I Missed My Calling

Actually, my missed calling was being a homicide detective (true) but my second choice would be writing snarky headlines for The Daily News. This one gets into their top five in my book.


I’m playing the waiting game today – Culligan coming between 10 and 1 to service the water softener system. Mobile Dawg Groomer coming between 12 and 1 for the full pamper treatment.

Meanwhile it’s so damn cold today, not by the actual temperature, but windy, dark skies, and raw. I’m on my third cup of coffee and am thinking hot soup as a chaser would help warm my old bones.

Happy Thursday.

25 thoughts on “I Missed My Calling

      1. Now wait. I didn’t say I COULD have been a homicide detective (I cry at the sight of blood) but the job always appealed, solving a crime and putting the pieces together. I love that kind of work. Law & Order junkie – I doubt there’s an episode in the first fifteen seasons that I haven’t seen several times. I stopped watching when Jerry Orbach died…nobody puts Lenny in the corner (mixed metaphor!)

        You can’t tell me there isn’t a job YOU TWO wished you had, even if it wasn’t doable in reality, but that dream job you wish you could have.

        1. I wanted to be a research doctor curing cancer but I flunked every science and math course I took in college so I let go of my dream to become an accountant. My daughter wants to be a veterinarian but she forgets to feed the cat and we’ve had many dead goldfish over the years. Scratch that career path. My son wants to be a fireman.

          Of my friends in college, maybe half are doing what they set out to and what they saw as their dream job. I was too busy chasing skirts and being an all-around goof-off. I’m hoping my children aren’t the apples off my tree. My wife is brilliant and focused.

  1. I got caught in a rain burst coming in from a walk this morning. It seemed to pour right over my head and nowhere else. It’s awful outside today.

    My kids know they don’t want to be in finance like their dad – they see he works 70-80 hour weeks and is always on the phone. I tell them that their father is working for all of us, that his profession demands time but the rewards enable us to life a very comfortable lifestyle. John will tell you his hours and financial rewards were not worth what he lost in family time and that was the number one driver for us to leave and start anew in Wyoming.

    Our son for now wants to be a professional nature photographer and our daughter has acting aspirations.

    I wanted to be a ballerina but didn’t make it into the Swan Lake production our ballet troupe participated in. My mother hinted that I might want to try gymnastics. 🙂

  2. I always wanted to be a lawyer, mostly because my father and grandfather are and that’s what was expected of me. I really don’t love my profession and would give it up if I could afford to for being anything freelance – phototog, writer, clown. I’m tied to my desk far more than I like.

    1. You raise an interesting point Austin. Becoming what is expected of you. I think that’s a huge part of how career paths are chosen – sons and daughters of farmers or business owners know they are next in line to run the business or care for the land. In your case, I assume you worked for the firm your father and grandfather own so that must carry both joy of being the next generation and burden to succeed to keep the name highly regarded.

      My father the engineer never thought that his daughters could/would follow in his footsteps. Not that I was smart enough to BE an engineer anyway, but had I been, I wonder if he would have approved of me taking over the reins of his company.

      1. I come from a long line of West Virginia coal mine workers – work that my father, grandfather and great grandfather were proud of but when my brothers were of age to decide a career, my father and grandfather told them they should get an education and move out of the state.

        Peter, one became a PanAm airline pilot and the other went into mining, copper mining. Like you EOS, my father saw no career path for me, the daughter. He expected me to marry well and raise a family. Nothing wrong with that path but I wanted to work. I was a teacher for a long time then in the early 1980s became a realtor. I loved the freedom of making my own hours and the money back then was really good (until it wasn’t good at all) so I retired and am now a full-time doting grandma.

        1. Sounds so familiar. My mother’s family is from a steel mill town in Central PA. No one from the family ever worked in the mill except one grandfather was a metallurgist. The summer before my senior year of high school I decided that I would go back there to work in the mill to earn enough money for a sweet car. Would have had no problem doing that on the graveyard shift for three months. Everyone in the family said “NFW”. Ended up working at Friendly’s instead and not getting a car….

        2. Good story. That steel mill is probably long since boarded up. Every time I drive through PA and Ohio I’m struck by the vast wasteland of empty manufacturing buildings. Take the train from Philly to Baltimore and see the same wasteland times a million. Building after building falling down. Mills boarded up. Wilmington’s riverfront was once booming manufacturing. Today, scraped for a park and a museum.

          Friendly’s not a bad second choice. Free Fribbles? I like their hamburgers on bread.

    1. Cool. I’m going to read that completely. I see that the author suggests it will take me 22 minutes to read. Hmmm, that’s the first time I’ve seen that anywhere. He must not know I’m a graduate of the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading course.

      Culligan is here now……………

  3. So back to FU Cruz
    Do you think he’ll bring up the NY VALUES?
    The Donald is loaded and can’t wait to shoot.
    I truly hope no violence will erupt

    1. Cruz has no hope in New York even never uttering NY values! I watched a few minutes of Trump last night in Bethpage. It was tough to take, he really says NOTHING, but he’ll win here hands down. The audience loved that Ivanka spoke after giving birth one week ago. Lord, she is stunning as well as smart.
      One channel interviewed protesters but they didn’t seem to make a dent compared to the pro-Trump crowd.
      I too hope no violence will erupt but for sure the Soros Gang is plotting ways of making violence happen.

        1. You ought to be Trump’s PR front man. Two fabulous stories that I bet no one, other than the handful here, will know about as Trump campaigns. I wish he sounded today more like he did at the dedication of the Vietnam memorial (which to my shock and dismay, I didn’t know existed!!!)

          The story of Trump stopping a mugging is a hood one too, but gee, whatever did he see in Marla Maples? That was a mistake marriage if there ever was one. No ex-wife complains do either he’s a decent ex and supports both or they’ve been paid not to tell stories.

          I’m STILL reading the Murder link you sent. I read two minutes, the phone rings. I read one minute and someone 7-putts a green at The Masters (Ernie Els!!) …at this rate it’ll take me 22 hours to read the story, not 22 minutes.

        2. That murder house article is interesting and yet still leaves questions unanswered (the major question is if the murdered woman was having an affair with the neighbor). The supernatural occurrences will probably never be explained – although, Nathan might help:

        3. I just finished the article so I’m glad you didn’t spill any beans. I’m going toread it again tomorrow. It’s really interesting.

          Now, as for Ron the Psychic, I think he’s the ghost of five Michelin Men. That’s some figure he’s cutting. I also noted quite a bit of dem deez and doz in his spit-laden conversation with Nathan. Jersey or Long Island.

  4. I thought it was the NY Post that was famous for its headlines — e.g., “Headless body in topless bar” — but this one from the Daily News is outstanding indeed.

    I sometimes compose headlines in my brain when I’m bored or stressed. The only memorable one came when I was living in Greenwich and stuck at home in a snowstorm with a very cranky toddler: “Mom slays tot in posh ‘burb.” Shh, don’t tell Child Protective Services.

    1. You are right, the Post is more famous for their headlines. The News isn’t as clever, usually more hateful.
      LOVE your own headline. Any mother who tells you she hadn’t created a similar headline is lying. 🙂

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