. "  IT RAINED FOR ANOTHER HOUR.......UNBELIEVABLE. THAT'S WHY THE DOG LOOKED AT ME LIKE I WAS AN ASSHOLE. SHE MUST OF BEEN THINKING , " YOUR PUTTING ALL THIS STUFF OUTSIDE WITH RAIN CLOUDS IN THE SKY ? WOW , YOU ARE AN IDIOT. "

  OH , I AM HAPPY WITH OUR NEW FRIDGE. THOUGH IT NEVER GOT BELOW 47 DEGREES. I THINK IT IS 5 DEGREES COLDER THEN WHAT THE L.E.D DISPLAY SAYS BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT MY TEMPERATURE GAUGE READ.

 TOMORROW THE ICE MACHINE DEBACLE.

  SATURDAY       8 - 3 - 19

  YOU KNOW WHAT'S NICE ? A FRIEND/RENTER OF OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE SENDING A PICTURE OF HER FEEDING A YOUNG BUCK IN VELVET BY HAND. I HAVE NEVER DONE THIS IN 30 YEAR THERE.

  YOU KNOW WHAT IS NOT NICE ? MY VAN , OUR ICE MACHINE , AND THE NY BAND WHO PARKED OUTSIDE FOR OVER 90 MINUTES.

  SO THE DAY...............

  MEET A/C TECH AT THE NAIL. HE WORKS ON THE ICE MACHINE AND I ROLL OUT. HE REALLY LIKES THE BRAND OF OUR NEW COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATOR.

  I DRIVE MID-MORNING TO AUTOZONE OFF CITY LINE AVENUE.  SLOWEST SERVICE EVER.....GOOD SALES REP..........BUT SLOWEST SERVICE EVER. EVERY TIME I GO THERE..........SLOWEST SERVICE EVER. WHICH IS WHY I RARELY GO.  I PURCHASE A NEW BATTERY FOR MY VAN. I USES 2 CREDITS OF $40 WHICH IS NICE.

  DRIVE TO LOWES TO COME UP WITH AN IDEA THAT WILL NOT MAKE OUR BEER BOTTLES FALL OVER SO EASILY IN OUR NEW COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATOR.  I TALKED TO 3 REPS THERE AND NOTHING.  I HAD SEVERAL IDEAS BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE PRODUCT. IT WAS THAN I THOUGHT OF PEG BOARD. THE BROWN PEG BOARD COMES IN NICE LITTLE 2' X 4' SHEETS. I WANT THE WHITE PEG BOARD BUT IT ONLY COMES IN 4' X 8' SHEETS. GETTING IT INTO THE NEW CAR WAS TOUGH. DRIVING WITH IT WAS TOUGHER.

 I CALL HOME AND ASK THE KIDS TO HELP ME. I FELT BAD GETTING THEM UP AT 3PM.

  WE LOAD THE VAN OF ALL MY TOOLS THAT WERE RAINED ON YESTERDAY ON OUR PATIO. I DECIDED TO LET THE TOOLS DRY FOR 12 HOURS OVER NIGHT AND IN THE SUN TODAY.  I INSTALL THE NEW BATTERY AND EVEN PURCHASED THE GEL AND FELT WASHER. I CLEANED THE TERMINALS AND............................IT DOESN'T START.  GEE...........SO SURPRISED THERE.

  WE TAKE THE PEG BOARD OUT OF THE CAR AND IT CRACKS. OF COURSE IT DOES. WE SET UP HORSES AND I CUT THE PEG BOARD TO MATCH THE SHELVING OF THE NEW COMMERCIAL FRIDGE.  WE CLEAN UP AND HEAD INSIDE.

 WHEELS GOES SHOPPING WITH OUR YOUNGEST WHILE I HEAD BACK TO THE NAIL.

 BEFORE I LEFT HOME , A PROMOTER EMAILED ME WHY HIS TOURING BAND WASN'T PAID MORE. I WROTE A BOOK BACK TO ANSWER HIS QUESTION.

  I ARRIVE AT THE NAIL AND START DOING SOME MINOR THINGS LIKE SECURING THE NEW COMMERCIAL FRIDGE TO THE GROUND AND SPRAY PAINTING THE BOTTOM WOOD BALANCING THE FRIDGE BLACK TO MATCH.  I REMOVED THE TOP LIGHT THINKING IT WAS A BURNED OUT BULB. THIS IS A SMALL BULB AND COULD BE TOUGH TO FIND. I SAY TO MYSELF , " LET ME DOUBLE CHECK IT ". I INSERT IT AGAIN AND IT POWERS ON.....YEAH. I ALSO USE A DROP LIGHT ON THE FLOOR TO ACCENT THE FRIDGE AND TO SEE THE LOWER BEER BOTTLES BETTER. I ALSO TEST THE TEMPERATURE USING MY GAUGE AND A GAUGE HANGING IN THE FRIDGE. THE L.E.D. DISPLAY READS 47 DEGREES WHICH IS NOT GOOD BUT MY GAUGE AND THE HANGING GAUGE READS 38 DEGREES....THIS IS VERY GOOD.  A REFRIGERATOR SHOULD BE 40 DEGREES AND A FREEZER SHOULD BE 0 DEGREES. I ALSO RE-CUT THE CORNER BAR TO FIT TO THE NEW COMMERCIAL FRIDGE. I HAD TO USE A HAND SAW TO CUT A 2 X 4 AND I JUST THOUGHT , " HOW THE HELL DID THEY WORK WITHOUT POWER TOOLS BACK IN THE DAY ? " I WAS TIRED AFTER JUST ONE CUT.

  I GET THE OUTSIDE MARQUEE DONE , POST A FACEBOOK AD FOR THE BANDS , AND VACUUM. MY GOAL WAS TO KEEP MOVING AND NOT STOP. I WAS SO EXHAUSTED FROM LAST NIGHT'S SHIT SHOW WITH THE BAND AND THEM NOT MOVING THEIR VAN WHEN RE-LOADING. ANYWAY , I JUST KEPT GOING.

  2 GUYS COME IN MY AGE AND MAN DID WE HAVE COMMON FRIENDS. WE TALKED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THE PEOPLE WE KNEW. IT WAS NICE TO REMINISCE.

  THE BANDS START ROLLING IN. EVERYONE WAS SUPER POLITE. I UNLOAD 4 BANDS AND EACH BAND ONLY TOOK 2 - 3 MINUTES TO UNLOAD AND MOVE THEIR VEHICLES. THIS RELIEVED THE ANGST FROM LAST NIGHT BIG TIME. THESE WERE OLDER BANDS TONIGHT AND LAST NIGHT'S BAND DRANK WHITE CLAW. SEE THE DIFFERENCE ?

  THE NIGHT BEGINS AND THE DOORMAN ARRIVES AND THE BARTENDER. WE THROW OUT 2 OLD HORSES AND WE INSTALLED THE NEW PEG BOARD SHELVES. OF COURSE WE HAD TO REMOVE ALL THE BEER ON EACH SHELF TO INSTALL THEM, BUT WITH 2 PEOPLE IT MOVED FAST. THE BOARDS WORK EXCELLENT AND THE BOTTLES ARE VERY STURDY NOW. I AM LIKING THIS PURCHASE MORE AND MORE EVERY DAY. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE FLOW OF COLD AIR THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE INSIDE OF THE FRIDGE. THE PEG BOARDS HAVE HOLES IN THEM BUT IS IT ENOUGH ? I WILL CHECK THE TEMPS TOMORROW.

 MORE BENEFITS OF THE NEW COMMERCIAL FRIDGE IS IT IS 10 INCHES SHORTER IN HEIGHT. THE BARTENDERS CAN NOW REACH THE TOP SHELF BEER BOTTLES EASIER AND IT HAS AN EXTRA SHELF FOR MORE STORAGE OF BEER. WE ALSO MADE THE BEER IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER LIKE THE SHOW BOTTLES BEHIND THE BAR ON THE GLASS SHELVES. I EVEN HAVE THE OPTION TO REVERSE THE SWING OF THE DOOR.

 PHILLIES WITH A NICE WIN OVER A CRAP TEAM.

  I TRY TO LEAVE 4 DIFFERENT TIMES BUT DECIDE TO STAY AND HELP COOK FOOD ORDERS. I ACTUALLY DID NOT MIND. I HAD THE PHILLIES GAME ON IN THE BACK KITCHEN AND IT PASSED THE TIME WHILE I PREPPED ORDERS. I ALSO ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE NEW FREEZER.

 I FINALLY ROLL OUT AND BRING BEER HOME. IT IS SUPER NICE TO HAVE A 24/7 BEER DISTRIBUTOR , LIQUOR STORE , AND ATM ALL ROLLED INTO ONE.

  FAMILY IS OVER AND I ENJOY CHILLING WITH THEM AND OUR YOUNGEST. I WAS SO TIRED DRIVING HOME I ALMOST FELL ASLEEP.  IMAGINE THAT ?......A 3 1/2 MILE DRIVE AND ALMOST FELL ASLEEP. THIS WAS HOW TIRING AND STRESSFUL LAST NIGHT WAS..............ALONG WITH WORKING 14 STRAIGHT HOURS.

  I TRIED TO STAY UP FOR SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE BUT JUST COULDN'T. I ASKED WHEELS TO WASH MY BEDDING BECAUSE I WAS GETTING SMALL BITES ON OCCASION. THE SHEETS WERE CLEAN AND FRESH AND I FELL ASLEEP QUICKLY.  AT 3AM THE DOG BARKS AS OUR ELDEST COMES IN.  AT 6AM I SAW A CAR IN OUR DRIVEWAY. I PEED , DRANK A BOTTLE OF WATER , AND  WENT BACK TO BED. I SLEPT ANOTHER HOUR AND DECIDED TO JUST GET UP.

  OH , THE ICE MACHINE WAS WORKING BUT NOT THE BEST. I WILL CALL THE TECH TOMORROW.

 ONE LAST COMMENT. THESE DAMN MASS SHOOTINGS ARE OUT OF CONTROL. I CAN NOT BELIEVE WE CAN'T COME UP WITH AN IDEA TO STOP THESE AWFUL TRAGEDIES.  CAN'T WE TAKE ONE PAGE USING OTHER COUNTRIES WAYS ?......JUST ONE PAGE.

   SUNDAY       8 - 4 - 19

  HEAD TO THE NAIL BECAUSE I WAS ANXIOUS TO SEE IF OUR ICE MACHINE WAS WORKING. IT WAS NOT.  I LEFT TOO EARLY BECAUSE 1 HOUR LATER WHEELS HAD TO DRIVE OUR YOUNGEST TO WORK WHICH IS JUST BLOCKS FROM THE NAIL......OH WELL.  I DID GET ALOT OF THINGS DONE TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.

  WHEELS AND HER BROTHER DRIVE TO PICK UP ANOTHER BROTHER IN ALLENTOWN. THEY RETURN SEVERAL HOURS LATER. THEY ORDER PIZZA AND MY BROTHER-IN-LAW FREAKS ME OUT ON HOW MUCH THIS DUDE CAN CHOW DOWN. IT IS JUST NOT FAIR. I LOOK AT PIZZA AND I FEEL MY ASS GET SLIGHTLY FATTER.

  MY VAN STILL WON'T START SO I WILL TRICKLE CHARGE THE NEW BATTERY. I ALSO CUT THE LAWN ON OUR PROPERTY AND OUR RENTER'S PROPERTY.

  KILLED MY THRIVING SQUASH. I MEAN THEY ARE DEAD DEAD DEAD.  I THINK I OVER WATERED THEM ON A VERY HOT DAY.........LESSON LEARNED.

   WHEELS ARRIVES WITH HER BROTHER AND WE HEAD TO THE SWIM CLUB. IT WAS GLORIOUS.  IT WAS ALSO ENTERTAINING WATCHING WHEELS AKA " HOOPS " PLAY HER BROTHER IN A GAME OF POOL BASKETBALL'S H.O.R.S.E.  ALSO , MY BROTHER-IN-LAW HAD TO BORROW MY SWIM TRUNKS. I HAD A SMALL ISSUE WITH HIS BALLS BEING IN MY BATHING SUIT. I TOLD HIM THIS SEVERAL TIMES.

  BACK HOME WE SHOWER AND HEAD TO THE PEOPLES LIGHT THEATRE. 12 FRIENDS AND FAMILY WERE TREATED TO A DINNER AT THE THEATRE , THAN THE SHOW , THAN AN AFTER-PARTY WITH THE ACTORS. IT WAS ALL VERY NICE. THE PLAY WAS CALLED " OUR TOWN " BY THORTON WILDER. IT WAS NOT MY CUP OF TEA BUT THE ACTORS DID A VERY GOOD JOB.  WE GOT TO MEET THE LEAD GIRL AND SHE WAS ADORABLE ALONG WITH THE LEAD MALE ACTOR. HE WAS VERY COOL AND I JOKED WITH HIM AND ASKED SILLY QUESTIONS. THE GUY PUT UP WITH MY SILLINESS. 

  WE ALSO SAW THE MAIN ACTOR IN RING OF FIRE AND ARLO GUTHRIE'S WOODY SEZ. WHEELS TOOK PICTURES OF BOTH ACTORS AND WE POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK FOR OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SEE.  OF COURSE , FOOD AND DRINK WAS OFFERED AT THE AFTER-PARTY BUT I JUST DRANK WATER AND A CUP OF COFFEE.

  OH , WE MET FAMILY THERE WHO SAW THE MATINEE SHOW AND THEIR CAR WOULD NOT START. YEP......DEAD BATTERY. MAN , SO KNOW THAT FEELING. LUCKILY MY BROTHER-IN-LAW HAD JUMPER CABLES AND WE STARTED THE CAR IN UNDER 5 MINUTES.

  BACK HOME WE CHILL AND WATCH A COUPLE OF EPISODES OF SCHITT'S CREEK. THEY WERE VERY GOOD.

  MONDAY       8 - 5 - 19

  I SAY TO WHEELS , " AT THIS VERY MOMENT......WE HAVE A DAMN GOOD LIFE."   THIS IS AFTER 2 WEEKS OF HELL FIGHTING AND FIXING AND PURCHASING AND SPENDING MONEY LIKE WATER ON BROKEN MACHINERY AND DEALIGN WITH A JITBAG BAND ON PARKING.  I NEEDED TO GET AWAY. DOING IT WITH WHEELS WAS THE SUGAR , ICING , AND ICE-CREAM ON TOP.

 SO HERE IS THE REALLY GOOD DAY AND NIGHT :

  I TRICKLE CHARGE MY NEW BATTERY FOR OVER A DAY. THE VAN STARTED RIGHT UP AT 6AM. A MECHANIC FRIEND THINKS I PURCHASED A BAD BATTERY OR A BATTERY NOT STRONG ENOUGH FOR MY VEHICLE. I CALLED AUTO ZONE ON CITY LINE AVENUE. THIS PLACE HAS THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE I HAVE EVER SEEN.

