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Jul. 24th, 2017 07:20 am
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Another perfect summer weekend. The weather was gorgeous, 80s and 90s throughout. This has been a warm-ish summer, I’m loving it.

Friday night Bob and I went to SF and met up with Dave & Steven to for drinks, dinner and then were off to see Suessical the Musical. It was a cute show, perfect for small local theater. Bob and I were talking afterwards and it wasn’t a “stunner” by any means. I think if I had seen it when it was on Broadway I would have been disappointed in it, but as a local (and cheap) little show it was pretty fun. Summer is definitely musicals season, it seems like all the local companies do their big musical in the summer. It makes for a lot of shows in a short period. It’s fun but gets a little burnt out for me too. I don’t think we have another schedule til September so I’m good with that.

After the show Bob and I went out for drinks in the Castro and stayed out pretty late. I was up at 7 the next morning but Bob didn’t get up until I woke him a little after 10, telling him we needed to check out soon LOL I don’t know how he sleeps in so late. I wish I could :P

Saturday we laid low at home, house closed up to block the heat and didn’t do much. We did our haircuts, long overdue, and finished watching Orange is the New Black (so love that show). Then checked out a new show, Glow. Glow is so-so. It has potential but I’m not sure I’ll follow it after the first season.

Sunday we got up and made our way to breakfast with Randy and Kevin, the other guys didn’t make it this week, then were off to do our grocery shopping. Later in the afternoon we headed to my Mom’s house and took her to see the new Spiderman movie. It was a fun movie. Doing it as teen Spidey was a nice departure from the normal 20-something angsty Spiderman. Hooray for fun happy super movies instead of dark broody ones!

That was pretty much it for the weekend. I’m ready for the next one! LOL Cheers y’all.

Quite the Week! Not quiet!

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:26 pm
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This has been quite the week for events and activity!

On Monday, my friends Coy and JohnPaul welcomed their daughter Meredith Grace. JohnPaul's sister, Chastity, was the loving surrogate for the guys. I will be Uncle Neil to Meredith!

On Tuesday, as previously stated, I passed the Minnesota Driver's Exam.

Wednesday was my niece Caitlin and her husband Danny's third anniversary. My sister babysat Jordan so the couple could celebrate their anniversary with a night on the town. I also received a big box on Wednesday, an unexpected housewarming gift from Colleen. It's a stepping stone for my garden. (My mother loved her garden.)

On Thursday, my friend Tom Ruter came over to see my house for the first time. I made dinner. (This brief statement holds more import than the simple words:) All through dinner, Tom was texting with the governor's office about the closing of a key suicide prevention hotline. Tom is CFO of Canvass Health, a non-profit that runs the hotline. It was due to shutdown on Friday. At the last minute funds were allocated, keeping the suicide hotline open through the end of September. Tom was relieved and delighted over the news. He lost a partner to suicide; mental healthcare is an issue understandably dear to his heart.

Friday's goal was to get exercise and reading materials. Both were accomplished by walking to the new Hennepin County Webber Park Library. It's a half mile from my house there and a half mile back. I picked up two novels and have two on hold. It's a start.

Yesterday afternoon, I attended a fundraiser for a former co-worker at Associa Minnesota (formerly Community Development). Debbie's left her position as a Community Manager for HOAs for treatment for liver and bile duct cancer. It was an opportunity to see former colleagues, many of whom no longer work for Associa ... and to contribute to Debbie's cause. Debbie told me she thought no one would come. There were over 200 people in attendance for the spaghetti dinner/beer bust/ silent and live auctions and bake sale. I was highest bidder on two items, both baby gift baskets. The funds raised will help Debbie and her family pay off medical bills.

Incidentally, I received an email yesterday letting me know about an opening for a leasing manager at Huntington Place Apartments. It's the apartment community where I previously held the position for three years. I wonder what that's all about!

Today's a quiet day. Only country dancing is on the agenda and that isn't until 7pm. Starting on Tuesday this coming week my friend Steve from Little Rock will be staying with me for four days. He's completing a road trip to Wyoming and Canada and is driving out of his way to see me on his return home. Steve was my travel companion to Italy. During the road trip, he attended Longmire Days in Wyoming with a group of friends and then the Calgary Stampede! I'm excited for his visit!

An analogy

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:24 am
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I've been formulating this analogy in my mind lately. It still needs some work, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

An alcoholic regularly gets drunk and drives home. Most of the time, nothing happens. Occasionally, the drunk is involved in some kind of mishap that only affects their own property (dings to the car, dents to the mailbox, etc.) One night, the drunk hits another car, killing one adult and one child, leaving the remainder of the family alive but in emotional agony and financial ruin. After sobering up, the drunk tearfully exclaims "I didn't mean to hurt anyone" and begs for forgiveness.


This is how I feel about people who register & vote Republican or who attend churches who get involved in civil matters (such as whether same sex marriage should be recognized by the government). Sure, if you asked some of those people, they would say that they personally don't agree with the Republican party or their church on those things. But, to me, they are like the drunk who didn't plan to hurt anyone. They support (through their time, money, and presence) organizations that do harm to others.

Refresher Course

Jul. 12th, 2017 07:58 pm
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One of the items I hadn’t yet checked off of list of things to do following my move was getting my MN drivers license back. It’s not as easy as you would think. When I moved back to Texas for two years I went to the Texas DMV office, filled out the application and received my Texas drivers license in the mail a couple of weeks later. Texas assigned the same drivers license number I’d had since I started driving when I was 15 years old. No written exam was required.

Both times in Minnesota there was more to the process. As I did a few years ago, I had to take the written portion of the drivers exam. This time, I knew to study for it! Over the past few days, I've taken six practice tests and read the MN drivers manual. My scores on the practice tests ranged from 60 to 93. I failed two and passed four. It's not a bad thing to take a refresher course and remind yourself of driving rules and regulations.

As I drove to the testing station, I was driving with fresh eyes. I was aware of keeping my hands on the steering wheel at 8 and 4 or 9 and 3, not 10 and 2. I paid attention to the colors of the lane lines and especially focused on the signage. There are lots of questions about signage, colors and distances. For instance, do you know (or remember) when you’re driving with your high beam lights on, you’re to switch to low beam lights when approaching traffic is within 1000 feet of your vehicle? Every potential traffic situation seemed to have a different distance.

On the way to the exam station in Plymouth, I passed an elderly lady weaving in and out of her lane. When I looked over, she had both hands on the wheel and was reading a newspaper! She was also under the minimum speed. A few miles beyond this example of poor driving, I pulled up to a stop light next to a young woman who was texting one handed, cell phone clearly in view. When the light turned green, she pulled away, still texting, her focus clearly not on the road. (I see that all the time and the MN manual clearly states it is illegal.

I was nervous standing in line. Behind me in line was a 15 year old with his mother. I told him my entire wardrobe was older than him:) He told me not to worry, I would do well. Sweet kid. Sooo young! After I missed one of the first two questions, (The minimum speed limit on MN roads when unmarked is 30MPH. I over-thought the question and chose 35MPH.) I told myself to trust my preparation and go with my gut. I passed with a score of 91%, higher than all but one of my practice tests. It was silly to be nervous, but I wanted my MN license back. By the way, they gave me the same MN driver’s license number as before! I’ll receive it in the mail in three weeks. What a relief!

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