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2 weeks later….

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Did Grandma stop by with cookies yesterday?  You bet.

I thought Charlotte ate 2 of them before we ran out the door to hockey….nope…she had just one…I didn’t eat the remainder of them….There may have been 2 dozen or more in the box….but I ate 20….easily 20….So many in fact that my stomach wasn’t happy…I may have even crushed a few past that point.

My weight this morning…a solid 233…not terrible.  I have seen 229…I’ll try to get back under 230 this week…after tonight’s poker I suppose.

Now….I have been working out….some…lifting…the lazy man’s exercise.  I’ve been busy though….things on the go with the kids…important stuff….Hey 233 isn’t bad…I haven’t been eating 20 cookies every day!

Russett

192 and holding.  He is really taking this seriously and looks much thinner….he is down chins…so many it’s hard to remember how many chins he had accumulated.  Last night he walked the dog from his house to the high school and back….while I ate cookies……

One of us will be lighter….

And I’ll be bringing KFC to poker tonight….


Look….Russett has really been working at this…Props….

Donald Ramsay Buchanan

Bulking…..


Donald is hard at it folks….

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time for a wee break from the new man blog….

Charlotte Wheeler

Some evening in the past few weeks I was laying in bed with Charlotte reading while she watched a movie, the Good Dinosaur…it seems nice enough and she was enjoying the time…talking to me a bit about what was going on.  I wasn’t paying attention to the tv until at some point she asked me if we could change the show…she was sad…

Rather than just changing it I rewound it a minute to see what upset her.

Ya….that is the sort of thing that will upset a little girl missing one of her stick people….and it upset me too….

A couple days ago as Charlotte got into the truck after school she gave me a look…and I told her I loved her face….she said “mommy faces”   She gave me the look…


I miss stick people too….terribly…..

The One thousand distractions that life offers are often not enough…they do help but there is still that nagging…..

At some point Ev is just going to walk in the front door…..

This morning we will pour tears and that’s just fine……………..

I miss Ev…we all do….too much…..I went to visit her on Thanksgiving…a trip to go see the bit of ground that separates us….someday…..

Krista

Krista and her 2 diet competitors are hard at it….Krista has managed 152….she is back to posting sweaty photos on facebook I see.

No updates on her competition other than to tell me one of them has been sick…and due to that Krista believes the sick one will end up in the lead….nothing like a good flu to help drop a few pounds.

We will get to the bottom of all of this soon.

Glen and Richard

Neither of these 2 have lost any weight….Richard hasn’t been to the gym I don’t think while Glen goes often enough….

Glen tells me past diets have offered him huge loses but this time very little….To that I say….stop shoving in food!

Seamus Browne

I’d love to make a joke about this but it simply isn’t funny any longer.  I read a stat yesterday that said just 17% of the population smokes now compares to 47% years ago….

I have to wonder how Seamus feels about being part of that statistic….Keep pouring money into that retirement plan buddy….

The Quote of the Day

Sitting there at that moment I thought of something else Shakespeare said. He said, “Hey… life is pretty stupid; with lots of hubbub to keep you busy, but really not amounting to much.” Of course I’m paraphrasing: “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – Steve Martin   L.A. Story

You see folks….paying off that mortgage and driving new trucks is nice….but you have to have fun on the way.  Sooner or later we will be in the ground and you hate to get to the last day and realize you haven’t had any fun….

There is a time to be serious….but once you’ve figured out potty training that’s pretty much the end of that….

Babe….I love your face.

XO

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Surviving Wednesday Night Poker

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Yesterday I went to poker….I did not win the big bucks….I lost…

Pounds….

I had zero snacks at poker, no chips, nothing from the slow cooker, not a single cookie, bon bon, jujube or eggroll.

Zip……

Yesterday I lifted, easy exercise for the big boys.

This morning I weighed in at 230.2 pounds…maybe a bit dehydrated…we shall see.  My BMI is under 30, I am no longer obese.  The old Omron actually gave me a 28.9 BMI this afternoon at 231.

My goal…..so low….205 won’t do it I don’t think….I want that frigin Omron to offer me under 15% body fat.  I may have to get under 200 pounds, maybe as little as 185…..Russett and I will weigh the same….

Anyway….that’s the current plan.  I’m okay with my food now, I’ve kicked my addiction I think….I’m not starving….

Russett

Up…194.6…poker food.  I saw him eating brownies….at least 2….

On Monday Russett is starting the 30 day Greco no carb diet….the agony.  Russett’s goal is 185, once there his BMI will be 30.8…..He will have to lose just a few more pounds to simply be overweight….the old BMI chart…making fat people obese since it’s publication.

Russett is down a few chins right now so all this is doing some good….

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Hitting the low carb for 30 days will likely get the Beagle under 185…that of course will depend on how low carb he goes…and the amount of cheating.

The only issue with the low carb diet…other than the pain…if you cheat, it’s over…reboot.

Krista

Krista has offered up a 152.2 this morning…losing before the official weigh in of her 30 day challenge?  Not smart!

We will be following the contestants closely…of course we won’t be getting any names sadly…I’ll have to be creative with my photos…but I’m sure we will come up with something just perfect.

So starting Monday we will have Krista and Contestant A and B ….I can’t wait!


I quick image of our 3 contestants…

It’s not hard to imagine how some might not want to release their names….for now contestant A and B will remain anonymous…but who nows….

Krista looks happy enough…maybe they will follow her lead….

Glen

Glen is down,  255 pounds….I don’t even get how he outweighs me by over 20 pounds….

So greco for him, I’ll get an update on how that is going.

Donald

Donald is still bulking….and laying low….whether it’s his involvement in the CrossFit games or simply overtime at the gym I intend to find out this weekend…until then….

