🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩
Hoops at Twain’s House 🏀
Lunch With The Big Bosslady 🥪
Breaking Up Is Efficient 💔
After a long week of work, I traveled north this evening with Boy The Younger for his second hoops game of the season. I missed the first because of an early start time, but this one was a 7 p.m. tilt in Hannibal, the hometown of Mark Twain, an author whose snark I wholeheartedly endorse.
This is the first season in a while I’m not coaching. It was an extremely hard decision, but after the 12 months I just had — from Covid to Longhaul Covid to Host Dad to job angst, a job change and a whole lot more — a prolonged period of less responsibility and more healing is in order.
It’s a bit more relaxing to watch a team of which I’m not in charge. The boys played hard, BTY was his normal pesky defensive self and even scored a bucket on a nice corner jumper. The team won handily 41-28.
Heartwarming Dad Moment Alert: After nailing that jumper, the first thing BTY did was look over to where I was sitting and smile.
In Other Writing …
By John Agliata “Have a seat,” Mr. Polson said. And so she sat. Cheryl’s backside sunk into the chair, and the cushion expelled a humiliating whoosh of stale air. She tugged at her flowered calf-length dress to unpinch it from the too-tight sides of her seat and smoothed it over her thick legs. No chair…Keep reading
I was the “second” this morning, the witness as an employee at my company was terminated. I’m not going to say the challenge of being on the “terminating” end is worse than being the terminated — not even close. It still sucks. The dude was a nice guy. Our team’s standards are rightfully high. We’re building a squad of all-stars. Expectations are very clear and equally reasonable.
My job in that room was to say nothing and to observe, making sure I accurately captured everything that happened. I did that. It went about as well as any situation like that might. And again, it still sucks.
Let’s Learn Something Together 🤔
Breaking up is hard to do. Just ask some of the world’s largest companies. In the past few weeks, mega-conglomerates General Electric, Johnson & Johnson and Toshiba all announced they were splitting up into separate entities. The drive seems to be to lessen the drag the less-profitable parts of these businesses have on the rest.
But don’t think conglomerates are going away. Amazon started out selling books and you now can buy Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, tires and BDSM gear from them. Alphabet (AKA Google) developed driverless cars and runs that video streaming service your kid is always on. The name of the game is “Efficiency,” and it has some pretty serious consequences for those that fail to keep up.
Though not this bad as this game.
Big Bosslady and I went to a delightful place called Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate today. I’m planning a February client event in which we’re going to have a wine and chocolate tasting.
In my fight against Longhaul Covid, I’ve had to totally remake my diet. It’s been a great thing. I feel generally amazing, have lost 30 pounds and don’t really have many cravings for the foods I no longer eat. But stepping inside the store part of a chocolate factory that is actively making chocolate, well, even a guy who knows a return to his old ways will make him feel like blowing his brains out will be a challenge.
BBL and I did our thing, getting some samples to take back to the team to decide on what we’re going to offer in February, and then we went to lunch on The Hill. We enjoyed a great meal and conversation at Zia’s, eating food that I more-or-less am good to hit hard.
Our little Real Estate Team That Could is an interesting place. The Big Bossman is married to the Big Bosslady. One of our best agents is Big Bossman’s older sister. Another agent is cousins with a colleague. A few others are sisters. It makes me wonder if I’m going to find out someone I work with is a long-lost niece or something.
All this familial interplay makes for some interesting dynamics, but somehow it is far-and-away the most well-adjusted, functional team I’ve ever been on.
The ‘What Did You Say?’ of the Day
High Five ✋
Today’s official endorsement goes to the aforementioned Zia’s on The Hill. For the uninitiated, The Hill is an Italian neighborhood in St. Louis and the home of actually authentic Italian food (and childhood home of Yogi Berra). When I left NY for Iowa for college, I was clueless as to the fact that great Italian restaurants and delis don’t exist everywhere in the country. As Wifey Poo and I have gone on our nomadic wanderings thanks to my jobs and some questionable decisions, we’ve managed to find at least a passable Italian place at almost every stop. Having The Hill 45 minutes away is a true gift. Zia’s is one of its treasures.
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- Boy The Younger has a season-ending cross country awards picnic tomorrow. Outside. In November. In Missouri. 🥶🥶🥶
- Gotta make my health insurance choices for next year!
- My home office.
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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