Boxing Day

I’m hoping that after all of you awakened this morning, you took a few moments to look back on the happenings of yesterday, and then smiled to yourselves knowing everything went better than planned.  I personally had a good Christmas because it afforded me time for rest and reflection which I believe we all should schedule for ourselves on a regular basis.

Part of my morning was set aside to meet with a seller and go over a “to do” list, but at the last minute, I received a text saying today wasn’t going to work, so I had to fill that gap of time with letter writing and bill paying.

Several of my well knowns dropped off belated Christmas gifts as well as taking time to catch up on recent events.  It’s amazing how quickly the days pass when we think we’ve spoken with someone only weeks ago, then later finding it’s been months, which is another confirmation of how we all the more create our own little ruts which cause us forget about the real passing of time.

I had to open up a house for someone this morning who was from Des Moines and not the most pleasant of chaps.  If he’d not been so rude, I would’ve asked him where he managed to get such a thick Southern accent.  There were a few times I had to ask him to repeat himself because I didn’t understand what he was saying.

While he was walking around, I couldn’t help having a wicked thought when seeing how stout he was, because whenever he was standing sideways, his protruding stomach looked all the bigger.  I kept thinking he must’ve lived somewhere in the Deep South where they serve biscuits and gravy for breakfast every morning just because read an article some years ago where that form of breakfast was more sooner than later a heart stopper for many due to the number of calories contained in a single serving.

After I locked up and walked back to my car, I couldn’t help but think how crabby he was along with why anyone in public would act like that.  For sure I’d not given him any reason to be that way, so I guess he’s one of those who’s living a miserable life which then gives him license to extend his bitterness towards everyone he comes into contact with.

When looking at my calendar today, I was reminded it was Boxing Day which is celebrated in Great Britain.  Most don’t realize there’s another name for the day after Christmas which is celebrated by all the more European countries, and that being St. Stephen’s Day.  Some of them consider the 26th to be their 2nd Christmas because the 25th is for religious celebration, and the 26th for all the more joyous non-religious social events.

It’s a bit curious when reading how different traditions were started, and then the way in which they evolved into what they are today.  Of course Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Orient have much older written histories than North America, so perhaps some time in the far-off future, there’ll be other celebrated traditions that haven’t yet been created.  It would be nice if our Government would dub the 26th as another Holiday of sorts, just so to afford us one more day to get ourselves back into the groove of the next day being a real work day.

When I stopped at the grocery store this afternoon, I could see there weren’t many people shopping which didn’t surprise me.  Can you imagine all the left-overs that people have in their refrigerators right now?  In years gone by, there’d be enough to last for at least two days after a big Christmas dinner.

Late this afternoon I had a second showing of a home to a young couple that looked at it last week.  They seemed even more interested in it as we were walking out, and I believe they’ve also now got their parents blessing on it.  I did remind them that they’ll have to get an approval letter from whatever bank they’re working with.  It sounded like they’ll be making inquiry with one tomorrow.

I’m hoping the temperatures are going to stay above freezing now that we’re getting rain mixed with snow.  I still can’t believe we’re supposed to get up to two inches of rain this week.  Thank goodness it’s rain instead of snow because that would translate into a heck of a snowstorm.

Once again I was reminded today how the “cloud” computers are creating all the more un-necessary problems for homeowners.  I discovered that an insurance company erroneously told a buyer that a certain home had over $25,000 of hail damage earlier this year, when in fact it didn’t, and the owner’s insurance company confirmed that to be a hard fact.

Irregardless what people think, there are far too many in our country who’re heavily relying on false information that’s being generated by computers. We all know about “fake news”, but let’s now bring ourselves up to speed with “fake facts”.  I’m sure someone likely entered one digit wrong in an address inquiry which then created a subsequent uproar with those buyers.  We must always remember that when working with computers, “When garbage goes in, there’ll be garbage coming out.”

Tonight’s one-liner is:  Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.

Joe Chodur

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  • Mary Harrington says:

    Hi Joe,
    I hope it’s not too late to wish you a Merry Christmas – at least Happy Boxing Day! I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful, kind gesture you did for Agnes – popping her some corn the way she likes it. She was very happy to have “the real thing.” I agree that gifts like that mean so much to people.

    Also, I really loved the photo you took of the Cardinal the other day. What a beautiful bird!

    We’re slowly getting “settled in” – I think sometimes one has to live in house for at least 30 days to figure out everything and how it will work, what colors to have, etc. I’ve met a couple of neighbors which is nice.

    Just wanted to wish you Christmas greetings and a most happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.