Archive for the ‘Fun Stuff’ Category

Skeeball: My First Love

March 11, 2010

NPR recently aired a story about a Skeeball tournament in Brooklyn, NY.

I listen to NPR all the time, so I can’t believe that of all stories, I missed this one! You see, I have Skeeball in my blood.  I was so excited to read about this tournament, and so disappointed that I didn’t get to participate!

I grew up in a Skeeball arcade—literally. My grandfather was in the “amusement” business in Rockaway Beach, Missouri (the now-famous Branson area), and he and my grandmother moved to Panama City Beach in the early 1950s, opening a Skeeball arcade along with baseball batting cages.  My parents moved to the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches in the ‘60s and took over the operation when my grandparents died, and I lived the first six years of my life in a small apartment in the back of this Skeeball arcade on Long Beach.

My brother and I went to sleep each night with Skeeballs rolling against the wall on the other side of our beds, the ringing bells, the click-clack of the Rolodex-style metal scoreboard, and the grind of the lever that was pulled back to release the balls after inserting the nickel (yes, nickel!) into the coin slot serving as our good-night lullaby. These are happy memories.

Eventually we moved to a “real” house, but I still spent a lot of time at Skeeball until I moved away to college (and even after that). And I could still roll those balls up the alley for hours on end.  It’s addicting! Video game, X-Box, Game Boy, Wii?  Not for me. I like my games the old-fashioned way.  Skeeball will never go out of style!

Look for me at the tournament in Brooklyn next year. I can roll a mean 450!


People Making a Difference

January 10, 2010

Thanks to the Times-Union for the 10 Who Make a Difference feature today.

It’s so heartwarming to read about all the selfless people in our community who really go the extra mile to make the world a better place. Nobody can solve all of the world’s problems, but each person can make a small difference. To those on the receiving end of what the people in today’s paper are doing, their efforts are invaluable. And none of them are politicians or people in positions of power–they’re just ordinary citizens reaching out to their fellow man. If you haven’t read the piece, I encourage you to take a few minutes to pick up the paper. Or you can find it online at It’s inspiring!

Another Cat, This One from the Office

January 3, 2010

My first post was about Dewey, the adorable kitty we found at the library.   Dewey ended up at the beautiful new facility of Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services ( where I hope she was adopted by a nice family for Christmas.

I thought it would be fun to post a photo of Lila, our 3rd cat (does this make me a crazy cat lady?), who showed up at Sullivan & Hepler this past summer looking for a home.  After several days of feeding and petting her, I finally let my kids talk me into bringing her home.   She is the queen of the roost now, as you can see from the photo of her lounging in her specially-prepared basket, waiting to come in out of the cold.

Dewey the Cat

December 18, 2009

My husband and I found the cutest kitty on our run this morning!  She was sitting on a bench outside the West Regional Library, keeping dry but feeling lonely and hungry.  I walked her the rest of the way home, dried her off, fed her, and brought her to the office with me.  She’s now sitting on my desk watching me blog.  I already have 3 cats (the last one rescued from the office when she showed up out of the blue one day), so I’m trying to find a good home for this cutie pie with a loving personality!  Since we found her at the library, I’ve named her Dewey in honor of the famous Dewey the library cat in Iowa.