I’ve Been Thinking – Again

If this keeps up, it may become a habit.  The first day of September was a Sunday, which made the 15th a very early “third Sunday”, which is the day for the monthly meeting of the Free Thinkers.  The first time we attended a meeting, our sister city was holding an Open Street fair, and the handicapped daughter and I had to hobble two blocks, to get in.

On this 15th, Open Street was on again, but opening was delayed till noon.  The daughter’s BarterWorks group had reserved some space.  She wanted to attend the Free Thinkers, and then have me deliver her down the street to set up.

As sometimes happens, the son’s weekend sleep schedule was destroyed.  So happy and wound-up that the work-week was over, he couldn’t go to sleep Saturday morning, and was still babbling till 3:00 PM.  We woke him again at eight, so that we could all eat supper between 9 and 10, but he was asleep again shortly after midnight.

Before he crashed, I offered him a chance to attend.  Sure enough, when I rose Sunday morning, he dressed, and came along with the daughter and her friend.  He and I sat on opposite sides of a long table.  He talked to the people to my right, and I talked to people to his right.

He might not have the highest IQ, or be the smartest person where he works, but he damns himself with faint praise by claiming he’s the best spoken.  That doesn’t take much.  He expounds clearly, concisely and knowledgably, on a variety of subjects, both trivial and serious – and gets nothing back.  He was thrilled to spend time in a roomful of people who, not only kept up, but caused him to stretch himself.  He wants to ride the ride again.

On our way to the downtown hotel, we came out of a side street behind a plaza, and turned down a four-lane, one-way street toward the main drag.  Three wide, we and two other cars, went up a rise and around a bend – to suddenly confront a car coming directly at us, going the wrong way.  He quickly pulled to the curb so I could go past.  I watched in my mirror.  As soon as the rest of traffic cleared, he pulled a U-turn.  Only 25 days till Oktoberfest, I think he was from out of town.

While many free thinkers tend to be individualists, there is still an urge for like to join with like.  We accepted a business card from a lady representing www.sacredsecularsanctuary.com which offers support and guidance to those leaving their religious safety nets.

The group president was on a business trip to Switzerland, so neither he nor the ex-Mennonite lady was there.  The oldest member, while in apparent good health, had suddenly died.  We offered no prayers.

Since the set-up for the street fair was to begin at noon, we left early – about 12:10, and not a moment too soon.  They had blocked off the street, and were just about to block off the hotel’s driveway when I backed onto the street.  I didn’t get downtown for this summer’s Cruise Night, but got to look at 50/60 examples of beautiful classic cars as I slowly threaded down to where the daughter needed to set up.

While the food is good, the prices reasonable, and the service crisp, efficient and friendly, the old hotel where they hold these luncheons is an old hotel.  The room we use is a half flight down from the already basement restaurant.  It was a malting room for the brewery, with the tanks removed.  The inscription on the doorway lintel stone reads 1856.

With no elevators, and lots of steps, it makes it difficult for folks like the daughter to reach.  We would normally skip next month, but they’re trying a newer hotel in downtown Kitchener.  It has elevators, lots of free parking, and is much closer to the daughter’s house.  We’ve decided to attend, try it out, and cast a vote.

While not a rousing commercial success, the daughter’s afternoon with BarterWorks was fun, and a chance for further social interaction, something that’s limited for the mobility-impaired.  She ran into an old friend she hadn’t seen in years, and gabbed and gushed and got caught up.

She took along the newest one (to her) of her spinning wheels, for demonstration, and entranced gobs of lookers.  It’s 40/50 years old, and worth about $500 new.  Somebody must have turned grandma’s stuff in to the Thrift Shoppe, where she found it, and picked it up for $25.  I came back to pick her and the wheel up just before it rained.

Native Canadian Indians have a strong presence at each of the universities up in Waterloo.  At U of W, the larger, each fall they hold a Pow-Wow, much like a smaller version of the Multi-Cultural Festival held in Kitchener’s Victoria Park.  It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28.  This would be the normal day for the daughter’s BarterWorks display, but she applied early enough, and was granted space at the Pow-Wow.

