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  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I'm sorry ... spread your WHAT?!

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @federica said:
    I'm sorry ... spread your WHAT?!

    I think he said ligs 😊

    Shoshin1
  • This afternoon's lockdown walk...to the lookout point at the back of the property...Haven't been here in a while...


    Fragmented cloud covering the sun

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Lovely @Shoshin1

    My father thought Waiheke Island was paradise. He didn't want to leave....

    Shoshin1
  • Sadly at the moment @Bunks it's paradise lost for some locals (foreign nationals and residents alike) ...those casual/part time workers and those already struggling on a benefit are eating our local foodbank out of house & home....

    Bunks
  • On my way back from this afternoon's walk I spied a Tui get together in one of the nearby trees...

    Then when I got home I found one making the most of the rain by taking a bath in the guttering...

    Bunks
  • For all the wreckage and mayhem reported, when I drive to the highway above the valley and gaze out upon it, it still looks grand.

    Peace to all

    BunksShoshin1lobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Got this link in an email today. Are we ignorant of this? How much more?

    Shoshin1
  • LionduckLionduck Veteran
    edited September 1

    Thank you @lobster
    Nature's beauty - such exquisiteness.
    Such a sight to behold in the midst of our drought.
    It pleases the eye and soothes the mind.

    Peace to all

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Just thought I would change my handle to something closer to my real name.

    BunksShoshin1LionduckFosdick
  • He's back, this cute little fellow who sits in the driveway catching the late afternoon sun..

    BunkslobsterFosdickyagr
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    We have had rather a beautiful start to spring here. Nudging 27C today.

    Back down to 15C for the weekend though apparently. Winter still hanging on for a bit :)

    Shoshin1
  • 27°C? Spring? That is bordering on a summer heatwave here … ;)

    Bunksfederica
  • That's hot @Bunks ...I remember one time when running Sydney's city to surf fun run, ( back in the early 80s) which is held in August it was around 30C

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I was kidding with someone the other day that we had Spring from late February to Beginning of August, with the odd occasional hot flash, and we're now straight into Autumn. Summer - as a reliable, pleasant, "t-shirt and shorts" period of time, has bypassed us completely.

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Jeroen said:
    Just thought I would change my handle to something closer to my real name.

    I'm already bordering on "elderly and confused", and here you are, making it worse! Hey ho, out with the old, in with the new!

    Bunks
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @lobster said:
    27°C? Spring? That is bordering on a summer heatwave here … ;)

    I dunno the last few years we have been having summer heat waves in the 36 degrees C range. Now that was hot. Although not this year it has to be said, average temp 17.7 degrees here and a lot of wet weather.

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Jeroen said: ... Although not this year...average temp 17.7 degrees here and a lot of wet weather.

    Yes, same here. Seems like we and our Mainland European close neighbours have been sufferig the same Climatic fate....

    Bunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited September 3

    Went supermarket shopping after I finished work this afternoon...
    Social distancing queue ...Level four lockdown...

    BTW there was a terror attack at one of the supermarkets in Auckland this afternoon too...The attacker was shot dead by the police, around 7 people injured-stab wounds...

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Shoshin1 said:
    Went supermarket shopping after I finished work this afternoon...
    Social distancing queue ...Level four lockdown...

    BTW there was a terror attack at one of the supermarkets in Auckland this afternoon too...The attacker was shot dead by the police, around 7 people injured-stab wounds...

    Yes I heard that. Apparently he was being trailed so seems odd that he was able to stab so many people?

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    As far as we know right now, none of them is dead, but it's actually a better thing that he only reached those people. It could have been a lot worse. From what I read, some of the supermarket employees managed to prevent further blodshed...

    BunksShoshin1
  • It looks like he had picked the knife up in the store, even though the two police who were tailing him were close by they couldn't get to him in time to prevent the sudden attack...

    Bunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited September 4

    Just been for a lockdown ebike ride....really nice with not many cars on the road

    If the weather continues like this I'll ride more often...and Spring has sprung so it's possible....

