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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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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..21 February 2013

Today has been one of those days where my thoughts turned to the past, we were chatting at the office about days gone by and I became quite nostalgic. I remember as a child the milkman delivering milk right to your front door, the baker delivering bread, the green grocer with his van selling fruit and veg, and I remember my grandmother giving me her rent money and her rent book when the man from the South Australian Housing Trust tooted the horn on his car and all the ladies in the street trotted out dutifully to pay their rent.

Those were the days of black and white television, reel to reel tape recorders with catchy little tunes like Chewy, Chewy, and the old 78 rpm records,  I remember one of my grandmother’s favourites was Jolly Jacqueline. As kids we made mud pies and chewed on sour sobs, life was good.

Fast forward to my teens and we went to the Thebarton Town Hall to see Suzi Quatro and Garry Glitter, the Apollo Stadium to see Queen, and the Festival Theatre to see Roy Orbison, and then there was ABBA, the greatest music of all time, it just made you happy, and yes I saw them to. There was the Electric light Orchestra at AAMI Stadium, KC and the Sunshine Band at the Old Lion, and Rod Stewart at Memorial Drive. I saw ACDC with Bon Scott at the helm, the Ted Mulry Gang, Cliff Richard, the list goes on.

I wore red and black, corked platform shoes, jeans so tight I could barely sit down, and body shirts before I had a body. I had hair half way down my back and not on my back, I smoked, I tried dope, and I drank too much, but I never got into trouble with the police and I never hurt anyone. They were happy days and many of the people I shared them with are still in my life. How lucky am I?

My first job was selling encyclopaedias door to door, I was seventeen, I never sold a single set, then I moved on to circuit breakers and was mildly more successful, but I had fun and no responsibility. Before I knew it I was married with children, I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..20 February 2013

This afternoon I went to our local supermarket for some milk and happened to notice a petition at the check-out asking for support to sell alcohol in supermarkets. I find the very thought of this abhorrent, do we not have enough alcohol related violence in our society, does alcohol really need to be even more accessible.

Any government with a social conscience, any business with a  social conscience, would not even consider this for a moment. But wait, it is not about having a social conscience is it, it is about money and profits, bugger the victims of crime and their families. I have said it before and I will say it gain, we should make alcohol less accessible, not put it on the shelf next to the breakfast cereal.

This brings me to another hot topic of discussion today, banning screaming children and their parents from shopping centres. Part of me would love to have a peaceful time whilst shopping, but the other part is aware of the meaning of civil liberties so I do not see how this could really be achieved. In saying that, when my children were young I regularly took all 4 to the shops and not once did they embarrass me by playing up, in fact I don’t really remember many screaming kids period. Today is a whole other matter, young parents today, and I do  not mean all just some, simply cannot control their children, and what’s more they seem to be completely oblivious to their screaming brats spoiling the shopping experience of others.

On a lighter note I have just watched the first ten minutes of the premiere episode of Mr and Mrs Murder on Channel 10, I have no intention of watching the next 50 minutes. Sometimes you can just tell that a particular television show is not your thing, and believe me that show is not my thing. Brian is welcome to watch it, he doesn’t like everything that I do, I think he would rather have a tooth pulled than watch Downton Abbey but I love that show.

Today I got my car, a 2005 Hyundai Accent serviced, one thing Brian and I have always done is look after our cars. My car has done 168,000 kilometres and it is still going  strong. This is our third Hyundai and we would definitely have a fourth, they are a great car.

Back to work tomorrow, so much to do I am not sure where to start. Goodnight from Adelaide and thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..19 February 2013

You know the old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”, well that is what it is like being a strata manager sometimes. I had an AGM with a lovely group of people tonight, a lovely group that do not want to spend any money. I know times are tough but it is not going to get any easier.

For the last couple of years this group has been spending more than they are paying in, the result of all that spending, a depleted bank account which meant I had to propose a steep increase in fees. After a lot of toing and froing the decision was not to increase the fees as much as I proposed, and not to undertake any maintenance of the common property, and all owners are to maintain their own lots. I sense the exact same discussion at the next AGM.

Tomorrow is my day off but I still have an early start as my car is going in for a service, fingers crossed they do not find any nasty little surprises, as nasty little surprises can tend to be expensive. Lots to do around home tomorrow as well, I think Brian and I will have a busy day with no time to catch up on the television shows we have recorded.

Is it just me or is everyone else getting just a little tired of the constant changes to Facebook. I can fully understand they need to modify their product, and not all change is bad just some of it, but it is really annoying when you get used to one thing and all of a sudden it changes with no warning. You have the market Facebook so why not announce your changes before springing them on us.

I wrote about this the other week, but I am still stunned by the number of scooters and motor bikes using the bicycle lane on Port Road, I assume it is happening on our other main roads as well, just a matter of time before there is a very serious accident.

Morning radio is also getting on my goat at the moment, there is not a decent station to listen to and the inane comments and stunts of the “hosts” is getting ridiculous. While I do enjoy some of the music it would be nice to know who the artists are, gone are the good old days when each song was announced.

That is my gripe for today. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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