Friday, May 18, 2018

now familiar

Every time it happens, The Onion posts the same headline. It's a thing, it is now familiar, yet it still goes viral every time. It hits close to home, all of this does. It hurts.  These are our fucking kids, our lives. Our reality.

We thought we were getting somewhere after Parkland, when students around the world felt empowered and inspired by the way their Florida peers were standing up.

San Diego, 55 days ago

Sante Fe High School, 28 days ago

We have gotten nowhere.

If you missed it, here's today's edition:

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

SANTA FE, TX—In the hours following a violent rampage in Texas in which a lone attacker killed eight individuals and seriously injured several others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Friday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place. “This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,” said Ohio resident Erica Webb, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations. “It’s a shame, but what can we do? There really wasn’t anything that was going to keep this individual from snapping and killing a lot of people if that’s what they really wanted.” At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past eight years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.”

Monday, May 14, 2018


So many things this weekend!

My Mom was off celebrating my nephew Joe's college graduation. So we improvised. For Mom and for Joe.

We had our own college graduate . . . 

Congrats, Zoƫ!

Now get out there in the world and knock 'em dead. 
 (Metaphorically speaking.)

And we had our own Mumsie . . .

The world's newest iphone user.

We didn't have this birthday girl . . .

 See you in a few weeks, bride-to-be!

. . . but we had our own birthday boy . . .

The belt. The guns. The smile. I die.

If you had half as much fun improvising as we did around here, then we're both lucky.

Happy Improvision!

Friday, May 11, 2018

flashback friday: speaking of rocks

There are quite a few rock related posts in our history! Here's my fave:



When Jacquie and her young'uns come to visit our fair shores every summer, they and their Uncle Schleckah wander off from Ocean Beach to the rocks at Neptune Park, and have themselves a righteous photo shoot.


I know, right? The awesomeness of it almost makes one want to keel over into a heap of love.

This photo has officially made it onto the walls of the Ledgie Loo.

Honestly. Could you die?

Well, we, as a giant family, went to the Poconos to celebrate Mom and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary. So, no OB that year, but we made up for it in sheer joy at Pocmont.

But, the very next year . . .

The hand on the leg? I die.
Not even an Olympic year. Still, I die.

Uncle Mistah Schleckah can talk them into anything.

Goodbye, 2011 . . . 
. . . and hello . . .


Oooh, the John H behind them!

There's not a lot we can depend on in this big bad world . . .

. . . but we still have these two knuckleheads to save the day.