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Daily Hazards

Have you ever pulled out your pack of gum and realized you were all out?  And been really upset because you really needed/wanted/had to have a piece?  And you are driving down the road, and you start digging through your pocketbook, for your phone or something – and you find a piece of gum that fell out of the pack and got separated from his friends but is otherwise, still intact in his little paper wrapping?

You are so excited!  Yes!  This is what you were looking for!  Hooray!

Because you are driving you can’t take too close a look at the gum,  and so you pop it in your mouth and start chewing. 

But, something is sort of wrong.  Your gum has a little more, texture, than usual.  Little bit of grit.  Your gum is a little too crunchy.  Like, maybe it had some dirt on it.  Or, sand.  So you spit it out. 

Has this ever happened to you?

No?

Me neither. 

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Kate and I ate lunch at chik fil a yesterday.  And there was a man sitting a few booths away from us who was on his cell phone.  He was very loud.  These are the things we learned from his numerous conversations:

1.  His dad died, was traveling home from funeral. 

2.  His piece of junk car broke down. 

3.  His name was Steve (no last name, never told anyone on the phone his last name).

4.  His wife’s name was Stephanie. 

5.  Stephanie was pregnant. 

6.  He and Stephanie had spent two nights in a hotel waiting for car to be fixed, and car repair cost $640. 

7.  He was out of money and 900 miles from home. 

8.  He had two children at home who needed to be picked up from somewhere.  Two boys, ages 9 and 11.  He called Elaine, said his name was Steve, asked her to pick up the boys, told her she could stay at their house, then had to tell Elaine the boys ages. Sorry, that is sketch.    

9.  Stephanie had stopped eating because they didn’t have any money.  She was in the car because she was upset. 

10.  He called Pastor David, asked him to pray for them and God Bless.   

11.  Needed someone to western union him some money. 

Honestly, it was the most transparent scam I have ever seen.  And the worst part about it?  Some sweet older man went up to him and gave him money.  And after he gave him money Steve made like six more phone calls instead of going outside to check on poor pregnant starving Stephanie.

Want to know when he did finally leave?  When I went to tell the manager to keep an eye on him.  Want to know what "Stephanie" was doing outside?  Smoking a cigarette.  Did she look pregnant?  Nope.   

Now, I don’t want to seem like a heartless bitch, because I do believe that desperate people do desperate things.  And this guy probably really was desperate.  But it really makes me irate when people prey on the sympathies of good hearted people in the name of being a down and out Christian.  Lots of people patronize chik fil a because of it’s Christian values (i.e. not open on Sundays, their kids meals normally include bible stories) and this guy was taking advantage of the it. 

I know that people do get stuck in situations where they run out of money on the road and have to rely on the kindness of others.   Life can hit you hard sometimes.  People like "Steve" make it very difficult to help the people who really need help. 

Sorry for the rant.  More happy posts soon.    

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has an amazing day with their friends and family.  I am thankful for so many things, I’ll just let you know a few ridiculous things for which I’m thankful today:

1.  I’m thankful for the cashier at the grocery store who not only IDed me for the 40 ounce Bud Light I bought as a welcome home present for Libby, but who also further made my day by carefully inspecting my drivers license, putting on her glasses to look me in the face intently, then tell me that I must have lost weight since the picture was taking.  The night before, at another grocery store, I bought a bottle of wine and I wasn’t IDed, and I wondered if I hit a point in life where I would forever not be IDed at grocery stores.  My faith was completely restored in grocery stores. 

2.  I’m thankful for my precious little dog who desperately needs a bath. 

3.  I’m thankful that there is still water in augusta with which to wash my dog. 

4.  I’m thankful for sugar cookies.

5.  I’m thankful for big screen tvs. 

6.  I’m thankful for 75 degree weather on thanksgiving, even if I don’t have any appropriate clothes to wear. 

7.  I’m thankful for all my friends and family who love me and put up with me. 

8.  I’m thankful for hot ham sandwiches. 

9.  I’m thankful for pretty leaves and mountains and everything outdoors. 

10.  I’m thankful to everyone who reads this rambling, scattered, story of my life on this blog.  Love y’all.  I’m off to eat and drink lots of other things I’m thankful for. 

p.s. I’m thankful for beer.  I love beer. 

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Study Links Drop in Test Scores to a Decline in Time Spent Reading. 

from the article –

The data also showed that students who read for fun nearly every day performed better on reading tests than those who reported reading never or hardly at all.

