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

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...

Sep. 22, 2016

Here's a link to the last post I made here:

This will show you how -- thanks to so many special people -- Larry is really picking up tabs right and left, as the total he gave me last night was 596,163 away.  That is, a whole new beginning number already.  He said that he still had thousands more to count and would probably be up until one in the morning counting away.

What Larry does is now hitting even closer to home, as my goddaughter (Julie) has a daughter named Ashley who -- along with the love of her life (Chance) -- were looking forward to a Christmas baby.

However, Rilynn Michelle Tracy (lovingly nicknamed Princess Pickle) arrived on September 6 and was only 12 1/4 inches long and weighed a single pound plus 7 or 8 ounces.

She's down in Riley Children's Hospital now and, thankfully, is thriving.

Anyway, this family is now taking advantage of what the local Ronald McDonald House has to offer.

I wish I could talk more in length, but I'm about to get to the end of my Internet time until next week.

So, I'll do just one more thing and share a link where you can find out more about this adorable angel and her family...


Sep. 20, 2016

I haven't put an entry here for awhile and don't have time to make a really big one now.

Hopefully, I can make up for lost time come this Thursday, as I actually have a whole lot to share but just not the time to share it today.

As I've already posted a few places, I talked to Larry on Sunday night, and he was, at that point, 624,165 away from his 13,000,000th million.

He said that he still had at least 10,000 more to count.

We're talking again tomorrow night.

Hopefully, I'll be at the library again this Thursday.

At that point, I'll say more, but I'm about to be bumped off so BYE!!!

Aug. 30, 2016

I recently wrote a letter to Larry with little presents in it that I think he'll like, and I decorated the envelope -- with this being especially so on the back of it.

When I made the decorations, I not only wanted to make his envelope look festive for him, but I was also hoping that some people working at the post office might notice what I put on the back and would be curious enough to visit my website and find out about the section that I had dedicated to Larry.

Anyway, I don't get the chance to get online as much as I'd like to and don't always have time to make entries in here -- though I try to put little items up about Larry at various other places.

But this is the last entry I made before the one I'm writing now, and a lot has changed since then.

Anyway, I finished writing an update, and you can find it by going HERE.

As you'll be able to see, I'm going to be getting online a whole lot more in the very near future, so this blog -- as well as the rest of my website -- is going to start getting a whole lot more lively, God willing and the creek don't rise...

Aug. 3, 2016

Today is Wednesday, August 3, 2016, and I'm just about to add a story to one of the titles given on this page:

Let me also mention here that I'm going to be talking to Larry again later this evening to get another progress report from him.

The last time we talked (Sunday night), he was 833,665 away from his 13,000,000th tab with plenty of tabs still left to count.  He described himself as "counting like a fool."

Anyway, I should have a significant progress report on his counting when I'm back online again tomorrowq.

What do you think?  Do you think he'll have counted all the way to 13,000,000 by the time he goes down to the holiday open house in December?  I think he will.  What's your guess re: when he will get there (as in what day)?

But -- back to the story -- I had a nice, long stay in Anderson that began with taking the bus over on June 30 and arriving back in Muncie on July 9.

I'm, in fact, in Anderson right now, having arrived on Monday (the first day of the month) with plans to return to Muncie on the evening bus tomorrow.

One of the things I did was to get a disposable camera for the pop-tab and coin drop on Monument Circle (that would be taking place on Friday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In the past, I had gotten this kind of camera at both Dollar General and Family Dollar.  Then, Dollar General quit stocking them, so I continued to get them from Family Dollar.  Now, family Dollar didn't carry them, either.  One place was selling them for close to double the price I'd been able to get them at DG and/or FD.  Fortunately, I found out from Larry that the place to buy them these days was WalMart.

By buying more than one, I could have gotten a further discount.  However, I could only afford to buy one, so that's what I did.

Now!  Let me tell you about my shopping experience!

I took the early bus so that I wouldn't be using a lot of time when the library was open for shopping.

When I arrived, I asked where the disposable cameras were.

Likely, because I was using a rollator (rolling walker), I was given the pamper experience.  The clerk at the front of the store sent a message to somebody who would be coming to personally escort me to the location.

He soon arrived, and I noticed that his name tag said LARRY  I told him that he had the perfect name for the job and filled him in on why this was so! 

Anyway, we went to get the camera -- after which he took me over to a check-out aisle and made me the happy owner of a disposable camera.

Another clerk was in the area, and she asked me if I'd found everything I needed.  I told her that it was a big shopping spree with the purchase of one whole item -- and promised to return at a later time when my bank-account was a bit more loaded.

Then, I noticed her name tag:  ROSEMARY

I told her that I was going to be taking pictures at an event that would include capturing a guy named Larry.  I had, I told her, just been checked out by a guy named Larry -- and that Rosemary was not only her name but, also, the name of Larry's late mother!!

Then, another clerk asked me if there was anything she could do for me -- and that was when I got a look at her name tag:  JANICE

Now, Janice is the name of one of Larry's sisters!!!

I told the three clerks that this just proves that I came to the right place to shop for a disposable camera -- and, of course, I got no argument from a single one of them!!!!!!! 🤪