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In my insanely contemporary musical Disc jockey mind, this “tune wedgie” appears most mornings while I try to make breakfast, wake-up and convince myself that I have a purpose in life to move on towards. Yes, it is lonely like that unless I am strengthened via prayer.

The lyric, “Its me that’s missing your love, and I….” repeats most often.

You are listening to vintage Al Green from 1973 “Call Me” album, with a song of unrequited yet reciprocal love that endures because every day the dawn will happen with a renewed chance for healing romance. I always appreciated how during his vamp-to-fade, he listed his previous, at that time, hit song’s names, lol.

This light-listen and “B-side” selection garnered major market airplay and herein is dedicated sometimes to the Ukrainian lady I thought I’d be married to by now, Inna-Nina. I blame myself for not being able to raise enough money to import her to the USA ahead of the Russian intervention and her mother’s cancer diagnosis in the spring of 2014.
This is likely the sad climax conclusion for “Cafe` Skype” because something is amiss. I will put it point-blank: If you are my girlfriend or fiancee` and my elderly mother or father becomes ill, I will not push you away or go to a mental clinic for a “breakdown”. To the contrary, I would need you more to lean upon through troubled times – even if five thousand kilometers away via a five year relationship as difficult as that may be – or if it honestly will not work anymore and I have a person in the same area of the opposite sex (maybe a past schoolmate) who fulfills that role, I would tell you. Or maybe that’s just me.
Here is when needs begin to challenge that I am a loyal, faithful man.
Murphy’s law seems to stalk my female companionship quest…

Tell me what should I do in your comments, please

I was trying to raise, via crowdfunding on Crowdrise.com, or whatever means available, $20,000 to help Ukraine while exporting my fiancee, Nina and her ailing, elderly mama to the USA for better elder health care. Her Mama has passed away (June, 2015).
Things were on a fast track after our “Mind Your Heads” rendezvous (see other posts on this blog about that) recently in London, UK, and just when it looked like we could solidify our wedding plans and get Nina her USA visa, two new hurdles appeared: the Maiden revolution in Kiev, Ukraine and her elderly mama’s health taking a turn for the worse! If you have followed this blog for any time, then undoubtedly you know of our “Cafe` Skype” story…
Naphtali and Nina. If you are a newbie, welcome to our world!

her (Nina, my fiancee`) elderly mama was diagnosed with cancer, hemoglobin issues and a tumor. Nina is the only offspring. Her daddy passed away last year (2012) and I would like to be able to get her to the USA for better health care while assisting Ukraine freedom fighters and government in their struggle to fend-off Russia’s President Putin and his Hitleresque designs to deny Ukraine’s sovereignty. We need as much money as we can raise!

NOW…Due to recent events in Kiev and then Russia’s disrespect of the sovereignty of Crimea, things have changed… the crisis in her country deepened and I knew that I had to try to take some kind of action! First of all, their military defense needs financial help and we will donate part of what we raise here to them! Then on to those hospitalized and gunned-down during the Maidan protests in Kiev. Next, we will do a short documentary video (I am good at that, lol) to show the world why Ukraine matters (they used to have all the nuke missiles aimed at the USA, for-example).

Will the “west” stand-up to the latest “Hitler”-type, Putin, for Ukraine’s integrity or let Russian break it up like this? hideous redivision

So, What are you waiting for? You can donate online right now by going to our link and clicking the orange “DONATE to this fundraiser” button! It is easy and when you do, if you are not “anonymous”, you and your business will appear in the donor roll as a do-gooder, which is great publicity for you! Here is the NEW link https://www.crowdrise.com/adoptawar-affectedukrainianfamily/fundraiser/imijproduckshunz/setup_success/personal
You can also join our team to help me promote this fundraiser right on the Crowdrise page! It doesn’t get better than this to assist!

If you have questions, doubts or suggestions, then please use “comments” here to voice them or ask privately using the email address in the sidebar to the upper right. You can also contact us via our Crowdrise.com platform page (link above).
Peace.

~ Naphtali
Pickhitt: How can we get this project in-front of those who actually have the money and desire to donate to it?

This, one of my favorite Amy Grant tunes, describes how I still feel years after my fiancee`, Inna and I departed to go our separate ways after our romantic London, U.K. interlude of 2013.

