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This New Year stuff is getting monotonous. I mean EVERY YEAR! You would think that we could have a new year without New Year's day. Just once. Harumph.

To all my watchers and friends here in DA let me wish a Happy New Year! May your 2017 be a year of success, health, growth (spiritual, not physical...unless you are really young) and achievement. Let the blessings descend on you and let the Good Lord bless you.

As I like to say: Champaign for the good folks and real pain for the bad folks. You know who you are.
  • Listening to: Fox News
  • Reading: Masks of Nyarlathotep
  • Watching: Saint Gulag
  • Playing: CHILL and Bridge
  • Eating: soup
  • Drinking: cola. diet no cafiene cola
Folks let's take a moment to remember the young Billie Lourd, who has lost both her mother, Carrie Fisher and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds in the space of a few hours. This would be hard on anyone, but this actress is only 23. I know that she is hurting and needs our support. Pray for the dead, but remember to take time for the living as well.
  • Listening to: Tinnitus.
  • Reading: Masks of Nyarlathotep
  • Watching: The Postal Person drive past
  • Playing: CHILL and Bridge
  • Eating: Dust
  • Drinking: saliva
Merry Christmas to all my watchers. You are the best people in the world and I love each and every one of you!
  • Listening to: Fox News (fair and balanced)
  • Reading: Tripwire
  • Watching: Death argue with my Guardian Angel.
  • Playing: CHILL and Bridge
  • Eating: Pasta with tomato sauce.
  • Drinking: I'm not sure what this is.
Today I tried to wish a Merry Christmas to everyone that I watch. DA blocked me as "spam." And they wonder why people are  increasingly upset with the automated crap that is governing our lives. Anyway, this is an apology to anyone I watch that didn't get a Christmas wish today.
  • Listening to: Fox News (fair and balanced)
  • Reading: Tripwire
  • Watching: A vampire eat a neighbor kid.
  • Playing: CHILL and Bridge
  • Eating: just ate (burp)
  • Drinking: not in years
Today I got blocked by a DA artist. We were having a "discussion" on the election. I'm not sure whether I got blocked because of my politics, my demand for an apology, or because I wouldn't argue with him any more. I demanded the apology because of the repeated insults, the sarcasm, the twisting of what I said, the ignoring of what I said and the assumption that I have certain views because of my politics. Sigh. I love the guy's stuff, but can't watch him anymore. How spiteful of him.
My sick friend, Ralph, is much better now and has been under home care since Monday. On Friday he will be examined again to see what further treatment is needed. I am so very glad. I didn't want to lose three friends in one year. Again.
I am getting better. My own sickness, just a cold, had me down from Wednesday through yesterday. There is still crud coming out of my lungs and will be for a few more days. Dratted asthma!
Anyway....
Let us remember the heroism and sacrifice of those who fought at Pearl Harbor seventy-five years ago today. Try not to forget that the Japanese pilots were told that a declaration of war had been made. They were brave men too.
  • Listening to: Fox News (fair and balanced)
  • Reading: between books
  • Watching: the sexy neighbor
  • Playing: CHILL and Bridge
  • Eating: just ate (burp)
  • Drinking: not in years
This morning my friend's appendix burst before it could be drained. He is in bad shape, but should recover. An acquaintance of mine runs Florida State Universities Medical School. According to him a strong male of 64 should recover nicely after an operation to clean out the mess and many powerful antibiotics. I'm running on four hours sleep since Wednesday due to stress. Thank Goddess I'm on meds! Anyway, Ralph should be OK, but still please pray for his speedy recovery.
  • Listening to: tinnitus
  • Reading: Duma Key
  • Watching: Liberal Angst
  • Playing: CHILL and Bridge
  • Eating: just ate (burp)
  • Drinking: saliva
Today I found that one of my oldest and dearest friends, yclept Ralph, is going to need some sort of invasive procedure to save his life. Tomorrow, after his 3:30 PM appointment, we will discover whether surgery or something else will be needed. I really don't want to lose three friends in three months, so I am stressed to the max.
Please pray for Ralph. He is the real deal as a friend. You cannot find better.
  • Listening to: My blood pressure rise
  • Reading: Duma Key
  • Watching: ABC news
  • Playing: CHILL and Bridge
  • Eating: just ate (burp)
  • Drinking: generic diet cola
Today, at 9:30 AM EST, I will have three teeth pulled. My friends tell me that this will be fun, so I am looking forward to it! If I like it enough, I just might have all my teeth pulled and replaced with the teeth of dead soldiers. Wait. No. For that I would have to be alive during the Napoleonic Wars. I guess I shall gum my food.
Anyway, I wanted people to know about the joyous plans I have for later. God bless you all!
  • Listening to: tinnitus
  • Reading: A Summer of Discontent
  • Watching: Two men drag a schoolboy into a windowless van.
  • Playing: CHILL and Bridge
  • Eating: Smashed potatoes
  • Drinking: generic diet cola
Let me take this time to wish all of my followers a Joyous Samhain. As a Witch this is a religious holiday for me, but to most of you it is scary time and goodie time. This is fine with me.

