Archive for October, 2010
Double Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper was still stewing in my already disruptive digestive system, when Gwenny started bouncing around like a jumping bean. The girls were both playing in Rhyen’s room, on the other side of the house and I could hear them ok. I was sitting at my desk in my bedroom, checking things (you know, Facebook, Twitter, my mail order bride status) and Gwenny just would not stop acting like a goof ball. For sanity sake, I yelled out, “Rhyen…you guys doing ok?” ”Yeah, we’re fine” was the response I got back.
I went back to my computer and just ignored the dog. But she just kept getting more and more annoying. She started to prance back and forth from the bathroom in my bedroom. The door was slightly closed…and the lights were out. At this point, all I could think was that there was someone either trying to crawl in through the tiny bathroom window or….they were already in.
I did what any red-blooded American would do. I reached for my gun, pulled the slide back and yelled, “If you’re in there, I’d suggest you use your legs to walk out, while they still work.” ….. nothing …… silence ……
I barged in to find not even an open window…fortunately. At this point, Gwenny is still going nuts and starts to make her way toward the front door now. ”Maybe she scared the intruder off and they ran out front?” I turned the lights on outside, yelled to Rhyen one more time to make sure she was ok, and then opened the door. As I stood there, silently, alone, it wafted over me like the smell of cheap perfume. I knew that smell…THAT WAS SMOKE!
I ran back into the house, and there on the ceramic top stove was the dinner pan, burning and smoking the left over cuisine. I had forgotten to turn the burner off. All this time, Gwenny was trying to warn me of the soon-to-be fire. I couldn’t believe it! I was so happy…all I could do was bend over and kiss her! Of course I turned the burner off and took the pan off the stove as well.
The girls came running out, “What’s wrong Da……WHOA, WHAT HAPPENED!!” The door to Rhyen’s room was closed…they didn’t smell a thing. Once they figured out what Gwenny had done, they too began showering her with love. As I looked into those big brown eyes of hers, my blue eyes started to well up a little bit. I think she knew…in fact, I know she knew…exactly what she was doing. Thank you Gwenny. We love you.
This morning, I was driving east bound on I-70 and had just crossed the Blanchette Memorial Bridge when traffic abruptly came to a screeching halt. Cars were swerving to the left and right. I could see a clearing ahead, where there were only 2 cars parked in the center 2 lanes. Of course, my first thought was, “What are these nut jobs doing!!??”. However, as I got closer, it became rather apparent that these were no nut jobs. These were men of honor, fulfilling a sense of civil humanity that their counter-part weekend drivers did not share. These 2 men, with what appeared to be their lady friends in the passenger seat of their vehicles, had purposely parked their cars to block 2 lanes so they could clean up a mess of construction equipment, debris and other truck bed trinkets that had fallen out of a moving truck. Even such equipment as a wheelbarrow. How could you not know that a wheel barrel flew out of your truck!?
I digress. I pulled up behind these 2 cars thinking, I could reciprocate the responsibility, but they were just finishing. As they ran to their cars and sped off, one continued on I-70 east bound and the other took I-270. This trash that they moved, was just thrown to the side of the road. These few bits of information led me to the conclusion that A) they had nothing to do with the trash and B) they didn’t even know each other.
These 2 gentlemen put their lives at risk in order to ensure that no one else would get injured from hitting such large debris scattered across the highway. Some would argue that it wasn’t their job and the risk was too great; maybe they should have called a MO-DOT official…who knows. What I do know is that I found great respect for them and once again humanity redeemed itself, just a little bit more.