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Dallasite good for you! I believe patgund here is an avid curler? Anyway it's so great to expand one's horizons!Estiveo -- !!! Oh dear. So sorry. SO. Sorry. I did laugh, but sometimes you have to? Anyway, :hug: :hug:
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E: “Mom, I’m your son, you’re 80 years old, you don’t need to be thinking about marriage.”E’sM:: I’m 80? Really? But anyway, I love you and we need to talk about...When I met ol' Wifehorn again after we'd been split up for six years ... more on that below ... her mom was already deep into the Alzheimers'. She was just like that, Estiveo.She had no idea she was 73. She'd look you right in the eye and tell you "I don't have that disease they're talking about." She believed that 100%. She was at our wedding, but I don't think she ever did realize who I was and why I was suddenly living with her daughter and seemed to be around a lot. She couldn't learn my name, so she invariably called me Sweetie. I almost went and had my name legally changed.At first I thought, "What a great disease to have! You don't even know you're sick, and you don't suffer at all! Everybody around you suffers, but not you!" :rockon: But that phase didn't last very long. Things went seriously downhill from there. So buckle up, my friend, and you hang in there. I'm being right up front with you: The going is going to get tougher before it gets easier. :hug:
Edit: Oh yeah, Wifehorn. We met on an airplane. We dated for a year, but she wanted to settle down and I was only 35 yrs. old, living in a county brim full of pretty ladies. She broke up with me, but we stayed friends for a while. I even went down to north San Diego County and had dinner one night with her and her new boyfriend. I didn't see her for 6 years after that. One day I turned around in the post office and there she was again. That time I was a little more ready to get hitched. :lol:
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One day I turned around in the post office and there she was again.Turned out she really was Most Wanted after all! :rimshot: Great story!
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I'm so sorry, Estiveo. We went through that with my father-in-law. The caregiver told us to engage in what she called "therapeutic lying." She said when they're in that deluded state you have to follow them into their world because you'll never drag them back into yours. So whenever Dad said things like, "I have to get home to my wife," our response was, "OK, Dad, we'll be leaving in a little bit. But first we have to . . ." and then find some small task to distract him. My brother-in-law (known around these parts as "Mr. Sensitivity") would say things like, "Dad, Mom's dead! She died 20 years ago!" There's just no point in telling him stuff like that. It was like a knife in his heart because every time he told him she was dead it was like he was hearing it for the first time. Besides, he's not going to remember it 20 minutes from now. Sometimes he did funny things (he hoarded chestnuts, for example -- he liked to go out on walks and would insist on gathering chestnuts because he had a family to feed -- when he could no longer live with my brother-in-law and we had to pack him up and take him to the nursing home, he had stuffed all of his clothes into one dresser drawer and filled the rest with chestnuts).Dimentia is just such a weird thing, and it manifests itself in very strange ways. At a point in his life where Dad could barely feed himself, we took him out of the nursing home for a day because it was so nice out. We were planting a bunch of periwinkle in the back yard, and we thought it would be nice for Dad to sit in the sun and watch. But he offered to help, and for three solid hours he carefully measured the spaces between the plants, dug the holes, and filled them up. He talked about the old days, and it was almost as if he was fine. My husband and I often talk about that day.So if I could offer some unsolicited advice, when your Mom talks about things like getting married, it's obvious she doesn't know you're her son. But it's also obvious that she LOVES you. So tell her you love her. Don't worry about trying to convince her of your reality (because you won't). Enter her reality with all the grace you can find in your heart and say whatever you have to say to make her happy. It's really all you can do.
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Sometimes he did funny things (he hoarded chestnuts, for example ...My FIL kept every nail he ever bent. Hundreds and hundreds of nails that he tried to hammer, they bent, and he put them in a jar or a tin can. I guess he was planning to fix 'em all as soon as they invented an electric nail straightener. :lol:
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With apologies to the Libruls...Who ever said that gays getting married wouldn't cause problems :D But seriously, Estevio, you seem to be doing a fantastic job caring for your mom, a lot better than I would probably do. I know it must be tough (hell I'd probably already be a crying heap), but you seem to have the right kind of sense of humour to get you through it. And at least you have the forum here to vent when you need to.Here's where I share a personal storyI do some volunteering with the elderly. Its not much, I just go into the local nursing home every Monday and call out some bingo for them for an hour. I have to make a serious effort to be cheerful and make the thing fun, but its hard when I am down, and to be honest around Christmas I just stopped doing it for a couple of months as I was unwell. Anyway its a bit of a shock when you see people that you knew growing up reduced to a state where they barely know you are there. And some others that are basically have reverted to children. But there are some other people there that are still sharp as razors at 90. There was one woman called Josie that had me help her walk up to my seat and she started telling all the nurses about how she always gets all the fine men. :D But I did do another bit of bingo for whats called the "going strong" club on Tuesdays, and frankly I never felt welcome by the organizers doing that. I've largely given that up, and really I should force myself to go back to it. It takes so goddam much out of me though. I am emotionally exhausted after it. But every Tuesday I feel like a jerk for not doing it. But hey.Anyway, not sure what the point of all that was, but hey,. hang in there, you're fighting the good fight.
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First Term soldiers - Privates - pay grades E-1 to Specialist E-4s are treated differently as they are young and "may not know better". An NCO (E-5 or above) or an Officer coming up hot has no excuse as usually they have time in service over the 3 -4 year mark.





