The Weekend that was ................................................

 “KAK” to be honest.........................Not one of my better ones that is for sure. It started off well on Monday with me waking up (usually a good sign) but then went rapidly downhill from there.

I was presenting HIRA training at the office for Eskom at the office on Monday, so got there set up the training venue etc etc and at 8.45 am Eskom phoned to say the training was in uitenhage (40kms away) so I rushed there and eventually started at 9.30 am. To be honest did not enjoy the training over the 2 days as had a “know it all, need to look important and ask F&^%$king stupid questions” student. Also on the Tuesday the scooter developed a slow leak so had to keep pumping the tyre up. I then was supposed to do a talk on the Wednesday to hospitality students about Health and safety in the workplace, but I was called at 4 (while still in Uitenhage) to say that had changed, Rudi would do that and I was going to Knysna with my boss to assist with an Audit. I could not send the training info I had prepared as I was not connected to the internet, so I had to get back to the office to sort that out.

The leak got worse on the tire and I had to stop at least 20 times to pump the tire up, really exciting in rush hour traffic I can tell you.    

Wednesday I was up at sparrows and met Theuns at his house (using the scooter with the now Frikken fast leak) at 5.45 am. The trip to Knysna (256kms) was not that bad, some rain here and there. The Audit was good and then back home by 7pm....................long day.

Thursday I was up at 4  to leave  for East London at 5 am (thank God I used the car and not the Triumph) as it rained cats, dogs, budgies and various other live stock most of the way. The worst was Port Alfred and driving in the dark behind trucks is not great. I arrived in EL at 8.30am went to the NOSA office to drop something off and then drove to the client in the IDZ. 

No one knew I was coming (the lady who booked the training was off) so by 10 when the training was scheduled to start they still could not find the key for the training room and no students were available to be trained. The supervisor said they would take people off the production line and that they would call people from home, so could we start training 11-11.30 am.................I agreed, went for a cup of coffee (as none was offered) and got back at 10.45 am sat at reception for 10 minutes before I was noticed and then told they were calling maintenance to come and break the door lock and that they had people coming. To make a really really long story short I was back on the road heading for PE by 11.20 am................ None too pleased.  The trip back was only slightly better due to it being light.

The rain was intermittent, the road was busy with trucks and the retard drivers that obviously are allowed out on the road on Thursdays with the only redeeming feature being that it was daytime. Had a hold up for 20 minutes as the dragged a refrigeration truck off the road about 20kms from Port Alfred.........................At least I got back to the office on time to play pool (we have a pool league every Thursday after work) and I managed to play myself back to position 3 from position 6 so that at least was a silver lining in the large dark cloud I called Thursday.

Friday Ryan and I went to VWSA to present a possible lay on waste management to the safety department, with the scooter now out of action and the Triumph still in the shop for repairs I had to leave home at 6.15 am to walk to Ryan’s so I could be there on time to get a lift with him. The presentation went well but the client was late and it took longer than we thought. Then we got back to the office, I needed to catch up on paperwork get all the training material together for my workshops in Gauteng next week. So I was a tad stressed and then I had forgotten to mark the Electrical equipment for the office audit next week, when Theuns reminded me...................Actually I think his exact words were “I have got a bone to pick with you”.  I was pissed off to say the least and the volcano “exploded a little”.   

Saturday morning I took scooter to get a new tube to be to be fitted and half way to the shop the tire came off the rim, so I had another 3km walk and then had to wait for the gent to assist me in getting the scooter back, also had to replace the tyre (more money). We then went to a local school to their fate that was awesome last year and crap with a capital C this year. 

This morning (Sunday) Tania, Gabby and I went for breakfast and they were taking down the signboards that had illegally been erected, this photo is of the gent that was left on top with a blow torch and a) he had a safety harness on (but the safety leash it was not attached to anything except the harness itself) He was also not wearing safety goggles and the sparks were going everywhere (including his eyes). I am on way to Gauteng this afternoon for the week, it’s not Lekker being away from Tania and Gabby but will be great to see the family especially my folks. 

