Friday, 27 April 2007

The Essay is done

My first essay of the Semester is complete....and boy was it a struggle. Racism in children Under 5....not the most interesting subject, but definitely thought provoking and quite an eye opener...2000 words later and I am an expert......200 ish anyway...and it was handed in yesterday so hopefully I get a good mark

Wednesday was ANZAC Day here is Australia...personally, I hate the day, as I hate Remembrance Day, because it just makes me sad to have to remember the utter waste of life that occurred during war...don't get me wrong, I understand the need for war and that in the 1st World War and 2nd World War, there was a need to defeat the Germans, but the more I find out about gallipoli and some of the battles of World War 1, the more I wonder about things...I really hope sometimes that reincarnation happens because to have one chance of life and have it wasted on a beach in Turkey is such a nightmare thought....2 years ago I was in England on ANZAC Day and saw a documentary that really brought alot of meaning to me about the Gallipoli campaign and its effects 29 years later on D-Day...it really is a fascinating story, the cock ups and disasters and the original plans and even the reasons behind the Turkish campaign....there are many myths and misrepresentations, to learn the real stoy is an eye opener...

On a more happy note.....Daughter #2, S, ran in her District Cross Country today and she finished 4th and advances to Zones...now for those of you who don't understand Primary School Sports (and I've had 4 years of this and only just got it), your Age Group is the age you are on your birthday inthat year...makes sense????? I thought not...D1 turns 12 this year so she is a "12"...D2 turned 9 inJanuary so she is a "9"....now "9's" don't technically have an event but they can run as "10s"...last year she was an "8" and made it to District and finished 21st (out of the 2 Districts running)...this year as a "9" she finished 4th...next year, she will be a "10" and will run at the same level....so, now she's off to Zones which will mean she's running against kids from the North and Western suburbs....in about 4 weeks time...she was very proud of herself... I love her for her spirit and guts and determination....

Have a great weekend

Monday, 23 April 2007

A Question of Trental

I've been asked to explain the Trental/Sperm thing....so here goes....

I, Steve, take Trental as a blood thinning drug to assist a blood disorder I have, diagnosed as Livedo Vasculitis....but thats not the reason for the Title...

But, Trental can also be used to treat men with low sperm counts...I have no idea how a drug that thins the blood thickens the sperm count, but apparently it does...one of the wonders of modern medicine no doubt......how do these things get discovered....

But, it left me and my friend L pondering...if Trental assists men with low sperm counts, what does it do to men with normal sperm counts.....

Does it add extra sperm where before there were plenty??? Making the individual appaently as fertile as...well..... something incredibly fertile?????

Does it make the already plentiful sperm superspermal (the sperm equivalent of super human)??? Can they run/swim through contraceptive barriers as if they weren't there, or perhaps swim faster than a speeding bullet????

We had no ideas, but the nickname "Trentalman" came about.....Trentalman is now a bona fide Superhero, much like Mr Incredible and Elastigirl....but because he is gentleman superhero, he is

MR TRENTAL, MAN OF SPERM......aka Trentalman......

Which then bodes the questions.....aside from superspermal sperm, does Trentalman have any other super powers????? What is his uniform????? What is his alterego????? Who is his arch enemy???? What is Trentalman's purpose?????

Ummmmmm.....food for thought.......send some suggestions if you want.......

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Apparently I am very slack

One of the comments on my last post indicates that I haven't posted for a while....how slack you may say and oh so true....so here goes....just for you and you know who you are.....

Its been a very strange week...no need to comment on the Virginia Tech tragedy, no doubt others can do that better than I can. I will leave it except to say that you never know when your time on this earth is over, and therefore until that time, it is worth living life to the full. No regrets, no turning back. Approach your goals with a zest for life. Whenever you feel sad, imagine that this was your last day on this planet. Would you really want to spend it being sad???

One of my team at work lost his Mum this week. Shortly before he found out that he had to go and see his Mum before she died, he was helping me out. I had locked my keys in my car (AGAIN, for the 3rd time in 4 weeks) and I had asked GT if he knew how to get into the car, not because I thought he was a crim, but because he is a man of the world and might know. Apparently he didn't, but still he came out with me to gave a crack.

