Day 776: Just Ask

If you have any questions or if you need anything, just ask. What have you got to lose?

Sometimes I hesitate to just ask, out of fear of a negative reaction. However, not asking means I will get no response, at all.  If I ask, at least I have a chance of getting something in return!

Yesterday morning, I just asked the universe for good enough weather, so my very-soon-to-be-17-year-old son Aaron and I could fly out to Los Angeles, California.

Here’s the first answer I saw:

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That looks promising, doesn’t it?  However, the weather, as expected, deteriorated as we approached our flight time of 5:20 PM.

When Aaron and I were at Boston’s Logan airport yesterday, waiting to see if our plane would escape through Winter Storm Neptune to take us to sunny California, we saw this:

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Of course, I couldn’t resist. So I walked up to the counter, acknowledged the invitation in the sign and just asked: “Will you be in my blog?”

Juan (on the right) didn’t just ask or say anything, but I took this photo anyway:

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Juan just asked that I take a better photo of him, so I did:

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Rico just asked me the name of my blog, and we agreed that he was more judgmental than Juan.

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Then, Rico and Juan  just asked me: “What was your question?” And I repeated what I had just asked, “Will you be in my blog?”

The answer, if you didn’t already guess, was “yes.”

Then, I got some things I did not just ask for, including:

  • a flight delay, because of ice on the wings,
  • a return of my dreaded fevers, during the entire flight to California, and
  • Aaron and I missing our only chance, this trip,  to see the weekly midnight show of comedian Ron Lynch (appearing, if you just ask, in previous blog posts including here, here, and here).

Here and now, I am also getting much more than I would ever think to just ask for, including

  • my friend Krystal and her husband Jim’s generous and kind welcome to their lovely home in Santa Monica,
  • dinner with Ron Lynch on Monday, and
  • a return to a normal temperature, for me.

You might just ask me to show you some pictures of Santa Monica, but instead, I’ll just ask you to look at these photos I took before we left Boston:

 

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If  you have any questions about those pictures — or anything else — in this post, just ask.

Many thanks to Aaron, Krystal, Jim, Juan, Rico, Ron, our cats, my boyfriend Michael (who I just asked to be my Valentine yesterday), to anybody anywhere who has had the courage to just ask, and to you — of course! — for just asking to read this post, today.

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51 thoughts on “Day 776: Just Ask

  1. I always enjoy your posts. You have a unique way of putting things and looking at life that greatly appeals to me. I’d ‘just ask’ how you do it, but there’s really no answer to that one. It’s just who you are. We’re the better for it. Keep it up.

  2. Glad you made it to California! How long will you stay? Just askin’.

    • We’ll be stayin’ in LA for a few days and then heading up the coast to San Francisco, Emilie. I’m glad you just asked!

  3. I’ll just ask that you that you have a wonderful time and hope that your fever doesn’t gets any worse, Just ask the Californian sunshine to shine beautifully and make you smile. Enjoy the time with your lovely friends, Ann. Your photos are great, as always. 🙂

    • Thanks to you, Millie, I just asked the California sunshine to shine beautifully and … it said, “Yes!” Your kind wishes for me are more than I could ever ask for.

  4. Is your fever gone?
    Is it sunny there?
    Do you miss the snow? (I think I know the answer to that one!)
    Do you plan on staying in Santa Monica the whole time?
    Have you known these friends a long time?
    Are you going to the beach today?
    Will you go to the beach everyday?
    Is Michael missing you?

    oh my… so many questions!

    Enjoy your trip — and I’m not asking. I’m telling! 🙂

    • I’m so glad you just asked, Louise! Here are your answers:

      Yes!
      Yes!
      No (but you knew that before you just asked).
      No. We’ll be staying in Santa Monica until Tuesday, when we start driving up the coast to San Francisco.
      I’ve known Krystal for about seven years. I met her when we both worked for a community mental health agency in the Boston area. I just met her husband, Jim, yesterday, upon our arrival at their beautiful home.
      I doubt we’re going to the beach. But who knows?
      I spoke, very briefly, with Michael last night, before I went to sleep. I was feeling pretty awful, so we didn’t say much. But my guess is yes, he is missing me. I know I’m missing him!

      I like the way you ask and you tell, Louise!

  5. yeseventhistoowillpass

    Finally you are in some warm weather…

  6. Ann, I love how you engage with everyone and get complete strangers’ photos into your blog! ❤
    Enjoy California, I love California, you're very lucky! ❤
    Diana xo

  7. Love those just ask guys!

  8. Glad you made it safely! Enjoy!

  9. Enjoyed this post and agree we all should just ask more often. Hope your trip was a good one. Love the shots of the Just Ask team too.

  10. Brilliant, those “Just Ask” images you posted, hope you have a relaxing stay, and I just ask if you will? What I figure those images of your cat are: A feline and doggie encounter of the ‘third kind’???

  11. Hope your fever stays away so you can enjoy your trip. You’re not missing a thing back on the east coast with these frigid temperatures that we’re experiencing (in Toronto at least).

    • I just asked boyfriend Michael back home about the latest snow storm I missed, Carol, and he told me the same thing you did: I’m not missing anything back east.

  12. Ann, Louise just asked … and I enjoyed your responses!
    What a fun post 🙂

  13. Juan and Rico are airport service stars, in my honest opinion, Ann, and I did not wait for anybody to ask.

    May the warmth of California continue to surround you on the outside, my friend.

  14. It looks like you are feeling better now? I just wanted to ask 🙂 Have a good time there..

  15. Well it sounds like you had a great time

  16. Just asking, “Will you be traveling to Napa? Sonoma”. . . Just asking, because I’m wishing I were along for the ride. (My daughter begins her newest employment in Napa on Monday.). Wherever you go, may you have sunshine, nice weather and beautiful views. Enjoy!

  17. I am glad you asked if you could take pics of Juan & Rico- smiling faces before departure are always a good thing. I do not need to ask if you are happy you are in warm surroundings, I know the answer, and you might ask how cold it is here today, well it’s 2 degrees -15 with the wind. I wanted to ask how you were feeling but in reading through the comments I see you are feeling better so I won’t ask. I will only ask that you enjoy every minute of the wonderful place you are right now!! 😀

  18. Gene Phillips

    Much better than “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

  19. Just thought I’d remind everyone of the 3 hour time zone change for Ann. She might post a little later. 🙂

  20. Wow! You’re in my neck of the woods, Ann. I realize you have only a brief stay in LA (that rhymes!). But I would love to meet you and your son. Any chance of a brief encounter? I thought I’d “just ask.” You can private message me to reply, if you’d prefer. Have a wonderful trip regardless. I know the weather here is such a contrast to where you live, for sure. It’s darn hot, lately.

    • I am honored by your question, Judy. We have so little time here, don’t even ask about the number of friends we are NOT seeing. So not this time. But thanks for asking!

    • And, Judy, I’m glad to know you live in such a beautiful neck of the woods.

      • Thank you for taking the time to reply, Ann. Wishing you and your son a wonderful time in the sunshine. 🙂

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  22. This post has made me so happy, because you get there and your temperature is normalish and Juan and Rico are so charming.

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