Thanks very much for all the support about my Rose Bowl report – I so appreciate it.
Before I move on from the Rose Bowl though I just have to marvel again at the friends that surround me.
I was, as usual, running behind for RB so Karla spent a good chunk of her Friday night sitting patiently gluing backs on coasters and cutting out wrappers. Nice! Then she drove me to get the van on Saturday. Very nice! THEN she made post Rose Bowl dinner for me. Incredibly nice!
But even Karla – who we’ve already established is “Incredibly Nice” – bows down before Ken’s good – friendness.
Ken is a terrific, professional photographer and when I was first getting going photography was my big hang up. Ken agreed to take some shots to get me started. Well, he didn’t just plop them on a table he spent days working on them and came up with these:
Ken is also the reason I have one of my retail outlets as he talked me up to the owner.
So, clearly Ken is awesome, and then a few weeks ago he offered to help with Rose Bowl.
- Me: You don’t want to do that – it means getting up super early and standing in a parking lot all day.
- Ken: That’s fine
I wondered if he was high or something.
As the date approached I checked in.
- Me: Ken, it means getting to my house at 5:15AM
- Ken: OK – see you then.
He was clearly high again.
Then, shortly thereafter when I realized that Daylight Savings Time kicked in Sunday morning I called again.
- Me: It’s daylight savings time so 5:15 is really 4:15
- Ken: OK, see you then.
And that’s when I realized my friend Ken had developed a drug problem. So sad. But drug-addled nut or not I wasn’t gonna say no.
And there he was at 5:15 (really 4:15) AM. Awake, not grumpy (unlike myself) and up for anything.
And it was great to have him there!
OK, my ode to friends is over and now I have to marvel at what people throw out. They tore down some very nice apartments near my home and have left us with an oh-so-attractive weed-filled eyesore. On the plus side, the weed-filled eyesore has become a repository for cast off furniture. So on Wednesday I found this solid wood coffee table, in very good shape. And on Thursday there was this vintage vanity (bad picture, sorry) beautiful dove-tailed joints and in good conditions despite the stickers. I can’t wait to get to work!