Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Art of Lazy

Now isn't some good old procrastination an ultimate form of lazy? At least with us humans it seems that way. Even the definition of procrastination refers to lazy. Procrastination: The act of postponing, delaying of, putting off, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.

By way of example may I present to you the following excerpts from numerous exchanges between the MOH (male of household) and the FOH (female of household) about a particular heavy duty chain. (You will note that no names are used. Let's just keep it that way, OK?)

1988
MOH: 'I'll just hang this right here in the crook of this tree for now so I will remember where it is. '
FOH: 'You probably should go ahead and put it in the garage.'
MOH: 'Yeah. I'll get it later.'

1989
FOH: 'Honey, don't you think you should put that chain in the garage?'
MOH: 'Yeah. Probably so. I'll get to it this weekend.'

1990
FOH: 'How many times do I have to tell you that you need to move that chain?'
MOH: 'Don't worry. I'll get around to it.'

1991 - 1998
(A basic recycling of previous years' comments, but less frequently. You know the routine.)

2002
MOH: 'Honey, do you know where that chain we had is? I can't find it anywhere.'
FOH: 'I'm sure it is right where you left it.'
MOH: (upon finding said chain exactly where he left it) 'OH CRAP!'

(Well, it was something like that. This is a family safe blog, you know.)

Now flash forward to:

October, 2008


Guess where the chain still is.

And guess where it will stay.

Around here we refer to this sight as a genuine work of art. It even has a title bestowed upon it by those familiar with the artist. The title? The Art of Pure Procrastination

53 comments:

  1. LOL!!! I just knew it from the first exchange!:-) I once knew a man who had chained his barbecue to a tree in the backyard to keep it from blowing away in a hurricane. Well, he just forgot about it and never did do any grilling for several years, until one day, he decided to invite a bunch of people over for a little 4th of July barbecue... well, put it this way - we all ate KFC that day! :-)

    Great illustration of the theme, Baker! Come over and meet JJ, won't you?

    http://flamingofotos.blogspot.com

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  2. Haha... Now that's what I call procrastination! Of course, one can say that you're just keeping the tree safe hehe... excellent entry as usual Baker! :)

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  3. LOL! AbFab take! I love it! Real life kept crowding my week, so I took a more 'conventional' (read: lazy *heh*) approach. Here's to a lazy weekend. 8-]

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  4. lol good one - it does sound really familiar, REALLY. :)

    http://www.mistyeiz.com/2008/10/11/lazy-days-in-the-sun/

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  5. So funny....I can't stop smiling......

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  6. Great story - loved it. Happy weekend.

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  7. Bravo I doff my cap to a procrastinator sans pareil! All I could think of doing in tribute was putting off commenting until next month!

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  8. Very funny!Good story :)
    Have a great weekend.

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  9. LOL, OMG!! What a laugh!!

    Great, great take on this week's theme! indeed nothing like procrastination... was almost too "lazy" to comment. LOL

    you are one storyteller and photographer!! Cheers to you...

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  10. heheh pretty good post...good job for the theme. Mine is up also.

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  11. Love your lazy story, it's hilarious!! *grin*

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  12. LOL... and then women are accused of nagging!!!

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  13. This is fabulous for the theme this week [which I might add was a toughie category]. You did good!!! rofl

    Mine's a lazy 'nut caper' this week, somebody's grabbing my nuts and running away! Come on by to have a look see if you can find time.

    Happy weekend.

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  14. THat is a wonderful story! And strangely familiar ...

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  15. Oh Baker!...I laughed and laughed a much needed laugh!! Thanks for this post! That could easily be my husband and I you're speaking of....what a great... fine piece of art you have there!

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  16. Teeheehee -- thanks for the chuckle-inducing blog entry! :)

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  17. oh my this is really a clever entry also. I can tell that I am going to have to improve a great deal to even stand on one leg in this group.

    I love this. Wonderful take on the theme!:-)

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  18. hahahaha! thats some kind of laziness huh? wow since 1988 up to the present? i guess he cant get the chain from the tree. lol

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  19. Adored this! So utterly familiar! Just replace the chain with almost any item ~ car keys, book, clothing etc. Some remain elsewhere for the longest time! But yours should probably go in the Guiness Book of Records! Hysterical!

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  20. ROFLOL! Baker that was too too funny! You are quite clever matching the theme with your blog. Great Job!