    BunksFosdicklobster
  • Went for my second jab at a NHS walk in BUT they are wasting the jabs on teenagers. NHS changes its priorities. What use are teenagers? They know everything and sleep through disasters only awake to eat pizza and play computer games.

    Ah well, will have to wait a bit longer for spikevax vaccine (new name for moderna). Working on improving my immune system:

    NB: No teenagers were insulted in this email. They get insulted by everything. Hormones.

    Shoshin1Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I heard someone refer to them as unwoke snowflakes.
    All these damn american-jargon terms sullying our proud British English language! Why not just call them little sods like we always have?

    lobsterFosdick
  • Teenagers....been there🙃 and done that😎...and lived to tell the tale...😇

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    I had an epiphany this morning about my current job.

    1. I am not a team player.
    2. I don’t like being told what to do.

    Where to from here?

    lobsterShoshin1Jeroenyagr
  • Hmm for all you computer tech savvy geeks...

    The 2000 year old computer

    It's all (ancient) Greek to me....

  • @Bunks said:
    I had an epiphany this morning about my current job.

    1. I am not a team player.
    2. I don’t like being told what to do.

    Where to from here?

    We are primarily wired towards self preservation. Socialisation turns us into team copers that interferes with our me-me toddler mind set.

    Everybody prefers autonomy.

    As to where to … well you choose and provide tips if able …

    Good luck <3

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    I had an epiphany this morning about my current job.

    1. I am not a team player.
    2. I don’t like being told what to do.

    Where to from here?

    I had the same realisation some time ago, I’m not really a very social person. If left to my own devices I’ll just kind of potter along. I think it is our great ape heritage, that we spend some time apart from the group, and then come back to the group. It’s probably a sign that you need to build more time to be solitary into your day.

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Shoshin1 said:
    Hmm for all you computer tech savvy geeks...

    The 2000 year old computer

    It's all (ancient) Greek to me....

    Fascinating piece Shoshin. It was generally held that not until the Middle Ages did clockwork devices came to be seen as the greatest advance of technology, now we know that goes a lot further back.

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited September 6

    @Bunks said:
    I had an epiphany this morning about my current job.

    1. I am not a team player.
    2. I don’t like being told what to do.

    Where to from here?

    In this day and age, being a wandering Mendicant isn't easy. You're looked upon as a social scrounger and lazy layabout, if your chosen solitary path is one of choice...

    Is there anything you could turn your hand to, which would mean either working from home, or being your own boss?

    Do you prefer cerebral stimulation, or are you willing to get your hands dirty?
    Is there something you might be interested in qualifying for, that you could study, providing there might be grants available? (My mother returned to education aged 53, so don't say you're past that!)

    What actually tickles your fancy? (NOT a euphemism!)

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    I pulled a muscle in my lower back last week, it has been excruciating and troublesome to rehab. I’ve been taking little walks from my home but for the rest largely bedridden. Almost out of paracetamol too, will have to plan a trip to the grocery soon.

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Take care @Jeroen

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I think once we get back to the office a bit it might change. I just feel disconnected. Funnily enough, I had a really good day at work today!

    Will see what the future holds…..

    federicalobsterShoshin1
  • howhow Veteran Veteran
    edited September 6

    @Bunks said:
    I had an epiphany this morning about my current job.

    1. I am not a team player.
    2. I don’t like being told what to do.

    Where to from here?

    Is finding oneself not being a team player & not liking being told what to do, much more than our mentality & feelings, fearing a loss of control?
    Perhaps you actually know..... where to.....from here.

    Bunks
  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    @Jeroen said:
    I pulled a muscle in my lower back last week, it has been excruciating and troublesome to rehab. I’ve been taking little walks from my home but for the rest largely bedridden. Almost out of paracetamol too, will have to plan a trip to the grocery soon.

    aauuurrrggghhh. It's amazing just how much of our body seems to have to work dam near perfectly just to not have our nerve's alarm bells going off everywhere.

    Jeroen
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @how said:
    aauuurrrggghhh. It's amazing just how much of our body seems to have to work dam near perfectly just to not have our nerve's alarm bells going off everywhere.

