Neighbors would say something akin to; “it sure looks like things are quiet at the Pastoors.” Hah! They don’t know the half of it.

Looking out the windows and all the nearby houses are pitch dark. See, right there I am ahead of the game. Not only that, but my coffee is already done and my day begun.

Sugar Plums? – Marcia had already turned in last evening. I was listening to the radio (old habits are hard to break). Distant sirens could be heard wailing – and getting louder. Then they stopped nearby. Looking out the window it were not Sugar Plums and Fairies that I saw. A half block away a car was wrapped around a large tree. Kids were bawling, mom had already been wrapped in a blanket for warmth, and dad (I suppose) was carefully loaded into an ambulance. And so, with that vision, my day too, was ending.

This morning, a new day. I knew it was a new day when, I realized I had woken up to the driving beat of Sam & Dave’s classic R&B song; “Hold On, I’m Coming”.

Turns out that today Samuel Moore (the Sam of “Sam & Dave” fame) turns 84. It’s told that the iconic, “Hold On, I’m Coming” song was supposedly written in about 10-minutes after co-writer Isaac Hayes called out to Dave (Porter), who was in a bathroom, and Dave replied; “hold on man, I’m coming.” See? It’s the perfect song to wake up to.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present“. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The ‘Perp’ – When the white Acura pulled up out front for the third time I’d had enough. Before, Marcia had seen a drug deal happen involving that car and enough is enough. I called the police. As two cruiser rolled up from opposite directions the Acura driver sped off with police in pursuit.

Long story short, the ‘perp’ crashed his car, ran off, was chased by police and K-9, was caught, and booked.

My police contact, Officer Anthony, sent me a quick update at the end of his shift;

”Hello Dirk!  Suspect was arrested with a gun recovery. Drugs recovered and he had felony warrants.”

Looking at what they nabbed I think it was all worthwhile getting this bit of garbage off the street.

My  brothers have now named me, “Barney.”

Blink For Marcia and I it meant walk and walk, then a bit more ‘walk’. In between it was being jostled and bumped around by a thick but friendly crowd. Some would hate this (Marcia), some thrive on it (me).

For those not in the know, Blink 2019 is; “one of the largest light, art and projection mapping events in the nation. Spanning 30+ city blocks, this four-day event features large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, media light and interactive art.”

This evening you’ll find me back in town. In the ‘thick’ of it as people say. Enough said.

Fall Fair – To cap my quiet week, last evening I joined Adrianne, Vili, and Vai at their school’s Fall Fair. Several hundreds of little high-pitched screeching voices emanating from little bodies, each expending more energy than the law should allow. That is what it’s all about.

Always fun to watch, even joining Vili for a bit of a Corn-Hole game. However, walking back home listening to a few lonely crickets was exactly what I needed.

Fini – Yesterday we were able to wish Paul a Happy Birthday.

This week Pieter celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles, Abbey Road album with a 2-hour Podcast live streamed from his radio station – WKRT 95.7. Enjoy!

Tuesday morning Marcia and I will be heading for Austin to spend a little time with Kirstin, Derek, and Kellen. Not only that, but see a football game and a Band competition. Marcia is packed. I haven’t started packing yet. Not to worry though, the real nagging hasn’t yet begun.

Tomorrow evening we’ll be joining a group of friends for the evening. It’s been at least a year since we all got together. It’s amazing just how busy all of us retirees have become.

Make your week a safe one. And as Confucious once said; “wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

Till next week.


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