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59 and 1 Twelfth

59 and 1 Twelfth

Remember when we were kids and someone would ask, “How old are you?”, and we’d respond with, “I’m 6 and a half.”  It was like that 6 months really made such a big difference.  Well, I’m 59 and 1 twelfth.  Yup.  Big whopping deal.

It’s funny as I approach 60.  It’s no big deal to close another decade.  What will be a big deal is when I reach 59 1/2 and then 62 1/2.  The rest will all be a blur in time.

Too many appointments today

I had too many appointments today.  At least when I was working for someone else I could get up, go to the office, and all those appointments were on the company’s time.  Now, I get up and have to carefully balance my time because, as they say, time is money.  (And telemarketers wonder why I get testy when they interrupt my day.)

Have you ever thought what it would be like if the world were tit-for-tat when it came to time?

Let me give you an example…

Let’s say you take your car in for a repair and they spend 2 hours working on your car.  You now owe the repair guy 2 hours of YOUR time.  So, being a photographer, the mechanic would be able to demand 2 hours of my time taking photos.  Ah, but let’s say they tell you your car will be ready at 1pm, and you show up at 1pm and it is not ready, and thus you end up waiting 1 hour.  Now, the mechanic owes you 1 hour leaving a net of 1 hour that you owe the mechanic.

I bet if that were the case people would be more respectful of your time.

The biggest considerations of time are, in my opinion…

  1. someone being late for an appointment with you,
  2. being kept waiting for an appointment you are on-time for,
  3. starting a meeting late, and
  4. making a meeting go over time.


I once had a client miss their appointment by a LONG shot.  Being self-employed I sat in my office wondering, “Do I open the door and say, ‘Sorry, your appointment was 2 hours ago’, and then close the door?   Or, do I simply chalk it up to miscommunications?

This is one of the reasons I take a non-refundable retainer when someone I don’t know makes an appointment.  Here at the house, we take a non-refundable payment when they book the room.  Why?  We’ve simply been burned too many times before.

Besides, people who stick to their commitments don’t have an issue with an advanced payment.  It is people who don’t stick to their commitments who do.  So, it becomes a red-flag in business.

There is an element of naivety too.   One one hand, you have the client who stiffs you.  What has it cost them?  Nothing, unless you’ve collected a deposit.  On the other hand, you have a business that has been holding time and/or resources available for you, and at the last minute cannot get someone to take your place and pay the money lost.

It looks like this…

Without deposit…

Client:  Out nothing for flaking – i.e. no responsibility or consequences
Business owner:  Wasted time and resources (example:  $85 for the room that night)

With a deposit…

Client:  Out $85 for flaking – i.e. responsible to the amount of $85.  That’s their consequence for flaking
Business owner:   Wasted time, but at least the resource was covered (i.e. the room got paid for that otherwise might have been booked by someone else.)

A sign in a doctor’s office once said, “You will be charged $35 if you do not show for your appointment.”

I have no problem with that.  That’s the way it should be.

Time is valuable.  We all get 24 hours in a day.  So, when one person robs another of time, there should be recompense.

If the election were held today

I got some e-mail asking who I would vote for if the election were today.  So, I went and looked at who is running…

  • Former Florida Governor – Nope – career politician
  • Neurosurgeon and Author – Yup, I’d consider him
  • New Jersey Governor – Nope – career politician
  • Texas Senator – Nope – career politician
  • Former CEO – Yup, I’d consider her
  • Former Virginia Governor – Nope – career politician
  • South Carolina Senator – Nope – career politician
  • Former Arkansas Governor – Nope – career politician
  • Ohio Governor – Nope – career politician
  • Former New York Governor – Nope – career politician
  • Kentucky Senator – Nope – career politician
  • Florida Senator – Nope – career politician
  • Former Pennsylvania Senator – Nope – career politician
  • Businessman – Nope – I don’t trust him

2016 Democratic nominees

  • Hillary Clinton – Former New York Senator – Nope – career politician and can’t be trusted
  • Bernie Sanders – Vermont Senator – Nope – career politician and admitted socialist
  • Martin O’Malley – Governor of Maryland  – Nope – career politician

Out of Gas and Time

Out of Gas and Time

I’m out of gas and time when it comes to the lawn.  The tractor holds about enough gasoline to get the entire lawn cut.  The tank was about 1/4 down at the start and so that didn’t leave enough to complete the task, AND, I have my noon meeting on Tuesdays.

