On Bored

“Mommy/Daddy – I’m bored.”

That’s a line many of us have said at least once – especially when we were very young. – and I’ve got the feeling parents in the crowd not only have heard it, but they also have a response.

Bored – feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity. (Oxford Dictionary)

One side of me wants to side with the youngster. After all, kids look forward to events – they live in anticipation – and if they aren’t anticipating, they are bored.

As we move into and within adulthood, approaching deadlines come in our lives, thus shifting the feeling of anticipation toward the hustle to get something done on time. Life shifts from waiting to being rushed – frantic may be a more appropriate adjective – but I’m bored can also fit for adults.

In the work world, there’s always something to do. My parents were small-town merchants, and I still recall Dad saying, If you bored, there’s always something to do – and he meant sweep the floor, stock the cooler, wash the windows and more.

Today’s work world has amplified that thought by many workers have too much to do in too little time. So, it becomes not a question of boredom – but one of frantic, staying sane, and balancing life.

What if you had a job with only one thing to do? Yes … only one. I started working part-time in February – and yep – with only one duty – and if customers aren’t present, I could honestly say, I’m bored.

I quickly learned to bring something to do – commonly blog stuff – a notebook for drafting future posts, or hard copies for editing. No wonder I have so many posts in draft stage. Still, there were many times when I said, I’m bored. I left the one-obligation duty in mid-July,  so I now have time to write this post and include supporting songs – which (for the record) isn’t boring.

On the Levels of Moving

Most readers have moved sometime in their life. No matter within a town or to a different town; across the state or to a different state; cross-country or to a different country – one thing for sure, moving is very stressful.

We moved over a year ago. Yes, it was only 6-7 miles (10 km), but it was after 27 years in the same house. Fortunately, we had a lot of lead time, and we took advantage of it – but moving is very stressful.

I had a lot of time to think while packing, which included reflecting about previous moves. Little did I realize that the thoughts would lead me to this post about establishing the following 6 Levels of Moving.

Level 1: The Car Move
Usually one’s first move. You don’t own much, so several suitcases in the trunk and boxes in the backseat suffice. If you’re lucky, you rent a smaller trailer for some larger items.

Level 2: The Beer-and-Pizza Move
You own more, but to save money, you contact friends to provide the labor, and probably rent a truck for the day. Given everyone’s youthful nature, it works, and you are more than willing to provide the food and drinks for the laborers.

Level 3: The Two-Men-and-a-Truck Move
Three things have happened since the previous move: the accumulation of more stuff, everyone is older, and friends have more family obligations … all leading to hiring movers. Two Men And A Truck is in my area, and the name says what you get. You do the packing, and the two mean are doing the lifting and carrying at each end of the move. On the downside, one may question the two men’s knowledge and reliability about moving. After all, how hard can moving be?

Level 4: Professional Movers
Time passes, everyone is older and with even more stuff – so it’s time to upgrade the moving experience. You contact various professional movers who visit to develop a quote for their services using a team of movers. They offer to pack, but as a money saver, you decide to do attack the time-consuming task. On moving day, boxes fill the home, but the team of movers do the carrying, carefully pack the truck, and unload at the new location.

Level 5: Professional Pack and Move
Recalling the amount of time and energy involved in packing, you’ve decided to spend the money to give the professional movers the packing responsibility. In general, a one-day pack followed by a one-day move … and it’s done! The movers can also unpack, after all, the task is negotiable. Those having experienced a corporate move may be familiar with this move.

Level 6: The Ultimate Move
Your older now and hopefully your last move. Minimal packing, minimal lifting, and only minimal unpacking because you sold most of your belonging. Suitcases into the trunk, boxes into the backseat and you are on your way to the new location to buy new furnishings. It’s interesting how much of life goes full circle.

On 50 Years Ago: 1965

1965 – that’s 50 years ago – before the birth of some readers here entered the world. Others remember the year. For me – I turned 12, which means I split the year in sixth and seventh grade.

1965 – Started and ended on a Friday

1965 – a world population of 3,334,874,000

1965 – A world without the Super Bowl, personal computers, microwave ovens, cable or satellite television,  text messages, LEDs, GPS, caller ID, apps, blogs, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, and more

1965 – World leaders as Lyndon Johnson, Charles De Gaulle, Georgios Papandreou, u Thant, Alexei Kosygin, and Harold Wilson

1965 – Singapore established as a city-state

1965 – Pope Paul VI becomes the first pope to visit the U.S.

