Posted by: guinness222 | August 23, 2017

Good Morning,….I’m Mr. Hiss, Cat Philosopher

          It’s 11 am, and I am just waking from my morning “meditation session” with my Master , Mr. Tom. I usually get so at peace with myself when I meditate, and with my world I tend to doze off,  (Surprise, Surprise !!, as my old friend Gomer used to say, but It’s almost lunch time, so my job is to sit quietly, and stare at my Mistress, Barbara, until my icey cold stare gets her attention. (She thinks SHE decides when I eat! Another fallacy in the cat world).
So why am I a “Cat Philosopher”?  Easy answer,  some cat has to do it, (no snickers or “yuk,yuks” please,) and besides, I communicate pretty well with humans, and even though they think I just doze on the couch at night I love to watch FOX News as well, Hannity is great, and then off to beddy bye for both  the humans and myself. A nineteen year old wise cat like me, really needs his sleep, and so do my Master and Mistress.

       Until morning, THEN, at precisely 7am sharp we’re all up for Fox and Friends)  I let Master Tom run the controllers, I just make sure he’s awake and the controllers are near, otherwise he may just go back to sleep. And that’s just the way a cat’s world turns! Until 7:30 when Ms. Barbara gets up to feed me. (Funny how easy it is for a 7 pound cat to become an “800 pound gorilla” sitting on her back at 7:20am, that gives her 10 minutes to rock ‘n roll before the “iced stare” and additionally a repeated chorus of “NOW!”(Listen carefully, “NOW”, sounds VERY close to “MEOW”, I’ve been working on my pronunciation as well.  In her ear is totally effective.

       So does that sound like just a “dumb pet” to you? Now on to the “philosopher in my soul”.

        Being a “pet” allows you the total unfettered ability to observe the human behavior, and when augmented with “fair and balanced” reporting, I, and only I have the luxury of time to theorize, contemplate, and develop my powers of analyzation to a sharpness that,….well I don’t even think Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison  had the time to get that  honed edge in their skills! (Pity I wasn’t born earlier, I could have helped them with that! You humans are so busy, lack focus, and your health habits are a mess,…TRUST ME ON THAT! The cat like that cute little toilet paper dispenser “Mr. Froggy” see’s everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. (Sorry Mr. Eastwood, I loved that line!).

       Well time for my afternoon nap now, Ms. Barbara is upstairs practicing her choir parts and playing on her computer, Mr. Tom is “working, but he’ll be home to give me some “candy” (i.e. Cat treats) before 5 o’clock. (And we got chicken ones this week,….yummy, yummy!) I’ll be back shortly with today’s insightful human observations and today’s tip of the day”.

        Oh, yawn,.time to nap..stay tuned, be back when I wake up again. zzzzzzZZZZZZZ!.

        There,   I feel much more rested now, so let’s observe and chat, shall we? No one left me any food while I was snoozing did they? Oh well Ms. Barbara will handle that shortly, I may have to  break away and go up and sit in her office and just stare, in case she lost track of time playing mahjong or ‘kill the gum balls”, one of those stupid computer games. But when I’m just sitting staring at you people don’t realize how much that un-nerves them ad breaks their attention span without me doing a thing! Just sit , quietly and stare! Always works!!

       Well guess I let “the cat out of the bag” to a degree, but there’s a lot more,…..We cats are very complicated.

       So today’s question, if you’re reading this, yes I typed it myself. (I’m rather proud of my manual dexterity and spelling! But I am only using 50% of my paws, that balancing act to us that other 50 is a very tricky thing, but I’ll keep practicing,….for me not for you! After all I’mONLY a cat,….right?) But why do you humans get so “into things that really don’t matter that much?

      First lesson: The closest thing to a cat’s thought process are Irishmen,….yes that’s right Irishmen. Listen to the lyrics in their music,….like “I’ll eat when I’m hungry, I’ll drink when I’m dry, and if the (sounded like whiskey, but I could be wrong) whiskey don’t get me I’ll live ’til I die.” And they always remember the cat and usually don’t trip over us!

        You folks need to be a little more Irish in your outlook on life. There is life beyond work, and all the other “clutter” you have in your life. And by the way you’re weakest point is you take on too much “stuff”! It wears you out, makes you “cranky”, overtired, short -tempered, and no fun a lot of the time. Let’s be honest, that’s why my life expectancy is only twenty -twenty-five years, and yours is 75-90. I know you think it sounds wrong, you live longer, BUT as you know one year of “Cat life” is equal to five years of human life! That’s because we are relaxed and “living our life”, sleeping enough, getting our proper exercise, and are about as “uptight” as a bowl of Jello! WE GET MORE OUT OF LIFE THAN YOU!!! Think about it til next time, ….and jot me a line, just hit the comment button below and bare your soul,…..after all, I’m only a mere cat,….right?

        While Ms. Barbara is still killing gum balls up in the office, ….guess I better go let her know,…..IT’S TIME TO FEED THE CAT, WOMAN,…..LET’s GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!

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        Next time we’ll talk about YOUR habits and how they can be annoying, just want to give you a heads up on this stuff,….no extra charge!

August 23, 2017

Posted by: guinness222 | August 20, 2017

Getting old in the USA!

OK, at 72.5 annual cycles of the world, (If you had to stop and think about it pay TOTAL ATTENTION TO THE LAST SENTENCE OF THIS ARTICLE), I am advancing rather quickly, (I was only 22 last week,…or was it in the 20th Century, the War has just ended,..WWII silly,…what other one was there back then?

Anyway, as I USED to get older, and we occasionally heard of someone dying, like Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, “Mama Cass” Eliot, etc. And it was devastating, a piece of MY generation, so unexpectedly, such a waste,….and it kept happening,those of MY generation that is people of my age and the “THEN” culture. The older “folks” were dying as well,….but we really did not get to know (or appreciate them), what they had contributed to the “NOW” world that WE lived in then.

At first it was every few months one of “OUR” folks went, then the pace started to pick up, on “OUR” folks, and now it’s gone to “Warp Three” as Jim Kirk would say to Mr. Sulu, (and “Scotty” The Chief engineer of the “Enterprise”” would then confirm it back Captain Kirk, in his very Scottish accent, (he’s passed now as well).

Every once in a while there would be a tragedy like the Big Bopper, Richie Valens and Buddy Holly all at once, in a really stupid small plane flight they opted to take to save a few hours of driving through a blizzard in the Mid-West, (Listen to Don McLeans “American Pie”, they were the subject and meaning of the phrase in the lyrics, “THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED”), as well as that of the folks that recorded “Sweet Home Alabama” in 70’s then times went on, and it was usually the “DRUGS” that began to get them, but the individual rates of “passings” were still increasing almost exponentially, and it was almost DAILY that someone was moving on.

Today is Sunday August 20th, 2017, and Jerry Lewis (91), a really talented and funny slapstick comic, who raised BILLIONS of dollars over the years for “Muscular Dystrophy” in a grueling 96 hour endurance fundraising event every Labor Day Weekend for as long as I can remember, has just left today, and the black standup comedian, and civil rights protester, Dick Gregory (81) has also just “left the building” as well within the last 24 hours!

