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Old 09-08-2014, 09:12 PM   #15061
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I am having a week or 2 off.

In Kokopo in Papua New Guinea for the World War 1 centenary on 11 September.

This morning I played golf. This boy aged about 9/10 offered to caddy for me. I thought he was going to carry the bag but on the first tee he took a ball and the 3 wood from my bag and proceeded to tee off.

I am left handed - I asked him if he was left handed, he said, no, he was right handed. I said my clubs were left handed. He said, he would try them anyway.

He proceeded to thrash me despite playing with left handed clubs.

Interesting morning.

Here is the 6th green with the volcano in the background (volcano is quiet today).
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:22 AM   #15062
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Started the morning early - met with younger son's school counselor to get his schedule rearranged - they moved his schedule to give him the most advanced english and social studies... They hadn't checked his previous test scores from last year - he's a great test taker. (The kid can fill in a bubble with the best of them.) I'm happy for a few reasons - more academic rigor with the new schedule... and since this is a large middle school, new to him, he'll naturally fall in with the smart nerd kids - which is totally the social group I want him to hang out with.

Went to Italian class - we got back our first test. I was sure I'd blown some stuff on it - but I must not have... My grade was the highest in the class. Woo hoo. (You could have knocked me over with a feather... I was *not* expecting that.)

Came home ... and studied Italian because this is not easy for me. I don't know why I thought I could pick up a language in my 50's.

The smart ones are merely more creative in their trouble making. Trust me - I know from experience...


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The smart ones are merely more creative in their trouble making. Trust me - I know from experience...
And they get away with a lot more, either not getting caught or talking their way out of things.
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I've started my Emergency Response Training classes, six weeks, with homework, even! This is for a volunteer gig.

Meanwhile, I'm feeding Constipated Cat his laxatives. He's also been moved to a high fiber diet, a special diet that involves his eating fewer plastic bags, curtains, and similar such items. (Yes, he's been to the vet. This is all done under doctor's orders.)

(Generic LOLCAT very similar to Constipated Cat, but this is pretty much what he looked like a few minutes ago.)


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The cardiac rehab I'm in usually runs 18 to 36 weeks. They're going to "kick me out" in four since it "would have no further benefit" to me.
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I whacked back the pumpkin vine that was taking over the back yard, buried two weeks' worth of compost, took two mile walk, made salads.

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The cardiac rehab I'm in usually runs 18 to 36 weeks. They're going to "kick me out" in four since it "would have no further benefit" to me.
That is wonderful news! Congrats!
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The cardiac rehab I'm in usually runs 18 to 36 weeks. They're going to "kick me out" in four since it "would have no further benefit" to me.
Great!!!!
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The cardiac rehab I'm in usually runs 18 to 36 weeks. They're going to "kick me out" in four since it "would have no further benefit" to me.
Excellent news - you're graduating early!
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I took a leisurely 500 mile drive north to central Oklahoma. Spending two days with a few oil wells. Then home Friday. It's all downhill from here!
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The cardiac rehab I'm in usually runs 18 to 36 weeks. They're going to "kick me out" in four since it "would have no further benefit" to me.

Glad you're doing so well.

Just spent four days stripping wallpaper, as well as chunks of sizing and drywall lol. Now several days work skimming with drywall compound, sanding, and painting.


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Walt, that is great news.
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Day 1 of a several day driveway entrance gate install. Dug 1 post hole, took delivery of the gate and put it in the garage until I get the posts set in concrete
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Glad to hear that Walt!
I am making a vegetable curry in the crockpot...added tomatoes and one orange jalapeno pepper to it from our garden
I am going to paint the four plywood owls DH cut out for me with the jigsaw...put them on our huge oak tree out front.
Regular house work and lots of surfing the internet with copious amounts of coffee
BTW...I signed up for a Woodworking class starting in two weeks...very excited about it!
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Happy belated BD. I was up in the Finger Lakes area (Auburn) for my 60th last month. Very beautiful area.
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Congrats on your graduation to good health Walt. Nothing better.

Took my two 12 year old dogs for a long hike along a trout stream. It is great to have them both still healthy. Life is good.
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...BTW...I signed up for a Woodworking class starting in two weeks...very excited about it!
Excellent! Have fun - woodworking is a great hobby.
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Today I attended the Bita Paka centenary service near Rabaul in Papua New Guinea.

100 years ago today, the first Australians fought and died in a battle whilst fighting under the Australian flag and as Australian citizens.

This was one of the first battles of World War 1 and a strategic victory over the German colonial force.

It was a very beautiful and moving service.
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Aus_E, I love your updates and photos. It's great to have a perspective from your part of the planet. The photos of the centenary celebration are a reminder of how global the "Great" War really was. Unfortunately the "war to end all wars" did not live up to its billing.
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