Stupid Reason To Be Sad

So…..
In January 2012 I had a stroke and my Neurologist decided that the best course of action would be to put me on a blood thinner Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium) to reduce my chance of having another stroke.

Coumadin is a great medication, but one that has many complications such as dietary restrictions (almost no green vegetables because they contain Vitamin K which reduces the effect of the medication) and almost weekly visits to the Anticoagulation Clinic for blood tests.
Needless to say over the course of 2 years I have become a creature of habit. limiting the amount of vitamin k that I intake and becoming friends with the staff of the clinic.
Now that has all changed.
One would think I would be running to the hospital cafeteria and consuming all the veggies I could possibly get my hands on, but instead I sit here in the parking lot with tears in my eyes because once again a major change has taken place in my life.

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94 YEARS

The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the rights of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.

The first successful design for a semi-automatic rifle is attributed to German-born gunsmith Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher, who unveiled the design in 1885.[1] The Model 85 was followed by the equally innovative Mannlicher Models 91, 93 and 95 semi-automatic rifles. Although Mannlicher earned his reputation with his bolt action rifle designs, he also produced a few semi-automatic pistols, including the Steyr Mannlicher M1894, which employed an unusual blow-forward action and held five rounds of 6.5 mm ammunition that were fed into the M1894 by a stripper clip.

The previous two statements mentioned above (Thanks wikipedia) bear some important facts that I would love to share with you.

I myself firmly believe in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, I have hunted in the past and  I have owned a handgun.

If the opportunity presented itself would gladly own another.

Now let’s do some math here……..

The Second Amendment  It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.

The first Semi-Automatic rifle was unveiled in 1885.

1791 – 1885= 94 years.

I don’t know what you think, but one thing is for sure, LOTS can change in 94 years!!!!

Just imagine….. 94 years ago it was 1918, most people didn’t even own a car and hell the average wage was $1,518!     94 years later in 2012 it’s $42,980 that is a $41,462 difference !!

See things change.

I am quite sure our Founding Fathers were not thinking about a lone gunman walking into a shopping mall, movie theater, crowded city street and let alone an Elementary school and killing everyone in sight!!

Semi-automatic weapons were not even invented when our Constitution was written, thus  I am sure that most (if not) all of them would be rolling in their graves knowing what we have turned their work into!!!

I watch the news and hear: “I’m an avid hunter so I need my gun!!” or “I have the right to keep my family safe!!” and they are 100% correct!!!

This last shooting is estimated to have killed 26 innocent people in approx 15 minutes, so my question is this, When are you going to have the need to kill 26 people in less time than it takes to make a pot of coffee? Answer: NEVER!!!!

Guns do not kill people, PEOPLE kill people, but we have now opened the door to allow PEOPLE to do it QUICKER!!!

God have mercy on our souls and give peace and understanding to all the victims and their families……

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Who missed me?

Well looks like I’m gonna have some free time on my hands so I’m gonna give blogging another shot
😉

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We live in a different time

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Sitting here watching television, within minutes I’ve seen 3 commercials for 3 competing hospitals.
Each one with a different speciality and of course the tag “13 Star Hospital” to “Who Would You Trust”.
Seems nowadays a big group has more pull than the little guy and that is sad.

Back in my day there were no capital venture groups (that I knew of at least) just a hospital that took care of sick folk!
They specialized in most everything, and if they didn’t they were quick to tell you to go somewhere else.

We’ve moved far beyond those days of bartering livestock for medical services.

I miss the good ole days!

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Fathers Day 2011

Dad,

I slept in today (till almost noon in fact) which is rare for me anymore. It wasn’t meant with any disrespect, but it just makes this day pass a little quicker.

When I finally put my feet on the floor I spent a few hours in quiet reflection of the few memories that I actually do still have because 29 years can play lots of tricks on ones mind.

I also must admit I have cried a few times today and I am in no way ashamed of that! The last few years I have tried to keep pushing forward and I hope that somehow you can see I am doing the best I can with what I have.

One thing that still haunts me to this day is the fact you never got the chance to see me accomplish anything to make you proud, however I hope that you can see from above the stewardship of the life you helped create some 39 years ago, I am doing my best I can with what I have today just like you taught us too!

Happy Fathers Day Daddy!!!

Love,

Byron

 

 

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June 6, 1966

 

Although I wasn’t born at the time, I am quite sure it was just another hot summer day in Knoxville, TN.

The best thing that ever happened to me came into the world that very day that being my big brother Richard Allen Fenoglio.

If you knew Rick you can understand where I am coming from.

Never was there a better friend than he was. In all the time that I known him he was a kind and caring person. Sometimes his “Causes” were a little in left field but if he believed in something you had better not stand in his way.

Oh yeah, He LOVED to talk (unlike me) and he did it well!! It has been said that he didn’t speak his first words until he was 2 and he spent the rest of his life making up for that 🙂

When I returned home from his funeral I got a fortune cookie and it read: “If you cannot excel with talent, triumph with effort” and I knew that although he wasn’t here in body, his memory and spirit will walk within us forever.

So today as I still struggle with his loss, I will remember a man who may not have been the most talented at most things he did, but he put in the effort!!

I love you Rick and Thank You for being the MAN you were and will always be in the eyes of your little brother.

 

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And With One Stroke Of A Pen, It Is Finished

Today (as far as I know) there have been no earthquakes, no major shakeups in government and no rumors of the end of the world, but when I opened the mailbox my world changed.
Something came that I knew at some point would, I just didn’t know when.
Not everything lasts forever no matter how much we look back, the truth is sometimes we are better off moving on and beginning a new chapter and hoping we can learn from the actions of the past.

Perhaps time will help ease this void that now seems to fill my heart and I know that the one common love that we do share will help brighten even our darkest days with just one smile.
I have no hard feelings and and hope that life brings nothing but the best.

Thank You.
Byron

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