Volunteer-when is it a bad thing?

Most people that I know, know that I will be donating my time (and essentially my money because I don’t have enough donations to cover it all) and going to Madagascar to be an Adult Ward Nurse on the Mercy Ships.

I’m a float nurse and I floated to a unit yesterday. Someone asked me about my mission coming early next year. Another nurse put in her two cents and said “well I’m concerned about who we have here? What about our Vets? What about our homelessness? And our sick?”

She stopped what she was saying and somewhat back peddled to rant about whether or not America should let Syrian Refugees in (if anyone is wondering, I think we should-there is a heavy duty process for this).

I looked at her and said “oh, and what have you done to help the Vets? or the homeless here?”

She gave me a blank stare. I continued “no, really-I’m just curious? I know a couple of year ago I donated Wednesday mornings and picked up day-old bakery goods from a local store and delivered them to the local soup kitchen? On top of that, I donated a number of grocery store gift cards for them to hand out to the people in need in the community”. So I’m just curious-for someone to be gunho on what’s going on in America-what have you done?

She didn’t answer and I went on my merry way. Point made.

It’s one thing to sit back and talk about what’s wrong with things here in America. It’s another to try to degrade what I’m doing (whatever good it is) to try to make your point when you, yourself are not doing anything about it.

Just like a couple months back. With the whole uproar over The View’s comments on the nurse and the stethoscope statement. Really? That’s what your putting your time and energy in? Berating and harassing females behind a desk? Why not use that time more wisely and change the ratios in America? Why not use that time more wisely and talk to the young people as to how important the nursing career is? And what good (and bad) that we witness every day?

I’m just not comprehending the human species right now. We want to point fingers and blame and/or hinder others for getting ahead or save, etc but not doing much in our own lives to make a difference?

Ben Carson compared Refugees like rapid dogs. Okay I’m not taking it to heart because he used stupid words to try to make an analogy but that analogy doesn’t work when you think about it.

If you look at human life as a whole-EVERY single form of humans have created destruction of another human life. I won’t talk about the middle east because I’m not all the familiar with it other than religion fights have been going on for CENTURIES.

We’ll do more current history. Take Christians. When white Europeans came over-yes their initial stance was to find comfort, safety, and a new life (just like many IMMIGRANTS). But when greed and dollar signs take over-what happens? White males killed, pushed, rounded up the Natives. So in Carson’s eyes-the settlers here in America are rapid dogs.

Europe- Hitler’s propaganda to round up Jews, gays, Gypsies, and the disabled and slaughter them….according to Carson-Germans are rapid dogs.

In Africa-Rich black folks sold off their own to send them to work as slaved in America. According to Carson-black folks in Africa are rapid dogs.

The list can go on and on. The same goes for that analogy if you like M&Ms and there is a bowl full and you know 10 are poisonous-would you stick your hand in there? REALLY? That’s a dumb analogy. In that saying-you can say white males who owns a gun are potentially poisonous because the majority of the mass killings/shootings in America has been brought on by who? White males who own guns.

I just wish people would think before not only speaking but also think before the share ill minded propaganda. Because that is what it is…propaganda. Definition for propaganda is-“information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”

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Thankful

So we are into the month of November. Where at the end of the month we celebrate giving Thanks here in the USA. On social media on Nov 1st people start putting on their timelines Day 1: I’m thankful for…. and so on.

Well…my turn. I’ll say one thing that sums up everything. I’m thankful that I am a nurse. Why?

I make decent money that I can get by, have a roof over my head, etc. It also gives me a chance to see the country and travel (as a travel nurse). But I’m also thankful that I am able to witness people struggle with drug addiction (alcohol, crack, etc). It reminds me that it can happen to ANYONE, at any given time-for any given reason (though some are more prone to addiction than others).

3) I’m thankful that I am able to witness people (young and old) die. Die from disease, die from traumatic injuries. It reminds me and makes me thankful for today. Tomorrow is never promised to ANYONE.

4) I’m thankful for witnessing people try to conquer Cancer. Giving them good news or bad news and witnessing the support that my patients receive from staff, from their family, from their friends, from they church members (if they belong to a church). It makes me thankful for all the people in my life. Even when I tend to be anti-social, I know I can reach out to friends.

