The Next Day

By mid afternoon on Tuesday, I recovered from Monday’s hangover and started to feel better. By the time the 5:00 pm bell rang, I was back to my old self. On the way home I stopped at Korgers to pick up groceries. I bought canned beer at Krogers. I had two cans at home chilling in the fridge. I wondered to myself if I could survive the evening on only two cans of beer? I decided to give it a try.

The two cans were quickly consumed. The fresh cans were sitting in the fridge but were not cooling down as quickly as I wanted. I held one can in my hand to judge its internal temperature. It was still warm. I decided that it wouldn’t be satisfying to drink warm beer. So, I only had two cans of cold beer last night. My doctor would be proud as she says that two cans of beer is the absolute limit per day.

Last night, I started work on Phase Two of the MCS (mulch containment system). This phase of the total MCS project will not take as long to work on as the length of this segment is roughly a third of the total length of Phase One. Plus, I will try to avoid digging post holes for this Phase.

I saw a rabbit sniffing around the area where the work on Phase Two will be done. I hope I don’t destroy his habitat. I’ve seen two chipmunks sniffing around as well. I believe the rabit and chipmunks live under the deck.

Taxman Brewing Company. iPhone 7 photo taken by Dave O on July 3, 2021.

Hung Over ?

Shit. I believe I am seriously hung over.

Shit. This is not good.

Yesterday (July 5, 2021) was a relationship day. I got several chores done around the house, but the afternoon was spent at a cookout and the evening was spent drinking beer at the local Hooters with my daughter.

We left the Hooters place after it closed. We went home and talked for another few hours. It was after midnight when she left.

I don’t remember driving home from Hooters. Ugh. That is not good. Shit. I don’t even have a glimpse of a memory driving home. Thankfully, all must have gone ok since there are no dents in the Honda and my daughter and I are ok. But still, the lack of memory frightens me, very much frightens me.

I do remember my daughter getting hit on by a guy who bought us a round of beer. I remember the bartender’s eyes and smile. It was a great time.

I just wish I could remember walking out of the place, walking to the car and driving the mile or two home. Geez. That is not good to not remember it.

Sunday night (July 4, 20201) was spent working on the MCS (mulch containment system). Over Saturday and Sunday (July 3-4, 2021) I moved most of the top soil that was delivered on Friday (July 2, 2021). By Sunday evening I had finished moving all the dirt I needed at the time and was screwing in the 1x4x8 boards to finished that section of the MCS. Of course, I was drinking my favorite beer and had already spent a few hours at the local Hooters drinking beer. I remember stumbling as I was screwing down the boards. I don’t remember anything afterwards. Ugh.

Overall, the 3 Day Fourth of July weekend as a great balance of relationship and productive work. Probably should reduce the amount of beer drinking I do. Probably should.

Three cubic yards of top soil, on my drive way. iPhone 7 photo taken by Dave O on July 3, 2021.

Enthusiasm for Life at this Moment?

I am uncertain as to why I have enthusiasm for Life at this moment. Prior, I was depressed, melancholy and sad and couldn’t seem to overcome it. Now, I seem to be eager to get things done, eager to work (even in the Office). It could be due to :

  • I am finally losing weight. I stepped on the scale a few days ago to find that I am down below 190#. I haven’t been below this weight in over five years. I feel that I have my eating under control for the first time in those five years, maybe the first time in my life.
  • I am utilizing a new SEO tool that gives me insights on how to improve the Company web site. Before, I would just poke around to find something amiss. But this tool scans the site and gives a report on how to improve keyword ranking, find broken links, optimization. And I discovered the Google Light Speed program that tells you how fast things like First Paint and First Contenful Paint are on the page. Before a few days ago, I had never heard of those concepts and I work on web sites for a living.
  • I am memorizing a Bible verse. I am trying to memorize Revelation 1:1-2. Once I have memorized that verse I will add the next verse and continue until I have the Chapter memorized. Hopefully, I will memorized the next Chapter and the next until the entire book is memorize. But, thinking on these verse helps me avoid musing on the Cabin issue and the fall out from that.
  • I have been ‘practicing figure drawing’ for several weeks now, and, most importantly, been keeping up with it. I finished one Udemy course on digital painting. I purchaseed a course on Domestika called “Digital Fantasy Portraits with Photoshop“. The most important thing in this regard is to keep up the momentum and progress and don’t stall and stagnant like I usually do.
  • I’m keeping my You Tube watching to a minimum. If I could learn how to download Udemy and/or Domestika apps to the TV, the world will be a better place.
  • I am making more time lapse videos with the Nikon W300 camera. It gives me a little joy when I can capture cool and unique cloud motion in a time lapse. For any 50 videos maybe one or two are ‘cool and unique’.

