Monday, October 3, 2011

What makes a guy happy?

We’re not going to get too philosophical here, or too long winded.

After first dropping Travelling Companion off at work (which is sort of North of Vienna)  and then heading off to fetch our most recent visitor from the airport (which is sort of South East of Vienna) I don’t think I have the ambition to be too long winded.

Quite often,  in the days leading up to a visit,  I’ll get the question, “Is there anything I can bring over?”  

See, when we were in Puerto Rico,  I couldn’t for the life of me find canned tuna in water (absolutely can’t handle it in oil!  Gah!)  and we also had some issues with the Puerto Rican coffee.  You can buy really good (and expensive)  Puerto Rican coffee in say,  New York?  But the stuff they sell on the island is horrid.  I think they simply export all the good stuff.  (Kind of like the wine situation in Italy?)  So visitors would quite often also bring Nabob coffee.   One of our American friends would request Maxwell House,  but we like our Nabob.  

Here in Vienna we don’t have too many issues.  The coffee is pretty good,  although we do favour a brand we can only find in Slovenia,   and the beer and wine?   I think we’ve beat that subject to death.  Everything is pretty darned peachy in that department.


You may recall that we finally used up our honkin’ big roll of plastic wrap that we bought at Costco and shipped over?


Like this:

plastic wrap 


So that means that these days  I fight with one of those stupid little rolls every single morning when I put together a lunch for Travelling Companion.  I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer first thing in the morning as it is,  so sparring with plastic wrap can be a challenge.

I felt it was too onerous for anyone to actually bring such a monstrosity over in a suitcase,  so I certainly wasn’t about to ask for a roll of plastic wrap.   Never being one to miss the chance to drop a hint though,  I did mention it in passing….


There was one other thing though that I thought of. 

I need a decent fly swatter!  


I realise that this is something that a person in the Western Hemisphere can quite easily take for granted,  but the choices here are pitiful.  I’ve only managed to find these stupid wimpy plastic handled things,  and since the handle is so weak and flexible,  most times the fly actually has time to pack a small travel bag before flying away.  

Very frustrating.


So lookee what I got!!



Yes people!   Two decent sized rolls of plastic wrap (and not the shit that’s so thin it’s like gossamer)

AND AND ….TWO metal handled fly swatters!  

One for each hand?  I don’t know!  I don’t care!  This is awesome!


You need the metal handle to get the proper “Moment”,  when it comes to swiftly dispatching flying critters.  That’s an aircraft term by the way,  but I think it works. 


Oh,  and our guest?   Meh,  she’s napping.  More on her later.  Maybe tomorrow.


So,  if you click on that link and go and read the Wiki article on “Moment”,  and replace, “The moment arm is the perpendicular distance from the point of rotation” with, “The moment arm is the perpendicular distance from MY ELBOW” 

Followed by, “the line of action of the force.”  with “THE FLY”,  then I think you should get the picture.

In other words,  it has a lot to do with the amount of “oomph”.  

There,  that’s probably easier.


Physics never was something I was terribly good at,  but I do know what it takes to whack the crap out of flying insects.


Thanks for stopping by.





  1. I think I now know more about a fly swatter than I ever have in my entire life! You sure can make a drab topic rather exciting. Enjoy your plastic wrap and swatters.

  2. enjoy the wrap and your 'murder weapons'!!

  3. If you think domestic Italian wine is a bit lackluster, then you should go to Alba area in Piemonte. The Nebiolo of Barolo and Barbaresco is far better than the Chianti swill they serve throughout the rest of the country and at a fraction of the cost. Also, as the cradle of the Slow Food movement, some of the best meals on Earth.

    A good time to go is a couple weeks after the truffle festival (oct. 8 - nov. 13) when the prices have dropped.

  4. It's funny to see what things a guy really needs when he's living outside of North America. Never in a million years would I have guessed plastic wrap and fly swatters!


Well, I've been getting too many spam comments showing up. Just a drag, so we'll go another route and hope that helps. So, we won't be hearing anything more from Mr. Nony Moose.
I guess I'll just have to do without that Gucci purse.