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4. BlogTv – getting seriously brave now!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 – 2 days before my 65th birthday

= 661 subscribers 1501 visits

I woke up to see the stats shown above and thought I was still in a dream. Over 1,500 visits? Really?

I started trying to tell people at work a little but I know that it is just not something they can relate to, except for a couple who not only know the real me but also know that I wouldn’t make this up. Decided to keep the inner circle small. Maybe, one day, I could let them understand just what an honour it is to be trusted by so many “strangers”.

The questions are getting deeper now. Maybe the first question was answered in a way that gave people hope or trust? Not sure but I can see a different level being asked. I am finding it very challenging to give a 500 character answer but then found I could do multiple 500 character answers. Makes the comments page a bit of a mess but, hopefully, it is more helpful to the people asking the questions.

I find that I am processing some of them as I drive to and from work. That girl who asked me about making friends with the Japanese girls at school. Kept coming back to that one. Wasn’t sure I had answered it in a way that the sender could get strength to take the next step. Driving is great thinking time, in my book. I used to “write” a lot if speeches while I was driving. Of course, fellow road users were convinced I should be heading for a mental facility but I didn’t care 🙂

While I was driving home I kept replaying in my mind what Benji had done to get us on the air on Saturday night. Something called BlogTv? Got home, made the famous cup of coffee and sat down and Googled it. Yikes. A lot of strange people doing and saying equally strange things! Oh well, if I don’t try I will never learn, right?

There are few things lonelier than staring at own webcam seeing how old you are that noticing that webcams are not designed to bring out the best in you. Double chins, laughter lines and such appear to jump out at you. Why would anyone watch this? Then someone asked a question. Obviously, someone young and not in our “family” just causing trouble. Oh well, as in life, you have to deal with all-comers. I did my best to stay polite. Then I saw “MamaSal!” and my heart was uplifted. The questions started to flow. Too fast to keep up. It is not easy to multitask at that speed. I then hit another problem. Someone came onto the channel and started being really insensitive to the person I was trying to help, I knew there had to be some way of silencing him and my mind raced to “why didn’t you check all that out BEFORE you hit the broadcast button?” I have this voice in my head, and maybe you do too, who is not my best friend. She is always stating the obvious and does not do a lot for my self esteem. I was doing what I could to keep supporting the person I was helping with “bozobrain” continuing to give his judgments and unasked for opinions.

The cavalry arrived! I was smart enough to post that I was going live on the YouTube channel and Benji and Judy must have seen it. They came in to see how I was doing/support me. They are such angels. Before I knew it Benji was sending me notes (still don’t know how he did that but I will find out) telling me to make him an operator and then told me how to do that. It didn’t take long before our troublemaker was gone! For the rest of the broadcast Benji acted as my bodyguard, kicking out troublemakers and left me the room to do what I wanted to do, help people.

I went to sleep that night knowing, yet again, I had done what I could to help another human being, I had learned something new, taken a new risk and just before I turned out the light I checked the stats…

704 subscriptions 1671 visits and no new geography lessons! 2 more sleeps before I am officially an old fart

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3. Where in the world are the Northern Mariana Islands?

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Monday, August 27, 2012 – 2 days before my 65th birthday – Geography Lesson

= 565 subscribers 1086 visits

I have always considered myself pretty good at world geography. Well, up until they started changing a lot of the names in Africa some years ago. I lost it a bit then! I was fascinated that people were viewing and subscribing from countries I had not expected. Saudi Arabia surprised me. As did Gaum. Oh, look! There are men subscribing from the Philippines…that is interesting.
Then it happened… someone hit subscribe in the Northern Mariana Islands. Where? Where in the world are the Northern Mariana Islands? Thank goodness for Google and how did we ever live without it?! I found out that they are a string of islands north east of the Philippines and on your way to Japan. You probably knew that but it was a geography lesson for me.
Going to work was going to put a stop to all my goings-on but it was a pleasant distraction. It was a very busy day at work so, by the time I got home, I made a cup of coffee and sat down at the computer to find that our little family had grown to 630 subscribers and 1341visits.
There were more questions in my inbox and I spent the evening listening to the dings of subscribers – which now had the therapeutic effect of making me smile each time I heard them – and answering questions as best I could. 
By the end of the day I looked at 646 subscriptions and 1396 visits and thought that maybe there was a need for people to have a place they could go to either ask or check out what other people are dealing with and, hopefully, get some support in that. 
I closed my eyes knowing I had grown that day. I knew where the Northern Mariana Islands were, in case it ever came up in casual conversation in the lunchroom!

