Update:  Prince passed away today.  I didn’t really know his music until I watched a lively dance segment by the Joffrey Ballet during the Academy Awards one year.  The music gave the dancers something wonderful and fun to move to.  Prince gave the Joffrey Ballet a reprieve.  They were dying a slow painful financial death until the rock ballet called Billboards came into being.  Robert Joffrey gave many dancers opportunities.  I’m sure that you will remember Patrick Swayze, and even Ron Reagan Jr. to name a few.  He trained countless aspiring dancers.

That was one save, but if you like The Bangles Manic Monday song you will know that there is an interesting link between Prince and the ladies.  On a flight the ladies learned that Prince was in First Class.  One approached him and spoke to him about how much his music meant to them.  The flight proceeded.  In First Class, Prince wrote the lyrics to Manic Monday on a cocktail napkin.  He then asked the flight attendant to take it back to the ladies in the back.  Well, that they were stunned.  Lyrics written by Prince (although he used the pseudonym Christopher as a credit for writing) and when they got home they contacted him to ask what key to work in.  Well, the rest is history because Manic Monday propelled The Bangles into music history.  He gave to anyone who needed a bit of a push onto the limelight.  RIP Prince.  Thank you for being a giver instead of a taker.

DON’T dwell on the ongoing election year poofest.  It will happen with you or without you.  We are witness to voter fraud, illegal alien voters, machines that break, companies running the electoral counts, etc.

Meet Maggie, the Australian Kelpie, who was approaching her third century in human years, and at 30 years of age passed away peacefully at the dairy where she lived in Woolsthorpe, west of Melbourne.

Priorities.  She lived to be with her human as long as physically possible.  If that doesn’t make you smile, meet tiny Brooklyn who had a very simple birthday wish come true.  She wanted to meet a very special person…the man who picks up her garbage.


“HOLY COW… BEST MORNING EVER for Brooklyn (and me). What a start to her birthday.

Thursdays are by far her favorite day… garbage day. For about a year now, she has anxiously awaited the garbage truck’s arrival at our house. It started with waving from the window, then we had to try and be outside to wave, and when we missed the truck driving by the house, I’d drive around the neighborhood to find the garbage truck and wave… on our way out the door in the mornings. Every… Thursday, my heart is full when I see the joy that our amazing garbage man brings Brooklyn when he honks and waves at her with a BIG smile.

And today, we finally got to meet him!!! Brooklyn and I wrapped up one of her birthday cupcakes and waited for him. When he came down our street, she ran to the corner. We were waving like usual and I motioned for him to come over by us. He pulled over, got out and gave us his BIG smile. Brooklyn was instantly speechless as she handed him the cupcake. I explained to him that he makes our day every Thursday, and we really appreciate the honking and waving, and how special of a day it is for us.

Then… (melt my heart)… he explained that he looks forward to seeing us every Thursday as well. He said that he has a meeting every Thursday morning and always tries to get out of there in a hurry so that he can make sure to see us every week. He said he doesn’t have any kids of his own, but he mentors several children and just loves them. I can’t believe that I never got his name, so for now he will continue to be “our favorite awesome smiley garbage man”.

After he left, we continued onto daycare. Brooklyn was unusually quiet in the backseat. I asked her if she was okay, and she said “Mommy, Im so happy.”

So… to “our favorite awesome smiley garbage man”…
THANK YOU!!! Thank you for the joy that you bring Brooklyn every Thursday morning, for making her birthday special, and for making my heart happy. It may be a little thing that you do, but it means so much to us!”

That “favorite awesome smiley garbage man” is Delvar D. Thanks, Delvar, for your kindness and your service to the City!

Some days, you just have to turn a blind eye and put ear plugs on so that you don’t have to witness more awful stuff.  Then again, you should keep everything in proper perspective because there are a lot of people doing things that will affect all of us and not in a good way.