Archive for January, 2005

Holiday over

Monday, January 31st, 2005

I'm back at work. It feels like I've never been away.

Spam Names #8

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Smile Kanty


Sunday, January 30th, 2005

Today was cool, with misty rain. Bad for the beach but perfect for getting another cache in. I noticed a new cache online and I was there an hour afterwards. Duck Holes by ChickDeputy & EvilDan S 33į 39.733 E 151į 15.355 One year ago... and today. Located in a ...

Dog greeting

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Mum and I waited in the garden with the dogs for Dad and my sister to come home, but soon the dogs got bored and went inside. We followed them about 15 minutes later. When Dad finally came home, I took photos of the dogs bounding all over Dad as my ...


Friday, January 28th, 2005

My sister is bringing my father home from hospital. I'm glad they decided to let him be an out patient. I saw him today, the last day of my holiday, and he looked far too healthy to be there.

Chained, gagged man dragged onto jet

Friday, January 28th, 2005

From The Age: Chained, gagged man dragged onto jet By Andra Jackson January 28, 2005 An airline passenger who witnessed a shackled and gagged asylum seeker being deported to Pakistan from Australia has spoken out against the man's treatment. The 36-year-old environment consultant was on a flight from Thailand when the struggling man, with chains ...

Travel bugs

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Finally received the 3 travel bugs and 2 cache stickers I ordered from Sphere. Geez, they're inefficient. I've waited nearly 2 weeks and my holiday is nearly over. So much for the mega cache making session I had planned.

In the ward

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Iím eating diabetic mango ice cream with rum soaked raisins, made with my sisterís new ice cream machine. Dad was moved out of intensive care today and now that the tubes have been removed from his arms (he lost his oxygen tube yesterday) he is now tube free. He is also de-Frankinsteined, ...

Grey screen of death

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Amazingly, my iBook actually crashed yesterday. I got a grey screen of death telling me to reboot. This is the first time I've ever seen anything like it on a Mac. Rarely, applications will crash, but then you simply 'force quit' to get rid of them. They don't crash the ...

Spooky boots and Hitler sisters

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

The title refers to the leg clamps Dad wore a few days ago to prevent blood clots in his legs, and the night nurses, who apparently have degrees in torture. Dad is walking quite well and seems almost back to normal, apart from the weakness in his left hand, which seems ...

Other carotid

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Dad looked a lot better yesterday. He can now sit up on a chair comfortably. He's still a bit weak on his left hand side but less so. We were there while a doctor, very casually dressed in surfer cut off jeans shorts, an expensive surfing t-shirt and slip on ...


Sunday, January 23rd, 2005

Itís pouring with rain. There was thunder and lightning for about 2 hours and my sisterís dog, ironically named Stormy, huddled as close as possible to anyone in the vicinity. Heís terrified of storms. I was looking forward to meeting friends in the city, and doing a bit of city geocaching ...

Dad’s pretty good

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

I saw Dad this morning in intensive care. He actually looks better now, after his operation, than he did yesterday. Worry can do awful things to a person. He insisted on showing me the cholesterol they removed from his artery (it looks like white fat, not surprisingly, because it is ...


Thursday, January 20th, 2005

Took my dog to the vets and he received his heartworm and mixed disease innoculations.

Vertigo Vista

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

I hiked all over Barrenjoey yesterday and I found a good area for a cache. Thereís a path I never knew was there that appears to circumnavigate Barrenjoey about 20m above the waterline. I walked along it as far as I dared yesterday and Iím still getting vertigo flashbacks. The ...

Bored in hospital

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

My father has rung three times since he went into intensive care at Mona Vale hospital with blocked carotid arteries. When I visited him yesterday, he seemed happy to be waited on hand and foot by the cheery hospital staff. But, typical of Dad, only a few hours of ...

Another reason to hate Howard

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

Battle to junk food ads hots upy 19, 2005 A report recommending action on junk food advertising has been shelved for more than a year, reports Nick Galvin. Junk food moved "a little closer to becoming as socially unacceptable as cigarettes", a Los Angeles Times editorial said after the food giant Kraft ...

Con men

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

From there is an old saying: You can't cheat an honest man. If you don't have much experience with the underbelly of life, that comment doesn't seem to make sense. But it is very true. That is because most swindles rely on the mark's greed. It is the person who ...

Geocaching stuff

Monday, January 17th, 2005

Bought three more travel bug tags and several geocaching stickers that are used to label caches. I hope to make three more caches this holiday. I tried to get that cute black, long sleeved geocaching t-shirt with silver print, but the lady at Sphere was hopeless regarding sizes. I asked what ...


Monday, January 17th, 2005

Now Iím on holidays for 2 weeks. Joy! Iíve still got to get into holiday mode. I woke this morning to my alarm buzzing, because Iíd put it on the night before, forgetting I was on holiday.