I watch these guys with the zero-turn mowers zip along at about 12 mph.  I’m jealous.  This stupid tractor can only go at a snails pace else you either (a) bend a blade, (b) the belt slips off (in which case it is time to call a two truck), or (c) the chute clogs with grass.  I will NOT be buying another one of these Cub Cadets when this one dies.  No way.

The one thing it does have going for it is the seat is very comfortable.  In fact, it’s more comfortable that some cars.  It’s a padded bucket seat that’s contoured.   Tractors have come a long way since the days of the metal saddle style seats.

Our meeting today featured some discussion about the after-conference push to get the images submitted.  It sounds like they have people there at church headquarters who work around the clock creating memes for social media and getting those images on-line quickly.

Many of our temple missionaries are starting to talk about their trip home.  Time goes so quickly.  They are getting ready to return home at the end of this month and we’re going to miss every single one of them.  Sunday we’re having a fireside and traditionally, this fireside is kind of a farewell to the summer missionaries and this one in particularly, is also a farewell to the temple presidency.

Comes November we will have a new temple presidency.  (This will be a first for me.  I know each one of them.)  And, comes next April we will have a new batch of Temple Missionaries.  One thing is certain about the church and that is there is consistency amongst change.

One Place to Another

One Place to Another

I went from one place to another today.  It is amazing how busy life gets.  People think being self-employed means you have time on your hands.  Not true.

The Chamber of Commerce started my day with a board meeting.  This got me thinking.  When I was a kid, the Chamber was a cool place because they could tell you about their city.  I think people have forgot about how important a Chamber of Commerce is to a community because of the Internet.

In fact, someone posted a question in a parent group about a business.  I commented that questions like that are good questions to ask the Chamber of Commerce.  They responded somewhat brashly saying they were asking their friends.  I politely responded that I was just pointing out that we have a Chamber of Commerce and they are always happy to answer questions about business and businesses.

It would be nice if the Chamber of Commerce actually had a brick-n-mortar place for people to visit.  I remember Moscow, Idaho, having a very cool building off the main highway that housed the Chamber of Commerce.  I used to stop there while riding my bike to pick up a map.  They jokingly accused me of reselling the maps.  What a cool idea I thought!  But, nobody was willing to pay a dime in 1966 for an 8.5×11″ map of Moscow, Idaho.  I reported back to them that you can’t sell the things.

My networking meeting was well attended.  There’s another great business resource.

From there it was off to a doctor’s appointment.

What a day.  I’m exhausted.

Melting Time

Melting Time

As an artist, I think I understand Salvador Dalí‘s The Persistence of Memory  painting.  The older I get, the more I feel like time is melting.

Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí

Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí

There’s been enough written on the subject, but for me, it’s a symbol of what happens to use as we get older.  Time just seems to melt around us.  I don’t want to over-think what Dali was representing.

I made a lens out of discarded camera today.  It involved a bit of sawing and gluing, but it all came together and here’s a photograph I shot with that lens…

copyright 2015 db walton

Broken Camera – Salvaged Lens

If you have a camera that no longer works and isn’t worth fixing, send it my way.  I’ll find a way to at least use the lens from it.

I told a friend I was going to do this.  I told him I wanted a broken camera.  He suggested I buy the camera since it was only a $40 camera.  I explained there is a certain level of satisfaction that comes from taking a piece of garbage and salvaging it and creating something useful.  He attributed that to the engineer in me.

You can click on the tulip picture and that will take you to my blog where I have other things like this I’ve made.


Wayback Machine

Wayback Machine

I used to love Peabody and his Wayback Machine.  It was a cleaver way to teach history.

I had a dream last night.  In the dream it was last week and I knew it.  The strange thing is, it was like I was living it for the first time with a single exception.  That exception was I knew what was going to happen in a few days and I was presented with the opportunity to do something about it.

