A man goes into a fish and chips shop. When it’s his turn to be served he says “I would like cod and chips please” He’s told, I’m sorry we are sold out of cod. With that the man goes to the end of the line and again when asked what he would like he says I would like cod and chips please”. Once agiain he’s told I’m sorry we’ve sold out of cod; we don’t have any cod. So the man goes back to the end of the line and when it’s his turn to be served again he hears, Oh, it’s you again. Tell me how manyP’s are there in Plaice? The man replies one. And the he’s asked, how many F’s in cod? He replies there’s no F in cod. Ah! now that weve got that straight, what would you like to order?
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.
July 20, 2021 at 12:21 pm
Clever story, Nigel. Hope you are well. 🙂
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July 20, 2021 at 1:01 pm
It was my birthday yesterday so I thought a little written mischief woulde be in line (no pun intended). otherwise I am well thank you.
July 20, 2021 at 2:27 pm
Happy belated Birthday!
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July 20, 2021 at 6:59 pm
Thank you Ina.