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I Should Have Paid Attention

March 8, 2014

Regrettably, I have not paid attention to every conversation I have been involved in.  Even more regrettably, some of those conversation have been with my wife.

 

I have agreed to pickup one particular item at a store and came home with a thousand other things, but not the thing I went there for.  If you are thinking I have a memory problem, you would be wrong;  it is an attention problem.  I was paying attention when I agreed to go to the store, I wasn’t paying attention when I agreed to pick up Windex.  I don’t know why its a problem’ I always bring something home.

 

I think I agreed to something without paying attention this past week.  I thought I agreed to a small investment for the store that would result in a quick turnaround of cash.

 

Elaine:  I found a Rick Reeves spinning wheel for sale on the internet.
Me: Huh, oh, that’s great. (I really didn’t know what we were talking about, so I thought paying attention was optional.)
Elaine: I think it is being sold for less than its value.
Me: That’s nice.
Elaine: I think I am going to contact them. We can resell it in the store and make some money.
Me: (I’m listening, now.) You think you can make some money? Let’s get in touch with them right away!

 

Somehow I should have paid more attention.  Maybe there was a look in Elaine’s eyes I should have seen, but I didn’t.  Maybe I should have read between the lines, when she told me she was going to contact them.  Maybe I didn’t ask the right questions.

 

I should have found out just exactly what a Rick Reeves spinning wheel really is;  seems this Rick Reeves guy made some hand-made, high dollar spinning wheels for a while and retired.  I guess these spinning wheels are in short supply.  I guess Rick Reeves spinning wheels are easy to find potential buyers. If you look for them.

 

I noticed we had a couple emails from the seller of the Rick Reeves spinning wheel.  I suggested to Ivy that we start advertising that we had the wheel and customers should come in to give it a whorl.  (Spinners will enjoy the misspelling)

 

Me:  Hey Ivy, Why don’t we start advertising the Rick Reeves wheel?
Ivy: What are you talking about?
Me? I guess your Mom ordered a spinning wheel to sell in the store. We should announce it on Facebook.
Ivy: You have no idea what you are talking about, Mom is keeping that wheel.
Me: What? Why would she be keeping that wheel?
Ivy: It is not like her Rick Reeves wheel and she wants to keep it.
Me: She already has one?
Ivy: Yes, the one in her studio is a Rick Reeves wheel.
Me: If she has a Rick Reeves wheel why do we need another one?
Ivy: They aren’t making Rick Reeves spinning wheels any more.
Me: They aren’t making Henry Ford’s Model T’s anymore, and I don’t even have one of them.

 

Obviously, I missed something in my conversation with Elaine.  I thought I was paying attention.  Somewhere something went terribly wrong.

 

From this day forward, I will force myself to pay attention to all my conversations.  Elaine will get her Windex and I will have only TWO Rick Reeves spinning wheels in our house.  Everybody wins!

 

Our crazy lives!

 

Monner

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