Whoa! Was that crisis averted or merely managed?


On Saturday morning that sun refused to rise and shine for the longest time. But … I had no room to talk, because neither did I.

The alarm rang and I must’ve been dreaming as I couldn’t find the clock on the night stand right away, and its constant squealing annoyed me. Finally, I found the clock, silenced it and reached for my headphones to listen to the news to gently ease into my day. “Ease” was the operative word, because I was still curled up and comfortable in my bed. Foggy and murky was the description for the weather, so I languished a little longer and enjoyed a few more ZZZZs, before I finally propelled myself out of the bed to begin my day.

I flicked on the light, and poof – it went dark. Well, its partner bit the dust a couple of days ago, so on my mental “to-do” list was replacing both long-lasting (supposedly) CFL lights in my bedroom . Those bulbs had a supposed life span of nine years – too bad they only lasted about nine months. “Well, just great” I muttered.

A few minutes later, I decided that if I don’t know where everything is by now, as to myself and my wardrobe, that’s pretty bad, so I’d manage without the light on in the room.

I ate breakfast leisurely for a change, knowing I had plenty of time to set out for my walk. Finally a timid sun peeked through the shades, so I was ready to go. We’re back to short sleeves again with Summer-like temps sticking around for a few more days and I reached into the dresser drawer and grabbed the first tee-shirt I laid my hands on, finished getting dressed, laced up my shoes and was gone in a flash.

I headed to Council Point Park, eager to get started onto my first of two laps. Weather permitting and fingers crossed, I’m hoping to reach 500 miles by month end.

I swiveled my head left and right, looking for photo ops, but there were none. I took a gander at a few flocks of geese flying overhead, and their incessant honking was worse than the shoppers behavior in Best Buy’s parking lot on Black Friday morning.

Suddenly, I was startled when a booming voice nearby cried out “so, what crisis did you avoid?” I turned around and saw a young man who pointed at my back with one hand and guided a water bottle up to his lips with the other hand. While awaiting my answer, he had time to guzzle, swallow and have another swig, and all the time I was looking at him somewhat dumbfounded.

Finally he enlightened me by saying “your shirt – it says ‘I survived ‘95’.” “Ahhh”, I said. I know I sounded a little clueless and he probably wished he had never opened up this can of worms. I told him “I’m sorry – I didn’t realize what my shirt said. I got dressed in the dark this morning” to which he responded “oh … well have a nice day.”

TMI on my part maybe?

I’m sure he thought I was some kind of dumb bunny.

I must back up a minute. In my bedroom, one of my deep dresser drawers is filled with tee-shirts that are relegated for kickin’ around in. I’ve collected tees from various unions with whom my boss has negotiated CBAs, but the majority of my freebie shirts come from the law firm Robb and I left when we started our own firm. Wise & Marsac had multiple outings each year. There were get-togethers like the golf outing, splat ball or the water park where families gathered for a day of fun and to break bread with one another at the Firm picnic. There were a few March of Dimes Walkathons, attended by the hardiest of our personnel. The branded colors of our law firm were burgundy and gold, thus, every Firm outing had its own burgundy tee-shirt, emblazoned in gold letters signifying that particularly event.

I never went to these outings, but one of my bosses thought I should have a tee-shirt anyway, so he made a point of looking for leftover tee-shirts from the no-shows at the conclusion of each event. They weren’t always my size, but he was just being nice, so on the Monday morning when I arrived to find a X small or 3X tee-shirt folded neatly on my chair, I graciously thanked him for thinking of me.

Long after the encounter with the stranger at the Park, I racked my brain trying to remember what “I survived ‘95” signified. What was the big crisis twenty years ago?

I concluded it must not have been too important if I couldn’t remember it today, so I decided not to waste any more time worrying about it. When I came home from my excursion, I took this photo of the tee-shirt and now vow to only wear it in the house going forward!

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow – Swedish Proverb

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Whoa! Was that crisis averted or merely managed?

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    At least you have a few more days of great weather for walking. You can do it. What date did you finish up with last year?


    • lindasschaub says:

      I think so too Marge – I have ten more miles to go and three more walking days. Just heard the 2:00 p.m. news and now they say possible rain on Tuesday morning. In that case I’ll do 5 miles Monday and Wednesday instead to make up the 10 miles. Actually my goal was 500 miles for the YEAR and I was way behind by July 4th. I figured July 4th I should be half done and was way below, so I pushed myself to walk more. Then we had a nice run of good weather for so many mornings that I was able to walk almost every day. Even doing my big grocery shoppings for over the Winter, so I wouldn’t lose any miles, I walked laps at Meijer around the perimeter of the store, then I always leave my cart in one place and run around the store gathering my stuff. Then I haul it in usually one bag at a time. I had pedometer on for that and racked up a lot of miles that way. I just looked at my final total for 2014, and as of December 31st I walked 565 miles and drove 273 miles.


  2. ann marie stevens says:

    So Miss Linda…………do you have a big box of special quotes and sayings?…..or do you just remember them?


  3. lindasschaub says:

    Ann Marie – For years I did that daily thought for the day – and this was way before I had access to the internet. My mom used to buy me quote books on different subjects … some we got at Hallmark, some from craft shows or country stores. Got a lot from country-type stores. I used to use sticky notes with notes to myself for various holidays or occasions. I did this for years and still have all those books with sticky notes still stuck in them. Sometimes my mom or I would see a quote in a magazine or book and tuck it away as well. I got to know my favorite poets or authors and their particular quotes. I used to use alot of Ben Franklin and Mark Twain, both for their wit and wisdom. Once we got internet at work, then I got it at home when I got my first computer in 2000, I realized I could search for a subject and have tons of quotes in a matter of seconds – it was just amazing to me. Some, like that moon and stars I remembered though – had to Google to ensure I got it correct and attributed properly.


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