Being a wee bit Irish, we celebrate a quiet St. Patrick’s Day with a close group of friends. There are no big, green plastic sunglasses or oversize leprechaun hats, just a lovely dinner and several toasts to health and happiness. Nevertheless, in true Buffer Zone style, we usually end up whining about a relative of ours, or commenting on someone else’s crazy relative.
Until this inspiring video caught our eye, and we are just going to shut the heck up.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long healthy lives. According to their website, http://www.stbaldricks.org 175,00 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer each year. Volunteers collect monetary pledges for carefully selected research grants, then have their head shaved at one of the St.Baldrick’s events.
This video was from the the Space Coast of Florida’s St. Baldrick’s Day event that was held a few days ago. It truly captures the love and support of the children’s families and friends, as well as the whole community, as they stand “proudly bald” beside them.
“2014 was an incredible year for St. Baldrick’s on the Space Coast! In only our Third Year we grew our event to shave just over 400 heads and raised over $300,000 to fund lifesaving Pediatric Cancer Research Grants. We also became the “10th” Largest Event in North America in Total Dollars Raised out of over 1,300 events. This is truly amazing and a true testament to Brevard County’s commitment to finding an end to Childhood Cancer!”
Included in the 400+ shaved heads were children, the youngest just 5 years old, and almost 70 women. Being bald seems wee bit more important than a green beer.
We could have predicted the results of Psychology Today magazine’s new study, and saved them a lot of money.
The magazine did a study based on Craigslist “missed connections,” and found that more people in 15 states were hit by Cupid’s arrow at Walmart than anywhere else. One minute you are checking out the rollback price, and then the love of your life catches your eye three aisles over. You quickly turn your cart with the wonky wheel, and head toward the fleeting vision, but by the time you reach the ice cream aisle your one true love has disappeared! There is nothing left to do but stock up on Samoas Cookie Ice Cream (Shout out to the Scouts!), and try to track them down on Craigslist.
If you are seeking your own Prince/Princess Charming in New York, you know to go underground where you will glimpse them step into the subway car just before the door closes leaving you love struck on the landing (Oh! Maybe someone should make a movie like that!). Pennsylvanians think they saw their future spouse by the Slurpee machine at the local convenience store. We heard of someone who met their biggest crush while they were both reaching for the last beef jerky stick at the Kwik-N-Save-N-Shop.
No one should be surprised that “The One That Hopefully Doesn’t Get Away” in California was seen at the gym chain 24 Hour Fitness. I guess sweaty bodies appeal to other sweaty bodies. But since we dislike sweating, or doing any kind of actual exercise, if we were looking for love we would shop the frozen food aisle. Unlike perspiration and yoga pants, the fluorescent lights are always flattering.
The study shows age also is a factor. An ice cream store was the most common place for missed connections for people in their 20’s. For those in their 30’s, it was a bar, and for people over 40, it was a strip club or adult bookstore.