Monday, October 31, 2011

Boo! Did I scare you? Happy Halloween

I saw this video and it reminded me of our vacation in Ireland. We arrived on the island, collected our bags, and looked for the car rental counter.
We opted for the mid sized car which turned out to be an Opel which here in gas guzzling America would have been considered a compact. But it was plenty big enough for us. The biggest issue was the steering wheel was on the wrong side, but within minutes I was tooling down the wrong side of the road like a pro.
The only piece that was touch and go was the right turn. Here in the states a right turn is the simplest, but an American right turn in Ireland set tires squealing and horns blaring, because obviously I was driving down the wrong side of the road for that country.
After a while I fell into the rhythm of the road and oncoming trucks on narrow roads barely raised my blood pressure.
The scenery there was remarkable. Like this little video, the roads curved like a lazy snake on a warm summer afternoon.
We haven't had any trick or treaters tonight so I'll need to get rid of the tub of candy I bought or both Jilda and I will be in sugar coma by mid week.
As I posted earlier, Phil Campbell is now leading the Give a Note Contest. I know that it's in large part to all of you. There are 7 more days before the contest ends and the big schools will be upping the pressure so please vote if you can.

I hope you all have a great Halloween. Enjoy the video.

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  1. Anonymous8:29 PM

    Yes I enjoyed the video very much.What a beautiful nature:)
    I did not do any trickatreating with my daughter and won't till she is old enough to understand why I am teaching her not to take candies frm strangers and why it is ok on Halloween.We had a few little witches at the door :)

  2. Funny.
    I should show it to my students; they'd love it.

    As for the actual driving part, I had to learn to right drive in Orkney with a Ford Ka that was slightly larger than my duffel bag. It was a standard transmission, so I was shifting with my left hand. Fortunately, the clutch was still in the same place as on an American car!
    Also, there isn't much traffic in Orkney, so it wasn't too bad. And only once did I drift to the wrong side of the road. But I agree: that first time making a right turn the "wrong" way is pretty scary.

  3. Anonymous9:10 PM

    got a tub of left overs myself....only 28 kids at the door. Every year we have less kids. I have a feeling this tradition is dying out.

  4. That was mean, mean, mean!!! The hairs on the back of my head are STILL standing up! Thanks goodness my heart is OK, or is it, it?? Call 911!!!

  5. I enjoy the video. Beautiful.

  6. No no no - you drive on the wrong side of the road, not the other way round! LOL!!!

    Enjoy your candy!

    Take care

  7. Anonymous7:27 AM

    Ireland oh the dream land of my heart....I would love to go there ...the luscious green grass, the beautiful depths of colors of the ocean, the sheep sprinkled across the hillsides....Oh Oh Oh ...I enjoyed your video....Ireland tis but a dream for me ...but a wonderful dream to have!

  8. I came *this* close to posting that vid on my blog on Monday - I opted to post a song for NaNo instead :-)


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