Saturday, October 4, 2008

Beep Broccoli Bogart (Bath?) British Comedy!

It never ceases to amaze me the things I'm constantly learning about My Other Half. Yes, Nathaniel and I have been married for well over five years, and have been together for just over eight. But recently I've learned a few interesting things.

No - nothing too embarrassing.

Well, maybe. But that depends on your vantage point.

First, the Beep. Friday morning the two of use were enjoying coffee on the deck overlooking our Nature Preserve (aka a way the "apartment homes" we live in can charge us more for our view of a swamp), chatting about our daily planned activities. I had a swim and a bike workout to conquer, and Nathaniel was not flying - but going into the squadron to study (4 flights left and he's done!)

The conversation gradually turned to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, and their final fateful voyage in the DC-10 Electra. A few years ago I read a fantastic account of the search for Earhart and Noonan titled Amelia Earhart's Shoes, and was surprised to discover that Earhart did not know Morse Code.

Presently, very few aviators know Morse Code, because in current flight charts the Morse Code ID symbols are written next to every navigation station, rendering memorization unnecessary.

However, Nathaniel learned Morse Code at the tender age of 11 or 12, during his stint with amateur radio. And then he proceeded to tap and dash out the entire alphabet and numbers.

I confessed that I had always harbored a secret desire to learn Morse Code, and that this new revelation made him more appealing than ever.

He just rolled his eyes.

Later in the conversation we were discussing lunch and healthy diets. Nathaniel was interested to see how I held up with the No-Candy No-Baked-Goods October Challenge, and mentioned that he was taking steps with his diet to be a little more healthy.

(Speaking of which, lately I've been harboring a craving for Pumpkin Cheesecake. I figured that its dairy and a vegetable, right? Alas - it's baked. And that is just wrong. But I've been a very good girl thus far!)

Back to Nathaniel...

"Like at lunch, when they ask if I want chips with my meal, I request the vegetable of the day. They other day they brought broccoli and I ate it all..."

I swear, I couldn't love the man any more.

Ah - the Bogart. And no, I'm not making a Harry Potter reference. For the record, I'm the only JK Rowling fan in our house. But a few weeks ago Nathaniel bought "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon".

We have since watched both, concluding with the Falcon movie today. It seems that Nathaniel has either become a classic movie fan or a Humphrey Bogart fan. I'm going for the latter.

"Here's looking at you, kid."

For the record, we both liked Casablanca more than The Maltese Falcon - but both movies were great. The dialog and banter between characters was pithy, and humor could be found at every level. They were both classics. But you didn't need me to tell you that...

Ah - the Bath. I figured this one would be a little tricky to explain. Because if asked any questions whatsoever about it, My Other Half would vehemently deny any knowledge of the purchase. But a short time ago, a Loofah appeared in our bathroom. Some could call it a back scratcher, others a nice way of ex foliating one's skin. Regardless, it wasn't me who brought it into the house.

Tabbitha or Anabelle - perhaps them.

Nathaniel will neither confirm nor deny the existence of said Loofah. But I have noticed that it's changed spots a few times and has been used. As I've been a tad sunburnt lately, I've been an aloe girl myself.

But if Nathaniel's skin starts looking exceptionally glowing, then I'll know what's up. And so will you.

And finally for the British Comedy: it's Saturday night and the local PBS station airs all of MY favorites. (You didn't really think this was all about Nate, did you? Silly readers!) And even though we own all the box sets of "Keeping up Appearances", "As Time Goes By", "Are you being Served", "Mr Bean", and "Fawlty Towers", I'm still a sucker for good old PBS. I guess it takes the decision making on my part out, and I can simply sit back and enjoy a classic.

Good stuff.

So now I'm off, to enjoy a bit of Hyacinth and the staff from Grace Brothers Department Store.

And then my Bike tomorrow morning... ah, the saga continues!

1 comment:

Pedergraham said...

Aaah Hyancinth...and Rose...and favorites!!! I have to admit being partial to Ballykissangel and the Vicar of Dibley lately. Guess who else knows Morse Code? Yep, Andrew. He and Nate can Facebook talk in Morse Code! He's to being married for plenty of years and always discovering something new!!!