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  •  Pregnant with my second child. Husband in (2+ / 0-)
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    mental hospital --- from the stress of facing fatherhood a second time -- and facing possible jail time for how he "acted out as a cry for help" according to his shrink.

    IIRC it was the first wall to wall tv coverage of a news event. And it was on all 3 channels.  It put my problems in perspective.

    9/11 was my dad's birthday.  We kept our date to take him to the Tampa Aquarium  -- though it meant driving toward where  Bush was known to be.  

    Dad was in his 90s and said go for it.  We had  an in-law at a conference in building 7  -- but knew there was nothing we could do but pass cell phone messages.

     So we adventured among the lovely critters  during the  replays --- we'd already seen both towers fall before we started.  

    Dad refused to let the terrorists scare him & never forgave them for swiping his birthday.  Tough old bird who didn't quit working until he was 87 1/2.   Died at age 97 -- on Thanksgiving Day.    He's my hero -- he made me feel safe and loved even while he worked on the road.  

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:38:00 PM PST

    •  Your dad sounds so cool, someone you were lucky to (0+ / 0-)

      know.
      "They broke the mold, after him." types; few and far between, more and more scarce.

      Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21<> Bring the Troops Home Yesterday

      by Thousandwatts on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 07:45:12 PM PST

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      •  I once toyed with writing a book about guys (1+ / 0-)
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        like him  -- tentative title "Quiet Heroes."

        There are way more of them than we notice -- because they ARE quiet .  Men and women who simply keep getting up and going to work and raising their families to be responsible.    

        He grumbled a bit that California made him buy a 4 year license plate for his work van even though he estimated it would take less than a year if he repaired every shoe repair machine in the state.    He started in the south end and kept track until he finally got up to their capitol of Sacramento.

        He went to tax collector's office to pay up the required tax he had dutifully collected on each job.  The clerks were confused & flustered.  They didn't have a system set up to get their tax from itinerant worker whose permanent residence was out of state.

        A supervisor finally figured out a workaround and took their slice.   What astounded them was that they had never had anyone honest enough to come in voluntarily and ask to pay.

        They would never have known if he just drove away without paying.    But, he knew he would have known.

        De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

        by Neon Mama on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 07:29:45 AM PST

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