The other day, Friday, on the way home I stopped at the mailbox and picked up our mail. Usually when I get in the house I sort it on the dining room table, into three piles, HER MAIL, (including all the women’s, and that kind of catalog, or flyers addressed to occupant), and anything specifically addressed to her). Next is the “OTHER” pile of catalogues, flyers and “other” stuff without her, or my specific name, and then third third pile MY MAIL.  I leave HER PILE for her to handle on the table, put MY PILE on top of the “OTHER” pile and put it on the side table, by my recliner in the living room.

Later in the evening, after supper, or a lame commercial, (which most of them are nowadays), I’ll open the MY stuff first and “further assess, rip up, or save for additional review, and then use the “OTHER” pile as a holder for the remaining “Junk mail” after a QUICK review for importance. One of the four page flyers in MY PILE, caught my attention and after “review” I saw in it not only an article , but this political commentary, was,  a noble cause alert/fund raiser, that caught my attention in four pages. So today is when I pick up the “other stuff” again after a couple of nights of sleep, to see if it still strikes me worthy of keeping. This particular one most definitely did, and was even stronger than the first time I saw it!

The cover page showed a herd of cattle meandering in a large pasture, and a line of 20 mounted “cowboys” looking ready to “head ’em up, and move ’em out”! It was sent by the “SEMPER FI Fund”, and had “bullets” highlighting ” Neurofitness, Hero Stories, and Programs” So I turned to page 2, listing the Founder’s Bio, and comments, the Chairman’s Bio and comments, and a thank you blurb about a couple who matched their “Double Down for Veterans matching challenge. This couple agreed to match EVERY DOLLAR UP TO $10,000,000.00 !!! They have supported, and it has brought the total campaign since 2012 to $31,000,000.00! That is a significant amount of money, considering the economic conditions from 2012, -2016 during our country’s wimpy growth percentages over the period, (Thank you Barry O”, Harry “the huckster”, and Nancy “the third grader”). But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

What they accomplished was; $19,500,000 in “Assistance Provided in 2016, to 22,300 Grants, and 5,400 Service Members and Families Touched! OK you caught my attention! How’ed you do it, and to what extent? The next line and,  it’s purpose was really interesting “902 Grants Issued  to Care Giver Retreats” (a most significant and most CRITICAL cause to be sure, If no one takes care of those needing it by  “taking up the yoke” at their own cost and giving freely of themselves, it’s like the good book says, No one else will!),  Critical illness support 741 Grants Issued, Canine Companions, 737 Grants, 1,169 Grants issued for PTSD/TBI devices, 141 Grants Issued Adaptive Home Modifications and Repairs, 338 Grants Issued for Specialized Computers/Software, and more,….totaling the $19,500,000.00. That’s over 22,349 GRANTS in total. GRANTS mean no return required, that is huge to guys who could never make it based on just “disability”,……let alone continue to have a family and modified life,….like the rest of us!

My point is two fold, HELP these folks if you can, most of my extended family were fortunate and at least five of us served our country and came home “whole” mentally as well as physically!

And Secondly to President Trump, and Vice President Pence, the Secretary of Defense, Sectretary of The Veterans Affairs, and anyone else involved: How much would it take the Government Printing Office to send out a four color, report with pictures and facts like these to every United States Taxpayer and SHOW US YOUR THOSE RESPECTED  GOVERNEANCES  ACCOMPLISHED FROM 2012 -2016, and  WHAT THE GOALS ARE FOR 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019? (PLEASE, Consider the total cost of the printing of all draft, and copies of the “Affordable Care Act” as the guideline for the decision, as well as all the other waste and abuse we know of that has yet to be fixed! That is a fair “comparative yardstick” to a VALUABLE use of public funds.

Not a huge request, but if you really want to “”Drain the SWAMP”, help us understand why basic things, like those who gave limbs, mobility, and mental health for EVERY CITIZEN of this COUNTRY, rely more of average Americans to support their REAL needs than the “GOVERNMENT”.

I close with a reminder, of truth,  from the lips of former PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, ” “The scariest nine words in the world are,’ ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help!’ ”

While we AMERICANS, are a noble and giving people, and will , by our very nature and history  continue to be, IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S SACRED COMMITTMENT TO CARE FOR THOSE WHO HAD TO ENDORSE THE CHECK FOR “UP TO AND INCLUDING MY LIFE”, in the service of OUR COUNTRY! And that includes the lose of limbs, capacity, and life of a “regular American who can learn, get educated, gain meaningful employment, raise a good family, and even become PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

Because that’s the guarantee of our Constitution, and Bill of Rights, by the blood of our Declaration of Independance, (all of which we don’t seem to value enough to teach in our schools anymore!)

DRAIN, AND CLEAN OUT THE SWAMP!!  NOW, PLEASE SIR!

signed,

Tom Corcoran, US NAVY VETERAN, AND PROUD AMERICAN

(I LOST FRIENDS in  VIET NAM, I WAS RIDICULED WEARING MY NAVY UNIFORM IN PUBLIC, IN MY OWN COUNTRY, BUT  HAVE TRIED TO BE A GOOD CITIZEN IN SPITE OF IT FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS. I DON”T WANT ANYTHING BUT PROMISES FULFILLED FOR MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ALSO BELIEVED WHEN THEY SIGN UP, …..even if they did not come back to MY country, of which we were all proud to know. Since WE WERE ALL AMERICANS)

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July 16, 2017

 

CLARIFICATION:

Upon rereading yesterday’s entry (PART III) I realized I ,“inferred” that Chief Conesega gave us the format of the confederation, that became the United States of America. In further researching today I would clarify it that the Chief made Benjamin Franklin AWARE of the architecture of the Native North Americans agreement’s structure and Franklin valued it enough to utilize it in his further works with the Continental Convention in utilizing it with the concepts of the “56 Founding  Fathers” in developing our Constitution., and signing that document, forever sealing their fates, and YOURS, MINE, and ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT COME AFTER US.

I  also did some “curiosity” research on what became of the original signers of the “Declaration” itself. (See the few below paragraphs for today’s entry on “Journalling” and think about it seriously.) Despite my advancing age, I never knew any of our “Founding Fathers”personally”, but only by “hearsay”, …..as did you really know anything about me, or my grandparents before reading this series on “journalling”,….right? Hopefully the following paragraphs will give you more insight and more “feeling” about the humanity, and minds of those 56 signers, as human beings, and as regular folks who REALLY realized what they were doing, and the CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS TO THEM PERSONALLY!  As  the rest of these results, they portray the outcomes of those decisions, …..and the true facts to back it up. Consider, this the next time you make a descision , and ask yourself COULD YOU HAVE MADE THAT DECISION, KNOWING THE PROBABLE and  ACTUAL   CONSEQUENCES  it HAD on their personal lives and that of their families? That my friends is NOT idealistic,  but  the force of the value of the “RIGHT kind of thinking”. (Something exceedingly lacking in 2017’s citizenry!)

