There are many people in my life that I refer to throughout these pages. Since I have decided not to re-publish everything I have previously written because frankly some of it, as Ginger would say, is “god awful”. I do think that to be fair to anyone that may stumble upon my prose I should provide some sort of reference to work from. Some sort of bibliography or cheat sheet, a quick reference guide. So here it is.
‘Honey’ is my wife. She and I have been together for more than 30 years. I have been with Honey longer than any other person. It’s the way it should be with the person that completes you.
‘IT Genie’ is my eldest son. He is the reason that I started writing a blog. He is the reason that the domain name “domitall” makes no sense.
‘Bull’ is my youngest son. He’s not a Taurus but he should be. I originally called him Porn King but since he’s a father now I thought I should change the name. It’s a writer’s prerogative.
‘MIL’ stands for mother-in-law and ‘BIL’ is my brother-in-law. You should know this because I refer to them frequently.
BIL until recently worked overseas in the oil industry. He worked on a one month rotation where he was gone one month and at home the next. During his absence his kids stayed with Honey and I. ‘Truant’ is the oldest and was only with us one school year before he turned 17 and returned to live with his mother. His 13 year-old brother ‘Suspended’ stayed and has taken up part-time residence in my basement for the last 4 years.
‘Uncle Jeremiah’ and ‘Auntie Johnson’ are from my side of the family. They live in the remotest part of the country that land travel will allow. I refer to them as my relatives that live at the end of the road and they are huggers.
There are a multitude of other relations that have never been named so if that changes you’ll be the first to know. In total there is 1 brother, 2 sister-in-laws, 1 mother-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law, 3 nieces and 3 nephews. There are also grandchildren whose actual names I use. I don’t have to use pseudonyms for them because they already have wacky names. Whatever happened to just plain John?
I have 2 daughter-in-laws. Company and Tattoo, after all, someone had to produce the grandchildren. They stand alone but are also included when I speak of GenCo and BulToo.
When I started writing a blog both my parents were still alive, they have both since passed away. I wrote about both but I doubt I will re-publish anything about that time. Living it once was enough.
I refer to numerous friends that I have and ones that I’ve made since I started writing. Most of those are introduced in the article and a few get referred to throughout the blog like The Earl and Ginger. They are the couple that own a stretch of beach on the Playa Magante in the Dominican Republic that Honey and I vacation at. The others I’m sure you will be able to figure out by reading. In some cases I have used actual names but I figure with enough misdirection people might not know which is which.
There you have it. I may update this periodically to keep up with the ever changing dynamic of my life but for now this should give everyone a point of reference.
Update*** Sept 2022
A year ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. A form of cancer for which there is no cure. But as you will read there are treatments, mostly involving chemotherapy. I will probably write to the end and even give some blow-by-blow descriptions and as always, my personal opinion.
I don’t plan to spend rest of my life trying to stay alive, but to spend it being alive. For better or worse.
Thanks for reading.