Thursday, January 20, 2011


A little more than a week into my ninety day campaign to organize my life and the going is getting rough.

At our store-to-be, Walter and I have spent the last few days building storage bins and shelving. The good news is that with the volume of materials that I have purchased recently, the people at Lowe's have become very friendly. This morning when I charged through the door, the cashier called out, "Good morning, Mr. Gilbert!!" I was too polite to tell her that Gilbert is my first name. Wait!! Me, too polite?? Maybe my body has been possessed by aliens.

We spent much of today assembling and painting. I had hoped to have the store set up and ready to go by Feb 1. That reminds me of the old Lovin' Spoonful song, "Do You believe in Magic??" I'll have to believe if I want to finish in the next week.

I am sure that organizing will change my life, I'm just not sure in what direction. This would have been a whole lot easier at 27 than 57. This job is like trying to move a mountain of crap with one of those little plastic shovels and buckets that I played with as a child.

I did balance my checkbook today. I was forced into it! Jack, the branch manager at my bank, retired at the end of the year. While I usually keep my balance fairly accurately, I never worried about over drafting. If I even got close, Jack would call me and tell me that I needed to make a deposit or transfer. You can't get service like that any more.

Here's a story that a friend(?) sent me the other day. A man and his wife are watching television. He has the remote control and is switching back and forth between a fishing channel and a porn channel. Finally his wife screams at him, "Just leave it on the porn channel!!" Stunned, he says to her, "Honey, are you sure?" She responds, "Of course, I'm sure!! You already know how to fish!"

I have to go organize my stories and jokes. I think that will be more than a ninety day job.

This just in!! In completely unrelated news, Joel Fleishman, my insults and sarcasm mentor for the past twenty years, has been released from the hospital.


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