Section 2, part 2
(1) Lisa Z. in PA: How Bitchy Are You? (quiz)
(2) Steven S.: Vacation rental (2 or more nights): Cove Cottage – Pet Friendly Cottage Located Right Outside Downtown Asheville!
(3) Rod R. in NJ: Saving a Buck is Easy When You Care To
Note: Some good ideas here from Rod. And here’s one more: When booking a car rental or buying almost anything else online, first check for “online discounts.” I often save another $5 or $10 by getting a code to punch-in at checkout.
(4) 5 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask in a Job Interview
(5) Marvin Sadovsky in NC: What are you most challenging business relationships?
(6) Major M. in NC: Friends –
- shared housing – male/female, straight/gay, young/old, black/white – or all old white people like me
- in town or in the country – but not too far out of town
- good access to the out of doors – a porch, deck or patio
- roommates who have done some personal growth work and who communicate well – like can take it if you say the kitchen needs to be cleaned up
- while we’re at it, they do keep the kitchen and the rest of the house in pretty good shape
- moderate alcohol and no drugs (maybe a modest amount of marijuana)
- relatively quiet overall
Section 11, Thought for the day
In the final minutes of his life, Calvin has one last talk with Hobbes. This is longish, but worth reading–especially if you have a tissue handy.
“Calvin? Calvin, sweetheart?”
In the darkness Calvin heard the sound of Susie, his wife of fifty-three years. Calvin struggled to open his eyes. God, he was so tired, and it took so much strength. Slowly, light replaced the darkness, and soon vision followed. At the foot of his bed stood his wife. Calvin wet his dry lips and spoke hoarsely, “Did . . . did you . . . find him?”
“Yes dear,” Susie said smiling sadly, “He was in the attic.”
Susie reached into her big purse and brought out a soft, old, orange tiger doll. Calvin could not help but laugh. It had been so long. Too long.
“I washed him for you,” Susie said, her voice cracking a little as she laid the stuffed tiger next to her husband.
“Thank you, Susie.” Calvin said.
A few moments passed as Calvin just laid on his hospital bed, his head turned to the side, staring at the old toy with nostalgia.
“Dear,” Calvin said finally. “Would you mind leaving me alone with Hobbes for a while? I would like to catch up with him.”
“All right,” Susie said. “I’ll get something to eat in the cafeteria. I’ll be back soon.”
Susie kissed her huband on the forehead and turned to leave. With sudden but gentle strength, Calvin stopped her. Lovingly he pulled his wife in and gave her a passionate kiss on the lips. “I love you,” he said.
“And I love you,” said Susie.
Susie turned and left. Calvin saw tears streaming from her face as she went out the door.
Calvin then turned to face his oldest and dearest friend. “Hello Hobbes. It’s been a long time, hasn’t it old pal?”
Hobbes was no longer a stuffed doll but the big furry old tiger Calvin had always remembered. “It sure has, Calvin.” said Hobbes.
“You . . . haven’t changed a bit.” Calvin smiled.
“You’ve changed a lot.” Hobbes said sadly.
Calvin laughed, “Really? I haven’t noticed at all.”
There was a long pause. The sound of a clock ticking away the seconds rang throughout the sterile hospital room.
“So . . . you married Susie Derkins.” Hobbes said, finally smiling. “I knew you always liked her.”
“Shut up!” Calvin said, his smile bigger than ever.
“Tell me everything I missed. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to!” Hobbes said, excited.
And so Calvin told him everything. He told him about how he and Susie fell in love in high school and had married after graduating from college, about his three kids and four grandkids, how he turned Spaceman Spiff into one of the most popular sci-fi novels of the decade, and so on. After he told Hobbes all this, there was another pregnant pause.
“You know… I visited you in the attic a bunch of times.” Calvin said.
“But I couldn’t see you. All I saw was a stuffed animal.” Calvin’s voice was breaking and tears of regret started welling up in his eyes.
“You grew up old buddy.” said Hobbes.
Calvin broke down and sobbed, hugging his best friend. “I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry I broke my promise! I promised I wouldn’t grow up and that we’d be together forever!!”
Hobbes stroked Calvin’s hair or what little was left of it. “But you didn’t.”
“What do you mean?”
