Up and over the hump as we reach the halfway point of 2016. Here are my answers to this week’s questions.
What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane flight?
It was early in 1990. David and I were in Moscow and had to fly to Leningrad as it was then known. We were a bit anxious about flying with Aeroflot anyway and this was an evening flight. We were taken to the aircraft in a bus, took our seats and watched as more and more people were bussed across the tarmac. I began to imagine people standing in the aisle hanging onto straps like on a bus. Of course this did not happen. The flight was a bit bumpy and as we descended rather quickly I thought and saw the lights of Leningrad I remember thinking.
“So this is it. We’re going to die.”
I am sure it was the combination of being in Russia, flying at night and the many bad Aeroflot stories that we had read that had my imagination working overtime. Luckily David had not yet started to watch “Air Crash Investigation” on television or we’d probably have been really panicking. Nevertheless we were very happy that we returned to Moscow a few days later on the train.
How many bones, if any, have you broken?
None, I have been very lucky.
If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? (Guest can be dead, alive, famous or someone you just know)
As this is the SYW universe and I don’t fancy being a talk show host I will nominate Australian TV interviewer Andrew Denton to ask the questions on my show. Andrew used to do a show called “Enough Rope” where he would interview guests but at the end of the show he would go into the studio audience and interview one of them for a few minutes. He, or his researchers, always found an ordinary person with a good story. We all have stories but it takes the right person to draw them out sometimes.
I would have my two grandmothers who both died when I was quite young. I’d like to hear from my maternal grandmother about life as a soldier’s wife in Egypt and India between the world wars and from my paternal grandmother about her childhood and especially about our links to Halifax, Canada. My third guest would be local resident “Doctor Dick” Geeves who is a descendant of our town’s founders. I’d like to hear stories of what Geeveston was like when he was a young man.
Make a Currently List: What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating, needing, wanting, and missing right now?
- Reading: I am currently re-reading “Fire in the Valley – The Making of the Personal Computer” by Paul Freiburger and Michael Swaine. David had a small collection of books on this subject and while I don’t understand the technical stuff I do find it fascinating to read how it all happened.
- Watching: Recently I have been watching “Britain’s Bloody Crown” about the Wars of the Roses and “Coast New Zealand”.
- Listening to: I don’t listen to music every day any more but last weekend I listened in to our local community radio station who were running a radiothon fundraiser. There was a wide variety of music from all genres. I enjoyed a lot of the rock music from the sixties, seventies and eighties but also some of the other types of music that was requested. I also like to listen to classical music on the radio at night before I go to sleep.
- Eating: I made a big pot of minestrone this week and that has provided several tasty hot lunches during this cold weather.
- Needing: I can’t think of anything I really need at the moment.
- Wanting: I want to go out for the day just to take pictures.
- Missing: I dream about David a lot, that he’s come back.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last Saturday Naomi and I went to Hobart for a day of antique shop browsing. We went to the vintage and retro market and to two or three nearby antique shops. I bought a Pedigree doll for $10 which I will show off on my doll blog soon.
The garden guys are here again today finishing off my new front path so this week I am looking forward to being able to go out the front door, down the steps and along the path to the driveway without fear of falling or getting my feet wet. I am also having some new vinyl flooring laid in the laundry and back room so the renovations are coming along.