Both,  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, wrote voluminously after they signed the Declaration, (Check out the “Federalist Papers” some day and realize another little secret, they wrote them under “pseudonyms so as not to bias their readers on the need to ratify the original Contstitution and Declaration of Independance and the Bill of Rights, documents), and as author Joseph J. Ellis pointed out, “Adams, particularly, whom History would not treat nearly as kindly as Jefferson” they were both  pragmatists who were keenly aware of the distinction”,  ” between History , as experienced, and History as remembered”. That is at the core of the IMPORTANCE OF SELECTING AND NOMINATING SUPREME COURT JUDGES!! Their job will be to INTERPRET THE LAW AS IT”S WRITTEN< NOT AS THEY “THINK IT WAS MEANT TO MEAN”!

What about the other folks who were signatory of The Declaration of Independance, ever wonder who they were and whatever happened to them, like I have? Sure we knew some of them for their long term “fame”, subsequent fame and notoriety, like Adams and Jefferson,  but what of the rest of them? Here’s the short version; from an article I found;

”    5 – of the original signers were captured by the British, and judged to be Traitors, and tortured before they subsequently died.”

”   12 – had their homes ransacked and then burned to the ground”

”    2 –  lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, and another had two sons captured”

”    9 –  of the 56 fought, and died from wounds, or hardships of the Revolutionary War.”

“THEY SIGNED AND PLEDGED THEIR LIVES, THEIR FORTUNES, AND THEIR SACRED HONOR!” That was not for medals, bonuses, promotions etc.

AND, as a final thought, “What kind of men were they?  24- were lawyers, and jurists, nine were farmers and large Plantation owners, men of means and well educated., and those of our “Founding Fathers” whose signatures are NOT on the Declaration of Independance include , GEORGE WASHINGTON, JOHN JAY, ALEXANDER HAMILTON, and  JAMES MADISON (of  whom TWO subsequently became the FIRST the FOURTH PRESIDENTS of the United States, and Hamilton became the FOUNDER of the UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AND FIRST SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, AND FOUNDED THE NEW YORK POST NEWSPAPER. . JOHN JAY WAS THE FIRST CHIEF JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, and SECOND GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

They didn’t sign because of disagreement, but other business that precluded them from being there in Philadelphia when the Constituion and Declaration were signed.

So now ask yourself, “If you were around in the 1760- 1780 period, would you answer the call like those folks did?

Enough on that.

But see what “Journalling” can do for all of us, it is the chronicle of OUR individual history, thoughts, and a reality which may otherwise be lost forever. What if Anne Frank never wrote in her diary/Journal? THAT is truly a first person documentation that the “Holocaust” actually happened if there ever was one!

Today we can hire “GHOST” writers, and “hypothecate” a pretty good story ABOUT someone, but it is just “a story”, not their real thoughts and innermost feelings of that moment in time, given by their own hand and eventually found and to be given to the world,.. in other words IT WAS NOT not “THEIR” story to us, flaws and all, for the betterment of the world, and to answer a lot of those who wonder, including their relatives, and the rest of us who have inquisitive minds and want to know better,….but the opportunity has past us by because they weren’t  there!

Don’t let that happen to you, believe it or not, some day, in the future most likely, someone will wonder, who you REALLY were! I don’t care what you think, how smart you are, how well you can write, or spell, or present it in the rules of grammar. IT’S YOUR STORY, TELL IT ANY WAY YOU CAN, BUT DON”T LEAVE THIS WORLD TO LEAVE US WONDERING WHAT YOU REALLY THOUGHT OR WHO YOU REALLY WERE!!!

As most of you, who follow me, or know me, our youngest sone Jay, passed away this past February 2017, and there are hundreds of pictures of him, which are being circulated, they prompt memories for everyone who knew him,….but so far we have nothing OF HIM, DIRECTLY FROM HIM. That is a single large regret of mine, but knowing Jay he would have given us that smile he had, and said something like , “Maybe when I get famous and older, like you Dad” Now it can never happen, (sigh)!

None of us can cheat death, and particularly when it happens,  but you can change your future after you are gone by leaving YOUR thoughts, it’s YOUR last chance to really share YOU  with the world, ….LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU, they can’t judge you, you won’t lose a friend, a job or a thin dime by doing it. BUT YOU WILL ENHANCE A WHO BUNCH OF FOLKS both here and in the future, WHO WILL THEN REALLY KNOW YOU!

Part IV on love, family and, other parts of you in the next couple of days, hope you’re hooked and I’ll let you know if I get a chance to present “JOURNALLING” to the rest of the world so some others will realize “God doesn’t make junk, that’s label we put on ourselves”! Let me know if YOU can help, it’s that important to me, and I will go anywhere to spread the word, not MY word, but the importance of YOUR word as time passes.

Act quickly, at 72.5 years old, who knows how much time I have left, and I need to begin, the rest of my “JOURNAL”!

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SIDE NOTE: When our youngest Grandson, James David Corcoran, Jr is old enough to read and write, I WILL strongly encourage him to begin “Journalling” , as little as he remembers, of his Dad, “JAY”, as he passed when the little guy was less than a month short of ONE year of age, “Jay was our youngest son, just turned forty, BUT between myself, my wife, his wife Maria, and his big sister Ana, we can NEVER, give you HIS actual thoughts desires and feelings from “himself”, but our beliefs and thoughts on our thoughts and on his thoughts! FIRST PERSON ACCOUNTS ARE THE BEST, DON”T FORGET TO WRITE YOURS……PLEASE!!!

 

 

Posted by: guinness222 | July 4, 2017

Why celebrate the 4th of July? Part III – Journalling

Now that is truly a damn dumb, and ignorant question!! First and foremost it is the 241st Birthday of our country, The United States of America, secondly it is an opportunity to honor our service men, active or retired, who served their country and lived to tell about it, which most really don’t , they are just simply DAMN proud to have done it, and added to the value of the life of their current family and all people in America. Memorial Day is a time of rememberance, for those who gave their ultimate in sacrifice for the country, and those they left behind, without knowing that they did every single one of them a real favor in increasing their quality of life as they grew up.

No I am not a lawyer or other legal scholar for sure, but I absorb facts like the UV rays on the beach, (in fact sometimes I think my brain gets “sunburned” from cramming it with facts!)