Donald if you are reading this here is the link to the city of Ottawa syringe exchange …..tell me that isn’t a useful link for a drug addict……our taxes folks….

http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/public-health/healthy-living/alcohol-drugs-and-tobacco/drugs#site-needle-syringe-program

Seamus and Richard

These 2 are busy pouring through each other’s wardrobes as they switch sizes….Be careful Richard….the horror of Seamus’ past is forever haunting….

Kevin Parker
Sorry Kevin.

The Quote of The Day

You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again.
Tom Petty

Beautiful……not that photo…no

The universe has given us such a great gifts…Life, Happiness, Love….

Embrace all the good things…

Babe…I’ll keep pushing….

XO

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Busy Busy…too busy to lose weight?

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Not many updates last week…just too much on the go to sit and pound keys…

First up….a new contestant…

GLEN

Mr. Walton has decided it’s time for a mid life diet.  He offered up a facebook post with a selfie and a weigh in….and…he gave me the nod to add him to the man blog.

Glen weighs in at 259 pounds…I’m not sure he looks it…but he is a bit more pear shaped than his peers….and at just 120 pounds less than Richard and 200 pounds lower than Seamus…he has his work cut out for him!

Since this is Glen’s first day I’m going easy on him.


This is Glen at 259….it doesn’t seem bad…but he wants to drop a few pounds so he has signed himself up to Greco…

Greco….this can work….the issue with Greco…and every other workout plan for that matter….self motivation….

You want to make serious changes….you’re going to have to push….it will have to hurt….

I mean…you can’t shampoo your own hair hurt…..

SEAMUS

I don’t know what to say about Seamus…I’ve tried to offer him some advice…alas…a pack of smokes a day…A Big Mac with 2 large fries….a bag of doritos and a 2 litre coke for dinner.

Seamus broke 400 pounds this past weekend….they are considering replacing his bedroom door with the french style as he is having trouble getting through the current 36″ opening they had enlarged just 6 months ago…..

I’ll have another talk with him…..

KRISTA

UP!  Krista attended a bachelorette this past weekend and offered up a weigh in of 154 pounds….a new high!

So without Krista’s ‘feeder’ she has managed to pack it on in just one weekend out with the ladies….and I thought this sort of fluctuation was limited to those of us over 200 pounds….I stand corrected.

Hopefully Krista is thinking about sweating facebook selfies….

RUSSETT

Beagle is down a bit…offering up 195.4 pounds after an hour in the sauna….

I wonder how much of this thin man’s weight loss is sweat and sweat alone…not Krista sweat….sauna sweat….

Russett has been known for his creative workouts…..but he is down….a bit.


DONALDINIO

Donny has it easy…bulking up….so fun…so easy….

Me…I wouldn’t hit the needles…but to each there own.  Donald is up 3 pounds….solid muscle….

He weighed in this weekend and offered up 140 pounds even.  He has been packing on pounds even faster than Seamus I think….

I do worry about the medicine…maybe it’s not as bad as smokes and doritos…but I do worry about his man berries…


YOURS TRULY

I went for a run yesterday….yep….I managed 5km….it wasn’t pretty and my knees are screaming.  It was one of those walk/run deals but I did do the run portion hard…painfully so.

I’m going to attempt a bit of a run every other day…and today…a bit of lifting like my buddy Donald….no juice though….high in sugar.

Do I dare tell my weight this morning…..no…..but yesterday morning I was just a peck over 240 pounds….as usual.

When I hit the scale yesterday I thought I’d be buying KFC for sure….but then…Russett offered his weigh in…I think I can catch him….and Richard…..I’m going to take him too….

RICHARD

The big man…second only to Seamus I should say…offered up his weight yesterday…a slender 372.7

He is down from a start weight of 388…his goal is 350 by November 1st….that is going to make for a sad Hallows Eve….

I haven’t seen much of the man….hiding out I suppose….we shall cross the street and check in on his cookie stash later today.

The Quote of The Day

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. ~Sarah Louise Delany

That kids…is an important fact….

Also true is that everyone’s sweet is different…so live and let live….even you Seamus with your nacho powdered nicotine fingers…live it up while you can.

Me…I have learned and lost in this life….and I have resigned myself to my role as a Father now…I’ll have children at home until I’m over 60 and grandchildren shortly after I’m sure….and I’m good with that….

Nice if they would load the dishwasher once in a while….but hey….hair only gets grey once….might as well enjoy it.

Babe….I love your face…..I miss you too much.

XO

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Some things NEVER change…

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Groundhog days…

RUSSETT


There have been so many hard fought groundhog days here at the man blog…years and years of them…

No matter how hard you starve…you can not lose a pound….not an ounce!!!!

Mr. Russett…the sugarbear…is stuck in a groundhog cycle…every morning he wakes up…at anytime…he looks around and realizes…this is a new day!  My starvation will be rewarded on this day…

No sir….as the Beagle steps onto the silver monster he is greeted with this….


We must consider though….he hasn’t been under 200 pounds in a year…and he has been now for 3 straight days….He hasn’t eaten in a week….

Not sure what keeps him going at this point…but he is managing to get his base calories from somewhere….

Is he eating whats left of his muscle mass…or his grey matter….

Time will Tell

SEAMUS BROWNE

wowzers…..I haven’t heard from the big boy in 2 days…the last time we spoke he told me that he was timing how long it takes for sour kids candy to melt in a can of Pepsi….he was amazed to realize that the rate at which sour kids melt in Pepsi is affected by thermodynamics….a cold can of pepsi melted the sour kids slower than a warm can….

Anyway, Seamus was on his second dozen Pepsi’s when I spoke to him…he was pretty much shattered at that point…between gummies and pop he had managed several pounds of highly refined sugars…

His weight….last he checked….390 pounds.

My lord…..

RICHARD D’AOUST

I think Richard is actually taking this seriously….he is actually watching what he consumes….but no weight in…he only weighs on Fridays….

Guess what that means?


Richard is burning Cals kids….

KRISTA KELLY

Krista seems to be on the HTG diet…that’s the one where you lose a few pounds and then demolish the fridge.

