What’s that wire sticking under your shirt? Better not be a bomb!

What’s that wire sticking under your shirt? Better not be a bomb!

That’s exactly what the old fella said to me from the bench seat on the other side of the bus in January 2013.
Must confess I must have looked at least a little bit suspicious!
After all, there were really a couple of wires stick out under my Aloha shirt.
And there were definitely a couple of lumps apparent under my shirt
which could easily frighten the innocent but wary passenger.

Might look like a bomb, but it isn’t!

Not a bomb
Holter Monitor

I just laughed at the old codger as I unbuttoned my shirt
and actually exposed the equipment pasted onto my chest
and stomach.
There were about 5 patches around the heart,
with wires leading to a cell-phone
sized holter which was hanging from a band around my neck.
He actually gasped and pulled his head back and said:
“What the hell is that? Hope it’s not a bomb!

So I chuckled again and said:
“Mate, it’s just a special heart monitor.
My cardiologist put it on me yesterday for a 24 hour study
and I’m on my way to get it removed now.”

“But also, good on you for noticing the wire
and asking something about it. Australia might be a
pretty safe place to live, but we still have to be alert”.

It was no bomb! Just the old ticker playing up!

Yep, it was no bomb alright. But I was still a bit miffed.
I had a few dizzy spells last week
Particularly when standing up from my low car seat.
My GP did an ECG and promptly referred me to the Cardiologist.
And what did the bloody cardiologist do?
He stopped me from driving buses
and from flying overseas
until he could figure out the reason for the dizzy spells.
That resulted in two consequences which pissed me off!
1. My income earning activity was curtailed, and
2. I could not fly to the US for an important conference.
All because the bloody ticker was having a slightly off day!

Bloody Ticker bombed out on me before

For those unfamiliar with my story
My ticker did bomb out on me before – way back in 2009.
I had dizzy spells then
and the GP to Cardiologist routine ended up
Not a bombWith my having a Quadruple Heart Bypass Operation.
It didn’t matter that I was a healthy and fit karate instructor.
Or that I had a good balanced diet with sufficient vegetables.
Or that I was a teetotaller and non-smoker.
It simply mattered that both parents had heart problems
And I was genetically wired (sans bomb) to have heart issues at some point.

The good news is that the operation was very successful.
My fitness level helped me to recuperate very quickly.
I even attended our annual karate seminar 2 months later
And resumed driving buses 3 months later.

No bomb, but actually a timely reminder!

Not a bombWith the successful operation in September 2009
and quick recovery of fitness levels
I began to believe I might last another 30 years (to 100).
I resumed my 7 minute workout sessions
and started feeling invulnerable.
Perhaps, that’s why the heart decided to send me a reminder.
Just don’t be too cocky!

The 24 hour holter monitor EKG recording has been completed.
Those threatening wires have been removed
So I no longer look like a bomb threat to others.
The cardiologist will give me his assessment next week.
Based on my pulse increasing from the low of 41 to an average 55 this week
and my generally good feeling right now
I am quite optimistic that I will be given the all clear.

Just have to remind myself occasionally not to get too cocky
and become another wired bomb threat!

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No cure for leg cramps – “I can’t take this pain anymore,” she bawled

No cure for leg cramps – “I can’t take this pain anymore,” she bawled

leg crampsAnd I just stood there!
Trying to control my own emotions as I felt her pain!
A real wussy!

“I can’t take this pain anymore. How much longer do I have to work?
These cramps are killing me, every night!”

K has been suffering from these leg cramps for several years.
And they hit her in the middle of her sleep.
Several times a night.

leg crampsShe wakes up in agony.
Jerks out of bed!
Walks around to relieve the leg cramps.
Tries not to disturb me!

And me!
I’ve become used to it.
I now sleep through her leg cramps episodes.

Terrible, isn’t it?
A real wussy!

Have you been through some similar experiences?
A loved one going through some agonizing experience
and you feel totally helpless
and impotent!

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Leg cramps can be really, really horrible

This clip on YouTube is of a guy experiencing
very painful leg cramps.
The picture shows the amount of uncontrollable
painful movement of muscles in the calves.

leg crampsK’s is similar, but worse.
She experiences them in the quads, the calves, the foot.
Yes, her leg cramps cover the whole leg!

And they are unbearable!

Sometimes, her fear factor is so high
that she is afraid to go to sleep!

(Staying awake is one way of avoiding leg cramps!)

She’s tried everything suggested by doctors, physios,
osteopaths, friends, enemies, you name it.

And they don’t work!

