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A Day At Stilwell

5:30 a.m. - Lou Annie Mangrum, Stilwell Head Cook of 30 years, arrives at work.

5:35 a.m. - Mr. Johnson appears at the kitchen door wanting breakfast, severely startling Ms. Mangrum. Mr. Johnson is kindly advised to return at 7:15 a.m. with everybody else.

8:30 a.m. - At second seating Breakfast, Mrs. Shepherd expresses concerns to her tablemates regarding the new Danielle Steele book she had checked out from the Stilwell Large Print Library. She felt it was far too graphic.

9:00 a.m. - Mrs. Shepherd's tablemates line up to wait for Stilwell Library to open.

9:30 a.m. - Buddy, our bus driver, picks up his first passenger of the day. Mr. Hawkins is off to Wal-Mart, his third visit there this week.

10:00 a.m. - Residents gather in the Coffee Corner for coffee and discussion on how to solve the current world problems.

10:10 a.m. - Group solves all world problems, and has time for a second cup of coffee.

11:30 a.m. - Mrs. Williams picks up her mail consisting of a letter, her church bulletin, and 41 notices that she may already be a millionaire. She shuffles off complaining about excessive amount of junk mail she receives.

11:45 a.m. - Mrs. Williams returns to the front desk and buys 41 stamps for sweepstakes mail outs.

11:50 a.m. - Mrs. Watson calls the front desk to say she is going to a church luncheon, driving three other residents with her.

1:00 p.m. - Mrs. Watson returns from church luncheon with only two residents, having refused to bring Miss Bird back due to her excessive back seat driving.

1:15 p.m. - Buddy the Bus Driver calls, unable to locate Mr. Hawkins at Wal-Mart.

1:30 p.m. - Staff realizes that Mr. Sadler, resident prankster, has struck again. Toll free number for Medicare information posted on the bulletin board turns out to be an order line for Viagra.

2:00 p.m. - Mrs. Jones walks over to the new Target located across the street from Stilwell.

3:00 p.m. - Call received from manager of Target asking that Mrs. Jones please refrain from drag racing other customers using the store's motorized carts.

3:30 p.m. - Discovered that Waco-McLennan Co. RTA, Association of Texas Professional Educators and Delta Kappa Gamma have all mistakenly been booked to meet in our Activity Center at the same time. Executive Director Joel Wright quickly decides to leave the building to go hunt for Mr. Hawkins.

4:30 p.m. - Report received that North Wing washing machine isn't working. Maintenance Director Jack DeGrate finds washer overloaded with nine sheets, sixteen towels, and a pair of golf shoes.

5:00 p.m. - Two residents overhear Bob Herndon, Food Service Director, telling Evening Head Cook Queen Satchell, "I just bought you two cases of lemons."

5:20 p.m. - Rumor spreads that two cases of botulism have been reported, and nine residents call down to report feeling ill.

5:30 p.m. - Resident reports an error made on our in-house T.V. channel showing tomorrow's events. 10:30 a.m. on Wed. should read Bible Study, not Bile Study.

6:00 p.m. - Wal-Mart security brings back Mr. Hawkins, explaining that he spent the day pulling various stunts throughout the store. The last straw was when he went into the dressing room of the men's department and yelled, "Hey! We're out of toilet paper in here!" Management of Wal-Mart asked that Mr. Hawkins start visiting Target.


With the exception of the rattle of shuffling dominoes or a good natured yet competitive game of farkle, the rest of the evening is very quiet. But there's always tomorrow.