Bail Bonds: Speaking of things that are unfair...why is Barry Bonds not in prison? Perhaps, he's on his way there. The guy is an obvious cheater. Is there anyone at all who doesn't think he lied about taking steroids? Everything about his body and performance changed all of a sudden during his baseball playing days. His head was like a basketball ball. Why didn't he take the stand in his trial to proclaim his innocence? Perhaps, he didn't want to have to lie again.
Uncle Ron: Maybe I'm just feeling a little angry this morning. My Uncle Ron, Ron Harszy, my mom's only sibling, just unexpectedly died. (here's a little more about him) He and my aunt were in the living room when he said he was going to go take a shower. He collapsed outside the bathroom and died. My uncle was a character in every sense of the word. He taught junior high school for three decades. I can't imagine how many lives he affected over those years. But his story-telling was probably his best asset. Sure, we knew he used to "embellish" the facts a little. We could always tell when Aunt Pris gave us "that look" when he did it. But we would always listen...waiting for every next word.
Uncle Ron shared our family's passion for the St. Louis Cardinals. But he was known in southern Illinois for his collectibles. He has the most amazing assortment of beer merchandise...signs, cans, trays...you name it, he has it. He could outfit all of Des Moines' Court Avenue bars and restaurants and then some. But I think my favorite memories of Uncle Ron were when we would be out somewhere and a little kid would be close by. Uncle Ron was a big guy and over the years, his red beard turned snow white. So it wasn't hard to convince kids he could be Santa Claus. And as a former teacher, he knew how to talk to the kids that was both nice, but also firm. He would always tell them to be good or Santa wouldn't come to their house that year. The kids would just stare at him wide-eyed with their mouths hanging open. They had just talked to Santa! And they knew they had to behave. I'll miss Uncle Ron. And I know Santa will always be watching.