“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

Today is glorious. It is the definition of a summer day. The air is dry, the sun warm and there is a bit of a breeze ruffling the leaves so they glint in the sun. It is a day to be outside.

Today my grandniece was born, Georgina Kay Smith, 7 pounds-9 ounces and 19 inches long. The first picture arrived shortly after her birth. She still had flat ears and a squashed face as new babies do. Both Georgina and her mother are fine. My sister, the grandmother, called from the hospital and was thrilled. We all are. Now we wait one more week for the next baby, Jackson, who will be born on August 1st. He will be my niece’s second child. Georgina has an older brother, Ryder, who is eight. It is amazing that in one week the number of grand babies will have doubled.

The cool weather has put me in a peculiar mood. On hot days I have no ambition, but today I want an adventure of sorts. Maybe I just want to be ten again when the whole world was mine to explore. There was the zoo, the  farm, the horses in the field, the ripe blueberries, the swamp, the pool and the pond with the raft, the Huckleberry Finn raft. All we had to do was pick one or two or as many as we could fit into a single day.

When I travel, I still love adventure. I take in everything. My memory drawers fill. I wake up early and roam the streets. I buy coffee and fresh bread still warm from the oven, find a place to sit and eat and watch the morning unfold. Each new place is different but each morning seems somehow familiar. I watch people rush to work while others amble and take their time. I prefer the latter. During the day I sometimes have places to see while other times I just wander and hope to chance upon the unexpected. I eat when I am hungry usually at a place where I can sit outside. At night there are lanterns and muted light. Sometimes I eat in a restaurant while other times I buy food to take with me as I walk. People sit outside. I hear a babble of voices in a language I don’t usually understand. At open store doors, merchants beckon me to shop, but I just smile and shake my head. I am on an adventure.

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14 Comments on ““Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Welcome Georgina! – Congratulations to the family!
    Just wondering, does a nice “Georgina” song exists? (No Georgina song in my files or brain.) This girl needs a lovely song.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit.

      I don’t have any in my files either. The girl does need a song. Jackson, who will arrive on August 1st, has songs like Hit the Road, Jack.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    So that’s what woke me from my nap. 😀

    It’s very frustrating when you’ve told several people in a row what your problem is and they still make you do all the things you have already tried. It’s even worse when the call gets dropped in the middle of everything.
    I recall having a complete and total screaming break down after the 5th repetition of the issue only to be told that I needed to join their special tier for many dollars a month and that would fix everything. No matter how good that CSA’s English may have been, I’m pretty sure she hadn’t heard a number of the words I used. 🙂

    It’s cool and sunny here today. The dogs and I had two early walks and did a couple of errands. Then we had a nap. Not very adventurous.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Yup, sorry. It was me turning the air blue.

      You just described perfectly all that happened to me. I wanted to scream, but wait, I did scream!

      Their answer was it was not their problem, and they were right. It was my Linksys router all the while. What I hate is they keep referring me to people with papers in front of them telling them what to say or do. I never do get a technician.

      I ended up having a nap after all those frustrations. I didn’t even get my errands done so I have to go out early tomorrow.

      Have a great evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        If they offer to send you to a second tier technician, decline, politely or otherwise. Second tier technician is just a shill for the monthly maintenance plan.
        My problem was their problem and they had to send someone out to replace all the things.
        When my router died, I could tell that was the issue right away. No need to hear a script. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        They didn’t try. I was even given the phone line direct to technical. My router was active and wifi was on so I was perplexed. I thought maybe then it must be the modem. It wasn’t. I reset the router a couple of time, and the second time did the trick.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Very hot today but I have enjoyed it because of the low humidity. I went to the super market tro see if they had any fans left and they just laughed 🙂 There’s not a single fan left in the county or the county next door 🙂 IOt will turn towards cooler tomorrow evening so I’ll survive.

    Yes on travels one wants adventure! Renting a car, driving somewhere and hoping one will find the way back to the hotel 🙂 Early breakfasts so one can see when they open up those small stores that only seems to exist in other countries now days, see how they sweep the pavement and quite often wash it too.

    Have a great day and congratulations to the new grandniece 🙂
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We had the same low humidity but not the heat. The no fans left was like several years ago when we had a massive heat wave and there wasn’t an air-conditioner or fan to be had anywhere. I just suffered through it. I survived.

      It is true about sweeping and washing the pavement. I do like the morning world and getting to know a country when everyone else is asleep.

      Thank you on the new grandniece.

      Have a great evening!

  4. im6 Says:

    Oh, but I LOVE talking to customer reps and technicians. They are always so helpful. And there’s never a language or accent barrier. I think it’s dandy that companies have overcome such problems and have learned to provide such excellent service.

    Oops, sorry… I must have been dreaming…

    With that bit of sarcasm out of my system, let me just add that I’m always annoyed with having to give my name and address and account number and nature of the problem to every single person I talk to — even though they are the ones who transfer me to someone else. Don’t these people take digital notes? Isn’t there some way for them to just look up my records and see that I’ve already been discussing an issue with their fellow workers? This, of course, all happens after I’ve already keyed in my account number in order to talk to the a real live human being to begin with (regardless of their location on the globe or their supposed “skills”).

    I had to laugh at your description of getting “cut off.” Why, yes, I’m sure that’s what happened. It was just an unfortunate accident — a technical glitch. It couldn’t have possibly been accidentally on purpose, could it? Can’t you just see phone banks full of people all with their fingers poised on their disconnect buttons?! Accidents happen.

    Enjoy the cool weather while I contemplate how on earth I’m ever going to be able to afford to pay my electric bill. Down here, cool comes at quite a price!

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      They’d send me off to a person with the same minimal skills in solving problems. I was a raving maniac by the time I finally got a tech person who didn’t tell me to reset my modem. I think he was going to, and I cut him short.

      I am just glad I solved the problem as my next thought was to sit in the car with Gracie at the library parking lot to use their wifi.

      It was lovely all day long today. We are having a cooler summer than usually for which I complain then I complain in the humidity. Today is just perfect.

  5. flyboybob Says:

    Congratulations on the birth of your grandniece! Waiting for the cable guy or another repairman is almost as bad as dealing with a phone center employee. Thank goodness that the smart companies are hiring people here in the US. I hated speaking to a person from south Asia who was pretending to be an American. It’s one of the many reasons that I buy Apple products, their call center is located in Austin Texas.

    I always travel internationally by myself because I am traveling on business. My wife hates riding on an airplane for more than three hours. That pretty much limits us to Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada. I try to spend a day exploring the place by walking around and taking in the sights.

    I’m off to Toronto again on Sunday and I’m looking forward to a break from the upper 90s.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Bob

      I had to deal with the Comcast phone people who only worked from a script. If I was told one more time to reset my modem,
      I would have screamed. They seem to hide their techs from regular people.

      The flights to Ghana take over 11 hours so not liking to fly would be really limiting to me. I’d probably take a tranquilizer and hope to sleep the flight away. There is really a lot to see within three hours of you so in that way you’re lucky.

      I like to explore in the same way, just walking and seeing what I find.

      Have a good trip.

      • Caryn Says:

        Actually, they do hide their tech people from the world. I have two neighbors who work for them. One is a manager. I told him of my marathon session with customer service and he gave me a direct number. He was not happy because they want to send all CS operations overseas.
        It’s worse when you have a Mac because they just don’t know anything about them.

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        I got the direct tech number from a woman after she heard me vent. I figure she thought it best to save Comcast from my rage.

        So I get the people who haven’t the foggiest idea what to do and top it with a MAC. My prospects are not good!


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