Simple Man

Getting up early lead to an increase use of coffee (& cigarettes), developing a habit of midday naps (no good), and going to bed early (good). Luckily the ability to sleep for a pre-determined stretch of time returns – in younger years I was able to go to bed, tell myself  “You will sleep for five and a half hours” & wake up some minutes before the alarm went off ; I somehow lost this ability, but it works again.
Driving a large (engine & space), strong-pulling diesel with tons of torque is nice, I only have to take much care in rush-hour traffic. Sometimes I really wonder why people refuse to press down the pedal on the right – goodness, the car may move !
The kids relax, no one is crying and refusing to enter the car – a good sign. Even the girl who sits next to me twice a day and refuses to speak, seems to feel easier, she now puts on the safety-belt by her own and puts down the arm support of her seat by herself. Next we (me) will tackle the problem with the heating, so that she will use the air vents as she likes them and will regulate the heat on her side of the car as she likes it to be. I can only guess and do not want her to be fried or frozen – the greatest gift would of course be, if she’d say something, we’ll see.
The radio-program is still a matter of dispute, not loud and open, but silent and intense. I personally am appalled at some of the early morning programs because they are funny as a broken leg, play a strange assortement of music – seriously, how often can you hear “All she wants is another ba-beh” ? At the third latest one gets some disturbing ideas, me at last – or reduce groups, like “Queen” for example, to one single hit (Bohemian Rhapsody in this case) – it’s boring ! And no R&R, no Blues, no Funk – it’s hirnerweichend, brain-softening. I think I’ll use some Motown-samplers, Blues-collections & stuff on this. Nobody wants to hear the news in this vehicle anyway and my beloved classic station fell through. Perhaps Sam & Dave may stop the endless chatter of my co-driver, an interesting lady I would not want to have as an enemy, so careful there.
What astonishes me is that the engine does not heat up the car as I am used to by a gasoline engine. It takes at least two-thirds of the morning run until it becomes warm in the cabin, they sadly did not install additional heating it seems. But I’ll ask the garage-man about this, there are one or two switches I am still not sure about. In the morning I have to leave the village and go on a motorway to the city to pick up my co-driver and her son, from then onwards its driving within city limits. I’m freezing my arse off  in the first half an hour, and then – bang ! – it’s heating the place all over, all nice and adjustable. I had to buy hand cream today, because the skin of my hands is dry & chapped – yes, gloves are a nice invention, but the German Offizierhandschuhe I use are too insulating : I have no feeling of the driving wheel, and they are of no use when I have to fix wheelchairs & stuff, so they are good for the walk up to the car and scrapping off the ice from the windscreen. BTW Ford’s invention of the heatable windscreen is a god-send, really. Within some minutes, while I back the bus out of where it may stand, the front becomes clear ; with the air con going full blast there is no need to stand around idling, wasting fuel and making the neighbours angry : Wake up honey – I’m going to work !
I did not find time to go into the basement and look for the family papers. One good thing about driving “kidz” to school is the vacancies – and the next week is free : They call it “Winterferien” nowadays, it’s the week from Rosenmontag to Aschermittwoch, when it’s okay to have a hangover.
I managed to get rid of additional tons of papers and further clear my room, the janitor installed a working lamp right in front of my cellar compartment, so “dumpster diving” will start on Monday – right after I’ll have finished transferring money to my debtors : Having money coming in (preferably on a regular basis) is the other good thing about regular work.
One has to use what one has got – and I have the research for my own family at hand, triggered by that email I mentioned some days (weeks already – tempus fugit !) ago. I will use this on my business website and write about it there, perhaps it may attract some people, who are interested in what I do, want to see what I do, and may feel the need to give me a contract. But whatsoever – I like to do this, and actually even am in a position to do what I like, without fear for next month’s rent : I’m just a simple man any way !

13 thoughts on “Simple Man

  1. I say forget the radio and introduce the kids to Herr Mago’s Morning Classics: Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, Elvis, (early) Jefferson Airplane, Buddy Holly, The Guess Who (Canadian content requirement), etc! Suggested theme song.

