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Birth and Death and IKEA

April 18th, 2012 at 04:54 pm

my birthday rolled around. Parents dead for over a decade so they're no fun. Nifty presents are all colourful: Raoul Dufy print mug, flowers, rainbow Swatch watch, a mystery book. And now a double-scoop of custard: Kit Kat plus vanilla! Five-star Yelp review comin' up!

Deaths: Dead Pool 2013 is already slated, thanks to recent announcements, plus a NY Times online feature about obituaries, including dead pools, so now I have rich sources of names. I'm envious of the people who made their dead pool lists as global and varied as possible: mine was mostly US-based. My friend who gave me the Dufy mug is ranked ten on a big deadpool, I am languishing at position thirty-seven, eighth from last. No money is involved there though. Happy with my current position on a money dead pool.

I'd been secretly hoping I'd get a 38-point bump by today on my for-money list. I am sure I am not the only one.

Dead Pool UPDATE: Dick Clark passed. He's on my list. I better let the fair administrix know.

Thanks for the birthday greetings and wishes! I only wish I had the stamina and focus to keep cheer every day and pass it around as well!

Finished the second of Kyril Bonfiglioli's Charlie Mortdecai crime novels: this one is not so much fun, less violent and more domestic than the first, Don't Point That Thing at Me.

Close to broke again (but not poor) after a trip to IKEA. Hoped to pay with credit card, balance well into the three digits after birthday dinner, gifts, and auto repair and maintenance charges, but didn't have a PIN. I did get a coupon for $1.08 off my next IKEA purchase, and the kid had a fun time at the cafeteria: all the Swedishness reminded him of Team Alfredsson in the NHL All-Star event, where at least six Swedes from Ottawa and Vancouver were on Alfie's team. And what Canadian teams made it to 1st round in the playoffs? That's right, Ottawa and Vancouver. Fortunately IKEA is cheap and I didn't buy more than what I could carry. IKEA's having a "living room event" next week: maybe I'll finally get that Ektorp sofa bed and matching chair.

Scrabble players, according to a

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University of Calgary study, really are smarter than most. I feel this is another handicap preventing me from employment. Maybe the real handicap is not knowing what jobs are available where puzzle-solving and pattern recognition are valued and earn ample compensation. Too many people I see at school and at shopping who are hired ignore, disdain and yawn or foolishly argue and lie. I used to think it was me, but I've had great experiences at other places and think I must have crossed the divide into "those kids are rude and have no sense of privacy" codgerdom. I'm happy with that.

11 Responses to “Birth and Death and IKEA”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Happy Birthday Paulette! Sorry, but this site's the best I can do:

    Speaking of IKEA and cake, did you have any nice IKEA food?

  2. laura Says:

    Happy Birthday!

    My older daughter loves the Swedish meatballs out of IKEA.

  3. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Yes, we had Swedish meatballs! And I had a Rosehip drink for the healthful weirdness! There should be a quiz: "Swedish NHL Player or IKEA Brand?"

  4. My English Castle Says:

    yum--I miss the little shrimp sandwiches ours used to have.

  5. PauletteGoddard Says:

    My kid had a shrimp sandwich in addition to his "Kids Eat Free" combo meal.

  6. Swimgirl Says:

    Happy Birthday!

  7. baselle Says:

    Happy birthday ... and if you ever become famous, you are now worth one fewer point. Big Grin I keep consoling my friend ... Hugo Chavez is a great pick.

  8. PauletteGoddard Says:

    @baselle you are correct Hugo Chavez is a great pick. I had him as a backup, after Andy Williams. I didn't read about Chavez's situation being a lot worse until mid-January. Warren Buffett is good too. It's not over till it's over. For instance my hockey team had a great regulation season but now they suck hard.

  9. mjrube94 Says:

    I've given up on 2012 and am already thinking of my 2013 list too. I'm actually writing names down now so I don't forget when December rolls around!

  10. baselle Says:

    You know who woke up. With the exception of Etta my healing powers are intact.

  11. PauletteGoddard Says:

    @baselle Etta James didn't have Barry Gibb singing to her. Therein lies the difference.

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