I can’t here me, now.


This week has been phenomenal.  And not in a good way, so much.  I have encountered several glitches in my relationships with service people, colleagues, friends, and family.  One of the greatest lines from a movie ever… came from The Big Lebowski.  “What we have here, is a failure to communicate.”

It is me.  I am blaming all of this on my communication skills this week, which apparently are in the crapper.   Retrograde.  Planets.  Hormones.  Maybe I stepped on a crack.  Who knows.

My interactions with the service industry have been the most notable.  There have been several encounters, and each one, has resulted in an epic fail.

I would like to make a big notation here.  I am fortunate.  I am blessed.  I am lucky to be me, and I am thankful for it all.  Nonetheless, it might be nice if I could successfully get something fixed, completed, connected or serviced.

But enough of that for now.  A little story about today.  I ran into a friend of mine today.  He is about 8 years old.  His brother is ten.  Their Mom runs an office here in town, and homeschools them.  She is allowed to bring them to work.  When I visit this business, I always get a grand welcome from these two young friends.  There is always a story, or four…. and drawings just for me.  It is very sweet.

Today, the youngest… Wesley.. told me of a recent visit to the dentist.  He had to have a molar pulled.  It was a big dang deal for him.  But the good news… he put his tooth under his pillow and the Tooth Fairy gave him a buck fifty.  So the next night, he tried it again.  No Tooth Fairy the second time around.  Enterprising young man.  But it didn’t pan out.

Here is another good fact I heard this afternoon.  The Merry-Go-Round was first seen at a fair on this very day… May 17th… in 1620.  It was at a fair in Philippapolis, Turkey.   Yep.  The modern carousel came from early jousting traditions in Europe and the Middle East.  The deal was…. the Knights would gallop in a circle while tossing balls from one to another.  I have never tried this, but apparently it requires some pretty mad skills.  And of course…  horsemanship.  This was all around the time of the Crusades and the Byzantine era.  The Carousel.

As I think about it.  These three things have a lot in common.

My trials this entire week, were a little bit like the Tooth Fairy Story.  Unfortunately,  it can be like pulling teeth.  But once you do… sometimes you will find a big reward at the end of the day.  And then other times… there isn’t squat underneath your pillow.

Sort of the same deal with the Merry-Go-Round.  It looks pretty.  It sounds neat-o-peat-o.  But once you hop on… you just go round and round in circles.   And the guy at the steering wheel… is really just taking you for a ride to nowhere.  Round and round we go.

I can only say this… about all of it.

There may be very expensive lullabies, but all you have to do is throw in one crazy backflip, from some left-winged sock puppets, and before you know it, you have a giant cardboard cutout, of footlong sailors, on ice.

Seeeeeeee????   I told you my communication skills were in the toilet this week.


Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle. —  Robert Anthony


Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you. — John Ruskin