A New Old World – Sept. 13, 2021

Today was a work-from-home day, filled with the excitement of having my new office location set up. Well, sort of set up. For the past month, I have been relegated to the basement because what is to be my Mancave was jam-packed with the detritus from New Home’s previous occupants, my in-laws. But over the weekend, I finalized my conquest of this new land. Except it’s hardly new. I realized this afternoon that I’m working two feet from where I slept as an 18-year-old when I came back with my new girlfriend for spring break. Funny how life works out.

Old Home Sale Update

Closing date on Old Home is still set for Sept. 27. We’re at that point where the buyers would like the sellers to do some repairs their inspector deemed necessary, and they’re not being unreasonable. I floated them an offer on a credit at closing. Evidently, they’d like something much higher. We’ll see where we land. I don’t mind negotiating with reasonable people.

The ‘Don’t Blame Me, I Didn’t Say It’ of the Day

‘Throughout the mission, the Guard will comply with all health and safety measures.’

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

And what exactly is this mission to which the National Guard has been called? To drive the short bus.

Saying “the safe and reliable transportation to school each day is critical to our children’s safety and education,” the governor called up 250 troops to drive 10-passenger buses to get kids to school.

The use of trained military personnel to drive the short bus is definitely an intriguing concept. I’m a veteran of the school bus wars myself, and let me tell you, that war is, indeed, hell.

Monday Blues

Today was just blah. I don’t know exactly why that is. I’m gonna chalk it up to a case of the Mondays and try again tomorrow.

Today’s Reasons to Keep Living

  1. To have more time to revel in my conquest of my new WFH office/Mancave/Zen Garden of Peace.
  2. Amazon gift list. If you’re wondering what some things are that John would really, really like… wonder no longer!
  3. When you’re trying to attach a hose to a faucet and it finally “catches” and begins to actually attach.

More From ‘A Puzzle Known As Life’

Off — Dec. 6, 2021

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Detached 💭Intentions for a New Year 📆Red is Deadly 😷 Today sucked. The problem is, I don’t really know what the hell happened. I woke up just after 6, later than I have been recently, and I felt so significantly off that I truly don’t remember much of the first 45Continue reading “Off — Dec. 6, 2021”

Boy The Singer, Nov. 23, 2021

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Self-Teaching 👨‍🏫Beer Flood 🍺🌊Space Mission 🚀 When I left the newspaper industry in 2009, I knew how to write, take decent photos, design pages and copy edit. I landed a job in which the mandate was, “Go make our communications program better,” something I’d assured those who interviewed me I knewContinue reading “Boy The Singer, Nov. 23, 2021”

Big Buck — Nov. 14, 2021

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Oh Deer 🦌The Thought Gap 🧠Unplugged 🔌 I was sitting in my as-yet-to-be-named home office this morning when this big boy ☝️☝️☝️ walked out of the woods into my yard. It’s the opening day of deer season in Missourah, a day of significance for many local inhabitants on par with theirContinue reading “Big Buck — Nov. 14, 2021”

Sloth Talk — Nov. 8, 2021

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩What Makes a Sloth a Sloth? 🦥Launch Day is Nigh 🚀Talkin’ Free Speech 🎙️ I find myself going down some interesting rabbit holes lately. For example, tonight I wondered why exactly sloths are so slow and how exactly such a creature could survive in a survival-of-the-fittest world, especially when they liveContinue reading “Sloth Talk — Nov. 8, 2021”

Punk! — Nov. 5, 2021

🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Wrasslin’ 🤼‍♂️Wifey Poo 🦶Costco 🛒 Boy The Younger and I found ourselves this evening in the most difficult-to-spell-without-looking-it-up building in the Midwest, Chaifetz Arena, home of the Midwest’s most-weirdly named college basketball team, the St. Louis University Billikens. But we weren’t there for hoops. We were there to watch the oddContinue reading “Punk! — Nov. 5, 2021”

Work Drinkin’ – Sept. 3, 2021

I’ll Drink to That Since my departure from newspapers in 2009, I’ve worked for very conservative not-for-profit organizations. An electric cooperative. A Lutheran benefits provider. A pediatric orthopedic hospital. None ever encouraged me to post photos on our social media of employees drinking during the workday. But that happened to me today following our champagne-tastingContinue reading “Work Drinkin’ – Sept. 3, 2021”

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