Sunday, 15 October 2017

Your Location Is Currently In Use

Periodically a little icon appears in the system tray in the bottom right corner of the screen on my desktop Windows-running PC. It's a little circle with a blue square in the middle, and when you hover your mouse pointer over it a little bit pop up appears, saying "Your location is currently in use".

I don't mind my location being used (at least for the software that I've allowed to use my location) but I'm always faintly surprised when it appears - this is on my desktop PC, which has been in the same location for about five years, assuming you don't get into the technicalities of it now being two floors lower than it used to.

Now, let's talk ankles.

Mine, and of course the nasty bruise I wanted to show off has faded. Feel free to give me sympathy anyway.

I have a weird ankle.

Periodically, it just gives way, it somehow bends sideways and before you know it I'm heading for the ground at speed. I believe (although memory could be fooling me) that it particularly worsened as a result of one evening I was playing football, and I decided to try hopping over the ball whilst tapping it with my foot to control it, and instead stood on the ball and fell over. Anyway, it does now and again just fail to ankle.

And it seems to have a mind of its own, and do it when it's particularly embarrassing or inconvenient. From memory I can particularly recall it failing:

  • In the supermarket while bagging groceries
  • While running down an alley dragging a sofa
  • On my neighbours footpath on the way to pick a parcel up

The most recent event I was walking through the grounds of my sons school after picking him up, so as you can imagine there was a good dozen or so other parents with children who were there to watch me plant my face into the ground., so I couldn't even let loose my favoured series of swear words and instead had to go "Whoops! Oh dear, silly daddy should have been looking where he was going!"

Funnily enough, it seems to hurt less overall if I just take the fall rather than try to stop myself falling, perhaps the time is better spent preparing for the fall rather than trying to rectify the ankle position or something.

While I'm blogging, I should point out for any cross stitchers my wife currently has not one, not two, but three competitions on the go - do check out her latest flosstube video for details!

7 comments:

  1. Why were you running down an alley dragging a sofa? I have to know.

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    1. We had two sofa's that needed to be disposed of, and the arrangements here is that you can telephone the local council and arrange a disposal of heavy items free of charge. However you need to have the items in your front garden (aka yard) ready for collection, and the sofa's were at the back of the house so rather than get them through the narrow doorways and corridor in the house, my dad and I decided to take them out the back of the house, up the alleyway that runs alongside the house, and into the front garden that way. We discovered that you could move quite quickly by lifting one end of a sofa onto your shoulder and dragging it, so we were both racing down the alleyway with a sofa on each of our shoulders, when my ankle decided that it was a good time to give way. Luckily I managed to force it back into position otherwise I would have been slammed into the concrete alleyway with a sofa on my back... :)

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