More catching up and a sad close to an early post, plus a real bicycle Christmas gift
As I mentioned a few times in the last two years, my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer the very day after his retirement at the Kia dealership.
It finally claimed him on December 10, 2011.
Dad asked to be cremated and inurned at the Veterans cemetary in Boise, Idaho. His services were on the 17th. He did this to spare mom the heavy expenses as they did it free of charge. Dad has shown such character long before they fell at first sight and married 7 weeks alterward with the blessings of both families.
My dad served in both the Army (Guard) and in the Navy as a member of MCB Seven (Seabees). One thing that I found out that was a big surprise.
He was stationed at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base DURING THE CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS.
He raised four children who returned the favor lovingly by giving him eleven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
The only SAD part of the story is that he passed on. It's a beautiful story in every other respect. The best part will always be how he gave us all he could even to his last breath.
I couldn't be there the whole time, I had to be at home and to be honest I cannot sit and watch a person die, not for Linda in '95 either. It doesn't stop the hurt believe me and I knew the morphine wasn't going to save him...how I'd wished he could make it 4 more years to have his 50th anniversary but it's been clear since the spring-this was it.
So I saw him the last time December 8th and when it was time to go I gave him a careful hug andkissed him on the forehead. I said I love you Dad...
Without hesitation and with a pretty rough voice he said
I love you too Steven.
I'd just had the talk of a lifetime. Many never have it. I didn't even know if he'd wake up when the hospice nurse came to help mom give him his medicine...really serious things including morphine and methadone.
So here's to Eldon Ray Dinius (1943-2011, aged 68) He taught me everything, whether I listened or not.
Obviosly I had to split the topics
Guess what somebody bought for me for Christmas!
If somebody can supply the rest of the drive for a 26" bike please get in touch by PM. I want to get this up and in use by spring.
Spring Still Surprisinly Sprung Somewhat Steadfastly...So Sweet
There was a lot of STUFF in this house, and now some is gone and some is stuffed succinctly. Stashed strightforwardly, sirs and sisters!
Surely something shall surface soon, straddling sleep.
Shalom, Street Survivors
Some fill-in for memnonic gratification!
And then we fall back, a little, a lot, and patch up the title subject (me too)...
Little: ended up removing the fenders on my Schwinn again. The front one came off by itself. Will refigure that. I can put the tank on but the headlight will be a different setup for now.
Lot: Kayleigh (my Western Flyer) was stolen about two months ago. No sympathy, it was entirely my fault, not locked. Sorry.
I've resprayed a couple chipped or scratch spots over the last 4 days, a little at a time and already applied spot treatments of clear enamel. The vinyl on one half of the tank too a nasty scrape a long time ago and I'll get it fixed up and get all the parts back on except for the fairing, which needs more planning before I finish installing it.
I will have a housing inspection in a few weeks and have a lot to do. Meanwhile, the 26th of this month is my 46th birthday.
Below are pictures of what I got myself (one was an expensive repair job but worth it).
I've a bit weary in the noggin and body for a while but I've got mucho to do this month. The resumption of steady Tuesday night karaoke has helped a lot.
My oldest niece in MN graduates high school tomorrow and Mom is over there right now. I remember when she was hardly seven. My goodness...
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Here's the cool background shot for your desktop
from my birthday
As the old country song says...
I had such a time getting the lancet I was trying to use to work...no stick!
The point wouldn't emerge!
My get a poke busted!
Never fear I did find the one I use with the correct meter.
Worked like a charm! :rolleyes:
Another new bike video from me on You Tube!
Part 4 in a series
EDIT: YAYYYYY! It works now! Wasn't that cool?
My homepage: http://www.youtube.com/user/steadfastcoward
Camera is working again...
Take a look at the reat rack with the saddlebags and trim rings from the old, broken plastic ones.
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Next up for this: a cover over the top with a Rollfast logo (probably the triangular one).