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HOPE Week begins with Jorge Grajales

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 16, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

HOPE Week began about 15 minutes ago, and what a way to start.

Mariano Rivera, Nick Swisher, Brett Gardner, Dustin Moseley, Kevin Long and Mike Harkey surprised 13-year-old quadruple amputee Jorge Grajales with a pool party in New Jersey.

Jorge and his foster parents, John and Faye Dyksen, live in North Haledon. Family friends hosted the pool party, where the Yankees players and coaches surprised Jorge. The group of friends and family will be invited to tonight’s game at Yankee Stadium where Jorge will throw out the first pitch.

As provided by the Yankees, here’s Jorge’s remarkable story:

When Jorge Grajales was an infant in Panama, a gangrenous infection left doctors with just one cruel option: amputation of all four limbs. His birth family immediately realized it could not provide him the expensive, technical care he would need as he grew older, most notably the resources required for prosthetic fittings and maintenance. With limited social assistance available in his home country, his future was bleak. In all likelihood, he would eventually have to become dependent on begging for survival.

It was at this point that John and Faye Dyksen of North Haledon, N.J., entered his life. At the time, they already had five children, ranging in age from 12 to 21. They volunteered to host Jorge through their involvement with Healing the Children, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing free medical care to needy children around the world. They had previously opened their hearts and home to two young girls with physical disabilities before Jorge’s plight came to their attention.

The original plan in June 1998 was for Jorge to spend six months with them while a charitable medical group made and fitted prosthetics for Jorge. Twelve years later, most people in North Haledon have come to know Jorge. Since age 3, he has spent three-fourths of each year with the Dyksens because he cannot receive the medical care he needs in his homeland. Summers are spent in Panama with his biological parents, brother and sister.

This fall, Jorge, now 13, begins eighth grade at High Mountain Middle School in North Haledon. He attends classes just like any other student and has learned to do almost anything without having hands, including writing, typing and playing video games. He loves swimming and soccer and spends his Friday evenings from November through March serving supper to the homeless at his local church.

“I think it has made a big difference to treat him as another one of my kids,” Faye said. “For the most part, I encouraged him to do everything that anyone else can do. He has a lot of things to overcome, but God has given him the personality to make him soar.”

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262 Responses to “HOPE Week begins with Jorge Grajales”

  1. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes August 16th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I hate to be a negative person, but I am seriously ashamed of the Yankees after yesterday.

    I’d argue that ever since Pettitte went down this team has looked mediocre at best. Yes, there have been some great moments mixed in between and that comeback win in Texas was nice and whatever, but splitting a series with a team like KC is not acceptable.

    Someone needs to light a fire under these guys because the wiggle room they once had is gone with TB ready to take the division lead.

  2. CBean August 16th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I love Hope Week

  3. Bronx Jeers August 16th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    That’s awesome.

    His parents will ask him “So which Yankees came to your pool party?”

    The answer “Mariano and 5 others.”

  4. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    What a great story! :-)

  5. Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Reading these stories always makes me well up a little.

    It makes you realize that there are many, many good people out there.

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    FWIW *

    RBI + Runs

    2010 2009

    tex 172 225
    jeter 136 173
    robby 150 188
    swish 137 166
    gardner 106 71
    arod 155 178
    grandy 81
    posada 73 136

    damon 189
    matsui 152

    * Some players were DLd last year, some this year, Gardner didn’t have as much playing time last year.

  7. blake August 16th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    This is a really good thing the Yankees are doing. I commend them. Thanks for the update Chad.

  8. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    The Mad Prince of Pinstripes-

    Not to criticize your comment per se- but I do find it extremely disheartening that with such a positive story above it, you decided to scroll directly past it and say how embarrassed you are by the team. I understand the difference between on field and off field activities, but after reading such a great story it turned my stomach quite a bit that the very FIRST comment started with “I am ashamed of the Yankees”

    Did you even bother to read the story?

  9. JCPD August 16th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Stories like this make yesterdays game seem so trivial. Which in the scheme of life, it really was.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    “Reading these stories always makes me well up a little.

    It makes you realize that there are many, many good people out there.”

    I didnt get past the first sentence before I welled up. Maybe reading that story will help with a little perspective about yesterday’s game…

  11. Joe from Long Island August 16th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    And he spends his spare time serving meals to homeless people…. Serving the “less” fortunate.

    I think we all need to take a moment, reflect on the strength of this child, and ask ourselves what we can do ourselves.

  12. Irreverent Discourse August 16th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    mad prince – your post couldn’t possibly be in worse taste. pay attention to the articles you are responding to.

    plus, we have been pacing TB dead even for 2 months. what wiggle room are you even talking about? oh, you’re just rambling…

    poor show.

  13. GayleF August 16th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    It is things like this that make me proud to be a Yankee fan. Hope Week last year was fantastic and again this year I can see already what a great week it is going to be. Good for the entire organization for bringing to light these stories. And can you imagine a kid from Panama being able to say that he had a pool party with Mo?

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    As Pollyanna-ish as this may sound, it is God’s honest truth. I have never been ashamed of the Yankees. Once in 20 blue moons I may have thought that the team looked a little lax and that maybe a pep talk would help, but never have I felt ashamed of them.

    I might say I have never felt more proud than I do right now, though, with what they are doing for Hope Week.

    If I am ashamed, I’m ashamed of myself for not doing more of the kinds of things that they are doing. And that’s also God’s honest truth.

