The Moment That Changes A World

This past week I am missing in action. No one knows where I am or why I have gone missing. Emotions run wild as grief takes over to dominate life. My thoughts concentrate on how quickly life can change.

Last Sunday, the first day of Spring 2021 the days was phenomenally warm, sunny, and cheerful. My playmate and I drove to a trail in the woods to enjoy nature. Many others did the same. Some on foot, others on bicycles, youngsters on skate boards, and old timers walking dogs. All were smiling and cheerfully escaping the COVID scourge.

Meanwhile a Lexus SUV sped northward with five people aboard. Simultaneously my playmate’s son moved westward on his BMW Enduro. The two vehicles met to occupy the exact same space completely oblivious to each other. The Enduro planted into the passenger side front seat of the LEXUS.

As with most collisions between a cyclist and a car, the car wins. This crash happened like a bolt of lightning from the sky. My friends son died instantly. The passenger in the front was severely injured. Both vehicles were totally beyond repair.

Eight hours after this instant my friend finally learned of her only child’s demise. Since that instantaneous fraction of a moment life has changed for her, her son’s son, and me. The tiny family of three immigrants in this country with no other social support has been reduced to two. The mother-grandmother is emotionally destroyed while the grandson is overwhelmed by the instant responsibility befallen him.

In the meantime, the coroner cannot release the body until he has verified identity. He called the grandson to have his father’s dental records sent so he could positively know whose death certificate he was certifying. Needless to say this piece of information was devastating. Losing a loved one is always horrible, not being able to find closure by viewing the body is equally calamitous.

It’s been three and a half days since that moment in time and a positive move toward interment has not been made.

My only advice to the grandmother and grandson are to think only of what you can do today, and if that is not working think only of what is absolutely necessary to do in the next hour, or minute.

Pray for them.

My Favorite TV Personality

In all the years I watched the TV program 60 Minutes I enjoyed the final five minutes the most. It was during those minutes that Andy Rooney did his part. In my opinion 60 Minutes can be trashed except for Andy Rooney’s segment.

Take two minutes to read these sayings and be sure to read all the way to
the bottom:

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*Written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so
few words.*
*Rooney has passed away but used to be on CBS’s 60 Minutes TV show.*

I’ve learned …
That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned …
That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned …
That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful
feelings in the world.

I’ve learned …
That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned …
That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned …
That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned ….
That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

  I’ve learned….
That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned …
      That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to
help him in any other way.

      I’ve learned….
That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a
friend to act goofy with.

      I’ve learned …
That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to
understand.

      I’ve learned …
That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I
was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned …
That life is like a roll of toilet paper.   The closer it gets to the end,
the faster it goes.

I’ve learned …
That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned …
That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and
loved.

I’ve learned …
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

      I’ve learned …
      That when you plan to get even with someone,   you are only letting
that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned …
That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned …
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with
people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned …
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

      I’ve learned …
That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I’ve learned …
That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

      I’ve learned …
      That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you
miss.

I’ve learned …
That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before
she passed away.

      I’ve learned …
That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he
may have to eat them.

I’ve learned….
That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

      I’ve learned …
That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little
fist, you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned …
That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness
and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned …
That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of you …
Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.

It’s National Friendship Week … Show your friends how much you care.
Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even
if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you.  If it comes
back to you, then you’ll know you have a circle of friends.

HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK TO YOU!
YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND I AM HONORED!

Socks, Socks, and More Socks

A couple of months ago I gave my Lions club the idea to collect socks for homeless people. I never in a million years imagined I would get the response that happened. We service the needy people of our community through a local township food pantry. I was surprised to learn that in a community as upscale as Frankfort, that there are 350 souls registered with them. My original proposal was to give each client of the food pantry a new pair of socks. The club board of directors gave me a green light to go ahead.

My first step was to solicit volunteers from the membership to join in on the fun. Fifteen Lions signed up for the project. We met virtually using ZOOM, and I explained the goal, one pair of new socks to every client of the food pantry. In my training as a manager during my working years it was highly recommended to use teams to do a job. Teams work smarter and their collective brainpower allows them to make better decisions.

Our first effort was to discuss how we would deal with buying socks, the vendors, getting quotes and discounts, etc. We switched the subject to how we would physically separate pre-packaged bundles of socks to donate. That discussion led to a new discussion of the goal. Why not save the effort of separating by giving each person a six-pack of new socks? All along, it was my intention to have the Lions purchase the socks and my emphasis was on selling a proposal to the board for how much money to ask for. That’s when the brainstorming went into high gear and in a matter of minutes we shifted from the Lions Club buying socks to getting the public to donate socks. The team loved this idea and in a matter of a few minutes had formulated a plan to get a sock collection underway.