“We were always together . . in our dreams.”
“Yeah, old buddy?”
“I’m so glad I got to see you like this . . . one last time . . . ”
“Me too, Calvin. Me too.”
“Sweetheart?” Susie voice came from outside the door.
“Yes dear?” Calvin replied.
“Can I come in?” Susie asked.
“Just a minute.”
Calvin turned to face Hobbes one last time. “Goodbye Hobbes. Thanks
. . . for everything . . . ”
“No, thank you Calvin.” Hobbes said.
Calvin turned back to the door and said, “You can come in now.”
Susie came in and said, “Look who’s come to visit you.”
Calvin’s children and grandchildren followed Susie into Calvin’s room. The youngest grandchild ran past the rest of them and hugged Calvin in a hard, excited hug. “Grandpa!!” screamed the child in delight.
“Francis!” cried Calvin’s daughter, “Be gentle with your grandfather.”
Calvin’s daughter turned to her dad. “I’m sorry, Daddy. Francis never seems to behave these days. He just runs around making a mess and coming up with strange stories.”
Calvin laughed and said, “Well now! That sounds just like me when I was his age.”
Calvin and his family chatted some more until a nurse said, “Sorry, but visiting hours are almost up.”
Calvin’s beloved family said good bye and promised to visit tommorrow. As they turned to leave, Calvin said, “Francis. Come here for a second.”
Francis came over to his grandfather’s side, “What is it Gramps?”
Calvin reached over to the stuffed tiger on his bedside and and held him out shakily to his grandson, who looked exactly as he did so many years ago. “This is Hobbes. He was my best friend when I was your age. I want you to have him.”
“He’s just a stuffed tiger.” Francis said, eyebrows raised.
Calvin laughed, “Well, let me tell you a secret.”
Francis leaned closer to Clavin. Calvin whispered, “If you catch him in a tiger trap using a tuna sandwich as bait, he will turn into a real tiger.”
Francis gasped in delighted awe. Calvin continued, “Not only that . . . he will be your best friend forever.”
“Wow! Thanks grandpa!” Francis said, hugging his grandpa tightly again.
“Francis! We need to go now!” Calvin’s daughter called.
“Okay!” Francis shouted back.
“Take good care of him.” Calvin said.
“I will.” Francis said before running off after the rest of the family.
Calvin laid on his back and stared at the ceiling. The time to go was close. He could feel it in his soul. Calvin tried to remember a quote he read in a book once. It said something about death being the next great adventure or something like that. He eyelids grew heavy and his breathing slowed. As he went deeper into his final sleep he heard Hobbes, as if he was right next to him at his bedside. “I’ll take care of him, Calvin . . . ”
Calvin took his first step toward one more adventure and breathed his last with a grin on his face.
Note: Above was obtained from the following link, which lists samuraitiger19 as the author:
However, I’ve also seen dalaffaloz listed as the author at this link:
If you know which of these two individuals wrote this piece and/or if somebody else did, please let me know.
Section 12A, NC events
Upcoming Events – Richard Shulman performances:
Every Sunday 11:00 am: (Except for July 20) Music at the Center for Spiritual Living – Asheville 2 Science of Mind Way Asheville, NC 28806, (828) 253-2325.
Sat. July 12th, 7:00 pm playing piano with the Jesse Earl Junior Quartet at The Classic Wine Seller, 20 Church St. Waynesville, NC. Call 828-452-6000 for reservations.
Sun. July 13th 7:00 – 10:15 pm playing piano with the Chip Ross Quintet at the Hob Nob 192 W. Main, Brevard, NC 28712. (828) 966-4662
Sun. July 20th 11:00 am service, guest musician and speaker at
The Creative Thought Center 449 Pigeon St. Waynesville, NC 28786
(2) Barbara Brady talk:
Sunday, August 10at 11:00am – 12:15pm
Unity Church of Asheville, 130 Shelburne Rd., Asheville
Ramp up Your Experience of Joy & Aliveness Now! Joy is who we are and we’re why here. Discover what may be sapping your joy and how to get it back; learn effective skills and practices for an ongoing happy ride on the J&A (joy and aliveness) train.
