Wednesday, 07/01/09, Public Square

half-cakeAbout one half of 2009 is under our belt. July 1 is the 182nd day of the year. There are 183 days remaining until the end of the year.

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25 responses to “Wednesday, 07/01/09, Public Square

  1. My son is leaving Boston on a jet plane — and coming here!

    I’m excited! He arrives this afternoon at 3 if all goes as scheduled and stays until next Tuesday. 😉

    Today is one of my grandsons 18th birthday so the family is all gathering for dinner.

  2. tosmarttobegop

    I on the other hand found out last night that my oldest is not coming back as planned. He was to be visiting over the 4th.

  3. wicked

    There are 47 days left until school begins. That’s all I’m waiting for.

  4. Wow, July 1st already.
    Time’s fun when you have flies.

  5. lilacluvr

    When July 4th comes and goes, it seems the summer is gone and then school is just around the corner. The fall time is my favorite season of the year but then I know that winter is not too far way.

    But no matter what time of the year it is, I am just thankful to have my health, my family and the pleasure of experiencing all that life has to offer.

    If everyone would just take a moment to slow down, look at a beautiful sunset or sunrise and just appreciate what we have in life – I think the world would be a better place.

    I learned to change my priorities a few years back and I see life differently. Less emphasis on the materialistic stuff and more on the importance of creating memories and leaving a legacy of being a loving and giving person.

    Is this why I could never be a good Republican? I don’t value money first?

    • Well, that, and intelligence.

    • wicked

      Fall is my favorite season, too, Lilac. It always brings back memories of football games and school starting again. I always looked forward to the beginning of a new school year. Give me a chilly night that gets the blood pumping, and I’m in heaven.

      Oh, the colors and smells of autumn! Too bad it only lasts a couple of days around here anymore.

  6. lilacluvr

    Maybe I am showing my age but I remember each year when the new school year began, Mom would take us kids shopping downtown for school clothes. We would buy the entire wardrobe and that was what we wore for the whole school year.

    Do Moms and/or Dads even do that anymore? I remember a few years when Mom had to put some on layaway because Dad worked in construction and if the weather was bad that year, money was tight. I know most retailers did away with layaway a few years back but wasn’t it K-Mart that brought that back last year?

    Isn’t it funny the things we remember from our childhood?

    Speaking of smells of autumn – I always know it is fall time when the caramel apples show up at the grocery stores.

    In our modern day society, sometimes I think we have done our kids a disservice by having most everything we want, at the moment we want it. I remember quite a few things that were always special because they only came around once a year. Sometimes the anticipation of that special treat was more fun than when we actually got it.

    • wicked

      Lilac, I agree. I remember going to Macy’s bargain basement when I was in high school. When I had kids, we did the school shopping thing, too. I spent all year paying off the credit cards. LOL They didn’t get more clothes until Christmas.

      I have a memory from grade school, although I don’t recall what year, of having a brand new book satchel, like a soft briefcase. It was plaid, and the glories of back-to-school lay within it. New pencils, crayons, everything. I’d take them out and look at them.

      Yes, we’ve done our children and THEIR children a disservice. In many ways. I fought my ex when we were married about the kids working while still in school. Summer jobs were okay, but I put my foot down about working during school months. You’re only a kid once. They needed to focus on grades. Graduation comes too soon and life gets serious. Have fun while you have the chance.

      They didn’t get everything their heart’s desired–nor did I, by the way, even as an only child. I remember the before-school shopping when my oldest wanted only designer jeans. I gave her a choice, because of the price. One pair of the designer or three pair of the plain ones. She chose the designer and had to wear old jeans from the year before to fill in. By the time Christmas rolled around, she was ready for the plain ones and got a couple of pair. She learned her lesson. Them not working also meant no car for them, and me driving them everywhere, but I won the war. (We lived in the sticks.) They did get jobs later, AFTER graduation, bought their own cars, clothes, cell phones, etc.

  7. I’m still pulling weeds and clearing brush.
    Shit, I’m starting to feel like a republican who should be at the whitehouse….

  8. Bad Biker

    Autumn – college football, chilly nights with a bonfire, motorcycle rides dressed in leather, pumkin carving, sleeping with the windows open, hiking through fields of gorgeous fall colors, god damned kids back to school, fuckin’ winter at the next intersection, heating bills approaching, more election BS.

    Anyone see it like that?

    • wicked

      I try to stick with the positive aspects. The negatives will come, but I don’t dwell on them.

      Otherwise…yes!

  9. Bad Biker

    Saturday is the Fourth of July – a time for picnics, barbecues, beer, friends and family, watermelon and fireworks.

    My family and I are having a barbecue on Saturday afternoon, followed by explosions and lighting up the night.

    If you are going to be sitting out this Holiday alone for whatever reason, drop me an e-mail, you can join us for our low-brow, goofy liberal barbecue and swimfest – ain’t got no money but we do like to have fun.

    Kids welcome.

    WSClark52@gmail.com

  10. wicked

    I intend to spend the holiday sans grandkids. Does that sound heartless? I have them 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, and 5 days and nights last week. My patience level is down to maybe 1 from, oh, 100, and I want peace and quiet, without having my water wasted as it pours out of the hose, down the driveway into the street. I don’t want to hear another, “Nana, I’m hungry,” 10 minutes after they arrive and throughout the day. No fighting, no crying, no kid shows on the TV. Just me (and the two daughters who also live here) doing whatever I want. Or working. Probably the latter.

    Will, your plans sound divine. Enjoy! (Like I think you won’t. Ha!)

  11. Chad arrived safely. He and his Dad have gone to look at some used golf clubs that are extra long and may be what Chad needs. Chad is 6’4″, doesn’t play golf often — when he visits here for the most part, but has been asked to participate in some tournaments back home. It would probably be good business for him to do that so he asked for help finding some clubs. Oh, and he is pretty sure that if he plays with clubs that fit him magic will happen and he will be able to play well. Men. 😉

    We’re off to a birthday dinner. I love having family around.

    Oh, I forgot to tell you that I had a long talk with 6176 yesterday evening. He is doing great, but because he isn’t back to normal he is also frustrated. He emailed some photos of his new grand daughter who is absolutely perfect and he sounds like every other proud grandparent.

  12. tosmarttobegop

    Tomorrow should be a good day for a couple of reasons. One is we will have one of the three grandson’s and along with my daughter-in-law and two granddaughters we are going to Exploration place.

    The other? They are still having “WHALES”, OMG for a Kansas boy why I have such an interest?
    From first grade on I read every book I could get my hands on. about Whales and Sharks.
    Some times I think I was born the wrong species!

  13. wicked

    It’s only July 1st…

    Karl Malden dead at 97.

  14. Bad Biker

    “Karl Malden dead at 97.”

    One of the greatest professional actors of our time – or of any time.

    A talent above and beyond – he was known for his nose – but he was an absolute actor’s actor.

    May you rest in peace, Karl.

  15. Bad Biker

    More sad news……………………

    Alexis Arguello, former boxing champion, died today, apparently by his own hand.

    Most of you don’t know the name, but Alexis was a true champion in every sense of the word.

    He fought on the front lines with the Sandanistas, for Nicaragua, long after he was a world boxing champion and could have rested on his laurels, but he believed in his country.

    Last year, he was elected mayor of his nation’s capitol.

    Alexis Arguello was just fifty-seven.