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

Another tragic loss of life today in Afghanistan, 5 more young Australians have paid the ultimate price in the fight for peace. My heart goes out to their families.

On a brighter note the Paralympics is now underway in London, it is a shame this event does not get the same coverage as the Olympics. Good luck to all of you who are representing our great country, but most of all just enjoy the experience and know that a medal is not everything as long as you know you have given of your best on the day. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

Today my youngest grandson Zak turns 2, Brian and I have just come home from the family celebration. We got to see all the grandchildren and three of my sons; it is a shame that Blake could not be there but he is doing what he has to in Melbourne. I am very much looking forward to seeing you next weekend Son.

To look at Zak today it is hard to belive he was born at 26 weeks, so tiny and so pathetic, who knew if he would even survive but survive he did and he is thriving, such a beautiful little boy. Terrible twos here we go again.

I think Calais probably had the best time tonight, by the time we left she was covered in food and drink, remember she has just turned 1 herself. She is all class my granddaughter, she knows what she wants and she knows how to get it, a very persistent little girl.

Time for me to hit the sack, I have a very busy few days ahead but more on that tomorrow. Thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a midde aged man…..29 August 2012

Today was my day off and I had a doctor’s appointment. The good news is that my blood pressure is the best it has been in a year, but, and there is always a but don’t you hate that, I need to have more fibre in my diet to help my cholesterol. Brian thinks I have more than enough fibre in my diet if you get my drift. If that is the worst thing that happened to me today, and it is, it was a good day.

Through Facebook I have found another former workmate from my days at Solver Paints, someone who I remember very fondly. I won’t mention her name for reasons that will become obvious, but finding her has certainly made me think.

Now I have a very happy life, I have children that love me, beautiful grandchildren, a wonderful partner that would do anything for me. I have a good job, a lovely home, food on the table and all our bills are paid. Life is pretty good.

Yes I do have a slight issue with depression, and I do have the odd health issue, Type 2 diabetes, bad cholesterol, and an under active thyroid, but this all pales into insignificance when you hear about what others have to face.

This brings me back to my Solver workmate who, as I have found out today, is now a paraplegic. I can only imagine what this has done to her life, I don’t know the cause as Facebook is not the correct media for that discussion, but we will catch up and I am sure I will find out.

What I would like to say to her is to stay strong and fight the fight. You are a strong person just as you were when I knew you and out of this adversity something good will come. I look forward to seeing you again after you have settled into  your new home. Take care.

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

There are a couple of things that have really got me fired up today. The first thing is all this rubbish about stopping children from doing cartwheels and the like in our schoolyards, have we gone mad? One day it is all about obesity in our children, and the next day we are trying to stifle physical activity. It is high time some of these do-gooders started worrying about real issues like bullying and drugs, let kids be kids.

The other big issue today is that of drug testing for welfare recipients, I am against this. What about the poor mother and her children that live with a drug addicted father, why should they suffer any more than they already do. Throwing Dad out so Mum can stay on welfare is not the answer, we need to keep families together if we can.

I believe the government should give vouchers rather than money, vouchers for food, vouchers for clothes, vouchers for medicines, vouchers for rent; we already have free health care, minimise the cash hand outs. If they don’t have the cash they can’t buy the stash, fund more rehabilitation programs for drug users.

Tonight I watched a unique and thought-provoking television show on SBS, Go Back To Where You Came From. Six prominent Australians have been sent to trace the steps of refugees seeking asylum in Australia, three have gone to Kabul in Afghanistan, and three to Mogadishu in Somalia. This is probably the saddest most gut wrenching show I have ever watched. All these people want is what we have, food in their stomachs, a safe place to live, freedom, every human beings birthright, no matter their colour or religion.

The world simply must do more, I wish I had the answers. I would love to see world peace and the end to poverty in my lifetime but fear I am only dreaming. Thank you for reading.

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

Quite a lazy day today, it was my day off so I just hung around the house really. I did go to Port Adelaide to get a globe put into one of my front headlights and to buy a birthday present for Zak who will be 2 on Thursday, he is Kane‘s youngest child.

Back home I did some washing, cooked dinner, watched some YouTube videos about Racing Pigeons, not necessarily in that order.

Nothing much on television tonight other than Underbelly Badness. I know I have said it before but this is excellent television, just a shame that first run decent television shows are so few and far between. We turned over to give GCB a try on Channel 7, what a ridiculous show, I think we watched about 5 minutes of it.

The weather has been beautiful today, the sun has been shining, it wasn’t cold, such a shame I was home by myself. It was Brian’s first day back at work after a week off.

Not the most exciting of days to write about today so I won’t waffle any longer. Thank you for reading.

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

Brian and I had a lovely night at the Masonic Homes dinner at the Stamford Plaza last night. I got to meet a number of Brian’s workmates as well as residents of various villages. Pre dinner we had drinks at the Strathmore Hotel and after dinner drinks in the piano bar at the Stamford, and then into the Swish nightclub. If I did not feel my age before I certainly did at Swish, everyone was so young and I felt so old, the music was terrible and the noise was worse. Plastic glasses, very classy.

As we were staying at the Stamford we did not have far to stagger, I mean walk. Our room was very uncomfortable, we turned the thermostat on the air conditioner down as much as we could but it was still uncomfortably warm. The buffet breakfast was also quite ordinary, none of the hot food was even warm.

It was good to get back home and before long I was catching up on some sleep on the lounge, and then it was time to watch my beloved Adelaide Crows defeat Melbourne. A great win guys now lets keep up this momentum and have a good shot at the premiership.

Tonight we went for dinner at Wade and Gink’s, my son and his partner. Gink cooked a lovely meal and we had a good laugh, mostly at Brian’s expense, but it was all in good fun and he is a good sport most of the time.

