Pony Boy – Beginning of an Era

Pony Boy – End Beginning of an Era

Yep! my positive self talk is working.  I’ve been practicing very hard to kick those nefarious thoughts to the curb.  Yes, I said nefarious.  Strongest non-curse word I could come up with on the fly.  As positive cloud shaped thoughts entered my mind, that’s when I changed END to BEGINNING.  He is beginning his 29th year OR is he beginning his 30th year, having lived 29 years already?!?!?  You see I have been teasing about him turning 30 for like the last FIVE years.  Funny math follows me everywhere I go.  Anyhoo, so as to avoid a rabbit hole discussion about time and the theory of relativity, I am moving right along.

Now whole new group of folks can read my story about the day my oldest was born.  If I am anything, I am predictable.  Every year, I write my novella as I stroll down memory lane.  I cry a little too but always HAPPY tears.

Though this year is quite different considering the hospital he was born at has been torn down.  Southeast Baptist Hospital on Southcross Blvd., San Antonio TX 78222 is no longer there as of last week.  Talk about your end of an era.  Sad but true.  Inner city ghosts who vanished except for memories.  Okay, think about how many people died there … at the hospital … if walls could talk … and think about rebuilding over that land. Poltergeist – Indian burial ground anybody?!?? And now I am all M. Night Shyamalan-ing myself.  I see dead people.  My Oh My, how did I take this turn??!   

I am sad to see the hospital go and I am sad that things have to change.  But that is not what this novella is about.  Today we celebrate.  You see exactly 29 years ago at this time, I was at work handling a billing complaint.  And I hung up on my customer.  Huge overreaction, I know that in hindsight.  I had been in labor for a while without really realizing it.  I am one of the lucky ones.  Labor was not so bad.  Definitely not like what they show in the movies.

Anyhoo, the rest is being pulled over from FB with  minor editing to names to protect the guilty :). And inserted real time feedback.

<insert age of Pony> years ago today, I worked the late shift until 6 PM … got home about 6:45 and I was pissed that the crib was still in pieces in the middle of the living room … I announced I was hungry and that I was going to Lung Fung for dinner … Billy and his friend Freeway came with me … I had contractions throughout the entire meal but kept it to myself … got back home after supper and finally said something about contractions … told Freeway to leave unless he wanted to witness a live birth.

Billy and I did all the Lamaze things … the breathing … and we walked a lot around the house room to room but stayed at home because the birthing instructor told us to … finally we drive to Southeast Baptist hospital @ 12:45 AM the morning of 6/28/88 … I told the lady at the admitting desk that it was probably false labor and I’d be going home … she mouthed to Billy (I don’t think so). Lil Pony Boy entered for world at 2:50 AM. To this day he is a night owl. <That has changed as he is all responsible these days working at a bank of all places … Sr. Auditor on the call quality team>.  We LOVE you son shine, light of my life! Happy 25th B-Day!!

Two years later I added the follow to FB:

Someone recently told me that they had no idea I have a son because I only talk about Lulu. Shame, shame on me. I DO have a son! He is the light of my life, my son-shine who I affectionately refer to as ‘Pony’. He’s my twin, a rebel, my sarcastic #1 first born son. Happy birthday !!! Okay, now everyone can congratulate me (he he).

We are celebrating today instead of the day of as he is BUSY tomorrow.  Well that’s okay, I am BUSY tomorrow too.  Lol!  Nope not really, I got nuthing.

As always, more to come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gearing Up For The Protest

Active links ahead.   

“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more” ala Popeye 

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore”  from Network

“Don’t fuck with me fellows, this ain’t my first time” by Mommy Dearest Crawford

Well actually … now that I think about it … this is my first time.   On Thursday, July 6 at 10 AM CST in the year of our Lord 2017,  I – (raise your right hand),  J-Dub will be protesting our property tax valuation.  

I tried to do this the nice way. I put in my online paperwork.  I thought I had a pretty good case. But no. 

I bet they bank on people not showing up. Well guess what motherfuckers.  Me and Bruce –  Yippee ki ya.  You’d better bet I will be there.  Hehe.  

I’ve no idea what I’m doing and Billy says he’s out if it.  If I’m anything, I’m stubborn.  Comparables?  We ain’t got no stinking comparables.  We’re in no man’s land. 

