Don't waste your time here....

Strongly suggested you go read somewhere else.....

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Some days...

 Somedays, for no real good reason, the questions get all turned around.

People keep saying "what's wrong?" And you know the real question is "what's right?"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It's like having a nasty pet...

For some reason, some people keep nasty pets. Like angry pit bulls.
These pets are kept on a tight leash, and the owner has to be ever vigilant 
lest they slip the leash, turn on you, and tear you up.

Some times you think you could just reach out and lightly caress them, show them a little love and care, and they could be tamed. There could be peace.  What the owner knows, is after a couple of deceptive strokes, that monster is going to turn and rip you up. He has to keep the hand tight on the leash or the beast tightly locked up behind closed doors. And he knows that with the slightest crack in the door, that monster wants OUT. 

And wants out bad. 

I have thoughts and memories like that. Everyday I need to make sure they are locked up or held in check on a very tight leash. One moment everything is fine, the next chaos. The slightest lapse in attention or being lax, a place, a day dream, or a smell, and that sucker will slip the leash and run rampart. It wants out.

And it's a vicious little bastard. Goes right for the heart.

I think it enters through the mouth, cause I always feel a lump in my throat.

And that makes my eyes water.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

It's like a hand rental....

So I have always been openly skeptical about psychics. 
Not that I don't believe that the possibility that there are forces, (or people who could tap into them), but more the dingy room profiting and playing on others hopes and wishes. 
Or the grand-standing and shameless cheating and manipulating of large venue money making shows like Crossing Over etc.   I think there is a special hell for those evil people.

So today I am driving by, and I think " I should get my palm read." 

I have no desire to know the future.  I couldn't care less about what anyone would have to "tell" me about the past.

However, I realized the thought behind the thought was pretty simple. 
                It's a great way to pay someone to hold hands with you without it being weird.

Then I became aware of how much I miss holding Lori's hand. I have reached for her subconsciously many times, then felt silly.         But up until that point, I never really objectively qualified the amount of time that we spent connected in that way.

It was a lot.  Like all the time.  More, I think, then what I see others do.
                I wonder if others thought we were weird?

I don't know how it started, but I am pretty sure that every single time we were together we held hands when we said grace before eating.

I would very often wake up beside Lori in the morning, and be holding hands . Often they  were almost sweaty, so I can only assume we must have been doing it for a period of time.

If she wasn't knitting, we held hands in the car. For hundreds of miles. 

She reached for my hand when we walked. On planes. In airports. In movies. In meetings.

It felt good. 

There were many nuances and messages. A slight squeeze and a subtle redirection of a finger to point out an odd person in the crowd. I knew when she liked a song or agreed with a point someone said. A warning twitch when I was putting my foot in my mouth, or being harsh.  A double tap when everyone was wading through the "where to eat" options, and she wanted help to sway the kid jury. A triple squeeze to let me know she was loving me. And yes, the dirty messages she would write with her finger, one letter at a time onto my palm, while I was supposedly paying serious attention to something else.

I'm sure this all adds into that "disconnected" feeling.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


.... at some point the care bus comes around again. I hope it brings color back with it.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It is tiring...

It's like being on duty all the time. 
You are the only guard in this prison camp.
Villigence is the key word. Never let your guard down.

The prisoners must walk the plank.
Straight on. One in front of the other. Heel toe heel toe.
March straight on, and no one gets hurt.
And everything seems fine.
The warden and public are happy.

But drop your guard or let your attention waver one little bit,
And you"ll see just how narrow that plank is.
The thoughts, so tightly controlled, will start to wander
slipping off to the sides,
And you'll be over the edge in an instant.

One sodden failed mass.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

No worries ......

I find it slightly disturbing that every time I pick up a gun, the thought

                                 "I'm coming, honey"

goes through my mind.

The chipmunks like the fact the scope is a blurry...

A hug was an event

This has been on my mind for the last couple of days

I am thankful for the memories of each of the countless times that Lori would suddenly just stop what she was doing, put it aside, and walk over and give me a hug.
                 ***** For no good reason.******

A book would be turned face down. 
Knitting set aside on the floor.  
The mixer left running and flour all over the counter.

