“And falling’s just another way to fly.”

I am getting cranky. Being inside all this time is beginning to feel like house arrest. I go out on the deck, but it doesn’t take long for the heat and humidity to chase me back inside. Today, though, I get to go to the dump. I know it will be be hotter than almost anywhere else on Earth, but I don’t care. I would never have expected the dump to be my salvation.

During my life I have observed and learned many new things about me and the world around me, but some of these have raised mostly unanswerable questions.

Cooking show chefs never scrape and always leave things in bowls and pots while I religiously scrape. Are they really that great in eyeing measurements? I don’t dare to add something without using my cup and spoon measures.

Why is it in cleaning one mess, I often inadvertently cause another? How silly it is when cleaning the floor I don’t check above me and end up banging my head on something.

How do I always step on that one slick spot which takes me down? What kind of luck is that? The last time I slipped I did no damage. The time before that I fractured my wrist.

I find when stuck in rush hour traffic that when I change to the fast moving lane it becomes the slow lane.

I always get behind the school bus which stops at every two street corners. I suspect it is not the original route but a bus driver being nice. It drives me and the long trail of cars behind me just as crazy.

I swear I am being watched. Every time I lie down to have a nap the phone rings. The calls are from states like Alabama and Texas.

I always step on the acorn. That sounds cryptic I’m sure, but think of the acorn as symbolic. If there is one thing to step on, I find it. That also includes cat or dog pooh.

Why did that that one goat turn into my motorcycle while it was standing still and I was holding it? Of course, I would get a burn.

Mostly I consider myself lucky, but these small things seem to dog me. Are they preventable? I don’t think so. They are part and parcel of who I am. They are the fabric of  my life.

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14 Comments on ““And falling’s just another way to fly.””

  1. im6 Says:

    Whew! My email came through with notifications of today’s Coffee and I got a sick feeling in my gut when I saw today’s quote and the songs you selected. “Please don’t tell me Kat has taken another tumble!,” I say to myself. I am greatly relieved to discover my fears were unfounded.

    You did forget the fact (yes, a FACT) that if you get out of a slow line at the grocery, you’ll only get into what becomes a slower one. And the one you left has suddenly speeded up and there are now 4 more people in it so you can’t go reclaim your position. Never fails. Never.

    My phone rarely ever rings (I can literally go for days without ever talking to anyone). But if I get in the shower, “riiiiiinnnngggg, riiiiiinnnngggg, riiiiiinnnngggg.” Again, never fails. Never.

    I believe these are what are known as “First World Problems.”

    • katry Says:

      I have been lucky of late: no falls, no broken bones.

      I forgot about the grocery store because it has been a long time since I have been in one. I have my groceries delivered, but you are right about the lines. I inevitably found the slow line with no bagger.

      Luckily, I can’t hear the phone from the shower. It is downstairs and shower is upstairs or I used the one outside. It is when I get to he kitchen that the phone rings and never someone I know.

      Yup, in Ghana I never had these issues.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Like im6 I thought You had fallen again 🙂 🙂

    A few of those things You mention doesn’t apply to me any more since I moved to the outskirts of the world. The school bus barely stops at all, no bus driver is especially kind to the kids here 🙂 🙂 and rush hour just means I’ll meet five more cars and we all hurry home as fast as we can 🙂 🙂

    The dog and cat poop is the same here and I do tend to find that one slippery place, no matter how small it is 🙂 🙂 and if I’m taking a nap I really don’t care if the phone rings, they’ll call again if it is really important 🙂 🙂

    The cool and nice weather (with rain all night) changed to hot and humid today and tomorrow will be nasty warm but after that it will fall down to around 68 again and we might even get rain 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I have been able to stay on my feet lately. Knock on woodQ!

      There are many busses on the road at different times. There are the high school buses, the middle school buses and the elementary school buses so the chances are I’ll run into one.

      Luckily I don’t find any poop much. The cat goes on the puppy pads and Henry goes outside.

      It is nasty out today. I couldn’t wait to get home into the cold air.

      Have a great day!