5) I’m thankful to witness people with mental illness. Be it in a depression episode. Be it in a manic episode where they cannot control the random, rapid thoughts that go thru their heads. I’ve work with people who laughed at those patients. I told my co-workers that it’s not funny. Can you just imagine being in their head and how crazy that must feel? So I’m thankful that I am able to see it and thankful that I am not dealing with it.

6) In two months, I have the opportunity to go overseas to Madagascar and donate my time, my skills to those that need it. I will spend two months volunteering. Two-three months of not being paid back here at home, etc…to lend my services. I am thankful that I have a job that allows me to give back. I am lucky. Blessed. And privileged.

7) Just general older patients. Seeing them get by and get around and I’m thankful that I have that possibility eventually. Though I predict that I probably won’t live past 50 or 60.

Yes…I’m thankful for my job because my job makes me realize that I’m thankful for EVERYTHING else in life!!

Unloading

Once upon a time I collected Michael Jackson memorabilia. Why MJ? From the ages of 9 until about 13, I was suicidal. At that time, I didn’t really follow Michael Jackson. However, when I was about 13-I watched his video “Will You Be There” video. At first, I was just mesmerized by his talent. I had to rewind (remember VHS?), and watch it again. And again. Finally it downed on me to listen to the actual lyrics. And I did. It really spoke to me. Questioning people’s purpose in your life. “Hold Me, Like a River Jordan, and I will say to thee-you were my friend.”…”Carry me like you were my brother, love me like a mother-could you be there?”…It just really spoke to me. Enough for me to run out and buy Michael Jackson’s cd DANGEROUS. Thankfully the song that follows “Will You Be There” was “Keep the Faith”. When you listen to the lyrics, he tells you to dust yourself off and you can do it. You can achieve whatever you want, regardless of what naysayers say. After that I was hooked to Michael Jackson. I will speak more about that in about a week (around his birthday).

But why I am posting now? That Michael Jackson collection that I have collected thru the years, I am parting ways with. Why? For the last couple of years, I have been a travel nurse. It allows me to travel throughout the states. Thus, I’m traveling light. My collection is in storage. And how much longer will it be in storage? I do not see myself stopping my travel nurse career anytime soon. Therefore, it probably will be there for awhile. Than I think, whenever (if ever) I settle down, where will I settle? What type of house? I’ve thought about downsizing completely and live in a Tiny House. I definitely will not have room then.

Does that mean I’m not a fan? Nope. Not at all. I will be a fan forever and everyone knows this. Whenever they see MJ related items-they think of me, they share it with me, the tag me with it. Not to mention, I have permanently inked myself with his liking (thinking about another). So I’m back home now. What a better time to depart with items?! I want them to go to fans who will appreciate them. Show them. Display them. Years ago, I had my own vision of what I wanted to do with my beloved items. MJ always made me happy, especially when I was depressed.

Any money I collect from my Michael Jackson collection I will put towards a good cause too. I’m going on a Medical Mission trip for 2 months in Jan/Feb/beg of March 2016. This mission trip sends me to Africa. I pay for my own flight, two months “rent” while being there (which includes Room/Board, 3 meals/day, Wifi, etc), as well as vaccinations. Not to mention, I will be out of a paid position-so I have to pay for my bills back here in the states for those months. It all adds up but I cannot wait. I know it’ll be worth it. I am pretty certain this will not be my last mission either. I foresee many more. The link to my GoFundMe account is (http://www.gofundme.com/PAdamsMedical).

Anyways, onto the list of items for sale. I tried to categorized it for easy finding if you’re looking for something in particular. Prices do not including S&H, as it’s hard to figure that out because Michael Jackson fans are worldwide (actually, they are usually overseas). ALL items can be shown in a photo and of course, I can answer any questions that you may have. If you’re interested please email me at Paula0509@gmail.com. Below is the list:

45 Albums- $5.00/each/OBO + S&H

  1. J5-Lookin’ Through the Window/Love Song-generic sleeve
  2. J5-Skywriter/Ain’t Nothing but the Real Thing-clear plastic sleeve
  3. J5-I Want You Back ‘88 Remix
  4. Michael Jackson-picture sleeve, Man in the Mirror
  5. Jacksons-picture sleeve, Torture
  6. Jacksons- picture sleeve, Torture2
  7. Jacksons-Wait Right Now
  8. We Are the World-picture sleeve

Full size albums/LPs (ie not 45s)–Give me an offer and we’ll talk. Unknown if they work, I never owned a record player while collecting.