My hugs were often more if I was passing by. 
               ---- She made hers an event-----

Not a lot of talk, no conditions, just an event that made you special

My advise:

Regardless what today was like, or last week, or even last year, stop the very important thing you are doing, ( like hanging out online ), get up and go find your Significant one and give them a heartfelt hug. 

You have better things to be doing. Do them now.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Strange days indeed....

Not sure why, but did not have it together yesterday. I think the worst day yet.

Oddly, I was productive, sat in the office and did all the things I meant to get done, which were lots of the things I hate.

Never got on top of it, spent a lot of the day with swimmy vision. Went back to bed 4 times.

Finally had a fire in the fire pit and tried to read, but the mosquitos came out. Lit some fireworks to smoke up the area, but the reality, of course,  is its better to have your best friend sitting by the fire with you.
Not really sure of the point of writing this either. Maybe it helps to get it out. Lori sure believed in a journal.

Waiting for the point that I stop dreading there is a tomorrow

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I Just Realized I'm Homeless.....

I live at a house in Milford. 

When I reference that place, I find myself saying "I'm going to the house", or "I'm at the house".

I don't think, "I'm going home",  when I leave to go there.

I fully blame Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for this.  It's that song of his called Home. 

We really felt it to be true, that home is wherever I'm alone with you.

I guess I will just be a street person.
                                 But I look forward to going home......

Monday, October 1, 2012

Today we mourn the passing...

of  Middle Finger of the right hand.   Middle Finger lived at the Lori's Right Hand, 476 Route 13 South, Milford, NH for the last 11 years. A native of Newburyport, MA, Middle Finger was the last surviving member of 10 Siblings, having been pre-deceased by2 brothers and 7 sisters.

Middle Finger was extremely useful and helpful, picking up the slack and tasks left behind by the passing of her siblings. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Viewing hours are daily at the home of Lori and Eric Pikcilingis, 476 Route 13 South, Milford, NH

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fear = Lack of Trust


Was up in a man lift, and at 60 feet got nervous to walk to the low side to get the chainsaw. Really.
Knew it was dumb, but later was thinking about it and realized that because the lift was leaning so bad, I stopped trusting that it would not tip over. Once I didn't trust it, I became fearful. If I would have really believed that it wouldn't tip more, I would have run over there and grabbed the saw.

So what are we all afraid of? Stop and list your fears. For me, all of them come down to a lack of trust.

Lori and I were talking about this, and as we are fearful of the future, and all it may bring. I really think this is just our lack of trust showing.

I'd like to trust more.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Hmmmm.... Been a while

maybe this will be amusing for a bit.

It is now 1/3/11 and things are sill the same in some ways, and way worse in others.

After some first hand experience and observation, the best way to handle someone choking is to ignore them. Worse than getting food down the wrong pipe is the embarrassment that while you are in an uncontrolled fit, everyone is stopped, silent, concerned, and WatchinG....... that makes the choking part seem easy....... I am going to just do my best to carry on and then very privately keep watch in case something really does go wrong.... But as long as there are sounds, there really is nothing you can do anyway, so why not spare the indignity and just keep on.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Day 2 - Bike trip to the Southwest (- the west)

Breakfast at 8:45, on the road by 9:15...

more pictures here

met Mark, went to ruins, then to plaza Blanca - hiked up slot canyon
rode to Chama, went up pass into Colorado, then back to Chama.
Hustled 1 hour to Pagosia Springs CO and checked in then headed for meeting.
After, we ate at Sonic, Then back to the springs for a soak in 103 degree water.

only one bummer. Kevin got his hand pressed by a big rock. took some skin back and dinged a fingernail. We cleaned an wrapped it. Must have stung like crazy

but still having a blast

Hanging out in New Mex - Day 1

Olivia and I joined some others on a bike trip for charity. We donate $4.07 for every ten miles we travel. So far the advance team has gone 2200 miles, then this morning we hooked up and started riding.

A beautiful day and great scenery...

Olivia up on Sandia Peak and G-man killing a burger...

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Very Sad Day

Olivia, the kids & I attended a young mans funeral today. We are saddened by the loss and our hearts and prayers go out to his family.

Just a simple stretch of road about a mile from his house, Hard to believe the damage to the car.

You will be missed....

