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

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

                                                        SCROLL DOWN TO MOST RECENT DATE

     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. She would get upset and I would eventually go out , but I must drive her insane.  I have a sleep disorder. It's called sleep apnea. I sleep no more than 3 hours in a row. I use it to my advantage. When I get up in the middle of the night I would start working on NAIL promotions , websites , and business. I eat, sleep, and think THE NAIL. If I had to guess why I am so passionate about being a semi " successful " club.  It's probably because certain people were against us. They said it was a foolish idea and a saturated business. We would be throwing money away. I had to prove them wrong, not for their opinions , but for myself. One person does stick out .........Wheels and I were over a " friend's " house.  We'll call him " J ".   Having a couple of beers with some " friends ", we decided to tell everyone we bought The Nail.  J's brother-in-law, " T " , said " it is the worst business to get in and you will fail eventually" ( and this was a person that was successful and I respected back than). I will never ever ever forget that. Here we were ....proud owners of an established 60 year old nightclub that Wheels and I have been patronizing for 2 decades and now told we had no chance of making it.....not even a fake congratulations. He was the first of several to try to shoot our hopes down.  Every time someone projects negativity towards our bar..........I WORK EVEN HARDER THAN BEFORE................... RUDY of Notre Dame would shit his pants. We bought the club in January of 1997 and as of today , we have the longest tenure of ownership of any owner dating back to its opening day as " Humps Bar " in 1948. This is a huge monumental enormous gigantic accomplishment since all employees bailed on us eventually 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.......you try it and see how long you last. We did it because we believed in the bar 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 to be lies at the settlement table.  My famous antennas told me many times something was wrong , but we ended up driving the hard road. The quick story of the last owner and how we purchased The Nail. Wheels and I are sitting next to him at the bar one night. I say , " Hey Mitch , if you ever want to sell The Nail , Wheels and I would be interested. " He replies , " No , no , no , no , no I would never sell it. " He gets up and walks towards the front door. About midway he stops and comes right back to us and says , " Are you serious ? , we can meet tomorrow at Villanova Diner if you want ? "  Holy shit did my antennas go up , but they were so clouded by my overwhelming feeling that I could own the infamous Nail one day.  Anyway , back to the main story of employees and bailing friends. One old school employee left us because he wanted to get " out of the  business ". The next week he got a job at a another bar as a bartender......not so old school there.  These were the high hurdles Wheels and I had to endure.....day in and day out........by ourselves.   It was time to rebuild.

Treating people with respect :

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

Removing angry people:

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

Bands:

      When we started, I asked what can we do for the bands " promotionally " wise ?   The same old answer ," we did it all and nothing will help".  At the time, we were in 11 newspapers and had one generic monthly calendar.  So , one weekend, Wheels and I went up to our mountain house ( that we built with our own hands ) with "phonebooks" from all over the counties. We made a list of all the newspapers and internet companies.  I continue to make the list grow.  Now, we are in 56 newspapers and affiliates.........radio promos..........our websites (www.thenail1.com., Facebook/rustynail together average over 1500 " hits " a day....that's  unbelievable for such a small nightclub).......monthly calendars on time.......new illuminated outdoor sign............35 internet companies ...........mailing list............our own radio show ,  and it goes on. We have quadrupled the band intake. We let bands network with each other by having up to 4 bands or more on the weekends. I remember a phone call I took in 1999.  The person said, " we played THE NAIL a couple a months ago, we brought alot of people, had fun , and would like another gig ".  I said to him, " you mean no one has called you since than ? "  Right there and than I took over the booking. I call all bands every Monday ( or Tuesday sometimes ) before and after they play here ( no other owner does this).   Treat bands with respect...they are the backbone of THE NAIL They are the ones working hard to bring people in, practicing, promoting ,and such....so, why the hell wouldn't I help them?  I refuse to be the owner that's all drunk behind the bar with a disgusted face saying " they did not bring a 100 people....... they're done".  I give out my home phone number to prevent frustrating phone tag and usually have 20-30 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 at "other " clubs for FREE ( what the hell other owner does this ? ). Several times with my van and easy pass. 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 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.

     Our website is updated everyday 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........and in this business it usually is......mostly for entertainment though (doing this since day one of the takeover ) ( no other club owner does this ).   I could go on and on and on.......no one comes close. I do all this because we do not have the luxury of the " walk in " crowd.  We need the bands to work a little harder for us .....that's why I work 10 times harder than any other club owner.

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

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

                    " LIVE AT THE NAIL "  RADIO SHOW   !!!

  We welcome these Radio Stations that promote our show

WWW.CYBERSTORMRADIO.COM    WWW.SRrocks.COM

              1370 WPAZ POTTSTOWN   WWW.RADIOFREEWORLDWIDE.COM

   HOLA 1600 am        WXVU 89.1 fm        KUR    88.3 fm

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

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

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

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

  WPTC   88.1 fm        WCUC   91.7 fm      WSRN  91.5 fm      

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

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

BLACK CIRCUS RADIO ( DEAD CELL RECORDS )

 SHORTCAST.COM      WSJR  ( INTERNET )    WYBF  89.1 FM

  http://www.advancedrf.net

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

 

                        WEBCASTED BY REAL AUDIO    

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

             PERFORMED LIVE EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT AT 6 PM

                                     ** ALL BANDS GET PROMOTED **

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

                                              NO OTHER CLUB DOES THIS !! 

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

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

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        SUNDAY        8 - 13 - 17

        IT'S WHAT TEENAGERS DO...........LIE. IT BOTHERED ME ALL NIGHT AND INTO THE NEXT DAY.

        UP EARLY AND STARTING MY ROUTINES. I CONTINUE TO BE ON THIS " NO 3 B " PLAN.......NO BREAD , NO BEER , NO BRANDY. I AM TRYING TO JUST BE SMART IN EATING AND NOT GOING SUPER HARD CORE. TODAY I WAS TESTED AGAIN.

        A NICE MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO THE NAIL. I PREP AND GET THINGS DONE.

        OLD SCHOOL............A RENTER FROM NEXT DOOR AT THE NAIL CALLS ME AND SAYS, " JUST SEEING IF YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOORS BEING OPEN AT THE NAIL. I SAW NO VEHICLES BACK HERE AND I WAS CONCERNED. "  I REPLY , " WOW , NEIGHBORS KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR EACH OTHER. HOW OLD SCHOOL IS THAT ? "  I TELL HIM MY MOTORCYCLE IS OUT FRONT AND THANK HIM.

        12:45PM MY KID CALLS ME AND ARRIVES AT OUR CONDO. TO SAVE US MONEY THE KID WILL CLEAN OUR CONDO BETWEEN RENTERS.  THEY WERE JUST 5 BLOCKS AWAY. THIS WAS PERFECT TIMING AND I WAS REALLY HAPPY THIS WORKED OUT. IN 25 MINUTES HER AND HER BOYFRIEND CALL BACK AND SAY THE PLACE IS CLEAN AND READY FOR THE NEXT RENTER. MY ANTENNAS IMMEDIATELY WENT UP BECAUSE THE LIST I GAVE THEM SHOULD OF TAKEN AT LEAST 45 MINUTES TO  2 HOURS. I BELIEVED THE KID AND THANKED BOTH OF THEM SEVERAL TIMES FOR HELPING US OUT WITH OUR PROPERTY.

        PARENTS STOP BY AND WE HEAD TO A CHRISTENING. THE GOLF CLUB IT WAS HELD AT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. AGAIN , THEY HAD ALL KINDS OF GREAT FOODS AND  DESERTS AND BOOZE BUT I DECIDED TO JUST EAT SEMI-RIGHT WITH NO BOOZE AT ALL.  IT WAS GOOD TO SEE ALOT OF FAMILY. RIGHT BEFORE ENTERING THE CLUB HOUSE I GET A TEXT FROM TODAY'S RENTER AT OUR CONDO. MY MOOD IS RUINED.

        BEEN WORKING ON SOMETHING FOR THE RADIO SHOW FOR OVER 3 MONTHS. IT ARRIVED TODAY VIA A FAMILY MEMBER. IT IS SMALL AND KINDA COOL.

        BACK HOME WE HANG OUT A WHILE. MY ELDEST ARRIVES HOME FROM THE SEASHORE WITH 3 FRIENDS. THEY PLAY Wii IN OUR BASEMENT AND OUR YOUNGEST JOINS THEM. I DO NOT TALK TO THEM AT ALL.

        WHEELS MAKES A NICE DINNER OF SAUSAGE , PEPPERS , ONIONS , MUSHROOMS , AND RICE. WE INVITE ALL THE FRIENDS FOR DINNER AND SIT ON THE PATIO. I WAS QUIET BUT ENJOYED IT. I ALSO HAD NO BREAD.

        WAITING FOR " GAME OF THRONES " TO START I FLIP BACK AND FORTH FROM " BREAKING BAD " TO " PULP FICTION ". THE COMMERCIALS ARE SO DAMN ANNOYING AND EXTEND THE MOVIES FOREVER. BOTH SHOWS WERE STILL GOING ON AFTER " GAME OF THRONES ".

          I FORGOT HOW DAMN GOOD " BREAKING BAD " WAS. WE WATCHED THE ENDING AND FINAL EPISODE AND IT WAS EXCELLENT ESPECIALLY SINCE WE FORGOT SOME PARTS.

        COUPLE OF GLASSES OF WINE AND WE WATCH " GAME OF THRONES ". IT WAS VERY GOOD. WHAT SUCKS IS IT IS ONLY A 7 EPISODE SEASON THIS YEAR. WE HAVE 2 EPISODES LEFT.

        OFF TO BED STILL THINKING HOW I WAS DECEIVED TODAY. MAYBE THAT IS TOO HARSH OF A WORD SINCE WE ARE DEALING WITH A TEENAGER. I KNOW TEENAGERS LIE ALL THE TIME AND I GET IT. BUT IT IS THE PRINCIPLE OF IT. IT IS THE HONOR OF IT. IT IS YOUR PROPERTY. IT IS OUR FAMILY'S PROPERTY. IT JUST SHOWS WHAT A PERSON YOU ARE AND HOW YOU TAKE THINGS ON........SCHOOL , LIFE , HEALTH , JOBS , PEOPLE......ETC. I KNOW THAT'S JUST WHAT THEY DO.  WHAT MAKES ME MORE MELANCHOLY IS IT REFLECTS ON ME AS A FATHER AND AS THE OWNER OF THE CONDO.  MY WHOLE MOOD CHANGED WHEN I RECEIVED A LONG TEXT FROM THE RENTER WHO JUST ARRIVED AT OUR CONDO. BASICALLY......IT WAS NEVER CLEANED. I WAS COMPLETELY LIED TOO. MY ANTENNAS WERE RIGHT. IT RUINED THE REST OF MY DAY , NIGHT , AND NOW TOMORROW MORNING. I FORWARDED THE TEXT TO MY KID AND SHE RESPONDED , " I WAS MAD AND NEVER WANTED TO BE THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. "

        MONDAY       8 - 14 - 17

        " DAD , YOU CONSISTENTLY EMBARRASS ME " - MY YOUNGEST.  I RESPOND , " IT'S PRETTY MUCH MY JOB. "

        IT'S OFFICIAL. I WILL BRING THE JEEP BACK ONE MORE TIME.

        TRYING TO TAKE IT EASY DURING THE DAY.  WHY ? I'LL PRETTY MUCH BE AT THE NAIL FOR THE NEXT 6 NIGHTS.

        STILL TRYING TO KEEP THE " 3 B " PLAN GOING. I WAS ACTUALLY CALLED FAT TONIGHT. THIS WILL BE A MOTIVATOR. IT'S FUNNY I LOOK AT MYSELF AND I DON'T " FEEL LIKE " I WEIGH 270 POUNDS. THAN , WITH MY SHIRT OFF , I LOOK IN THE MIRROR WHILE STANDING SIDEWAYS AND SAY TO MYSELF , " OH YEAH , I DO LOOK LIKE I'M IN THE PACHYDERM FAMILY."

        FAT JOKES I HEARD OR READ OR JAY OB TOLD ME: ( SO MISS THAT DUDE )

        I'M FAT. NOT BECAUSE IT RUNS IN MY FAMILY , I'M FAT BECAUSE NOBODY RUNS IN MY FAMILY.

        EVERY TIME SOMEONE CALLS ME FAT I FEEL LIKE CUTTING MYSELF..........A PIECE OF CAKE.

        I FELL DOWN AND ROCKED MYSELF TO SLEEP TRYING TO GET UP.

        I LIKE TO LOSE 40 POUNDS. I CALCULATE I HAVE 53 TO GO.

        FACEBOOK MEMORIES ARE A GREAT WAY TO SEE HOW FAT I GOT.

        I REALIZED I AM TOO FAT WHEN I PULLED MY PANTS DOWN AND MY ASS WAS STILL IN THEM.

        I CHASED MY KID'S SCHOOL BUS THINKING IT WAS A TWINKIE.

        OK , SO I CONTINUE MY NO BREAD , NO BEER , NO BRANDY QUEST. IT'S HARDER THAN IT SEEMS. I AM ALSO FIGURING MY LIVER SO NEEDS A BREAK.

        A WEEK LATER AND I AM STILL LOOKING FOR MY LOST LICENSE PLATE ALONG HAVERFORD ROAD. I NOW FEEL SOMEONE STOLE IT.

        ELDEST HAS FRIENDS SLEEPOVER. MAN THE TRASH THAT ACCUMULATES IN THE BASEMENT.

        ELDEST IS SICK AND NOW MAY GET US SICK.

        I POSTED ON FACEBOOK A SUPER LARGE ANT MOUND AND A BIG WHITE AND BROWN MUSHROOM IN OUR YARD. I DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT THEY ARE. I AM GUESSING THE MUSHROOM MAY BE EDIBLE AND THE SUPER ANT MOUND IS A GROUND SPIDER.

        TAKE A WALK WITH THE PUP AND MAIL A LETTER.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I USED OUR MARQUEE TO SPREAD A WORD OF SUPPORT FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE AND HOW MUSIC IS WORLDWIDE THING FOR LOVE.

        FRIEND HOOKS ME UP AND I DO THE SAME. I GET ALL MY STUFF DONE AT THE NAIL AND GIVE MY FRIEND A RIDE HOME AND PICK UP MY YOUNGEST AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE.

        BACK HOME WHEELS AND I WATCH " RAY DONOVAN ". IT WAS VERY GOOD. I ALSO HAD NO BOOZE AND I STILL THOUGHT RAY DONOVAN WAS VERY GOOD.

        IN BED BY 11:30PM AND WATCH THE PHILLIES FOR A LITTLE BIT. I WAKE UP AT 1AM AND 2:30AM TO CHECK THE SCORE LIKE AN IDIOT. I ALSO WOKE UP AT 5AM AND 6AM.

        WHILE DRIVING MY KID HOME FROM A FRIENDS HOUSE I SEE A BRIGHT WHITE NEW-LIKE FAN STANDING IN THE CURB FOR TRASH TOMORROW. I SAY , " MAN , THAT THING LOOKS BRAND NEW. " I PULL OVER AND BRING IT IN MY VAN ACROSS THE DRIVER SEAT OVER MY KID'S LAP. THE KID LOOKS AT ME LIKE I AM A DORK AND SAYS , " YOU ARE SO CONSISTENT AT EMBARRASSING ME. "

         OH , I FIXED THE " NEW " TRASH PICKED FAN IN ABOUT 30 SECONDS. IT IS IN PERFECT CONDITION.

        THE NEXT MORNING I WENT BACK FOR A SMALL WAGON THAT BE GOOD FOR GARDENING BUT THE DAMN TRASHMEN GOT THERE BEFORE ME AT 8AM.

        TUESDAY      8 - 15 - 17

        I PRETTY MUCH DO NOT BELIEVE ANY NEWS OR THREADS ON SOCIAL MEDIA ANYMORE.  I HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND HOW SUBJECTS CAN BE BLOWN WAY OUT OF PROPORTION.  I AM NOT A TRUMP SUPPORTER BUT MAN THE NEWS REALLY DISSECTS EVERY SINGLE WORD HE SAYS AND THAN INTERPRETS IT THEIR WAY WHICH BECOMES THE PUBLICS VIEW.

        THE STUPID FACE ALL OVER THE NEWS..............THIS ONE GUY SCREAMING SEEK HEIL AND THROWING HIS ARM OUT LIKE A MENTAL PATIENT IS NOW SAYING THAT IS REALLY NOT HIM.  YEAH.......RIGHT. WHAT A JACKASS.

        FATHER SEES SON ON NEWS DURING NAZI HATE RALLY AND BANS HIM FROM THE FAMILY. GO FOR YOU.

        FOUND OUT WHAT INSECT MOVED ALL THAT DIRT TO MAKE A LARGE ANT MOUND.  THE INFAMOUS WASP.  THE LARGE MUSHROOM THAT LITERALLY DOUBLED IN SIZE AFTER THE RAINFALL HAS NOT BE IDENTIFIED. I DECIDED TO UPROOT IT BECAUSE IT HAS GILLS UNDERNEATH IT. THIS IS A SURE SIGN OF DO NOT TOUCH OR EAT ME. WITH SO MANY KIDS AND A DOG IN OUR YARD. SOME OF THESE CAN BE POISONOUS.

        CONTINUE MY " 3 B " GAME PLAN. IT SEEMS IT IS DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. THE ONLY GOOD THING IS MY LIVER GETTING A BREAK.

        OFF TO THE NAIL FOR A REALLY FUN NIGHT. OUR POOL TEAM PLAYED ANOTHER TEAM FROM DOWN THE STREET WHICH IS BASICALLY A 2ND NAIL TEAM.  UNLIKE THE BACK STABBERS WHO LEFT US AFTER 15 YEARS OF WHEELS AND I BUILDING AND PLAYING FOR THE TEAM. ALL OF THEM ATTENDED WHEELSTOCKS. IMAGINE THAT ? IN OUR HOME , WE SUPPLIED BREAKFAST , LUNCH , DINNER , BEER , LIQUOR , LIVE MUSIC , AND ACCOMMODATIONS FOR A WHOLE FUCKING WEEKEND FOR FUCKING FREE AND THEY LEAVE OUR BAR. I COULD NOT FEEL MORE BETRAYED FROM THIS TEAM. FUCKING NO HONOR , FRIENDSHIP , OR LOYALTY ANYMORE THESE DAYS.

        OH , OUR TEAM WON TONIGHT 3 - 0 IN THE QUARTERFINALS AND WILL PLAY THE BACK STABBERS NEXT WEEK IN THE SEMIFINALS.

        LOT OF FUN TONIGHT , GOOD MUSIC , AND I GOT TO TALK TO A FAIR AMOUNT OF PEOPLE.  MY LEGS WERE HURTING BY THE END OF THE NIGHT BUT IT WAS ALL ENTERTAINING. OUR TEAM IS REALLY GOOD GUYS.

        I ALSO INSISTED A GIRL I REALLY LIKE GET A RIDE TO HER CAR UP THE STREET.  IT IS THE LITTLE THINGS I DO I HOPE KARMA SEES ONCE IN AWHILE.

        BACK HOME I WATCHED THE PHILLIES GET SMOKED AGAIN.

        I SLEPT REALLY GOOD GOING TO BED AROUND 1AM. BUT , AND THERE IS ALWAYS A BUT , MY DAMN CELL PHONE CHIMED BECAUSE OF A LOW BATTERY. DAMN IT !  I'VE BEEN UP SINCE 5AM.

        WEDNESDAY         8 - 16 - 17

        IS IT WRONG TO NOT TO LIKE ANY PENIS THAT DATE MY DAUGHTERS ?..............

        WHEN A CERTAIN FAMILY MEMBER SAYS , " WOULD YOU LIKE A _ _ _ _ _ FOR FREE ? " WE ALWAYS SAY YES. THIS TIME IT WAS A 50" TV WITH A STAND AND 2 BLACK GLASS SHELVES UNDERNEATH. IT IS IN PERFECT CONDITION. I LIKE HOW I DID A TEST FOR 25 MINUTES TO SEE IF IT WORKED AND I NEVER PLUGGED THE COMCAST CABLE LINE TO THE WALL.......DUMAS. WE ARE THINKING OF TAKING IT TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE.  HMMMM......GOOD EXCUSE TO GO UP THERE. MAN , I MISS THAT PLACE. MOST LIKELY I WILL WAIT UNTIL AFTER LABOR DAY WHEN THE RENTALS SLOW DOWN ALITTLE BIT.

        HAVE TO THANK MY ELDEST AND HER BOYFRIEND ( GRRRRR ) FOR PICKING UP THE TV.

        JEEP PART III - I DRIVE TO ESSINGTON AVENUE TO SEE MECHANIC CHU AGAIN. HE IS ALWAYS SUPER COOL.  HE TELLS ME HE NEEDS ONE HOUR SO I DECIDE TO WALK AROUND TO SEE THE SIGHTS OF INDUSTRIAL PHILLY. IT WAS HORRIBLE.  I WALKED ONE WAY FOR 30 MINUTES AND THAN TURNED AROUND LIKE FORREST GUMP AND WALKED BACK ( I KNOW HE RAN ). I HAD A JUMP IN MY STEP THE FIRST 45 MINUTES BUT THE LAST 15 MINUTES WAS A STRUGGLE. I WAS ACTUALLY CLOSING MY EYES TRYING TO NAP AND WALK AT THE SAME TIME. I KEEP STRAIGHT BY LISTENING TO MY FEET HIT THE CEMENT SIDEWALK. IF IT HIT GRASS I KNOW I WAS OFF COURSE.

        THE LONG WALK WAS SUPER DIRTY AND AT TIMES OKAY.  ALOT OF NEW CAR DEALERSHIPS ON ONE SIDE AND THAN JUNKYARDS AND CRAP ON THE OTHER. LITERALLY CRAP ON THE SIDEWALKS I HAD TO DODGE. SOMETIMES THERE WERE NO SIDEWALKS AND WALKING ON THE EDGE OF ESSINGTON AVENUE IS NO PICNIC. I SAW TRASH , POOP , OLD TIRES , AND ALL KINDS OF DEBRIS STUFFED OVER A SMALL 3 FOOT CEMENT RETAINING WALL. PEOPLE DUMPED SHIT OVER THE WALL.......A TON OF SHIT. I WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING AND SMELLING FOR A HUMAN BODY. I WOULD NOT OF BEEN SURPRISED IF I FOUND ONE. I DID PICK UP 3 BUNGEE CORDS AND A PHILIPS/FLAT SCREW DRIVER BIT.

        MECHANIC CHU TELLS ME I AM READY TO GO. IT IS GOOD TO FEEL MY ASS AGAINST THE SEAT AND I HEAD HOME. THE WHOLE WAY HOME THE JEEP DRIVES NICE AND THE " CHECK ENGINE " LIGHT DOES NOT GO ON.

        OH , ONE MORE THING. I MISSED MY TURN FOR MECHANIC CHU'S SHOP AND HEADED TOWARDS THE PLATT BRIDGE. THE TRAFFIC CAME TO A STOP AND I WOULD OF HAD TO CROSS THE BRIDGE INTO CENTER CITY , THAN TURN AROUND, THAN FIND MY WAY BACK TO MECHANIC CHU. THIS WOULD OF EASILY TAKEN 2 HOURS. I DECIDED TO BACK MY JEEP UP ALONG THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY TO THE MISSED EXIT. OH !! MY !!! GOD !! DID THIS SAVE ME. IN LESS THAN 2 MINUTES I WAS GOING THE RIGHT WAY. THE FUNNY THING......2 OTHER DRIVERS DID THE SAME THING AS ME AND FOLLOWED ME BACKWARDS.

        GOOD ON MY DIET AS I DROPPED 10 POUNDS IN OVER A WEEK. I KNOW THIS IS JUST WATER IN MY ASS WEIGHT BUT I CAN FEEL ALITTLE BIT IN MY BELLY. KINDA LIKE IF I WAS LAYING DOWN AND REMOVED A NEWSPAPER FROM OFF MY STOMACH.

        ELDEST BOYFRIEND ( GRRR ) MAKES A NICE DINNER WITH SOME GUIDANCE FROM ME.  WE ALL SAT OUT ON THE PATIO AND IT WAS NICE. THE MEAL OF CHICKEN , POTATO , AND SPINACH ALTOGETHER WAS GOOD.

        OFF TO THE NAIL FOR AN EASY NIGHT I THOUGHT. 2 GIRLS CAME IN FROM LAST NIGHT AND I ENJOYED SEEING THEM. THAN I GET A CALL FROM SOME REGULARS WHO LIKE TO MEET A FRIEND HERE LATE NIGHT. INSTEAD OF GOING HOME AT 11PM........IT WAS 2AM. I DID ENJOY THE NIGHT THOUGH.

        2 CARPET AREAS REALLY BOTHERING ME AT THE NAIL. I BROUGHT A ROLL OF DOUBLE SIDED TAPE FROM MY HARDWARE STORE BASEMENT AND FIXED BOTH OF THEM. I WONDER HOW MANY THINKS I FIXED FOR FREE. THE SAVINGS HAS TO BE IN THE MILLIONS OF MY LIFE.

        WORKERS AT MY NEIGHBORS SIT ON OUR PROPERTY AND SMOKE CIGARETTES DURING THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. THEY THROW THE BUTTS ON THE GROUND. KINDA PISSING ME OFF.  I AM GOING TO TAPE A SIGN ON THE CEMENT WHERE THEY SIT NOT TO LITTER.

        BACK HOME I HEAD TO BED PRETTY TIRED. I WAS THINKING , " WHY ARE MY LEGS HURTING SO MUCH ? " I WASN'T STANDING A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT AT THE NAIL AND THAN I REMEMBERED I WALKED FOR 1 HOUR THROUGH A LANDFILL ON ESSINGTON AVENUE.

        IS IT WRONG TO HATE EVERY PENIS THAT WANTS TO DATE MY DAUGHTER ? SO CANADIAN PENIS HAS BEEN HERE FOR A MONTH. I DON'T LIKE IT AND I WOULD NEVER EVER HAVE THE BALLS TO ASK MY PARENTS IF A GIRL COULD STAY AT OUR HOUSE FOR A MONTH. TIMES HAVE CHANGED. BUT MY ANTENNAS WENT UP THIS MORNING. MY KID RUNS UPSTAIRS FROM THE BASEMENT. NOW , THIS COULD OF BEEN GETTING SOMETHING BUT MY ANTENNAS TOLD ME DIFFERENT. SHE COMES DOWN DRESSED AND SAYS TO ME, " I AM GOING FOR A DRIVE. " I REPLY , " DID YOU GET IN AN ARGUMENT WITH THE BOYFRIEND ? " SHE SAYS , " YES. " I WHISPER REPLY , " CAN I DRIVE HIM HOME NOW ? "  I GET A MINI LAUGH AND SHE SAYS , " NO , HE'LL COME DOWN SOON. "  HE DID AND THEY WERE EATING DINNER AND HANGING OUT TOGETHER BY LATE AFTERNOON.........DAMN IT.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE THING , WHEN I ASKED MY ELDEST AND BOYFRIEND ( GRRR ) TO GET THE TV FOR ME AND THEY RETURNED. I ASKED HOW THE JEEP RAN. SHE SAID THE " CHECK ENGINE " LIGHT WAS ON. I IMMEDIATELY TEXTED MECHANIC CHU.......AND PART IV WILL BE NEXT WEEK. I AM TRYING TO LOOK AT THIS POSITIVELY.  LIKE , " WOW , WE ARE REALLY GETTING OUR MONEYS WORTH WITH THIS NEW USED ENGINE ". 

        THURSDAY       8 - 17 - 17

        " YOU'RE GIVING ME A BAD VIBE ".......................

        I REALLY LIKE THIS TV WE GOT FROM A FAMILY MEMBER'S FRIEND.  IT IS A 50" WITH STAND AND GLASS SHELVES AS I WROTE YESTERDAY. WE ARE THINKING OF MOVING IT TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE WHICH BE NICE. I TEXTED OUR CLEANER IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE OUR 68" REAR PROJECTION TV THERE NOW. SHE SAID 3 TV'S LIKE OURS WERE BEING GIVEN AWAY AND NOT ONE WAS TAKEN.

        I LIKE INTERNET SCRABBLE. THE GAME I PLAY IS CALLED " SPELL IT ".  THERE ARE 1000'S AND 1000'S OF PLAYERS. IN FACT , WORLDWIDE IT'S OVER 20 MILLION PEOPLE WHO PLAY. ANYWAY , ON THIS " SPELL IT " SITE I DECIDED TO PLAY THE TOP 3 BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD.  I BEAT #3 HANDILY AND WE ARE IN A RE-MATCH NOW. I AM STILL PLAYING #1 & #2.  I HAVE A SMALL AND BIG LEAD RESPECTIVELY ON THESE PLAYERS.

        BARCELONA SPAIN - THE TERRORISTS USE VEHICLES TO RAM HELPLESS PEOPLE. IMAGINE THAT ? WHAT DOES YOUR GOD THINK ? 14 PEOPLE KILLED AND OVER A 100 INURED. MANY ARE KIDS AND MOMS. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE WHOLE WORLD DOESN'T BAND TOGETHER WITH ALL THE SPECIALIZED AGENCIES LIKE THE F.B.I. , C.I.A. , AND WHATEVER AND TRACK THESE FUCKERS DOWN. I AM TALKING EVERY SINGLE NATION GROUP TOGETHER AND JUST ERADICATE THEM.  SINCE 2015 EVERY MONTH THERE HAS BEEN A VIOLENT ATTACK LIKE THIS. THIS SHOULD BE THE UNITED STATES NUMBER ONE PRIORITY ALONG WITH OTHER NATIONS LIKE FRANCE , GERMANY , ENGLAND , AND EVERYONE.

        ONE MORE THING....HOW THE FUCK DID THE DRIVER GET AWAY ??!!

        ANOTHER THING I SAW THAT STOPS MAD PEOPLE DRIVING OVER INNOCENT CITIZENS IS THOSE CYLINDERS THAT RISE UP FROM UNDER THE GROUND. I WOULD HAVE THEM ALL OVER THE PLACE.

        BACK TO MY WEIGHT LOSS AND MORE.  YESTERDAY'S BLOG RECEIVED THE 3RD HIGHEST " HITS " IN 20 YEARS. I THANK YOU FOR ENJOYING MY OBESITY AND PARENTING OF GIRLS WHO DRIVE ME NUTS.

        SPEAKING OF " NUTS ". THE CANADIAN BOYFRIEND HEADS HOME........NICE.  ANYONE ENTERING MY HOME THAT HAS 2 BALLS HANGING BETWEEN THEIR LEGS ARE REALLY NOT WELCOMED HERE.

        YOUNGEST HEADS TO ANOTHER STATE FOR A VACATION.  THE KID TOOK A 6 HOUR ROAD TRIP TO GET THERE. SHE SAYS THE PLACE IS BEAUTIFUL AND SHE MISSES HER PUPPY.

        ELDEST HAS A SLEEPOVER WITH A TON OF GIRL FRIENDS.

        I ROLL TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND OPEN MIC. ONE MUSICIAN WAS PRETTY DAMN GOOD.

        WATCHED THE EAGLES PLAY OKAY AT BEST. ALSO WATCHED THE PHILLIES LOSE AGAIN.

        END THE NIGHT WITH MY ANTENNAS GOING UP IMMEDIATELY.  HERE'S THE STORY :

        AN OLDER LADY ENTERS THE NAIL. SHE TELLS ME SHE IS BABY SITTING AND HAS A COUPE OF HOURS TO  KILL.  I THOUGHT THAT WAS WEIRD. WHERE'S THE BABY YOUR SITTING ?  ANYWAY , SHE SHOULD NOT BE WEARING SPANDEX NOR A LOW CUT SHIRT. I AM NOT SAYING SHE BE A GOOD FIT FOR THE TV SHOW " GOLDEN GIRLS " BUT SHE WAS CLOSE. SHE IMMEDIATELY STARTS HITTING ON THE GUYS IN THE BAR. AFTER I TELL HER TWICE " NOT TO TOUCH ME AND I'M MARRIED " , SHE SAYS , " YOU SHOULD " F " YOUR WIFE LIKE IT WAS THE FIRST TIME EVERY TIME. " OKAY , THE ADVICE WAS NOT THE WORST BUT CERTAINLY COULD OF BEEN SAID MORE ELOQUENTLY. SHE IS TOUCHING , GRABBING , AND HUGGING 4 OTHER GUYS IN THE BAR. IT IS NOW GETTING VERY AWKWARD.  SHE BEGS US IF SHE CAN PLAY MUSIC ON THE JUKEBOX. OF COURSE , WE SAY OKAY TO HER FAVORITE ARTIST........WHO I FORGET NOW. SHE FONDLES ALL MALE PATRONS AND NOW I AM FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE.  IF SHE WAS A PIECE OF ASS BLONDE..........MAYBE I FEEL DIFFERENT. DAMN IT !! I WISH SHE WAS A PIECE OF ASS BLONDE SO I COULD MAKE THAT DECISION !!

        SHE CONTINUES TO USE THE " F " WORD WHICH I AM NOT A FAN OF IN CASUAL CONVERSATION FROM A LADY. ON 2 OCCASIONS , I ASK HER TO BE NICE. BOTH TIMES SHE TELLS ME ," DON'T' TELL ME WHAT TO DO ". YEP.........THAT WOULD BE STRIKE 1 & 2.  SHE IS COMPLETELY ANNOYING WITH STUPID QUESTIONS AND EVEN MORE STUPID PHILOSOPHIES.  SHE CONTINUES TO " HIT " ON THE GUYS AND IT IS NOW COMPLETELY UNCOMFORTABLE. AT FIRST , IT WAS CUTE AND COOL. THAN , AFTER 30 SECONDS , I REALIZED THIS CHICK WAS A NUT JOB.  THE CONTINUING TOUCHING MADE A DOORMAN FEEL VERY UNEASY. THE THOUGHT OF HER HAVING SEX WITH ME OR ANYONE SKEEVED THE BEJESUS OUT OF ME. I ACTUALLY THREW UP ALITTLE IN MY MOUTH THINKING ABOUT IT.

        30 MINUTES IN AND ALL OF US ARE COMPLETELY ANNOYED WITH HER AND HER ACTIONS. I PURPOSELY STAND BEHIND THE BAR SO SHE CAN NOT TOUCH ME. SHE ASKS ME IF I SING DURING " OPEN MIC ". I TELL HER , " I ONLY SING TO MY WIFE BEFORE SHE GOES TO BED EVERY NIGHT. " SHE ERUPTS FROM HER CHAIR AND WANTS TO HUG ME. SHE SAYS , " OH MY GOD , THAT IS THE BEST THING I EVER HEARD !! I FUCKING LOVE THAT !! " SHE WANTS A HUG BUT I REPULSE BACKWARDS BEHIND THE BAR. I ALSO TEL HER , " YOU NEVER HEARD MY VOICE. THIS COULD BE A BAD THING ". SHE CONTINUES TO RUB AND FONDLE THE GUYS AND I AM JUST SICK TO MY STOMACH.

        HOW IT ENDS - I GO TO MY BARSTOOL AND CHECK EMAILS ON MY COMPUTER. PSYCHO TOUCHY LADY IS HUGGING OUR DOORMAN AND ANOTHER REGULAR WHO JUST CAME IN. SHE PLAYS POOL AND DOESN'T EVEN TAKE HER TURN WHEN SHE IS UP. SHE THAN SAYS , " HOW THE FUCK CAN I WIN THIS GAME ? " RIGHT AFTER HER FIRST TURN. OUR DOORMAN REPLIES , " WITH PERSEVERANCE AND PRACTICE ". THIS LADY IS JUST BAT SHIT LOOPY.  I TELL HER WHEN SHE CURSES AGAIN , "CAN YOU JUST BE NICE WHEN TALKING PLEASE ? " SHE TELLS ME " DON'T' TELL ME WHAT THE FUCK TO DO. " AND THERE IS STRIKE 3. I GET ANGRY AT HER AND REPEATEDLY SAY , " BE NICE !! CAN YOU JUST BE NICE !! " SHE WALKS OVER TO ME AND PUTS HER BODY AGAINST MY SHOULDER WHILE I AM IN MY BARSTOOL. SHE SAYS , " ARE TELLING ME I WASN'T NICE ? WHAT DID I SAY THAT WASN'T NICE ? " I VEHEMENTLY TELL HER , " LOOK , I TOLD YOU NOT TO TOUCH ME.  MAN , YOU'RE GIVING ME A BAD VIBE. "  SHE REPLIES , " YOU'RE GETTING A BAD VIBE FROM ME ? "  I REPLY , " OH GOD YES. "  SHE ABRUPTLY LEAVES AND ALL ORDER IS RESTORED AND THE TOTAL UNCOMFORTABLENESS IN THE WHOLE BAR EVAPORATES IMMEDIATELY.   TOUCHY ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING.

        ONE PATRON SAYS AFTER SHE LEFT , " MAN , EVERY TIME I COME HERE SOMETHING CRAZY IS ALWAYS GOING ON. "

        ON A FINAL NOTE. FACEBOOK HAS TAKEN MY " RUSTY NAIL " ACCOUNT AWAY. THIS IS THE 2ND TIME. YOU CAN ONLY USE YOUR REAL NAME AND THEY WANTED PROOF THAT MY EVERYDAY NAME IS " RUSTY NAIL ". I HAD TO TAKE A PICTURE OF MY DRIVER'S LICENSE AND SEND IT TO THEM. I DID THIS ONCE BEFORE.  THIS TIME I USED GOOGLE AND TRIED TO MAKE A FAKE PHOTO LICENSE. I AM NOT THAT GOOD WITH COMPUTERS SO MY FAKE I.D. KINDA LOOKS LIKE RALPH KRAMDEN WITH GLASSES ON FROM THE TV SHOW " THE HONEYMOONERS. "  THEY HAVE DENIED IT ONCE. I SENT IT A 2ND TIME AND I WILL NOT BE SURPRISED IF THEY DENY IT AGAIN.

        FRIDAY      8 - 18 - 17

        NOTHING LIKE BEING AWOKE TWICE IN ONE NIGHT...........UGH.

        AND THE RAIN CAME..........SOME PRETTY COOL SKIES THOUGH. A CAR PULLED OVER AND WE CAN SEE THE FLASH OF PICTURE TAKING FROM THE PARKING LOT AT D.M.I. HOME SUPPLY. I AM THINKING , "NOW WHAT ? ". THAN I REALIZED IT WAS THE SKY THEY WERE TAKING PICTURES OF. SO I DID THE SAME. THE COOL THING....TOWARDS MY NEIGHBORHOOD WAS BLUES SKIES WITH ROLLING BUMPY SKIES. TOWARDS PHILLY.......LIGHTNING STRIKES AND DARK CLOUDS.

        MEET A RENTER FOR OUR SEASHORE HOUSE AT THE NAIL. SHE WAS VERY COOL. I GAVE HER A BUNCH OF LIGHT BULBS AND A TOASTER TO REPLACE AT OUR HOME. SHE WILL BE GOING DOWN SATURDAY. THIS IS THE LAST FULL WEEK RENTER OF THE SEASON.  IT IS GOOD AND BAD. GOOD TO RENT , BUT BAD WE CAN'T GET IN THERE. THOUGH , GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO WAIT.

        ALSO MEET THE BEER DELIVERY GUYS TOO. I TIMED BOTH MEETINGS. I STOCKED BEER FOR AWHILE AND THAN PREPPED THE NAIL FOR THE NIGHT. I WAS HOPING TO TAKE MY MOTORCYCLE WHEN I RETURNED. THAT WAS SO NOT HAPPENING.

        STOP AT THE BANK ON THE WAY HOME.

        IT'S LITTLE.............BUT I AM REALLY ENJOYING THE INTERNET SCRABBLE GAMES. I AM NOW PLAYING PLAYERS IN THE TOP 10. I AM DOING WELL IN ALL THE GAMES BUT I DID LOSE TO THE #1 PLAYER BY 8 POINTS. WE STARTED A REMATCH. IN THE 2ND GAME , I AM UP 62 POINTS WITH 6 LETTERS LEFT. I AM NOT GETTING MY HOPES UP UNTIL THE LETTERS ARE DONE ESPECIALLY AGAINST SUCH A GOOD PLAYER.

        TRIED TO SEMI-REST AT HOME BUT IT WAS 3PM ALREADY. I WOULD BE RETURNING TO THE NAIL IN JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS.

        LOOKS LIKE MY " RUSTY NAIL " FACEBOOK ACCOUNT IS NOT COMING BACK.  DAMN.....KINDA LIKED IT. I AM GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE SOME THINGS AROUND SO PEOPLE KNOW MY NAME & RUSTY NAIL ARE THE SAME. I ASSUME MOST DO.

        RETURN TO THE NAIL BUT I WAIT FOR THE MONSTER STORMS TO PASS THROUGH. LUCKILY WE LOADED ALL THE BANDS IN WITH NO PROBLEMS.  5 BANDS TONIGHT AND OUR ELDEST BARTENDING WAS KINDA COOL. IT WAS FUN TELLING STORIES ABOUT HER AND GETTING CAUGHT WITH PARTYING.  THE SHOW MANAGER WAS FUNNY AS IT WAS THE FIRST THING HE SAID TO HER WHEN SHE ARRIVED. MY KID SIGHS AND SAYS , " OH C'MON THAT WAS 2 YEARS AGO. ".  ( IT WAS MORE LIKE LAST YEAR )

        HEY , PHILLIES GET SMOKED AGAIN.  IT IS SUCH A DISGRACE TO BE THE WORST TEAM IN ALL OF BASEBALL. IT IS EVEN MORE WORSE US PHILLY FANS HAVE TO ENDURE IT......IN EVERY SPORT.

        QUICKLY ROLL OUT OF THE NAIL. IT HAS BEEN A LONG WEEK. EVERY NIGHT BEING THERE KINDA SUCKS BUT I DO ENJOY IT FROM SOME STUPID REASON.  MAYBE NOT MEETING THE PSYCHO LADY BUT OTHER THAN THAT IT HAS BEEN FUN.

        BACK HOME WHEELS AND I SETTLE IN. I EAT A LOVELY SALAD......MMMM......MM. AND THAN SNACK ON BROCCOLI , CARROTS , AND CELERY.......MMMM......MM.  FINISHED THE NIGHT WITH SOME CHEESE , PEANUTS , AND RED WINE.

        WHEELS AND I WATCH 2 EPISODES OF " OZARK ". BOTH WERE EXCELLENT.

        OFF TO BED AND I CRASH HARD. IT WAS AROUND 11PM. AHH SLEEP GOOD.

        AT 2AM MY CELL PHONE GOES OFF. MY ELDEST NEEDS TO BE LET BACK IN. THE KID WAS HERE EARLIER AND WALKED TO A FRIEND'S HOUSE. THE DOOR GOT LOCKED BEHIND HER.

        I STAY UP FOR 1+ HOURS CHECKING EMAILS , FACEBOOK , AND PLAY INTERNET SCRABBLE.

        OFF TO BED BY 3:30AM AND I FALL ASLEEP FAST.  I PULL MY COMFORTER OVER MY HEAD. THE ONLY GOOD THING WEARING A MASK IS CONSTANT COOL AIR NO MATTER IF YOU HAVE 10 PILLOOWS AND BLANKETS ON YOUR HEAD. I COULD OPEN MY EYES AND STILL NOTICE NO DIFFERENCE FROM WHEN THEY ARE SHUT. IT WAS PITCH BLACKNESS. I FALL ASLEEP AGAIN QUICKLY.

        DOG WHIMPERING AND SCRATCHING AT 5AM.....CRAP. I LET THE DOG OUT TO PEE AND I DO THE SAME. WELP , I AM NOW UP.

        SATURDAY        8 - 19 - 17

        " HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING TONIGHT ?..........."

        NOWADAYS EXERCISE KINDA AIN'T MY THING. I USED TO BE THIN , IN SHAPE , COULD RUN LIKE THE WIND , THROW 90+ MPH , JUMP LIKE A KANGAROO , DUNK A BASKETBALL AT 18 YEARS OLD , HIT A BASEBALL A COUNTRY MILE , AND WAS A GOD OF SPORTS. OK , MAYBE THAT IS TOO FAR SAYING I WAS A GOD BUT I FELT INVINCIBLE. I TRULY FELT IF I WAS HIT BY A CAR , THE CAR WOULD BREAK FIRST OR AT THE VERY LEAST I JUMP OUT OF THE WAY IN NANO SECONDS BECAUSE OF MY GREAT REFLEXES.  WELL , I WAS ( KEY WORD " WAS " ) AN ALL-STAR IN EVERY SPORT I PLAYED. I PLAYED ALL SPORTS.  NOW..............MY BODY'S METABOLISM HAS SLOWED TO A TORTOISE AND HE WOULD KICK MY ASS.  NO MORE CAN I BURN CALORIES LIKE FUEL FORCING A ROCKET INTO OUTER SPACE. NOW , I LOOK AT FOOD AND GET FAT. THE MEER THINKING OF FOOD ANDI GAIN WEIGHT.  I ACTUALLY TURN AWAY FROM MCDONALDS COMMERCIALS ON TV. SO , I AM TRYING TO EAT BETTER AND MAYBE THROW IN SOME EXERCISE. THE " 3 B " PLAN IS STILL ON COURSE .....NO BREAD , BEAR , OR BRANDY.

        WHEELS MAKES SOME AWESOME CHICKEN CUTLETS.  I HAVE SOME YOGURT WITH NUTS ALONG WITH A GRAIN BAR FOR BREAKFAST.  MMMMMMM......MM THAT IS GOOD.

        BY LATE LUNCH I HAVE A CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD ALONG WITH WATER. I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW AN ITALIAN LOVES TO EAT LIKE A FRICKIN' RABBIT. NO , REALLY , I CAN'T TELL YOU BECAUSE NO FRIGGIN' ITALIAN EATS LIKE THIS !!

        WHEELS AND I TAKE A WALK AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD. I REALLY ENJOY HANGING WITH HER. WE TALKED BUSINESS AND FAMILY FOR ABOUT 35 - 40 MINUTES. PLUS , THE NEIGHBORHOOD WE WALKED IN WAS BEAUTIFUL.

        OFF TO THE SWIM CLUB WITH WHEELS. IT'S A GOOD CROWD AND WE CHILL. I SWAM SOME LAPS AND WATCHED WHEELS DOGGY PADDLE. I PREFER HER TO DO DOGGY STYLE BUT HEY GOTTA TAKE WHAT YOU CAN.  WE SHOT BASKETBALL IN THE POOL. YOU KNOW WHEELS NICKNAME USED TO BE " HOOPS ? " I WATCHED HER MISS 23 SHOTS IN A ROW FROM 4 FEET. IT WAS PRETTY DAMN ENTERTAINING. OVERALL THE POOL WATER WAS BEAUTIFUL. I SAY EVERY TIME WE GO , " YOU ALWAYS SAY " YES " WHEN ASKED IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE POOL ".  I SAY THIS BECAUSE I ASKED OUR ELDEST TO WALK OR GO TO THE POOL WITH US. THE KID DID NEITHER.

        BACK HOME WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF " OZARK ". IT WAS EXCELLENT.

        WE BOTH SHOWER AND WHEELS HEADS TO A CRAB DINNER WITH COUSINS WHILE I HEAD TO THE NAIL.

        PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND HAD A DJ COME IN TO SPIN. HE WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD AND HAD A NICE FOLLOWING.

        I HEAD TO THE CRAB DINNER AT MY COUSINS HOUSE. THE CRABS WERE GONE BUT A GLASS OF HOME MADE WINE AND CHILLING WITH THE COUSINS WAS FUN. I TOLD SOME STORIES OF WHEELS AND I DREAM VACATION IN BERMUDA.  THEY FELL ASLEEP.

        WE ROLL HOME AND WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH A NIGHTCAP AND ANOTHER EPISODE OF " OZARK ". AGAIN.....EXCELLENT.

        I WAS ON THE DOOR TONIGHT AND 3 PEOPLE WALKED UP. 2 GUYS WHO LOOK HOMELESS AND A PIECE OF ASS GIRL WHO LOOKS LIKE SHE TIME TRAVELED FROM THE 70'S. ONE GUY STUTTERS WHEN SPEAKING AND MY ANTENNAS GO UP INSTANTLY. THEY ARE OUTSIDE SMOKING SO I PUT WRIST BANDS ON THEM AND TELL THEM ABOUT THE NIGHT. I ALSO TELL THEM THEY DO NOT HAVE TO PAY COVER CHARGE SINCE THEY ARE NOT HERE TO SEE MUSIC.  AGAIN , ONE GUY KINDA SLURS HIS WORDS AND I ASK , " HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING TONIGHT ? " HE REPLIES , " NO I HAVEN'T SIR. "  I GO BACK INSIDE AND MY ANTENNAS ARE TELLING ME DIFFERENT.

        I WAIT ABOUT 5 MINUTES FOR THEM TO FINISH THEIR CIGARETTES AND I GO BACK OUTSIDE. I SAY TO THEM , " GUYS , I AM UNCOMFORTABLE AND FEEL YOU'VE BEEN DRINKING TONIGHT SO I AM NOT GOING TO ALLOW YOU TO COME INSIDE TONIGHT. SORRY AND HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND."  I TOOK THEIR WRISTBANDS AND WENT BACK IN.

        SUNDAY     8 - 20 - 17  ( HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WHEELS - 29 YEARS )

        THIS WAS A VERY GOOD DAY.

        IT'S 5AM AND I AM WATCHING A DEER WALK AROUND IN OUR FRONT PROPERTY.....KINDA COOL.

        WHEELS MAKES A VERY GOOD DECISION. LET'S GO TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. IT IS PICTURE PERFECT WEATHER SO WE LOAD UP OUR NEW USED 50" BIG SCREEN TV ALONG WITH THE PUPPY AND HEAD TO THE MOUNTAINS. WHEELS DRIVES AND IT WAS A GOOD TIME JUST TALKING ON THE WAY UP.

        OH , WE ALSO DO NOT TELL OUR ELDEST WE ARE GOING FOR ONE NIGHT. WE JUST ASSUMED RED SOLO CUPS , PING PONG BALLS , AND COCONUT RUM WOULD FOLLOW ABOUT 5 MINUTES AFTER WE LEFT OUR DRIVEWAY........SO WE KEPT IN QUIET.

        WE ALSO TALK TO OUR YOUNGEST VIA CELL PHONE ON THE DRIVE. THE KID MELTS ME WITH HER SENSE OF HUMOR. HER NEW CRAVING IS NICK'S ROAST BEEF. SHE LOVES THE GRAVY FRIES AND BROCCOLI RABE. SHE " SUGGESTED " NEXT TIME WE GO DOWN THE SEASHORE WE SHOULD STOP AT NICK'S ROAST BEEF WITH HER FRIENDS.  WHEELS AND I GIGGLE AND MOST LIKELY WILL DO IT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

        WE ARRIVE IN THE POCONOS AND THE LAST RENTER LEFT OUR HOME NICE.  WE UNLOAD AND IMMEDIATELY START DOING LITTLE PROJECTS. THE MAIN ONE WAS TO SWITCH OUT THE TV'S. IN ABOUT ONE HOUR , WE HAD IT WORKING AND THE NEW " USED " TV SITS ON A STAND WITH 2 BLACK SHELVES. IT LOOKS EXCELLENT.  THIS TV IS 10X BETTER THAN OUR OLD ONE.

         I PLACE A " FREE " SIGN ON OUR OLD BIG SCREEN TV AND ROLL IT OUT ON THE DECK. I FORGOT A PIECE OF CARDBOARD BECAUSE I WAS GOING TO POST A " FREE " SIGN AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR DRIVEWAY AND SCREW IT TO THE TELEPHONE POLE. DON'T YOU KNOW THE LAST RENTER LEFT A PERFECT SIZED SQUARE PIECE OF CARD BOARD.  I POSTED A " FREE " SIGN AND WE ARE HOPING A LOCAL TAKES IT. IF NOT , I WILL TRASH IT NEXT TIME I AM UP HERE.

