Wednesday, December 19, 2007
On a different note I have discovered a quote which I am using in my signature on my work emails.........because it fits my work environment in so many ways,
"Never attribute to malice that which can be readily explained by stupidity."
Monday, December 10, 2007
In other news I'm again feeling stifled at work and after 6 years it's definately time to move......I'm still looking but I may have to compromise and move within first.......and then maybe without! I'm trying a few options to at least change my work environment if not my occupation so stay tuned!!!!
On the world stage I will say I'm glad no one in this country is popular enough to influence the public's opinion when it comes to who to vote for (a.k.a. Miss Winfrey)......that seems tantamount to driving people to the polling booth just to get their vote......oh hang on...that's been done too!!! At least we cut down our 'tall poppy's'
Monday, November 26, 2007
We had a choice between the incumbent who had already served 11 years and was promising more of the same (tight fiscal management and low unemployment) and the 'new kid on the block' who comes from the opposite side of politics and was espousing almost identical policies but has no track record to judge him on!
The nation somehow managed to choose the latter and voted for change but more of the same.........that's compulsory voting at it's worst and believe me I support it but when the choice is no choice......what can you do!!!
So we either have change of the personalities or we are in for a shock when we find that Prime Minister Rudd has lied to us (shock, horror!!!!)
Oh hell.....he's a politician......of course he lied....they both did!
Monday, October 22, 2007
I've managed to completely paint a 6.5 x 4.5 metre room with 3 metre high ceilings.......yes it's bloody huge and I'm still finishing off the woodwork and trim. That's the worst part....it's so fiddly and after painting for hours you don't seem to make any headway.
Oh....and I also filled a mini-skip and put together a cupboard and 5 new bookcases (flat packs from the Swedish hell shop!)
I guess I haven't done too badly....there's just 4 times as much left to do!!!
Now I'm back at my day job.........yay :-(
So here's a question; What was the first edifice that immigrants saw as they approached Manhattan (New York) by ship in the early to mid 20th century? Think carefully.....
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Now I have a little leave of my own.....to paint the house........so not really a rest.
While I'm away no one is doing my job officially....we'll see........
We need to win lotto!
In other news:-
The Nobel prize committee need to look at a lot of other scientists to spread the accolades around more fairly and our Government in Australia really needs to call the election.....just stop pissing about.....not that there is anyone worth voting for on either side!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Have a great day, party like you are only 44..........now you're only one year younger than me....until next year eh!
BTW 'eL' asked me to say she's found the perfect recipe for 'Panera' cheese and broccoli soup......hmmmmmmm yummy.....it's identical
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
So be proper and piratical........or ye will be keel hauled or rogered quite jolly!!!
Aaaarrrrggghhhh ye black hearted coves........find me a piece of eight or maybe a parrot!?!!!????
Do it......it feels good!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Two weeks ago my better half 'eL' went to have an eye check and discovered that her distance vision was a little off and it was time for glasses. This of course turned into a style exercise which wasn't cheap......but they look fabulous darlings!!!!
Last week I had an eye test (because I thought it was time.....) and who would have guessed....my distance vision is also a little off and I need glasses........another style exercise which cost even more (not my fault....she did the choosing of frames!!)
It occurred to me that I'm the last of my siblings to need spectacles.....some comfort I guess. The interesting thing about my vision is that it's above average for distance but it is a little blurry at the extreme range so technically and legally I have really good vision but I still need glasses......apparently my brain is too good at working out what I am seeing and compensates for the blur....an interesting dichotomy!
So now we will both be able to clearly see how little money we have left after buying glasses.......typical........:-)
Saturday, August 25, 2007
The thing is..... on Monday I finished all his duties by 10.30am, on Tuesday it was by 9.30am, Wednesday 8.30, Thursday 8.00am and Friday it was 7.25am. It's not like I did nothing for the rest of the working day.....I did my normal job as well and when I had spare time I helped out the 'big' boss with 'corporate' nonsense.
I was feeling pretty smug by Friday...given my disdain for 'hairplug'.....and then I realised that I had been forgetting to do the most important thing!!!
I wasn't running around making out I was overworked and under-appreciated......I'm such a fool!!!!
Meeeaoooow.....give the boy a saucer of milk!!!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
|What Be Your Nerd Type? |
Your Result: Drama Nerd
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Quizzes for MySpace
I'm not sure about this at all
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I have one of those as a boss.....'hairplug' to my readers!
I've been back at work for several weeks now and I'm still pretty relaxed....it must have been a good holiday!!!! For the past few days I watched as 'hairplug' has systematically duck-shovelled most of his work and responsibilities to staff under his direction....I can't say 'command' because he has no understanding of the concept. Some of this work has come my way but I seem to have found a way to push back some of it, but the rest is being dumped onto the 'can't say no' people in the office (the good workers....who have pride in their work). I work with 19 year old's who have a better comprehension of our job than this guy.
