…””HAPPY FATHERS DAY”…

Out on The Deck 5-26-16Today is “Fathers Day”! To all of you FATHERS “HAPPY FATHERS DAY”! To both of my Fathers, Charles W. Gray (1953 R.I.P.) & my Step-Father Claude C. McGraw (2002 R.I.P.), I thank them for, both, the rolls they played in my life. My Father (Charles) passed away, in an accident, when I was only 20 months old. I really never knew him. I would also like to thank all of those “Neighbor Hood Fathers” who shared their time & leadership with me in my early years. To THEIR children thank you for sharing them with me, it meant more than you’ll ever know. To those of you who have lost your Fathers cherish your time & memories with them. To those of you who are lucky enough to still have your Fathers make sure you recognize them today. The day will come when you’ll wish you had. If you can’t be with them today CALL them, it’ll mean an awful lot. Folks of my age & older care NOTHING about getting a TEXT. DON”T DO IT!. Those are for you younger folks. As for Me, I’m blessed to have my Children & Grandchildren with me…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”all of us as a Family”…

MY Bride & I arrived back home last night safe, sound, & worn out. We spent the last week out in the Ft Worth, TX area with her sister & family (husband, daughter) @ their house. It wasn’t a “Vacation Trip” either. It was one of those “Family Get Togethers” about evaluating a elderly family member (NO not me, not-yet anyway) & their ability to live alone. MY Bride & Sister-in-Laws Widowed Mother is 89 years Old & currently lives by herself in Ohio. There are NO family members within a 11 hr drive or more. She is currently visitin’ with them as well. The days drug on as the Adult Children, family members, were observing daily activities, physical abilities, & conversation to evaluate memory skills, etc. of Mom. Fortunately she has not suffered any major health issues but she is startin’ to slip. And it is a slippery slope! There have been & are increasin’ “tale tale signs”. To openly discuss Assisted Livin’, givin’ up her Car, movin’ closer to or movin’ in with one of her two children (daughters), meets with a lot of resistance. I understand NO ONE wants to give up their Independence/Freedom and have to rely on someone else for most all of your/their needs. But, if we live long enough it usually takes folks in that direction. For those of you lucky enough to still have your parents livin’ it is not easy to go through. Love them all you can! My family has already lived through it & it takes a toll on all involved. But, they are Our/Your Parents & that is just what we do. No firm decisions were made but hopefully we, the family, will be able to convince my Mother-in-Law what will be best for Her & Her Family. She will be with my Sister-in-Law & her family for a few more days. So we’ll see how things go from there. While in the Ft Worth, TX area, I was fortunate to be able to separate myself from those issues to MEET & have lunch with a “FB Friend” who broke away from work for a short time. We shared only an hour together but it was enjoyable finally meetin’ & gettin’ to know him. I look forward to doin’ it again my next trip out, hopefully under better conditions. Also my Bride & I were able to breakaway, on another day, to meet an Ole Friend from our Germany days for lunch. It’s amazin’ how much you can share & catch up on in such a short period of time. I have other friends in that area but time was limited for OUR time. I hope & pray that all our efforts, as a Family, have a positive result for my Mother-in-Law. Because what ever the outcome of this “Family Get Together” is it will eventually effect all of us as a Family…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”a fond adeiu”…

Out on The Deck 5-26-16This mornin’ I was headed to my two granddaughters “Awards Day” at their school. I get into the parkin’ lot and my cell phone goes “to blowin’ up” with post on FB that I had been HACKED as folks were gettin’ FR from me, that I had not sent of course. Anyway I have to admit FB was very efficient in gettin’ a post/some posts removed. Thanks FB. I responded with the followin’ post on my FB account.

“I guess I WON THE HACKED AWARD, again! It amazes me that Lazy Ass people with NO life of their own want to disrupt others just to make themselves feel like they have accomplished something in life. LOSERS! SORRY ASS LOSERS!…..BG> ”

The awards program went off well. I’m proud of both of my granddaughters. I left there in a great frame of mind & decided to head to a near by Restaurant, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, for some lunch. Old Delta Jersey front 08-17-10I called a couple of ole friends that I knew were close by, “The Marine & The Banker”, to see if they were available. They were & we had a wonderful lunch for a little more than an hour. Good food, good friends, good times! We bid each other a fond adeiu & all went our separate ways. Until next time!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Until next time”…

Today started out as “one of those days” none of us want to participate in. But, then, there is something deep inside of us that tells us, we know where we need to go. One of “The Ole Fourth Ave South Kids”, the older sister of two younger brothers, life long friends of mine, Passed just the other day. She/The older sister was several years older than me. She was always a very friendly person, just like her Mother was. We lived next door to their family from the time I was 20 months old until I was 11 yrs old. My Mother remarried & we (my Mother, brother, & I) left my Grandparents house & moved about 7 miles away. At that age it was a LONG distance. But we, the brothers & I, kept in touch through the Summer Swimming Pool/Cascade Plunge where we all hung out at & Wahouma Ball Park where so many of us played Summer Baseball. Anyway, the younger brother & I were the best of friends thru our High School years. I went in the Military, as had his older brother. We reunited after the four (4) years I gave The USAF. And as some relationships go we slowly sort of drifted (careers, marriage, & children) apart. But we ARE still Friends! Always will be! We, the three of us, got to  spend some time talkin’ after the Funeral today. I did enjoy it so, but just not the circumstances. And life goes on. Until next time, my friends, under better conditions I hope…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

Part #3: …”until NEXT TIME”…

Part #3: …”until NEXT TIME”

