Sunday, September 17, 2006

Okay, I picked the financials up. My first thought was wow these suckers must be cooked!! I took them into my boss who is thinking they must be cooked as well! Aye karumba! So, now what do we do? Do we try and make a go of it when we don't have any realistic idea of what we will be making or do we run for the hills and put my dream on hold for a bit until we find something else? I don't want to rush into anything but I really don't know what the right decision is. I guess I will have to be patient and wait to see what the accountant has to say about everything. Surely he will be able to figure out just what in the hell they are doing over there.

Shawn is going to pick up his new ice house today. Just what I need!! Who wants an ugly ass ice house sitting in their driveway? Not I!!

So, last night I had a party of 3 come in. One of the guys in the party ordered 30 ounces of prime rib. 30 OUNCES!!  Nearly 2 pounds of meat! I gave him so much shit, telling him he would never eat it all, he was going to have a box, or a wheelchair if he did eat it all. He not only ate it all he ate his salad, someone else's potatoes and 8 corn muffins. WOW!! He also left me a 25% gratuity. Thank you very much Mr. Steakeater.

Friday, September 15, 2006

I'm having a hard time writing a new entry. I want to leave my tribute to Simon at the top of my journal forever but it's not meant to be. Life goes on for the living.

We are in the midst of trying to purchase a restaurant. Talk about difficult. The sellers agents suck ass. We showed up to look at it Thursday at our scheduled time and there was no owner there. I guess someone forgot to tell the owner there was a showing. We have been waiting since Wednesday morning for the financial reports which the agents keep saying they'll fax. I can see why this place hasn't sold. Totally irresponsible real estate agents.

So, I guess I will have to call my agent and have him keep looking. This was an awesome place with a well established, thriving business. I want it so bad I can taste it. I just need the damn financial records.

Maybe this is God's way of saying it aint gonna happen woman. I don't know. All I know is that I am frustrated beyond belief!

If anyone here reads please give me some words of encouragement or send up a prayer. Please.

Update: 10 Minutes after I posted this my agent called and said he finally had the financials. I ran over and picked them up. Started browsing through. Wowsa! I should have become an accountant. I don't understand any of the tax return statements. I do understand there monthly statements though. I really understand the net profit part. I like that part. If we really made that I could afford a new truck. We shall see though, first things first. Get this bad boy over to the accountant for review and I'll let him tell me what the bottom line really is. You can all still give me good thoughts though. This is going to be a long weekend, waiting to drop these off.

Monday, September 11, 2006

2,996 A tribute to Simon Dhanani

                Simon Suleman Ali Kassamali Dhanani
Humble Man of the World

"Simon A. Dhanani, a vice president at Aon Re Inc., was on the 99th floor of Tower 2 when the first airliner struck Tower 1. He directed the evacuation that moved 80 of the firm's employees to safety. But 22 of the company's workers didn't make it out, including Dhanani, said Albano Martell, one of his closest friends in Hartsdale. ""He gave up his life to save others,"" Martell said. ""It's such a great loss. He was a fascinating character who enjoyed the great mosaic that was New York."" Dhanani, a Muslim who attended a mosque in Queens, was born in Kenya, educated in England, and immigrated to the United States about 15 years ago."

"He was a man without frontiers, without borders."

That is how Simon A. Dhanani was described by the man who regarded himself as Mr. Dhanani's best friend. "My wife called us the odd couple," Albano Martell said of his friend. Mr. Martell, 46, was the voluble one of the pair; Mr. Dhanani, 62, the quiet, humble one. They shared a love of poetry, Andalusian music, talk of world religion. They both loved to eat. "It was the perfect marriage," Mr. Martell said.

Mr. Dhanani was a vice president at Aon, on the 99th floor of 2 World Trade Center. He lived alone in Hartsdale, N.Y. But he had a fixed chair at the Martells' dining table.

