Archive for November, 2006

Who gave my name to Charity?

November 24, 2006

In the past two weeks, I have received heartfelt appeals to “donate a light” and ”share in the magic of christmas” from two different charity organisations (actually, maybe that “magic of christmas” line is just a jingle I heard in the shops). I wanted to question where they got my name, but what i really want to know is this: Is one not immune, even in the privacy of one’s own home, to sights of depravity (actually, that should be deprivation, but depravity almost rhymes with privacy, donttit?) and abuse. I mean, I get enough of that by switching on the television news, for goodness sakes.

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Pop goes the Weasal

November 21, 2006

Remember (I don’t have to since I sing it every day with Jody) the Nursery Rhyme that goes:

Half a Pound of Tuppeny Rice

Half a Pound of Treacle

Mix it up and Make it nice

Pop goes the weasal  

Up and down the City Road

In and out the Eagle

That’s the way the money goes

Pop goes the Weasal.

Perhaps this provides a clue as to where all this money is going (Report: More than R810m lost to cash heists since 2000):

http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=290687&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/

Hey Everyone! I figured out how to paste a picture in wordpress

November 21, 2006

This blogging (that’s not a swear word) tool recently changed its’ interface for loading graphics. I struggled last week with it. I went to the user forums to find out what the problem was. Some said ‘clear the browser by holding down the ctrl+F5 keys’; others said ‘decrease the size of the picture’. Well, neither of those, and other proposed solutions, worked for me.

Then today I figured it out. The results are in the post below:

https://the1rod.wordpress.com/2006/11/15/do-you-know-what-i-did-last-wednesday/

Children of Men; Children of a lesser God

November 16, 2006

Two different movies, but their titles sort of imply the same thing, dontchathink?

Anyway, enough blah-blah from me. Here’s some funny stuff.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (Written by kids, apparently) 

(1) You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you
    like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should
    keep the chips and dip coming.
    – Alan, age 10

(2) No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to
    marry.
    God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re
    stuck with.    – Kristen, age 10


WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?


(1) Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER
     by then.

     – Camille, age 10

(2) No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get
    married.    – Freddie, age 6 (very wise for his age)



HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?


(1) You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling
    at the same kids.
    – Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MUM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?


(1) Both don’t want any more kids.    – Lori, age 8



WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?


(1) Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to
    know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long
    enough.
     – Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)

(2) On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually
    gets them interested enough to go for a second date.


    – Martin, age 10


WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?


(1) I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the
    newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.    -Craig, age 9


WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?


(1) When they’re rich.

    – Pam, age 7

(2) The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess
     with that.     – Curt, age 7



(3) The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should
     marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
     – Howard, age 8

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?


(1) It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need
    someone to clean up after them.    – Anita, age 9 (bless you child)



HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?


(1) There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?
     – Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is……..


HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

(1) Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a
    truck.
    – Ricky, age 10

Do you know what I did last Wednesday?

November 15, 2006

The farm workers on the Valence farm in Paarl were in dire need of a crèche to support the 15 children that currently live on the farm.  The parents of these children would need to leave them in order to work on the farm but unfortunately they had no proper facilities or supervision during the day. My client approached the management of the farm and they very kindly made an empty house available for the team to renovate and they also organised someone that will look after the children after completion.

Teams were allocated various tasks.  Firstly, a team assessed the need, cost and what we needed to buy.  Secondly, three teams were identified: painting team, decorating team and the reveal and party team. On the first day the “painting team” had their work cut out for them.  Windows were sanded; walls, roof and window frames were painted and general cleaning and fixing took place.

BEFORE:

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DURING:

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AFTER:

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PARTY:

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Unregulated Markets

November 14, 2006

I don’t understand why people are so enamoured of the free market system. Not that we have anything resembling one in any national economy. There are pockets, of course. Which is the topic of The Blog today.

Down here in ye olde Cape Town last month, there was a protest by taxi drivers. They were protesting against ‘intereference’ from law enforcement officials. One among them  expressed the following sentiment: “Officers must stop hiding behind bridges and bushes”. Another added: “City police must stop assaulting and harassing taxi drives [sic] should this continue taxi drivers will be force to defend themselves.”

It gets better: ‘They also asked for “separate cells” at police stations.’ Who do they think they are? Tony Yengeni?

Besides the humour in the situation afforded by the distance – physical, emotional and otherwise – between ‘them’ and ‘us’ web-enabled, car-driving, city slickers, I see in this some of the dangers of unfettered economic markets.

Sure, you may say that taxi drivers are a special breed. But economics, as dismal a science as it is, makes no distinction between economic agents. What is true in the taxi industry applies with just as much force amongst more sophisticated, cultured, educated, what-have-you types. Like you and me. Or that guy over there. Yes, you!  Get back to work…