Later in the mornin’, there’s the Acrobatics of The Rail Road Guy. They were phenomenal! From just a short distance away we had “Ring Side Seats”. The three of us (The Ole Marine, The APC Mechanic & Me) in my boat happened to be lookin’ at JUST the right time. It was truly a “Kodak Moment”! There he was, as it always appears to happen, in Slow Motion, beginnin’ to topple forward, rod & reel already haven been released from his grip, along with the rockin’ of the boat from the waves & wind (& I think assisted from The Parts Man & The Banker in the boat) he was teeterin’ left to right & front to back. Arms were flailin’ around tryin’ to regain his balance, it didn’t work! His feet were doin’ some sort of dance, I wasn’t familiar with the steps, as well but that too didn’t help! His efforts were all to no avail. There he was…goin’ down! The only question was-was he goin’ In The Drink or Nose Divin’ in the bottom of the Boat? Well after a few long-long seconds in time, that seemed like several minutes, “Thar She (He) Blows/Falls”! The bottom of the Boat won out! {{{{{ CRASH ! }}}}}. The good thing was he wasn’t hurt! By some sort of miracle there were No Rods were broken. But the rest of us, well we were all hutrin’ from laughin’ our asses off. Hell, we couldn’t fish for what seemed like an hour! Me personally, hell, my ribs & my throat hurt. My head was even throbbin’. He crashed right into a pile of Rods & Hooks and somehow seemed to keep from havin’ some of those sharp hook from penetratin’ his baby soft skin. As our day on the water came to an end for the guys in my boat, we headed to the Boat Ramp & got the boat on the trailer & out of the water. We were at the top of the boat ramp securin’ our gear.  Then we hear {{{{{ Crash – Boom – Bang ! }}}}} we all spin around turn to see a nice Aluminum Bass Boat slidin’ down the Boat Ramp that just slid off of it’s trailer, with a Older (than us) Gentleman in it! They, him & his younger partner, had made the mistake of UNHOOKIN’ the Bow Line from their boat at the top of the ramp. We later recalled the comments I had mad earlier in the mornin’ “Somethin’ I have seen too many times thru the years”. Luckily no one was hurt. We assisted them, along with others near by, to get it back on the trailer. That bein’ done, they decided to launch again, successfully that time, & go Fishin’. I know the other guys will recall other events, about our trip as well,  but these are mine. The next mornin’ three of us, The Banker, The Rail Road Guy & I, took to the water one last time. The others had already departed for various reason. We caught a few more fish, told some more “Fairy Lies”, headed in & had lunch together then parted ways ourselves, “until NEXT TIME”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

Part #2: …”until NEXT TIME”…

Part #2: “until NEXT TIME”

For some reason it is always entertainin’ to watch/see someone take a Nose Dive” in or out of a boat. And let me say we weren’t let down this trip! On day Three (3) we were @ the Boat Launch gettin’ ready to launch for the day. I set my boat positioned for launch, at the top of the Ramp, get out & start takin’ off my Motor-Toter & store it. Then on to my tie-down straps released & unhooked. Then I get distracted y some activity or conversation, I really don’t remember now, Get the Life Jackets out & Kill Switch in position. Someone, I don’t remember who, asked “aren’t you goin’ to unhook your Bow Line”? Hell no! I’ve seen too many boats thru the years slid off of trailers. I unhook when I get it down at the waters edge. So The Ole APC Mechanic hops in the Expedition, stretchin’ as best he could to reach the peddles, as the power seat no longer adjusts, but it fits me just fine. Down the ramp he goes. He stops at the waters edge, I unhook the Bow Line, get in the boat & flag’em on down. I crank the   Big Motor, kick it in gear (reverse of course) to gently slide on into the water. Nope! I gas it a little more. Nope! I flag to The APC Mechanic & yell “Mon-Back”! Nope! By now the boat is almost sideways on the trailer. Ho-o-o-o-o! Ho-o-o-o Damn-it! I kick it out of gear, go to the back & realize I released both trailer hooks on the back of the boat but only took ONE (1) off. Laughter breaks out from all standin’ around. Yep! I looked like a FOOL! So I slip off my jacket, push up my sleeve & reach as far down as I could, finally get the ratchet release loose, & unhook the boat. Somewhere there there’s a picture of this mishap, but it hasn’t surfaced yet, it’s only a matter of time though. It finally drifts off fine, no damage done to the boat & I’m just embarrassed a little….”until Next Time”…(to be continued)…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”I’m blessed to have her”…

4036Today, Thursday,  was one of those weird weather days. After gettin’ a late start this mornin, @ 6:30 am, I got myself “Joed up”.  My Bride has been gone for over an hour by now. I got me a shower so I felt better, got a shave, & then dressed. The wind was what “Winnie The Pooh” would call “A Blustery Day”. The wind was blowin’ about 40 mph here. I walked up to the road to survey if there were any downed trees. Lucky for me there weren’t. Then down to the pier and all was good there as well. I came back in the house to get me a  Refill of Joe & catch after havin’ been out of pocket for a few days. There I was, sittin’ in my La-Z-Boy with Eeyore staring me down from the sectional. I wasn’t in the mood for his state of depression so I threw a pillow over his head to cover his Sad Eyes & went about checking my back log of emails & writtin’ my blog.  The wind died down, lunch was had, & I got three (3) loads of cloths done. The the rains slowly began to move this direction. Not long after that my Bride arrived home, we shared some good time together then I left for a BHS get together, I like to attend when ever possible, in “The Ham”. There were about twelve (12) folks there, inf my math was right, but is questionable. I really enjoy spendin’ time with Ole Friends. My Bride doesn’t mind/object & yet seems to think it’s good for me. I’m blessed to have her as my Bride & partner in Life. I’m back home, it’s 54 degrees & she is now in bed where I’ll be joinin’ her a little later. She was up this mornin’ @ 4:15 am. Luckily she’s off tomorrow… “Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>