Danny & Family

Just Some Random Stories About Me and My Family

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Saturday Morning Post - Vol. 6 - Ridin' the Bus

This summer, just like last year, I've been taking to bus to work on occasion. This year I've succeeded in taking it more frequently as compared to last year, where I was averaging about one trip per week. This summer, with the exception of the week where the Fourth of July fell, I've taken the bus at least twice a week. I'm likely to increase this to 4 times per week beginning next week.

Why am I doing this? Because I believe it's the right thing to do; it's good for the environment. Last summer it was more of an issue of saving money, considering the price of gasoline. This year the prices are not as high, but I can still save a little bit of money - and some ware and tear on my car. But more importantly, it's one less car on the road creating pollution. I wish more people would join in the effort - it's really not that much of a sacrifice.

I want to share an observation from my travels: last week on the way home, I saw a lady and her daughter board the bus I was on. The first thing that caught my attention was that the little girl looked to be my daughter's age (8). The part that seemed out of place was where she and her mom were getting on the bus. This was a commercial / light industrial area where there are a lot of businesses and no residences. I also noticed that the mom was carrying a suitcase. That lead me to believe that the this was not a situation of a "bring your child to work" day. I figured that these two got on the wrong bus somewhere, and ended up here.

They asked the bus driver something, so I figured they were lost and were trying to find a route that would get them to where they wanted to go. They ended up getting off the bus at the same stop I did. I crossed the street one way to catch another bus; they crossed the street the other way. While I stood at my bus stop waiting, I could still see them diagonally
across the busy intersection. I figured they were going to head to the bus stop nearest them and go the opposite direction I was heading. But then they crossed the street - walking in the same direction from where the bus we were just on came from. I felt bad for them, because they were clearly lost. I thought about my daughter, and how she might deal with this situation if she were in it. This little girl seemed to be oblivious that she was lost, and just kept walking beside her mom where ever her mom walked.

So out of sight they went, and I kept waiting for my bus. Some days I'm at this stop for just a couple of minutes; some days for several minutes. This
particular route is not very consistent, and on this particular day I was waiting several minutes. So as I'm still waiting - here comes the mom with her suitcase in one hand and the little girl holding her other hand. But not to my stop, back towards the stop where I thought they were headed to begin with. So they walk in that direction, and walk right by that stop and all the people who were waiting there. Up the street they walked headed for who knows where. I thought to myself: I hope they find their way.

So how did this turn out? I didn't give it much more of a thought once my bus came along, until this week. On my ride home Wednesday, there they were again - mom, suitcase, little daughter, and another girl (presumably another daughter), who was a teenager that looked to be about my son's age (15). This time they were sitting at the bus stop that I go to when I start my trip home. My place of work is in an area where commercial and light industrial businesses are adjacent to a
densely populated residential neighborhood, so it's not uncommon to see people at the bus stop who do not appear to be commuting workers. We all got on the same bus and down the street we went.

They got off at the same bus stop I did, and again crossed the street in the
opposite direction that I did, and the three of them walked away - suitcase in hand - right past that other bus stop. Who knows where they were going, but at least they didn't look lost; they seemed to know exactly where they were headed. I'll look for them next week. I do see the same people quite a bit, especially on the morning commute. Well that's it for this week, see you next Saturday morning.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Saturday Morning Post - Vol. 5 - Jordy the Puppy

Introducing Jordy the Puppy. Earlier this year, we were blessed with a new puppy - Jordy. My wife Laura has wanted a small dog for some time now. Small enough that the dog can sit on her lap. She finally got her wish by getting this cute little guy. Here he is in one of the earliest pictures we have of him.

In mid February, we went out to the desert to do some off-road riding in our quads. This was Jordy's first road trip. Here he is next to my quad in the cargo area of our trailer.

On the trip home, he slept on the counsel between the two front seats of our truck. That's my sexy right elbow pictured.

Jordy is in a litter with 2 other males, and one female. Here he is with his two brothers, Toby and Dusty. Jordy is on the left being held by my daughter Nina. I don't know which one is Toby, and which is Dusty.

A couple of months ago, Laura took Jordy out for a series of pictures in the back yard. It took quite some time for Jordy to settle down and have his picture taken. He loves to run around - mostly in large circles around the lawn. Here he is taking a break.

Aren't all puppy's curious? If I had to guess, I'd say he's thinking 'Why do you keep pointing that thing at me?'

Here he is napping in one of his favorite spots - where the hallway meets the entryway. This spot is in the center of our house, and when the front door and back doors are open, a cross-breeze is created keeping Jordy cool on these late hot afternoon summer days. That fluffy little thing behind him is his favorite toy - a lamb.

That last picture makes me want to take a nap. I hope you enjoyed our pride and joy. See you next Saturday morning.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Saturday Morning Post - Vol. 4 1/2

I had intended on writing a post about our puppy, Jordy, but I slept in this Saturday morning. I rarely sleep in, and today I was able to sleep all the way to 9:30 a.m. For some people, that's not sleeping in at all. I suppose for some - that's getting up early for a Saturday morning. But for me, who gets up on weekdays at 4:30 a.m., and at 5:00 a.m. on Sundays (to go to early Mass); I typically wake up about 6:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

So, I'll get all of my puppy pictures together and write some captions to go along, and post about Jordy next Saturday morning. See you then.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

The Saturday Morning Post - Vol. 4 - The 4th of July

Today, July 4th, we Americans celebrate Independence Day. This is a day commemorating the anniversary of winning our independence from England on July 4, 1776. This, of course, is not breaking news, but I think this detail is sometimes forgotten by some people. It seems to me that too many people think the Fourth of July is another excuse to party, and this party includes fireworks.

I try to instill in my kids that there is an important reason to celebrate today: our freedom. We have the freedom to do so many things, our human rights are protected under the law, and we can live how we choose to live; all because of the actions that our Founding Fathers took, and that our elected officials have continued to protect. I remind my kids how lucky they are to have freedom, and I point out current examples where such freedoms are not so abundant (Iran, North Korea).

I am grateful for our teachers who continue to educate our children about the revolutionary period of our history, and the fight for freedom fought by the colonialist. I am grateful to all of the people - our military especially, but also our politicians and our private citizens - who have taken steps to preserve our freedom. And most important to me, personally, I try to remember to thank God everyday for allowing me to live in this part of the world, and in this period of time.

I hope your Fourth of July is enjoyable in whatever you plan to do. We are having a few friends over for a barbecue and swim party. Later this evening we will watch the fireworks show at the high school. I'm sure it will be a good day!

See you next Saturday morning.