Here’s one for you , as I said in my opening paragraph this is the 241st year of existence for our country, ALL of it under a single set of three documents, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States of America, and the Bill of Rights. WE ARE THE LONGEST ENDURING COUNTRY ON THIS EARTH , in History, living under a single set of founding documents,…..that alone is something to be extremely proud of, and savor. And the history of those documents is in the History books, but the “CONCEPTS” are a real “work of genius” and a miracle to be hold as well. For example, the concept of a “federation” with an over seeing national government was actually conveyed to Benjamin Franklin by an American Indian Chief! In fact Chief Canasatega of the Onondaga “Nation” or tribe as we know it.

In 1744 Ben Franklin drew from  the Chief’s speech to the BRITISH colonists where he said, “Our wise forefathers established UNITY and AMITY between the five nations, (the Oneida, the Onondaga, the  Cayuga, theMohawk, and the Seneca.(in the 18th century they added the Tuscarora to the “confederation”)  “This has made us formidable. This has given us great weight and authority with our neighboring nations. (Sound like the group of what we call states ? The United States of America, and our”independent” State members who have AGREED to be governed, by elected members and an overlook group which the Indiana Confederation called The Iroquois Confederation, much like our Federal Government, with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. ( Read something other than TV guide and you can learn thousands of other facts.) And just like the Iroquois Federation, it granted individual Tribe (state) autonomy

Do the research and see the What and Why of our country, that is what we’re celebrating.  Next point, the honor accorded retired or previously active duty military who made and supported this entire “Noble Experiment” as it’s been called!

Fireworks are a reminder of all the battles, skirmishes and fights we’ve endured, YET  overcome and lived on and brought our country forward. Let’s talk about the military of this country who DID defend this country,…..count me in that, I am one of them, six years of my life in fact, yielding my personal future to accommodate our country’s defense needs.

For example, when my wife and I got married over 50 years ago in 1967, I drove home with one of my shipmate’s in June of 1967, for the wedding, I had just made third Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, and life was looking good,… BUT!

I was on “Liberty” or time granted off by the Navy, UNLESS a need arose that required an “All Hand’s on Deck”, or ME back on Duty. Check your History books friends, My wife, who did a marvelous job putting everything together without me until that Thursday before the wedding on Saturday, When I got home. (Her  Dad was a “SEABEE,” in WWII and a Reserve Chief in MCB7 (Mobile Construction Battallion 7),in the South Pacific, and then joined the Navy Reserves when he retired from active duty at the end of the war,  for the past twenty years, he and his wife understood the requirements of being in service.)

Anyway if you are in your history books, or google, check the “1967 Israeli War, note the dates. We had been told that if it “popped”  the probability was that “…..all Libertys will be cancelled and you are to report back to base immediately.” Talk about wedding night ‘jitters”‘,…..but it was not as bad as they thought it would be,….and no cancellation of my Liberty was ever ordered, hence I even had a honeymoon before we had to head for Georgia, where I was stationed, and back to the Navy.

I loved the NAVY, and was looking forward to adventure, When I was about 8 or so my Dad brought home a big “Coffee Table Book”about the Air Force carriers involved in WWII, and honestly that was when I decided I wanted to be in the Navy, and now had married my “best Friend” to do the journey with me. Long story short we went to Georgia, rented a little one bedroom bungalow in the back yard of another home and lived happily for about a year, when my “rotation” orders came in. (In the Navy in the 60’s bear in mind Vietnam Nam was raging, thousands of servicemen were dying, including a lot of sailors and Navy fighter pilots. My orders were to an older Aircraft Carrier,(that I remember from that book by God!) the USS Essex, now CVS-9, she was  built and launched in 1942 (three years befiore I was born) and served valiantly in the Pacific against the Japanese until the end of the war, and eventually to when by I joined her in Hamburg, Germany in 1968 (The first U.S. Aircraft Carrier to enter Hamburg Germany since 1945. ( we couldn’t buy a beer the Germans treated us like kings!)

But before I could join “The Fleet” and become a “real” sailor, I had to go back to school and complete a course in New Jersey at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, on “Antisubmarine Environmental Services” , it was a whole college curriculum pushed into 6 weeks on Oceanography, Sound Propagation in Water, Anti submarine tactics and methods, and specialized equipment utilized to detect submarines, (after having to consider all the sound propagation conditions and briefing pilots on drop points and depths for “deployment and acquisition acquisition points”of  sonobuoys.)

I loved Oceanography and the ASW (Anti- submarine Warfare) conditions as a scientific theory etc. It was in it’s infancy, and I saw lots of Russian Ships, and both Russian and American Submarines in my final two years, ad the “Cold War” was still going strong, regardless of what you thought or was told by the media.

Guess WHAT? We live in the greatest country in the world, and we are still part of the “GREATEST EXPERIMENT IN DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM” that the world has ever seen!

You are and have been a PART of that experiment, be proud of it, and I urge you to CONTRIBUTE, don’t ignore it or “dis” it! It’s what has brought you to this point in your life, and REAFFIRMED your the RIGHT to dissent, your  RIGHT to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and the RIGHT to work hard, do your best and savor the results and riches you get from them.

So a rambling piece today on a lot of different things, but stop and look around, I have three grandchildren, 25, 9, and 1, and not a single one has ever asked me any of the things I told you in this section today, …..and BOTH of OUR SON’s have served in the U.S. military , (United States Air Force) as well.

You never forget, you’re always proud of your service, and YOU KNOW YOU CONTRIBUTED TO THE VALUE AND SUCCESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…..THE GREAT EXPERIMENT started 241 years ago today, ……BE PROUD,  BE KNOWLEDGABLE,  BE BRAVE, and BE PART OF IT! AFTERALL IT’s YOUR COUNTRY TOO!!

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So now you know me even more, tomorrow we’ll look at LIFE, LOVE, CHILDREN,….and the ACTUAL  pursuit of HAPPINESS!!

 

 

 

Posted by: guinness222 | July 3, 2017

“Journaling, Pt II”

Day before the Fourth of July, 2017. Sitting here having a pint of Guinness, and looking at some  “You Tube videos”.

Boy you guys are curious,….I heard the “Why?” All the way down here in “Broiling level heat, with 102% Rlative Humidity”.

Basically two reasons, #1 The heat and humidity demand the Guinness, and #2 the 3rd of July,  is a great day to reflect . Your particular life, being prime, and trying to write, and chronicle it, for the inevitable “Down the Road”. So let’s deal with #2 above, as I’m smart enough , believe it or not,…to know I can’t change #1, so other than find a cool haven to relax, and ‘hydrate; (reasonably of course), and stay healthy, until I leave “The Big Blue Marble”, ….well my only real desire is to continue to write, love my wife and family, and prod you to do the same , much earlier than when I figured it out for myself.

