Posted by: guinness222 | February 23, 2017

Part 3 -“The Jaymeister”

Earliest memories for us, his mom and dad, were his creation. We were deeply involved at that time in a movement called “Marriage Encounter” within our Church, the Roman Catholic Church. It brought Barbara (his Mom) and  I closer together, in our deep love for each other, and “Voila!”, Jay was created about 40+ years ago in love and by a love we had for his spirit, that will always live forever, (if you help)!

And, on February 8th Barb and I checked into the Hunt Hospital in Danvers Massachusetts to watch him being born. (Me to watch, her to do all the hard work)

Of course it was “Jay”, and as usual not only was he late, but refusing to comply with the inducements and other pleadings to get his act together and get out of the womb and join the world, ,,,,,,,finally after many hours he decided to make his appearance. From that moment on he was the Jay you all remember now and know and love.

But in case you forgot, here’s a few memories of him and his antics in those 40 years! The best way to enjoy the following paragraphs is smile, picture the situation, laugh and say to yourself, “Yup, that was Jay!!”

In his first few days we knew he was his own person. It didn’t take him long to figure he enjoyed sleeping at night. We tried to alternate who got up to feed him, change him etc, at night when he “fussed” and a week or so after he was brought home we woke up and if I remember correctly , I kissed my wife and said something like, “Thanks for letting me sleep in,  and taking care of the baby last night.” She looked at me with panic, and we both broke land speed records running to his room since obviously neither one of us had gotten up last night,….and Jay was just lying there sleeping and loving life. (I swear to this day he had a “gotcha” grin on his face!, you know Jay!)

That should have warned us! But that was only the beginning!

We lived in a very family friendly neighborhood, mostly young couples, a Cul D’Sac type road so traffic was minimal and kids were everywhere. Life progressed and Jay grew, his personality began to form, (as Jay,…yep The one we all know and love.) We endured a real neighborhood life, cramming five kids and two wives into aa Volkswagen Beetle to go grocery shopping, (don’t ask, I have no idea where the groceries they bought went in the Beetle!  The kids all had friends, and all was going good. We built an addition on the house and Jay moved into a room with his brother, but both he has and his brother, Shawn, have lots of memories as well, right Shawn?

When we moved to Maine we decided to take Barbara’s Mom and myMom, already entering a mid-level Alzheimer’s level. We were supposed to fly, but a “wicked snow storm” caused us to change plans and drive from Maine to Disney World. Jay knew my mom had Alzheimer’s (and she had stolen his “GI Joe’s” action figures and hid them under her mattress,…,… !  We entered I believe it was either North or South Carolina and were looking for a place to stop for lunch. Typical of a lot of Southern eateries they had a bottle of Hot Peppers, i.e. Jalapenos of course. Jay convinced my Mom to try one! Having Alzheimer’s, as well as having eaten a totally bland diet for the past 35 years, you could immediately see a distressed look on her face, but she told him “Those were tasty!” By then I was getting ready to leave Jay in a dumpster in the Carolina’s ! But the panic, foaming reaction was thwarted, because she either was further along than we thought with the Alzheimer’s or she was crafty enough to give Jay, a “Gotcha”. To this day I’m still not sure.

After we moved to Maine, and bought some land to build a house on,  all was going well. There were lots of kids to play with, the wide open spaces of almost six acres, and a brand new house.  One day “the Jayneister” was out playing with a few neighborhood kids, and they were playing Pirates!

What is a game of Pirates without a buried treasure! He apparently went in the house and “borrowed” my wife’s original engagement ring, took it out into the “yard” and they buried it!!!! When my wife found out she and the Jaymeister walked every square inch of the land with her asking, “Was it here you buried it?” And Jay saying “No”.   Never ever found it! Best bet if you ever buy this property in Maine, it’s worth at least an engagement ring more than you will  pay for it!!

One other quick young Jay anecdote. My wife Barbara and I used to play and sing in a “Folk Group” in the Catholic Church we were Parishioners. Being very well mannered and obedient Jay sat in a pew a few rows back from the very front every week. In the Catholic Church to receive Holy Communion, you had to be at least 7 and in the second grade. One Sunday during the distribution of communion as we were playing a hymn we looked up and here comes Jay, down the aisle to receive communion! He was only five but looking very serious and adult!! After church e had a few words with him and his answer was a typical apprentice “Jay Meister”, of “I’m sorry” , but I knew there was a “Gotcha smile” in there somewhere!

