Sunday, March 07, 2010

Cheap Thrills

Hmmmm where do I start. Lately BLOG has become a confessional, interesting. I never thought of it as that. Still I write what comes to mind and maybe there's just too much on my mind these days and it all needs somewhere to land....

I don't like it when people come to me with their problems, mostly because it makes me feel terrible if there is nothing I can do for them. I don't count advice as being worth very much, even if I know I'm right. I know for the most part people don't follow through when you give advice. A young lady talked to me about being depressed. She has been abused by her father as well and right now the family is struggling financially, (who isn't). I could make a DFACS referral but I've done that before and it does no good. In the environment where I work, social problems are epidemic and there is really no place to go if you're poor and in trouble.
I hate it that so many lives are considered disposable. I tried not to cry when she talked to me.

There is only one thing that would get me out of bed at 4 a.m. and on the road by 5 a.m. and that's the Juniour League Attic Sale. I got hooked ten years ago and these days, I don't go because I need anything but being first in line and feeling the anticipation everybody brings to the event, gives me a shot of adrenaline. Even my wretched back pain could not keep me away and sure enough I was first in line. I was ecstatic with my haul. Here's the tally:
corkscrew $1
Wel Bilt portable oven $10 (good-bye electric fry pan)I paid the lawyer with the money I had for a stove.
Smoothie Blender $1
4ft tall Christmas topiaries (4) $5
Kenmore Vacuum cleaner $12
Assorted baskets (large) $1-3
CD's Counting Crows, Jewel, Metropolitan Opera,etc. $2
Wicker bar stool $8
A Whole Lotta Fun zilch, zero, nada! Priceless
I am not a garage sale fan but I can't pass up the JL bargains. Most of it is like new and some of it is new - donated by local businesses.

Afterwards, I went home, crawled into leopard print flannel pj's and watched movies for the rest of the day. I felt very self indulgent. It felt very very good.


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