Sports for the weekend had the lions come from behind to beat the Highlanders 26 - 22(well done Lions), the Stormers managed to beat the Brumbies 16- 3  in a low scoring scrappy match that see them retain the top spot in the SA log of the Super 15 and stay 3rd on the overall log. The Sharks beat the Waratahs 26-21 and the Bulls unfortunately beat the Cheetahs 32-21. The Reds (top of the log 54 points) play the Crusaders (4th on the log 48 points) this morning so if the Crusaders win with a bonus point they could go up to 3rd and the Stormers would drop to 4th.  

News just in, the Reds beat the Crusaders 17-16 in a nail biter the overall log still have the Reds at the top 58 points, and the Crusaders stay 4th with 49 points. The stormers are still in the running with 3 games left before the playoffs start     

At the office we have a super 15 fantasy league and this weekend two of my players who always score me points did not play (they were on the team sheets, but were withdrawn at the last moment) seriously pissed off...............”The hits just keep on coming”  

Pirates beat Black Leopards 3-1 to win the Nedbank cup and make it 3 trophies this year and  Manchester United were made to look like amateurs by Barcelona for the UEFA cup by beating them 3-1 at Wembley stadium in front of 90 000 mostly Pommie fans.   
Don’t forget that the 1st of June is 100 days to go before start of the RWC and its wear Springbok colours day to support the Bokke. The 5th (next Sunday) is world environmental day so do something positive for the environment and remember “The environment is everything that isn’t you” 
Have a great week (or at least better than the one I just had)


X marks the spot

No I am not talking about the latest saga of the pirates of the Caribbean franchise (although I must admit I want to watch it), I am in fact talking about the Municipal elections that where held on Wednesday. I voted DA as did an increasing number of  “Baaiers”  15 % more than 2006 but alas not enough to unseat the ANC who still run the municipality with 51% of the vote

Even though the ANC lost ground in the Nelson Mandela Bay (PE area) but they partied like it was 1994.............the one ANC spokesman.......A Julius Malema  wannabe called Faku said to supporters outside the city hall yesterday(Thursday) after learning the ANC had won that they should go and burn down the Herald newspaper as it had told people to vote against the ANC   and that PE needs a  Malema. The ANC have also ensured those wards that were won by the DA that they would still receive services from the municipality....Well F%$k you very much, you’re  the municipality  you’re supposed to look after all the wards, cause if you don’t Ii will withhold my tax money so you cannot live like feudal lords. I am starting to get sick of all these populist leaders who’s Rhetoric incites the lost generations against all that has been achieved in this country, what we need is co-operation and understanding not assholes who do not engage their brains before their mouths open and the shit just comes streaming out. The ANC lost support in 62% of the municipalities it runs, explain that Faku. 

Winter sucks with a capital’s no wonder Europeans are so ‘droog” (that’s Bland/insipid/boring/ordinary  for those non South African readers)can you imagine going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark for months on end, I get cranky when we have to endure it for a couple of months. Sunrise is past 7am at the moment so getting up for work has its challenges, especially when  it’s raining  or blowing a gale and sunset is about 5.30pm. 

My dad fell off his horse last weekend (Sunday to be exact) he is ok but the fence took a beating, that’s the problem with a horse when it does not want to stop it carries on running while on a motorbike you can close the throttle and apply brakes. Glad your ok dad.

 On Thursdays a few of us from the office play pool and i am now second last in the league, I start great and then go on a losing streak and this then affects my rating. Must say do enjo y the games and interacting with work colleagues other than in the office. 

Helped  Ryan on Saturday to trim back................”No  let me rephrase that”........Cut down a  tree in his back yard.  Saturday was also supposed to be the end of the world unfortunately it did not come as it may have saved me aches and pains from places I forgot I had.  Anyway we got lots of wood for the braai now....Not that I can afford the meat.   

