10 Sep


Some people do not like surprises. What a surprise!

Some people like surprises; especially on birthdays because it means someone remembered them.

Some people do not like surprises because they are unprepared to deal with the surprise.

Some people do not like surprises such as having their picture taken without permission. I learned this first hand when I was assigned to take pictures of my fellow workers for the bulletin board. I even took a picture of a particularly pretty worker sitting at her typewriter.

Boy was she mad!

And that my good readers, is what brings me to say that all surprises are a ‘good surprise.’








Surprises on birthdays or a really great gift on a holiday is always a good surprise; therefore we can eliminate ‘naturally good’ surprises.

Now how about the bad surprise like when you find out your lawnmower refuses to start. You have pulled the starting cord ten times. It still won’t start. Then you primed the gas line with that little rubber doo-dad on the side of the engine. And then, you pulled the cord ten more times. Your arm is getting tired, the sweat is starting to run off your back and you are just a little pissed off. Aha! You haven’t checked the electric line to the spark plug. Nope – – – wasn’t that; everything is in place. A decision must be made and you are great at ‘decision making.’ A good decision at this point would be to find a chair in the shade, open up a bottle of beer (and the phone book to the yellow pages) and sip while you find a local ‘small engine repair shop’ that is willing to take your ‘surprise’ off your hands, repair it, and have it back within the week.

Quickly tell us









Sure. Here comes the good part – – – or the goodness for goodness sake.

The small engine repair shop guy has your mower ready and is only going to charge you $150 (or half the cost of a brand new mower; isn’t it funny how those repair charges are always about half the cost of a new ‘whatever is getting repaired). And then you ask him what the problem was.

And he says;

repair guy said









And there you have it; the goodness of the surprise.

You have learned a $150 lesson; “Put winter stuff in the gasoline before storing it.”

So there really is nothing such as a ‘bad surprise.’

how about the pictures









I am so pleased that your asked.

I learned a big lesson from that. I was quite embarrassed to find out that some people don’t want their picture taken while they are unaware. Take for example Whitey Bulger, or, in another venue, Paris Hilton.

Before I leave this great piece of philosophical work may I say one more thing?

you might as well









I just wanted to say that bad surprises and failure are one and the same.

You can learn from either one of them; or as The Great Rhetorical One has stated so many times over and over; ‘It is a good teaching moment.’

He has said









Ooopsy!       Touché!     My bad!   Guess I’ll shut up for a day or so.






10 Responses to “SURPRISE!”

  1. Waldo "Wally" Tomosky September 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    Reblogged this on waldotomosky.

  2. virginiallorca September 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    I do not usually like having to click links in stories, but yours are fun. The surprise for me was the guy in the hat.

  3. easyweimaraner September 11, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    I don’t like surprises… specially not on my birthday… I remembered that I came home once, totally blastered while my whole family was in the living room, ready for a party :o( think my name is removed now from all last wills :o(

  4. J.B. Whitmore September 27, 2015 at 2:30 am #

    Gas can turn to varnish?

    • Waldo "Wally" Tomosky September 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

      Yes, first stage is a jelly like substance in the gas tank and then it turns into varnish on the thinner gas lines between the engine and the gas tank blocking the flow of gas.
      Usually only happens in extreme cold weather or if the gasoline has been in the tank without use for more than one season.

      • J.B. Whitmore September 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

        No doubt you’ve tucked away this factoid for your techie futuristic novel.

      • Waldo "Wally" Tomosky September 28, 2015 at 12:07 am #

        No. But funny you mention the futuristic novel. I have been working on a past/present/sci-fi/philosophy story. Thought I would have it finished months ago. However, maybe in October. I will be sure to promote it on WordPress as soon as I release it.

      • J.B. Whitmore September 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

        Books have a way of doing that. You think it’s a straightforward tale, but the complexities just keep turning up.

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