On Monday Krista was under 150….remember….I may have said 250 but I get mixed up with my hundreds now that we have a big boys club….

Krista Celebrated being under 150 with…a bag of gummies and some popcorn..and drum roll…………………

Up…Tuesday she weighed in at 150.4.  We had a wee chat about diets and stuff during which Krista told me she was a fortune teller of sorts…..geez….I mean….I’ve made a lot of lofty claims in my life…like I’m going to lose 30 pounds in 30 days….but…if I could see the future….I would already know there is zero chance of that….

Regardless Krista told me she had these feelings….she knows stuff….future type things….

Well Krista is sure of one thing….she gained…weighing in this morning at 151.2 pounds….this she blames on her HUSBAND….

lol

She claims he comes home with chips…he is a ‘Feeder’ she says….chips AND pepsi….shhhhh…don’t let Seamus find out you have Pepsi…

Anyway, Garry is off to England tomorrow…Krista thinks she will lose weight while he is gone…..

We shall defo know if the crystal ball is telling the truth won’t we….

CAPITONE DONALD RAMSAY BUCHANAN

Now that the Capitone is seriously bulking up we will have to address him with a bit more respect…or suffer the consequences….and no one wants to mess with a man in the midst of a steroid induced rage.

ZEE capitone Ramsay Buchanan is up again, hammering the scale at 135 pounds, up from 127…major gains….I hope he forwards us an updated selfie tomorrow…

YOURS TRULY

Light weight!!!!!  PEANUTS!!!!

I’m down to 236.6 pounds….but…it’s Wednesday.

Last Wednesday I weighed 236.4…my low of this round of man blog dieting….I then managed to get to 242 overnight…Wednesday night….

….imagine.

By the way…I have had 2 dilly bars each of the last 2 nights….so they aren’t the issue…..

I will attempt to take it easy on the donuts tonight…..

The Quote of The Day

Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can.
Bill Murray

I wonder what my score might be….I do like to live life…I must…I try to live with passion…it isn’t always easy.  Living life can be tiresome….and much of what I have is given to my children….I make that choice….

But I do live….and I like a great laugh every single day.

Babe….I love your face.

XO

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Starving may be a thing….

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Yesterday I had 2 eggs and a slice of rye toast for breakfast…lunch….a bowl of home made soup….dinner…a steak…and some chicken, a salad…..I may have had an ice cream sandwich….wait….no….I had 2   …..we are out of those if I don’t buy more!

Then….poker…it is Wednesday after all…and like the man blog of new old and always…we do get out once in a while….

I won $130, drank 4 beers and left….I may have eaten several handfuls of bits and bites….on my way home I stopped for snacks for the kids….chips, a bag of twinkies, dip….a bag of bits and bites….

Ya…I ate some of or all of all of the above….

today’s weigh in….239.4  Up

Hey….30 days starts on the 9th doesn’t it?

Russet……he had a salad at lunch….no dinner.  zip nothing ,nada…..he did have track suits…at some point in the night he switched to diet track suits….which means zero cal red bull…..he did eat some bits and bites…I saw it.

His weight….200.6

So….he starved himself and lost…..5 pounds…is that the key?

OR….maybe the first salad Russett has had in 2 years did the trick….the man shat 5 times during poker….it’s his once every 24 month cleanse….one leaf of lettuce will do that to you if you haven’t had a veg in years.

No updates from Krista and Richard today….guess what that means????

Richard D'aoust and Krista Kelly
I’m still being nice…..ish

I haven’t heard much in the way of niceties from Seamus in regards to his shirt yesterday, a bit of abuse….but that’s about it….he is up.

I bet you Seamus is over 340….Richard I’m guessing is down….378.

Krista….her husband is telling her to send the weigh in….anything to make the photos stop!

Krista…unlike the rest of us here, does work out and sweat and eat right….all the important stuff.

Not that Seamus isn’t getting a good old fashioned sweat in …like OLD fashioned….I’m not sure if this is photoshopped or not…I just stumbled onto it….

Seamus Browne
Ya….I don’t know what to say about that…it is what it is people say…I’ve heard…

You can tell from the photo…at that point in his life he was working out….HARD!

The Quote of The Day
I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.
Mike Rowe

The man blog is what it once was…better…a laugh….

As I’ve said 100 times…Ev would be anxiously awaiting me to say it’s done so that she might read what punishment lay ahead for my buddies….a diet ongoing for 6 years plus….

One of these days we will actually lose weight….well not Seamus….but the rest of us…even Kevin will get skinny some day……………

Babe….XO…big stuff in the works here…and I know you love it.

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Ice Cream Sandwiches….

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Did I start a 30 day challenge?   oh oh…

One second, it’s the thanksgiving challenge right….that’s more than 30 days so I thought I might wait until I was actually 30 days out to begin…it’s the 9th of October…I still have a few days.

 

And this kids is why I now weigh 238.8 pounds.  Hey…I was heavier yesterday, a miracle considering I had a nice chicken sandwich at 10 pm last night…what did I wash that down with?

….Did I mention Syd is now working at the DQ?  You heard it here first…and I had 2 DQ ice cream sandwiches post 10 pm last night…

Diets…..

Russett is running the same plan as I am, posting a weigh in of 202.8 today, down from 205 yesterday….I sense someone is starving at the Russett residence.  Beagle did have to make a road trip to drop the boy off at school…it’s funny how The Keg doesn’t have calorie counts on the prime rib…

Richard and Kelly…these 2 are both very active….Kelly posted one of her signature sweat selfies on facebook yesterday…and may have mentioned she was up to 158….I think she said….Richard and Kelly haven’t offered up a weigh in today though, the last I heard from Richard he was at 388….he did tell me he walked 5 km yesterday….

You push 388 5k and tell me how you feel….

Anyway, Kelly knows better not to offer an update….Richard….this is his first go at this sort of thing….I won’t go easy on him.

