And a Happy Friday to you. Hope all is well in your world, and of course I hope you’re well since pretty soon no one who makes less than a million dollars per year will be able to get health care (didn’t you hear? Being poor is now a pre-existing condition. I kid, but not by much.)
Lots of good stories to choose from this week, but I have to start with this amazing letter from a 7-year-old Utah boy named Nathan Anderson, and I’m not saying it’s amazing just because the kid shares a first name with my child.
Nathan decided to have a little fun and take a shot, so he wrote a letter to his parents , ostensibly from his elementary school, that reads as follows:
Nathan has been doing good in all his classes except for video game class. If he does not stay up all night playing video games he will be kicked out of school!!! Start letting him stay up all night, and start tonight! He can play anything: Computer, Wii, iPod, iPad and any other electronick.
From, The School
So many parts of that letter I love, but the “From, The School” part had me laughing out loud for 30 seconds. Ah, Nathan, what a great effort.
“He left it on the table for an adult to find, and then when I found it, I asked him, ‘What’s this all about?’ and he tried to gauge whether I believed it, but couldn’t hide his ‘I’m being funny’ smirk,” said Lori Anderson, Nathan’s mom.
OK, so it didn’t exactly work. But Nathan did get to stay up an extra 30 minutes playing video games that night. Bravo, Nathan!
**Next up today, I’m a huge “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fan, and clearly so is this guy and his wife. To surprise her for her birthday, this guy did a great homage to a classic first-season “Curb” episode by hiring a small orchestra to wake up his wife playing the “Curb” theme song.
Sounds great to me!
**Finally today, I thought this was a really cool thing. Across the country, weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly, volunteers gather at converted warehouses called Repair Cafes. People bring in their broken possessions, and for free, volunteers fix them.
Such a simple thing. Such a wonderful thing. There are now more than 1,000 of these Repair Cafes in 29 countries since they were founded in 2009, as neighbor helps neighbor everywhere. Watch the video above, so sweet.
Now if we could just get a Repair Cafe set up in Washington, D.C., because I think our government is broken…