Those of you who know Melbourne will realise that my work location, Sunshine, isn't exactly the classiest suburb in the city and not surprisingly, in our best efforts to get into the car, we had several passing locals give us plenty of advice on what to do, what not to do and the best ways to do it quickly. I was left thinking, how safe is my car here anyway!!!!, but thanked them for their advice....eventually, GT got in and I got my keys.....I think he was more impressed than I was with himself...shortly after, he got a call from his brother in law and 10 minutes later he left the office.

The Funeral is tomorrow and I'm ging to represent my team and the organisation. I know what he is going through, I lost my Mum two years ago but unlike him, I never got to say goodbye face to face as she was in England and I was here in Australia. So GT, my thoughts are with you.

I was elected President of my kids Little Aths centre last night, so I can now officially be called....Mr President....anyone wishing to sing "Happy Birthday Mr President" should leave an application on the comments area!!!!!!

And the best news of all.....I found out tonight my Psych essay isn't due until next Thursday rather than next Tuesday like I thought.....woo hoo...two extra days to get it completed.....oh joy of joys......

Sunday, 15 April 2007

Oh Joy of joys and a little bit of passion

As you get to know through this "window into my life", you may realise that I am very passionate about a few things in life....as I remember them, they will appear as links on the side of the journal so you too can share my passions, or think I'm so incredibly sad to be bothered with such trivialities....

And so we enter "The Sad Zone", that little known distant cousin of "The Twilight Zone", but no relation to "The Dead Zone".

My favourite football team, and thats the round ball world game variety, Exeter City, nicknamed the GRECIANS for obvious reasons because Exeter, England has a rich cultural link to Greece, NOT!!!!!! (ask for an explanation of the nickname) won last night....not a dramatic thing you might think, but of course, very surprising to us "true believers" who are used to the mighty Grecians snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, like our many varied English national sports teams...

This time, they won at home 2-0, cementing a place in the Nationwide Conference playoffs. Ordinarily, I guess no one would bother except you have to wonder why a normally same human being would stay up until 2am watching his side through text commentary and videprinter score updates, not normally the most thrilling of events, but this is different....the chance of making playoffs and getting League Status back....this is important...yeah, maybe not quite as important as solving world poverty, the water crises in Australia, or preventing Global warming, but still, in my little peice of the world, thats worth a 2am bed time....in yours, possibly worth a straight jacket and a visit to a head doctor....but to me the joy of seeing that 57th minute goal on the videprinter is worth a punch in the air and a "silent" cheer, cos of course its 1.30am and you don't want to wake anybody!!!!!!!

Passion, what would we do without it......

Saturday, 14 April 2007

An Upturn in feeling

Well, welcome to Saturday...as you may have noticed from lastnights posting, and believe me, when I read it this morning I thought "Who was this crazy depressed person writing this crap...OMG it was me", things haven't been exactly sparkling in my life....lonely would be a word to describe it I guess but then I suppose we all go through this stuff once in a while....

And yes, they last week has been tough and maybe thats caused me to be more lonely than ever....

Except, this morning something strange happened...Chris, one of the guys in my house, has a new girlfriend....Kelly and she stayed last night, although fortunately neithe rof them scream during sex or the walls are thick enough to drown them out or maybe he just isn't that good!!!!!

Anyway, as you do when your new girlfriend stays, Chris disappeared off for a surf down the coast this morning, leaving young Kelly here on her own....and after my shower I needed a coffee heart starter so ventured to the kitchen to make one and there was Kelly.....OMG, there she was, an attractive young lady sat in the kitchen and I was forced I guess to talk to her....

Well, we talked for about an hour till Chris came back and I think she was interested in the conversation, not just making it up cos I was there....and she seemed interested in what I had to say and things I'd done....and she was a very interesting person too....

So my faith in myself has been restored a little....maybe people do find me interesting to talk to...I hope so...I think I've led an interesting life...well back tothe study...articles to read lol

Trentalman

Friday, 13 April 2007

This week in review

Well its been a long long week...a very very long week......a veryveryvery long week.....

Disagreements, arguments, pain, tears...but everything seems to be ok now...I'm not going to mention the pain and suffering so thats ok...this will not be a morbid and sad journal....

