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General Discussion / Re: I made an old lady cry
« on: August 18, 2013, 08:12:00 PM »
My Mother passed away on July 6. I am so happy I said what I wanted to say to her before she died.
Her health had been sketchy for a while, she got reports of several bad things headed her way,
and called the 5 boys together. She would not consider chemo, surgery or dialysis.
She made it clear that she was at peace, and ready to go to the other side.
We set her up with hospice care, and she passed at home 4 days later.
All 5 boys were there the day she died. She told us to go home. 4 hours later she stopped breathing.

Tell the people you love what they mean to you.
It is a great solace when they are gone.

General Discussion / I made an old lady cry
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:43:16 AM »
on Mothers' Day, no less
My Mom--
Born in 1937, she grew up poor. Yes, everyone was poor in the 30s.
Got into grade school early, and skipped a grade along the way, graduating private Catholic high school while 16.
Proficient in French and Latin. Can still recite the major rivers of Europe(now there is a marketable skill.)
Worked the entire time while in school.
She was in her 3rd year of college when she married my Dad at age 19 in 1957.
Shortly thereafter, little Haven boys became the order of the day.
Mark born in Feb 1959, Mike in March 1960. Matthew was born in March 1961, but only made it a few days. Joe in April 1962, Guy in November 1963, and myself in May 1966. 2 miscarriages along the way, as well.

Did I mention this lady is tough like a short stick?
She raised 5 sons to adulthood, but it was not typical.
I was born in 1966 in Louisville(the older brothers having been born in Indianapolis)
the family moved to Phila, PA in 1968.To Dallas in 1969.
To Tulsa in 1973, and to Houston in 1976. Houses bought, sold, utilities turned on and off at each location.
Dad was a sales engineer for a gas compressor company-- he traveled a lot, often a week at a time.

She handled every move. Long before Google, Angies' List, or Craigslist were even words, she moved to a new town.
Need a new vet for the dog, doctor for the kids, dentist, plumber, electrician, you name it.
Remember, Dad was often gone for days at a time, 3 or 4 hundred miles away.
Maybe one phone call from him a day. No text, no instant message, no cell phone.
The car won't start, the toilet backed up, there is no hot water, one of the kids is puking his guts out.
Sometimes all at the same time, and Dad is 1500 miles away.

She handled every skinned knee, broken bone, homework question, nighttime baths,
morning school preps, breakfast, etc.
Dad was paid commision, so it could be feast or famine.
Mom would see to it that we never lacked, but some meals were long on rice and beans, and kinda short on meat.
She could make a stew that tasted like a meal fit for a king.
Only a few years later did I realize she saved all the peas, green beans, and potatoes that had gone uneaten at any meal. and those became the
stew fixings.

The 5 sons she and my Dad raised are all self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
None have been to prison, all have current or paid off mortgages, pay at least their fair share of taxes,
and are well respected in their careers. None has ever been out of work for more than a week.
8 grandkids have loving Dads who support them in every way.
And who will rain down the fire of Hell(uncles included) on anyone hurting said grandkids.

She sold that big old house after Dad died, and seems much more at ease now.

She was a huge help to me when I had major surgery in 2007, and again when I was sick last year.
She's been there all my life. Whatever I needed.
Even if a swift kick in the ass was what I needed, and not necessarily what I asked for.

Thanks Mom, you did a fantastic job.
Love you more than you know.
Lunch by the pool at my oldest brothers' house with 4 of 5 sons and Mom.
What a great day!

General Discussion / Re: Been away for a while..
« on: April 23, 2013, 11:03:48 PM »
Got the new leg today.
Feels weird to have one that fits.
Weird in a good way.
Shout out to my leg guy Jon at Holmes Prosthetic Center in Houston.
I could not ask for a more attentive professional.
Truly a pleasure to deal with.

General Discussion / Re: Boston
« on: April 16, 2013, 07:24:00 AM »

General Discussion / Been away for a while..
« on: April 13, 2013, 09:18:11 PM »
Got sick as a dog back in October.
12 days in hospital, but feeling tons better now.
Have lost a lot of weight(100 pounds or so).
My LBK socket now fits like crap!
Insurance took nearly a month to approve a new leg, but finally stepped up.
Had my first test fitting yesterday, it felt like I was Fred Astaire.
I have been in severe pain from pressure, and my balance is greatly compromised by the 26 plies of liners I am using to take up all the space in the old socket.
I liken it to a fence-post set in wet cement.
My co-workers tell me I walk like Foster Brooks. Shooting pains at all hours of the night, etc.
I have had to leave work early some days, and just come home and ice down the stump and elevate it above my head. My other health issues pretty well preclude any decent pain meds, due to possible liver and kidney complications.

My leg guy(he is tops!)  showed me the test socket, rattling around inside the old socket like one of those Russian eggs. Said he had not seen that much change in 30 years in the biz.

Should have the new leg in under 2 weeks, and my dog Nero and I can get out on the sidecar.

Hope all here are well. I guess we all just keep chugging along.

General Discussion / Memorial Day
« on: May 25, 2012, 10:45:33 PM »

Heartfelt thanks to our vets.

General Discussion / Thought Some of Y'all might relate
« on: April 14, 2012, 06:45:36 AM »
To Hurley the Tripawd!

General Discussion / Re: Hi to all!
« on: April 08, 2012, 11:01:57 PM »
100 miles on the sidecar, out to visit me Mum.
Dog in the sidecar a huge hit with traffic and the folks at the senior center.

Good getting thumbs up at every stop light.

General Discussion / Re: I have a pretty happy dog
« on: March 27, 2012, 08:22:24 AM »

Doggles for the win!

General Discussion / I have a pretty happy dog
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:26:53 PM »

And not much else matters right now.

Hope you all are doing well.

It is all good on my end!

General Discussion / Re: Any plans for St Patricks Day?
« on: March 18, 2012, 11:47:27 AM »

General Discussion / Great Pic
« on: February 05, 2012, 12:23:09 PM »
From Facebook, sent from a friend.

General Discussion / This Tebow Kid
« on: January 14, 2012, 08:27:59 AM »
I am not a deeply religious person, but this kid seems to have his "stuff" together.

Such a good thing to see, as opposed to the usual hookers and blow, drunk driving, and
wife beating we see out of "sports stars".

« on: January 01, 2012, 01:14:52 PM »

Guys, you do know New Years Eve isn't until the 31st. of December.... ;)   Guess you both will have a new years drinking alittle wine or maybe a hot toddy  {just to ease the pain} and watch the ball/apple drop.  Be sure to have your pork and cabbage for good luck the 1st. and get well soon.   :)

Texas means black-eyed peas for good luck.
Best to all.

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