Then there was the time we enrolled him in a private school and he became a “go-to guy” by turning History and other classes into a game of “Jeopardy” in the playground amongst the students. (Dare say he taught a bunch of kids,….and superbly at that. That was Jay!)

Or the time he came home and announced he wanted to play JV hockey! He hadn’t been on ice skates but maybe eight or ten times, on a local pond. As his parents, we supported him in the efforts and dropped a “bunch” of money for pads, new skates, sticks, etc. we went to all his home games and a few away games, ……Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito didn’t have to worry,…but he committed and played his heart out in every game for a couple of years!

We opened a Country Western Dance Club and Restaurant in the early 90’s and put Jay to work in the kitchen with our chef as well as his cousin Danny. Pretty soon Jay showed talent at cooking, as did Danny and we grew. Once I noticed all the burgers coming up of the kitchen had carved “Swan” decorations made out of apples!! I went back and commented that they looked good but “knock it off”! People just wanted a burger, not a Michaelangelo!! He just smiled! It wasn’t but swans, but the principle to him!!  (But damn he was good at it!)

Then he decided he wanted to play Bass Guitar! We encouraged him, got him lessons, bought a Bass guitar, and decided, “It’s music,…we should encourage it!” Six months later his instructor told us he was really good, and needed a better teacher. As I said, we owned a Counntry Western Night Club and “the Jaymeister” had begun hanging with the musicians. They humored him,as they figured ‘.,,,his Dad was the owner, and he would give them more “gigs”! Then they were really surprised he was as good as he was. His new 5 string” Bass and his love of “Django Reinhardt”, really boggled them! Look him up, I’d never heard of him either!

A few months later, the band we booked in our adjacent Irish Pub, “The Emerald Rose” ,that was supposed to play for New Years Eve,  backed out!! We asked one of our other musicians to play the gig, and he told me it was more than he could handle solo. He asked me if the Jaymeister could play the gig with him, being between a rock and a hard place I said “OK’.  Jay accepted the gig, and practiced with him for a couple weeks, and “Poof!” He was onstage New Years Eve, as a”professional” musician. In a lot of respects he was like me, find something you want to do,  do it as best you can, and then move on and conquer something else. Hmmmm, maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Later that New Years evening,, during a “Band Break”, one of my Security guys came to me and told me he saw the musician, AND the JAYMEISTER, go to the local liquor store across the street, and come out with a case of Heineken, which they put in the front seat of Jay’s old van we gave him for transportation!  Since I keep a key for every vehicle we own on my keyring and being the “DAD” of a 17 year old with a case of beer in his car,…..I went out and confiscated the illicit case of Beer,  put it up on my shoulder, and waited until they began playing again, and walking in to the club, he noticed, and as I got closer to the stage I could see the quiet “Jaymeister attitude” flashing “evil rays” out of his eyes. All I could do as a “Dad” was give him a “Gotcha smile”, and keep on walking! (We never really spoke of that night, but we both knew, it was a silent “Gotcha” moment. “You screwed up!!”

The “Jaymeister” was not an angel. While at Berwick Academy, ( A renown Private schoo;  that contributed 2 of their hockey players to the “Miracle on Ice ” where the USA beat the Russian National Hockey Team in the 68 Olympics. (Not bad for a small private school huh?)The schools charter on display at the school was hand signed by “John Hancock” himself in 1797) anyway he was able to find out that the Seniors were all required to have “Art Gum”erasers,… he went to the “Bookstore” and bought the entire inventory of art gum erasers at $.50 each, the next day he was selling them to the seniors, for $1 each!!! (We had to put up $500 at the beginning of the year as a deposit for the things each student needed then they would just go and draw against it if they needed notebooks, pencils, “art gum erasers” , etc.,…read as using “other peoples money” to fund and entrepreneurial venture!!! And Donald Trump would be proud of you Jay,….I was and couldn’t bring myself to even think about even a reprimand for the efforts!!

