I guess I haven’t been out in the world enough . Not enough to comprehend the new trends , the “in” things , the latest technologies . The heat in the Los Angeles area lately has slowed me down a lot . I have more time to think and wonder about it all ; but of course I don’t seem to .
A former colleague of mine sent me a phone message : there’s an informal get-together Sunday at his place . I found the message kind of by accident when I fired up my tablet . There was his little face in a round little frame ; so I responded : no , no way this Sunday . Then I thought maybe the message was an old one ; could be years old . Things pop up on my devices sometimes that’re way out of date . A Polish friend of mine who passed away years ago commented a couple of days ago on a post of mine . Luckily it was a positive comment.
I need to pay more attention . My first assumption is that for sure I haven’t discovered some new passage to the world of the dead , the celestial sphere , the netherworld . That’s a given . And the former colleague’s invitation to the gathering ? He sells real estate now and I’m 99.9% sure that the underlying intention behind the invite is to hawk his wares . I don’t care if the message is years old or just minutes old ; the answer is the same : no. Good luck and good hunting , but it ain’t me babe . No , no ,no ; it ain’t me babe ( Bobby Zimmerman said that ).
Right after I graduated from UCLA an old high school buddy of mine gave me a call . I was thrilled to hear from him after four or five years . Two minutes into our reminiscing he asked if I was married . No . Then he asked if I planned to get married some day . Yeah . Then he gave up the pretense- of- friendship introductory ruse and started heavy with his sales pitch : Well , when you marry and have kids you’ll need life insurance …………… He was selling life insurance . He could not care less about me otherwise . That was clear . Bye , Steve , I said , and hung up . Good luck and good hunting . Hope you don’t alienate too many more people in the process .
Not that I’m against salespeople . My grandpa was a salesman and I spent some of the best days of my childhood following him around the garden . I carried the shovel and he planted the potatoes . He never tried to sell me anything , now that I think of it . I have good friends who are , or were , salespeople . No problem with sales people . Live and let live . To each his own.
Well , I hope the old colleague real estate broker didn’t send me that message recently . I hope that it indeed was sent years ago . He’ll now get my timely response . I had to think it over for awhile , after all . I don’t want to rush things .
I’m gonna bake some chicken for tomorrow’s dinner . Ada and her sister took a trip up to Seattle and they will be back tomorrow . They’ll have to bake in 105 degree heat during the day tomorrow while driving down Interstate 5 . They’ll pass not too far from Bakersfield — an apropos name , eh ? Arcadia will be a cool paradise weatherwise for them by then , I’m sure . A relief. Everything is relative .
I plugged in a new router /modem today . Our internet service provider sent it to me free of charge after a 15-20 minute video chat . The wait time for a phone call would have been about two hours . At least they warn you ! The system they have , or pretend to have , to automatically call me back when my turn finally comes up didn’t work . I tried to request it a few times before I gave up and I started a video chat .
I got the new router after only two business days . I had bought two previous routers in the weeks before , trying to solve on my own some small issues with our internet . Proceeding from a position of almost total ignorance , I nevertheless pushed ahead with my project . It’s one of those things in life that should be easy , I said to myself . Where there’s a will there’s a way . As my neighbor on the mountain says : Nothing is impossible ; and if it’s impossible it just takes a little longer . So I forged ahead .
Eventually , though , I returned both of those routers in defeat and called our internet provider. I resorted to a video chat . I tried to explain my problem and we discussed this and that and whatever for ten or fifteen minutes . She took a few short breaks during the chat ( To laugh at me , I wouldn’t be surprised ; or to curse me out to her colleagues , perhaps ) Then I suggested that a tech who knows what’s what be sent out to the house . Her tone of voice on the video chat ( I know, know , there’s no voice ! But still ! ) said NO WAY ! ; we don’t do that ( unless they want to sell you something , I think ) . The best we can do , the company chat person ( or robot ? ) said , is to send us a new router in two to three business days .
All I know is the new router works , the chicken is marinating , Ada is on her way home , and it’s not too hot yet today . If a travelling salesman comes to the door , though , I’ll let you know . [ Sorry : salesperson ( let’s not forget the girl scouts ! ). ] Maybe someone will try to sell me solar power ; one never knows .
There’s a guy who contacts me every 6 months by phone and mail too who wants to service our air-conditioning unit . We don’t have one , but he keeps trying . Maybe I should suggest to him that instead of hawking service to a non-existing unit , he try to sell me one . On the other hand : no . It ain’t me babe ( Johnny Cash said that ).