Memory Lane

Bandit

I don’t have much to say right now, but I’ll be back later. Maybe after I get done chasing Finicky around the house. She acts s-o-o-o-o constipated at times. She says that she is better then a distant cousin, B.C. I can’t imagine someone worse then Finicky!

Any ways, The kitty tease is calling my name!

  Bandit – 08/19/97

Bandit

Originally posted 8/20/97

Hi!  I’m Bandit.  A.K.A. The Prince of Distruction.  I’m the junior member of the operation, but the larger of the two of us.  Unlike Finicky, I’m less picky about how we are refered to.  She is real particular about capitalizing references to us.  She says that is because I am only on my first life, and not very far in to that one.  She says, when I get older and I understand the Universe better, I’ll understand the respect due me as a Cat.  I think she is a bit stuffy. 😉

Anyways, I hope you enjoy my E-Diary!

– Bandit

Finicky

 

My name is Finicky “Flagpole”  Mascio.  I was born on May 15, 1990.  The day after my master started working at Convex Computer Corp.  (Now known as the Convex Technology Center of HP)  I was given the nickname “Flagpole” by my Grandpa Mascio, because my tail is always straight up in the air!

I’m the Queen of the house, and ruler of all I survey.  Bandit (The Usurper) and I decided to “politely” inform John of his oversight in “his” web pages.  Since John has lived with so many of our Kind over the years, he has gotten fairly proficient, as humans go, in our language.  But, unfortunately, so many of the other Cats were negligent in their duties in training him, that he often thinks HE runs the household.  We are now working on training his wife, Charrie.  One of the few humans with a name that is almost worthy of being a Cat Name.  Bandit, by virtue of being a kitten, has sunk His claws in her, so to speak, and is slowly working on getting her trained.  He started with simple requests, like wanting in the entryway closet.  She has proven to be quite trainable, and We have her to the point that she gives Us tuna at their dinner time.  We did that to allow her to think she was being nice to Us.  You humans have such delicate egos.  If you would just get rid of them, We could train you so much easier.

I’ll let you in on a secret, you know how We are often fabled with nine lives?  Well, it is true.  Only it is due to the fact We have nine – separate – lives.  You humans, in your limited way, would refer to it as reincarnation, but in reality, it is more of a different form of conscienceness.  Our conscienceness is passed from Cat to Kitten, in a pattern that only the Goddess Bast (as you know Her) knows.  Unfortunately, you portray Her in the crass likeness of a human body with a Cat’s Head, but then, I guess that is due to your limited perceptions of the Universe.

Anyway, I digress from My point: Our conscienceness is passed from Cat to Kitten nine times.  We regain Our full memories upon adulthood, about 1.5 – 2 of your years.  Upon the end of Our ninth life, we merge in to the Unified Feline Conscience, and help Our still developing Brothers, Sisters,  and yes, you poor humans.  Just think where you would be if it was not for Our adopting you, and attempting to guide you in to a better state of being.  BTW: This is My second life.  The first was with John also.  He showed some promise in My first life, so Bast the Merciful allowed Me to return and continue working on him.

Anyway, if I decide to share any more of Our Secrets, I’ll have John or Charrie transcribe them for your edification.

Until then …

Finicky – 8/19/97

Finicky

Originally posted 08/20/97

Welcome to my E-Diary. This is just some random notes that I have decided to publish, to possibly enlighten you humans. Once you realize your proper place in the Universe, We all will be able to get along quite fine. I’ll have John update these pages from time to time, but, since We are the superior species, you’ll just have to check back once in a while. After all, you never know when I’ll get the whim to “write”.

