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The World Cup is upon us and today my son and I watched England defeat Tunisia by the score of 2 to 1 in both teams opening game of group play.
It probably should have been 5 or 6 to 1, but England missed on what appeared to be multiple “easy” chances in the first half.  (Easy to my eyes, anyway.)  Still, a win is a win.  Three points to England!  The teams which win their first game in group play, go on to advance to the next stage about 60% of the time…  Fingers crossed!!
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On This Day In:
2017 Go Where?
2016 Returning To The Same Box
2015 The Hunter’s Music
2014 Dedication
2013 Unhappy Alternatives
2012 Implications
2011 Never Let Us Down
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Earlier in the week (Tuesday & Wednesday), I went in to the doctor’s office for a “nuclear” (Adenosine / Thallium Study) stress test on my heart.  I suffer from AFib.  Anyway, yesterday I met with my cardiologist for the results.  I am all clear with no blockages and at all.  Yippie!!
This was my second nuclear test in five years.  (I’ve also taken the standard treadmill test twice in the last 10 years.)  The last one was the same results.  I was having (again) radiant pain in my left chest / shoulder / arm / elbow / wrist / hand, so the test was just to be on the safe side and make sure nothing had changed since the last test.  Same results as last time, so that’s even better.
I told the doctor I’ve started going to the pool as he advised and I’m feeling a lot better for it.  He said terrific.  He added, he would like me to eat a little healthier and try to get my weight down.  We discussed it and I (of course) agreed to try.  I see him again in six months – unless something changes…
The not so good news is that while boiling water for dinner (ravioli) last night, my wife spilled a pot of boiling water on her lap.  So, after a visit to Urgent Care, she got some pain killers and instructions for taking care of the 2nd degree burns.  Fortunately, instead of rising, the blisters all but went away during the night, so we got away very lucky.  I had a terrible night (lack of sleep) worrying about accidentally touching hurting her.  My Fitbit, said I got a little over two hours of interrupted sleep.  It needs a minimum of three hours to identify the types of sleep (deep / light / REM / awake).  Hil, on the other hand, got over eight hours and slept like a log.  LOL!!!  How do you spell relief?  (SLEEPING wife = happy husband!)
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On This Day In:
2017 Forms Of Conservation
2016 Oh, So Lacking
2015 e pluribus unum
2014 Nothing So Far Removed
2013 Positions
2012 Two Errors
2011 Long Live The King!

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I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.  I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.
   ―  Pablo Neruda
From his book of poetry: “100 Love Sonnets
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On This Day In:
2017 Happy Meeting Day 33 (And Counting)
2016 Picture Perfect
2015 Life Showed Compassion
2014 And Then I Met Her
2013 Defining Maleness
The Run Continues
2012 All Set
2011 Not Always

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Picture of Sean and Kevin relaxing.

Not many meals missed by these brothers…

My sister (Carmen) and I visited my brother (Sean) today.  He is suffering from kidney failure and has to go for dialysis four days a week.  We just wanted to cheer him up with a mid-week visit.  He is trying to convert me into a Oakland fan by giving me an A’s sweatshirt for X-mas and sitting me in the Raiders recliner.  (LOL)
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On This Day In:
2017 Genuine Tragedies
2016 Why I’m Scared Of November
2015 I Can Tell Too
2014 In Hand
2013 No Fear
2012 Comic Books
Keeping The Peace
2011 You Still Have To Pay For It

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This morning, Hil (my wife) and I got up early to walk the dog.  We had a big day planned…  Paint the fence in the back yard.
In preparation, over the weekend, we went to our local big box hardware store and bought a couple of paint brushes and three gallons of tinted stain.  It was actually kind of an all-in-one primer/sealer/stain.  Whatever.  It’s a faded brick-red color, which looks more like a brownish-orange.  Anyway, after four-and-a-half hours (!!!) of non-stop work we finished the job and it looks “marvelous”.  It makes the backyard look like it belongs to someone else.  The garden flowers are in full bloom and we are just in time for a warming spring.
Unfortunately, we still have two side fences to go…  And, then, the house, itself.  But, all that is for another day…  For now, we are dead chuffed – with the fence and with ourselves.  Not a bad day’s work for a couple of retirees.
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On This Day In:
2017 Did I See You In Chapter 13?
2016 As I Recall
2015 Less And More Irritation
2014 That Marvelous Feeling
2013 Exceptional
2012 A Wild And Crazy Believer
2011 A Lack Of Scarcity
The Joy Of Prevention

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After (to me) six long weeks, my wife is returning from visiting her family back in Liverpool.  I have missed her a great deal.  The above video is a dedication to the love of my life…  It’s not entirely accurate / appropriate since we’ve been married for over 30 years, but I do still cherish her and love the sentiment of the song’s lyrics.
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On This Day In:
2017 It’s Just Around The Bend
2016 In What Direction?
2015 Embarrassing Myself Again
2014 I’ve Never Have Had
2013 Glory Days (part 1)
2012 Feeling Old?
2011 Even When I Wish Really, Really Hard
Skeptical Fathers
Cha-cha-cha-changes

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He who plants trees benefits another generation.
   —  Caecilius Statius as quoted by Marcus Tullius Cicero
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On This Day In:
2017 Reinforced Learning
2016 I Choose To Believe
2015 What They Don’t Teach You At School
2014 Still Trying To Die (5)
2013 Honest Doubt
2012 Choice
2011 Ownership Of Thought

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