 I LEFT A VERY BAD GOOGLE REVIEW FOR THE AUTOZONE ON CITY LINE AVENUE IN HAVERTOWN / UPPER DARBY. WHY ? A MECHANIC FRIEND TOLD US IT WAS EITHER A BAD BATTERY OR NOT ENOUGH AMPERAGE BATTERY. I TRIED CALLING 3 DIFFERENT TIMES. I WOULD PUT THE PHONE ON " SPEAKER " AND JUST GO ABOUT MY DAY. 30 MINUTE WAITS AND A HANG UP. THE 4TH TRY WAS THE MANAGER AND SHE GAVE ME 3 DIFFERENT ANSWERS WHEN I ASKED , " YOU SHOULD TELL THE CUSTOMERS THIS. " IT WAS ACTUALLY LAUGHABLE. I GUESS THE BIG PICTURE IS THE VAN STARTED BUT NOW I HAVE TO PURCHASE A BIGGER BATTERY. I WILL TEST IT ANOTHER DAY.

  I INSTALL A LARGE SHELF IN MY KID'S BEDROOM.  IT CAME OUT NICE.

  I MAKE COPIES FOR THE NAIL VISA SLIPS , DAY/NIGHT SHIFTS , BEER PRICING SHEETS , AND DAILY BOOKS.  I ALSO DO THE BOOKS FOR THE LAST 4 NIGHTS.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO MEET OUR A/C TECH WORKING ON OUR ICE MACHINE. I LEAVE HIM THERE AND START MY RUNNING.  I REALLY DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE PRICE WILL COST. THIS IS HIS 4TH TIME HERE.

 THE NEW COMMERCIAL FRIDGE IS WORKING EXCELLENT WITH THE PEGBOARD SHELVES I INSTALLED. THE L.E.D. DISPLAY SAYS 46 TO 47 DEGREES BUT THE ACTUAL TEMPERATURE IS 36 - 38 DEGREES......PERFECT. THE FRIDGE IS VERY NEW AND I EVEN TRIED TO FIND A PRODUCT NUMBER JUST TO SEE THE MODEL AND YEAR IT WAS MANUFACTURED. I LOOK UNDERNEATH AND CAN'T FIND A STICKER BUT THE FRIDGE IS ABSOLUTELY CLEAN AND NEW UNDERNEATH. IT CAN NOT BE MORE THAN 6 MONTHS OLD. I GOOGLED THE PRICE AND IT SAID $2200. I PURCHASED IT FOR $400 WHEN THE CRAIGSLIST SELLER WANTED $1200. ......GOOD TRADE.

  A GOOD THING I JUST FOUND OUT. I HAVE 2 COMPRESSORS. THEY ARE EXCELLENT TO HAVE. I HAVE BEEN USING AN OLDER MODEL FOR YEARS TO FILL UP CAR, BIKE , AND RIDING MOWER TIRES. BASICALLY ANYTHING THAT NEEDED AIR. IT WORKS LESS THAN OKAY AND VERY LOUD. LATELY , THE COMPRESSOR WOULD NOT START. I REMEMBER MY BROTHER GAVE ME A VERY GOOD NEWER COMPRESSOR AND I JUST PUT IT TO THE BACK OF THE GARAGE. I COULD NOT GET MY COMPRESSOR TO START SO I FOUND MY BROTHERS'. IT STARTED RIGHT UP AND IS VERY QUIET. IT IS 10 TIMES BETTER THAN THE ONE I HAVE BEEN USING FOR YEARS. I THREW THE OLD ONE OUT. I FILLED UP A FLAT CAR TIRE IN SECONDS.

  I TAKE A RIDE TO MIDAS UP THE STREET FROM THE NAIL. I CALLED AND THEY SAID COME RIGHT IN. I PULL UP , THEY TAKE MY CAR , PUT IT ON A LIFT ,  AND INSTALL A PLUG ON A TIRE THAT WAS LEAKING. I WAS DONE IN 15 MINUTES AND IT WAS FREE. I GAVE THE MECHANIC $20 AND SAID LUNCH IS ON ME. NOW THAT IS HOW YOU RUN A BUSINESS !!! OH JUST ONE COMPLAINT AND I JOKED WITH THE REP AT THE DESK. WHILE WAITING CUSTOMERS WATCH TV. THIS IS A GOOD THING EXCEPT THE TV SHOW WAS " HAZEL ". IT WAS A 1961 TV SITCOM ABOUT A WINY VOICED MAID.  I TOLD HIM HE HAD TO CATCH UP WITH THE TIMES. VERY GOOD SERVICE HERE BECAUSE THEY GOT BUSY REALLY FAST.

 STOP AT THE BANK TO RE-ROUTE SOME MONEY FOR OUR KID. I WAS IN AND OUT OF THE BANK WITH A RECEIPT IN JUST 45 SECONDS. NOW THAT IS HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS !!

 BACK HOME WE HAVE BREAKFAST AND THAN LOAD THE VEHICLE. WHEELS AND I WERE GETTING UP ON THE ROAD TO OUR FAVORITE PLACE.  WE MAKE EXCELLENT TIME AND IN LESS THAN 80 MINUTES WE ARE LOOKING AT A LAKE AND WOODS.  IT IS SO DAMN PEACEFUL HERE.....NOT A SOUL AROUND.

 WHEELS GOES BACK TO WORK WHILE I TAKE A RIDE TO OUR FAVORITE PIZZA PLACE JIREH'S FOR A HOAGIE TO SHARE. I ALSO STOP AT RITE-AID AND THE LOCAL MARKET.

  BACK HOME AROUND 6:30PM I SETTLE IN. WE DECIDE TO GO TO THE SWIMMING POOL. WE ARRIVE AND NO ONE IS THERE. IT IS JUST WHEELS AND I. THEY FINISHED ALL CONSTRUCTION BUT YOU CAN NOT WALK ON THE NEWLY SEEDED GRASS AREA. WHEELS AND I SIT BY THE POOL. I ACTUALLY FELL ASLEEP. THEY ALSO REMOVED A TON OF TREES AND BRANCHES TO ALLOW MORE SUN TO THE POOL AREA. I SLIP INTO THE POOL AND IT IS LIKE ICE. THE TEMPS ARE ALWAYS 10-15 DEGREES COLDER HERE SO THE WATER NEVER GETS WARM LIKE OUR SWIM CLUB AT HOME. I WAS IN THE WATER FOR JUST 10 MINUTES AT MOST. IT WAS REFRESHING.

  BACK HOME WE CHANGE AND DECIDE TO DRIVE AROUND THE DEVELOPMENT. WE HAD TO SEE 30 DEER. THE HIGHLIGHTS WERE 3 SETS OF TWIN FAWNS AND A 10 POINT BUCK IN VELVET ( THAT WAS DAMN COOL ). WE POSTED PICTURES ON FACEBOOK FOR OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SEE.

 WHEELS FEEDS A CHIPMUNK PISTACHIO NUTS. SHE NICKNAMED HIM " CHIPPY ".

  I SET UP THE BLU-RAY TO ACCESS NETFLIX AND AMAZON PRIME. I FRIGGIN' LOVE HAVING THIS HERE. IT ONLY TAKES ME 5 MINUTES TO SET EVERYTHING UP.

  BACK HOME WE HAVE SOME LIBATIONS AND WATCH A CUTE HEARTFELT RE-MAKE MOVIE CALLED " OVERBOARD ". IT WAS OKAY BUT DEFINITELY HAD ITS TOUCHING MOMENTS LIKE THE ORIGINAL MOVIE WITH GOLDIE HAWN AND KURT RUSSELL.

  WE WATCH THE PHILLIES ON THEIR WEST COAST TRIP. GAMES START AT 9:40PM AND BY 11PM I COULD NOT STAY UP ANYMORE. I SLEPT PRETTY GOOD UNTIL ABOUT 4:30AM. I WAS HAPPY TO SEE THE WON THE NEXT MORNING.

 MY ELDEST PICKED UP OUR YOUNGEST AT WORK. I GAVE THEM SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS TO STOP AT THE NAIL AND DO JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS FOR 10 MINUTES BEFORE GOING HOME. MY ELDEST DECIDED TO BYPASS MY INSTRUCTIONS AND GO HOME. I CALLED AND SENT HER BACK.  I NOW KNOW THE ICE MACHINE IS RUNNING AND PRODUCING ICE. WE WILL CHECK IT AGAIN TOMORROW.

  END THE NIGHT GIVING WHEELS A MASSAGE AND GOT SOME APPLE.........NICE.

  WEDNESDAY     8 - 6 - 19

  AND THE BAD LUCK OF THINGS BREAKING DOWN CONTINUES. I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD.

  BEAUTIFUL MORNING AND WE HAVE BREAKFAST OUTSIDE ON THE DECK FACING THE LAKE. IT IS SO QUIET I CAN ONLY HEAR THE RINGING IN MY EARS.

  WHEELS WORKS FROM HOME WHILE I START MY PUNCH LISTS.

  THEY ARE CUT THE LAWN , ADD VERTICAL BLINDS TO MAIN FRONT WINDOWS ( NO MORE GAPS ) , WASH EXTERIOR TRIM AND SILLS OF ALL WINDOWS , WIPE DOWN OUTSIDE TABLE , LEAF BLOW AWNING ROOF & DECKS , WIPE DOWN BALCONY DECK CHAIRS , CHECK ATTIC TRAPS ( NOTHING.....I ELIMINATED THE FLYING SQUIRRELS AND IT MAKES ME SAD EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE IN MY ATTIC CHEWING WIRES AND POOPING ) , ROTATED CANOES ( JUST IN TIME ) , AND CLEANED ALL FAUCET AERATORS.

  A BEAUTIFUL SUN SHOWER TURNS INTO HARD RAIN.

 I TRY TO NAP BUT JUST AS I AM ABOUT TO FALL ASLEEP WE HAVE A POWER OUTAGE.....OF COURSE. I MAKE SURE WHEELS IS OKAY BECAUSE SHE IS WORKING ONLINE WITH BUSINESS ASSOCIATES. THE POWER RETURNS IN JUST MINUTES AND WE GET EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS OF IT.

  AROUND 6PM WE DECIDE TO TAKE A RIDE TO THE DOLLAR STORE AND A LOCAL MARKET WE RARELY GO TO. BOTH WERE GOOD.

  BACK HOME I FIRE UP THE BBQ GRILL AND IT BEGINS TO DOWN POUR. OF COURSE IT DOES. THE BURGERS AND DOGS WERE VERY GOOD.

  WE ATTEMPT TO FEED THE DEER APPLE SLICES. THERE WERE 5 DOE AND ONE YOUNG BUCK. WHEELS TRIED WITH PEANUTS TOO.  THEY BLEW OFF THE APPLEN SLICES BUT ATE THE PEANUTS.....SO DID CHIPPY. OH , WE COULD NOT GET THE DEER TO TAKE THE FOOD FROM OUR HANDS. THEY WERE CLOSE BUT TOO SKIDDISH. I DON'T KNOW HOW OUR FRIEND DID IT.

  WE WATCH A MOVIE CALLED " WIND RIVER ".  A TRUE STORY AND IT WAS GOOD.  ALSO SHOCKING ON HOW LAWS ARE DIVERTED BY BEING ON A INDIAN RESERVATION.  THERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THIS MOVIE. HOW THIS LOCATION HAS AN 80% UNEMPLOYMENT LEVEL , KNOWN FOR DRUGS & ALCOHOL , AND IF AN OUTSIDER COMMITS A SERIOUS CRIME LIKE RAPE TO A LOCAL ONLY THE TRIBAL POLICE CAN PROSECUTE.   THE MAIN REASON FOR THE MOVIE IS AWARENESS OF INDIAN GIRLS BEING RAPED AND GONE MISSING. THERE IS NO DOCUMENTATION OR PROSECUTION. IT IS JUST SICK.

 WATCH THE PHILLIES LATE NIGHT. I COULD ONLY LAST 2 INNINGS. I HEAD TO BED AND SLEPT OKAY. I GOT UP TO PEE AROUND 2:30AM AND GOOGLED THE PHILLIES SCORE. I WENT TO BED AND THEY WERE WINNING 2 - 0. THEY LOST 8 - 4......BLOW.

  WELL OUR ICE MACHINE SEEMS TO BE WORKING.  I HAVE BEEN BATTLING BROKEN MACHINES FOR THE LAST WEEK. ABOUT 1 HOUR BEFORE I GO TO BED I GET A TEXT........" THE MAIN BIG TV WENT TO A BLACK SCREEN ".   I LOVE THIS TV AND IT SICKENS ME IT IS BROKE.

   WEDNESDAY        8 - 7 - 19

 I SHOULD OF STAYED IN THE POCONOS. WELCOME BACK CHRIS TO THE MAJOR SHIT SHOW.....UN......F'N.....BELIEVABLE.  YOU JUST CAN NOT MAKE THESE PAINFUL STORIES UP EACH AND EVERY DAMN DAY.

  BUT............THERE IS A SILVER LINING. I WILL WRITE EACH ONE.

  WE START THE DAY.  WHEELS GOES ONLINE TO WORK AND I START LOADING UP AND CLEANING.  IT RAINED LAST NIGHT HARD WITH THUNDER BUT TODAY IT CLEARED AND IS BEAUTIFUL. I WANT TO STAY BUT I HAVE TO BE HOME FOR A NAIL SHOW ON A WEDNESDAY WITH A NEW COMPANY.  I AM ACTUALLY THINKING OF CANCELLING THE SHOW BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY A CROWD WILL SHOW UP ON A WEDNESDAY NIGHT AFTER A MAJOR RAIN STORM.......NOOOOO WAY.

  WE MAKE GREAT TIME COMING HOME AND REALLY HATED TO LEAVE. BUT ARRIVING TO OUR YOUNGEST AND THE PUP IS ALWAYS REWARDING. WE UNLOAD AND SETTLE IN.

  I SNUGGLE WITH MY YOUNGEST AND SHE TELLS ME SHE ONLY HAS 10 DAYS UNTIL COLLEGE. I TELL HER, " THAN I THINK WE SHOULD DO 10 DAYS WITH DADDY. EACH DAY WE DO SOMETHING......A MOVIE , SUSHI , PLAY TENNIS AT THE PARK , ETC. BUT IT CAN NOT BE THE SAME THING TWICE LIKE SUSHI ( THE KID LOVES SUSHI ). WE SNUGGLE , TALK , AND I MAKE JOKES FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES.

 I TAKE A NAP SINCE I HAVE BEEN UP FOR AWHILE. A MAJOR RAIN STORM COMES THROUGH AND IT WAKES ME.

  READY FOR THE SHIT SHOW ?? HERE IT COMES !!!!!!

  WHEELS HAS BEEN CHECKING THE BASEMENT FOR WATER LEAKING IN. THE RAIN IS COMIGN DOWN REALLY HARD. THE FIRST 2 TIMES ......ALL GOOD. SHE COMES UP FROM THE BASEMENT A 3RD TIME AND IT IS ALL HANDS ON DECK !!!  WE GET THE KIDS AND THE BOTTOM OF OUR OUTSIDE STEPS IS OVERFLOWING INTO OUR BASEMENT. THE OUTSIDE DRAIN IS EITHER CLOGGED OR CAN'T HANDLE THE EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF WATER. WE USE A WET/DRY VAC AND SMALL TRASH CAN TO SUCK UP WATER AT THE DRAIN AREA AND DUMP IT IN THE LAUNDRY SINK. WE DID THIS 10 TIMES.  I CAN NOT FIND MY SUMP PUMP WHICH REALLY HURTS. I LOOKED QUICKLY ONCE AND SO DID MY KID.  WE PEEL UP CARPET TILES AND PLACE THEM IN THE LAUNDRY SINK. THEY ARE SOAKING WET.