We used to have seasons tickets to the Portsmouth Repartory Theatre, and they had a summer program called “PAPA” the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts” for younger folks. We enrolled Jay, and he learned to act, sing and dance. The gentleman running the program was a songwriter for the “old” Mickey Mouse Club black and white TV show, and his wife, who taught dancing was an original Mouseketeer! That fall he went on to try out  at Berwick Acadmy’s winter musical Production, and was selected for the role of “Captain Corcoran”, in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta the “Pirates of Penzance”, the following year he went on to be both the Lion and the professor in, “The Lion the Witch and the wardrobe”. And did a hell of a job at both!!

He was beginning to evolve from  JAY , to “the Jaymeister”, we all knew and loved.

As I said earlier “The Jaymeister” was no angel! I know he experimented with Marijuana, beyond that I don’t want to know. He ran away when he was 18, and took all of his possessions.(including his guitar, my Dunhill cigarette lighter and who knows what else. And after he had to “hawk” all his possessions we finally found out where he was and called him,….and he agreed to come  home,

By then he was nineteen, and looking desperately,but quietly for a path. I introduced him to our family policy, “UP or OUT”. At 18 or graduation, you were expected to provide us,his parents, with 1) a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or technical path, for which we would pay and support you, or 2)pay a fair rate ($350/week) for rent, laundry, food, etc) OR 3) join the Armed Services of Our Country. OR 4) move out and support yourself!!.

Jay chose the Air Force,and that was where most of you be gan to know him as the “world turned”, the sun and moon revolves,…..and life moved on!

(One final note, as I was driving him up to Portland Maine, the night before he was to be inducted and sworn into the Armed Forces, I told him he was going to have to go through a drug testing, and MUST pass or he would be released! He turns and looks at me and says, “Dad there are natural teas, and  other ways, and they can completely mask the Marajuana,…trust me I know the drill!”

He was ready to fly, and for the first real time as a Dad I knew he was sharp and the world had a new “contender” to deal with,…on his terms.

I thought this would be a three part story, but his MOM, and his brothers and sister haven’t even sent a story or rememberace of “The JAYMEISTER”  yet, but you, …..his friends and co-workers must have dozens of stories and rememberances of “The Jay Meister”.

I’m trying to write a complete and balanced history of James David “Jay” Corcoran,, a/k/a “The Jaymeister”. Help me out with your anecdotes or stories, send them all to “” .

He was worth the memories we all have of him,… me put him in the “ether-layer”  for eternity to access.

Love you, and miss you aLOT, Jaymeister




Posted by: guinness222 | February 19, 2017

“The Jaymeister” – Part Two of Three


That was a nicknamed Jay picked years ago.. Someone pinned it on our youngest son,  James David (Jay) Corcoran, so long ago I don’t even remember who it was that did it! Frankly in retrospect the name fits like. Glove,. And if I didn’t know better I’d sue Donald Trump because our son developed and perfected  “The Art of the Deal” please read on for further explanation, and let me know if you agree.

As you know from my previous blog, Jay passed away on Valentine’s Day at 4:37 pm Pacific Standard Time. All the details are in the prior blog to this one, but this blog is about Jay, the person, and all of our memories, stories, and anecdotes of his short, 40 years, of life on this earth.

The reason I wrote it all this way , in three parts, is because probably most folks want to know, “What happened, when did it happen, and how did it happen”, and all the wonderful condolences and beautiful heart felt outpourings of everyone who knew him, from his “early years”, as well as his love for his mother, and Father, and for his wife, Maria, and their two children, and grandchildren, Ana age 8, and James David Corcoran II, age 11 months.

Secondly ANY unexpected death of someone as loved by so many people he knew, is tough, as he had modestly celebrated his 40th birthday only eight days before he died, being a “stay-at-home” Dad and “super Chef” for “Mom” and the kids. Great meals were ordinary with “The Jaymeister” in the kitchen.

The fact is, that as human beings, we never have learned to handle death very well. It is a cumbersome, awkward, and tragic experience  for everyone. The closer you are to the deceased  the more difficult, but so many people feel for you and reach our to console and support you and all those other things. And that is ok, but we all need to grieve in our own way, and proportionate to our closeness to the one who passed! The closer you were the bigger the hole in your heart, and the longer you need to “grieve”, and process it.

