Posted in Ordinarylife, Politics, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Moaning Monday!

Moaning Monday seems to be catching.  First it was Rambler, then Shayne and now I just can’t help myself. 

I am absolutely livid!!!  I think that MOAN might be a bit of an understatement.  It might just turn into a full on rant. 

I was in a rather good mood this morning, weird considering it was Monday.  But still I was happy.  Then I went popped out of the office after lunch and was hit by chaos!!!!! 

Now, I am not against strikes or people’s right to strike or protest.  But there is striking and there is vandalism and there is a chasm in between.  They are not one and the same and because you are striking or protesting DOES NOT give you the right to violate our city. 

There is a countrywide municipal strike on at the moment which started today and some of the Port Elizabeth municipal workers went on a protest march along Rink Street and Cape Road.  Still all very well and fine, however on their way they ripped open every single rubbish bag they could find, they broke every glass bottle – smashing them onto the roads or pavements, they overturned every rubbish bin, breaking the ones they could and they up rooted the flowers and plants in the planters in the middle of the roads and caused damage to the concrete retainers for the planters.  The place looks disgusting and for what?  What do you think you have gained by doing this?  Yes, our city now looks like a mess and yes, it will probably stay that way till you come back to work.  But who do you think will need to clean it up – you!  Clever, very clever! 

You have now lost my sympathy.

Posted in Family, Ocean Racing Series

Mom is always right?

I saw this on Goblin’s blog and am shamelessly stealing it.  It is Monday and I am in need of some blog inspiration.  I am rather surprised at how many things I am saying yes too…. YIKES.  I am taking it to mean that I have lived a full and “colourful” life….. Some of them are not as bad as they first sound, but you can’t explain unless some one asks? 

Here are the rules – and let me know if you have also done it.  I think it makes some interesting reading…..

1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No.

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks.

3. Answer carefully.

Kissed any one of your Facebook friends? YES

Been arrested? NO

Kissed someone you didn’t like? YES

Slept in until 5 PM? YES

Fallen asleep at work/school? YES

Held a snake? YES

Ran a red light? YES

Been suspended from school? NO

Experienced love at first sight? YES

Lied about your age? YES

Totaled your car in an accident? YES

Been fired from a job? YES

Fired somebody? YES

Sang karaoke? YES

Pointed a gun at someone? NO

Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? YES

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? YES

Caught a snowflake on your tongue? YES

Kissed in the rain? YES

Had a close brush with death (your own)? YES

Seen someone die? NO

Played spin-the-bottle? NO

Sang in the shower? YES

Smoked a cigar? YES

Sat on a rooftop? YES

Smuggled something into another country? YES

Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? YES

Broken a bone? NO

Skipped school? YES

Eaten a bug? YES

Sleepwalked? NO

Walked a moonlit beach? YES

Rode a motorcycle? YES

Dumped someone? YES

Forgotten your anniversary? NO

Lied to avoid a ticket? NO

Ridden in a helicopter? NO

Shaved your head? NO

Blacked out from drinking? YES

Played a prank on someone? YES

Hit a home run? NO

Felt like killing someone? YES

Cross-dressed? YES

Been falling-down drunk? YES

Made your girlfriend/ boyfriend cry? YES

Eaten snake/ Shark? YES

Marched/ Protested? NO

Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? YES

Puked on an amusement park ride? NO

Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? YES

Been in a band? NO

Knitted? YES

Been on TV? YES

Shot a gun? YES

Skinny-dipped? YES

Gave someone stitches? NO

Eaten a whole habanero pepper? NO

Ridden a surfboard? YES

Went water skiing? YES

Drank straight from a liqour bottle? YES

Had surgery? YES

Streaked? NO

Ridden in a hot air balloon? YES

Taken by ambulance to hospital? NO

Tripped on mushrooms? YES

Passed out when not drinking? YES

Peed on a bush? YES

Donated Blood? YES

Grabbed electric fence? NO

Eaten alligator (crocodile) meat? YES

Killed an animal when not hunting? NO

Hit someone in the face? YES

Hitchhiked? YES

Peed your pants in public? YES

Tattoo? YES

Snuck into a movie without paying? NO

Sleep on a certain side of the bed? NO

Stayed up for 48 hours straight? YES

Still love someone you shouldn’t? YES

Think about the future? YES

Been in handcuffs? YES

Believe in love? YES

Still in touch with your childhood sweetheart? NO

Accepted too much change from a clerk? YES

 Funnily enough I remember a conversation I had with my mother when I was about 14.  I told her I knew how to say “YES”  in 10 different languages.  Her reply was she did not care how many languages I could say “yes” in, it was more important that I learnt how to say “NO”.  I should have listened.