I hate to say that returning to the Office after 15 months of Quarantine may have something to do with it.

Interest Sky over the house on Friday evening, June 11, 2021. iPhone 7 photos taken by Dave O.
Interest Sky over the house on Friday evening, June 11, 2021. iPhone 7 photos taken by Dave O.

A Sun Burn ?

I haven’t had a sun burn in many, many years. Of course the sun has burned my forearms a few times in those years but I’ve haven’t have a full torso, front, back and shoulders sun burn in a very long time.

Until yesterday.

Recently, it has been rather warm and sunny in central Indiana. On Sunday, May 23, I worked outside in the bright sun and upper 80 degree ambient temperature for a few hours. I trimmed a few burning bush shrubs and dug a few post holes. It was so hot that I took off my shirt. I usually don’t do that because of my body dysmorphia. I don’t want the neighbors to have to look upon a pasty, overweight short fat old white man. But, I didn’t care this time. Usually, I do care and suffer through the heat and sweat and discomfort so my neighbors don’t have to look on me. But this time it was just too hot.

I felt a burn later in the afternoon but ignored it.

Last night, I went back out after my day job to continue the task of digging post holes and again it was hot with bright sun. I believe the ambient air temperature was pushing 90°F. So, I took my shirt off and dug post holes.

My neighbor drove by, stopped, smiled (no doubt at the absurd sight) and mentioned that I ‘should cover up as I’m looking a little pink’.

I finished the goal of digging five post holes that evening and went inside and took a shower. It was then I noticed the pink skin and I began to feel roasted.

Odd array of vents, found on an abandon building in Morocco, Indiana. Nikon W300 photo taken by Dave O on May 22, 2021.
Odd array of vents, found on an abandon building in Morocco, Indiana.
Nikon W300 photo taken by Dave O on May 22, 2021.

Good Weekend

The past weekend, May 22-23, 2021 was probably the better of the 2021 weekends, so far. Why ?

  • Got the Covid vaccine. I didn’t really want it but peer pressure, work pressure, family pressure seemed to dictate that I get it. My doctor said it ‘wouldn’t hurt’ to get it. I wonder if I would jump off the Golden Gate if the government says to jump off the Golden Gate.
  • Washed the car, swept out all the grit and dirt and small pebbles (how do those it in the car), wiped the surfaces with a $2 Amour All sponge I bought from the vending machine and used my last car wash coupon.
  • Drove to Lafayette. Drank beer. Lunched at Teay’s River. Drove to Morroco Indiana, which seems like a cool place to retire to.
  • Got a hair cut.
  • Bought groceries. Still staying on track in my new eating plan of mostly chicken noodle soup and canned chicken.
  • Finished trimming all the burning bush shrubs in the yard. There are 41 burning bush shrubs in the yard.
  • Dug six post holes for the mulch containment system in the southern portion of the back yard. Hopefully, soon, I can get this project done.
  • Drank Zombie Dust beer.
  • Took several time lapsed videos with the Nikon W300 camera.

So, it was an active weekend. Which is good. Saturday was a relationship day and Sunday was a work day. If there was any down side is that I ran out of energy about 4:30 pm on Sunday afternoon, took a shower and then a nap.

Morocco Indiana water tower. Nikon W300 photo taken by Dave O on May 22, 2021.
Morocco Indiana water tower. Nikon W300 photo taken by Dave O on May 22, 2021.


