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post #1 of 19
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Did you ever feel like you just need to get the heck out of the office? Today is one of those days for me, so when lunch got here, I was gone.....windows rolled down and radio on!

Took a drive to the bank, deposited my pay, and then headed out to the country..........I saw some wonderful sights. Only wish I had my camera to show you........the one thing that really pulled at my heart strings was a colt suckling from his mother underneath a beautiful tree in a field. I actually got a tear in my eye. (I'm such a cry baby) After I got my fill of that, I moved on to a section of road that crossed over a creek. I saw this family of ducks. The babies looked to be about teenager age...........but they all dutifully followed their parents along the waters edge.

I moved on up the road and saw some beautiful old homes....some in need of repair, some just gorgeous. How I would love to get my hands on the owners and fix them up.........although some of them looked haunted.... Oh, if only walls could talk......

I kept going till I came to a 4 way stop, then decided I'd better go back the way I came so I didn't get lost!

On the way back, I saw a mom and two little girls setting up a lemonade stand at the end of their driveway. It was out in the boonies. Not sure how much business they'll do, but I stopped and got a cup. (they also were selling oreos, so I of course HAD to buy 2) (Hey, you gotta help out small business any way you can, right? It was my sacrafice)

It was a wonderful way to spend my time and I'm so glad I went. I'm a city girl but have a country heart.

Now I sit here back in the office. I just want to run back out to the country sooooooooooo bad!!! 2 hours and 40 minutes to go..........
post #2 of 19
That sounds like fun! I wish I had time on my lunch to do some thing like that. 30 minutes just isn't enough!
post #3 of 19
I played hooky today. Your lunch however sounds wonderful.
post #4 of 19
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Yeah, luckily I get an hour, and I can go over if I need to, so it's no big deal if I'm a few minutes late...........
post #5 of 19
Susie, that sounds like a wonderful lunch hour!

I bet that was a huge sacrifice to make to get those 2 oreo's right? Who can resist them? Now I want some!
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Susie, that sounds like a wonderful lunch hour!

I bet that was a huge sacrifice to make to get those 2 oreo's right? Who can resist them? Now I want some!
LOL, I actually told the mom that they need to be selling milk as well as the lemonade.......I needed it to dunk my cookies in!
post #7 of 19
I never take lunch. My husband and I share one car and there's not any good or cheap eating places close so I just stay here and work through.

If I ever do take lunch the office usually always calls my cell while I'm out so I figure why bother? A drive through the country would be lovely though...
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by emily_325
If I ever do take lunch the office usually always calls my cell while I'm out so I figure why bother? A drive through the country would be lovely though...
My last job was like that too...I discovered the "reject" button very quickly. The only time i got annoyed though was when some of the people calling me didn't understand the concept of voicemail.
post #9 of 19
I took a lunch late today and went out to run a couple of errands. Went to the bank and pharmacy to pick up Peter's heart meds. My experience wasn't quite as wonderful as yours though, Susie. I did see a older man sitting on a bench in the library courtyard feeding pigeons, which was was nice. But, in a two block radius, I was also hit up twice for change by panhandlers, had a guy run past me shouting obscenties to a woman, and saw Cincy's finest bust a couple of guys involved in some kind of "exchange" on the street corner. Gotta love working in downtown Cincinnati!
post #10 of 19
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On the way back, I saw a mom and two little girls setting up a lemonade stand at the end of their driveway. It was out in the boonies. Not sure how much business they'll do, but I stopped and got a cup. (they also were selling oreos, so I of course HAD to buy 2) (Hey, you gotta help out small business any way you can, right? It was my sacrafice)
Susie, you are such a good samaritan! Suffering through those oreos for the sake of children everywhere!
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by LuckyGirl
Susie, you are such a good samaritan! Suffering through those oreos for the sake of children everywhere!
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
although some of them looked haunted.... Oh, if only walls could talk......
...you crack me up Amiga!
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by eilcon
I took a lunch late today and went out to run a couple of errands. Went to the bank and pharmacy to pick up Peter's heart meds. My experience wasn't quite as wonderful as yours though, Susie. I did see a older man sitting on a bench in the library courtyard feeding pigeons, which was was nice. But, in a two block radius, I was also hit up twice for change by panhandlers, had a guy run past me shouting obscenties to a woman, and saw Cincy's finest bust a couple of guys involved in some kind of "exchange" on the street corner. Gotta love working in downtown Cincinnati!
Sounds like Los Angeles. I get so tired of people asking me for money. When I lived in Georgia I used to do soup kitchen work, and help with homelessness fundraisers. There's such a large homeless population in LA that now I'm just annoyed. Especially when you see the same people OVER and OVER so much that it's obvious they aren't trying to better themselves. There was this one guy who tried to use the same line on me twice within a coupe of weeks time and I called him on it. You should have seen the look on his face... but he should remember who he's lied to already! Sorry, not trying to thread hijack or anything. Back to lunch break talk...
post #14 of 19
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I was at a BP downtown Cleveland one time and this guy came up to my window out of the blue asking for money.........I told him I didn't have any and he politely walked away, but then I felt terrible......what if he was truly hungry?? I can't imagine..............
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
I was at a BP downtown Cleveland one time and this guy came up to my window out of the blue asking for money.........I told him I didn't have any and he politely walked away, but then I felt terrible......what if he was truly hungry?? I can't imagine..............
I was in Chicago a few years ago for school and we encountered the same thing with the homeless - I found most annoying, but then I felt truly sad, what if these people really needed it? I felt bad, but so many of those people lie about it - its hard to find who is in need and who isn't
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by babyharley
I was in Chicago a few years ago for school and we encountered the same thing with the homeless - I found most annoying, but then I felt truly sad, what if these people really needed it? I felt bad, but so many of those people lie about it - its hard to find who is in need and who isn't
That's just it Kenz......I would be the first one to buy someone a meal who was hungry, and be very happy to do it.......but for those who don't, it makes it hard to decipher who is who!
post #17 of 19
We were in the local supermarket looking at thank you cards for my MIL when this guy just walks up to us out of the blue....and says "Do you guys mind going and buying me a thing of hamburger so i can feed my kids"

He didn't ask for money he just asked us to go, get it and buy it for him.

I didn't hesitate to take out money though and give it to him. Maybe he didn't use the money to buy food, but I don't know that for sure. All I know is that I did the right thing and what good deeds you do for someone do eventually come back around.
post #18 of 19
It does make you feel awkward. I don't know what I'd do. I'd want to help people, but you never know. I guess I'd wrather help them get on their own two feet (like with a job) instead of just give them a few bucks. One of my student's once told me she had a guy wearing designer shades ask her for money. She's bold and told him to go sell his $200 sunglasses. (they were not knock offs and he was dressed pretty nice too she said)
post #19 of 19
Yeah, Brian and I have had a guy in a suit ask us for money up in Hollywood. Kinda makes you think they don't need the money. I've kinda stopped giving people money unless they very obviously need it. There's this one guy in a wheelchair up on Holywood Blvd that has a dog. I'll give him whatever change I have.

But other times I don't. We were once outside of a McDonalds in Hollywood when a guy asked me and Brian for money for food. We didn't have any change (we're debit card people) but Brian did have a couple of those free hamburger and drink Monopoly pieces. He gave those to the guy. The guy responded with, "I don't want THESE! I want MONEY." and threw them on the ground. Brian picked them up and said, "Well, I'LL get a free hamburger then." and we walked off. I'm just jaded. I don't trust people anymore.
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