Friday, January 20, 2012

Not So Fast


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

On the 31st of December, last, I said farewell to my full-time job and set out to enjoy a new life of freedom. I looked up at the clear, blue sky in all its glory and then turned and watched all the tourists streaming out of town, wondering if they'd ever return.

You see, it hadn't snowed in December and there wasn't a hint of the "white gold" in the air. But, hey, I was free. I didn't have to be anywhere at any time for any reason. Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I was free at last ... not so fast.

The next day, my phone rang twice and I received two calls that were destined to change my life. One was from a friend of mine who needed to be out of town and needed her pets and home taken care of while she was away, and the other was from a friend of mine who needed to be out of town and needed her pets and home taken care of while she was away. Redundant, but true.

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Two weeks into the new year and now I was responsible for three homes, three phones and their messages, three mailboxes and their contents, three trash cans and six pets—three cats, two dogs and a goldfish and, "don''t let the pipes freeze."

And now it's snowing. It's snowing hard. I wanted to "chill" by the fire and I'm walking dogs in a blizzard, picking up "dark prunes" in the snow and scooping them into a bag. (Okay, a plastic bag!)

The boys and I have lost 16 balls in the snow when we play "fetch." I throw the ball, they lose it, game over. What fun! The cats and the fish could care less as long as they're fed on time and left entirely alone. The dogs are outraged if I even attempt to leave the room.

It's snowing harder, now. Maybe the gals won't be able to get back home for another week or so? What about my needs? Oh, well, at least, I'm free ... not so fast!

Nice talking to you.




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