August 02, 2010

Even Professional Painters Have Homework

Hey kids, it's the first of August, and guess what?  Well, if you live in the 'burbs of Northern Illinois, "guess what" is that school starts in just a little over two weeks.  So enjoy those ever-so-fleeting last 14 days of carefree summer, because you'll soon be parking your ass on the ready line at 6:00 a.m. waiting for the bus.  I'll wave at you as I go by on my way to work.

Hahahahahahahahaha .... Hah!

Seriously though, I feel your pain.  There isn't a grownup who still doesn't harbor deeply implanted memories of the angst that is the first day of school after a summer off.  And putting aside all of the social anxiety, I'll bet the thing that you dread most is homework.  I'll bet each and every one of you has said to yourself, "Gee Willikers, I can't wait to be a grown up so I don't have any homework!"

Not so fast there little buckaroos.  In today's fast paced business world, homework is the norm.  And even those of us with our fancy little laptop computers are not the only ones with business-y things to do after our 9 to 5 day.

Take my painter for example.

As I've mentioned several times, we're having our downstairs bathroom re-done.  Last Friday, after two long weeks of dirt, dust and assorted crap all over our house, we were near the end.  All that was left to be done was painting two doors.

But as fate would have it, our painter, who was supposed to show up just after noon, appeared just after 5:00 in the afternoon.  He wouldn't be able to paint the doors that evening, but he had a suggestion.  He would take them home with him over the weekend, paint them, and return them this morning just in time to beat the building inspector.

Jan and I thought it was a stupid idea, but after a month of "home improvement", we really didn't give a flying fuck, so off went the doors for a carefree spa treatment weekend.

And this morning, the doors were returned and put up. The building inspector signed off on the job, and we can finally take an inaugural leak in our new toilet.

So remember children, just because you think that the end of school-school will mean the end of homework, "life school" will always find a way to keep your nose to the grindstone after hours for the rest of your natural days.

God help us all.

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