21 July 2018

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Kew Gardens – London

I had to go to a funeral today.  A young man who had worked for us for maybe a couple of months died under very sad circumstances.  He was racing his motorbike in traffic against another motorbike rider and, unfortunately, things went wrong and he crashed his bike and died at the scene.

Everyone at work was shaken by this terrible event.  Here was a young man that we had all had some sort of engagement with and who was now no longer here.  The shock of it along with the absoluteness of it all just floored me.  That someone’s essence, their existence, their aliveness can suddenly be no more is surreal.

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My last post was September 2017.  A lot can happen from one post to another.  A collection of insignificant things can pile one on top of the other and then you suddenly find a bit of a burden is weighing you down.

The trip overseas is absolutely ancient history now.  I had plans of writing about it in segments.  Outlining a few days at a time. Talking about what I had seen, experienced and felt about where I was during those days.  The first post was kind of easy enough.  But after that I really had no inclination whatsoever to add to it.

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7th June, 2017

I have been taking a train into the city each Wednesday when I visit the psychiatrist.  The reason being is that I really dislike the drive home from the session.  The traffic is peak hour and it is just stop start for most of the way.  As I drive a manual, I spend the time going from first to second to third gear and back down again.

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25th April, 2017

We are in the second month of Autumn and it is only now that the cooler weather is coming in.  There have been days of crisp mornings and warm days with the sun shining high up in the blue sky.  I love this part of the year when the bite of hot summer days has disappeared, leaving behind the perfect Autumn weather.

Along with the change of seasons came the end of Daylight Savings.  It is a relief when time goes back to what it should be, or was.  I feel more in sync (not sure what with) and it is easier for me to get up in the morning.

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017

After applying for many jobs online and getting zero response (bar one which was a rejection) my son is now eager to start working anywhere. So, on Monday he will start casual labouring on building job sites at my work. I think he is over being on the computer so much.  He doesn’t want to watch yet another movie nor go to bed in the early morn’ and get up late.  Basically, he has finally realised that life is much more than being a mole rat. So he starts Monday and will work on the days he is not at Uni.  The pay is good and he will probably end up with more savings that me in a very short time.

He has to be on site by 7.00 am and I made it clear that there was zero chance of me driving him to a work site.  Especially since I never get out of bed before 7.00 am anyway (unless going to the airport to fly off on a holiday).  So he pitched the idea to K that he would get his driving hours up driving with K to the job site.  Here, in Australia, a learner driver has to do 120 hours of supervised driving before they can get their license. My son, after two years of holding his learners license, has clocked up a grand total of 24 hours.

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Monday 13th March 2017

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This is a photo of some slippers that I want to buy.  I have never owned a pair of slippers or a bathrobe.  For me, getting out of bed and schlepping around in a bathrobe and slippers is not appealing at all.  It just seems that if I had those two items I would most likely spend all day in them.

I especially like the white slippers but imagine that they would get dirty very easily.

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