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Old 01-01-2012, 05:42 PM   #141
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Did all the prep work for the evening shifts dinner. Turkey and all the fixins. I'm bushed!
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:52 PM   #142
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A couple of times recently I have just said in passing to a nicely dressed or coiffed lady I meet in the grocery aisle that her hair really looks nice or that's a pretty outfit, and they have given me a nice, surprised-looking smile in return.

Wednesday I participated in a new program in town where people donate their unused musical instruments to be refurbished and furnished to school kids who have no access to their own. I had been carrying my flute around for more years than I care to admit -- it was new when I learned in junior high, and I played in the high school marching band. I never did like playing the flute and still change the station when those dreaded flute concertos come on. I liked playing the school-owned piccolo better (especially Sousa marches). But I digress.
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:05 PM   #143
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A couple of times recently I have just said in passing to a nicely dressed or coiffed lady I meet in the grocery aisle that her hair really looks nice or that's a pretty outfit, and they have given me a nice, surprised-looking smile in return.

Wednesday I participated in a new program in town where people donate their unused musical instruments to be refurbished and furnished to school kids who have no access to their own. I had been carrying my flute around for more years than I care to admit -- it was new when I learned in junior high, and I played in the high school marching band. I never did like playing the flute and still change the station when those dreaded flute concertos come on. I liked playing the school-owned piccolo better (especially Sousa marches). But I digress.
And when I was in the fifth grade, I wanted to play the flute. Remember how the flute harmonizes with the soprano on the high notes? Well I always wanted to do that. But they needed a second trumpet player in the school band. So I got stuck with the trumplet. And besides my sister played the trumpet and the French horn. They figured she could work with me. My younges took up the trumpet and later graduated to the tuba. I donated his trumpet to the school also.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:16 PM   #144
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I had fun the other day with a RAK. We had a good snowfall Thursday night and I get out of work 1/2 hour or more before some other folks. Now I don't know half of the people at work because the turnover rate is so high but just for the heck of it I cleaned off my vehicle and while it was warming up I picked a car from the handicapped spaces and cleaned it off too. I sure hope it helped someone. I know I sure enjoyed thinking about the surprise they would get after a long boring shift at work.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:51 PM   #145
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And when I was in the fifth grade, I wanted to play the flute. Remember how the flute harmonizes with the soprano on the high notes? Well I always wanted to do that. But they needed a second trumpet player in the school band. So I got stuck with the trumplet. And besides my sister played the trumpet and the French horn. They figured she could work with me. My younges took up the trumpet and later graduated to the tuba. I donated his trumpet to the school also.
Ah...the trumpet. I played in school, and because of that I was able to play a two valve bugle in the D&B in basic training. I still have my original horn, and could never get rid of it. My son played it for a few years until we could afford to get him his own. Then we would sometimes play together! Thanks for the memories.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:28 PM   #146
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Ah...the trumpet. I played in school, and because of that I was able to play a two valve bugle in the D&B in basic training. I still have my original horn, and could never get rid of it. My son played it for a few years until we could afford to get him his own. Then we would sometimes play together! Thanks for the memories.
We lived next to the town hall where the Boy Scouts held there weekly meeting. One of their last things to do at the end of their meetings was to lower the flag for the night. Their trumpeter played taps as it was being lowered. My sister one day went outside and echoed his notes. It sounded so beautiful. My sister's last notes would just fade away. It became a weekly thing for so many of the residents of the town to come to the town hall and listen to it. Then one summer, some folks brought a picnic when they arrived early and waited for the taps. Before you knew it it became a picnic event for the summer and warm weather. It just grew and grew. When we moved away, the town continued it. Taps is a beautiful pice of music. And another one I have always loved is "Now The Day Is Over."
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:33 AM   #147
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I would say that my neighbour coming to plow the driveway was a random act of kindness EXCEPT he hunted deer on the back 40 (didn't get one), and the other trade for access (if he didn't get a deer back there), was that he'd plow in exchange for the privilege. But, I still appreciated it.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:43 AM   #148
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I would say that my neighbour coming to plow the driveway was a random act of kindness EXCEPT he hunted deer on the back 40 (didn't get one), and the other trade for access (if he didn't get a deer back there), was that he'd plow in exchange for the privilege. But, I still appreciated it.
You got the better of that deal. I have no arguement with hunting as long as they are going to eat their kill.
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:25 PM   #149
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I had fun the other day with a RAK. We had a good snowfall Thursday night and I get out of work 1/2 hour or more before some other folks. Now I don't know half of the people at work because the turnover rate is so high but just for the heck of it I cleaned off my vehicle and while it was warming up I picked a car from the handicapped spaces and cleaned it off too. I sure hope it helped someone. I know I sure enjoyed thinking about the surprise they would get after a long boring shift at work.
Oh I wish that had been me! I came out of work at 11pm last night to a very bitterly cold night and a LOT of snow on my vehicle. I couldn't find my snow brush! I ended up with snow my my sleeves from using my hands to clear off my van.

I watched my DH perform a RAK this morning. He went out to start DD's brand new vehicle so she wouldn't have a cold start today.
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:45 PM   #150
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I grew up on military installations, and married an Army man. Once we lived right across from the flag-pole. I just loved the bugle calls. I remember once I was walking home from work, and could hear a neighbor behind me with her two little ones. I could almost feel ESP, her thinking, please let Claire do the right thing. Sure enough, taps sounded and I (as I always would), stopped and faced the flag, hand on heart, and stopped for that few minutes. Later she told me how she appreciated her kids seeing that the right thing to do at taps is not to duck into the nearest shelter so you don't have to show some respect.
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