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Rolling the dice for a friend

Greetings, readers. I have just come from a meeting with two good friends of mine regarding the living status of someone who I call Mama. She lives in the same apartment building as I do. In my opinion, she’s being treated unfairly. I won’t go into any specifics, but after hearing from her on many occasions, I felt I had to step in and help.

As a general rule I am not a boat rocker. I like to live my life, do my own thing and keep my nose clean. But I cannot stand back and watch what I consider harassment of a friend any longer. So I rolled the dice and invited friend number two to meet with my tenant friend. In my estimation the meeting went very well. Whether or not it gets me in trouble with the apartment building’s management is up in the air. If it does, I’ll deal with it. It is time for me to take a stand.

I get my caring nature from my mother and father. Mom always loved to help people and did so often. I think if she were alive today, she would be proud of me for going that extra mile for my friend. If there are any repercussions to me, friend number two and I can contact my lawyer. I do not feel that I am in any danger.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, on Monday night we had one heck of a ferocious thunderstorm slowly roll through State College. The good news is that for the last two days we have enjoyed sunny warm weather with low humidity. My bedroom door which sticks every summer no longer does. Whoo-hoot.

This blog post is number 198. Number 199 will be a top ten list and number 200, with Rebecca and I putting our heads together, will hopefully be something awesome and worthy of a big number like 200.

Until soonest, take care, enjoy your day, and happy reading.

: ) #100!!! : )

Greetings, readers. As today’s rather straightforward title implies, this is the 100th blog entry since I began in late December last year. I might not have the tremendous following like writers such as Wil Wheaton, Carrie Vaughn or John Scalzi, but I am only ten months into the blog.

I am most pleased and proud that people have continued to find my writing through search engines on almost every topic I have written about, including the Air Florida crash, the United States Football League, and my father, Professor Joseph John Kockelmans. WordPress has a stats page that I use which shows how many people view each blog post for each day. I especially like the feature that shows how many hits from each country in the world I receive. I have received hits from Russia, Romania, Mexico, Canada, and many other countries, but most of my hits are from the USA.

As most of you know by now, I have tried to stay away from politics or anything controversial. On rare occasions when something has made me good and angry, I will chime out in full force. I was going to write an entry about Romney v. Obama but I think I will wait until after the first couple of debates. Did I mention I loathe talking about politics? I always seem to be wrong.

One of the saddest moments to come along in the Penn State University world in many years was the news about the goings-on of Jerry Sandusky. The trial is over, the football season has begun under Coach Bill O’Brien and the football and academic year is moving forward. Good riddance Mr. Sandusky. I had written a piece titled Tribute to Joseph Vincent Paterno which had to be amended slightly, but I felt to delete it would be inappropriate. The man and his family did so much for this community for so many years.

On the lighter side of my blogging experience were several top ten lists, entries about my cat Keekee, news about my books, as well as a few entries from Rebecca while I was away on holidays or long weekends. {From Rebecca: I have enjoyed doing entries in the blog. Thank you, Joe, for the opportunity to do that.}

Now for ideas yet to come. I’m going to keep all my readers up-to-date on precious kitty-cat, with more pictures of her. Also, I will open up myself more and explore more deeply what makes me tick, and share it with you. This year I felt as though I wanted to be liked. Now it’s time to cut and bleed onto the page and push the envelope, as they say.

With my book signing at Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe this Friday, the work schedule for the week has been altered slightly. Look for another blog entry on Friday, or if not, definitely next Wednesday. Here’s to #101 and beyond.

Have a great day, take care, and happy reading.

Top ten list of things that drive me nuts

Greetings, readers. This list is the top ten things, as the title suggests, that are the most pet peevey to me. Number ten, of course, will the least obnoxious and number one the most.

#10: People who park their cars where they know they shouldn’t. I live in a building that has precious few parking spots. I am sinisterly happy when illegal parkers get towed.

#9: Loud talkers in restaurants. Granted, when you have a family of nine with three children at a Denny’s, or such other family restaurant, noise at big tables is unavoidable. Tables of two or three should use something called an indoor voice. Granted, when I’m enjoying my Tuesday evening coffee with my friend Jim, sometimes I am aware that our voices travel when we are having a spirited discussion. Guilty as charged.

#8: Cars with loud mufflers. As I understand it, there are actually kits that people can purchase to make their vehicles louder and it is still legal. If you need this to prove your machoness, I suppose I can give you a hand wave . . . but just barely.

#7: Cars with extra loud horns. Again, I believe a kit can be bought to make any vehicle sound like a freight train. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have been walking along the sidewalk when such cars pass by and blow their horn. With my high startle reflex, the loud noise does make me jump. CP makes me nervous that way. Sorry.

#6: Summer schedule bus service. I completely understand that our local bus system has to run fewer buses in the summer time because we are a college town and fewer students mandate fewer runs. That doesn’t mean I have to like the inconvenience.

#5: Bad announcers on sports telecasts. I’m not going to mention names here because that’s not appropriate, but I always thought that announcers were supposed to be unbiased. Let’s just say this. Some sports announcers think the Dallas Cowboys can do no wrong, even when they do.

