Halloween Thriller

Halloween is very different this year as we are living in our 5th wheel in an RV park at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.  We are not expecting trick or treats this year, no scary costumes and no ghosts and goblins.  I guess there could be some of the older folks here in the RV park that would be considered scary in their own way, but we will not go there.

So this year, I am expecting a quite night with just us adults that are living here at the RV park.

The past 2 weekends I have highlighted #3 & #2 of the Top Halloween songs of all time.  It felt fitting I should conclude today with the #1 song.

1984 – a song popular in this month – Thriller by Michael Jackson

This is a rare pop song with a horror theme. Halloween novelty songs like “The Monster Mash” had been around for a while, but this was the first hit song with year-round appeal containing lyrics about creatures of the night who terrify their victim.

Interesting facts about Thriller & Michael Jackson

Vincent Price, an actor known for his work on horror films, did the narration at the end of the song, including the evil laugh.

The music video is considered the most famous music video of all time, at least by the Library of Congress, which added it to its National Film Registry in 2009, the first music video in their registry.

Thriller is by far the best selling album in the world. In the United States, it was overtaken by The Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, but reclaimed the title after Jackson’s death.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

Top Halloween Billboard #2 1962 – Monster Mash by Bobbie “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers

1962 – a song popular in this month – Monster Mash by Bobbie “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers

Pickett was a nightclub entertainer who performed with a group called The Cordials. He wrote “Monster Mash” with his friend Lenny Capizzi.

Interesting facts about Monster Mash & Bobbie “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers

The lyrics are based on the story of Frankenstein, which started as a 1818 novel by Mary Shelley and evolved into various film adaptations.

Pickett is imitating Boris Karloff, but is narrating the story as Dr. Frankenstein, not the monster that Karloff famously portrayed.

This is a dance song based on the “Mashed Potato” dance craze, which is where The “Mash” in the title comes in.

The original title was “Monster Twist” in an attempt to jump on the Twist craze, but that fad was fading so they tried calling it “Monster Mashed Potato,” then settled on “Monster Mash.”

This is arguably the most successful novelty song of all time. Bobby Pickett accomplished the rare feat of reaching the top 100 music chart three times with the same song. On October 20, 1962, the original release hit #1 in the US. The song re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 on August 29, 1970 peaking at #91, and then again on May 5, 1972 when it went all the way to #10. The song has sold over four million copies and continues to be a Halloween favorite.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

I need a vacation

In my post last Friday ‘Still unknowns‘, I concluded with the following –

The only important happening this past week is Gary and I moved the RV back to our original location on the Pensacola Naval Air Station.  We will now live here at the RV park on the Naval Air Station for the next 3 months.  We wanted to be at this location for specific upcoming events such as the holidays and other possible activities.  Once the 3 months is over, a determination will take place where the next location will be as this is dependent on my health concerns.

Still unknowns at this time and as they reveal themselves the future will become clearer.

Today in this post, I write the following –

The next several months will be busy with many activities taking place.  Remember I mentioned a tentative trip planned back to Texas to visit my family for Thanksgiving.  This trip is still not confirmed and is depended on when my chemo will end and how my body responds to the treatment, specifically the results of my white blood count.  The plane tickets are reserved and should the trip not take place, there will be no penalty for cancelling at the last minute.  Should this trip be cancelled; we may end up taking the trip on a different date other than a holiday.

Gary and I also have another trip planned in early December.  I will be honest; I need a vacation away from our current location and away from my doctors, the hospitals, labs and chemotherapy treatments.  As of today I have no idea what will take place with regards to my health and the care needed in the last months of this year and the early months of next year.  I believe by mid-November I will have a good idea what the future holds, but today it is unclear.  I am assuming at this point; today, that my chemotherapy will be completed within a couple of weeks.  My understanding if my major surgery is to take place, it will not be until January 2017.

I need a vacation, so Gary and I have planned taking a cruise in December a couple of weeks prior to Christmas.  We are planning taking a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise the second week in December.  Today, there are still uncertainties with my health and the care needed; but I truly believe I will be able to travel by the second week in December.  This travel in December will be discussed with my Oncologist Dr. D. whom I have an appointment with prior to today’s chemotherapy treatment.

My view on my health and my life is that taking a small break from what is taking place, will be a benefit for Gary and myself.  Precautions will be taken and I will remain focus on remaining infection free.

I need to get away – I need a break – I need to have some fun – I need a vacation.

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…just listen

…just listen

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Just listen to my words, they have purpose, they have a way with them in describing someone, something, an occurrence, an event, a moment, a feeling, an emotion.

I do not want judgement, I do not desire compassion, I do not need understanding.  Just hear, just listen to the words.  I want to be a better person and to have a better life.  Just listen to my words.

I just need to express, I need to let out, I need to put the information out there and get it out of my head.  Let it be express and let the words be read.  This is my mind, my complex thinking of many thoughts and many emotions; and though it may be complicated, sometimes simple, sometimes difficult to understand and to comprehend, to calculate.

It is sane and happy many times, but other times can be insane and unhappy.

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Am I different from everyone else – just like everyone else is different from me?

This is my life…just listen to my words.

…just listen

Yes, yes, I know!

Yes, yes, I know!

But I needed a break from the new normal.

Yes, yes, I know!

But months have gone by since the last visit.

Yes, yes, I know!

Gary and I visited a nearby casino.

Yes, yes, I know!

The white blood count is back up; I am feeling better and off we went.

Yes, yes, I know – I am in the process of chemo and easily can get an infection, especially from a casino.

The hands where washed more times during the casino trip then in the past month.

Yes, yes, I know – we enjoyed our trip to the casino.

Sleep

Okay, it is known the importance of sleep; sleepfoundation.org has the following –

Researchers have also shown that after people sleep, they tend to retain information and perform better on memory tasks. Our bodies all require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones.

