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I’ve been very blessed to find work I can do at home this past week. I don’t want to mention the client other than to say if you know anything about sports betting in parts of the country, you probably know of them. I don’t think they advertise on the football games on Sundays – but they are players in the sports betting game, for sure.

My mother is still in the care facility in Tampa – though I actually saw her this past weekend. Due to her COVID, then a COVID breakout over at this Tampa facility, I wasn’t able to see her in 29 days.

My mother may not remember who I am at all times due to her dementia – but when she saw me, her first words were, “Where the hell have you been?”

All she know was that I wasn’t there, and I thought that might be her reaction. I explained: she had COVID, then the facility had a COVID lockdown, then somewhere around that time I had a bad reaction to the vaccine for about a week…

After a few moments passed, my Mom just sobbed and hugged me.

I will probably bring her home when she’s done with her rehab, even if it’s not advisable. If the rumors are true that there are coming supply shortages, I want her home with me. I don’t want to worry about going to another facility and the possibility that they may have a shortage of food.

If my mother’s time is coming – I want to be with her when it does. When my father died in early 1991, fate didn’t work out for that to happen.

Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind

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The headline of this October 12, 2021 point to some dark days ahead.

While we have the “bread and circuses” of the Rays stunningly eliminated in the first-round of the MLB playoff crap shoot, or the firing of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden for a litany of non-politically correct E-mails, I’m watching what’s going on with Southwest Airlines with great interest.

The battle is this: Southwest employees and pilots are mandated to get vaccinated by the recent order of President Biden. Fights are being cancelled all over the country, but the media seems reticent to explain that this is a squabble over getting the jab.

I find the media’s position on this rather amusing. It seems to me like a statistical impossibility to me that employees of some company somewhere wouldn’t attempt a resistance movement.

If it could happen at Southwest, it could happen anywhere – like those in the military refusing the jab. Like the medical profession has in some states like North Carolina and New York.

The White House will blame the unvaccinated for this, and the unvaccinated will gladly accept the blame, chanting Let’s Go Brandon – or something rhyming with Chuck Joe Biden.

Further, if the media is fudging a bit on Southwest – what else aren’t they telling you? Are there similar problems at Target, or McDonald’s, or at a workplace where a small staff could put people at risk?

And the White House will just let it happen, despite it being illogical they can get reelected out of it.

An Uneasy Limbo

It’s been a very quiet week on the front of my mother’s health. I thought she would be moved to a facility back here in Pinellas County now that she’s cleared of COVID, but it didn’t materialize as I thought it would.

The facility she’s staying at over in Tampa – well, the switchboard operator always seems to have a reason not to complete the call, or she says she will take a message for so-and-so, and then I’ll never hear from whom I’m trying to contact. Very disturbing and discouraging.

I now haven’t seen my mother in nearly a month. Not only did she catch COVID, but so did a worker at that facility in Tampa.

I watch EWTN every day now from 7-9 in the morning for their rosaries and masses. I use that time to release my feelings and emotions – and every day, that’s a “tank” that needs emptying.

How To Heal?

I continue to limp on towards the tenth anniversary of my blog.

With my mother still in COVID rehab in a Tampa care center that thinks communications is something out of the stone age – I’m noting the wear and tear on my psyche. Due to the COVID restrictions, I have not been able to see her for nearly three weeks, and the plan is for her go to another facility in Pinellas County for her regularly scheduled rehab stint before coming home in the weeks ahead.

I watch a lot of the local Christian station here in Tampa, Channel 22, WCLF – though it has had its our history that hasn’t always gone well. Maybe I should back up and say that my parents were Catholics that really didn’t practice that in adult life. My first girlfriend was a devout Christian, so to me – Catholicism and Christianity are basically the same thing.

Being that my mother is Catholic but never has been Christian, I watched some EWTN this morning. I must say I got more of a “soul cleansing” out of that. Particularly the morning prayers.

Anyway, I hope for better news – and I hope for peace for all involved.