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My dream about Tek…not what you think!

November 21, 2012

Recently I have stressed over what to do about my hair.  I love that it is long, but it’s getting dry and the ends are splitting.  I am going to be getting a haircut very soon…most likely within the next few days.

So last night, after taking Nyquil, I fell asleep and the following dream happened…

I was walking down the street…a beautiful small town New England street where the houses are far apart and the autumn foliage was in full color.  There was a horse farm coming up and I walked over to watch the three beautiful horses in  the field. 

While  standing under an oak tree, leaning against the brown wooden fence, I watched a chestnut horse galloping freely while two white horses were at the far end of the field talking to each other.  (Well, I couldn’t hear it, but what else would they be doing?)

Any way…along comes this guy.  He walked over to me, leans against the fence next to me (our elbows were touching) and said, “I love watching them too, it’s so relaxing.”  I smiled without looking at him and said, “Yeah its wicked relaxing.”  Then I decided to look over at him with my best flirty look, because I liked his voice, and nearly fell over!  HOLY SH*T…JASON F’n VARITEK!!!

  Wait…Jason F’n Varitek just walked over to me while I was watching horses and said he found them relaxing too???  This is just too strange, I must be dreaming I thought.  I pinched my arm and it hurt, therefore it wasn’t a dream. 

Jason asked why I just pinched my arm and I told him because I thought it must have been a dream.  He laughed and said I wasn’t dreaming, he really was right there with me watching horses.  He explained that since he retired he has enjoyed life a lot more.  He has pursued things that he is passionate about and a lot of those things have nothing to do with baseball.   OH!  Alright, well that makes perfect sense, I thought.

We were chatting about horses, Autumn in New England and then my hair.  He said he loved my hair, but could see why I was stressing.  He took my hand and said, “Come with me, I know exactly what to do.”  So hand in hand, Jason (f’n) Varitek and I walked two blocks to a hair salon.  (I didn’t notice the name of the salon when I walked in.)

Jason and I walked past the few hairdressers and clients in the salon toward the back where the hair sinks are.  All the ladies lit up when he walked in and greeted him with smiles and kind words. 

Jason F’n Varitek walks into a hair salon and nobody thinks it’s strange.  But I had pinched myself, so I wasn’t dreaming…right???

Any way…Jason leads me right to one of the hair sinks and tells me to sit.  He then goes in a backroom and comes back with a salon cape for me to wear.  (Red with blue Red Sox “B” all over it.)  He tells e to lean back in the chair and puts the water on.  I hesitate, “Uuuumm…Jason…that’s sweet and all, but shouldn’t one of the hairdressers be doing this?”  He smiles a huge Cheshire Cat smile and says, “I am the hairdresser!  Remember when I told you I was pursuing things I was passionate about?  THIS is what I love doing the most!”  And with that he started washing my hair.  He told me he was using a magical shampoo and magical conditioner to keep my hair from breaking and becoming damaged.  He then brought me over to his salon chair, cut the ends of my hair and styled it beautifully.  Honestly, my hair has never looked THAT gorgeous before!

When he was done he gave me a hug and sent me on my way.  (I think I had a date that night and with the magic of Jason F’n Varitek, I now looked fabulous.)  As I was walking out his wife Catherine was walking in.  She gave me a hug and told me my hair looked amazing.  I told her it was her hubby’s doing.  “Isn’t he amazing with his hands.  I LOVE when he washes my hair!” she said.  “Yeah, that was pretty cool.  I had no idea this was his passion though.” I said.  “Well I would have thought when you walked into the salon it would  have given it away.” She laughed.  “Oh, I never even looked at the name of the salon.” I replied. 

COSME-TEK’S SALON

I woke up this morning laughing.  This was one of those dreams that felt so real.  Oh well, I guess if Tek ever decides to own a salon, COSME-TEK’S SALON would be a good name!  😉

Also…I need some magic done to my hair ASAP!!!

15 years ago….I got married!

