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Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! May 20, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Happiness, Humor, Life Balance.

Life is full of surprising twists and turns . . . nevertheless, I was stumped by Wednesday’s WP prompt:

Describe the last time you were truly surprised.

I decided to keep my eyes open to see how long it would take for one of life’s little surprises to manifest itself. 

It didn’t take long:

(1) Tilly used her cojones to post a Joke about Rocky Mountain Oysters.

(2) Granny spoke in tongues . . . making vegetarians (and meat-eaters) gag.

(3) I got a Jury Summons in the mail.

To emulate the extreme eloquence of beloved TV personality, Gomer Pyle . . .  Surprise!  Surprise!  Surprise!

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?  Have any of life’s little surprises snuck up on you lately?


1. Greg Camp - May 20, 2011

I think, given your prior profession, that you’ll be excused from jury duty. We wouldn’t want anyone with qualifications to serve on juries, now would we?

nrhatch - May 20, 2011

I expect you’re correct. When I “selected” jurors (by screening out those who might not be able to remain impartial) . . . the lawyers were always the first to go.

I’d rather enjoy sitting on a jury at the moment, so I will answer all the voir dire honestly . . . but shall not volunteer to be excluded based on my past practice.

2. oldancestor - May 20, 2011

An off-site co-worker I met once, about 3 years ago, for about 5 seconds, sent me an e-mail today saying she’s impressed with my work. I have no interactiosn with this person ever, so it was much appreciated and unexpected.

nrhatch - May 20, 2011

Yay! What a wonderful surprise. But, I’m not really surprised . . . I don’t even know you and you impress me. 😀

oldancestor - May 22, 2011

Aw, shucks.

nrhatch - May 22, 2011

Loved your latest PFC post! You rock!

Like Pompeii! 😀

3. suzicate - May 20, 2011

Your pic of Gomer and Srge made my day!

nrhatch - May 20, 2011

They had great chemistry together, didn’t they?

4. granny1947 - May 20, 2011

My post surprised you?
Well,well,well…now I am surprised!

nrhatch - May 20, 2011

Going from one end of the bull (in Tilly’s post) to the other end of the bull/cow (in yours) threw me for a loop ~ the things people willingly put in their mouths often surprises me . . . even if I’m not watching Andrew Zimmern. 😀

5. kateshrewsday - May 20, 2011

Whoa! Jury service! That would be like me, a teacher, going to parents evening then?

nrhatch - May 20, 2011

Indeed! A busman’s holiday.

6. CMSmith - May 20, 2011

Well, if you end up on a jury, I hope it is an interesting case. You can tell us all about it.

nrhatch - May 20, 2011

I’m not holding my breath, but would be delighted to serve if permitted to do so.

7. souldipper - May 20, 2011

If I could pick anyone to be on jury duty with – it would be you, Nancy Hatch!

nrhatch - May 20, 2011

Thanks, Amy! Wouldn’t that be lovely?

We could enjoy chatting up anything and everything during the breaks while the attorneys argued with the judge about various and sundry issues.

8. Paula Tohline Calhoun - May 20, 2011

I know people who are summoned at least once a year. Hubs has been summoned twice. I have never been summoned, and I’m one of the only people I know who would really LIKE to give it a go!

The only thing that has surprised me lately is the sudden realization that I cannot read more than two books at once – I used to be able to juggle up to six or seven. Hmmmm. . . .think maybe sleep deprivation has anything to do with it? Or is it just my advancing age? (Or perhaps a disinclination. . .yeah! that’s the ticket. . .a disinclination!)

nrhatch - May 20, 2011

Well . . . now you know someone else who would really LIKE to give it a go! ME! 😀

I never much liked juggling books ~ it’s bad for the spines if you drop them. 😉

If I’m enjoying a book, I’m disinclined to put it down in favor of another. If not, I set it aside . . . permanently.

Here’s to the Land of Nod! {{yawn}}

9. viviankirkfield - May 20, 2011

That’s such a coincidence…my husband and I have been watching episodes of the old Andy Griffith Show…where I believe Gomer got his start. 🙂

And my husband has a T-shirt emblazoned with the words, Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival.

Regarding surprise…I guess I would say that I am both never surprised and constantly surprised when it comes to my fellow human beings. 🙂 Does that make sense? Perhaps not. 🙂

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

It makes perfect sense to me, Vivian. I am often astounded at the choices that people make in life . . . but I’ve seen the same thing so often that it doesn’t really surprise me any more.

10. Cindy - May 21, 2011

Will you be allowed to blog from your cellphone if you’re on the jury?

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

I don’t have a phone with that degree of capability. I have a phone that sits quietly in my purse unless and until I need to make a call ~ which I almost never do.

Since October, I think I’ve used 37 minutes of airtime. 😀

For other jurors, I am sure that they MUST turn off their cell phones while in the courtroom but would be free to use them on breaks UNLESS the jury is sequestered for some reason.

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12. Tilly Bud - May 21, 2011

I’ve always wanted to do jury service.

I didn’t know there was a name for bull testicles 🙂 BTW, you can thank Vivinfance for that joke 🙂

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

While the thought of people ordering testicles (or tongue) is nasty . . . the punchline of the joke amused me to no end.

I always cheer for the bull. 😀

13. eof737 - May 21, 2011

I liked that prompt and the posts you mention are quite funny! 🙂

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

Thanks, E! I liked the prompt too. These days I am rarely “really surprised” so I modified the prompt to suit.

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