Stating the Oblivious

It’s been a fun week. Thank you. I’m sitting here musing about “social media” and this unprecedented age of interaction and how it relates to me and my work. (OK! I have a self-centered side!) I’m thinking of how different the environment is from when I began, and how it isn’t. But it’s Friday, and I don’t want to get into all that now. Maybe next week. Maybe not. I’ll try to put up a quick post over the weekend, but I intend to relax a bit. I highly recommend it, if you can.

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52 responses to “Stating the Oblivious”

  1. The wife always asks: “Do love me because I’m beautiful or am I beautiful becsuse you love me?”
    I slwaus answer “Yes “.

  2. Nowadays Ghost does nothing to impede my dressing. It is hard to get me out of house and to Tulsa on time.

    I bet he never thought he’d hear himself say “Baby, put your clothes on! Get out of bed!”

  3. JJ’s Symply peekin’ through our windows again! Glad we can help with the strip; jk, I know life does that!

    A note on the car thing from a few days ago…I must be one of the only people in the world who hates buying a new car. Just do not want to deal with all the BS that comes with it….I know what I want exactly, I know what I should be paying, got a deal for $5k less and a good trade in and I just am putting it off and putting it off…..Oh well, some Fargone things need to be dealt with…

    Saw a post on the other day on which cars have you owned, bigger list than I thought!


    Symply add up over the years!

  4. Thank you to all the veterans for the time you gave to a larger cause.

    Loon notes. Stitches are now out. Physical therapy is progressing. She is still adapting to the antibiotic cocktail.

    House note. Windows are being replaced as I text.

  5. Where do Lamborghini fall in progression? Is it last or current car? Or first?

    Ok, I lost a post somehow, what surgery for Loon? I remember arm I think but is it related to the tuberculosis?

    Did they find t.b. during surgical treatment and tests? I bet she is more than antsy being convalescent.

  6. Jackie,
    Surgery was tendon release on right ring finger. The tumor, which was diagnosed as tuburculian was encasing aforementioned tendon.

    Lamborghini was a gift for services rendered. 😉

  7. @sandcastler™,

    Some Fargone service rendered my friend….can you see the green in my post…have Symply dreamed of them since the early 60s. Was on the Champs Elysee once at their showroom and they gave me a tshirt, I was around 8, think I wore it as a midi shirt in the late 70s early 80s before it gave up the ghost(apologies to those capitalized for any confusion).

  8. Renault

    The Ford was an experience I don’t want to repeat. The Mitsubishi burned up a starter a year, almost always away from home.

  9. Sand, I have two “trigger fingers”, one on each ring finger.

    Acquired during delivery of #2 daughter on left and #1 daughter on right from gripping steel rails during labor.

    Have declined tendon surgery for over forty years for good reason.

    Encapsulated tuberculosis tumor was what they thought my late husband had, not cancer that was final diagnosis.

    Sending Loon much positive strength and true grit. She is a woman and we are strong.

  10. Is it me or has the format of this webpage changed? I’m now seeing both today’s and yesterday’s posts from JJ on the same page.

  11. My list


    Many of them have duplicates and the Mazda was really a rebadged Ford Ranger. I am on my second F150 in a row. Sort of amazing how many cars you can own in a lifetime. I figure the Truck and van I own now will probably be the last vehicles I will own. My health is bad enough that I don’t expect to last another 10 years and I got that out of my last truck.

  12. Mercury, Ford, Chevrolet, Opal, Cadillac, Dodge, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Suburu,
    GMAC, Chrysler.

    No particular order but multiple ownership of Mercury, Ford, Chevrolet, Cadillac.

  13. Nothing exotic in the way of vehicles, but over the years I have owned one or more autos built by each of the Big Four…Ford, GM, Chrysler, and Toyota.

  14. Yesterday, following a medical appointment, we had lunch in Tulsa. As I had several times before, I ordered the same thing…an Ahi Poke Bowl. That dish seems to have some mysterious allure for me. I wish I could figure out what it is.

  15. Nope; tried that. A perfectly innocent post regarding my day with Jackie has repeatedly failed to post. (Yes, some portions of my days are perfectly innocent.) No error message, no explanation, no hint…it just never shows up.

  16. Thought I posted my list of cars… guess there was a loose nut on the keyboard.

    First car was a Chevy ’68 C10 1/2-ton pickup. It had the 328 engine with dual Holley 4-barrel carbs. Lots of other cars and manufacturers after that. The current car is a RAM 3500 4WD single rear wheel 1-ton pickup. The RAM has the 6.4 liter Hemi. It does a remarkable job off-road, going places that no truck that size should drive. In October just drove the Potash Road/Shafer Trail from Moab to Canyonlands National Park. Stopped to look at the Thelma and Louise point on BLM land before getting to the actual park. The link below shows the last bit of trail, actually a pretty good road, up the canyon rim. I will say that some of the curves were very tight for a truck my size!

