WRITING PROMPT #8 – WOULD YOU RATHER… THE END OF THE WORLD

Would you rather know when the world ends or how the world ends.

Grave monument, Cemetery St. Kathrinen

I just love those happy go lucky themes, they really cheer you up.

I would say neither nor. Let’s give Donald the benefit of the doubt over the pond and Vladimir is still deciding whether to love him or leave him. Between the two of them they might influence the world ending. On the other hand perhaps tomorrow the aliens will decide to wipe out the earth because we are spoiling their plans of a making a motorway through the universe (ok I stole that from Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams), but who knows. I tip on somone mixing up the buttons on the coffee machine and pressing the wrong one for explosive flavours.

If the world ends for various reasons out of our control, then why bother about knowing why. It will not benefit us, as we will then be atoms revolving somewhere in the asteroid paths of the unknown or be watching the daisises grow from the wrong side. I want a pyramid in any case, as I can take my cat with me, some food and drink and have a good time when I get to the other side.

WRITING PROMPT #8 – WOULD YOU RATHER… THE END OF THE WORLD

Daily Prompt: Overclinging

Clinging plastic

A roll of transparent clingy plastic, useful as a wrapping device. It can  be found.in almost every kitchen. The problem is that it overclings to an extent that it clings where it should not cling and tends to cling to itself. For demonstration purposes I wrapped a banana skin in the plastic foil to show its use. The idea is, that if needed, the foil is pulled through the slit in the box and cut with the serrated edge provided. This sounds so easy, but that is where easy ends.

How often do you have food needing to be wrapped hygenically? This foil solves all problems. Give it a tug, pull out as much as you need and wrap it around the food and that is where the problems begin. Pulling it from the roll is a problem in itself, because it clings, it seems to diffuse and you have to find the beginning of the plastic, hoping you folded it nicely when last using it.  I solve this problem by folding the end of the plastic around itself to prevent it clinging to itself at the edge of the plastic.  You then find where to pull where the edge is thicker, but after pulling it begins to cling onto itself. Instead of a super clean sheet of plastic, it forms folds and wrinkles where wrinkles should not be. Of course you can separate the  clinging parts, but they then begin to cling in other places, to each other.

Men land on the moon, we can send satellites around the earth, we discover oil and other minerals on our planet, but we are not able to produce a simple roll of non-clinging plastic easy to protect our food in the kitchen which can be separated after use from the mother roll.

When you have finished wrapping what you want to wrap, the next problem in not far away. Of course you can place the foil on the serrated edge supplied in the box to tear it in a clean straight line, but it is still clinging somewhere where it should not cling, so forget the clean straight line. Eventually you become impatient and cut the plastic  This works, although you are left with a sloping edge on the plastic. Another reason for uttering a profanity, but eventually the job is completed and you are left with a roll of plastic, the end of the plastic clinging to the wrong places on the roll. Are you following me? I am having problems following myself in this explanation.

With time the roll of clinging plastic seems to be thicker on one side because you could not find the end, as it had combined itself with other ends. That is when you give up, because it becomes impossible to find the actual edge of the plastic foil. It seems to have melted together with other layers on the roll. The best solution is to throw the roll away and buy a new one.

There is one advantage of the clinging plastic, however. I once broke my arm and it was encased in various protective bandages and plasters. Before having a shower I wrapped the clinging plastic around the protective layers on my arm, to prevent it getting wet under the shower: a perfect solution. So remember for wrapping body parts it is ideal, just not for kitchen tasks.

Daily Prompt: Overclinging

Good Morning

Sunrise

Sunrise over Feldbrunnen through the snow, an early morning photo. Well early for me as it was 7.40 this morning. I took two photos within 5 minutes and noticed how quickly the sun rises, although it has now risen and everything is grey.

After spreading out breakfast for the birds, I decided  to prepare my zoom lens on the camera for a few photos, which also put me behind in my timetable. Actually Mr. Swiss now spreads out the goodies for our feathered friends, as he is a little worried that I might slip and fall on the ice – who me? Never, well almost never. Mr. Swiss has a problem. Somewhere he has a pair of solid state snow and ice protective boots, but cannot remember where he put them and has to manage with what he finds. It is just a problem of golden oldie forgetfulness. My special anti skid boots are naturally available and ready, but he prefers the ones he cannot find.

I should actually get on with the necessities of life and not dither around telling everyone about life in the early morning Angloswiss household.

Yesterday evening I was reading again. My evenings had been spent with watching a TV, DVD that Mr. Swiss had. It is not often that I bother with the screen in the evening as a lot of programmes on the TV are just plain monotonous, different names, same situations. There is a popular series on Swiss TV at the moment, which is very rare as Swiss television is not exactly the most original TV in Europe. It is called “The Undertaker” and centres on a guy that has an undertaking company which he took over when his father died. He was orginally a police officer (what else?) and naturally mixes his job with investigations on suspicious corpses he buries. He had an appretice, who has now completed his exams as a fully fledged undertaker and I suppose he is the hit of the programme: a young man, a goth, dressed in black with a white shirt and frills, and looks like something from the living dead, but is really good in the role. It is one of the most, and probably, only successful programmes that the Swiss have. Otherwise their specialitiy seems to be news, weather and political discussions, so I go back to reading my book.

Someone mention on a social site this morning the film “Burn After Reading” a parody on the CIA starring John Malkovich in a parade roll. Mr. Swiss had DVD this film and said he must watch it again (for the third or fourth time). Brad Pitt is also in the film and it is very amusing, but Malkovich is so cool in this film. It is a Joel and Ethan Cohen film which is always a good thing. Oh, not only Brad Pitt but George Clooney is in the film, so what could be better ladies.

And now to move on, there are things to be bought for dinner and places to see like a supermarket. The snow is still here, but hopefuly not on the roads – yes our Swiss road cleaning heroes deserve a medal for the snow plough mastership this year.

I hear the merry sound of the Dyson in the background which is a signal to join forces with Mr. Swiss on his cleaning expedition in the wilds of the appartment. Have a nice day everyone and make the most of the day, whether you have sun, wind, snow, tempest or hurricaine, always look on the bright side.

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