Answering FAQ #3: So, How Can I Keep Tabs On The CanMan?
I've got a whole lot of news to report, but will be back here to report it a little later...
And it's later and I'm back and ready to catch you up with the latest.
It's hard to believe that it has been so long since I made an entry in this Larry blog. Time has a way of flying by.
Anyway, the purpose of this particular entry is to catch you up in a big way.
As you know from the entry right before this, Larry counted his 15,000,000th tab on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 4:59 AM.
Here are three very special current newsbits:
1. Larry counted his 16,000,000th tab on Tuesday, March 13, at 5:47 PM and is now hoping to have counted his 17,000,000th one before he goes to Indianapolis in mid-July.
2. I made a Tweet sequence about him earlier today, and this is the link that will take you to it:
3. If you would like to mail tabs to him, you can send them to this address:
Larry Van Ness
c/o Old National Bank
1501 North Broadway
I didn't quite make it when I said that I would get this posted while it was still March 16 here in Anderson, Indiana -- but I didn't do too badly, as not even 12:30 AM yet.
Happy St. Patrick's Day To You!!!
Oops!!! I almost forgot to tell
you a couple of things:
The first thing is that, if you'd also like to have a website here, please use the link found in the lower part of the right-hand margin as I'll get credited for inviting you.
Another thing has to do with my guestbook and comment-leaving. For starters, contributions don't automatically post, as I have things set so that I can approve everything before it gets shown. So far, I haven't rejected any posts yet.
I like to provide a place for people who drop by for a visit to share their websites whether it's a family/personal website, a business website, a good cause website, a crowdfunder website, a personal blog, a profile page at a social media site, an Instagram site, or something else entirely.
So you won't be wasting your time sending them, I will NOT display sites that are any, some, or all of the following:
racist, satanic, glorifying violence, making fun of handicaps, being otherwise hurtful, endorsing psychotropic drugs, promoting drunkeness, encouraging assisted suicide/euthanasia...etc. Anyway, if a site/blog is questionable in these or any other ways, they likely wouldn't be a good fit here.
On this note, I will sign off.
On Tuesday, October 31 at 4:59 in the morning, Larry counted his 15,000,000th tab for Ronald McDonald House of Central Indiana and has already begun counting towards his next million in tabs.
He has really come a long way since that gray, rainy, & chilly day (October 24, 2013) when we became friends back when I was homeless. At that time, he was counting towards 10 million and would end up reaching that goal in July of the following year -- on the birthdays of my twin cousins, Justin & Jason Chambers, and very helpful CPA friend, Adonis "Don" Thomas, this being July 11.
I just wrote in a comment section a little earlier today -- and I'm repeating it now -- that one of the best perks of my becoming homeless was how it put me in the right place at the right time for Larry and me to meet (for the third time) and become friends!!!
I've also written something in my other Larry-themed blog about this, and you can go there to read it by clicking here:
And so ends this blog-entry -- and I'm ready to return to it and link it to THIS blog-entry, after which I'm going to order something delivered here from Hungrymans Friend Cafe (one of Anderson's newest eateries that is sooooooooo goooooooood!!! 😋
(Title of this entry will be explained at the bottom of this post.)
A really neat thing happened since the last time I made an entry in here:
I got connected at home again!!!
My subscription to cable access began on December 5; my friend, Don, who had been storing a TV and some computer equipment for me in his garage, brought it to me that same week; and my goddaughter, Michelle, got me all set up right on my 64th birthday (December 12).
That's right!!! I now have a desktop with a cable-powered Internet connection right in my own apartment. I even have a couple of free WiFi options, though I prefer both the security and the overall better reception provided by my cable connection.
Here's one update:
I said in the October 24th entry called Updates Galore!!! that I wasn't sure whether or not October 24,
2013 were the actual date that I met Larry or if it were a week earlier. Since then, I came across something I'd written that shows that I was spot-on re: October 24.