One team member worked as a substitute teacher for the local school district. He thought this would make an exciting project for the school kids and would also teach a lesson. The remainder of us suggested various businesses to ask to be collection points. Another volunteered to spread the word on Facebook, and our website, another raised her hand to design a flyer. The wheels were turning, no, I mean they were spinning and smoking.

We met in another week, again virtually, and reviewed progress and filling in gaps. By the end of the first week, we emptied the collection boxes and sorted 670 pairs of socks. While we were spreading the news to the community, the Middle School Student Council challenged their classmates to a contest. The room that collects the most socks by the end of February wins a lunch time pizza party. This school turned on the other two schools in the District and they also began collections. Meanwhile, the second school district within our boundaries caught sock fever, and the Junior High began collecting. Not to be outdone the Key Club from the local high school also jumped in.

My part in this was to provide collection boxes for the community and the schools, eighty-five to be exact. I spun my wheels running between Home Depot and my shop to paste signs on the boxes designating them as Sock Drop points. We gave the drive a name; Care. Share. Give a Pair. This catchy phrase spread community wide via the local digital news-site, and on our local community TV.

As I write this we are a couple of days from the official end of the drive. At last count we had collected 5180 pairs of socks and we expect another two thousand to come in from the remaining schools and community boxes. Who would have thought? A simple idea that caught the imagination of a lot of people in the town. All of them pent up with energy from the COVID lockdown. All of them recognizing that their neighbors are in need and they are still in better shape than those in need.

At this moment the kids who won the contest are lunching on pizza supplied by another club member who owns the most popular pizza joint in town. In the meantime, the Lions are now facing a new problem, i.e where to donate the thousands of surplus socks. I love problems like that.

Where the is a need there is a Lion.

PSA-210309-Be Careful What You Write

Did I read that sign right?     

TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW.   
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In a Laundromat:   
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT.   
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In a London department store:   
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS…   
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In an office:   
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN.   
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In an office:   
AFTER TEA BREAK, STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD.   
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Outside a second-hand shop:   
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?   
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Notice in health food shop window:   
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS…   
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Spotted in a safari park:   
(I sure hope so.)   
ELEPHANTS, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR.   
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Seen during a conference:   
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR.   
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Notice in a farmer’s field:   
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.   
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Message on a leaflet:   
IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS.   
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On a repair shop door:   
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR – THE BELL DOESN’T WORK.)   
Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn’t you say?
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Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife   
And Daughter   
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.   
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Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says   
Really? Ya’ think?   
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Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers   
Now that’s taking things a bit far!   
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Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over   
What a guy!     
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Miners Refuse to Work after Death   
No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s!   
 
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Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant     
See if that works better than a fair trial!
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War Dims Hope for Peace   
I can see where it might have that effect!   
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If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile   
Ya’ think?!   
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Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures   
Who would have thought!   
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Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide   
They may be on to something!   
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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges   
You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape?           
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Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge   
He probably IS the battery charge!   
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New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group   
Weren’t they fat enough?!   
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Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft   
That’s what he gets for eating those beans!   
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks   
Do they taste like chicken?   
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Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half   
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!   
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Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors   
Boy, are they tall!   
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And the winner is…   
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead   
Did I read that right?

Points to Ponder

Just can’t take things too seriously

The devil whispered to me, “I’m coming for you.”  I whispered back, “Bring pizza.”

Having plans sounds like a good idea until you have to put on clothes and leave the house.

It’s weird being the same age as old people.

When I was a kid I wanted to be older…this is not what I expected.

Life is like a helicopter.  I don’t know how to operate a helicopter.

Chocolate is God’s way of telling us he likes us a little bit chubby.

It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult.

Marriage Counselor:    Your wife says you never buy her flowers.  Is that true?

Him:   To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers.

Never sing in the shower!  Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked.  So remember…Don’t sing!

My wife asked me to take her to one of those restaurants where they make the food right in front of you.  So I took her to Subway and that’s how the fight started.

During the middle ages they celebrated the end of the plague with wine and orgies.  Does anyone know if there is anything planned when this one ends?

I don’t think the therapist is supposed to say “wow” that many times in your first session, but here we are…

I see people about my age mountain climbing;  I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance.

We can all agree that in 2015 not a single person got the answer correct to, ‘Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?’

So if a cow doesn’t produce milk, is it a milk dud or an udder failure?

If you can’t think of a word say “I forgot the English word for it.”  That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot.

I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.

Coronacoaster    noun:  the ups and downs of a pandemic.  One day you’re loving your bubble, doing work-outs, baking banana bread and going for long walks and the next you’re crying, drinking gin for breakfast and missing people you don’t even like.

Don’t be worried about your smartphone or TV spying on you.  Your vacuum cleaner has been collecting dirt on you for years.

I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event.

I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit.

How many of us have looked around our family reunion and thought “Well, aren’t we just two clowns short of a circus?”

You don’t realize how old you are until you sit on the floor and then try to get back up.

We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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