Out in the Big World: I haven’t done one of these posts in quite some time. Not sure why. A lot of things have transpired since last I freestyled. The world has lost some celebrities, there have been bombings and murders and crooked politicians and – oh wait, not much is different really.
I’ve been dreading writing this post primarily for what happened in Boston and in Texas. Macrocosmically, it was a horrible, horrible week the past two weeks. And with all of the madness, you’d think the guys on the Hill would want to make their constituents safer. But all you here is a whole lotta special interest posturing, on both sides of the fence, and only a few brave individuals looking to bridge the gaps and bring the country together.
Now I am sure I have just whipped up a partisan shitstorm with the previous paragraph, but in a time where it seems that evil is all that is happening in this world, shouldn’t we as citizens of this fine planet band together to stand up for what is good and decent? Maybe I am being too “New-Age-y” or something, but I feel like, at least here in the states, the time to be either extreme-left or extreme-right is over, and the time for being one Nation is now.
On the homefront: My wife has been sleepwalking a lot lately. And it seems like my patience just went into a state of permanent hibernation. I’ve been a rabid bear around the house and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. At present, my job situation is the best it’s been in years. I can honestly say that I have never been this happy with my state of employ. Yet when I get home, it’s just GRRR! ROARRR! ARRGGH!
What is wrong with me?
I have a good woman in my life. The best. She has been a rock for me, despite how sick she has been. I have been the biggest A-hole ever. She doesn’t deserve that. I guess I have come to realize that what I have been doing is overprotecting her. Always afraid something bad is going to happen to her, I am creating a state of self-fulfilling prophecy at home, and it’s just not good.
Since coming to terms with the overprotectionism, things have quieted down. I am giving her some space. She is still having health problems, but instead of me being a smothering vulture, asking her every 2 seconds if she’s okay, I am trying to figure how to take care of her without being so overbearing. And I am trying to keep the bear locked in a cage somewhere far away.
On another subject entirely, 26 years ago today, my father, Larry Thomas Keith, left this world for the next one. It continues to blow me away that my father has been gone from my life longer than he was in it. At 46 years old, he died at the age I am at right now. He was a brilliant man who suffered with a severe form of diabetes. It wasn’t perfect, so it only stands to reason I am, in that regard my father’s son. I wonder though what he would think about where ended up in life, what I chose to do for a living, how he would feel about my wife, etc., etc.
I think most often though about what he told me when I was young, about technology. He used to say, “son, if you don’t know how to use a computer when you get older, you’ll be lost.” What would he even think about smartphones, iPads, Facebook, Twitter? I think he’d crap all over his floppy disks, that’s what I think.
I know at least, he would be glad I was happy, and that he would love my wife very much. We’d share a laugh at how farcical my life had gotten during the rock ‘n’ roll days, and how stupid I became after that. He’d be glad I went back to college and got the degree he didn’t get, though he’d probably point out I was a dumbass for majoring in English.
If he were alive today, he’d be 72 right now. Yet he isn’t. He is somewhere else, be it Heaven or elsewere, with a new family, new hopes and dreams. I can only hope he remembers his son, his daughter (my sister), and his wife (my mom), at least the impression that despite all the drama, we were a family, united, loving and one.
Wines Tasted This Week(s): 199.
The Standout(s): All of the Bello Family Cabs.
What is on my playlist?: More Alice in Chains. More David Bowie.
What wine(s) is (are) impressing me right now at the store?: Alpha Box and Dice Mistress 2009. Chateau St. Georges 2009.
Recommended reads, blog or otherwise: Jack Micheline
What’s on tap for this week?: Trying to catch up on the overabundance of samples, various sundries from the likes of Jellybean, CIV USA and One Hope, and who knows what else.