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Safety first! (Laughing at self second.)

June 23rd, 2009

The other day, John and I had the daunting task of clearing out the basement. We made piles: (1) keep here, (2) store at friend’s, (3) sell online, and (4) give away. It was a grumpifying task, to be sure. So when, at one point, John unearthed an old bike helmet, I took the opportunity to provide some comic relief and put it on my noggin. Basement cleaning is a dangerous task, after all!

Later on, I was lugging some “give away” stuff up to our porch. There was one particularly heavy rolling desk thing that I was trundling along our front lawn, and as I made the path to the porch, I was in step with a woman strolling by on the sidewalk. Our eyes met, we smiled like good neighbours do, but then I detected something else going on — a funny look. As she continued past the house and I turned towards the porch, she continued to look back at me, and I’m pretty sure I felt like the look was… pity?

I thought to myself, What? Is it that weird to have crappy stuff to give away to other folks? That’s perfectly ok, isn’t it? and so on…

And then it hit me. I was still wearing the damn helmet. Sigh.


For anyone who’s wondering: the robin mother & babes are doing GREAT (see previous post for pictures).

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  1. June 24th, 2009 at 00:37 | #1

    Hehe, first thing I read in the morning and it made me smile and laugh out loud! :) You’re cute and funny! :) Thanks for letting my day start so well!

  2. June 24th, 2009 at 02:58 | #2

    Haha! I think the helmet was a perfectly reasonable accessory for the task of rolling that heavy desk. Safety first! That lady was probably just jealous she didn’t have such a fierce piece of headgear.

  3. LTP
    June 24th, 2009 at 08:12 | #3

    BAH HA HA HA HA! Ahhh….Em…that is such a classic ‘Brilliance and Glory’ moment. Welcome to the club.

  4. Samantula
    June 24th, 2009 at 09:31 | #4

    awww Em you are so special!! :)

  5. June 24th, 2009 at 09:38 | #5

    Heheeh. That’s so awesome, because I have done that so many times before :D Usually walking into a library, with a helmet on. Heh.
    (So what’s on your front porch worth snagging?)

  6. June 24th, 2009 at 16:11 | #6


    Seriously, want to store your helmet at my noggin? I’m on the way to the shop to buy one!

  7. June 25th, 2009 at 07:38 | #7

    hahah aw you are too cute XD
    Gotta protect the brain from lurking basement danger!

  8. June 25th, 2009 at 15:25 | #8

    Thanks for the giggle, m!

  9. June 27th, 2009 at 00:09 | #9

    Glad I could provide some comic relief for some of you :)

    Actually, the helmet was a very lucky find, since I needed to get one — sorry Darlene, you can’t have it!

    And this was actually a couple of weeks ago, so everything’s already been snagged — sorry to disappoint, Teresa, ha!

    First things to go were the Nickelback CDs (which I have no idea how I had) and the boombox — gone in minutes flat!

  10. June 28th, 2009 at 14:35 | #10

    you’re hilarious! oh how i wish i could have been one of those passerby neighbours! :)

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