So on to #2,….music has definitely shaped my life, and not just John Phillip Souza marches, or Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his unforgettable 1812 Overture, (Done in Boston, Massachusetts,  by the Boston Pops, in the Hatch Shell with the incredibly timed assistance of the Yankee Division of the Army National Gurdand artillery) most folks don’t realize that,so bear with me . (BY THE WAY that’s one of my “Bucket List” wishes, did it several times when I was young, aged 5 – 12, but REALLY ever fully appreciated it and it’s interpretation as I do today, 60+ years later.) In the 1950’s I somehow got hooked on the swing era music, (not the dance craze part, but the music), the swing era had genuine talents like the Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, and all they started with in the 30’s was RADIO, only!! NO pictures unless you were a) there live, and b) had a camera to try and take a black and white picture, if it were even permitted.

Think on that for a bit, the RADIO was, SOUND ONLY!!! There were no “portable” radios, even into the 50’s, then they were everywhere, (if you could get a strong signal, and, even hold it, and it was only about 30% full of “static” which then was “tolerable”. Plus “earphones” were primitive, covered half your head, and in need of much more development,….but enough about that portion of music.

I was working part-time in the A&P Supermarket, before and during Junior and Senior High School, ‘bagging’ groceries in PAPER bags, doing some shelf stocking, (here we are almost 60 years later and I literally hated the “pickle aisle” and the “baby food section” with all the glass bottles. You know “Clean up on Aisle six”,  Yuck, the damn baby food, I wonder how many bottles!!  But you did it, it was part of the job, and the floor could not be “sticky” when you were done or they would page you and call you back to do it again!

But I  ramble, in the late 50’s, (the era of “Green stamps”, “Plaid stamps” and every other type of “Premium” or “Bonus Deal” had became the norm.) All the Supemarkets were “competing” against each other! The corner store, or local market with very limited choice and product assortment, they were all vanishing to the Supermarkets, who found this new “marketing competition” strange to deal with, loyalty was minor whereas it was critical to the “local Markets”, and “Corner Stores”, So what? So they better get it right!

One of the “premiums, or weekly deals” to encourage  loyalty to that chain , The A&P, was a series of 33 1/3 rpm (revolutions per minute) Classical Music records. One each week for 24 weeks offering you an entire collection. I decided to get the first one for $0.49, just to see what it was all about, this Classical Music stuff. I found I loved it and then I bought others in succeeding weeks for $1.29 each, when I could afford it.

Sort of putting the horse before the cart as we did not have any thing but this little 45 rpm player and that wouldn’t work for 33 1/3 rpm records, (unless you liked Alvin and the Chipmonks doing Classical) But when I could save enough money I went to the local furniture store and bought a “Hi-Fi- High Fidelity” record Victrola that would play it.  It was a piece of furniture that was big enough for the living room with a “GREAT sound quality, (but it was Hi-Fi, and I heard there was a new technology on the way called “Steroephonic Sound” on the way.

Just as I was graduating “STEREO” came out, but as life has it, I joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1964 and then wanted more involvement and commitment, so I “shipped over” to the “Regular” Navy, for a total of six years, where I “wrote the check for ‘up to and including my life” as Vietnam Nam was just “kicking off”, no time to keep up with things,

But a few artists Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holley, The Big Bopper, etc,  had begun surfacing in the late 50’s and early 60’s, with several new forms of music, among them “Rock ‘n Roll” (origin of the term was a term used by the “Blacks” for a ‘roll in the hay’) it was fast, hot and moving, with virtually no “RULES” to it, and a lot of drums, electrically amplified guitars, and lots of movement. Another form of music , (and I might say more appealing to my tastes after the swing music, and then “Classical” was the acoustic guitar based, banjo and “lack of heavy drum beats” turned up to 12 on the microphones, was “FOLK” music, typified by “The Limelighters”, “Peter Paul and Mary” “The Kingston Trio”, and “solo” artists like, “, James Taylor”, Joan Baez, “Judy Collins”, and aside from the more mellow instruments there was a lot of harmonic singing and more realism not repetitious “howling” and soulful ballads.

The “Country/Western” genre was still alive and well, but it was a “Southern” thing , which I still had not embraced as a legitimate form of music, But more on that in another episode. (Yes I have come to “like” Country” music as well for what I will call some “strange” reasons ,….it will be explained,…again later,…stay tuned!

So what does this have to do with “journaling”? Really more than you think, let me show you.

No matter who you are friend, follower, or stranger,…let me ask you a question. How much of what I wrote about in this entry, of my likes, dislikes, musical preferences, etc., did you know about, do you even remember about, or do you care about? That is what journaling can provide you with, more insight, more knowledge, and more “connection” with a person. Back to my Grand father and even his Father,…..I NEVER knew what they liked for music! Not even a clue,….but it is important, maybe not now, but as we sit by the fire “down the road” we always think about did we have anything in common, did we have likes, or hatreds, and can realize the where of their origin, or in it’s absence, our creation of it.  For example, Nirvana, Kirk Cobain, Freddie Mercury and Queen, where was I on this area,. Just as they were Irish,I can’t assume they liked what we call “Irish Pub Music”, they must have heard of the Classical genre, and “swing”. Perhaps a flaw we might want to fix, or maybe not, but another piece of the “Us” that came from the older “thems”, and can be translated to the future “thems”, by US, again we at least owe the new “THEMS”  a glimpse, and let them sense the link to the other “older THEMS”.

More later. Tomorrow being the “Fourth of July” I think I’ll think about and possibly  address the art of “Journaling” as “Journalism in real time with the element of time being gone, for “the NEW THEM” to try and understand ” the “US” in  our Time”.

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Part III sound interesting to you? Let me know, just as no one can live in a vacuum one can neither write in a vacuum!

Posted by: guinness222 | June 30, 2017

“Journaling: a history of a life (Part 1)

Sound like a dumb idea? I think not. Follow this thread for a while,….then let me know your thoughts,….please.

I’ve been writing since I was sixteen years old, (72 now so that’s 56 years of this humble life on the planet. I tried writing short stories, poems, articles, even what I call “so what’s”, or pieces I wrote because I could or I wanted to,….that’s all! Some were published in journals, newspapers and the like, but 90% I’ve never released simply because it’s a “who would give a damn about what I think.”

