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Plan B...

Monday, February 08, 2010

Looks like Mother Nature is going to try and throw some monkey wrenches into my trip into NYC early Weds. a.m. in the form of some heavy snows.

I *may* need to have a Plan B in which I leave early Tues. and stay overnight as close to Rockefeller Plaza as possible.

Problem is, I am a total dunce when it comes to NYC and wouldn't have a clue as to the most reasonable, yet decent place to stay.

Any suggestions folks may have would be GREATLY appreciated! Don't want to be held up by traffic-related delays on my big day!

Many thx, in advance...!

Don

  
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FERRETLOVER1 2/9/2010 8:22AM

    Boy, I wish I could help you out...but I have no idea about NYC. However, try AAA or AARP if you're a member of either of those places - they might be able to help you out!

Good luck and have a great time representing SparkPeople!!

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TRAINOF4 2/9/2010 5:44AM

    If you're a member of AAA they can help you find the best place. Another option, try to get the Dr Oz staff member to help you locate a good place to stay (as in suggest an area.)

Try Orbitz, Priceline, Kayak ... the online sites for hotel, air, and so on reservations. And as another person posted, think about staying just outside of the city & taking public transit into the city.

I have stayed at many Choice hotels when traveling for work. Just choicehotels.com - they have a wide variety of hotel/motels (sleep inn, comfort inn, clarion, rodeway, etc.)

It might be pricey, but the stress will be off to get there. Good luck & let us know how it all turns out once all the shouting is done LOL

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L*I*T*A* 2/8/2010 1:18PM

    sorry no clues here except best wishes to our special sparkfreind star on your new adventure............
goodluck or as they say in show business break a leg!!!
blessings and hugs...................lita

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RENA1965 2/8/2010 11:18AM

    Can't give any suggestions to a place to stay, but hope you have a good trip anyway..

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KSIGMA1222 2/8/2010 10:26AM

    HOLY CRAP YOU ROCKSTAR!!!!! I need to read your feed more often, well ok I need to read everyones' more often but WAY TO GO!!! NYC is amazing!!!! Taking the public transportation is a breeze so stay outside the city if you can find a better rate but also factor in the cost of travel when comparing prices may add 20-30 to your daily bill plus time to travel. Now I need to tape the show and watch! Wish I could go with you and be on the show but I could not think of a better person to represent SparkPeople than you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRECKS96 2/8/2010 9:26AM

    You might consider staying just outside the city and taking the train in, depending on what time you need to be at the studio. It would be much cheaper. Hopefully someone else can be of more help.

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Revving UP!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Can you all tell I'm PSYCHED?!?

Set a personal record for myself today...I've done over 60 mins. on my treadmill before, but NEVER while maintaining 5 mph and an incline of 10 throughout the whole stretch!

Woo HOO! I even kicked it up to 7 mph near the end for about a minute to have a blast before finishing!

Now of COURSE this has absolutely NOTHING to do with a little old trip to NYC on Weds...right? :-)

Everyone enjoy the big game and may it be a close, riveting contest!

May you all enjoy healthier food choices too!

Don

  
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KELLI9001 2/10/2010 9:39PM

    Great job! We know what's motivating you today!


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LEELYNN2 2/8/2010 9:04AM

    that is crazy fast!

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FRECKS96 2/8/2010 7:40AM

    Bravo Don!! I plan on kicking it up myself this week. Good luck on Wednesday!

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_VALEO_ 2/8/2010 4:36AM

    Way to go! emoticon


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MSRIP3 2/8/2010 12:06AM

    That's awesome, definitely inspiring as I hate to run!

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SVELTINGTON 2/7/2010 7:06PM

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L*I*T*A* 2/7/2010 6:23PM

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JCORYCMA 2/7/2010 5:56PM

    My goodness you had quite the workout today! Good for you! My hubby had to out of town for work and he is my football guide, explaining why they are tossing little white flags around and such. I'm going to be lost without him. With him gone though, there won't be any tempting snacks :o
Joanne

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WALNUT5612 2/7/2010 5:44PM

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DAYHIKER 2/7/2010 5:39PM

    emoticonDon! Really!! That's a huge accomplishment--no wonder you are revved!!!!! I am tickled pink for you! emoticon I have been trying to figure out a way to divert our next snowstorm (Tuesday) to your neck of the woods...let's hope it works!! emoticon

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Drum Roll...

