Fa – the Green Dragon

A Place for the Odd Musings of an Expat Bristolian

I have been away for the last 14 days

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Actually, I have not left my house! Some years ago, my step-son asked if he could use the garage to fix cars with a friend. After a quick mental check of the pros and cons, I agreed. Well I figured, the two boys will be at home (mostly) where they could not be up to mischief or getting into trouble.

So,  fix cars they did; mostly their cars making them lower to the ground, noisier, leaner(not cleaner) and highly decorated with stripes, checkered-designs and multiple wire-caged headlights and spot lamps. This lasted for only about 3 weeks and I never saw any of their cars in the garage ever again.

What I did se however, were bare walls. Literally every tool that I owned was either on the workbench or on the floor of the garage. Sundry bottles and cans of anti-freeze, transmission fluids, engine oil, brake cleaner, WD-40  (the list goes on) was there too. There were pans, cans and boxes with auto-parts, nuts and bolts, washers etc.

Even though I asked nicely(at first) then more sternly and eventually to the point of pleading; there the mess stayed for at least two years.

Needing the garage space to park my own car, I eventually moved everything to one side figuring that I would have to sort out the mess myself.  

By now, you dear reader will have guessed where I have been. And, I might add, I am still not finished. But today I decided on a day off from the garage.

Tomorrow I will recall the words of Shakespeare: Once more into the breach dear friends, once more and fill that hole with our English dead.


Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

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