Next week I am doing a health and safety talk to 2nd year Hospitality students , looking forward to that.

Sports this weekend saw the Stormers winning a stonker against the Blues (Stormers were 19-3 down at half time but won 28-26  with Schalk Burger scoring a try in the dying moments of the game). The Blue Bulls need 5 points from all their games and while they won 32 -23 they did not get the bonus point they needed . The Cheetahs beat the Rebels 41-21 and have won their 3rd game in a row (this is a record for them in Super rugby) , the Cheetahs are 9th overall on the super 15 log and 4th on the SA log, if they had just been more mentally alert at end of games this season the would have many more points as they have lost 9 games by 7 points or less, having only been given a rugby lesson by the Reds 41-9 and the Sharks 24-9. The Lions  lost again.  

Orlando Pirates won the SA PSL league, they are in PE  on 21 July to play Kaizer Chiefs, now that’s a local derby one has to go and watch.  Don’t ask me what is happening in the Indian IPL because I have lost track of who is playing who, when , where and for what.......enough already. I have lost interest in Formula 1 , when I lived in Clarens Meatbomb and I watched every race that we could at friends, usually with Chicken strips or slap chips and a beer or two or three, maybe that’s why it was interesting?

Yesterday Douglas and Nicole attended the IRB world 7’s at Twickenham a world record crowd of 54 000 people showed up apparently they had a beach theme so my proudly South African London living family did not wear anything that showed they were South African , which was a tad disappointing  but really happy thy had a nice time, December PE will host the South African leg if the IRB sevens so we will definitely be going to that. Doug says he will be going to both days next year as it was that much fun. Who knows maybe one day Ryan, Doug and I will go to the SA leg.

I see that the Poms are looking at bringing back National service in the UK, seems that their youth are a tad uncouth and need some discipline, wouldn’t that be funny if they make South Africans who have gone over there and are waiting for British passports  do national service or at least their kids..............wonder how many will decide to come back. 

Anyway that’s it for this week, got a a busy week ahead with training, talks, getting training material together for a week in Gauteng the week after. 

Have a good one

Will it be a grave mistake for the ANC to discount the DA in the local municipal elections?

