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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…”

sun

“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…”

Boing

kitchen I

“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?…”

upper deck I

“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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Backstory: When I was at the University, my roomate made this verse, originally recorded by the Chicago soul music group,”The Chi-Lites”, famous with his stand-up (serious) rendition during our Oral Interpretation English class. Now, thirty-eight years later, as I sat on my front stoop trying to make sense of my finding a lovely, exotic, intelligent, lively, playful Slavic girl who loved me, I have rewritten it to fit a modern international romance situation.

“One year ago,
I was happy as a lark;
Two years ago this time,
Ignited our romantic spark.
I have the seat at our same ole Cafe` Skype,
Watching other internet couples play.
We were together,
Fighting to get my first U.S. Passport in those days;
Anticipating our togetherness.

Now I’m lucky if I hear from her,
Maybe twice a month!
Never wanting to disappoint her,
One so uniquely generous to me
That she got me out of tax trouble,
Which should have never been;

Now, fear of losing “the one” is all I see.
I might not look it to you,
yet, I am a sad face clown.
Sleeping less as my brain laments;
Tossing and turning,
An exercise that prevents rest!

“OH, I hear her voice everywhere I go,
In the words I read from people I don’t even know,
Have You Seen Her?
Tell Me have you gleaned Nina?
When I read a man’s magazine,
Or when old emails from her I see,
Have you seen her?
Baby, have you gleaned Nina? (“Pssst! look in Rome, Italy!!”)

Ohh, I’ve been used to satisfying my words with actions,
And suddenly I can’t…
It takes too long,
They seem like just promises or a rant.
[monologue]
“As I write these words,
I choke-back tears in my eyes.
I repaid her magnamimousity handsomely!
It seems that “the devil” holds me back,
Prayers and faith unanswered apparently;
But I will try anything at this point to get to her.”

Oh, I write an email to her,
Send flowers and a few dollars when I can;
I can see the love and smile when I do,
It is all over her heartfelt “Thank you”
Can you glean her?
Tell Me, Have you Seen Nina?

Well…I’m looking for a letter, email or something
Or anything she would send.
“I am here for you!”
Even though a civil war is near.
She sent me so many gifts one and four years ago,
Just because (I think) she grew to love me;
I never asked for anything like that,
I feel so blessed to have met her.
With all the people I know,
I’m still
a lonely middle-aged man!

I found a way to repay her kindness.
In money and attention,
But will she bore with this long distance and disallow me?
I really fear it is so.
May my wishes, hopes and prayers be answered,
Where our cultures combination will provide
Interesting fun for the rest of our lives!

People tell me, “If it is meant to be she will be there “.
I am not sure that is the security of thought that I need!

This love is not ‘unrequited,
As most of my encounters of the past;
We were very social media united,
Across the Atlantic ocean distance.

So If you see her,
Please tell her to get in-touch with me!!
My passport is still ready to be stamped again;
I am looking for some help,
Or any change that change can send.
You know, its funny,
I thought I had that lady in London;
In “the palm of my hand”!
But I didn’t do my homework beforehand,
And then had to help my eighty-nine year-old Mum,
Back at home.
And hers is ill also.
Have you seen Nina?
Tell me have u SEEN HER?

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