    :(

  15. Joekuh August 16th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    WOW @ that story. Love HOPE week. Makes the day to day stuff I go through look so small.

  16. JCPD August 16th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Did you even bother to read the story?

    Apparently not. Either that or for some people life isn’t worthwhile unless they are miserable.

  17. hardwired7 August 16th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    a site dedicated to Jorge Grajales:

    http://www.helpinghandsforjorge.org/news.html

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    In support of the Mad Prince in general, he is usually a very optimistic poster. I would think he just didn’t take the time to look up at the thread.

  19. blake August 16th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I was listening to Kay a few weeks ago and he was talking about Swisher and how sometimes hed get out of a taxi at the ballpark by himself. Kay said he always wondered where he had come from etc…Come to find out hed been visiting sick children at hospitals and does so on a routine basis both in NY and on the road without telling anyone or drawing any attention about it.

    There are some really good guys on this team and I’m proud of the organization for doing things like Hope week. Its a really good thing.

  20. Jason22 August 16th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    What a great beginning of Hope Week, I caught C.C, Nick and Alex on the today show this morning,and then to see this story, it really makes me proud to be a fan of this organization.
    They are being innovative in ways to reach out and help communities as well as one person at a time, as well as leading the way in publicizing charitable causes.

    A big tip of my hat to Jason Zillo, Brian Cashman and the entire Yankee family.

  21. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Perhaps young Jorge can give Mad Princess some encouragement to get past his shame. great family he has here in the States. great story. Well done and thanks to the organization and they players involved for sharing your time.

    Perhaps you won’t “shame” Princess and his/her followers. I wasn’t sure how they could have topped last year, but, this is quite a head start on trying to. Nice to see Dustin Moseley jumping in after just a few weeks with the team.

    To paraphrase Joe DiMaggio” Thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee (fan)”.

  22. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Trisha, not going to argue about this one, but, the subject title was rather hard to miss.

  23. Joe from Long Island August 16th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    blake – I had read the same thing about Swish.

    Just like the trip to Virginia Tech a couple of years ago. George wanted to do something. I remember Pete saying he had looked into it, and not one other pro sports team gave even one dollar, or responded in any way. Not one.

    The Yankees deserve lots of good karma for Hope Week, and all the similar things they do year round.

  24. pat August 16th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    “… He has a lot of things to overcome, but God has given him the personality to make him soar.”

    and the Dyksen Family to allow that to happen. Angels among us for sure.

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I went to the Jorge Grajales site and there is a place where you can donate. They take PayPal (my favorite). I am sure that every dollar helps. Wouldn’t it be a nice feeling to donate to the same cause that was part of our Yankees’ Hope Week?

    I’m also going to let them know that the link to the story on Brianna Romanyshyn doesn’t work.

  26. blake August 16th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    joe,
    I agree..I can tell you there are a lot of Yankee fans in Blacksburg today also because someone took the time to care about what happened there. Makes you feel good to be a fan of an organization like that.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    GB, just saying that I don’t know the Mad Prince to be a negative poster. I agree this wasn’t the best thread for him to use for his subject matter.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    “Angels among us for sure.”

    Kind of like the Tuohys from the Blind Side. What special, special people.

  29. pat August 16th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Part II of the Nardi Contreras interview

    jnorris427 Nardi Contreras convo Part 2: http://minormatterstrenton.blo.....ation.html

  30. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    No issues with you, Trisha. Not wasting my “typing skills” on that part of the page any more. I have so little to begin with.

    Just checked my spelling and no errors. Is this the sign of the Apocalypse or just one of those freak situations like the Yanks losing 1-0 to, say a team like KC?

  31. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 August 16th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Really hard to be “mad” at this team after reading this article. Get ready for a long winning streak. Johnny Damon and the Tigers are going down! ( sorry Erica I couldnt resisit ;) )

  32. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    GB, just saying that I don?t know the Mad Prince to be a negative poster. I agree this wasn?t the best thread for him to use for his subject matter.
    *********

    It wasn’t so much the negative comment that bothered me…. but the fact that it was the very FIRST comment. At the very least wait 10 minutes. Show that you actually read the story first

  33. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    NYY626 – Andy in 2011 August 16th, 2010 at 12:46 pm
    Really hard to be ?mad? at this team after reading this article. Get ready for a long winning streak. Johnny Damon and the Tigers are going down! ( sorry Erica I couldnt resisit )

    *************

    No worries.
    Although, just to hedge myself I kept MPB Johnny Damon active this week on Erica’s Avengers in a hope that he remembers how much he loves that short porch :-)

  34. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Erica, I’d prefer that Johnny waits until he leaves NY before remembering how much he misses “The Porch”.

  35. mko August 16th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Quadruple amputee, what the hell…nice of the Yankees to surprise him.

  36. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    Erica, I?d prefer that Johnny waits until he leaves NY before remembering how much he misses ?The Porch?.
    **********

    I shouldn’t have phrased that the way I did….

    It should have said “in case he remembers”… not “I hope”

    My bad. I have HOPE week on the brain

  37. SAS August 16th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I know I am a bit late getting to the story of Jorge, but it gave me goose bumps and brought tears to my eyes. It is simply amazing the strength some people have. I include the foster parents in this also.

    We do forget how lucky we are.

    Thank you New York Yankees for what you do for those far less fortunate than we are.