And those are just some of the “Pop Stars”! We ain’t even talking about kids that I KNEW personally, when I was in grammar school, and the old “High School chums”, as well as guys, and WAVES” I knew from my years in the US Navy, that have left as well. My “Friend pictures” on Facebook is now full of “OLD PEOPLE”!!

There used to be a “pop psychologist” named, Wayne Dyer, (I used to read and listened to some of his self-improvement books and audio tapes). He used to say “never let that little old person get into your head”. I believed him,…..and worked very hard at doing it,…..but now I’m beginning to realize that little old person not only “snuck in’ , but now he just stares back at me in the mirror every morning! How do I get rid of him?

Getting old is complicated, for everyone,,,,,,,,, that great natural left-handed, or right-handed curve ball you had as a kid growing up, ,,,,well now it will throw your back out for a week, and there’s no guarantee it will go anywhere near where you wanted it to go,….by possibly as much as 15-20 feet! Your ability to compete in junior golf tournaments, is a VERY distant memory, and when you talk about your ability to play then,… you get the,… “YOU? Are you kidding me”, and/or “that look”,…, or the choking sound with the weak, “It was a crumb that got stuck in my throat” excuse.

You look to move somewhere smaller, call it “downsizing”, instead of admitting you can’t take care of the 1/2 acre of plain grass you already own anymore, without two days recovery time, a trip to the chiropractor, and two bottles of Aleve, (discretely taped to the riding mower for quick access).

Success in life, is now living in a Condo where the monthly “fees” include landscaping, hedge trimming (at least once per decade!), and regardless of what you pay a month, as well as the every three year “Special assessment”, ( for something you thought they were already saving up in the ‘Reserve Fund”to cover the cost fully!) But that monthly “Fee” is covering the basketball court that the kids vandalize every three to six months, and the “Tennis court”, so hidden in the dense overgrowth of vines, bushes, trees, and other foliage about the only thing it’s used for is “making out” and hiding from the cops! (“No one will ever find us there!).

It’s either that or realize you’ll never see past 70 years old trying to do it all yourself, or you “downsize” to an apartment, and realize that it’s impossible to get a plumber to fix a leak, (Landlords are aging as well, and they know you’re stuck with it!)

Banks have a whole damn department now that works full time, trying to smile like bad used car salesmen, while dreaming up new fee’s (Excuse me, WHAT THE HELL IS AN “EXCESS WITHDRAWAL FEE” on MY SAVINGS ACCOUNT, WHICH IS ALL OF MY MONEY WHICH I ENTRUSTED TO YOU, FOR WHICH YOU ARE ONLY PAYING ME THREE TENTHS OF A PERCENT A YEAR ON FOR A YEAR! And you are the clowns that charge me an extra FEE for an “image copy” of my check(which you billed me more than it cost to Print the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and that’s why I’m questioning, AND “YOU” have already destroyed my original cancelled check from last week, which you refuse to send back to me anyway and tell me that “MY BANK” is saving me money. It’s $3.00 for an “image copy” even if I pull it up on MY COMPUTER, and hit “PRINT” (duh!!! MY paper, My ink, My electricity, and by the way I bought the damn printer AND COMPUTER as well!

Banks are a “pet peeve” of mine! But,……so is everything else in life as you age.

The “perceived” value of something which is “sold to us” with no real attention to the “ACTUAL” product or service, or the REASONABLE cost of things, ……..yet that is the REASON for the “price increases” by the “MANUFACTURER to us. For example, I love good beer, and have since I was in the U.S. Navy.

One of my early jobs, even before joining the Navy even. was driving and delivering for both Seven Up (don’t even know if they make it any more) and Coca-Cola, to BARS, (who charged $.15 CENTS f or a 12 oz glass of draft beer ), explain to me, why beer was less than ten percent the cost of a Coca-Cola or a 7-UP!! THEN!!!

As the largest “delivery market” for soft and malted brewed drinks, I was always in Supermarkets, and Bars. After lugging full cases of Coca-Cola down the rickety old rotten stairs to the dark, dingy and earth floor “cellars”, oops “Storage areas”, and then juggling empty cases of bottles, being returned for the 50 CENTS a case credit for the returns, to be washed and re-filled at the “plant”! (Once I had a real “SICKO” supermarket manager who had been saving TWO years worth of returns in the back of his basement so he could “juggle his books” and show reduced costs to guarantee he got his “profitability bonus” at the end of the year! There was o way two years worth would fit on my truck, but he refused to sign for what he ordered until I gave him a FULL credit for his “Empties” before I left! We would have owed him several thousand dollars in cash! (Which I’m sure would have disappeared, if I gave him the “CREDIT”!)

In summary, take your family seriously, take learning (I didn’t say “school”, did I ? I said LEARNING! )seriously, and love both ” to the moon and back”, as my daughter would say!!

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August 20, 2017

Since I’m none of the above, BUT some of you are,….and even more of you may be “Trump haters”,………GET OVER IT, and quickly please! We are sitting on a “hotbed” of “Planet Earth Snowflakes!”

You got a guy in North Korea who is better served by being on a nutrisystem commercials, holding his belt out two feet and smiling over his vast “weight loss” using Nutrisystem! And in the Middle East is a veritable herd of “nomads” who have no real clue what to do, except what they have been doing for 3,000 years and really don’t know what else is out there,…..and don’t care, as long as no one else has “ownership” of it. And the coven of witches in Iran who have prostituded life to a game of Little League Baseball, with nuclear weapons. Let’s not forget all the other “circus clowns” who want their piece, deserved or not, intelligently WORKED for, or little kid jealousy because they didn’t get a trophy, or Nobel Peace Prize for just breathing!

I AM SICK OF IT!!!!

I’ve lived with every nationality on this earth, every religious persuasion on this earth, and essentially every race, creed, color, and nationality!! THEY AREN’T THE PROBLEM,…….YOU FOLKS ARE!!! I’m talking to all the “protesters, counter protesters, , up tight reactionaries, and particularly you “COMPARTMENTALIZED” snow flakes who are too sedative about hoe your “coffee” tastes. Starbucks has made a bundle on it, (at your expense” cause it’s sure not the taste of the coffee!)

Get a grip!! Do you even know what a “MELTING POT” of society is about, and what the “quid pro pro” for it is all about? I think not,…. because if you did you would simply open your eyes, look around, and make some “reasonable, logical, and common sense” factors and then make a measured, quantitative, and intelligently constructed decision, and then let’s talk. IF YOU ARE SERIOUSLY A HUMAN BEING AND AN AMERICAN!!.

I condemn any individual conclusion, devoid of CONCRETE EVIDENCE. In other words, feelings don’t count. (FREE advice PAY ATTENTION, feelings are neither right nor wrong, they simply are,….until you act on them,…then they are “ON YOU”.

Enough for today!

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August 14, 2017

I’ve found a dozen citations, and many bastardized similarities and quotes, as to the title of this blog, but none specifically  that I may attribute its authorship, but I’ve been “cogitating” on it for the past several days, and am sufficiently opinionated to now put pen to paper, (oops! Sorry, “fingers to keyboard”, and yes I can still write on paper in “CURSIVE”!