A table at the University will give her much more exposure than at the little BarterWorks get-together, probably with more cash sales.  Also, it will be a 9 to 5 session, instead of only 11 till 3.  I will be up early to haul all of her stuff, including a wheel and the nylon gazebo for weather protection, along with her, her friend, and the grandson for support.

No drugs, no booze, no dancing, no all-night raves, no random, anonymous sex, (well, none I’m admitting to), doing things the old-fashioned way, this is the exciting way we spend a day or weekend.  Like Hercule Poirot, we stimulate “the little grey cells” to have fun.  I’ll report back, and tell you all about it.  You’ve been warned.

18 thoughts on “I’ve Been Thinking – Again

  1. I don’t even know what to think about your thinking, other than a few random thoughts off the top of my head. First – what the hell is wrong with your city, re your daughter’s accessibility? Vancouver’s previous mayor was in a wheelchair – there isn’t a building in town not easily accessed in a wheelchair. I call bullshit on that! Second – pow-wows kick ass. Can’t wait to hear your next story 🙂


  2. Archon's Den says:

    Parts of this building went up before Otis invented his elevator. It’s so fragmented, with additions here, and extensions there, even a couple of hydraulic lifts wouldn’t reach all the nooks and crannies. On the main floor, a bar, a jazz club, and a coffee/sandwich shop are all wheelchair accessible.
    I can hardly wait to see what this pow-wow is like, myself. 😀


  3. bulldog says:

    “I’ve been thinking.. again” had me dashing to your post to see about what you think… I thought you were going to impart great words of wisdom.. but not understanding a lot of what you were talking about…pow wows and all, I still found your musing entertaining… If there’s a pow wow held here it is normally accompanied by a lot of workers dancing in the streets and causing untold delays in traffic… but then that sounds a lot like what happens there… except ours happen in the middle of the work week and are probably never really organised in advance… and we do refer to them as strikes and stay aways…


    • Archon's Den says:

      Stick around, you’ll get caught up. Every couple of months some of us attend a Free Thinkers’ luncheon. Not exactly against religion, they strongly protest each group’s unprovable claim to be exclusively correct, intelligent, well-spoken, and thinkers, doubters, not blind believers.
      Pow-wows are Native Indians’ gatherings. They now include commerce and cultural inclusion. Still doesn’t stop them from putting on a show with beads and buckskins, dancing and drumming. Think Ibos or Zulus, but well enough behaved not to stop work or traffic – or stop them from making a buck, or a Rand. 🙄
      I’ll be posting some actual thoughts soon.


  4. bulldog says:

    Sorry almost forgot this one… one you might enjoy and is about deep thought…
    What deep thinkers men are. I mowed the lawn today, and after doing so I sat down and had a cold beer. The day was really quite beautiful, and the drink facilitated some deep thinking.
    My wife walked by and asked me what I was doing and I said ‘nothing’. The reason I said that instead of saying ‘just thinking’ is because she would have said ‘about what’. At that point I would have to explain that men are deep thinkers about various topics which would lead to other questions.
    Finally I thought about an age old question: Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the nuts? Women always maintain that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the nuts.
    Well, after another beer, and some heavy deductive thinking, I have come up with the answer to that question. Getting kicked in the nuts is more painful than having a baby; and here is the reason for my conclusion. A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, “It might be nice to have another child.” On the other hand, you never hear a guy say, “You know, I think I would like another kick in the nuts.”
    I rest my case.

    Time for another beer.


  5. BrainRants says:

    This sounds like an interesting event. I wonder if they have branches down here.


  6. Kayjai says:

    I always think about thinking but get distracted and forget what I was gonna think about. It’s difficult being me.


  7. Sounds like a fun time. Pity the closest they get around here is “the fair” – a few cheap carny rides, and a bunch of filthy, stinking animals …. wandering around looking at critters in pens. 😉
    You do realise that thinking is like breathing, right? A really nasty habit that somehow, you never manage to kick – until it’s too late. 😀


    • Archon's Den says:

      Ah yes, the premiere cultural event of the summer, The County Fair. I was remembering some supervisors/managers that I’ve known, but fair denizens are also proof that thinking can be turned off. 🙂


  8. whiteladyinthehood says:

    You are a good dad, Archon.


  9. benzeknees says:

    For such an old curmudgeon, you certainly are busy!


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