My story is about the magic of bonding with a wild animal - namely, a grey squirrel! On a day trip to Oxford, a friend and I were sitting peacefully by a river backwater near the Christchurch Fields, eating our packed lunch, when a squirrel cautiously came down onto the same park bench. It did the "cute squirrel" pose when we noticed it, and we expected it to bound off at once, but no! it lolloped along the bench towards me and looked into my sandwich bag, then leapt onto my chest! I was astonished! I offered it a piece of my apple and it sat there on me eating it, showing no inclination to go away. It stayed several minutes whilst a small crowd gathered, probably thinking this was some TV stunt, before the sound ofa baby buggy'swheels startled it, and it scampered off up a tree. I have to admit that amongst the "Wow!" feelings, I was very aware of its sharp teeth and also the possibility of fleas. However, on the whole I felt privileged, and it certainly made it a trip to remember! |
Reply #161. Oct 05 12, 1:46 AM
The wind is strong
the leaves are falling fast
some flowers still belong
to the summer, who is gone at last
A chestnut may fall on your hair!
Santa is already waiting over there!
Reply #162. Oct 05 12, 2:51 AM
Well, no story today but I just wanted to share that I am not happy. Not happy with my body. I did 5 group fitness classes at my local gym this week (worked my butt off, I did). My stupid body decided to reward me by stacking on 2kg. We can divorce our partners, why not our bodies?!|
*sigh* that's the last time I do that. I'll stick to my usual 2 classes plus a game of netball once a week, methinks :)
Reply #163. Oct 05 12, 2:54 AM
Going to Newport News/Virginia Beach from Richmond, Virginia. On Friday, June 8, 2012 I went to Newport News/Virginia Beach. I'll only tell you about the first day, because that's the most exciting, and a lot of things occurred. I boarded the Amtrak train at 10:00 AM on the morning of June 8th. I arrived in Newport News shortly before noon, where I met a friend at the train station. Then we drove to the Newport News Schnabel, where I met everyone. Let me just give you some explanation I work at a place called Schnabel Engineering in Richmond, Virginia, and I was just visiting the Newport News location. Anyway, getting back to my story, The office manager for the Newport News, and another Admin person took me to lunch at a local place called Red Robin. After a nice relaxing lunch of burgers, and potato skins, we drove back to the office, where my picture was taken in front of the office building. Then the Office manager drove me to the Hampton, Virginia Greyhound where I waited for a bus for Norfolk. After about an hour, the bus finally showed u. Traffic in the Hampton Roads tunnel was very heavy, so it took a good 30 minutes to drive the short distance to Norfolk. Anyway, after I departed the bus, I went to a bus stop, and waited for the Hampton Roads Transit bus, to take me to one of the stops to Norfolk's newest trains called the Tide. Finally, about 15 minutes later, the bus showed up to take me to the train stop. I boarded the little train for Newtown Road, at the edge of Virginia Beach. 8 stops later, I departed the train, and waited for the #20 bus, which is part of the Hampton Roads transit, to take me the rest of the way to the ocean front. That bus literally stopped everywhere, and 2 hours later, I arrived at the ocean front. Unfortunately, I was told, that the place where I was staying is at least another 20 blocks, or so. So I'd have to take yet another HRT bus. However, the driver on the #20 bus said, that I had just missed the bus, so he radioed to get a special van to drive me to my Hotel. Don't worry, we're almost done. By the time, I arrived at my Hotel, it was 8:00 PM So in short, it took me 10 hours to make this trip. But it was fun. Also, I'm totally blind. But But because I had a lot of assistance along the way, the trip went smoothly. |
Reply #164. Oct 05 12, 7:10 AM
My story is really about FT, and it involves the New Question Game, which I really enjoy submitting questions to. Having thought of a question that I was initially hesitant to use, as I thought it was potentially too easy, I was amazed to find that only 43% of players answered it correctly. On the other hand, a question I thought was particularly challenging failed to stump most people, and resulted in 96% answering correctly. You really do have to love the randomness of the world of FT!|
Reply #165. Oct 05 12, 8:13 AM
I love Funtrivia but I have only posted one question so far. I live in a very small community called White Rock, British Columbia and I am very proud of my community. For such a small place we host a very important icon. We have the International Peace Arch which sits on the border of Canada and the United States. It is a beautiful monument that keeps us thinking about the freedoms that both countries share.|
Reply #166. Oct 05 12, 9:38 AM
The above story about the bonding with the grey squirrel reminded me of my trips to London (I just love this city!). I always stayed in one of the Hotels around Russell Square and like so many other squares in the City of London it has a nice little park in the center. When the weather was nice - and I have to say it mostly was, so that I came to believe that the idiomatic terrible weather in England might be nothing more than a cliché - I usually got myself a sandwich or something similar for dinner and sat down on one of the park benches. And it was incredible, rustling everwhere around me were hordes of squirrels, right there in Central London! They were digging up nuts, chasing each other, and playing around without showing any signs of shyness. The squirrels are so used to people there, that they actually demand some treats as soon as you sit down with something even remotely edible in hands. Two just posed maybe 20 centimeters in front of me and looked me right in the eye. Needless to say that from then on I always had something for my furry friends in my pockets whenever I sat down in the park. |
Reply #167. Oct 05 12, 1:55 PM
Just celebrated 10 years cancer clear by putting purple stripes in my hair.... I thought it looked pretty cool but my family just thought I was nuts. Little did they know it was only temporary so I'm back to the plain gray but it was fun while it lasted.|
Reply #168. Oct 05 12, 2:25 PM
CIOCIA, that it wonderful news! Dye your hair whatever colours you want! You more than deserve a 'rebel' streak! Good on you and you're not 'nuts', just being individual!|
Reply #169. Oct 05 12, 3:15 PM
That's wonderful news and a wonderful idea. It's shouting from the rooftops without risking falling off the roof. |
Reply #170. Oct 05 12, 4:43 PM
THE STORY I HAVE TO TELL IS ABOUT HOW PROUD OF MY WIFE I AM.MY WIFE HAD A TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT ON 10/04/12 AND THE NEXT DAY WALK THE HOSPITAL CORRIDOR ONCE IN THE MORNING AND ONCE IN THE AFTERNOON.|
Reply #171. Oct 05 12, 5:05 PM
Early this morning I heard the haunting sound I wait for every fall that signifies the changing of the seasons: the chatter of a flock of migrating Canada geese. I can always hear the unmistakable "hink-a-honk-a-hink-a-honk" of the males and females long before I can spot them--but within seconds the V-formation was flying overhead under the crystal blue sky with at least six dozen birds all heading to the southeast--likely stopping at Folsom Lake. I watched their progress in awe, as a gentle Autumn breeze coaxed a few more leaves off the surrounding trees... |
Reply #172. Oct 05 12, 5:49 PM
I was at the bus stop waiting for my 2 youngest kids to get back from school. On the way home I told them not to step on a crack to avoiding breaking their mothers back. After half a block my daughter of 6 years told me not to step on a crack because it would be more bad if I broke my mothers back. I asked her why. Sarah informed me "Well, she IS quite old."|
Reply #173. Oct 05 12, 8:25 PM
Today is the 50th. anniversary of The Beatles first single " Love Me Do".|
This single rose to #17 in the British Top 40.
It was the birth of the most influential band in music history.Many subsequent singles reached #1 in many countries around the world.
Happy anniversary to The Beatles!
Reply #174. Oct 05 12, 10:38 PM
It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and I'll be driving 345km to spend time with my daughter and family. As I live alone I so enjoy sitting around the table with family and I fondly remember one time when my son-in-law asked me to tell something about how things were when I was a child. My four grandchildren listened intently and I'm thankful for a son-in-law who appreciates the need for his children to learn about my generation.|
Reply #175. Oct 06 12, 1:10 AM
I think Don Mclean got it right with the Beatles and the day the music died. Give me that old time rock and roll anytime !|
Reply #176. Oct 06 12, 1:13 AM
You know the way things that your children say bring a smile to your lips, because of their simplicity or oddity (even if they mean not a damn thing to anyone else who doesn't know them).|
Well my child is this instance is 22 now and has a severe learning disability (... and all sorts of other disabilities). She radiates a beacon of joy wherever she goes.
She woke up yesterday and I asked her, as I always do, if she'd had a nice sleep?
"Yes, it was splendid."
Splendid? SPLENDID? I'd never heard her use that word before. It sounds so posh. I smiled for 10 minutes.
Reply #177. Oct 06 12, 2:47 AM
I met a young woman from an abusive home. I was able to offer her an internship at my company. After 6 months I was invited to see a play she had written and put on by the girls at the hostel where she grew up. The story was clearly based on th combined stories of the girls and was harrowing but also uplifting when you see how far they have come. After 20 months with us Noma is a fully functional member of staff and 75% of the way to gaining a diploma in Payroll administration. There have been bumps in the road but I am so proud of her|
Reply #178. Oct 06 12, 4:11 AM
Okay I work in retail,a bookstore to be more precise. Today is cold and rainy which will bring in all walks of life and levels of intelligence. I will be assisting customers find books all day long. I usually get questions like "I am looking for a book dont know the author but the book is red" Oh yeah sure no problem we only have thousnads of books! Another one is " Where do you keep your fiction?' Hmm well is it teen fiction,historical,christian or standard? People expect me to create miracles and tend to get really upset when I cant come through.|
Reply #179. Oct 06 12, 6:48 AM
I have a brilliant daughter who multi tasks. On a particular day, she was a teenager at that stage, I was battling to sort out a problem on my computer, when in waltzes my said daughter and fixes it. Amazed, as I had tried for hours, I asked her " How did you do that? "|
" Oh," she said over her shoulder, walking out, " You wouldn't understand, you're only FUNCTIONAL grade! "
The joys of motherhood....
Reply #180. Oct 06 12, 8:20 AM
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