  SILVER LINING -- WE HAVE THE WATER FILLED DRAINED SLIGHTLY UNDER CONTROL AND I SEARCH A 2ND TIME FOR MY SUMP PUMP. I FRIGGIN' FIND IT AND IT IS HUGE. I RACE BACK DOWN THE BASEMENT AND DROP IT IN THE WATER. WE RUN A HOSE TO THE LAUNDRY SINK AND NOW ALL WATER IS BEING SUCKED OUT PERFECTLY.  ANOTHER THING THAT SAVED US MAJOR DAMAGE IS A SUMP PUMP I INSTALLED TO A NEW AREA OF THE BASEMENT 3 YEARS AGO. IT WAS GOING OFF EVERY 5 MINUTES. I ALSO CHANNELED WATER TO THE SUMP PUMP BY DIGGING A TINY TRENCH TO THE PUMP BY USING A JACK HAMMER. IT IS A 1/2 INCH WIDE CHIPPED OUT CHANNEL THAT LEADS RIGHT TO THE SUMP PUMP. THESE HELPED TREMENDOUSLY.

  THE THINGS I TOTALLY REGRET IS NOT HAVING THE PORTABLE SUMP PUMP RIGHT AWAY AND NOT POURING DRAIN-O DOWN THE OUTSIDE DRAIN TO MAKE SURE IT WAS TOTALLY CLEAR BEFORE THE RAINS CAME. AGAIN.......I LEARN MY DAMN LESSON THE HARD WAY FOR THE 5TH TIME.

 WE GET ALL OF THIS SHIT SHOW UNDER CONTROL AND THAN.......MY CELL GOES OFF. IT IS SHIT SHOW #2.

  OUR RENTER SAYS A WALL COLLAPSED WITH RAIN WATER COMING IN THROUGH THE KITCHEN AND CEILING.  SHE SENDS ME PICTURES AND MY HEART JUST DROPS.  THIS IS A BIG JOB SO I ASK WHEELS TO CONTACT OUR INSURANCE COMPANY.  I WILL CONTACT A PUBLIC ADJUSTER TOMORROW. MOST LIKELY NOTHING WILL BE COVERED.  I AM SO DAMN STRESSED OUT.

  I HAVE A PIECE OF CARLINO'S BRUSHETTA BREAD AND A CHICKEN CUTLET THAT WHEELS MADE FOR DINNER. OFF TO THE NAIL.  OH , THE MAIN BIG TV I LOVE IS NOT WORKING.  OF COURSE IT IS NOT WORKING.

 I ARRIVE AND I AM THINKING THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL ANYONE IS SHOWING UP ON A WEDNESDAY NIGHT AFTER A RAIN STORM.  I THOUGHT OF GIVING EVERYONE OFF AND WHEN NO ONE SHOWS WITH THIS NEW COMPANY I BE RIGHT. I COULD NOT BEEN MORE WRONG. ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE AS OVER 200 PEOPLE JAMMED PACKED THE NAIL. WELL , COAST TO COAST LIVE ( PHILLY EDITION ) PROVED ME WRONG.  WE RAN HARD ALL NIGHT AND I WAS STRESSED WITH SO MANY DAMN PEOPLE. THEY JUST DID NOT STOP COMING IN. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT.

  THE SILVER LININGS :

 - WHEN I ARRIVED I DECIDED TO SET-UP OUR NORMAL WALLS AND SIGNAGE JUST TO BE PROFESSIONAL AND SHOW LOVE TO THE NEW COMPANY. SO GLAD I DID THIS.

 - AT 30 PEOPLE I TEXTED A 2ND BARTENDER TO COME IN. MY ANTENNAS WERE UP AND I JUST WANTED TO COVER MY BASES. IF IT STOPPED AT 30 PEOPLE ....NO BIG DEAL.  HUGE CALL HERE.

 - AT 100 PEOPLE I STARTED TEXTING ALL BARTENDERS. I GOT 2 BARTENDERS TO COME IN WITHIN 30 MINUTES. WE NOW ARE PUSHING 200 FANS. ALL 4 GIRLS ARE RUNNING HARD. THE STAFF DID AN AMAZING JOB ON SHORT NOTICE.

 - THANK GOODNESS I WAS THERE TO ORCHESTRATE PEOPLE AND PARKING. THE COAST TO COAST GUYS SET UP PROFESSIONALLY AND REALLY RAN A FUN SHOW. THEY HAD SIGNAGE , A SPIN TABLE , AND SOUND EFFECTS.

 - RIGHT BEFORE WE GOT SLAMMED I DECIDE TO LOOK AT THE BIG TV. MY FIRST GUESS WAS TO REMOVE A SPLITTER AND PLUG IN OUR HDMI CORD DIRECTLY INTO THE TV. I COULD NOT GET THE REMOTE TO WORK SO I JUST CHANGED THE INPUTS. I GUESSED THE INPUT WE USED BEFORE AND WALKED AWAY BECAUSE I WAS JUST GETTING A WHITE STATIC PICTURE. I COME BACK IN 10 MINUTES AND THE PICTURE IS ON.........IT WAS SO NICE TO SEE.

  THE NIGHT ROLLS ALONG AND I AM TRYING TO KEEP CONTROL OF SO MANY PEOPLE. TONS OF FANS OUTSIDE TAKING PICTURES WITH THE MARQUEE AND MORE.   I AM SO DAMN STRESSED. BY 1:30AM IT IS OVER AND EVERYONE LEAVES. I BUY OUR BARTENDERS AND SOUNDMAN DRINKS AND HAVE A COUPLE MYSELF. HOLY CRAP WHAT A NIGHT.

 I ARRIVE HOME WITH MY YOUNGEST AND SHE HEADS TO BED. I MAKE SOME PIZZA AND HAVE A BEER. I ALSO HAD SOME BRANDY WHICH I REGRET BUT WITH SO MUCH SHIT GOING ON I WANTED TO PASS OUT DRUNK WHEN GOING TO BED.

 OFF TO BED. TOMORROW I FIGHT AGAIN.

  THURSDAY      8 - 8 - 19

  NICE SURPRISES......STILL A CRAPPY DAY.

  MEET WITH A PUBLIC ADJUSTER ( HIGHLY RECOMMEND ) AND HE BASICALLY TELLS US ALLSTATE IS IN THE TOP 3 WORSE TO GET CLAIMS FROM. THIS IS HIS OPINION AND HE HAS BEEN IN THE FIELD FOR OVER 30 YEARS.  LOOKS LIKE I WILL BE DOING THE WORK MYSELF.

  SO I HAVE TO FIGHT 3 LEAKS NOW.....OUR HOUSE , RENTAL , AND THE NAIL.

   EAGLES LOOK BAD AND LOSE BACK UP QUARTERBACK SUDFELD......NICE. NOW THE TALK OF GETTING COLIN KAEPERNICK.....NICE.

  PHILLIES LOSE BAD AND AIRED ON YOU-TUBE. WE COULD ACCESS IT AND WATCHED SEVERAL INNINGS. THAT WAS THE ONLY THING COOL ABOUT THIS GAME.

  ALL OF US GO TO DINNER AT MY PARENTS HOUSE. IT WAS A HAM DINNER BUT I WAS EXPECTING ANY FOOD TO END IN A VOWEL. IT'S AN ITALIAN THING.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP. I AM SURPRISED BY A BARTENDER IN FROM COLLEGE. SHE IS SUCH A CUTE KID AND REALLY HAS A GRIP ON WHAT SHE WANTS TO DO IN LIFE.  SHE BROUGHT ABOUT 6 FRIENDS AND IT WAS FUN.

 MY ELDEST BARTENDS SO I HEAD HOME.

 ANOTHER NICE SURPRISE IS MY YOUNGEST MOVES A BIRTHDAY PARTY TO OUR HOUSE. ABOUT 6 OF HER FRIENDS CELEBRATED HERE. IT WAS NICE TO SEE.

  WHEELS AND I WATCH SOME EPISODES OF SCHITT'S CREEK. SO FAR I AM OKAY TO NOT SO HAPPY WITH THE 5TH AND NEW SEASON.

  OFF TO BED TO DREAM ABOUT THE CRAP I NEED TO FIX TOMORROW.

  FRIDAY       8 - 9 - 19

 IT'S ALMOST LAUGHABLE..........

  TAKE A RIDE TO AUTOZONE TO PURCHASE A NEW BIGGER BATTERY. I FIGURE OUT THE BEST TIME TO GO IS 8AM. NO ONE IS THERE. IN AND OUT.

  TAKE A RIDE TO RESTAURANT DEPOT TO PICK UP SOME PRODUCT.

  STOP AT THE NAIL TO DROP OFF PRODUCT.

  AT HOME I UNLOAD PRODUCT AND FLIP CARPET TILES DRYING ON OUR DRIVEWAY. MY YOUNGEST HELPS.

  WHEELS HEADS TO THE SEASHORE WITH A FRIEND.

  SO MY DAY WAS FULL AND NOW MY NIGHT STARTS.  I HEAD TO A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE TO DROP OFF A LADDER AND MOVE A 500 POUND PIECE OF FURNITURE. WE USE THESE SPECIAL STRAPS THAT WRAP AROUND YOUR SHOULDERS AND IT MAKES YOU USE YOUR WHOLE BODY.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.  I UNLOAD 5 BANDS SUPER EFFICIENTLY. OF COURSE NEAR THE END OF THE NIGHT I HAD ONE CAR IN THE RIGHT LANE OF HAVERFORD ROAD. THERE IS NO TRAFFIC BUT A COP PULLS OVER AND ASKS US TO MOVE THE VEHICLE. THE BAND MEMBER SAYS , " I KNOW THAT COP....HE'S A DICK. "

  IT WAS A FUN NIGHT AND A 2ND BARTENDER DELIVERED MY LIQUOR ORDER ( WHICH I FORGOT ) AND FOOD. 

  I AM LOADING THE FOOD IN OUR NEW WONDERFUL FREEZER REFRIGERATOR AND I NOTICED SOMETHING.......WATER. I CAN NOT FUCKING BELIEVE IT. OUR DAMN WATER HEATER IS LEAKING !!!!!! THE GODS OF BREAKING SHIT ARE LAYING IT ON ME BIG TIME.

  I WRAP DUCT TAPE AROUND IT AND LET IT POUR INTO A BUCKET. I AM JUST SO DAMN FRUSTRATED.

  OH , DURING THE DAY , I HEAD TO A RENTAL PROPERTY WITH WHEELS AND SHE HELPS ME ACCESS THE ROOF VIA A 40' LADDER. YEP.........LOTS OF FUN. I EMAIL PICTURES TO OUR PUBLIC ADJUSTER WITH NO RESPONSE.

  THE NIGHT RUNS SMOOTHLY AND THE BANDS ARE COOL.  ONE OUT OF STATE BAND HAS THEIR CAR BREAK DOWN. WE HELP THEM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THEY TOLD ME , " THIS IS THE BEST VENUE WE HAVE PLAYED ALL TOUR. YOU GUYS ARE OVER THE TOP NICE ". I EVEN OFFERED THEM A PLACE TO CRASH AT MY HOUSE. THE BAND MUST OF THANKED ME 20 TIMES.

  I LEAVE THE NAIL AND PICK UP MY ELDEST AT THE BAR DOWN THE STREET.  THE KID IS FEELING GOOD AND VERY TALKATIVE....WHICH WAS NICE. I DECIDE TO HAVE A DRINK WITH HER AT THE GROG. THE PLACE IS SO DAMN EXPENSIVE AND SO DAMN LOUD. ONLY 10 PEOPLE IN THERE AND I COULD NOT HEAR.  BUT.......I WAS GLAD TO HANG WITH MY KID.

  EARLIER WATCHING TV THEY SHOW THE PHILLIES LINE-UP FOR THE NIGHT. I SAY TO MYSELF , " THAT IS A GOOD LINE-UP. THEY ARE GOING TO WIN TONIGHT. " HARPER HITS 2 HOME RUNS AND THE PHILLIES WIN 9 - 6.

  A HUGE METS FAN WAS IN THE HOUSE AND MAN WAS HE HAPPY WHEN THE METS SCORED 4 RUNS IN THE 9TH INNING TO WIN THE GAME AT HOME. 

  I HEAD HOME AND HAVE SOME BRANDY. THE NEXT MORNING I HAVE A SUGAR HEADACHE AND GET SO PISSED FOR DRINKING BRANDY. I HAD ANOTHER STRESSFUL DAY AND FIGURED I NEEDED TO TREAT MYSELF. THE NEXT MORNING I MOVED THE BRANDY OUT OF SITE INTO A BEDROOM.

  SATURDAY      8 - 10 - 19

  IT IS ALMOST LAUGHABLE.........

  MY MAIN CONCERN THIS MORNING WAS FIXING THE NAIL'S WATER HEATER. IT ENDS UP IT IS A SIMPLE REPLACEMENT OF A 12" COLD WATER SUPPLY LINE. A 5 MINUTE JOB......5 MINUTES......JUST 5 LITTLE MINUTES.

  MY ELDEST DRIVES WITH ME AND WE PICK UP THE EXACT SAME SUPPLY LINE AT HOME DEPOT. SHE DROPS ME OFF AT THE NAIL AND I WILL PREP AND EXCHANGE OUT THE PART. I WILL ALSO DRIVE THE CAR HOME LEFT IN OUR BACK LOT LAST NIGHT.

  I DRAINED THE WATER HEATER LAST NIGHT TO SAVE TIME AND TURNED OFF THE BREAKER. ALLS I HAD TO DO IS UNSCREW THE LEAKY SUPPLY CONNECTOR AND INSTALL THE NEW ONE. THIS IS SO SIMPLE. PIECE OF CAKE.

 2 HOURS LATER AND 3 ATTEMPTS TO INSTALL THE NEW SUPPLY LINE EACH HAS FAILED. THE RUBBER GASKET ( WASHER ) IS FOLDING UP AND NOT MAKING A CORRECT SEAL. EACH TIME I TEST I HAVE TO FILL UP THE WATER HEATER. EACH TIME IT FAILS I HAVE TO DRAIN THE WATER HEATER. I USE A SPACKLE BUCKET TO FILL UP AND THAN EMPTY IT IN THE KITCHEN SINK. 10 TIMES THIS IS NEEDED TO BE DONE TO EMPTY THE TANK. BETWEEN THE BUCKETS FILLING I WOULD DO JOBS TO PREP THE NAIL FOR THE NIGHT. TO SAY I WAS FRUSTRATED WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT BY THE 4TH ATTEMPT. THIS IS WERE IT GETS FUNNY........IF YOUR A DICK.

