Taking a drive-through holiday from the family

While having his two daughters, their husbands and his grandchildren aged one, one and a bit, two and a half and almost four, at home for the Christmas holiday break, it occurred to Robert French of Kiama, during a particularly boisterous breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup “that I might go and get a COVID test at the local testing drive-through. Imagine the serenity, sitting alone in a nice quiet car listening to soothing, easy listening music for anything up to four hours. Bliss!”

Rachel Osborne of St Ives and her family had just 10 at their relaxed Christmas lunch under shady trees, but they “had an age range from little 14-month-old Polly to great grand-dad Les at 102 years and eight months, easily beating Sue Lugsdin’s record claim (C8).” Rachel also notes that “both Polly and Les are walking, albeit requiring occasional assistance.”

Richard Stewart of Pearl Beach submits a rhyme for post-Christmas time. “In the days after Christmas, and all along the streets, the red bins are out, and strewth how they reek. Prawn, lobster, oyster shells now in the heat, makes walking the dog, not a task for the weak.”

The early morning stroll of George Manojlovic of Mangerton takes him past a telephone booth, and on Monday morning the phone was ringing, with not a soul in sight. “Not wishing to come into contact with unsanitised surfaces, I let it ring. Who would want to be calling a telephone booth? Have I missed a once-in-a-lifetime Mission Impossible moment: ‘Your mission, George, should you decide to accept it…’ I walked quietly away, half expecting the booth to self-destruct.”

Being close to six feet tall (C8), Jill Johnson of Hunters Hill was “constantly asked how tall I was. I would answer ‘5 foot 12 inches’ and wait for the double take”.

John Staton of Kingsgrove remembers when his father, a cabinetmaker by trade, put a sign in his workshop upon the changeover to metric measurements (C8). “It read ‘1.83 metres by 100 mm by 50 mm, previously known as six foot of 4 b’ 2. He retired soon after, frustrated by the waste the changes created when repairing old imperial wardrobes and windows.”

Josephine Piper of Miranda simply states, “I don’t think milestones will ever be replaced by kilometre stones (C8).”

Peter Miniutti of Ashbury wonders if the COVID pandemic’s “RAT test will become the latest tautology to join PIN number, ATM machine and LCD display”.

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