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

Halloween, bah humbug, last time I looked at our flag there was a Union Jack and the Southern Cross, not stars and stripes. Fortunately I did not need my sign as no-on came knocking, although I saw a lot walk past, must have been the vibe from inside, I frightened them off.

Speaking of stars and stripes my sympathies go out to the people on the east coast of the USA, such a tragedy, it is a miracle more were not killed. This just reaffirms my view that I live in the best state of the luckiest country on Earth, Australian and proud of it.

Yesterday I mentioned mothers who do not keep an eye on their children, another classic example today. Early afternoon I went to the chemist and after pulling out of my driveway I turned the corner and right there a woman had stopped her car, obviously visiting someone, and the children all aged under five started piling out of the car on both sides while she was still sorting herself out in the car. Nearly a nasty accident which would have been my fault.

The children should have been restrained in the car and the mother should have let them out, at least that is how I did it and how my own children do it with their children. A little common sense please.

Thank you for reading.

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

The stupidity of some people never ceases to amaze me. It doesn’t matter how many times you see it in television, how many times you read about it in the papers, everyone seems to think it will never happen to them. What is it, a car accident.

Tonight on the way home a woman was driving her Mercedes in front of me, now it was by no means a new Mercedes, but a Mercedes nonetheless, and in the back were two relatively young children. One of these children, a little girl, was climbing all over the back seat, obviously not restrained, while Mum drove on either completely oblivious, although I don’t know how, or just too damn complacent. The thought of what could have happened to this child if this mother had need to slam on her brakes is too horrible to contemplate, and whose fault would it have been, everybody elses.

What I see on a daily bass defies comprehension, mothers crossing busy roads taking their children to school, there is a perfectly adequate pedestrian crossing only meters away but do they use it, all to often the answer is no. It is not just mothers but the elderly as well, shuffling across a busy road, sometimes in their gopher, it makes you wonder why we have pedestrian crossings in the first place.

Not that the footpath is necessarily a safe place when there is a gopher around, those things can go way too fast, but anyone can drive one, and the arrogance of some of our senior citizens. It does not surprise me when I hear that someone has been hit by a car as happens all too often.

That is my rant for the night. Thank you for reading.

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

On my way to the local shop over the weekend I was witness to a most peculiar site, I turned the corner and to my surprise, right in the middle of the road, was a disabled man riding his gopher. It soon became apparent that this man knew I was coming up behind him and he made no effort to move to the side of the road. I was dumbstruck, if I had hit him, even by accident, who is the one that would have been vilified, and yet he had the arrogance to ride his gopher in the middle of the road forcing  me to drive around him.

Next day on our way to the 90th birthday celebrations I saw a sign on the front of a church which brought a wry smile to my face, the sign read. “Knee-mail not email”. Presumably alluding to the position of prayer I found that quite amusing, a priest with a sense of humour.

After going to the library this morning for a couple of new books I went to a local service station to check the air in my tyres and for the second day running a white pigeon crossed my path, this definitely means something, but what?

I was quite horrified by an advertisement I have seen for A Current Affair tomorrow night, there will be a story about a rapist that served 26 years in prison upon receiving a life sentence for raping a woman and then locking her in the boot of her car and torching the car. This man is now stalking another innocent victim, why is a life sentence not a life sentence, who let this animal out? One can only hope he is locked up before another innocent is harmed.

Thank you for reading.

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

Today has definitely been a better day than yesterday. After sleeping in  a little later than I should, what can I say, the boy loves his bed, it was a bit of a rush to get ready as we were  due in North Adelaide for a very special afternoon at 12.30.

On the way a pure white pigeon flew directly across out path, so what I hear you say, well firstly it is quite rare to see a pure white pigeon in the wild so to speak, and secondly I only see a white pigeon at a time when I need reaffirmation that my life is on track. Hippy stuff I know but whatever works for me.

We arrived in North Adelaide spot on 12.30 to attend the 90th birthday celebrations of a very special man, John McMenamin. John was married to my maternal grandmother‘s cousin for nearly 70 years prior to her passing nearly two years ago, a grander lady there never was. I don’t think anyone who knew and loved Joyce McMenamin will ever forget her.

Being the son of the daughter of a cousin, well I’m not really sure what that relationship is so we’ll stick with cousin, anyway I have always been close to Joyce and John’s daughters, in particular Sandi. I am very fond of Anne and Vicki as well, I just do not see them as often, however when I do it is like it was yesterday, they are and always have been a very welcoming and loving family.

As we are all family the occasion also gave me the chance to catch up with my mother’s brothers and sister and their partners. We had a lovely afternoon reminiscing and talking about our children and grandchildren, such a shame we do not get together more often, but maybe it is sweeter for just that reason.

I was a bit shocked to see how frail John Mc had become, but then he has not had an easy time of it since Joyce’s passing either physically or emotionally, and the man is 90. Thank you to the McMenamin family for a lovely afternoon, I hope there will be many more.

I can’t sign off without mentioning John’s birthday cake, it was spectacular, a grand piano made of sponge and chocolate, the significance being that John was a music teacher for many years and music is in the McMenamin DNA. Unfortunately as a good diabetic I did not get to taste it, it was such a shame to cut it.

Tomorrow is my day off so another sleep in I think. Thank you for reading.

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

What a boring day today has been, I finished my book so nothing to read, nothing worth watching on television, an absolute waste of a Saturday. Tomorrow we are out all afternoon which will be better than sitting at home for another day.

Nothing much tickling my fancy tonight either, another James Bond rerun is the pick of a sad lot.

There was one thing that happened today which could have led to a little excitement for everyone but me. I went to the local shops to check last weeks lotto and put on this weeks, as I was walking through the car park some moron started reversing out of a park oblivious to the fact that I was right behind them. Thank you to the guy that shouted out.

