Ok, I'm a slacker. But, as my friend Mike likes to say, "It's not procrastination if you plan it that way." I'm working on my Wordsmith challenge, which is due today, and really wanted to post some stories but I find myself owing time elsewhere (stupid work). A couple tidbits follow, with more to come today. I came out in my T-shirt and shorts this morning, fresh from an early workout into the -7 degree pre-dawn darkness to start the Jeep. I wanted it toasty and defrosted when finished getting ready. As my nosehairs crystallized and my breath formed a fog around my head, I looked up and noticed a nearly full moon and long streaks of light in the sky. I said 'Huh,' and turned to go back inside, because the sweat on my legs was solidifying. I suddenly realized the city lights were in the other direction, so I stopped to look again. It was a grand display of Northern Lights, shimmering lines of pale blue-green light between the stars and me. Beautiful. (Photo credit) ======================== Here's a little life lesson I got from my buddy Mitch: A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner. The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?" "No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless man replied. "Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?" the man asked. "No, I don't waste time fishing," the homeless man said. "I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive." "Will you spend this on greens fees at a golf course instead of food?" the man asked. "Are you NUTS!" replied the homeless man. "I haven't played golf in 20 years!" "Will you spend the money on a woman in the red light district instead of food?" the man asked. "What disease would I get for ten lousy bucks?" exclaimed the homeless man. "Well," said the man, "I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife." The homeless man was astounded. "Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting." The man replied, "That's okay. It's important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up beer, fishing, golf, and sex."