Today’s post honors a couple different blog readers, one long-term, the other brand-new, and the good deed each did for me recently.
Both, btw, are going to remain anonymous because I have gauged them as the kind of people who do nice things not for the recognition but simply because they are good folks who look out for others.
The first involved my dog Jewel, who on occasion gets out of her fenced yard, usually when she gets in mindless escape mode after being frightened by thunder, fireworks, gunfire and the like. She got loose one day a couple weeks ago, which I learned when a young (early 20s, I would guess) woman called me at work and asked if my dog was missing.
“Not that I know of,” I said.
“I think we have her,” the woman replied.
During her outing, Jewel, super friendly, had gotten in the woman’s parked car. The woman called the number on the tag, my home phone number, but it being the middle of the day, no one answered. So the person then did a Google search for the name on the tag, Jewel Lundeberg, believing that was the owner’s name.
Alas, the search turned up the old blog, which has featured Jewel, including with pics, a number of times. So the person who found her, who had never before seen the blog, tracked down the paper’s phone number, called me and, presto, happy ending.
Then one day last week, I received a note from a longtime reader asking if I had been successful in finding a used bicycle to purchase and if I hadn’t, he wanted to make me an offer I couldn’t refuse:
If I made at least a $25 donation to Fences for Fido, a volunteer group that builds enclosures to get chained-up dogs off their chains, I could have his bike since leg trouble was preventing him from riding.
When I went to pick it up, his wife asked if I knew anyone who wanted a ladies bike, as she wasn’t really riding anymore following a bad spill awhile back. I had a friend whom I knew was in the market for a bike, so I took that one too.
And as luck would have it, my mom gave me $50 for my birthday last week, so I will just turn the half-sawbuck over to FFF boss Kelly Peterson, a former Albany resident, the next time she’s in the mid-valley visiting her family here.
Thanks again to all of you who’ve done nice things for me over the years. I really appreciate the kindness.
And now, Catch of the Day No. 4, a Wilson-made Clem Labine model from the 1960s. Labine, a right-handed pitcher, was one of the early 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers immortalized in Roger Kahn’s classic book, “The Boys of Summer.”
Here’s the glove: