A funny thing happened to me on the way to T.J. Maxx on Black Friday!

This past Friday, I worked at Bridgeville T.J. Maxx on Black Friday.  Now, for the past few weeks, me and my mother have been going to Big Lots in Great Southern Shopping Center before I went over to T.J. Maxx to work.  This past Friday was no exception, of course.  It was just a normal day.  While I was there, a Big Lots customer saw my store’s name tag and ask me where something was.  Obviously, she asked me that question in the wrong store!  Luckily, I handled that situation well.  It went fairly well.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around November 28th in previous years …
Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post: My blog recently set two new records! (November 28, 2017)
Joseph’s Top Blog Posts About Jackets (November 28, 2016)
Happy 25th Birthday, Andrew! (November 28, 2015)
The clouds are orange (November 30, 2014)
It’s another truck-related blog! (November 30, 2014)

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Joseph’s 978th Blog Post Is About Route 978

Today, I’m writing my 978th blog post down … and it will be about one of my favorite roadways in the Pittsburgh area.  That roadway is Route 978.  It starts near Gladden and it ends near Imperial.

I have traveled on Route 978 many, many times in my life … and I really like the roadway a lot.  One of my relatives lives right on that roadway … and some of my favorite businesses are located on the roadway.  I could ride on this roadway all day long, if I could.  It’s just a great roadway.

Over the years, I have gone to a lot of exciting places, which are located along Route 978 … and I’ve talked about some of those businesses in my blog posts over the past four years.

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In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around October 16th in previous years …
It has now been two years since I got my wisdom teeth removed! (October 16, 2017)
Joseph’s Second Medical Milestone: I got my wisdom teeth removed one year ago today! (October 16, 2016)
Joseph’s Road To His 30th Birthday: Joseph’s Third Year On Earth (October 18, 2015)
Logs, anyone? (October 19, 2014)
Saying good-bye to my wisdom teeth (October 15, 2015)

Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post: My new rain jacket

In September of 2016, I wrote a blog post entitled “My new rain jacket.”  In it, I talked about my blue and orange rain jacket, which is from Under Armour.  I like the jacket so much, I was able to buy one for my cousin, Derek Papakie, a few days later.  I gave his jacket to him in January of 2017 … and he likes his jacket as much as I like mine.  Since I wrote that blog post two years ago, I’ve worn the jacket a few times.  I was inspired to write this blog post because I really wanted my friends and my relatives to see how classy my jacket was.

Here’s the link to that blog post …
My new rain jacket (September 18, 2016)

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around October 4th in previous years …
Will we see a “three-peat” next year? (October 4, 2017)
The skies confused me a little bit one day! (October 4, 2016)
Joseph’s Road To His 30th Birthday: Joseph’s First Year On Earth (October 4, 2015)
I now have a smartphone of my very own! (October 4, 2014)
What kind of a hoodie was it again? (October 9, 2015)

These people have followed my blog for two to three years!

This week, I’m giving my computer a break … and, in three of my blog posts this week, I will be thanking some of my blog’s followers … and, today, I would like to thank the people who have been following my blog for two to three years.

Here are those people …

Damyanti Biswas (2 years)
Sableyes (2 years, 1 month)
drklelsonsblog (2 years, 2 months)
tomrains (2 years, 2 months)
jenifabian (2 years, 2 months)
Deidra Alexander (2 years, 2 months)
Confession of a Housekeeper (2 years, 3 months)
gainperspectiveblog (2 years, 3 months)
Reeanna Scott (2 years, 3 months)
Olive Ole (2 years, 4 months)
Optimistic Parent (2 years, 4 months)
Daniel Quintanilla (2 years, 5 months)
Kris Scarci (2 years, 5 months)
TJ Temple (2 years, 6 months)
thesassytee (2 years, 6 months)
Susan Pratt (2 years, 7 months)
denniscardiff (2 years, 8 months)
Formula For Fabulous (2 years, 8 months)
Inspiring Max (2 years, 9 months)
David Snape (2 years, 10 months)
ljpcbmcorp (2 years, 10 months)
Emmanuel Muema (2 years, 10 months)
Ramona Crisstea (2 years, 10 months)

I would like to thank you all for following my blog over the past four years or so.  I will thank more of my blog’s followers in just a few weeks or so.  If I didn’t thank you this time around, I will be doing that in a blog post or two in early October.

