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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..28 February 2013

Brian had his fifth spinal block procedure today and touch wood he is walking a little better, and the pain seems to be subsiding. Fingers crossed tomorrow he will be better still and then there is only one way to go, and that’s up. It will be such a wonderful feeling to see him moving freely again and hopefully pain-free.

I heard a disturbing article on the news tonight, a mother and her teacher boyfriend have been gaoled for sexually abusing her young daughter, is there anything more sickening. How can anyone, least of all a mother who has carried that child and given birth to her, sexually abuse your own child, or any child for that matter. Lock them up for life and throw away the key.

Then I heard about the current visit to Lesotho of Prince Harry, and the dedicated way in which he is going about rasing funds for the children of this country. I hope all the knockers are taking note of this, who cares if he has a bit of fun when not on display, he is a tireless worker for children in Third World countries and the British should be proud of him.

Today at work was steady, tomorrow will be busier as I have a huge week next week, an IGM, a postal EGM, two AGMs, the list goes on. Just as well I love what I do, and I work for great bosses that appreciate everything I do. Life is pretty bloody good.

I had an early start this morning as Brian had to be at the hospital by 8.00 and I am pooped now so its time to go. Thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..27 February 2013

Brian and I went to see my mother in the nursing home today, not the most joyous of events. Mum is always confused, and she just waffles about things that make no sense. Today I asked her if she knew she had a new great-grandchild on the way, and she asked who was having a baby, I told her Shane and his wife but she had no idea who Shane was.

Mum complained that she was in pain, I suspect it is just because she cannot move herself and therefore she aches when she is left in the same position for too long, the nurse confirmed this for me. She also said she would like another husband, but someone who can look after her this time. You just have to laugh as it is too sad really.

She complains because she does not see people as often as she wants and does not understand that people have other commitments, she thinks she should come first. In that respect she has not changed, Mum has always put herself first, I know it sounds harsh but it is true. I remember when my ex-wife and I first separated years ago Mum was not talking to me, and she told my sister to say she felt sorry for me but I needn’t think I could live with her again. Unfortunately I have too many stories like that.

My youngest sister Carolyn who has done the most for Mum in the last few years, was the victim of Mum’s irrational opinion today, fortunately she was not there to hear it and I will not be telling her. The blue-eyed one is the one that has treated her the worst over the years, and now out of guilt tries to be the good daughter.

Proof that bad things do happen to good people, my son Ryan and his fiancée Melissa have been doing it quite tough for a while now, and each time they get a break something else goes wrong. Just when things are looking up some scumbag steals one of their cars, they both work full-time and they both need a car. I hope this person is proud of themselves, and I hope the police catch you and throw the book at you.

I might check out YouTube for a while now. Have fun and thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..26 February 2013

Watching other people I never cease to be amazed, in particular mothers and their children, grandmothers and their grandchildren, and elderly people in general. Why these groups of people you ask, because they are the ones that astound me by jay walking across busy roads at peak hour, that’s right, mothers and grandmothers rushing children over busy roads, old people shuffling across busy roads either on foot or in their gophers, just metres from a perfectly functional pedestrian crossing.

Why do these people persist in jay walking, if there is an accident it would be the fault of the motorist, how do you think that motorist would feel, they would be the innocent victim. Mothers and grandmothers in particular what sort of example are you setting these children, wake up to yourselves.

You may think I am being sexist here, or picking on the elderly, but the truth is that I rarely see fathers walking their children dangerously across a busy road. Granted there are probably many fewer fathers than mothers taking their children to school, but those I do see are invariably doing the right thing.

I challenge you, on any day of the week, near any school, watch and you will see I am right. I am not saying I am perfect, and I have been known to jay walk, but not within close proximity of a pedestrian crossing, and not with my children when they were young, and not with my grandchildren in tow, that is just stupid.

That is my soap box for the day. Thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..25 February 2013

I certainly hit the ground running this morning, what a busy day indeed. Yet another new corporation came my way, this brings me to 80 and counting as I have at least another 10 in the wings pending settlement of sale. At this rate it will not take near as long to go to 5 days per week as it did to get to 4.

I heard an interesting article on the television tonight about the Victorian government proposing the installation of Alcohol Interlocks for all drivers who are picked up for driving under the influence. I applaud this idea, anything that can cut the road toll is a good thing. It really is very simple, if you drink you don’t drive, period, no exceptions.

