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The Bottom drops out again - HeatWave.

Updated on June 21, 2014

Please Sun - Set.

Some reprieve but not much
Some reprieve but not much | Source

I reckon I am a long way from home on days like this.

I was born and raised on a mountain. Home was 7,200 feet above sea level. I think 96 f is the hottest ever. So heat is really not in my makeup. But I did work a few years in the bottom of the Grand Canyon -- 120 f was not unusual, so I get it. I did quality work in Vietnam where it gets humid nasty 100 for days. And I did some time in a place called hell's kitchen --- no not the city part the real part next to the Rockies.

Look below for what "a bottom drops out" means - sec 2

But heat in a city producing a tenseness that is a true phenomenon. Sirens just went off. Paramedics to a home of an old person without air. Sirens will go off again for a fire near the freeway as any weed against a muffler will ignite. And they will go off again as an argument turns physical in the apartment buildings with no air. Any hour and electricity will shut down in some hoods around here for many reasons. Alcohol cools the senses, then intensifies as it pools in the hearts and souls of men -- And a real fire of abuse breaks out. Then the child equally heat bothered screams and things escalate.

Well right now we have a November. Out here it is 96 degrees on November 13. And by Friday the high will be 50. This is the coastal desert. When does that bottom drop out?

About "The Bottom Drops Out"

We all work off of a baseline. Doctors will help decide our health baseline and decide if we are in trouble because we are off it.

Shrinks will determine a baseline for a patients depression and work from there. Water guys establish a baseline of things like alkaline in our water and try to keep it there.

Drunks can maintain for years if the do not go below the baseline. Triathletes establish their baseline and know not to go below. Even Military establishes a baseline of supplies.

In AA they have a term called hitting your bottom. I have seen it. It is a bitch. When they just must give up and let go and let god.

When we, just on a normal course lose our control. Fatigue, money problems, emotional upset, huge loss --- Well we hit our bottom. That would be fine most of the time. But then sometimes the bottom drops out and we do not even have that. And we are adrift and in need and reach out --- and then miracles happen. I do not mean "miracles" like dimestore miracles I mean changes of the soul and transformations. Atheists, agnostics, space travelers or earth dwellers it makes not difference we have a bottom. But when that goes ---- Whaw!!

So I developed the phrase "And when the bottom drops out"

It is about that time when you need somebody bad. And thank goodness to all reading this you have found that hand. If not now then here. Call me or email me at 858-736-4432. 24/7/365. Strange isn't I am shielded and can do that. Call and ask.

And so it goes to a catchy tune it is easy to know you just say it fast: And the bottom drops out, up in the beginning and down at the end.

I do not like rap so much. But I love to dance. This is just fun.

That video is fun and my laughs at me dancing along.

I also love Alvin and the chipmunks.

But I like the message. How low can you go in this heat? Social heat is tougher than body heat. And body heat can be tougher than temperature heat. Sometimes the conditions of our physical surroundings are horrible. Suck it up. That is the time

Story told this is October with two feet of snow on the ground

I reckon it was cold. Hear the story i loved to walk barefoot in snow. Yep that littlest is me.
I reckon it was cold. Hear the story i loved to walk barefoot in snow. Yep that littlest is me. | Source

Well if you missed I am a happy poorly adjusted freak.

I even look back at a time living under a bridge just off the Hudson. That worked I got enough money to send back home to support my own. It was not pretty. But a room. meant no shoes back home. Ya see we are not bound by pride we are bound by what is right. Can you imagine no baseball glove because you need a roof. Well sisters and brothers, long as they get that glove that ain't no bottom, b'sides that I needed to loose some weight and get back to nature.

I do not mean this as a pity pot. I mean this as choices that we make. I sit here and write this --- life is very good, getting here is almost a blessing.

Funny about that. Folk still cuss me. But then marvel at this land of heritage I held on to with no return.


Oh there be plenty fold that look down on me. I s'pose they got's to.

Ya see no man can do worse as a man that done bad or did not do it the common way. 20 years and up in age between we got fifteen diploma's in our family that has lived under a roof I payed for. Think of that, yet I lived under a bridge. Oh baby the bottom drops out.

But it does not. As long as hope survives and love survives, there just ain't no bottom.

Have you ever held a crying man's hand.

Well if you have his bottom did not drop out and you were lifted much above your bottom.

I have been both sides. And I have smile inside and out at both.

You are a momma. Your baby be a dying. Seems like my hell has become yours. Roses do not bloom the wilt. Love does not blossom it decays. Sweat grows on you body and with no shower creeps into you soul. My hell is upon you. The Living Hell on earth. Pain is in every joint and fire grows without quenching.

But here right now right tight and in love, you got no bottom because you got me and I got a hand. I know the foot holds to climb, i know the seeps to find water and I know the way out of this hell.

Maybe that is not for you. But maybe you can take these words and give them to someone who thinks they have hit bottom. And because of you.


Have Ya!?

Have you let someone you know let the bottom drop out?

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I am a man that ends with some thoughts

Your life is better than mine, so how much better is it than a beggar you scorn.

You are really a good person, act like it.

When you have said no to prevent enabling, you now owe it to you to watch when you can be able.

I do not go in for charity. What we give must be given for ourselves. Then and only then do we owe who we give to. And that is grace.

My eldest son almost died of pneumonia. He was little. The doctor committed malpractice. And I failed him. I was more at fault.

My boy later had surgery for cancer. The docs did a great job. And I was more at fault.

We see in life that it is not only up to us, but within us to do right.

I have failed please read this and do not fail. Amen


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So glad I wore a pink shirt today so it does not clash with my blushing.

    • cleaner3 profile image


      5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      you my friend .. write as good as any .. it is just your meanings pierce only those who would see the truth of life .. those who think otherwise are blinded by their own love affair with themselves.. afraid to see the realities of real life..

      do not kid yourself my friend .. you are awesome..


    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Michael, I see some notices that the hub about you is active. Kudos!!!

      I know it is wrong, but I sure wish I could write like you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frog Prince --- I admit to being a welfare case. What I mean is that I look out for my own welfare and the welfare of family and friends. And they look out for mine.

      Thanks for the handout today!!

    • cleaner3 profile image


      5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Yes.. a return to the one who can bring one words of hope and faith are always a blessing that many look for .. you my friend are one for me .. knowing that when my demons start to penetrate my outershell .. I have you to bring me up to say NO.. I will not give in.. I am just a human being ..but I will persevre ..

      thank you my friend..!


    • The Frog Prince profile image

      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Eric - Nowethat was powerful my friend.

      The Frog

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are lucky Brian for we both extend our hands. And are blessed with a real hand shake.

      I just love that term. And I like: Everywhere I tried to run to, there I was.

      I truly appreciate our friendship.

    • Brian Prickril profile image

      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      It's a funny thing, that bottom. Every time I found myself there, it seemed I was exactly where I needed to be. When I finally could open my eyes in the most hellish of places, there in front of me would be the greatest of lessons. Thank you for offering your hand.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My elder son is up in your area, couch surfing and playing in a band. Thanks for joining me here.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MsDora, we are truly blessed to have both. And good friends. Thank you.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      "As long as hope survives and love survives, there just ain't no bottom." This is my lesson from the preacher today. Thank you, Eric.

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I can relate in oh so many ways.


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