Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Lost Post

It's no great loss, to be sure, but I am not amused. The post I thought I published on my blog this afternoon has been lost somehow.

As I've mentioned before, I try to find meaning in whatever happens, so this must mean that I'm supposed to say something else today.

Since whirling is what I do best, that's what I'll do instead of trying to find a topic.

My day started with a tidbit in the newspaper which caught my eye. A man killed his wife, saying that he was mad because they had lived in their house for four years and they still hadn't unpacked. This pointed out several things to me:
  • I guess maybe it's good that I'm not married.
  • There are people crazier than moi out there.
  • Lack of good housekeeping skills can threaten one's well-being.
The main reason I was so taken by the article was because of my own questionable housekeeping habits. Oh, I try; I'm just not terribly effective. Had I been married to that man, I'd have been six feet under a long time ago, probably before my child was born. I guess the murderer would have been my child's father, had I lived long enough. It just goes to show- things can always be worse.

All my life I have speculated as to the source of this problem. It was bad enough when I was alone, sharing the chaos with only my pets. But now a child is having to plow his way through my daunting disorder.

Whenever I think of this problem I recall a long ago conversation with a very good- looking, successful Japanese man from work who liked me. He was trying to invite himself over to my apartment.

"I'm sorry- you can't come over!"

"What?! Can't come over? Why?"

"Well, I have this problem..."

"What problem?"

After much prodding, I finally gave in.

"I'm a slob."

"A WHAT?"

"A slob."

"A SLOP?"

He never did get it, and he eventually moved back to Tokyo. Over there where space is at a premium, slobs do not and cannot exist.

Perhaps I have finally found a solution. I can move to Japan.

31 comments:

Tara said...

My partner has had the same problem with blogger swallowing posts before now. I remember one day in particular where after having done a new post, three of his previous ones had disappeared off the face of the earth. It turns out blogger were having problems but after they fixed them, he never did get his posts back.

garnet david said...

Betty- I love your ruminative stye. I can see the gears turning. A webcam on the mind.

I doubt you are a slob. Slobs are lazy. I have a feeling you are not.

Betty said...

Dawn- Thanks for letting me know that this phenomenon has been experienced by others!

Garnet- Are you pretending not to know me?

taikochan said...

Um, Betty, hate to break it to you, but they DO have slobs in Japan. Of the top three messiest houses I have ever seen, two of them are in Japan.

ME Strauss said...

Oh Betty,
If this is what a lost post brings I think you should just scribble something and lose it on purpose. What fun it was to read this. Like Garnet, I like it when you think out loud like that. And those endings, those endings--I could always figure out O. Henry, but I never expect O. Betty.

smiles,
liz

Betty said...

taikochan,
I was afraid of that. People with this predilection manage to find a way to trash whatever environment they find themselves in. At least I'd have to start anew collecting trash in Japan, since I doubt I could cross the ocean with it.

Liz,
I was actually surprised that I was able to come up with something to replace the lost post with, and the ending was unexpected to me, too. I'll try this again soon.

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