Little Charlotte is now rolling over and shuffling around the place...how cute....she'll be talking soon, walking soon and holding down a tax office job in 2 years.....smart kid that....

Aside from all the dramas, this week has drifted by...no Uni...although lots of work to do for essays and stuff, work is abit of a drag doing FBT returns and finding how disorganised the stuff is...next year will be different....

ANd Little AThs AGM is next week and me may well be El Presidente

What fun....

I'm a little down at the moment...a little lonely...not much coinversation or contact....but hopefully that will change soon

So I'll sign off and head back to the study....hey, if you do read this.....leave a message or comment, even if you think it was crap....

Thanks

Steve

Friday, 6 April 2007

Thursday night

Well, 2 posts in a day.....but I really must relive my Thursday night....spent the night driving to Winchelsea and back....with ex partner #2, L and my daughter Charlotte (aged 14 weeks ish)...to drop off her 2 children with Mr $, her ex husband.....who delightfully moved to Warrnambool from Bacchus Marsh (to be closer to his 4 children living in lara and Tulla) to be with Nana Rhonda....

So, anyway, when L eventually found my place (apparently there is a problem with right hand turns at Buckley Street Moonee ponds), we ventured down Geelong Road towards Geelong and Winchelsea....after one stop in Geelong for maccas (FOR THE KIDS) and a coffee for me we arrived to find Mr $ in his car waiting less than patiently.....Mr $ is not a nice man although he pretends to be at times....

So, anyway, we dropped the kids off, primed them to talk about how old Nana R is all weekend and then drove back into Geelong, the metropolis of the West....looking for something to eat.....and Smorgy's on the Pier had our names on the door....$18 eat what you want...the food isn't too bad for what it is but it was a good night....

However, I have decided that this sort of establishment is doomed to failure...why, because every time I go into one of these places, I've decided its a mecca for large hungry men....and last night was no exception.....

Last night was every Smorgasboard owners nightmare.....a large (numbers wise) party of celebrating Samoans...around 30 of them including their spouses/partners....and these people can eat.....and eat...and eat...and eat.....and then eat some more....as the owner, it must be the sight you don't want to see....a convey of Samoans turning up to plunder your business....

Consequently, when we got in there, there wasn't much food left....but, never mind, there is always salads to munch into (cos you know the Samoans don't look for the green stuff) and some sweets.....in fact, the sweets were good...Custard...yummy...except they took it away...bastards....and then turned off the Ice cream machine....L batted her eyelids and they turned it back on.....bitch....

But, another great night spent with D3 (thats trentalman talk for Daughter #3) which is themainthing.....

Catch ya soon

Good afternoon and welcome to Good Friday - A question for the masses

Well, thanks for taking the time to drop on by and read the musings of Mr Trental (but you can call me Trentalman, just because I'm not pretentious). Some of you may wonder why Mr Trental? Well, those of you who now find this site through some google activity will no doubt already know a little about the medication....essentially, I got prescribed Trental to assist with blood thinning and de-fibroisation (if thats a word) of the blood.....but more of that later on, and if you are worried about me having some freaky communicable disease (other than being male)that will manage to wend its way through cyperspace, you'll be happy to know that I practise safe blogging.....so there!!!!!!

So back to that later.....

Today is Good Friday, holiest time of the year for most Christians, and good luck to you if thats your thing, and a Public holiday to the rest of us....one thing thats always puzzled me, well, since last Tuesday morning, was the differences between Christian Easter and Orthodox Easter. This year, it happens to fall on the same weekend, but mostly it doesn't, so, knowing a few Greeks and Christians at work and being the inquisitive and nosey so and so I am, I have been asking all week why the difference...and surprisingly, I get the same answer....

Its something to do with the differences in calenders (Gregorian vs Julian) and something to do with the Moon and past that no-one seems to know.

I even asked my Jewish friend Judy (who knows everything) and she didn't know but then she was busy in the middle of her own religious occasion, Passover, causing her to have to decline the invitation to partake in Hot Cross Buns yesterday (apparently its a bread thing at Passover time).

So here I am still puzzled....and looking for answers.....HELP......please...anyone....cos I won't sleep tonight unless I find out!!!!!!

Talk later

Steve

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Welcome

Please come back over the next few days to see the first post of Trentalman..........