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Me and Guns

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Ron the Skunk Hunter - I'm not really a hunter - I just play one on TV BANG!  The first gun I had was a Daisy air rifle, also known as a "bee bee" gun.  The year was about 1952, and like some of the cooler kids on my block of Washington Avenue in Downingtown, PA, I wanted a bee bee gun. I don't remember the circumstances of if someone bought me a bee bee gun or loaned me one.  But this is what I do remember.  As soon as I got my greasy 12 year old paws on that bee bee gun I went outside of the apartment building that we lived in the white trash poor section of Downingtown and took aim at a solitary robin who was perched on a telephone line outside our apartment building. I put one of these out of its misery when I was only 12 years old "BANG!"  Actually, it was more like a "SWOOSH!"  Bee bee guns don't "BANG!"   I looked up and saw the robin fall from the telephone line, where he/she wasn't bothering anybody u

Why I Love Downton Abbey

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Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley Oh let me count the ways.  "Downton Abbey" is like a treasure chest, precious jewels and gold,  An overflowing abundance of riches.  Which gem to I choose first? Well folks, this is easy;  I LOVE "Downtown Abbey" because of Dame Maggie Smith.  Watching an actress like Dame Maggie you forget she's acting.  There are very few actresses who can accomplish this feat so effortlessly and who are such joy to watch.  Bette Davis and Meryl Streep are two who come to my mind.   Shirley's face says it all - as does Dame Maggie's - NO MATCH Most actresses cannot come even close to Dame Maggie's excellence.  Recently the renown American actress Shirley MacLain made a much touted appearance on "Downtown Abbey" as a foil to match Dame Maggie's character, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.  Sorry Shirley, I love you babe but your stint opposite Dame Maggie just didn't wor

Prostate Biopsy Done!

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Gestapo Headquarters This morning I completed my long delayed prostate biopsy procedure.  Oh yeah, I feel like I've been rode long hard. Folks, this is NOT a pleasant procedure.  Damn, My ass is still sore.  I feel like someone put a broom handle up my rectum and rotor-rooted my butt.  I'm sitting here now typing this whiny missive with a Kotex like swap between my butt cheeks.  Ah yes, too much information .   So here's the blow by blow (so to speak) sequence of events this morning and my urologist's office. Waiting Ron My appointment was for 8:30 a.m.  I arrived at 7:30 a.m.  I was immediately informed by the receptionist that my doctor had an emergency and would be at least a half an hour late.  Oh joy. And I did want to get this THING over with. Bill (yes, he was with me this time) and I settled down in the waiting room.  Bill had his book and I had my iPhone, to update my Facebook followers. After all, I AM obligated to tell one and all "how

Ming the Merciless

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Ming the Merciless, Emperor of the planet Mongo You say you don't know who "Ming the Merciless" is?  Then you are showing your age.  You're showing how young you are.   "Ming the Merciless" was the ruler of the planet Mongo.  You say you never heard of Mongo?  Where have you been? Seriously folks, Ming the Merciless is a fictional character who first appeared in the Flash Gordon comic strip (ah ha!) in 1934.  Played by the actor Charles B. Middleton, he then appeared in the Flash Gordon serials of the late 1930's era.  No folks, I'm not THAT old but I do remember seeing those 30's era serials on my 12 inch (don't go there) black and white Philco TV in the Fifties when I was just a young whipper snapper with my adolescent hormones beginning to kick in. Lock and load as they say. Flash restrained - check out those nifty shorts and Ming's look - works for me. Oh my, was I ever transfixed by Flash Gordon, played by Buster Cra

Friends - A Bad Week

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Me waiting at Dover Subaru yesterday for my Forester oil change Hi folks.  I had several ideas for unique and interesting postings but I'm just not up to it after events of the past week and the one BIG upcoming event of Monday, undergoing a prostate biopsy procedure.  I've written about this before and won't go into it again here but it is one my mind and affecting my mood and enthusiasm.  I was supposed to get this procedure last year but changed my mind but have decided to do it this year just to rule out any possibility that I have prostate cancer. So here are some of my random thoughts are things bothering me right now.   My cousin Jana - I doubt if I'm violating her privacy by posting this picture of her with her cat Notice that the picture of the cat I had at the top of this blog is now gone.  That's because it was a picture I took of a former friend's cat.  He sent me an e-mail stating that I post "everything online."   Well ac

