Six Degrees of Separation or Separation Anxiety in Londonderry

Aug 24, 2013 No Comments by

The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60’s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.

I’m writing to you earlier then I ever do, it’s just Wednesday, I thought about not writing at all this week, and that might give some of you a break, but I do have things I want to tell you.

Well the day is almost here and for some of you I know it has already happened, kids are starting to leave for college. Like so many things, everything, I’m realizing as I get older, you really can’t or won’t understand the mixed bag of emotions until you go through it yourself. I thought I understood when friends with older kids made that drive or took that plane ride with them, but I didn’t. That ride where you begin at home together and then must somehow leave them behind entrusted to people you really don’t know. Ugh, that’s all I have to say about that and Ugh again! It’s hard, it’s exciting, it is everything all rolled into one. Most things in life are I guess, Ugh again.

Let’s move away from that lump in my throat that is starting and the glossy puddles that are forming in my eyes. Deep Breath, I guess as I say often Time to put my Big Girl Pants on!

Here’s my On The Road this week. Some of you might recognize the title. Six degrees of Separation. It is actually a book that I have been questing for. You think it would be easy to find but it wasn’t, it’s from around 2003. It is an entire theory that talks about our networks. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s a theory that proves that somehow everybody in our world is separated by only six other people, thus the title Six Degrees of Separation. That somehow we are all connected relatively close to each other. A friend of Mere’s, Megan (who yes has headed off to college already) mentioned it in passing as she was sitting at my counter. She told me a little bit about it and I wanted to know more. I guess there is a movie about it too, I think with Will Smith in it. If you know about it, let me know what you think. Just write to me in the comment section here or send me an e-mail directly.

Here’s a Quote from the start of the book that I know will sound corny to some people, but it’s really how On The Road With Sherry came to be:

“I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often
I end up somewhere that I needed to be.”
-Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul

Remember I planned on not writing this week, but then these unintended things happened. I’ll try to make it quick.

The first one is a negative one, and I try to stay away from these but just as a little warning so you won’t do what I did. Also if you read a little and think the next couple pages were foolish on my part, just jump down to Ed’s Car Care instead.

A few days ago John and I were working out and I was watching TV while I was on the stair master. There was this infomercial that caught my attention. Usually I never pay attention to these, but this man’s sincerity really captured me. It was for something called “Free Money”. Now with Meredith heading to college and Mackensie in a Catholic high school, this got my attention.

The whole idea with this is that all of us have money that is out there, held in accounts by the government, that we don’t even know about. It had many great testimonials, and get this, if you use this quick technique, it takes only a few minutes, and you locate less than $500 of found money, they will give you your money back. Here it comes. How Great Is That! I also loved that this nice man said many times “to me” something like I take no money for this, I’m doing it as a public service. I know I’m naïve, but I thought, “Hey maybe this great guy has made bundles and now wants to help those of us who haven’t.”

I took a chance and called the number. Well the nicest women in the world answered the phone, a personality plus. Some company should hire her to do great things, wish I had her name, anyway. The deal was real, but, but, but, here’s the catch.

What should have been a couple minutes call, order, address, and credit card ended up being an almost 20 minute call because she had to tell me about all these other offers that would help me too. I was horribly tempted, I thought if I could just help John with some of our bills, but thank goodness I held my grown and kept saying no, just the book, no just the book. Since I didn’t take the other items that would definitely help us gain lots more money, even a great package of help that would bring my $19 order up to over I think $160ish, we moved on to talk about shipping. Now shipping for this one book was going to be over $11 dollars. I thought, that seems like a lot but maybe I would get it in the next couple days, great just as college payments are starting. Oh no, it would be mailed in 5 – 7 weeks, but if I wanted it sooner, I could pay an additional $20ish. Holy Cow, this is getting nutty I thought. I felt bad for the nice women, who’s just trying to earn a living having to tell me all this. If she wasn’t so nice, I would have cancelled the entire thing, but I didn’t want her to get in trouble. When I questioned the shipping time suddenly she was able to have it delivered within 5 to 10 business days. We ended the call.

