Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: time on our hands
Re: time on our hands
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 23:23:59 -0500
Rik wrote to us all (even ME! *heheheehee*) and reminded us of the
importance of sometimes getting off these machines from time to time and
letting our families and loved ones know that we care about them and that
"life goes onward" after we've finished reading and posting that last posting.
Call us weird, but our family "entertainment" when we lived in Kentucky for
years was sitting together in the "officeroom" at our desks, reading our
electronic mail and trading stories, comments and glances at each other
while we "worked" (only I called it "work"; Jessi always called it
"playing"; I guess it's a little of both).
The "officeroom" in our home in Henderson was a converted garage, carefully
redone as an true extension of the rest of the brick and wood home. The
large baywindow overlooked the driveway, and served as both a visual warning
to us that someone's come to visit or an annoyance to us (especially Jessi,
for she had the desk closest to the window) that someone's looking in from
the street or from the window...and wondered just *what was it* that those
two people did on those computers almost every night after dinner for
hours!! The "officeroom" was right off of the kitchen, and the doorway was
next to the refrigerator with Jessi's many magnetic "things" attached to
pieces of paper: children's drawings and colorings, church choir practice
schedules, instructions for me in the feeding of her mother (what NOT to
give her, what can be prepared, etc.), emergency numbers, and silly
PowerPoint slides that Jessi made to show her love of me and her desire to
learn how to use the presentation program.
The coffeemaker was two additional steps away on one of two counters in the
kitchen area. She would not allow me a coffeemaker in the officeroom ("I'd
never see you!").
It was those evenings after dinner that we would catch each other on the
day, by talking with each other while we would catch up on our email.
A small color TV set would be on sometimes, and between the talking and the
reading, we would enjoy "one of our shows" together. Jessi's cat Kelly
would frequently join us...well, actually, would just be in the room and
take his place in one of the empty chairs, or sitting across the top of the
small bookcase overlooking the bay window, or laying upside-down on top of
my large glass bookcase across from my wife's computer and desk. He would
trade out locations, mainly to drive me nuts, or to drive Jessi's mother
nuts with "Where's the cat?" *heheheehehee*
Sometimes, we would break one of our "cardinal rules" by eating in the
officeroom; other times, we would forget about the two computers and the
printer and the scanner and all of the bookcases with their books and
manuals and songsheets that lined the bottoms of the walls....and those
certificates, plaques and framed uniforms that lined the tops of the
walls...and we would "take off" for a while.
Those times in which we would "take off" would always be prefaced by smiles
at each other, or glances at our faces, needing a kiss or a hug. It would
sometimes be forewarned by a funny note from a friend of ours or by a somber
posting informing us of a death or serious illness. Other times it would be
an idea, as in "let's try this place!" or as simple as "you want
chinese...you buy I fly!" or "ice cream sounds good"! *heheheheee*
When we cannot sleep, that's where we would be. Sitting at the keyboard,
writing a note to the sleeping mate or to our friends far away. Or to my
sister. It wouldn't take too long, for the other to notice the absence and
there would be the two of us, sitting in our night clothes in the
officeroom, reading email and answering some of it....and looking at the
other knowing that at some time during this period, one or both of us will
say "Wanna go to White Castle?" or "Taco Tico's still open...I buy, you
fly?" or "I wonder what's the classic movie tonight?"
Jessi and I hate "time on our hands", because it makes us miss each other
more if all we had to do was to sit and "pine" as she would call it about
the other. We find the enjoyment of finding new things out, or of being able
to help others...which we both "swore" we would do forever (it's in that
small print, honies...gotta read those marriage licenses carefully!) that
keeps us going!! We would literally fight off sleep to find that *perfect
recipe*, that "descriptive verse" or that "definitive answer" to a question.
I write all of this to remind everyone that it's NOT just the reading and
replying to the few (and yes, dearie...50 messages a day IS A FEW!!)
postings coming our way that makes this list so valuable...and why so many
people want to read it. It's the SHARING of the information, the ideas,
the funny and the serious, and everything in between...with our Scouting
friends, our families, and others whom we come in touch with...that's what
makes this all worthwhile.
And why I and so many others do spend time reading, writing and sharing what
we've done with so many others. We want you to turn around and share it
with others...so that the information gained and learned won't just die off!!
As many of us are getting ready to leave for the summer -- for camps,
National Camping School or Philmont, for family vacations and trips, and for
"breaks" from schooling or work....I remind you of the need to *please*
review the information in our WELCOME posting to you about leaving the list.
This is Jon Eidson's time to go to summer camp with his Troop, to catch up
on his many school projects, and to spend time with his family and friends.
Let's not burden our listowner too much by not turning off our email
accounts or by not unsubscribing for the summer months!!!
And for those that just cannot "stand to be without reading Scouts-L" while
on vacation or away from school, I also remind you that several Scouting
websites, including The Net Compass (http://compass.scouter.com) has copies
of Scouts-L archived by the day or month so that you can "catch up" or "keep
up" while you're away. They do so as a public service so let them know
that you appreciate their kindness.
I miss my honies. We post each other and "chat" a couple of times during
the day when we're not too busy. I also have the "luxury" of calling her
every four days via a "morale and welfare call" for 30 minutes. Those
boxes of unfrosted PopTarts(tm), tapioca puddings, and jazz CDs help, as
well as my bookmarked "Jessi page" to remind me of her beauty, those eyes,
well...you get the idea...
But nothing warms me more and makes me long to see her across the room from
me, typing at 110 wpm (!!), her keyboard begging for a break -- than one of
her postings to me....which always start out with a rather childish
statement, but one that we've been using since we both started to post to
each other electronically, what, eight years ago...
"Hi Honies!" (*waving to my wife*)
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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