While reclining in bed at the guest house reading the Sunday Times I came across an article in the Review section about last week’s Royal wedding and how many believe that the 30.8 million pounds ( that is more than 300 000 000 “Souf Efrican raaaant”) spent on it, was in fact an excess and the Royals had snubbed their noses at the countries loyal (if somewhat Dof) subjects. That part did not really faze me because to be honest I don’t give a shit about the royal family, what the wedding cost or how it affects the pasty Poms that live on the island. What did interest me however was this piece of information.
“The telegraph reported that as many as 200 000 jobs could be lost this year on the island in what was predicted to be the worst year for jobs in 17 years. UK unemployment recently rose by another 49 000 to almost 2.5 million, basic healthcare is crumbling under dwindling numbers of staff, many of whom are being retrenched. Students leaving universities cannot find jobs. Cameron (That’s the Conservative Prime Minister of Muppet land) recently announced 11 000 job cuts in the army.”
So having read this I was a bit flabbergasted because don’t all South Africans as well as other flotsam from a plethora of countries that drift up the river Thames have jobs on the Island, otherwise why hop on a boat, plane, train or camel? I mean my Brother in law Doug and sister Nicole have jobs (steady well paying jobs), Doug’s 2 sisters have jobs, Doug’s mom has a job. So who are the 2.5 million people that don’t have jobs? Lazy poms, expats from a multitude of countries who are so useless they can’t find jobs?.......”I am confused”. I know many South African’s who go over to the UK are claiming British citizenship, or that of another EU country, because if were honest all white South Africans can trace bloodlines back to most European countries due to the fact the Cape was inundated with foreigners back in the day especially when they heard that the weather was good, there was free land and you could have slaves (which was a bit rich because many were fleeing from persecution themselves)
This week I was in East London for the week, I rode up with Ryan on Sunday afternoon, missing all the rainstorms but getting buffeted by the wind. We had to stop a couple of times to get feeling back into our ass cheeks and once to see if we could find petrol, because 50kms from EL we were riding on fumes, not a good feeling when your 50kms from civilization, it’s getting cold, the rain clouds are building up and the night sky is starting to envelop the remains of the day ....................But help was in hand in the shape of a Spaza shop/hardware/informal petrol station and managed to get 4 litres of premium fuel (Jack sold it in 2 , 5 and 20l Containers and only charged a mere R2 per litre more than at a normal service station). A bit pricey you may say, well when you are stuck out in the boondocks you will pay almost any price.
“So how did you get yourself into that situation Dunkley” I hear you scream, well I assumed (and we all know what assume does “makes an ASS out of U and ME”) that the bike would do the 310 kms from PE to EL on one Tank as the last time i rode there that was the case. I forgot to take into account Ryan was with me , with 3 full panniers and a separate full back strapped on to the panniers, we also hit pretty hectic headwinds that brought the consumption down badly, I also was not riding at excessive speeds as we never went over 140kms per hour.
With the municipal elections coming up on 18 May I find it amusing at all the handshaking, baby kissing and empty promising politicking that’s going on, especially from the ANC, who u never see until election times then they all come out the woodwork and again promise the earth and deliver squat. To be honest I now have no sympathy with those people that love in squalor but still vote for the ANC, surely after 17 years you would say to yourself. “Maybe they are not going to live up to their promises and I should give another party a chance”. I also find it amusing that people who would in the past have tarred and feathered for aligning themselves with certain parties, happily smile down from election posters.............I bet that Mr Badenhorsts friends and family are proud that he is standing as a ANC candidate in ward 5 in East London. There is also an Afrikaans gent (use this in the loosest sense) who looks like a AWB poster boy that is standing for the ANC in PE.............”Chumps”. Near us we have a Retief Odendaal who is the candidate for the DA in my area and a Graham Newton who is the candidate for the Freedom Front.
I became very tempted this week to actually vote for the ANC in the municipal elections because they gave each household in my area 10 free (yes free) dustbin bags.....can you beleive it "and they were green". However after much deliberation and soul searching i have decided that the DA will get my vote.......I have morals "i cannot be bought with a mere 10 bin bags...if it had been 20 bags a tshirt and a half chicken it may have been another matter"
Politics is a strange animal and the ANC should remember the saying ‘Those who live in glass houses should not through stones”. They made so much fuss about the open toilet issue in the Western Cape (A DA and I may add well run province) saying how racist the DA were because they built toilets and did not enclose them to give people privacy and guess what................The ANC stand accused of the very same thing.
“According to the ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe the ANC did not know about the 1600 unenclosed toilets that are located in Rammulotsi near Viljoenskroen in the ANC (not DA) run Moqhaka municipality. When the DA do it its racist when the ANC get caught doing it its “lack of funds”..................”Gotcha Mantashe”......The spin doctors will probably say that they did not want to enclose the toilets so they could keep everything transparent just like the ANC.
I also have to laugh because in the Eastern Cape areas are being cleaned up and potholes filled, strange it’s just before an election, in EL the municipality (read ANC) are doing the following a few days before the municipal elections
· Fencing of 10 cemeteries
· A pedestrian bridge is to be handed over
· A clinic is to have its official opening
· CCTV at a taxi rank is being installed
· Highway streetlights being launched (remember to put bulbs in them or switch them off during the day)
· 20 house sites are being excavated
Was supposed to have 15 students on the HIRA course but ended up with 28, I had 20 manuals and had to get the EL office to drop off another 7, (Its’ going to take me ages to do the assessments.) On Wednesday I dropped Ryan off at the airport at 7am and then went back to the office to assess the papers and prepare for the Thursday and Friday training at Mercedes Benz (yep I do get around) ???
Is it just me or does it seem that the very South Africans who again let us down in the Cricket World Cup are having an awesome IPL season, perhaps we need to ensure that they paid more money to win competitions, as it seems to work with regards the IPL.................Oops forgot about Smiffie, seems that so far Graham (what a crap captain) Smith has only managed to score a miserly 42 runs for his team, at a cost of R80 00 per run.
