Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Work of 3 Men, the Fun of 100

I had a ton of fun yesterday, so of course, I'll blog about it. Unfortunately, we've been forgetting to take our camera a lot of places. To start us off, here's a related Biblical passage:

"On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: 'O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.'

So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!"

Joshua 10:12-14

I feel this happened to me as well! Half a day was created yesterday.

Let me explain. Like Joshua against the Amorites, I was up against a formidable foe. Most the schools in Dallas get out on Columbus Day, they call it a Fair Day. Melissa even got out of her school. Meanwhile, I have a huge IRS deadline on October 15th (this weekend!). How unfair is that?!?!? So, instead of sitting through another regular day of work, I decided to shake things up a bit.

I invented half a day.

I'm always the first person in in the morning. I usually work from 8-4 or so, and everyone was going to the fair at 1:30. My boss wants us to be there 8 hours a day, so I was...

This meant starting early. Very early. Like 4 am early. Why not?!? I'm young. I work very well when it's just me in the office, much better than most. I enjoy it, probably not all the time, but it's a nice change of pace.

My boss left tons of work on my desk. He came in at 8:10 that morning. Do you realize how bad that looks if all that work is still on my desk? If I had come in at 8, it would have been. However, I had had 4 hours. I finished that stuff up by 5:30 am! I left huge piles on his desk. Needless to say, he was surprised.

I had already worked half a day by the time anyone came in, and I was on a roll. I can't think of a more productive day I've ever had... it was ludacris! I really think in one day I did what I usually get done in a week. What would take 3 or 4 normal men to accomplish... I did in one day. In fact, I was worried about being able to go to Abilene this weekend, but with today and yesterday, I think we could almost be done by Thursday.

So I left work by 1, went to the Williams by 1:30, and we all went to the fair!!

The State Fair is a lot like other fairs in smaller towns, just much more grandiose in scale. The Williams went, Allison, Billy, and of course, my homegirl, Melissa.

We went straight to the rides. Always overpriced, but we didn't really care. We were there to have fun! And we did. The rides were pretty cool. We did the starship, the sleighride, love bug, etc. Pretty good. I almost had a rib pop out on the love bug, oddly enough. Molly and Melissa wouldn't stop shoving me into the side bar! Ouch.

The main reason to go to the fair, besides the pig races and car show, is the food. Need I say more? We tried it all- funnel cakes, fried ice cream, fried potatoes. But nothing can compare to...

Turkey Legs!!

These things are huge! And tasty. Are these even real turkey legs? Why do turkeys have bigger legs than we do? Anyway, you feel like more of a man just eating one. Not that I need to feel like more of a man, but if you do, start with a big, juicy leg. Growl as you rip the flesh from the skin.

Obviously don't start doing that to people. I hate it when people try to bite my legs.

So... no pig races for us. We tried twice, but both times the place was packed. Apparently you can put money on the races. But why stop with pigs?? Why not race random animals? Even against each other? That would be awesome to see.

Then we went to the auto show. Pretty much the same as other years. This isn't a car show with prototypes and such that you may see in Detroit. Just kinda a huge car commercial, where you can check out cars now, get inside, see how they feel, etc.

And let me tell you, not many cars felt as nice as the Mazda RX-8. Whew... even lower to the ground than the Protege, this thing had speed written all over it. And only $24,000. They wouldn't let me take it for a spin, for some reason. I love cars that are low to the ground. I love the feeling you get in a go kart. So cool. Almost like you're part of the road.

We also sat in a Lincoln truck for a while. Very nice. Not such how "heavy duty" it is, but if you're a car lover that wants a truck, this is for you. It even felt like a car on the inside. Very smooth. Grant wouldn't like it, too luxury for him (me too), but it was unique.

We even saw the butter sculpture. Booyah. It was elvis this year. And hound dogs.

Nothing beat the turkey leg, though. Incredible.

Then after we got back to the Williams, Mel and I went to life group. Let me say that we've had 6 of these new format life groups, and I've gone away from every single one of them with something spiritual on my heart, something to ponder, something to gain. Pretty cool feeling. It really helps me and makes me look forward to the next time we meet again.

Till next year!! It's fun telling our big deadline to stick it for a change, instead of the other way around. We should make it a tradition. I'm in.

Last comment: One of our clients emailed me at 6:22 that morning. Jeremy before 6 am. I never realized there were so many creatures of the night!


Blogger kentbrantly said...

"When it comes to being productive, this is the most inspiring post of the year!"
- Steadman Graham

"After reading this post, I have decided to go into work at 4am every morning... Maybe I can be as effective as the Future!"
- Stephen R. Covey

"The Future has redefined the 8-hour work day."
- Noah Webster

"What I learned from the Future is that in the time it took me to read this post, I could have finished 4 days' worth of work."
- Kent Brantly

11:07 PM  
Blogger Ben Jones said...

You are a beast, Zach. Oh,You will have to harass my brother this weekend in Abilene if you see him. He is planning on going to ACU to major in Physics.

11:48 PM  
Anonymous david said...

dude, i pulled a homer and began to drool as soon as i saw mention of turkey legs. oh, greasy gargantuan of goodness, could i but have a taste methinks the god zeus himself would chuckle from on high.

have fun in abilene, zach. love ya, bro.

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