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

Another busy day at work, I definitely have my mojo back and the day goes much quicker when you are pumping through the work. I am on my own from hereon and I am really enjoying the challenge. I work with a great bunch of people and look forward to putting my mark on what I am doing.

Brian ordered his new company car today, a Holden Cruze. He is like a kid in a candy shop he is so excited. Who would have thought that just a month ago I was unemployed and Brian’s future was also uncertain, and look where we are now. What a wonderful feeling, I only hope some of our good fortune can rub off on my sons.

I am very happy to be attracting more followers to my blog all the time, and from such diverse backgrounds. When I started writing this blog on 1 March it was just a bit of fun, and it still is, I never thought I would get a following. I am also enjoying reading some of their blogs. Bloggers unite! 🙂

Something tells me some of our Aussie Olympians might be on the verge of a medal haul. Fingers crossed. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

Tomorrow is my day off, a day I will spend washing, what a joy! I will find time for some good stuff, or at least it is good stuff to me. A leisurely hour or so on YouTube looking at videos about racing pigeons, that’s the ticket.

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

Today I was talking to one of the girls at work and was surprised to hear she had never heard of pigeon racing so tonight’s blog, Pigeon Racing 101, the abbreviated version.

Man has made good use of the Homing Pigeons basic homing instinct for centuries, although the sport of Pigeon Racing did not commence until the 1870s. Pigeons have been used throughout the ages to carry messages, in fact a number of pigeons were decorated for bravery during WW1 and WW2 and have been credited with saving the lives of hundreds of allied servicemen.

Many famous people have enjoyed this wonderful sport, among them Roy Rogers, Jimmy Smits, Mike Tyson and the Queen, whose racing lofts are at Sandringham.

There are may theories as to how pigeons home to their loft, some say they use the sun, (my preferred opinion), others that they use the magnetic field of the Earth, but the truth is that no-one really knows, they just do. Pigeons are the athletes of the animal kingdom flying hundreds of miles in a single day to reach their home loft.

Like in any sport you get your duds, there is the constant threat of predators, power lines, and some are just not good enough to make the distance. This is one sport that the entire family can enjoy and it is a shame that here in Australia the sport is not as prevalent as it once was.

Do not confuse the racing pigeon with the feral variety seen in the streets and paddocks, yes they are the same birds, but they are not bred or trained like their pampered cousins, and pampered they are, pigeon fanciers the world over take very good care of their flocks.

It has been 30 years since I last owned pigeons but once in your blood it is there for good and I can’t wait for the day that I once again hear their gentle cooing in my backyard. Thank you for reading.

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

Brian and I had a lovely night last night with good friends Jo and Kate at the Federal Hotel in Semaphore. When I settled our tab the poor girl behind the counter accidentally put through a double charge to my credit card, and then had a heck of a time crediting it back. I don’t think she will talk quite so much next time.

Did anyone watch the Port Power game today, absolutely pathetic. At what point do you draw the line about whether the players or the coach are at fault. I have to say I am feeling it for Matthew Primus, he seems to be giving it his all but the players are not living up to their side of the bargain. As for the crowd support, well there was no crowd, that’s one thing you have to say about the Crows supporters, it doesn’t matter where they are on the AFL ladder their supporters are always out in force. Go the Crows!

What a nondescript kind of day it has been today, the weather was really ordinary and the road outside was very quiet. Not really a good day to go for a drive, but then no real motivation to do anything around the house either.

It was great to see that the Aussies have their first Gold Medal at the Olympics. Congratulations to the women’s 4×4 relay swimmers. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi! Lets hope this is the first of many.

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

Please don’t tell me I am the only one that thought the opening ceremony of the London Olympics was anything but mediocre. The British do pomp and spectacle, all the ceremonial stuff better than anyone, but where was it?

Where was the party, the singing, the dancing, surely they could have taken something from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert other than Paul McCartney. Yes I know he has written more hit songs than anyone in history, and yes I know Hey Jude was a massive hit, “was” being the operative word. I don’t want to see a seventy year old man who is past his prime, I want to see some of the great British talent of today.

Being a staunch royalist I was also left speechless at the irreverence the Queen lent herself to, what was that farce with James Bond alias Daniel Craig all about. I could have accepted it if he had simply accompanied the Queen to the ceremony but jumping from a helicopter, I am sorry but I did not see the humour.

It was a relief when the athletes entered the arena although I was disappointed by the Channel Nine commentary as we seemed to miss many of the nations presented whilst lingering over crowd scenes and the like.

The lighting of the flame, now while I have to give them an A for effort I wanted something spectacular and I didn’t get it. In all I was quite disappointed and now wish I had stayed in bed and watched the highlights on the news. Let’s hope the closing ceremony is a step up.

Now for the Adelaide Crows, yes I know they lost but they weren’t thrashed and they never gave up, you have to lose a game now and then to keep you hungry. Don’t you worry, they will be there come the Finals.

Now its off to dinner with friends. Thank you for reading.

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

I felt much better when I got up this morning and had a really good day at work. Tonight we had farewell drinks for Lynton whom I am replacing, although he does not actually leave until next Tuesday. It was good to catch up with a couple of the contractors I worked with previously.

I was looking forward to coming home as my grandson Cody was going to stay overnight, however like most 9 year olds he is a bit fickle and by the time I got home he had decided he wanted to go home again, so straight after dinner that is where I took him. I can’t help feeling a little disappointed as we had not seen him for a few weeks and I was quite looking forward to it.

He did discover the pianola before he went home, not that you can really miss it, so he tinkled the ivories in his own little way before going home. He even found the sheet music and had that propped up as well, so cute.