The book I have just finished reading is about some of the last of the Romanovs and their flight into exile after the Bolshevik revolution in Russia aboard the HMAS Marlborough. I had high hopes for that book as the subject matter is something I am very much interested in, but it was poorly written and quite boring. Back to the library on Monday to see if I can find something a little more lively.

I think the best way to put this boring day behind me is to go to bed. Sleep tight and thank you for reading.

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

I am so glad the weekend is here and as I am not working Monday I have a long weekend, a long weekend that started at Fasta Pasta in Port Adelaide with Brian. It is not normally too bad there but tonight dirty cutlery and a dirty bread plate, not impressed.

Sweet stuff all on television again tonight, I am so sick of rerun after rerun after rerun. I remember the good old days when you could at least watch a reasonably good movie on a Friday night, can’t wait for the football to come back.

Nothing interesting on Facebook tonight either, where is everyone? Don’t you know I’m bored, entertain me someone.

I am not in the mood for reading tonight either so I suppose I may as well hit the sack, tomorrow is another day. Thank you for reading.

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

I think every loony toon in Adelaide was on the road tonight. As I had a 5.30 strata meeting, which nobody attended I might add, I was on the road a bit later than usual tonight. People honking their horn, screaming abuse, crossing lanes without indicating, I was glad to get home.

On the way home I stopped off to pick up the pizza Brian had ordered, large with the lot from Pierre’s on Semaphore Road, not good for the waist line or the diabetes, but very nice nonetheless. All gone, we are just a couple of piglets.

When I got to work this morning I was greeted by a particularly nasty email from someone I have never met, saying some rather mean things about my abilities. I wouldn’t mind so much if she had her facts straight, but she was quoting from material I had sent her and she quite obviously had read none of it. I responded with a polite but terse email highlighting the things I was wrongly accused of, which should make it glaringly obvious, even to the ignorant, that they were wrong. An apology would not go astray but those type of people never do.

I am really quite tired tonight so am off to bed. Thank you for reading.

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

Today was my day off and I made the most of it. I did some washing, a bit of ironing, vacuumed the lounge, the obligatory reading after a long sleep in, and naturally my best friend YouTube. As I was running low on medication I had to go to the chemist and lucky Brian, Bulgari cologne was on sale so I bought him a bottle, aren’t I a gem?

Brian is always nagging me because I don’t wash my car so today I thought, I’ll show you, so off to the local service station to put my car through a car wash. I went inside to pay and collect my ticket and utter dismay, the attendant told me the car wash was not working…..I tried Brian.

Now I need to get on my soapbox, I was watching A Current Affair tonight and I was horrified about the plight of Australia’s citrus industry. Farms are closing, farmers are going broke and leaving their land, and all because of so-called cheap imports.

Australian farmers are being paid 12 cents per kilogram and how much are oranges in the supermarket, $2.50-$3.00 a kilogram. There are tonnes of citrus rotting in land fills, citrus trees are being dug up and burnt, the government should be ashamed. Think about what could be done with that fruit, what about charities, hospitals, the homeless, our school kids. Think about the water that has been wasted growing these crops so they can rot and be burned, bloody disgraceful.

Wherever possible we really do need to buy Australian, we cannot sit back and watch people’s livelihoods be destroyed. As one of the farmers said tonight the overseas suppliers are not subject to the same strict regulations the Australian farmers are, so we are not competing on a level playing field, we are not comparing oranges with oranges. Vote with your dollar and buy Australian.

That’s me for tonight. Thank you for reading.

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

Today I had two strata meetings, the first was a group of 4 and no-one showed up, although all sent their proxies to me. It never ceases to amaze me how some people seem to care so little about their investments, if I was unethical I could do almost anything and not be challenged. The second was a group of 6, 2 proxies and 4 in attendance.

If there is one thing I have learnt as a strata manager it is that I value my piece of Australia, no strata fees, no compromise, no By-laws, no “house” rules, as long as I abide by council regulations I can do what I want within the law.

Did anyone watch the new episode of Big Bang Theory tonight, what a cracker, it was one of the funniest episodes I have seen. I think Kaley Cuoco pulls off her part beautifully, the deadpan way she delivers her lines is to be applauded.

Some not so good news tonight, my 14 month old granddaughter Calais is not well and has the doctors somewhat perplexed at the moment. I know it will be nothing serious my beautiful baby girl, all will be well soon. Can you believe this little girl loves cleaning, she is so dam cute, just like her Papa 🙂

Did I mention that tomorrow is my day off, I can feel a nice long sleep in coming. Thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..22 October 012

Am feeling a bit like a mushroom at the moment as I sit here typing in the dark. That’s right the light globe just blew and as I have duck’s disease, that is my backside is too close to the floor due to my short legs, I have to wait for Brian to meander up and change the light globe…… Hello, I can see the light, thank you Dear.

Today was supposed to be my day off but I went into the office to catch up and left at about 3.15. At least tomorrow I start with a clean slate, and I will definitely have Wednesday off, such a hard life I have, over 50 and working part-time, wait, I sound like an ad for APIA. On the way home I stopped for petrol, 15 minutes I had to wait in a queue.

Today Brian started studying for his Diploma of Management, it was a bit of a shock to his system as he has not been in a learning environment for nearly 30 years but the rewards will be worth it, and even better his work is paying for it. I think  he is  suffering from a bit of brain drain tonight as he is already in bed.

Tonight we watched a fascinating show on The Human Body, I am not sure what channel it was on but it is truly amazing just how our bodies work. One baby girl had half her brain detached as it was malfunctioning due to a rare disorder, the theory being it would force her to use the good half of her brain. This little girl is now on her way to leading a normal life, absolutely amazing.

That’s it from me tonight. Thank you for reading.

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