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    I think I’ve been turning into a recluse. But, I haven’t lost my optimism…yet. A lot has been happening, but where to begin? I guess from the beginning. This will be long. When the economy started to go down in 2008, my business (I'm a structural engineer to help keep their buildings from crashing down) started to slow. My clients were architects and builders. Their businesses went down and consequently, so did mine. I eventually pulled out of the business and went on Social Security, because

    Richard Norway

    Richard Norway

    Zuccotti Park 2011

    A report from Zuccotti Park, November 14th 2011 Written December 25th, 2011 at 06:18 AM by larkin A report from Zuccotti Park, November 14th 2011 (This is my piece, not, cut and paste from other sources) I have a bias so don't expect impartial reporting from me. I am sympathetic to the core issues of Occupation Wall Street. If I was homeless, I might be camped there with them. I traveled 300 miles for a number of reasons, one of which was to go to Zuccotti Park and visit the with the protes

    larkin

    larkin

    Anniversary

    "It's not that I didn't like the gift..." "You don't," Ron interrupted while flipping through a magazine. "Right, but he doesn't have to know that." "He will figure it out when you never wear it and it goes the way the rest of his gifts have gone," Ron said, gesturing towards the closet. "It's our fifth year anniversary, that deserves something more romantic than a brown coat and an even plainer brown scarf," Daniel exclaimed, pushing his hair off his forehead. "It could have been worse you

    Jason Rimbaud

    Jason Rimbaud

    A personal Rant From My Inner Atheist

    It's fast becoming a need of mammoth proportions to stand against religions as antiquated belief systems with no redeeming features. Moreover, religious belief is an immature explanation for what science now reveals as fact without superstition, morality without coercion, and love without the need to appeal to, or appease a god. How many lives will the religious sacrifice on the altar of their ignorance? How many beating hearts will the priests of burden rip from the bodies of the innocent

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    Looking Back at the Future

    So I'm having a pessimist moment: We're living in some kind of culture warp where politicians are intent on reversing all the gains made since The Enlightenment. It's not that we are moving in reverse as much as we have turned our back to the future and are walking (sometimes it seems like we are running) backwards, into a future with no idea that we're going to fall over a cliff grasping at the thin air of cartoon-like superstitions. Then when we hit the road at the base of the cliff we get ru

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    Our New Cat...The Continuing Saga

    Following my blog post of 10th March 2014 Sweet, yeah, right. I've never seen such aggression in a household cat. I can only think that he was taken from his mother too soon. (I had a boyfriend that was taken from his mother too soon, when I was 18, but his problem was that he didn't know that my boyfriends don't entertain the local harlots (female) in the woodshed.) Psycho the cat continued on his journey of training for the remake of the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name, slashing a

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    The Taxi Driver and the Doctor

    The Doctor So, I haven't been making many comments in this here Blogging thingy, mainly because of all the issues we had organising our finances and preparing for our dementia which will hopefully be delayed by all the supplements and vitamins I take. I showed the doctor all my pills and powders, and gave him the print outs of all the websites that proclaim longevity if you take this and don't eat that. He perused the documents with what I suspect was related to Pecman's speed reading faculty

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    Naming Our New Cat

    My de facto partner, (that's how the Australian Government regards my relationship with my boyfriend of over 40 years) and I have been lucky enough to share our home with a number of cats. All have lived happily with us for 16 - 20 years without any real traumas, until they died. I won't go into the heart-wrenching details of the death of our beloved cats except to say that I doubt they could have been happier, whilst they lived. I digress for a moment to describe how we recently overcame our f

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    A Memory of a Pronoun Lesson

    My second year high school physics teacher was a popular young man of around 23 years old. He enjoyed a joke or two and made the lessons memorable, if not fun. When a teacher was called to an away mission, usually a phone call, it was, in those days, customary for the class cabal to appoint one of their members to keep watch at the door for the teachers return. This permitted the rest of the class the freedom to enjoy a chalk fight, or as often happened, a competition to see who could enginee

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    Hiatus Over. Here's a Teaser.

    Lives in Periphery A new serial novel by EleCivil --- Manufacturing plants opened up on the outskirts – little metal pockmarks against the amber waves of grain. They didn’t last. Now, there were abandoned factories and junk heaps just sitting around. Chunks of broken machines rusted into the gravel lots in front of condemned buildings. He had always been drawn to them; the abandoned machines and the ruins of a failed empire. This one was fairly close to sch

    EleCivil

    EleCivil

    Blown Away

    G'day, Forecasts for Adelaide include gale force winds of 100 kph (64 mph) or more, and continuing intermittently for the next week. It's not unusual for this time of the year but I thought I should warn y'all in case you thought we were enjoying the blow job.

