This was written Tuesday 23rd April 2013 - the 12th anniversary of my mother's death. This started out as an email to family and friends and although it is all true, I decided that I might just publish it to let young people know what we oldies go through, and to let other oldies know that they are not alone. Here it is! R.P. BenDedek
Hello You - who ever you are! I thinking I am getting old.
I woke up today and from that point on it only got worse.
Whether you like it or not I am going to share my morning with you and if along the way I get distracted and lose the plot - then please don't bother to tell me so.
I got out of bed, walked into the living room and turned on my computer.
I then picked up my clothes from last night, threw them into the washing machine and turned it on. It was then that I noticed the clothes I put on top of the washing machine YESTERDAY - to be washed today. Since the machine had just been turned on I had to stop it - switch the cycle to the 1 minute draining cycle so that the machine could FINISH so that the door would open so that I could put the other clothes inside. OK I got that done.
I made a coffee and had a cigarette.
Then I decided to wash the dishes since if I left them to later - later might be friday. I put on a pot of water to heat on the stove, and then packed up the dishes. Then I decided to have a shower since the current temperature of the water in my solar hot water system was hot enough to do that (we have hit a cold rainy patch so I won't have hotwater by tonight.)
Since the kitchen and bathroom are cold rooms, I also turned on the other gas jet so that the air would be warm while I showered. Then I went into the living room and took my towel off of the chair and put it on the washing machine so that I could dry myself when I finished the shower. But as I went to the shower, I decided that I needed to sit a spell on the John. Since that is a good time to smoke I decided to grab my cigarettes and had one or two.
By the time I finished, I could hear the water madly boiling in the kitchen and so went to turn it off and decided that if I didn't wash the dishes right then and there - it would probably be friday before I did, so standing there naked at the kitchen sink, I washed the dishes.
I have no idea what is going on in my neighbourhood but the people in the highrise building up on the hill were all congregated on their balconies and looking at something through their binoculars. I will probably read about that later in the press.
With the dishes finally done, it was now time to have that shower, but unfortunately the washing machine cycle had stopped, and having learned from experience, I knew that I had better hang out the washing or it might stay there till Friday.
Since I was butt naked, I wrapped my bath towel around myself and proceeded to hang the washing out on the balcony. When I finished, I figured that finally I would be able to shower. As I stepped into the kitchen, I noticed that my towel was missing. I had put it on the washing machine. I looked in the bathroom, looked in the living room and checked the bedroom. No! It was no where to be found. So I searched again! Definitely no where to be found. Stuff it! I thought to myself. I will just dry myself the Chinese way with the wash cloth. So off I went to the bathroom.
As I went to step in the shower, I discovered my towel. It was wrapped around my loins! Mystery solved!
I thought to myself, 'Why not share the joys of old age with your friends?' and so it was that I came to the computer to send you this email. But first I checked the morning news - got inspired to write an article - checked some more news and then decided I was tired and that a cup of coffee and a cigarette were in order before retiring for a rest. I closed my computer and went into the kitchen to make coffee.
When I checked the kettle, it was practically empty, so I picked it up and went to the water stand in the living room, and on the way I picked up my phone to check the time and noticed that my battery was low. Well I had to search high and low for the battery charger and finally found it right where I first looked but it wasn't there first time. I went over to the power point beside the Water Stand, and plugged my phone in. "Now", I thought, "I will have that coffee!"
I went back into the kitchen only to discover that my kettle was missing. A real WTF moment I can tell you since I had already had coffee today and no visitors so where could it be. I didn't bother looking in the Bathroom but wisely went into the living room where I discovered the kettle sitting on the table near the water stand.
I thought to myself, "This is really turning out to be a good day! I should write my friends about it!" And then I remembered that I had sat down at my computer to do that and after doing everything else, closed the computer without checking or sending emails, in order to go have coffee.
So here I am writing this in text pad which I will copy to an email, provided that is, that between now and 2 minutes time, I actually remember to do that, and provided that is, that when I open up my email account, that I am not distracted by something else.
Well it is half past midday and I have been out of bed for 3 hours. Wish me luck for the rest of the day.
Most Recent Published Articles by R.P. BenDedek
Peace in the Middle East Starts in the Heart
by R.P. BenDedek
April 25, 2013
Palestinian suffering on the other hand, continues no matter what happens and how much support they receive from the United Nations, the European Union and the Arab countries. The Palestinian Leadership dream of Nirvana is for their people (not they themselves) to be martyred for the cause and fly up to Allah. The Jewish dream is to turn Israel into a land flowing with milk and honey, and to enjoy the fatness thereof. Their dream is not to survive, but to LIVE AND PROSPER. Israelis don't dream of migrating to the US.... Ultimately, Israel's existence is living proof that HE who scattered them across the face of the earth 2000 years ago has in fact called them home. And I believe that idea is the fundamental cause for both Muslim angst and the blatant anti-Semitism of the 'anti-God' culturally Marxist, politically correct, activist agendas.
Putting Women and Gays in their place
by R.P. BenDedek
April 25, 2013
The Western World is asleep or otherwise so preoccupied with its politically correct agendas, that it doesn't see the forest for the trees. Islam today, is like the Christianity of the Middle Ages - determined by hook or by crook to convert the world, and like the Roman Catholic Church of old, is full of people whose 'method of conversion choice' is the sword (or in our case - terrorism).
R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (http://www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.
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"The King's Calendar" is a chronological study of the historical books of the Bible (Kings and Chronicles), Josephus, Seder Olam Rabbah, and the (Essene) Damascus Document of The Dead Sea Scrolls.