– Finicky

The Cats Mascio Intro

Originally posted 08/20/97

Since I (John) had a home page (actually, ~200 pages at this writing) and Charrie has one in the works, the cats (Finicky and Bandit) approached me, letting me know in that no-uncertain but subtle cat-like-way, that they felt left out. (NO! FINICKY!  NOT ON THE BED! . . . Bandit, please!  Your teeth are sharp! . . )  So in response to their gentle ways, I helped them come up with their own pages.  Given that paws are poorly suited to typing, and feline language, Mroowrr, is not understood by most people, I’ve had to assist Finicky and Bandit as translator and editor.  I hope their decidedly feline views help you understand the World of the Cat better.   Note: According to Finicky, that last term must be capitalized to show proper respect to the superior species of this, or any other, universe.  Personally, I think she is a wee bit prejudiced.

So, until another of the feline persuasion decides to adopt us, here are Finicky’s and Bandit’s Home pages

 

 

Merry Christmas and a Safe, Prosperous New Year!

Original Post: 12/29/2013

As I look back over the failures and successes of the past year, there is a lot to think about.  Some failures that were ultimately my fault, and successes that were because of others, or purely by accident.

As with both success and failure, it pays to look at which are because of your actions, the actions of others or “dumb luck”.  And it pays to look at the lessons learned, so you don’t make the same mistakes; capitalize on what you did right; and be thankful for what others have done to help you.

With that thought in mind, look back on the year for it’s lessons, and look forward to the new year.    And just remember, not matter how bad  the year was, on January 1, 2014, you did one thing positive: you made it!  With that, you can look at the new year with hope.  With the lessons learned, you have better tools to face it.  With any losses you had, you are stronger.  And with your victories, you have more confidence.

So, I’ll stop with my preaching (mostly to myself), lets all make one resolution: to make 2014 better for ourselves, our loved ones, and anyone near us.

I hope you had a good Christmas season, and have a Safe, Prosperous New Year.

 

— JRSM

Memory Lane: Our Engagement Annoucement (1995)

From the old website:

I've lost some email and snail-mail address, and I'll probably get my
mail spool flooded so here goes:

(Hold nose and diving in!)

                 As of          Nagumpisa noong ika
       January 8, 1995          8 ng Enero 1995
                   We,          Kami,
       Charrie Balagot          Charrie Balagot
                   and          at
           John Mascio          John Mascio
would like to proclaim          gusto naming ipahayag
     our Love for each          ang aming
    other and announce          pagmamahalan sa
       our Engagement.          isa't-isa at ang aming
                                pag-iisang dibdib.

OK.  Now that I've opened the flood gates on my mail spool, here's
more info!

Date: July 29, 1995 (tentative)
Where: Warren, Ohio.

The other language is Tagalog, which is the Filipino language.
So, yes, my wife-to-be is from the Philippines.  And yes, I'm starting to
learn it.  Fortunately, all of her family, including the part still in
the Philippines, all know English, so I do not need to get an emergency
crash course before the wedding!

----------------------------------------------------------------------
OK.  Now that I've opened the flood gates on my mail spool, here's
more info!

Date: July 29, 1995 (tentative)
Where: Warren, Ohio.

Please send me your addresses/phone numbers.  We are going to have small
family-and-a-couple-close-friends wedding to keep the costs and insanity
down, but we will be having an informal reception back here in Dallas
about 2 weeks after the wedding!  Please get me your addresses and I'll
get out invites when we get it planned!

First and foremost:  Thanks for all of your well wishes.  It means a lot
to me and us!

Second:  The other language is Tagalog, which is the Filipino language.
So, yes, my wife-to-be is from the Phillipines.  And yes, I'm starting to
learn it.  Fortuantly, all of her family, including the part still in
the Phillipines, all know english, so I do not need to get an emergency
crash course before the wedding!

Lots of details, skip if not interested:

We "met" via a personal ad in the Dallas Observer.  I was tired and frustrated
with my then current dating situation, and happened to have a DO around.  So
I said what the heck, can't get worse!  Fully expecting it to fail.  I called
two that looked interesting, and Charrie was the only one to call back.  This
was about early July.

