How many people do we come in contact with during a normal
week day. I thought about that as I was watching Hillary Clinton
walk onstage Monday night in a red pantsuit while Donald Trump
made his entrance in a dark blue suit and bright blue tie. Red
So to make the next 90 minutes of TV watching productive
I composed a list of people I talked with Monday. First of all
I must mention my wife Kay as we spent more time together than
either of us did elsewhere.
Going out to breakfast at the Lincoln Inn I saw my some
of my usual Monday morning companions: Jerry Smith, Peter Lawes,
Gordon Melms, Jeff Perry, Jack Goodrich, Don Schoo and a newcomer
Jim Hovis. Lincoln Inn owner Bill McMahon
These two postmen, Joe and Steve, often greet me by
name as I pick up mail at the DeKalb Post Office. (Barry Schrader
greeted us but our two longtime waitresses Eileen and Joanne
were not there. Later Bill had to call to tell me I left my credit
card, for which I was grateful.
Next I returned to Oak Crest for our three-times-a-week
exercise program, met by the NIU faculty coordinator Dave Benner.
Kay and I spent the next hour working out with NIU students Grant
Next was a trip to Office Max where I saw Keith Hernandez
who works there and is also a freelancer for the Daily Chronicle.
We talked about our most recent published articles. Following
that I drove to the Country Store, operated by volunteers to
benefit Family Service Agency. Two workers there had also volunteered
at the Oak Crest crafts fair this weekend, but I didnt
get their names.
More stops included the DeKalb Post Office where I usually
see Joe and Steve behind the counter, but not today, and Sycamore
to deliver some printed material to Rick Amato and John Wett.
Then it was back to DeKalb for lunch at Beas Wok N Roll
where Bea is helping me with a diet to try and lose16 pounds.
She served me half the normal portion and sent the other half
home for me to use for a second meal. Then after a stop at the
bank I returned home for an hours nap so I could stay awake
through the debate.
After some tasks at home Kay and I went to dine at Oak
Crest where our table companions were David and Barbara Samulowitz.
Following that I made a stop at the health center to chat with
Stan Trail and his daughter Candace, who is visiting from Texas.
Along the way we greeted a half dozen other residents before
returning to our duplex.
I wont detail the 27 email contacts I made or the
five phone calls, but keeping count for the first time it amazed
me to find out I crossed paths with 20 people in just one day
of the week. Make a list yourself on an average day and you may
be just as surprised how many interactions you experienced.