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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bits & Pieces

I was awake this morning at zero dark thirty. Felt useless so showered, shaved, dressed and was here at my office at zero dark thirty-one. I paid the mid-month bills and drank coffee and now I see the sun is well on its way to broil.

We had some really nice hard thunderstorms last evening. Must have received at least two inches of rain. The weather-idiot claims we're still six inches behind our normal rainfall. We need more, to say the least.

Thinking, thinking....nothing comes to mind. Insert picture....


I missed her so much yesterday I went to her school's website and found the above. She's on the left.

I have an apartment to furnish. Deposit has been made and I've the keys. This afternoon, when Sweet Wife is off work, we shall do some minor cleaning. Not much to do but we did purchase a leather Ivory love seat for Little Bit's mother and Sweet Wife wants to remove any minor stains. I'll clean the top of the refrigerator. Overall the apartment is beautiful, huge, hardwood floors. I do believe Little Bit and her mother will love it.

Business is awful. This depression has killed our economy. My business is at least, depending on the week, off fifty percent. If a yellow dog were to run against Obama, I'd vote for the dog. Then again, we do have a yellow dog in the race.

Time for coffee...standby.


Have you guys noticed the price of gold. Buy on the dips. Silver too. I read a history of the Denver Mint yesterday. Yes, I read it in one day. Whoop-t-do...it was very interesting. I'd give you the title but left the book at home. If you want it, yell.

Early this morning I grabbed another from my pile, its titled, 'The Power of Gold, the history of an obsession,' by Peter L. Bernstein. Pretty darn good read, so far.

Just rambling.

I haven't prepared a decent meal in days and days. I need to cook. When I find a dish that peaks my interest I'll post it.

A few seconds ago my door bell rang. Went out to answer it and it was a 'crack girl.' Here I am smack dab in the middle of a historic and university district and I have a hooker infestation. She wanted to know if I'd 'loan' her a dollar. Yeah, like that's gonna happen. Bless their hearts, but come on, give me a break. They smell to high heaven. They're walking germ factories. And, someone's child....I feel for them but refuse to help their habits.


God bless 'em.

I was thinking about my weekend trip. I'll leave very early Saturday morning. I've an odd habit when I drive. I count. I keep tabs of all the road kill, not only their numbers but categorical as well. Such as, ten coons, fifteen possums, one deer.
I also count campers. I have rules of course - I only count those campers on the road, not those parked, only those RV's under power. This odd habit helps with the time and makes my drives much less boring. I will drive one thousand eight miles, round trip, in one day. The drive home I shall be followed by Sweet Wife and Birth Mother in BM's Honda. Should be very interesting.

Hey, gotta run. Please, take care out there. I'll see you nice folks later today, I hope.

Stephen

29 comments:

  1. I too am up at Oh my gosh O'clock. Taking the lovely wife on her rounds to the doctors. At least this office has wifi.

    Have a good trip. Looks like my kind of drive. Audio books and podcasts work for me.

    Good luck with BO and the kid and everything.

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  2. Thank you, my friend. It'll be a long tiring drive. Good idea on the audio books...take care.

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  3. OK I'll say this once then will shut up about it.

    I'm concerned with you driving that far at one sitting. If you're having issues with clotting are you sure you won't develop one sitting that long? ok I'm done with that.

    I've been watching both gold and silver very very closely. I'm not the only one who thinks that the markets are being manipulated. Almost every night for the last week both seem seem to take a massive dip between 3am and 7am EST. Last night it was just before 2. All that being said, I am seriously thinking about making my purchase soon.

    One question for you. Do you have a preference between coins or bars of metal?

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    1. Clots or no clots, Matt, I must drive. I'll be fine.

      Now, the gold. I prefer bullion coins. That's just me. Any country will do but I do tend to favor American Eagles. I also like South African Krugerrands. Both are recognized world wide. Bars are fine. I like fractional coins the best. Once in a blue moon when I've saved enough cash I will purchase one ounce coins but let's face it, it's easy on the pocket to grab a quarter or tenth ounce piece monthly. You'll spend more in commissions with fractional coins overall but I like that monthly gleam in my safe.
      Thanks, my friend.

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  4. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)May 15, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Sounds like you are a wee bit restless, Stephen!
    I find that sleepless nights are good for soul searching. (I do a lot of that....)
    The apartment sounds lovely and I'm sure Little Bit and her Mom will make a lot of happy memories there. You and Sweet Wife are truly wonderful for giving them chance to do that.
    Haven't taken a road trip in a long time - I miss the mountains in NY, VT & NH. Ah, well, maybe soon.....

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    1. Restless is an understatement,Phyllis. I ready to shoot - something.
      Yes, the apartment is beautiful and has zero neighbors. It's in a building (1949) of only two units. Next door is a small studio. Its above my shop. They will be safe. I would enjoy this drive if it were not a one day trip, but alas, I've no other way to go about it. Thanks, my sweet friend.

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  5. I'm with Matt. I worry too. Not that I think you will listen:). But, just want you to know I am often up at zero dark thirty too...praying for My Glock Guy, my family, other bloggers and you. Please be sure to take care of yourself!

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    1. Thank you, Pretty Girl...I mean it, thank you. I'll be fine. I just can't sleep. I've a custom gun belt, made with skilled hands just for me...the poor thing, its down to its last hole...I wasn't fat to begin with, now, shucks.

