Hi gang if you saw my last post you know that me long time friend and writing partner Flounder is no longer with us. I thought today I would retell his life story so her goes. In May of 2000 Flounder was born in New Jersey at a place called Brendon Byrne Arena. I’m pretty sure it’s not there any more but at the time it was home to the New Jersey Devils ice hockey team and the New Jersey Nets basketball team. The story goes he was found by Martin Brodeur the goalie for the Devils Martin was recently eleced into the Hockey Hall of Fame so he was pretty famous. He didn’t keep flounder but instead turned over to a Vet. Flounder then was adopted twice and returned twice. It seemed he was a feral cat. Feral cats are more like wild cats than the cute cuddly ones seen in pet stores. He ended up at the MT. Pleasant Animal Shelter which is a no kill facility. That meant that if no one adopted him he wouldn’t be killed. Well I saw his picture on the Internet while looking for a cat of my own. Something about him just made me like him of course I knew nothing of his history at the time. I went to the shelter and was brought into a room with 20 or 30 cats running around. I immediately spotted him on the floor playing with another cat. I went over and he let me rub his belly and I told the attendant I wanted him. I was brought into another room where I was to have a private session with him. He was an entirely different cat then, he wouldn’t let anybody pick him up he just cried and scratched the heck out of the attendants arms. When they came back they thought I would no but instead I said yes and he was put into a carrier to go home. He was not happy about this and cried and scratched at the carrier all the way. When I got home and let him out h e ran around until he found my bedroom closet where he hung out and hid for a year and a half. He would venture out at night but if you tried to pet him or pick him up you did so at your own risk. Then on day he came out and discovered the living room and its windows at first he would just sit on the window sill then I got him a window seat. He still wasn’t into being handled but at least he was out and about. He would sit in that window and make little sounds at the birds who were out at the feeder I maintained. He never once tried to get at them through the screen, he’d just sit there and they would sit there and if I didn’t know better they were having conversations. Soon came the squirrel, I named him grumpy, he would climb up on this bush outside the window and eat seeds and Flounder and him would just stare at each other for hours. If one was there and the other was not they would get upset and make noise until the other showed up. There was also a chipmunk who would sneak up and run across the screen and Flounder would jump at the screen and I would have to help him off. The chipmunk would just sit there and chatter away. Around this time I met my wife too be Ruby and Flounder decided he like people at least us. About three years latter we decided to move to Colombia so she could take care of her grandchild and I could retire. Flounder and Hari became close friends and I decided to start writing this blog. Flounder was always there and he decided to help. We originally wrote about his adventures in Colombia but as we settled down we decided to write about our opinions. Then one day Flounder started to get old he was 19 and we all kind of knew he wasn’t going to see 20, he was still helping me write the blog right up till the end. He got very sick and stopped eating I knew what had to be done I didn’t want my friend of 18 years to suffer. We took him to the vet and he weighed 4 lbs and he couldn’t walk right and the vet said there was nothing they could do. So rather than have him suffer just so I could keep him around we put him to sleep. I decided to keep the name of the blog as Flounders Great adventure or the immediate future. His Facebook page is still Flounder the cat, and if you Google Flounder the cat you will see a couple of pictures of him. I want you guys to know the two hardest thing I’ve ever had to do were to put my friend to sleep and write this piece. This is Fats saying CIAO for Flounder from Medellin Colombia.

FLOUNDER IS GONE

September 21, 2019

I’m sad to say that Flounder was put to sleep early this morning. He is in a better place. The blog will continue to be called Flounders Great Adventure for the time being.Flounder was 19 1/2 years old and we had been together for 18 and a half years. I will miss him setting next to me as I write and his influence on me. This is Fats saying Goodbye for Flounder from Medellin, Colombia