June 6, 2012

Fifteen years ago today I got married.

Nobody protested, nobody was outraged, nobody was outside the castle holding signs of disapproval  saying, “You’re Going To Hell” while I said, “I DO!”  Most importantly…there were no laws preventing me from getting married.  (Yes, I got married in a castle…hello, I’m a princess!  Moving on…)

 

I was a 20-year-old woman who had dated my 23-year-old man for a year and a half.  I was 18 when we started dating; he was my first real boyfriend.  (And my first for a lot of things…but that’s another story.)  We were a couple in love…eeerrr…in a committed relationship…uuummm…I was pregnant with his baby… by law that was all we needed to get married.  Well, being a heterosexual couple over the age of 18; THAT was all we needed.

 

We got engaged in April 1997, the day before Easter, and married 7 weeks later.  It was such a fast whirlwind of an engagement that I didn’t have time to get anxious or turn into any sort of Bridezilla, or truly THINK about what I was about to do. I was in love…or what I perceived as love at the time.  We’d broken up a couple of times over the year and a half courtship, but doesn’t everyone?  We were expecting a baby in November, which changed us both for the better, I have to say.  THAT we were honestly ready for, the “till death do us part” bit we were not as ready for.

 

Six years later we were happily divorced. 

We became part of the statistic. 

Yes, we were the 50%!

We were Occupying Divorce! 

 

At 20 and 23 years old respectively, what the hell did we know of the world?  What did we know of love or long-term relationships?  We were young and in love, but knew NOTHING about life!  How is it that two knucklehead kids could easily get married and nobody bats an eyelash, but two people in a committed relationship for 10, 20, 30+ years are still unable to legally wed each other simply because they are the same sex?

 

Marriage is defined as a commitment between a man and a woman! 

YEAH, THAT WORKED OUT WELL, EH?

 

Let’s redefine marriage with the following rules:

 

  • You must be in the relationship for 5+ years
    • “Breakup time” resets your clock back to zero.
  • You have to know your partner like the back of your hand
  • You must live with the person for at least 2 years.
    • As part of your 5+ years
  • You and your significant other need to be FRIENDS!
    • Sounds strange, but think about it…when you’re old and the sex has faded into the past…you’ll want a friend at your side.

 

Man and a Woman…Woman and a Woman…Man and a Man

 

LOVE + COMMITMENT + FRIENDSHIP = MARRIAGE

 

I am pleased to see the definition of marriage is changing throughout the country, albeit slowly, with my home state being the first to legalize Same-Sex Marriage.  If you don’t support Same-Sex marriage, then don’t marry someone of the same-sex!  Honestly people, it’s just that easy!

 

For 8 years now, Same-Sex marriage…and Same-Sex divorce…has been going on in Massachusetts and LO AND BEHOLD, the sky hasn’t fallen!  As a heterosexual woman, it has had zero effect on me.  It has had the same effect on me as every other marriage that has ever happened EVER…which is ZERO!  The only marriage that has ever had an effect on me was my own.  (Well, both my parents got remarried, which obviously had an effect on me…one positive, one profoundly negative.)

 

So, as I reflect on what took place 15 years ago today, I wonder why I was permitted to get married without question or hesitation, but people in committed relationships, for years…decades even, are still not permitted to get married in certain states.   I can’t wait for my grandchildren to look at me and say, “Grandma is it really true that same-sex couples couldn’t get married when you were alive?”  My answer will be something to the effect of, “Yes, sadly it is true.  But there was also a time when women couldn’t vote, people owned slaves and believe it or not, there was no electricity!  Times, people and laws have changed a lot over the generations.  All I want for you, my little love, is for you to find happiness, friendship and your own personal bliss in the life partner you choose.”

 

It should be noted that my ex-husband and I are actually pretty good friends now and have raised our amazing daughter together for the past 14+ years.  A lot has gone on between us, and marriage was not meant for us, but as parents…we rock!

