Well guess what today is my 18th birthday thats 88 in your years. I can still get up and walk nut my food is more liquid then solid these days. I lost all my teeth years ago due to an infection but my buddy Jeff makes sure I eat. I ‘ve been sleeping about 20 hour a day and breathing ain’t all that easy anymore. But I can still chase a piece of string for a few seconds. Sometimes I wake up and don’t know where I am but then Jeff comes over and scratches my head and I know all is well. I still enjoy writing this blog although I will admit sometimes a forget what I ‘m writing about right in the middle. My buddy Jeff is no spring chicken either sometimes he’s grumpy. It’s those times I just curl up against him and we both know everything all right. I don’t know what I would do if something happened to him and I know he feels the same way about me. I wouldn’t want him to be sad after all we’ve had a great run. I would hope he would keep writing this blog and keep the title because I will still be on a great adventure just not here. Well enough of the maudlin it’s time to get ready to party. It Ruby’s birthday as well so this should be a good one. I hope I’m back next year to write this again bu tin the mean time Feliz Cumpleaños to me. This is Flounder and his buddy Fats saying CIAO from Medellin’ Colombia.


May 20, 2018

Well another week and another school shooting and still people believe more guns are the answer. In the one in Texas there were TWO armed response officers at the school yet a boy carrying a shot gun and a 38 caliber pistol was allowed to get in and kill 10 people while wounding 10 others so what happened. Well now they want to blame too many doors. So the doors that are there to allow kids to safely exit the school in case of emergency should be locked so shooters can’t get in. If you listen to these people you’ll get a picture of something like a prison atmosphere. Now all I can do is print the facts as I see them I don’t have any solutions and I don’t think there is just one. But one thing I am positive about is something must be done because this is becoming almost the norm. The big problem in arriving at a solution is that everybody has one and they think there’s is the only way. The other problem is angry and scared parents demanding solutions and politicians that want to form committees to study what they think is the problem. At this rate nothing will be done and kids will stop going to school for fear of not a final exam but of dying. Remember I said there is no one solution to this problem and you have big money on both sides. Gun control is one answer another is electing responsible government officials who aren’t and won’t be intimidated by lobbyists with deep pockets. This a complicated problem that deals with a lot of social issues that will take time to solve but in the mean time something should be done other than politicians standing around making speeches and doing nothing. And for you real anti gun people removal of guns is only one small step in solving this school shooting problem. If we don’t look at the causes beyond gun control we won’t be able to make our schools completely safe ever again. This is Flounder and Fats saying CIAO from Medellin Colombia.


May 13, 2018

Today is Mother’s Day all over the world, which to me is a sad thing because I think motherhood should be celebrated every day not just once a year. Everybody good or bad has or had a mother and pretty much we all know who she is or was. We owe our very existence to a woman. You know the biblical story of Adam and Eve well if she never bit that apple there’s a good chance you and I would not be here. Mothers are taken for granted especially by us guys because its really not coll to be a mama’s boy. Although we’ll defend her honor with our lives letting her kiss us when she drops us off for school ain’t very cool. We love it but it can be embarrassing, we all know how cruel kids can be. I for one know that everything smart and good that I am I got from my mom. My dad I got practical things like how to lose my temper and build things. My mom tried to get me to like cultural things and I did love plays. Her love of westerns rubbed off on me. But my nieces gave her someone to teach the love of ballet. I got her love of music starting with Frank Sinatra. She even got me to like Elvis. I got her love of books I am a voracious reader ( Last year I read over 500). When I got older she never said to me don’t do that ( maybe she should of) she sad she just wanted me to be happy. I’m sure I caused her all kinds of grief growing up. And maybe sometimes I didn’t tell how much she meaned to me but she did and still does. I’m 72 now and that makes me nearer to the end of my life than the beginning. it’s sad that we waste so much of life growing up that we don’t get to appreciate moms. I know it’s different for guys than girls because its cool for girls to show affection to there moms in front of their peers. I feel bad for my nieces and nephews who had there parent taken at an early age. But I look at them and I know that they will be OK because even though their mom left early she did one heck of a job raising them. I need to stop now I’m getting a little chocked up and have to go. This is Flounder and Fats saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

Time to talk about what appears to be my readers least favorite topic STUFF. Why you say? Because it’s spring cleaning time and thats when your supposed to get rid of STUFF. Now we all know what really happens don’t we. You find that baseball glove you haven’t touched in thirty years or that card you go when you were sick forty years ago. Hopefully you’ve already got rid of all those old love letters to and from other people that your wife or current live in. What is it that makes us want to hold onto stuff we neither use or even look at anymore until its time to move or clean out the garage, attic, basement or what ever. Well for one they’re represent memories that may have slipped ot the back of the mind and seeing these items makes you remember. I think pictures are important because they capture a specific event, I don’t need toys or other items to remind me of the past. I remember those time that are important so I don’t need old furniture or anything else to remind me. I like photos simple because they let yo see exactly what things looked like awhile ago and you can show them to others. Maybe i’m not sentimental but when I look at old pictures I really don’t look at the people other that to see what the style of the time might be or the country side compares to today. I do keep thing that my Mom gave me or that I gave to my mo when she was alive. But not so much for memories as my memories of her are forever burned into my mind or at lest thats what I tell myself. I keep them because they are unique and my wife likes them just like I do. But other thing such as childhood toys or such have long disappeared. So as you begin your spring cleaning think do really need that old glove or is the photo of you playing catch with it and you old man better. This is Flounder and Fats saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.