An article entitled “Cramps-in-the-leg” from the
website www.patient.co.uk/health/ describes
leg cramps and symptoms and causes

It shows that in most cases there is no known cause
for the chronic leg cramps.

This is certainly the case for my K!
You can read more of the UK article at:

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Leg Cramps – does it affect your family?

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And it’s not just athletes that suffer from it.

The worse cases are the chronic ones who suffer nightly, like K.

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Hallelujah – by the Maestro Leonard Cohen, the beautiful Katherine Jenkins, and the Star Alexandra Burke from The X Factor

Hallelujah – by the Maestro Leonard Cohen, the beautiful Katherine Jenkins, and the Star Alexandra Burke from The X Factor

Do you like the “Hallelujah” song?
And which one do you think is the best!
Let’s listen to these 3 and pick our favorites —
I’ll give you mine at the end of this blog.

Hallelujah – Lyrics

Always good to have the lyrics at the start.
Gives you the opportunity to sing along with the star performers.
If you like your voice, you might record your own Hallelujah on YouTube!

And what do you think of the lyrics?
A bit odd? Unstructured?
Maybe more life meaning than expected?
I actually think of it as “irreverant!”

But here it is:

HALLELUJAH (Leonard Cohen)
I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight over threw you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room I’ve walked the floor
You see I used to live alone before I knew you
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved with you
The holy dark was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
and all I ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who out drew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I’ve done my best, I know it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel so I learnt to touch
I’ve told the truth I didn’t come here to blunder just to fool you
Even tho’ it all went wrong
I’ll stand right here before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Just one warning if you are singing along:
Different singers use the verses in different order.
So you just have to be alert with your music sheet.

Hallelujah by the Maestro himself, and composer, Leonard Cohen

The maestro, Leonard Cohen, composed this music in 1984.
His recording features his own unique deep voice
and gives some of us non-singers hope that we can sing it too!

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Hallelujah by Katherine Jenkins, the sultry, beautiful Mezzo-Soprano

Did I say sultry, and beautiful?
Well, she is.
And her singing — she makes it sound so easy.

Have a listen yourself:

OK, what did you think of that?
What did you like best?

That silky easy singing style with no straining to reach the notes
Or was it the beauty and sultriness (if there is such a word)
Or all of them.

I came across this number while I was checking
YouTube for a viral video to use in my blog.
And I got distracted enough to listen to it a few times
before returning to my blogging.

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Hallelujah – Alexandra Burke in The X Factor

You know, I actually watch very little TV
So, I was not au fait with The X Factor
So I ignored the Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke
on the side of the different YouTubes I was watching.

But curiosity got the better of me
and I clicked on it last week
And I was blown away!

Check it out for yourself right here
and we’ll talk afterwards:

OK, tell me, tell me!
What’s your reaction!

I thought it was sung with real feeling and emotion!
Truly superb, and she was a worthy winner of the contest.
Hallelujah, all right!

Hallelujah, synopsis

I said I would give you my pick at the end
and here it is.

While they were all wonderful
but my pick was really
Alexandra Burke
especially with the way she put the
emotion into the last verse.

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Put your pick and your thoughts into the comments section.

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a few other versions of Hallelujah — and there quite a few.
Like Jeff Buckley, Ten Tenors, Shrek, etc.

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How NOT to be miserable in one easy lesson

How NOT to be miserable in one easy lesson

Miserable – NOT!
In one easy lesson!
Yes, Please!

But this blog is more than that.
It’s actually another great essay
by Alexander Green of the Spiritual Wealth Newsletter
on September 28, 2012.
And he actually entitled it:
“How to be miserable in one easy lesson”.

And it’s definitely worth reading.

Mastering Happiness: Practical Skills and Ideas for Living Well

At a conference in Las Vegas a couple months ago,
I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Dr. Joel Wade,
a psychotherapist who has dedicated his career to
discovering what it means to live well.
As a life coach, his practice is about helping people
create and embody a truly extraordinary life.

His lecture was
“Mastering Happiness: Practical Skills and Ideas for Living Well.”

When Dr. Wade uses the word happiness, however,
he isn’t talking about more parties, laughter or high times.
He’s referring to something larger:
having a sense that you are flourishing,
of feeling fully satisfied with your life.

This is something we all desire, consciously or unconsciously,
and virtually anyone can move closer to this ideal.
Living a more satisfying life, Wade insists,
is a skill that can be developed.
It is mostly about the attitudes you embody
and the choices you make.
Like any skill, however,
it requires time, attention and dedication.


To prove his point,
Wade demonstrated how easy it is to feel miserable.
All that’s necessary are three simple steps:

  1. miserableBe as self-absorbed as possible.
    Make sure every situation at work or at home
    is primarily about your thoughts, your feelings, your welfare.
    Talk about yourself.
    Think about yourself.
    Make sure the point of every action
    is to accrue some personal benefit.
  2. See yourself as a victim.
    Observe that life has conspired against you.
    View others as the source of your problems.
    Blame them for your frustrations and setbacks.
    Tell yourself that you are helpless in
    your particular set of circumstances.
  3. miserableSpend a lot of time ruminating.
    Go over past negative events again and again.
    Think about things that make you angry.
    Dwell on what makes you bitter.
    Remember how you were hurt in the past
    and who was responsible.
    Spend a lot of time reliving and
    re-experiencing these events in your mind.

Just reading this short list,
you probably feel a little bummed out.
People who make these steps a habit are well on their way
to a life of dissatisfaction and misery.

How NOT to be miserable in one easy lesson

The good news is that doing the opposite is a tonic –
and will almost certainly add to your satisfaction with life.
In other words:

  1. miserableAbsorb yourself in your work, friends,
    family relationships and outside interests.
    Move your focus outside.
    Become absorbed in what you’re doing.
    Remind yourself what you are trying to achieve.
    And if you don’t have personal goals
    – dreams with deadlines – set some.
  2. See yourself as in control of your destiny.
    We all have problems and setbacks,
    but things only begin to turn around
    when you take ownership of your situation.
    Then you can begin to move forward.
  3. miserableFocus on what’s right with your life.
    This is a tall order in some cases.
    Many of us are dealing with unfortunate
    economic or personal circumstances.
    Still, you can’t wallow in it.
    Accept that the past is past.
    Forgive any transgressors,
    not for their sake but for yours.
    Start imagining how things could improve.
    This is the predisposition to action.

Dr. Wade points out that the best way to achieve
a higher sense of well-being and life satisfaction
is to cultivate a sense of gratitude.
He suggests taking a moment each evening
to recall three things that happened
during the day to make you feel grateful.

It could be a problem resolved,
an unexpected call from a friend,
a smile from someone you love
or just a good meal on a starry night.

miserablePsychologists report
it is impossible
to feel grateful
and unhappy
at the same time.

These steps may sound simple
– and they are.
But that doesn’t mean they can’t make
a profound difference in your quality of life.
As the British essayist Erich Heller observed,
“Be careful how you interpret the world; it is like that.”
Carpe Diem, Alex.

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True Love

Love: The Rain

I received the following chain email from my sister
Delores tonight.
It was entitled “Love”,
and I thought it was too good
not to share with my friends.

It was a busy morning, about 8:30,
when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s
arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb.

He said he was in a hurry as he had an
appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs
and had him take a seat,
knowing it would be over an hour
before someone would to able to see him.

I saw him looking at his watch and
decided, since I
was not busy with another patient,
I would evaluate his wound.
On examination, it was well healed,
so I talked to one of the doctors,
got the needed supplies to
remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound,
I asked him if he had another doctor’s
appointment this morning,
as he was in such a hurry.

The gentleman told me No,
that he needed to go to
the nursing home to eat breakfast
with his wife.

I inquired as to her health.

Love: overcomes Alzheimers’


He told me that she had been there
for a while and that she
was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.

As we talked,
I asked if she would be
upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she
no longer knew who he was,
that she had not recognized him
in five years now.

True Love: surpasses recognition


I was surprised, and asked him,
‘And you still go every
morning, even though she
doesn’t know who you are?’

He smiled as he
patted my hand and said,

‘She doesn’t know me,
but I still know who she is.’

Love is like a flower shared together


I had to hold back
tears as he left,
I had goose bumps
on my arm, and thought,

‘That is
the kind of love
I want in my life.’

True love is
neither physical, nor romantic.

Love is the whole family in bed together


True love is an
acceptance of all that is,
has been, will be,
and will not be.

With all the jokes
and fun that are in e-mails,
sometimes there is one that comes
along that has an important message..
This one I thought I could share with you.

The happiest people don’t necessarily
have the best of everything;
they just make
the best of everything they have.

I hope you share this with someone you
care about. I just did..

Love is sharing …


‘Life isn’t about
how to survive the storm,
But how to dance
in the rain.’
We are all getting Older
Tomorrow may be our turn.

Love: The Rain

So isn’t that a real
and touching tale.

Something that is truly
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Elephants’ Tribute to Late Lawrence Anthony

Elephants’ Tribute to Late Lawrence Anthony

Something in the universe that is greater and deeper than human intelligence.