  2. Hell yeah LX ! There are all these CDs in the cupboard – they may finally be put to good use : Darlings, this is MUSIC ! Let’s forget the slime [cuts short, only three minutes, Frank may have started a longer journey there] coming out of the radio ! I first thought about Classical Guitar, but its nonsense after all – we need music to go ! Think I’ll throw in some Cream, Zeppelin, and TRB of course. Route 107 will be different. A bit, at least.

  3. Driving gloves are great ! Once a pair was in my possession, have no clue where they came from, but they were too small for me anyway. Soft brown leather, with a lot of holes punched in. Don’t know where they are now.
    The officer’s gloves are stuffed with lambs’ wool, very good and warm, but, really, no feeling at all.
    I have my shawl wrapped around the head (the ears ! Protect the ears !), have a “Kappe” on top, and button up the “Bluse” they gave me – in fact I may look like “something” when standing at the traffic lights and get inspected by other “white-van-men”. I do not care – getting ill is no option, for me & the people am responsible for. And MJ’s Isolator is no option within a car !

  4. You’re working. Congratulations Mr Maggs! it is an ease on the mind to have regular money coming in, even if the initial cold start in the morning is a little off-putting. You can view the family archiving as a hobby now and i’m sure it will become more of a pleasure for you. As for the cold… Spring is not too far away with lighter mornings and warmer days… the heating system will soon become a thing of the past..

  5. I hadn’t realised you were doing something else again. Good for you!

    I don’t know why your diesel should take so long to heat the interior of your car…that really doesn’t sound right to me at all.

    Driving gloves are the answer for sure. You must protect your hands.

    PS. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. I’m not sure I’ll ever buy anything but a Ford (which I’ve had for the last year and a half) again, the heated windscreen is such a blessing. But my car takes a while to heat up too, so maybe that’s a Ford thing too.

    I don’t think a midday nap is a bad thing at all. Just a short one though, more than 20-30 minutes and you might as well go to bed for the afternoon.

    I find it painful to listen to music that I dislike, so I hope you can solve that problem soon. I guess that you’d rather not have had the necessity of taking an extra job but it sounds as if you’re making it work for you, which is really good to know. We have a school holiday next week too, so I’m looking after grandchildren for my daughter Eloise – my other grandkids’ mother is a teacher, so she has time off and they’re having a few days away.

  7. Ug. Now I’ve got Ace of Base’s All That She Wants Is Another Baby in my mind! Thanks Mago.

    I hope your travelling music sorts itself out soon (if you can’t sort it out sooner) :)

  8. Exactly dear Princess – only a few weeks and spring will start for serious. It’s great to watch the days grow longer. I’m sure in summer I’ll long for a cooling system …

    Happy Valentiens, if I’m a bit late, sorry LX. I hope all the ladies answered … ?

    Happy Valentino Day Rose. I used some cream and it astoundingly really worked – Patschehändchen again instead of grater …

    You can go over the top and order the heatable steering wheel Niko. I encountered the heated seat only in a friend’s BMW, it nearly grilled my derriere. Another good thing Ford took care of : The switches for the radio are useable when you wear gloves. They are large and have enough space between each other. In another car I use (more or less) regularily, this is not possible : The radio looks much more stylish, but you can only operate the buttons with one (preferably thin) finger. Even one of LX’s driving gloves would be too much.

    These midday naps tent to become too long, dear Z. And I want to use the day – only when I changed the rhythm I realised that I really like to live through a day from dawn to night – and how many things can be handled. The job pays the rent, what is the most important part, is making sense (while this security gig was absolutely senseless), and I like to drive. And leaves me time for other things through the day. And if the academia scientiarum will ask me friendly to join in and accept a contract for some years, I can pick my choice … :)

    Welcome IDV – it took me a whole day to get over this silly thing ! I am sure the music woes will be sorted soon.

  9. Money! Yay!! That stuff really helps one get the things one needs in life.

    You’ll definitely need to work on an auditory solution, if there’s going to be a lot of driving.

    I don’t know what’s worse: needing gloves because the steering wheel is so cold, or needing oven mitts because the steering wheel is so hot. I’ve experienced both in the last year. Fun fun (not so fun).

    Long drives are meditation.

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