Friday, 27 May 2022

The Other Side of Dirty Jobs

There was a show on TV called Dirty Jobs in which the host would work as an apprentice in various dirty and often disgusting jobs.

What was the dirtiest and/or most disgusting job you ever had?

About forty years ago I had one such job myself in which I drove a sewage vacuum truck. The driving of the truck itself was not that bad. From time to time, however, the job required that I climb into the septic tank (yes, after it was pumped out). That part of the job was rather gross to say the least! On more than one occasion I remember my wife saying that she only had to look at my truck and she felt dirty all over. For the longest time after I made the change to a cleaner line of work, my sense of smell seemed dead in me. People might say that something stinks or smells wonderful, and I’d be oblivious to it.

I was reminded of that job again this week when I saw this water truck. Though not a vacuum truck like mine was, I did chuckle when I saw the word septic. However, despite my photo caption that suggests otherwise, I am reasonably sure that they do use different trucks. At least I hope they do. LOL.

Well there you have it; a memory from yesteryear. 😉💩

Sunday, 22 May 2022

The Other Side of WORDLE

It happened again! It doesn’t happen often, but today was not the first. What am I talking about? Thanks for asking (ha-ha). I’m talking about that highly-popular game craze that is played by an estimated 300,000 people daily, WORDLE. More specifically, I’m talking about my having guessed the right word today on my first try!

How is that even possible? Luck! There is no other logical answer (other than cheating, but if one stooped to that level, then why bother playing?) No, there was no special skill; like flipping a coin, it was all luck. My only strategy, if it can even be called that, is to start with one of a few regular words that I use day after day. Today’s first guess just happened to be one of those words.

Well there you have it. Now to see how long I can carry on this streak before dipping below the 100% mark. Can I make it to 100 games? We’ll have to wait and see. 😊 

Postscript …

I made it! After my first 100 consecutive days playing WORDLE, I successfully maintained my 100% streak, only once going down to that last chance sixth guess. Woo-Hoo!

Since discovering WORDLE, my son also introduced me to another similar word game called QUORDLE. The only significant difference between the two is that in the latter the player has to solve four words within nine guesses. If you like WORDLE and want to try something a little more challenging, maybe QUORDLE is for you. 


Friday, 13 May 2022

What Did He Eat?

I have been working in facility maintenance and engineering for the past several years. While I haven’t seen it all, as the old quip says, I have seen some interesting things. By way of example, one of my colleagues once reported of a problem plugged toilet that eventually produced a set of dentures. While he didn’t say, I have my doubts that the owner wanted them back.

When I saw this picture on a news feed the other day I couldn’t resist adding a caption. While I found it somewhat humorous, this incident was nothing to laugh about. Apparently it was caused by a nearby lightening strike. I sure hope no one was sitting on it at the time.

If there is a lesson to be learned here, perhaps it might be to rethink the wisdom of doing one’s business during a lightening storm. Hmm. 😉

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

The Other Side of Stress

“Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called
sons of God.”
-Jesus (Mt.5:9)

I have been thinking about stress again lately. No, I am not stressed as I write this (not this time). Still, I have certainly experienced more than my share of it too. I have also often observed it in others. I wonder why that is. Why do we get so stressed out? I suppose there are a 1001 reasons why people get stressed out. I am not a psychologist and as such can offer no wisdom for combating it other than this little nugget from the Psalms: seek peace and pursue it.

Read that again: seek peace and pursue it. Can we do that? Dare we do that? Can there be anything more important in today’s crazy world than pursuing peace? Personally I would have to say that there is not. If/when you find it, guard it religiously! Guard it, friends, for it is precious! If we cannot find personal peace, I would doubt that we could find anything else worth having either.

Just my random musing. Peace, friends.

Photo: The Ottawa River, Canada