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I can do it! I can do it!

My son Macky had CP. He could walk with a walker if I remembered to bring it. I was taking him to school one day and when I got out of the car I realized that I had forgotten it. I called my wife, PK, so she could bring it to school for him to have the rest of the day, but in the mean time I had to carry him to his class. Well, he wasn't a little kid anymore and his classroom is way on the other side of the school. He giggled and hugged my neck as my heart rate hit 200. I promised myself I would never do this again. Never, never, never…. So the next day, I forgot it again. 

When I was in High school we had window unit air conditioners in our house, one in a window in the living room and one in my mom and dad's bedroom that was stuck in the wall. It was about 6 feet off the ground in a square hole that had been cut just for this AC unit. It went out one day and my mom called a guy to come fix it. The man that came was a little old man, maybe 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, maybe. He looked to me like he was about 120 years old. He told my mom he would have to take it to the shop to fix it, so she told me to help him get it to his truck. OK, I know this little guy is going to be no help, but the AC unit only weighs about 150 pounds, how hard can it be, Right? Plus, I've carried this thing before and it wasn't too bad. So I went in there and started pulling it out of the wall. The little old man started yelling "I can do it, I can do it, I don't need any help". So I thought "OK, he can kinda carry a corner as soon as I get it out of the wall". I pulled it out and I thought "Good grief this thing sure weighs more than I remember."  The little man is still yelling "I can do it, I can do it". So I thought I better check on this guy before I start walking down the hallway with this thing, if it was heavy to me it might be real heavy to him and even though he's still yelling I didn't want to squish him. So I swung around to look for him.  Then I saw his feet! They were dangling about 6 inches off the ground. The guy was hanging from the AC unit.  I gently bounced him off and carried it to his truck with him yelling behind me the whole time "I can do it, I can do it."

God's like that: I know God gets this stuff all the time, we say we'll never, never, never do it again and then we do it anyway.  We keep yelling "I can do it, I can do it", but we can't. He's trying to help us but we won't let go. Jesus said "Come to me all that are heavy laden" and I will carry it for you, but you have to let go.

Maybe I'll go workout today, find some old guy to carry around…

Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Last Friday I had lunch at a Food Truck. I love food trucks. Great chefs who just want to cook food and skip all the restaurant stuff. Great food cheap.. No waiters, no place to sit, paper plates, if it rains you get wet.. but great food cheap. I had a Berkshire pork BLT and tea.. Lunch for $10.

So I know I made you hungry…

Here's Thomas Keller's BLT Fried Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich. It's a combo of a BLT, Fried Egg, and Grilled Cheese sandwich .. How could that be bad? See I told you great chefs make simple food. They are normal people just like us.

4 thick slices of bacon

2 slices of Monterey Jack cheese

2 thick slices of rustic white bread, toasted and hot

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

4 tomato slices

2 leaves of butter lettuce

2 tsp butter

1 large egg

In a skillet (your Iron skillet that you use every day works great for this), add 1 tsp butter, then the bread and toast on both sides. After you turn it add the cheese to one of the pieces of toast to melt. Don't burn it. Set aside ..

In the same skillet cook the bacon over moderate heat, turning, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Spread the mayonnaise on the slice of toast that doesn't have the cheese, then top with the bacon, tomato and lettuce.

In a small, nonstick skillet (or the same Iron skillet, just pour off all of the bacon fat. Don't try to clean it. Leave the bacon flavor in the pan), melt 1 tsp of butter. Add the egg and fry over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp around the edge, about 4 minutes; the yolk should still be runny. Slide the egg onto the lettuce; close the sandwich and eat right away... you might as well make 2. I can't eat just one BLT. Food for kings!!!


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 5:50 AM