Thin Air in Sioux Falls
It’s amazing how the world looks so different when you are on top of where you walk every day.
I have to admit, I’ve always been a little envious of birds. Heck even a little jealous of pilots. They both get to see things from a much different angle than everyday people. That all changed on Wednesday when putting up the Christmas lights on our house here in Sioux Falls.
I started with the eve spouts. We live in a split level house so when you’re up, you’re up! It’s amazing how you look so differently at your house too when you’re up on a ladder. You can check how last years calk job around windows went. You also see why maybe some of the neighbors have already repainted their homes.
So I headed up the ladder and started the yearly “hanging”. I’m not a huge fan of ladders but my son Logan was home from college in Aberdeen so I felt a little more comfortable. Then it happened!
Oh, we had plugged them in down on the garage while we were still on the ground. Oh, they still all “worked” when I went out after dusk to see that everything was working. Then, Logan took off for the evening. It was around 8:30 p.m. and I got the call. “Hey Dad,” Logan said, “looks like you have about 3 feet of rope light out on the front of the garage.”
A man’s got two things he can do at this point. It’s either *(*&^ it, it’ll work…or hike your sorry little, woman whipped rump back up that ladder. You see my wife has this “thing” for lights that are hung “correctly”. I have this thing about how they should look too. My perspective though has been modified somewhat by going up and down a ladder. Year after year.
So, what am I going to do? Well, If you’re in the area Saturday, you’ll probably see me out there again. Up on the ladder. Praying that a new strand of lights…actually stay lit!