Charity Begins At Home… Or Guilford

It wasn’t tough because of the organization or the crowd–both of those were great. It was tough because of strange logistics.

I was an auctioneer in auction taking place while participants sat in three separate dining rooms… and the PA system didn’t work.

I am bushed. Is it OK to admit that? I am spent!

I emceed a charity event tonight. Some are easy, some more difficult. This was the latter.


Tonight’s benefit was for Fellowship Place which helps, “adults with mental illness lead more meaningful, fulfilling and healthy lives by offering resources, education and opportunity.” It took place at the Stone House Restaurant at Guilford Harbor on Long Island Sound.

This was a food-o-rama! It started with hors d’oeuvres then worked through a sit down dinner climaxing with filet mignon served in a fluffy pastry shell. I’m probably not allowed to eat again until the second week in May!

There was wine tasting before dinner. I saw my friend Andy Eder schmoozing around. When you’ve seen someone at as many charity events as I have with Andy you may safely assume he’s a good guy. Ray Mathews, glass blower and glass golf putter inventor was there too. He’s also charity oriented.

I sat with much of Duby Mcdowell‘s family (sans Duby). I have come to the conclusion Duby and I have the least similar upbringing of any two people in Connecticut! I love her mom. She started Fellowship Place.

When my part of the evening wrapped I called up Google Navigation and drove back to work via Route 17, 9 and I-91. A misty night like tonight isn’t the right time to be exploring Route 17. It passes through every little town in Central Connecticut before joining up with Route 9 in Middletown.

It’s dark. It’s windy. It’s a little scary too. I-95 to I-91 should have been my choice.

My charity events aren’t over yet. Saturday I’ll be appearing at the Meriden Daffodil Festival in the afternoon then the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala at night. I might not get out of bed Sunday.

Nice Mention in Sunday’s New Haven Register

A few weeks ago Jim Shelton, of the New Haven Register, called to ask if I’d like to participate in a story on gadgets. Absolutely!

I’m a sucker… err… early adopter… when it comes to high tech stuff. I’m on my third digital camera, and our computer network at home has five PCs for three people (though only two could be considered close to leading edge technology). Of course, I’ve been playing with computers since 1967 and have had a PC at home since 1978 (TRS-80 Model I), so this is a deep seated illness.

The attached photo (right) was taken by Peter Casolino of the Register staff, using a Canon D1, I think. You could actually see the bulb light up above his head as he had one of those “Eureka” moments, realizng what he wanted to shoot.

It’s not a trick. That was my photo being displayed in the laptop. In this morning’s paper, the photo takes up fully 40% of the top of the first page in the Living Section.

Click here to read the article.

I know there are some people who’d rather not see their name in the paper… and others, like Saddam Hussein, who are wishing there would be a new photo to print. But for me, it continues to be fun to think anyone would value my opinion.

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