The bigger question is WHY??? From a very young age I believed, we are ALL totally unique, individuals, and experiences, but unless you grab the “gold ring”, hit the lottery, sell twenty pounds of cocaine to fifth graders, etc. You will live and die and the sum total of your life are memories to others, and so many sunrises and sunsets,..but that is only a fleeting moment through a couple, or at best a “few” generations. After that since no one really knew you, interacted with you, or otherwise had a specific reflection of you,well,..and then……”poof”, you’re simply part of “olden times”.

Doubt me? Write down three memories, or facts about your individual GREAT- grandparents lives,….be specific, not a “they came here in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s from Ireland”. See what I mean.?

But the written word endures,and it can answer some of the questions I want to know about, like “Why did you come here, was life that bad that you were prepared to literally RISK your life to do it? Or were there other reasons that outweighed life ‘not being good’ back then.? Or was it the lure of a mythical opportunity, ….a dream,….or a HOPE?” But WHERE CAN I FIND IT SO I CAN READ YOUR THOUGHTS, YOUR FEELINGS, YOUR HOPES, YOUR DREAMS AND YOUR REALITIES THEN, and do it in MY NOW!

The question is simply what percentage of us provide that information for the future? I venture virtually none of us! The question is “WHY NOT?”.

My question is “THEN WHY NOT!” The basic answer is we don’t know how to do it, there are no “classes” in adult ed, college, high school, or Junior High. I see a hole, and a HUGE opportunity in those opportunities. If you’re rich no famous don’t worry about it, someone will write about you, BUT remember, it’s their “angle”, their opinions, their restrictions, their judgements, and their “assumption” of your reality! Only YOU can REALLY write about YOU! So why don’t you do it??

“I don’t write that well.”, “I haven’t got the time!”, “No one will care twenty years from now.”, “Who would want to read it?”. There are a hundred other reasons which I won’t go into here but I’m sure you have at least a hundred more,……so tell me what they are, I’ll be glad to think about it, and reply, either publicly or privately, your choice. Seriously.

To the “reasons” above;

1)  “I don’t write that well.” .  You think I do? Not, …..but if you can hold a pen, a pencil, hold a laptop of sit at your desk with the computer,…..you can be a writer, all you have to do is DO IT!! Write, forget formality, just put it down, you can go back and “edit it”, or “tweak it”,….what ever it is YOU wrote it, (or CREATED)  it’s YOU! No real excuse, …right?

2) “I haven’t got the time!” Guess what ? You’re going to be dead a lot longer than you are alive, and you can’t write THEN, or otherwise pass ” YOU” on to anyone else! Plus would you want to pass YOU on to someone else to write about? How much of you,…your heart, ….your mind, …..your dreams, ….disappointments, your loves, and in short your whole life do you want SOMEONE ELSE to “create” for you ?  Make the time, if not for you for that little great grandchild who some day thinks “I wonder who Great Grandpa really was?”

3) How presumptuous for you to judge that “No one  will care twenty years from now.” I do, and I wish my grand parents, great grand parents, and all the way back in my lineage, had the caring to write and tell me, (I understand they were trying to survive, grow and make life better for th e”hope”of me, they didn’t have laptops, computers, ball point pens etc. ….., and also they were probably working their butt off for the dream of “OUR FUTURE”,  but alas it’s too late now. So while I think of them from time to time, I can’t remember them, but they and their decisions and very beings, DEFINATELY caused the formulation of decisions in their lineage, and ultimately mine,…….but I’m left to the “Maybe,….” of their lives, not the reality, the foundations, the beliefs, and reality of them personally! That is a shame,….believe me!

4) “Who would want to read it?” I would, it is in MY DNA, it’s in my IQ, it’s in my  rationale, it’s in my behavior, …it’s in every part of me! Even though I don’t realize it I am the sum , and total of not just my experiences in life, but, my dear relatives your’s as well,….so help me out here please?

I think that’s enough for part 1, let me know what you think and pass those reasons on to me so I can respond at the beginning of each part with some answers to you,….and let’s see where this takes us.

Properly set up and established it could be a useful course for Jr, High, High School, Colleges, and “LIFE”,  And who knows. I like the subject enough I’d even offer to facilitate it at any level, because I can! It has no “right or wrong” answers. It’s simply a “facilitated journey in life” FOR YOU AND YOURS!.

Let your imagination go , what do you think sitting and reading YOUR ancestors “Journal” would have been like? What could you hope to learn, or hope to be aspire toward TODAY?

Remember, “It’s the ‘THEMS’ that makes up the “US”, that makes up the “YOU  “, and don’t drop the ball ,…..we’re doing this for the “FURURE THEMS”!

Part two rambling around in my mind, give me a week or so to pull it together. Suppose we should have a “beginners” segment with basic Q&A’s to get us started,….let me mull that over!

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Posted by: guinness222 | June 26, 2017

“Retrospect Pt II”

Little more than a week, but hey!,…..I’m retired,….not. Dead, …but that is the 2017 synonym for  “still unemployed”!!

Well so much for a legacy of a “career”,….it’s really B/S anyway! Unless you are willing to wallow in the mud with the rest of the hogs, (oooops! It is 2017,…and the pigs!) I remembered business and jobs as being competitive and open to all. Ever try and read some of these job descriptions? I have a hard time believing Adonis, The mighty Zeus, or even the “BIG GUY” himself, Jesus Christ, could ever fill one of them out to a 50% level, or even explain to a Harvard “B” school grad what tha “ad” was saying!

About fifty some odd years ago I was having a drink with a friend after work in a stuffy old Boston, Massachusetts Pub one day in the “Financial area” at a local hangout and excellent meeting place, (today called a “networking opportunity”). We were lamenting how hard it was to find a good position as the Classified ads ( The base and highly read, circled and responded to, source of jobs ( before “Zip Recruiters” and the like were even on the radar, let alone “on computer, were getting “source” for job seekers, …. and ,the questions and interviewers, (let alone this new category of “Human Resources” experts and that entire “herd” had entered the employment path arena!) Back to a rainy afternoon in a Pub,….

“Hey, ” he asked, “ever hear of a buzzword generator?”

“No,” I replied, “what the hell is that, one of those new ‘computer things’?

“No,.but it’s easy,”, he answered, ” I’ll show you how to make one”, and he grabbed a bar napkin.

“First you draw two lines down a page, and it creates three columns, then label them “1,  2, and 3″.  Then, say it’s an bank, or other financial type job you are interested in, write ten words used in that industry under each column. ”

“,….and then what?” I asked, getting a little confused as to how I could get a job from this “buzzword” thingy!

