The missing apostrophe with the raw tuna.


One of my friends suggested I update my internet devices. For many years I have had the same computer. For some time now it had to ‘warm up’ and during the last few months this warming up would run into minutes by which time I often I had forgotten what I was going to write, or worse, had fallen asleep.  He suggested I get a laptop which he said ‘ you can carry around and even take it on your walk to the local Don Bradman ‘Stump’ cricket café ‘. I would then of course join the rank of those suave looking young people tapping away on laptops while sipping lattes. It would then also finally give me that demeanour of success. 

I have now a new Dell Intel CORE 17 inspiron 15 5000 laptop which I have started to take downstairs as proof it is a portable device.  If the neighbours happen to walk by and look inside my living quarters they might even see me with the device in my lap, truly proving the portable laptop capabilities.  However, as is so often the case with electronic devices, PHD laden and gifted genies are always proving and often on their nightly prowl, to make things shorter, faster and minimal.   The keyboard is very flash with that metallic polished look and a little square down the bottom that is in lieu of a mouse. One has to maneuver a finger around this square to  point the curser at the desired letter or number. The odd thing is that it did not show an apostrophe. The key sign of the apostrophe is there but it doesn’t appear on the screen when pressed.  A truly masterpiece of shorting and minimalizing. 

I told Annette ( my lovely new best friend of my life, and very female!) about this oddity of the keyboard and she too found it baffling. I have discovered though that when you press the apostrophe and then move the curser to its next inevitable step, it, like magic, the apostrophe appears on the screen. So, even though the apostrophe doesn’t appear when pressed first, in will pop up on the screen when you move the key.

One thing that miffed me a bit is that my fish supplier did not have my yellow fin red tuna. I usually have this thinly sliced raw on my week-end plate together with a bit of wasabi and some soya sauce. I bought a large piece of Tasmanian salmon instead. However, after reading about eating raw fish I was rather taken aback when I learned that the raw fish is not without risk and can include lurking microbes and evil creatures that are waiting to inhabit your stomach. I always liked raw fish, not least the salted herring. I was brought up on raw herrings and so far without any ill effects.  (including the dreaded tape worm that can grow up to 15 meters inside the stomach.) The good news is though, that cooking the fish takes away some of the health benefits of eating raw fish. So there you have it. 

Nothing is perfect, cooked or raw fish, it will always be healthier than McDonalds or take-aways. 


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22 Responses to “The missing apostrophe with the raw tuna.”

  1. catterel Says:

    In spite of everything, isn’t it wonderful to be to share the baffling issues of life with another kindred spirit, rather than talkng to yourself or to a stuffed rabbit? (Not sure where I got the idea you might have a stuffed rabbit …)

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, you’ve hit the nail on the head. ( That’s if you have a nail handy and a hammer.)
      The wonders of the internet sure proves itself during this pandemic. Life seems to be mainly made up of the nails and hammers, shopping and paying the gas bill. We are all orphans of this world.

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  2. Robert Parker Says:

    I love raw salmon, but have stopped also after reading the warnings about possible parasites in Alaskan catch. Glad to hear you’re being very cool – lattes & laptop – you can now hang out in a coffeehouse or sushi joint all afternoon, a boulevardier électronique, maybe get some trendy sunglasses!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I threw all caution to the wind and ate my salmon raw last night by slicing it off the skin and then with a bit of soya sauce ate it with gusto and a cold potato salad. This morning my stomach is quiet and not a single rumble or anything slithering about. All good, Robert!
      Yes, must get some trendy sunglasses. I already have a peaked cap.

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  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    AW! You and Milo look happy! 🙂
    YAY for Annette! I am so glad you two are in each other’s lives! Be kind and good to each other! Take care of each other! Find the joys in each day! Having that support, connection, companionship, etc, is wonderful! 🙂 ❤ 🙂
    YAY for your new computer! 🙂
    YUM on the fish! We eat fish or seafood several times a week. We love it! 🙂
    (((HUGS))), PATS, and RUBS!!! for you, Annette, and Milo!!! 😀

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Carolyn. Milo and I are happy. Annette is very special and Milo instinctively also tells me she is. He greets her with great affection. Thank you for your kind remarks and I will care for her and share the joy.
      As for the fish eating, I just had another plate of salmon with some sauce and chili. I find eating fish so much easier. There is none of that cutting away with knives and de-boning. It’s easy on the digesting too.

      Pats to you and rubs for Cooper.

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  4. petspeopleandlife Says:

    The one good thing about eating raw fish- I suppose is that you can, in all probability take a med or meds to kill the worms that are having a thriving time in your gut- aka belly, stomach, or colon.

    Since you eat a rather healthy diet it seems that you should be in good health. I am not sure that raw fish is conducive to good health but many folks eat raw fish.

    As for as your new lap top, I hope it brings you joy and satisfaction. My new HP that was just barely a year old had a conniption fit one day and there was no longer any sound. So I went back to my older HP W 8.1 and I am happy that I have a computer that works again. I have had more computer problems than Hogan’s goats have mishaps.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you Ivonne,
      I am not eager to get bugs in my stomach and certainly not having worms or serpents roaming about. I suppose keeping a strong immunity against bacteria or bugs is important. Raw fish has advantages which are killed by cooking. As I understand it, the farming of fish has introduced some of those flukes and worms. Then, heavy metals in the sea water through industrial waste ending up in the oceans is another problem.

      I rather not think about lithium, cobalt and all sorts of metals in my stomach. A tapeworm almost seems a friendlier choice.

      Cows meat is contaminated by hormones that increases the yield in shorter periods. It’s all to do with the biggest profits at the shortest time. The final figure!