It’s a rattle snake 🐍 round up over here.  Two dogs three bites.  And we’ve only got DSL Internet.  I hear tell internet is now classified as a utility.  Basically makes us without essential utilities.  No Netflix alone should drop the value by 50k.  😂

Okay I’ve lost it.  Pony warned me not to make things seem too bad.  Maybe they’ll condemn the place and force us out by imminent domain.  Now I know that’s no laughing matter. In all seriousness, I just want this to be fair.  

Ah whatever.  Bite me tax assessors’ office.  Wish me luck bloglandia.  

As always more to come.  

RandomTidbits 

I miss my mommy.  So the feature photo is a mommy picture.  

I have an email problem because I over subscribe but dayum all the bloggers I follow are just that good.  

Email problem part dos: emails I thought 💭 I deleted would miraculously reappear in my inbox.  So Lulu showed me how to delete all in my trash folder.  Who knew?  Not I! Problems solved. 

Well not all problems as I’m a walking travesty.  Not really.  Table for Jill. Pity party for one.  

Email problem part tres.  Well not really email more WordPress (WP). As I go through emails prior to deleting, I’m commenting my ass off on WP. Gotta give a little to get a little. 

Well anyway I’m being moderated!  All but one comment is awaiting moderation. Doh! And now my anxiety is full board.  No Sally Field you really like me speech.  I’m sure I’ll be blocked.  Not really. Table for Jill. Pity party for one.  

I used to watch the hell out of Party of Five. The Fox and the Wolf.  And whatever happened to Neve Campbell?  Scream 😱

I overuse the words well and so and very.  Need new words for my writing.  

I’ll close with this Billy got rained out! Yay it rained.  He finished mowing and trimming right before thunder struck.  ☔️ Now he’s rewatching the Hunger Games.  He says it’s this generation’s Running Man.  🏃 Me? I think it’s closer to Logan’s Run. 🏃 

As always more to come.  

J-Dubs Review of Last Girl Before Freeway The Life, Loves, Losses and Liberation of Joan Rivers by Leslie Bennett

Say that title 3 times fast :).  

Spoiler Alert – You have to know as a public figure there is nothing I can say here that you may not already know about the illustrious Joan Rivers.  But in case you’ve been living under a rock in the middle of nowhere, I added the alert.

A single word describes Joan: DRIVEN

She succeeded in a man’s world.  She gained and lost fortune and experienced devastating lows fighting her way back to the top.  Her husband Edgar committed suicide leaving her 37 million dollars in debt.  She amassed her fortune all over again; branching out beyond the comedy arena.  She worked right up until her death with no intention of retiring it is said.  The night before the procedure that would end her life, she gave one of her best routines yet.

I guess I never really understood how mean she could be.  And I am not talking about Fashion Police mean but cutthroat humor.  When she went on the attack; it was of people in the public eye “big boys and girls who can take it”.  And she refused to apologize no matter how tasteless the joke.  She was a comedienne, her job was to tell jokes and that she did.  If you didn’t like it then screw you.  I also did not realize her connection to Johnny Carson and her permanent guest host spot on the Tonight Show.  I also did not realize she was the host of the Late Show on the fledgling Fox network.  I guess I’m the one living under a rock during these years.  

Joan was known for her philanthropic works and despite the tough and biting exterior, she was a sad girl yearning for love and acceptance.  She was a heavy-set child, in the shadow of her older sister Barbara.  Joan wanted to be beautiful and was out-shined (in her mind anyway) by many.  Her struggles with eating disorders surprised me.  She may have been anorexic living on Altoids and lettuce leafs fearful of ever gaining the weight back.  She had disdain for women who “let themselves go”.  And all that plastic surgery – obsessed with the attainment of beauty.  Back in the day when getting a nose job was not exactly a safe thing to do, she did it.  A pioneer on many fronts.

The book was long, 432 pages.  There are some mundane parts about business but overall an interesting worthwhile read where you can play “Can you spot the celebrity or I knew her when?” The psychology of it all and what makes someone as larger than life as Joan tick was really very good.  My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

 

Funny Math

Quick dinner that won’t break the bank

Combo is $9.24

Plate $7.75 plus refill at 50 cents = $8.25

99 cents saved 

Plate with three sides = $7.75

Plate with two sides = $6.50

Difference = $1.25 

Side a la carte = $1.95

I only want two sides but I’m giving one away

70 cents saved

All before taxes. 

My gawd.  Saved $1.69.  Was it worth it?  You betcha!  $1.69 times all my other nickels and dimes.  We’ll be able to get that dream secondary home in no time 😂

As always more to come.