This Is The Part Where You Run

RDP Tuesday: RELAX

A few years ago one of my former co-workers asked me a question about a shipment, so I went over to my computer and tried to type in the numbers for the order that we were having issues with.

The thing is, it was really really cold in my warehouse that day ( it would freeze and snow that night ) and when I tried to tap at the keys I kept making mistakes. I had been packing something for UPS and I had taken my gloves off and forgotten to put them back on, so my fingers were  a little stiff and cold.

He laughed. No fooling, he thought it was funny. I blew on my hands, put my gloves on and tried again, I made one mistake, but that was one to  many and he said

” Nope, nope, nope,  those are not the right numbers.”

I held my hands to the heater and said, ‘ just a sec’ and he said-

” It’s ok, I’m no good at 10 key too. ”

He really thought I was making mistakes because I can’t type and that I was covering it up by pretending that my hands were cold.

My area was so cold we had to close off the doors to keep the cold from flooding the rest of the building.  I was wearing a jacket and a hat. That’s how cold it was in there.

I guess he knew I was mad at his stupid comment because I gave him my infamous wicked side eye and then  he said  ” Relax. I’m just kidding.”

I swear to God, I thought he was going to pat me on the head and tell me to smile.

” This is the part  where you run. ” I told him.

He looked stunned. He had that ‘ why are you so mean’ look.

” Relax ” I said, ” I’m only kidding. ”  and then I patted him on his arm and smiled.



Grover and Clyde Proved Me Wrong

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: TEMPTING

When I see pictures of ’embracing skeletons ‘ in acheology articles I for one do not assume I am looking at two individuals locked in an enteral lover’s embrace.

It’s tempting to believe that there are people out there who were so devoted to each other in life ( it’s in books and movies and songs and plays! It must be true!) that it touched the heartstrings of the community they lived in and wanting to preserve that when the lovers died,  their friends or family reconstructed their bodies-

and then tossed them in a grave and covered them with dirt.

Beep beep reality check time-

In the pictures I’ve seen, one figure appears to be entwined around the other figure  ( like a snake squeezing the life out of it’s prey )  or one has a  hand on the other’s face and they are nose to nose. Like they’re coming in for a bite. It’s creepy.

Embracing Skeletons of Alepotrypa in Greece. The prehistoric skeletons belong to a man and a woman that appear to be in a lover’s embrace.

So I did a little digging around ( ha ha ) and found that there is a theory based on a ancient burials in Staryi Tartas village, in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia where scientists discovered tombs of skeletons in the ‘lovers embrace’ that these individuals could have been sacrifices tied to reincarnation or fertility rituals.

I know, call  me a wet blanket, but right away these questions  should have popped up when people got excited about these ‘eternal lovers’-

did all of those couples at the  site is Siberia  love each other so much they were posed in an eternal embrace at their death? And did they conveniently die at the same time because the work involved in digging up one body in the process of decomposition or fully skeletonized and posing it with a newly dead individual would be a Herculean task.

You have to ask yourself really?

Professor Lev Klein of St Petersburg State University has proposed the coupled burials are linked to reincarnation beliefs possibly influenced by deeksha rituals. ‘The ‘deeksha’ was considered as a ‘second birth’ and to complete this ritual the sacrificing one made a ritual sexual act of conceiving’. Picture: Vyacheslav Molodin, Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

I know- we all want to believe in true and eternal love. We want to believe in fate and destiny. But for real. Who would put bodies back together just because two people were ‘ in love.’

I really wanted to have a little doubt about my opinion in this matter so I noodled around and found this next picture and without a doubt we are looking at true and eternal love and it really is touching.

Grover Krantz donated his body to science with the proviso that he be reunited with his best friend ( who had passed away before him ) when the study he gave his body up to was completed.

His request was honored

In life and death Grover and Clyde-

it’s possible I may have to rethink my feelings about true love.

In 2002 scientist/teacher Grover Krantz died and donated his body for study at a body farm. His only condition was that he be reunited with his beloved dog Clyde (that’d died years earlier) after the study was complete. Their new home is the Smithsonian.


Holidailies Prompt:  Have you ever had a winter without snow?

Gregory Packard
Midnight (The Embrace)

I’ve had winters when it didn’t snow, it didn’t even rain

those empty winter skies  made the outdoor decorations look flat and lifeless so

I stayed inside with the curtains closed and ate frosted cookies shaped like reindeer

and  snowmen.


I’ve had winters when it did snow, the trees were hung with ice

and the sidewalks where slick and treacherous,

there was no doubt in my mind that they wanted to pull me down and

break a bone or two.


I’ ve had winters that were so brutal that I actually looked forward to

the Spring and beyond that the Summer

and I hate that time of year because

all I do is sneeze and wheeze .


But those brutal winter months left and the drury winter days

slid by without a trace

and they were gone before I knew it

and after they left, I always felt a little empty inside.