He is what most of us refer to as 'old school' but even in that area he's a loser in that at least 'old school' detectives (yes he's also an ex-detective) would work hard giving some balance to their arrogance. He has no sense of balance........and he thinks all the young female staff fancy him.......that's just wrong! Oh and for my siblings...he has two sons called Beau and Luke.......hmmmmmmm
This type of personality always seem to slide right through life causing the accidents without suffering the consequences........I wonder why? There's probably at least one PhD in there somewhere............
Sunday, July 08, 2007
I have now re-built my PC with all the goodies I bought in the US and whew......it flies!!!!!! However I'm still working out a few software bugs that have resulted from imaging my old hard drive......at least it keeps the brain active:-)
It's funny how we're both tired and unenthusiastic after such a good holiday......I can't think why???
Now back to our trivia battle:- What was the first man made object put into space....and by whom?
You may be surprised at this one!!!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
The 'opening ceremony' stadium for the Beijing Olympic Games 2008
The Peace Park (Ground Zero) in Nagasaki, Japan
Our first of many Bald Eagles
The Hubbard Glacier and ice filled bay!!
And, finally, for now...... the happy Sea Otters
There are obviously way too many to upload....but you get the drift....and it's only half over
Sunday, May 20, 2007
So....let's just say it was unbelievable and the photo's will follow in the next episode.......
Thursday, May 17, 2007
We have seen all kinds of wildlife....bald eagles, puffins, whales....(well sort of!) and way too many stuffed and mounted Kodiak bears. Why does man feel the need to hunt and kill animals that are just trying to live life.......I don't care what people say it's not sport and it's completely unnecessary...if you want to prove you're a man try killing a grizzly bear with a penknife......even the odds a bit you gutless creatures.
We should be at Hubbard Glacier in the morning so there should be many photo's taken.........which I will upload if the nanna's on board stop choking the satellite feed with emails to their pension fund managers, stock brokers and the 'folks back home'....geez!
We still have moderate to rough seas of 2.5 to 4 metres and the temperature is a balmy 5.7 degrees celcius.........waaaarrrrrmm! We still love this cruising.......it beats flying in all aspects.....forget about time taken:-)
Friday, May 11, 2007
We spent yesterday afternoon in the city after waiting for 4 hours to be cleared from the ship by the 'local authorities'.......even China was quicker than that.....and than we discover what a DISMAL AND SOULLESS HOLE this place is....the only cultural buildings in town were closed for renovation/demolition....you couldn't tell which! This is the base for the Russian Pacific Fishing Fleet and there is supposed to be money flooding into the city but we couldn't see it.....unless it all goes on vodka, beer and cigarettes. Even the nicer cars were all coated with the local commodity.....coal grit.....hmmmm pretty. We went into several local businesses and the staff all ignored us completely....served everyone around us. We walked out with 'eL' saying:- "Remember ...you have to live here!" and headed back to our 6 square meals a day.
It sounds like a typical cultural cringe but we always try to enjoy whatever experiences our travels bring.......but not in this town....we should have liked the fact that they have volcanos and fossils...our two favourite things but you can't see them without visas and special escorts...which the 'local authorities' weren't about to supply. This is the volcano...as seen from the ship in harbour......
Happy birthday to Mouthful of Pancakes for soon.......reply to my emails you lazy girl!!!
Off to Alaska next...to be continued............
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
At the moment we have 4 metre swells, 0 degrees celcius and some snow!!!!
Lots of cabins are occupied and have the 'do not disturb' signs out........feeling a little green are we???? Well we sure as hell aren't...we've just been to afternoon tea and it's a formal dinner tonight........it looks like the sailing in the Whitsundays a many years ago may have attuned us to the 'motion of the ocean' as our teutonic captain calls it.....from the "beautiful and elegant...Staten...dam!!!"
Sunday, May 06, 2007
We then moved onto Tokyo.......OMG.........we landed in Ginza and then took the subway to Asakusa to see the Sensoji Temple and markets....yes we shopped!! It is truely an amazing city
Today we're at sea and relaxing.......tomorrow is a smaller city (yeah right!!!...this is Japan!) called Hakodate....time to absorb some more culture.
We love this cruising!!!!!!!!!
Friday, April 27, 2007
Have been on the Great Wall, in a Ming Tomb, in the Bund.....this is amazing. Now I'm writing about it at sea after a fabulous dinner (silver service) and it's only cost an arm and a leg....that's why we work I guess.
