Thursday, 16 February 2012

I'm Still Alive... but only for the sake of a glance...

I am often made fun of for being over cautious. Ridiculed for my predilection for proper procedures; for my funny little ways that make me feel safe and happy. People say: Scarlet, why don't you throw caution to the wind, rip all your clothes off and go skinny dipping in the sea? No, I say, because I am wary of strong currents and of having blue knees. People say: Scarlet, why won't you climb the tallest tree and perform aerial gymnastics from a bushy branch? No, I say, because I am scared of woodland bugs and don't like snagging my tights. People say: Scarlet, why don't you throw caution to the wind, just every once in a while? Yeah, maybe sometimes...
But caution has its virtues, and if it wasn't for my habit of checking for traffic both ways even when knowingly crossing a one way street, then I would be dead right now. I was in Torquay yesterday and I am unused to the road layout. It looked like a one way system, certainly seemed to be behaving like a one way system, and in my heart of hearts I felt it was a one way system, so when the traffic cleared from the left I stepped into the road, but with a cursory glance to the right. Oh thank God I did. Otherwise today's local headline would read: Couple mown down by very large coach full of tourists.
My companion? Yes, indeed - one of those people who so often teases me for my over cautious behaviour... one of those people who often bounds ahead of me, throwing caution to the wind... one of those people who doesn't make the cursory glance to the right.

Anyhow, on a lighter note, I will mostly be wearing pink this summer.

75 comments:

  1. Me too; most of the time very cautious, 5% of the time ridiculous risk taker.

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  2. I'm assuming when you say mostly wearing pink you have not decided to throw caution to the wind and will be cavorting around in your Birthday suit, for what we laughably call in this country the warmer months. I fear Scarlet, with our weather, it will not be just your knees that turn blue.....

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  3. Will you be wearing white after Labour Day?

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  4. Dicky: That 5% makes it all worth while!

    Mr Logs: Indeed! I will be wearing woolly pink layers... possibly neon pink so that I am easily seen.

    MJ: Good heavens, are you not allowed to wear white after Labour day in Canada?
    In Britain we mostly wear grey to blend with the sky. I am going to wear pink to signify my hopefulness.

    Sx

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  5. Having been almost run down as a teen, I still look both ways, no matter if it is a one way street or not!

    I'm so glad you ~ and your fun making companion ~ are still alive. And pink is a very good colour. I wear it often. ;-)

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  7. I always imagine you in pink. Not that I'm always imagining you or anything!

    Now everybody..'Glance with me, to the end of time....' :¬)

    xxx

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  8. It is very difficult to look both ways unless you are hideously disfigured.

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  9. My mum always made me wear clean underpants, in case I got run over. Not sure what benefit that would have been, as having a bus go over one has a hideous effect on any underwear.

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  10. I had a panic disorder for ages. If it was possible for me to have lived in a bubble, I would have, but my mother thought it might make me look fat, and she wanted to marry me off by the time I was ten.

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  11. I was going to say just that, pink is an excellent colour for being seen when you're crossing the road.

    I find that lurching across the road with a white stick is a brilliant way of bringing all the traffic to a halt.

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  12. Ponita: I am looking forward to my summer of pink... I may even use highlight of yellow... that fluorescent yellow that workmen are so keen on.

    Mapstew: Imagining other bloggers is fine! The problems start when you start dreaming about them... which I do.

    Mr Scurra: Trust me, I was almost strawberry jam... which, I think, counts as being horribly disfigured.

    Mr Chairman: At the sight of that coach I nearly needed clean underpants.. or in my case, knickers.

    Ms Nellie: Oh dear, I misread that as 'picnic disorder' and nearly choked on my sandwich.
    *makes note not to read comments whilst eating lunch*

    Nick: I am going to go one better... not only am I going to be wearing pink with highlights of that fluorescent yellow that workman like, but I am also going to festoon myself with flashing fairy lights and a loud speaker system. And I am also going to buy a tank.

    Sx

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  13. I would have licked you off the pavement.

