Sorry for not posting yesterday but I had some family obligations so here I am now. As we all know by now Senator John McCaine had passed away. This was man who was a true hero. A man who was captured tortured and still manged to escape his captors. He was a man that stood for integrity and honesty. He was willing to work with the Democrats if he thought that they proposals held merit. He would do it for the betterment of the country. He championed veterans because he more than most politicians knew what they had been through. He didn’t like the new president and he wasn’t fond of the one before but like I said if their ideas held merit hew was there in support. The Trumpster really screwed up when he said he didn’t think soldiers that were captured were hero and that he didn’t like them. They really didn’t like each other because the Trumpster expected complete loyalty from republicans and Senator McCaine knew how to call a spade a spade. McCaine really stuck to the Trumpster when he said he didn’t want him at his funeral but he did want Obama to do his eulogy. I mean that really says something about how he felt about the Trumpster. I usually don’t care about politicians but I and the country will miss this man. This is Flounder and Fats saying CIAO from Medellin , Colombia.

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I borrowed this pic from the web Well yesterday Fats got some really bad news. His friend of over thirty years had passed away in his sleep. David Bryans and Fats shared a love of music, although David was the knowledgeable one. Fats and David met while working at the Library Restaurant in Cedar Knolls NJ. They were both bartenders, Jeff (thats Fats real name) came by way of the Rusty Scupper restaurant in West Orange. David from Molly Malone’s in Whippany. I don’t know what it was that brought us together back then but i’m glad it did. David was thee for me for my first marriage and subsequent divorce. He helped me get sober and stay that way. He was there for the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. A real honest to God true friend. When we left the Library we were both fired at different times he went back to Molly’s and I bounced around for awhile. But regardless where I was I would always find time to stop and see Dave The Wave. I wold walk in and hear “Jeff Bruff how the hell are you” Even as just two weeks ago when I called from here I got that greeting usually accompanied by where the hell have you been. The worst part of all this was the last time I called I was cut off and when I tried to call back I just got his voice mail. I left a message saying I’d call back in the next couple of days well I never got around to it and I will regret that for the rest of my life. David had been battling Cancer for awhile losing half his left leg in the process. But I don’t think thats what got him. A few years ago Dave told me he had a dream and in this dream he had a heart attack. Well a little later when he saw his doctor he found out he did have a heart attack. He was taking some expensive medicine for his heart but if you Dave you knew he didn’t stop smoking or eating steaks. Dave never got married and only had a couple of girl friends that I’m aware of but he seemed content. For years he would run a rafting trip on Delaware River. He would bitch and moan and threating to stop because he was always after people to pay up. But deep down inside I know he looked forward to it each and every year but alas eventually people got old and that was that. David was the one you talked to if you wanted to know how the rest of the gang was doing. I know David had a lot og family visit and a couple of friends stopped by but mostly we had all moved away so it was the phone that kept us in touch. Only a few year ago David got his first cell phone and I don’t think he ever got a smart phone or a computer. David was old school. I know there will be a lot of people at the end but a lot like myself won’t be able to make it. I know our good friend Bruce and his wife will be there I would hope Meg can make but shes sending kids of to college. Kristin who was staying with Dave at the end will be there. Kristin and I disagree on just about everything but she is a truly good person. Big Bob might not make it he has his won health issues to deal with and as for me well I just can’t afford it I did get up there about three years ago to see him and i’m glad for that. The problem with getting old is not what you get to see it’s what you lose along the way. What bothers me the most is the ones I lose are all younger than me and some in better health. I hope Dave is somewhere floating on a river with a cigarette in on hand and a glass of Dewars in the other with some of the great musicians who’ve gone before jamming. Maybe Dave will even break out his old guitar and join in it would be great. Well Dave I have to stop now or I’ll really start to cry I will miss you for as long as I live. This is a very sad Fats and his buddy Flounder saying farewell my friend.

THE QUEEN IS GONE

August 16, 2018

What a day first the great Aretha Franklin passes away and then the Trumpster starts screaming about the corrupt news papers. I figured out Aretha is one of a few super stars that I never got to see live and now I never will. When she first started out if you were white and wanted to go to one of her concerts your parents would warn you against it. They weren’t necessarily racists they just felt that all rock and roll concerts were dangerous, they weren’t. I too a date to a concert headlined by the Spinners all the acts were black. It was the girls idea to go but now that we were there she was scared. All around us were some pretty tuff looking African Americans. They seemed to sense her distress as they tapped me on tha shoulder and said don’t worry we’re here just for the music. She was still scared but I ended up sharing a joint with them and having a great time because it was just about the music. Thats how was wit music I didn’t care it if the groups were Black , White, or Hispanic. It was just about the music and Aretha was the Queen of soul. There was nothing like driving down the shore on the Garden State Parkway doing 90+ with the volume jacked up and Aretha singing RESPECT. Well you can’t do 90 on a Sunday on the parkway anymore and you have to find an oldies station to Aretha but I still have my memories. This is Flounder and Fats saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

