Celebration


Friday, July 23, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) there will be a live webcast from The Great Hall in the United States Department of Justice’s Robert F. Kennedy Building.

After 20 years, there are still many areas within our society which have barely been impacted by the ADA.  Handicapped (or disabled if that is your preferred term) persons must file grievances, complaints, and lawsuits to receive what they are entitled to in accord with the Americans with Disabilities Act — the law makes it necessary for those of us being discriminated against to take some action against the violator!  So, why wouldn’t they wait — architectural barriers are still standing because a person who would’ve enjoyed access decided it was not in their nature to complain or become a problem.

I’ll celebrate what has taken place — and, I’ll look forward to much more changing for the better!

Follow this link 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time in-order to view the celebration live.  The link will also provide access to the recorded event afterward.

I’d like to hear about your thoughts, feelings or experiences — a comment-button is located at the top of each posting.

Enjoy the weekend!  😎

If you watch the news on TV or read newspapers, magazines, or the internet, there seem to be plenty of news-worthy (apparently) individuals ending their marriages.  And, the media constantly reports that 50% of marriages in the United States will end in divorce — although that statistic is somewhat unreliable because all States do not report on divorces.  Also, some of the numbers may be incorrectly interpreted.

Despite the statistics, I know from time to time I’ll hear an account that supports the notion that enduring love still exists — marriages lasting longer than 50 years do occasionally make it into the headlines.  And, after surviving that long a marriage is unlikely to end in divorce.

What emotion is needed to power the Love Meter

Are humans the only creature on this planet which can bond for life — apparently NOT!  Scientists tell us that there are other members of the animal kingdom which form life-long pairings — sea horses for one.  Does that qualify as enduring love?

As a youngster, I remember being told that Canada Geese mate for life.  Storks also mate for life — I wonder if that may have influenced why some adults told children that babies were delivered by storks?  Now, I’ve learned of a news story which speaks to the persistence, and perhaps enduring love, of a pair of storks.

A female stork had been shot by some hunters in Croatia.  When she was found she was taken to a veterinarian.  The vet knew that her wing had been damaged to badly for her to ever fly again.   Although no one could be sure that she would live, an attempt was made to heal her.  And, they named her Malena.

Since her injury in 1993, Stjepan Vokic has taken care of Malena — she lives in a nest on the roof of his house.  He is so committed to her survival that he discontinued his cellphone service so he could afford to feed Malena, especially during the winters.

Approximately 8 years ago

One day Stjepan noticed another stork with Malena — seems that a male had found her and fell in love.   Stjepan gave the name Rodan to the male stork.  The pair raised a clutch of chicks that year — Rodan taught the chicks to fly because his partner cannot.

Since storks spend their winter in South Africa, each August Rodan and the young will start to prepare for their long journey of about 8000 miles.  According to observers, Malena is sad for weeks after Rodan flies away.

Malena remains in Brodski Varos until the return of her mate in the spring — which amazingly occurs on the same date and at about the same time of day each year.  Except that this year he arrived a day early!

Weeks before his return each March, Malena is impatiently waiting for Rodan on the roof and preparing the nest.  These two beautiful birds have raised 32 little storks during the last 8 years.

Amidst so many stories of pain, despair and misery I find this to be a wonderful story of perseverance, persistence and tenacity .  I hope you have enjoyed reading it.    😎

Boy oh boy…  sometimes I get involved with something new and it consumes more of my time and attention than I had planned.

It’s been quite a while since I added a new posting —  I want to update y’all on the birthday gifts my sister brought to me on May 27th.   First, a list of the classic cartoon DVDs:

  1. Rocky & Bullwinkle & friends — 4dvd set of the complete season 1
  2. The Yogi Bear Show — The Complete Series, all 33 episodes plus bonuses
  3. Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines — The Complete Series, all 17 episodes plus extras
  4. The Best of Tennessee Tuxedo and his tales — 15 adventures
  5. The Best of Mr. Peabody & Sherman — Volume 1
  6. The Best of Boris & Natasha — Volume 1
  7. The Best of Dudley Do-Right — Volume 1

Hours and hours and hours of some of the best cartoons ever to appear on TV — my personal opinion.

Tee also brought the comicbook which she had purchased as one of my birthday gifts.  She had specifically requested something with Eugene the Jeep.  However, Eugene is not present in the comic she was sold — Popeye, volume 1, number 31, Jan-Mar 1955.  It does contain Swee’Pea, Olive Oyl and other usual characters.  It also contains an episode of Axle and Cam (robots) — I don’t recall seeing them before.

Tee asked me if I wanted her to try to return the comicbook and I told her NO —  it was the thought that counted and I’d keep it.

I can surely say that I hadn’t had this many birthday gifts for a very long time — and totally unexpected!  After all, 63 years isn’t typically significant.  But, I am grateful for each new mark I add to my birthday calendar.

Perhaps some of you reading this post will comment about your favorite TV cartoon characters or your best ever comicbook heroes — or whatever you feel like adding to the mix.