        WE TAKE A WALK TO OUR DEVELOPMENT'S POOL.  WE DECIDED TO SEMI-EXERCISE AND NOT DRIVE. IT IS ONLY A 10 MINUTE WALK BUT WHAT THE HECK.  WE CHILL POOL SIDE AND IN THE WATER FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES. THERE ARE ONLY 4 PEOPLE HERE.  2 PARENTS WITH 2 KIDS. MAN I LOVE COMING HERE. THE WATER IS SUPER REFRESHING AND I REALLY LOVE IT HERE.

        I MAKE WHEELS LAUGH. I AM IN THE SWIMMING POOL AND START DOING WATER PUSH UPS. SHE SAYS , " WHAT ARE YOU DONG ? " I REPLY , " DOING PUSH-UPS UNDERWATER WITH 3 WATER NOODLES ". I SHOW HER 3 NOODLES I WAS PUSHING DOWN IN THE WATER TO SIMULATE A PUSH UP. I ALSO SAY ( PRETENDING TO BE AT A GYM ) , " YEP , I GAVE UP PUSHING BARBELLS FOR WATER NOODLES. "

        WE WALK BACK TAKING A LONGER WAY BY GOING AROUND THE LAKE. IT IS PICTURE PERFECT DAY. SOME KIDS ARE PLAYING BASKETBALL AND SMOKING POT.  MAN I LOVE COMING HERE.  LOL...............YES WE SMELLED SKUNK WEED AS WE WALKED BY THEM AND THEIR BALL BOUNCED TO US SO I THREW IT BACK TO THEM. WHEELS AND I REMEMBER THAT AROMA WELL. 

        BACK AT THE HOUSE AND THE PUPPY GOES BAT SHIT CRAZY WITH HOWLING AND CRYING THAT SHE MISSED US. WE GIGGLE AND UNDERSTAND BECAUSE IT WAS A WHOLE 45 MINUTES. HOW EVERY FAMILY DOES NOT HAVE A DOG IS BEYOND ME. THEY ARE SO DAMN ENTERTAINING AND LOVING EVERY DAY........GREAT TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE AND STRESS.

        WE GET DRESSED AND HEAD OUT TO AN ANNIVERSARY DINNER.  WE GO TO A WONDERFUL RESTAURANT CALLED " CHARLIE WEAVERS ". IT IS NOW A B.Y.O.B.  THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND SO WAS OUR WAITRESS " MIKE "......WHO WAS A SALTY OLDER LADY. WE LIKED HER RIGHT AWAY.  WE ORDERED STEAK , ST LOUIS RIBS, STUFFED MUSHROOMS , HOME MADE CORN BREAD , GREEN BEANS , MASHED POTATO WITH GRAVY , AND WE BROUGHT THE RED WINE.  THE DINNER WAS VERY GOOD AND I ENJOYED WHEELS COMPANY THE WHOLE TIME.

            WHEELS MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD SEVERAL TIMES. MAN HAS SHE CHANGED FROM 32 YEARS AGO. FROM SUPER INNOCENT SHY GIRL TO , AS SHE SAYS , I JUST DON'T CARE ANYMORE......TOO DAMN FUNNY.  ONE QUICK TALE IS I SAY TO HER , " THIS RESTAURANT IS REALLY GOOD. I REALLY LIKE LOCAL AND FAMILY RUN RESTAURANTS. PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS HERE AND THAT IS A SIGN THE FOOD IS GOOD ".  WHEELS REPLIES DRYLY , " THEY ARE THE ONLY RESTAURANT AROUND ".  WE BOTH LAUGH OUT LOUD.

        ABSOLUTELY GREAT TIME AT THE RESTAURANT AND EVERYONE THERE SAYS HELLO TO US. IT IS ALOT MORE LAID BACK UP HERE AND I LIKE IT.

        BACK HOME THE DOG FREAKS OUT ON US AGAIN FOR LEAVING SO LONG. WHEELS AND WATCH THE END OF THE PHILLIES GAME IN WHICH THEY WIN.  WE ALSO DO SOME SMALL ODD JOBS BUT BASICALLY WIND DOWN THE NIGHT. WE WATCH TV AND LOVE THE NEW REPLACEMENT TV. IT IS SO MUCH BETTER.  WE SETTLE IN GOING BACK AND FORTH FROM " IMPRACTICAL JOKERS " AND " SHARK TANK ". BOTH WERE VERY GOOD.

        I PLAY A LITTLE INTERNET SCRABBLE AND THIS TIME I BEAT THE #1 PLAYER BY 107 POINTS. HE BEAT ME FIRST BY 6 POINTS AND I CRUSHED HIM THE 2ND TIME. NO RE-MATCH AS OF NOW. I ALSO BEAT THE #2 , #3 , #5 , AND #8 PLAYERS ON THIS SITE. THERE ARE OVER 50,000 PLAYERS ON THIS SITE I USE. ALL THE ONES I PLAYED TONIGHT HAD EXCELLENT RECORDS.

        END THE NIGHT WITH SOME APPLE AND ONE LAST GLASS OF WINE. IT COULD NOT ENDED ANY MORE BETTER.

        AGAIN , AS I POSTED ON FACEBOOK ( THANKS FOR OVER 100 COMMENTS AND LIKES FROM FAMILY & FRIENDS ) , HAPPY 29TH ANNIVERSARY KID AND AS I SAID YESTERDAY " I LOVE HANGING OUT WITH YOU. "

        MONDAY        8 - 21 - 17

        IT FEELS LIKE A SUNDAY............

        UP EARLY BECAUSE THE PUP WAS BARKING AT SOMETHING AROUND 5AM.  I STARTED MY ROUTINE OF COMPUTER STUFF THAN BEGAN PREPPING OUR HOME FOR THE NEXT RENTERS.  CLEANING WINDOWS AT SUN UP WAS ACTUALLY OKAY ESPECIALLY WHEN I SAW A LARGE DEER RIGHT OFF THE PATH. AFTER SEVERAL HOURS I CHILLED AND PLAYED SOME INTERNET SCRABBLE. I WENT UNDEFEATED WITH 11 WINS AND 7 PLAYERS WERE IN THE TOP 20.  IT WAS FUN TALKING TO PLAYERS MOSTLY FROM ENGLAND.

        BEAUTIFUL DAY.........WALK THE PUP DOWN TO THE LAKE WHERE AN EERIE FOG HOVERED OVER THE WATER. I HUNG OUT FOR A LITTLE BIT AND WALKED AROUND OUR HOUSE. THE LAST RENTERS LAID A PIECE OF LARGE WOOD ON THE GROUND BETWEEN THE HORSE SHOE PITS. IT WAS WET BUT I ASSUMED IT WAS USED TO WALK BACK AND FORTH OVER A DRENCHED AREA WHILE PLAYING HORSESHOES. A GOOD THING AND POSSIBLY A BAD THING COULD HAPPEN HERE.  THE GOOD - I LIFTED UP THE WOOD AND THERE WAS A TON OF LARGE WORMS. THIS WOULD BE GOOD FOR FISHING. THE BAD - IF THIS AREA STAYS VERY WET THAT MEANS ONE THING......I HAVE A LEAK AGAIN IN OUR SEPTIC SYSTEM'S DRAINAGE FIELD. THAT WOULD BLOW.

        WHEELS BEGINS HER CLEANING AND PREPPING FOR THE NEXT RENTER.  I WATCH TV AND TRY TAKING A SHORT NAP WITH THE PUP.  I AM SO DAMN TIRED.

        MAN THERE IS A SHIT LOAD OF PROTESTING GOING ON. ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL 100 YEAR STATUES OFFEND PEOPLE. THE LEFTISTS ARE PRETTY ANGRY AT EVERYTHING.  TO ME THIS IS A TAUGHT HATE FROM VERY UNKNOWLEDGEABLE PARENTS.

        SPEAKING OF DUMB. HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS A MISSISSIPPI NEWS STATION RECEIVED BEFORE AND DURING THE ECLIPSE : ( SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT OUR COUNTRY )

        - " IS IT POSSIBLE TO CHANGE THE TIME OF THE ECLIPSE ? MY SON HAS SCHOOL AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT "

        - " WHY IS THE ECLIPSE GOING STRAIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY ? THAT IS NOT FAIR. YOU HAVE PLENTY OF PEOPLE ON THE COASTS WHO LIKE TO SEE IT. CAN YOU CHANGE IT  NEXT TIME ? "

        - " WHO PLANNED THIS ECLIPSE ? "

         AFTER THE ECLIPSE , OVER 222,000 PEOPLE GOOGLED " MY EYES HURT FROM LOOKING AT THE ECLIPSE "

        WHEELS AND I LOAD UP AND ROLL HOME. I LOVE THIS NEW TV AND DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE THE BEAUTIFUL  WEATHER. BY 11:30AM WE ARE ON THE ROAD.

        STOP A PICK UP LUNCH AT ZESTO'S PIZZERIA. I GET A DOUBLE CHICKEN , NO CROUTONS , CAESAR SALAD. AFTER SETTLED IN I SHARE MY CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD WITH MY ELDEST. THE KID REALIZES THERE ARE NO CROUTONS AND SAYS , " ARE YOU INSANE NOT ADDING CROUTONS ? " I JUST LAUGHED.

        WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " OZARK ".  AGAIN......VERY GOOD.

        WHEELS AND ELDEST GO SHOPPING FOR 3 + HOURS WHILE I CHILL AT HOME.

        I ROLL TO THE NAIL AND TRY TO DO PUNCH LIST THINGS. I MADE A LIST OF 10 ITEMS BUT ONLY GOT TO 2. I WAS PRETTY TIRED.

        MAYWEATHER VS MACGREGOR FIGHT WILL BE SHOWN AT THE NAIL THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.

        BACK HOME I WIND DOWN WITH WHEELS. WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF " GAME OF THRONES ". IT IS DOWN RIGHT FUCKING AWESOME.  WHAT SUCKS IS THIS SEASON IS ONLY 7 EPISODES. NEXT WEEK WILL BE THE SEASON FINALE.

        WHEELS HEADS TO BED AND I ACTUALLY STAY UP A LITTLE BIT LONGER. USUALLY THIS IS REVERSED. A LITTLE AFTER MIDNIGHT AND I WAS CRASHING.

        TUESDAY        8 - 22 - 17

        IT'S LITTLE BUT IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT...........

        MAYWEATHER VS MACGREGOR FIGHT WILL BE SHOWN AT THE NAIL THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.

        DROPPED 15 POUNDS OF WATER / BEER WEIGHT. NOW THE HARD PART COMES. I CONTINUE MY 3 B'S AND I AM REALLY SURPRISED I AM NOT TOTALLY JONESING FOR BRANDY AND BEER......AND BREAD.

        THIS HAPPENED TUESDAY MORNING BUT I WILL TELL IT NOW. LIGHTNING STORMS CAME LAST NIGHT. I FINALLY HEAD TO BED AT 3:15AM. THIS IS NOT GOOD. MY AIR MASK WAKES ME UP BY SHUTTING OFF. I THINK IT IS THE POWER BUTTON OR MAYBE IT CAME UNPLUGGED BUT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE. THE REASON ? WE HAD A POWER OUTAGE AT 6:15AM.  I WAIT ABOUT 30 MINUTES AND I DECIDE TO GET THE GENERATOR. I PEE FOR 11 MINUTES AND THAN GET DRESSED.

        IN A WAY THIS POWER OUTAGE IS GOOD. I WANTED TO TEST OUR GENERATOR WHICH WORKS REALLY GREAT.  IT IS SIMPLE TO SET-UP AND OUR LIMITED POWER IS ON WITHIN 5 MINUTES. BUT , THERE IS SOMETHING I WANTED TO TEST.......... HOW TO POWER UP INTERNET AND TV. I FOUND OUT THAT 3 THINGS NEEDED TO BE DONE TO HAVE INTERNET AND CABLE TV.

        1 - SUPPLY POWER TO DOWNSTAIRS MODEM. I DID THIS AND IT DID NOTHING.

        2 - SUPPLY POWER TO UPSTAIRS RELAY MODEM. I DID THIS AND IT DID NOTHING.

        3 - SUPPLY POWER TO THE BASEMENT'S MAIN CABLE/MODEM BOX. THIS DID WORK.

         I HAD 3 EXTENSION CORDS RUNNING FROM THE LIMITED OUTLETS I HAD TO THE 3 MODEMS. I HAVE TO ADMIT THIS WAS SUPER COOL. WE NOW HAVE POWER TO CABLE TV , INTERNET , REFRIGERATOR , 2 KITCHEN OUTLETS , KITCHEN LIGHTS , BATHROOM LIGHTS , BATHROOM OUTLET , BASEMENT LIGHTS , BASEMENT OUTLET , GARAGE DOOR OPENER , AND HEAT.  THIS IS PRETTY DAMN COOL.

        OH , ONE MORE THING , AFTER 25 MINUTES OF TROUBLE SHOOTING TO GET INTERNET AND CABLE , I FINALLY SIT DOWN AND TEST MY COMPUTER. GOOGLE WORKS AND I SAY TO MYSELF , " NOW THAT IS PRETTY DAMNN COOL. "..........RIGHT AS I SAID THE WORD " COOL ".........THE POWER GOES BACK ON.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO COMPLETE MORE OF MY PUNCH LIST STUFF.  THIS WAS THE HARD ONES AND 4 MORE GOT CROSSED OFF.  IT WAS SUPER MUGGY OUT AND MAN DID I SWEAT LIKE A FAT GUY AT AN ALL-YOU-CAN EAT SEAFOOD BUFFET.

        - I REMOVED EVERYTHING OUT OF THE OUTSIDE STORAGE / BATHROOM. I MEAN EVERYTHING. I WAS SWEATING MY BALLS OFF. MY HEAD DRIPPED LIKE A BAD LEAKY FAUCET.  I SWEPT IT OUT , THREW SOME STUFF OUT, CONSOLIDATED , AND IT SEEMS WE CREATED ABOUT 25% MORE SPACE TO PUT MORE CRAP IN.

        - CLEANED AND SECURED THE THRESHOLD....AGAIN SWEATING LIKE BULL ELEPHANT IN MUSK.

        - RE-POSITIONED AN ANCHOR FOR OUR DIVIDER WALLS. THIS WAS A PAIN BECAUSE I HAD TO DRILL THROUGH STEEL........SO NOT FUN.

        CLEAN UP AND PUT EVERYTHING AWAY IN STORAGE ROOM AND MY VAN. IT WAS 10PM AND I THOUGHT I WOULD PASS OUT CARRYING THE LAST DIVIDER BACK INTO THE STORAGE ROOM.

        THE SUPER HUGE MUSHROOM I PLUCKED AND THREW OUT 3 DAYS AGO HAS NOW TURNED INTO 8 SUPER MUSHROOMS. I SO WANT TO COOK THESE BASTARDS BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE.

        A FRIEND POSTED ON FACEBOOK OLD PICTURES OF A WHEELSTOCK PARTY.  MAN , DID THIS BRING BACK SOME MEMORIES. I FORGET MOST STUFF BECAUSE I WAS SO HAMMERED BUT THE PICTURES DID RE-KINDLE SOME STORIES. THIS WAS A MAJOR MAJOR ANNUAL PARTY EVERY YEAR. I MEAN WHO THE HELL HAS A FREE PARTY FOR 4 DAYS AND SUPPLIES BREAKFAST , LUNCH , DINNER , LIQUOR , BEER , BANDS , FIREWORKS , BEER PONG TOURNAMENTS , HORSE SHOE TOURNAMENTS , CAMP FIRES FOR AS FAR AS YOUR EYES CAN SEE , AND UP TO 12 BANDS EVERY YEAR.......ALL FOR FREE.  THE LAST WHEELSTOCK IN 2006 DID 438 PEOPLE. WHAT A FRIGGIN' SCENE.

        YOUNGEST COMES HOME FROM CONNECTICUT. MAN  WAS IT GOOD TO SEE HER. I LOVE JUST LOOKING AT HER. I GOT HOME AROUND 10:30PM AND WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. IT WAS SO GOOD TO SEE THE KID.

        IT'S LITTLE BUT IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD.  FOR 25 YEARS YEARS A GUY WANTED TO SING AT AN OPEN MIC BUT HE COULD NOT MUSTER THE COURAGE TO GET ON STAGE AND SING. LAST MONTH I HAD EVERYTHING SET-UP FOR ANYONE TO SING. THIS GUY PRACTICED ON HIS GUITAR IN THE CORNER BUT STILL WOULD NOT GET ON STAGE. IT WAS LATE SO I ASKED OUR DOORMAN TO STAY OPEN TO GIVE THIS GUY A CHANCE. WITH SOME ENCOURAGEMENT BY A REGULAR AND OUR DOORMAN THE GUY GOT ON STAGE AND SANG. HE POSTED A PICTURE ON FACEBOOK AND HIS KIDS WERE ELATED THAT HE FINALLY ACHIEVED HIS BUCKET LIST ITEM. TONIGHT HE TOLD ME , " THAT MOMENT WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF MY LIFE AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER IT. I HAVE TO THANK " A " AND " D " FOR THEIR ENCOURAGEMENT. I REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO HERE AT THE NAIL AND YOUR STAFF DOES A GREAT JOB WITH BANDS. "

        THURSDAY        8 - 23 - 17

        JUST WHEN YOU MAKE ONE PERSON FEEL GOOD..........ANOTHER MAKES YOU FEEL BAD.

        HEARTWARMING STORY YESTERDAY AND THAN A GUY FROM A BAND SHITS ON OUR VENUE. THE BAND HAS PLAYED HERE SEVERAL TIMES AND NOW SAYS BAD THINGS.  WE KNOW WE ARE SMALL AND DON'T HAVE 200 PEOPLE HERE TO SEE YOU PLAY. WE KNOW....WE KNOW.  WISH WE DID BUT WE DON'T. JESUS , FUCKING PEOPLE. INSTEAD OF WORKING TOGETHER.....AHHH FUCK IT.

        MORE FURNITURE...............SUPER HIGH QUALITY OUTDOOR WICKER CHAIRS , TABLES , FOOT RESTS , AND CUSHIONS. I ASSUME THIS WHOLE ENSEMBLE COSTS IN THE THOUSANDS. AGAIN , A CERTAIN FAMILY MEMBER HAS STEPPED UP. OUR MOTTO IS , " WHENEVER THEY ARE GETTING RID OF SOMETHING..........WE ALWAYS SAY YES !! "  NOW , OUR DILEMMA.......WHAT THE HELL DO WE DO WITH IT ?

        OH , ONE MORE THING......THEY GAVE US A BIG SCREEN PLASMA TV.  IT WAS ACTING WEIRD WITH A REALLY BAD PICTURE BUT I GOT IT TO WORK FINE LATER. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT IT. WHAT I LIKE TO DO IS START CHANGING OUT THE CRAPPY TV'S AT THE NAIL.

        GOOD DAY TO CHILL.  HAD SOME FAMILY OVER TO UNLOAD STUFF SO I MADE THEM LUNCH.

        WHEELS MAKES A NICE DINNER AND SOME FAMILY COMES OVER. ALL OF US ATE OUT ON THE PATIO AND IT WAS PERFECT.  THEY PLAYED CARDS AFTERWARDS WHILE I HEADED TO THE NAIL.

        WATCHED THE PHILLIES WIN A RARE GAME.

        GOT SOME STUFF DONE AT THE NAIL AND PEOPLE ROLLED OUT BY 10PM....SO I ROLLED.

        BACK HOME WHEELS AND I WATCH A VERY GOOD EPISODE OF " RAY DONOVAN ".

        ANNNNND MELANCHOLY...............I BOOKED A HUGE RE-UNION GIG 5 YEARS AGO. YEP , 5 YEARS AGO. IT WAS THE LONGEST FUTURE DATE I EVER BOOKED. WELL , THAT DATE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING OF THIS YEAR. IT WOULD OF BEEN A HUGE NIGHT. THE BAND IS A WHEELSTOCK BAND AND THEIR 20 YEAR RE-UNION WOULD OF BEEN GIGANTIC. THE SHOW WAS STILL POSTED ON THEIR WEBSITE SO I HAD HOPES..............UNTIL I EMAILED A BAND MEMBER FOR AN UPDATE.  THE LEAD SINGER HAS PULLED OUT.  IT IS NOT A 100% BUT IT IS NOW NOT LOOKING GOOD. I WAS SO BUMMED.

        THURSDAY       8 - 24 - 17

        JUST HELPING A TOMATO................

        THIS WAS A LONG DAY. AS YOU KNOW I START MY DAY BEFORE THE BIRDS ARE CHIRPING. WHEN YOU GET HOME AFTER 1AM AND GO TO BED AROUND 3AM..........THAT'S A LONG FRIGGIN'S DAY. OH , I WAS UP AT 6:30AM FRIDAY MORNING.

        CUT THE LAWN BY DOING 3 THINGS. FIRST , I USE THE RIDING MOWER. THIS MACHINE IS HUGE IN HELPING ME GROOM OUR GRASS.  THE ENGINE WAS SPUTTERING AND STALLED ONCE. I HOPE IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME PUTTING 10W40 CAR OIL IN IT.  IT DID RE-START AND I FINISHED EVERYTHING.

        NEXT THE PUSH MOWER. I FILL IT WITH GAS AND START THE ENGINE. THE WHOLE MACHINE WOBBLES UNCONTROLLABLY. I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. I LIFT UP THE LAWN MOWER AND THE CUTTING BLADE IS SHAPED LIKE A QUESTION MARK. I HIT THE BEJESUS OUT OF A LARGE ROCK LAST CUT AND NOW THE BLADE IS SEVERELY BENT. TIME TO BE A BLACKSMITH LIKE IN " GAME OF THRONES ". SPEAKING OF " GAME OF THRONES ", I HAVE WATCHED THE LAST EPISODE 4 TIMES......IT IS THAT DAMN GOOD.

        SO HOW THE HELL DO I BEND A STEEL GRASS BLADE STRAIGHT ? I REMOVED THE BLADE FROM UNDER THE LAWNMOWER AND OF COURSE OIL SPILLS OUT SO I MOVE IT TO THE GRASS. I FIRST TRY USING A MINI SLEDGE HAMMER. THAT DOESN'T WORK. THAN I WEDGE THE BLADE BETWEEN 2 ROCKS AND USE LEVERAGE........THAT DOESN'T WORK. THAN I THINK LIKE A BLACK SMITH............ NEED FIRE. I GRAB MY PLUMBING TORCH AND HEAT THE BEJESUS OUT OF IT. I USE A THICK GLOVE AND AGAIN USE 2 ROCKS AS A FULCRUM TO BEND THE METAL. USING MY FAT I LEANED ON THE BLADE TO SEMI STRAIGHTENED IT. IT WAS NOT QUITE STRAIGHT ENOUGH SO I USED A VICE IN MY BASEMENT AND MY WEIGHT. THIS DID THE TRICK AND I RE-INSTALLED THE BLADE ON THE MOWER.

        NEXT WAS USING MY NEW WEED WHACKER. I............FRICKIN'.........LOVE.......THIS MACHINE.  I AM NOW LOOKING FOR STUFF TO WHACK AND EDGE. I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING WEED WHACKERS FOR DECADES AND THIS ONE HAS BEEN REMARKABLE.

        ANOTHER PROJECT WAS HELPING OUR TOMATO PLANTS. I USED ALL 14 OF OUR WIRE CONES TO SUPPORT THE TOMATO PLANTS AROUND THE HOUSE.

        I AM EXHAUSTED AND IT IS ONLY 12 NOON. I HAVE MY YOUNGEST FINISH THE PROPERTY BY LEAF AND GRASS CLIP BLOW.

        I LOAD ALL MY TOOLS AWAY AND MAKE LUNCH FOR MY KID.

        TAKE A RIDE TO HOME DEPOT WITH MY YOUNGEST. I ADORE BEING WITH THIS KID.  WE SHOP , TALK , AND MAKE JOKES. I LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT. I PURCHASE A TV WALL MOUNT AND 12 DRIVEWAY LIGHTS.  THE TV MOUNT IS FOR THE NAIL AND THE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS ARE FOR THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THE SOLAR LIGHTS ALONG THE DRIVEWAY JUST DO NOT GET ENOUGH SUN AND THE LIGHTS ARE SPARSELY ON IF NOT COMPLETELY OFF. YEARS AGO I HAD THEM PLUGGED INTO AN OUTLET ON A TIMER AND THEY LOOKED AWESOME. I WILL DO THAT PROJECT NEXT MONTH.

        WE HIT ALL KINDS OF TRAFFIC BUT A FANTASTIC BACK DOOR SAVED US 40 MINUTES. DROPPED OFF MY KID AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE AND I HEADED HOME. I HIT ALL KINDS OF TRAFFIC , BUT WITH 2 TURN AROUNDS I MADE IT HOME IN 20 MINUTES WHICH USUALLY TAKES 10. I WAS HAPPY CONSIDERING THE LOG JAM OF VEHICLES.

        ARRIVE HOME AND SEE WHEELS FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES. SHE HEADS TO A DINNER WITH FRIENDS AND I HAVE A SALAD , 3 MEATBALLS , AND A HANDFUL OF PASTA.

        HEAD TO THE NAIL AND START MY ROUTINE. I HAD ONE PROJECT TO DO. HANG A NEW / USED FLAT SCREEN TV. THIS SHOULD ONLY TAKE 30 MINUTES TO HANG AND MAYBE  1 HOUR TOTAL.  3+ HOURS LATER AND HELP FROM A REGULAR I FIGURED OUT HOW TO HANG IT. I WILL NOT GET INTO THE TROUBLE SHOOTING I HAD TO DO BUT THERE WAS SOME SWEARING GOING ON THAT I HOPE GOD DID NOT HEAR. I LOAD A 100 TOOLS AND CLEAN UP. THE TV LOOKS 10X BETTER THAN THE OTHER TV THAT WAS THERE......FRIGGIN' NIGHT AND DAY. EVENTUALLY I LIKE TO CHANGE ALL THE OLD TVS TO FLAT SCREENS BUT THAT COULD TAKE YEARS WAITING FOR MY FAMILY MEMBER TO PURCHASE NEW ONES AND US GETTING THEIR OLD ONES.

        10 FRICKIN' PM AND I AM DONE WITH TOOLS. I AM SO DAMN TIRED. THE GOOD THING IS I GOT TO WATCH THE EAGLES AND LISTEN TO MERRILL REESE WHILE WORKING. OH , THE EAGLES LOOKED SO-SO AT BEST. THEY TRULY ARE A 500 TEAM AT BEST AND WITH A TOUGH SCHEDULE ACHIEVING 8 - 8 MIGHT BE A GOOD THING.

        SOME REGULARS CAME IN AND IT WAS GOOD TO SEE ALL OF THEM......ESPECIALLY THE CHEESEMAN. I GAVE ONE REGULAR A SHOT GLASS THAT HAD PRINTED " TULLAMORE DEW " ON IT. HE LIKES THAT WHISKEY SO I GAVE IT TOO HIM.

        BY 1AM I AM OUT OF STEAM. A COUPLE OF REGULARS WERE LEFT SO I LET OUR DOORMAN/BARTENDER CLOSE.

        HOME BY 1:30AM I WIND DOWN WITH A COUPLE OF GLASSES OF WINE , HUMMUS , AND SHARP SWISS CHEESE. WOULD OF BEEN NICE TO HAVE A PIZZA. I WATCH " GAME OF THRONES " AGAIN.

        OFF TO BED BY 2:45AM. I SLEEP GREAT UNTIL 6:30AM.  I ONLY WOKE UP TWICE DURING THE NIGHT.

        SATURDAY NIGHT THE NAIL WILL HAVE THE MAYWEATHER / MCGREGOR FIGHT. I WILL BE DOWN THERE ALONG WITH A BARTENDER I KNOW VERY WELL.

        FRIDAY      8 - 25 - 17

        15 MINUTE JOB TURNS INTO 3 HOURS PLUS CALLING A FRIEND............CHRIST IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING.

        I MEET MERCURY AMUSEMENT AT THEIR SHOP. I TAKE MY BIKE AND IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY.  IT WAS COOL AS THEY CHECKED OUT MY MOTORCYCLE AND WE TALKED. THEY HOOKED ME UP WITH A 33' FOOT LONG ETHERNET CABLE.  WHY ? I WANT TO TEST A SMART TV BY DIRECTLY HOOKING IT UP TO THE MODEM.  WE HAVE HAD A SMART TV FOR 2 YEARS WITH NO INTERNET ACCESS WHICH TOTALLY BLOWS.  HAVING NETFLIX AND SUCH RULES. I ALSO CALLED A FIOS TECH WHO LIVES IN NEW JERSEY THAT CAN HOPEFULLY HELP US.

        STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I GET MY CLEANING AND CHORES DONE AND THERE IS ONLY ONE THING LEFT TO DO...........TEST OUR CABLE SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE WE GET 2 THINGS........1 - I WANT ALL TV'S TO BE ON ONE CABLE BOX ( WE HAVE 2 AT THE NAIL ) AND 2 - MAKE SURE WE CAN ORDER THE MAYWEATHER / MCGREGOR FIGHT.  I GOT NEITHER.....WHAT A SHIT PREDICAMENT AGAIN.

        OUR CABLE BOXES HAVE 20 WIRES SO I DECIDED TO LABEL THEM AND REMOVE LINES UNUSED.  I MESSED AROUND WITH THESE CABLES FOR 3 HOURS ALONG WITH REMOVING WIRES AND A DIRTY SCUMMY DISGUSTING SHITTY VCR PLAYER THAT ONLY PLAYED BETA TAPES. I CALLED MERCURY AMUSEMENT AND THEY CAME OVER TO HELP. IN 5 MINUTES WE HAD IT WORKING.  I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. I HAD IT THE EXACT WAY AND IT DIDN'T WORK. MERCURY AMUSEMENT SHOWS UP AND IT WORKS.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE THING , I GO TO ORDER THE FIGHT AND WE HAVE THE WRONG BOX. WE CAN ACCESS THE ON-DEMAND. WE CAN ACCESS THE MAYWEATHER / MCGREGOR FIGHT. WE CAN DO EVERYTHING BUT ORDER THE DAMN THING. SO I SCRAMBLE.  I CALL COMCAST AND A TECH TELLS ME I HAVE THE WRONG BOX. I NOW HAVE TO TRAVEL TO A COMCAST STORE TO REPLACE OUR BOX......OH JOY.

        I AM SO STRESSED OUT FROM THE ORDEAL WITH THE CABLE BOXES. THREE F'N HOURS TO DO A F'N 15 MINUTE JOB. I JUST WANT TO GO HOME AND SLEEP.

        WITH THE BAD COMES THE GOOD. WHEELS AND I GET INVITED TO THE PHILLIES / CUBS GAME. OUR KIDS CAN GO TOO BUT THEY DON'T WANT TO. I AM COMPLETELY DISAPPOINTED THEY DON'T WANT TO COME.  WE ROLL OUT.  SINCE WE ARE TAKING I-95 HIGHWAY WE DECIDE TO DROP OFF OUR JEEP ONE MORE TIME AT MECHANIC CHU'S SHOP. THIS WAS A GREAT DECISION.  WE MADE GOOD TIME TO HIS SHOP WHICH I WAS SURPRISED AT 5:45PM. TAKING THE BLUE ROUTE TO I-95 WAS A CHANCE BUT IT WORKED BIG TIME.  WE DROP THE JEEP OFF.

        NOW , HOW TO GET TO THE STADIUM FROM ESSINGTON AVENUE ? I MAKE A HUGE CALL AND ASK 2 MECHANICS. JUST GETTING OFF I-95 NEAR THE PLATT BRIDGE I SAW HOW BACKED UP IT WAS. I MEAN SOME CARS WERE REVERSING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO AN EXIT THEY MISSED. I ASK 2 MECHANICS. ONE SAYS GO BACK TO I-95 WHICH DID NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME. THE OTHER SAID , " GO RIGHT OUT OF OUR LOT. GO TO A GAS STATION AND MAKE A RIGHT AGAIN AND THERE IS ROUTE 76."  WE TOOK THAT WAY AND WE WERE AT THE STADIUM IN 5 MINUTES. THE OTHER WAY WOULD OF TOOK US 45 MINUTES.  HUUUUUUUGGGGE DECISION FOR ONCE.

        WE ARRIVE IN KING STYLE........V.I.P PARKING ( THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A DOG SNIFF YOUR CAR ). OH ONE MORE THING.........THE PARKING WAS SUPPOSE TO BE IN MY NAME.  FOR THE 100TH TIME THEY HAD NO IDEA WHO I WAS......JUST LIKE LIFE. WE IMMEDIATELY SAY " THIS IS THE SISTER OF........... " AND WE WERE IN 3 SECONDS LATER AND GIVEN 2 LOLLIPOPS.  WHEELS PET THE DOG WHILE THE CANINE OFFICER FRISKED ME. I JUST SHOOK MY  HEAD.

        OVERKILL ........SUITE , 24 PEOPLE , TOTAL LAYOUT OF FOOD , OPEN BAR , BARTENDER , WAITRESSES , FLAT SCREENS , SEATING INSIDE & OUT , DESERTS , TAKE HOME DOGGY BAGS ( I KINDA HOOKED UP MY YOUNGEST AND HER FRIENDS BY TAKING TOO MUCH BUT WHAT THE HELL. I HATE SEEING FOOD WASTED. IT WAS TRASH OR TAKE IT HOME.....EXCEPT THE 4 SMALL SODAS ) , AND THE PHILLIES PHANATIC CAME IN AND TRASHED THE PLACE WITH POPCORN. WE TOOK PICTURES AND IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE THING. THEY GIVE YOU BAGS TOO TO TAKE FOOD HOME. SO I DOUBLE BAG MINE AND A FAMILY MEMBER SAYS ," OH , I WANTED THE 2 HEALTHY SANDWICHES AND SALAD. IT WAS THE ONLY 2 THING I WANTED. THE OTHER STUFF WAS FOR MY KID. OF COURSE BOTH BOXES WERE AT THE BOTTOM. SO, I TOOK EVERYTHING OUT AND GAVE IT TO HER.  THE BAG BROKE SO I ADDED 2 MORE BAGS TO MAKE IT QUADRUPLED BAGGED.

        THE PHILLIES BEAT THE CUBS WHICH WAS NICE TO SEE ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE WERE A TON OF CUBS FANS.  THE CUBS ONLY RUN WAS A HOMERUN. MY FRIEND CHEERS AND I SAY , " C'MON , YOU'RE APPLAUDING FOR THE OTHER TEAM ? " HE RESPONDS , " I RESPECT BOTH TEAMS WHEN THEY DO SOMETHING GOOD. " IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY.

        IT WAS A GOOD TIME MINGLING WITH MANY PEOPLE. I WAS GETTING MELANCHOLY THINKING OF THE NAIL'S TV CABLE PROBLEMS , MY KIDS NOT COMING WITH US , ALONG WITH BEING EXHAUSTED.

        ROLL HOME AND GET OUT OF THE PARKING LOT IMMEDIATELY. I MAKE GREAT TIME TO I-95 AND MISS A ENTRANCE TO THE HIGHWAY. I CURSE BUT FIGURE IT OUT QUITE QUICKLY TO GET BACK ON THE HIGHWAY. YOU SEE , I HAD GOOD LUCK GOING DOWN BUT THE GODS WOULD NOT ALLOW ME TO HAVE GOOD LUCK BOTH WAYS........STORY OF MY LIFE.

        BACK HOME WE CHILL.  I STOPPED DRINKING BY THE 6TH INNING AND NEVER HAD ANYMORE. I WENT ON THE COMPUTER ALITTLE BIT AND HEADED TO BED. IT WAS CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT AND I HAVE A HUGE DAY TOMORROW SO WHY NOT GET  SOME MUCH NEEDED REST.

        PEE FOR 3 MINUTES , WATCH TV IN BED , SLEEP BY 12:30AM , UP AT 2AM , FALL ASLEEP , 2 REALLY GOOD DREAMS , AND FINALLY JUST GET OUT OF BED BY 5:45AM. IT IS STILL DARK AND IT IS DEPRESSING THIS LACK OF SLEEP THING. MY WEBSITE BLOG IS DONE BY 7AM.

        SATURDAY        8 - 26 - 17

        WE SO NEEDED THIS NIGHT.......AND I DID TO FOR CONFIDENCE.

        PERFECT - I AM AT THE NAIL BY 8:30AM. I NEED TO EXCHANGE A CABLE BOX TO GET PAY PER VIEW FOR TONIGHT AND I NEED MY ACCOUNT NUMBER TO DO IT. I DRIVE TO AN XFINITY STORE. WELL ACTUALLY , I DROVE BY IT AND HAD TO ASK A GIANT EMPLOYEE IN THE PARKING LOT GATHERING SHOPPING CARTS WHERE THE STORE WAS. I ARRIVE AT 9:01AM AT THE STORE AND WAS 4TH IN LINE. THE STORE OPENS AT 9AM. I AM GREETED , LOGGED IN , AND AN EMPLOYEE GETS ME WITHIN 1 MINUTE.  I TELL HIM I NEED TO EXCHANGE A BOX FOR PAY PER VIEW CAPABILITIES AND DOES HE NEED MY PAPERWORK & ACCOUNT NUMBER ? HE REPLIES , " NOPE , I GOT YOU. " SUPER COOL DUDE AND HE GIVES ME SOME MINOR INSTRUCTIONS. I WAS OUTTA THERE IN 5 MINUTES.

        STOP AT MY PARENT'S HOUSE TO CHECK ON IT.

        STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.  I INSTALL THE NEW CABLE BOX RELATIVELY EASY AND ORDER THE MAYWEATHER / MCGREGOR FIGHT. I AM SUPER PLEASED TO GET ALL THE TV'S ON ONE STATION TOO. I AM ALSO HAPPY TO HAVE THE BIGGER BETTER CABLE BOX FOR FUTURE ON-DEMANDING AND PAY PER VIEW EVENTS.

        BACK HOME I HELP LOAD UP OUR CAR. WHEELS , OUR YOUNGEST , AND 3 FRIENDS ARE HEADED TO THE BEACH.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO LOAD IN BANDS. IT WAS A BIRTHDAY PARTY , LAST SHOW FOR A BAND , A PAY PER VIEW FIGHT , AND 5 BANDS.  TO A VENUE , THIS IS THE PERFECT STORM.  WE WERE PACKED AND IT WAS FUN AS REGULARS , GOOD FRIENDS , AND COUSINS STOPPED IN. I RAN HARD WITH THE BARTENDER. THE STAFF DID A GREAT JOB.

        ABOUT 20 PEOPLE SINGING ONE JUKEBOX SONG WAS PRETTY COOL. I TURNED THE VOLUME UP BIG TIME AND THEY ALL CHEERED AND POINTED AT ME WITH GLEE......IT WAS A COOL MOMENT.

        THE NIGHT FLEW BY AND EVERYONE WAS COOL.  THE FIGHT WAS AS PREDICTED MAYWEATHER TKO'D MCGREGOR IN THE 10TH ROUND.

        I CLOSE WITH THE BARTENDER AT 2AM. I RIDE MY BIKE HOME AND SHE DRIVES OUR VAN.

        AT HOME I HANG FOR A LITTLE BIT BUT HEAD TO BED BY 2:45AM. UP AT 6:45AM. I ALSO WALKED THE PUP ON A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT.

        A NURSE , MYSELF , AND OUR ELDEST HEAD INTO A MAKE SHIFT HOSPITAL.  IT LOOKS LIKE 15 MOBILE HOMES PUT TOGETHER. MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING SICK AND NO ONE KNOWS WHAT IT IS.  WE ENTER AND SEE IF WE CAN HELP. A SECRETARY SAYS GO TO THE BACK AND SEE IF ANYONE NEEDS YOUR HELP. I WILL CALL YOU. THERE IS A PHONE IN THE LAST ROOM. WE ZIGZAG AND MOUSE TRAP OUR WAY TO THE BACK. PEOPLE ARE COUGHING AND SITTING ON THE FLOOR.  WE ASK SEVERAL PEOPLE IF WE CAN GET THEM ANYTHING.  MOST ARE UNRESPONSIVE. THE PHONE RINGS AND I PICK IT UP. THE SECRETARY ON THE OTHER END SAYS EMPHATICALLY , " GET OUT. GET OUT OF THERE NOW !! " I DON'T WANT TO CAUSE A PANIC SO I WHISPER TO MY DAUGHTER ," WE HAVE TO LEAVE NOW. I WANT YOU TO RUN BEHIND ME. " I TELL THE NURSE WHO CAME WITH US THE SAME THING. WE START TO LEAVE AND SOME SICK PEOPLE ASK WHERE WE ARE GOING?  I SAY , " WE NEED TO GET 3 BOXES OF MEDICATION RIGHT NOW. " WE PASS SEVERAL PEOPLE AND NOTICE PURPLE SPOTS DEVELOPING ON THEIR FACES. I SAY TO MY KID RIGHT BEHIND ME WALKING FAST , " WE MUST HURRY. " I TURN BACK AND PEOPLE START FALLING DOWN...................dream ends.

        SUNDAY         8 - 27 - 18

        HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM. SERIOUSLY , HOUSTON GOT SLAMMED WITH UNBELIEVABLY HIGH WATER LEVELS FROM HURRICANE HARVEY'S WINDS & RAIN.  SOME BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES WERE AMAZING.  CNN SHOWED A HOUSTON HIGHWAY SIMILAR TO OUR I-95. THAN AFTER , COMPLETELY COVERED ALMOST TO THE HEIGHT TO THE BOTTOM OF HIGHWAYS SIGNS !!  A HOUSTON AIRPORT .......SHOWED HIGHWAY AND THAN AFTER , IT LOOKED LIKE A HUGE OCEAN. HOLY CRAP IT WILL TAKE YEARS TO RECOVER.  WHAT IS EVEN WORSE , MORE PREDICTED RAIN TO COME.

        BACK TO MY MUNDANE LIFE OF BEING FAT , HAVING A BIG HEAD , AND BAGS UNDER MY EYES THAT COULD HOLD GROCERIES.

        COULD NOT SLEEP AGAIN SO I HEADED TO THE NAIL EARLY MORNING TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I LOVE OUR NEW CABLE BOX. I ALSO FOUND OUT ONE RESTAURANT PAID $5,000 DOLLARS TO AIR THE MAYWEATHER FIGHT..........OUCH. THEY CHARGED $30 A HEAD.

        LOCAL BAR FOR SALE - FLIP & BAILYS IS STRUGGLING BIG TIME. THEY ARE UP FOR SALE FOR A MEER 1.6 MILLION. I TOLD WHEELS I LIKE TO PURCHASE IT JUST SO I COULD WALK TO WORK EVERY DAY. I TOLD HER ," WOULDN'T THAT BE A HEALTHY THING TO DO ? "

        BACK HOME I CHECK MY COMPUTER STUFF AND WITHIN AN HOUR I CAN'T KEEP MY EYES OPEN. I TAKE A POWER NAP. I DREAM OF BEING THIN AND HAVING HAIR.

        UP AT 12:30PM WE LOAD UP OUR VAN FOR THE 3RD TIME TO HEAD TO OUR KID'S COLLEGE. IN A HOUR OR SO WE DRIVE TO A NICE PUB CALLED " 51 ". THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND THE WAITRESSES WERE ADORABLE AND BUBBLY. THE 2 WAITRESSES WE HAD WERE FUN , HAPPY , AND ATTENTIVE. THE CRAB DIP WITH GOUDA CHEESE WAS EXCELLENT.

        BY 3:30PM WE HEAD TO THE KID'S NEW DORM. I HAD A REALLY NICE TIME WITH MY ELDEST. SOME THINGS I MADE HER DO :

        - ASKED HER TO HOLD MY HAND WHILE WALKING TO THE FIRST TRAFFIC LIGHT TOWARDS THE PUB. AS SOON AS WE HIT THE LOCATION SHE LET GO QUITE QUICKLY. WE BOTH LAUGHED AS I SAID , " GEEZ THAT WAS FAST ".

        - I SAY , " WE SHOULD DO THIS ONCE A WEEK. THE KID REPLIES , " AS LONG AS YOU'RE BUYING. "  I RESPOND , " AS LONG AS YOU HOLD MY HAND FOR ONE BLOCK ? ". SHE RELUCTANTLY REPLIES , " OH MAN.....OKAY. "

        - WALKING HAND AND HAND FOR ONE BLOCK HEADING TOWARDS THE PUB I SEE 3 GIRLS COMING TOWARDS US. I START TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT ASKING THEM A QUESTION ABOUT DAD'S & DAUGHTERS AND MY KID IMMEDIATELY SAYS , " SEE , I KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO EMBARRASS ME AGAIN. THIS IS WHY I DON'T HOLD YOUR HAND. "

        - I GET A TEXT - " DAD , I FORGOT MY POCKETBOOK. CAN YOU CHECK THE CAR TO SEE IF IT IS IN THERE ? "  I RESPOND , " YES IT IS. " SHE RESPONDS , " CAN YOU DRIVE IT UP TO ME NOW ? " I REPLY , THAT IS SO NOT HAPPENING. WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU NEED ? " OUR ELDEST RESPONDS , " I HAVE BEEN HOLDING KEYS FOR A FRIEND FOR A YEAR AND MY BIRTH CONTROL PILLS. " I RESPOND , " WELL , YOUR FRIEND WAITED FOR ONE YEAR SO I AM SURE ONE YEAR AND ONE WEEK WILL BE ACCEPTABLE AND YOUR BOYFRIEND IS IN CANADA SO NO WORRIES THERE. " KID RESPONDS , " MAN , YOU'RE A NUDGE. "

        - LATER THAT NIGHT - " DAD , DO YOU HAVE A 5 FOOT CABLE WIRE FOR A TV ? "  I REPLY , " YES ". KID RESPONDS , " CAN YOU LEAVE IT ON THE BACK PATIO WITH MY POCKETBOOK ? "  I REPLY , " YES , I WILL PUT THE CABLE WIRE IN YOUR POCKETBOOK NEXT TO YOUR BIRTH CONTROL PILLS. "

        I HAVE 1 HOUR TO RELAX BEFORE HEADING TO THE NAIL. I PLAY 2 INTERNET SCRABBLE GAMES IN WHICH ONE PLAYER MAY HAVE THROWN HIS COMPUTER INTO A WALL. ON THE LAST 2 MOVES OF THE CAME I TOOK THE LEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME AND THAN WON. I RAISED MY HANDS WHEN I WON AND YELLED " YEEEEESSSSSS !!!, MAN DID THAT FEEL GOOD !! WOOOO I'M A WINNER !! AND YOU'RE A LOSER !!!! ( I WAS YELLING AT MY COMPUTER TO THE PLAYER I JUST BEAT ) " I ALSO WON ANOTHER GAME ON THE LAST MOVE. I FELT GREAT ABOUT IT.

        THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH PROVES I HAVE NO LIFE.

        RIDE MY MOTORCYCLE TO THE NAIL TO LOAD-IN BANDS.  IT WAS FUN TO CHILL WITH SOME REGULARS AND THE PROMOTER OF THE SHOW. ONE GIRL PLAYED BASS AND SHE WAS ADORABLE.  HER DAD DROVE IN FROM OHIO TO SEE HER PLAY. THAT WAS KINDA COOL.

        BACK HOME I WIND DOWN WITH SOME VODKA/GREEN TEAS AND WATCH ALITTLE TV.

        PHILLIES WIN AND THIS NEW KID HOSKINS HITS ANOTHER HOME RUN. HE HAS AHD A HOMERUN IN 6 STRAIGHT GAMES TO HOLD THE RECORD. HE WAS INTERVIEWED AND HIS PERSONALITY IS MORE BORING THAT MUD.

        DAMN FORGOT TO WRITE THIS YESTERDAY. EAGLES DEFENSE GAVE UP 17 WHILE THEY ALSO SCORED 2 ON A SAFETY. THE LOSS OF 17 - 2 TO THE CHICAGO BEARS WAS QUITE EMBARRASSING.  THAN I REALIZED IT WAS THE PHILLIES WHO LOST 17- 2 TO THE CHICAGO CUBS.

        I CAN NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET WOOD SHIMS THINNER TO USE THEM AS WEDGES FOR UNDER A WOBBLY TABLE. I TRY SEVERAL METHODS BUT THEY KEEP BREAKING OR SLIPPING OUT OF MY HAND IF I USE A SAW OR SANDER. THAN , USING THE OUTSIDE OF MY FROM TEETH I GRIND DOWN PIECES OF WOOD TO BE USED AS SHIMS.  MAN , WOOD SHAVINGS AND DUST WAS FLYING EVERYWHERE...............dream ends.

        MONDAY     8 - 28 - 17

        THIS WAS A GOOD DAY.

        JUST ME AND THE PUP HANGING OUT.  I'M ENJOYING IT.

        PICK UP A FAMILY MEMBER AND TAKE HIM TO COLLEGE FOR HIS FIRST DAY. I ALSO DRIVE TO THE BANK AND THAN THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT.

        BACK HOME I GET SOME THINGS DONE.

        LOAD UP MY VAN WITH A TON OF TOOLS ALONG WITH SUPPLIES AND THE PUP.  I GET UP ON THE ROAD.

        TAKE MY GO-TO BLUE ROUTE TO I-95 HIGHWAY. FROM VILLANOVA I ENTER THE RAMP AND THE BLUE ROUTE COMES TO A DEAD STOP. ARE YOU F'N KIDDING ME ??!!  IT IS 1:30PM ON A MONDAY !!  WHAT THE HELL ?  I PASS A LARGE TRASH TRUCK WHO WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH 476 SO HE BACKS UP ALONG WITH RIGHT EDGE OF THE ROAD. AS SOON AS I PASS HIM AND SEE THE BACK-UP SO I PULL OVER AND DO THE SAME DAMN THING.  BOTH OF US BACK OUR VEHICLES BACK TO LANCASTER AVENUE.

        NOW , MY DECISION , TAKE THE SCHUYLKILL EXPRESSWAY IN WHICH ME AND MY FAMILY VOWED NEVER TO TAKE BY ANY MEANS OF ANY SITUATION. THE DILEMMA WAS GO THROUGH SIDE STREETS VIA PHILLY OR TAKE A HUGE CHANCE BY HEADING TOWARDS 76 HIGHWAY.  GOD I HATE THE SCHUYLKILL EXPRESSWAY.  I MADE THE CHOICE.......TAKE 76. TO MY SURPRISE IT MOVED WELL AND I WAS ELATED.

        STOP AT A FRIENDS HOUSE TO DROP OFF 2 NAIL 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHIRTS.

        LATER MY FRIEND THANKS ME VIA A TEXT. HE ALSO SENDS ME AN EMAIL THAT HE LIKE TO USE ME AS A REFERENCE FOR A PROMOTION AT HIS WORK. I HAVE DONE COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF THESE. I WRITE BACK , " ABSOLUTELY ANY TIME. I WILL TELL YOUR COMPANY YOU WERE THE BEST LOVER I EVER HAD. "

        ARRIVE AT MY LOCATION AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL.  I HAVE MY YOUNGEST AND 3 FRIENDS HELP UNLOAD A TON OF STUFF.  WE ALL SETTLE IN.

        ALL OF US GO TO THE DOG PARK WHICH I ALWAYS WANTED TO ATTEND. OUR PUP LOVED IT EVEN THOUGH ANOTHER DOG GAVE HER ZERO ATTENTION.  WE DID GET TO MEET AN ADORABLE PUPPY.

        WE THAN STOP AT A PARK WITH A TON OF KIDS.  WHEELS AND I TAKE THE PUP FOR A WALK WHILE THE KIDS PLAY. EACH TIME I SURPRISED OUR YOUNGEST AND FRIENDS ABOUT WHERE I WAS TAKING THEM.  THE HINT FOR THE PARK WAS , " IT WILL TAKE YOU BACK TO WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE KID. "

        STOP HOME AND WE ORDER " PRIMO HOAGIES ".....SO DAMN GOOD......SO DAMN EXPENSIVE.

        WHILE THE FOOD WAS ORDERED I TOOK THE KIDS TO THE WATER. THEY BRAVED IT.