How did they know?
That their friend, savior, and benefactor,
Lawrence Anthony,
had died.

Elephants’ tribute journey to pay respect, but how did they know????

elephants' tribute
Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa
and author of 3 books including the bestseller
The Elephant Whisperer, bravely rescued wildlife
and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities,
including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals
during the US invasion in 2003
On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died.
He is remembered and missed by his wife,
2 sons, 2 grandsons & numerous elephants.

Two days after his passing,
the wild elephants showed up at his home
led by two large matriarchs.

Separate wild herds arrived in droves
to say goodbye to their beloved man-friend’.

A total of 31 elephants had patiently walked
over 12 miles to get to his South African House.
elephants' tribute

Witnessing this spectacle,
humans were obviously in awe
not only because of the supreme intelligence
and precise timing that these elephants sensed
about Lawrence’s passing,
but also because of the profound memory
and emotion the beloved animals
evoked in such an organized way:

Walking slowly -for days –
Making their way in a solemn
one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.

Lawrence’s wife, Francoise, was especially touched,
knowing that the elephants
had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years!

But yet they knew where they were going.

The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects,
honoring their friend who’d saved their lives –
so much respect that they stayed for 2 days 2 nights without eating anything..

Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home…………

Elephants’ tribute to a remarkable man

This short YouTube video by South African press
of Lawrence Anthony and his rapport with elephants
shows the close bond he created with them
and the reason for the elephants’ tribute.

Elephants’ tribute due to their intelligence

Elephants are extremely intelligent animals
and have memories that span many years.
It is this memory that serves matriarchs well during dry seasons
when they need to guide their herds, sometimes for tens of miles,
to watering holes that they remember from the past.
They also display signs of grief, joy, anger and play.

Recent discoveries have shown that elephants
can communicate over long distances by producing a sub-sonic rumble
that can travel over the ground faster than sound through air.
Other elephants receive the messages through the sensitive skin on their feet and trunks.
It is believed that this is how potential mates and social groups communicate.

Interesting facts about elephants

?Elephants cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh!
?Elephants are sensitive fellow animals where if a baby complains, the entire family will rumble and go over to touch and caress it.
?Elephants have greeting ceremonies when a friend that has been away for some time returns to the group.
?Elephants grieve at a loss of a stillborn baby, a family member, and in many cases other elephants.

Elephants’ tribute to late Lawrence Anthony

So isn’t the elephants’ tribute just amazing
and so touching!
They are definitely so loving and warm creatures
who could teach us humans something about loyalty!

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If we could talk to the animals

If we could talk to the animals

talk to the animals
Talking to a Tiger

If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it
Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee
Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah
What a great achievement that would be

Are you kidding?
What do you mean “IF?”
You should hear Kora when she is cuddling the cats
“Come here Fudgy boy, I’ll comb your hair”
and the cats respond by jumping on her lap and
continue with a purr, and a puuurrrrr, and a puuuuuurrrrrrrrr
and close their eyes and bask with the brushing of their fur.
Now that’s how you talk to the animals
and I’m sure a similar tale unfolds in many households.

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How would you talk to the animals

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Maybe take an animal degree
We’d study elephant and eagle, buffalo and beagle
Alligator, guinea pig and flea

So what’s new in this verse?
There are many people taking animal degrees nowadays.
Look at all the zookeepers who talk to the animals, and the documentaries
about elephants and eagles, buffalos and beagles,
even alligators, guinea pigs, and fleas.

But Fleas?

Oops, sorry.
Don’t remember seeing any docos on fleas!
Or have I missed something?
And are they really animals?
What good do they do for the environment!
Talk to the animals! Please, not fleas!

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Conversational talk to the animals

We would converse in polar bear and python
And we could curse in fluent kangaroo
If people asked us, can you speak in rhinoceros
We’d say “Of courserous, can’t you?”

Now I confess to not being familiar with polar bears
but pythons? some friends keep pythons as pets!
Tell me how do you show your endearment to a python?
And how would you converse with one?
Instead of “kitty kitty”, would it be “hiss, hiss, hisss!”

Oh! and we do have a small coiled stone rattlesnake
sitting comfortably in a flower pot by our front door.
You should see mailmen, salesmen, visitors
knocking on our front door,
then looking around while waiting for us to answer
and then suddenly jumping 10 feet away
when they spy our friendly guard snake in a pot.
They obviously have no wish to talk to the animals.

As for cursing in fluent kangaroo,
hooray for us aussies, makes us feel right at home
but keep us away from those rhinoceros,
of courserous, they scare the shit out of us.
But it could be worse. If you really want to talk to the animals
Just leave the Hippopotomus alone!

