Today is Mother's day of course and I have one of the great Moms of all time. Like my Dad always said she is ALL CLASS.
She is also a mess of contradictions - smart, street smart, caring, and generous she still can't figure out a computer mouse or remote control for the big screen T.V.
She can council people who are dying or whose loved ones are dying but took years to warm up to the cat.
Can travel the world but gets searched at security only when she travels within Canada. Osama Bin Josie.
She works out a 'Curves' 5 times a week and in the past three months has walked the nearly the million + steps it takes to navigate the Hawaiian Islands. She will be SEVENTY in July. It's why we call her the 'Iron Lady'.
Josie's Step Statistics Steps Since: Jan 11, 2010
Total Steps Taken: 885,517 Total Days Stepping: 119 * Average Steps Per Day: 7,441 ** Average km Per Day: 5.6 *** Total km Walked: 670.8
She will not watch any movie with a science fiction or fantasy theme because she can't imagine or wrap her head around how made-up it all is but reads historical fiction. She only started reading novels five years ago after my father died but now devours books at a rate of about 4 a month.
Loves 'Dancing with the Stars', 'The Bachelor', 'Survivor', 'The Amazing Race' and thinks 'Married With Children' is the funniest show that has ever been created. Ted Bundy is her favorite TV character so now she can never miss 'Modern Family' or anything Ed O'Neil ever did.
When I taught at an inner city jr high school her and I created a bag lunch program that the local firefighters took over administering when I left and now over 200 kids a day who wouldn't get a lunch, have one.
She follows the Ukrainian Orthodox religion and was instrumental in getting the funding and assisted the architect in planning and construction of St. Vladimir's Church in our town.
Despite her religious views and her age, she has made a 180 degree turn on the issues related to gay rights. She no longer has a problem with the 'fagalits' and the 'lazabeams' (her words)
How do you honor a woman like that on Mother's Day? Well you get her a lobster and make her a 'surf and turf' and realize that you would never have survived to be this age without her.
Love you Mom.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.