It’s Friday and Here’s Some Things:

by Steve Mitchell

Let’s see.

Today was Alec’s first day back to school.

He’s a Junior, now.

I know!  Right?  goddamn!

I can use the full profanity because he’s nearly seventeen.  And he doesn’t read this blog.  But my mom does.

Sorry, Mom.


So far so good, one day in.  He’s got all familiar teachers except for his physics teacher and his pre-calculus teacher.  He thinks he’ll like them.

What else?

Tomorrow, Lucie and I are going northeast to camp with friends.  We’re just staying until Sunday.  The plan is to see the Perseids meteor shower unobstructed by light pollution.

But, the forecast calls for overcast weather and potential rain.


We’ll see.

Okay, one last thing.  On Monday, I go to Oklahoma for two weeks of training.  I’ll be taking computer networking.  It should be good.

I’m a little concerned about my toolbox, however.  See, my toolbox neighbor, when he went on a two week vacation, returned to find his toolbox decorated with used machine belts, parts, and debris, suchly:


Hope you have a pocket knife…

Well, that’s not quite how he found it.  He returned more to something like this:


You can’t see the bubble wrap under the wheels…

Now, I’m not saying I had anything to do with the condition of his toolbox.

But.  I did have anything to do with the condition of his toolbox.

And there, just to the right of his box…is my toolbox.  It’s just sitting there, vulnerable, for the next two and half weeks.

Lord knows what I’ll find when I return.

In the meantime, I hid more bubble wrap, only this time, it’s hidden under the wheels of my box – just a little opening salvo should anyone decide to move it.

I’ll surely pay for it.