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A Day in the Life 8/10/10
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A Day in the Life 8/10/10

7:15 Home: Miranda, our Husky, wakes me up and wants to go out. I put her out with Boots & Rikku and go back to sleep. I should stay up but I don’t.

7:30 I get up, shower, shave and get dressed for work.

8:03 I pray with Deb briefly and head out the door.

8:06 Waverly Parkway Convenience Store: I get a ½ cup of coffee (all there is) augmented with hot water and a USA Today newspaper while listening to a black guy argue with Eddie, the Indian owner, about whether he paid for some cigarettes he charged previously or not. Either way Eddie lets it go for now because the guy says he may have paid Eddies wife. He finally leaves, I pay for my stuff and Eddie says “It’s been a long time” because I missed our routine yesterday and his wife was on mornings all last week. We exchange pleasantries and part with my usual “Have a good one” answered by Eddies “take care”.

8:10 Best Copy Products Inc.: I’m 10 minutes late for work and Josh, Scott and Rodney are already here. Usually Scott is the one that’s late and Rodney (the owner) doesn’t make it in till 8:30-9:00 so Scott and I have a laugh about that while Rodney steps next door. Truth is though it’s Tuesday and I have already been late two days so far. I hate my job and I hate coming here right now and It's nobody's fault but my own for having such a bad attitude. I should know better.

8:10-25 I check my email and find I have none. I check Facebook and find the same three notifications I saw yesterday afternoon. I have already followed all of them up but sometimes they don’t auto-clear like they should. I don’t know why. Computers stink and they never do what they are supposed to do. My email does the same thing telling me I have emails once in a while on my homepage but then showing me none when I open my email. I hate computers. I peruse a few articles about flooding in Pakistan, a ship sinking somewhere and the capture of a murderous escaped convict who was captured after attending church in a small town out west somewhere. I read the comments at the end of that article and find they are all crude and focused on the guy who is still on the run with his fiancée/first cousin.

8:25-9:30 I type up two quotations for a church in LaGrange. The new guy I’m dealing with is Tyrone. When I spoke with him yesterday I mentioned Willy Nelson was my contact when I sold the last copy machine to them and there’s an awkward silence on the line. Then I remembered that I had read in the paper that a man named Willy Nelson from LaGrange was arrested for rape a while back and I think perhaps I should have left well enough alone. Ah well. I type both quotes and call Tyrone back to get his email address. I explain that, although he had given me a fax number to send the quote to, with an email attachment I can send him full color brochures that he can open up on his computer and possibly print out for his church board. He gives me the email address and I do both the email and the fax to be safe.

9:32 Best Copy Parking lot: As I’m leaving Ken R calls me to shoot the breeze for a while. He’s waiting in a motel room somewhere in Georgia for a conference call that starts at 10:00 and he’s killing time. He likes his new job and says the company has lots of money but they aren’t really selling anything right now. He says it’s the wrong time for selling hay bailers and farm equipment. I try to silently brainstorm to think how he might be able to generate some business and then realize he has been in this business a long time and he’s probably trying it all already so I say nothing. He senses that the conversation is going nowhere and that I am walking and talking---then driving and talking---so he lets me go.

9:35 AM Burger King: I order my usual sausage/egg biscuit and a medium coffee and pull in to “my spot” in the parking lot to eat breakfast. My spot is near the edge of a field and some mocking birds live there in the trees. Sometimes they come out and eat my crumbs if I throw them out the window but this morning I don’t think to throw them out because I get a phone call.

9:42 AM one of my principals calls a service call into my cell phone disrupting the end of my breakfast which is why the mocking birds didn’t get there crumbs. I’m easily distracted that way. I’m annoyed because I know he has heard my voice mail message several times that says “If you are calling for service or supplies please call the following toll free number…” but they never do that. They call me.

