A Quiet Normal Life

A life lived half in Atlanta, half in London

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Posted by brendanstallard on October 31, 2006

Time to vote in Atlanta




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Posted by brendanstallard on October 31, 2006

Some days its just hard to be optimistic, eh? Last night I took an anti histamine called Zyrtec. Its supposed to be a non drowsy thing, but anti histamines just knock me off my socks completely. I’ve been like a zombie all day, part of the reasoning for this blog is to remind me not to make the same mistakes again. This is one of those posts………………


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Posted by brendanstallard on October 31, 2006

Tracey was on the Skype tonight talking through her frustrations and anger about the fact of my unwillingness to work as some sort of pet carer for her. I don’t mind looking after one pet animal, but I don’t see my job, as her arms and legs as some form of “worker” for her. Doing ancillary tasks like walking dogs as a profession for her, or stuffing envelopes, or doing things outside the work that involves Tracey.

We’ve discussed this endlessly, but she just doesn’t get it. I think she thinks that if she keeps going on about something without surcease, it’ll change things, but it won’t. It isn’t necessarily that working for Tracey is hard work, (it is) but that I just have no interest in working in an ancillary job for her. I won’t do it, and that is an end to it, but the arguments won’t end.

I don’t quite know if she knows how frustrating this is for me, but here’s hoping she gets it out of her system sooner rather than later. I tried to respond with her, but after a while it gets hard and I’m not well right now. So I just quit and closed down Skype.

No doubt I will pay for that later, but I’m not at work right now, I see no reason why someone has the right to call me up and be angry with me when I’m not working. If someone wants to share time with me, fine, then keep it nice. If someone wants to be angry and vent, I’m afraid its just not the ticket to get on Skype and whinge away.

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Posted by brendanstallard on October 30, 2006

Surprising how often thoughts for the blog come while doing other things when a keyboard is as far from the scene as is possible. Today’s was while doing the mowing of the back lawn, an activity I loathe. If I lived my life again, I would never waste any time mowing grass: an absolutely stupid activity unless it is directly related to playing cricket. I would never do it again if I didn’t have to, and if I had my life over again, I would not. I would not get into relationships which insisted that I do, and I would make it quite plain on the first date that I don’t mow lawns.

I get absolutely zero joy out of a scalped and organized garden, it just doesn’t satisfy any of the desire for beauty. I much more appreciate efficiency. I can’t see why we wouldn’t be planting potatoes and tomatoes in the front yard, rather than the useless greensward. Its useful for feeding ruminants and some insects, I suppose but mostly lawn lovers pour a disgusting mix of toxic substances on it to “green it up”.

Anyway, here’s a few pics of the yard………zzzzzzzzz





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Posted by brendanstallard on October 29, 2006

I got some sleep last night, thanks be: we banished two of the more exciteable cats to the basement and froze up the bedroom to a level that suits me.

I don’t know why I was born with a capacity for cold that seems way above other people, it was worse when I was a kid, and I was thin then. Thomas, my nephew, Siobhans boy was the same and he’d whip his clothes off at any opportunity. Must just be built with a bigger fire inside, I suppose.

Susan (Van Winkle) will get into bed with me, all cold as a frozen chip and cuddle up, absorbing my heat. Less than three minutes later: she’ll be running away to the other side of the monster bed, saying: “Phoa, get away from me, you’re too hot!”.

Today: I did the laundry and took a few photographs outside where the fall colours are quite nice. Here’s one of baby mucking about on the deck.


Here’s one of the view up the street, from the back deck, nice eh?


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Posted by brendanstallard on October 27, 2006

Susan got into one of her paddies last night, obsessed to the max: when she starts something absolutely nothing can get her to stop and come to bed/lunch/whatever. Normally someone to come to bed at maybe 8pm, rarely later than 9pm, last night she finally went up the wooden hill at 0100hours.

This was all because Madam has lost a LOT of weight and now has had to throw away millions clothes which no longer fit, and of course, buy new ones. So: Madam was cataloguing all her clothing into what and how to wear. There are clothes EVERYWHERE in the house, across sofas, windows, hanging off bannisters and of course, damn it all, all across the damn bed, especially my side.

Uh, wimmin, can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em.

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Posted by brendanstallard on October 27, 2006

Shameless theft department: I nicked this off of Nick Scipio’s page on the web http://www.nickscipio.com

All police officers should be equipped with this particular item:


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Posted by brendanstallard on October 26, 2006

Thursday, October 26, 20067:15 PM

I Detest Fix Up!