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For the past several weeks or more likely about a month now; sleep has been difficult for me.  What caused this and how do I get back to sleeping good again?  Back in September in my post ‘The lab experiment‘, I wrote about having a medicine cabinet overflowing with medications I am unable to pronounce the names to.  Since then, I have stopped taking many of those medications and only take the necessary ones that are needed during this time of chemotherapy treatment, recovery and a benefit to my overall health.

About the same time, my inability to have a good night’s sleep started.  Could it be that these medications were helping me sleep?  My guess is yes, they were helping.  I have for most of my life had issues sleeping and for many years dealt with this by drinking.  I have not hidden my drinking habits here on my blog; some of you may remember these posts I wrote about my use of alcohol:

Addictions or Habits or Routines

My Life My Way

Drink, Drink, Drink

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Upon my cancer diagnosis and the treatment plan, I stopped drinking on a regular basis, and now with taking only the medications that are essential in my recovery – my sleep is affected.  Without something to aid me, my usual sleep habit for most of my life is back – basically insomnia.  Several weeks ago, my Oncologist Dr. D. prescribed me medication to help with the sleep.  The medication did not help at all and I continued to have sleepless nights, so I stopped taking that medication.

Without alcohol and with the reduced medications; my body begin to respond not only with insomnia, but also it started experiencing internal shakes.  After some research, I did find that for some people, chemotherapy treatment can have a side effect like Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).  I feel this is what I have experienced in the evening specially when I go to bed, which aids my insomnia.  My mom experiences RLS and with my dad having Parkinson’s Disease, there is a possibility I am experiencing something similar if not RLS itself.

I have spoken with my Oncologist Dr. D. about this and the result is an additional medication for RLS.  I started taking this medication and it does help with the internal shakes but did not help with the insomnia.  I then decided to also take the medication specifically for insomnia.

Another effect on my sleepless nights is the fact I prefer either total silence or a constant humming noise.  I recently started using an app on my phone that makes the noise of a ‘fan’ blowing and now I use it by playing it all night.

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I like the constant ‘fan’ sound and it along with the medications are helping me have a good night’s sleep, once again.

My Greatest Fight

Back in July of this year, in my post ‘Mother Mary‘, I wrote the following –

I talked with my mom a couple of weeks ago about this upcoming surgery, the most recent one; and I had told her, I said this is not the end, I feel it, I just know there is more to come.

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And I told her also that I will get through it because this is not my greatest battle, my greatest battle has already occurred.  It was that depression, that great depression within me, about me that wanted to bring me down, wanted to end my life, kill me, destroy me – and I battled back, I found the strength and courage and I won that battle.  I overcame that which wanted to beat me down to nothing.

Today’s post, I write the following –

I have cancer!  Yes, I know many people in this world have cancer; but I have cancer.  I never ever thought I would say those words.  And though it could be worse, because it could be worse, I will get through this and be better as a result of it.  As mentioned in the opening of this post, this is not my greatest battle – that has already occurred.  Maybe that battle against my own mind prepared me for this fight against my own body.

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Recently I have thought about this time in my life, what is taking place now and how to handle it. I have admitted many times I am weak and allow aches, pains and sickness to dictate my mood.

I continue to try to take back my mood, which at times is kidnapped by my body.  My logical mind is allowing my physical body to capture and take control that which sets the mood for the day.  That good part of me, that wants to be in a good mood to deal with the fight at hand, that good part of me at times is weak.

I have written posts about ‘Chaos in the mind‘, ‘The Evil Person Inside‘, ‘Conversations in my head‘, and ‘suicide – it sounds peaceful, it sounds calm‘; yes, I am one messed up guy.

This messed up guy keeps fighting for reasons unknown; honestly I don’t know why I keep fighting, but I do.  Is this my greatest fight, or are there more to come?

Obviously I have no crystal ball therefore the future remains unknown. Today in my life, the now, the present – this is my greatest fight.  I once again enter the ring and choose to fight, because the battle is not over – it is just another fight.

At times of weakness I remind myself of the inner strength I have and the good mood returns.  As the fight and the battle continue, so does the mood continue to be good; for a good mood is strength to battle any fight.

This may not be my greatest battle; for now, this is my greatest fight.

Top Halloween Billboard #3 1984 – Ghostbusters by Ray Parker

1984 – a song popular in this month – Ghostbusters by Ray Parker

This was the theme song for the movie starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver.

Interesting facts about Ghostbusters & Ray Parker

The film’s director Ivan Reitman insisted that the title of the film be in the song, which made Ray Parker Jr. leery of the assignment. Once he started working on it, Parker wrote it in just a few days.

The video featured short appearances by a bunch of random celebrities, including George Wendt, Carly Simon, and John Candy.

This was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song From A Movie. It lost to “I Just Called To Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder.

In the 2016 documentary Hired Gun, Ray Parker, Jr. said: “To this day, people ask me, ‘Are you tired of hearing people say, who you gonna call?’ Well, no! It’s like, am I tired of holding the best lotto ticket or the best thing to ever happen? No.”

Huey Lewis sued Parker for plagiarizing the medley to his song “I Want A New Drug” on this track.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

The French Kiss

My category ‘Pictures & Stories’ are posts with me writing a fictional, creative short story about a picture.

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The French Kiss –

Yes, yes, yes, I know it is odd that I would take time off to fly to France and be professionally trained.  But seriously, look at this face, who wouldn’t want to kiss me?

Yes, I know about the Mexican Kiss, but it is not as exciting as the French Kiss.

So off I went to France to be professionally trained.

The training was intense and involved many countless hours.

It paid off as I am now considered the world’s first Chihuahua trained in France.

But I do now have a tired lazy tongue.