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"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."

Ariel Durant

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends! Come inside, come inside!"

I actually saw ELP in concert in the early 1970's.  My reserve unit used to make money by cleaning the arena after concerts.  It went to pay for parties , cook outs, etc the unit put on.  One of the added benefits was getting to see the concerts for free.

I've been off the air for a little while.  My wife was having medical issues and retired from teaching early.  So, we had to deal with the doctors, and at the same time we were addressing the problem of where to live now that both of us were retired.  That took some work, but we decided to keep this place in the mountains, with the proviso that she can spend some time up with the kids in the city they live in.  They are planning a move to Florida, to the Sarasota area, in a year or so. Their company has agreed to transfer them down there and that suits everybody.

In the interim, I managed to have an accident and did a thorough job of injuring myself.  I am not entirely over that but as the lunatics at the asylum in "The Pink Panther" said, "every day, in every way, I am getting better and better."

Then there have been the normal distractions of life, taking care of all the things that come around every day, and helping the kids.  It all added up to needing a break in the worse way.

I don't think I will deal much with politics or other things I can't control henceforth. A lower profile wouldn't hurt me, and after all this was supposed to be about living up here in the mountains.

I have genuinely missed visiting other's blogs and reading their comments here. It will take me awhile to catch up with everybody.  But it's good to be back among the living.

Thanks, Kymber, for awakening me from my stupor.


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  1. I hope you and the wife put the health issues behind you both. Welcome back to the virtual world of OZ. Now that your both retired I will pass on what my wife told me to make our time together enjoyable. Go find a hobby and stay out from under my feet. Your more lovable in short doses! :) The advice has work for me.

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    1. I think that's true of most husbands and wives, Gary. Good advice. In our case, we had some differences of opinion on where to live but we have resolved them satisfactorily and we are settling in to life with no bosses, no work related stress or responsibility. Just takes some time. I hadn't expected her to retire for five more years and so we had to jump through some hoops to get things on an even keel.

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  2. i am just glad that you are sharing yourself with all of us again...man...some people have really missed you! and buddy, whatever decisions you and your wife make about this, that or the other...it's just moving forward. me and jam know that we can't stay up here forever...with no help...and if one of us gets sick - that's it - we're out of here...whether we can sell the place or not. our nearest "little town" has 3 ginormic senior's residences and although neither of us play botchi ball...we can learn. we just want to be able to stay together...always and forever. kind of like you and M.

    thanks for poking your head out. soooo many people have been worried about you! and missing you!

    sending much love, as always, to you and yours! your friends,
    kymber and jambaloney

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    1. Kymber, when you don't use the internet, life here just sort of melds, one day into another, and soon you don't know what day of the week it is, because it just doesn't matter. I set all my bills up to auto-pay and now I don't even have that to anchor me time wise. I got rid of the satellite tv (although I am having it reinstalled because the wife wanted it. Should have asked.) So for awhile there was no tv to make the days matter. They'll be here next Tuesday to put it back in. Can't get by without Quacker Factory you know. ;-)

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    2. buddy - we never know what day it is and have to constantly check the internet for when jam is supposed to go into work. it's actually a lovely feeling once you get used to it. when you are retired - who cares what day of the week it is...just wake up when you want and tend to whatever you need to tend to. i'm glad that you are getting your satellite tv back for your wife...and just glad that you are back. i told you all kinds of people were worried about you...and i think your number of comments on this post reflects that. you don't have to post everday...just every other day so that people can stay in touch. you've touched hearts Harry. and once you do that - well, it kinda becomes a job. sorry to lay that on you - but hey you started all this - bahahha!

      sending love to you and yours always! now get better! you know how much me and jam rely on you...not to mention all of the others. heal up fast my friend! and give M our best wishes!

      always.
      kymber

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  3. Glad you are back. You were missed. Hope you and your wife will soon be better.

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    1. I have missed my internet friends too, Vicki. I just sort of tuned out there for awhile, until the dust settled. Seemed like as soon as I got one thing under control some other thing would crop up, and then hurting myself through an act of pig headedness didn't help. I need to start acting my age I guess.

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  4. Glad you're back. I genuinely missed your blog. I might have to send you an email of the blog uncut - a few extras I've been up to!

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    1. Kev, I missed following my English friends adventures as well. I'd like to get that email. Seems to me you always succeed at whatever you set your hand to, so there's no telling what you've been doing.

