Holiday Weekend.

Well, the holiday weekend has started.  For me it began at 5am this morning when my iPhone repeated announced the arrival of new mail.

The new mail was from all of the women who are taking advantage of the “free weekend” on the dating web sites.  Since they only have four days to find a man, they start early Friday morning with their correspondences and will continue until early Tuesday morning. It is kind of like the Thanksgiving weekend sales.

If this holiday is like the previous ones, I can expect to be contacted by about 30 prospective women over the next four days.  And, they will be frantic to find out as much as they can about me in this short period of time.

Of course, it will take me until Thanksgiving to do the cleanup on all of these contacts.  Then, it will start all over again.

The Free Weekend.

This  coming weekend is a “free” weekend on the dating web sites.  That means that anyone can  use the website for free for the whole holiday weekend.

So, what happens is that these guests will have 72 hours to contact as many people as possible in the hope of finding Mr./Ms. right.  What that means to me is that I will be inundated with 100s of women who want to make contact with me.  But, most, if not all, will never contact me again after the weekend because it was just a whim in the first place and nothing serious.   Unfortunately, it just wastes my time and plugs up the dating websites.

Actually, I am still doing clean up from the 4th of July free weekend.

French Chinese.

The other night, I was eating in a new Chinese restaurant in Grand Rapids when I noticed that one of the menu items was called “Beef a la Szechuan”.  A la? Isn’t that French? When I ordered Szechuan Beef, the waitress corrected me and called it Beef a la Szechuan.


The Metro Cruise.

Last weekend was the Metro Cruise in Grand Rapids.  Thousands of people with their classic cars and hot rods flocked to the city to spend the next few days driving up and down 28th street.  Even as I sat on main street in Lowell, I could see the cars headed for the event.

This, of course, is one of  my concerns about any one who has a classic car or hot rod.  The only reason that any one would own one of these cars is so that they can show it off.  That means that if you are involved with one of these people, you can either plan on not seeing them on the weekends during the summer or traveling with them to the event.

Caveat Emptor

2% Milk. I Can Feel Those Pounds Dropping.

Since Dr. Oz (I hate the man) has declared that we should all be drinking 2% milk, I have discontinued my use of skim milk and switched to skim .

Now, while I am not all that concerned about the milk/weight issue, I am tired of the Ozzies (Dr. Oz fans, which is why I hate the man) lecturing me about the evils of skim milk.  So, I now drink 2%.

Now, when ever I have an Ozzie visit me, I serve them 2% milk laced with red dye # 2.

Sleepless In Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle was a nice movie but it is not the real world.  Granted, there are couples who have sustained a long distance romance but those are the exceptions and not the norm.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am still a hopeless romantic who believes that anything can happen.  But, I am also a Calvinist who believes that God has a plan for my life and that if it is meant to be, it will happen.  That means that God will make it happen and not me.  So, I will keep my eyes and ears open to God’s leading.

Embracing Loneliness.

I am a Calvinist so I believe that God has a plan for my life and that everything happens for a reason.  In short, there is no such thing as coincidence.

I am now living through a new aspect of my life called “loneliness”.  And, while I don’t really enjoy loneliness, it is now a part of my life so I do have to deal with it.  I can run from it and pretend that it doesn’t exist, but I can only do that for awhile.  Then the specter of loneliness will arise and try to consume me and it will if I let it.

But, instead, I will embrace loneliness.  I will spit in its face.  I will dine by myself in restaurants.  I will sit by myself in church and down front for all to see.  I will go to the movies by myself and order popcorn and a soft drink for one.

Yes, I am alone but I am not defeated by loneliness.  With God’s strength and grace, I will survive.

Sunday Is The Loneliest Day Of The Week.

Sunday is the loneliest day of the week for me.  It used to be that Sunday was the best day of the week for me.  The day used to start out with the two of us sleeping in.  Then, we would get up and have a leisurely breakfast while reading the paper.  After breakfast, we would head to church.  When we returned, we would have our Sunday dinner together.   Then, we would have our afternoon nap.  After nap, we would watch some TV and then get some supper.  Then, we would turn in early.

Now, I sleep in by myself, eat breakfast by my self, read the paper by myself, go to church by myself, have dinner by myself, nap by myself, eat supper by my self and then go to bed by myself.  But, I am learning to adjust.