Truthful Tuesday: DIY? No Way!

A simple question from Di this week:

Are you a keen DIY-er or do you prefer to get the professionals in?

I unfortunately inherited my father’s skill (or, rather, lack thereof) for the use of tools. Dad didn’t know which end of a screwdriver to use, and I’m the same way.

That’s not entirely true: I am actually not bad when it comes to old-fashioned desktop computers. I installed a couple of hard drives, a modem or two, and a new CPU in one old computer I had, and helped a friend fix a problem she ran into when she called Gateway, who managed to FUBAR her modem. Funny thing was, while I was fixing the problem, her father, who was probably the handiest individual I ever met, came down to watch and was flabberghasted at what I knew how to do and the ease with which I fixed it.

All the computers I deal with these days are of the "no user-repairable parts" type, maning I have to ship everything to one of several repair shops (of which Apple is just one) to get it fixed.

As for everything else, I end up paying a pro to fix it. Number one, I’m handicapped, and number two, even when I was fully functioning, I was pretty much useless when it came to just about anything involving tools.

We need a few things done here (remodel both bathrooms and the kitchen), and there’s no way I would even attempt it. I will be glad to pay whatever money it will cost to have them done.

Tally-ho and away we go!
See you next week with a brand new show!

Truthful Tuesday: Love At First Sight

Di has a three-part question today:

Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes, I do.

Have you experienced it? Yes, I have. I was in a training class at Marshall Field’s in Chicago, and this girl was sitting across the table from me with short brown hair, pretty gray eyes behind glasses, wearing a nice dress. I thought she was someone else that I knew, but didn’t say anything. The more I looked at her, the more I felt she’d be important in my life.

A couple of weeks later, I was walking across the bridge at Loyola that connected the two buildings at the downtown campus, and walking in the opposite direction was the girl from the training class. It didn’t register with me until she was past me…

The following day, I had stopped in the cafeteria for a cup of coffee, and who should be in the line in front of me but the girl. “Excuse me, do you work at Marshall Field’s?” she asked. I said yes, and we stood and chatted for a minute until she had to go. “I’m Mary,” she said. Soon we were having coffee together almost every day, and not long after that (about four months) I asked her to marry me. And she said yes.

Did it last? Since October of 1976, when I first saw her. We’ll be celebrating our 45th anniversary on the 28th.

But you knew that…

Tally-ho and away we go!
See you next week with a brand new show!

Truthful Tuesday: Let’s Play A Game

We have not one, but two questions for Truthful Tuesday this week…

Do you enjoy taking part in other bloggers challenges? You know I do. About half of what I do on this blog are bloggers’ challenges:

  • Share Your World
  • Truthful Tuesday
  • Fandango’s Provocative Question
  • One-Liner Wednesday
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Throwback Thursday
  • Flashback Friday
  • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
  • Song Lyric Sunday
  • Question Time Over Coffee
  • Simply Six Minutes (occasionally)

And of course

  • Just Jot It January (hey Linda, are we doing that this year?)
  • Blogging From A To Z April Challenge

I even tried my hand at one of my own, "Go Stand In The Corner!" It kind of fell over like a lead balloon, because I discovered that I couldn’t go through with it without becoming overtly political, and you know what happens when I do that

Do you prefer a picture or word/sentence/question prompt? Definitely the word/sentence/question prompt. Pictures throw me for a loop. I do try sometimes. I might even do the one for this week, which involves toilet paper…

So there’s my totally truthful response to this week’s question(s).

Tally-ho and away we go!
See you next week with a brand new show!

Truthful Tuesday: On The Move

This week, Di has chosen methods of transportation for Truthful Tuesday:

How do you prefer to travelĀ  (plane, car, boat, bike, train, other)?

Well, lessee…

I didn’t drive until I was 28, which meant taking buses and light rail when I had to go somewhere, like school or work. I started taking the Chicago Transit Authority’s trains and buses as a freshman in high school, when I was at St. Ignatius College Prep. I would take the Englewood/Jackson Park-Howard line from Loyola Avenue to Roosevelt Road, then transfer to the #12 Roosevelt Road bus to school. It was later that I found out that, if you were to exit the campus through the rear fence and walk several blocks, you could catch the Congress/Douglas-Milwaukee train to Washington, then walk through a tunnel to the Howard train, and save 10 cents each way because you didn’t need a transfer between the train lines.

Riding public transit had its advantages (chiefly not having to find a place to park that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, no parking permits, etc.), but I was at the mercy of the schedules, and if I had to carry anything more than a briefcase or a book bag, it got very clumsy. Not to mention having to stand when the bus or train was crowded, sometimes for the entire trip. One interesting feature was what Bill Cosby called “A Nut In Every Car.” (Knowing Cosby has turned his name to mud over the last few years, I won’t embed the video. Trust me, though, when Cosby was funny, there were few people funnier.)

In my high school and college years, I frequently rode my bicycle (called a “push bike” in some parts of the world). I rode it to school every day when I was in high school that the weather permitted (i.e. whenever there wasn’t a foot of snow on the ground). When I was at Notthwestern, I would ride my bike there in the off-hours, when there was no bus to take me home.

When I did start driving, I bought a 1984 Chevy Cavalier, which was a good car at first, but I had a couple of accidents in it, and it developed transmission trouble twice, the second time so bad that I got it home, put it in the other half of our two-car garage, and called a friend to help me find a new car. The second car was a 1989 Dodge Omni, which, for all the bad things you might have heard about Dodges, was a decent car and one that I enjoyed driving. I traded that in for a 1992 Honda Accord, which we had for over 20 years and only got rid of (we donated it) when it was costing more than it was worth, and besides, I had stopped driving thanks to the stroke. In 2002 we bought a 2002 Honda Odyssey which is still our main form of transportation, after 20 years. We’re hoping to get a few more years out of it before the government orders us to buy an electric car.

I traveled by air frequently during my twenty years at the twenty-year job, and at the job I had up to when I had my stroke. That sounds glamorous until you do it for a while, and after a while the airlines did everything they could to make flying as uncomfortable and humiliating as possible. Without telling you what he really said, I heard someone compare it to riding in a cattle car. I thought for certain they’d have people hanging off straps in the aisles before long. And, despite the BS story that they tell about there being the same amount of room between you and the seat in front of you that there was in the 1980’s, there’s barely enough room to climb into your seat, and forget leaning the seat back if you value your life.

Anyway, I really enjoyed driving. The Accord made a few trips to Chicago, as did the Odyssey, which we bought because we were bringing things back from my in-laws’ building, which Mary inherited. Since the stroke, Mary does all the driving, meaning we don’t go outside of a radius of about five miles from home, and that suits me just fine. That’s my preferred method of travel at this point, riding shotgun with Mary driving, on those increasingly rare occasions that I leave the house.

Tally-ho and away we go!
See you next week with a brand new show!

Truthful Tuesday: Zzzzzzzzz…

This week’s Truthful Tuesday question: If you could, would you like to hibernate during the winter months?

You know, we do this already. In fact, we do this all year. We’re not big on going out of the house. We’re not hermits, it’s just we really have no reason. We used to go out for coffee a couple of times a week, which was going somewhere besides home and sitting around drinking coffee. We don’t do that any more and we don’t miss it.

Tally-ho and away we go!
See you next week with a brand new show!