Tuesday was National Coming Out Day. Who knew? Well, my daughter knew, and she came out. On Facebook. I have known about her sexual orientation for years so this was not a surprise to me, but I suspect it will come as a surprise to many of my friends and family. She wrote: “Happy coming […]
Recently, I dated a man who approved of me. He didn’t like me, exactly, but he approved. We got along really well. We shared a similar family background and interest in post-secondary education. We were the same age, laughed at the same things, and enjoyed some of the same music. He was delightful company and […]
I have been reading a book in which there is a character, Michael, who struggles with learning in school. He is bright but cannot read. In fact, he cannot think well at all while he is in school. When he is outside, though, he becomes insightful, poetic, creative, and assertive. When he is not in […]
I never learned how to barter. I never needed to. Nearly everything I have bought was sold for the price on the sticker. Oh, I did learn how to negotiate for cars and houses, but the expectations of the deals were pretty clear to all concerned. There was no real need for posturing or threatening to […]
I didn’t “do” Earth Hour this year. Two years ago I turned out all the lights as requested, and I sat in the dark. It was a very long hour. Last year I was better prepared. I sat in the light of some candles and played solitaire. This year, I didn’t bother. I can’t figure out […]
A woman recently mentioned to me that she had a copy of the Beatles’ white album in mint condition. I speculated that it was probably worth a lot of money now. It took only forty years for the Beatles’ white album to change its meaning from being a symbol of revolution to being an investment; […]
Today, I checked my workplace email and yelled “Oh no!” very loudly; my neighbours upstairs probably heard me. My work-related email, that I had deliberately kept free of personal mail, now included an email from Isaac. This is a circumstance as unwelcome and unexpected as spilling red wine on a white blouse during a first […]
I took part in this conversation today in downtown San Jose. I was looking for the pharmacy and saw a young couple having coffee outside a Starbucks. Me: I’m sorry to disturb you, but I’m looking for Walgreen’s. Young man: Oh yes. (Pointing) It’s first on your left. Young woman: No. First is second left. Young […]
I’m easy to talk to. I like to find out about people, what makes them tick. I am quite good at asking open-ended questions that encourage descriptive answers. These, I think, are good characteristics. What I am finding, though, is that after a “first date” with someone, he nearly always thinks that we have bonded because the conversation […]
If you think being retired will be easy work, think again. I’m on a four-month leave of absence from my job and if I want to do more than watch TV and surf the Internet, I have to get busy. When I am at work, I have two principal destinations: work and home. In those […]
In an email with only occasional punctuation, but with frequent capitalization, came this: “I am self employed Engineer,Studied the course Metro-Chemical Engineering with a Degree.” Metro-chemical engineering must be for men of ambiguous sexuality who have excellent fashion sense. I’m picturing David Beckham in Fort McMurray. Or, maybe metro-chemical engineering is for studying the fumes in the Paris transit system.
We met for the first date lunch at a truck stop on Highway 2. When we met, I almost didn’t recognise him because he looked about ten years older than his dating site profile picture. How long did he think it would take me to figure that out? Over lunch, we exchanged some basic information; where we […]
I am going to be volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity worksite on Thursday. Because I didn’t bring my work boots with me to California, I went to buy some. The store was very closely packed, and there were lots and lots of boots in boxes. I started to work my way down the aisles, looking […]
We had agreed to meet at a small lunch cafe, and when I arrived he was already seated inside, eating his lunch. “It smelled so good, I couldn’t wait,” he said. After I got my lunch we chatted about who we were and where we came from. After lunch we stepped outside. He took me […]
Conversation after a long “get to know you” walk: He: You don’t always agree with everything I say. That’s refreshing. Me: Surely other people in your life disagree with you sometimes. What about the people you work with? He: No. They don’t argue. Me: Why not? He: Because I’m the boss. Me: Do the people […]
I just got an email from a man who said he worked in the “arrow space” industry for 30 years. That must be inside the quiver, I guess.
The Tom Stoppard play “Rock ‘n’ Roll” is awesome. I saw it at The Stage in San Jose, and it was performed brilliantly, with excellent sound and visual effects. It explores Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring, the Velvet Revolution and the effects of popular music from 1968 to 1990.
I have a goldmine of material with which to create a book. It is a collection of emails, letters, research, diaries and cards related to my husband’s illness. He was ill for eight years. Initially, I was copying emails and internet research to take to him in the hospital. When he came home, I just […]