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Bloody “Bayside Dental” In Alton, N.H. — Never AGAIN, What Pompousness.

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baysidebloodydentalJesus wept. I didn’t. I just walked out. Bloody “Bayside Dental“. A bloody disgrace. Our first time and never, ever again.

Yes, at 62, I have lived long enough to understand that most U.S. doctors and dentist think that they are VASTLY SUPERIOR to their patients and that their time is precious while that of patients is worthless. Yes, I know that. And I appreciate that to the bloody Posadas, rich, famous and with their billion dollar smiles, I am but scum. That is true. But, there is one thing that I have which is exactly the same as what they have have whether they like it or not. My day has 24 hours as does their day. Yes, I am worthless in their estimation BUT my 24 hours is worth something to me. Time is what I value more than anything else in life — maybe even ahead of family! Without time you have nothing. So, I treasure time because it is what allows me to enjoy whatever I can — and that includes family. To rob me of my time, because they think I am scum, kind of gets to me after a time — 30 minutes typically my limit.

These bloody clowns, with their inane grins, think it is OK — probably even funny — to keep me waiting 30 minutes. I am scum and they are Gods and I should be so bloody grateful that they give me the chance, at a price, to grovel in their regal bloody presence. Well, not so. I had it with those clowns.

They robbed me of 30 minutes of MY LIFE. I will never, ever, ever get that 30 minutes back. It is gone. I could have done so much with those 30 minutes that these idiots stole from me. I resent that. I will curse them on my deathbed, wish that they are struck with every conceivable pox, for depriving me of 30 minutes of my life.

By all means go to them IF you don’t value your time. Anybody who is that callous with my time cannot, by definition, be a ‘nice’ person. But enough said. I have already wasted more time.

Just remember, irrespective of their station in life, we all have one thing in common — whether you are the president of the United States, the Pope, Hillary Clinton or as in my case, mere scum — we ALL get, whether we like it or not, 86,400 seconds a day. How we use that is what sets us apart. Don’t let callous clowns like the bloody Posadas rob you of YOUR seconds. That time you will never get back. If they overcharge you for stuff they didn’t have to do to your teeth that does NOT matter! IF you have time you can always make up that money. But when they steal 30 minutes of your life that is GONE. Gone. Gone forever. Forever. Forever.

But money can’t buy time. Time can buy MONEY!


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Ronan Tynan, The Irish Tenor, In Wolfeboro, NH, Aug. 7, 2015 Was But TOWERING Virtuosity!

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His voice SOARED. It, at times, was primeval. It had the intensity of a lion. You could feel the Viking blood that imbued the Irish centuries ago. Our dear friend, Dianne Monahan, an accomplished singer in her own right (with ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ for one), who knows her music and her English, called his voice ‘strident’. It sure was that. I loved it. I got to sit in the front row. His high notes make my body tingle. It was sublime. Yes, I know that there were a lot of complaints during the intermission that his voice, amplified, was too loud! Some claimed that the amplification caused it to break up and I heard the word ‘saturated’ being used. I cannot attest to any of that. Sitting in the front row I might have missed the worst of the amplification because of the way the speakers are positioned. I thought he was GREAT — in every way and in every sphere. Not the cat’s whiskers, but definitely a lion’s whiskers.

Yes, I am a sucker for any and all Celtic music and this was, indubitably, a class act. I was familiar with about 70% of his repertoire (done by others) and Ronan, to his credit, let me savor them in a different light. He is quite the entertainer. It is basically two shows in one — actually THREE shows in one because his piano accompanist, Billy (‘William’) Lewis is a magical, vastly gifted musician, worthy of being classed ‘peerless’. So it was Ronan Tynan of the blessed voice, Ronan Tynan the stand-up comedian & Billy Lewis the musical maestro. I would pay and go and listen to Billy on his own. I will have to look him up. Got to interact with him fleetingly before the show and I was struck by his humility. Such a nice guy.

I knew nada about Ronan prior to the show — and I missed, because I was supposed to be doing ‘security’ (which is kind of an oxymoron), his introduction. I noticed he limped and that he made a lot of jokes about his legs. It was only during the intermission that I learned that he is a double amputee, a bona fide orthopedic surgeon and the holder of numerous Paralympic records. An author too! He is quite the guy. Read up about him. He is inspirational. Start here on Wikipedia.

I relished every second of this unforgettable concert. Yes, it has been one great show after another — every week — all Summer BUT this was, nonetheless, still special, spectacular and scintillating. I am going to follow his music more.

People who complain that live concerts are loud kind of bug me. Concerts are supposed to be LOUD. If you like to modulate the volume stay at home and listen to your iPod. I love the vibration of loud concert music. When Matthew (now 23) was young he would drag me by my hand to stand in front of the huge 10′ monitors that ‘Seven Nations‘ would use in their incredible concerts — Loon Highland Games and in other places. The power of the sound waves coming out of those speakers made your teeth rattle. Now that was loud and we loved it. Yes, I have been going to loud concerts, with glee, since I was a teenager. And, oh yes, my ears must be shot, but jeez why come to a concert and talk about wearing ear plugs! I am sure Ronan probably has some choice words for people like that.

Two small gripes. I, knowing the Irish better than most, kind of thought that some of his ‘gushings’ were a tad too patronizing and as such, came across to a professional cynic as I, as being slightly ‘over the top’ (and I don’t want say more than that). Now, reading about him, I see that he has been blackballed for a supposed politically incorrect remark — and that would explain some of his cracks about Trump. That anybody would blackball this guy for remark like that is sad and bad. But I don’t think he needs to bend over backwards, as much as he does, to make up for being Irish to the core. The other thing that bothered me was his slight girth. He is a doctor. And yes, I gather you need some bulk to be able to have a voice like that — but he, to my untrained eyes, did not look a picture of health. That is sad. He loves his red wine and apple strudel. I can empathize. I love my red wine and apple ‘anything’ too — but not having been lucky enough to have been born Irish I am able to exercise something called moderation. And lets face it, it was the 2nd most famous Irishman, next to Ronan, Oscar Wilde, who said (and I am paraphrasing here): “I have terrific will power. I can resist anything but temptation”. I guess that must be Ronan’s thinking too. I am going to stop now. Moving into Oscar territory at this juncture might not be the best move for any of us. Moderation in all things — bar two (which is my motto).






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