Beware of the Swamp Lands

I was driving around a park in Toney, Alabama.  The park was built on top of swamp land, so the ground is soft.  Also, it has been raining the past few weeks, which made the area even worse.

I parked by the playground and Mom got out to smoke a cigarette.  We were chatting and I was playing on the swings.  After a few minutes, we decided to leave.  However, my Jeep was stuck.

I tried everything to get it out, but was not successful.  After 30 minutes, I called AAA and a tow truck arrived to help me.  However, the tow truck driver also got stuck.

He tried to free the Jeep, but to no avail.  Then he went to work on his truck.  The ground was so soft, that everything just sunk deeper into the dirt.  He even used concrete blocks, but the blocks just ended up being imbedded into the ground.  I was thinking, this is like trying to get out of quicksand.

The tow truck driver had to call for another tow truck, in order to get himself out of the mud.

Three hours later, we finally were able to leave that park.  We called Gwen to let her know we were on the way home and she volunteered to make spaghetti for dinner.  It was nice to have a warm meal after that ordeal.

The whole situation was historically funny and I will probably be laughing about this for the rest of the week.  There is also an important life lesson in all of this, “Beware of swamp lands.”

Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom

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Bernice Bloom discusses her weight loss journey, both the success and the failures, in her book Adorable Fat Girl.  The book contains five important tips for successful weight loss.

  • Understand what your body wants
    • Eat when you are hungry, not just because you are bored, lonely, or emotional
    • Eat the foods your body needs to stay healthy
  • Psych yourself in, instead of psyching yourself out
  • Be nice to yourself, treat yourself with respect
    • Consuming large quantities of junk food is hazardous to your health
    • Eating healthy foods is a sign of respect for yourself and your body
  • WAW!  Water and Walking
    • Consuming water is great for your health and can decrease hunger pains
    • Walking is an easy exercise to incorporate into your life
  • Make it a habit

The one thing I really appreciated about this book was the honesty.  The writer admitted how difficult her weight loss journey.  She also explained how to overcome the common stumbling blocks to weight loss, using her own personal experience.

This is a very interesting book and worth reading.

 

World’s Largest Jukebox

Gwen and I decided to check out the world’s largest functioning jukebox, which is located in Huntsville, Alabama.  It’s 22 feet tall and built on the side of a building.

The jukebox has inferred cameras and songs are played based on where people stand on the sidewalk.  It was cool that we didn’t have to pay to listen to the music; however, getting it to play a specific song was a bit cumbersome.

We stood on the sidewalk, listening to the music, and laughing about the whole thing.  It was an interesting thing to experience.