Monday, November 26, 2012

Simsbury Celebrates 2012

Had a fun time on Saturday night at Simsbury Celebrates. They sure know how to put on a good time. We couldn't even do all we wanted to do. We started out watching a 45 minute program called Bubble Mania. It was fantastic for all ages. We have never seen so many things done with bubbles. Casey Carle, the bubble expert, has performed all over the world. He not only shows what he can do with bubbles, but presents it in a funny and entertaining way. He even put a girl in a bubble!

 Jeremiah and Kayden beautifully decorated cookies. Good thing I took pictures because they ate them right after they decorated them. They also made a Christmas craft, and had hot chocolate and popcorn (after a hot dog and fried dough).

Ski Sundown had snowboarding and skiing demonstrations on a man made snow slope.

The residents of Simsbury and beyond should be warned that there are a large number of kids who on Saturday night graduated from Pirate School! But they were taught to be good pirates. 
 After all that, there was a fire truck parade with trucks from surrounding towns all decorated with Christmas lights. The firemen handed out candy to the children. On the final fire truck was Santa!

                       The grand finale was fireworks. Simsbury sure knows how to celebrate! Thank you!

Monday, November 19, 2012

"I won't watch you die."

I saw "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" for the first time when I was in high school. It was a group of us and I guess technically my first date. I loved the movie, although a beginning scene was rather racy for the times and uncomfortable for us, it quickly led to humor and a sigh of relief from most of us.

The humor of the movie was what hooked me. It didn't hurt that Paul Newman and especially for me, Robert Redford were nice to look at. The music enchanted me too. I still think "Come Touch the Sun" is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

There are so many quotes that stick in my mind and can still make me smile, for example: "Who are those guys?" or "the fall will probably kill you.".

Today a quote from the movie came to haunt my life and I realize it is going to be my new mantra. "I'll do anything you ask of me except one thing. I won't watch you die."

No, I am not talking about a person. I am talking about a business that I have served and supported for more than half of my life. Things have to change but I can't sit and see it self-destruct by its own devices. I can't understand why they can't see what they are doing to the business, or if they do, why they want to commit suicide. I was going to stick it out to the end, but today was an eye opener to the future. It is too depressing to see the self-destruction and the ripple effects it has on people. Like Etta, I need to pack my bags. I cannot stay until the end. "I won't watch you die. I'll miss that scene if you don't mind."