  1. (2) J5-Maybe Tomorrow
  2. J5- Lookin’ Through the Window (in a album frame. I can mail with or without)
  3. J5- Third album
  4. J5-AnthologyAlbum-J5Anthologyfront
  5. J5- Various Songs. Basic Label, plain sleeve. States “For promotional use only/not for sale”)
  6. Off the Wall
  7. Jacksons-Live
  8. Jacksons- Joyful Jukebox
  9. Thriller (I have many copies of this one)
  10. We Are the World album
  11. Black or White single
  12. MJ Remixes-basic sleeve, basic label (? I think it was for DJs)
  13. HIStory-sealed
  14. Janet Jackson- Alright single
  15. Janet Jackson Black Cat single
  16. Janet Jackson-Control album
  17. Janet Jackson Love Will Never Do Without You single
  18. Janet Jackson- Pleasure Principle
  19. Janet Jackson- Rhythm Nation
  20. Stevie Wonder ft Michael Jackson-Get It
  21. We Are the World single

CDs

  1. Off the Wall mini disc $35
  2. Remember the Time single $12CD-single Remember the timeback
  3. Bad25 Walmart Collector pack w/ t-shirt-sealed $40
  4. Collection of 33 discs. In white box with MJ on toes. Not official product. Never watched all of them to know if they work properly $40
  5. Collection 35 disc in black box. Never opened. Not an official product $40
  6. Bad25 2-disc Target Exclusive sealed $35
  7. 3T Gotta Be You single $5
  8. 2300 Jackson Street $7
  9. Bad25 3cd & 1 DVD sealed $40
  10. Blood on the Dance Floor $7
  11. Blood on the Dance Floor single hard case $7
  12. Blood on the Dance Floor single soft case sealed $7
  13. Dangerous 1st edition of regular cd $7
  14. Do the Bartman single soft case-promotional copy. Rare. $30CD- Do the Bartman single inside
  15. Earth Song single $8
  16. Eddie Murphy’s Love’s Alright $8
  17. Gone Too Soon single $10
  18. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You single Walmart Exclusive $4
  19. Immortal double disc blue sealed $15
  20. Invincible blue $8
  21. Invincible orange sealed $12
  22. J5 Christmas Album $7
  23. J5 Ultimate Collection $7
  24. J5 Unreleased Masters sealed $7
  25. 2300 Jackson Street LONGBOX sealed $25CD- Long box 2300 Jackson Street front sealed
  26. Love Songs sealed $7
  27. Maxi CD single Black or White $10
  28. Maxi CD single Heal the World $10CD- Maxi CD single Heal the world front
  29. Michael $7
  30. Michael & the J5-18 Greatest Hits $7
  31. Michael Jackson 5 cd collection sealed $25
  32. MJ & J5 Early Classics sealed $7
  33. Music & Me $7
  34. Remix Suite-case cracked $7
  35. This Is It 2 disc sealed $18
  36. VISIONARY 20 cd set sealed #1182 $250.00CD- Visionary 20 cd set-sealed #1182 back CD- Visionary 20 cd set-sealed #1182 front
  37. You Are Not Alone single red $8
  38. You Are Not Alone single blue $8
  39. 2 disc KoP The Belgian Edition sealed $15

Cassette-I haven’t played these in awhile. I no longer have a cassette player

  1. Bad $4
  2. Black or White single $7
  3. Blood on the Dance Floor $4
  4. Jacksons- Get It Together $4
  5. Fan made-Rare1, Rare2, Denver Depo $4 for all 3
  6. We Are the World $6
  7. Will You Be There single $7

DVD

  1. Interviews Vol 1 sealed $12
  2. Interviews Vol 2 sealed $12
  3. HISTORY (not the short films) sealed $12
  4. Life of a Superstar sealed $12

