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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 / 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 / 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 / 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".

General Discussion / Crap
« on: October 24, 2011, 10:57:23 PM »
Just found out my 51 year old brother has lymphoma.
Don't know any details re type/stage, but this ain't good.

I work with him every day.
He was a rock during my surgery and recovery.
He is a crusty, stubborn bastard.
I see him kicking cancers' ass.

Where's that whiskey?

General Discussion / Mighty dry in Texas
« on: September 14, 2011, 07:36:19 AM »
View from the front parking lot of our shop yesterday.
Big grass fire South of I-10 in the Corps of Engineers flood plain.
20 lanes of I-10 separate us, but ash and burning debris remain a concern.

General Discussion / Salute to injured Vets.
« on: August 31, 2011, 11:51:17 PM »

General Discussion / On the Road Again
« on: August 28, 2011, 08:59:46 AM »
Haven't ridden since before my amputation in 2007.
Had a bike sitting, ready to go, but realistically, it'll never happen.
Not enough strength in the left leg to feel comfortable supporting a bike.
And I have a dog I take to work everyday.
This ought to fit the bill nicely.

Nero the Black Lab should make a great co-pilot.
Having it shipped from Wisconsin.
Should have it in a few weeks.
108 degrees here yesterday, so the car is still OK for now.

General Discussion / Lawsuit
« on: February 08, 2010, 02:02:50 AM »
Got a letter in the mail.
Seems some advocate has filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Texas regarding the fees for issuing handicapped placards/license plates.
Seems some feel the fee paid for this service is discrimination against the handicapped, and
some feel so oppressed as to file a suit.
My 72 year old mother( who broke a hip a few years ago and walks with a cane) got the same letter.
Her response: "Can you believe this nonsense?"

The fee over which this lawsuit was filed? 5 Dollars.  ::)

Of all the rip-off fees and fines I pay to the State of Texas,
5 Dollars to actually get some benefit seems an immense bargain.
I pay the state 3 dollars when I buy a car battery.
The state has ZERO to do with collection/recycling/proper disposal of the battery, but they get 3 bucks.
Shame on the lawyers who took this on, and shame on the judge who moved this nonsense forward.

General Discussion / Dad is gone
« on: January 10, 2010, 10:47:55 PM »
My father passed away today, after a 6 month series of health issues.
Stroke/cancer/heart failure.
He was the "strong man" for all those years, and just crumbled away lately.

He was a rock during my amputation and rehab 2 years ago, meeting me for doctors visits, etc.
Good bye, Dad. Thanks for being there.

General Discussion / Dogs
« on: June 09, 2009, 11:51:10 PM »
Got a new one headed my way next week.
I only have to drive 400 miles to pick him up,
Seems a bargain.
I need a walking buddy. Nero seems perfect.
Meet Nero.

Man, I love me some dogs.

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