A Day of Dougie: Remote Controls, IOU & The Hotel New Hampshire…

Tossing Salt Presents:
A Day of Dougie
Remote Controls, IOU, & The Hotel New Hampshire
September 14, 2020

It’s Monday morning and you know what that means? Well, for me, it means a truck this morning at work, doing the Food Bank stuff, a twenty-minute nap, and then work. A long day for me, but for you, it’s time to do a short “Days of Dougie” piece. I only have about twenty minutes before I have to leave to go to work and that much-anticipated truck groan), but I’m going to give this a shot anyhow. So let’s can the chit-chat. You know how this works so it’s straight to the “Magic Bag” and away we go. Our topics for today are Remote Controls, The Hotel New Hampshire, and IOU’s. And now that we have the topics, let’s get busy and do this…

Remote Controls…

That’s the device that controls the TV and gets lost often. Without ever having to leave the comfort of your couch, you can change the channel, adjust the volume, check the Caller ID, and a wide variety of other things. And if you’re my Mom, you can change the language settings to French and listen to French commentary during the wrestling shows. True story. In my day, we not only had to get up and walk across the room to change the channels, of which we only had a selection of thirteen to choose from but also to adjust the volume and turn the TV on and off. Having a remote has made the world much lazier, but I don’t care. I like my remote for my TV. Now if only I could find a way to actually watch TV in peace sometimes. Oh well, one thing at a time. Let’s move on.


That’s when people borrow something, usually money, and promise to pay back later, but then rarely do. It’s called an IOU because quite literally, it says “I owe you!”. And so long as they owe, you’ll never truly be broke. At least that’s the theory. I’ve gotten to the point now that if I loan, I just consider it a gift because I want to give it and to help out rather than considering it a loan. Why stress it, right? If I don’t have it to spare, say no, and if I do, do what I can afford and let it go. Only for certain people who I love, of course. The rest of the world can blow it out their ass. And let’s wrap this up.

The Hotel New Hampshire…

A great book by John Irving was written in 1981 and made into a fantastic movie starring Rob Lowe and Jodie Foster a few years later in 1984. A man buys a hotel and he and his family establish and run it and all sorts of craziness ensue along the way. If you get a chance to see the movie, go look it up and watch. It’s quirky but entertaining. And the book is awesome. A great coming-of-age story that has many twists and turns. I really enjoyed reading it. And a great moral from the story wraps it all up. “Keep passing the open windows!”. ‘Nuff said!

And now, I’m out of here. Time to go to work and do the truck and get started on what will be a very long day. My thanks for reading. Comments, questions, or any other thoughts, drop me a line and let’s chat. And with that, I’m down and gone. Don’t forget to make today and every day a great day. Make it a Day of Dougie. I’ll see you later.


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