Coffee Share 180721

Photo by Muhammad Haikal Sjukri on Unsplash

This is a Weekly Coffee Share update.
Our get-together is hosted by: Eclectic Alli.

Here’s the link for last week.

Here’s the link for this week.

Coffee Club Summary: 

      • Re: my surgery: I’ve done so well that these reports have gotten boring. I will discontinue burning the space for updates unless something interesting happens.. 
      • Re: real life work: My quarterly project happened this week.  So, while trying to keep a low profile – the gal covering this project for me and I were on the phone and a web conference most of the week.  She did an amazing job of taking my instructions on a portion, then running with them through the whole data set.  Her results looked so good, my management may not want me back – opps!
      • Re: My war with nature:  Turkeys attacked again this morning and had to be shoo-ed away.
      • Re: Car Wars; I learned something really annoying this week.  Most cars have seat belts and airbags these days.  My daughter, a few months ago, rear-ended a truck with a trailer hitch.  That hitch punched through the front trim and triggered the seat belt to lock up, but the air bag was not triggered – which I think I’m happy about – because, she did not need an airbag experience and I did not need the cost of repairing an airbag deployment.  What was annoying is that our 2006 Honda Accord was designed with one-use components.  This means there is no way to unlock the seat belt.  She could drive away with it, but it did not retract once she left the car and it would not adjust to anyone else driving the car.  When my repair guy got into it, he found that the locked retractor could not be unlocked and had to be replaced along with a computerized module somewhere else in the system – all for about $600 worth of parts.  Add labor and the car is fast approaching being totaled.  Unbelievable that some car company would actually engineer a car to self destruct with such small provocation.  I feel totally taken for this work by Honda.  They designed this car to require me to buy many more parts that I should have.

Greetings all,

Writing this week has been tough.  I did get about half of an essay written, but it still needs several hours to be ready, and I ran into a snag.  I’m trying to locate and use old photos of people or places called out in my stories.  The story I started really could use a good photo or two (circa 1965) of the large (then new) Petaluma swimming pool.  It had two regular 1 meter diving boards and two 3 meters boards for the high diving crazies among us.   They were great fun – but all four are now gone and I was able to find no photographic evidence for them ever existing. Maybe these will suffice.

It was a great pool and I spent many summer afternoons there with friends and strangers alike. those boards were the high point of any trip to the pool. I think the insurance companies and their attorneys just could not stand the chance of someone having fun from a diving board.  But the boards are gone and it’s so sad.

Tide PodsI really regret how sanitized our world has become. There were times I thought I could almost fly off of that high board.  Some times, it’s no wonder our kids resort to phone apps for a bit of adventure.  It’s the closest they’re allowed to get to dangerous fun.

I think it likely that more kids have died from consuming “Tide Pods” than ever did from using those great diving boards. (sniff)

Thanks also for stopping by.  I’ll be checking back to review your coffee share for the weekend.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and next week.  Let’s do this again next week.  Warmest regards all.

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7 thoughts on “Coffee Share 180721

  1. I finally found you! I feel bad you’re always commenting on my posts and this is the first time I’ve found yours to return the favor.
    I hope the car doesn’t end up totaled. I was rear-ended December before last, and even though the repairs weren’t that extensive, it was a foreign car and so it was totaled out. Then the loan company wanted to fight with me about my Gap insurance. They’re still pinging my credit over it. I need to add that to the list of things I have to fix…
    Cars just seem to be entirely too fragile these days.
    Perhaps that’s the reason why they keep doing away with things like diving boards: everything else is so shoddily made that they assume the older things (built to last) will crumble as easily.


    1. No worries Elizabeth.
      I’m new to the group and want to earn the right to be a part.

      So, I try to comment in detail to become known.

      You threw out some fascinating issues that drew me in, so I hope I was helpful.

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  2. I remember when the top deck or two was removed from the diving tower at our town’s lake. The top platform was the only one with a springboard. Actually, river water was diverted to flow through a shallow basin to form a man-made lake. A number of people died, jumping or diving from the top level. My father remembered such mishaps from his childhood, and so taught us how to use the tower safely. I expect that some of the town kids never got to use the lake, other than for swimming lessons in July. The town swimming pool didn’t come about until many decades after I’d left for college and work.


    1. I’ll bet this story has been repeated in communities around the world. We had huge fun in our town doing things no longer allowed or possible.
      My kids have complained that we don’t let them do things like we did at their age.

      The image of your lake of diverted water for swimming and an actual diving tower sounds like gobs of fun no longer possible.

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      1. If I had been a parent, I would have restricted my children’s activities. I almost killed myself too many times, taking chances and doing stupid stuff; being in a position of responsibility for their survival, having been reckless in childhood myself, adds a new dimension.

        As it was, I decided early on that my nerves were not strong enough for parenthood. Could not understand why or how my folks raised seven of us without cages.


      2. Lots of LOL Lizl!
        Amen to your first paragraph and I want to steal your last line.

        I grant that raising kids was hard work but I think many parents make it tougher than it need be.

        We were blessed with kids that were not as difficult as many we know of. We are pretty sure that some of our life choices helped but how can anyone make definitive statements about this. We just do the best we can to raise them to resolve more chaos than they cause and pray for the best.


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