  38. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 August 16th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    Erica, I’d prefer that Johnny waits until he leaves NY before remembering how much he misses “The Porch”.
    __________________________________________________________________________
    Erica I have to agree with GB7…..lol

    Im intrigued to see the fan reaction tonight. Think there will be some boos mixed in with the cheers…

  39. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 12:52 pm
    GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    Erica, I?d prefer that Johnny waits until he leaves NY before remembering how much he misses ?The Porch?.
    **********

    I shouldn’t have phrased that the way I did….

    It should have said

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    No problem, Erica. Even pretend love makes you make errors in speech and do strange pretend things.

  40. Fran the original August 16th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Hi SAS,

    You echo my sentiments exactly. What an incredible job by the Yankees.

  41. SAS August 16th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Good to hear from you.

    ————————————————————-

    Somehow, I hope and believe that most baseball teams do something like this. It doesn’t always cost a lot of money to make these special people feel wonderful.

  42. SAS August 16th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    See you all later. I have an appointment.

  43. CR9 August 16th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Hope Week!

  44. BIG AL August 16th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    From adversity comes strength.

    Congratulations to this young man and his family, and to the Yankees with Hope Week.

    Definitely an inspiration!

  45. pat August 16th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Nelson Cruz likely to miss series with Rays due to hamstring injury. :sad:

  46. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I am glad to see the team is continuing the Boss’ legacy. Blake, thanks for sharing that info about Swish…one of the reasons I liked him long before he was a Yankee. The Yankees also were very generous w/ the relief fund for Haiti.

    With HOPE week, the Yankees set an example for all of us. Perhaps we can’t do things on such a grand scale, but we can all make someone’s life a little better, even if it is as simple as letting someone cut ahead of you in line, or giving someone a smile.

  47. Joe from Long Island August 16th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    kate – That’s the spirit! It’s little things everyday. What’s the phrase – spontaneous, gratuitous kindness. Sprinkle it with a little courage in our own day-to-day trials.

    Back to work….

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Okay I put my money where my mouth is and donated to help little Jorge. If anyone is interested in doing the same, here is the link.

    http://www.helpinghandsforjorge.org/donation.html

    :)

    That did make me feel good.

    ***********************************

    Erica, do you think I’m crazy sitting Scherzer against the Yanks? He’s a two starter…

    I just picked up a total unknown (to me anyway) for another two starter. (I had Brad Bergerson but didn’t feel great about him pitching against Cliff Lee for his second start and so bravely dropped him.)

    :)

  49. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Joe
    I used to tell my son during Lent to take something on, rather than give something up…and then I had to try to set a good example

  50. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Trisha-

    I would do it. Unless he gets completely blown out, he will earn you SOMETHING and then you still get one more start out of him.

  51. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    Joe
    I used to tell my son during Lent to take something on, rather than give something up?and then I had to try to set a good example
    *************

    In college, I gave blood very regularly. I kind of miss doing that, but it was so much easier then when there was a blood drive on campus each month rather than making time to go to the center

  52. Fran the original August 16th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Trisha,

    Since you are facing me this week in Fantasy BB I don’t think you should have any 2 start pitchers ;)

  53. Irreverent Discourse August 16th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    you guys run weekly lineups? ewww

  54. Betsy August 16th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    So it turns out I’m going to the game tomorrow (and this time I can’t ditch my father and his clients)……..Anyone know where Lobel’s is located? It sound delish and now I have to try it. Thanks!

  55. m August 16th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Is it Lent already? Lots of people giving up on this team. ;)

    I’m not much of a softie, but these stories really pull at the heartstrings. Hopefully, the Yankees can bring a bit of sunshine to the beneficiaries of Hope Week.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Fran – :lol:

    Erica, I just meant I felt a little heretical starting him against the Yankees. But if you say i don’t have to feel that way, then I won’t!

    :D

    Fran, on my honor I promise to drop or at least sit all of my two-starters if you do the same, ha ha.

    :)

    Guess I’ll go and enjoy the great outdoors for a while.

  57. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    Joe
    I used to tell my son during Lent to take something on, rather than give something up?and then I had to try to set a good example
    *************

    In college, I gave blood very regularly. I kind of miss doing that, but it was so much easier then when there was a blood drive on campus each month rather than making time to go to the center

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    giving blood is always a great donation. Everyone knows that pinstriped blood is best. It goes well with anybody’s system if they give it a chance.

  58. Irreverent Discourse August 16th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    betsy – 3rd base side, field level

  59. Bronx Jeers August 16th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Betsy, Lobel’s is on the left field – field level concourse. Probably a bit after the food court and before you reach the foul pole.

    Highly recommended. Don’t let the line scare you, it moves quick.

  60. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    GB7-

    I have a rare blood type and the Blood Center used to call me 4 times a week asking me to donate blood.

    I got so fed up with the constant phone calls that one day I told them they were a bunch of vampires and I wasn’t going to donate anymore out of spite.

    However, I miss doing it and I should really make an effort. In fact, I might try to go one night this week. I feel inspired

  61. Betsy August 16th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    What a story on this little boy…….I feel terrible for his parents in Panama that they have to be separated from him for so long.

