Colder Weather — I certainly got then what I bargained for! It is cold! We have this nippy wind from northeast and a huge cloud system that just keeps going round and round. We here, haven’t got as much rain as in other areas like Maine and Mass. — only scattered showers — but still, it’s very grey. The Weather in itself is a good thing! What if we didn’t have any weather at all LOL! All joking aside, it can be wild, deadly, boring, lovely and always a topic of conversation, or even blogging, as now, in my case.
At this point in my life, I don’t care as much about the weather as I used to when I was young, and obsessed with getting a sun tan. Wouldn’t miss a minute of sunshine and tried to make the most educated of guesses when I planned my annual, four weeks of vacation [well, five, but I always ‘saved’ one week].
One year, when I’d been looking forward to vacation as usual — I woke up on that first Monday morning to pouring rain. It just felt so good to be off work, so it didn’t matter. By then I was over my sun tanning obsession too, I had cable-TV, so I said to myself I’d just enjoy a rainy day, curl up on the couch and watch the Hallmark Channel. Eventually, got myself ready for some romantic TV dramas and turned on the TV. It broke down! Seriously! It was some tube inside it that was essential and I forget the word of it, but it was gone!
My finances weren’t all that good at the time, so it wasn’t as if I could just go out and buy a new one … just like that! This must have been the summer of 1996, I realize now, because my mother died 1995. Had a friend drive me over to her place and pick up her TV. It wasn’t all that old, I thought. Got some help bringing it up to my apartment … boy, were they ever heavy! Plugged it in, and once again got myself all curled up on the couch.
It burned! As soon as I’d plugged it in and turned it on, evil black smoke came out of it! Quickly unplugged it from the wall, and that was it. At least it didn’t catch real fire or so, but I never forget the stench. It was hard to get rid of even … the smell, that is.
By then, I was so mad … realizing I had to dig in to my poor stash of saved money. Called up a guy I knew who was a radio/TV dealer and had one delivered to a fair price … it rained for four weeks.
This was just before the Internet came into my life. This would have been a whole different story, had it been one year later! If this had happened to me today — with the Web being what it is now — I would never had bothered in the first place … with the TV.
Today is the 6th of June and Sweden’s national day, so … being one of, possibly two, Swedes here in Saint John, I’ll put my little Swedish flag out on the balcony. If anyone happens to see it up here, I doubt they’ll know what country’s flag it is.
The link above goes to Sweden’s official website and there I even found a translation into English, of our national anthem. Never saw that before, and it’s a good translation.