Archive for February, 2011
A very good friend of mine has had a very rough 9 months or so. He discovered last summer that his wife of 10 years had been less than faithful. And he went through a tough time, blaming himself for the whole fiasco. I was relieved when he finally came to grips with the fact that it wasn’t his fault. That he needed to let go. And that life goes on. Well, since the beginning of the ordeal to where it stands now, he is a completely different man. He’s got that spring in his step. That twinkle in his eye. And a couple of weeks ago at a friend’s birthday dinner, I found out why.
My friend and I go way back. Back to our high school days. Well, a good high school friend of ours had a birthday in January and a few of us decided to meet for dinner. And at that dinner, he showed up with another high school friend. One that he dated. And that night it looked like they hadn’t missed a beat! A couple of days later he told me how nervous he was to bring her around, worried about how everyone would react, since technically speaking, he was still married. “Seriously?”, I asked him. “You’re the happiest I’ve seen you in a very long time and you’re worried about what your status is technicallly”? I mean, technically speaking, he was right. The divorce had not been finalized. He was married. But, come on. That ship had sailed. I don’t think I would let some court document that I know to be tainted keep me from being with someone who truly makes me happy. Now, I’m not advocating anyone cheating on anyone here. I’m just saying in this particular instance, his marriage, while not in the eyes of the courts, has been over for some time.
After our chat, he felt a lot better about things. After all, we only have one life to live. We should live it as happy as possible. We don’t have as many opportunities to make good on that as you may think. Sometimes it’s ok to be selfish. Do what makes you happy.
As for right now, I think banana pancakes would make me happy.
This is unusual…
I’ve watched enough news lately to know that this winter could be described as “somewhat harsh”. Snowstorms terrorizing the northeast and mid-west! People getting trapped in their homes! Car accidents! Cities being shutdown because they don’t have enough snowplows, blah, blah, blah! I feel for my fellow citizens going through all that. But they live in places where the winters can be rough. Being a tropical guy myself, I know I wouldn’t do well in that environment. And that is one reason I call San Antonio home. The climate is to my liking. Not too hot, and not too… wait a minute… What the hell??
Let me say it never snows in San Antonio. Never! And in the past when people would get all excited because the forecast called for a couple of snow flurries, nothing would happen. Nada. Zip. Zilch. And I’m cool with that, because I don’t like to be cold! Anyway, It’s gotten to the point whenever someone even hinted at snow in SA I would automatically tune them out. I even told a few people this time around that there was no way it was going to snow this time around. I was wrong.
I know it’s nothing compared to what, say, the New England area gets, but an inch of snow in San Antonio is a big deal. It’s even a bigger deal because people here don’t know how to drive in the white stuff. So tow-truck drivers had a field day today picking up cars and collision centers across the city are no doubt licking their chops with all the business about to head there way. I think I heard something in the neighborhood of 200 car accidents? Who knows what the final tally was.
So I guess Al Gore was right about Global Warming. Or at least I heard that is what’s responsible for all this snow. Makes sense, right? NOT. Go to hell, Al Gore. It’s one of the coldest winters in recent history! I’m definitely not a believer. I wonder how much money this guy has reeled in from convincing people of this crap?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some hot cocoa that needs heating.