I won’t be going off to where the wild things are this weekend. Well, unless you count the amusement park.
I don’t get weekends these days. The reasons, and the choices, are my own.
What initially began as a weekend job to get ahead and plan for retirement has, thanks to the current economy, become a weekend job to help maintain. And the retirement date keeps getting pushed back on the calendar.
While I do know who to blame for the current situation, I’m not really complaining…well, not too much…I’m more fortunate than most. While there’s less disposable income, the needs are being met.
Instead of spending my Saturdays reclaiming the yard, I’m spreading that out to about thirty minutes a day, and working 9-10 hour shifts at the amusement park.
Fortunately, the park is a place that I love.
But a seven-day work schedule means that I have to sort out the other priorities. When I’m writing, or surfing the Interwebz, or doing the day job, I’m also making notes about ideas and projects and things I need, or want, to do.
Once or twice a week, I’ll sort through that list and determine what is priority and what can wait.
There’s nothing special about this. I’m not unique.
For all of us, life is a bit of “if I do this, I can’t do that.”
Okay, so maybe I’m a little different in the fact that I’m almost sixty-four and I still want to have it all.
Or is it that I’m almost sixty-four and I realize that there’s far more time behind me than in front of me?
That’s way more serious than I want to be on a Friday morning.
I’ll make a note to think about it later.
It’s the weekend. Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em.
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
American actress and singer, Judy Garland, was born on this day in 1922. (d. 1969)
ALSO BORN ON THIS DAY
1688 – James Francis Edward Stuart, claimant to the English and Scottish throne (d. 1766)
1895 – Hattie McDaniel, American actress (d. 1952)
1901 – Frederick Loewe, Austrian-American composer (d. 1988)
1941 – Shirley Owens, American singer
1971 – Bobby Jindal, American journalist and politician, 55th Governor of Louisiana
THINGS YOU SHOULD READ
NOTE: Yes, I know that I recently said these links were going to be less political, but daggone it, these are strange and perilous times. Some of y’all need to pay more attention. Read and think for yourself, but read.
‘I owe her my life’: Hero dog who saved owner from mountain lion attack has died
Erin Wilson was hiking in Trinity County last month with her 2 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois named Eva. The pair encountered a mountain lion during their hike. Read More.
What Matthew McConaughey Gets Wrong on Guns | Opinion
Dana Loesch in Newsweek
The solutions typically proposed only address the aftermath of the underlying problem that is left unchecked. Read More.
Jimmy Kimmel and media excuses can’t save Biden from himself
The Washington Times
For the first 17 months of the Biden administration, the corporate media were there to pick up the pieces of each Biden catastrophe — the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the ongoing crisis at the southern border, failure to corral COVID-19 as promised, daily record highs for gas prices, rampant inflation, embarrassing misstatements on the world stage, a baby formula shortage — and either recast them as successes or pin the blame on others. Read More.
Poll: Nearly Half Of ‘Younger Democratic Men’ Think Assassinating A Politician Is Okay
Forty-four percent of the “younger Democratic men” surveyed in the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) poll approved of “assassinating a politician who is harming the country or our democracy.” That was the highest rate of any gender, party and age combination. Read More.
And, one more. An old, but important, reminder considering the current clown show.
Estimates: George Floyd Riots To Cost 66 Times More Than Capitol Damage
The Capitol architect told lawmakers the price tag for the January riots stood around $30 million. The George Floyd riots cost an estimated $2 billion. Read More.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.