Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Last Post (for now)

Sad to say, but here is the last post from this current stay in Norway.

Let's re-cap, shall we?

Since arriving, I have

-Been to the opening ceremony and three events at the World Cup of Skiing
-Washed a Hairy Cat in the bathtub and survived
-Experienced a Norwegian winter time, in all of its glory
-Shoveled snow using a two handed snow/sled
-Received haircuts at the hands of Lise-Lotte
-Got a brand new spanken' winter coat
-Finished all of my "Learn Norwegian" Books
-Finished two puzzles
-Got to see crown prince Haakon as a regular person waving to the people
-Finally met Ida's Brother, Christian
-Got to pet a Reindeer
-Received a brand new pair of Ski Boots along with some really nice Skis
-Started to learn how to Ski
-Was Accepted at BI: Norwegian School of Business
-Got to go to Sweden and shop for things on the cheap!
-Found a new interest in Scooter Motors
-Started Constructing a new deck for the house!


Whew!  now that's a ton of new stuff!  Most of the events are things that I couldn't have experienced without being in Norway.  and a few items are once-in-a-lifetime events!  I am very grateful for all of my travels and experiences.  I will never take them for granted!

And because all of you have been so good and faithful reading my blogs, I present you with a little treat. I call it, "Oscar's Adventures"


This, is THE OSCAR!

One day, The Oscar was sitting upon his rock, and he was thinking.









He thought, about his kingdom, and he looked as far as his eyes could see.

He noticed that the side porch could use a little work.  And so, he set his furry kingly mind on the task of organizing his minions and the construction of a new porch.










"MY KINGDOM IS IN SHAMBLES!", Roared The Oscar.



He went on,
"WHY AREN'T YOU BRAINLESS DRONES CARING MORE ABOUT THE APPEARANCE OF MY BELOVED PORCH?"













The Kitty heard his kingly roar, but she felt that the passion in his voice was wasted, as she had no opposable thumbs, and cannot handle tools very well.

The Kitty then suggested to The Oscar that he turn around, and actually face his audience when trying to yell at them.






"Hmm?,  Oh, yes, thank you Kitty,  I had forgotten which way I was facing"  Said The Oscar bashfully.

Not to lose face, The Oscar turned around, almost as if he had done so on purpose.













"Right, is this better?"  The Oscar asked Kitty in a low voice.











"Yes, you're looking good now, my king.  Surely the people will hear you this time"












The Oscar prepared once more to shout some sense into his peasants.




















"EVERYTHING AROUND ME LOOKS LIKE CRAP! I DEMAND A NEW PORCH BE BUILT IN MY HONOR!"














So Dan said, "I can take up the old boards with this metal stick."
















And Ida said, "And I can take them away in this wheelbarrow"














The Oscar looks on as the work continues, and his expression grows more and more into a pleasant smile.









"We love working for you, The Oscar", said Ida and Dan together













But their cries of exclamation fell on deaf ears, for The Oscar had to take a Kingly nap.



Work Continued on, and new boards were attached where the old ones were.

Soon the Deck was completely refurbished.


And as The Oscar awoke, his face lit up, and his kingdom was once again back to its former glory.









"You have done well, my legions of laborers.  Today is a great day in my kingdom, and as a reward, I will allow you to stroke my fur and brush me until I pass out in a sunbeam."











All of the kingdom rejoiced, all of the work had been completed, and all was well in the kingdom.

The End.