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Monday, April 27, 2015

'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!'

"Go raibh maith agat as a íoc dúinn cuairt!"
A special shout out to my wife's lineage in Ireland for sitting at the top of International visitors to the blog yesterday! 
Yes, this is becoming my new, favorite past time in the morning when I open up the blog!  Seeing how many countries have signed on!  Don't worry, eventually I'll move on to some NEW fixations, as is almost inevitably the case!  Well, I'll ALWAYS have an affinity for the Irish!  Their food, their drink, their music, their women.  Trust me, marry an Irish woman and your life will NEVER be boring!!
Speaking of Irish!  Last night, in a pseudo celebration of yesterday being our last Sunday officially open for the new summer season, we first did a barbeque, with prerequisite children running amok in the yard, where Miranda got a hold of the hose and started dosing everyone.  As it turned out, not being sufficiently gassy from the Jambalaya from the night before, we did Carney style "Sausage, Peppers and Onions!  WOOF!!! 
AIR FRESHNER AT THE READY!! (sorry, but fart jokes NEVER get old!)
Then, having put the little ones to bed, Angi and I went out for a light evening of coffee and a meandering of silliness at the Barnes and Nobel, to do some browsing.  Well, we had intended on picking up another copy of the movie "Crow", as for some reason our DVD copy has disappeared.  Unfortunately, they didn't have it in stock, but whilst perusing through the discount bin, found a few choices we haven't see in awhile, or have lost our own copies (come on... a house full of kids, errant DVD's laying about that look strikingly similar to little, shiny, silver Frisbees?  You do the math! And BOY could I hurt someone, since I discovered my copy of Iron Giant won't even PLAY!).  As the little girls are becoming big fans of musicals, I snagged copies of "Hairspray" (John Travolta in a feminine fat suit?  How can you go wrong!?) and "Across the Universe".  Although after picking that one out, Elijah had to remind me that it contained "adult" situations!  Sad, has some AWESOME renditions of Beatles tunes (Although, I have ALWAYS been a "Monkee's" man!  Go figure!) And for Mom and Dad, grabbed a copy of "The Boondock Saints" special edition! (I was SORELY tempted, and had to remind myself of BILLS when I discovered they had Box Sets of MST3K!!!!  Angi was trying to convince me to go ahead and pick up one, but at $65.00 a Pop, just couldn't justify it!  SAD FACE!)   After viewing the movie, though, we were treated to a real surprise when I was going through the special features and in the Dossier section came to discover that the writer and director, Troy Duffy (and this was his FIRST FILM!!  Talk about hitting a home run on your first time at the plate (yep...that's it for my "Sports Metaphors"!)) is a native of Exeter, New Hampshire!?!?!  MY HOME TOWN!!  Shocking!  Such a small town to produce TWO boons to mankind!  Now I have even MORE reasons to LOVE that film!!
Yesterday was more of a fizzle then the fireworks I had hoped for as a send off, but that's not too surprising, as that's one of the reasons being open on Sunday's is superfluous.  We did manage to finish up the Cannondale, and, as reported, she was a PEACH!  Weird center pull brakes though!  Had never worked on that kind of a set up, and centering them was a bit of a chore, but it worked out!  As expected, the gent who put a deposit down on her, snagged her up right quick, realizing just what a gem he had.  A real testament to it's beauty was the fact that he is only down here for another three days before heading back up North, but he will be storing it down here for next year. 
With about an hour and a half left in the day to spare, we did the prerequisite Sunday cleaning, having moved so many bikes on Saturday, had to condense the stock again, making it possible to regain some floor space!  Once that was done, went ahead and put the Specialized Hard Rock in the rack and did the whole tear down.  Here's another project worthy of before and after pictures, so YES, I did remember to take out my phone camera again!!  In tomorrows installment, I'll show you a few tricks and tips on how to make it look NEW, without having to do a whole repaint.
This morning was REAL special though!  Apparently, having been able to spend some quality time playing with Miranda yesterday, I seem to be coming slightly more in focus.  Whereas, she usually goes ballistic if Angi dares to step outside for any reason, when I went out to the porch this morning to have my coffee, she went ape$#!+.  Quickly going back in to find out what was wrong, she motioned for me to sit on the sofa, while they were watching "Hair Spray" and proceeded to climb up behind me, hug me around the neck and start rocking me back in forth in time with the music!  OH, that just made my heart melt, and I reveled in the fact that I was the center of her attention for a few moments.  At least until the musical number ended.
So, even though my buttocks are dragging across the floor with an annoying squeaking sound (not unlike rubbing a flabby piece of chicken across wet plastic wrap.  Nice visual, hunh? We stayed up until almost 2 am!) I'm going to imbibed some more caffeine enriched, liquid motivation and get to work!
See ya soon!
Oh here's the Cannondale!  Prepare to drool!

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