This time last week, I was grumpy; a Grumpy Old Woman in fact. I had a list of things I wanted to complain about, rant and swear about. But a week is a long time, and I’ll leave my complaints – especially the one about the English guy advertising an HDTV on television who says “haitch dee tee vee,” each time tempting me to throw something through the screen – for another time.
Today I wanted to talk about people who have made me smile recently, unexpectedly:
- On Saturday, I heard several members of the NZ Symphony Orchestra being interviewed. They finished by playing Silent Night Bolero – essentially it was Silent Night, accompanied by Bolero in the background. I don’t think it was their original idea, but it was new to me. I laughed out loud in delight.
- The couple who run Taste, my favourite neighbourhood restaurant (regular brunch place, and we visited for dinner a week or so ago with my mother) are always friendly, fun and professional. We visited them on the weekend for our final lunch of the year, and as we left, were handed a little jar of marmalade, their thank-you gift for our patronage during the year. But what was more stunning was the phone call I received a few hours later. We’d been chatting about our travels. They’re off to San Francisco for Christmas, and we’re off to Bangkok. We were bemoaning the fact we have an 11 hour stopover in Sydney, don’t have lounge privileges, and the international airport has shower facilities, but no towels! (Seriously, their website tells you this. Mind you, we discovered Heathrow was the same, but at least there we could use paper towels to dry ourselves. I suspect Sydney just has those hand-dryers.) Anyway, the guys from Taste rang to say they had two complimentary lounge passes that they don’t need, and we could have them for Sydney. How great is that? A small act of kindness.
- I was able to phone my doctor’s office for a prescription of just-in-case pain medication for Christmas, and it was ready and waiting this morning, without having to see my doctor. Very convenient.
- I stopped to fill up at the local Shell station. The one guy manning the station came out and took care of pumping the petrol. This is very rare.
- The huge thankyou I received from the three young women playing glorious classical music on their violins outside the supermarket, when I threw in a couple of gold coins.
- A friendly taxi-driver made me smile too, but his story is a good one, and deserves its own post.