Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Out & About

I drove for the first time yesterday! I was a bit apprehensive, not only because of my ankle, but also I am not familiar with how traffic works here. I bopped around for a couple of hours, but was always withing 10 or so miles from my house. I am in my studio as I write this, but it's still mostly Ben's bedroom. 

Ben's wife, Maria, and 11-year-old Zoey will arrive on Thursday! Ben rented them a house because their house is being renovated. I'm guessing they will be there a month. I don't get the rest of my stuff that was accidentally put into storage with all of Ben's stuff, until they move in their new home. But I'm just fine.

I'm getting contacted by women on Match, but I haven't done anything yet. I'm in no rush. I still have appointments with two doctors to review my ankle. Plus, it's summer. When it's 107 every day, people tend to stay in. I don't mind the heat at all. Today I've got a few errands to run, so I'll be out and about again.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Even Hedonists Have Their Limits

Sunday Stealing: From Danielle

1. If you could live in a house shaped like anything what would it be? I'll sy a Hobbit house. Not that I'd like to live on the side of a fucking hill, but the answer allows me to move on.

2. What do you think is in outer space? Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock & Dr. McCoy.

3. Where is the most wonderful place you’ve ever been? St. Martin.

4. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? Find Jill Hennessy.

5. What is the worst smell in the world? Nope. I won't go there. Even hedonists have limits.

6. If you could, what animal would you be? I got asked this in an interview. I responded, "An eagle so I could fly away from this interview. I got the job. It sucked.

7. What is the greatest thing ever invented? 331/3 record album.

8. What is your favorite word? Why? Fuck. Fuck if I know why.

9. Who is someone in history that you’d like to be friends with? Why? JFK for the babes.

10. If your pet could talk, what would it say? My pet is a picture of a dog. Woof?

11. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s ark? How does Santa get down that chimney? Your turn.

12. What makes you cry? Bad memes.

13. Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it? No never. I am not a funny personality.

14. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? Moving four thousand miles. But it will be the best, too.

15. What is the most important appliance in your house? Refrigerator. Need ice for Smirnoff...

Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Bigger Question

Saturday 9: Yesterday (1965)

Chosen because June 18 is Paul McCartney's 80th birthday.

1) Paul McCartney sings that yesterday all his troubles seemed so far away. Can you recall a time when your life seemed carefree? College. We never knew what was coming. One night, I was so high on Quaaludes that I fell down 9 flights in an elevator. The elevator was fine, I just couldn't stand up.

2) He has always insisted the melody to "Yesterday" came to him in a dream. Did you dream last night? I always dream, but I don't always remember. Last night, no idea. I was on a narcotic once that allowed me to remember ever detail of my dreams. It was very weird.

3) The lyrics were inspired, in part, by the death of Paul's mother when he was 14. Thirteen years later, he named his daughter Mary after her. Are you named after anyone? If you're a parent, did you name your children in honor of anyone? I am named after my dad, I am a junior. I named my son Ben, is the III.

4) Over the years, Paul has performed on bass, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and drums, but not the first instrument he owned: the trumpet. A present from his dad for his 14th birthday, he exchanged the trumpet for a guitar because, "you can't sing while playing the trumpet." Have you more recently a) exchanged a gift, b) donated a gift you didn't want to charity or c) regifted? No. But I bet there is a bigger story behind this question...

5) Paul grew up seeing how much his dad enjoyed placing a bet and then listening to the horse race from his favorite armchair in the living room, so he took his salary from making the film A Hard Day's Night and surprised his father with a racehorse. After father and son proudly watched Drake's Drum win at Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse, the horse retired to Paul's farm in Scotland. If money were no object, what gift would you give a loved one? I'd love to pay for college for a grandchild. Or ten.

6) Paul is considered one of the world's wealthiest entertainers, worth an estimated $1.2 billion. This month, as he approaches his 80th birthday, he is winding up a 16-city North American tour, during which he performs 30+ songs in a 2 hour, 40 minute show. If you had all the money you needed, would you continue to work? Or would you kick back and relax? As an entertainer, of course. I do not mind that I do not sell liquor anymore.

7) Paul first joined the Beatles when he was recruited into the band by John Lennon. They met as teenagers when Paul showed up at a church picnic where John's band was performing. Paul recalls pedaling over on his bike to hear them, his guitar flung over this back. When did you most recently ride a bike? Not since I got my driver's license. Oh, I got my AZ license yesterday.

8) Paul met his first wife, Linda, at a London club and then again four days later when she was a photographer at a press party for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band. Think about one of your romances. Where did you meet? When I was at a radio station in Hartford, I had to do a promotion at a nightclub for Valentine's Day. It was sponsored by Together, a dating service that was Match before the internet. At 11PM when my role was over, I said to my boss, "One lap. If no women pop out, I'm home." I took three steps and met my second wife.

9) TV journalist Barbara Walters played matchmaker for Paul and his current wife, Nancy. During the summer of 2007, when Paul was vacationing in The Hamptons, Barbara repeatedly and intentionally invited them to the same parties and picnics. Have you had any success in a matchmaking scenario -- as either the matchmaker or one of the dates? Never. 

