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Meaning of life

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." ~ Pablo Picasso

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Biz-Biz-Bizy!

M.I.A.

OK T GRANNY!! I've Been Busy!

I have been so F'n busy I can't even begin to explain and I am so tired.

After the Houston audition for AGT I wasn't feeling so confident. I was feeling great until the girl ahead of me belted out a tune that rocked. When I stood in front of the producers I began to sing and on the second verse sang the wrong words. A pro would have kept going...but...I stop very matter of fact said, "Nope that's not right." I turned to the girl that just sang and said, "You are really good. You intimidated the hell out of me." The producers said I could start again and I rocked it the second time. BUT...this is a live show and I can't imagine them picking someone who had to start over again in an audition. That's the kiss of death.

A tweet went out to everyone who auditioned in Houston last week letting us know anyone going on to the next round will be called by this Friday. Confidently, I'm not expecting a call...but it was fun. I really wanted to find an avenue to further educate and inspire others about tongue cancer. I have a few other options, but I need to raise some money to make them happen.

A few weeks later...I had to go back to Michigan because my mom's home sold. I had to hold an Estate sale and clear out the house in 10 DAYS! I have not had access to the Internet since all the services are shut off.  I could only get online using dial-up and was unable to post.

When I arrived in Michigan it had just snowed and I had to shovel snow for the first time in over 30 years! Now I know why I left Michigan and moved to California! OMG it was so cold. I thought I was doomed, but the day of the sale the heavens opened up, the sun came out, and spring arrived just for the weekend. All the snow melted and it was beautiful!


In just three days we sold EVERYTHING! People were buying 1/2 bottles of windshield washer fluid, jars of nails, scrap wood and metal...it was crazy. The postman came by to tell us that they were so flooded with phone calls asking where Field Street was, they could not get their work done. People were circling blocks looking for parking! No less than 40-50 people were at the house at any one time.

We had 3 sales people and 2 security/movers to help. I tried helping to move some furniture but ended up smashing my knee against the bricks of the fireplace hearth and quickly learned I might feel strong, but I've never regained all my strength back since my surgery.

Apparently we were the first sale of the year, it was the first nice day of the year and people wanted out of the house. Plus, Michigan is so depressed right now that an estate sale was a big deal to find great bargains and my mom had some great stuff. Added to that we were apparently competing with people coming out to watch the ice floe!! WHAT?

My mother's home was off the Saint Clair River which is a shipping lane shared by the US and Canada. So, in the spring when the ice begins to flow you see large glacieristic chunks of ice flowing rapidly and colliding to form interesting shapes. To be honest, I didn't realize it was so popular, but because it was such a beautiful day and the ice was flowing and the park was just down the road where people watched...we were swamped at the estate sale from the residual gawkers! GO HOOTERVILLE ...my pet name for mom's little town.



Who knew ice could be so interesting? The only time I care that much about ice is when I make frozen Margaritas!

In 3 days every bottle, nail, and mouse dropping was sold! Yes we had mice at the sale too! A week later I packed up the memories and hit the road taking my time to travel. Now this was not the smartest thing to do alone after busting my ass, but I managed.

I was able to stop and see friends along the way and even take in a play at their local Barter Theater founded in 1933. It got it's name because people bartered with produce to gain admission. It proclaimed, "With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh." Four out of five Depression-era theatregoers paid their way with vegetables, dairy products and livestock.

The Barter Theater

Think of it this way, they traded ham for Hamlet. At the end of the first season, the Barter Company cleared $4.35 in cash, two barrels of jelly, and a collective weight gain of over 300 pounds. Many famous actors played there: Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal, Ernest Borgnine, Hume Cronyn, Ned Beatty, Gary Collins, David Birney, and Larry Linville. WHO'S LARRY LINVILLE? Anyway...the play was very entertaining and enjoying it with old friends, even better.

