Well, I’m back again, and for those of you not fortunate enough to be situated in northern Indiana, (definitely the top place to live in the USA) we have been seeing some signs of spring. The Robins are back and they are bigger & louder than ever. But this also means that the fish are starting to bite. I got to go Wed. afternoon and caught one keeper Walleye that I took home and ate for supper. That was some gooood eat’n Mmmm mh!!
I was going to go yesterday but with the temp down the last couple days (outside and in our home) I decided my time might be better used by cleaning and organizing my shop. I have for the past 2 months, been fighting off the urge to get in there and really clean things up. But I hesitated knowing that with all those unopened boxes somehow reproducing, I might end up with some pretty cool stuff if I just put it off for another week. However I finally caved yesterday and transformed it into some usable space. For those of you unfamiliar with such a process, I will divulge my secret system to you.
1. Setting the scene: Before you even start you must be careful not to set others’ expectations too high. Yesterday morning (relatively speaking) I told my wife that I was thinking of “starting” to clean out the shop. Notice I didn’t say I was going to clean out the shop. As you can see, it is very important to set expectation levels at a minimum, that way if you do finish it, you are a hero. (this also leaves you a loophole if your best friend should happen to call, and ask if you want to go fishing.)
2. The art of arrangement: it is a little known fact that almost all objects (including dirt) can be rearranged in such a manner so as to appear “cleaned up”. I have, from a very early age been a student of this theory and am now considered by some as a professional. It seems like only yesterday when as a young impressionable child my older brother and I were sent to clean out that exact same garage that he tried to impress on me his own theory on the matter: if mom and dad can’t see the dirt, it must not be there. This theory was short lived however when one day my mother overheard me asking my brother if we were going to clean the garage the right way or the fast way. Oh well, it was probably better this way since the carpets in the garage had started to take on a “lumpy” appearance from all the dirt piled under them. This did however prove that by merely rearranging the items at hand they looked relatively clean.
3. last but not least, Proper Spin: Let your wife assume that you have given up fishing with your friend so you can be at home and work around the house. Even if it was too cold to go fishing and you had decided to stay home and get some work done. She will perceive this as a monumental sacrifice and be much more pleased with your efforts.
Well, I hope this will help you in your Saturday tasks in the future. In summary: do your work in such a manner so that the next time you want to take a Saturday to go fishing, your wife will insist that you need some free time.
Until next time…