Hell of a Guy
If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough. - Mario Andretti

Sunday, May 26, 2013

From Cradle to Graduation in 15 minutes…

05/26/2013

Or so it seems. 

Our granddaughter, actually my step-granddaughter to be politically correct, is a member of the 2013 Graduating Class of the Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, WV, and in what I know will seem like another few minutes we will get to see her walk across a stage at West Virginia University and receive her degree in nursing…and so it goes.  The graduation ceremony was held outdoors yesterday in the high school’s stadium.  As the students marched in I spotted Jessica and at that moment a torrent of beautiful memories flashed before me.

Wasn’t it just yesterday this sweet little girl came into our lives?  She was days old, then months, then years, then a decade, in no time at all a teenager, and now in the waning years of her teens, a high school graduate.  It was just a few days ago a six-year old Jessica crawled up into my lap, put her arms around my neck and said, “I love you, Dave.”  She stole my heart that day; she is a special, a very special, kid.

It was pretty neat to see her in her white cap and gown yesterday with her gold Honor Society sash draped over her shoulders as she stood between her mother and grandmother and I snapped photos of them, their beaming, prideful smiles melted my heart.  I am so proud of the woman she is becoming it was hard for me to hold back tears.  Have I mentioned she is an awesome kid?

I constantly tell young parents to cherish every moment with their babies.  To tell them every day how much they are loved and to hug them every chance they get.  The distance between birth and graduation is short, very, very short.  It passes at the speed of light.  Somewhere recently I must have blinked a little too long, for in that brief moment my sweet little Jessica I used cradle to my shoulder with two hands has grown in to a competent young woman with a huge future in front of her.  I am happy and excited for her and already wondering if her college graduation will be indoors or outdoors.

And that is all I have to say about that…

 
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Since this Website Went Down…

05/23/2013

I was thinking just momtt became clear to me I made a connection and the 17- and 18-year olds I was talking with would not laugh me out of the room.  I would do it again in a heartbeat.

April 12th The Nancy checked in to the Winchester Medical Center for a two-hour surgery and had 10 inches of her colon removed.  All went well and she is mending well but has suffered some post-surgical depression caused by an overwhelming workload with her job in addition to the aftermath effects of the surgery.  She is getting back to being the Courageous, Joyful, Giving Woman I know her to be and is back to Creating Peace, Love and Unity (all a story within itself).

April 15th two wackjob weirdo Islamists set off two bombs at the Boston Marathon killing innocent bystanders and injuring hundreds of others - a horrible, senseless tragedy that begs the question, what has this world become? 

There was one death in my extended family and I also learned of some in families of some friends. One of my neighbors who lived about a mile way passed away suddenly.  While we had talked briefly a few times, I really didn’t know him well, but he had always waved at me for the last eight years as I passed by his farm.  I will miss the wave, it always made me feel like I belonged here (Maya Angelou – he made me feel good and I will never forget).

Many things have crossed my mind of late, as I said earlier, but as I sit here typing this I can only think about how grateful I am to have had every experience, every feeling and every breath.  My life is good, my health, though with some aches and pains, is better than many others I know.  I am thankful God has granted me to opportunity to be me.

You know what I think?  I think this might be damn well be The Best Day Ever, and I hope you do, as well.  Do me a favor?  Go out there today and be amazing.

And that is all I have to say about that…

 
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Bringing You Up to Snuff…

05/08/2013

So you might ask, what the hell has The Hell of a Guy been up to since his website went down very early last month?  The HOAG, as I was once known, has kept himself busy with stuff.

Living in the middle of an old farm in an old farm house offers lots of little projects both inside and outside.  Now that spring has finally sprung with just my garden and mowing I could stay busy about 10-15 hours a week.  There is both indoor and outdoor painting to be done, but being the master procrastinator, I am certain I can put off the outside painting long enough for the weather to turn too cold to paint, and maybe the inside painting can be put off because I have too much outside stuff worry about.  It all makes perfect sense to me.

About a year ago I bought two 20”X42” wooden shutters to replace two rotting ones that serve as an attic access from the outside.  All that is required is for the shutters to be painted and hung.  At this very moment they are leaning against my workbench calling my name and pleading for a coat of primer.  I ain’t falling for their whining, besides, I am too busy doing nothing.

Last month I got visit the Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland to participate in a discussion with a couple of philosophy classes.  We talked about my philosophy of life – about religion and spirituality, morality, politics, The Nancy, unconditional love, loving one’s self and taking full responsibility for what happens in one’s life.  Thank goodness no one brought up procrastination.  Both classes were made up of a very intelligent, attentive group of awesome young people with a very awesome and enlightened teacher who visits my website.  I had a blast.

The Nancy had major surgery on April 12th and is still recovering from the effects of having 10 inches of her colon removed (she is in and out of the bathroom in a flash these days).  Thus far, we believe the surgery was successful and she will be a new woman in no time at all and free of abdominal pain.

I have been involved with the Continue the School Levy Committee here in Morgan County, West Virginia.  Our local school board derives about 25% of its yearly funding via a special school levy, an additional tax over and above what the regular property tax here in this state provides to the school board.  The opportunity to renew this levy comes up for a vote every five years, and this year there is organized opposition to it by a bunch of malcontents and fact fabricators who are distributing an immense amount of misinformation to the public.  If the levy goes down this county’s educators will have their financial hands tied and the students will suffer.  It is a sad situation.  It certainly has had my gastric juices working overtime. Keep your fingers crossed for its success; the voting is on May 11.

Seriously, I thought at retirement things would slow down much more than they have.  Perhaps things will when The Nancy retires next year, but I have a stinking suspicion it won’t happen that way. Now I am crossing my fingers. 

But, with all that said, I must still admit this day, as was yesterday and so many days before it, is The Best Day Ever in My Whole Life. 

And that is all I have to say about that…

 
Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I Am Back…

05/07/2013

Sorry you have not been able to access Hell-of-a-guy for the past couple of weeks.  Glitches, like fecal matter, occur.  Many thanks to the Hell-of-a-guy IT department for their diligence in getting this site back up and working better than ever.  Now, once again, you can enjoy my brand of philosophy (what my wife refers to as my brand of bovine feces) and I hope you will.

And that not all I have to say…stayed tune.

 
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