Saturday, February 08, 2014

Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies in Russia

Exquisite.  In just one word, but no it can not just be one word.  Exquisite with its mix of music, ballet, symbolism, dazzling light shows, choreography, and metaphors.  The portrayals of War and Peace, as well as, Swan Lake were moving.  After years and years of Communist rule where women were often cast in an unflattering light, dressed constantly in overalls and masculine attire, you can tell that on this great photo op the Russians were not going to lose this opportunity to set the record straight.  At least 95 percent of the ladies in the ceremony were presented in a delicate refined manner.  That was refreshing.  More power to them.

Then the presentation of Russia's history of course overlooked many of the tragic events of its history whether self inflicted or imposed by others, but in essence it portrayed a Russia which is placing its hopes on its children to do like the swan and fly into the heights of its potential.  It presented a Russia that is as diverse yet unified as it is large.  This is a country that is not to be ignored and has great dreams for its future built on the glories of its past.

Exquisite and well done.  Way to go!

Sunday, February 02, 2014

It's Complicated

Perhaps this story is not as exciting as Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities, but to me it came close.  Recently, I went to my Winn-Dixie supermarket and bought around seventy five dollars worth of groceries including some chicken breasts which were on sale for all the WD cardholders.  When I got home every item had been discounted except for the the chicken.  We were talking about more than three dollars.  Then I misplaced my sales receipt though I had full intention of taking them back the very next day to get my refund.  I had in my haste to keep the kitchen organized, placed the receipt among some mail I had received.  Thus the receipt remained undetected and unretrieved till yesterday late in the evening when I found it.  Well, I thought, tomorrow is another day and I can go in the morning before church.

So this morning at about noon I went back to the store where they kindly refunded me the three dollars and change they owed me.  I tossed the chicken in the cart and bought a couple of items I needed.  I went through the line and paid for my items.  I had placed the chicken in the upper basket and the other items below.  When I went to pack the items into the trunk, I quickly removed all the items in the front of the cart and placed them in the trunk, grabbed my purse that was on the upper basket, returned the cart to the bin, got into my car, and drove home.

It wasn't until after I had made lunch that I finished putting away all the groceries that I discovered the chicken was missing.  Then I thought, darn, I just lost six something dollars.  The chicken has either been in the sun or someone found it and took it home with them.  A little pessimistic, no doubt.

Then I thought, oh well, I can now release this loss as a gift I am giving to that supposed person that found it.  Then it will not seem such a loss after all.  Lots of good thinking and positive thoughts. Ummmmm.  Then I thought, perhaps I should call the store, but deep inside I doubted anyone had turned it in.  (Not so positve thought.) Oh, well, after pondering it for a while, I finally called the store.  What the heck.  Already feeling a little foolish for having left it in the cart in the first place after having had such a time with the receipt and then asking for the money.  It is such a long story.

I called.  A gentleman answered, I told him my sad confusing tale, and he inquired.  To my utter disbelief, someone had turned in the chicken!  They had placed it in a freezer close to the front of the store and for me to go get it!

Wow, I was so shocked and happy!  Did I learn anything? Yes!  Believe the best in people.  Don't jump to conclusions, and make the call.  Do the therapy if needed,  later.  Laugh out loud!

That chicken is getting cooked tonight, and that is that!