Letter to Dave

Dear Dave,

I want to start off with an observation, Dave; it is not weather-related which would be the easy way to start a conversation in the Midwest. I want to know if you feel unsettled when you are unable to position your vehicle directly between the two yellow lines in a parking lot? This morning, I had to park with my tire on one yellow line because of the alignment of the vehicles already present. I mean, it’s five hours later and I am still turning it over in my mind. I think what happens is the first person arrives at an empty parking lot and decides that to park their car directly between two yellow lines, as they should, is too much of a submission to authority. In turn, they mess up everybody else for the rest of the day as we all try to align our vehicles based on their sloppy rebellion. Who knows what might have occupied this space had it not been for my morning parking lot experience-it wouldn’t have been Shakespeare but who knows? The ripple of poor parking remains long after the vehicle’s owner has left the lot and went to the grocery store to not return their cart to the rack.

I like our online program, Dave. Admittedly, production values started pretty low but we are making inroads and it’s fun to take our monthly letter into another media. I have to admit the there is a bit more pressure to shave when people do more than read our communications but I like the whole thing.

Even most gravel roads are clear of snow, Dave. My mind has turned to thoughts of cattle and pasture although those events are weeks off. There’s a period of time between submitting taxes and mowing lawn that is dangerous and boring. This period of time is a period of stasis, Dave. The only thing that can be done is binge-watch good Amazon Prime programs and watch for the snow to melt.

The years projects will focus on finishing, Dave. The most remarkable finish will be to see the barn brought to completion. Lloyd Noreen began remodeling this barn somewhere in the mid 90’s. I arrived in 1996 and he and I installed new doors and windows which was followed by a new roof, a cupola and eventually covering it with steel. The project has always crept along as I only work on it when I have both money and time, Dave. Neither of these commodities is incredibly plentiful and seldom occupy my life at the same time. I’ve always liked how the barn looked but I wanted it to be a structure that would last long after I was gone. I figured it needed to be maintenance-free and cattle-resistant so that has always been my goal. Anyway, this summer might be the year in which all is accomplished.

We’ll talk to you soon, tell everyone hello

your little bro’

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