 I CALL U.S. SUPPLY IN ARDMORE. THEY ARE ONLY OPEN 20 MORE MINUTES. THE HOME DEPOT SUPPLY LINE IS NOT WORKING AND TOO FAR TO DRIVE. I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO DRAIN THE WATER HEATER SLOWLY LIKE THE FIRST 3 ATTEMPTS SO I MAKE A DECISION......DRAIN IT SUPER FAST.  OK.....THIS IS WHERE IT BECOMES A VISUAL JOKE.

  UP ON THE LADDER I DECIDE NOT TO WAIT FOR THE WATER TO DRAIN ALONG WITH THE TON OF AIR PRESSURE. I QUICKLY JERK THE CONNECTOR OFF AND IT FUCKING GOES HAYWIRE. WATER AT HIGH PRESSURE FIRES OUT OF THE SUPPLY LINE LIKE A FIREMEN'S HOSE LOOSE ON THE GROUND.  THE HOSE SWINGS VIOLENTLY AND WIGGLES OUT OF CONTROL LIKE A COKED UP COBRA AND WITH GREAT VELOCITY. IN JUST SECONDS IT HITS ME SQUARE ON THE NOSE. I INSTANTLY START BLEEDING. THE KITCHEN IS GETTING SPLOOGED WITH HIGH PRESSURED WATER AND HITTING ME IN THE CHEST AND KNOCKED MY GLASSES OFF. I GRAB THE HOSE AND POINT IT OUT OUR BACK KITCHEN DOOR......LUCKILY I HAD IT OPEN. THE WATER PRESSURE IS SO STRONG THE STREAM OF H2O FIRES OVER MY CAR FOR A SOLID 60 SECONDS. WITH MY LEFT HAND I GRAB A TOWEL AND COVER MY NOSE WHICH IS BLEEDING PROFUSELY LIKE A STUCK PIG......WHICH I AM.  WATER IS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND I AM SOAKED TO THE BONE AS IF I JUST JUMPED INTO A LAKE.

  I DRIVE TO U.S. SUPPLY WITH THE PART AND ME COVERING MY NOSE WITH A RED BAR RAG WHICH WAS WHITE JUST 2 MINUTES AGO. AS I AM DRIVING I REMEMBER MY ELDEST SAYING , " HEY DAD , THE CAR'S GAS LIGHT WENT ON 2 NIGHTS AGO. IT IS REALLY LOW. I THINK TO MYSELF , " IT WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY LAUGHABLE IF I RAN OUT OF GAS RIGHT NOW AND HALFWAY TO THE SUPPLY HOUSE ".......BUT I DON'T. I WALK IN AND THE COUNTER GUY SAYS , " HOLY SHIT , WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU ? " I REPLY , " YOU SHOULD SEE THE OTHER GUY. CAN I REPLACE THIS PART PLEASE ? " I LOOK LIKE A COMPLETE JACK ASS.

 RETURN TO THE NAIL AND INSTALL THE PART. IT WORKS AND SEEMS TO BE HOLDING. I WILL RETURN LATER TONIGHT.

  LEAVE AND STOP AT A GAS STATION TO FILL UP THE TANK. I AM STILL SOAKING WET. PEOPLE LOOK AT ME LIKE , " I THOUGHT ELEPHANTS DIDN'T SWEAT ? "

  BACK HOME I SHOWER. MY MOUSTACHE IS RED WITH BLOOD AND DOWN THE SIDES OF MY MOUTH ARE RED STAINED TOO. I LOOK LIKE DRACULA HAD A GOOD MEAL OR IT LOOKS I DID A PORN VIDEO AND WENT DOWN ON A GIRL WHO HAD HER PERIOD.......TWICE.

  GET DRESSED AND MY KIDS FOLLOW ME ON MY MOTORCYCLE TO A FAMILY DUAL BIRTHDAY PARTY. ABOUT 50 PEOPLE SHOW UP. IT WAS FUN AND I HAD 2 HOEGARDDENS. I WOULD OF DRANK 10 BUT I HAD TO WORK THE DOOR TONIGHT. I FEEL SUPER FAT AND MY BELLY BULGES. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW I CAN BE ALMOST 300 POUNDS AND ONLY EAT 2 MEALS A DAY. I MEAN WOULDN'T I HAVE TO EAT 20 BIG MACS A DAY TO MAINTAIN THIS WEIGHT ? I HAD ON FRICKIN' BAGEL FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. SO , I EAT MEATBALLS , LASAGNA , EGG PLANT PARM , AND SHRIMPN AND LEMON WATER. I HAVE NO CAKE OR COOKIES. I GET STUFFED IMMEDIATELY AND FEEL EVEN FATTER.

  PHILLIES ARE ON AND THEY LOSE AGAIN.......BLOW.

 I ROLL OUT AFTER WE SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY. MY KIDS FOLLOW ME TO A GAS STATION BECAUSE MY MOTORCYCLE WAS LOW.  THEY HEAD HOME AND I GO TO THE NAIL.

 I ARRIVE AND SEE THE NEW COLD WATER SUPPLY LINE IS HOLDING. I TURN ON THE BREAKER AND WITHIN 2 HOURS WE HAVE HOT WATER. YEAH !!!!.....FATTY CAN REST FOR A MOMENT.

  I LOAD THE BANDS IN AND OUT PERFECTLY. BOTH BANDS WERE COOL AND IT WAS AN OLDER CROWD.

  I HAVE A BEER WITH 2 BARTENDERS AND THAN ROLL OUT. I HAVE BEEN UP SINCE 3AM AND I AM EXHAUSTED. AT HOME I HAVE NO BRANDY......ZERO. MY YOUNGEST AND PUP GREET MEET.

SPEAKING OF THE PUP. AFTER HER 2ND BLOOD WORK RESULTS ( $150 EACH ) THE VET DETERMINE HER LIVER NUMBERS WENT UP AGAIN EVEN HIGHER. THEY NOW WANT TO DO A ULTRA SOUND ( $300 ). THIS IS NOT GOOD.

 I DID POST SOME FACEBOOK PICTURES AND STORIES:

 - MY YOUNGEST SITTING IN MY BROTHER'S 80K CORVETTE AND SAYING WHEELS AND I BOUGHT IT FOR HER BIRTHDAY. YEAH....THIS IS SO NOT TRUE.

 - THE WATER HEATER STORY.

 - PICTURE OF THE BAND HAMMER SHEEP.

 - PICTURES OF FAMILY AT THE BIRTHDAY PARTY.

 OVERALL ABOUT A 100 FAMILY MEMBERS COMMENTED OR LIKED OR VIEWED THE POSTS.

  SUNDAY     8 - 11 - 19

 NOTHING BROKE TODAY SO I HAD FUN. BUT , ALSO PUT A BASEMENT BACK TOGETHER.

  I TAKE A RIDE TO RETURN A WATER HEATER SUPPLY LINE TO HOME DEPOT. I THOUGHT THE PRICE WAS $21 BUT IT WAS $11. THE CONNECTOR I GOT AT U.S. SUPPLY WAS $21. SAME CONNECTOR....$10 DIFFERENCE. EXCEPT THIS TIME THE HOME DEPOT ONE DID NOT WORK.

 GOT KIDS UP BRIGHT AND EARLY AT 12 NOON. THE 3 OF US PUT OUR BASEMENT BACK TOGETHER. ABOUT 40 CARPET TILES HAVE BEEN LAYING ON OUR DRIVEWAY TO SUN DRY. I HOSED THEM DOWN 2 DAYS AGO AND NOW THEY ARE DRY ENOUGH TO INSTALL AGAIN.  WE MAKE SMALL PILES AND DROP THEM DOWN THE EXTERIOR BASEMENT STEPS.  WE SWEEP AND MOVE THE LARGE TV AND STAND. WE INSTALL THE TILES AND VACUUM. THAN ADD CARPET FRESH TO THE TILES AND AN AREA RUG....AND VACUUM. WE PUT EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER WHILE LISTENING TO MUSIC.......THAN VACUUM. IN ABOUT 1 HOUR WE HAD THE WHOLE BASEMENT BACK TOGETHER.

 LAY DOWN FOR A 20 MINUTE NAP AND THAN SHOWER. I MAKE SANDWICHES AND LOAD UP OUR VEHICLE WITH 16 UMBRELLAS. WHY?......IT'S TAILGATING TIME !!!

  WE STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I DOUBLE CHECK OUR WATER HEATER AND IT IS NOT LEAKING.

  MY YOUNGEST AND I PICK UP MY 2 NEPHEWS TO GO TO A UNION SOCCER GAME.  WE HAVE A GREAT SHORT CUT TO THE STADIUM AND ITS TAILGATING AREA.....RIGHT ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. I SURPRISE THE KIDS WITH A UMBRELLA TENT. THE EXPRESSIONS ON THEIR FACES WERE TOO FUNNY. WE TAKE OUR SNEAKERS OFF AND CHILLED UNDER THE UMBRELLA TENT , LISTENED TO MUSIC , AND TALKED. WE ALSO WALKED AROUND THE PARK AND PLAYED A GAME WHO COULD THROW STONES THE FURTHEST IN THE RIVER. IF YOU TAKE AWAY THE HUGE INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS AND PRISON IT REALLY IS A BEAUTIFUL AREA.

 WE THINK THE GAME IS AT 7PM. WE SEE HOARDS OF PEOPLE LEAVING THEIR TAILGATE AND HEADING TOWARDS THE STADIUM. I AM TELLING EVERYONE THIS IS TOO EARLY LET'S HANG OUT A LITTLE MORE. MY KID CHECKS OUT THE WEBSITE ON HER PHONE AND THE GAME IS AN HOUR EARLIER THAN WE THOUGHT....6PM. NOW WE SCURRY TO PUT ALL THE UMBRELLAS BACK INTO THE CAR. IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY. WE GET TO THE STADIUM AND PARATROOPERS ARE LANDING AT MIDFIELD. THIS WAS PRETTY COOL WITH THE SMOKE TRAILING BEHIND THEM.

  SECTION 121 IS A UNKNOWN SECTION. YOU ENTER THE STADIUM AND OUR TICKETS SAY SECTION 121. WE LOOK UP AND THE 2 SIGNS ARE " SECTIONS 122 - 150 GO RIGHT " AND " SECTIONS 120 - 101 GO LEFT ". OKAY....WHAT THE FUCK ?  WHERE IS SECTION 121? WE ASK A GUARD AND IT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US BUT NOT LABELED.  WE GO IN THE STADIUM AND SEE SECTION 121 ON THE INSIDE WHERE THE SEATS ARE. IT WAS A LITTLE CONFUSING BUT WE GOT THERE. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

  UNION SCORE FIRST AND THE PLACE GOES NUTS. THE OPPONENTS TIE THE GAME BUT THE UNION SCORES AGAIN....AND THE PLACE GOES NUTS. WE WINN 2 - 1.  AT HALF TIME I BUY THE KIDS FRIES , ICE CREAM , ORANGE CREAM SHAKE , WATER ICE , AND WATER. I ALSO BUY A FRIEND ICE CREAM.......THE KID DIDN'T EVEN THANK ME UNTIL HE WALKED BUY ME AND I STOPPED HIM AND SAID , " DO YOU KNOW WHY YOUR ICE CREAM WAS FREE ? " HE GIGGLES AND SAYS , " BECAUSE YOU BOUGHT IT FOR ME. " NOW HE THANKS ME. LOTS OF CHANTING AND CHEERING DURING THE GAME. IT WAS FUN AND WHEN THE SUN WENT DOWN IT WAS A PICTURE PERFECT NIGHT.  AFTER THE GAME SOME KIDS AND PARENTS WERE ALLOWED ON THE FIELD.

 BACK AT OUR TAILGATE SITE WE DECIDE TO PLAY SOCCER AND LET THE TRAFFIC DISSIPATE. IT ONLY TOOK ABOUT 15 MINUTES AND THE PARKING LOTS WERE CLEAR. THIS IS A BIG DIFFERENCE FROM PHILLIES OR EAGLES GAMES.

  WE ROLL HOME AND DROP THE KIDS OFF. WE TALK A LITTLE BIT AND HEAD TO MCDONALDS. YEP......I GOT 2 DOUBLE CHEESEBURGERS FOR MY KID. I GOT NOTHING BECAUSE I AM SO FAT.

  HOW FAT ? I WAS PLAYING SOCCER AT OUR TAILGATE AND THE BALL WAS KICKED BY ME. IT WAS A RACE TO THE BALL BETWEEN MY NEPHEW WHO IS LIKE A RABBIT AND ME WHO IS LIKE AN ELEPHANT IN WATER.  I GET TO THE BALL FIRST AND TRY TO MAKE A SOCCER DRIBBLE MOVE BACKWARDS. THE KID KICKS MY ANKLE WHILE I AM SPINNING AND I GO DOWN LIKE VETERAN'S STADIUM BEING IMPLODED. MY NEPHEW ROLLED ON THE GRASS LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES.

 BACK HOME WE SETTLE IN. I HAVE 2 BEERS AND HEAD TO BED. I WAS QUITE SURPRISED THE NIGHT BEFORE I PUT A BEER IN THE FREEZER. I FORGOT ABOUT IT AND FOUND IT THIS MORNING. I DEFROSTED THE BEER IN OUR KITCHEN SINK FOR ABOUT 10 HOURS. I PLACED IT BACK IN THE FRIDGE. I WAS VERY SURPRISED THE BEER TASTED EXACTLY HOW IT SHOULD.

 OTHER STUFF :

  WHEELS IS ENJOYING FISHING , BOATING , CLUBBING ( SAW CHICO'S VIBE ONE NIGHT AND THE FLAMING CAUCASIANS ANOTHER NIGHT ) , BBQING , STEAK , LOBSTER , SHRIMP , RIBS , BOOZE , MAGNIFICENT BAY FRONT HOME , SWIMMING POOL , AND MORE.

  PHILLIES LOSE AGAIN. THINKING THE GAME WAS OVER I CHECKED THE TV CHANNEL. IT WAS THE 8TH INNING TIED AT 6 - 6. IN JUST MINUTES IT WAS 9 - 6 GIANTS........UGH. EVERYONE IN THE DIVISION WINS BUT THE PHILLIES. REALLY GETTING SICK OF THAT SCENARIO.

 OVERALL IT WAS A GOOD DAY AND NIGHT. TWO OF THREE LEAKS WERE FIXED. MY NEXT MAJOR PROJECT IS A RENTAL PROPERTY AND THAN I HAVE 2 SIDE JOBS.

 I SLEPT GOOD AND HAD A REALLY COOL DREAM ABOUT THE BAD ASS BAD GUY IN THE WALKING DEAD WHO WAS PROTECTING ME AND MY FAMILY. SO PISSED I FORGOT IT.

  MONDAY       8 - 12 - 19

  BAD ALTERNATOR IN THE VAN......$500.

  CUT OUR LAWN USING THE RIDING MOWER , SELF-PROPELLED MOWER , AND WEED WHACKER.  I WAS OUT OF BREATH BY THE END. 

  TRIED TO NAP BUT AGAIN I COULD NOT GET DEEP BREATHES AT ALL. THE COMBINATION OF BEING SO FAT AND WORKING OUTSIDE FOR ALMOST 2 HOURS IN THE HEAT HAS CAUGHT UP. I THINK IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE.

 DRIVE MY KID TO WORK.

