Here it is Friday morning again. It is so very strange but the older you get, the weeks really do seem to move even faster. Probably the first thing I should tell you is that many of you said about my back, “give it a couple weeks, maybe a month,” and it will probably start to feel better. Well, so far you are right. What a slow process though. Opposites again: time passes faster with age and sadly healing most things seems so long and drawn out. The idea of putting on a sock or shoe over wearing slippers, everywhere I go, still would be my first choice. I didn’t need the Cryomax yesterday so that was a big deal. Of course, pain affects our moods, and mine has been a little tainted. When you can’t do the little things you’re used to doing, it’s hard and frustrating and I think lots of us get a little nasty. Well enough about that.
On Monday night, when I remember, the girls and I like to put on the public television channel to, yes watch daddy, and to hear what is going on in our Town. We have never watched the entire meeting, but we seem to be watching more and more. This week I was so glad we put it on right at 7pm. The first thing the council had to address was something related to a text message that John read out to the public, of course with the blessings of the person that took the time to participate and the “Ok” of the council. It was a spur of the moment, unplanned, I think great idea thing. The points were important, it was discussed and appreciated.
Well the next phrase that comes to mind is “GIVE ME A BREAK!” I think I will use that a lot today. Oh it must be my back – I can feel a little “nasty” coming on which usually doesn’t happen often with me. John and the council feel they did the right thing, the meeting had moved on and that was that.
Well of course it wasn’t to someone who, let’s not forget might have a hurt back or something else too, publicly decides they need to dress down the council for that decision. Then we watched as John had to apologize for whoever this was, and I really don’t know or care, but again Give ME A Break. Some people just always look for the nasty, what someone is doing wrong instead of the zillion things they have done right. Now that makes me think of how we all sometimes treat those that are closest to us. Another story down the road; but “back” to this.
How sad. Quotes have been a big part of this week and here’s one a dear friend wrote to me: “No Good Deed goes Unpunished.” That’s how our town council must feel every once in a while.
I need to step back and think maybe the person who was demanding this big text message be addressed hurt their back too or something else. Wish we could all just be nice and even if you really feel strongly about it, say it in a nice way, not that, “Oh I Got You! Ha Ha!” mode.
I thought it was a great idea that someone took the time to send a text. Isn’t that the world we live in now? I bet someday the town will have to hire not a stenographer but a professional texter to screen texts that are sent into various meetings or heck even radio stations before they are read. The kids tell me I have to get savvy on all of this but then when someone tries to it’s a big deal. Too funny really, but oh well.
Oh, one more about our changing world and time moving faster. While I was waiting at Pat’s Peak again Wednesday night, I captured a table upstairs and spread out all my paper work for Visit Londonderry. The table was covered, notes upon notes, sticky notes, big notes, business flyers. I should have taken a picture. Well this nice young waiter, probably just out of college, stops over and says, “What are you doing with all this paper?”
Years ago, or still to someone maybe 40 and up, this would have looked impressive, showed how very busy I am. This cute kid looked at me as though I was Raggedy Ann. Then toss in my back with the Cryomax. What a sight I must have been. I was there for 3 hours. I responded back, “Well, don’t you have a lot of paper?” He responded back, “No Way, I don’t have any paper. I do all my banking, pay my bills, telephone book, pictures – you name it and it’s on my phone.” No Paper! My mouth dropped.
I had to push more, I said come on you must have some paper. He said the only paper I keep is, “business cards, and I have a big stack of those.” Then I said, “How old are you anyway?” He said, “24, what are you?” I said 52. He said, “Oh I would have guessed 28!” With a big laugh. You know, I used to like that joke and now I really hate that one. Funny how things change. What a great conversation though. No paper, what a different world. I guess it’s like the texting, we have to get on board, like it or not. I, like the person who complained, don’t like it either, but it is what it is. Give me a break, no paper!
Now the real gift – what my daughter and I got out of watching that meeting was that I learned so much about Londonderry Trailways. Now the real gift my daughter and I got out of watching that meeting was that I learned so much about Londonderry Trailways. Now I might have some of my information wrong here and forgive me if I do… but I remember Sandy and Russ Legueux dreaming about Trailways, dear me it must be well over 10 years ago, when one of my family’s favorite kids in the world Sidney was in my girl scout troop. Honestly with all my optimism, I thought it sounded great, but let’s face it NH, New England in general can be very difficult to change.
My daughter Meredith just found a new quote this week, she has inspirational quotes all over her room. This one said something like “For something to be possible, it had to be deemed impossible.” Well Sandy and Russ have so much heart and passion, love for our community that they forged ahead and look at the gift Trailways is creating for our town. I listened to Sandy and Bob at the meeting, sharing their vision for the Trailways Expansion program. Our Town and People really seem to be on board! Thank Goodness!
