Hey, Mom! The Explanation.

Here's the permanent dedicated link to my first Hey, Mom! post and the explanation of the feature it contains.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #58 - Phonogram and Traverse City 2015 pt. three


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Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #58 - Phonogram and Traverse City 2015 pt. three







Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 60 days ago


- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1509.02 - 21:55

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #57 - Traverse City 2015 pt. two

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Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #57 - Traverse City 2015 pt. two

Hi Mom, Grading like crazy now that I am home. More tomorrow.

I am sorry we did not shop Front Street.





Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 59 days ago


- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1509.01 - 20:25

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #56 - Traverse City 2015 pt. one

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Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #56 - Traverse City 2015 pt. one

Hi Mom, I will finish this one later this week. Having too much fun. Need a little vacation from daily writing regimen.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 58 days ago


- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1508.31 - 21:30

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #55 - Arrived in Traverse City


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #55 - Arrived in Traverse City
Hi Mom,

Here we are in Traverse City. Dad and I have taken a trip to stay at my old haunt the Neahtawanta Inn on the Old Mission Peninsula.

I will have more pictures and stories tomorrow as it's getting dark and I am getting ready for bed.

But, so far, we have been having a very nice time.

Of course, we're talking a lot about you, Mom.

I feel you watching over us, approving of what we do, though we're not doing nearly as much shopping as you would have done. However, we did walk around Fish Town in Leland in your honor.

We miss you.



Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 57 days ago


- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1508.30 - 21:05


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #54 - No more errands


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #54 - No more errands

Hi Mom, I came across this note on a to do list the other day. I realized that I won't be making noted like this any more. I will not need to run errands for you any more.

For readers who need the note deciphered, I bought you, Mom, cards to give to my father for holidays, like Father's Day, Birthday, and your anniversary. I had made this note recently, and run the errands, as we celebrated Dad's Father's Day and Birthday the day before you started the "actively dying" process. It was nice that we were all together then, so near the end. Even Liesel and Ivan were there.

I am very sad at the thought of how I will not write these notes any more, how I will not need to run these errands, and even how many more of these notes I will come across before I have disposed of them all. I liked running these kinds of errands for you, Mom. A part of me wants to continue to do so just because I don't want to let go of that role. Giving up these errands means accepting you are gone. I don't really want to accept it.

Isn't life like that? We spend our lives trying to rationalize things we don't want to do? Trying to negotiate with ourselves and the world for things to work out as we wish them to do?

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 56 days ago


- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1508.29 - 20:28

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #53 - new class schedule



Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #53 - new class schedule

Hi Mom, The saga continues with school.

The point of the story will be that I am retaking one course this Fall term and, essentially, re-taking another.

Here's what happened: I had a phone call yesterday from my advisor, Katie Young, who had to explain to me the consequences of failing Calculus. I told her about my hardship withdrawal, but it doesn't matter since I will not have a passing grade in Calculus in time.

I was registered for 1310-Discrete Mathematics and 1120-Java II for Fall 2015. I cannot take 1310 without a passing grade in Calculus prior as it's a pre-requisite, and I cannot take 1120 without Calculus prior or concurrently.

Now, my experience with Calculus this summer showed me that I might not have passed it even without my hardship (your death, Mom), but thankfully, I had the hardship to qualify for the withdrawal. But my thinking prior to Katie's call yesterday was that I needed to really devote myself to a stronger foundation in PreCalculus and plenty of practice before I attempt Calculus again, which, given my course load and work schedule,  I didn't think I would be able to handle until next summer, taking Calculus next Fall as I already learned that summer term Calculus is just TOO FAST.

But given what I learned, it made sense to Calculus this Fall so I could then move on to 1310 and 1120. However, to make this situation more difficult, all sections of Calculus were full. So I would have to call the Math department and beg my way into one of the sections, and then try to pass a course I just failed with little or no time to properly prepare, practice, and study. The alternative was taking no courses this Fall or just one, Calculus, but that would affect my financial aid status.

And then I had a brainstorm. What if I re-take PreCalculus? And then what if I take 1110, which is Java I, because I had the equivalent 1110, Java I, as C# at KVCC. This would mean I would have two courses that are review. I should be able to improve my grade from last Fall's PreCalculus with a second go-around. The schedule is better as both courses meet twice a week rather than four times a week like 1310. Though I pick up a Friday morning Java lab since none of the other times fit my schedule, I get an easier schedule, better foundation in the stuff I need to know, and a chance to improve my grade point. AND with two courses, I preserve my financial aid award status. Win win? Yes!

Also, I managed to convince the book store to let me return the formerly shrink-wrapped text that cost close to $300. Since I already have last year's PreCalculus text, I am in good shape and cut down my book costs by about $200. Hoping that I do not have to buy the new PreCalculus text, but I have the same professor as last year, and I seem to remember that the book did not drastically change year to year.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 55 days ago


- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1508.28 - 20:25 and 1508.29 14:17

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #52 - Sarah Silverman's Mom Died


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #52 - Sarah Silverman's Mom Died

Hi Mom,

I now share a bond with Sarah Silverman.

Sarah Silverman's Mother, Beth Ann O'Hara, Dies at 73

Along with my wife and various friends, and even YOU, Mom, for my entire life, we are all part of the My Mother is Dead Club. Not a very cheerful club name. I considered calling it the My Mother Has Died Club, but that's more or less just as grim.

Unlike my wife and others I know, Sarah (May I call you Sarah, Ms. Silverman?) and I are part of the My Mother Has Died in 2015 Club. I don't know how many members this club has since generally news reports when a person dies and not a person's mother, which is why this news item caught my eye.

"Hey," I thought, "Sarah Silverman's mom died just like mine, and she announced it via Twitter."

Actually, I only announced mine via Twitter because my wife announced it via Facebook, and I felt that something should be on my wall (Twitter goes to my wall) to acknowledge what had happened.

I would like to think that Sarah Silverman would think that what I am doing (this blog) is kind of cool, even though I am not as funny as she is.

So, hey, Sarah, so sorry to hear about your mom. I know what it's like, though everyone's circumstances are different. You will find your way. I hope you have no regrets and managed to show your Mom all the love you ever wanted and to say all the things you ever wanted and that you had a good goodbye (as good as these goodbyes can be). I did, and yet I still miss my Mom, and I want her back. Hang in there. I would give you my phone number, but, well, that's weird, since we don't know each other.



Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 54 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1508.26 - 19:47 and 1508.29 - 8:46