Friday, February 05, 2010

Yeah, yet ANOTHER blog...lol

BUT
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This has been a RED-Letter Day for me!

A fellow member of SparkPeople (CHRIS3215) mentioned that she was going to be on the Dr. Oz show for the 100th episode they plan to have 100 people on the show who have lost 100+ pounds and have kept it off.

Hmmm...got to thinking...I'VE done that...so I asked her about it and she helped me to connect to Dr. Oz's staff and batta-BING! I'm IN! Woo hoo! :-)

I had been uncertain for a few days, as one of the requirements also had been that the weight had to be lost via non-weight-loss-surgery methods. I informed via phone conversation that while I HAD weight loss surgery back in the 1980s, I blew it and gained all the weight back. But THIS TIME I lost the weight via healthy eating and exercise. The staff person didn't point blank tell me I was in, however she DID ask my shirt size as the 100 guests will have to wear a Dr. Oz shirt on the show.

It wasn't until just minutes ago I received the official e-mail notice PLUS a phone call from the same staff person confirming that I am IN!!!

I am so PSYCHED! Looking forward to being able to somehow speak a syllable or two about SparkPeople while the cameras are rolling. However I have NO idea what opportunity I'll have to speak with 100 of us present. Somehow, however, by hook or crook, I'm sure that between CHRIS3215 and I we will be able to champion SparkPeople's cause!

And here is the OTHER BIG NEWS!

For WEEKS I have been hitting the wall with my weight. Fluctuating between 202 and 205 or so...so close, yet seemingly so far...

NOW? I am DETERMINED to BREAK THROUGH 200 by next Weds. when I am on the show!

This has me so stratospherically REVVED I just absolutely KNOW I CAN DO THIS!!

BIGTIME THANKS to CHRIS3215 and the rest of my SparkFamily!

Don

ps...here is the e-mail I rec'd:

Hello-

We are so exited that you will be joining us for a special taping of the 100th episode of the" Dr. Oz Show", Wednesday, February 10th at 8:00 AM. We are thrilled to be sharing this day in celebration of the success you have achieved! Your ticket confirmation, arrival details and suggested dress are attached.

Location: 49 West 49th Street (between 5 & 6th)
(Rockefeller Plaza - NBC Building)
Mezzanine Level

Please respond to this email confirming you have received these details and will be attending the show.

We look forward to meeting you in person!

Best,


Alisha

Alisha Cowan-Vieira
The Dr. Oz Show
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 43rd Floor
New York, NY 10112

212-XXX-XXXX

  
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KELLI9001 2/10/2010 9:38PM

    Woo Hoo! I love Dr Oz and think it's absolutely wonderful that you are on there. You have a very inspiring story that needs to be told! Way to go...
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TRAINOF4 2/9/2010 5:39AM

    I am so excited for you! NOW! WHEN does that episode actually air? Can hardly wait to see you up there - you've done such a fantastic job & been such a super motivation for so many people. You deserve your 15 minutes emoticon

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 2/8/2010 10:42AM

    So cool brother Don! I can't wait to hear it goes for you. Good luck and please know that you have helped me so much! emoticon emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 2/8/2010 6:57AM

    CELEBRATE!!!
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Don, I've seen you around, hangin' with my other pals...I've noticed the OUTSTANDING success you've achieved AND MAINTAINED...and I'm fallin' outa' my chair at this WOWSER!!! NEWS!!!
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_VALEO_ 2/8/2010 4:34AM

    Wow, it is in 2 days! Unfortunately, I won't be able to watch you, maybe on youtube?
Have a great time in New York!

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HTWOLLIN 2/7/2010 9:19PM

    How exciting for you!

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CINDILP 2/6/2010 11:00PM

    Fantastic!
Cindi

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PISTL67 2/6/2010 4:43PM

    that is EXCITING!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAWPER 2/6/2010 3:37PM

  Fantastic. If anyone deserves recognition it is you. But shout it out loud and clear Spark People.....

