08/01 Direct Link
Rabbit, rabbit. It's my favorite month of the year. On the last day, I'll celebrate the day that Mom pushed me out of her. Go Mom! I miss her a lot. This is not going to be a tribute to Mom but she will be on my mind. I used to imagine what it must have been like in August of 1952 to be walking around nine months pregnant. That Mom was a real trouper! Meanwhile, it's hotter than the hinges of hell. It will be hot for at least three or four more months. Welcome dog days of summer.
08/02 Direct Link
I'm craving a hot dog. I haven't had one at Costco for awhile so I'm jonesing over here. Oh well, next week I'll have one for sure. This week I'm also having lunch with Ricki. It's become a custom already. I don't mind. She needs it and I like being needed. Who doesn't? I like you. You're a nice person. That's sweet. And now let's take a nap. Naps are good. When I was smaller, I was against them. Now I embrace them. I think a good nap on a daily basis is very therapeutical. I've been up for hours!
08/03 Direct Link
Do you remember that time we went there together? That was the best. I didn't think I could go but you convinced me and we went together. That was so much fun. When can we go back? I had the best time. It's so much fun to be with you. Can we spend some more time together? I don't even care if we go all the way. We can split the bananas and make some dessert. That would be a classic. Return in time for me to get the rest of the flowers. They will soon be here. I know.
08/04 Direct Link
Once upon a time. That's a good way to begin. And how do you end something that begins with once upon a time? They lived happily ever after. So, what's the frequency, Kenneth? I have nothing to say. So, I'm just going to put 100 words here and that will be today's work. I will cook something in the wok afterward. Then we can have pizza. It's frozen and organic. Oh, it was dreadful but we ate the whole thing and now I have terminal heartburn. I sure could use a seltzer water right about now. Plop, plop, fizz, fizz.
08/05 Direct Link
There's a whole lot to make you happy. Doesn't take much, does it? That's good, because I don't have much. I'm just going to leave this here and then move on. It's going to be a good year. There's a blimp to prove that. And soon they will be here. Do your happy dance, but don't lose your mind. There's an event that's going to be incredible. That's true, but unbelievable. Are you ever going to face the fact? I don't know. I kind of like living in denial. And it has nothing to do with a river in Egypt.
08/06 Direct Link
They got me working in the coal mine, going down, down, down. I have your sofa and it's not pretty. There's a big stain. I hung a picture on the wall to hide a stain there. That worked. Now I have to get a large pillow. Please don't move that pillow. It's strategically placed. There's some good news. If you don't care, there's 25% less sugar. It's still good but sugar is bad. Get rid of it all and you'll be a lot better. Sugar and flour are the food of the devil. Yum, give me more. I can't go.
08/07 Direct Link
Once upon a time, there was a man who thought that once upon a time was a good way to start a story. And he thought that they all lived happily ever after would be brilliant for the ending. But the turtle and the rabbit ended up in the stew. And if there were cannibals around, the people would have become long pig. That tasted like chicken? That's because it was. I have to defrost some boneless skinless chicken thighs. Things go better with Coca Cola. It's going to get better. I knew it. That's the way I like it.
08/08 Direct Link
He does people's hair. Saturday is busy. It starts around 0830 and goes until the afternoon. I like to get away so he can conduct business without me interfering. Saturday used to be very routine but since my nursing home friend died, it's been a variety day. I like Saturdays. It's my day to do what I want even though I have chosen to make it a Costco day. I have to at least fill up the car with gas. The gasoline is super cheap there. Since I stopped driving to work, I usually have at least half a tank.
08/09 Direct Link
Well, that was easy. There's a button for that. I don't want to change. There's a new outfit in the corner. I think I'll try that one. I need to get a new wardrobe. That wasn't easy. I knew that you would come around. Next time, get busy sooner. There's more at the door. Did you know that time wounds all heals? That's a good one, eh? Well, that wasn't so easy. Next time, try a little harder. Won't you? Please, I'm asking nicely. Don't make me get your father. You just wait. He will be here soon and then.
08/10 Direct Link
Coffee is good. I like it bitter and sweet with just a little milk. I'm a Starbucks addict. They did it. I'm hooked big time. I have to have my fix every single day. And today marked day 14 that I've gone consecutively. I go tomorrow and I will get 15 bonus stars. I'm a sucker for bonus stars! I liked that. Soon they will give me a boner. I mean, a bonus. There's more at the door. There comes a time. When you see the Southern Cross for the first time, you'll understand why you came this way. Yeah.
