Random thoughts. They tie together not at all and appear in “no random order” as I heard someone once say.
This morning on my walk to the bus, I watched a swan as it dipped its head deep into the water right in the corner of the local dock. I stood and watched for a while. Soon it came up, shook its head a little and its forehead was green with algae.
As I rushed home from work to get to my zumba class in time, I wondered if there would be any mail in our letter box. I imagined finding a letter there telling me I’d won a million pounds. You know what my first thought was? Would I still go to zumba?
On my way home from zumba, I saw three young professionals studying the plaque on a small heritage building in the area. One young man, dressed in a suit, hairstyle like a Beatle with long, pointy sideburns, was giggling as I walked by. He pointed at the plaque, and said, “I can’t believe it says erected.”
When we were at the open air concert in Hyde Park a few weeks ago, I discovered an amazing sense of community and the art of mime. I’d forgotten to take with me my note pad and pen, so I could make notes of the concert for my blog. I mimed “pen?” to my friend who was sitting behind us. She made a face as if to say she didn’t have one, and then motioned that she’d ask her friends. After a few minutes, she looked at me and made a disappointed face and showed me her out-turned hands, palms up. No pen. No worries. About two minutes later, the pink-haired lady with every finger nail painted a different colour, who was also sitting behind us, came over to me with a pencil. She’d borrowed it from her bovver-booted husband, and brought it to me. Who ever said mime doesn’t pay?
A relentless eavesdropper, as you know me to be, it was difficult to overhear conversations at the concert, against the backdrop of never-ending music. It was interesting, however, to watch the goings-on all around us anyway. I watched a family of four enjoy a day out in Hyde Park. Endless trips to the bar saw them taking it in turns to bring back pints and Pimms and ciders and spirits. You name it; they knocked them back. They danced and as the day progressed, their dancing became more “uncle- like” and standing upright seemed to be a growing battle for each of them. As dusk darkened the sky, I noticed the husband and wife arguing. She said, “Fine, then.” And with that, she turned tail and disappeared into the crowd. The daughter appealed to her dad, “She’s just gone. She’s just literally gone.” Dad appeared unperturbed. Oh well.
A few hours later, in the rainy evening, the mother appeared in front of me. I looked at her and smiled, and she said to me, “My whole family’s just fallen out. It’s an absolute nightmare.” I mimed sympathy, and smiled at her some more. She said, “I saw you look at me, so I thought I’d tell you. It’s a nightmare. We’ve all just fallen out.” I asked if they’d arranged to meet up somewhere, and she told me no-one knew where she was and reminded me that it was a “nightmare”. “Oh dear,” was all I could manage. At that point, her husband appeared to our right and said, “Oh, there you are! We’ve been looking for you everywhere!” To which she said, “Is that so?” and turned tail and disappeared back into the crowd. He looked at me, sighed and said, “It’s an absolute nightmare.” You think?
Sunshine signing off for today!
26 thoughts on “Randomness”
Too bad you didn’t capture a photo of that poor swan with its head covered in algae!
I know, Debbie – I need to get myself a new phone with a decent camera so I can capture such random moments! I certainly would have taken a pic of that.
I suppose if you’d won a million pounds you could buy the zumba class! 🙂
It sounds like there’s never a dull moment in London, Sunshine!
I guess I could, jacquelin! And then it wouldn’t matter if I booked a class and didn’t go!
No dull moments, and plenty of absurd ones, I guess!
–I absolutley Love your Randomness….
Thank you so much!
I’m smiling at the “absolute nightmare” – I think the funniest bit is where the mother turns around and leaves again, just as she’s found her husband!
I know, Bee – it was pretty bizarre and hilarious! I hope they all waited until they were sober before trying to patch things up … 🙂
I wouldn’t mind winning a million pounds myself, actually. If I won I definitely wouldn’t go to Zumba!
My favorite line here: Who says mime doesn’t pay. Too cute!
Hope you have a great week, my friend! Take care————
Glad you liked the line … my sons would say, “oh dear” as to them I am the mayor of lameville!
Have a great week too … take care, dear friend! xx
Randomness rules! And so do you!
Thank you, Patty! Good to see you again – I haven’t been around much, nor done much reading of blogs lately. Hope you’re well! xx
Excellent! Just right for a Monday morning…..needed a laugh. Thanks!
Good to hear it made you laugh – you know me and noticing random things, hey?
What is uncle like dancing
Hahaha, Eileen! Here in the UK I’ve heard people talk about “dad dancing” or “uncle dancing”. Basically, it’s the kind of dancing your dad or uncle would do at a wedding; not very good and always embarrassing! You know what I mean? 🙂
Loved reading all your randomness, sunshine. Each story made me chuckle. From “I can’t believe it say ‘erected’!”, to ‘mime does pay’ (so clever!), to the ‘nightmare family’! Sounds like there’s never a dull moment!
Hi Darlene, good to see you again! Thanks for reading and chuckling! That was the intention! 🙂
You’re back 🙂 It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen a post bubble up on my reader, yay for more Sunshine!
I know, I’ve been missing in action and so missing the opportunity to blog regularly. Thanks for the appreciation! 🙂
what is zumba?
Hey Carl, it’s an exercise class – like a dance class to Latin music. I’ve written quite a few blog posts about it – it’s really fun!
You could have your very own zumba ballroom at home. I wonder what they fell out over?
I could indeed – hmmm, what a great thought!
I can’t imagine the family fell out over anything serious … booze-fuelled arguments are usually petty, aren’t they?
What an eclectic day! I love swans, wish we had some nearby to watch.
Swans are so gorgeous to watch – we see them every day on the dock in front of our flat, and I find the sight of them so calming.
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