"There is no greater contrast than that between the miracle of our existence and the mundanity of having to experience it every day." TV chef and author Adam Liaw.
I've been watching season 8 of The Big Bang Theory and in one episode, shortly after Howard's mum has died, Howard and his wife Bernadette arrive at his mum's home where Stuart, the comic store owner, is now living. Stuart had been looking after Debbie since she injured herself. (an ankle I think)
Stuart tells them there has been a power failure since late last night and power should be back tomorrow morning.
Howard races to the kitchen and flings open the freezer door, getting very emotional at all the food stored in there. "The very last food my mum ever cooked".
He doesn't want it to all go to waste, so they decide to cook it all and have a dinner party, inviting Leonard and Penny, Raj and Emily, Sheldon and Amy to share in the bounty.
I've lived through a power outage or two myself and I know from experience that a filled freezer is low enough in temperature to keep things frozen for as much as 24 hours if the freezer is kept closed during that time.
I would have thought a bunch of scientists would know that too, so I sat there talking to the TV, "you stupid people, shut the freezer, it will be fine, there's no need to cook 40 pounds of food all in one night"
But having them shut the freezer wouldn't have been nearly as funny as watching them do what they did.
I'm going to be losing a friend soon, here in Adelaide. We worked together at Coles and have kept in touch since I left, getting together with others for various activities. But her house is on the market and when it is sold, she and her family are moving to Tasmania, where they have always wanted to be.
We'll still keep in touch, there's email and phone texts, but there'll be no more trips to the zoo, no more pizza at the beach :(
After J leaves, there will be only three of the original staff members left from when the store opened in 2004.