My ‘Dear John’ letter to the 2011 Red Sox

September 29, 2011

Dear 2011 Red Sox,

 

The spring was cold and raw. The way we started was rocky, but I believed in you when you didn’t seem to believe in yourself.  I stood by you and encouraged you in that cold, raw spring until slowly you came around and seemed to believe in yourself…dare I say, in us. We were going to make it through this cold, raw spring, and have a bright future together.

 

The cold, raw spring turned into a beautiful warm summer.  Our rocky start was a thing of the past. We flirted, we laughed, and you gave me tokens of your affection and did everything in your power to prove to me how much I meant to you.  I believed in you, and you believe in yourself, and together we both believed in us! We spent the beautiful warm summer in a state of absolute bliss, without a care in the world.

 

The beautiful warm summer gave way to the crisp chill of autumn.  Our blissful summer seemed to end abruptly.  I believed in you with all my heart and soul, but you….YOU stopped believing in yourself….in us.  We are here with the crisp chill of autumn around us, pondering what went wrong, why the bright future of the spring and summer ended in a single autumn night.

 

This relationship that started on rocky ground is over.  I gave you my love, my life and all I believed in, but you, all you gave me heartbreak when all was said and done.   I believed in you, but it wasn’t enough.  You didn’t believe in yourself…in us.

 

Dispiritedly Yours,

 

~Jenney (and all the true members of Red Sox Nation)

 

PS: I need the cold New England winter to forget about what you’ve done to me, but when the snow starts to thaw, call me.  I think by then my heart could be healed enough to possibly see you again.  xoxo

 

New Songs on 7/18/2011

July 19, 2011

There were too many to post to twitter, so here are the songs I got 7/18/2011.  I will post a complete list of all the songs I have later.

Artist Song
P!nk  F**king Perfect
Lady GaGa Born This Way
Lady GaGa Paparazzi
Lady GaGa Alejandro
NKOTB Tonight
NKOTB cover Girl
NKOTB Mega Mix
Reba McIntyre Survivor
Reba McIntyre Fancy
Bon Jovi Who Says You Can’t Go Home?
Bon Jovi Never Say Goodbye
Bon Jovi It’s My Life
Bon Jovi Bed Of Roses
Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory
Bow Wow Wow I want Candy
Kim Carnes Betty Davis Eyes
Juice Newton Queen of Hearts
Miley Cyrus Party in the USA
Annie Lennox Walking on Broken Glass
Annie Lennox No More ‘”I love you’s”
Lady Antebellum Need You Now
Dixie Chicks Travelin’ Soldier
Dixie Chicks Cowboy Take Me Away
Wreckers Leave the Pieces
Wreckers My, Oh My
Janis Joplin Piece of My Heart
Janis Joplin Mercedes Benz
Janis Joplin Me and Bobby McGee
Simon and Garfunkel Cecilia
Paul Simon Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard
Brad Paisley {Feat Alison Krauss} Whiskey Lullaby
Big & Rich Holy Water
Big & Rich 8th of November
Josh Grobin and Celine Dion The Prayer
Andrea Bocelli Con Te Partiro
IZ Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World
Alanis Morissette Head Over Feet
Alanis Morissette Not the Doctor
Martina McBride This Ones For The Girls
Martina McBride In My Daughter’s Eyes
Tha Clancy Brothers Whiskey You’re the Devil
Tha Clancy Brothers Courting In The Kitchen
The High Kings Will Ye Go Lassie, Go
The High Kings Black Velvet Band
The High Kings Rocky Road To Dublin
The High Kings Wild Rover
The High Kings The Little Beggerman
Stevie Nicks Landslide
Meredith Brooks BITCH
Lisa Loeb Stay
Lisa Loeb I Do
Nickleback Shakin’ Hands
Guns ‘N Roses Live and Let Die

Wear your heart on your sleeve 4/25/2011

April 25, 2011

“Wearing your heart on your sleeve” is something I have mastered over the years, but today I literally drew a heart on my wrist!  {ok, to be honest…I drew 2 hearts.}

Why would a 34-year-old, professional woman draw hearts on her wrist on a Monday morning, you ask?  April 25th 2011 is a day dedicated to people who are battling depression and suicide. So again, you may be thinking, oh that’s nice, but WHY is Jenney drawing hearts on her wrists, she is always so happy!  Well, yes…I am NOW!

