William Joseph Solomon is dead.

February 8th, 2014 5 comments

Born William Joseph Krischel (I think…or it could have been Joseph William Krischel), William Joseph Solomon died in Wheeling, Illinois on January 24, 2014, shortly before his 64th birthday.  He was my biological father, and he shamed our family by betraying his mother’s trust and destroying a lifetime’s work of building security for my retarded uncle Tony, who now lives in a small apartment in Corpus Christi, Texas, far from the Bridgeport, Connecticut home and community he had planned to live his life out in.

William Joseph Solomon never learned what it meant to be a man, and left a trail of neglect and destruction behind him that his mother, Juana Krischel, could not stop from consuming him after her passing.  He was a liar, a thief, a bully, a coward, and although I may never learn the true details of his depravity over the years, I will always know that it is more bizarre than I could possibly imagine.

I know of four wives he had, although he only had children with two of them.  I know he was put into the federal witness protection program, but I have no idea what case he testified in, or what kind of crimes he may have gotten immunity from in return for his testimony.  I know he lied about serving in Vietnam, and that in fact his mother got him an exemption from military service before he could be shipped overseas.  I know his mother paid child support for him, and bought him two houses.  I know that he loved the idea of golf, and the high society vibe it gave him, but that he couldn’t swing a club to save his life, and he cheated whenever possible.  I know he got power of attorney over my grandmother’s affairs, and left his brother high and dry after her death.  I know he lost his leg to diabetes, and died of diabetic ketoacidosis.

I’m pretty sure he burnt down his house in Burnsville, Minnesota for the insurance money, but didn’t realize that he lost claim to the policy when he failed to make his mortgage payments before he burnt the place down.  I’m pretty sure he had an abusive relationship with an underage girl after he joined the witness protection program.  I’m also pretty sure that if there is a Hell, and he’s not in it right now, it’s only because of the sheer mass of prayers my grandmother did for him during his lifetime.

I’ve heard condolences from my friends and family who I’ve told the news to, but my mourning and grieving for the man happened many, many years ago, and all I know is that he can no longer hurt anyone anymore, and in the end, that’s a good thing.  The last I saw him, at my grandmother’s funeral many years ago, I gave him the somber advice, “just stop fucking up”.  He was at a crossroads, and although he had already done  damage to the legacy my grandmother wanted to leave behind, I thought that there was a chance, however slight, that he could turn things around and finally learn how to be a man.  I knew that day that if he succeeded, I’d be there to celebrate his success, but that if he continued down the path he had chosen before, I would not let myself feel any more sorrow.  He heard the advice with what seemed like it could have been regret and penitence, but in the end, he simply couldn’t stop himself.

William Joseph Solomon is dead, and I will not follow in his footsteps, and that makes the world a better place.

 

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The Library Sessions – Joe DeCenzo

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Acoustic style

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Plush, acoustic style with Canon T3i/Tamron SP AF-17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC, using RODE VideoMic Pro:

From September 26, 2011

Another Day (original song), acoustic style filmed by Peter Spirer on a Panasonic AF-100:

Its Time to End the War on Salt

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S&P Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating From AAA – FoxNews.com.

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Coconut macaroons

July 24th, 2011 No comments

2 tbsp. Butter
1- 8 oz. Package cream cheese
2 eggs
Dash salt
2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 c. Xylitol
1 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
1/4 c. Wheat gluten
2 1/2 c. Unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 c. Almond meal
1/2 c. Chocolate chips (85% cocoa or more chocolate bar, crushed)- optional
1/2 c. Walnuts- optional

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix cream cheese, butter, eggs until creamy. Add vanilla, salt, xylitol, and baking powder. Mix well. Add gluten, coconut and almond meal. Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Scoop one inch balls of dough onto cookie tray covered in parchment paper. Slightly flatten dough balls with fingers.

Cook for 15 minutes or until golden around the edges. Remove from cookie sheet and cool. Makes about 50 one inch cookies.

