I have never really related to John Lennon until I read the the To-Do list he wrote for his assistant Fred Seaman that’s being auctioned off by Gotta Have Rock & Roll. No. 1 on his list: “H.B.O. guy coming between 3 – 5. BE THERE. (The other guy didn’t know what was wrong.)” He even put a star by BE THERE. That would absolutely be my top priority. And P.S. Celebs get a two-hour window? That’s so unfair!
Lennon’s cable outranked his need for marmalade and vanity (“Tell me about my hair dryer — yea or nay”). But I think what’s really fascinating is imagining being able to write a list of EVERYTHING mundane you need done in your life — “Hook on door in our bedroom falling off” — and wondering whether you’d feel the need to tell the person you’re handing it to what they can do while waiting two hours for the cable guy (something with “Photos in Books”). Helpful or micromanaging?