Small change

If I had a nickel for every time my wife said, “don’t you dare write about that on your web site,” there’d be a world wide shortage of certain kinds of metals commonly associated with minting… not to mention I’d be buried up to my arm pits in those stacks of empty coin rolls you get at the bank. And don’t get me started on what kind of pain in the ass it is to roll coins. On second thought, keep your damn nickels to yourself.

On a Saturday (a few weeks back) we did something a little different: we did grocery shopping as a family. To get the same cumulative effect I could have just gone out to the wood shed and given myself a couple good thumps on the head with a log and been done with it. This Friday (Black Friday), we had this ingenious idea to go grocery shopping on our normal day – which happened to occur on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. (Retail experts say that contrary to popular perception, “Black Friday” is not the busiest shopping day of the year… that day usually falls on either December 23rd or 24th – thanks to my people.) That’s the long way of saying I found a bigger log and recruited someone else to do the swinging (to overcome the inherent leverage problems with hitting yourself with something heavy).

None of this is anything my wife deemed verboten, but it sure makes you wonder what was left out… doesn’t it?

Give the gift of words.