OUTSIDE THE 'PARK HOUSE EATERY'
I wheeled an elderly lady in a wheel chair up to the reception counter at one of our local Hospitals this morning, handed the receptionist the ladies health card & awaited instructions as to where to take her. She made a few entries onto a computer screen, handed me back the health card & said......."you can drop your wife off at the X-ray department first door down the hall on the left, Sir." Did I mention this was a very elderly lady in the wheel chair!! And I should also mention the last 5 minutes standing in the washroom staring at myself in the mirror wondering 'what happened' hasn't helped my once youthful ego either!!
MORNING BOAT RIDE ON THE MAITLAND RIVER
I had a few blocks of waiting time between the folks I transported around this morning so all photos in tonight's blog were taken in & around Goderich between wheelchair stops.
THESE TRACKS LEAD TO A.....SALT MINE!!
Ever notice how people say things to you without ever thinking about what they are saying. And they will say the exact same thing to the person they meet before you or another person in line behind you. I swung into the McDonald's drive-thru line this morning & ordered up a Burrito & coffee. When I rolled up to the cashier window she said, "I must be dyslexic this morning." She was half talking to herself as well as me as she seemed to fumble with a roll of quarters. I wanted to reach out, put my hand on her shoulder & sincerely say, "thank you so much for an original greeting." Doesn't it just bug ya when people say, "Hello, how are you today." It's a programmed response we all have that comes out as an automatic saying & do most people really care when they say that to a passing stranger. If they did they would stop & wait for your response. But they don't & just blow right by & lay the same saying on the next person. Wouldn't you just like to turn around some time, grab hold of a person & say, "Soooo, you really want to know how I am today do you!!!!"
NICE OF THIS LITTLE SWALLOW TO POSE FOR ME ON A BOATS STURDY BOW ROPE
As I rolled up to the second pick-up window at the same McDonalds another lady fried my brain with the standard high pitched, "Have a nice day." That decades old worn out insincere saying is like fingernails on a chalkboard for me. It's another one of those habitual programmed responses that doesn't mean a hill of beans. That busy window lady couldn't care less if I ate my Burrito backwards or drove over a flock of lost fish worms.
OUTSIDE 'THE PARK HOUSE'
Have you ever been in the wrong lane at a grocery store & crashed your cart into somebody & have them tell you they're "sorry." My fault, but they say they're sorry. What's with that. I'm the one who should be saying, 'sorry' but of course I never do because the other person has already apologized for my mistake. No point in two of us standing there trying to out-sorry each other because before long somebody else would come along, bump into us & say......well, you know!!
THIS GODERICH HARBOR TUG TAKES FOLKS FOR RIDES
Rick made mention of a word yesterday in his blog that has been sticking in my craw for the last bunch of years. When I saw it bugged him too I knew I wasn't the only one & it was time to write about it. Behind the most used, abused & meaningless word in the English language, which I happen to think is 'SALE,' this other word is in fierce competition for second place if it is not banished from the Kingdom forever. It has been used to describe a fly walking across a counter, paint drying, any piece of clothing designed since man first walked upright, any picture, photo or painting, regardless of who did it or how absolutely awful it was. The word has been used with every noun known to man & will go into the history books as the most used adjective of all times. Some would use the word to describe 'road kill' while others would use it to describe their best friends recent but totally horrible hair do. Every thing from toenails to nose rings. Horse radish to Squid lids. Stuffed bikini's to brain salad soup. It is a word I absolutely refuse to ever use whether writing it or saying it aloud. A whole gaggle of stampeding Buffalo couldn't pull that word out of me. Not even a last minute peanut butter & honey sandwich in front of a Mexican firing squad would entice me to use the word in describing my one ounce of upcoming lead poisoning. In fact, this word bugs me so much I can't even tell you what it is now because I would have to type it in here & that would very surely cause me to throw up all over my keyboard. So, I'm just going to let it go & simply say, "don't you just think this last paragraph has been simply...AWESOME!!"
(the pumpkin pic is not mine...got it on the net)
The humidity has totally knocked the stuffing's out of me again today. I don't know how Kelly stands it over there at Deer Park. No A/C in the office & she's generally outside helping people with BBQ problems, getting extra towels for people or fixing this or that, etc. If I did half the work in this heat she does I would probably be cooling my heels in the local morgue by now. She takes after her Dad, who despite how gravely ill he is at the moment, just refuses to take it easy. It is just not acceptable to him that he can't be out cutting the lawn or planting beans in his garden or something. It is just not humanly possible for a person to be as sick as Kelly's Dad & still be alive. I have never seen or heard of anyone having to endure the absolute cruel tortures of aging as much as this man. Kelly's Dad is an incredible walking medical miracle. And yet, something about all that daily suffering this man is enduring just doesn't seem right to me!! But, that's another whole blog post some time.........................:((
AUTHENTIC LOG CABIN LIBRARY OUTSIDE THE GODERICH MUSEUM
I just got another 'bk or bx' error message when I tried to leave a comment on RICK'S BLOG about taking his Canon off it's auto setting so I will just add a comment here.........Auto settings on camera's generally do a satisfactory job for most people & the quality can be very acceptable. But, if you want your already reasonably good photos to look better you are simply going to have to take the time to understand a little bit about basic photography before coming off 'auto.' Just no way around it. Read & understand your camera manual. Lighting & composition are two of the biggies. I see a lot of people's photos in blogs that are OK, but could be a lot better with just a little effort, interest, & understanding of their cameras, photography basics.....and Picasa:)) You just have to decide where your priorities are & how much time & effort you want to put into your blog photos.
Got another early morning start tomorrow whereupon my travels will take me through our wonderful rural countryside again:))
LARGE EARLY MORNING STRAW BALES
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Tales from the Doctors office.........................
Let me tell you about my doctor. He is very good. If you tell him you want a second opinion, he will go out and come in again.
He treated one woman for yellow jaundice for three years before he realized she was Chinese. While he was talking to me his nurse came in and said, "Doctor, there is a man here who thinks he is invisible." The doctor said, "Tell him I can't see him."
Another time a man came running in the office and yelled, "Doctor, doctor, my son just swallowed a roll of film." The doctor calmly replied, "Let's just wait and see what develops."
One patient came in and said, "Doctor, I have a serious memory problem." The doctor asked, "When did it start? " The man replied, "When did what start?"
I remember one time I told my doctor I had a ringing in my ears. His advice: "Don't answer it."
My doctor sure has his share of nut cases. One said to him, "Doctor, I think I'm a bell." The doctor gave him some pills and said, "Here, take these. If they don't work, give me a ring."
Another guy told the doctor that he thought he was a deck of cards. The doctor simply said, "Go sit over there. I'll deal with you later."
When I told my doctor I broke my leg in two places, he told me to stop going to those places. You know, doctors can be so frustrating. You wait a month and a half for an appointment, and he says, "I wish you had come to me sooner."
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