A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
On July 9 2009 I took over 100 photos of petunias. I just discovered that at least half of those photos had never been examined and edited. Who would want to delete these beautiful flowers? I'm probably going to have a difficult time taking photos of flowers for awhile yet, I hope not long, as I recover mobility from my early summer vertigo attack. But I'll figure out some way to take photos, since that is what I do.
I grew up on an irrigated farm twelve miles west of Powell Wyoming in northwest Wyoming not too far from Yellowstone Park. The Powell school system was a "consolidated" system which encompassed the surrounding area reaching 10-15 miles or even more in all directions from Powell. I took this photo of a photograph on the wall of the Homesteader Museum in Powell Wyoming.
I just stumbled across the old photo from the treasure trove of old photos. The photo is of a group of LDS children taken in front of the LDS Institute at 12th and Grand in Laramie Wyoming probably about 1940. I have been looking for pictures of my wife, Velna, when she was a young girl, and there she is, the blonde girl on the right in row 3 at about age seven. Her mother is directly behind her in the very back.
The Curmudgeonly Professor has been distinctly tardy in dispensing stored-up and hidden wisdom on this blog of late due to a variety of non-fatal health calamaties and to a high propensity to procrastinate. The conclusion has been reached that it is now essential to provide help and aid to those who seek to become more efficient procrastinators. In that vein, here are some of the most helpful suggestions:
Buy several books about how to overcome procrastination. Do not, I repeat, do not read these dangerous books. I bought several of these mysterious tomes over the years and ended up sending them to charity somewhere hoping that someone who was totally sincere about overcoming procrastination would find them and become inspired.
Estimate your life expectancy. Then ask yourself, "How important is it that I take care of this before I croak? Or would I like to punish my children for hiding their mother's paddle board in the freezer (which she used to threaten, but never paddle) and not telling her where they hid it for twenty years and let the precious offspring take care of whatever I don't want to do after I am gone."
If you have not cleaned out your garage for ten years, ask youself in all sincerity, "Does it really matter if I put this off for another ten years?"
Make a to-do list. This list is a list of things to do. Write down every task, every job, every miserable thing that you don't want to do, hate to do, do not intend to do, but must do under penalty of (a) divorce, (b) bankruptcy), (c) having to do your own laundry, (d) being required to sleep on the porch, (e) being no longer allowed to watch football, soccer, NASCAR, basketball, or any other meaningful and inspirational television of your choice.
Now do a cost-benefit analysis of whether it is (a) more costly in terms of penalties to avoid doing the stuff on the do list, or (b) whether you would be money and emoti0nally ahead to take care of stuff. If in doubt, err on the side of procrastination.
If you decide to take care of stuff, here are some options: (a) call your church and ask for able bodied helpers to come sod your lawn, move your freezer from the second floor to the basement, shovel out the garage, or whatever else is on your list. (b) Have your job call you on a six month special assignment to Timbuctoo. (c) Check your TV guide to see if you should be watching a critical sports event. (d) determine whether you are physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in tune with the requirements for working on your to-do list.
Use the five minute rule. Spend no more than five minutes a day working on your to do list. At five minutes a day that multiplies out to 1,825 minutes in a 365 day year, or somewhere around 30 hours. If this level of involvement sounds too strenuous or pain-inducing, cut down your allotment to 2 1/2 minutes a day, or 15 hours per year.
Keep a written journal of your progess. Ask yourself in five years, "Does it really matter that I put this off for five years?"
The Curmudgeonly Professor hopes that these guidelines to procrastination will inspire you to become a better procrastinator. Just one caveat: If your existence becomes threatened by extinction by your beloved one, you may have to rethink this list. In that case, offer to (a) take the loved one out to dinner, (b) go on a vacation to the Super Bowl, or (c) buy a new flat screen 60 inch HD TV set. Here's wishing you the best of luck in your decisions and choices.