Yesterday, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, was almost a good day. I was productive at work, after work I read a few pages in the Amy Downs book, practiced on the graphics tablet and worked outside in the yard and drank beer. The day ended laying in bed wondering though the You Tube wasteland.


I drank two cans of Daredevil Liftoff. I would have drank more but I didn’t have more to drink. I thought about driving up to the closest liquor store but I didn’t want to drive.

For the work-in-the-yard task, I trimmed seven burning bush shrubs. While racking up the clippings, I broke the plastic rake rendering if useless. Ugh. Now I need to go out and buy a new one.

Why me?

I’ve had that rack for over ten years. It was a cheap plastic rake to begin with. I didn’t think it would last after a year of use but it did. I actually bought two. Gave one away.

At least I have clean water to drink, some people don’t.

Poem found on a sidewalk on Mass Ave in Indianapolis. Nikon W300 photo taken by Dave O on May 16, 2020.
Poem found on a sidewalk on Mass Ave in Indianapolis. Nikon W300 photo taken by Dave O on May 16, 2020.

A Good Day

Thankfully I had a good day, yesterday, May 18, 2021. Here’s why it was a good day:

  • I was productive at work. There was a series of price revision for the Company. In the past, price revisions were a yearly event and somewhat convoluted as the same price must be in three different lists (web, app, paper). It’s not a hard task to complete but somewhat tedious to get the price on all three lists and be correct on all three lists. Over time, we’ve developed a method that is working and more efficient. There are hundred of prices.
  • Read the current book, Hope is a Verb by Amy Downs. Actually, there were two episodes of reading, one immediately after I clocked out and the other later. The second episode was pleasant as I sat outside on the back yard deck enjoying the ambience of the evening.
  • Practice drawing on the graphics tablet and listened to the new Udemy course.
  • Kroger shopping where I bought only that which I needed and nothing else. Spent $60. That should get me through the next week or so. Other than the few days I ate on the leftover birthday cake from the grand kids party, I’ve been faithful to the new eating effort.
  • Beer. I drank a bottle of Peanut Butter Busted Knuckle from Quaff On and opened a Liftoff from Daredevil. Ah, so very good.
  • Quick dinner of canned chicken mixed with a little bit of Campbells Cream of Chicken soup. It was good enough for me. Also, I opened a can of Krogers ready-to-eat Hearty Chicken Noodle soup.

Certainly the “productive at work” item was the major player in making the day good. Work takes up at least 10 hours of the day and if I don’t feel productive during that time then the day is considered ‘unproductive”. Thankfully, that did not happen yesterday.

Timelapse video from the backyard, looking southwest on May 14, 2021.
Nikon W300 video taken by Dave O.


I was disappointed in myself on Friday (2/5/2021) and Saturday (2/6/2021) evenings. After work on Friday, I laid in bed the entire evening only getting up to bring something back to bed to ear and to pee in the toilet. On Saturday, I ran some errands, paid some bills and purchased supplies for the basement drywall project, but once the evening came the day was over. For both nights I walked through the You Tube wasteland gaining nothing nor progressing on anything to better myself or society at large.

I hate doing that. Wasting time. Not being productive. I could have read a novel, or the Bible or slept. Instead, I walked through the You Tube wasteland watching Tosh and Fail Army and similar channels. If I watched some kind of instructional video on painting or javascript then maybe I would have felt better about laying in bed all those hours.

Better yet, instead of laying in bed I could have worked on the many DIY projects I’ve left unfinished over the past six years. Or, I could have studied the Javascript programing language, worked on the short story I started months ago or screwed in the corner bead on the basement drywall project.

At least on Sunday, (02/07/2021) I exercised my Newfields membership and walked the galleries. At least I made that small effort. Yet, once the evening came, I was back in bed watching Tosh and Fail Army.


Below is one of my favorite sculptures at Newsfields (formerly known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art). This is Randolph Rodgers‘ 1860 sculpture titled “Ruth Gleaning” (as in the Bible story of Ruth).

Ruth Gleaning by Randolph Rodgers 1860 on view at Newfields Indianapolis Indiana
Ruth Gleaning by Randolph Rodgers 1860 on view at Newfields Indianapolis Indiana (photo by Dave O)