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  14. Mr Scurra: Why do all my posts always lead to gooey confectionery or bakery products? Tis my own fault... no, tis Nellie's fault for making me think of picnics and therefore jam sandwiches... and wasps.
    Sx

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  15. Scarlet why don't you take those antimacassar covers off your couch and turn them into lace hotpants? Dye them pink if you need to.



    I am not a robot

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  16. Ah, but think of all the fun you missed in A&E....

    Glad you're not roadkill.

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  17. I mostly look out for dead trees in high winds!

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  18. You can skinny dip at Hippie Hollow! No tour buses there!

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  19. Mitzi: Good idea!! I have been wondering what to do with my antimacassars, I have a hoard of them...so I could probably stretch to a matching tank top.

    My broadband speed has died today [also hit by a coach?] so I am just hearing stuttery bits of the Youtube. I will try again tomorrow. But no, you are not a robot.

    Andy: I don't think I would have made it to A&E... it would have been my final destination moment, the speed that thing was hurtling at me.
    And breathe.... I am still slightly traumatised at the thought of it.

    John: I've had a near miss with one of those as well... and a flooded river... actually I think I might have used up my nine lives :-(

    Mr LAX: Yes, but can you guarrentee my knees not turning blue?

    Sx

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  20. ...and just to interject...
    Opinions on the new word verification system are most welcome.
    Should I get rid of it?
    Sx

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  21. I'm not a fan of any form of word verification myself - I must admit any spam I get does not seem to make it onto the comment page but gets caught in the blogger filter – I’ve yet to see anything caught up in it that I wouldn’t expect to be in there either (about the only thing that seems to be working properly on blogger at the moment – I published this morning, noticed an error and so changed it and blogger removed most of my pictures and half the content from the end of the blog – perhaps it was being judgmental and didn’t like them – A bit harsh as Mega Mini Beast, he does his best but is not in the same league as The Beast – which gets counted as a professional camera and so is not welcome at the O2 and most other venues for that matter - thank a god, I don’t believe in, for the lack of security at outdoor and smaller venues.... It took me ages to work out what content had gone and put it back in again.....).

    If you are worried about comments appearing that you don’t want it might be better to flick on the approver switch.... but that’s just my opinion – it’s your blog so your rules and choice.....

    P.S. gutted that you appeared to miss my comments on when bloggers go bad – not sure if I should count is as a slap in the face or be proud that it stands out as the only one that slipped through without getting a response...just what you need on a Thursday afternoon a needy commenter

    P.P.S on a more serious not, proud of you for still attempting to answer all the comments that you receive – There are only a few of us who do and you have reached a level of comments where you could be excused for not....

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  22. Mr Logs: Oh crikey, did I miss you on a previous post? Many apologies!
    An oversight... I may have answered it in my head and thought I'd typed it - this happens, even more so as I'm getting older and more befuddled!
    I do like to answer all my comments... actually, if I know that I really don't have time to reply then I don't post, I feel extremely chuffed that people bother to turn up here and comment... so I will go and seek out your missed comment!

    Sx

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  23. We almost lost you?! FOR REAL?! There's nothing funny about that. So very happy you're alive, well and cautious.

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  24. No worries about blue knees! Lake Travis Summer water temperature: 85f/29c!

    PS: Since the new wv is so obnoxious, I've turned it off at my place pending spam flood or return to old system.

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  25. Scarlet, Maybe Wear Day-Glow Yellow?.......Tis Safer.....Remember!

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  26. Oh Dear ... do not follow these flambouyant men, even when the twinkle in their´eye's so promising ... just follow a step behind ...

    *mwah*, take care, and don't mess with buses, please.


    P.S. I do not even try to use the wv, I'm sure that wordpressers are not allowed in, and besides - I can not read the first word, what a crap.

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  27. Ohla - now it's obligatory for name/URL too.

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  28. Mr Banish: Yep, it was a close call. I will only be using zebra crossings in future.

