What more could you ask than the present offer at Pizza Hut? The latest offer from Pizza Hut is for any size pizza with as numerous toppings as you desire for just $10.00. Wow! I’m in hog heaven (and I’m not a hog). Recently I went with two couples who are friends to the local Pizza Hut. They both ordered large supreme pizzas. I ordered a regular super supreme pizza (living alone, I can’t eat pizza for a week which is what I would have done had I taken most of the leftovers from a large pizza home). I can’t remember when a pizza tasted as good. The crust was perfect, the toppings were delicious. I am usually a two-piece pizza eater. This recent pizza was so tasty that I had four pieces before stopping. I don’t like to eat until I’m stuffed, and I still felt very comfortable after my fourth slice. No, I have no stock in Pizza Hut, but I surely do appreciate their making this kind of pricing and hope it continues for a long time.
I remember as a child singing in Sunday School “Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear.” Of course, that was a childish misunderstanding of what the words actually said, but later on I continued to mis-hear the words to songs. I was glad to hear that I was not the only one. My friend, Jane Cason, told me that every time we sang “Safe Am I” in church, her husband, Fred, sang the words incorrectly to the second verse which began “Sheltered O’er” and continued “By His love forever more.” However, according to Jane, Fred didn’t hear “Sheltered O’er” but always sang “Shut the Door,” which I guess makes pretty good theological sense as well as that also will keep you safe. One of the old cowboy and western songs that I loved was the old Gene Autry ballad, “Back in the Saddle Again.” As I sang it again to myself, I realized that there was one line that made no sense. What in the world does “where the longhorn cattle feed on the lowly gents to me.” That just couldn’t be the real lyrics, but what in the world was it then? When I checked, I learned for the first time in a “million” years that the line actually goes “where the longhorn cattle feed on the lowly gypsum weed.” Well, now I know, and you know. Do you have songs that you have mis-sung for ages? I’ll bet you do.
When my wife and I divorced, I left almost everything behind. One of the things that she offered me later was my Centurion chiming clock which I had bought with my CITGO credit card. She didn’t want the clock; it was too noisy. That clock is now many years old and still works like a charm. It requires winding only once monthly, and its chimes greet me each morning…well, most mornings. During the years that I had a roommate, I was asked if there was a way to mute the clock, which is possible as there is a mechanism for turning on/turning off the chimes. The only thing is that when the chimes are turned off, the clock, instead of chiming on the hour and half hour, makes a strained sound as though it might be constipated. Now that I’m living alone again, the chimes are on. I never hear the clock during the night, but I hear it each morning as it chimes five times, the time I should rise. I never wear a watch which keeps me from becoming a clock watcher, but I depend greatly on my chiming clock, my no-longer constipated companion.
I’m usually bragging about doing without my cell phone that “lives” in my car. Well, this time that’s not the case at all as I was depending on having a cell phone with me on Thanksgiving Day when I drove to Orlando to spend Thanksgiving with friends. However, the day before, when I entered my car, expecting to drive to the gym for my Wednesday workout, I found my car with items inside strewn from one end to the other. It had been ransacked. Gone were my cell phone and a $20.00 bill. It could have been so much worse as I frequently leave my wallet in the seat divider and then forget that I left it there so that it stays overnight in my car. The thief had opened every compartment, including the trunk, but had left my bowling ball and bowling bag as well as my prescription sunglasses. Because I knew I needed a cell phone for this trip, I immediately notified the police and called Tracfone, my carrier. Tracfone deactivated the old phone, activated my new phone, which I bought at Walmart, and allowed me to retain my old phone number as well as my saved minutes. I hate to think that someone violated my automobile, but I’m grateful that they did not benefit more from my carelessness.
Do you agree with that statement? Do you truly have to be misunderstood in order to achieve greatness? No, I didn’t think of that powerful axiom. Ralph Waldo Emerson did, and fortunately I was required to include this wonderful writer and philosopher in my American literature classes when I was a high school English teacher . Emerson was a close friend with Henry David Thoreau, another outstanding author and critic of that day. Emerson’s statement caused students to question whether they agreed or disagreed with his philosophy. They saw that Emerson believed that outstanding men (and women) who make clear their ideas and beliefs are those who are most castigated for having done so. Jesus was misunderstood. Abraham Lincoln was misunderstood. The person most disagreed with in the public view today is President Barack Obama. History will determine whether the disagreements were justified or not. Statesmen cannot rise to greatness without having ideals, ideals in which they believe and refuse to have compromised. They are therefore regularly being misunderstood by their detractors. Unfortunately, there are some whom we would have to agree are misunderstood because they stand for ideas that are not worth sticking to. Certainly though, one criteria for greatness is being willing to be misunderstood and plowing on for the good of mankind.
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On this Thanksgiving Day, 2013, I am in love. I am in love with my family, in love with my friends, in love with my church, in love with my neighbors, and I am especially in love with my partner in Greece whom I met only this past April. He has become the focus of my existence despite the distance between St. Petersburg and Athens. This is a winter-summer relationship and one that suits the two of us. I am the “winter;” he is the “summer” partner who has always been attracted to older men. We have exchanged visits, me visiting him in Athens and him visiting me here in St. Petersburg. The relationship has grown so that I have committed to a second trip to Athens in January. During that stay, we will fly together to Dubai for a min-vacation. I will return home in February and will have a one-month wait before he will be able to take a leave of absence from his job and join me here for five months. Hopefully, that will be a plan that will be repeated ad infinitum as he has received a ten-year visa. Thank you, Lord, for all of those who influence me and contribute to my health and happiness. Those of you who read my blog are among those contributors. Thanks.
If you are not a computer user, you are probably baffled by hearing about some of your friends talking about skyping. They are making use of technology which appears to be “space age.” By downloading a free Skype program from Microsoft, you can talk with and see anyone in the world who has downloaded the same program. Skype is not only available on computers but on some cell phones and iPods and iPads. The quality of the pictures and sound are generally rather good although occasionally the picture will shatter, but it usually returns fairly quickly. While my friends were in the North Carolina mountains all summer, I skyped with them every Saturday afternoon at 2:00. It kept us connected. Adding to the technology available is now something called Viber. At present, Viber doesn’t allow video, but it does allow someone to speak with anyone who has a cell phone number, anywhere in the world. Viber is quick, and the sound quality is excellent. Viber requires a download and an access code. Once that is done and you have inputted your cell phone number, you are ready to talk. I feel lucky to be alive in this age of increasing opportunities for communicating with friends and acquaintances around the world.