It is an EPIC truth that “DIGNITY AND MEANING TO LIFE”,  has been lost in the past fifty years, and one concept we need to reflect on and discuss,and bring back to our single dimensional society, and back to reality ….hence this “blog” entry.

Growing up in Boston in the mid 1950’s I experienced a lot of things, 1) being restricted to my yard for the 1954-1956 period, (until Dr. Jonus Salk discovered, and created the vaccine for POLIO, my Mom had contracted it in 1947 and went to her grave in 1999 STILL trying to overcome some of  it’s physical restrictions and limitations, ad residual outcomes it left her with as a “reminder of polio” hence the “grounding” sentence during the ’54-’55 polio epidemic to save her five children from it’s agony and scourge,….but what did we know then,…. it’s only after years of life and learning that I have come to appreciate her nature on a lot of things because of her polio.) 2) going to a private Catholic Grammar School, that was part of an Orphanage, and foster home in Boston, run by the Sister of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul, called “Nazareth” (same nuns as the “Flying Nun” TV series with Sally Fields, with the winged head pieces), and then as we progressed, ” ’til we getting to stay out “,…until the street lights came on and not a minute later!”

Such was growing up, in Boston and it’s suburbs, in the 50’s and early 60’s. But other things happened then as well, I began mowing lawns, and selling personalized stationary and cards door to door in my neighborhood, it FELT GOOD! I WAS MAKING MONEY OF MY OWN! I got to “reap what I sowed”, if I wanted to make more money, …I had to work harder and longer, and  pretty soon I had enough to buy a new,  Wilson, Left-handed, three finger baseball glove, a “Nellie Fox” autographed version with my money. (I still have the glove and that was at least 60 years ago!It serves as my reminder that ALL work can give you dignity!!.

From then on I was hooked, it wasn’t about the MONEY, but the inner feeling of self accomplishment and respect, from my peers and even my parents! The other word for that is DIGNITY!! A word we don’t use any more because it is a “snowflake” word, and it is just a “bunch of letters” and has no REAL meaning to folks anymore. We have “dumbed down” our society that much!!

A good friend has been working for almost five years to get her BA in “Human Resources”, she is intelligent, street savvy, and “knows her way around the block”, BUT I fear she will be ground up in “the food processor” of the Job Hunt “PROFESSIONALS”. Too many idiots trying to cover their ass to keep their job, and not a one with the “guts” to “stretch the rules”a bit  to allow for the applicants not being “perfectly in the mold” to give them an opportunity.

Think about this, would you have hired a “rebel, an outspoken, ‘my way or the highway’ attitude, a guy who never took “NO” as an answer, to even the impossible, (at the time)? If you would not have hired him you just missed hiring STEVE JOBS!!!  How’s your “proper resume, specific requirements” doing. You would have  missed the man who used to be, prior to his death, but whose legacy has made APPLE COMPUTER THE MOST VALUABLE STOCK ON THE PLANET, with Billions of dollars in CASH!!

Since then we have ” dumbed down” the jobs to “skirt” defamation and the other “LAWS”/requirements of discrimination, “bias”, prejudice, and BULL SHIT for a feel good society we have evolved into, over the last fifty decades of crap!!

My credentials were less than stellar when I got out of the Navy, who would hire a “Sound propagation in seawater specialist, and Weather Forecaster”, who made every “rank” possible in the minimum time he was in the Navy, but I convinced a BIG bank to do it, became a supervisor within a year, and was hired away a year later by a “little company” called ADP , and have never looked back. Broke out and started my own business, and bought a few others, and started several from scratch. I LOVE DOING BUSINESS AND WORKING. The title of this blog is more of a philosophical statement of a “maverick” who knows hard work, never looked the other way, or back,  and have been thinking “outside the box” since I was NINE years old!!

And as I said in a previous “blog” as a 72 year-old whose only job prospects are to “shag shopping carts” for minimum wage,  until I drop dead,…….it SUCKS!!

True,… at 72 I’ve slowed down, ….but only from 65mph to 50 mph. I don’t set limits on when I can work, nor will I, but I need that “job” to regain my dignity, and meaning in life. Sitting on a bar stool writing these pieces, or at home in my office writing them, what’s the difference? The quickest way to die is to just stay home, try and amuse yourself, (or be “retired”) I have personally known may who have passed years before their “time” from “dying” years early because they “retired mentally” from life! I will not prostitude myself, my education, my mind and my knowledge and experience over 50 years to “shag carts”,……THAT is demeaning(to me)!!!

Rant over, I’m trying to figure out a business I can start,  for ONLY us “old farts” so we can show these “snowflakes” what gut’s , determination, the knowledge of simply living to 65, and the REAL desire to leave a mark and be part of our society are all about! Any ideas send me a comment, or e-mail me at “ag2guinness@gail.com”

As I told my wife don’t bury me for 36 hours as I’m “just thinking on a new business to start,….let me finish in peace.”

I WILL NOT go quietly into the night, …..I WILL rage against it! Thank you Dylan Thomas!

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Addendum:  While this is MY opinion, THIS is why our “OLDER FOLKS” are getting sicker, and sicker. Yes old age has it’s physical denigration, without a doubt, BUT if the job market leaves you only the options of driving your own hearse to the graveyard,…well a different story. We aren’t young and buff, and limber, BUT we are more than 90%  of your businesses smarts and intelligence! Think about it!!

August 11, 2017

Posted by: guinness222 | August 9, 2017

So What does Armageddon look like?

Why is it that almost every fifty years or so a “whacko” comes along that threatens an  “Armageddon? So I looked it up to see the Merriam Webster definition, it says, “1 a: The site or time of a final and conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil, b: the battle taking place at Armageddon, 2: a usually vast decisive conflict or confrontation”. The word was first used in the 12th century. (How REALLY bad could a battle be back then?) Certainly several hundred or even a thousand “body count” after a HUGE battle, but it was a hand to hand thing, or swords, knives, lances, slings, 12th century “Molotov Cocktails” , and the like. (Not that it wasn’t a final and conclusive event for then,……BUT, boy, have we improved war and battles actions fifty fold or what?)

But in 2017 we were numb to REAL “WAR” we believed the “PABLUM” we were fed that the hand to hand was all that was used, in Vietnam Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and anywhere else in the world where “WAR” was occuring over the past 70+ years. We read or realized that a LOT of weapons and items were “new and improved”, and some even invented that were inconceivable in 1945!

We have then forgotten the post of WWII pictures of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, and the statistics on the extinction of ALL life that occurred on those two days, those who were VAPORIZED,  the long slow, and painful deaths that occurred for years afterwards, as those who survived “the BOMB” but had “radiation poisoning”, and probably wished they hadn’t survived.

On August 6, 1945the United States dropped the first Nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, and on August 9, 1945 a second one on Nagasaki! Both were industrial cities, the attack was to “break the back” of the Japanese industrial machine.  The first one, Hiroshima, literally wiped out over 90% of the city, it’s infrastructure, buildings and inhabitants, and  it IMMEDIATELY killed 80,000 HUMAN BEINGS, but TENS OF THOUSANDS died later of radiation exposure!

