The End of the Beginning…

I was encouraging my dining room computer to greater efforts last night, because I felt it was deliberately slowing down and refusing to obey commands just to wind me up. Shouting isn’t a long term answer, we really need a new computer, but it provides some short-term relief. In this, a computer resembles a teenager, though teenagers do eventually improve. On the other hand, you can switch a computer off and it never empties your fridge.

As I paused for breath I heard Julia say: “Simon, can you stop swearing please?”

This led to our usual discussion about me and my right to freedom of speech and how it was hardly even swearing compared to some of the things I could have said and how…

“Will you **** shut up, you foul-mouthed ****!”

I’ll leave you fill in the gaps. Unlike the tabloid press I have deliberately left the words unidentifiable. If you are going to blank out the bad language I’ve never seen the point of adding the initial letter and the exact number of asterisks. You may as well just print the word. As I know my readership contains churchgoers and grandmothers I tend to be honest in admitting that my language is not good, but refrain from exposing the true depravity of my language. Too many years spent working in the company of rough men. I really should stop it, but like vegetarianism and exercise, I seldom persist in my improvements for long. Te only two things I have really ever given up have been smoking and hard work. I have not done either for over 20 years.

It seems that Julia had just been adding sound to a video she had done for work and my advice to the computer meant she was going to have to do it all again. There really are times when I realise I’ve been a bad influence on her.

Chastened, I carried on typing, but when the computer seized up again I made my displeasure obvious with the use of hand signals.

It’s a good thing that we are doing more days at work in the coming week, as lockdown is beginning to change me. First I started eating too many biscuits, then I pretended to be a bear and now I’m making offensive hand gestures at a computer.

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Salon closed

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Salon closed

We’ve each been in twice a week for the last two weeks to do the eBay work and answer the phone. From this week we are going in four days a week and there will be two of us in the shop each day. I will be at work tomorrow, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

In two weeks time we will start letting customers in by appointment. I spoke to someone by telephone today – he has had a queue outside all day wanting new watch batteries. A lot of watches ran out of power over the last few months.

It’s going to be a long slow recovery from lockdown.

This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

Winston Churchill

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Picture of Desertion and Dejection

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Oh dear…

11 thoughts on “The End of the Beginning…

    1. quercuscommunity

      I have saved a lot of money in the last few months, though I have had to top up the air in my tyres. I am thinking our wide-ranging days out may be a thing of the past. It is cheaper to stay at home and better for the planet.

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    1. quercuscommunity

      Yes. I always think if you are going to make it obvious you may as well write the word. πŸ™‚

      I might have known that a crossword setter would try to fill in the blanks,,,

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  1. Lavinia Ross

    Our salons opened up here. The current protocol is hand sanitizer outside the door, inside the door, sanitize again before filling out the contact form, and again before sitting down. Haircutter wears a mask, although the client cannot due to the nature of the visit. πŸ™‚

    Our Governor here wisely hit the pause button on further opening up, as confirmed cases have shot up around the country.

    Poor Julia! I am sorry she had to redo her work. That is frustrating!

    That wasn’t your car with the flat tire, was it?

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    1. quercuscommunity

      No, it was a taxi driver who lives in the flats over the shops – it looks like he had parked up for a while due to lack of business.

      Yes, I was suitably apologetic when she explained. And embarrassed. πŸ™‚

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  2. tootlepedal

    When computers start to slow you down deliberately, bad language is quite in order in my opinion. I tend to suspect that it is my computer security company doing it in order to persuade me to buy further products from them to speed my computer up again.

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