Thank you all for reading my journal. I think you will find this one very entertaining.
Stocks up Just in Time </a> The stock market Santa Claus rally arrived late in January. It was just in time. I had invested in equities betting on it to happen when most other people were placing safe bets on utilities and bonds. This was a big relief to us and I am very relieved. I believe the economy will improve through the year and this will help Obama to be re-elected. The prospect of any of the Right Wing Republican crazies being elected would make me wont to vomit.
Symphony </a> Barbara and I went to the Symphony, front-row center, and heard Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto, and Strauss' Emperor Waltz, Fledermaus Overture, and the Blue Danube. At first, I thought I was going to hear Beethoven's 5th, but when it was the Piano concerto, well, I almost nodded off, interrupted by a swift elbow to my ribs.
Jehovah's Witnesses at the Door </a> One evening, my wife, Barbara and I were preparing to go out for the evening. She was wearing stiletto high heels, a blue velvet micro-mini dress that looked like a cave woman would be wearing and make-up. There was a knock on the door. She opened the door, looking like a tart and saw it was a group of Jehovah's Witnesses (A religious group). Each one was holding a Bible. Before they could say anything, she said, "I can't talk right now. I am late for my abortion. I don't know who who is the father!" and slammed the door shut on them. We could hear them through the door as one of them said, "Well, I never been sooooo insulted in all my life!"
DINK - Double Income No Kids </a> I don't have any kids. I've been hot and cold about children all my life. Sometimes I wanted them and sometimes not. At first, we decided we wanted them and never used birth control. We even went to a fertility clinic and she tried fertility drugs, but those didn't work. She said she, at least, had lots of fun trying. Afterwards, we went to the city adoption agency. The social worker was like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz. She only wanted us to adopt babies that were very sick, retarded, or who had drug addiction problems because of their birth mother. When she asked us what religion we would be bringing up the child, we told her no religion. She became angry and told us we can't adopt a child without a religion. So, we stopped trying. There is one last hope for adopting a child and that is if we have a good year with my stock market investments. If it is a good year, we could apply at a private, but expensive place. I am 58 and am considered "too old," but she is 52 and is still considered "acceptable." About 10 to 15 years ago, she had several miscarriages. Finally, one of the attempts ended with an ectopic pregnancy and I had to take her to the hospital for emergency surgery. That ended all hope of doing it naturally. So, now we place our hands in the hands of fate and whatever the world does.
Politics Chat Forum </a> I am a Progressive Liberal Left-Wing activist. It was not always that way. When I was a naive teen, I was an activist Libertarian and I was on the High School debate team. Finally, in college philosophy of science classes, I learned Libertarianism and Free Market economics are actually religions. My major was Economics with minors in art and philosophy of science. I've worked all my life for medical research institutions. Currently, I'm an investor. When I go on-line and debate with people and back up my opinions and need political citations, I often quote from the Financial Times and scientific publications. So, it's not like I'm quoting from Mother Jones or something the Righties hate. ha ha. Sometimes, I go here for political www.facebook.com/groups/Discof… discussion on Facebook.
Salsa Dancing Story </a> I have thousands of stories. I love telling my stories to people who like to hear them. My wife is very much like me as well. A Mexican man at her office kept asking her out to go dancing. He only spoke Spanish and he worked in the shipping area. She knows some Spanish and eventually agreed to go out with the man. On the Friday evening of the date, he showed up at my door with a bouquet of flowers. He began perspiring and looked at the address on a piece of paper. He said, "Miss Barbara live here?" in his attempt at English. I said, "yes." Then he really began to sweat and said, "Who are you?" And I said, "I'm her husband." His next words were hysterically funny. He said, "Are you going to keel me?" At that point I began speaking with him in Spanish and assured him I was not going to kill him. I invited him into the house and sat at the kitchen table where I gave him a beer. Barbara walked in and greeted him and took the flowers. He asked her, "Is your husband going to shoot me now?" She laughed and assured him that I was not going to kill him. I asked him why he thought I was going to kill him and he said, "We do not do this kind of thing in Mexico." To which I replied, "We're not in Mexico." Finally, he felt at ease and asked, "What is the protocol? How late can we stay out?" I said, "You're going salsa dancing. So, have fun. Bring her home in one piece. If she's going to stay overnight with you, I'm sure she will call me to let me know so I won't worry." His eyes bulged out so badly, I thought they were going to fall out.
