Do you remember how Jesus was led into the wilderness and fasted
forty days? The when he was a-hungered, the devil came to him and said:
If thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But
Jesus resisted the temptation. Then the devil set him upon a pinnacle of
the temple and said to him: If thou be the son of God, cast thyself
down, for angels had charge of him and would bear him up. But again
Jesus resisted. Then the devil took him into a high mountain and showed
him the kingdoms of the world and said that he would give them to him if
he would fall down and worship him. But Jesus said: Get the hence,
That’s the end of the story according to the good simple Matthew. But
it wasn’t. The evil was sly and came to Jesus once more and said: If
thou will accept shame and disgrace, scourging and a crown of thorns,
and death on the cross thou shall save the human race, for greater love
hat no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Jesus fell. The devil laughed till his sides ached, for he knew the evil
men would commit in the name of their redeemer.
listen, he said, you ever seen a bunch of crabs in a
no, I told him.
well, what happens is that now and then one crab
will climb up on top of the others
and begin to climb toward the top of the bucket,
then, just as he’s about to escape
another crab grabs him and pulls him back
really? I asked.
really, he said, and this job is just like that, none
of the others want anybody to get out of
here. that’s just the way it is
in the postal service!
I believe you, I said.
just then the supervisor walked up and said,
you fellows were talking.
there is no talking allowed on this
I had been there for eleven and one-half
I got up off my stool and climbed right up the
and then I reached up and pulled myself right
out of there.
it was so easy it was unbelievable.
but none of the others followed me.
and after that, whenever I had crab legs
I thought about that place.
I must have thought about that place
maybe 5 or 6 times
before I switched to lobster.
I have graduated from Class B, but failed to
make it to Class C. There was no way. My written test scores were okay,
averaging around 80%, but talking the talk . . . not so good. I have
been shunted in to Class X, which feels about right. No written tests
here, more emphasis on talking. Class meets from 9 to 12, an hour less
than before, and only 3 days a week – also an improvement. As always, I
have interesting classmates. Two from Vietnam, two from Thailand, three
from Syria, and one from Eritrea. Don’t know what has brought the
Eritreans here. The rest of the class are from Somalia.
So anyway, I am back in the linguistic saddle again, and to make things
more interesting I am now studying for the Swedish driver’s test. My
U.S. license is no longer good here. The Swedish test is beyond belief.
Must be around 600 possible questions – including questions about the
environment, morality, and what to do if someone is injured, or if you
run into a moose. 200 of the possible questions have to do with road
signs, some of which are obvious, others, not so much.
Deaf People Crossing
A total of 70 questions will be asked on the
test. One can request the questions to be asked in English, thank god,
and there are study books in English. Unfortunately the texts have been
translated by someone living in England where they really don’t know how
to speak English. House trailers are called caravans, trucks are
lorries, and one pips the horn. There are also interesting typos. “One
must break in time to keep from driving the car in front.”
The tests are on computers, of course. One must score 63 out of 70.
After passing the computer test there is a driver’s test, part of which
is on some kind of slippery surface to see what you do when the care
starts to slide. Then there are roundabouts, my greatest fear here, but I
prefer them to electric signals.
How Swedes drive – From Wikitravel
Swedes are driving pretty calm compared to
other countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece. On the motorways
there’s not much respect for the speed limits and people will always try
to overtake you.