A compliment? Or not? – Our local grocery store has a “helping hands” crew that loads groceries into cars for anyone who needs help. That’s usually women with lots of kids and the elderly or disabled. I had just finished checking out when the checker asked about helping hands. At first I thought he was asking me (after all he was bagging my stuff). He wasn’t. He was asking the woman in back of me. She was at least 30 years younger; had one child that wasn’t unruly; and no issues walking. At first I felt complimented that I looked healthy and young enough to carry my bags. Then I wondered why she needed help. Whatever!
Changes in attitude – Two people we know have been downsized in the last few months. Their attitudes couldn’t be more opposite. One has trashed her employer although her position is one that has been eliminated at most companies many years ago. I was stunned by the anger. She is 73. She could do a lot of things, fun things or charity work. The other person is a man in his early 50s with two kids in college. He looks at it as an opportunity. He is thankful for his many years of employment and looking forward to the next stage. Nothing kills opportunities more than anger and resentment. Who wants to be around cranky people?
Thumbs up – I’m having a procedure on my thumb this week. Nothing serious, just a cyst removal that will take 15 minutes. (No sympathy required although I am accepting Starbucks gift cards.) The big deal is the big bandage I will have to wear for two weeks. It will make the simplest tasks complex. This is the perfect week to put my feet up and eat out!
Surf’s up! – The weather is predicted to break this week (finally!) with temperatures hitting 50 midweek. Despite the snow cover we have, the forecast alone has lifted my spirits and made me want to dance. (Oh hell! Most things make me want to dance!)
A touch of Buffett – Weather changes for the warmer always make me long for island music. Here is one of my favorites. Served up with a margarita, it’s perfect. It’s from the concert he did after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. You can see some shots of the Gulf in the video.