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waitingman: (World Cow)
Goodbye Harry Dean...

Character actor... scene stealer in so many films - Alien, The Avengers, Christine... but he'll always be Travis for me

waitingman: (World Cow)
A little something to make you feel better, the next time things go wrong at work...



Now go out there & fuck things up, safe in the knowledge that it's highly unlikely you'll ever make a mistake that costs as much as even one of these mishaps...
waitingman: (Australia)
Seems an innocuous enough question... unless Paris Hilton asks you

A few weeks ago, Long-Suffering Partner turned to me & asked - "Who decided what order the alphabet should be in?"

Intermittently, ever since, THAT'S been on my mind...
waitingman: (Orang-Utan)
mmmmfff... Good Morning

In an event that's surely rarer than a blue moon these days, I have 2 days off in a row. What's more, my weekend actually lines up with the 'real' weekend. In the world of Sales, this never happens...

The last 4-6 weeks have been 6 day marathons, including one week that went for 10 days. We've been moving premises, with all the usual angst that goes with it - breakdown of relationships & communication with former colleagues, trying to schedule electrical work with floor preparation, painters, organising new signage, dealing with the local council & their regulations & required certificates, designers, consultants, building managers, property managers, project managers... it seems anyone can call themselves a 'manager' these days, if they have a small office & a big attitude

In the middle of all that, we managed to back our removal truck into a protruding fire sprinkler, causing flooding of 3 levels of car park - but that was mostly because the building 'manager' didn't know where the shut-off valve was, so the water continued gushing for 45 minutes... after its initial burst that covered me in less-than-pristine cold water. The incident is in dispute, as there was no height warning, no labelling or protection around the sprinkler & no adequate drainage for the resulting river

Despite all that, we've managed to set up, open the doors & even start making money... with no desk or counter, incomplete lighting, dust everywhere & electrical wiring still sticking out of places where power points should be. Sshh - don't tell the Council !!

Long-Suffering Partner & I are undecided about our weekend. There are so many things we could go out & do together - people to go, places to see. Or we could enjoy a couple of quiet, lazy days together

waitingman: (World Cow)
The end is nigh... At the hands of another planet, apparently...

Some time between September 20-23rd... I wonder if I can get access to my superannuation fund by then? Not much point keeping it for my old age

Is it too late to book a flight to the International Space Station? Maybe the crew will survive - Space 1999 style...

See you on the other side
waitingman: (Rock Guitar)
Oh no...

Not Walter Becker...

Steely Dan were one of the (many) bands my Father & I bonded over & I remember how incredibly happy he was when we got to see them back in the 00s. Hell, I remember how ecstatic I was...

Rest in Peace Walter - you left the world a jazz/funk/pop/rock/soul/bluesier place than you found it...

waitingman: (Scream)
Tired of your children running around your home & breaking stuff?

No problem - take them to the Museum & let them break stuff there...

Why couldn't you have taken them to any one of these places instead... Let them run around there - they'll only do it once...
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So... in the USA, there are calls & some actions to remove statues deemed 'offensive' to some people - Robert E. Lee & other Civil War 'villains' etc...

Always among the first to pick up on global trends, Australia is now looking to its own past & its celebrated figures, whose glorification is offensive to those people who suffered for, & under, that glory

Step forward, Governor Lachlan MacQuarie, a man who has half of the state of New South Wales named after him - a river, a university, a bank, a prominent Sydney street, a suburb & several land features, not to mention a few statues. Certainly enough to confirm that either he was an egomaniac... or Town Planners don't have much imagination

But according to Aboriginal elders & scholars, he was also the man responsible for several mass killings of indigenous natives - especially when they were on land he wanted to develop, or build on. In these supposedly enlightened times, should the man be so lionised, or should his reputation be torn to shreds?

How do you feel about your historical figures? Should they still be celebrated, now that times & accepted histories have changed?
waitingman: (Orang-Utan)
... that I look forward to every year

The Best Jokes From The 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Festival


1. "I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change." – Ken Cheng

2. "Trump's nothing like Hitler. There's no way he could write a book." – Frankie Boyle

3. "I've given up asking rhetorical questions. What's the point?" – Alexei Sayle

4. "I'm looking for the girl-next-door type. I'm just gonna keep moving house till I find her." – Lew Fitz

5. "I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the 'brella'. But he hesitated." – Andy Field

6. "Combine Harvesters. And you'll have a really big restaurant." – Mark Simmons

7. "I'm rubbish with names. It's not my fault, it's a condition. There's a name for it…" – Jimeoin

8. "I have two boys, five and six. We're no good at naming things in our house." – Ed Byrne

9. "I wasn't particularly close to my dad before he died... which was lucky, because he trod on a land mine." – Olaf Falafel

10. "Whenever someone says, 'I don't believe in coincidences.' I say, 'Oh my God, me neither!'" – Alasdair Beckett-King

11. "A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men's singles event." – Angela Barnes

12. "As a vegan, I think people who sell meat are disgusting; but apparently people who sell fruit and veg are grocer." – Adele Cliff

13. "For me dying is a lot like going camping. I don't want to do it." – Phil Wang

14. "I wonder how many chameleons snuck onto the Ark." – Adam Hess

15. "I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act." – Tim Vine
waitingman: (Music)
... albeit probably a slightly flat one Britney Spears sings live!!

