February 12, 2018


2017: Drill Sargent Poolie.

Whatever is wrong with me reacted very badly with my food intake last night.  Poolie tells me, “No whining,” but I’m whining anyway.  Her first memorial gathering is this evening at Giovani’s.  Right now I am eating bread and butter, but I’m going.

Our house has been filled with the wonders of the Olympics.  Yes, they’ve made politics out of the best world international sports competition.  It’s hard to ignore.  But we have both MSNBC and NBC which give us better coverage for the USA centric coverage.

Did I ever tell you how much I’ve always loved the Olympics?  In this house there is a real enthusiasm for curling, which we lost, and skating of all kinds.  Who would have known that snowboarding 17 year old Red Gerard’s win would sweep us away.  This morning he charmed us even more by telling us his family began celebrating even before his win.

I wait without whining now…feeling OK and not so old as I did last night.  Poolie would be pleased with me.
  • Himself:  Gym, work, gathering.
  • Me, myself, and I:  Stayed in bed with a book and the Olympics.  Here now and back to bed for a nap later.  All the paperwork not yet in place for next tests.
  • Reading:  Went to a bookstore yesterday and bout Louise Penny’s inspector Gamache mysteries.
  • Captain Poolie:  Meeting some of her friends in a restaurant tonight to celebrate her birthday.  We all sang Happy Birthday full voice. 
  • Gratitude’s:  That I’m here.  Glad I slept most of yesterday.  Better Tuesday.


  1. I am sorry about the loss of your friend, Mage. I hope the shared memories tonight give some solace to you snd all of her friends.

  2. You're good by me. You look just like Sgt. Allman, on our township police force thirty years. Priscilla Allman. She once got Mrs. Claus to the Polar Express on time.

  3. Good that Poolie is still with you in memory and probably always will be.

  4. It's good to have distractions when you're not so well. Just like me 24 years ago. lol

  5. Hope you feel well tonight. We had a memorial for our Dad in his favorite Chinese restaurant and I was blown away by the love in that room. It really helped, may it be so for you.

  6. I have been having bouts of FM pain -- throughout my body. It woke me around 3 a.m. and I managed to get out of bed to get in the kitchen for some more acetaminophen. It makes such a difference in my pain level. Don't know what's going on, but I need to be well by Friday!


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