    Here's mine

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  21. LOL, wow!! Now THAT's lazy! And oddly enough, my yard seems to have a few of those kinds of things laying around, too...

    I did Photo Hunters today, too! If you have time, pay me a visit and leave your link. :)
    http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-lazy/

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  22. Funny, funny, funny story... I've see other "Lazy" chains stuck in trees... Great take on the week's theme!

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  23. Funny... but 20 years?! I guess the chain was not used that often. It does make for an interesting tree...and story.

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  24. Thanks to all for the visits and comments. I always try to return the visits to everyone who drops by and comments. If I miss anyone it is by accident and I apologize in advance.

    I can see that the situation and conversations were familiar to many of you, a fact the makes me chuckle. That chain has been the subject of many discussions and much amusement over the past few years.

    Now for some specific comments or questions:

    To the FOH visitors - Feel free to share this with your MOH. Also, make a quick tour of your property, if applicable, for any missing chains while you can still rescue them.

    RJ Flamingo - So funny about the BBQ grill. I can easily see that happening

    jams - It's great to have a visitor who appreciates the years it took to perfect that procrastination, lol

    spooky - Glad you appreciate the 'art' - We have been planning to add a plaque of some sort giving proper credit to the party involved

    brine queen - I agree that is some time, lol - We were able to date the use of the chain back to a particular situation when it was used near that tree - Of course after just 8-10 years in the crook in that tree the only way to retrieve it was to destroy the tree so it has remained there since then. As to why it wasn't searched out and used in those first years I have no idea but my guess is that whenever it could have been used another longer chain or rope sufficed and this one is rather short. And now the chain becomes more deeply embedded year after year.

    Thanks again to all.

    Baker

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  25. What a great photo, and a funny story too. Thanks for the grins.
    Vicki

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  27. I love your story, I guess it'll stay there for many years to come. :)

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  28. that is too funny, my dh loves to buy things and then leave them around until he needs them ie...
    years later.

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  29. Oh, that is so funny. I can so relate especially to the "do you know where..." part of the conversation after a million other conversations on the same topic. Procrastination runs rampant in our home, not always due to laziness, but it sure looks like it and it isn't just one person, it is many who suffer the ailment. Great take on the theme.

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  30. Oh my gosh! This is too, too funny! We have a pipe stuck in a tree in our backyard! LOL!

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  31. gee. i was just a baby in 1988. i'm an adult now, and the chain is still there? :D

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  32. Haha. I know someone like that. Thanks for the smile.


    ~Liz
    http://agiveawayaday.blogspot.com/

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  33. What a brilliant post for the lazy theme! In my house, I am the Queen of Procrastination so I totally understand how anything could stay in one place for a long time!

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  34. love it, I knew what was coming...

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  35. Once again thanks to all of you. I can see the little story had a familiar ring to many of you. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  36. Hi Baker,

    I just wanted to let you know that the first of my pastels based on your photos is finished and posted.

    Once again, thank you for letting me use them.

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  37. Hey there Tammy,

    Well you certainly haven't been lazy, lol - I saw that post on your blog - Great work - Thanks for the link

    Here's the link to her post folks

    http://tammys-corner.blogspot.com/2008/10/bakers-butterfly.html


    Baker

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  38. I loved this - it's the featured site for lazy. =)

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  39. now THIS is the finest example of laziness, err, the art of procrastination =] may peace continue to reign in your household teeheehee

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  40. Brilliant example of - er - procrastination! Congratulations on the well-deserved Site of the Week accolade.

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  41. This was a great post for the theme. Good story and the photograph illustrates it so well.

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  42. Time and trees wait for no man! LOL! Great photos and story.

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  43. I'm so glad TNChick featured you, or I might have missed this priceless post. Hilarious story and eXcellent piX. Well done.

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  44. I can see why this was the featured pic! Very memorable work of art!

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  45. tnchick - Thanks very much for featuring our post for the 'lazy' theme - It seems that the story was strangely familiar to a lot of the visitors, lol

    Baker

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  46. To All - Thanks for the kind comments - Believe me that chain has been the source of quite a few chuckles around here, too

    Baker

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  47. Congrats on being the featured post! What a wonderfully funny story! You made my day!

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  48. Oh that is a great post! :) I can see why you were site of the week congrats!

    Have a great weekend!
    Amanda

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  49. That is so funny, and a cute story/picture for the lazy theme. It has probably happened here at the house somewhere too, because that type of conversation sounds strangely familiar. :)

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