I'll serve myself thanks....Richard D'Aoust

I’ll serve myself thanks….

Today we test Richard’s sense of humor….lol

As we can see, Richard is getting his fruits at least.

Tomorrow I hope to have a weigh in on the big fella, I mean 388….there is a bit of room to drop massive pounds….

Krista….Is there room to drop massive pounds on our sweaty Beach Body Coach?  Krista has a love/hate relationship with the man blog….It’s great to have a little bit more motivation and none better than posting your success or failure…or lets be serious, a combination of daily….but then there’s the photo shoot….and nobody likes to have  to bare all to the world….once in a while though…Krista gets adventurous….
Krista Kelly bikini
And there she is…ready for the beach….or one of her daily sweat fests….

Krista does have a sense of humor, this we know….but it only extends so far…so we can no longer tag her on facebook posts…she is an avid reader anyway so she won’t be missing this tidbit….

I won’t bother Kevin with the man diet this time around, he has enough on his plate….

So does Seamus….well he did…but he ate it, so I’m including him…Seamus did not offer up a weight but seeing as he stopped by the other day sporting one of his new Tents I’m going to take a guess at his weight….

First I’m going to offer up a review of his new ‘shirt’ I found on the internet.
Seamus Browne new shirt

This little yellow number he showed up in…still a wee bit tight on him I thought…plus judging from this review….a leaky zipper….

I’m not sure I’d be risking that one out on the golf course if it’s calling for rain Seamus…

Anyway…My estimate on Seamus…325…and not an ounce less!

4 Young Ladies and a Headstone

Charlotte and I stopped by to visit Ev on our way to pick up Ave from Bridgitte’s wedding on Sunday….

Charlotte left Ev a small stuffy she laid 100 kisses on…we told mommy we loved her…it’s not easy…..

As I pull out of the Cemetery I still question if Ev is there….it seems impossible….It’s a strange way of being when I think about it….unsure…..

Anyway….I can’t focus on that, I have 4 beauties here back to school….the running around between school and sports….I’m doing 400 km a day without leaving the city!

Zee Quote of Zee Day

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.
Jane D. Hull

I’ll tell you this again and again….this is not an easy gig….I mean…hurricane’s….that’s easy…you wake up one morning and the weather service tells you a hurricane is going to hit next week. You pack up your things, board up the house and move north to stay will friends for a couple of days until it blows over and you go back to clear the downed trees…..

This….parenting….one day you are having a stroll, enjoying nature and all it’s beauty…a bird….just look at how pretty….and a volcano erupts under your feet….it sends you just clear of the debris and almost certain instant death….you scramble to make sense of everything, hustle up what you can, grab the kids and fight to get them to safety…timeline….15 seconds….

……you survive…..look…a bird………….and you feel the ground rumble…….

The life of a parent….the joys.

Babe….not a volcano to break us thus far….I miss you…..

XO

 

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OMG!!!!

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Week 2 of back to school….you have got to be kidding me…..

LOL

I mean….I’m not sure I’m going to make it….I can only color my hair so much…..soon it’ll be on the floor….

I did not sign up for this….and it seemed much easier last year, I’ve done this for 6 months alone….it seemed easier…much easier.

Well…I’ve only got what…like the entire school year to go….my lord.

Charlotte has been talking about Ev almost daily, she brings up things….memories of Ev….always….She killed me last night though.

Charlotte has always played with her belly button, from a very early age…Ev and I used to joke with her about it and she would only let Ev touch it, seldomly me…..

Ev told her that her belly button was joined to mommy…

I asked Charlotte why she plays with her belly button last night….and she says touching it makes it bigger….

She told me it’s a part of mommy, where they were attached…………..and she said I could touch it as long as I was soft because she didn’t want me to pop it….

I crushed me then….12 hours ago….and I wrack now because of it….

I do not want to feel like this…..I can fight my emotions….I fight until the back of my throat hurts…holding in my wracking sorrow…..

Tomorrow is 9 god damn months………………..

9 months.  How is that even possible………….

I can’t do this….I can’t…..

Now onto the make believe………

THE MAN BLOG WEIGH IN

Let’s start with Kevin Parker.  Kevin weighed in this morning at 256 pounds.

The following photograph HAS NOT BEEN MODIFIED!!!!!fat parker
So…the September diet extravaganza was Kevin’s idea….

He has yet to start….

Looking good buddy!

Next up…Seamus Browne

fat seamus
What do you want me to tell you…Oh wait….these 2 have been calling me fat lately….

Bahahahahahaha

Payback sucks….

But to be fair I’m going to go upstairs right now and take a picture of myself with my shirt off….yes I will be taking advantage of camera angles….but this is me…right now……

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Now….I’m hardly slim…I am trying to drop 20 pounds after all….but I’m down to just a few chins….

Actually, I’ve been on the scotch diet the last 2 days and I’m down 3 pounds, today I hit the scale at 226.6 pounds….I’ll take it.

Scotch diet again today with UB40 followed by poker….wish me luck!

Trafford

Old man Trafford is on the shakes and weighs in at 174.2 pounds.

I can’t do the shakes, I simply do not have the willpower to cut food out of my life to that extent…I simply enjoy the old stuff face.

Then again everyone in the September diet extravaganza wishes to be a bit thinner……and why not!

Trafford is already skinny as far as I’m concerned…..

Arthur and Vinnie

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Vinnie is in Toronto so no weigh in today, yesterday he came in at 177 steady after a 5 course dinner at his mother’s. Last night he had an 8 oz steak at the Keg and 2 beers….

Arthur is at 190 this morning after a weigh in yesterday of 188 pounds.  He had chicken for lunch, pizza for dinner and 3 beers.

I have read, heard and seen….that grown men should never….ever….eat pizza.

I love the stuff myself.

By the way, my scotch diet has included no less than 2 beers each of the last 2 days….no less…….

