i hate to brag but . . . i have the best dog on the planet. he’s lived with me since he was just 4 months old and has never done anything wrong in 12 years. ever. until tonight.
i rarely cook for myself but tonight i was craving a piece of salmon. i made some really awesome lightly salted coconut rice to go with my salmon and i have to say it looked pretty amazing. i had just sat down to eat when the doorbell rang. my neighbors needed assistance at the elevator which is just outside my front door. i returned to my apartment about 45 seconds later, this is what i found:
i didn’t even know how to respond. we just stared at each other until i laughed.
he is my biggest love.
“If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”
- Maya Angelou
”The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light.”
♥ Ram Dass
i’m really hoping he’s right on this . . .
walking through the city can take your mind off anything. you can do a walking meditation and become invisible to the people passing by, tuning out all of the traffic and noise or you can walk up the avenue with an intention to connect with people – depending on what you need at the time. after sitting at the computer for several hours, sometimes i want a little conversation or mental stimulation and just get up and walk out. there’s always something going on, someone to talk with or something to do without having to make specific plans.
i just did that and ran into a neighbor who was on his way up to 68th street to buy some pound cake at rite aid. i took the walk with him and learned quite a bit. i learned that pound cake at rite aid is half the price it is at shop rite (not that i plan on ever really needing that information, but you never know when those types of fun facts will come in handy. . .). i learned that he is married to a paranoid schizophrenic and pays $156.00 a month rent to live on the corner of 1st avenue and 50th street. he has a one bedroom apartment and pays almost $2,000 less a month than i pay for a studio just 2 blocks away. although he has no stove and i do. i found out that he’s 68 years old and plays the lottery regularly. he used to be a doorman but now walks dogs in the neighborhood for a living so he can stay close to home in case his wife has an attack. she calls him every 10 minutes or so to tell him that someone is trying to break into their home. he can usually talk her down over the phone but sometimes he has to rush home to assure her that she’s safe. she called 3 times on our walk to rite aid.
i’m back home now and feeling grateful. i love this town.
“Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.”
- Wayne Dyer
there are 3 things that make me laugh no matter what.
the first i cannot provide for your listening pleasure because it’s jeffrey’s answering machine message and i probably shouldn’t post his number on my blog so that you can call & listen to it.
if you don’t laugh at these 2 commercials, maybe you are an alien.
“It’s hard to believe anything I say, she told me, because I was there & I have a vested interest in being right.