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2. “Angela, I need ONE subscriber! Please, can you help me?”

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 – 3 days before my 65th birthday – Giving birth to the dream 

I had said goodbye to Benji and sent him home to Judy. It was after mid-night but I could hear that there were people talking downstairs. I went down and said that line to dear Angela. She is always on her cell so I knew I would not have to spend a lot of time explaining what the heck I was talking about. Angela became a hero at the moment she clicked the “subscribe” button. I was so excited. I had a subscriber!
I went back upstairs happy in the knowledge that I had taken a risk in my life. I was not worried about that the fact that Angela might be the only subscriber on this channel. There was such a great feeling of accomplishment. I was smiling, lots! Rubbing my hands with glee, like a kid. Omg – look what we have done!
Ding. “What was that?” Email. Having nothing else to do, and still very wired from the excitement, I click on my in box and found… another subscriber! Can you imagine it?! The unbelievable joy of it. I can’t tell you who it was because I nuked the email and for that I am now profoundly sorry. 
2:00 am = 98 subscribers + 24 views
“Wow, look at that”. Sleep was not going well. Every time I was just about to doze into zzzz-land… ding! I didn’t want to miss a moment of it. For just an instant, I thought I knew what Mark Zuckerberg must have felt like when he started Facebook. My little version of it. I had seen the movie and remembered the scene when they watched the 1 million mark get hit. Hey, Mark, I am nearly at 100. 
I had to get some sleep because I was going to a BBQ for the RYLA people and I had to give a quick speech. There was a lot of dinging during the night. By the time I left for the BBQ I was looking at 415 subscribers. No doubt that Benji and Judy were up to something! They must have posted the link. 
I can’t remember who was the first person to send a question and for that I am also sorry because they created their own piece of history. Wait, maybe I can find that out on the channel – brb. Sure I can do it but I may need to do it later. I have nuked a lot of things because it they were filling up my inbox. Will let you know when I find out, if I do.
By the time I got back from the BBQ the channel had taken on a life of its own. By the end of Sunday we were up to 503 subscribers and nearly 1,000 visits. I learned about the Analysis feature on the channel and found out there were not, as I had believed, from Canada and the United States. People from around the world were visiting and hitting the subscribe button. Questions were arriving about everything from how to make friends at school to what to do about cheating husbands.
Before I went to sleep, I told Angela that she had started a trend and that I would be forever grateful.

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1. “… and I don’t want to miss a thing” Aerosmith – Songwriters: Diane Eve Warren

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Saturday, August 25, 2012 (4 days before my 65th birthday) and birth of a dream = 0/0