As part of his occupational therapy he has been given an iPad so I asked him to show me how it works. Games and music was all he could show me, and I though it was meant to be an educational tool, how naive am I?

Brian‘s new role as Village Manager for Masonic Homes at both Ridgehaven and Northgate was officially ratified today, he is very proud, as he should be and as am I.

I’m off to bed now as I will be up at 5.00 am to watch the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, I certainly hope it will be worth the effort. Thank you for reading.

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

I was home ill again today. I got up and had a shower, got dressed and was on my way to work, when I knew I just could not keep going, so back home I went, I felt terrible. As soon as I got home it was back to bed and I slept until 1.30pm. I must go to work tomorrow as I only have a couple of days left with my predecessor so fingers crossed I shake this today.

One of my pet hates on the current spate of talent shows is the recycling of yesterday’s news. Hats off to Andrew de Silva who I hear won Australia’s Got Talent last night, but being a MasterChef fan I did not watch it, I actually did not watch the entire series even once. I know Andrew’s story is a great one but I cannot help but wonder whether he should have been on an amateur talent show given his history, surely any record company would have given his “comeback” a big thumb’s up to get him going again.

Likewise with Nathan Foley who will appear on the Channel 10 show I Will Survive. This guy has been around the traps for years as a member of Hi 5, he has also tried his hand at a recording career but got nowhere, his spot should have been given to a true amateur. That is my opinion anyway.

Another very wintry night here in Adelaide, lots of rain and the wind is blowing, what a great night to be inside, an even better night to be in bed. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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

Sorry about yesterday everyone, I really didn’t feel well and had a very early night. I am still not feeling the best, in fact I slept until 11.00 this morning so am glad today is my day off, but you can’t keep a good man down. The headache has not really gone all day but I am a bit better tonight and will go to work tomorrow.

Lovely weather here in Adelaide, it is blowing an absolute gale here. We complain in the winter and we complain in the summer, no pleasing some people. As someone who has seen first hand the effects of the recent drought I will not complain about the rain again.

I was so pleased to see Andy win MasterChef tonight, his parents must be so proud. Here was a 24-year-old typical Aussie boy and to see the way he has grown from where the show started to now has been interesting to watch. Congratulations Andy, you truly deserved to win tonight. Not that you should take anything away from Julia, but Andy was best on the night, great to see a young man do so well.

I have to say though Channel 10 that it would be nice to have a break before MasterChef Allstars kicks off, I probably won’t watch much of this show as I am all “MasterChefed” out for the moment. Thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..23 July 2012

Bit of a strange day today, it was my day off but I woke up feeling quite ordinary and have had no energy at all. As luck would have it I had a doctor’s appointment already booked as he wanted to see me about my cholesterol, more damn pills to take. I didn’t do much for the rest of the day as I just felt so lethargic but its back to work tomorrow come rain, hail or shine.

Just when you were starting to wonder how there could be a second series of Revenge and whammo, all your prayers are answered. I’m not sure if the next series can top the current one but it looks like they are going to give it a good try.

That’s it for tonight as I have a thumping headache so am going to hit the sack.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..22 July 2012

Brian and I had a very lazy morning so after a late breakfast we decided to drive down to Blackwood Park and look at display homes. We found one that we liked very much but I find that when you look at too many all at once they all sort of blend in together.

We have both decided that we are over two storey but don’t want a single level so we are now looking at split level. I don’t think we will find what we want in a display village, I think we may have to design our own home. Brian is very keen to build a house but as I have been there and done that I am not so keen, so we will see what happens.

Tonight was the last episode in this series of Downton Abbey, Brian is very relieved whereas I am quite disappointed, particularly as Revenge finishes tomorrow night as well.

My son Ryan has arrived safely in Whyalla to start his new job tomorrow. I know it will be difficult for him to be away from Melissa and their children, but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Good luck Son, I am sure this will be the start of good things for you all.

Tomorrow is my day off and I have to see my doctor and cook a lamb roast. The gardener will also be coming so the yards will look nice again.

To close a quote from The Secret, “To use the law of attraction to your advantage, make it an habitual way of being, not just a one-time event. At the end of every day, before you go to sleep, go back through the events of the day. Any events or moments that were not what you wanted, replay them in your mind the way you wanted then to go”. Thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..21 July 2012

Life teaches me new lessons all the time, and one thing I have learned is you never know what’s around the corner. Something happened to Brian today that just blew our minds, it was something very good, and it came quite unexpectedly from out of the blue. I can’t really say too much about it at the moment, but you just never know what a simple visit to your local GP can bring. The planets are definitely aligned for us right now.

Next on the list today was a visit to Ryan and Melissa. As soon as we walked in our granddaughter Calais who will be 1 next month  gave us the most beautiful smile and threw her arms open for a hug. Bailey was also happy to see us and proudly showed off his new Wii and his AFL game.

After that it was a quick stop at Kane and Kristin’s and their brood of four. Young Jayden started school this week and on Day 3 he was put on his first “step” for making fart noises in class, it was all I could do to stop myself from laughing.

Nest stop McDonald’s for a not so healthy bite to eat and then a detour through St Kilda as Brian had a brain wave that perhaps we could buy a cheap house there…..pass, nothing very nice in St Kilda except the pub and a  huge kid’s playground, not somewhere I want to live.

Back home to watch the mighty Adelaide Crows soundly defeat the West Coast Eagles in the AFL, suffice to say the Crow Army continues its march to finals glory in September.

Blake and Jade came for tea, home-made pizza. What a lovely visit, Jade is an absolute joy. All in all today would have been a perfect day if we had seen Cody and Wade and Gink, maybe next weekend. Thank you for reading.

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