Small words turn into big project

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM.

The main advantage of the little flags was they were easy to stick in, pull out and move. The main disadvantage of the little flags was they were easy to stick in, pull out and move. See where this is going, or should I say went?

Yep, we kept pulling up and putting down until what began as a patio began looking more like a parking lot. Our project became Jabba the Hutt eating our whole backyard!

Ann and I came to our senses and sized the thing back a little closer to reasonableness. We shrank the parking lot closer to a skating rink. Our original goal of making our patio "a little larger" is alive and well but took some steroids. Oh well, that’s OK as we’ll make very good use of more area.

I’m amazed where Ann’s three little innocuous words are taking us within such a short time. It’s a good thing because Bug visits from Japan in a couple weeks and will surely like the expanded patio.

Yesterday Ann grinned and casually mentioned that Bug’s TV should be "a little larger." Lao-tzu whispered in my ear, "Don’t move or say anything" but was too late.

My auto-pilot mouth responded, "What time does Best Buy close?"

Otis Gardner’s column appears here weekly. He can be reached at 

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