    This photo of Shafer Trail is courtesy of TripAdvisor!

  17. Turns out the photo link isn’t to a single photo, but a series on the trail. The pictures are deceptive, though. Seems no one took any photos of the places where the trail was really bad. Also went off road (legally) from the middle of Arches National Park back to the highway just north of Moab. Finally, drove off-road on the Marble to Crystal trail in the Colorado mountains. This trip on the Crystal Mill trail we rented an ATV. (LAST year I drove the RAM.) We had a great time with family on the whole trip between Utah and Colorado!

    Here’s one picture of the Crystal Mill trail…

  18. The first and only time I followed the route designated by the company’s computers without verifying it in my atlas (it was a US highway, so it had to be ok, right?) I ended up on a narrow, twisting stretch in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. Luckily, it was a clear, sunny day; I could see far enough ahead to be comfortable taking both lanes on the tightest turns.

    It turns out the tightwads running the IT department thought a database of highways legal for 48 footers was good enough for 53 footers.


  19. Bighorn Mountains and Moab and Canyonlands, Colorafo. Some of my favorite places. Ask me if a totally inappropriate vehicle can drive those dirt and rock roads? The angels watch over me.

  20. Approx. in order: ’50 Pontiac Silver Streak, used, ’54; ’58 Nash Rambler Wagon; Jeep Wagoneer [when it was full size sta. wagon; totaled by son]; 2nd Wagoneer [last trade-in]; Subaru [1st front-w.d. car]; full-size used Ford [?] pickup [needed 2 vehicles; put camper top on it]; Toyota Corolla [totaled by Elaine]; ’93 or so Toyota Camry; T. Camry [given to elder son after Elaine died]; ’03 T. Prius; ’14 Prius [current]. Someplace in ’90s, 2-door T. Tercel. All non-totaled cars after 2nd Wagoneer given to one kid or another. Kaf still driving ’03 Prius. Pickup was so big we named it “Sherm” [short for Sherman tank].


  21. Eating some of the Ghosts bean and ham soup. His recipe, I made in slow cooker. Felt spider webs all over my chest, like mysterious unearthly delicate movements.

    My long hair beginning to call out.

    He said, “Baby, leave it alone.”

  22. Just as a side note, I was able to enjoy this vacation with my family due to the generosity of a young man that had signed up as an organ donor and the caring understanding of his mother. It is a gift beyond words.

  23. @Village,

    Thanks for the Fargone lists of vehicles, I find them interesting….I can add another Audi soon…my current vehicle seems to have a catalytic converter and transmission problem and at 110k miles seems too far gone(did you see that there?!?) to repair.


    Just cut mine from a 1′ or so to 3″, would be happy to shave it in solidarity if that makes it Symply feel better…let me know! BTW, the man is right, let it be.

    @Loon and any others who need them,

    Best of vibes and virtual chicken soup; peace

  24. I’m a donor too but at my age and health O fear no one will want any parts.

    My hair maybe calling out but what it’s saying is I am starting to shed.

    Ghost will miss my adorable tights clad hair dressers. He had the one pulchritudnous one in Mississippi but the shops I use have several. All cute and shapely and great attitudes. I have beautiful thick hair and stylists love to work with it, plus I have a ton of attitude they like.

    Today was hair style day, Ghost loves a half dozen running around, New harems.

    I have 4.5 wigs bought and ready to wear. Two red, a dark and lighter red. Two blonde, an ash like my natural color and a lighter one.

    The half wig is called a halo and goes under hats, caps.

  25. Thanks, all you vets, for serving!

    Glad you are shedding, JM. It shows that the treatments are having some effect. Let us pray that the preferred effects are also kicking in.

    Just lost a grade school (& HS) friend. She had much cancer and had lost bladder and both kidneys about 8 or 9 years ago. Dialysis was her only hope, and it did give her those extra years. Grown son of a good friend recently was found to have the big C, too. It was not expected and had already spread too far. While I don’t know him, I grieve for his parents and others associated with him.

    Prayers for all.

  26. That is what I thought about hair, that it meant chemo was working. Ghost paid more attention than me in chemo class because he had to remind me that the side effects of chemo like hair loss are because the chemo Sims at the fast growing cells of the cancer.

    The hair is a fast growing part of our body and the hair follicles and hair succumb along with cancer cells we hope are being killed or prevented from growing.

    Think I am shedding or I have Angel wings brushing my bare shoulders. The Ghost is asleep on other side of bed. I suspect he is actually an angel.

  27. I think all the angels in scripture are explicitly or implicitly male. Believe that’s an oversight, at least in my experience. Wife, numerous students, broker, cleaning lady, nuns, var. RNs, fellow BUMCers, an ELCA pastor, some BSU faculty, some Villagers, etc.


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