We talked off-and-on for a bit and then dropped out of touch for a bit when I
changed jobs.  Neither of us expected much, she lived in Tyler, and I in
Dallas, about 2 hours apart.

Early November, we actually met in person.  She is a physical therepist, and
was doing contract type work for her company to help nursing homes and such
when they were either short handed or over loaded.

Well, that put her in Dallas for a while, so she called me, and durng the
course of our conversation, I learned she was here, and so we met and went
out for dinner, and hit it off!

Well, about T-day, we decided to work on a more serious relationship, but
both of us were playing it real easy and not pushing for anything in
particular.  And by New Year's, I almost asked her to marry me, but
was not quite ready.  So a week later, I asked!

(Me in my rocking chair, obviously pensive about something)
Charrie: (quietly)  What's wrong?
Me: mumble, mumble...  shrug.
Charrie: (quietly)  What's wrong, John?
Me: (in a quiet voice, stumbling) I...I want you to be my wife.
Charrie: (either unsure, or did not catch it)  What?
Me: (in a stronger voice) I want you to be my wife.

Charrie proceedes to run around to get in front of me, plops on her
knees to look at me face to face:

Charrie: Are you sure?  Are you serious?
Me: Yes.

Charrie:  Then you know my answer!

And Charrie proceedes to attack me and my lips need a retread!

---------------------------------------------------------------

Our plans for the weding is to have a small, mostly family wedding
back in the church I grew up in, and the same one my brother was
married in.  We will have a slightly larger formal reception
there, then a big informal reception back here in Dallas for everyone.
  We are tenitivly going to get married
July 29, but we have to see about her parents' and sister's visas to
come to the US.  Other then that, we are deep in to planning!

About mid-June, we will be moving into a house over in the Garland area.
It's about 1/2-way between our work places.  Later this year she will
be looking for a job in Dallas.

Happy New Years

A trip down memory lane…

 

Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 11:16:42 -0600 (CST)
From: Richard Mascio
Subject: Happy New Years@

Hi everyone! Just pausing a moment to pass on a Happy New Year wish to you all. I know we are all busy, and the Holidays just make things a little crazier yet, but I want you all to know you are never far from my mind or heart. So for this upcoming year I have a special wish for you all….

Thru the year, I wish for you..

The Joy I get when Zachary, my new Grandson, turns his head at the sound of my voice, looks at me and smiles.. (even if it’s gas… 🙂 )

The Peace I feel when he sleeps with his little head on my shoulder

The Comfort I feel when I cuddle up with Barb, under the comforter, on a cold & windy winter evening

The Love I feel when I take the time to quiet my life & listen to God remind me how much He cares, no matter what..

The Pride felt in coming home after a hard days work knowing that few could do what you do, and even less as well as you

The Hope I feel when I look in a young child’s eyes

Happiness with who you are, even if the house needs cleaned, pets need fed, car needs washed and laundry still needs done…

The Strength in trials, knowing you have already been thru worse.

And if you haven’t, finding the strength in knowing God has & will see you thru, somehow

The Faith to keep going, thru the darkness, letting your own light brighten your way

And last but not least, I wish for you all

Friends worth wishing all the very best for, as I wish for you this New Years and all to follow.

(even if we don’t send letters, emails, or phone calls on any sort of regular basis. And know that it’s not because of something we said or did, but because we are taking care of our lives, business and each other. And know that at any time, when we get together, it will be good, we will share our time, our hearts, a drink perhaps and fill each other in on our lives activities. Not knowing, when we part, when we will get together again. But knowing it doesn’t matter, because we are friends.)

I thank you all for sharing parts of your lives with me this past year and look forward to our moments together in the future!

Have a great and wonderful New Years! Fill it with all the blessings you can and then add a few for me!

With Love,
Rich Mascio

PS: Feel free to modify this, or send it to anyone you want! Have a prosperous year everyone!

Engagement Announcement

Originally emailed/posted in January 1995:

I've lost some email and snail-mail address, and I'll probably get my
mail spool flooded so here goes:

(Hold nose and diving in!)