And then three days later,  a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 more human beings, instantly! And of course, the subsequent thousands more that  died of radiation over the next few years. The final, and TOTAL body count? The point is WHO REALLY CARES!!! We have developed truly an “Armageddon Weapon”, No Make that THOUSANDS designed to KILL with ever greater effectiveness, DESTRUCTION AD HUMAN TOLL, and “take no prisoners”, “show no mercy”, and “LEVEL THE EARTH”!

My point is to let you know I am writing this blog on August 9th, 2017, the 72nd anniversaries of both Hiroshima (the 6th, AND Nagasaki (today)! . Were YOU aware of the “anniversaries”? I most certainly was not as I was “MERELY SIX MONTHS OLD, at the time”, and then We unleashed this horror”!!!!

And here we are 72 years later, facing the same decisions and realities as Harry S. Truman faced in the spring and summer of 1945. I was in the US Navy, on the Aircraft Carrier ESSEX, she was built, and sailed the Pacific in 1942, THREE YEARS PRIOR TO THE BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI.

Think for a minute, about the advances we made in washing machines, radios, television, cars, and a myriad of other “STUFF”, by the ingenuity and talent of OUR American business, entrepreneurs and workforce,….  CAN WE NOT PRESUME, THEN POSTULATE,…. SERIOUSLY,….THAT WE COULD NOT LITERALLY OBLITERATE NORTH KOREA IN A MILLI-SECOND,….TODAY?

But is it a country of MILLIONS of people, the majority of whom are  STARVING TO DEATH, while “MR FAT BOY”  buys nuclear technology, rockets, and armaments, ……and REALLY TRY’s to THREATEN, THE USA??? Be serious, “fatty”, we certainly have the capability to  vaporize you in an instant, and the only reason we haven’t  is because we have a conscious, OR,  a)ARE WE TOO “SOFT”, OR b) DO WE WANT TO AVOID BEING THE COUNTRY TO USE A “NUKE” FOR A SECOND TIME IN LESS THAN 100 YEARS, 3 a) because of the IMMENSE loss of life and devastation, in a quick decision to quell a “whacko” before they threaten to annialate the whole world?

It’s your call,…..right now,….but think about OUR capacity after 72 years of growth and development!!! If we could bring JUST the television from an old, BLACK AND WHITE tube thing in a wooden box (console as big as a stove and almost two feet deep) , to an “edgeless”, 1/2′ thick, 1180 color and High Definition, “surround sound” streaming, on demand, and all controlled from a had piece remote ( as big as a large Reese’s Peanut butter Candy Bar) to an INSTANT GRATIFICATION DEVICE, such an advanced vehicle in both technological and contents, ….What do YOU think we’ve done to the upgrades of the RUDIMENTARY ATOMIC BOMB OF 1945?

My solution,  send in a “herd” of Seal teams and Rangers with orders to seek, find and Capture and return  him to the US for Trial on CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, OR kill  “The despot” before coming back, and bring PROOF! I personally favor”  capture and return”.

We can hold/detain his oversized “butt” in Guantanamo so as to avoid his Attorneys from claiming the RIGHTs of a US Citizen, under our CONSTITUTION,  which he has no RIGHT to, nor as a foreign combatant, which he is not, or   either a prisoner of war, just a “STUPID IGNORANT OVERWEIGHT dude who needs “GITMO” to “awaken” his ancestor spirits, and those of all the folks who have died since his crooked family took over NORTH KOREA.

Either way he has to go! In a “body bag”, or in shackles to 35 years of hard labor, or at least 20 years and then death row! Any objections?

Nuclear power has been very effective in providing energy, despite “growing pains” and “goody two-shoes” who are perfectly happy “throwing the baby out with the bath water”.

It’s a real no win for our side, the “do-gooders” and “better than thou” crowd will protest, hire the usual “thug brigade”, and crap about all the usual shit they usually do.

We should also make everyone in this country eligible to  be “DRAFTED” for a minimum of three years to learn what this country, and self discipline are all about, as well as ethics, reality, and making hard decisions! So they can decide for themselves, “HOW MUCH DO I APPRECIATE MY COUNTRY, AND MY RIGHTS?”

MORE THAN YOU KNOW!!!

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August 9, 2017

Posted by: guinness222 | August 5, 2017

American Health Insurance Problems,….and pitfalls!!

This is not your normal rant, it is a personal observation, by a PATIENT,  of the deterioration of ATTITUDE in most hospitals,brought on by the hospital administrators AND the Doctors them selves under the “insurance guidelines”, or “profit motivation”, I am going to presume. (Help me out here if you have any light to shed upon this  comment. I am concerned about it, and it’s impact on us here in America, land of the free, and home of insurance companies and hospital administrators.)

In the winter of 2007, or so, my wife who had a few minor medical issues found an internist she raved about. His practice was “closed” to new patients as he was that good and that popular. But during the winter of 2008-2009 my wife came home from an appointment, and told me he was going to open up his practice a little and as she had asked if he could take me on, and he agreed.

He WAS a REALLY GREAT Doc, apparently his wife had died of cancer, leaving him to raise two girls AND be a Doctor at the same time. He is  deeply religious, in fact he is  Greek Orthodox, which is a very demanding Christian/Catholic sect. It has it’s own “Pope/Patriach” and “hierarchy”, and many customs and much pageantry, which has some significant differences with Roman Catholicism. (Maybe in another blog, but not today!)

BUT he was a super “Doc”, and I got on very well with him, and it only took a couple of visits for me to know this was a man whom I could trust with my body and those  of my family. He was the “straightest of straight shooters I have ever met, no he pulled no punches with you either, without being offensive or having that self-righteousness of “I’m the Doctor,…respect me!”.

I went to one of those “Lifescreening” sessions, at our local church in the early fall of 2008, as did my wife, A “Copies of all our results will be sent to your Primary Doctor, as well as to you.”  My wife got hers, but I didn’t, so a few weeks later, I started pursuing them and was getting the standard, “we mailed them out to you four weeks ago, you might want to check with your Doctor and see if they went to him as well, if not we can re-send them to you, at a modest printing fee!”

Anyhow before another day went past, my “new Doctor” , had called that  evening about 8 PM, AT HOME, and indicated to me that there seemed to be some blockage in my left Carotid Artery, and he recommended I contact a colleague Dr. Stuart Harlin” who was a vascular surgeon, (He said he had already sent him the data, and given me a “Referral”, and called to alert him I would be calling), it could be nothing, or a poor reading, so I’ll send him copies as well)

So, as the story go, I called him, and he booked an appointment to see me in a week or so. Three days later I get a call from “my Doctor” AGAIN asking me to see another Doctor at the Pensacola Sacred Heart Hospital, inn Pensacola,  (about an hour and a half drive away) So I call this Doctors office and they already have me “pencilled in”,for an appointment, within the week! (Now I’m getting nervous!).

