Thursday, January 10, 2019

Favor, Football, Romance and a Stroke of Luck!

As I mentioned in my last post, I no longer work for a boss, just my self.  I branched out as a freelance personal assistant and have contracted with a company to supply me with clients on a daily basis.  This wonderful company is a Texas based company out of Austin called Favor, now in over 100 cities in Texas.  I pick up food and deliver it, I go shopping for people, and I can deliver just about anything in under an hour.  In fact, that is the company's tag line "Anything - Delivered!".  This adventure in personal assisting has provided some unique experiences, both bad (very few) and good (a lot), then there are those exceptional moments that happen along quite often that makes your day or your week.

As it so happens, the NFL Playoffs are in full swing and my Dallas Cowboys are in the thick of the battle for the crown.  Last Saturday, Favor and Football collided with Romance and a stroke of luck to make it a very special day indeed.  It was the first day of the playoff with the Cowboys set to take on the Seahawks at Jerry World in the prime time game.  I had my Favor shirt on over a Cowboys t-shirt, had my Cowboys jacket and ball cap on and was in full game day mode.  I had scheduled myself from 9 to 4 (a perk of working for me!) so as not to miss a moment of the game.

So I am tooling around the trendy restaurants near down town when I get a Favor for one smoothie picking up in SW Ft Worth delivering to Mira Vista.  Mira Vista is a walled Country Club Community  for the Nouveau riche that is so exclusive a mere dog house behind one of the baronial homes there would run close to a million dollars.  Understandably, I was not thrilled with the prospect of a low dollar long distance run, however, I try not to turn down things so off I went.  

As I was traveling to pick up the smoothie, the client texts me and said he needed a Favor and sent a screen shot of what he wanted.  Now my car answers text messages for me but does not display any photo or screen shot.  Now I Run Favors so I said OK without really knowing what he wanted.  I got to a pull over point and was going to text him a query about the Favor when I saw the screen shot.   Here are his instructions:

"Ask for (wife) and tell her 'She is a finalist in the Cowboys Playoff Roundup.  All you have to do is answer one questions correctly... Who is the most awesomest husband ever?...(her husband of course!) YOU HAVE JUST WON A TICKET TO THE GAME TONIGHT WITH (BEST FRIEND).  THE CAR SERVICE WILL PICK YOU UP AT 5.  Your husband loves you!'"

Now as you all know I am a hopeless romantic and a die hard Cowboys fan, how could I say no to such a romantic thing to do for his wife.  So of course now I was on a mission to facilitate romance for a couple of Cowboy fans.  I took of my Favor Shirt so I was all decked out in Cowboy gear and did exactly as instructed.  The husband answered the door and called his wife to the door.  She was suitably surprised and I am sure he was well rewarded for his romanticism, especially given the Cowboys victory in a stellar performance by all involved.  He was behind his wife recording the whole thing on his cell phone and he tipped me $20 for pulling it off so well which of course made me very happy as well.   

Now here is where the stroke of luck comes in to play.  I have not had my hair cut in some time because my stylist left the salon where I had been going and I hadn't bothered to find another.  As I was walking up to the smoothie place, my stylist comes running out the door of the salon next door and wraps me in a big hug and we visited a bit.  I grabbed her number so I can get my hair cut and then went on to facilitate romance on a grand scale.  It did not matter what happened the rest of the day, I had had a ball making Cowboys Playoff Football Romantic for some true fans, and I was happy as a pig in a poke.  


For your listening pleasure today, I have a real treat in store for you all from someone who is among the most revered virtuosos of all time.  Nicolò Paganini was a true musical legend of his era, inspiring musicians such as Robert Schumann to forge his own career as a pianist. Franz Schubert was also a regular audience member at Paganini’s concerts, despite the outlandish ticket prices.

Paganini often remarked that, despite his legendary status as a violinist, he found it rather difficult to compose for the instrument. This release presents Paganini's complete violin concertos, performed by violinist Alexandre Dubach accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.  This recording features two conductors, Lawrence Foster and Michel Sasson.  The complete play list is under the video.

