Thursday, July 8, 2021

In Person? (Joan, Michael, Delores)

We've got some big news: Our next session will be in person at the Philadelphia Senior Center. This is a major step for Best Day, and one that the older buds have been asking about for ages. The Senior Center itself is taking extra steps to make sure their buildings are clean and everyone is protected from COVID. Expect to see some very different Senior Selfies in a very different location in the near future. In the meantime, please enjoy these stories from before the lockdowns and quarantines:

Joan Bunting


A Concert

You know, Eleanor’s story about her singing voice reminded me of something that happened to me a while back. I was in the Union Baptist Church choir and was chosen to sing a solo for their next concert. I invited my 20-year old daughter to come see me sing, but afterwards she said, “I thought you said you had a solo today.” I said, “I did have a solo today!” She said, “Which song?” And when I told her she said, “That was you? I thought that was a man singing!"

Michael Tseui


My First Job

You know, I got my first job by accident. I was in Philadelphia for school and I was looking for a job. I saw one in the newspaper for a microbiology job at a hospital in Levittown. I went to SEPTA and asked how I could get there, and they told me which train to take. I took it all the way up, and started looking for the hospital that posted the job. Only then did I realize that the job I was looking for was in Levittown, New Jersey, but my train took me to Levittown, Pennsylvania. I asked told the man at the station about my predicament and he said ‘Wherever you’re going to will probably be closed by the time you get there. It’ll be past 5 o’clock on a weekday and all the offices will be closed.’ I didn’t know what to do, so I opened up another newspaper and started reading...and I found another hospital in Levittown, PA posting a job for the exact same position. I went in that day and got the job after one interview. I couldn’t believe my luck!


Delores Wilson


The Thiller in Manilla

It wasn't because Mohammad Ali was just a good looking guy, the way he carried himself got my attention. He spoke well and I he would follow through to whatever he said to his opponent. My guy friends had given me insight into boxing and I began to see boxers as gladiators. I watched Mohammed Ali on television and he looked pretty dancing around his opponents. Soon my guy friends heard that the Thriller in Manilla was going to be televised on a large screen at the Spectrum, we bought tickets right away. When we were at the Spectrum, the crowd was already pumped up. One could see the electricity in the air. Before we got settled we decided to go to the concession stand. Before we could take our seats, the fight was over in the first round. Mohammad lost and Joe Frasier won. We stood there in shock.

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And don't forget to maintain contact with the older buds in your life. If you can't be there in person, please call them, email them, or message them on social media. And if they're using teleconferencing or remote events for the first time, give them a call and help them set things up. Check in on them to see how well they're getting used to these programs. Buy them a computer or an internet package if they don't have one of their own. It's a human right, after all.

Curated by Caitlin Cieri