I was driving back to the room from a Holiday party and found my Amy Grant’s Greatest Hits CD in the glove compartment. And while “Baby Baby” is my all-time Amy Grant smash hit which reminds me of when I first discovered Amy while the overnight DJ on Atlantic City’s WAYV, FM, circa 1993, I feel this tune at this time, “The Lucky One”, describes and seconds my emotions while reflecting the progress that Nina and I made towards our future unison while connecting in England.
Here are a few more of the hundreds of “Mind Your Head” shots that we took in late October, 2013 – the highlight of my year with thanks to the heavenly Father, who without the divine intervention that brought Nina and I together, none of this travel (and my first-ever U.S. passport) would have ever come to pass.

Another of London's Great Clocks

Another of London’s Great Clocks

Nina catches me candidly as we ride the tour bus' upper deck!

Nina catches me candidly as we ride the tour bus’ upper deck!

Strollin' Westminister...

Strollin’ Westminister…

I'm Tuggin' Sherlock Holmes' Cape! lol

I’m Tuggin’ Sherlock Holmes’ Cape! lol

Our Ben against the sunset and back end tour bus...

Our Ben against the sunset and back end tour bus…

“I stay up all night to get lucky…”

Ancient English Palace survives!

Ancient English Palace survives!

“I flew all night to get lucky…”

anothr London historic tower

“I’m up all night to get some…”

blurry-eyed I bathe for thee

blurry-eyed I bathe for thee

“She’s up all night to the sun…”

Our Favorite local London Pub, Flynns

Our Favorite local London Pub, Flynns

“She’s up all night for good fun…”

atop my golden spire!

atop my golden spire!

“We’re up all night to the sun…”

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“We’re up all night to get some…”

This couple traded photo shoots with us in Piccadilly Square!  Thanks!

This couple traded photo shoots with us in Piccadilly Square! Thanks!

“We’re up all night to get lucky…”

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“I’m the lucky one…”

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“We’ve come too far To give up who we are…”

Tube stairway to heaven via escalator to Green Park!

Tube stairway to heaven via escalator to Green Park!

“So let’s raise the bar and our cups to the stars…”

Left big wheel sky

Showing shell damage on a church during WWII

Showing shell damage on a church during WWII

“I’m up all night to get stoned…”

royal institute of Brit Architects

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“…stoned…”

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“The present has no ribbon
Your gift keeps on giving…”

This view is talking like the alien!

This view is talking like the alien!

“What is this I’m feeling?…”

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“We’re up all night to get lucky…”

silhouette union jack

silhouette union jack

“We’re up all night to get lucky/I’m the Lucky one…”

our blurry kitchen while she sleeps...

our blurry kitchen while she sleeps…

Next time we will go up in this wheel!

Next time we will go up in this wheel!

“I’m up all night to get lucky…”

random view

“I flew all night to get lucky!”

A legendary train station of yore...

A legendary train station of yore…

“I write all night to get lucky…”

Great fish n chips (and ale!)

Great fish n chips (and ale!)

“I pray all night to get lucky.”

early steeple

And…I heard this Daft Punk jam soo much while there that it is my “theme song” of our vacation rendezvous now. Major props to Magic 105 and Capital FM audio in London as-presented over our in-house tele screen.

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Since my fiancee`/Skype-mate freed me to be “me” in-conjunction with my social media comeuppance three years ago, I post many things to promote our plans and seek self-sufficiency sponsors. The following are from our recent London rendezvous notes. I pray that you, dear reader, have someone in your life that you feel similarly for as I do Nina, who inspired this trip and travel.

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Monday, on the way across the Pond
I am “above the clouds” (a song) again and this time on Virgin Atlantic airlines, bound for London, England to rendezvous with my fiancée`, Nina who is coming in from Ukraine. Wow! Long-awaited and incredible; I hope I brought enough “pounds”! Basically, we own the next seven days.

[Then, I did not write a note for the next five days, so consumed with my lady, Nina, was I…]

Friday, 9:40am London time

Just returned to our flat and it is lonely London now, having seen Nina to the plane at Heathrow, early this morning. I felt so bad because she was in no shape to travel since coming-down with a head cold on the flight from Ukraine which got worse during our stay in London. I crash to sleep now for a few hours before I have to go and find the Big Bus Tour office and retrieve my camera case that they have so luckily found and saved for me. Too bad the same can’t be said for our cache of souvenirs from Piccadilly Square that we left at the Bond Street Tube station yesterday. Oh, well, I filed a report; maybe someone or a Tube worker found them and will notify me. This chick came from behind me and helped me out of my tourist confusion at the Tube turnstile on the way back to our flat. She too was Russian, ironically. Maybe Nina sent her? lol I smelled Nina’s perfume everywhere in-public after she left as the London winds reminded me.
I am reliving the special moments like when Nina brought my laptop to our bed Wednesday morning so she could play me some music videos by Lana Del Ray. Priceless!

