We were having some strange weather today where our early morning was so heavy with moisture that it was creating a very fine mist on my windshield, and then later more rain arrived which gave us even more precipitation of which we were in great need.

My first hours were spent preparing, and then packaging up a birthday gift for one of my relatives which was long over-due being sent. Since I wanted it to arrive in a reasonable time frame, I took it over to FedEx near the airport and sent it on its way.

Things have even changed with FedEx where in the past I would fill out a form and pay for it with either cash or check. Not so in these times because I was informed this morning that if I didn’t have an account with them, I was to give them one form of ID and pay by debit or credit card. As much as I don’t like paying in such a fashion, I was glad I didn’t have to stand there and fill out a form which made for a quick in and out. Another interesting change was that they insisted customers wear a face mask when entering, and only one person in that receiving area at a time which confirms my belief that even after a vaccine is created and given, but going forward in time, the ways in which our world will be doing business, will be markedly different. With FedEx’s changes, I’m sure it’ll make their business model more computerized than ever before. What are all their workers going to be doing when driverless deliveries are the norm?

For years I’ve feared for many who’ve considered their jobs being “for life” ones, but as we’re now seeing, even the most rock-solid are giving way to more computers and fewer humans. Look at what Alliant Energy has been doing with their meter readers and other support staff. I don’t even want to think how many of their workers have been permanently laid off due to our ever-evolving computerization. You do know your meters can be turned off and on at their offices in Wisconsin, and even the monthly readings are being done remotely. Our City water meters are similar to where there are no longer real people stopping by our homes every month to take usage readings.

My biggest concern is that some evil-minded totalitarian government is going to hack into the mainframe computers managing our infrastructures and hold us hostage by threatening to dis-able our life-line services, and likely do it during the dead of winter. In the old days we could live without electricity as long as our manual gas-fired furnaces were working, but unfortunately in these times, nearly everything that’s gas fired, has electric-start mechanisms. Even the newer gas stoves have electric pilot lights, so nearly everyone couldn’t even turn on their ovens during an electrical outage. It’s no wonder more people with “coin” are purchasing gas-fired generators for their homes, just in case that “what if” becomes a reality. Computers should only be tools, but never placed in positions where they’re forced to help evil empires to take control of our lives.

Since I didn’t have any out-of-office appointments today, I worked on files along with sending emails and placing follow-up phone calls. With my afternoon fully open, I changed my clothes and went to work at giving the interior of my office a deep cleaning. Please don’t think me frugal to the point of not wanting to hire someone to clean, because I must admit that the few times I’ve hired someone to clean, I found myself going back over it after they’d left. I’ll never understand why people don’t consider baseboards part of a good cleaning, and believe me, I’d just recently seen some pretty disgusting baseboards that were caked on with dust and animal hair. Such sights make me wish I could erase and re-boot from my memory.

While cleaning my front office, I decided to do some re-arranging of furniture to were it now has a more streamlined appearance. For sure I’m going to have to do some additional “gifting” of things to those who’d take and enjoy some of the pieces I have at my office. There happens to be one item having a long history to it, but unfortunately there aren’t any members of that family still living. It was given to me over 20 years ago by an aged client who was going to leave it in her basement, and since the buyers didn’t want it, I asked if I could have it instead. She gladly gave the nod just to be rid of “That old thing.” After many hours of work stripping the paint off of it, it has graced my office all the years since. I’m definitely not like my customer who’s into re-purposing, but more of the tribe who diligently work at bringing pieces back to their original beauty. Now keep in mind, I’m not into perfection to where an old cabinet can’t have a scratch or burn mark, because it then possesses a singular character to where it’s not exactly like another. Sounds like the human race doesn’t it?

Being up at the front of my office washing all the interior sides of my windows facing the street, I couldn’t help noticing all the many passersby. Oh my goodness! This pandemic has really created some noticeably abdominous young, and especially those in their teens and younger girls. Now don’t get me wrong because I’m not a “fatties” hater, but seeing so many of our young being 30, 40 and more pounds overweight, that’s a recipe for juvenile diabetes along with all those other physical issues we’d normally find with our elderly. For years I’ve shared the fact that my old family’s DNA has always been on the stout side, but not to the point we’re now seeing. In those days the women would be noticeably buxom and/or zaftig, while the men would be muscular, big-boned and barrel-chested. Don’t look at me because my over-all appearance tripped back three generations while I’m still wondering if that was a good thing or bad.

Tonight’s photo is one I took of two fresh tomatoes off the heritage plants I purchased at a discount named “Black Prince”, which are considered of gourmet quality, and don’t think they weren’t ripe because that’s what they look like when ready to pick. Yummy.

Tonight’s one-liner is: We oft times forget our pleasures, but near always remember our sufferings.

Joe Chodur

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