 MEET INSURANCE ADJUSTER AT RENTAL PROPERTY. HE IS NICE. I CAN FEEL WE WILL NOT BE COVERED.  I TOOK PICTURES ON A ROOF BUT HE WANTED HIS ROOFER TO COME OUT TOMORROW TO TAKE PICTURES.....OF THE SAME ROOF.

  REMEMBER -- AN INSURANCE ADJUSTER WORKS FOR THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND DOES NOT WANT TO PAY OUT ANY MONEY.  NEVER WILL THEY WANT TO GIVE YOU MAXIMUM. I AM TALKING NEVER. IF THEY DO.....IT IS MINIMUM. A PUBLIC ADJUSTER SHOULD BE HIRED EVERY TIME.  THEY WORK FOR YOU.

 WHEELS COMES HOME FROM SEA SHORE EXCURSION. LOOKS LIKE THEY HAD A GOOD TIME.

  I DRIVE TO HOME DEPOT TO PICK UP SUPPLIES FOR TOMORROW.  I NEED TO REPLACE SOME WALLS AT A RENTAL PROPERTY. YEP......SO FUN.

 TO THE NAIL TO JUST DO COMPUTER STUFF. I TRIED TO TAKE IT EASY. BY THE END OF THE NIGHT I WAS BREATHING BETTER.

  LOOKED FOR MINIVANS ON CRAIGSLIST AND CAR MAX. NO ONE RESPONDED.

BACK HOME WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF SCHITT'S CREEK. IT WAS GOOD.  I HAVE SOME VODKA / DIET CRANBERRY AND COULD NOT FINISH MY 2ND ONE. I ATE WAY TOO MANY UNSALTED PEANUTS. LATE NIGHT SNACKING AND DRINKING IS SUCH A DOWNFALL. I STILL DON'T GET IT. NO BREAKFAST AND I HAD ONE PB & J SANDWICH FOR LUNCH AND ONE HAM & CHEESE SANDWICH FOR DINNER. SOME DRINKS LATE NIGHT WITH ALOT OF UNSALTED PEANUTS AND IT FEELS LIKE I GAINED 10 POUNDS.

  OFF TO BED. UP SEVERAL TIMES BUT I DID SEEM TO SLEEP OKAY.....WHEN I WAS SLEEPING.

 TUESDAY     8 - 13 - 19

  ALLSTATE DENIES COVERAGE ON WATER COMING IN OUR RENTER'S KITCHEN AND CEILING. OUR PUBLIC ADJUSTER DENIES WORKING WITH US BECAUSE " WE MOVED TOO FAST ". WHAT THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSE TO DO WITH A SINGLE MOM AND 2 KIDS ?!?!?!?!?...........WAIT FOR THE " I'M IN GOOD HAND FUCKING PEOPLE !! "

  AT 9AM I HEAD TO OUR RENTAL HOME. IT IS A SHIT SHOW OF DETERIORATED WALLS AND STUDS. I CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE EXTERIOR BRICK. RED DUST IS ABUNDANT. I BEGIN THE PAINFUL PROCESS OF REMOVING THE WALLS. I HAVE A GIANT PILE OF DEBRIS. YESTERDAY I TEXTED MY KIDS TO HELP AT 10AM. THEY ARRIVE AT 11:30AM. I DO NOT COMPLAIN BECAUSE THEY ARE A HUGE HELP.

 I SECURE THE WALL WITH NEW STUDS AND DRYWALL IT WITH GREEN MOISTURE RESISTANT BOARDS WHILE THE KIDS CLEAN THE KITCHEN , FRIDGE , MINI-BLINDS , BATHROOM , WINDOWS , BACK DOOR , FLOORS , WALLS , CEILING FAN , AND MORE. I FIGURE I HELP THIS RENTER OUT BY DOING A FULL CLEAN EVERYWHERE.

  I FINISH UP WITH SPACKLING AND CAULKING. WE CLEAN UP AND ROLL HOME BY 3:45PM. WHEELS STOPS BY TO CHECK ON US.

  AT HOME THE KIDS LOAD UP 3 TRASHCANS OF WEEDS TO BE TAKEN TOMORROW. THIS IS FROM 2 WEEKS AGO. EACH WEDNESDAY WE PUT OUT MORE CANS.

  I DECIDE IT IS TIME TO WATCH MY FOOD AND DRINK IN-TAKE. I LOSE ENERGY TOO QUICKLY AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH COMES QUICKLY. TODAY I STARTED (AGAIN) MY NO BEER OR BRANDY VENTURE.  IT IS THE HIGHEST WEIGHT I EVER BEEN AT........274.6 ( TOUGH TO WRITE THAT )

 I EAT FRUIT AND LATER FOR DINNER HAVE A POTATO WITH CHEESE ALONG WITH A PIECE OF SALMON.

 WHEELS GOES TO A MOMMY/DAUGHTER PARTY FOR THE KIDS GOING TO COLLEGE SOON. A TON OF FOOD AND A GOOD TIME.

 OFF TO THE NAIL TO CHILL AND GET SOME THINGS DONE. I WATCH THE PHILLIES WHILE LISTENING TO THE RADIO ANNOUNCERS. LUCKILY A DOORMAN CAME IN TO HANG OUT. HE TOLD ME HE COULD NOT WORK FRIDAY. ALL GOOD.

 PHILLIES WITH A VERY GOOD WIN.

  I GIVE OUR DOORMAN A RIDE TO ANOTHER BAR. MAN.....WHAT OTHER OWNERS DO THAT ?

  AT HOME I HAVE A POTATO AND VODKA/DIET CRANBERRY.  I WATCH TV FOR A LITTLE BIT AND HEAD TO BED. MY MAIN GOAL IS TRY TO CUT BACK IN LATE NIGHT SNACKING.

  WEDNESDAY     8 - 14 - 19

  HI DAD!  ( ELDEST WROTE THAT WHILE I WAS MAKING HER BREAKFAST )

  THE BIG WORRY....................

 WHEELS TAKES THE PUP TO THE VET FOR AN ULTRA SOUND AT 8:30AM. THIS IS A WHOLE DAY PROCEDURE AND I DO NOT APPROVE OF IT. OUR NERVOUS NELLIE WILL BE TRAUMATIZED.

  CONTINUED MY JOURNEY TO BETTER HEALTH.  THE DIET BUSINESS IS IN THE BILLIONS. PEOPLE SPEND ON SO MANY DIFFERENT ITEMS TO LOSE WEIGHT.....PILLS , POWDERS , WORKOUTS , CLOTHING , ETC.  IT BASICALLY COMES DOWN TO ONE THING AND IT IS VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND. YOU DO NOT NEED DOCTORS OR EXERCISE COACHES OR SPECIAL CHEFS. YOU JUST NEED TO STOP EATING THE BAD STUFF.  CANDY , COOKIES , CAKES , SODAS , AND MORE. C'MON....ALL OF US KNOW TO EAT MORE FRUITS , NUTS , AND VEGGIES. IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE. WHAT SUCKS......THE FOOD BLOWS. MAN WAS NOT BUILT TO EAT LEAVES. I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY A VEGGIE BURGER IS NO WHERE NEAR A BBQ'ED BEEF BURGER.

  BIG SHOOT OUT IN PHILLY. 6 POLICE OFFICERS ARE INJURED. I JUST DON'T GET THE REASON FOR HAVING GUNS. THE SUSPECT HAD AN AUTOMATIC GUN ENOUGH TO KILL HUNDREDS.  AGAIN , WHY CAN'T WE TAKE A PAGE OUT OF OTHER COUNTRIES ?

  I LOST 4 POUNDS IN 2 DAYS. EATING SALADS , FRUITS , AND A POTATO A DAY. HOWARD STERN HAS BEEN DOING THE POTATO A DAY FOR YEARS. WHAT SUCKS IS I KNOW I AM GOING TO LOSE WEIGHT VERY FAST FOR 30 DAYS. THAN THE WEIGHT JUST COMES TO A STAND STILL.  I WILL TAKE ON STEP AT A TIME. I ALSO PUT A DIGITAL SCALE NEXT TO THE KITCHEN'S REFRIGERATOR TO REMIND ME EACH TIME I OPEN THE DOOR I AM FAT.

  HEAD TO RENTAL HOME TO CONTINUE PUTTING EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER. I CLEANED SEVERAL WELL WINDOWS OF RED BRICK DUST , SPACKLED , SPRAY PAINTED A KITCHEN SINK , AND SOAKED A VERY DIRTY MINI-BLIND IN A HOT WATER & BLEACH SOLUTION.

  BACK HOME I CHILL A BIT. I HANG WITH MY KID AS THE NUMBER OF DAYS DWINDLE DOWN BEFORE SHE LEAVES FOR COLLEGE. WE TALK POLITICS ,  SCHOOL CLASS SCHEDULE , AND THE UNIVERSITY'S ACTIVITIES.

  MY YOUNGEST AND I RETURN TO THE RENTAL TO KEEP SPACKLING AND CLEANING.  I WILL TRY TO GO TWICE A DAY AND HOPEFULLY FINISH BY FRIDAY.

 BACK HOME AGAIN AND WE WAIT PATIENTLY FOR 5PM TO COME AROUND. THIS IS WHEN WE PICK UP OUR PUP. WHEELS AND OUR YOUNGEST GET HER AND COME HOME. THE SIDE OF HER BELLY IS SHAVED LIKE THE SHAPE OF A WINDOW. SHE IS HAPPY TO SEE US.  I AM TELLING YOU PETS ( TO ME ) ARE CLOSER THAN FAMILY.

  WE TALK TO THE VET DOCTOR VIA CONFERENCE CALL. WE HAD WRITTEN DOWN QUESTIONS AND WE EXTREMELY EAGER TO HEAR WHAT THE DOCTOR FOUND IN THE ULTRASOUND TEST.  BLOOD WORK WAS TAKEN TOO. AFTER THE CONVERSATION THE FAMILY TALKED. THE VET SUGGESTED ANOTHER SURGERY OF $1300 FOR A BIOPSY TO DETERMINE WHAT THEY SAW IN THE ULTRASOUND.

 SO IN A NUT SHELL OUR PUP LOOKS GOOD ON EVERYTHING EXCEPT HER LIVER IN WHICH ONE PART WAS NOT THE SAME OR HAD THE SAME CONSISTENCY OF OTHER PARTS OF HER LIVER.  A BIOPSY SURGERY WOULD DETERMINE EXACTLY IF THIS IS TREATABLE VIA MEDS OR EARLY STAGES OF A CANCER AND NEEDS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF. FROM WHAT WE GATHER THIS IS NOT A 5 ALARM FIRE BUT A GIRL SCOUT CAMP FIRE PIT. THE DOCTOR SUGGESTED TAKING UP TO A MONTH OR TWO TO MAKE A DECISION.  I FEEL BAD PUTTING THIS 11 YEAR DOG THROUGH SURGERIES AND MORE. THE VET DOCTOR FINAL SUGGESTIONS WAS , " IF YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT IT IS THAN DO THE SURGERY. IF NOT , WATCH THE DOG AND TREAT WITH MEDS. "

  I ALSO RESEARCHED THAT DOG FOOD BASICALLY BLOWS.  IT JUST HAS ENOUGH NUTRITION TO KEEP OUR DOGS ALIVE. THE TOP VETERINARY DOCTOR IN AMERICA SUGGESTED A 40 PART VITAMIN / PLANT BASED MIXTURE TO INCREASE EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF ABOUT THE HEALTH OF A DOG.  HE CLAIMS DOGS USED TO LIVE LONGER BUT NOW PROCESSED AND POWER DEEP PRESSURED FOOD SUCK OUT ALL THE NUTRIENTS AND YOU END OF WITH KIBBLE BITS.  HIS VIDEO MADE A POINT. IT ALSO CLAIMED 50% OF DOGS WILL GET CANCER.  USING SUPPLEMENTS CAN LOWER THAT PERCENTAGE AND INCREASE THE HEALTH OF THE DOG EXPONENTIALLY. ALL OF HIS FINDINGS WAS BASED ON AN OLD ANCIENT ASIAN FORMULA PRESENTED BY AN ASIAN DOCTOR AT A SEMINAR DEMONSTRATION HE SAT IN ON 20 YEARS AGO.

  SO WHAT IS OUR DECISION? ALL OF US CHIMED IN AND EVEN OUR MOTHER-IN-LAW. IT IS A TOUGH DECISION BUT WE THINK IT IS A " WAIT AND SEE " SCENARIO RIGHT NOW. THE DOG SEEMS IN GOOD HEALTH......JUST GETTING OLDER. WE WILL TRY NEW MEDS , GO BACK TO HER REGULAR FOOD , AND MAYBE EVEN TRY THE SUPPLEMENTS SOLD AT PETCO'S OR PET SMART'S.

  WE ORDER CHINESE FOOD FOR DINNER. HOW IRONIC.  I HAVE NONE AND MAKE A SALAD AND A POTATO......NICE.

  I GET A CALL FROM A POTENTIAL MOUNTAIN HOUSE RENTER WHO FIGURED OUT HOW TO CONTACT ME AND BYPASS THE TRAVEL SITE WE ADVERTISE ON. HE PAID THE FULL PRICE OF $1,000 ON THE TRAVEL SITE IN WHICH I NEVER CONFIRMED ON OUR END ( I NEVER DO ) AND THAN HE FIGURED OUT HOW TO CANCEL IT VIA MY SUGGESTION. I TOLD HIM THE PRICE WOULD BE $550. BASICALLY SAVE 50% BY GOING DIRECTLY THROUGH US. I CALLED HIM FROM THE NAIL AND SENT HIM OUR INFORMATION AND FOR THEM TO FILL OUT CONTACT STUFF. IT IS VERY SIMPLE - NAME , ADDRESS , AND 2 PHONE CONTACTS. HE NEVER RETURNED MY CALLS OR EMAIL INTO THE NEXT DAY.

  AT THE NAIL I DO SOME MINOR THINGS AND BARTEND FOR THE PEOPLE COMING IN. BY 10PM EVERYONE LEFT AND I FELT BAD AS MY CELL PHONE WENT OFF. OUR YOUNGEST AND FRIENDS WANTED TO STOP AT THE NAIL TO VISIT ME. I DENIED IT BECAUSE I WAS TIRED AND ALREADY STARTED MY CLOSING PROCEDURES. AGAIN , I DID FEEL BED.

 BACK HOME I WATCH TV WITH WHEELS. TWO GOOD EPISODES OF SCHITT'S CREEK.

 THE RETURN OF COLE HAMELS WAS PERFECT FOR US. HE GOT SMOKED AND GOT TAKEN OUT AFTER JUST 2 INNINGS. PHILLIES BATS COME ALIVE AND THEY WIN BIG 11-1. NOW.......DID THE OFFENSE COME ALIVE BECAUSE IT WAS DAY ONE OF CHARLIE MANUEL'S RETURN TO THE DUGOUT AS THE NEW BATTING COACH ? I AM SURE 80% OF FANS WILL THINK SO.

