I’m happy to report that Jen and baby have returned from Colorado safe and sound. By all accounts a good time was had by all They enjoyed their time with the family there and while they were away I only missed two baby milestones; Lily’s first foray into semi-solid foods and an honest-to-goodness laugh. Oh well, I was bound to miss something anyway due to my jet-setting, rat race lifestyle. Oh right, I’m home by five everyday and never work weekends. But honestly, I’m not bitter. Lily brings plenty of joy to be shared with the whole family, so it was nice that those who live far away got to experience some of it too. Hopefully she’ll have an amazing first left for my sister and her husband when they come up to visit in a month of so. Thankfully, Lily was a very cooperative addition to the friendly skies, as she slept on the plane pretty much the whole time they were in the air, both coming and going (Is it bad form to use the slogan of a different airline [ie. “the friendly skies”] than the one you flew when talking about it to others, especially if the experience was mostly pleasent? Is that robbing them of the good word-of-mouth advertising they’re entitled to? Just in case it is, let me rephrase that last bit. Lily was an excellent airline passenger making it easy on Jen to be free to move about the country. There, I feel better.) I’m glad to have them home.
You may recall a post last week and my mention in that post of a project I was beginning while the girls were away. Jen reads my blog somewhere in the neighborhood of only once a year, so I felt fairly confident that I could talk about the project here with little fear of her getting wind of it. However, just to be safe I didn’t mention what the project actually was. This was a wise decision on my part, because wouldn’t you know it, Jen happened to access Life of Ando the very next day. Not to read it, mind you, but only to find a link to Ask a Ninja of all things. When I talked to her on the phone later that evening, she questioned what my project was. I was able to downplay it, I’m pretty sure without compromising my integrity, and not let on that I was actually installing the dishwasher that had been sitting in our garage for the past year. Leave it to a woman to try to spoil the surprise. Fortunately, she never figured it out, and doubly fortunate that I didn’t burn down or flood the house in my attempt at home improvement. She was genuinly shocked when she walked through the kitchen after getting home Saturday night and saw an installed dishwasher and she was probably even more shocked that it actually worked, though she was good enough not to say so. What a wife I have. More on this at a later date. I video documented the whole procedure so look for that soon on a YouTube Friday near you.
During the installation process I made a couple runs to Home Depot where I noticed two signs there I thought were interesting. Thanks to the greatest invention of the past 50 years, the cell phone camera, I was able to capture these signs of the times and share them here with you.
Has political correctness gotten so out of hand in this country that it even effects our fowl. We can’t just call chicken wire chicken wire anymore? Were the turkeys getting their feelings hurt? What’s next, poultry nuggets? Mmmmm, doesn’t that sound good?
Now, I’m no marketing expert but I always thought advertising increased savings would be a better tool for attracting customers. Or maybe they just need a comma.
And for the “other nonsense” I offer this bad, yet relevant joke: what has four arms, four legs, and is all wet? My old dishwasher. Ba-dum-cheeeeee!
One last thing, if I was a celebrity I’d be sweating it right about now. With Tim Russert and George Carlin kicking the bucket in the last week and the well known and documented fact of public figures always dying in threes, I’ve never been more relieved to be a nobody.