SANTA’S VISIT TO THE MEADOWS REVEALS CHRISTMAS GIFTS
For The Record- Joe Kazmar
The month of November is one I would really like to forget, because I spent it all either in Beaumont Baptist Hospital or rehabbing at The Meadows in Orange. Time was very confusing to me for much of the time.
Things began to clear for me when I transferred to The Meadows. Thanksgiving came and went and the next day the huge Christmas tree was put up and decorated in the lobby.
As an added surprise Santa made a visit to the patients and even poked his head into my room and asked how I was doing. After I replied that I was feeling better every day and was ready to vamoose the premises, he was gone in a flash.
I noticed this folded up sheet of paper in the doorway that he must have dropped, I hollered at him. Calling him “Santa” but he must already have been out of earshot.
I couldn’t get out of bed at the time because I was getting some kind of antibiotic dripped into me. So I paged the nurse and asked her if she would give that folded up piece of paper to Santa.
She looked at me real funny, but picked it up. A few minutes later she returned with the paper in her hand and gave it to me. I peeked to see what it was and was surprised to read the following gift list from Santa:
WEST ORANGE-STARK MUSTANGS—A One-Word Goal for 2017—Three-Peat!!
HOUSTON TEXANS’ HEAD COACH BILL O’BRIEN—The Genius of the Year Award for yanking ineffective and over-rated starting quarterback Brock Osweiler from Sunday’s game when trailing Jacksonville 13-0 early in the second quarter and inserting back-up Tom Savage, who hadn’t taken a snap all season. Savage proceeded to lead a second-half comeback which resulted in a 21-20 Texans victory and retained a share of first place in the AFC South Division. Wonder who will start this week’s game against Cincinnati???
DALLAS COWBOYS’ IDIOT OWNER JERRY JONES—A Huge Dallas Cowboys Towel to shove in his mouth whenever someone asks him about the team’s quarterback situation.
KROGER PHARMACY MANAGER KYLEE RICHARD—The 3-F Award for being a Fantastically Fine “Farmacist”.
DENVER BRONCOS HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK—Verification in the difficulty of winning back-to-back Super Bowls in this day and time in the NFL, or in his case this December even getting back into the playoffs,
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS QUARTERBACK COLIN KAEPERNICK—A 4×6 Russian Flag he can salute whenever our National Anthem is played.
SUNSET GROVE GOLFER CRAIG COUVILLION—A Nurse’s Cap to wear every time he checks up on the health of his pal. However he has ulterior motives—he just wants to get back into my golfing money.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES RUNNING BACK DARREN SPROLES—The Little Big Man Award. Although Sproles is the league’s smallest back, he is the only back in NFL history to have 30 career touchdowns, 20 career TD runs, one punt return for a TD and a kickoff return for a TD.
KROGER CASHIER HELEN EDWARDS—The Mother Hen Award for carefully going over all the do’s and don’ts about my current recovery and rehabilitation progress.
HOUSTON TEXANS—The Anemic Offense Award—Although the Texans enjoy a winning 8-6 record and share first place with the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South Division, they have a point differential of minus 45. All of the other seven division leaders have an average point differential of plus 67.
SUNSET GROVE’S KERRY LAMB—Two Huge Sombreros to represent the two hats he wears every day working both as the golf course professional and the general manager of the entire country club.
CLEVELAND BROWNS—A Monument Inscribed With the Date Dec. 15, 2015 to represent the last time the team has enjoyed being in the victory column. On that date the Browns posted a 24-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Since then, Cleveland has lost 17 straight regular-season games.
SUNSET GROVE GOLFER BOB HOOD—A Dozen Clocks and Watches signifying that he wants more time to play golf and bridge with his pals.
BUFFALO BILLS—A Magical Pill to cure their post-season allergy. The Bills are headed to their 17th straight season of missing the playoffs unless they get plenty of help from other teams.
ORANGE COMMUNITY BRIDGE CLUB MEMBERS JOE & DEE PAYNE—The Hosts with the Most Award for being so gracious to provide a location for members of the club to be able to play cards comfortable on Tuesday and Friday of every week. Much Thanks!!!
MINNESOTA VIKINGS QUARTERBACK SAM BRADFORD—A Plaque with an Engine and a Caboose on it to signify the fact he leads the NFL with a 72 per cent completion rate but is dead last in yards per completion (6.5 yards).
AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO Mike Lemons, Archie McClelland, Mark Dunn, Jeff Thomas, Johnny Montagne, Jerry Triggs, Ronnie Hutchison, Julie Mouton, Pierre De la Fosse, Chris Trout, Gwen Whitehead, Troy Manuel, Missy Pillsbury, John Prather, Brad Prejean, John Morris, Larry Moerbe, Judy Arnaud, Andy Conner, Tom Toal, Julie Mouton, Steve Betz, Jerry Windham, Bill Van, Rodney Barrett, Gail Beckett, Larry Ancelot, Bobby Nelson, Carl Sanders, Matt Purgahn, David Thompson, James Denmon, Mike King, Durwood Bennett, Bob Cockerill, Chris Allen, Matt Morgan, Sid Caillavet, Doug Patterson, Mike Shuff, Jim King, Tiki Russell, Alex Morrow, John Cochran, David Benoit, Bart Corder, Roy Peterson, Jimmy Givens, Jimmy Sichko, Ken Ruane, Ron Hopperton, Joe Murphy, Walter Cox, David Ess, John Dubose, Lacy Hale, Mark Williams, Gary Cook, Bobby Eddings, Tommy Gunn, Mac Guillory, Buddy Hahn, Glynn Aldredge, Jim Rodda, Kerry Lamb, Brian Hudson, Stephen Patterson, Mike Poutra. 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