I’ve written several blog posts about working out of the house. Actually in my first month of blogging, I wrote two:
DATE: May 5, 2008
TITLE: ‘WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DID TODAY?’
• (After missing a phone call) “Were you getting your sweat pants out of the dryer?”
• “What time did you start drinking?”
DATE: May 18, 2008
• Conversation with drive-thru guy at Sonic
There was actually a wonderfully great incident this weekend that made me utter part of the Dark Side oath: “I wish I had an office.”
We didn’t have crazy plans for the rest of the day. I was going to pick up my Little Brother Anthony and “just chill” around the house. (His phrasing, not mine.) TK was going to go to yoga.
(driving outside of Keene, Texas, approximately 30 minutes from home; phone buzzes…”Private Number”)
ME: “This is Drew.”
WOMAN’S VOICE: “Hi! This is Sana from CBS 11….” (All I really heard was “CBS 11”)
ME: (kind of interrupting & praying that Keene, Texas, hadn’t missed the memo about cell phones and specifically cell phone towers) “Yes. How’s it going?”
CBS 11: “Are you in town?”
ME: (slightly pushing on the accelerator a little firmer) “Ummm…kind of. I’m driving back to Fort Worth right now.”
CBS 11: “We were wondering if we could visit with you today about leaving TCU and starting your own company….”
ME: “That’s perfect….see you then.”
(right foot VERY heavy on the accelerator…speed limit signs irrelevant….my mind actually going faster than the car.)
TK and I start to put together a game plan to attack the office/house. Here are some snippets over the next 26 minutes:
NOTE: Our house was not dirty or messy, but definitely not ready for CBS 11. Again…if there was only a definite line between home and office. Despite what I tell the IRS…there’s really not!
ME: “You start with the kitchen and I’ll work on the office…
TK: “Let’s move that table out of the office…”
ME: (interrupting) “Move furniture? Are you kidding…No, you’re right…let’s throw that in the bedroom, too.”
TK: “What about Anthony?”
ME: (eyes wide, staring at the clock) “Crap…I mean YIKES!”
NOTE: One phone call to his mom, saved me 30 minutes – she agreed to drop him off at the house.
ME: (still driving like a contestant on “The Amazing Race”) At 2: 15,
TK: “What are you going to wear?”
That topic over-shadowed “Mission: Get the House Ready” for the rest of the drive.
Pull into the driveway
Start throwing anything not nailed down into the bedroom; Tanya started hiding the toaster and other irrelevant appliances that I assume made our counters look cluttered. (When asked about it later, “I didn’t want CBS 11 to know that we eat toast.”)
Office/house starting to take shape (unless you opened our bedroom door…it looked like a PODS storage unit.)
I stood at our bedroom door and mumbled to myself, “Why do we have so much crap?”
I was mopping the office floor, while Tanya was hiding the blender.
Anthony shows up…I apologize about the chaos and hand him some Windex and a rag.
I start to shave and take a junior high shower (damp wash cloth under the armpits and a couple squirts of cologne).
ME: (wearing a shaving cream Fu Manchu) “Wear? What am I going to say?”
Decide to go casual with my attire – jeans and purple button down (Go Frogs!)
Spray some Febreze and light some candles.
Take a deep breath…sit down and ask Anthony about school.
The rest of the story is pretty awesome:
• I love the fact that I got to spread the word about giving back.
• I thought it was cool that they shot footage of me and Anthony working on his new model airplane, which was a birthday present. (photo below)
• I was so proud of Anthony for agreeing to be interviewed and doing such an amazing job.
• I was so appreciative of Sana and John for taking a group shot next to the CBS 11 satellite truck. (photo below)
It was perfect ending to a chaotic day.
ANTHONY: “Did you know they were coming over today?”
We were both glad they did, though.