Greetings, Blog Readers!

Hey loyal blog readers! I don’t know what the weather’s like where y’all are sitting today, but it’s absolutely LOVELY here in SE Michigan! It’s SO lovely, in fact, that I have decided to take today off from writing a trivia recap! Rest assured, a recap of Tuesday’s game will be posted on Thursday afternoon. In the meantime, here’s a pic of a flooded area of a park in Ypsilanti that has turned into a little “lake,” much to the delight of the local waterfowl population…


Ducks enjoying some “unexplained water.” Normally this is a huge grassy area.

I also have to share a really cool story…I was at work today, and I had a very interesting exchange with a co-worker. Just to give a little background, this co-worker is male, he’s 31, and he’s on the autism spectrum. He is also schizophrenic, so let’s just say he can be kind of a “challenge” to work with, and is one of those workers that kind of needs others to guide him in what he should be doing, etc. I would say he’s moderately high functioning, but is not so hot at figuring out what he’s supposed to be doing most of the time. He’s, well, for lack of a better word, a bit “special.” He has encyclopedic knowledge of comics/comic books, well versed in horror films – but cannot handle a simple task like sweeping the floor – or a more complex task like emptying the cardboard baler. As you might imagine, we don’t always get along real well – and don’t always see eye to eye on things. I would rather just do my own job and go home, not babysit someone else and dream up busywork for them! However, I do try stepping up as much as I can, and today I gave him a “job” to do, and explained how it should be done. I tried to make the task as simple as possible, basically “tailoring” it for someone of his particular “abilities” (I dumbed it down significantly).  After I explained his task to him, he indicated that the task was to his liking, and he said to me, “You’re the greatest.” Without missing a single beat – I looked at him and said, “No, Muhammad Ali was the greatest.” And since he is a boxing aficionado/fan, he agreed and said, “You’re right.” That little moment of bonding between two people – one of whom has the potential to drive the other person up the wall on a pretty regular basis? And pretty much does drive me up the wall on a daily basis? Priceless. I told him later that he had made my day by getting that pop culture reference! He might not “get” every aspect of his job description, and basically wants to resort to being a lazy-ass – treating his job as a brief break from playing video games – but he did “get” that pop culture reference. And that means more to me than any compliment in the world!

Not sure how this day could get any better…how about winning some trivia prize money tonight?

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