To the Wicca, Samhain is the time to reflect on the mortality of life and to renew the bonds we have with those friends of ours who have gone to the Summerland. This year I have two great losses to commemorate: Thomas Rice II, and Jon Crusoe have passed into the Summerland. There they become young again and spend time with their loved ones. They gain the knowledge of the Goddess and the God which will help them to decide what sort of next life they must have in order to grow as spirits.

Any way, have fun and stay safe. Don't get into windowless vans or call up something you can't put down again!
  • Listening to: Local lies and weather
  • Reading: A Bone of Contention
  • Watching: the front yard
  • Playing: CHILL and Bridge
  • Eating: lemon pepper rice and okra
  • Drinking: generic caffeine free diet cola
Sometime yesterday, before 9 PM EDT, my good friend Jon Crusoe died in his sleep. His nap is going to be a lot longer than he expected. I met him at FSU in January of 1970 and count him as one of my particular friends. He spent his life as an EMT and Paramedic, saving many lives; sometimes at the risk of his own. Jon was proud of his Cherokee heritage, despite being the only Cherokee Elder that I know who was also a dedicated Mason.

He was  a loyal friend, a good man, and one hell of a bad enemy.

What more can I say, other than this is hitting me hard.
  • Listening to: Death saying "I'll be back."
  • Reading: An Evil Deed
  • Watching: tears
  • Playing: play? ha.
  • Eating: eventually
  • Drinking: generic caffeine free diet cola
Well, guys, as of a few minutes ago I am one year closer to death. This has, in many ways been a sucky year; and, as the Raisuli said at the end of The Wind and the Lion: "...next year is likely to be worse."
  • Listening to: an owl fly past
  • Reading: Soldier's Live
  • Watching: Fox News
  • Playing: ah...I'd have to use a mature tag
  • Eating: eventually
  • Drinking: generic caffeine free diet cola
My power is back on at home. So tomorrow I will be straightening out the house, tossing the stuff in the fridge and getting myself settled in again. I am at a party right now, so things could be much worse.
  • Listening to: Damn birds
  • Reading: A Guide to London
  • Watching: This monitor
  • Playing: Chill and Bridge
  • Eating: Soon
  • Drinking: saliva
Due to a good friend named Tom Rice, I am doing fine. Power is still out at my place, but I am staying wit him. He got power Saturday afternoon. I don't have much time but wanted to let everyone know that I'm fine. Say some prayers for those whose houses were destroyed.
  • Listening to: Damn birds
  • Reading: A Guide to London
  • Watching: This monitor
  • Playing: Chill and Bridge
  • Eating: Soon
  • Drinking: saliva
Usually I get back to people the same day. With Hermine landing near here between 10PM and 3AM tonight I may not have any electricity for a while.
Here in Tallahassee, the storm is not going to be much more than a blow with heavy rain as we are over 100 feet above sea level and miles from the coast. A storm big enough to cause storm surge here would cause flooding in Ohio. For real.
So, don't worry about me. I'll be fine, hurricane or no.
  • Listening to: Fox TV
  • Reading: A Guide to London
  • Watching: This monitor
  • Playing: Chill and Bridge
  • Eating: just ate
  • Drinking: Diet Soda (losing weight, remember)
I just got the results of my CAT scan from last week. It seems that I do not have diverticulitis, but rather my irritable bowel has upped the ante to "surly, hostile, bowel" with constipation. Yech! My damaged hip is repairing well, although still quite painful.
All is well in Jameland, it seems; at least for a 67 year old.
  • Listening to: Music TV
  • Reading: Masks of Nyarlathotep
