Happy Labor Day… Now get to Work

Sep 5, 2014 by

We were lamenting whether it was worth going out or not.  My wife hemmed and hawed and suggested we just stay home.

I insisted we go and packed up the car with wife, dog, kid and chairs for 6 as we were bringing extras for friends and family we were meeting there.   We pulled out of the drive way as the sun was setting and headed toward the beach.  There was a free movie night at the pier and they were showing the Lego movie, which I had not seen yet and I love Lego’s.

More importantly, I love those fun community events like outdoor movies and how awesome is it that we get to watch movies at the ocean?  So we were packed up and we trudged on.  I was contemplating my wife’s offers of just calling it off and staying home as it was late and by the time we got there our child would be asleep and couldn’t care less about any movie at all, and we also hadn’t had any dinner yet.  I was determined to make it happen.  We threw out suggestions of fast food that didn’t sound appealing, but was close by that we could grab for dinner.  We picked something close by and paid way too much for some crappy food and found our way to park.

At this point we now had to figure out how we were going to get ourselves, a small dog, a small child, 6 chairs, a diaper bag, and our fast food dinner from the parking lot down to the pier.  With 6 chairs strapped to my shoulders, a fast food bag in one hand and the dogs leash in the other I was wishing I had listened to my wife as we began our trek.   Then midway through our journey my oh so cute dog decided to stop mid way and take a giant crap on the sidewalk full of people.  It was at this point that I was cursing me and my good ideas.  I handed my wife the fast food, and dogs leash, put down all 6 chairs and scooped up the poop with haste as to not block all of the foot traffic around us.  We repacked all the equipment onto us and made our way to our destination.

Grumbling and complaining I setup the chairs for the movie which had just started and we sat down.  We met up with our other family and friends who took their seats next to us and all of a sudden all was well.  We settled into our spots and I held my son on my lap as my wife held our dog and had a fantastic evening.

It was all worth it.  It was a pain in the ass in the making, but it made a fantastic moment.


The epiphany then struck me that we must work to create fun.  You have to put in the effort to plan and coordinate with friends and family to make meaningful events and moments happen.  It’s because of the work that you can truly enjoy the moments you create.   I could have stayed at home and taken it easy, but I would have missed out on the great memories waiting for me.  I could have not done the work and I would have not gotten the rewards.

It’s just that simple.

So Labor Day has come and gone.  It’s now time to get to work.  Go out and create some fun memories for you and your friends and family.  Plan a camping trip.  Invite some friends over for dinner.  Go for a hike.  Plan and do something.  It is so worth it and so much better than just staying home.


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Shredding memories

Aug 15, 2011 by

I am well organized.  Maybe a little too organized.

One of my things-I-hate-the-most is spending time running around looking for something, so I put things where they go.

I can also save things for way too long.   I’m not a hoarder, but I probably save too much.  This was part of the impetus for the 1AW project.

The last room in my house to get remodeled was the office.  In this move, I threw away two filing cabinets.  One was a very large 4 drawer I got at the swap meet for 10 bucks, the other was a very ugly white one with two drawers.  It was also at this time I decided I did not need to keep all the old papers I had in them.

I did a massive recycling job on most of the papers and saved 3 huge boxes of papers to shred.  These were financial documents and such and I just didn’t want to recycle them.  So I’ve been shredding them a little at a time.  

As I shred them I laugh that I kept old payroll forms from jobs I don’t even remember having.  I smile as I shred old court documents from when that lady sued my insurance company from an accident I was in.  There was not a scratch on her car, but she was so injured she couldn’t work.  ha-ha.   I laugh as I shred old expense reports remembering the time I only ate Wahoo’s fish tacos for a week while I worked from Huntington Beach running the web streaming from the surf competitions.  I chuckle as I shred old credit card statements where Chase tried to screw me on some late fees on a closed account.

Its fun to look back on all these times in my life where these problems emerged and consumed my thoughts and energy and now I can barely remember the details.  Just scraps of paper are all that remain of these once “important” times.

I shred old student loan docs and am so thankful I paid those off early.  I shred old eclectic bills and reminisce about the 400 square foot apartment that only costs 13 dollars to run.

I shred old pager bills.  I shred old financial aid forms.  I shred it all and laugh.

Its nice to look back at old problems and realize that they are nothing now and were probably nothing then.


What problems are you going through now that you will probably look back on in 5 to 10 years and probably not even remember?  Why dont’ you stop worrying about them now then?  Just a thought.

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