Archive for November, 2019

I’ll Talk To You Then

November 15, 2019

I was originally planning to do a lighthearted entry today, but . . . things changed.  It happens.

In the spirit of acceptance (a skill I’m still working on mastering), I’m just going acknowledge that things changed (and not for any reason more dire than one bad moment beyond my current tolerance level), and do my best to move on.

I’ll tell the lighthearted story next week.

This Is My Response Every Time I See Sincere Simple Kindness And Courtesy Being Rebuffed

November 14, 2019

Mr. Tebbs:  Ah, Steven.  Are you free?

Captain Peacock:  (making a show of looking around first before answering)  At the moment, Mr. Tebbs.  May I remind you that first names are used only in the canteen, or after and before the bell.  

Mr. Tebbs:  I see.  In that case, I don’t want to talk to you.

Are You Being Served? – S06E05 – A Bliss Girl

“Better” Being A Relative Term, Of Course

November 13, 2019

These days I have no time to spare to fight over irrelevances and cast indiscriminate aspersions, but there are days I realize I’d be even better at it now than I was back in the days when I did waste my time doing just that.

He Agreed That Was One Really Good Reason Not To Eat

November 12, 2019

Today L. and I were talking about how to evaluate situations, solutions, etc. by their pros and cons.  Recognizing that “quality vs. quantity” can come into play in making those decisions, my son asked me for an example of a situation with a lot of pros, but with one large con.

“Imagine you’ve been invited to a banquet in your honor,” I told him.  “All your favorite foods have been prepared, and they’re all done to perfection.  Everything looks amazing, smells amazing, tastes amazing, and so on.  That’s a lot of pros, right?”

L. nodded.

“The con is that everything has been poisoned,” I said with a chuckle.

“Some Things Are Worth Dying For”

November 11, 2019

Today’s Challenge Question:  What is a phrase that is true and even inspiring in the right set of circumstances, but makes a terrible motivational poster and an even worse corporate slogan?

Something YOU Should Have Seen Coming

November 8, 2019

Author:  Bet you didn’t see that coming!

Me (As An Audience Member):  Well . . . no, I didn’t, because it makes no sense and throws away all the world building you’ve spent so much time carefully crafting, and all for a cheap shock that feels like an insult to anyone who loved what you had created.

Author:  But you didn’t see it coming, now did you?  Hey!  Where are you going?

Me:  To do something else.

Yesterday’s Little Life Lesson

November 7, 2019

No matter how thoroughly and consciously you apply the WD-40 to the wrong area, the squeak will remain.

So It Turned Out To Be The Perfect Time After All

November 6, 2019

Wow! I thought yesterday after opening a container of leftover beans that had been in the refrigerator for a suspiciously long time.  That reeksI should have taken care of this later and not stink up the kitchen right before L’s Mother is getting ready to cook . . . fish.

And We Were Both Okay With That . . . More Or Less

November 5, 2019

“Are you ready for school?” I asked my son this morning.

There was no verbal answer from him, but his body language answered my question clearly enough.

“Not really thrilled with the idea, huh?”

“Not really,” he agreed.

Feeling the same way, I nodded in understanding.  “Well . . .” I said, “let’s get started anyway and see how it goes.”

“Are you saying ready or not it’s time for school?” my son asked me.

“I prefer ‘ready or not, here school comes,'” I admitted with a chuckle, “but that’s more or less what I’m saying, yes.”

Regardless, Happy Birthday, Son!

November 4, 2019

Yesterday was my son’s ninth birthday, and at some point it occurred to me that it also marked the half-way point to the start of his adulthood.

When I mentioned this to his mother she got a little misty-eyed.

When I mentioned this to my father he likened this to being at the half-way point of a marathon:  While technically it’s true that you only have as far to go as you have already gone, the second half is a lot more involved than the first.