I was about to mention crossword puzzles, but I almost never do them these days and was never good at them. I have endless patience for a lot of things but not for working a crossword puzzle... or a sudoku.
I recently got the bill written with a pencil in a restaurant. Strangely enough it proved difficult to have correct receipt. I hardly write anymore. Even now during meetings I take notes under excel then correct it and send them by mail. The advantage being I open an excel sheet for each meeting so one file gives the complete history.
Getting the receipt in pencil is indeed odd, Whatagain! Pencils always indicate a lack of commitment to what is being written, as Mossie points out about crosswords. Re: crosswords ~ I've always liked doing them, but they are a surefire way to put me to sleep.
When you vote in elections in Oz, you go into the little booth with your 2 voting slips (Upper and Lower Houses). Waiting there, on the bench in front of you is a pencil, tied with a piece of brown string to the bench. Just a plain wooden pencil... not painted or bearing any logos. Here you fumble around with your voting slips, knock the pencil off the bench, it falls and hangs there swinging...Ah! so that is what the string is for...not to deter pencil thieves but prevent voters having to bend down in the small booth to retrieve the pencil.
Taking up the pencil you start to number the names on the voting slip. The pencil has a smooth point and feels good in your hand. Together you mark the ballot paper with the smooth graphite asserting your wishes for your country. You finish marking and leave, placing your ballots in the sealed box, thinking how lucky your country is to have clean elections. As you pass the empty booths you see all the wooden pencils on their strings and recognise them for what they are...swords of democracy.
Travel! Set out and head for pastures new[br] Life tastes the richer when you’ve road worn feet.[br]Ibn Battuta[br]
I remember when drinks like cola or beer started changing from steel cans to aluminium ones. The new tins seemed so incredibly flimsy and light at first. One was almost afraid to tear them (which people soon proved was quite possible).
I remember the old pull tabs that separated from the cans. I’m still finding these tabs on the pebble beach at our lake cottage, and now and then an old steel can with aluminum top with the old style pull tab washes up on shore. Decades after they stopped using them.
Yes, I think we already mentioned those old pull tabs (which we nevertheless found brilliant instead of using a church key) but they are always worthy of a new mention. We have probably even mentioned on the pet peeve thread those instances when the new pull tabs malfunction and you are in trouble if you don't have a church key at hand (if anybody doesn't know the term, it is the American name for those triangular tin punchers).
I’m still finding these tabs in the pebble beach at our lake cottage
Continuing on that theme, I was watching a documentary today about the Mediterranean (the place with the most underwater plastic waste in the world), where they were diving and showing things that they found. Some plastic food wrappers dating from 2004 or 2008 were lying on the bottom of the sea in perfect condition. There is probably quite a bit of older plastic down there dating from before the time that the "sell by" dates were prominently printed.
I have also found some very old steel cans with church key holes in the top, both in the lake and in an old dump at water’s edge that’s eroding into the lake.
Also finding many bits of old ceramic dishes and LOTS of broken glass. I pick up about a quart of broken glass every summer. Only a little of it is rounded like sea glass. Most could slice into a bare foot pretty easily...
I remember when it made sense to save rubber bands that came on things because you could use them for something else. But for about the last 20 years they have just become dried up brittle things that I find in the bottom of a drawer.
Even though I buy the little bags of mixed rubber bands, I am incapable of throwing away the rare ones that I get on things. My favorites are the ones that come on bundles of asparagus. They are as gold and rubies to me.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Feb 26, 2020 17:24:59 GMT
Just catching up. I love crosswords...I'm rubbish at completing them tho. I can whizz through the Guardian and i 'quick' crosswords...you know...the ones for the intellectually challenged (me) but I can't do the complicated ones. I just don't have the education nor the brain cells...
I like the word wheels too...where there are 8 letters around the outside and one letter in the middle...you have to come up with as many 3 - 9 letter words as possible ALL including the middle letter...they'll say '60 is excellent, 50 good and 40 average' then I struggle to get 17.....*sigh*
I love pencils. I tend to use B and 2B (or not 2B that is the question) for drawing. I keep them very sharp. I rescued my Dad's technical drawing pencils, pens and drawing equipment, and a lot of the weird stencils that he used for his job as a design engineer...nowadays the work would all be done on a computer but I remember Daddy's drawing table taking up half of the dining room at home. He designed several telescopes for various universities and societies...I rescued a lot of the blueprints too...my sisters and brother had put them all out for the bin men.