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Yesterday’s visit to Lisa went well

Greetings, readers, and happy Thursday. I wanted to follow up on yesterday’s hospital visit to my friend, while the events were fresh in my mind. I arrived at the hospital around 3:45 in the afternoon, but I had to stay in a waiting area while technicians put in a fresh I.V. When I finally walked into her room, she beamed a big smile. Lisa was very happy to see me.

Much to my surprise, she had another friend already in the room. He was a guitar player and occasionally dressed up like Ace Frehley from KISS. That blew my away. Very cool. He left shortly after I arrived.

But back to the visit. The nurse brought Lisa her dinner and asked me if I wanted some coffee; I told the nurse thank you, it would save my life. In my back pack, I had brought my computer with songs from iTunes to sing to. I told her I was going to do that. I was trying very hard to cheer her up. I plugged in my computer and showed Lisa a couple of videos from my memorial KISS show for my friend Erin. She loved them.

She made a phone call to another friend, whom she wanted me to meet. I told Lisa I would wait to sing until he arrived. It took her other friend about a half hour to get there. We all chatted a while but then Lisa wanted to hear me sing the theme from The Love Boat. I must say it wasn’t my best effort but I made up for it by doing an excellent job on Billy Joel’s Worse Comes to Worst.

Lisa got some good news during my visit. She was being discharged after five days. She couldn’t wait to go home to her dogs. I know from personal experience that after a few days in the hospital you are antsy to go home.

Around 6:00 I wrapped up my visit, gave Lisa a hug, and went down to the coffee shop to have a breakfast food dinner. My cab was scheduled to pick me up until 7:00, so I had some time. I must admit I was exhausted by the time I got home, but I would do it again in a minute, for it made a dear friend of mine happy. I was always taught to treat people the way you wish to be treated. Live by example.

Tomorrow there will be that top ten list. Today’s entry was just a little surprise. Until then take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

T minus 2 days and counting until my show

Greetings, readers. I can’t believe that by this time on Friday I will be performing my next show. I like to give performances for the folks at my apartment building every six to eight months. They seem to enjoy it and I love it. Besides writing, it is a great form of creativity. Over the years I’ve gotten much better with my showmanship and have actually become much less shy.

Friday’s show is a 70s and 80s show. Playlist performers I will sing include Billy Joel, the Jackson 5, Eddie Rabbitt, and many others. And as has happened in the past, I have learned the words to the songs; some of which turned out to be different than I what I have been singing all these years. It is going to be an enjoyable time, but with my mild health issues, I am going to have to keep track of how I’m feeling. During performances I have gotten fatigued and a little lightheaded; I’m going to need to get some Gatorade or something of the like when I purchase some snacks for my guests.

I am expecting some friends who are on my Facebook friends list. That has never happened before but I have two very definite maybes. We will have to see.

On a side note, as far as this work week goes, Rebecca, Darren and I went to a writer’s group last night, which will free up Thursday afternoon for me for my last big day of rehearsing. The only thing I worry about is straining my voice. Obviously, I want to sound good on show day. But even at this late stage, there are a couple of songs that need work.

There will not be a blog entry on Friday. So look for us again next Wednesday. Take care, wish me luck, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

Email woes and show update

Greetings, readers. I just threw a major hissy fit in front of Rebecca after trying four times to attach a picture to an email. What should have taken someone else 5 minutes took me 15. I don’t quite understand what is going on. The email kept wanting to reset itself. I’ve never seen it do that before. Rebecca thought possibly that it timed out in the browse attachment mode. For me who has to take time to do things properly, the phrase timed-out and me don’t mesh.

Now that the email has been sent to Zipcar, I can relax and quit being a nasty bastard. I try to control my anger, but when I can’t do simple things, it makes me horribly upset. The task was to attach a photo of a gas receipt for hopeful reimbursement. We shall see. Upon calling them I learned that they sent me an email two days after my initial inquiry. It must have gone to my spam folder and I never saw it. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope that I get my money back.

Lastly, before Rebecca and I get onto other chores, my Addison Court performance is nine days away. I will ease into the show, singing the theme from The Love Boat, and end with Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” For anyone in the State College, PA area wishing to hear some good 70s and 80s music, the show is Friday, September 12th, from 1pm to 4pm in the Arnold Addison Court apartment building. I can’t believe that it is this close to show day. I’ll be ready. If any of my blog readers do wish to attend, please let me know that you are a reader when you arrive.

Until Friday, take care, have a great couple of days, and happy reading.