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God, I hate wasted mornings

Greetings, readers. Yes, I know I sound cranky again. I met Rebecca for breakfast at Panera before going to a car rental agency to get information about renting a car in August. When we got there, the office was closed with a note on the door stating the agent was making a run to the airport; neither one of us felt like waiting there for almost 30 minutes. One gigantic waste of time as we walked through tons of pollen, which is now falling off the trees and about to make me sneeze.

My accountant will be expecting this information today and I will again have to tell him that I don’t have it. I suppose that is what makes me the most angry. I have one business meeting a week and today I will not be fully prepared for it. As they say, that’s life.

Well, let us see what else is going on. For those of you who like the new Roseanne series, I am sure you know that it was cancelled. I was never a big Roseanne fan, and after learning about all of her racist tweets, I am less of one. I congratulate ABC for having the courage to cancel their top hit. I will admit, I used to watch the re-runs of the original series where the kids were young … and yes, I did laugh. It was funny.

I am now able to share news with my readers, some of whom are family. This past weekend I took a trip down to New Jersey and attended my Goddaughter’s gender reveal party. Ashley is going to have a baby boy. Her husband Derek was elated. He so wanted a boy to carry on the family name. I am super excited and cannot wait until their little bundle of joy is born.  I wonder how their daughter Riven will react. She’s probably too young to have a preference of sibling gender, she’s only 16 months old.

Lastly, if any of my readers could leave me a comment here or on Facebook about what I am about to share, I will be grateful. On said trip to New Jersey, I took a Megabus. I think it is a wonderful service. For one dollar you can even choose the seat you want. But I am wondering why they still claim on the side of their buses that you can go somewhere for a dollar. My round trip was significantly more than that. Perhaps you have to book months in advance. I’ll go on the website and tinker around with it. Again, if anyone knows the answer, please share.

That’s all the news for today. Both Rebecca and I bid you a great day, take care and until tomorrow, happy reading.

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Making plans for a Thanksgiving visit

Greetings, readers. The bus tickets have been purchased and I am going to be on my way. Dave and family invited me to New Jersey for Thanksgiving weekend and I gleefully accepted. After checking out Zipcar and Hertz I figured out that Megabus was the way to go. For a modest price, I will be able to enjoy a five-day mini-vacation.

I am able to go because of generous friends who offered to take my work shifts on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Two people offered and I hope my manager doesn’t schedule them both because one will be angry at me. If either one of you is a regular reader, you have just saved my weekend and I owe you a favor.

I’m going to have to look at the Megabus website again to see if I can bring a suitcase and a carry-on. If it is one or the other, the computer will be staying home. In the late evenings at David’s, after our brotherly chats are over, I like to go upstairs to my guest room, crawl under the blankets, and check my email or listen to music. The one thing I am worried about is that my body is programmed to wake up at 4:00am; that will not be happening at David’s house. I will be sleeping in.

I can’t wait to get there and enjoy the family’s hospitality. The Thanksgiving meal itself will be in the dining hall at Geri’s church and it is big enough for the entire family. I will probably ask David if I can say Grace or make a speech, as I always tend to do. I’m looking forward not only to the feast but also to be with family once again. I shall treasure every moment.

What are the things I am thankful for this year? With my life looking up at the moment, here is my brief list: I am thankful for my kitty-cat Keekee, who is in good health, besides perhaps a slight eye issue; she’s doing great for being almost 13 years old. I am thankful for my family and friends and the possibility to travel and see them. I’m also grateful and thankful that my job has worked out and that most managers think I am doing an excellent job … and making a little extra scratch doesn’t hurt either. Lol. Last but not least, I am thankful for Rebecca and Darren for their years of not only friendship but of hard work to help me put these various writing projects together. As I told my friend this morning, I don’t care if Darren’s book doesn’t put me on the map, I’m hoping it will put him on the map. Kimberly was a cute play. Was it polished? Not by any means. Darren took a good solid skeleton with some meat on the bones and turned it into a literary breathing human being.

I wish to say Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and readers. Your support over the last year has meant so much to me and has kept us going. The recent upswing in view numbers is continuing and we like it.

I said yesterday that this entry would be a top ten list, but other work earlier this morning took time away from our working hours here at the office, so the promised top ten list will come as soon as I come back from vacation. My mistake.

Next week Rebecca will post two blog entries, most likely re-posts of her choosing, as I will be on the bus and in New Jersey, cramming myself with turkey and trimmings.

