Freedoms – February 27, 2021

Headed to the back deck to check the barbecue grill gas cylinder, it struck me the door was a mite snaggy.  Aha!  Strike plate screws had begun to loosen, with designs, I assumed, on eventual freedom. The strike plate, appearing ready to join the screws in this freedom, was binding against the latch bolt. I thought it best to tend to the issue.  I headed to the garage toolchest to free my best Phillips screwdriver from the third drawer down.

Looking carefully to appreciate the steps down to the garage, I noticed my right boot lace had disentangled itself from itself, was freely trailing along behind me, ready to bite into the sole of my left boot, thereby tripping me, inviting a freefall to the garage floor.

Having carefully negotiated the descent, at the foot of the stairs I bent over to deny my bootlace its freedom.  A suspender snap popped free. In the back. 

Abandoning the bootlace, I reached back to fasten the suspender snap exercising its civil liberties.  In the process, I snagged my watchband on the freely dangling strap, granting my watch freedom from my wrist.  Exercising skills learned as a left fielder in my youth, I managed to stop my watch’s skittering fall before it reached the concrete floor.  Contortions required of that dance popped the other backside suspender snap free.

As the big garage door was open, freely exposing the garage interior to passersby, it was necessary I go back inside to the kitchen to drop drawers.  The only way to re-snap backside suspenders dangling free is trou-down, allowing one to see and prevent twisted straps.

Holding my watch in one hand and dangling suspender straps in the other and mindful of the bootlace trolling for trippable humans, I climbed the stairs.

Dropping trou in the kitchen, I seated myself and looked to amend freedoms. Carefully fastened both back suspender snaps. Determined my watch band broken beyond repair.  Tied and double-knotted my right bootlace.  Retied and double-knotted the left just for good measure.

As I stood, I noticed the back door ajar.  Oh yes, the strike plate screws needed tightening.  Guessed I should head to the garage to get a Phillips screwdriver from the toolchest…

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Retired career IT software engineer, or as we were called in the old days, programmer, it's time to empty my file cabinet of all the "creative" writing accumulated over the years - toss most of it, salvage and publish what is worthwhile.

10 thoughts on “Freedoms – February 27, 2021

  1. There are so many times where all I want to do is accomplish Task A. But I can’t do it, because first I must do Task B. And can’t do that for C etc. etc. What amazes me is that I have gone through life until now not noticing this.

    Seriously, there are times when I have gone into the kitchen simply to make a cup of tea – and have found so many knock-on chores that I have ended up having to go sit down again, without any bloody tea! Is it any wonder I get frustrated?

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