Mostly harmless (corto) wrote,
Mostly harmless
corto

fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way

The moments that make up a dull day...

~ how you handle today's business... has a lot to do with how tomorrows will be.
"Yes... can we help you?"
"Well... not certain." Placing bag of ground Verona coffee on the counter.
"you see... my darling wife zoomed through earlier this week and had you grind some coffee for her."
"... and?"
"yes... well, in her haste, she grabbed the decafinated variety."
"ah... and you wanted the regular?"
"indeed."
"no problem..." grabbing a bag of regular verona... "flat bottom basket?"
"yes... and thank you."
"do you know anyone who drinks decaf?"
"er... "
"why don't you take both..." pushing the first bag back... "and may we get you a coffee? on us... "
(sigh. :D starbucks... goooooood)

~ stuffed with love
Edwards build-a-bear, stuffed by his hand, including several wee hearts, is quite a hit
(at bed time)
"DAD! NO!"
"but Ed... He doesn't mind if I talk to him..."
"NO! He doesn't listen to anyone but me."
"well... he and I talk when you're not here..."
"!!! Yeah? well lets ask him!"
turns to bear... nose to nose...
"well... do you?"
pause... bear nose to Ed's ear...
"HA! He does not..."

~ Zen and the Art of Automobile Repair
If you car exhaust is a bit throaty... If your clutch cable makes a squeak...
If there's an unexplained tinkling sound from back there...
It's far more cost efficient... to put in a good stereo.

Zoom to futurshop... buy cool laptop mouse for mom.
Look at car speakers... finally get a sales assist... point at affordable speakers...
"nope... we don't have those in stock. what are you looking for"
"one of my front speakers is doa... I want to replace them."
"Make model year?"
"Honda civic, four door, 97"
"k... just sec."
game show final question music...
"ok... you want a 6 1/2 inch ... we have these..."
"k.. you're out of the 49 - 79$ variety but only have loads of the 99 and up?"
"basically"
"k... I'll look around."
Wallmart... buy 6 1/2 jensens... 59$... try to install... and they don't fit. curses!
return... buy 5 1/4 jensens... 49$... Then go to dinner at moms house with family.
Home again... dark and windy... try to install. They fit! except ... wait... four holes to mount on speaker, and three holes on car. sigh.
Read packaging and instructions. They list every fricking honda ever... except the 96-98 four door civics as compatible. more curses.
So for an encore... I get up with the tools and shut the door, and put stuff away in the garage...
Return to car.
Door locked. Keys inside. Radio on (rear speakers)... Interior light on. Locked up tight.
Check watch.
Address sudden desire to converse with the Admiral.
Check watch. 5 mins down wind.
Get coat hanger.
cut, bend, wedge, find little silver "car doors unlock lever" and pull.
Open car.
Check watch... 10 mins down wind.
Five minutes to break into car.
Sad really.
I still need speakers.

Time for relaxing.
See ya.
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