December 3, 2016, Prescott- I am pinching my pennies, for the next two weeks, as it is both high bill time and a cause for continuing severance of expenditures that no longer make sense. Satellite TV and landline telephone have gone by the boards, as a result. Even my essential oils purchases are cut, since I’m the only one buying from me. There also won’t be many meals out, if I’m dining alone. It doesn’t take much to make me happy, anyway.
Watching this evening’s lighting of Courthouse Square, including the Christmas tree, was a free delight, though. The melodic voices of children of all ages added sonic luster to the event. I was a needle in a humongous crowd- I’d estimate 2,000 people on the lawn, and another 500 or so, walking the streets and patronizing every restaurant, cafe and shop within a half-mile radius of the Square. I found a small deli, a bit off the beaten track, and contented myself with a cheap, delicious bowl of meatball,kale and white bean soup.
Although I am perfectly happy being alone, I like crowds. They bring prosperity to my otherwise struggling friends and neighbours in the downtown shops and restaurants. I learn from listening to different people talking, as we all stand and watch the festivities, or while walking along the sidewalks. Although, they can try people’s patience, they also bring a chance to think outside the box and to develop networks of co-operation, that otherwise would not have a chance to be established. One never knows when such networks will be imperative.
Last Sunday, at a gas station just this side of the Colorado River, I happened upon the usual chaotic, end-of-holiday scene. I took my place in a pump queue, moved up in amazingly short order, and filled the Hyundai’s tank. As I was preparing to drive out, after paying, another driver backed into the spot in front of me, boxing me in and keeping the person behind me from pulling up to the tank. The driver behind me got out and started yelling at the miscreant, who, as it happened, did not speak English, but looked determined not to co-operate, in any event. Fortunately, there was an attendant on scene, who directed me around the car and carefully past the store front, which was also insanely busy.
Thinking outside the box seems to be the only way, as we move through a most unsettled and chaotic time.