9:44 AM I quickly scan the USA Today newspaper and see what happened yesterday. The score from yesterday’s Yankees game is never here, they have to go to print pretty early in the evening to get the paper distributed all over the country, so I know more than the sports page does. The Flyers Riley Cote has retired, I see that under the NHL transactions, but I knew that from the internet yesterday. There’s nothing worth reading here but I still scan through it anyway. I scan the national news, the Money section and the Life section just because it puts off actually working.

10:00 AM Four Seasons FCU: I meet with a customer to follow up on a $40,000.00 deal that I am hoping will close this month. It would be a huge commission and I sure need it. It seems the credit union has lost its CEO suddenly due to an unexpected early medical retirement and so the acquisition of new digital imaging equipment has been put on hold indefinitely.

10:19 Four Seasons FCU Parking Lot: Phone call from Woodland High School. Two copiers down and they need toner. I am hoping to sign a new $23,000.00 contract with them next week so I’m not as annoyed at them for calling the call into my cell phone.

10:20 I call Scott to see if anyone can go to Woodland today, but it’s not looking good.

10:25 Best Copy: I stop back by the office to put the two schools on the service call book.

10:30 Opelika Bolt: Drop off quote on copier. There's not a lot of interest here and they are looking at a small used $700.00 copier.

10:40 Opelika City Schools: Drop off invoice for copier installed yesterday at the Middle School.

11:00 Kroger: Pick up some Claritin D. I always feel like a criminal while they run my license to see if I can buy these drugs. The profusion of meth labs and the usage of allergy medicine to make meth has made it ridiculously hard to get Clarintin D. I can buy 30 but Deb & I both use them so that doesn't last long enough to get me past the waiting period between buys. I pass today and I can make the buy. As I'm trying to swipe & sign my cell phone rings.

11:06 Kroger: Call from Deb about picking up prescription at Bubbas.

11:14 Bubbas: Pick up Prescription

11:30 Home: Dropped of Claritin D, other prescription and then ate quick lunch. I have a ham & Swiss sandwich with mustard on pumpernickel bread and with cold tea. I also shared ham with dogs. Deb had ham sandwich too. It would be iced tea but I used all the ice Sunday night for drinks for a church supper.

11:40 Home: Scott calls and needs a loaner fax picked up in Phenix City. I am going that way so I tell him I will get it.

12:03-12:45 Car: Drive to South Girard Elementary School in Phenix City and pick up the fax machine for Scott.

12:05 Car: Lee County Sheriffs call me by mistake trying to place a service call on their copier.

12:46 South Girard: Pick up fax machine

1:05 First African Baptist Church: Knock on door, ring various bells and still no one answers the door for me to follow up on the proposal they have for a new copier. I need to get our demo machine picked up but Scott wont have their copier ready to go back until Thursday anyway so Ill call them tomorrow.

1:14 Spectrum Store: Buy cup of coffee and 15 chances at the $38,000,000.00 Powerball lottery. Spend the next couple of hours (off and on) dreaming about winning the lottery, buying a house in New Mexico, paying off all our bills, our kid’s bills, and setting up trust funds for our grand kid’s college education.

1:29 Car: Coffee break.

1:57 Car: Phone call from office. Mr. Frey at the school board needs to talk with me about a lease.

2:00 Car: Call Mr. Frey and realize that I have the paper work he needs with me so I arrange to bring it to him.

2:15 Russell County BOE: Meet with Mr. Frey and give him lease information for board meeting scheduled that night.

2:16-3:01 Car: Drive back to Opelika with dreams of lottery winnings dancing in my head.

3:02-Intercontinental Packaging Company: Swap out fax machines and program new machine with ID and Fax #.

3:20 AK’s Coffee: Drink a Coke Zero and read James 1:1-4 and meditate on it for a while. I notice that James addresses it to “the 12 tribes scattered abroad” which I have noticed before but this time it has new meaning because I have been studying the book of Acts the last couple years focusing on the formation of the early church and specifically have noticed the racist tendencies of the Jews toward the Gentiles (Acts 11:19 e.g.) So after seeing the struggle the early church had accepting Gentiles I guess it makes sense to me that James isn’t writing this book to believers in general, but to Jewish believers.

