this is joe:
and this is his story as reported by the ny post:
Joseph Vallenti celebrated his 96th birthday with a big slice of his favorite apple strudel cake, but there was one filling he didn’t count on — a rat.
“Something isn’t right,” family members recall the Commack man saying after tucking into the store-baked “Signature Series” cake from King Kullen supermarket.
Vallenti fell ill with stomach pains and diarrhea. So Neil Gold, who is dating Vallenti’s niece and lives with the victim, investigated the remaining cake — and allegedly found a five-inch-long rat’s tail still attached to the rodent’s hindquarters.
“I saw . . . something sticking out,” Gold said Friday after bringing the allegedly infested strudel to the law offices of his friend, attorney Ed Yule.
“I flipped it over and saw the whole tail bleeding into the cake.”
i am truly at a loss for words.
“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”
~ Emory Austin
Posted in amazing people, good to know, life, New York, news, rodents, thoughts
Tagged birthday, cake, disturbing, news, ny post, rat, sick
ok , so this may not be news in that apparently it happened 4 days ago, but sylvia brown died?! omg, why didn’t anyone tell me? i just found out from a comment on ned’s blog.
here is her september 10th fb post – it was the next to last message she ever posted:
“If you are afraid to die, you will not fully live.”
do you think she knew?? rip, sylvia – see you on the other side.
“Faith is a passionate intuition.”
~ William Wordsworth
i don’t know anything about paula deen except that she’s a famous cook. i’ve never watched her on tv, heard her speak or even heard anything about her ever. is it true that paula deen is being disgraced for using a bad word 30 years ago?
i just watched a clip of paula deen on the today show where matt lauer harshly (in my opinion) interviewed deen, who appears to be genuinely distressed by using the bad word 30 years ago, has apologized, asked for forgiveness and says she is not a racist. she went on to say,
“If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please, I want to meet you.”
did i miss something big here? i’m feeling a bit confused because if that is not the truth, i suspect a boat load of people would have come forward by now to deny that what she said is true. if it is indeed the truth, i want to meet the person who has never said something horrible too! are the networks really dropping her show & destroying one woman’s career because she made a mistake while someone had a gun to her head in a hold up and she called them a bad, bad word?
please do not confuse what i’m saying by thinking that i believe her name calling was appropriate. i am 99.99% sure that i have never called anyone by that word, but i’m also 99.99% sure i have said many horrible things in the last 30 years that i wish i could take back – and not even at gunpoint.
seriously? is this a good use of media? resources? time – or, anything else? how about a little forgiveness here? maybe some compassion? or even better, a little looking inward by all of the peeps pointing fingers . . . if using bad vocabulary once was the worst thing i had ever done, i think i would crown myself queen of the world.
“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
~ Mary Pickford
Posted in amazing people, career, complaint department, God, life, news, thoughts, zen
Tagged compassion, forgiveness, mar lauer, nbc, news, paula deen, Queen, today show