Odyssey and The Goose I've emailed and if you want to reply check the sending address....it should be hotmail. Mouthful of pancake you're not forgotten but I have to go because these computers are sought after by angry pensioners wanting to check their stocks and bonds.....I'm being intimidated as we speak.
Trivia to end....what is the statue of liberty called???? Odyssey, you should get this one easily...
Friday, April 13, 2007
And in keeping with the musical theme......
What animal is terrified, you could even say 'strung out', by string instruments?
I will be very disappointed if you get this wrong, especially you 'mouthful of pancakes'
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Five sleeps to go!!!!!!!
On Monday we take to the sky and head for Hong Kong.....where no doubt we will shop....well 'eL' will and I'll carry the bags. Then it's on to the high seas for some new experiences..... we can't wait.
Hopefully I'll visit from time to time for a display of photo's and the telling of tales
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I also have tried a new look for our upcoming holiday....easy care you might call it! I just hope I don't scare the nieces and nephew. Don't worry guys its just that creepy old Aussie uncle!!!!
BTW 5 weeks tomorrow.....woohoo!
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
We are going on holiday in April thankfully........I just have to get that far without opening my mouth once too often! It's promises to be a really good holiday and we'll get to see family who have moved away........We can't wait! We both need to get away from our jobs and become people again.
New places and different ways to get around....time to expand the mind and life experiences.
Must work on my patience and restraint.....only six weeks and four days to go...but who's counting!!!!
Saturday, February 10, 2007
The other night 'L' and I spent a very pleasant couple of hours on a lawn in front of a University of Western Australia building looking at parts of the cosmos through some very expensive telescopes.....we went to University Summer School and did an astronomy class. It was way cool!!!
We saw the Moon so closely that I'm sure I saw the glint of the the remains of the lunar landing module.....and the impact stress fractures radiating from the Tyco crater....amazing stuff! We saw Pleiades (the only stars mentioned in the Bible apparently) and the Orion Nebula.....now that's really cool!
Now I want a really big telescope to see everything I can........mmmmmm more money needed, must win Lotto!!!
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
The only good thing was that most of the Australia Day 'idiots' failed to make a showing during the celebrations....sadly the air-conditioning at work failed and wasn't fixed until yesterday which has been somewhat testing (it was 46 C in the building at 7.00 pm on Australia Day)....lots of people with access to firearms, capsicum spray and stun guns in a very bad mood is a recipe for disaster. It's a good thing it's cooled down today.
Unfortunately it's going to happen again in two days time.....over the weekend again so no gardening or outdoor renovations for this little pirate.........Aaaaaarrgh I may have to watch the cricket me hearties!!!! Bummer.......! Now where can I find a Kiwi to flog......the Poms are no challenge.
Monday, January 22, 2007
I got a new bike for Christmas.....from my better half (a gentle hint maybe?)
I have been cycling to and from work every day when possible and I try to manage about four times a week....I try anyway! I have found it quite enjoyable and it seems to be having a positive effect on my ample midriff....well I can see and feel a difference. At my age I know I need to take care of myself and that's what this is about.
At least the weather has been pretty good so far....some very hot days ahead unfortunately so we'll see how my enthusiasm and resolve cope. I must concentrate on the good aspects.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Then the real fun began........
I had been in bed at home for about 15 minutes when I was woken by banging on the front door and horrendous wailing. I couldn't imagine what was happening and I obviously had to deal with whatever it was. I opened the door to find a very drunk and distressed lady who was shouting something about being followed and harassed.......oh great I thought I'm going to have to confront a psychopath or rapist....just my luck! I headed out of the yard and found a neatly dressed young fellow standing in the driveway talking on his mobile phone....to police as it happened! He explained that this lady had run into his parked car several streets away, pushing it onto the footpath and after giving him a few different names she had tried to leave the crash scene before police arrived (remember she's pretty drunk!).
It was at this point I began to realise that he was not an offender but most likely the victim. I tried to talk to the lady who had started to shout at the young guy but she wasn't interested in calming down. When I told her that the police were coming she started to ramble about having a brother who was a policeman and she didn't care. I then realised that she was looking to leave so I identified myself as a police officer and suddenly I went from saviour to "arrogant c**t" to use her words. Fortunately the cavalry arrived and she was taken away and charged.........the young fellow was most grateful and then I got to go back to bed.................
Imagine having such a bad night that after getting drunk you run into a parked car on a well-lit street, give several obviously false names, try to do a runner and then end up knocking on the door of the house of the only policeman in the area in the hopes of getting away from the poor sod you ran into.....you wouldn't by a lottery ticket on the strength of that....would you!
I guess that's some of the justice I've been missing..............