Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"You're never more than a few feet from a raccoon" will hopefully be a good selling point when we put the house on the market.

You wouldn't know it to look at me, but occasionally I do hard work. Like the time I cleaned out the garage and got rid of all the old junk we'd been throwing in the garage for years.

True, that was back in September, but the point is that I did some hard work -- and, me being a pretty smart guy, I made sure that I had some decent work gloves to wear.

That was important because we had everything from old broken croquet sets to discarded furniture to mousetraps to some things that I don't know what they were and I'm pretty sure were left there by the people who lived there before us, all in the garage. Plus, at our house, you're never more than a few feet from a wild raccoon.

And I have no desire to get a splinter, a cut, a bite, or zapped by some electrical wire I didn't see hanging there. I'm ALREADY doing hard work, so it's unpleasant per se, but I don't need to make it worse -- and I don't need to get another tetanus shot.

So if you're like me, and once a year you'll finally cave in and do something your wife asks you to do, make sure at least you're protecting your hands. You'll need them to eat the nachos while you watch "Piranha" on DVD.

1 comment:

Rogue Mutt said...

Yeah, people never think that part through. It's like the Bear Patrol on "The Simpsons." The townspeople demand it to protect them from bears, but then when they find out it costs $5 in taxes, they storm the mayor's office demanding it's repeal. In general that's how Americans think. We want good roads, good schools, parks, safe streets, and so forth, but we don't want to pay for them, but God help you if there's a pothole on my way to work!

On the Federal level for decades we've been playing the deficit game, where we pay for all this neat stuff by passing it down to our kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and so forth. Eventually these bills are finally going to come due and we'll have to decide if we really want nuclear weapons, space shuttles, Medicare, Social Security, etc. or if want a fatter paycheck. You can't live beyond your means forever.

But for all those Americans who whine about being "overtaxed," just go to Canada or France or somewhere like that.