Friday, January 21, 2011

Alfred J Falciani, 1933-2011.

My Father passed away last Saturday. It was both expected and a surprise.

He was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus in November of 2009 and had outlived any expectations I had during his fight.  He had only gone into hospice the week before so we all honestly thought he would have a tough go of it through the winter. It was more than likely tumors that had spread to his brain that made for a quick end. God's timing was evidenced from my sister's wedding through Oldest Son being here instead of on a semester to Italy.

From the time he passed on Saturday until the funeral yesterday were some of the most stressful days of doing nothing I have ever spent. The family gathered at my parents home in Broomall for the week where we sat and made arrangements, met with friends and family and worked on the family tree. My brother said it was a lot like the movie Ground Hog Day where everyday you just got up and got through it, waiting for the funeral Thursday.

The week wasn't without its funnier moments like my mother exchanging the burial plot and dealing with the "strictness" of the Archdioceses of Philadelphia's rules. Maybe I'll fill you in on those later.

Thank You to all offered condolences and stopped by the house, it was special to see and hear from so many.

This morning when I woke up I was pretty sure Ground Hog Day was over because we received a dusting of snow over night.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

What I'm Watching

It's winter and while I don't have cabin fever just yet, it is prime time for TV viewing and since this is my blog, here is what I'm watching these days.

How I met your Mother.
I'm Tivo'ing the reruns and I'm hooked. I hardly watched the show when it was a primetime only thing but now that I have queue 10 deep I can't stop. My only regret is that the reruns are not being played in order. It's like popcorn.

The Larry Sanders Show.
This is a show I liked but didn't have HBO when it was on. It features brilliant writing and unbelievable guests and regulars. Reruns are showing on IFC weeknights in case you missed the marathon on New Years.

The ABC Wednesday night line up.
In the Middle has been great recently (puts head down and says "great" in a wisper). We especially enjoyed the episode where the parents decided to take back the house. Loved it. Modern Family is a hoot and Cougar Town is oddly entertaining.

Breaking Bad.
AMC is playing episodes on Wednesday overnight and I'm finally catching them. They are playing them in order and are almost halfway through. Here's me explaining it to the Chancellor:
Me: It's a show about High School Chemistry teach who finds out he has terminal lung cancer and decides to sell Meth to make enough cash so that his family is taken care of when he is gone.
The Chancellor: Why didn't he just buy life insurance?
Me: Because then there wouldn't be a show past the pilot.

The Walking Dead
I've decided until AMC puts on an "According to Jim", I'm watching anything they do. They get it. I missed the first two episodes and went back to catch up but then we didn't miss a thing.

Hot in Cleveland.
Betty White. 'nuff said. We caught the marathon on New Years and were hooked. We are looking forward to the second season later in January.
NFL Football.
Now there's some surprise. A white male in 50's watching football. Just shocking. But this time of year, I'm not just watching playoff games on Sundays but I am watching everything about football the rest of the week include game repeats on the NFL channel. I even recently picked up the DVD set "10 Best Eagles Games" and it was very interesting to see the evolution of the game on TV. I was lost at the 1981 NFC Championship game between the Eagles and Cowboys because they don't tell the game time until there is less than two minutes left.

What I'm looking forward to:

Californication comes back tonight. How will the sins of Hank Moody catch up to him. It's witty. It's crude. It's hilarious. I want to see the other two new shows Showtime is putting with it as well. Shameless and Episodes look funny, we'll see.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Baby On Board

The sunrise flight from Las Vegas to Philly was packed, every seat was taken. That's just the way things are these days - empty seats have gone the way of in flight smoking and hot meals with silverware.

Of course I was in my usual zone 508 or something for boarding and one of the last ones on the plane. How I end up in the last zone EVERY. TIME. I'll never know, It must be part of the airline's "bendover" program for business travelers. The bendover program pays the highest possible amount for tickets and then gets zone 508.

Finally, I'm in the long slow line to get everyone seated and I feel like asking "is this the bus to Cartegena". I swear I saw a woman with a chicken along the way. Luckily, I only have my backpack with laptop and other in flight essentials, no luggage. This is good because zones 1-507 have taken all the overhead compartments.

For this early December flight, I have a windows seat which is unusual with the "bendover" program because I usually get a middle. I'm counting down to my row. 8, 9, ... I'm looking for my row. I look for my seat by the window.

There is a woman in my seat.Some woman has taken MY seat.

Of course I'm thinking "here we go". Now it's confrontation time. The long line to my seat only gives me more time to fuss and worry about the coming confrontation. Is she going to be a witch? Did they put two people in one seat? I'm I getting bumped?

I'm slowly making my way to my seat, step by step.(Of course I'll be the one to get bumped, they'll never bump some woman).  I'm two rows away and I'm making the "you are in my seat" eye contact with the woman.

I get to my row, turn and look into my row, am about to say "you are in my seat" when I realize the woman has something in her arms and it's a baby., Before I can say anything, she says "the stewardess said I could sit here instead of on the aisle".

Of course I was looking forward to looking out the window but her need for not having her baby elbowed by  300 lb men making their way to the bathroom clearly exceeds my wanting to recognize Kansas City from the Interstates.

I've been trumped.

As I'm telling her "of course, you stay there" I'm thinking this baby is going to wail for the next 5 hours.

I smile and take my seat.

For the next 3 hours my seat mate and I are amazed that this seven week old baby doesn't make a peep, a wimper, a cry or a sound. For 3 hours.

Finally I have to go to the bathroom and when I'm returning, I find this:
Airman and Baby
My seatmate, a Master Sargent in the Air Force is holding the baby while the new Mom went to the bathroom.

I had to take a picture of it.

I never got the woman's name but that baby was quiet until the "put your seat backs and tray tables to the upright position" time of the flight.