silliness

“I’m getting in the plane… let the daredevils get ON!”

I had a silly thought as I was walking Arran today. Arran, by the way, is feeling pretty good this morning. He actually came to me while I was practicing guitar and asked for a walk. No, it wasn’t because my guitar playing still sucks… I was working on “Mary Had a Little Lamb” today. Yes, I need more practice, but it was actually recognizable, even if it’s not quite in the key Stevie Ray Vaughan did it.

Anyway, when I walk Arran, I typically clear my head. Sometimes I have thoughts that are serious. Sometimes, my thoughts are decidedly silly. Today, was a silly day. I was thinking about an old George Carlin routine in which he tackles idiosyncrasies of the English language. He was talking about people saying things like “I’m getting ON the plane.”

We all know what it means to get ON the plane. But George, who was so clever when it came to language, said, “Fuck you! I’m getting IN the plane. Let the daredevils get ON!”

Not quite the same routine, but he mentions getting “ON” the plane, rather than “IN”.

Yes… a silly thought indeed. I’m not sure why it crept into my head as I was enjoying the cooler temperatures that always seem to appear in Germany at this time of year, as if by magic. In fact, I remember thirteen years ago, Bill and I lived in Virginia and were preparing to move to Germany the first time. One of my friends, an experienced fellow Army wife, said to me, “Better be sure you bring a jacket.” Sure enough, she was right. I wasn’t in Germany a week that first time before I was buying the jacket I neglected to have available.

My friend, whose husband is now a general, has never lived in Germany. I think, thanks to what her husband does, she’s spent most of his career in Virginia. But she’s known enough people who have moved to Germany to know that September in Germany is NOT like September in Virginia. Even if it’s blazing hot in August in Germany, somehow September always seems to usher in refreshing temperatures, glorious late summer days, and some rain. We had a lot of rain yesterday, and Arran still seemed a little “off”, so we stayed in and I watched old episodes of The Brady Bunch. Watching that show always seems to comfort me, somehow.

I happened to catch an episode called “The Private Ear”. In the opening scene, the character Jan Brady, played by Eve Plumb, is in her bedroom, wearing a very short dress. As she does a scene with sister Marcia (Maureen McCormick), she sits on the bed, almost hiking up that super short dress more than it already was. For the first time ever, even though I’ve seen that show repeatedly since about 1978, I noticed that I could plainly see Eve Plumb’s underwear.

Jeez… everybody was always so dressed up on The Brady Bunch. They dressed up for EVERYTHING. Nowadays, I mostly wear my nightgown when I’m not walking the dog or otherwise out in public. Anyway, I see London, I see France, Jan…

I think maybe Arran was picking up on our sadness yesterday, as we were missing Zane. He probably also picked up on the anxiety that comes from realizing that Arran is also mortal and we will someday lose him, too. Today, he’s acting like his old self.

One thing I did notice today on my walk is that I was thinking of music and silly things. I was actually in a pretty good mood. I think it helped that today’s guitar session was relatively productive. I still suck at guitar, but I suck a lot less than I did a couple of months ago. I’m beginning to think I’ll eventually get the hang of playing and maybe even sound good someday.

And I also had a good singing day yesterday… I may have another one today, since Bill went in to work. He’ll work from home tomorrow, since Arran is going to go to the vet to get some shots and have his back checked out. He seems perfectly normal today, but we want to make sure no trouble is brewing. Besides, he’s due for a checkup…

Speaking of checkups, I’m due for one, too. I definitely could use a medical checkup, since I haven’t seen a doctor since 2010. But I need a dental cleaning, too. It’s been too long. Maybe we should find a Wiesbaden dentist. COVID-19 has made travel so much more complicated. It’s not so easy to pop down to Stuttgart to see our dentist there.

This post is really about a lot of nothing. Sorry about that. I’m still working on reading my latest book and hope to finish it soon, so I can at least post a fresh book review instead of a repost. But at least I’m in a pretty good mood for once. I gotta grab for the stars when I can, right?

I’m really not always cranky. It just seems that way most of the time.

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Welcome

Back from Scotland!

I’m going to be pretty busy writing up our latest trip, but I wanted to stop in and leave a post for the faithful who have been dropping by every day looking for new stuff. On one hand, I’ve really been itching to do some writing. I usually write every day. It’s as much of a habit for me as my morning dumps are. Sorry to be crass, but if you think about it, it’s kind of the same thing. My blog is where my brain takes a dump.

On the other hand, it’s also been nice to relax… take a break from venting my spleen. The last year or so has been pretty stressful. Some of my personal stress has come from my writing. There are some people out there who apparently can’t stand that I express my opinions, and they lack both the discipline to voluntarily stay off of my space, and basic respect for my privacy. So it’s been good to sort of “starve” those folks who are just here to harass me and mine for information, even as I do know there are a few people who genuinely enjoy what I do and look forward to reading fresh content.

Scotland was great for clearing my head. We met some wonderful people, saw beautiful scenery, and restored our faith in humanity somewhat. It was probably one of our best vacations yet, which is good, because it was also one of our most expensive. Over the next few days, I will be writing about our eleven days away in one of my favorite places. Our trip was about 98% amazing, which means that my content will probably be uncharacteristically positive. That’s a switch!

I look forward to having Zane and Arran home tonight. I’ve missed my dogs a lot, especially after reading the tragic stories about people who have suddenly lost their pets to blue-green algae poisoning. That’s not a risk for us here in Germany, but my heart does go out to those loving dog owners who have suddenly lost their best friends. Makes me want to hug my boys!

Anyone who wants to follow along can check out the travel blog. When I’ve finished the first post, I’ll link it in this one, since I moved the travel blog last month. Or, you can just check the Facebook page, which for now, is still open for business. Well, I have a lot to do, so I’m going to get to work. Maybe later, if something comes up that begs for a venting, I’ll be back…

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