Thursday, March 19, 2009

Diamond & Spurs

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Last night Wilma and I went to Diamond & Spurs to see Jeff Tuttle perform.
Jeff is originally from Monroe, MI, and moved to Nashville, TN. He is a song writer/singer of country music. This in itself is a rarity as most song writers can't sing. But this man can sing!
Diamond & can I describe this place...I'll try so you can picture it.
First off, we knew approximately where it was located, but never being there before didn't know exactly. As we were driving within a mile of the location we kept a close eye on all the business signs. No sign. what. Wilma says, push the On Star button and ask them. Well Duh, why didn't I think of that instead of getting stressed out.
So I pulled into a party store parking lot, pushed the On Star button. After a few minutes a gent was in the process of "trying" to locate Diamond & Spurs. Even after I gave him the city and state AND the street it was located on. I just needed the address! Was put on hold then in a couple minutes was disconnected. So I pushed the On Star button again. This time a gent answered that knew his job and sent the directions to my car. We were within a mile and a half of our destination.
Arriving we understood exactly why we could not find it in the first place. It is located inside of a bowling alley. The bowling alley had 2 adjoining large rooms each with its own bar and dance floor. The first one we entered into, the waitress didn't know who the band was that was playing. We kind of figured that as they were just "setting up" the age generation of the band was not who we were coming to see. Out we go to the other adjoining room, and yes this is the place we want to be as the DJ was playing country music and gave a lesson in country dancing. We were assured that we were in the right place by a young lady sitting at the door, who we found out later was Jeff's wife.
As we were early, there were plenty of tables available. We picked one close to the dance floor and within easy site of the band area. We enjoyed the several couples country dancing, and reminisced when we used to do those dances. What fun we used to have!
We also commented to each other how "run down" and "old" the building was. We didn't feel it was "worthy" of a great singer from Nashville! We were aware of his music from his web site, and Wilma wrote him informing him that we would see him perform Saturday evening.
Ten minutes before he was to go on stage to perform, he came over to our table and introduced himself to us. He made us feel ever so welcome, and treated us like we were his best friends that he knew all his life. He came across as a very easy going, humble man.
We enjoyed his performance and songs so well that we decided to purchase his CD during his break. That's when we became aware that the gal sitting at the door was his wife, Michelle, as she was selling the CD's. We had a pleasant conversation with her for at least 15 minutes.

Jeff Tuttle signing our CD.

When we left to go home, we decided to stop and get something to eat. As it was then 12:30AM, I was ready for a "Big Man's Breakfast"!
We stopped at Dimitries, and yep I ordered the "Pork Chop, eggs, hash brown BIG MAN breakfast". Mmmm Goood. Wilma had a great Turkey club sandwich.
Another adventure in our lives, so until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cable Service for Mom & Dad

Friday, March 13, 2009


Well, Mom & Dad FINALLY did it. They switched from Comcast Cable to Wide Open West (WOW) Cable.
My brother Ken and I have been telling them for over a year now to switch.
With Comcast they just had the television service. They had their phone through the "rip of specialist" AT&T. Now they have their TV and Phone through WOW Cable.
Being in the age generation as they are, the whole internet thing scares them. They just can't understand how they can now talk on the same phone, using their same phone number, (which they have had since they were married some 61 years ago) talking over the internet, and it sounds just like AT&T.
I went over to program their TV remote control yesterday evening. They were using an old generic remote that was pre-programmed to the Comcast channels. They had lost the instruction booklet that came with the remote, so I asked them for the original remote. Dad went through his strong box and found the remote. They are truly amazed at how many MORE channels they are receiving with WOW then they had with Comcast.
When I left, Mom was really happy with the decision, Dad was a little skeptical. But I'm sure he will start to enjoy the change in a matter of a few days. .... Well....actually I know he will when he gets the first bill and realizes how much he is saving every month.
I still can't believe how easily it is to please them.
Just about an hour out of my life to help them. To show them how easy the remote is to operate compared with what they had. And, as I drove away, I know they both will sleep better tonight as they won't lay awake worrying about their decision to change.
Such a simple thing for me, but so complicated for them to understand.
I'm blessed to be able to help them, to return just a little of what they gave me all their lives.
Another adventure in our lives. Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tina’s Crashed Car Closure

