Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of the attack of the Twin Towers in New York City. Obviously it was more than the Twin Towers, but that is how it is remembered. It was a terrible day for Americans and a day we can never forget. I remember thinking what is next, after they ran a second plane into the other tower and then the Pentagon. I was stunned and felt hopeless, but wanted to do something. I was at my gas station in Dana Point when I heard about it and remembered that my Father had enlisted in the Army on December 8, 1945 after the attack at Pearl Harbor. I was too old to enlist but I still wanted to do something. As luck would happen my morning employee called in sick and my mind was racing 100 miles an hour. I found a nearby business that sold flags and called the guy there and he was swamped. He asked me to come by his store and I told him I was stuck working the station and he took time out of his day to come visit me, and together we pounded a pole with an American Flag into the lawn and as we were doing it, all the cars at the stop light were honking their horns in support. I was touched by this and tears were running down my face as we put that flag into the ground. He was quite busy but he did have 200 flags that were small, like the kind you would see fans waving at the Olympics in support of the American teams. I remember him saying that are 50 cents a piece and I could easily get $2.00 each for them. There was no chance I was selling those as I started giving them to every customer in the store.
Eventually I got an employee to cover the store and went to my condo in Orange County. I was living in Mexico, but wanted to get somewhere where I could watch the news and decided not to return to Mexico that day. Within 2 hours my employee called to see if we could get any more flags, but those were the last 200 he had. Sure he sold them to me, and that was his business and he sold flags ever day of the year and his business liquidated his entire inventory in two hours, an as you may have guessed all the flag retailers were trying to re-order It took about a week to get his order and one of my best memories was of how our Country seemed to unite, that the only colors that mattered were red, white, and blue. When I finally returned to Mexico on the 12th ever overpass on the 5 freeway had flags and messages hanging from them.
Message learned: We have much more in common than the differences we sometimes get emotional about. We had a President and no one cared if he was a Democrat or a Republican, he was our leader. It is a shame that it took that day to bring us together and how soon we forget.
For the business I have decided to not have a separate party for the ladies to celebrate Christmas and the end of the year. My thought is that giving every chica a gift or two just takes too much time, so on Saturday December 3rd we will have our regular party with the clients, and at another date we will have a separate gathering for only the ladies and I believe that will be much more efficient. I am sure we will post the details on October 1, so that everyone will have 2 months to schedule and get their hotel reservations is. We will still have raffle prizes but in smaller numbers than before and of course we will be giving away 3 one hour dates at the party on December the 3rd.
Well college and pro football are underway and of course baseball is in their last 30 or so games before the playoffs, so I am putting lots of attention on that. I am so fortunate to be able to watch and enjoy all the games while still able to field calls and e-mails. Of course on cue around 1pm yesterday the phone stated going crazy after the Charger game. I had my boy and one friend with me and Sundays will be an “Uber Eats” day until the end of the year for sure.
Thanks for your patience with me as I know I don’t blog that often, and I do appreciate your comments and e-mails. One thing is for sure, when you are ready, we will be here. Be safe out there please.