08/11 Direct Link
The days, they fly. How they got their wings, I don't know, but the time has gone. Where has it gone? It's gone away. It just passes and before you know it, yesterday is tomorrow. What happened to today? I'm here now, but yesterday it was going to be tomorrow. We'll see. Let's see. I'll see. What do you see? Is there anything to see? What is worth seeing? The kids are all right. Let them be. Every little thing is gonna be all right. Don't you worry about a thing. It's okay. I understand. Let's get on with it.
08/12 Direct Link
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat and presses and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips. rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim and row, hard and fast. Five or six days per week. Mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play.
08/13 Direct Link
Brian Burke wrote: To decode the foggy 18 year prologue; the sun shone a lot more than it does now yet nobody wore shorts. Am I close? Run run run pints pints pints. Roll your own. Bedsit Bukowski, Ranelagh won't know what hit it. Crawl walk sprint USA. Boton Bukowski with no mojo, no home Joe. London Bawling; fear not here I come, Gelded Bukowski will not disappoint. Just keep your expectations low. To the midland of ilk and funny, low expectations, love and rain. Glorious rain that keeps the dust down, the grass green, our children clean. Swim home.
08/14 Direct Link
The spoon rested in her mouth as she savored the last bit of ice cream. She started these pints with the best of intentions. But, a few spoonfuls turned into a multitude, which turned into an empty container. Said empty container morphed into shame and hours at the gym pretending to exercise while actually indulging in reality television marathons. "At it again, piggy?" he asked. She didn't hear him sneak up behind her. He had a nerve criticizing her. His latest breakup left him in a six-month marijuana and pizza eating haze. "We all have our vices," she retorted.
08/15 Direct Link
Beware the Ides of August. I love this crazy month. And it's all because of the last day. Dear Old Mom carried me around for the entire month of August back in 1952. That must've been quite an ordeal. I know that just carrying my own heap of bones around on an August day in 2015 is like an endurance test. It's too hot and the rent's too damn high! Do you know what it means? There's a good chance of rain. We could use some rain right about now, if only for the cooling effect. Meanwhile, Starbucks for me!
08/16 Direct Link
Sunday is a sweet day to just lie about the house and relax. I've written that many times. I'm always going on about this is a good day of rest. Yesterday was another day of rest. The weekends are all about restfulness. I have a restful nest. The nest of resting is full of restful things. There is a certain healthiness about restfulness. Take the road less traveled by. That's a good course. While I'm an advocate, I wonder about those avocados. That's all she wrote. There's another day gone and another one comes. That's the relentless march of time.
08/17 Direct Link
There's a new word - defriended. It's so new that it's underlined in red! I don't like the concept but it happens all the time. It can be a painful thing, but by now I'm used to it. It's when a friend decides that you're no longer their friend. They just toss you aside, sort of like throwing out the unloved furniture. Of course, furniture is like everything else in the consumer society. Use it up, and then throw it away. What does that mean? Throwing something away is like being defriended. There's always tomorrow. The sun will come out tomorrow.
08/18 Direct Link
I'm in the mood for love, simply because you're near me. Funny, but when you're near me, I'm in the mood for love. Did you just call me funny butt? That's not funny! I'm in the mood for love, not name calling. Ham is nice but you don't really have to bake it. What happens when you bake a ham? You get really well done meat! But you can soak it in some coca cola and have some meat candy. Is that really possible? Well, that soda pop has it all. Sugar and phosphoric acid. Burn, baby, burn. I'm ready!
08/19 Direct Link
I pledge allegiance. Do you remember the good old days when we used to have to get under our desks and close the blinds and pray that we wouldn't ever get blown away? That was such a lovely lesson for children. Now line up single file and we'll all go to the lunch room. Are you ready to eat some delicious well balanced nutritious food? Those were the days, my friend. They hadn't even invented 2% milk yet. It was fatty fat fat. We all grew up on McArthur's. Mom used to go buy little ice creams from the factory.
08/20 Direct Link
The beat goes on. I want to type the beat goes one. There are other typos that come naturally and repeatedly. Gloria for some reason almost always comes out Glorida. I think of Florida. That's a good one. There are others but I can't think of them right now. I feel the earth move under my feet. It's time for South Florida today. Or is it south Florida today? Why should South be capitalized? There is a new penchant for capitalizing words that shouldn't be otherwise. The nun was having me capitalize the names of the grades. What the what?
08/21 Direct Link
Bow wow wow, for these truly are the dog days of summer when you don't want to leave the house and when you do you better be prepared to perspire like a stuck pig. That's the deal with living in the deep deep south. We're beyond the deep south. This is a whole different level of heat. We're in the subtropics. It's feeling pretty tropical these days. Bu that the summer time weather for you. At least we have the breezes to temper the heat. It's not so bad in the shade once you sit for a few minutes. Wow.
