September 28, 2008

September 28, 2008
Welcome to my Sunday. I hope you have been having a great weekend as I have.

I ended up being up for a few hours during the night because of a bad headache. While I was up I called Diane because we had not caught up with each other in over a week due to our schedules. I found out her mother still has a very bad case of bronchitis which I was not happy to hear since she is in her 90s now. Diane is taking her mother back to the doctor in a couple of days to see what else can be done. Diane and her mother were hoping to go have lunch with a couple of her mother's friends who are in a nursing home. But she said she would have to see how her mother was doing today. Since it was around midnight her time, Diane had already taken her night meds and started falling asleep so I told her we would talk again later in the week.

So when I finally got up a little after noon today, I had almost slept half the day away. It was too hot today to go for a long walk during the day so Gary and I ended up watching the Jacksonville/Houston game. Luckily for us, the Jaguars were able to keep the game close from start to finish. Even through the fourth quarter, the lead changed back and forth three times. The Jaguars thought they had won with seconds left in the fourth quarter when Houston scored a field goal to tie up the game. In overtime, the Jacksonville Jaguars ended up winning by a field goal. So now our record is now 2 - 2 for the season. Our next opponent is Pittsburgh.

I was shocked to hear late yesterday, Paul Newman passed away yesterday from cancer. Paul Newman has finished chemotherapy treatment for cancer and has told his family he wanted to die at home. The Oscar-winning star was pictured being pushed from a New York cancer hospital in a wheelchair looking thin and frail. It was reported Newman, 83, had only weeks to live and had returned home to his wife Joanne Woodward. Newman married Miss Woodward in 1958 and the couple have three daughters. Rumors about his health surfaced in January. Three months ago, he withdrew from directing a production of Of Mice and Men in his home town of Westport, Connecticut. He was pictured leaving the Weill Cornell Medical Centre in New York, which specializes in cancer treatment, in a wheelchair on July 31. He retired from acting in 2006 after a 50-year career that included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1971), The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963) and Cool Hand Luke (1967). Newman was nominated for ten Oscars, winning best actor for his role in The Color of Money in 1986. I can remember watching his movies from my childhood to the present. Not only was he a great actor but also a great philanthropist. His Newman's Own salad dressings company has been known for giving the profits to a charitable foundations. So now we have one less of our Hollywood screen legends with us. They don't make Hollywood stars the way they used to anymore. Somehow part of the glamor, sophistication and mystery have disappeared with few exceptions.

Well there are BRIEF announcements that an agreement has been reached in Washington DC concerning the $700 billion dollar buyout of Wall Street and the rich. Unfortunately, what coverage they had did not included hardly any details which I guess will be released tomorrow. Even the coverage on CNN Headlines News was lacking detail contact or frequency. I know our government wanted an agreement reached before the Asian Stock Markets opening this evening. What we won't do to please and help the rich! Just one more example is all I am saying. I just wonder when middle and lower class America is going to reach it's limits. So I will be following up with much more on this development as it unfolds tomorrow.

Next it was time for the Washington/Dallas game. The Cowboys took the early lead in the first half. But the Redskins came back to tie it all up before halftime. Washington ended up pulling ahead by six points in the fourth quarter making the score Washington 23 - Dallas 17. Although Dallas tried to rally during the fourth quarter, the Washington Redskins ended up winning 26 - 24.

For dinner this evening, Gary and I grilled some fillets to go with loaded baked potatoes, corn and fresh spinach salad. Because I slept in today, I had only had a protein shake and a bagel so far and was starving by the time we had everything ready. I could have snacked but did not want to ruin my appetite before dinner. The steaks were delicious and full of flavor which in combination with the loaded baked potato is one of my four favorite meals. All the food came out tasting fantastic and I actually managed to finish my whole plate for a change. Afterward, I cleaned up the dishes while Gary took the dogs outside and fed them. Then Gary and I went for our evening walk as part of a challenge I am doing with AARP and Divided We Fail.

The last football game for the evening was the Philadelphia Eagles against the Chicago Bears. While I was watching I received an email from an old friend from my hometown named Karen. Karen and I went to high school for a couple of years and were part of a youth group during those years. It has been years since we have been in contact with each other. She came across my profile on MySpace and had sent me an email which I was greatly pleased to receive. It is so great to hear she is happy and doing well. Karen is currently married and living in Massachusetts with her husband. So here's a shout out to Karen! Great to hear from you.

I will be heading off to bed before the end of the Philadelphia/Chicago game after I finish this blog entry. I have another busy week schedule ahead. It is almost halftime and the Chicago is ahead 21 - 14.

I hope you had a great weekend also. Who you spend your time with is just as important as where you spend your time.

Remember to keep your feet on the ground while reaching for the stars this next week.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab