Ba Babam bib nobocam, a play in 1 act

At the electronic goods megamart after getting a filling at the dentist:
Man: (looking in vain for iPhone charger for wife)
Salesman: (hiding from customers between coffee machine aisle and room ventilator aisle because it is about 2 minutes before quittin time)
Man: (spots salesman)
Man: (all dialogue translated from German to English) BEA AH ZA CHACHAKABA HOA IHONE?
Salesman: Ehm…
Man: (with great effort) CHACHA. KABA. HOA. IHONE.
Salesman: Do you know which model? Is it a new model or an older one?
Salesman: Actually may I recommend the standard Apple brand product in that case? Same price as the knockoffs.
Man: (Takes recommended products, thumbs up, exit via cash register)

Never wrestle with a slug

Never wrestle with a slug. You both get slimy and the slug likes it.

Climbing update

For the first time in the past 6 months I was neither injured nor sick so I went bouldering with Gamma for the first time in more than 2 months or more – life kind of segued from various joint injuries and deaths and funerals to viruses to the famous eye lens replacement – and we were careful, especially of me, and I stuck to easy routes, and did not fall, and climbed back down instead of jumping, and stopped when the going got weird, and did not hurt myself, and got some good exercise, and Gamma rewarded me with the house pizza and a bottle of Radler (mix of lemonade and beer) and it was real nice hanging out with her.
My body is feeling wiggly right now, but it is nice to feel my body, and to be active again. I really missed it.
She listened politely while I cursed capitalism and the fairy tale of the free market, and while I babbled about Buddhism or rather the quasi-Buddhist quasi-concept of “let all that shit go” which has been on my mind lately, and although I have given up optimism I have also given up pessimism and worrying (theoretically) and this is an interesting vaccuum, for me, although maybe not for other people who are trying to eat their pizza while I talk about it not sure.
Sunday is Father’s Day here in Austria and I plan to go see an action movie with the kids and get something to eat. When Beta was a child we started a tradition of watching B-movies and criticizing them afterwards, listing all the historical, logical etc. errors and omissions (IIRC The Scorpion King with The Rock may have been the first, and I was real mad bc someone spray-painted my brand-new Doblo while we were in the theater), although I have difficulty finding anything to criticize on Abba-Teapot Peabody or whatever her name is although the prosthetic nose on Whatshisname Thorguy will be easy pickings I figure.
That is all.
For now.

Rain update

Everything was wet outside when I looked out the window just now, at like 6:25 or so. I woke up at 5:57. I got up at 5:57 I mean, 3 minutes ahead of when I had set an alarm for. I woke up a few times during the night as usual. I got up, opened the blinds but didn’t look out immediately. Made breakfast (0% Greek yogurt, a little müsli, a banana, coffee). After I had finished that I looked outside, where everything was wet but the sky looked brighter, as if the rain had stopped. Just in case I will bring an umbrella to work today. I forgot yesterday and got rather wet walking to the nearest shop to buy a spare.
I feel very stupid lately. Sleep is helping, but I can’t help wondering if it is because of all the viruses in the past 5 years, or if it is just going to be like this from now on due to me being 65, or whether I am actually smarter and just able to finally realize how stupid I am, Dunning-Kruger-wise.
Shrug emoji.
Anyway. Looking into the future: I will finish this second mug of coffee, go meditate, take a shower, get dressed (bed is already made, doing that right away helps against depression) and depending on the time walk to the office, feeding crows on the way, or waste time here until it is time to walk to the office. Later I will come back here, eat something, having shopped on the way for something to eat, then eventually go back to sleep. This is not as empty as it sounds, plus life has a way lately of being 1. delicious and 2. surprising.
That is the plan.

A brief description of the rain

It is a very heavy, yet kind, cool but not cold rain that I am watching out the window of an apartment in Vienna, dripping from the leaves of maple trees in the courtyard and making me wish I was, instead, in a remote cabin with a crackling woodstove. It is one of my favorite weathers, despite my efforts to love all weathers equally (I generally cannot get into irritating wind or glaring sunlight, although few weathers beat a rowdy thunderstorm, which we had an hour or so ago).

Eye update update

Wore RayBans everywhere at all hours until today, after misplacing them yesterday. Oh well they will turn back up eventually.
Had eye test and final post-op exam by dr. last week, am about 1 diopter at both ends, near-sighted and far-sighted. I can get by without glasses but will probably get bifocals/trifocals for that extra clarity. But am not in any big hurry.
Might go to a spectacle emporium tomorrow after work, if time permits.

In unrelated news, I hobeled the tip of my finger with a Krauthobel (do an internet search for it if you are unfamiliar with the tool, I decided not to link an image due to the effervescence of the Internet; Krauthobel translates literally as cabbage planer) while shredding cabbage for a salad yesterday so now I have to manually unlock my phone by typing in my code until the fingerprint grows back.

Laptop also.

In more unrelated news, the “let all that shit go” school of buddhism is looking increasingly attractive.

Final news: I saw Pamelia Stickney in concert Saturday evening, running the Moog theremin (which she helped develop) through three loopers, it was eye-opening in the good way. And she is an exceedingly charming person.