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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Welcome To THE COUCH...Sit on Down and Get Comfy...


"Warning Today's Post Will Not Make You Smile"
(This warning will be explained later in the post)
Welcome to my world...

In the past few weeks, I have added numerous sites for friends who have picked up this blogging thing. I wonder if Blogger has some sort of referral program where you get credit for people signing up to their site.

I also wonder if it would be a better idea if I set up a domain and migrated all my friends there...Blogger is always causing propblems it seems as they upgrade their service...That would be a project I am not sure I can do at this time, but it is a thought for later on someday...

Today we add "It's Just Tez" from our friend Tezero and "AngellZ-Secretz" from our friend Angell. Check them both out when you have the time. Welcome ladies...

Now
Angell is on "double-secret probation" because of her cutting remark about THE COUCH in the opening of her posting...so she will be watched carefully over the next months...
But it got me to thinking that maybe it was getting a bit stale here at THE COUCH. Wondering if it should be more personal...or if the various areas I cover from time to time is the way THE COUCH was meant to be formulated.

Since I began I have commented on sports, politics (I do try and stray from that), entertainment, my life, and have done some fiction and even some non-fiction type stories. Now the "my life" things have, unfortunately been down subjects due to the way my life is going right now.
Things still are not getting better. The house has not sold...no offers have arrived yet for a new job...the phone rings constantly with people looking for money that does not exist. Most seem to be understanding, but then you get those who just are plain nasty. This morning I was told "What has all that got to do with anything...when are you going to pay?"

Now, I did hear from another firm I have interviewed with and was told I would be called in for another interview soon. This firm is here in NJ and the position is one I had applied to a year ago. I never heard from them that time. The job was re-posted recently...it appears they made the wrong choice and the person they hired was let go!

So, I did something I am not a huge fan of...I went to someone who knew someone and got my resume hand-delivered to the head of HR from the executive assistant of the CEO.

Are they going through the paces just to say... "Hey, we talked to him" and to ensure they are not called on the carpet? My resume has not changed in a year...so why are they now so interested?
The house is almost totally packed...it is so barren...the wonderful bookshelves in the living room are empty. Pictures are off the walls (I have been told people have a hard time buying a home that looks like the people who currently live there have an actual life!).

My days are barren also. I wake in the morning, shower, brush my teeth (shave every few days), make my way to my computer to check the job emails that never seem to show any hope...then I come here and try and write something that might make others smile and think.
See...that was the real reason I began THE COUCH...to give others a reason to smile and to make them think. whether it is to think "What did that story mean", or "Is that really Tom Cruise's daughter", or "What does a magic number mean" (BTW, Yankees magic number is now one game), or to ask themselves "Why does that group feel that by burning down homes or destroying cars will save the environment"...
My friend Coco, who is a teacher in New Brunswick, Canada has the greatest career. Each day she stands in front of a group of kids who are empty vessels and tries to get them to accept the knowledge she is pouring out for them. She is musically trained, but this year they asked her to take a Reading Class (English Composition...) and she hated the thought...well it appears she is reaching these kids and making them want to learn...

THAT KIDDIES IS REWARDING...

OK, so you say..so get your teaching license and do something about it. You know..if financially I could I would do just that. Maybe once the house is sold, i can think of that...but right now..it seems so out of reach.
I just typed a sentence and then deleted it. Why? because it really illustrated how tight the two rocks I am stuck between are at this time...and I don't think i can be that open here and now...

So...is this what I want
THE COUCH to be? Certainly not...

Is it part of what
THE COUCH has to be? Certainly YES...

Should i put a disclaimer at the top of the posts when they are going to be this intense...maybe.... something like "Warning Today's Post Will Not Make You Smile"
But then again...do i have it as bad as some people? Absolutely not..there are those out there who don't even have a computer to reach out with or even a home within which they can awaken in the morning...

I sit here now, looking at the screen wondering if I should just delete this whole thing and post something about the shootings of those basketball players at Duquense, or the Pope and his controversy, or music or Pete Rose and his situation or something other then myself...
I hear from friends every single day who are wondering about Memphis or the house or how I am doing and they send their prayers and their hopes and their concerns and it certainly feels good...but it is so new for me. I have always been the one who reaches out to others to help...

It is frustrating...
One friend sent me an article about people trying to sell their homes and burying a statute of St. Joseph in their backyards. By burying a statue of St. Joseph, it is supposed to aid in the dale of your home. In fact, recently on the show "Million Dollar Listing" on Bravo, one of the home sellers who was not getting any offers buried his statue in his backyard and sold his home within a couple of weeks.

Well, I have had one
St. Joseph in my backyard and one out by the realtor sign for months...nope...hasn't worked for me.
Again, I sit and stare at the screen...why am I putting this all down...and why does anyone want to read it all?

Maybe I will put that warning up today...and if you have gotten to this part of the posting, you chose to ignore it...
Thank you my friends and family for all of your thoughts and prayers and the crossing of fingers and toes and eyes and all the other body parts....