        ALL OF US BACK HOME WE HAVE A WONDERFUL PRIMO DINNER. THE KIDS HEAD OUTSIDE FOR SEVERAL HOURS WHILE WHEELS AND I WATCH THE SEASON FINALE OF " GAME..............OF..........THRONES !!! "  IT WAS VERY GOOD AND THIS SEASON HAS BEEN THE BEST OF ALL 7.

        BECAUSE OF " GAME OF THRONES " I BROKE MY " 3 B " DIET AND HAD 2 BEERS AND 2 BRANDIES. YES , I AM THAT INTO THE SHOW. I WAS VERY EXCITED TO SEE THE FINALE.

        SETTLE IN AND WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN AND THE NEWS. I ALSO PLAY ON THE COMPUTER AND BY 12 MIDNIGHT I WAS IN BED. I WATCHED MAYBE 10 MORE MINUTES OF TV AND IT WAS OFF TO BED. I SLEPT UNTIL 9AM !!!

        I DO SOME SIDE WORK FOR A FORTUNE 500 BUSINESS. THE WOMEN WHO STARTED IT IS CONFIDENT , INTELLIGENT , BACK BONED , AND A PIECE OF ASS.  A BODY LIKE A 25 YEAR OLD AND CONFIDENCE OUT THE YING YANG. I AM DOING SOME WORK IN A BACK COMPUTER ROOM AREA.  NO ONE WORKS IN THIS PRIVATE AREA. SHE STOPS BY TO CHECK ON ME BUT SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT IN HER EYES. I AM GETTING A VIBE AND MY ANTENNAS GO RIGHT UP......ALONG WITH OTHER THINGS. SHE SAYS TO ME , " YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING YOU SHOULD GO FOR IT. " I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT SHE MEANT BUT I TOOK THE HIGH ROAD AND SAID ," USUALLY I DO. I ALWAYS SAYS I TRY THINGS ONCE. " SHE LOOKS AT ME COYLY AND SAYS , " SO WHY DON'T YOU GO FOR IT ? " AGAIN . I TOTALLY FEEL THE FLIRTATION BUT I SAY , " I KNOW. BUT SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GO FOR IT. "  SHE BEGINS TO WALK AWAY AND PULLS HER SPANDEX AND UNDERWEAR HALFWAY DOWN PAST HER ASS AND SEDUCTIVELY SAYS , " WELL , YOU TELL ME WHEN YOU LIKE TO GO FOR IT ".  SHE LEAVES THE AREA AND I GO BACK TO WORK WITH A MAJOR HARD-ON.....................dream ends.

        TUESDAY        8 - 29 - 17

        I THOUGHT IT WAS MONDAY.

        HAD A GOOD SLEEP , DID COMPUTER STUFF ,PLAYED A LITTLE INTERNET GAMES ,AND THAN WENT INTO FULL WORK MODE.   A FULL SUMMER OF RENTING AND MANY THINGS NEEDED TO BE DONE :

        - REPLACE AND ORGANIZE ALL LIGHT BULBS THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.

        - FIXED THE FRONT SCREEN DOOR. IT DOES NOT CLOSE PROPERLY SO I DID A TOTAL MACGYVER.

        - FIXED A 3 WAY LAMP.

        - SHAMPOOED A CARPET.

        - LAID DOWN CARPET TILES OUTSIDE ON A PATIO.

        - LUBED AND FIX A SLIDING SCREEN DOOR.

        - PATCHED A BATHROOM DOOR.

        - REMOVED A DOOR KNOB CHILD DEVICE.

        - TESTED A TV AND AN INTERNET PASSWORD.

        - INSTALLED 2 DOOR STOPS.

        - REPLACED A CLOSET LIGHT.

        - WD40'D SOME CLOSET DOOR KNOBS.

        - TRIED TO HOOK-UP A Wii GAME. THIS WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL.

         WHEELS AND I SPEND TIME CLEANING TOO. SHE TOOK A RIDE TO WALMART TO PICK UP SUPPLIES AND HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF HEARING A TOUGH MOM TALK LIKE A TRUCK DRIVER TO HER TEENAGE KID.  AHHH.......ALWAYS A SHOW AT WALMART.

        RAIN ALL DAY SO IT WAS A PERFECT TIME TO GET PUNCH LISTS DONE. WE PUT A PRETTY GOOD DENT INTO IT.

        LOAD UP THE KIDS AND HEAD TO A FAMILY'S HOUSE FOR A BURGER / DOG DINNER.  THE KIDS WERE FUN AND I ENJOYED HANGING OUT TELLING STORIES , LAUGHING , AND CONSUMING SOME ADULT BEVERAGES.

        DRIVE BACK BUT FIRST STOP AT WAWA FOR THE KIDS. I THOUGHT THEY GET HOAGIES OR TREATS OF SOME SORT. NOPE...........COFFEES.

        BACK HOME WE CHILL AND WATCH SOME TV AS THE KIDS PLAY.

        I HANG OUT UNTIL 1:30AM AND FINALLY HIT THE BED.  I SLEPT GOOD AGAIN.

        WEDNESDAY      8 - 30 - 17

        WHEELS AND I BOTH AGREE......WE SHOULD DO THIS MORE.  

        THE RAIN IS GONE AND IT IS A PICTURE PERFECT DAY.  BUT............I JUST HAVE TO FIX A WOBBLY TOILET. THIS SHOULD TAKE NO MORE THAN 5 MINUTES.

        3 HOURS LATER............WHEELS HAS BEEN TO HOME DEPOT TWICE , I CALLED MY BROTHER FOR ADVICE , AND I AM STILL WAITING ON SEALANTS TO DRY. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED:

        - I TIGHTENED THE CARRIAGE BOLT OR TOILET BOLT TO SECURE THE TOILET BASE TO THE GROUND. NOTHING WAS HAPPENING AND I INSTANTLY KNEW THE PROBLEM. I DRAIN THE TOILET OF ALL WATER USING A WET/DRY VAC. I CLEAN THE AREA AND ALSO FIND A LARGE PIECE OF CLOTH CLOGGING THE DRAIN. SO , I GUESS THIS IS GOOD I FOUND THAT.  NOW THE FLANGE IS BROKEN. I TRY TO DO A MACGYVER AND IT DOES NOT WORK. WHEELS GOT ME A NEW WAX SEAL BUT NOW HAD TO RETURN TO HOME DEPOT FOR A NEW FLANGE.  OH , PIECE OF CAKE TO INSTALL THE NEW FLANGE OVER THE OLD ONE RIGHT ? NOPE.........THE FLOORS ARE ALL CONCRETE. THERE IS NO WHERE TO SHOOT SCREWS IN AND PLUGS JUST WOULDN'T WORK IN THIS SMALL AREA.

        GAME PLAN 2 - PRE-DRILL HOLES INTO OLD PLASTIC FLANGE. SECURE NEW METAL FLANGE ON TOP OF THAT AND USE A SHIT LOAD OF LIQUID NAIL. I LET THE FLANGE DRY FOR ABOUT 8 HOURS. I RESEATED THE TOILET ( WHICH IS A TOTAL PAIN BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SEE THE BOLTS STICKING UP FROM THE FLOOR ) AND ALSO SEAL THE BASE WITH WHITE LIQUID NAILS. I ALSO USED A SHIM TO FIX A SLIGHT WOBBLE. IF I TIGHTENED THE BASE TOO MUCH ( WHICH I MIGHT HAVE DONE ALREADY ) THAN I WOULD HAVE TO START ALL OVER.....OH GOD.

        I HAVE NOT EVEN TESTED FOR FLUSHING , DRAINING , OR LEAKS YET.  I WILL LET THE LIQUID NAILS DRY FOR 24 HOURS. THE TOILET SEEMS SECURE AND STABLE BUT THE TRUE TEST WILL BE TOMORROW. I WILL CONNECT EVERYTHING AND TEST BY FLUSHING.....THAN LIQUID NAIL IT AGAIN.  A 500 POUND MAN WITH DIARRHEA AND HIS LEGS STRAIGHT OUT SHOULD BE STABLE ON THIS TOILET.

        OKAY.....I'M FRAZZLED. I SHOULD BE ENJOYING DOING ODD JOBS AND THE WEATHER.  SO WHEELS AND I HEAD TO THE WATER.  WE CHILL , SOAK UP THE SUN , TALK , TAKE A LONG WALK , AND THE KIDS JOIN US LATER. IT IS WONDERFUL.........PICTURE PERFECT WEATHER.

        SPEAKING OF PICTURES - AT 5:30AM I HEAR MY PUP WHINING. THE DOG IS TRAPPED IN THE KIDS ROOM BECAUSE THE BEDROOM DOOR IS CLOSED. I TAKE HER FOR A WALK AND SAY , " MAN I SHOULD OF BROUGHT MY CAMERA ".  AFTER 15 MINUTES OF WALKING THE PUP I RETURN AND GET MY CAMERA AND TAKE SOME BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF THE SUN RISING.  THE SUN WAS A BRILLIANT SUPER VIBRANT ORANGE. IT WAS REALLY SOMETHING TO SEE. I WILL POST PICTURES ON FACEBOOK.  OH , I ALSO RETURNED FOR A 3RD TIME TO PICK UP SOME TRASH AND GRAB A TEE-SHIRT THAT WAS SITTING ON A FENCE FOR 3 DAYS. I WILL WASH IT AND MAYBE MY YOUNGEST WILL WANT IT. THE TEE-SHIRT SAYS , " WATER ALWAYS FINDS ITS OWN LEVEL. "

        ALL OF US HEAD BACK , SHOWER , AND CHILL.  THE KIDS MAKE PIZZAS WHILE WHEELS AND I HEAD TO A FAMOUS RESTAURANT I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO TRY. I ALSO WANTED TO MEET THE CELEBRITY CHEF.....WE DID BOTH.  WE ARRIVE AND GET SEATED BY A CORNER WALL. I DID NOT WANT TO BE IN A CORNER AREA. WITHIN 3 MINUTES , WE MOVE TO A WINDOW TABLE. THIS IS 10X BETTER. WHEELS AND I CELEBRATE OUR 29TH ANNIVERSARY WITH AN OUTSTANDING MEAL AT " MIA MIA RAW BAR AND RISTORANTE "........IT WAS EXCELLENT AND A BYOB TO BOOT.   WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED SHRIMP COCKTAIL , WARM TOASTED BREAD WITH OIL/PESTO ON THE SIDE , ARTICHOKES WITH FRIED SHALLOTS , CALAMATA LEMON , & HERBS , CHICKEN SALTIMBOCCA , VEAL MIA WITH CANNELLINI BEANS , BROCCOLI RABE , SUNDRIED TOMATO PARM , AND BOTH ENTREES SERVED OVER HOME MADE PASTA.  YEP , THIS PISAN ITALIAN WAS HAPPY. OH , AND A BOTTLE OF 3 RING MERLOT.

        AFTER THE MEAL WHEELS ASKED IF WE COULD MEET THE POPULAR CHEF. SHE HAS BEEN IN OR ON TV , NEWSPAPERS , AND MAGAZINES.  I FOLLOW HER ON FACEBOOK BECAUSE SHE REALLY SHOWS TRUE INSPIRATION WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN AND BELIEVE ME THIS GIRL FOUGHT THROUGH SOME SERIOUS HARDSHIPS. SHE CAME OUT AND TALKED WITH US FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES. I ENJOYED HER CONVERSATION AND HONESTY OF LIFE IN THE BIZ.  WHEELS AND I SUFFERED SOME THINGS TOO IN THE BUSINESS SO WE HAD A CERTAIN SMALL BOUND WITH MIA.....AT LEAST ON OUR SIDE.  SHE INTRODUCED US TO HER BOYFRIEND / CHEF IN THE BACK KITCHEN AREA WHICH WAS ADMIRABLE AND JUST A NICE THING TO DO. WE TOOK SOME PICTURES AND POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK.  YOU SHOULD GOOGLE HER NAME. SHE IS A REAL INSPIRATION ABOUT LIFE , TRAGEDY , AND A WAY TO OVERCOME IT WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE & TRUE GRIT. I TOLD HER ABOUT BEING AN INSPIRATION BECAUSE PEOPLE THAT WORK HARD WITH STRIFE TO OVERCOME NEED TO HEAR IT ONCE IN A WHILE..........EVEN IF FROM A STRANGER.  THE NEXT DAY I SAW IT POSTED ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE THAT SOMEONE SAID " I WAS AN INSPIRATION ".   IT FELT GOOD THAT WE MADE SOMEONE A LITTLE HAPPIER THIS NIGHT. MAYBE ALOT MORE PEOPLE SHOULD DO THIS ON A DAILY BASIS LIKE WHEELS AND I DO. ANYWAY , WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND " MIA MIA'S RESTAURANT ".

        BACK HOME WE RE-ARRANGE THE FURNITURE FOR " MOVIE NIGHT ". THE KIDS ARE GIGGLING AND THE PUP IS LOVING THE ATTENTION BY BEING BETWEEN ALL THE GIRLS. WE WATCHED " GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY 2 ".  IT WAS FUN AND ENTERTAINING.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH A LITTLE ORANGE AND CRANBERRY JUICE ..............AND SOME VODKA. DESPITE MY TACKLING THE TOILET PROBLEMS THIS WAS A VERY GOOD DAY AND NIGHT.

        THURSDAY      8 - 31 - 17

        AND THE END OF AUGUST COMES FAST.

        BEAUTIFUL DAY TO WORK ON A TOILET.  ANOTHER RIDE TO A HARDWARE STORE TO GET A WATER SUPPLY LINE FOR THE TOILET.  I FOUND THE LEAK AND INSTALLED A NEW TOILET SUPPLY LINE ALONG WITH TIGHTENED A PLASTIC NUT UNDER THE TANK. I PUT DRY TISSUES UNDER THE WATER SHUT OFF TO LOOK FOR LEAKS IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS. SO FAR SO GOOD. I ALSO LIQUID NAILED THE BASE AGAIN SO NOW 3 ELEPHANTS CAN STAND ON IT.

        SOME OTHER PROJECTS WERE DONE AND NOW IT IS TIME TO CHILL. WHEELS AND I TAKE THE KIDS TO A NICE FAMILY DINER FOR BRUNCH. THE FOOD WAS GOOD AND I ENJOYED ALL THE KIDS COMPANY.

        DROP KIDS OFF AT THE AMUSEMENT PARKS. WE GOT A SUPER DEAL FOR $25 A KID FOR 5 1/2 HOURS.  THEY HAD A BLAST.

        I PREP BABY BACK RIBS FOR THE NIGHT'S DINNER.

        WHEELS AND I TAKE A LONG LONG WALK TO GET THE KIDS AND TAKE SOME PICTURES. 

        BACK HOME ALL OF US ENJOYED LEFTOVERS FROM MIA MIA RESTAURANT AND OUR BABY BACK RIBS.  IT WAS PERFECT.

        TO THE WATER BEFORE SUNDOWN. I TOOK SOME COOL PICTURES OF THE SUN SETTING. THE KIDS PLAYED WITH THE PUP WHO WAS JUST TOO FUNNY RUNNING ALL OVER THE PLACE.  WHEELS AND I SAT DOWN WITH A LITTLE TABLE. ON THE TABLE........BOOZE. IT WAS WONDERFUL.

        BACK HOME THE KIDS PLAY GAMES IN THEIR ROOM WHILE WHEELS AND I WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN AND THE EAGLES BLOW. WE ALSO WATCHED A PRETTY GOOD MOVIE CALLED " THE PASSENGERS ".

          I HAVE BEEN SLEEPING GREAT BUT TONIGHT MY CELL PHONE WENT OFF AT 4AM. IT WAS A TEXT MY YOUNGEST SENT ME 8 HOURS AGO.....DAMN IT. MY CELL PHONE IS ACTING WEIRD AT THIS LOCATION.

        ON A SUPER SAD NOTE OUR DOORMAN/BARTENDER LOST HIS ONLY BROTHER TODAY.  HE DIED OF AN EMBOLISM AT BRYN MAWR HOSPITAL.  WE STARTED A GO-FUND ME PAGE TO HELP WITH FUNERAL COSTS. PLEASE FIND IT ON FACEBOOK AND MAKE A DONATION.

        FRIDAY            9 - 1 - 18

        SUMMER IS AT AN END. MAN I HATE THAT IS GOES TOO FAST.

        DID IT ON FACEBOOK BUT NOT HERE...........HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE DUCK.

        FOR SEVERAL YEARS I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THE INTERNET ON OUR SMART TV.  WELL , I DID IT TODAY AND IT WORKS AWESOME !! WE NOW HAVE NETFLIX AND MORE. BUT , I AM ALITTLE CONFUSED.  HERE IS THE SCENARIO - THE WIRELESS WIFI DOES NOT WORK TO ACHIEVE INTERNET ACCESS. I GOT A 30' ETHERNET CABLE AND RAN IT FROM THE TV TO THE MODEM. BANG !! IT WORKS PERFECT !!  WHEELS AND I ENJOY WATCHING AN EPISODE OF " OZARK ".

        THE ONLY QUESTION IS , WHEN WE ACCESSED THE INTERNET AND SAW NETFLIX IT HAD 10 OTHER PEOPLE ALREADY REGISTERED. HOW DID THEY ACCESS NETFLIX VIA WIFI ?.....MAYBE ALL OF THEM HAD 30' ETHERNET LINES.  ANYWAY , THIS IS ANOTHER HUGE FIX.

        TOILET SEEMS TO BE WORKING - NOT LEAKING AND SECURED.......SEEMS.

        GET THE KIDS UP SUPER EARLY AT 1PM. WE HAVE A QUICK CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND IT IS OFF TO ANOTHER SURPRISE. I FEEL IF I DID NOT INTERACT WITH THESE KIDS THEY STAY IN THE BEDROOM ALL DAY AND NIGHT. THE SURPRISE.......THE ZOO !!  WE WALKED AROUND FOR 2 HOURS AND THE PLACE WAS FRIGGIN' PACKED !! I DID ENJOY EVERYTHING.

        BACK HOME I DO SOME PUNCH LIST STUFF LIKE SECURING WOODEN FLOORS TO CEMENT......NOT F'N FUN. WHEELS MAKES A NICE LEFTOVER LUNCH WITH OUR BABY BACK RIBS.  THIS IS THE 3RD MEAL WE GOT OUT OF MIA MIA RESTAURANT AND THE DINER WE WENT TOO.

        WHEELS TAKES A WALK AND I DO SOME COMPUTER STUFF ALONG WITH PLAYING SOME INTERNET SCRABBLE AND SOME MORE PUNCH LIST STUFF.

        ALL OF US HEAD TO THE WATER WITH THE PUP. THE DOG IS TOO DAMN FUNNY. SHE LOVES TO DIG BEHIND OUR CHAIRS.....CRAZY POOCH. I ENJOYED EVERY SECOND OF THIS. AGAIN , WHEELS AND I AGREE WE SHOULD DO THIS ALOT MORE.

        KIDS TAKE A WALK TO THE PARKS AND FOR ICE-CREAM.  WHEELS AND I CHILL WITH SOME LIBATIONS AND WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN IN THE 9TH INNING.

        MEET KIDS AT 10PM AT THE WATER. WE TOOK THE PUP AGAIN AND IT WAS FUN SITTING IN THE SLIGHTLY CHILL NIGHT WITH OUR PUP. WE WATCHED FIREWORKS AND PLAYED. AGAIN......LOVE DOING THIS.

        BACK HOME WE WIND DOWN THE NIGHT.  I HEAD TO BED AROUND 12 MIDNIGHT AND SLEPT GOOD AGAIN. I THINK I NEED MORE OF THIS PLACE.......AND THIS BED......ALOT MORE.

         I WILL POST MANY FACEBOOK PICTURES OF OUR STAY HERE.

        FACEBOOK WON'T SOLVE IT.....SO I WILL. I STARTED A NEW " RUSTY NAIL " ACCOUNT. I LOST 5,000 " FRIENDS " AND NOW MUST START FROM THE BEGINNING.......BLOW.

        SATURDAY        9 - 2 - 17

        STAY OR GO................STAY.

         ON VACATION AND CELEBRATING OUR 29TH ANNIVERSARY ALL WEEK AND I DECIDED TO DRINK BRANDY.  BAD MISTAKE........BAD SUGAR HEADACHE.

        DO SOME MORE LITTLE PROJECTS BUT MOSTLY CHILL TODAY DUE TO BAD WEATHER.

        KIDS GET UP SUPER EARLY AT 3PM.

        WATCH PENN STATE WIN BIG AND TEMPLE GETS CRUSHED.

        POSTED PICTURES ON FACEBOOK OF THE KIDS AND ALL THE STUFF WE DID THIS WEEK.  SOME COOL PICS.

        STARTED ANOTHER " RUSTY NAIL " FACEBOOK ACCOUNT AND THEY ALREADY CAUGHT ME.....DAMN IT.

        WHEELS AND I HEAD TO A FAVORITE PUB CALLED " CASEYS ON THE THIRD ". ALWAYS GOOD FOOD HERE. WE ALSO BRING HOME A PIZZA FROM " A & LP " FOR THE KIDS.  BOTH WERE PRETTY BUSY AND I KNEW SOMEONE FROM ARDMORE THERE.

        BACK HOME WHEELS AND I WATCH THE PHILLIES LOSE AND 3 EPISODES OF " OZARK ". WE FINISHED THE SEASON AND IT WAS VERY GOOD.

        SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH THE NAIL IS HOSTING A HOUSTON RELIEF EVENT.

        SLEPT DECENT BUT NOT AS GOOD AS THE LAST SEVERAL NIGHTS. UP SEVERAL TIMES AND FINALLY WALKED THE PUP AT 6:30AM.

        SUNDAY       9 - 3 - 17

        BACK TO THE BEAN TOWN......HOME.

           I WOKE UP WITH A MEAN SUGAR HEADACHE. WALKED THE PUP AND BACK TO BED AFTER A COUPLE OF HOURS.  BY 10AM ALL OF US WERE CLEANING OUR HOME.

        WAITING TO ROLL OUT ON SUNDAY WAS A GREAT DECISION. MOST VACATION LEASES ARE SATURDAY TO SATURDAY SO LEAVING YESTERDAY WOULD OF HIT TRAFFIC AND DRIVING IN THE SUCK ASS RAIN.  WE MADE GREAT TIME. WE ALSO STOPPED AT WAWA FOR THE KIDS. THEY GOT SANDWICHES WHILE I WALKED THE PUP.

        IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL MAGNIFICENT VACATION THAT I CAN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME WHEELS AND I STAYED AT ONE OF OUR PROPERTIES FOR SO LONG. IT WAS ALOT OF FUN. WE MUST DO THIS MORE IN THE FUTURE.

        MY 2 FAVORITE THINGS OF THE VACATION - GETTING HBO TO WATCH SERIES FINALE OF GAME OF THRONES AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO ACCESS NETFLIX AFTER YEARS OF TRYING.  OK , MAYBE GOING OUT TO DINNERS WITH WHEELS AND MEETING POPULAR FIT CHEF MIA MIA WAS UP THERE TOO.

        BACK HOME I UNLOAD WHILE WHEELS TAKE OUR KID'S FRIENDS HOME. I GET A FAIR AMOUNT DONE WHEN THEY PULL UP. THAN ALL OF US HELP INCLUDING OUR ELDEST WHO WE WOKE UP. I MEAN IT WAS 2PM AND THAT IS SO EARLY.

        I TRY TO NAP BECAUSE I HAVE A LONG NIGHT AHEAD OF ME. 

        OFF TO THE NAIL ON MY MOTORCYCLE. IT'S A NICE DAY AND I PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I WAS NOT EXPECTING ANY KIND OF CROWD ON A LABOR DAY SUNDAY.........I WAS WRONG.  A VERY GOOD CROWD AND GOOD MUSIC CAME THROUGH. I THINK MY FAVORITE BAND WAS THE SWORD TOTING IRISH KELTIC HARD ROCK DRESS IN KILTS WITH A CUTE FEMALE LEAD GUITAR DRESSED WITH A SILVER ARMOR BRA ON............YEAH , THEY WERE MY FAVORITE.

        WHEELS HEADS TO A FRIENDS BBQ PARTY.  BIG PARTY AT A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE.

        I LOAD-IN AND OUT BANDS SUPER EFFICIENTLY AND THEY WERE SPOT ON WITH SET TIMES. THAT WAS SO GOOD TO SEE. EVERYONE WAS VERY COOL AND IT WAS A FUN NIGHT.

        I ALSO MET A NICE FATHER/DAUGHTER COUPLE TONIGHT. THE FATHER ALWAYS WANTED TO STOP IN THE NAIL.  THE DAUGHTER SAID SHE TAKE HIM. HE WAS SUPER COOL AND REMINDED ME OF MY FATHER-IN-LAW. I TALKED TO BOTH OF THEM , WALKED THEM ACROSS THE STREET TO PARK , AND THEY THANKED ME SEVERAL TIMES FOR THE TIME THEY STAYED THERE. IT WAS LITTLE BUT FELT GOOD.

        BY MIDNIGHT MY LEGS WERE HURTING AND ACHING. ROLL HOME , WATCH SOME TV , HAVE 1 1/2 LIBATIONS , AND HEAD TO BED.

        PHILLIES WIN A GOOD GAME IN EXTRA INNINGS. ALSO , DID ANY ONE SEE UCLA COME BACK FROM 44 - 10 MIDWAY THROUGH THE 3RD QUARTER TO WIN 45 - 44 OVER TEXAS A&M ? HOLY CRAP WHAT A GAME. I EVEN WATCHED THE REPLAY AT 1:30AM.

        MONDAY      9 - 4 - 17

        IT'S OVER JOHNNY................

        THE SUMMER OFFICIALLY COMES TO AN END.

        WE HEAD TO OUR SWIM CLUB ONE LAST TIME. I ENJOYED WALKING AROUND WITH MY YOUNGEST AND FOR THE 1ST TIME AT THE CLUB WE PLAYED SHUFFLE BOARD. WHEELS ACTUALLY FIRST TIME EVER.  THE WATER WAS A LITTLE COLD BUT WE SAT BY THE EDGE. THE CLUB PLAYED MANY GAMES WITH THE KIDS LIKE CATCH THE EGG , SEARCH FOR MONEY , PIE EATING CONTEST , AND MORE. IT WAS VERY NICE.

        YOUNGEST AND I HEAD TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND GET IT READY. WE EVEN TOOK THE PUP. MY KID RELUCTANTLY GOES WITH ME. I TELL HER " I CHERISH EVERY SECOND WITH YOU ". THE NEXT MORNING I TELL HER , " YOU KNOW THE ONE WORD I SAY WHEN BEING WITH YOU ? " SHE REPLIES , " I KNOW , I KNOW......CHERISH. " I GIGGLED.

        ORDER DINNER AT ZESTO'S. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND THEY NOW DO NOT GIVE YOU A FREE LITER OF SODA ANYMORE IF YOU SPEND MORE THAN $30 DUE TO THE SODA TAX. I KINDA GIGGLED BECAUSE THE TAX ADDS ABOUT 3 CENTS A BOTTLE.

        EAT OUT ON THE PATIO AND THE BREEZE WAS WONDERFUL.  WE CHILLED FOR A LITTLE BIT.

        WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " RAY DONOVAN ". IT WAS VERY GOOD.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH NO BEER OR BRANDY. I HAD MY SHARE DURING OUR VACATION WEEK. I ENJOYED ALL OF IT.....SPENDING TIME WITH WHEELS AND OUR YOUNGEST & HER FRIENDS WAS VERY FUN.

        BACK HOME AND BACK TO THE GRIND STONE.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE THING.......A MOUNTAIN HOUSE RENTER CALLED AND SAID OUR SEPTIC SYSTEM HAS A LEAK.  YEP , BACK TO THE GRIND STONE.

        TUESDAY          9 - 6 - 17

        WELL HELLO THERE.................THAT'S A FIRST.

        " DAD, DO WE HAVE TO DO THE WAVING THING ? " .......YES , YES WE DO.  MY YOUNGEST WALKS TO THE BUS STOP FOR HER 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL. ABOUT EVERY 1/2 BLOCK THE KID TURNS AROUND AND WAVES TO ME. I RETURN THE WAVE WITH SOME SILLY BODY ANTIC WAVE. A TRADITION I LIKE TO KEEP. MY KID ON HER 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL SAYS , " HOW ABOUT JUST FOR TODAY "

        FAMILY MEMBER DRIVES ME TO ESSINGTON AVENUE TO RETRIEVE OUR JEEP. WE MADE GREAT TIME TO AND FROM. IT IS THE 3RD TIME RETURNING FOR THE JEEP BUT I DON'T CARE. THE MORE THEY FIX AND ADJUST IT THE LONGER THE JEEP LASTS. FOR NOW , THE " CHECK ENGINE " LIGHT IS NOT ON. IT HAS BEEN ON FOR OVER 7 YEARS.

        BACK HOME I DROP OFF THE JEEP FOR AN INSPECTION. OUR MECHANIC IS RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET WHICH IS CONVENIENT.

        OUR LOCAL PARK HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR OVER A YEAR.  MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WENT INTO RESTRUCTURING THE ENTIRE PARK. I MUST ADMIT IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD. THIS SATURDAY THE PARK RE-OPENS AND THERE WILL BE FIREWORKS TOO.  SHOULD BE FUN FOR THE KIDS.

        MY YOUNGEST HAS BEEN ON A " NICK'S ROAST BEEF " JAUNT LATELY. I TEXT THE KID AT 9:30AM , " WHAT TIME DOES NICK'S ROAST BEEF OPEN ? ". I GET A QUICK REPLY , " 10AM ".  I RESPOND , "
         OH SHOOT , I CAN'T WAIT AROUND 30 MINUTES. " THE RESPONSE , " AW MAN ".

        PREP FOR LOADING MY VAN.  OF COURSE I FORGOT 2 THINGS. I JUST HAVE TOO MANY PUNCH LIST NOTES. I LOAD UP OVER 300 TOOLS AND SUPPLIES ALONG WITH THE PUP. OFF TO TRY FIX A SEPTIC SYSTEM DRAINAGE FIELD LEAK.  KEY WORD HERE IS " TRY ".

        I MAKE EXCELLENT TIME. I DID GET PRETTY NERVOUS AND EVEN THOUGHT HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO WALK. WALK WHERE YOU SAY ? WALK TO A GAS STATION.  THE " LOW ON FUEL " LIGHT WENT ON RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST EXIT UP THE BLUE ROUTE. I KNEW I HAD AT LEAST 20 MILES LEFT IN THE TANK. THE THING IS..........I WANTED TO GO 27 MILES. I PASS QUAKERTOWN EXIT BECAUSE IT IS ALL HIGHWAY AND NO WHERE CLOSE FOR A GAS STATION. SO I HAD TO MAKE A DECISION. GET OFF THIS EXIT AND FIND A GAS STATION VERY QUICKLY OR KEEP GONG TO THE NEXT EXIT I KNOW HAS A GAS STATION.  THE ALLENTOWN FUEL/FOOD EXIT WAS 15 MORE MILES. I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW GLAD I WAS WHEN I PULLED UP TO THAT GAS STATION. EVERY MILE MARKER I SAID TO MYSELF ," OK , I AM 4 MILES AWAY , SO TO GET GAS AND COME BACK WOULD BE AN 8 MILE WALK.....WITH THE DOG. " I DID THIS EVERY MILE I GOT CLOSER.

        ARRIVE AND UNLOAD A SHIT TON OF TOOLS AND SUPPLIES. WITHIN 20 MINUTES I WAS ON A 30' LADDER CHANGING HIGH HAT FLOOD LIGHTS 17' UP ON THE CEILING AND WIPING DOWN A CEILING FAN. I ALSO LEAF BLEW THE DECK AND SET-UP NEW TABLES AND A CHAIR FROM A FAMILY MEMBER.

        MY MAIN JOB IS TO FIND AND FIX A SEPTIC SYSTEM DRAINAGE FIELD LEAK.  I HAVE 2 PROBLEMS , THOUGH IT IS BEAUTIFUL NOW THE RAINS CAME BIG TIME LATER. THE WATER HIDES THE LEAK. ALSO , MY PUNCH LIST IS UP TO 20 THINGS NOW. FOR THE FIRST TIME I WAS NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING HERE AND NOW I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO FIX....UGH.

        LAST RENTERS LEFT OUR HOME VERY GOOD. THEY EVEN LEFT SOME BLACK BOX ROSÉ WINE. I HAD 2 GLASSES AND IT IS DETERMINED I WILL NOT DRINK WHITE WINE AGAIN..........GOT A HEADACHE.

        MAKE SOME HEALTHY THINGS FOR DINNER AND STARE AT MY PUNCH LIST. IT IS DEPRESSING. A CONTRACTOR WOULD CHARGE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR THIS. I WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN BIG OVER THE STINKING METS AND PLAY A GAME OF INTERNET SCRABBLE. I WON OVER A TOP 10 PLAYER.

        I SMELL FISH AND POOP ?  I WALK AROUND OUTSIDE AND IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY. I SMELL AN ODOR AND LOOK INSIDE AN OUTDOOR METAL TRASHCAN WE HAVE FOR ASHES FROM OUR WOOD STOVE. WELL , LAST RENTERS DECIDED TO PUT USED DIAPERS ( AND BELIEVE ME THE KID REALLY USED THEM ) AND ONE VERY LARGE FISH 3/4 EATEN IN IT. THE HEAD WAS THE SIZE OF MY FIST. I GET MY CLIP BOARD AND WRITE " EMPTY OUTSIDE TRASH CAN OF FISH AND POOP. "

        SLEPT GREAT IN JERSEY BUT NOT HERE. I WAS UP 4 TIMES FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6AM.

        FOR THE 2ND TIME I WITNESSED A WILD ANIMAL FOR THE FIRST TIME HERE. OVER A MONTH AGO I HAD THE PLEASURE TO SEE AND TAKE PICTURES OF A LARGE 300 POUND BLACK BEAR. TONIGHT WAS A LITTLE SMALLER CRITTER. I KNOW THIS ANIMAL IS UP HERE BUT I CAN NOT REMEMBER EVER SEEING ONE ON OUR PROPERTY. WELL TONIGHT , AS I WAS WALKING TOWARDS THE COUCH TO SIT WITH MY PUP I SEE A RED FOX RUN UP ON OUR DECK. HE SEES ME AND I TRY TO HIDE BEHIND A WINDOW WHICH IS LIKE PUTTING AN ELEPHANT BEHIND A FLAG POLE. HE INSTANTLY RUNS DOWN TO THE PATH AND STOPS. HE TURNS AROUND AND STARES AT ME...........AND THAN MOVED ON. THAT WAS KINDA COOL.

        I DID ENJOY WATCHING RE-RUNS OF " MONK ". THEY DID A MARATHON OF THIS OLD DETECTIVE SHOW I LIKED. I FORGOT HOW GOOD IT WAS.

        OFF TO BED , SLEPT BAD AND MAN DID THE RAIN COME ALONG WITH BOOMING THUNDER AND LIGHTNING.  IT WAS 79 DEGREES AND BEAUTIFUL AND NOW IT IS HIGH 40 DEGREES AND RAINING LIKE THE BEJESUS. I ACTUALLY TURNED THE HEAT ON BEFORE I WENT TO BED..........WHICH WAS A GOOD CALL.

        WELP , IT'S 7:12 AM......TIME TO GET STARTED ON PUNCH LISTS.

        WEDNESDAY      9 - 6 - 17

        RAIN INHIBITS ME FROM TRYING TO FIX DRAINAGE FIELD SO I GOT A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS DONE. I WAS NOT FEELING IT COMING HERE BUT IT IS NICE......LESS THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE OF COURSE.

        BEFORE I LEFT , AT HOME , I FIXED A REFRIGERATOR ICE MAKER. WE HAD NO CUBES FOR CLOSE TO A YEAR. I WAS THINKING OF ORDERING A NEW FILTER OR CALLING A TECH.  BUT I JUST HAPPEN TO REMOVE THE ICE BIN TO CLEAN IT AND I REMEMBERED......LOWER THE " DUMB WAITER " TO FIX ICE MAKER FROM ONLY GIVING CHIPPED ICE. IT IS LITTLE SQUARE OPENING AT THE BACK OF THE FRIDGE WITH A MINI SHELF IN IT.....KINDA LOOKS LIKE A DUMB WAITER. I PUSHED IT DOWN ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO AND IT STRUCK ME TO DO IT AGAIN. THIS IS A NICE CONVENIENCE WE DID NOT HAVE FOR A WHOLE YEAR....LOVE CUBED ICE.

        A COUPLE OF THINGS DONE :

        - DIG DUG MACHINE NEEDS TO BE TAKEN HOME. I CONTACTED OUR FRIENDS AT MERCURY AMUSEMENT AND THEY SAID TECHNICALLY I JUST NEED TO TAKE THE MONITOR HOME. THIS WOULD JUST BE 4 BOLTS AND 2 WIRES TO DISCONNECT. OH , ONE MORE THING , DON'T TOUCH ANY METAL WHEN REMOVING IT BECAUSE IT STILL HOLDS A CHARGE......JUST GREAT.

        - ORDERED BEER AND LIQUOR FOR THE NAIL.

        - REPLACED ALL BURNT OUT LIGHTS. OF COURSE I GET UP THE NEXT MORNING AND THROW A SWITCH AND BOTH HALLWAY LIGHTS GO OUT TOGETHER. ANNNNND REPLACE THEM AGAIN. GOING OUT IN THE RAIN TO REPLACE SOME WERE NOT FUN.

        - STARTED TO INSTALL NEW DRIVEWAY LIGHTS BUT RAIN WAS TOO HARD. I PREPPED AS FAR AS I COULD FOR TOMORROW.

        - FIXED A REVERSE DOOR CATCH. I HAD TO CUT A DOOR DOWN WITH A CIRCULAR SAW OUTSIDE UNDER THE AWNING AND THAN RE-INSTALL THE DOOR AND LATCH PROPERLY. OF COURSE I TRIED SOME MACGYVERING BUT ENDED UP DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY.

        - LABELED OUTDOOR SEAT CUSHIONS TO COME INSIDE EVERY NIGHT AND BE STORED IN A BEDROOM CLOSET. OH I AM SO SURE RENTERS WILL DO THIS. I ALSO EMAILED OUR CLEANER TO DOUBLE CHECK THE CUSHIONS ARE INSIDE AFTER EACH CLEAN. THEY WILL BE RUINED WITHIN ONE WEEK IF LEFT OUTSIDE AT ALL.

        - CLEANED OUT BBQ DRIP TRAY. THIS IS ALWAYS ALOT OF FUN. I DID MAKE 2 LARGE BURGERS WITH BBQ ONIONS AND LETTUCE & CHEESE......NO BREAD.  GOD , NOT HAVING A BUN FOR A BURGER JUST DOWN RIGHT BLOWS.

        - WIPE TOPS OF EVERY BASEBOARD HEATER.

        - DUSTED THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.

        - WIPED DOWN EVERY WINDOW SILL INSIDE AND OUT.

        - SPRAYED ANY BED STAINS.  YES , YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I DID THE SAME AT THE CONDO AND LET ME TELL YOU " CLOROX BLEACH " SPRAY DOES A REMARKABLE JOB. I SPRAYED HEAVY ON ONE BED MATTRESS AND LIGHTLY ON 2 OTHERS. I TURNED ON CEILING FANS AND LET THEM RUN 24 HOURS.

        - DISCONNECTED AND UNPLUGGED AN OUTDOOR BUG ZAPPER.

        - LEAK UNDER BATHROOM SINK. I CLEANED THE WHOLE THING OUT , TIGHTENED CONNECTIONS , AND TESTED FOR 24 HOURS. I COULD NOT FIND THE LEAK. SO I PUT EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER. I PLACED A DRY PAPER TOWEL UNDER AREA OF WETNESS AND WILL CHECK IT TOMORROW FOR DROPLETS.......JUST LIKE I DID AT THE CONDO WITH THE TOILET.

        - CLOROX SPRAYED A JACUZZI PILLOW.

        - FIXED A BASKETBALL LIGHT FIXTURE IN THE GAME ROOM AND CLEANED IT.

        - TESTED AND REPLACED A VACUUM WITH A PROPER SIZED VACUUM BAG.

        - WET / DRY VACCED ABOVE KITCHEN CABINETS. THIS REALLY NEEDED TO BE DONE. OH , I DID NOT NOTICE WHILE I WAS USING THE WET/DRY VAC...........TONS OF ATER MISTING OUT THE BACK OF IT WHILE I WAS STANDING ON THE COUNTER TOP. ANNNNNND CLEANED UP EVERY WHERE.

        THERE WERE SOME MORE THINGS THAT I JUST FORGOT. BY 9PM I WAS TIRED. I TOOK A SHOWER AND SHAVED TO TRY TO WAKE UP A LITTLE BIT BUT IT DID NOT HAPPEN. WHEELS DID HAPPEN TO CALL ME RIGHT AS I WAS GETTING OUT OF THE SHOWER COMPLETELY NAKED. WE TALKED PHONE SEX WHICH WAS AWESOME. SHE HAS THE BEST VOICE FOR THIS KINDA STUFF.  

        WE DID NOT TALK PHONE SEX AND I WAS IN BED BY 10PM......DIDN'T EVEN WATCH HOGAN'S HEROES.

        THURSDAY      9 - 7 - 17

        IT BE NICE TO ENJOY THIS WEATHER , THIS HOUSE , AND NATURE.......YEAH , IT BE NICE.

        A MISTAKE COSTS ME AN EXTRA 4 HOURS OF WORK AND IT STILL MIGHT NOT BE FIXED.  HERE'S MY PAIN :

        THE SEPTIC SYSTEM :

        - TACKLED MY HARDEST JOB TODAY. AFTER 4 1/2 HOURS IN I WAS STARTING TO PANIC I COULD NOT FIX IT. UP AT 6AM I STARTED MY ROUTINE AND LITTLE STUFF. BASICALLY I WAS WAITING FOR THE WEATHER TO HEAT UP. BY 10AM I STARTED TO TRY TO FIND THE LEAKS IN OUR DRAINAGE FIELD VIA OUR SEPTIC SYSTEM.  WITHIN 30 MINUTES , I FOUND ONE LEAK. I WAS ELATED TO FIND IT SO FAST BECAUSE DIGGING STONES , ROOTS , AND DIRT IS NO FUN.

        - I SET UP A FOLDING TABLE AND RAN AN EXTENSION CORD TO THE WORK AREA. I STARTED BRINGING OUT TOOLS. BACK AND FORTH TO MY VAN 20 TIMES. I HAVE THE PUP WITH ME AND THE WEATHER IS COOPERATING.  I START DIGGING USING A SHOVEL AND THE CLAW END OF A HAMMER.  I PUSHED MYSELF AND BY DAY'S END EVERYTHING WAS HURTING.  THE TRENCH I DUG IS IN THE SHAPE OF A CROSS. I FOUND A " CROSS " IN THE MIDDLE CONNECTED BY 4 PVC PIPES........2 WERE CRACKED AND 2 DID NOT LINE UP WITH EACH OTHER.  I TRIED TO MACGYVER THE 2 BROKEN LINES BUT BECAUSE THE PIPES ARE BURIED WITH SO MUCH DIRT AND STONES THEY WOULD NOT BUDGE. I AM UP SHITS CREEK LITERALLY.

        - GOT SUPER UNLUCKY AND THAN LUCKY. I CALLED MY SEPTIC SYSTEM TECHNICIAN BUT HE WAS NOT IN THE AREA. HE GAVE ME SOME SUGGESTIONS THAT I KNEW ALREADY. I TRAVEL TO THE HARDWARE STORE TO PICK UP SUPPLIES AND A NEW PVC CROSS. I AM VERY LUCKY THEY HAVE THIS PRODUCT. OK , I CAN DO THIS. I AM NOW GOING TO SAWZ SAW THE CROSS OUT. I CUT 4 TIMES AND REMOVE THE PVC CROSS.......AND THAN FEAR , ANGER , AND DEPRESSION HIT ME ALL AT ONCE WHEN I SEE WHAT I DID. I REMOVED THE PVC " CROSS " AND THERE IS A 5TH FUCKING PVC PIPE GOING STRAIGHT DOWN ABOUT 5 FEET DEEP. I NEVER SAW IT. I NOW HAVE TO ALIGN 4 PIPES AND THIS 5TH DRAIN THAT GOES STRAIGHT DOWN. THIS 5TH PIPE COST ME AN EXTRA 5 HOURS OF WORK AND WILL BE THE REASON ( I THINK ) IF IT LEAKS AGAIN. THE ONLY THING I AM THINKING IS MAYBE GRAVITY WILL HELP. THE WATER IS BEING PUMPED DOWN AND NOT OUT OR SIDEWAYS AND THIS COULD HELP IF I EVER FINISH THIS PROJECT.

        - ONE BY ONE I START PUTTING THE PVC DRAINS BACK EVERYTHING. EACH PVC LINE I DIG OUT MORE TO ALLOW ROOM TO WIGGLE THEM IN PLACE WITH EACH OTHER. I DO NOT FEEL GOOD ABOUT THIS AT ALL. BY 4PM I HAVE THE PVC " CROSS " BACK TOGETHER. I REMOVE THE SEPTIC SYSTEM'S LARGE CEMENT COVER ALONG WITH A GIANT ROCK ON TOP OF IT. I NEED TO ACTIVATE THE SUMP PUMP AND SEE IF MY SEALS HOLD. I REMOVE MY GLASSES WHILE LOOKING DOWN IN THE TANK. I KNEW THEY WOULD FALL OFF BECAUSE I WAS SWEATING SO MUCH. I USE A RAKE AND DROP IT INTO THE PIT OF DESPAIR. I LIFT THE UP THE FLOAT AND THE SHIT STARTS PUMPING........LITERALLY.  I DO NOTICE A SMALL TINY TINY PUDDLE BY THE 5TH PVC PIPE GOING DOWN IN THE GROUND. I AM TOTALLY BUMMED. I USE MY FATNESS AND STEP ON THE DAMN THING TO PUSH IT DOWN. I DO A 2ND TEST AND SEE THE SAME SMALL TINY PUDDLE.  I DECIDE TO CLEAN UP , DRY OUT THE PUDDLE , AND WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW.

        - WHILE LAYING ON THE GROUND WITH MY HANDS IN THE GROUND I HEAR THIS VERY LOUD WOOD CRACKLING NOISE. I LOOK INTO THE WOODS ABOUT 70 YARDS AWAY I SEE A 100 FOOT TREE FALL TO THE GROUND.  IT BROKE FROM ABOUT 6 FEET HIGH. I NEVER WITNESSED THIS BEFORE.  I WILL CHECK IT OUT TOMORROW SINCE I HAVE NO LIFE. I TOLD WHEELS THIS STORY ON THE PHONE LATER IN THE EVENING AND SHE SAID , " I GUESS A TREE FALLING DOWN IN THE WOODS DOES MAKE NOISE. "

        - I TAKE A 3RD RIDE TO THE HARDWARE STORE TO RETURN UN-USED PRODUCTS. ALL NIGHT I AM THINKING ABOUT IF THIS LEAKS. EVERY TIME I GO OUTSIDE I CHECK THE SMALL PUDDLE AREA I DRIED WITH PAPER TOWELS. I SEE IT IS DRY BUT THAT MEANS NOTHING BECAUSE THE SUMP PUMP NEVER ACTIVATED. UNLESS THAT SUMP PUMP GOES ON IT WILL REMAIN DRY. I ALREADY PUT THE 300 POUND CEMENT LID AND 100 POUND ROCK BACK ON THE TOP OF THE TANK SO TOMORROW WILL BE THE 2ND TEST. I HAVE NO MORE ENERGY TO TAKE THE LIDS OFF AGAIN. I TAKE A LONG SHOWER ( 10 MINUTES ) AND FLUSH SOME TOILETS I HAD CLEANSER IN. I GO OUT SIDE AND STILL NO PUDDLE. THIS IS GOOD BUT AGAIN UNTIL THE TANK FILLS UP AND ACTIVATES THE SUMP PUMP ALL THIS MEANS SQUAT.  TOMORROW I WILL REMOVE THE CEMENT LID AND ROCK AND REACH DOWN WITH A RAKE TO TURN ON THE PUMP. IF YOU HEAR OR FEEL PAIN AROUND 9AM TOMORROW.....THAT WOULD BE ME FINDING ANOTHER PUDDLE.

        MUD IS ALL OVER MY TOOLS , I USED A BED BLANKET TO KNEEL ON WHILE WORKING IN THE BACK YARD.  THERE IS DAMP WATERY MUD AND GRASS ALL OVER. I FINALLY CLEAN UP EVERYTHING AND IT IS DEPRESSING. I JUST HAVE A FEELING MY PVC PIPES I LINKED TOGETHER ARE NOT GOING TO HOLD. HAVING A RENTER COME IN TOMORROW NIGHT DOESN'T HELP EITHER.

        IT IS NOW 5:30PM AND MY BODY ACHES. I HAVE ONE MORE JOB TO DO AND I AM RELUCTANT BECAUSE MY SNEAKERS ARE MUDDY ( OR SLIPPERY ) AND MY ENERGY LEVEL IS LOW.  THESE ARE 2 INGREDIENTS FOR A SERIOUS ACCIDENT.  I TAKE A SMALL BREAK OF ABOUT 15 MINUTES AND DECIDE I MUST GET THIS LAST PROJECT DONE........LEAF BLOW ALL 3 ROOFS , 2 DECKS , AND ALL GUTTERS. I SET-UP THE 30' LADDER , EXTENSION CORDS , AND LEAF BLOWER. I CLIMB UP USING THE 2ND STORY DECK. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND LOOKING DOWN ON THE CRAP PIT AND " CROSS " DUG OUT OF THE SEPTIC DRAINAGE I TAKE A PICTURE AND POST IT ON FACEBOOK. THE BEST COMMENT WAS BY MY BROTHER ......" SHITTERS FULL !!! " ( IT'S FROM THE MOVIE )

        I BEGIN LEAF BLOWING STICKS , MOTHS , CATERPILLARS , AND MORE. I ALSO NOTICE OUR 2 SKY LIGHTS ARE ALMOST GREEN. CLIMB BACK DOWN AND GRAB WINDEX AND A RAG. I CLEAN THEM....UPPER ROOF IS DONE.  MOVING DOWN I DO THE AWNING ROOF AND THAN THE DECKS BELOW. BY 6:30PM I FINISH. I HAVE TO STOP. I HAVE NO MORE ENERGY.

        I ENJOY SOME PIZZA AND CHILLED ICE WATER. YES , SEVERAL BEERS WOULD OF BEEN SO NICE BUT I CONTINUE THIS " 3 B " DIET......NO BREAD , NO BEER , NO BRANDY.........BLOW.

        CHECK COMPUTER STUFF , PLAY A GAME OF INTERNET POKER , AND BY 7:30PM I'M LAYING WITH THE PUP ON THE COUCH.  SEVERAL TIMES I TAKE THE PUP OUTSIDE AND CHECK ON THE DRY PUDDLE AREA UNDER THE " CROSS " PVC PIPES.  IT IS DARK SO NOW I HAVE A FLASH LIGHT. IT IS STILL DRY BUT THAT GIVES ME NO CONFIDENCE ABOUT TOMORROW WHEN I ACTIVATE THE SUMP PUMP.

        I WATCH THE PHILLIES LOSE , THE CHIEFS FIGHT BACK AND BEAT THE PATRIOTS , AND SOME HOGAN'S HEROES.  BY MIDNIGHT I HEAD TO BED EXHAUSTED. I SURELY WILL SLEEP UNTIL SUNDAY.

