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Monday, September 11, 2006

Weekly Behavior Awards

Greetings, folks. Busy weekend, followed by a busy day chasing news. So I'm just getting back into the blogging saddle.

Anywho, here are our current & recent nominees for Weekly Behavior Awards:

Best Behavior
From our good friend Ben L. husband of Tere, author of the very cool Coral Gables blog: "Hey James, I'm not sure of the rules for the weekly behavior awards, but.... this lady deserves an award."

Woman in Wheelchair Shoots Alleged Mugger
From Associated PressSeptember 08, 2006 10:17 PM EDT
NEW YORK - Margaret Johnson might have looked like an easy target. But when a mugger tried to grab a chain off her neck Friday, the 56-year-old woman in a wheelchair pulled out her licensed .357 pistol and shot him, police said.
Johnson said she was in Harlem on her way to a shooting range when the man, identified by police as 45-year-old Deron Johnson, came up from behind and went for the chain.
"There's not much to it," she said in a brief interview. "Somebody tried to mug me, and I shot him."
Deron Johnson was taken to Harlem Hospital with a single bullet wound in the elbow, police said. He faces a robbery charge, said Lt. John Grimpel, a police spokesman.
Margaret Johnson, who lives in Harlem, has a permit for the weapon and does not face charges, Grimpel said. She also was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and later released.

From reader Cathy Shelest, also for Best Behavior: That same day I went to Target. I was leaving the store and had several bags to take to the car. I had my daughter with me, this time in her car seat/carrier and was trying to lift her and the bags out of the cart. A woman with 4 kids, maybe ranging in age from 10 to 16, was coming out of the store. The kids saw me, rushed over and asked to help me. One of them carried two bags, another the other two bags and a third kid came with them to escort me to my car. On the way, they chatted cheerfully with me about the weather and after loading the bags into the back of my car, said with beaming smiles, "Have a great day!" before returning to their mother. I'm sure I looked pretty silly standing there with my mouth hanging open. I wish I knew who their mother was so I could get some parenting tips from her.

Kudos to Ben and Cathy for great nominations. One deserves a medal, and the other deserves major props for giving her kids good home training.

Biggest Bum
We got this nomination for Biggest Bum a couple of weeks ago from LLH/Laura: ...the "gentleman?" who sat in his Cadillac Escalade and the back entrance of our store today and played his radio loud enough to drown our conversation as well as the conversations of anyone within a five mile radius. He changed the station approximately every 30-45 seconds from rock to hip-hop to country to heavy metal. On behalf of all of us who were outside trying to finish our lunches or breaks with a few minutes of peace and quiet I say to him, Thanks a bunch you jackass. It is my guess that if you have a curly mullet "do" and a giant expensive gas-guzzling caddy man-van you have earned the right to subject everyone to your bad choices of music, especially if they can't say anything to you for fear of being complained about to your boss for showing poor customer service skills. After all, his wife WAS in the salon.

And this nomination for Biggest Bum comes from Cathy Shelest: A couple of months ago I went into a store with my one month old daughter strapped to my chest in one of those Baby Bjorn baby carriers. She loves to ride in the thing but it does make maneuvering a little tricky. I walked down an aisle in the store and found a woman and her teenage son blocking the shelf where the product I needed was stored. I waited behind them for a bit while they glanced at me and continued their conversation. I have to assume they knew I was trying to get to the shelf since I was looking pointedly at it. If you're wondering why I didn't just say "excuse me", it's because they were speaking a language I didn't recognize and I didn't know if they spoke English. Finally, they moved a few feet away and I was able to get my item. While taking it off the shelf, I accidentally dropped it to the floor. The saw me do this and resumed talking. They continued to ignore me as I made quite an effort to bend down and get it while trying not to dump my daughter on the floor while I was at it. I grew up in the South (not South Florida - it doesn't count) and when a lady drops something, especially a lady with a baby, you jump to pick it up for her. My four year old son does this regularly without being prompted, but he wasn't with me that day.

Thanks all for the nominations. I will do my best to get them posted regularly - on a weekly basis - again.

Peace and hair grease,


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