  THURSDAY       8 - 15 - 19

 BEST PHILLIES GAME EVER ?  I SAID WITH THE LAST 3 WEEKS I HAVE BEEN HAVING I NEEDED SOMETHING POSITIVE AND FUN. AT FIRST , I WAS HOPING TO SEE WHEELS' BEST FRIEND BUT SHE LEFT JUST 15 MINUTES AFTER I GOT HOME. SHE IS ALWAYS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE AND SUPER FUN TO BE WITH.

   WHEELS AND I FLIP BACK AND FORTH FROM THE EAGLES TO THE PHILLIES. THE EAGLES WAS A SNORE SHOW AND SO WAS THE PHILLIES UNTIL.........THEY RALLY FROM A 5 - 1 DEFICIT IN THE 9TH INNING TO WIN ON A WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM BY BRYCE HARPER.  IT WAS THE MOST EXCITING WIN THIS YEAR. WE WERE SCREAMING. I FELT BAD REACHING FOR THE TV REMOTE TO TURN THE VOLUME UP AND WHEELS WANTED A CELEBRATORY HUG.

 MY DAY.........

 RENTER WANTS A REDUCTION OF RENT BECAUSE OF WORK BEING DONE. TO SAY I WAS SLIGHTLY AGITATED WOULD BE CORRECT. MY KIDS AND I DID ABOUT 50 EXTRA THINGS TO HELP HER OUT. SHE IS A SINGLE MOM SO WE CLEANED A TON OF STUFF. PLUS , THE HOUSE IS VERY LIVABLE AFTER PECO TURNED THE POWER BACK ON.

 I DECIDED TO TEAR DOWN A CEILING. IT JUST WAS TOO SOFT AND THERE HAD TO BE WATER DAMAGE BEHIND IT. I DO ANOTHER DEMO AND MY HEART JUST DROPS. I NOW NEED TO RE-FRAME A SECTION OF THE CEILING AND RE-DRYWALL IT. I AM BACK TO SQUARE ONE. I WAS ACTUALLY READY TO PAINT........NOT ANYMORE. I SPEND ABOUT 6 HOURS. WHEELS AND OUR YOUNGEST CAME UP AND HELPED WHICH WAS HUGE. WE LOAD 2 FULL TRASHCANS ON MY VAN AFTER THEY MOVED A 1,000 TOOLS OUT OF THE BACK AREA.

 I CALL A ROOFER TO RESEAL OUR PROPERTY.

  BACK HOME I FINISH MY SALAD FROM THE OTHER DAY. OH MY GOD SO GOOD.

  BLOW

  I RETURN TO THE JOBSITE TO APPLY ANOTHER COAT OF JOINT COMPOUND AND OTHER LITTLE THINGS. I ALSO RE-INSTALL ALL THE TRIM AND PAINTED IT.

  AT HOME , I CHILL AND TRY TO REST. BUT I RATHER SPEND TIME WITH MY YOUNGEST. WE TALK AND SHE DRAWS A SUPER COOL DOG FOR A FRIEND. SHE TOOK A PICTURE OF IT. I COULD NOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REAL PICTURE AND HER ART PICTURE. IT WAS THAT DAMN GOOD. A FRIEND HANGING WITH WHEELS ASKED HER FOR A FAMILY PORTRAIT.

 DOWN 5+ POUNDS.  I WAS IN THE 270'S AND NOW IN THE 260'S. YEAH I KNOW. IT'S LIKE ROSIE O'DONNELL TAKING OFF A SHOE. I HAD SOME MOTIVATION WHEN MY FACEBOOK PAGE HAD A MEMORY OF 8 YEARS AGO. WE HAD THESE SEXY MODELS AT THE NAIL AND I POSED IN A COUPLE OF PICTURES WITH THEM. I MUST OF BEEN 220 AND LOOKED GOOD. ALL THE MODELS IN BIKINIS AND UNDERWEAR HIT ON ME.

  NOT ONE MODEL HIT ON ME. THEY DIDN'T EVEN LOOK AT ME. WHEN I WALKED BY THEY ALL LOOKED DOWN. IT WAS MY PERSONAL WALK OF SHAME.

 ANOTHER THING ON LOSING WEIGHT BESIDES LOSING BREATH WHEN WALKING TO THE FRIDGE. I WANT TO FIT IN MY CLOTHES AGAIN. I FEEL LIKE PETER ON FAMILY GUY.....SAME PANTS AND SHIRT EVERY DAY.

 AGAIN , I HAVE A SCALE IN THE KITCHEN TO REMIND ME OF BEING FAT. IT GETS MOVED EVERY DAY. I WANT IT EXACTLY IN ONE SPOT. I MEAN I DON'T WANT IT MOVED ONE INCH.  IT'S ALREADY SUPER HARD TO DIET SO THIS IS A LITTLE TINY THING I DON'T WAS TOUCHED. EVERY DAY AFTER I USE IT.....IT MOVES. MOMMY MOVER PLEASE STOP MOVING IT.

 OFF TO THE NAIL IN MY PACKED VAN. I STOP AT THE DUMPSTER AND HAND UNLOAD EACH TRASHCAN. THIS IS NOT FUN. I NEED TO PULL OUT , BY HAND , THE BRICKS AND DEBRIS BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO HEAVY. I GET THEM TO A MANAGEABLE WEIGHT AND HEAVE BOTH CANS OVER THE DUMPSTER'S EDGE.  I USES A HOSE TO WASH OFF THE TRASHCANS OF RED DUST AND SWEEP UP AROUND THE DUMPSTER....AND HOSE THAT DOWN TOO.

  IN THE NAIL I SETTLE IN. SOME MUSICIANS SHOW UP BUT I FORGOT THERE IS A MUSICAL FESTIVAL ALL WEEK AND THROUGH THE WEEKEND CALLED FOLKFEST. MOST OF OUR REGULAR MUSICIANS GO TO THIS.

 REGISTER DRAWER BREAKS. GEE , SO SURPRISED WITH THIS MONTH. I HAVE MY VAN AND TOOLS BUT DECIDE TO BRING IT HOME AND FIX IT TOMORROW MORNING. I ALSO DO A FULL RE-OPEN AND THE MARQUEE SIGN AT 11PM AT NIGHT TO SAVE ME TIME TOMORROW. I LIKE DOING THIS IF I HAVE THE ENERGY.

  ROLL HOME AND HANG OUT. WHEELS AND I WATCH A SCHITT'S CREEK WHICH WAS GOOD. SCREAMING WHEN THE PHILLIES WON WAS AWESOME. I SO NEEDED SOMETHING FUN. I GO TO TEXT A FAMILY MEMBER WHO WAS AT THE GAME AND I LEFT MY CELL PHONE IN MY VAN.

 WANNA GO TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY FOR A WEEK ? WHEELS REPLIES , " SURE ".  MY CELL PHONE GOES OFF AND A BARTENDER WANTS THE HOUSE FOR THIS WEEKEND UNTIL TUESDAY. I JUST SHOOK MY HEAD AND SAID , " MAN , SOMEONE DOESN'T WANT ME TO GET THROUGH AUGUST. "

  FRIDAY       8 - 16 - 19

  20%..........20%........20%.......20%.

TRYING TO FINISH JOBS.

  THREE TIMES I WENT TO OUR RENTAL PROPERTY TODAY.  I THINK IT CAME OUT VERY GOOD.  I NEED THE ROOFERS TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT. I CALLED THEM AND THEY SAID THEY BE HERE NEXT WEEK. THE REVIEWS ON THIS COMPANY ARE HORRIBLE.  ALSO , I COULD NOT MATCH THE PAINT EXACTLY BUT I DO NOT THINK IT IS A BIG DEAL.

  A DESK LOCK GETS BROKEN.......MAN , IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING.

  DRIVE YOUNGEST TO WORK AND STOP AT THE NAIL.  I GET THE A/C'S GOING.

  BACK HOME I WORK AGAIN AT THE RENTAL PROPERTY. WHEELS COMES UP TO GIVE ME AN OPINION AND HELP ME LOAD UP.

  DROP ANOTHER POUND.....YEAH.  THE MAIN THING I KNOW I HAVE TO STOP DOING OR CUT BACK BIG TIME IS LATE SNACKING. DOCTORS CONFIRM EATING LATE NIGHT IS THE WORST THING FOR YOU IN GAINING WEIGHT AND PROPER DIGESTION.

  A VERY INSPIRATIONAL STORY ON FACEBOOK. A GUY WHO WEIGHED 405 POUNDS LOST WEIGHT AND GOT DOWN TO 250. I READ HIS 100'S OF COMMENTS AND HOW HE SUGGESTED USING VITAMIN D 5,000. I WILL LOOK INTO IT AND I MESSAGED HIM ON SUGGESTIONS.

  RIDE TO THE NAIL ON MY BIKE. I REALLY WANTED TO RIDE BECAUSE I HAD A SUPER LONG DAY AND I HAVE ANOTHER 6 HOURS HERE. I WANTED SOMETHING RELAXING. THE WEATHER FORECASTERS SAY A 20% CHANCE OF RAIN. I LIKE THOSE ODDS.....80%CHANCE OF NO RAIN. I STEP OUTSIDE AND BEGINS DRIZZLING. I TAKE THE BIKE ANYWAY. WHEELS GIGGLES AS I SAY 20% 10 TIMES BEFORE LEAVING.

 I LOAD THE BANDS SUPER EFFICIENT. MY NEW THING IS TO SEND AN EMAIL OF INSTRUCTIONS TOO WHICH HELPS.

  PHILLIES KEEP THE CHARLIE MOJO GOING WITH ANOTHER SOLID WIN AND BIG HOMERUNS FROM HARPER AND REALAMUTO. MAN , IT IS GOOD TO SEE.

  RAIN COMES DOWN HARD AND I COVER MY BIKE WITH A POOL TABLE COVER. I TEXT WHEELS , " 20%.....UNBELIEVABLE ".  SHE TEXTS BACK , " WHAT DOES 20% MEAN ? " I REPLY , " OMG , I SAID 20% 10 TIMES BEFORE LEAVING THE HOUSE. YOU WERE LAUGHING.  MOTORCYCLE.....WEATHER......RAIN.....RING A BELL? " SHE TEXTS BACK , " OH YEAH. "

  RAIN STOPS AND WITH 2 RAGS I WIPE DOWN MY BIKE. HEY........IT GOT CLEANED.

  AT HOME I WIND DOWN WITH SOME LIBATIONS ....NO BEER OR BRANDY.

 SATURDAY      8 - 17 - 19

  MOVE IN DAY...............KINDA SAD.

  IT 4AM AND I CAN'T SLEEP.  THERE WERE SOME THINGS ON MY MIND THAT WERE DONE TODAY.

  LOAD-UP CAR AND HEAD TO CENTER CITY PHILLY. IT WAS TIME TO MOVE OUR YOUNGEST INTO COLLEGE.  THERE ARE SOME FACEBOOK PICTURES. HERE IS HOW OUR DAY WENT :

 - WE ARRIVE ON TIME AND FOR THE MOST PART WE LOAD THE KID INTO HER NEW ROOM RELATIVELY QUICKLY. I MAKE JOKES AND TALK TO PEOPLE. I THINK IT IS FUN BUT MY FAMILY DOES NOT.

 - OUTLETS DON'T WORK. THE BUILDING IS OLD AND WE FIGHT THE RE-SET BUTTONS THE ENTIRE TIME. I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THE ELECTRICITY SITUATION BUT WE ENDURE AND ROLL WITH IT.

 - THE ROOM IS DIRTY FROM THE PREVIOUS TENANT ( WHO KNEW BALLERINAS WERE SUCH A MESS ) BUT A R.A. LENDS US A BROOM AND SWIFTER. SHE APOLOGIZED PROFUSELY. AGAIN , NO BIG DEAL.

 - WE ARE ON THE TOP FLOOR SO GOING UP AND DOWN THE STEPS IS NO FUN. I LOOK AT IT LIKE A WORK-OUT.  THE KID HAS A SINGLE ROOM WHICH IS SUPER COOL. WE SET-UP BEDDING , LIGHTS , RAISE THE BED , AND OTHER STUFF. AGAIN, THE OUTLET BREAKERS TRIP. WE TOLD THE FRONT DESK AND R.A. SEVERAL TIMES.

 - I MAKE JOKES , MEET PEOPLE , AND PLAY ALL DAY. I THOUGHT IT WAS FUN BUT AGAIN MY FAMILY DID NOT. I THINK MY NEXT VISIT I WAS JUST SAY NOTHING AND BE QUIET.

 - WE MOVE OUR CAR TO A GARAGE THAT WAS A BIT EERIE BUT HAD A SUPER NICE ATTENDANT.

 - WHEELS AND I ATTEND A SEMINAR FOR THE PARENTS AND IT WAS NICE. AFTERWARDS , THEY HAD SOME CHEESE AND CRACKERS ALONG WITH ICE WATER WITH LEMON & LIME AS A MEET & GREET FOR THE PARENTS. WE TALKED TO SOME FAMILIES AND AN EMPLOYEE KNEW THE NAIL. I BOOKED HIS BAND.

 - WE WALK AROUND AND I GET A TOUR FROM OUR KID. THE SCHOOL'S LOCATION IS PRETTY COOL AND AS ONE SENIOR STUDENT SAID , " THE CITY IS AT THEIR FINGER TIPS. "  THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO , JUST VISITING MUSEUMS COULD TAKE MONTHS.

 - WE HAVE LUNCH AND THE FOOD IS OKAY TO GOOD. WE ALSO STOP IN THE GIFT STORE. EVERYTHING IS VERY EXPENSIVE.

 - WE MEET AFTER THE STUDENTS HAD THEIR MEETING AND THE PARENTS HAD THEIRS. WE TALK SOME MORE AND THAN IT WAS TIME TO SAY GOOD BYE. FOR THE MOST PART I WAS COOL WITH IT.  MINUTES AFTER WE LEAVE I TEXT OUR YOUNGEST , " MISS YA ALREADY ". SHE TEXTS BACK " NUDGE ".

  OVERALL , A VERY NICE EXPERIENCE WHERE THERE WERE SOME MINOR SETBACKS BUT STILL VERY NICE. IT IS A VERY PRESTIGIOUS SCHOOL AND ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT IN THE COUNTRY. I HAVE TO ADMIT I WAS EXPECTING TO BE BLOWN AWAY. I WAS NOT BUT STILL SEMI-PLEASED WITH ALL FACETS OF THE COLLEGE. IN MY MIND I VISUALLY SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT ONLY BECAUSE THIS SCHOOL HAS A SUPERIOR REPUTATION. I QUICKLY CAME TO THE REALIZATION THAT TEACHING CAME WAY ABOVE ACCOMMODATIONS.

  WE ROLL HOME AND STOP AT THE NAIL. WE TURN THE A/C'S ON AND HEAD HOME.

 I TRY TO REST SINCE I AM WORKING TONIGHT. I WATCH SOME EPISODES OF " VICE PRINCIPAL ". IT WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD.

 OFF TO THE NAIL ON MY BIKE.  I ARRIVE AND THE BAND IS ALREADY THERE.  THEY LOAD IN AND EVERYONE WAS NICE.  JUST ONE PROBLEM.....NOT ONE PERSON SHOWED FOR MUSIC ALL NIGHT. IT WAS SO PAINFUL AND EMBARRASSING. IT IS TIMES LIKE THESE I SHOULD OF NOT EVEN OPENED THE BAR.

