Thanks for the encouragement, Ellen. It's nice to hear real-life success stories.
Have to tell you a funny personal story that I was reminded of when I saw your signature line: "There's no crying in baseball!"
We are huge Pete Rose fans at our house. We know he shouldn't have bet on baseball, but NO ONE has ever full-out played the game like "Charlie Hustle."
Several years ago, I set a goal to lose a pound a week for the whole year. 52 pounds. As a reward, I got hubby to agree that when I hit my goal, we would go to Las Vegas, where Pete Rose signs autographs at the sports memorabilia shop at Caeser's Palace. I was going to meet PETE ROSE!!!
With that incentive, I completed my goal in mid-November, and we made our plans to go to Vegas the first week of December. Sure enough, we walked into the shop, and there he sat. Wow. Just WOW. We walked around, choosing the things we were going to buy to have him autograph. As hubby was paying for our purchases, I was so excited I actually started to cry. Not sobbing, but tears of excitement rolling down my face. My hubby looked at me and said . . . "You can't cry. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!" Made me laugh and helped me get under control so that I could meet Pete and not look like an idiot.
BTW, he was a lovely, gracious man, and our pictures of him signing our stuff and talking to us hold a place of honor among our other baseball stuff. And we have a LOT of baseball stuff!