The weekend before the attack, Mr. Dhanani visited their home in nearby Ardsley. They drank a glass of wine. They listened to a new album of Andalusian music until late into the evening. They made plans to go to a Korean restaurant the following week. "He was a humble, kind, universal man,"Mr. Martell said. "He really enjoyed the mosaic of the world."

From: Dr. Leslie Popoff
Date: 02/12/2005
Message: Dear Mr. Dhanani, I sat next to you at a concert at Lincoln Center in which Yo-Yo Ma performed a piece by Richard Danielpour, and the subject was the silk road to China. You spoke about this magnificent office and view you had in the World Trade Center. you gave me your card and invited me to visit and see for myself. i never did, but i kept your card and thought of you. i just now brought myself to find out what happened to you. What a tragic loss! Forever rest in peace. Leslie Popoff 

Dear Simon, I hope you are at peace. Life will never be the same. We missyou. Keep shining. 
   Michele Orisino (Aon) 

 Dear Simon,

I know that you are at peace and I was blessed to have you known you, even for a short time. You were always kind to me, and for that I am grateful.
   Katalin Goencz (New York, NY ) 

 Dear Simon:
I think about you every day,I look around and I look at the palces we once shared.I miss your companioship,the tea time,the conversations about Joseph Campbell,I no longer can't talk about Romy or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, even Cesar Vallejo is missing you.Summer is approaching and the backyard is empty without your presence. We talk about Ahmed Shah Massoud almost a year ago.Still ,I look around and I see your peaceful eyes,your peaceful soul.
No matter how old I will be you will always be alive in my heart,
Your loving brother,

   June 3, 2002
 ...I will always remember him as a friend who open my eyes to the world outside. He always told me stories of his many travels and that there is a whole world out there to enjoy and be had. We all miss you dearly. 
   Florence Han (Jersey City, NJ ) 

Simon, I think about you often and I am so sorry that your life ended like this. I know you are in a better place but your friends on earth miss your unique companionship and all the good times we shared. I have so many good memories of you. Love, Gail 
   Gail Martell (Ardsley, NY ) 

   May 11, 2002
 I,m glad I know about you, Simon. I called for a Mercyband and received your name. I take you everywhere! I hope you have met my son, Timmy. He died after open heart surgery at 14 and 1/2. He would be 25 now! God Bless You and your family! 
   Helena Wresch (albertson, NY ) 

   April 4, 2002
 Dear dad,
I am sorry that I did not see you and say goodbye before you left us.I hope wherever you are, you are at peace and remember us.
your son, Shervin 
   Shervin Dhanani (New London, NH )

I never met Simon but I pray for him every day. His name was given to me at our Church as someone to remember. Now that I've read something about him, I know that the world lost someone special. I would like to have met him. Louis 
   Louis Carello (Poughkeepsie, NY ) 

   January 31, 2002
 Simon was always kind to me on my trips to the NY office. He also gave me some good tips on shopping and dining in London. Kindness is never forgotten. May you rest in Peace.

   Mary Michl (Chicago, IL ) 

   January 17, 2002
 I hope that you are in a peaceful place. Thank you for believing in me and for being so enocouraging..
You will be missed.

God Bless 
   K. Swain (NY ) 

 God bless you and keep you safe from any harm.
kimberley hess
   kimberley hess (peoria, IL ) 
We are very sorry for your loss of Simon. May his love for Andalusian music, his life and love live on in those who love him. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL 
   Teresa Jahn (Dixon, IL ) 

I know we are supposed to write tributes to the brave people who lost their lives on that fateful day 5 years ago. I think these tributes by the people who knew and loved Simon say it best. It seems he was a wonderful friend to many and still lives on in the hearts of all who knew him.
May you fly with the angels Simon. God bless.




This post will remain here through September 11th. It is part of a project D. Challener Roe began, and includes over 3,000 bloggers paying tribute to those 2,996 men and women who were lost on that horrifically tragic day in 2001. Click 2,996 to read the rest of the tributes.


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