Monday, May 22, 2006

Hot Chicken Leg

Many years ago I worked in a Laura Secord store that sold mostly chocolate, but also had a lunch counter with sandwiches, salads, drinks and a variety of other foods.

"Could I have a hot chicken leg please?" a man asked.

We had a microwave, and cooked chicken, so I held up a selected chicken leg for his approval, but instead he just looked at me in a strange way.

"You wanted a hot chicken leg?" I asked.

"No, a hot chicken leg." he replied..

Thinking he was just a strange man, I put the selected poultry in the microwave and heated it.

I placed it in a bag, and offered it to the man.

Confused, he frowned.

"I want a hot chicken leg please," he said again.

"This is a hot chicken leg," I said.

"No!" said the man, very slowly, in his best Asian English,

"A hot C H O C O L A T E."

Saturday, May 20, 2006

In the past month I have ...

Until I posted the previous post I didn’t realise that it has been over a month since the last one!

Some of the things that I have been doing in that time are:

got my bike fixed with new handle bars

tidied up my scraproom

went to a spa

played Bingo

visited a Buddhist Temple

        went to a Blue Jays baseball game

        hosted a scrapmeet

        went to Sweets Expo 2006

        tried to ignore Mother’s day

        was told to go to emergency for a stomach ache

        had a pedicure

        This weekend is a holiday here in Canada – Victoria Day. I have plans for Sunday to have brunch with a singles group and to go on a walk organised by the Royal Ontario Museum. Next week I will be going to see “The Lord of the Rings” at the Princess Of Wales Theatre. So there should be a few more posts this month!


        Inmate Mitchell King had a visitor -- his wife. King was serving a six-year jail term in Auckland, New Zealand for armed robbery.
        But his wife didn't want to be away from him for that long. So they held hands. And they stuck. She'd rubbed her palms with Super Glue.

        Their new-found closeness was short-lived, and their separation painful. Her technique is not one I'd recommend for a closer relationship.

        But if you want more closeness; if you desire relationships that are deeper and broader, more meaningful and longer-lasting, then remember the word "travel."

        T is for TRUST. Trust is the glue that holds people together (not Super Glue). A relationship will go nowhere without it.

        R is for RESPECT. "Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead; do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead," writes Anna Cummins.
        It's about respecting others and letting them know that you value them.

        A is for AFFECTION. Sometimes affection means love. Sometimes it means a touch. Always it means kindness.

        V is for VULNERABILITY. Though we may feel afraid to let another too close, no relationship will go anywhere without risking vulnerability. Entrepreneur Jim Rohn says, "The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy." And the love.

        E is for EMOTIONAL INTIMACY. Learn to be open. Learn to communicate freely. What kinds of relationships you make are largely determined by how openly you have learned to communicate.

        L is for LAUGHTER. Victor Borge got it right when he said, "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." It's also the most enjoyable.

        For relationships that can really go somewhere, just remember the word "travel." Then enjoy the trip!