Pstorm 1,017

4 March 2015

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The church shoots the wounded –

And I have taken my last bullet.

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They can’t hit me
if I don’t give them a target.

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Pstorm 1,016

3 March 2015

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Madness is genius misunderstood.

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Pstorm 1,015

2 March 2015

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The smaller the audience,

the greater the listeners.

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Nightfall: Why Men Don’t Show Their Emotions

1 March 2015

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In the last few years
before he retired,
my father worked
as a ghost engineer.

That meant that
he worked third shift
for The USN under
a private contractor.

He loved the work,
but hated the hours.
And he was tired
all the time.

But, like all men,
all real men
he did what
needed to be done.

One morning,
after a major storm,
Dad had to stay up
and vacuum the water

that had got
in the basement.
He was fifty-nine.
Maybe sixty.

And he was so happy
he had finally finished.
And that he could finally
go to sleep

after working all night
and working all morning.
Then, his wife
the third one

came home.
She had spent
the morning
at the casino.

And she had lost
hundreds of dollars.
So, instead of thanking
my father

for all the work
he had done,
she just bitched
about the money

she had lost
at the casino.
And then,
she went down

to the basement,
and “slipped.”
She didnt fall.
She didnt get hurt.

She “just slipped,”
and snapped,
There’s water all
over the place!” –

And she said it,
in the one way
only a woman
would dare.

Of course,
there was no water.
And, of course,
she didnt slip.

She was just
pissed about
losing
all that money.

The greatest tragedy
of an angry woman
is that she always makes
everybody else just absolutely miserable.

She never
even bothered
to help my Dad
get the water up.

And all the work
my father had done
meant nothing
to her.

Instead
of appreciating him
she had humiliated him,
belittled him, degraded him.

That was a day
in the life of my Dad.
That was a day
in the life of my Dad.

It wasnt just one day, though:
it happened all the time.
It wasnt just one day, though:
it happened all the time.

Later,
people wondered why
my father never talked.
“He was always so quiet.”

And, in his last years,
he was even more quiet.
They wondered how, and why,
he could be so quiet.

I DONT.

 

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Nightfall: When He Was Home

28 February 2015

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He poured my cereal
on Saturday mornings.

He let me make
a spaghetti sandwich.

He taught me
how to use a fork.

And he made us watch
while he worked in the garden

so he could watch us.
The World’s Greatest Dad.”

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Pstorm 1,014

27 February 2015

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Family is the best therapy.

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Pstorm 1,013

26 February 2015

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Braingasm.

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Pstorm 1,012

25 February 2015

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Hell of a thing.

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Pstorm 1,011

24 February 2015

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The devil sure does whistle a fine tune.

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Pstorm 1,010

23 February 2015

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Christ is apolitical.*

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Nightfall: SSN 637

22 February 2015

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Sturgeon spent the period from 1 January to 2 April 1973 conducting local operations in the Narragansett Bay area. On 3 April 1973, she departed for the Fleet Weapons Range in the Caribbean. On 21 May 1973, she ran aground near St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands while making some 10 knots (18.5 kilometers per hour). She sustained damage to her bow and was forced to return to Groton on 4 June 1973 to repair the damage.”

~from Wikipedia, according to my uncle, my father was the one who crawled through the tubes, closing the latches behind him, putting his life on the line to assess the damage to protect his captain and his crew; I was a year old.

[Authors Note:  I am still waiting on his 214.]

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Nightfall: The Silent Servant

21 February 2015

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Today,
and decades from now,
maybe even centuries

schoolchildren
will read about
what my father did,

But,
they wont know
he did it.

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Pstorm 1,009

20 February 2015

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I am suspicious of people who agree with me too quickly –

Aren’t you?

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Pstorm 1,008

19 February 2015

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A wise man knows a tree by its fruit,

but a fool believes what a bad apple says.

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Pstorm 1,007

18 February 2015

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The children of the devil are righteous –

but sinners are always welcome
in The Kingdom of Heaven.

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