In this episode, Phillip explains what he has been eating while Marcela has been gone. It is a good thing Marcela came home!
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The following is a ficticious account of what COULD have happened if the house had been messy when Marcela came home.
I have never seen anyone as loving, tender, sensitive, tough, strong, hard wording, or sweet as my mother. She puts up with my bad behavior more than she should. I am still her little boy; I know that. Ask Marcela, I guess I never grew up. I am Marcela’s boy too! 🙂
Mother, I love you so much. Thank you for loving me and being the absolute best mom in the whole world. There is no way I could have asked for a better example of how to care for others. Sometimes I think you put too many people ahead of yourself. I wish you would be a little bit selfish every once and a while and do your thing. But you insist on putting your own needs and desires aside to care for others. Without a doubt, you are one in a million.
I will be on shift this weekend, so I will miss spending Mother’s Day with you for the second year in a row. Sorry for that. Be blessed in all you do and have a special Mother’s Day.
-Mom “What am I going to do with you?”
-Little boy Phillip “Keep me!”
Yesterday evening, the report that radio news broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey had passed away in Arizona came across the wire. I felt almost as if a relative had passed. You see, my dad has always been a news junkie, and there was nobody better at getting out the news and comment on AM radio than Harvey. I remember my dad’s radio dial on both his old flatbed truck and the Datsun B210 set to the AM channel where Harvey came on. Specifically I remember hearing Harvey in the afternoon when my dad would pick me up from school at Sarasota’s South Side Elementary when I was in kindergarten. His signature phrase “Stand by for the news” let you know that you were about to receive the current happenings that were news worthy without any bias. “Page 1”, then “Page 2”, and so on, each piece of news compiled in concise factual fashion. He did use personal comment but it was only after the factual pieces of news had been presented. Following the news, he would always tell a story of victory, redemption, hard work, against the odds success, or character development. Many times it was a story about a person, company, or organization you already knew, but with an element or piece of historical fact that you did not know. As he told the story, somewhere in the middle, you already had a picture of the wonderful triumph or determination the individual or group had, but he would leave you with a cliff hanger, unaware about whom he was talking. Then when he would come back to his last radio segment, he would give you “The rest of the story” and all mystery was revealed.
His familiar voice which was absolutely perfect for the radio will be missed. At the time of his passing, he was 90 years old and still active as a broadcaster. I am a little sad today thinking that I will never hear another new broadcast by Paul Harvey.
-The weather last week would have been perfect for a trip out on the reef.
-Winds were under 5 mph, bay was glassy, and there were under 2 feet off the reef.
-Unfortunately I was not feeling my best during that time and wouldn’t have been able to enjoy it anyway.
-Marcela and I have been on another movie trip for the last week. We have watched at least one movie every day for the last week.
-A neighbor has been supplying us with movies, some of which aren’t even out of the theater year, free of charge.
-We also picked a few up from Blockbuster.
-We saw some comedies (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Soul Men, and Tropic Thunder), some action (Rambo, Eagle Eye, and Wanted), and drama (Bella, Pride and Glory, and Deception.
-I recommend for everyone to see the movie Bella. It’s a very loving family movie about life and giving life a chance. I loved it.
-There are a few that I would not recommend for others to see due to their graphic nature: Rambo, Soul Men, and Tropic Thunder. Tropic Thunder was one of the funniest films I’ve seen, but it’s pretty much intended to offend.
-The irony of the movie is: Robert Downey Jr plays the part of an award winning actor who has surgery to become a black man for the filming of a movie which is intended to win him an award. Robert Downey Jr was nominated for an Academy Award for actor in a supporting role for this movie, in real life.
-Paul Blart: Mall Cop is also funny. I recommend this for all ages. It’s a comedy about a single dad who is a security guard who wanted to be a cop but flunked out due to hypoglycemia. He turns out being the only person who can stop a heist of roughly $20 million from the mall’s accounts.
-I am finally about to kick this cough that accompanied a fever, chills, fatigue, and body aches over the past week. Marcela got the same thing. The most effective relief came from Mucinex DM 12 hour and tylenol.
-On Saturday, I coughed so hard, I felt like my head would explode. We never really appreciate feeling good until we feel bad.
-Marcela and I will be getting new passports for the cruise although they won’t be necessary since the ports we are stopping only require birth certificate and picture ID.