(5) Sign up now for the fall Citizens Police Academy
ASHEVILLE – The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the fall semester of its Citizens Police Academy. This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’s service to the community. The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as well as an up-close opportunity to offer insights, ideas and solutions.
Classes begin on September 4th at 5:30 p.m. at the downtown police department. The academy lasts for 13 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes held on Thursdays. The final day of the class is a graduation ceremony. The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure and defensive tactics. Participants will also be able to ride with police officers on patrol.
Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. You can download an application by going to; http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/Police/PoliceServices/CrimePrevention.aspx
and then click on “Print and application.”
For more information on the academy, contact Officer Keith McCulloch at 259-5834 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: I participated in this Academy several years ago and had a very positive experience.
(7) Saturday, July 19at 9:00pm
160 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28805
This will be THE summer bash!
CD release party?
PRE-CD release party?
In a wee while we’ll wonder no more!!!
The nights theme will be:
“The Dragon Likes to Smoke”
so wear your best Dragon garb and get ready to rock at
the infamous Mack Kell’s Bar and Grill!
If you have no Dragon garb we can hook you up with our original Dragon T shirt that will be featured on the CD!
NO cover charge!
(8) Intuitive Awakening
July 19th 3-5 PM
Jubilee Celebration Center
46 Wall St
Asheville NC $15.
Evening of Spirit
August 27th 6:30-8:30
for details and seat rez!
Spiritual development is about “depth perception.”
We have to dare to look closer and not just look , but see. Looking closely is about applying internal sight, it’s a simple but profound strategy, whether problem solving or plumbing the depths of your soul. I can tell you this folks, if you look deeper, you will always view a bigger picture. We have to bravely peer out the windows of the soul and make good eye contact with life. Take in all the scenery you can on life’s wild ride- there’s plenty to see.
BOEING BOEING HAS LANDED AT FRP DOWNTOWN
|“Boeing Boeing is a summer escape.” – Hendersonville Times News“It’s a brilliant bit of Comedy… a crazy comic romp!” – Asheville Citizen TimesThe comic fireworks are popping at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. Buy your tickets to this hilarious farce starring local favorites, Charlie Flynn-McIver, Scott Treadway, and Paige Posey.Buy tickets today!After you see” Boeing, Boeing,” you’ll want to make plans to see Flynn-McIver and Treadway reprise their roles as Bernard and Robert in Camoletti’s sequel “Don’t Dress for Dinner” at NC Stage Nov. 12-Dec. 7.Want to see more Red Carpet pics? Check out our website.
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
|While Mondays are typically “dark nights” at the Playhouse, there is one Monday each year where the Mainstage is lit up for a special performance, the Dark Night Revue. This year, the performance will be a tapestry of stories pulled from personal memories of the theater, many contributed by our own community members.We hope you’ll join us for this evening of music, dance, and lots of laughs. Guests can choose to buy tickets for the picnic and show ($125 or $100) or the performance only ($40).To learn more and buy tickets, call or visit the Box Office at 828/693-0731, orvisit our website.Want to contribute your story for the show?Visit our website HERE and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
(11) Flat Rock, NC (7/11/2014) – Flat Rock Playhouse presents the Broadway and international hit musical, Miss Saigon, from July 24 – August 24 at The Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. As part of its “Season of Laughter and Love” presented by the Cliffs Communities, the Playhouse is pleased to offer one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time.
Winner of several Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk Awards, Miss Saigon is the story of Chris, an American GI who falls in love with a young Vietnamese girl named Kim during the final days of the Vietnam War. Their brief but powerful love affair is set against the backdrop of the turmoil that eventually led to the fall of Saigon and their tragic separation. As Chris tries to make a new life for himself in America, Kim fights impossible odds and sacrifices everything to be reunited with him. The two finally meet in Bangkok several years later for a reunion that will change both of their lives forever.
Miss Saigon is an epic, daring musical based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and is filled with emotional power. The soaring score and the rich characters are set against a complex background that includes over fifty scene changes, hundreds of costumes, and stunning lighting, sound and projection designs. For theatergoers who have seen this performance before, the scene that ends with a helicopter landing on the stage is a major focus of this Playhouse summer blockbuster. Every moment of the performance, from the overwhelming whirl of the helicopter to the silent magic that accompanies Chris and Kim’s first dance will be an enveloping, thrilling experience for the audience.