As it turns out, I have (until today) only updated this journal one other time with the last entry being on November 29: Dew Drop Inn
Why is this so when I now have 24/7/365 Internet access at home?
Because even with that much access, there's still a lot of playing catch-up to do, along with continuous new current affairs, and I'm talking about both Internet and real-life.
Things will be able to get done more quickly in real life the more springlike the weather becomes for more days at a time -- and will be able to get done even MORE quickly and efficiently once AJ's Groovy Igloo (my white, hippie-decorated 2002 Pontiac Montana) is up-and-going again.
As far as online activities are concerned, I've just been getting back to writing for some special places (one in particular being Writing.com ) that I hadn't written for since sometime in 2013.
Anyway, I'm not going to try to tell you everything right now, but I'll be explaining more in future entries here, as well as HERE and a few assorted other places (more details re: those assorted other places in the future).
For now, I'm going to share a link to something I wrote that you'll (hopefully) find both informative and entertaining -- not to mention heartmelting and inspiring.
There are plenty of photos and videos of Larry included (even more in the comment section) so that you can see how his very body is a picture that paints the words of the story of his life...
Larry, Rachel, & I Want You!!!
As promised, I'm now going to tell you how I came up with the title for this entry...
I can be quite the shameless plugger when it comes to getting Larry's story "out there."
For instance, I might see a picture of a cute, little chihuahua posted on Facebook and leave a comment along the lines of "This little guy reminds me of somebody very special. Click here to find out more..." with the link, of course leading to something about Larry.
Whenever I take the North Anderson bus of the City of Anderson Transit System (CATS) (To check out CATS's friendly Facebook Page, GO HERE ), I'm known for always reminding the driver to beep at Larry.
Anyway, I had the sweetest next-door neighbor named Betty when I was living at Gillespie Tower over in Muncie. One day, she came back from the store with some potatoes and asked me to take some off her hands, as she couldn't possibly eat them all before they rotted, so I set about choosing mine. One of them was little and practically round.
"Awlllll..." I cooed. "I've just gotta have that one! It's so cute!! It reminds me of Larry!!!"
"EVERYTHING reminds you of Larry!" she replied with a laugh.
Actually, not EVERYthing reminds me of Larry. That potato just happened to because it was little and cute. Larry is 5'1 1/2" tall, and one look at him says that just like the late great James Brown is to this day The Godfather Of Soul, Larry surely must be The Godfather Of Cute or, at least, a very close runner-up!
Having said all of this, I think you might have a general idea re: how I came up with the title of this entry.
It's because there might actually be some people who see me approaching and say to themselves or their companions:
"Oh no!!! Here comes that CanMan lady!!!"
in the way that some people might say that there was nothing but re-runs on TV.
Actually, I HAVE been known to discuss other subject matter besides Larry and don't even slip his name into the conversation.
If you mentioned October 24 to me back when I was 12 years old, I'd tell you that it was the birthday of Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones. I can still remember all of the birthdays of the original band members along with Bill's:
Mick Jagger July 26
Brian Jones February 28
Keith Richards December 18
Charlie Watts June 2
On July 17, 1985, I met a beautiful friend named Marshall Mitchell (another outstanding person who has his own special story -- and he and Larry remind me of each other in a lot of ways) and found out that he had an older sister who was stillborn on October 24.
Anyway, that was what I associated with October 24 until after that day in 2013.
Now, the month of February and the year of 1947 have been important to me for all of my life, and I have lots of happy memories associated with that month and year because that was when Lillian Ainsley "Ainsley or Lee" Jobe married Raymond "Ray" Woodford Phillips at East Lynn Christian Church in Anderson, Indiana on February 8, 1947 -- which happened to be one of the coldest days of the year.
Those two still visit me in dreams sometimes and visit me in memories every day.
There is a blog I started about them right after my mom passed away but haven't done anything else with since a short time after I started it due to dealing with some online trolls and hackers, and I didn't want any chance of my special blog being destroyed by them.