So until next time, have a wonderful holiday, take care, and happy reading.

Had a wonderful visit with Dave

Greetings, readers. From Thursday night until this Tuesday morning, I had my buddy and brother here visiting me. We watched old football games on YouTube, went out to eat, and chatted about everything so as to get caught up. It was a very satisfying five days. I always enjoy it when Dave visits, though he doesn’t get to visit very often because of his work schedule.

Thursday afternoon was filled with chores such as doing the laundry, making up the bed, and vacuuming. I wanted to have some resemblance to clean here in the apartment, which I affectionately call the swamp.

Dave arrived late on Thursday evening on the Megabus and I picked him up in front of the nearby bottle shop. It didn’t take long to get back home and the party began. We stayed up until 2:00 in the morning getting caught up. Not to sound negative, but that was a mistake. For those of you who read Rebecca’s review of my Friday show, you know that my energy was lacking. I was not, however, going to say, “Okay Dave, we’re home, go to bed.” That would have been rude as hell.

Saturday we went out to dinner at a local Indian restaurant before watching the Penn State football game. I was a little bit worried that my fiance Traci, and Dave for that matter, wouldn’t like Indian food. They loved it. I always get the same thing, creamy lentil beans over rice. Delicious.

At 8:00, Dave and I watched the Penn State versus Wisconsin game for the Big Ten Championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Penn State got their doors blown off in the first half. So much so, that David got disgusted and went to bed. I stayed up and watched the come back of the century. When we won the game, I had to be quiet instead of cheering like I normally would. Next morning I told Dave what he had missed and he informed me that he knew we had won by all the hopping and hollering outside, as students gathered in the streets downtown to celebrate. Unfortunately, that turned into a destructive riot in some spots.

On Sunday, Dave went to visit family and returned on Monday for our final full day. The week was fairly uneventful but most enjoyable. Traci enjoyed his visit as well, for she loves the family. She and I plan to visit them in New Jersey sometime in February, weather permitting, on another one of his long weekends. We’ll already looking forward to that.

Next week we’ll have two blog entries for you written here at the office. A special thank you to Rebecca for her show review, which was extremely kind and forgiving. Until next week, take care, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

Thanksgiving plans coming together nicely

Greetings, readers. I’m very happy to say that my Thanksgiving holiday travel plans are falling in to place. I’ll be taking my girlfriend Traci to New Jersey to meet Dave and his family. They are all very eager to meet her and I am very pleased about that.

We had two options to get there. A three-day rental car or the Megabus. Both Traci and I preferred the car, that would allow us to stop for bathroom and stretch breaks when we need to. About an hour ago I called Enterprise Rent-a-Car and in no time at all I had a vehicle reserved, for way less money than I thought it would be. It made this option possible. I know I will be driving on the busiest day of the year, but I’m not too worried about it. We’ll just take our time and get there when we get there.

The journey is rather simple. Down to Philly, cross over into New Jersey, and we’re almost there. In case the vehicle does not have a GPS, I will print out directions from a map website. Both Traci and I are really looking forward to this trip.

For a brief time, I was thinking of leaving early Thursday morning. But I’ve almost never missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade and if I can be there late Wednesday afternoon, that’s what I’d like to do.

The family will be gathering at a church hall nearby for the dinner. I’m going to bring a hoodie or a jacket in case it is cool in there. I can always take off layers that I don’t need. I hate to be cold. After dinner, there will probably be an evening football game to watch as well as many sleepy people. I expect bedtime will be early and Traci and I should be back on the road heading home by 11:00 Friday morning.

I’m very thankful for my friend and accountant, Mr. Updegraff for helping me procure the car. It’s really going to make things a lot easier, and give Traci and me a sense of independence. I don’t mind the bus, but you’re always traveling on their schedule.

I’m going to end this blog entry here, because I’m working on maybe three hours of sleep, due to a night of insomnia. We’ll have another entry on Friday, so until then, take care, have a great couple of days, and happy reading.

I had a great weekend with my buddy and brother

Greetings, readers. The long-awaited weekend visit of my best friend Dave has come and gone. It was a wonderful four and a half days. We met Rebecca and Darren for lunch on Saturday afternoon and talked a little about the book project. Later that evening, Dave and I met my cousin Ed and family for dinner. We chose our local Chili’s restaurant for both meals. It had very good food and the service was excellent. Dave and I got there early in the evening and we had to wait for a table at the bar. I partook of a Bud Light in a frosty glass. It was the first beer that I had had in at least a couple of years. I enjoyed it very much. When it was time to be seated for dinner, I switched to my stand-by beverage, coffee.

