FOWC with Fandango: Speech

It was not exactly a speech, but there I was sitting at a table to myself surrounded by the members of the company. It was one of our celebrations, cannot remember which one, but I think it was Easter. Our director was telling us the results of the annual efforts and we were all listening, or perhaps not listening. Generally I listened waiting for the interesting part when we were fed afterwards.

However this time we had two english visitors who spoke no german, and they needed someone to do the simultaneous translation. Yes, I was the chosen person. I had a microphone and they had the headphones, which I also had. It was something similar to the United Nations, but it was a Swiss company. I had never done anything like it before and neither had my boss, so he passed it onto me. I looked quite happy in the photo, but I think the deed was then completed so I could relax.

I had no notes, although I did request a copy of the speech. It seems the director did not have one. He probably did not know what he was going to say until he said it. Luckily the two guys were Brits, sharing the same twisted humour as I had.

Was it a success? No idea, but we all had a good laugh afterwards. I remained in the company for 30 years, and did not have an offer from the UNO to become an official interpreter.

FOWC with Fandango: Speech

RDP Saturday: Glitch

There is a glitch in the weather, the programme does not seem to be working. Yesterday it was raining all day. No it was not raining, it was pouring down. This morning it was dry, no rain, but did not look very promising. However, I decided to go into town to complete the shopping that I could not complete yesterday due to the rain. Yesterday I was forced to take the train, but today I made an appointment with my scooter.

The first annoyance was when someone rang our doorbell as I was hugging the bed after lunchtime. Admittedly I was thinking about leaving the bed, but now I had no choice. Mr. Swiss got to the door before me, he was more awake, and discovered there was no-one there, although our neighbour was in the process of closing his door. Did he push the wrong bell, or did he forget his key?

I was now awake and got ready to go, looking forward to an excursion into town. I set off, opened the garage door and was welcomed by rain. I did not have a raincoat on and no head covering but decided to risk it all the same. It dripped until I reached the store and then it stopped. Luckily it was not too bad and I was just a little wet at the edges. It stopped raining and I managed the home run. A day full of glitches and this time I could not blame it on the computer.

RDP Saturday: Glitch

Good Morning

According to the satellite photo on my weather app, our village will today be rain free, as well as the surrounding area. It seems that the Italian part of Switzerland will be getting it all. Yesterday it was rain everywhere in our area, actually in complete Switzerland.

I was not very happy as I had a week-end shopping trip and no way was I going on my scooter or the wheelchair. It only rained once all day, but did a good job of it. Mr. Swiss had to go to the dentist. It started raining when he arrived there, so had a rather wet journey home. I took the train to the store which was only along the road.

I decided it was time that I discovered how to get a multi-journey card from the machine. It would be cheaper and I would only have to renew it after six journeys. After playing with the machine I was eventually successful and now have my card for future occasions. I have a feeling that me and the train connection will become familiar during the Winter. I do not even bother to sit in the train, can support myself with my walker, and after two minutes I am at my destination, where the store is.

The local store is not as large as the main one in town, but they have very fresh vegetables. The main difference I find is the meat department. It is all packed meat and I like to choose my meat over the counter and order what I need and not have to take more because of the packing. However, I have now solved that problem. I now have a machine for vacuuming goods at home and so I just vacuum the extra that I do not need and freeze it for another time. Yesterday I wanted slices of pork but they only had one packet of three and quite thickly cut: naturally to sell more. I then saw a kilo pork roast of the same cut. When I got home I sliced and froze it for two meals, saving money and choosing a better cut of meat. I think I am becoming fussy in my golden oldie days, but I have nothing better to do when in the supermarket.

Our local store is never overcrowded and there is plenty of space (and time) to move around and choose what you need. It was still raining outside when I left the store, but my train home soon arrived.

I even had the opportunity to take a few photos, but whilst waiting at the train stop I only got views of traffic along the road. I notice there is a lot of heavy transport at the moment carrying various machines. Probably everyone is now hurrying to get the tough jobs done before the cold and snowy Winter weather arrives. Last year we only had one snow fall which did not bother me. I am hoping this year will be the same. Sometimes climate change does have its advantages.

The train arrived again and I was soon back in he village. I usually need more time to walk to my home that the actually train journey. The first sight I see is our chidren’s playground which was naturally deserted in the miserable weather. In the background you can see an apartment block. It has been there for many years and it seems it is now getting a complete revision with crane help and all the trimmings.

I was glad to arrive home and escape from the wet weather. Mr. Swiss was also home after his dental expedition. I got my food organised when it arrived and organised the evening meal. Afterward I sat at the computer, but had absolutely no creative energy for writing very much, so gave up and had an early evening with the TV.

If you can believe the weather forecast today will be no great rain showers in our area so I am really hoping to get into town this afternoon, just for a quickie to get some bread and a bottle of cooking wine. Tomorrow will be a rainy Sunday, but that does not bother me so much. I think I will have a pyjama Sunday – go nowhere and do nothing.

With a last glance at the station clock from our village, I wish you all a good day, and if possible with no rain. Enjoy the week-end beginning and hope to see you around.