Musings-lite Collection No. 19

 

I have typically called my lite musings as things that fill the junk drawer of my mind.  But in thinking about it, I’m going to assume they are things you might have thought about if you had more time in your busy day.  So here are a few things you might have otherwise thought about – am I right? 

 

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There was a time when a man and a woman (note that I wrote man, woman – not two teenagers) got engaged to determine how compatible they were (note, not necessarily sleeping together).  Then times changed and two people lived together and slept together to determine if they were compatible and should get married.  These days people get married and then determine if they really are compatible.  If they aren’t, they get divorced – witness the divorce rates. 

 

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What younger people don’t understand is that we seniors take an afternoon nap so we’ll have the stamina and reserve enough not to fall asleep before we go to bed at 8:30.

 

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Do you remember actor Paul Marcarelli in those so well-known Verizon Wireless commercials saying, “Can you hear me now?”  Well, I think those calls just have been replaced by millions of Skype uses saying, “Can you see me now?”  Just because you may be able to see the other video party, it doesn’t necessarily mean they can see you.  Ergo the new inquiry ensuring that they can see you.  If they can’t or if neither of you can see each other then you might as well just email one another.  But who wants a means of communication that may take you a minute or two to make contact with someone.

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I recently received my new homeowner’s policy.  My home is located on the East Central Coast of Florida.  Among the various coverages in my policy is hurricane; only a high stakes gambler in Florida would go without this.  In addition to that coverage I see I am covered for Riot/Civil Commotion, Smoke, Explosion, Aircraft (in case an airplane wants to use my house as a runway), Vehicles (in case some wayward driver wants to use my living room as a garage), Falling Objects (in case a passenger wants to step outside a flying airplane to take a breather), Sudden and Accidental Tearing Apart (I don’t want to even think how this might happen) and Sudden and Accidental Damage from Artificial Generated Electrical Current (I guess they think I might try to create Frankenstein II).   

Most important to me as a Florida resident is that I am also covered for Weight of Ice, Snow or Sleet; Freezing; and most importantly Volcanic Eruption.  Now I can sleep without worry about things that go bump in the night.

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I usually work on a crossword puzzle each day in our local newspaper.  They have two, and I always do the easier one.  One of the most frustrating things is when the clue is luxury boat.  I know the answer is yacht, but I never spell it right on the first try.  Whoever through of a word with a “cht” in it?

 

The only other word I could find with those three letters in it in that order is Cthulhu, a cosmic entity who first appeared in the short story “The Call of Cthulhu”, which was published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928.

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You know what takes the sheen off shopping in a grocery store?  Seeing a customer leave a grocery store restroom without washing their hands.  Each time I see that I hope they are leaving the store and not just starting to shop.  I think they need to change those signs in restrooms to read “All employees AND SHOPPERS must wash hands before leaving the restroom.

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And now a final thought about health problems.  (See http://latenightmusings.com/2014/01/24/mommy-theres-a-monster-under-my-bed.aspx  for what led to this.)

 

When I’m angry and frustrated by my medical problems, I think of those worse off than I am.  Then again, I guess that person does the same thing, thinking about some person lower on the medical totem pole.  So it goes till it reaches the bottom.  I wonder what that person on the bottom has as a medical problem and what they think about to make themselves feel better.  

Maybe all our prayers should be for those at the very bottom of that iconic pole.

 

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