In line with this being the beginning of the football season I thought we talk about the entrance of politics into the sport. As you most know the Trumpster has enter into the dispute about players kneeling during the National Anthem. Well let take a look at this. First there is no federal law saying you have to stand for it and for that matter there is no federal law that says it has to be played before a sporting event. Now the only time in all my years that I saw the kind of respect that it deserved was after 9/11, and that only lasted about one season. Then it was back to checking out the girls drinking beer and taking photos and as for the players on the field they were looking around smiling and generally looking disinterested. Now I live in Colombia and when there National Anthem is played you still have a lot of laughing and moving around in the stands but they sing their anthem and the players sing as well. i’m willing to bet that only 1% of the attending fans and even lees of the players could sit down and write out the words to our Anthem, I know I can’t. So when a player takes a knee during the Anthem and remains quite and respectful I don’t see this as a sign of disrespect. Just like during those Olympics when the relay team held up their hands in a Black Power salute my first thought was not of disrespect towards our country. As for the Trumpster being so upset its a well known fact that he carries a grudge and he has one for the NFL after they wouldn’t let him in their little club because he owned a casino. So I think it would be a good idea for people to take a look around the stadium and see haoww many people are disrespecting the Anthem and the Flag by drinking talking and just plain being assholes. Oh by the way shaking that big flag at mid field and letting it touch the ground are against the law. This is Fats and Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia. Oh by the way we’re alsos available on TUMBLR

IT’S BACK

August 10, 2018

ATTENTION AMERICA FOOTBALL SEASON IS BACK

Well fats was just thinking out loud before so I decided to have write a few of his thoughts. Hi people, fats here and so are my thoughts. I know a lot of people think the Trumpster is really great and I’ve talked a lot about how I don’t think so. Heres a little more on that subject. If you like the Trumpster I’m pretty sure you don’t agree with everything he says, but I do know that a lot of his supporters believe it all. So I started to think what happens if he gets a second term and more importantly what will the country look like afterward. If the Trumpster gets a second term I’m fairly certain it will be the end of social security and other so called entitlement programs. Tha twill be abd but I think the real problem will be the state of the country. Will we be reduced to a racist third world dictatorship of sorts or will the country become ungovernable as a whole. Now you say that these things can’t happen well, but they can. First remember the disparage between the rich and the poor and when I say poor I mean anyone not making 100,000 dollars a year. A very small percentage of people control most of the wealth in the country I think its less that 17% and the gap will get much bigger with the Trumpster in office. That could lead to a revolution like you’ve seen in other countries especially in central and south America. Poor people taking over the Government and becoming the new elite without any idea how to balance their governments checkbook. Now when I say the the country could become ungovernable as a whole I mean just that it could break down into a lot of smaller country like states. Similar to what happened back in the civil war only this won’t be about Slavery this one will be about natural resources, such as food, oil, and fresh water. These will be the main problem areas because these are things that we will run out of sooner than later. When you say this can’t happen look at history and how all the great societies fell some of them never to be found again and relegated to legend status. Think about it oil will only last another may 50 years. So how do we grow enough food without machines and then how do we get that food from where its grown to the rest of the country. Now there are more than enough alternatives to see to this. The only problem is that in his move to make America great again the Trumpster is shelving these programs. All this just means that the Terminator was right we are our own worst enemy. This is Fats say thanks to Flounder for the space and CIAO from Medellin, Colombia

irst I want to say HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my wife Ruby. It’s been a great 14 years hope we can make another 14. Well now I’ll turn it over to my pal Flounder who has a question for you. Hey gang you ready, well here’s my question what constitutes making America great again? Is it jobs or making rich people richer I want to know. We have to look at what the administration has done not just the Trumpster. You say why he’s the President and if we want to stop him we just have to get rid of him. Well I wish that were true. If we got rid of him tomorrow you’d still have two years of Pence, which could be worse. You’d have two year of all the other ass hole still screwing around. Now lets get back to what will make America great again and here’s another question what was so bad about it before. It wasn’t perfect but the rest of the world was jealous of us, now they just laugh at us. When people say make America great again ae they talking about putting kids to work in factories. Are they talking about having air quality like New York and LA had back in the sixties when you had to ware masks in order to breath though the pollution. Are they talking about get 9 miles to the gallon of gas. Are they talking about bringing back segregation. It seem to me that yes thats what they’re talking about. We are humans and as such we are greedy. This manifests itself when you look at politicians and corporate executives that would rather make more money then they could ever spend and forget the what their actions will do to their children. Do you know one of the biggest laws in Physics? It goes something like this for every action there will be an equal or opposite action. It sort of means if you do something today it will effect tomorrow. They seem to think that they can take take from good old mother earth and it will last forever. Well look I have to join Ruby and Fats to celebrate their anniversary so I’ll just say this is Flounder and his good buddy Fats saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES

August 1, 2018

Attention America you have a president that thinks you need an ID to go grocery shopping. This means the ass hole never been in a grocery store in his life, he is a true elite. This should come as no surprise to anyone since going back to the revolution the authors of our Constitution believed that the common people didn’t know what was best for them. As far as this goes it’s been a philosophy of leaders since the cave man days,and it just might be true. If yo look around the world at countries that have had revolutions where elites have been replaced by common men it really hasn’t worked out real well. Look at Venezuela they have a bus driver as President and that definitely ain’t working out real well. I do think an education is a must but they shouldn’t have to be rich ti get one. Most of the politicians in Colombia where I live have been educated at Georgetown University in the US. This means that they are all wealthy it doesn’t mean they’re that much smarter than everyone else. Now look at your President a graduate ot he Wharton school of business, supposedly a great school. Yet he continually demonstrates a lack of coherent thought. Oh well you should of voted for me this is Flounder and my VP Fats saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.