Finding The Elusive Answer

Some of us can be a little thick-headed.  Most women would say “especially men,” and my wife would say “especially Russ.”  This was a common theme on “The Red Green Show.”  For the uninitiated, Red Green is the fictional alter-ego of Canadian humorist Steve Smith.  From 1991-2006, Red dispensed weekly wisdom concerning our fallibilities – and the use of duct tape – to real men across North America.  I repeat his “Man’s Prayer” often:

It seems that over the past year or so, some small – but rewarding – demands have been placed on my time.  While not one in itself is a significant burden, and they each have their own payoffs to me, a quick glance at my DayTimer shows that I’m doing something away from home every night of the week, except Friday & Saturday…every week.  If that’s not bad enough, every 4-6 weeks, on average, one of these demands requires my Friday and/or Saturday evenings as well.

Now, I don’t know of any other way to say this:  My wife is awful to me.  She holds me accountable to my commitments and responsibilities, and confronts my reckless whims with an ever-present voice of reason.  I know…how irritating, right?  While discussing this perilous overload of my schedule the other night, I said “Well, if you’re so smart, why don’t you tell me what to give up?”  I had her on that one – we’re hardened veterans of this marriage business, and, even though we haven’t perfected it yet, neither of us would dare enter that minefield.  “I’m not going to do that,” she said, before countering with, “What are you hoping I won’t say?”

See what I mean about that ever-present voice of reason?  How irritating, indeed!  That question led me to take a fresh look at the returns on my time investments, and allowed me to evaluate my priorities from a new angle.  And soon, I’m going to have my Wednesday nights back.  Probably to do laundry and vacuum.  (Sorry, baby, I couldn’t resist.)

I’m a little thick-headed.  Probably more than some; possibly more than most.  Maybe I’m not telling anyone anything they don’t already know, but sometimes when an answer isn’t presenting itself, it helps to talk it over with someone.  And sometimes, we just need to hear ourselves say it.  That was the case with a customer’s phone call just this morning – he had an idea, and a plan.  He’d even selected a product from our catalog.  He simply wanted to run it by an Application Engineer for validation, which we were able to provide in short order.

Bottom line is this:  At EXAIR, we’re here to help.  If you’re looking for a solution to a problem*, we’re eager for the opportunity to assist.  If you’ve got an idea, we can help with the plan.  If you’ve got a plan, we can help with the implementation.  Call us and find out!

*I should note that this applies to problems concerning compressed air.  If you have an overburdened schedule or difficulties prioritizing your time, I’m sorry, but I keep my wife’s plate pretty full in this regard.  As such, she’s currently unavailable to assist.

“We’re all in this together, and I’m pulling for you.” – Red Green

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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2 thoughts on “Finding The Elusive Answer

  1. Thank you for your kind words, Kyle. I plan to incorporate some Possum Lodge wit & wisdom as often as I can!

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