My stalker has texted twice. Last night I finally replied with, "Please stop." So far, so good. See ya soon!


Saturday, June 11, 2022

A Break in the Action

So I didn't just hurt my ankle I broke my ankle it. So here I am in a goddamn boot! So, no singles club. In fact I haven't been able to do much. It SOOOOOOOOO frustrating having my car arrive and I can't go anywhere. I love my new house. I;ll be back when there's action to report!  

Saturday, June 4, 2022

The Journey of Possessions and a Thousand Stairs

It's Saturday morning in the Valley of the Sun. Or just "The Valley" as they call it here. My shit came yesterday. Most of it. Some glassware and two Ikea type tables did not make it. Some of my stuff, like my 65 inch TV got stuck in my son's storage. No biggie. We have two others  Cable comes tomorrow for internet, although some of our devices, like this HP Google Chrome laptop of my son Ben, work. 

My intent was to play Sat-9 today. But, I can't figure out how to copy questions. So when Ben returns, Ill figure it out. But by Monday, my desktop should be set up. While I have my iPods, it's not the same, but for me, certainly a must. It's still hard to believe all 55 years of recording sessions are on two small iPods.

Ben's away this weekend. I was suppose to have his car, but I couldn't find the keys. Typical, no? But, I had a nasty fall yesterday. I didn't realize I had sprained my ankle until I got up to pee at 3AM. Holy shit! I was in pain! I grabbed a bag of ice from my brand new fridge. Iced it till I awake after 8AM. So, since it's my right ankle, driving would have been problematical, anyway. Sunday night I'll Uber to the single's meeting. I am more interested in meeting single guys, first. I spoke with The Queen yesterday and I said that while I want to meet women, I first want to learn the lay of the land.

There's a lot to learn. Everything is different here. Pot stores are in such competition that it's inexpensive, by 50%!! As compare to Massachusetts, anyway. Where I was in Connecticut, it was legal but we still had no stores. So I bought from a guy who charged about the same as here, and even delivered. A friend of a friend of my son James, he was great the last four years. The medical pot in CT is so expensive that I gave up my license to buy it after 2 years. 

Liquor is the same. A 1.75 of Kettle One (I consider it the world's best) in CT or Mass is $52.99. I bought (shockingly) a 1.75 here for $36,99. I will save. Smirnoff was $19.99 in New England. Ill be interested to see the price here. 

I have not met a soul here. But that should change tomorrow. But once my car is here and my new house is set up, I'll start knocking on doors. My car will be here on Monday. It wasn't until my stuff was here that it felt like my new house! One level! I had a slit-level which means a thousand stairs a day. My house is an open concept, which means my living room, dinning are and kitchen share the space. Everything now is steps away as compared to the aforementioned thousand stairs.

That's about it. I slept in my own bed although my sheets are in storage. I ordered new sheets & a new mattress pad. I'll get it tomorrow. Today I'll even cook for the first time. Dinner though, will be Grubhub. Instead of 5 choices, there are hundreds! I'm in the fourth biggest city in the country. The city that I live in is part of Phoenix metro but has  250 K here and a downtown of free parking and 45 bars and nightclubs. I haven't even been downtown yet. Okay, my buds, see you soon. Same time. Same blog.


Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Eagle Has Landed

Hi again! I'm here, but in a rather empty house. I am on day 7 in Phoenix. We had a cool Memorial Day. It was only 95. I flew out last Thursday. The flight was rather uneventful and as pleasant as a travel day can get.  My son Ben picked me up at the airport and we spent my first night in a hotel. We are on air mattresses at my house. He's sleeping in what will be the WTIT studio in Phoenix. I've got two full bathrooms so we are fine here.

His house, a beautiful home (with a great pool where we spent the holiday weekend) is being renovated. It's huge. Meanwhile, I live in a huge HOA with a pool, gym, golf course. Once a month they have a singles thing. This Sunday is it. So I might meet people! 

Right now I have no car. It's on it's way. I expect it soon. My possessions by next week. That's about all the news from less than a week.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Last Day in Connecticut

It's the last day. The realtor, who is an idiot, called to schedule the walk through for the buyers. Okay great. It's happening after I move. She asked me to lock my door and they'd get in through the lock box. The door doesn't lock by the handle. The only way to do what she asked was to leave with the key. I said yes. She'll find it unlocked. My guess is that it will all work out. 

Meanwhile, I got a loose tooth in March and needed a bridge. We photo finished it. It came in today and my pearly whites are looking good. I got my prescriptions filled today and the movers, scheduled at 9 aren't coming till 10:30 or 11. 

No more contact with my stalker. That's a relief.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Monday, Monday

It's Monday morning. Wednesday morning at 9 AM when the day begins, the movers will be here. I am about as ready as I can get. I ordered some scripts I need. I got my hair cut Friday. My hairdresser asked if I had found a hairdresser yet. I replied that I thought I'd find a doctor first. She has no idea how long I can let my hair grow before it bothers me. I did my wash here yesterday. Now my life is full of "last times".

