Just When You Thought It Was Safe . . .

Progress is Progress


Happy Friday, All!
And a one, a two … a one, two, three, four …. “T.G.I.F.”!!  Yayyy!
It’s been “going down”, as they say in some circles when things get very heavy … hard to handle even.  Well, the first thing I want to do is give a quick shout out to my daughter, Ayanna Lynne, and her son … my first and only grandson … Caleb Isaac!  Tomorrow, Caleb will be 5 months old.  I don’t mention either of them too much on these posts or on Facebook because she is a much more private person than I am!  We each have our own ways of dealing with things so I respect her wishes.  Kudos to you guys … I love you both … and do the best I can towards youse, though I haven’t had a chance to meet Caleb yet, as they are in Connecticut.  I hope to see them both soon … my Creator and some good people willing.
So, my job has now gone “1099”, our health insurance has been cancelled and we are working only 7 hours a day now!  There are actually like two companies owned by the same young CEO, a very decent guy whom I have worked with since I got in to the “call center” environment for employment.   I will be 62 in a few months and am trying to get to Princeton University for my 40th Reunion of the Class of 1976!  A classmate of mine, Lloyd Lawrence, suggested that I try going so I connected with a class member who was able to get ALL expenses AT the reunion covered for me!  His name is Willy Landrigan and is a recipient of this e-mail, too.  I can’t see getting or saving enough by the weekend of May 26th, 2016 to cover my airfare and a rental car for the three day weekend.  Here’s my question:  “Do any of you have friends in the travel industry who may be able to donate a round trip ticket from Ft. Lauderdale to Newark Airport and a rental car for me to use for that weekend?”  I need the help, pretty much, as I am still paying off loans to companies and a personal friend when my car repairs exceeded like $2k back in October/November of 2015 when I was living in Hollywood, FL commuting nearly an hour each morning to work … and experienced car electrical problems that I HAD to get repaired to get back and forth to work … or anywhere else for that matter!  I am asking for help, not sure if I will be able to pay it back, so, if there is someone who can pay it forward that you know … please … PLEASE let me know, as I will need to firm up the reservation at Princeton before cancelling it.  So, I’ve got two things in my “unannounced Bucket List” that I am trying to get accomplished.  One more Anniversary/Reunion from Princeton, AND an opportunity perhaps to see my grandson in CT that same weekend, if only for a few hours.  I am just asking … It is always better to ask and be told “NO” … or “YES” … than never to ask at all.
My current job assignment ends in two weeks, the last day of this month, and I am looking feverishly for another employment opportunity, which is why I am not sure of how things will be for me in two months come Reunion time.  It would be my second reunion at Princeton, as I did attend my 25th Reunion with one of my ex-wives, Simona, and we had a good time.  Shucks, we even slept in the rental car, which was an upgraded Chrysler 300 back in 1990 or so,  Let me know … help me get two things off of my “unplanned bucket list”, if you can.  If you can’t, just wish me well.
I am going to keep on trucking, keeping the faith and hoping to do whatever I can do … as I am exhausted with disappointments I have experienced after attending an Ivy League University on an academic scholarship and getting a Master’s Degree and teaching both in the USA and Cali, Colombia … and now … as I approach retirement, I am nearly jobless and homeless!!  I ain’t complaining, I am just saying.  Let me know what you can do … maybe there are a few of you who might want to join in to help me out!  I would greatly appreciate it.
So, in the mean time, I am getting this correspondence out and I am off to work … sketchy as everything seems … and I am keeping the faith!
John I. Cook, Director

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