The holidays are on the way – It’s time to those remember those we have loved.
Christmas always awakens memories in us. Of times past. Of friends past. Of friends gone. I browsed through my photo file with this in mind. At first, my reaction was sadness. The sense of loss depressed me. Then I realized how foolish I was being. How fortunate I have been to have had such love in my life! I’d encourage all of you to look back, think of those loved, and lift a joyous glass to have had the privilege of their company. Memories are treasures!
Super Trooper a real lover
My friend for 13 years, Oreo.
Dan the fan asking DL, “When is your next book coming out!”
Chet “Coach on the left, the Geezer in the middle, and Miss Betty right – once in a lifetime friends
Missy #1 our loved friend for 23 years.
Sister Gracie Walag
My beloved Sandy
With profound joy and happiness…A toast to you all. Thank you for some of the finest moments of my life.
Our freedom has been won and preserved at an awesome price.
Tomorrow we celebrate all those who have fought to obtain our freedoms and to preserve them. They put their lives in jeopardy in a gamble that we could live a free life as individuals. Many forfeited them. They lie in rows, asking only two things: we remember their sacrifice…we preserve the freedoms they died for.
There are some who would abandon those freedoms for their totalitarianism that whispers sweet lies about “equity.” The only equality will be the misery ALL live under, but for the very elite and select few that make rules tor thee and not for them. Those who insist there is only one way to think, do so at their peril. Intolerance breeds intolerance. Power shifts. When it does, those that have abused it will suffer. Sometimes harshly. And, the power structure will change! Those that wish to make change must understand that change is never static. Those that do have an SI (Stupidity Index) not an IQ.
Slavery is a great wrong. Whether it is to another human…or to the state! Having the state tell you what you can do, what you can’t, what you may have, what you may not, where you may go, where you can’t, and most basically what you may think and what you can’t, is slavery. Know this! Those that seek this “Eguity of Misery,” know it is for you…not them.
The blood and treasure lavishly spent to make us free will not be forfeit. Those sacrifices make us aware that those freedoms are what have made us a truly great country where others wish desperately to live. If we are so bad, why is that?
Those that lost their lives did not do so for us to abandon them
Look around you.
Misery for the many is in evidence and growing everywhere. Do not let it win.
I think I’ll stay in bed on October 31st. If I crawl under the covers the ghosts and goblins won’t find me.
I asked the Geezer what Halloween was about. I’ve seen ads on TV. As I understand it, Halloween is a holiday that celebrates scaring humans shitless. (Pardon my French) Asking the Geezer was a mistake. He explained the holiday, it’s background, it’s traditions, it’s international connections, the impact on GNP, the effect of candy on children’s teeth, the average number of steps kids make trick or treating, and so on. That’s a mistake I won’t make again. When the speech finished, I knew the same basic: Halloween is the day folks try to terrify each other. One of the things the Geezer did…provide me with a list of things that horrify humans. Decaying Bodies, vampires, chain saw killers, the IRS. Horrible to humans, not to canines! I eat bats, I’m not stupid enough to get close to anyone running a chain saw, and dead bodies have never attacked a dog. The IRS, the FBI, the NKVD, maybe a little. I’ve decided to make my own list of what scares we canines (or at least, me).
Sandspurs completely covering my bathroom area — Ouch!
These weeds are the bane of my existence!
Huge cats stalking our neighborhood!
It haunts my dreams!
Hunger, Starvation, oh woe is me!
Dog catchers at work! shiver!
I need to add Dr. Fauci to the list. As I just learned from TV, he tortures puppies to death in his medical experiments.
The big green truck! It has a huge mouth and makes strange noises!
Aaarrrgh! Varoom! Beep, beep, beep! Vast amounts of “stuff” disappears inside of it!
I think my list is more terrifying! If you don’t think so, BOOOOO to you!
Some of you asked about what the Geezer is doing. Go to the right margin of this post, find the link that says, DLHavlin(blog) or DLHavlin –that’s his webpage. He has two new books out, including one anthology featuring the Oak Ridge Boys.
This is just a reminder note to all you pet owners. Please, please, please see to all dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and all your other non-human friends safety, when disaster knocks on the door. Aren’t we your buddies? Just because many of us have four legs, not two, doesn’t make us any less loyal. Most of us provide you with unconditional love. Should you do less for your friends? Locking us in a room with a few bowls of food doesn’t get it. Would you do that to Aunt Pamela? Or your neighbor Fred? Take us with you and provide for us. Do you really thing we can survive something like you see below?
Rarely can a pet survive this!
Do you want your friend to end up like the ones below?
BACK HOME! Is it my imagination or does the world look better upside-down?
I’m home! I believe Dorothy is right. There isn’t anyplace like it. The Geezer family trip to the North Carolina mountains was a blast, but it is good to be back in the familiar places where I’m comfortable. The Geezer went to Burnsville for a commemorative for his best friend and his best friend’s wife. Loss of the fifty plus year relationship left a gapping hole in the Geezer’s universe. Friends and family gathered to celebrate Chet and Betty’s lives. Our destination, Burnsville, is a mountain town with historic settings and past. It’s people are friendly, the weather pleasant and cool, at least compared to our Florida steam-bath home.
Visiting a world that isn’t flat takes getting used to!
Living on a slanted world took me a little time to adjust. I quickly learned running downhill and uphill are different. Stopping resulted in me doing a barrel roll on my first attempt. However, I mastered what I needed to learn in a day. There are a lot of differences to discover. The trees, grass, dirt, even the light were all new. The Geezer had to adjust his driving skills. The curvy roads and the ups and downs took him longer to reach a car-aiming comfort level, than I did with being a passenger. Some of the bends were sharp! Our Edge’s front tried to tag the rear a time or two; at least it felt that way.