Sunday and Monday were filled not with PS3 baseball as I thought, but with Disney movies on Netflix streaming. When I watch TV alone, that is not my first choice, but I will admit Dave chose some Disney flicks that were quite enjoyable. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was excellent in story and acting, and had exquisite animation as well. Another two favorites of mine were Pocahontas and Atlantis: the Lost Empire. I can’t get into the actors who did the voices, but if you are into Disney movies, I’ve given you a few good choices to check out.

Dave and I also made much use of my new Keurig coffee maker. That is coming in very handy. Dave enjoyed the Panera K-Cups as well as the Donut Shop blend. Our favorite movie snack, however, was the Tostitos Scoops with creamy onion dip. Most delicious.

I talked to David brother to brother about a few issues that I wanted to get straight. Our conversations were enlightening and I was satisfied with the outcome.

The weekend went fast and on Tuesday morning when it was time to take David to the bus in a Zipcar, the car I was supposed to have wasn’t in its parking space. Oops! I called them up, nicely chewed them out, then Dave and I hopped a cab to get him to the Wal-Mart parking lot on time. He called me from the Megabus and told me everything was fine, but with their policy he couldn’t talk very loud.

All in all I give this visit a 10 out of 10 rating. No brotherly quarrels, spats, or problems that would ruin the weekend. The fact that I had to put us in a cab was quickly overlooked. Yes it was an expense I wasn’t expecting, but no harm no foul. Zipcar did refund my money.

As far as the rest of the week, my accountant wants us to look up some information about a local ambulance subscription service, in case I ever need to use them again in the future. Regular readers will remember that I needed an ambulance a couple of weeks ago and apparently I will pay full price for it.

Rebecca and I are back to our regular three-day work week and another blog will be posted on Friday. Until then, take care, stay warm, and happy reading.

Friend David’s visit is less than a month away

Greetings, readers. It’s been a least a couple of years since my best friend Dave has come up to State College to visit me for a long weekend. He’ll be here from Thursday, March 5th through that following Monday, and the two brothers will have some good old-fashioned bonding time. It has been way too long. In Maine, at Bear Spring Camps, he is always busy with the family doing this or that, and usually only visits me in the evening time. On this occasion we will have a good solid four days.

Along with the general catching up, there are a few private topics I want to discuss. Some discussions are easier to have face to face rather than in a Facebook message or than in a phone call. After our four days, I’m sure that Dave and I will be back on the same page.

The rest of the time we’re going to be doing a lot of PS3 baseball and movie and television watching. I have a feeling that Netflix will be running until the wee hours of the morning. I think Dave likes shows such as Emergency, Dragnet, and Adam 12. If not, I’m sure we can find some action/adventure movies that we will both be entertained by. One of his personal favorites, I shall let you know, is Despicable Me. When Dave is on vacation or a long weekend, he likes to laugh, so movies such as this, and clean stand-up comedy, are our go-to choices.

Although I can’t tell you exactly what my surprise is going to be, I hope Dave comes by Megabus. I have a little treat for him which I’m sure he’ll find quite comical. It stems from a few years back.

As far as where we will be eating, I’m sure we will have some meals here at the apartment, but I fear that Panera and the Diner will be our second and third homes. I keep forgetting that there is a Subway sandwich shop right near-by and of course we can always order pizza. I don’t think we’ll starve.

Now to the biggest problem. With Dave’s visit three weeks away, I still need to clean out the bedroom. I got a good start on it a couple of months ago but then things went awry. Although I have managed to keep the rest of the place pretty tidy, I’m afraid the bedroom will require the old chuck ‘n duck system. Throw things in trash bags and get them out of here.

Lastly, I’m not sure how Keekee will react to Dave. She doesn’t tend to do well with people she hasn’t seen in a while. If she hisses at him, which is a big no-no, she’ll get the compressed air can blown her way. I don’t do it directly on her because that would be cruel, but she hates the sound enough to know that said behavior is not acceptable. It’s always been my experience that after 30 or 40 minutes, Keekee warms up to Dave and everything is okay. With animals, who knows, she might smell the scent of Dave’s dog or cat. Keekee can’t talk to us and tell us what is on her mind; if she could we would be in Hollywood.

Until Friday, bundle up because it’s going to get cold. Take care and happy reading.