The Howspouse

Funny, as I was ironing my white, dress shirts, which are worn much less frequently any more, I thought I invented a new word to describe myself, a “housespouse.”  But good old Google let me know in no uncertain terms that it clearly IS a well-known term, especially in today’s economy.  So what exactly is a house spouse?

Well I guess that’s part of the problem.  There is no “exactly.”  For me, as a self-proclaimed “howspouse,” I am currently a displaced, male, pHd chemist, who after a three-year  attempt in an untapped market, just shut down his own company as a franchisee, both for lack of business and due to a disappointingly unsupportive franchise owner.

In the process, I discovered several things.  I am now well trained in how to dye carpets and remove all kinds of carpet stains – a pretty useless skill!  Though, it WAS fun while it lasted.

I have also reconfirmed for the umpteenth time, that I am NOT a salesman.  Unless someone has actually seen their own bleach spot disappear, and paid next to nothing to get it done, it’s highly unlikely they’re going to call someone to do this “impossible” task, no matter how many example photos are on the internet, how disgustingly obnoxious your car color and decals are, or who else told them that it’s a pretty cool process and they were thrilled with the results.  I am just not a salesman!

So what’s a guy with a high level degree in chemistry (Ph.D.), experience in developing and synthesizing new agrochemicals, analyzing trace pesticide residues and metabolites in plants and animals, chemical engineering manufacture of flexible micro-circuitry, business and corporate management and ownership, and fiber dyeing experience – do with his life after the death of dyeing?

Well, we become How-spouses.  How do I do this and how do I do that?  ‘Thank you sir.  A smile and a handshake for a great job!  It’s just too bad you’re not making any money.”  Yet, we’re too young and still have too many bills to retire.  And we’re too old and (at least they think) we want too much pay to be rehired.  Besides being way-overbaked in the corporate oven – what’s the answer?

Well for now, we’re playing with a mostly undiscovered website, that in my biased view is quite awesome!  Remember – I am not a salesman!!!  So maybe nobody will ever read this.  That’s OK.  Got it out of my system for today.  Will keep improving and maybe someday, some nice, wealthy person will say – “Hey, Joe, nice job.  Here’s a buck for the effort!”

God bless!

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About Joe Puglis

Hello and welcome to ColorMe4Life and Whispers to the Wind. My name is Joe Puglis and these websites encompass various aspects of my life. From the backgrounds of grocery story proprietor, to research chemist, to manager, carpet dyer and Catholic deacon you'll find a cornucopia of colors here, the Colors of Life. Most dear to my heart is my love of God, my awesome family, and you, beloved. Thank you for visiting. Please come back again. And feel free to visit the links in all pictures and hyper-linked words. These are always hand selected to go with the topic of discussion and kept as absolutely clean as possible. Hope you enjoy. May God bless YOU always, in Christ's love! Joe
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4 Responses to The Howspouse

  1. Dena says:

    Thanks for the invite Joe…and for being so open to how God can use you to further His kingdom!!

  2. Gina Royal says:

    Very deep thoughts! I have to agree that your website is pretty AWESOME! Thanks for putting so much time and effort into it.

  3. Joe says:

    Hi Kate. This site is actually pretty complex. Since I’m too cheap to buy my own domain, I’ve added lots of links to other pages and associated pics and videos that relate to the different topics. For example, in the Life Color pages under each color are pictures, music and videos relating to the color of that page. It’s probably a pretty funky way of getting around not being able to add music or videos, but it works so far. And I’m still pretty new at this. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Kathleen says:

    Would that be this website, or a different one? Sorry this is the first time I’ve been able to stop by!

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