      My old computer is now resting and I use the laptop with a normal mouse not the curser.


  5. shoreacres Says:

    Ah, good — you’ve recovered the joys of a mouse. I don’t have a laptop, but I have an iPad, and I went the next step with it and bought a case that has a bluetooth keyboard on one side. Being able to use a ‘real’ keyboard makes me happy. My current problem is that I can’t update the operating system on my iPad. I have no idea why, but it’s one of those things I’m not going to worry about. As far as I can tell, none of the updates are things I need anyway, so on I go.

    I do love salmon and tuna, but apart from occasional bagels and lox, or fancy appetizers, the raw just doesn’t appeal. Now, a good MahiMahi taco? or some grilled red snapper? I’m there.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Linda. Those updates baffle me too. My Apple iPhone took two years of regular payments to finally become my property. They are not cheap. So, why do they need updating so regularly? Are they so shonky or fragile that they succumb to viruses?

      I now refuse those updates as last time this happened it knocked out my Blue Tooth capability on my hearing aids .I had to reset them, not an easy task for the amateur. Thank goodness for my American friend who is a wizard when it comes to computers and Blue Tooth. I had to physically place my hearing aids on the iPhone during the re-setting of this Blue Tooth technology.

      I have now learnt an Australian company has sold to the US a new Covid 19 technology of testing for this virus on an Apple iPhone with a known result within twenty minutes. It boggles the mind!


  6. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Welcome to the world of laptops, Gerard. It’s probably been 20 years since I owned a desktop. My laptop and I are bosom buddies. I rarely leave home without it except when I am out hiking or backpacking. My apple phone has a hotspot on it so anywhere I can get a phone signal, I can also use my laptop. I agree with you on updating. I welcome the updates that deal with viruses but refuse to update my operating system. I do buy a new laptop every three years, however. 🙂 As for raw fish, I don’t eat it except for the occasional sushi. –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes Curt.
      My laptop is so new and shiny that I just like to run my hands over the top of it before opening it. It is so quick and responsive and never refuses to obey any reasonable request or do a search.

      I have yet to take it somewhere as my café group are consummate talkers and also meet to get away from the electronics and buzzing noises.

      This morning I was given a basic grounding in the game of cricket. Much to my shame I have never taken the trouble to understand this mysterious game even though I shamelessly use their world famous café with continental brewed coffee ,French croissants and normal Euro- type flushing toilets.

      I haven’t yet met someone who shares my taste in raw fish although some do like the Japanese Sushi.


      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        Talking is good! It’s too easy to get so wrapped up in electronics that people lose the art of conversation. Glad you learned more about cricket. 🙂 Peggy likes raw fish. –Curt


  7. algernon1 Says:

    Ah Gerard. I hear you regarding the update of a new computer. Last year my desktop, well workstation, gave up the ghost after 8 years, I’d been lax on backing up my data and lost a lot. I’d been researching my family tree and history and lost a lot but fortunately I’d backed it up about three weeks beforehand.

    In 2019 I bought myself a laptop (a workstation laptop if that makes sense), it’s high end as I had purchased it to do paying work on. As I’d had the promise of a week a month with an old work friend. In the end the work didn’t eventuate and only did the one job afterwards. It’s now just an expensive word processor with a 4K screen. It’s great to do stuff on and I wouldn’t go back to a desk top. As Junior as told me it should last a number of years. Oh and I back up my work now almost daily.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I have used my desktop since the days of the farm prior to 2009 and now 2021. It still works Algy, but slowly and is temperamental. There is that little circle that keeps just turning and turning as proof it is logging on, it’s hypnotic but so slow.

      This laptop is smaller but super fast. I think my work gets backed up by ‘Çloud’ , I hope, as I pay a small fee.

      Nice to hear from you, Algy. I know the old PUB gang is still around. I wonder if that Greek guy us still around, I have forgotten his name. Did he not do a translation from the Greek Classics?


  8. freefall852 Says:

    Raw fish and lap-tops…a contradiction of modernity, surely..My wife occasionally serves a dish of marinated, thin-sliced, raw Salmon that is quite delicious…but I still have to overcome the mental picture of a wild bear beside an Alaskan river with one paw holding down a big Salmon while he tears into it with his teeth!…As for the lap-top, I rue the day I will have to part company with my PC. …somehow, the rattle of the old keyboard keys as I furiously attack a subject with verbal viciousness gived an added fillip to my mood…In a world of electronic personages, one needs a little solid validation..

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I have developed an aversion to meat for no reason at all. I have no objection to eating meat, just lost the taste for it.
      Now raw fish is what I crave for and of course my lovely girl friend.
      She also put me on baked vegetables. Last night I tried it and it was lovely with some sesame oil, oregano and pepper and salt.

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  9. auntyuta Says:

    “In a world of electronic personages, one needs a little solid validation..
    Joe, I guess you mean to say the PC cannot totally replace real life connections?
    But I reckon, it is still nice to have a laptop that is in good working order! 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Real life will not be like it used to be. Office buildings are standing empty as more and more people work in the isolation of their home.
      So many now only have contact with other people through their communion with the laptop.

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      • auntyuta Says:

        Communion with the smart phone seems to be even more common. Talking into the phone while walking, not paying any attention to your surroundings, and then also sending messages with the phone or answering messages with enormous speed. Well, I can’t do this. I am not that smart, and besides my phone is not a ‘smart’ phone. I just use it so my children can contact me when I am out and about. It is really a second hand very old fashioned one. Nobody else uses phones like that anymore! They are just still usable for some very elderly. 🙂


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