Saturday, July 11, 2020

Chaos

It was a chaotic afternoon. R's bedroom digital tv recorder, PVR, failed. It is dual tuner, as is the lounge room PVR. We moved the PVR from the lounge room to his bedroom. Sounds simple? It wasn't. Many wires, some redundant were involved. TV's had to be lifted. Furniture moved. Wires manipulated. His infrared ear phones wouldn't work, then I broke a bit of plastic on them and rendered them useless, even though they were already rather useless.

We will retrieve our single tuner PVR for our lounge room from Mother's that we gave her when analogue tv was switched off and she had an old tv of ours. She now has a newer digital tv, also an old one of ours, but of course she doesn't live in her home now.

Enough, I proclaimed. I need to clear my head and go out for my ISO walk, and I did. Not much head clearing as Sister called while I was out walking. I hate myself for it, but I talked on my phone while I ordered coffee while out. The barista knows me well enough and knew what coffee I wanted and of course I paid with a card. I did say to him, thank you, in spite of Sister continuing to talk. I was worried about getting back home and finish sorting out the tech issues.

I was walking in Fawkner Park, which you can see on the right of my blog header photo.

Just on a whim, I thought I will check the glass lost property case within the park. The case mostly contains lost keys and car and apartment fobs, but there is a pair of glasses that look like my lost reading glasses. The case was locked but a key was in position. Alas the lock was seized and I couldn't open it.

Then I noticed a lower open ledge where more recent lost keys, fobs etc had been left. Would you believe, there were my reading glasses. At $200 they are a bit better than my newly bought $5 reading glasses, being two staged for reading and computer screen use. I will return to the lost property case and leave a thank you note. The people who surround us in our neighbourhood may be ever so middle class, perhaps somewhat retentive and conservative but are thoroughly decent and honest people who will go out of their way to help. Such is the kindness of strangers.

"To whoever found my black framed reading glasses and left them here, thank you so much." I hope it is not whomever, but regardless, that would sound pretentious. 

33 comments:

  1. How wonderful to have your reading glasses back! Imagine that! I once lost my keys tot he house and mail and was afraid I would never find them, and there they were, at the Post Office, safe and sound!
    Good that you could get out for a walk. I always feel better on those days!

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    1. Maribeth, while I am pleased to have them back, they really aren't right for me, so I wasn't too concerned about losing them, but how lucky was I, regardless.

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  2. I am so glad you got your glasses back. Blessings!

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    1. Gigi, I was amazed to see them sitting there.

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  3. Oh how lovely, this re-assertion of the kindness of strangers. We all need it these days.

    I hope the tech problem is sorted, I find I go into a mad tailspin when challenged in that capacity.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, yes, the kindness of strangers. Tech problems, R goes berserk. I remain calm and focus on sorting out the problem, and I usually do.

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  4. How wonderful. I hope that when you got home the tech issues could be sorted. They do my head in. Bad.
    And thank you for the note. I do hope that the person who found your glasses sees it.

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    1. EC, I haven't written the not yet. I need to protect it from rain, but I will. If the person knew about he lost case, she? will check if the glasses disappear.

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  5. Oh my, Andrew, what a find, that is wonderful you got them back. I hope that made up for the technology issues a little bit.

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    1. Strayer, it did somewhat. Tech battles are par for the course.

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  6. That certainly was a very lucky find...and a very thoughtful gesture by the person who found your glasses. I hope good karma finds that person.

    There are good people in this world...and we MUST hear more about them.

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    1. Lee, the people who live around here are just so thorough decent and considerate. We are fortunate to live among such people, but then I think really, most people are like that.

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  7. Yay for people who take care of lost property they find! A thank you note is a very good idea too.

    So did the bad and good balance out? (tech issues vs finding glasses) ... I despise any machine that has more than one cord to plug in. Thankfully my husband looks after those things very patiently.

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    1. Jenny, in the course of my work, I did the same many times. It would be easy to ignore, but I didn't. I suppose the good out balanced the bad. Why in this day and age to we have wires?

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  8. What a good idea to have a special box for foundlings. I've not come across that over here, but knowing Europe, it would probably get filled with things left behind by dogs!

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    1. Cro, no not here. Everyone picks up after their dogs and puts the droppings in a bin. To not do so is committing a terrible social crime.

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  9. I have a few pair of reading glasses. I hate when I put top of head and look about for them

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    1. Dora, before these prescription ones, I had many. I don't have enough hair on my head to hold them in place.

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  10. Bet you couldn't believe your luck when you came across your glasses, there are some good people about.
    Did you get the recorder sorted out?

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    1. Margaret, strangely I expected them to be there. I had a rough idea that I dropped them in the park. All matters tech sorted out now, $200 later for new infra red earphones for R's tv.

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  11. So glad you got the reading glasses back. A thank you note would be lovely.
    I hope the recorder and wires etc are all sorted satisfactorily by now.

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    1. River, while there are still many wires, some redundant but within the walls, all is sorted now.

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  12. That is life-affirming.

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    1. Tasker, while it was not too much of an effort for the person, at least they cared enough to do what they did.

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  13. Glad you found the glasses, I lost a pair in a snow bank one time.

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    1. I hope you found them Travel.

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  14. So Just To Be Clear - Chaos Over The TV, Talking On The Phone While In Line, Are You Sure Your Not American?? According To R, You Probably Drive Slow In The Overtake Lane Because Your Entitled To Do So - Believe Me, Just Poking Fun Here - Pleased Knowing That There Are Decently Good Humans These Days - Losing Anything And Finding Or Retrieving Is A Beautiful Feeling - We Refer To That In Our Practice Of Ortho As A Regret Reflex - Where Are My Keys, Where Are My Keys, YES, Found Them - Works Wonders - Enjoy Your Sunday Brother Man

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, it is the first time I had ever done that, and no, I don't drive slowly in the overtaking lane. Thanks.

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  15. Just dropping in, it is quite the norm here to exercise walk and talk. But sometimes, people get carried away and have the speaker phone on so every one else waking hears the conversation both ways!!

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    1. Hi Kestrel. Yes, people here do walk and talk, which is fine, but I really hate speaker phone on.

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  16. Anonymous11:06 pm

    Hi

    It is "to whoever found...."

    You would always say "to he who found..." quite naturally, you wouldn't ever say "to him who found..." so it follows ... he/she/whoever...

    You would say, I gave it to him/her/whomever...

    Basically, it's he/she/whoever when they are the subject (the doing people in the sentence), and him/her/whomever when they are the object (the being done to people in the sentence)

    I've explained that poorly, but you can write "to whoever found..." with confidence.

    I do like grammar!

    Marie in Perth

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  17. Thank you Marie. I have bookmarked this post and I expect I will refer back to it in the future.

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  18. It's little things like this that restore our faith in mankind 😊 So happy you got them back Andrew and hopefully when you back the chaos had subsided 💙

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