Long story short, (and the details are in a couple other blogs I’ve written if you want the “gory details”) it resulted in putting the carotid problem on hold and getting a triple bypass first, and within two weeks!! (OK, I guess it was that serious!!)

But I’m still here, and working fine, trying to eat right, goodbye MacDonalds, BurgerKing, Taco Bell, and a bunch more, as well as tying to stay with an exercise regimen, (that’s harder than the food, believe it or not!!)

As I was recovering, adding new words to my medical vocabulary, like “Cardiologist”, “Interventional Vascular Surgeon”, “Ultra-sound Technician”,……you get the picture! Then I had a problem with fluid buildup in my chest cavity that essentially allowed body fluids created as a healing mechanism, by the body, to accumulate in the chest cavity, where the lungs were supposed to expand and fill with air, (essentially the same thing as drowning was occuring!) Long story short, lots of Hospital time involved. But I survived, or “lived to tell about it”, as they say, and have been doing well, ever after!

Fast forward 5 years, the best “Doc” I’ve ever seen has now moved on and left “THE SYSTEM”,…..but I changed gyms and ran into him a few months ago. He was doing the Stair stepper, and I was on the treadmill next to him doing my 4 miles a day. We both recognized each other and we stated chatting. SEVERAL big reasons we are where we are righ now surfaced and we chatted on as we worked out. Ever since the cancer gripping this country, “OBAMACARE” started metastasizing in the body of America, we have been doomed. For example Doctors are paid by the computer codes they enter into the “BIG BLACK MONSTER” and it is either a “short visit” (10 minutes or less”, or an “extended visit”) enter the proper diagnosis code, (which of course the computer will crosscheck, and if you are within the parameters authorized you will be credited for the visit, a $$$ value will be attached and you will be allowed to charge that amount, of course all you really need are ten more “girls” in the office entering it, correcting the errors, and THEY deal with you if you call and have a problem, etc. or are being told YOU have to pay because the “BIG BLACK BOX” has ruled it thus!!

Then he asked me a strange question! “What do you think the biggest prescription drug being  prescribed will be over the next five years? I wasn’t in the know so I ventured a guess, “How about Antibiotics?”,…..He leaned over looked me straight in the eye and said, “Marijuana and opiods”. I was shocked to say the least!

As we talked further, he told me they are the “FEEL GOOD” drugs, and,….that’s all the health insurance and “management folks” want us to prescribe, to para-phrase him,….Just keep the patients happy and quiet until they die,…surgeries, REAL Doctoring  and the like are the farthest this away from what  they want! They don’t want to “CURE” them, or “FIX” them, it costs too much, long term wise, and the “potential LIABILITY”, is far too big! The $200 you bill today is a lot easier to get than the cost of a surgical procedure, or the profits if the Hospital or Doctors, ergo the INSURANCE COMPANIES, are in peril!!

A Doctor is going the way of the old “TV REPAIR TECHNICIAN” anyway! Just give the Patient a full battery or X-rays, CT scans , MRI’s and what ever equipment we have that we can charge unknown costs to use on patients and bill the Government and Insurance Companies. Just move the money to the facilities, so we can buy more equipment and testing things,  to ramp that $200 a day room up to a few thousand for a five day stay! If you have to do a surgery, Get them out of the hospital ASAP, so we can “turn the tables (i.e. BEDs AND OR’s)  faster”!!

It also creates more jobs, Visiting nurses, Visiting Angels, and more billable to the government and profit back to the company owners, and investors, equipment rentals for patients at home, new “walk-in'” showers, ramps and other ancillary industries!!

The “BIG PHARMA” crew has figured out how to skirt the laws and regulations with “Speaking engagements” at conventions out of country to avoid taxation, etc., vacations to Hawaii for 5 days to give a 20 minute talk on the “appropriate efficacy of prescription writing and specific product justification”.

How is it, for example, that my local Hospital features “STARBUCKS” coffees in the ‘cafeteria’, at upscale pricing as well!!

And we wonder why Congress is screwed up and we can’t get healthcare reform done, and why Congress is allowed to “OPT OUT” of that which they mandate that “WE THE PEOPLE”, except them of course,  MUST  have for healthcare and health insurance.

CONGRESS: GET THE HELL OUT OF HEALTHCARE,  LET THE INSURANCE COMPANIES FLOAT IN THE FREE MARKET!! YES, THERE ARE “RISKS”…..but isn’t that what business is all about, and “to the victor go the spoils”. If you can’t figure it out you will eventually fail, but don’t pull the entire “WE THE PEOPLE,…” down the tube with you and your greedy investors/ LOBBISTS AND BIG PHARMA!

Will there be another REVOLUTION? I  doubt it. We stopped teaching our youngsters the why of the last one, and the reason this Country is what it used to be thirty or forty years ago, …and for the 200 YEARS before today, that “WE THE PEOPLE,…(at least the uneducated, and ignorant who don’t know principals other than the “Right to have “SAFE ZONES” to protect them against the realities of life, and hurt feelings, where everyone gets a trophy for breathing!! That’s where the bulk of the “NEW” millenniums going to lead this country are coming from,…..GOD HELP US ALL!!

As Patrick Henry said, “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!”

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rev: August 6, 2017

 

 

Posted by: guinness222 | July 30, 2017

The internet allows us to die in peace,….sometimes!

This may be a little biased, and a little ‘profane’, but this “blog” presents a couple of thoughts to really think about,….really.

Most of us, hold that thought, ALL of us will die,….it’s an absolute inevitable! But let’s say it’s a normal “regular, good old death”, sudden, heart attack stroke, etc. IF it has been a long drawn out process, like “the big ‘C'”, the word has been out for a while. But how do folks know you died? Now we are in new “cultural dilenma, “HOW DO ALL YOU FRIENDS AND AQUAINTENANCES KNOW?”.

Actually only 2 1/2 decades  ago the computer “infected” our culture, and forever began to make changes which will last until no computers exist anymore, or WE find ways to roll back the impacts!

For example, I took a job to manage a retail “outlet” store in 2000, after only working there part-time for a month and a half! I managed that store for 6 years thereafter, in a mall with about 100 other “Outlet stores,all high end, like Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Saks Fifth avenue and many many more. They were all exclusive, including ours, which was a tool and household “outlet” of a Nationally known manufacturer. As you can imagine 90% of the problem with that is the fact that the “MALL” handled the majority of advertising, (Outlet malls concept is very simple, “We will bring shoppers to you because of the newness, the cleanliness, the large convieniant  parking and the GREAT mix of stores that EVERYONE already knows their product lines, by reputation market share, and we give you a real professional acceptance,…. IF, you are one of our tenants.” Downsides, they call the “mall hours”, the tenant has no choice and MUST be open during those hours, (as well as properly staffed and stocked), or be fined $$$$! AND that means the “Home Office” is disrupted, too many “little people” are blasted, while a “higher up” wants some bodies “head to roll”,…..all because the store closed without “OFFICIAL PERMISSION” (even during hurricanes!)

