Tuesday, October 14, 2008

IS running into a detour and not knowing how to get to work

any other way... an valid excuse to miss work?

Ring, ring... (pretending that I have my cell phone charged, with me, and have put in my work phone number)

"Hello work?" "Yes, this is: iwouldratherbeknitting.... and I was on my way to work and saw this sign in German... you do remember that I can't read German, right?"

"Well, I finally figured out that the word must have meant DETOUR." "Oh, no.. I'm a pretty quick study.. the road lane barrier was a dead give away." "Ok, the second road lane barrier was the dead give away."

"ANYWAY, this UNEXPECTED detour in the early morning darkness... on a major road- blocked off the ONLY TWO ways that I know how to get to work."

"I just wanted you to know that I don't know where I am... but, I hope that I'm not on the CEZCH border." "No, I don't think that I've gone as far as Northern Italy- I don't see the Italian Alps anywhere." "Yes, if I get as far as Italy.. I will buy a wheel of real parmesan cheese and we'll split it."

"Oh, wait.. my cell phone is dying... I hope that I'll be at work tomorrow... if I can make it home that is. And, my sub plans are........."


Mandi (a.k.a MissMandiGirl) said...

Um, uh oh! Hope you eventually made it . . oops

Renna said...

LOL! ;-Þ

Living in a foreign country is never dull, I'm guessing. ;-)

My daughter is getting settled into life in England nicely, though learning to drive on the wrong side of the road is a real trip. At least she can read the road signs there!

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

I made it... finally...

I've done the 'learn to drive on the wrong side of the road' when I lived in Japan. You take the written test over the rules and if you pass you get your license and you are now a professional driver.. (this applies to the Americans living/working there) Japanese? They get to have a special sticker on their car for a year-- to alert other drivers (myself included) that they are 'beginning drivers'...

NOT FAIR... Very difficult to suddenly learn to drive on the opposite side of the road.

I bought one of those stickers and put it on my car anyway... lasted for several months- until someone TOOK IT OFF my car! The nerve of them.. :D I thought it was awfully nice of me to WARN THEM, right?

(the car tags for the Americans working for the US Government/military overseas... were very different than the local Japanese citizens- easy to tell an American car.)

Renna said...

Then, hopefully my daughter will have one of those tags, so everyone will know to give her a very wide berth! ;-Þ

She told me last night that she plans to take the bus A LOT. Fortunately for her, they are within easy walking distance of the bus stop, which she can take to the base to work each day. When she was living in Germany, she didn't have that convenience, but at least she could drive on the 'correct' side of the road there. Of course, once the icy weather hit, her car was often all OVER the road! :-o

So, how's that unpacking coming along? ;-)

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

Oh how I wish that there was a bus stop here.. well, there is a school bus stop just a few blocks from my house and I did ask IF I could ride the bus on snowy days... since, I am 15 miles from work.

I was told: NO

I stopped unpacking and started doing errand knitting. Much more fun.

Renna said...

Uh! The noive of them, not letting you ride their bus. Harumph! ;-Þ

As long as your knitting is unpacked, the rest ain't goin' nowwhere. ;-)


much giggling...woke dh...