Friday, July 31, 2015

Mission Accomplished

If I  don't talk about it, it has a better chance of happening, it seems.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Feeling a Bit Better Today

I'm still a little tired though. Hoping yesterday was just food poisoning, or just some random flukey thing. Either way, I think it's time for better insurance.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


I haven't been this sick in a long time. Don't know what it was, but it was fierce.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Just helped someone at Ultra spell the word announcements. I knew that English degree would come in handy someday.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mini Movie Monday

Years ago, I wrote an article for a website called Viewshound. They offered prizes every day. I won $50 for my article I wrote about how to be a better retail customer. It was published right around Black Friday about three years ago, I think. I planned to make a series of videos based on the tips I listed in the article. Here is a brief video on one of the points I wrote about. If retail associates seem out of it, or look very tired, it is probably because of the scheduling. "Clopens" are when you close the night before, and have to be back in at 5 or 6 a.m. I also remember one time when I worked nine days in a row before I had a day off. Nine days of working first, then second shift can wreck your sleep schedule.

There are mornings where I had to open and I have no idea what I did. I mean, I did the opening stuff I had to do, but I really don't remember anything else besides that. There are times when we screw up. The customer can tell us specifically what type of paint they want, but there are times when I made a whole gallon when they just wanted a quart. Or, the wrong color was scanned in. It happens. But I've never accidentally made pink paint when a customer specifically wanted flat black.

And the managers work grueling schedules too. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015


So many questions--about everything, and no answers.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Forty-three years ago today...

I was released from Parkview Memorial Hospital following knee surgery. I was going through some papers in search of a picture, and came across the bill.

The damage? $637.75 for a nine-day hospital stay.  Paying .75 a day for TV (three whopping channels!) was probably a bit much, but I was probably just a bit spoiled.

By the way, the knee has held up quite nicely.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Oh Well...

My date had to leave before the show even started, because he got called into work. Good thing we drove separately.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Two dates in one week is unheard of. Especially for me.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


I jogged longer today than I normally do. That's a good thing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Visit to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

One of my friends who teaches overseas is in town, and he called me up to see if I wanted to do anything. I suggested a number of things and we chose the zoo. Considering the weather lately, it was kind of a chancy thing to suggest, but the weather was absolutely beautiful today. Sunny and warm, very little humidity, and a breeze. 

I hadn't been to the zoo in probably twelve years. I am usually not easily impressed, but there are some improvements that have been made and some that are on their way, and it was a very good time.

I got a few pictures. These are all from my Samsung Galaxy 3.

Not all penguins like cold weather. This particular variety lives in the southern part of Africa. I had some fun getting a little video of this guy. You'll see it at the bottom.

This is a cattle egret.
Banded mongoose. You know, like Riki Tiki Tavi.

A fire bellied toad.

The terrifying giant concrete toad.

A giant tortoise.

If you've ever wanted to feed a reticulated giraffe, you can do it here. Be careful, its head weighs 200 pounds.

Peanut butter jelly fish, peanut butter jelly fish!

I swear this kangaroo was posing for me. Maybe I'll send this photo to PlayMarsupial magazine.

A laughing kookaburra. You know that sound they play in movies to make it look like it is in the jungle? This bird makes that sound. But this is native to Australia, and this is the only place it lives.

A leopard. 

Ina the lioness...and her companion,

Bill, who is nine years old July 22. Swing by and wish him a Happy Birthday!

The green edged Werner ladder. Its natural habitat is in construction zones, but can be found anywhere that additional height is needed.

An ostrich. If I'd had some leaves, I could have fed it, it came that close!

The peacocks roam around freely at the zoo, which can be cool as well as terrifying, if they jump down out of a tree and scare the crap out of you. That happened to my nephew once.

Great white pelicans.

A rainbow lorikeet. I got pretty close.

I don't know what this is called, so I'll just call it some red cheeked bird I saw. Wait--I think it's some sort of lorikeet. Maybe a RED Cheeked lorikeet...

A red panda. My friend, who teaches in China, hasn't seen a panda there, but had to come all the way back to Fort Wayne to see an actual panda. That's like living in Indiana and going to Russia to see a farm.

A red tailed hawk.
The invisibull. They are very hard to see.

A wattled crane.

Wildebeests and Zebras kinda depend on each other. I didn't know that.

This little guy had a hell of a voice!!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mini Movie Monday!

I noticed my dryer was making an interesting noise, so I taped a few seconds of it.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Sugar overload. I think I'm allergic to it too. Bleh.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

It WAS Going pretty fast though...

An hour ago, a Maserati passed me. It was not doing 185.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Soundtrack of My Youth

I didn't have the perfect childhood, but it sure seemed that way. I was happy, I had friends, and I almost got everything I asked for. I think part of that was because I had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and if my mother couldn't cure it, she would make sure I got almost everything I wanted. I never got the horse, or the extra bathroom (my brother took three showers a day) or the answering machine for the phone, but I did get horseback riding lessons and new designer jeans and a phone for my room. 

I remember occasional trips out to Southtown Mall. I remember hanging out in the WGL studios with my dad when he taped his radio show. I remember my mom taking me to Shoaff Park. The Blizzard of 1978. I was homeschooled that year, so I think I had extra time to play in the snow. 

My brother put a damper on things, but I remember adults liking me because I was so outgoing. They couldn't believe this chatty little girl who had no shyness in talking to adults.

That all changed in seventh grade. That's when things started to go wrong. 

