What's got you flummoxed today?

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That鈥檚 the fighting spirit, HEM!馃憤 I hope it works out one day for you!

My personal favourite memory about sitting next to a pilot the whole flight (well, the only time馃槀) was around 1974 in Argentina ( before a year or so later the skies darkened, so to speak , and the Dirty War started ).

I was in Comodoro聽Rivadavia ( spelling?) and it was a Sunday and I tried to pay for a flight to Ushuaia ( furthest southern point of Patagonia ) and the woman at the desk said 鈥 I鈥檓 sorry.. we can鈥檛 accept Traveller鈥檚 Cheques on a Sunday.鈥

Luckily, a man overhead that and asked me where I was from.

Easiest answer was 鈥 Londres 鈥 ( London ) and he said 鈥 ah, my daughter is studying English there right now!鈥

And then he said 鈥 I鈥檓 the pilot! Come with me! 鈥淪o I sat the whole flight next to him with my Instamatic camera , taking pictures of the Andes and the Patagonian desert!

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Unforgettable鉂わ笍 ( and didn鈥檛 need to pay for the ticket !)馃槀

Edit: correct spelling!馃槀

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comodoro_Rivadavia

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John, out聽of all your stories ramblings and memories, that is my favorite so far ! The world was a different place back then.

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( blushes).Thank you, dear Wasteland.聽

Sigh, I have been lucky.

Today I visited my mate Pete, 82, meanwhile in a wheelchair but sound of mind and he is writing some stuff down about how his musical career began. He was a brilliant pianist and knew everybody from the golden era of British ( partly South African ) comedy / music. Peter Sellers, Sid James, Cliff Richards, all the people from the Carry On comedy films, Louis Armstrong ( who played at his jazz club in South Africa ) - more and more names and he tells the stories with humour.

What flummoxed me - he has never before told me - or I had never asked - was today. I can鈥檛 remember why it happened but he told me ( he was born in 1939 ) his father was around when he was born in London but months later was called up for the war effort and ended up in Burma in a Japanese prisoner of war camp and was finally released about four years later.聽
And that his Dad came home when Pete was still an infant but separated from his mum after a year.. and ended up living with his parents.

So Pete met someone who recognised his musical skills and emigrated to South Africa as a teenager.

Stories about so many interesting artists! Some so funny! And there are the likes of me.. born after the war, thank God. My stories.. I like them and I am truly grateful for my life so far 聽but thank God I was never long term in a prisoner of war camp.馃檨

Oh, by the way , he is still a passionate Charlton Athletic supporter and is sad his team let in a goal in about the 95th minute of a game on Saturday. They would otherwise have qualified for the play- offs for promotion..

But, never mind , when I visit him, I take my puppy Mandy to play with his dog Buddy and they love each other and that brings a tear to his eye. Mandy will stay with him for a fortnight when I fly to Hamburg this Saturday. Pete loves dogs. And they love him.

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Two days ago if聽 window was opened it had to be closed because it was too cold. Now it has to be closed as it's too warm...

The earth is trolling us...

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I got to sit in the jump seat on a flight from Brisbane to Singapore in the 90's. I don't remember what aircraft it was but we landed after dark and it was beautiful and exciting.

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To be honest, it must be very difficult to putt a notebook into a microwave.

(ETA - Himself put one of my grandmother's silver and gold trimmed porcelain bowls in the microwave last week. Did not end well.)

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31 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

To be honest, it must be very difficult to putt a notebook into a microwave.

But it certainly explains its current condition.

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6 hours ago, Sannerl said:

golf fail GIF

Oh, just pick the damn ball up and drop it in the cup! Take the penalty and move on to the next hole, just as you would in your real life. Swear to God!

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