The Jay we knew, since his very creation, and his birth and early life is the whole sum of who he really was, as a human being, and what we ALL lost with his passing. That is what part two of this blog is all about. It is our memories of Jay. Memories from me his Dad, his Mom, his his brother and sister and friends and relatives, and from the many others he touched in his short being here, over the years. And a look at the human side of a person, as well as things that will never make “The biography of James Corcoran”, because he was just “Jay”, not a business mogul, a noted scholar, or anything else. Just “Jay” a human being with a fantastic sense of humor, a real thirst for  work, life, and the world. Ultimately a truly humble and great person, father, husband, brother, and son, cousin, nephew, and most of all a friend to so many. That is the goal of writing this to bring you more of an understanding and an appreciation, of the “Jay” we knew as his immediate family, and friends.

(Anyone reading this who knew Jay and has  an interesting anecdote or comment, PLEASE email it on to me and I will continue the “Saga of Jay” as long as I keep getting information from you. ( E-mail to

Why?  Jay really was an enigma, and it’ hard to define or pin one of them down. Let us know what you think as we go.



Posted by: guinness222 | February 15, 2017

We were all about our business last Friday, Barbara was preparing to manage the third “Fish Fry” for our Parish that she was in charge of all the volunteers and filling all the roles, I was working on my computer trying to get my blog(s) all consolidated and referenced under one “blanket blog”. It was a less than typical Friday in Paradise here in Destin, Florida.

I was just getting going to do my usual errands, go to the post office, check on some cards for my daily “to Do” reminders, from the local UPS store, and then a couple of other frivolous odds and ends, and finally to meet with a couple of local friends for a “pint” and then home to a movie and a “Jimmy John Roast Beef Submarine ” sandwich, and wait for Barb to get home after the “Fish Fry”.

What we didn’t know was that in a town called Stevens Lake in Washington state events were unfolding that are virtually unbelievable and still completely unrealistic and hard to comprehend or process still. Our youngest son, “Jay” was at home with an earache, his wife Maria, and their two children, our Grandchildren, Ana age 8 and James David Jr. 11 months old. They had come to visit us this past May for a week. They loved the beaches and the Gulf of Mexico and played endlessly, We took them to the local Aquarium, they saw and played with huge tortoises and turtles, saw rays, dolphins, dozens of tropical fish and were thrilled at the Dolphin Show and Seals. We enjoyed both going out to eat with them, and cooking at home with them as well. Anna, the 8 year old doted on her little brother and he was a happy baby for it.

Well  that was then, now on this past Friday night the earache was turning into a headache on that side of his head, he couldn’t get to sleep, so he went out to his recliner to sit and sleep if he could, the headache got worse, but he did get some sleep. The next morning they went back to the Doctor who had given him ear drops and some decongestant, an said it probably become a sinus infection or such. They went home and the drops and decongestant did not help and soon he developed vertigo. They called the Doctor and he recommended they go to an urgent care facility, they did a few things and told them they weren’t sure what was going on, but go to the ER at the local Hospital, Providence Hospital in Everett Washington, and they would be better qualified to look at it and diagnose the problem and treat it. So they went there, and were thereby 1PM Saturday, and called to let us know, while the Doctors tried to figure it all out.

At 9:41pm his wife texted us that “the dr thinks it is a very bad and fast moving infection – they think meningitis, but more,..We don’t know as he has not been stable enough for further tests, since we got here at 1 (pm)”. (Apparently  his heartbeat and blood pressure were very high and fluctuating most of the day.) They decided to get a CT scan (computerized tomographic, or cross sectional multi image integrated picture, and possibly a spinal tap (to draw fluids from the spinal column to look for virus, bacteria, and other fast moving malevolent things), to further decide the proper diagnosis and treatment protocol. The CT scan showed nothing.

About midnight Saturday night, after the CT scan,  they decided they would have  to cancel the Spinal tap. They then opted for an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging test) to see what other things were lurking and then re-try the Spinal Tap. They got his Blood Pressure  to stabilize, by putting him on three BP med’s to try and keep him stable. He was also running a  high fever, which is further indication of infection.

