The Weekend Flowed Away

It was a good weekend for the most part.  Started by recreatin' with DIM MAK and the boys up in Fayetteville.  First time I noticed the time it was 0130 hours.  Got back to the house around 0330 hours.  Had a great time.

Saturday built scaffolding to reach the unreachable bits in the stairway.  The scaffolding did not collapse, in spite of having just barely enough material to make it work, and a few creative solutions to mistakes along the way. Finished up all of the mudding in the stairway.  Now to get a couple more of the common areas before everyone returns, and painting, must paint some.  Changing the original plans a bit to maintain proper flow.

Sunday was ill all morning.  Took a nap and was in good enough shape by the time I headed over to the mother-in-law's place to install some light fixtures.  Managed not to electrocute self and all the lights worked when I left.  Then a quick stop at Sonic before heading to the office to work a short suspense proposal.  Note to panhandlers:  Carry around a gas can, it makes your out of gas story more credible.  Not saying that the panhandler at Sonic didn't need the money for gas, but I just thought that if you were just scamming money, the gas can would really help.

Some have marked with surprise at what an easy mark I am for the sob story.  But I only give money when it have it to spare and I don't have an immediate this means I will have to stop at the bank need for it.  Like the Sonic Panhandler, I made her wait for the change from a five (didn't like Lincoln's smug face in my pocket anyway).  But I figure there are four points to my generousity: 1) it would be nice to think that if I was really stuck sometime that someone would help me out, 2) there are probably a ton of people who do say "no" discouraging the practice, 3) they probably really do have some "need" whether it is the one the mention or even if it is harmful, 4) and given a harmful "need" it gives them a chance to step up to the plate, make a decision, and hopefully take a step in the right direction.

Some say I am responsible for that money and should make sure that they really are not going to do something bad with it.  And in many ways those people are right.  But I also think that there is room for someone to give the other guy a shot at doing the right thing.  That said, if I find out the Sonic Panhandler bought the gas, the doused her famliy and torched the house I might wonder if I did the right thing, for about two seconds.

Also spend almost three glorious hours watching the first two episodes of Firefly.  What a treat….


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