My LovelyWife left me a message at the bus stop this morning. 😉
Today is indeed a very special day.
Not because two years ago, the soap opera As the World Turns ends as its final episode is broadcast, after a 54 year run.
No, it’s not because on this day in 1996 Vancouver actor Michael J. Fox debuts in situation comedy ‘Spin City’ on ABC-TV.
It’s not because in 1988 the Games of the 24th Olympiad began in Seoul, with the Canadian team joining 14,000 athletes from 160 countries. Not even close.
It’s certainly not because Montreal actor William Shatner starred in last episode of TV crime drama T.J. Hooker on CBS on this day in 1987.
With the current NHL lockout, you’d think today is significant since in 1971 Guy Lafleur played his first NHL game with the Canadiens. But that’s not the reason why today is so special.
September 17th marks the moment when the shopping days left until Christmas go below the 100 threshold. That’s right, there is now 99 days left until Christmas. Any way you want to cut it, that’s not a lot of days.
Also, it’s LovelyWife’s Birthday.
For my mathematician.
A hard, rare metal under standard conditions when uncombined, tungsten is found naturally on Earth only in chemical compounds. It was identified as a new element in 1781, and first isolated as a metal in 1783. Its important ores include wolframite and scheelite. The free element is remarkable for its robustness, especially the fact that it has the highest melting point of all the non-alloyed metals and the second highest of all the elements after carbon.
Still here? Good.
Sixteen years ago LovelyGirlfriend became LovelyWife. This is our Tungsten anniversary. Like Tungsten, being married 16 years is a hard and rare thing. Like Tungsten, we are remarkable for our robustness, and I have a really high melting point.
LovelyWife likes to set things on fire (that’s the carbon reference) including my heart.
And that’s a W. 😉
Happy Anniversary Honey! XXX
A few days ago, I told you I’ll eventually tell you the difference between a trip and a vacation.
To summarize, a vacation is something you do to relax. A trip is something you do to learn things, fulfill a childhood dream, learn new things, visit a new country from North to South and East to West, climb a mountain…
In order to know if you’re planning a trip or a vacation, picture yourself doing the thing you are going to do. Now picture yourself coming back home after having done the thing you planned to do. Picture yourself dropping luggage in your hallway. Now read this sentence out loud:
“I could totally use a week to rest from this!”
If you can see yourself saying something like this, you’re planning a trip. Not a vacation.
I must be extremely clear on this point: There is absolutely nothing wrong about planning a trip. I think trips are defining moments in my life, and I’m glad I’m planning / doing them. I think going to Scotland was truly the trip of a lifetime.
However, it was not a vacation.
There is something inherently devastating about thinking that you’re going to go on a vacation only to discover that you’re really going on a trip. There are also a few people that I know very very well *cough* LovelyWife *cough* that can’t tell the difference between a trip and a vacation. Those people *cough* LovelyWife *cough* would most likely have this list:
As you can probably guess, planning something to do as a family for the summer in our house is the constant source of headaches and arguments, normally ending in one of us saying “We’ll do what you want LovelyWife”. It always starts the same way: “What are we doing for vacations this summer?”. Then we’ll each list things that we’d like to do on post-its. It’ll inevitably end up looking like this:
So to my LovelyWife I say this:
Even when life with you is far from a vacation; you’ll remain now and forever, the trip of my lifetime. XXX
Because you know that I could totally use a week to rest from this.
“I’m going to cook some bacon for breakfast. I’m hesitating between using the blowtorch and sticking the slices in the toaster to cook it. What do you think I should do?”
“How about just using a pan?” I reply.
“Well if you want to do it then…”
This is how my wife asks me to cook bacon. Come to think of it, this is pretty much how she asks me to do anything, really. She knows that if I get scared enough, I’ll step in and do it for her, so she doesn’t lose a finger or set the house on fire – again – or both.
“I’m going to take out the trash. Should I wear my roller blades to go down the stairs or should I use my bare foot to stomp on those shards of glass?”
“I’m going to change that electrical socket. Can you pass me that bucket of water and those tinfoil gloves?”
“I’m going to shovel the driveway. Let me put on my bathing suit first or should I wear this snorkel?”
“I’m cleaning the bathroom. Do we have any battery acid left?”
“I’m going to empty the dishwasher. I’ll just put on those boxing gloves and blindfold myself first. The red or green blindfold?”
“Time to clean the oven. Do you use regular matches or the extra long ones to ignite the lighter fluid?”
“I’ll update my iPad. Where’s the hammer and chisel?”
“Of course I can drive the kids to school. The break pedal is on the left, right?”