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Dialog: Talk to the animals; Really?

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Think of all the things we could discuss
If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals
Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals
And they could squeak and squawk and speak and talk to us!

talk to the animalsI concede that the human race could learn a lot
if we could just talk to the animals
but not in command language, or sly entreating language.
If only we could talk to the animals and learn from them
on what it takes to live with
talk to the animalsLove for each other
Respect for each other
Tolerance for each other
Patience with each other
Help for each other
Loyalty to each other.

Talk to the animals – why should they talk with us?

Yes, it’s one thing for us humans to talk to the animals
But why should they squeak and squawk and talk with us?
What’s in it for them?
Can they really learn something useful about life
from discourse with the human race.

I suspect, if the song were the other way,
“If we could talk to the human race”
The animals’ verses might be entirely different.

If we could talk to the human race, can’t imagine it
Trying to get some sense in all those fools
Imagine chatting with all those dickheads
Trying to show them kindness
What a great encumbrance that would be

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Sebastian learns Touch Typing

Sebastian learns Touch Typing

Touch Typing!
Quite an art, and skill.
Can you touch type?
Some of you 2-finger typers really impress me!
How quick you can be, and
how your eyes focus so hard on the keyboard!

And some of you young ones
with your thumb on the android phone
punching out your text messages
with amazing ability, agility, and speed —
you are phenomenal.

But touch typing
that’s a special skill in itself
and most of you probably have no idea
about the joys of using the old typewriters.

My karate student, Sebastian, has a go at touch typing

My karate student, Sebastian,
is a Nidan (2nd Dan) in Shotokan Karate.
He is also known as a superb chef
and recently joined our trip to Israel
where he trained and frolicked to his heart’s content.

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He told me last week that
he is finally trying to learn touch typing
using the program “Key Blaze”
and is on his 29th day of practising
and wanted to know about
my journey with touch typing
and how it changed my life!

Well Sebastian, touch typing was not so easy then!

First, Sebastian, you are spoilt today
with choices of ergonomic keyboards
and soft touch keys.

touch typing touch typing touch typing

In the 50’s we had the giant clackers
the Underwoods and the Remingtons
with the numeric keys situated
about 3 inches higher than the space bar.

While we can talk about touch typing
what you did on the old typewriters
was not quite “touch” typing.

touch typingFirst of all, your fingers had to depress
the keys 1-2 cm down to make an impression
and there was the perennial problem
of keys getting stuck together.

Hence the QWERTY system was developed
with the most common characters
distributed evenly on all 3 rows.
This still didn’t alleviate the problem
of keys getting stuck together in the middle
as fast typists outpaced the key returns.

My journey with touch typing

Recently I wrote a blog about my dad
who was a genius in the 30’s and 40’s
in gold mining, tinkering with cars,
and also owning a couple of old typewriters.

So we kids had a different toy to play with.
Dad used to tell us to patiently play with
the QWERTY keys using all the fingers of our hands.
From the time we were about 10, up through high school
he constantly encouraged us to play with the keyboard.

It was not easy on the old Underwood and Remington
but eventually our fingers sort of got used to the keys
and we could type words without looking at the keys —
not fast, mind you, but reasonably correct
— but nothing that could be called touch typing.

A job that requires touch typing

In the year between high school and college
I worked for Cable and Wireless Ltd.

The job required complex touch typing capabilities.
So the three new recruits were sent for an hour’s training
three times a week to the local secretarial school.

We three guys didn’t mind at all.
The class was full of girls!
And they didn’t mind either!
But in spite of the sexual distractions
we managed to become proficient in touch typing.

My earlier experience with typewriters served me well
and I found myself keeping up with the best of the girls!
Quite nice to finish the course doing 100 words/minute!

Touch typing put to use

Much of the work at Cable & Wireless
consisted of typing pages full of codes as follows:
Can you imagine doing that several hours a day!
Actually turns you into a pretty fine touch typist
including the ability to type numbers without looking!

The wonder of touch typing

So Sebastian, it really is worth learning touch typing.
Came in handy during my college years
especially when writing my Master’s thesis
and typing a computer program on the old Fortran system in 1967.

I was even able to help other graduate students
by typing their thesis for them!

And the wonder of it is that
– you don’t have to look at the keyboard while typing
– you can think about your subject
while your fingers do the walking!

Sebastian learns touch typing

There you go, Sebastian
That is my experience with touch typing
Starting with my dad simply challenging us
to learn to type the QWERTY system with all our fingers
and it paid off.

