Answering FAQ #3: So, How Can I Keep Tabs On The CanMan?

Nov. 1, 2017

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!!! {#smileys123.tonqueout}

Mar. 8, 2017

(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 ) 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...

Nov. 29, 2016

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


The Other has been created by Raina Vautaw Rigney 


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...


Oct. 24, 2016

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...

Oct. 5, 2016


Here's the very possible (I'd say at least 99.999 % possible) near-future (as in sometime this evening -- which happens to be Wednesday, October 4, 2016) CanMan sighting:

The location of said sighting (IF it occurs -- and I have more reasons than not to believe that it will) is going to be taking place right here:

Anderson, Indiana's own Ponderosa Steak House! (more details contained in link)

Here's something fun to do, if you're on Facebook:

Click Here &  Here to see how many pictures of this adorable guy you can find when he's enjoyed Ponderosa in the past.

If you were at Anderson Public Library (the main branch in Anderson that was made from a renovated Sears store -- more on that in a little bit) yesterday, you would have probably spotted both of us here, as this was where we met for a really neat visit.

I got to see his face light up when I gave him several tabs (some filling bags that were given to me by various people to pass on to him, and some that I've either collected myself or else had given to me in smaller amounts to give to Larry).  I also gave him a big bag full of items that he could recycle.

Have you read about the unusual way we met and just how extensive what makes Larry Larry is?  You can click here to do that when you find time!

Anyway, Larry had told me that he would be up at the library around one in the afternoon.

However, thanks to  a ride from one of his favorite nurses, he was actually able to get here about two hours early.

I was working on a very special blog-entry (more about that shortly) when I felt somebody gently poke me -- and I wasn't at all surprised to find out that this poke came from Larry who was looking like a cute, little, mischievous elf!!!

Of course, I put my writing project on the proverbial back-burner to be finished later.

When "later" arrived, I finished it!  I hope you'll read it, as it's loaded with lots of important (my opinion, anyway) information.

If you happen to be going to Ponderosa tonight, be sure to bring some tabs along to give to Larry.  During our visit, he told me that he was now 577,000 (plus a bit more, but he couldn't remember how much at the time) away from getting his 13,000,000th tab!

Of course, he's probably at a considerably-lower first-three numbers by now.

As far as I know, he and I will be talking some tonight.  He might or might not have a new exact stat to share with me.  We shall see.

I know ONE thing for sure (if he DOES end up making it to Ponderosa tonight -- and I believe his friend, Rachel, has every intention of getting him there and making sure that his cute, little tummy gets all filled-up), and that is that he'll probably have a lot to tell me tonight.

There's something soooooooooo endearing about the way that he shares exciting news.

More times than not, he will be going along telling about this event and that event while punctuating each activity with an enthusiastic "AND" -- What a heartmelter he is!!!

Hopefully, his "AND" - punctuated sharing will include people coming up to him to give him tabs.  Will you, the reader, be one of those people!  Hope so!!!

Here's a bit of trivia for you:

1.  The Sears building from which this library was made was built back in 1947.

2.  One of the things that Larry likes to get to recycle is gently-used Reynolds Wrap -- which came out in 1947.

3.  On February 17, 2017, Larry will be turning 70 years young -- meaning that he was born in 1947.

1947 is a pretty neat year -- the same one that saw the wedding of my mom and dad:

Lillian Ainsley Jobe & Raymond Woodford Phillips

Those two were still on their honeymoon at the time that my dad passed away on Groundhog Day 2004 (just six days before my folks would have celebrated 57 years of marriage).

So, in February of 1947, a couple of eternal honeymooners got married, and an amazing baby boy was born -- and who knew that this miracle baby with so many health issues to overcome would grow up to become Anderson, Indiana's own CanMan!!!

I wonder what "Princess Pickle" (That's the nickname of Rilynn Michelle Tracy -- as you'll learn when you get the chance to read more about her) will be like when she turns 70 years young...

A vintage time!

 Other wonderful things happened in that year with at least three more of them taking place in February: the 55th birthday of my paternal grandpa (Chester Woodford Phillips -- on the same day as my folks' wedding: February 8) & the births of a pair of really super guys named Richard (Feb. 7) and Charlie (Feb. 15) who stole my heart in 1977 and 1979.

As you've probably figured out by now, I love comparing important milestones.  Did you realize, for instance, that Indiana's birthday is the day before mine (but our Hoosier state just happens to be about about 136 years older)?

This year will be Indiana's Bicentennial Year -- and I'm going to be celebrating my Paul McCartney Birthday.

And I'd better finish this, as I'm about to be kicked off of here for a little bit...