Archive for March, 2005

Another One Rides the Bus

March 30th, 2005 | Category: General

This morning at about 7:35 I left for work. On my way up Olympia St. in Golden Valley where I live, I passed a school bus traveling in the opposite direction. As I neared the corner of Olympia and Douglas I noticed two boys around the age of 10-12 running as fast they could. I deducted they had just missed their bus.

Within moments a number of thoughts ran through my mind. I first remembered what it was like when you missed your bus. Though I don’t recall missing my bus ever in my life specifically, for some reason the scenario of returning home to tell my mom I’d missed the bus was disagreeable. What if their mom wasn’t even home? Then what? They would miss school and the school would call. They’d be in trouble. They looked determined and tired from running. The younger one had nearly given up as his brother stopped for a moment and then with shear determination dashed off to catch the now out-of-sight bus. The last thought was I could be a “Good Samaritan” and catch them up to their bus.

Now, with all the crazies in the world, the thought that those two kids needed a ride to catch up to their bus is a philosophical question for which I’m not sure I’m entirely equipped to answer. You see, they ought not to enter a strange man’s vehicle. But this was 7:35 in the morning. There were many witnesses in vehicles near me. And I’m not a crazy.

I turned my car around and asked the obvious question of the younger brother, “Did you guys miss your bus?”

“Yeah.”, he replied.

“Well, you better hop in so we can catch it.” I said.

The door opened and he jumped in. Within moments I caught up to his brother and hastily we were in hot pursuit. The boys helped me track the bus until I had it in sight and then I slowly drove up along side the bus at the driver’s current stop after the last child at that stop had boarded. The driver saw me coming up on his left and pointed at his stop sign to give me a warning that I shouldn’t be driving up on the wrong side of the road. I rolled down my passenger window. The boys jumped out and ran around the back side of the bus to board as I said, “I have a couple of strays here.” The bus driver nodded and smiled and I carefully backed up my vehicle, turned around and went to work.

The whole experience had me thinking on the way to work. As I said before, there are too many creepy people in this world that kidnap children and do unspeakable things. Part of me felt guilty for picking them up to catch the bus. But mostly I wanted to help them. It’s important to go to school. It’s important to be able to trust your neighbors. And it’s important to support your community and show that not everyone in this world is psycho. I’m glad we caught up with the bus and I’m glad they were safely on their way to school.

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Etta James is so Great.

March 18th, 2005 | Category: General

I’m posting these lyrics today because I totally dig this song. Everyone is familiar with “At Last” and it’s a great song… but this song is just as great and really moves. I wanted to post the lyrics as I hear them. Pick up the album that has this on it. You won’t regret it.

I Just Want to Make Love to You
Etta James

I don’t want you
to be no slave
I don’t want you
to work all day
But I want you
To be true
And I just wanna make love to you.
Love to you.
Ooooo.
Love to you.

All I want to do is
wash your clothes
I don’t want to keep
You indoors

There is nothing for
You to do
But keep me making love to you
Love to you.
Ooooo.
Love to you.

And I can tell by the way you
Walk that walk
And I can hear by the way you
Talk that talk
And I can know by the way you
Treat your girl
That I could give you all the loving
In the whole wide world

All I want to do is
Bake your bread
Just to make sure
You’re well fed
I don’t want you
Sad and blue
And I just wanna make love to you

Love to you.
Ooooo.
Love to you.
Oooo.

And I can tell by the way you
Walk that walk
And I can hear by the way you
Talk that talk
And I can know by the way you
Treat your girl
That I could give you all the loving
In the whole wide world

All I want to do (oh all I wanna do) is cook your bread
Just to make sure you’re well fed!
I don’t want you
sad and blue
And I just wanna make love to you.

Love to you.
Ooooo.
Yeah, love to you.
Ooooo.

Love to you.
Ooooo.

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Happy St. Patricks Day!

March 17th, 2005 | Category: General

This mornin’ I put on me green derby as I headed out for work! A hearty, happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of ya and yer kin!

Heather has been in a sales training session since yesterday. It wouldn’t be so bad except that they are making them stay in the nicest hotel downtown… the Grand Hotel. They went to ACME last night and have generally been cavorting and having a good time. From what I can tell, it’s little more an excuse for the sales force to ‘bond’ than to actually learn about selling or their products. But that’s not the point. The point is I don’t like it when she’s gone. I miss her even after a day.

Last night, my friend Rob came over though and we had a good time. We had Mexican pizza and watched the Incredibles. I hadn’t seen it yet and was anticipating it would be good… but it was far better than I expected. It was every good super-hero movie combined with James Bond rolled into one fantastic package. It truly deserved the Academy award. I’d watch it over and over and over again and probably will.

Tonight Heather will return and we’re hosting a little St. Patty’s Day celebration at our house. It should be a lot of fun. Adam, Dena, Tom, Gwenn, Amy, Andy, Rob, Ben and Noah (and possibly Hutch) are all planning on attending. I’ve selected some traditional Irish music to listen to for the evening and we’ll likely play darts, socialize and generally have a good time.

Hope all of you have a safe holiday and we’ll talk with you soon!

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