Friday, May 04, 2007

Idiot Lawyer, My Dad, Friday Photos

Idiot Lawyer
Roy L. Pearson Jr. is an administrative law judge in Washington DC that apparently has a conscience the size of a pea! This guy is a JERK! Seems Judge Pearson dropped off some dry cleaning at his local cleaners back in May 2005. When he went to pick up his laundry, he discovered a pair of suit pants was missing. Pearson demanded the owners of the dry cleaning business--Korean immigrants, Jin Nam Chung, Ki Chung and their son, Soo Chung--replace the suit at the full price of $1000. Several days later, the pants were found, so the owners refused to pay. Although the inseam of the pants matched his measurements AND the ticket on the pants matched his receipt, Pearson claimed the pants were not his. He has filed a lawsuit against the owners to the tune of...are you ready?...$65 MILLION!!! You can read the entire, STUPID story here.

My Dad
My dad and I have never really been close. Maybe it's the difference in our ages...who knows. There was a lot of arguing and yelling growing up. He didn't like the way I dressed, my friends, the way I wore my hair (I think I'm paying for that one now--my hair is getting VERY thin to the point I wear it in a "burr." I'm tired of fighting it.) Funny, I've had similiar discussions with my own children, but none to the extent my dad and I did. I made a vow to myself that I wouldn't talk to my kids the way my dad did, that I wouldn't "exasperate" (see Ephesians 6:4) them the way he did me. I've done OK, I guess. Ryon, Alex and I seem to get along pretty well.

In recent years, my Dad and I have been trying a little harder to get along. He and my Mother live about 800 miles away, so we don't see each other very often, but we talk on the phone from time to time. He is 76 years old...and he has cancer. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma around 1998. From what I read and understand, there is no cure for NHL. Dad has fought it back into remission twice, but his body has suffered the effects of the cancer as well as the sometimes aggressive treatments. Recently, he contracted a virus/infection that got into his kidneys and brain. There was some permanent damage to the kidneys; he was hospitalized for approximately two months. Shortly after his release, he had a blood clot in one of his lungs and spent another week in hospital. This have been a very rough year for him--and my Mom.

I'm heading out Sunday after I teach my School School class to spend the week with them. Dad's already got some "chores" lined up for me to do; he walks with a cane now and can't do the outdoor work he used to do. In fact, this is the first year since 1965 he has not planted a garden. For him, that's big deal. I'm looking forward to the time to just sit and visit--to mend some fences and make some memories before the inevitable occurs. He told me when I was talking to him on his 70th birthday: "The Bible says I get 'three-score and ten years', so I guess any time I live beyond that is a pretty good deal." I guess that's not a bad way of looking at it. My Dad knows the Lord; loves His Word. That is comforting to know. I'd appreciate any prayers for safe travel--and say a prayer for my Dad while you're at it.

Friday Photos

Alex is our youngest son. He is our inquisitive child--which can be aggrivating some times. One thing he has going for him, he got his mother's looks.

I'm still playing with this "photography thing." This is my first attempt at shooting "foliage"; it had just quit raining and I took this shot in our front yard. We have some yellow irises planted in the back yard. You can see those on my Flickr page here.

flickr: Friday Photo Group


Neil said...

Fantastic pictures! What camera do you use?

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Baxter said...

I looked at your flickr pictures. You are doing a great job. I particularly liked your "yellow?2"