Also reading that Sol Kerzner’s hotel empire is crumbling and may be for sale this to pay off huge debts (3 Billion dollars to be exact/ 21 Billion rand) of which 2,6 Billion id due to be paid by September (and I thought I had financial problems). The guest house I stayed at in E L (Tindale Lodge) owned and run by Carl and Glenda was ok, nice venue, great food and Carl who is a stand up comedian a very nice guy.
Ryan and i went to watch THOR on Tuesday, was ok, not as good as Iron Man 1 or 2 but I have seen worse over the years.
There are some strange people in the States, listen to this......... A man was found in a bra and panties alongside a dead goat (yes a goat) and he told the police he was “high” on bath salts (WTF), the gent from West Virginia (keep a wide birth if going to the good old USA) was charged with cruelty to animals after the goat was found to have a stab wound (so in WV you can bonk a goat just don’t stab it), his defence was he was not in his own mind (or underwear for that matter) due to the effects of the bath salts..................
For those Motorcycle enthusiasts the BMW factory in Berlin produced is 2000 000 bike last week, no wonder every second bike u look at is BMW.
I see that Malema is up to his shit again, this time the Muppet is saying that all Whites are criminals, as they stole the land from the Blacks........I normally don’t get upset at what this Asshole has to say, but when I read that I really got pissed off. Who the F%%5K does he think he is, my message to this twat would be the following.
“I have never stolen anything, never mind land from the black population, what I have got in this country I worked extremely hard for, I do not drive a fancy luxury car or live in a multimillion rand home, I struggle to make ends meet every month and I am a productive member of society...Can you and many of your BEE buddies say the same thing........No you cannot, you use my tax money to live a lavish lifestyle and thank me by telling me I am a thief. The only reason you have gotten somewhere in life is of who you know and not what you know. I love this country and believe for it to be a better place I need to stay here and help to do so, I have never contemplated leaving this country, but to be honest if you and your ilk (that means your kind) were to come into power in this country I would leave here faster than you could say NATIONLIZATION
You complain about the whites and the apartheid regime and about colonists etc etc, however you like the trappings of the whites, you like the houses the whites live in, you like the cars the whites drive and if it not be for the colonists you would be sitting under a tree in a loin cloth herding goats you Asshole”. Can you imagine the shit that would have hit the fan if the headline had been “Blacks are criminals, Zilla”
Malema also pushed his nationalization agenda, saying the government could not afford to create jobs or build a university in the Northern Cape as per a 2009 campaign promise, that was made by Zuma because “there was no money”. He said the Oppenheimers in mine diamonds in Kimberly and leave nothing behind. Hey DIPSHIT the government would have money for a university if for instance
a) People like Sicelo Shiceka (minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs) did not misuse tax payers money for visiting a jailed girlfriend in a Swiss jail, living it up in luxury hotels with a huge entourage (including a Sangoma)............This cost the tax payer close to 1 000 000 rand. And he is just a drop in the ocean
b) Ministers drove normal cars instead of 2 luxury vehicles
c) Municipalities were run correctly (for the residents , not as a personal fiefdom/bank)
d) We actually made people work or create work instead of having them stand with their hands out)
e) And if it were not for the Oppenheimers you would not have had Kimberly to go to to talk your shit.
As for Jacob Zuma, he is worse he was at the rally where Malema said this and did not say anything why is that ? Does Malema have a hold over him, does, he agree with the president of this country (everyone’s president) he should be telling Malema to act like a human being and to choose his words carefully. I also see that like the medieval days the ruling party is playing on the common folks superstitions. JZ this week told his illiterate electorate that if they vote for any other party other than the ANC, their ancestors will be seriously pissed off.............Only in Africa
Must say while I enjoyed the training this week , I had 2 great groups but I could not wait to get home and was counting the minutes on Friday when the gents were writing their assessment. Riding back to PE was a little worrying as the bike did not seem to be responding the way it should (taking the bike in today for them to look at................. The last 50km going home is always like a horse after a long outride, when it gets near the stables it picks up its pace and seems to have a life of its own.
Sports news this week is that the Stormer’s having a 20-3 lead at halftime succumbed to the Chiefs and lost 23/30. This is their second defeat in a row and gives the Sharks (who were not playing this week) an opportunity to catch up. The Lions beat the Brumbies 29/20 for only their second win this season.............The Bulls beat the Rebels 47/10 and the Cheetahs beat the Crusaders 33/20, must say they played awesome and one of the upsets of the tournament.
News from “Devils Valley” is that my good friend Kelvin (owner of Friends restaurant and pub) was in court this week and received a fine and a 4 years suspended sentence for the crime of .................wait for it............ “Loud music” . Yep it seems that a few of the locals have branded Friends the “Devils Jukebox” and now Kelvin has to shut down at 12 midnight, hopefully they will also ensure all other places making loud noises after 12 are also closed.
To be honest while I sympathise with Kelvin as well as the other restaurants/pubs/waffle and cocktail venues if i was living near them and the music was loud i would also be pissed off, but somewhere a happy medium has to found to accommodate the residents as well as those involved in tourism (the very thing that has made Clarens what it is today and pushed up prices of houses of the very people who are complaining) In fact the instigator has a guest house that she set up to benefit out of the tourism boom in Clarens..................
This morning Tania and I went to get some garden stuff from Builders warehouse had breakfast and then took a drive to Kini Bay to collect some stones and shells to use in the garden, did a little gardening and then took Gabby to the local mall on the scooter so she could buy some headphones. now I am finishing off the Blog for this week. All in all not a bad Sunday...Weather started of “Blah” but really turned out “Yay”
after the good rains last wekend the combined dam levels have risen to 37% thats a 6% increase, so hopefully we have some more rain this winter.
Well that’s about it for this week, don’t forget to vote on Wednesday and ensure that your ballot paper has a stamp on the back of it otherwise it’s an invalid vote.

