Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day!!!

To my Mom and all of the other moms out there, I just wanted to thank you and wish you a Happy Mother's Day.  I love you MOM!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Just Another Bully

Mitt Romney wants to be President? This just goes to show us that he's just another bully. He was one as student and he has proven he still is in his corporate life as well. This is not presidential, nor fitting of any elected official in this day and age. I know you probably thinking, but he was just a teenager and kids do stupid things. How is this any different from the incident at Rutgers University where a student Tyler Clementi commits suicide after secret sex tape is made of him

Yes that incident end tragically, so are we supposed to give Mitt a free pass because of his prank didn't? My question is would he have been elected to Governor of Massachusetts if this story had come out then? There is currently an atmosphere against bullying for what ever reason. So shouldn't we make an example of Mitt, he does not deserve a free pass on this incident. 
Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents
By Jason Horowitz, Published: May 10

Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenage son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be identified. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic. Buford volunteered for Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Seed, a registered independent, has served as a Republican county chairman in Michigan. All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections.
“It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” said Buford, the school’s wrestling champion, who said he joined Romney in restraining Lauber. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber, who was “terrified,” he said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”
“It was a hack job,” recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. “It was vicious.”
“He was just easy pickin’s,” said Friedemann, then the student prefect, or student authority leader of Stevens Hall, expressing remorse about his failure to stop it.
The incident transpired in a flash, and Friedemann said Romney then led his cheering schoolmates back to his bay-windowed room in Stevens Hall.
Friedemann, guilt ridden, made a point of not talking about it with his friend and waited to see what form of discipline would befall Romney at the famously strict institution. Nothing happened....
Sometime in the mid-1990s, David Seed noticed a familiar face at the end of a bar at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
“Hey, you’re John Lauber,” Seed recalled saying at the start of a brief conversation. Seed, also among those who witnessed the Romney-led incident, had gone on to a career as a teacher and principal. Now he had something to get off his chest.
“I’m sorry that I didn’t do more to help in the situation,” he said.
Lauber paused, then responded, “It was horrible.” He went on to explain how frightened he was during the incident, and acknowledged to Seed, “It’s something I have thought about a lot since then.”
Lauber died in 2004, according to his three sisters. 
You can read the complete story which was published in the Washington Post on May 10th as well as Mitt's apology.  

I wonder if John Lauber was alive today would he forgive Mitt for this prank? 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Post Op

In case you have not been following my updates on Facebook let me fill you in what has been going on. Last Monday I got a call from Mom letting me know that my Dad was in the hospital. He was just going to have a stint put in but when they did some further test they found other blockages in the arteries around his heart. He was being transferred to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to have a triple bypass. I was pretty concerned about the whole situation because my Dad also has MS which complicates everything. But I was also relieved that he was going to one of the best hospitals in the US, which gave some relief.

Then things got a even more complicated when I spoke to my Mom and Dad on Wednesday last week they also had found that Dad's carotid artery was 90% blocked as well so they were going to have to clear that as well. Once getting that news I knew then I had to go home. I booked the first flight I could back to Boston, because they were going to do the surgery on Friday and I need to see him before the procedure. I have to admit that I was fearing the worst, but of course hoping for the best.

I packed up my shit and made my way to up North. The flight was okay nothing special, I flew Delta. Mom picked me up and we headed in to see him. All considering Dad looked good and was in pretty good spirits despite what was going on. The next day we went back to the hospital this time joined by my brother Greg. By then they had already finished the carotid artery and that had gone well. The surgeon was pretty happy with the results and he said they had already started the bypass procedure. That was going to take about 8  hours to finish.

At about 4PM the heart surgeon came in to see us. They said everything was routine, though complicated because they also found an aneurysm on another artery so it end up being a quadruple bypass. He was surprised to find it because it did not show up on any of the tests. He was very lucky that they did find it and that it was small enough to be repaired. But none the less a very serious procedure. The surgeon was very to the point and didn't really go into details. He told us we should be able to see him once they move him to ICU in a couple of hours.

We decided to grab some dinner with the rest of my brother's family so I could see my nieces. Once dinner was finished Mom and I headed back in to see him. We found him he was still under the anesthesia but was responsive to our voices and would squeeze your hand. We stayed with for a couple of hours before heading home. We headed back in the next day and found him sitting up in a chair. He was still out of it but it was good to see him up.

The last few days he's been getting better each day and starting to move around, all which is good. He's getting back to his old self but still has a way to go. He can't get around like most of us because of the MS so the recovery is a bit more complicated. He will have to go to a Rehab facility so they can ease him into building his strength back and probably will not go home until he able to climb the stairs. But he does have a goal we have a family vacation planned for July I know he's look forward to going on that. It should be a lot of fun and I'm sure he'll be up for it and probably ready for a vacation by then.

Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers, it has really meant a lot to me and my family. You all have been great now it's time to get things back to normal and on track.
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