There’s a kid in our neighborhood that goes around and mows just about everyone’s yard for them. This kid works all the time. I thought he was saving for a car since he’s only 15 but I’m not so sure now. I was coming home from work last Friday and heard this awesome music coming from his house.
I thought he just had his stereo cranked up and honestly thought he was going to be in major trouble when his parents got home. How wrong I was! I went in my house, changed into my jeans and headed back out. As I passed his house again, the garage door was open this time and he and some friends were in there jamming.
This kid had a band and man they were pretty darn good. I pulled over to listen for a while but decided to get out and let the kids know how much I enjoyed their music. This kid had been working to get alesis mixers at Guitar Center. No wonder they sounded so good. One things for sure, if they keep working like they are at mowing yards and buying quality equipment, these kids will go far because they are just flat-out good.
The radio show that I used to produce is still on the air. Legally Speaking is broadcast live every Saturday night on WLAC 1510 AM, from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
The attorney who I worked with the most and became good friends with was the anchor and show host, but he left the show a few years ago and I left shortly right after. I still like the other guys, but the show is just not the same without the anchor.
They changed the format slightly – each of the lawyers on the show plays an instrument and sings old country songs as the show cuts to commercial or comes back from station breaks. They aren’t exactly great musicians, but I think it helps make these guys seem a little more human and approachable to listen to them sings and play guitar for a few minutes every hour. As I said they aren’t exactly great musicians but thank the good lord that they have enough talent not to chase away their listeners. They really took a chance with that path.
Even though I don’t work with them any more, I try to listen to the show if I’m home on a Saturday night and think to tune in the radio to their show. I always learn something new about the law and the legal system and it’s good to hear familiar voices, too.
As my father ages it is becoming harder and harder to find and purchase gifts for him for all the numerous gift giving occasions that pop up all year-long. A gift card for one of his favorite restaurants is always a welcomed gift, since my mother really enjoys getting out of the house and having a nice meal that she didn’t have to shop for, prepare, serve and ultimately clean up after. But I think my mother enjoys it more than he does since he swears that his bride of over 45 years is still the best cook ever, one of the reasons that he decided to marry her. That along with the fact that when he met her mother he saw that she wasn’t over weight and as most people know you can get a pretty good idea of what a woman will look like in the future by looking at her mother.
Anyway, back to the subject of finding a good gift for my Dad. His birthday is in the middle of March, which is right around the corner and I don’t want to wait until the last minute. I do know that he has been looking at various diamond blades, but I’m just not sure exactly which type he needs and wants. Believe me, there is a huge variety of diamond blades that I have run across while looking online at some off the sites that I have run across. I am starting to think that a gift card would be in order, presented to him with the understanding that we will sit down together in front of the computer and find the best deal for the one(s) that he wants and needs and place the order together. Not that I don’t trust him to use the gift card in the way I want him to, heck he could use it for anything after it leaves my hands, that is totally up to him. But I would like to spend some good “quality time” with him looking around online, and I’m sure that I would learn a few things along the way. A win/win situation as far as I’m concerned.
School will be out in just a few short months, makes me wonder if kids get sent away to summer sleepaway camps anymore? My parents tried that when I was really young and I don’t remember much of it. I think I was only about 6 years old, and had never slept away from home anywhere all by myself before that horrible experience at such a young age. So it must have been quite a shock to a little kid to be put on a bus with a bunch of kids that are complete strangers and sent off to big tent way up in the mountains.
I remember crying at night when they told us we had to go to bed and I didn’t have my bed – all I had was a sleeping bag in a big smelly tent with a bunch of kids who all giggled and whispered for hours after we were supposed to be asleep. The morning was even worse, waking up to a soaking wet sleeping bag, mine wasn’t the only one I can tell you that. It was hot and smelly and I remember not wanting to tell anyone about the wet sleeping bag, dreading the thought of having to crawl in back in there in that type of condition. Some how someone must have figured out the sleeping bag problem (they must have smelled it) and by the time we were told to head back in our respective tents for the night I think I wasn’t the only one who was relieved to find a nice clean and dry sleeping bag.
I think if I had been older I would have like it. But I think 6 was just too young for me. And we I never gave sleep away camp another chance. Live and Learn.
One thing that always seems to come up when you least expect it is a financial crises. Just when you think you have everything covered, something always comes along to mess you up. This time, it isn’t me but it’s my buddy Eric across the street. His car broke down and it cost him a fortune to fix. At the same time, he had to pay a medical bill that he had been putting off for a long time. The two bills together were more than he could pay right now and right before Christmas and he needed some money fast.
The good thing about it was that he was able to get a Fort Lauderdale Title Loans that got him through this tough time. He tells me that he applied online and was approved easily. It only took a few minutes and his worries were over. I was glad to hear that he did receive the money so quickly and has the ability to pay these bills. I am glad there was someone who could help. I’ve known Eric for a good long while, even before he moved in across the street. We went to the same high school, but didn’t really hang around together, but would say hey every now and then in passing or in any classes that we shared.
I hope that anyone who finds themselves in that type of position will consider taking the same steps as Eric did. For people in any financial position, there should never be a reason why they can’t receive a small loan when they need it. I am so happy that the whole ordeal is over with and he can get on with Christmas and the New Year!