Hi, I’m Jenney and I battled depression for over 5 years!  In the spring of 2001 I lost my house, my husband, and my dog all within a week.  {We gave my dog back to the shelter we had rescued her from…broke my heart.}  I had a 3-year-old daughter and had to move back  into my parents house. All of this the week before my 24th birthday.

Slowly and steadily I became more withdrawn; calling out from work, going to bed right after dinner, staying in my room most of the day and eventually just not getting out of bed at all.  I was in bed for 3 weeks that spring and if it weren’t for my mother, I may have died.  Finally my mother persuaded me to go see a doctor and I was diagnosed with “Manic Depressive Disorder Triggered By A Traumatic Event.”

Wait!  WHAT? “Manic Depressive?” Like as in “Bi-Polar?”  YES! It is the civilian equivalent to PTSD in the military.

I had friends tell me I “didn’t look depressed.”  WHAT pray-tell does depressed look like?  Below is a photo of my daughter and I on a carousel in the early days of my depression.  Did I “look depressed?”  Not at all!  There is no “look” to depression!

Through medication, counseling, and supportive friends, I have managed to come out on the other side of depression and love my life!  It turns out most of my family suffers from depression, but I was the first to get help for it.  Depression is not something you can control suffering from, but is something you need to get help for!  Having a bad day and feeling “depressed” is one thing, actual depression is a feeling that consumes your entire body and soul.   If you suffer from depression or suicidal thoughts PLEASE get help!  Go see a doctor, counselor, or any other professional as soon as you can.

April 25th 2011 is a day dedicated to people who are battling depression and suicide. I’m asking everyone who reads this to draw a heart on their wrist and “wear your heart on your sleeve” to support those going through depression and suicidal thoughts. 

My stepfather….R.I.P. Tony

March 8, 2011

I can not believe it has been 2 years since my beloved stepfather, Tony, passed away.  Growing up my brother, Bill,  and I didn’t have a positive male in our life…dad was an alcoholic.  When Tony came into our lives we had someone we could admire on many levels.

Mum and Tony met teaching in Boston.  Both were divorced with children;  Tony’s three kids were already adults when they met, but Bill and I were very young.  {I was 8 and Bill was 5}  They dated for many years before they got married when I was 16 and Bill was 13.

Singing was a big thing in my house growing up.  We would sing whatever song popped into our head, show tunes or make songs up.  I remember summer nights together singing 4 part harmony on the porch to the oldies station.  Tony, mum and I were also in our church choir.

What my mum and Tony had for a relationship is what everyone strives for. Best friends till the end.  Their admiration for one another was the most beautiful friendship any two people could have.  They each brought out the best in the other and never fought.  They always joked that they were having a good run at life.  Their tombstone now reads:

K. ANTHONY BERLANDI 1936-2009 PATRICIA M. BERLANDI 1948-

“We Had A Good Run”  {with their wedding photo in porcelain}

 

R.I.P. Tony you will always be missed.  I know I’ll see you and Bruno again some day.  xoxo

This photo is from my step-sister’s wedding.  My mum, brother-in-law’s father, Tony, brother-in-law’s mum.

2010 Red Sox PICNIC IN THE PARK

August 5, 2010

For months I was waiting for the calendar to flip to August.  FINALLY…August 1st came and another Red Sox adventure began.   At 11:30AM, I walked into my absolute favorite restaurant, Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill, with a huge smile on my face.  It had been a few weeks since I had been there *gasp* and was mockingly reprimanded by security for not visiting them.  The hostess escorted me over to the table where two of my wonderful twitter friends were waiting already seated.   Shelley, who takes the most amazing Red Sox photos and Danielle, who loves her Red Sox more than chocolate!  After about 5 minutes of chatting, my SLS, Kim, sauntered over with her usual sassy flair to sit with us.