VHS–I haven’t played them in years, I no longer have a VCR

  1. Moonwalker $5
  2. The Wiz $5
  3. Dangerous Short Films $5
  4. American Dream-The Jacksons $8
  5. HIStory Greatest Hits $5

Books

  1. Before He Was King photographs by Todd Gray $15
  2. JRT’s Magic and the Madness (blue cover, older publication) $15
  3. King of Pop 1958-2009-black cover with photo from Dangerous era $30
  4. Live & Dangerous by Adrian Grant $30
  5. Advanced copy of Man in the Music by Joseph Vogal (not read, softback) $50
  6. Michael Jackson The Man in the Mirror 1958-2009-black with Billie Jean live pose $30
  7. Commemorative book by Rolling Stones. ‘80s photo of MJ looking down $30
  8. The Magic of Michael Jackson-a Giant Collection of Facts, Photos, and Interviews $30
  9. A Tribute to the King of Pop 1958-2009-Platinum, Edition Collector’s Vault $40
  10. In the Studio with Michael Jackson by Bruce Swedien $40
  11. Keep Dancing-set of three small books $10
  12. Michael Jackson Entertainer-Billie Jean live pose from the 1980s $15
  13. The picture Life of Michael Jackson by Warren hard cover, old library copy $10
  14. Michael! by Mark Bego paperback, used $15
  15. Unmasked by Ian Halperin paperback $15
  16. The Visual Documentary by Adrain Grant (earlier publication) $40
  17. A Tribute to an American Idol (SuperBowl 1993 pose on the front) $20
  18. Sotheby’s Auction book. Gold statue with Bubbles on the cover. Approx pages 30+ $30
  19. Early Years by Chris Cadman & Craig ____ $30

Magazines

  1. People-Feb 1984 $20
  2. MAD-March 1988 $20
  3. LIFE rough shape but complete-June 1993 $12
  4. Billboard Invisible cover 2001 $15
  5. HIP HOP Commemorative Issue $10
  6. LIFE-Commemorative issue $10
  7. USA Today Commemorative Issue $10
  8. Collector Edition Historical commemorative issue $15
  9. NEWSWEEK Commemorative issue $10
  10. Tribute to the KING of POP 1958-2009 Collector’s Edition $15
  11. PEOPLE special double issue commemorative $13
  12. Rolling Stone-August 6, 2009 $10
  13. TIME Special Commemorative Edition (2) $10
  14. Today’s Black Woman commemorative issue $13Magazine-CommemorativeTODAYSBLACKWOMAN
  15. TV Guide Commemorative issue (young MJ cover) $10
  16. TV Guide Commemorative issue (Dangerous era issue) $10
  17. Crazy-The Wiz Gets the Biz $18
  18. HIT MAG-MJ and Mick Jagger on the cover $15
  19. Hot Dog # 29 $15
  20. TV Guide Dec 4-10 $15
  21. TV Guide Nov 10-16 (adult MJ) $15
  22. TV Guide Nov 10-16 (young MJ) $15
  23. My Life by Michael Jackson $25Magazine-MyLife by Michael Jackson
  24. People- July 20, 2009 $10
  25. LIFE-Michael & Son- Dec 1997 $18
  26. LIFE-Michael & Son-Dec 1997 (in a frame, I can mail with or without frame) $20
  27. Janet Jackson-US (back cover torn) $7
  28. Historical Rock $18
  29. “I’ll Be There” (90s. ALL MJ) $25Magazine-I'll Be There
  30. His Life In Pictures 1995 (90s, ALL MJ) $25
  31. VIBE March 2002 $25
  32. National Enquirer April 8, 1997 $10
  33. OK! April 4, 1997 (full cover piece of MJ, Debbie Rowe, Prince) $15
  34. OK! April 11, 1997 (full cover piece of MJ and Prince) $15
  35. OK! April 18, 1997 (MJ on cover but not center piece) $12
  36. American Cinematographer-THE WIZ Nov 1978 $20
  37. Entertainment Weekly Nov 1991