  PHILLIES BLOW 3 - 0 LEAD AND LOSE 5 - 3. OH WELL  , BACK TO SUCKING AGAIN.

 I GET TEXTS FROM A FRIEND WHO RENTED OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE LAST SECOND. THE PREVIOUS RENTER LEFT IT DIRTY AND IT SMELLED OF CATS. OH......THEY LEFT BREAD CRUMBS AND DEBRIS ON OUR KITCHEN COUNTER AND MAGGOTS FORMED UNDER A WET SIDE-SINK RUBBER DRYING MAT. YEAH....THIS WAS FUN TO HEAR.

  I COULD NOT CLOSE UP AND GET HOME FAST ENOUGH.  I HAVE SOME LIBATIONS AND ALSO SNACK AGAIN. MAN, IS THIS MY DOWNFALL.  IT WAS A LITTLE STRESSFUL TODAY COUPLE D WITH HAVING A HORRIBLE NIGHT.  I FELT GOING UP AND DOWN 5 FLIGHTS OF STEPS AT A PARKING GARAGE AND COLLEGE IN THIS HEAT WAS MY WORK-OUT.

 I ALSO THOUGHT MY COUSIN'S APARTMENT ( WHICH I WROTE ABOUT LAST MONTH ) WAS JUST SECONDS AWAY FROM MY KID'S COLLEGE. IT WAS MORE LIKE BLOCKS. AGAIN , I VISUALIZED " ACROSS THE STREET " BUT IT WAS EASILY 10 BLOCKS AWAY. THIS IS STILL CLOSE BUT NOT NEXT DOOR LIKE I THOUGHT.

 I TEXT MY KID AROUND 10PM FROM THE NAIL. I ASKED HER TO CALL ME AND SHE DID. I WAS GIVEN AN UPDATE OF HER ACTIVITIES AND SHE SEEMED TO HAVE FUN ALL THE WAY TO 10:30PM AT NIGHT WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY LATE FOR THE STUDENT'S FIRST DAY. ONE GOOD EXPERIENCE WAS GOING INTO CHINATOWN AND TRYING NEW FOOD. ALSO, THE PARENTS WERE TOLD THE SCAVENGER HUNT WAS REALLY FUN. WELL.....THIS WAS EXAGGERATED BECAUSE OUR KID TOLD US IT WAS BORING. SHE ALSO TRIED TOFU AT DINNER AND DID NOT LIKE IT. BUT AGAIN , I LOOK AT THESE THINGS AS NEW TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS AND EXPERIENCES.

  I WATCH SOME TV AND HEAD TO BED. I HAD ONE PROBLEM............WALKING BY MY KID'S BEDROOM.

 WELP , IT'S 5:15AM GUESS I WILL TRY TO SLEEP AGAIN.

  SUNDAY       8 - 18 - 19

  IT WAS A LONG DAY AND NIGHT......BUT A GOOD ONE.

  WHEELS AND I DO THE NAIL BOOKS FOR JULY. WHEN WE COMPLETED EVERYTHING I SAID , " YOU MUST BE DOING SOMETHING WRONG ......WE MADE MONEY. "

  TALK TO OUR YOUNGEST AT COLLEGE. IT SEEMS SO FAR SO GOOD.

  STOP AT THE NAIL TO GET THE A/C'S GOING. WE DID SOME LITTLE THINGS AND I ALSO DISCARDED AN OLD CANDY MACHINE.

  STOP AT WALMART TO SHOP FOR OUR KID AND FOR US.  I MAKE A GREAT SUGGESTION OF VISITING OUR YOUNGEST AT COLLEGE BUT HER ACTIVATES DO NOT ALLOW IT.

  BACK HOME AND UNLOAD.

  WHEELS AND I PULL BACK A 12 FOOT HIGH SUNFLOWER PLANT. IT WAS LITERALLY BLOCKING OUR FRONT STEPS AND GOING INTO THE STREET.

   I WATCH 2 EPISODES OF " VICE PRINCIPALS ". IT IS ACTUALLY GOOD.

  CONTINUE MY HEALTH KICK AND HAVE SCRAMBLED EGGS , ONE PIECE OF PORK ROLL , AND 4 OUNCES OF ORANGE JUICE FOR BREAKFAST. LATER I HAD A SALAD WITH SOME CHICKEN AND WATER. OH MY GOD.....AWESOME.

 I AM ENVIOUS AS WHEELS GETS TO VISIT OUR KID AT COLLEGE. SHE CALLS US AND SAYS , " I NOW HAVE TIME AFTER 6PM IF YOU WANT TO STOP BY AND DELIVER EVERYTHING." WHEELS ROLLS OUT AND I THINK....." DAMN, THAT WAS MY IDEA. " IT IS ONLY THE 2ND DAY OF OUR KID AT COLLEGE AND I WANTED TO VISIT AGAIN.

  OFF TO THE NAIL ON MY MOTORCYCLE. IT WAS A VERY NICE RIDE. I ARRIVE AND THE BANDS ARE THERE......AN HOUR EARLY.  I UNLOAD THEM SUPER EFFICIENTLY.

 PHILLIES LOSE 2 OF 3 TO THE PADRES. JESUS.....THEY SUCKED US IN AGAIN.

  THE BANDS WERE FUN AND THE MUSICIANS WERE GOOD. A BILLY JOEL LIKE ROCK BAND WITH A PIANO WAS MY FAVORITE. THEY WERE CALLED BRILLIANT FOOLS.  THE NIGHT MOVED ALONG AND I ALSO GOT TO ENJOY SOME REGULARS PLAYING VIDEO GAMES ON OUR BIG TV. THE SPECIAL EFFECTS AND GRAPHICS ARE REALLY AMAZING.

 TALK TO MY YOUNGEST FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES AFTER WHEELS ROLLED OUT.  IT WAS NICE.

 TALKED TO WHEELS AS SHE DROVE HOME. SHE HAD A GOOD VISIT AND DELIVERED ALL OUR WALMART STUFF TO OUR KID. SHE ALSO HELPED SET UP SOME THINGS.  SHE MADE EXCELLENT TIME...........FROM CENTER CITY TO OUR DRIVEWAY IN 30 MINUTES IS VERY GOOD.

 THE NIGHT MOVED ALONG AND EVERYONE WAS COOL.

  I RIDE BACK AFTER THE LAST BAND FINISHED. I STAYED ANOTHER 15 MINUTES BUT I HAD TO HEAD HOME. I HAVE BEEN UP SINCE 4AM AND IT WAS TIME TO GET HOME.

  I CHILL WITH THE PUP AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF " VICE PRINCIPALS ".  AGAIN IT WAS GOOD. DANNY MCBRIDE DIRECTS , PRODUCES , AND ACTS IN IT. HE HAS A GOOD SHTICK GOING. IF YOU REMEMBER HE DID " EAST BOUND AND OUT ".....ANOTHER GOOD COMEDIC SERIES.

  NOT EATING LATE NIGHT IS HARDER THAN I THOUGHT.  I LAST ATE DINNER AROUND 5PM. IT WAS A SALAD WITH SOME CHICKEN.  BY 1AM , I COULD EAT PIZZA CARD BOARD.  I LIMIT MYSELF TO SOME ALMONDS AND UNSALTED PEANUTS. I STARTED THIS HEALTH KICK LAST TUESDAY AUGUST 13TH. BY TODAY ( MONDAY 8/19 ) I LOST 6.6 POUNDS. I KNOW THIS IS NOT MUCH BUT AT LEAST THE SCALE IS MOVING IN THE OTHER DIRECTION FOR ONCE.

  MONDAY        8 - 19 - 19

  104 DEGREES OUT....LET'S DO 2 BIG PROJECTS. I AM SUCH A DUMBASS. I FIGURE IT WAS MY WORKOUT FOR THE DAY.

  DECIDED TO FIX OUR FALLEN STREET BORDER. I REMOVED EVERY WOOD BORDER , SHOVELED OUT A TON OF DIRT , AND THAN REPLACED ALL BORDERS BACK. I REMOVED THE ROTTED ONES AND SECURED THE NEW WOOD...AGAIN.

  REMOVED A HUGE 12 FOOT HIGH SUNFLOWER PLANT. WHEELS USED THE FLOWERS IN VASES AND GAVE SOME TO OUR NEIGHBOR.

 I CUT OUT THE DRIVEWAY AT THE BOTTOM TO ALLOW EVEN MORE ACCESS UP AND DOWN.  THIS IS THE FIRST PHASE.

  STAYING ON MY HEALTH KICK WHEELS HELPS TREMENDOUSLY. SHE SHOPS AND COOKS HEALTHY STUFF FOR ME. IT REALLY HELPS WHEN SOMEONE ASSISTS YOU. I AM DOWN 8.8 POUNDS. I KNOW IT IS A TINY WEIGHT IN THE BIG PICTURE OF MY HUGE ASS BUT I DO FEEL THE DIFFERENCE. I CAN NOW PUT MY BOXERS ON WITHOUT LEANING ON A WALL.

 WHEELS AND I HAVE A NICE HEALTHY DINNER. CHICKEN WITH NO SKIN , BEAN SALAD WITH A TON OF PLANT STUFF INIT , AND A POTATO.  ALL WITH A NICE GLASS OF WATER.  HMMMMM.......SO GOOD.

  WATCHING " VICE PRINCIPALS ". IT IS REALLY GOOD. KINDA SUCKS THEY PURPOSELY STOPPED THE SHOW AFTER 2 SHORT SEASONS.

 YOUNGEST SEEMS TO BE ENJOYING COLLEGE. MADE A FRIEND AND VISITED UNIVERSITY CITY. WE ARE STILL HAVING PROBLEMS WITH HER OUTLETS IN THE ROOM. I WILL GET INVOLVED SOON IF NOT RESOLVED.

  OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND GET SOME THINGS DONE. I HANG OUT TO ALMOST 10PM BUT RAN OUT OF SPEED.

  ROLL HOME AND WHEELS AND I WATCH 2 EPISODES OF SCHITT'S CREEK. ONE WAS GOOD AND ONE WAS NOT.

  I HAVE NO BOOZE FOR NIGHTCAPS AND NO SNACKING. KINDA PROUD OF MYSELF. I ALSO STARTED TAKING ONE TABLET A DAY OF D3 5,000 IU. I TALKED TO THIS FRIEND ON FACEBOOK WHO LOST 250 POUNDS. WE WILL SEE IF IT HELPS. IF I DEVELOP ANY SIDE EFFECTS I WILL STOP TAKING THEM.

  TUESDAY      8 - 20 - 19 ( 31ST ANNIVERSARY )

 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WHEELS. LET'S GET THE HECK OUTTA HERE. BUT FIRST.........

  AT 7:30AM I DRIVE TO A PLACE TO LOAD UP ON SAND. IN THE BACK OF MY CAR I HAVE A LARGE PLASTIC KEG DRUM AND SHOVEL. I FILL IT UP COMPLETELY.

 STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I LATER DECIDE TO CLOSE FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY.

 STOP AT MIDAS FOR THE 2ND TIME IN 2 WEEKS. OUR CAR TIRE IS GOING FLAT SO FOR THE 2ND TIME THEY PLUG IT. THEY WERE ACCOMMODATING AND PROFESSIONAL. IT WAS DONE IN 35 MINUTES FOR FREE.

  WHILE WAITING FOR MY TIRE TO BE FIXED A LADY ASKS , " WHAT'S WITH THE MOORE UNIVERSITY SHIRT ? " SHE WAS NICE AND BEGINS TO EXPLAIN HER REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE AT THIS COLLEGE BACK IN THE LATE 70'S. SHE COULD NOT SPEAK HIGHLY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS SCHOOL WHICH WAS NICE TO HEAR.

  WASHER AT OUR RENTAL PROPERTY BREAKS DOWN. I GO TO MY TRUSTY CRAIGSLIST FOR HELP. NOT 2 MINUTES AWAY AT A LOCAL CHURCH THEY ARE GIVING AWAY A WASHING MACHINE IN GOOD CONDITION. IN LESS THAT 30 MINUTES WHEELS AND I PICK IT UP AND RETURN HOME.

 I HEAD TO THE RENTAL PROPERTY TO REMOVE THE OLD WASHING MACHINE AND INSTALL THE REPLACEMENT. I AM HAPPY IT IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. OH......THE NIGHTMARE I HAD TO DO TO REMOVE THE OLD ONE WAS NOT FUN. CLOTHS , FURNITURE , TOYS , TRASH , AND MORE ALL OVER THE PLACE. I MADE A PATH FROM THE WASHER TO THE TORNADO DOOR. IN 2 HOURS I HAD EVERYTHING DONE AND TESTED. I AM SUPER HAPPY HOW IT CAME OUT.

  ROOFERS SEAL AND SILVER COAT OUR RENTAL PROPERTY ROOF. THE PRICE WAS $950 WHICH I THOUGHT WAS GOOD BECAUSE THEY HAD TO TOTALLY MUCK ALL THE EDGES AND AROUND A SKY LIGHT. BUT......OF COURSE THERE IS A " BUT " , I GET A CALL AND THE ROOFER WANTS TO REPLACE A DRAIN SCUPPER. ADD ANOTHER $500. TOTAL COST ENDED UP TO BE $1500.  THE ROOFER WAS SUPER COOL WITH COMMUNICATION , PICTURES , AND THE WORK. I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THEIR WORK. WELL , MAYBE I SHOULD WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT RAIN.

  I HAD ENOUGH. WHEELS AND I DECIDE TO HEAD TO OUR FAVORITE PLACE. IT RANKS #3 OF MY MOST PROUD THINGS I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IN MY LIFE. IN 75 MINUTES WE ARRIVE.  IT WAS 90 DEGREES WHEN WE LEFT. IT IS 79 DEGREES HERE. FRICKIN' LOVE IT.

  WHEELS SETS UP COMPUTERS AND STOCKS FOOD WHILE I UNLOAD AND SHOVEL OUT THE SAND FOR THE HORSESHOE PITS.  I AM VERY HAPPY TO CROSS THIS OFF MY PUNCH LIST.

 WHEELS ASKS IF I WANT TO TAKE A RIDE TO THE STORES. I AM TIRED AND SAY , " DO YOU KNOW THE REASON WHY I AM GOING TO SAY YES ? " SHE REPLIES , " BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE WITH ME ( TILTS HER HEAD AND SMILES FUNNY ) ".

 WE HEAD TO A DOLLAR STORE AND LOCAL MARKET. EVERYTHING HERE IS 25% CHEAPER THAN HOME.

  PHILLIES WITH A VERY NICE 3 - 2 WIN AGAINST THE REIGNING WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS BOSTON RED SOX.

  I SET-UP OUR BLU-RAY TO ACCESS NETFLIX , YOUTUBE , AND HULU. THIS IS SO NICE TO HAVE HERE.  WE WATCH A MOVIE CALLED " WINE COUNTRY " WITH A LOT OF THE FEMALE COMEDIANS FROM SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. BOTH OF US THOUGHT IT WAS VERY GOOD. WE COULD TOTALLY SEE WHEELS AND HER FRIENDS IN THIS MOVIE.