At 1:49am during the MRI/Spinal Tap he had a heart attack and it took 10 minutes to resuscitate him, everything was stopped at that time to try and get him to stabilize. They put him on full life support, and indicated he needed the full support to try and stabilize and recover. At that point they “think” it was bacterial meningitis and his body was in “serious septic shock”, the fever persisted and it was not responding or” breaking”. They put him on heavy duty antibiotics,  but they still needed to get the spinal tap to be sure of the diagnosis and institute the proper treatment regimen for it.

By now both the immediate families had been in contact via texts (Praise God for technology, IT’S A BOON to everyone, BELIEVE ME!!). The Doctors were beginning to indicate it might be time to think about getting to Seattle to say goodbye to him. Our stalwart daughter-in-law, Maria , called for a conference call for two or three pm Sunday afternoon with all the Doctors and Nurses for a open and total discussion and status report of things. They had scheduled him for an EKG to check his heart and a Sonogram , more of an ultrasound , a non-invasive way to check the heart and arteries to check for vascular blockages or other problems that MAY be involved. A Neurologist was brought in, and they began backing him off the Blood Pressure mess, to which he was responding “OK”.

It was around that time that we found out he was actually in a coma! Not sedated, and not medically induced! The “Game Plan” was to get him healthier before re-trying the Spinal Tap again. A Cardiologist was also brought in to evaluate the heart and vascular system and any of those potential risks.

The conference occurred at 3:30 pm yesterday, Sunday February 12, 2017. We discussed EVERYTHING, the question was brought up of EEG (Electroencephalogram), non-invasive test to evaluate for electrical signals in the brain, (it’s method communicating to the body, it functions and electrical charges are transmitted even when we sleep, or in this case are in coma) . That was conducted and the results tended to indicate low or no transmissions in the brain stem (. That is the area that controls the autonomic nervous system, that which controls breathing, organ processing, i.e. Liver, Kidneys etc.,and all of the other “responses”, or automatic actions triggered without our direct intervention to make it happen. A second EEG was scheduled for late Sunday evening/ night or early Monday morning as well as a contrast test, (essentially injecting dye which will  show if there is “blood flow” in the targeted areas.  ( Obviously lack of blood flow and lack of bodily response would indicate a terminal situation or lack of functions, commonly called “being brain dead”.

Those tests were conducted this morning, and “full life support systems” are being kept up as several close personal friends were arriving to see him and say their goodbyes to him.

Hearing is assumed to be the last of our sensory perceptions to cease when we die, so since we could not possibly get there before late evening, 11pm , Seattle time , we asked our daughter-in-law, Maria, if she could hold a cell phone up to Jay’s ear for us and let us say our goodbyes, and “talk” to him privately, to which she agreed. And so we did for about a half an hour. It was the hardest thing we have ever done in our lives, and we struggled, but were able to hold, what we “hope” was a conversation with him albeit physically possibly only one way, but hopefully he understood and knew our love for him and our personal feelings for him, as his”Mom and Dad”, and how proud of him as a “Dad, Husband, and REAL person he was and how much we will miss him.

Two final comments for this segment;

1) DON’T wait to tell your children how much you love, and respect them, their life, and the way they have reacted and dealt with their life! Do it as often as you possibly can!!

2) Don’t EVER forget to be thankful, and tell your spouse how much they mean to you, and how much you love them as well, and how much the “greener pastures” of money, success, and the other things around us  are but a mythical manifestation that will  NEVER be a replacement for their true love. (My wife and I will celebrate 50 years of faithful marriage to each other this June 10th and are practicing Roman Catholics as well. There is a GOD and we trust our son now knows that now, and is being rewarded for being the Good Son, Great Dad, and Husband, and always navigated the world for the as the best man he could be!!)

If I can figure our the tech side of this I will attach a meaningful song ..this is my memory of “Jay”, and “afterlife”, The title, and it is on iTunes, is “Into the West” by Annie Lennox.

We love you, and will always miss you Jay- Mom and Dad

N.B.. The Doctors pronounced his death and on Valentines Day, removed  the ventilators and all other equipment. His heart subsequently stopped beating at 4:37 Pacific Standard Time.

