Selby’s Competition

We are less than a week away from learning the gender of our first grandchild.

At least that is the plan and hopefully aforementioned baby will cooperate.

Selby has just a few months left before the world stops revolving around her. I look forward to seeing how she acts around a baby and I think it will be heartwarming.

No “Gender Reveal Party” for this family.

Interestingly enough, all the boys in the family predict it will be a girl and all the girls predict it will be a boy. Safe to say that we’d settle for either.

Somewhere, there has to be someone who tried this as a joke.

Thirty years ago, I may have given it some serious consideration.

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A Time Of Reflection


Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Christian Traditions. I originally posted this on the old blog back in 2011 and called it A Sung, Lenten Prayer.

Regardless of your religious affiliation, or lack thereof,  this is a beautiful chant.

Soothing to your ears and hopefully . . . your soul.

 

 

The Chant:

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Open to me the doors of repentance O Lifegiver; for my spirit rises early to pray towards Thy Holy Temple, bearing the temple of my body all defiled. But in Thy Compassion purify me by the loving-kindness of Thy Mercy. Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. Lead me on the paths of Salvation O Mother of God, for I have covered my soul in shameful sins and have wasted my life in lazy acts. But by your intercessions, deliver me from all impurity. Have mercy on me O God according to Thy Great Mercy and according to the multitude of Thy Compassions blot out my transgressions. When I think of the many evil things I have done, wretched I am, I tremble at the fearful day of Judgement, but trusting in Thy loving-kindness, like David I cry to Thee. Have mercy on me O God, have mercy on me O God, Have mercy on me O God according to Thy great Mercy.

Thanks to John for sharing this with me years ago.

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Thank You

Yesterday was my birthday.

There was a time that 59 sounded like the age of an old man, but that has become a relative.

Still, birthdays are better when you are younger.

There is, however, some sense of accomplishment for getting another year behind and still being upright.

I want to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” to the almost two hundred people who reached out via a plethora of platforms, including calling, texting, sending real cards, FB, and Linkedin.

Family, friends, former co-workers.

There was a note from a neighbor who I used to babysit when I was 14 or so years old.  He now has a family.

I heard from three of the paramedics I used to work with at Overlook Hospital MICU, back in 1980-82 when I was probably too young and inexperienced to be driving the Medic Unit, but #72 (Hal, the Boss) gave me a chance and the medics tolerated me. Looking back, it still is one of my fondest memories and no one was injured in the process. It was the second step of a 36-year stint in the emergency services.

High School and College friends came out of the woodwork yesterday, each note triggered a memory of some experience we shared and there was no bickering over politics.

Funeral Directors from all over the world sent their regards. Like the Fire/EMS family, we are usually a tight, supportive group.

I spoke to my parents twice yesterday, first when they called to sing “Happy Birthday” to me, which they have done for as long as I can remember and then again before retiring for the night, to recap the day with them.

I also spoke to my birth mother, hearing her voice for only the second time of my life. The story of my finding her can be found here “God, is that You?”  That story gets more and more interesting and while I never wanted to find her (read the story) I am so thankful that I listened to the voice, which has now provided her peace of mind that I never considered.

So, I wish I had the time to thank each and every one of you, but time restraints preclude that. Let me simply say, Thank you, thank you, thank you. Y’all made my day.

 

 

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Words, Just Words

Words can describe love, hate, fear. . .  whatever you want them to describe.

Sometimes, they can make you think and smile at the same time.

It has been an unusual couple of weeks and the blogging has suffered. Hopefully, I’ll get back into my gro0ve soon.  In the meantime,  thanks to Carla for the material.

Think and smile as you read these:

How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.

Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

I thought I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.

I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

Jokes about German sausages are the wurst.

I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any
time.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

When chemists die, they barium.

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.

I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.

I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she
couldn’t control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

Broken pencils are pointless.

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

All the toilets in New York’s police stations have been stolen. The police
have nothing to go on.

I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

Velcro – what a rip off!

Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last.

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Quote of the Day

Isn’t this interesting?
. . . and true

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Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.

“Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.” — George Orwell, Dickens, Dali & Others: Studies in Popular Culture

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Road Trip Take Aways

Mission accomplished and a new, PR (personal record, from my running days) was achieved.

I drove 1,906.9 miles in a span of 42 hours, taking our daughter’s dog back to her in Houston, TX and turning around to come home the next day.

I put back the front seat and covered it with a sheet to keep the dog fur to a minimum. Martha decided she liked the back seat better and used the headrest of the front seat as something to lean on. She was very well behaved, but a bit “on-edge” She had some chicken nuggets and a pack of cheese crackers as a snack and that made her happy. . . and thirsty.

While in Houston, I got to spend some time with Megan and her “man” Andrew He and I bonded over cigars and fine spirits after dinner and they seem to compliment each other nicely, (Megan and Andrew, not the cigars and spirits, but come to think of it, so did they)

Having lots of time to think on a journey this long,  I thought a lot. . . and listened to some old music from my iTunes library, which helped me think about 40 years ago.

I came to realize that even with the plethora of challenges I face these days, I am still blessed and fortunate. I still have my wife, who has stuck with me through good times and not so good times.  We have three, grown daughters who have begun to make their own mark upon the world and each in their own way, are finding their bliss.

I have done some pretty cool things in my life and while I am now physically limited, I have many great memories.

So, with the drama behind me, here are a few more takeaways.:

  • If it was not for personal injury attorneys, there would be no billboard industry from Georgia to Texas.
  • There are miles and miles of rice fields along the highway in Louisiana and the only reason I recognized them as they are flooded this time of the year. They just go on and on and on. I decided to do a little research and found this article: Where is Rice Grown?
  • The unofficial speed limit on Interstate 10 (12)  in Louisiana and Texas is 85mph. If you are driving that speed limit, you better be in the right-hand lane so cars can pass you without running you off the road.
  • The designation “fast” needs to be removed from several “fast food” stops I made.
  • BTO’s “Not Fragile” is a damn good album and I listened to it several times along the way.
  • It’s amazing what a dad will do for his daughter.
  • If you are lucky enough to have a good dog in your life, well, you are lucky enough.

 

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Upping My Game

Martha with some Baton Rouge powdered sugar

Sunday, I am taking Martha back to Megan, where she belongs. . . in Houston, TX.

I swore I would never do it again, but I lied. 

It will be a nice, Sunday drive, all 960miles of it. I’ll have dinner with her and Andrew, get some sleep and will drive back to Aiken on Monday. Depending on timing and traffic, we may stop in Baton Rouge, LA for Beignets at our favorite coffee shop, Coffee Call.

Martha (r.) and Henry. Happy birthday you handsome boy.

On previous trips, I stayed at least a day, but both Megan and I have to work, so as I get older, I’m upping my game and testing my endurance.

Today, I took Martha across town to her friend Henry’s for his first birthday party. They’ve become besties.

See ya on the other side and I’ll be reporting from the road on Instagram at @rayvisotski.

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“Peace & Tranquility, Sh*t”

The title is a quote found at 7:40  of the video.

This may be for a limited audience, but those in that group you will really enjoy this.

One of the defining albums of my generation is 2112 by Rush.  The story of how this album came to be is very interesting and can be found here.

What is causing me to post this is that I stumbled across a YouTube video where a guy named Weaboo listens to songs he never heard before and comments on them.

Check out his Youtube channel.

RUSH transcends age, gender, and race.

Trigger Alert!!!

(God, I can’t believe I am using that term)

There is a good bit of “urban jargon” in his descriptions, so please be so warned. It does, however, seem out of place, yet funny when describing RUSH, bitch.

 

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Friday Wisdom. . . The Reality Of It All

“Bread is like the sun.

It rises in the yeast and sets in the waist”

Author unknown, but smart.

 

 

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So That’s How It Works

From the genius of Dr. Albert Schweitzer:

“Happiness is nothing more than good health

and a bad memory”.

Read about Dr. Schweitzer here and tell me if the world currently has a man or woman like this. He positively impacted so many aspects of the world he lived in.

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