Thursday, January 5, 2017

You Can't Always Get What You Want

"You can't always get what you want. 

But if you try sometimes well you might find, 

You get what you need." 


It should be the national slogan of Belize. The Rolling Stones made the saying famous but I really think they are missing the bus with such a marketing slogan here. Constantly I find myself saying and sometimes singing out-loud a verse or two when shopping. But I digress.

The other day I went downstairs to put a comforter that was in the washing machine out on the line. I walked out the door and felt the pang of the spring that holds the screen door closed snap. Looking down I was not surprised to see that the hook holding the spring had broken in two. Having bought it only a few weeks earlier I had little faith in its survival being that it was about the thickness of a paperclip. "Ok, mental note to self, next time you are at the hardware store, pick up a hook."

I proceed down to the laundry room and upon opening the washer I come to a realization. Comforters are much too big for our washer. Pulling the sopping wet comforter out of the washer I hurriedly make my way to the clothesline. Getting myself soaking wet all the while.

Upon reaching the clothesline I haul the dripping comforter over the line. The line being a mighty length of "mule tape" which can withstand 1800 pounds of strength held no problem. The 2x6 that was attached to the concrete post did as well. For 5 seconds. Watching helpless the comforter took much joy in not landing on the concrete pad directly under it but rather in the sand located just within its reach.

Standing in amazement at the clothes and comforter now lying on the ground around me I try to figure a way out of the situation. Staring at the board with several concrete screws barely sticking thru it did not help. Resigned, clothes were moved and rehung along with the comforter.

So, now the hardware store list has 2 items. A hook and longer concrete screws. Wow, maybe I will go to the store soon. It is pretty far away, about 3 blocks. BUT, I do need more of a reason to go than just these few items. Speaking too soon I can hear one of the clotheslines, with recently relocated clothes on it, laugh loudly and decide it was time to break.

With 3 things on the list now and a crowd of onlookers, it is decided that today it the day to go to the hardware store. Of course, it can wait until we are heading for the bar. No need to make a special trip. Reaching the hardware store I set off for the screw area. Not a single concrete screw in sight. Without knowing if finding screws anytime soon it was decided that finding a new clothesline was not nearly as important as it was only a short while ago. Over to the hook area! Upon reaching the magnificent selection of a couple different hooks, only one that even comes close to what is being sought out, it was determined that an exact duplicate of the broken one was to be bought.

Now, one thing that always bothered me and that Belize gets right is that I only want one. I can
actually just buy one. I don't need to get a quantity of five, 4 of which will get thrown into the garage, never to be seen again. Taking note of the price its off to the counter to pay. The total of 5cents. Belize dollars. The kind man behind the counter asks what the precious hook costs and was told with a grin. The look received, if it was properly interpreted, was "seriously?" or maybe even "and you didn't want to just steal it?".  To add to the lunacy of the exchange the lowest value of cash in my pocket is a $2. The cashier begrudgingly begins to make change.



I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she would meet her connection
At her feet was a footloose man
No, you can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need
I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she was gonna meet her connection
At her feet was a footloose man
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you might find
You get what you need
And I went down to the demonstration
To get my fair share of abuse
Singing, "We're gonna vent our frustration
If we don't we're gonna blow a 50-amp fuse"
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need
I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
To get your prescription filled
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy
And man, did he look pretty ill
We decided that we would have a soda
My favorite flavor, cherry red
I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy
Yeah, and he said one word to me, and that was "dead"
I said to him
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need
You get what you need--yeah, oh baby
I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
Well I could tell by her blood-stained hands
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need

1 comment:

  1. Goodness those are lame threads on the hook! Shall i send you one? There's always the ring toss game hook....

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