I think I never really wanted to grow up. I never thought childhood would ever have to end, but it did. 

So it's the music of my childhood that stands out the most for me. I remember the theme from "Shaft" playing while my mother drove around town looking for a Gnip Gnop game for my brother. I remember my father singing along to Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" just to make me laugh. I loved it all: bubblegum, hard rock, soft rock, pop. It was AM radio in all it's glory.

And I loved disco. In 1975, I remember hearing a distinctive guitar riff that set off a song with simple lyrics, but with an infectious beat. That song was "Get Down Tonight" by KC and the Sunshine Band, and he became one of my favorites. 

Unlike the Loverboy concert, I hung around with friends through most of the warm up acts. I figured KC wouldn't go on until about 10 p.m. or so, and I was right. It meant I didn't get right up close to the stage, but I got a lot closer than I thought. Sure, he looks different now (so do I) but I didn't care. His music was the soundtrack to a great childhood.

I can honestly say I danced through most of the one and a half hours he and his band performed. It was funny, because quite a few people close to the stage like I was were just standing there--there was a young girl standing next to me who just stared at the show. I think her parents took her there, because the woman in front of me and I were dancing up a storm. Her husband (if that's who it was) stood just as still as his daughter did. A few white-haired gentlemen ahead of me and to the left also just stood there. I got over my inhibitions about dancing in public, because KC put on a good show. It made me forget about the anxiety going on in my life, my fears for the future, and the mistakes I've made. 

And after the show, I had a thought. I wondered if I could meet the man who made music I associate with one of the best times in my life. I spoke with one of his guitar players, and said it would mean so much to me to meet KC (I started to cry a little). He told me to stick around. A TRF volunteer offered me some bottled water, and after the heat and humidity (summer finally showed up today) it was the best water I'd had in my life.

Apparently, there's a KC and the Sunshine Band fan club. The two members who showed up were going to be brought backstage. I asked if I could be included. The guy said no, it was just for fan club members, but had a change of heart and said I could go back. I gave him a hug. 

And here it is. I've loved this man for 40 years.
Bear in mind, I had no idea when I woke up today that I would meet one of my idols from childhood. After the show, I just thought that I would try and meet him. I never thought it would happen. And for a while tonight, I remembered how good life can be.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Last night's karaoke set

Was a lot of fun. I went with a friend who teaches in China. It was a really good time. It was the first time I seriously danced in public and said "motherfucker" over a microphone.

My set list, in order:
Shadow boxer
Tennis Court
Fire Water Burn

I've done more socially in the last six weeks than I have the entire school year. The right people make all the difference.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday at TRF

It stopped raining for a few hours! I went down to TRF early in the day to meet up with a former co-worker who came back to the U.S. to visit with his family. He wanted to eat at Junk Food Alley, so we hung out for a bit and talked. I think I might hang out with him again tonight, to get my karaoke on. Anyway, here are today's shots.

Is "strangling the smurf" a thing? Or am I just imagining it?

What's better than giant hamster balls on land? Giant hamster balls on water!

Professionally painted, professionally misspelled.

The only dog I've seen at TRF so far.

This summer's footwear trend for women? Gladiator sandals. These almost look like leg braces.

A more moderate example.

The look on this pink dolphin's face makes me think she knows she's going to be accidentally killed for tuna.

Cosby, you really didn't rape those women, did you? Did you?  

Little Orphan (pair of) Sandals.
More gladiator sandals. Foot bondage freaks, please DO NOT contact me.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ikea Road Trip!!!

to Ikea today and didn't buy this couch, although I really wanted to!!!
On the way back, Lorie and I stopped at Costco and ate free samples, then got a hot dog and a soda. Where else could you fill up for $1.50??? What an awesome day! And I still remember how to drive a stick shift!!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

A TRF Attraction Video (Mini Movie Monday)

This is the second time I've been in a helicopter. The first time was in Las Vegas. I've never seen my city from a helicopter before, so I bought a helicopter ride and filmed it.

Sunday, July 12, 2015


I had an unexpected Saturday off. I could have attended the Everclear/Fuel concert, but I chose not to. I really like Everclear and Fuel, and there were a couple of other bands playing, but I was afraid I'd start crying during "I Will Buy You A New Life" and "Take a Picture." The 90s weren't perfect, but I had a pretty good time. I had a family who loved me. I had a job I liked. I had time to have fun with friends. My whole life seemed ahead of me and there was plenty of time to figure things out. Hearing these songs would trigger emotions that I really didn't want to deal with. I've done enough crying this past month, so I decided to have some fun. I did, however, take in the Lawton Park Flea Market.

The candlesticks are pretty much standard flea market fare, but that wooden dildo-looking thing on the left??? That definitely caught my eye.

That's racist!

The first adult in a wagon picture this year!
I love that kid's outfit!

General "Mad" Anthony Wayne rebronzed, rerested, and ready.

And his horse's balls aren't blue anymore, like they were for a long time.

I always feel sorry for orphan hubcaps. 

It was a shock to see so many people dressed up on a Saturday afternoon. Especially in Fort Wayne, where people don't even dress up for their own funerals.

At last--a slice of cheese pizza, courtesy of Pint and Slice. It was a bargain at $7.29, which also got me a decent-sized salad and a drink.

It's not the library anymore. It's the libeery.

The bonus hole at Paige's Crossing. I got a hole in one on this, so I got a free game.

See! I didn't lie!

My favorite arcade game ever.

My final score on the left. I made it to stage 22 I think.

My continually terrible hit/miss ratio.