Friday, January 7, 2011

Interesting Characters I Meet

Hey, Y'all,
Well, today I had to go have bloodwork done at the family doctor's office, so after I had the bloodletting done, I left and went to the breakfast restaurant I like to frequent, called "LePeep".

While I was sitting there, waiting for my breakfast, a trio of older gentlemen came in and sat down at a table that I was facing, and it was not long until their conversation turned to the topic of Ted Williams, a homeless man who has hit the screens of the television because of his golden bass voice. He was discovered standing on a street corner in Columbus, Ohio, holding up a sign telling of his God-given voice that was once used on radio.

If you have not heard this story yet, then it must be that you are not a television viewer of the news. Anyway, Ted has been homeless for 20 years, living on the street due to addiction to alcohol and drug abuse. He has been clean for two years, but apparently estranged from his mother, Julia, for he had not even talked to her for a long time. She was giving him the big putdown on television this morning, and he was promising that he would not fall back into his old habits. Anyhow, there is a lot more to the story.

The gentlemen and I got into a discussion of the story and agreed that it was quite a story and hoping that the mama would support her son, because it was easy to see that he wants only to make her proud of him. Anyway, he has had a huge number of job offers, and has taken a job with Kraft, doing voice over commercials for them. I just hope he can stay clean and not be drawn into the world of drugs and alcohol again.

We chatted back and forth for a few minutes and then I stopped for a couple of minutes on my way to the cash register, and one of the guys complimented me on the dress I was wearing ( a Scottish looking print) and asked if I had made it, and I said, "Oh, no," but I do have Scottish ancestors". He said he did too, and his wife has a lot of back ground family history material. He is a MacLaughlin, and I said, "well, I am a Campbell, and we were the ones that lived in the highlands and were very fierce. We came down out of the highlands and attacked the clans in the lowlands." He said, "I know, even the English were afraid of the Campbells".

Anyway, that made for an interesting interlude in my morning. I wished them a good day and went on my way, to the Krogers' store which adjoins the restaurant, and found more interesting people to talk to while in there. Then on home, and now, I need to get my few groceries put away.

This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. More later. Bye for now.


Linda said...

I'm glad I found your blog. I am a native Texan who moved to Oregon to be near my son and his family.

I love living in Oregon but the move took some adjusting. You seem to have a good attitude about life in general. I'll be back to visit your blog.

Grammy said...

thanks, Linda.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ruby, was he flirting with you????

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Such a wonderful post to read Ruby,

Enjoy your week-end.


Anonymous said...

Well Ruby.... I'm wondering if your family needs to keep a closer eye on you. Some man telling you how nice your dress looks - hmmm.... (lol)
It sounds like you just have a good time and enjoy people.
I did hear about Ted Williams. Isn't it amazing to hear that voice? Oh may the Lord bless this chapter of his life.
Hugs my friend,

Marjorie said...

Yay for Scotland! I have Scottish ancestors on my mother's side. Any Napier who knows anything about their family history will tell you it only looks like a French name, but it's definitely Scottish.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Ruby you have been a great inspiration to us all, there is an award for you at my post called Inspiration.


TnBassPkr said...

I am so glad you are settling into where you are at, we miss you here in E. Tennessee. Reading your blogs keeps me educated in the history of our family through the years, as well as keeping up with the rest of the kin. Love y'all

myletterstoemily said...

you make friends wherever you go.
such an inspiration!