Momma decided that today she was going to have the outside yard work done by her working stiffs. She doesn’t understand that we have our own schedules, and plans but expects us to down tools and go “do” for her. This leads to tensions: because she becomes extremely crabby when she gets refused or more likely delayed. Susan and me both decided that Saturday was going to be our day yard working and that did not suit Momma, and she let me know.

There are these false shutters on the windows, they don’t operate and of course, as the house is twenty years old, the combined battering of Atlanta’s fierce weather and poor quality construction has caused the shutters to be merely hanging off. So they regularly rattle around.

When they were built, they were merely nailed into the soft mortar between the brickwork. The mortar is now as soft as butter and crumbling away, so the nails are falling out. Its just astonishing crapsville building, the nails are masonry nails just banged in with a nail gun and half of them are bent off where the idiot builder tried to bang them into the brick instead of the mortar so they just don’t affix to anything. Fixing it is dangerous because it means getting up on a bleeding ladder and its a long way up there. I don’t fancy it one bit, but then I don’t fancy “fix a fence” of any nature.

I’d generally get a professional in, they have insurance, tools and experience. Its cheaper in the long run.

Anyway, I’ve tickled the bloody thing back into shape with the simple means of screwing a bloody long and fat screw into the one that had fallen round and no doubt now that will be my accursed job for ever. Its like fixing your girlfriends car: don’t do it!

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Posted by brendanstallard on October 26, 2006

Thursday, October 26, 20067:15 PM

The trials of using cellphones across borders, agonizing and expensive. One day this too will pass into technological history and be forgotten, and as likely we will forget how the cellphone companies gave us a right royal wallet burning, in the meantime we’re all addicted to the damn things and being in contact.

When I quit the limo’s, I decided there and then to be finally done with the accursed things. In the limo trade, you’re always desperate for work, and contact is the only way you are going to get it: so people in the limo biz never sleep. When I retired from the cops, I was so pleased to be away from the blasted “pip” of the radio. It never brought you anything you wanted to hear, just some awful mares nest. I was very glad to be rid of that thing believe me.

Come the limo, the Motorola phones they use are phones, but they also have that radio facility which weirdly enough works better than the phone. So that I’ve actually had conversations with the boss when she was in the middle of Times Square NY over the radio, but I can’t get through to my downtown office via the phone. I hate sitting in restaurants where men have the damn things pipping through meals……grrrrr. I hate the things full time.

I purchased a Nokia 6320i in the UK and they told me it would work, on roaming (at great expense) in the USA as well as in the UK. Well, it didn’t. It could receive a bit, but it was expensive and worthless.

So: I fooled around on Ebay and found a pay as you go SIM card that offered to work, and believe it or not, it did. Straight out of the box. T-mobile do a service whereby if you buy $100 worth of calls, the thing will last a full year. So: $100 bux later and I have 1000 minutes to last a year, and a local phone number. So: actually not too bad. All I have to do now is NOT lose the SIM cards. Hah, we shall see about that!

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Posted by brendanstallard on October 23, 2006

Two nights good sleep now on the 3 megaton Lantana (okay Lunesta 3 mg) and its astonishing how much more energy I have first thing in the morning, raring to go. Hasn’t been that way for a long, long time. It doesn’t seem to have too much effect on bones, lungs or just about anything else I can hear or see. My mood seems to be light, body seems to have plenty of energy and not too many aches and pains……….long may it continue.

I finally broke free of the terrible hosting troubles of the last outfit, I won’t name them: in the probably incorrect thought that some outfits are just not suited for certain types of people and I surely was not suited for them, and vice versa. Almost every question was given the old biff into the long grass with one of those charming Microsoft “Help” classic answers that resemble the old conveyancing fraud answers. “The deeds are silent, but inspection may reveal”. It got so I dreaded, absolutely DREADED problems, because any question would end up with a multitude of even more complex mares nests to resolve.

They hung on to the registration until they noted that I was determined to leave and finally at about 3pm this afternoon, my site pointed to the correct servers and the things I planted from the Cpanel, just “worked”…….just worked: without a lot of swearing and cursing and fighting with tech support from another country who just thought I was a complete idiot.

Better days, oh, better days. Lets keep things simple and working!

A Guitar to sell on Ebay: an American Made Fender Stratocaster: does the picture look nice?


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