That’s it for today…Boyling offered up 191 yesterday and nothing from Turkish or the mad bomber today….busy planning a flight maybe…….

So….the quote of the day………….what do you do in a situation like this…..I’ll have to turn to Hunter I guess…let me see.

Remember this, folks – I am a Hillbilly, and I don’t always Bet the same way I talk. Good advice is one thing, but smart gambling is quite another.
Hunter S. Thompson

I’m sure I’ve thrown this one out before….it comes down to this….I’m a simple guy….in heart and mind….I take very little of the universe….I ask for help seldom from my friends and never….ever….anything from strangers….

But I try to give…..in any small way I can, I do try to spread a little happiness, and those that know me know….

Of course I play by my rules…..my cars are fast and loud and I make few apologies for that….my opinion is the same and often I don’t care to hold back either….maybe too often….

In the end……this is why Ev loved me…….it’s all I have…..who I am…..what is left……

To my friends…..I love you all….I couldn’t do this alone…..I couldn’t……..

Babe….I miss you every minute….I drive the bird imagining you beside me……….I wish you were…….someday……

We will wrack…..forever maybe……

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Days go by….

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Well here we are….the man blog….

Just minutes ago I thought I’d get all the weights together and craft up a fat man man blog….something of a celebration of life, the discussion of beer and egg rolls and the resulting weights after applying too much of both to the adult man’s body….

Well, that is exactly what I’m going to do here today, right after this….

I just need to celebrate my wife for one moment….I’m missing her terribly every minute and I must shed a tear or 2 before I get on with my day….

Luckily for me….I’m already wracking….just thinking about her……

Syd’s piano teacher told me this week that in 15 years, teaching piano on 2 continents, he has never…..ever….met a student like Sydney.   He used to describe her as talented….but now he uses words like phenom.

He goes on to explain that in 6 lessons he notices that she has the ability to play keys until she figures out the tune….she can go back 5 or 10 notes when she is learning and come back to try other chords……

This is easy for Syd….she is smart like her mother…..

I used to tell Ev how smart she was….but she had been pushed down too hard in her past…..she couldn’t believe it when I told her I thought she was smarter than I was….to her I seemed so wise….

I was wise enough to know she was smarter….and I’m wise enough to know Syd is too.

Lucky for Syd….I’ll never let her be put down……

I’ve got such a long way to go with these ladies….it isn’t going to be easy as we all dig in to their teenage years….but I’m here to do the work, and I’ll do the best I can for them.

And my love……….

Babe…..I miss you so much.

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I am not enjoying this as much as I’m supposed to!  I am not…………

Obesity…..

Today I weigh in at 229.8 pounds, no good!  I didn’t even have my normal 6 beers after soccer….because I didn’t go to soccer….I may have crushed an extra 1000 food calories just before bed though, destroying a hamburger and 2 huge slices of pita with hummus…..

I was busy in the garage and might have missed a meal…..

So I punched the old weight into the BMI calculator today and I’m almost obese….just a half point away…hell a few months ago I squeaked into the normal range…I wasn’t even considered fat on the BMI scale.

How to get back under 215…fat bugger…..

Well…that’s only 15 pounds….I can lose that right….I’ve done that before….

Wait….what is that…a quick pint at the pub with the boys….every day….

It would be easier if the boys and I weren’t so busy celebrating life, something I don’t want to pass up these days….

So 229.8 it is today, obese or not.

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Old Trafford has an iwatch….he cant read it…he has no idea what the screen says…but he can use it to trigger a photo, and look…great success

There we see Trafford, down today at a svelte 170.5 pounds…he is rocking the bottom…

Parker on the other hand, like me, is peaking…he weighed in at 252 pounds, not good.

We may as well touch base on the birthday boy Donald, he wanted to lose 20 pounds by now….I’m not sure he is down an ounce…we will have to see if he is still in this race.

Boyling is still losing….he is down to an impossible 191.1 and the other light weight Beagle is at 189.7 after a week of cottaging…aka…beer and bbq….

Another suffering the effects of the summer is Seamus, up to 266 after almost seeing the 250’s.

I won’t bother throwing that into the BMI calculator….we already know which way the arrow will be pointing…

Anyway….I really will try to be reasonable with the manger this week…and maybe with the glug also….

The Quote of The Day

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Mark Twain

I like to believe most of my close friends are attempting to live life to the fullest, or doing their best at it.  We all have things that are holding us back….I miss my wife….that does have an affect on what I do….but it doesn’t stop me from trying….I do seek to live fully again….

Sadly, I’m not prepared to die….if I had to go I’m pretty sure I would accept it.  I’d count the days I had left to love my babies….to try to prepare them for what was ahead of them in life…..and like Ev, I would grieve for Charlotte……..

There we go…..let’s wrack a bit more…..

Anyway….let’s live…..let’s get on with it…….

Live and Love…..that’s is the hokey pokey is all about….putting your whole self in!

Babe….I love your god damn face!!!!!

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The Good Things In Life….

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The Good Things In Life….

I live a good life.  The things that matter most in life I have covered….well…most of the things….

Yesterday I packed up the fam and off we went to La Ronde in Montreal.  An excellent day trip to an amusement park with short lines and lots to do.

The kids and I had a great time, I cut the big kids loose and Charlotte and I spent the day together…I witnessed a lot of smiles and laughter…just the sort of thing to make for a great day.

Today I don’t even want to think about what would make that day perfect…absolutely perfect…..

The things you do to forget….the choices you make….wanting to run away….looking for a place to hide….

Where do you hide from yourself………where does that place exist…..

How Fat is Fat?

I consumed 40 thousand liquid calories yesterday, cheap refills on ice tea and fruitopia while baking under 30 degree sun in high humidity….

I ate crap food…

Today I weigh in at 228.5…is that fat?  It’s fat to me.

