Welcome Friends!!! I feel like it’s been more than a week since we had our last Jolly Monday … I’ve missed you all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, that everybody is well and happy, and ready to face a new week! I would like to pull a Rip van Winkle and sleep until about January, for the expensive time of year is coming up. Daughter Chris’ birthday is the 26th, Miss Goose’s birthday is November 28th, and then, of course, there is Christmas. I tried to convince the girls to have birthdays one year, and Christmas the next … y’know, just alternate and save a bundle. Do you think they bought into that? Noooooo … sigh. Anyway, in the words of Scarlett O’Hara, “I won’t worry about that today, I’ll worry about it tomorrow.” So for today, let us grab a cup of coffee, a bite of something, and have a few laughs together.
Yesterday I received one of those ‘milestone’ notifications from WordPress. You know … the ones where they say “Congratulations, you now have 1,000 followers” or some such. This one, however, confused the heck out of me:
“Congratulations on writing 1337 posts on Filosofa’s Word!”
I read it to Miss Goose, laughing as I jokingly said … “Is there some special significance to the number 1,337?” Turns out there is, and Miss Goose knew exactly what it was. “It’s leet,” she said.
“No … leet. L-E-E-T! It’s an internet abbreviation, like ‘rofl’ or ‘omg’, only 1337 stands for leet.”
More confused than ever, not having a clue what she just said, I turned to Google. Google directed me to Wikipedia who had this to say about 1337:
“Leet (or “1337”), also known as eleet or leetspeak, is an alternative alphabet for many languages that is used primarily on the Internet. It uses some characters to replace others in ways that play on the similarity of their glyphs via reflection or other resemblance. For example, leet spellings of the word leet include 1337 and l33t; eleet may be spelled 31337 or 3l33t. The term leet is derived from the word elite. The leet alphabet is a specialized form of symbolic writing.”
And I still have no clue what any of this means, so my final conclusion is that I do not care, I have more important things to think about, and that is that. I just thought I would share this because perhaps some of you already received this message from WordPress and were confounded as I was. Hopefully I helped clear it up for you.
A Rocking Chair or an Airplane?
Meet Trish Wagstaff. Ms. Wagstaff is 85 years of age and a widow. She has always been active, but after hip replacement surgery in 2002, friends thought she would slow down. She was, after all, 70-years old! But don’t expect to see Ms. Wagstaff in a rocking chair with knitting needles in her hand. She will be … well here … they say a picture is worth a thousand words …
She has been on the longest zipwire in Europe and performed a catapulted paraglide, a 100m abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, swum with sharks, has wing-walked and paraglided.
Trish urged other pensioners to swap the sedentary lifestyle for a bit of action. She said: “An awful lot of people in their 70s have said to me, ‘I can’t do it, I’m far too old.’ I would encourage pensioners to stop saying ‘I’m old’ and get up and do something.”
Now, I greatly admire this woman, her fortitude, stamina and courage. But dear friends, I am only 66 and I am telling you … do not even think you will talk me into any of this! Adventure for me these days comes in different forms, from chopping onions and trying to keep all 10 fingers intact, trying to make the socks come out even and matched, and trying not to be eaten alive by a certain Tiger Lily. Not to mention trying to maintain sanity in this crazy world. So no, I will not be standing atop an airplane while it is flying, nor jumping out of one. But thumbs up to Trish Wagstaff!
Strange Robbers …
Now, I know the rule for the Jolly Monday and Saturday Surprise posts is “no politics” and I adhere to that. What follows is not a political statement, I promise … I just thought it was too funny to pass by …
In the northern Italy town of Turin, two brothers robbed dozens of bank cash machines while wearing masks (the robbers, not the machines). And what kind of masks were they wearing? Take a gander …
What A Mess …
It is autumn, and that means festivals. We used to go to a small Applefest in the town next to ours, where they had homemade crafts, jams, jellies, and of course every homebaked apple treat imagineable. It used to be a lot of fun, but in recent years it has grown so big, while the town has remained so small, that you take your life into your hands just finding a place to park. And there are too many people … the whole atmosphere just isn’t the same, so we stopped going.
But in the Maine town of Damariscotta, there is an annual Pumpkinfest and Regatta that is quite different than your average fall festival. There is a pumpkin derby, a pumpkin catapult, an official Giant Pumpkin Parade, and pumpkin art! But one of the main events is the pumpkin drop, where giant pumpkins are lifted high by a crane, then released and dropped onto cars! No, silly, not cars in the parking lot, but a couple of old junkers, as best I can tell. Watch …
I’m not sure I would want to be part of the clean-up crew! And here is a sample of some of the pumpkin art …
What Kind of Coffee???
I am a coffee-holic … I start with coffee when I first stumble downstairs in the morning, and drink it all the way up until I go to bed, usually somewhere between 3:00 – 5:00 a.m. Though at home I usually stick to plain Caribou blend, I will try new things, and any time Starbucks comes out with a new flavour, I give it at least one shot. My favourite thus far is Salted Caramel Mocha, which is only available during the fall months. Canadian coffee house Tim Horton’s came out with a new flavour this month, and while I am not sure if I would like it, I would give it a try, and might, as there is a Tim Horton’s just north of where I live. It is … wait for it … rein in those taste buds … Buffalo-Spice Latte. Yep, you guessed it. It is fashioned after Buffalo Chicken Wings …
A pair of Tim Horton’s locations in Buffalo, New York, have introduced a new drink combining Buffalo-flavor seasoning and seasonal lattes. According to Stephen Goldstein, regional president of Tim Hortons U.S., “We decided to surprise our loyal guests by pairing our new handcrafted Latte with the bold Buffalo flavor that’s so iconic to the region. The unlikely pairing comes together to create an unexpectedly delicious sweet and spicy treat.”
As I said, I would at least try it, but I am unclear as to whether it is only available in the Buffalo stores, or nationwide. Might be a good time to go visit Uncle Leon!
Knock Knock …
I love knock-knock jokes, don’t you? Short, sweet, to the point, and funny. I do not tell jokes well. In fact, I have been dubbed “the worst joke teller in the world”. More than once. By at least 4 different people. My timing is poor, and my memory poorer. But, since I am typing, not telling, and you are reading, not listening, this small assortment should work out fine. I start with one of my old favourites …
Dwayne the tub, I’m dwowning!
Luke through the keyhole to see!
Isabelle working, or should I keep knocking?
Somebody who can’t reach the doorbell!
Figs your doorbell, it’s not working!
Okay, okay … I’m done with the knock-knock jokes now. Take pity on my poor girls …. I made them listen to every one of them and if they didn’t laugh, I repeated them.
Well, my dear friends … and make no mistake … you are my dear friends and I cherish you all. Alas, it is time for us all to get busy and make ourselves useful in one way or another. You already know what I will be doing. Sigh. Have a wonderful week, a good day today, and please … share those smiles! Other people may not have gotten their fill of knock-knock jokes this morning and might be in need of a friendly smile. Keep safe and have a great week! Love & hugs!!!