Monday, April 21, 2008

A Very Good Day At Curt Shilling's House

We stopped by the Shillings place for a very long day of meetings. We arrived at 8:45 in the morning, and stayed in the same room, in constant meetings, until 2pm. We met with 13 different team members and learned about what they all do. Olivia tried out many new games and had fun with all her new friends. Here is a picture of her playing a blowing game to see how much CO2 she is producing.

Then she played Puff the Magic Dragon with her hyper friend. Glad I was along to video the game...

All the measurements that they took showed that she was the same as the last time she was there, so that was really really good news.

They did take some blood to test against some really long shots, and she will have another MRI in Nashua to rule out other long shot possibilities. However, even if she stays in this club, it seems that she will be a long term member and will be slow to play with some of her new friends.

We were very happy at the end with the results, and are still very optimistic. Thanks to everyone who mentioned us in their prayers and let us know they were thinking about us.

We were so happy with the report, that we did THIS.....

And then did THIS at Capitol Grill for lunch!
(and this is the best steak tartar)

Then we picked up this little Austin Martin that Olivia had had her eye on. All-in-all, a very good day and we are very thankful.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Thieves hit the New England Coast !

Dateline New England - Yesterday
Thieves looted and pillaged up and down the coast of New England from NH to Maine. Edmond managed to observe them hauling goods back to the lair and captured the following photographs. While police don't seem to be investigating, husbands and mortgage foreclosure specialists are hot on the trail...

One of the guilty trying to hide the goods

Only a portion of her share of the goods....

The get-away vehicle was stuffed to the gills with bags and food-stuffs. Many things were brought in through the back door to avoid the police. (at least all 6 legs will now be properly shod)

Finding more goods to haul to the car...

Absolute glee

MMMmmm.... let's drink this quart of brown gravy...
(then we can go run the chainsaw for a couple of hours)

So while I am sure we are poorer than we know, I know that they are richer in memories, so I guess it makes it all worth while.
Thanks to the 3 felons for coming this way for Olivia's birthday.

Olivia gets some flowers!

Olivia got some flowers from Maximello

As you can see, he went all out.. (and forgot to remove the price tag)

However, some very nice friends made up for him and sent this stunning arrangement!
Linda & Norm, Mark & Lindy, Carmen & Scott were people we stood in breadlines with on ration-card day back in the old country. America has been good to them, and they in turn are good to us.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Continuing Adventurers of Helen and Dr. Bob

Day 7-
Doctor / Patient relations have become strained.....

so everyone took a much needed break...

and Doctor Bob did a little self-medicating......

And then they had a nice little nap together.....

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Hanging with Helen and her Hospital Peeps

Olivia's mom and I decided to vacation in Newburyport, MA. We both checked into this quaint little New England B&B. I only had reservations for 1 day, just laid about the first day, and then went jogging the second. After running eleven and one-half minutes, the inn keeper thought it was good if I checked out. Helen decided to extend her stay and is still there. She is under Dr. Bob's care and he is taking good care of her.

A little Doctor / Patient Love.....

Helen is still bruised as you can see.

Dr. Bob checks for brain activity.....

Monday, March 3, 2008

Wir hatten eine große Zeit - Trip to Germany

Olivia and I took a little trip and went and stayed with a lovely German couple.
(Die Frau war wirklich heiß)
We spent a nice relaxing weekend with them and their 3 children in a chalet in a very remote area. Had wonderful traditional food cooked outdoors in the local style and just hung out for 3 days. It was a nice break and we sure enjoyed their hospitality.

We did watch their oldest child play in a tournament, not sure exactly what the game was but you could certainly see the communist influence was still there, (it was a very
socialist affair with no score being kept and everyone being equal), but the cutest part was they had all the children wearing armbands. It was a sight to see all these little good Germans being lined up and handed armbands before marching around. The only part somewhat ominous was the fellow with the mustache who spoke at half time and tried to whip the crowd into a religious frenzy and asked them to commit to the cause. (we tried not to make eye contact and sat with our heads and hands lowered)

Arm-banded Star Player

The other fun thing we did was to watch them develop and fire off these un-maned rockets. They encourage the smallest of children to understand rocket flight, and from the test firing that we observed, the goal seems to be to get them to land on their neighbors. All in all it was a very exciting time and interesting to watch.

