For the last 10 years, I have had the Stendig calendar above my desk. The Stendig Calendar was designed in 1966 by massimo vignelli and has become a classic. My friends usually tease me about the calendar because it is so large, 36″ x 48″ to be exact. In the old days, I used to be able to get the calendar for half price the day after Christmas at Crate & Barrel but in 2001, they made it a catalog only item. Of course, by the time I checked on-line for it, they were all sold out so to keep from having an empty space above my desk, I had to spend a few extra bucks and order the calendar from Unica Home. Last year, I ordered the calendar and it arrived as normal but this year was a little different.
I placed my order on 12/29 even though I did get a reminder email from the vendor in September to order early. On 1/8, I got a shipping confirmation letting me know I should be receiving the calendar in the next couple of days. On Sunday morning, as I was preparing for church, I got a voicemail from a neighbor saying he had received my calendar. Initially, I thought it was someone in my building but upon further listening, I found out he lived a few blocks away. He said that Fedex had delivered it in the middle of the night and he would leave it unprotected on his porch for me or someone to pick up. I finished getting dressed in my best choir boy/preacher attire and went cruising up and down his street before church looking for my calendar. I did not see it on any of the porches so I called him back for any exact address and I got his voicemail and left a message. He calls me back immediately and says he was screening his calls because he thought I may have been someone trying to sell him something. As I am driving to his house, out steps this long-haired man, barefoot man with my calendar. He looks like your average hippie and I look like your average preacher. He makes reference to the calendar and me being large in a non-harmful manner. I thank him for calling me about the calendar and as I am leaving he said, “I hope you are going to play jazz and not preach to the people about the ignorance of religion.” I just smiled and walked away happy to have my calendar and knowing that I would be giving Fedex a piece of my mind on the way to church.
Have a blessed week!!!!