00:00:00 Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Minor: I. Allegro maestoso
00:16:44 Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Minor: II. Adagio flebile con sentimento
00:23:25 Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Minor: III. Rondo galante. Andantino gaio
00:34:10 Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6: I. Allegro maestoso
00:54:15 Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6: II. Adagio espressivo
00:59:28 Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6: III. Rondo: allegro spirituoso
01:09:08 Violin Concerto No. 3 in E Major: I. Introduzione. Andantino - Allegro marziale
01:26:57 Violin Concerto No. 3 in E Major: II. Adagio. Cantabile spianato
01:34:13 Violin Concerto No. 3 in E Major: III. Polacca. Andantino vivace
01:46:22 Violin Concerto No. 6 in E Minor: I. Risoluto
02:07:04 Violin Concerto No. 6 in E Minor: II. Adagio
02:13:59 Violin Concerto No. 6 in E Minor: III. Rondo ossia polonese
02:25:27 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor: I. Allegro maestoso
02:44:27 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor: II. Andante un poco sostenuto
02:53:03 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor: III. Rondo
03:03:37 Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 7: I. Allegro maestoso
03:19:05 Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 7: II. Adagio
03:26:05 Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 7: III. Ronde à la clochette


Finally for today. I am still discovering various neat little things about the newest version of Windows 10.  One of the neatest is contained within the Photos App native to the OS.  It takes your photos and create little albums with titles like Days in Tekapo or Trip to Rodrigues, or simply a date.  You have the options to keep or remove the albums, and I usually keep them.  The app culled through my more than 150,000 images on my computer and so far created 9 albums for me.  A prime example is the album posted below which is titled Friday July 1, 2016.  I think you will find these men all stunningly attractive, each in their own special way.  Peruse them at you leisure.  I will share more of these albums as we go along on the journey that is Nichevo.  Thanks for stopping in, do call again and as always, Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Life in a New Light

It has been much too long since I have appeared in these pages.  I have no excuses but I do have a "lotta 'splainin' to do.  For those too young to remember, that is a famous quote from the 50's TV Hit I Love Lucy.  Anyhow, It has been a long journey from where I was then to where I am today.  It has not been an easy journey, but thanks to some really wonderful people who have stepped into my life, I am able to stand here today unafraid to take on whatever the world has for me.  

This past Holiday Season was good for Will and I.  We both decided what we wanted and told the other so there was not a lot of mystery there. However both Will and I were able to surprise the other with some thing special neither of us knew about.which added its own special touch.  My gift was a new SSD for my computer.  After somewhat of a struggle, Will got the drive installed over the weekend with the latest and greatest from Windows 10.  However when moving things around I broke the SATA cables to the other two drives.  I have all my data, I just can't access it until the new SATA cables arrive today.  Therefore there will be no additional photo phenoms for you to view at the end of this post.  

When last we talked, I was on the road to making a claim for compensation for what the Navy did tome 43 years ago.  The effort was in vain. It became painfully obvious that my VA Counselor wanted nothing to do with my claim.  A former Marine, he mishandled and misfiled my claim and lied to me about it's status for a year.  The result was a denial which sent me into a bit of a tailspin mentally that took me some months from which to recover,  Thankfully I did recover thanks to my therapy group at Stay the Course Veterans Services.  

I then embarked on a second attempt with the DAV as my representative.  The claim was again not totally correct in its filing and I got the same result.  I spent several years in therapy to get to the point where I could write the letter stating my case with a lotta help from my therapist.  on the exact 43rd anniversary of the first time they screwed me, they did it again.  They called my submission irrelevant and immaterial and did not change their feelings about the matter at all.  I was devastated once again, immediately returning to that day in 1975 when it all went down the first time. the shame and humiliation and the callousness with which I was treated all returned full force.  It again took some time to get over it with help from my therapy group.  This is not to say I am happy with the results, but that seems to be my lot in life, to be screwed mercilessly by the government while they laugh in my face.  I guess I should get used to grabbing my ankles and asking for more whenever dealing with a government entity.  

That is not to say there has been  no good things happen.  I no longer work for the man but for myself.  I just finished my first year, showed a profit and actually brought in twice the revenue in 2018 than I did in 2017 working for someone else.  Will and I have grown into a real family of choice which stands together against the world.  It will take some time to decompress all that has happened since last we communed.  But that is something for later posts of which there will be many I hope.  

I thank those of you who have come back to these pages looking for something new.  Well I am here, and hope to clarify my thoughts as I attempt to make my life story into a book perhaps someone might want to read.  But that is enough for today. I will not promise a daily post, I do promise to post on as regular basis as time will allow.  

For your Musical Moment of the day, you will find  a "recording of the complete Cello Sonatas by Vivaldi on period instruments! Antonio Vivaldi was one of the first composers to feature the cello, then a relatively “new” instrument (after the viola da gamba), as a mature solo instrument. This full recording contains the complete 6 sonatas for cello and basso continuo. Vivaldi displays an astonishing variety and inventiveness in these sonatas, using the instrument’s possibilities to the utmost; these sonatas still offer a serious challenge, both technical and musical, for any professional cellist nowadays. Apart from that they are vintage Vivaldi, featuring an enormous range of emotional extremes, from deep heartfelt sadness to infectious joy."  There will be a play list under the video.  Thank you for sticking around, may you come back again soon.  Until next time as always, Enjoy!

