Let’s Go To Victoria!


Back in the 60’s all the way up to the 80’s my family used to take the Ferry up to Victoria BC and while she was still  making the trip, we made the trip on the  Princess Marguerite

Photo A.M. Moscoso

It was a great place to visit- there were fun museums and French Bakeries that made the greatest Petit Fours in the world. There were the Gardens and souvenier shops that even a kid could afford to shop at.

Back when I was little there was a Madame Tussaud’s Wax museum up in Victoria with a spectacular Chamber of Horrors that you would think my family had to drag me out of but  that wasn’t the case.

My entire family slow walked through that part of the exhibit every single time we visited it. I take that back. My Mom never went to the Wax Museum. She didn’t like the figures. Even the historical ones.  She thought that they were creepy.

So the museum had a lot of exhibits to look at, but honestly I never really took any interest in most of  them. I was all about the spooky stuff. I know big surprise, right? You have no idea how sad I was when in the late 90’s  the Royal London Wax Museum in Victoria closed down. The former manager took the wax figures home with him and stored them in his basement- those figures were worth around  $30,000. So there was no way they were going to be tossed out.  Well. Not the heads anyway:

10 years after the Royal Royal London Wax Museum closed in Victoria, more than 200 wax figures moved in with Ken Lane: Feb. 24, 2020 (CTV News)

As I mentioned the Wax Museum was a fantastic place to visit- but all I cared about was one part of it.

In the end though, the entire collection joined the Chamber of Horrors.

“At Halloween, we like to startle people,” said Lane ( the former Manager ). “We say, ‘We have a bunch of bodiless heads in our basement, do you want to see them?

The museum is no more but my favorite exhibit the one that I would spend my time with on my family’s jaunts to Victoria had a nice send off in the end- and they managed to take the entire museum with them.

Kind of fitting, if you think about it.

My Expiration Date

WP Prompters are living the dream when they ask How do you want to retire? 

Photographer Unknown


The reality is, it does not matter how I want to retire. So I don’t dream about it.


I will be one of those old people that

die on the bus or the train on my way to work. My fellow commuters will get mad

because they will  have to wait for the coroner to haul my carcass off.  As  they wait

they will cuss and  spit and demand  to know why I just did not die at home or before I

got on the train ( or bus ).


What ‘right’ they will ask, did I have to ruin their day? Make them late for work?


Some of them will probably take my picture and it will end up on social media, because

that is what  have I seen people who take public transportation do when they are close

to a  corpse, or a sleeping homeless  person.


So WordPress prompters I can’t sprinkle your  prompt with glitter and happy vibes

because I have no illusions about my future:

I will never get to retire and  sit on a beach on an Island- like Maui or on a beach in

Mexico or even  one of the Islands off of the coast in Washington state.


I am absolutely positive  that when I hit my ‘expiration date’ there  will not be

pictures  of me  dappled in sunlight showing up on Social Media.

I addition to that, I can say  that for certain, that there sure as hell won’t be any pictures of me  with big grin on  my face

as I make pretty for the camera with a parrot on my shoulder  and a glass of wine in my I hand as I celebrate my ‘retired life’.


I won’t get to sit on my deck and watch birds flit around my container garden.


So I will never retire, I will ‘expire’. and it’s a bold prompt for WP to put it out there- like

we all dream about ‘when I retire. ‘

I for one don’t because what I want and what I am going to get are a Universe apart.