Enough said about that.
And enough said for now -- period! -- as I want to get this posted.
I'll try not to be a stranger in the future...
I'm going to do the short form now, as I'm in a hurry to get to where I want you to get to, too!
Anyway, Larry and I are being picked up at three-thirty and taken over to Ronald McDonald House, and this is why.
This open-house is going to be from 4-7 this evening. I would have shared this earlier, but I haven't had the chance to get online a lot.
A lot has been happening lately, and I'll probably fill
you in a bit more tonight.
However, I just wanted to get this invitation out to you in hopes that you'll drop by.
Before I sign off for now, I want to share a couple of places at Facebook where you'll be able to find pages about Larry.
One has been created by Rachel Tranbarger Landers
Anyway, check out the wonderful open-house, try to drop by, and let your friends know, too.
Here's the address:
435 Limestone Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Please do come--and, if you have any, please bring along some soda pop tabs, with or without the cans still attached!
That's all for now, as I need to get ready to go there, and time is growing short...
I think of October 24 as being the anniversary of when Larry and I became friends, but, these days, I'm thinking that this might have happened, perhaps, a week earlier.
Anyway, sometime in October of 2013 a couple of memorable (and somewhat-connected) things happened:
One of those things was meeting Larry (actually, it was the third time of meeting him -- at least! -- but this was the milestone time when we became friends to where we didn't end up losing track of each other).
I'm thinking that it was a couple of days before then that I went over to Muncie to apply for an apartment at Gillespie Tower -- only to find out that I was #46 on the waiting list, and it would be (estimate of our leasing agent, Anna) at least three months before an apartment became available and could be as much as six months.
Anyway, I'm going to be sharing a story about October of 2013 when I get the chance, and you'll be able to find it developing by visiting this blog-entry and waiting for me to make postings as the story progresses.
At this time, my time online is limited, so I can't say for sure then this will be happening -- all I can say is just to keep looking.
It's like what Anna told me about going ahead and filling out an application so that I would end up as part of the waiting list, even if I were no longer looking for an apartment by the time my name came up.
All I know is this: Had getting an available apartment been the shoo-in that was predicted by my goddaughter and her extra dad (a really neat guy whose nickname is Smurf), I would have, likely, been spending my time moving into it instead of driving along North Broadway that chilly, drizzly October morning three years ago and seeing this wonderful, fuzzy guy out waving at passers-by and wondering if he needed a ride somewhere.
This year's holiday event at Ronald McDonald House Of Indiana is called Home for the Holidays Open House & Giving Tuesday will be held this year on November 29 ( a Tuesday, of course). Not sure what time yet. Hopefully, I'll have more $$$ by that time so that I can afford to get to and from there, as my S.S.I. check wouldn't have arrived by that time. Please keep me in your prayers re: this.
Anyway, Larry has almost reached the halfway mark to getting 13 million tabs (since he began back in 2003), and I still think that he can make it all the way to 13,000,000, so please keep those tabs heading his way. If you have cans, he appreciates those, too, as they help him to add to his fixed income.
Anyway, one of the little ones whose familiy is benefitting from RMH is continuing to make very positive progress. Please go here to get the latest updates on Princess Pickle.
This is where I need to start signing off, as I don't have much more time in the library today. However (God willing and the creek don't rise...), I'll be back online tomorrow and Thursday, so I should be getting more things done.
Anyway, if I remember correctly, the number of tabs between Larry and his 13,000,000 tab when we talked last night way 519,715. Either that, or 513,715. But, no matter, the number will, likely below 500,000 by the time he and I talk again on Wednesday.
One more thing...I've been hearing that, more sooner than later, Larry will be getting his very own Facebook page. I'll be keeping you posted on that one. All I know is that I can hardly wait for that to happen! Anyway, I'll make sure that you know about this when it happens...