Today is March 16, and tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, but last night our Social Committee resurrected what at one time was a very popular event, a Pot luck Dinner, but this time it was to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
The Clubhouse was very nicely decorated in an Irish theme, and nearly all the diners came dressed with some green adorning them. Some of the food brought was Irish stew, or even corned beef and cabbage. All of it was excellent. I have always enjoyed the food and good fellowship at these events and last night was no exception. The food was great, there was lots of it, and our dinner companions joked around and had a lot of fun. One of our skilled kitchen crew Diana Duncan won the 50/50 draw, congratulations to her. I was the one who drew her ticket. Jim Reardon was likely the most dressed in Irish clothes, with a green shirt, tie and to top it all off, a green bowler!
Judging by all the smiles around, I would have to say that it was yet another successful event. We had a few new faces in the crowd, and we welcome them. I am sorry to say though, that while we had a great time, there were a lot of folks who missed a great opportunity.
Just after we got home, I heard a siren just outside our window on 69 street. That by itself is not unusual since we have a fire hall and ambulance stationed just a few block south. This time it was neither of those, but a police car that had pulled over a van for whatever reason. They were there for quite a few minutes while the officer checked the license and so on. It wasn’t too long before the driver in the offending van moved off, and all seemed to be well.
While I was watching the process, I got thinking that I am very glad and grateful that our police are out there doing a pretty good job of protecting, you, me and all the rest of the public. Sometimes this job is dangerous, such as what occurred a few weeks ago, when the police pulled a guy and a woman over for driving a stolen truck. The guy didn’t obey, hit some police vehicles, drove the wrong way on a divided highway, tried to escape by driving at a police officer, and at that point the police opened fire on him, and he died, and the female was injured.
Both of these people were young, and had done a similar thing just a year ago. He had been barred from driving, charged with hit and run, and just a ton of stuff. He was at it again just a year later. He will not have that opportunity to do it again. My thanks to the cops for that one. We joke from time to time about Timmy’s and doughnuts and police cars, but damn it all, this is one tough job. They never know what will happen in a domestic call, or when they pull some dude over. The perp may just as easily pull a gun and open fire, or he may run the cop over, or whatever. My point is that these guys and gals who wear the uniform, put their lives on the line on a daily basis to protect you and me. They will block traffic while the ER folks who now have to wear body armour to protect themselves, perform an extraction from a smashed vehicle. The cops often assist with this too. As do the other protective branch, our Fire Department.
Ladies and Gentlemen of all our protective services, I salute you. Thank you!
A couple of days ago, I got an email from a friend who lives out there on the wet coast, or is it the left coast, I can never remember. The email had to do with the coming election in Quebec, and what that might mean to Quebec and the rest of Canada. It is a very well written work, and it has been published. This work has a good deal of legitimacy.
As a Canadian I was quite interested and I am sure there are a lot of other Canadians who will take a strong interest in what he had to say.
Check it out: Robbie Manis
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.
Layman’s Ten Commandments
Someone has written these beautiful words. The piece is a must read. Try to understand the deep meaning of it. They are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all of the time!
1. Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout our journey.
2. So why is a car’s WINDSHIELD so large and the Rear View Mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.
3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.
4. All things in life are temporary. If they’re going well, enjoy them… they will not last forever. If they’re going wrong, don’t worry… they can’t last long either.
5. Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!
6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, friend, it’s just a bend, not the end!"
7. When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.
8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied, "Yes, losing your vision!"
9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES… it takes away today’s PEACE
The irate customer calling the newspaper office, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.
"Madam", said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on SUNDAY".
There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter, ….."Well, that explains why no one was at church either."
Have a Great Day, and be kind to each other.