Fan Based MJ Magazines

  1. Tribute NR 16 ‘97 $5
  2. KING #3 $18
  3. KING #4 $18
  4. KING # 16 $18
  5. KING #28 $18
  6. Magic Special Edition Fall 1999 $5
  7. Magic-Vol 1, Issue 1 $5
  8. Magic- Vol 1 Issue 2 $5
  9. Magic- Vol 1 Issue 3 $5
  10. Magic- Vol 1, Issue 4 $5
  11. Mystery No 4-German (or French) fan mag $20
  12. Mystery No 1-all together pages are separated and placed in folder with page protectors $15
  13. Welcome kit to the Michael Jackson Observer International Fan Club $20
  14. Welcome kit to the International Fan Club-including 8×11 promo photo, two pull out posters. Intact. Never hung $20
  15. Off the Wall #23 $18
  16. Off the Wall #20 $18

Tour like books

  1. Michael Jackson Forest Lawn Memorial Program $15
  2. 30th Anniversary Celebration $80Book- Tour 30th Anniversary
  3. Bad, large sized book. I put it in a frame. I can mail with or without the frame $60
  4. Michael in Concert from the 1980s
  5. 20 photo book. Intact. $25
  6. This Is It $25
  7. Dangerous era $50
  8. HIStory era $50

Sheet Music

  1. Got to be There $4
  2. Greatest Hits (I believe this came with a keyboard once upon a time)
  3. Remember the Time $4
  4. Say Say Say $4
  5. Will You Be There $10
  6. I’ll Be There $4
  7. I Wanna Be Where You Are $4
  8. Heal the World $4
  9. Never Can Say Goodbye $4
  10. Is This What Feelings Gets? from the Wiz $7

Calendars

  1. 1996 HIStory on the cover-sealed $18
  2. 1996 Dangerous era on the cover-sealed $20
  3. 1997 Black or White video on the front $20
  4. 1997 Clown on the front-sealed very rare $22Calendar-1997 front clown not used
  5. 1958-2009 sealed $12
  6. 2012 Bad on the cover-sealed $18
  7. Janet Jackson 1995 $12

Misc

  1. 3 very small bracelet charms (smaller than a penny) $5
  2. 8 track tape- Off the Wall $10
  3. Laser Disc-Thriller. $27
  4. Various clippings 1 (7 clippings) $2
  5. Captain EO comic book $20
  6. R&R Comic book from the ‘80s $15
  7. MJ Japanese (or Chinese) Pepsi cans with box. All cans are closed but cans are empty. Box is worn but cans in good shape) $18
  8. Phonecard-Captain EO with case $17Misc- Phonecard-Captain EO
  9. Phonecard-Toes with case $17
  10. 3 coins with individual mixed image (not official) $7
  11. Human Nature pose 1980s notebook $10
  12. BUTTERFLIES Ad in frame $4
  13. Flag-Bad Tour pose (produces in 1995) $15
  14. Flag-Bad (? when produced. Looks newer-I would guess 1995) $15
  15. Rolling Stone bag $8
  16. Wall decal-MJ on Toes Pose (unused) $10
  17. NEWSPAPER-front section of Mpls Star Tribune June 1995 with Lisa Marie and MJ, Sawyer interview $5
  18. NEWSPAPER-Entertainment section of Mpls Star Tribune “Jackson’s New Jam” with Jam & Lewis producers (both from Mpls area) $5
  19. NEWSPAPER USA Today Life section- “Jackson and prince create a Kingdom $5
  20. USB This Is It limited edition 47,104 out of 75,000 $15
  21. Guitar Picks set of 10 framed $16
  22. Bad25 Ear Plugs/Headphones $15
  23. 9 pack 45 Souvenir set $30
  24. Tapestry Human Nature pose, sealed from the ‘80s $28
  25. set of 4 different stamps $10
  26. Stationary KoP Journal-Seq Glove $8
  27. Stationary KoP Journal-Toes $8
  28. Stationary KoP Journal-Billie Jean concert $8
  29. Stationary KoP Journal-pink $8
  30. Stationary KoP spiral notebook-tour Billie Jean $7
  31. Stationary KoP spiral notebook-pink $7
  32. Stationary KoP spiral notebook-concert pose $7
  33. Stationary KoP folder-pink $6
  34. Stationary KoP folder-black/pink on toes $6
  35. Stationary KoP folder-Dangerous tour pose $6
  36. Stationary Human Nature pose-1980s folder $8
  37. TOUR PASS-Jacksons Victory $15
  38. TOUR PASS-MJ All Access 1988 $15
  39. TOUR PASS-Majic 102 FM April 8, 9, & 10, 1988 Houston, Tx $15
  40. Christmas Ornament Another Part of Me concert pose in box $18
  41. Christmas Ornament Leg Up in box $18
  42. Christmas Ornament Toes pose in box $18
  43. Christmas Ornament Music Box Jukebox shape in box $18
  44. Christmas Ornament Music Box Square shape in box $18
  45. Super Bowl 1993 half time show Audience Card BLUE (during HtW where the audience lifted up the cards) $25
  46. SuperBowl 1993 half time show kit (cushion, HtW pin, football cards, Ticket, misc) including the WHITE Audience card $75Misc- SuperBowl Halftime 1993 including audience card white

