Friday, August 27, 2010

I’m not all together certain yesterday was productive.

On the other hand, I didn’t set out to make it so. I sit, this morning, after having walked the fence line in the dew and insistent yapping of the dog belonging to the neighbor a quarter mile over, thinking about what, exactly, had I accomplished yesterday.

So I thought to list them:

  • checked the street signs of the various streets in the village.
  • re-mowed the areas I pictured that had all that Johnson grass.
  • talked with the village clerk about the drainage along various streets; the mill levee increase; the pot holes and refrained from calling her ugly (which she isn’t, but is when one broaches a subject she doesn’t care to talk about).
  • Fixed the mower that broke while re-mowing the Johnson grass areas.
  • Called the lady ringing up the costs of the parts required to fix the mower beautiful (hopefully making her happy).
  • Wondered again, for the umpteenth time, why the hell she doesn’t wear shoes of any sort in the summer, spring or fall, and is without most of the winter.
  • Had the tire of the front lawn mower literally explode, put the mower in the shed without examination, for inspection and repair “tomorrow.”
  • Watched the near neighbor shake out the plastic packets of drugs the police cannot find. The near neighbor was evidently taking inventory. Thursday is delivery night.
  • Watched part of the Thursday Night Football game and fell asleep sitting in the middle management chair. I don’t know who won, and thinking, this morning isn’t helping remember who played.

That was yesterday. Today I was wondering with what to fill the blank space on the blog. I’ve been wanting to write somewhat about two poker sites and the difference between their rules for a same game, side by side, comparison.   I copped out on that, however, because the sites don’t publish the rules to cover the area I wanted to compare.

I’ve just realized that I’m sitting, after my early morning walk in the dewy dew and taking off my wet shoes and socks, at the key board without shoes, and have no intention of wearing any for another hour or so until I dress to go to town.

The street signs, I noted, were absent in about ninety-five places, meaning that a hundred and eighty signs were not present and would need replacing – which is why I’d stopped by the village office for a village map, as I couldn’t find my way about. It hurt that the village clerk put on a smug smile and asked if I was going to the tax auction. Which pissed me off, of course, because that is exactly what I was going to do, so I lied to her and said: “No. I’m tired as hell of not knowing what people are talking about when they name a street and incident and I don’t know or can’t find the ruddy things.”

Anyhow, this morning, as I’ve said, I was wondering what to write and an incident came to mind. It has to do with that time between careers. One has to experience it, or at least, through contemplation, realize that they have experienced that pause because life is full of such transitions. That momentary dis-orientation came to me this morning and the conversation that came to mind was between myself and a friend. We were both experiencing the event in our own ways.

He asked me: “What are you going to do?”

“Damned, if I know. I thought I’d prepared for this. I’ve gotten re-trained and all, but I still feel lost. You?”

And he pointed with his chin towards his old camper truck parked nearby, and said: “I’m going to sit and carve.”



“You mean go some where and whittle?”

“Na, man. I’m going to go to the State Fairs, sit on my stool and carve things, and sell them.”

And we parted ways. Now fast forward a number of years and the two of us, like wave and shore, are together again; I on my way to another airport somewhere with a passenger, and he on his way to somewhere.

“How you doing?” he asks.

“Busy!” says I.

“Enjoying retired life?”

“Not really. You?”

“Oh, yes.”

I look him over and he’s dressed in that quiet moneyed way and I sneak a peek over toward his brand new truck and a large trailer and ask him: “You still carving?”

“Oh, yes.”

“Enjoying it?”

“Oh, yes. Your were a better carver than I was. You should have come along.”

I contemplate my beat up second hand twenty year old Datsun Pick-up truck in mustard yellow parked over near his new rig and look at my Levi’s and sweat shirt, and say: “Probably so. But I don’t know if I could have with stood all the travelling from Fair to Fair. That underground stuff isn’t for me.”

He looks at my plane, waiting on the ramp, and says: “Probably so.”

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From the reaches,

Ten Mile

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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