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March 9th, 2009

12:13 pm: Me, V6m5
Gadzooks ... halfway through my sixth decade. It feels like I should have something wise and thoughtful to say, but I don't and so I will cheat by quoting G. K. Chesterton:

Contradictions are just the truth,
standing on its head
to get our attention.

Time passes, and the world changes, and my truth now is that you young whippersnappers are now truly in charge of the world because the world I knew and controlled for the last forty years or so no longer exists. So go ahead and take charge and see if you can do better than my generation has done. I hope so, because if you can't we are all in for it.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Red Rubber Ball -- The Cyrkle

December 27th, 2008

11:39 am: In Memoriam: Emene Hâlenur Akbay
It is exactly a year ago that our Hâle passed on. In some ways it seems longer, because in a way we really lost her when we had to put her in a nursing home in April 2007. But today is the official anniversary of her passing.

Godspeed old gal. We shall remember you fondly always, and miss you until Allah (or Yahweh or however He prefers to be called) joins us all again.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Ein Feste Burg is unser Gott

December 6th, 2008

03:40 pm: Thirty-three years .... how time does fly.

I found this on one of Randy Cassingham's sites and it is just too appropriate to pass up the chance to hand it along, today being the 33rd anniversary of my official wedding to my wife and life partner Lale Akbay.

Thanks for the memories, canim, sevgelim.

Current Location: #2
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Danny;s Song - Kenny Loggins

November 20th, 2008

05:55 pm: A fable for our times ...

Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at $10 and, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He next announced that he would now buy monkeys at $20 each. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so scarce it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would buy on his behalf.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: 'Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has already collected.

I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each.'

The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys for 700 billion dollars.

They never saw the man or his assistant again, only lots and lots of monkeys!

Now you can understand the WALL STREET BAILOUT PLAN!

Current Location: #2 datacellar
Current Music: Ride of the Valkeries

June 22nd, 2008

04:16 pm: Stick a fork in me ... I'm done.

Awright awreddy ... in Bullwinkle's immortal phrase:
      "Gee Rocky, this time for sure."

I hereby finally declare myself to be officially [if involuntarily] retired.  Unless, of course, someone comes to me saying "I have this neat job that I really hope you will take."  Yeah right.  As if.  After almost a year and a half of being jerked around by HR jerks, finally I am saying no mas.

And ohboy does it feel good!

Now maybe I can get on with finding out what it is that The Boss has in store for me.  Who knows?  Least of all me!  But the neat and cozy thing about faith is that I have no burning need to know.  All will be revealed in the fullness of time, whenever He decides I'm ready to know.

The adventure begins!  I'll keep y'all posted.    (Really!)

May 2nd, 2008

01:34 pm: Tempus fudge it

Golly ... time really does fly while you're not looking. Now that I'm semi-officially retired [retarded?], a couple of body shops have pinged me about the possibility of jobs, but while I haven't brushed them off I'm not going to lose sleep anymore over whether or not anything comes of it.

In fact, we're just back from a week in North Myrtle Beach, SC. I spent a huge amount of time sitting on the beach, and another huge amount of time doing something I enjoy and have not done in years: recreational reading. In fact, I went through a Mary Higgins Clark mystery, a Michael Creighton techno-thriller, and four Nicholas Sparks books that were in the cabin in the space of four days.

Whee! I have not been so relaxed any time in the last four years!

And finally, in the milestone department, as of March I really have come to be sixty-four. Who'da thunk it? Certainly not I ... but here I am. The Universe really does appear to have a well developed and highly active sense of humor.

Current Location: Number Two
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: When I'm 64 - Beatles

January 10th, 2008

03:10 pm: Time has flown -- when do we start with the fun part?
I find it difficult to imagine that it has been almost ten months since my last posting!

That one concerned our Hâle ... who passed on just two weeks ago on Thursday December 27th. It was sudden and relatively painless; she was OK one day and two days later was gone from sudden and complete kidney failure. It is sad in a way, but I'm confident it is a great relief to her to be freed from the non-functional meat suit in which she had been trapped. So godspeed old gal, and bon voyage, and we'll all be up to see you bye and bye.

I'm still unemployed, and it's way beyond the four to six months I said I would give it. Gee Rocky, this time for sure ... if the one or two irons I have in the fire go cold, I'm packing it in and calling this retirement.

Happy New Year to one and all ... in many ways 2008 won't have to work hard to be better than last year.


Current Location: #2
Current Mood: thankfulthankful
Current Music: The Show Goes On -- Bruce Hornsby

April 19th, 2007

12:07 pm: Endings and beginnings
We have finally come to the realization that we are unable to reliably provide the 24x7 minute-to-minute supervision that she requires to our Hâle. Accordingly yesterday, after thirteen months and a day (but who's counting) of trying to care for her at home, we have put her into full time nursing care.

It's a wrenching decision with which we have agonized for all of the past year. By coincidence (? no such thing!) today I found a link to a discussion of Tolkien's 'Gift of the One to men' which lays out pretty well how I have come to feel about it all.

So pray for us all, and especially for our Hâle, who I earnestly hope will be granted the Gift of the One without having to endure much more. And also for Lâle and I, that we may now have a new beginning: of a life where we can at long last become the prime foci for each other.

Current Location: datacellar @ #2
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: In The Arms Of The Angels

March 13th, 2007

10:36 am: Here we go again ...
Lotsa time, lots of events since last post.

One thing unchanged: Hâle's condition (and thus ours) continues unchanged or gradually worse, as we approach one full year of attempting to care for her at home. As my brother Roy not only would but has said: "the thing is to do is to try and do the most loving thing you can at all times". But alas, the most loving thing is frequently far from the most pleasant or comfortable thing.

One major thing has changed: I was laid off from my job at LandAmerica on Groundhog day. Bummer. This is now my fourth time around the job-hunt loop, and it gets less fun every time. I plan to give it the old college try for 4 to 6 months, after which I may just accept that the Universe is telling me to take early retirement. So wish me luck with the hunt, and we will see what the Boss has planned for me.

A quip I heard somewhere seems appropriate:
"I know the God won't give me anything to deal with that
is beyond my capacity. I just wish He didn't have so much
confidence in my abilities!"

Current Location: #2
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: "Here we go again" -- Dolly Parton

October 20th, 2006

01:29 pm: This guy's a hoot !
Check out WaiterRant, and see if you don't find yourself being described somewhere!

Current Location: zA
Current Music: South Coast
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