    Mr Lax: I have just switched mine off... it's totally impossible to make head n'r tail of it this early in the morning.
    Though Michelle seemed to negotiate it okay!

    Tony: I need to employ the services of a super hero and a friendly robot just to leave the house - it's true!!

    Mr Mags: I usually do lag behind - in everything!
    I have switched my WV off and I'll just wait to see what happens. It was simply impossible.

    Sx

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  29. Me too.
    As a late old friend said 'You seem to have a glass cage built round you.'
    But I did break out - when the time was ripe.
    So glad you reminded me about looking right on a one way street - I've been getting careless of late.

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  30. Pat: It always pays to look twice before taking a leap of faith... and this also applies to crossing the road.

    Sx

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  31. Oh please don't wear pink. Any colour but pink.

    Glad you are still alive.

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  32. "slippery when wet"
    Please use your pink responsibly, especially in built-up areas

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  33. Well, so glad you're ok. I'd always pictured you as a powder blue Scarlet.

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  34. When I was small and crossing the road, my mother always used to say "Now look left, look right, and look left again." Does any adult ever do that, I wonder? In my case it's more like "A quick look around and then run for it."

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  35. Yesterday I tried to create an account with microsoft, they use the same word verification thing: It was impossible to identify the letters. After the sixth try I gave up. It is way over the top and useless, it efecticely prohibits the user's access!

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  36. Hit by a coach and you'd have been Scarlet Black and Blue...well done for avoiding denting the coach and preserving yourself...

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  37. Just as well you looked Miss Scarlet...
    Otherwise you may well have been getting scraped off the pavement... Eeuw...

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  38. Mr Joey: I'm tired of powder blue... and I have, in the past, veered from pink.... but this year I want to be in the pink.

    Wendy: I will draw the line at a pink push-up bra.

    Ms Nurse: Indeed, and I have been powder blue or turquoise... but, time for a change.

    Nick: Well it's a good job that I remember Tufty, isn't it?!

    Mr Mags: This is why I've removed my WV - and I used to be a bit of a fan - life is difficult enough.

    Mr Bene: I dented my arm over the weekend. It hurts... but being hit by a coach might have been worse!

    Princess: ...Pavement scraping is never a good look!

    Sx

    I am feeling slightly dented today [not just my arm, but my whole demeanour].
    Something has made me a little cross and upset so please bear with me whilst I:
    a) Move on and get over it.
    b) Deal with it in an adult fashion.
    c) Deal with it in a childish fashion.
    d) Watch Coronation Street.
    e) Launch the damage limitation plan to clear up the mess after I've dealt with it in a childish fashion.

    SXXXX

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  39. Whatever you need to do, as long as you do not throw things at me, please.

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  41. Try again, with an attempt to spell basic words in my mother tongue correctly...

    Re Chairman Bill's comment about his mum always insisting on clean underwear in case of "accidents"... My mum too! I always though that was a bizarre thing to care about, when you've just had a bus inserted into your amygdala.

    This year's AGM and conference of the Campaign for Real Ale is being held in Torquay. I can see that going a bit wrong.

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  42. [tiptoes in]

    [fluffs pillows]

    [tiptoes out]

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  43. Mr Mags: I would never throw things at you!
    But tomorrow will either be a very, very good day... or the opposite.

    Looby: Are the AGM members coming down by coach? And will all their underwear still be clean by the end of it?

    Mr Lax: Thank you, it is needed. Be prepared to smother me in a fire blanket tomorrow.

    Sx

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  44. I think just about every mother in the fifties and sixties insisted we kids should have clean underwear in case of some public contretemps. I don't think it would have mattered if I was run down by a lorry and left for dead, just as long as I was wearing fresh Y fronts.

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  45. I always cross the road fearlessly - safe in the knowledge that any bus is going to come off worst if it hits me.

    So far it's working...

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  46. I always do the full Tufty the Squirrel especially on one-way streets. If the drivers of Helminthdale don't scare you then the cyclists will!