Promo Items

  1. Cereal-3 buttons-Great Vibrations, I’ll Be There, Darlin. Sealed in package $12
  2. Cereal- 3 buttons- Love You Save, I’ll Be There, Jackson 5 $12
  3. Cereal- Jermaine Balloon (as far as I can see-never used)-very very rare $35
  4. Cereal-Marlon Balloon (as far as I can see, never used)-very very rare  $35Promo- Cereal balloon Marlonfront
  5. Cereal- 3 cut out cards from the 1980s $15
  6. Cereal-4 stickers from the 1980s-intact, never used $8
  7. Cereal-4 stickers from the 1980s-intact, never used $8
  8. Cereal-4 stickers from the 1980s-intact, never used $8
  9. Cereal-4 stickers from the 1980s-intact, never used $8
  10. Cereal-4 stickers from the 1980s-intact, never used $8
  11. Cereal-4 stickers from the 1980s-intact, never used. Though edges peeling away from sticker (sticker itself is intact) $7
  12. “Bad in Britain” Tag $12
  13. Cup plastic- pink Dangerous World Tour $18
  14. Cup plastic- purple Dangerous World Tour $18
  15. Cup plastic- white Dangerous World Tour $18
  16. Cup plastic- This Is It from the movie theater $10
  17. Waterbottle Dangerous Tour Black $40
  18. Victory Tour Pepsi can-can is yellow, top is open but in pretty decent shape given the age $8
  19. 12 pack 16 oz USA released Pepsi. Empty & opened. Great shape $18 (keep one for yourself and use the rest to trade with other fans in other countries. Try to collect all countries)
  20. Bad25 Store display cards.set of 2-1 big and 1 small (they are not very big) $10
  21. Trading Card display (used to hold the packets of cards for individual purchase) $20Promo-Store Display tradingcardsfront
  22. THIS IS IT tags (2), one cord $6
  23. VIP Immortal package-softback journal, book, tag, red bag $80Promo-Immortal World Tour VIP pack
  24. 4 pack buttons $10
  25. 6 different pins from the ‘80s. Two profile pictures, two metal Thriller era pins, “Michael Jackson” $15
  26. Bad Tour Binoculars sealed-RARE $40
  27. THIS IS IT 3D glasses from Target, set of 4, uncut from each other $5
  28. HIStory Tour concert scope (sold at the concerts)-?Germany $50
  29. Moonwalker Home Video promo poster $25
  30. WII Experience store display $20

