Mr President

I had this one sent to me today:

Osama Bin Laden decided to send George Bush a letter in his own handwriting to let him know he was still in the game.
Bush opened the letter and it contained a single line of Coded message:

370H-SSV 0773H

Bush was baffled, so he e-mailed it to Condoleezza Rice. Condi and her aides hadn’t a clue either, so they sent it to the FBI.

No one could solve it at the FBI

So it went to the CIA, then to MI6 and Mossad. Eventually they asked ASIO for help.
Within a minute, ASIO emailed the White House with this reply:
‘Tell the President he’s holding the message upside down.’

Mr President

I had this one sent to me today:

Osama Bin Laden decided to send George Bush a letter in his own handwriting to let him know he was still in the game.
Bush opened the letter and it contained a single line of Coded message:

370H-SSV 0773H

Bush was baffled, so he e-mailed it to Condoleezza Rice. Condi and her aides hadn’t a clue either, so they sent it to the FBI.

No one could solve it at the FBI

So it went to the CIA, then to MI6 and Mossad. Eventually they asked ASIO for help.
Within a minute, ASIO emailed the White House with this reply:
‘Tell the President he’s holding the message upside down.’

What are they thinking?

How is it that our Navy can shut down for two months over the Christmas New Year period.   Who’s minding the borders and what’s going to stop the drug and people smugglers from using the hiatus to penetrate those borders.  I don’t believe that the working sailors would expect to be shut down for that amount of time.  They all joined up knowing what the job entailed.  It makes no sense at all.  I can just imagine what my soldier son is going to say about this one.  He’s volunteered to work over Christmas so his mates with families can have the time off.

What are they thinking?

How is it that our Navy can shut down for two months over the Christmas New Year period.   Who’s minding the borders and what’s going to stop the drug and people smugglers from using the hiatus to penetrate those borders.  I don’t believe that the working sailors would expect to be shut down for that amount of time.  They all joined up knowing what the job entailed.  It makes no sense at all.  I can just imagine what my soldier son is going to say about this one.  He’s volunteered to work over Christmas so his mates with families can have the time off.

Smooth

Days were simpler once.   Protocols were followed, manners expected and given.  If a bloke was seated on a train, tram or bus and a female got on he got up and gave her his seat.  Now there’s a shit fight to get to the seats first.    Please and thankyou are things of the past, sometimes.   I’m not sure when times changed.  It was a while after that young bloke in the photo left behind his bowtie and fedora.    Sunday best was always worn on a trip to the city in those days.   No longer, and that’s not a bad thing.

Well that’s my ramble for tonight.

Smooth

Days were simpler once.   Protocols were followed, manners expected and given.  If a bloke was seated on a train, tram or bus and a female got on he got up and gave her his seat.  Now there’s a shit fight to get to the seats first.    Please and thankyou are things of the past, sometimes.   I’m not sure when times changed.  It was a while after that young bloke in the photo left behind his bowtie and fedora.    Sunday best was always worn on a trip to the city in those days.   No longer, and that’s not a bad thing.

Well that’s my ramble for tonight.

Full Moon Rising

Last night was a full moon.  If they come around every 28 days does that mean they are always on a Thursday?  I’ve never thought about that before.

Full Moon Rising

Last night was a full moon.  If they come around every 28 days does that mean they are always on a Thursday?  I’ve never thought about that before.

Sliding Away

I’m scanning some old slides which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and I’m up to 1978.  My 21st birthday in fact.  The photos were taken on a Pentax K1000 SLR which unfortunately was stolen in a burglary in around 2001 and was a present from Mum and Dad for my 21st.

What has struck me looking back is the number of people who have now died – family, friends – some way too young.  And it is also funny to look at these images from so long ago through eyes that are way different from what they were then.  Older and wiser – maybe.

Certainly I had no idea at that time how things were going to unfold and what direction life would lead me in.  Despite the porn star moustache, I did not become an actor.  I am glad that tight turtle neck sweaters are now way in the past because, whilst I’m not as bad as some, the roof over the tools shed has grown a little since those slim and taut days of the 70’s.

There were some things that occurred on that weekend that I had totally forgotten about until I looked again at the photos.   In this one, take not of the envelope on my mates lap.   It says “√črection Instructions” and I was greatly amused by that at the time I got the slides back and realised what it said.    All of my mates had banded together and bought me a hiking tent and we had spent that afternoon erecting it.

I used that tent a fair bit over the years.  I never actually did a lot of hiking but we did camp every year and that was the thing we used until kids came along and we needed something bigger.

And in the next photo you will see a blanket hanging on the clothesline.  That was from my bed and it had been washed because a mate of my Dad’s got blind drunk, was put to sleep in my bed and he wet it.    I know why I hadn’t thought about that incident for years.   It was the middle of winter and pretty difficult to get the mattress dry.   That wasn’t the thing that turned me off drinking but it helped keep me from it.

Sliding Away

I’m scanning some old slides which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and I’m up to 1978.  My 21st birthday in fact.  The photos were taken on a Pentax K1000 SLR which unfortunately was stolen in a burglary in around 2001 and was a present from Mum and Dad for my 21st.

What has struck me looking back is the number of people who have now died – family, friends – some way too young.  And it is also funny to look at these images from so long ago through eyes that are way different from what they were then.  Older and wiser – maybe.

Certainly I had no idea at that time how things were going to unfold and what direction life would lead me in.  Despite the porn star moustache, I did not become an actor.  I am glad that tight turtle neck sweaters are now way in the past because, whilst I’m not as bad as some, the roof over the tools shed has grown a little since those slim and taut days of the 70’s.

There were some things that occurred on that weekend that I had totally forgotten about until I looked again at the photos.   In this one, take not of the envelope on my mates lap.   It says “√črection Instructions” and I was greatly amused by that at the time I got the slides back and realised what it said.    All of my mates had banded together and bought me a hiking tent and we had spent that afternoon erecting it.

I used that tent a fair bit over the years.  I never actually did a lot of hiking but we did camp every year and that was the thing we used until kids came along and we needed something bigger.

And in the next photo you will see a blanket hanging on the clothesline.  That was from my bed and it had been washed because a mate of my Dad’s got blind drunk, was put to sleep in my bed and he wet it.    I know why I hadn’t thought about that incident for years.   It was the middle of winter and pretty difficult to get the mattress dry.   That wasn’t the thing that turned me off drinking but it helped keep me from it.

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