Thursday, 21 August 2008

Come in Spinner...

The front steps are almost in. I say almost as the balustrades go in tomorrow. Like everything, I don’t just want anything simple. Anyway, I came home this arvo and was pleased to see the stairs in. I ran up and down them a couple of times. Why? Not sure. Just wanted to. Then I looked at the pile of old wood. Now, unless you are a died in wool renovator, you cannot see what amazing stuff can be found in rubbish – wood especially. I cannot walk past a large metal skip bin without looking inside because who knows what fantastic thing is in there that I was not sure I needed until then? Anyway I knew three of the hard wood stairs were in excellent nick. So I waded through the wood pile. I picked up the first one. Holy snapping ducks it was heavy. After much swearing I dragged it under the house. I am a strong woman but bloody hell. A more sane person would have stopped but I never claimed to be sane so I dragged the other two in swearing and cursing as I did. What am I going to do with them? I am going to sink them into the ground as part of the crazy wooden pathway I have. Degree of difficulty? Frigging hard...

Other than new steps - that's it. Best friend Ethel and I have another plan to win the big lotto this weekend. What plan? It's The Bob Plan. Never heard of it? We normally each buy a lotto ticket in joint names. This time I bought a syndicate ticket between us. The syndicate is called Bob's Big Blow Out. That sounded like a winner to me. Ethel agrees. She says she can 'feel it in her water' and she added she is ‘never wrong.' I pointed out that she was also 'rarely ever right' but that was okay as one cancelled the other out and that meant that we started fresh with good karma. Yes, it's a load of crap but that's what we are pinning our hopes on. Besides, Bob is a good, solid old fashioned time. Not Bobby or Robby – just plain solid, dependable Bob – Come in Spinner as we would say in Oz when we want to win. What? See below.
Two-up is a traditional Australian gambling game, involving a designated 'Spinner' throwing two coins into the air. Players gamble on whether the coins will fall with both heads up, both tails up, or with one coin a head, and one a tail (known as 'Odds'). It is traditionally played on ANZAC Day in pubs and clubs throughout Australia, in part to mark a shared experience with Diggers through the ages.

That's it…it's still frigging boring around my way despite the step thing. Just have to get through Friday now...To counteract yesterday’s blog about the dumb things people say - here are some wise things. Like our idea of lotto karma, sometimes wise words can wash away the dumb or at least make you feel better…it evens out somewhere – trust me…

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Now that it's all over, what did you really do yesterday that's worth mentioning? ~Coleman Cox

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. ~Victor Hugo

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. ~Leo Aikman

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. ~Jonathan Kozel

Tough and funny and a little bit kind: that is as near to perfection as a human being can be. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Excess on occasion is exhilirating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped. ~African Proverb

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. ~John Lennon

Be kind to your shadow. ~Rebecca Lawless

Whatever you are be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln

The day will happen whether or not you get up. ~John Ciardi

Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got. ~Janis Joplin

Never believe in mirrors or newspapers. ~Tom Stoppard

To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy. ~Hippocrates

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. ~Buddha

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. ~Chinese Proverb

Yes, very deep and meaningful. I promise I won’t be tomorrow but I was in charge at work today and it completely screwed with my mind and cut into my time having to be responsible.
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?


Sandra Cox said...

YAY the stairs are in!!
How bought some pics of that wooden pathway?

Anny Cook said...

The day will happen whether or not you get up. ~John Ciardi

I like this one. Maybe I'll go back to bed. So what was it like being in charge?

Congrats on the steps and I know exactly what you mean about the wood. There are always ways you can use stuff...

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Heh. The table on my deck is built out of wood scavenged from a construction site dumpster. Marvelous things, found treasures.

Regina Carlysle said...

All I can do is be me...whoever that is. I love this quote by Bob Dylan. Hey! A BOB. Whatever happened to simple, straightforward, no-bullshit names???

It's good being in charge sometimes. Have fun with that. And YAY on the stairs.

barbara huffert said...

Be Kind to your Shadow. Hm, must ponder that one.

Yay for your steps. Will Muarice like them?

Ashley Ladd said...

I like John Lennon's quote and this one, "You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him." ~Leo Aikman I've always thought that.

So you have Big Boy, too? Do you have the ham sandwich, Buddy Boys? That was my favorite sandwich there.