                 As of          Nagumpisa noong ika
       January 8, 1995          8 ng Enero 1995
                   We,          Kami,
       Charrie Balagot          Charrie Balagot
                   and          at
           John Mascio          John Mascio
would like to proclaim          gusto naming ipahayag
     our Love for each          ang aming
    other and announce          pagmamahalan sa
       our Engagement.          isa't-isa at ang aming
                                pag-iisang dibdib.



OK.  Now that I've opened the flood gates on my mail spool, here's
more info!

Date: July 29, 1995 (tenative)
Where: Warren, Ohio.

The other language is Tagalog, which is the Filipino language.
So, yes, my wife-to-be is from the Phillipines.  And yes, I'm starting to
learn it.  Fortuantly, all of her family, including the part still in
the Phillipines, all know english, so I do not need to get an emergency
crash course before the wedding!



OK.  Now that I've opened the flood gates on my mail spool, here's
more info!

Date: July 29, 1995 (tenative)
Where: Warren, Ohio.

Please send me your addresses/phone numbers.  We are going to have small 
family-and-a-couple-close-friends wedding to keep the costs and insanity 
down, but we will be having an informal reception back here in Dallas 
about 2 weeks after the wedding!  Please get me your addresses and I'll 
get out invites when we get it planned!

First and foremost:  Thanks for all of your well wishes.  It means a lot
to me and us!

Second:  The other language is Tagalog, which is the Filipino language.
So, yes, my wife-to-be is from the Phillipines.  And yes, I'm starting to
learn it.  Fortuantly, all of her family, including the part still in
the Phillipines, all know english, so I do not need to get an emergency
crash course before the wedding!

Lots of details, skip if not interested:

We "met" via a personal ad in the Dallas Observer.  I was tired and frustrated
with my then current dating situation, and happened to have a DO around.  So
I said what the heck, can't get worse!  Fully expecting it to fail.  I called
two that looked interesting, and Charrie was the only one to call back.  This
was about early July.

We talked off-and-on for a bit and then dropped out of touch for a bit when I
changed jobs.  Neither of us expected much, she lived in Tyler, and I in 
Dallas, about 2 hours apart.

Early November, we actually met in person.  She is a physical therepist, and
was doing contract type work for her company to help nursing homes and such
when they were either short handed or over loaded.

Well, that put her in Dallas for a while, so she called me, and durng the 
course of our conversation, I learned she was here, and so we met and went 
out for dinner, and hit it off!

Well, about T-day, we decided to work on a more serious relationship, but
both of us were playing it real easy and not pushing for anything in 
particular.  And by New Year's, I almost asked her to marry me, but
was not quite ready.  So a week later, I asked!

(Me in my rocking chair, obviously pensive about something)
Charrie: (quietly)  What's wrong?
Me: mumble, mumble...  shrug.
Charrie: (quietly)  What's wrong, John?
Me: (in a quiet voice, stumbling) I...I want you to be my wife.
Charrie: (either unsure, or did not catch it)  What?
Me: (in a stronger voice) I want you to be my wife.

Charrie proceedes to run around to get in front of me, plops on her
knees to look at me face to face:

Charrie: Are you sure?  Are you serious?
Me: Yes.

Charrie:  Then you know my answer!

And Charrie proceedes to attack me and my lips need a retread!

---------------------------------------------------------------

Our plans for the weding is to have a small, mostly family wedding
back in the church I grew up in, and the same one my brother was
married in.  We will have a slightly larger formal reception
there, then a big informal reception back here in Dallas for everyone.
  We are tenitivly going to get married
July 29, but we have to see about her parents' and sister's visas to
come to the US.  Other then that, we are deep in to planning!

About mid-June, we will be moving into a house over in the Garland area.
It's about 1/2-way between our work places.  Later this year she will
be looking for a job in Dallas.