Day: December 14, 2023

Thur. Dec. 14, 2023 – can’t quite put my finger on it, but…

Cool and wet. Dreary. Not festive. Grey. And supposed to be wetter. All things I don’t like. Yesterday was like that too, with only a little bit of scattered misty drizzle, or very light drizzle. Stuff barely got wet, but the roof edges were dripping. And it was cold enough for a jacket all day. Today should add heavier rain to that, although I don’t know how much.

I did my errands yesterday. Got rid of the carpet I pulled up in the library/kid’s toy room/former formal living room. Put some of the lights I bought dirt cheap into storage. Got stuff out of my pickup truck cab and bed. Dropped off some stuff at my auctioneer. Picked up the kid and ran her around to her stuff–which takes a couple of hours every afternoon. I’m the stay-at-home, so it’s my job, and I shouldn’t whine, but I’ve been able to avoid doing it consistently until now. I’ve got some adjusting to do with regard to my attitude and expectations.

Today I’ve got an item here, and an item there, and a third item somewhere else, so I’ll be driving around dealing with that. I’m also taking an item I did some repairs on back to my auctioneer. One of his guys needed a hand getting a thing running, and I had the stuff to do it. Favors. Exchanges. The ties that bind. Meatspace. You need to be out of the house and doing stuff with people.

When push comes to shove, who you know and who knows you is going to be REALLY important. You need to be cautious, you need to be circumspect, you need to protect yourself, but you also need to be meeting people. People who you can help, who can help you. People who can get you what you need when you can’t find it yourself, people who will be glad to know you. You don’t have to be the guy with the good stuff for sale, you can be the guy who always BUYS the good stuff. That guy is very valuable to someone with stuff to sell. That guy isn’t someone you give up to the secret police. That’s a guy you help and protect because he puts food on your table. Be the guy other people value, for your knowledge, your attitude, the stuff you have, or what you can do with it.

And stack. Because stacking makes sense…


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