        AT 11:59PM I SLIP INTO THE MY BED AND MY BODY THANKS ME. THE PURE JOY OF LAYING DOWN IS BLISS. I FALL ASLEEP QUITE QUICKLY. I EVEN HAVE A DREAM ABOUT WHEELS , MYSELF , AND MY YOUNGEST. WE ARE TRAPPED IN A CAVE AND THE CEILING HEIGHT IS ONLY 1 FOOT HIGH. WE MUST CRAWL UNDER ROCKS AND OUT A HOLE THAT HAS SUN LIGHT. WE KNOW WE MUST GO THAT WAY. BUT THERE IS A PROBLEM. EVERY TIME WE MOVE THE ROCKS DROP AN INCH. I TELL WHEELS TO GO FIRST , THAN ME , AND MY YOUNGEST LAST SINCE SHE IS THE SKINIEST.  WHEELS AND I GET OUT BUT MY YOUNGEST IS SCARED TO MOVE. THE CAVE IS SMALLER NOW AND ONLY 8 INCHES HIGH. I TELL MY KID SHE CAN DO THIS. I ASK HER TO CRAWL ARMY STYLE AS FAST AS SHE CAN. SHE BARELY MAKES IT THE EXIT HOLE AND I GRAB HER ARM FLINGING HER OUT AS THE CAVE DROPS TO THE GROUND..............dream ends.

        OH , ONE MORE THING. I WENT TO BED AT 11:59PM. AFTER THIS DREAM I WOKE UP AND SAID TO MYSELF , " IT HAS TO BE AT LEAST 5AM.....HAS TO BE. " I LOOK AT THE CLOCK AND IT SAYS , " 1:30AM ". I SLEPT 1 1 /2 HOURS. I ACTUALLY GIGGLED AND SHOOK MY HEAD. I GET UP AND PEE FOR 11 MINUTES AND HEAD BACK TO BED. I DID SLEEP UNTIL 6AM. I GUESS THAT IS GOOD.

        FRIDAY      9 - 8 - 17

        " AND UP FROM THE GROUND CAME A BUBBLING BREW " - BEVERLY HILLBILLIES.

        THERE ARE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF PAIN. TODAY , I EXPERIENCE SEVERAL OF THEM.

        MY MAIN OBJECTIVE WAS TO TEST MY " CROSS " PVC CONNECTION THIS MORNING. I WAS CHECKING IT THROUGHOUT EARLY AND LATE EVENING. BUT , WITHOUT ACTIVATING THE SUMP PUMP THIS MEANS NOTHING. I NEED MANY GALLONS OF WATER FLUSHING THROUGH THE PIPES FOR A REAL TEST.  TODAY , WOULD BE THAT DAY. I WOULD RAKE AND SHOVEL THE DIRT AND ROCKS IN , DO SEVERAL OTHER SMALL PROJECTS , CLEAN-UP , AND HEAD HOME.  THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN.

        BEING UP SINCE 6AM I PACED , WATCHED PORN , AND DID SOME COMPUTER THINGS TO KEEP MY MIND OFF TESTING MY SEALS ON THE " CROSS " PIPE. I WAS WAITING FOR THE SUN AND WARMER TEMPERATURES BUT BY 9AM I COULD NOT WAIT NO LONGER.  MY BODY WAS ACHING FROM YESTERDAY BUT A QUICK TEST , RAKE THE TRENCHES , AND I'M OUTTA HERE.

        I LIFTED THE 100 POUND ROCK OFF THE 200 POUND CEMENT LID. I SLID THE 200 POUND LID TO ACCESS THE DEEP BOWELS OF THE SEPTIC TANK. IT WAS TIME TO LOWER A RAKE AND PULL ON THE BOBBER TO ACTIVATE THE PUMP AND FLUSH POOP WATER THROUGHOUT MY BACK YARD. YES, NOW WAS THE TIME.  10 , 9 , 8 , 7 , .........

        SUMP PUMP IS ACTIVATED AND THE WATER IS FLOWING. MY " CROSS " IS HOLDING AND I SMILE , CLOSE MY EYES , BEND MY FACE SLIGHTLY TO THE SKY , AND FEEL THE WARMTH OF THE SUN & GENTLE BREEZE ACROSS MY BALD HEAD.

         I GOT TO ENJOY THIS BLISSFUL MOMENT FOR ABOUT 8 SECONDS AS MY EARS PICKED UP A SOUND.......THE SOUND OF WATER BUBBLING FROM THE GROUND. I LOOK 20 FEET AWAY FROM " THE CROSS " AND IN A DIFFERENT SECTION OF OUR YARD I REALIZE THERE IS ANOTHER BREAK IN THE PVC DRAINAGE LINES AND LEAK. I SCREAM " NOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!! " A SQUIRREL FALLS FROM A TREE , SEVERAL BIRDS FLY FOR FEAR , AND A STORK BY THE WATER DROWNS ITSELF. I BELIEVE MY VOICE WAS A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE. I DROP TO THE GROUND IN ANGUISH AND PAIN. I COULD NOT BELIEVE I HAD TO DO THIS ALL OVER AGAIN.

        SET UP ALL MY TOOLS , TABLE , CALL SEPTIC TECH , DRIVE TO HARDWARE STORE , AND BEGIN TO DIG. I FIND THE BREAK AND INSTALL A FERNCO OR RUBBER BOOT TO IT.  A 2ND PUDDLE HAS FORMED SO I INVESTIGATE THAT BY DIGGING FOR THAT PIPE. I RUN INTO A GIGANTIC ROCK RIGHT WHERE I NEED TO SEE. THIS WAS ALOT OF FUN REMOVING. I FIGURE OUT HOW THE PIPES ARE RUNNING. I DIG AND REMOVE ALL ROCKS ALL USING USING A HAMMER AS A PICK AXE. I TAKE PICTURES AND SEND THEM TO WHEELS. THE BAD NEWS HAS ARRIVED.

        BY 1P EVERYTHING IS DONE. ALL DIRT IS PILED BACK ON AND RAKED ALONG WITH PRE-TESTING. OUR BACK YARD LOOKS LIKE  TESTING GROUND USED BY NORTH KOREA.

         NOW , I JUST NEED TO LOAD A 400 POUND DIG DUG MACHINE IN MY VAN , LOAD A 1000 TOOLS , CLEAN THE HOUSE , LOAD A BLANKET WITH POOPIE DIAPERS & A FISH HEAD , AND DRIVE HOME EXHAUSTED.

        BY 3PM I AM ON THE ROAD. I FOLLOW ONE GUY WHO IS DRIVING 108 MPH. I WAS HOME IN 80 MINUTES.  MY YOUNGEST HELPS ME UNLOAD A 1000 THINGS. MY WHOLE BODY ACHES.

        EARLY EVENING I DRIVE TO MERCURY AMUSMENT TO DROP OFF THE DIG DUG MACHINE. THAN TO GET A LIQUOR ORDER , THAN TO THE NAIL. A BARTENDER OPENED THE NAIL FOR ME AROUND 12 NOON TO RECEIVE A LARGE BEER ORDER. I SPEND OVER 3 HOURS STOCKING LIQUOR , BEER , AND CLEANING BINS.  MY PAIN WOULD NOT END.

        A CO-HOST FOR THE RADIO SHOW TAKES MY COMPUTER TO PREP FOR SUNDAY'S RADIO SHOW. HE WILL KEEP IT UNTIL SUNDAY.

        I ENDED UP STAYING THE WHOLE NIGHT. IT WAS A NICE CROWD AND EVERYONE WAS COOL.  BY 2:40AM I HAD TO ROLL OUT. I AM HALF WAY HOME AND FORGOT MY CELL PHONE. I GO BACK AND GET IT.

        IN BED BY 3:15 AM I CRASH HARD. I WAKE UP AT 5:30AM FREEZING MY ASS OFF. I GUESS I SHOULDN'T OPENED THAT WINDOW. UP AT 7AM I START MY DAY......IN PAIN AND WITHOUT MY COMPUTER.  THIS WILL BE TOMORROW'S STORY.

        SATURDAY            9 - 9 - 17

        ALL I WANTED TO DO IS MOVE MY COMPUTER.........JESUS.

        MY LAPTOP IS WITH A RADIO SHOW HOST. HE IS PREPPING THE COMPUTER FOR OUR LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW ON SUNDAY AT 6PM. STOP DOWN , IT WILL BE FUN.

        OUR JEEP GOT A GREAT PRICE TO RESTORE THE ENGINE. TOTALLY HAPPY WITH IT. WE RETURNED IT 3 TIMES FOR EVEN MORE ADJUSTMENTS.......EVEN MORE HAPPY. THAN , I TAKE IT ACROSS THE STREET TO OUR MECHANIC AND HEAD TO THE MOUNTAINS. I DO NOT HEAR FROM THEM ALL WEEK. THIS IS NOT GOOD. WHEELS MAKES THE CALL TO THEIR SHOP AND THE MECHANIC SAYS , " HAVE CHRIS CALL ME ". THIS IS NOT GOOD. THERE IS A FULL LIST OF THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE. I AM JUST SICK ABOUT IT. I FULL EXPECTED A SIMPLE INSPECTION AND GET THE DAMN CAR BACK. I REALLY SHOULD LEARN ABOUT CAR ENGINES MUCH MORE. I HATE BE SUBJECTED TO MECHANICS. I BELIEVE THE SHOP WE USE BUT IT IS SO FRUSTRATING.

        BODY ACHING AND MY CONTINUING HARD DAYS REPEATS ITSELF.  BUT LET'S START WITH MY COMPUTER WOES. WE HAVE 2 MODEMS IN OUR HOME. THE MAIN ONE UPSTAIRS AND THE " RELAY " OR " JUMPER " DOWNSTAIRS. A RELAY OR JUMPER MODEM EXTENDS THE AREA OF INTERNET RECEPTION AND INCREASES SPEED. WELL , THIS IS FOR MOST FAMILIES BUT NOT OURS. BUT THAT IS ANOTHER STORY. MY BEDROOM OLDER COMPUTER IS ONLY USED ONCE A MONTH....TWICE A MONTH DURING THE RADIO SHOW SEASON. I LITERALLY HAVE TO MOVE EVERYTHING TO THE MAIN ROOM. I SET IT UP AND RECEIVE INTERNET. WELL , THIS MORNING I WANT TO SIMPLY MOVE IT UPSTAIRS NEXT TO THE MAIN MODEM AND JUST LEAVE IT THERE. I AM SICK OF MOVING IT. REAL SIMPLE RIGHT ?

         SET- UP MY COMPUTER AND MONITOR AND NO INTERNET. ARE YOU " F'N " KIDDING ME ??!! I CALL XFINITY AND A VERY NOVICE OLDER WOMAN TRIES TO WALK ME THROUGH IT. SHE NEEDS TO TALK TO HER MANAGER ALMOST EVERY QUESTION. NOTHING WORKS AND I RUN OUT OF PATIENCE AFTER 45 MINUTES.  I DECIDE TO MOVE THE COMPUTER BACK DOWN STAIRS TO THE KITCHEN AREA. I TURN IT ON AND INSTANT INTERNET.

        REASON - THE UPSTAIRS MODEM HAS ID AND PASSWORDS DIFFERENT FROM THE DOWNSTAIRS MODEM. YOU THINK THEY BE LINKED BUT THEY ARE NOT. I WOULD JUST NEED TO ENTER THE NEW ID AND PASSWORD. OH , THE PROBLEM IS I HAVE NO ID OR PASSWORD FOR THE UPSTAIRS MODEM. SO DAMN FRUSTRATING.

         WHEELS VISIT SOME FAMILY AND I TRY TO NAP. AFTER 15 MINUTES OF LAYING DOWN MY CELL PHONE GOES OFF. MY YOUNGEST NEEDS TO BE PICKED UP. OFF TO GET HER AND A FRIEND FROM " PORCH DAY " PARTY. IN THE TOWNSHIP NEXT TO US THEY CLOSED A STREET AND BANDS PLAYED MUSIC ON 10 DIFFERENT PORCHES ALONG WITH FOOD AND DRINK. THE KIDS SAID IT WAS KINDA COOL ESPECIALLY SINCE ONE OF THEIR FRIENDS IS IN A BAND.

        I SHOWER AND SHAVE AND HEAD TO THE NAIL. I PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND IT WAS FUN UNTIL THE VERY END. AGAIN , OUR STAFF DID AN EXCELLENT JOB MOVING BANDS AND PEOPLE. OVER 120 TICKETS WERE SOLD AND IT WAS A SOLID CROWD UNTIL 11PM. PERFECT LOADING AND UNLOADING AND SOME OF THE MUSIC WAS REALLY GOOD......SOME OF IT WAS NOT SO GOOD. OVERALL I HAD A GOOD TIME

        ONE STORY IS A BAND MEMBER AND I ARE WERE TALKING OUTSIDE. HE SAYS HE KNOWS AND WORKED WITH STEVIE WONDER. I SAY I HAD A FRIEND WHO WORKED WITH STEVIE WONDER AND HIS NAME WAS DANNY SEMBELLO. HIS HIS JAW DROPPED AND HE SAYS , " DANNY IS NOT A FRIEND TO ME , ( BLESSES HIMSELF ) HE WAS MY BROTHER. " IT ENDED UP HE LIVED WITH DANNY FOR 3 YEARS IN CALIFORNIA. WE TOLD STORIES AND SINCE MOVING BACK TO THE EAST COAST HE NEVER GOT THE TRUE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM. I TOLD HIM WHAT WE HEARD AND HE WAS THANKFUL FOR CLOSURE. NOW , THAT IS A VERY SMALL WORLD.

        HURRICANE IRMA DOING SOME DAMAGE.

        PHILLIES WIN AND WE ALWAYS PLAY THE NATIONALS TOUGH.

        THE LAST ACT WAS A BUNCH OF TOUGH KIDS AND WANNABEE HIP HOP STARS. I DID NOT LIKE THEIR MUSIC AT ALL BUT WHO AM I TO JUDGE. IF THEY ARE HAVING FUN AND NOT HURTING ANYONE THAN GO FOR IT. I DID NOT LIKE WHEN THEY BROKE OUT TWISTED TEA BOTTLES OUTSIDE AFTER THE PERFORMANCE. I HAD TO TAKE AWAY 10 OF THE 12 BACK THEY BROKE OUT.  2 GOT AWAY TO CARS. I JUST SHOOK MY HEAD AND SAID THEY RUINED A REALLY FUN NIGHT. MAYBE " RUIN " IS TOO HARSH OF A WORD BUT THEY ENDED THE NIGHT ON A LOW NOTE.

         I DID ENJOY MEETING LOTS OF MUSICIANS AND PEOPLE.  PLAYING WITH THEM ALL NIGHT VIA ON THE MICROPHONE AND JUST TALKING TO THEM. I WAS THANKED 20 TIMES FOR RUNNING THE SHOW.

        OH , ONE MORE THING , I DO NOT HAVE MY MAIN COMPUTER BACK BUT I THINK I LOST MY " RUSTY NAIL " FACEBOOK  ACCOUNT AGAIN. OH WELL , I TRIED.

         BACK HOME MY YOUNGEST HAS A SLEEP OVER. THEY TELL ME OF THE CONCERT THEY ATTENDED THE NIGHT BEFORE AT THE MANN MUSIC CENTER AND OUR LOCAL PARK THAT RE-OPENED TODAY. THEY HAD BANDS , TOYS , GIFTS , FOOD , GAMES , BLOW UP HOUSES , LASER LIGHT SHOW , AND ALL KID STUFF FOR THE RE-OPENING. THEY SAID IT WAS FUN.

         OH , JUST ONE MORE THING , SPEAKING OF CONCERTS AND FUN. I HAD TO FORGO TICKETS TO A BILLY JOEL CONCERT IN A SUITE TO WORK A HIP HOP SHOW AT THE NAIL.......OH JOY.........BLOW.

        SUNDAY      9 - 10 - 17

        LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW RETURNS AND THE LAUGHS WERE ABUNDANT AGAIN. MUST THANK THE BANDS POOPY , MOUNT VENGEANCE , KISSING THE KLEPTO , AND MIDHEAVEN FOR HAVING ALOT OF FUN WITH US. SHOW SHOULD BE UPLOADED BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON OR EARLIER.

        LOST A 2ND RUSTY NAIL FACEBOOK ACCOUNT....OH WELL. THEY STILL HAVE NOT GOT BACK TO ME FROM THE FIRST ACCOUNT I LOST.

        EAGLES WITH A HUGE WIN OVER THE REDSKINS. BELIEVE IT OR NOT , THIS WAS A " MUST WIN " BY LOOKING AT THEIR SCHEDULE.  IT WAS GOOD TO SEE COACH PEDERSON GET GATORADED AT THE END OF THE GAME.  I DID HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT PLAY CALLING ON THE OFFENSE BUT TO ME SPECIAL TEAMS AND DEFENSE WON THIS 30 - 17 GAME. THE DEFENSE GAVE UP 10 POINTS WHICH WERE BY TURNOVERS.  WENCE MADE SOME REALLY GOOD PLAYS AND SOME REALLY BAD PLAYS. THE GOOD PLAYS OUT-WEIGHED THE BAD PLAYS. THE EAGLES WON ON A VERY CONTROVERSIAL NON-CALL AT THE END OF THE GAME. THE SCORE DOES NOT INDICATE HOW CLOSE THIS GAME WAS.

        WHEELS GOES TO BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY CLUB FOR A WORK PICNIC. I STAYED HOME FOR REST AND EAGLES. IF I WENT I WOULD OF ATE LIKE A PIG AND DRANK LIKE A LUSH.

        ROLL TO THE NAIL AND BEGIN PREPPING FOR THE RADIO SHOW AND THE NIGHT. IT WAS FUN AND I THOUGHT WE DO AN HOUR SHOW. BUT OF COURSE IT WAS 2 HOURS.  THIS IS A GOOD THING......TIME JUST FLIES WHEN LAUGHING SO HARD. I NEEDED THIS AFTER MY WEEK OF POOP HELL.

        BACK HOME WHEELS & I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " RAY DONOVAN ". IT WAS VERY GOOD.

        OFF TO BED REALLY EARLY. HAD TO SOME COOL DREAMS. ONE DREAM WAS I HAD TO CARRY MY YOUNGEST ACROSS ROCKS. WE WERE JUMPING ON THEM. WE MADE IT ACROSS A LARGE RIVER.  ALSO WOKE UP 5 OR 6 TIMES BUT JUST COULD NOT GET MOVING. BY 6:57AM I FINALLY GOT UP. THIS IS LATE FOR ME.

        MONDAY / TUESDAY    9 - 11 / 12 - 2017

        YEP , MY BRAIN BLOWS. 

        FIRST I MUST ACKNOWLEDGE 9/11. I WATCHED SEVERAL NEWS REPORTS AND DOCUMENTARIES ON FIREMEN , FAMILIES , POLICE , AND MORE.  OH MAN THE PAIN THESE BASTARD TERRORISTS CAUSED. WE WILL NEVER FORGET. I ALSO POSTED " WE WILL NEVER FORGET " ON OUR OUTSIDE MARQUEE SIGN.

        SPEAKING OF THE NAIL'S OUTSIDE MARQUEE. I SPENT SOME TIME FIGURING OUT HOW TO FIX THE SIGN AFTER 2 WHITE MALES IN A SMALL GREY CAR THREW A ROCK THROUGH IT ON LABOR DAY MONDAY NIGHT. THESE FUCKING LOWLIFES HAVE NO MORALS OR DECENCY.  AFTER CONTEMPLATING ALITTLE I DECIDED TO JUST USE THE PIECES FALLEN INSIDE THE MARQUEE , SCOTCH TAPE , AND A HOT GLUE GUN. I PIECED THEM BACK TOGETHER LIKE HUMPTY DUMPTY.  I AM SUPER SATISFIED HOW THE PUZZLE CAME OUT.

        SPENT ABOUT 45 MINUTES WITH OUR SURVEILLANCE TEAM. THE GUY IS SUPER COOL AND I FELT BAD CALLING HIM THE WRONG NAME SEVERAL TIMES. MAN, MY MEMORY BLOWS. ANYWAY , HE MADE 2 VIDEOS AND 3 STILL PICTURES OF THE GUYS WHO THREW A ROCK THROUGH OUR MARQUEE SIGN. I POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK.

        SPEAKING OF FACEBOOK. FOR THE 3RD TIME I RE-MADE MY " RUSTY NAIL " ACCOUNT. SO IF YOU SEE IT PLEASE " FRIEND " ME.

        WALKED AROUND PROPERTY TODAY USING MY NEW WEED WHACKER AGAIN. I HAVE NEVER WHACKED SO MUCH IN MY LIFE. ( EXCEPT MAYBE IN MY BEDROOM )

        NEW USED ENGINE IN JEEP ....AWESOME. TAKE ACROSS THE STREET TO GET A SIMPLE INSPECTION. I'M FIGURING 90 BUCKS.  WELP.......$1007. UN-F'N-BELIEVABLE. I TAKE THE JEEP BACK HOME.

        I TALKED TO MECHANIC CHU ON ESSINGTON AVENUE AND LOOKS LIKE IT CAN BE DONE FOR HALF THE PRICE.

        GOT ALOT OF CLEANING DONE AT THE NAIL. BACK HOME TO CHILL ALITTLE BIT.

        WHEELS AND I GET INVITED TO A COUNTRY CLUB. WE DINED OUTSIDE OVERLOOKING THE GOLF COURSE AND GOLFERS. IT WAS WONDERFUL.  OH , AND IT WAS FREE.  MAN DOES FREE MAKE THE FOOD AND WINE TASTE SO MUCH BETTER.

        TOTALLY JINXED MYSELF. THE NAIL HAS BEEN HAVING ITS BEST NUMBERS IN 20 YEARS. I WROTE LAST WEEK WE HAVE BEEN IN THE RED EVERY MONTH. WELP , AUGUST BOOKS MADE THAT STREAK COME TO A HALT BIG TIME.

        PHILLIES LOSING 7 - 2 GOING INTO THE 8TH INNING.  THEY WINN 9 - 8 IN THE 15TH INNING....NICE. THIS WAS AN EPIC GAME. SUPPOSEDLY WON IT IN THE 9TH INNING BUT REPLAY SHOWED OUR GUY WAS OUT AT HOME. 2 OUTS IN THE 10TH INNING AND THE NEW KID HITS HIS 2ND HOMER OF THE GAME TO TIE IT. THAN WIN IT IN THE 15TH INNING. 

        CLEVELAND INDIANS WIN 20 STRAIGHT TO TIE AN AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD.

        SHOWTIME PICKED UP A SERIES I HAVE BEEN WATCHING. YOU MUST BE A FAN OF THIS COMIC OR YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT.  THEY ARE SHORT SHOWS......ONLY 28 MINUTES OR LESS. THE NAME ?  " DICE ". IT IS ACTUALLY NOT BAD AND IT DID MAKE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD SEVERAL TIMES. IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHO " DICE " IS THAN THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT THE SHOW FOR YOU.

        WEDNESDAY         9 - 13 - 17

        BACK TO CHU.  WHEELS AND I RETURNED THE JEEP BACK TO ESSINGTON AVENUE. THIS TIME IT WAS A DIFFERENT REASON......COST. OUR MAINLINE MECHANIC VS ESSINGTON AVENUE MECHANIC. THE DIFFERENCE ?........ABOUT 50%. 

        LOVE WALKIE TALKIES.....BEST THING EVER INVENTED. OK , MAYBE THAT IS GOING TOO FAR BUT WHEELS AND I USED THEM WHEN TRAVELING TO PHILLY IN 2 SEPARATE CARS.  IT HELPS WITH MANEUVERING IN TRAFFIC AS A TEAM AND JUST CONVERSATION. ANYTIME YOU TRAVEL IN PAIRS I REALLY LIKE USING WALKIE TALKIES.

        WAS GOING TO CUT THE LAWN BUT MAN DID THE RAIN COME.

        FOUND AN OUTLET / LIGHT TIMER. I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THIS FOR A WHILE. OF COURSE WHILE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE I COME ACROSS THE TIMER. I WANT TO INSTALL LOW VOLTAGE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS AT THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. WE USED TO HAVE THEM AND THEY LOOKED REALLY NICE AND DIRECTED RENTERS TOWARDS OUR HOME EASILY.  WE HAVE SOLAR LIGHTS NOW AND SINCE IT IS IN THE WOODS SUNLIGHT RARELY HITS THEM THUS MAKING THEM DIM OR BURN OUT QUICKLY. OUT OF 11 DRIVEWAY LIGHTS ONLY 3 WORK.

        WHEELS MAKES A NICE STIR FRY AND WE CHILL FOR DINNER WITH OUR YOUNGEST AND THE PUP. ALWAYS FUN WITH THE PUP.

        NEIGHBORS INSTALLED A NEW A/C COMPRESSOR. IT IS DEFINITELY AN EYE SORE ON OUR PROPERTY. THE FUNNY THING IS THE TECHS WHO WERE WORKING IN OUR BACK YARD I KNEW.  I TOLD THEM THEY COULD USE OUR DRIVEWAY TO PULL THEIR TRUCKS IN.

        OFF TO THE NAIL WHERE I GET ANOTHER LITTLE PROJECT DONE. SPLIT THE TV'S UP.  ONE REMOTE WILL CONTROL 6 TV'S AND THE OTHER REMOTE WILL CONTROL THE MAIN TV. I HAD TO CALL COMCAST AND GOT THIS REALLY NICE GIRL TO WALK ME THROUGH. TECHNICALLY I DID ALL THE WORK BUT SHE SENT A SIGNAL TO THE BOX TO RE-ACTIVATE IT. I CALLED OUR REMOTE THE " BABY REMOTE " AND SHE REPLIED , " OH MY GOD THAT IS SO CUTE. I NEVER HEARD A REMOTE CALLED " THE BABY ". SHE GIGGLED AND I ENVISIONED DOING HER.......AND THAN HUNG UP.

        MY NEIGHBOR IS FILLING OUR DUMPSTER. I AM ALLOWING HIM TO FILL IT EVERY WEDNESDAY SINCE IT GETS EMPTIED EVERY THURSDAY MORNING. HE IS MOVING OUT BY THE END OF THE MONTH AND MAN DOES HE HAVE A TON OF STUFF. I DID DUMPSTER DIVE A LARGE PLASTIC BLUE TARP.

        CLEANED , BARTENDED , AND THAN A " TEST ".  A YOUNG GUY WALKS IN AND ASKS FOR A " DOUBLE SAMBUCA WITH SPRITE. "  HE LOOKS AROUND 22 YEARS OLD SO I ASK HIM FOR I.D.  THE OLLLLLLDDDDDD " I LEFT IT AT HOME " ANSWER. MY ANTENNAS GO RIGHT UP AND DO NOT SERVE HIM. HE LEAVES AND I GO OUTSIDE AND THERE IS A POLICE OFFICER IN THE HARDWARE LOT ACROSS THE STREET. SO , WHY DID I THINK THIS WAS A TEST ?

        ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO A YOUNG ADULT CAME IN ASKING FOR A PITCHER OF MILLER LITE. I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH MY BROTHER AND SUPER PRE-OCCUPIED BECAUSE I WAS TELLING HIM ABOUT A FLYERS PLAYOFF GAME I ATTENDED THE NIGHT BEFORE IN WHICH THEY WON IN OVER-TIME. IT WAS THE BEST HOCKEY GAME I EVER ATTENDED.  WELL , I PLACE THE MILLER LITE PITCHER IN FRONT OF THIS " ADULT " BUT DO NOT GIVE HIM A GLASS.  I WALK DOWN THE BAR TO HANG UP THE PHONE AND FINISH MY EXCITED CONVERSATION. I RETURN TO CARD AND CHARGE THIS " ADULT "...........AND HE IS GONE.  THREE MINUTES LATER THE COPS ARE IN THE NAIL BUSTING ME FOR SERVING A MINOR. I NEVER WILL FORGET THE STING THEY PULLED ON ME.....ALWAYS CARD PATRONS NO MATTER WHAT.

        ROLL OUT AND HEAD HOME. HAD SOME VODKA / SPARKLING WATER ALONG WITH HEALTHY CHIPS & GUACAMOLE ALONG WITH A NUTRITION BAR.  BY 11PM I WAS IN BED.

         PHILLIES WIN AND THE KID HITS ANOTHER HOME RUN.

        THURSDAY        9 - 14 - 17

        GOT TO EMBARRASS THE KID................

        2ND A/C COMPRESSOR GETS INSTALLED IN OUR BACK YARD. THAT EYE SORE JUST DOUBLED.

        BEAUTIFUL DAY SO FINISHING THE LAWN WAS ON THE LIST. USING MY RIDING AND WALKING MOWER I GOT EVERYTHING DONE IN ABOUT AN HOUR.

        SO , I'M ON MY RIDING MOWER CUTTING THE LAWN AND I SAY TO MYSELF , " HMMMMMM , MY KID IS ABOUT TO GET OFF THE BUS. " I DRIVE THE RIDING MOWER AT LIGHTNING SPEED........ABOUT 3 MPH TO THE BUS STOP.  JUST AS I ARRIVE AND SPIN THE MOWER AROUND THE KID'S BUS PULLS UP. I BEGIN YELLING " WHO NEEDS A RIDE ?!! " TO THE KIDS GETTING OFF THE BUS. THE PARENTS THERE ARE GIGGLING AND MY KID HIDES HER FACE IN SHAME AS I POINT TO HER AND YELL " HEY ?? I KNOW YOU !! "  I CAN SEE HER LIPS MOUTHING " OH MY GOD ".  THE KID GIGGLES AS I FOLLOW RIGHT BEHIND AS SHE WALKS TOWARDS HOME.  FINALLY SHE JUMPS ON THE MOWER WITH ME AND SAYS , " WHY ARE YOU SUCH A NUDGE. " ---------------  MY JOB IS DONE HERE.

        OUR GARDEN STARTED OUT SO PROMISING. TODAY I HAD TO PICK CARROTS , TOMATOES , AND ONIONS. WELP , THE CARROTS WERE 1/3 THE SIZE THEY SHOULD BE AND KINDA LOOKED LIKE PORN TOYS. THE ONIONS WERE SUPPOSE TO BE THE SIZE OF SOFTBALLS BUT ENDED UP THE SIZE OF MY BALLS. THE TOMATOES......SOME WERE GOOD BUT SOME WERE ALIEN-LIKE.  OH , AND THE LETTUCE WAS NON EXISTENT.

        RE-HEAT SOME TURTLE SOUP AND SLIGHTLY WATER IT DOWN FOR MY KID. WE GOT IT FROM DINNER THE OTHER NIGHT.  OUR YOUNGEST SAID IT WAS ALITTLE BETTER THIS TIME AROUND.

        WATCHED A LITTLE BIT OF " ELLEN ". ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD SHOW.

        OUR DIG DUG MACHINE IS DOWN TO ONE MORE TROUBLE SHOOTING ANSWER IN FIXING IT. IF IT DOESN'T WORK.....WE WILL LOSE A 2ND ARCADE MACHINE FOR THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THAT WOULD SUCK.

        TAKE A SHOWER AND HEAD TO THE NAIL.

         I GOOGLE HOW TO PREVENT A DOG FROM SCRATCHING. OUR PUP HAS BEEN ENDURING IT TOO LONG WITH NO HELP FROM OUR VET. SO , PURE COCONUT OIL WAS APPLIED TO THE PUP'S SKIN TODAY.  WE ARE HOPING THIS WORKS INSTEAD OF ALLERGY PILLS WHICH HAVE NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO SOLVING THERE ISSUE.

         I LIKE TO UPDATE OUR TABLES. THEY LOOK LIKE ASS. I WAS GIVEN NEW MARBLE-LIKE FORMICA BUT I THINK THIS IS TOO FANCY FOR THE NAIL. SO I CALLED MY BROTHER WHO IS A MASTER CARPENTER FOR SOME IDEAS.  WE BRAINSTORMED AND I DECIDED TO TAKE ONE TABLE HOME AND WORK ON IT TOMORROW. I LIKE THE IDEA WE CAME UP WITH.

        REALLY GOOD BAND TONIGHT AND ONE SEMI-ANNOYING PATRON. 

        OVERALL A GOOD NIGHT FOR MUSIC.  ONE MUSICIAN I TALKED TO PLAYED WITH TOMMY CONWELL.

         I FELT BAD FOR THIS ONE LADY. SHE CAME IN AND HER HAND WAS BLEEDING. SHE SAID SHE WAS NOT PAYING ATTENTION AND TRIPPED ON THE SIDEWALK AND ROLLED INTO THE STREET.  SHE SAID , " THANK GOD NO CARS WERE GOING BY AT THE TIME. " I GOT HER TO THE WOMEN'S BATHROOM AND GAVE HER A WET CLOTH AND BAND AIDS.

        PHILLIES WIN BIG AND THE KID HITS ANOTHER HOME RUN. THE MANAGER WAS PRETTY FUNNY AFTER THE GAME IN A POST INTERVIEW. HE SAYS , " HOSKINS HITS A HOME RUN.....BLA BLA BLA...."  THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY.

        ROLL HOME AND WHEELS AND I WATCH THE BEGINNING OF SEASON 3 OF " NARCOS ".. IT WAS SLOW MOVING SINCE THEY NOW HAVE TO SET UP A WHOLE NEW KING PIN SCENARIO.  THEY TOOK OUT ESCOBAR THE MAIN CHARACTER.  HE HAD TO DIE SINCE HE DIES IN REAL LIFE BUT I THINK THEY SHOULD OF STRETCHED IT LONGER. THE ACTOR DID A GREAT JOB OF BEING THIS EVIL SINISTER DRUG LORD. THE NEW DRUG KINGS ARE THESE 4 GOD FATHERS. I WAS AMAZED THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT FLOWS IN FOR THESE COCAINE DEALERS. IMAGINE THIS..............THESE GODFATHERS WERE PAYING POLITICIANS , POLICE , GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS , AND MORE OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN BRIBES. ONE F'N BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR ??!!  .......JUST IN BRIBES ??!! HOLY CRAP !!

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH CARROTS AND GUACAMOLE......HMMMMM........MMMM.  BLOW.

        A LITTLE RED WINE TOO.

        FRIDAY          9 - 15 - 17

        LONG LONG DAY................

        UP AT 6AM. REMEMBER THAT TIME........6AM.

        APPLY COCONUT HELP OIL TO THE PUP. WE ARE HOPING THIS HELPS IN SOME WAY. I ALSO WALK HER.

        JINX MYSELF LIKE AN IDIOT. AUGUST ENDED OUR " IN THE RED " STREAK. BOTH US AND THE CLEVELAND INDIANS HAVE COME TO A HALT..............TOTALLY SUCKS.

        THE NAIL TABLES HAVE BEEN BOTHERING ME FOR A LONG TIME. TODAY I STARTED THEIR RE-BIRTH. THE MARBLE FORMICA IS JUST TOO HIGH END FOR THE NAIL AND I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH OF IT. SO , I RIPPED DOWN 1/2" BY 4' X 8' PIECE OF WAINS COATING TO MAKE STRIPS FOR THE SIDES OF EVERY TABLE. I BROUGHT HOME ONE TABLE FOR A TEST. AFTER BREAKING OUT MY TABLE SAW, CIRCULAR SAW , MITRE BOX , SANDER , HORSES , AND BACKING MY VAN UP TO ACCESS OTHER TOOLS.........I FINISHED ONE TABLE. IT LOOKS MUCH BETTER WITH A WOOD TRIM.  I HAVE 8 TABLES TO DO AND WILL PAINT ALL OF THEM LAST WHICH I THINK WILL MAKE THEM EVEN LOOK BETTER. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO BE OUTSIDE WITH THE PUP.

        TECHS I KNOW FINISHED INSTALLING A/C COMPRESSORS ON OUR NEIGHBOR'S PROPERTY TODAY. I TALKED TO THE TECH I KNOW AND SUGGESTED COVERING THE EYE SORE BLACK ELECTRICAL LINES COMING DOWN THE BUILDING. I WAS GLAD WHEN HE SAID THEY ARE COVERING THEM WITH A DOWNSPOUT TYPE OF MATERIAL. THE FINAL PRODUCT CAME OUT NICE. STILL WISH THEY WERE NOT ON OUR PROPERTY LINE BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO.

        JEEP - TO ESSINGTON AVENUE AGAIN. WHEELS DROPS ME OFF AND I PICK UP OUR JEEP.  BY GOING TO MECHANIC CHU WE SAVED ALMOST $500...........SO WORTH IT.  THE JEEP IS INSPECTED AND DONE.

        I STOP AT " NICK'S ROAST BEEF " AND PICK UP GRAVY FIRES AND BROCCOLI RABE FOR MY YOUNGEST AND ROAST PORK SANDWICH WITH LONG HOTS AND HORSE RADISH ON THE SIDE FOR WHEELS. I GOT NOTHING. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO GET NOTHING AT NICK'S ROAST BEEF ??

        STOP AT THE NAIL TO GET THE A/C'S ON. THIS WAS A VERY GOOD CALL. I LOAD 2 MORE TABLES TO TAKE HOME.

        BACK HOME I UNLOAD THE TABLES AND LOAD IN ONE LARGE WICKER CHAIR. MY DAY IS NON-STOP.

        HEAD TO OUR ELDEST COLLEGE TO PICK HER UP AND DROP OFF THE CHAIR. I GOT TO SEE THE NEW UPGRADED DORM SHE IS IN. IT IS FRIGGIN' NIGHT AND DAY COMPARED TO HER LAST DORM.  IT REALLY IS A SMALL APARTMENT.  OH , THE " SIGHTS " AT THIS COLLEGE ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY......WELL , I ALMOST RAN MY JEEP OFF THE ROAD 11 TIMES.

        A NICE RIDE HOME AND MY KID TALKS THE WHOLE TIME.....THIS IS RARE BUT GOOD.

        BACK HOME WE UNLOAD AND THE KIDS PLAY WITH THE PUP. THE DOG JUST CRACKS US UP.

        I MAKE A SMOOTHIE AND THE KIDS TAKE A RIDE TO " CHIPOTLE ". LATER THEY PLAY Wii TOGETHER.

        TEXT WITH MY BROTHER ABOUT THE TV SHOW " NARCOS ".

        I WORK ON 2 MORE TABLES AND FINISH THEM WITH THE WOOD TRIM.  I NEED TO DO 8 TABLES. I NOW HAVE 3 DONE. I LOAD THEM IN THE VAN. I CLEAN UP OUTSIDE AND LEAF BLOW THE SAW DUST.

         DINNER TIME I HAVE A SALAD AND LEFTOVER STIR FRY.....OH JOY.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I UNLOAD 3 NEWLY TRIMMED TABLES AND RE-LOAD 3 MORE TO TAKE HOME. I ALSO HUNG 2 BEER SIGNS.

        BOOKED AN OUT OF STATE HIP HOP ARTIST. THEY WANTED TO RENT OUR VENUE ON A TUESDAY NIGHT. WHO AM I TO DENY.

        IT IS 8:30PM AND I KNOW THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD NIGHT BUT NOT ONE PERSON IS HERE. I AM STARTING TO DOUBT MY ANTENNAS. THAN......THE FLOOD GATES OPENED.  A YOUNG GOOD LOOKING CROWD ABSOLUTELY PACKED THE NAIL TONIGHT.

        HELP A FELLOW PATRON GET HIS KEYS FROM HIS CAR WHICH HE LOCKED IN. I GAVE HIM A " SLIM JIM " AND A HANGER. HE GOT THEM.

        MAN THE YOUNG GIRLS TONIGHT WERE MAKING ME DEPRESSED. I WILL NEVER BE YOUNG OR GOOD LOOKING AGAIN. I LOOK LIKE A TRAIN WRECK THAT WENT THROUGH A ZOO.

        MY GAME PLAN WAS TO HAVE THE BARTENDER COME IN AT 9PM AND THAN I LEAVE AT 9:15PM. THIS WAS NOT HAPPENING. MY ELDEST WAS THE BARTENDER SO I STAYED AND HELPED. WE HAD TO HAVE 2 BARTENDERS TONIGHT. MAN DID WE RUN HARD ALL THE WAY UNTIL 1AM.

        AT 1:05AM I HAD NO MORE ENERGY. MY LEGS WERE HURTING. IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT OF BLACK LIGHTS , BEACH BALLS , SILLY STRING , GLOW STICKS , AND MUSIC.

        AT HOME I WIND DOWN WITH A LIBATION UNTIL 2AM AND THAN FALL INTO BED. I SLEPT ALL THE WAY TO 6AM. REMEMBER THAT TIME ? MY 20 HOUR DAY HAS ENDED AND RESTARTED ON THE SAME TIME.

        SATURDAY       9 - 16 - 17

        A DAY TO REMEMBER A FRIEND.................

        MORNING STARTS WITH ME TRIMMING OUT 3 MORE NAIL TABLES. TOTAL IS AT 6 NOW. I HAVE 2 MORE TO GO. I THINK THEY CAME OUT VERY GOOD COMPARED TO WHAT THEY USED TO LOOK LIKE. AFTER FINISHING ALL 8 THAN I WILL PAINT AND LEVEL THEM.

        WHEELS PICKS MORE VEGGIES FROM OUR GARDENS. SHE ALSO WALKED WITH A FRIEND AND THEY GAVE US A CUCUMBER THAT SHAMED EVERYTHING WE GREW AND MADE ME HORNY.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO MEET WITH SOME OLD FRIENDS. WHEELS AND I ARE DONATING A 1/2 KEG TO A CHARITY FUND RAISER TONIGHT. WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES OF THE OLD TIMES AND WHEELSTOCKS.

        I SPEND 3 HOURS CLEANING THE NAIL FROM FRIDAY NIGHTS BIG ANNIVERSARY PARTY.  THIS IS A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE. I WAS PRETTY TIRED BUT GLAD I GOT EVERYTHING DONE. I EXCHANGED MORE TABLES AND HEADED HOME.

        TOO TIRED TO WORK ON THE LAST 2 TABLES I TRY TO TAKE A NAP. I SLEPT ALITTLE BUT SOON I WAS SHOWERING AND SHAVING FOR TONIGHT.

        WHEELS AND I HEAD TO THE NAIL ONE MORE TIME. WE WERE IN AND OUT VERY QUICKLY. WE PICK UP A FAMILY MEMBER AND HEAD TO A FUND RAISER PARTY.

        CALL MY KIDS TO BRING IN MY TOOLS OUT THE DRIVEWAY. WHERE DID THIS RAIN COME FROM ?

        THE LOCATION WAS BOATHOUSE ROW AND THE PLACE HAS A WONDERFUL VIEWS. IT IS ACTUALLY 2 MILES AWAY FROM BOAT HOUSE ROW WHICH WE HAD TO FIGURE OUT THE HARD WAY.  A BRIDGE BEING CLOSED FOR A DANCE EVENT MADE IT EVEN MORE HARDER TO GET TO. WE ARRIVE AND THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. MANY DONATIONS FROM CLUBS AND RESTAURANTS BUT " SHAKE SHACK " BURGERS WERE THE BEST.  WE ATE , DINED , MINGLED , AND BOUGHT RAFFLE TICKETS. WE HAD TO LEAVE AND I HEARD WE MISSED WINNING A BIG SCREEN TV BY ONE NUMBER. THAT IS KINDA THE STORY OF MY LIFE BUT TONIGHT'S BIG PICTURE WAS RAISING MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE. I REALLY ENJOYED SEEING SOME OLD FRIENDS AGAIN. I ALSO GOT A CHANCE TO TRY CONSHOHOCKEN IPA. THIS IS A GOOD BEER. I WENT OFF MY " 3 B " PLAN FOR A LITTLE TONIGHT.

        OFF TO THE PHILLIES GAME TO MEET FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WE ARRIVE AND THE GAME WAS IN A RAIN DELAY.   PHILLIES COME BACK TO WIN 5 - 2 AND WE DID NOT GET OUT OF THERE UNTIL MIDNIGHT.  IT WAS FUN MEETING UP WITH PEOPLE AND LOTS OF LAUGHS.

        BACK HOME I TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHEELS.  I AM SURE SHE REMEMBERS NOTHING OF THE 30 SECONDS.

        ARDMOREFEST - A BENEFIT FOR HOUSTON - IS SUNDAY AT 6PM AT THE NAIL. I WILL BE THERE MOST OF THE NIGHT.

        SUNDAY      9 - 17 - 17

        ARDMOREFEST - A BENEFIT FOR HOUSTON WAS A SUCCESS.  8 BANDS AND FRIENDS PACKED THE NAIL TONIGHT. I WAS ON DOOR MANAGING DONATIONS OF FOOD & CASH , SOUNDMAN WAS RUNNING THE BANDS , THE BARTENDER WAS RUNNING .......THIS WAS A FUN NIGHT.

        COFFIN AT THE NAIL ? NOT FOR ME ( YET ) , BUT A LEAD SINGER DID JUMP OUT OF IT. I POSTED SOME PICS ON FACEBOOK.

        THOUGHT I WAS DONE AND THAN I REALIZED I WASN'T. I BROUGHT THE REMAINING 2 TABLES TO THE NAIL. I AM VERY PROUD OF HOW THESE CAME OUT ( THE ONLY ONE ACTUALLY ). I JUST NEED TO PAINT AND LEVEL THEM.  THAN I FORGOT ONE TABLE THAT HAS OUR AMPLIFIER ON IT NEXT TO THE MIXING BOARD...........DAMN IT.

        MAN DO I HAVE A LONG WEEK.....SHIT LOAD TO DO.

        EAGLES SUCK US PHILLY FANS IN AGAIN !! GOD I CAN'T TAKE BEING A LOYAL GREEN BLOODED FAN. DAMN IT !!  THEY KEPT THE GAME CLOSE ALL THE WAY INTO THE 4TH QUARTER. THAN , THE PLAY CALLING TURNED HORRIBLE. 2 TURNOVERS LED TO 10 POINTS AND A " CHIP SHOT " FIELD GOAL AS MERRILL REESE SAID MISSED. THAT IS A 13 POINT TURN AROUND WHICH WAS THE DIFFERENCE OF THE GAME SINCE WE LOST BY 7.........ALONG WITH LACK OF RUNNING THE BALL OR QUICK SHORT PASSES WHICH ARE LIKE A RUN. OUR QB WAS SACKED 31 TIMES.........WORSE EVER. CHIEFS ADJUSTED BY CALLING SCREENS AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY AGAINST OUR STUPID COACHES.....WORST EVER.  AGAIN , SUCKS TO BE A PHILLY FAN.

        IT WAS TIED AT 13 - 13 IN THE 4TH QUARTER. WE HAD THE BALL ON OUR OWN 33....WHY NOT BRING IN THAT BIG 265 POUND RUNNING BACK ???!!!

        SUCKED IN EVEN MORE.  WITH 20 SECONDS LEFT IN THE GAME THE EAGLES SCORE TO MAKE IT 27 - 20.  THEY PERFORM A PERFECT ON-SIDE KICK. OUR PLAYER TIPS THE BALL FORWARD OVER A CHIEF PLAYER.  UNFORTUNATELY , THE BALL DOES NOT BOUNCE UP TO HIM BUT LANDS FLAT WHERE HE HAS TO FALL ON THE FOOTBALL INSTEAD OF USING HIS MOMENTUM AND CONTINUE RUNNING. IF THE BALL BOUNCES UP IN ONE MOTION ( LIKE THE MOVIE " INVINCIBLE " ) HE RUNS INTO THE END ZONE TO TIE THE GAME. ( THOUGH OUR ROOKIE KICKER WHO MY DAUGHTER WAS WORKING WITH AT GIANT FOOD STORE 3 DAYS AGO PROBABLY WOULD OF MISSED IT AND WE LOSE 27-26. SHE SAID HE WAS A HORRIBLE BAGGER AND GLAD HE GOT A JOB AS THE KICKER. HER LINES MOVE MUST FASTER WITHOUT HIM BAGGING.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE " SUCKED US IN " PLAY BY OUR BELOVED HEART BREAKING EAGLES. ON THE " HAIL MARY " PLAY WITH 5 SECONDS LEFT IN THE GAME.....I HAD AN ISSUE WITH THIS.  MOST TIMES , I MEAN ALL TIMES ,  3 RECEIVERS VIE FOR THE JUMP BALL WHILE ONE LURKS IN THE BACK OF THE END ZONE FOR THE TIP. ALL OUR RECEIVERS JUMPED FOR IT AND GUESS WHAT ? .....IT WAS TIPPED. IF A RECEIVER WAS STANDING INCHES INSIDE THE BACK OF THE END ZONE IT WOULD OF BEEN CAUGHT JUST LIKE RECEIVER AGLORASS CAUGHT HIS EARLIER. 

        PHILLIES LOSE......BLOW.

        WHEELS GOES TO " BONEFISH ".....NICE. I HAD A PORK ROLL SANDWICH WITH NO BREAD.

        FRIEND STOPS OVER TO TAKE SOME OF MY MICS AND CORDS TO BE FIXED. HE ALSO GAVE US BAD NEWS THAT A FLAT SCREEN TV MY NEPHEW TRASH PICKED IN AVALON CAN NOT BE FIXED.......LOL........OH WELL.

        THE GOOD THING............THE STINKING COWBOYS LOST HUGE AND LOOKED HORRIBLE AGAINST A MEDICARE DENVER BRONCO TEAM.  WE HAVE THE LEAD IN THE 4TH QUARTER AGAINST THE #1 POWER RANKED TEAM AND LOSE BY 7. COWBOYS GET ABSOLUTELY SMOKED BY A .500 TEAM BY 25 POINTS. MAYBE THIS DIVISION IS UP FOR THE TAKING SINCE IT SEEMS ALL THE TEAMS ARE .500 AT BEST. WE KNOW THE EAGLES BLOW BUT IT SEEMS EVERYONE ELSE DOES TOO.

        MONDAY           9 - 18 - 17

        GONNA BE A REAL LONG WEEK.........TIME TO GET STARTED.

        UP EARLY AND START MY ROUTINE OF GETTING MY KID OFF TO SCHOOL AND DOING BAND AND WEBSITE STUFF.

        FOUND A MOUNTAIN HOUSE RENTER VIA A TRAVEL SITE. THIS GUY WAS EXTREMELY QUICK IN GETTING BACK TO ME.

        DRIVE ELDEST BACK TO COLLEGE. THIS WAS A JOYFUL RIDE BECAUSE MY KID , LIKE ALL TEENAGERS , LOVE THE MORNING.

        BACK HOME I GET SOME EMAILS DONE.

        MY FAVORITE THING TO DO.............WEED.  FOR 3+ HOURS I FOLLOWED THE EDGES OF OUR PROPERTY AND WEEDED AND CUT BRANCHES. THIS WAS NOT FUN.

        YOUNGEST HELPS ME LOAD 4 TRASHCANS OF WEEDS.  A HUGE HELP AND ALWAYS AWESOME TO HANG WITH THIS KID....AND THE PUP TOO !!

         I HUGGED OUR YOUNGEST 11 TIMES TODAY. AS SOON AS I ENTER HER ROOM SHE GROANS.

        LOAD MY VAN OF TOOLS BECAUSE I HAVE ONE MORE STINKING TABLE TO TRIM OUT.

        MAKE A SMOOTHIE AND TAKE A SALAD TO THE NAIL. OH JOY.......EATING LIKE A RABBIT SO BLOWS.

        WASTING BANANAS ? ......FREEZE THEM JUST AS THEY GET RIPE OR A LITTLE PAST. THEY ARE STILL GOOD FOR SMOOTHIES AND BANANA BREAD. A CHEF TOLD ME THIS TONIGHT.

        AT THE NAIL I BEGIN 2 TASKS. I AM ALREADY EXHAUSTED FROM WEEDING EARLIER.

        1 - AS SOON AS I GET OUT OF MY VAN IN THE BACK PARKING LOT I BEGIN WEED WHACKING. THIS NEW WHACKER REALLY HAS BEEN DOING AN UNBELIEVABLE JOB.  I SPEND ABOUT 30 MINUTES WHACKING OFF. IT LOOKS ACCEPTABLE NOW.....A LITTLE LESS THAN A JUMANJI SCENE.

