Humbled by Humboldt

No automatic alt text available.

I can barely watch the news over this tragic tragedy.   Who knows why it happened and why all those lives were lost or forever altered?   It is so very very sad.   There are no words.   I just hope and pray that those people can pick up the pieces and try to live on somehow.  My heart just goes out to all those families and the entire hockey community.

It is so humbling to watch the outpouring of support and the strength that many of these people will need to pull on.    Sending all my prayers and positive energy over to them.

There is so much sadness, stress and illness in this world.  We need to acknowledge this but somehow focus on more lighthearted and happier things which will bring us strength and resiliency.

I read a couple of stories that I really liked and thought I would share…

A mother was seeing her 8 year-old son off to school one morning. She walked him to the bus stop where they waited patiently; the bus came and her son got on the school bus. The mother proceeded to go home so she could get ready to go to work. About 15 minutes later the doorbell rang and it was her son at the front door. She was shocked to see him since she just got him on the school bus, then she noticed the school bus with its door open, in front of her house. The mother asked her son, “What are you doing back home?” Her 8 year-old son said, “I’m quitting school, it’s too hard, it’s too boring, and it’s too long.” The mother looked at him and said, “That’s life, now get back on the bus.”

Lesson: Experiences of life touch all no matter how young or how old.

One day two frogs were hopping in and out of a watering hole and accidentally hopped in an extremely deep hole. They tried to leap out, but to no avail had no success, so they began to yell and croak until other frogs heard them and came to help. The other frogs looked over into the hole and said the hole was too deep for them to help, but both frogs kept leaping up the sides of the hole. The other frogs, leaning over the hole and waving their front legs, began to yell to the frogs to just give up and die and that there was no hope of them getting out of the hole, but both frogs kept leaping and trying to get out of the hole. They leaped for hours and one of the frogs just gave up he was so exhausted and died. The other frog in the hole kept leaping, but the other frogs, leaning over the hole, kept yelling and waving their front legs for him to stop and give up, but the frog kept leaping trying to get out of the hole. Finally the frog leaped so high that he was able to leap to the top of the hole and used his back legs to push himself up out of the hole. The other frogs said even though we told you to give up that there was no hope of you getting out of the hole you kept leaping. The frog that got out of the hole thanked the other frogs for egging him on – the other frogs didn’t know that this frog was deaf.

Lesson: Sometimes you have to turn a “deaf ear” to what others tell you is impossible.

Anyway, sometimes things happen but you just have to push on.

If you read my last post, I was dealing with my broken dishwasher.  A little distraction from the grander things that hit us all day long.    So, I had to spend some time on the phone with a couple of call centre support agents.  That was an hour of my life that I will never get back.  Needless to say, they need more training.  I wish the one girl I spoke to could speak fluent English.   Nope!

Fortunately, I had the foresight to purchase warranty for the appliance.   Late Friday, I was told they deemed the appliance not repairable.  A tragedy of a lesser kind!  They said they would refund me the original purchase price amount.   The only caveat was I had to stick with the same brand.  It was my first experience with a Bosch appliance other than my Tassimo.   Our dishwasher was less than 3 years old!   I find appliances don’t last like the old days unless I just luckily bought a lemon!  Not impressed with the dishwasher at all.   My Tassimo is still running!  I have had that for more than 3 years probably closer to 5 or  more.

Mike and I ended up going out on Sunday to purchase our replacement Bosch dishwasher.    Sure as shxt, the price of Bosch dishwashers have gone up significantly!   So I am out of pocket!  I wish they would give you the value to replace the appliance so I wouldn’t be impacted.   I would have expected Bosch to provide some cash incentive towards the appliance particularly because we have certainly lost confidence in their brand.  At least, the warranty company will pay for removal of the old dishwasher & installation of the new.    So now I wait.   I am waiting for the delivery date for this new dishwasher which I am told will be sometime this week.   I will believe it when I see it.    I just want it to be delivered and installed before my next chemo treatment.  I am not sure of what to expect with Chemo Round 3.    I know I have been up and down with Round 2 and a dishwasher will be handy when you have no energy.    I want my other dishwasher, Brand name Mike, to take a break!  Now that is a reliable and consistent dishwasher brand!

Symptoms have been varied this round!  I have a perpetual red glow in my cheeks.  I think it is a reaction to the chemo drugs.  I occasionally get a low grade fever but nothing to warrant hospitalization.   I don’t feel like doing much these days, so just laying low and getting ready for next round next week.

I want to end this blog with some quotes that hopefully will make you smile!

  • I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it.
    ― Charles Schulz
  • Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.
    ― Jerry Seinfeld
  • By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
    ― Socrates
  • Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
    ― Anonymous
Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply