Thank goodness I don't live alone. I would NEVER sleep. Well, that's not true, I would go to bed early and then be up at a ridiculously early time, but I seem to function best like that. DH is away, so I got up a little earlier than usual, and I've been so productive! I tried not to send any e-mail so people wouldn't think I'm a nut! Since he's gone, I didn't need to be quiet!
So you've all heard the premise of six degrees of separation, which implies that NO TWO people on the planet are more than five connections away from each other. Is this true? I don't know if it's true for everyone, but there are so many coincidences.
I went to spin class yesterday and bumped into Joseph (the instructor) on the way in. This was my FIRST spin class since I returned. Before I left for Spain, I told him where I would be so he wasn't wondering why I didn't show up to class since I'm there faithfully. We briefly chatted, and he mentioned that his friend was also walking the Camino. I wasn't sure when his friend started.
If you remember, when I stopped walking, I ran into a fellow at a cafe whom I briefly mentioned in my blog. The fellow was from Oakville, and it turns out that it was Joseph's friend! What are the chances of that?
How did we clue in on this coincidence? Yesterday, I told Joseph about my blisters, and he said his friend also had an injury that required a helicopter, and I knew IMMEDIATELY who he was talking about. What a hoot!
But here's the thing --- Richard is DRIVEN. Too driven to be on the Camino, which he just finished and has returned home this week. The first thing he said to his friends was I was more fit than 95% of the people he met along the way. Seriously -- this guy wore a heart rate monitor the entire time and HATES walking. So why was he on this trip?
It's a long story, and we had two very long chats when we were in Najera. Obviously, none of it did any good since he still hates walking! I might make arrangements to meet up with him. Oh -- the helicopter story? I didn't share any rescues I heard about, but here's the helicopter story. On the second day, there's a treacherous descent through the Pyrenees. I have since learned that you can walk on the road, which is steep but not so rocky.
Richard took a misstep and must have pulled a muscle or something -- I can't remember what he said. Anyway, he couldn't move. He asked someone to call for help -- I can't remember if he had a cell phone with him. Well, the next thing he knew, a helicopter was there to rescue him. Yep -- they rappelled out to get him and all. He refused! What an idiot! So they had to come back with an ATV to get him. And that required more people. Instead of going DOWN the hill, they went up it because it was SAFER. And to do so, they had to have a couple of people walk in front to remove some of the larger rocks so the ATV could go up. I sure hope they charged him for the TWO rescues!
Richard's thoughts on the incident? Why don't they take a bulldozer and remove the rocks? Seriously -- you are hiking through NATURE!! I must confess that I did NOT like the guy, and while Joseph used to do spin classes at Richard's club, they are definitely not best friends. You know -- we all have acquaintances!
Whatever happened to him was temporary, so he could continue walking. Actually, I think he started before I did. He only carried a day pack as he was instructed NOT to carry his full pack after his rescue. He may have continued that throughout, and I think he was staying in private albergues. He could NOT have tolerated the dorms!
But this guy is a TYPE A and probably the worst of the lot! I told Joseph to say HI for me as I'm sure he remembers me!
But what are the chances I would meet Joseph's friend while on the Camino? We could have been in the same town but ate at different restaurants or not ended up in the same town at all! Very weird!!!
There was another dramatic rescue, but I'll save that for another day.
OK --- so what tour did I take the other day? A virtual tour of some of the Amazon warehouses. I know --- who knew that I could lower myself to do that? However, I am fascinated by technology, and the tour totally blew me away!
|A virtual Amazon tour|
|The moveable storage racks|
|A sea of storage units|
|A survey question|
Anyway --- the virtual tour is one hour, and there are some short videos you can also watch. OH -- did you know that the fulfillment centers are named after the call letters of the nearest airport? So CHA1 is the first fulfillment center in Chatanooga, Tenessee.
They tried at the end to make it seem like everyone was happy there -- I'm sure the tour guides were managers. But seriously - if your job was to scan and place packages every day and NOT move from your station (except for breaks), how happy would you be? I can't imagine I would last one day! Zero interaction with a single person, but some people may like that, so thankfully, there are all types of jobs out there!
Here is the quilt of the day.
|Customer quilt - DONE|
|Detail of the quilting|
Oh, that reminds me, I must tell you the raccoon story. There is NOT enough time in the blog to write all the stories! Perhaps tomorrow.
The next customer quilt is on the long arm and ready to go. I'm doing my own version of the Amazon warehouse, packing stuff, unpacking others, and trying to make sense of what I have! I have to say it would be cool to have one of those storage units for my books -- well, I might need several, and then at the touch of a button, a light would shine on the book I need. Yep -- I could handle that!
I had a pattern to write, and I was able to send that off yesterday. Just a few small details to take care of today (like making some diagrams!), and then that is off the plate, which is good because I have more stuff that needs to be dealt with today!
That's it for today. And if you book a tour, let me know what you think. And who wants to go on an in-person tour with me???
Have a super day!