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This year is shaping up as a very busy one, professionally speaking, at least. The company I joined in April have kept me running, often beyond the 5-day, 8-hour limit modern workers expect as a right. If the money was a little better, I might see it more clearly as the privilege it is in this uncertain world

It's certainly taken its toll on my regular extra-curricular activities - photography & music (Interesting that I now list them in that order... music used to be everything to me...) A lack of a regular working week timetable has made photography excursions, or even just getting the hell out of Dodge, hard to organise & even harder to spontaneously achieve. So, lots of trawling through my Archive for great moments of yesterday, yesteryear...

Scratched Valley

Which leaves music... An interesting & revealing on-road phone conversation with an erstwhile bandmate yesterday, threw up some off-the-cuff remarks I made that rang quite true, on reflection. Given my lack of 'personal time' I've become very selective about what musical opportunities I'm prepared to spend that time on. The problem with that approach is that if it doesn't feel 'right', then I don't do it... forgetting that no project I've ever been involved in has started perfectly. But maybe that's actually the point. I'm certainly not a household name in Australia's music industry - outside my own house that is, so it could be that I'm becoming belatedly selective... to the point of musical inactivity. So should I give more things a chance, even if they don't sound particularly 'together' & run the risk of wasting time, or wait around for the right one to come along? Are we still talking about music??

I certainly still have a lot of music playing in my head - ideas of what to do with older compositions, aural pictures of what my ideal 'sound' is... I also still wake up at odd times of the night with a guitar riff or melody playing on my mental iPod, triggered by who-knows-what in my dreams. So in my mad mind, I still think I have something to offer, but am a little weary of trudging through endless musical car yards looking for the perfect vehicle

Two offers are currently before me - a jam-session/catch-up with 2 old bandmates that promises little beyond nostalgia & vague promises of a future that never happened 10 years ago & probably won't this time either. But, they are on my musical wavelength, so it could be fun at least... And an offer from a singer I worked with on a few projects, of some new material, potential new collaborators & an uncertain future. Not the greatest musician I've ever worked with, but confident enough in their abilities to make things happen. How robust, or practical, or viable those things are, is uncertain. I've worked with more than one idiosyncratic talent that had limited appeal, so the opportunities were similarly limited &, sooner or later, one dead-end brick wall looks & sounds very much like any other

This weekend, L-SP & I are off to a wedding on the south coast. Plenty of photo opportunities down that way, provided we can keep the bridal party out of the shots!!
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Oh America... Why is it always 'Bigger, better, faster... more!!' with you??

The biggest cars (& meal sizes!!), better technology (& hospitality!), faster planes, trains (& automobiles!) & more of... well, just about everything...

Unfortunately, that also applies to your guns. They're bigger, 'better', faster & there are certainly more of them - than anywhere else. It also seems you're determined to apply the maxim to your mass shootings. Every year, they're bigger, faster & more of them ('better' only in the mad minds of the perpetrators - "Gotta get more than the guy at Sandy Hook!!!")

And the rest of the world looks on in horrified bemusement... especially Down Under here...

I really don't know how much worse you want it to get (and it undoubtedly will...) before you come to your collective senses & get your powerful, lunatic, right-wing, paranoid gun club under control. Perhaps you could start by stripping it of its title 'National Rifle Association', which gives it a veneer of respectability it doesn't deserve. I suggest re-naming it 'Mad Fuckers, Duck Hunters & Loonies From The Boonies'
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Busy times, but not really worth writing about, so here goes...

I wonder if this is what stability feels like? I'm working somewhat regular & consistent hours, the job throws up surprises, but nothing that can't be handled by us, or me. L-SP & I are steadily working away at the bills & stuff, being mildly social, but nothing outrageous or 'special' lately. I've finally taken possession of a company car, that should help with the bills even more &, other than some predictable bumps in the daily grind, life is... relatively calm

The most exciting thing was when one of our wayward teenager cats made a break for freedom out the front door last night & disappeared into the dark, prompting much walking up & down the street with flashlights, tapping of food bowls in the front yard & multiple sotto voce threats of what I'd do to the varmint when I found her. Had to make sure she didn't hear me...

After about 30 minutes, she came racing down the street & into our yard, followed about ten seconds later by a large fluffy tomcat who has lived on our street for 10 years or so. He wasn't really chasing her - I got the impression he was actually herding her back to where she belonged. Given his size, I suppose it's possible he's part Kelpie... Anyway, errant cat returned, doors secured & crisis averted, I sank into the sofa... it had only been a mild coronary...

No new photos lately, so I've been going through the Archive:-

Night On The Town

A Black & White Night...
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After-school tutoring? University or College?? Mystic men on mountaintops??? The School of Hard Knocks????

No... apparently, wisdom, or at least its nascent manifestation, comes down to 6 questions you ask yourself

I scored 15. Et toi?
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Ammunition for those of us who get a bit competitive at pub trivia nights... Or on the couch during TV quiz shows

What 20 of the most popular company & brand names really mean...

I can't remember my friends birthdays, but I'll remember this stuff. What does that say about pop culture, modern life... or maybe just me
waitingman: (World Cow)
Apparently, it's not just kittens & puppies who get abandoned...

The one that got away!

Reminds me of a Dr Seuss story I once read...

Pass the lemon & tartare sauce!!
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... because stupid is as stupid does - there's no point telling people not to

Man gets his penis stuck in a gym weight

And you thought you were having a bad day... imagine being the guy using the angle grinder!!

In other news... not much. No drama, no photos. Work, eat, sleep, repeat
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...
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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

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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?
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... 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...
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between Mankind & Wildlife has ended in a draw

Humans - 1

Animals - 1

And we're supposed to be the smart ones??!!


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