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It’s Friday … and I’m ready …


After a long week, this is my plan …


How about you?





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After spinning my wheels on several projects at work today, this is about where my brain sits right now and about all I can promise on any problem or project that I am expected to review.


Carry on, all!






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Don’t let the political hacks take away what was fought to ensure in the American Revolution. I can’t state it enough or more simply.




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Papa Roy … I don’t think you have any idea how much I admire you and how much I depend on your love and how much I love you for the man you are as well as for the partner you are to me.

Everyone deserves a partner in life like you are to me.

My baby girl, as I stated a few weeks back, was recently engaged.  We had an engagement party for her yesterday to start the festivities of the next year, since she wants to get married next summer.  In any event, as any of you that have organized weddings or the like in convoluted family situations know, it can be stressful at best … making sure that everyone stays on their best behavior.

We have what they like to call in “PC terms” (my least favorite kind of term and which neither Roy nor I will ever be) a “blended family”.  What that means is that I was divorced after having 3 kids … and then re-married … which means that there’s me (the mother) … Roy (the step-father) … and an ex-husband (the father) … as well as numerous family members that may or may not all get along with each other.  (Some have difficulty being in the same room with each other … and it’s not even my ex-husband, Roy, and me that I’m referring to here, as we can all be civil and friendly, since he and I get along great now that we’re not in the same house.)

In any event, before I get too side-tracked, I am posting this particularly to Roy.

  1. I love you for always being by my side no matter what.
  2. I love you for treating my children as your own no matter what.
  3. I love you for loving my children no matter what.
  4. I love you for being a man and for showing true class no matter what.
  5. I love you for making sure that Kara can have the kind of engagement and wedding she deserves no matter what.
  6. I love you for loving Kara no matter what.
  7. I love you for loving Keegan even though you never met him in person before he died no matter what.
  8. I love you for loving Logan no matter what.
  9. I love you for being a role model for my children no matter what.
  10. I love you for being a partner and soul mate to me no matter what.
  11. I love you for being “Papa Roy” no matter what.
  12. I love you for loving me no matter what (even when I may not deserve it).

So … as we have both nicknamed the other … please bear with me as I say this out of love to Roy …

I love you, my Arrogant Son of a Bitch (I call him my “asob” … pronounced ay-sawb), and I will always be your Pain in the Ass (he calls me his “pita” … pronounced like the pocket bread) … even when it’s “Thursday Night at the Bickersons” … NO MATTER WHAT.


“I see the questions in your eyes.  I know what’s weighin’ on your mind, but you can be sure I know my part, cuz I’ll stand beside you through the years.  You’ll only cry those happy tears, and though I’ll make mistakes, I’ll never break your heart.  I swear!  By the moon and the stars in the sky, I’ll be there.  I swear!  Like the shadow that’s by your side, I’ll be there.  For better or worse, till death do us part, I’ll love you with every beat of my heart.  I swear!  I’ll give you everything I can.  I’ll build your dreams with these two hands, and we’ll hang some memories on the wall, and, when there’s silver in your hair, you won’t have to ask if I still care, cuz, as time turns the page, my love won’t age at all.  I swear!  By the moon and the stars in the sky, I’ll be there.  I swear!  Like the shadow that’s by your side, I’ll be there.  For better or worse, till death do us part, I’ll love you with every beat of my heart.  I swear!  I swear!  By the moon and the stars in the sky, I’ll be there.  I swear!  Like the shadow that’s by your side, I’ll be there.  For better or worse, till death do us part, I’ll love you with every beat of my heart.  I swear!  I swear!”  John Michael Montgomery


I love you, Roy.

I swear.


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I have nothing to add.

I have nothing to add.

This was posted from WordPress for BlackBerry on Jill’s BlackBerry. Carry on!

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 That’s what many people think of when they hear the word, “deer” (unless they’re hunters).

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… are not, at least in our not-so-humble opinions, …


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… particularly out on country roads …

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… as they tend to jump out at *very* inopportune times in front of unsuspecting vehicles.

