Wish I'd Said It

Weeds are flowers too - once you get to know them.

- A. A. Milne

Monday, January 15, 2007

It was inevitable

It took until mid-January but winter has arrived. It's arrived in the form of freezing rain and school closures. Which, of course, means that my basement wreck-room is infested with teenagers at 9:00 a.m. on a Monday.

This is SO wrong.

9:00 a.m. on a Monday is supposed to be a quiet time. Just me and my parrot, Lucy. Although Lucy isn't always quiet. But at least her silence can be bought with a peanut or pumpkin seed. Albeit temporarily. Try tossing food at a herd of teens and the volume level only rises.

I can't get too upset though. I remember the joy of an unexpected day off school. The commotion and disruption of my usual schedule gives me an excuse to slack off as well. I think I'll play some Dragon Warrior VIII. I finally got my own PS2 for Christmas. Son #1 bought it for me. He's a good boy. I think I'll keep him.

Then maybe I'll watch an episode or two of Battlestar Galactica. I was going to write about that show today as a blog entry. Guess it'll wait a day or three.

If the freezing rain lets up enough and the salt trucks come by to do their thing, I might just go out to eat. A new joint opened up in town with a terrific special: a Donair (spiced beef/onion/tomatoes/yummy sauce served in a wrap), plus an order of fries and a can of pop for $3.99. And the fries are good too - real taters, not reheated, previously-frozen sludge sticks.

The trick may be to ease out the door without any of those urchins downstairs noticing. Four bucks for a big lunch is a great deal but even Simple Math says that $4 X Umpteen Urchins = a Big Dent in my wallet.

I know. I'll withhold Lucy's lunchtime peanut. Her squawking will cover the sound the front door opening and closing.

Wish me luck.


Othmar Vohringer said...

So you’re house bound due to frigid weather. Guess what, here in British Columbia we have a real winter too. Snow and ice storms, the likes of which have not been seen around here since the 60’s, I am told, cause all sorts of havoc. We’re taking bets on how long we will have power today until another power line snaps under the heavy burden of snow.

The weather Gods are crazy, what do they think of letting it snow like that here in the sunshine province of Canada. I wish you the best of luck and a bit peace and quiet – have you tried stuffing socks into the mouth of the “urchins”? Of course you could give each one a shiny 20-dollar bill too, often bribing works well where nothing else will.

Andrea Allison said...

We got some freezing rain here and of course, that means no school. So, my brother invited all his friends here. I totally know how you feel about having to sneak out of the house. That's practically what we had to do.

Frank Baron said...

I think you're right Othmar, the weather gods are, if not crazy, pretty darn cranky.

Andrea, I felt your pain. :)

Thanks both for stopping by.

mogie222 said...


How do you know the fries are yummy?

I ask, because I care. ;-)

Frank Baron said...

Um, Mog...I was told...by a reliable source...yeah! That's the ticket!


Anne C. Watkins said...

Must hear more about Lucy. :)

Frank Baron said...

Hiya Anne. I'll tap you on the shoulder the next time Lucy makes an appearance. :)