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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..31 March 2012

It was up early this morning, something unheard of for me on a Saturday, as Blake came back from Queensland early and I had to collect him from the airport, then back home to make a pasta salad for lunch.

Lunch was at Gink and Wade’s, a barbecue attended by the entire family except Ryan and his family. Such a shame they did not come as it was a lovely afternoon.

We bought Cody home with us as he was staying the night and then quite out of the blue just after dinner  he started to cry and said he wanted to go home. This is most unlike him as he has stayed with us numerous times but as he was quite upset I took him home.

I then settled down to a night of television….boring! At least the mighty Crows had a win today.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..30 March 2012

Today I finished the first chapter of my book and the second is well and truly underway, if I can’t get a regular job perhaps someone will pay me to be a writer. I may try my hand at children’s’ books once I get my biography finished.

I am arranging a reunion of a group of people I knew at school, scheduled for Saturday 30 June, and I have to say I cannot wait. We all used to be so close and it has been so long since we were last together, not to mention those we have not seen for 30 years or more. I hope it will the first of many reunions to come albeit tinged with a little sadness due to those who are no longer with us. You will be sorely missed Mark and Leanne, we will definitely raise our glasses as you watch on.

I feel the need to add my voice to the growing outrage about bullying, I don’t care whether it is physical or mental, whether it is face to face or cyber, there is no place for it. I remember being bullied at school and also in the workplace, and it was not gender specific, I have been bullied by both sexes.

I have also seen people victimised for what is perceived as a weakness, something as pathetic as having a lisp, oh he must be gay, he has a lisp, have you ever heard anything so narrow minded. Victims of the world unite, do not let your bullies know that you are hurting. Karma is a wonderful thing!

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..29 March 2012

A very uneventful day, no jobs worth applying for, another couple of rejections, damn boring really. I did a bit of house work but with only the two of us here that does not take long.

My beef today is with cyclists, they really do think they own the road, particularly Lady Gowrie Drive and Military Road, you have to wonder why there are bicycle lanes really. The cyclists claim the motorists do not respect them, well it is kind of difficult to respect you when you ride outside of your lane slowing down traffic that cannot pass you as there is more traffic coming the other way.

Now there is good and bad in everyone so it is really time that we all learnt to respect each other.

An exciting day tomorrow, washing.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..28 March 2012

So last night I get a message from Blake, son number 3, asking if I would drop him off at the airport at 7.30am this morning as he was flying to Brisbane to see his girlfriend. Being the loving father I said no problems. Anyway I didn’t get much sleep as I was worried I would miss the alarm and not be up waiting when he arrived at 7.00am, however 6.30am came and up I got and waited.

Blake arrived promptly at 7.00am and off we went to Adelaide airport arriving around 7.40am. “Have a safe trip Son”, ” Thanks Dad”, and I am on my way back home.

Not ten minutes later and the phone rings, it is Blake, my first thought was that he had forgotten something. He had forgotten something alright, he had forgotten that his flight was at 8.30pm, not 8.30am, he was twelve hours early. What a wacker! Dad dutifully turns the car around and drives back to the airport to collect one rather sheepish Son, but the whole thing was quite funny really.

The upshot of this was that I got to spend a lovely day with my Son, something that does not happen ever as there is always someone else around. As I have been feeling a bit down lately this was just what the doctor ordered, a real pick me up. Now I just have to figure out a way to have a day with each of my other sons, some people are just never satisfied.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..27 March 2012

Today has not been the best of days, it has been one of those days where everything I touched turned to crap. I am completely unmotivated and depressed today, this unemployment business is getting me down.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with an agency to be interviewed by a girl who sounds all of 15 over the phone, who had the audacity to tell me I am expected to go dressed as I would for an interview. This girl was probably not even born when I left school, but it is she who will decide whether this agency can help me, my future is in her hands, depressing in itself.

For the moment I need to give her the benefit of the doubt but I am not going in with much confidence or faith. I hope tomorrow is a better day, I do not want too many more of these, I hate this feeling of inadequacy. Does life experience count for nothing…..

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..26 March 2012

Can I begin by wishing my son Blake a very happy 25th birthday, I love you Son.

I am quite perplexed about a news article I heard earlier, something about downgrading ANZAC Day so as not to offend our ethnic population, what a load of hooey. While I have the utmost respect for all Australians and welcome the cultural diversity in this great nation, ANZAC Day is Australia so leave it alone.

Should the Americans stop celebrating Independence Day as they have a similar ethnic population, should the world stop celebrating Easter or Christmas. The world has gone mad and the good-natured people recommending the downgrade of ANZAC Day should concentrate on the real issues. No I don’t really blame them , they were employed to do a job, an unnecessary job but a job. I blame the individual or government department that deemed we needed this committee in the first place, how very un-Australian.

We live in the luckiest country on Earth, one does not have to look far to recognise that, and as such we should celebrate all things Australian, including our cultural diversity. That is my opinion.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..25 March 2012

What a busy day today. First thing we were off to meet friends in Port Adelaide for a pancake breakfast, quite ordinary really and will be in no hurry to go back. We then took a casual stroll through the Port Adelaide markets, very interesting indeed, must go back when we have more time.

Next stop was to pick up my third son Blake as he had to return a truck he had rented, we drove him home and then off to see Mum at the nursing home. Mum looked quite good today, she was sitting up out of bed and was quite coherent.

Our next stop was pizza takeaway and then back to Blake’s as most of the family were coming for lunch to help him celebrate his 25 th birthday tomorrow. Wade and Gink were unable to make it as Wade was working, and Ryan, Melissa and their family could not make lunch but came later. I hope you have a great birthday tomorrow Son, I love you very much.

After leaving Blake’s we stopped in to see Wade and Gink and then I was happy, I had seen all of my children and grandchildren.

Via Facebook I have seen that my cousin Sandi has arrived safely in Copenhagen, Denmark, half her luck, I really would have carried your bags cousin, have a wonderful trip.

I am a tad irritated tonight, one of my favourite TV shows Escape to the Country had been advertising a new episode on Seven 2, but it was a repeat which really crapped me off. I also watched My Kitchen Rules and did not really think the girls from SA should have gone through to the final, but what do I know. I do hope the guys win tomorrow night, that would make it an SA final. Go South Australia.