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NICKI2B 2/6/2010 10:08AM

    Congratulations! Good Job!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/6/2010 9:00AM

    How thrilled you sound! I'm happy for you!

I have no experience with this sort of thing. Will they pay for your transportation and lodging?

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FERRETLOVER1 2/6/2010 8:23AM

    WOW!!!!! Awesome!!!! I will be sure to watch that episode. Congratulations, Don!!

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CARRIE1948 2/6/2010 8:05AM

    Will this show be shown live or taped?

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GMACAMI 2/6/2010 1:44AM

    This I have to see... Don in a dress... are you wearing a mini dress where your knees show and hairy legs too?????

Cami


(We are thrilled to be sharing this day in celebration of the success you have achieved! Your ticket confirmation, arrival details and suggested dress are attached.)

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GR8CATSBY 2/5/2010 10:06PM

    Very cool, Don!!! Have a wonderful trip to NYC! emoticon

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SDEHNKE 2/5/2010 9:42PM

    That is so cool! CONGRATULATIONS! I agree. Sparkpeople couldn't have a better representative on that show (don't tell Sparkguy I said that). emoticon

Suellen

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AHAPPYLIFE 2/5/2010 9:37PM

    Great job Don - we all know you could do it!

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KENSINGTONC 2/5/2010 8:08PM

    Don, that's great!!! I will record it and look for you! Way to REPRESENT our AWESOME community here!!!
Liz

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SATYAGRAHA 2/5/2010 8:04PM

    Oh! And you should tell Chris SparkGuy! And have fun in NYC! It's my favourite place ever!

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SATYAGRAHA 2/5/2010 8:02PM

    WOWOWOWOWOW!!!! That's so awesome I can't even type! (I think I've already hit backspace a 100 times!) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon YIIIIIPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
!!!!!!

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LEELYNN2 2/5/2010 8:01PM

    I can't think of a better person to represent us all! Go Don!

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/5/2010 7:57PM

    emoticon You are a spark super star Don! You are such a wonderful example to all us and you really keep me pushing to achieve great things. Hope you know how important you are to all of us!

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JCORYCMA 2/5/2010 7:23PM

    emoticon Boy I thought being featured in the Nordic walking newsletter was the big news!! You had to get smaller first to get BIG! Good for you. It would be great to get those last couple of pounds off before Wednesday but if the darn scale doesn't cooperate -- don't let it detract from the moment. You know I'm on my anti-scale roll since my break-up! Lol!
Joanne

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KEENTINA 2/5/2010 7:01PM

    Go you!!!! What great news! Have you told the coaches yet? I'd try and get them to send me a pair of pants with the Sparks logo on large enough to see and ask if they can have them expressed to get there for the show so you can give the free plug even in a Dr. Oz shirt!

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L*I*T*A* 2/5/2010 6:24PM

    WOW.............YOU HAVE BECOME A "sUPER STAR" HERE ON SPARKPEOPLE.........
congratulat
ions...........on this wonderful news.............blessings and hugs.........lita

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BOTZZZ 2/5/2010 5:38PM

    Hey man, check your sparkmail ;)

As Ever
Me

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ZIRCADIA 2/5/2010 5:27PM

    Now you just have to get them to fly me out there from AL and the day will be complete! :D

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FRECKS96 2/5/2010 5:09PM

    WOW!!! That is fabulous Don, congrats!! What a great accomplishment for you. Good Luck and Have Fun!!

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 2/5/2010 4:31PM

    emoticonWAY SUPER COOL!!!
I am sooo happy for you!!!
How exciting!!!

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I hope you have a GREAT time!!!

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JAE_HENNINGTON 2/5/2010 4:20PM

  that is so cool and you are just the guy that should be having this happen to them, you are so inspiring and motivating to all of us here at Sparks. Even though I may not always tell you, you are inspiring me to meet my goals

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DAYHIKER 2/5/2010 4:10PM

    emoticon Don!! You really are on a roll today!! The excitement alone ought to knock off that last little bit of weight!! emoticon

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Featured in Nordic Walking News!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Hey, just found out that yours truly has been featured as a member of SparkPeople in Nordic Walking News!

