Monday, May 26, 2008

A free experience...


They said there would be a big thunderstorm today. It's almost 6 p.m. and the sun is still shining. Let's hope it stays that way. I don't mind thunder storms at night. It's kind of a cool feeling to listen to the rain coming down and watch flashes of light in the sky while I'm safe, warm and dry inside. It makes me appreciate having a roof over my head.



Yesterday was Free Hamburger day at Harvey's. I don't like hamburgers all that much, but decided to go for the experience. Homeless people often frequent my area, since I live in the downtown core. As you can imagine, free food anywhere is a big deal. Free food in one of the world's largest cities is HUGE. Harvey's burgers are top quality, so the whole day was a good steal. I lined up with some eclectic people and after fifteen minutes, I realized there was a step inside the store. My wheelchair doesn't do steps. There were sweet people in front of me who offered to bring me a hamburger. I thanked them and waited on the street corner until they kindly brought out my burger. I smiled and was touched by their helpfulness. Crossing the street with my burger tucked on my lap, I felt it slid to the ground and knew it was going to be a hambur-less day for me. At least I had the experience of waiting in line with some people who really needed food and that I met those kind strangers who gave me what everyone else was getting. It was a mini adventure and it was free.


- OCG

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A BIG drink of water before bed...

I'm waiting...
It's bed-time.
I'm tired.
Really tired.

I always drink a big glass of water right before bed.
Strange, isn't it?
If I don't, I wake up thirsty in the middle of night.
It's rare that I wake up having to pee.

Now that I said that, I hope I didn't jinx it.
Uh Oh...
I will keep my fingers crossed tonight
Or maybe I should say legs...

- OCG

Friday, May 23, 2008

Music and dreams...


It's quiet now. That's strange because I don't live in a quiet part of town. I'm enjoying this weather. It's breezy and warm at the same time.

I'm listening to a new Coldplay song called Violet Hill. It's pretty, classic and sweet just as Coldplay's work usually is. I really like a new artist called Duffy who has an album called Rockferry. Her biggest hit right now is a song called Mercy that was featured in the last Grey's Anatomy episode. Upon reviewing Duffy's other album tracks, the Observer and I decided the next big single will probably be Syrup and Honey. Duffy sounds a lot like Janis Joplin. She's worth a listen if you like folk or jazz tunes.



I just called the Observer. I woke him up. He sounded all groggy and cute. I hope he fell back to sleep and he's dreaming sweet dreams. My Mom went to bed not long ago so I hope she's dreaming sweetly too. If you're reading this, goodnight and sweet dreams to you.


- OCG

Sunday, May 18, 2008

(___) also means....

hi
hey
hello
bonjour
ciao
person
he
she
individual
one
girl
female
chick
lady
woman
trouble
conflict
crisis
disaster
pickle
happy
content
pleased
well
satisfied
positive
crazy
nuts
whacked
gone
unstable
insane
sad
down
blue
melancholy
morose
negative
weather
climate
atmosphere
outside
season
temperature

- OCG

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Rain, rudeness and flowers...


It's a sticky, grayish day outside, but it's all good. It's not warm out, but not cool either - a light jacket does the job.

I just got back from the grocery store. I have been there twice today. Once to get two African violets for my Mom and sister and another time to get cash back. Not the best planning on my part, but at least I got fresh air. I'm a bit worried about the African violets. I don't want them to go all droopy and weird before my Mom and sister even see them. I love flowers, especially giving them away, but I don't know much about maintaining them. Do you keep them wrapped up before giving them away? How much water do they need? Where is the best place to keep them? Can they stay inside or outside? Can they tolerate exposure to warm or cold air? I've got a lot to learn.........

Yesterday I took a taxi to meet the Observer at the movies. On the way, the driver picked up a sweet, chatty, frail older lady. I knew instantly that she was kind and wise. I said hello to her and she chatted with the driver. He was a bit off. I insanely knew this too. As we continued on closer to the other passenger's home and she talked, the driver became more impatient. When we pulled up to her home, he barely let her finish her sentence before telling her he had to get going and didn't have time to chat. The driver watched her struggle to get out of the taxi not bothering to help or say goodbye. I asked the sweet lady if she was OK - hoping that would prompt the driver to get off his bottom and show some respect. He didn't, but at least I tried.

Once the sweet lady was out of the taxi, the driver turned to me and said, "F**king old people think we have all day to talk. They should realize we have a job to do. Don't you agree?" I said nothing. I was too angry. I find ignorance and impatience towards senior citizens profoundly disturbing, perhaps because I understand what it's like to be vulnerable, to take a little more time, to need a little more attention. I also think senior citizens deserve respect, because they have earned it by being here and serving their purpose. Those who have lived have experienced and know a great deal more than I do, so how can I not respect that? On another level, we are all going to get old, so isn't it best to model how we want to be treated when the time comes? If that driver behaved so rudely towards someone I knew, I would have spit in his face. I would have yesterday if I was upfront.

My other taxi driver later that afternoon was very sweet, so maybe equilibrium was at work. It's raining now. Somewhere, I hope that insensitive driver has a flat tire and is getting drenched in his evil rear end.

- OCG

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I Love My Mom Because.....

* Mom is the kindest person I know

* Mom is the wisest person I know

* Mom is my best role model on how to be a good person, do good always and love those around you

* Mom's health struggles recently have shown me what is truly important in life

* Mom is strong minded and I inherited that trait

* Mom is my best example of unconditional love

* Every day with Mom feels like a gift now

HAPPY MOTHER"S DAY!!!


- OCG

Sunday, May 04, 2008

I'm grateful for....

* Sunday mornings

* Trips to Starbucks with the Observer

* My sister

* HOT showers

* Late night TV

* YOUTUBE

* Books

* Rainy days

* Rice cakes

* A place that feels like home

* Laughter

- OCG

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The writing in the stars for today...




Scorpio (Oct. 24 — Nov. 22)


You have lately been very strong and decisive. By redefining the rules of a certain game, you have shifted the balance of power in your favour, but that power will do you no good unless you exert it. Use your influence wisely.
* My horoscope sounds pretty accurate. Is that creepy? Or cool? Maybe both! Well, there some ants crawling on my kitchen floor feasting on spilled cookie crumbs. Yuck! I'm going exert my power and get the floor mopped and ant traps down. Goodnight...
- OCG