You may have seen this article in USA Today, which I never buy, but which I will always read when it’s left around in a bus or a restaurant or available free in a hotel. A mother is “bored” with her kids. Shocking! Thus far, I haven’t found Lydia boring; frustrating occasionally, but never boring.

There was also a recent story in the local paper about 101 things for kids to do when they’re bored.

Which got me to thinking:
1) When are you bored? AND
2) What do you do about it?

Truth is, I’m almost never bored when I am in control of my own time.

When am I bored?
*At some meetings I’m not running. (If I were to be bored at a meeting I WAS running, I wouldn’t be running a very effective one.)
*When I’m doing some mundane task, usually asked by someone else. I may be the world’s worst collater, you know, take one sheet each from a half dozen piles and staple them together. I quickly lose interest and one or more piles always comes out short. I’m easily distracted.
*When I’m doing a task I hate. This includes hour three of working on our taxes. Given the fact that I never GOT to hour three (or four or six or eight) when I was single and filing a 1040A (simple form) and was done in about 45 minutes leaves my wife with the heavy lifting on most of the Schedules, while I concentrate on the main form, and to do whatever calculations she requests.

What do I do about it? Music, of course, something that relies on the bass line, preferably.

What do YOU do?

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

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