10 of my pet peeves



1. One-upmanship

These are the people who always do better than you do. Before you finish a sentence, they are competing with you.

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2. Dishonesty

When I see something that doesn’t belong to me, I try to find the rightful owner. Some people do believe this: “If someone is stupid or careless enough to leave something out, they deserve to lose it.” People these days even steal things like your identity.

Your fault for letting me steal it?

3. Boasters

I hate people who go around boasting about themselves, their kids, etc. Oh, my child is so beautiful, smart, and popular. The irony of that whole thing is that those bragging parents usually have kids who are beautiful, smart and popular.

I am so great!

4. Unfairness

Life ain’t fair. Why can’t I get used to this reality. Equality? Nope

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5. Really, really, white teeth

Back a few years ago, your teeth could get a little yellow when you got older. Now, we have to bleach our teeth? I guess I got to get with it a little more. I’m already using white tooth rinse. It doesn’t taste that great. But, since I have crowns all over the place, I better whiten those jewels.

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6. Pressure to look young

Watch any of those old movies from the 30’s and 40’s. The parents looked older than their children!

Remember when mothers and fathers looked realistic?

7. Complainers

Nobody is interested in your aches and pains.  Nobody wants to be around a Debby Downer. Take 2 aspirin and don’t call me in the morning.

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8. Bullies

Now only do they bully in person: they do it online. I remember when some people said some bad things about me in something called a slam book. I’m glad I’m not a kid now. I still remember this and it was 52 years ago give or take a year. And thanks to the “friend” who showed it to me.

Teh precurrser to cyber bullying

9. Name callers

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Whoever thought that one up must have been delusional.

Cyber bullying

10. Presidential Campaigns

Wake me up when it’s  past the 2016 election. I’m just worried that someone who reflects some of my pet peeves might become president.

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What do you think? Do you share any of my pet peeves?

Pouring beer for the first time!


At the age of 65, I had my first experience pouring beer. I volunteered for the Festival Latino, in Columbus, Ohio.

I reported to my friendly bartender who informed me that pouring beer was not just a matter of putting the beer cup under the keg, and pulling the handle. She showed me the “head” which is foam. Too much head and the customer will feel shortchanged.

There is an art to slanting the cup, waiting for the beer to get almost to the top, and straightening it out. If there is too much head, you can pour it out, and add more beer. It took me all afternoon to get the hang of it. If the foam takes over, it goes down the drain.

I also got to pour a brand from the can. This was much easier, but I still had to slant the cup.

Another bartender, just as friendly and helpful, replaced the first instructing bartender so she could eat some of the fantastic Mexican food.

I asked both bartenders why they did the job. “Like the variety of people, never gets boring,”was the answer. Both ladies were very cool.

The Latino Festival

The customers were great too. It was the Latino Festival. They were all patient with me and allowed me to take their pictures. They even spoke some Spanish to me at my request. (Not everyone was Latino).

And they were happy to pose for pictures. (Donald Trump was not in attendance, thank goodness.)

After pouring beer all day, I went home and drank a can that’s been sitting in my refrigerator for months. (We’re not big drinkers at my house.) It was very tasty. It came in handy too because the Republican debate was on TV.

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How to clean the Great Chandelier at the Ohio Theater


The Ohio Theater in Columbus, Ohio, is a grand, refurbished theater. Marcus Loew built the theater in 1928.  (Tragically, he died months before it opened.) It was slated for demolition in the late 60’s, but saved by a group of caring people,

The group that saved the theater is called CAPA, Columbus Association for the performing arts. They saved it months before the wrecking ball was going to start swinging !

The theater’s decor is elaborate, and one of the treasures is The Grand Chandelier.  Every two years,  it is taken down for cleaning.  According to the Ohio Theater website, “the chandelier is lowered for a thorough cleaning and light bulb change which takes 2 hours to bring down and requires 7 people to operate the crank. There are 99 lights inside the chandelier and some 299 candle lights arranged around the ornate fixture.”

The Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for CAPA, Sheri McLane took the following pictures. “It shimmered and shook and was slow motion excitement,” said Sheri.

 

Peletonia: Bike Riders expected to hit $100,000,000 mark in 2015


Cancer. Have you beat it? Are you living with it? Are you helping someone who is fighting it? Has it taken relatives or friends from you?

There is a way to help

People in Columbus, Ohio, have found a way to raise money for cancer research. The objective is to fight cancer once and for all!

Do you like to ride your bike, and challenge yourself? Can you bike 25, 100, or 180 miles? How about riding your bike with other people. A peloton is a group of cyclists riding together. Pelotonia is an event that’s been taking place in Columbus since 2008. If you’re not up to riding, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities.

What’s really unique about this event is that every single dollar goes directly to cancer research. It goes to the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center–Arthur G James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

People of all ages participate in this event this year.  Thousands of people raise close to $2000.00. They put profiles on the Pelotonia website, have their own fundraisers, and ask people to donate. Many corporations match the funds.

Why do people participate in this event

” This event saves lives. The Pelotonia event provides hope, community, and second chances for people. The best thing to know is that every single dollar raised goes to cancer,” said Stacey Martinez.

The James Cancer Hospital makes sure that people succumbing to this disease aren’t forgotten.  There are others riding who have cancer,

or are in remission. Many ride and volunteer because they simply want to help.

The Finish Line

Watching people cross the finish line is inspirational. Finishing 25, 100, or 180 miles takes training. It is not an easy task. Almost everyone

inishing flashes a smile, and signals the end with an uplifted arm Some couples and friends clasped hands, and rode in together. Their was also a flurry of applause and ringing cowbells by the spectators.

It’s not too late to give to this event. Maybe your small contribution will push the dollar figure over the $10,000,000 mark it’s supposed to reach by October of this year.

There is still a long way to go. Why not be a part of it. To find out more look at the Pelotonia website: http://www.pelotonia.org.

Were you a Pelotonia participant. What did it mean to you?  Please share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denny the Monkey’s Adventures: A story for my grandson


A story for my grandchild.

Grandmother Diaries

Remember, Bubbe, said she lost the monkey she crocheted for you. She was so sad, mainly because she didn’t know where he was.

Good news! Bubbe got a phone call from the Ohio Theater and the lady on the phone said she found the monkey inside the theater

Denny ran away when Bubbe wasn’t looking. He snuck out of the car when Bubbe picked up a T-shirt for her ushering job.

Since Denny was  waiting at The Ohio Theater Bubbe and Papa decided to treat Denny to the movie, “The Great Race.” The Ohio Theater shows old movies in the summer time. It’s called the “Summer Movie Series.”

Bubbe saw this movie with her mommy and daddy when she was 15 years old. She forgot most of it. It starred the actor, Tony Curtis who Bubbe really liked when she was young.

Denny had such a good time. He saw a…

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