Injured Knee Hike Fortunately, x-rays show I don't have a tibia fracture as my doctor suspected. It still hurts like a bad toothache in my knee though... www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxrWz9… Here is Dr. Strangelove shouting out, in his own particular way, that he can "valk" again. To celebrate my knee's recovery, my friend Julie did some hiking and climbing with me on a sunny Monday morning. fav.me/d4o5kc5 Enjoy the eight minute long video.
The End by ~yuffiebunny
Fairytales: The Snow Queen by =Rosenbraut
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Sorry this is late. *headdesk* I have been in a whirlwind of work and just can't seem to manage more than tiny replies.
Now then, I'm happy to hear about that the stocks went up and helped you out! I know you were really getting worried so it's good to know you're ok for now. Or were...I'm not sure if it's still good for you or not!!
That was so sweet of you! I love that type of music and I think it's funny she had to keep you awake. But it was so kind of you to take her anyway!
*dies laughing* Holy crap, I had to tell my boyfriend this story! He goes, take a page out of her book and you try that next time.
I'm still here for you if you need to note me. I really hope that this situation works out for you. You are both two very very amazing people and it's sad to see you unhappy. In time you will get your wish I hope.
I have no idea about politics...*headdesk*
OMG! xD I would have died laughing if I were in your shoes. But I'm glad that it worked out and I hope she had fun!!!
Hopefully by now you are feeling better. I am so sorry that I haven't been able to wish you well until now.
Barbara rocks, really! Jeovah Witnesses can turn pretty annoying. Where I live, other than ringing at doorbells, we can see them at market places and/or in the parking lots nearby (where they walk back and forth always in pair, never alone). Besides, since this should be the nth year of a probable apocalypse, I'm expecting an increase of their presence.
Thank you for the feature Andy. I was stunned to read about the adoption problems. I have never read anything this ridiculous in my entire life... no religion, no kids? Hell, give me a break. So they rather not give the kids to a loving family just because that family doesn't have a stupid religion? That's it! I just lost the 0.5% of hope in all human race.
Although I dislike Jehova's Witnesses' beliefs (I find almost all religions to be uninteresting and unrealistic) I have some amount of respect for them. When they knock at my door I never let them speak about religion because I immediately tell them I don't believe in God. Some are quite nice and return to my house just to say hi, without even speaking about religion. I find them quite nice. Others just give me the sad look and roll their eyes thinking I didn't see it. But actually I am very polite to everybody.
That salsa story cracked me up... I would pay money to see the guy's face.
They no longer allow this kind of religious bigotry in the adoption process. However, I am much older now and it would be a lot more difficult for me to be up at all hours of the night with an infant. So, if I were to adopt at this late stage, a child would have to be little older, but more set in his or her ways. But that's ok.
I agree with you about the Jehovah's Witnesses. For the most part, they are very peace-loving and refuse to go to war. At least, they practice what they preach.
I'm glad you liked the salsa story. The image of him wiping the perspiration from his forehead was priceless. My wife has a weakness for Mexican men.
I don't want to have children and people look at me like I was an alien or even worse, some kind of monster. I really don't understand why I have to be punished with severe weird looks when I say this. It's my choice, right? I'm glad they changed all that crap. It's ridiculous.
Yeah, totally agree with you on that "practice what you preach" thing. While some of them may not do that, the majority of them are honest people and I admire them for that. If they believe in all that, let them be at peace. But I admit... they can be a pain in the ass when it comes to their preaching.
Your relation with your wife continues to amaze me... I'm not sure I would be able to do the same.
You're very sweet. My knee is much better. It continues to have a dull ache and it will probably stay that way. I'm older, so, I guess that is what comes with age. However, I continue to exercise and refuse to give in and just sit on my behind.
I used to have a lovely Russian lady friend. She eventually married a man from Mexico. He chased away all her male friends and even hit one over the head with a Coke bottle. He didn't understand that in the United States, it is common for married women to have male friends and in some cases, even open marriages. Although it's been many years, I still miss my Russian friend.
The Mexican accent is beautiful. My wife has a weakness for Mexican men.
Wow, all that art is awesome, now that I get a real chance to look at it! I don't agree with your Political views completely however, and i love the fact you tried to have children, I'm sorry it didn't work out, I hope i have lots of kids!