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    “you guys run weekly lineups? ewww”

    Irreverent, the bad part about that is that you “willingly” bastardize your team and instead of a game of skill you end up playing a game of wits because opponents like Boston Dave end up streaming in two-starters like water off a duck’s back and instead of having 5 starting pitchers, you find you need 10 to keep up with him – thereby trying to pick up the best free agents that are out there, and that doesn’t always work out. You also have to drop some players you don’t want to and then they’re gone, poof, because someone picks them up immediately. If you don’t do it that way, you end up almost automatically losing because pitchers can get you some really good points.

    The good part is that it is only once a week as opposed to daily. Last season nearly did me in. You talk about devoting time to something!

  63. Betsy August 16th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    ID, Bronx……thanks so much!

    No, the line won’t deter me at all as I’ll do anything for food, lol.

    I love HOPE Week……

  64. Betsy August 16th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    As to the series, the Yanks are facing good pitching, but good teams find a way………Now I don’t see how Joe’s tirade is going to help them hit better, but it can’t hurt. Not the biggest Javy fan – glad I’m seeing CC tomorrow.

  65. m August 16th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I know that the Texas Rangers aren’t in financial straits anymore, but they just paid an almost $1.6M bonus to the 45th pick. The Sox, Yankees, and Tigers have some competition in over-the-slot stakes.

    Off-topic, but I was on the road early (too early). Headed home, I find myself right behind an SUV with Boston stickers and team logos all over the back. “Yankees SUCK!” and “Boston Title Town” and the mug of beer + :) were some of the winners. I left the girl alone because she had some Patriots stuff, too. :P But, when I passed her, saw that her side door was smashed. Now that really SUCKS.

  66. m August 16th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    mug of beer= :)

  67. Irreverent Discourse August 16th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    trisha – for weekly lineups i would have enforced a 1 or 2 weekly move limit, to cut down on the streamers. i like daily lineups moreso for the ability to make a move midweek to make up a particular category you struggled in all week. not dealing with super-streamers (or at least knowing that you are by thursday/friday and being able to move accordingly) is a plus.

    for the 30-45mins a day it costs, i miuch rather daily lineups :)

  68. Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I give blood all the time. I’m type 0 negative; the blood bank is always calling me.

    I’m in the bone marrow registry too.

  69. Fran the original August 16th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Trisha,

    May the best team win :)
    Good luck.

  70. Irreverent Discourse August 16th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    betsy – that steak sandwich (even for $15) is the best thing in the stadium. i would put the pulled pork from SW BBQ second and the corned beef sandwich from the deli in the back left of the food court 3rd.

    obviously, this is all ranked behind the garlic fries, which are in fact the greatest thing ever.

  71. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Fran, you too. You know how I feel about facing you anyway. It’s all good.

    :)

  72. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Is Lobel’s the place with the $18 steak sandwich?

  73. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Betsy
    too bad you don’t get to see Phil…we are coming down on Friday, I guess we will be seeing the new and improved AJ

  74. Irreverent Discourse August 16th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    shame – its $15, and its worth every penny.

  75. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 1:31 pm
    GB7-

    I have a rare blood type and the Blood Center used to call me 4 times a week asking me to donate blood.

    I got so fed up with the constant phone calls that one day I told them they were a bunch of vampires and I wasn’t going to donate anymore out of spite.

    However, I miss doing it and I should really make an effort. In fact, I might try to go one night this week. I feel inspired

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Is it pretend rare blood?

    Just teasing.

    I can’t give any blood for use as transfusions, but, I do let them take what they need for testing and experiments. Continued cases of different things like malaria and other tropical and desert born deseases and innoculations make me unfit…as well as the cancer issue. They don’t believe that my Yankee fandom has purified my body, heart and soul.

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Irreverent, there were features about the daily lineup that were attractive. My team was so bad for so long that I got to know just about every major leaguer out there! I paid strict attention to the “most added” and “most dropped” and my team started to move up. It was also my first year in fantasy baseball so I didn’t draft very well (if you saw my opening day team this year you would have thought I didn’t learn much, ha ha). I also emailed the “Answer Guys” quite a bit, and they gave me good hints on how to make my team better. Of course it probably would have helped if I bothered reading about the scoring, etc. But I tend to be lazy with those things. :) I didn’t know that there was a pitching cap until probably half way through the season and never understood why they were telling me to trade some of my pitching away!

    The weekly lineup is tougher in terms of bringing in good players because people don’t make the immediate changes they do with the daily lineup so they hold onto their players. Also, the two-start thing can basically overtake everything you do with your team. I know it does with mine!

  77. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    ***diseases****

  78. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    I give blood all the time. I?m type 0 negative; the blood bank is always calling me.

    I?m in the bone marrow registry too.
    ************

    O is really rare
    I am an A negative

    I have always been tempted to do a platlet donation but I don’t think I can sit in the chair for two hours

  79. Fran the original August 16th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Kate,

    Hope you see the new and improved AJ, not the old imploding one!

  80. Betsy August 16th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Kate, I never care who I see pitch; I’m very happy to see CC

  81. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    ID – gotcha. I’m confused though, because I definitely had bought one of those at the stadium and didn’t find myself impressed. Now, I can’t be sure it came from Lobel’s because whenever I’m at games I’m rather inebriated, but I also can’t imagine another steak sandwich at the stadium costing a similar amount.

    ..The strangest part about all this is I’m usually the person that eats food a bit tipsy and thinks its the most amazing thing to touch my tongue only to go back with my buddies and realize its terrible food that only tastes good after a 6 pack. ..Sigh..

  82. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    O-, A-…..too much negativity here.