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Low carb “fried” chicken

July 23rd, 2011 No comments

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Feeds about 4 people
2 pounds of chicken breast, rinsed, dried, and sliced into finger-like shapes. Pieces should be fairly uniform in size.
2 eggs, beaten in a bowl for dipping chicken pieces
2 c. Almond meal
1 c. Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Spices to taste (1 tbsp. Season salt, 1/2 tsp. Black pepper, 1/2 tsp. Sage)
1/2 c. Coconut oil, or enough to have about a 1/4 inch of oil in the bottom of a large frying pan.

Put oil into pan and heat on medium/low. Do not use high heat.
Mix together almond meal, Parmesan and spices into a flat baking dish.
Dip chicken pieces into egg and then cover with the almond/cheese mixture. Place into the warmed oil a few pieces at a time leaving enough room for pieces not to touch. Also leave room to turn them over carefully with a metal spatula after about 5 minutes, or until you can see the bottom half is cooked- it will have a white line about half way up the chicken pieces. Turn over and let cook another 5 minutes. Place done pieces in a pan lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. Continue procedure until the remaining chicken pieces are done.

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Amani’s Special Occasion Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake

July 12th, 2011 No comments

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1 cup (2 sticks butter)
1cup Xylitol
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk (1 c. Half and Half with 2 tsps. Vinegar)
2 tsps. Vanilla
3/4 c. Vital wheat gluten flour
1/2 c. Whole wheat pastry flour
1 c. Almond flour
1.5 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 c. Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 c. Boiling water

Prepare two 9 inch round cake pans by buttering, flouring and putting wax paper at the bottom of each pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and xylitol until fluffy in mixer. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add buttermilk. Slowly add in flours, salt, chocolate and baking soda. Lastly add in hot water to dissolve any chunks. Mix until smooth and slightly fluffy. Add half of the cake batter to each of the cake pans and spread evenly. Put aside while you make the cream cheese filling.

Cream Cheese Filling
1- 8 oz. Package cream cheese
1 egg
1/3 c. Xylitol
Dash salt
1 c. Chocolate chips ( I use 2- 3.5 oz bars of 85% or more chocolate such as Valrhona or Green&Blacks)

Cream cream cheese, egg, and xylitol in mixer. Mix well, until uniformly creamy. Add salt and chocolate chips. Spoon half of the cream cheese mixture into each cake pan. Gently smooth the spooned mixture into the cake batter, spread evenly.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before removing from pans.

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Jere Krischel – Google+

July 12th, 2011 No comments

Jere Krischel – Google+.

Welcome to Google+.  Please drive through.

MacPorts behind VPN that blocks tcp 873

July 12th, 2011 1 comment

Because some VPNs block the rsync port (tcp 873), the typical MacPorts install doesn’t work properly.  Use the instructions below to configure your MacPorts installation to use Subversion instead of rsync, so you can keep up to date even if you’re connected to a VPN.

# Open Terminal
curl http://distfiles.macports.org/MacPorts/MacPorts-1.9.2.tar.gz > MacPorts-1.9.2.tar.gz

tar -xzvf MacPorts-1.9.2.tar.gz
cd MacPorts-1.9.2
./configure && make && sudo make install

# add /opt/local/bin to PATH
     vi ~/.bash_profile
          export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH
          export MANPATH=/opt/local/share/man:$MANPATH

source ~/.bash_profile

cd /opt/local/var/macports/sources
sudo mkdir -p svn.macports.org/trunk/dports
cd svn.macports.org/trunk/dports
sudo svn co http://svn.macports.org/repository/macports/trunk/dports/ .

# fix conf file
     sudo vi /opt/local/etc/macports/sources.conf
          #rsync://rsync.macports.org/release/ports/ [default]
          file:///opt/local/var/macports/sources/svn.macports.org/trunk/dports/ [default]

sudo port -d sync

# NOTE: "sudo port -v selfupdate" will NOT work - use "sudo port -d sync" instead
# "sudo port install " should work just fine

# example: install git
sudo port install git-core +svn +doc +bash_completion +gitweb
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