08 April 2011

A Successful Campaign Ends, and Tae Kwan Do Begins

Tuesday night, I was at the Seven Gables Inn in Clayton to celebrate the election of Jake Zimmerman as St. Louis County Assessor. Along with other volunteers, I had placed hundreds of phone calls on Zimmerman's behalf to likely voters in the days leading up to the election, and on election day itself. They helped pay off in Zimmerman's comfortable victory margin over his opponent, Chip Wood. I'm gratified that I could play at least a small part in this success.
The past two Wednesdays found me at a martial arts studio in Oakville taking my first lessons in Tae Kwan Do. I had won a gift certificate at the soccer referee trivia night last February for a month's lessons at the facility, so I decided to give it a shot. It was an eye opener for me, never having tried any martial art before, and all the stretching made me a bit sore afterward, but I stayed with it and the instructors there are most helpful. I'll be back and take this as much as I can.
A week ago (31 March), St. Louis United FC had its monthly dinner at The Pasta House Co. in U. City. They had a buffet dinner, a raffle for some prizes, and a screening of the documentary "Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos." I lent the DVD to the group, and it was well received by this crowd. Some men who either played with or against the Cosmos during the late 1970s/early 1980s were there to share their stories. A fine time had by all.
Back to soccer refereeing Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday night. This Sunday afternoon, I'm on an internet radio show, from 2 to 3 pm (CT); that's 1400 to 1500 hours CT on 24-hour time. This program is Autistic People, People First, presented by Naturally Autistic ANCA on Blog Talk Radio. I'll be interviewed about my editing work (including for Naturally Autistic magazine), and how having Asperger's syndrome affects my work. You can find out more on the show here: http://www.naturallyautistic.com/radio-show/. I'll hope you tune in and join in the chat room or call in with your question during the show. They will have the program available to download after the show, in case you miss it when it airs.
Before I go, my parents Harold & Joan Delaney celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, 6 April. The three of us went to dinner at Bristol Seafood Grill in Creve Coeur, Missouri and had a wonderful time.

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