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I greeted the Halloween morning sunrise while taking every last thing out of the garage of my little country home and putting it in one of four sections on the driveway:
- Stuff to throw away.
- Stuff to give to Wifey Poo to try to sell on Facebook Marketplace because I refuse to deal with any of the indecisive whackos who lurk there and offer me $1.50 for a tortilla maker I list at $2 and then not show up to get it anyway. .
- Stuff to move to the cellar — the unfinished part of our basement.
- Stuff to put back in the garage once it’s all cleaned out.
The garage was a go-to place for “just put that anywhere” when we moved here in August, so there was a menagerie of crap in there. There also were a lot of memories, like a taxidermied mount of a large mouth bass I caught in 1981 while fishing with my dad (I was 6!). That wasn’t even the oldest thing of mine. That title goes to the red Radio Flyer wagon I received as a fifth birthday present from my Aunt Nanette (I called her then and I call her now “Aunt Ne,” pronounced “knee,’ because, evidently her given name was too hard for me to say when I was little). My parents had refurbished it for Boy The Elder when he was just Boy and able to careen down hills in it as I had. A fresh coat of paint. New lettering. That kinda stuff.
But now it’s just taking up space. Boy The Younger is well past wagon-riding stage, and I hope I’m a good number of years away from grandparenthood. Besides, I wouldn’t put my grandchild in that thing. It’s a tetanus shot waiting to happen.
By late morning, all the stuff in category No. 4 was where it belonged, and before Boy The Younger headed out for Halloween fun with friends the other categories were appropriately dealt with.
The goal was to be able to park our cars in the garage before the first frost.
I have some pretty bad nightmares. They subsided for a few years, but they’re back. Some unresolved stuff from my past that I’m pretty good at shoving away while awake seems to catch up with me while I sleep. I take it as an encouraging sign that I even have dreams. For about eight months I slept so poorly dealing with insomnia that worsened to life-altering levels in the wake of COVID. I remember only one dream from that time — one that I’m not entirely sure was a mere dream, but that’s a topic for another day.
Last night was a bad night. I don’t know if anyone else has dreams so bad that it affects them the next day. I do. And last night’s shitshow created one of those times. There’s a line in The Phantom of Opera’s “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” that popped to the surface as I pulled stuff out of the garage in the darkness… “Why can’t the past just die?”
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A friend of mine whose divorce became final a few months ago after an extremely tumultuous few years to end the marriage made a new relationship “Facebook official” earlier this week. A year or so ago, a different friend announced her divorce on the Zuckerbergian tool, putting her ex on blast to let people know she was, indeed, free of him after he cheated on her.
I hate so, so much about Facebook. I mean hate. And I am very judicious with my hate. I hate how they masquerade as being all about connecting people when they have done more to divide humanity than any other entity in modern history outside of religion. I hate how they blatantly lie about their privacy practices and get hit by the government with fines in the billions, only to see their stock price go up. And I hate how little snippets of our lives like relationships beginning or ending are in some way linked to what we post there.
I don’t know if it’s a good or a bad thing that we post intimate details of our life there. I know I value those who are willing to post the bad and the ugly along with the good. But my gut reaction is to say that lambasting your former husband for his indiscretions is … icky? Then again, so are his indiscretions.
I rely on Facebook for a lot of things. For starters, it’s a big part of my job. I also learn about interesting events and other things to do. I find articles to read that make me more informed and smarter. I use it to spread the word about my writing.
But I can’t help but wondering if life might be better for me — for all of us — if it just kinda … went away.
The ‘What Did You Say?’ of the Day?
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- The garage is clean, and the new garage door remote I ordered from Amazon will be here tomorrow, so I’ll actually be able to park my car inside!
- Fall is just gorgeous and I”m stickin’ around as long as it’s here.
- Living in the country affords me the ability to pee outside rather than make that oh-so-long walk to the bathroom. All dudes relish this freedom.
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Stages of Life Over the years, I’ve found tremendous comfort in the stability of my in-law family, especially with my sisters-in-law and, as time has progressed, their husbands. My own family is pocked by constant drama. It took me a long time to recognize exactly how not-typical my own family is and to realize that…Keep reading
Wakey Wakey My day started off with a bag-full of my blood being drained, filled with ozone and then dripped back into my while I listened to a cancer patient banter about QAnon insanity as if it were gospel with the nurse in charge of my treatment. How was your morning? So Long, Sonny Boy…Keep reading
Interesting Things You Say to Your Spouse “Please don’t get killed by anyone using a sharp object. I don’t want to go to prison for the rest of my life.” This sentence that I said to Wifey-Poo this morning makes sense if you have a spouse who loves murder podcasts and TV shows. My hands…Keep reading
Welcome to the World of Real Estate Starting a new job today was a welcome relief from the drudgery of moving. After getting my ass kicked yesterday in the Great Fridge Swap, I welcomed the opportunity to use my brain instead of whatever physical power I might have left. This is the first time I’m…Keep reading
Perspective Matters I don’t know exactly when I learned it or from whom, but I’ve held “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” as a Truth-capital-T for a long, long time. Today I learned it’s a matter of perspective. Yesterday, I bragged about how I have become Mr. Fix-It. Today, the God of Home Improvement (Tim Allen?) smacked me in…Keep reading
Begone, Cabinet! There was a time not long ago when I had zero self-confidence with home repair or renovation projects. It seemed as if every time I tried something, I made the situation worse and often a lot worse. This runs counter to my DNA, as my father is constantly tinkering with things and fixing…Keep reading
Moving Is Fun … … when someone else does it. At just before 9 a.m., movers from Two Men and a Truck arrived at our Wentzville house. There were four men. Within three hours, they’d loaded up all the crap we had boxed and the furniture and other assorted LifeJunk we’ve accumulated through the years.…Keep reading
He Got the Shot I took Boy the Younger to get his first COVID vaccine today. He’s 12. I consider this the socially responsible thing to do, and, after struggling for months now with Longhaul COVID, I’m really not all that open to hearing the other side of the vaccine debate. I’ve made up my…Keep reading