Travelogue to Taiwan

The monthly travelogue was Friday night. (For some reason, they have been off the regular schedule of first Friday of the month.) There was a pleasant surprise for us … free coffee, lemonaid, and cookies. The cookies were a delicious sugar cookie. It almost tasted like shortbread but was definitely a sugar cookie. On a cold winter night, the hot coffee really hit the spot.

The lecturer. Buddy Hatten, was excellent. Too bad that he announced this would be his last travelogue. I guess after 35 years of doing it, he’s entitled to change directions but we sure will miss him. His programs are always excellent … good background information, excellent photography and lots of good humor. I had never considered traveling to Taiwan but he showed us the beauty of the island in such a way that a trip there seemed like a possibility … a remote possibility for me but it suddenly seemed like a desirable place to visit.

Saturday was, of course, Valentine Day. How could I let it go by without some chocolate. I have no one to buy it for me so when I went to the library late in the afternoon, I stopped in at the drugstore and bought some. It’s yummy!

At the library, I ran into the young man from my church who has a cleaning business. He has the contract for cleaning the library. He told me his father had a heart attack the night before and was in the hospital. He to have two stents. He didn’t want his wife to call an ambulance so she drove him to the hospital. She went through one area known for its police force stopping driver if even looked like you were speeding or didn’t have your seat belt fastened. Said she did 65 mph through there but didn’t see one policeman. She wanted one to stop her so maybe they’d escort them to the hospital.

In looking at the death notices in the paper today I saw that a man I used to work with 30+ years ago has passed away and a doctor I went to a few years ago has also passed away. Not a cheery way to start the day.

Now I’m waiting for the forecasted snow to start. According to the radio it will snow all night and tomorrow with an accumulation of up to eight inches. It hasn’t started yet. I just wonder if the trash collector will come tomorrow if the snow really does come. I hesitate to put my trash can out. I guess I can wait to see if/when the snow starts. It’s running a little late. Given the uncertainty, church service tonight was cancelled.

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