As I child, I was a nerd.  I spent a lot of time in my room by myself reading books.  I spent a lot of time in public reading books. I was also terribly hyperactive.  Basically, if I was sitting still, my nose was probably in a book.  I’m not sure how it works for a hyperactive attention deficit child to be a compulsive reader, but it just happened to be the only time I was able to focus.  I think it had to do with my overactive imagination and the fact that I was (and still am) captivated by stories.  Books were my escape from my everyday life of losing things, breaking stuff, and being reprimanded by adults. 

I think I was made fun of for reading so much.  I don’t really remember, because I was a pretty unaffected child, and probably didn’t really care.  My love for reading far outweighed any sort of social stigma I might have experienced. 

The first time I because cognizant that my reading habits had been the subject of ridicule was in high school.  Because in high school we started taking standardized tests like the SAT.  And I was good at these tests.  And friends started saying things like, "Well, I guess we shouldn’t have made fun of you for reading so much when we were little."  Even parents would say things like, "You sure showed us, even though we used to pick on you for reading all the time, you have the last laugh with your SAT score."  And honestly my score wasn’t anything for the record books, but I did well early in high school, it never got a lot better, but I took the tests early which for some reason seemed to make them more impressive than they actually were. 

But my first thought with these comments was – "Huh? Y’all were making fun of me?  I don’t remember that."  And "I wonder if reading really is the way to do well on standardized tests."  And I’ve sort of been wondering about that ever since. 

And so I thought this article was really interesting.  Obviously, if reading doesn’t bring you pleasure, you aren’t going to read for pleasure.  So it isn’t really fair to say that if you want to do well you should read.  Because, well, the advantage is probably in the margin of people who actually read ALL THE TIME for YEARS.  So, I think you really need the love.  But, anyway, thought it was an interesting article. 

Also wanted to talk about this article on Denial – but don’t have time.  Love the topic of denial.  Think it is really fascinating. 

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Happy, Pretty Day

I’m feeling a ton better this morning.  I still sound kind of bad, and I’m not 100%, but I started feeling better late yesterday afternoon, and I didn’t mind getting out of bed this morning. 

I’ve been productive this morning, and I’m really excited about thanksgiving, and everyone coming home, and the beautiful weather we are having this week.  I do wish it was a little colder, just because it doesn’t feel very thanksgivingish, but I honestly can’t complain. 

I am thankful for so many things – not least of which that I don’t have to study for law school exams anymore.  The stress of school really puts a damper on the thanksgiving celebrations.  For those of you still studying, good luck, you will make it, and it will make your future thanksgivings all the more sweet. 

Now, for a laugh, compliments of Libby –

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I’ve got the black lung, Pop.

I’ve had a terrible cold since Friday.  I thought it was just allergies, but I’m now convinced that I have an actual real cold.  My voice is totally gone, I was up all night last night coughing, and my head hurts. 

I haven’t been sick in a really long time.  And there is something lame about having a really bad cold.  Because, I don’t have a fever or anything, and maybe I’m just being dramatic.  The only thing that helps make me seem actually believeably sick, is my voice.  I sound TERRIBLE. 

I’m tired of being sick!  I have cookies to make for thanksgiving!  I don’t want to be sick during thanksgiving. 

I’m being a child.  I know it. 

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Zaxbys is my homeboy

I woke up this morning feeling like I had the flu.  My arms and legs ached, my head hurt, my throat was sore, and I was coughing. 

But then I realized that my body was sore because I ran yesterday and the day before and I’m out of shape. 

My cold symptoms were simply allergies that I was being dramatic about. 

And I would, in fact, still have to get up and go to work today.  And that I am, of course, a hypochondriac. 

But in other news, little Briscoe is actually sick.  It is so sad, I can’t explain to her why she doesn’t feel good, and I have to make her take this medicine that she hates and she runs away from me.

The temperature has been dropping all day long.  Brrr.

I’m going to a young lawyers happy hour in the next little bit of my life.  It is at this bar we used to sneak into when we were in high school, that shut down when I was probably a sophomore in college, and just opened back up like six months ago.  The bar is almost on the property of my high school, in the shadows of the football stadium.  I’m pretty excited.  I haven’t been back since it reopened, and I’m expected a lot of excitement over lost glory days from a majority of the crowd. 

Also, I ordered a dress in the mail that came in yesterday that I am totally and completely obsessed with.  LOVE IT.  Happiness is clothes that make you feel good.   

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