Thursday, June 28, 2007
All I Ever Wanted
I was talking to my friend Will Briarwood this afternoon. He mentioned he would be taking a few days off work.
“Yeah, it’s vacation time. I’ll be out Friday through Wednesday.”
“Yes and no. Yes, I have lots to do around the house, but no, I don’t think we’re leaving town.”
I suppose you would not want to leave the cats for too long.
“Exactly. You know, I don’t think Mary and I have been out of town together for more than one night since… 2001, maybe? So, the old girl – not Mary, the cat -- is going back in to the vet tomorrow. She was due for a pedicure…”
“She’s getting her nails trimmed, because we’re tired of trying to cut them at home. Mary calls it her pedicure. And while she’s there, we want the doctor to check her weight and her hydration – we’re worried that her appetite is down again. And we’re worried that all the meds she takes are just wearing her down.”
As we have discussed, it is hard watching the pets get old.
“And then on Saturday, both the boys go in. Big guy for a checkup – it’s been three months since his second cancer surgery. And little guy needs to get his urine re-checked, after his surgery two months ago.”
Aside from going to the vet, got anything fun planned?
“I’d like to go to the FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, but I never seem to have the time or energy to back there since we moved out west.”
Who is playing this year?
“Marcia Ball, Jon Dee Graham, the Wacos, Tony Joe White – if I do go this year, it will be to see him. Who else… Robbie Fulks, Beausoleil, Bill Kirchen, Anna Fermin. Maybe Mary and I will go to a movie. Most likely, I’ll just screw around at home for six days.”
You usually take a longer vacation this time of year, don’t you?
“I used up most of my vacation days with taking care of the cats. These two days were all I had left.”
Two days -- I thought you said you were off till Thursday…
“Tomorrow is summer hours – our office gives us alternate Fridays off during the summer. And Wednesday is a holiday.”
Got it. So what’s on the To Do List at home?
“Jeez, let me think – I want to clean out the office in the basement. And the usual stuff like mowing the lawn, and cleaning catboxes, fun stuff like that.”
Looks like you might get some nice weather for the next few days.
“Yeah, it sure was nice to turn the AC off and open the house up this morning.”
What movie are you thinking of seeing?
“Well, Mary wants to see Pirates again. I was thinking of Sicko. And I heard good things about Waitress.”
Have a good vacation, whatever you do. And good luck with the cats.
“Thanks. I feel like singing that Go-Go’s song.”
Go for it.
All I ever wanted
Had to get away
Meant to be spent alone”