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January 24th, 2011

12:54 pm - My mountain has turned into a mole hill ...
In 2007, I moved from a large family home to a small cottage. Some of my precious items would not fit in the cottage. I got a storage unit and after a while, fell behind in the rental.

I had a series of nasty letters, escalating into "we are selling your items for the rental arrears". I mourned and was angry about being let down. Let down by people borrowing money and not repaying. People offering to help me shift, people offering to store my items in their sheds.

Offering, but never coming through.

That was over a year ago. My Winter SADs was particularly bad last season, with large things like this in the back of my mind.

Then, on Thursday, I got a call: My storage unit is full of bees. I have to open it, public safety and all that.

I went through many emotions - shock: I thought I had lost everything. Anger: at the agents and again at the non helpers. Fear: How much has the rent compounded by now?

More anger: I didn't have the key any more, my car was broken into in November and the key was in an old purse in the map holder. I reported the memory sticks missing to the police, but it didn't occur to me to report the key as being one of the stolen items.

On Sunday, I wrote a note, naming the police officer that would be able to verify the theft and gave the note to "someone" ... who went to the storage unit and cut off my old lock and put on a new one, so that I had a key to give to the agent on Monday.

They came back with two things to report: Job done ... No bees, dead or alive.

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02:20 am - Do you get the death penalty for disobeying?

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January 23rd, 2011

12:51 am - Writer's Block: Timeless tales
What were your favorite books as a child, and why?

The entire set of Frank L Baum's "Oz" books.
They opened my universe to a new place.

My biggest regret was not buying the set when my local library had a sale ... I thought they would be around forever.

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12:10 am - Serious now
Yesterday, I made the statement on FaceBook that I was going back to LJ.
Many people asked me "what the hell is LJ?".

Stuff them.

Stuff them in good way,. Like you would stuff a zucchini or red capsicum / pepper on "MasterChef" (see? I have been paying attention to the social media)

I honestly like this freedom of having signed up with a completely "other" name on LJ. People who know me are here by invitation ... people who do not know me have no idea who I am. I am free to say / be / believe in who I am and what I stand for.

There are so many of you people that I miss, and will miss. My Grandmother once told me that swear-words are the last resort of the verbally incompetent. Forgive me now, because I am going to say F**k, I miss you all so much.

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January 22nd, 2011

12:32 am - Time to get serious
I'm sick of being sick. Coughing until I vomit, re-breaking ribs and just about wetting myself. It has been 18 months now since I had childhood pneumonia and that chest Xray that gave me the diagnosis.

I really do know I am dying and basically not telling anyone is starting to get to me. People can't understand why I hold such little value on my life and if there isn't a reason to hang around, why I can't be bothered for "Tomorrow".

I'm only saying this here now, because enough people have dropped off LiveJournal for me to make the statement without it seeming like some attention-grabbing note.

I have emphysema. Have been diagnosed over a year and a half ago.

I would love to have a supportive base of friends and family, but ... I don't. There has never been a right time to tell anyone in my immediate circle without looking like a drama queen.

Just putting it out there, so that my next set of blogs will have some context.

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January 21st, 2011

08:38 pm - Writer's Block: How could you?
Would you ever take someone back after they cheated on you, and why? What could change your mind?

Arrgh! that has got to be the one question I didn't need to see when I logged back in, after months away.

I take "Him" back because I know what I am up against, I still love the good things that make me shiver and now I am aware of pitfalls that I should avoid.

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January 19th, 2010

05:50 pm - Solar powered goodness
So many items that could improve a life marginally that could be solar powered ...
Water purifier ... emergency services radio broadcasts ... lighting ... potentially a hot plate.

In my Opinion, this isn't the "Number 1 item":


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November 17th, 2009

03:23 pm - To combat SADs
I made a mental note to myself that I would remind myself of good days to battle the 'Winter Blues' days that always take their toll on me.

I had a great day today.
My ESL students thanked me for their lesson and said I was a very good teacher.
My Year 8 students asked me if I was teaching year 9 next year.
My year 11 students asked if I would be teaching year 12 next year.
and ...
a next year at my campus teacher "BH" caught up with me today and told me that when he and the Principal did a tour of the school last Thursday and observed my class (without me realising, for 10 minutes), the Prin told BH that I was a 'very good teacher' and BH felt I would like to hear it passed on!

Also, first thing in the morning, a student dragged his Mum in to sign his electives for next year and I saw he had chosen 'puppets' ... Mum said it sounded like an excellent elective, combining hands-on, imagination and group work. Neither of them knew which teacher would be taking the class.

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November 12th, 2009

04:37 pm - Intellectual Property
*rambling here*

For a patent to exist it (in my mind) involves 4 equal parts:
1/4 the original idea
1/4 Blueprints
1/4 Prototype
1/4 Financial backing (patents cost $)

With that in mind - and the basic idea that people are more willing to buy stuff that they want (rather than need) - I'm posting here (and other places) an electronic footprint of an idea that I have.

It involves vehicles and remote controls.

I need - money, faith in me and a bit of guidance to which of the 3 engineers I should approach.

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November 11th, 2009

03:04 pm - Politics and teaching.
Teaching is ~meant~ to be a politically free act.
I suppose that is why, in any revolution, teachers are first against the wall.

Not because they are politically neutral, but because they cannot help themselves.

Edmund Burke has been accredited with a quote that seems to have come from Friedrich Nietzche.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

Today, I taught my students 3 things.

First, that even if you can break a pencil in your hands, it is close to impossible to break 20 pencils in your hands. The same thing is true of people. One person can be snapped, broken, ignored. 20 - 50 - a million ... they need to be paid attention to.

The second thing I taught them was of the power of the internet. How to contact parliamentary members.

The third thing? About trade agreements - if Australia refuses to follow the United States, Australia's products will not be allowed / purchased.

Please read the links: The first 2 are for 'dummies'. The other one is the hard, difficult to read proposed legislation.

HR875 ... I fear the future.


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