Monthly Archives: February 2012

How to succeed in Slacking without really trying…..

Blogging while the house burns…. Not literally… but I need a distraction…. Did you ever see the movie “how to succeed in business without really trying”… Good movie, and relevent to this post because todays job was to cut out A4 movie posters…

The giant pile of vintage Movie magazines fell in my lap while I was looking for other things…. It cost $5 for the lot…. There are maybe 200 A4 posters…. and countless smaller ones…. So if I choose the good ones, buy a 100 plain frames and mounts, I will have a very large pile of saleable items for very little effort…and that is my favourite type of effort….

Not every poster is a classic… but quite a few are, either for their film or just the artwork of the poster itself…. I will probably start out selling them at $28 framed… That allows people to pay the top dollar for the desirable ones and then I can discount the remainder…. I often wonder if I worked as hard as some people I know how far I could go? I know I tend to cruise by… It is the curse of adaptability and a faster than average wit…

 It means you are prouder of a school report that says A for achievement and D for effort…. Than the one with two A’s…. Two A’s says I worked hard and achieved something… an A and E says I achieved something without even trying… And yes I know that is a crappy attitude… It is one I am trying very hard to change… Somedays I feel like I am making progress, and other days (like today) I just want to apologise to the world for being a selfish slacker… I always ignored it on school reports, but maybe I “SHOULD TRY HARDER”…..

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The Joy of Popcorn and Lasers….

There are very few gadgets, and by gadgets I mean things designed to help with jobs, that there are easier low tech ways to do, the only ones have a genuine affection for are not the Fancy robot egg timers, coffee pod machines and the like, they all fall into the gadget that is as much trouble to use as the basic way is fun to master …. My awards for gadgets, are the ones that pay for themselves…. Like the hot air popcorn maker and the laser level…. The first because it does what it says on the box, pops corn with air, quick and no mess….

and the laser level gets its runner-up award, for being a simple bit of tech, that stops me driving 20 unwanted nails or 100 pencil marks on a wall…. So it is a mental health and rental bond saving legend…..

After the getting a tv reception, the first thing I do when moving into a new house is get some pictures on the wall… The meltdowns from trying to get a decent TV reception have been largely mitigated by the introduction of digital TV…. So the ability to use a laser to hang pictures, in a non distracting even height is the NEW, new house obsession….

I am a complicated man with simple pleasures, or I am a simple man with complicated annoyances…. but either way I can watch a movie, with fresh popcorn and not be distracted by uneven pictures behind the screen…. Joy….

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I am not a Bond Villain…..

I may have the same taste in furnishings as a Bond villain, but I am not plotting the downfall of the civilized world, or anyone else for that mater…

For example… Today could be viewed from two different scenarios… The Bond Plot or The Real world….

In the Real World version…. My daughter got bitten by a bee at lunch time, and the school, being incapable of getting contact details correct phoned my ex-wife instead of me… Which resulted in an impromptu meeting, that allowed us to discuss parenting matters and hopefully head down the path of making things better for the kids…

or….

In the Bond Plot version…. I spent several weeks training a bee to attack my daughter on sight, this was done with mild electric shocks and a photo of said child.. I then placed the irate bee in her lunchbox and put the second part of my plan into action… with the help of a russian hacker I changed the contact details in the schools records to ensure they would call my ex and not me…. This elaborate plan resulted in a cunningly engineered meeting, that allowed us to discuss parenting matters and hopefully head down the path of making things better for the kids…

Hmmmm…… Which one seems more likely? The 2nd one may seem far-fetched, but I did buy this lamp today?

“No Mr bond….I expect you to read me a bedtime story.”…

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Past…..Present….Future…and stuff…

After friday’s brief freak out, I have returned to some degree of positive equilibrium… I am aware that as a true extrovert, I do tend to draw my behaviours from those I interact with… Love me and I love you… treat me like a villain and I become one… That is of course overly simplified, and far truer of past me than present me, and hopefully a long way from future me….

The world really does treat me the same way I treat it…. Karma? I don’t know… but take self-doubt and fear out there and it seems to be what you will find… If you think it’s a trick, it is a trick… If you can go into things without tainting it with your own doubts, you might just find a way to make it work for you….

I am sick of working so hard on my own failings to be derailed by others doubts…. It really is tiring… sometimes it is amusing to do things with all the honesty and good will in the world to see someones doubt and judgement cheat them out of what they want… but most of the time it is just depressing…

Don’t get me wrong…. I am still a mess…. with a messy life…. but sometimes I see a glimpse of a better future, just enough to keep me going and trying…

I can see clearly now…..

I was angry this morning… really irrationally angry…. now I am not…. and if you asked me why I was angry I am sure I could have expressed lots of reasons… None of which matter a damn… You can’t teach a pig to sing, it wastes your time and annoys the pig… That is possibly the great realization I came to today… I have always used the phrase, but now it is truth and beauty and finally, peace…

I give up…. for the sake of myself, and those I love… strangely I feel liberated by the idea and not trapped… This is what I was meant to do with my life… and I would rather raise my kids without guilt and negativity in their worlds… They are children for such a short time that I don’t want to miss it… Those that ignore history are doomed to repeat it… I will not let my children become casualties of someone elses issues and cowardice…. I am sure everyone will get what they need this way…

Dead Head Roses – Pen and Ink on 280gsm Paper…

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