There will be another blog coming soon of our memories and Jay’s life with us and beyond. Right now we too need a time to grieve, and process life without Jay. Truly a child conceived out of love.



















Posted by: guinness222 | February 9, 2017


In my last post “The United States of Loonies” I re-read it after posting and found several SEVERE errors in content, comment etc. I apologize, BUT I will be reposting it after I remove it and review it.

      Unfortunately ( For You) I am a “stream of consciousness” writer, I write freely, review “slightly” and publish accordingly. While I sort of wish I could change that, via the edit, proofread and re-edit doctrine of “the standard writing methodology,…..I really don’t want to do that! 

      Writing should be a “stream of consciousness” thing UNLESS you’re writing a novel, which I don’t do!!

     So wait a couple of days, I have to figure out how to pull it back and then “edit” it appropriately, and re-publish it.

     Stream of Consciousness is why NOONE says “my favorite authors?,….Ludlum, Cussler and Corcoran.” By the way sounds like a VERY successful Law firm!

    Oh and if you are just starting , my sign off is “-30-“. It’s an old newspaper sign off to tell the typesetters “that’s it, article or story over,…print it!” 

    Another “Oh buy the way!” , any other “SOC” writers, (Stream of Consciousness) writer give me a shout out and we can chat!


Posted by: guinness222 | February 9, 2017

Welcome to the United States of Certifiable Loonies!!

In November “We the people” elected a new President of the United States of America,….according to the governing documents of our DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC. For those who erroneously ASSUMED this was a “Democracy,…look again, pull out an old history book, or Civics book, and go back to learn what you missed that day in class. Let me take a crack at a simplified lesson of it for you, to save you time for the protest line and other ANTI-AMERICAN efforts you so fervently deign to be the “RIGHT of the PEOPLE”.

I don’t mince word, so here we go. First a question, if Senate seats were awarded based on pure population about 75% of the Senate would be made up of Senators from New York, and California! More people, more Senators right? BUT  eminently not fair to the farmers, and small states in our mid-lands who are less people, but more of our assets. Think about your steak, your pork chops, your corn, your cotton, etc.. (Guess I missed the last cotton field in New York when I drove through!)

But I diverge from the topic. Aside from the REAL inequality of the vote strictly based on raw vote count, we needed a way to make it all fair and honest. First we decided that the U.S. Senate should be comprised of two (2) elected Senators from each state, 50 States 50 Senators. That minimized the pure singular popular vote being the controlling factor in our country. (which is the single easiest thing to manipulate in our entire election process.)
I grew up on Boston, Massachusetts and from eight years old worked the election process for whichever candidate paid the most to stuff flyers in doors (and provide good lunch every Saturday and sometimes Sundays.  ) So trust me, more dead people voted every year than you could believe, and one reason was simply because the “live” people just couldn’t be bothered, and it’s a lot less “whistleblower” backlash from the dead when they vote in someone else’s body. You do what you have to do to get elected, including your ” Resurrected constituents” that vote in your District.

We then created an Electoral College, which allowed for popular vote by including the Congressional Districts as each have a single “electoral” vote, considered then of an “Electoral” vote one for each Congressional District, and one per Senator for another 100 Electoral votes. 435 Congressmen, 100 Senators, for 535 Electoral votes total, in the National Election  through the Electoral College. The Founders further allowed for “States Rights” in that each State could allocate their electoral votes in a suitable way that they saw fit,  i.e if they wanted to require they be split by percentage of popular vote for allocation to the candidates, or as a lot did, simply make it a “winner take all” based on the highest congressional districts, creating a single party winner majority won. .

For example let’s say Iowa has 6   Electoral votes  in total, and is a “winner take all State” if the Republican Candidate has garnered 4 of the 6 Electoral votes, or the majority of it’s Districts, ALL electoral  votes for Iowa are awarded as  Republican Electoral Votes. BUT remember Iowa only gets TWO(2) electoral votes so they must both be for the Republican Candidate, period! So Iowa votes two electoral votes for the Republican Candidate.