        2 - FINISH THE DAMN LAST FORGOTTEN TABLE. I SET- UP SAWS OUTSIDE AND WORK IN THE BACK LOT. WHEN DONE I PUT ALL MY TOOLS AWAY AND BRING THE TABLE BACK INSIDE.  I SPREAD THE TABLES OUT SO I CAN WALK AROUND THEM AND PUT ALL BARSTOOLS ON THE STAGE FOR MORE ROOM. ALL TABLES ARE OFFICIALLY TRIMMED OUT , SANDED , AND CAULKED.  I USE BLUE PAINTER'S TAPE ON ALL TABLES TO PREP FOR PAINTING.  I FIND THE RIGHT CAN OF PAINT AND SHAKE IT LIKE HOMER SIMPSON ON A TREADMILL.....FAT WAS FLYING EVERY WHERE.  APPLY 2 COATS TO EVERY TABLE. I THINK THEY CAME OUT EXCELLENT. IT IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE FROM WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE TO NOW........HUGE. I HAVE NO LIFE.

        CLEAN PAINT BRUSH AND PUT EVERYTHING AWAY. I TALK TO SEVERAL PATRONS , WATCH THE PHILLIES WIN ON A GRAND SLAM , AND SEE THE GIANTS LOSE TO THE LIONS. I THINK OUR EAST DIVISION WILL NEED 9 WINS TO TAKE IT.

        GET ALL MY NORMAL CHORES DONE ESPECIALLY A FOOD LIST.  TOMORROW......HEAD TO THE DEPO.......UGH. SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE IT'S GROUND HOG DAY.

        BACK HOME I WIND DOWN WITH WHEELS. WE WATCH AN EPISODE OF " OUTLANDER ". IT WAS OK TO GOOD.

        TUESDAY         9 - 19 - 17

        TRY TO MAKE YOUR WIFE BELLY LAUGH AT 8AM IN THE MORNING. I PRIDE MYSELF ON MAKING WHEELS LAUGH. IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT ATTRACTS HER TO ME AT THIS POINT. I DID MAKE HER LAUGH HARD THIS MORNING. JUST ONE THING , I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT I SAID BECAUSE MY BRAIN BLOWS.

        START MY DAY AT 6:15AM. IT IS TOUGH GETTING UP BUT MY JOY IS BEING WITH MY KIDS. OUR YOUNGEST IS JUST SO COOL. WE TALK , MAKE A LUNCH , A LITTLE BREAKFAST , AND IT IS OFF TO THE BUS STOP WITH ME WAVING LIKE A MENTAL PATIENT WHILE THE KID WALKS UP THE STREET.

        THEY ARE CALLING FOR 90 DEGREES ON SUNDAY ??!!  OF COURSE THEY ARE. WE ARE HAVING A LITTLE GATHERING AT OUR HOUSE AND DID NOT FIGURE HIGH TEMPS WERE IN THE PICTURE IN LATE SEPTEMBER.

        MY LONG WEEK CONTINUES AS I HEAD TO RESTAURANT DEPO.  I GO HERE ONCE A MONTH AND THAT IS TOO MUCH. THE LINES AND WAITING ARE HORRIBLE. SOMETHING ALWAYS GOES WRONG WITH COUNTING PRODUCT OR PAYING WITH A CHECK.  THE ONLY THING THAT SAVED ME WAS MY IPOD , HEAD PHONES , AND JOHNNY CASH.

        LEAVE RESTAURANT DEPO AND HEAD TO THE NAIL TO UNLOAD PRODUCT THERE. I JUST STACKED THINGS SINCE I WAS RETURNING LATER.

        AT HOME I UNLOAD AND STOCK A 100 ITEMS. IT........SO.........SUCKS DOING THIS BY YOURSELF. MY 3+ HOUR ROUND TRIP FOR GETTING FOOD AND PRODUCT IS DONE. I GOT TOO TIRED AND WHEELS HELPED WITH SOME WHEN SHE GOT HOME.

        TIME TO CHILL FOR ALITTLE BIT. I HANG WITH MY YOUNGEST AS THE KID COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL.

        I WATCH CNN & OAN PRETTY REGULARLY. THE NEWS IS PRETTY DAMN DEPRESSING WITH HURRICANES , FLOODING , SINK HOLES , SHOOTINGS , AND TRUMP CALLING NORTH KOREA DICTATOR " ROCKET MAN "...............WHAT A WORLD.

        OFF TO THE NAIL. ALL THE TABLES ARE OFFICIALLY DONE. THEY CAME OUT SUPER NICE. I REMOVED ALL THE BLUE PAINTER'S TAPE AND TOUCHED UP PAINTED EVERY TABLE. PLACING ALL BARSTOOLS ON THE STAGE I VACUUMED THE ENTIRE ROOM , CLEANED UP , AND PUT EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER. ANOTHER GOOD THING....THE PRICE TO UPDATE ALL TABLES WITH WOOD TRIM - $0.

        DO SOME MORE CLEANING , PREPPING , STOCKING , LIST MAKING , AND FINALLY SIT DOWN AT 9PM.

        ROLL OUT AND GIVE A PATRON A RIDE HOME.

        HANG WITH WHEELS AND WE WATCH " RAY DONOVAN ". THIS SHOW HAS TAKEN A TURN. I AM NOT SURE IF I LIKE IT OR NOT. I DO LIKE THE SUPER HOT CHICK FROM " BANSHEE " WHO IS NOW A MAIN CHARACTER.

        SNACK ON SOME ROASTED NUTS , SHARP CHEESE , GENOA SALAMI , AND RED WINE.

        OFF TO BED FOR TOMORROW WILL BE ANOTHER LONG DAY.

        WEDNESDAY         9 - 20 - 17

        LIKE I SAID.....THE LONG WEEK CONTINUES. THIS SEEMS EASIER BUT NOT REALLY.

        PLACE SMALL ORDERS FOR LIQUOR AND BEER.

        HEAD TO NORTH WILDWOOD TO CHECK ON OUR CONDO. I AM GLAD I DID.  HERE IS THE LITTLE EVENTS OF MY LITTLE LIFE :

        - LOAD UP MINIMAL SUPPLIES AND TOOLS.

        - PICK UP A FRIEND IN KING OF PRUSSIA AND DRIVE HER TO THE AIRPORT.

        - HEAD TO NORTH WILDWOOD AND LOW ON GAS. I DECIDE TO STOP AT A SUNOCO AT MILE MARKER 17 ON THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY. PRICE OF GAS WAS $2.81. AT HOME IT IS $2.87 SO I FIGURE THAT IS A LITTLE BETTER. I WAS RUNNING PRETTY LOW AND DID NOT WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE NOT MAKING IT TO THE WAWA FOR GAS WHICH WE NORMALLY GO. I ASSUME SUNOCO IS ALITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE BUT NOT BY MUCH.

        - GET INTO NORTH WILDWOOD AND DRIVE BY WAWA. GAS PRICE IS $2.51. I JUST SHAKE MY HEAD......30 CENT DIFFERENCE A GALLON FROM SUNOCO.

        - STOP AT PRIMO HOAGIES FOR A " BADA BING " AND RED POTATO SALAD. SO DAMN GOOD , SO DAMN EXPENSIVE. I WANTED TO GO TO " RUSSO'S " BUT THEY WERE CLOSED.

        - UNLOAD AND CONDO IS IN DECENT SHAPE. I SETTLE IN AND DEVOUR HALF MY CHICKEN SANDWICH.

        - WALK TO THE BEACH WHERE 3 HOURS EARLIER THERE WERE VIDEOS OF THE HURRICANE SLAMMING 2ND STREET'S WALLS OF ROCK AND SHOOTING WATER OVER AND INTO THE STREET. 9 BLOCKS DOWN I WAS STANDING IN THE WATER AND IT WAS CALM AND PEACEFUL. ABSOLUTE MAGNIFICENT DAY AND A FAIR AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WERE ON THE BEACH. MAN DID THEY CATCH SOME GOOD WEATHER FOR THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER.

        - WATCH THE NEW GHOSTBUSTER MOVIE WITH CHICKS WHILE I DO COMPUTER WORK. THE MOVIE WAS OKAY.

        - FIND ALL THE TOILETRIES I THOUGHT I LOST. ALL OF THEM WERE IN THE MEDICINE CABINET. GLAD THE PREVIOUS RENTER DIDN'T TAKE THEM.

        - I FIGURE DO SOME CLEANING TODAY WHILE I HAVE SOME ENERGY. I START UPSTAIRS - CLEAN UNDER BEDS , VACUUM BEDROOM & AN OUTSIDE DEAD-END HALLWAY ( HAD TO RUN AN EXTENSION CORD THROUGH A WINDOW ) , WIPE DOWN TOILET , SHOWER STALL & SINK , CLEAN ALL WINDOW SILS , AND FIX 2 VERTICAL BLINDS & A CABLE BOX.

        - MOVE DOWNSTAIRS AND CLEAN ONE BEDROOM NOT BEING USED. I FIXED A SCREEN CATCH FOR SECURING ALONG WITH NORMAL WIPING EVERYTHING DOWN AND SWEEPING.

         I WANT TO SIT ON THE BEACH FOR A LITTLE BIT BUT I GOT TIRED. I HUNG OUT AND PLAYED ON THE COMPUTER WHILE WATCHING SOME TV.  TRIED A NEW DRINK OF JAMESON AND COKE ZERO. I MUST ADMIT THEY ARE GOOD BUT AFTER HAVING 11 OF THEM IT WAS JUST TOO MUCH SODA.

        ( OK , IT MAY HAVE BEEN 4 DRINKS OVER 4 HOURS )

        PHILLIES WIN ANOTHER EXACTING GAME WITH THE BATS OVER CHASE UTLEY AND THE #1 DODGERS.  I KNOW THESE GAMES MEAN NOTHING BUT IT DOES SHOW PROMISE.  NOW , WE MUST CONCENTRATE ON PITCHING.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT AND HEAD TO MY BEDROOM. I AM PISSED THE TV REMOTE IS NOT WORKING. I TRY SOME GOGGLING AND THAN REALIZE AFTER 20 MINUTES MAYBE I SHOULD JUST CHANGE THE BATTERIES.......YEP , THAT WAS IT.

        LAST TIME I WAS HERE I SLEPT EXCELLENT. I WAS HOPING FOR THE SAME. I DID NOT. UP EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR UNTIL 6AM........DAMN IT.

        THURSDAY        9 - 21 - 17

        I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE...............

        SLEPT HORRIBLE TONIGHT. I WAS DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE LAST TIME I WAS IN NORTH WILDWOOD AT OUR CONDO I SLEPT REALLY WELL. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO IT ACTUALLY......BUT , LET DOWN AGAIN.

        IT'S CALLED " IRISH FESTIVAL " OR IRISH WEEKEND. MAN DID THEY PICK A GORGEOUS WEEKEND. ALMOST RECORD HIGHS AND COOL ON THE BEACH.  WALKED DOWN TO THE OCEAN AGAIN AND SO WANTED TO JUST GET A CHAIR AND SIT.  I LIKE TO THAT MELT AWAY ALITTLE AND ENJOY THE AIR , BREEZE , SAND , AND OCEAN. MAN I WANTED TO DO THIS.

        WALKED BACK TO OUR CONDO AND BEGAN CLEANING AND LOADING OUR CAR. ON HANDS AND KNEES I CLEANED TOILETS , TUBS , AND FLOORS. I WAS GLAD I DID HALF YESTERDAY. I WAS DONE BY 9AM SO I THOUGHT NOW WHAT ?  RENTERS ARE COMING IN AT 1PM. DO I GO TO THE BEACH AND CHILL ? OR JUST GET ON THE ROAD ? I SAT AND WATCHED PORN TO THINK IT OVER.

        HOME BY 11:20AM I " UNLOADED " BY MYSELF AGAIN. ONE DAY I WILL ARRIVE HOME AND NOT CARRY ANYTHING IN OR OUT.

        WHEELS GOES TO AN AFTERNOON PHILLIES GAME IN THE SUITE WITH ALL THE PERKS AND SOME GOOD FRIENDS. THEY HAD A BLAST.

        I SETTLE IN AND CHILL WITH MY YOUNGEST. I MAKE THE KID LUNCH AND WE HANG OUT. OF COURSE I TORTURED HER WITH HUGS AND SNUGGLING. THE KID GIGGLES AS I REPEAT THE SAME QUESTIONS OVER THE YEARS.

        NEPHEW STOPS BY AND I MAKE HIM LUNCH. MY YOUNGEST AND I SLICED A TON OF LUNCH MEAT WHILE HE WORKED ON A COMPUTER. THIS ONE COMPUTER WE COULD NOT FIGURE OUT THE PASSWORD , THAN I REMEMBER WORKING WITH OUR SURVEILLANCE TECH AND HE SAID MANY TIMES " ADMIN " WILL WORK. IT IS SHORT FOR " ADMINISTRATION."  FIVE YEARS LATER WE KNOW THE PASSWORD.

        HEAD OUT TO THE LIQUOR STORE TO PICK UP AN ORDER FOR AN ANNIVERSARY PARTY THIS WEEKEND.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I CHANGED THE MARQUEE , TOOK A PICTURE , AND POSTED IT ON FACEBOOK FOR ADVERTISING.  WE ARE HOPING IT WILL BE A FUN WEEKEND HERE.

        BOOKED SOME REALLY POTENTIAL GOOD SHOWS FOR THE NEAR FUTURE. WHEN I BOOK RE-UNION , CD RELEASES , OR BIRTHDAY PARTIES IT ALWAYS MAKE ME FEEL GOOD THAT THE NAIL WILL HOPEFULLY HAVE FUN NIGHTS FOR FANS AND FRIENDS.

        BACK HOME I GET GREETED BY FAMILY. WE CHILL , LIBATE ( VERY SIMILAR TO HYDRATE BUT WE DON'T USE WATER ) , AND HAVE SOME LAUGHS.

        OFF TO BED LATE NIGHT.  TOSSED AND TURNED. UP SEVERAL TIMES AND AT 5:30AM I TOLD MYSELF TO GO BACK TO BED. I FELL ASLEEP AND WAS RE-AWAKENED BY MY YOUNGEST AT 6:15AM. IF I AM NOT UP , I TELL OUR KID TO WAKE ME AT THAT TIME SO I CAN MAKE HER LUNCH AND SEE HER OFF TO SCHOOL. I CHERISH THESE TIMES AND DON'T WANT TO MISS THEM.

        MY BROTHER-IN-LAW AND I ARE WALKING DOWN A SIDEWALK AND NOTICE KIDS PLAYING IN A BUSY STREET AREA. THE ROAD IS CONCAVED WITH A SMALL HILL. VEHICLES DRIVING OVER THIS HILL CAN NOT SEE THE KIDS. THE CARS ARE FLYING OVER THIS HILL AND THE KIDS ARE PLAYING A CAME OF " CHICKEN " WITH THEM. WE ARE STUNNED THIS IS GOING ON. WE GET IN THE STREET AT THE TOP OF THE HILL WHERE BOTH KIDS AND CARS CAN SEE US. WE BEGIN DIRECTING THE CARS TO SLOW DOWN AND THE KIDS TO MOVE TO ANOTHER LOCATION..............dream ends.

        FRIDAY      9 - 22 - 17

        DID SOME RUNNING TODAY. MET FOR A BEER DELIVERY AND PREPPED THE NAIL FOR A TRIBUTE / MEMORIAL SHOW.

        AT HOME I TORE THROUGH MY GARAGE AND BEGAN PREPARING FOR A PARTY HERE ON SUNDAY. OUR ONE CONCERN IS THE HEAT. THEY ARE CALLING FOR 91 DEGREES. I SPENT ABOUT ONE HOUR SUSPENDING WORK TARPS IN THE AIR. THEY CREATED SHADE AND WORK ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. JUST ONE PROBLEM......THEY DON'T LOOK SO GOOD.  WE HAVE REACHED OUT TO FRIENDS FOR TENTS.

        WASHED DOWN BEER BINS , CHAIRS , AND MORE. I ALSO BROUGHT HOME A TABLE AND CHAIRS FROM THE NAIL.

        MY YOUNGEST HELPED ME PREP OUR PATIO AND RE-ARRANGE EVERYTHING.  WE OPENED UP SOME AREAS FOR FOOD AND DRINK STATIONS. I ALSO HOSED DOWN THE AREA. TOMORROW WILL BE MORE PREPPING AND TRAVELING TO GET CHAIRS AND TABLES.

        OH JOY , OUR ELDEST TOLD US HER BOYFRIEND TRAVELED IN FROM CANADA AS A BIRTHDAY PRESENT. HE WILL BE HERE FOR 10 DAYS. I TEXTED HER AND ASKED WHERE HE IS STAYING ?  THIS BOYFRIEND FLEW IN AND IS MISSING COLLEGE FOR AT LEAST ONE WEEK. ALSO , DISTRACTING OUR KID FROM HER STUDIES. I AM NOT A FAN OF ANY OF THIS.

        YOUNGEST OFF TO A FRIENDS HOUSE FOR A SLEEP OVER WHILE I HEAD TO THE NAIL AGAIN.

        PREP AGAIN AND TALK TO SOME PEOPLE AND BAND MEMBERS. IT WAS A LONG DAY SO I ROLLED OUT EARLY ONLY TO TURN AROUND OUT OF THE BACK PARKING LOT. I WAS LEAVING AND A CAR WAS BLOCKING THE GATE. AT FIRST , I THOUGHT IT WAS A BAND BUT SOON REALIZED IT WAS OUR 2ND BARTENDER WHO I HAVEN'T SEEN IN 6 MONTHS.  WE TALKED FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES AND THAN I SAID , " I MISS YOU TOO MUCH LET ME PARK AND GO BACK IN." I STAYED FOR ANOTHER HOUR.

        BACK HOME WE CHILL AND I AM IN BED PRETTY EARLY. 

        I HAD ONE OF THE WORST NIGHTS EVER SLEEPING.

        SATURDAY       9 - 23 - 17

        ANOTHER FULL DAY OF CLEANING AND PREPPING FOR A LARGE PARTY. THIS TIME WE GOT THE KIDS TO HELP , A CANADIAN BOYFRIEND , A FRIEND , AND FAMILY.

        WHEELS IN FULL CLEAN AND PREP MODE.

        MY YOUNGEST TRAVELS WITH ME TO A SIDE JOB ESTIMATE , A COUSIN'S HOUSE TO PICK UP CHAIRS & TABLES , AND THAN THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT WITH THE KID. SOME JOKES I MADE WERE PRETTY CUTE AND HER RESPONSES...............EVEN CUTER.

        ONE QUICK STORY WITH MY YOUNGEST. I WILL CALL IT " DON'T DRIVE LIKE DAD ".  WE LEAVE THE NAIL AND HEAD HOME ON HAVERFORD ROAD. WE APPROACH COLLEGE AVENUE AND IT IS BACKED-UP WITH 50+ CARS. THE BRIDGE ON COLLEGE AVENUE HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR 6 MONTHS AND I KNOW THIS. I START TO DRIVE UP THE MIDDLE LANE WITH MY LEFT TURN SIGNAL ON TO TELL PEOPLE I AM GOING TO TURN LEFT ONCE I REACH THE TRAFFIC LIGHT AND BRIDGE. MY KID SAYS , " DAD , THE BRIDGE IS OUT , YOU CAN'T GO LEFT. " I PLAY DUMB ( SOMETHING EASILY DONE FOR ME ) AND RESPOND WHILE PASSING 50+ CARS , " WAIT , I CAN'T GO LEFT ? YOU SAY THE BRIDGE IS OUT ? WHEN DID THIS ALL HAPPEN ? OH MAN , WHERE IS THE NEXT DRIVEWAY I CAN TURN AROUND ? GEE , I WISH THEY MARK THE SIGNS BETTER ABOUT CONSTRUCTION ESPECIALLY A BRIDGE BEING OUT. " I ARRIVE AT THE TRAFFIC LIGHT JUST AS 2 CARS GO RIGHT ON COLLEGE AVENUE WHICH TOTALLY OPENS UP FOR ME TO SLIDE OVER A LANE AND CONTINUE TO GO STRAIGHT AND SUCCESSFULLY BYPASS 50+ CARS.  MY KID TURNS TO ME AND SAYS , " YOU KNOW , I'LL BE GETTING MY LICENSE SOON." I TELL HER , " DON'T EVER DRIVE LIKE ME. DRIVE LIKE YOUR MOTHER. "

        BACK HOME WE ALL HELP CLEAN AND PREP OUR HOUSE. WITH THE TENTS AND TARPS GOING UP IT'S STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A WHEELSTOCK.

        I TAKE MY MOTORCYCLE TO THE NAIL TO RE-OPEN. IT WASN'T LONG UNTIL THE BANDS STARTED FILING IN. 6 BANDS FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY AND EVERYONE WAS COOL. 

        LOVE THE NEW TABLES. IT'S LITTLE TO THE WORLD BUT REALLY NICE TO ME.

        I AM STARTING TO JONES TO GET BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. I REALLY WANT TO CHECK ON THE SEPTIC SYSTEM AND OTHER JOBS I COULDN'T DO THE LAST TIME I WAS THERE.

        A BEAUTIFUL BIKE RIDE BACK HOME AND THERE ARE CARS ALL OVER OUR DRIVEWAY AND BLOCKING ME. FRIENDS AND FAMILY WERE VISITING. THEY BROUGHT TENTS AND WORKED PUTTING THEM UP. THE GOOD THING WAS EVERYTHING WAS PRETTY MUCH DONE WHEN I ARRIVED.  THIS I AM NOT USED TOO.  WHEELS AND I TREATED A " ZESTO " DINNER FOR EVERYONE.

        OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO WE ALL SIT , TALK , AND MAKE JOKES. IT WAS FUN ON THIS BEAUTIFUL NIGHT.

        OUR ELDEST TAKES RIDES TO PICK UP OUR YOUNGEST. SHE BRINGS HER COUSIN AND BOYFRIEND WITH HER. THEY PICK UP A FRIEND AND COME BACK TO OUR HOUSE FOR A SLEEP OVER.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH SOME RED WINE , 1/2 A CHICKEN CAESAR WRAP , AND MY NEW DRINK .....JAMESON & COKE ZERO ( CAN'T DO MORE THAN 2 OF THEM....TOO MUCH SODA BUT I DO LIKE THEM .

        FINISH THE NIGHT WATCHING A REMARKABLE PENN STATE FOOTBALL GAME. THE NITTANY LIONS WIN ON A WALK-OFF TOUCHDOWN. HOLY CRAP WHAT A GAME !!

        SUNDAY       9 - 24 - 17

        TODAY WAS THE BIG DAY................WHEELS , MYSELF , AND FAMILY THREW A LARGE SURPRISE 60TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY FOR MY PARENTS.  LOTS OF RUNNING AROUND.

        OVER THE LAST 3 DAYS WE HAVE BEEN SETTING UP TENTS AND TARPS. TODAY WE CONCENTRATED ON TABLES , CHAIRS , KEGS , DRINKS , COOLERS , AND MORE.  I TAKE A RIDE WITH MY ELDEST AND HER BOYFRIEND. WE STOPPED AT THE NAIL TO GET 3 KEGS AND JUICES. I ACTUALLY LEFT WITHOUT THE KEGS. I RE-OPEN THE NAIL AND WE GET THE KEGS. THE KIDS LAUGHED.

        STOPPED AT THE LOCAL ICE SKATING RINK AND PACKED ALL THE KEGS WITH SNOW. WE EVEN BROUGHT AN EXTRA TRASHCAN FOR BACK-UP SNOW.

        STOPPED AT ROSEMONT BEVERAGE TO PICK UP CASES OF WATER AND ICE. THE GUY GAVE ME A SLIGHT DISCOUNT WHICH WAS NICE.

        BACK HOME ALL OF US SET-UP FOR THIS BIG PARTY. BY 1PM , I WAS LISTENING TO MERRILL REESE AND WATCHING THE EAGLES WITH SOME COUSINS.  A HUGE WIN WITH A 61 YARD FIELD GOAL. WE WERE JUMPING AROUND AND HIGH FIVING EACH OTHER. WHAT A GREAT START TO THE DAY.

        FAMILY AND FRIENDS STARTED ARRIVING. THE CATERER DID A GREAT JOB AND SOON OUR HOUSE WAS PACKED.  BOOZE FLOWED , FOOD WAS CHOWED DOWN , AND THE LAUGHTER BEGAN.  WHAT A GREAT TIME !  WE WERE SO HAPPY OF THE HUGE TURN OUT.

        THE NIGHT ROLLED PERFECTLY AS WE LISTENED TO MUSIC AND TOLD STORIES. MY ELDEST TOOK ALL THE KIDS TO THE LOCAL PARK WHICH I THOUGHT WAS AWESOME.

        INTO THE NIGHT WE KEPT THE PARTY GOING. CROWN ROYAL AND JAMESON WAS FLOWING ALONG WITH MAGIC HAT # 9.

        A COUSIN , WHO'S NAME I WILL KEEP SILENT , GOT TO RECEIVE MY NAIL " STASH ". I STORE AWAY POT FOUND AT THE NAIL FOR A WHOLE YEAR. SINCE WHEELS AND I DON'T SMOKE WE GIVE IT AWAY. MY COUSIN WAS QUITE HAPPY WITH THE AMOUNT I GAVE HIM.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT AND THE KIDS HELP US AGAIN BY RETURNING KEGS AND BOOZE TO THE NAIL. I DID NOT WANT THEM TO SIT OUT ALL NIGHT AND INTO THE MORNING WITH THE SUN.  THEY WERE A HUGE HELP ALL DURING THE PARTY.

        MONDAY        9 - 25 - 17

        AND NOW THE BREAKING DOWN OF TENTS , TARPS , COOLERS , KEGS , CHAIRS , TABLES......OH GOOD GOD.

        I WAS IN SLOW GEAR ALL DAY. THIS LONG WEEK OF DOING SOMETHING MAJOR EVERY DAY HAS CAUGHT UP TO ME. TODAY WAS HOTTER THAN YESTERDAY AND WE BEGAN PUTTING OUR BACK YARD BACK TOGETHER. IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST 4 TRIPS WITH MY VAN TO REMOVE EVERYTHING BORROWED FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THE PARTY WAS A HUGE SUCCESS AND THE HARD WORK WHEELS AND I PUT INTO IT PAID OFF. NOW............HOW THE HELL DO YOU PUT THOSE GIGANTIC TENTS BACK INTO THOSE TINY LITTLE PLASTIC BAGS ?

        3 LARGE TENTS WE HAD TO PUT BACK INTO SMALL RUBBER TOTES. THE TENTS WERE AWESOME BUT MAN PACKING THEM IS NO JOKE.

        2 NAPS BETWEEN CLEANING UP HOUSE AND YARD. I WAS ALSO FIGHTING AN IRRITATING COUGH. I FELT GOOD YESTERDAY BUT IT CAME BACK THIS MORNING. I BELIEVE THE CULPRIT FOR THE COUGH COMING BACK WAS MY DARTH VADAR MASK. THAT WAS CLEANED IMMEDIATELY.

        ALSO FIGHTING POISON IVY.  10 DAYS AGO I WEEDED THE BEJESUS OUT OF THE YARDS. I DID NOT HAVE ONE SPECK OF POISON IVY FOR A WEEK BUT I MADE A FATAL MISTAKE. I LAID DOWN ON MY BED WITHOUT SHOWERING AND WHILE STILL DIRTY.  I WAS SO DAMN EXHAUSTED I HAD TO LAY DOWN.  THE OILS OF THE IVY PLANT STICK AROUND ON EVERYTHING.....EVEN IN YOUR WASHING MACHINE.  SO , NOW OVER A WEEK LATER I BEGAN GETTING SPOTS OF POISON IVY ON MY HANDS AND ARMS. I ASKED MYSELF , " WHERE THE HELL IS THIS COMING FROM ? " AND THAN I PUT 2 AND 2 TOGETHER.  I WENT 5 DAYS WITHOUT CLEANING MY COMFORTER. FINALLY I ASKED WHEELS TO WASH IT FOR ME TONIGHT.  IT MADE THE DIFFERENCE.

        MAN ALL THIS NATIONAL ANTHEM , FOOTBALL PLAYERS , AND TRUMP IS EXHAUSTING. ME PERSONALLY , I SEE BOTH SIDES. ME PERSONALLY , WOULD NEVER KNEEL DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. BELIEVE IT OR NOT THE DALLAS COWBOYS KINDA DID IT RIGHT ( I HATE WRITING THAT ). BEFORE THE ANTHEM THE WHOLE TEAM CAME OUT TOGETHER AND KNELT TOGETHER....EVEN PUMPKIN HEAD CHEESE FACE OWNER JERRY JONES. THAN THEY WENT BACK IN.  THE EAGLES STOOD ARM IN ARM WHICH WAS OKAY. I UNDERSTAND THESE PROTEST IS NOT ABOUT " DISSING " OUR COUNTRY AND FLAG BUT IT SURE DOES LOOK LIKE IT WHEN YOU KNEEL DURING THE PLAYING OF THE SONG.  I THINK THE PROTESTERS HAVE TO CONTINUE TO DO THERE THING WITHOUT " DISRESPECTING OUR COUNTRY AND FLAG. " 

        ON THE RIGHT NOTE - PITTSBURGH STEELER ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA , A FORMER ARMY RANGER WITH MULTIPLE TOURS STOOD ALONE IN A BREEZEWAY WITH HAND OVER HEART BEFORE THE GAME WHILE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM WAS PLAYED. HE GETS IT.  IF PLAYERS WANT TO PROTEST HOW BLACK LIVES ARE MISTREATED WHY NOT KNEEL DURING THE HALF TIME ? OR AFTER THE GAME GO TO MIDFIELD AND KNEEL OR BETWEEN QUARTERS LINE-UP ALL THE PLAYERS AND STAND ON THE BENCHES WITH THEIR HANDS RAISED WITH A FIST ?  JUST DON'T DO IT DURING THE MOST IMPORTANT SONG OF OUR COUNTRY. I KNOW THESE PROTESTERS " THINK " THEY ARE NOT DISRESPECTING OUR COUNTRY AND FLAG BUT THEY ARE. DO IT ANOTHER WAY IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE ARE ASKING THEM TO DO. WE RESPECT YOUR FREEDOMS BUT DON'T DISRESPECT OURS. THE BEST ANSWER I SAW ABOUT THE PROTEST DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM WAS A PERSON SAYING " IT BE  LIKE ROSA PARK PROTESTING AGAINST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. "  WE GET IT......FIGURE ANOTHER WAY LIKE THE COWBOYS AND EAGLES DID.

        ROLL TO THE NAIL TO UNLOAD A TON OF PARTY STUFF ALONG WITH EMPTYING COOLERS OF MELTED ICE. THIS WAS SO FUN.

        I MADE BAND CALLS AND CONTACTED BANDS VIA THE INTERNET. I ALSO HAD A NICE LITTLE MONDAY NIGHT BARTENDING. I WAS PRETTY TIRED AND CLOSED BEFORE MIDNIGHT. I EVEN GAVE A PATRON A RIDE TO ANOTHER BAR IN HAVERTOWN.

        I ALSO CONTACTED OUR SURVEILLANCE TEAM. I HAD TO DISCONNECT EVERYTHING AND GIVE THEM OUR DVR'S MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBERS. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW.

        BACK HOME I HAD NO DINNER SO I JUST HAD SOME CHEESE AND SALAMI. I ALSO MADE A JAMESON & COKE ZERO. IT WAS OFF TO BED WITH NO POISON IVY COMFORTER. THE NEXT MORNING IT DID SEEM TO WORK AND MY COUGH WAS BETTER TOO.

        HAD A DREAM ME AND MY YOUNGEST WERE PLAYING A GAME OF " CAPTURE " IN THE SNOW. WE HAD TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ELUDE OTHER TEAMS. THE WEIRD THING WAS THE PLAYING AREA WAS THE SIZE OF OUR STATE.

        TUESDAY       9 - 26 - 17

        FUN BUT A LONG DAY.

        HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR ELDEST. I JOKED AROUND ON 2 FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS POSTING BIRTHDAY WISHES.

        START OUT MORNING GETTING OUR YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL AND THAN LOADING MY VAN WITH TABLES AND CHAIRS.

        FIXED A RUNNING WHEEL FOR OUR RODENT PET. POOR THING HAS LOST WEIGHT.  I ALSO REPLACED A TOILET SEAT.

        LUCK VS NO LUCK AKA WHEELS VS ME.  SO , IT LOOKS LIKE WE LOST 2 ARCADE MACHINES AT OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE. WE NOW HAVE SPACE IN THE ROOM AND I ALSO HAVE A LARGE TV SITTING ON OUR DECK. FOR CLOSE TO A MONTH I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GIVE IT AWAY FOR FREE.  THAN , I COME UP WITH A GOOD IDEA.......MOVE IT TO THE ARCADE ROOM SO KIDS CAN PLAY Wii OR WATCH NETFLIX OR WHATEVER.  THIS IS A GREAT IDEA UNTIL WHEELS SAYS , " NOPE , YOU'RE AN IDIOT , MOVE FURNITURE AROUND & RE-PAINT THE ROOM." THE NEXT DAY OUR CLEANER TEXTS ME , " I GOT SOMEONE TO TAKE THE TV !! " GUESS I AM RE-ARRANGING FURNITURE AND PAINTING A ROOM.

        LANDED A SIDE JOB AND HAVE NO MOTIVATION TO DO IT. I ALSO HAVE ANOTHER JOB AT MY 2ND JOB.....AND HAVE NO MOTIVATION.  TOMORROW I START THEM. I WILL HAVE VERY LONG DAYS STARTING TOMORROW TO SUNDAY. IF I MAKE IT TO SUNDAY I MAY BE HEADING TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE......FOR THE WEEK.

        NEPHEW STOPS BY AND LOADS UP A BUNCH OF TABLES AND CHAIRS. IT IS OFFICIAL , OUR HOUSE IS BACK TO NORMAL.

        WHEELS AND YOUNGEST ALONG WITH GRAND MOM HEAD TO COLLEGE TO TAKE OUR ELDEST OUT TO DINNER. I CAN'T GO WHICH KINDA SUCKED.

        I ROLL TO A COUSIN'S HOUSE WITH MY VAN FILLED WITH LARGE TABLES AND CHAIRS. I UNLOAD THEM AND BRING ALL OF THE STUFF DOWN HIS BASEMENT. THIS WAS NOT FUN.

        OFF TO THE NAIL FOR A FUN NIGHT OF POOL LEAGUE. ONE PLAYER TALKED TO ME ABOUT BUYING A BAR. I VEHEMENTLY TOLD HIM NEVER BUY A BAR. HE TOLD ME I SHOULD SELL THE NAIL AND INVEST THAT MONEY IN STOCKS. SO FUNNY THESE KIDS. I TOLD HIM ," WHAT MONEY ? SELL THE BAR IN A HORRIBLE MARKET ? LOSE 30% AND WHEN PAYING OFF YOUR MORTGAGE YOU HAVE ZERO LEFT. " INVEST WHAT ?.........SHAKING MY HEAD.

        LEGS HURTING BY 1AM. I FINALLY SIT DOWN AND TAKE A BREAK.

        HEAD HOME TIRED AND IMMEDIATELY JUST GO TO BED.  IT'S 2AM AND I AM UP BY 5:15AM.....TIME TO START ANOTHER DAY.

        OH , BEFORE I WENT TO BED I WALKED THE DOG. I AM OUTSIDE AND ON OUR SIDING IS A 14 INCH LONG SLUG. I AM NOT A BIG FAN OF SLUGS ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY CLOG UP DRAINS.  USING A PIECE OF CARD BOARD , I LAUNCHED THAT SLUG ABOUT 35 YARDS INTO OUR BACK YARD OR 8 MILES IN SLUG MEASUREMENTS.

        THURSDAY        9 - 27 - 17

        THE LONG WEEK HAS STARTED BUT IT DID GET A LITTLE SHORTER.

        SURVEILLANCE TECH EMAILS SOMETHING I HAVE SEEN MY WHOLE LIFE , " WE AND OUR WHOLE INDUSTRY HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. "  THIS IS ABOUT OUR SYSTEM BEING HACKED.  SOME SUGGEST IT WAS A PRACTICE HACK OR A PRELUDE TO A ROBBERY OR JUST BEING A DICK HEAD. ROBBING THE NAIL ? MAYBE THEY CAN MAKE A MOVIE CALLED " OCEAN'S -1 , SMALLEST ROBBERY EVER ".

        " IT'S ALIVE !! "  THIS IS THE EXACT TEXT I GOT ALONG WITH A PICTURE. OUR FRIENDS AT MERCURY AMUSEMENT HAS RESUSCITATED OUR VIDEO ARCADE MACHINE " DIG DUG ". NOW , TO GET IT BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE..........UGH.

        THEY ARE PRICEY BUT GOOD.  CONICELLI TOYOTA OF CONSHOHOCKEN GOT A VISIT FROM ME. FOR 2 YEARS WE HAVE SOME FREE PERKS LIKE OIL CHANGES AND INSPECTIONS.  THIS MORNING I DROVE THERE AND IMMEDIATELY GOT TAKEN CARE OF. I WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THE PRICE OF OUR VEHICLE AND MONTHLY PAYMENT BUT THE SERVICE END OF IT IS PRETTY GOOD.  DRIVE INTO A GARAGE , HANDED PAPERWORK , TOLD WHERE TO GO , SIGN AT A DESK , SEATED FOR 10 MINUTES AND SHUTTLED HOME......OR IN THIS CASE TO WORK.

        I DECIDED TO GET SHUTTLED TO WORK SINCE IT IS 3 TIMES CLOSER THAN DRIVING HOME. I GOT THE SAME DRIVER. HIS NAME WAS " DOMENIC " AND VERY COOL OLD SCHOOL ITALIAN GUY.  HE DROPPED ME OFF AT MY SIDE JOB.

        3+ HOURS AT MY SIDE JOB AND DECIDED TO CALL CONICELLI FOR AN UPDATE ON OUR VEHICLE. PERFECT TIMING ( OR MY CALL INITIATED QUICKER COMMUNICATION ) AND THEY TOLD ME THE SHUTTLE GUY WOULD CALL ME SOON. I WAITED ABOUT 10 MINUTES AND HE CALLED.  IN 15 MINUTES , I GOT PICKED UP AND BROUGHT BACK TO THE DEALERSHIP'S SERVICE CENTER.  AGAIN , VERY QUICKLY SIGNED FOR MY CAR , PAID FOR THE $50 EMISSIONS COST ( DIDN'T MENTION THAT PART - INSPECTION IS FREE BUT NOT EMISSIONS ) , AND WATCHED THE CAR ROLL IN THE GARAGE. 

        BACK HOME AND A NICE SURPRISE OF WHEELS WORKING FROM HOME IN THE AFTERNOON. I HAD A LUNCH OF RIBS AND A FISH TACO LEFT OVER FROM A DINNER I MISSED LAST NIGHT.

        SETTLE IN AND TRY TO NAP FOR A LITTLE BIT. I AM SLOW MOVING AGAIN.

        YOUNGEST COMES HOME AND IS ALWAYS GREETED HAPPILY BY THE PUP. IT ENTERTAINS AND SOOTHS ME TO WATCH THEM HUG AND KISS EACH OTHER.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO GET A TON OF PUNCH LIST STUFF DONE AND BAND WORK.  BY 10PM I HAD EVERYTHING DONE. I WAS PRETTY TIRED BUT STILL DIDN'T LEAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT. I ALSO FIND MYSELF CHECKING OUT THE WORKMANSHIP ON OUR BAR TABLES. I AM SO PROUD HOW THEY CAME OUT. NOT ONE PERSON HAS NOTICED. I KNOW ITS BIG TO ME AND TINY TO OTHERS.  I GUESS THIS IS A GOOD THING IF THEY DON'T NOTICE. I RE-DID THE TABLES TO MAKE THEM BLEND IN. I DID GOOD IF NOT ONE PERSON NOTICED THEM DIFFERENT.

        R.I.P TO HUGH HEFNER. MAN, HE MUST THINK HEAVEN BLOWS WITH THE LIFE HE HAD.

        PHILLIES WITH A NICE WIN OF SEVERAL LEAD CHANGES.  IF THIS TEAM CAN PICK UP SOME STARTING PITCHERS THEY COULD MAKE SOME NOISE NEXT YEAR.

        YOU KNOW EAGLES QUARTERBACK CARSON WENTZ WAS ON MICROPHONE RIGHT BEFORE THE BIG GAMING WINNING 61 YARD FIELD GOAL. HE SAID , " HE WOULD GIVE HIS WEEK'S PAY CHECK TO THE KICKER IF HE MADE IT. " WELL , THE KICKER MADE IT BUT REFUSED TO ACCEPT HIS CHECK. SO BOTH OF THEM WILL GIVE THE MONEY TO A CHARITY. I FORGET THE AMOUNT BUT IT WAS BETWEEN 30-60 GRAND.

        I KNOW MY WEEK IS GOING TO BE LONG. EVERY NIGHT I WILL BE AT THE NAIL UNTIL SUNDAY. BUT 2 THINGS OPENED UP FOR ME. THE FIRST IS THURSDAY NIGHT WHERE I THOUGHT A BAND WAS PLAYING. I MIS-READ MY BOOKS AND IT IS ACTUALLY NEXT THURSDAY. THIS MEANS I DO NOT HAVE TO MAN THE DOOR AND BARTEND. I WAS NERVOUS ABOUT THAT. SECOND , WAS MANNING THE DOOR ON SUNDAY NIGHT. I GOT SUPER PISSED AT A BOOKING COMPANY FOR LYING TO ME ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. HOW HARD IS IT TO EMAIL ME A BAND LINE-UP ? IT ONLY TAKES SECONDS. WELL , FOR THE 3RD TIME I GOT AN EXCUSE...." FAMILY EMERGENCY ". YEP , HEARD THIS A 100 TIMES. I CANCELLED THE SHOW , BYPASSED THE BOOKING AGENCY , AND BOOKED A BAND WHO CALLED ME LOOKING FOR DETAILS ON ANOTHER NIGHT DIRECTLY.

        I DID THIS WITH ANOTHER BAND MEMBER WHO WAS TRYING TO BOOK A SHOW HERE.  5 TIMES EMAILING AND GETTING EXCUSES. HE REFUSED TO GIVE ME HIS PHONE CONTACT. I FIGURED THE KID WAS 12 YEARS OLD SO I CANCELLED ANOTHER SHOW HERE.

        SO THIS MEANS MY SUNDAY JUST OPENED UP............HMMM. MY ONLY DILEMMA IS I START A SIDE JOB TOMORROW AND IT MAY NOT BE DONE BY SUNDAY. IF IT IS.....BIG DADDY , PUP , AND DIG DUG ARE OUTTA HERE.

        " HEY SMOKER. PLEASE USE ASHTRAY ON WINDOW SIL. THANK THE NAIL ** WE SEE YOU ON OUR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM " - THIS WAS A NOTE I TAPED TO THE CEMENT STEP OUT FRONT OF THE NAIL. EVERY MORNING A WORKER FROM NEXT DOOR LITTERS HIS CIGARETTE BUTTS ON OUR GROUND.  HMMM.....MAYBE HE'S THE ONE WHO HACKED THE SYSTEM SO WE CAN'T SEE HIM LITTER.

        THURSDAY         9 - 28 - 17

        OF COURSE......TWICE AS HARD.

        DID MY ROUTINE OF GETTING MY YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL AND OTHER MORNING THINGS.

        LOAD MY VAN WITH 200 TOOLS AND SUPPLIES FOR THE SIDE-JOB. I WASN'T THERE 5 MINUTES AND HAD TO COMPLETELY CHANGE THE GAME PLAN OF WORK. I WAS SICK TO MY STOMACH.

         SHORT STORY - I AM TEARING DOWN A CEILING. I HAVE TO REMOVE A KITCHEN CEILING AND ALL KITCHEN WALL CABINETS. WELL , THIS CAME TO A SCREECHING HALT WHEN I NOTICED THE CEILINGS CONNECT VIA THE DINING ROOM AND THE CABINET ABOVE THE MICROWAVE HAS A DUCT IN IT. IT WOULD OPEN UP SUCH A CAN OF WORMS TO DEMO THIS AND REPLACE. SO , I HAVE TO PATCH IN DAMAGED CEILINGS INSTEAD OF NICE CRISP CLEAN NEW DRYWALL.  JESUS........3 TIMES HARDER.

        1:30PM I LEAVE JOB SITE TO PICK UP SUPPLIES AND MEET OUR SODA TECHNICIAN. OUR SODA GUNS HAVE SELTZER SHOOTING THROUGH THEM WHEN TRYING TO ACCESS WATER ONLY. WE ARE TROUBLE SHOOTING IT AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL GET AN ANSWER SOON. I STOP AT DMI HOME SUPPLY AND RETURN TO THE JOB.

        OH , THE DRIVEWAY IS SUPER NARROW.  THE OWNER SAID THEY CAN BARELY GET A SMART CAR UP IT. I WAS NERVOUS ABOUT THIS BECAUSE IF I HAD TO PARK OUT FRONT AND LOAD TOOLS FROM THE STREET IT WOULD TAKE 10X LONGER. MY BODY COULDN'T TAKE IT. I SQUEEZED MY VAN INTO THE BACK OF THE DRIVEWAY......BOTH SIDE-VIEW MIRRORS BENT IN.

        BY 5PM MY BODY SAID , " HEY DICKHEAD , I HAD ENOUGH. " I WAS OUT OF THERE. MY YOUNGEST TEXTING ME IF I WAS ALRIGHT MADE ME FEEL GOOD.

        I ARRIVE HOME COVERED IN PLASTER. I DO SOME COMPUTER WORK AND SHOWER. I NAP FOR 20 MINUTES.

        WHEELS HEADS TO A RED CARPETED EVENT. ALL DRINKS AND FOOD IS FREE ALONG WITH THE ROYAL TREATMENT.  FAMILY WERE SPONSORS OF THE NEW FRANKLIN INSTITUTE TERRACOTTA WARRIORS EXHIBIT.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO GET ABOUT 5 THINGS DONE. I MADE IT UNTIL 1AM AND HAD THE DOORMAN CLOSE FOR ME. I HAD ENOUGH. I DID MAKE ANOTHER NOTE FOR OUR SMOKER OUT FRONT WHO KEEPS LITTERING. THE FIRST NOTE WAS MISSING.

        BACK HOME I CLOSE THE DOOR ON MY CAR TWICE. THE DOG HEARS THIS AND BARKS. THIS IS A GOOD THING. I COME IN AND SAY HELLO TO THE PUP WHICH IS ALWAYS A JOYFUL EXPERIENCE. I THAN REALIZE I FORGOT MY CELL PHONE. I GO OUTSIDE AND GET IT. AS SOON AS THE DOOR CLOSED I HEAR OUR DOG BARK AGAIN. I GIGGLE AND SAY , " JESUS , I WAS GONE 3 SECONDS AND THE DOG FORGOT ALREADY IT'S ME OUTSIDE "

        FRIDAY         9 - 29 - 17

        YOU WANT BUSY ?

          I GOT OFFERED FREE TICKETS TO A UNION SOCCER GAME....AND SAID NO. I GOT OFFERED SUITE TICKETS FOR THE FINAL PHILLIES GAME......OPEN BAR , FOOD , AND PARKING INCLUDED......AND I SAID NO. JESUS I HAVE NO LIFE.

        " WOW , YOU'LL BE HERE TOMORROW AND SUNDAY.......TWICE EACH DAY ? "  MY REPLY , " YEP , EVERY DAY IS THE SAME WITH ME.

        MY LONG WEEK CONTINUES BUT IT WAS KINDA FUN.  UP EARLY AS ALWAYS I GET MY YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL. EVERY MOMENT WITH THIS KID I CHERISH. AS I ALWAYS I TELL HER ," I MISS YOU WHEN I'M HUGGING YOU."

        OFF TO MY SIDE JOB. I SPEND ABOUT 4 HOURS CONTINUING TO PERFECT CEILINGS I AM WORKING ON.

        MEET BEER DELIVERY GUYS AT THE NAIL. I ALSO GO TO D.M.I. HOME HARDWARE FOR SUPPLIES. BACK TO THE NAIL I PREP FOR THE NIGHT.

        RETURN TO THE SIDE JOB TO COMPLETE WHAT I WANTED TO DO THIS AFTERNOON. I SPEND ANOTHER HOUR.

        RETURN HOME TO SHOWER. I DRIVE TO MY ELDEST COLLEGE AND GIVE THE KID A RIDE HOME ALONG WITH THE BOYFRIEND AND HIS PENIS. SINCE I MISSED HER BIRTHDAY DINNER I TOOK THEM OUT TO CHILI'S. WE HAD A NICE MEAL AND GOOD CONVERSATION. I ALSO BROUGHT WHEELS DINNER.

        BACK HOME FOR 3 MINUTES. I HEAD BACK TO THE SIDE JOB FOR A 3RD TIME. I SPEND ALITTLE OVER AN HOUR SPACKLING AND SANDING. I HAD SPACKLE ALL OVER ME. THIS SUCKED BECAUSE I WAS DRESSED TO WORK AT THE NAIL. THE CUSTOMERS CAME HOME AND WERE SURPRISED WHEN I TOLD THEM I SEE YOU TOMORROW.....AND SUNDAY.

        OFF TO THE NAIL WHERE I SPEND ABOUT 10 MINUTES WET SPONGING ALL THE SPACKLE OFF MY PANTS AND SHIRT.   I OPEN THE DOORS AND WITHIN AN HOUR THE BANDS STARTED TO ARRIVE. 

        I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE A SLOW NIGHT AND AT FIRST I WAS RIGHT. BUT PEOPLE KEPT COMING IN AND SOON THE NAIL FILLED. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE. I MANNED THE DOOR WHILE MY ELDEST AND HER BOYFRIEND DID THE BAR. AS A FATHER I HAD TO HAVE THE BOYFRIEND CLEAN ALL OUR GLASS SHELVES AND LIQUOR BOTTLES. I TOOK A PICTURE AND SENT IT TO WHEELS TO SEE IF THIS WAS RIGHT OR NOT. JUST SOMETHING ABOUT A PENIS SLEEPING IN MY HOUSE. ANYWAY , I ALSO HAD TO PLAY ALITTLE PRANK ON HIM.

        PRANK - AFTER THE BOYFRIEND DID AN EXCELLENT JOB OF CLEANING OUR GLASS SHELVES I WALKED DOWN TO THE BEGINNING OF THE BAR FROM THE FRONT DOOR. I HANDED HIM $20 AND SAID .," THIS IS FROM THE GIRL AT THE END OF THE BAR. I GUESS SHE THINKS YOUR CUTE OR SOMETHING". IN REALITY , I WAS JUST GIVING HIM MONEY FOR HELPING US. WITHIN 5 MINUTES MY ELDEST CAME TO ME AND SAID , " WHO IS GIVING HM MONEY ? " HOPING SHE GET JEALOUS AND BREAK UP WITH HIM I SAID , " THE GIRL THAT WAS SITTING HERE. " SHE LOOKS AT ME LIKE I'M A NUDGE AND SAYS , " C'MON. " I REPLY , " OKAY , I MADE IT UP TO MAKE HIM FEEL GOOD. "

        I KICK A GREEN PIECE OF PAPER OUTSIDE ON THE CURB. I WAS ACTUALLY PUSHING IT TOWARDS THE STREET. I NOTICED THAT THIS PIECE OF PAPER LOOKS LIKE MONEY. IT WAS A $10 BILL. I WALKED BACK INTO THE NAIL AND UP TO THE BOYFRIEND AND SAID , " THIS IS FROM THE BOYFRIEND OF THE GIRL THAT GAVE YOU $20. HE SAYS STAY AWAY FROM HER. " LATER MY DAUGHTER CALLED ME A NUDGE AND SAID I HAD SOME KINDA OF MENTAL PROBLEM. "

        AT THE END OF THE NIGHT ALL 3 OF US GO INTO TURBO CLEANING MODE. I MUST SAY THEY DID AN EXCELLENT JOB READYING THE NAIL FOR TOMORROW NIGHT.

        DREAM ABOUT AN OLD LADY I WORKED FOR HER WAS A MILLIONAIRE WHO WENT FROM RICHES TO RAGS. SHE LIVED IN A HUGE MANSION AND HAD TO SELL IT. THE DREAM WAS MY BROTHER AND I TRYING TO FIX AND OUTLET.

