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Productive

I got up at 0600. If you’re former military, don’t start. I know, sleeping in like the Air Force. I’ll take it. I’m old and a civilian now.

I could have slept later because I wasn’t leaving until sunrise. I didn’t want to risk black ice this morning, and who knew what shape the roads were in? Turns out it wasn’t all that bad.

I passed some spots where a few trees had fallen across the road, but it looked like either the county or a local had already gone through with a chainsaw. Whoever it was good on them. We are literally all in this together out here on the edge of the county.

Yeah, the electric companies rocked it yesterday. I know there were several in-state to help out. I appreciate them doing an already dangerous job in conditions that make it that much worse.


The shop rework is coming along. I did a little something today when I got home.

I watch a lot of YouTube and other channels for instructional videos on a wide variety of things. Being able to cast to a large screen will be a plus.

Besides the fact that the TV was just sitting unused.


Adding to all of this that today went well at work. Everything fell into place just as it should. Here’s hoping tomorrow will go as smoothly.

Yeah today was productive.

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Boys Day Out

My daughter is gone on a trip with the band and since it was the boys first year he didn’t go.

We had a boys day out today. We went to get our haircuts, did some shopping, hit up Walmart and Lowes, grabbed some lunch, and took a friend along.

My daughters prized possession and favorite fella in the world, Pengu, her stuffed penguin, who she’s had since she was two.

This may have aggravated her, but I hope she knows we were thinking of her and trying to make her laugh.

We had a good day. A great day.

Then we came back home and helped mom around the house and got clothes done, cooked dinner, and then settled down to a game of CoD.

We made that Legendary status we were after tonight. He was so proud.

It has been a long day, especially for a stuffed penguin.

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Intake

I’ve been cutting my caffeine intake back for a bit.

My last cup of coffee was on Saturday morning. I pulled some Bigelow’s Green Tea out of the cupboard and have been drinking that as my morning beverage.

Green Tea is supposed to be high in antioxidants and healthy.

Lessening my caffeine intake may have made a considerable difference in my stress level this week. My shoulders are looser. I’m not as irritable.

This all makes for a better workday, at least.


I’ve been reading through Psalms each morning before going into work. It’s a good time when I’m alone in the car and can concentrate without anyone around.

I mark what speaks to me each day.

I was raised in the church and was away for a long time.

Since before we were married, we’ve both been back in. It’s all or nothing.

β€œThe wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.”
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Psalm‬ ‭9:17-20‬ ‭KJVAAE‬‬

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Inspiration and Pride

I didn’t have a usual Monday morning. No, I was ready to go today. Trying to keep my spirits up with an β€œthis what I do, this has to be done” attitude.

And then a little inspiration happened.

That is a customer receiving their online grocery pick up at Walmart in Cheraw, South Carolina.

That is not a regular associate helping her with her purchase. No, that is the store manager, Christina. She impresses me. Not only in her attitude but her willingness to do whatever needs to be done to make sure things run smoothly. Being short on help, she worked in OGP. She works the floor, and she works the parking lot as well. She could just sit in her office and tell other people to do things. You don’t see this much from a lot of managers anywhere.

She makes me proud. I do not mind being a part of her store.


I followed a customer out of the store today.

Not because they stole something or anything like that. That’s not my job. I followed a gentleman out because he looked like he was having trouble walking.

It could’ve been a back problem, but the way the wind was whipping at the bottom of his pant leg, it looked like he was a below-the-knee amputee. He was having trouble getting where he was going, though.

I watched from the sidewalk; I didn’t go out into the parking lot at first. But he did stumble a little bit, and it made me nervous. So I came off the sidewalk. And I followed him through the cars because apparently, he forgot where he parked.

I stayed just close enough to hope I could help if he did fall. But he made it to the car and got in okay, so I didn’t bother him. I walked back to the sidewalk.

I was finishing up my break, and he pulled by and looked at me and made eye contact. He nodded and smiled.

He knew I was with him, probably the whole time.

Why didn’t I go to him?

Pride. A man’s pride. It’s different for us than the ladies. It’s almost an indescribable thing. It’s not vanity. It’s not anything you can put a price on; it is priceless.

In a way, I would have hurt mine and his pride coming to his assistance. He had it. He made it happen. It was his force of will that got him where he was going.

I can’t interfere with that. But everybody needs somebody watching over them at times.


Some people think there are no new stories to tell. Maybe one of them will read this. There’s always a new story out there. Everyone is different, and their story adds a paragraph or a page every single day. Lifetimes can change in a few seconds.

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A Saturday

We slept in.

After getting rolling with a nice cup of green tea I started working around the house a bit. The wife and kids slept really late this morning. She’s still nursing a headache and going back to school is taking it out of the kids.