  83. Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I donated platlets to my brother when he had cancer, marrow too.

  84. Betsy August 16th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    ID, I normally bring in corned beef from Ben’s Deli when I go with my dad (would trust that over any deli at YS), but this time…….it’s the steak, my favorite food ever. $15.00? Still, it’s got to be more value than the $7 I payed for a cheesesteak (which was good, by the way) last year.

    I had the garlic fries – they were good, but they were just french fries with garlic; I would get them again, but they didn’t make me swoon.

  85. Betsy August 16th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    And I LOVE garlic…………that’s one of my favorite foods, ever as well.

  86. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    About blood type, bone marrow, and rarities. If anyone knows anything about matching bone marrow donors, siblings only have a 25% chance of matching each other. One of my brothers was quite ill and frankly wasn’t going to live without a bone marrow transplant. I have 5 brothers and sisters (there are 6 of us) and the five remaining were tested to see if we matched. (My brother lives in Houston and we all trooped there for Easter two years ago, right before Dennis was going into the hospital.) The strangest thing in the world is that it turned out that my three brothers were all matches for each other! But even stranger, on Easter my sister-in-law told us that they had emailed her all of the results and my two sisters and I all match each other! How crazy is that!!!!! My parents did one heck of a job. On the more serious side, and hopefully we’ll never have to test it out again, if any of my siblings becomes seriously ill and needs a bone marrow transplant, we have the donors already.

  87. Irreverent Discourse August 16th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    shame – the only… issue(?)… i had with the steak sandwich is that they put too much steak on it and it kinda falls apart.

    oh, to have such problems every day…

  88. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Okay, not to the great outdoors for real.

  89. Irreverent Discourse August 16th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    betsy – i just like eating tons of garlic in a publicly acceptable way. the fries provide me with that. :)

    i do like ben’s, it’s just out of our way to the stadium. my friends and i usually stop at kitchen kabaret in glen cove, saw francessa there last time we went… gave him a nice piece of my mind lol :) but i was pretty impressed with the stadium sammich (it is a boars head deli at least).

  90. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    ID
    too much steak sounds like a good problem to have!

  91. Doreen August 16th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I just read Chad’s post.

    What wonderful people the Dyksens are and what an awesome person Jorge is. Their story is touching and inspiring.

    I’ll bet the look on his face when those guys walked into his pool party was a sight to behold!!

    God Bless them all.

  92. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Too much steak, eh?? Sounds like my kinda sandwich then. I’m scratching my head here, I wonder where else I coulda spent that on a steak sandwich. Hmm.. maybe for my next trip out to the stadium I’ll wait until the game starts before drinking. First time for everything.

  93. Betsy August 16th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    ID, if I get a sandwich like that, I will just take off some of the steak and eat it with my hands!

    I’ve gone to Kitchen Cabaret a few times – neat place, though I wouldn’t go out of my way for it (and I do go out of my way for food I love). We bring in the deli from the Ben’s near where I live – surprisingly, the sandwiches stay mostly warm between there and YS.

  94. Betsy August 16th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Garlic is acceptable at any time; too bad if people don’t like the smell, lol.

  95. Bob August 16th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Nice story – maybe espn will pick up this story and share it with a broader audience.

  96. G. Love August 16th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Yesterday my wife and I ran a 5k at the stadium for Damon Runyon cancer research.

    It was an incredible event only topped by the fact that I got to run through Yankee Stadium on around the field for 2 laps.

    The Yankees are dedicated to great causes. For all the evil empire junk we have to put up with, just remember the team we all root for is a class organization.

    Opening your ballpark to the event they did yesterday was really special.

  97. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    G Love
    good for you and your wife :)
    I saw that advertised, but it is way too far to travel for us for a 5K

  98. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 1:51 pm
    I donated platlets to my brother when he had cancer, marrow too.
    *************

    Wow… what an amazing thing to do

  99. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Tom
    one of our local colleges has sponsored bone marrow registration…you are making me feel like I should make the effort to get over there!

  100. G. Love August 16th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    upstate kate,

    Thanks. It was really a lot of fun and not your normal 5k because of the setting. Plus we had to run up stairs to go up each level. We got to use the ramps to run down levels though.

    You also got to do 2 laps around the field (you can’t touch the grass) and they were putting everyone up on the HD screen in CF as they did their laps. Our friends and family got to sit in the Delta Sky Box section to watch us.

    Just a special day. Everyone got to write who they were running the 5k for and pin it on themselves.

    The Yankees did good.

  101. Betsy August 16th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/.....9gT4REsbNL

    2. A.J. Burnett?s second complete game as a Yankee gave the Yankee bullpen the day off yesterday. But in the nine games before that, the pen had pitched a total of 28 innings, permitted 14 hits and yielded just one run ? amazingly against Mariano Rivera.

    David Robertson has shaken off early season difficulties. Kerry Wood has been a useful addition. Joba Chamberlain has smoothed out some mechanics to sustain a strong run. And Boone Logan has become a very useful lefty component. The Yanks also hope to get back Alfredo Aceves and Damaso Marte.

    Do you believe in this group? Or do you think this is a blip?

    Because you can see how vital this group could be not only the rest of the season, but in the playoffs if the Yankees make it. Aside from CC Sabathia, the Yanks cannot feel strongly about any starter they have come October, especially if Andy Pettitte?s injury setback keeps him from being part of a postseason rotation.

