In Queue

04/04/2020; 10:19am; Costco Run; Battery at 93%

I had read that lines were pretty long at Costco a couple weeks back; I’d driven by once before and the line was out and down the building. Turns out that was relatively short compared to what I arrived to on Saturday.

The warehouse opens at 10am. When I arrive the line is around the building; ALL the way around the building; the end of the line is practically opposite the entrance; and this is a…100,000 square foot building.
I hear two ladies speaking in Russian to one another; their people know what lines are about. Planned waiting. Angling to get that certain something.  

It was about a 50 minute wait in line. Not too long, big picture.  And TP was available; most everything else we we were looking for too.    Everything on the list gathered up, pretty easy.  People to and fro, some with masks, some not.  People respecting the six foot rule, mostly; except maybe when we were passing in the aisles.

And when I left, the line was quite a bit shorter, maybe two-third smaller thank when I queued up. 

Departed  11:53amBattery at 72%

What I learned? If you get to Costco by Noon, you should be ok to get what you need. Line Inside (normal), or outside (during this crazy pandemic time), ya gotta have patience.  You’re going to have to wait.

During this time as we enter Week 4, public guidelines are tightening:

** More people wearing masks;

** More stringent limits on number of people allowed into a space at once;

** As before, instructed to maintain six feet distance between people;

** Patience, resilience, and creativity are at a premium; those virtues will serve you well.

Postscript: Went back the next day to get more vegetables — you can never have enough vegetables, after all — and this time, it was closer to Noon, a little later, actually. It was raining; it wasn’t a hard rain, just easy, a steady fall. The line was shorter: a booster practice run on having more patience.
Standing in lines: It will serve you well.

Palm Sunday, A Few Thoughts

I always seem to have mixed feelings and a bag of different thoughts as Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday.

I’m sad, thinking about the coming suffering we’ll remember.

I struggle to imagine the crowds that welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem as he entered the city. I try to picture a crowd lining the road, waving palms, blankets thrown down in front of the little donkey that was his steed.

I feel sorrow for the awful, violent, and humiliating treatment Jesus would receive leading up to his crucifixion.

I try to imagine the thoughts Jesus had leading up to it all; and then, what were his thoughts and feelings as it all unfolded?

I can’t really imagine. All I can do is pray. And so I do.

Tins of Goodness

The tins the tins, are tucked away, in the cupboard on the shelf, not far away.

I forgot about both for a while, now it’s time, time for a trial. Yea give ‘em a try, and you will see, there’s goodness inside, and ready to be,

Ready to be called on, the little silver fish, sardines from the ocean, my very wish. Tasty and salty and good for you, Omega 3s, so good for you. Chopped up small, mixed up nice, yummy salad topper, yummy salad topper, so good for you, it’s so so true.

In the other tin at the end of the day, a sweet little treat, waiting for me. Crunch little goodness, sugar and butter, for the holidays, or any day. In fact in fact, I can tell you now, gonna have gotta have a few to chow,

chow down cause they’re tasty and a stress release, little nibble of happiness, just a little piece. So give me some peace, that’s what I say, peace inside, everyday, find it in the tins, good to know, good to go.

Use What You Have

Often times we have to quickly adjust to changing circumstances.

To be successful, we have to do the best with what we have in the moment to create the best outcome possible with given constraints.

When we suddenly were ordered to stay home and “shelter in place”, most all of us had to adapt. Three weeks in, we’re still making adjustments and modifications to plan and place and schedule to accommodate.

Example? Living with four other people in a three bedroom house, you’d think there would be plenty of space. Not so much.

Two of the three bedrooms are only set up for sleeping, really; no desks, tables, etc. to use as work space. So my wife took the third bedroom we use as a reading room. That’s her base and classroom; she does her virtual teaching from there.

The kids are working at the dining table, and using the family room as their play/craft multi-use space. That leave me the garage, which I’m perfectly happy with. We don’t use it for parking vehicles; it’s a multi-use space too.

I started working in the washroom / dogs kennel side of the garage. I set up a make-shift standing desk on top of the recycling bin; that worked for about two weeks.

Now that we’re in this “work from home, shelter in place” mode for at least another month, I’ve moved to the other side of the space, where I already have a desk. I didn’t go directly there because it was piled high with other things (the garage space also function as storage for things only sometimes used). Enough of that though. In pretty short order I cleared, cleaned, recycled, and voila! a whole new look, a whole new functionality.

Amazing what you come up with when pressed. What actions can you take to improve your situation? Look around; there’re likely a few options to choose from. Go ahead, make it a little better. Make it GOOD.

