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Wife Out Of Town For Five Days—I’ll Do Whatever I Want

My wife is going out of town for five days and I’m going to do whatever I want.

My wife has suggested one thing I might want to do is clean the toilet. You see that we have this hand-painted sea life toilet.

 

But what I had in mind was more along the lines of bringing home a few Singapore Airlines flight attendants–

 

For a toga party.

Or, maybe I’ll contact my priestess and we can finish that ritual we’ve been working on.

With the wife away, I can eat whatever I want.

Of course, my wife and friends know me well. They know I’ll most likely spend a lot of time reading while she’s gone.

Reading—And keeping a tally of the days she’s gone to see what time I have to get away with stuff. And how much longer I’ll have to lumber around without the wife. 

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Lastly, I hope she won’t mind that I traded our Accord to this guy selling his Dodge Dart in front of the Petco. He and I have been talking about the trade for a few weeks now and I think it’s the right way to go. I can’t wait to show her our “new” car.

August 23, 2008 Posted by | My Wife Is The Best Person Ever | , , , , | 4 Comments

Though The Little Bastards Laughed—You Can Indeed Read While You Walk

Many years ago, maybe around 1975, a classmate of mine in the Providence, Rhode Island public schools told the class he read books as he walked to school.

The other kids laughed. They did so because they were little bastards. The teacher did not offer much support. She said something dumb about bumping into trees or some junk like that.  

The kid who said this was named Mike Van Leesten. I hope he has done well in life. 

I read while I walk at the Memorial park jogging/walking trail in Houston. I get a lot of reading done that way. It is a good use of time.

I think of Mike Van Leesten when I read and walk. This even though I have not seen him in nearly 30 years. 

Good rule of thumb—If the other kids laugh and the teacher offers little support, you might well be on to something.

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Books | , , , | 7 Comments

If Reading Blogs Cost Money, We’d Not Be Pissing Our Lives Away Looking At So Many of Them

 

An article I read yesterday got me thinking about the things we are willing to pay for and the value we place on things that are free.

The Economist World in 2008 special edition has an article about the very low cost of storing information electronically.

This is one reason there are so many blogs and so many sources of information on the internet. It cost next-to-nothing, in financial terms at least, to set up a blog or a webpage.

As well-established by this blog, anybody can do it regardless of having anything of merit to communicate.

The flipside of this is that it is difficult to get anybody to pay for what they read online. If I started charging 25 cents a day for the right to read this blog, I’m not sure I’d get many takers.

Why pay when you have a million other blogs you can read for free?

This made me wonder if people would be better off in some respects if online content did sometimes cost money. Having to pay might force people away from the computer.

Also, if we paid for what we read, we might better recall what we had spent our valuable time reading. Of all the many blog posts you have read, how many can you remember?  

Above is a picture of Turkey Swamp Park outside of Freehold, New Jersey. Maybe we should turn off the computer and go to a nice park.   

Or, if the computer were turned off, maybe we would spend more time with each other. Sitting at the computer is such a solitary activity.

We could read to each other as the happy couple below is enjoying.    

January 8, 2008 Posted by | Blogging | , , , , , | 4 Comments