Tuesday, 18 December 2018

19. Health care. Correct shoes are needed for limping people over 30 years old








Went to a podiatrist some 4 weeks ago. I had bought a thin insole from Arch Angel. The podiatrist examined me and put a pad to elevate the medial part of the heel. The thin insole was not good as it began to flatten out (said to last 6 weeks instead of 2 years unlike the good ones). So, my left ankle and left side of the calf msucle and left foot became painful again.

Both the podiatrist and the shoe seller did not tell me that the thin insole is not good as it flattens out with wear. It has no substance inside.

On Dec 18, 2018, I saw the shoe seller again. This time he told me that the insole had flattened out and moved inside the shoe. Hence, imbalance of my walk leading to pain. A better quality higher insole was recommended.  

18. Relationships: A zero-brain man.

Dec 18, 2018

Advices to Young People: A zero-brained man


In a group, you may find a critical person who wants to show off to the boss or host at the expense of others, as illustrated in the following story. After dinner, the family members left the dining table to watch TV or do their own things. My host (Mrs Wong) was still at the dining table. My wife urged me to chat with Mrs Wong post-dinner. Normally I would not do so on seeing Mr Tan, an uninvited 74-year-old employee of Mrs Wong there.


"Why are you still here?" the stout old man’s small eyes squinted at me through his thick glasses. "I am here to converse with Mrs Wong" I was not surprised at his rudeness. Mrs Wong's family members avoided him like the plaque but that suited his purpose - to gain sole attention from Mrs Wong. 


"You are not an employee!" Mr Tan raised his voice when I sat down next to Mrs Wong. "You should be in the living area watching TV with the others!"  I was shocked at his declaration that only employees should be present post-dinner. Dinner at the boss' residence is not a perquisite of employment for Mr Tan. My wife and I were invited as Mrs Wong treated us as family. 


Mrs Wong took her eyes off her smartphone text messages and said, "He is my guest! Are you not feeling well now?" She stood and repeated the question. I kept quiet as this man was trying to provoke me again. Mr Tan took advantage as Mrs Wong would never stop an old man from sharing her delicious food.  After work, he just took a ride from Mrs Wong to her house for dinner. Unless he had disappeared to watch movies during office hours. No qualms about doing that as Mrs Wong still paid him in full. 


Mr Tan coughed as if he had water in his lungs. He got up saying, "I am not well. I will go home. He is a zero-brained man!"  Mrs Wong's sister said "goodbye" when Mr Tan proceeded to the main door.  "Don't ever say 'goodbye'," he told her off. "Say 'see you another time!'" He ought to say "thank you" but he could not care two hoots about his lack of manners.  

During a previous post-dinner chat, he tried to impress us with the numerous movies he had watched when he ought to be at work. He announced, "I watched 'Wonder Woman' 15 times". He queried us, "What makes this movie a blockbuster movie? What is its hook?" We were dumb asses. So he said, "All men want her, but one man wants her dead!".

Mrs Wong is not a movie buff but she participated as a good host ought to. I was silent as I knew he was not bothered with any movie comments from me. "You watched this movie?" he queried my knowledge about a movie that he rated highly. "Yet you cannot remember the plots!".  I did not retort. Why should I entertain him? Later, I told Mrs Wong that I do not clutter my brain with movie plots as there is a limit to what the brain can store. "Besides, Mr Tan watches some movies more than once!" 

Advices to young people. Being 69 years old, I had interacted with a few obnoxious persons. They run you down in front of your boss or host to prove they are smarter. They love to make fun of your traits or work performances. Try to stay calm when you encounter the bad people.

In conflicts, one can either attack, escape or make peace. For Mr Tan, I chose to "escape" as he does not want peace. I know Mrs Wong wished that I would speak up for myself sometimes as she would defend me when Mr Tan called me names. Mr Tan had advised her to get rid of the scroungers (my wife and I) as we were frequently invited to Mrs Wong's dinners.

Do not create conflicts with your colleagues or family members by attacking them frequently. If you persist in having a foul mouth, you will be like Mr Tan - a person whom all "shiam" (avoid)! You will be a bitter old lonely person with no friends or family.