Happy New Year. I’ve managed to wrest control of the blog back from that conniving Pony. He thought he was pretty hot stuff after doing the December post all on his own, but it’s a pathetic cowboy that can’t control his horse, so I forced him back into his stall in the garage. Talk about kicking up a fuss! Good news though, it looks like warmer weather is on the way, so I too may be back in the garage shortly.
In the meantime, various stuff for your consideration.
1. From Bruce’s Book Corner, a recommendation. Based on her reading of my blog, one of my loyal readers suggested a book that I have now read and thoroughly enjoyed. I’m fairly certain that if you read this blog on a regular basis, you’ll enjoy the book “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. It’s a novel set in small town Minnesota in 1961 and tells the story of what happened there during that summer.
2. For most of my life I’ve had two pair of jeans. A nice pair for things like going out to dinner and then a ratty pair (really just the last nice pair) for dirty work. I can’t count the times over the years I’ve stood by the dryer waiting for one of those two to come out, never mind if the rivets are so hot they leave little burn marks around my waist. Last week, I don’t know what came over me, but I told The Princess, “Come on, life’s too short, we’re going to Kohl’s and I’m gonna buy some jeans.” I walked out of the store with not one, but two pair of brand new Levis. I’m wearing a pair right now, and I’m telling you, I now know what it feels like to be rich. For the rest of my days on this planet, I will have a clean pair of jeans whenever I want them.
3. Public Service Announcement. Yeah, you know what’s coming…that’s right, I’ve discovered another great donut shop. It’s a cute little place in downtown Durham called Monuts Donuts. Early on a Saturday morning when I stopped in, the place was a hub of activity. I brought an assortment home for sampling purposes, and I found several of the raised, glazed and frosted ones to be outstanding. In particular I’d like to applaud the maple bacon bourbon donut with bacon bits sprinkled on top as being far superior to the bacon donuts I used to get out in Saxapahaw before the baker out there quit. Can you imagine a donut with more fun stuff in it and on it than that? Well maybe, if you’re in Colorado. And don’t forget, as mentioned in my nutrition post, like all donuts, they’ve got lots of vitamin D (as in donut), so they’re good for you. Ok, ok, so they’re not actually good for you, but by golly I sure feel better after eating one!
4. This is what a $75 coffee cup looks like.
Now, I know you’re thinking, this guy doesn’t just feel rich, HE IS RICH! No way, but in this cup I saw a real opportunity. First, it’s a really great coffee holder. It keeps stuff hot for a long time and it seals so tightly that if it slips off the roof of your car (not saying that actually happened) it won’t spill a drop. Now here is the beauty thing. All during January I can fill it up as often as I want with whatever drink I want for no additional charge. At an average cost of $4 per refill, as of today (Jan 14), with 19 refills I’ve more than paid for the mug. So for the rest of the month, I’m “in the black,” and Starbucks is “carrying me.” Woo hooo! Thus, the headline of this post, which was actually suggested by son Andrew. Of course, another headline might read something like, NORTH CAROLINA MAN SUES STARBUCKS OVER COFFEE ADDICTION! Because when this month is over, I’m guessing it’s going to be pretty hard to ween me off that stuff.
5. I was wandering around in the Kohl’s store waiting, and waiting, and WAITING…while The Princess shopped. Rarely has this ever been a profitable way for me to spend time…until now. I was in the middle of the Jennifer Lopez clothing section, don’t ask me why, and I looked down and there on the floor was a crumpled up dollar bill. Thanks J-Lo! I picked up the buck and continued…WAITING…and then had an idea. I took the crumpled-up buck over to a sale rack in the men’s department, found a shirt with a pocket on it, and tucked the buck nicely down into it. I told The Princess what I’d done, and she said, “Boy, that doesn’t sound like you.” But I don’t know; what I was thinking about is the expression on a guy’s face some day in the future when he wears that shirt for the first time and finds that buck. Just imagining that is worth a buck to me.
Finally, as we sit on the door step of a new year, don’t you wonder, what’s in store for us? To me it’s mind-boggling, scary, but also kind of hopeful, like having a present and wondering what’s inside. Here’s hoping that next December after you’ve read yet another Christmas post penned by the Pony, you’ll be able to say, “Ya know, that was a pretty good year.”
Thanks for reading.