Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Dear Lucy,

Last month I bought the best gadget ever; a Nook reader from Barne's and Nobel. This thing is great. It holds thousands of books, can be held in one hand and pages turned with one hand (a good thing when Lucy decides to lay on my stomach in bed) and best of all, the font can be made larger or smaller.

Right now, I have several books of poetry, a biography of Allen Ginsberg and two novels on it, so while in the cab doing nothing, I have a variety of choices for reading without having to haul a bunch of books with me.

I...I think I'm in love!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dear Lucy,
Today, on my way to the library, I spotted this: The truck Anne and I owned together, parked in front of the library.
When Anne died, it was given to some friends who had then moved to Oregon.
The truck is easy to spot because it has a license plate cover that reads Serramonte Ford Colma which is in San Francisco.
I went into the library and found the couple and had a brief visit with them.
Sunday, the 26th, is the second anniversary of Anne's death and so I am not terribly surprised that this little reminder came up to haunt me.
Sometimes, try as you might, you can't escape your past.

The perfect firepit for men with prostate trouble!

Summer's almost gone...

Dear Lucy,
Tomorrow is the official first day of Autumn. Bye, bye summer!
Speaking of summer, we didn't get much of one here in the Pacific Northwest this year so it makes saying goodbye a little harder.
A friend of mine who has little kids read that a good way to celebrate the fall equinox with children is to take them to a park and have them say goodnight to the trees. I think that's a great idea.
But since I don't have kids, and Lucy would only pee on them, I guess I will do what I do every fall: Say goodbye to my shorts and sleeveless t-shirts, and say hello to my winter clothes. OK, so I talk to my clothes; whatayagonnadoaboutit?


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Got the Job!

Dear Lucy,
Finally, after all this hassle, I will be going back to work for Option Care doing scheduling in their Mount Vernon office.
Hooray for better pay, medical benefits and no longer having to drive junk cabs in the rain and dark!
I just hope my poor old car can do the commute!
Time to celebrate!


Monday, September 20, 2010

New Family Guy!

Dear Lucy,
The new Family Guy season starts soon.
Ah, ya gotta love America where "Criminal Minds" with its blood, guts and gore gets no family warning, but a funny cartoon does....

Dear Lucy,
The wheels of Option Care are finally in motion. My meeting with the General Manager was not a trip down grovelling lane. He was nice and polite and seemingly excited about hiring me back. No, I didn't slip him any LSD in his caffeine free tea.
Tomorrow, I have a meeting with the supervisor of the department who has already set up a date of hire over the phone.
We shall see what transpires; mainly, what $$$$ they offer me.

Dear Lucy,
Excerpt from thesmirkingchimp.com:
Tea With Frankenstein: Please, No Masturbationby David Michael Green September 18, 2010 - 10:28am
"Just when you thought you'd reached the ground floor in the well of
American self-destruction, you find out once again that that pit is absolutely
Now that primary season is almost over, the far-right tea party
movement has scored impressive victories over the far-right establishment in a
slew of Republican primaries. I've always said that the regressive movement
would end up eating its young, and now it is.
The new batch of Republican
monsters includes a candidate - now the official Republican nominee for the
United States Senate from Delaware, mind you - who has staked out a tough
position against - no, I'm not kidding here - masturbation.
O'Donnell once averred that "The Bible says that lust in your heart is
committing adultery. So you can't masturbate without lust."
And why the hell not? Surely the reason that our country has so rapidly
fallen into decline is that god is punishing America because so many of us are
jerking off all the time.
You know who you are."

I find this disturbing in so many ways. What I do in the privacy of my own home with my boa-constrictor and 10-40 motor oil is my business. It is the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of a great orgasm!


Monday, September 6, 2010

Dear Lucy,

So, tomorrow, Katie's grandson Ian starts kindergarten. He has been worried about it as he doesn't think he is ready...He is five years old and worried about being ready for kindergarten.

Seems, these days, kids have to know a certain list of words, letters, numbers and so on, for kindergarten.

When I went to kindergarten all I had to know was milk and cookie time and naps!

Seems to me I recall that there was a book written, "All I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten" or something to that effect.

Well, for those of you still behind, cheer up. There is a pre-kindergarten available these days.

What is the world coming to?


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Anne's Birthday

Dear Lucy,
Today is Anne's 52nd birthday, had she hung around to celebrate it.
Had a terrible dream Friday night of her death and it felt in the dream exactly as painful as the day she died.
Spent the day with a raging headache, stopped and bought a six-pack of beer on the way home from work, drank it all, and cried my eyes out.
I haven't cried about Anne for nearly a year, though I think about her almost every day.
So, today I have a mambo hangover and have to go to work in an hour.
On Sunday, September 26, is the second anniversary of her death. Oy.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dear Lucy,

A friend of mine, who works for a large corporation, recently received a letter in the mail stating that all employees would have to sign an affidavit stating whether they have used tobacco products.

Any employee who has, is subject to a $20.00 per paycheck surcharge for their medical benefits.

While she has no problem with the money issue, the issue of personal privacy comes up.

When does a company have the right to force an employee to divulge what he/she does in their personal lives?

Where does it end? Will the next affidavit ask whether one has had unprotected sex? Eats junk food more than twice a week? Is this really about the cost of insurance?

Are we allowing our employers access to information that, as Americans, we have the right to keep private?

I fear for my country.