Soon I'll talk of firsts. My son ask me if I thought about what clothes that I'm bringing. I said, "My suitcase was packed yesterday." I did get good news today. I should have my stuff in Phoenix by June 8th. My car could be sooner. I'll be on an air mattress till then. But I'll be with my son. We always have a good time.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

My Bro & My Sis: The Aftermath & Mo "No Pressure"

On one level, we had a great time. We drank heavy (in terms of order not volume) Mark his bone dry Kettle, my little sis kettle & soda and I had a Ketel Rocks & later a coffee drink with both Baileys & Grand Marnier, two brands I was proud to sell. But I did love my brands including all the aforementioned, my scotch was Johnnie Walker (all flavors) my Canadian was both Crown Royale & Seagram's V.O. My bourbon was Bulleit. I just tossed a signed bottle. Not that it was worth anything - he signed (Tom Bulleit - founder) a million of them. My wife at the time was a bourbon drinker, so I let her drink it, I replaced it with Pepsi. Besides Ketel, I did sell Smirnoff (bestseller on the planet and the US.) We also had Ciroc, Belvedere and Chopin. My gin was Tangueray. A had a zillion single malts but of all whiskey? Johnnie Walker Blue sales thrilled me. Bernard Arnault owns the 2/3 of Moet Hennessy that Diego does not. Selling expensive Hennessy was special, too.

Back to our night: Mark decided now eight years past my dad's death to criticize both my sister's and my reaction to the call that my father would be dead within the hour. Mark thought he should be there and apparently thought my sis & I should have too. My sister abba dabba'd so I defended her. Then myself. I said, you wanted to be there. I had seen him Friday. He let me know it was goodbye. I drove his bestie from high school, college and his business partner forty or fifty years. This call was on (the next day) Saturday. I was two hours away. I knew he could not talk and was in pain and would be out of it. But Mark signed on when he moved him from Enfield where I owned a home, at the time, and was within 45 minutes or so to my sister. So he was with my dad because he wanted to be.

When Mark had tried to dictate our visits and said he'd take him and either he or his wife would be with him every day. I couldn't do that to either Kathy or what I thought was my marriage at the time. (I should never have been with her, let alone married) So off to Boston my Dad went. He was there eight moths, I'd say. Either Mark, but more often his wife, was there every day. I had said my goodbyes, and my dad suffered fairly weird dementia. 

Fortunately, Mark saw the error of his ways and issued a long text on how much he loves us, and he was so wrong to project his wishes on anybody else. And all these years later. But he ended by saying we'd do it next year in Phoenix. All in all, very enlightened for him. So unlike before the text besides hungover, I was pissed. But his text made it all go away, and I'm left positive that my brother and sister took the time and expense to treat me to Fillet Mignon with lobster tails.

All in all, I'm very lucky. We'll see who stays in touch. But I communicate at least weekly, one way or the other with each of them separately. I found out last night that they seldom spoke. But they vowed to improve it. So the ups were pretty high. Except for that woman who now says "I HAVE A GIFT"...

I said, "You shouldn't have", and I meant it. She still has zero grasp of pressure. I think by any rational person measurement it's pressure. She does everything but call. Oops. Swear to god my cell is ringing. It is her. Her last ext to me, that went unanswered (now keep in mind I have already told her that I was not feeling well enough for a gift or a visit or whatever.) She had already texted me to call if I felt like talking. I had not called. Just checked her message, "Checking in. I could come ve and help you pack". See, packing is all I plan to do. I don't need help, fortunately I had plenty right up through yesterday. My last town to dump pick up day. A week before I moved. Good timing. I'm mostly adding things to all sides, so when a totally different moving crew in Phoenix ask "where does this box go?" I can read it from across the room. I've never moved without a partner before. Don't get me wrong, Ben and Maria totally packed a lot of stuff to enable Maria to stage my home. She did an amazing job. The offer came on day three.  But I've shared that, already. 

But that's my last farewell, save a chance Bill on Monday. I did say yes & if he remembers (he's flying back from a wedding in Wisconsin, so I doubt it) We had an idea to include him in the 2022 picture. If we that, then we will have a last sign-off. If Bill & I start alone & end alone (on the QT) who cares? Since I cannot locate the sign-off from that night, Bill & I would be worth doing. But he doesn't even know I'm thinking about it. I'll see if I hear again. But if no one needs to see me but my 80-year-old lady neighbor who is my friend from across the street. I want to give her my phone number. That kind of stuff. No texts or phone for over an hour now.

I hope my life is more exciting once I move. Cuz, then I'll set boundaries. How's that working for me so far?




Wednesday, May 18, 2022

My Bro & Sis

It went as expected. I received a direct message on Facebook that I ignored. Now, this second, she just texted. "Guess where I am?" I checked the driveway. Not there. I will ignore again. This is bad. I feel stalked. That's not what she thinks she's doing...?

I got the lawn cut today! Yes! I had gambled I could leave it - wrong. It was a small (very small) forest. Anyway, my lawn guy is great. He came today, and it looks like a golf course! Which is how I want this family, a week from Thursday, to find their home. 

Tonight I am having dinner with my brother & sister. It could be our last time. I just dion't know. We'll have a great time!