Hello and welcome back to the very tired world of the Dogpound. I finally got moved. I picked the coldest week of the winter...

Hello and welcome back to the very tired world of the Dogpound. I finally got moved. I picked the coldest week of the winter to move. The prior weekend we were in the 40s, and by mid-week we had a high of minus-2, and then by the following Sunday we were back into the 60s. This is February? Oh my! My fingers are so cut and scraped from packaging and opening all of those cardboard boxes that I can barely type this article. No lie! Of course, along with all the physical pain (back, shoulders…well, you get the picture) and interruption to my normal daily routine, it is also mind numbing. For example, they were moving my dryer into position when I heard a negative comment about a “problem.” I found out that I have a four-prong plug and the house has a three-prong receptacle. They told me that it was no problem to fix. Just go to Lowe’s, get a three-prong cord, take off the back and switch out the cords. OK, sounds easy enough. I got the cord, took the back panel off and ran into another problem. The old wiring was coded with the normal red, white and black wires, but my new cord was all gray. Hmmmm. Off to Google I go, where I find out that it does not matter since this is a 220 line … both wires are hot. Dud! I should have remembered. So, I get it all hooked up; I make sure the wires are tight, and the breaker is set, plug it in, push the starter button and nothing! Double checked everything…still nothing. Grrrr. My handyman showed up the next day to fix a water leak, and I had him look over the situation. After checking everything, he asked me to try the starter…nothing. He checked the wiring to make sure power was getting to the dryer and asked me to try one more time. Then like a thunderbolt it hit me: the starter only works if you set the timer first. Once I did that, the dryer started right up. Then to add icing to the cake, I tried to electrocute myself. While putting the access panel back on, I accidently hit a bare wire. Sparks flew, and the sheet metal welded itself to the wire. I had failed to unplug the dryer; thankfully, I was not shocked. My guardian angel working overtime again!

“Moving on is easy, but what you leave behind is what makes it hard.”
– Dogpound Wisdom

The newlywed wife said to her husband when he returned from work, “I have great news for you. Pretty soon, we’re going to be three in this house instead of two.” Her husband ran to her with a smile on his face and delight in his eyes. He was glowing with happiness and kissing his wife when she said, “I’m glad that you feel this way since tomorrow morning, my mother moves in with us!” 

Overheard: “My wife has a strange way of starting a conversation. She always begins by saying, “Hey, are you even listening?” Go figure.
Overheard: “I shoot golf in the low 70s. When it gets colder than that, I quit.”
Overheard: “You know the odds of winning the lottery is like 300,00,000 to 1, don’t you?” “Well, yea, it’s why I bought two tickets!”
Overheard: “I guess it is true that you slow down when you get older. It now takes me 90 minutes to watch ’60 Minutes.’”
That is all I have for today. As always, be good, do good, play safe, and remember, we all have luggage…just don’t let it drag you down.

– JR

Walter Wilson Jr. is an Ohio native who lived in Chester from 1991-2000, where he worked for Allied-Signal (Honeywell). He now resides in Sullivan, Ind.