    It could be that the Yanks will have to go the bullpen early and often to win. This model was somewhat in effect in 1996. The team did not have a powerhouse rotation with David Cone coming back from aneurysm surgery, Pettitte just in his second season, Jimmy Key in the aging role then that Pettitte is now and Kenny Rogers being some combination of Javier Vazquez and Burnett.

    The Yanks won because their pen ? particularly a set-up man named Mo Rivera ? was so special that October.

    It may have to be again this year if the Yanks are going to survive a postseason.

    ********

    Can’t say I disagree with Sherman.

  102. RMS August 16th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Good start by the Yankees with Hope Week. People are amazed that giving up your time to cheer people up is a great help.

  103. Yanksgal07 August 16th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I don’t know if any posted it yet but here’s a link from The Today Show with Alex, CC & Swish. I love Hope Week…it’s just such a wonderful thing that is done by the Yankees. I was at the Damon Runyon 5K yesterday too…just a spectator with a donation tho’…I have
    a slight knee problem so I couldn’t do the run/walk itself. It was great seeing the large
    group of people that turned out ..I hoped they reached their goal of $500,000.
    I’ll be there tonight to welcome Johnny D back too (of course I’ll send him love from Erica as promised). Last year during Hope Week the Yankees won all 5 games …let’s hope that happens again along with the good cheer and encouragement to the recipients of Hope Week.

    Here’s the link: http://www.bing.com/videos/wat.....FORM=VIRE1

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  104. Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Upstate Kate, the surgery wasn’t that bad. They put you under and take the marrow out of your hip bone. I sore and weak, but back to normal after a week or so. Plus my brother is alive and well…

    I’ve never been called to donate from the registry, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat…

  105. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Are we playing GTLU today? :-)

  106. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Yanksgal 07
    enjoy the game…we will expect a full report tomorrow!

    Erica
    I have a line up ready…we can post and Doreen can decide after

  107. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    If you play it, Doreen will come.

  108. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Shame Spencer & Upstate Kate….

    I agree.

    I will post my line up (after this) and Doreen can follow :-)

  109. Warning Track Power August 16th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Jeter-SS
    Swisher-RF
    Tex-1B
    ARod-3B
    Cano-2B
    Posada-DH
    Granderson-CF
    Cervelli-C
    Gardner-LF

  110. DaSaint007 August 16th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Hello all!

    Articles and actions like HOPE week are a great example of the fact that humanity still exists in many individuals, including organizations like the Yankees.

  111. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Tex 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    Cano 2B
    MPF Lance Berkman DH
    Granderson CF
    Cervelli C
    GGBG LF

    Thanks Doreen (wherever you are) :-)

  112. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    GTLU in case
    SS Jeet
    RF Swish
    1B Tex
    3B Arod
    2B Robbie
    C Po
    CF Grandy
    DH Thames
    LF GGBG

    giving Lance an extra day off
    have to put Po in after Cisco’s errors yesterday

    thanks Doreen

  113. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    good to see you Saint

  114. Asd August 16th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I have to ask: How is he throwing the pitch?

  115. DaSaint007 August 16th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks Kate. And ‘hello’ to all my other blog compadres!

  116. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Asd August 16th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    I have to ask: How is he throwing the pitch?
    *****************

    I wondered the same thing.

    I am guessing since he is a swimmer, he has artificial limbs

  117. DaSaint007 August 16th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Compadres? Sheesh, I’m starting to sound like John Sterling.

  118. justinxdance27 August 16th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Jeter-DH
    Swisher-RF
    Tex-1B
    ARod-3B
    Cano-2B
    Posada-C
    Granderson-CF
    Gardner-LF
    Pena-SS

  119. austinmac August 16th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    That is a wonderful story. I’m glad I live in a world where there are not only kind and helpful people but also brave, brave souls who won’t give in no matter what the circumstances. Bless them all and may this day give us all a smile and a moment of thanks.

  120. ericns1 August 16th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Nice story – this really makes me proud of the Yanks!

  121. tampayank August 16th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I’m taking a mental day off from the Yanks, Girardi recommended it, so only Football tonight for me, will check the box score at around 11pm :)

  122. UnKnown August 16th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    GTLU

    Jeter DH
    Granderson CF
    Tex 1B
    Alex 3B
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Cervelli C
    Gardner LF
    Pena SS

  123. Irreverent Discourse August 16th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    chad halp, the blog is a ghost town.

  124. ZMAN August 16th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Chad needs to make another post about the team’s reaction to yesterday’s loss… that will get the blog up and running again…

  125. Yanksgal07 August 16th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Let’s hope the team doesn’t sit around and dwell on it like fans do. It’s on to the next game …hopefully with much better results.

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  126. Sigmund August 16th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Kind of a strange little stretch here by the Yanks — last four losses in a row have been by one run. Meaning it’s frustrating, but that the team isn’t getting blown out, and they were a timely hit or two from an excellent stretch. Thin line. But a great, exciting season so far, in that three of the best teams in baseball (maybe the three very best) are all in the same division.

  127. pat August 16th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Line-up

    Ledger_Yankees Jeter 6, Swisher 9, Teixeira 3, Rodriguez 5, Cano 4, Posada dh, Granderson 8, Cervelli 2, Gardner 7, Vazquez 1.