1965 – The Gemini space program has 6 flights

1965 – Zimbabwe forms as Rhodesia declares independence from Great Britain

1965 – Auschwitz trial in Frankfurt, Germany

1965 – The Astrodome (Houston) and the Gateway Arch (St. Louis) open

1965 – Cigarette ads banned from the telly in the UK

1965 – Sonny and Cher first television appearance on American Bandstand

1965 – India and Pakistan at war

1965 – Multiple storms kill thousands in India and Pakistan

1965 – U.S. President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society speech

1965 – Canada adopts the Maple Leaf flag

1965 – Second Vatican Council

1965 – Sound of Music, The Sons of Katie Elder, Dr. Zhivago, Thunderball, Von Ryan’s Express, The Great Race, and Cat Ballou

1965 – Born – JK Rowling, Shania Twain, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Hurley,  Chris Rock, Charlie Sheen, and lava lamps

1965 – Much more … so see this photo essay from The Atlantic that sparked this post.

On Brief Shorts

I know … last’s week’s opening image was better. It may have been too difficult to top.

This week seemed to fly by. Blogging wise, I feel behind on visiting your wonderful blogs. Given my schedule, I know this weekend won’t be the time to make up for lost time.

Dancing with the Stars (Season 20) is underway with Rumer Willis and Nastia Luikin establishing themselves as the early favorites. But I wonder who will be the one or two that will develop into challengers.

I’m unsure if next week will be the one where I ramp up a full posting schedule. It’s possible, but I will know more Monday.

No Saturday Morning Cartoon or Explore this weekend because I hope to finish preparing a special post that is timely for the day.

Many have been anxiously anticipating the upcoming announcement of the next musical. Although Opening Night is still undetermined, my production choice will surprise many. The next aFa musical production will be Meals: The Musical.

Celebrations for Your Weekend

(Weekend) Sherlock Holmes Days, Tree Climbing Day

(Fri) Snowman Burning Day, Ravioli Day, Act Happy Day, Frog Day, Alien Abduction Day, Day of Happiness, French Language Day, Proposal Day, Spring Day, Astrology Day, Storytelling Day, Day of Theater for Children & Young People, Big Bird Day (from Sesame Street), Bed-in for Peace Day, Equinox

(Sat) Dance Day, Down Syndrome Day, Corn Dog Day, Brain Injury Awareness Day, French Bread Day, Sports Car Racing Day, Memory Day, Teenager Day, Common Courtesy Day, Single Parent Day, Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, WE Day, Flowers Day, Poetry Day, Renewable Energy Day, Quilting Day, California Strawberry Day, Day of Action on Syringe Exchange, Fragrance Day, Spring Fairy Fun Day

(Sun) Goof-Off Day, As Young as You Feel Day, Education and Sharing Day, Day of the Seal, Tuskegee Airmen Day, Water Day, Francophone Day, Bavarian Crepes Day, Roller Coaster Day, Badminton Day, Sing-Out Day

Here’s more Bond to send you into the weekend … this time with Victory,  which also includes dancing. Have a good and safe weekend.

On Briefs for the Moment

The last post introduced the new header and BlogRoll page. Some of you may have noticed other new pages as well … but they aren’t really new because they were sub-pages before, and I don’t think they worked well that way.

During the break I prepared not one, but two cartoon posts, so this weekend is as good as any to have a cartoon post!

The next musical is preparing for the premier. I consider opening night being during my first week back, but wisdom has prevailed. After all, I don’t want to jeopardize a sellout. Nonetheless, the production team is aiming for a March 25th opening of the yet-to-be-announced musical. I can say this, it will be shorter than Life: The Musical.

I’m not sure if next week will be a full posting week or not, but I will be posting something.

