[Tonight’s soundtrack: Pat Metheny Group — Last Train Home (My favorite PMG song)
Day of the Living Dad
It is Sunday night.
Specifically, it is Father’s Day Sunday night. Things are winding down.
The people in the finance department at Hallmark Cards are wearing their clear green visors and high-fiving each other and swilling champagne and yelling to each other in drunken-frat-boy exuberance, “We did it again! We pulled it off! They are still buying this stuff!” [Gleeful laughter, champagne-bottle-gurgling, adding machine clatter] “Now if we could somehow get them to believe that 4th of July cards are a thing …”
I’m not cynical.
I’m jaded. There is a distinct, though subtle difference.
But all jesting aside, it was a very nice weekend for me. Except for all of the work I had to bring home with me from my job. That part sucked. But it is just part of what we sign up for when we accept a job.
So this weekend was a nice balance between getting things done and relaxing.
Plus I got to talk to both my father and my daughter today (2 separate phone calls), so it was an excellent Father’s Day.
To CD or Not to CD … That is the Quest
Since it was Father’s Day, I was indulged in a trip to both Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble. In the same day! How cool is that? I had a coupon for each of them that were burning holes in my wallet.
At HPB I did something I have not done in a few years. I perused their clearance CD shelves. That used to be my favorite part about going to HPB. Unfortunately, HPB puts all of their clearance CDs on 3-tiered shelves that are literally at floor level. The only way to look at them is to squat … or to kneel. Or maybe even lay prostrate upon the ground.
But since I am loathe to become that intimate with public floors, I usually opt to squat.
The problem with squatting is that, as you age, it becomes more and more difficult to do. Actually, squatting is quite easy. It’s the getting back up that is challenging. I can stand back up easily enough, but then my low blood pressure kicks in and the room swims about me and I see flashes of light and I feel like someone who just spent 2 hours on the Tilt-a-Whirl.
So, eventually, I gave it up. But today I decided I would relive old times and squat down and look at all ten yards of the three-tiered ground-level shelves. We’re talking literally thousands of CDs.
In absolutely no order whatsover. Within a 4-inch span of shelf you can find Gregorian chants next to a Redd Foxx CD, which is next to a Japanese import, which is next to a George Strait CD, which is right next to a Blood, Sweat, & Tears CD. It is mind boggling. And just imagine doing that while squatting down and trying not to lose consciousness. One has to have a great deal of patience and determination to do this for any length of time.
But I stuck with it and, when it was all said and done, I had scored about 15 CDs at about 2 bucks a pop. I call that a good haul.
I also bought a “Patton” DVD to replace my VHS copy of it. Best …. movie …. ever!
It’s a Mystery To Me
Next I went to Barnes & Noble. It is much more organized, but much more expensive. But I had a 20% off coupon that expired today, so it was now or never.
After scouring the store, I scored a collection of Miss Marple short stories by Agatha Christie, and a Nero Wolf mystery by Rex Stout that I have never read before. So, also quite a good haul!
Now I have some new books to add on top of my swaying tower of books that I intend to read someday. Don’t worry … this swaying tower of books has a good, solid foundation. Namely, a copy of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”.
I’m Just Ribbon You
I released the latest Alistair and Alexis short story yesterday.
My timing was probably not the best. It was a quasi-holiday weekend. People were busy. There were cards to fill out. There were steaks to barbecue. There were neckties to be wrapped and unwrapped and then returned to the store.
But whatever the case, viewership was very light. On the plus side, however, what few people did read it gave me some very positive feedback and I am always very grateful for that.
I experimented with slicing the story up into 3 shorter pieces, rather than posting the whole story as one gigantic post. A lot of the feedback I’ve gotten in the past regarding my A&A stories is that they tend to be too long. I’d say the jury is still out on this “serialization” method of posting the stories.
I know one thing … it triples the amount of work I have to do to post the story!
And being quite lazy when it comes to the mechanics of posting stuff here on WP, I’m not sure if I have the gumption to keep posting them that way.
Humming Is For the Birds
I don’t usually get whims. I’m not very whimsical.
But for some reason yesterday I decided that it was time to get out the ol’ hummingbird feeder (which was used once about ten years ago and then put away and forgotten), clean it up, and hang it from a tree.
I browsed online to get a recipe for hummingbird food.
Man! I thought I had a sweet tooth, but I am a piker compared to those hummingbirds!
But I wanted to see a bird in the backyard other than the murder of crows that has been terrorizing my neighborhood for the past month. The neighborhood has been strangely bird-free the past few weeks. I think the crows scared off everything else.
But I’m praying for a hummingbird to appear.
And In Conclusion …
It was a good weekend. And now it is over.
Time to clear my head of happy, relaxing thoughts and to replace them with the stressful, insipid, and often nonsensical thoughts demanded by the corporate world.
Have a great week!