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3Hotdogs's Journal
3Hotdogs's Journal
June 20, 2024

"Field of Dreams" came to mind this morning, for no reason. And I'm thinking on it ---

So these guys come out of the corn field and they are dressed in team uniforms and they're ready to play ball. Then it occurs to me. Have they been playing ball for 40 50 60 years? Ain't they tired of it by now?

I like sex (I ain't got "with who" but that's another matter). I could envision myself in bed with a couple'a hot babes and enjoying that for years. Even decades. But if I really think on it, I would probably get tired of that too, if that was all I was doing. If that was my idea of heaven.

So I project myself into the idea of heaven. Doing ANYTHING for eternity....... what a horror.

So I'm glad that there ain't no heaven. Just empty "nothing."

Now I can argue that I am disappointed that Hell doesn't exist as a repository for certain souls or soulless slugs that I read about in the papers.

June 16, 2024

Trump has managed to make dementia look cool.

Great quote from one of the videos on DU.today.

June 16, 2024

Inflation has changed my diet for the better. I got to thinking on this, after I posted about Nathan's hot dogs in

another thread.

I used to stop at the Nathan's on the Garden State Parkway. Dog, fries and Coke, $6 or 7 bucks. I pay for stuff on the credit cards so I didn't think much of the cost until I looked at the receipt, last time. $14.95 . Fuck that.

The local deli is famous. They now have three locations. Yes, boutique sandwiches, if you can imagine such a thing. Sandwiches I used to buy were $7 or 8. Last one, $16.20 (tax included and they want a tip). Fuck that, too

I'm retired, on SS and defined benefit state pension. Medicare is paid for by the state. House mortgage was liquidated, 30 years ago.

Point is, I can afford the hotdogs and the sandwiches. But I can't justify it.


June 16, 2024

I spent 9 hours in I.C.U. yesterday. Prognosis is probably good but needs more follow-up.

Two weeks ago, I fell, tripping on a root during a hike. Days on, headache, that kept getting stronger by the day. Yesterday, It was accompanied by a feeling like I had flu -- probably dehydration. I went to the walk-in clinic that I have used for 20 years.

Dr. "I've known you for years and I've never seen you look like this. I can't let you drive home. I will call an ambulance or can you get somebody to drive you to E.R.?"

My stepdaughter drove me and friends picked up my car. My ex stayed with me for 8 of the 9 hours. (We still live in the same house and get along quite well).

Anyway, cat scan found a growth in my brain. 1/16". It is likely benign and not uncommon. It is that, or a brain bleed from the fall.

I'm 81 and have never been admitted to hospital... probably never had more than 10 sick days in my life. My family lived to their 90's. I expect to make it to over 100.

But still, it rattled me.

I consider my life to be pretty much wasted. Every job I had, I fucked up, one way or another. Fatherhood was fucked up. Nobody was abused or neglected but still, I could have done much better.

I'm not sure where I am going with this... just "free associating."

So off to bed.

June 14, 2024

I'm feeling a wee bit proud today. My grandson just graduated from 8th grade. Straight A's. AND he got a

letter from President Biden congratulating him for being an excellent student.

His two brothers are in line for same when they graduate 8th grade.

Yeah, I know, Trump probably got one from Eisenhower because his uncle was at M.I.T. But I'm still proud of Evan.

June 9, 2024

I'm at the town pool, watching my grandkids don't drown.

— reminds me of Rusty Warren….

“if you see someone standing in the pool, looking up at the sky, you know what they are doing.

And if you see bubbles, run like hell.”

June 9, 2024

Apple Watch Ultra 2. Need help. It is stick on the right hand mode.

How do I get it back to original setting?

June 7, 2024

My father - Iwo Jima. He didn't get any medals. Only twice, did he talk about his military service, both army and navy.

Once, he told about being in the army. He enlisted in '36. He was orphaned by then and military service was probably 3 hots and a cot. The only story he told was about when he got in a fight in Honolulu and spend a month in the brig. It was in the summer heat. He was watching some guys outside, mowing the lawn. He was looking out the window at them and figuring he had the best of the day.

He was discharged and met my mother and so forth...... Then came Pearl Harbor. He didn't like the army so he joined the navy. The only story he told about navy time was about being back at Honolulu. I was listening to him talking to my uncles about how the girls in Honolulu were charging $5 for a date. I was maybe 10 years old at the time and couldn't make a connection about paying for a date. Why would anyone pay to go one a date? Oh well.

Back to Iwo Jima. I was 3 at the time of Iwo Jima and I recall my mother saying the name at my grandmother's house. Beyond that, not much more was said.

I learned that he was on one of the boats that carried marines from the ships to the shores of Iwo Jima. He never talked about that, even with the couple of ship buddies that we would visit from time to time, a few years after the war. One lived two towns over and the other was in Albany, N.Y, a 6 hour drive from our house. Even there, he didn't talk about the war.

His being on a landing troop carrier didn't mean much to me until I saw Clint Eastwood's film, "Letters from Iwo Jima." It showed a snip of film from a Japanese bunker that overlooked the ocean. There were hundreds of small boats heading towards land and there were splashes of water around the boats. That was artillery that was aimed at the boats by the Japanese defenders. My father was in one of those boats.

Years later, he was invited to the opening of the Iwo Jima memorial in D.C. My mother said that was the only time she ever saw him cry.

June 5, 2024

Box Turtles don't swim. I found the dead turtle in a large metal pan. the pan had about 4" high walls.

I don't know how the turtle got in there. I suspect it may have been placed there by someone who found it and thought it was thirsty. Once in, it was impossible for the turtle to get out. So it struggled, tired itself out and drowned.

This was at the entrance to an arboretum.

If you find a box turtle and probably other kinds of turtles, remember. Most of them are not swimmers. They are different from the turtles you used to get in Woolworths for .25 cents and put in a tank with a rock for them to climb out of.

June 1, 2024

That's what neighbors are for. My neighbors are immigrants from Bangladesh.

They bought their house 4 years ago and we have been friendly since. Not too much contact because of the language barrier but we get along quite well. One son translates and the rest is by hand signals.

Today, I was mowing the front berm with the electric lawn mower. One of the neighbor's visitors (first time I've seen him) sees me and hand signals to ask if he could borrow it to mow my neighbor's front berm. He then is having such a good time with it that he continues to finish my front lawn. Homeowner comes out and proceeds to take a video of him mowing the lawn. Everyone is having a good time, watching him mow the lawn.

Then he continues to mow my entire lawn. He was having a great time that he mowed my entire lawn. I didn't have the heart to charge him for the fun he was having.


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