(Thursday  April 10, 2014)

As an Axidental Retiree – there are days that are carbon copies of previous days, somewhat like in the movie ”Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray. You know, the kind of days where I get up and pretty much do the same things everyday, like have coffee, read email, check my stocks, review ads for jobs, shoot out to the gym, come home and have lunch, read more email … As boring as it can sometimes get, it is also a comfort having a routine, even as mindless as it is, as compared to having nothing to do at all.

hokeToday is one of those unique days – a day where I have a very “special project” on tap. My mother-in-law has been hearing ringing in her ears and her neurologist wants her to have an MRI and doesn’t want her driving – my wife is very busy, with her canasta club, so I volunteer to chauffeur mom wherever she needs to be. Just call me Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman) from “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Promptly at 1:30, I pick her up and off we go to the radiology center – we are met by the courteous staff and I am informed that I need to return in 90 minutes. So off to kill some time, I run a few errands: pick up some groceries, go to the post office, fill up at the gas station, get a birthday card at CVS … At 2:50, I get a call from Jane, the receptionist at MRI central – “your package is ready.” I hustle back to pick up mom, all smiles and ready to go – Next stop: her internist to pick up a script. Then home we go – but wait – “Can we stop and pick something up at the diner?” Sure! Why not?

I pull into the Blue Angel Diner in Plainview – a small place, only a few patrons before the evening rush, but real depressing. I order an eggplant parmesan, well done, hold the sauce, and with a side of spaghetti, sauce on the side. Yum! Fifteen minutes later we are back on the road heading for home. Soon we are saying our good-byes and thank you’s. Mission accomplished – another good deed in the books.

Earlier today I had a one hour interview with the non profit that had called me within six days of replying to their ad. This was the second conversation over the phone with them – this call was with the tech consultant they had retained, charged with helping them fill the position.

We settled into a good candid exchange of their needs and the prevailing cultural landscape at the agency. He is really trying to read me, get a sense as to what make me tick, by asking questions like, “what was one of your most memorable experiences as a child” and “what was one of your most significant challenges?”

I thought about the childhood question a bit and then told him about growing up in my neighborhood where we, as kids, would always be outside playing together, bike riding and fort building. I could tell by his chuckle that he really liked the answer to the challenge question. I related how I had “recovered” from almost flunking out of college and how FEAR (I was terrified my parents were going to kill me) got me through.

As we are wrapping up, I am getting the message that I had done well and was going to make it to the next round. A feeling of sublime peaceful satisfaction is flowing within me. So hopeful but still cautious – Things are looking good!