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Things I Didn't Expect to Hear Today: - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Things I Didn't Expect to Hear Today:
"The New York Mets have signed Tim Tebow to a minor league contract."

"Sorry, that's the wrong part we delivered; we don't have it in stock."

"Can you meet me at Sheridan and Harlem? I've been in an accident."

"She's gone."

Just an ordinary Thursday for me, I thought- with two cases settled, mail delayed, cardio worked in, a quiet evening at home planned.


First came the first news.  Various Met blogger friends noted it. My reaction was to ignore it to the greatest extent possible, including posting to my baseball blog for the first time since late June to indicate my intent to ignore it.

Then the kid texted about it:

And I still do- but I do wonder about things that have happened since this news broke.


First was the technology clusterfudge.  My co-worker Michelle, who shares our copier, had left me a note about the replacement toner cartridge not working.  We'd ordered it weeks ago, when the copier started tossing off a LOW TONER message, but as with most printer/copier supplies, that's a way-premature warning; by today, though, the old one would no longer print reliably, and the new one was giving a new BAD message when she loaded it in.  By mid-afternoon, the copier guy arrived and confirmed that they'd delivered the wrong replacement model weeks ago, and the real one wasn't in stock.  He did clear a code so the old one would continue to fight on until its real death, but I wound up leaving early so I could do any further mass printing from away from the office.

After all that, and the aforementioned cardio, I was almost home when Eleanor rang my cell. I thought she was home, wondering when I'd be home, but this was something different:

"Can you meet me at Sheridan and Harlem? I've been in an accident."

Good news first: it wasn't a bad one. She'd been on Sheridan heading west when a light turned yellow. The car in front of her stopped for it sooner than Eleanor expected, and Ziggy couldn't jam to a stop in time, so the bumpers bumped ever so briefly.

The message I got was that they were under the overpass of the 290 at Sheridan and Harlem- a tricky intersection at the best of times- and all Eleanor really needed was a copy of Ziggy's current insurance card. So I  found the insurance info, switched out my car for my bike, and headed the less-than-mile to that underpass and slightly beyond, where Eleanor's Smart car and a just-as-friendly-looking Mini were now parked, with an Amherst cop writing the whole thing up.

Also, Gumby.

Nobody claims he had anything to do with this incident, but there he was-a dude in a Gumby suit,  standing on a grassy median on the other side of Harlem Road from where the two cute cars ran into each other, waving his arms and advertising opening specials at the new Great Clips in the Sheridan-Harlem Plaza.  He continued this act for almost the whole time the cop was writing up the accident summary and, unfortunately, the ticket to Eleanor for Following Too Closely. (The town prosecutor is the attorney who represented the Idiots Next Door during last year's kerfuffle- which could result in worse treatment, or a dismissal if he acknowledges that they were the lying sacks of shit to him that we know they were to us.)

Ms. Mini turned out to be a perfectly lovely person- a self-employed attorney herself, with some specialties I occasionally need to refer clients to- and ironically we may have established a referral relationship under these less-than-perfect circumstances.

The Officer gave us our report summaries and Eleanor's ticket- sparing her one for not having her insurance card, and  Melissa P. one for not having a valid inspection- and we headed to our respective homes....

Which is when the Tebowing got worse.


Our 81-year-old neighbor Betty has been failing for months. A few weeks ago, she told us that her surgeon had essentially given up in the face of her cancer.  But she'd been making the best of it, continuing to garden among other things, and just the other day Eleanor rescued a basket full of tomatoes from her back yard before the varmints devoured them all. She saw  Betty's niece's minivan in the driveway when we got home after the accident and wanted to offer her the harvest.

Which Shelly took,.... but only after telling us: her aunt, our beloved Betty, passed away peacefully at a local hospital yesterday morning.

Betty went in Tuesday with an infection. By Tuesday night, she made clear she didn't want extraordinary measures to fight it. By early Wednesday, but only after Shelly managed to get there, she was gone.  Her obituary, one she wrote herself- "short, sweet and sassy, just like she was"- will run on Sunday. Arrangements are incomplete, but there will be a dinner to celebrate her life that we will join.  The house, the contents, the yard- all will be maintained for the time being- because that's what she would have wanted.

Betty will never play for the Mets. But neither will anybody else in the news today- and given a chance to stand up for either of them, you know who I'm supporting.
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oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: September 9th, 2016 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I am sorry for your loss.

I am glad that Eleanor's accident wasn't worse.(Not that I'm glad she was in an accident, you know...)
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: September 9th, 2016 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)
::hugs:: I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm glad Eleanor (& Ziggy!) made it through the accident without any real damage. :)
siercia From: siercia Date: September 9th, 2016 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so sorry to hear of Betty's passing and for your loss. From your descriptions of her, it sounds like she was a really special woman.

siercia From: siercia Date: September 9th, 2016 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
But I also must say, Tebow? What the ever-loving hell is THAT about?!?
glenmarshall From: glenmarshall Date: September 9th, 2016 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well that day deserves a Bronx cheer.

I'm sure Betty is well-remembered. The rest is best forgotten.
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