Monday, October 13, 2008
The new year was the beginning of semi awareness for JM; he remembers having an excruciating pain radiating from his buttock, he could feel the area of the pain but he could not see it, he could feel it with his hand and wanted to scratch it but he was told it might fester causing infection. That scar has left its mark an his buttock and JM can still feel it.
This picture tells the story of the nickname that JM lived with for many a year; his short pants, altho in fashion today, reminded the children in Efpalion of a "Chinaman" or Kinezos, so the nickname "Kinezos" was synonymous with JM.( Maybe Thalia will love to see this photo..)
The first trouble that JM remembers getting into was when a package from his father to his mother arrived from America. Mother, sister and brother gathered to see what was in the box and when it was finally opened a shining silver Bulova watch for Mother appeared, everybody was in awe to see such a stunning timepiece, a beautiful work of art. his mother put the watch on her wrist and tears started rolling down her face. JM was very exited to see such an awesome object. He wanted to hold it in his hand, his mother gently remove it from her wrist and carefully placed it on JM’s hand. Unfortunately JM dropped it on the floor. As of this day he does not remember if the Bulova was damaged or not, even now he does not know. His mother's expression was transformed from a happy joyous one to bewilderment, a cloud of guilt came over JM. Needless to say all but his mother berated him and he was left alone in his own misery.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
1930 1932. It was the time when JM was sailing to old Europe, when two cosmic events appeared on the horizon: the constellation of Gemini and the constellation of Sagittarius, and all the stars were blinking with joy at each other.
In 1932 Gemini was escorting JM, Sagittarius was
escorting Mimi to find each other. It was the Yearof the Monkey. Many years later the Horse and the Dragon saw each other again.
June 17th 1932. JM stepped on Greek soil,confused and frightened and crying. He was dropped in Patras, Dervenakiou 10, just inside the door looking up at an endless stairway and seeing no one. To his left there was a closed door and there
was no one around. He must have felt abandoned. For the first time a new sibling appeared. It was his older brother Xristos. He was ten years older than JM.
Efpalion in 1980
Even now, 76 years later, JM still hurts. He was told but didn’t understand that Efpalion was his next stop and might become the permanent settlement for his family. It was the town of his grandparents’ house, and where his mother built the house which still stands in the village.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I do hope that your CDs were FDIC insured, along with the 401 or any other retirement plans that you might have. I do know that you all have some stocks and I know you all lost 20 or 30% of their value. Do not panic, you are still young and in a few years may well recover the losses.
The Big Question Remains:
All the loses in billions of $ ---- where did they GO?
( in the thin air? )
We all know when the banks, financial institutions and corporations were making obscene profits, the money went in their pockets. We have heard of the Golden parachutes for the CEOs and the lavish parties with their airplanes, limos, yachts , ski resorts, mansions in Europe and houses in every state, casinos and mistresses. That is where the money went, in my humble opinion.
Do you remember " let free enterprise alone and the economy will flourish, Do not let the government interfere in our business, we know better than the government."
Now they are telling us " Please Government rescue us ". Who is the government? YOU & ME, All of us who pay our taxes every year and every time we buy food, clothing, books, cars and gas.
Well here is the question you have to answer to yourselves. Where did the $ go?
We are in an opportune time to vote out the congressmen and senators and bring in a new breed for a new generation.