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went to disneyland

on November 14, 2007 - 1:56pm

drove down to disneyland to see josh....i was late, and only got to hear the last taping, and a little bit of the one before. josh was cute, looked a little sleepy...can't blame him....i'd gotten up at 4 am to be there....
there was a lady holding up her little girl,and she told me she had no idea josh would be there, and she was so thrilled to see him.....she told me that she'd had tickets to see him in san diego in april, but a week before the concert, her 43-year old husband dropped dead of a heart attack. she said she went to the show anyway, and josh's music was so soothing. the look on her face was so neat to see....she was just so blown away to see him there. i mentioned how we all say how much we love josh's music, how it makes us feel, but seeing it on her face, and in the sincerity of her voice, was really inspiring. way to go, josh!!!

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it's just not fair

on November 7, 2007 - 2:21pm

i'm at work. i am a school librarian. because it is conference time, the kids go home early and the teachers conduct parent conferences, and this particular teacher has chosen to do it in my library, so i have to be quiet and don't feel like moving around---afraid i might disturb them. so i'm being quiet here---i've finished all other work here for the day.
i work in a poor part of town. the kids here have very little in the way of material things. the school gives away uniforms to a child from each class each friday, but some of the kids come in looking so ratty---soiled, torn clothes, old shoes, ill-fitting coats and such. i feel so bad for some of them. our library gets textbooks, and part of the text are CDs for the child to use in their home computers to supplement their textbook. but, so very few of our students' families can afford home computers, so, they don't get that extra boost from the CD. i used to think it was a myth that lower-income students got a sub-par education. i thought all you needed were caring parents, a dedicated teacher, and you'd do fine. well, in the short time i've been here, i can tell that's not the case. these kids come to school hungry, and we have both breakfast and lunch programs so they can eat. their parents, or in a lot of cases, PARENT, have to work a couple of jobs to makes minimal ends meet. the kids do not get stimulation for their brains. there are so many little things that so many of us take for granted that all contribute to getting a good education. there's not enough space here for me to go on about what little i do know. it makes me sad, and more than a little guilty, as i plan on going to disneyland this weekend, and drop a nice chunk of change on what is little more than folly for me. if i hadn't already gotten other people to go with me, i think i'd just forego the trip and instead, donate to Toys for Tots here, or see what my district office can recommend for my specific campus.
so, i hope my few dollars won't be missed at GFC. i'm going to donate locally this year. since they haven't announced another leg, there won't even be buttons for me to buy in hopes of winning BSP or front row seats anywhere.
anyway, thanks for reading this far. i know it's a bit of a downer, but, it's weighing on my mind.....

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so sad for my friend

on November 5, 2007 - 10:57pm

some of you know Kathi, from here.....she had to put down one of her beloved dogs today, and i feel so bad for her. i hate it when stupid people say, "oh, it's just a dog," or, "it's just a cat"....i just want to smack that person. losing a pet can be as devastating as losing a member of your flesh-and-blood family, or sometimes, even harder, if your human family wasn't like Ozzie and Harriet, or even, the Simpsons.....
kathi is a sweetheart, taking into her heart and her home her little dogs with their imperfections. she gives those dogs unconditional love, and they have made her very happy....so, the loss is hard. we've probably all been there at some point, so you know what she's going thru....
she may miss disneyland this weekend, in her grief. i'm kind of hoping she'll go--if anything can make her smile, it might be a little bit of josh.....
anyway......

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i'm guess i'm a bad grobanite.....

on November 4, 2007 - 8:34pm

i guess i'm just not a good grobie. i mean, i love and support josh, try to turn on others to his amazing voice, and i go to see him whenever i can. but, lately, i feel that more is expected of me. i'm planning on going to disneyland to see him this saturday. just hoping to hear a song or two, nothing more. the group that is meeting up there are all planning on either wearing shirts they got at Target, or making their own, or wearing a shirt they got from the fan club or at a concert. i'm sorry, but, i'm just not that into all this stuff. i won't wear a hat, or a shirt, or bring a sign, or do anything but go see josh and be a good audience member. i feel i'm letting people down because i don't get all goofy over this rigamaroll like they do. i think it's great that they are able to shed their inhibitions and get all silly---i know they have a wonderful time with it. i'm happy for them. i wish i could be that silly right along with them, but i know if i did, it would all be for their benefit, not mine. i want to meet everyone, want to have some laughs and put faces to names, but, i don't want to feel like i'm at some kind of revival meeting, dancing around an icon of josh, swooning and praising his virtues. i just wanna see him sing. i'm willing to get up at 4 in the morning and drive to anaheim to be there at 8AM, and wait around to see him tape his segment of the show. but, that's it. i also want to go on the rides---it's DISNEYLAND, for cryin' out loud. i don't go to disneyland that often, so if i'm gonna shell out fifty or sixty dollars to get in, i'm gonna go on the rides!!! i'm afraid i'm going to be a big disappointment to the other grobies there----sorry, kids.
i hope we get to see josh up close, i hope we get to hear him sing, not lip-sync, and i hope we get to meet up with him, but if we don't, i won't curl into the fetal position, suck my thumb and get depressed. i'll be on Star Tours, or Indiana Jones, or Pirates or the Haunted Mansion. and then, i'm going to go celebrate my niece's engagement while all my fellow parade-goers have their party. it's half the reason i'm traveling to SoCal in the first place--to attend her engagement party later that evening.
so, i hope i don't get shunned by the fan club members for not being as consumed by this opportunity as they are. it's just typical of my personality--to go against the flow. but, i hope we'll all have a good time, doing our own things...

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not a job for me

on November 2, 2007 - 10:22pm

so i went to my interview....the pay is better than i expected, but the job is for someone way more anal than i ever will be....and, the worst part of it is, it starts at 7:15 in the morning!!! some of you morning people would think, yeah, so? well, i'd have to leave my house at 6:45, which means i'd have to get up at 5:30 at the absolute latest, and you don't know me, so you can't know what torture that is for me. they'd have to pay me another $20 an hour to get me to do that. My HOG has never understood this about me, and we've been married 30 years....he's a total morning person, wakes up singing, loves morning like no one i've ever known....he thinks it would be great for us to get up together, have breakfast (which i'd have to cook, which means i'd have to get up even earlier!!!), and read the paper. IS THIS MAN INSANE???? he thinks it's just plain laziness on my part---no no no. i'm just not wired to be getting up early. now, i can stay up all night, but i can't get my sleeping butt out of bed that early. i'm just not programmed like other people in this regard.....my circadian rhythms are not normal. even when i was in elementary school, i was always the last one up at night. i did a few sleep studies for a friend at UC Irvine, as part of the control group, and even he said my brain waves did not behave normally at 4 or 5 AM, like most people. my body core temp did not fall then, either, which then moved me from the control group to the other side, since that is what they were studying--- changes in body temperature at night. so, i can't take the job....even if the money is good. the job itself, even if it was at night, when i'm happiest, would still be a sucky job, so i wouldn't take it for that reason, either. so, i'm not facing much of a dilemma. whew!!!

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