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A few nights back, I was chatting with my older daughter about funny things which happen at work.  She chuckled and said like teaching the boss to make his own coffee.  I asked what she was referring to.  She said a co-worker approached her one day and commented she was sooooo lucky to have a boss who didn’t expect her to get up and make his coffee for him.  The co-worker inquired how she managed it.
My daughter explained she didn’t actually.  She began working for her boss as an office intern while in high school.  Her only experience with adults drinking coffee up till then was her parents (my wife and I) drinking instant coffee.  When she was asked to make some coffee, she added a couple of spoonfuls of ground coffee to the pot, poured in some boiling hot water, and gave it a stir.  Voila!
She didn’t realize ground coffee went in a separate place and required a filter…
No one actually complained, but no one asked her to make a pot of coffee for quite awhile after that.
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On This Day In:
2016 Preparation
2015 Scarcely Asked
2014 They Resemble Us
2013 Both
2012 That’s Success!
2011 Losing At Dominos
2010 1,001
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To live in the hearts we leave behind is to live forever.
   ―  Carl Sagan
[This quote was found at one of the blogs I follow: http://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/
The specific post is located at:   http://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/2017/03/02/valhalla/
Well worth a visit…   KMAB]

My Children

It is not how much I have gathered
Through my honest work or even greed
In the end possessions won’t matter
But what flowers from each planted seed
I wanted them to have all my heart
And leave no part of my love unused
Give them an easier place to start
Let them find their own dreams to pursue
I wonder will they remember well
The lessons that I have tried to teach
Those things that I tried to gently tell
To show that hope is within their reach
To show them not to stand on the stage
Instead intermingle with the crowd
Always have the want to turn the page
Be the one of whom they could be proud
They’re the footprints that I leave behind
They will be my only legacy
They will be the story brought to mind
When my grandchildren remember me
[This poem was found at one of the blogs I follow:  https://thebackyardpoet.com/
The specific location for the post is:   https://thebackyardpoet.com/2017/10/06/my-children/
Another site well worth visiting (if you have the time)…  —  KMAB
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On This Day In:
2016 Tremendous Energy
Beyond Trying
2015 Tell Me…
2014 Live Forever (To Remember Me)
Orange October (VI) – Giants Win Game 4
2013 More Than Just Words
2012 Egotist, n.
2011 Good And Bad

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Retirement Pie

Retirement Pie

Retirement Pie Close Up

Retirement Pie Close Up

On Sunday (10/1/2017), Hil arranged for a family only retirement BBQ / party for me.  It was a complete surprise to me.  Everyone even parked away from the house, so I wouldn’t guess what was up as I drove home from Sunday Mass.  (I will add more photos as they become available…)  A big thank you to my family and (of course) to my wonderful wife!
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On This Day In:
2016 The Bell Tolls
2015 It Is What It Is
2014 What Have You Learned (Gently) Lately?
Orange October (I)
2013 Ignore The Man Behind The Curtain
For A Time
2012 What Are Your True Measurements
2011 What It Is All About
2010 The Magnificent Seven
Giants Fever!!

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Hi Princess,
Here’s three quotes for you:
I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.
   –  Mark Twain
From a speech given on 23 September 1907
[A good day!  —  KMAB]
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
   ―  Napoléon Bonaparte
[Be heard!  —  KMAB]
Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.
   ―  Muhammad Ali
[Make every day count…   —  KMAB]
Happy Birthday!
We love you always,
Mum and Dad

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On This Day In:
2014 Optional
2013 Happy Birthday, Rebecca
2012 Be Not Old
2012 National League Western Division Champions!!!
2011 What Kind Of Work Do You Do?
2010 Another Loser… And Come November

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Jurassic World – movie review  (Spoilers coming.  If you haven’t seen the movie – STOP NOW!!)
Last Sunday (Father’s Day), Sarah (my youngest) took me to see “Jurassic World“.  Sarah loves dinosaur movies and all things John Williams.  Okay, John didn’t contribute to this film, but some of the compositions have little samples from John’s original score from the first “Jurassic Park“.
So, what’s the movie about and is it any good?  Uh, dinosaurs and heck YES!!
So, the plot is basically, intro scenes, some talk, (blah, blah, blah, ethics lesson,) dinosaur eats human, (blah, blah, more ethics lessons, blah,) dinosaur kills other dinosaurs, blah, blah (arggh, MORE ethics!), dinosaur kills and/or eats more humans, and repeat until biggest dinosaur (Mosasaurus) eats not as big, steroid-raptor dinosaur and T-Rex roars: “Not in MY house!!”  (Okay, I kinda made that last part up, but just kinda.)  And then we fade to a happy ending – surviving.
The acting is okay.  The pace is pretty good.  The special effects are great – but I may be biased.  I love dinosaur movies (there I said it!), too.  And of course, one of the bad guys escaped with some amber for a sequel.  Final recommendation: Go see it again!  The film has raked in over $1 Billion dollars in just two weekends.  If you haven’t seen it, get out from under your rock or outta your cave (or wherever you’re hiding) and go!  Highly recommended summer action and adventure movie.  As usual, a disclaimer – some intense (munch) scenes may be too much for small children; it’s also not realistic science.  It is an entertaining movie.
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On This Day In:
2014 The Importance Of Being Forgetful
2013 Anyway
2012 Habit Forming
2011 And In The Other Hand(ful)
In Love With Words
Boundless Naïveté
Who Did You Say Signed Off On This Treason, Pat?

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[Happy Valentine’s Day, Hil!!  Pop!  You snuck up from behind!
All my love,
Always,
Your Kev
XXX
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On This Day In:
2014 Awakening
2013 Drowsy In Comfort
2012 Happy Valentine’s Day
2011 Own Your Bible

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He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in times of happiness.  He will always be by our side.
Love is not an easy feeling to put into words.  Nor is loyalty or trust or joy.  But he was all of these.  He loved life completely and he lived it intensely.
   —  Edward Kennedy speaking at Robert Kennedy’s funeral
[On New Year’s Day, Raymond Beierly succumbed to the flu.  Ray is the older brother of my childhood best friend Ralph.  I have known the Beierly family since I was seven years old – over 50 years.  I spoke with Ray a few weeks ago and we promised to get together in the new year…  We chatted, laughed, talked sports briefly and then, as we almost always did, we waxed philosophical and talked about life, family, growing older and retiring.  I wish I knew then that it would be our last conversation and I would have told him how much I looked up to him for his ability to face the world with kindness and an optimistic acceptance of the vagaries of life.  Ray was a musician, a poet, a painter and a friend.  My life has been better for knowing him and will be lesser for his passing.  Rest in peace, my friend!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Cyclical Attitudes
2013 Footprints
2012 Broken Resolutions
Bin It

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