Mental health: Clueless in Owensboro

Election Day on Tuesday meant a later workshift for Messenger-Inquirer news reporters because events weren’t wrapping up until the evening. In my case, instead of starting work at 7:30 a.m., I went in at 1 p.m. 

I love the morning on typical days off — a four-mile run, watching the sun rise, drinking coffee, reading the paper and surfing the web. But it kind of threw me having such a long and leisurely morning on a Tuesday rather than on the weekend. Before I knew it, it was 12 o’clock and time to get ready for work.

When my wife Janet came home for lunch, she asked me if I’d taken some clothes she’d bagged to the Help Office?

“No, not yet.”

(The Help Office closes at noon).

She asked if I’d taken the garbage out.

“Uh, not really.”

She wanted to know if I had at least gone to Kentucky Wesleyan College to buy tickets for an upcoming basketball game before they sold out.

“Well, you see, it’s like this … ”

To show her I had accomplished something since waking up at 5 a.m., I informed her that I joined an ESPN fantasy basketball league. It took some time preparing for the 10 a.m. online draft, and then there was the draft itself that lasted about an hour, followed by the post-draft exhilaration.

“I got Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Paul Pierce.”

She wasn’t nearly as excited as I thought she’d be about me corralling that all-star trio. It was drafting genius combined with good luck. 

Even though Janet was a little ticked off — or maybe it was disappointment — I think she’ll grow to like the team.

Later that night, at the conclusion of my interview with state representative Jim Glenn, who was re-elected to the 13th District seat, he signed off by saying, “Be good to yourself.”

What a great reminder. I mean, we get caught up in all kinds of stuff that we think is important, and in that mess, we forget about No. 1.

Be good to yourself. Know what? I’m going to have to start doing that.

P.S. After just two days, my team, Crowd Hate Me, is already in first place. She hasn’t said it in so many words, but I think Janet is proud of me.


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