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  6. Morning sir - must be an old fart afliction, o'dark comes every day now a-days. If I sleep over 5 hours a night I feel like the waking dead the next day. Heavy sigh.

    What Matt said about the drive. At the very least do a 50 min / 10 min thing and walk around a bit to keep your blood a pumpin'. Clots are not fun to deal with.

    Agree with the business comments as well. My primary business is selling a piece of our own software to nursing homes and hospitals. The day the Big O signed his Obamacare bill my business simply stopped, dead in its tracks. Their margins are so slim now, if it is ever actually implemented we will loose 30% of them and probably 40% of the doctors. They simply aren't spending a dime they don't have to until it's resolved.

    As for the dog vs Obama, told a friend that if there was a poodle with Diarrhea vs Obama, the dog would have my full and enthusiastic support.

    Drive safe my friend and take care.

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    1. I so agree. Obama has been the death of many a business in my region. I will make at least one stop on the way north. I've gotta put the pedal to the metal. Thanks, my friend, and take care.

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  7. The apartment sounds brilliant! Well done to you and Sweet Wife.

    Drive safely - that's a long trip! Enjoy the counting :) Don't forget to stop every hour to stretch the legs (for you that is MOST important), and to have a munch of the contents of the picnic basket - maybe homemade meatloaf sandwiches, avo, cheese and tomato, and chicken mayo - plus the l-a-r-g-e flask of coffee?!

    Does Little Bit know what's happening?

    Bless you and Sweet Wife - what incredible grandparents you are.

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    1. Thanks for the tips, Dani. No, Little Bit doesn't know, nor does her father. We haven't seen her in over a week now. This is the only way we will be able to see her. When her birth mother arrives she will have joint custody, thereby equal visitation and we plan to make full use of it. Her mother has been afraid to drive down by herself, hence the reason for my trip. She will follow in her car, with my wife.

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  8. We've been having trouble sleeping for several months, and only the lingering fatigue from last week's trip is keeping us asleep - for now.

    Sounds like you have too much to do, too far to drive, and too little Little Bit in your life. Hang in there, sir.

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    1. Correct on all points. Sad. Thanks, my friend.

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  9. Bubba, I was up early as well, it seems times are changing fast. I need to get more silver, I have been lax what with the price the way it is lately. As for the big "0" (zero) I would vote for red-butt baboon over him.

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    1. See, great minds do think alike. I'd like a little more silver too. Red baboons are very intelligent, they'd do a fine job.

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  10. I think as a technical matter, the yellow dog was on the roof of the car. LOL

    Have a safe, dog off the roof trip.

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  11. Stephen - what you and Sweet Wife are doing is wonderful, as does the apartment. that is a really long trip to do in a day - i hope that you will take care of yourself! can you not get a hotel room for the night?

    i hope that you get to see your Little Bit ASAP! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Thanks, kymber, but I'll be fine. Really. I sincerely hope what we are doing turns out wonderful. I know in my heart its the best for Little Bit, of that I have little doubt. I hope to see her this next Monday...

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  12. Nothing to add, enough has been said by others. I am surprised you did not put together a team to launch a rescue of L.B. You know we have enough folks here that would drop everything in the snap of a finger to help you out. Even two crazy canuks.

    stay safe my friend.

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    1. Funny you should mention a rescue, Rob. I came very close to driving over and kicking down the door. Then, my reason kicked in and told me I'd only make a bad situation worse. It's taken all my will power to sit quiet and wait. Like Sweet Wife said last night, God is in control. Thanks, my good friend.

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    2. Rob's right Stephen. these 2 crazy canucks would drop everything in a heartbeat. thanks Rob buddy!

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  13. Stephen,
    I'm in agreement with Matt, Dani, and eiaftinfo. I won't lecture you or give you a hard time because you know it's your life. But then again, there's Sweet Wife and LB to consider. They would be upset and hurt if something happened to their favorite man. Enough said!

    Sounds like the apartment is going to be a great place for LB and her Mom to live. I'm praying Monday comes along soon enough so you can see Little Bit.

    I agree with you, I would bet on the yellow dog. :-)

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    1. Sandy, I just hope the yellow dog helps and not hinders our nation.
      I too think the apartment will make a nice home for my grandchild, especially since it'll contain her mother. Now, I just need to furnish it. Her mom is in dental school and as of now, without a job. Funds are limited for her. So much to do and time is nigh...

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  14. Bro, quit trying to FALL asleep and try staying awake....
    (and then guess what happens) It works for me more often than not.

    Being a parent is sometimes painful, and being a grandparent can be damn near heart breaking at times. I feel ya boss.

    What can we do to help?

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  15. Bubba, I wish there was something others could do to help, but sad to say, there isn't. I'm not looking forward to next, other than finally holding my Little Bit in my arms. You're so right, being a grandparent can be awful painful at times. Thank you, my good friend.

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  16. Not much left to comment. You're doing the best you know how. I wish the world was smaller. You know you'd have waves of help if it weren't for silly geography.

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    1. I wish the world were smaller too, my friend. Sorry it's taken me so very long to reply to your nice comment. I've been busy in a vain attempt to touch base with everyone. Had to, this depression I've sunk into was about to eat my soul. Instead of feeling sorry for myself I've decided to stay busy. It helps, not much but it helps. Thank you, my good friend.

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