October 13, 2007
The Optimists Creed - from Optimists InternationalPromise Yourself-
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.October 28, 2007Smile, I says to myself, remember that creed! This could mark the winter of my discontent (if the blue meanies was speaking).... What a mess. The place has been torn up now for over 4 months. The siding which estimated at $1200 (not including labor) instead cost three times as much and took four weeks to show up. The prospect of Holiday guests and the interior work now looms with no electricity, no heating, no sunporch, and the possibility that the back yard will be ruined by back- hoe work. In the meantime I have been putting off things like gardening, mowing, housework, and cleaning the garage and carpet hoping desparately that this madness would end soon and hoping that we would have a secure place to put all the tools and work supplies. Sarcoplasty: that sarcastic bandaid that you throw over the truth in dire emergencies. I never put off things or blame it on the leaping Labrador, for I am all things at once- a master optimist, a world class teacher/ thesbian (never using my talents to be a blamer or prevaricator), and a dedicated on time, "Yes sir, it can be done sir" maintainer of the great intergalactic clock!! (Bologna aside, I recommend Microsoft Project if you really want to slide those time lines to the wall and procrastinate on a world class scale :) !!) !!! To add to the confusion look at the gable on the workshop. It was meant to protect the greenhouse roof and provide an overhang to protect the entrance. Instead it is a false gable and I am going to have to spend hours doing delicate surgery with a sawsall and hammer to fix the problem. I've begun the process, see bottom picture but I guess it could take a few extra thousand years. If I was a procrastinating pessimist this is how things might work: ITT moves from Coldwater to Dupont Road about 4 years ago. When they moved they had about 30 locks, brand new, left over in the repair crib. The dean offered them to us.Dave Mingle, a fellow instructor, and I got about 12 of them. Six sat in my old garage for 3 years waiting for a use. When I finished cleaning out the garage this summer I ran across them and then when the doors appeared on the shop I thought, wow, I can save some money. I have no idea whether they will work as outdoor locks. But to rekey them I would need keys (who knew). But, everybody gave back their keys and after two days of asking the embarrassing questions, now I find when trolling for keys that the locks were meant to stay at our old facility. Note we didn't take them, they were offered but still.. no keys, all returned or destroyed. Several days pass then I remember that the keys in the milling machine in the lab just happen to have the old keys dangling about. So me tries 'em on the new locks. 6 doors, six locks, four keys, five locks are opened with two of the keys, but one key was never found. One lock is keyed for who knows what and will cost a fortune to rekey. Rekeying a lock without a key, American Express (and an eighty year old locksmith that likes to pick locks). Installing locks with a Dremel tool and a helping leaping Labrador, priceless. P.S. OK, and by the way, the first rule of trying to encompass the general notions of optimism, & being nice, etc., is to try to be just a little optimistic and maybe nice once in a while!! Sorry Tony. Less pepper spray more cobbler. Hmm. &I think I may need a personal trainer. Hmm....
I wonder if this guy is available?