Evil Minds Standing At Every Street Corner

As I suspected, there was plenty of shoveling to do today, but thankfully we didn’t get as much as I feared. With that cold wind blowing so hard, I got my first dose of freezing fingers and toes while out shoveling. It wasn’t so bad while working at it out of the wind’s reach, but each time I was out in the open, that’s when it started biting again. At least I did get everything shoveled, so I’m good to go until another snowstorm hits. I had to smile while driving past Hardee’s at 6:15 a.m. and seeing at least ten pickup trucks with snow blades mounted on the front parked outside. They all must’ve been taking a break from pushing snow earlier. Yes, many of them do start very early.

Not much in the world of real estate was happening today, so I busied myself with a variety of things throughout the day, and my first duty was to get over to the bank and get some cash drawn out for a very select few, which I inserted in Christmas cards and then mailed. As far as gifting is concerned, I’m pretty much done with everyone else except a group of people I’ll be personally delivering gift bags later next week. It’s now become an annual event for me which I find fulfilling.

While out, I made a point to drop off another Christmas card with cash, to a person who always goes above and beyond whenever I need something done. While there, we had a nice chat about how evil-spirited some family members can be with one another, which in turn create hurt feeling and long-lasting discord. We both had to laugh when agreeing that as we get older, we finally come to the realization that we’ve been unknowingly walking into spider webs others had purposely created for us, but finally we wake up and realize the webs have been there all along, and subsequently left with the big jobs of getting them removed. Yes, we all know how difficult it is to get spider webs off our faces, hair and clothing. Gosh it was good having that belly-laughing session.

Since I was out, I stopped to take another peek at the project house which will hopefully be coming on the market soon. In spite of there being many hold-ups and extra repairs to be made, there’s no question it’ll be an eye-opener for even the most discriminative of buyers. I also absolutely love its location.

After I had a quick lunch, I went on the attack of getting the wooden floors in my office scrubbed, and since I’d already spit-shined its half bath, I figured today was just about as good a time as any. After they were dry, I stood back and marveled at how well they’ve held up for over a decade, and especially knowing how much foot traffic they’ve had to endure. Yes, that was a good decision to spend the extra time in refinishing them. To this day, I still get compliments on their beauty.

Once the floors were done, I decided today was the day when I’d get that thick stack of hymns alphabetized which I’ve been playing over at St. Paul Lutheran. Oh my goodness, after two hours of shorting, I suddenly realized how many hymns I’d learned to play which I never even knew existed until I agreed to start playing for them. I had a passing thought to count all of them, but then decided not to because I’d rather not know. Another positive about learning all of them, is having discovered my sight-reading skills have improved, along with getting more comfortable playing the more difficult key signatures. I used to run from the ones containing four and five flats or sharps, but not anymore because I just work a little harder at getting them learned.

While I was sorting out those hymns, I received a call on my cellphone from an out of State “reli” who must’ve thought it time to get caught up on all the recent happenings in our fair City. Since we’ve long ago thrown away our conversational “filters”, I pretty much laid bare my core opinions and feelings regarding things that should never have been said or done. We both agreed that there’ll be a comeuppance more sooner than later because a person never fully gets away with intentionally disrupting the lives of others, and only because karma remembers all. We both agreed there was another character in the shadows who was doing the prodding. Yes, there are conniving evil minds standing at every street corner of our lives, so beware. In spite of having to hash over the bad stuff, we did have a good chat, and happy the call arrived when it did.

While reading the news today, I was personally touched by the farewell speech Adam Kinzinger gave at the House of Representatives. Not only did he chastise his fellow Republicans, but also the Democrats as well. Believe it or not, I was so taken by his words, I felt it necessary to clip and paste some of what he said, so just in case you missed it, here are his words:

“Where Republicans once believed that limited government meant lower taxes and more autonomy, today limited government means inciting violence against government officials,” Kinzinger said.

“Following the tragic Oklahoma City bombing, former President George H. W. Bush publicly refuted those who used fear to gain support. In stark contrast, our leaders today belittle, and in some cases justify, attacks on the U.S. Capitol as “legitimate political discourse.” The once great party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan has turned its back on the ideals of liberty and self-governance. Instead, it has embraced lies and deceit.

“The Republican Party used to believe in a big tent, which welcomed the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Now we shelter the ignorant, the racists, who only stoke anger and hatred to those that are different than us.

“Our constituents voted us in based on our beliefs, but we cannot use our faith as a sword and a shield while ignoring the fact we are all children of God, that we are all Americans.”

I’ve been following him, and without a doubt, I believe we’ll be seeing him again.

Tonight’s One-liner is: Much learning does not teach understanding.

Joe Chodur

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