We have a newcomer to the man blog…another for the punishment…Donald Buchanan…please allow me to introduce you all…

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Donald is not with child….he is not in the third trimester….

Donald drinks the occasional beer….sometimes….once in a while…..

He also plans to drop 20 pounds in less than 2 weeks!!!!!  This will be fun to watch…Are you also skipping out on soccer tonight with a pulled ham?  That right there equates to 1800 less beer calories you might consume….IF you don’t drink them somewhere other than the soccer field.

the first 10 should be easy….but don’t take my word for it, I’m losing nothing!

Kevin Parker….up 253…Kevin certainly will be 260 again….you bet he will!!!!  It’s summer time, he is playing soccer more nights a week right now than her ever has…the outcome…..UP….up up and away!

Trafford….Old Trafford is at 173 old pounds…he has been working the under paddingAndy Trafford Carlingwood at Carlingwood again….

But Trafford is pretty slim, let’s be realistic, he is a lot slimmer than yours truly and the rest of this gang of old fatties.

Seamus has himself down to a not svelte at all 266 pounds.  His weight loss has slowed quite a bit from the 5 pounds a day he was seeing a week ago….come on big boy….you can do it!

Boyling is still low at 191.4 pounds…holding…  He is obviously slowing down on the dairy and on to something else….I did see him have quite a few milks on Monday night though.

and poor Beagle throws out a ‘under 190’ today….what is that. 189.99 pounds?

Beagle has some low goals….but don’t we all….

Will I ever weigh under 210 pounds again?

It’s Wednesday night….this Wednesday comes in with both soccer and poker….the agony…..

The Quote of The Day

Giving up is conceding that things will never get better, and that is just not true. Ups and downs are a constant in life, and I’ve been belted into that roller coaster a thousand times.
Aimee Mullins

I am on a cruel roller coaster….that’s it….that’s where I’m at.

I hate the highs and the lows…..I love the highs and the lows….

This is some roller coaster….

In my life, I have been so fortunate….I really did consider myself the luckiest person I knew….

A blessed life….perfect…..

If a misfortune came my way…it would always be the start of something new….better….

This seems different somehow….it’s not just my life anymore….it’s the high wire act of balancing not just my emotions….but my children’s…..and they all need something different……..

Which reminds me….those of you that have managed to stick with today’s blog….here you go….

A couple questions from a man blog follower yesterday…..

Vic, one thing that perplexes me and that I have been curious about but hesitant to ask is how does someone go to a hospital and never come out???

What brought her there? What was wrong that day that sent her to the hospital? Was it routine? Was it a minor surgery? How does she go from being home, happy and writing on Facebook to passing away? I didn’t think that cancer worked like that – what happened to palliative care? Why couldn’t anything be done??

So…here goes….let’s start with the easy part…..

How does my wife go from being happy and writing on Facebook to passing away?

Well, my wife wasn’t happy, she was afraid….she did not want to lose her life and I tried my best to save her….I spent hours reading the internet…trying every single thing I could…..

She would never want her friends to know she was weak and afraid….she pretended to be stronger than that….and she was very strong, a super human in fact….but she had so many doubts…

I’ve said it here before….it was only in the last month of my wife’s life that she told me she never knew how many people loved her….she never believed how much I did…..she thought so little of herself….

I told my wife every day how much I loved her, how beautiful and smart she was….she didn’t believe me until the end………….

okay….we will wrack……

you want to know how much I loved my wife….ask my male friends…..ask the guys that used to see me out….or at poker…..you ask them if I ever turned my head to take a second look at a passing girl………..I held my wife so high above every other woman….I loved her completely….she simply didn’t believe it…..I guess she just figured it wasn’t possible………..to be loved completely…..

What brought her there? What was wrong that day that sent her to the hospital? Was it routine? Was it a minor surgery?

What brought my wife to the hospital that day was…in the end…that she had become septic….

Now there were a number of things that triggered this and her death in the end….and at the very end of this post I’m going to say something that comes with great relief and pain…………

I brought her in to the hospital in the morning, the day before she couldn’t do chemo because her white blood cells were too low….

I believe they could have given her a shot then and there to help bring them up but I believe she couldn’t have that shot due to the terms of the REO trial she was on…..regret number 1

THERE ARE SOME REGRETS!!!!!!!!!

Charlotte and I slept on the sofa that night as Charlotte had a cold which would have been enough to seriously harm if not kill Ev at that time…..

So up in the morning and off to the hospital to argue with the admitting nurse that was busy flirting with a paramedic….it took me 30 to 45 minutes to get her into an air tight germ free sort of room….I actually had to call the oncology nurse before the admitting nurse would listen.

Once in this room another nurse started caring for her, administering morphine type drugs for her pain….sadly another rookie nurse…..we were almost in for a CT when we remembered that Ev had an allergic reaction to the dye the last time….that ruined us…as now she would go into the operation with blind doctors trying to figure out what was going on.

I’m not sure where I’m at with this…I’m just trying to get it out…..

During this time Ev complained about not being able to move her legs….which the rookie nurse took as over medication…Ev and I did get a bit of a laugh over it….but she was in agony…..agony still.

Finally the first nurse called in a senior nurse…and withing 45 seconds the senior nurse said….she is shutting down……that’s why she can’t move her legs….

Now we are in trouble….they instantly move her to an emerg room…I considered it a crash room…and an army of surgeons came in…they x rayed her internal organs….and at that time I saw just how many spots of cancer she had on her lungs……

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The doctor took me into another room….he told me she would face a surgery that was very risky…….he told me she would never do chemo again……………………

I came out and told her I loved her and I would take care of our babies……………

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hours later a doctor came out and told me that what he had to do was a success but that there was still a risk…but I took that very positively….I thought I would kiss her again…….

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Now you know what I want to do…………….you know where I’d like to be………………………..

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I am making the most out of this life because I have to…..I have children I need to take care of…..

And if I’m going to do this I’m going to be as happy as I can be while doing it…….but this isn’t my first choice at this time………..

