When Life Gives You Lemons


The above photo pretty much sums up my day.

I suppose I could take it a couple of different ways. I could just shrug and chuckle inwardly at the mistake.  My smugness would disappear shortly after I realize that I have probably made similar typos in these blogs, been called out for them, and with a combination of anger and embarrassment, changed them.

The other way I could take it is with great frustration. I teach English to people and I would hate for them, their agents, and potential students to see the sign and think the school wasn’t doing a good job or that we didn’t know our subject matter.

On the other hand, if I left it, how long would it take for someone else to notice?  How long would the error live there?

If that weren’t enough, while on route to work this morning, the bus seemed to catch fire. I am not sure what part it was, but something was definitely burning.  While the bus didn’t actually fill up with smoke, there was a decent amount of smoke on the bus.  I am not sure what the bus driver did, but shortly after stopping, he did “something” and the bus stopped smoking.  Maybe he pulled out some wires…maybe he was holding a small fire extinguisher.  Either way, within a couple of minutes, we re-boarded and were on our way.

Was there a silver lining? Well, I did get to speak to my favourite bus passenger about the “excitement.”   She and I both survived the fight on the bus a few months ago, and now we survived this.  Normally we have nothing to talk about, so this was a refreshing change.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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2 Responses to When Life Gives You Lemons

  1. Ah yes, the conundrum of out and off. Is it out of water or is it turned off? Perhaps it is off because it is out?

  2. Bryan Fagan says:

    This is funny – At first I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. After reading it a second time my mind clicked in and I saw OFF. I wonder if the person who wrote this did the same thing?

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