SIDE NOTE: We get asked all the time what SLS means; well, let me tell ya….Sassy Lassy Sisters! There, now you know…back to the story.  😉

THE PLAN: Watch the Red Sox game at Remy’s, then stroll over to Fenway for the Picnic In The Park which started an hour after  the Red Sox/Tigers game concluded.  We were right behind Fenway, so we could enjoy the entire game at Remy’s.

To my delight  Kelly, another twitter friend, showed up to watch the game with us.   It was great to see the reactions of the ladies who had not been to Remy’s before.  It really is a great place to watch a game.  Retired numbers on the back walls, black & white photos from all the Boston teams on the side wall, and two of the largest TVs I have ever seen AKA “The Screen Monsters.”   There was a great crowd in the restaurant watching Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox grab a W that day!  {although there were a few tense moments when “Heart Attack Paps” took the hill in the 9th.}

After the game we hung out for about half an hour to allow Fenway to clear out. While we were waiting 2 more twitter friends, Paul and Gabs, who had gone to the game, joined us.  One more quick drink and we were off  to America’s Most Beloved Ballpark! 

GATE B: We ambled through the back parking lot of Remy’s to Gate B, where there was a table with a red umbrella set up for the Picnic in the Park visitors.  We stood in a short line and were given blue wristbands.  Upon entering Fenway,  each of us was handed a Christmas Tree Shop bag containing a Home Goods blanket, CVS lip balm and CVS pretzels.  {guess which companies were sponsoring the event?  😉 }  We were also handed 2 books and a CD from volunteers as we made our way further into the Park.  “BLOOD FEUD: The Red Sox, the Yankees, and the struggle of Good versus Evil” by: Bill Nowlin and “The Red Sox Fan Handbook” by Leigh Grossman were the two books.  I am yet to read either, but they both seem intriguing.  The CD I will not name because I listened to it and well….it shall remain nameless.

We walked from the Gate B entrance to section 10 and 11 where we entered onto the field.  I’m sorry, in case you just read that too quick…WE WALKED ONTO THE FIELD!!!!  Kim, Shelley, Danielle, another twitter friend FC, and I were walking towards  CENTER FIELD at Fenway Park!!!!   Eeeeeeekkk!!!!  You want to see 5 grown women act like little kids at Christmas…have them walk onto the field at Fenway. The 5 of us had our shoes off and started to look for a good spot to set up camp.  Once we found a spot in straight away Center Field, we unfurled our blankets and took in the beauty of being inside Fenway Park and being on the field.  We also started snapping pictures like crazy!  Here is one of our “Feets on Fenway Grass!”

The event coordinators roped off the infield  for the players and their families.  We saw so many of the Red Sox children, and let me tell you, they’re a cute bunch of kiddies!  There was a half hour autograph session with the players and a countdown clock was on the jumbo-tron above the bleachers.  The players sat at tables  around the infield foul ground area with  2 or 3 players to a table for autographs.  The ladies and I broke up and went to the table we wanted the most first, then as time permitted, we went to a second or even a third table.  My first table, “VARITEK, WAKEFIELD and HALL.”  If you know me, it was a no brainer that I went there first. While I was waiting for it all to start, I  stood in line right in front of Josh Beckett.  I asked him if I could take his picture and he said, “Yeah I guess, but it’s not going to look good because it’s just me in the picture.”  I asked him if I could take a pic with him, and he looked at security who said no.  {boooooo}  So, I took the pic of Becks and told him it would be cute with just him in it, to which he replied, “I’m not cute.”  We then got into a debate about his cuteness and I ended it by rolling my eyes at him and saying, “Whatever Josh, I think you’re cute.”  He smiled at that.  😉