-I have a big interview on Monday. Whatever the result is, I thank everyone for their encouragement, help, and prayers. Big thanks to my dad and Mark Similey.
-See y’all at church Sunday!
Marcela and I are heading down to the doc. She has a blood test, and I need something for this cough/fever. I’m worried that I got her sick. She now has a fever and a sore throat. Hopefully we can get over this quickly. I rarely call out of work, but today was an exception considering I barely made it through yesterday with chills, body aches, and a cough. Later.
Well, no more Armchair QB’s for a while. This is your Monday blog. I decided to take my nieces to the zoo today, and Kelly was OK with Kourtney skipping a half day of school to go with me. McKenna and Kourtney were anticipating it for more than a week, so I hope their expectations were filled. I doubt that it all lived up to the hype. We didn’t get to see the chimps going nuts, which to me is the best part of the zoo. The dog’gone monorail now costs $3 per person. Now, nobody at all rides it (except me and the girls). Also, the zoo added a section called the Amazon and Beyond, which was great. The jaguar was in hiding, unfortunately. I was really looking forward to seeing the jag. We did get to see the tigers fed (11:00 AM they get a snack) and that was cool. But the best part of the day for the girls was playing in the play areas. Forget the animals, they love to slide, swing, climb, and run. Kourtney played in the water park area and loved getting soaked. That’s so much better than some dumb gorillas or lions. 🙂
-I enjoy this blog entry because the topics are whatever pops in my head while I write.
-There is a lot of junk in my head sometimes; it’s nice to get it out.
-I am working overtime for only the second day since September. The only other time I worked OT, it was on a call in. This time I actually signed up and got notice Tuesday that I would get the OT. This comes in very timely since I lost almost 4 hours of work last week due to training and qualification.
-Also, I’ll be working this weekend so I will not be able to join you at the theater for our weekly Life Pointe Sunday party.
-I requested two more vacation days and it was ultimately approved. I now have all of Spring Break off.
-I will be looking for a 7 day cruise to fit my scheduled time. Right now I am leaning towards MSC Cruises (The Orchestra) to Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Dominican Republic.
-There are some serious deals right now, even on Spring Break. I assume that it is due to the economy. Check out Vacations To Go to see what I am talking about.
-Speaking of the economy… My stand by for my first political rant since the new prez took office.
-ACORN was accused of voter fraud in the presidential election this year and years past. In this new so-called economic stimulus package ($890 billion), $5.2 billion has been set aside for neighborhood foreclosure relief. $4.19 billion of that is supposed to go to ACORN.
-How does this pass the smell test? ACORN helps perpetrate fraud, then gets a $4.19 billion cash kickback. Like they say, “Dance with the one who brung ya.”. It makes me sick.
-Max really hates being brushed. Marcela normally does it, but I figured I would help her with that duty. I don’t want the little mop to despise her because she wants to keep his hair looking handsome.
-The little runt growled at me and then snapped when I was trying to take out a knot.
-I work Super Bowl Sunday, but I should get home before the end of the first quarter. Anybody hosting a party? Naw, you guys should be down in Plantation Key, right?
-My heart wants the Arizona Hurricanes (Cardinals) to win, but my head tells me that the Steelers are going to win this with their dominating D.
-I want Edgerrin James, Calais Campbell, and especially Antrel Rolle to win their first Super Bowl rings.
-The Edge left Indy the year before they won their Super Bowl title. I’d love to see him not only win a ring, but to be a major part of the victory.
-Last night I watched a show called “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” on Animal Planet. I am sure they embellished a little, but the show was riveting. They told a story with reenactment of a couple who were hiking a trail in the Amazon Basin when they got lost. Using a compass, they actually went in the opposite direction because the map was flipped with North at the bottom and South at the top. They were stranded 6 days before finding their way to a river where they were rescued by a boatman. I highly recommend the show, but be warned that it contains some disturbing and mature content due to the nature of the material.
-I’ll see you at LPC a week from Sunday if not sooner!
Why 1969? It was in this groovy year that the foundation for my existence was poured. In honor of my parents’ 40th Wedding Anniversary, I give you Billboard’s Top 5 songs from 1969.
#5 Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations
#4 Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones
#3 I Can’t Get Next to You by the Temptations
#2 Sugar Sugar by the Archies
#1 Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In by Fifth Dimension