not all is lost

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« With this text I might sound like I’m trying to convince social-network phobic people that there’s nothing to fear, but I’m not. How people react to public exposure varies widely, and I would never attempt persuasion. What I am declaring is this Sunday-night moment at home with Hana blended a domestic moment with the memory of a mostly-closed chapter of my life. I wrote about United Airlines, and pulled an archived memory from the first half of my career. I ended my first marriage, my food science work, and my status as a father of three in a relatively short period of time. Por supuesto, the most troubling sense of loss was with David’s death though more than a decade later my emotional loss is cloudy. The men who liked the text included an Indian man who is a new friend, and with what’s at hand with us the Indian man might prove to be big in my future. I was linked with the other men in the town that is David’s final resting place . . . awesome . . . their likes let me have a micro moment validated . . not all was lost . . . it’s more than a memory. The surfing movie is over, and since Hana paid it seems she wants to get her money’s worth, so it’s playing again from the beginning. This surfing movie is relevant, because my attention can be partly elsewhere without risk. Critical elements of a surfing movie are not missed by having my attention in Carlisle, and yet I can have this cool moment breathing a puff of life into a chapter of my life that’s . . . not completely closed. »» about me 302-990-2346 nearlincoln@hotmail.com contact us

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UA ¿Villain?

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« United is not a villain in today’s leggings controversy. Three passengers were denied boarding in Colorado for a flight destined to Minnesota, because they were not compliant with dress code. ¿Que pasa? ¿Flight passenger dress code? The people denied were given the opportunity to change. One had a change of clothes with her, and the other two missed the flight. During my work as a food scientist I managed a food manufacturing plant dress code including writing, publishing and enforcing the local policy. We had a corporate no-beard policy, and Ed was my most memorable problem. Ed’s fast-growing dark beard made him look at the end of twelve hours like most men look after several days of skipping shaves. The simplicity of, “no beard” at the corporate level where beards were permitted was a bitch to enforce locally. The geniuses at United ten years ago decided “no leggings” was a reasonable rule given it was only required of employees and dependants of employees during company-employment-benefit flights. Ten years passed and no one could have predicted how twitter makes this corporate dress code ripe low-hanging fruit. Grazie to United Airlines for putting a buzz in the the Sunday of many people including me. »» about me 302-990-2346 nearlincoln@hotmail.com contact us

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uber intent2opt out

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« Dear kind person at uber optout-portier@uber.com: On this day 25 March 2016 with this text I am expressing my intent to opt out of the arbitration agreement. Uber states in the Portier Services Agreement that there will be no retaliation against me for opting out. The email I used to registered, which is currently on my account is: nearlincoln. I received notification from uber 3/22/2017 7:10 PM that my account was activated following my background check. It was shortly after that email when I executed the Portier Services Agreement, so the thirty-day requirement of this intent to opt out is satisfied. Thank you for this opportunity to earn money while providing a valuable service. Sincerely, Tom Doody »» about me 302-990-2346 nearlincoln@hotmail.com contact us

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requesting modification

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« Dear my Indian amigo: Yes I am glad to prepare a detailed text stepping your Indian business doing business in the US to a fully-documented tax-paying legitimate American multinational company. Before I begin please be aware what you’re asking me to do is beyond what’s needed at this moment. The assignment as I completed it for amromed takes the company all the way from no US presence to this document. If you were to click on this link it’s an example of what a comprehensive reply to your request would look like, but it’s unnecessaily complicated given your company’s pre-US-license status. I propose you modify your request for the step by step to start now, include federal tax ID, and stop at consideration of payment gateway providers. Wondering if you accept. ¿Help? ciao Tomas »» about me 302-990-2346 nearlincoln@hotmail.com contact us

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comedy and death

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« Dear kind readers: In this post I jump from reference to my recently-archived post, “death and hookups” to a hypothetical hookup between Hana and my brother after my death. Why I make this big jump can only be answered by reading the aforementioned post. Sincerely, Tom Doody. Comfortable talking about death would describe me for more than a decade and Hana for about a half decade, and our comfort talking about death is comforting. Biden marries dead brother’s surviving wife was news to Hana last night as she prepared dinner and I read my post. It’s a classic fun moment in our relationship characterized by competing needs to talk about our days. I read the Biden sentence Hana breaks into funny editorial, and then segues to her day. When the moment returns to me I read the same sentence again prompting another editorial then more Bloomingdale’s and again and again . . for several cycles until we moved on. Talking about death can be comforting, and on the occasion of last night’s dinner prep with Hana it makes good comedy. »» about me 302-990-2346 nearlincoln@hotmail.com contact us

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Trump Ryan not Miracle on Ice

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« The failure of Trump’s first way-publicized legislation was predictable considering his rise included: ONE: faulting DC TWO: faulting all politicians THREE: insulting Paul Ryan and many other lawmakers. The humiliating loss became memorable and maybe even unforgettable at the hands of the President himself and the Speaker. Ryan went over the top praising Trump’s efforts. It’s understandable Ryan was motivated to praise the President: ONE: Republicans advanced against their fear of zero Presidential influence TWO: Ryan also used the occasion to kiss President ass THREE: Ryan was also sincerely expressing gratitude. The combination of two things creates an iconic moment for Trump: ONE: Ryan’s uncharacteristic overly-generous Presidential-kiss-ass moment TWO: the image of a Trump loss while giving it his all is not an image he’s fond of. Yesterday was a bad day for the new President. The personal side for me is how I’ve enjoyed significant freedom with Hana’s job at Bloomingdale’s. I could not live with the anxiety linked to a NYC transportation injury being a sure bankruptcy, so without Hana my employment would be required (aka I would have2get a job). Some people earn enough to make Obamacare affordable, and they report liking it. The freedom these people get with Obamacare is American, and to hear Paul Ryan toute terminating insurance for most of those people as American is bulll shit. I’m glad the bill failed. For a Liberal like me the manner that it created a reverse “Miracle on Ice” for Trump and Ryan makes the moment a little sweeter. »» about me 302-990-2346 nearlincoln@hotmail.com contact us

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death and hook ups

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« Hunter Biden is now hooked up with the surviving wife of his dead brother. Okay. People magazine also features Amy Krouse who expects her premature death credited to advancing cancer. She wants her surviving husband to hook up and wrote a dating profile for him. Por supuesto she wants . . . . rather I think at the heart of imagining the life of Hana if I precede her in death is to be unimpeded by a sense of loss. I talked relentlessly about my perspective successor, and Hana advanced to having thoughts of her life following my death drift in and out of our conversations comfortably. In retrospect it’s not that I need Hana to know she can hook up after me. Rather I’m comforted by comfortably visiting the topic of her life if I precede her in death. In total it’s not what I want for Hana it’s what I don’t want. Being shocked or totally unprepared is what I don’t want, and I feel I’ve done enough at the moment to see that the expected order of death being realized is not shocking. What is predictable should not be shocking provided time was available to prepare. I rest. Dear kind readers: People Magazine has prompted me to visit this death topic. I have no anticipation of my premature death. Sincerely, Tom Doody »» about me 302-990-2346 nearlincoln@hotmail.com contact us

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