2 shots and a splash of water

The man who master minded 7/11 (no not the convenient stores) and who many thought to be living a harsh life in a cave (somewhat like Gollum) in Afghanistan wandering boulder strewn mountains and eating insects and whatever else they could run over with their mark 3 pack horses was caught in a luxury home a mere hour from Islamabad in Pakistan, the world and in particular the USA celebrated his demise and that of 4 other Islamic terrorists that were in the house at the time. I am sure there will be a book (by one of the special force members) and a pay per view movie in the near future (you know how the yanks can be). I know they don’t want to release photos of “the Bin” (friend of “the Stig”) as it may incite the Muslim world to blow shit up (again?) and the burial at sea was also a nice touch. I wonder if they asked for the assistance of the Soprano’s to weight the body down, so it did not bob back up.

I have to be honest I was surprised that the Yanks had attacked the right house, I mean let’s be honest the American Special forces don’t exactly have a great track record, for all we know they could have shot some other dude that looked like Osama and that’s why they don’t want to release photos. I think they are lucky that Osama was a guy and not a lady, I mean who would they have known who was who?

At about the same time that Bin laden was getting capped and being used as bait to catch Great Whites, Muamar Gaddafi had his son as well as 2 grandchildren killed when the house he was staying in was bombed by NATO, the Fearless Libyan leader survived by hiding behind one of his wives and so survived getting a sidewinder straight up the ass.

