November 30, 2008

November 30, 2008
Tryptophan Overload

Well with most of us suffering from an abudance of tryptophan for too much turkey, we had made it to the last day of our Thanksgiving weekend.

It has been a great weekend for me. I forgot to say yesterday Gary and I went to Christmas in the South at our convention center. We ended up buying a couple of new ornaments for our Christmas tree. (Gary is busy decorating our home as I type this.)

I also met a couple of great women vendors who I told about our Teddy Bear Touchdown. One woman had a brother who died in the early 80s for complications due to AIDS so we bonded quickly with her and her daughter. They made the AIDS awareness ornament I bought along with a University of Michigan ornament for Gary.

We also had our wrapping party for the Teddy Bear Touchdown today. I had already pulled everything out of the store room the day before so I could get everything set up and ready to go. Six people ended up showing which made for a crowded office between the volunteers and the donations. We had a great time laughing and joking around while wrapping and sharing our holiday happenings. It was great to see everyone as always. We had enough to wrap up 130 packages so I am hoping we have enough. The number of children changes every year so I never know exactly how many will be there.

It has also been a great weekend of football. Did you watch the Florida versus Florida State game yesterday. Tim Tebow rocked the house and lead the Gators to a commanding win over the Seminoles. As a side note, it was revealed today that the coach of Florida State, Bobby Bowden, is now only signing year to year coaching contracts. Mr. Bowden has been coach at Florida State for over thirty years now. Their are rumors of impeding retirement due to his advancing age. His retirement will be another great loss to college football.

The sad news today is the oldest person alive passed away. Edna Parker, who became the world's oldest person more than a year ago, has died at age 115.

UCLA gerontologist Dr. Stephen Coles said Parker's great-nephew notified him that Parker died Wednesday at a nursing home in Shelbyville. She was 115 years, 220 days old, said Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records.

Parker was born April 20, 1893, in central Indiana's Morgan County and had been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person since the 2007 death in Japan of Yone Minagawa, who was four months her senior.

Coles maintains a list of the world's oldest people and said Parker was the 14th oldest validated supercentenarian in history. Maria de Jesus of Portugal, who was born Sept. 10, 1893, is now the world's oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

I know living with AIDS has given me the gift of appreciating every day I wake up. After 27 years, I am both thankful and amazed to still be here.

Many of you are traveling home today for wherever you spent your Thanksgiving. I wish you safe travels back home and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab