The inspiration for this post is a blog post by an Octogenarian. I too will shortly become an Octogenarian but, I don’t expect that to stop me from being complacent or for that matter make me more active than I am.
I have friends and relatives of around my age who are far more active and I wonder why they should be so as, I find my life of being a couch potato or rather recliner potato quite comfortable. I would rather be at home reading news papers or books and solving crossword puzzles than be traipsing around all over the place. Otherwise, what is the point of retirement?
Unlike Calvin, I am not a man of action and therefore also not interested in taking decisive action. I would rather not be well informed and prefer to be just left alone!
What about you dear reader?
In Nick’s post Food For Thought I had commented as “By now you would have gathered from my blog posts on food that I simply follow my instincts and do not bother about the quality of the food or its nutritional value.”
The Japanese keep surprising me with their language and humour. Two days later, I received this image in my WhatsApp page.
A day later, as though to bring me down to earth, I received this image in WhatsApp.
What a journey!
Where do you fit in such a ladder? The first, second or the last image?
Joared from Along The Way has a detailed blog post on her problems with power outage. Her post has inspired this post.
I have considerable experience of being without electric power due to outages and the most important thing that one needs when there is outage is some form of lighting in the nights. I have experienced all the following choices during those difficult times.
A Hurricane Lamp so named as once lit, it would not go out even doing a hurricane as long as there was kerosene in it to fuel it.
A Petromax lantern with a Mantel that gave much better lighting.
Does that need any explanation? We used to have them in all the rooms in our homes along with boxes of matches alongside till cheap use and throw away cigarette lighters came into the market.
Then came computers into our lives and we needed electricity to use them before battery operated portable ones came along. So we opted for these:
Honda Portable Diesel Genertor. These were noisy but gave electricity for a few hours that could operated lamps and electric fans.
And finally, a simple solution came along:
An inverter with a battery that could offer enough power to keep some lamps and fans working as well as a computer powered for up to eight hours depending on the usage. Totally noiseless but requiring distilled water replacement once every four months. While the inverter is not in use, the regular power supply charges the battery and so there is little need for any attention to be paid to it.
In our home, the inverter also provides a warm bed for our cat!
The inverter is on top of a movable case on castor wheels and is stored below the staircase. I have checked that it is quite safe for the cat to sleep on the inverter. As I type this post, the cat is just five feet away from me to my left. The two little lights on the panel of the inverter indicates that regular power supply is operating. When the top one goes off, it would mean that the inverter is supplying the power to the home.
I wonder how many of my readers would have ever used the first two lamps shown above. Have you?
Mitch at I’m Just Sharing has reposted a 2014 blog post which took me back to TGOD. I reproduce below exchange of my comments and Mitch’s response.
Me: “So, which of the three categories will my blog fit in? Since I have not given serious thought as to why I write, that will help me decide.”
Mitch: “Actually Rummuser, you condescend to yourself but inside I think you know why you write. You write to get things off your chest; you write to share your life and thoughts with others; and you write for the kinship you get from folks like your Friday tagalong group (okay, I never remember off the cuff what y’all call yourselves lol). You have a unique storytelling style that seems to get people talking; you get way more comments per post than I do. And of course early on you told people this: “Tension nahin lenekka!” You did this during a tense part of your life, which you shared as well. As I say, I think you knew all this; I think it’s a cultural thing that you’re fairly self deprecating when you have no need to be. 🙂”
Me: “Wow! Mitch, that is a mouthful to get off your chest! Thanks. You have just made this wet rainy day over here feel like a million Rupees.”
Which led me to study my blog and I have come up with some interesting statistics.
The first post I wrote in this format was on the 8th of June, 2008.
I have written 3327 posts including this one since then.
There have been a total of 28082 comments and responses from me.
Wow! I am unashamedly impressed with my performance! Do you think that I am being immodest?
Following advice via comments from my previous post, from well wishers about using the wrist watch instead of a smartphone to check for time, I reminisced about the good old days when either of the above two instruments helped when you could call a three digit number to get the exact time then.
Even wearing wrist watches, first the wind up, then the automatic winder and finally the battery cell variety, one could use the landline to check for the accuracy of the watch’s time when instinct told one that the time may be off.
I wonder if that facility is now available!
While getting ready to visit my dentist earlier this afternoon and without being conscious of it took all the things that I normally carry on my person when going out kept in one particular drawer of my Chest Of Drawers.
Visit over, I came back home, unloaded all the stuff that I had taken and spent the rest of the evening with other pastimes till I took my cardigan off to get ready to go to bed.
It was then that I discovered that I had worn my wrist watch without being aware of having worn it in the first place and not having seen the time on it the whole time. I had used my mobile phone to check the time a number of times and if fact, even used the alarm in the phone to good effect to remind of medication time.
I had worn the wrist watch out of old habit but had not used it due to new habit of using the mobile phone!