I see that on Friday crude oil went from 125 to 111 dollars a barrel, but the R/$ exchange rate went from 6.50 – 6.75, have you noticed that the 2 never balance out when the R is strong against the Dollar the oil price is high and when the oil price is lower the exchange rate rises in favour of the dollar..........No one can seem to explain to me why

This week in Cape Town they had an “Inclusive Tourism” section of the World economic forum, WTF is Inclusive tourism? Oh it means that we have to include women (read black women) and children (read uneducated black teenagers). Yes tourism can bring in plenty money into a country (just ask the Poms after last week’s Muppet wedding) but tourism by itself does not create work, the country has to be stable (No Idiotic comments) from supposed leaders so that means law and order has to be ok, roads need no holes in them, service at shops and restaurants needs to be good etc etc, so that means we can create jobs to fix roads, we need more policemen, not just throw money into ventures that may and I stress may create work. That’s the problem with Africa, while they hate the evil Colonists they always want them to pay to make their lives easier. I suggest you try this 4 letter word......WORK.

Also this week was the Tourism Indaba in Durban, i know that this year Clarens sent a representative again, so hopefully they will bring in business to the village. Having attended a good number of Indaba’s however its more the partying and networking (or should that read “not working”) that one remembers.

I am in EL the whole of next week, will be going by bike and giving Ryan a lift as he is also training till Wednesday and will be flying back on that day. Looking forward to riding the bike, just hope the weather is not that wet.

I see that a gent who drives a taxi in Port Elizabeth caused a huge accident on Stanford road injuring at leat 30 people, many passangers on Friday, how you may ask, well this Muppet was a mere 35 times over the legal limit for drinking alcohol. YES 35 times, now i beleive if i had to be over the limit by 35 times, you would all be attending my funeral, its obvious he did not smoke because if he did he probably would have exploded. I wonder if he had a drivers liscence, probably not.

Sports news this week is that the Cheetahs won their second game in a row, as they gave the Highveld Lions a 53/19 rugby lesson, the Sharks beat the Brumbies 34/16 and the Crusaders beat the Stormer’s in a game that resembled a Test match 20/14.

Today is Mothers day so to my mom have a great day mom, Il ove you soooooooooooooo much. I know that Tania, Ryan and Nicole will be a little sad today as Lois is not here with us anymore, but we will not forget her as let’s face it your mom is inside you, She is a big part of what you have become and i am very lucky to have an awesome mom.

We have had good rain this weekend, 40mm on Saturday alone, hopefully the rain fell in the catchment areas as well because the combined dam levels now stand at 31% (down 15.5%) from December 2009.

Well that’s about it for now, have a great week

Life is not plain sailing

Last weekend was Easter and soon we will be seeing the Xmas decorations up at major department stores. The question many will be asking is “where has the year gone”?

Meatbomb Horton……..some may remember he “Sings like a bee but does not float like a flutterby” is in love and has a new squeeze (gall, doll, bit of alright then), not met the lady myself, but having conversed with her on FB she seems to be ok and has a good sense of humour……….. Something she will need if she is going out with Meatbomb…….ha ha ha. Happy for you Bro.

Easter weekend was not to bad, I mentioned last week that I had attended Tania’s church Easter camp (see previous Blog).

On Friday (22/4/2011) we had a long tea with dad (was his birthday) and chatted with Ryan Kirsten about movies, old TV programmes and the subject of strange laws came up, here are some from the Good old USA that are still on the statute books.

Here are some of those very laws from various states

  • In Natoma, it is illegal to throw a knife at anyone wearing a striped shirt
  • In Portland, it is illegal for men to tickle women under the chin with feather dusters.
  • In Vermont it is illegal to whistle underwater.
  • In Chicago, it is illegal to fish in one's pyjamas
  • In Alaska while it is legal to shoot bears, waking sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited.
  • In Salem, even married couples are forbidden from sleeping in the nude in rented rooms.
  • Monkeys are forbidden to smoke cigarettes in South Bend.
  • In Boston, it is illegal to take a bath unless one has been ordered by a physician to do so.

In Detroit, it is illegal to ``ogle'' a woman from a moving car.