As I stood there talking to a person who was about to meet a tragic death I realized that although I new what was going to happen, she did not.  A cold feeling of helplessness overcame me in the dream.

I turned to Elizabethe as my skin turned pale and said, “She doesn’t know.”

Faced with the dilemma many time-travel science fiction stories are faced with, I though, “Can traveling back in time change the future?”

Like many dreams, I then woke realizing it was just another nightmare associated with feelings of helplessness.  I woke my wife and shared it with her.  She shared an interesting insight from Orson Scott Card.  She said Brother Card handles this in as if you went back in the past and changed things it wouldn’t matter because the future you now know becomes irrelevant because it never happened.

Okay… interesting take for a plot, but the fact of the matter is Michele still lost her life.

A friend posted this on Facebook which brings some solace.

President Featherstone pondered and wondered what he might say to comfort this family who was very faithful in the Church who had strong testimonies and an understanding of the Plan of Salvation. What could he say that would comfort them. The Spirit prompted him to tell them that upon her death she was embraced in the arms of the Savior and the terrible memory of the circumstances surrounding her death was erased forever.

I got thinking though… In my own life, if I could travel back in time and tell my younger self three things, what would it be (besides “Yahoo!”… okay, that’s a reference to the movie Frequency if you haven’t watched it.)  Here’s my list…

  1. Disassociate yourself with anyone who ridicules or puts you down in front of others, or those who take joy in doing this to others.
  2. Please God, not people or trust God, but don’t trust people who don’t trust God.
  3. Pursue your good ideas.

That’s really about it.  No, I wouldn’t give myself tips on what stocks are going to do great.  Instead, I chose these three things that had I learned them earlier in life they would have saved me a lot of grief and disappointment.

Time Slips By

Time Slips By

Time slips by if you’re not careful.  And, so it is this year.  Another year where I am up against the wall for Print Comp.  As Steve Miller said, “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’, in to the future.”

I found myself sitting at the computer all day sorting through images and copying candidates to a folder.  What I really need is a Master Photographer who will go through these and pick their picks for Merit Prints.  Then, I need to have a naming party.

The apartment had to be shown, and we hadn’t had our monthly Happiness Garden fix so we had Chinese food for dinner.  I tried their chicken curry.  It is DARN GOOD!  I like it better than most Indian curries.  But, why should I be surprised.  It has been voted the Best Chinese Food in Palmyra, New York, every year since I’ve been here.

After dinner it was back to culling images for International Print Competition.  I really need someone who knows their photography, understands how IPC works, and who would enjoy culling my images.

Any takers?

The temperatures are dropping and it is getting quite cold.  They say we are in for a major cold snap.   The DJ on the radio goofed and said it would be a minus 25 tonight.  (Actually, it is supposed to be around zero.)  Brrrr….

Busy Time

Busy Time

It’s busy time.  I’ve got so much to catch up on.  Keeping busy is a good thing.  Right?

I’m working with my physical therapist in easing back in to things.  The doctor’s instructions were, “If it hurts stop.”  Okay… that’s a work restriction and I’m supposed to be working towards getting back to “normal” (if there is such a thing after such an injury.)

I told my physical therapist that I do a LOT of dropping to one knee to get those low angle shots.  That’s something I cannot do right now.  The pain is too great.  So, I proposed a way to work towards that.

My physical therapist is the greatest.  She nodded her head and said we could do something like that.  Soon, I was holding on to a trapeze like strap and practicing kneeling on a 4″ thick pad.  Of course, that’s nothing like “real life”, but it is a step in the right direction.

I’m going on a search for a “kneel” pad that I might be able to use in the mean time.  Perhaps I can find something that might work.

Apartments for Rent

We have some apartments for rent here at the Beckwith Mansion.  Here are the details…

Dormer Suite

The dormer suite is a studio with a private bathroom and walk-in closet.  You can rent this week-to-week or month-to-month.  (Of course, you save by renting month-to-month.)  It includes WiFi access and access to the kitchen and laundry.  $650/month ($600 deposit) or $200/week ($200 deposit).  Both payable in advance.  Fully furnished.  Utilities included.

