The set of things for which I’m directly and materially responsible, right now, has shrunk to one wife, two cats, two cars and a few suitcases. Letting go of all control over the rest of the stuff (all five tons of it, thanks for asking) was difficult but liberating.
I had a fun time trying to return a propane tank (the kind that goes with a gas grill). I went to a hardware store and asked something like “you exchange these, right? Well, can I just give one to you?” Total bafflement. “How about if I exchange this one, but forget to take the new one…how about that.” I got to talk to the manager. The manager said “we don’t do things like that here.” So I went to another store, got to talk to the manager there, and he said “sure, no problem.” The key is to get past the robots as rapidly as possible. We just needed one person, somewhere in the chain, to jump outside of the corporate protocol.
Job negotiations continue. We might be approaching agreement. That would be good, since I would theoretically start work a week from today.
Climbed well today. I led several 5.9′s, and made substantial progress on a 5.10b top rope. I hope that the gym in Providence is good.