The line started to move…I was about 20 people away from Varitek and the line was moving pretty quick…as was by pulse!  I got up to Varitek and asked if he could sign my jersey.  He said of course with a smile and took his black Sharpie  to my jersey.  “Uuumm, I think my silver one will show up better on the material.” I said to him.  “Yeah, that’s true.” Jason said.  So he took my silver Sharpie  and signed my right shoulder.  *swoons* I thanked him and moved to Wakefield and Hall.  They both signed my jersey with the silver Sharpie and I thanked them and shook both their hands.  {I would have shaken Tek’s hand, but I could hardly remember my name…*swoons*}

In the photo below, Tek is signing a ball for a fan, with Tim Wakefield next to him.  I didn’t say anything to get Jason to look at me…pretty sure he just thinks I’m cute…and honestly, can ya blame him???  LOL

There was still time on the countdown clock, so I made my way over to the “BECKETT, LOWELL, CAMERON” line and waited.  This line was quite popular and the security staff told us that when the clock’s time ran out, there were no more autographs.  He also said that where I was standing, I may not make it in time.  I pouted but stayed in line.  I got chatting with two gals in front of me and together we all swooned over the players.  This line moved just as quick as the Tek line, and I got all 3 autographs with 2-1/2 minutes to spare on the countdown!  YAY!  I shook the hands of all three players this time, and still was kicking myself for not getting to shake Tek’s!  {Oh well, another time}

Once the autograph session ended, the girls and I met up at our little campsite and traded stories.  I was happy with the six players I got to get autographs from, but wish I could have gotten everyone’s.  Youk, Pedey, Cash, Beltre, Papi, V-Mart, Atchy, Buchholz, Lowrie, Bard, McDonald and Oki were the players I missed out on.  But I got TEK!!!!!  Eeeeeeekkk!!!!  😀

Kim, Danielle, Shelley, FC and I still couldn’t believe it was all really happening.  We were on the grass at Fenway Park barefooted!  LOVE IT!  The bottom of our feet were now all red from the clay of the foul ground where we got the autographs, but it didn’t matter.  We took more pictures and walked over to the MONSHTAH!  We looked in, posed in front of and even touched the 37 foot Green Monster of Fenway Park.  {OK, to get technical, it is 37 feet, 2 inches.}

We once again made our way back to our little campsite, this time with food.  There were hot dogs, veggie burgers, watermelon, and of course potato salad!  {I’m sure there was more food, but once I had my dog and watermelon, I was all set.}

To entertain the crowd, comedian  Mike O’Malley was Emceeing an auction for the Red Sox Foundation.  O’Malley was funny and got the crowd to donate quite generously!  Shelley bid on and won  45 minutes of playing board games with Mike Lowell!!!!  How cool is THAT???  Blueman Group was also there to entertain the Fenway Faithful.  As the blue men walked past us, we were a little freaked out.  They looked like blue aliens!   After the initial shock of weirdness wore off, I thoroughly enjoyed their performance.  I had never seen them perform before, and now I want to go see their full show.

Mike Petraglia from WEEI came down from the press boxes to join us.  Mike was the official score keeper for the Sox game for that series.  {Again…how cool is that???  Mike, if you ever need an assistant, let me know!}  He was very nice and we ended up chatting for quite a while.  He’s funny, obviously knows his sports, and is just a generally great guy to hang out with!

I looked over while chatting with Kim and Mike and saw people signing the Pesky Pole.  I have never signed it before, but this season has been a year of firsts for me, so I asked Kim if she wanted to go sign it with me.  Of course she did!  Seriously, what Red Sox fan doesn’t want their name on THE pole???  Out came my silver Sharpie again, and the signing commenced!  On the side of the Pesky Pole facing the field is now, “JKMG ’10” as well as Kim’s signature.  Without even meaning to, I ended up placing my initials within a “sock!”  When I write the “G” it always has a long tail, and after I signed, I put a loop around the whole thing.  This combination made a “sock” around my initials.  {even subconsciously I am a die-hard Sox fan!}

It was finally time to start heading home.  We all walked out of “Disneyland for Red Sox fans,” and said goodbye to each other.   The day was amazing!  The company I was with was phenomenal! The Red Sox were SO SEXY in person!  {What???  They were!!!  I’m just trying to give an accurate account!}  😛

As for my jersey….

