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I wasn’t kidding.

Tigger takes his job very seriously.

He’s always there for the family, watching out for strangers, enemies, mailmen, evil insurgents that might break into the house at night and take the dog food and/or treats, and especially other animals such as rabbits.

You just can’t trust rabbits.

Who is your copilot?


I’ve got a mobile home (double-wide, to be exact) to fix up and sell. 

As some of you know, we recently moved to a new home here in Austin and now I need to prepare the old homestead for sale and move-out.   (pics and video are forthcoming, I promise).

Good thing I have the promise of knowing that hardworking, honest people who care are out there.  And it’s nice to know they are painfully honest.

I have an appointment with a handyman to come out next week and give me a bid on doing some work here and there – power wash the outside, rebuild a couple sections of flooring that got wet, fix some walls, lay down some vinyl tile – you know… stuff.  

Stuff I’d do myself if I had time.  Don’t even get me started on the cleaning that has to happen.

You see, the work itself is something I find fun and rewarding, but I just don’t have the time.  I’m the type of guy who likes to learn how to do something – just about anything – once.  I’ve changed my own oil – once.  I’ve rebuilt a carburetor – once.  I’ve laid tile, installed carpet, put up a dividing wall, poured concrete, dug a fire pit, changed my tires, installed a garbage disposal, painted a house, replaced heating elements in a water heater, built a computer from as scratch as you can get, installed a level brickstone walkway, resurfaced furniture and raised a couple of kids (well, halfway so far).  These are things I’m glad I know how to do, but I don’t want to do them every time, or very often.

Once is enough for most of it.

Now that I think about it, it’s not just about the fact that I don’t have the time.  It’s about efficiency, too.  Sure, it’s good to know how to do a lot of things… it helps you learn, you become smarter, more self-reliant, and if nothing else, you know how to spot a bad job when you see it.  But people who do things for a living are usually better, faster and more efficient than someone who just does it the first couple of times.  So while I know how to change my own oil, when *I* do it, it’s a mess and it takes me about 5 times as long as someone who does it every day.

About the only thing left is to figure out how to set up little mini-services for people who A) absolutely have the time to do a specific chore and B) have the money to pay for the chore to be done but C) want no part whatsoever in doing the chore (or) might do a horrible job at it. 

The example I’m thinking of right now is puppy dog poop stains.  I just want to call someone out to clean it up and clean it up right.  Sure, I have the time.  Sure, I have some of the right equipment.  But I know that there are people who are much better at doing that kind of stuff and won’t leave such a stain.  They can go door-to-door with a backpack-steam-vac and make the carpets look like new instead of like mushed up plastic swirlies.

Sigh. I guess it’s the price I pay until we can get a doggy door installed at the new house.

He sure is cute, though.


On Tuesday, my daughter got a root canal.

Yeah, ouch.  

However, she was A) coherent when she got home, B) only asked for some excedrin late at night and C) completely made my evening by watching six (6!) episodes of Heroes (Season One) with me.  We’re both completely taken with the show (the wife, not so much).

I should point out that she really gets annoyed when I predict certain things to happen.   And I must say, I’m pretty good at it.  But it’s the kind of annoyed that comes with an involuntary smile and a punch-to-the-shoulder-type-of-annoyance.  She complains but she loves it.  You know what I mean.

Anyhoo, our Hero-thon was interrupted by the weekly Puppy training class my daughter has been taking Tigger to.  She was up for homework (yay!) and Heroes (yay!) but not up for puppy training that week.

Now, I have to mention something.  My camera has been broken for a few weeks now and I haven’t spent the time or money to replace it.  That means a lack of DITL content and it also means I’m missing out on Tigger’s growth.  I mean, he’s at least TWICE that size now.

Let’s see if I can use my mad photoshopping skillz to re-create Tigger and age him a couple weeks to show how big he really is.

There.  That’s better.

Tuesday marked Tigger’s 4th week in the course, which meant graduation.  We received a certificate and everything!  In general during this initial course we learned such fantastic things as

  1. Come when called (our command is “here!”)
  2. Not biting while playing with humans
  3. Getting used to all sorts of humans – different races, different ages, different sizes.  And their hats.  Evidently it’s very important to introduce your puppy to wild oversized hats early in life.  Especially important in Texas.
  4. Not pull on leash so much during walk
  5. BONUS: shake hands (a “trick”)

We’re currently working on the bonus trick.  It’s deceptively easy to teach your dog how to “shake” and I can’t wait to show it off on an upcoming DITL.

Have I mentioned that my camera is broken?


wayne's 3-minute ditl day in the life
(DITL = Day In The Life)

Merry Christmas to all you awesome people!  I know it’s been 2 months since my last DITL, so I put in a little extra boredom and geek stuff at the end.  However, the DITL is still just 3 minutes.  It’s the bonus time that makes seem long and boring.

I thought about skipping #13 in the counting order like buildings and Presidents do, but what can I say? I’m a rebel that likes to live dangerously.

Wayne’s 3-minute DITL #13 from whall on Vimeo.

(Direct Youtube link)


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