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I had a kind'a upsetting day.

Got a letter inviting me to my h.s. class 60th reunion. Included was a listing of deceased class members.... 54 of them of a class of 153.

Some were strong athletes in the day... our school teams won many state championships in football and track.

Some were girls who distracted me from my studies. I know I would'a gone to Harvard or Columbia if I didn't spend class time looking at them out of the corner of my eye and pondering --- well, lets not go there. As it was, my graduating class rank was third from the bottom. I blame them girls on it.

Several became lawyers, school teachers, principals -- one was even a Nobel Prize laureate.

Some were friends. One of them, I couldn't stand because he was a bit of a bully to me.

Most of them just got through school as best as they could like everyone else. Contrary to popular sayings, high school is not the best time of most of our lives. That, I learned one night in a hotel room in the Poconos. It was a couple of years after h.s. and I was on a ski trip with a group of employees from a local insurance company. It was about 1 a.m., I was in the room getting ready for bed when the door opened and my new room mate came in, three sheets to the wind. Bar had just closed for the night. We made introductions and recognized we were both from the same school. He was two years ahead of me.

He was on the football team that had won the state championship, two years in a row. I envied him at that time. I weighed 105 lbs. in my senior year and I wasn't scheduled to excel at any sport. I told him I remembered watching him at the football field and how good a player he was. It was at that point, he broke down in tears, remembering the pain of getting hit and the emotional pain of having his play not meet his father's expectation of a top notch football player.

Two years ago, I encountered the quarterback of the team in our senior year. He broke his hip during a game and now walks bent over a cane from arthritis where he had his injury.

I concluded that maybe I didn't have it so bad, after all.

I don't know if I will attend the reunion. The two people I was closest to are on the deceased list. Those that are left, nothing against them but would there be anything to talk about besides grand kids, how I screwed up my marriage and how I screwed up most of the jobs I had.

Anyway, that's what's going through my head tonight.

I Hope Dick Cheney Wins The Auction Bid.

Safari Club International is hosting an auction for a trip to go trophy hunting with Donald Trump Jr.

(As per article in The Guardian.)

Tax question.

I collect $73,000 in change in pension and S.S. That puts me at 22%.

In July, I hit an 18K casino jackpot, putting my gross at 24% bracket. I had them take out the taxes when they paid the winnings.

How much more am I gonna be owing?

Article in today's Newark (NJ) Star ledger. Two yahoo town councils in a conservative county,

voted to declare their towns, sanctuary towns for guns. This is in response to the governor signing legislation to allow judges to order the removal of guns from dangerous individuals.

My letter to the editor in response, quoted the great 20th century statesman, orator and philosopher, Joe the Plumber.

"Your dead kids don't trump my Constitutional right to have guns."

Followed by my asking how the parents in those communities feel about their councils' actions.

Yeah, I got a slightly bad heart. Not serious. It can be fixed. I am 77.

--- and I am figuring, there are about five circumstances under which I will be carried out, feet first: Cancer, stroke, general all American Alzheimers, car accident or heart attack.

Of the five, the last two seem to offer the easiest death. That leads me to question, should I bother with corrective measures to prevent a heart attack?

Hallmark - better idea

In addition to not watching their channel, don't buy their cards or wrapping paper.

Da fukkin mid-west gets legal marij.

N.J. can't get its shit together after two years.

However, we do get Schiano for a coupl'a $m.

Was I too harsh? & Cal. law ??

Relative lives in Ca. She is nearly broke and it would not surprise me to find her homeless in a couple of years. Her mother is in the dementia unit of an assisted living facility -- on Calcare (medicaid, for the rest of us). When a resident dies, the body must be removed within four hours. I guess it is a state health regulation.

Mom, does not have long to live and daughter went to social worker to learn about making plans for the future funeral. S.W. advised her to go to a funeral home and set up an account -- maybe $50 or so a week to pay for the funeral.

I told her to go back to the social worker with three sentences ---
"My mother is destitute.
I am destitute.
What happens to my mother's body when there is no money to pay for a funeral and her body is not claimed?"

First question: Does anyone on D.U. know what happens to unclaimed bodies? What does the state of California provide?

Second question: Was i too harsh - cold to her? I felt a need to be direct with her. She relies on me for advice and listens to 80% of what I tell her to do. But she is also, not assertive. I have to present an idea two or three times before she follows up on it. There is kind of a time emergency for her to act. Not imminent, but certainly not too long into future.

I live on the east coast so I am not able to sit with her over a cup of coffee and give her a long dissertation. As far as I know, I may be her only support.

Dave Ramsey and class structure.

I have been listening to D.R. for several months. It's interesting, kind'a like a financial reality show.

Sometimes, I even learn something.

Anyway, one of the features, is the "Debt Free Scream." Peeps get to announce to the listening world that they have paid off all their debts. That's great. Then, Dave asks how much they paid off, how long it took and their annual income.

It struck me, in the several months I have been listening, I can't recall any Debt Free-er earning less than $60k.

I agree that people earning less than 60K can learn and benefit from the basic advice; avoid credit, spend wisely and work hard to pay off debt. But I wonder if the economic class structure is such that most low income earners can't ever get out of debt if they are already in debt.

Has the Orange Asshole been seen in public since his partial, annual physical?

Has he been hitting the Twitter send button?
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