Friday, 16 January 2009

IS MY AGE MY WATCH SIZE? I'M CONFUSED

Trawling around facebook, as you do, I dropped in to catch up with some of my grandchildren. The first thing I read was that “Le chat noir has just skiied in the dark whilst drunk”. Le chat noir being Vinnie the chef in the French Alps. Way, way too much information. Whereas Frazer, the mathematician who works away happily in a cocktail bar until he can get a "proper" job, apparently “has a watch that is far more mature than himself”.

Now here is a strange thing, Frazer’s communication of choice is facebook. Ring him or send him a text and you get nowt scout, but message him on facebook and he replies straight away. It’s all very odd and when I ask him why he appologises and promises he will mend his ways. I’m not actually in the business of getting him to mend his ways, I would just be happy with an explanation for this strange quirk.

I have had several ‘phone and text conversations with Vinnie since he started his new job and he is loving it. Yesterday I texted because I read that there had been four fatalities in the French Alps this week and given that he is fond of skiiing in the dark whilst drunk I was concerned that the weather might be particularly treacherous. Back came the immediate (got that Frazer?) reply “the weather is all good, blue sky days! Le chat noir is very well indeed, loving the ski lifestyle” Great to be young isn’t it?

During another trawl, this time on the www I came across my old mate Justin Dennison, the minister who carries the heavy responsibility of having married me to OG. Now here is a great communicator (got that one too Frazer?). Justin is now a minister in Canada and I sometimes listen to his weekly sermon online at http://www.hopetoyou. This day, however I happened across a workshop video made several years ago called Cracking The Da Vinci Code http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4558932418339938842. I found it fascinating, giving me another perspective on the book which, incidentally, I loved.

Talking of great communciators OG had a routine visit to his surgeon yesterday. This man has the ability to make everyone in the room feel special. A truly rare gift. He has just been offered a professorship in London which he said is a great opportunity and priviledge. He has a passion for research in his chosen speciality which is bladder cancer and this very prestigeous post will give him access to a whole new world. And the best news as far as we are concerned is that he will keep OG on as his patient.

And finally …. I believe that maturity has more to do with what type of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated or what type of watch you wear.

16 comments:

Chapati said...

"And finally …. I believe that maturity has more to do with what type of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated or what type of watch you wear."

Hear hear!

Lol@ choice of communication being facebook only! It's really good that you keep in touch with your grandchildren in that way :-)

Lindsay said...

Funnily enough the older I get the larger the watch I have to wear to be able to see it!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Hi Chapati, being a smart young thing I bet you understand what facebook is all about. It's all foreign to me!

Retiredandcrazy said...

So that's where I've been going wrong Lindsay. And there was I thinking that it was my WATCH that was getting dim with age.

Dusty Spider said...

Absolutely R&C. Sometimes I despair at what the youngsters find amusing and, worst still, sharing with the rest of us! No doubt they'll look back and cringe like I do though. Te he. Flick x

Maggie May said...

You are so right....... it isn't how OLD you are that makes you mature...... it is definitely the experiences of life & all the knocks of life and problems that you have overcome.
I haven't got into Facebook! Good idea to keep in touch with the grandchildren in France though, especially if they won't communicate any other way. Youngsters hate writing longhand these days. It is a fading art & I do love receiving letters.

GoneBackSouth said...

Whaqt a lovely chatty post. You are quite right about experience and maturity - work hard, play hard!

Retiredandcrazy said...

I must admit that I have been a bit harsh on Frazer Flick. He is a wonderful, wonderful grandson and very independent. I guess he doesn't use the phone because he is living a pretty poverty stricken lifestyle and won't accept any help. He is really gutted that he hasn't been able to get a job but he makes the most of things and enjoys working in the cocktail bar. Especially the proximity to beautiful girls!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Writing longhand Maggie? They don't know the meaning of the word!

Retiredandcrazy said...

And that is what I do GBS - work hard, play hard. Love it!

Dumdad said...

Maturity has nothing to do with what type of watch you wear? Hmmmm. Time will tell. . .

The Dotterel said...

Well, amen to that! Couldn't agree more and - as a Facebook newbie - I'm as baffled as you are about the communications pecking order.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Oh very droll Dumdad.

Retiredandcrazy said...

And you are so much young than me Dotterel, what chance to I have?

aims said...

Thank goodness that wonderful doctor is keeping OG on as a patient. My heart skipped a beat when I first read he was being promoted. I thought - oh no - now who do they find! Thank goodness for small miracles.

Every time I read about bladder cancer I cringe. Having been there and done that and come out the other side with the need to pee more often than others - I'm grateful that is all I have to put up with. That and a yearly cystoscopy.

Tell OG I'm thinking about him while I'm thinking about you.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Thanks aims, I told OG you are thinking of him. I just heard that another acquantance has the dreaded bladder cancer. But you and OG are testiment that there IS life after diagnosis although at the times life seemed very bleak.