Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sharing 'Strega Nona'

Today, while I was paying for my 'Craming for the GMAT' study guide at Borders Books & Music, the cashier kindly asked me if I wanted to purchase a book for a less-fortunate child. She pointed in the direction of the wall behind her displaying about 25 different books and a handful of techy gadgets for me to choose from. When I accepted her offer and told her to 'hook someone up with my childhood favorite, 'Strega Nona,' she seemed surprised. Maybe because I'm 22 years old, maybe because I tend to sport a 'don't mess with me look' or maybe because it’s rare that people buy into her offer. Nonetheless, she climbed the ladder to reach 'Strega Nona' sitting atop the highest shelf and rang me up for a whopping ten dollars.

I had already spoken with my mother about how I wanted to donate a toy to a local toy-drive but wasn't sure how I would go about doing it, so I was more than willing when the Borders cashier propositioned me. I don't know why, but ever since I was young, I have gotten great joy of knowing that I'm helping out someone who doesn't get half the holiday experience I get. Every year, I get all giddy and can't help but buy into every 'help the needy' gimmick. Honestly, I can't wait to hit the local retail shop in the coming weeks just to plop a couple bucks into the bright red Salvation Army bucket. I remember ringing that bell in high school for three hours as a part of our community service club and I really appreciated those few people who took the time to reach in their wallet.

In general, I guess I just LOVE to give gifts - to my friends, my family, significant other and especially to people that need it. Not to toot my own horn, but I have dubbed myself 'the all-time best gift-giver,' so if you ever need any assistance, just let me know.

Also, if you've never read 'Strega Nona,' I suggest you get your hands on a copy. Whether you keep it for yourself, give it to a youngster in your life or pass it on to someone less fortunate is your choice.

Monday, November 1, 2010

DUDE! What is going on!?

Just hours after I posted about how I am completely fine with Randy Moss leaving the Patriots for the Vikings, this happens. (A special thanks goes out to Brockman for informing me of this. I lived in meetings, in my books and in my papers all day.) On Tuesday, Minnesota will officially release Randy. Obviously it had a lot to do with his I-run-the-show-Patriots-love-fest post-game press conference. Note: I've watched this a few times now and I'm still in shock.

He looked like a mess - not to mention he is wearing a Boston hat (I hope you all noticed this). Clearly, there is a lot going on in his head that we don't know or understand, but I'm sure we never will. I believe Randy put it best in his message to the Pats, 'I love you guys, man I miss you. I'm out.'

And so the question remains - where will Randy end up?