In these covid days, things move slower than the normal slow of the Red Cross. There was a line to get in to the Reagan Library (currently a blood donation site here in Simi), and of course six feet apart. Angela was in line behind a guy: they checked his temperature prior to checking him in. It was 102 degrees. Gulp. They rechecked and again, 102, so they told me to go outside. Yepper, I was the guy in front of Angela, and can't be in that building... really in any building. Angela came out wide-eyed, she had a high temperature too. Hmmm, neither of us felt poorly and the technician suggested we wait outside because maybe we heated up standing in the sun on the way in (which is why the tech isn't a nurse yet : ) The guy who was behind Angela was escorted out too, 102 degrees. The tech retrieved another thermometer and took my temp three times, each posting an E02 error. I offered my technical assistance suggesting that I know what the E02 error is. She looked up and said "really"? Yep, it's the one between E01 and E03. Thank God I was there! I saw a masked smile by the brief squint of her eyes. Either that, stinkeye... it's a thing. After tinkering around some more, she retrieved another thermometer and I was 98.2 and Angela was in the same range. A seemingly practiced and current political tactic... keep monkeying things around until you get the number you want.
The last time I donated blood, I donated on Jason's behalf. This time I was thinking about Madison. Since Angela couldn't get a spot with Jan and Gregg's blood drive, she donated on behalf of on Jason. We're proud and impressed with his parents, and Jason is the reason Angela and I will be giving blood every couple of months until we start fainting on the way out... ideally in to our 90s.
As I think I mentioned, I stumbled upon @Madirose_J on instagram... didn't remember having an account. What I saw was a treasure of pics with quotes I don't recall seeing. Weird isn't it; being the same age as old people?
I love the picture of Madi posing in the blue dress and have it framed during her pre-surgery #2 cruise. I don't recall seeing many of the Instagram posts, just pics... what a gift! The happy thing is when I stumble upon it in a couple of years, @Madirose_J may be new to me then too! Would that be re-gifting?!
You should be able to click an image below and see the full pictures with her keen and playful wit.