Thursday, December 30, 2010
The last day of 2010
I watched one of our local garbage collection units yesterday as he came through the neighborhood. The wind was gusty, as it is much of the year, and it was the first collection since Christmas. These new trucks are automated and have only a driver. You remember the old ones with two guys hanging on at the rear picking up the cans and dumping them into the hopper. When they dropped something, they could pick it up. The new ones have an automated gripper on the side that traps the can and lifts it high above the truck dumping it into a port at the top. When there is a sustained wind and lots of garbage, these units are less than successful in their task. Our driver seemed to be oblivious to the trash he was scattering all over the neighborhood. I tried to help in our cul-de-sac, but the wind was ahead of me most of the time. Getting back to the post office, our mailman was standing at one of the multiple box stands they use to keep from having to deliver door to door and he was letting the advertising mail blow in the wind too.
It is getting harder and harder to find folks who take pride in their work. For one thing, it is almost impossible to get rid of those who don't. Fire someone and you'll have a bevy of lawyers on your doorstep along with enough government bureaucrats to fill Jerry Jones new stadium. If you happen to succeed in your efforts, the dolt you fired can stay on the government teat for two years. More if the U. S. Senate has a say.
I'm trying to stay awake long enough to take part in the solution, but I'm unwilling to take anti-depressants for my symptoms, so I just take a nap. I keep attempting to write resolutions but they all seem out of reach. I have managed to clean out the refrigerator. The only desert left is the coconut cake and maybe it will be gone by tonight. We are invited to a New Year's Eve party tonight. Most of the guests are our age and older. The invitation read; "From 6:30 P.M. until...." With our age bracket you could add, "until 9:30 P.M." and be safe.
If you find any T.V. shows fit to watch next year please send me an e-mail with your recommendations. I don't know about you, but I don't intend to watch the Oprah Winfrey Network regardless of what she gives away. Have a wonderful New Year's Eve. Remember to eat some greens for money, black eyed peas for luck, and cornbread just because you like it. We have a lot to do in the next two years. I'll talk with you next year.
"Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that your unselfish and considerate in all you do. Remember that the Lord is coming soon. Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 4 -7