Swings and Roundabouts


I am often quite confused as to the reasons for some themes I propose. I often wonder what in my subconscious gets these odd ones to surface. However without extensive and costly analysis, I am sure the answers may elude me.

Thinking over this Theme for this weekend a memory surfaced of this as a common saying in one company where I worked. It was a computer bureau. For those too young to remember, we rented out computer time to companies, small and big. This was obviously way back before PCs and cheap servers became available. Sometimes a deal we had been working on did not go as we hoped, a customer may buy their own computers and stop using our facilities. Yet other times new customers would approach us, or existing customers suddenly require a whole lot more.

What you lose on the swings, you make up on the roundabout. The phrase implied that there was some kind of cosmic balance working there. It was a treat place to work, so maybe there was…

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29 thoughts on “Swings and Roundabouts

  1. Even Steven would have to agree. No doubt little fat Buddha statues around the world are winking at this one.

    I get impatient when ‘the roundabouts’ don’t come fast enough. It’s hard just to sit an wait for it to happen. If only ‘the cosmic balance’ recognized how time sensitive ‘we’ all are. As Cat Steven’s song goes, “You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while,”, the cosmos on the other hand could give a rat’z ass. It seems to loafer with a tude, ‘oh, I’ll get around to it when get to it’.

  2. Funny that there are two meanings to the saying, but similar in effect.
    I think the ‘win some, gains some’ is the commonest, but the ‘no difference’ of the UK one is also present.

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