Friday, 30 May 2008

The Booze Shop

An amusing snippet in the kitchen at work the other day. I introduced the new person to a co-worker.

CW - Yes, we've met before,
NP - I don't think so...
CW - Yes, definitely, we've met at such and such event,
NP - No, I'm sure we haven't met..
CW - We have, you're on my Facebook.

Loving it.

After work, I went to mooch around the shops. Tracksuit clad fitness freaks were in the shopping centre demonstrating how to keep fit using Wii. Fair enough, I'll let the housebound and seniors have that one, but in general - GET OUT OF YOUR FECKING CARS PEOPLE!!!

Then I went to the Liquor Store. I do love the Liquor Store, oh yes, it annoys the bejabers out of me that the supermarkets don't have lovely big alcohol departments like they do in Britain, but, the Liquor Store is a treat, and ours has Shafiq. Shafiq - who I assume ISN'T Jewish, used to live in Golders Green and Rugby. He worships Tesco. He feels he is due for a refresher, a trip back to Blighty. But he knows his wine and doesn't try to get you to buy expensive ones. He caught me selecting a wine called 'Arrogant Frog', a must have simply for the name. We both chuckled over 'Chat-un-oeuf'. And then he showed me a couple of other good wines.
The lady flogging beers from a brewery in Kelowna tried to engage me in beer banter.
'I don't do beer,' I said. In the case of beer, rather than in a case OF beer, my feminism conflicts with my snobbery.
In the Liquor Store they have those shopping baskets that have a long handle and wheels.
There's a general feeling of Friday and camaraderie.

I'm several weeks behind in my New Scientist reading. But the one I read today had an article about how blood transfusions don't save lives unless the patient would die without one. I know, I know, but it seems they are used routinely and unnecessarily. We know this and in fact we know a lot about the effects of giving other people's blood because of Jehovah's Witnesses refusing to have them.
SO that's useful.
It's just that, their shunning of transfusions is apparently based on the words of Leviticus, 'No soul of you shall eat blood.' Which tends to suggest the practice of Kosher rather than avoiding transfusions to me, but hey, at least there aren't spaceships involved.

4 comments:

Sleepy said...

While catching up on your New Scientist, could you keep an eye out for anything about the use of Nematodes as a slug killer.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Dawn said:

Not facebook, but the conversation I recently heard was similar--At my father-in-law's funeral, our next-door-neighbor met Pete's oldest sister.
Neighbor: Oh, I know you. We've already met.
Sister: No, I don't know you.
Neighbor: Yes, we met at the bar in Jerico.
Sister: (Gulp.)
'nuf said.

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Schneewittchen said...

Sleepy - will do

Dawn - Yep, I think that one must have caused a few sniggers :)

Anon - Ta for the links.