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Jim Eutizzi’s Day Off

Needless to say I have a lot more free time on my hands today than I expected. It is giving me time throughout the day to catch up on some movies or television shows that I haven’t seen. Although I have seen it before I recently watched one of my favorite movies again called Ferris Bueller’s Day off. I imagine many of you have also seen this movie. It is about a high school boy who decides to play hooky from school one day. He also recruits his best friend and girlfriend to enjoy the day with him and together they spend the day traveling throughout Chicago in one last adventure before they leave for different colleges.   They enjoy many sights of the city, including taking in a game at Wrigley Field, visiting the Sears Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and taking part in the Von Steuben Day Parade, with Ferris lip-syncing to “Danke Schoen” and The Beatles’ version of “Twist and Shout.” Ferris also uses his ploys to pretend he is Abe Froeman, the Sausage King of Chicago, to dine at an upscale restaurant on Rush Street. It also provides one of my favorite movie quotes that Ferris Bueller says which is “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
I always liked that quote but hearing it again made me realize how important it is. This was said by a kid in high school but it could be used for everyone no matter what phase of life they are in. That got me to thinking what my perfect day would be like if I could play hooky from all responsibilities for that day. I think it would look something like this. I would wake up and have my favorite breakfast: two eggs over easy, crispy bacon, and hash browns. I would then drive my dream car a 1967 Corvette to the golf course and play a round of golf with my best friends. For lunch I would enjoy an Italian beef sandwich and a Chicago style hot dog. Then would come the ever popular 45 minute afternoon nap. I would then drive my Corvette to a local lake and rent a pontoon for a slow ride while sipping on some cocktails. After a quick shower and change of clothes I would head downtown to my favorite Italian restaurant for a wonderful meal. Then it would be time for music preferably a great Stevie Ray Vaughn cover band or something similar at a small tavern or club. I would then end the day in my bed watching one episode of Seinfeld before falling off to sleep.
I am sure just about everybody reading this would have a different perfect day and that is the point. It is your day. Life does move fast and before you know it can pass you by. Take a day for yourself. Plan it and try to make it happen. Everything on my perfect day can happen except for actually playing golf and driving my dream car. I’m sure my family will read this and ask why they are not a part of my perfect day, and the answer is simple: you are part of my 364 other perfect days of the year.
Every day is a gift and it is up to each of us to make the best of that gift. Either plan it or let it come to you but enjoy it to the fullest for tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. And one more thing watch Ferris Bueller’s Day off again; the twist and shout parade scene epitomizes enjoying life.

4 responses to “Jim Eutizzi’s Day Off

  1. Rose ⋅

    I think your idea of a perfect day is wonderful! I am very aware of how short life can be, as am missing my dear Ron who passed Dec. 22 2011 from ALS. He would have been 43 on Jan 7. I met him 1 year ago in a nursing home where I had started working a week before he came in. He could no longer talk, type, use his fingers, or walk. Turns out I knew this strangers grandfather from my younger days and we probably crossed paths but never met. I took care of him this past year and it was not easy for him. No wife or home to live in, just minimum care and a good amount of neglect in nursing homes. I am having difficult times missing him and have strong desire to find a cause and cure for ALS. I also had a great aunt pass from ALS and another from Huntingtons, a family friend pass and another former co-worker/friend diagnosed less than 1 yr ago. God Bless you every day!

  2. I may copy your day off … sounds super! Friend Ron was a golfer, loved the Green Bay Gamblers, and was an all around athlete as well as Golden glove boxer Wisconsin state champ. Hope my first msg got thru to you. Where do you find your greatest hope for slowing your progression? Have you looked into status of current research? My friend wanted to donate himself towards research, but the donation never happened after he passed. Turns out his family ran into dead ends a year ago and gave up but never told him. I am 48 and was in Engineering, Sales etc. and after layoff went to school for nursing. Just got back into a sales position and laid off again so I have time on my hands too. I am in the Oshkosh area. Want to put some pieces together for anyone else who wants to donate. I had contacted the Les Turner foundation so that is where I will be looking. Gods love to you and your family!

    • jim eutizzi ⋅

      Thanks Rozie for your replies. i look into everything as does my family. sorry about Ron. i try to focus on the day since that is all any of us are guaranteed. my faith gets me through most thigs. Bummer on packer loss huh?

  3. Bret Harttert ⋅

    Jim,
    I appreciated reading your ideal day; that sure sounds like a relaxing, fun-filled 24 hours. I’m not sure that I’ve communicated to you what an amazing job you’ve done raising your family. I derive my belief based mostly on my interaction with Jake, but I’m sure the rest of your family is just as wonderful. You have raised such a thoughtful, intelligent, caring young man with many talents to share with the world. I also enjoy following your life journey and the challenges you face, and how to handle those challenges. God’s Blessing to you and your family.

    – Bret Harttert

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