        WE ROLL OUT AND FOLLOW EACH OTHER HOME. IT IS AFTER 1:30AM. MY ELDEST PULLS THE JEEP IN THE DRIVEWAY BUT TURNS AROUND AND WAITS. OUT COMES MY YOUNGEST AND HER FRIEND. THEY GET IN THE CAR. I GET A QUICK HUG AND THEY HEAD TO A DINER. I GO INSIDE , CHECK MY EMAILS , AND THINK ABOUT A NIGHTCAP. I DECIDE TO JUST GO TO BED. I FALL ASLEEP QUITE QUICKLY AND AT 3AM I HEAR MY DOG WOEFULLY CRYING WITH EXCITEMENT. THE KIDS RETURNED. I DID FALL BACK ASLEEP AND GOT UP AT 7:30AM.

        SATURDAY       9 - 30 - 17

        SIDE JOB TWICE TODAY.

        ANOTHER BIG NIGHT AT THE NAIL

        TIRED AGAIN.

        I'LL WRITE MORE TOMORROW SINCE I AM RUNNING HARD TODAY.

        SUNDAY       10 - 1 - 17

        LONG DAY BUT I AM GLAD I'M HERE.

        START MORNING WITH MY FAVORITE HELPER.......MY YOUNGEST. I ABSOLUTELY ADORE WORKING WITH THIS KID.  WE HAD 3 OBJECTIVES TODAY. I GAVE UP UNION & PHILLIES TICKETS TO DO THIS AND YOU KNOW WHAT......I DO THIS EVERY TIME TO BE WITH THIS KID.

        1 - WE STOP AT THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. ANOTHER GREAT WEEKEND FOR BANDS AND FANS ( AND WE STILL GOT A 2 STAR RATING FROM A GOOGLE REVIEW ).   RAN PERFECT SHOWS AND STILL SOMEONE IS UNHAPPY. MAN , WHAT A WORLD.

        2 - STOP AT MERCURY AMUSEMENT WHERE THEY BROUGHT BACK OUR DIG DUG ARCADE MACHINE TO LIFE BY USING PARTS FROM OUR DEFUNCT MORTAL COMBAT MACHINE. THIS WAS VERY CLEVER AND MY KID AND I WERE HAPPY. WE LOAD UP THE MACHINE AND HEAD OUT.

        3 - STOP AT MY SIDE JOB TO DO A FULL CLEAN UP AND REMOVE ALL TOOLS.  WHILE MY YOUNGEST CLEANED UP , ORGANIZED , WIPED EVERYTHING DOWN , AND LOADED TOOLS I SANDED , SPONGED , AND SPACKLED ANOTHER COAT. WE TIMED IT PERFECTLY AS I ASKED , " HOW LONG UNTIL YOUR DONE ? " MY KID REPLIES , " 30 SECONDS. " I REPLY , " HMMMM , WHAT A COINCIDENCE. I'LL BE DONE IN 30 SECONDS. " 

        2 FUNNY THINGS WORKING WITH MY YOUNGEST :

        1 - THE KID GETS SPACKLE ON HER SWEAT JACKET. IT IS VERY SMALL AMOUNT AND I SAY , " DON'T WORRY IT COMES OFF EASILY WITH A DAMP RAG. " SHE ASKS ME , " DID I GET ANY ON MY BACK ? " I RESPOND WITH ASTONISHMENT , " OH MY GOD ? DID YOU LEAN AGAINST A WALL OR SOMETHING? IT IS ALL OVER YOUR BACK. " THE KID REPLIES , " I THINK YOU MAY HAVE LEANED INTO ME WITH YOUR BLADE. " I REPLY , " HMMMM , THAT'S POSSIBLE. GO OUTSIDE AND TAKE YOUR JACKET OFF. THERE IS A HOSE BY THE DRIVEWAY. "  NOT 30 SECONDS LATER THE KID IS LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW AT ME LIKE I WAS A TOTAL NUDGE. SHE WAS SHAKING HER HEAD AND SMILING. YEAH , I KINDA MADE UP THE WHOLE SPACKLE THING ON THE BACK OF HER SWEAT JACKET.

        2 - LISTENING TO MUSIC " PRINCE " COMES ON AND HE DOES THAT HIGH PITCH VOCALS THING DURING A SONG. MY KID SAYS , " OH MY GOD. " I REPLY , " YEAH PRINCE IS KNOWN TO HAVE THAT HIGH PITCH SCREAM WHICH CAN BE ANNOYING AT TIMES. BUT HE IS A PHENOMENAL ARTIST. PLAYFULLY , WE HEAR FROM THE OTHER ROOM , " THERE WILL BE NO PRINCE BASHING PLEASE ". THE OWNERS COME IN THE KITCHEN AS WE ARE LEAVING AND SHE SAYS , " I SAW PRINCE IN '98 AND IT WAS A GREAT PERFORMANCE. I NEVER SEEN A CONCERT THAT BROUGHT IN ALL NATIONALITIES."  WE TALKED MORE AND FINALLY SAID GOODBYES.  I GET IN THE VAN AND MY KID LAUGHS AT ME. I SAY , " WHAT ? "  THE KID REPLIES , " YOU HAVE SPACKLE ALL OVER YOUR NOSE. " YEP , THAT WHOLE CONVERSATION WITH THE OWNERS OF THE HOME.......I HAD SPACKLE ON MY NOSE AND FACE. THE KID GOT ME BACK.

        WE ROLL HOME BUT I STOP AT MCDONALDS TO TREAT MY KID AND GAVE HER SOME MONEY FOR WORKING WITH ME. FOR THE 3RD TIME I THANK HER FOR HELPING ME. IT SAVES ME SO MUCH TIME AND I ENJOY HER COMPANY IMMENSELY. I STILL FELT BAD FOR GIVING THE KID OFF LAST NIGHT AT THE NAIL. SHE WAS GOING TO BE MY COOK. SHE EVEN BROUGHT IT UP.

        BACK HOME I UNLOAD AND RE-LOAD MY VAN. I HUG MY KID AND ROLL  OUT.........AND AGAIN THANK HER. ME AND THE PUP TAKE A RIDE TO THE SWEET LOCATION OF WHEELSTOCK.

        WHEELS DRIVES ELDEST BACK TO COLLEGE. THAN SHE HEADS TO THE PHILLIES FINAL HOME GAME. THE ROYAL TREATMENT AGAIN. I WAS A LITTLE JEALOUS BUT STILL HAPPY WITH MY DECISION. SHE SAID THEY HAD A GREAT TIME BEING IN THE SUITE , WATCHING THE EAGLES ON TV IN THE SUITE , FOOD , BOOZE , A BIG WIN , AND BEING INVITED TO A PRIVATE AFTER PARTY THROWN BY THE PHILLIES ORGANIZATION.

        I ARRIVE AT MY HAPPY PLACE AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY PICTURE PERFECT BEAUTIFUL HERE. I UNLOAD AND SETTLE IN. RADIO DOES NOT PICK UP 94.1 FM WYSP AND MERRILL REESE SO I DID THE NEXT BEST THING.........I STREAM LINED IT VIA THE COMPUTER. IT DID KINDA SUCK MERRILL WAS ABOUT 45 SECONDS BEHIND THE LIVE PLAY BUT I DID NOT CARE. I ENJOYED A VERY GOOD FOOTBALL GAME AND EAGLES WIN !!  WHAT MADE IT NICER IS THE COWGIRLS LOST ALONG WITH THE GIANTS. TEXTING BACK AND FORTH WITH A FAMILY MEMBER WAS FUN TOO. BOTH OF US HAD LIMITED CONFIDENCE OUR EAGLES COULD HANG ON.  PHILLY FANS HAVE BEEN THROUGH MANY BRUTAL GUT-WRENCHING HEART-BREAKING LOSSES. BUT........WE PULLED THIS ONE OUT.

        I MUST SAY I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE PLAY CALLING ON THE OFFENSE. THEY FINALLY RAN THE BALL AND THE MOST IMPRESSIVE WAS ALMOST 7 MINUTES LEFT IN THE GAME WITH A 2 POINT LEAD. THE EAGLES RAN THE BALL AND RAN THE CLOCK DOWN TO ZERO. THE CHARGERS NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO GET THE BALL BACK. THAT WAS AWESOME TO SEE.

        OH , ANOTHER SUPER IMPRESSIVE THING. THE EAGLES FANS OUT NUMBERED THE CHARGER FANS IN THEIR OWN STADIUM.  THAT IS FRIGGIN' AWESOME !!.  THIS IS ON MY BUCKET LIST.....TRAVEL TO OTHER STADIUMS.

        STILL NO RESPECT - I WATCHED ESPN FOR 2 HOURS THE NEXT DAY. THEY REVIEWED THE DALLAS LOSS AND GIANTS LOSS ALONG WITH MANY OTHER GAMES , UNITED STATES WINNING THE PRESIDENTS CUP , AND WOMEN'S FUCKING BASKETBALL. THEY NEVER SHOWED THE EAGLES GAME.

        I WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH SOME JAMESON & COKE ZERO DRINKS. IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL HERE. I DID START SOME PUNCH LIST STUFF LIKE WALKING AROUND THE ENTIRE HOUSE AND REMOVING SPIDER WEBS FROM WINDOWS , AWNING , AND ANYWHERE ON THE DECK. ALSO CLEANED A HEATER AND TRIED TO TROUBLE SHOOT WHY OUR PHONE LINES ARE NOT WORKING.

        OFF TO BED BY 10:30PM. I WAS PRETTY TIRED FROM THE LONG DAY.  UNFORTUNATELY , I DID NOT SLEEP THE BEST. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. I WAS ABSOLUTELY EXHAUSTED AND THOUGHT FOR SURE I SLEEP AT LEAST 4 STRAIGHT HOURS. DAMN IT.

        ** ON A UNBELIEVABLY HORROR NOTE THE LARGEST MASS SHOOTING WAS DONE BY A MAN IN LAS VEGAS TONIGHT AROUND 10PM.  50 KILLED AND 500+ INJURED AT A COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT AND I AM SURE THOSE NUMBERS WILL RISE. THE PSYCHO ENDED UP SHOOTING HIMSELF. WHAT A FUCKING LOWLIFE MOTHER FUCKER. MAN , IF YOU DON'T LIKE YOUR LIFE , PUT A FUCKING BULLET IN YOUR OWN HEAD , AND WE WILL NOT MISS YOU ONE BIT YOU FUCKING JERK OFF.  SO MANY PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THIS FUCKING ASSHOLE ANIMAL PIECE OF SHIT. JESUS CHRIST WHAT A FUCKING WORLD. MOMMY DIDN'T LET ME SUCK HER TIT SO NOW I GOT TO BE A MANIAC MENACE.   SICK SICK FUCKING WORLD WE LIVE IN. GET RID OF THESE FUCKING GUNS !!! ** 

        MONDAY     10 - 2 - 17

        STILL SHAKING MY HEAD ON THIS LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING. SO MANY FAMILIES ARE GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY ONE FUCKING WICKED PERSON.  JESUS CHRIST THOSE POOR PEOPLE.

        I FEEL MY WRITING TODAY IS MEANINGLESS WITH THE ABOVE STATEMENT.  BUT IT IS MY OUTLET. MAN I JUST CAN'T FATHOM THIS " NORMAL " GUY DID THIS DESPICABLE ACT. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE ?

        START MY MORNING OFF WITH ANOTHER TERRIBLE NIGHT'S SLEEP.  IT IS COLD UP HERE IN THE MORNINGS AND NIGHT BUT BY MID-DAY IT IS PICTURE PERFECT.

        I TOLD ME YOUNGEST I LOVE COMING TO THIS HOME. IT IS SO FRIGGIN' PEACEFUL. I DID SAY AFTER A COUPLE DAYS IT GETS KINDA LONELY AND THAT'S WHEN I DON'T REALLY LIKE IT. I STARTED FEELING THIS TODAY BUT TOLD MYSELF TO KEEP DOING PUNCH LIST STUFF TO GET IT OFF MY MIND.

        SO , HE IS MY MUNDANE PUNCH LIST :

        - REMOVED LADDER FROM CRAWL SPACE UNDER HOUSE. I AM A BIT PERPLEXED ON WHY THESE HIGH CEILING LIGHTS KEEP GOING OUT. I CHANGED A BULB AND DAMAGED OUR WALL SLIGHTLY WHICH PISSED ME OFF. BY LEANING A LADDER ON A WALL AND ME BEING 300 POUNDS IT LEFT INDENTATIONS WHEN I WAS DONE. BLOW.

        - CHANGED SOME OTHER BULBS THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.

        - UP TO THE TOP ROOF TO LEAF BLOW GUTTERS. I WORKED MY WAY DOWN FROM THE TOP TO THE AWNING TO THE DECK. I AM AMAZED HOW FAST LEAVES AND STICKS BUILD UP. SAW SEVERAL COOL LOOKING GREEN CATERPILLARS.

        - LARGE TV WAS NOT TAKEN FROM OUR SIDE DECK WHEN I WAS TOLD WE HAD A FAMILY INTERESTED IN IT. I CLEANED IT UP AND FIXED A " FREE TV " SIGN BY OUR DRIVEWAY ENTRANCE.

        - SAW 5 DEER COME RIGHT ACROSS OUR FRONT DECK AND PATH. IT WAS A PEACEFUL MOMENT I NEEDED. I ALSO SAW 2 DEER AT 11PM ON OUR BACKYARD LITERALLY 15 FEET FROM MY WINDOW. IT WAS KINDA COOL.

        - UNLOADED THE 300 POUND DIG DUG MACHINE. I HAD HALF OF IT HANGING OUT THE BACK OF MY VAN. I CAREFULLY POSITIONED MY VEHICLE TO THE BACK STEPS AND SLID IT ON THE DECK.  THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS HOW TO LIFT THIS MACHINE UPRIGHT. USING MY JABBA THE HUT BELLY AND ELEPHANT ASS I REMEMBERED THE OLD EGYPTIAN " COUNTER BALANCE " METHOD OF LIFTING THINGS. I GOT IT UP ( RARE THESE DAYS ) AND HEAVED IT UP ON A DOLLY.  I ROLLED IT INTO THE HOUSE EASILY FROM THERE. DO TO CONDENSATION I TURNED ON THE HEAT IN THE GAME ROOM AND CEILING FAN. I WILL LET IT COMPLETELY DRY OUT BEFORE TURNING IT ON. I WILL WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW.

        - INSTALLATION OF DRIVEWAY LIGHTS CAME WITH SEVERAL REALLY NICE SURPRISES. I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO INSTALL THE LIGHTS FOR A LONG TIME. THE SOLAR LIGHTS DO NOT ILLUMINATE AT ALL. IN FACT , OUT OF 11 LIGHTS ONLY 4 WORK. THERE IS JUST NOT ENOUGH SUN SO I HAD TO GO TO LOW VOLTAGE. THIS WHOLE PROJECT TOO ALMOST 3 HOURS. I WAS GETTING FRUSTRATED BECAUSE IT WAS MOVING SO SLOWLY. HIDING AND SECURING WIRES IS NO FUN. NOT HAVING HORSE SHOE NAILS DID NOT HELP EITHER. OF COURSE I MACGYVERED  STUFF.   THE PUP ABSOLUTELY ENJOYED THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER. SHE LAID ON THE DRIVEWAY AND WATCHED ME AND ANY SOUNDS COMING FROM THE WOODS. JUST LOOKING AT HER SO PROMINENT AND AT EASE WITH LIFE MADE ME FEEL GOOD.

        CONTINUED - I GOT ABOUT 75% DONE. I STILL NEED TO DIG A TRENCH TO HIDE THE MAIN EXTENSION CORD FROM THE LIGHTS TO THE OUTLET ON THE DECK.  BUT I HAD THEM ALL DONE AND READY TO BE TESTED. OF COURSE I RAN INTO A PROBLEM. I PLUG THE LIGHTS IN AND THEY IMMEDIATELY TURN ON THAN OFF. THIS WAS FRUSTRATING AND I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY. I RE-DID AN ENTIRE STRING BY CHECKING THE CONNECTIONS ON EVERY DAMN BULB. MORE WASTED TIME !! FINALLY I WROTE THE PRODUCTS NAME DOWN AND CALLED THE COMPANY. I ALSO GOOGLE THE PROBLEM TO NO AVAIL. I CALL THE COMPANY AND END UP TALKING TO A TECH FROM A DIFFERENT CORPORATION. I ASK HIM ANY WAY ABOUT MY DILEMMA AND THAN I FIGURED IT OUT WHILE I WAS TALKING TO HIM..............THE LIGHTS HAVE SUNLIGHT SENSORS.  IT JUST CAME TO ME HOW TO FIX IT.  EINHORN IS FINKLE............FINKLE IS EINHORN !

        CONTINUED - WHILE ON THE PHONE I GO OUTSIDE. THE TECH SAYS , " THERE MAY BE A DEVICE BEFORE THE PLUG AT THE END OF THE STRING OF LIGHTS. LOOK FOR A LITTLE TINY WINDOW. " I SAID THE SAME THING AND I PLACE MY FINGER OVER THE SENSOR.  WALLAH !! THE LIGHTS GO ON. THE GUY SAYS , " NOW GO TELL THE WIFE ALL IS GOOD. " I REPLY , " BAG THAT. I AM GOING TO HAVE A COUPLE OF BEERS AND TELL HER IT'S GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER 2 HOURS. " HE LAUGHS AND SAYS , " I LIKE HOW YOU THINK." THESE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS HAVE SENSORS WHICH MEANS I DO NOT HAVE TO USE A TIMER TO SET THEM TO GO ON AND OFF. THIS IS A BIG THING TO ME. LATER IN THE NIGHT I ACTUALLY FORGOT ABOUT THE LIGHTS. I TALKED TO WHEELS AND WALKED OUTSIDE AND THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. ALL 11 WERE FULLY ILLUMINATED WITH L.E.D. LIGHTS WHICH MEANS NO CHANGING BULBS EVERY COUPLE OF MONTHS.  THE LIGHTS SHINED BRIGHT AND EVEN ACCENT THE BOTTOMS OF THE TREES ABOUT 10-12 FEET HIGH. THEY LOOK SUPER COOL AND I WAS PRETTY PROUD HOW THEY CAME OUT. NO ONE ELSE WILL CARE BUT LITTLE THINGS LIKE THIS MOTIVATE ME.

        - PHONES NOT WORKING. THE PHONE'S SCREEN BLINKED " NO LINE ". THE TECH THAT INSTALLED OUR SECURITY SYSTEM WAS A COMPLETE ASSHAT. I GOOGLED HOW TO FIX THIS. INSTRUCTIONS TOLD ME TO BYPASS THE TECH'S DUMBASS KINDERGARTEN WIRING AND PLUG DIRECTLY INTO THE BACK OF THE INTERNET MODEM. I TEXTED WHEELS TO CALL ME  TWICE AND IT WORKED ON BOTH PHONES. I WAS PRETTY PROUD TO FIX THIS PROBLEM.

        - TAKE PUP FOR WALK AROUND LAKE. I PICK UP TRASH AND ENJOY THE WEATHER.

        - THE NEW " USED " TV WE JUST BROUGHT UP SEVERAL MONTHS AGO IS NOW FLASHING A WARNING ON THE SCREEN. IT SAYS " MAIN BULB NEEDS TO REPLACED SOON DUMB ASS ". YEP....OF COURSE IT DOES. I WILL WRITE DOWN ALL INFORMATION AND SEE IF THIS IS SOMETHING I CAN CHANGE. HOPING THE POWER OF " GOOGLE " COMES INTO PLAY AGAIN.

        - DUSTED SKYLIGHTS - YOU WANT MACGYVER ? I WILL GIVE IT TO YOU. WE HAVE A LONG EXTENSION POLE WITH A DUSTER ON THE END OF IT. BUT EVEN USING A SMALL LADDER ON TOP OF A TABLE I COULD NOT REACH 22 FEET IN THE AIR. PLUS , ME STANDING ON A SMALL LADDER ON A TOP OF A TABLE WOULD NOT BE THE BEST IDEA. SO I REMOVED A POLE FROM A BROOM AND DUCT TAPED IT TO THE EXTENSION POLE. IT WORKED PERFECTLY. IN FACT I DID THE WHOLE MAIN ROOM CEILINGS AND EDGES.

        -  CLEANED A HEATER I FORGOT TO DO LAST TIME I WAS HERE.

        - USING AN IRON RAKE - I HARD RAKED THE ENTIRE AREA I WORKED ON FOR THE SEPTIC SYSTEM PROBLEM. AFTER 30 MINUTES OF HARD RAKING STONES , GRAVEL , ROCKS , BOULDERS , AND SOLID DIRT I FINISHED IT.......JUST SHY OF HAVING A CORONARY.

         DURING THE COURSE OF THE DAY AND NIGHT I DID SOME MORE LITTLE PUNCH LIST STUFF. I DID NOTICE OUR MASTER BATHROOM COULD USE A FRESH COAT OF PAINT. BUT , AFTER THIS LONG DAY AND NIGHT AND I STILL HAVE TO DIG A 20 FOOT TRENCH WITH A PICK-AXE AND SHOVEL........WILL I HAVE THE ENERGY TO PAINT ?  I WILL DETERMINE THIS TOMORROW.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH A 7:45PM DINNER OF STRING BEANS AND CHICKEN IN A MUSHROOM GRAVY. IT WAS LEFTOVERS FROM OUR SUNDAY PARTY. A COUPLE OF LIBATIONS ALONG WITH WATCHING THE CHIEFS BEAT THE REDSKINS WAS NICE. GOOD TO SEE THE EAGLES WIN AND THE REST OF THE DIVISION LOSE. WE NEED THIS HELP BECAUSE OUR SCHEDULE ITS LITERALLY THE HARDEST IN THE NFL.

        ALSO WATCHED HOGAN'S HEROES ( OF COURSE ) AND PLAYED SOME INTERNET GAMES OF POKER & SCRABBLE. THESE THINGS RELAX ME. I DECIDE TO FORCE MYSELF TO STAY UP LATE AND CONTINUE TO DRINK ALCOHOL. BY 1:15AM I WAS SO DAMN EXHAUSTED AND HAMMERED I WAS SURE THIS TEST HAD TO WORK FOR SLEEPING. BY 1:16AM I WAS ASLEEP.

        WOKE UP AT 3:30AM , 5:30AM , AND 7:30AM. EACH OF THESE TIMES I PEED LIKE A RACE HORSE. WELP , SCRATCH THAT IDEA OF DRINKING ALOT BEFORE BED.

        TUESDAY       10 - 3 - 17

        2 STEPS FORWARD , 1 STEP BACK.  ISN'T THAT A SONG ?

        ANOTHER PICTURE PERFECT DAY. MY GAME PLAN IS TO WORK INSIDE UNTIL ABOUT 1PM. IT IS STILL CHILLY IN THE MORNINGS. THAN , AFTER 1PM , IT IS DOWNRIGHT BEAUTIFUL.

        MORE PROJECTS DONE :

        - DIG DUG ARCADE MACHINE SEEMS TO BE WORKING FINE. BUT NOW THE MISSILE COMMAND MACHINE HAS A WHITE SCREEN. MY HEART SANK. I SO DON'T FEEL LIKE LOADING THIS MACHINE UP IN THE VAN. I TEXTED OUR FRIENDS AT MERCURY AMUSEMENT AND HE GAVE ME SOME THINGS TO TRY. NOT FEELING CONFIDENT ABOUT THIS AT ALL.

        - STARTED PREPPING MASTER BATHROOM FOR PAINTING. I GOT WAY WAY TOO INVOLVED WITH SPACKLING. SINCE I AM RUNNING OUT OF TIME MY LAST COAT WAS 11:30PM AT NIGHT. WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING SPACKLING AND SANDING AT 11:30PM AT NIGHT ??!!

        - OUTSIDE WITH THE PUP.  THE WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL BUT I HAVE A HARD JOB............DIGGING A TRENCH.  I HAD TO STOP SEVERAL TIMES BECAUSE IT WAS JUST SO DAMN BACK BREAKING. I HAD 2 TRENCHES TO DIG. ONE FROM THE HOUSE TO THE BEGINNING OF THE FENCE AND THE SECOND FROM THE FENCE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE DRIVEWAY WHERE MY MAIN ELECTRIC IS. ONE TRENCH IS ABOUT 30 FEET LONG AND THE OTHER IS ABOUT 60 FEET. I PAINED JUST LOOKING AT THIS PROJECT. IT IS NOT NICE SOFT SOIL TO DIG BUT HARD ROCK AND GRAVEL. USING A PICK-AXE I DUG 6 INCHES AT A TIME. 6 FRIGGIN' INCHES A TIME.....ABOUT HALF MY COCK LENGTH.  SEVERAL TIMES I WANTED TO STOP. I AM RUNNING OUT OF TIME SO JUST TOOK BREAKS OF 2 OR 3 MINUTES.  FINALLY THE CHANNELS IN THE GROUND WERE DONE.

        - RAN MY EXTENSION CORDS IN THE GROUND AND PLACED ROCKS ON TOP OF THEM SO THEY WOULDN'T MOVE. THAN I BURIED THEM WITH THE EXCESS DIRT AND LEAVES. USING BLACK GORILLA TAPE I TIGHTENED CORDS AND SUCH. I ALSO USED A BLACK TRASH BAG TO HIDE MY POWER STRIPS AND CONNECTIONS. NEXT WAS USING WEIGHT TO FLATTEN THE TRENCH FROM THE FENCE WITH THE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS ON THEM TO THE HOUSE. I TRIED WALKING ON THE DIRT AND ROCKS BUT I WAS JUST NOT FAT ENOUGH. I ORDERED A PIZZA AND ATE HALF. I WALKED ON THE TRENCH AGAIN. BUT IT STILL WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH WEIGHT. SO , I USED MY VAN. YEP , I DROVE BACK AND FORTH 20 TIMES OVER THE TRENCH TO LEVEL IT BETTER. WHEN ALL SAID AND DONE THE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS ARE FINISHED FOR THE MOST PART. I LIKE THAT IT LOOKS LIKE THEY WERE ALWAYS THERE. AGAIN , AT NIGHT THEY LOOKED AWESOME.  AGAIN , THIS IS LITTLE TO ALL THE WORLD BUT ME. I HAVE NO LIFE.

        - FUNNY THING.....BESIDES FINDING TRASH WHILE PICK AXING I FOUND THE OLD EXTENSION CORD IN A 2ND TRENCH THAT LED TO THE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS 15 YEARS AGO. I PULLED ABOUT 6 FEET UP AND CUT IT. IT LOOKED IN DECENT CONDITION BUT THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD USE IT. I MAY HAVE TESTED IF I FOUND IT BEFORE I DUG THE DAMN TRENCH.

        - PROP A SMALL BENCH IN FRONT OF OUR SWING CHAIR. I SET UP 20 TOOLS AND BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO SECURE THIS SWINGING BENCH. UPON CLOSER INSPECTION IT DID BREAK ONCE AND A RENTER HID IT BY BENDING A PIECE OF METAL AROUND A SECURING LOOP. SO , USING PIECES OF GREEN 2 X 4'S I ESTABLISHED A GAME PLAN. 1 HOUR LATER I THINK I SECURED THEM PRETTY WELL.

        - LEAF BLEW MAIN DECK OF LEAVES AND SAW DUST I CREATED FROM FIXING THE SWINGING CHAIR.

        - PLACED LADDER BACK INTO CRAWL SPACE AND SECURED DOOR.  YOU KNOW , BEING FAT AND CRAWL SPACES REALLY DON'T MIX.

        - DOG WAS ITCHING AND I FORGOT MOISTURIZER. SO , I USED COPPERTONE SUN BLOCK LOTION. HEY , DON'T KNOCK IT. THE DOG SMELLED LIKE THE BEACH AND THE PRODUCT DOES HAVE ALOE , VITAMIN E , AND ULTRA-MOISTURIZING IN IT. PLUS SUN BLOCKING AND IT IS WATER PROOF HAS GOT TO HELP TOO.

         SOME MORE THING WERE DONE LIKE TAKING PICTURES , TOWEL HOLDERS , AND SUCH OFF THE WALLS OF THE MASTER BATHROOM. I HAD THE MOTTO ," EVERY TIME I GO UPSTAIRS I HAVE TO BRING SOMETHING UP ". BY 11:30PM MY MOTTO COULD GO " F " ITSELF.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH A COUPLE OF LIBATIONS. WEIRD THING IS I STOPPED DRINKING ALCOHOL BY 10PM. I WATCHED TV AND JUST DID NOT FEEL LIKE DRINKING ANY MORE. THIS IS SO NOT MY STYLE.

        I WILL TRY TO POST SOME PICTURES ON FACEBOOK ON THE SCENERY HERE AND THE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS ( I KNOW....WHO GIVES AN " F" )

        LOOKING FOR A FEMALE BARTENDER. OVER 21 AND CLOSE TO ARDMORE AREA WOULD HELP.

        KINDA COOL. WHEN FINISHING UP THE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS IT WAS CLOSE TO DARK. ACROSS THE STREET I FEEL SOMETHING LOOKING AT ME................6 DEER.   THEY NEVER MOVED. WE STARED AT EACH OTHER FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES. THEY WON THE STARE DOWN......I HAD TO GO BACK TO WORK.

        OH, ONE MORE THING...........WE HAVE A FAIR AMOUNT OF CHIPMUNKS HERE. I WAS THINKING THEY HAVE LIMITED PREDATORS TO WORRY ABOUT USING OUR HOME AND PROPERTY AS SHELTER. DAMN THINGS ARE PRETTY QUICK AND THEY KEEP CHIRPING AT ME.

        WEDNESDAY       10 - 4 - 17

        WHY DO I INVOLVE MYSELF IN THESE PROJECTS ?

        PAINTING......MY NEMESIS. TODAY I DECIDED ( LIKE AN IDIOT ) TO CONTINUE TO PREP A MASTER BATHROOM FOR A NEW COLOR OF PAINT. SPACKLING AND SANDING 3 COATS I STARTED THE PROCEDURE OF BLUE TAPING. LET ME TELL YOU.......ALWAYS USE BLUE TAPE TO PREP. VERY LOW ON THIS PRODUCT , I ACTUALLY TORE ONE WIDE BLUE TAPE INTO HALF SO I COULD FINISH THE WHOLE ROOM.........IT WAS THAT IMPORTANT.  IT MAY TAKE 20 MINUTES TO BLUE TAPE ALL THE EDGES BUT IT SAVES TIME WITH " CUTTING IN " BIG TIME. PLUS IT MAKES THE PAINT JOB COME OUT 10X BETTER. AFTER BLUE TAPING I REMOVED EVERYTHING FROM THE WALLS.  I CHANGED THE COLOR FROM OFF-WHITE TO A LIGHT COCOA.  2 1/2 COATS LATER I WAS PUTTING THE WHOLE ROOM BACK TOGETHER. I AM VERY HAPPY HOW IT CAME OUT.

        BETWEEN WAITING FOR SPACKLE & PAINT TO DRY THE MASTER BATHROOM IT LITERALLY TOOK ALL DAY AND INTO EARLY EVENING TO FINISH.

         I DID GET SOME MINOR THINGS DONE IN-BETWEEN THE DRYING:

        - WALKED THE PUP AROUND THE LAKE AND PICKED UP TRASH. I AM PISSED THAT PEOPLE THROW BEER CANS AND SUCH IN THE WATER. IT WAS LIKE A " LOW TIDE " SO I WAS ABLE TO RETRIEVE CANS , FISHING LINES , STYROFOAM CUPS THAT HOLD WORMS , AND A BOBBER.

        - WHILE SITTING AND HAVING DINNER ON THE DECK I NOTICED A FISHING LINE UP IN A TREE. IT WAS ABOUT 12 FEET UP AND 10 YARDS FROM THE WATER. IT IS EXACTLY BETWEEN ME AND THE WATER. SO I GOT A LADDER , WALKED INTO THE WOODS , AND PULLED IT DOWN.

        - TOOK SOME PICTURES & POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK.

        - WROTE DOWN INFORMATION ON OUR " NEW " TV THAT NOW NEEDS A PROJECTION BULB. OH , THIS " NEW " TV IS FROM 2006.  NOT QUITE THE YEAR I WAS TOLD.

        - LEAF BLEW DECK AGAIN.

         I RAN OUT OF SPEED WHEN WHEELS CALLED ME AT 8PM. IN FACT , I DID NOT EVEN KNOW IT WAS THAT LATE. I TOLD HER I HAVE TO STOP WORKING NOW.

        MY HEART SANK A LITTLE BIT WHEN I NOTICED ONLY HALF THE DRIVEWAY LIGHTS WERE ILLUMINATED. THERE ARE 2 SETS OF STRINGS ATTACHED TOGETHER. I TOLD MYSELF , " OKAY CHRIS , DON'T PANIC. YOU HAVE 2 LIGHT SENSORS FOR 2 STRINGS. IT IS ONLY 6PM AND NOT TOTALLY DARK YET. MAYBE ONE SENSOR GOES ON EARLIER THAN THE OTHER. "  IF I WAS WRONG I WOULD HAVE TO DIG UP AND TRY TO FIND THE LOOSE CONNECTION SOMEWHERE IN THE TRENCHES I DUG......OH......MY.......GOD. WHEN ON THE PHONE WITH WHEELS AT 8PM I PEEKED OUT THE WINDOW AND SAW THE 2ND STRING OF DRIVEWAY LIGHTS ILLUMINATED. I WAS SO HAPPY. I POSTED A PICTURE OF THEM ON FACEBOOK ALONG WITH A COOL PICTURE OF GEESE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR LAKE. JESUS I LOVE COMING UP HERE.

        I LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU CAN NOT SEE OUR HOUSE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE. THIS LARGE HOUSE IS ABOUT 35 YARDS FROM THE WATER AND YOU CAN'T SEE IT.......THAT IS PRETTY DAMN COOL.

        WIND DOWN THE NIGHT PLAYING INTERNET SCRABBLE WITH SOME INTERESTING PEOPLE , INTERNET POKER , WATCHING A HECK OF A NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARD GAME , AND VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE FLYERS.

        THE FLYERS HAVE AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT WEST COAST SCHEDULE TO START THE SEASON. I THOUGHT THEY COULD BE 0- 5 BY THE TIME THEY RETURN EAST. WELL , I WATCHED THAT WHOLE GAME UNTIL 1:30AM AGAINST THE SAN JOSE SHARKS. FLYERS WIN 5 - 3 AND THEY LOOKED FAST. THEY PRESSURED A STANLEY CUP TEAM ALL NIGHT. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED ON THIS FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON.

        FELL ASLEEP BY 2:30AM. I DID SLEEP A COUPLE OF HOURS UNTIL 5:30AM AND WOKE UP.  BUT , I FELL ASLEEP QUICKLY AGAIN. THIS IS GOOD I THOUGHT. I COULD SLEEP UNTIL 9 OR 10AM.

        AWAKENED AT 7:31AM VIA A TEXT. I PURPOSELY LEFT MY CELL PHONE IN THE MAIN ROOM BUT I STILL HEARD IT GO OFF.......DAMN IT.

        TOMORROW I DO WHAT WHEELS DOES........CLEAN NAKED.

        THURSDAY       10 - 5 - 17

        I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE.

        I HAD ONE MORE TEST TO SEE IF MY BACK WILL BE ACHING FOR THE NEXT 3 DAYS OR A NICE LEISURELY DRIVE HOME.

        IF IT WASN'T FOR A RENTER COMING IN I WOULD OF STAYED ONE MORE DAY. THE WEATHER IS PICTURE PERFECT. IN FACT I POSTED ON PICTURE ON FACEBOOK OF OUR LAKE AND 12 GEESE. I TOOK IT FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE WHILE WALKING THE PUP. THE COOL THING IS YOU CAN'T SEE OUR HOUSE.

        LET THE FINAL DAY START.

        MY FIRST AND LAST PROJECT WAS THE MISSILE COMMAND ARCADE MACHINE. I BROUGHT UP THE DIG DUG MACHINE AND UNLOADED IT MYSELF.  THIS WAS A TOUGH CHORE TO DO. THE DAMN THING WEIGHS MORE THAN ME. SEVERAL DAYS AGO I TURN ALL THE MACHINES ON AND THEY WORK.  THIS WAS AWESOME.  BUT, WITHIN 10 MINUTES , THE MISSILE COMMAND GAME'S SCREEN GOES WHITE. I SCREAMED WITH ANGER AND OUTSIDE I SAW A SQUIRREL FALL FROM A BRANCH AND LAND ON OUR CANOE. HE LOOKED AT ME LIKE , " WHAT THE FUCK MAN ??!! "

         I HAD 2 IDEAS.

         1 - CONTACT MERCURY AMUSEMENTS. 2 - LOAD MACHINE IN VAN AND BRING HOME.  THE TECH FROM MERCURY AMUSEMENTS GIVES ME INSTRUCTIONS TO FIX THE MONITOR PROBLEM. I HAVE ZERO FAITH IN ME DOING THIS.

        I SLIDE OUT THE HEAVY MACHINE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM. I REMOVE THE BACK PANEL AND USE A DROP LIGHT TO SHINE INTO THE MAZE OF CIRCUITRY. IT FRIGGIN' LOOKS LIKE THE MATRIX. THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL I AM FIXING THIS. I FOLLOW THE TECH'S INSTRUCTIONS AND TURN THE  MACHINE ON. IT STARTS UP AND NOW IT IS A WAITING GAME. WILL THE WHITE SCREEN RETURN ? OR WILL IT WORK FINE.....FOR NOW. TO WASTE TIME I BEGIN MY CLEAN-UP AND LOADING THE VAN.

        I TAKE A SHOWER UPSTAIRS IN THE NEW PAINTED BATHROOM. IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD. I CLEAN THE SHOWER STALL , FLOORS , AND EVERYTHING COMPLETELY FROM THE PAINTING MESS I DID YESTERDAY. OH ,  I DID IT NAKED AND LOVED IT. SUCH A GOOD FEELING. WHEELS TAUGHT ME THIS. AFTER I SHAVE , SHOWER , AND CLEAN UP I HEAD DOWN STAIRS TO CHECK THE MISSILE COMMAND MACHINE. IT IS STILL ON.

         I EMPTY THE DISHWASHER I RAN LAST NIGHT. I START LOADING ALL TOOLS AND PUT THEM ON THE OUTSIDE DECK. I CHECK THE MISSILE COMMAND MACHINE. IT IS STILL ON. MY CONFIDENCE GROWS BUT I BEEN IN THIS RODEO BEFORE. I KNOW WHAT THE GODS HAVE IN STORE FOR ME.

        I BEGIN WIPING DOWN ALL TILE FLOORS IN THE MAIN ROOM AND BATHROOMS. I SHUT EVERYTHING DOWN AND CLOSE ALL MINI BLINDS. I WALK THE PUP OUTSIDE AND BEGIN LOADING TOOLS ON HALF THE SIDE OF THE VAN. I KNOW FOR SURE THE ARCADE GODS WANT ME TO SEE THE WHITE SCREEN AND LOAD THE DAMN THING IN THE VAN. I CHECK THE MISSILE COMMAND AND IT IS STILL GOOD. I FEEL AT THE VERY LAST SECOND , RIGHT BEFORE LEAVING , IT WILL GO TO A WHITE SCREEN. I CAN FEEL IT IN MY BONES.

        I WIPE DOWN TABLES AND DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING. I VACUUM EVERYWHERE AND WIPE DOWN THE COUNTERS AND SINK AND FRIDGE. I AM COMPLETELY DONE AND I JUST HAVE TO CHECK THE ARCADE MACHINE ONE...........MORE..............DAMN..............TIME.

        I SLOWLY WALK TOWARDS THE GAME ROOM. MY BRAIN SAYS I FIXED IT. MY HEART SAYS I'M AN ASS. I PEEK AROUND THE DOOR AND INTO THE ROOM. THE SCREEN IS GOOD. I YELL OUT " YES !! SUCK OUT ARCADE GODS !! ". I PUT THE DOOR PANEL BACK ON , SLIDE IT INTO PLACE , AND GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE.

        SET THE ALARM AND ROLL HOME. I MAKE GOOD TIME AND UNLOAD.

        A NEPHEW STOPS BY FOR ALITTLE BIT..........3 HOURS. MY YOUNGEST COMES HOME AND SHE IS OVERJOYED TO SEE THE PUP. SHE HELPS ME WITH ANOTHER PROJECT......OUR KITCHEN DISPOSAL IS LEAKING LIKE A SIV. THERE IS A GOOD AND BAD TO THIS. I NOTICED LAST WEEK WATER WAS LEAKING IN THE BASEMENT BEHIND OUR BAR. I PUT A SPACKLE BUCKET THERE TO CATCH THE WATER THINKING I HAD A PIPE LEAK.

        MY KID CLEARS OUT ALL STUFF UNDER THE SINK AND I DO A TEST. I TELL OUR YOUNGEST , " TELL ME WHEN THE WATER IS DONE DRAINING AND IF THERE ARE ANY LEAKS UNDER THE SINK. I WILL GO DOWNSTAIRS AND SEE IF IT LEAKS IN THE BASEMENT." I RELEASE THE WATER AND TAKE JUST 2 STINKING STEPS TOWARDS THE BASEMENT AND MY KID YELLS OUT , " DAD !! THERE IS A LEAK !! " SEVERAL CURSE WORDS LATER AND ME STOPPING THE SINK. I SEE THE DISPOSAL IS DRIPPING WATER LIKE NIAGARA FALLS. THE ONLY SILVER LINING IS THE WATER GOING THROUGH THE BASE CABINET INTO THE BASEMENT WAS NOT A PIPE LEAK BUT EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF WATER BEING DUMPED THROUGH OUR KITCHEN SINK CABINET. AT LEAST THIS ONE THING I DON'T HAVE TO FIX. YEP , I AM NOT EVEN HOME 1 HOUR AND I HAVE TOOLS AND KITCHEN STUFF ALL OVER THE PLACE.

        HEAD TO A SIDE JOB FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I WAS EXHAUSTED BUT ENDED UP STAYING AROUND FOR A COUPLE OF DRINKS BECAUSE WHEELS WAS WATCHING HER TV SHOWS. I THOUGHT SHE WOULD WANT TO HANG WITH ME AND WATCH OUR SHOWS SINCE WE HAVEN'T BEEN TOGETHER IN A WEEK. BUT AFTER 30 YEARS OF MARRIAGE AND ME LOOKING LIKE A HIPPO I UNDERSTOOD.

        BACK HOME WHEELS MISSED HER SHOWS DUE TO A FAMILY MEMBER STOPPING BY. I WATCHED THE FLYERS LOSE AND HEADED TO BED AROUND MIDNIGHT. BUT HAD SOME WINE , CHEESE , AND SALAMI FIRST FOR DINNER.

        FRIDAY         10 - 6 - 17

        LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW IS SUNDAY AT 6PM. PLEASE STOP DOWN FOR SOME LAUGHS.

        SPEAKING OF THE RADIO SHOW. I AM WORKING NEAR ONE OF THE HOSTS OF THE SHOW. I TEXT HIM , " I AM ONE BLOCK FROM YOUR HOUSE AND NOTICE EVERY TIME I DRIVE BY THERE IS NOTHING GOING ON IN THE BEDROOM. EVERYTHING ALRIGHT WITH YOUR WIFE AND " PLUMBING " ? " HE REPLIES , " I ASSUME YOU ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT MY SINK AND TOILET. " YEP , THE DUDE CRACKS ME UP....AND SO WILL YOU IF YOU STOP BY ON SUNDAY FOR THE RADIO SHOW.

        DO ANYTHING TODAY ?.........I DID.

        ELDEST , AFTER JUST 3 WEEKS OF COLLEGE HAS A " FALL BREAK " AND NO CLASSES. SHE AND HER BOYFRIEND FLY TO CANADA FOR THE WEEK......NICE.

        UP EARLY AND BACK TO THE ROUTINE. GET MY YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL AND START MY COMPUTER WORK. THAN , AT 9:45AM I GOT A CALL......OUR SECURITY TECH. 

        THE STORY - OUR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM GOT HACKED. I WAS TOLD THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE. THIS IS AN ANSWER I AM QUITE USED TOO. THE TECH TELLS ME TO GO TO THE NAIL FOR HE HAS THE PROGRAM TO DELETE THE MALWARE THAT INFECTED OUR SYSTEM.  I RACE DOWN AND SET-UP A DROP LIGHT BY OUR DVR AND MY COMPUTER FOR THE TECH TO TAKE CONTROL OF. I WONDER IF THIS 15 MINUTE JOB WILL GO NICE AND SMOOTHLY ? YEP , I WONDER........15 MINUTES...........15 MINUTES THE TECH TELLS ME..........15 MINUTES...........15.............MINUTES.

        THE TECH DIRECTS ME TO USE A" MOUSE " TO NAVIGATE SCREENS ON THE DVR. I REPLY , " WHAT MOUSE ? " HE REPLIES , " THE ONE THAT CAME WITH YOUR DVR ? "  I SEE NO MOUSE AND WE INSTALLED THE SURVEILLANCE 3 YEARS AGO. I QUICKLY SOLVE THE PROBLEM BY USING MY COMPUTER'S MOUSE. OKAY , ONE LITTLE HURDLE IS LEAPT OVER.

        HE WALKS ME THROUGH PROMPTS AND MAIN SCREEN MENUS. WE GO TO DOWNLOAD HIS PROGRAM ANNNNNNNNNND NO " INTERNET CONNECTION."  WE TEST ETHERNET CONNECTIONS AND HE WALKS ME THROUGH SOME OTHER THINGS AND STILL NO CONNECTION.  WE RE-BOOT THE SYSTEM AND IT RETURNS. WE NOW HAVE INTERNET CAPABILITIES............20 MINUTES LATER.  WE RE-BEGIN OUR PROCESS OF DOWNLOADING THE PROTECTION AGAINST THE VIRUS. AT STEP ONE IT SAYS ON THE SCREEN , " CAN NOT DOWNLOAD. "  ANNNNNNNNND ANOTHER HURDLE. WE TRY SEVERAL OTHER OPTIONS BUT THEY DO NOT WORK. OH , NOW OUR CORDLESS PHONE IS BEEPING ON LOW CHARGE.

        I USE A CORDED PHONE FROM THE KITCHEN AREA BECAUSE THE CORDLESS IS NOW USELESS. I AM RUNNING FROM THE KITCHEN TO THE BEGINNING OF THE BAR TO THE DVR AT THE END OF THE BAR. YEP , LOTSA OF FUN. THE TECH DETERMINES I NEED A " HDMI " CABLE TO BYPASS MY " VGA " CABLE THAT IS IN THERE NOW TO INSTALL THE PROGRAM. HE ASKS ME IF I HAVE A HDMI CABLE. I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THIS IS BUT I DO REMEMBER GETTING A NEW TV CABLE BOX LAST MONTH. I GO TO THE KITCHEN AREA AND GET A LADDER.  UP ON THE TOP SHELF IS THE BOX OF TV STUFF. I RETRIEVE IT AND THERE IS A BRAND NEW HDMI CABLE. I FOLLOW HIS DIRECTIONS AND REMOVE THE VGA CABLE AND INSTALL THE HDMI CABLE. MIND YOU .......I AM WORKING IN A TIGHT AREA IN A BASE KITCHEN CABINET BY THE END OF THE BAR. I HAVE A SMALL STEP STOOL FOR A SEAT AND A DROP LIGHT TO SEE. WE GO THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS.........ANNNNNNNNNNNNND IT DOESN'T WORK. ANOTHER 45 MINUTES WASTED. I PUSH BACK MY SIDE JOB 2 HOURS.

        THE TECH TELLS ME WE NEED A " FLASH DRIVE " TO INSTALL THE PROGRAM. WHAT THE HELL IS A FLASH DRIVE ? "  THIS IS I DO NOT HAVE. I LEAVE THE NAIL TO DRIVE TO A COMPUTER STORE OR RADIO SHACK. I THAN THINK OF A COMPUTER FRIEND. HE ANSWERS HIS PHONE AND SAYS , " DUDE , I HAVE A TON OF THEM. GO TO MY HOUSE AND I WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO GET IN TO GET THEM. " I ARRIVE AT HIS HOME AND HE TELLS ME THE CODE TO OPEN HIS GARAGE TO ACCESS HIS HOUSE KEY. ONE PROBLEM......THE BATTERY IN HIS DOOR OPENER IS DEAD. OH......AND HE GIVES ME THE WRONG CODE 3 TIMES. AFTER THE 10TH TRY I DECIDE TO REMOVE THE BATTERY AND REPLACE IT FOR ONE FINAL CHARGE TO ACTIVATE THE DOOR OPENER.  IT WORKS. I GET INTO HIS HOUSE AND RETRIEVE 3 FLASH DRIVES. I RETURN TO THE NAIL.

        I CALL THE SURVEILLANCE TECH AND TELL HIM TO CALL ME BACK ON MY CELL PHONE. THE NAIL PHONE IS SHOT.  HE TAKES OVER MY COMPUTER AGAIN AND USES THE FLASH DRIVE TO DOWNLOAD HIS PROGRAM. FOLLOWING HIS DIRECTIONS I PLACE THE FLASH DRIVE IN THE DVR AND IT DOES NOT WORK. AGAIN IT WILL NOT ALLOW US TO DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM. HE FINDS OUT HE HAS THE WRONG PROGRAM FOR OUR DVR. BACK TO MY COMPUTER WITH THE FLASH DRIVE TO DOWNLOAD ANOTHER PROGRAM. BACK TO THE DVR AT THE END OF THE BAR TO TRY IT AGAIN.  IT WORKS AND WE NOW HAVE A OUR MONITORS WORKING AGAIN. YES !!

         OH WAIT........WE ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET AGAIN. WE MUST INSTALL A 2ND PROGRAM TO DO THIS.  OH......ANOTHER 30 MINUTES GOES BY.

        BACK TO THE COMPUTER TO DOWNLOAD A 2ND PROGRAM. I TELL HIM ABOUT ME ALWAYS GETTING AN ANSWER OF " I HAVE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS 30 YEARS AND NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE. "  JESUS I AM SICK OF GETTING THIS ANSWER. HE TELLS ME , " YOU WANT TO FEEL BETTER ? WE HAVE 50 CUSTOMERS THAT GOT HACKED TOO. " I REPLY , THAT DOES MAKE ME FEEL ALITTLE BETTER IN SOME STRANGE TWISTED WAY. " HE REPLIES , " WANT TO FEEL EVEN BETTER ? WORLDWIDE THIS NEW VIRUS AFFECTED OVER 200,000 COMPUTERS. " THAT MADE ME FEEL BETTER IN THE MOST CONVOLUTED WAY. HE EXPLAINS TO ME WHY HACKERS DO THINGS AND THE STUFF THEY SEARCH FOR. I SAY , " THESE PEOPLE ARE SO SMART AND PROBABLY WOULD MAKE A PHENOMENAL LIVING BEING HONEST.  ANYWAY ......ANOTHER 20 MINUTES GOES BY. I PUSH BACK MY SIDE JOB ANOTHER HOUR.

        WE TRY TO INSTALL THE 2ND PROBLEM AND THE SCREEN POPS UP " CAN NOT DOWNLOAD. " HE SAYS , " UT OH. " I REPLY , " DAMN. "  HE TELLS ME HE HAS TO GO BACK TO HIS VENDORS TO FIND ANOTHER SOLUTION. I RUN THE NEW HDMI CORD BEHIND THE CABINETS , PUT EVERYTHING AWAY , AND LEAVE THE NAIL COMPLETELY DEPRESSED...................ANOTHER 20 MINUTES GOES BY.

        I GO TO MY SIDE JOB TO PAINT A CEILING AND SPACKLE. A LITTLE UNDER 2 HOURS AND I AM DONE.