On the other hand let’s say California, it has 53 Congressional Districts (therefore 53 ELECTORAL votes, and one  for each Senator (2) for a total of 55 Electoral Votes. And if the Republican Party has collected 14 of the Districts, and the Democratic Party has 41. If California were a winner take all, then all the Congressional Districts become   (55) Democratic Electoral votes for the Democratic Candidate

So far the total Electoral vote count eligible would be  (55) Democratic Electoral votes from California , and  (6) Republican Electoral votes from Iowa!

So regardless of individual “POPULATION” by state it has an equal representation on a Nationwide basis and is weighed equally on the National Election Stage. Now let’s say IOWA, AND CALIFORNIA, based on it’s State Constitution allows for “split” electoral division and this time The Republican Party  has 5 of the electoral votes, and the Democratic Party has 1 vote . Final result based on the  federal Electoral votes that California can be cast it would be 40 for the Democrats and 14 for the Republicans. Final count of Electoral votes would be ; California 40 Democratic Electoral Votes cast, Iowa 1 for the Democratic.

While it sounds confusing it is designed to provide equality to the voting process by it’s true membership, THE STATES OF THE UNION.

Ballots are cast in all 50 States in December, and then forwarded to the House of Representatives in January for final certification by a Joint session of the Congress and the Senate, and a President is confirmed for the next four year cycle and subsequently inaugurated .

Traditionally folks knew this in prior elections from school and prior education, but this time,… not so much (sigh). GET OVER IT, or go start your own “democracy” we will keep our “Representative Democracy”,…..Frankly it has withstood the test of time and works well for a free people!! The founding Fathers thought everything trough marvelously, and it also proves that there is very little need to Change or Alter the Constitution, but there is availability to do so through the “Amendment Process” for updating it in light of current societal changes.



Posted by: guinness222 | February 7, 2017

….and the beat goes on…(heart, that is!)

First of all a humble thanks to Diane, I REALLY appreciate you reading my blogs. As soon as I hear back from WordPress about how to put them all in one, ( but separated) I will personally let you know.

As the title indicates the old ticker is still beating reliably, HOWEVER a few silly things have intervened since 2009 (“The year of the By-pass”).

After my Carotid artery, Left side, “Roto Rooter” job, one thing led to another, recovery time, angiograms, etc. some  more “blockages” in my left leg, then more recovery, ultrasounds, additional blockages in the right leg, the “biburpifications” (check the spelling) where they grab a vein out of the left leg, and transplant it to the right leg as an “arterial replacement” or by-pass around the blockage,….ooops and now the right leg needs one also, and a couple of stents on the leg, Left, then the right, and a couple more stents, then the old ultrasound showed problems in the “Iliac Crest”, (i.e. Above your “hu-hu”, but below your belly, and a couple more stents.

Final score about five operations, all “in by 6am, out by 7pm” and 24 hour “don’t drive for 24 hours” instructions. Oh yeah, 10 stents, ranging from 1-1 1/2 inches to “4” in length at various locations in the legs. (Good news NOTHING “north’ of that iliac crest) and every six month Ultra-sound checkups!

My physician was formerly for about 15 years a vascular guy with NASA, (great cred’s) but all healed, 72 years young and found “sneakers” with VELCRO closures! Other good side effects, my wife is a “kick a** organizer,(always knew it but now she’s going strong) we wake up every morning to a series of beeps, bleeps, and other sound effects from her “posse” of ladies in the neighborhood who walk (6000 steps a day) in the morning and again in the afternoon (GUYS: get yourself and your wife a Fitbit, it makes it HIGHLY competitive as to who is working harder at getting in shape!)

I wound up slipping and falling in the bathroom two years ago  and had a wicked bad “resolving hematoma” that killed my gym time, then when I went back I get “shin splints” and a ligament pull, per my Drs. Now just cleared by the Internist, Cardiologist, Internal Vascular, and Podiatrist,… “Hit it Dude” however a “CYA Comment,….”but just carry this little bottle of Nitroglycerin tablets with you in the gym.”

So Barbara continues to kick my butt inn footsteps, weight loss, and all other Fitbit categories, I continue!

