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Medical Update

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Bill being examined by his doctor yesterday at the VA Yesterday both Bill and I had follow-up doctors' appointments. Bill's appointment was first at 8:30 am in the morning. I drove him down to the local outpatient VA clinic. This was Bill's six month "labs" follow-up. Also, we reviewed the results of his lower leg pressure test back in May. Bill's blood flow back up his lags is lagging, thus creating "stale blood" and a discoloration of his lower legs. Also, when Bill bumps his legs, like when he's getting off a ladder, his wounds are slow to heal. This condition is called edema. Another "gift" of old age.   Well, the results of Bill's labs good. Also, his edema is under control. As long as he continues wearing his pressure socks and elevates his legs he can manage this condition. Bill also has to be careful not to bang his legs creating wounds that are slow to heal.  Good news folks!  We got another six months. Me fil

Curious Things Around The House #2

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Me with some of my favorite "things" Thing #1: Back with more "Curious Things Around the House". Actually, in this post I will tell abut several things about the house here which gives me great pleasure during my Life Journey. The first is that wonderful ship oil painting hanging on the wall behind my bed.   I received that painting as a Christmas present from my longtime love Bill during our first Christmas together 1964. I had admired that painting earlier during one of our walks around center city Philadelphia. Thus it was with great surprise that Bill gave me that painting for Christmas. I think that was the best Christmas present I've ever received, EVER.  I never tire of looking at that beautiful tall ship with billowing white sails on the ocean blue. My world would not be the same without this painting. If I ever have to move to a smaller facility in my old age, and I have to downsize, that painting is the one I will keep in my little room wh

Downingtown High School Class of 1959 35th Class Reunion

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November 26th, 1994 I drug my huge VHS, shoulder balanced tape recorder to my 35th class reunion and recorded this hour and a half (approximate) tape.  Now here is a test for my longtime blog followers, are you willing to sit through an hour and a half of a video watching people you don't know? Unfortunately, you don't see much of me because I'm the one video taping the festivities.  You do see me long distance for the Chicken Dance and the skit with the monster masks sitting on the balloons (yes, we really did do something that silly).  I'm the one in the silver sequined top hat.    (from left to right) Patty Daller Beaton, Ron Beaton (decd), Jane More Hersehy (decd), Bob Hershey (back row left to right) Jean Timmerman Swisher, me (Ron Tipton in top hat), Pat West Ensor November 26, 1994 Which by the way I'm trying to get one for our 60th class reunion which will be held next year at St. Anthony's Italian Social Club in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. th

I Can't Do That!

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Changing a flat tire on our Chevy Corvair st Skyline Drive, Virginia 0966 (posed picture - Fake News!) This is a post a long time coming.  A fellow blogger (Dr. Spo) recently posted a list of thing he can't do. That gave me an idea to do my own post of things I can't do. Or more appropriately I can't do well or I won't do. Fasten your seatbelts, here goes: Changing a flat tire. Yes, I admit somewhat shamefully, I've never in my life changed a flat tire. I joined AAA in 1982 specifically so if I ever had a flat tire, I would have to change it. Of course I've never used AAA to change flat tire (I had one once but I drove home on the flat and had Bill change it).  The annual dues I've spent the past thirty-six years to AAA would have made a nice down payment on a new car but hey, I won't have to worry about breaking my fingernails changing a flat. The picture at the beginning of this blog, it was posed. Fake. Running. I can't run. I can

Best Commercial Yet!

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You all know how I study commercials. Marketing is what I majored in college. I missed my opportunity to have a career in marketing, to my ever lasting life long regret.  However, I do study commercials.  Yes, I'm one of those weird people who actually look at commercials. Most commercial are stupid and childish and insulting to our intelligence. But, every now and then one comes along that is truly brilliant. Here is one such commercial.   I LOVE THIS COMMERCIAL! Why? Because it doesn't have all the usual cliches. The Stupid Dad. The Smart Mouth Kid. The lies. This commercial is excellent. Know why?  Because I will always remember it is a Progressive Insurance company commercial. And it IS FUNNY!   Thank you Progressive Insurance! Actually a commercial without Flo. Good for you!

Thoughts On Death

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Now that is a depressing title for a blog entry isn't it?  But that's what I've been thinking about lately. At seventy-six years of age, I know My Time is closer now that my retirement age was when I started my adult work life.  Who knows? Maybe I have another good twenty-five years left. God, think about that. I would be a grizzled, old, shrunken up prune of a man not that I'm not almost there now. Every morning when I roll out of bed my body is stiff with dull arthritic pain. I almost always wake up with cramps in my lower legs.  My throat is full of phlegm from my overnight post nasal drip down the back of my throat. For the past past this phlegm problem has progressively gotten worse, so much so that I spend much of the day just trying to clear this phlegm out of my throat. I'm hesitant to go to the doctor because I fear he/she will make it worse by giving me some prescription which has horrific side effects. I remember last year when my friend La