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This causes much damage to said vehicle and the cost is very …


U.S. Coins and Paper Money 

… as in costly … and not as in … 


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It also generally makes said


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… very …


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Where Roy and I live up in the Sierra foothills, there are a *lot* of wild animals. We’re used to it. For the most part, they don’t bother us.  There are bears, mountain lions, coyotes, jackrabbits, squirrels, raccoons, etc etc etc.  We even have our share of rattlesnakes … but they have never bothered us, just as long as we don’t bother them.  We’re good with that.

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… however … are *very* bothersome and tend to like to get in our way.

People in the cities think they’re *cute* (which they can be) and gentle (which they also can be). However, they can cause a lot of very costly damage.  Just ask us … we know.

Roy was on his way to work for some overtime this past Saturday.  We’re good with that.  Since he just started this job and the economy has been sucky (it’s a good word when you don’t want to swear) and finances for us for the past many years have been equally sucky … well … any offered overtime is good.  So he’s merrily headed to work because the overtime money will definitely help us out and doing a nice respectable 50 MPH on a 55 MPH road at approximately 8:20 AM this past Saturday, when, out of nowhere, a deer races down the hill and jumps right in front of Roy’s truck.

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Now … while I feel sorry for the deer … I feel much sorrier for Roy, for the truck, and for our bank account, particularly when our bank account is still reeling from the past several years.  Now … first and foremost in MY mind at least is … Roy is ok … which is good with me because he’d be much more expensive to fix … and impossible for me to replace.

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Anyway, he hit this stupid deer that apparently had a death wish on Saturday morning.  The truck was still drivable so he went to work and figured we’d deal with it this week. So he brought it to the body shop on Tuesday.


First they say $700.  While we didn’t like that … it could have been worse.  Ok fine.  We’re ok.

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We’ll deal with it.

We should have known not to celebrate too soon.  Two days later they called back.

“Oh, we found more.  It’s going to be about $1100.”

WHAT?  Ok well that was our first assumption that it’d be about that … and our insurance deductible is high to keep our costs low so we figured … fine … we’ll *still* deal with it and just eat sparsely for the remainder of the month.  We are working on weight loss anyway, aren’t we?

Feet on a Scale 

So today they called again … which made Roy decide to go in and confront them because … well … now it’s up to $1500 … because apparently said deer …

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… wasn’t dear …

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… and cracked the AC unit as well as shoved it into the frame (or something like that anyway).

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We don’t like deer …

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… no matter how cute Bambi is.

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Geez … it would have been nice if at least the overtime amounts had covered the damage to the truck … and not made it so we’ve thought … well geez, it would have been cheaper had Roy just stayed home.  Oh well.  Life goes on.

So anywho …

… as you all know … I love my music … all kinds … and guess what good ol’ Frankie gave us … a great philosophy to follow here:

“I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a king. I’ve been up and down and over and out, and I know one thing. Each time I find myself flat on my face, I pick myself up and get back in the race. That’s life. I tell you I can’t deny it. I thought of quittin’, baby, but my heart just ain’t gonna buy it.” Frank Sinatra

This is just another one of those basic success principles we were taught as children.  It doesn’t matter HOW many times you get knocked down in life and end up flat on your face.  Get right back up and carry on for your heart’s sake, your peace of mind, and your self-image.  Quitting is not an option. It certainly won’t help you win.  Getting up and carrying on is what will. 

Don’t *ever* be a quitter.

Pick yourself up.

Dust yourself off.

Start all over again.


We’ll figure it out … no matter what.

Remember … “A champion is someone who gets up even when he can’t.”  Curt Goad

Carry on, all … NO MATTER WHAT.

(We still don’t like deer.)

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Anyone that knows even basic economics knows that you must have more income than outgo for something to be viable … be it an individual household or a business or government.  Unfortunately, “big government” doesn’t really understand this … and thinks taxation will solve that.  The problem there is that it will then give less income for the taxpayers (individuals or business) so their outgo will be less and it ends up being a downward spiral.  Being a state government analyst, I can see the workings from the inside of government that depends on taxation to survive.  While some government is a necessary thing, it needs to be limited to allow for individuals and businesses to grow and prosper and to curb government glut and government waste.  If Economist Milton Friedman says this … perhaps people should think.

“Free” immigration isn’t just a simple thing.  It’s never “free”.  Who is it “free” for?  What does the “free” provide?  Where is the benefit of the “free”?


Think about it … and carry on …

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