The Colorado Girl Diary II Day 17

My puppy, Half-Pipe is finally over his gastrointestinal illness thanks to Dad. He had some type of GI bacterial infection, and it was resolved with Flagyl. Flagyl kills virtually all bacteria according to Dad. I wanted to ensure that my puppy was treated like a human. That’s probably not the best treatment for an animal because puppies have conditions that even my Dad doesn’t treat. I should have taken him to the veterinarian; however, my work schedule and Fitted Bindings sprawling business just didn’t allow free time this week. My sub at work, Hadley Finckstein, is chasing around California with her steady boyfriend for a week. I certainly hope Hadley makes the correct mate decision this time around. Her parents from Denver, Colorado have met the new guy and love him. Thankfully, they are not in awe of all the elite Denver Cherry Creek families with eligible men. Everyone has learned their lesson from this prior forced marriage of Hadley to a guy who was gay. He felt pressured also and just didn’t want to admit his preference for the same sex until after marriage. The marriage was annulled at high expense. All the bad feelings between the families have resolved. The Finckstein trust didn’t take any real dent. Matters are much better within the Cherry Creek, Colorado Finckstein family.

I was a touch nosy today while inspecting a customer’s I phone laying on the counter and noticed a collection of Carpenter songs. I was actually peeking to determine if the I phone was lost and had a name attached before I noted all the Carpenter songs. Mom and Grandma loved the Carpenters’ love ballads. They couldn’t get enough of the soft rock music. We are recreating a few of their tunes within a Downtown medley; and may sing them with proper legal rights for an album. I know all the songs because my family played, danced and sang these songs constantly. It’s amazing that many top athletes listen to the Carpenters also. It seems to settle their mind and allow focus. After glancing at the I phone in the open I began humming and singing: “Yesterday Once More.” This is my all-time favorite Carpenters song because it is so simple, elegant and reminds me of the Carpenters’ stature in Mom’s and Grandma’s time.

The very nice lady who had the Carpenter collection on her I phone came back to the counter and joined in singing. She saw the Carpenters in a night club in Los Angeles before they were noticed by any big recording studios. The songs were similar. She wanted all their old songs prior to all the 1970 hits; however, a fire destroyed much of their old original music. There is such a sad history of the brother and sister duo. Richard, who wrote or had a part in the composing of many of the songs, developed a Quaalude addiction. Karen, as everyone knows, was purportedly filing for divorce the same day she died, February 4, 1983. Petula Clark sang at the funeral. The disease, anorexia nervosa, was made famous by Karen Carpenter.

Reading about Karen Carpenter made me visibly aware of what abuse in all forms (physical, emotional, sexual, etc.) can do to a woman. It literally guts the life from a gal. Though most guys are quite stable; the abuse phenomenon is totally unpredictable in its effects on a woman. It’s associated in bullying guys with addiction, mental illness and lower socioeconomic status. Unfortunately, abuse towards women extends across all races and socioeconomic groups of women. Karen married the very wrong guy (Thomas Burris). The accounts I’ve read have Burris exploiting Karen Carpenter emotionally and financially. I feel she was a very great person; but unfortunately suffered from love blindness. Dionne Warwick and Olivia Newton-John were also at the funeral. What a sad affair. Who knows what a greater icon Karen Carpenter could have become if she lived her life completely? There are many contemporary accounts of the Carpenters. They were truly the very best musically, worked endlessly and now are considered to have played a large role in modern rock musical history. I would have loved to meet her.

I then began singing “Superstar” and another customer friend joined. What a great job to have the opportunity to sing through your long retail shift!  I was checking out customers and they all mentioned to keep singing. I need help checking out endless numbers of customers at Fitted Bindings. Boss helps me a ton when I really need it. The customers seemingly all want contact with me, The Colorado Girl. I’m so fortunate and take nothing for granted. I appreciate everyone’s friendship; and these sincere outdoor enthusiast customers help me get through the day dealing with Mom’s departure. I’m humming and singing:

When I was young I’d listen to the radio
Waitin’ for my favorite songs
When they played I’d sing along, it made me smile

Those were such happy times and not so long ago
How I wondered where they’d gone
But they’re back again just like a long lost friend
All the songs I loved so well

Every sha-la-la-la
Every wo-o-wo-o, still shines
Every shing-a-ling-a-ling, that they’re startin’ to sing’s, so fine.