Part of today’s post is also a writing challenge. This is how it works: one of the contributing bloggers picked a number between 12 and 50. The submitted number is a challenge to participating bloggers to write at least one piece using that exact number of words.
This month, the word count number is: 50
It was submitted by: yours truly
Links to the other Word Counters posts:
Carl greeted me yesterday with, "I celebrated my fourteenth anniversary."
Upon my asking what anniversary, he said, "You know, work."
Meaning, i was able to surmise, he has worked at the MallMart for 14 years.
Did you go with work friends? i asked him.
"No, my bowling friends," he replied.
He then went on, "I need to find more time for stuff like that."
Like what? i asked.
"Oh, you know, dancing, Jazzercise, bowling, volunteering, you know, stuff! But after work, it's hard to find time."
They call that work/life balance, i told him, and it's not always easy.
"Are there any ministries up at the church?" he continued. It was his odd way of asking if there are any volunteer opportunities.
Sure, i told him, there's rEcess.
"That one has me out kinda late," he said, with that uncertainty his voice gets when he's not sure about something.
You could come to the prayer room, i told him. We pray over the prayer requests received at the service, and pray for anyone who comes in and wants prayer.
"Is that after both services?"
No, just the nine o'clock.
"I can't get there, I can't get up that early!"
He meant he couldn't get up early enough for a 9am church service. This from the man who gets to work between 7-8am. About the only thing he likes as much as food is sleep, so it's no wonder he doesn't have time to do everything he wants to do.
After that it was time for his shower. Once done, he cracked the bathroom door yelling, "Underwear! Do I have any underwear?"
Handing him two pair of differing fabrics and weights, i told him, pick what kind you want.
Of course, i found the unchosen pair on the floor later.
While loading his pockets with keys, gloves, wallet, Tums, sunglasses, etc. (yes, he drops half of it on the way out), he asked me how many cold packs i'd put in the cooler, then he looked up and said, "I need my change. I give it to the homeless people!"
He was referencing his mom's rule that any change he doesn't pick up and put in his change sorter is my tip money. A snafu with his disability has his income down, so he's concerned about having money to give away. He really has a tender heart, the big lug.
We've discussed his dental floss troubles. Yesterday, he managed to yet again give me cause to shake my head in wonder. He had a wad of floss on top of some clean clothes on his counter. At least, i thought they were clean at first. Then i watched him closely.
|Wad of clothes mixed with wad of floss, among other items.|
At least three times that i saw, he walked over to the wad of floss, picked up a section, flossed right there over the clothes on the counter, and dropped the floss. Same floss, every time. No, those clothes were not clean, not any longer. Into the laundry they went.
Time for some flossing funnies.
Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!
Back-to-Front Yad -- Fairy Calendar
Bloomer Day -- anniversary of the opening day of the first US women's rights convention in 1848*
Festival of Honos -- Ancient Roman Calendar (personification of morality and honor)
Kokura Gion Taiko -- Yasaka Shrine, Fukuoka City, Japan (shrine festival that incorporates a taiko drumming competition with up to 100 teams; through the 21st)
Liberation Day -- Nicaragua
Martyr's Day -- Myanmar
National Daiquiri Day
Snake River Stampede -- Nampa, ID (the 103rd year of one of the top 15 professional rodeo events in the nation; through Saturday)
Stick Out Your Tongue Day -- internet generated, do it just because it's fun
St. Justa's Day (Patron of potters; Seville, Spain)
Triple Play Day -- the first Major League unassisted triple play was made by Neal Ball on this day in 1909
*Amelia Bloomer's birth anniversary on May 27 is also called "Bloomer Day"
Frank Sinatra marries Mia Farrow, 1966
Isis marries Osiris (year unknown, ask the ancient Egyptians!)
Adonis marries Aphrodite (year unknown, ask the ancient Greeks!)
Stephen Anthony Lawrence, 1990
Jared Padalecki, 1982
Topher Grace, 1978
Angela Griffin, 1976
Clea Lewis, 1965
Anthony Edwards, 1962
Campbell Scott, 1962
Brian May, 1947
Ilie Nastase, 1946
Vikki Carr, 1941
Arthur Rankin, Jr., 1924
George McGovern, 1922
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, 1921
Eve Merriam, 1916
Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, 1904 (last direct descendent of Abraham Lincoln)
Max Fleischer, 1883
Charles Horace Mayo, 1865
Lizzie Borden, 1860
Edgar Degas, 1834
Samuel Colt, 1814
"That's All Right"(Elvis' first single release), 1954
Today in History
A dragon more than 100 metres long was found dead on Yehwang Mountain in Henan province and was seen as a bad omen for Emperor Huan, who ignored it and died at age 35 (three years later); Xiang Kai, who had warned him of the omen, was released from the prison the emperor had placed him in, and lionised as a hero, BCE164
Moslem forces under Tariq ibn Ziyad defeated the Visigoths led by their king Roderic, 711
A hailstorm brings down the ceilings of the Papal Palace, Rome, 1500
Lady Jane Grey is replaced by Mary I of England as Queen of England after having that title for just nine days, 1553
Five women are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692
Representatives of the Iroquois Confederacy sign the Nanfan Treaty, ceding a large territory north of the Ohio River to England, 1701
Australia's first recorded use of gaslight was commenced in a Sydney shop, 1826
The British Medical Association was founded as the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association by Sir Charles Hastings at a meeting in the Board Room of the Worcester Infirmary, 1832
The two day Women's Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, New York; "bloomers," named after developer Amelia Bloomer, are worn at this very early feminist convention, 1848
A meteorite with an estimated mass of 190 kg explodes over the town of Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona causing approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town, 1912
Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 metres (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 km, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention, 1963
The Sandinista rebels overthrow the government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua, 1979
The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published, 1983
President Clinton announces his idea for a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in regards to gays in the US military, 1993
A Tel Aviv judges orders safe deposit boxes that contain manuscripts of Franz Kafka to be opened, 2010
A Pontifical Commission is established by Pope Francis to investigate current accounting practices and implement new strategies for greater fiscal transparency and fiscal responsibility among all Vatican offices, 2013
Scientists in the US calculate that the total amount of plastic ever produced is 8.3 billion tons, the equivalent of about 1 billion elephants in weight, 2017
The Russian ship Dmitri Donskoii, which sank in 1905 and was believed to have a cargo of gold coins, is discovered in the waters between South Korea and Japan, 2018
The largest wind farm in Africa opens at Lake Turkana, Kenya, capable of generating 310 megawatts, 2019
The first interplanetary mission of the United Arab Emirates, the Mars "Hope" orbiter, launches on board Japanese H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center, 2020