Toys

  1. Black or White doll in box non singing $40
  2. 1980s American Music Awards doll, in box-cellophane looks off color, as does the back paper where MJ is secured to the box. $27
  3. 1980s Grammy Awards doll, in box $30
  4. Outfit-Motown on package $20
  5. Outfit-Thriller on package $20
  6. Outfit-Beat It on package $20
  7. MJ Pets with cassette-JEANNIE, in original package $40
  8. MJ Pets with cassette-Muscles, in original package $40
  9. 1980s red radio-Human Nature profile pic. $8
  10. California Raisin $5
  11. Rub on transfers Colorforms-I have 6. They are $10/each
  12. Puffy Stickers profile from the ‘80s-sealed $3
  13. Puffy Stickers poses from the ‘80s-sealed $3
  14. LAZER BLAZER Sticker-Thriller-sealed $7.50
  15. TOPPS 1st series box. Open box, sealed packages inside $30
  16. TOPPS 2nd in series box. Open box, sealed packages inside $35
  17. TOPPS Super Sticker-sealed $7.50
  18. Cards #34-66 (2 sets) $15/each set
  19. Cards 7, 11, 12, 14, 19, 21, 23, 33 $2.00
  20. (Sticker) cards. Set of 16 (unknown if complete) $7
  21. (Sticker) cards-alphabet F, O, Q, U $2.00
  22. (Sticker) cards- alphabet A-Z, plus  and extra AEIOU $17
  23. Neverland Fire patch (probably a knockoff) $3
  24. Watch-black 1980s-made in the 1980s $15
  25. Watch-red 1980s-made in the 1980s $15
  26. Watch-black 1980s, but the band has separated-made in the 1980s $5
  27. Watch-Captain EO digital watch $20.00
  28. ViewMaster Thriller 3D reels in package-$12.00
  29. Fan made small coloring books for parties, set of 5 $2.00
  30. BumperSticker-Mystery $1.50
  31. BumperSticker-Angels of Light Support Group $1.50
  32. THRILLER Carnival glass picture $12
  33. Bobblehead $15
  34. Electronic Microphone in box from the 80s $40
  35. Captain EO Idee & Odee stuffed toy. VERY VERY Rare. In good condition, small dime sized stain above left brow, no glassed. $250
  36. Captain EO Mickey PVC-paint coming off the nose $15
  37. Captain EO Minnie PVC-paint coming off the nose $15
  38. Captain EO Pluto PVC-I think it’s from Asia Captain EO $15
  39. Pop Rocks doll Smooth Criminal in box $50
  40. Pop Rocks doll Beat It in box $50
  41. Pop Rocks doll Billie Jean in box $50
  42. Puppet Kooler Smooth Criminal in box from the ‘80s. Cellophane is off but good in the box $30

#michael-jackson, #volunteer

Volunteering for a medical mission in Africa

For quite awhile I have always wanted to do volunteer nursing. Specifically for Operation Smile but their credentials are long and time consuming, as well as they are a very popular organization. Last year, I came across another organization and decided to give it a try and apply. A few months ago, I received an email stating that I was approved. At the beginning of July, I received another email stating that they have dates available for me. Jan 10-March 5. The email stated to take some time to think about it and reply by middle of July. I did not need to think about it. This is something that I wanted to do. I hit reply within the hour and said “YES!”

I cannot tell you how excited that I am to hear this. It will be for a two months and many people are not sure if they could do it. But I think I can because I have been a travel nurse in the USA for over 2 years. That, and I do not really have a place to call home anyways.

Are there things that I worry about? Sure but most of it has to do with financing this trip. Not only financing the flight to and from but vaccinations. And while I am serving, I will be paying room & board while there, nothing is run for free-afterall. I am certainly willing to do it but when you think of the numbers…2 months of room and board there, car payment/insurance here, vaccinations, spending money. Well it all adds up. Thankfully I do not foresee an issue getting a job when I return because I am a traveler, but there may a lapse in the time. So therefore, it is probably best if I, in my head, save for 5 months.

This is all very doable. If it’s not doable, I will make it doable. This is something that I want to do. Since I am very well aware of this possibility, I am far enough out in advance where I can plan. But regardless of how much planning you do-the worry is still there.

Then of course, you think about where you are going in this world. And you think about how much we have (or more times than not-WANT) compared to others in the world. You think how superficial it is of me to even think, of all things, money…a lot of people in the world do not have clean water, or a mattress and I’m thinking about money for paying my car and insurance.

No matter how stress I get and how worried that I get with money, everything works out in the long run and things end up panning out. Usually I look back and think ‘why was there a concern in the first place?’

I’ve been searching and researching even more from others who have done something similar. I notice their life before and after. How much you are changing the lives of others but that they are, moreso, changing yours. For that-it’s priceless and all the more worth it. Human life and perspective is worth it. Smiles are worth it. Being able to walk, run, jump-is all worth it.

So I am counting the months, weeks, days…where my life changes, again, forever.

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