dimland radio 7-9-22 show notes

Mom Ended Her Journey

Dad with Mom at her 85th birthday celebration last February. We didn’t know that just four months later Mom would be gone.

She was 85 years old. She was the oldest of twelve children. She was married to the same man for 65 years. She had four children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She liked to crochet, color in coloring books, watch movies, visit the casino, go to plays, and get together with family. And she loved to laugh.

At about 8:30 in the morning Sunday June 19th, Mom died.

I recapped the story of her struggles and hospitalizations over the previous few weeks. From breathing difficulties, being unable to got out of her chair or off the toilet, to falling and breaking her leg. The broken leg took her once again to the hospital, never to return to her home of nearly 50 years.

There was a brief religious ceremony for Mom’s memorial service, in which I had to read from the Bible to the gathering of forty to fifty mourners. As an atheist, reading the Bible to a group of people isn’t something I relish, since I certainly don’t believe any of it, but I wanted to honor Mom and Dad, who are both believers. Also, reading out loud isn’t something I’m very good at, so it wasn’t a moment without some stress. But, the moment was not about me and I got through it fine.

And I didn’t sound sarcastic at all.

Mom was born on Valentine’s Day (astrologers, put your charts away) and she died on Father’s Day. It ca be said she cam into the world on one Hallmark Cards holiday and left on another.

A Long Walk Together

Mom’s last days were spent at Our Lady of Peace Hospice. There is no charge for their services. They run completely on donations. If you are able and willing, a donation in my mother’s name (Norma Fitzsimons) would be tremendous. Thank you.

Mom received great and compassionate care here.

Speaking Of Miracles

When Mom was still with us, I was visiting her and Dad a few days after the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. A reporter was interviewing a survivor who was recovering in the hospital and his mother. The reporter asked his mother that infuriating question:

“Do you think your son’s surviving the shooting is a miracle?” (Or words to that effect. I couldn’t find the report to confirm the exact wording.)

Of course the mother said yes. And she added that God must have something he wants her son to do.

Talk about ramping up the survivor’s guilt.

There was nothing miraculous about that mass shooting! 10 people died! Where’s the fucking miracle?!

What Would Be A Miracle?

I put my mind to what might be considered a miracle.

Joel Osteen: “Listen up, rubes! I will slowly gesture and blink as I tell you what the Lord told me.”

I came up with God telling scam artist slow motion Televangelist Joel Osteen that He would perform a miracle on a specific date, so that everyone would know He exists.

You’ll have to listen to hear my idea.

Tenacious D’s Tribute To The Who

I talked about Tenacious D’s song Tribute, which is a tribute to the greatest and best song in the world. They never straight out tell us what the greatest song in the world is, but in concert they would sometimes give a hint.

Tenacious D’s video for the medley pulls imagery from Ken Russell’s film version released in 1975.

I brought up Tenacious D because they just released a tribute the the greatest rock band in the world, The Who. It’s a medley of three song’s from The Who’s legendary album Tommy. It’s called The Who Medley and it rocks, of course.

I was so jazzed about the D doing a tribute to The Who. I thought they hadn’t done any studio-recorded covers of other great bands.

I was wrong. Tune in next week.

Mask up! GET VACCINATED! GET BOOSTED! GET BOOSTED AGAIN! And if you have been vaccinated, THANK YOU!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Watching The Clothes by Pretenders and Destination Unknown by Missing Persons

Second ad break bumpers: Chrome Injury by The Church and He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle

That’s it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

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