Fall Changes . . .

Happy Monday, All!

It is the beginning of a new week and the last few days of October 2012. While most adults and “party goers” celebrated Halloween aka “All Hallow’s Eve” this past weekend in the form of parties and gatherings over the weekend, I think that the children of school ages will be going out to “Trick or Treat on Wednesday, as is traditional for their festivities of knocking on doors in their costumes and gathering candy and goodies. May they be as safe as I was this past weekend, as well as those of you reading this.

I do know, from pictures posted on Facebook and stories from the television news, that the weather has already changed in many parts of the North American continent and definitely in Western and Eastern European countries. Florida is a place where a lot of them come, not only from North American states and cities but many European countries and cities as well. They have rightfully earned the title of “Snow Birds”!

Well, my weekend was pretty peaceful, wonderful and amazing as I attended my favorite club in downtown Fort Lauderdale called “Capone’s”. I have been a patron of the club through various ownerships and different managers. It has a great location and the physical arrangement is nice for events in their famous VIP “Gangsta Lounge” and even has an area for private parties and events. I have become friends with the new owner and management though much of the staff has remained pretty much intact. Downtown Fort Lauderdale on 2nd Avenue was turned into a “Block Halloween Party” and the costumes were intriguing as well. I dressed as one of my characters from my motivational presentations, “The American Gangster”, and enjoyed myself thoroughly meeting many friends downtown, dancing and listening to music as well.

While much of the Northeast prepares for “Frankenstorm” known here as Hurricane Sandy and New York City’s mayor is calling for evacuation, our temperatures have dropped here in South Florida and I suspect they will continue dropping a bit, especially in the early morning hours. Yesterday was a calm day in conjunction with streaming service from Calvary (even Pastor Chet seemed to be fighting a cold!), having my traditional breakfast at home then heading out to visit my good friend Peter Zachary, his family and some clients of his who drove from Colorado to visit him as well! We watched football, ate, chatted, got to know each other (the visitors and us) and bid each other a fond adieu … until we meet again.

“It is senseless to speak of optimism or pessimism. The only important thing to remember is that if one works well in a potato field, the potatoes will grow. If one works well among (women) men, they will grow. That’s reality. The rest is smoke.” – Danilo Dolci

Have a wonderful Monday and a great week. Be safe, and care for one another, when possible!


John I. CookRed rose, Director

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