  128. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    good job Warning Track Power :)

  129. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I do not win :-(

  130. pat August 16th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    JackCurryYES Watched Jorge Grajale, a quadruple amputee from Panama, swim with Mariano Rivera and Yanks for HOPE week today. What an inspirational kid.

    JackCurryYES When Jorge Grajale met Mariano Rivera, he was in shock. Jorge said he didn’t recognize Rivera “because he wasn’t in uniform.” Cool scene.

  131. pat August 16th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Joe Girardi says that Berkman (ankle) is day-2-day and that he doesn’t expect him 2day. Also Nick Johnson’s wrist is hurting again. #nyy
    4 minutes ago via web

  132. Bob August 16th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Pavano has been injury free for almost 2 years with the Twinkies. Isn’t that amazing ?

  133. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    pat August 16th, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    Joe Girardi says that Berkman (ankle) is day-2-day and that he doesn?t expect him 2day. Also Nick Johnson?s wrist is hurting again. #nyy
    ************

    I didn’t know his wrist ever stopped hurting :-(

  134. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Bob August 16th, 2010 at 3:52 pm
    Pavano has been injury free for almost 2 years with the Twinkies. Isn?t that amazing ?
    ************

    One year, incentive-filled contracts have AMAZING healing powers

  135. Shame Spencer August 16th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    “Also Nick Johnson?s wrist is hurting again”

    Just made me spit out my orange soda.

  136. Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Oh, wait. There’s an invisible monkey. Unbelievable.

  137. Andrew August 16th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Did Johnson’s surgery accomplish anything at all? Crazy, it’s like he was never better at any point even after going under the knife.

  138. Doreen August 16th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    The following people submitted lineups for GTLU:

    Warning Track Power
    Erica
    upstate kate
    justinxdance27
    Unknown

    Warning Track Power is the winner of Today’s GTLU, based on the lineup pat posted

    I apologize for completely forgetting about today’s game. I spent the entire day putting my basement back together after my daughter decided to take everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) down from every shelf. Still not 100% done, but I really need to post a picture to give an idea of the volume of work – she was a human tornado and we haven’t yet figured out why she did it – and was quiet in doing it. I’m just shaking my head. :lol:

  139. SAS August 16th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Question……..

    Can or do baseball teams take out insurance against these guys who cannot perform their contracts…i.e. Pavano and Nick Johnson

  140. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Doreen-

    No worries. We knew if we played, you would eventually join in. :-)

    Sorry your daughter was a one-girl wrecking ball :lol:

  141. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Remember back when the season was new and people here thought that Johnson’s .500 OBP would be a huge contribution to the teams… sigh

  142. Cashmoney August 16th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    nice story about Jose Grajales , reading something like that always makes wonder how many
    other Jose Grajales are out there without the benefit of benevolent parents.

    kinda remind me of the phrase ‘ love thy brother as thyself’, only if i can truly do that.

  143. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    sounds like a frustrating day Doreen

  144. upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I don’t think anyone, even Cashman, really and truely expected much from NJ

  145. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    upstate kate August 16th, 2010 at 4:10 pm
    I don?t think anyone, even Cashman, really and truely expected much from NJ
    ***********

    I am sorry Miss Kate, but I disagree. Cashman did count on NJ… that was what led to our DH disaster

  146. Joe from Long Island August 16th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Doreen – Patience. Patience and strength, and love. Not that we need to tell you.

  147. Doreen August 16th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    upstate kate -

    Well, it was interesting, for sure. Actually, she did this on Saturday and I hadn’t actually seen it until today. My husband warned me, and we didn’t have a chance to go and clean it up yesterday, so it wasn’t a shock. And actually, as bad as it was, I was expecting worse. :) Thank heavens she didn’t hurt herself is all I can say – and she helped me clean up today.

  148. GreenBeret7 August 16th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    apologize for completely forgetting about today’s game. I spent the entire day putting my basement back together after my daughter decided to take everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) down from every shelf. Still not 100% done, but I really need to post a picture to give an idea of the volume of work – she was a human tornado and we haven’t yet figured out why she did it – and was quiet in doing it. I’m just shaking my head.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Maybe she was looking for the stolen bank loot or the missing Yankee offense.

  149. Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Doreen, it could be worse. When I was being potty trained, I use to knock over the potty after I was done.

    I think I was the only child to ever be potty trained in the garage.

  150. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 4:16 pm
    Doreen, it could be worse. When I was being potty trained, I use to knock over the potty after I was done.
    *************

    Why on earth would you do that??????????????????????????????? LOL

  151. SAS August 16th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Doreen,

    So sorry. It must be very frustrating, and you have to have the patience of a saint.

  152. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Updated Accuscore for the week

    Accuscore still loves the Yankees!!!

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....odds081610

  153. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 16th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    “Chad needs to make another post about the team’s reaction to yesterday’s loss… that will get the blog up and running again…”

    :lol:

    Doreen, I know that you find silver linings in clouds but since you are too busy putting things back, might I suggest one for you? You might end up get ridding of some things you don’t really need, plus it will definitely be neater than it was! You know how it is when you put things back again. Hope that helps even a little.

    ******

    Tom in NJ, the same thing happened to my brother who donated. I don’t know if they put him under but he had to go back a few times to have marrow removed – until they harvested enough platelets, and he was quite sore, plus I remember him having a lot of pain in his back, but they told him that would happen.

  154. Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I don’t know, Erica. Apparently, I would also turn and give a my mother the “thumbs up” after I knocked it over. I was an odd child.

