Sunday, January 9, 2011


I have resolved to quit whining and complaining, to shift my focus towards the good mojo. It won’t be easy. Like they say, it ain’t easy to teach an old dog new tricks - and I am an old dog.

The first week of the new year was hectic and my mind is bit scattered, but I’d like to offer you some good mojo:

• Lindsey, my oldest daughter gave birth to Harper Bella Hernandez this week. Harper is named for Harper Lee. My twelve-year-old is named Scout, so Harper makes two Mockingbird girls in the family. She was four hours old when I made it to the hospital. The rest of the family had headed home and I had the honor of holding my grandbaby for forty-five uninterrupted minutes. Looking into the eyes of my four-hour-old granddaughter was nothing short of magic. Thanks to baby Harper, I can chalk up the first week of 2011 as a good mojo week. Let's call it a monster mojo week.

• My 2000 Chevy Astro van is on its last legs. My wife and I have resolved to drive until it breaks down again. Three of the four doors cannot be counted on to open. Today I had to crawl into the driver’s seat from the side sliding door. And I was good with this, feeling something like Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life when the wooden ball at the bottom of the staircase railing came off in his hand. He raised the orb to his mouth and kissed it because the Clarence the angel helped him to appreciate his blessings. Yeah, I felt just like Jimmy Stewart and Harper was my angel. How’s that for good mojo?

• Speaking of Jimmy Stewart, I think he said the keys to happiness are a comfortable bed and comfortable shoes. And I’m going to buy a new pair of shoes today. I’m not screwing around with his mojo thing.

• My daughters tried to teach me to dance The Jerk. I can’t say I learned The Jerk, but I did remember how to dance The Running Man. I’ve been dancing The Running Man a lot lately.

• I began teaching in 1986 when I was twenty-six. It’s kind of strange going to a job where nobody ages but me.

• Finally, there are some exciting new developments with my book, The Eight Fingered Criminal’s Son. I’ll fill you in as soon as the new plan is solidly in place.

• Thanks for reading and Happy New Year.


Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

Congrats on your baby granddaughter! What a lovey start to the new year.

Your van sounds simply priceless. May it trundle along for many more years to come. Doors that open and close are overrated in my opinion :)

Happy New Year to you too.

#167 Dad said...

Thank you. I agree. Couldn't think of a better way to start this off.

JJ said...

Congratulations! It doesn't get any better. Sounds like a great year ahead.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the grand baby- awesome stuff.
Loved the line about working in a job where you are the only one that ages.
Looking forward to your book news.
Keep up the great mojo!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, you guys, on oyur bundle of joy!!!

italgalmm said...

Major Congrats on your Granddaughter!
But I see we are the same age.. and you are a Grandfather..I must say....
This makes me a bit nervous.
Don't know what the news is about your book.. But sending you nothing but Good Luck MoJo for it... and for the New Year !!

Guely of Sweden said...

#1 Grandpa, congratulations! Atticus Finch and George Bailey, what a two great characters two follow.
And yeah, i was thinking about the book many times. I hope that "son" comes "soon"!


Awesome news on your new family member. RE: The Jerk it is tricker than it looks. I cant do it. If you can do the running man, you may consider "shuffling" - it's similar.

Akseli Koskela said...

Congrats on the grand-daughter! It sounds like a great car - it has character. Plus I am in complete agreement on the comfortable pair of shoes comment.

Without wanting to ruin your new year's resolution however; I do have one misgiving. Some of your complaints are really funny! I thought your "Sticking it to the man" gripe on barbers/hairdressers was great. Surely, "sticking it to the man" is good mojo!

Momma Fargo said...

Very cool names and history on your girls. Love that! And congrats, Gramps! Woot woot!

#167 Dad said...

Thanks. As always, I appreciate your support.
Thank you. Really dig your cartoons.
Grandbabies are easier than baby babies. Hope to have some news on the book real soon.
Thank you,
I've been trying to get my kids to call me Atticus. Maybe I ought to shoot for George.

#167 Dad said...

Thanks as always for reading.
The Shuffle, huh? I'll have to ask my kids for some instructions.

Really apreciate the positive feedback.
OK, I'll let loose one rant a month.
Thanks for the woot woot.