Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Friday the 13th

Another work week has slipped by us all.  Friday is upon us once again and with it the promise of deserved rest over the weekend. Of course, if you are like me there is a complete list of things to do just waiting. Those of you who have regular jobs probably think us loafing full-time writers have all kinds of time to get those little home chores done during the week.

I have seen the looks at Lowes. “You look retired. What the hell are you doing here on the weekend? Why don’t you give us workers a break and stay the hell home.” That was the look put down in words. I have an answer. There never is enough time during the week to get those tiny tasks done. After all, there are posts to write, edits to do, new fiction to invent, new google research topics, coffee to drink, and tweets to publish. I haven’t even mentioned the dogs to walk, the bike to ride and photo’s to be taken I DESERVE TO GO TO LOWES ON THE WEEKEND JUST AS MUCH AS THE NEXT PERSON.

Whew. I had to get that off my chest. The truth is I just can’t imagine going to Lowes during the week. I would miss the crowds, the lack of checkers, the unavailable help, and the general feeling of accomplishment just getting out of the place with half of what I went there to buy. So I’ll still truck to Lowes on the weekend to check in with my fellow do it your selfers (yes,  I know that is not a word) and revel in our mutual bond of misery. Why change? Oh, and the John Ku this week asks a question about change. Hope you like it.

Change by John W. Howell © 2016

Comfortable us,

Satisfied that all is good. . .

Is change to be feared?


  1. Happy Friday the 13th, John! You tell ’em at Lowes (and anywhere else). Heck, I’m trying to do both, even though I limit myself to only half-way doing “indie” since there’s no time for the marketing. So I agree completely about how much work writing is. I don’t think I could call you “retired.” You just changed careers. Have a fabulous Friday. Mega hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. I have to admit it is a lot of work and at times I wonder if it is worth it. Thanks and Hugs.

  2. Remembering my Home Depot time, the weekend crowds were crazy, but it was so much worse when nothing was happening. You would have to find work and stand in the open asking for people to come to your line even if they aren’t done. Don’t even get me started on feeling abandoned in the Garden Department. At least customers makes the time go by.

    1. I can see you in the Garden department with a sign “Will check you out for food.”

      1. It was in Florida, so it’d be for water. I was so happy whenever a customer bought me water. Especially since there I’d be forgotten at least once a week, which meant no break for lunch.

      2. Gee. Sounds awful.

      3. Only made it 89 days. I know the exact number because I’d have gotten retroactive pay if I made it to 90. Wasn’t told that until my last day.

      4. Don’t think it was made public knowledge until the day because they wanted to avoid people working 90 days, getting the pay, and bailing. Honestly, I wasn’t having fun there.

      5. Still sounds creepy.

  3. When I was doing the major renovation on our house, I was stopping at Home Depot at 6:00 am, right when they open. The sales staff were pleasant. They hadn’t had customers to deal with yet. I try to avoid those stores on the weekends, John. I didn’t know I was missing my chance to hang with you.

    1. I guess I’m afraid of being labeled a retiree. 🙂

      1. Ha – I’m looking forward to it. Maybe that changes once it happens.

      2. Work is a blessing. I moved from business to writer. Don’t really feel retired.

  4. Enjoy your day – BUT – remember______

    1. Yes. Be careful.

  5. Ugh…Lowes or Home Depot on the weekend is the worst. Actually, most places are packed on the weekend. I think I’ll stay home. 🙂 Have a great one, John!

    1. Thanks, Jill. You as well. 🙂

  6. Good point about not finding help during the weekdays. My husband and I have experienced that when we had the brilliant idea of going to Lowe’s or Home Depot during the week. As for your johnku (besides the fact that it’s excellent), I feel that struggle too. Part of me wants change (as in moving to another state once we’re both retired), but another part of me has grown quite comfortable with our house and life where we are. Change has always made me nervous even when I knew it was necessary or even instigated it myself. I just try to “roll with it.”

    1. Change is one of life’s eventualities. Sometimes for the good and other times not so much. Thanks Marie. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  7. While you are searching for a salesperson at Lowes, I am enjoying the beautiful quiet of the cottage of a wonderful friend😋Enjoy your weekend John!

    1. Good for you, Lynn. Sounds wonderful.

  8. Here’s a little tip. When you walk out with only half of what you wanted, you can balance your karma by going to Costco. I always leave there with twice what I wanted.

    1. Ha ha ha. We have to drive 185 miles to the nearest Costco so I know what you mean.

  9. Lowes IS the weekends.

    1. Yes. A day there is like a week in Cabo San Lucas

  10. I am yet to visit a Lowes John. Hopefully I’ll get a chance one of these days. American customer service is so much better than ours, I am sure it will be a pleasure. Will make sure to stop by on a Saturday, looking retired. Have a good weekend.

    1. To look retired you have to walk around slack jawed and confused looking.

  11. Lowes????are you kidding? I can’t imagine Lowe’s on the weekend. As for change, and this blessed Haiki Jon ku. I eat change for breakfast, sauteed with mushrooms

    1. Ha ha ha. Tell me you go hunt your own mushrooms

  12. 😀 😀 I don’t fear change if there’s still any left in my pocket after shopping at Home Depot, or Loews.
    I do hate shopping anywhere on the weekend, but still do it though I’m retired. 😦 😛
    Like the Haiku. Sums up the idea handsomely. :

    1. Thanks Tess. I shop on the weekends too.

      1. I’m busy through the week doing…you know, stuff. Weekend’s the only time I can force myself out shopping. 😀 😀 😀

      2. There you go. The perfect answer.

  13. I’m writing this on the 14th, John, so it looks like most of us survived. Good for you braving the hardware store on a weekend. You won that bravery medal. Wear it proudly. Hilarious. 😀 — Suzanne

    1. Good to get the 13th behind us. Thanks Suzanne. 🙂

  14. I’m still shuddering from seeing Pennywise again…
    But great work, John.

    1. I know. Scared me to put it up there. 😀

  15. Haha! Enjoy Lowe’s, John☺

    1. Thanks Felicia. 🙂

  16. Lowes? Do they all float down there or something?

    1. Yes. They are on pontoons next to fish market.

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