Vincent Marini returns to the Playhouse as Guest Director for Miss Saigon. Marini has also directed Les Miserables; For The Glory; A Few Good Men; Guys and Dolls; The Buddy Holly Story; Celtic Christmas; Our Show of Shows; Cotton Patch Gospel; Hank Williams: Lost Highway; The Fantasticks; and The Last 5 Years.
Cast members are Diana Huey, Jamila Sabares-Klemm, Eddie Egan, John Ashley Brown, Erin Mosher, Mel Maghuyop, Austin Ku, Justine Moral, Jackie Nguyen, Taylor Collins, Hansel Tan, Kenway Kua, Stephanie Lo, J. Morgan Shaffo, Sara Spadacene, Patrick Clanton, Nate Huntley, Sarah Cammarata, Avery Draper, Gabriela Gomez, Lina Lee, Nicole Sheehan, Sumire Yu, Joe Bach, Nick Morgan, Zane Phillips, Frankie Ramirez, John Rudell, and Grant Zavitkovsky.
Music Director is Michael Sebastian. Scenic Designer is Dennis Maulden. Costume Designer is Ashli Arnold. Lighting Designer is Stephen Terry. Projections Designer is Shawn Duan. Sound Designer is Nick Kourtides. Technical Director is Tony Lawrence.
TICKETS AND SCHEDULE
First Citizens Bank presents Miss Saigon at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage, July 24 – August 24. Performances will be Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm; matinees Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. All tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
Section 12B, PA/NJ events
(2) Classic Musical “Li’l Abner” Comes to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Aug. 1-10
West Windsor, N.J. – It’s a typical day in Dogpatch, U.S.A., but life is about to get wackier than usual. M & M Stage brings the rip-roaring, foot-stomping 1950s musical “Li’l Abner” to life at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre Fridays, Aug. 1 and 8 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Aug. 2 and 9 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Aug. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. An Opening Night Reception with the cast and crew follows the show on Aug. 1.
Based on Al Capp’s beloved cartoon strip, “Li’l Abner” combines hillbilly shenanigans with sharp political and social satire. As Sadie Hawkins Day approaches, Daisy Mae Scragg has her eye fixed on Li’l Abner with hopes of catching him in the annual race. But a senator comes to town to inform the citizens that the government has plans to turn Dogpatch into a nuclear testing ground. Can Mammy Yokum’s Yokumberry tonic save the day? And will sweet Daisy Mae ever land her dreamboat? The show premiered on Broadway in 1956, with a film version to follow in 1959.
The show stars Glenn Kraft of Jamison, Pa., as Lil Abner; Amber Payne of Philadelphia, Pa., as Daisy Mae; Kathleen Kutalek of Hightstown as Mammy Yokum; Pat Parton of Hamilton as Pappy Yokum; Del Howard of Lawrence as Marryin’ Sam; Tom Bessellieu of Hamilton as General Bullmoose; Evan Bilinski of Franklin Park as Earthquake McGoon; Charles Denk of Princeton as Sen. Phogbound; Kristina Lunetta of Lumberton as Apassionata Von Climax; Joe Zedeny of Hightsown as Dr. Finsdale; Sally Page of Princeton as Stupefyin’ Jones; Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Mayor Dawgmeat; and Tim Moran of East Windsor as Eagle Eye Fleagle.
The ensemble features Reise Bridgers of Hamilton, Mike DiIorio of Hamilton, Kaitlyn Ely of Hightstown, Trevor Frantz of Yardley, Pa., Kimmy Graham of Yardley, Sally Graham of Yardley, JT Kaltreider of Columbus, Phillip McRae of Yardley, Pa., Linda Miller of Princeton, Andrew Millin of Lumberton, Hayley Rubins-Topelski of Langhorne, Pa., Ron SanGiovanni of Burlington, and Matt South of Levittown, Pa.
The production team includes producers Mike Almstedt and Mike DiIorio, director Matt South; choreographer Laura Murey-Ghaffoor, musical director Charlie DeMets, stage manager Angela Fasanella, lighting designer Robert Rutt, sound designer Nick Mastalesz and costumer Louisa Murey.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $16 for students/children. Tickets are available online atwww.kelseytheatre.netor by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.