Thursday, March 29, 2012

Car-less Whispers

It seems to be a rule that our cars develop problems at the same time. This means juggling a little bit with errands as one car after another visits the repair shop. The VW is old in car years but Art uses it every day.  It had some necessary work done to it at the VW dealership. One car back on the road. Then on to the relatively new Toyota van, which had been running fine until suddenly a noise developed. It has now been in and out of the Toyota dealership, with various things being replaced. None of these expensive replacements got rid of the noise. Yesterday we went to pick it up, deciding it should at least come back for a while until somebody had an idea. Art got out of the VW and I took it on to get gas and drive home. I was just listening to 101.5 and laughing at an absurd new law involving fitting school buses with strobe lights, when suddenly, the car began to slow down. At first I naturally thought I hadn't made it to the gas station in time but a glance at the dashboard showed that there was still gas in the tank. Anyway, the VW makes a loud, almost rude noise if its gas level is running low and that hadn't happened. I couldn't believe the car was stopping and just made it over to the breakdown lane. Fortunately, there was room to stop there.

I called Art on my cell phone. He was still at the Toyota dealership. When he arrived, we called the AAA towing service and Art was returned to the VW dealership while the Toyota went home with me. There is the sensation of going in circles because VW is on one side of the highway and Toyota on the other.

At this point, we don't have the VW back yet. But this has been a very expensive month and it's not over yet. Fortunately, Art had the presence of mind of buy a bottle of wine the previous day. We're going to need it.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

What is Reality?

Sometimes I feel that reality television has gone over the edge. Seems like there is nothing that won't be a subject for a TV program. The more bizarre and tasteless the people, apparently the more popular the program is. In fact, programming in general seems chaotic. Programs seem to appear and disappear without any apparent reason. At least, I myself don't know the reason.
Some programs are excellent, which seems against the trend but then, television operates in a weird kind of way, and I imagine it mirrors society itself. I would hope that those very good programs mean that there is a bright spark of intelligence and common sense that prevails in our society and can't be extinguished. That's the way we roll.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ireland Forever

Well, back in New Jersey from Florida, I find the same weather - 70's. Which has never happened as far back as I can remember and that is quite a while. It's the middle of March and usually it feels like Winter with a possible hint of Spring. Not this year. I guess the St. Patricks Day parades will be held with people in shirt sleeves, instead of marching with snowflakes swirling around. So much for the weather. We have it whether we like it or not.
St. Patrick's Day makes me nostalgic for Ireland, of course. I don't remember it being celebrated much in the North but of course St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland in story and legend anyway. It's a big thing in the US for those who count their ancestors as Irish. Although if you observed the celebrations you would think that beer was one of the most important facets of being Irish!  It was always fun in New York City when St Patrick's day is regarded as one big party. Everybody can be Irish that day. Erin go bragh.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

From North Florida

Here in North Florida, the weather is definitely like May in the North but it is early March here. Azaleas are in bloom, and the coffee shop by the beach is playing its "beachy" music while the screen door that doesn't close swings back and forth in the sea breeze. Surfs up on the pinkish coquina sand beach and pelicans and gulls are there in colonies, taking a rest from the 20-30 mph wind by standing at the waters edge facing into the breeze. Not enough people on a Tuesday to mooch for any goodies.The tall palm leaves make a clacking sound as they hit together. Life is good at the beach. Next week a batallion of motorcycles will be roaring up Rte AIA bound for Daytona Beach. By that time we will be gone again.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

From South Florida

The temperature is 88 degrees. I think this is warm for March in North Florida.At Flagler Beach, I see people in the ocean splashing around. I did dip a toe in and it reminded me of Cape Cod in June. My mother would have loved it. I'm not sure I could get into it but I can still walk the beach and enjoy the breezes. Florida does have beautiful beaches, especially here where the beach is on one side and any houses are on the other. I really hate it when houses and high rises are built right on the beach, blocking the sight of the ocean and the access to it. It should not be allowed but I guess the individual towns are who dictate what is allowed to be built. Little Flagler Beach allowed one tall building and said never again! I hope it is always that way.
So we are just chilling out in my sister-in-law's condo, graciously lent to us. Maybe we will visit St. Augustine again and walk around the little shops in the "old quarter." Yesterday we drove up from Palm Beach, about a 3 hour trip. Palm Beach is much more tropical and of course, very nice. It's surprising to me to see how "built up" it looks in some areas. Almost like being in New York. My friend lives in North Palm Beach in a 55 plus coop right on the Intracoastal.
Her friend told me the "Senior Olympics" they held recently were quite hilarious, including the "walker races." We have to get what fun we can, don't we? We are from a generation that has a sense of humor.
Florida is a big state compared to New Jersey and it is necessary to get used to travelling farther to get places if you want to see anything. If I wanted to go back to Miami I would need to drive a lot and stay overnight. Same with the Florida Keys - I've never been there but maybe one day......
Well, back to chilling out. It's good to do nothing, isn't it?