“What do you think, Dad?”

 

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Two figures sitting,

Always in conversation;

Not a word spoken.

 

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Early this evening I drove to the library to return some items that had come due.

This time I arrived when it was closed and no one was around.

So, after dropping my two items into the RETURN slot, I could take a little extra time to have a closer look at this particular sculpture located to the right of the entrance door.

It was put there a few years ago.

I have walked past these two people numerous times when picking up or dropping off borrowed items….sitting on that bench….in all kinds of weather, too.  Sunshine, rain, and snow.

And those two figures never look deterred from their conversation on that bench.

It’s an ongoing discussion.

About what, I wonder?

 

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NOTE:  I fiddled with the camera a bit on features to enhance lighting; here’s another view with their faces lit up more so their expressions are clearer.

Now they appear a bit more life-like than statue.

Still intriguing.

 

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Six Word Story #15

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Imagine driving this dazzling shimmery car!

 

What would it be like?

The car itself would be fun to drive.  And the colourful effect is occurring under flourescent lighting.  Would it be the same outside in the sun?  And what about on overcast, cloudy days?  Would it just look like a plain silvery car?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to those questions, so my imagination will always be wondering…..

Unique additions to an underground garage

Having a long overdue trip to Germany – filled with visits with my cousins and uncles, as well as enjoying some sightseeing excursions.

This time the explorations have been in the northern part of the Black Forest area and a couple of places in Bavaria…..all of which I hadn’t seen before during previous family visits.

Now generally, the underground garages in Canada are fairly well laid out in that parking spots have designated numbers and letters, and then there are the entrances and exits with either ramps, stairs, and elevators.  Nothing that stands out.

Today I saw these two unique features of an underground garage located in the town of Füssen, Bavaria, namely…..

 

a)  A cordoned off area for people’s bicycles, which seems quite useful for certain situations.

 

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……and then…..

 

b)  a designated “Frauenparkplatz” ie. a woman’s parking spot – there were close to 10 of them in this underground garage.

 

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And I wondered…..

WHY would women need these designated areas??

I can already imagine the comments from the peanut gallery…..haha!

 

 

 

 

 

The Guinness Mystery!

Okay, so it isn’t a true mystery in the sense of a whodunit.

But it does involve beer – yay! – and I did have to do a bit of sleuthing.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try a new recipe from my cooking classes.  I had a hunch my lads would enjoy Potato Cheddar Guinness Soup.  There’s just something enticingly tasty about cheese and beer together, right?

The only ingredient I didn’t have was the Guinness beer, and so I stopped by the local beer store to find some.  I used their computer system to search for it, and when the attendant brought me the two over-sized cans, they looked like regular, aluminum beer cans.  Kinda snazzy with black background and gold lettering.

And when I opened up the one can – keeping the other for a future soup-making session – I poured all the contents into the soup…..and oh!  What a wonderful aroma coming from the soup pot!

It was THEN…..as I turned the can back over to its upright position in order to put it off to the side, that I heard a dull clink sound inside the can.  How bizarre!  But I had to stay focused on finishing the soup and then cutting up the fresh baked bread to be served to my family.

Later on while doing the dishes, I again turned my attention to the can with the curious noise.  I turned the can upside down again, then shook it around, then tried peering into the small opening made with the snap opener…..but couldn’t really see the object inside the can that was making the fun little clink tones.

I asked my lads if they knew if this was a normal thing to find in a can of Guinness?  And yes, apparently, there is a tradition of some round bauble thing inside the can.

To make the beer taste better, they said.

Really?

Hmm……interesting!

By now some of you would have said, why don’t you just google it!  That seems to be the catch phrase these days.  I’m old school.  I will try other things first…..and then go, oh yeah, I can google it.

So, I got out my trusty “hand-powered” can opener and cut around the top part of the can to finally discover the bauble surprise inside.

Isn’t it cute?!?!

 

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Akin to a ping pong ball in lightness and looks – doesn’t bounce like one, though.  It just lands hard on the floor with a loud “blunk!’

 

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And after that bit of exploration and experimentation, I looked up what google had to say:

(written by Julia Calderone for the Business Insider, Sept. 25, 2015)

“…That little gadget is called a “widget,” and you should be thankful for it. It’s making your beer taste like it was just poured fresh from the tap.

A widget is a hollow, spherical piece of plastic with a tiny hole in it — it looks like a little ping pong ball.

During the canning process, brewers add pressurized nitrogen to the brew, which trickles into the hole along with a little bit of beer. The entire can is then pressurized.

When you open the can, the pressure inside the can drops to equalize with the pressure in the room. Since the pressure inside the widget is still much higher than the pressure in the beer around it, the nitrogenated beer from inside the widget squirts into the beer — providing a burst of tiny bubbles of nitrogen gas that rise to the top of beer, giving it a thick, creamy head you’d get straight from the tap.

Guinness brewers first patented the idea of the widget in 1969….”

 

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Mystery solved!   😀

 

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Fun License Plates #2

Continuing on with some more fun and creative license plate words and names that I have discovered in the past two weeks….

 

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So…..it’s either Joy’s Mazda…..or Joyce’s Mazda?  Either way, it’s definitely her toy!  😀

 

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Again, some options are:  someone who enjoys putting a religious touch to things…..OR…..it’s someone’s favourite song?

 

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Well, and here,…..Fawn has a pretty spiffy looking Nissan!  😀

Okay, now three more added to my new and burgeoning collection.

 

 

 

 

Fun License Plates #1

The silly ideas one gets whilst standing behind a car and one’s gaze drops to that car’s license plate…..because it ISN’T just a random selection of letters and numbers but sometimes inventive, creative, or just funny words!  😀  They are personalized expressions of these car owners and meaningful to them in a myriad of ways.

Here are three that I have spied just in the past month….all in Ottawa.

I suppose this might be the beginning of a new photo collection?

 

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Aieee Caramba?

 

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This one has me intrigued.  Is it a business?  Or someone likes catlids….as opposed to doglids.  Who knew they had lids?  Eyelids, maybe?  What other lids could they be?

 

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Some cool dude, right?

 

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The Apparition

I had a spook visit me along Wolf Grove Road just after midnight, when I was driving back home.

It was white and had four long legs. Going at a slow trot in the same direction as I was headed – westerly – but happily, it was on the left side ie. the oncoming lane….and no other cars around.

I only noticed it when I was almost upon it. In my head….”Shit! There’s a deer on the road!” Hoping it wouldn’t get startled and then run in front of me.

Nope. It maintained its cool. A beautiful buck with a good sized antler crown. As soon as I realized what it was – only looked white in my headlights – I stopped and waited to see where it was. I opened my car window. Hard to see behind me. I finally noticed its form turn onto my side of the road and go a bit further.

All silent.

I carried on….and hoped that the buck would have disappeared by the time the car behind me reached that spot. Kept looking in my rear view mirror, and that car eventually reached the spot and kept right on going without incident, so the deer probably took off into the woods there.

Wow. What an interesting encounter.