You throw something like that into a sleepy little beach vacation Island area, with probably upward of thousands of more retailers, malls, restaurants, and the usual recreational businesses, beaches, theatres, and NOTHING ELSE BUT THE COVERED MALLS TO ENTRETAIN YOU WITH NO ADMISSION, NO COVER CHARGE, NO MINIMUM PURCHASE REQUIRED, etc.) when it rains as the main “FUN and ENTERTAINMENT” for the whole family, “cooped up” in small condo’s, hotel rooms, or other “by the Day or Week” rental places.

CHAOS then ALWAYS, ensues, traffic slows to less than “stop ‘n go”, and if you live here you know never let the gas in you car go below 3/4’s of a tank to be safe,,…..well,  you see the problem potential.

As a MANAGER in this place, my biggest task is to find folks at minimum wage or slightly over, (minimum PREFERRED, “unless they had credentials from Macy’s or Gimball’s in New York”,  get all the appropriate drug screening scheduled, completed, and  done, run the appropriate background and reference checks, then get the “OK to HIRE” from a mammoth “HUMAN RESOURCES” machine in anywhere from a week and a half to three weeks later!! By then they are usually working for someone else. WHY? Because, as I said, it is  the nature of the area.

I ran ads, talked to State Employment people, followed all the “suggested corporate dictums to find good help”, etc. and at 55 years old, having been an entrepreneur and business owner for years. I realized the only people losing sleep over the whole thing were myself and my wife, (both from half asleep nights and “before the sun rose” risings, and two hour after dark getting home. AND that was at least six days a week if I was lucky, BUT seven days a week when/if the help just didn’t show up, quit (without telling us) or just quit because they didn’t realize how little a minimum wage  paycheck wouldn’t buy, PLUS  all the difficulties I just enumerated above that were a  “RETAIL JOB”.

About a month into the job I realized I had to find a better way, SO after work I roamed around town seeing who was available in  the area, and noting CAREFULLY if  I could do anything about it. I concluded that my best “target market” for employees was the “EARLY RETIREMENT” folks who are now bored silly sitting at home or traveling to children and relatives and friends to “visit”. Not only that but their disposable income had been seriously reduced, and they are all “BOOMERS” who were used to the wife bringing in a few buck as well. The “party” fund had dried up, and the dreams of that “65 restored Chevy were fading fast, BUT they had good work ethics, were high on the integrity quotient,….and wanted to do something they knew,….WORK again, but on their terms. I was more than happy to accommodate them, and they responded in spades!

It was the “GOLDMINE” OF A MANAGERS DREAM, I found retired advertising executives, Master machinists, Professional tradesmen who owned their own businesses for years and FORMER MILITARY OFFICERS, who retired early but the pensions were’nt keeping up with inflation and they wanted a “CHANGE OF DUTY STATION” and a chance to use all the skills they had learned over the earlier years. I’ll give you the point of this article in the next Paragraph.

So I staffed up with a seven man staff, (NO WOMEN DID APPLY EITHER!) As I got to the full up point of staff,  here’s what I had.  A full crew that totally respected each other, were totally mature, and had “been around the Horn”(old sailing expression meaning having gone around Cape Horn, one of the nastiest ocean passages known). In terms of Sales experience, technical knowledge and how to get answers to what they didn’t know quickly for customers they learned almost instantly. We ran with it for almost six years until the company when through a period where they decided to start closing the chain and re-focus their core business.

So now here we are ten years later and as of last week of my seven man staff, at least FIVE have passed away, and the point is not what about the other two of us, but HOW DID I KNOW THEY PASSED? Why? Because we in society now live in it has changed, RADICALLY.  We have computers, the Internet, Facebook, Messenger, Snapchat, and a dozen more. In fact I had recieved several “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” notices on Facebook to wish “so and so, and so and so” HAPPY BIRTHDAY,……but some of them have been dead for almost eight years!!

Even the internet usually does not allow us poor humans to die quietly, and the only way to “Let them go” is to “UNFRIEND them”, But then, you get a wimpy discourse from Face Book letting you know “We won’t let them know you’ve unfriended them,…trust us!.” THEY ARE DEAD,….I DON’T THINK THEY REALLY CARE ANYMORE!!” Nor can the dead sue them after they are dead!!

IT IS A FLAW IN THE SYSTEM,.. HAL!! AND YOU CAN’T FIX IT WITH A LINE OF CODE!!!! The point is we used to see obituaries, or contact each other when someone passed,….not anymore,……the written word, local newspapers and home phones are a dying technology, and so they live on forever or until a close relative closes the account. One the other hand how do you think people feel going through other people’s computers? It’s just easier to pull the plug, and drop it at Goodwill, or donate it to a local charity. They all promise to “scrub them, Hillary”, …and not with just a dishtowel!!

So how about a business called “The Removal Company, we close out your loved ones computer existence, after you approve, of course!

But back to my “crew” and our store, there are only 2 of us, my Steve man Team aware of life as we know it, anymore, as of today. One of Heart attack two years after we closed, one of Diabetes complications just following that, one of self inflicted gunshot wound (apparently a delayed PTSD from Vietnam Nam,) one, whom we lost tracks of , but he’d be over 90 by now, one who had a Stroke, and one last week that was 77, but I haven’t heard why yet, and his services were this past weekend.

Life is short, But my “CREW” was the best there was, and I’m extremely proud of every one of them!  I don’t expect they were overworked or “micro-managed” by me ,as my Job was the Manager and I always tried to be the antidote for Large corporate bullshit from 30 something “Regional Managers” who had never been weaned properly!

Rest in Peace guys, Johnnie, “Mikey”, John, Glen, and Bob. I probably never said it enough,…..but many Thanks,…see you later in my life for sure.

Tom

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7/30/2017

Posted by: guinness222 | July 24, 2017

I need your help,….PLEASE!!

I’m 72 years old, good health, no life threatening condition on the horizon, and LOADED with a superior business background, long term team formation and leadership, and decision making ability and actual history.

SO. WHY IS there NOTHING BUT PRE-HIGH. SCHOOL LEVEL JOBS AVAILABLE  TO ME??

I started my “legal work life”  “shagging grocery carts in the parking lot of an A&P Super Market, at 14 years old. I would hate to think that my last job in life would be “shagging grocery carts” in Publix or Winn-Dixie Super Markets Parking lots.

I’m not through “contributing to this country’s growth and prosperity”, so don’t tell me, “that’s all there is for you at 72 years old!”. Not that it’s below me, or physically challenging for me, it’s just,….well a downright waste of my waning years, your paltry $8.00 per hour, no benefits (already got them, they are called a monthly well earned Social Security payment, that I EARNED for 45 years of working and paying FICA to get, a basically GREAT Medicare Medical plan, a small pension from a “post 65 year old job for, managing aRetail Chain Store for six years, and you are shortchanging MY country as well as yours, by telling me “shagging carts is the best you can do at your age!”

We are in this whole Social Security and health care conundrum because  “OUR GOVERNMENT”, borrowed” all of our retirement money, from the Social Security TRUST Fund, to fund the Vietnam Nam war, and other things, and never asked us, and now CAN’T  pay it back.