Summer Day Musings

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After a few perfect weather days, the muggy weather is back. Ah, for two days the temperatures hovered around 72 breezy, low humidity days. Would that all summer would be like that. Not to be though.  The heat and stifling humidity is back.  I'm glad our air conditioning is working perfectly. Today I accomplished a major goal that I've had for years. I finally uploaded the last of my digitized old VHS videos to You Tube.  Now I can die without the concern that all that visual history of my life would be lost. All I need to do now is go through and edit those videos.  Forty-six of the videos are two hours long. Another sixty-seven are thirty minutes long. One of the two hour videos are of a compilation of old 8 mm films, lots of history there folks. I hope to go through and take out little snippets of those videos and package them up in cool little presentations which I will post to social media and here, your favorite blog. Now all I have left to do is write m

Trip to Cape May, New Jersey

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The Mall in downtown Cape May, New Jersey. Just a perfect idyllic setting, lovely! Yesterday was one of those rare days, perfect summertime weather.  If we're lucky we only get two or three of those days during the summer.  The temperature hovered around seventy-two breezy degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  A few weeks ago I was invited by my new friends Mike and Bob to take a day trip with them to Cape May New Jersey. Mike's twin sister from San Francisco was visiting for a family reunion in West Virginia.  I accepted the invitation immediately. I live and work here in southern Delaware which is only a short (forty-five minutes) away from Cape May, New Jersey via the Cape May-Lewes ferry.   I've only taken the ferry trip to Cape May once. That was with my friends Jack and Judy D. That trip was during a cold winter month.  It was a cold trip and when we got to Cape May, almost everything was closed. Yesterday totally different, height of the summer season.

Happy Birthday Dr. Spo!

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Today is my dear friend Dr. Spo's 56th birthday.   This is my personalized "card" that I made for him from his annual birthday video that he posted today.  Dr. Spo is very animated when he talks. This video is of his many faces. If you want to see his video and hear his soothing voice, click on the link to his blog here . I started blogging in 2005 as therapy.  I write as self therapy.   When I started to blog I also hoped that I would meet new friends. I didn't put a lot of hope in that because of my past experience "looking" for friends and not just letting "it happen." Well folks, I have made several very good friends through my blogging.  I know some disparage and discount making friends through the Internet. But folks, here we are in the digital age. It's time to expand our horizons from meeting and making new friends from our workplace, neighborhood, schools and church.  Yes. these are stressful times we live in but also wo

Curious Things Around The House #1

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"Curious Things ......" is an idea for a blog posting that I am unashamedly stealing from my dear friend Dr. Spo.   I have a LOT of "Curious Things" around our house.  And when I say a LOT I mean a LOT. Fodder for many blog posts when I don't have time for one of my long, rambling, where is he going with this one? blog posts. Today is such a day. My Curious Thing today is a small paper weight type sculpture. I believe I purchased this from the Modern Museum of Art about thirty years ago.  I didn't purchase this object d'art from their magazine.  Both Bill and I love this small sculpture. It's nice and heavy and thought provoking.  I think the sculpture represents the Easter Island head sculptures. Whatever the source, looking at this small object d'art always gives both Bill and I a sense of peace and tranquility. Makes us feel good and isn't that after all what our "things" are supposed to bring to our life? E

Fourth of July 2018

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Our American flag display 1990 on our Pennsylvania property, back at a time when we had a decent president and Congress - oh how we took our indecencies for granted then  Today, the Fourth of July, we here in America celebrate our freedom from oppression and rule by a despot. Today, this Fourth is especially important because for the first time our history our freedoms are being seriously threatened by the would be despot who occupies the White House and his Republican enablers in Congress.  Folks, I cannot stress this point enough, at this time of our two-hundred and forty-two year history as a free country, our freedom is in serious danger of being undermined. As Edmund Burke said: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." I am saddened today and very worried that our American ideals are being tossed aside to please our Russian adversary, Vladimir Putin.  Every day, Trump crosses a new boundary of norms.  He bullies an

Happy Wedding Anniversary!

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Five years ago today folks I married Bill, on the 49th anniversary of our meeting. On that rainy, summer night in Philadelphia I was standing alone by the bartender Jerry Hawes at the Westbury Bar in Philly.  Jerry pushed a gin and tonic in front of me.  I looked up and he turned his head and nodded in the direction of a man standing on the other side of the bar, in front of the juke box and skeet ball game machine.   The Westbury Bar was my regular hangout on Saturday night when I went trolling the gay bars looking for my Prince Charming. I usually went with my friends Ed Cage and Ron Hampton but this night, for some reason I was alone.  I don't remember why. This wasn't the first night that man had sent a drink over my way. In fact he had done it many times before over the past three months. I always acknowledge the gesture with a nod of my head but I never went over to actually talk to him.  You see, he wasn't my "type."  He was very popular in the bar