Okay, even I’ll say I’m being a bit overdramatic but in the past three days the culmination of problems with my job, my car, my house, and trying to dissolve my LLC have overcome me; too much at one time. Thank Jeebus I don’t have a girlfriend/wife because I’m sure I’d be in the throes of an argument with her at the moment as well if I did.
Step One – Put It Into Perspective
Most of my current problems are not problems I created; I’ll take the full hit for the LLC. Because of this I need to chalk it up to “Life” and deal with it the best that I can. Also, there are many people I know who are facing problems far greater than mine. I need to keep reminding myself of this.
Step Two – Slow The Fuck Down
I need to start budgeting more time for breathing (physically as well as metaphysically).
Last night I drove down to Decatur and ate a decent dinner with some beer at Twain’s before walking over to Eddie’s Attic for the Rhett Miller show. The show was sold out so I knew that it was going to be crowded, too crowded for me actually. Oddly I noticed that Eddie’s has done some sprucing up and inexplicably has removed the banner that encouraged the audience to remain quiet during the performance out of respect to the performer. Pity, I’m sure Eddie’s would still like this to occur but the banner used to state it clearly. I saw this banner as my last hope for talk-free performances. If I’ve not made it abundantly clear I am of the belief that I have paid to hear the musician and not some conversation about whatever you think is so important that you need to scream it to your friend/lover during the middle of a song. Perhaps I should stop going to concerts.
I wound up staying for only three of Miller’s songs. To me his voice seemed much thinner than it had when I saw him perform solo and then with his band the Old 97s a handful of months ago at Terminal West. I didn’t want to tarnish that memory any more than the first three songs had already. I’m sure everyone else loved the show. Besides, by leaving early it allowed me to return home to
do a million things that I needed to do last night fall asleep early.
The biggest downer of the evening was when I was told “Thank you sir.” by the young women for whom I held the door open as I left Eddie’s. I know. I’m 49. I am old (especially to most people going out to see shows). It still smarts.
Step Three – Throw Money At My Problems
During this week of giving thanks I reflect on the good fortune that I’ve had (and hope to continue to have) financially. I am not wealthy, far from it (by American standards), but I do have the means to repair the Jackmobile (a-gain) and to get all of the work performed on my house for either my benefit or the benefit of the next owners.
However, I need to remember to spend my money judiciously because I am the sole supporter of my household and when I’m old (enough to accept being referred to as “Sir” when I hold doors open) there will be no one for me to turn to for financial support.
Step Four – Finish The Job
Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Because of this I should take one mile at a time, doing whatever I need to do in order to complete each, and eventually I will reach the finish line. Doing this may hurt as much as it did when I actually ran (and had to walk at the end because I developed an IT-band problem) the only road marathon I attempted — way back in 2000 in Duluth Minnesota — but I will always be able to look back and say that I did it.
And Now For Something Completely Different
Today I’m getting and iPhone 6. And and iPhone 6 Plus! We’ll, I’ve purchased one of each for testing at work and will be expensing the cost after I pick them up today. I should probably go ahead and buy one for myself too while I’m at it to respect Step Three.
Ich habe keine Deutsche Klasse heute Nacht
(I have no German class tonight. I think my translation above is correct even though it goes against what Google Translate says.)
Due to this being Thanksgiving week I have no German class tonight. Irritatingly because this is already Tuesday again it means that I’ve gone an entire week without doing enough studying. I will be trying to rectify this behavior over the next week so that I feel (in)adequately prepared when I return to class next Tuesday. Sometime during this week I will also be registering for German A1.3, the next course in the series, because I need to continue to study if I have any hope of accomplishing my dream of traveling to Germany and speaking only German before I die.
In the absence of going to German class I will be headed to the
lavanderia Waschsalon to do laundry tonight.