Friday, March 6, 2009

This week has flown by for me as this post should have been done Tuesday evening not Friday evening.
Last weekend I decided to post the tires that were on Tina's Crashed Buick, for sale on Craigs list. I posted around 2pm Saturday afternoon. By 5pm I had two people very interested in them. I figured it wouldn't take long as I put the price "rock bottom, almost giving them away".
I made contact with the first responder, but he kind of acted like he didn't want to do anything about them until maybe Tuesday. I mentioned that the insurance wrecker would be picking it up on Tuesday. So I hung up the phone and contacted the other guy that was interested.
To make a very long story short, the tires would be for his son who was in desperate need of them. We agreed that he had to arrive at my home Monday evening, ready to remove the tires and rims from his son's car and re-mount them on Tina's Crashed Buick.
They both, (he and his son) arrived Monday around 5pm and started the tire swap. I commented to the son that he was driving on borrowed time with his tires, as they had large bulges on the sidewalls and were almost smooth with no tread. He mentioned how he has been commuting to Toledo Ohio for work a couple times a week, and money was pretty tight. His eyes really lighted up when he saw the "like new" tires on Tina's Crashed Buick!
After the tires were switched the three of us stood looking at how nice they looked on the sons car. His father commented that it didn't take very long at all to switch tires. I said "No not at all considering there is only 2 and a half of us doing it!" The father started laughing telling his son that "see I told you that you weren't a man yet!" I said NO I didn't mean him....I meant ME (as I was the oldest of the three of us, and I only counted for the half!). Now the son, father and myself were laughing like we knew each other for many years.
Then the son asked me if I was still firm with the price. I hesitated....looked back at the new tires and wheels on his car....looked back at him and said: Well, you did get the wheels with the tires. And the wheels only have 60,000 miles on them. So....I guess I can be flexible here and raise the price up another $100.00!
His jaws dropped, he looked at his father. His dad said he didn't bring any more cash, so now what is he going to do? (By this time his father was going along with me on this joke).
The boy dug deep in his pockets, pulled out all the cash he had, and started counting.
When he reached the amount I agreed to sell them for I proceeded to tell him I was just kidding with him! I thought his dad was going to split his gut he was laughing so hard. The boy then smiled at me and handed me the amount we first agreed upon.
I looked him in the eye and said. "A man is only as good as his word. We both agreed on a price. And that is all that should be passed between him and myself ".
I asked him how he felt about the deal. He expressed his joy and excitement at what he acquired. I told him the great feeling he has inside of him is also the feeling I was getting. His eyes locked on mine.
I then told him...."As these are hard times, and we were in a hurry to sell the tires before the insurance wrecker hauls the Buick to the junk yard, we both made out evenly. You are getting the feeling of receiving a great deal. I was getting an even better feeling of helping not only him, but my daughter, as they both are struggling in today's tough times.
I told him I was telling him this so that he might remember this day sometime in the future. That someday in the future when he might do the same as I had just done. Then he would know the feeling inside as I was.
His father stood silent, his son shook my hand and thanked me. I waved as they drove away with those new tires and rims on his car.
Later that evening the phone rang. It was Ron, the father. I asked if something happened with the tires. He said no....he just wanted to call and thank me again for what I just did. He said I must have gotten through to his son, as they talked about what I said and life in general, all the way home.
He thanked me again, I wished him good luck in the future. We hung up the phone.
Tina settled with the insurance company, receiving more than she first expected. The "Crashed Buick" is no longer in my yard. And I smile, because I know in my heart that both Tina and the boy are very happy.
Another adventure in our lives. Until next time, be safe and God Bless.