I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Speedbumps in Life
As our sojourn in Florida continues, we are now spending
time in Naples with old friends from high school who have built a lovely winter
retreat here. We picked them up at the airport and will spend a week visiting
them. Since they are living here for a portion of the year, they have to
arrange services, including water, power, cable, internet, phone etc. . . . .
I don't think I will swim here
When we arrived at their house he discovered that the TV was
not working, and he decided that a trip to the local TV/Internet/Phone provider
was in order. He warned me that it would probably be a zoo there. The provider
was notorious for providing slightly less than exemplary service. In fact as we
drove up to their storefront service center, he expressed relief that the
line-up did not extend outside down the sidewalk.
He did warn me that I might be in for a bit of a wait, but I
went along anyway, and as he waited inside eagerly anticipating his number
being called, I stood around outside chatting with people as they came in for
This being the end of the season here in Naples and many of
the “Snowbirds” were headed back north hoping for the arrival of spring in New
Jersey, Chicago, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and had to return their Internet
routers, TV Receivers, DVR recorders, and assorted other IT bits and pieces. I
actually had a good time standing out making new friends in Naples
First person I met was a gentleman from Ireland who had seen
a condo advertised for sale in Naples on E-Bay. It looked interesting, and on a
lark, he put in a couple of bids before going to bed for the night. He woke the
next morning to an e-mail announcing that he was the successful bidder and now
owned a condo in Naples. Our spirited conversations about visiting Ireland and
Nova Scotia drew other people in and the cranky people waiting to complain and
bitch about their TV, their Internet or their Phones suddenly started smiling
One girl said she had already gone and enjoyed a starbucks
coffee, but her number in line was still far enough in the future that the
neighboring shop offering pedicures was starting to appeal as a way to pass the
Yup . . . Southern Eatin
Then we all stopped to watch the newest arrival. A man and
woman approached from the parking lot. He was clutching a red bag containing
his TV receiver and Internet router, and she was clutching his arm. These were
serious ‘snowbirders’ determined to spend as much of their golden years down
here in the Naples warm sunshine. They slowly inched across the road in front
of the office. But between them and their destination someone had installed a
speed bump. He hit the bump, but his shuffling gait only got him half way up
before he was bounced back. Determined to return his IT gear so it would be
here for him next year he made another shuffle at the speedbump, but again was
unable to make it up and over. He turned to his wife holding his arm, and she
gave him a bit more push on the next attempt and with a satisfied smile he made
it over and continues his journey to the shop.
Ask me if I'm relaxed yet?
Now this was extremely funny to watch, but stop and think
for a minute. This guy was probably over 90, and had a very difficult time getting
around, but he arrived in a car, was returning IT gear from his visit to
Florida so was probably returning to someplace colder in the north, and he and
his wife were doing it on their own. I say good for them!
I hope I have to tenacity to make three attempts at speedbump
ascent when I am their age. Live life to the fullest while you can.
*** Please note the pictures in the post are just general pictures from Florida - I did not take shots of the Speedbump attempts . . . . ***