The Arc’s Jubilant January Surprises to Greet the New Year of 2020!

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“The Arc’s Jubilant January Surprises to Greet the New Year of 2020!”

Happy New Year, 2020, everyone and welcome to a new decade of fun! Hi, it’s me, Tameka. I hope that everyone had a nifty New Year’s Eve celebration!

Although the holiday season has passed, The Arc would like to thank those who made the holidays at both locations much brighter!  The Arc thanks Accenture, AstraZeneca, Ridout, Barrett and Co. PC, USAA, MassMutual South Texas, and Zachry Construction Corporation.

The Arc would also like to thank Mr. George and Ms. Barbara Williams for pledging a $10,000 gift for the Family Support Services Program on Wednesday, January 8th.

 My mom and I watched The Twilight Zone marathon on the Syfy Channel. This is my favorite New Year’s Eve tradition to share with my mom. I wore my “Happy New Year’s” purple star headband and purple feather boa and New Year glasses.

 My favorite episode is named, “A Most Unusual Camera.” The episode is about two thieves, husband and wife Chester (Fred Clark) and Paula Diedrich (Jean Carson), have just robbed a curio shop, and among the things they have stolen is a strange camera. Through accident, the pair discover that it produces self-developing photos of the future, about five minutes ahead. After Paula’s jail-escapee brother Woodward (Adam Williams) shows up, Chester uses the camera to take pictures of the blank winner’s board before races at the local racetrack and then use the camera’s “predictions” in making bets. The trio win $9,500 on the first race. They bet and win on five other races and leave with a considerable load of cash. 

Back at their hotel, a French waiter named Pierre (Marcel Hillaire) takes notice of their camera and its French inscription dix à la propriétaire, meaning ten to an owner. When the waiter exits, Paula, Chester and Woodward discuss the use of the camera’s last two pictures and fail to come to any agreement. While tugging over the camera, a picture of Paula—screaming and recoiling in horror—is accidentally taken. In further struggle, Chester and Woodward begin to fight, and they fall out of an open window to their deaths. Paula screams—as in the picture—but recovers immediately when she realizes that all the money and loot is now hers. 

She takes a picture (the last picture) of Chester and Woodward’s bodies in the courtyard below the window, and begins collecting the day’s winnings, planning to check out of the hotel. Before Paula can leave, Pierre returns and robs her, telling her that he knows about their crimes and will turn her in to the police if she calls them for help. He notes that her last picture shows “more than two” bodies in the courtyard. Panicked, Paula runs to look out the window, trips over a cord on the floor, and falls to her demise leaving only one of her high heels behind in the room.

Pierre then counts the corpses in the picture. “Yes, there are more than two bodies down there. Just like the picture shows. One, two, three … four?” In shock upon his realization, he falls out of the window as well, leaving only the camera lying on the floor in the now empty hotel suite.

The closing narration by the host, Rod Sterling is “Object known as a camera, vintage uncertain, origin unknown. But for the greedy, the avaricious, the fleet of foot, who can run a four-minute mile so long as they’re chasing a fast buck, it makes believe that it’s an ally, but it isn’t at all. It’s a beckoning come-on for a quick walk around the block— in The Twilight Zone.” This episode makes me laugh every time that I see it!

On Thursday, January 2nd, some of the other Arc Participants and I also made New Year’s Arts and

Later, my mom and I watched the annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve TV special. The best part of my New Year’s Eve celebration was that I had the chance to watch fireworks that were set off by other people in my neighborhood through our window with my mom.

 On Thursday, January 2nd, some of the other Arc Participants and I also made New Year’s Arts and Crafts such as, 2020 Party Hats and Noise Makers. Also, I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport and Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller to my fellow Participants. I’m truly a bookworm and I am so thankful for my purple communication device because allows me to read even more books to my fellow Participants as part of my Arc Press Club duties.

 On Thursday, January 9th, Arc Participant, Emily and her fellow Participants (and a group of Participants from the Wurzbach Road Arc location) were treated to a visit from a clown named Ms. Daisy Bee and a magician named Mr. Alberto (from Daisy Bee and Friends; an entertainment group for parties and occasions) to celebrate Emily’s upcoming birthday. I really enjoyed the performances by Ms. Daisy Bee and Mr. Alberto. I even got to interview Ms. Daisy Bee for the January 2020 (114th) edition of The Arc’s monthly in-house newsletter.                                                                                                                                      

Ms. Daisy Bee said, “Mr. Alberto and I have been performing together for over fifteen years. My specialty is entertaining the young and the young at heart. I would love to be of service to you for your special occasion. Please call me on availability for your next event. I have been entertaining professionally for twenty–seven years and Alberto has been doing magic tricks since he was in middle school.” In three performances, Ms. Daisy Bee made a balloon animal or creation, such as a helicopter for each Participant, while telling jokes and funny stories. Afterwards, Mr. Alberto, the magician, performed magnificent magic tricks. The best part of Ms. Daisy Bee’s act, was when Ms. Daisy Bee made me a red heart flower balloon creation. Mr. Alberto even asked some of The Arc Participants to be his assistant during the tricks. I liked Mr. Alberto’s magic tricks, even though 

I knew how some of them were preformed. I honestly recommend Ms. Daisy Bee and Friends for your next occasion.

If you would like to have Ms. Daisy Bee and Friends to perform at your next occasion, here is her contact information: 

Daisy Bee and Friends

Phone: (210) 410-5205

Facebook Page:

 The other Participants and I and Staff Members are greatly thankful to Ms. Daisy Bee and Mr. Alberto for coming to The Arc and helping Emily and her friends celebrate her birthday with laughter and magic.

My special thanks goes to Arc Staff Members, Sarah K., (Development and Communications Coordinator) Diana L., Gilbert P. and Lucy Y. 

(Life Enrichment Instructors) for being such wonderful photographers.

On Tuesday January 21st, the other Participants and I learned about the life and legacy late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We watched the video, Our Friend, Martin.

 It is a 1999 animated children’s educational film about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement. Two friends travel through time, meeting Dr. King at several points during his life. It featured an all-star voice cast and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour). Also, we decorated a bulletin board dedicated to the Reverend’s I have a Dream speech with their ideas of what the word “peace” means to us. The word “peace” means to me that someone accepts another person no matter of what they look, sound like or whatever they believe in. My hope for the future is that the people of the world will make Dr. King’s dream into a reality no matter of the shortsightedness believes of our world leaders. I used my communicator to read the books, Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (as told by his niece) by Angela Farris Watkins, and Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Anne Frank by Nancy Churning.

 So, that was the joyous month of January at The Arc!

 Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  This is my thirteenth year of being a Participant at The Arc and my ninth year of being The Arc’s blogger. My hope for this year is to have very fun experiences with all of my friends and then share them with all that read my blog.


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