Well….there is a man blog for you…………..

here is what it comes down to…..

I HATE THIS……I’ve been pretending fairly well…but it’s all a fucking lie……..I’m just doing what I have to do….still now…..

I’m waiting for it to end….one day I will wake up and be better…….or not……

There we go……..

This is a man blog I should delete.

Anyway…December 17 2014 Evelyn Wheeler passed away….she might still be alive if she had lived that day….but she would be closer to the end….weak….sad…..

She would be suffering every day….unable to hide her weakness from the girls…..they would suffer also…

That day she left us….she is no longer in my life to touch….but she will never leave me……

Babe….I love your face!

 

 

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Another day in paradise????

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Another day in paradise????

For whatever reason…last night was one of a few nights I couldn’t sleep in weeks….maybe over a month…

I’ve been sleeping perfectly…I mean better than ever…I’ve had 8 hour nights!!!  Something I don’t think I’ve done in 20 years.

Now…when I first closed my eyes around midnight and my mind started racing…I thought…well might as well hit the light and read a bit….but I decided against it and managed to fall asleep…and up at 4….no good….

Today I will attempt to steal a nap…and waste time I’d rather spend doing other things…..

I did hot yoga last night, that usually puts me right out, but after I went for a quick run…the attempt to get the old weight down…

At least that was a success…I managed my weight loss goal for the day…I lost 5 pounds yesterday.

Today I weighed in at 227.6 pounds.  I plan on being down another 5 by monday morning….and then back into the teens next week….depending on how long I can stave off the beers…

You see it isn’t necessarily the beers that make me gain weight…but after a few beers….those nachos start to look inviting…..

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Now I’ve heard there is a new phenomenon where women are attracted to men with bellies…Dad Bod’s….

Well ladies…get ready….

Sadly…I think it’s a hoax….the ladies are secretly chuckling away as they pack theatres to watch Magic Mike….

So…we all attempt to get into the same shape as Channing Tatem’s butcher, because let’s be serious….there is little chance I have the time…energy…or want to have a six pack at this point in my life….

Hell….Parker just wants to see his willy without having to stand on a mirror…..

With that…Parker offers up a weight of 252 pounds today….I lie I’m afraid…he is no where near a scale and I think he is closer to 255….Parker my dear friend will face the 260’s again at this rate……he is out more than Elton John…..

Boyling and Seamus are both steady at 194.1 and 269 respectively…I suppose Canada Day remnants are keeping them on the up side….at least it isn’t a gain….  Both of these guys have already dropped a ton of weight…I know Boyling hit the isagenix…I’ll have to see what Seamus was up to….just less might have been enough….

But guess what guys….the old metabolism isn’t stupid…you starve…it slows down….better get yourself eating steady on some veg or sit down to one big feast to kick yourself back into gear…..

Trafford is down again…174.4, that’s 2.4 pounds yesterday….he must be on the water….or the shakes….

Beagle managed just .2 pounds of weight loss, but it’s something…….every little bit counts.

Here it is:

Vic   229    -1.4 pounds

Beagle 187.8   -17.2

Trafford    174.4  +3.6

Boyling   194.1    -9.4

Seamus     269    -16

Parker    252   +4   ++I’m sure

 

So that means only Trafford and Parker are still on the upside since we started this diet what….has it been two months….one plus for sure….

Today my goal is to drop 2 more pounds….not sure how I’m going to manage that on zero sleep……

The Quote of The Day

Somebody who can reckon with the past, who can live with the past in the present, and move towards the future – that’s fabulous.
Bruce Springsteen

I gotta tell ya…I’m not sure yet…..

I haven’t quite made it here…the now….sure I lie…I pretend that I have arrived to face my future….but no….

And I find more and more lately that I want to run screaming into a dark space and hide…..it’s impossible of course….

Charlotte and I gave each other our belly kisses last night….something she picked up in the womb as one day she simply asked her mother for one….just as I asked for one on my third date with Ev….

In my house….something is missing…..we all live without it……………I hate it…..and now Syd has turned to listening to the same sad songs as me….she calls me into the room to listen to a song she loves….and it’s one I tracked down weeks ago for lonely drives and quiet moments……..

Yesterday a hummingbird flew into my garage…it stared at me for just a split second…eye to eye….then off it went….I’ve faced this little guys a few times in my life….and it’s always a wonderful moment….staring into the tiny eyes of that beautiful little bird…..

I wrack now…………..

Babe…..I miss you so much……….

I was so happy then…………………………

Have a great day, it looks like it’s going to be beautiful!

XO

 

 

 

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Fat is what fat does….

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Well it’s the fat man blog today….it has to be….I’m packing it on!

I’m 20 pounds heavier today than I was in February….232.6 pounds…20 pounds!!!  It’s no good and I have to get it under control today….one dinner tonight and a beer free weekend….

How am I packing on all this weight….well the constant celebration of life….to extremes…so I’ll back off that for a few days.

To recap….yesterday I took it easy…I did go to the pub to make an appearance with the boys….I had a single gingerale.  I have had enough this week already and even though Canada Day makes for a great excuse to have a few beers….it seems like Monday night soccer and Tuesday golf tournaments also make great excuses…..

And 3 dinners nightly….look at me now cruising up on the scale and not too pleased with myself for it…..

I was doing much better starving my grief than feeding it……

On that note…..let’s talk a wee bit about grief before I get to the other boys….funny pictures…..let’s talk about love lost and sadness……..

During my nice quiet day yesterday I had lots of time to think about my wife….my life…..Charlotte and I cuddled up and watched a few movies….Ave came and sat with us and we enjoyed our moments together……..

In my life though there is a constant…….Ev is missing…..that is my constant thought every moment…….the static in the background of my life…….

I miss Ev so much…….every second……………………..I still can’t believe she is gone….I know she is…..but I can sit here looking over the computer out to the driveway…..and imagine seeing her walking to the front door……..

