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Thank God It's Friday! / "Everybody's working for the weekend!"

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Jed Cooper:

Hello everyone!  We've all heard and used the expression or are at least familiar with it.  I thought it would be a great idea to elaborate with each other.  :)

How was your week?  If you're comfortable in doing so, share the ups and yes, even downs and what your plans are for the weekend.  Travel?  Work?  Home projects?  Time with family and/or friends?  Share whatever struggles and or victories that you may have encountered/conquered during the week.  Pat yourself on the back, too!  Why not?  You deserve it!

Then, let us know what you've got planned for the coming weekend or if you're posting during the weekend, what you're up to.  Again, only if you're comfortable with doing so.  I thought it would be fun and open up the door for members to share and get to know each other a little more.

It doesn't have to stop there.  Share some of the things you'd like to do but haven't.  We could even share past weekend experiences here, too.  Post past & present images and videos that you'd like to share.       

I'll get the ball rolling....

Typical work week but I did go see Jason Bourne Tuesday night.  For the second weekend in a row, I'm heading to Naples, Maine to spend time with my dad.  He had follow-up ankle surgery recently and needs me there to help him out, which I'm more than happy to do.  It's great helping out and spending quality time with him.  Almost hard to believe he'll be 75 later this year!  I'm glad and fortunate to still have him around. 

Well, that's all for now.  I do sincerely hope this proves to be an active thread.  Remember, only share what you're comfortable with.  I think it'll be fun sharing and learning together.  Even share if your weekend isn't the traditional Friday through Sunday.  I used to work Wednesdays through Sundays with Mondays and Tuesdays off, so I know what it's like.  It gave me the chance to take care of things I couldn't otherwise do on the weekends, but I did miss out on family gatherings so I'm more than happy to have my regular schedule back.

I hope this finds you all in good health and spirits.  Have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend!  O0

*If this topic has already been created somewhere I'll feel awfully silly.  :D

I went camping out west of the Pocanos, which was really beautiful this time of year. I visited my father at the NJ shore -- he's 84, and a widower -- very lonely. He's dating terrible women who think he has money because he made great real estate investments all his life. He just wants company, and they just want his beach houses in Florida and Jersey. I just have to remind him to be careful, he's not in love with anyone, just so lonely.  (My dad IS Walt Kowalski -- in almost every way possible. He's always been very strong, and very quiet. He never needed anyone -- it's sad to see him so weakened emotionally and physically now.)

I guess that's about it. Happy Friday.

Jed Cooper:
Wow, thanks for sharing, Matt.  That's great you get to see your dad.  Do you see him often?  Camping is great.  We used to do it every summer when we were kids.  Lots of memories, sleeping inside big tents with cots and pup tents with sleeping bags, swimming and campfires.  Simple pleasures.  We try going at least once a year nowadays.  Funny your mentioning the comparisons between Kowalski and your dad.  I thought of my dad when I first saw Gran Torino, but not in the carbon copy sense.  One time, talking with him on the phone I overheard him taking a shot at a suirrel trying to get at his bird feeders.  My dad is 10 years younger than yours, approaching the three-quarter century mark later this year.  84, God Bless your dad and thanks again for sharing.   

We didn't rough it with a tent -- I got a great cottage with central air, a full kitchen, TV, all that. But, we did have a great charcoal grill for cooking, a campfire pit, and lots of booze. I'm not into tents and roughing it anymore. That was fine when I was younger.

My dad has never handled a gun outside of Korea. But, he is a Trump supporter. He's reminded me of Clint since I first saw Clint in 1983, and he still does.

Jed Cooper:
I know what you mean.  I don't mind tents but have done the log cabin thing, too.  More comfortable.

Thanks again, Matt.  You ever ask him to imitate Eastwood for fun?  I always thought my dad resembled James Garner.  I canít recall when that impression first came to me, upon seeing The Rockford Files or Tank on cable. 

My weekend didnít qo quite as planned this time around.  I did wind up having some down time so besides checking out the movies for the Eastwood movie challenge, I had time to watch all three Expendables movies.  Iím still not thrilled with the third installment but the action at the beginning and end helps.   ;)

I hope everybody had a great weekend.  Chin up, the next one will be here soon enough!   O0


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