Over the last few weeks I have received a number of missed calls from a Sydney number which I have ignored as I did not recognise it, today they finally followed up with an SMS from someone named Roy so I called back. The number turned out to be BMW in Sydney  and as I do not own a BMW I was even more curious as to why they were calling me. I explained to the receptionist who I wanted and why I was calling and that I did not own a BMW which had made me more curious. Her response, we have no-one called Roy here and if you don’t own a BMW there is no need for me to try to trace who has called you, at this point she hung up on me, so much for customer service.

Some good news today, Brian’s MRI showed he has done no further damage to his back, he has simply aggravated what we already knew about, he still has to have the spinal block on Thursday but things could be worse.

It is very muggy here tonight, the air is so still I am perspiring madly yet it is not hot. I think I will put the fan on to make it a little easier to sleep. Good night and thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..24 February 2013

I did not get to the nursing home to see Mum today as I had quite an upset stomach this morning. This has become a common occurrence of late so I am looking forward to my test results on Wednesday, with some trepidation I might add. The doctor has my results and says it is not serious, but there is still something wrong.

Still at the moment I am much better off than Brian, fingers crossed his MRI will tell us something in the morning, fingers crossed even tighter that the specialist will be able to do something to give him permanent relief. There is a very long life ahead of him the fates willing, and I do not want him to spend it in constant pain.

This week promises to be a very busy one yet again at the office. Being busy the time does fly, I can’t belive we are nearly at the end of February and the last week of summer, not that I am complaining about that, I hate the hot weather.

Poor me, I did not have my Papa nap today so am feeling quite tired. Thank you for reading, watch this space tomorrow.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..23 February 2013

Today we went to our grandson Cody’s 10th birthday party, it was actually his birthday last weekend but his mother held his party today. When we first arrived Cody proudly showed us his room, he has a bunk bed, computer, television with DVD, quite the set up for a little boy, but then he is his mother’s only child.

His birthday cake was in the form of an Angry Bird from the on-line game, absolutely superb, the cake artist is one very talented lady. Unfortunately we did not get to stay for the cake as Brian’s back was killing him so we left early, but not before seeing two of my sons and six of the grandchildren. Cody was a bit upset we were leaving so early but I am sure he cheered up quickly with all his cousins to play with.

On the way Brian and I drove past what used to be my family home when I was married, the home my children were raised in. I have to say the house is looking pretty good, by the time my ex-wife sold it the house was looking very tired, but the new owners have spruced it up and it looks good. Bitter sweet memories of a former life.

Tonight we watched a David Attenborough documentary about Africa. This gentleman presents beautiful television with a hint of humour and he manages to catch some very poignant moments in the animal kingdom. One heart wrenching segment tonight showed the devotion between a mother elephant and her dying calf, very sad.

It has been another stinker in Adelaide today and it will be hot again tomorrow, so the only place for us will be inside under the air-conditioner. I should go and see Mum at the nursing home so we will see how I feel in the morning.

I see the NAB Cup is now on in the AFL, I think the AFL should stop this preseason competition, it is just too hot and it must take a lot out of the players.

Time for me to go to the land of nod. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..22 February 2013

You know one of my pet hates, I know what you are thinking, not another one is there anything that does not gripe this guy, road works well not road works as such just their damn signs. What really gripes me is that you have to slow down even when no-one is working at the site, why can’t they take their signs with them.

Brian and I used to live in Clayton Bay on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula, and on the road between Clayton Bay and Finnis there were road work signs for months but no workers, and I see it in the metropolitan area all the time, really frustrating.

I did have a good day at work today, I almost caught up but not quite, and I pumped a crap load of work through. Fingers crossed, pending what comes in over the weekend, by Monday night it should be clear sailing for a few days at least.

Brian’s back is particularly bad again, he is having an MRI scan on Monday followed by yet another medical procedure on Thursday, this time they feel he may have damaged a disc. I know he is well and truly over it and I hate to see him in constant pain, we can only hope that this time he gets some relief.

The thought of him having to live with this pain for the rest of his life is gut wrenching but there are lots of people worse off, he has nothing terminal not that it makes him feel any better. I have to give it to him though, most of the time he does not let it stop him, he works through the pain and his career is going from strength to strength.

A busy weekend ahead so goodnight and thank you for reading.

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