My time in Wagoner, OK has come to a close. I packed my life back into my four suitcases and me and Bandit headed down the road in search of a better tomorrow early in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Though things didn’t work out as well as I had hoped for in Oklahoma, I’m grateful for the opportunity and thankful for the companionship my host family provided me during my time there.
Adventures in Fund Raising
Friday, I finished up with my “Great Aluminum Can Adventure” by taking the cans I’d collected during my daily walks with Bandit to the local recycling center. It was a lot of fun and a bit of an adventure wandering the streets around Wagoner, snatching cans and taking photographs as we toured the area. I’d estimate we traversed a good twenty miles in the eight to ten hours we spent wandering around aimlessly. The final aluminum tally was twenty pounds collected and the payout was eight bucks (at forty cents a pound), leading to an average of a bit less than a dollar an hour payout. I wouldn’t recommend it as a career move, but I do enjoy walking with Bandit in the evenings for fun and health anyway. Getting paid for doing it is a bonus and better than paying out for a gym membership!
If you are feeling charitable you can help support me in my struggle to rebuild my life from scratch by tossing a nickel into my emergency relocation fund.
I did a best and worst of Iowa series while visiting my sister up north, so I figured I’d attempt to recapture that again in my final blog post from deep down in Dixie. I’ll be heading out of town next week to continue on my “Pike’s Peak or Bust” Mystery Tour. I’ll refrain from a “worst of” entry for Mississippi since there’s entirely too much of that on display in mainstream media already.
Special Thanks to Mike Parker
Bandit and I have been staying with a long-time and dear friend in the suburbs. We’ve been extremely well cared for by my good buddy Mike Parker. Mike is a successful restauranteur here in Jackson. Mike and his late partner Larry were highlighted in a local magazine article in 2012 as a Jackson area “Power Couple” and as the article above notes, their pizza business has received multiple awards since it’s opening in 2006. Sadly, Larry passed away of cancer a couple years before my wife Rita followed him to the great beyond. Mike has since found a new and loving partner to help him pick up the pieces of his life. I’m not ready for that kind of commitment again at this point in my life since I’m still mourning the more recent passing of my beloved mate (and best friend). Even though Mike has remarried, I know there’s still a void in his soul from the passing of Larry that will never be filled. It’s good to be staying in a house with such love and understanding of what I’ve been through in the last six months. I cannot say enough good things about the quality of support my friends here in the South have provided for both myself and my furry travel companion. Such blessings are hard to come by.
Fond Memories of Mississippi
Below is a slideshow of some of the highlights my hairy beast and I enjoyed here in Dixie during the last several months. Even as we make our way forward and on to new and exciting adventures, I will always cling to the pleasant memories of my stay here in Mississippi. There are others in my sphere who have also been essential in keeping our spirits high and our bellies full. I shall respect the anonymity I know they desire but I shall not fail to make note of them here in passing.
I’ve been using Rita’s aging iPhone4 since she died in Germany last September with no issues whatsoever until about a month ago when the phone started incessantly giving me the following popup screen (about every five seconds):
While it appears that Cancel is an option, I can assure you that Apple is relentless in attempting to force their iCloud service login on this device.
If my wife were alive today and had decided that she wanted to use her phone without logging into iCloud by pressing the cancel option, it wouldn’t matter because every five seconds that popup screen reappears NO MATTER what!
To top it off, I’m pretty sure my wife never even set up an iCloud account to begin with because she was so leery of online storage in general but that’s not something I can prove at this stage of the game.
I’d put the overhyping of mainstream media on the ‘failed’ Snowpocalypse of 2015 on par with Geraldo Rivera’s prime time debacle on the opening of Al Capone’s vault. Both of those pale in comparison to the granddaddy of all mainstream media fails which was burnished in both the blood and treasure of the nation (WMD’s in Iraq).
Here’s what it looked like in Dixie during the worst of the crisis up north.