Saturday, April 03, 2021

Your Longevity

I hope yesterday's post did not offend anyone. If you have a religion, that is fine with me. I just don't believe. 

Good Friday is such a boring day. It used to be a day for family stuff, but nothing was arranged and we didn't bother to try to arrange anything. Good Friday and Christmas Day are the only full days here when shops are closed and it was a deliciously warm day, well a little too warm for me at nearly 30 degrees (double it and add 30 for F.).

R suggested a tram to Acland Street, St Kilda for brunch. I suggested  Sandringham by train for brunch. We were so slow it was actually lunch time when we reached Sandy after a very pleasant train trip.

Cafes were crowded, especially outside, and I always need shade. R spied a couple leaving an outdoor seat at one cafe and quickly moved and snaffled it. It was a nice lunch. We just missed a train after we finished our meal and so in the twenty minute wait we took a brief walk.

We walked down towards the beach and past the Sandringham Hotel, which has the most wonderful views over the bay. I first went there with a female friend when I was 19 and it was the first time I ate oysters, Kilpatrick. It took a few years for me to get into Oysters Natural. 

The train arrived at the terminus and people streamed from the train obviously heading to the beach. I can't remember what the beach is like. Off went the train with us in cool comfort. It stopped of course at Middle Brighton Station and who got on the train? Our 85 year old friend the Brighton Antique Dealer. She had done the same as we did, lunch at a cafe but in her case, in Middle Brighton. Her 70 year old toy boy was with her.

The quite grand beach entrance.


Sandringham Station. It is very noice part of Melbourne.

For some time we have been saying, we must call and catch up with BAD. For some time she had been saying the same about us. She asked us back to her posh retirement building and we had coffee from a machine in the public lounge area, joined by a 93 year old resident. We spent an hour or more catching up on news and returned home quite exhausted, but it was lovely to see her and we will see her somewhere out for dinner soon.

Now, this is a recipe for old age as where BAD lives is full of very and mostly self sufficient old people. If you were born in Britain, Canada or the US, my advice from observations is keep your accent. Most of all though, have a good sense of humour. Laugh, joke and make smutty exchanges. Flirt about what might be impossible at your age.

EG: BAD was describing the 93 year old's bed, that lifted electrically in all sorts of directions. Me: BAD, you know an awwwwwful lot about how his bed works? 

We may have an easy and quick death, or a slow drawn out one, but always try to keep your sense of humour. BAD's building has a happy hour, 5pm to 6 where residents get together for just the one.

20 comments:

  1. I am so glad (for you all) that you were able to catch up with BAD. Exhausting, but well worth it.
    My sense of humour (often black) has kept me from drowning more than once. I hope to be able to hang on to it.

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    1. EC, I too am a person who likes black humour. You are kind of an emergency worker and they are experts at black humour. They have to be.

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  2. Having a bed that moves every which way you want, would be very nice indeed. I covet it already. Nothing closes here on Good Friday, but on Easter Sunday, things will close down and people will either be heathen holidayers and hunt for Easter Eggs or religious zealots and pack the churches to celebrate resurrection. Or both. Rabbits will be given to children and then discarded like trash in a month or so. I once was taken to dinner and had oyster shots and liked them a lot!

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    1. Strayer, in spite of his wealth, the bed came from the local council service for the aged. Easter Sunday here will be fairly normal for retail. I had oyster shots for the first time last year in Tasmania. Loved them.

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  3. You have forgotten what the beach is like? slip slop slap and get down there, breathe in that wonderful salty air.
    A happy coincidence running into BAD and catching up, which might not have happened if you had chosen R's first choice for the day.

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    1. River, not beaches per se, but that particular beach. R's choice? It would have been ok. (Calculate how many nice looking guys might be around Acland Street as opposed to Sandringham) Sandringham was a better choice.

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  4. The entrance to the beach looks as it it could double as a bandstand; which would be wonderful.

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    1. Cro, a small one. I think it is more a viewing platform, looking out to sea. It was a bit hot and our train's arrival was imminent. I will have a proper look another day.

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  5. Interesting that an outdoor beach would need such an entrance. Will you get in trouble if you walk around it?

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    1. Kirk, local councils with too much money to spend. Either side is heavy vegetation.

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  6. Sounds like a nice day out. BAD must be an inspiration.

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    1. Diane, she is and what a life she has led. The comparison between her and and my mother who is three years older is dramatic.

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  7. Good Friday is completely ignored by non believers, all shops and offices are open it's just like a normal day ! In Germany I noticed that it was a day off, because the TV program had completely changed and was during the day more for children then for adults. Celebrated is Sunday where the kids look for the hidden eggs and it is a day with a lot of fun. Monday is also a day off to celebrate Easter. I personally had completely forgotten as Ric is still in hospital and with our lockdown we are very restricted. I wished I could do the same and look for a seat in a crowded restaurant ! What a dream since one year now !! On Wednesday I get my first vaccin !

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    1. Gattina, I dislike Good Friday as nothing is open. We are doing the Easter Egg Hunt with family Easter Sunday. Hey, so good that you will get your vaccine.

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  8. I need to remember to laugh more,

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  9. Everything is open here on Good Friday. We took our dog to the vet for a blood test. Then we took the behemoth vacuum cleaner to the shop to have a new belt installed. We're getting it ready to donate. Hope you collect some nice eggs at the Hunt.

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    1. Cynthia, I really didn't know about your Good Friday being so different to ours. Kind of you to repair the vacuum before donating it.

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  10. Agreed -- keeping that sense of humor (not to mention cocktail hour) is crucial!

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    1. Steve, one probably aids the other.

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