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