Saturday, October 26, 2019


Yesterday I got hammered.

And no, not the fun kind of hammered.

Though truth be known, it's been well over 20 years since I've had a good time overindulging with adult beverages. And as I recall, it wasn't much fun back then.

So I'll have to say I prefer the alternative of getting hammered with unanticipated work.

There was a water tank to patch,
fence to mend, a metal roll-off to haul away, an ancient pickup truck to send to the bone yard, newly-fallen limbs to shift,
and the list goes on. Fix a broken chicken light timer,
check on the demousification of Mom's car,

yada, yada, yada.

It was one of those days when my fitness watch, which is somehow cleverly connected to my brain phone and vibrates on my wrist like mad every time I get a text or call, was buzzing like an angry rattlesnake every few minutes.

It's kind of strange, frightening, and weird all at once, that symbiosis between brain phone, watch, and human.

There I was, deep in the bowels of the Bobcat, in the midst of changing oil. I'm actually underneath the thing, trying to turn the oil filter off, half-covered in hot, used motor oil, when the watch vibrates. I glance at the watch face, see the gist of the message and know I should respond immediately, so from under the bobcat I'm suddenly turning a filter wrench with one hand and texting through an only partially oily rag with the other. And it worked! So I'm proud of myself on the one hand, but fear for my soul on the other. The Zeitgeist of 2019 is nothing like I anticipated.

Possibly it's needless to say, but I did exactly zero writing yesterday. And today doesn't look much better, though we'll see. The weather guessers predict arrival of a horrific thing called a snow storm later in the day, so I'll be rather busy finally completing put-off preparations.

Still and all, some of you will perhaps get my message in an electronic bottle and know I'm thinking of you and hope you are all well.


  1. Dang, it's almost Millennial you are in your tech-savvy!

    Technology is good in many cases, knowing how (and when) to use it even more so.

    Hammered with work, it's safer than hammered at work. Not that I'd know anything about that...

    1. It's kinda neat and kinda scary, this newfangled technology stuff.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Sarge!

  2. Another fascinating post. What Chris wrote, me too ( the first line ). With your life, you don't have time for boredom to set in. Y'all stay warm in that snow storm and all of the rest of them to come, you hear.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

  3. I'm certainly blessed, because I'm also certainly wired to be a lazy bum. We'll do our best with the keeping warm through the winter experience.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting Paul!

  4. What kind of old pickup. I always feel sad for old trucks being scrapped. Trucks are such faithful workbeasts.

    1. It was (still is I suppose) a 1997 Dodge Dakota. So not really ancient, eh? Don't feel bad, it went to the rfd for extrication and vehicle fire practice. All in all it was a great combination of worthless and piece of shit.

  5. Well, it WAS a Dodge. I have no faith in Chrysler products, post 1970, when they decided they wanted to be the "Bad Boy " car company, and started to sell image, rather than substance. I shall stick with Rangers, F-150s, K1500s, and with any luck, maybe another '47 IH KB-1!

    1. Speaking of, in the middle of a ranch cleanup and looking to divest the place of olden vehicles so if you know of anyone wanting a KB-1 or a '47 ford pickup they'd be free to a good home. Point 'em in this direction.

  6. Glad I don't have one of those watches. My brain can barely handle my laptop, kindle, and i phone...

    1. Ha-ha-ah! Yeah, this newfangled stuff makes the ol' brain strain sometimes.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!