“Then pick one word from each column, put them together as a phrase and use them in a sentence. Watch , I’ll show you.” And he circled the word “relative”, in the first column, “determination” in the second column, and finally “rationale” from the third column.

“See?, now put them together, as the phrase, ‘relative determination rationale”, in a sentence, using a positive tone. As an example like, ‘Obviously it will depend on the RELATIVE DETERMINATION RATIONALE, you are searching to obtain!,…’ Get it?”

He looked at me like I. Was an idiot,…..and that is what I felt like I was! “What the hell does it mean?” I replied to him.

“That’s the point the person you’re interviewing with, particularly if they are one of those ‘Human Resources folks’, because they have no damn ideas what you’re talking about or what it means either, and if they ask you just look like you’ve just been asked to spell “DOG”, and create your own answer, but keep it totally vague. They already told you they don’t know what it is, and if you stay vague BUT APPEAR to know like it’s the easiest concept on earth, they willl eventually smile and say, “You really seem to know your trade, actually I’m in Human Resurces, so I don’t know, but I like your attitude, we could really use more folks that know the terms and are that comfortable with them,….it is obviously that type of a detailed job.”

DING, DING, DING! You just moved on to the next round up the ladder to employment. And even if she tells the next guy up about the RELATIVE DETERMINATION RATIONALE”, he’s not the guy with the authority to hire, but another “knock out” robot, and he is only 40% higher in grey matter than the Human Resources person, but will realize, whoever you are you are pretty sharp, so even out of curiosity, he’ll ask you for an interview, (he also knows the HR Robots are simply supposed to check if you’re a child molester, a paroled killer, a “dead-beat Dad” or a “bum”,….that’s it!

In interview number two if you sense his skepticism make a comment like, “Well you and I both know the HR folks are nice,…BUT,…” leave it hanging and smile like you and he understand the knockout round, and you are sharper than that …..like him.

If he brings up the definition of the “RELATIVE DETERMINATION RATIONALE”, you should be able to talk your way out of the specifics and provide a simplified answer of general knowledge in the field so he can somewhat understand you simply worded a simple thing differently, just explains each word,…..let him link them and you have a 60-75% chance of moving on to the third and final round with ” A DECISIONMAKER”.

We have really become way to complex and carried away with our self importance, simply get this point across with the decisionmaker, …”tell me what you want done, tell me if you have a formula or “methodology” to make that information work, and how do I play into that as a new employee, and I can do it!!”

You want a job,…ASK FOR IT,….positively,….not like jello that quivers, like most job seekers have a penchant to do!

My son used to be an SEO specialist, (How’s that for a ‘handle’, and definition of the job title of a “SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMALIZATION” expert! What is that? Talk about a buzzword generator! As  he explained it to me , he got paid to play on the internet and see if a “client” had exposure and how much exposure, ad comments, he had been getting on the internet. Then the guru’s would reccommend ways to increase his exposure and ergo his income,…..FOR A FEE!!

So why am I unemployed? I play on the internet, most of these places have “self designed” ad programs, and they look it, that are as impressive as a two mile walk to the men’s room, (or ladies room), and has a take a number system. Or the other side of the coin they are so “slick”, so professionally done, with phenomenal art word, ” voice overs”, and really smooth closes, they cost a fortune, they are proven, they win awards, ( from the advertising trade groups the vendor belongs too!). They obviously tripped someone’s “trigger” and walked away with a big score and probably a promotion for them selves, and a “bunch o’ bucks” for their own company.

Stop overthinking things and simplify your life!!! Trust me none

Just a thought!!

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Posted by: guinness222 | June 18, 2017

Time for a new word, “retrospect”,…. (PART 1)

At 72 , just celebrated a fiftieth wedding anniversary, three grand children, and a REALLY great family who all love each other,….well, …it’s time for some retrospect comments.

Aside from the ‘good times’, i.e. Three fantastic grandchildren, fifty years of love and understanding from my fantastic wife, and owning (minus the mortgage) a great town home in a great Community Association,in Florida,….there are always the “OTHER” things that have also transpired. However they bring with them not only sadness, but an overwhelming sense of THANKFULNESS, thankfulness for the blessings of the Lord to have been here to witness them, learn from them, and see the bigger plan for all of us, for what we euphemistically call “life”.

While having been born and brought up a Roman Cathoilic, by my parents, there have always been “what if’s”, “how can that be fair”, and other crossroads as our meager lives progressed to “happen” around us! Those are the things I look back, in RETROSPECT”, and think about every day God gives me to be here, on this earth, among these people and more importantly, amidst the added time of my life’s expanse.

First off all let me say, at this point I’m not  planning on going anywhere soon,…BUT I also realize it’s not really “my call”, or as the great comment from Robin Williams who once said,…”death is simply  God saying,…”Your table’s ready now!”

But that said, what are the memories I treasure, and the failings I’ll admit to , now, (and those I won’t) and the joys and  the tears I never shed, because I had to be “strong” when NOW introduced other things to me, over the years. That’s what I want. To write about in this article, the “for better or for worse”!

Why is it the negative things “pop” into your mind’s forest while the “good things”, kind of “lurk” behind?

Anyway,…th biggest thought in “RETROSPECT” is that our youngest son, “Jay” passed away this year at 40 years old and the same week he just bought a new home in the Seattle are and moved his family , Maria, (his wife) , Ana age 8 and “Jay Jr” a/k/a “Jimmy” age 11 months to their decision to move to a place they dreamed about and a place where they could all grow, bond and enter their adult life together.

Also in retrospect was the realization that I was not the “business mogul” i always thought I was, but the “other guy” who keeps trying and for one reason or another misses the target, and has to start over, And at 72 years old it is very hard to summon up the energy, the mind set, and the physical and mental aspects of starting over, that were “a piece of cake” when you’re thirty or forty, ….and at 70 not so “capable” of doing it!

It has been a good life, and I basically have no regrets. We’ve raised a good family, but the only real regret I have is that our youngest child, Jay, passed away before us, this past February, just a week after his fortieth birthday, and leaving a super wife, and best friend, and two of the most gorgeous grandchildren any Grandparents, like my wife Barbara and I could ever hope to have.  But our time here is not within our control, it is the God above, whom some believe in fervently and others prefer to “wonder about” and “wait for further instructions.” Both my wife and I are firmly believers,……our children “not so much”! But we wish them a long and happy life, and hope that at sometime in the future they understand the reality of God and his guidance and love for all of us.

I wish I were more active politically, I wish I was more open to change in my more “active” younger years, BUT IT AIN’T  OVER YET!!!

