|Opening Day Mon 4/4/2005|
Is this Progress? This year Charley will be allowed to sing four times per game instead of last year's once. He will be restricted to between innings.
After six years of selling hot dogs at the old Tiger Stadium and then moving over to Comerica Park where Charley was able to vend his dogs by singing his operatic version of Haw..aw..aw..T Daw..aw..aw.G he was suddenly silenced by management.
At first, management said it was at the request of the fans in his section but the letters, cards and emails coming from many of the the fans including season ticket holders proved this to be wrong.
He was invited down to Toledo to sing for a weekend series and the that news appeared in 17 newspapers around the country. He also appeared on the Good Morning America Show. The popular computer game "MVP Baseball" has someone imitating Charley's singing as part of the background noise at Comerica Park.
Friends of Charley set up a web site which is still getting responses after a year with a survey that indicates that the fans want him to sing.
What is the real story behind this restraint of trade? Do the fans want him to be silenced or controlled? Are the players too sensitive to sound? Why can't he sing when the spirit moves him?
Charley is currently appearing in the Stagecrafters production of "Run for Your Wife" at the Baldwin Theater in Royal Oak Here are the details
|Blessed by an Angel|
"Friends are God's way of taking care of us" (This was written by a Hospice physician of Metro Denver )
I just had one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and wanted to share it with my family and dearest friends: I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die -I barely managed to coast, cursing, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn't even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the "quickie mart" building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay. When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.
At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.1 asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying "I don't want my kids to see me crying," so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, "And you were praying?" That made her back away from me a little but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, "He heard you, and He sent me." I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling walked to the next door McDonald's and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little. She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn't have money to pay rent Jan 1, and finally in desperation had finally called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there. So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there. I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road.
As I was walking over to my car, she said, "So, are you like an angel or something?" This definitely made me cry. I said, "Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people." It was so incredible to be a part of someone else's miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I'll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.
Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings
Psalms 55:22 "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
Prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards, let's continue to pray for one another. Here is a prayer:
"Father, I ask You to bless my children, grandchildren, friends, relatives and email buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace, In Jesus' precious name. Amen."
- Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.
- If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat ail your chocolate, what's wrong with you?
- If not for chocalate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devasated.
- Seen on a tee shirt EMERGENCY ALERT: If wearer is found vacant, listless, or depressed. ADMINISTER CHOCOLATE IMMEDIATELY.
- If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
- It's not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let's face it, far more reliable than a man. is, it, far more than a man' ~ Miranda Ingram
- Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries al! count as fruit, so eat all you like.
- Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies' ~ John Q Tullius
- Too much of a good thing is simply ' WONDERFUL!!!! ~ Deborah Fox-Rothschild
|Rochester PWP Dance Thu 4/7/2005|
The Rochester Chapter of Parent Without Partners will be sponsoring a dance at the Rivercrest on Avon Rd. between Rochester & Livernois
|Sailing Singles Meeting Fri 4/8/2005|
Sailing Singles will be conducting their regular monthly meeting and dance on Friday April 8, 2005. It really is the second Friday of the month. A preliminary copy of the club roster will be available for proof-reading and the regular roster will be published in May prior to the sailing season.
Members can renew and pay online at
|Ted Evringham at NSSC Fri 4/8/2005|
Com. Ted Everingham will present his entertaining and informative overview of the new 2005-2008 Racing Rules of Sailing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at North Star Sail Club. The new rules came into effect on January 1. The program will include a refresher on some of the rules which may have been forgotten since last season.
Ted is an International Judge, a US SAILING Senior Judge and Umpire and the current Chair of the US SAILING Judges Committee
|St Rene Dance Sat 4/9/2005|
The St Rene Singles will be conducting their Monthly Dance at the St Rene social hall, 35955 Ryan between 15 & 16 mile in Sterling Heights
Contact Shirley 586 939 8357 firstname.lastname@example.org .
|Upcoming Special Events|
These events require advance registration and are presented here so that you can take appropriate action.
Sailing Singles will host their 25th Anniversary Commodore's Ball at the Edgewood Country Club on May 7, 2005. All the details are here. You can also register and pay online.
The Michigan Heart Association will be sponsoring their 18th annual Heart Ball on Saturday May 21, 2005.(note the change) Details are here.
|Prints of Original Paintings from Peggy Jo Studio|
The painting that accompanies the Blessed by an Angel article above is a Peggy Jo Original. If you are interested in ordering prints of original art by Peggy Jo, please contact her!