Here are my responses to this week’s Share Your World Challenge
Did you ever get lost?
I don’t often get lost. When I’m travelling and wander into an unfamiliar area I call it being temporarily misplaced as I don’t really mind going off my route if I’m not in a hurry. The only two times I can remember being annoyed by being lost abroad were missing a tour in St Petersburg because we couldn’t find the place it left from and getting lost trying to find Hadrian’s Wall in the UK because I’d misread the bus timetable.
Strangely, one of the few places where I seem to regularly get lost is the suburb of Kingston near Hobart. I got lost there again yesterday. I was going to a cricket match and I knew where I wanted to go but not which bus stop I needed to get off at. The bus driver,who was new on the job, didn’t know either and I ended up going too far and having to walk back. I saw a sign pointing to the place I wanted to go and decided that although it wasn’t the road I’d intended to take it might be quicker. It would have been if I’d stayed on it but I was distracted by the sight of a youth taking a path up a grassy bank towards what looked like a sports ground. I was sure that he was going to the cricket match so I decided to go that way too. The trouble was that I crossed the road further along than he did and found myself separated from the path by a ditch. I have no confidence about jumping over ditches and the grass was long so I didn’t know how deep it was or if there was water in it. I back tracked to the road and decided to follow it to the end where I heard the unmistakable sound of cricket being played. When I left I thought I’d take the road I’d meant to take in the first place but again followed a path that promised to be a short cut only to end up at the back of Kingston High School. I wasn’t sure if I would get into trouble for cutting through their property. I knew the road I wanted was on the other side but I played it safe and back tracked to the road again. I can always see where I want to go in Kingston I just can’t work out how to get there.
Who was your best friend in elementary school?
I didn’t have a lot of friends in Primary School as we call it here. I became friends with two girls though, Penny and Gillian. We used to eat lunch together and when we discovered that we would all be going to the same high school we arranged to meet and walk to school together which we did until I moved away two years later. I still remember how we would discuss the latest episode of Star Trek (original series) on the way. Penny sadly passed away when she was in her twenties but Gillian and I are still friends. We live in different states now but we see each other from time to time and keep in regular touch. I’ll be visiting her next month and she and her husband will be in Hobart in December for a few days so we’ll meet up again.
Since the news television season has started in the US, list three favorite TV shows.
I know that some of the new US shows have been fast tracked to Australia but to be honest I really prefer British and Australian TV shows. Recently Foxte,l our cable channel provider, started up a new channel called BBC First and I’ve watched several new shows on that. So my three favourite British shows recently have been:
- The Politician’s Husband – I do like political stories and this one has David Tennant in it so of course I had to watch it.
- Shetland – A crime series set in the Shetland Islands. Based on the novels of Ann Cleves (which I haven’t read) I would like this just for the location but I like the characters and stories that I’ve seen so far.
- Hinterland – A Welsh detective series. I would like this even if it wasn’t made in Wales because I’ve liked the stories but the setting give it that something extra.
If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?
I would probably be too busy hiding from Polly to see much but if she was asleep I’d see the humans reading, watching TV or on the computer writing or reading blogs or playing games.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week I thought I had lost my mobile phone but I hadn’t. I found it on a shelf where I’d put it while reorganising my desk space. This coming Sunday we’ll be having lunch with some friends that we haven’t see for a while so it will be nice to have a chat and eat out which we rarely do.