The Barter Theater Cook

After I got back to the house, I slept for three days before attempting to empty the van. My leg I bumped on the fireplace began to swell and I noticed some redness. It had become infected and after a few days the whole left side of my face was also swollen. This was the area that received the most radiation. I have had this facial infection on 3 other occasions. Swiftly to the hospital to find some leg hair had infected my shin where I bumped it on the fireplace and a 3 inch hair was also pulled from my cheek/lip area that must have be growing under the scar damaged tissue after surgery, but never surfaced. I guess the leg infection must have triggered the face due to low resistance or something.

WELL...after a few days of recovery I thought I would head outside and do a bit of gardening. After working in a beautiful sunlit garden and feeling really good, I got stung by a wasp on the top side of my right hand which quickly blew up like a red balloon! I CAN'T WIN! A quick fix of Benadryl and a few hours later...all better. By now I'm a walking pharmacy! WHAT'S NEXT???

Another week in bed (maybe two) and I should be ready for my next adventure!

Thank you all for the emails and bitchy comments. I love you all for caring!

Now I lay me down to sleep...
Peace B

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW, OH WOW, WOW, WHAT A CATCH UP. YOU REALLY HAVE BEEN BUSY. THAT'S A GOOD THING KIDDO.IF YOU WERE TO MAKE IT ON AGT I WOULD PRAISE GOD OVER AND OVER FOR GIVING YOU THIS GIFT. I'LL PRAISE HIM ANYWAYS.HE ALREADY KNOWS OUR WANTS.FAIRY TALES DO COME TRUE IF YOU BELIEVE. JUST MAYBE THE JUDGES WILL HAVE A HEART.I LOVE THAT SHOW AND IF YOU MAKE IT I WILL LOVE IT MORE.I'VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING EXCITING FOR MYSELF IN ALL MY LIFE. THERE'S ALWAY SOMEONE RUNNING THINGS AND MAKING ALL THE DICISIONS.MY FAULT I KNOW. YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE IS WONDERFUL.WHEN YOU WIN AGT MAYBE I CAN GET GRAMPS TO WHEEL ME INTO THE FRONT ROW OF THE THEATER.MAUREEN CAN COME ALONG TOO.THANK YOU FOR THE LONG LETTER AND GO AND HAVE SOME FUN.

HUGS,
GRANNY TG

Maureen said...

Hey Brian!

Tru dat...we care!

If I knew not being nice and telling you to get your ass back here would have worked so well, I would have done that sooner!!!

I would so love to be in the front row with TG cheering you on. But I can at least be in the front row in my home cheering for you.

Thanks for updating. I hope you have gotten some rest and feel better.

Now, should you lose internet again, there is a new invention out there...the library with free internet and computers! :)~

Be well my friend, and don't be a stranger!!!

{{{hugs}}}

Anonymous said...

TODAY IS EASTER AND LOOK WHO I'M THINKING OF. YUP IT'S YOU. ENJOY YOUR DAY KIDDO.

GRANNY

Dr. Swill said...

Thank you TG for your loving thoughts. I had another setback with shrapnel working its way out of my neck. Trying to take it easy and need to get back on the road to tie up loose ends with my mom's trust. I've had to put off leaving twice now.

Hope you are well...Happy Mother's Day!

Peace B

Anonymous said...