2nd Story Walk-up

We have a 2nd story walk-up in the village.  This is a 2 bedroom unit, full kitchen/dining room area, and central heating.  Nice, clean, and ready-for move-in.  Unfurnished.  $600/month. ($600 deposit)  You pay utilities.


Monday Again

Monday Again

Is it Monday again?  When I was young and I would get sick, it seemed like time just came to a stop.  Now that I’m old, it seems it just passes me by.

I’ve been participating in this private group on Facebook called LDS Emergency Preparedness.  The group is supposed to be focused on helping each other do food storage and prepare for other emergencies.

In this group, there are some people who confuse revelations given to early saints with what is to come in our days.  There was a conference talk about this a while back as well as talk about the “gather” in section 115 of the Doctrine and Covenants.  I guess it pays to study your scriptures and to be able to recognize and say to yourself, “Oh, that was talking about the saints going to Missouri in the 1830s to build Zion THEN.”

It also helps to be able to see when something is talking about Zion in terms of the church, or Zion in terms of a specific location.  When I read of people who think EVERYONE will be heading to Jackson County, Missouri, I worry they miss understand who will go.  Then, when they try to convince others that is the case, it gets out of hand with people trying to figure out how they can carry all they need to carry, on foot, and make the trek.

I remember a Sunday School teacher as a teenager who taught that.  It was years later that I realized there was no doctrinal basis for her teaching.  She had us all convinced that EVERYONE would have to WALK to Jackson County because right before the second coming all modes of transportation would be destroyed and we’d be commanded to go to Missouri and build the temple there.  But, when you read the 115th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants you realize that is not going to be the case.

Perhaps some of them sleep during General Conference.

Scheduling 101

Scheduling 101 teaches me that when you have a well planned day things are going to take longer than planned.  It is no wonder why you always wait for the doctor or dentist.   You get a new appreciation for what they go through when you have days like this.

See, it works like this…

You have an appointment at 11:30am, but you need to leave by 11:00am to get there on time.   That appointment ends at 12:30pm, so you scheduled your next appointment for 1:30 allowing yourself an extra 30 minutes.  Oh, but wait, that 30 minutes got gobbled up when you had to talk to someone after your getting out of your 12:30 appointment.  And so on, and so forth…

The day’s gone, and I still have things on my “to do” list.  It’s not like I had extra time on my hands, and I didn’t squander any time.  Things just take longer than planned.

On the other hand, had I given myself an extra 30 minutes between each item I’m sure I would have felt like I had too much time on my hands.

I will admit, there are a lot of items scratched off my “to do” list.  It just feels like there are things I should have worked on but I didn’t have time.

Where Does Time Go

I think you’ll agree… as you get older, time seems to go by faster.

I think part of that is you don’t have the energy to get as much done and as a result, the measurement of what you get done in a day is less, and less as time goes on.  Which leads me to the thought… energy is wasted on youth.  Imagine having the energy of an eight year-old at age 58!

When I got up this morning, I was already out of energy.  I’m trying to pin-point the source of my exhaustion.  I did teach from 9am to 5pm yesterday, and that was a bit tiring.  In any event, I got up and Elizabethe and I went to the temple, but as soon as I returned, I took a well-needed nap.  It seemed to help.  I was then only left with a couple of hours to get some work done.  Before I knew it, it was time to return to the temple.

My batteries are feeling more recharged, but I still have to ask, “Where does time go?”

It’s not just the hours in a day, but the days in a week, and the weeks in the year.  When I was a kid, 5 months seemed like an eternity.  Now, I look at the calendar hanging on my wall displaying JANUARY 2013, and I realize, I haven’t torn of the pages of the past 4 months, and May is almost gone.

So, as I was sitting, pondering, I thought if time is only measured here on earth, I know we can’t run out of time, because we have eternity.   So, the question is do we get bored in the afterlife?   I think the answer is, “No.”  Endless energy and no boredom.  Hmmm… sounds like being a kid again.