I managed to get time off to go to the traffic licensing office to renew my driver’s license. It was very busy but I have been to others which are more hectic so I sit and wait my turn. All the staff are black. I can see the eye testing going on from where I am waiting. The woman doing the testing spoon feeds every black person she helps. Even getting up from her desk going around and then showing the person step by step several times how it works and then giving them a passing grade.
Each white person she tests she fails and sends them to get a form from an optician.
Finally my turn, I greet her friendly and she grunts, “Place your forehead against the top and your chin here”.
To my horror I realize that they have changed the way the test is done. Previously you had to indicate the position of the checkered board.
I look into the viewer and she says “use leva when S is up or left or right or down” .
I take the joystick and all I see is an “E”, “I see an E not and S?” I exclaimed – “do I point to the open side of the E?” she is on her phone and talking to the examiner next to her. “Tell me what to do” I say (… silence no response for about 2 minutes ….)
“You fail on your right eye”, I asked her to allow me to do it again and I tried again, I found I had to lean my forehead (without her noticing) slightly back to be able to see the lights checking your peripheral vision. She failed me again.
I was extremely annoyed and running out of time. I rushed at a dangerous speed to the mall. The lady at Spec-savers informed me that they were fully booked and no one was available to help me. I understood they have “the buy one get one free” promotion which makes them very popular this time of year. She suggested I go to Torga Optical. I run a block and arrive at Torga Optical they do the test but inform me if I pass the test and they supply the completed purple form that I have to pay R150. I was unhappy but had to continue to get this over and done with.
The shop was empty except for the staff and extremely quiet. An assistant that did not know how to set the viewer on the testing contraption tested my eyes and gave the printout to an Indian lady who was introduced to me as the optician. She said that I had less than 40% vision in my right eye and that I would have to get glasses for driving. I got a feeling she was pushing me too hard to get glasses so I told her I would get back to her.
I ran back to Spec-savers and made and appointment for the weekend, perspiration now dripping from my forehead.
I had to take off work again to complete the process. All because there are racists which hate white people in SA.
After the operation I had a huge bruise the size of a saucer to the left of my belly button and my nether regions where the catheter and drainage pipe had been were very bruised and a dark navy blue colour. Although I did not have pain, making any kind of movement was uncomfortable and awkward.
A woman got into a fight with her husband, he grabbed her BB and thew it to the ground causing damage to the display screen. The following day her son arrived with this JCB toughphone. LOVE IT.
It ain’t pretty but it is indestructible and has a touch screen and camera.
If you enjoy seeing how things work you will love these two websites.
Use the toggles to make the figure walk more femine or manly, or more happy.
Very well done is my rating.
Watch how the engine of a car works. Very interesting for someone like me who knows very little about cars.
These are interesting websites with people with too much time on there artistic hands.
Drawing facial expressions.
Lastly, a lucky escape.
A few weeks ago I wrote about how I lost 10kgs in two months buy changing my diet.
I planned to do this follow-up post sooner but experienced problems with a faulty monitor.
The last time I exercised was decades ago when I was still at school. I needed to shed kilograms urgently and so I started by using Google to search for warm-up exercises. It is important to do gentle exercises which feel right for you. If you are plagued by back problems or have a sports injury or a hernia there are certain exercises that you should NOT do.
In my case, I am (a middle aged) female and I have a hernia so sit-ups and jumping jacks were out. I was looking for exercises which are easy to do and that you could do without buying exercise equipment. First of all I found that an exercise mat cost a half a day’s pay for a small mat which would have been useless for a tall woman like me. I got a cheap blanket and folded it lengthwise to create 3 layers to lie on.
A used the blanket 2 x a week when I did some floor exercises. The other exercises I did while the kettle is boiling, or while my computer was downloading something, or while I was waiting for the washing machine to finish a cycle. The stiffness in my legs disappeared immediately and the swelling in my legs also went away the results were amazing considering that the exercises were not serious cardio workouts. Before you get bored and exit this post take a look at how easy some of the moves are. Even twisting like Chubby Chekker makes you lose weight in the right places. While sitting at a desk gentle pull in your stomach muscles hold for 20 seconds and slowly exhale and relax. Then do the same with your bum muscles. Now try some of these:
Squeeze your bum muscles while doing this. I like this move. Easy to do.
Try doing these exercises without weights and as you progress you can start using weights.
Here is a link for a video on some more exercises: http://bcove.me/1n27ap27
Here is a link of a slideshow of some more exercises: http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/551492-2o-best-body-weight-exercises/