Once I get these shin splints contained finally, next week, back to the gym! (Guess my comment a few years ago to her that, “If you go first I’m going to buy a 45′ Catamaran, hire a crew of six blonde nyphomaniacs, and head for the Caribbean!” Her reply was “not while I’m still alive”)  How’s that for providing motivation to get in shape and be sure my life insurance is paid up?.

Going back to work next week, not in property management, it’s as a “lead full time employee” at a new Dollar General Store here, …need to pay the bills. Sit down, hold on, the successful discrimination against “seniors” regardless of knowledge education, capability,or experience, pays me $10 per hour for this, and four hours of MY time filling out “CRAP” forms on line, to get the job.

Ergo, I am trying to find out how to combine my 12 blogs onto one site, WordPress, and have a “selector” button so you can read your favorite, or jump to one of my others so as not to get bored.

And how to select entries, and prepare a potential book, called (working title,) “How life is more than a ‘Job’!



Posted by: guinness222 | February 3, 2017

It’s been a tough fight Ma,….but I’m winning,…..I think!

All I want to do is get ALL my blogs on the same page (read as site).

It’s been. A long time since I’ve blogged on any of them, but I now have the two requirements as well as the motivation to do it! Ergo, I’m listing ALL of my blogs below and urge you to check them all out and pick the one you like best, (and. Let me know!) I will probably “consolidate and combine” several of them in to one blog, but I need to know  #1 Which ones, and then find out how to do it with the gurus of WordPress.

I tried going out on my own BUT it got too confusing and frankly I can’t find anything wrong with wordpress! I’ve got blogs going back to 2005 , in multiple blogs, …..all I want is to simplify my “work”, (read as i.e. Necessity to push extra keys, multiple passwords and accounts, and simply do what I love to do,……..WRITE!!!!

The main line will be “The Emerald Rose”,  and I’ll explain why as I progress, but I am genuinely excited to continue, “The History of my mind” as a writer. If you read it, God love you, if you don’t God love you,….but with 12 years invested it’s my “retirement account” at 72, to prosperity , my family and friends, and a sometimes different view of the world.

Hope you enjoy,….it’s a work in progress.



My Blogs:

1) The Emerald Rose

2) Senior Thinking

3) Common Sense Gonzo!

4) The Tea Party Patriot!

5) tommyIrish

6) My America

7) Life: man’s unfinished symphony


Enjoy, and PLEASE let me know your thoughts at


Posted by: guinness222 | August 23, 2016

Back to WordPress!!!

Help!!! For a number of years, (actually 15+) I wrote on WordPress FREE site, then I scored a “domain” and began writing on it, “tommyirish” if you’re interested,….but I also have almost a dozen other blogs that I would like to utilize and combine, ….BUT that said at 72 years old, I ‘m not the ” brightest ” nerd in the chandelier, and I need help!

I want to kill off some of my old dead blogs, and re-organize all my blogs back to a two or three button easy access site, be it WordPress or a separate “domain”, but I want to do it so I can just simply write the blogs, not worry about the “tech” side of doing it!!

Anybody got any ideas? Oh one other thing I would prefer one “site” or domain and let folks select which of about 6 different blogs that. They would like to read and/or follow and make it easy for them to get there over and over again!


Posted by: guinness222 | June 24, 2016

Boy,…it’s really heating up…worldwide!

While Great Britain yesterday voted by referendum to withdraw from the European Union, the whole cadre of idiot politicians and money managers were swearing ‘doom and gloom’, and today they are making it happen, Dow Jones down over 600 points NASDAQ dropping like a rock,…well, as Gomer Pyle used to. Say,”. ..Shazaam!. But have no doubt, they are achieving their goal of scary Joe Average, investor, retiree, and and “churning” the market! Tomorrow they will be back like a food frenzy of sharks and buy up every stock worth a buck that’s trading below value because of today’s sell Off!!

Anyway, the tone is changing and now June 23, 2016 is fast becoming “Great Britain’s Independance Day’,…..and there is something to that whole process. for example they are now free of domination from Brussels, no longer on the hook for assessments to  bail out Greece, Spain, and others,…free to control their  own monetary system, free to make their own political and economic decisions,…..gee, almost sounds like the poor “Colonists” in 1776,….hmmm!!

More later,…gotta go!





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