That was a few days ago. I know, I know, you are thinking it was stupid of me to stay on the phone or be interested even, but my birthday is this week and I thought, hey that’s a quick maybe helpful fun present. I think it’s done, it’s over, maybe a funny story to tell my friends. Now just a few minutes ago I get a call from another women. She said she is just calling to thank me for my order. I could feel it coming. I said “Okay” then she went on to tell me that now I’m a special customer and they want to tell me about MORE great offers to add to my order! I know this is just her job, but I told her how scary this is for others she might call hoping this is a life line to paying their bills.

I’m sorry to ramble about it, but all I could think of was a struggling family, single parent, older person doing just what I did, but out of great need and maybe fear of being forced out of their home that they might keep saying “yes”, which in my opinion would most likely just add more debt to their situation. I really hope I’m wrong, but I just wanted you to know how my great $19 Free Money situation really went. Please, just be careful. I will let you know how the book turns out, when I receive it.

Next I want to tell you about a great business in town, something to make you or someone you love very Happy! Have you heard about Edward’s Car Care? I mentioned that my birthday was this week, well John’s was last week. At this point in our life the last thing we want is spending money on things we don’t need just for the sake of having something to open. The girls and I were trying to be creative and also trying not to put another charge on our credit cards that ultimately John ends up paying for. Doesn’t sound like much of a gift then.

John kept commenting on this van that we would see around the neighborhood through the years. He would always say something like, “What a great job he must do, if they keep having him come back.” I know many of you might have opinions on John, but like him or not, he is a good man, who always puts his family and this town first, always! If you are having a problem with almost anything he’s the guy to call; he always gets back to you and you may not want to hear his answer but it will be an honest and direct one, and even if you don’t like him, he’ll help you because it’s the right thing to do, so don’t hesitate to give him a call. Wow, like my quote in the beginning said, not sure how I got to writing that about John but I guess for some reason I was suppose too.

Anyway, John has an older car, it sure looks sharp, but he never dreamed he would have a car like this, but through a great place in Hudson we got a very fair deal a couple years back. John’s car only cost us $12,900, we still can’t believe we found it. Anyway, the girls and I called Edward’s Mobile Car Care Cleaning Service and the outcome was amazing. To make one story short, when Ed came out and looked at the car, I said “Ed, do you think you make John’s car look like new?” Ed paused and said “I’ll make it look better than new!” He worked on it for hours right in our own driveway too!

Ed was right, it looks as good if not better than new to us anyway. Give Ed a call, I bet it might be the perfect present for someone in your life or heck just for yourself even. Here’s his number 603 437-5965. Oh he also does Hot Pressure Washing of houses too, he say’s on his flyer “at its Best” and we believe him.

Just a couple more things. I just think it is so very cute that if you are member of Annie’s Hallmark reward program around your birthday, they send you a Birthday Card! Now I have not seen that before, and I loved it. It seems the older we get the less cards we receive! It’s a beautiful card and it even had a $5 off coupon that I could use even on their great candy if I wanted too. Thank You, Annie’s I really liked that!

Well to end this very long On The Road, which I didn’t intend to write this week. I will leave you with one place that you should visit if you haven’t already this season. It’s one of our favorite places in New England and it is only 15 minutes away from us. Our very own Fisher Cats Stadium. There are only 4 home games remaining, this Monday – Thursday, I think the games start at 6:35pm. Meredith worked there this summer and she loves our Fisher Cat Stadium so much that on her days off she would often go to a game either with us or a friend. It’s the best family or friend “to do” around. You can buy a ticket for as low as $6. My family loves everything about it, the view, the excitement, the games, and the food!

This goes along with the quote that I started the Road with. When Meredith had her senior pictures done, long before she was hired or even applied to work for the Fisher Cats, she (our family) loved the stadium and team so much that she asked to have one of her senior pictures taken in the stadium. The photographer had never had that request before; he asked permission and that’s what they did! How great is that. Here’s the picture. She looks ready to head for college, but I’m not sure I am. Hey if you get a chance, maybe while you’re driving, gardening, heading to rest, could you say a little prayer for all the children that are starting new things this week. It sure can’t hurt and it sure seems to help.

With A Grateful Heart, Another Year Older, Maybe Wiser, And Free Money on its way…. Sherry

On the Road with Sherry

About the author

Sherry has lived in Londonderry since the 1960's. Her mother was one of the first employees at Mr. Steer Meats. Sherry taught at the Londonderry High School for a number of years and spearheaded the first Career Education Class at the school. She has two daughters of her own with her husband John.
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