Because I haven’t looked at The Onion in two weeks, here’s a snippet of what I’ve missed:

  • Man who stops dieting already seeing results
  • 13-year old drinking prodigy accepted to college
  • Passenger feels sorry for flustered toddler travelling with loud, obnoxious parents
  • God shoots himself while cleaning gun
  • Mitt Romney thinking about running for president in 2012

Your Weekend Celebrations

(Weekend) Rattlesnake Roundup Weekend

(Fri) Digital Learning Day, Coconut Torte Day, Earmuffs Day, Good Samaritan Involvement Day, K-9 Veterans Day, Ken Day, Donald Duck Day, Jewel Day, Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, Smart & Sexy Day, Pluto & Uranus Day, Sleep Day

(Sat) Ask a Question Day, Fanny Pack Day, Celebrate Scientists Day, Urban Ballroom Dancing Day, Potato Chip Day, Children Craft Day, Pi Day, Save a Spider Day, Day of Active for Rivers Day, Learn about Butterflies Day, Albert Einstein Day

(Sun) Buzzard Day, Ides of March, Brutus Day, IGUR Awareness Day (Intrauterine Growth Restriction), Day of Action Against Canadian Seal Slaughter Day, True Confessions Day, Consumer Rights Day, Pears Helene Day, Shoe the World Day, Everything You Think is Wrong Day, Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, Dumbstruck Day

Because I started the week with Bond’s energetic music and video, I might as well end it with Bond. Besides, many enjoyed Bond … so enjoy Fuego.

On Easing into a Return

Image from 123vectors.com

Image from 123vectors.com

Surprise, surprise … yep … it’s me, but I’m going to ease myself back into the swing. After all, I still have some writing to do. Being that the celebrations below only go through Thursday, that’s a sign there will be another post this week. So, the Play button is applicable.

Many of you know that my wife has been cruising the Caribbean with her sister and two friends … and you may also recall that my XY combination on the 23rd chromosome pair prohibited my inclusion. Long-time visitors here recall my trip to Italy several years ago to visit family – yep – it was done while the ladies were cruising. This year I stayed home and endured the weather, which was fine.

I danced a lot – let’s see … 5 of the first 7 evenings, and it would have been 6 if the weather didn’t force a cancellation. For those raising their eyebrows in marital disgust – shame, shame on you. (OK, I couldn’t resist.) Besides having fun, I was working on self-improvement in order to be a better dancer for when my wife returns. Many thanks to my ballroom friends for the company, especially the ladies with strong frames that helped me more than they realize.

Besides organizing a yet-to-be-displayed page here, my week also included work a few days at a part-time job for some extra cash, attending a college basketball game, initiating a neighborhood wine tasting committee, volunteering at a disabilities dance class, attending + volunteering at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, and rehearsing for a quick-step formation. The formation just started, so once my wife returns, I will familiarize her with the routine to date.

Enough of me … What have I been missing from your life? Come on … don’t be bashful!

Celebrations for your calendar
(Week) Aardvark Week, Universal Women’s Week, Agriculture Week, Teen Tech Week, Girl Scout Week, Bubblegum Week, Music in Our Schools Week, Education Advocacy Week, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Week, Older Persons Employment Week, Wildlife Week

(Mon) Bang-Clang Day, Get-Over-It Day, Meatball Day, Barbie Day, Napping Day, Preschoolers Day, Crabmeat Day, Panic Day, Canberra Day

(Tues) Bagpipe Day, Day of Awesomeness, Land Line Telephone Day, Pack Your Lunch Day, Mario Day, Organize Your Home Office Day, US Paper Money Day, Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Blueberry Popovers Day, Zoe (Sesame Street) Day

(Wed) Dream Day, Johnny Appleseed Day, Plumbing Day, Oatmeal Nut Waffle Day, Worship of the Tools Day, Frankenstein Day

(Thurs) Kidney Day, Baked Scallops Day, First Library Day, Dennis the Menace Day

Instead of sending you into the week with the traditional chuckle, I’m substituting some high-energy music. After all, my normal routine hasn’t fully returned – but it’s getting closer. Enjoy the music and video from Bond with an appropriate title – Explosive – which includes some tango.

Have a good week!

On the First Week of March

Hello from Breakville. No … I’m not back in the swing yet … nor lucky enough to be somewhere warm … thus just a temporary lifting of the Pause button. The relatively minor redesign of the pages here has gone slower than anticipated, so returning to anything resembling my regular routine remains at least a week away.

