I had a good Valentine’s Day.
Got to take this hot lady at left out to dinner, and I did my best to spoil her the past few days.
Since the past year was so brutal — fighting to save the company, only to come up short — I decided Danah deserved more than just an Valentine’s Day spoiling.
So, three days ago, I surprised her with a gift, and it was the first of three days worth of surprises — all involving jewelry, which according to her I did well on. (Have to give some credit to both her, and the lady at the jewelry store, of course! Danah learned years ago that I’m both dense and dumb, so months ago she hinted that if I needed something simple as some future gift, there were a couple of sets of ear rings she had that needed replacement due to loss or damage.)
I think she expected one set of ear rings, so I surprised her with both sets on two different days, and then found an awesome necklace and matching set of ear rings to give her today. (You can see them above, sort of!)
The jeweler I bought them from is a business friend, so he knocked the price down (too much), but it sure made my day to spoil her like I did. She certainly deserves it.
And I was thinking I had done pretty well until I saw my gift.
Danah blew me away by buying the three-set DVD collection of the original Kung Fu television series, with David Carradine. Yes, Kwai Chang Caine, aka Grasshopper. Not bad, those who got it. (Now, imagine his voice: “Your knowledge, young disciple, is remarkable, and not like the leaves, that blow across the ground, but like a tree, firmly rooted, deep, unto the ground.” Okay, that sucked, but I love the quotes in these episodes!)
Oddly, I had tried to find some episodes of this on YouTube a few months ago, and she had no idea how much I used to enjoy watching them. She told me it was just a hunch and shot in the dark, but it had kung fu in it and she did lots of research on it and saw it had great ratings, so yay, Danah! (I actually didn’t even know these DVDs were for sale, or I’d have rectified this situation years ago…)
Anyway, we’re both on Cloud 9 after the awesome gifts and an amazing dinner with too much steak and potato, which the restaurant absolutely nailed.
And since I’m putting Danah’s pics all over the internet, I figure I should do likewise.
So, here’s me with the three-set DVD series.
Here’s me pretending to be a Shaolin warrior…
And here’s Maggie, screwing up my attempts to pull off an amazing shot that might go viral and earn me literally millions. She jogged up, nearly knocked me down, and then looked up at me as if she had done nothing wrong. Dogs… How could you not love a face like that?
I think she’s saying, “Put me in the picture, Daddy, and you’ll sell a dozen books tonight.”
Or, maybe she’s saying, “You’re ignoring me” or “I need to go out,” but would you really want to chance that? So, don’t let the dog down, help me replenish the depleted bank account, and tell me about your Valentine’s Day in the comments!
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.