There are those still suffering from the effects of Sandy. In some cases they are without power or gas, even after all this time. Marcheline, who sometimes comments on my blog, has been really stressed out trying to find petrol in a world without any. In other cases, at the extremes, people are homeless or bereaved. It has been a sobering experience not only for those concerned but also for those of us watching from afar.
But there have also been things that have made one smile…
And, as with all disasters there are those occasional little acts of kindness that make us realise what a good world we live in…
This b****** thing.
A friend of mine whom will remain anonymous (and I won’t tell you her age but she won’t see her seventies again) e-mailed me recently. In the middle of it she must have hit Cntrl and i instead of shift and i because her e-mail turned into italics. She didn’t know how it had happened or how to stop it so she was cursing. However, this particular friend is a lady through and through so she referred to her laptop as ‘This bliksem thing’. A phrase I’ve known her use before. How is that for a wonderful swear word – bliksem?
I had always assumed it was an invention of hers. However, on this occasion, I decided to look up the word to see if it had some real origin. It turns out it is an Afrikaans verb for to hit or strike. That’s OK – perhaps even a coincidence. But then I found it in the Urban Dictionary – an on-line Dictionary of slang. According to that it also meant ‘bastard’. I’m not sure my friend knows that….
This week was a strange on so far as postcards were concerned. On Wednesday and Thursday I had none. This is always a minor disappointment as I pick the post up from the mat. But then on Friday I had six cards a record I’m unlikely to beat for a long time. Only one was from an unknown postcrosser. The others were from friends. How kind they/you all are. I just wish I had time to do my postcard blog.
I was amused recently when reading the profile of one postcrosser to see that she listed her languages as – English, French, German, Dutch, Basic Spanish and Woof. I responded that I should add ‘Miaow’ to mine or perhaps ‘Squeak’ since Ivy is still at that stage at the moment.
And talking of Ivy
I know it doesn’t do the scanner any good allowing her to amble across it’s surface but I couldn’t resist this…