I used to be a big fan of binders. Back when I was in school I strongly preferred them to spiral bound notebooks. That you can insert, remove and re-arrange the pages was for me a huge draw. I sometimes used a thick three ring binder, with tabs separating the different subjects I was studying that year. Other times I had a separate binder for each course. As illustrated in the photograph they came in all sorts of fun colors, and having a different color for each binder made it easy to keep track of which was which. These days, binders (and for that matter spiral bound notebooks) seem a quaint anachronism. Honestly? I don’t seem to ever anymore write words by hand rather than enter them on a keyboard.
For office workers, chairs are essential. I remember back when I worked for Sprynet (back when that was a company), management ordered new chairs for the entire office. Everyone was so thrilled the morning we came in and found all of the rickety, uncomfortable old chairs gone and replaced with sleek, new-fangled chairs of black mesh, ergonomically designed and adjustable sixteen ways from Sunday. The other chair that sticks out in my memory is my father’s recliner. As a small child, it seemed just huge to me. I loved to sit in it, and flick the lever back to bring up the footrest. With the footrest up it seemed a huge play space, and served in my imagination as a covered wagon, crossing the plains, as a ship making its way across the seas or even as a rocket, hurling through skies towards discoveries in outer space. Years later when I had morphed from a small child to large man, I looked at it again and could not believe how small the chair actually was.
Some days the clock is my enemy. Other days it is my friend. There are times when these three word posts just seem to write themselves, and I am finished, published and working on promotion long before the 5pm deadline. (The deadline is five pm in my time zone because that is the hour when it becomes tomorrow on the server where this blog lives.) Other days, I am just not motivated to write, and I spend hours staring at the screen, going over to other tabs, playing little games and just generally wasting time. I’ve found that simple nouns like the ones my blog reader J.R. Wirshing suggested for today tend to be really easy. A phrase that actually means something is often the most challenging. Here is hoping that today finds your summer going well. I hope that you are keeping cool and having fun.