Saturday, September 17, 2011

I Have Good News and I Have Bad News

Today I did something I have been wanting to do for the past three years but I haven't been able to do it. That's the good news.

Now I am drained and I feel terrible. That is the bad news.

The good news is that it was worth it and more good news is that I will be fine tomorrow.

That is 3 good news to 1 bad news - so the good news wins!

Here is what I did.

I went to a football game at a local college. Every year a local store sponsors a free football day. You get in free and there are giveaways at halftime - this year they gave away a thousand dollars! I have had tickets for the past three years and didn't go. The first year a friend backed out at the last minute so I didn't go. The second year I felt so bad I didn't leave the house.

Last year I drove over there and the crowd was so large that I would have had to park at least a 1/2 mile away and there was no way I could walk that far. I went over today. It was beautiful. The weather was perfect. The crowd was small. I found a handicapped parking space right in front of the stadium which meant I had to walk about a block to the stands which is pretty much my maximum walking distance right now.

I mosied inside the stadium and I was happy to see a concession stand which was selling can pop for a $1 on the way. So I bought a Pepsi (my fave) and found a seat right in the beginning of the stands. I sat back to enjoy a day of football and hopefully win some free groceries or whatever. Unfortunately the home team got trounced. I didn't win anything either.

I was going to stay until the end of the game but I started to notice some warning signs that I should probably get out of the heat at the beginning of the third quarter. I wanted to stay so I watched the visitors score yet another touchdown and the home team lose posession after only about a minute or so - again.

I decided it was time to leave. I stood up and I got dizzy and wobbly. I picked my time well. I took my time getting to my car and I collapsed when I got home. I am starting to feel better. I'll be "A OK" tomorrow.

At least I did it this year. Who knows, maybe next year I can stay for the whole game. It's a goal.

Torturing Bobo

When I was a kid my best friends name was Sherri. She lived next door and we played together all the time. She had a chihuahua named Bobo. We used to climb in her bed and I would pretend like I was hitting her. She would holler and yell for help and I would smack the bed next to her.

Bobo would go crazy. He would jump as high in the air as he could and bark and growl and go crazy. The problem was that poor Bobo could not jump on the bed. He wasn't big enough. So he couldn't protect Sherri no matter how badly he wanted to. It was hilarious.

It wouldn't have been hilarious though if he had managed to jump on that bed. That chihuahua would have eaten me alive if he could. Sometimes she would have to hold him so I could get off the bed just to go home.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

They Saw a Need and They Filled It: good deed alert

Everybody who reads my blog knows I am always giving away food or clothes or something in my building. My great aunt and uncle Patty and Gurl have taken to calling me about once a month or so and I go over and they give me a bunch of clothes and/or other assorted items to give away.

The stuff is either theirs that they don't want anymore or a friend or family member of their's who is trying to get rid of stuff. It is always nice stuff and it generally gets picked up as soon as I put it out. (We have a community room and everybody knows that stuff left in there is for anybody that needs it)

They have single handedly clothed a substantial portion of low income disabled and elderly people in our building.

Kudos to them!

They also usually clean out their freezer and refrigerator and send me back with stuff that I give to people that I know need it as well. Aunt Patty is a wonderful cook and they tell me to make sure that I help myself to whatever I want as well. And I do.

A good example of two people making a difference and it doesn't cost them a penny to do it.

Monday, September 12, 2011

I Approve of What They Have Done with the Memorial Park at Ground Zero

I used to be one of those people who thought they should just leave the footprints of the twin tower alone to stand as a reminder of what was done on 9/11.

They they shot the twin beams of light into space as a tribute and I thought, " how fitting". Still I thought they should leave the footprints alone.

I must say that when they unveiled the Memorial Park yesterday I was relieved. I was so glad to see something beautiful yet meaningful stand in place of those two desolate holes in the ground. It made me feel as if America can rebuild after anything.

That Memorial Park stands as a reminder that we can!