|Ivalo - Finland|
My local pharmacy uses screens that you have to sign with a plastic pen when you pick up a prescription. The system does not work. I scrabble around for ages trying to get the pen to do something – anything.
Eventually It will make a squiggle – which is apparently fine because they accept this even though it is clearly nothing but a squiggle.
There are other places that use the squiggle screens and they all seem to be the same. It is not just me. I see many people struggling to make a squiggle.
Surely a country that can invent cheese and bacon filled baked potatoes with chipotle can do better than this.
We need to get some electrical work done so I called my mate Javier who came this morning to have a look. There are lots of electricians who work at the company I use – but I only deal with Javier because he did such a fabulous job with our Badass fan.
He has a 16 year old daughter who was banned from school for carrying a pocket knife. It was a knife he gave her to ward off trouble. He told her to use it if she was in any danger - as if she was kidnapped by a stranger it was not because they wanted to take her to the movies – and unless she fought like hell she would not be coming home. He is a very practical man - but now has to front the school.
So he started working on the quote for the installation of lights under the kitchen cupboards and for a power outlet in the lounge room. I then told him about a light that was not working on Cate’s study balcony and he went at this like a terrier.
It took him more than an hour to track down the fault - and in the interim he discovered that power was not connected to any of our smoke alarms.
This would be why I have to keep replacing the batteries so often. When he connected the power they all started chirping so I had to do the rounds with batteries and a ladder.
My local pharmacy – CVS - which is part of a national chain with many thousand of pharmacies – has decided that it will stop selling cigarettes.
A person wrote to the local paper and complained that they will have to now go to two separate places to get their medicine and cigarettes. The good news is that they will still sell alcohol.