Tuesday, April 15

The Anniversary of the Boston Marathon

There are times that news and television can capture everyones attention.  The times where everyone feels uneasy, secretly scared, concerned, and unsure about what exactly is going on.  One such time was a year ago today during the running of the annual Boston Marathon.

I can't believe that it has already been a year since the horrible story broke live across my television.  We watched for hours about the horror of two or three bombs being set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and the manhunt that ensued.  It all boiled down to two dickheads deciding to drop homemade bombs off in a crowded streets while runners .

Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured when a pair of homemade bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last April 15. Prosecutors say Tsarnaev, 20, and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was later killed in a shootout with the police, carried out the attacks.



I remember watching as they announced that they almost had the terrorist trapped at a local college.  The repeated views of the blood covered sidewalks and people they were hauling away in guernies into ambulances.  They got in a shootout and ended up shooting the older brother and the younger brother ran him over and took off in a car - leaving the older brother behind.

A few hours later there were repeated camera views on top of a boat in some guys backyard where the younger brother was found to be hiding.  They ended up taking him alive into custody.

We will never know what would cause people to do this senseless act of violence.  To take random lives, to scar countless people and families of those people both physically and emotionally for absolutely no reason. One thing I personally will not understand is why we as a society seem to have no problem putting someone we know is completely guilty of these horrible acts into prison - providing both shelter and three full meals a day - but we will save that for another time.

One thing that has been unbelievable is the sense of resiliency that those people involved, and the entire East Coast has shown.  Starting with the BostonStrong moto they began to regroup and support each other.  They have dusted their self off and today is the day that everyone will run the marathon in Boston again.  I wish I could be there in person to show some support - but don't count on me running anywhere anytime soon.

love life,
j.

Monday, April 14

Donations for the Wellsville Easter Hunt results


So I did a benefit not usual of my ways of doing them.  Normally I just cut hair from 4 in the morning until the last customer comes through and give all the money to a certain cause or organization.

The past two Saturdays I have done a benefit to help fund the Easter Egg Hunt in town.  I just simply put out an Easter basket, threw a sign on it, and put it on my back bar.  People quickly just began throwing any tips in there and I peeled off a little money as well at the end of the day.  I raised a little over a hundred bucks.

The Easter Egg hunt is this coming Saturday, April 19th from noon-2pm at the high school football field in Wellsville, Ohio.  I hope they have a good turn out and all the kids have a great time.

This is also the first Easter for my son, so I'm really looking forward to it!

Love life,
j.

Wednesday, April 9

Easter Egg Hunt Benefit at the Shop


I did not receive any piece of literature or see anything on the internet about an Easter Egg Hunt in town - I heard about it the old fashioned way.. by word of mouth.  Which goes to show you the power of gossip in a shop or conversation with the spouse.

I sat down a few things with an older fellow here in town named Dale.  Dale has been active in this small community for decades.  One of the main things he did over the several past years was put together an Easter Egg Hunt in Wellsville for the kids.  Well he basically said he got tired of the politics of everything so he let it go. 



Now unless I'm mistaken, there haven't been many of these the past few years.  I actually think last year when they decided to get one going someone got blacked out drunk and ran their truck into a fence about 30 yards away from where the kids were collecting candy and eggs.  Hey - this is common in a depressed, addictive small villages across the country.. right? (*Sidenote - I tried to google the article but came up empty.  Maybe I'm crazy..)

With that said - I heard there were two local young ladies that were collecting donations to put together and Easter Egg Hunt in town.  I happen to know both of them, so I decided to do a quick cutoff that following Saturday at the shop.  Now, it was a weird Saturday at my barber shop.  It wasn't super busy at all - it was just somewhat steady.  I put out an Easter Basket with a quick sign on it just stating we were collecting donations on my back bar.  There were a few donations - but like I said the show was a little on the slow side.  I'm putting out the Easter Basket for donations again this weekend to see what we can come up with.  Stay tuned for results from this Cutoff to help benefit the Easter egg hunt here in Wellsville.

I remember those Easter Egg Hunts in Lisbon that my parents used to take my younger brother and I too.  I was a chubby dude in sweatpants.  There was no stopping me filling my bag up back then!!  I hope there are plenty of kids that get to enjoy that this year around here.

Love life.
j.