  155. pat August 16th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    A GREAT read from Mike Ashmore on the “glamorous” life in the minor leagues.

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpre.....he-future/

  156. Doreen August 16th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I’ve never been allowed to donate blood. They have a weight cut-off. I always thought that was one of the easiest ways to help out and I wish I could. My husband does it.

    I’m trying to imagine the look on Jorge Grajales’ face when he realized one of the Yankees was Mariano Rivera. I think it’s such a great reaction that he didn’t recognize him “out of uniform.”

    Nick Johnson still hurting – sigh. That’s a darn shame. And I know it wasn’t totally unforeseeable, due to his history – he’s just one of those “dark cloud” guys, but I don’t blame Cashman entirely for giving it a go. There was a lot of hope and faith involved that finally Johnson would be able to stay healthy, but also, the idea that he wouldn’t be playing the field should cut down the opportunity for injury for any other player was a reasonable one. However, I wish he hadn’t signed him. But I also thought that they gave Damon a fair offer and if not Damon and if not Johnson, then who? Basically what they ended up with, I guess.

  157. Cashmoney August 16th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    # SAS August 16th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Question……..

    Can or do baseball teams take out insurance against these guys who cannot perform their contracts…i.e. Pavano and Nick Johnson
    ——————————————————–
    you can insure anything , if someone wants to insure it.
    Lloyd of london is normally the place where one goes for more exotic assurances aside from your garden variety health and life assurance. I am pretty sure Mo Vaughn was insured when he was hurt from the Mets.

  158. Doreen August 16th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    pat -

    I read that this morning. I thought Ashmore did a good job with the story – it was fairly extensive. It’s one of my favorite baseball topics. The book I had read early this spring was along these lines.

  159. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 4:23 pm
    I don?t know, Erica. Apparently, I would also turn and give a my mother the ?thumbs up? after I knocked it over. I was an odd child.
    **********

    LOL.. thats just vindictive

    My cousin was recently teaching her 4 year old how to umm.. “clean himself” after his business. One day while at my aunt’s house (his grandma), my aunt went into the bathroom to help him. He told her that everytime he wipes himself after a #2 (like a big boy) my cousin gives him a dollar.

    My aunt commented on this to my cousin. And my cousin goes “No, I don’t”. LOL.

    The child is a maniacal genius!

  160. Cashmoney August 16th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    in the case of NJ , I doubt it , the contract was for one year, due to his checker injury past, the premium on such assurance would prolly almost exceed or equal to the contract value.

    so , Nick Johnson, no insurance for You, they ought to dock pay out of Cashman for this signing, but if that was the case, Cashman would have owe hundreds of millions dollars by now.

  161. Doreen August 16th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    trisha -

    I’m way ahead of you – turning lemons into lemonade. I used the opportunity to get rid of some stuff that had just been accumulating over the years. I got 4 bags of trash and have one more go-around to see if I can add to that. :)

    She’s downstairs now putting her books back on the shelves. I almost stopped her, because, well, it wasn’t the way I’d do it; but I can live with that “disorder” because she’s really proud of helping out. I can always make it look pretty after she goes back to school in September. ;)

  162. Doreen August 16th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Oh, Tom in NJ – your poor mom! :lol:

    SAS – thanks. There’s worse things in life than being forced to clean out your basement. Maybe she was trying to tell me something :lol:

  163. Bronx Jeers August 16th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Tom in NJ,

    I recall learning to stand up to do #1. Aiming the flow and what not.

    So after acquiring this skill I decided to show off my proficiency by filing various receptacles all over the house I.E. ashtrays, vases, flower pots.

  164. Tyler August 16th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    just got back home from KC. pretty disappointing series although the trip was pretty fun. waited out the rain delay friday with the help of some special beverages with the guys which definitely wasn’t worth it haha. still can’t believe they got 2 hit by bryan freakin’ bullington. the guy was at 91 on the stadium gun and was rarely mixing in an offspeed pitch. he also wasn’t ahead of the count as much as the Yanks have made it sound. Really disappointing game especially considering Burnett held it together despite Cervelli continuing his terrible defense.

  165. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Bronx Jeers August 16th, 2010 at 4:37 pm
    Tom in NJ,

    I recall learning to stand up to do #1. Aiming the flow and what not.

    So after acquiring this skill I decided to show off my proficiency by filing various receptacles all over the house I.E. ashtrays, vases, flower pots.
    ****************

    Your mother must have been so proud :roll:

    This is clearly a male thing……..

  166. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    You boys are suddenly making young Erica look like an angel. The worst thing I ever did was show off my art skills all over the walls with magic marker

  167. SAS August 16th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Doreen,

    I guess your basement is finished. Mine isn’t, and I hate going down there period.

    Do you have 2 or 3 weeks until school starts?

  168. Erica in NY August 16th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    new thread :arrow:

  169. Doreen August 16th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    SAS -

    Yes, we finished the basement. I know what you mean about not wanting to go into an unfinished one – my step-dad always teased me because I would always get the heebie-jeebies if I had to go down to our basement pantry to get something. Yuck! :lol:

    I am not even 100% certain what day school starts. I usually check the calendar the last week of August to make sure it’s not before Labor Day!

  170. Tom in N.J. August 16th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Bronx Jeers, my mother made the mistake of puting a plant on the toilet tank. It ended up dying….

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