08 July 2016

Into July with Writer's Block and Soccer

Last Thursday (30 June) had me at Circus Flora (http://circusflora.org/) one more time this season to volunteer at a performance of "Pastime." I was helping customers find their seats and helped make sure the safety net guidelines were not interfered with during the trapeze act just before the show ended. It was a great time to help out again this season, my third doing this. God willing, I will be back next season.

Saturday (2 July), I was co-hosting this month's episode of "Writer's Block," the monthly online radio show from Autistic People (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autistic-people-/2016/07/02/writers-block-10am-pst-radio-drama--the-princess-part-four-11am-pst). Tim Pylypiuk and I discussed epic poetry, with examples from John Milton ("Paradise Lost"), Homer ("The Iliad" and "The Odyssey"), and Virgil ("The Aeneid"). It was quite a fine discussion. The program is now available to access online, including downloading for podcast.

The Independence Day weekend was pretty low key for me, not really venturing out. The rainy weather much of that weekend had a part; so did not feeling really up for going out. I did go to a friend's house on Monday night (4 July), only to be told the party she and her husband were to have hosted was called off due to lack of interest, so I left after a few minutes.

It was an abbreviated work week for me, with the branch closed on Monday, flexing out on Tuesday afternoon (I'm working this Saturday morning), and taking today off for a one-day vacation. It was busy on Tuesday, due to the renters coming back from the holiday weekend, but we got things done. I was most glad to a week ago today that my colleague Hannah had passed her Management Qualification Interview (MQI) the day before, which will help bring her one step closer to becoming an assistant branch manager. I was so happy for her; Hannah has been such a go-getter since she started with us about one year ago.

Our firm is a bit down this week, due to the passing last weekend of company founder Jack C. Taylor. I never met him, but I heard many great words about Mr. Taylor, and how he was not only such a visionary founder, but a great philanthropist. Enterprise has set up a tribute to Mr. Taylor at: http://jacktaylorremembered.com/.

Right after work Wednesday night (6 July), I was at World Wide Technology Soccer Park for the USL (http://www.uslsoccer.com) match between Saint Louis FC (http://saintlouisfc.com/landing/index) and Seattle Sounders FC 2. Sounders took an early lead, but Sam Fink's 86th minute equalizer made it a 1-1 draw. I had a good time cheering on with the St. Louligans (http://stlouligans.com/). After the game, there was a brief, but nice fireworks display. Saint Louis FC is back in action at home tomorrow night (9 July) against FC Cincinnati.

On my off day yesterday (7 July), I took my Corolla in to Weiss Toyota (http://www.weisstoyota.com/) to have them look over the car's front passenger air bag, which is subject to a recall. After a few minutes, they confirmed it and said they order the necessary parts to replace that airbag, which they said would come in about two weeks. I also got my eyes examined at Crown Vision Center (http://www.crownvisioncenter.com/). My eyes were in good shape, the doctor old me. There, I also got new glasses ordered; they should be ready in about two weeks.

I took today off as a personal vacation time. I just wanted to take it easy after some hard weeks of work recently. I went to lunch with Mom, after running an errand, and then mailed a small package to a friend. Back home, I did my laundry.


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