The parking lot of a suburban hardware store with several parking spaces, including one occupied by an SUV with a customized license plate.

When you figure out the small needful thing with help from a random instructional video, you wonder if the rest of everything else can be similarly broken down. What happens if I wander in here and ask about such and such? Let’s see, I can use these few free minutes to finish off this memoir and return some library books, cutting bait on two I didn’t get around to in time. Scary mode, activated.

The better of two blank gray similar images, as judged by an algorithm somewhere aboard my phone camera’s image processing system

Things got weird when I switched up one of my guitars’ tunings (FACGAD, as I got distracted by the sound before I could tune up that last string to E. The next thing I knew, I had five new songs on the pile. Between these new arrivals and the ones from the first two months, I should probably make some decisions about a couple of releases in a little over two weeks.

A long stretch of city street with cars and a bicycle alongside low brick buildings under partly sunny sky

The cure for too long (really, almost any length of time) at a desk is to get up, walk away and get a lap of at least a few blocks in, stopping to smile, say hello and gossip with a random stranger, be most about a business while patronizing it for a necessary item, exercising both minor moderation and magnanimity with a midday meal, and then bobbing sedately along when a car with an extraordinarily loud sound system playing something inane but not shockingly rude or off color.

Another sunset low on the horizon behind slightly angled vertical blinds

With plenty of distractions to choose from, it’s surprising I chose the one involving the engineer for an album. After my language duties. It meant I was interruptible for the hour I actually spent at my other long neglected desk, but there are worse ways to be taken off task.

A person’s left hand holding a slim blue vinyl booklet in a low lit room with lightly open blinds

So the season turned, and I thought about freedom and I got home. There it was, later than it should have been because of my own failure to sign where I should have, but still on a time of its own. No plans yet, but maybe in three months and again in six, it could happen.

An automated speed sign is blank with unlit slow down words within its housing on a pole next to a curved and downhill sloping city street.

The reception was bad for all the usual reasons, the infrastructure wasn’t there, the street layout was odd and the hill likely played hob with signals. Not to mention, I needed things to work so I could be present where others had been and now weren’t. But it was what it was.

Sunset light shines through a clear window, casting three bright squares against a darkened wall in an apartment hallway

There was enough going on to keep me busy. I didn’t have to go all the way over to the other side but I expect that will happen tomorrow. Just enough winter left, even on a sunny weekend, to send a chill where you don’t want it to go, much less feel.

A movie poster within a black mounted case on a wall outside of a movie theater

I didn’t leave the house, didn’t see the movie I’d wanted to see, didn’t do several other things, and it was just as well. It was one of those days where no one should have left the house. Least of all, the people who did and then didn’t get to go home.

A close of a blue dot patterned plastic bag containing a delivered item

Now, let’s see if I get as good a sleep time as I remember getting a couple of years ago. There’s nothing like when the right kind of technology arrives, landing outside your door on your way out to do something else. I’d say the price was right, but decent sleep is pretty much priceless.

A large light colored sport utility vehicle at an intersection

Start slow and you leave yourself at the mercy of other slow people in front of you, dawdling on the way to places they don’t want to go, and keeping you from places you do. Start faster so at least you can get up some momentum and traction toward people and places.