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From Graduation to Williamsburg and back!

So one of these weeks my life is gong to get back into its normal rut, unfortunately this was not the weekend! The weekend started with a full day of graduation festivities for son Andrew, who graduated from Rowan University!! Congratulations Andrew! These festivities were followed by a surprise birthday party Friday night for the daughter of a friend of my wife. Next came a trip to Williamsburg, VA to pick up daughter Elizabeth’s stuff at William & Mary on Saturday! Fun was added to the trip when I went out to move the car and discovered a nail embedded in the flat tire. Of coarse,  this was AFTER moving her microwave, refrigerator and several boxes down from her room on the third floor (in a building with no elevator),  over three dorms and up to the fourth floor storage area, in a building which had an elevator!  Subsequently, we went to Target to get a can of Fix-a-Flat, because trying to jacking Andrew car on a semi- un-level surface taught me that, that does not work and since there were no even remotely  level surfaces in the immediate vicinity of the car Fix-a-Flat was my best bet!! Anyway I was able to get the tire fixed just before the torrential  downpour and we were able to go eat! After eating, we got to load the car, again carrying her stuff down from the third floor. Oh, did I mention that while going up and down stairs it feels that someone’s sticking a knife in my knee!!!  We did, however,  manage to get everything in the car and get back to the motel. So this morning I took the car to Walmart to get the tire fixed. The nail was too close to the sidewall to patch the tire,  so I had to get a new tire. The clerk said that the tire was $ 67.00. When she rang it up  final she said that the total was $ 147.00 plus! Looking at the bill I could see that there were two charges for the tire. After questioning the clerk about the bill, she said I had to speak with the guy in the shop. He said, that yes there were two charges for the tire and I had to go to Customer Service to get a refund!

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Willpower – Go Will – Let’s Fight Lung Cancer!

So last night was one of those nights when real life takes over from music listening and blogging. About six to eight weeks before my son Peter and Missy’s wedding, Missy’s brother Will was in the hospital and being treated for pneumonia when the doctors discovered spots on his lungs and he was diagnosed with Stage Four lung cancer. It appears to be mostly in in one lung and at that point it was unknown whether the spots on the other lung were cancerous. It was hoped that it was not and then the bad lung could be removed. When the other lung was biopsied it too was cancer. Will, a non-smoker, was a classmate of my son Andrew and is 28 married with a cute little boy. After some radiation treatments it appears that there is no more cancer in the one lung and the tumor in the other appears to be dead and has shrunk 30 percent! It’s hoped that it will keep shrinking to the point that an operation to remove it may be possible! Last night we attended a fund raiser for Will and Nicole at Prospectors in Mount Laurel. There were many baskets to be raffled off, a band and an outpouring of love for Will!! One of the things that Will an Nicole have learned during this ordeal is that there is not a lot of funding first for lung cancer and more specifically for this type of lung cancer. Here is an article about lung cancer Understanding Lung Cancer and here’s a Facebook page WTF(Where’s the Funding for Lung Cancer? which links back to this page.

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