        BACK HOME I HAVE BREAKFAST AT 3:30PM. LEFTOVER RAVIOLIS AN SOME MEATBALLS. WHEELS CAME HOME IN THE AFTERNOON WHICH WAS COOL. I GET SOME COMPUTER STUFF DONE , HUG THE PUP , AND FINISH SOME PHONE CALLS.

        5PM I RETURN TO THE SIDE JOB TO DOUBLE CHECK THE CEILING I PAINTED , SAND & SPACKLE A SOFFIT , CLEAN A STOVE & FLOOR , AND  RE-INSTALL CEILING LIGHTS. I SPEND ANOTHER 90 MINUTES. THIS IS THE 4TH TIME I HAVE VISITED THIS SIDE JOB TWICE IN ONE DAY. ONE TIME I VISITED 3 TIMES IN ONE DAY.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I GET MY NORMAL THINGS DONE. I AM THE EARLY BARTENDER AND DOORMAN FOR THE NIGHT. I MET 2 REALLY NICE GIRLS WHO I SERVED AND HUNG OUT WITH FOR OVER 2 HOURS. IT WAS A NO SMOKING NIGHT BUT WITH SOME CONVINCING THE GIRL GOT HER WAY AND I ALLOWED HER TO SMOKE UNTIL THE BAND GOT THERE. THEY WERE VERY COOL AND THE LOVED THE NAIL AND IT'S DIVE BAR LOOK. SHE SAID SHE JUST MOVED HERE AND IT REMINDED HER OF A BAR WHERE SHE  USED TO LIVE. I MADE THEM FOOD AND SERVED THEM DRINKS FOR 2+ HOURS. THE FUNNY THING IS THEY WERE ONLY STAYING FOR ONE DRINK. I SAID , " WELCOME TO THE BLACK HOLE ". THEY TIPPED ME $20 CASH AND $6 ON A VISA CARD. I THOUGHT THAT WAS COOL. ONE GIRL WANTED ME BIG TIME. 

        3 NICE MUSICIANS CAME IN ASKING FOR THE OWNER. I WAS TIRED AND SAID I WAS THE DOORMAN. THEY GAVE ME THEIR INFO AND I EMAILED THEM SATURDAY MORNING AT 5:30AM. YEP , I WAS UP THAT EARLY AGAIN.

        I DID HAVE A GOOD TIME CHILLING WITH SOME REGULARS AND STAFF. IT WAS ALITTLE TOUGH NOT TO DRINK BOOZE.

        BACK HOME I CHILL WITH WHEELS FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES. I HUG MY KID AND THEY GO TO BED. I STAY UP AND WATCH TV FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS. I HAVE A LATE DINNER OF CHEESE , SALAMI , AND ONE GLASS OF RED WINE .........AGAIN. I ALSO MADE A SODA WATER AND VODKA BUT DIDN'T FINISH IT. I WENT TO BED EXHAUSTED ONLY TO WAKE UP AT 5:15AM AND START MY DAY AT 5:30AM SATURDAY MORNING.

        SATURDAY      10 - 7 - 17

        LONG DAY, FUN NIGHT.

        UP AT 5:15AM THE SAME THINGS ARE ROUTINELY DONE.  BUT THIS TIME THEY WERE ALTERED.

        FIRST , INSTALLING A GARBAGE DISPOSAL AT 7:30AM. WE HAD STUFF ALL OVER THE PLACE AND NO USE OF THE KITCHEN SINK OR DISHWASHER.  THE DISPOSAL MATCHED THE ORIGINAL ONE AND I SWAPPED THEM OUT QUITE QUICKLY. I DID SEVERAL WATERS TESTS AND WITHIN 45 MINUTES EVERYTHING WAS PUT BACK TOGETHER. WHEELS DID A 2ND WATER TEST WITH THE DISHWASHER AND ALL GOOD. I HAD 3 PROJECTS TODAY AND THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT ONE.

        STOP AT D.M.I. HOME SUPPLY TO PICK UP WINDOW TRIM AND CAULK. THAN OFF TO THE SIDE JOB WITH MY YOUNGEST. I ADORE BEING WITH THIS KID. EVERY SECOND IS A DELIGHT. SO THE DEAL , THE KID MAKES A LITTLE MONEY AND GETS TREATED TO HER FAVORITE RESTAURANT FOR LUNCH. WE ARRIVE AT THE JOB AND BOTH OF US PAINT A SOFFIT AREA. THE KID DOES THE TIGHT SPOTS WHILE I PAINT THE MAIN AREAS. I TRIM OUT A WINDOW AND REALIZE THE TRIM I BOUGHT IS TOO SHORT......CRAP.

        LEAVE ALL TOOLS AT THE JOB AND RETURN TO D.M.I. HOME SUPPLY. THE EMPLOYEE IS SUPER COOL AND LETS ME SWAP OUT MUCH LONGER WINDOW TRIM FOR FREE. WE DECIDE TO PREP THE NAIL SINCE WE ARE RIGHT THERE. AFTER 45 MINUTES WE HAVE THE NAIL READY FOR THE TONIGHT'S 7 BANDS.

        BACK TO THE SIDE JOB WHERE MY YOUNGEST BEGINS CLEANING UP AND I TRIM OUT A WINDOW. DUE TO DEMOLITION THE ORIGINAL WINDOW TRIM WAS BROKEN OR NOT SAVED SO I HAD TO ADAPT.  I ONLY TACKED THE NEW TRIM UP TO SEE IF THE CUSTOMER WOULD LIKE MY IDEA AND NEW TRIM. I LATER GOT A TEXT , " KITCHEN LOOKS GREAT !! ".  WE LOAD UP BIG TOOLS LIKE A TABLE SAW AND POWER MITRE ALONG WITH THE LITTLE TOOLS. I KEPT JOKING WITH MY YOUNGEST TO CARRY THE BIG STUFF. THE KID LOOKS AT ME THROUGH A WINDOW WITH A FACE I AM QUITE FAMILIAR WITH........." DAD , YOU'RE A NUDGE. " I GIGGLED. I JUT LOOK AT HER FACE AND MELT WITH PRIDE AND JOY.

         TAKE A RIDE TO OUR KID'S FAVORITE RESTAURANT FOR BROCCOLI RABE AND GRAVY FRIES..........NICK'S ROAST BEEF IN SPRINGFIELD. WE CALLED AHEAD TO SAVE TIME AND I TOOK THE BLUE ROUTE TO SAVE EVEN MORE TIME. WE DID HIT A LITTLE TRAFFIC. WE ALSO BRING HOME A ROASTED PORK SANDWICH WITH PROVOLONE AND ON THE SIDE.....LONG HOTS , SWEET PEPPERS , AND HORSE RADISH FOR WHEELS. SINCE I AM TRYING TO ELIMINATE BREAD I HAD NOTHING.

         WE STOP TO GET GAS AND OUR PHONE GOES OFF. WHEELS INFORMS ME OUR BANK ACCOUNT AND PAY PAL HAS BEEN COMPROMISED. THE NEXT 45 MINUTES WE WORK OUT HOW TO FREEZE OUR ACCOUNTS. THE ONLY THING THAT SUCKS IS OUR BANK CAN NOT HELP US UNTIL TUESDAY ( MONDAY IS A HOLIDAY ). THIS WILL MAKE ME NERVOUS.

        WE ARRIVE HOME AND CONTINUE TO WORK WITH PAY PAL TO FREEZE OUR ACCOUNT. WHEELS AND OUR YOUNGEST ENJOY NICK'S ROAST BEEF WHILE I HAVE SUSHI.

        OKAY , MY FULL DAY IS DONE. TIME FOR A LITTLE FUN.  WE SHOWER AND GET DRESSED UP. MY PARENTS ARRIVE AND ALL OF US HEAD TO A COUSIN'S WEDDING.  OF COURSE WHEELS RIPS PANTY HOSE AND WE HAVE TO STOP AT A CVS STORE. WE ALSO DROPPED OFF OUR YOUNGEST AT A FRIENDS HOUSE. HER AND FRIENDS ARE ATTENDING A BIG CONCERT AT WELLS FARGO. I HAVE NO IDEA OF THE NEW ARTIST.

        WE HIT TRAFFIC AND ARRIVE.  LUCKILY WE CATCH THE WEDDING CEREMONY. EVERYTHING WAS HELD AT ONE PLACE.  THE WHOLE CELEBRATION WAS REALLY FUN. GREAT FOOD , FUN PEOPLE , GREAT MUSIC , PHOTO BOOTH , AND COUSINS TALKING JOKES. I TOLD WHEELS I LOOKED FORWARD TO HANGING WITH HER. THE NIGHT ROLLED ON AS WE DANCED , TOOK PICTURES , DID A WONDERFUL CROWN ROYAL TOAST AT THE BAR , AND JUST ENJOYED THE FAMILY.

        ONE COOL THING IS AT THE HEAD TABLE I SEE A PERSON I KNOW SITTING NEXT TO THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE......MY COUSIN. THIS GIRL I HAVE ALWAYS DUG AND HAVE DREAMT BAD THINGS SEVERAL TIMES. MAN , I WONDER WHERE SHE WAS 32 YEARS AGO?  ANYWAY , THIS ADORABLE 28 YEAR GIRL IS A PERSON I KNOW FROM THE NAIL AND LIQUOR STORE. SHE IS A PHENOMENAL ARTIST AND HAS HAD A TALK WITH MY YOUNGEST ABOUT ART. I GO UP TO HER AT THE TABLE AND HUG MY COUSIN. THAN I TURN AND HUG HER. SHE LAUGHS AND IS AMAZED OF THE SMALL WORLD. IT ENDS UP SHE IS FRIENDS OF THE BRIDE ( MY COUSIN ) FOR OVER 20 YEARS. LATER WE TALKED AND HUNG OUT. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE HER. I MUST ADMIT.........I FANTASIZED ABOUT HER AGAIN. DAMN CROWN ROYAL BRINGS BACK THE YOUTH IN ME.

        OVERALL A VERY GOOD TIME AND I TALKED TO OVER 50 COUSINS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT. MAKING JOKES AND FEELING THE VIBE. IT WAS GOOD TO GET OUT.

        WE ROLL HOME AND MAKE GOOD TIME.  MY PARENTS HEAD BACK TO THEIR HOUSE , OUR KID COMES IN FROM THE CONCERT AND HAS A SLEEPOVER , AND WHEELS & I CHILL. SHE HAS A NIGHTCAP AND I HAVE WATER. AGAIN , TRYING TO BE HALF GOOD. I AM SO SURPRISED I DO NOT MISS BRANDY AS MUCH AS I THOUGHT. I GUESS I KEEP THINKING OF THOSE SUGAR HEADACHES IN THE MORNING AND MY STOMACH ON THE TOWEL BAR WHEN I AM WEIGHING MYSELF.

        AT THE END THE NIGHT I WATCH THE LAST PERIOD OF THE FLYERS. THEY HAVE A TOUGH OPENING 4 GAMES ON THE WEST COAST. TONIGHT WAS THE DUCKS. THEY BLEW A 2-1 LEAD WHEN THE DUCKS SCORED A SHORT HANDED GOAL. OH THAT HURTS. I FELL ASLEEP WITH 5 MINUTES LEFT IN THE GAME. I JUST COULDN'T KEEP MY EYES OPEN. THE PUP ON MY BED DID NOT HELP ME THROUGH THE NIGHT EITHER , BUT THE DAMN DOG IS SO ADORABLE AND I ENJOY HER COMPANY AND WARMTH. ( WHEELS.....HINT.....HINT. )

        FOUND OUT THE NEXT MORNING FLYERS WON IN OVERTIME.............NICE. 

        SUNDAY         10 - 8 - 17

        LIVE AT THE NAIL RADIO SHOW WAS PERFORMED LAST NIGHT AND WE ARE NOT SURE WHICH WAS MORE ENTERTAINING.......THE SHOW OR B.B.'S AFTER PARTY. OH MY GOD.......TOO DAMN FUNNY.  WE MUST THANK THE BANDS WHO TOOK THE TIME TO PROMOTE THEIR SHOWS - SCARS LIKE THESE , BREAKING DEAD ( LOVE THAT NAME ) , DELCO ACOUSTIC , THE UNABOMBER , AND MIDHEAVEN.

        TRIED TO RELAX BUT COULDN'T.  OH , IT'S 4:15AM RIGHT NOW ( MONDAY ).  SO I DROVE TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR TONIGHT'S RADIO SHOW.  I WANTED TO WATCH THE EAGLES GAME TO THE END SO I FIGURED WHY SCRAMBLE AND RUSH WHEN THE GAME IS OVER. I DROVE DOWN AND CASUALLY GOT THINGS DONE AT MY OWN PACE. I AM SO GLAD THE NAIL IS ONLY 3.5 MILES FROM OUR HOUSE.

        BACK HOME WHEELS AND I UPDATE OUR WEBSITES FOR THE VACATION PROPERTIES. WE ARE ALREADY BOOKING 2018 WITH BOTH HOMES.

        SETTLE IN AND REALLY ENJOY JUST SITTING. I TURN MERRILL REESE ON THE RADIO , MUTE THE TV , AND WATCH OUR EAGLES.  I CAN NOT REMEMBER WHERE THEY PLAYED ALMOST A PERFECT GAME. THERE WERE SOME MINOR ISSUES I HAD LIKE THE INTERCEPTION & SOME PERSONAL FOUL PENALTIES BUT OVERALL IT WAS A PERFECT GAME. US PHILLY FANS ARE NOT USED TO A LAUGHER GAME LIKE THIS. EAGLES WIN BIG FROM START TO FINISH 34 - 7.

         WHAT MADE THIS SUNDAY OOOOOOOOHHHHHH SO MORE ENJOYABLE WAS THE COWGIRLS LOST ON A HEART BREAKING LAST SECOND TOUCHDOWN DRIVE BY AARON RODGERS AND THE GREEN BAY PACKERS. MAN DID THAT FEEL GOOD. OH , AND THE GIANTS CRAPPED TOO. THEY ALSO LOSE 3 RECEIVERS INCLUDING THE ARROGANT ODELL BECKASS. IT IS WAY WAY WAAAAAAAY TOO EARLY FOR PREDICTIONS AND PLAYOFFS BUT AT LEAST FOR NOW THE PHILLY CONTINGENT CAN ENJOY FIRST PLACE AND A 4 - 1 RECORD............FOR NOW.

        HAVE A LATE LUNCH WITH MY YOUNGEST WHO JUST MAKES MY DAY.  WE CHILL FOR ALITTLE BIT AND TALK. I MAKE JOKES AND THE KID CALLS ME A " NUDGE ".

        LOAD UP AND HEAD TO THE NAIL. I PREP FOR THE RADIO SHOW QUITE QUICKLY. IT WAS A GOOD TIME BUT AFTER THE SHOW B.B. TELLING STORIES ABOUT HIS SISTER WAS PRETTY DAMN FUNNY. HE HAD THE WHOLE BAR LAUGHING. OH , THE " ACID " STORIES OF FRIENDS HE AND I KNOW WERE HILARIOUS. EVERYONE WAS ROARING LAUGHING.

        BACK HOME I WIND DOWN THE NIGHT WITH WATER , CHEESE , AND SALAMI. WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " OUTLANDER " WHICH WAS GOOD. I THINK THEY SHOULD OF DID A LITTLE BETTER JOB WITH THE AGING MAKE-UP FOR THE MAIN CHARACTERS. THEIR KID GROWS UP OVER 18 YEARS AND THE PARENTS DO NOT AGE ONE DAY.

          ABSOLUTELY EXHAUSTED , I WAS IN BED BY 10:15PM. I WOKE UP SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE NIGHT WITH MY MOUTH AS DRY AS THE SAHARA DESERT. BY 4:15AM I AM WRITING THIS BLOG. IT IS NOW 6:10AM SO I WILL STAY UP FOR MY YOUNGEST. THE KID GET'S UP AT 6:15AM. BY THE WAY , THIS KID STUDIED FOR OVER 8 HOURS TODAY. AN ABSOLUTE GLORIOUS CHANGE IN THE LAST 2 YEARS. SHE REALLY PRIDES HERSELF ON STRAIGHT " A " GRADES.

        MONDAY        10 - 9 - 17

        I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND IT........UP AGAIN. IT NOW 3:15AM TUESDAY MORNING. I EVEN ASKED WHEELS ABOUT OUR INSURANCE POLICY.

        SO , LET'S TALK ABOUT MY MONDAY.

        UP AND GET OUR YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL. OH , AND LET THE DOG OUT AT 4AM.

        EDIT THE RADIO SHOW AND RUN INTO ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS......SO I THOUGHT.  APPARENTLY I DID EVERYTHING RIGHT BUT MY COMPUTER KEEPS IT'S " HISTORY " EVEN THOUGH I CLICK " REFRESH ". I KEPT GETTING LAST MONTH'S RADIO SHOW INSTEAD OF THE MOST RECENT SHOW WHICH WAS THIS PAST SUNDAY. I HAD WHEELS DOUBLE CHECK ON HER COMPUTER WHILE I DOUBLE CHECKED ON MY 2ND COMPUTER.....AND THERE WAS THE NEW SHOW.   45 MINUTES WASTED. I STILL CAN'T GET THE NEW SHOW ON MY LAP TOP.

        FRIEND LENDS ME 3 FLASH DRIVES. I DROP OFF 2 AT HIS HOUSE. I LEFT THEM ON HIS BACK STEP. 24 HOURS LATER HE NOR HIS WIFE SAW THEM.........THE RAIN DID.

        SINCE I HAVE BEEN SPACKLING I DECIDED TO PATCH A CHIP IN A PICTURE IN OUR BATHROOM. IT HAS BEEN BOTHERING ME EVER SINCE I DROPPED THE DAMN THING.  AFTER 3 COATS IT ACTUALLY CAME OUT REALLY GOOD.

        TAKE A NAP.......MISS MY SURVEILLANCE TECH CALLING...........TWICE.

        OFF TO MY SIDE JOB. I AM WINDING DOWN THIS PROJECT BUT MAN DID I RUN INTO A PROBLEM. I HAD TO RE-HANG WALL CABINETS IN THE KITCHEN BY MYSELF. YOU THINK THEY GO RIGHT BACK ON THE WALL NICE AND EASY.......NOPE. I NEEDED A 2X4 TO SLAM SEVERAL BACK INTO PLACE SO THEY LINE UP. JESUS , IT IS ALWAYS SOMETHING. THIS , OF COURSE , TOOK A TON OF TIME & ENERGY AND BY 6:30PM I HAD TO STOP BECAUSE I WAS MEETING MERCURY AMUSEMENT AT THE NAIL. I WAS SO TIRED I ASKED THE CUSTOMER IF I COULD JUST LEAVE EVERYTHING THEY WAY IT IS ( TOOLS ALL OVER THE PLACE ) AND FINISH TOMORROW.

        OFF TO THE NAIL AND I FIND OUT MY MERCURY AMUSEMENT CONNECTION IS NOT DOING THE FLYER TICKETS THIS YEAR.......DAMN IT. NEXT YEAR HE IS.

        I GET BEER AND LIQUOR ORDERS DONE ALONG WITH CLEANING AND FIXING STUFF.

        ON MONDAY NIGHTS I USUALLY CLOSE AT 10PM. I DON'T MIND AT ALL. IT GIVES ME A CHANCE TO HEAD HOME EARLY AND PLUS I GET ALL MY PAPERWORK DONE BY 10PM TOO. WELL , 9:48PM A COUPLE COMES IN.  AN OLDER GUY IN HIS 60'S AND A YOUNGER GIRL IN HER LATE 20'S. I FIGURED THEY WERE FATHER AND DAUGHTER..........UNTIL 2 DRINKS LATER WHEN THEY STARTED SUCKING FACE. I WAS ACTUALLY REPULSED BECAUSE MEN ARE DISGUSTING ( IN MY EYES ). WOMEN ARE ANGELS ( IN MY EYES ).  I JUST THOUGHT THIS CUTE POLITE GIRL IS DOWNGRADING BIG TIME TO AN OLDER MAN. THE GUY WAS VERY NICE AND POLITE ALSO BUT MAN I JUST COULDN'T STOMACH WATCHING THEM FOR 30 MINUTES.

        ANOTHER GROUP COMES IN AND I KNOW ONE OF THE GUYS. LOOKS LIKE I AM STAYING LATE NIGHT.

        EVERYONE ROLLS OUT A LITTLE AFTER MIDNIGHT. I AM HOME BY 12:30AM. I MAKE A VODKA / COKE ZERO ALONG WITH HUMMUS , GUACAMOLE, & HEALTHY CHIPS ( WHATEVER THEY ARE ). I WATCH SOME OF THE MOVIE " GANGS OF NEW YORK". MAN THAT WAS A BAD ASS SHOW. I HEAD TO BED BY 1:30AM. AS I WROTE IN THE 1ST PARAGRAPH I GOT UP AT 3:15AM. THE PUP HEARS ME IN THE KITCHEN AND I LET HER OUTSIDE.

        TUESDAY       10 - 10 - 17

        WARNING :  IT'S OFFICIAL -- LAST MONTH I WAS HACKED VIA OUR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE AND NOW IDENTITY THEFT.  SOMEONE " TESTED " OUR PAY PAL ACCOUNT BY DEPOSITING 9 CENTS AND A PENNY AND THAN WITHDRAWING 10 CENTS USING OUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER. THIS IS A " TEST " BY THE LOW LIFE THIEVES. 3 DAYS LATER THEY TRIED TO WITHDRAW $200 AND $300. LUCKILY WHEELS FOUND THIS TRANSACTION FIRST AND PAY PAL FROZE THE ACCOUNT. MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER WAS BREECHED. 4 HOURS OF MEETING WITH OUR BANK REPS , POLICE , AND PHONE CALLS TO SOCIAL SECURITY , ID THEFT HOTLINE , AND CREDITORS.  WE HAD EVERYTHING CHANGED OR FROZEN. I NEVER GAVE OUT MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO ANYONE......NEVER EVER WOULD I DO THAT.   SO FRIENDS , CHECK YOUR ACCOUNTS ROUTINELY. IF YOU SEE TINY AMOUNTS BEING DEPOSITED AND WITHDRAWN THAN YOU HAVE FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY.

        SO MY MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON IS TAKEN UP BY FIGHTING FOR OUR IDENTITY AND BANK ACCOUNTS BACK. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND THESE SUPER SMART PEOPLE WHO COULD HAVE A PROFITABLE LIVES USING THEIR KNOWLEDGE INSTEAD OF BEING DICKHEADS AND STEALING. AS THE COP TOLD ME TODAY , " MOST LIKELY THEY ARE NOT EVEN IN OUR COUNTRY. "

        OFF TO MY SIDE JOB FOR THE FINAL PHASE. USING A TABLE SAW AND POWER MITRE I TRIMMED OUT A WINDOW THAT LOST ITS ORIGINAL WOOD TREATMENTS.  I ALSO DID SOME PAINTING. THE CUSTOMERS LOVED IT AND IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD. THEY EVEN TIPPED ME $50.

        STOP AT LIQUOR STORE AND OUR ORDER IS NOT READY. I TOLD MYSELF 10 TIMES TO CALL FIRST BUT SINCE I WAS SOOOO CLOSE TO THE STORE I DECIDED JUST TO STOP IN....BAD CHOICE.

        BACK HOME I CHILL WITH MY YOUNGEST AND PUP FOR A LITTLE BIT.

        WHEELS MAKES A STIR FRY FOR DINNER AND I HEAD TO THE SIDE JOB TO PICK UP A CHECK AND MAKE SURE THE CUSTOMER LIKES EVERYTHING......ALL GOOD.

        STOP BY LIQUOR STORE AND PICK UP A LARGE ORDER.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO STOCK , CLEAN , AND PREP FOR THE NIGHT. I HAD A GOOD TIME WITH THE POOL TEAM. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKING PART WAS 10 OF US CHEERING AT THE TV FOR OUR FLYERS. THEY CAME BACK FROM A 0 - 3 DEFICIT AND SCORED 5 UNANSWERED GOALS IN 18 MINUTES FOR A 5 - 3 LEAD. 12 MINUTES LEFT AND IT IS 5 - 4.  I DON'T KNOW WHY I FELT UNCOMFORTABLE AND I KEPT SAYING " MY ANTENNAS ARE GOING UP. " WELL , NASHVILLE GOT HELPED BIG TIME BY 2 PENALTIES WITH 2+ MINUTES LEFT IN THE GAME. YEP , THE SHIT FOR BRAINS REFS CALLED 2 INDIVIDUAL PENALTIES GIVING NASHVILLE A 5 ON 3.  THEY PULLED THEIR GOALIE TO MAKE IT A 6 ON 3. I YELL OUT , " NASHVILLE IS GOING TO SCORE 2 GOALS IN 2 MINUTES TO WIN THIS GAME. JESUS CHRIST THIS IS GOING TO HURT ".  ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE AND THEY SCORED TO MAKE IT 5 - 5. FLYERS CHALLENGE AN OFF-SIDES DURING THE GOAL WHICH LOOKED SUPER LEGIT...........BUT LOST THE CHALLENGE. THIS MEANT ANOTHER PENALTY. THIS MEANT ANOTHER GOAL. IT WAS SICKENING TO WATCH THIS HARD FOUGHT GAME THAT TURNED INTO ANOTHER GUT WRENCHING LOSS FOR US PHILLY FANS.  OUR WOUNDS NEVER HEAL IN ANY SPORT.

        OVERALL THE FLYERS LOOK VERY GOOD. THIS SUPER HARD 4 GAME WEST COAST TRIP COULD OF BEEN 4 LOSSES EASILY. BUT THEY RETURN HOME 2 - 2....SHOULDA BEEN 3 - 1.

        MORE GUT PUNCHING HORRIBLE PAINFUL LOSING AGAIN. THE U.S. SOCCER TEAM IS ELIMINATED FROM THE WORLD CUP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 30 YEARS !!  THIS TIME NOT ONLY DOES PHILLY HAVE TO FEEL THE RIPPING PAIN BUT THE WHOLE NATION. HOW DID THEY LOSE ?......OUR OWN PLAYER PUT THE BALL IN OUR OWN NET. THEY ALSO LOST TO THE COUNTRY TRINIDAD AND CHIPOTLE. I BELIEVE THAT IS THEIR NAME. THIS TEAM LOST 8 OF THEIR LAST 9 GAMES......AND BEAT THE UNITED STATES.  WE JUST NEEDED A TIE TO ADVANCE. OH , WANT MORE HEART BREAK ? 2 OTHER COUNTRIES LOSING IN THEIR GAMES CAME BACK AND WON. I BELIEVE ONE WAS PANAMA AND THE OTHER WAS THE ISLE OF SCHWARTZ. BOTH DOWN A GOAL CAME BACK TO WIN THEIR PERSPECTIVE GAMES.  IF EITHER OF THEM LOSE WE GET IN.  ALL THESE FACTORS CAME INTO A SPACE TIME CONTINUUM AND WE LOSE.

        BACK HOME I UNLOAD ALL THE BOOZE INTO OUR HOUSE. I COULD EASILY SUPPLY 4 PARTIES. I OPEN A GIGANTIC BOTTLE OF JAMESON. I MAKE A JAMESON AND COKE ZERO TO END THE NIGHT.

        WEDNESDAY      10 - 11 - 17

        WELP , I WENT 6 HOURS RELAXING.

        I CHANGED OUT A GARBAGE DISPOSAL AND IT WAS PERFECTLY TIMED BY OUR ICE MAKER SHUTTING DOWN. I DO NOT FEEL THE 2 ARE RELATED BUT JESUS H. WHAT A FRIGGIN' COINCIDENCE.

        MY YOUNGEST AND I HANG OUTSIDE TOGETHER WITH THE PUP. WE PLAY ALITTLE WITH THE DOG WHICH ALWAYS CRACKS US UP. BUT THAN..........SMALL PROJECTS NEEDED TO BE DONE. HERE'S THE LITTLE LIST :

        - OVER 300 TOOLS , TRASH , AND MORE IN MY VAN FROM THE SIDE JOB. I HAD TO ORGANIZE IT AND PUT THE SEATS BACK IN THAT WERE STORED IN OUR GARAGE.  THIS WAS NOT FUN BUT I AM GLAD WE DID IT.

        - RE-INSTALL THE CARPET TILE DRYING ON OUR BACK STEP AREA. THESE TILES GO IN THE BASEMENT BEHIND THE BAR.  THEY WERE DRYING OUT WHEN OUR DISPOSAL WAS LEAKING WATER LIKE A WATERFALL INTO OUR BASEMENT. MY YOUNGEST DID THIS AND SWEPT THE BOTTOM OF THE STEPS OF ANY DEBRIS TO KEEP OUR DRAIN OPEN.

        - I BROUGHT HOME 11 DRIVEWAY SOLAR LIGHTS. I HAD THEM OUTSIDE FOR 7 DAYS TO RE-CHARGE.........ONE WORKS. MY YOUNGEST PLANTED IT OUT FRONT AND I TRASHED THE OTHERS.

        - MY YOUNGEST AND I CLEANED OUT 2 SPACKLE BUCKETS USING OUR HOSE FOR WATER AND A STRONG WIRE BRUSH. IT IS A LITTLE PROJECT BUT HAVING EMPTY BUCKETS ALWAYS HELPS. FOR INSTANCE , I WILL USE A BUCKET TOMORROW TO TEST THE FRIDGE'S WATER LINE TO THE ICE MAKER.........BLOW.

        - STORED EVERY THING GOING TO THE BASEMENT ON OUR PATIO AND THAN MOVED THEM TO THE TOP STEP INSIDE OUR HOUSE.

        - USED A TRASHCAN NEXT TO OUR VAN TO FILL FROM THE CRAP IN IT.

        GOT A FACEBOOK MESSAGE EARLY THIS MORNING THAT A BAND CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT. YOU KNOW WHAT ? FOR ONCE I DID NOT CARE ONE BIT. I ROLLED TO THE NAIL ON A WEDNESDAY NIGHT , GOT A TON OF WORK DONE , CHILLED WITH SOME REGULARS , AND WAS HOME BY 10PM.

        FOUND OUT A " REGULAR " AT THE NAIL IS MOVING WEST TO OREGON TO WORK ON A POT MAKING BUSINESS. THAT IS A GOOD LIFE.

        BACK HOME I WORK ON THE ICE MAKER FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES. I DECIDE WORKING AT 10PM IS JUST TOO DAMN LATE. I WILL FIGURE IT OUT TOMORROW.

        CRAIGSLIST MIGHT STRIKE AGAIN. I AM COMMUNICATING WITH SOMEONE ABOUT EAGLES TICKETS.

        WHEELS AND I WATCH ANOTHER EPISODE OF " OUTLANDER ". IT WAS VERY GOOD. I REALLY ENJOYED THIS ONE FEMALE CHARACTER WHO THEY KILL OFF WHICH TOTALLY SUCKED. BUT WHAT WAS EVEN MORE ENTERTAINING WAS THE " AFTER SHOW " DETAILS BY THE DIRECTORS. THEY TALK ABOUT THE EPISODE AND TELL YOU THE INS & OUTS OF HOW THE BOOK AND THE TV SHOW DO NOT ALWAYS MATCH UP. MY FAVORITE WAS A SCENE THEY SHOWED WHERE THE MAIN CHARACTER THROWS A GIRL ONTO THE GROUND IN A PILE OF WATERY MUD.  THEY LAUGHED AS THEY RE-DID THE SCENE MANY TIMES. THE PEOPLE WHO DID THE WARDROBE WERE NOT HAPPY. IT WAS PRETTY COOL WITNESSING THE BEHIND THE SCENES STUFF.

        OFF TO BED WHERE I THINK I SLEPT GOOD. MY KID WOKE ME AT 6:15AM. THAT IS OUR DEAL. IF OUR YOUNGEST DOES NOT SEE THE KITCHEN LIGHTS ON ALONG WITH THE TV THAN I AM STILL IN BED.

        4 BANDS AND ACTS ON THURSDAY NIGHT AND I WILL BE ON THE DOOR. MY MAIN INTEREST WILL NOT BE THE MUSIC BUT MY BELOVED EAGLES.

        I DO NOT WRITE ABOUT THE CURRENT NEWS EVENTS TOO OFTEN BECAUSE MOST OF IT IS SO DAMN DEPRESSING. THE LAS VEGAS TRAGEDY HAS A NEW FACT.  AT FIRST , THE PUBLIC THOUGHT THE POLICE TOOK DOWN THE DICKHEAD FUCKING SHOOTER WITHIN 15 MINUTES. THIS WAS NOT TRUE. IT TOOK OVER AN HOUR AND 10 MINUTES. NOW WE ARE FINDING OUT A SECURITY GUARD WAS SHOT 6 MINUTES BEFORE THE RAMPAGE STARTED AND AN ENGINEER CALLED THE FRONT DESK TO HAVE SOMEONE CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY. HE HEARD THE SHOTS AND TOLD THEM IT WAS COMING AT THE END OF THE HALLWAY ON THE 32ND FLOOR. OH MAN WHY DID THEY NOT CALL THE POLICE ?? THIS WAS 6 MINUTES BEFORE THE SHOOTINGS. THE PHONE CALL WAS NOT PLACED UNTIL AFTER THE NUTJOB WENT BALLISTIC. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE LAWSUITS THAT WILL PILE UP NOW THAT THE TIME LINE IS ALTERED BIG TIME. THE HOTEL / CASINO WILL BE LIABLE.

        THURSDAY       10 - 12 - 17

        FLIES........EVERY YEAR...........DURING A CERTAIN 7 DAY SPAN...........FLIES. I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. SOME HOW A SHITLOAD OF FLIES GET INTO OUR HOUSE. I MEAN WE HAVE BRAND NEW WINDOWS YET THEY COME IN LIKE LOCUST ON CORNFIELDS. EVERY YEAR I GET OUR VACUUM AND SUCK THEM OFF THE WINDOWS. I AM EASILY UP TO 50 SUCKED. CHRIST , WHEN I GOT HOME AND WE WERE WATCHING THE EAGLES GAME I SUCKED 4 IN THE LAST 5 MINUTES OF THE GAME. WHAT THE HELL ?

        START MY DAY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY OUR ICE MAKER SUDDENLY STOPPED WORKING. I PULL THE FRIDGE OUT AND CLEAN THE FLOOR BEHIND IT. THE TILES WERE DISGUSTING. ANYTIME YOU PULL AN APPLIANCE OUT IT IS LIKE THE APOCALYPSE.  I CLEANED THE FLOOR AND THE FRIDGE. LET ME TELL YOU ANOTHER THING.........THE TOP OF A FRIDGE CAN BE JUST AS DIRTY. I TRY GOOGLING SOME VIDEOS. I FIND SOME IDEAS BUT NONE WORK. I DECIDE TO BUY AN ICE MAKER AND REPLACE IT.  I GO TO LOWES WEBSITE AND THEY HAVE A MATCHING ONE.

        HEAD TO THE NAIL TO MEET FOR A LARGE BEER DELIVERY. I STOCK AS MUCH AS I CAN AND JUST LEAVE THE EMPTY BOXES FOR LATER.

        TAKE A RIDE TO LOWES IN HAVERTOWN. AS SOON AS I WALK INTO THE STORE I ASK A GUY IN THE PLUMBING SECTION. HE GETS THE ICE MAKER AND I AM OUT OF THERE IN 3 MINUTES.....FASTEST EVER.

        BACK HOME I REPLACE THE ICE MAKER VERY QUICKLY.......NOTHING. I DECIDE TO REPLACE THE WATER INLET VALVE ON THE BACK OF THE FRIDGE. OH.......MY.......GOD.  I HAVE 2 LEAKS BECAUSE I PULLED OUT THE TUBING WRONG. I GOOGLE HOW TO FIX THEM AND IT DOESN'T WORK. I BYPASS THE OLD WATER INLET AND INSERT THE NEW ONE ON HALF OF IT.  THIS SEEMS TO WORK BUT STILL NO ICE. I HAVE TO ROLL TO THE NAIL FOR A 5 BAND NIGHT AND WATCH MY BELOVED EAGLES. I ASK WHEELS TO WATCH FOR LEAKS AND IF SHE EVER HEARS ICE DROP.  THAT WOULD BE A SMALL MIRACLE.

        LITTLE FUNNY - AT THE NAIL I HEAR ICE DROP IN OUR MACHINE BEHIND THE BAR. IT MAKES ME THINK OF OUR HOUSE AND THE TROUBLE I AM HAVING WITH OUR HOUSE ICE MACHINE. I CALL WHEELS AND SHE SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN NO LEAKS AND THAN...........SHE HEARS ICE CUBES DROP. SHE CHECKS THE BIN AND THERE IS ICE IN THERE. SHE SAYS , " THERE ARE CUBES IN THE BIN. DID YOU PUT THEM IN THERE ? " THERE WAS A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND I REPLY , " YES , YES I DID. RIGHT BEFORE I LEFT I PUT ICE IN THE BIN TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE THE ICE MAKER WAS WORKING. "

        WE GET THE BANDS MOVING NICELY. ONE SEXY GIRL DRESSED IN PINK AND WHIRLING A HULA HOOP WITH LIGHTS WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY ENTERTAINING.  SHE DID HER OWN VERSION OF A 21 PILOTS SONG. EVERY SONG HAD EXTREME SEXUAL WORDS.  HER GIRLFRIEND WAS A PIECE OF ASS WHO THEY LATER DANCED TOGETHER. THE LEAD SINGER BENT HER OVER AND HUMPED THE BEJESUS OUT OF THE SMOKING HOT GIRL IN BLACK SPANDEX. I WAS AROUSED AND WENT OUTSIDE IN THE COLD AIR AND THOUGHT ABOUT HOW I LOVED MY GRANDMOTHER.

        THE NEXT BAND DRESSED IN LONG MINK JACKETS AND THE LEAD SINGER WORE SHORT SHORTS LIKE DAISY DUKE. UNFORTUNATELY , HE WAS A ALE LEAD SINGER. HE STUFFED HIS JOCK WITH PANTIES. EVERY SONG HE PULLED ONE OUT. I WATCHED FOR ABOUT 3 SECONDS. THE GIRLS FOUND IT VERY ENTERTAINING. I TOLD OUR BARTENDER , " I JUST CAN NOT LOOK AT MEN'S BODIES. I JUST CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU GIRLS SEE IN THEM. " LATER THAT NIGHT THE SAME LEAD SINGER WAS BENDING OVER IN GOLD SHORT SHORTS NEAR THE POOL TABLES. I TOTALLY FORGOT IT WAS A GUY AND FOR ONE BRIEF NANO SECOND I SAID , " MAN THAT GIRL IS PRETTY BRAZEN TO WEAR THAT......." AND THAN I GOT SICK TO MY STOMACH WHEN HE STOOD UP AND HE WAS 6' 5" WITH FEET LIKE A BOZO THE CLOWN. I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE ATTRACTION OF MEN TO MEN. THIS IS JUST ME BUT I CAN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW WOMEN WANT MEN. JESUS , I CAN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHY WHEELS LET'S ME DO THINGS TO HER.

        OKAY , TO THE EAGLES. THEY HAVE ESTABLISHED THAT THIS TEAM IS LEGIT. TONIGHT WE PLAYED AGAINST THE 4 - 1 CAROLINA PANTHERS. OH , AND WE ALSO PLAYED AGAINST THE REFEREES. THESE LOWLIFE SCUM SUCKING REFS CALLED A HORRIBLE GAME AND OUR SPORTS RADIO STATIONS ARE FURIOUS. THE EAGLES SENT IN A COMPLAINT THE THE LEAGUE ON THE OFFICIATING 3 MINUTES AFTER THE GAME WAS OVER. THIS WILL PROBABLY BE LOOKED AT LIKE THE WAY MR. BURNS NEGOTIATES DEALS IN THE SIMPSONS......" I'M WRITING A NUMBER HERE. ( THERE WAS NOTHING ON THE PAPER ) .  " EAGLES HAD 126 YARDS IN PENALTIES. IT WOULD OF BEEN MORE BUT SOME WERE DECLINED BY THE PANTHERS. OH , THE PANTHERS TOTAL YARDAGE OF PENALTIES......1 YARD. YEP , THIS IS NOT A TYPO............ONE.........F'N.........YARD.

        SO DESPITE PLAYING AGAINST 2 OPPONENTS THE EAGLES WON A HUGE GAME AND FOR NOW HAVE TOLD THE NFL WORLD THEY ARE A LEGIT PLAYOFF TEAM. THE BIRDS NOW HAVE 10 DAYS OFF UNTIL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AGAINST THE REDSKINS. IT IS ALMOST LIKE A BYE WEEK.

        I TELL YOU WHEN THE EAGLES WIN IT MAKES MY WEEK. SPORTS RADIO IS FUN ALL WEEK. HEARD A NICE LITTLE FACT. IN 1980 ALL  4 MAJOR TEAMS MADE IT TO THEIR PROSPECTIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS. 2 TEAMS WON. IN THE NEXT 2 TO 3 YEARS WE COULD SEE THIS.  IT IS FUN TO FINALLY SEE OUR TEAMS ON THE WAY UP.

        I LEFT THE NAIL WHEN THE FINAL ACT STARTED.  I HAD TO GET HOME AND LISTEN TO MERRILL REESE. I HAD TO GET INTO MY ZONE. WHEN THE EAGLES ARE ON DO NOT TALK TO ME DURING A PLAY. COMMERCIALS , TIMEOUTS , BETWEEN QUARTERS ARE ALL FINE BUT NOT DURING THE PLAY.

        I AM SO FIRED UP I HANGOUT UNTIL 2:30AM. I PLAYED INTERNET SCRABBLE , HAVE A COUPLE OF LIBATIONS , EAT CHIPS & GUACAMOLE , SEARCHED THE FUNNY QUOTES ON FACEBOOK , AND WATCHED OUR SPORTS STATION. EVERYONE WAS FIRED UP.

        BEST LINE ABOUT EAGLES CORNERBACK JALEN MILLS ON FACEBOOK. HE RECEIVED 2 HORRIBLE INTERFERENCE CALLS. ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE CALLS THAT THE LEAGUE WILL FIND OUT ABOUT. THE GUY POSTS , " MAN , I WONDER WHAT MILLS DID TO PISS OFF THE REFS ".  126 YARDS TO 1 YARD WAS A DISGRACE. OH , ONE MORE LITTLE TIDBIT. THIS WAS THE SAME OFFICIATING CREW IN THE DETROIT GAME LAST YEAR WHERE THE EAGLES SET RECORDS FOR MOST PENALTIES.

        ASLEEP BY 3AM. UP AT 6:15AM. WELP , TIME TO PUT A FRIDGE BACK TOGETHER AND START MY DAY.

        FRIDAY      10 / 13 / 17

        WITH GOOD THINGS COME BAD THINGS.  THE NAIL WAS DOUBLE PACKED TONIGHT AS 247 MUSIC FANS CAME THROUGH. THIS IS A REALLY GOOD AND FUN THING. UNFORTUNATELY , SOME BAD THINGS CAME ABOUT. HERE ARE THE GOODS AND BADS : ( MOSTLY BAD )

        - GOT TO WORK WITH MY YOUNGEST. LOVED EVERY SECOND. THE KID WAS EXCELLENT AS OUR COOK TONIGHT. EVERY ORDER PREPPED AND CAREFULLY USING OUR KMART APARTMENT DEEP FRYER. THIS SMALL HOME FRYER HAS BEEN USED HERE FOR 20+ YEARS.

        - HIP HOP ACTS ARE NOT ALWAYS THE FUNNEST TO WORK WITH. MOST OF THEM ARE VERY COOL. SOME OF THEM ARE NOT. THEY TRULY THINK THEY ARE PLAYING CITIZENS BANK PARK STADIUM. ONE ACT SOLD 2 TICKETS AND WANT TO PLAY PRIME TIME. I TOLD HIM 1AM. WE HAD DIFFERENT POINTS.

        - ONE DRAMA QUEEN " LOOK IT AT COMPLAINING " GIRL WHO DADDY NEVER SPANKED MADE A SCENE THAT ONE ACT WAS PLAYING FOR AN HOUR. SHE WAS WAITING FOR HER ACT TO FOLLOW. SHE MADE A SCENE AND DEMANDED HER MONEY BACK. WE GOT HER OUTSIDE , GAVE HER MONEY BACK , DID NOT LET HER BACK IN , AND THE ACT SHE WANTED TO SEE WENT ON 8 MINUTES LATER.

        - 30 ACTS BOOKED WITH 18 ACTS ACTUALLY PLAYING AND WITH A DOUBLE BOOKING OF ANOTHER COMPANY. YEP , WE HAD OUR PLATE FULL BUT I THOUGHT OUR STAFF DID AN EXCELLENT JOB. FOR THE MOST PART EVERYONE WAS HAPPY. MAYBE 2 OR 3 WERE NOT SO HAPPY.

        - I MIS-COUNTED MY BANK AND BOOKS THE NEXT MORNING......UGH.

        - SATURDAY MORNING ( TODAY ) I CLEANED FROM 8AM TO 2PM. THAT IS WHY THIS BLOG IS LATE TODAY ( SATURDAY )

        - SOME ONE THREW-UP OUTSIDE. THIS WAS FUN TO CLEANUP. I SPLASHED SOAPY WATER ON THE FUN LOCATION 3 TIMES.

        - TRASH EVERY WHERE OUTSIDE. FROM CIGARETTE BUTTS TO CANDY WRAPPERS. THOUGH WE HAVE 2 ASHTRAYS , A CIGARETTE DISPENSER , AND A TRASHCAN OUTSIDE ALMOST EVERYONE DID NOT USE THEM.  COMPLETE DISRESPECT.

        - GET THIS - IT WAS A NON-SMOKING NIGHT SO BEFORE ENTERING SOMEONE PUT OUT THEIR CIGARETTE BUTT ON OUR SIDING. WE NOW HAVE A CIGARETTE BURN MARK ON OUR SIDING BEFORE ENTERING. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ?

        - I GO OUTSIDE AND THERE IS 50+ PEOPLE OUTSIDE. SOME STANDING IN THE STREET AND SOME DRINKING FROM A 1/2 GALLON OF TEQUILA. THIS WAS QUICKLY DISPERSED BY ME.

        - I RAN MY ASS OFF ALL NIGHT AND GAVE MY ALL MY TIPS TO THE BARTENDER. WE DID NOT SPLIT IT. I KINDA REGRET THIS BUT FELT IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I DO REGRET TIPPING OUT MY YOUNGEST WHO COOKED SOLID ORDERS FOR 4 HOURS WITH NO PROBLEMS. THE NEXT MORNING I GAVE HER MORE MONEY OUT OF MY POCKET.

        - PIZZA OVEN KEPT BLOWING BREAKERS. I THREW IT OUT. WE HAD TO MOVE BAND EQUIPMENT TO GET TO THE BREAKER BOX.

        - THE VERY END OF THE NIGHT THE BARTENDER COOKS ONE MORE FOOD ORDER. THE DEEP FRYER OVERFLOWS. INSTRUCTIONS WERE NOT FOLLOWED AND I SPENT 30 MINUTES CLEANING EVERYTHING UP. I WAS SO GOD DAMN TIRED BUT HAD TO DO IT TONIGHT. CAN'T LET OIL DRY.

        - ONE BAND MEMBER IS SUPER COOL. HE HELPED ME WITH THROWING BREAKERS. HE TOLD ME HE WANTED HIS BAND ON " THE LATER THE BETTER " SO I OBLIGED.  THE LEAD SINGER COMES TO ME 3 HOURS LATER COMPLAINING AT 9PM. GUESS THEY WEREN'T ON THE SAME PAGE.

        I AM EXTREMELY TIRED. I MADE A GREAT CALL AND BROUGHT IN A 2ND DOORMAN. THE STAFF DID EXCELLENT TONIGHT.

        SATURDAY        10 - 14 - 17

        TRIED TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT TONIGHT'S BAND. A NICE LITTLE CROWD FOR A VERY GOOD ENTERTAINING BAND. ONE REGULAR WAS LAUGHING OUT LOUD. I MEAN REALLY SUPER LOUD LAUGHING AT THEIR COMEDIC SONGS.

        UP EARLY AND TO THE NAIL. THERE IS NO WAY I COULD CLEAN AND FIX THINGS FROM FRIDAY NIGHT'S 240+ PEOPLE NIGHT WITHOUT GETTING THERE EARLY.  I WROTE ABOUT IT ABOVE AND I WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH SOME PEOPLE'S ACTIONS.  I GOT HOME AT 2PM.

        BACK HOME I GET SOME THINGS DONE AND TRY TO NAP. I AM EXHAUSTED FROM FRIDAY NIGHT.

        HEAD BACK TO THE NAIL TO RE-OPEN. I BARTEND AND DO THE DOOR UNTIL 8:30PM. THE BARTENDER ARRIVES AND I MOVE TO THE DOOR. I REALLY ENJOY THE MEAN WENDY BAND AND THEIR FANS.

        SO IT SEEMS THE EAGLES ARE A LEGIT TEAM. BUT ARE THE FLYERS NOW ?  THEY COULD OF EASILY BEEN 0 - 4 COMING OFF THAT VERY TOUGH WEST COAST TRIP. THEY CAME BACK 2 - 2 AND PROBABLY SHOULD OF BEEN 3 - 1. THEY PLAYED ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN HOCKEY TONIGHT AT THEIR HOME OPENER AND ABSOLUTELY SMOKED THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS 8 - 2. IT IS WAY TOO EARLY BUT IT SEEMS THE FLYERS COULD BE ANOTHER PHILLY TEAM ON THE RISE.  IT IS SO PAINFUL TO BE A PHILLY FAN OF THE 4 MAJOR SPORTS BUT THIS AND THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS COULD BE FUN TO WATCH.

        BACK HOME I PARTY WITH WHEELS' FRIENDS. I THINK I DRANK TOO MUCH.

        ALL OF US WATCHED SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. IT WAS VERY GOOD AND " PINK " IS AN EXCELLENT PERFORMER.

        DREAM ABOUT BEING PICK POCKETED WHILE TRAVELING IN ITALY. BOTH WHEELS AND I HAD OUR WALLETS STOLEN WHILE ON A CROWDED BUS.  I THAN HAD AN IDEA OF DEVELOPING A NEW PRODUCT TO PREVENT PICK POCKETERS.  IT WAS A HEAVY THIN STRING THAT GOES THROUGH SOME OF THE LOOPS OF YOUR PANTS AND CONNECTS TO YOUR WALLET OR POCKET BOOK. IT USES A SMALL " QUICK CONNECT " TO EASILY BE RELEASED OR CONNECTED. IF TUGGED ON YOU WILL FEEL IT IMMEDIATELY.

        SUNDAY    10 - 15 - 17

        OFF TO THE AIRPORT TO PICK UP OUR ELDEST COMING IN FROM OUT OF COUNTRY. THE KID TOOK THE RED EYE. THIS WAS A LONG NIGHT. MY YOUNGEST TOOK THE RIDE WITH ME WHICH WAS AWESOME. WE TALKED AND LISTENED TO MUSIC. WE ALSO FIGURED OUT HOW TO USE THE CD PLAYER IN OUR CAR.

        WHEELS AND I DO THE BOOKS FOR THE NAIL. A PLUS MONTH IS ALWAYS A GOOD FEELING ESPECIALLY WHEN TAXES ARE DUE AMONGST SO MANY OTHER THINGS THEY SUCK OUT OF US.

        BACK HOME OUR ELDEST IS OVERJOYED TO SEE THE PUP. THE DOG SNEEZES AND WAGS HER TAIL VIGOROUSLY FOR 15 MINUTES. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE.

