Whenever Someone has Taken You

Without a doubt, I certainly put in a grueling twelve hour day today, and by time I made it home, I could definitely tell I was more than slap-happy, and since I had one “yell” of a time finding where I was supposed to go and vote, I was all the more in rare form by the time I got to the correct polling place. For sure those people helping with the votes are certainly going to remember me in more ways than one, and what made it all the worse, was my knowing one of them who was keen on getting the scoop on the happenings in our district since we last spoke, as well as my hearing some startling news.

Now if anyone who’s not voted and complaining about who did or didn’t get elected, then it’s all on them because if they’re not willing to get themselves registered and vote their consciences, then I really don’t want to hear about it. The reason I made sure to vote today, were those hotly contested seats on our school board and the one seat on our City Council. With the way in which things are being rubber-stamped by those who’ve been in those positions too long, I won’t be surprised if there’ll be some upsets.

It was another day of running from one appointment to another, and by the time my over-due lunch hour arrived which happened to be past 1:00 p.m., I’d met with two clients at their homes, opened one of my listings up for a plumber to replace a water heater which I actually helped carry the new one down to the basement, and then the old one out.

Without a doubt, my hour spent with that plumber ended up being the highlight of my day. Since he’s completely filterless with his political and social opinions, I couldn’t help adding a few of my own observations. I’m sure if you would happen to meet him on the street, you’d think he was a common fellow who managed to skate thru life without a care in the world, but once you’d get to know him, you’d find him in possession of a many hard truths which most wouldn’t dare comment on. Every time he’s at my office with a bill in hand, I continue to thank him profusely along with insisting he’s an officer and a gentleman. We both admitted having lost business these recent years because of our personal beliefs regarding the direction our Country is moving, which has been a confirmation that our society is growing all the more tribal.

A young man was at my office today who’s genuinely one of the most kind, thoughtful and caring I’ve met in a long time. Somehow he got on the subject of his workmates who get screaming loud whenever venting their thoughts about what needs to be done to make America great again. I blessed him for sticking up for himself when he said every time they start their saber-rattling, he shuts them down by saying, “I don’t want to listen to any of it.” Before he walked out I said, “Such mindsets of yours need to be cloned and transplanted into the skulls of such maniacs.” After he left, I began recalling the times I had to stop such people by insisting, “I don’t want to hear anymore about it!” Thus far it’s worked, so if that’s what it’s going to take going forward, then so be it.

I’m ever-glad I wore layered togs today because when standing in the shade with that biting north wind blowing, I would’ve been chilled to the bone if I hadn’t. I did have a bit of a close call in getting sick late yesterday, and only because I wasn’t dressed heavy enough when I was outdoors washing those hulled walnuts off before they were sent to dry. About 10 minutes before I was finished, I could feel the chill creeping into my fingers, toes and even my lungs. It took me a good while to get warmed up, and thankfully I didn’t wake up with a sore throat this morning which is always the beginnings of a common cold.

When looking at the weather today, I was glad to see we’re supposed to be heading into a warming trend beginning tomorrow night. If that be the case, I’ll be yell-bent on getting some additional outside work done, and now that the leaves are rapidly falling, there’ll be even more yard clean-up. Most people bag their leaves and set them at their curbsides, but I prefer composting or mulching. One of these days I’m going to invest in a heavy-duty compost drum which will be a great food source for my garden.

After a good conversation with a seller today, it looks like I’ll be getting a new listing next week, and only if he doesn’t change his mind again. I’m confident it’ll sell quickly as long as it’s priced right because it’s got the location, square-footage and quality of construction you normally don’t find in the under 100K price range. I’ve got someone slightly interested in it, but I’m not holding my breath because if it’s not him, it’ll be someone else.

While waiting for another appointment to arrive this afternoon, I plopped myself down at the piano and ran thru the hymns I received in an email today for next Sunday’s Service over at St. Paul Lutheran. Of course there were two I’d not played before which will take some extra practicing before I can go public. From what I heard, there’ll be a visiting Pastor from the Twin Cities area which will be interesting.

On my home, I stopped at a groceteria to pick up a few things, and while heading in from the parking lot, I happened to notice the “rear-end” of someone out of my past walking in, so I slowed down and waited long enough to where I wouldn’t run into him. Because I knew exactly what I wanted and which aisles they were in, I didn’t see even a shadow of him while there which was just fine by me. As I’ve said before, whenever someone has taken you too far and you’ve closed the door, it’s best to never return because if you do, it’s right back to the same old shite, and oft times even worse.

Tonight’s One-liner is: Remember that life’s big changes rarely give advance warning.

Joe Chodur

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