#4: Rude people. I cannot stress enough how much I hate it when people either interrupt me on the phone when I am speaking, or do it in person. I was always taught the standard rule of etiquette that when someone was speaking to you, you closed your mouth and opened your ears. The other pet peeve with this topic are people who use excessive vulgar language. Oh, sure, once in a while I’ll let a bad word go out of frustration, but some people I have witnessed incorporate it into the English language way too much.

#3: People who talk down to me. Having Cerebral Palsy, I understand that sometimes I come across as too happy or slow. When I’m engaged in a conversation, I can tell when someone is humoring me or talking down to me. Folks, it hurts.

#2: People who are hypocrites. We just love these people who say not to do something and then turn right around and do it themselves. Case in point, I have witnessed people tell their teenagers not to drive too fast. A week later, that person is complaining to me that they got a speeding ticket. Practice what you preach.

#1: People who lie to me. This is personal to me, folks. I am leaving names out of this, but I have been burned at least three times in my life by people who have been flat-out liars. The bottom line is, it makes me feel like a chump who has been taken and never learns his lesson. So I am left with either trusting another liar and feeling stupid, or not trusting what anyone tells me, which hurts me relationships and lowers my trust in people. I am still working with this issue, but I am glad to say I am getting better with it.

Either tomorrow or Friday, Rebecca will put up a post from either this computer or the one at the library. I have given her the okie-dokie to write about whatever she wants. Her established format will be From Rebecca: topic. Until next time, take care and happy reading.

Almost well again : )

Greetings, readers. As Rebecca told you, I returned home from a successful vacation in Maine and promptly got sick. I am at about 90% I’d say, and will be quite ready to get back to writing new entries within a few days.

Along with a ‘Top Ten’ list entry from me, look forward to a new post from Rebecca, as well. : )

Until quite soon, take care and happy reading.

Another night of insomnia

Greetings, readers. It seems to me that every early Wednesday morning is my insomnia night. I have a theory for this. I meet a buddy of mine at our local Denny’s here in State College and pig out on ice cream and coffee from 7:30 until 9pm. Even though I’m extremely careful to switch to decaf after only one cup of regular coffee, I’m still hyped up from the evening. If I’m going to have a night of insomnia, it will be the Tuesday night until Wednesday.

From now on I think I shall choose something else to eat and forgo even that one cup of regular coffee. With my self-imposed book deadline drawing nearer, I can’t be up until 7 in the morning, and expect to function later that day. I’ve also pondered this theory – that I psych myself out. I say to myself oh dear it’s Tuesday. I’ve had too much sugar and caffeine. Now I won’t sleep. And as some of you will attest to, first you say it, then you do it.

On to something work related. Rebecca and I are beginning our reduced hours schedule this week. I actually used part of the time I was up this morning to type out a work schedule. It seems to be going pretty well. Today after blog entry will be the first draft of the new book’s dedication page and acknowledgements page. While we are on the subjects of my books, my first book, Picking Up Where We Left Off: My Bear Springs Camps Stories, will be available in Kindle format in 12 to 24 hours. I’m not certain how many of you read on the Kindle, but if you’d like to read my first book, this is the newest way it is available. When my second book comes out around July, I imagine we shall have it go not only to printed form but to Kindle form as well from the start.

Lastly, I have been studying the official web pages of Mitt Romney and President Obama, and I have not forgotten about doing a blog entry on them. Just like the tribute to my father on this blog which took me a while to compose, this one needs more time. That blog entry will be posted soon. My writing assistant, Rebecca, brought up a good point that not only should I have good facts, but it should also include my point of view. So stay turned, happy reading, and have a great week. Next blog post on Friday : )

Writing plans for the near future

Greetings, readers. Gold star day today. I picked up my first check at Appalachian Outdoors here in State College for the sale of my book. Copies of my first book are on sale there and also at a local bookstore, Webster’s Bookstore Cafe.

I am doing some research for not only my next writing project but also for my upcoming blog entry tentatively titled “Obama vs. Romney.” Not only do I want to have an accurate, informative blog entry, but I wish to study these two men, so that come November I can make an informed choice. If this blog entry does not appear by the end of the week, I shall make every effort to get it up as soon as possible.

Yesterday I was down and out, for it was root canal day. I must admit my dentist did all he could to make it as painless as possible. For people in State College, Pennsylvania, I would highly recommend Dr. Jeff Senior. He and his staff are excellent. I actually felt well enough yesterday afternoon to get some much-needed editing done.

Today, writing assistant Rebecca and I will be working on the new book’s back cover information. Such as the author biography blurb and the book description. If there is any time left after that, I shall want to use it to work on the final two stories which were added into the book at the last minute. I’m happy to say that Tales from North Bay and Beyond: More Bear Spring Camps Stories, shall be slightly longer than its predecessor. That was my intent for this book all along. I told myself long ago that each book that I would write would be longer than the previous ones. I’m not saying that I want to write a book as long as War and Peace, but I would like to one day author a work in the 200-250 page range.

Mostly clear and cool here in State College. What’s it like where you are? I guess just look out the window. Haha. I shall keep you up to date on any pertinent goings on for the weekend in tomorrow’s blog. Until then, happy reading and take care.