We got the grocery list together and spent the afternoon together (me and the wife) doing the shopping. It’s nice to be alone for awhile. It’s a rarity nowadays. Becoming a thing more often now that the kids are older.


We watched Ghostbusters: Afterlife tonight as we are dinner as a family, something else that’s a rarity lately due to so much going on with school and work.

I believe this one to be equal to the original.

Laughs, adventure, hero moments and a heavy pull on the heartstrings.

I won’t spoil it for anyone.


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That’s Not Like You

We are short on help, and that means sometimes corners get cut. I’m not too fond of that but sometimes it’s necessary.

This morning I was at my first store, and a manager asked me about the section we take care of and why it wasn’t priced. I started into the spiel about we don’t have enough time to do that; if they could get someone to price it, that would be great.

She looked disappointed and said, β€œThat’s not like you.”


I have a reputation in my stores for doing more than I have to. I do my job, and I do a little bit of somebody else’s too.

Part of my New Year’s resolution, I don’t make them, but this one’s going to stick, is that the job will be done. I will do the job correctly, and I will do it to the best of my ability.

I’ve really got to get back to basics.

I guess what it comes down to is that I got told about myself this morning.

And maybe that last feeling I have left got hurt by that.

Sometimes we lose our way and stray from the path.

But we find it again.

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Time To Go

Tomorrow begins a new year at work. I’ve had to rush through so much being by myself with occasional help (no slight to the boss, he has been excellent.)

I think it’s time to slow down. It’s going to require me to work a few more hours but doing these jobs we’re being paid to do, it isn’t right to rush and possibly short any customer.

So, time to downshift. Pump the brakes. Do the job because that’s what I’m paid for.

Yeah.


Off to church this morning, and afterward, we did our shopping and errands and went and got haircuts. We came back home to chores that we’re left sitting on New Years Day.

The tree had to come down, and Mags and Sam took care of that. She’s going easy on me due to my back.

Fans of boxes but not big empty moving ones for Christmas trees.

While all that is happening and the clothes are drying with the kids done with their part of the chores, our Sunday afternoon is resting and watching a little something.

Today’s choice was The Replacements with Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman. Excellent football movie! While I’m not a sports fan in the least, I love football moviesβ€”especially comedies. This is where I get those little bits if football knowledge that shock and impress the wife every once in a while.

This one has a little bit if everything. Laughs, drama, sports stuff. It checks a lot of boxes for both of us, and it’s an excellent way to spend a couple of hours.

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever.

S. Falco

Off to bed soon and so…

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Last Night

The weather was so nice and the sky so clear that I wouldn’t have thought it was Christmas night. Ive spent much colder Christmases far away from home. So warmth, both physically and emotionally, are welcome.


Knives sharpened. Car gassed upβ€”time for a four-day workweek. I’m off Friday so that I can keep the kids at home and we can goof off. Its always nice to spend what little time they deem appropriate with me. 😏

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Closed For The Evening

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. I’m spending time with family and enjoying some gifts.

I hope you can do the same. Either way I wish you peace and happiness for ever how long you can hold onto it. I’m hoping this finds you happy and healthy. If not I’m always open to add another to a prayer list.

Merry Christmas.

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Lost

No. Not that LOST. Then I’d have to explain things to the wife and I’d be in a lot of trouble.

I went out shopping today by my lonesome. I had several things left to pick up for the wife’s Christmas and a few things for the kids.

The kids both have the flu and the wife stayed home with them. The original plan was a day out on Monday for Sam’s birthday and he had planned to head to his favorite place in the world, Joe’s Classic Video Games. So I headed downtown to pick up some things I know he’ll enjoy.

And then I took a wrong turn.


I ended up in a run down part of town. Somewhere I’d never seen before. It was surprising to see the change from gentrified downtown to this. It really shows you where the money is spent and where it isn’t. It’s sad.

Some people can buy it and don’t care. Others can’t afford it and put care into what they have. A little paint here, a live plant there, shows love for where one lives.

The bought side is perfection all the way. But not somewhere I’d rather be.


Back in the world of shiny plastic and traffic, I grabbed some lunch, finished up my shopping, and headed out of the city. I’m a country boy at heart. I was born and raised there, and the cities aren’t for meβ€”even the small ones. I wouldn’t say I like town that much.

I took a turn off the main road and headed down a back road I used to run a lot when I drove a Coke truck.

And then I took a wrong turn.


Except this time it was just a long, winding country road that I’d never needed to go down before, just like I didn’t need to go down it today.

I had no signal, and my map wasn’t working on the phone, but how bad could it be. All roads lead somewhere, and they either connect to another or end. The worst-case scenario was I’d have to turn around.

I was listening to a political podcast and thinking about our country and the way it is right now.

We’ve lost the signal, our map isn’t working.

The bestcase scenario is that we have to turn around.


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