Wait...that didn't sound right.
Well, it's that time
again when it seems everyone is either making top 10 lists of what
happened the last year or predicting what's GOING to happen next year.
Well, I'll jump on the band wagon and give you a list of my own.
Here's my list of top 10 (or so) businesses that didn't disappoint me in 2011 (in no particular order).
Chimney Service - We had them replace the panels in the fireplace and
then, when one of them cracked again, they replaced it for free even
though they really didn't have to. They were polite and usually early.
Center - Dr. Anna Madland Bender has been the family chiropractor since
before Charlotte was born and continues to be amazing for all her
AAA - I
need them, I call them, they're there. Plus, they even offer "Tipsy
Tow" service in some areas for free and you don't even have to be a
member. Call: 1-800-222-4357
to see if they are going your way.
Pizza Mechanicsville and Pepicelli's Pizza Ashland - Between the two of
them, that's where I eat 99% of my pizza. Yummy all around!
The Bed Corner in Mechanicsville - We bought a bed there. It's very comfy. http://www.thebedcorner.com/
Target - Because "there's ALWAYS something to buy at Target!" (Said Charlotte)
Cracker Barrel - the food is great, the service is fabulous, and they have all that wonderful candy!
Park Auto - We have gotten a lot of our basic maintenance done there.
And as with most on this list, the service is always great.
http://www.airparkauto.com/ He also has a party business on the side
just in care you were in the market for a bounce house or something.
Motor Rebuilders - Speaking of auto repair, this is the only place
Rachel wants looking at her car. The place kind of looks like a dive
from the outside but the guy is knowledgeable, fast, and honest!
Taza Coffee n Cream in Westover Hills - My
little oasis across the river. There's a chocolatier on premises and
they support the arts. I picked up a few pieces for the Art Auction by
meeting artists who had art on the wall there. http://www.tazacnc.com/
a bonus - Humana One Insurance. Yeah, I know we had to wrestle with
them a time or two when we were getting treatment for Charlotte but they
always paid and with the police I still have with them, it has come in
very handy for the little esophageal procedure I had done and some other
little things here and there.
And now for some predictions:
The Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos will meet again in Super Bowl XLVI.
CJ's CD will be recorded and produced with the help of the very talented local Richmond music scene.
Obama will get re-elected but will choose Steven Colbert for
vice-president and Jon Stewart for Secretary Of State. Hillary Clinton
will begin writing children's books
CJSTUF will distribute $50,000 in financial assistance grants, meals, and emergency funds.
December 13, 2012, I will wake up in a strange hotel room in North
Korea with a massive hangover and a chubby Korean guy named Kim passed
out in the bed next to me. Oh, and don't forget the llama with the red
silk boxing trunks chewing on what appears to be the remnants of a US
And in conclusion:
Yet another year
to which I say "good riddance" has ended although I can honestly say it
didn't suck quite as much as 2009 or 2010. 2012 is shaping up to be a
very good year for CJSTUF. Let's hope so.
If I could offer everybody one wish, it would be that you gain a little more peace this year than you had last year.
Now go have an adventure!