Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Or lease or rent ....
What? you ask.
I've been doing it for quite awhile now. Can't even remember how I got it. Perhaps I appropriated it from Paty when she left town a time or two, I'm not sure. Ownership is at best hazy so any deal should be under the table, wink, wink.
It's been fun, but participation has been steadily dwindling until the people who I believe used to count on it the most no longer show up. I think what that means is it's time for a shot in the arm, a new face and voice, a new enthusiasm. Or perhaps Saturday Check-In will become another vacant house on the street with a slightly worn looking for sale sign pounded into the front lawn. And if that's what people want, that's okay. The "property" will still be there no matter if it's occupied or not and when enthusiasm for a weekly place to be held accountable and check in on how people are doing is once again needed, why you can throw on a fresh coat of paint and open the draperies and go back into business!
Now if this thought leaves you sad, let's make a deal. You take it over. Bring your insight and I promise I will stop by often and admire what you've done with the place. I personally always thought a few walls should be knocked down. Open it up, let in some light. But I could never tell which walls needed to go and lacking the foresight to envision the remodel, did little to modernize. I hope one of you has some grand ideas and are even now scrambling to find your checkbook to see if you have enough to make the purchase (cash would be appreciated, no credit cards, please.) Or maybe you could go in on it with a few other people and form a consortium!
Now you're probably wondering about a price. Since I stole it from Paty, I suppose the only fair thing would be to look the other way while someone "stole" it from me. How's that for a bargain?
Since I am moving out of Saturday as of this Saturday, I'm also having a garage sale. On the table to your left is INDECISION. There's lots of it, two or three baskets as I recall. Bargain basement pricing. Okay, it's used, yes, I agree, but there's still plenty of life left in it. There's always life left in indecision because it's so good at stealing what it wants. One low price takes the whole lot.
Oh, I see what you're looking at. That big black cloudy thing there is FEAR leftover from, well, fear is never leftover, there's always plenty of it to go around. It's got a bad rap. Think how well it multi-tasks. It can be a moat, isolating you from pain and rejection (and joy and success, but there's always two sides to everything, isn't there?) It can be a mountain you can't bulldoze or wash away with a flood, a raging river you can't cross with the stoutest ship, quicksand or a tornado. It can keep you safe, it can do almost anything but propel you forward, but don't let that one little fault keep you from grabbing a bag and taking all you want. I've had this batch for years and just don't want to keep moving it around with me anymore.
And that leaves us with that pile over there. It's APATHY which I mentioned before I was getting rid of. Apathy is gooey and sticky, so if you're in the market, put on a pair of gloves before you wrangle some into a box to take with you. Warning: if it touches you, it may manifest itself as fear or indecision or both. May leave an invisible rash. May make you tired, vulnerable, weak. Symptoms can last for weeks or years. Interacts with other issues. Use at your own risk.
That's it. The Saturday Check-In house is empty and ready for occupancy. If you aren't ready to commit for good, give it a try for a week and see how you like it. But while we're on the topic of getting rid of things you don't want anymore, do you have anything you'd like to get rid of? I'll leave a table on the lawn in case you want to try unloading it here. Good luck!