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  5. Awful good to see back on the air. I've missed your posts.

    -Moe



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    1. Hey, Moe. I appreciate that. I'm living a pretty sedate life these days, so it may not be as interesting as once it was but age catches up to all of us eventually I guess.

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  6. Sorry to hear you've had a bit of a rough patch. Hope things are smoother from here on out. Glad to have you back.

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    1. It's been disconcerting, but I think I am pretty much back on track now. I have to go by your place and catch up on the on going saga of living on a boat. When I dropped off the air for awhile you had just had a shipwreck. Never a dull moment there with your life.

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  7. Hope all goes well for you and the wife. Let us know how you're doing.

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    1. Hey Mike. We are getting our ducks in a row, and just learning to take the medical stuff, the drives to doctors, the sitting in the waiting rooms, etc in stride. It's the new reality so no good getting angry and raising hell about it, which is my normal way of handling things like that.

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  8. Welcome back. There has been quite a hole in my blog reading. Hope all things are improving.
    Jesse

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    1. Jesse, I'm doing ok. I have a morbid fear of becoming an addict, so I don't take any pain medicine except over the counter stuff. That has made this more difficult than it probably needed to be, but it's just how it is. I'm afraid of snakes, and afraid of pain pills, so I avoid both of them. I have known some good people who started out on pain medicine for a modest injury like mine, and turned into addicts. I prefer to tough it out, or try my best to do so without too much whining to the wife!

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  9. I doubt if you've missed a lot, Harry. You know what they say, "the more things change, the more they stay the same." Glad things are getting better for you, after all that.

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    1. Gorges, it's just that I feel badly I didn't at least keep up with everybody. Guess I got overwhelmed with events there for awhile.

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  10. Harry, my friend....Good to see you back! Life keeps us busy, and family takes priority in my book. I'm sorry to hear your sweet wife had surgery, and you ended up injured. It's good to hear both of you are on the mend, and have decided to stay up on the mountain. I know you love it up there in God's great wilderness. In time my husband and I will find our place up in the wilderness as well. Kymber had me laughing at her post about you taking a mission. She's and awesome friend, glad to hear you talked with her :-)
    Take care of yourself, and your sweet wife. Look forward in reading more about your adventures.
    Your friend,
    Sandy

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    1. Sandy, Kymber has an effervescent spirit. It takes a lot to slow her down and she's always on the upswing.

      We have both had to battle medical problems but we are chugging along. We are like old ferrets, slowing down some, sleeping most of the time, and beset with this and that medical problem, but still enjoying life.

      I am really happy here, the wife not so much. But we have worked out an arrangement where she can spend part of the year up with the kids, and I think when they move to Florida I will probably go down there part of the time too. If they do make that move, and if it is at least semi-permanent, we plan on getting a small apartment and spending some of the time there and some up here. But of course, that means I can't get any more ferrets, or dogs, etc since I can't leave here until I can just lock up the house and go. Marriage is all about working out a solution to any issue and we are doing that.

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  11. Welcome Back Sir. Glad to hear things are headed in the right direction for you.

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    1. Life is pretty good. My lifestyle has changed dramatically since my wife retired and is home, but for the better. She worked in a school district on the other side of the mountains, so during the week she stayed over there and was only home Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday morning. Now we are both home at the same time, all the time. It's working out pretty well but I am going more places, more often. Used to be I could stay up here two weeks or more without ever going off the mountain.

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  12. Well look who is back in the world! Welcome back, man...I missed the familiarity of seeing your blog show up in my daily reads.

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    1. This is the new, more domesticated me. Now I limit my life experiences to watching my wife's purse in stores and pushing the buggy at the grocery store. But it's not bad. Nice to have some company

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  13. Glad to see you are back on the blogosphere again. Like others, I missed you. I was beginning to fear you'd just up and disappear like several others we've know. Sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you and your wife can both mend and be well soon. I've been up to my usual antics. Stop by for a visit when you have a chance.

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    1. I am slowly but surely catching up. I am not home as much now that the wife is home. We go a lot. And I go to bed at nine now, I've gotten back on a "sleep at night, be awake during the day" schedule so I don't have nearly as much "free" time as I used to. We're doing ok. I'll certainly be coming by your place, never fear!

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  14. Welcome back. I have so missed your posts and updates on the mountain living. Sorry to hear about the injury, but glad you are on the mend. Both my wife and I retired this last year so I can relate a bit to your position there and the changes it brings.

