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My Final Blog Post of 2016!

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

A couple of folks have mentioned it seems odd that we mark each year with blame when something bad happens, as if that segment of time itself is personally responsible. My reply has been that we, as human beings, feel the need to categorize things, people, experiences, and even time. A segment of time can be categorized by day (Mondays especially), having a bad week, month, or year. I honestly thought 2016 was behaving and being a nice little year, then David Bowie passed. And as if that wasn’t horrific enough, a good friend passed, then George Michael on Christmas Day, and, finally, Carrie Fisher.
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Noticing The Differences Between Then And Now

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

I was still in a bit of shock at this time last year. My father had died a month earlier, my mother and I were physically and mentally exhausted, and I had to plan Christmas dinner for her, my husband, and my grandmother. His Majesty had lost his father two years earlier, my grandmother lost her husband a couple years before that, and we were all dealing with our grief. It didn’t exactly make for a happy holiday. Now, another year has gone by.
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Traditions

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Tis the season when I do that whole “I’m going to reflect on traditions” thing. Why? It starts just before Thanksgiving when I put the Christmas tree up, decorate it, and decorate the house, all while watching the Star Trek films. I’ve been doing this since I first bought Star Trek: The Motion Picture on VHS all those years ago. A few folks have made fun of me for this—or, let’s be honest, ridiculed me for it because they could—but since they’re not doing the work, their opinion doesn’t mean shit to me. =)
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In Loving Memory Of Cindy Medley

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

It’s not uncommon in the automotive industry—for suppliers and customers alike—to have a revolving door of management. Those positions can be very politicized with people coming into favor, and then people falling out of favor just as quickly. So when I started back with one particular automotive supplier in the Quality department in 2005, it wasn’t unusual for us to have a lack of stability in management. We knew what the problems were, so we took care of them as best we could without having to constantly explain the history of the problem to yet another body keeping the manager’s seat warm. And then she was introduced to us one early morning.
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Anchors

Monday, December 12th, 2016

My grandmother is still recovering from surgery on her shoulder, which she had prior to Thanksgiving. Because of it, she probably won’t be able to come to our house for Christmas. But, as we did with Thanksgiving, we’ll take the small party to her. I asked just prior to digging into our Thanksgiving meal if Grandma would like to say Grace. She always made a habit of it in years past despite not being a hugely religious person, so I thought perhaps she might like to this year. She choked up, and very emotionally extended thanks to those who are no longer with us.
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Probably Why I Turned Out To Be A Slightly Mild Pervert

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Friends and frenemies have mentioned at some point during my years knowing them that I can be a bit of a pervert. It’s often said with affection, so it never worries me. It occurred to me that it’s even kind of fun. Who doesn’t like to have a little perverted side to share with close friends or people you pretend to like once in a while? It didn’t occur to me, however, to wonder where this side came from. Until today. Well, yesterday when I wrote this.
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Against Better Judgement, I’m Going To Tell You It’s Real

Monday, December 5th, 2016

I tend to roll my eyes while watching films that fall back on or overuse what’s termed potty humor. More specifically, movies that rely on extended scenes of flatulence or someone on the toilet experiencing gastric anomalies beyond comprehension. The only actor who could pull that off in any way was Leslie Nielson. Have you ever watched interviews with him when he had his fart machine in tow? Hilarious! But Nielson was a rarity. An example of a lesser scene might be the first American Pie film.
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PSB In NYC With LB (AKA LH)

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Okay, so, seriously not been in the mood to post lately. Some of it is the funk I continue to find myself in, and the other half is His Majesty having been home for seven weeks. I find that, when he’s home, I spend very little time on social media, and even less time writing. Anyway, let me catch you up. The Grandmonster has fled the country. Hiring some of the neighbor folks to carry torches and pitchforks helped change her mind about staying longer. I’m out a little money, but it was so worth it!
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