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    September highs

    I should be here more often but my career ( what a weird thing to come from my mouth ) has me full up the last year. As it is, in a weeks time, I'll be leaving San Francisco to open the second restaurant in what I hope is the start of a national brand. And though I'm not the owner or investor ( yet ) I am quickly moving up in the new company. Can you believe they put me in charge of a multi-million dollar restaurant? And a celebrity Chef too boot. How my life has changed in the last five ye

    Jason Rimbaud

    Jason Rimbaud

    Wait, There's More!

    In time I may get around to describing how we have overcome the horrors of the last 4 years. Suffice it to say, for now, that my lover and I have been able to reduce our mortgage repayments to next to nothing by subdividing the land on which our house stands. We keep our house and have a smaller mortgage and back yard to look after. Hooray! If I said that we had to survive on the smell of an oily rag with no surplus for the niceties of life, let alone the occasional treat, I would not be lying

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    Jullian II

    As many of you know, I am a foster parent. David and I have taken in kids that need help and try to make a difference in their lives. Below is a blog entry, Julian I, that I had made on AD back in June of last year. This is to help you know about Julian, a troubled kid. Following that is my blog entry as of today, Julian II. Julian I (June 6, 2012) I've always tried to keep you all up to date with what is happening with our foster boys, but Julian has been difficult so I have held off until I

    Richard Norway

    Richard Norway

    Generations

    My first year teaching, I taught 4th graders. I then followed them to 5th grade, then 6th. These same kids are now 7th graders. I'm not in the classroom anymore - most of my day is spent riding a desk - but I still make time to visit that class. Today, I noticed that about half of them were wearing mismatched socks. You can easilly tell that these particular kids have been mine for 3 years straight. I was wearing mismatched socks as well. When the higher-ups questioned me about it, I said tha

    EleCivil

    EleCivil

    Back to School, Tony Danza Style.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1jSgODkRTsg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> School's back in session! This will be my first year as an administrator. Who's the boss? I'm the boss! Hahahaha! I'm going to make all the teachers wear mismatched socks and learn to juggle! I'm gonna kick down classroom doors and attack classes with Silly String! My reign of zany, zany terror begins now! ...Okay, not really. But I did just spend the past coup

    EleCivil

    EleCivil

    Y 'Management"?

    Do I need to tell you what I am going to do with this, even though it means I will become destitute...again? Y ‘Management’? What exactly is the problem with the current generation of management? They go out of their way to call in experienced staff and then seemingly setting them up to belittle them, and their experience. Having now lived with this new management style in a number of different situations, I am absolutely fed up with management's incompetence and disrespect. It seems like man

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    Ad Nauseam

    Quote from a previous blog about my avatar pic: The experience of unveiling this for critique was a little unsettling. I didn't expect people to have much of an opinion on the subject, since nobody in class was transgendered or queer as far as I knew. And I had no idea if the propaganda and my own beliefs would be confused as the same. Anyway there it is. Technically mediocre, but fun to make nonetheless. I can't remember the exact dimension. Something like... 18x12in? Hmmm.

    Madrigal

    Madrigal

    Top versus Bottom

    In a forum somewhere on that one site, there was a discussion topic that asked a simple question…Top or Bottom. And after reading all the comments in that thread, and believe me you should read them because they are extremely amusing, I decided to reply to that thread and offer up my perspective. And then, as one or two of you might know by now, I noticed my reply was getting rather long winded so I decided to answer this question in my blog where there is less of a chance that something I mig

    Jason Rimbaud

    Jason Rimbaud

    Aids for storytelling

    I've been thinking a lot about writing. Today I came across two bits of 'advice' that I found yonks ago and put in a box. Where I originally found them I have no idea. However, as they are worth pondering I thought I'd post them. Here's the first: Eight basic necessities to create a story - probably, methinks, sword and sorcery. Though they do adapt. 1) one Hero 2) one Villain 3) one object they both desire 4) one journey 5) a couple of sidekicks (generally not more than 3) 6) one wisened

    Camy

    Camy

    A (truly) little update

    I guess it starts again. I'm double majoring in Art History and Painting. I find it's harder, for me, than premed. The image is a drawing I worked on my first semester of school. Medium is charcoal. That was some fine paper... wish I could afford drawing on it exclusively. It felt like cotton. I started working on it at midnight. I find myself more relaxed the sleepier I am. No inhibitions. If anybody can tell me why I'm unproductive while I'm fully awake, I'm willing listen. Anyway, I'm now i

    Madrigal

    Madrigal

    Julian's Story

    I've always tried to keep you all up to date with what is happening with our foster boys, but Julian has been difficult so I have held off until I could try to put it all together. He came to us on Halloween morning at around 10:30 am. Julian was removed from our home this morning. I guess that needs some explanation. Julian is 15 years old now and this is the 23rd home that he has been in since he was 2 years old. He has no concept of what family is all about. We tried to show him that, b

    Richard Norway

    Richard Norway

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