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Have anyone ever walked up to you and asked you directions on how to get somewhere?

I’ve had that happen to me a few times. Sometimes I know the place and sometimes I don’t. Well, I heard about this I was like “holy crap!”

The article I read was about this woman, Jennifer Vasilakos, who was at  an intersection trying to raise $20,000 for a stem cell procedure she needs to help save her life because she suffers from kidney failure and doesn’t qualify for a transplant. Suddenly a man drove up to her asking for directions. She gave him one of her flyers and he gave her a $50 donation.

An hour later, he comes back and introduces himself. It turns out the guy was Ty Warner, the founder of Ty Inc, the Beanie Baby company. He tells he was going to help her. And true to his word, on July 16, Warner sends Jennifer a check for $20,000. There was also a note that read,

“someone up there loves you because I was guided to you meet you Saturady. I never lose my way, but fate had me lost and ask you for directions. The rest of the story I hope you will be a wonderful new life for you.”

A few weeks later the check clears and she booked a surgical procedure at a undisclosed foreign hospital to begin hematopietic stem cell treatment. Basically they take a cell from bone morrow or blood that can renew itself and develop into a variety of specialized cells.

I thought this story was amazing. What Ty Warner did for Jennifer was very kind. I wish there were more people like that in the world. Instead of all these crazy maniacs running around with guns and killing people for no good reason.

I remember one time I met this woman who asked me a ride to the drug store because she didn’t have a car. I notice that her feet were really swollen from walking many miles on the freeway. I felt sorry for her so I gave her a lift. When I dropped her off she said that she would pray that good things would always happen to me.

A week later, I was at this restaurant asking for a job application when this man walks up to me and asked if I would like to have a free dinner. I was like, huh? You see it was his wife’s birthday and he and his son were taking her out to celebrate, but they needed four people in their party in order to get this birthday deal.

Wow! Who would have thought huh?

I think we can all learn something from all this. Help your fellow man. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I just wanted to wish Rupert Grint a Happy Birthday. It’s hard to believe that the kid that played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies is 24 today. He really brought Ron to life on the big screen. He also did a few other films. There was ‘Driving Lessons’ with Julie Walters (ironically Julie Walters also played Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter films) and ‘Wild Target with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt. I never got a chance to see them but I will one of these days.

I don’t know what he’s been up to since the last Harry Potter movie but recently he did carry the Olympic torch at 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In an interview he said, “it was an overwhelming experience that he had hoped to remember forever.” Seriously, he got to carry the Olympic torch. How cool is that?

Well, once again Happy Birthday Rupert. You truly are our king.

Back in May I went to the Town and County Hotel in San Diego, where they held the second annual Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention. I had a blast at the first one they had and I couldn’t wait to go this one and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a great place to get ideas for costumes and other creative stuff. I saw some really cool stuff this year.

When I saw the woman’s tattoo I had to take a picture of her and her guy.

I thought this was a cute picture. You see even dogs are into Steampunk.

I met this one guy who made this really cool steampunk hats. I like the one on the right. The wings are made out of chop sticks. I hope he washed them first though.

I thought these ladies costumes were really something. It’s like they broke out of a Steampunk insane asylum.

That’s the great thing about Steampunk. The possibilities are endless. Next year for sure I’m gonna come up with the costume. I have a lot of ideas: Steampunk Wicked Witch of East (complete with ruby slippers steampunk style), Steampunk Harry Potter, Steampunk Pirate…you get the idea.

I would like to say Happy Birthday to the wonderful and very talented, Joanne Rowling, better known as JK Rowling. What can we say about this incredible woman. She literally went from “rags to riches” when create the Harry Potter series. Joanne was a single mother living on welfare and now she’s one of the richest women in the world. She is living proof that dreams can come true. It was so cool seeing her at the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

Also, if you guys are real hardcore Potter fans you would also know that July 31 just happens to be Harry Potter birthday as well. He was born in 1980, so if he was a real person he would be 32-years-old today.

In other Rowling news Joanne has a new book coming out called The Casual Vacancy. This will be her first published book since the Harry Potter series and it’s also her first book aimed at an adult audience. The book comes out on September 27, 2012. Anything JK Rowling or Harry Potter related I am all over it. 

So Happy Birthday to Joanne and her creation, Harry. Thank you for bringing us great joy and for giving us a world to escape to from our everyday lives.



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