……a wait for it to open………………..

Anyway….that’s my life……it’s a big life…..it includes more fun than any man deserves…..and so much pain…..so many tears……

Okay…..so…..I’m hitting a diet….one that includes food, no starvation diet here…..let me go back and dig up the initial weigh ins:

Victor    229     now 232.6       +3.6

Trafford     170.8    now 176.8   +6

Parker      248     now   252     +4

Beagle    205      now 188    -17

Boyling    203.5     now   194.1     -9.4

Seamus    285      now     269      -16

So…no weigh in from the senior citizen…..ya….let’s break the mold here….no VHS cover today….what might we find….

Oh….Andy just weighed in….I had to go back up there and edit his number…..up….

So up it might be…..

Andy Trafford    UP

Andy is just happy the chicken came along…..he might be peckish later….

Andy has just informed me he is back on the shakes…a diet plan for sure….I think I’m going to edge towards lighter meals and running…such a beauty that Andy Trafford, his current goal is to lose 12 pounds by July 24.   Half a pound a day…..

I’m going to get my sorry ass back into the teens by then, what is that…..13 pounds……okay…..today I plan on losing 5 of them.

That means a bit of a run….we will see just how well the new running goal goes….me legs are still killing me from soccer…..old frigin man disease….

And I’m going to eat right, lots of sugar from berries….some protein from yogurt and cottage cheese…..no chips….and NO BEER!

The Quote of The Day

There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge.
Hunter S. Thompson

Why this Hunter Quote today…well it means so many things to different people in my life and will bring it all together….

First…..having just taken part in what I would describe as the Hunter S.Thompson invitational golf tournament….it’s still very fresh on my mind….and for those of you that don’t know, Hunter was an early hero in my life….and as a younger man I may have dedicated a 10 thousand kilometre road trip into trying to get to the bottom of this ether binge thing….

Those days would seem to be long behind us old boys though….I suppose….but life does change the way we look at where we should be and what we should be doing…..

I do believe the edge has been found….as Hunter would say, and I paraphrase….you’ll have to go over to know you’ve been there….

So….I have been tested many times….and here I am, for better or worse….

I couldn’t have managed it half as well other than I’ve been surrounded by so many great people….the luckiest man….

Babe….thank you for loving me………….

XO

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Lost….

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Lost….

I’m going to write a bit of the man blog today…and then come back and give it a title….so…The headline above has not yet been written in my timeline….

Where am I….I have some great moments….really good.  I live a wonderful life, it’s filled with happiness, Love….I have so much love in my life….amazing children, a great family and a person couldn’t ask for a better group of friends….

Is it a fairy tale…..

Here is a fairy tale for you…Cinderella….seen it yet?  A lovely family have a beautiful child raised in love and happiness until her mother falls mysteriously ill and passes away….soon followed by her father who remarried a less loving woman….her involvement isn’t important…but what is….this lovely child rides off into the forest and meets a man who has also lost his mother….and soon he will lose his father….and they live happily every after….

So….in said fairy tale…where do I fit in….I suppose I’m one of the mourning widowers…attempting to raise my beautiful children in love and happiness……

And that gives me so much joy…more than I deserve…more than many people have…is that my fairy tale…………

I think…and it my sound ridiculous….but I do believe that I try to find more happiness in my every day….after all I’ve lived….than many people do…..

Where does that put me….well…at times it puts me in a terrible place…because in my life happiness can come at a price….guilt….with that comes pain….the pain of loss….

The Biggest Loser

This is what defines me these days I think….it’s what I always come back to…..

I am trying to give myself to my life…..my children….my friends…..and at some point…..I want to be taken by it…..

Away….back to happiness without doubt….without pain……I want to move forward as the person I’ve become…..I don’t want to erase the time I’ve spent with Ev….loving….growing…………

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I deserve more than what has been…..I’m better….a better man…………….

why do I have to pour tears here every morning………..why…………why do I have to feel this pain that never goes away…..that ruins perfect moments….wonderful days……..

I hate it………..

time……I need more time………………

A New You

The weigh in….well…I hit the scale at right about 230 this morning.  It won’t be easy this week with soccer, golf and Canada day on the docket thus far….but I plan on being 225 by Friday….and once I publish this blog today I’m going for a run to ensure that it happens……

Let’s start with Seamus, he called in with 271 pounds this morning.  He has lost 14 pounds in a week.  Sadly when you start at 285 14 pounds is easy.  I figure at 265 he will start having issues….the old metabolism figures it out and starts to fight the man weight a bit…..

I do think Seamus will see the 240’s though….his goal is still lower…..

Beagle is at 188.7 pounds after what he claims is a week of living like a teenager…….what is that….twice a day masterbation…..
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Anyway, I assume he has been pounding the meat at Mcdonalds rather than making love to tube socks….I hope anyway….

Geez….that’s a bit raw isn’t it….I actually didn’t want that to be a pun…but there it is….

Old trafford is at 175.6 pounds….consumption….and not the variety that leads to weight loss….we will see if Andy is able to drag his butt onto the soccer pitch tonight….so that I might sit out…..

Parker responded to the call for weigh ins this morning without an actual number….I wonder what that signifies….and Boyling….zip….not a word.  I could post some terrifying photo of the 2 of them doing something horrible to their genitalia but alas….instead I post this old favorite….

Kevin Parker, Fat-Man-Dancing

The Quote of The Day

At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self.
Brendan Behan

I am lost….sadly I am….I try to find myself and that leaves me caught between the man I have become….through this pain….and the man I was before…..through that pain….

I will be the better man…….I will stay this way….even though the easiest path is backwards…..

That’s it….that is today Man Blog.

Thanks….today I give thanks to my good friend Paul Robson….for showing me that my life could be worse.

Bahahahahaaaaaaahhhhhhh…..

Babe….I love your face….I miss you always…..

XO

 

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