Thursday, March 09, 2017

Random Musings

You never know when something’s just gonna hit you, and kind of wreck you ... like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, my sister, and me.

See, the other night I was watching RHoBH with my favorite housewife Erika Girardi AKA Erika Jayne. Erika can sometimes appear aloof and cold, but this week she was talking about her grandmother dying of Alzheimer’s and how they talked all the time on the phone, until the calls because fewer then finally stopped as the disease took her grandmother’s mind and memories.

So, how does this relate to my sister? Well, it’s like this ... I last saw my sister when we went to California in August of 2014—she passed away in February 2015. At that time she and I talked, and she’d decided she wasn’t doing any more chemo or any more radiation; she knew it was a losing battle and she wanted to be ‘there’ in every sense of the word for her family. And so she told me to not come back out and see her, that she wanted me to remember her as she was in August. Then she made me promise that if I ever called her and she didn’t seem aware and didn’t seem to know what was going on, that she didn’t want me to call again; she didn’t want me to feel uncomfortable about the calls.

But I called, and she did seem oftentimes confused; and when I called during Christmas of that year, six weeks before she passed, she didn’t seem to know who I was; we chatted and I told her that Carlos and I were thinking n of her and she said, “Carlos?” And I knew; she, my sister, was no longer there, that the cancer had spread and she was forgetting things. And I remembered what she said about calling and so I didn’t call again.

And then she was gone.

I felt guilty ever since then because I think I should have called, if not to hear her, but so she could hear me, and it wasn’t until seeing an episode of RHoBh this week that I realized, she didn’t know me, wouldn’t know me, and all the call would do is further break my heart.

So, I cried a little watching that show, but now I feel better because, once again, my big sister was doing right by me, and watching out for me.

Just sayin’.
On to other things ... Tom Hanks recently sent a gift to the White House press room: a new espresso machine and a note:
"To the White House Press Corps
Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.
Especially for the Truth part."

I love that ... especially the ‘truth’ part because it will be the press that brings this president down and I will be thankful to them for it.
Last weekend we installed a new toilet in the master bathroom and, as we do, we do things wrong and then right them. But I tried to nip that in the bud this time and demanded that Carlos read the instructions first, and he said he did.

I should’a known ... as I unpacked the new toilet, I found this rubber seal, and I noticed it was to be set between the tank and the toilet base to prevent water from leaking out. I showed it to Carlos and told him what it was, and he replied that it was the ‘wax ring’ that goes under the toilet, attached to the flange.

Flange! Look at me all builder-y and shiz.

Anyway, I said, “It’s not a wax ring; we bought the wax ring when we bought the toilet. It’s rubber, and goes between the tank and the base.”
“No, it’s the wax ring.”
Then I showed him the illustrated instructions and the drawing of the rubber ring being placed between the toilet and the tank to prevent leakage.

Score one for me!

Then, as the toilet came together and the water was hooked up, Carlos was all excited until he realized that the seat needed to be attached to the toilet before the tank went on because you had to attach it from underneath. So, he’s on the floor, nestled between the toilet and the wall, and trying to put a rubber bolt up under the toilet to catch the screw that would hold the seat in place. I suggested that was odd, because if we ever had to replace the seat, we’d have to take the tank off the toilet to do so and that seemed dumb, but Carlos said that was how it was done.
“Did you read the instructions?”
“Yes, I know this is the way it goes.”
“Did you READ the instructions?”
I get the instructions and we look at them and then Carlos says, and pardon his French, “I’m a f**king idiot.”

See, the rubber bolt is pushed through a hole in the top of the toilet base, then the seat is set in place and then the screw goes in so that, if you need to replace the seat you don’t take the toilet apart.

“I’m a f**king idiot,” he says again.