"Liar, Liar Pants On Fire!" Answer

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Hey folks, remember the "Liar, liar pants on fire" meme that I posted a few days ago?  Here are the four statements, one of which is a BIG FAT LIE.   I asked one and all to identify the statement that wasn't true. I have sex once a week. I was a stutterer until my first grade teacher slapped me upside my head. I was 27 years old the first time I "pleasured" myself.  I am addicted to Doritos Blazing Buffalo and Ranch Chips. I lost over $200,000 in the great stock market meltdown of 2000 And the answer is (drum roll please!) NUMBER 1 That's right folks, number 1 is an absolute lie because I am celibate.  Yes folks, hard as it is to believe I am celibate and have been since February 2005.   Do I miss "it"?  Not as much as I probably would have if I was 21 years old.  Truth be told I've never really been a sexual person, although I do get turned on by men.  I'm more of a romantic.  Oh sure, I've been known

Stood Up

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My view from my Table For One - I was too embarrassed to ask the waitress to take a picture of me alone at the table. I've never gotten used to dining alone. Yesterday I was stood up for a luncheon date.  No big deal in the whole scheme of things but to me it was a reminder of how much I hate to dine alone. Ironically, it wasn't me who called for the luncheon date.  It was my friend.   "Let's do lunch!"  I said "What's a good time for you?" (as I usually do, I am the accommodating one).  He said Tuesday.  I knew that was his day off although it wasn't my day of but what the hey, I can accommodate as I usually do.   Yesterday morning I sent a text message to him "See you at 11:30."  I didn't receive an answer because I know that he sleeps late.  No big thing. Eleven o'clock rolls around and I bundle up to go out to lunch.  A cold wave has rolled in.....finally.  Actually, I really didn't want to go out to lunch i

Thank You Mr. President

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No one was more surprised than me when president Obama mentioned "Stonewall" in his inaugural speech.  I have a DVR and I had to rewind and make sure he actually said "Stonewall."  "We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths -- that all of us are created equal -- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall..." he said. "Seneca Falls" - women's rights "Selma" - black civil rights "Stonewall" - gay civil rights Equality March Washington D. C. October 2009 For the first time in the history of presidential inaugural speeches the president of the United States acknowledged and affirmed the existence of my gay brothers and sisters and their role in the American Experience. Proud LGBT folks at the Equality March in Washington D.C. 2009 Most of the people I know hate president Obama.  To this day I'm not sure why

One Week To Launch

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Okay folks, today is one week to launch.   "Launch" is when I submit my posterior to a sharp medical instrument  which will take twelve chunks of flesh out of my prostate gland.  You women have the probes to the vag, we men have to undergo the Prostate Thing.  Yes folks, I am getting the biopsy procedure.   Regular followers of this blog know that I was scheduled last year (December 28th to be exact) for a biopsy of my prostate because my PSA scores are consistently above 4.0 which is the so-called danger zone for prostate cancer.   My prostate score spiked at 8.4 the summer of 2012 and settled down to just over 4.0 (4.4, 4.8) during the fall months when I had blood tests done again. I was going to get the biopsy procedure last year until I started to hear that maybe this procedure really wasn't necessary.  Since then I've heard arguments on both sides which I won't go into here but suffice it to say, none of the alternatives are pleasant.   Two month

My Way

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This is beautiful folks.  Not only was this Frank Sinatra's theme song (he had so many didn't he?) but it could be mine as well as yours.  I love this rendition by Andre Rieu.  By the way, hard to believe that this song was written by Paul Anka, a teen idol of the Fifties who also wrote "Lay Your Head On My Shoulder."  BTW, Paul and I are of the same age.  Has no significance to anything but I thought it was interesting. You know me, I always like to add those extra "tidbits." 

Liar! Liar! Pants On Fire!

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Time for a meme folks.  I've not the recipes, the political rants, the "all about myself what I'm doing today" posts, now time for a meme.  I stole this one from the infamous "Anne Marie of Philly" who stole it from someone else who I forget now. Here are Five Things About Me.  Which one is the big fat lie? I have sex once a week. I was a stutterer until my first grade teacher slapped me upside my head. I was 27 years old the first time I "pleasured" myself.  I am addicted to Doritos Blazing Buffalo and Ranch Chips. I lost over $200,000 in the great stock market meltdown of 2000. Place your bets folks!