Outstanding Work

Jaclyn received an email from her former boss today and the subject was “Outstanding Work”. She immediately opened the email with great excitement in anticipation of being recognized for her outstanding contribution, unfortunately, the subject was in regards to work that she had not completed, work that was outstanding and needed to be done. 

Saturday was Record Store Day. Hundreds of bands released limited edition vinyl records that could only be purchased on Record Store Day, many of the records came in really interesting and rare colors (red, white, blue, clear, etc.). The White Stripes re-released their album Elephant and added previously unheard tracks and I was very excited to secure it. Additionally, The Band was re-releasing their final concert performance called The Last Waltz and I wanted to get that too. I drove the family to Princeton to hit up the biggest record store on the East Coast called Princeton Record Exchange. The store opened at 10AM and we arrived around 10:30AM, there was a line of about 100 people out front waiting to get the rare albums. I held out hope the albums mights still be there after the lined disappeared, so I had breakfast in Princeton with the family and then we did some window shopping and returned to the record store a couple hours later, the line was now about 150 people long. We left without going inside and I didn’t get the rare records, but we had fun in Princeton anyways.

Winston has been talking a lot about a video game called Minecraft, there’s a lot of mining in Minecraft and you can use dynamite to blow things up. In the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings, I cautioned Winston to calm down on all the TNT talk. Winston asked why he can’t talk about blowing things up and I said he shouldn’t talk about it because there recently was a bomb and it killed a bunch of people and blew off their legs and it was horrible and made many people sad, I concluded by saying we shouldn’t talk about blowing stuff up as it might scare or upset someone. Winston said, “okay”, but he didn’t ask any questions as to why someone would put a bomb in a public place, he just took it at face value. Can you imagine being a kid today? Having to hear about shootings and bombings killing fellow children…terrifying. Kids used to worry about the boogie monster, now there’s real monsters.

I remembered accidentally cursing in front of my mom when I was a kid, we looked at each other and we were both somewhat shocked. She said, “I am not upset that you cursed, but I am upset that you expressed yourself so poorly, you don’t sound intelligent when you curse”. I think about this lesson when I hear of all this senseless violence, what a stupid way to make a point or express yourself. 

3 thoughts on “Outstanding Work

  1. I drove to the Siren Records store in Doyelstown. It opened at 10 am. I was there at 10:14 am. Everything was sold out. It sucked.


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