Friday, circa 2:30pm London time (at Shakespeare Pub)

It is very complimentary and flattering to have someone from London tell me that they like my “American (English) accent”, when it is their country who invented it! I am at “Shakespeare” Pub, dining on their version of London’s famous “fish n’ chips” – a dish that reacquainted my diet with an old childhood staple, green peas! Simple yet delightfully health when steamed.

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I think that clouds hover around England – always – I believe.
It is truly awesome that a country like this – on a big island – became so powerful! I always read about it in school and I love that Nina chose this location for us to meet-up. Just another reason I love her and she came into my life at the right time.
Now my next move is to relocate to a hotel within the Heathrow airport vicinity…Nina and our personal cab driver recommended this.

Friday evening, after 9pm London Time at Flynn’s Pub:

(Thinking) What I really hate about cell phone “plans” from all of these “providers” like T-Mobile is UNuniformity. Especially when you travel overseas! They seem to know when you land in another country, but do not give you any benefits that you had where you came from. MY android did not work (was “locked” even though I bought a “sim card” in London) for four days!

London gave me a new meaning to the American slang phrase, “Gimme a POUND!” lol Here is a brief (short) video about how better to solve the whole “no smoking in restaurants” issue!

Day Six in London

Saturday is “solo Saturday” for me near Heathrow. Having detached from our apartment in West Ealing (a really great choice for us to base from) gives me pause for the first time thinking of the future – missing her companionship and dreading the return to the grind of work back in New York City. I am still technically homeless – and this is the next hurdle I must $oon leap over.
As my luck would have it, a “major Gale” (wind storm with rain) approaches London as I stage to leave tomorrow…in the nick of time.
I am at Thistle Hotel Heathrow, a massive and expansive hotel which smells of mold. Its saving grace for me is its lounge which overlooks the airport where you can see the (mostly British Airways) planes take off. I partake of a brilliantly delicious “rump of lamb” which I wish Nina was with me to share. Tasty, tender and really scrumptious.

Sunday, Day seven in London, 4:52pm Heathrow…

Flight gate to be announced at 6:10pm; Hoping to lift-off ahead of the impending storm.
Solo, the lone ranger again, I am missing the companionship and proximity of Nina.

“More Impressions upon A Café` Skype Journey”

I happened to speak to a nice chap while in my final hours in London, who understood my story, or some such gleaned his was similar in that his beloved is from Thailand and he in London. “Why is it so difficult?” he asked, “When you want to marry, they should grant her the visa at once!” He said. It is encouraging to know of others in a similar situation. It is the quest of “Café` Skype” to soon overcome these hurdles to our love and togetherness in the same postal code.

Aboard a Majestic Virgin Atlantic Flight back to JFK

When you fly at night and look up out of your window seat, all you see is the stars – much closer they look!
Aboard Virgin US25 on my way back to ill NYC, I am calmer than expected with new urgency to attract big finances soon in order to offer Nina a chance at togetherness and comfort in The States. Living our dream and not someone else’s.
I knew I would tear-up and cry at some point, and it was at the end of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” movie, “Jack The Giant Slayer” that showed on the seat in front of me on the plane in-flight.
When I saw Jack and Isabella clasp hands and walk like Nina and I did so naturally in London, well…that was it for me being “strong”. 2013-10-27 21.43.08

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Pickhitt: I am now totally interested in any and all opportunities to live and work in London, U.K. Actively applying; hit me up, Mates, I’m flexible!
~ “Guv’na” Naphtali

Well, We DID IT! да!да!да!!! In the spirit of our three-year old saga, the “Cafe` Skype” story, Inna and I rendezvoused in the great, historic city of London, England (United Kingdom) for one (too short) week, two weeks ago. It was the first time there for both of us!! London was magical, mystical, majestic, awesome, historic and inspiring among other emotions!