  • Watching: This monitor
  • Playing: Chill and Bridge
  • Eating: soon
  • Drinking: Diet Soda (losing weight, remember)
This has been a mixed-bag week for my health. For one thing, I am down to 168 pounds. This is the least I have weighed since 1975. This is a good thing. My diabetes is essentially gone, my A1C being 5.6 with only diet and exercise. This is also a good thing. My blood pressure is also doing well, even with discontinuing one of my BP medications. The result of losing 44 pounds, no doubt.
On the other hand, I stressed a joint while exercising and am currently on narcotic pain-killers. This is not so good, but could be worse. In fact, a doctor finally discovered why I have had back pain for 30 years; it is a damaged joint, not a bulging disc like every other doctor has claimed. No wonder all the medications, other than pain-killers, that I have been prescribed and all of the therapy I have had has either done nothing or made my pain level worse. Like a kidney stone, this too shall pass.
Just to make things more exciting, I probably have diverticulitis. I only hope that it is not bad enough to require surgery. I have been in far too many knife-fights to enjoy being carved upon in any circumstances. Tomorrow at 1:30 EDT I will find out for sure via a cat scan.  www.webmd.com/digestive-disord…
Anyhow, enough bitching and bragging for today. No wait. Just a little more. Kids, take care of your bodies. About 90% of the crap that afflicts me today could have been avoided if I had just taken a little more care of myself.
  • Listening to: Local News
  • Reading: Intellectual Morons
  • Watching: This monitor
  • Playing: Chill and Bridge
  • Eating: eating? What's that?
  • Drinking: Diet Soda (losing weight, remember)
Have a happy fourth, my friends.

In particular, enjoy blowing off your fingers with illegal fireworks!
  • Listening to: Fox News
  • Reading: Online Call of Cthulhu senarios
  • Watching: A small, furry beast look for food.
  • Playing: Chill and Bridge
  • Eating: eating? What's that?
  • Drinking: Hydroxil Acid
Thanks to the anonymous person who gave me a core membership. It is appreciated.
  • Listening to: tinnitus
  • Reading: Masks of Nyarlathotep
  • Watching: Chopped
  • Playing: Chill and Bridge
  • Eating: Too full to eat.
  • Drinking: saliva
Last night, at 1:30 AM another American hero of World War II, Thomas Rice Senior, past into paradise. I knew the old man, liked and respected him. His son, also named Thomas, is one of my best friends. Those who saved the world from Hitler are dying off and the world will see their like no more.
Please say a prayer for my friend and for his sainted father.
  • Listening to: Darkness
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: The end of an era
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Nothing
Yesterday I saw the movie "Gods of Egypt." The short post is that I enjoyed it very much. The long post follows.

"Gods of Egypt" is not an historically accurate depiction of ancient Egypt. But, the action is set in that mythic time when the Gods walked the earth, so who cares. Not amateur Egyptologist I.

"Gods of Egypt" is not an accurate telling of the Egyptian myths. But, the all of the characters, human or divine, are depicted with warmth, depth and respect, so who cares. Not worshiper of the Egyptian Gods I.

"Gods of Egypt" is a rollicking good adventure story with love, devotion, action, humor, and character growth. If you like "The Mummy Returns" style of movies, this is for you.
  • Listening to: Guys Grocery Games
  • Reading: 1634: The Bavarian Crisis
  • Watching: A cute neighbor walk her dog.
  • Playing: Bridge and CHILL. Every week.
  • Eating: corn & beans with catus
  • Drinking: soda