The Proposal…

July 29, 2010

As many of you now know, a friend of mine, Jim Tomasetti, will be walking in this years JIMMY FUND WALK in September.  Jim is looking for donations and I told him I would help.  I have always been amazing at getting people to donate to causes in person, but have discovered it is a lot more difficult in the “virtual world.”  SO I am going to propose this to everyone who reads this blog…

I am donating $50 to Jim’s walking team BUT… From July 29, 2010 through September 1, 2010…

If you donate at least $25, I will donate an additional $1.

If you donate $1,000 or more, I will donate an additional $25

If you donate $10,000 or more, I will donate an additional $100

I have lots of facebook and twitter friends, so this could really add up for me, but I am glad to do it for a great cause and a great friend.

If you’re on twitter reading this, PLEASE ReTweet!!!  (RT)

If you’re on facebook reading this, PLEASE copy and paste to your status!

Donating is easy (as well as a tax write-off)  😉

Go to: http://www.jimmyfundwalk.org

Click on the “Support a Walker” tab

In the Last Name field, type TOMASETTI and hit <ENTER>

You will see JIM TOMASETTI with the team name “Setti’s Squad”  {click on Jim’s name}

Fill in the donation amount and then the required information.  Your next option is to click “In Support of” “In Memory of” “”In Honor of” etc.  Click the “In Support Of” and then type: JKMG {This will make it easier to keep track of how many donations I helped with.}

THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE FOR DONATING!!!!  *kisses*

JIMMY FUND {a little history}

July 16, 2010

Founded in 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, THE JIMMY FUND has been supporting cancer care and research for patients for the past 62 years. Although he didn’t found The Jimmy Fund, Ted Williams was among its biggest supporters throughout his life. Williams, who loved children and hated cancer, was known for visiting the children in Boston area hospitals with little fanfare and press around him. The famous “Ted Williams Jimmy Fund Statue” depicts the “Splendid Splinter” placing a cap upon the bare head of a young cancer patient, as a tribute to his decades of support and donations . Although there are no solid numbers, “The Kid” raised millions of dollars for The Jimmy Fund.

There really was a “Jimmy!” Einar Gustafson was a 12-year-old cancer patient of Dr. Sidney Farber. Gustafson was a die-hard baseball fan, whose favorite team, in 1948, was the Boston Braves. Being in the hospital all the time without a television, prevented the young fan from watching his beloved team. On May 22, 1948, Ralph Edwards hosted his radio show, “Truth or Consequences” from California, and thanks to The Variety Club of New England (now the Variety Children’s Charity of New England) Einar Gustafson, surrounded by his favorite players of the Boston Braves, gave an interview from his hospital bed in Boston, Ma. In order to protect his true identity, they dubbed Einar, “Jimmy.” “Jimmy” told his story of longing for a television set so he could watch his beloved ball team while receiving cancer treatments in the hospital. At the end of the interview, there was a plea from Edwards to America to send donations to Boston in order to purchase a television set for the young boy. America, being the great nation that it is, responded with donations of over $200,000. “Jimmy” got his television, and thus “THE JIMMY FUND” was formed.

In 1953, The Boston Red Sox formed a partnership with The Jimmy Fund, and for the past 57 years, The Jimmy Fund has benefited from the Red Sox generous fans, players, owners and GMs. There are countless events and fundraisers hosted by the Boston Red Sox to support their local charity throughout the year. Like Ted Williams, many of the Red Sox players visit the Dana-Farber Cancer Research Center in Boston without fanfare or media following them.