Lyrics Post: “The Champion”

Sometimes you need a fight song to get your through the thick, help you pull out of the rut, and move yourself forward.

It’s cliche for a reason: being a champion comes from within. Anything else is a lesser substitute. The fight, the fire…it’s inside. Keep going. You’ll see. A champion comes in many forms.

“The Champion”
(feat. Ludacris)
By Carrie Underwood

[Carrie Underwood:]
I’ll be the last one standing
Two hands in the air, I’m a champion
You’ll be looking up at me when it’s over
I live for the battle, I’m a soldier, yeah

I’m a fighter like Rocky
Put you flat on your back like Ali
Yeah, I’m the greatest, I’m stronger
Paid my dues, can’t lose, Imma own ya, ay

I’ve been working my whole life
And now it’s do or die

I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion
You’re gonna know my name
You can’t hurt me now
I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion

When they write my story
They’re gonna say that I did it for the glory
But don’t think that I did it for the fame, yeah
I did it for the love of the game, yeah
And this is my chance I’m taking
All them old records I’m breaking
All you people watching on the TV
You go ahead and put your bets on me, ay

I’ve been waiting my whole life
To see my name in lights

I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion
You’re gonna know my name
You can’t hurt me now
I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion

Born champion, Luda!
The C is for the courage I possess through the drama
H is for the hurt but it’s all for the honor
A is for my attitude working through the patience
Money comes and goes so the M is for motivation
Gotta stay consistent, the P is to persevere
The I is for integrity, innovative career
The O is optimistic, open and never shut
And the N is necessary cause I’m never giving up
See they ask me how I did it, I just did it from the heart
Crushing the competition, been doing it from the start
They say that every champion is all about his principles

[Carrie Underwood:]
I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion
You’re gonna know my name
You can’t hurt me now
I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion

I’m the champion, yeah
Surpassed all rivals
It’s all about who wants it the most

[Carrie Underwood:]
I am the champion

Fight for what we believe in
That’s what champions are made of

[Carrie Underwood:]
I am the champion

Writer(s): Brett James, Carrie Underwood, Christopher Bridges, Christopher Destefano

Not All Peaches & Cream

Feeling the flip-side acutely just now. Rough night on a couple levels, one kid in particular, Number 3, she lost her frickin’ mind as the evening waned.

It put a thick coating of woe on everyone. The other two seemed no worse for the wear. Me, not so much. Foul mood to bed, never a good thing.

Then in the morning, the two kids that witnessed the meltdown, they mentioned it to Number 3. She started spinning again, threatening another crash; thankfully it was a shallow spiral, and she shook it loose (with some help).

All this in the first hour of getting the house going for another day of “Shelter In Place”, “Work From Home”, “Learn From Home”, all running in parallel.

All pretty standard, really. Three kids under 10, shit happens, feathers frequently ruffled, perseverence the order of the day, every day.

So what’s the point?

Someone recently said to me, “You know, you project this Positive Attiude, send out all these Good Vibes, but your own attitude and response to things isn’t always so great.”

That’s EXACTLY the point. I do what I do and generate the ideas and thoughts and motivators and props, and really most everything coming out that’s GOOD?

It’s my fundamental effort to direct my OWN attitude, push myself in the right direction, keep myself going in a positive direction.

I’m sure I’ve shared this before, but it certainly bears repeating.

I do NOT think life is all peaches & cream.

But I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let the struggles, the misfortunes, the failures, the difficulties have the last word.

Churchill is famously quoted as saying, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat…”, when he took over as Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1940, with the nation (and the whole of Europe) already embroiled in war with Nazi Germany.

So let’s be clear, I’m no Winston Churchill; but I do understand very well his mentality and his resolve. And I offer the bright side, the glass half full, a single candle even in the seemingly immutable darkness.

Because even thought it’s often not easy, even though difficulty and even suffering are all too common, what will prevail? GOOD.

Good will prevail. Let’s make it so as best we can every hour, every day.

Easy Is OK

Sometimes it’s ok to go the easy route. In fact, it’s the smart thing to do if you know the outcome will be to your liking.

If you take the tried and true path, it might also afford you more time for other things; maybe those new and more challenging things you haven’t gotten to.

Simple example? Maybe using the “Popcorn” setting on the microwave. Follow the guidelines, easy peasy, perfect, completely-popped popcorn.

Been making a lot of that lately for kid snacks during the “work/school day” at home while we shelter in place from the Coronavirus.

Taking the easy route is ok. If you get the chance, give it a try.