The morning started with the post merger CEO stating: “These are difficult times, and some of you are going to lose your jobs.” That can make it a bad day. Then when the Dr. calls and mentions your cancer test is a bit awry, it’s a bad day.
Still, we are promised few things but change. Each day differs from the last, and sometimes we must re-invent ourselves. As an old acquaintance use to say: “I was looking for a job when I found this one.” Seems logical to me.
What made it a good day? We received a check from a donor for our foundation 2wheels2kids.wordpress.com which means another kid gets a bike for Christmas. How can I not smile.
It seems that vendors always want to go to lunch in the holidays – it really does spur the economy and it’s a chance for me to try new places. The other day we stopped at Eddie Merlot’s in Warrensville, just outside of Naperville and lunched exquisitely.
I started out with their cabernet house wine, it was fruity and very drinkable and complimented the main fillet mignon nicely. The first appetizer, shrimp, was fun, but when it’s served over dry ice it has a special flair.
The sesame calamari was perfectly cooked – soft and tender, one of the best I have had.
Then it was the ahi tuna on wonton chips sashimi ( raw ) but nicely seasoned
By now, we were on our second glass of wine, it was a Friday late lunch when the main course arrived, and it was very tender and tasty.
Then for dessert, they bill their carrot cake as “the world’s best” and it was very good. The piece was the size of a brick and we had one for the table that we all shared. This is absolutely a visit again restautant, but priced for special occassions.
Today someone taught me a lesson about having a great heart. They contacted me about donating to the little foundation Jan and I setup to give bikes to kids 2wheels2kids. Someone else contacted me about helping us give bikes in Estonia or Ghanna.
Jan and I figured we could fund three bikes a year, and have delivered one for Chicago, one for Canada, and one in Colorado. These great wordpress friends have shown me how much more fufilling it is to share kindness. Thanks guys for your great hearts. We have exceeded expectations for year 1 by 25%.
Now it’s off to find another youngster who needs a bike…. Can’t wait for Christmas.
On Black Friday – that ultimate day of impatience, I am reminded of snail mail ( sending a letter by carrier ) and when long distance calling was far too expensive and letters, hand crafted, were the best way to hear from people far away.
Before email, we waited impatiently checking the mailbox each day for a letter. Then there was a special way to read each letter. The initial urge was to rip it open and devour it like a child with sweets, but then we wondered could it be bad news, maybe I should wait and would set it down — walk two steps away then rush back and tear it open.
Every letter got several readings, and parts read out loud ( content permitting ) to the rest of the family. The first reading was a mad rush through and then the second more closely, and then we might set it down for a day or three, then return and read it thinking of what was implied and not said, or why was one word chosen instead of another.
To me, this was always the best reading – and the one that the reply came from.
I don’t write letters by hand anymore, I’d have to include a Rosetta Stone to decipher the hieroglyphs, but if you’ve sent me a long email and haven’t received a prompt response take comfort in the realization that I am likely savoring each word before crafting a response.
We started a foundation 2wheels2kids
and so far it’s a 100% success. We budgeted for three bikes and we have one purchased and two checks sent off. We are even international, with one off to the great north of Canada. Maybe next year we can do better, but we will always do our best.
Wishing everyone a great holidays coming up.
I remember being eight years old and coming down to see a big red Schwinn bicycle, there is nothing like it.
The fun of this DNA testing surprises….
and reminds me of places far away…
and how all of us are descendents of travelers…
but if I ever felt holier than thou… I might be justified
But my kids say, I can be a royal pain…
But then we decide if we really want to know…
But what we have in common should transcend the sum or our differences.
I found this at 23andme.com
The results are back from 23andme.com. You send them a saliva sample, then they sequence your DNA and you can view the results on their website. It’s a combination of fun and some serious information.
It’s nice to score in the 98th percentile in any test, I just never thought it would be from having 3.1% of Neanderthal DNA.
My kids may have suspected it.