Thursday, March 1, 2018

The curse of being famous

The last couple of months have been non-optimal. A family member is quite ill -- I'll not get into details -- but it's been a tough row to hoe for a while. Tough in the ways you might expect but also even tougher in ways you might not expect. One bit of fallout is that I've bailed out of nearly all of the rest of the world. I've barely touched the interwebs for months now -- not even to peruse the peruvian porn sites -- and on balance I think I'm healthier for it. I may write about this period in detail at some point, but today isn't that point.

No, today is the day to write about the curse of being famous. Which is actually no curse at all in my case. Rather, it's a blessing.

This morning I rolled into the cornvenience where I've been working the night shift this winter. I wanted a cup of coffee and also wanted to see how the new(ish) manager is getting along. Again, I'll not go into detail, but she's really had a non-optimal experience since she got here just before Thanksgiving. She's got a metric shit-ton of grit and determination though, and I really admire that. A real champion of suck it up and drive on. I'm pulling for her and try to do as much as I can to provide support. Mostly just by doing the best job I can. I'm not in management and I don't want to be (will not be) in management, but I can be the guy who can be relied on to suit up, show up, and do it right. It's not much, but it's what I got.

Anyway, I roll in for a cup of joe and a brief confab and the manager says, "Hey, I'm supposed to tell you to get your ass back to work on your blog!"

Made for a big bright spot in my day, it did.

And gave me some marching orders, which I will do my best to comply with.

BTW, did I mention it's winter? Last week we went from 65 degrees at 3 p.m. to minus 16 degrees at midnight with five inches of snow. Yep, that's the winter I know and love.

Bonus footage of a big koyote kegger:


  1. A man's got to do what a man's got to do.

    That having been said...I've always enjoyed reading your posts.

  2. Welcome back! You have been missed, and I was starting to worry about you.
    Sick family, however are absolutely the top priority. Do what you can, and cherish the good times and life will go on.
    Your manager is lucky to have you working there! And your readers are lucky to have her putting you back in touch. Brevity and infrequent posting will be forgiven, we know you got other things going on. We will pray for you and yours anyway.
    John Blackshoe

    1. Thanks John. I appreciate the kind words and sage advice.

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    1. In a hundred years people won't remember or care about any of this stuff.

  4. Welcome back. So, I've been checking your site most every day and I miss the one day that you return.

    Oh well. Yes, family comes first. The rest of us can wait until you have the time for us. However, I ( and others ) start to worry when there is a long silence. Know that you have friends in many places, and if there is anything that I can do to help, don't hesitate to let me know.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

  5. Welcome back brother. While I have missed your posts, I also know that when life calls, you have to suit up and deal with it.

    Write what you can, when you can, we're here for you.

  6. I've been hitting your susi meter too. Good to see you're checking in.

  7. I am glad you are back! I was starting to worry!