Check it out!

nordicwalkingmagazine.com/wp-content
/uploads/2009/07/Issue-23.pdf


There is a link within that issue that will also enable one to sign up for their newsletter for FREE, which will only last for a while...so if you're curious to find out more about Nordic Walking go ahead and sign up!

Don

  
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SASSYCHRIS1952 2/10/2010 6:44AM

    How awesome is that!

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HLJ3079 2/5/2010 8:55PM

    Cool!

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SATYAGRAHA 2/5/2010 8:09PM

    You're just a celebrity now, aren't you? emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/5/2010 8:04PM

    Woohooooooooo!

You are doing such a fantastic job of Spreading the Spark! Love it.

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JCORYCMA 2/5/2010 7:16PM

    emoticon That is sooo cool! And to think I know ya...
Joanne

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L*I*T*A* 2/5/2010 6:26PM

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 2/5/2010 3:06PM

    Don Don Don! emoticon emoticon
emoticonfor so freely sharing yourself. I think that is the #1 way of motivating others. emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL70 2/5/2010 3:00PM

    emoticon on the article.

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FRECKS96 2/5/2010 2:05PM

    Awesome! Congrats!

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DAYHIKER 2/5/2010 1:10PM

    Hey, Don, that's cool! I keep thinking of you with all this snow coming down...are you supposed to get any in your area??

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PATRICIAAK 2/5/2010 1:08PM

    Super!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/5/2010 1:04PM

    Nice, Don!

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Now let's just see if we can get some SNOW, so we can do some Nordic SKIING before spring arrives, LOL

(And I'm also excited to see that we can point people to our spark pages using a less cumbersome URL)

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 2/5/2010 12:58PM

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BRENDAF761 2/5/2010 12:53PM

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing the article. Your doing an amazing job at losing your weight! I loved your sparkpage. Best wishes for continued success. Keep your body moving! Take care-Brenda emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJORDANE 2/5/2010 12:30PM

    Very nice! CONGRATS!

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First Person Declarative!

Friday, February 05, 2010

We all need to take care of ourselves and to put our needs first, above all else. This is not being selfish, it's a fundamental, core belief I have that if we don't take care of ourselves FIRST, we cannot be there for others in the way that we need to, want to. During my morning jog on the 'mill a couple of songs came up that seemed to celebrate this message SO WELL!

Paula Cole - Me

Listen on Pandora here:

www.pandora.com/music/song/paula%2Bc
ole/me%3Ftc%3De-003434-0035-1152&ei=KB
tsS_jKAZXKNdi7mdIE&sa=X&oi=prbx_music_
us&resnum=1&ct=additional-provider&cd=
3&ved=0CAwQ1AQoAjAA&usg=AFQjCNEWHw13mN
FqKHnjXwY4iP5ozUUSPA


Lyrics:

I am not the person who is singing
I am the silent one inside
I am not the one who laughs at people's jokes
I just pacify their egos
I am not my house, my car, my songs
They are only just stops along my way
I am like the winter
I'm a dark cold female
With a golden ring of wisdom in my cave

CHORUS:

And it is me who is my enemy
Me who beats me up
Me who makes the monsters
Me who strips my confidence

I am carrying my voice
I am carrying my heart
I am carrying my rhythm
I am carrying my prayers
But you can't kill my spirit
It's soaring and it's strong
Like a mountain
I'll go on and on
But when my wings are folded
The brightly colored moth
Blends into the dirt into the ground

Chorus

And it's me who's too weak
And it's me who's too shy
To ask for the thing I love
And it's me who's too weak
And it's me who's too shy
To ask for the thing I love
That I love

I am walking on the bridge
I am over the water
And I'm scared as hell
But I know there's something better
Yes I know there's something
Yes I know, I know, yes I know

That I love (5 times overlapping chorus)

But it's me
And it's me
But it's me

And the next song is from Paul Simon's album Graceland: Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Listen on Pandora here:

www.pandora.com/music/song/paul%2Bsi
mon/diamonds%2Bon%2Bsoles%2Bof%2Bher%2
Bshoes%3Ftc%3De-003434-0035-1152&ei=yx
tsS43eJZTV8AaI0KiEBg&sa=X&oi=prbx_musi
c_us&resnum=1&ct=additional-provider&c
d=3&ved=0CAwQ1AQoAjAA&usg=AFQjCNELKIpc
IO3KzzlO5oTKJhiQobtUrA


