This post will be too long, so here’s the end of the story first: I bought my brother this t-shirt (click for larger image):
OK, now I’ll back up to the beginning. A synopsis of random nonsense all munged together for your amusement.
I still get a lot of visitors here looking for Dale Earnhardt and his girlfriend Kortney (Kortnie? Courtney? Cortnie? I dunno, better spell it every which way to help the search engines.) Look way down on the left side menu under “Referral Links) and you’ll see the latest searches that led people here. Here are some of the searches I’ve seen this morning:
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Man. I write about some eclectic stuff. None of those things are related.
Anyway… where was I? Oh yeah. Once upon a time I made up a goofy story about Dale breaking up with Kortney and checking into a rehab clinic for an addiction to honey, and Kortney running off with Speed Racer. I get lots of strangers stopping by saying “I LUV U DALE” – there are 145 comments to this post.
I sort of egged the Dale Earnhardt lunatics on with this piece of nonsense:
Kortnie (who also goes by the nom de plume of Courtney and maybe even Cortnie or Kourtney) has denied allegations of infidelity. â€œSpeed Racer and I are just friends,â€ Kortnie claims. â€œDo I look like Trixie to you?â€ She also refused to discuss her relationship with Chim Chim after pictures of her monkeying with him surfaced.
To which my brother Stephen replied,
Give me some candy!
So of course I ordered him the tee-shirt with Chim Chim on it. It is sooooo my brother, too. If you missed his followup, he told me he was so stressed by his doorbell ringing (shades of cookie girl neighbors!), that he’s going to sue:
You might wanna blog about why you are sending you little brother a shirt with a chimp on it. When the postman knocked on my door, nobody answered and I got upset and my stomach started to churn. I had to be rushed to the hospital. Emergency shirt-endectomy. Who’s gonna pay my medical bills?
Thanks for the shirt. I laughed for an hour. Then my side hurt and I called 911….
There. Dale Earnhardt, Winne-the-Pooh, Chim Chim and the Cookie Girls, and my brother’s upcoming surgery and lawsuit, all wrapped up nice and neat.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
Thanks for the prayers, everyone!
I spoke to Irv’s daughter this afternoon; they’ve decreased his sedation, chest x-rays of his heart look good, they’ve reduced the strength of the ventilation machine so he’s partly breathing on his own now. He’s still going to be in the hospital a bit longer, but the worst is over.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
Hmm. Nothing inspires me to blog today. I tossed some ideas at myself but nothing stuck.
North Korea says the have nukes and don’t want to talk about it. The U.S. says we ought to talk about it. No solutions look good at the moment. Let North Korea keep the nukes? Force them to disarm? Blah.
And at the same time, Prince Charles decides to marry Camilla Parker Bowles. Coincidence? I think not.
Wardhill Churchill sounds like a bigoted lunatic. I predict he’ll voluntarily step down to save face. If not, he should be fired. Free speech isn’t the issue, by the way.
Stock market is down. Weather is cold. Irv’s still in the hospital. I think I’ll need a new car by the summer of 2007. I’m going to buy some sort of mp3 player. This weekend has plays to see, dancing, Star Trek, birthday parties, Valentine’s dinner, …
Whoa. I have a lot to blog about. I wonder where I should start…Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 5 so far )
“Sand in the Gears” has a good story this morning on faith and illness. It’s particularly close to home with Irv still in the hospital after congestive heart failure yesterday morning. Some excerpts:
Itâ€™s funny â€“ a family has a way of forcing spiritual maturity on those capable of such a transformation, and this maturity is a precursor to courage, and yet family can make such cowards out of us.
If you believe that death is the absolute end of you, then you do well to fear it â€“ more so than you will realize until that day. But many of us proclaim something very different, and yet look at how we arrange our lives. Nearly every waking thought is bent on either eliminating risk or cultivating distractions from it. We who believe in a Creator profess a dependence on Him, but we donâ€™t behave as if itâ€™s true.
Or maybe itâ€™s closer to the truth to say that we know itâ€™s true, and we hate it.
When we have no other hope, we face the possibility that His plan wonâ€™t be ours. Sometimes He lets worldly dreams go unrealized, and tragedies happen, and illnesses rage. To trust Him is to abandon your plans.
This is a hard thing to do. It is doubly hard when you have been wounded, and you know that He could have stopped the wounding.