I will start using my computer again on Sunday.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around September 12th in previous years …
Joseph Wants To Thank His Blog’s Followers (Part 3) (September 13, 2017)
Straight Outta Cuddy (September 15, 2016)
This shelf is clean … and empty! (September 15, 2015)
I have TWO important announcements to make! (September 17, 2015)
My blue and red Starter jacket (September 22, 2014)

Joseph Finally Bumps Into Derek’s Mother!

For the past few weeks or so, I have been telling you that my blog’s fifth year would be full of surprises … and, boy, do I have a surprise for you!  On August 18, I went to Derek and Kayla’s wedding at the Cambria Suites Hotel in Uptown Pittsburgh … and I knew that Derek’s mother, Michele Papakie, would also be there.

Now, for the first time in over four years, I bumped into Michele while I was at that wedding.  I knew I was gonna be able to bump into her one way or another.  I previously bumped into her at my own house back in the Spring of 2014.

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On August 18, 2018, I bumped into Michele Papakie while I was at Derek and Kayla’s wedding. Michele is the mother of my cousin, Derek.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote on our around August 28th in previous years …
3,000 Views And Counting (August 30, 2017)
Happy 70th Birthday, Barbara Papakie! (August 14, 2016)
My New Grey Long-Sleeved Pitt Shirt (August 31, 2015)
Dressing casually … sort of (September 6, 2014)
Did a reunion change my life completely? (September 1, 2014)

“Remember your pleases and thank yous”

As we prepare to wrap up my blog’s fourth year together, I would like to talk about a quote that will remain with me for a long time.  I first heard it during a field trip to the Heinz History Center more than 10 years ago.  The quote is … “Remember your pleases and thank yous.”  It was actually one of my teachers who said the quote back then … and it hasn’t really stuck with me too much … until now.

Up until a few years ago, I wasn’t too crazy about people saying “please” and “thank you” to me a lot, but nowadays, I’m urging my friends and even my relatives to say those words to me as often as they possibly can.  This way, they can have more respect than they once had.  Now, I’m starting to say those words at least 50 percent of the time.  You guys are all fantastic … and I hope you all will be able to say “please” and “thank you” to me as often as possible on a daily basis.

Beginning this Monday, August 13th, I will start celebrating my blog’s fourth anniversary by giving you statistics about my blog.  The blog will turn four years old in exactly two weeks.  That event will occur on August 24th.  I plan on starting my blog’s fifth year on August 26th.

Enjoy your day and enjoy your weekend!

One of my aunts is 75 today!

Today is July 26th … and today is a rather exciting day for me.  My aunt, whose name is Carol Kuhn, is turning 75 years old today.  She is a terrific person.  I still bump into her whenever I can … and I still keep in touch with her whenever I can.

I used to spend a few days with her at one time, but, in early 2015, I stopped doing that so that I can focus on writing these blog posts for you guys here on this blog, but I still visit her at her house from time to time.

Happy birthday, Aunt Carol!

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My aunt, whose name is Carol Kuhn, is turning 75 years old in 2018! I still bump into her occasionally … and I keep in touch with her as often as I can.

Now, tomorrow, I will write my 925th blog post down … and it will be about one of the classiest friends that I have ever known.

Happy 30th Birthday, Sarah!

30 years ago today, I became a first-time cousin whenever Sarah Smith was born.  Since then, she has become one of the classiest cousins and friends that I have ever known.  Today, I would like to wish her a happy 30th birthday.  Happy 30th birthday, Sarah!

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Back in the 2000s, Joseph and his cousin, Sarah Smith, were in Cecil Park for a few hours. They have been cousins and friends for 30 years now!

Guess who’s turning 75 today?

Over the years, the major motion picture companies found unique ways to celebrate 75 years of giving us exciting movies … and, today, I’d like to talk about a person who has found a unique way to celebrate 75 years of giving us some excitement in our lives.  The person’s name is Nicholas Papakie, Sr., who is also my grandfather.

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Joseph’s grandfather, Nicholas Papakie, Sr., is 75 years old today! He hit this milestone on March 27, 2018.

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