Obstacles

Walking home at night

the branch of a large tree blocks my passage.

Rain-slicked and cool to the touch,

a London Plane perhaps?

Perhaps.

My name is Todd.

Will you give me the road?

I mount the fallen limb,

careful to swing one leg over at a time.

Walking away, I wonder,

Is this it?

 

What the Nighttime Said

Comes to me at while I’m sleeping.

Whispers into my ear

a plaintive singsong:

“Moving water never grows stale.”

So I begin to kick my legs.

This wakes my partner up.

What are you doing? She asks.

Just flowing, I say.

You’re fidgeting. Be still.

Very well.

Sweet Thames (East River), run softly, till I end my song.

 

All My Saturdays

We went down to the Navy Yards yesterday and fed the feral cats. Our favorite was a large Tabby the size of a small mountain lion. A large orange cat sneaked through a hole in the fencing and made like he wanted to come home with us.

I tried to convince Chelsea to climb the fence with me but she refused. I’m not sure it was a genuine offer anyway.

Later, we bought a bottle of champagne from Diego and walked to Fort Greene Park to enjoy the sunshine. Unlike the poor slobs forced to lay on the ground, we took the sun as we swung in our hammock.

I reminded Chelsea that this was one of only 52 Saturdays in the year.

Now where did I put my 401K?

I’m playing with a new long-term investment strategy that has me hiding money from myself. The idea came to me after a friend told me how she paid for a vacation by saving every five-dollar bill that came into her possession for a year.

My friend’s strategy is not quite the same thing as hiding money from yourself. The general idea, however, is to rat-hole dough that might traditionally be frittered away at the bar or on the Sunday edition of The New York Times.

Another friend recently sent me an invite to begin investing money with Acorns, a tech-company-meets-investment-firm. They charge one dollar per month to invest but have no minimum amount. In fact, micro-investing is the idea. The app rounds up your purchases and then invests the difference in an index fund.

This takes my strategy of hiding money away a step further. I like that it takes money that you don’t spend and puts it to work for you. I had no destination planned for my money beyond the sock drawer.