I see Charne was evicted the from the Big Brother house, I can’t say I am surprised but I would rather have seen Estelle go.

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

Brian and I are off out shortly and won’t be home until tomorrow so today’s blog comes early. We have his work dinner at the Stamford Plaza and will then be staying there for the night; responsible drinking kiddies.

We started packing and realised we did not have an overnight bag, we used to have a few as I travelled a lot when I worked for Wattyl, but somehow they have all gone. A quick trip to Port Adelaide solved that problem so Brian is packing as I write.

As I was starting to look like Shaggy’s grandfather, remember Shaggy from Scooby Doo, I had a haircut this morning and now resemble something a little more distinguished, perhaps Shaggy’s distinguished grandfather.

While I was out I checked last week’s lotto tickets and we had another small win, a win is a win, better than a slap in the face with a wet fish. Thank you Universe.

So the fun-loving Prince Harry is at it again, let the boy be, why shouldn’t he have some fun. I would be sacking his protection squad not berating the Prince, how does anyone with a mobile phone get within cooee of a naked prince.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..24 August 2012

My heart goes out to the family of sixteen year old Kristen Fonseca tragically killed in a jet ski accident in Hawaii, as a parent myself I can only imagine what her parents are going through. My heart also goes out to the young Australian Tyson Dagley accused of negligent homicide, and his family.

Truly this event is a tragedy for all concerned but will it honour this young girl’s memory to put this boy behind bars, I think not. This is something Tyson must live with for the rest of his life, surely that is punishment enough. Nothing can bring Kristen back, it was a horrible accident but it was just that, an accident, nothing sinister, no plan, simply an accident. I am sure justice and common sense will prevail.

On a lighter note Brian and I have had a nice evening with our 9-year-old grandson Cody, we looked after him whilst his mother went out. Even at 9 he still likes a cuddle with his Papa, not very often though so tonight was an exception and I loved it. He also got a nice surprise when his Daddy Ryan rang him from Whyalla.

I phoned my son Blake tonight as he is now living in Melbourne for a few months and he started a new job this week. Things are not going so well, today at work he got a small piece of brick in his eye which has left him with a nasty scratch on his eye. Although it is not affecting his vision it is quite painful.

I had another very productive day at work today and my new boss told me they are very happy with me so it has been a good day. Thank you for reading.

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

What a miserable night it is outside, the window is howling and it is bitterly cold, so glad it is nearly time for bed.

Brian has spent today in Roberstown visiting friends and is staying the night, I am quite glad really as I would not want him to drive home in this weather.

You know Facebook can be a good thing. I have recently found someone from a family that my family was very close to for a very long time, in fact her father and my mother had a thirty year relationship until her father’s death. As we have grown up and had our own families we have drifted apart but it was lovely to find her and to catch up on the latest news about the remainder of her family.

I was very pleased to know that her mother and stepfather are doing very well, her brother is happily married, and her sister with whom I was particularly close is winning her battle with cancer.  It is wonderful that Facebook at least will allow us to keep in touch.

In fact Facebook has allowed me to reacquaint myself with many wonderful people who I thought had gone from my life forever, so used the right way it is a wonderful tool. Unfortunately all too often I see it used for the wrong things, particularly by the young. I have a nephew who constantly pushes my buttons with some of the drivel he puts on, but he is my nephew and I know he is lonely so I largely keep my opinion to myself. In saying that I do not think that sexually explicit material should be tolerated as all too often those that are too young and impressionable get access through older family members or friends.

A quote from The Secret, “Give money in order to bring more of it into your life. When you are generous with money and feel good about sharing it, you are saying, “I have plenty”.”

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

Today saw me up quite early considering it was my day off. Brian decided that a day of shopping was in order, I hate shopping, so we traipsed around Westfield Marion. I did need some good shoes to wear on Saturday night and Brian needed some things so it wasn’t that bad. I was good, I didn’t complain, much.

You do see some odd sights out shopping, so many people who do not pay their electricity bills because if they could see  how they looked I don’t think they would leave the house. I assume a number of them also live by themselves, no-one to say, “Do you really think you should go out dressed like that”. Young, large girls in particular seem to be completely unaware of how bad they look in clothes that simply do not suit tem, and do not cover nearly enough.

When we got home I found myself in need of a Papa nap, I wasn’t asleep for long but it was long enough to rejuvenate me.

Dallas and good old JR hit our screens again tonight, just as twisted as the original. Charlene Tilton who plays Lucy Ewing was looking a bit haggard, the years have not been good to her.

We have just watched Big Brother Confidential, not very inspiring television, the girls in this series are particularly boring. Bradley has certainly come out of his shell in just  a few days.

That’s it for me, have a great day tomorrow. Thank you for reading.

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

Another busy day at work, 9.00 am and I started the day with a strata meeting, three owners but only one turned up. The funny thing was that one of the other owners assigned her proxy to the third owner who didn’t turn up either, looks like an adjourned meeting is coming their way.

Brian and I are attending a work dinner for Masonic Homes on Saturday night so I dropped our suits off to be dry cleaned, $44 for the two, quite reasonable I think.

Not much on television again tonight, repeat, repeat, repeat. We did intend to watch the first episode of I Will Survive on Channel 10 but only caught the last ten minutes, not sure we want to watch any more after that. I still believe that Nathan Foley, formerly of Hi-5, should not be able to compete in a talent show that is supposed to be for amateurs.

We did watch Who Do You Think You Are, the British version, tonight was about Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame, boring. Over to The Closer, a new season but like all good shows the storylines get quite lame during the last season.

Brian and I had a big day planned for tomorrow, we were going to Minlaton to visit his cousin whom we haven’t seen for years but she cancelled tonight, so now Brian is threatening to take me shopping all day. I feel a migraine coming on, I love shopping.

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