Parker County Today July 2016 - Page 6

A Letter From The Editor JULY 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Lessons in Futility 4 Don’t you just love those non-participation holidays? My favorites are Memorial Day and Labor Day. I especially adore days off like Memorial Day because I always eagerly anticipate getting lots of stuff done around my house. This year I planned to totally reorganize my house — with a special focus on the guest bathroom and kitchen and home office.  I bounded out of bed at 7 o’clock that morning, determined to get a jump on my organizing project.  Here’s why this is never a good idea. I’m a writer and I live for mental stimulus. That’s not always a good thing. Example: Before jumping in the shower on Memorial Day, I decided I’d tidy up a small-ish drawer in the bathroom. Part of the plan was to toss anything I hadn’t used in a year because I’d read that it was a good rule-of-thumb to get rid of stuff you don’t use and I believed it. Mostly the drawer contained obsolete hair ornaments, a plethora of gimme ballpoint pens that don’t work, most never did, and hairdo-related gadgets. I know what you’re thinking. What is a hairdo-related gadget? The answer is any contraption designed to save time, money and trouble when styling your hair. These are often marketed via infomercials on the Internet or on late-night television. I found several of them in my bathroom drawer. I found the Perfect French twist for which I had shelled out $9.99 a few years ago, got it opened only to find a sponge shaped like a banana, a pamphlet (created on a home computer, probably in China) and five bobby pins. I ended up experimenting with the gadget and concluded the same thing I concluded two years ago — I couldn’t make my hair or the contraption work now any better than I could when I bought it. One would think I would toss it— but one would be mistaken. I’ll try it again when I have more time to squander (wait, I thought this was supposed to save time).  I moved on. I ran across a ballpoint pen that advertised the company of a friend of mine who died a few years back. I can’t get rid of that, right? Then I found a tube of lipstick that I bought at Neiman Marcus when my mother was with me. The lipstick never looked good on me and was that awful bright orange that was trendy then, but my mom was with me when I bought it so I have to save it, right? OK, moving on. I found hair bows, really? Of course I don’t wear those anymore, since I turned 21, but there’s one I was wearing when I met the love of my life, so I must keep it, right? There are good sides and bad sides to having a good memory. Not being able to bring yourself to throw useless junk away painlessly is not one of the good sides.  Then I found the trendy, odd curling iron that I had purchased recently. I haven’t used it because it’s kind of complicated. It’s called a wand and it comes with a glove (only one). Must be some sort of tribute to Michael Jackson.  Hmmm. Maybe I should learn to use it. After all, I shelled out lots of hard-earned money for that. Right? I turned to YouTube for instruction. Have you noticed that most people who post “How-To” videos on YouTube have really messy houses and awful home decorating?  Who’d take advice from them? Not me. It took time to find a hair wand tutorial presented by a person with pretty hair, attractive motif and tidy surroundings. Once I watched the clip, I had to practice my curling iron technique. I had to. My hair looked marvelous.  When searching for an acceptable hair-wand tutorial I ran across a “How to make your eyes mysterious using kohl pencils” tutorial. I recalled seeing a kohl pencil in that drawer. I dug it out. I then spent 20 minutes looking for the sharpener that went with it. Found it. Using the technique demonstrated in the tutorial I made my eyes look mysterious. OK. Not exactly mysterious. Evil is the word I would use to describe the look. They looked like the eyes of a serial killer. Was it Charles Manson or Marilyn Manson?  I washed the kohl off my eyes but kept the pencil. Then I ran across a longtime friend that I hadn’t talked to in a long, long time. I called her. She kept me on the phone for two hours. I was reminded of why I don’t call her more often.  By that time, most of my free day was gone and I had one drawer cleaned out — sort of.  I realized why I don’t tackle tasks like this more often. Who has the time? Wouldn’t my day off be better spent with friends or in shopping for more useless junk that I could throw in a drawer? Absolutely! May your Independence Day find you footloose and fancy free of clutter. Thanks for reading Parker County Today. Marsha Brown, Editor and Publisher, Parker County Today