Source of the Pandemic

30 04 2009

This posting brought you you by email, courtesy of Brad.  Thanks Brad! 😉


I have a theory…

29 04 2009

Over the last few months I’ve been getting back in contact with numerous people that I used to go to school with.  People I’ve not seen in at least 20 years.

So it’s been a bit of a blast from the past, and an ego trip all at the same time.

Some of them look exactly as I remember them, taking into account we’re all adults now, while others…  Well perhaps not so much, they’re recognisable, but seeing them makes me feel a whole lot better about myself.

Now I know I’ve battled with my weight my entire life, often losing the battle, but I have a theory about that, and that is that while I’ve been overweight for most of my life (I’m working on rectifying that even now) I believe that the excess weight I’ve had has plumped my skin out nicely over the years so that as it’s finally melted away, I’ve been left with a lot less lines than some other people my age.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t very happy about that! 😉

I look my age, I rarely get asked for I.D. when purchasing alcohol or entering a venue that has an age limit, but all that taken into account I really don’t think I’m doing so badly.

The big school reunion, the 20 year one is next year, I’m even more determined to work my ass off now (literally)!

Waking up early tomorrow morning for the gym doesn’t feel quite so bad now… 😉

I just don’t know

28 04 2009

I have absolutely no idea what to type about tonight, so that lack of a topic is going to be the post.

Sorry, I’m just not feeling it, which has probably been apparent in a lot of my previous postings.  The creative spark has dwindled temporarily, something that’s not helped by my being unable to sit at a computer for more than 5 minutes at a time.

Hopefully I’ll be inspired for tomorrow…

Cursed by the Physical Therapists…

27 04 2009

Several of my friends, and one of them my closest friend are Physical Therapists, which is great for me as in the last 18 months I’ve had several injuries requiring their services.  Rest assured though it was all scheduled, and not a “mates rates” scenario, there’s really no need, our Health Insurance is pretty good.

So for a while there I got to see everyone a couple of times a week while they were working.  Of course that hasn’t happened since late last year, and one in particular commented recently that they missed me at work and I should come back.

I guess one of them has a Voodoo Doll, because right now, my back is out, I’m in agony, and their wish has been granted.  I’ll be heading back to see them again soon.

Argh!  Fortunately this time I can move, admittedly like a 90 year old man, but movement nonetheless.  😉

Actually it’s not so bad at the moment, I inadvertently “clicked” my back yesterday afternoon, the day after I put it out, and it felt so much better, but some improvement on that is still called for.

In the meantime, it really is time we investigated a new mattress, the one here, after several moves, and one of them being International is due to be replaced.

In other news…  Congratulations to my friends Tammy, Kelvin, and their son Deshi, on the new arrival of their son/brother Aki, who was born over the weekend.

Mother and Baby are doing fine, and I can’t wait to see them all.


Gauntlet of Death

26 04 2009

Although, some may call this “Racist, Sexist Pig”, but you can’t please everyone.

It’s been a super busy day today, with over 4 hours of driving, hundreds of photographs, and lots of sunshine and colour, and a lunch out by the river.

Today, being Sunday, and a lovely day at that, we hopped in the car pretty early and drove out to see the Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley, Mt Vernon area.

There was literally millions of tulips, and almost as many people, most of whom were trying to walk through the tulip fields, despite the signs clearly asking them not to, to take photographs.  It amused me to watch the farm employees wearing brightly coloured jackets waving orange plastic batons and asking people to leave the fields.

Thank the gods for zoom photography, you can make it look like you’re in the middle, just by standing at the edge.  Which is what I did, such a good boy.

Now to destroy that image, and replace it with a less than politically correct one…

Once we’d returned from the Tulips, we decided to head back to the Bird store where we bought all the components for our newly assembled bird feeder.  Why?  Because this morning when I drew back the curtains, I was greeted with the view of a very happy squirrel perched on the feeder, tucking into a hearty breakfast of bird seed.  Silly me!  I had the option of purchasing a “Squirrel Baffle”, a collar that goes around the pole of the stand stopping Squirrels from climbing it, because I have two dogs.  Two dogs who I had stupidly assumed would chase the Squirrels away.

The dogs in question?  Curled up, sound asleep in their kennel less than 3 metres from the feeder.


Anyway, I bought a baffle, problem solved…  Then the fun started.

As we were leaving the car park, a minivan (on my left) reversed out of it’s parking space without looking, causing me to angrily hit the horn (I wish it was louder, and had a laser attachment, or a canon….), the driver, an Indian woman, looked surprised that there’d be anyone else on the road at the same time as her…

Less than 30 seconds later, another car pulled out (on my right) and had to hit the brakes suddenly so as not to run into me.  An Asian woman…

Now, I’m driving a small 4WD, it’s white, the sun was out, and I can assure you, it’s not a stealth vehicle, it’s actually VERY visible…

By this stage I’m simmering on the good side of unleashing some road rage, not really, but I did have whole pile of profanity just itching to be released into the ether.  Thinking it was over, we continued on our way to the exit, only to have yet another car come around the corner, faster than it should, nearly hitting us.  Another female driver, this time race unknown.

It was literally “The Gauntlet of Death”.

Now, I know some VERY good female drivers, and drivers of all Nationalities, but why is it that the two main offenders today insist on reinforcing a stereotype?

Shoot me down for being unfair, but we’ve been joking for a long time when something adverse happens on the road, to the point it’s almost “Driving Bingo”.  It’s an Asian/Indian Woman, or it’s a Lexus driver…

Ok, I’d better go hide before the abuse starts… 😉


Back to Nature

25 04 2009

It’s amazing just how far you can walk in your own backyard.  I decided that I’d spend the day outdoors today, doing the things that until recently it’s just been too cold, wet, snowy, and other inclement weather reasons to do.