I wish she hadn't chosen to murder one of my favourite Bonnie Raitt songs though
waitingman: (Australia)
Further to yesterday's stupid & ignorant actions of Australia's own Monster Raving Loony Party, laughably calling itself 'One Nation', their so-called 'Leader' just had to go one better than her colleague, to prove that she's the most monstrous, loudest raving & looniest loony in the place...

So she wore a full burqa when she entered the Federal Senate chamber, before taking it off with a self-satisfied smirk & demanding that the Attorney General ban the garment in Australia... for "national security"

Our Attorney General, George Brandis (apparently a distant relation of mine, though I've never met him, nor do I want to) is not a very well-liked, nor overly respected public figure, having been at best ineffective in his role & at worst, a blathering idiot who can't even parrot stock phrases properly when the facts elude him. However, every blathering idiot has his day (Hi Donald!) & today was George's

He roundly, soundly & unequivocally berated the ignorant fuckwit for such a blinkered, divisive & frankly vulgar stunt & for being... well, an ignorant fuckwit. All in acceptable parliamentary language, of course, but we knew what he meant. So did the rest of the Senate, who gave him a standing ovation - something they probably thought they'd only do on the day he left office...

Maybe I should put him on the Christmas Card list this year after all...
waitingman: (Default)
between Mankind & Wildlife has ended in a draw

Humans - 1

Animals - 1

And we're supposed to be the smart ones??!!
waitingman: (Scream)
... where it hurts to read the news

The tone of this article about a politically-aware school concert features 'outraged' comments from Ray Hadley - a Sydney shock-jock whose vitriol is fuelled by his equally breathtaking ignorance...

Of course, there's the Daily Trump rumpus. Each day of his reign of error is a blight on our species...

Be careful if you're out & about in Australia's warm Winter - the snakes think it's Spring...

Just like Dalmatians before them the husky/malamut breed is bearing the brunt of fame, because everybody wants a Direwolf, but nobody wants to keep & care for them. Here's hoping they form hunting packs & take inspiration from their Game of Thrones characters...

Meanwhile, Australia's Monster Raving Loony Party, aka One Nation, is not happy with the ABC - our national broadcaster - insisting that air-time be given to anti-vaccination groups even if they agree they're wrong. Why stop there? Let's do away with facts altogether & replace the news with hours of talkback 'opinion' from every fuckwit with a phone...
waitingman: (Orang-Utan)
Front and Back

Come back, thunder & rain... we miss you

It's been an unseasonably warm & dry Winter down here. When it has rained, it's been showers at most. And this morning was a hot August morning (not to mention a Hot August Night). This does not auger well for Summer...

Not that I've seen much of the weather, except for the very early morning, then the evening. I've been doing 6 day weeks to cover for a staff member whose wife is seriously ill, so I've been in the Showroom a lot, but am still on the road a bit traipsing around places in various stages of construction, demolition & decay, with my trusty laser measurer & dodgy drawing skills, helping convince people that, if you're going to blow your building budget, you may as well do it with style...

Fake News!

Aug. 8th, 2017 09:27 am
waitingman: (Scream)
If the Washington Post & New York Times are to be believed, the current USA administration & its figurehead are a lame duck. All we hear about are its failures to get any major legislation through a Senate it actually has the numbers in

Meanwhile... behind the headlines those right-wing, bigoted old white men are destroying more than I knew

If you can't land a killer blow, then death by a thousand cuts is just as effective...
waitingman: (Orang-Utan)
Godabbit... I hade habbing a code. Ezbeshly a hedd code. Id stubs me ub ad all I wad do do iz sleeb

Trouble is, it's a busy week at work & I can't. What a hero... Before you lecture me about spreading my infectious misery, I've been working mostly alone the last few days, so the only things I've possibly infected are carpet & timber samples

A day off today - scheduled, not a sick day, but fortuitously timed, as it's been the day where the stuffed headedness has reached its zenith... I hope. That way, it's all downhill from here. Or at least, a lot of coughing & the return of my sexy, deep-voice Barry White impression as the sore throat kicks in & my vocal register plummets 2 octaves Brigg id on!!

Even the cats aren't sure what to make of this shuffling, sniffling shambles...

Cat In The Box
waitingman: (Happy Droopy)
Justin Bieber to take 2 year break from music

Take as long as you like... please!!
waitingman: (Scream)
An interesting article on modern times... & the end of them

Some light, morning reading...

It's nice to have my decision to not have children validated
waitingman: (Happy Droopy)
Sorry to any of my rightward-leaning friends (of which I don't think I have any, but ...just in case), but this news just in fills me with global optimism

In fact, any news that tells me the human hairpiece has been thwarted - especially by his own adopted political party - keeps my misguided sense of optimism alive

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