Kelly Clarkson rocks!!
Check out her cover of
Walkin After Midnight.
Patsy Cline is still one of my favorite artists and
Video is no longer up.... if anyone knows where this can be located let me know!!!!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Life happens....

First, let me start out by giving my condolences to Weeble Girl and her family. She lost her father quite recently as well. I can honestly say I know what she is going through and it breaks my heart. The passing of a parent is so hard because deep down inside every one of us is that little kid that will always believe that parents live forever.

Life happens.

Oddly, she and I have a couple of other things in common. Diabetes. A very evil disease. My love for all things sticky and sweet was hampered by my need to not go blind, fall in to a coma, or have to go pee every 90 minutes (Which can be especially tough on someone who likes to sleep).

Life happens.

And not to sound like some sicko but she and I have at least one more thing in common. Anyone care to guess? Yep. Multiple Sclerosis. Oh brother.... and here I thought diabetes was bad enough. I know, lets tack on a disease than has many of the same symptoms as well as some exciting new ones (Falling down because I lost my balance is not so much a symptom, in itself, but it is certainly exciting to watch me flail around helplessly as I crash to the ground).

Life happens.

I would tell Weeble Girl welcome to my hell but to be truthful.... I would not want anyone to experience what I go through daily. Sadly, there is a great many of us who do. As I type this I am sitting at the dining room table staring out the window. Well, not actually AS I type... I'm a hunt-and-peck kind of typist. Let me show you what it looks like if I type WHILE looking out the window.

sjrIs pt ekay ur koops lohr,
Translation: This is what it looks like.

Well there you have it. My uber typing skills. Wait a sec, I nearly got the word 'looks' right. For any of you that have read some of my older posts you know that I have trouble typing correctly when I am looking at the keyboard so that should not have come as any type of surprise.

The window. Yep, a nice fall afternoon. Sadly, all I see are the leaves under the fig trees, the tree debris (sticks and pine cones) in the yard, and the fact I missed the last cutting of the year. Oh, and the window is dirty. And the picture next to the window needs to be dusted. And the curtains need to be washed. And, and, and.

Does this mean I am one of those people who has difficulty seeing the forest for the trees? Thought so.

So the holidays are once again bearing down on us like an out of control freight train. Thanksgiving is a few days away, Christmas is a month from then, with New Years riding in on Saint Nick's coat tails. I think I am just going to skip them all this year. No dinner, no parades or football, and no drinking.

Yea, that's what I am going to do. I will have fried Spam this Thursday, Ramen noodles (Oriental Flavor, whatever that is) for Christmas, and sleep through the New Years celebration. Well, actually, for the last 5 years I have been asleep by 9 or 10 so that's nothing new.... but dammit I am going to plan to sleep through it this year... in my bed... with a pillow... and my blankie!

I have one more thought on my mind and I certainly debated if I should bring it up. After much thought and consideration I have decided I will. It concerns people. All people. I don't care what color or sec you are, what religion you practice, or which way you lean politically.

Warning: Some of the language in the following statement may be considered offensive. Deal with it!

I have had enough of the constant bickering, fighting, name calling, and finger pointing. If you can not, or will not, act in a civil manner, towards your fellow human beings, then please get the fuck out of this country. Unless we start working together, and not the kind of working together our politicians do, then everything we love and care for is going in the shitter. I appreciate the fact you have your opinions but so do I. They are not right or wrong and they are certainly not black and white.

Just because we don't agree on everything doesn't mean we can't work towards the common good. At the end of the day, we are nothing more than a reflection of how we treat those around us. If you lie, cheat, and steal you are no better than the thugs on the street or in our jails. If you only care about yourself then you are undermining the very basis of what it is to be human. If you can't see past your own needs then all you do is make the situation worse. Get your head out of your ass and pay attention.

I am not perfect, not by any measure of the word, but I try to be a better person every day. Some days I succeed and others I don't. Can you say the same thing?

Ok, that is all for today. I have a lot of things I have to get done around here. Laundry is at the top of the list. I might even take a stab at that window. Maybe.

Toodles!

Mike

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kenneth Frankovich 1934-2010

Dad passed away last night, quietly, just after 2am. Once a Marine, always a Marine.... he fought to the very end. He was surrounded by family and I believe he knew we were all there.

He lived a long life and lived it on his terms, his way, his rules. It is one of many reasons why he was so loved and respected.

As it is with all things, death is a part of life. My father was never one to shy away from that fact, especially after mom passed in 2006. He didn't like it, not one bit, but he accepted it... hell, he even embraced it. He talked about it often.

The last time we spoke about his death he told me there was one thing he wanted...

He did not want his death mourned but, instead, wanted his life celebrated. I promised him it would be, and it will.

Dad, I will always love you. I thank you for being there when I needed it, for instilling in me the drive to be a good man, a true friend, and most of all a great son. You are the measure by which I hold myself. I fear I may never live up to it but god dammit I will not stop trying.

May your new path always lead to the arms of your true love.

With love and devotion,

Mike

PS: The next round is on me Dad.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sadness and happiness

This post will not mention Multiple Sclerosis a single time.

Dammit.

Ok, this is going to be a little short but long on info.

For those of you who may have been reading this thing called a "blog" for any length of time you will know that I have been taking care of my dad. Things took a decidedly ugly turn and he is back in the hospital. To make a long story short things are not going well. I am not a very religious man, more spiritual than anything, but I am going to ask that if you read this then please say a prayer for him. Thanks!

Now on to some happy news. Again, short but whatever....

I have met what I can only describe as the perfect woman. As most of you who read this are women, no slight was intended. Just in my eyes she is. We have fallen very hard for one another. To be honest I think this is the first time I have ever truly been in love.

Yea, yea, yea. I know I wasmarred for nearly 17 years once before. That is my point.

The way I feel about this woman goes light years beyond anything else. I never thought I would find a true companion, friend, and lover ever again. In fact, I had just stopped looking. I guess that is why I found it. I don't want to get all gooey-eyed all over your monitor so I won't.

Just suffice it to say that this is the real thing. Emotional, psychological, and physical. I love her very much and she loves me back just as much.



Ok, done for now. Hope to be back soon with good, and/or, great news.

Toodles everyone!!

Mike