Vacation Tomorrow

At work, everyone has small whiteboards that they put at their desk or office wall. The most common usage is to write a note for visitors to see if you’re not at your desk, mainly vacation days and such.

I like to put “On vacation – back tomorrow” if I’m gone for one day or “On vacation – back next week” if I’m taking a week off.

The beauty of that is if I decide to take another day off, I don’t need to do anything – the sign is still correct.

But someone at work thinks that’s not a good idea. Every time I come back from vacation, the actual date of my anticipated return is written on my whiteboard.

Next time, I’m writing “Back later”.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

Dad Titles

In recognition of Father’s Day, I put together a list of titles for the roles that dads have.

  • CTO – Chief Turner Offer (of the light switches)
  • CQC – Cookie Quality Checker (need to make sure they’re safe for everybody)
  • GTO – Garbage Taker Outer (no one else has accepted this promotion yet)
  • CFF – Chief Food Finisher (do not let a perfectly good half a steak go to waste)
  • CDC – Chief Door Closer (working closely with the CTO)

I’d like to add the title CEO after my name, but I haven’t found a good acronym for it yet. Any suggestions?

The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.

Genesis 24:66

Last Day of School

No, not for me. For the kids. Today is the end of school and therefore the start of summer. So I am celebrating by taking tomorrow off work.

We can all sleep in, be lazy all morning, play in the sprinkler in the afternoon, eat popsicles outside, then stay up late and catch fireflies.

Then they get to repeat that as often as they like during the summer. Or something like that.

I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?

Ecclesiastes 3:22

Genius and Edison

I was reading a Frazz collection and one of the story lines had to do with the famous quote from Thomas Alva Edison :

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

The more I thought about it, the more it bothered me. It bothered me because it is wrong.

By wrong I don’t mean misquoted. By wrong I mean Edison was mistaken when he said it.

Here is my recommendation for improving the quote :

Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

Really, think about it – genius can be apparent without effort. And I think Edison was thinking about success when he said it. He probably saw success and genius as one and the same, because he was successful.

I’m not convinced he was a genius though. I’d apply that label to Nikola Tesla. He was a genius, but he was not successful. At least not as successful in the business world as Edison was.

Another vote against Edison’s being a genius is that he spoke about genius-ness. To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, if you have to tell people you’re a genius, then you’re not.

By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”

Genesis 3:19

My Buick

I bought a car.

First, a description of the old car, a 2002 beige Buick Regal with 164,000 miles.

image of the front of a 2002 Buick Regal beige

I wanted to keep driving it, but the transmission does not cooperate with me anymore. It will let me drive for about 30 seconds at a time. And then it waits until the car is shut off and restarted before it will work again. Since it would lengthen my commute time considerably to drive in that manner, I bought a replacement car while I decided whether to put more money into the Regal.
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Run Facing Traffic

I have mentioned this topic before (in my PSA about pedestrians and traffic), but another incident happened so I feel like writing about it again.

The main argument for having pedestrians travel in the opposite direction of traffic (i.e. facing oncoming cars instead of going with them) is for situational awareness – being able to see the nearest danger.

But this time I was driving instead of running and realized another reason for it – it’s better for drivers too.

In this case, I was driving up a hill on a dirt road. The jogger was on my side of the road, going the same direction. Being a conscientious driver, I was going to move into the other lane to go around her. But this was a dirt road, which is about 1.75 lanes wide. So if I swerved at all to go around her, I would be in the other lane. Directly and completely facing oncoming traffic.

And that was the problem. Because we were near the top of a hill. So I couldn’t see if there was oncoming traffic. Anyone who has read Bill Peet books (specifically Jennifer and Josephine) will know that one of the worst things to do just before the top of a hill is to swerve into the other lane. So I idled along behind the jogger until we crested the hill and I could see that there was no oncoming traffic.

What was the problem? Her presence in my lane unnecessarily delayed me.

If she had been in the other lane, like she was supposed to, then I could have travelled at a decent speed (faster than the 4 mph that I did while trailing her) without bothering her. It would cost her nothing to be in that lane instead of this. She would be safer from traffic. And she could have gone jogging without wondering why some car is following her very slowly.

Do not go out into the field
And do not walk on the road,
For the enemy has a sword,
Terror is on every side.

Jeremiah 6:25

Let’s Get Ready to

Here are a few images of Michael Buffer plus something other than boxing.

You may not know the name Michael Buffer (I didn’t either, before I started this), but you probably would recognize him. He’s the “Let’s get ready to rrrrumble” boxing announcer guy. And if you’re not a fan of boxing, you may have seen him in a car insurance commercial.

I thought about setting this up as a quiz, with the final word omitted until you got through them all, but I decided not to spend that much time on this, so you are on the honor system to scroll slowly and try to guess what these people or things are getting ready to do.

Ready?
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