So today I spent 3 hours mowing the lawns.  Lawns that I’ve never mowed before due to the above weather reasons, and because they just hadn’t grown.  That was until recently with the improved weather.  The growth spurt we’ve had in the last couple of weeks made up for the previous months.

According to my pedometer, mowing, whippersnipping, cleaning up, and weeding and feeding the lawns (I know, they’re just going to grow faster…  but they need it!) I managed to clock up 9459 footsteps, which, and I have no idea of the conversion, equates to 3.88 miles.

It was all worth it though, the lawns look fantastic!

Once that was done, and after lunch and a brief rest we hit the shops, found some truly amazingly fragrant roses, and bought all three of them.  I want a garden that gives back.  It has to be either fragrant, fruiting or herbaceous and worthy of the pot, or attract native birds.  So I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.

In the interim, I’ve built and installed a bird feeder this afternoon, the building part was more assembly, and hung two other feeders in two other positions around the house.  All in places where the cats can see them.  The idea is to attract and feed the birds, but also entertain the cats.  But don’t panic, they’re indoor cats, they only get to watch.

Now it’s time to slow down and rest, my back is killing me, which indicates I’ve overdone it.  On the upside, at least my work shows and everything looks great.

Tomorrow we’re off to the Tulip festival.

Have an awesome weekend!

Spring Fever

24 04 2009

It seems that Spring is finally here.  There’s plenty of sunshine and blue skies, it’s awesome!

I’m not sure what it is, it’s certainly instinctual, but I suddenly want to get the gardens maintained, lawns manicured, plants planted, house cleaned etc.  I’m pretty sure if I could fly, I’d fly South.  But I’ve had enough flying for the time being.

It’s been a very active day today.  Gym in the morning, mowed the front lawns, pruned the plants in the front yard, removed the dead ones and dug over the corner garden.  It’ll be the backyards tomorrow, a very busy weekend.

In other news, and important news at that…

Happy 12th Anniversary Jamie and David!   I hope you guys have a spectacular day!

Perhaps there really are Angels

23 04 2009

Irena Sendler Irena Sendler definitely qualifies in my mind.

Every so often I’ll receive an email where I’m just one of dozens of recipients, and often these emails, while forwarded with the best intentions are fit only for deletion.  Not so today.

The email I received today was about a remarkable woman, a woman who risked her own life to save the lives of thousands of others.

Initially I pandered to my inner cynic and mistrusted the information in the email, that’s not to say I wasn’t touched by the sentiment, I just didn’t necessarily believe it.  It didn’t take me more than a few moments of online research to validate the story, and decide that it truly was worth publishing to share with you all.

Read the story and decide for yourself.  Irena was contender for the Nobel Peace Prize, that year it went to Al Gore instead of her, while I don’t want to minimise the importance of Al Gore and his input for the environment, perhaps that year there should have been two awards…

The email:

Irena Sendler

There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena. During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.  She had an ‘ ulterior motive ‘ … She KNEW what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews, (being German.)  Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids.) She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazi ‘ s broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most of course had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted. In 2009 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize … She was not selected.

* Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.


GOD BLESS HER May she rest in Peace.


Fox News Article:  Congratulations on Not Winning the Nobel Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday morning and I’d like to congratulate Irena Sendler.

Sendler was a former history teacher who rescued 2,500 children during the Holocaust and was a top contender for the wondrous prize. It was in the early 1940s that Sendler, a Catholic social worker, had gone into the Warsaw ghetto to rescue Jewish kids destined either to starve there or die in death camps.

She would sneak the kids past Nazi guards, sometimes hiding them in body bags or would provide them with false documents. She’d get them to Polish families for adoption or hide them in convents or orphanages. She made a list of the children’s real names, put them in a jar and buried them, so that some day she could dig them up, then find the kids to tell them their true names.

The Nazis captured her and beat the crap out of her, but she later escaped. She’s now in her late 90s, living in a nursing home in Poland.

I want to congratulate her, because she didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead it went to Al Gore, the guy who invented the Internet.

Earth Day

22 04 2009

It’s be nice to the environment day here in the U.S.A.  Although quite truthfully, it should be Earth Day EVERY DAY!

I do my bit, I’ve replaced all the globes in the house (where I can) with energy efficient CFL globes, turn off the heater, minimise water usage, have an energy audit performed on the house to see where I can improve it, and I even wash out all the recyclables, such as bottles, cans etc. before they go in the recycle bin so that they’re not thrown out with the rubbish.

Of course there’s much more to it than that, and there’s more information available at the Earthday Network website.

Right now though, I’m going to turn off the television, all the lights and go to bed early.

G’night all!

Good Grief!

21 04 2009

My poor Nan who’s 90th Birthday I flew back for last October had a heart attack the other night.  Fortunately she’s resting comfortably now and back home.  But what a scare for everyone, including her.

I thought I was going to have to be back on another plane…

Of course, I would have been, in a flash, had I needed to have been.  Very thankfully (thank the gods) I’m not going to have to for a little while.  Although I did just look at some flights back a short moment ago, as Qantas is having yet another sale.

I think I’m going to wait and keep my fingers crossed that they have another sale later in the year which they seem to be doing semi regularly of late.

Ahhh…  I’ve lost my train of thought…  I stopped mid entry to phone my Nan and have a chat to her and see how she’s doing and importantly tell her that I love her.

So, I think I’ll wind up here, and start getting ready for bed.  It’s another early start in the morning now that I’m back on my Nazi stringent gym and diet routine…  I’ve goals to achieve…