Lyrics here:

She's a rich girl
She don't try to hide it,
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes,

He's a poor boy,
Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose
Sing Ta na na
Ta na na na
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes,
ta na na
Ta na na na
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes,
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

People say she's crazy
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes,
Well that's one way to lose these
Walking blues,
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes,

She was physically forgotten
but then she, slipped into my pocket
With my car keys,
She said you've taken me for granted
Because I please you
Wearing these dia-monds,

And I could say Oo oo oo,
As if everybody knows
What I'm talking about,
As if everybody here would know
Exactly what I was talking about,
Talking about diamonds on the soles of her shoes,

She makes the sign of a teaspoon
He makes the sign of a wave,
The poor boy changes clothes
And puts on after-shave,
To compensate for his ordinary shoes,

And she said honey take me dancing
But they ended up by sleeping
In a doorway,
By the bodegas and the lights on
Upper Broadway,
Wearing diamonds on the soles of their shoes,

And I could say Oo oo oo
and if everybody here would know
What I was talking about
I mean everybody here would know exactly
What I was talking about
Talking about diamonds,

People say I'm crazy
I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes yeah,
Well that's one way to lose
These walking blues,
diamonds on the soles of my shoes

Now this last song...on the remastered copy there is a previously unreleased version of this song which I ESPECIALLY love! It is just Simon and back up vocals with only one instrument playing along: Bakithi Kumalo from South Africa just poppin' & slidin' along on his fretless bass...how the man can GROOVE! I know I've raved about Graceland before, but seeing the comments at Amazon of people just breaking out in dance while working around the house listening to this music makes me smile and want to boogie-woogie right now!

And for me here is the take-home message of Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes:

*I* can celebrate the DIAMONDS on the soles of MY shoes!

*WE ALL* have DIAMONDS on the Soles of OUR Shoes!

Some of us just don't KNOW it yet...!

And today I'm just shouting out gratitude to my SparkFamily for helping me to find my *DIAMONDS* and sending out to all you newbies my fond wishes expectations and anticipation of YOUR discovery of the Diamonds on the Soles of YOUR Shoes! Woo hoo!

Have a SPARKIN' Day Everyone!

Don

ps...I'm sitting on some BIGTIME, GREAT news which I can't share just yet, for fear of jinxing myself...stay tuned...

  
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JCORYCMA 2/5/2010 7:14PM

    Wow! Now you've got me curious...
Thanks for the reminder too that we need to celebrate our own diamond soled shoes!
Joanne

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 2/5/2010 3:08PM

    Hey, thanks, Don, for the links and lyrics. Love the diamonds on the soles of your/our shoes!

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PATRICIAAK 2/5/2010 1:12PM

    Thanks for reminding me it is important to take care of me!

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KELLI9001 2/5/2010 11:10AM

    Putting me first was (is) something that's hard to. Although, I have learned recently that if I am not here, I can't be there for anyone else. Thanks for the reminder!!
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L*I*T*A* 2/5/2010 10:26AM

    great song lyrics and wonderful reminder..............
thanks for sharing..........
looking forward to your news!!!
blessings and hugs..............lita

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DAYHIKER 2/5/2010 9:51AM

    Every flight they tell you to put on your oxygen first THEN help the other person! Waiting for your big news... Hope it all works out for you! I read your quote from The Spark to my hubby yesterday while we were traveling home from visiting my mother. emoticon He didn't say much but I think he was listening.

Happy Friday...we're getting fat fluffy flakes now. Ei yi yi!

Cindy in snowy Indiana

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 2/5/2010 9:36AM

    Thanks for the great thoughts. I really appreciate it! It comes at a good time for me! I have been worrying to much about someone else and it hasn't been worth it. Really have to get moving on. I know that there are better things for me. At least I have to believe that! I'm going to make it! With diamonds on the soles of my heart.
emoticonKaren

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FRECKS96 2/5/2010 9:25AM

    Great Reminder, Thanks! It is so important to put ourselves first, or we'll never be able to do everything we need to.

Can't wait to hear your news!

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