HAPPY RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY ( AKA...CAKE DAY-)--- GET CAKE TO YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT-- THEY WILL LOVE IT... WE COVER 38 STATES THT I KNOW OF....
MEGAN'S ADVENTURE WITH THE EXPLORE.ORG OFFICE AT THE OPERA IN NYC--- REMEMBER THE CHARLIE SHE REFERS TO COULD BE CHARLIE DAWG,,, OR CHARLIE OF EXLORE FAME.
Our NY adventure
Charlie and Finn were amazing ! They handled the city traffic and sounds like champions ! Finn even had no problem peeing on tiny patches of mulch when I would ask him to ! All the people in the city were very educated about service dogs and no place we went to gave us a hard time . Everyone just talked about how beautiful the dogs were and how well behaved they were for being so large .
We went to get some dinner after we watched a rehearsal and Q&A about the performance .We made sure to arrive back at the Duke theater early so we could find Ann and figure out where the best place to sit with the dogs would be . So we got front row , dogs yet again we're great . Charlie commented that he enjoyed watching the Danes expressions during the show as they sat and watched the actors on stage portraying soldiers dealing with PTSD . At one point there was a lot of commotion on stage followed by a gun shot and Finn made it clear he needed to try and check on the solider in front of us acting . He quickly returned back into his down stay half tucked under my chair .
We sat next to the founder of warrior canine connection during the performance and met his service dog ( 11 year old golden ) . After the show Finn and I quickly found the bathroom were he tucked in nicely . Leaving the bathroom we came across a veteran in the hallway having a really difficult time after watching the show . He sat with his head in his hands trying to slow his breathing . Finn saw him and I told him it was okay and he walked right over to him and put his head in the guys lap . Instantly calmed him and put a big smile on his face , a beautiful thing to watch . I called Finn back and he pranced back over and we waiting for Charlie and Ann . We then loaded up on a giant charter bus . It was packed with people and we squeezed on with the Danes . Charlie boarded last and couldn't stop smiling and said he loved seeing the Danes in the sea of people and everyone was so happy to have the dogs around .
We arrived at the after party were we were greeting by Charlie and explore staff and cast members of the show . It was an excellent opportunity to talk with Charlie one on one . He had nothing but nice things to say about what we are doing at Service Dog Project . He even really enjoys the mail calls/trainer talks :) !! He got up on stage and specifically mentioned SDP and how we are doing such wonderful things , by helping so many veterans . There was a photographer there that got a lot of nice images he is going to email them to me . Overall it was a great experience for us and the dogs , we appreciate you allowing us to go and represent SDP .
I WAS THRILLED TO HAVE SDP REPRESENTED BY MEGAN AND STEVE ( AND THEIR 2 DOGS).. NO WAY COUOLD I HAVE MANAGED TEH WALKING
FUNNY HOW WHEN PEOPLE TALK OF HIKING , IT IS MENTALLY IN A FOREST WITH TREES, BUT I KNOW.... WHEN IT COMES TO HAVING TO WALK DISTANCES IT IS BETWEEN BUILDINGS IN CITIES WHERE EACH IS A WIND TUNNEL.. THE WORLD S WORST IS NEW YORK MANHATTAN... THERE ARE SOOOOO MANY PLACES YOU JUST CAN NOT GET TO WITHOUT WALKING MILES...
NO HANDCAPPED PARKING IN FRONT OF STORES THERE.... ACTUALLY, THEY PARK ALL THE CARS IN NEW JERSEY....
NEW YORKERS ARE-- UNIQUELY A GUTSY BUNCH...WHEN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BROKE DOWN THERE ARE PHOTO'S OF THOUSANDS WAALKING ACROSS THE BRIDGES TO GET TO WORK...... IT WAS NOT JUST 9/11 BUT MANY A BLIZZARD HAS ENABLED THE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK TO ORGANIZE THEMSELVES. I HAVE SEEN ?WHEN? THE MAYOR GOT ON THE HORN AND APPEALED TO NEW YORKERS TO RESPOND TO NO ELECTRICITY-- OR TOO MUCH SNOW.. AND THEY DID WITH MINIMAL LOOTING BEHAVIOR.
WHEN I WAS A KID-- MY MOTHER WOULD TAKE US ON "EDUCATIONAL TRIPS" ONCE A YEAR--- I LATER FOUND OUT IT WAS THE WEEKEND OF THE YEARLY PARTY OF MY FATHER'S MENS CLUB--- I KNOW SHE BROUGHT THE 3 OF US TO BOSTON TO LEARN ABOUT PAUL REVERE- AND ALL I REMEMBER WAS THE PARKERHOUSE ROLLS WE HAD AT THAT HOTEL... I HAVEN'T CHANGED MUCH..... HOWEVRE SOMETHINGS HAVE CHANGED....BACK THEN - YOU THREW GUM WRAPPERS OUT THE CAR WINDOW- YOU JUST STEPPED OVER HOMELESS AS PART OF A CITY EXPERIENCE...THE LADIES ROOM EXPERIENCES WOULD SEND ANY SANE WOMAN RUNNING BEHIND THE NEAREST TREE... PLUS RESTROOMS COST 10 CENTS IN A MACHINE THAT LOOKED LIKE A PARKING METER. -- YOU ALWAYS HELD THE DOOR FOR THE NEXT PERSON SO THEY COULD SAVE 10 CENTS.
HOW DID I GET GOING ON THIS???
CONTINUING... IN BRITAIN ... IT WAS CHEAPER- EVEN WITH THE EXCHAINGE RATE... REST ROOMS WERE A PENNY ( WHICH WAS A HUGE COPPER COIN) AND THE TERM OF "I NEED TO SPEND A PENNY" REPLACED MANY OF THE AMERICAN DESCRIPTIONS WE HAD FOR THE PROCESS....
CONTINUING WITH A THREAD.... THE HUGE PENNY COIN WAS IN ANOTHER EXPRESSION... THERE WAS ALSO A ¼ PENNY CALLED A FARTHING-- ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE AMERICAN DIME... SO THOSE BIKES WITH ONE BIG WHEEL BECAME "PENNY-FARTHINGS"
THUS ENDETH THE LESSON OF THE DAY.
I COULD DO A WHOLE DD ON THE CREATIVITY OF THE BRITISH MONETARY SYSTEM-- IF OUR MONEEY IS BASED ON THE FACT THT SOMEONE HAD 10 FINGERS, I CAN NOT IMMAGINE WHAT THE GUY LOOKED LIKE WHO DESIGNED SHILLINGS( BASE 12), POUNDS, ( BASE 20) & GUINNEAS( BASE 21)--- AND THEN THERE WAS A PERSON'S WEIGHT... IN STONES... ( WHICH WERE 14 POUNDS)
NOTICE -----I DO NOT HAVE A CLUE..... I AM SUPPOSED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW....
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