There sure are a lot of places to eat around my house. I think a lot of that is because there are so many apartments in this area and the people who live in apartments are more likely to run out and pick up fast food then they are to cook a whole healthy dinner for themselves.
Only 1 mile from my house is a little shopping center with a Subway sandwich shop, a Mexican restaurant with patio seating (my favorite!), a Chinese takeout (they do not deliver, though) and a pizza parlor. Across the street is another pizza parlor and another Subway sandwich shop. I thought that was pretty weird, but the second one is owned by the same guy and he says that the other location gets a lot of business from all the gas station customers because that Subway is inside the Mapco gas station.
If I go two miles in the other direction it is all the fast food chains. We have McDonalds that is open 24 hours, a Wendy’s, KFC, Subway sandwich shop (inside the Shell gas station), Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Arby’s and Backyard Burgers. The only chain not represented is Burger King. There used to be one, but a few years ago they tore it down and put a bank on that property. I thought that was weird, that a bank would make more profit than a fast food restaurant, but I don’t like Burger King anyway, so I didn’t much care, and I don’t use that bank, either.
Penn Station logo
Now they have opened a new sub shop called Penn Station. I have never heard of this chain, but decided to give them a try. The food was tasty, but the service was really slow and poor. I don’t see me going back there any time soon. I can make sandwiches at home for a lot less money and a lot faster than Penn Station.
Leading a horse to water (free clip art)
Over the years I have found that I have a lot of friends and relatives that come to me and ask me for advice. At first I was flattered. After all, I felt validated that they thought so much of me that they would seek my counsel! But then I have found, that most of the time, they have not actually followed my advice! I find out when the decision that they made (contrary to my advice) ended badly, and they were suffering uncomfortable consequences from their decisions.
Finding the strength to avoid saying “Why didn’t you follow my advice?” and “I warned you!” takes a lot of effort! I am starting to feel that when people ask me for advice, I should ask them why are they seeking my advice now when they have never taken it before! I wonder what their answer to that question would be!
hello (free clip art)
A very long time ago I came to realize that nobody ever really listens to me. Whenever I see someone while I’m at work, or out shopping, or answer the phone, and they ask “how are you?” If I say “I’m horrible” or “I’m sick” or “I’m sad” they always respond “That’s nice” or “Great! Glad to hear it!” The exact same answer that I get if I say “I’m great!”
Don’t get me wrong – I am not the type of person to tell people that I’m “horrible” or “sick” or “sad” unless they are very close friends or family. (But they would usually respond the same way anyhow.) But I recently decided to do an experiment and actually say those things that would indicate that I was not well. Just to see if anyone was paying attention. I must have given that type of answer to about a dozen people two weeks. And not one single person noticed! They all were expecting me to say that I was “fine.” They weren’t listening at all!
But last week, as part of that exact same experiment, when someone said “how are you?” If I responded, with great enthusiasm and excitement “I’m FANTASTIC!” they all were taken aback and shocked! What do you think that says about us, as a society?
Labor Day (free clip art)
For me, Labor Day is a bittersweet holiday. Don’t get me wrong – I love any holiday that gets me the day off from work or school! The reason that it is bittersweet is that it seems to tell me, more than any other holiday, how quickly time is passing by, and how short our lives are. The day marks the end of summer to me – and I realize that I have, once again, failed to go and do and see everything that I wanted to go and do and see. The holiday makes me feel like I have failed my family, and I hate that feeling. I know that it will not be very long before all of those missed opportunities will torment me. In fact, they already do!
Labor Day is bittersweet.
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Our neighbors across the street just invited us to come to their big “end of the summer” party this weekend. They have hired a professional dj
and are having a pot-luck cook-out in their front yard. Every year these neighbors have a big “end of the summer” party, and they invite us every year. We’ve never actually attended the party, but we do enjoy listening to the great music while we sit on our front porch after dinner. I think this year I’d like to go over for a bit if I can muster up the energy to go over!