Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Mr. Rogers

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

I finally was able to watch this documentary on a flight today and it made me realize how necessary Fred’s message of love, for being just the way you are, is in our current climate. For people of my generation we look back fondly on Mr. Rogers as it reminds us of the joy of childhood and when climbing trees, playing games, taking a trip to the pool and making new friends were the important things. It was when we found the news boring and for “old people.” It was also before the networks tapped into our worst emotions and persuaded us to start disliking each other based on whatever issue might push buttons.

Journal Entry – 11.27.2018

It is 5:23 AM on Tuesday November 27th.  I’m at the airport on my way to another sales training.  These trainings aren’t bad but I don’t really like having them right after the Thanksgiving holiday.  The first is that it will cause me to miss my son’s birthday.  The second is that it hangs over my head during Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanksgiving 2018

It is 9:19 on the day after Thanksgiving.  I usually like to write a post on Thanksgiving day but the fact that we had a party the night before put a damper on getting up early and writing.

I did get up relatively early but had to clean up from the night before.  Then it was on to preparation for the Thanksgiving meal.  I was much more prepared this year because I left myself notes in addition to the recipes to guide me through everything.  I’ve refined those notes this time and cooking the turkey, stuffing and gravy will be a breeze henceforth.  I also just bought a new, high quality roaster because the coating on the pan of the cheap one we had was starting to come up.  You certainly don’t want pan coating going into the gravy.  So I checked on Amazon and found that being Black Friday and the day after Thanksgiving there were deals on good roasters.

Journal Entry – 11.21.2018

It is 5:22 AM on Thursday, November 21st 2018.  It is the day before Thanksgiving.

It is hard to believe we’re right in the middle of the holiday season already.  My life has been a blur with the new job and the months have flown by.  Usually I like to really absorb myself into the holidays starting with Halloween.  But aside from an adventure in Texas this year for Halloween I wasn’t able to immerse myself into it as much as I would have liked.

Raccoons in the shed

On November 8th I forgot to close the door to my shed.  On Friday November 9th I walked out, opened the door and found it was partially blocked and the entirety of my shed had been ransacked!!  I thought I had been robbed!

In my confusion I quickly turned to the most valuable items which are my computers and I saw that the Mac was on the ground, my work computer closed and in place and the monitor on its face over my work computer.  I then became quickly aware of the overpowering stench of a furry animal and had thought a coyote might still be inside!