I look forward to reading what you have to say.  😎

And, a very Happy Birthday it was…

My sister, Tee, had taken a day of vacation on the 20th so she could visit me without being time-constrained — she had called the day before and asked me what I’d like for lunch.  I told her I’d have to think about it a while.  After we had ended our phone conversation, I went on line to see the menus for several of my nearby restaurants.

I found grilled boneless rainbow trout at Bugaboo Creek — we had both enjoyed Bugaboo’s food in the past.  And, it had been several years since I remember eating rainbow trout.  The trout came with steamed veggies, smashed potatoes, and was available with Lemon Pepper or Cajun seasoning.  I’m a big fan of Cajun music and spicy Cajun food —  I decided on the Cajun!

I had known that Tee would be running around early on the morning of the 20th, and was not available for me to call after I had made-up my mind on the 19th, so I sent her an email with my selection and the restaurant phone number so she could order for takeout whenever she wanted to.  As it turned-out, since we weren’t in a hurry to eat, she decided to visit with me before ordering.

When she arrived at my apartment she was well prepared

Tee had brought a funny Birthday Card, a Birthday Cake with butter creme icing and glazed strawberries, 2 sodas, 2 mylar balloons, a new card table, and a plastic table-cover with Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck on it!  She also had her folding chair — the kind with the over-the-shoulder bag you take to outdoor events and family gatherings.  The weather was ideal for sitting outside in the shade and that is what we did.

I read the card and Tee told me she had bought a 1953 Popeye & Eugene The Jeep comic book for me — but she left it hanging on her bedroom door.  Tee promised to bring it to me next week.  (I’ve bought many t-shirts on eBay during the last 15-20yrs with Eugene on them — other items also.  In fact, I had a Eugene t-shirt on as we partied.  But, very few people I’ve met ever heard of Eugene The Jeep.)

We jabbered until nearly 2pm — by then we were becoming hungry, so Tee decided to order and pick-up our food before they quit serving lunch items.  Since I hadn’t spoken with my daughter, Mimi, for at least a week Tee phoned to see what her plans were.  Fortunately, Mimi had just been finishing-up with a company meeting and had been planning to grab some Arby’s roast beef or something before coming to see me.  So, Tee took another order, phoned Bugaboo’s and left.

Let the Party Begin

When Tee returned with meals for the three of us we got busy chewing — and chatting!  Mimi had ordered a salad with chicken tenders and Tee had gotten a full-rack of ribs.  Enough ribs for everyone to have some — Lola, Mimi’s pit bull, got a taste and the left-overs went into my refrigerator!  Next came the cake… and it was yummmy  Actually, everything had been yummy!  😎

Tee told me she had another surprise for me.  She had bought something she knew I wanted because she saw it on a Wish List I had written.  That kinda surprised me… I didn’t remember making such a list.  Then she said she had seen it on my blog — I still didn’t remember writing a Birthday Gift Wish List.  So, Mimi put her fancy new Android cellphone in browser-mode and started searching through The Handicapper’s Journey trying to locate the list.

Lo and Behold there it was

Within the post dated March 6th and titled Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, I had been mentioning many old cartoons I used to watch on TV — I had even created links to Amazon where some of them could be purchased on DVD.  And, near the end of the posting was: “Now I have some items to start building my Birthday Wish List” — I had no idea that sentence would move anyone to purchase most of what I had mentioned.

Tee had never purchased anything online before.  But, when she tried unsuccessfully on her own she got her husband to help her place an order.  The delivery didn’t arrive when she expected.  So, I’ll have a large collection of Cartoon DVDs and my Popeye & Eugene comic book in a week or so… absolutely amazed I am!

Then it was time to relax — Tee had a blanket in the back of her SUV which she gave to Mimi to stretch-out on the grass and lay with Lola.  I tilted my wheelchair back and did the best I could do to get comfortable.  Tee had her sport-style folding chair.  We laughed and joked ’til about 6pm when Tee said it was time to go home and see her husband.

Mimi stayed maybe an hour longer as I helped get her Yahoo email set to feed into her Android, and loaded some files onto a thumb drive for her to take back home.  Then she and Lola left.

I was very tired…  happily fatigued!

I’m going to start a Wish List for my 64th birthday right now — and I’m gonna put a day like today at the top of the list!

This year, Saint Patrick’s Day is March 17th.  During the days leading up to St. Patty’s Day celebrations a lot of people become Irish — including those without any Irish in their ancestry!

But, that’s not a bad thing.  Celebrations are fun to participate in whether you are a part of that group or not — unless you have some kind of grudge against them!

Look at all the people who celebrate Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday… or, Cinco de Mayo. Any excuse to party will be ok!

So, on Wednesday remember to eat plenty of corned beef and cabbage.  And, you can avoid the green beer by replacing it with a drop or two of green food dye in your 7 Up — or with some lime jello before it starts to turn into something firm.

Now… Kiss Me, I’m Irish!  😎