If you had stopped me at any point this week and said, “Hey, how’s your week going?”, I would have said something like, “Ok”, or, “Not bad”.
In all fairness, both answers are accurate, but I think I tend to give those kind of answers off the cuff without putting a whole lot of thought into it. Unless something really major has happened (and frankly, that’s rare), I’m likely to kind of gloss over the daily routine of my life.
Now though, as I sit here and look back at the week, it occurs to me that inspite of the ho-hum, boring, “business as usual” nature of it, this was a pretty good week, and I realize that I did actually learn a few things.
Here are some of them, in no particular order of importance:
There is no practical limit to the number of times you can walk past a birthday present, look at it, and still forget to mail it.
Elton John can still write really great music. No, seriously. Check out “Songs from the West Coast”.
When giving someone a ride home at 5am, it’s not necessarily safe to assume that they know where they live. Be prepared to take the long way.
A drag queen on a lawn tractor can change a whole parade, and make you laugh so hard you cry.
50 lbs of crushed brick is no match for a 10 year old husky who is determined to lay in the cool dirt in the shade of your shrubs.
An unexpected hug and a kind word can change your whole night.
Sometimes, other people will feel that it’s appropriate to give you a business card that has pictures of them on it, half naked.
If this happens to you in a restaurant, you can use toothpicks to make scary little half-naked puppets out of it.
Sometimes I put too much information in my columns.
You can find yourself regretting a missed opportunity, even though you found out about it long after the opportunity was gone. It’s a “spilt milk” thing; You have to just let it go.
My parents just get more and more cool as time goes by. Kind of like the song.
Billie Holiday has fans far too young to remember her when she was alive. That’s what it means to be timeless.
If you put a banana in your backpack, remember to take it out again. Especially if you put in last week.
There are people out there who would have you believe that noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright invented the urinal. This is not true. (It was actually introduced during the rule of Emperor Vespasian in ancient Rome. It scares me that I know that).
A Black German Shepherd is so uncommon that people will insist that it is part black lab, even though you own the dog and assure them it’s not. Why would you lie about something like that?
The belief in karma, and that someone will pay (or get paid) for their actions is very comforting, regardless of whether it’s true or not.
You never outgrow pop-up books.
You don’t necessarily need to have a single and important, well thought-out, controversial topic in order to write a column for intrepid media [grin].
So, those were a few of the little observations I almost didn’t make last week. I’m glad I took a moment to look back, but it kind of makes me wonder what I’ve missed in weeks gone by. How about you? Time to discuss. Let’s hear about your week….