Archive for October, 2009

The Perfect Relationship?


There are quite a few couples getting married in the next few months. It adds to the busy time of the year.

My parents are about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Nice. Romantic. I’ll tell you one day how they met!

Meanwhile, imagine going to a matchmaker for marriage and requesting, ‘I am looking for a spouse. Please help me to find a suitable one.’

The matchmaker might say, ‘Your requirements, please.’

The reply – ‘Oh, good looking, polite, humorous , sporty, knowledgeable, good in singing and dancing. Willing to accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hour, if I don’t go out. Telling me interesting stories when I need companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest.’

I think the matchmaker will listen carefully and reply, ‘I understand what you need; you need a television’!

There is a saying that “A perfect match in marriage can only be found between a blind wife and a deaf husband”. Why? Because the blind wife cannot see the faults of the husband, and the deaf husband cannot hear the nagging of the wife.

Whilst we might laugh at this, you have to admit, it does have some merit!

Many couples are blind and deaf at the courting stage and dream of perpetual perfect relationship. Unfortunately, when the excitement of love wears off, they wake up and discover otherwise ….. and the nightmare begins!

A Helpful Tool


I am amazed. Apparently you can make a great deal of money online by writing in blogs or publishing websites. Apparently the secret, apart from being able to write well and have good content, is to be ranked high by search engines. Somehow, your site has to be in their front page. You do this by using SEO or Search Engine Optimization which enable your website to work better with these most poplular search engines.

It would appear that new writers who want to be noticed or thinking of making a living on the net, might find SEO very expensive and therefore prohibitive. Hmmm so it is very difficult to be noticed by the world out there. After all, there are literally billions of artcles and websites. Unless you use a free seo tool. Now that would be good!

Wrinkle… NOT


I met someone the other day. We got chatting and got on like a house on fire. I found out she was a nurse and midwife, trained from England, just as I was, although we were in different parts of the country. Turns out that we were there at different times too. Thinking that I was older than her, I joked that she was too young to have been there when I was.

To my surprise, she told me when she was there and indicated that she was older than I. I must confess I did a very impolite thing – I gaped.

Her skin was flawless, glowing and wrinkle free. I mean, honestly, did she pile on the best wrinkle creams that money can buy? I knew she was being paid fat bucks to be a personal attendant.But surely,,,,,

Then as she stroked my cheek and commended how “sweet” my skin was (yuck!) she confessed her passion – cosmetic surgery!

Thinking Ahead


Goodness, I havent even got the Christmas tree up and already I am getting hints for presents! A bit much, don’t you think?

Last year, at least I managed to get the decorations up in November. This year, with all my work and other responsibilities, I might not be able to get it up late November. But already hint dropping has begun.

No, it’s not an ipod. That would be too costly. Just Mp3 players which dont cost an arm or a leg. I’d need to do some research though. Just to get an idea of range, availability, you know.

But honestly, it’s OCTOBER!!!

A Celebration!


A friend just gave birth! What joy! They now have two sons as well, and they are also 21 months apart, like ours are.

What’s more, their second son is also named the same as ours.

AND guess what! They ALSO got a present for the older son saying that it was from the younger one, to help with the bonding. Cool!

I told them that they should celebrate. That made me think about how people celebrate special occasions such as this. Go get drunk! Shout out the news! Yes, even get out the cigars!

Hmmm I suppose getting a bottle of wine is easy enough. Champagne too!

Broadcasting the news is easy these days with the internet and networking sites.

How about cigar? I guess some would look for cigars online to see what there was. But you would have to order them early. Yes a bit of planning would be needed…. but what fun it would be to celebrate a new life!

Make Life Easier


This is one of those rare occasions again – two posts in one day! Just had to mention this though. It was as if a lightbulb came on.

I refer to the conversation I had this afternoon.

I was fumbling with the LCD projector. It was an old one. Not very clear. And certainly not very bright. Worse, there were two lines running down the entire length of the display. Sigh. It was not going to be fun to get this ready.

Then the person who was observing me said, “We should get rid of this.”

And even before he finished speaking, I KNEW where he was heading!

Plasma or LCD TV screens of course! That was soooo obviously simple! Do away with all the fiddling, and maintenance, not to mention the reduced brilliance! Why, all the images would be as clear as…. what I see on my computer screen! If not better!

What’s more, this person said that it was probably within budget!

Now all I need is some TV wall mount which should be easy enough to source!

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking


She had studied there and liked it there.

She went back there in search of greener pastures.

But she didn’t know it would be so hard when the Global Financial Crisis hit.

Thankfully, this seems to be coming to an end and most economic indicators are showing signs of stability. It may be too early yet for recovery but jobs are certainly coming back into the market. This augurs good news for my friend. Otherwise she’d be stuck with no prospects of staying on!

I heard about the Tampa Job Search based in Florida. Apparently it has one of the largest databases of job offers. Like the old slogan, I shall ask my friend to let her fingers do the walking. However, this won’t be in the particular coloured pages; rather, this would be on the keyboard! Yes, a few clicks and who knows perhaps her dream job will be there for her!

Hmmm perhaps I should drop her an email give her the link to this post!

You Get What You Pay For


Bother! Our house is barely 18 months old and already some of our faucets are leaking and breaking down. Handles are going, water is not flowing well, and some parts seem so loose despite being tightened.

I guess we made a mistake of not getting good quality faucets. We though that by saving a few dollars here and there, we were being clever! With hindsight, we should have done more research. Equipment from places like Hansgrohe, a world renown brand when it comes to bathroom and kitchen fittings would never let us down.

Now, when the contractor comes back to do some minor remedial work over the next few weeks, we will have to ask him to help do some repairs of a different sort!

Insurance of All Kinds


Well now, after all that talk about health insurance in my last post, I have somehow stirred interest in some readers. Interest in other forms of insurance.

In particular, some are folks who are slightly older. They have been expressing concern as they get older, wondering if there were ways that they could ensure the care of those they love.

Initially a sobering conversation, in the course of chatting, we then discover that there are such things as life insurance for senior citizens. That’s good news for these friends of mine. I guess you can get insurance for all sorts of things really. It’s a matter of tailoring to your needs, and matching with what is available. You need a good agent for that!

Health Insurance


I was chatting with a friend the other day. He has decided to start jogging daily and he feels good for it.

Why is he doing this?

Well, in part was the recent evaluation of his health. He was due to have his personal health insurance renewed. But it was not as straightforward as he thought it would be.

Indeed, sometimes, unlike the insurance like that of the short term health insurance NC that you can get, there are some who make life difficult to merely apply and renew!

For my friend, however, it was more because he had, in one year, put on so much weight that his agent got worried. He had gone past the borderline of normal to obese.

So, short of paying a higher premium, he’s decided to work it off.

I think that’s a good choice.