Saturday, 21 March 2020

Companionship and Fresh Air in Troubled Times

Doris Day is quoted to have said, "I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source."

I like that. While the quote doesn't address the strength that I also get from my faith, it does speak to that special bond that I have with my 'little' fur-baby.

OK, at 56 kilos, maybe she's not so 'little.'

In these troubled times the powers that be often preach self-isolation in an effort to flatten the global pandemic curve. As such, perhaps it is even more important now than ever before to get outside in the fresh air and take fur-baby for a walk.

As the world goes nuts, egged on by the media and social media, fear mongering and paranoia run rampant. Combine that with that other equally sad and comical twist, toilet paper, and we're left wondering at the intelligence level of the human race. I'm sure that many of our neighbours by now must certainly have a 40-year supply of toilet paper on hand.

Yes, perhaps it is even more important now than ever before to get outside in the fresh air and take the beloved fur-baby for a walk.

So today fur-baby and I did just that. It was a beautiful day for a walk. We both totally enjoyed the outing. And strange as it may seem for an introvert like me, and especially in these deeply troubling and anti-social times, we even stopped to talk with our neighbours along the way. How about that?!

Well, there you have it. Be safe friends, and do take the necessary prescribed precautions.

But if you're still deeply troubled, as Doris Day mentioned, maybe you need to go to your local animal shelter and adopt a dog. Then get yourselves outside for a walk. The good news is that, in doing so, you can still be self-isolated. The dog will thank you for it in ways that I cannot even begin to describe. Besides, if you're at all like me, you probably could benefit from clearing your self-isolated head in the fresh air. The bonus is that, just maybe, you both may even get a little exercise too.

Peace and Blessings friends.

Friday, 13 March 2020

How to Leave the Planet

Ever thought about leaving planet Earth? No? Me neither, but I did come across a little quip as to how one might be able to do so, if one were so inclined. For those of you who have thought about it, you may want to try following these five little steps:

1. Phone NASA. Their phone number is (731) 483-3111. Explain that it's very important that you get away as soon as possible.

2. If they do not cooperate, phone any friend you may have in the White House - (202) 456-1414 - to have a word on your behalf with the guys at NASA.

3. If you don't have any friends at the White House, phone the Kremlin (ask the overseas operator for 0107-095-295-9051). They don't have any friends there either (at least, none to speak of), but they do seem to have a little influence, so you may as well try.

4. If that also fails, phone the Pope for guidance. His telephone number is 011-39-6-6982, and I gather his switchboard is infallible.

5. If all these attempts fail, flag down a passing flying saucer and explain that it's vitally important you get away before your phone bill arrives.

Well there you have it; five steps on how to leave the planet. You're welcome. I ask just one favour; do send me back a postcard via inter-galactic mail as to how it worked out for you. Alternately, leave me a comment in the comment box. I'm sure most planets and star systems have Wi-Fi. Bon voyage.

Photo Source: Lars Lundqvist; Flickr Creative Commons
'How to Leave the Planet' Source: Douglas Adams; 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
Caveat: No drugs or alcohol were consumed in the creation of this blog post (Ha, Ha).

A Sign of the Times?

Limit of 2 per customer.

Limit of 2 what? I'll give you 3 guesses, and the first 2 don't count. We all know what I'm talking about. I'm talking about none other than that wonderful product that has become the 'butt end' of so many jokes lately (pun fully intended); toilet paper.

A sign of the times?

Certainly a sign of something; a sign of media induced paranoia, if you ask me (and even if you didn't).

This was evident in watching some of the people in Walmart today. The poor frightened soul in the cashier line up ahead of us was practically shaking in his boots as he constantly wiped the handle of his shopping cart over and over again. I exaggerate not when I say that he must have wiped it down a dozen times as we watched. In between wiping down the handle, he constantly wiped his hands, and even his jacket sleeves, with the disinfectant wipes. I felt sad for him.


But it wasn't just the toilet paper aisle that was empty. Also noticeably empty was half the pasta aisle, and specifically the formerly huge Kraft Dinner selection. Likewise the flour section was conspicuous by its absence. It all kind of made us wonder how many other aisles that we did not venture down also would have had empty shelf sections.

A sign of the times? Perhaps.


You may also want to see another related post: How to Stop Living in Fear.

"Life is ten percent what happens to you
and ninety percent how you respond to it."
Lou Holtz

"Courage is knowing what not to fear."

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

How to Stop Living in Fear

I love this cartoon! What can we do to stop living in fear? A great question and an equally great answer! Click!

Perhaps the biggest fear right now for many is COVID-19, or the Corona Virus. Now I'm not a medical professional, but we've all been down this road before. In 2003 there was another Corona Virus called SARS. Remember that one?

Bad? Yes. Do we need to take certain precautions? Yes, of course. However, I cannot help but believe that, like all bad news, the current fear is made much worse than necessary by the media. After all, bad news sells.

So whatever you're fearing, be it the latest global virus or political nut-case leader, perhaps the first line of defence is to turn off the television news. And while we're at it, perhaps unfollowing some of those self-proclaimed social media authorities, most of whom really don't know their a** from a hole in the ground about such matters anyways.

After all, what other possible explanation could there be for this latest crazy mass hysteria of folks running out to purchase a 40-year supply of toilet paper? Seriously? How exactly that's going to help, beats me.

Cartoon Sources: Unknown

A Corpse in the Middle of the Road

While traveling out of town early this morning, well before dawn, and while on a dark lonely 2-lane highway (I know; it already sounds like a country song, but it's not), I found myself suddenly being forced to come to a full stop. Due to a large truck in front of me, I couldn't see what the reason for the abrupt stop was, so I sat there patiently.

Soon traffic was diverted into the oncoming lane by flag men from the fire department. It looked like an accident. As I inched my way by, I could see a body laying there motionless in the middle of my lane. It hadn't even been covered yet. Poor guy. It must have just happened, as the police were not even there yet.

The vehicle involved in the accident was pulled over to the side, with obvious front end damage. The driver seemed rather shaken. It's not every day (thankfully) that one sees a corpse just lying there in the middle of the road.

Needless to say, I was alert for the rest of my business trip.

Oh, but that poor … deer.

😁 🙈 🙉 🙊 😉

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I didn't have any helium balloons with me.

Photo #1 Source: Flickr Creative Commons
Photo #2 Source: Unknown