Young Rocket Scientist

We did take a side trip to look at one of their riverboats. Not sure how those crew members can take the cramped, smokey, noisy environment but they all seemed eager to join. It seems they only accept the most fit, talented, and beautiful people of the area to serve on the boats.

We also were surprised HOW many people over there smoke. Even the children seem to enjoy a puff in the morning....

Here are some pictures of the German family we stayed with... I just took a picture of the framed pictures they had in their house, as being so filled with nervous energy, it was had to get them to sit still for a photo. The grandfather looks really familiar...

The Nice Young Couple

The Youngest Version ( Who has a really nice salute)

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Sniff... home alone... didn't get invited on the neighbors trip.....

But here is a photo to cheer her.... Glad to hear your sister is recovering....

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sorry to hear about Janannes Sister, Nell

Rat Bite Fever

  • Organism name, and synonyms: Streptobacillus moniliformis, a Gram-negative bacteria. Synonyms: Rat-bite fever, Haverhill fever.
  • Reservoir: Rats. Commensal in the mouth and pharynx.
  • Mode of Transmission: Animal bite, direct contact with secretions of the mouth, nose, eye of an infected animal.
  • Incubation Period: 3-10 days.
  • Clinical Disease: Initial bite wound usually heals. Sudden onset of fever, chills, vomiting, headache and joint pains, rash.
  • Epidemiology: Uncommon in North America.
  • Communicability: Not directly transmitted from person to person.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Interesting things we have heard.....

We really have appreciated all the fan mail... It has been heartwarming.
(and the common theme has been " we don't know what to say...", which is just fine, because we don't know what to say either.)

So much like the disease, where you can only prove what is not, I offer up these bits of tested phrases that may not be just the best thing to bring comfort and consolation.
" I am so sorry that you will have to suffer this horrible thing. So sorry you will have to go through that. It is a terrible way to die and I am so sorry for you"


"Well, it's not the end of the world..."


"We were so worried that Pauline would choke to death, and was so glad that didn't happen. I hope you don't die that way, I will pray that you die like she did"
and we would like to thank the academy for these comedic nominations, and please vote early and often...

always looking on the bright side of life,
ed & o

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Well this just sucks....

While continuing to hate all things Yankees, Olivia and I spent the day interviewing and auditioning for a celebrity-sponsored club. It seems that Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and his wife helped set this facility up and the place is very nice. We went to the headquarters in Burlington, MA and met with the director. We talked about what the club has to offer and looked around the place. After a pretty rigorous screening process, it seems that there is a 90% chance that Olivia will be able to join.

The price of admission is very steep, so maybe we could just take a pass.

Here is a link talking about the clubhouse:
RED SOX Pitcher Curt Schilling

Thanks to all of you who spent time filling out and submitting out the virtual anti-membership recommendation forms......

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Giving Back... Olivia & I join the Senator in on the Presidential Panel for Gamma Studies (PPGS)

Had a very busy day in Boston, MA on Monday. We met with Senator Meyers and attended a symposium on the dangerous health effects of Gamma radiation. As members of the presidential commission assigned to study this health hazard, we were allowed to observe as they tested several subjects,
(lab monkey, cleaning lady, and homeless man), with several doses of up to 300 Rads of gamma radiation.

Unfortunately, the subjects did not get the protective glasses and they wound up in pretty bad shape.

The panel found it conclusive that we need to warn people about the dangers of staring straight into the sun for long periods of time. The general public needs to be warned. We proposed a spending budget of 4.23M for advertising campaigns to get this important message out.

Here we are observing one blast.....

Although it was tragic when the (now) blind cleaning lady fell off the stage, it did make us all smile for a second....

Senator Meyers had a good time.

After the tests and grilling the subjects, we all went to the Capitol and had
a wonderful dinner....

Annoying Litter Left by "So-Called" Environmentalists

How annoying when all these "tree huggers" come over to your house and then leave litter all over the place. Olivia and I grabbed plastic bags and did our best to clean the area up. We quickly took care of the problem, plastic double-bagged the waste and added 6-pack rings, and threw the whole mess in the woods when it wouldn't harm anything. I took the following picture of Olivia with a large chunk of the hazardous waste.

Please everyone, do your part and help clean the environment up and get this trash back in the landfill.