They tell me that your resume “should not be longer than two pages”, and be concise, and not more than a “few”jobs. Only a couple of highly credible “references”, (i.e. Dr. So and so, Judge Whatshisname, etc.) My Doctor and I don’t talk, (First of all He’s long dead, and secondly, because he slapped me on the butt when I was born for no good reason!) Don’t know any  Judges,  because I never had to go to court in my 72 years of “crime free living”! But beside that,….

Please tell me why you don’t want to know who I am, nor what I did, nor for the Companies that hired me! My mother-in-law used to think I was a gypsy because I did not follow the old adage of , “…….go to work for one company and stick with them until you “retire”.” I was wise enough to see the change in American business coming ,….and they are the ones that caused today’s problems of un-employment and created a new term, “under-employed”. All those “slick terms” are only the new “bullsh*t” of the “modern business era.

I’ve never been a real Union advocate, because I realized that every employee, individually had their own right to withhold or move their “personal services” elsewhere if they were not taken care of,…all they lost was a gold watch instead of the increase in their weekly paycheck! (Until they realized they still lost because even those who were not striving were getting the same increases!)

I have always been a strong advocate of the points brought forth by a Russian immigrant to the US, called Ayn Rand. If you have not read her masterpiece called “Atlas Shrugged”, do it! If it was ten, twenty or fifty yeas ago,…..REREAD it! It is the prophecy fulfilled on the conditions of today’s business. And the “ELITE” who keep taking their outrageous compensation packages, while all the while tightening the yoke on the “workers”. They disguise it in the shawl of “THEY”, (the government) are doing it to us, there’s nothing we can do about it,….we have to do it!!

I started this article with the plea, “I need your help,…..PLEASE!” . It’s not for me,….but OUR COUNTRY! Growing up my life expectancy was about 65 or so, and today it’s over 80 I understand.

But my question is simply, “Is that the best you can do WITH  me is ‘shagging carts in the Publix or Winn/Dixie parking lots?” I created small businesses, I paid for hundreds of  mouths over my years of “entrepreneurial”, and I would like to still be doing it, if YOU and today’s world had not lost their “faith” in entrepreneurial expertise and thinking.

The only “flaw” in our DNA is that we never stop pushing, (  nor trying to inspire others) to “try it”. AND, that like children with  ‘Attention Defeceit Disorder’ we work at 200% ALWAYS, but we need to be “rescued” from ourselves after every five or six years of “Entreprenuerial efforts”,…..or we CRASH!!

Small business is the life’s blood of America, our creativism, and our eventual greatness as a country is fueled by that core “fault” of being an entrepreneur! But don’t “….throw us in the parking lot to shag carts”. We CREATE, we provide initial GROWTH, we have the “LEADERSHIP skills and “DRIVE”, to “birth the baby, and nurture it to kindergarten,……but after that WE NEED YOU!

Help young “growing businesses”, and even “crazy ideas or concepts”, to grow and thrive. Those of us who are true ENTREPRENEURS, ……CAN’T move it beyond birth and nurturing til Kindergarten. We are limited by our ZEAL to do more, and squeeze as much as we can into our 80-90 years, we will find time to rest, and take vacations, but remember we don’t want “X” number of weeks a year, nor besides Christmas, and Thanksgiving” do we care about “paid day’s off”, we need health care, mostly for our families, and trying to sell us a retirement plan, or a 401K option is like speaking Arabic to us.

ALL WE WANT IS THE CHANCE TO CREATE AND GROW! We create our own rewards, and 4 days vacation, (5 if it’s a long distance) is more than enough, BUT when we need it ,we need it, just “suck it up Buttercup”,….now it’s your turn to keep us from a 15-20 career of “shagging carts” for $8.00 per hour. (By the way it used to be only $1.65 a hour,……but it still ain’t a “career opportunity as far as I can see!

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7/24/2017

Posted by: guinness222 | July 22, 2017

Naval Traditions and Customs!!!

This morning, as I was having my English Breakfast Tea and a frozen Jimmy Dean Sausage, Egg and Cheese Croissant, I turned on TV to watch the commissioning of the brand new United States Navy Aircraft Carrier, CVA 78, the USS Gerald R. Ford. Commentators were ranting on the $13 billion dollars it cost, with a few scattered generalizations about it being the most,  “Expensive, most technologically advanced and largest military ship of any naval power country in the world.” The Pride that I , as a veteran Aircraft Carrier Crewman, on the USS Essex felt  is that of watching a new baby being born.  The traditions and customs of the United States Navy date back centuries, and to add the first living, breathing,  breath of “Naval” life into an otherwise “big metal box of guns and fighter jets”, ….it’s an AWESOME event!

From it’s Commissioning today, like every ship in the Navy it have a history, a list of accomplishments, and is a prime indication of the mind of man, and the talent of the thousands of sailors that will man her over the next 50 years of her expected useful life.

Right now, without any active air wing on board or attached it still takes a minimum of 2600 sailors and officers to just make it all work, every day, with air squadrons and the attached specialists during the normal seafaring patrols to carry out it’s prime directives the ship will be a barracks, chow hall, rec room and entire 24/7 work station for as many as 4600 men, for periods of up to six months of deployment, anywhere in the world, with few and far between “Liberty calls” ashore, ….and sometimes in this crazy world perhaps the biggest deterrent, and greatest weapon YOUR country has to “hold the line”. . Some of the crew’s and Officer’s children many be over six or seven months old the next time  they see them. (And the navy wives are TOTALLY expected to pick up the slack and make it work, while a “sailor” is at sea, doing “HIS PART!). Navy wives all bond and watch out for each other during all deployments and are there to help each other, it’s always been a special Sorority, prepared at the drop of a word to go to the aid and help of any other wife and family,…..that takes a strong woman! And I for one salute you!

But back to traditions and customs. When a ship is commissioned EVERY man aboard becomes a “Plank holder” and it is recorded in his records forever, by the same token, it is an equal honor to have ridden a ship “out of Commission” and special notifications are also made in each man’s records. Through that entire period of the Ship’s life everyone assigned to that ship in ANY level, at any time, at any point, is directly responsible in upholding the honor, dignity, and supporting the Ships mission. As a sailor you know that even in peacetime there will be fellow sailors, pilots, and support folks aboard who will die in that fifty years of the ships service as well. More in War, less in peace, but the Ship has become an entity unto itself for it’s entire life. And there are always “accidents”, I’ve witnessed several during my service.

MY Ship , when I was in the Navy was the USS Essex CVS 9, “the fightingest ship in the Navy”. Her keel was laid in 1942 at the height of WWII, She was the first carrier of a “class”, much like the Carrier commissioned this morning. Others copies pretty much the same will follow from the same “mold” with improvements and changes for the better as the “First in Class” becomes the guide for betterment.

Yes,  it is a “War Ship”, but it has hundreds of other tasks it can perform, like humanitarian aid in natural catastrophes, like earthquakes, floods, etc. It can also perform medical services wherever needed, when ever needed, as well. Not just from war injuries, but special surgical efforts like cleft palates, deformities, and vaccinations, anytime, anywhere! A ship is an “AMBASSADOR”, It also serves as a primary show of strength to those who would dare to go outside the guidelines af human decency. Like the recent “rain of missles” we unleashed on Syria for the use of chemical weapons on non-combatants and civilians, or the base of operations for the raid that netted Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. It was a launching platform for the helicopters and Seal Team Six, but it was also their protection net, their medical base for injuries and evidence confirmation.