So you just have to keep practising on a daily basis
until touch typing becomes natural
and your accuracy becomes acceptable
and you can add touch typing to your resume.

You know that I blog every day
using my touch typing skills

When you become comfortable with touch typing
you might consider writing blogs too!
Imagine blogging about your culinary experiences
– or your taste for chicken feet, bulls balls, tripe, etc.
– or your own karate journey
– or cultural differences between Germany and Australia
– or anything at all.

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Touch typing is not a requirement for the Empower Network
Even 2-fingered typing is OK for blogging.
But touch typing makes it so much easier.

For Music Lovers Only

For Music Lovers Only

What’s your favorite music era?
And what do you think of today’s genre?

Alexander Green who writes the Spiritual Wealth Newsletter
always has some gems in his writings,
and I have used some of them before.
The latest one dated August 24, 2012 is no exception.
For music lovers like me, it certainly hit a chord.
As a child of the 40’s I guess my main music interests
actually span the period from the 1950’s to 1970’s
with a few exceptional songs from more recent periods.

However, I must admit that my attitude towards
“modern” music has been rather scathing.
So it was with some surprise that I read this
latest Spiritual Wealth Newsletter from
Alexander Green, and his take on the great things
about “modern” music and music lovers.

I will leave the music lovers story telling to him, from here on,
with only headings, italics, pics, etc. being this music lovers input.

Take it away, Alex!

Music Lovers FreedomFest

At FreedomFest in Las Vegas last month,
I participated in a panel discussion called
“What Our Popular Music Says About Us.”

When you look at Billboard’s Hot 100 List –
and see the boy bands, rappers, bubble gummers,
faux country artists and assorted Simon Cowell creations –
you might be tempted to answer “nothing good.”
But, in truth, there has never been a better time for music lovers,
even those with the most exacting standards.

Before you ask me to sit down and take my medication,
hear me out…

Music Lovers reminisce about the old times

music loversIt is the natural progress of things –
especially among those of us who have reached a certain age –
to carp about how much better popular music was back in the day.

Yet today I believe it is entirely and objectively true.
Think about it.

The Forties gave us Nat “King” Cole,
Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby.

If you grew up in the Fifties, you had Chuck Berry,
Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash.

music lovers
Roy Orbison
The Sixties saw the heyday of Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra,
Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the Beatles.

The Seventies offered us the Eagles, the Stones,
Bruce Springsteen, Marvin Gaye, and Bob Marley.

(And this isn’t even a snowflake on the iceberg’s tip.
During the Sixties and Seventies, studios like Motown, Stax/Volt,
and Sun Records churned out sheer genius week after week.)

Music Lovers from the Eighties onwards

Things began to taper off in the Eighties,
but you may still have enjoyed artists like Peter Gabriel,
the Police, Tom Petty or U2.
And while the decline continued into the Nineties,
at least bands like R.E.M, the Black Crowes, Nirvana, Pearl Jam
and Radiohead gave rockers something to celebrate.

music lovers
Miley Cyrus
In the last decade, however, things really hit the skids.
Top-selling artists include 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake,
Miley Cyrus, Flo Rida, Justin Bieber and Ne-Yo.


Music Lovers love their albums too!

I am a lifelong music lover and collector,
but can any pop album of the last twenty years
be mentioned in the same breath as
Sgt. Pepper or Exile On Main Street?

Indeed, Rolling Stone recently released an updated list of
The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and 292 of them –
59% – were released in the ’60s or ’70s.
Only two were released in the last decade –
and one of those, Smile by The Beach Boys,
was recorded 46 years ago.

music loversOr – forget albums – how about the singles?
Where is this generation’s “Eleanor Rigby,”
“Bridge Over Troubled Water,”
“Heard It Through the Grapevine,” or “Fire and Rain?”
They don’t exist.
Instead the airwaves bombard us with misogynistic rap,
boy bands that are really merchandising opportunities,
and country music that sounds like Def Leppard with fiddles.

This could be the best era for Music Lovers ever!

So why is this the best era for music lovers ever?
Because there have never been more talented musicians
playing more kinds of music in more venues than today.
As for recorded sound, you also have cheaper
and easier access to more music, in more genres,
from more eras, in more formats, than ever before.

Admittedly, most of today’s bestselling music
is forgettable or unlistenable.
But so what?
You don’t need to choose your music from Billboard’s Hot 100
any more than you need to choose your reading material
from The New York Times Bestseller List.
(And perhaps that’s a good thing given that
all three of the nation’s current bestselling books
are various 50 Shades.)

