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

Brian and I have just arrived home after dinner with friends at Japanese restaurant Ginza on Unley Road. My meal was fabulous, particularly the pork belly and miso I had for entrée, Brian’s did not look all that appetising. I have to say the service was some of the worst I have ever experienced, it was very slow and the staff spoke very poor English. I have said it before and I will say it again, I do not care what the cuisine is, your staff must be able to communicate in understandable English.

We also found the menu extremely difficult to follow and for reasons already expressed we could not get a coherent explanation so it was quite hit and miss. The drink selection was also very poor, unless of course you like sake, which none of us did.

Tomorrow will be a long day as I have to pick my son and his partner up from Adelaide Airport at 9.30 in the morning as they have been on holiday in Cairns. Tomorrow night that same son is having a get together for his 25th birthday which is on Sunday. I cannot believe my baby will be 25.

That’s it from me tonight, short and sweet just like me. Goodnight.

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

Brian turned 47 today, I think he has had a nice day. We had lunch at Plant 13 in Bowden, we have not had lunch there before only breakfast so we were quite disappointed to see the exact same menu.

I had a Pork Bun which was quite nice although it was a very small serve, not at all what I expected and therefore I thought it was over priced. We will go there again for breakfast but definitely not for lunch.

I had wine with lunch which is not like me at all, I usually have a brandy and coke or a light beer, but this wine was very nice. I have never been one for wine but just lately I have tried a number that I quite enjoyed, my palate must be changing.

My Kitchen Rules is now its final week, I am so pleased those nasty girls Ashlee and Sophia are finally out of the competition for good. I do have a conundrum though in that of all the teams still in the competition there is not one that I don’t like.

To make matters worse the final episode of Downton Abbey Season 3 aired tonight so my Sunday nights are looking a little bleak. I did not see the death of Matthew Crawley coming, the actor who portrayed him played an excellent role.

Win number 2 for the Adelaide Crows against the Western Bulldogs this afternoon, and what a win it was. Finally a glimpse of the Crows that played so well in 2012. You have a couple of big tests in the coming weeks boys, do not let the fans or yourselves down.

Happy Birthday to my wonderful partner Brian. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..6 April 2013

Yesterday was a busy day at the office but it was a good day, I caught up on quite a bit. Janet and I even talked about the possibility of my buying the business when she and her husband decide to retire. I am not sure that I really want to run another business, but never say never.

After a busy week we went to Greek Psistaria in Brompton last night for dinner with friends, we all shared a Greek banquet. There was far too much food for us to eat and having run a cafe I hate waste, I would rather smaller serves which also encourages your patrons to have more courses. The friends we were with loved the meal, I have to admit it wasn’t bad but we have had better. Anyway the company was great and we had a lot of laughs, mostly at poor Carol’s expense but she can take it, she’s a trooper.

Tonight we were out to dinner again, different friends and another Greek restaurant, Zaks at West Lakes. Tonight’s meal was slightly cheaper and very much nicer. Again we had a great night with Jo and Kate, but then we always do.

The Adelaide Crows had a good win today, a close, hard-fought match, the Brisbane Lions certainly did not go down limping and crying. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a great year ahead for the Crows, there were some very good signs, Brisbane are not an easy tem to beat on their home ground.

I am watching the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and I do not like what I see. The world cannot underestimate this rogue strate, common sense tells you they are all huff and puff, but you just never know as they have done it before. The big difference this time, I do not think China will come to their aid if anything should happen.

Great news from my Son Wade yesterday, he has scored a part-time job at Big W in Salisbury, fingers crossed it will go full-time after his initial 3 month contract.

That is enough from me for today. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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

Brian and I went to see Mum in the nursing home today, even though she looked a bit better than the last visit she is still not good. Mum is becoming increasingly confused and any conversation is becoming very difficult, today she said she wanted something nice to eat, and she added she had lots of nice food hidden around but could not remember where she hid it. The nursing staff told me she is refusing to eat and it is obvious she has lost weight.

On the way to the nursing home I wanted to check out a couple of new corporations I have recently picked up in Munno Para West, we found them, nothing much to write home about. The common property which is all we manage is almost non-existent, it makes you wonder why the developers set them up as such.

Next stop was the Munno Para Shopping Centre to put on our X-Lotto, an added bonus, a small win last week which paid for this week. Thank you very much Universe, greatly appreciated. On our way out of the shopping centre the horrible aroma of body odour, not us someone else, no excuse for that I am afraid, have a shower.

Not long after we arrived home Ryan and Melissa surprised us with a visit with Calais, they were here an hour or so, a nice visit as always, Calais is gorgeous and so full of beans. Brian went for a drive in Ryan’s new car then it was time for us to change for dinner.

We met good friends Jo and Kate for dinner and The Birkenhead Tavern, a lovely meal and great company. I was just in the mood for a wine tonight and I quite enjoyed it for a change, I am usually a brandy drinker but just lately I have turned more to beer and tonight was wine, not that I am a big drinker anyway.

That’s enough waffle from me tonight. Happy Australia Day. Thank you for reading.