As I endure the cold wind and a tad of new snow, my wife has left the premises for a week cruising the Caribbean. Why didn’t I go? Hello … I wasn’t invited because I don’t qualify because this is a girls’ trip .. which means solo trips to the dance hall for me this week.

This week’s celebrations for your calendar

(Week) Procrastination Week, Chocolate Chip Cookie Week (don’t procrastinate), Autograph Collecting Week, Maple Syrup Week, Ghostwriters Week, Cheerleading Week, Write a Letter of Appreciation Week, Universal Human Beings Week, Celebrate Your Name Week (now there’s a frank thought), Consumer Protection Week, Pet Sitters Week, Schools Social Work Week, Severe Storm Preparedness Week, Sleep Awareness Week (anyone out there not aware of sleep?), Words Matter Week, Read an e-Book Week, Return Borrowed Books Week, Save Your Vision Week, Telecommuter Appreciation Week, Women in Construction Week, Share a Story – Shape the Future Week, School Breakfast Week, Newspaper in Education Week, Women of Aviation Week, Camp Week, Bike Week, Human Resources Week, Pancake Week, Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week, Volunteers Week, Agriculture Week, Foreign Language Week (Hola!)

(Sun 1st) Compliment Day, Daughters & Sons Day, Black Women in Jazz & the Arts Day, Wear Yellow Day (Endometriosis Day), Go Bowling Day, Horse Protection Day, Fruit Compote Day, Peanut Lovers Day, Pig Day, Plan a Solo Vacation Day, Refired not Retired Day, Seals Day, Self-Injury Awareness Day, Share a Smile Day, Zero Discrimination Day, Namesake Day (mine is after my Dad’s Army buddy from SF – we met sometime in the 1990s)

(Mon 2nd) Dr. Seuss Day, Old Stuff Day, Read Across the World Day, Banana Cream Pie Day, Pyramid Day, Book Day, Cat in the Hat Day, Silly Putty Day, Babysitter Safety Day, Elmer Fudd Day, Porky Pig Day, Time magazine Day Fun Facts About Names Day (I’m not a Franklin or a Francis)

(Tues 3rd) Mulled Wine Day, Cold Cuts Day, Ear Care Day, I Want You to be Happy Day, Peace Corps Day, World Wildlife Day, US National Anthem Day, Princess Day. Peach Blossom Day, If Pets had a Thumb Day, 33 Ice Cream Flavors Day, Unique Names Day (my middle name isn’t Stanislaus)

(Wed 4th) Dance the Waltz Day, Cadbury Chocolates Day, March for Yourself Day, Courageous Follower Day, Holy Experiment Day, iHop Pancake Day, Scapbooking Industry Day, Math Day, March Forth-Do Something Day, Stop Bad Service Day, Grammar Day, Pound Cake Day, Toy Soldier Day, Hug a GI Day, Discover What You Name Means Day (mine is honest)

(Thurs 5th) Nametag Day, Cheese Doodle Day, 8-hr Day, Dr. Dolittle Day, Mother-in-Law Day, Healing from the Inside Out Day, Multiple Personality Day

(Fri 6th) Day of the Dude, Oreo Cookie Day, Employee Appreciation Day, White Chocolate Cheesecake Day, Day of Unplugging, Dentist Day, Read Aloud Day, Michelangelo Day, Chocolate Cheesecake Day, Toronto Day, Fun Facts about Names Day (I don’t know anyone named Stanislaus), the start of Festival of Owls Weekend, Middle Name Pride Day (mine’s Paul)

(Sat 7th) Cereal Day (Raisin Nut Bran in my favorite), Be Heard Day, Telephone Day, Frozen Food Day, Sock Monkey Day, Crown Roast of Pork Day, Monopoly Game Day, Unique Names Day (Do you know anyone named Stanislaus?)

(Sun 8th) Proofing Reading Day, Working Women’s Day, Girl Scout Sunday, Geneology Day, Check Your Batteries Day, Be Nasty Day, Peanut Cluster Day, Plant a Flower Day (sure, dig the snow first), Day of Women’s Rights & International Peace, Learn What Your Last Name Means (other than personal identification, I have no clue)

Avere una buona settimana. Gerai savaitę. On hyvä viikko. Heb een goede week.