“Space. The Final Frontier…” or in my case: better known as My Suitcase.

This is an empty carry on size space bag. It is one of a set of four (2 carry on and 2 suitcase size) that you can stuff with clothes and then roll out the air. That’s pretty neat, huh! Of course what the instructions never mention is that you neatly fold the clothes and put them in; not roll them up like I’m used to doing and then stuff them in.


As you can see from these photos, I’ve been busy. The photo you see of my 20″ carryon holds the 2 suitcase sized bags. The other one is the filled carryon space bag and as you can tell it really is stuffed!

Now I could unpack them and start over, but I’m not going to and I’m not going to let my wonderful daughter-law help me either (even though she volunteered, and to my knowledge Bernie never coerced her) because what’ll I do when I have to pack it all by myself? Onward…



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Can You Scan Scan

These are supposed to be my Comic Con tickets — but as you can see– they’re not very clear and I was wondering how anyone would be able to read them. Well I just read some happy news: I don’t need any ticket I just need the QR code which is on my phone! So I’m all set (finally). Time to pack and fly away… I thought the day would never get here. Silly me. Onward…

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No Time

Got no time to dilly dally around because travel time is almost here. (There were days when I wasn’t sure it would ever get here.) Now you’d think I’d be ready, but some inconveniences keep me from finishing my packing. For example, my set of locks is TSA approved and the package came with 4 locks that were all the same and interchangeable. Well I tried them and they don’t work for me. I even paid more for the ones with the lock in front because I knew they would be easier for me to see. Perhaps it’s my frustrating limited vision or maybe they really aren’t interchangeable, but I got 1 to work in all the locks and the rest will just stay here.

After I bought the locks from Amazon. com I bought one of those bag straps because I saw a FB video about how easy it was to open the canvas bags. Alexa (my daughter-in-law) said I was being paranoid, and she may be right, but I bought one of those straps and discovered that it’s too hard for me to see the combination to open it. (Well at least I tried!)

I’ve got my canvas shoes all waterproofed. I did that right after it rained; which is probably the only reason I remembered.

I got on the computer tonight and wound up wearing more ink on me than what got on the paper when the printer decided I really didn’t need all that paperwork like plane tickets and Comic Con tickets; so I’m off to the library tomorrow to use their printer.

I ask you all to send positive thoughts that my bag doesn’t get lost when I change planes in Atlanta. I’ve researched and just don’t want to take the chance of being stressed out with the TSA when I don’t know what I’m doing at check in. My little voice keeps telling me I’ll be hassled in Atlanta and since I’ve only got a 1 hour 10 minute layover I just don’t want to risk it; plus I won’t have to worry about trying to stuff my bag in the overhead compartment. Happy Trails!

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Meanwhile, just outside of ferguson…


Life goes on for some…

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I followed a trail of blood up the concrete steps as Deja vu overtook my thoughts.

I’d been here before, just a few short months ago, doing the same exact thing, following a trail of blood to an open front door.

As was the case then, on this night there had been another call for shots fired heard coming from the street.

A trail of blood, an open door and no body to be found.

Just like last time, the person was taken to the hospital by a friend, so we wait to hear from the hospital when they make their mandatory call about somebody coming into the emergency room with bullets in their body.

As I was checking the house for another injured or dead person, I couldn’t help but notice that the house was exactly as it had been before.

There was no furniture in the living room…

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R & R is about to arrive
under the guise of Comic Con
I’ve planned and schemed
to attend this event
Saving money and making things
like helmets and swords
some Zombie blood too
For I don’t know who I’ll be
or how I’ll feel
once I arrive at my destiny

So ascend the plane into the sky
where dreams and reality merge
As stars come out
in both sky
and building
To welcome me

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ACLU lawsuit wants “Freedom of the Press” defined after Ferguson demonstrations


It’s called The Bill Of Rights for a reason .

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[ooyala code="V1Y3hubzqBfQTRaUmrXuiz3Zhz5RDWwM" player_id="c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1"]ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – As the national media make their way to St. Louis, those telling the stories are becoming part of them.  Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly were arrested by police last night and soon released with no charges.

“The police are instructing protestors and the media to turn off their video cameras, to turn off their cell phones to stop recording.  That is absolutely improper.  We as the public and of course the media have a right to and must document encounters that occur.” said Executive Director ACLU Missouri Jeffrey Mittman.

The ACLU Missouri filed their second lawsuit in St. Louis County Civil Court.  The first asks for the Michael Brown arrest be made public record.  The second suit is asking a judge to offer a ruling that makes it media coverage clear.

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Blind Ambition


Oh say can you see these blinds falling before me?
All I ever tried to do was open and close them for the view.
Two cords did break and down it crumbled
Causing me to growl and rumble
Now comes the hassle of tacking up curtains
To keep me from scaring my neighbors from flashing
Now two hours later and time for bed
So aggravating thoughts git outta my head!

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