Author: Judd, Brooks

Ten Items or Less

Item 1: “Living Trust.” That is an odd name for a legal document that refers not only to the living but more realistically deals with the onset of ones own demise. Sheila and I had been talking for the past couple of years about setting up a “living trust” for our two daughters and we finally made the phone call to set up the appointment.

We met the lawyer, a young lady from Merced, who was recommended by a good friend of ours. After the brief handshakes and hellos and the small talk that followed we found out our lawyer was not only a Giants and 49ers fan but was a former roommate of noted San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ann Killian.

I mentioned that my sister Maria Nadauld, (Above the Bay Booking) was taking me to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Induction, as a 65th birthday present.Our lawyer replied she had just got back from there Cooperstown and loved it. It is indeed a small world.

We had our meeting and now Sheila and I can rest a little more easily knowing that when the Grim Reaper taps us on the shoulder our children and grandchildren will not have to go through Hell to get what is coming to them.

Item 2: Speaking of life and death.......Is it me or does the Message Board resemble the obituary page in the daily paper? It seems daily there is yet another sad note of someone passing or suffering some debilitating ailment. I fully understand and appreciate the need to be made aware of the passing of all those wonderful folks who belonged and were advocates of the CBA, and a chance for folks to post their own thoughts about the dearly departed. This serves a useful purpose and I am glad that it is available for the CBA members.

I would like to see more postings that deal with the living; engagements, weddings, birth announcements, anniversaries, etc. just to even up the score a little bit. It can be downright depressing to read how so many folks have left us.That is my two cents worth.

Item 3: “Don’t pray if it rains, if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” Satchel Paige......

I think Mr. Paige was letting folks know that we should enjoy life, stop and smell the roses and enjoy each day to its fullest. I just turned 65 and this is a thought I can live with.

Item 4: Auntie Frances update. A few years back I wrote lovingly about my Auntie Frances Tingley and her “adoption” as it were of me and her hopes of leading me down the road to the priesthood.

I stopped by to see Auntie Frances last week before I checked in with Maria to get ready for our trip to Cooperstown. Auntie Frances lives just three houses down from Maria.

Auntie Frances is now 92, bed bound, and is being taken care of by her son Frank around the clock.

I hadn’t seen her for 15 years or more and hadn’t seen Frank for over 45 years. It was a tearful reunion. Auntie Frances lies in bed unable to get up or move about. She is afflicted with nothing but the scourge of old age. Her mind is still sharp and as I held her hand we spoke of things that happened many many years ago. She remembered some of them and some she didn’t. I was able to tell her that I considered her my second mother and how much I loved her. I held her hand a bit longer then kissed her on her forehead.

I do not know how much longer Auntie Frances has but the visit was a positive one for me and I dearly hope so for her.

Item 5: Juan Antonio Marichal: Greatest right handed pitcher NOT to be given the CY Young Award: SInce his debut in 1960 when he pitched a one hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies he has been my only baseball hero.

Juan’s record: Won 243 games: Lost 142 over a 16 seasons with my beloved Black and Orange. Pitched a no hitter in 1963 against Houston. Won 20 games SIX TIMES. Led the N.L .in Complete Games and Shut Outs TWICE and led the league in 1969 with an ERA of 2.10. The Dominican Dandy completed 244 games (yes that is NOT a misprint) in his career striking out 2,303 batters (that is Not a misprint) finishing his glorious career with an ERA of 2.89.

My sister, Maria Nadauld, (Above the Bay Booking) took me to Cooperstown last week for the Hall of Fame Induction as a 65th birthday present.(More on that in a later column).

We walked down the street and there was Juan Marichal sitting next to Frank Robinson (only ball player to win the MVP in both leagues) at a table on Main Street in Cooperstown signing autographs and taking pictures with the fans. Maria nudged me and said, “There he is!”

I met Juan, got his autograph and had my picture picture taken with him Frank Robinson and Ozzie Smith. We also had an opportunity to talk a lot of baseball.Thank you, Maria.

Item 6: Southwest Airlines: Why I like Southwest Airlines. Southwest Airlines actually talks the talk and walks the walk. They get you on and off the plane three times as fast as any other airlines. They treat you with respect and are brave enough to make corny jokes. They also know how to treat you.

Example: I ordered a Bloody Mary from the flight attendant. I told her I wanted to mix it myself. I do this because those “other” airlines will take the one ounce bottle of vodka and pour 1/3 of it in a glass and fill the rest of the glass up with tomato juice. They will then use the other two thirds of vodka for two more Bloody Marys for other customers.
/The flight attendant brought my Bloody Mary already mixed. I looked at Maria who was sitting across the aisle and whispered “This might get ugly.” I took a sip and it had ALL the ingredients. No problem, I was a happy camper.

About fifteen minutes later I was finishing my drink when the flight attendant rushed down the aisle of the plane holding a tray that had on it a tiny body of vodka, tomato juice, napkin and a red stirring stick. She stopped right next to me and said, “Sir, I am so sorry. You ordered a Bloody Mary that you wanted to mix yourself. Our apologies.” I told her that I was fine with what she had brought me earlier. She smiled and repeated what she had said earlier, “Sir you ordered it and here it is. No arguing with the flight attendant.” She flashed a huge smile as she handed me the tray. One more reason to like Southwest.

Until September, Read a book, hug a child, pet a dog, stroke a cat, eat a bar of chocolate and for heavens sake do what Satchel Paige said, “Dance like no one is watching.”

Posted:  8/2/2013

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