This vision Londonderry Trailways has, to make us part of something so great and so vast, is simply beautiful. I listened and learned that this project will connect Londonderry to communities all over New England. It will be a gathering place for all of us, young and old.
We all need to give to this effort in whatever way we can. I’m a little embarrassed to say that my family hasn’t done anything to support Trailways, but you can bet we will use it once it’s here for us! Money is tight for so many people, but if we all gave even a little it would end up being a lot and this would get done, as it should. I think the number they said was around $200,000. This would expand things a mile and we all hope it will go beyond that. That number used to sound so beyond the stars to me, but now with our oldest heading off to college next year, that has become the number that people tell us 4 years of college will most likely cost.
It’s huge to most of us, but it’s so little for all we will be getting. Just like college, we need to invest in the future of Londonderry and let’s start helping Trailways so our children and families now can begin to enjoy it. Money is needed of course, and if you’re one of those very blessed people that has more money than they know what to do with tucked away, Dear God, give some of it to this good cause. A dear friend always says “You Can’t Take It With You” and you know she is right. A couple big donations and this would be done. Please help in any way you can. They need our time and voices too! God Bless them (and I apologize that I don’t know the names of everyone beyond the scenes who is working so hard on this) and let’s help them.
At one of our first events for Visit Londonderry, our Family Day at Adams Pond Road, Londonderry Trailways provided free maps of the orchard trails and even had a volunteer there to give information and help out. As a matter of fact, it was Charlie from DG Cycle. Boy can I get on a tangent!
Oh, Sandy and Bob mentioned that they now have PayPal too. Don’t laugh, I’ve never used it before but I will today. I will “put my money where my mouth is” and donate $25 from our family. Please match that or give what you can. You know when you are working as hard as these volunteers are even if you PayPal $5, you’re just letting them know you care and that you are behind this project. If you’re a business in town, what are you waiting for, they need you.
I think I heard a reader out there yell “Next”, I know your right. Move on for Goodness sakes!
Back to a few of the places On The Road Took me this week.
With the New Year, everyone starts to think about Tax Time. Again, the years seem so much shorter now; how did someone establish that this should be done every year? Seems like you just find your receipts from one year and your hunting again for the next. Anyway, I talked with David Picchi; he is a CPA in town and has been helping individuals and businesses for many years. He called to say he believes in the vision of Visit Londonderry and wants to become a member.
How great is that? We are going to meet next week. I really liked talking to him. He got to the point, praised Visit and we made an appointment to meet. I need to get better at that. I think that’s the sign of an exceptional CPA, accurate, friendly, thorough but very efficient, organized and precise. I can tell he will be an asset to Visit Londonderry and if you need help with all that “paperwork” that you have and if all those numbers frustrate you as much as they do me, give David a call 603 432-3394.
Hey I just realized I have two David’s to tell you about this week. This was a first time for me taking to someone in this profession, this David, David Wilder is a Videographer. David heard about Visit Londonderry through a great architect friend in town Jim Wisniewki. Thank You Jim for spreading the word for us about Visit Londonderry and believing in us.
David’s business is in Bedford. http://www.b2bvideonh.com/nh-business-videos/business-video-portfolio. He explained that this all came about when his mom asked him to video tape his grandma so that she could share her stories. Video Biographies was where he began. Now he has expanded into many other areas. If you look on his site, you will see he even does college application video’s, home movie transfers, celebrations and so many other things. That part of his business is called Treasured Memories Video but he has also expanded now to satisfy corporate needs and that is called B2B Video Solutions. He said one of the most powerful marketing tools is having someone go to your site and see a few of your true customers briefly saying what they love about your business. I would love that. You’ll love his site and it got me thinking about so many things.
Ok, I promise this is the last thing I have to tell you about this week. I was completely shocked! I have not been into Re-Runs Consignment shop in a couple years. They were wonderful when I had to do something with so many little things in my mom’s home. Since then they have moved to 3A Crosby Lane; I would describe it as right behind Tupelo’s. It is beautiful now, and it was before too, but it was getting a little too crowded in there. Now it’s spacious and that building is simply elegant, lovely. I spoke to one of the staff and she was as patient, kind and peaceful as all of the surroundings. I said to her that I plan to go back with a friend or two and a Dunkin Doughnuts hot tea and just linger around. Stop in and visit, I promise you’ll relax and enjoy even if only for a few minutes. They have everything from contemporary items to very delicate antique treasures. You’ll be surprised too.
Well I decided, just now, that I wanted to end with a quote. I have this little book I love called Commitment to Excellence that’s full of quotes. Sometimes I like to just open it up to a random page and see what it says. Here goes, and the winner is page C16. Funny, it brings us back to Trailways.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
With A Grateful Heart Sherry