Last Time I Sent a Card to Someone I Care About

The incomparable Megan S.

The last card I sent was actually hand delivered to Megan S.  I put a card into her purse at work.  In the card I put a photo from the newspaper of her and her nephew at a local science fair.  I added a note telling her to keep up the good work she was doing on her school work.

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Fattening Foods-Oh How I Love Them

Tillamook Cheese HQ

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Photograph of a Coney Island hot dog.

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Cheese School 101
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I love many of this food group.  Among the favs: potato chips, dips, ranch dressing, fried chicken strips, fried livers and gizzards, burgers, hot dogs, brats, sausages, cheeses-especially bleu cheese, brie, cheddar, anything from Tillamook Cheese Company and micro beers.  If micro beers count as a fattening food.  And of course pizza.

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Science Fiction-Do I Read It?

Am I reading science fiction?  Not at this time.  There was a period were I read as much as I could by Philip K. Dick .  I use to have 3 or 4 of his books.  I always read Neal Stephenson.  Though I think he has moved away from science fiction into something more, or at least different.  I can’t get enough of his Baroque Cycle.

Leo Strauss

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Right now I am reading more histories-I was a history major at Oklahoma State-historical fiction, Mark Twain, and Plato.  I am reading Plato so I can figure out what the hell the Leo Strauss, the Straussians and Neo-Cons are all about.

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Habbits-Got New One?

I really haven’t developed new habits-other than the 365 journal prompts I have undertaken.  Though I since I got a second job it has been hit and miss.  I am not happy with how I have handled this.  But I am trying to pay off a credit card and save a bit of money to open another cafe.  I have been adapting to the time I have.  However the second job leaves me exhausted.  As soon as my bills are paid and I am caught up I plan to quit and re focus on writing everyday instead of catch-as-catch-can.  I have grown to like the process and like learning the craft and experimenting.  I get a great sense of accomplishment from this exercise.  The learning process has been beneficial as well.  I only get money from the second job; I get so much personal growth, understanding, and joy from this exercise.  It is worth more than any money the second job pays me.

I wonder what money thinks about?

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As for hobbies I have only the ones I have always had: collecting money, stamps, sports cards, traveling. reading, watching movies, cooking new dishes, eating weird and wondrous foods, and dabbling in photography.  The photography has become easier with digital cameras.  My work in the darkroom of the past was atrocious.

I would like to think I would develop a new hobby if something caught my fancy.

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Business Travel

Baseball Field Sanming College, Sanming City, Fujian PRC

I don’t really travel for business  though sometimes I wish I did.  That way someone else would pay for it.  Most of my travel is for pleasure and to see the world.  Though I did travel to China to teach and coach baseball for 2 and 1/2 years/

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Stuck in an Elevator

Have I ever been stuck in an elevator? Why yes I have.

When I was a freshman at Illinois State University I got “stuck” in a vator.  I got stuck in the vator out in the Tri-Tower area of campus my freshman year.

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That first year the school took too many students for all of us to have a dorm room.  As a result many of us ended up in the study lounges at the end of every floor in the Tri-Tower dorms.  I ended up in the lounge of the 10th floor of Wright Hall.  I was suppose to room with five other guys, but only three showed up-I am still friends with two of those guys.

One of the roommates was this Italian kid from Melrose Park, Il.  One day this kid, myself, and the kid from Deerfield, Il were in the vator.  We had this game where we tried to stop the vator without setting off the alarm, and seeing how close we could get it to stop to the actual floor opening.  We usually knocked the inside door off its track; then we would open the outside door to see where we were to the actual opening.

On this particular day we couldn’t open the outside door.  Later when the people on the outside finally opened the doors we discovered we were about half way between two floors.  The way we knocked the door off its track was to kick it.  This was the Melrose Park kid’s specialty.  This time he had kicked it so hard it bent the door and we couldn’t pull it back on to its track or open it.  I think the maintenance department or fire department came to pry the door open.  Then we squirmed and shimmied out the opening.  We gave some B.S. story about how the door just flew off the track and stopped the vator.  I am sure the school didn’t believe us and even threatened us with a $2000 repair bill.  We never got the bill and I never played this game again.  Not sure if the other two ever played it again.  Ahh good times.

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Chocolate-which would I choose?

Chocolate tasting selection

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If offered chocolate from a box of chocolate I would take any type of nut covered in chocolate.  Then I would look for chocolate covered cherries.  After that anything that appears to be chocolate covered nougat.  I am not a fan of semi-sweet or that really dark chocolate that tastes like linoleum.  It should be banned from all boxes of chocolate.

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Redecorate-What Would I Do?

If I owned the place I live in, I would start in the kitchen, new counters, new sink.  Then I would replace all the windows.  Next would be new lighting-maybe track lighting in the living room.  I would love to have a sky light or two as well. One in the kitchen for sure and maybe one in the bedroom.

Once all that was done then I would do it up man cave -in a tasteful style.  More GQ than frat house, that is for sure.  I would get a leather couch and a leather arm chair with the Raiders’ logo on it.  Then I would get a massive new flat screen.  After the living room then I would move on to the bedroom.  There I would get a new bed frame-wooden and a new bedroom suite of dresser and drawers.

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What Do I Believe In?

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Hard work.  Doing the right thing-it is never easy.  A Force greater than myself.  America.  The goodness of most people.  Being as humble as I can.

Religion is a means to bring us closer to a higher being or force, not to repress us.

We all make mistakes.

We should learn from others.

The world does not revolve around us.

It is better to work on who we want to be, rather than on who we don’t want to be.

The world isn’t black ‘n’ white.

Letting others tell good things about me.  It is more powerful that way.

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Have I ever experienced anything I would call a miracle?  Not really.  I have experienced moments where I thought of someone and shortly there after received a call or ran into them.  Not sure if that counts.

I do believe in a higher power.  And I believe miracles happen.  I just haven’t personally experience one yet.  But I am always open to receiving one or two.

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