Who is lazy? I’ll have to admit it, it’s me; I could blame it on retirement, my age, the weather, or the Philippines easy way of life. But that would all be wrong and unfair. I’m lazy because I can be, and that’s the simple truth, with no excuses.
My wife is a small part of my becoming lazy, with my sister-in-law as her partner in crime, as they have taken over most of my chores.
I was the one, who sorted the trash every morning, that job is gone now. Then prior to city water being installed, I was the one to fill the water tanks every morning. (Well I turned the valves and flipped the pump switch.) I also swept up the landmines my dogs would leave for me overnight. All of that before breakfast. They took that from me also.
I used to wash the car every week, and wax it once a month. Now I do it catch as catch can. I’ll also stop at car washes in town quite often, and that was something I never used to do. I can’t explain why the ladies won’t wash the car? I bought a string grass cutter, to date I’ve used it twice. Again the ladies won’t let me cut the grasses. Scissors seem to be the natural way to do the lawn.
Now, I still keep up my social obligations visiting my friends and hosting them when they visit me, once a week a group of us will meet at a different restaurant for a lunch with our ladies, and make a day of it. (Yes, beer is sometimes involved.) Now any woman from an un-named country would start her rant about men and our bad habits, but our wives are quite pleased with the situation. The reasons are quite simple, they are with us and watching what we are doing, they have a great lunch and they get to be with their friends. If any of the guys is over served and can’t fulfill his driving obligations, we were all smart enough to encourage our ladies to learn how to drive years ago, which explains why we all have cars with automatic transaxles.
Now with my wife, Mayang, I hand over my car keys to her after the first beer and or cocktail. Safety first! Before anyone writes in and accuses me of being “WHIPPED” I’ll explain now, with our wives with us there is no way we can get into any problems or situations that we were all prone to, during our younger days.
Then during the week I’ve got to sit and write something for my friend Bob at LIP, but that’s more fun than work, and I download music while I’m writing. This week my buddy gave me 124 new Country albums, and I had to check each one and move them to my music folder after they were completed. Again, not hard work, and the price was right. Last month I had 150 albums for him when he got in from his ship. It’s always a push between us when it comes to music.
It still takes me a couple of days to finish a novel, but again I consider that to be pure pleasure. If I turned on the TV, vice reading, that would be lazy, and mind numbing also. I will admit to one hour of CNN per day, but everybody likes Wolf Blitzer.
I get the best workout when my granddaughter, or niece visit me, as Tito/Lolo is expected to spend time with them, and I love that part of my job. They make me tour the purok with them, and inspect everything we see. They both like helping me mix up the ingredients to make a loaf of bread in the bread machine. Or baking a chocolate cake, BTW all the kids were surprised to learn that not all cakes come from a bakery.
Okay, writing this has helped to prove to myself, that I’m still lazy, but not as much as I thought I was. Necessity they say is the mother of invention. I have always felt that laziness is the true mother of invention, for we, lazy people will always find a better way to do most things. I think I’ll take a nap now!