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I Don’t Like Spiders – still

I Don’t Like Spiders – still

When I was in Kindergarten I was spending a Friday after school with my Dad’s sister and her three kids. We had been playing in the yard and I decided to sit on her porch and just watch my cousins being silly. She sat down next to me and asked me what I was doing. I told her I was thinking. This is more or less how the conversation went down.

“Auntie, do you love your children?” my five year old self asked.
“Yes, I love them and you very much”, she replied
“Do you put bugs and spiders in their rooms?” I asked.
“No, why did you ask me that sweetie?”
“Oh because my mom does that to me.”
“What?!?”
“Am I in trouble?”
“Oh, no sweetheart. Please tell me about where she puts them”
“They’re in little boxes under my bed, in my closet and under my dresser. She tells me that she will let them out if I am bad and I will have to stay in my room with them” I almost whisper to my aunt, knowing this would at least lead to a spanking if my mom found out.
“Thank you for sharing this with me honey, why don’t you go play with your cousins while I fix a snack.”
“Okay…but please don’t tell my mommy”
“Don’t worry honey I won’t tell your mommy”

I left the porch to go play ‘freeze tag’ with my cousins as my aunt went inside and called my dad. She told him that it might be my imagination getting the best of me, but that he had better check my room for bugs.

He did check, and what he found was troubling; there were poisonous spiders and a variety of scary looking bugs in matchboxes throughout my room including in some of my clothing drawers.

My room was emptied of all the creepy crawlies, and they were waiting on the dining room table when my mom came back from her adventure. My dad told her to pack her shit, including all of her critters and to not set foot in his house again. They had divorced when I was a baby and my dad had custody. I stayed at my aunt’s until she was gone and my room had been put back together.

Not surprisingly, I still don’t like spiders to this day.


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Get Over It

I don’t think my sister actually thinks about her actions and how it affects others. I think she pretty much lives one knee-jerk reaction to the next and it makes for interesting social media.

I also believe the fairy tale she wants you to think her life is, is truly made up in her head. She gushes one day about how wonderful and perfect her husband and their life is, but she is always so unhappy when I see her.

They are always buying this or that, but when you ask them to come for a visit or be part of a celebration they are always broke.

She always plans family gatherings with less than 5 days notice and then is pissed when you don’t just automatically show up. We live in different states.

She also likes to have all attention focused on her, which is why I got my ass handed to me when I made a social media post about our mom. The focus wasn’t me or my sister, it was our mom; and wow did fireworks happen.

I’m still stinging over her “love” but that is okay, I will be more neutral in my dealings with her since I am not family to her anyway.

She’d just tell me to get over it because she is; so I will, but our relationship will be forever changed.get over it


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I thought it was a raisin

I thought it was a raisin

Embarrassing story…when I was a little boy I used to love raisins. I was playing in the living room one day and happened to spot some raisins on the window sill. My mom saw me and stopped me from eating the raisins, but not quickly enough. I had already eaten a couple…of dead flies. Mom, I thought it was a raisin!


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Playing footsies

Playing footsies

When I was in high school I dated a girl for a while…and then we broke up. I started dating her best friend, and my ex-girlfriend didn’t seem to mind. In fact, she hung out with us. We even went to the McDonald’s across the street from the high school together.

One day, during lunch break at McDonald’s, my ex-girlfriend and I started playing footsies under the table while her best friend and I held hands. Then my girlfriend noticed, and started playing footsies too.  It was…strange. But, maybe not so strange since they were both Mormons.


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To Vote Or Not To Vote

to vote or not to vote
To vote or not to vote that is the question. Many are not happy with the choices at hand, I understand this; but I do plan on voting.

The conservative choice is a fear mongering, misogynistic, tax evading, faux billionaire. He doesn’t know the Constitution, the responsibilities of the office and its limitations. He spews vitriol and hatred, and has people saluting him as though he were Hitler. What is amazing to me is that those that are his supporters do not see the forest for the trees, what he is doing is exactly what Hitler did and what we fought against during World War II.

The democratic choice is willing to listen to her constituent base, she is willing to review new information and work from there. She isn’t as progressive as Senator Sanders is, but she adopted 80% of his platform and made it hers. She is hardworking and she wants only to build on the legacy of President Obama and the work that has been started. Yes, she has changed her position on marriage equality, and on higher education after she was given more information. She has spent her life working on issues for the betterment of her constituents. She will preserve women’s rights and work toward equality for all. She wants to move forward with the work started by President Obama.

Every false indictment against Secretary Clinton was proven to be just that, her family charity has one of the highest approval ratings with over 80% of the proceeds going back out into the communities they are helping, and she has proven that she will press on even when not feeling 100%. She is the real deal and is ready for the office of President.

She knows first hand the responsibilities and limitations of the office, she also knows how to negotiate and work with those who might not be her biggest fans.

The choice is yours, if you want to see all the work that has been done go to the wayside, the middle class shrink even further, be in another war and the 1% become more wealthy, then vote for the conservative choice.

If you want to see more progress in a livable direction where we all stand a chance to prosper, then vote for the democrat.

Unfortunately, voting third party will just put the con man in the office.


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