Stay tuned for “Chapter Two –  What to do when a career is not your goal,….but a legacy”, for your past and present family !!

 

PART 2 -coming this week!!

 

Posted by: guinness222 | June 15, 2017

Why are most “Americans” so stupid?

The answer is very simple, they don’t know a damn thing!! “Broad brush accusation”, you say. “No Way “, says I !

I can’t believe the way this country is behaving!! All ISIS, or any other enemy has to do is find a comfortable bar stool, start a tab, …….and wait! Apparently they don’t teach history, ethical behavior, or Civics anymore or , lest we even think about “COMMON SENSE”!

Our great country was founded and governed by a totally unique set of documents, never seen before in the world. A Constitution written by, and for , and consummated by “THE PEOPLE”, to that we added another set of documents called the “BILL OF RIGHTS”. While the Constitution was the written document under which we were consenting , as a people, to be governed, with the structure stated and duties of  those elected spelled out both with it’s responsibilities, duration, overall methods of election aas well as the authority invested in them by the founding documents.

It wasn’t a “Willy-hilly” framework, but set forth ALL the requirements necessary to become an elected official and the duration of the responsibilities upon you as the office holder. These were all signed by the representatives to the first Convention of States, (2 per State), also known as “THE FIRST CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION”. And after THEY worked it all out to their satisfaction it was hand copied and distributed to each of the existing participating States to ratify, before becoming our official governing document. (And it took Decades until ALL the States agreed) During that period it was appparent that certain other things needed to be added, but NOT within the “core” Constitution, as they were more “regionally relaxant”.

They then created the “Bill of Rights as an “adjunct’ to the Constitution, their intent being a relatively rigid, yet simple method of governance with “opportunity” to ultimately be amended if that was EVER necessary. Those were basically the “guidelines of the Bill of Rights”. So a State could propose a “but” or “no way” or an exception beyond the basic document, or an intelligent alternative as time went on, customs or morals changed, etc.

That said we knew that was the key to establishing a long term governance document, rather than the “pencil version” which would be constantly amended until it ultimately had no meaning and anarchy was upon us.

Despite that brilliance of over 250 years ago, before airplanes, electricity, automobiles, anti-biotics, chemotherepy, and the surgical advancements of the twentieth century. ALL WITHOUT DISRUPTING THE GOVERANCE METHODOLOGY OF THE USA!!

Rather than tick off the individual “Rights” within the “Bill of Rights” in this particular “blog” entry, I invite You my “anonymous readers” to ask me about your questions or thoughts on all or any particular items in the Bill of Rights OR the Constitution. Understand I am not an “expert” or a “scholar” of them, BUT I have a love for my country, it’s heritage and it’s hardships and accomplishments that I consider myself a PATRIOT, and “better than the average bear” in being cognizant of my background, heritage and the REASON we are in being as a country, and have come so far in three hundred years without the governance of a Monarch, a Dictator , or a “regime”.

While I am approaching the “twi-light” of my years here, I value them enough to want to INSURE no one forgets why and how we earned and received them, and how hard it is to defend them in an environment of “I ” ism, and not a WE THE PEOPLE understanding of our country, the world , and the necessity for us to remain the stalwart source and defender of ALL humanity,…..and THEIR RIGHTS!!!.

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Posted by: guinness222 | June 11, 2017

Instruction list: writing a “Bucket List”,……

We’ll keep this one very simple and as concise as I can, (don’t choke on your silly laughing please!).

Fundamentals:

1.  At thirty a bucket list is sort of a joke. Like “a hot date with ______”, or a”a winning lottery. Ticket for three Million Dollars!”, or some other similar silly thing, that will only happen in an “Oh shit!” Moment, and even then statistically you’ll blow it all in less than five years.

2.  At Forty, you think a little clearer, so it’s a “new Corvette”, or the like,….or if you’ve been working out and keeping in shape, “………a hot date with _______!” Then you forget the “living large dream ” and begin to hope for enough money to cover the kids college educations , or the appropriate insurance coverage to pay them all off before “Check out” time.

3.  At  Fifty, well it all gets a little clearer, the kids willl make it through college fine, the insurance will cover most of the debt you took on to get to this point, AND the damn hip is kicking up so we can forget the Corvette, Maserati, Porche, etc. With te kids college all done, the pain of getting in and out of a sports car taking that off the list, and just getting to 25years off so of Mariage “forgetting” to. go to the gym the past two years, and realizing you buy “loafers every time you get new shoes ,.”…hmmmm, I wonder why I do that?). There’s alway the hot date, but then you realize that  “sex symbol” you were lusting after is in her 50’s as well , and probably a facial cream and skin care regimen that costs more per week than you’re bar bill was in your 30’s!

N.B. (Latin for “Nota Bene” or Pay attention here.)  Reality is beginning to creep in on you right?  “All nighters are usually ending by 9:30pm, and exhaustion is setting in already. (Don’t forget to take your Aleve before you go to sleep,…. or you’ll be crawling like a child at 6:30 am when the alarm goes off!)

4. At Sixty it’s all about covering your health insurance so it won’t lapse on you, crossing off the days to retirement, or social security, and shifting you’re reading favorites to AARP, articles on the 49th upcoming Congressional Committee investigation into the price of pharmaceuticals. From the Box scores in the paper, to the final number the damn “broken scale” in the bathroom keeps going up too every day. And even the sub let’s of the mail begin to hit you! The junk mail used to come addressed to “Owner”, now it’s just “Occupant”!!! What the hell does that mean?. You start to add to you’re list, you get “….Hot date with” and then cross it off and write, “dinner with the wife at Applebee’s,….and please God no heartburn of acid reflux this time!”

5. At Seventy you become very aware of the amount of Governmet control in your life! The Social Security Check, won’t even cover groceries, Car Insurance and gasoline, ( which car will we sell the Ford Focus, or the Toyota “box”?)  And That damn scale in the bathroom gets “wonkier and wonkier every damn week, there’s no way I’m that heavy , wish we could afford a new scale! 9sigh).

6. At Eighty it is not worth remembering where I put the dam Bucket List, let alone updating it, can’t read my own writing anyway! But life is good it’s still me and my ride of fifty years a warm home, don’t need a car, can’t pass the vision test anyhow. Grand kids and their kids (great grand kids come by some times, and I should have taken up “napping” years ago! Plus if you turn in at 6 at night you”d be amazed how much you save in the electric bill each month, except for the times you have to go pee on the hour every hour. Is tomorrow Sunday? ,…..gotta remember to go to church!!

