Monday, May 31, 2010

A Moment Or So To Spare

Working hard at the moment, trying to make up for lost time in writing and all. I'm way behind on emails, though. And Facebook? Don't make me laugh. I just don't have the time.

Today was good, even though it's School Holidays. Natalie did the morning in Launceston, at the hospital, and the kids went down to play with the Viking Brood at the nursery. Given most of the morning to myself, I achieved 3000 useful words. This is good.

I also did a lot of laundry, and nailed some more decking boards onto the landing in the garage. I've built a platform there at the back, rather than a stair up to the storage loft: a big, solid, deck-like landing, with a short ladder anchored to the building frame leading up to the loft, and another short ladder leading down. The dog can't climb ladders, and the landing is too high for him to jump up, so I can use the loft space without worrying about the stupid creature.

Wheels are turning fast now. I'm behind on virtually everything, I've got school holidays like a rash, and as soon as they end I'll be doing an Introductory Martial Arts Class at the primary school, just to take up one extra afternoon per week. Yeah. (Reminds me. Must send a copy of my paperwork to the relevant people...)

Anyway, I'm still alive and all. Elder Son got over his croop, for which we are all infinitely grateful. Oh, and there was an all-too-brief visit from the wonderful Rowena, along with her partner and the youngest of her Mighty Brood. We managed a kind of hectic post-lunch luncheon, with a bit of walking-around-in-the-rain thrown in, but it was definitely too short. Maybe next time.

Well, I've got an hour or two before bed yet so I'm going back to the writing. In the meantime, I'll leave you with this URL, which leads to an article on the ABC website. If you've been reading around here recently, you'll probably get a chuckle out of the viewpoint of the writer -- but he does state his case rather well, doesn't he?


  1. You seem to feel blogging/facebook/etc. is some kind of obligation, some kind of duty. Surely I am mistaken.

  2. Interesting article. But again err all those items he's going on about we will ot have as the RSPT will be spent on standard budgetry items not icons or being put under the bed for a rainy day.

  3. I see you've been hacked by above Chinese porn site as well. WTF is with that? grrrrr...

    Is there a way to report this asshole?

    That's been stopping me from writing. I just don't wanna deal with the havoc it can cause with viruses attached etc.

    I'm blaming you now!

    You're always so dang busy, Dirkest. But that's what makes a life.

    Your dog is a smart creature, not a stupid one! I'm lookin forward to getting mine end of June. RODEO, as named by a 3 year old little girl named Adela.

    FB...ah, it only takes a couple seconds to post your status. BUSY!

    Love and miss you.

  4. That's a Chinese porn site? Now that I know that, I am most certainly no longer going to visit there, not when there is good old American porn available. And when I say "American" I mean the good old U. S. of A. Canadian porn can become monotonous, notwithstanding the scenic splendor.

  5. You can read Chinese, Bigskygirl? You have hidden talents!

  6. Also: Chaz -- it's the principle. You're right. The gummint isn't planning anything really useful. But a good freemarketer such as yourself should readily espouse the idea that shifting some of the tax burden to the mining companies means that your regular Joe's taxes don't have to be raised anytime soon. Which should, in theory, translate to savings in banks, paid debts, etc.

    Either way, I don't care. Even the slightest step in the direction of "Hey, these mineral resources are finite and we should be trying to keep some of the money in our country" is a good one. Because the alternatives really, really fucking suck.

  7. Dirk in the end I'd prefer them being taxed at a rate which would mean the guvment being paid all the not just when times are good! A simpler tax code is the way to go with fewer loopholes.