Things will change...they will improve...maybe today...maybe tomorrow...maybe next week...

Thanks for sitting on THE COUCH, hope you enjoyed your stay.

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Keep that spark of insanity kids...It helps keep you an individual.

16 Of Your Sparks

  1. Turnbaby Says:
  2. Part of being a friend is being there when times are tough and unpleasant not just when it's all fun.

    Keep hanging in there--all crossed still--I look funny when I walk.

    Turnberry

    PS and I told you I thought it was just a money making scheme

     
  3. Dixiechick Says:
  4. Hey Sweet Cheeks - keep your chin up! If you don't, I'm going to have to come up North and push it up for you! ;-) *wonders if Bond would like that* ummmmmm ;-)

    I love reading your blog everyday! It has now become a part of my daily routine. Enjoy every topic that you write about. I don't care if you told me that the world was square... I'd still enjoy reading!

    Still praying and crossing every imaginable part of my body.

    Who lurves ya baby?

    Lee Ann

     
  5. Angell Says:
  6. OOPS - sorry babe. Looks like I'll change that. Wasn't thinking whilst I was typing. Forgive me?

    Anyway, regardless of what you have to write about, I know I enjoy it. It keeps me up to date about what's going on in the life of my favourite spy man - considering that if it was by phone the long distance charges would be killer!

    Write whatever you want - we shall read. We love the couch, and I for one will never leave.

    ::gets comfy under blanket with latest issue of AI mag, and remote control::

    Just try to get rid of me.

     
  7. Joyce Says:
  8. St. Joseph needs to be in the fron year and he likes to be face up... is he? not face down.

     
  9. robz Says:
  10. well, since I can't write worth a poop, I have no website to be added to your blog. Sorry. I enjoy reading all the others, though.

    Secondly, I know you think I'm totally bonkers with my ways of thinking and trying to come to terms with the "why is this happening to me" of your situation......So I won't give you any of my cuckoo advice. You can breathe a sigh of relief on that one.

    But I will always read a daily blog as long as you choose to write one. And I will always enjoy them, whether happy or sad thoughts from you. :)

     
  11. damm Says:
  12. you've got to smile at life.


    even if it hurts to...

     
  13. Anonymous Says:
  14. From the mind of Meribah:
    Gotta keep the faith, Bond, my dear! Like you said, there are peeps with it harder than you got it! But I guess that thought doesn't really help all that much, does it? Hope everything works out for you! And long may your big jib draw! LOL

     
  15. Bond Says:
  16. Cousin Joyce... see now I was told backyard or by the realtor sign (front yard - but always facing down...Running out to dig him up and turn him over...

    To everyone else commenting above...you are all part of the reason I do get out of bed each day... knowing that there are folks out there that care...

    and I thank you all for the wonderous thoughts...ya know I wasn't sure that was a word when I originally put it on the header- but by gum it is!

    Now...about this jib of mine drawing....hummmmmmm? I hope that is a sailing thing!

    Laughing again...

    Now I can't wait to write tomorrow!

    LOL

     
  17. Bond Says:
  18. Ummm Cousin..I should have googled first....

    here is what i found:
    What we have here is a tradition well known to some, but unknown to others. It is this: If the property you are trying to sell is not moving, bury a small plastic statue of St. Joseph upside-down in your front lawn. Be sure it is facing your "For Sale' sign.

    Now, about facing the sign I am not sure, so i am going to redo it now!

    EVERYONE CROSS THOSE DIGITS!

     
  19. Anonymous Says:
  20. Glad to see a glimmer of a smile, Vince. Don't ever think you were put here to entertain us, though. We were put here to take care of each other. You're the one that taught me that. Always praying, and never giving up hope.

    A big hug from Coco

     
  21. Bond Says:
  22. We went out and unburied and then reburied both statues of St. Joseph, ensuring they were both head down and that the one out front faces the FOR SALE sign and the one in the back facing the house.

    OK...time for a buyer

     
  23. Dixiechick Says:
  24. Sending prayers to St. Joseph for your house to sell.

     
  25. Anonymous Says:
  26. My poor Bond...

    Dana (having to sign in under anonymous on some blogs)

     
  27. Anonymous Says:
  28. No warning necessary Bond. Life can certainly reach up and slap us without warning. Seems to me though, that you have the right attitude and will certainly come out alright. But then again, what do I know? I just recently started reading everyone's blogs and haven't gotten brave enough to start on myself, hehe.
    hugs, Robin3w

     
  29. busy91 Says:
  30. 1. Great pictures at the top. The evolution of Bond.

    2. I'm not going to bitch about how you haven't kept in touch.

    3. Sorry the house is still not sold, you guys are still in my thoughts.

    4. Cool job on getting more 'personal'.

    5. I think a teaching liscense is a good idea, you are pretty 'swift' and lord knows we need swift people as teachers.

    6. I think that is all I have to say for now. DUDE!

     
  31. Bond Says:
  32. Thanks Dana and Robin

    FOLKS WE HAVE A BUSY SIGHTING - as rare as a Damm sighting I understand!

     

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