Office Hours

I reckon I’m just about moved in to the office.

Here, let me take you on a tour:



1) My first Big Book, framed by my second wife, and forever open to page 449. Yeah, I’m an old-school, Third Edition type 🙂 The glass on the shadow box is broken; I believe it’s been broken since the mid 1990s.

2) My mother’s kneeler. Mom and Dad converted to Catholicism right after I left the house. Since I was the only son who seemed to depend on that God stuff, they let me have it.

3) The “secretary”. This is a piece of furniture that was made by Ethel’s Great^Nth grandfather – I’m never sure which one, or when, and the story seems to change. This is ancient, heavy oak – it’s made out of casket crates. Yes, in the Midwest in the 1800s, they had so much hardwood – they were cutting down everything to clear land to plan corn – that they used heavy oaken planks to make boxes to ship heavy oaken caskets. It’s also got a pane of broken glass – not sure when it broke.

4) My Franklin Planner. I’ve been using a planner to do my morning 11th Step stuff since the mid 1990s. I am now at a crisis, a turning point – I only have the pages for the rest of September in the planner. The other pages – running out until 30 June of next year – are SOMEWHERE in some box or other; I don’t know what I’m going to do come October 1st.

5) My morning books – the Big Book says that, for the morning 11th Step, “there are many helpful books also”. Currently, my morning readings include:
* The Daily Word (from Unity)
* God Calling, by Two Listeners
* Around The Year with Emmet Fox
* Grist for the Mill, by Ram Dass

6) Morning chair – a hard, but comfortable, oaken chair made by Amish folk of Montana. I want my morning chair to support me, but not lend itself to napping 🙂

7) Army Wall – on the 4th of May, 1985, the Army moved me into a pup tent, intending to keep me there until they could court martial me out. I started going to meetings…..ten months later, I was the battalion SOQ (Soldier of the Quarter), the brigade SOQ – and the 2nd Armored Division SOQ, and then I was an NCO. This wall is covered in awards – and the purpose of the awards is to remind me that all I wanted to do was go to meetings, talk about God, and help other folks sober up, and my career went from an impending court martial to a box full of medals and a deuce-and-a-half full of prizes. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God…”

8) Bachelor of Science diploma from the University of Alabama, Huntsville – Computer Science and Mathematics. Huh 🙂

8) (yes, there are two 8s. So I have a degree in math – doesn’t mean I can count) – my desk. Now, this is another desk of Indiana oak, and it looks to me to be exactly the same oak as the secretary – but Ethel says it isn’t. And it looks to me to be made the same way, but Ethel says that it’s a different ancestor…..a funny thing about this desk. It’s been in her family for way, way over 100 years, but I suspect that it’s been “my desk” for at least as long as its been anyone else’s 🙂

The other view:


9) Another BSCS diploma – but this one was cross-stitched by my mother in law. It stays on the wall, dude 🙂

10) My first trophy – the first evening that KimPuckett and I spent together, we went through the deli at a local supermarket. They were playing some music, and I grabbed her and started dancing with her. Later on, she found out that I’d never had a trophy of any kind – so she got me a trophy that said “My love, my life – thank you for taking me dancing in the deli”.

10) – Yes, there are two 10s. Don’t ask me why – this is a sing-along stuffed animal that Ward got me one year for Christmas. I don’t know why 🙂 …when you squeeze the belly, it chirps out one note and syllable of the song “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”.

11) A stuffed Nessie – I got it at Loch Ness

12) – Three stuffed baby goslings.

” Every planet has its own weird customs. About a year before we met, I spent six weeks on a moon where the principal form of recreation was juggling geese. My hand to God. Baby geese – goslings! They were juggled.  “

13) Single-cup K-cup maker. Has yet to be used. But it will be, as soon as I finish typing this.

14) Four of my instruments, that aren’t getting played much right now, because, yes, I’m still moving. When I look at this morning’s entries in the Franklin Planner, all of the non-daily stuff is moving stuff.

15) A deer butt. Lots of folks have deer heads on their wall. I took the minority view.

So that’s a quick tour of my office. I’m not spending as much time up here as I had thought – or hoped – that I would.

For some reason, I’m tired all the time – really, I don’t know why. My training volume is way down, even though intensity is the same; I should have more energy. I’m also sleeping a lot – we’re getting at least eight hours every night. I have no idea why I’m tired. But I am.

Now I’m gonna go get that first K-cup of coffee.


1 comment
  1. Ronnie said:

    Hahha, your bad numbering and your acknowledgment of your bad numbering is great!
    Also, awwwwww at the stuffed animal Ward gave you.

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