~~ Overheard: “When he told me a small popcorn was seven dollars, I told him to get me a hamburger.”
~~ There’s a person I know on the spectrum who asks very random questions. No prelude, no reference to anything being discussed. Her questions are often charming in their innocence, but her latest revealed a glaring gap in my education: “Do you know how to tell a tall shrub from a small tree?”
~~ I had lunch with a friend the other day who is closing in on her 90th birthday. She’s witty and with-it (and still working), but the conversation took a somber turn. Seems her doctor told her she’s borderline diabetic and cautioned her to cut out most sugary items, including her daily Scotch. She scoffed at that advice and then confided, “Look. No one has had a better life than I have. They may have had just as good a life as me, but no one could say they were happier. I had a great childhood, a wonderful marriage of 60-plus years, enjoy my children and grandchildren, and have been blessed to be successful at my job. If one lousy Scotch a day can take me out, so be it — I have no regrets.”
Twice people stopped by our table to say how much they enjoyed seeing a mother and daughter having lunch. We smiled and said we’re not related. After the second compliment, my friend said, “If one more person says that, please tell them you’re my sister. The one who could afford plastic surgery, obviously.” Darn it but no one else came by.
~~ Someone close to me said something about the limitations of another person’s character. At the time and for over 40 years thereafter, I truly believed she was as wrong as wrong could be. Recently I found out that the voice from the grave was spot-on. Crazy, right?
[See how I avoided using dead wrong and dead-on? I wonder what it is about dead that goes with so many phrases such as dead set, dead certain, dead calm, stopped dead, and dead to rights. It’s kind of morbid, isn’t it?]
~~ I think Wednesday is gonna blow the grid!
~~ I invited a hard-of-hearing friend to the upcoming boat show. “I don’t like folk shows,” she proclaimed. “I only like rock.”
~~ We did a meditation at yoga where we visualized a box; when the thing or person that stresses us the most springs to mind, we imagined placing it or them into that box. I believe I caused a spiritual cardboard shortage with all the boxes I gathered, but it was temporarily calming.
~~ My previous magazine is defunct, but I have a new one! Please take a look at the first issue: https://boatingmagli.com/ and let me know what you think.
~~ Sarah Sanders declared that Democrats are playing a “dangerous game” by investigating Jared Kushner’s security clearance. So keeping a potential security threat in the White House isn’t dangerous, but investigating it is?
Dasvidaniya. Have a great weekend.
LET’S GO METS!