7. At Ninety,….”What the hell is a bucket list, got two in the cellar,….help yourself  I don’t need’em any more! Thanks for dropping by,………what was your name again,

“Note to self, “What did I ever use them buckets for anyhow?,,,,,,,,Oh yeah some kind of a List or something.”

Time for my nap,….see. You later!

(Excuse me,…This is God, and as Robin Williams once said,…..”You table for one is ready,….follow me, this way.)

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Maybe a bit melodramatic for a title, But,….allow me to continue, This was a scheduled trip, for a basic surgical procedure, called a Right Carotid enderectomy., What the hell is that you ask? Basically it means my right carotid artery, located in your neck, had become 99% obstructed with plaque. It’s a sort of white gummy substance which you usually get from high fat and any junk food you eat,……OR as I was told as a “hereditary condition”

. Since I gave up the “Golden Arches”and all the other Fast Foods Iused to eat, tried too eat a South Beach type “meditereanean diet” for several months after trying it subsequent to my open heart triple  bypass in 2010, which was triggered after the discovery of a similar condition in my left carotid artery (thank you God for the little heads up notice from one of those “Life line screenings” offered by most Churches, Elks, Eagles, etc which screens you for “$139” for several different potentials major heart situations.

Being the oldest living member of the Corcoran/Doherty clans I am hereby judging it as hereditary,…..because I got the title of Patriarch about 10 years ago at the tender age of 62 and here I am 72 today, waiting for my 50ieth Wedding Anniversary to the same beautiful woman, the love o[ my life on June 10th 2017.

As the old expression goes “never been sick a day in my life”, her as well, other than childbirth of our three children and one “female operation” about 25 years ago.

I tend to wander from the title a bit now back to our story.

As I said the “open heart triple bypass heart surgery”, (euphemistically known as a “CABG” or Coranary Artery Bypass Graft) , times three in my case, with the “oh shit I could drop dead in a heartbeat” realization I entered the arena of the battle to live on to haunt you with more blogs! No details here but write if you want to know them.

Three months later I  was just about healed from that when the original little problem found, of a “98-99% clogged and otherwise, obstructed LEFT carotid artery” so we took care of that. Subsequent Ultrasound follow ups on both surgeries yielded several blocked arteries in my legs,…….so I became the poster boy for additional day surgeries to a total of seven of them! I guess you could sarcastically, call it my “hobby” . So, as usual here I am,….again. Most o[f my leg surgeries were like dry cleaners, “in by 8am and  out by 5pm”.  And only about one full day of recovery at home before back to a normal life.

But all joking aside every little one of my dozen “little operations” was a potentially life ending situation, even the little “in by 8 and out by 5″ had risks” so I’ve had a lot of time to think, reflect and consider my humble life thus far! The technical term for my little “situation” is called “artheriosclerosis”, in the old days it had a common term of “hardening  of the arteries” and was sometimes referred to also as a “drinkers disease”. But as medical science pro[gressed we learned more about it including the fact that it was the evil little thing called “plaque” that caused a pretty damning death sentence for those who had it! But lo, and behold science developed better ways for Doctors to recognize it, and better ways to “manage or control” it to provide longer life to patients, AND , as I am the poster child for better education, on point, earlier catching it, and numerous ways to provide surgical solutions for it. BUT make no mistake every time it pops up again there is only one way to handle it,……surgery!

Tonight as I lay here on my first day of “complete bed rest” for the third or so time. But the telltale little aspects of this trip were all around me. Having a “basic blood test” no earlier than four days before the surgery, (and on the week before the three day Memorial /Day weekend this ear)! There were five vials taken , where usually it was three. A bright red  bracelet fixed to you with instructions that if it were tampered with or removed the surgery would be cancelled and the test the scheduling the prerequisite “risk Signoffs” would have to done again as well.

Then came Tuesday, the day appointedThe sign in and registration paperwork took a little’ longer , instead of the surgery in the “Cath Lab” or cardiac surgical wing operation area. It was scheduled in the main “Surgical” area. Instead of a single “IV” line they.time they placed two, one in each arm, the young anesthesiologist Doctor stopped by. Reviewed al the paperwork, Them told the nurse doing the IV lines that she would be doing a third line called a.n “Atrterial Line” which provides a direct line to be able to inject directly, and quickly, into the heart itself, and in some cases the individual four chambers of the heart separately! (Only had that done one other time when they did my Triple Bypass Open Heart Surgery!

There was a whole team of Doctors, Nurses, assistants etc. Ready to go! MY Doctor showed up all ready to go in fresh ‘scrubs’ said he reviewed and sign-off On every page in the hundred  “Surgery Signoff and verificat’ion book”necessary to make it happen. He gave ,e a big smile and told me this should only take about twenty minutes to arrange and prepare me in the operating room,  and a 20 minutes to check all the equipment and  to arrange me, for the surgery, and check out all the equipment again. About an hour for the operation itself, and then a half hour closing me up and cleaning up all the paperwork, an changing into clean scrubs for the next operation for the day.. They would take me back to the “recovery room” for “a while” they take me to a private room for a full day and one night of  “complete bed rest, dinner and a night of rest” and hold me until the next day!

So now it’s 1am, 12 hours after the “procedure”, here I am, wide awake writing this report for all of you. By the way why am I awake?  When they operated  they put about a three inch incision behind your ear where the mastoid process, (Kind so a soft bone) is, down into your neck where the carotid artery resides. There is a split in the artery at that point which is typically where the blood flow splits, one side goes straight into the brain itself, while the other half goes to the face. The face side is one of the indicators as to which Carotid artery is effected, left or right  in the stroke. If you have a stroke  it can manifest itself in muscles of the face not working such as  only one side of the mouth can smile, muscles controlling speech, etc. The one that goes into the brain can create paralysis, loss to speech. As well as cause immediate, or shortly subsequent DEATH. The most likely time for it to manifest itself that way is within a very smalll window of time (3 to 24 hours) immediately after the operation, hence complete bedrest for a day and a half , IN the hospital under close observation,…..so here I am!

Wide awake and writing to you folks, because strokes are instant, virtually no warnong, can be instantly fatal and happen every day.

My. Advicee learn the warning signs for yourself,  and someone else near and dear, or just a perfect strange in the grocery store on a bus, or walking in front of you on the way to or from work tomorrow, drops. They are simple signs non-technical and the BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY is you can SAVE a life, but the window; is very small. Make the effort to ‘find out abou;t them, learn them, and remember t.hem.

My selfish reason is that I could be the guy walking in front of you on the way to work, one of your own relatives over for a holiday meal or celebration,………you can make the difference and save someone ,…….in less time than it takes to eat a Double Cheeseburger1

THANK YOU in advance!

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