I have had some fascinating conversations with Doris lately, one of them while sitting on a large rock surveying the vertical drop below. (I was abseiling at the time). Here are some of the highlights, paraphrased of course:
feel so alone & lonely. OK, so talk to me. By the way, your poem was
spot on. I want your memories to be a source of joy to you, not pain. And
because I move at light speed, as you so eloquently put it, I can listen &
talk to you at the same time as everyone else in your world.
I have actually been on the lookout for clues as to what this work is. I'm just asking the universe to allow Julie & me a bit of time to get together before we actually embark on this journey.
Julie & I have been playing with Aussie & American words lately. Try this sentence, which makes perfect sense to me, sounds like mumbo jumbo to a Yank, until it's translated:
There I was standing in my tracky dacks in the queue at the supermarket, waiting to buy some light globes, toasted muesli & capsicums, & listening to some stupid bugger behind me, when I thought I should give you a ring on the mobile & remind you that it's your shout for dinner next week, & suggest that it would be nice to have bangers & mash with tomato sauce, followed by chocolate bikkies & iced vo-vo's.
Good news. I got my new camera. The insurance people called the camera store & it was just up to me to go in & pick up the new one. I lost an Olympus 300 & got it replaced by a 410, with the same size memory chip & just had to pay the $75 excess. Better pictures & movies with sound.
I also had a visit from Dorothy & Pete, armed with a collection of old family photos. Watch out for them appearing soon in my album.
I have also started using a product called Mailwasher to fight all the spam I get in the inbox. It's from New Zealand, so yes Les, occasionally something worthwhile comes from Kiwi Land. One of the best features is being able to bounce a message, i.e. send it back to the originator looking like a message from my ISP that my address is not valid, encouraging them to take it off their list. I was so impressed with the product that I paid for it, which is usually something I try to avoid.
Had some fun with the new camera this weekend - shot off an entire memory card trying to get the water splashing over the wall of the lake in the strong wind.
Found another investment property. Cost: $218,000. Rental income: $400 a week. Growth: 10% annual over 10 years, 50% last year. Nice! It's in Moranbah, a mining town out from Mackay. Heading up there at the end of the month to have a look.
Meanwhile, Julie is in Savannah with her Dad, at a World War 2 re-union. Sounds really happy on the phone, must be enjoying herself. And I'm about to become an uncle again, with Nancy's daughter on the way. Hey, it's a girl, does that mean I'm an Auntie?
I was talking to a friend recently & as the conversation progressed, I became aware that I have a great deal to be thankful for in this lifetime. I have had several very rewarding relationships that have taught me a lot. I had 14 years with the best damn woman I have ever known. I have found love in people & places that I would never have dreamed of, and survived. I can even be thankful for losing Doris. Huh? While being unbelievably painful & traumatic, it provided me with the opportunity to examine my life in great detail, the lessons I have learnt & those that still need to challenge me. And I have an equally exciting relationship to look forward to.