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the story of an invisible girl
Bleeding for the Cause
I gave blood today. Yay, me! I love giving blood. I am always startled by people who are capable of giving blood but choose not to. I mean, where else can you physically give a vital part of yourself to help save the lives of as many as 3 people, and get free juice and cookies for your trouble? It's a beautiful thing.

This morning I had two goals: give blood and rake my leaves. I decided it would be sensible to reverse the order though. So I got up this morning, and (like most weekends) I was moving fairly slowly. I puttered around my house, still in my jammies, trying to get motivated to rake. I seriously needed to rake...I was having a difficult time figuring out where my driveway was when I pulled my car in! The grass was completely covered.

Then I heard a loud obnoxious noise coming from my next-door neighbor. Glancing out the window, I saw him starting up a huge gasoline-powered leaf blower. I fetched myself some diet pop and something to eat, still trying to get productive, then the direction of the noise changed. Was it coming from...my lawn? I looked out the window and sure enough, he was blowing my leaves out into the street too. What a nice neighbor! Blowing my leaves didn't take him much time, but it sure saved me a good hour's worth of raking.

The cool thing is that in a sense, he helped save lives too without even knowing it. Because I was moving slowly enough that I probably wouldn't have ended up having time to do both, and I might not have made it to donate blood. This way though I had plenty of time, and off I went!
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drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: November 8th, 2003 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, I wish MY neighbors would do that. All mine do is complain that I park too close to their cars. :) I do stay in my space though. At least now I'm more observant of it. :)

Glad your neighbor saved you the time..and anyone who receives your blood is lucky too! :) If your personality comes with the donated blood, they're in for a treat. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 10th, 2003 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
heeheehee! I'm not sure that personality travels with the blood, but hopefully! *grin*
figure_skater From: figure_skater Date: November 8th, 2003 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow, what a nice neighbor! And good for you for giving blood!!
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: November 9th, 2003 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay for fantastic neighbors! My next door neighbor saw me shoveling the drive with a shovel last year. The next big snowfall (about 8 inches or so) he took care of while I was at work with his gas-powered snowblower.

Yay for great neighbors!
guingel From: guingel Date: November 9th, 2003 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's an cool story. :D

I'm underweight, but I think people who give blood are like little heroes. We had our blood drive at school, and a lot of the seniors gave blood, and I applauded all the people I spoke to. One girl fainted! :-/
cannibal From: cannibal Date: November 10th, 2003 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay you, and yay Doug!
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