Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Did I see that clearly?

We have been on vacation visiting friends who live in New England. After a day of travel on our way home, we stopped at a motel. We boarded the free trolley. I saw a tour bus with this on the side:
SENIOR CATARACT TOURS.

I had mixed feelings about that. Hmmm, a bit presumptuous to assume all seniors had cataracts, but if the window glass had magnification, that WOULD be helpful. But still, somehow it didn't seem nice.
 
Everywhere we went we saw references to cataracts. Probably some rich optometrist's way of advertising, I thought. Then I saw another sign: CATARACT CITY AHEAD.

I had no idea Niagara Falls,  NY is nicknamed the Cataract City, derived from the Latin word cararacta, which means "waterfall." Much like The Big Apple or Gateway City (St. Louis: gateway to the West.) The things you learn!

7 comments:

Bookie said...

I would have never known this either! How confusing it could be. Hard to believe time for you to be home again...in time to COOK here!

Tammy said...

At first I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I read the first part of your post. Thanks for the much-needed laugh!

Daisy said...

Ha! I didn't know it was called this either. :)

Val said...

Heh, heh. Magnifying windows!

Sioux said...

Linda--I am sure you can turn this into a funny (published) story.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Hahaha...omigosh. The windows...still laughing.

Susan said...

They got a nerve. That would have turned me off, too. I'm a Grammie but I don't have cataracts. So there. Susan