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Been a WEEK. The fridge keeps dying and Chuck's reliving the emotions dealing with Mom's lies. Add in his short term memory problems and you have me tired and cranky. The fridge was just the icing on the cake.
One of the many side effects of the head injury Chuck received is the inability to emotionally distance from a memory. A 2 decade old memory has the same emotional "weight" as something that just happened. Very annoying. And now he's revisiting all those memories of Mom as well as those memories of what she said to us and that she did to the other family members to get us to move and the others to help her. And, of course when he does this I'm reminded as well and find my Anger rising again. In some ways Chuck is better off than me 'cause he still has his Christian Programming; he can end each outburst with Forgiveness. Me? It's hard when her actions made life rough for Chuck for over a decade and a half and she never did anything to apologize OR to show contrition. The closest was that she was extra loving to Chuck when the rest of the family wasn't around.
But she's dead and she's in whoever or whatever she ended up with's Responsibility now. "She Meant Well" sometime doesn't work.....
Cheers,
Pat

Bad Lip Reading....

I think most have seen their Democratic Convention piece but to me their
The Walking Dead' bits, esp 'Carl Poppa' are funnier. LOVE the Zombies doing the chorus;>!
Cheers,
Pat

Woo.......

A couple days ago I went OOB for the 2nd time since we moved here to Bluewater Bay. The 1st time I did, I noticed how scarce the non-physical life was here. My UPG was that since it's a fairly new development(built in the late 70's) that the native Landwights were driven out but those that prefer Human-modified ecosystems haven't colonized the area that much. Last week's "Walkabout" seems to confirm the impression.
The big difference was the number of Darts, or properly, since seeing one of those crypto-nature shows on cable (flying) Rods. They move like Hummingbirds. An Interesting thing was that I now know more about those VW Bug sized lumps I used to see from time-to-time back on Hummingbird. We have one now(wasn't there last time) in the backyard and it feeds on the Rods. Picture an anemone about 8' tall and 6' wide with retracted tentacles. Then picture what looks like a feather boa snap out and "snag" a rod and pull it into the top opening. Interesting note, the caladiums in the physical world where it sits are failing....
Other than that, no real change. The House Wights mostly like to "hang" around the mirrors(esp the antique one)like cold folks in front of a fireplace.
One of the things I've tried to point out to Seekers over the decades about many "Gifts" is that they often aren't Practical and the more scatterbrained can end up missing out on Life because they're constantly watching the metaphysical equivalents of Pigeons and Squirrels. Sure, they're charming and entertaining but it doesn't put food on the table or keep the lights on....
Cheers,
Pat

O-Tay.........

I was wrong. There IS something that can get through to a Trumpkin. Watching my Dad(and a bunch of Rep officials on cable) react to HIS comments about HIS losing not being a big thing to HIM and that HE'D just go back to HIS "Pretty Great Life". It was like Jesus showing up and saying that His Dad was a Roman soldier His Mom had been seeing to a Christian.
If they all hadn't been such Hateful Arses I'd Feel sorry for them but.....
Cheers,
Pat

Well, Now We Know....

how religions get started;>! Watching not just family members but Nat'l characters bend themselves into knots to say, "That's not What HE Said"(though a few at least say "what HE meant")reminds me too much of sort of the creepier folks in the 70's and 80's in alt.rel land(not to mention the JW's and Mormons).
And this makes the complacency of so many that figure that there's "No Way" HE will get elected so dangerous. Tru Believers are RIGHT....PERIOD. Facts are IRRELIVANT.
Cheers,
Pat(anti Great Pumpkin)

It's Dead Jim;>!

So, the Water Kefir experiment is over. Didn't really notice any benefits but kept doing it until a couple of weeks ago when I noticed a decline in the amt of Culture. Last week I both checked the website of the company I bought it from as well as contacted it. Did all the suggestions and yesterday it was obviously dead.
Dairy Kefir I noticed the benefits but it was a lot of work and produced more than one person(Chuck HATES it)so I let it go. I'm reaching the age where making stuff from scratch has to be at least slightly less inconvenient than storebought. I might start making Yogurt again this Winter, then agin I remember what a pain it was;>....
Cheers,
Pat

Mom.....

It's been a long couple of weeks in the family since Chuck and Sandi's last fight. Chris asked me why Chuck has a "chip" on his shoulder against his wife and once I realized that he NEVER thought about that fight we had about Mom's manipulating the family to get us here back 13 frikk'n yrs ago(the fight that brought it out, not us Moving;>), when I got home I wrote him an email and sent it.
I REMINDED him(I'd forgotten he's like most men in that they're not the most Introspective) that Mom, to get us here had tailored messages that would make each of us more likely to do what she wanted and pointed out that Chuck(who had only met them after we moved here) had only what Mom had said about esp Sandi to judge her and that what they'd been told made her, well act like the bitch Mom said she was. I also pointed out that not long after we moved they had a fight and Sandi wouldn't go to family events for a couple yrs. In those yrs Mom used Chuck as a shoulder to cry on, mostly about her evil DIL. No wonder Chuck always expected the worst form her. Then, add in Newagy 'tude and the tendency to lecture and you had plenty of fuel and all you needed was a spark.
Chris is fine but we haven't heard anything from her beyond a snippy email to a thank you email that I'd sent to her about the herbal "tranquilzers" she'd suggested.
I fear that she'll do the "easy" thing; figure we're Lying rather than accepting she'd been manipulated for more than a decade by someone less "evolved" than her. She DOES have a tendency to "Reframe" things so that it is never her fault or that she somehow is the Good person.
We can hope....
Cheers,
Pat

Trump.....

It's Personal, not Ideological. My Dad and older brother, both who STILL use terms like "Reds" Commies" and "Ruuskies" are Trumpers. If old White guys who still use Cold War terms are STILL devotees of The Great Pumpkin, it's because of their hatred of Clinton not that they believe him. They don't CARE what happens to the USA, as long as "That Bitch" is defeated.
I'm not a "fan" of hers. I remember how her husband threw the GLBT community "under the bus" with DOMA and DADT to suck up to the Repelicans.....who tried to impeach him. That said, as far as I'm concerned, it's just another election where I'm Voting for the "Lesser Evil".
I'm also not surprised about the actions of Republican Politicos. I learned the hard way DECADES AGO that the most "Righteous" Conservative usually "forgot" their Beliefs when more Power(Money or Sex) was involved.
It makes having an early "Sell By Date" kind of a comfort.....
Cheers,
Pat

Memes......

I admit, I've never gone for them, even the "lame" ones we had back in my day like those Mirror Summonings, so understanding those 2 girls who tried to kill a friend to "appease" Slender Man(which I finally "googled" btw;>)is beyond me. I mean, if you need to sacrifice to a bloodthirsty being, there's plenty around(heck, it's only been a few hundred yrs since Christians stopped burning and hanging people to appease YHVY...).
Actually, some of it's creators are quite artistic. Some of the photos of SM are quite stunning. Then again, I find leafless tree silhouettes beautiful....
Cheers,
Pat

Whew......

So, we drove over to FWB for Chuck's Jury Duty. He's been on one before after his Head Injury so whenever they come up....he wants to go. Thankfully, they only needed 100 folks and Chuck was #104;>. 109 made it kind of fun. A GQ Chris Hardwick look-alike "Sister" with pretty much the same sense of humour. Sadly, for the woman who came in a "Walk of Shame" outfit, her # was under 100;>.....
Cheers,
Pat