    Yeah, the first day surprised me with how much my back could hurt. Paralysing intense lower back pain, radiating down to my thighs. I couldn’t bend my body anymore, had difficulty putting trousers on or socks or tieing shoelaces, I needed to use all kinds of cunning stratagems to get my fingers down there.

  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    Sciatic back pain is intense. I took to walking 30 ft ahead or behind of my family on walks because I was not sure what kind of language might spontaneously come out of my mouth at any time.

    Kotishka
  • @Bunks said:
    I had an epiphany this morning about my current job.

    1. I am not a team player.
    2. I don’t like being told what to do.

    Where to from here?

    Sorry @Bunks when I read your post I thought you were joking ..

    I am not a team player.
    I don't like being told what to do

    and the last part the punch line...

    Where to from here ?

    Bunks
  • @Jeroen said:

    @Shoshin1 said:
    Hmm for all you computer tech savvy geeks...

    The 2000 year old computer

    It's all (ancient) Greek to me....

    Fascinating piece Shoshin. It was generally held that not until the Middle Ages did clockwork devices came to be seen as the greatest advance of technology, now we know that goes a lot further back.

    Yes it's amazing what people are discovering...Modern technology....there's nothing new under the sun....so it would seem...

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Shoshin1 said:

    @Bunks said:
    I had an epiphany this morning about my current job.

    1. I am not a team player.
    2. I don’t like being told what to do.

    Where to from here?

    Sorry @Bunks when I read your post I thought you were joking ..

    I am not a team player.
    I don't like being told what to do

    and the last part the punch line...

    Where to from here ?

    Hehe - I have worked in this business for quite a few years so my ego tells me I know everything and no one can tell me what to do and how to do it. :)

    Shoshin1
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @how said:
    Sciatic back pain is intense. I took to walking 30 ft ahead or behind of my family on walks because I was not sure what kind of language might spontaneously come out of my mouth at any time.

    Sneezing is still rather painful, but my back seems to be improving.

    Bunks
  • Had another mini adventure. Went to National Trust, 'Emmets Garden'. Such fun. Beautiful weather. Magic kingdom for the kiddies and lobsters. Chalet, wig wam, rose garden and emperor dragonfly ponds for the Buddhists … The butterflies were out in force …

    BunksShoshin1
  • Here is another picture from our visit. The rose garden … still blooming. This is a formal garden but there are two nature ponds and a rock garden.

    … meanwhile someone reminded me of the homeless and walking dead in US Philadelphia.
    Apparently (from comments) they are on heroin or crack cocaine mixed with Fentanyl
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fentanyl

    Head for wellness everyone …

    BunksShoshin1Fosdickyagr
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited September 9

    It's a sad reality for some @lobster ...somebody's mother, father, brother, sister, etc etc lost in the cycle's lower levels of existence...the hungry ghosts of society,......and for many other people, these people are non existent ...out of sight out of mind...

    May their wholesome karma ripen soon...

    BunkslobsterJeroen
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    I was on a Zoom call with some monks and laypeople a couple of weeks ago.

    There was a father on there talking about his teenage son who is addicted to Fentanyl. It was quite heart breaking :(

    Shoshin1lobster
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    You don’t see that sort of scenes in this country…. I think the more tolerant policy towards soft drugs like weed and ecstasy does mean that a lot of the people who would otherwise get addicted to these hard drugs instead stay with the softer stuff. And of course a different attitude to social housing.

    lobster
  • On the island there's a park next door to the supermarket, where local alcoholics sit and drink, they use to sit part way down one of the walkways to Oneroa beach, but got moved on for causing a disturbance...

    We don't really see the P addicts doing their thing in public (we have a fair few on the island)...a few are clients who every now and again, come into the office off their faces....

    Ganja smoking is quite common, Aotearoa has one of the highest (no pun intended) number of dope smokers per capita in the world, last week when I was walking to my car in the supermarket underground car park, I walked past a van with windows down, music blaring out and the aroma of ganja wolfed throughout the carpark...

    Bunkslobster
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