A Cozy Wednesday

How lucky are we? Not only do we get a new furnace today, it will be over fifty degrees today while it is installed. We will be without water, but that’s ok. I got a few pitchers of water from the refrigerator dispenser, so we should be good.

At the moment, I’m seeing four workmen, two trucks full of equipment, and a big box sitting in the driveway. It has a rendering of Dave Lennox on it; the guy in overalls, a shirt and tie, and a Peaky Blinders cap. The dogs are in the bedroom, and I hope they’ll be good. I figure once the trucks are unloaded I can release the hounds. They’re not protesting too badly yet.

My kids book is coming along nicely. We’ve received a ballpark estimate on printing, which appears manageable. We met with our illustrator yesterday, you’ll be hearing more about her later. I had several people critique it for me, and they have great ideas. Writers are good people. Who said they can’t be social? Not me.

You already know how I love books. I love the feel of them, the smell of them, the way they look proudly displayed, and I now love actually creating them. In due time, they will all be printed. And I have to say, the printing industry itself is one I’ve been enmeshed in for my whole life.

My dad worked at our local newspaper for my entire life. He started in September, 1952, when I was four months old. He worked at the daily paper at night, and eventually, he picked up one day shift at the local small weekly paper, too. For years, he would come home from the night job, get a couple hours sleep, then get up, and go work all day as a pressman. He would be home, exhausted, around 4 p.m. He would have dinner, then go to his full time night job, and arrive home around 4 a.m. On Thursday, he slept as long as he could. I don’t know how he did it, but I know he did it to provide for our family.

Dad taught us many things from his work. My brothers and I always feel the paper in a book. Glossy paper is one of the finest feeling papers in the world. The color seems to jump off the page. It’s costly, but beautiful. I may have taught my kids the same thing. It’s hard for books to compete with electronics. Many kids just are not interested in spending all that time reading. They’d rather play video games. I do find it sad, but the world has changed.

Fonts became important to me when I started work after my divorce. We had IBM Selectric Typewriters (this was the 80’s), and no one had desktops yet. I’m not sure if they even existed yet. I never became a secretary, I was a Compensation Clerk, although I had many secretarial duties. I was so glad to get away from them and begin software design and maintenance. Lots of paperwork there. I always vowed if we programmers had a secretary, I would treat her well because many people don’t. Surprise! I was doomed to do my own typing my entire career. The secretary jobs were phased out. We all did our own emails, etc. No big deal.

In early desktop dealings at work, we had “dumb computers.” We cranked out code, business reports, information galore, and compiled the programs, which converted the English in COBOL to Assembler, which then “ran.” Major files were updated. Reports were printed. Invoices, Paychecks, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, it all was important to know. It really wasn’t so much the writing code and making it “worked,” it was the business knowledge that became most sought after. If you could code and knew the business, you were good at your job.

And now, I’ve sort of circled the block, and I’m composing my stories and producing copy to read. I’m grateful to my parents for making readers of us. I think it’s important to being a well rounded person. I’m excited to join in the millions of authors who have written and been printed. I’m not there yet, but I’ll get there.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention today is our grandson Cody’s first birthday. I hope he has a great day, and he gets a lot of good cake. Hmmmm, birthday cake! The best thing about the parties!

Thank you for reading today, I appreciate your time. I cannot believe how early we have this blog finished today! On to more work! (or a nap). Another positive out of having to get a new furnace, etc. Who would have thought it? I’ll see you tomorrow. Be Safe out there.