What do you make of THIS London statue? lol

What do you make of THIS London statue? lol

The following are some of the hundreds of pictures that we took there! This photo-blog is submitted with deep, protective and profound love and admiration for Nina who, by-dint of her finding me three years ago, found a soul-mate and partner for life. Kudos to Virgin Atlantic for majestic flights (and landings) on my round trip. I love the brand!! We also enjoyed “Magic 105 FM” in the apartment that we had run of during our stay. I now know where the late mentor of mine, Frankie Crocker, got some of his ideas to bring back to WBLS-FM, New York in 1990.
I found the sign “Mind Your Head” particularly amusing and “punny” because our “minds” are said to be in our heads and in The States we say “watch your head” (or any other body part or thing) in order to convey similar warnings. So thus the lead title of this post.
As I did with my Kiev, Ukraine impressions https://achilliad.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/kiev-ukraine-through-my-eyes/, I will let the pictures speak for themselves and try not to comment except for the captions – it will be much more difficult to restrain myself this time, lol..

Me and my "Big Ben"...lol

Me and my “Big Ben”…lol

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The "Big Wheel" in background and "Big Ben" fore...

The “Big Wheel” in background and “Big Ben” fore…

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Westminister Abby

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Once these smoke stacks represented a fireplace in every room - and huge smog problem for London!

Once these smoke stacks represented a fireplace in every room – and huge smog problem for London!

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Parliament on the banks of the Thames!

Parliament on the banks of the Thames!

Heading out on the Red Tour Day I

Heading out on the Red Tour Day I

Winston Churchill hung out here often - his face in the middle of the sign!

Winston Churchill hung out here often – his face in the middle of the sign!

A WWII Brit fighting man surveying the targets

A WWII Brit fighting man surveying the targets

London Lion In Zion, lol

London Lion In Zion, lol

Queen Anne Slept here

Queen Anne Slept here

The famous inspiration for the song, "Winchester Cathedral"

The famous inspiration for the song, “Winchester Cathedral”

One of the biggest domes in Europe!

One of the biggest domes in Europe!

A New York City Jazz club is named after this, the only gift Egypt ever sent to London.

A New York City Jazz club is named after this, the only gift Egypt ever sent to London.

classic subway marker

London TUBE

View of the "stacks" from our apartment (flat") in West Ealing.

View of the “stacks” from our apartment (flat”) in West Ealing.

This Gargoyle looms over the route menacingly...

This Gargoyle looms over the route menacingly…

"Arrrrk!!" (scary...)

“Arrrrk!!” (scary…)

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Just like in the Bond movie - Hello, Sean Connery!

Just like in the Bond movie – Hello, Sean Connery!

Bond got his Aston Martin here?

Bond got his Aston Martin here?

Buckingham Palace Old Horse Stables.

Buckingham Palace Old Horse Stables.

I've always been fascinated by...castles!

I’ve always been fascinated by…castles!

I bet there once was a moat where the grass is, lol!

I bet there once was a moat where the grass is, lol!

Trafalga Square Lion

Trafalga Square Lion

Nina spots Shakespeare in the Tube station and knows I am a student of his...

Inna spots Shakespeare in the Tube station and knows I am a student of his…

Blue Rooster in Trafalga Square.

Blue Rooster in Trafalga Square.

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Big Dome II

You know WHO...

You know WHO…

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We together in Piccadilly Square, London. My "Boo" says my Aunt! lol

We together in Piccadilly Square, London. She is “My Boo”, says my Aunt! lol

Great Snap!

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Our Fave tour bus driver, "Big Rastamon" lol

Our Fave tour bus driver, “Big Rastamon” lol

Fountains of Hyde Park

Fountains of Hyde Park

Remember to "Mind Your Head"!

Remember to “Mind Your Head”!

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Peace-out, from "Guv'nor" Naphtali, til next time from the London "Big Bus"!

Peace-out, from “Guv’nor” Naphtali, til next time from the London “Big Bus”!

Between the two of us photo-nuts, we shot about 500 snaps. If you want to see more through our eyes, let us know in your comments and we will post a “Part Two”!! Cheers.

My love,  co-producer and soulful soul-mate doing her best "Miles Davis" on-stage pose and her camera thing. lol

My love, co-producer and soulful soul-mate doing her best “Miles Davis” on-stage pose and her camera thing. lol

PICKHIT: Special Thank you to London “Big Bus Tours” for finding and holding my camera case (with the $5USD note and sim cards enclosed) until I could collect it. I doubt that would have been the case here if the similar situation happenstanced in New York City.
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