Have you ever had three really good days in a row?
Personally, it doesn’t happen very often, but it just happened with me. I have mentioned that I am in the process of raising money for the Tools of Learning for Children nonprofit. We have to pay for the materials we give to preschools to help the 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old kids learn to read.
Part of the process is telling our story to caring people. Rotary clubs care.
My first good day involved telling the Tools story to two Rotary clubs. The Vacaville Sunrise Club and the Benicia Club. After five years of not being in front of an audience, I was a bit nervous. Would this old man blow it? Everything turned out well; I had friendly, receptive and interested audiences.
Two down and only eight more Rotary Clubs to go. In the process of preparing for and making the presentation, I was able to adjust to the physical changes that have taken place in me during the past five years. I am now more comfortable and confident of my remaining abilities.
Yes, Tuesday was a good day.
Wednesday was also pretty special. Special enough that I have already written a column about it: My meeting with Richard Fields from the Pacific Legal Foundation about Measure Q and meeting a dear friend, Harvey Shapiro, for the first time in 10 years, made the day great.
An especially happy event since I believed Harvey had passed away several years ago. We’re communicating and we’ll get each other up to date over lunch. Another positive note is that I am having a dialogue with the Pacific Legal Foundation through Richard.
Thursday? A day when problems were solved. I had been without landline phone service and Internet access for about four days. I called Comcast and they told me that all of my systems were “activated.” Even iYogi couldn’t fix it.
Finally, good friend and real computer expert Michael Hudson looked at the problem and said it looked to him like I had a bad modem. It made sense to me, so I called Comcast again and scheduled an appointment with one of their technicians. He showed up promptly at 7:30 a.m. – on time. Checked everything out and, sure enough, it was a bad modem as Mike had diagnosed. Dave, the technician, replaced the modem and I was back in business. He fixed several other annoying little problems, too. Dave is a really nice guy.
That left me with a job to do: look at 140 emails that had piled up. I deleted about half of them on a quick run-through. I classified the rest into two categories, “Read Now,” mostly personal, and “Read When I Have Time,” mostly informational.
I am happy to say that the emails are now all behind me.
There you have it. Three good days. It is helpful for me to look at events and make a record of what happened, as I am doing now. Then I won’t forget.
I think it might be a good idea for some of you. Don’t let the good things that happen to you slip away. Put ’em in your notebook or diary. You may need them someday.
Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.