For the past 21 years, the Boston Athletic Association has held their Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk along the 26.2 mile course of the World Famous Boston Marathon route. A good friend of mine, Jim Tomasetti, has taken part in this walk for the past few years. He is once again partaking in the walk, and is looking for donations. Jim is a great guy who is a HUGE Red Sox fan, as well as a HUGE cancer research supporter! Last year his team raised over $5,500, and this year he has set his team’s goal to $10,000. If everyone who reads this blog donates $25, Jim will reach his $10,000 goal in no time! It’s easy to donate, just follow the steps below:

(1) Log onto http://www.jimmyfundwalk.org

(2) Then click “Support a Walker” in the top right hand side of page.

(3) Type Jim’s last name “Tomasetti”… into the last name field

(4) Then click Jim’s name which will bring you to the page where you can donate. {His team is”Setti’s Squad”}

Thank you all so much for supporting a wonderful cause as well as a great friend! GOOD LUCK JIM!!!

2010 All*Star Game Party

July 14, 2010

Another adventure? Why, yes! With your partner-in-crime, Kim? Of course! It has to do with baseball, doesn’t it? Really???  You even have to ask that question???  OF COURSE IT HAS TO DO WITH BASEBALL!!!!

This time we went to Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill for an amazingly fun All*Star party!  We arrived just before 7:00pm on July 13th, and the fun began almost instantly.  Having gone to JRSB&G as often as we have, the staff knows us, and greets us with hugs and kisses.  {what a way to walk into a place, huh?}  We were with two of Kim’s friends, Matty and Sean, and met up with our buddy Paul once we were inside.

Jerry Remy, Trish from RemDawg Nation, John O’Rourke and the entire JRSB&G staff did a wonderful job of putting this event together.  When we walked in, there was a silent auction with 2 autographed baseballs {Youk and Pedey} and 2 autographed jerseys {Wake and Ellsbury}.   Upon being seated, we learned about the  50/50 raffle and other raffles throughout the course of the evening with the proceeds going to The Red Sox Foundation.  A buffet of mini burgers, ribs, cheesecake, lemon cake, and various other munchie foods for the pregame  was feet away from the 2004 and 2007 World Series Trophies.

Jerry Remy was an extremely gracious host for the evening.  He sat on a stool  in front of the bar with a microphone and fielded questions from the crowd.  He then he then stayed in that spot signing autographs and taking photos with seemingly every guest in his restaurant.  *tip of the cap* to Jerry Remy for being a wicked good sport and making time for every one of his fans!  Thank you, Mr. Remy! 🙂

Along with Jerry, there was Bob Lobel, Ken Hodge, Luis Tiant and Wally The Green Monstah!  Although I didn’t get to talk to Bob Lobel or Ken Hodge, I had the amazing honor of meeting Luis Tiant for the first time in my life.  He is a very sweet man with a great sense of humor.  Kim and I spoke with him for quite a while and he was kind enough to not only take a photo with us, but he let Kim wear his WS ring!  {The gentleman who was in charge of the WS trophies also had a ring, and he let me wear his.}

Aside from meeting Jerry and El Tiante, Wally the Green Monstah was my next favorite!!! He {or she} was quite jovial and very friendly.  Although Wally is forbidden from speaking, he made the five of us laugh with his antics. {We never did find out who was playing Wally, but whoever you were…thanks for the laughs!}

Talking and laughing, cheering and toasting, smiling and posing….that pretty much sums up the evening.  If you haven’t been to Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill yet, what are you waiting for?  Every time I have gone there, I have had an amazing time.  The hostesses, wait staff, kitchen crew and security are all top-notch.  You will be hard pressed to find a better group of people in one place!  {and no, they are not paying me to say this!}

Thanks to Kim, Paul, Matty and Sean for a wonderfully fun night!  You guys are the BEST!  As for my next adventure with my partner-in-crime, Kim…we may have to bring Wake some potato salad!  😉