Just as it makes no sense to read
Danielle Steele before Mark Twain,
why would anyone listen to Britney or Snoop Dogg
before Ray Charles or Ella Fitzgerald?
Or, while we’re on the subject, Mozart or Beethoven?

music lovers
Franz Liszt
Some will say I’ve moved beyond the realm of popular music.
Not so.
Classical composers were the rock stars of their day.
And the music was nothing if not popular.
In the mid-19th century, for instance,
women would fall on Franz Liszt at his performances,
tearing his clothes and fighting over locks of his hair.
It may not have been the Beatles at Shea stadium,
but it was a start …

Jazz, too, was popular music in the first half of the 20th century.
No one outsold Louis Armstrong or Benny Goodman or Artie Shaw
at the height of their fame.

The Music Lovers‘ world today is pretty damn good

music lovers
Steve Coleman
And today the free market allows you to indulge
your musical tastes no matter how rarified or obscure.
Maybe you like bebop.
And not just bebop but post-bop.
And maybe not just post-bop but electric bebop blended with funk?
If you don’t think something like that exists
or could possibly be done well, you haven’t heard the music of
alto saxophonist Steve Coleman and his band Five Elements.
(Although you’d need to keep your mind wide open.)
Imagine Charlie Parker jamming with James Brown.

Today you also have easy access to beautiful and
exotic music from all over the world.
In my view, every record collection should have some reggae,
some fado, some conjunto, and perhaps even a few ragas.

music lovers
MP4 Player sunglasses
You can own whatever music you prefer –
and inexpensively – in the format of your choice,
from vinyl to compact discs to MP3 files.
And there has never been higher-quality
playback equipment available at a lower cost.
If you are a music lover who is even moderately affluent,
why limit yourself to a boom box or iPod?
You owe it to yourself to hear a demonstration
of an audiophile-quality system.
In fact, if you’ve already splurged on an expensive home theater system,
you may already have one and not know it.
Try turning off the tube and popping a CD into the DVD player.
(Yes, it will play it.) You might be surprised.

In short, there has never been a wider selection of great music available.
It has never been less expensive to own relative to disposable income.
Nor has it ever been easier to access it, buy it, carry it, or share it.

So skip the Top 40 and put something good on.
And remember the words of Frank Zappa:
“Information is not knowledge; knowledge is not wisdom;
wisdom is not truth; truth is not beauty; beauty is not love;
love is not music.
Music is the best.”

Carpe Diem, Alex

For Music Lovers Only

Well, what do you music lovers think of that?
Are some of you music lovers from my generation
feeling a little better inclined towards the modern scene?

Certainly, made me think a bit differently!

Which is what we do,
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which help enrich our communities.

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Pooper Survival Guide

Pooper Survival Guide at Work

pooperOK, You asked for it! Not!
But you’re going to get it anyway!

By unpopular demand,
a return to things anal.
How low can we get?
Discussing such smelly subjects
Captive to our base humor!

Oh, some serious research was done
to finally focus on one base source only:
Thanks Guys, Much appreciated!

Pooper Survival Guide

This is a more common problem than we realize.
Most of us work or school or play in situations
where the Pooper facilities are in cubicles
in very close proximity to each other.

To ameliorate these proximity accidents,
we provide some pooper definitions that
you can memorize which will make the
pooper problems more of a pleasure at work (or play).

Innate terminology for the Pooper

ESCAPEE: A fart that slips out while taking
a leak at the urinal or forcing poop in a stall.
This is usually accompanied by a sudden wave of panic/embarrassment.
If you release an escapee, do not acknowledge it.
Pretend it did not happen.
If you are standing next to the farter at the urinal,
pretend that you did not hear it.
No one likes an escapee, it is uncomfortable for all involved.
Making a joke or laughing makes both parties feel uneasy.

pooperJAILBREAK (Used in conjunction with escapee):
When forcing a poop, several farts slip out at a machine gun’s pace.
This is usually a side effect of diarrhea or a hangover.
If this should happen do not panic,
remain in the stall until every pooper has left the bathroom
so to spare everyone the awkwardness of what just occurred.

COURTESY FLUSH: The act of flushing the toilet the instant
the nose cone of the poop log hits the water and
the poop is whisked away to an undisclosed location.
This reduces the amount of air time the poop has to stink up the bathroom.
This can help you avoid being caught doing the WALK OF SHAME.

WALK OF SHAME: Walking from the stall, to the sink,
to the door after you have just stunk-up the shitter.
This can be a very uncomfortable moment if another pooper walks in and busts you.
As with all farts, it is best to pretend that the smell does not exist.
Can be avoided with the use of a COURTESY FLUSH.

