Friday, April 24, 2015

It sure is quiet around here

I have seen many amazing sights over the last few weeks. Some of them have boggled the mind. My grandson eating spaghetti for example.

Hansel also likes buttons and pushes every one he sees. This is not always useful and Boris is coming today to fix the sound system and the upstairs TV – both of which no longer work.

Kezza found Hansel changing the IP addresses in the TV control center to ‘even up the numbers’. This is of course a logical thing to do – and if I was small I would have done the same because I hate untidiness - but it does tend to throw the TV off the signal which is flapping about the room trying to find a way in.

I remember many, many years ago when I was about Hansel’s age I fiddled with my uncle’s radio. It was one of those ancient things with a half moon dial and he had it tuned to a particular station.

I think I moved the thingy to the center of the dial because it looked tidier there. He was really unhappy because he could not listen to his favorite station without moving the dial back. This was for him apparently a major event and he carried on like a pork chop for days.

I mean it would have taken him maybe two seconds to fix it – he did not have to climb mount Everest without oxygen – but he was a world class curmudgeon. He was not even really my uncle. I bet he was unkind to animals too.

Hansel is also endlessly fascinated by escalators, elevators and moving walkways. When he sees one he gets on or in it – depending upon what it does – and no matter where it is going. We often saw him disappearing into the distance – going the way in which we were not.

But he is of course a small boy and this is what small boys do. I can only hope that his children and grandchildren are just like him.

I think they had a good time. Kezza certainly did – which is the main thing.

I will miss them all of course – but it sure is quiet around here.  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

There may be Lamingtons

Back in Indianapolis we have done almost everything Indianapolis has to offer. We have visited Costco and Whole Foods, Kezza loved both of these.

We went to the Zoo which has Lorikeets and Budgerigars. I felt quite at home when a Lorikeet perched on my shoulder and pecked at my ear.  

And in May they are getting a Koala which will stay until September. I will hang out and chew some gum leaves with it.

Kezza and Hansel and Gretel left today to go home via Houston and Los Angeles. Silence has fallen upon the house and Robbie is out and about doing his thing.

Now that I have fulfilled my grandfatherly duties I can start doing the immense pile of stuff I have to do around the house and garden.

Saturday is ANZAC day and there is a formal function being hosted for Aussies and Kiwis by Indiana University. I had no idea why this was happening until I found out that the President of IU is an Australian – and incidentally knows Cate’s brother.

Did I tell you that we also found out that we have relatives living a few blocks from us? Weird.

Anyway we have rounded up all the Aussies and Kiwis – there are about thirty of us – and will have our ceremony along with some honorary Aussies and Kiwis. After that there may be Lamingtons, Anzac biscuits and Billy tea.

Monday, April 20, 2015

I just don't understand

I survived New York although I am a bit the worse for wear.  Hansel and Gretel are quite a challenge and I am not the child wrangler I used to be.

We went to the top of the Empire State building – my second time and we went early to avoid rush. Well we did avoid the rush but it was still very crowded.

We walked along the High Line which is the overhead railway line  that has been turned into a walkway and garden. We did not avoid the rush this time and it was packed.

There were joggers shuffling along amongst the teaming walkers. Hansel and Gretel did not like the walking involved with this and there were a couple of sit-downs which were ended only by promises of food or drink.

We went on the Circle Line – the boat that goes around Manhattan island. This was my second time and I realized that it takes 2.5 hours only because for most of the time the boat goes at half speed.

I guess this is to maximize the experience and whoever thought up this scheme did not have small children who have no interest whatsoever and spend their time playing Angry Birds on iPads.

We saw a rather moth-eaten Mickey Mouse in Times Square but the children were not fooled. They said that they had seen the real Mickey in Disneyland.

We saw on the news that one of the Cookie Monsters in Times Square had been arrested for molesting a young woman. There were many others so the kids will not miss out. No I don’t know what he did. 

And – amazingly – the kids did see a Glee actor. He was signing autographs outside a theater and was surrounded by a mass of people hollering and screaming and taking photos. There were grown up people doing this. I simply do not understand it.

Just like I don’t understand why at Disneyland there were grown up couples -  without children - whirling around in teacups and sitting on plastic horses on a Merry-go-round.