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    1. It's different, being retired and being together more. Now I do exciting things like wait in the car while my wife plunders around in stores, or I push the shopping cart and make sure nobody takes her purse. It's a whole new thing, sure enough.

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    1. Hey, thanks Dr. Jim. I need to come by and see what new things you have been doing. You are one of the most technically proficient individuals I know and I always seem to be picking up something useful over your way.

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  16. There is something about your being active online that just seems right.

    Welcome back.

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    1. Actually the real Harry died and one of his ferrets is ghost writing the blog now.

      Good to be back, and it's good to talk to you again. We go a long way back into the dim and murky past.

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    2. i couldn't agree with Matt more! and remember - he's my little brother, has stood up for me when i needed him and i love him to death!

      +1,000 to Matt!

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  17. Hey Harry,

    captaincrunch is dead.

    He died a horrible death when his microwave exploded and shrapnel from a 'Swanson's Chickenfried Steak TV dinner'
    gave him a massive head injury (like their was anything to injure anyway)
    If captaincrunch only listened to your advice and taken a wife that could cook, he would still be with us to this day.

    Captaincrunch was cremated and his ashes were scattered (dumped on the side of the road) at 'Trash Can Hill" between Terlingua and Alpine Texas by a anonymous UPS driver passing through since no one else wanted task of driving out to the middle of nowhere.


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    1. I heard he got into a horrific fight with the Mexicans next door and was found, bleeding from a hundred wounds and surrounded by a ring of his slain, just in time to be saved.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      That was funny. That Poor bastard Captaincrunch. The Mexicans lived behind him. They were sorry to see him go. They had a party in his honor and I heard a rival gang drove by and shot the place up in a drive by. No one got hit because the rival group of Mexicans got their 'pistol training' from a wrap video that promotes 'holding a pistol sideways' for better marksmanship. 'Go Figure'

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    3. hey Mr. coffeebottlerocket - i don't know where you are getting your news from but captain crunch is up here living on the island with us. he's out surfing our major waves right now. thank goodness he brought his wet-suit cuz the water is like -150C. i'm feeding him good and fine and he loves living in the vandura. maybe you should come and join him.

      and btw - i was taught that holding your pistol sideways is the "cool" way to shoot. are you telling me i was taught wrong?

      love you coffeebottle! xoxo

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    4. Hey Kymber.

      I gotta tell you that a long time ago in Texas their use to be a type of firework called 'Bottlerocket's' They were miniature skyrocket's. Everyone used to shoot bottlerocket's at each other. It was great fun. Every now and then someone got an eye shot out or burned somehow. The usual drunken, 'Dude, hold my beer' and check this out thing.

      I miss bottleroket's because some safety sally' loser had to outlaw them in Texas.

      I don't know how you can be around captaincrunch kymber. He complain's incessantly about cold water.

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  18. Have missed you Harry... And, thanks to kymber for following up. The last contact I had with you you quite adamantly stated that Harry Flashman is no more.

    But, I'm glad to have you back Harry. Sorry to hear about the wife's health and your injuries - hope they are both on the road to recovery / mend now.

    Completely understand what you mean about politics - my blood has been boiling here too with the recent disclosures of all the shenanigans that our government has been up to. As you say, futile reacting doesn't help blood pressure...

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    1. Dani, when I shut down I fully intended to call it quits. Too much going on here at home and I don't want to do something if I can't do it right. I was pretty worn down at the time. I think now I will try to just keep things simple, and my lifestyle has changed dramatically how that my wife is home all the time. Also, I really believe things in the U.S. are so bad that the end game is near, and I am going to enjoy each day as much as I can.

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  19. Missed you, Harry. Sorry to hear about your accident and your wife's health problems. I am so glad you are going to stay on the hill for awhile. You would miss it a lot if you moved into the 'city' (spit).

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    1. Tewshooz, I didn't want to, but my wife wanted to pretty vehemently. We worked it out though so we can both have what we want and so all is well. I wouldn't last long around people, and she knows that, so she is going to visit the kids where they are when she wants to get out of the mountains for awhile. When they move to Florida, we will get a little apartment down there near the kids, and she can go live in it when she wants to visit them, but we are keeping this place and I can stay here.

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  20. Was a pleasant surprise this morning when I saw on my blog feed that you were back!
    As others have stated, you were missed.

