figuring it out as we go…

Here I am; but where am I??  I thought this would be simple but it’s not quite as easy as I was told!!
I am an old guy — 91 and will be 92 in October, God willin’ and the creeks don’t rise (over my head causing me to drown).  The parenthetical statement would be funny if there wasn’t flooding in southern states and horrendous earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan. But this is supposed to be humorous musings (I forgot — ramblin’s).

The best thing that happened to me today was on Facebook: Norman Lear posted some of his favorite sketches from all of his TV endeavors.  I watched the episode in which Sammy Davis leaves a satchel in Archie’s cab and ends up coming to Archie and Edith’s house to retrieve it.  I laughed so loud that Harriette, my wife of 65 years, heard me; so after lunch we watched it together and neither of us could stop laughing.  Oh, how great Norman Lear was, and still IS — at 93 a modern version of “One Day at a Time” (a Latino version) will be forthcoming.

But the proposed show (opening episode) that I am interested in has not been picked up — it’s in the can (I think that’s the way to say it). He calls it “Guess Who Died” and it takes place in a “senior facility” — meanin’ an old folks’ home — sorta like the place I am now residing.  When you are in your 90’s the title can relate to humor if we are not talking about a specific incident of death.  It’s not uncommon for the statement to be made as if someone is reading the ‘obit’ section of the newspaper; so it’s like a local ‘news release’.  At least that’s the way I think of it.  You have to understand — a few people in our “facility” die every month, so it becomes matter-of-fact kind of statement.  There are quite a few “characters” in this place; so in our odd way, the whole idea can be humorous — not funny ‘ha ha’ but not sad.  I’m sure taking a lot of time explaining myself so I guess there’s a tinge of guilt about this subject.

Talking about Facebook, I only recently started.  I get a liitle ‘preachy’ and make frequent comments as if I am ‘all-knowing’; but I think it can be a release and I do try to keep it in a humorous vein.  I’ve made some good ones; but that’s bragging.  I did make a very serious statement Sunday after watching the HBO show “Confirmation”.  I have always felt that  Anita Hill was “screwed” — not literally, of course — but I feel she was telling the truth.  And if that’s the case we have a lying hypocrit on the Supreme Court.  Since I am a bit liberal in my leanings, it’s not a surprise that I would not care for the man nor his beliefs.  But what little I know is he asked a question for the first time in many years the other day.  And then I watched his wife on TV in the past and decided that she’s a loser in my book.  So, at least, this is an example of my ‘leanings’.

So, for the first post, this is enough.  Why anyone would care too much what I say (besides my loving daughter) is beyond me. That’s enough ramblin’ for today. And here’s my “later” way to end my blogs—- ‘nuf  ……….

Author: Emiel aka Emiliano Meisel

THIS BIO IS UPDATED CONTINUOUSLY, DON'T BE CONFUSED: April 2016 - I'm living in this "senior facility" with my wife of 65 years! Officially, it's known as Vintage Westwood. As for my bio: I'm over 91 years, caucasion, grew up in the Memphis "hood", graduated USNA at Annapolis, served on Destroyer USS-843, then MIT in Boston area, US Naval aviator, married Harriette, w/3 offspring, one living grandchild, lost one (that's a tear!), 10 years USN, 30 years an IBMer, 24 years 'devouring' Mexico in San Miguel de Allende, and now here in this "geriatric home for the aged" -some inhabitants are 'really' old. Now, I'm a "blogger" - and that almost sounds like a dirty word! A friend has suggested that the place where we live should be titled -- "Elders' Chateau" -- we like it - so that's what we want to call it! Some of these folks are really very, very old, though! So, it's Sept'16, still alive and kickin' and re-naming our facility for bloggin' purposes -- "Casa de los Ancianos del Norte" or CAN. Hope I don't confuse ya!! Update: 11/2/16 -- I am now 92 and on Nov 5th, the wife and I will be wed for 66 years!! The new name of the CAN is "The WATERMARK at Westwood Village" -- snazzy huh!! Will let you know if it works out -OK?? Stay tuned! Guess what? It ain't workin' out so good!! We're bein' EVICTED!!!! 1/12/17 Whoa!! Not yet!! We're an ornery bunch of very, very, very ole folks who are gonna do what we have to do!! (Not leave here!) 1/24/17-- Very Important Entry (VIE): Residents of the CAN live in a RESIDENTIAL HOTEL -- and that's 'g-d' fact! It's up to L.A. City Housing Commission. 2/14/17 Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved RH! Waitin' for City Housing Commission approval. 4/15/17 Watermark still has not furnished drawin's -- it'll probably end up in a "draw". We'll get to stay while they remodel -- that should be "interestin'"!! 6/10/17 It's June and exchangin' offers -- and Bet Tzedek, our pro-bono lawyers, just sent in a counter-proposal -- keepin' our fingers crossed!! On 6/13/17 Received word that the L.A.City Housing Commission decision that "947 Tiverton Ave" is now classified as a RESIDENTIAL HOTEL (Yippee!!) -- stay tuned, somethin's gotta give -- but NO EVICTION ever!! July 2017: Will see 10 inhabitants leave -- our number down to about forty, and the wife and I are stayin'!! 8/17-- Watermark is appealin' -- Bet Tzedek says "no prob"!! Our numbers are depleted -- some passin's and some leavin's -- and we are a bit below 30 -- but we are "'947'-strong!! 10/10/17--Well, it's happenin' -- they have distributed their THP -- and we don't like it. We're all appealin' and Bet Tzedek (God Bless 'em) is with us all the way! 10/23 Stay tuned!! Gonna send my blog in with my "appeal" -- hope he or she has a sense of humor!! 10/31 Happy Halloween!! We lost a guy yesterday -- he passed over to the other side -- he was hangin' in with the rest of us -- just wantin' a decent place to live -- with that loss, and 4 depatures next week -- our number will be reduced to 24 -- that's a good even number!! 11/10: Our official "appeal" will be heard on Nov 20th -- Bet Tzedek will present and others will follow -- my current blog is my "entry" for the appeal. God willin' & creeks don't rise -- we won't be "evicted"!! Keep on -- keepin' on! 11/18: Actually a pro-bono law firm (Manatt's C.J. Laffer, good guy!) will present, and so will the ole guy -- stay tuned!!11/20: Our team did damage to their THP -- it should be cast aside -- vamos a ver!! 12/01/17: On the day exactly one year after we were "evicted" (12/01/16) -- we were notified that our appeal to the "W" THP has been upheld! New THP?? 12/18 Yep!! Revised THP (withdrew Hilgard locaton) same-o, same-o for The Glendon apts. 1/1/18 Happy New Year --wasn't supposed to live so long. Appealin' 2nd THP. 1/13 From 121 to 16 with 3 leavin' soon -- we're down to 13 poor souls -- awaitin' a next move!! iOjala! 1/22/18 Well, we signed up for The Glendon -- move on March 1st -- we'll skip any catered meals and accept a meal stipend for the two of us. We'll just repeat what we did durin' the last years in Mexico (and when we lived in Paris with our dog) -- we'll just walk over to Starbucks or Coffee Bean and have our "petit cream w/croissant" for breakfast and have a late afternoon meal delivered!! Really, not a bad way to live after all -- so, thanks, Watermark!! Welcome to our new world!!

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  1. We are old but we are newbies when it comes to blogging’, so be kind as I figure out the admin role, so I can ensure I give the author (my dad) credit for his ramblings. This is his first awesome post…stay tuned.

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