TODAY IS MAY 10TH AND OUR 53 ANNIVERSARY.WE DON'T DO ANYTHING ANYMORE BUT IT'S SURE HARD TO BELIEVE TWO PEOPLE CAN STAY TOGETHER THAT LONG. YOUR ALWAY 16 INSIDE BUT WHEN I LOOK IN THE MIRROR I SAY TO MYSELF, WHAT HAPPEN AND WHERE DID SHE GO? OLD TOAD. LOL OR I SHOULD SAY TWO OLD TOADS.SOMETIMES I WONDER IF WE'LL MAKE IT TO 60 YEARS. OUCH!
SORRY YOUR HAVING PROBLEMS. BOY I KNOW HOW YOU MUST FEEL. I DON'T GO OUT MUCH ANYMORE. DAMM FEET AND LEGS.
MY 13 YEAR OLD LITTLE FRIEND HAS HAD HER THIRD CANCER TREATMENT UP IN BALTIMORE. NO DOCTOR HERE OR MD ANDERSON WOULD TOUCH HER HEALTH PROBLEM BECAUSE IT'S SO RARE. SO FAR NO SIDE EFFECT EXCEPT HER HOLDING IT ALL INSIDE AND NOT WANTING TO TALK ABOUT IT. SID AND HER MOM FLY UP THERE EVERY TWO WEEKS FOR AT LEAST THREE MONTHS. LAST WEEK HER BLOODWORK SHOWED A LITTLE IMPROVEMENT. WHATEVER THAT MEANS. WE WERE AT THEIR HOUSE FOR MOTHERS'DAY AND [JULIE] HER MOTHER LOOKED VERY WORN OUT. SHE INSISTED ON HAVING EVERYONE THEIR AT HER HOUSE FOR DINNER. I WASN'T FEELING UP TO IT BUT I FIGURED IF SID COULD GO THROUGH HER TREATMENTS IT'S THE LEAST I COULD DO. A NICE TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.
YOU TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND KNOW YOUR TWO GIRLFRIENDS MAUREEN AND MYSELF JUST WANT YOU TO BE WELL.
HUGS,
GRANNY

Dr. Swill said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TG!~

joanne DeMist said...

It was so good to finally meet you Brian. I wish you well and will be checking up on you here! Joe is likin the chair....really comfy thanks!!! Love, Joanne DeMist

josjdemist@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

JUST PEEKING TO SEE IF YOU CAME ON YOUR BLOG TO SAY HELLO TO US GIRLS. GIGGLE GIGGLE.
I JUST RELOOKED AT YOUR PICTURES ON THE SIDE. IT MAKES IT SO REAL. IT'S SO SCARY TO ME.

GRANNY

Anonymous said...

MAUREEN. DO YOU THINK WE HAVE TO BE MEAN TO OUR BUD DOC TO GET HIM ON HERE TO SAY HELLO?

GRANNY

Sparroweye said...

Wow.... Been there done some of that. But after reading your medical history I am done with my pity party. But I must say if cancer rear's its ugly head again I am done with the medical profession. I'll go to a chinese quack first. I think I learned astral projection during my mask head and neck radiation. Never had chemo. Mine was a stage 1.5 or maybe even insitu cancer on tonsil scar tissue. I found it myself. Never had any symptoms. My radiologist on my two year check said. You're one of the lucky ones. Lucky, you bastard. I'd like to rip his head off. I didn't fit the profile, never smoked or drank. When you don't fit the profile they just keep wringing their hands. They have to cover their ass. Do I sound pissed. I am. Cancer treatment is a multi billion dollar business. Genome research. That is where its at. Stop killing people with treatments. I will never submit to traditional cancer treatment again. I'd rather have some guy chant over me. Rather get needles placed all over my body. The only good thing was cancer opened up an entire new world. Made me appreciate every single second of life. You rock. Keep on putting one foot in front of the other. And I want my ass back. ha ha. I flat refused tube feedlings. Got down to 100 pounds. Finally the stuff they give to aids patients got me gaining weight again. Now up to a healthy 125. But I will never be the same person I was before cancer. Such is life. At the point now where once in a while I forget it happened. But I tell everyone, don't smoke, drink very little, and throw away your cell phone.

Anonymous said...

MAUREEN, I HEARD FROM DOC. HE'S BEEN VERY BUSY AS USUAL. HE'S OK AND HERE IN FLORIDA FOR A VISIT I'M SURE CONCERNING BUSINESS. HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU.
GRANNY

Anonymous said...

ALMOST AUGUST, SO WHAT'S UP?

GRANNY TG

Teresa Hartman said...

Sending you all the hellos I can through this medium. Thank you for sharing your story, and I look forward to hearing more about how your life is going. Here's to decades more adventures for you and all of your readers.

Anonymous said...

JUST SAW YOUR COMMENT TO RUTH B ON TWITTER. STILL BUSY TRAVELING AROUND I BET. AS LONG AS YOUR GETTING ALL YOUR BUSINESS DONE THAT'S A GOOD THING.

HUGS GRANNY

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