Saturday 9: Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Sunday Stealing: The Sparkling Beach Meme, Part The First

Ain't Nothin' Gonna Break My Stride

I was up late, well, early, to the tune of 0530 this morning, working on my Jafra business for some client meetings and parties I have coming up in the next few weeks, so I fell into bed exhausted just before the sun rose this morning. I slept fitfully for about two hours, tried to get more zzzzzs, and failed, so I gave up and arose to greet the day. Having done my CVS deals, I decided to head out and do the Rite Aid deal shopping that I'd worked on much earlier in the week, so that time wouldn't go to waste.

Okay. There's your backstory.

I walked out the front door to my waiting Penelope, and a man across the street shouted something at me. Cars were going by, so I shouted back, "Me?" and pointed to myself. He shouted again. "I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" I returned. After a third failure, he started across the street to meet me. I put my things in the van and then turned around to see what was the matter.

"I cut your lawn yesterday," he told me.

Looking around, I noticed our once shin-high grass was now well within city regulations. "Thank you!"

"Yeah. My man here, your neighbor," he said, gesturing next door, "used to cut it." I nodded. "Well, he's in jail now, and I noticed your grass was getting high, so I cut mine and then came over and did yours, too."

{Aside: the jailed neighbor is the one I suspect of stealing mi precioso Nikon DSLR, so I'm not exactly stunned by this news.}

"Thank you!" I again exclaimed, beaming at him. "How much do I owe you?"

The gent, about 65 years old, said, "You don't owe me anything, baby, just keep wearing that pretty smile on your face."

I thanked him profusely, and he left. And you can bet I smiled all the way to Rite Aid.


At Rite Aid, things were so up and down, I felt like Otis. (Please, somebody, get that reference!) Half my deals were out of stock, and then, they changed the rewards system around so drastically, I couldn't get the other half as I'd so carefully planned them. I left with only a third of the items I intended to buy. You can bet I'm going to put in a call to corporate to complain about the changes, but I'm still wearing that "pretty smile!"

Have a great day, folks. Remember, there are still good people in the world.