 TALK TO OUR YOUNGEST AT SCHOOL. SHE CRACKS ME UP. FIRST , BOTH WHEELS AND HER DECIDE NOT TO SAY " GOOD NIGHT. DON'T LET THE BED BUGS BITE "  ANYMORE. WHEELS HAS BEEN SAYING THIS TO HER EVERY NIGHT FOR ALMOST 18 YEARS. SO THE KID UNDERSTANDABLY SAID , " MAYBE WE SHOULD STOP SAYING THAT SINCE I'M 18. " IT MADE US SAD BUT WE COMPLIED.  ALSO , THE KID SAYS , " SO , ARE YOU GOING TO CALL ME EVERY NIGHT WHILE I AM AT COLLEGE ? "  AGAIN , THIS COULD BE TOUGH. I LOVE HEARING HER VOICE.

  HAVE TO THANK THE 100'S OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO COMMENTED OR LIKED OUR POSTS ON FACEBOOK ON THIS SPECIAL DAY......OUR 31ST ANNIVERSARY.  IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST RELAXING NIGHTS I CAN REMEMBER.

  WEDNESDAY      8 - 21 - 19

  WELP..............LET'S KEEP FIXING STUFF.

  UP EARLY AND I HAVE SLEPT DECENT THE LAST 2 NIGHTS. 

  THE NORMAL ROUTINE AND THAN I CONCENTRATE ON INSTALLING A NEW POWER BOARD , MOTHER BOARD , AND BIG BLUE INTO A DIG DUG ARCADE MACHINE. NO IDEA WHAT " BIG BLUE " IS UNTIL A TECH TOLD ME IT IS ANOTHER NAME FOR A CAPACITOR.  THE TECH FROM EL DORADO AMUSEMENTS WAS VERY GOOD.  I INSTALL THE NEW BOARDS AND BIG BLUE AND OF COURSE THE MACHINE DOES NOT WORK. I F'N KNEW IT. $240 FOR THESE NEW DIG DUG ARCADE BOARDS AND IT DID NOT WORK. THIS IS WHEN I WAS IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH THE GAMING TECH. WELL , THEY TOLD ME " BIG BLUE " WAS SUPER EASY TO INSTALL. THIS WAS NOT TRUE. I REMOVED THE OLD CAPACITOR IN PLACE AND BARELY HAD ANY ROOM TO DISCONNECT AND RE-ATTACH 8 WIRES. THE TECH TELLS ME THERE OUR POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE LABELS ON BIG BLUE LIKE A CAR BATTERY. THEY DID NOT TELL ME THIS BEFORE AND OF COURSE I HAD THEM REVERSED. THE TECH WAS SURPRISED THE MACHINE DID NOT BLOW UP. YEP......RIGHT AROUND THE LUCKY MONTH I HAVE BEEN HAVING.

  I REMOVE " BIG BLUE " VIA THE TECH'S SUGGESTIONS AND IT IS WAY EASIER. FOUR SCREWS REMOVED AND THE WHOLE CARRIAGE POPS OUT. SURE WISH SOMEONE WOULD OF TOLD ME THAT 1 HOUR AGO. I INSTALL THE OLD CAPACITOR BECAUSE WE NOW THING THE NEW BIG BLUE IS BURNT OUT SINCE I REVERSED THE WIRES. I TURN THE MACHINE ON AND IT IS THE SAME PICTURE. AFTER SOME TROUBLE SHOOTING HE TELLS ME TO CHECK THE FUSES. THE TECH DOES A COOL THING. HE SENDS ME PICTURE OF THE AREA I AM WORKING ON AND CIRCLES THE PICTURE WHERE I NEED TO REMOVE SOMETHING.  I HAVE LEARNED IN THE PAST TO ALWAYS CHECK FUSES FIRST WHEN IT COMES TO ARCADE MACHINES BUT I KINDA FORGOT.  I FIND ONE TRIPPED FUSE OUT OF 5. I CALL A LOCAL HARDWARE STORE AND THEY HAVE SOMETHING SIMILAR. I TAKE A RIDE TO GET IT. I BUY $10 WORTH OF FUSES.

  RETURNING FROM THE HARDWARE STORE I INSTALL THE NEW FUSE. THE MACHINE GOES RIGHT ON. I RE-INSTALL BIG BLUE AND THE MACHINE GOES RIGHT ON. DIG DUG IS OFFICIALLY FIXED. YEAH !!!!! THE TECH TEXTS ME , " THAT IS GREAT. CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED ANYTHING ELSE ". I PUT EVERYTHING BACK IN PLACE AND NOTICE THE MISSILE COMMAND ARCADE MACHINE IS NOW MALFUNCTIONS WITH A BLUE SCREEN. I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE IT. I TEXT THE TECH , " WELL , I THINK I NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN."

 VIA TEXTING THE TECH HELPS ME TROUBLE SHOOT. I DECIDE TO CHECK THE FUSES AND AGAIN I FIND A BRUNT ONE. I TAKE A RIDE TO THE HARDWARE STORE AND AGAIN THEY HAVE THE FUSE. THESE COST JUST A DOLLAR EACH. THE CUTE MILF EMPLOYEE GIGGLES WHEN I CALL AND COME BACK IN AGAIN. MAN SHE HAS A POWER BODY. I THINK SHE WANTED ME WHEN SHE SAID , " SO , YOU'RE RETURNING TO ME AGAIN ? NEED ANOTHER FUSE TO TURN IT ON ? " I AM PRETTY SURE SHE WAS HITTING ON ME.

 BACK HOME I INSTALL THE NEW FUSE AND MISSILE COMMAND GOES RIGHT ON. 2 MACHINES FIXED IN 2 HOURS !! YEAH !!!  I PUT SOME EXTRA PARTS IN THE MACHINE WITH REMINDER NOTES TO CHECK FUSES AND SEAL THE BACK PANELS TO EACH MACHINE. I SLIDE THEM INTO PLACE AND THIS JOB IS DONE.

 NEXT.........I WASH OUR CAR WHICH NEEDED IT REALLY BADLY. THE PUP JOINS ME TOO. I ALSO LEAF BLOW THE INTERIOR AND CLEAN OUT THE KEG DRUM I USED FOR BRINGING SAND HERE.

  NEXT........I SET UP A TINY LADDER ON TOP OF OUR PICNIC TABLE. I USE THIS TO ACCESS OUR AWNING ROOF. THE LADDER SAYS , " WEIGHT LIMIT 250 POUNDS AND DO NOT USE TOP STEP ".  WELP , I'M 50 POUNDS OVER THEIR WARNING AND I NEED TO USE THE TOP STEP. LUCKILY , I GET UP AND DOWN AND LEAF BLOW THE AWNING ROOF. I ALSO TOOK SOME PICTURES AND POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK. I HAVE BEEN DOING ALOT OF FACEBOOKING LATELY OF MY BAD LUCK AND THINGS BREAKING.

 ANOTHER 2 JOBS ARE DONE.  WHEELS AND I DECIDE TO VISIT FAMILY FOR DINNER. WE TAKE A 30 MINUTE DRIVE AND ARRIVE AT THEIR HOME. A REALLY NICE BIG PROPERTY.  WE HAVE A WONDERFUL MEAL , CATCH UP ON FAMILY GOSSIP , AND HAVE SOME FUN WITH THEIR CRAZY 3 DOGS. IT WAS REALLY NICE. I HAVE WAY TOO MUCH FOOD AND DESERT AND TOTALLY CRUSH MY DIET.

 BACK HOME WE WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN AGAIN OVER THE RED SOX. EVERY WIN IS SO BIG RIGHT NOW. I BELIEVE THERE IS 31 GAMES LEFT AND WE ARE 1 1/2 GAMES OUT OF THE LAST WILD CARD POSITION. THE NEXT 5 SERIES ARE VERY WINNABLE AND WE COULD MAKE A MOVE BUT WE HAVE SAID THAT SEVERAL TIMES THIS YEAR.

  WHEELS AND I START A MOVIE WITH A TON OF REALLY GOOD ACTORS LIKE EMMA THOMPSON , DUSTIN HOFFMAN , CANDICE BERGEN , AND EVEN ADAM SANDLER AND BEN STILLER. IT IS A MOVIE CALLED THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES. WE WATCH ABOUT 20 MINUTES. I ALMOST FALL ASLEEP AND ONE SCENE WITH A TEENAGE ACTOR AS SANDLER'S DAUGHTER DOES A SOFT PORN SKETCH.  WE STOP THE MOVIE AND WATCH CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD AND THE PHILLIES GAME. 

  ** THE NEXT MORNING I GOOGLE REVIEWS ON THE MOVIE " THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES " AND THEY ARE EXCELLENT. I MEAN WRITERS GIVE SUPER PRAISE AND EVALUATE HOW DEEP MEANINGED THIS STORY IS. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. I WAS EXPECTING HORRIBLE REVIEWS AND ROTTEN TOMATOES ALL OVER THE PLACE. I GUESS I WILL GIVE THIS MOVIE ANOTHER SHOT **

 TO COMPENSATE MY OVER-EATING AT THE DINNER TABLE TONIGHT I DECIDED NO BOOZE AND NO SNACKING AT ALL. I AM GLAD I HAD JUST WATER FOR THE REST OF THE EVENING. I REALLY WANT THE SCALE TO CONTINUE MOVING TO THE LEFT.

   I GO TO BED AROUND 11:30PM AND SLEEP ALL THE WAY TO 6AM. I WOULD OF SLEPT LONGER BUT THE PUP WOKE ME UP. IT KINDA SUCKED BECAUSE I WAS DREAMING ABOUT HOW A FRIEND AND I WITNESSED ALIEN SIGHTINGS AND ACTUALLY SEEN WHAT THE ALIENS WERE PLOTTING TO DO TO EARTH.  MY FRIEND HAD THIS POWER TO TELEPORT HIMSELF TO WHERE THE ALIENS WERE TO OBSERVE AND HEAR WHAT THEY ARE SAYING. OF COURSE , NO ONE BELIEVED US. PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS IN TOWN AND FOR ONE BRIEF SECOND HE WAS ALONE. WE BEGGED TO LET US TELEPORT HIM TO THE ALIENS TO SEE FOR HIMSELF. MY FRIEND GRABS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ARM AND JUST AS HE WAS ABOUT TO DO A " I DREAM OF JEANNIE " BLINK FOR TELEPORTATION.............I WAS AWAKENED BY OUR DOG.

 ANOTHER THING........I HAVE A PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE NEXT TO MY BED. I TOOK A DRINK AND KINDA SQUEEZED IT A LITTLE TOO HARD. I PLACE IT DOWN ON THE END TABLE AND SLOWLY FALL ASLEEP.  I DREAM I AM DOING ELECTRICAL WORK AND TRYING TO CHANGE A BREAKER. JUST AS I WAS ABOUT TO PUSH THE BREAKER BACK INTO THE PANEL BOX I HEAR A LOUD CRACKLE NOISE. IT MAKES ME JUMP THINKING IT WAS ELECTRICITY AND WAKES ME UP. WHAT IT WAS ----- THE WATER BOTTLE WAS REFORMING BACK INTO SHAPE WHEN I SQUEEZED IT EARLIER. MAN THAT STARTLED ME.

  THURSDAY      8 - 22 - 19

  BREAKFAST ON THE DECK OVERLOOKING THE LAKE WATCHING DEER AND WILDLIFE I SAY TO WHEELS , " AND WHY DON'T WE DO THIS EVERY WEEK ?

  I BEGIN THE PROCESS OF LOADING AND CLEANING. WE ROLL OUT AT LUNCH TIME AND MAKE VERY GOOD TIME.

  ARRIVE HOME AND UNLOAD THE VEHICLE. WE LEFT 79 DEGREES FOR 91 DEGREES. I HEAD TO THE NAIL TO CHECK ONE THING......THE ICE MACHINE.  I TURN ON THE A/C'S AND WALK TO THE ICE MACHINE.......NOT ONE CUBE. I TEXT OUR TECH THE BAD NEWS WITH NO RESPONSE.

  BACK HOME I CHILL AND MAKE BABY BACK RIBS. THEY COME OUT GOOD. WHEELS AND I SERVE OUR ELDEST IN BED WHO WAS NOT FEELING GOOD. WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES.

 WHEELS AND I HAVE A NICE DINNER OF BABY BACK RIBS , BEAN SALAD , AND A POTATO..

 FAMILY STOPS OVER FOR DINNER BUT I HAVE TO ROLL BACK TO THE NAIL. I DECIDE TO TAKE MY MOTORCYCLE.

  THE ICE MACHINE STILL HAS PRODUCED NO ICE. I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD.

  MUSICIANS START COMING IN AND IT WAS A FUN NIGHT. SOME NEW FACES PERFORMED.

 WHAT WAS NOT FUN WAS TRYING TO WATCH THE EAGLES. WHY ARE OTHER TEAMS ALWAYS BETTER PREPARED THAN US ? I MEAN IT LOOKED LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL TEAM VERSE A PRO TEAM. RAVENS CRUSH THE EAGLES 65 - 3......SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

  I DECIDE AT 10PM TO START PREPPING FOR FRIDAY NIGHT. I SPEND ABOUT 1 HOUR.  I LIKE HAVING EVERYTHING READY. I ALWAYS HAVE THE ATTITUDE , " I AM HERE. LET'S DO IT NOW. "  DONE BY 11PM I NOTICE IT IS RAINING. FORECASTER SAID 25% BUT INCREASING TO 50% AS THE NIGHT CONTINUES ON. OK , I HAVE A 50/50 CHANCE OF IT NOT RAINING.  I USE THE POOL TABLE COVER AGAIN TO LAY OVER MY BIKE...........AGAIN. I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD WHEN THE RAIN COMES HARDER.

 CLOSE UP BY MIDNIGHT AND THE RAIN IS STEADY. I AM NOT A FAN OF RIDING IN THE RAIN. I BEGIN THE TREK AND IT IS NOT FUN. MY MASK INSTANTLY FOGS UP AND HAS RAIN DROPLETS HINDERING THE VIEW.  I THINK OF MY TEACHER WHO SAID ONE CLASS , " REMEMBER , THE BIKE TIRE ONLY HAS ONE INCH OF RUBBER TOUCHING THE GROUND ".  WELL , THAT ONE INCH OF RUBBER NOW IS ON A ROAD WET WITH WATER. I REALLY TAKE MY TIME.

 AT HOME , I PULL INTO OUR GARAGE. I AM SOAKED. I CHANGE INTO WARM CLOTHS , SET-UP MY COMPUTER , AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF VICE PRINCIPALS.  IT WAS GOOD.

  I DECIDE AGAIN NOT TO DRINK ANY ALCOHOL OR EAT ANY SNACKS LATE NIGHT. THIS IS 2 NIGHTS IN A ROW. I AM DOING THIS TO COMPENSATE FOR THE EXCESSIVE EATING BINGE I HAD AT A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOUSE FOR DINNER. THOSE DAMN CRUMB CAKES WERE KILLER. ANYWAY , I SLEEP PRETTY GOOD. I WILL WEIGH-IN TOMORROW. I AM AFRAID I GAINED WEIGHT WITH THIS LITTLE MINI VACATION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

  

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

   

  

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

   

  

     

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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