There’s more, and I highly recommend you stop by and read him. He sums up Christian spiritual maturity very well.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
No posts today, sorry. Was called out early this morning to visit my stepfather in the hospital. I think he’s spent 2 of the last 3 months there.
I would appreciate your prayers for Irv today. Early this morning it was looking pretty iffy, but it looks like he’s going to make it. Irv’s tough. They’re going to keep him in the ICU for a couple of days on a breathing machine just in case before they release him.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )
A houseful of dogs for Christmas was most amusing. Patch is used to having the house by himself most of the time, and most of the time he’s very well behaved. He leaves the occasional brown surprise behind the sofa, I suppose, but what dog doesn’t? Patch doesn’t usually chew slippers or possess other destructive habits; he’s been a very good townhouse dog. He’s a 15 lb wire fox terrier and a bundle of energy.
My stepfather has been ill; I absconded with their dog last week when Irv went into the hospital to relieve them of one worry. Bogie’s a wee little ball of fur, 5 lbs or so, and most of that is the fur.
Diane has her own terrier mix, a very quick and smart terrier mix named Bella. Bella’s a lot more social, having spent more time with other dogs than either Patch of Bogie. She brings Bella over and tosses her in the mix: one socially inept fox terrier, one part dust bunny ball of fuzz, and one terrier mix troublemaker. Shake well. Patch showed his enthusiasm for Bella by partially eating her leash.
At first Patch and Bella fought; Bogie mostly hid under furniture. But now Patch and Bella chase each other and tussle, and it’s a lot of fun to watch. Patch does a WWE-type side body slam against Bella; Bella retaliates with a nip-and-run, after 15 minutes, they’re both worn out. Bogie mostly sits and watches, pawing at the air when Patch and Bella run by. It’s almost like he’s thinking, “I want to be a real dog when I grow up!”
For Christmas Eve, Diane brought the dogs some Greenies dog treats. Each dog took his or her Greenie to a separate corner, and they really liked it. The rest of the Greenies, a substantial number, went back into a stocking on the fireplace.
Apparently, Patch figured out how to get the stocking down and get the Greenies out. At least, we think it was Patch. But we know who ate them; Bella jealously keeps all the bones to herself, so she probably got all the Greenies, too. Especially since Diane called and said that on Bella’s walk this morning, Bella’s was pooping green. Yuck.
Well… at least it’s a festive holiday color.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 5 so far )
They looked at me like I was crazy.
I had a larger family gathering planned for Christmas this year, but those plans got derailed this year. My stepfather went into the hospital for a whole laundry list of problems (thank you for your prayers, by the way – he’s home and doing much better!), and we kept postponing the get-together until we weren’t getting together at all.
So today I went to the UPS store with armfuls of brightly colored Christmas packages. I burst in the front door with a frantic look, and said to the two startled clerks, “CAN I STILL GET THESE PACKAGES THERE BY CHRISTMAS?”
They didn’t say anything. They just sort of turned their heads and looked at each other.
Well. I thought I was funny. Hrumph.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
This was a special, blessed Christmas for me in so many ways this year. My son came home to visit from college, my step-father got to come home from the hospital, I spent Christmas Eve with my beautiful sweetheart for the first time in years, and wonders of wonders it snowed on Christmas Eve in Houston like a frosting on the wonderful gifts I’ve received this year.
I pray the Christmas season has found you safe and warm and surrounded by family, too, as we celebrate the remembrance of our Savior’s birth so many years ago. Merry Christmas to all of you.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 8 so far )
I went to visit my step-father in the hospital today; I hope to visit him tomorrow if he’s up for company. I had trouble finding a parking spot because they had torn up the road for construction.
At home, I met with a contractor to install a new dryer vent. He was here for 4 hours and almost finished. My entire upstairs is a construction site in the meantime.
So I went to get groceries for the New Balance Singles Christmas Party tonight. I had trouble getting out of the neighborhood because of construction, so I tried to cut over a back road. That didn’t work because of construction there, too. After waiting to get to the store single file, I made it to the parking lot that was torn up because of construction.
Way too much construction. It’s everywhere. I need some stress relief for the day. Let me see if I can find a picture that will make all the girls say “Awwwww….. how cute!”
Ah, here’s one:
This morning my step-father is in the hospital. Details are sketchy, but it may be an emergency gall bladder surgery. Please pray for Irv this morning, as well as the surgeons who will be working on him.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
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