  • In Port Huron, the speed limit for ambulances in 20 m.p.h.
  • In St. Louis, it is illegal for an on-duty fire fighter to rescue a woman wearing a nightgown; in order to be rescued, a woman must be fully dressed.
  • While children may purchase shotguns in Kansas City, they are not allowed to buy toy cap guns.
  • In Whitehall, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels.
  • In San Francisco, it is illegal to wipe one's car with used underwear.
  • In Nebraska it is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.
  • In Newark, it is illegal to sell ice cream after 6pm, unless the customer has a note from his doctor.
  • In New York City, ``It is disorderly conduct for one man to greet another on the street by placing the end of his thumb against the tip of his nose, at the same time extending and wiggling the fingers of his hand.''
  • In West Virginia it is illegal to snooze on a train.
  • Ironically, Hornytown has banned all massage parlours.
  • In Fargo, one may be jailed for wearing a hat while dancing, or even for wearing a hat to a function where dancing is taking place.
  • In Fargo it is also illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
  • In Columbus, it is illegal for stores to sell cornflakes on Sunday
  • In Florida Unmarried women who parachute on Sundays may be jailed.
  • In Schulter, it is illegal for a woman to gamble in the nude, in lingerie, or while wearing a towel.
  • In Pennsylvania "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes".
  • In California it is a misdemeanour to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
  • In South Carolina no horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.
  • In Tennessee it is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.
  • in Memphis, it is illegal for a woman to drive by herself; “a man must walk or run in front of the vehicle, waving a red flag in order to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists.''
  • The entire Encyclopaedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
  • Also in Texas a recently passed anticrime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
  • In Florida if an elephant is left tied to a parking meter the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle
  • In Alabama putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
  • In Utah birds have the right of way on all highways.

Short week again this week with both Monday and Wednesday being Public holidays. This weeks highlight was getting screwed by my ABSA homeowners insurance, seems that they have very very small print that says a pool pump can be blown up by electricity, flooded with water, even abducted by aliens, but if you don’t ensure the small seal that keeps the water out of the motor are not serviced and maintained then your not covered. Guess what the small seals let in water that blew up the pump.

Anyway bought a new pool pump this morning from Builders warehouse….Got a free newspaper though so payment of large loot was dampened by a free R15.00 news paper. Must say that Builders warehouse was pumping (pardon the pun), its amazing how many people do DIY on public holidays or a Sunday…..Frikken crazy if you ask me.

Friday had a surprise trip on a pilot boat in the harbour, we went 3 nautical miles out to take a pilot out to bring in a tanker, was great. Why did we do it, well to get photos and information for a industrial play that Ryan and I are presenting for 200 people on Wednesday in PE.

Seems that a South African that moved to Australia 3 years ago was murdered (along with his visiting parents in law) by his neighbour, his 14 year old son was badly wounded and a cop was also shot in the face. Just goes to show you that crime is everywhere and the grass may not be greener on the other side, you can live in what you perceive to be the safest place in the world and the guy next door is a Frikken nutter.

Today (Sunday 1st May) I went to local PNP to get some milk and a couple of things, got home and cell phone rang, was the manager of PNP to say he had my wallet with R in it, could I please come and collect. The lady at the till had picked it up gave it to the security who then gave it to the manager……………I was gob smacked and also a little humbled that we always say how bad crime is in SA but here we have 2 ladies who very easily could have taken the R and tossed the wallet, but they did not, they gave the wallet in to the manager. Thank you ladies, Thank you very much.

At last the 2 Muppets got married on Friday, now I suppose we will be bombarded with pictures from the wedding as well as the honeymoon as well as the first 5 years of their lives and god help us when she falls pregnant.

Super 15 this weekend had The Stormers gave the Sharks a Rugby lesson, the Cheetahs beat the Brumbies and it would seem Red Bulls “do give you wings as they came out in the second half and klapped the Chiefs.

Well that’s about it for this week……….Enjoy another public holiday tomorrow and remember to fill up with petrol before midnight on Tuesday because the 5th petrol increase in a row will see petrol here nearly R10.00 a litre (sucks)



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