Monday Morning

May 31st, 2021

On the road again…finally

According to AAA, 37 million people planned to travel over Memorial Day weekend, an increase of 60% from last year when Americans were hunkered down at home, trying to figure out which series to binge on next.

Also, while AAA estimated roughly 2.5 million people would fly over the weekend, it seems the actual number was closer to 5.5 million.

A simple pleasure

My ex-father-in-law used to take 2 minute showers. Before you think I’m exaggerating, I timed him. Several times. The average was just around 2 minutes.

I asked my then wife, “WTF?”, and she just replied, “I don’t know, it’s how he’s always taken showers.” Odd, I thought, but ok.

I spent some time thinking about it, because you know, why would anybody deny themselves the simple pleasure of a long, hot shower?

For him, as with everything, it was about efficiency. In this case, the efficient use of time, the efficient use of water, and the efficient use of money. There was no room in that equation for enjoyment. It was simply a means of cleansing.

While I think most of us could probably stand to be a little more, “responsible”, I have to ask, “at what price?”

The smell of grass

Not that kind of grass. The grass you cut. With a mower.

I used to mow a lot as a kid. My mom’s yard. My grandmother’s yard. And occasionally, for a few bucks, my neighbor’s yard. Still, when I mow my lawn today, it’s not quite the same.

For one, the pleasure I got from mowing as a kid disappeared long ago. It’s now something to squeeze into a busy day more that anything else.

But there’s another difference. The smell. The grass from my childhood smelled different when it was cut. I’m not a lawn expert so it could just be that it’s completely different grass now. That would explain why I think the smell of cut grass in older neighborhoods is different from newer ones.

No matter what the reason, a scent flowing through an open car window can immediately take me back 40 years. And I kind of like that.


“For 240 years it’s been a terrible mistake to bet against America, and now is no time to start.” Warren Buffett

In honor of Memorial Day, a fitting quote. While his reference is probably more financial than military inspired, the message is more or less the same.

Enjoy your Memorial Day everyone. See you next week.


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