No Buddy and Barney for me (4/27/2022)
Years ago my wife and I lived in Tombstone Arizona for about 6 months. As you probably know this little town is of historical significance, after all, who hasn’t heard of the famous gunfight that took place there.
Now it is a major tourist attraction, people from around the globe come to check out the OK Corral, the Birdcage Theatre, the cafés, and gift shops.
One of the attractions is a ride in a replica of an 1800’s stagecoach. It takes you past the most important places with narration of the driver. The introduction just before departure always was, and may be still is, exactly the same including the introduction of the horses: “On my left-hand side is Buddy, and on my right-hand side is Barney.” One day he had two different horses, and he still referred to them as Buddy and Barney. He corrected his mistake, but it showed how he was used to those same opening sentences.
Wait till I get there (4/25/2022)
The man on the phone sounded very impatient while he explained the situation to me.
“My father-in-law is moving into an assisted living facility,” he explained. “And I have to clear out his house. He is an old cantankerous and contrary person, and I’m sick and tired of the whole thing already. You can come over if you want and see if there’s something you can put in one of your auctions. But you have to be here soon because there is a dumpster on the way and I’m liable to throw just everything in it and be done with it.”
I quickly assured him that he should hold off and I would be there as fast as I could. I grabbed my jacket and headed out the door. The project I was working on could wait.
When I arrived half an hour later the dumpster was already there, right at the front door. A designer glass punch bowl set was in thousand pieces on the bottom of it. In good condition it would have been worth about $250.
Shop Frustration I (4/22/2022)
From the days when I was trucking.
What do truckers like to do best? The obvious answer: they like to drive. After all, that’s how they make their money.
And what do they dislike most? I’m sure you will get different answers from different drivers. A likely answer would be unnecessary waiting. Sure, they are used to spend time waiting, waiting for a load, waiting at the dock, waiting in traffic.
There are many scenarios where a trucker can do nothing else but wait. As far as I’m concerned, I can deal with waiting, over the years I have learned to be patient.
It’s a whole different story when I have to wait for no apparent good reason, and it gets even worse when it happens at a facility owned by the company I work for. I always get somewhat scared when I have to take my truck or trailer to shop, especially in the middle of a run.
Don't yell at me (4/20/2022)
For some time, we lived in an apartment complex with a small playground nearby. Usually, kids are fairly loud when they are playing, but you cannot hold that against them. At that age it is a natural thing and I remember doing my share of screaming when I was that young.
What got to me though was that some of the parents could not be bothered to walk to the park and pick up their kids when it was time for them to come home. Instead, they yelled on top of their lungs from their doorstep, hoping it would be loud enough to attract attention.And then the kids started screaming even louder in response and a shouting match had started, much to the dismay of those who like some degree of quietness.
I believe a situation like that shows a severe lack of class and common sense. It is often unnecessary; people can communicate in a normal tone of voice if they just would take a few seconds and physically approach each other.
Signs of age? I don't think so; I had the same dislike when I was in my twenties. I usually don't respond either if someone tries to get my attention from a distance. If you want to talk to me, you have to come close enough so we can have a conversation without disturbing the peace in the neighborhood.