TGIF ~ That was last Freaky Friday, not this one

Full Gospel Businessmen

Dear Diary,

This definitely falls into the “Funny Paper” section of life.

Last week while traveling in Oregon and visiting Oak Knoll Winery, I found the road to be so refreshing. I love escaping my established routine: getting up, jumping on-line, and spending the day writing, talking, listening… and a bite to eat in between, with a glass of wine at the end of it all…

I forgot how much fun it is to just grab a newspaper, leave the world behind, and catch my breath.

It’s such a rare moment to sit with this physical thing. Being on the road, with a paper delivered to my hotel room door each morning created a temporary diversion… enjoying The Oregonian in Oregon…

Last Friday, as I stared at the paper’s front page, I was captivated by this huge image of luscious fruit, and from that point forward, at every turn, my newspaper reading became, “What?!?”

The headline that went with the fruit told me that I need to get to the bottom of this one. As I read on, what I’ve always thought continues to be validated, and that is… the act of out-sourcing in third world countries for cheap labor, where established US standards of safety for workers and quality of products don’t have to be met… this one went from the ridiculous to the sublime.

“In the same month, FDA inspectors determined that four shipments of oral electrolyte solution – used to treat dehydration in children with acute diarrhea or vomiting – contained unsafe coloring and false labeling.”

While the products carried the name of Abbott Laboratories of Mexico, a spokesman for the Chicago-based company, Kurt Edenhoch, said the product was manufactured for sale in Mexico, but shipped by another company to the U.S.

”The product was never intended for sale in the U.S., he said.'”


It’s okay for the kids of Mexico?

Leaving that behind, thinking that Kurt needs more than a publicist to coach him on what he should and/or shouldn’t say, I opened up the paper and found this image of Afghanistan rebels who were protesting recent killings.

Okay… There’s real pain, anger, and suffering here, but the first thought that crossed my mind was, “Thank God I didn’t have to be the one to photograph this one!”

Turn the page and it’s Lindsey Lohan… She’s in, she’s out, and today we know she’s in, again… Hollywood running amuck and behaving badly. As I read that she had just been released from rehab, I thought, I wonder how long it will take her to fall from grace, because she wasn’t in rehab, she went to the Hollywood spa of all spas. Bless her heart, and may she successfully find her way in life.

I turned to the “comics” page, because there was nothing left to do… or so I thought.

King Richard

Greg Lint of Oak Knoll picked us up at 8:30 a.m. After morning meetings, we went off to the town of Sherwood, which was having its annual Robinhood Festival. Oak Knoll was the wine sponsor. This was a throw back to the 1950s for me, growing up in Lewiston, Maine, where after dinner all the kids came out to play kick-the-can and hide-and-go-seek… Americana’s still alive and well in Sherwood, Oregon. My favorite images from that adventure are King Richard and Full Gospel Businessmen.

The day was a time warp, but I must have needed it, or it wouldn’t have happened… Life on the funny road, and TGIWF (Thank God it WAS Friday!)

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