19 April 2013

Happy 50th Anniversary, Parents

Sorry it's been so long since I last posted here, but I was real busy with work and family recently. I'll do my best to bring you all up to speed.

My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sat., 6 April. That weekend, my three younger brothers--Rick, Brian, and Doug--came to town, Brian accompanied by his son Fischer and Doug by his fiancee Helen. I co-hosted Writer's Block that Saturday on Naturally Autistic Radio, and that night went to a house in Alton with the STL Screeners Meetup group to watch the 1972 movie "Cabaret" on DVD. The next morning, I refereed boys' soccer games at the Soccer Park in Fenton.

After work on Monday the 8th, I drove to Bartolino's South in south St. Louis County for my parents' anniversary dinner. In a private room, my parents, brothers, and close family friends celebrated Mom & Dad's 50 years as wife and husband. It was a great night for all. The next night, I joined my brothers and Helen at Busch Stadium for the Cardinals game vs. the Cincinnati Reds. Wonderful time there.

I worked all days that week at the car rental firm, as our other vehicle service agent was on vacation. Thus, I worked Monday through Friday (10 hours each day), plus the following Saturday morning (4 1/4 hours). Lots of work done, but I got it done and my paycheck will be rather richer. Plus, I think this impressed my supervisors with how much I like working there.

I refereed tournament soccer games last weekend at the Soccer Park, including a final in under 13 boys on Sunday afternoon. (That was an added game to my schedule; the referee scheduled to work that match didn't show up.) Overall, the games went fine.

Back to my regular work schedule this past week (3 days a week). Tuesday night (16 April), I went straight from work to Calvary Presbyterian Church, opening the place up for the IPMS/Gateway meeting that night.

Wednesday (17 April), I checked into several optical stores on eye exams and eyeglasses--both of which I really need. I made a decision based on my research and have an eye exam scheduled for next Friday (26 April).

I'm working at the car rental firm tomorrow (Saturday) morning, and refereeing soccer Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Before I go, next weekend I'm a volunteer at the Greater St. Louis Book Fair, held 25-28 April at West County Center in Town and Country, Mo. It's a used book/magazine, record/video sale, with proceeds going to Nursery Foundation of Greater St. Louis and to local literacy programs. I'm working on Thu., 25 April and Sat., 27 April. Hope to see you there. More info at www.stlouisbookfair.org.