00:00:00 Cello Sonata in B-Fflat Major, RV 47: I. Largo
00:03:28 Cello Sonata in B-Fflat Major, RV 47: II. Allegro
00:06:43 Cello Sonata in B-Fflat Major, RV 47: III. Largo
00:10:52 Cello Sonata in B-Fflat Major, RV 47: IV. Allegro
00:12:48 Cello Sonata in F Major, RV 41: I. Largo
00:16:19 Cello Sonata in F Major, RV 41: II. Allegro
00:18:51 Cello Sonata in F Major, RV 41: III. Largo
00:22:27 Cello Sonata in F Major, RV 41: IV. Allegro
00:24:56 Cello Sonata in A Minor, RV 43: I. Largo
00:29:21 Cello Sonata in A Minor, RV 43: II. Allegro
00:32:53 Cello Sonata in A Minor, RV 43: III. Largo
00:37:11 Cello Sonata in A Minor, RV 43: IV. Allegro
00:40:13 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 45: I. Largo
00:43:32 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 45: II. Allegro
00:46:12 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 45: III. Largo
00:51:00 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 45: IV. Allegro
00:53:42 Cello Sonata in E Minor, RV 40: I. Largo
00:56:24 Cello Sonata in E Minor, RV 40: II. Allegro
00:58:51 Cello Sonata in E Minor, RV 40: III. Largo
01:01:10 Cello Sonata in E Minor, RV 40: IV. Allegro
01:03:38 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 46: I. Preludio. Largo
01:05:37 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 46: II. Allemande. Allegro
01:08:26 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 46: III. Largo
01:11:22 Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 46: IV. Corrente. Allegro

Monday, May 22, 2017

Life in the Fast Lane, Again!

My life has continued in its breakneck pace as I try to take care of everyday things and get ready for my trip.  Hence the lateness of this post that really should have been up yesterday, but... life intervened, lol!  Anyway I have been spread thin and I have tried to cover all the bases before I am scheduled to leave.  Will is staying home and because he is less than adequate, shall we say, when it comes to cooking, I have had to come up with menu items that he can reheat in the oven or microwave.  So I have selected a few of his favorites like my taco mix and orange chicken to double cook on this week.  I have also provided some hot pockets, pizza and a couple of cafe steamer things as well as extra cereal, peanut butter and hot dogs.  I think he will not starve to death while I am gone so I am pretty much set for the trip except for the packing.

I was able to catch up on most everything else over the weekend which frees me up to concentrate on work and resting up for the drive to Virginia.  Now if I can just get the world to not depend on me so much this week, maybe I can get outta here on time and escape to the beach where they can't find me.  I am looking forward to a week of RNR as well as catching up with some old friends back on the east coast.  It is the first real vacation I have taken in years ('stay-cations' don't count) and I think it is about time I took one.  My mind set right now reminds me of a movie title from way too many years ago "Stop the World! I Want to Get Off!!" and I mean that figuratively of course.  However a week without real responsibilities other  than eat, sleep and have a good time will do me wonders I bet.  Then I can come back refreshed and ready to deal with my real world once again.  Let's hope it works 😉!!

For your listening pleasure today I have a compilation video of The Best Classical Adagios Ever as presented by Classical Tunes with works by 7 different composers included.   I also liked the photo used in video as it fits the vacation state of mind theme I have going today.  You will find the complete play list under the video.

Francesco Geminiani - Preludio / Sarabanda, from Concerto No. 8 in e minor
J.S.Bach - Andante from Harpsichord & Cello SonataBWV 1028
Tomaso Albinoni - Adagio / Grave, from Symphony a Cinque in A Major, Op. 2/3
Francesco Geminiani - Preludio, from Concerto No. 9 in A Major
Zipoli - Adagio for Oboe, Cello, Organ & Strings
Georg Friedrich Handel - Largo, from the Opera “XERXES”
Francesco Antonio Bonporti - Adagio Assai - Concerto a Quattro in F Major, Op. 11/5
Francesco Geminiani - Preludio / Sarabanda, from Concerto No. 10 in F Major
J.S.Bach - Sinfonia from Cantata 156
J.S.Bach - Sinfonia from Cantata 21
J.S.Bach - Adagio, from Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051
Georg Friedrich Handel - Larghetto, from Lute & Harp Concerto Op/6
Tomaso Albinoni - Adagio / Grave, from Symphony a Cinque Op. 2/6
Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto a 4 “Madrigalesco” in d minor, RV 129


Finally for today, I have a few scrumptious speci-Men  frolicking about in a vacation state of mind down below for your perfect perusing pass time.  Thanks for the visit, we will commune here once again upon my return.  Oh, and as always, Enjoy!