This was the day I was meant to have my 65th birthday party but life got in the way and it had to be cancelled. It was a strange day. I have a number of “adopted sons” – they adopted me to be a mentor and friend – and Doug, being one of them, was celebrating his birthday in Kenya by attending the funeral of his great-grandmother. Doug and I always have a joint birthday celebration because our birthdays are so close together. I was missing him. I sat on my back deck thinking of how difficult this day must be for him – such a mixture of emotions. Happiness for his birthday and sadness at the loss of his great-grandmother.
I had received a call from my “son” Benji earlier in the week to tell me he was coming up to visit. He is such a living angel! He knows me well and knew I would be in a strange place, emotionally. Being the kind soul he is, he decided to make sure I was not alone that day. We sat on the back deck and discussed Judy his wife and their beautiful unborn daughter, Juliana – of whom I had recently seen the amazing 4-D pictures – as she got ready for life in the big world. Life is as good as you make it and I was thoroughly enjoying it.
We had BBQ’d spareribs for dinner with my tenant of 14 years (!!) Yvonne. She brought Wade and Angela up with her and the 5 of us had a “family” meal. We talked of Doug. Beaner, my cross German Shepherd/Husky mix was ever present with that ‘I don’t know what they are cooking but it sure smells like left-overs for me” look about him. He is a super smart dog! 
Benji had never had Sal’s baked potatoes – cooked, halved, potato taken out of the shell, mashed with milk and butter and then put back into the shell, covered with cheese and grilled. He took a pic and uploaded it onto Facebook! I got a lot of comments about them in the next few days.
The evening went as normal. Benji and I talking up a storm about life, love and happiness, after Yvonne and the family left. We sat in the living room and talked of his successes with his YouTube channels for both Judy and himself. I have always loved technology and so I love to keep up to with  people are doing with it.
It must have been around 10:30pm when my life, as I knew it, changed. Judy phoned “Honey Bear” Benji from Washington and I heard him say “… no I haven’t had a chance to ask her yet”. After he put down the phone I asked what it was he had forgotten to ask. “Oh, I know it is late and getting to your bedtime but Judy and I wanted you to go live on our Channel so that our viewers can see and chat to you – they so loved your last visit”. As I have said, Benji is a kind soul. My last and only “appearance” on the vlog had been when, several months ago, Benji pointed the camera at me as I came out of my kitchen to find him vlogging at my dining room table. Not knowing exactly what was going on, and hearing him say “Wanna say hi to everyone, Sal?” with a brief intro as to who I was, he turned the camera and I did just that… said “Hi everyone!” So much for a memorable appearance on his vlog, right?! 
“…would you?” he continued, “…it won’t take long” I heard him say, again. Actually, I have to admit that at the moment I heard that they wanted me to “perform” on their Channel my thoughts ran the gambit of “…omg, what am I wearing?” and, being the age that I am, “… rats, I will have to pee first!”. You notice that I did not think “.. w-h-a-t? Go live on YouTube?!” Why not? Well, that would be because I have a background as a professional international motivation and business speaker. “Performing” doesn’t scare me to death. 
I headed for the bathroom and Benji set up my laptop ready for the broadcast. I was stunned at the immediacy of it all.Benji had put out a note to their network to say I would be “appearing” on their channel and people were ready as we hit the airwaves. People from around the world. Amazing. They asked questions about how Benji and I had met, about why Benji calls me Mama Sal and was there a Papa Sal they should know about. They talked of dreams, love, heartbreak and life. Things I love to talk to young people about. That was how I first met Benji. He came to something called the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program (RYLA which is pronounced RYE-LAH) and I have been honoured to be their opening and closing speaker for some 23 years. I always take my trailer with me and every year young people drop into the trailer and chat about those very things. It is like a revolving door and sometimes lasts through the night.
And then it happened! Judy and Benji’s followers started saying things like “Oh, Benji, she’s great!”, “Benji, make her start her own channel”… lots of comments like that. I laughed, sheepishly. Yeah, right, Sal on YouTube that would be the day! We closed the broadcast – not because I wanted to stop talking but rather that it was time for Benji to go home to Judy. Truth be told, I was loving every moment of it. Benji had been at my side fielding the questions which meant that I didn’t have to keep looking and the stream of type that was coming at us. He filtered the questions and fed me the ones he felt the audience would most like to hear me talk about. He knew both his audience and my knowledge base so it made a lot of sense.
Adrenalin is a funny thing. It takes you from “gee, I am getting tired” to “wow… let’s do this even if it takes all night” in a heartbeat! The challenge was the get the name and Benji had that covered. It has to be Mama Sal. Benji’s dear friend, Eddie, had first called me that and it had stuck. In a matter of moments he appeared to be possessed. A flurry of keystrokes later he told me that Mama Sal was taken and we had to think again. He then suggested DearMamaSal… as though you were writing a letter. Loved it! Another flurry of keystrokes and it was done. “dearmamasal” was now a YouTube Channel. A dream come true. Now I could be a second mother to the world and I don’t want to miss a thing.

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