DOUBLE BUBBLE TOIL AND TROUBLE

September 15, 2019

Boy a lot of shit happened this week, I ‘ll try and cover everything. First up the question was raised on CNN is Venezuela going to be come another Cuban missile crisis for the US. Well if you look at this the Cubans have been trading doctors for oil, they trained the Army and you have a paranoid leader in Maduro, who believes invasion by the US or Colombia is eminent and you have the conditions for a crisis. Now you have the opposition leader being photographed with known Colombian drug dealers so WTF are we going to do. The answer is in the mind of the greedy Trumpster so anything is possible. In the US you had another debate by the Democratic candidates for President, that just proved what I’ve believed all along. That they don’t have a clear leader and are too fractured to win in 2020 this could, of course change at any minute. I believe, like many others that another 4 years of the present asshole would be disastrous for the country and the world. One of the candidates not considered a leader but trying suggested removing all assault weapons from private ownership. Well as nice an idea as that is it’s more likely to cause violence than prevent it. If you remember from my last post there are 300 million or so unregistered guns out there and this a guess in reality there are probably much more and I don’t see these people being the type to o[en their doors and say sure you want my guns here help your self. There is also the matter of Medicare for everyone. Another great idea but comes with a cost of at least one trillion dollars. Now I don’t happen to have that much spare change laying around so this is just another example of what the Democrats are saying thoughts without substance. If you are like me in your 70s and your memory is still working you will remember that health care has been an issue for a long time and the only one who was ever able to make any changes at all was Obama. The Health industry is very powerful and they don’t want any changes that would mean there people would have to start living the city and drive compacts instead of Caddy’s. Now lets move on to the next crisis. The Saudis had half there oil production destroyed by drones Saturday morning which bring up the question how the hell did this happen. I was under the impression that they had this great air defense system so WTF. You know of course that no matter what the damage oil prices are going to go up just as production shifts from gasoline to heating oil. Well if you at this week you’ll see that once again it looks like the little guy is going to take the brunt of these shit storms once again. I’ m done the game are going to start and being a Giants fan I ‘m about to become even more depressed. This is Flounder and Fats saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

WILL ANYTHING WORK??

September 9, 2019

Ok Ok I know but yesterday was first football Sunday of the year so cut me some slack. I thought we’d discuss every bodies favorite topic Guns. Now we know the candidates are talking about assault rifle buy backs and back ground checks. I don’t think much of that will change much and here’s why. There are 393,347,000 guns in the US of these only 1,073,743 are registered. That leaves 392,273,257 pretty much unaccounted for. That’s ore than one gun for every person in the US. Now do you thik we can get control of all of them without violence? If you do I have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn just for you. I have no idea what to do about gun crime except to make it a Death Penalty, no appeal crime to use a gun for illegal purposes. Now we all know that won’t happen just like the peaceful surrender of all assault rifles ain’t going to happen. I understand the outrage I’ve personally witnessed a person shot dead in the street. He was shot by a police officer that was riding in my car. I had to testify as to what I had seen before a grand jury, but that’s another story for another day. Seeing someone shot in combat or on the streets is no picnic so yes I understand the outrage, but outrage after the fact does nothing for the victims. We’ve always been a culture of guns and war whether we want to admit it or not. I like you and others say something needs to be done but speaking, for myself, haven’t got a clue what should be done. I do know this doing nothing will only make the situation worse. This is Flounder and Fats saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

After this week I need to ask the question WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON. We have another mass shooting, Colombia and Venezuela are yelling at each other,North Korea is back at it. The moron in charge thinks he can make a deal with the Taliban. China seems to be saying bring it on. The signs are there for a recession but the Trumpster has his rose colored classes on. Oh and the Amazon forest (a major source of the air we breath) is burning up at record rates, and our president goes around telling people he’s the chosen one. Just think I gave up drinking and drugs and now this happens. Hey don’t look for any cool insights with this one I got no answers. Well maybe one opinion. Why can’t humans survive without a war or trying to commit suicide. I have no answers although I wish I did. Not for me but for the kids born in the last few years. It would be nice to say look we’ve left you a great future don’t fuck it up, instead we have to say sorry we fucked up but good luck. This is Flounder and Fats saying CIAO from Medellin,Colombia.