It's crazy, but I'm reluctant to post again because it will bump my Grandma's obit from the top slot . .
Anyhow, I quit smoking 142 1/2 hours ago . . yes, I'm counting the hours. Heck, I'm lucky I'm not counting the minutes. It's been tough, sure, but overall it's much easier than I anticipated (knock on wood) - so much so that I don't have all that much to say about it.
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My wife's Grandpa passed away on Saturday night. To an extent it was unexpected, even at 86, because he seemed so sturdy. I'd have given him a fair shot at 100, but early in the week we received word that he had terminal lung cancer. (no, this had nothing to do with me quitting smoking - my Grandpa died of lung cancer 19 years ago too)
Anyhow, in the wake of my Grandma's funeral my wife had bemoaned the fact that she hadn't seen her Grandpa in awhile, and was set to call him and invite him to lunch. Sadly, the call came the very next day - had it been delayed by a single night, she'd have taken him out; instead, he was transfered to a hospice.
On Wednesday she went to see him and he was bright and alert. He delighted in the fact that she remembered he liked his coffee "hot and black, like my women" and that he called deuces 'ducks' in Yahtzee.
By Saturday, when we took the kids to see him, he was unconscious and near death. The girls prayed over him, and he passed away that night.
He'll be missed. In the weeks or months to come I'll try to post some of the transcript of an interview I did with him years back, concerning his service on Guadacannal and other battlefields of WWII.
Man, what a lousy month so far . . .
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Just because I forgot in a previouos post, on Father's Day the wife and I went down to Chicago overnight and saw Madonna at the United Center. It was a good concert, tho' it was tipped too heavily in favor of her newest album. I'll say this for her - she's much hotter on stage than I imagined based on the ghastly pics of her you see online.
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The one good thing (?) to come out of my Grandma's death was the re-emergence of my once formidable circle of friends. After a four year absence my cousin/good friend Jon and I reunited. Ditto Erv, my friend since 5th grade. And only a few days later, at my 3rd annual All-Star game barbeque, friends like Roy and Emo came out to say hello.
It was nice to see them all (and my ever faithful friend Tre).
Here's hoping it wasn't all a temporary reunion.
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On a baseball rant, kudos to Mariano Rivera on his 400th save, which I watched on TV. I wish A-Rod would relax and start hitting, but the NY press and fans seem to be getting to him, as I heard him commit 3 errors today on XM's broadcast.
Speaking of TV, the local cable company bumped the Disney Channel, which has led to much agony among my little ones . .
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On a political note, I've followed the worsening situation in the Mid-East with awe and dread. Amazing how quickly a (relatively) minor tragedy has spawned the brink of WWIII . . . .
Here's my solution: return the kidnapped soldiers, quit firing rockets into Israeli towns, and everyone goes home happy.
Somehow I doubt that'll happen.
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We're finished with TeeBall for this year. Grandma's death led to more missed sessions, and now with YaYa's last remaining Great-Grandparent dying, I'm throwing in the towel.
We'll try again next year, but you know what? With as quickly as this summer is passing, I'll enjoy the extra evenings at home.