I notice that in vss. 2-4 James is telling them to “count it all joy” when they are tempted and face trials. I can’t say that I have ever accepted trials and temptations with joy. I pray forgive me Lord. It goes on to say that these should produce patience in us and I can’t help feeling that all that is being produced in me by my current troubles is anger and frustration. I pray forgive me Lord and help me to be what I should be. I also notice that he says “let patience have her perfect work that you might be perfect and whole, lacking nothing”. I have never been anywhere near that even in my wildest dreams but I get the impression that it’s something I have to do, not God, so I stop praying about it.

3:20 AK’s: In the midst of my penitent musings about impatience and my prayer for God to help me, two young men sit down next to me carrying on a loud, continuous conversation and I decide my time is up and I need to move on. As I get up to leave I realize that the entire place is empty and they could have sat anywhere else and never bothered me but they ended up 18 inches away from me. Am I being impatient by leaving? Am I just realizing that it’s time to move on? I have no idea.

3:21 AK’s: I see Joanne S in the parking lot as I am leaving and we chat for a few minutes about what everyone is doing. We never see any of our old friends anymore except by chance or at funerals & weddings.

3:48 Best Copy Warehouse: Drop off fax from packaging place and talk with James for a few minutes.

4:02 Best Copy Office: Spend the next 45 minutes or so answering phones and writing down what I did today so far.

4:48 Best Copy: James shows up and he is waiting for Rodney to get money. Between talking with him and Robert on the phone I get nothing more accomplished today but small talk.

5:02 Best Copy; Leave for home.

5:11 Waverly Parkway Convenience store: Pick up ice for refrigerator because our ice maker is still broken. It hasn’t worked in years and I just buy ice and dump it in the bin once in a while. The ice is $1.00 and I have no cash at all so I round up one of every kind of ice cream novelty in the cooler and throw them on the counter too so I can use my ATM card. Eddy would probably have let me swipe $1.00 but I would feel bad knowing he would lose money probably. I spend $16.95 all together for a bag of ice and a clear conscience regarding the ATM card usage fees charged to the store. And I have a bunch of great ice cream treats.

5:17 Home: I battle the huskies who are always overjoyed to see any human come through the front door and make it to the bedroom to change. I forgot to get a Columbus Ledger newspaper so I have nothing to read. Instead I watch the end of a Stargate Atlantis with Debbie.

5:31 Home: Cook hamburgers for dinner. No rolls so we eat them on bread. Wish I’d known that at the store. We eat and clean up the kitchen.

6:00-7:45 Home: We play a game of Heroscape where Ian & I get beat by Debbie & Rachel again. Ian walks out on the porch afterwards to “get some air” which is how he handles losing. I don’t need to do that because I spent the last 15 minutes of the game yelling, complaining about the dice rolls and accusing them of cheating.

7:48 Watch the end of last week’s episode of Warehouse 13.

8:00-9:00 Watch Warehouse 13. Not a very good episode. Last year it was the best show on TV. This year they have gone overboard on Pete and Claudia’s characters and it has thrown the whole balance off. What is good in moderation is often not good in profusion.

9:00-10:00 Watch 2 episodes of King of the Hill. I feel somewhat guilty because it has some off color humor but so does everything else on TV. And it is very amusing.

10:00-10:15 Channel surf, watch enough of Baseball Tonight to know that the Yankees have tied the Rangers 3-3 in the 8th inning on A-Rods homerun.

10:16-11:34 Read more of Tacitus’s Annals finishing book III. A lot of boring stuff that deals mostly with intrigues and schemes in Rome, I liked the battles with the German barbarians much better.

11:37 I go to bed.