12Jan/173

Sometimes They Say Goodbye

January 12th, 2017

A former boss, Cindy Medley, who was also a wonderful friend passed away last December. She was, to those of us who knew her, extraordinary. I won’t repeat what I’ve already said about her in my blog post last month after her passing, but I do want to tell you about something that happened last Sunday night. It involves her, and it’s not what I think of as an isolated case.
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9Jan/176

Why Mrs. Brown’s Boys Keeps Me Going

January 9th, 2017

Eddie Lam. I’m just putting that in front since I was recently informed by Little Brother that he often looks for his name in my blog posts before he even reads them. That’s nice. So, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get on with it, shall we? His Majesty, my husband, enjoys giving me a hard time when I get emotional. Why? Because, as with Vulcans, emotions confuse and ultimately annoy him. I personally enjoy expressing my emotions since I’m a writer and need to understand how to reach others in order to share what’s in my brain. Plus, annoying the hubby is a perk.
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5Jan/175

I See Where My Sense Of Humor Is Going In 2017

January 5th, 2017

2017, huh? Am holding on to the hope that the odd years match the even numbers in the Star Trek films, and that we’re in for a good twelve months. You have no idea how desperately I’m clinging to that, especially since it hasn’t exactly been the most festive holiday season. We lost some recognizable folks in December. It hit me in an unexpected way because, while I didn’t know them personally, they were a visible part of my life while I was growing up.
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29Dec/164

My Final Blog Post of 2016!

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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22Dec/163

Noticing The Differences Between Then And Now

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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19Dec/165

Traditions

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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15Dec/1611

In Loving Memory Of Cindy Medley

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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12Dec/1611

Anchors

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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8Dec/169

Probably Why I Turned Out To Be A Slightly Mild Pervert

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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5Dec/169

Against Better Judgement, I’m Going To Tell You It’s Real

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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