E.M.’s Sunday Ramble #13

This week’s topic is “Weird and Silly.

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Here are the questions:

What are five things you could buy at a gas station to make the cashier look at you oddly?

I go into petrol stations so rarely that I don’t know everything that they sell in them. It probably varies from place to place. Still, as I’m obviously an older woman I expect that the cashier might be surprised to see me buy tampons, condoms or magazines with scantily clad women on the cover. I am struggling to think what else would appear odd because, if they think about it at all, I imagine the cashier would expect I was buying for a family member so car or motorcycle related items or kid’s toys might not seem that strange. If they knew me they’d think it was odd for me to buy gum because I can’t stand the stuff.

If someone were to narrate your life, who would you choose to do it?

Oh, I’d want Sir Patrick Stewart. He has such a wonderful speaking voice that he’d make my life sound so much more interesting and important and it is probably the only way that I could stand to hear about myself. I’d book him for my funeral but he is much older than me and probably won’t be around by then.

Sir Patrick Stewart Photo Credit –  © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons. 

Have you ever given an impromptu speech about something you know nothing about?

I think I did have to do that once for some class I was taking. I can’t even remember what I talked about. I remember David telling me he had to do it once. The group he was with were told to choose a book at random, not look inside but just talk about it based on the cover for five minutes. That was not an easy thing for either of us to do because neither of us liked to put ourselves in the spotlight.

What will be the most laughable artifacts they find from our generation?

“Our Generation” which generation is that? I’m a Baby Boomer myself, and proud of it but I can’t think of anything specific from my era. I see plenty of dumb things on sale in catalogues aimed at us though. A quick scroll through one of them reveals a bug zapper shaped like a tennis racket, a hairbrush with a secret compartment and “Toastie bags” which are reusable bags that you can put inside your toaster so you can make toasted sandwiches in it. That was just on the first page.

Time stands still for everyone except you for an hour. How would you spend that time?

I recently watched a clip from the final episode of Futurama, where time stands still for Fry and Leela. They had a lifetime and travelled the world; I only have an hour. I know there are many time poor people who would love to have an hour to catch up with things or just to chill. I’m not really time poor though so I have less pressure on me to use that hour. Perhaps I would walk down to the beach and enjoy the view quietly with nobody else around to disturb the peace. I hope that the birds and animals would not be frozen in time as well because I like to watch them and listen to them. However, it is likely that I would just read.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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