So now you have an idea why sailors are so bonded to their ships, no matter when, where, or how long ago they served on her! (All ships are referred to as “her”, but Submarines are all “Boats”, regardless of size.)

At a commissioning the ceremonies are really and truly chilling. Here’s a brief rundown. The CNO (Chief of Naval Operations), introduces the Captain of the Ship during the official commissioning , (President Donald Trump was the official who commissioned her this morning) , The Captain then reads his “Orders” to proceed to join the ship as she is in her last six or eight months of construction/preparation. He officially takes command at the Ships Commissioning.

He then calls on his Executive Officer, (#2 in Command of the new ship) to “Set the Watch”. The Executive Officer then calls a Junior officer to be the ” Watch Officer”, or “the go to guy” until relieved, there is always a watch officer aboard a commissioned ship of the US NAVY,  at all times. The Executive Officer then calls three enlisted men for the “Watch ” , one is the Watch Officers “Messenger”, who delivers any messages that need be delivered to the Captain or upper level crew members or Officers.

The second is his “Communications” mate, he transmits any messages to the watch officer received from the fleet Command or other authorities regarded as important, including some levels of “security levels”.

The third is a “Bo’suns  Mate” who is the “security man” to cover any intrusion , discipline, or other problems and emergency discipline or restraint needed during the watch.

Once they are posted and acknowledge posting (which occurs for the life of the ship including it’s eventual decommissioning, until they are officially relieved of Duty, which is a commissioning ceremony in reverse order)

The Executive Officer gathers their report and,  “Sounds Off” and tells the Captain, “The Watch is set, Captain.”

The Captain will then tell the Executive Officer, to “Have the Crew Man the Ship!” Then all of the enlisted men, who have just been formed in ranks and waiting, break rank and head to their “Duty Stations” with all due haste.

The final command inclusion (sometimes not even spoken, particularly during a Commissioning of a vessel),  the “Have the Crew Man the Ship” at a commissioning also includes the expression,  “Man the Rails” an old term whereby the off duty crew members, line the edges of the ships deck and “stand at the ready”, indicating they have assumed responsibility for the Ship.

I’ve personally done that, as it’s a standard act on the entrance, and sometimes the exit to and from a port of call, much like wearing your “Sunday Clothes” to church, no work uniforms, etc. Just full dress uniform stand at the ready,  and remember “YOU ARE THE UNITED STATES NAVY, and BE PROUD, of your ship and your country!”

At that point the Captain will end the commissioning ceremonies and set the protocol for departure of everyone, the  most respected and honorable guests to crews wives, families and visitors, upon which usually they will proceed to an area ashore for refreshments.

During this time the ship willl come to life and TOTAL control and readiness and responsibility is transferred directly to the Captain and the crew and all future Captains and Crew until she is eventually de-commissioned, or lost.

May sound a little “corny”, but after you’ve “been there, done that” as they say,….you can REALLY appreciate your role in it, and the great responsibility and ASSET  you have been entrusted with to protect and defend YOUR COUNTRY!!

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July 22, 2017

Posted by: guinness222 | July 20, 2017

Love is about FORGIVENESS, AND FORGIVING!!

As a lot of you already know, my wife and I just celebrated 50 years of marriage together on June 10, this year. And along with the champagne, party, and renewal of our Wedding Vows at our Parish Church,was the pile of Greeting Cards (actually more than the number of Christmas cards we get each year!) etc.

But as I reflect on that , a month later, …..I reflect on what it took to get here, and go for the “next” fifty. A thousand jokes and one liners come to mind, because I’m 72.5 and she’s 70.6 years old. (Only saying,….what’s the probability of making 2117, ….without “drool towels”, vanilla yogurt, and liquid protein drinks being the “menu” at the next 50?

But that aside, I try and stay young in a number of ways, (most of them NOT fresh Vegetables, Fruit, and lots of exercise!) I thrive on LIFE, and LIVING, ….not just me but those around me. (For example, if I “hang” with old people I get older faster, …and if I hang with young folks, the  opposite occurs,…..I feel and get younger!!).

I’ve been reflecting on that in my daily Transendental Meditations (TWICE A DAY) for over a year. I’ve been meditating  since 2012, so you do the math,…that’s a lot of “thought time” to “go within, and go deeper, and deeper”, and watch the truths of reality unfolding before you’re eyes, and in your mind.

While we were basically VERY poor, dollar and cents wise when  we got married, WE SURVIVED! As we began a family, pursued careers and tried to achieve the “American Dream” we struggled. Barbara, (my wife)’s job was handling the basics while my job, was moving US forward in the DREAM! For both of us it was driving ahead EVERY day, EVERY week, EVERY month and EVERY year,……TOGETHER in EVERY WAY! It wasn’t about how much we needed for a down payment to buy a house, and who among us actually contributed the money to the cause. We knew the “jointness of our marriage, not the “my contribution, and YOUR contribution” It was an unspoken,….but fully understood by both of us!

I won’t lie, there were times and situations where it was almost overwhelming, there were times, and situations that pushed BOTH of us (us meaning individually and sometimes jointly) to a “BREAKING POINT”,…..but WE DIDN”T BREAK!!!

And that is the real point of both LOVE and MARRIAGE! It’s like a playground “see-saw”,…..you can go one way, or the other, but the hardest thing to do on a see-saw is to achieve perfect balance! And marriage has to be that “perfect balance”. Too much one way or the other, ……and there is no balance! If it were just a board where one sat on on end and one on the other and it did nothing how much fun would that be, and who would ever put one in a park? And just like a see-saw, it’s a constant battle to try and achieve that balance , no matter how much you work at making it happen! In fact that is the real “KEY” working 24/7 it’s to “TRY”, at 100% every day, and keep trying to make it happen, knowing full well the amount of time you’ll spend in “perfect balance” is a VERY SMALL percentage of the whole of your time together in marriage, or life, which are BOTH the reality of where you are today!

While no one is “ALWAYS WRONG”, and neither is no one “ALWAYS RIGHT”, the art of a relationship lasting, is when to “DIE UNTO ONE’S SELF” ( or in the vernacular, “SUCK IT UPAND, MOVE ON to the next problem, situation , or item in that life. ).

The REAL MEASURE of any relationship is simple,….can you succeed going in both directions,… OVER TIME TOGETHER! Can you “FORGIVE” even if you are convinced your argument is “right”, and your point is “right”?

Conversely can you capitulate, and accept FORGIVENESS, as a reality of life, and not part of your “RIGHT TO BE RIGHT”,…..even if you can refute, prove beyond a shadow of a doubt,……HUMBLY AND ACCEPTINGLY?

Such is “LOVE AND MARRIAGE” , the result is a stronger bond, a four lane highway to success and your very own,…. fifty + years of mutual love,…and respect!

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