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Beard Trim 🧔🏽
Grunge Shopping 🛒
Funny Animals 🐒
When you find yourself with a straight razor poised a millimeter from your neck, you realize this is probably what was going on when the Almighty said “Be still and know that I am God.”
I found myself in this situation this morning, in Walt’s Barbershop in O’Fallon, Missourah. It was the first time in more than 15 years I’d sat in a barber’s chair. What I save yearly in haircuts as a bald man afforded me the opportunity after such a lengthy time to have a professional trim my beard and give the old noggin a shave. And I gotta tell ya, it was nice. Jaime (pronounced with a great Spanish accent) did an amazing job and, thankfully, had a steady hand with the straight razor.
I took my freshly shaved self and Boys The Elder and Younger from the barbershop to the Mecca of Bulk Food. We were quite the sight. As is the norm, I arose from slumber first this morning, did the writing and coffee thing, then got dressed. To know me is to know my preferred style is labeled in the high-fashion circles of Paris and Italy as “1990s Grunge.” My Slash T-shirt underneath a black-and-red checkered flannel seemed like a great selection for a Costco adventure.
Then I waited for my boys. Neither is what you’d call an early bird. BTE has been able to sleep through a next-door building detonation since he was six days old. BTY is entering the Teenage Land of Prolific Shut-Eye. I awoke both boys to get their happy asses moving.
When BTE emerged from his morning prep, what was he wearing but a black-and-red checkered flannel. I’m wondering just how frightened he is to know he truly is turning into his father.
Upon seeing this, of course, BTY sprinted back to his bedroom to change into one of his two-count-em-two black-and-red checkered flannels.
And thus, The Costco Plaid Mafia (CPM) was born, complete with gangland hand signs.
📚 Let’s Learn Something Together 📓🖊️
Did you know there was such a thing as the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards? There is. And it’s awesome. The contest started in 2015. This year’s winner is Ken Jensen, who is different from Jeopardy guru Ken Jennings, though I had to google that shit just to make sure I was remembering correctly. He took this picture-perfect picture of an uncomfortable monkey in Yunnan, China.
And if that didn’t brighten your day just a little bit, it’s time to start considering that you’re dead inside.
The ‘What Did You Say?’ of the Day
Awwww, how touching and sweet, right?
Wrong. No. Not even close.
Richard and Marietta are dirtbags. The couple stole millions of dollars in Covid-relief loans. After getting caught and just prior to sentencing, they took off and are now on the run, leaving their three children and this note behind.
High Five ✋
Today’s official endorsement goes to “Goodbye, Carolina,” by the Marcus King Band.
Say it takes a selfish man
To leave on out from his old hometown without saying why he’s going
But you can come take the rest of me
Early in the morning
Tell me your goodbye
Where I’m going I won’t have these reminders of what I lost
What was taken away from me
And I hope you’ll understand
I was a broken man in my own hometown
Need to find my own peace
Goddang this is a great song.
In Other Writing …
For as much as we try to complicated it with heady notions such as meaning, purpose and lasting significance, life essentially can be boiled down to two principles with roots in economics. Strip away all the not-unworthy teachings from self-help books, leadership seminars and religious institutions, and what you’ll find is that humans act as…Keep reading
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- Tomorrow is shaping up to be great. BTY, BTE, Wifey Poo and BTE’s childhood best friend, all here watching the Chiefs and eating chicken wings. Boo-freakin’-yah.
- My soft, trimmed beard.
- Fall is just beautiful.
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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