Growing up in a poor town in Mexico, a young Luis Narvaez pretended his shoes were cars when he played because he had no toy vehicles. About a decade later, he was sailing on Lake Minnetonka and preparing to go to college in a real car that he had purchased.
Average retail gasoline prices in Twin Cities have risen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.26 Sunday, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. That compares to the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.21.
Life-altering injuries are devastating. Often, the massive shift into a new normal is overwhelming for the survivor, caretakers and families. For Minnetonka native and Chaska resident Shane Gilley, the experience, while difficult, also posed a new opportunity: the 18-year Navy sailor took on the challenge of his new normal, competing in this year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games.
Rarely do you find a business or individual who was successful “overnight.” Typically, there were years of hard work and, more often than not, a few setbacks. Maybe even outright failures. Operating a $43 million organization and being responsible for educating more than 2,800 students also requires dedication and a receptiveness to learn from mistakes.
I know I am not alone when I admit that sometimes my ideal life does not match up with t he daily choices I make. I can envision myself as a yoga lover when I practice only once a week, usually choosing an elliptical workout. Tea should be my favorite beverage to accompany all the books I read, but I can’t help feeling that tea is just unappealing, hot leaf-water. I want to be connected to pop-culture by watching Scandal, but it got too intense so I started re-watching Friends instead. While these mismatched hope and reality situations aren’t critical, I can have a hard time aligning my hopes and expectations for life with the reality of how I operate as a happy, healthy person.
A new scratch on the bumper or avoiding activities that require leaving home are often the first signs that families should talk with their aging parents about driving. Unfortunately, those conversations are not happening enough.