December 30, 2005

Decisions, Decisions

The Missus is off to the Baltimore Aquariam today with the Llama-ettes and expects me to take care of some painting jobs while she's gone.

On the other hand, I'm deep into David McCullough's 1776 and I also feel I haven't yet played enough Age of Mythology.

This is the kind of dilemna by which husbands get into trouble. What will I do? Stay tuned.....

UPDATE: Well, it looks as if the call of duty wins this round. I reckon that satisfying my civic responsibilities this afternoon will buy me some indulgence later on.

UPDATE DEUX: A solid afternoon's worth of touching up the basement paint job. I didn't actually fall off the step ladder with a half-full gallon can of paint from jamming to Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, but I came pretty damn close.

I have to confess that I am nowhere near enough of a gamer-geek to easily succomb to the lure of the computer when left on my own. Also, the Missus is quite adept at using both carrot and stick to get what she wants done. Suffice to say that her incentive package is hard to resist.

However, now that I'm done, it's back to the Battle of Brooklyn......

Posted by Robert at December 30, 2005 10:12 AM | TrackBack

1) How long a time are we talking here?
2) How big's the painting jobs? (one room, one floor, the exterior, or just a closet?)
3) Do you have a timer?

Here's the deal - the bigger the job, the more AoM you can get in before you start - because it's a big job and you can take your time. The timer's necessary so you have a reminder of oh, about 10 minutes before they come back so you can have all the drop cloths laid out, paint in the tray, and some on the brush when they walk in.

Posted by: Lysander at December 30, 2005 10:16 AM

Speaking as a gamer widow, I do believe your odds of survival/enjoying the weekend without spending the entire time putting neosporin on your wounds will be better if you spend the day reading instead of playing.

Just saying.

How are you liking 1776? The husband is making me read it and so far I don't think it's too bad, on the whole.

Posted by: Kathy at December 30, 2005 10:22 AM

What she said.

My proposal is only theoretical in nature, anyways.

Posted by: Lysander at December 30, 2005 10:55 AM

Speaking as another gamer-widow, I agree with Kathy and think you made the right decision.

Plus now you have the leverage of reminding the Missus that you gave up a trip to the Aquarium so you could do some chores. Wait a week or so, but I imagine the fogginess of time will allow you translate that into some big free time points later. At least, it always seems to work on me.

Posted by: beth at December 30, 2005 12:06 PM

Rob. It's me your computer. Can you hear me. That sweet sweet song. No no, it's not my posse of sirens. Can you hear it? "Come to me dear, sweet Rob. Come to me." Just for 5 minutes. You can stop right after that. In fact you can stop anytime you like. You are in complete control. Age of Mythology is boring. You can quit anytime. COME TO ME ROB, COME TO ME. There will still be time to do the chores. Just one more hill to conquer. What's that? A calvary of centaurs? How could you possibly deal with that? Might take a few extra minutes, but what a challenge!


Posted by: LB buddy at December 30, 2005 12:52 PM

a wife is always going to need a reason to be mad at her hubby. Blow off painting and give her a reason, rather than having her invent one.

Posted by: rbj at December 30, 2005 12:53 PM

The true genious in this post is the Huck Finn subtext. So, how many friends showed up to help paint the fence?

Posted by: tee bee at December 31, 2005 01:40 PM