Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Two days ago, after getting off the bus, I began my hike up the hill to our apartment. This older lady in a wheelchair stopped me.
"You walkin' up the hill?" She inquired.
"Yes..." I said unsteadily, not sure what this interaction was all about.
"Can you push me to that store up there?" She asked.
"Um, sure," I replied, although I had a particularly heavy backpack on that day. A part of me felt like this spectacular person in that moment, for being willing to do such a good deed.
I started pushing her up the hill. She was in what had to be the single heaviest wheelchair in the known universe. I literally had to use the entire force of my body to push her up the hill. This was compounded with the fact that the odor extending from the wheelchair was a combination of alcohol and urine, and I was trying to avoid inhaling too deeply from the fear of passing out from the stench.
As I started pushing her up the hill, I started to have all of these second thoughts. After all, I worked in the Bronx as a prosecutor. What if this was some kind of set-up, and someone was going to come and rob me now that I was occupied so completely with this task of pushing this lady up the hill? I was the perfect target. They could come, grab my handbag, make a breakaway, and I couldn't do anything, because I couldn't let go of the wheelchair because the old lady would go rolling down the hill.
With this sense of self-preservation, I started pushing the wheelchair as quickly as I could.
"Watch them bumps now!" The woman in the wheelchair screamed at me.
I was thinking to myself, what on earth? Here I am, out of breath, pushing your 500 pound wheelchair up the hill, possibly being set up to be a victim of a crime, and you have the audacity to tell me to watch the bumps that are the fault of the do-nothing to fix roads and sidewalks city of Seattle. Is that what I am hearing?
I tried to compose myself. "Ma'am, I can't fix the sidewalks. I am sorry that it is so bumpy."
The woman softened in tone. She started rambling on incoherently about people in the neighborhood and "when that white lady moved in," and I voluntereed "Oh really?" and "How interesting" every now and again, just to avoid being thought of as rude.
We made it to the store, a corner convenience store.
"Well, we are at the store, now." I said, leaving the wheelchair parked right outside. I was relieved that I could finally leave her and sprint the remaining three blocks up the hill to my apartment.
The woman clicked her tongue at me. "Can't you push me into the store?" She asked.
"Fine," I said, less than generous at this point in time (so much for my illusions about being a remarkable person).
I took the wheelchair and started pushing it over the threshhold bump that was the entry way to the store. Her wheelchair wouldn't budge. I tried repeatedly, more and more frustration building with each try. Finally, with a force that can only be described as an out of body, freak of nature experience, I literally lifted the wheelchair to force it over the bump.
"Have a nice day," I said, and turned and ran away before the lady could respond.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
# of Bride's Sister's Attending: 2Wedding Bouquet: Ivory Hydrangeas with Moss Green Swarovski Crystals
Dress: Bellissima Bridal
Post Wedding Lunch for the Bride and Groom: Chick-fil-A
Reception Location: Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney World, Florida
Assisting the Bride in Getting Ready at the Yacht Club: Danielle Hartfield, Melissa Street
Pre-Reception Time: 5:30-6:30Wedding Coordinator Extraordinare: Jennifer O'Leary Hors D'ourves: Crudites selection, Seafood Fritters, Bacon-wrapped something or other (and Assorted Beverages of the non-alcoholic variety)Table Decorations: Calla Lilies
Number of Friends attending with whom I traveled to Africa: One
Parents of the Groom: Alan and Linda JamesSong played as the Bride and Groom's entrance was announced: This Time Tomorrow, The Kinks
First Dance Song: The Luckiest, Ben Folds
Tablecloths: Chocolate Brown Organza
Chair Covers: Ivory cotton, with Moss Crushed Velvet BowsToast Offered by: Sarah Street (also by Leslie and David as well)
Mushroom Filled Pasta, Vegetable Sherry Broath, Leeks, Red Peppers and Gruyere, with Shittake Mushrooms
Pan Seared Crab Cake in a Lemon Caper Cream Sauce on a bed of fanned Cucumbers
Mixed Garden Grersens with Beets, Carrots, Curs, Petite Tomatoes, New England Stilton Cheese with Basil Vinagrette
Cinderella's Ice Slipper with Rasberry Champagne Sorbet
Seared Beef Filet with Grilled Chicken in Blackberry Demi, Cous Cous with Veggies
Cinderella's White Chocolate Slipper with Chocolate Mousse, Cream, and Rasberries on a Castle Screen Print Plate
Father/Daughter Dance: "Teach Your Children", Crosby, Stills and Nash
Cake Flavors: Bottom Layer - Almond Cake with Ameretto Filling; Middle Layer - Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Filling; Top Level -Marble Cake with White Chocolate Filling
Consensus about the Cake: Delicious!
Bouquet Recipient: Sarah Street
Last Dance: "Do You Realize?" The Flaming Lips
Big Finale: Confetti Canon
Summary of the Day: BEST DAY EVER!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
People whose opinions just might matter to you might read said political rantings and think that you are some kind of irrational extremist. This is most certainly not a good thing.
I will, however, post my wedding pictures once I have a complete set of them ready.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I also love spotting my favorite African trees - the baobabs. Salut le Petit Prince.
With that conquered, we thought we were tough enough to tackle the real Dinosaur ride.
My courage, however, is starting to waiver when I get a load of that "terrible lizard."
Having survived our up close encounter with Dinosaurs, we feel tough enough to meet another terrifying beast - the Yeti. The "Himalayas" behind us are our destination.
After the morning's animal encounters, we headed over to meet Danielle, Trin, Carson, Noah, and Conner at the Magic Kingdom. Can I just say that my cousin has the most fantastic children? They have so much charisma and are just so much fun. Disney World accompanied by three very curious children is even more fantastic.
Here is Noah, patiently waiting in the Splash Mountain line proudly wearing the Mickey stickers.
Back at the French Quarter, Melissa gave in to a bag of Cheetos. But it is okay. Melissa and I both saw a picture in US Weekly of Angelina Jolie giving her kids some Cheetos on a walk through the French Quarter. Here is Melissa as Maddox or Zahara:
That night, I had planned a dinner at the restaurant "Jiko", located at the Animal Kingdom Lodge with some of my friends who had made the trip to Florida. I was excited to taste Disney's take on South African fare.
The dinner was also scheduled at the same time as Carolina's Sweet Sixteen game. This means that although Sarah came to the dinner, she was absent during picture taking sessions, because she was checking on the score of the game. Fortunately, Carolina won pretty easily.
Fantastic Katie Davidson Laughman with her also fantastic husband Chris Laughman, who came down from Boston:
Our oldest friends, Rebekah and Richelle Messer, with Melissa:
It was a great dinner with great friends. Not a bad way to spend my last single night.