spinnerI didn’t quite realize it had been two weeks since I updated this thing. I guess I could say that my life is so interesting and diverse that days flow on days and before you know it, it’s Sunday again. But those of you who know me also know that my life is relatively boring and sedate. It’s not that I don’t have interesting adventures, but if push came to shove I would probably be in my pjs all day watching the traffic go by on my quiet street. What I am actually doing right now is waiting for my washing machine (which has been running for over an hour since I can’t read the Czech instructions to speed it up) to start it’s spin cycle so I can jump on it to keep it from moving all over the damn place. But I am eternally grateful for a washer at all. The alternative is to go down to the river and pound my undies on rocks. So I will shut up about the washer and let it play it’s little cat and mouse game with me. You know that Springfield Bishop Thomas John Paprocki  who wants to exorcise Illinois over the marriage equality law, maybe he can do something useful and exorcise my washer…and me. UPDATE— I turned down the spin cycle to 700 RPM so maybe, just maybe, no more dancing. All is quiet in bathroom.

Well the weeks are hummin’ by so far and we are already beyond the middle of November. It hasn’t snowed yet but some days it feels like it just might. I did travel to Zlín about 50 minutes bus trip from Vsetin depending on traffic. I only spent a couple of hours there and really didn’t check out the town completely. I did go into “Building 21” and ride the “Pater Noster” moving elevator up to nearly the top of the building so I could get a view of the town. It is a college town so there were a lot of young people around. I stumbled on a wreath-laying ceremony in the town square in remembrance of the revolution and in remembrance of previous uprisings in this country. There was also a talent show of sorts on another stage. I like stuff like that. I also had to make a pilgrimage to the Czech version of the Apple Store called “iTouch.” It was almost like being home…sort of…kind of…high priced gadgets and the Czech version of a “Genius Bar” same color tee shirts and everything. Last Saturday, Susan and I travelled to Valmez (Valašské Meziříčí) to a Christmas craft fair they are having in the town. There were lots of local crafts made in the Czech Republic. I was doing my early Christmas shopping for the folks back home and have been looking for locally produced art. There is nothing more infuriating than buying something that looks local only to find out it was made in China. (To my Chinese friends back in California…not that there is anything wrong with Chinese merchandise…) So it was a good day shopping on a very limited budget. For lunch we hung out at a local cafe with our friend Petr and his youngest daughter. Very easy afternoon with really accommodating folks. By the time lunch was finished Susan and I headed out to the bus station to catch the homeward bound for Vsetín bus. We thought it left at 3pm according to the schedule. Nothing. 3 came and went and no bus. Then we tried to figure out what the tiny symbols above the times meant. One was a symbol of two crossed hammers and another had a cross. Then it dawned on me that the crossed hammers must be work week and the cross must mean Sundays and no symbols must be everyday(I am so brilliant). So instead of being on time for the bus we had to wait 1 1/2 hours. By this time Petr texted Susan that there was a medieval display at the museum located in a huge old (19th Century) manor house behind the EdCentre school. It was within walking distance so we decided to go. It was a kick. The display was mostly for kids because it was “hands on.” We were escorted by a disabled teen named Tomas who was thrilled that he could use his English. Really sweet kid and I think we made his day when we asked him to show us around. He said he was 18 but he looked 15 or so. He also told me he had been a student at the EdCentre school for a couple of years. We took tons of pictures but the one I really wanted was a picture of Susan trying to get on a stuffed horse that had a saddle and steps leading up to the stirrups. Like I said, I think the display was for kids because when I “double-dog-dared” Susan to get on the horse she tried her best. She got halfway up when the saddle started to slip. I rushed to help her but we both started laughing so hard I nearly peed my pants. She was draped over the horse sideways so it looked like we were bringing home a body like in the old western movies. Even Tomas was laughing. She was going to wear a helmet like the knights wore while she was on the horse. I was holding it with one hand and trying to push the saddle up with the other. That took the cake as far as the museum goes. We have always had these “serendipity” moments when we are off someplace like the weddings we ran into in Olomouc several weeks back. If the bus had come we wouldn’t have gone to the museum and have had the horse adventure or met Tomas. That’s how things have been going. Little changes of plan which turn out much better than the original plan.

 

and so it goes…