"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Sunday, June 18, 2006

Father's Day

I sent Dad a Father's Day card during the week and, as he is a steam enthusiast, I was pleased to have found a card with a train on it (sorry - engine!).
This was his emailed response this morning:

Thank you for your card which came in the week but was left until this morning. It is a 4-6-4 loco as far as can be seen through the steam with a Westinghouse air compessor just in front of the cab with the 50 feet of air cooling pipe in front again. The safety valves are lifting and the cylinder cocks are open so it is ready to move.
I don't know the driver's name.

You see, it's important to get the details right!

8 comments:

Ellee Seymour said...

He is a pretty savvy dad, especially as he uses IT, most older people I know are still terrified of it.

Ellee Seymour said...

A question for you Jennyta, Iain Dale asks, why don't more women blog?
http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2006/06/why-dont-women-blog.html
I'm wondering if it's because we have to multi-task with so many other tasks, as well as a lack of tekkie know-how, I'm lucky my friend Geoff helps me if I get stuck, though it is very straightforward when you get the nag of it. I'm very impressed by your videa, I haven't come across another site with this. Well done.I might write about this on my site tomorrow too. You and Arianna are the only women on my blogroll.

Jonathan said...

To think - you're dad can remember that, and I can't remember when I worked last week.

Jennyta said...

I must confess, Ellee, I have been a computer enthusiast since the days of the Acorn BBC (1 per school) in the early eighties. As regards blogging, I have yet to mention the word to anyone without encountering a blank expression - and that includes men! Maybe I just move in neaderthal circles. ;)

Dale said...

I agree, Jenny. "Blog? What's a blog?"

Your dad sounds delightful!!

Wallo said...

Your dad sounds quite the expert! He would have been delighted to receive that card, particulalry when there are so many that are just meangingless.
The ones that are picked off the shelf because they are code GG for 75p and are just opened in the fleeting hope of a money note dropping out.
Acard such as that in specific reference to his field of expertise in interest shows a depth of thought...I only ever recieve cards with football on the front from aunties...because I'm a teenage boy! Truth is, I have no interest in the game whatsoever!

Ellee/Dale: It's amazing to see the quantity of blogs online and the amount of visitors and users which have builtup, yet still nobody we speak to understands the term. A recent English language examination paper contained aquestion on the typical language used in blogs...my teacher didn't know what a blog was!

krip said...

You didn't get the drivers name? Call yourself a thoughtful, loving daughter. Dad is so obviously gutted ;)

Michelle said...

Well Jenny if genetics and memory are anything to go by, you don't have to worry!

Blogs here are very new still. Personally, i believe more women blog than men, especially here in Oz.

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