Meeting new friends, human.
Making new friends, Golden.
I love making new friends. There were oodles of humans and canines I met that are now buddies. A couple are pictured above. Bo is a friend of the Geezer and Mrs. G and the son of his best friend. Bo is a great guy who gives super ear rubs! I also met Remi, a cousin a few times removed. We had a great time! Play time was all the time. I met lots of humans…Michael, Jessica, Sadie, Samuel, Brandley, Natalia, D3, Carolyn, Brandon, and many more. Among my new canine pals are Mabel, Kimber, Ruger, and Whiskey Girl.
It was a wonderful trip…but there’s no place like home.
I get to go! I get to go! I get to go! Now that I’ve passed the puppy period…or at least some of it, I get to go with the Geezer and Mama to all kinds of places. The Geezer travels around doing book signings, speaking engagements, and what he calls “meet & greets.” So far I’ve been to a seafood festival in Vero Beach, an Arts & Crafts show in Dunedin, to Ocala where he teaches classes at Master the Possibilities and the Nautical Show in Fort Myers. I’m really a well traveled lady. I’ve been to four states on the recent trip I made when the Geezer was doing research on the Womens AirForce Service Pilots. We traveled through the long state of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas another long ride state. We ended up in the town of Sweetwater.
My trip to Vero was the first really big event. There were thousands of people there and lots of dogs too! The Geezer enjoyed meeting people. This gives him a chance chat with all kinds of folks about his books and many other things. The Nautical Mile show was indoors. There were 12,000 people who attended. The people in the booth next to ours kept everyone on their toes. It had rattlesnakes, pythons, owls, eagles and all sorts of other animals. The snakes gave me the shivers.
The trip to the Dunedin Art Show was the biggest event! There were 20,000 plus people there. Lots and lots of dogs too! My trip to Sweetwater Texas was a very long one. We traveled 1,500 miles each way to get there and to get back. The trees there are all miniatures and it is very windy. The people were very friendly. The Geezer went there to visit a museum to do research for a book he’s writing. There is a picture below.
I’ll try to keep posting. I really hate the new WordPress changes. It takes three times the time to make my post.
Trying to learn the ‘new system’ has restricted my posting on a blog I’ve had since the early 2000s. If the intent was to increase the difficulty for the user, I congratulate WordPress, you have succeeded admirably well. In the past, a common sense solution, that of maintaining the Classic Editor in its previous form, maintained a level of user friendliness. You have managed to create a real nightmare for your longtime users.
To my readers of many years, I apologize for my failure to post on a regular basis. I’ll endeavor to master the mess I’m forced to learn, and resume posting.
A note to those anonymous ‘engineers’ at WordPress. There is a line in the classic novel, “Jurassic Park,” where the generic question is raised…(paraphrased)…”You decided you could, but never thought about whether you should.” Isn’t the purpose of WordPress to provide user satisfaction? Were people clamoring for a ‘new system’ when the old one was working exceedingly well? Not one of the users I know wanted the change or thinks it is an improvement worth the hassle.
An example: How does one EASILY edit and add to the ‘tag block?’
What the Geezer does that creates “No play days.” Here he’s at King’s Gate CC speaking to 50 members about WWII
Life is usually fun and games in the Geezer’s, Mrs. G’s…and my house. My human’s like me to hang with them. Normally, I can interest them in a game of tug, fetch, or can solicit an ear scratching session. However, on rare occasions I get stone-walled. The usual welcome disappears and is replaced by a total lack of response. Why is that? I’ve made no bathroom accidents inside. It’s been months since I learned removing items off the coffee table is a no-no. I’ve given up sneaking Mrs. G’s undies from the dirty clothes hamper as an unneeded painful experience. The chair legs are no longer a chewing temptation…they all taste like wood. So, why am I treated like I have leprosy from time to time. It has taken a while, but I think I’ve figured it out.
The Geezer and I normally enjoy our time together. He makes a great mattress.
No play days, that’s what I call them, are days before two things happen. The first is the day before the Geezer is scheduled to to do one of his speaking engagements. The second is when Mrs. G pays bills.
The Geezer spends most of the day before an appearance, starring at his computer screen and talking to it.
Mrs. G’s reaction to bills. They don’t put her in a good mood.
I’ve tried a number of things to offset their human fixations on less important things and refocus on the most important thing in their life. ME! Blocking the stairs to the Geezer’s office doesn’t work. He steps over me. Putting my paws on his arms and body as he sits at the computer makes him cranky. Licking his face isn’t welcome like it usually is. Taking my favorite ball and putting it in his lap gets no attention at all. Mrs. G moves me if I block the way to her desk. Barking only makes her bark back at me. I tried chewing up the bills but that only got a momentary smile followed by a scolding. The only thing that works is laying in places I’m not supposed to be. They play chase for a couple minutes and it’s back to being ignored!
Blocking the stairs won’t work……..
If I get on the bed…they get me off!
The Geezer asked if I was posing for the centerfold. What’s that mean?
I hate no play days!
PS — If you’d like to hear the Geezer (DL Havlin) speak on historical events or his books, click on DL Havlin in the right hand column. It’s a link to his webpage. Then go to “calendar” (right under the heading) to find where he’ll be in the future.
Brandi rings the bell — this time for new years — welcome 2021
Happy New Year! Let’s all get a new perspective.
Let’s hope that 2020 was the low point. The Geezer says he’s dedicating his efforts to the positive. I am too. Now if the Bucs can win the Super Bowl it will be off to a great start. The Geezer will be starting the New Year off at Master the Possibilities doing three presentations on Tuesday the 12th. Brandi gets to go along. Hooray! Peace for the day.