Saturday, August 11, 2012

Don't get sick if you own a Jack Russell!

I have an unfortunate capacity to ignore ‘instruction manuals, and even after all these years, I tend to unwrap and look for the turn-on switch and hope. The days when that was possible (if it really ever existed) have long gone. I could tell numerous stories where I made ‘unusual connections with ‘interesting results and I guess, time and experience has taught a few lesson.’
The same propensity to ignore manuals and various other forms of advice has come back to haunt me with my dear Jack Russell, Perdy. For the last 4 days I have been laid low by a nasty cold/virus, God knows what, and my ability to take her out for her manic runs in the park have been indeed limited. My one attempt yesterday was enough to stick me back in bed for the day.
What ensued of course is this ‘pent-up little spring’ creating merry hell around the house. The cat, Jasmine, looks at me with pleading eyes as if to say, ‘What have I done to deserve this?’ as she puts up with yet another attempt by Perdy to entice her into a game of chase. ‘Doesn’t that bitch know I DON’T DO CHASE?’ Jasmine adds.
Then there are the pillows. We have to hide them; if we want them to survive another day. At least she’s long grown out of chewing the computer cords and other electrical devices. I suppose if I take a balanced point of view, I have to admit she has improved. It’s not her fault that She’s imprisoned with me---I suspect she even knows I am not my normal self, judging by the extra-long looks she gives me.
When Perdy first appeared in my home, I thought (remember, I knew nothing about any dogs, never lone Jack Russells) ‘what a cute little puppy.’
I didn’t reach for the ‘instruction manual. My knowledge is ‘empirical,’ gained in the field as it were--- the hard way. She has wormed her way into our lives and it seems that no amount of torment, mischief and dog-down wilfulness would ever make me turn back the clock, but please let this damned virus thingy leave so that life can return to  a more controlled form of manicism! (Hell--- is that a word---?  But you know what I mean   --- it is now).

Is Paul Ryan's inclusion on Romney's ticket just a ploy?

I think that Paul Ryan’s inclusion on Romney’s ticket is an attempt to help deflect attention from Romney’s ‘foot and mouth’ disease. Mr conservative Ryan no doubt has appeal—hell he had Romney so excited that he even labelled his ‘running mate’ as the next president of the USA. Just extrapolate that over a few overseas conferences and you can see where that will get him.
Does this latest piece of news mean that the USA will move further towards the ‘right?’ What does it imply for USA Foreign Policy? I can hear the sabres rattling from way down here in the South Pacific.
Did I hear correctly when it was reported that Ryan wants to travel down the ‘privatisation’ road with pensions and health issues?  Gosh--- is not the USA ensconced in the money model enough already without giving even more money to the wealthy elite? Scary stuff USA. I just hope there are enough Liberal thinking people out there to turn the tide, or is the USA captivated by smooth baby faced politicians who spout nothing more than right wing populist failed policies. One thing is for sure--- the gap between rich and poor will widen and no amount of ‘good news’ from the Olympics will cover up the plight of so many ‘grassroots’ Americans.
Now we shall wait for the lies and yet damned more lies as ‘big money’ finances Romney and Ryan’s dreams for ‘greatness.’ R and R--- double jeopardy!

Great Britain---your'e bloody legend!

Great Britain---you are wonderful. What a fabulous Games you have given us. You opened with class and you organized with true British aplomb. You did something else; you made everyone welcome and that I am sure made the special difference for New Zealand’s sportsmen and women to give of their best and then some.
It has been fantastic watching British athletes performing to new heights and to see the ordinary people out there, not in the stadiums, but in the pubs and cafes, bars and God knows where, getting behind their heroes. You have many more now and although we didn’t get anywhere near as many medals as you, we take pride in what we have achieved.
I hope that you can continue with the spirit you generated for these Games and transfer that to resolving some of the underlying issues that have been put aside for the last two week. On Tuesday morning, reality will set in and the realization will set in that the party is over. Dig deep my friends--- AND THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL TIME.

I didn't see Momma kissing Santa Clause but I

Oh yes I did see an Aussie kissing Lisa Carrington, when she won Gold in London. What a class act and it was so cool seeing the genuine response from the Aussie Girl. Thats how it should be; Kiwis and Aussies supporting one another. Make that 5 golds now and 13 medals all told----just bloody great! The golden girl from Ohope Beach,

We ain't quite fiinished, but well done NZ

12 medals NZ. We are all so proud of our boys and girls--well done. All 4.4 million of NZers are behind you. To be well in the top 20 nations of the world on the medal board is a fantastic effort. What comes next? Well, how about making things work better back in NZ for 'more' NZers. Lets use that pride to make NZ stand out for more than just our sporting achievements.