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    1. I appreciate the kind words very much. I mean that. I've missed the interaction with good friends and am glad to be back.

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  21. Welcome back! I hope you will all be feeling better quickly but good to hear you are staying put for awhile.

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    1. Kathy, yes, I'm staying. My wife and I worked out a plan that suits both of us, and while she may be gone some from time to time visiting the kids, I can stay up here or go with her, as I wish.

      I have to come by and see what you and your "radio head" spouse have been up to.

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  22. What a pleasant surprise to see you back! I have misssed your blog. I am sorry to hear about your accident. I so hope that you and your wife both heal up soon and enjoy your retirement time together. It is quite evident, given all the posts, that you are well loved and have been missed by many. Jana

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    1. Hey, Jana. Life is very different for us in a lot of ways. It has been an eventful few months since she retired at the end of December. Lots of things happening, some good and some not so hot, but I think things are settling down now.

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  23. Glad to see that your back on station. I've missed your posts.

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    1. and I've missed being able to post the great pictures and such that I get from you. Glad to be back.

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  24. I saw ELP in about 1973 at the Munich Olympic Arena for there Brain Salad Surgery tour, it was awesome!

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    1. I really liked that group. One of my favorite songs was "Lucky Man." One of the band members died a couple of months ago, can't remember which one off the top of my head.

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  25. Glad to see you back up. It certainly sounds like your plate has been full. I hope the health issues are clearing up - good health is often taken for granted, I certainly have. Have had some health issues in the past. All I can offer is to learn your limitations and practice caution. Work never ends, its just handled and managed.

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    1. My wife's issues are not her fault, they are age related. But in my case, I did something that was pretty stupid and this time I didn't get away with it. I have always believed that no matter what, you could overcome physical issues through strength of will. As a young Marine I could run three miles in boots, under 18 minutes. The end of the run was always physically demanding but I always beat the clock through sheer determination. Unfortunately, at 63 , it doesn't work that way, I overreached and the consequences were very unpleasant. I learned a salutatory lesson, though.

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  26. I am so glad your back! God Bless your well!

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    1. Hey, Fiona. Thanks for the kind thoughts. I'll swing by your place and see how life has been treating you.

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  27. Hey Harry, glad to hear you are both on the mend. I may not comment all the time but I check in regularly. Good to see you are ok

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    1. Hey, Sol. I know you lead a really busy life, so I realize you don't have a lot of time to do comments. I appreciated your nice sentiments on your blog.

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  28. I'm so glad that you're back! I enjoy your posts immensely! Hope you and the mrs. get better soon!

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    1. Mermaid, We are both doing well. My wife says I am still the same stubborn man I was when we got married, but I think this time around I've learned that I can't do everything I used to be able to do. I probably got off light since I could have fallen off the roof or something equally disruptive.

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    1. Hey, Yael. I hope all is well with you there in beautiful Israel. I just bought two new 1 hour shows from Amazon, one of the 1967 War and one on the Yom Kippur War. They are about armored combat. I was never a tanker, and only rode inside a tank once. I hated it. But it's still very interesting history and the program have some great interviews with famous Israeli generals.

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    1. Hey, Randy. It's good to be back. It will take me awhile to catch up with everybody but I'm working on it. When the wife doesn't need me to drive her somewhere, anyway. ;-)

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  31. Love you, Southerner!
    This way wife and kids can enjoy each other and Florida, and you can join if you like or stay on the hill.
    Suits everyone.

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    1. I think it will work out. It's not like living in the condo on the beach, but my wife is flexible and reasonable. That's probably how we have managed to stay married for three decades.

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  32. Good on ya, Harry, and welcome back.

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    1. Hey, Greg! It's good to be back on. It's more "normal." Adjusting to both of us being retired and together so much ahs been nice but it's certainly different. The blog is a sort of contact with continuity.

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  33. I was thinking about you just yesterday wondering how you were getting on. It's fab to see you back, I'm sorry to hear you've hurt yourself though. Glad the family is getting settled, keep us posted.

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    1. Kirsty, it's really nice to hear from you. I will be coming by your blog to visit here shortly. I'm slowly getting things back to normal here, as much as I can.

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  34. I'm glad you made it back, I have grown fond of your internet self and enjoy the tales from your mountain. I'll try to stop in more often.

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    1. Max, I appreciate your coming by. I won't be writing as often these days, and I'm trying to tone down my involvement in politics, but who knows. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, they say.

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