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  47. Hello there, Macy and Kev,! Good to see you back, Macy! and Kev, I never go anywhere without my imaginary friend called Tufty - he is a life saver.

    Nick: I always go out in my big knickers... I'd hate to be run over and then thought of as a floosey.

    Mr Mags: I am recovering! I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! Full blogging service will resume on Saturday... well that's the schedule...

    Sx

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  48. "Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way"

    Time
    Pink Floyd

    [dodges thrown nibs]

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  49. Big knickers? Surely to be totally respectable you should at least be in cami-knickers?

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  50. Darlin', you are missed ... Was the light at the end of the tunnel just the torch of the 16:50 from Paddington? I hope not!

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  51. Blimey, what is going on in here... I thought I had answered these comments!
    I am so sorry.
    I fear it might have been the torch!
    I was quite poorly Saturday evening [alright now... MJ type problems]
    and now it is Monday morning and I have stuff to be getting on with... and then I am always so flipping knackered.
    I am going to get some iron supplements - this usually sorts me out...
    Sxxxx

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  52. Bloody Mary that is.

    Be well, m'dear.

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    1. Feeling a little better today, Mr Mags... my tongue isn't white any more, which really was quite worrying.
      Sx

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  53. Well.... I'm very pleased to hear you're still alive! Have now learnt how to watch your blogs for updates (I'm a bit slow on the uptake!) so will know what you're up to!

    You included the video of my No 1 favourite song ever ever ever - guarenteed to cheer me up on any day - so thank you!

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    1. Hello Janet! Sadly, I'm not getting up to an awful lot this week... other than messing up perfectly good nibs!
      I love this tune too.
      Sx

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    2. I hope your nibs aren't chafed!

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    3. Some Lubriderm should take care of this ...

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  54. And how lucky for us that you did!

    I, too, check in both directions, even when crossing a one-way street.

    Pearl

    p.s. I absolutely LOVE Elbow.

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    1. Look both ways... and this applies to almost everything!
      I'm going to have another listen whilst I'm here.
      Sx

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  55. Are my comments coming through?

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  56. Looking both ways is good advice, but you should also look upwards in case a squirrel has lost its footing and tumbled off a tree branch. Being hit by a squirrel can be jolly unpleasant.

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  57. I can always rely on you two to bring up the rear and keep me company when I am sky west and crooked!
    Sx

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  58. Allerherzlichste Glückwünsche zum Geburtstag, Ms Scarlet!
    The world would be a dull place without you: It's great that you are here!

    *mwha*

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  59. ...another day done... I can see light at the end of the tunnel... please let me blog again....
    Sx

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  60. I may be posting about my forthcoming twinning experience. I am just making a note here so that I remember. Yes, I am to be twinned, in a similar fashion to how Bognor is twinned with Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. I am Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, obviously.
    Sx

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  61. Although the Google images of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés don't look much more exciting than Bognor... it just sounds more exotic.
    Sx

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  62. Hang about... that's not the time...

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  63. Is there a new universal Blogger time or something??
    Sx

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    1. My comment time is three hours behind the real time.

      I thought it was just a problem on MY blog until I looked at a few other blogs in my time zone and saw the same glitch with the time.

      I'm hoping they're going to do something about it.

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    2. I checked my settings and they are still GMT... so I think Blogger has it's own personal time zone... it is now an independent state and will probably soon have its own government.
      Sx

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  64. I once stepped out in front of a bus. Luckily a total stranger standing beside me pulled me back. That was years ago. I'm grateful I had those years!
    Sobering.....

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  65. There is a fine line between caution and paranoia, if there is any line at all. As Yossarian, in Catch 22 said, "Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean their not after you."

    There was a recent article in Scientific American that discussed the evolutionary value of paranoia, I mean caution. If 99 times out of a 100, it is ridiculous, those who are paranoid will survive better than those who are not because of the one other time. In other words, people who are insane in their fears survive better than those who are not.

    I would say more, but I fear I would over reach my welcome to babble. I will embrace caution and close.

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  66. SB, yoy'll have a laugh over at mine! x

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