        THE RODENT.....THIS POOR THING. I HAD TO DO SOMETHING. MY KIDS HAVE 2 PIGMY HAMSTERS.  WELL , THEY HAVE ESCAPED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. USUALLY WE FIND THEM ( WITH THE HELP OF THE PUP ). WELL , ONE GOT OUT OF THE CAGE AND NEVER RETURNED. THAT WAS 6 MONTHS AGO.  THIS LEAVES ONE HAMSTER BY ITSELF , UPSTAIRS , AND IN A DARK BEDROOM WHERE MY KID IS EITHER TRAVELING OR AT COLLEGE. BASICALLY , BY IT'S SELF FOR THE LAST 6 MONTHS. I HAD TO DO SOMETHING SINCE THE POOR RODENT IS LOSING ITS HAIR AND MIND. I MEAN I KNOW IT IS A LITTLE RAT BALL OF HAIR BUT I STILL FELT BAD FOR IT.  THE CAGE IS SUPPOSE TO BE CLEANED WEEKLY. IT WAS CLEANED MAYBE 2 MONTHS AGO. USING MY MICRO MANAGING SKILLS I HAD THE KIDS CLEAN OUT THE CAGE AND PUT IN FRESH BEDDING AND FOOD. WE ALSO MOVED THE CAGE DOWNSTAIRS TO THE KITCHEN NEXT TO A WINDOW.  NOW , THE LITTLE MOUSE OF FUR CAN SEE AND HEAR PEOPLE ALONG WITH SUNLIGHT. WE ALSO PLAYED WITH THE PING PONG BALL OF HAIR FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES.

        ALL OF US SHOWER , CHANGE , AND HEAD TO THE NAIL. WE PREP FOR THE EVENING AND ROLL TO MY PARENT'S HOUSE FOR THEIR ANNUAL SPAGHETTI AND CRAB DINNER. 40 COUSINS SHOWED FOR THE LARGE FEAST OF FANTASTIC CRAB PASTA , DRINK , AND LAUGHS. THIS WAS A GOOD TIME.

        WE ROLL HOME AND OUR DOG TORE ABOUT THE TRASHCAN. GOOD GOD THIS DOG HAD ITS OWN DINNER PARTY HERE. I REALLY LIKE TO SEE A VIDEO OF THIS. TRASH WAS ALL OVER.

        THANKFULLY OUR ELDEST GETS A RIDE BACK TO COLLEGE VIA A FRIEND. OUR YOUNGEST STUDIES FOR SCHOOL AND WHEELS AND I WIND DOWN THE NIGHT.

        WE WATCH EPISODES OF " OUTLANDER " AND " RAY DONOVAN ". BOTH WERE VERY GOOD.

        MONDAY     10 - 16 - 17

        I THINK THE RODENT LIKES BEING AROUND NOISE AND PEOPLE.  I FIND MYSELF HELPING IT RUN ON ITS PLAY WHEEL AND TALKING TO IT. MAYBE WE'RE HELPING EACH OTHER.

        GET YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL. THIS KID JUST MELTS ME.

        DRIVE WHEELS TO AIRPORT. I WILL BE ALONE ALL DAY AND THIS MEANS WALKING AROUND NAKED , PORN , AND INTERNET POKER......AND DRINKING.

        TRUMP........THE NEWS REPORTER STARTED HIS MORNING REPORT BY SAYING , " TRUMP HAS NOT BLAMED ANYONE TODAY. BUT YESTERDAY HE DID. " HE THAN REELS OFF PUERTO RICO INEFFICIENT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM & DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD AND WATER , THE LAST 3 PRESIDENTS NOT CALLING OR CONTACTING FALLEN SOLDIERS , AND......WELL , HE WENT ON WITH 5 OTHER SUBJECTS. I FEEL LIKE THE TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARE LIKE DALLAS COWBOY FANS IN PHILADELPHIA........THEY RARELY REVEAL THEMSELVES UNTIL THEIR TEAM DOES SOMETHING GOOD.

        GOD AWFUL HORRIBLE STORY. SOMETIMES I HATE WATCHING THE NEWS. THE FIRST 15 MINUTES IS ALL TRAGEDY.  AN 8 YEAR OLD GIRL FELL TO HER DEATH WHILE GETTING OFF A CRUISE SHIP. PEOPLE WERE SO MUCH IN A HURRY TO GET OFF THE SHIP THEY LITERALLY PUSHED THE KID BETWEEN A RAILING FENCE AND SHE FELL 7 FLOORS. OH MY GOD THE PAIN I COULD NOT IMAGINE. THE MOTHER SAW THE WHOLE THING. WHAT A DAMN WORLD.

        ON THE WAY HOME FROM THE AIRPORT I STOP AT NICK'S ROAST BEEF. OUR YOUNGEST TOTALLY JONES FOR THEIR GRAVY FRIES AND BROCCOLI RABE. I TEXT HER A PICTURE OF THEIR OUTDOOR SIGN AND SHE REPLIES " YAY !!! ".

        BACK HOME I GET SOME THINGS DONE AND GREET THE DOG AND OUR YOUNGEST COMING HOME. THE KID ENJOYS THE FOOD. I GOT NOTHING FOR I AM TRYING TO STAY AWAY FROM BREAD , BEER , AND BRANDY....TRYING.

        FOR DINNER I BAKE THE CRAB CLAWS GIVEN TO ME. TO ME ,THE MEAT IS WAY BETTER THAN YESTERDAY. I GUESS THE CLAWS SOAKED IN THE GRAVY. MY YOUNGEST AND I SAT FOR 45 MINUTES BREAKING AND EATING THE CLAW MEAT........SO DAMN GOOD. WE ATE ABOUT HALF.

        I HEAD TO THE NAIL TO PREP FOR THE NIGHT AND CHILL WITH SOME REGULARS AND NEW CUSTOMERS. I GOT SOME THINGS DONE BUT BY 11PM I WAS HEADING HOME.

        THE NEIGHBOR RENTING THE BUILDING AGAINST THE NAIL IS GONE. FOR 4 YEARS I ALLOWED HIM TO USE OUR DUMPSTER. I GAVE HIM OUR TRASH MAN'S NAME AND NUMBER BECAUSE HE WANTED TO FILL OUR DUMPSTER ONE TIME. MY GUY CHARGED HIM $25.   FOR 4+ YEARS HE WAS DUMPING TRASH IN OUR CONTAINER EVERY WEEK. HE GAVE ME 25 BUCKS TONIGHT. I SHOOK MY HEAD.

        BACK HOME , I CHILL WITH SOME LIBATIONS , CHIPS & HUMMUS , AND WATCH SOME TV. BY MIDNIGHT I WAS HEADING TO BED. OH " LAST MAN ON EARTH " EPISODE WAS PRETTY FUNNY. JACK BLACK MADE A GUEST APPEARANCE. HE SAYS , " HELLO THIS IS A FINE SHIP TO SAIL. " AND GETS SHOT. HIS APPEARANCE WAS FOR 3 SECONDS......TOO FUNNY.

        LOOKS LIKE CRAIGSLIST HAS STRUCK AGAIN.....THIS TIME FLYERS TICKETS. WE WILL SEE.

        TUESDAY      10 - 17 - 17

        WHO NEEDS AN OVEN MITT ?..............

        SPEND TIME IN THE MORNING GETTING OUR YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL. THE PUP ALWAYS CRACKS US UP.  I REALLY FEEL EVERY FAMILY SHOULD HAVE A DOG. THEY JUST BRING SO MUCH HUMOR , FUN , AND LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE TO THE HOUSEHOLD.

        WATCHED SOME VIDEOS OF JIMMY KIMMEL'S " MEAN TWEETS ".  MOST ARE FUNNY , SOME ARE DOWN RIGHT CRUEL. IT REALLY AMAZES ME HOW BAD OUR WORLD IS SOMETIMES.  ANYWAY , SUPER CELEBRITIES READ TWEETS ABOUT THEMSELVES FROM THE PUBLIC.  YOUTUBE IT........IT IS ENTERTAINING.

        SHOULD FIND OUT TOMORROW IF THIS CONTACT FOR FLYERS GAMES IS A GO. I HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL WITH CRAIGSLIST BUT YOU NEVER KNOW.

        SPEAKING OF THE FLYERS. IS THIS TEAM LEGIT ? AGAIN , TOO EARLY BUT SCORING THE MOST GOALS IN THEIR 1ST 5 GAMES EVER HAS TO BE A PLUS. THEY WON AGAIN TONIGHT 5 - 1.

        POSSIBLE CONTACT FOR EAGLES GAMES TOO. I WILL TRY CALLING TOMORROW. THIS TIME WOULD BE THROUGH A LEGIT BROKER.

        WATCHED SOME EPISODES OF " DICE ". THEY WERE ACTUALLY GOOD.

        YOUNGEST COMES HOME AND WE CHILL FOR ALITTLE BIT. THE KID HEADS TO AN ART EVENT THAT NEEDS TO BE CHAPERONED BY OLDER HIGH SCHOOL KIDS LIKE HERSELF. SHE VOLUNTEERED AND SAID IT WAS FUN.

        SPEAKING OF VOLUNTEERING..........LOOKS LIKE OUR HOME WILL HOUSE A STUDENT FROM ENGLAND FOR ONE WEEK. IT IS PART OF A STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM. IF ALL GOES WELL OUR KID WILL GO TO ENGLAND FOR A WEEK.  THIS IS ALL THROUGH CRAIGSLIST.

        ONLY KIDDING.....THE STUDENT EXCHANGE IS THROUGH OUR KID'S SCHOOL. MY ONLY PROBLEM IS NO REAL BACK GROUND CHECKS ON PARENTS HOUSING THE KIDS. I MEAN SOME PARENTS COULD BE TOTAL DRUNKS AND OWN A BAR OR WORSE........BE FAT AND OFFER NO FOOD TO A KID.

        BAKED THE CRAB CLAWS AGAIN AND THEY ARE EVEN BETTER. I SPEND ABOUT 35 MINUTES JUST HOUSING THEM. JESUS THEY WERE GOOD.

        ABOUT TO ROLL TO THE NAIL I TEXT MY KID IF SHE LIKE ME TO KEEP THE CRAB CLAWS OUT. SHE TEXTS " YES !! ". SO , SINCE THEY WERE SITTING OUT FOR OVER 35 MINUTES I DECIDE TO RE-HEAT THEM JUST FOR 5 MINUTES OR SO WHILE I AM GETTING READY TO HEAD TO THE NAIL.  I HAVE MY JACKET ON AND TAKE THE CRAB CLAWS OUT OF THE OVEN IN A BIG TIN CONTAINER. I TELL MYSELF " , THE CONTAINER WON'T BE THAT HOT. I MEAN THE TIN WAS ONLY IN THERE 5 MINUTES. " I GRAB THE BIG CONTAINER WITH ONE OVEN MITT AND TRY TO GUIDE IT WITH MY BARE HAND TO THE COUNTERTOP. WELL , THAT THING WAS SUPER HOT AND IT TILTS BIG TIME THROWING CRAB GRAVY ONTO OUR KITCHEN CABINETS AND FLOOR. I F'N CURSE THE GODS FOR BEING AN IDIOT. I CLEAN UP EVERYTHING AND AT THE NAIL I HOSE DOWN MY JACKET AND PUT A FAN ON IT WHILE I WORK.  JESUS , WHEN WILL I LEARN ??!!

        GET MY BAND WORK DONE AND CHILL WITH SOME PATRONS. WE WATCH HOCKEY , BASKETBALL , AND BASEBALL PLAYOFFS.

        CELTIC PLAYER THAT BROKE ANKLE IN 1ST 10 MINUTES OF THE GAME......OUCH. IT WAS POINTING THE OTHER WAY. THE ONE FOOT WANTED TO GO STRAIGHT AND THE OTHER WANTED TO TAKE A LEFT TURN.

        BACK HOME I SETTLE IN AND WATCH AN EPISODE OF " LAST MAN ON EARTH ". IT WAS ONLY 22 MINUTES LONG BUT GOOD. I HAD SOME CHEESE AND SALAMI FOR DINNER ALONG WITH JAMESON & COKE ZERO.  THIS NO BRANDY - NO BEER - NO BREAD THING IS DOING ABSOLUTELY DICK. I THOUGHT FOR SURE IF I TOOK OUT THE FATTENING BEER , STARCHY BREADY , AND SUPER SUGARY BRANDY I DROP A POUND A WEEK AT LEAST. NOPE , STILL FAT AND AFRAID TO TAKE MY SHIRT OFF IN PUBLIC. 

        WEDNESDAY         10 - 18 - 17

        SIDE JOB AT MY HOUSE. MOST HOME OWNERS KNOW ONCE YOU BUY A HOUSE THERE IS AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF CHORES , PROJECTS , AND JOBS TO DO.

        START MORNING WITH OUR YOUNGEST. WE TALK ABOUT SCHOOL AND THE EXCHANGE PROGRAM. THE KID JUST MELTS ME.  I REALLY ENJOY THE COMPANY OF OUR KIDS. IT HAS TAKEN A TURN I GUESS FROM SNUGGLING TO APPRECIATING THEM FOR WHO THEY ARE BECOMING. I DON'T LIKE THE ARE GROWING UP SO FAST BUT I HAVE TO ACCEPT IT. I LOVE EVERY SECOND WITH BOTH OUR KIDS. THE ONLY THING THAT SUCKS IS THESE SECONDS ARE BECOMING LESS.

        BEAUTIFUL DAY AND I AM THINKING OF WEEDING ONE MORE TIME. BUT I HAVE OTHER THINGS I MUST DO FIRST.

        HATE CERTIFIED LETTERS. WE GET ONE DELIVERED BUT THEY DON'T LEAVE IT BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS TO SIGN FOR IT. I SIGN THE INDEX CARD THEY LEFT AND WRITE BIG LETTERS " PLEASE LEAVE HERE  ".  I EVEN GO ONLINE AND CREATE A RE-DELIVERY FORM. I ARRIVE TODAY AND NO LETTER. I GUESS THIS IS GOOD BECAUSE MOST CERTIFIED LETTERS COME WITH BAD NEWS.......REAL BAD NEWS.

        PROJECT PREPPING - TOMORROW I AM RUNNING A GAS LINE FOR A FIREPLACE INSERT ALONG WITH REPLACING A BASEBOARD HEATER ON THE 2ND FLOOR. I CLEARED ROOMS , VACUUM FLOORS , DRILLED HOLES THROUGH WOOD & CONCRETE , TOOK PICTURES TO SEND TO A FRIEND WHO IS HELPING ME , AND WD 40'd MY OLD HEATER BECAUSE WE MAY NEED PARTS FROM IT. AFTER 2 HOURS , I PRETTY MUCH HAD EVERYTHING DONE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BIGGER DAY.

        MY YOUNGEST AND I ENJOY THE CRAB CLAWS FOR THE 3RD DAY IN A ROW. IT JUST CRACKS ME UP THIS KID ENJOYS THEM SO MUCH.  IF LUCKY , WHEN BREAKING A CLAW AND PULLING OUT THE MEAT IT WILL COME OUT IN ONE LARGE CHUNK. ANY TIME I CAN GET THIS LARGE CHUNK OF MEAT IN ONE SHOT I PLACE IT ON MY KID'S PLATE. SHE ALWAYS SAYS , " OOOOOOO AND MMMMMMMMM ". I USED TO DO THIS YEARS AGO FOR HER AND ASKED DID SHE REMEMBER , " SHE REPLIES , " YEP , I SURE DO. " THESE ARE MOMENTS I LOVE.

        OFF TO THE NAIL TO PREP AND BARTEND FOR THE NIGHT. DID SOME BAND WORK AND WATCHED THE 76ERS LOSE. OK , THEY PLAYED A GOOD TEAM AND PROBABLY A TEAM GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS.  WE KEPT IT CLOSE TO THE FINAL SECONDS. I SAW SOME POTENTIAL AND I THINK THE PHILLY PUBLIC DID TOO. THE 76ERS ARE DEFINITELY ON THE RISE. I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY BUT , " 'BOUT TIME !! ".

        BACK HOME LATE NIGHT. I HAD VISIONS OF MY KID BEING IN TROUBLE. I HATE LEAVING HER ALONE. I THINK SOME REALLY BAD THINGS ON OCCASION. I JUST CAN'T IMAGINE HOW PARENTS LIVE ON IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THEIR KIDS. ALL THESE TRAGEDIES IN THE NEWS AND I ALWAYS ENVISION THE PARENTS GRIEF. IT IS A BRUTAL PAIN I NEVER WANT TO EXPERIENCE. I SAW THE VICTIM'S PICTURES RELEASED FROM THE VEGAS SHOOTINGS. ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE TAKEN FROM US.

        I ROLL HOME MELANCHOLY AND WATCH SOME TV AND HAVE A LIBATION. I AM GREETED BY A HAPPY DOG WHICH ALWAYS HELPS ME. I SLEEP PRETTY GOOD.

        A PET PEEVE - WHEN SOMEONE TELLS YOU A CERTAIN TIME AND IT ENDS UP DOUBLE.  LIKE :

        - YOUR PIZZA WILL BE READY IN 10 MINUTES. 20 MINUTES LATER YOU ARE STILL WAITING.

        - I WILL MEET YOU AT 12 NOON. 12:30 YOU ARE WAITING AND NO RESPONSES TO TEXTS.

        - AND TONIGHT.......WE WILL STAY A 1/2 HOUR MORE. THE NAIL AKA " THE BLACK HOLE " SAYS MAKE IT ONE HOUR OR TWO OR THREE. ALL GOOD THOUGH.

        THURSDAY      10 - 19 - 17

        TODAY I HAD 2 PROJECTS ON THE LIST. ONE WAS A NECESSITY AND THE OTHER IS MORE LIKE A CONVENIENCE. WITH HELP FROM A FRIEND WE COMPLETED BOTH. BUT WE RAN INTO PROBLEMS.

        GET OUR YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL. WE CHILL IN THE MORNING. I MAKE THE KID A LUNCH WHILE GIVING HER A NICE HEALTHY CHOCOLATE MILK AND NUTELLA BREAD BREAKFAST.

        DO MY NORMAL MORNING THINGS......WEBSITE , WATCH NEWS , PLAY A GAME OF INTERNET POKER , CHECK OUT SOME PORN , SEND EMAILS , LOOK FOR EAGLES TICKETS , AND MAKE A SMOOTHIE.

        BY LATE MORNING I DRIVE TO HAVERTOWN TO PICK UP A FRIEND. WE QUICKLY DETERMINE WE NEED PARTS AND SOME OF THE STUFF WE HAVE WON'T WORK.  SO HERE IS THE 2 PROJECTS FOR THE DAY.

        1 - REPLACE A 2ND FLOOR BASEBOARD HEATER I TOOK OUT 2 YEARS AGO. OUR PURCHASED HEATER WAS WRONG SO WE DROVE TO PHILADELPHIA AND GOT THE RIGHT ONE.  THE PLUMBING SUPPLY STORE WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT HAD IT. WE ALSO PICKED UP OTHER NEEDED PARTS. I MISS PHILLY. AS I WAS WAITING , MY FRIEND THREW HIS CIGARETTE ON THE GROUND. NOT 30 SECONDS LATER , A HOMELESS LADY PICKED UP THAT CIGARETTE ALONG WITH OTHERS.......AND SMOKED IT.

        WE MAKE A 2ND STOP AT HIS WORK TO PICK UP A SMALL GAS LINE PART WE NEEDED.

        BACK HOME WE TRY TO UNITE TWO 2 FOOT SECTIONS OF BASEBOARD HEATERS TO MAKE ONE 4 FOOT ONE. WE HAD A TOOL TO BOND THESE TOGETHER BUT ONLY SUPERMAN COULD SQUEEZE THEM. WE DID THE BEST WE COULD. 

        INSTALL THE NEW BASEBOARD HEATER. WE HAD TO DRAIN THE WATER LINES IN THE ENTIRE HOUSE  AND TURN OFF THE MAIN. WORKING AROUND A TOILET DID NOT HELP EITHER. OF COURSE , ON THE FIRST 10 ATTEMPTS........... IT LEAKS. OF COURSE.......... IT LEAKS BEHIND THE TOILET WHERE WE CAN'T GET TO IT PROPERLY.

        I REMOVE THE TOILET AND WE TIGHTENED THAT LEAKY BOLT CONNECTOR. THIS BOLT IS SO TIGHT IT WILL REMAIN IN OUR HOME AND CENTURIES TO COME. IF NORTH KOREA DROPS A NUCLEAR BOMB ON OUR HOME THAT BOLT WILL NOT COME OFF.  NOW , WILL IT LEAK ANYMORE ? I PLACE FOLDED TOILET PAPER UNDER THE BOLT AND WILL CHECK IT TOMORROW MORNING.

        ( I CHECKED IT FRIDAY MORNING. THE GOOD NEWS.....NO LEAK. THE CONCERNING NEWS.......OUR HEATER DID NOT TURN ON SO I AM WONDERING WILL OUR BASEBOARDS GET HOT OR IS IT JUST TOO WARM RIGHT NOW FOR THEM TO TURN ON. I MEAN THE THERMOSTAT IS SET AT 71 DEGREES AND THE IT SAYS 70. )

        WE DO SOME CLEANING UP AND MOVE TO THE NEXT PROJECT. IF IT DOESN'T LEAK I AM SUPER HAPPY HOW THIS CAME OUT. IF IT LEAKS......HULK SMASH.

        2 - RUN A GAS LINE AND ELECTRIC LINE TO A VENTLESS FIREPLACE. WHEELS AND I SPENT 3 HOURS CLEANING THIS UNIT AND PAINTING IT. I THOUGHT IT CAME OUT NICE.  BUT IT DID COME FROM OUR CONDO AND IT IS OVER 10 YEARS OLD. MY QUESTION......WOULD IT WORK ?

        MY FRIEND RUNS THE GAS LINE WHILE I RUN THE ELECTRIC LINE. I SPEND MORE TIME CLEANING THE FIREPLACE SINCE IT IS IN MANY PIECES. PUTTING IT BACK TOGETHER SHOULD BE A FUN PROJECT TOO. I AM IN THE CRAWLSPACE WITH CRAP , CEMENT CINDER BLOCKS , BROKEN WOOD , INSULATION , BUGS , AND SHIT. I USE A LIGHT TO TAP INTO THE POWER AND I THINK OF SOMETHING. DOES THIS FIREPLACE NEED A SWITCH TO TURN ON THE IGNITER TO LIGHT THE FIRE ? MY IN-LAWS HAD ONE AND I HAVE SEEN THEM BEFORE.  THIS IS WERE I AM AN IDIOT.......AGAIN.

        I CONNECT A JUNCTION BOX TO THE FIRE PLACE AND RUN THAT LINE INTO OUR CRAWL SPACE TO TAP FOR POWER FROM A LIGHT. MY FRIEND CHECKS OUR FIREPLACE AND SAYS , " CHRIS , THIS FIREPLACE DOES NOT NEED ANY ELECTRIC. IT LIGHTS LIKE A BBQ. " YEP , THE OUTLET IN THE FIREPLACE THAT I THOUGHT POWERED THE IGNITER DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. WE WERE THINKING IT MIGHT BE FOR A LIGHT. ALL THAT TIME AND EFFORT FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME.

        I GO ONLINE AND " CHAT " WITH A TECH FROM THE COMPANY. I FIND OUT SOME ANSWERS ON THIS OLDER FIREPLACE.

        - IT IS AN OLDER MODEL AND THEY ARE DISCONTINUED. GEE.....SO SURPRISED THERE.

        - THE OUTLET IN THE FIREPLACE IS USED FOR A BLOWER.  THEY DO HAVE A BLOWER TO FIT OUR UNIT. THE TECH EMAILS ME THE INFO AND THE COST IS $300.

        - I THOUGHT THIS UNIT WAS CALLED AN " INSERT " BUT THE TECH SAYS IT IS A VENTLESS FIREPLACE.

        - THE UNIT PUTS OUT 22,000 BTU'S. IT CAN HEAT A ROOM 30' X 20'.

        THE UNIT IS FINALLY INSTALLED AND WE TEST IT. THE FIRST COUPLE OF TRIES AND IT DOES NOT WORK. I AM THINKING , " OH MAN , ALL THIS WORK AND NOW IT IS NOT LIGHTING. "  MY FRIEND STAYS DILIGENT AND I GET THE DIRECTIONS. WE FIGURE IT OUT AND THIS THING IS ACTUALLY PRETTY COOL. IT PUTS OUT A FAIR AMOUNT OF HEAT.

        SOMEHOW I PUT THE WHOLE THING BACK TOGETHER. 50 PARTS AND I FIGURE IT OUT.  WE LIGHT IT AGAIN AND IT IS VERY COOL.  WE NOW HAVE A SECONDARY HEAT SOURCE IN OUR MAIN ROOM WHICH ALWAYS GETS COLD IN THE WINTER TIME. A STAND UP FAN NEXT TO THE FIREPLACE WILL BE MY FREE BLOWER.

        WE CLEAN UP AND CHECK THE BATHROOM BASEBOARD HEATER. IT STILL HAS A SMALL LEAK. WE TAKE TURNS TIGHTENING THE BOLT CONNECTOR. GOOD GOD ZEUS COULDN'T TIGHTEN IT ANYMORE.  THIS IS OUR FINAL ATTEMPT. I WILL LEAVE THE TOILET IN THE HALLWAY AND CHECK THE LEAK TOMORROW. ( AS I WROTE ABOVE - I DID CHECK IT FRIDAY MORNING AND SO FAR SO GOOD ).

        STARTED IN THE MORNING AND NOW IT IS ALMOST 6PM. YEP , TIME FLEW BY. MY FRIEND GIVES ME A PRETZEL CHEESE STEAK. IT IS SMALL AND I SPLIT IT WITH MY YOUNGEST. IT WAS VERY GOOD. I PAY AND DRIVE MY FRIEND HOME. I BRING MY COMPUTER WITH ME SINCE I AM OPENING THE NAIL.

        ARRIVE AT THE NAIL AND BEGIN PREPPING AND GETTING READY FOR TONIGHT AND THE WEEKEND. I BOOK 2 NIGHTS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO RENT THE NAIL AND A LONG TIME RENTER STOPS IN TO PAY US FOR THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THIS COUPLE ACTUALLY GOT ENGAGED AT WHEELSTOCK SO THEY RENT OUR HOME EVERY YEAR.

         MAKE WINGS FOR MY YOUNGEST AND WE HAVE DINNER TOGETHER WHEN I GET HOME AROUND 9PM. I WATCH THE FLYERS LOSE AND HEAD TO BED AROUND 11:30PM. I SEE THE LIGHT ON IN MY KID'S ROOM AND SHE WAS STILL STUDYING AND DOING HOMEWORK. I HUG HER.

        TOMORROW I HAVE TO CLEAN UP THE 1000 TOOLS ON EVERY LEVEL OF OUR HOME......NICE.

        FRIDAY      10 - 20 - 17

        HAD TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION......AND IT WAS FUN.

        START MORNING GETTING MY YOUNGEST OFF TO SCHOOL. THIS IS STANDARD WRITING EACH DAY RIGHT ? WELL , I WAS A LITTLE MELANCHOLY SO I HUGGED THE KID. I WILL EXPLAIN.

        FIRST.......START THE CLEAN-UP ON ALL 3 LEVELS OF OUR HOME. THE HEATER DID NOT LEAK SO I SPRAY PAINTED IT AND THE LEAVES THAT COMES WITH IT.  I USED BLUE TAPE AS ALWAYS AND IT CAME OUT NICE.

        I DID NOT HAVE A WAX SEAL TO RESEAT THE TOILET SO I CAME UP WITH AN IDEA THAT IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF STOMACH. ONLY I CAN DO THIS MACGYVER AND LIVE WITH IT. THE ORIGINAL WAX SEAL ON THE FLOOR WAS CHANGED ABOUT A YEAR AGO WHEN I TOOK THE BASEBOARD HEATER OUT SO I THOUGHT , " THIS STILL SHOULD BE GOOD. "  THAN I DID THE UNTHINKABLE. I MOLDED THE WAX SEAL UPWARDS. YEP, LIKE A SCENE FROM THE MOVIE " GHOST " I USED MY HANDS ON A TOILET WAX SEAL THAT PROBABLY HAD POOP AND PEE GO THROUGH IT 5000 TIMES. I FORCED THE EDGES UP SO WHEN I PLACED DOWN THE TOILET IT WOULD SEAL TIGHT. YES , I USED PLASTIC GLOVES AND YES I WAS TOO LAZY TO GO BUY A $7 WAX SEAL.  BUT THERE WAS A REASON.

        I CLEAN THE ENTIRE BATHROOM WHICH WAS DISGUSTING. I SEND PICTURES TO THE KIDS AND WHEELS OF THE FINISHED PRODUCT WHICH CAME OUT NICE. THIS FLOOR OF THE HOUSE IS DONE.

        MY MOTTO THIS MORNING WAS , " ANY TIME I GO UPSTAIRS OR DOWNSTAIRS OR OUTSIDE I MUST CARRY SOMETHING. " I DID THIS 100 TIMES.  PUTTING AWAY TOOLS , CLEANING , VACUUMING , ORGANIZING , LOADING , AND FINALLY I WAS DONE. I LOOK AT THE CLOCK AND SAY , " OH SHIT. " I RAN OUT OF TIME. I BEGIN LOADING OUR CAR AND MY CELL PHONE GOES OFF WITH A TEXT. AGAIN , I SAY , " OH SHIT. " I SEE THE TEXT FROM WHEELS, " PLANE LANDING NOW. " I WAS SUPPOSE TO PICK HER UP AT THE AIRPORT AND I DIDN'T EVEN LEAVE YET.

        I RUN LIKE I'M ON FIRE AND WITHIN 5 MINUTES I AM LOADED AND DRIVING TO THE AIRPORT. ON THE BLUE ROUTE IT GETS BACKED UP. I MAKE THE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT MOVE. AT THE HAVERTOWN EXIT IT IS STOPPED WITH TRAFFIC. SO I GET OFF THE EXIT , TIME IT PERFECTLY WITH THE TRAFFIC LIGHT ON WEST CHESTER PIKE , AND GET BACK ON THE BLUE ROUTE 1 MILE PAST THE STOPPED TRAFFIC. I NEVER STOPPED AND I LEARNED THIS LITTLE TRICK FROM A FRIEND 2 MONTHS AGO.  TRAFFIC MOVES AND AT TIMES SLOWLY. A COP PULLED OVER SOMEONE WHICH WAS THE CAUSE OF THE RUBBER NECKING. AFTER THAT........80 MPH.

        I GET WHEELS AND IT WAS OFF TO OUR CONDO. YEP , IT WAS TOO BEAUTIFUL OF A WEEKEND NOT TO TRAVEL EAST. PLUS WE HAD A MEETING. WE TALKED THE WHOLE WAY AND SHE EVEN TOUCHED ME. YEP , SHE PATTED ME ON THE BACK FOR ALL THE WORK I DID. WE BOTH LAUGHED AND TOLD STORIES OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE LAST WEEK.

        MADE GREAT TIME AND RAN OUR CAR PRETTY LOW ON GAS. THIS TIME I BYPASSED THE $2.65 A GALLON SUNOCO AND MADE IT TO WAWA WHERE IT WAS $2.15 A GALLON. YEP , I SAVED $5 FOR BEING AN IDIOT AND CHANCING RUNNING OUT OF GAS.  THE ATTENDANT GIVES US A WAWA APPLICATION WHICH WE WILL PROBABLY USE.

        STOP AT PRIMO HOAGIES FOR A " BADA BING " AND A " NELLIE ".......OH NELLIE. JESUS THEIR SANDWICHES ARE GOOD. ALITTLE PRICEY BUT WE WILL GET 2 MEALS OUT OF IT. IT WAS A PICTURE PERFECT DAY. WE SETTLE IN AT OUR CONDO AND THE PLACE WAS LEFT VERY GOOD FROM THE LAST RENTER. OF COURSE , I RUN INTO A THERMOSTAT PROBLEM BUT AFTER A QUICK TEXT TO OUR A/C TECH IT WAS SOLVED. WE ENJOY OUR PRIMOS AND JUST TALK AND WATCH TV.

        IT LOOKS VERY GOOD THAT WHEELS AND I WILL BE GOING TO THE MONDAY NIGHT EAGLES GAME. IF ANYONE IS GOING SHOOT ME A TEXT.

        WHEELS AND I HEAD TO THE BEACH. IT IS GORGEOUS. WE SIT AND ENJOY THE SAND , OCEAN , SOUNDS , SMELLS , BIRDS ,AND PEOPLE SURF FISHING & WALKING DOGS. WE MEET A NICE OLDER COUPLE WALKING 3 DOGS. WE TALK A LITTLE AND THEY WERE SUPER NICE. WE PET THE DOGS WHO WERE CUTE.

        WE TAKE A WALK ON THE BEACH AND I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW NICE IT IS HERE. ABSOLUTELY PICTURE PREFECT. WHEELS SEARCHED IF ANYTHING WAS GOING ON AND SHE FOUND OUT A BOND FIRE ON SATURDAY NIGHT. IT WAS ONLY 6 BLOCKS FROM OUR HOUSE.  WE WALK ALONG THE BEACH AND THERE IS A HUGE PILE OF WOODEN CRATES WITH AN EMPTY DUMPSTER BURIED OFF TO THE SIDE AND TRASHCANS CIRCLING THE WHOLE AREA.  WE WALK UP AND THERE IS A GUY WALKING HIS DOG. IT ENDS UP THIS IS THE ORGANIZER AND HE WAS A FORMER OWNER OF THE BAR " ECHOES " DOWN ON 3RD STREET. WE TALKED FOR A SOLID 25 MINUTES. HE TOLD US THERE WILL BE CLOSE TO 2500 PEOPLE HER TOMORROW NIGHT , DJ (SUPPOSE TO BE A LIVE COUNTRY BAND BUT THEY BAILED AND HE WAS PISSED ABOUT IT ) , BYOB , AND MORE. THE GUY WAS FUNNY AND A TOTAL CHARACTER.  WE ENJOYED HIM AND HIS DOG WHO NEVER STOPPED MOVING. I DEFINITELY WANT TO CHECK THIS SCENE OUT TOMORROW NIGHT.

        WE WALK BACK TO OUR CHAIRS AND CHILL WITH OUR FEET IN THE SAND. I TAKE A PICTURE OF WHEELS AND TO GET HER TO LAUGH AND SMILE RIGHT BEFORE THE SNAP OF THE CAMERA I SAY ," THINK OF MY COCK. " SHE LAUGHS AND IT IS A GREAT PICTURE. UNFORTUNATELY THE WIND BLOWS HER HAIR STRAIGHT UP LIKE " ALFALFA " FROM THE TV SHOW " THE LITTLE RASCALS ".  GUESS I WON'T BE USING THAT PICTURE FOR FACEBOOK........MAYBE.

        BACK HOME WE TALK TO SOME NEIGHBORS OF OURS.

        OFF TO DINNER - AS I AM LEAVING A DOG STICKS ITS HEAD THROUGH THE FENCING AND I TAKE A PICTURE OF IT. I SEND IT TO MY KIDS AND TEXT , " I THINK WE'RE BEING WATCHED"  THE KID REPLY , OH MY GOD THAT DIG IS SO CUTE. IT IS THE SAME ONE WHEN WE WERE THERE. ".

        BACK HOME WE CHANGE , CHILL , AND THAN HEAD OUT TO DINNER. THE FIRST PLACE WE TRY AND IT IS PACKED. NO BARSTOOLS AT THE BAR OR TABLES. WE ROLL OUT AND HEAD TO " WESTYS ". IT ENDS UP THIS WAS A GREAT CHOICE. ALL THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND THE BARTENDERS WERE UNBELIEVABLE FRIENDLY . WE TALK ABOUT SPORTS , THEY PUT ON THE SIXERS AND BASEBALL GAME FOR OUR TV'S THAT WE SAT IN FRONT OF. WE FIND OUT INFORMATION THAT THE BAR WAS SOLD AND INFORMATION ABOUT 2 BOND FIRES IN THE NEXT 2 MONTHS. THE BARTENDERS BUY US A ROUND WHICH WAS NICE TOO. THE FOOD OF FLAT BREAD SHRIMP PESTO , SEAFOOD BISQUE , RIBS , MASHED POTATOES , AND GREENS WERE ALL VERY GOOD.

        WE SEE A COUPLE COME IN AND THEY SIT RIGHT ACROSS FROM US. IT IS THE PEOPLE THAT OWN THE DOG I JUST TOOK A PICTURE OF. I PULL UP THE PICTURE ON MY CELL PHONE AND HAND IT TO THE BARTENDER. I SAY , " DO ME A FAVOR AND HAND THIS PHONE TO THAT COUPLE ( I POINT TO THEM ) AND SEE IF THEY KNOW THIS DOG. " THE BARTENDER WAS ALITTLE CONFUSED BUT DOES IT. THE COUPLE SEES THE PICTURE AND THE WOMAN SAYS , " THAT'S OUR DOG ! ". WE WAVE TO THEM AND I TELL THE STORY OF HOW I TOOK THE PICTURE AND OUR KIDS LOVE THE DOG.

        A VERY NICE ENJOYABLE TIME AT THIS BAR AND WITH WHEELS. WE TALKED , LAUGHED, AND SOCIALIZED WITH STAFF AND PATRONS.  BACK HOME WE WATCH THE SIXERS LOSE AND THE ASTROS WIN TO FORCE A GAME 7.

        OFF TO BED AND I SLEEP BAD......CRAP.

        THE REASON FOR HUGGING MY YOUNGEST BEFORE SCHOOL THIS MORNING......I WASN'T GOING TO SEE HER ALL WEEKEND.

        SATURDAY     10 - 21 - 17

        YOU KNOW THE SONG BY FORMER PHILLIES ANNOUNCER HARRY KALAS ? YOU KNOW........" THE RUBBER TREE PLANT " SONG.  IT GOES LIKE , " EVERYONE KNOWS AN ANT CAN'T MOVE A RUBBER TREE PLANT BUT THAT ANT HAS HIGHHHHHHHHH HOPES. HE HAS HIGHHHHHHHHHH HOPES !! HE HAS HIGH APPLE PIE HOPES !!..................WELL , I MET THAT ANT.

        WHEELS AND I START OUR MORNING AT A CONDO ASSOCIATION MEETING.  ALMOST ALL NEW OWNERS AND EVERYONE IS VERY COOL AND FRIENDLY. UNLIKE YEARS AGO WHERE WE HAD ONE ASSHOLE NAMED " EL PRESIDENTE ". HE WAS A COMPLETE ANGRY DRUNK GITBAG. HE IS GONE AND EXCEPT FOR MAYBE ONE PERSON EVERYONE IS VERY FRIENDLY. THE MEETING IS ABOUT 1 HOUR AND IT WAS ALITTLE REPETITIVE AT TIMES BUT ALL GOOD.

        OH , JUST ONE MORE THING.......EACH OWNER HAS TO SHELL OUT OVER $16,000 EACH FOR REPAIRS TO THE BUILDING. THEY WANT TO DO A COMPLETE OVERHAUL OF ALL EXTERIOR THINGS......WALLS , STUCCO , DECKS , WINDOWS , FENCING , ETC. YEP.........FUCKING GREAT MEETING.

        SPENT ALOT OF TIME TRYING TO PURCHASE EAGLES TICKETS VIA FRIENDS , FAMILY , CRAIGSLIST , FACEBOOK , STUB HUB , AND MORE. I SPENT A REAL LOT OF TIME.  IT LOOKS GOOD AND A VERY NICE GUY WILL MEET US AT THE NAIL TO MAKE THE EXCHANGE. I ENCOUNTERED 2 SCAMMERS AND HAD A WICKED CURSING EMAIL WAR WITH ONE OF THEM. THE OTHER SCAMMER I DID NOT BOTHER WITH BUT I DID TAKE THE TIME TO POST 2 " SCAM WARNING " CRAIGSLIST ADS TO WARN OTHER PEOPLE.

        EAGLES MONDAY NIGHT GAME - IF ANYONE IS GOING AND WANTS TO HOOK UP PLEASE TEXT ME. THERE ARE 4 IN OUR GROUP.  WE HAVE A GREAT FUN GROUP OF 4.  WE WILL BE GETTING V.I.P. PARKING AT THE PHILLIES STADIUM AND I HAVE AT LEAST 2 TAILGATES I WANT TO STOP AT.   THE 3 PEOPLE I AM GONG WITH ARE BIG EAGLES FANS WHICH ALWAYS MAKES IT ALOT MORE FUN. THE KEY IS WE WANTED FUN FUN PEOPLE. I ONLY GO TO GAMES ONCE A YEAR AND WE DID NOT WANT ANY DEPUTY DOWNERS SO WE ARE SUPER HAPPY WITH OUR GROUP OF 4. THOUGH I DID TEXT  MY BROTHER , " IF THE EAGLES ARE LOSING BY HALFTIME........WE LEAVE. " HE RESPONDS , " IF THE REDSKINS KICK A FIELD GOAL IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND TAKE A 3 - 0 LEAD......WE LEAVE. "

        AFTER THE MORNING MEETING WHEELS AND I TRY 4 DIFFERENT BREAKFAST LOCATIONS.  ALL 4 ARE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON SO WE DECIDED TO GO TO THE VEGAS DINER. WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE WE GOT GOOD FOOD , SERVICE , AND PRICING. WELL , REMEMBER THAT RUBBER TREE PLANT SONG WITH THE ANT ? I ORDERED A WESTERN OMELET AND THE SERVER PUTS MY PLATE IN FRONT OF ME. I INSTANTLY SEE AN UPSIDE DOWN DEAD ANT IN MY OMELET. I GENTLY GRAB HIS ARM , DON'T SAY A WORD , AND JUST POINT TO THE ANT. HE IS HUMILIATED AND APOLOGIZES 10 TIMES. THEY GET ME ANOTHER OMELET AND I BARELY ATE HALF WHICH IS UNUSUAL FOR ME NOT TO SCARF THE WHOLE DAMN THING. THE SERVER DID NOT CHARGE US FOR THE OMELET. WHEN PAYING OUR $13 BILL I DID NOT TELL THE OWNER WHEN SHE ASKED , " WAS EVERYTHING OKAY WITH YOUR MEAL ? "

        OK , SO THE DAY AND NIGHT GETS MUCH MUCH BETTER.  WE STOP AT CVS TO GET DRUGS SINCE WE ARE OLD. BACK HOME WE GRAB CHAIRS AND HEAD TO THE BEACH.  IT IS A GLORIOUS DAY AND WE AGAIN TALK TO PEOPLE WALKING THEIR DOGS. EVERYONE WAS SUPER POLITE.

        BACK HOME WE FINISH LEFTOVERS FROM PRIMO HOAGIES AND WESTYS FOR LUNCH / DINNER. IT WAS VERY GOOD. WE RETURN TO THE BEACH WITH A TABLE AND SOME BEERS. AGAIN , IT IS BEAUTIFUL. SO BEAUTIFUL I AM TRYING TO CONVINCE WHEELS TO WORK FROM HOME MONDAY SO WE CAN STAY ANOTHER DAY.

        BACK HOME WE CHILL FOR ALITTLE BIT. WE DECIDE TO HEAD TO THE BEACH AGAIN AT NIGHT. WE TAKE A 5 BLOCK WALK ALONG THE BEACH AND THERE IS THE HUGE BOND FIRE AND A SUPER COOL SUNSET. YESTERDAY, A GUY TOLD US UP TO 2500 PEOPLE WOULD SHOW. I WAS DAMN SURPRISED AT LEAST HALF WERE THERE.  A TON OF PEOPLE WITH A DJ BLARING FUN MUSIC.  IT WAS QUITE A SCENE. I TOOK SOME PICTURES AND POSTED THEM ON FACEBOOK FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SEE.

        WE HANG FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO CHECK THE BOND FIRE OUT AND WALK BACK HOME.  WE MAKE DRINKS AND SETTLE IN TO WATCH THE 76ERS LOSE ( TRUST THE CRAPPY PROCESS ) , PENN STATE WITH A HUGE WIN , AND HOUSTON BEATING THE YANKEES IN GAME 7...........EVEN THE FLYERS WON IN AN AFTERNOON GAME OVER EDMONTON.

        THE DRINKS WERE FLOWING AND AS I WROTE ON FACEBOOK " ENJOYING THE WEEKEND WITH MY BEST FRIEND. " WE WATCHED TV , MADE JOKES , AND I PLAYED SOME INTERNET SCRABBLE & POKER WHILE CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR EAGLES TICKETS. YEP STILL LOOKING FOR DEALS AND SCAMMERS.

        WE END THE NIGHT GIVING EACH OTHER MASSAGES. UHM........I DID RECEIVE THE BEST MESSAGE EVER.

        WEIRD - I AM DREAMING OF THE CARTOON " REN AND STIMPY ". I MAY HAVE WATCHED THIS SHOW 5 TIMES. THE LAST TIME WAS OVER 10 YEARS AGO. I SEE THE CHARACTERS IN MY DREAM ARE IN BLACK & WHITE. THAN I WATCH AS THEY TRANSFORM INTO BRILLIANT RED , YELLOW , AND LIGHT BROWN COLORS. IT WAS LIKE SOMEONE WAS PAINTING THEM ON A COMPUTER SCREEN IN FRONT OF MY EYES.  THAT WAS KINDA WEIRD BUT KINDA COOL.

        SUNDAY     10 - 22 - 17

        SO DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE............

        UP AT 3:45AM I DECIDE TO WALK TO THE BEACH.  I WANTED TO SEE THE SHOOTING STAR DISPLAY THE WEATHERMEN PREDICTED. I STEP OUTSIDE AND I HEAR THE OCEAN LIKE IT WAS 100 FEET FROM ME. I NEVER HEARD IT SO CLOSE. I THOUGHT IT WAS BREECHING THE DUNES. I WALK TO THE ENTRANCE AND DOWN TOWARDS THE BEACH. HIGH TIDE WAS IN BUT THE WATER IS ABOUT 50 YARDS AWAY. I LOOK UP TO A BRILLIANT CLEAR SKY...........AND NOT ONE SHOOTING STAR.

        BACK HOME  I LOOK FOR MORE EAGLES TICKET DEALS ( YEP , STILL LOOKING EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A CONFIRMATION ) , CHECK MY EMAILS , PLAY ALITTLE INTERNET SCRABBLE , AND BACK IN BED IN ABOUT 15 MINUTES. I SLEEP UNTIL 8AM.....NICE.

        UP AT 8AM AND WATCH THE NEWS AND POKE AROUND ON THE COMPUTER.

        WHEELS GETS UP LATE MORNING AND MAKES ME BREAKFAST. SHE RE-HEATS MY LEFTOVERS OF POTATOES AND THE WESTERN OMELET WITH ANT.

        WE BEGIN CLEANING AND LOADING UP OUR VEHICLE. SAY GOODBYE TO SOME NEIGHBORS AND WE WERE OFF.  DURING THE RIDE HOME WE TEXT SOME FRIENDS AND FIND OUT SOME EAGLE TAILGATES WE WILL BE JOINING.  WE ALSO CONFIRM OUR TICKETS WITH A GUY FROM CRAIGSLIST. HE LOWERED HIS PRICE AND WILL MEET US AT THE NAIL.

        MADE GREAT TIME GETTING HOME. WE TALKED AND IT WAS GOOD TO GET BACK.........UNTIL I CATCH MY ELDEST AGAIN.

        WE STOP AT ZESTOS AND WE HAVE A LATE LUNCH ON THE PATIO. IT IS A GORGEOUS DAY.

        BUT , BEFORE WE SAT DOWN THERE WERE 3 PIZZA BOXES ON TOP OF THE OVEN. I OPEN EACH ONE THINKING MAYBE A SLICE WOULD BE LEFT OR MORE. I FIND ONE ANGRY ORCHARD BOTTLE CAP. OUR ELDEST DENIES IT OF COURSE BUT LATER ADMITS IT WAS A FRIEND. I FACEBOOK THAT FRIEND WITH A PICTURE OF THE BEER " ANGRY ORCHARD " AND WRITE TO HER , " NOT A BAD BEER BUT CAN'T REALLY DRINK MORE THAN ONE ESPECIALLY WITH PIZZA. PLEASE DO NOT BRING THEM INTO MY LA CASA AGAIN. " I KID REPLIED AND APOLOGIZED.

        NEXT I NOTICE BLACK WATER MARKS ON OUR CEILING IN THE BATHROOM. IT IS AWAY FROM WHERE WE DID HEATER WORK AND RE-SEATED THE TOILET. I HAVE SEEN A LEAK HERE BEFORE BUT I CAN NOT REMEMBER WHY. I THOUGHT IT WAS RAINWATER LAST TIME.

        OH ONE MORE THING....SOMEONE ( MY ELDEST ) TRIED TO BREAK INTO A PIECE OF FURNITURE WHERE WE KEEP VALUABLES. THERE IS A LOCK ON IT AND SHE TOOK A SCREW DRIVER AND TRIED TO PRY IT OPEN.  HER FRIEND SLEPT OVER AND I TEXTED THEM TO IMMEDIATELY COME TO OUR HOUSE NOW. I WAS PISSED. THEY WERE AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY AND THEY TEXTED ME THEY DID NOT HAVE THE TIME EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE 30 SECONDS AWAY. I CALLED THE MOM AND LEFT A MESSAGE. I AM THE ONLY PARENT THAT ANSWERS THEIR CELL PHONE OR RETURNS CALL IMMEDIATELY. THE KIDS EVENTUALLY COME AND NOW THEIR FRIEND'S MOM KNOWS I AM PISSED THERE WAS ALCOHOL HERE AND SOMEONE BROKE OUR FURNITURE.

        I ROLL TO THE NAIL TO MEET UP WITH A GUY FROM CRAIGSLIST. HE IS VERY COOL AND WE MAKE THE EXCHANGE. I TEXT SEVERAL MORE FRIENDS ABOUT TAILGATING. I HIT THE JACKPOT WITH MY BUDDY FROM RAMBO'S DELCO RADIO SHOW. THIS WILL BE MY FIRST STOP. A POOL PLAYER FRIEND WILL BE SECOND AND THAN A COUSIN AND OLD FRIEND TAILGATES TOO. OUR GROUP OF 4 HAS 3 PEOPLE I LOVE HANGING WITH. WE ARE ALL PRETTY STOKED IN GOING. WHAT MAKES IT EVEN MORE FUN IS ONE PERSON IN OUR GROUP WILL BE THEIR FIRST GAME. I LOVE THAT ESPECIALLY WITH GIRLS. I KNOW I WILL BE A COMPLETE EMBARRASSMENT AND SHE WILL NEVER WANT TO GO TO ANOTHER EAGLES GAME AGAIN. WHEELS AND I ARE BRINGING HOAGIES , BEER , AND BOOZE TOO.

        NO BAND TONIGHT ? I TEXT THE PROMOTER WHO BOOKED THE SHOW AND HE TEXTS BACK ," WHAT BAND? "  I GUESS I JUST MIS-BOOKED IT. AS SOON AS I GET HOME I CHECK MY EMAILS. WELP , I WAS RIGHT AND I TEXT THE PROMOTER AND FORWARD HIM 2 EMAILS. HE NEVER RESPONDS BACK.

        I TRY NOT TO BE TOO PISSED AT OUR ELDEST. WHEELS IS GONG TO TAKE HER BACK TO COLLEGE BUT IT IS NIGHTTIME. SHE DOES NOT SEE WELL AT NIGHT SO I DECIDE TO TAKE HER EVEN THOUGH I'M TIRED.

        WE LOAD UP THE CAR AND DRIVE ABOUT 1 MILE AND I TURNAROUND. OUR KID WANTS TO STOP AT GIANT TO PICK UP FRUIT AND SNACKS. I HEAD HOME , GIVE HER MONEY & THE CAR , AND SAY RETURN THE CAR TOMORROW. SHE IS DELIGHTED OF COURSE AND TEXTS ME WHEN SHE GOT TO COLLEGE.

        WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF " RAY DONOVAN ". THIS SHOW WAS BUILT UP BIG TIME BY A FAMILY MEMBER WHO TOLD US " EVERYTHING WILL BE EXPLAINED. ". IT ENDS UP WE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE EPISODE WAS GOOD THOUGH.

        OFF TO BED WHERE MY TV DOESN'T WORK. I SPEND ABOUT 20 MINUTES AND FINALLY I GET THE RIGHT " INPUT ". OFF TO SLEEP AND UP AT 3:30AM. IT IS 4:45AM NOW SO I WILL ATTEMPT TO HIT THE PILLOW AGAIN. 

         

         

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

   

  

     

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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