brain circus

A Short Intermission...

   Fri, January 11, 2008 - 9:53 PM
... Won't be around much till I get back from visiting my Dad in S. FL for a couple of wks. Not leaving for several days, but I'm very busy till then... including a 4-hr rehearsal on Sun. w/ the womens' theater group I've recently joined.
I'll check in a little here & there, but won't have much computer access.

Thinking of more Dad activities...We can go to the pool at his clubhouse, go out to eat a few times. I'm taking him to a hearing specialist one afternoon. We can see "The Bucket List." He won't remember what we saw 2 hrs later, but he likes Jack Nickolson, & may have fun at the movie in the moment. Unfortunately, my beloved cousin Rona (from Mom's side) will be on a cruise, but we can call a couple of his & Mom's old friends... We can watch a fuck of a lot lotta cable TV. He has HBO, but the good stuff is hardly ever on when I get a chance to watch what I want.

Maybe I'll rent us a John Ford western. We like that shit. My favorite western is "The Searchers."
We'll go to the beach once.
My brother can bond w/ him over sports, man-connecting, get him to play golf...not really up my alley. He's always seemed a more than a little taken aback that I had to hit puberty & turn even artsier. It's too bad I can't really take him on good long walks, given my hip stuff...

Anybody else got any ideas for a very impatient old guy w/ a terrible short term memory & his daughter w/ the bum hip? W/ his girlfriend away, we need all the help we can get. Please do NOT suggest shuffleboard.

I watch a little basketball w/ Dad sometimes. We used to go see the Nets play on Long Island before they sold out & moved to Jersey, those asses. And the Knicks... in their heyday.
I'm not big on team sports, but like them MUCH better live. Especially baseball & basketball. Hockey's OK, 'cause it's so fast. (I just don't care for football, period. The whole rahrah thing of it bores me. And the players are too covered up). Nipping something warming from a flask, & yelling. Or as a kid, sno-cones & those bad hot dogs that taste good at the game. It all amuses me, because altho' I get caught up in the moment, I just don't care that much. But now that no one makes me go to gym class, I've come to appreciate the grace of athletes, a kind of genius of the body. I can admire that best in runners, gymnastics, skaters...
Now, if we were saner, & had team sports as our wars, THAT would be something I'd be invested in.

Dad watches golf, because he's played for years... only a little now. But he watches it on TV. It's soooooooooo sloooooooooooow...
He has a harder time following the games, but he still religiously watches sports & news out of reflex, & sort of likes that. He just doesn't get excited by much anymore, tho' his general nature is pretty cheerful, when not in grouchy impatient mode.

We actually watch Bookspan, lol. Again, these days it's largely just a time-passer for him, but once in awhile his brain clicks in, & he seems stimulated by the ideas. And nature shows, travel or history documentaries. My whole family digs them. Give us lizards mating on rocks in the Gobi desert, or yet another film on The Russian Revolution, & we're good.
We like all that dinosaur, early mammals & early human stuff on The Discovery Channel. I finally got Extremely Basic cable a couple of yrs ago, & I get that channel. Which I like mostly because of dinosaurs & that Survivorman guy who eats anything. They need more dinosaur programming.
As a kid, one of my favorite places in the world was the 5th floor of The Museum of Natural History in NYC- the dinosaur floor. I never got over my childhood fascination w/ prehistoric life. Or vampires... that one Dad doesn't share. I wonder if anyone has ever made a movie about Vampire Dinosaurs? Someone should. Maybe someone in Japan.

Dad watches TV now at near full volume... My Grandma (Mom's mom) used to do that & we'd all be like, "GRANDMA!!! PLEASE PUT ON YR HEARING AID & TURN DOWN MERV GRIFFIN!!!" Hey, she used to come from Brooklyn & stay w/ us for wks sometimes (in my room for years) so we could do that. She & our old dog Soona used to snore together like a freight train. Both in my room.
OK, I'm obviously rambling into my right brain here... deep into familial memories territory...

G'night, Tribesters. Hope you all have a good fortnight.


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Sat, January 12, 2008 - 8:39 AM
I'll be thinking of you both.

Card games? Board games?
Sat, January 12, 2008 - 10:27 AM
what part of florida will you be in? i just hate it that you will be over here in the southern part of the country and yet i still won't be able to connect with you.......

it sounds like you already have quite a few things planned to do..........i don't think you should worry about the rest of the will take care of don't have to be entertaining the whole time you're there......i'm sure he'll just enjoy knowing you're around....

i hope you have at least an occasional opportunity to check in.....i already miss you just knowing you're going.....
Sat, January 12, 2008 - 10:44 AM
Why don't you build a big dinosaur together..ya know get one of those kits.

Ohhh I dunno I suck at these kind of ideas. Maybe get some clay


Have fun fmm! I'll miss you
Sat, January 12, 2008 - 2:24 PM
Have as good a trip as possible, FMM.

What about local sports games--college or even high school games can be fun. I've actually been to a water polo game at UC Berkeley once--yummy eye candy for me that my ex BF hadn't considered. :)
Sat, January 12, 2008 - 6:47 PM
Good luck, safe trip, plenty of sanity breaks ... no game ideas though, sorry! (((fmm)))
Thu, January 17, 2008 - 11:24 AM
be sure to print all this out and stash it somewhere for the future, lol! Your own memory's on overdrive right now, maybe to get ready for keeping track of stuff with your dad. Hope it all goes well for both of you. And may that hip get better quick. Too much sitting around isn't good for them, I think - puts pressure on the joint.