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Just eye-balling this gives me vertigo: [^]. Yes, I am afraid of heights, and if I told you the true story of how my Alpha+ daddy held me by my ankles over the bottomless pit in Carlsbad Caverns, N.M., when I was six years old (1949), you might have the nightmares I had.
p.s. the most tangible effect Chiang Mai's current red-zone restrictions has on my already hermit existence is the gym is closed, so, no pranayama in the red-hot sauna followed by swimming. i miss that endorphin releasing catharsis more than anything else.
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali
when I see stuff like this, the only thing that enters my mind is what happens to the people when the glass breaks....and don't tell me the glass won't break.
Remember the Titanic -
"There is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers."
Phillip Franklin, White Star Line vice-president, 1912
Some years ago when I was a young adult a friend and I visited the Grand Canyon in particular the North Rim. There is an outcropping there you can reach if you carefully walk down a brief slope and step over a crevasse. I did so and sat down at the edge of the outcropping with my feet dangling over the yawning Grand Canyon below. I heard some woman state "He's going to fall." Some years later I woke up in the middle of the night bathed in a cold sweat thinking about that escapade. I did several such stupid stunts during that vacation. That was but one. Here is another. My Paltry Thoughts[^]
if I told you the true story of how my Alpha+ daddy held me by my ankles over the bottomless pit
Well, my first reaction wouldn't help either. It'd be your daddy going into the pit. No excuse nor explanation either.
you might have the nightmares I had.
Got a pet cat, years ago. Named "Well done".
He was in pain for some reason. So, I washed it with hydrochloric acid. After that, I took the loose hanging bones from its body (twenty something), before he begged me to kill him. That's a cat that says everyday that he likes me. Mostly around dinner time. But still, even the memory of the dream can stop me in my tracks.
Nightmares, can be crippling. Mine was just a dream, and still had effect in real life.
Having a nightmare based on real life, is something I cannot imagine.
Goedzo is alive and well and is on a diet. No animals were harmed in this post.
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"If you just follow the bacon Eddy, wherever it leads you, then you won't have to think about politics." -- Some Bell.
So my grandpa died last Tuesday from, well, pretty much everything.
He had COVID, a urinary tract infection as a result from dehydration (as a result from not drinking) and he then got a heart attack.
He'd turn 88 next Tuesday.
The entire family got to say goodbye in the hospital the day before he died (although for most of his grandchildren he was already asleep at the time).
After that came the funeral planning...
My grandma and her children came together to plan everything.
On Thursday I got this weird cough, got myself tested for COVID, negative.
Then an uncle got a weird cough, tested, positive!
Long story short, pretty much half the family (and counting), including grandma, is tested positive.
That's kind of an issue if you have a funeral coming up.
Lots of panic, as you can imagine.
Ultimately, the funeral was outside, at his grave, for his children and grandchildren.
A church service was not possible so no streaming for all those who couldn't be there either.
Needless to say, we all kept our distance (except the positives, because they could accompany grandma).
All in all, a fitting end for a man who made a scene out of everything (like cracking a "joke" at the airport "if you're looking for my gun you'll have to search harder.").
I'm getting tested again tomorrow and again on Thursday and staying at home until then.
Thanks for all the great memories, old asylum seeker (as he used to say)
So grandpa was into scrap metal.
He'd collect bikes, computers, bathtubs, heaters, cables... Pretty much anything with metal in it.
He even carried a magnet at all times to see if something was magnetic and if it could fetch a good metal price.
So the pastor had a little story about grandpa and mentioned he loved his scrap metal "that you still needed" and everyone laughed because it was true
My parents were renovating their house when they were missing some cables, turned out grandpa took them because he thought they were old cables.
When I first moved into this house, the whole block was new and none of the new inhabitants had any fences yet, and he almost took some metal thing, like an umbrella or some such, from my neighbors garden.
"Grandpa no! You can't just go and take stuff from other people's garden!"
Everyone had a story about grandpa and scrap metal
We even joked that he wasn't allowed near buildings with lots of metal because they'd collapse after he visited
To put that in perspective, it's fun now that he's gone and we can laugh about his shenanigans, and we'll certainly miss him, but at the time it could be pretty annoying to the point where we'd rather not invite him
Like when we were in a restaurant and we just wanted to enjoy a dinner together, but he'd go out and (sometimes inappropriately) talk to all the people (who didn't always want to be talked to by complete strangers, mind you).
Heck, I'll even miss that