It’s a world of love and a world of ins and outs.
We’ve got this big, floppy eared dog. No sooner is he outside for a couple of minutes, when he decides that he wants to come back inside. Once safe and warm inside, he insists on getting back outside. Perhaps his short-term memory is worse than mine, but the more likely reason is that he’s just mimicking my own desire to be someplace that I currently am not.
He’s got the inside track on knowing the ins and outs of making it through another nasty northern Michigan winter.
He can’t stand it inside — he’s got to get back outside.
Single-digit high temperatures, piles and piles of snow and gale force winds may put the “in” in winter. But knowing that it’s more than a month until the first day of spring puts the “out” in “Somebody else please let the dog out.”
He’s our dog and we love him.
The exercise of writing this column is nothing if not an inside job. Closing the curtains helps keep me on the inside looking out, but what I’m really trying to do is make what’s blowing around the house outside; out of sight, out of mind. Quite literally, I’m laughing on the inside and crying on the outside.
Most jugglers can tell you that “Mill’s Mess” is a certain variation of the three ball cascade that involves tossing the balls in an opposite kind of pattern. Instead of constantly grabbing and tossing the balls underneath one another, the juggler tosses the balls over the top with an alternating crossing of the arms. It’s also referred to as juggling “inside out”. As a frustrated juggler, I can tell you that executing it is not as easy as I just wrote it, and if anything comes from the inside out, it’s more likely that it’s the voices in your head as much as anything that resembles quality juggling.
February is the Wednesday of winter and if there’s another thing that I love about it, it has to be juggling thoughts against one another as I cope with the drudge by putting those thoughts on paper.
We are about as far into the season as we are out of it. In fact, any day now, the days will become more bearable, daylight will outweigh darkness and springtime in Michigan will really be just around the corner. Much like a work week that has become burdensome, we’re over the hump and on our way out. And I love that, too.
The final play of the Super Bowl was more than a week ago, the opening pitch of baseball’s spring training is a week from now, and talk will transfer from inside linebackers and out-of-bounds markers to inside the park home runs and strikeouts.
By nature, it’s such a confusing time of the year.
So I pause on the cusp of Valentine’s Day to consider the ins and outs of the things that I love.
Crawling out from under another dumping of snow, I am really trying to think outside the box and still color inside the lines. My mind is out cold.
The ins and outs have taken hold.
Whereas I love Interlochen, I also love the InsideOut Gallery.
As much as I would love to stay inside and listen to Pink Floyd’s “In Through the Out Door” album, I’d really rather love to get out and see this new movie called “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Perhaps Groucho Marx nailed it when he said “Outside of a dog (even one with big floppy ears) a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog (particularly one with a mind filled with indecision) it’s too dark to read.”
Rob Ford was born and raised in northern Michigan. He lives in Elk Rapids where he owns and operates Riverside Title. He can be reached via email at Rob@Riversidetitle.org.