Today in Inversneckie - Troubles afoot!
Well today I seem to have what I believe the Germans call a ‘worm’ in my ear, or they call it something like that. It is the repetition of a tune. My worm is saying or singing:
“Oh I love to climb a mountain, And to reach the highest peak. But it doesn’t thrill me half as much as dancing cheek to cheek. Heaven! I’m in heaven, And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak. And I seem to find the happiness I seek. When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek."
Shades of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. God knows who I think I’m dancing with but I keep on singing along to it. What a sad ass I am.
Why I should be so happy I do not know because I have had a few bad experiences this week. Worst was in the hateful Inverness main post office. There I arrived at 3.25pm on Friday with a small parcel to post. A queue of about 20 people snaked in a double line around the room. There were seven (of the nine) stations with numbered lights above them and voices which called you forth when they were free. So I waited although I am not good at standing for long periods. It won’t be long I thought. After a few minutes five clerks or clerkesses had left their positions never to return. So two people were left to service the queue. One of the windows was staffed by a female who was attending to travel money. So that left one woman for the rest of us. The upshot was that 30 minutes later I along with about two dozen others, from young mothers with toddlers to age 86 were still queuing like sedated Martians awaiting the favour of the authorities.
After at least sixty years of using Scottish post-offices in many different towns, this is the worst service I have ever had. Are we becoming a third-world country? I will write to the manager, as I told the woman who eventually appeared, still chewing her afternoon biscuits while she deigned to serve me.
I read an article in the Mensa Magazine, actually it was a letter to the paper replying to a piece about how we desire to have children to reproduce our genes. The old “Selfish Gene” story. This person’s idea was that this was untrue because the off-spring of a male and a female in turn passes on only half the genes of each parent and that in new combinations. So this person maintained that this process allows for the evolving improvement of humanity to changing conditions on earth. EVOLUTION, not the “will” of the genes is the driving force, he said. Deep stuff! Also the thought was expressed that those who decided not to have children were taking an intellectual decision, and were right and intelligent to do so. Well, now you know!
My thoughts turned to the old U-tube “Same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie” to be found on Google under “Dinner for one – youTube”. It is VERY funny if you are in the mood for it. Especially if you are having a cocktail or two. (It’s shown on television in Germany and Austria as a ritual every New Year). Me, I am off to have my roast carrot soup and smoked haddock and mashed potatoes. Must keep the old vitamins and calories going!
Good luck to all the runners in the 10k run around Inverness tomorrow (Sunday) morning. If you see two oldies supporting each other in Dores Road, who have come out to wave to you, then you know that is the well-fortified M&G worthies from Lochardil. Cheers! And as they say in Glasgow - Go on Yourselves – or more likely: Gaun yersells!!