Monday Morning Musings

Posted on March 5, 2018 under Monday Morning Musings with no comments yet

New threads from India. Thanks, Smita.


It was unintentional. It was bizarrely coincidental.

As I write this, it is day four of the vegan posse siege. I have been unable to leave my apartment as hordes of angry vegans stand outside my door chanting slogans and occasionally tossing cubes of tofu at my windows (no eggs allowed!).

Last week, I wrote a cheeky piece on veganism. I AM seriously looking at my diet as a way to deal with arthritis pain. Thanks for all of your pain remedies, btw! The day before I posted the story, I saw a poster at the library advertising a vegan potluck. I chuckled as I had already written my piece. How coincidental I thought. I did not check the date of the event but made a mental note to check this out and attend to learn more about the subject.

And so, I published the story last Thursday and found out that the potluck had indeed happened the day before… the very day I spied the poster from afar. If I was part of the vegan posse, I would have drawn a straight line between their potluck and my story.

It is actually quite ironic because last year in India, I consumed more tofu than I had in my previous 65 years on this planet. Mind you, most of the time I didn’t know I was eating tofu as it was part of some amazing dish I was eating. It’s all in the preparation as most tofu adherents would know. I plan to attend the next vegan potluck but may have to come in disguise!

Some of you may have noticed something new on my website: advertising. It is a new undertaking for me as several businesses here and in the Strait area have agreed to advertise on Week45. Please take a moment from time to time and click on their banner which will take you to their home page. I have one more space available if anyone out there is interested. Thank you to Highland Hearing, Trimac Toyota, The Maples  (Retirement Living), Success’N Planning, MacKinnon’s Pharmasave, MacIsaac Funeral Home and EMM Law.

Do you remember “soap on a rope?” Of course you do because you’re an old fart like me. I was quite startled to discover, during my lengthy research on the subject (30 seconds on Wikipedia), that SOAR has been around since the late 1940’s. It was created by the English Leather Company. Yes, the same company that makes the men’s aftershave that I wore for years hoping to lure young women when I was single. I think it made a better insect repellent!

For my younger readers, here’s what you need to know about soap on a rope. The user is meant to place the rope loop (which is attached to a bar of soap) over their head or around their wrist to prevent the soap from falling to the bottom of the shower floor. I can see SOAR making a very big comeback with the Boomers. We will be purchasing it by the bushel. We’ll hang it around our neck so that we remember where to find the soap. Hell, we can wear it all day long and it can double as an aftershave!

And why, you ask, am I bringing up this arcane item? The first Christmas gift that I received back in the 1982 when I started a 13 year stint as Administrator of the CACL Workshop was from Ignatius Delorey. It was soap on a rope. I was to receive several of them that year causing me to wonder if my showering techniques needed improvement.

Iggy passed away a few days. Once he discovered that I played guitar and could hum a few bars of Charley Pride, we were friends for life. I would see him coming down the hall way and he would be imitating strumming a guitar and singing Charley Pride. He had a wonderful, cheerful presence. I left CACL in 1994 but bumped into Ignatius several times over the years. These encounters followed a similar pattern started 36 years ago. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Have a great week.


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