  3. Bob Says:

    Years ago a friend of mine’s father was the first pilot Delta ever hired. We asked him what the secret is of instrument flying. He replied, “Once you can maneuver the airplane in the clouds there is only three things you have to know. Where you are now, where you are going and what you are going to do when you get there”. Whenever I begin to do anything or go anywhere I start with those three adages. I also consider the risks of along the way such as weather and road conditions. I’m less likely to fall, trip or make a mistake. 🙂

    Before I drive anywhere I check Apple Maps to look for traffic jams and plan a different route. My phone is plugged in and Maps is monitoring my route while I drive. I never get behind a bus of any type and avoid all trucks. Unfortunately, wrong lane or line syndrome is just unavoidable. Just always leave plenty of time to arrive early and just stay in one lane. 🙂

    I never answer my iPhone unless it’s a number I recognize. If it’s important they will leave a voice mail. I always walk with my head down looking for areas of danger to slip or trip. It also helps me walk faster by reducing wind resistance. 🙂

    I will never ride a motorcycle because the rider is protecting the bike from injury. At least in a car you have crush zones and airbags to absorb impact. You are the only person that I ever heard of being hurt by a goat colliding with you on a stationary motorcycle.

    It’s another August day in North Texas. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      I stepped outside on the deck. I knew the answers to all three questions. What I didn’t know was there was a layer of ice. On the deck, it was slick from the rain. I had walked all over with no problems then stepped down and slid on the wet boards. It was happenstance that I fell.

      Down here there are single routes going where I need to go so I haven’t much choice. Going to Boston there are three routes. One is through towns and takes forever. The other is Route 128 and it does a circle. The third is the well traveled route. I know when to move from one lane to the other so I tend to go faster through the city.

      Walking with head down means you don’t see what is in front of you.

      It was a red of goats crossing the road on Ghana. I stopped to let them pass. One took it upon himself to change direction. I was in that new direction and didn’t expect him so I dropped my bike.

      It is really hot here too.

      • Bob Says:

        I do look up every few steps to keep me on course. I get a big kick out of watching people looking at their smart phones while walking everywhere. I don’t do that. Now I understand your driving situation and I got a good chuckle from your story of the goat. BTW what’s a red? I assume it’s another name for a heard.

      • katry Says:

        Oops, that should be herd, not red. I guess I didn’t notice the misspelling.

  4. Rowen Says:

    Funny how we each seem to have a specific pattern.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m glad this was simply an overview of past experiences and possible future trends (?) and not an announcement of current conditions. 🙂
    I would say yes to most of those things having happened to me on a regular basis though the Existential Acorn is not common. Instead, I have the little dog that silently and undetectably glues himself to my ankle. A sweeping leg movement is required before any decision to walk somewhere.

    It was hotter than midday on Mercury here yesterday. Rocky was bored and asked to go outside every hour. He just wanted to curl up in his patch of sun-soaked dead grass and observe the action on the street. He couldn’t stay out there alone and I wasn’t staying out there with him so he was not a happy dog yesterday. Piki Dog didn’t care where he was as long as there might be food. Attitudes have improved today. It’s a tad cooler and not at all sunny.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Yup, I have safe safe for a bit, but with me, an accident is always in the future.

      I understand the dog glued to you. Walking becomes a dangerous enterprise. I have a coat who believes it is necessary to walk in front of me. It drives me crazy.

      It is a tad cooler, but it is still too hot for outside. I tried to stay on the deck for a bit, but it was too much. Henry loves staying inside, in the cool. He goes out, and I swear he pees on the run to get back inside.

      The sun is in handout. Right now it is sunny but 5 minutes ago it was dark.

      Have a great evening!! Stayed cool!

  6. sprite Says:

    I thought of you last night, Kat, when we went to a concert performed by Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti, who treated us to an unforgettable night of African and Talking Heads music and dancing. Angelique said she was delighted by the weather because it was finally humid enough to remind her of her homeland.

    • katry Says:

      I know exactly what she means. I sweated all the time in the rainy season, the humid season. It was just the way of life!!

      I envy you a whole concert of African music!!

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