We've been at Mom's for about 11 weeks now and all the 'prep' has been done. Thanks solely to my wife Barb all the closets, spare bedrooms, workshop, garage, and storage building have been cleaned out. The years of old documents/tax returns have been shredded, and load upon load of trash and Dad's old paint/chemicals hauled to the dump. I watched as the pile of 'stuff' grew weekly in Dad's workshop area, spreading into 2 rooms, hoping it would eventually be the resultant end of some plan. Little did I know that my bride was very much in her element here.........Dr. Jekyl nurturing Mr. Hyde right before my eyes. The beast began to stir.....
Admittedly this has been a bit hard on Mom. Her home for so many years, yet no less so on me.......yeah, you know what I'm saying. Even my cooking doesn't cure everything. Barb is the best woman any man could hope for. We are also very fortunate to have a dear friend from high school that helped us with much of this to include dump trailers, tables, pricing, setup, and general support. Mom's friend and neighbor, Rosalie, volunteered to contribute/help out too. For a day my faith in humanity was saved.
In order to keep the beast somewhat under control I had even made a pretty thorough flow chart and list as what needed to be done or obtained and when. However, since women are normally the 'Great Organizers' when it comes to lists........they didn't need mine. Uh oh.....
The Three Amigos
Well, at least for now this beast has been slain. The damage to my man card was minimal and the screams have subsided. Tokyo is safe. We'll have a small service and then haul the rest of the carcass to the dump in a couple of days. No Evergreen College protestors or Spotted Owls were harmed during this and no Safe Zones violated.
In all seriousness it was a very well planned and executed sale. I certainly did appreciate the efforts of my entire crew. In fact Wilma's husband, John returned to help me with tool management. That boy could sell ice to an eskimo. Under such stressful situations my leadership skills astound me, but seem to escape the ladies. Seriously, once again my wife continues to amaze me. Her warm spirit and selfless heart have really risen to the top this summer. I salute my friends for pitching in and making Mom's day less stressful and even a little more fun. I love you all. The weather was beautiful, in fact it was a warm summer weekend with most of the Department of Tool Sales Management (me) seeking shade and ice tea. In the end we cleared just short of $12,174,804. We did set our sights on making a significant impact on the National Debt, but after Mom's 99% profit margin we'll donate the remainder to our favorite charity.......Helping Rich Hilts Age a Bit More Gracefully while hauling more loads to the dump. The Summer of Altruism continues........Joie de Vivre.
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