Saturday, January 31, 2009

Women drivers -- Watch out for these especially

Some women seem to have problems with their cars. In getting them parked or maneuvering any place other than the wide open road it can be troubles.

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There are several ladies driving around in this world who are very, very good drivers. Taught by me.

One of my trademarks was to teach them to take their hands off the steering wheel when crossing the RR tracks. Wow! Did they ever learn the right way for RR crossing, and quickly when they showed off their newly acquired skills to the wrong persons.

I'll not list the ones I have taught, some were family members, others were just 'friends.' Some even read my blog.

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One of the worst woman drivers I have ever known lived in El Paso. She ran a stop sign right in front of my Vespa motor scooter. I was riding it down a main thorough-fare, she was on a side street.

We were not traveling too awfully fast, each well within the speed limit. She just didn't stop.

I ended up on the hood of her car. Both of my knees were sore for a long time but nothing was broken. The scooter needed quite a bit of repair. It turned out she did not have insurance for anything except collision (covered her own car). She had just purchased this Pontiac new and that is all the dealer sold her.

She did fuss at me for being on the street. Then she said not only did I not have a right to be there but that I was traveling without any lights on. The policeman told her that yes, I did have my lights on. When I pushed it out of the middle of the intersection the lights tried to come on until I took it out of gear.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

I wish I could -- Why I can't and never will

Wishes that won't come true:

I wish I could paint -- I don't like to paint rooms or houses, that's all I can paint. I am not artistic

I wish I could sing -- After being kicked out (asked to leave) a church choir (Methodist Church in New Hampshire) I knew that was the end of my public singing. The choir director said I had a bad ear. Before that in El Paso I sang in the choir and in a men's chorus group. I was having a ball.

I wish I could be young again -- This just doesn't work, to make it work would be violating the laws of Mother Nature (i.e. a miracle that only God can perform)

I wish I could go to the South Pole -- This is possible only as a team member in a scientific expedition. I am too old to get hired for even a volunteer position.

I wish I could eat peanuts and all the other good nuts, Peanut M&Ms, pecan pie, and foods containing seeds -- Dr. Said No (colonoscopy doctor) told me not to do this anymore.

I wish I could be an astronaut -- answer similar to why I can't visit the South Pole. I did volunteer once when I was working at NASA Houston Manned Space Center.

I wish I could drive a car 200 miles per hour or higher -- I am afraid to put my trust in the metal and rubber parts of the car. The fastest I have been is 150 mph (240 kilometers per hour) on the Autobahn. And 140 plus just a little bit on the U.S. highways.

I wish I could tell you all the other things I can never do even if I wished I could -- You are bored to tears if you got this far in the blog and I won't bore you any more. If you ask real nice and say you aren't bored I can make a part two for you.

So leave a comment for me and the rest of us. You might even wish to tell me of your unfilled wishes, attainable or not.

You can see this list is pretty silly. That is because I've done everything in life that I really needed to do and have done most of the things I've wanted to do.

So I don't complain (much) for me. However there are a lot of injustices in this world, a few of which affect me, and a lot of hurting people who do need things yet in their lives.

Also, God has been very good to me. But I realize that He is good to ALL his children so I didn't want to boast about that in the post. I don't feel I am any more blessed or loved than any other child of His. Mostly I was in the right place at the right times in my life and choose the right door to open.

Of course I did choose the wrong door occasionally but fortunately then somehow I listened for God's loving voice in time*** and found my way out of the wrong places. So far that is, I am not perfect at all, I have a lot of flaws and do get in a lot of hot water.

*** "whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."
Philippians 4:8 (New King James Version)

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ruby (Red) Tuesday -- Another sampling of Curacao -- Our holiday, or vacation from retirement life, Part Four

This is a part of a work in progress, more will follow (I hope). Click here to read what else I have posted about our Holiday at Sea.

People are 'clamoring' for more cruise pictures. So Here are some pictures I took the day of our little visit to Curacao. Just so happens I could find four with nice red colors in them to post on this Ruby (Red) Tuesday.

Our greeting at Curacao
These fellows made sure we went
where we were supposed to go

Wandering around town, we'd been there before
Curacao is very colorful, the Dutch ordered that a long time ago. The reason was because people were saying it was a 'dull' town. So big government found a way to brighten things up. Maybe that would help brighten our country up right now, somebody please write our new pres.

"Somebody" thought I finally had found
someone who would make me look good(?)
Hint: not a self portrait here

A hearty breakfast should be had before any hard endeavor. I started at the waffle and omelet bar. The red stuff is ketchup. I generally drink two glasses of water with my meals as I take a lot of medicine. Getting two at the start means I don't have to spend precious effort getting refills taken care of.

Our first stop was Curacao.
Click here to read about our trip. It is a work in progress, more will follow (I hope).

Click the Ruby Tuesday button if you want to see more Ruby Tuesday posts.

Mary is in charge there, you can post your own if you wish.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pick a time, any time (2 through 8) -- Teacher says "Tell why"

A Time for Everything

1. There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

2. a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3. a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4. a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5. a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6. a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7. a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8. a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)

I'd give you the time
clocks have stopped would if I could
if I had the time

Copyright © 2009 Jimmiehov. All Rights Reserved

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Dégas
The same goes for my poetry attempts (don't know how, but I enjoy it!).

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