Saturday, April 3, 2010

SPARTANS! What is your profession?

In honor of the Michigan State University Spartans playing in the Final Four here is a relevant video for all Spartan fans:

Hoping for a win tonight. The season has already been overachieved.

Friday, April 2, 2010

The latest from Grandma's Recess

If you are interested, here's the latest posting from Grandma's Recess.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Over on Inside Out some reflections on some new newspaper products

Inside Out talks about the Flint Journal's new edition.

And another post about the new Saginaw, Bay City and Midland product.

Ran into a newspaper route driver recently who complained to me that the little bit of money he makes from the newsstand sales for the Tuesday edition is not enough to really make the trip to Clio or Flint worthwhile to pick up the papers and deliver them to the outlets.

Not sure if this is true or not, but the driver said they no longer receive mileage for the drive in to pick up the papers. He told me he's making about 1/3 of what he used to at the company.

It's a hard way to make a living anyway, so I feel for the drivers.

Moving on, in more ways than one

Curious how life sometimes gets in the way of our big plans. Last year we took our first trip with our new trailer early in April. We had big plans for more trips last year and early this year.

Then came April 30, 2009. That was the day Joan's mother had a severe stroke. As the main caretaker for Joan's father, her hospitalization required an immediate change of plans. Joan took a three week leave of absence and went to Buffalo to care for her father and keep tabs on her mother.

Since that time there have been a number of trips to Buffalo, including a sad one in late June and early July when Joan and I began our vigil with Red Uleskey and hospice at the family home. On July 7, 2009, Red died.

In the intervening months there have been a number of trips back and forth to Buffalo. Now, with Joan's mother safely and mostly happily living in a fine Catholic nursing home in Buffalo we are free once again to hit the open road.

So, the housesitter is in, and tomorrow morning we will hit the road for Florida, dragging our not-so-little home behind us for a two week adventure. Our daughter will join us there for a little fun and games.

We're visiting my aunt and uncle, a cousin and a friend of mine from high school. So we pray for smooth roads and low winds. You can follow us at Grandma's Recess blog, as some of you did last year.