“The brain may die, but my compulsion for useless trivia lives on.”

3 days and counting!

The perfect weather continues. It is as if Mother Nature is apologizing for all that heat in August. The days are warm and the nights cool, even cold. If I were given the power to control the weather, I would first make it rain then I would create days just like today.

All over my table are sticky notes. Some are related to my trip like a list of passwords and a  list of things to pack I might not remember like the travel toilet paper, an essential in Ghana, another is new TV programs I want to DVR while I’m gone. The list of stuff I need at Stop and Shop keeps getting bigger. Today I added a small notepad and AA batteries.

Yesterday I set a new record at Agway. I bought everything the cats and Gracie need while I’m gone. I spent $223.00. A brass band accompanied me to the car. The band major twirled his baton as I filled the trunk. Most of the stuff is still there. Leandro, one-half of my cleaning couple, is coming today with his mother Lu, my pet and house sitter. Lee is always quite happy to bring the heavy stuff into the house. I, however, had to drag the heavy dry dog food, a can of dog food, three cans of cat food and a bag of treats into the house this morning. My back is moaning quite loudly.

The street is quiet this morning for a Saturday. I wonder where all the kids are.

Learning new things is fun for me. I have this weird memory which holds on to facts and information seldom needed. That makes me good at trivia. Once I was quite able to remember Ernie the Keebler Elf and Thimble Theater, where  Popeye first appeared. My team accepted Ernie but not Popeye. I forget which character they chose, but they were wrong. Coming up with Popeye is what I mean by a weird memory.

My sister is getting tired of me talking about Ghana. She doesn’t get it, how important the country is to me. I have all these memories rushing to the front from the back drawers of my memory cabinet. I’m almost gushing.

Well, according to my list, I have much to do. I need to be off and loping, not running-I am passed that.

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11 Comments on ““The brain may die, but my compulsion for useless trivia lives on.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Cooler here too and the night was pretty chilly, almost down to 32F and very foggy just like I like it. No rain in the predictions for the coming week, nature might need it but that means I won’t have to mow the lawn so I’m quite happy 🙂

    It can be a problem talking with people about a place they’ve never visit 🙂

    I like to go to new places but never really liked the travel to get there. I would love if they could invent teleportation for humans very soon, if they did I could go places and skip that travelling part 🙂 So far I think they’ve managed to teleport a single electron so they still have some work before it is safe for humans 🙂

    I too have my head full of more or less useless facts 🙂 but I can often the answers in shows like Jeopardy 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Supposedly a rainstorm on Monday with lots of rain. I’ll believe it if I get wet.

      I was just expecting she’d be thrilled for me and realize I was just so excited to be going back. I didn’t mean to bore her.

      I’m with you in wanting teleportation but until then I just have to travel by plane. Going first class to Ghana is a necessity as it takes 10+ hours to get there. I get a bed and can sleep.

      I too can give answers in Jeopardy. I like that program.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Useless trivia: Space Patrol Orion, our own “Star Trek” is 50 today. In retrospective it’s funny and the set decoration is quite creative due to a low budget. I think you would like it but I doubt that it was officially translated though I found an english trailer for the 2003 remix movie:
    4 more days until take-off to Ghana if you could use this faster-than-light spaceship. Happy packing and please don’t forget your camera. Crocs or not, we’re curious 🙂

    • katry Says:

      I do like it-perfectly cheesy! Their female stars are beautiful as befitting astronauts! Star Trek also celebrated 50 years this year. The TV was filled with movies and Trek TV shows. The originally was also a bit cheesy.

      It’s three days! My flight leaves on Tuesday from New York at 5. I have to get the bus to Logan at 7 AM.

      I most assuredly will take pictures!!

  3. Pat Cogan Sullivan Says:

    Kathy I hope you have a safe and wonderful trip. I’d love to meet for lunch when you get back. Pat Cogan

    • katry Says:

      Thank, Pat!

      I’m really so excited to go again to Ghana. This time my best friends from peace Corps are my traveling companions.

      I’m looking forward to our lunch.

  4. Bob Says:

    You seem to be getting everything arraigned for your trip. I can understand your love for Ghana because it was the place where you came of age. You are fortunate to still have friends there and also fellow Peace Corps members.

    Hopefully you will have opportunities to post to Coffee and keep us informed of your travels. Possibly internet availability will be more prevalent than on your last visit.

    Where are you changing planes? I doubt there are direct flights to Ghana and the U.S.

    Each of us has selective memory as well as selective perception. Who knows why we remember some things and not others. Trivia must be important to you.

    • katry Says:

      I get to see several of my former students while I am there. I am in touch with four returned volunteers with whom I served. Bill and Peg, my traveling companions, moved to my school our second year. That was great.

      We tried to find a place to stay which advertised wifi, but that is no guarantee. The last time I was there the hotel claimed wifi but didn’t have it. There are two internet cafes but only one has air conditioning.

      I am changing planes at Kennedy and then fly to Ghana, no stops. There used to be two US carriers flying directly to Ghana, United and Delta. Now there is only Delta. Another option would have been to take a European carrier to their home base and then go to Ghana from there.

      I can’t think trivia is all that important. It is just I read something and the information sticks.

      • Bob Says:

        How many hours does the trip take? Although I have flown on British Airways, Emirates and Cathay Pacific I still prefer to fly on U.S. air carriers. When are you returning?

      • katry Says:

        I fly to Kennedy then it is 10 3/4 hours to Accra, the capital of Ghana.

        I come home on the 7th of October.

        My flights are based mostly on costs. If another carrier is cheaper, I’ll take it.

  5. Coleen Says:

    I feel your excitement every day…this is gonna be fun!

    I was taught that if you forget to bring something, you can grab it somewhere else. Obviously that tip does not apply to an international trip!

    Gee, soon when I wave, I’ll be waving goodbye!

    Waving (again),


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