One thing that will bother the services if there is another draft is that to get out of the draft...fail the preinduction pee test (unless Congress makes failing a pee test a crime & at the moment it is still an administrative issue. The Army doesn't have time or money to allow someone to fix his/her/it's issues.





The objection I have - in 1984/5 the Army had to re-admit & promote etc a number of folks as the labs were not reporting accurately. One of my bowling friends (SSG/E-6) had been kicked out over a "false positive" piss test. Then the Army had to bring him back in, and promote him to E-7 (missed the promotion board and was promoted with his year group/peers). This caused a huge problem of credibility for the testing program. Procedures/2nd tests for positives etc were changed after that to seal any loopholes :- along with stricter quality control program assessing the tester's skills and methodology along with the track record of hot vs not.One of the things I ended up being (under the "other duties as assigned" category :cry: ) was "Unit Drug & Alcohol NCO." That was right after all the revamps due to that mess. It was not only false positives that were a problem, but chain of custody. If you wanted to challenge a positive, that was usually the route to go, and almost always, the "chain of custody" would have several breaks. :roll: That was changed, and I know that it was a lot more stringent. I spent the better part of a day carrying around a bag of specimens, simply because the people I was supposed to turn it into were out doing another unit. Oh, and the down side of being the person in charge of unit testing? I got tested more than anyone else. At least twice a month.
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Maybe so. But they closed down the project directly across the street for a year because of the hazards and lack of proper permits and licenses. That was 3-5 years ago Of course, there's the sequester to consider as well.What about state environmental people? There's usually people responsible for run-off and stormwater management. Managing that is part of the Clean Water Act. Also from my experience with OSHA, you have to keep at them. They will generally only come out if there are more than a couple injuries or one dead. YMMV, since if I pester them it's as a state environmental person.
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So when's the wedding?Sorry, Estiveo. I can't help myself. My aunt had brain cancer. We sorta went along with whatever she said. What else can you do? You just roll with it.She had five daughters though. I'd think your job is very hard, but I'd bet you're very good at it. You gotta laugh. You just gotta.
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You really are a good son fiancé, Estiveo. :hug: You will figure it all out.





My dad also had cancer in his brain. If he tried to tell the time, he couldn't. But if you asked him casually, out of the blue, he could glance at his watch and get it right. Towards the end he was in Hawai'i, in his mind, at Hickam field, flight-testing his beloved planes. He was very happy there.





He also found doG the night before he died.
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Jumping in real quick to say that the vet just called, Flossie is out of surgery and everything went fine.
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Jumping in real quick to say that the vet just called, Flossie is out of surgery and everything went fine.Fabulous. I am happy to hear that the procedure was successful. :hug: :hug:
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Yay, Flossie. :rockon:
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:cheer: Flossie! :cheer:
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You must have told her about the ice cream.
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-xx I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!! \ :D / -xx -xx meow
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Good girl, Flossie. :hug:
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Man, you get busy with work for several hours, and you miss all kinds of stuff: people marrying their moms :yankyank: , ice cream for getting nuts chopped off :crutches: (glad Flossy is doing well). This thread has everything!Now I need to go catch up on the Birther Queen and her shenanigans.
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-xx I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!! \ :D / -xx -xx meowJust saw this today:https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 751_n.jpgI love a threadjack in the Hijack thread. :mrgreen:
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I love it! =)) =)) =)) =)) =)) -xx
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Jumping in real quick to say that the vet just called, Flossie is out of surgery and everything went fine.Excellent! All that sweet-talking paid off.
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It's raining white BB's. tink tink tink.
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Southern New England has officially had quite enough snow this winter. It must stop immediately. The HAARP mechanism that is keeping that rude storm (the center is 400 miles off the coast) constantly rotating over inland areas needs to be turned off. No more wrecks on I-84 involving three FedEx trucks and a number of automobiles! Extending the Winter Storm Warning from 1:00PM to 7:00PM tonight was unacceptable. If necessary, there will be a One Mlllyun New Englanders March on Occupied D.C.
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Some of you who attended our Phoenix meet up convention to plot Orly's destruction may remember Bill Moore, who writes for Emptywheel and is a local attorney. He joined us for cocktails on the roof and dinner that Saturday night.





His daughter made this. I think it's cool.





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