“Yes, you are,” I say, and we sat on the bathroom floor and laughed until we nearly peed ... with the toilet almost ready for us to use.
Remember when the Republicans would slam Obama when he played golf, and seem t suggest that he played more golf then acted as president? And remember that Donald _____ was one of his biggest critics about the golf?
“This guy plays more golf than people on the PGA Tour.” 
And after visiting flooded Louisiana, _____ accused Obama of playing a game rather than caring about the country even though those in charge in Louisiana asked the Obama to stay away for security reasons:
“Honestly, Obama ought to get off the golf course and get down there.” 
And then, during a 2016 campaign event in Virginia _____ promised that if he were elected he was “not going to have time to go play golf. I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”

Huh, then please to explain how the good folks at NBC did the math and have come up with the FACT that _____ is more apt to be on a golf course than in the Oval:
“Over the last five weekends [since he’s been in office], the president has visited his luxury resort four times – each trip costs American taxpayers about $3 million – and as of last night, Trump had spent 31% of his presidency at Mar-a-Lago.  He’s now played golf eight times since taking office six weeks ago.”
Eight rounds of golf in six weeks! And let's not forget the nearly ten million dollars it's cost We The People to let him got South every single weekend! How much will that be come impeachment day is anybody’s guess.
Years back I saw Malcolm McDowell in time After Time, the story of HG Wells and his Time Machine, and how Jack the Ripper steals the machine and travels to modern day San Francisco where his grisly murders pale in comparison to the violence of the 1970s.

Well, the movie has become a TV series with Jack the Ripper arriving in 2017 New York City and HG Wells hot on his trail ... hot being the operative word because Wells is played by British actor Freddie Stroma.

Hot and British. Yum.
Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler , has come out announced this week that he’ll be marry lawyer Graham Cooper after divorcing his wife of 32 years some six months ago.

Burrell made a name for himself after Diana’s death when he wrote a tell-all book about their personal relationship and then appeared in a string of reality TV shows like I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 

A source says Burrell and Cooper will be having an opulent, circus-themed wedding ceremony so, naturally, we’d like to send along a Coming Out Getting Married Toaster Oven, perfect from crumpets, and a copy of The Gay Agenda.

Welcome out and congratulations!
Carlos dubs these photos as proof that Tuxedo and MaxGoldberg are homosexual cats. I think they just like to stay warm on cool mornings and Consuelo is not a snuggler.


the dogs' mother said...


Loves the toilet story :-)

designing wally said...

Tom Hanks Rocks!
YAY Cleveland!

mistress maddie said...

I knew the toilet story would be another one for the books. But there are always bushes!

Love Tom Hanks! I never thought I may love the press so much. And the sooner the better.

I adore Freddie Stroma. He has quite the abs on him. But don't get to attached to the show. I heard the first show tanked big time. I finally grew to like Emerald City though. Took me half way to finally get into I love it, and it ended for the season.

I plan to send Trump a tool to initial his balls. Every golfer should have one.

HI Wally!!!!!!!!!!!!

anne marie in philly said...

well..delightful tom hanks and plum loco carlos.
and every GOPrick can go to hell RIGHT NOW!
freddie - (swoon)!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I always thought Paul Burrell was ALREADY out of the closet? Silly me. Married to a woman for 32 years? Oh my.

Mitchell is Moving said...

Like some porn actors, who are gay for pay, those cats are being sweet for heat.

Actual photos of HG Wells clearly did not do him justice. Who knew he was such a piece of eye candy!

Jerry was once installing a toilet and ad to do the works, including drilling holes to install the plate into the cement floor. He was back at the hardware store four times for a new drill bit. It kept wearing out and he made no progress with the drill. He finally noticed a little switch on the side of the drill with the letter "R" next to it. He wondered what THAT was for, so clicked it. He had been drilling in REVERSE the entire time.

Your sister was exceptional and you were a wonderful brother. Wishing you no guilt, lots of love, and more sweet memories as time goes by.

Anonymous said...

I was glad to read that Carlos shares the same DIY skills that Guido does. It must be a Spanish thing?

Bob Slatten said...

I've done that with a drill before. Damn that 'R'!

Luckily, Carlos is much better at those sorts of things than I because we'd have had a real mess if I was in charge!

Helen Lashbrook said...

My Dad had Alzheimer's and for the last 3-4 years of his life he had no idea who I was, although I visited his care home every week. It was heart breaking. So Bob, I don't think your decision to not phone your sister would have changed anything bar upset you