A colleague who poops at work and is damn proud of it.
You will often see an Out of the Closet Pooper enter the bathroom
with a newspaper or magazine under their arm.
Always look around the office for the Out OF THE CLOSET POOPER
before entering the bathroom.

This is a group of coworkers who band together to ensure
emergency pooping goes off without incident.
This group can help you to monitor the whereabouts of

SAFE HAVEN: A seldom used bathroom somewhere in the building
where you can least expect pooper visitors.
Try floors that are predominantly of the opposite sex.
This will reduce the odds of a pooper of your sex entering the bathroom.

TURD BURGLAR: A pooper who does not realize that
you’re in the stall and tries to force the door open.
This is one of the most shocking and vulnerable moments
that occur when taking a dump at work.
If this occurs, remain in the stall until the TURD BURGLAR leaves.
This way you will avoid all uncomfortable eye contact.
TURD BURGLARS have been known to cause premature pinchage,
which inevitably causes you to pinch one off in the middle.

CAMO-COUGH: A phony cough which alerts all new entrants
into the bathroom that you are in a pooper stall.
This can be used to cover-up a WATERMELON
or to alert potential TURD BURGLARS.
Very effective when used in conjunction with an ASTAIRE.

ASTAIRE: This is a subtle toe-tap that is used to alert
all potential TURD BURGLARS that you are occupying a pooper stall.
This will remove all doubt that the stall is occupied.
If you hear an ASTAIRE, leave the bathroom immediately
so the pooper can poop in peace.

WATERMELON: A turd that creates a loud splash
when hitting the toilet water.
This is also an embarrassing incident.
If you feel a WATERMELON coming on,
create a diversion. See CAMO-COUGH.

HAVANA OMELET: A load of diarrhea that creates
a series of loud splashes in the toilet water.
Often accompanied by an escapee.
Try using a CAMO-COUGH with an ASTAIRE.

UNCLE TED: A bathroom user who seems to linger around forever.
Could spend extended lengths of time in front of the mirror
or sitting on the pooper pot.
An UNCLE TED makes it difficult to relax while on the crapper,
as you should always wait to drop your load when the bathroom is empty.
This benefits you as well as the other bathroom attendees.

FLY BY: The act of scouting out a bathroom before pooping.
Walk in, check for other poopers.
If there are other poopers in the bathroom, leave and come back again.
Be careful not to become a FREQUENT FLYER.
People may become suspicious if they catch you constantly going into the bathroom.

Pooper’s Word Games of the actual Poop

GHOST Poop: The kind where you feel the Poop come out, but there is no Poop in the toilet.

CLEAN Poop: The kind where you Poop it out, see it in the toilet, but there is nothing on the paper.

pooperWET Poop: The kind where you wipe your butt 50 times and it still feels un-wiped, so you have to put some toilet paper between your butt and your underwear so you don’t ruin them with a stain.

SECOND WAVE Poop: This happens when you’re done Pooping and you’ve pulled your pants up to your knees, and you realize that you have to Poop some more.

POP-A-VEIN-IN-YOUR-FOREHEAD-Poop: The kind where you strain so much to get it out, you practically have a stroke.

LINCOLN LOG Poop: The kind of Poop that is so huge you’re afraid to flush without first breaking it into little pieces with the toilet brush.

GASSEY Poop: It’s so noisy, everyone within earshot giggles.

DRINKER Poop: The kind of Poop you have the morning after a night of drinking. Its most noticeable trait is the skid marks on the bottom of the toilet.

CORN Poop: (Self-explanatory)

GEE-I-WISH-I-COULD-Poop-Poop: The kind where you want to Poop, but all you do is set on the toilet and fart a few times.

SPINAL TAP Poop: This is when it hurts so badly coming out you’d swear it was leaving you sideways.

WET CHEEKS Poop: (The Power Dump). The kind that comes out of your butt so fast, your butt cheeks get splashed with water.

LIQUID Poop: The kind where yellowish-brown liquid shoots out of your butt and splashes all over the toilet bowl.

MEXICAN Poop: It smells so badly that your nose burns.

UPPER CLASS Poop: The kind of Poop that has no odor.

THE SURPRISE Poop: You are not at the toilet because you think you are about to fart but…oops…a Poop!!!

THE DANGLING Poop: This Poop refuses to drop into the toilet even though you know you are done Pooping it. You just pray that a shake or two will cut it loose.

Pooper Survival Guide at Work

So there we have it.
Enough info for all poopers to poop in peace.
and to treat other poopers with courtesy.
For it is a serious business
that we have to do every day.

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Rest assured.
We let you poop in peace.