Thursday, August 10, 2006

Busy and Back!!!

Well, I'm kinda back! Life's been moving in fast forward lately and don't have much time for Blogging tomfoolery. I noticed that JT changed his location. . . .but I found him. You'll have to hide better next time.

I don't even know how to recap the last month. Let's try.

Moon passed away on July 23rd. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and concerns. It's been very hard trying to pick up the pieces. He did a lot. As he deserved a lot for all he did, a few phone calls was all it took to accomplish the following two things (I very proud that I got this done for him):
- For his 6 years in the Philadephia Police Force - A Police Escort to the cemetary
- For his time in the Navy and Merchant Marines - The color guard blowing taps and presenting my Brother-In-Law with the flag. If taps doesn't bring a tear a the cemetary, your heartless.

Trying to get everything organized for my Mother-in-Law has been (and continues to be daunting) . The man saved everything. Without dwelling on it right now, I decided to honor Moon by doing my top 10 list of things that I came across while sorting through is bedroom (7'x5'. . no lie).

10. No less than 30 clocks/watches of different shapes, expense and age.
9. A present for my daughter Erin that turned out to be the same VCR that he gave her last year. (He lost a box approx 25"x11" in a bedroom closet).
8. Sheet music for the saxophone. Nobody knew that he played the sax.
7. Police Academy Training Manuals from 1955.
6. Every paystub from his years of employee at the Philadelphia Bulletin (the newspaper when under in 1982.
5. An X-Ray bill from when my wife broke her arm as a kid. Price - $7.50 . . . .and he was making payments.
4. His police badge, skeleton key, hand cuff key and gun (We are gong to bronze this stuff and put it on a plaque with #3.
3. His picture from the Police Force circa 1957
2. His ID from when he play minor league football in Philadelphia
1. 8mm film that supposedly has footage of Moon's time on the USS Ware during WWII. I have to find someone that can handle it. I'm terrified to even look at it.

Besides dealing with that and trying to sort out and clean up, work has been incredible. I have been so busy that I go into my little hole in the morning and nobody sees me until I go home. . .well, that's not right. When I go home, everyone else is gone. I've gone from my cushy 4 10-hour day schecule to my 5 10-hour day schedule.

The scary part is that there is an opening for a promotion that closes on Monday. I feel as though, should I be overlooked, I may go insane. Here's hoping!!!!


At 1:24 PM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

Welcome back! Glad you are doing your best to help with Moon's effects - most of which I want desperately!

At 1:44 PM, Anonymous linda said...

Bless his heart. So sorry things turned out this way. Yes, taps at a funeral can really rip your heart out. I know how hard is it to go through someone's personal things. Bless you for being such a good person. And I REALLY hope you get the promotion you deserve!
Please give my sympathy to your mother-in-law and wife. Moon sounds like he was a unique person.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger RT said...

The list of possessions leads me to think that Moon was an awesome person. I visited once in a while and saw the moon, so I thought things might not be going well. I'm very sorry for your family's loss.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Deathlok said...

Thanks All!!

More detail on stupid family events later.

Wyatt, what can I do with that gun. How much for it? I can't the gun out of my house fast enough. . . I'm more of a "kill the home intruder with a crossbow" type. "Yes, officer! the guy is right over here stuck to the wall."

My Uncle said that the academy my have a use for it.

If I can get a "dedicated by Moon" plaque on the stuff, I'll be happy.

At 11:20 PM, Anonymous jt said...

Welcome back man, and I'm sorry for your loss...

At 4:46 AM, Blogger Token Asian said...

Hey, D...sorry to hear about Moon. He sounds like my kind of guy with all the stuff he kept and misplaced. Well, what is it they say about brilliant people and their inability to stay organized? (I'm just trying to make myself feel better...). Big hugs to you, your family & hope to deliver one in person in NYC next month! 80s

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

Is the gun still in good shape? If it is, you can sell it at a gun shop, or I'll buy it from ya. Lemme know.

At 1:35 AM, Anonymous Danny said...

Sorry to read of Moon's passing. As they say in the Navy, he now has "fair winds and a following sea".

The Ware did not see any action in WW11. She was commissioned on July 21, 1945, 44 days after VE-Day and was having her "Shakedown Cruise" in the Caribbean at the time of VJ-Day.

The 8mm film can be transferred to Video or Disc @ Wal-Mart for a reasonable price. After you view it, if you so choose, I would like to have the origional or copy to place on my Ware website.. I would give him or you credit as contributor.

Think about it and if this sounds good to you contact me at

Blessings to you and the family as you deal with your loss.


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