Thursday, 30 August 2012

Believe it or Not


They say truth is stranger than fiction and I am not sure if one should laugh about this story but here goes...  I have a friend of a friend who has a Downs syndrome teenager who likes fairy tales. He is quite a strapping lad but with quite an active imagination.  One day he was alone at home while his mother went to the shops. On her return, he told her excitedly that her had caught a 'Troll' and locked it in the cupboard under their stairs.  Mystified, but hearing noises from the aforementioned cupboard, the mother approached cautiously, opened the door and was greet by an irate small person (actually a dwarf), who had rung their doorbell (he was a Jehovah's Witness) and been summarily bundled down the passage by the frightened teenager, and shoved into the cupboard.  He was really angry and wanted to call the police but the mother was able to calm him down and apologise on behalf of her son. This is a true story. It happened last week. I am rather impressed that he knew what a troll was: I only had a vague idea, gleaned from sometime back when the toy shops were full of these long-haired little men.  I only found out exactly what a troll was when we were in Norway last May.

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  1. I am sure it is not a "politically correct" kind of story, but I laughed and shared it with my husband, who also laughed. I will certainly think of this the next time a JW knocks on my door.

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  2. I am relieved - I also laughed, not meaning to be unkind to either party.

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  3. Wow, what a story! Like Olga it may not be politically correct but you have to wonder what went through the guy's mind when he was stuffed in a closet and laugh like hell.

    The JW visited us years ago when my son was about 4 years old. We have a big walnut tree in our backyard, and it was loaded with walnuts. I had my son stand under the tree with a laundry basket over his head, and I was up in tree shaking various branches. The walnuts would come thundering down and hit the laundry basket. The kid loved it. My wife was standing by the porch enjoying her crazy husband and kid having a good time. Two ladies, very properly dressed in mid calf length dresses with hats and gloves (looked like something out of a Fitzgerald novel) came up the walk, looked at me about 30 feet up shaking the tree limbs while great gobs of walnuts come wailing down on our son. The women had a horrified look, quickly handed my wife the latest issue of the Watch Tower and rapidly departed without a word.

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  4. Brilliant! But how lucky were you to have a walnut tree! They are the most expensive nuts in our shops.

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    1. These are not the same walnuts that you buy in the store. The tree is called a Black Walnut. The wood is very valuable, but the nuts are small, bitter, have a thick messy rind that turns your hands a coppery black, and a very tough shell. I had one neighbor years ago that would come and collect some of them. We tried messing with them and it was nothing but pure nasty. If you like tiny, hard, very bitter nuts, this is your tree. The squirrels love them. That tree is the most miserable yard tree I have every seen. It has compound leaves (little leaflets on main leaf stem). It gets its leaves real late. We probably get no meaningful shade until the second week of June. It starts dumping leaflets by the end of July. The tree has probably lost 1/4 of its leaflets right now. It will be completely bare by the equinox. Then the 15 inch leaf stems fall off. I don't know what the hell keeps it alive, but photosynthesis has a limited run. Maybe the leaves are extremely efficient. Then the walnut production. On bad years for it, (good for me) it will have nothing. On good years for it (bad for me) the entire tree is hanging with walnuts in bunches of threes and I will clean up walnuts from now until the middle of November. I used to climb the tree to shake them down and get it over with. Those days over.

      The tree is also deleterious for Kindles. Last year I was sitting on the porch reading my Kindle after dark. Suddenly I hear thump, thump, thump, thump. It startled the hell out of me and sounded like someone was running at me. I have a LED reading light that is bright enough that it blinds my night vision. My initial reaction was somebody is attacking me, the Kindle gets wailed straight up in the air. Ten milliseconds after the Kindle launch I correctly interpreted the sound as consecutively falling walnuts. I have heard it before, and it always startles me. Too late the Kindle is airborne. I reached out and caught it but couldn't stop it. I sort rode it down into the the concrete porch floor. I softened the blow but still the Kindle hit the floor. Fortunately it still worked. I was rather irate with myself and my damned walnut tree.

      Here we go again with captchas, failure # 1...

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  5. Whew - and you still put up with the tree! But you are lucky - I stepped backwards onto my Kindle's screen with the only sharp-heeled shoes I own. Had to buy another Kindle! (Don't ask why my Kindle was on the floor)

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    1. Why was your Kindle on the floor?

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