08/22 Direct Link
It's almost the end of the month. The relentless march of time is what writing here reminds me that it's inevitable. It's coming and going at the same time. Time is irrelevant. There is no yesterday and there is no tomorrow, there is only now. And that just passed. And so did that. And it just keeps on going. Here comes another one. And so on and so on. They grow up so quickly and change so fast. That's why it's important to mark important dates. It makes it all so much easier to deal with. Here comes another one.
08/23 Direct Link
This is cruelest week of the year. It's too darn hot. No one can cool off. The air conditioners are running at full blast. Run, baby, run. Cool this place now. In South Florida, air conditioning is not a luxury. It's a necessity. And to think that we lived without it when I was a young whipper snapper. Why did we do that to ourselves? Me no know. I was not in charge. Actually, we lived for about 15 years in this house without central air conditioning. It changed our lives. We couldn't live without it now. It's a blessing.
08/24 Direct Link
This is the day that Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida so long ago. When was that? It was something like 1992. I worked at the newspaper back then. I worked there for like four more years and then it was over. That was 15 years. Then I messed around for a few years before my next major gig. That one lasted 11 years. Put those two together and you have a career. Right? It's like I just realized it. It's all over. I'm in retirement now. Although I'm starting at a new place, it's only part time and it's filler.
08/25 Direct Link
Four months until Christmas. That means that we should start selling Christmas stuff right now! Some of the stores put out their Halloween stuff and a little bit of Christmas stuff. Doesn't that stuff usually wait until after Halloween? That's a big retail opportunity. What are some Halloween themed foods. There's that horrible candy corn. Isn't that stuff just like pure corn syrup manufactured to look that way. It's the freaky food. The only thing more weird are the big fat candy peanuts. Are those still around? Those are like just really bad marshmallows. Anything peanut is good candy stuff.
08/26 Direct Link
The days are counting down to my birthday. There's a week between my birthday and Labor Day this year. It has to do with the way the days of the week fall. I guess since August 31 is a Monday and the first of September is Tuesday, Labor Day is the first Monday of the month so it's Sept. 7 this year. I like it that it's not the day after my birthday. I remember back in the day actually starting school on my birthday. That was such an indignity. It made my birthday second rate. I didn't like that.
08/27 Direct Link
I want to eat breakfast. I don't want to make anything. I don't want to go to a restaurant because I don't want to get up and get ready. I guess I don't want to make anything because I don't want to get up and get ready. I know that I have to get up and get ready because I can't do anything until I get up and get ready. All I've done is get up and go to the bathroom. That's right next to the bed so it almost doesn't even count. Time to get up and get ready.
08/28 Direct Link
Trying to reason with hurricane season. Everyone is mentally ill over a storm named Erika. Is it coming or is it going to fizzle? Whatever, it's there and it's making us totally cray. Most people just go about their lives as if nothing is happening and the rest of us are just insane with worry. What's the point? It's like munching on the hole in the donut. There's no there there. Just pour me another cup of coffee and let's chew the fat. What's to talk about? You name the subject. We have lots to say. Now don't we, darling?
08/29 Direct Link
We just sit and wait. No, that's not necessary. Just go about your normal day. It's fallen apart. No storm coming. Well, it's not going to be so bad, but there will be weather. That we can't say anything about either. You wanna know why? Nobody can predict the future. There can be informed speculation based on past experience. I know this to be a fact. There's more at the door. That's okay. Take one of these and everything will be all right. Do you know your neighbor? Now is the time. Now is the best time of your life.
08/30 Direct Link
Just another rainy day, just a rainy, rainy day. It's just another rainy day in Miami Beach. I know the song lyrics talk about New York City but that's not where I live. When you have a day that starts out with rain, you have to wonder is that the kind of rain that just washes away all the dirtiness in the world or is it the kind of rain that just has to keep falling all the live long day? This is the kind of rain that can fall for 40 days and 40 nights. Let the buyer beware.
08/31 Direct Link
Happy birthday, baby. It was just another day except that we went out for dinner. We ate the palace of Versailles in the heart of Little Havana. They bill it as the world's most famous Cuban restaurant. I love that place. They have a certain flair in their presentation yet it's affordable like most other Cuban restaurants. There's nothing pretentious, just old fashioned home cooking. Other than that dinner out, the day was just like any other. No cards were given and no gifts neither! Happy birthday, baby. I'm okay with it. I was just 63. Two more years, dude.