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  1. Mum got her first covid vaccine shot today. :) I mean, things aren’t exactly troublesome down here, but it’s still definitely nice to have.

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    2. WillowDarkling

      WillowDarkling

      Yes, the government up here has also decided to not use the AstraZeneca vaccine for the under 50 crowd, because of those blood clot cases. But as far as I know they’re pretty much on schedule with the vaccine plans, so my parents (mum has underlying conditions, and dad’s turning 69 this year) should be up this month, and then hopefully I’ll be getting mine near the end of the month, start of May. And we’ve got decent control of the pandemic up here as well, although we had a fourth wave pick up just around Christmas, which is thankfully back under control. 

      Let’s hope you guys stay on track with keeping Covid under control (knock on wood) and that you’ll get the jab soon. And I can only imagine how much stress it lifts for you that your mum is getting her jabs, and therefore getting some level of protection :hug: 

    3. Melrick

      Melrick

      The health district that we live in is called the Hunter New England health district, which is nearly 132,000 square kilometres in size, just to give you an idea, and we haven’t had a single case of Covid for 251 days, so we’ve been living life pretty normally for quite a while now.  And here’s hoping that continues!

    4. WillowDarkling

      WillowDarkling

      :jaw:Alrighty then… Iceland is 103.000 km2  total  :rofl:   And we’re definitely not doing that well :D Population is somewhere around the 350 000 mark now, I think. But I hope you guys keep doing that well, and that we’ll catch up eventually :D 

  2. Around this time last year, we were dealing with devastating fires and serious water restrictions.  Now we’re having record rainfalls and devastating floods.  At least you can’t say we don’t have variety in Australia!

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    2. WillowDarkling

      WillowDarkling

      And my friends in NSW posted on FB yesterday, that there’s now also a plague of spiders running away from the flooding…  So, good luck with that, Melrick!

    3. kagome26isawsome

      kagome26isawsome

      omg a plague of spiders and mice! remind me never to visit austraila! but be safe Melrick! guess i wont complain about the weather either

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      lol I read about the spiders.  I’m not bothered by spiders, so that doesn’t worry me.  Well, as long as the deadly ones stay outside.

      Today was a day of sunshine!  Actually sunshine!  Man that feels good.  Some areas got 1 metre of rain in a 7 day period, which is about 3.3 feet.

  3. A lady by the username of Maidenhair, who used to be a regular on here years ago, has sadly passed away.  She was a funny, selfless person who was always willing to help others.  56 is way too young.  RIP Linda.

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    2. WillowDarkling

      WillowDarkling

      I never met her either, but may she rest in peace. :hug:

    3. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      May she be at rest, and may her loved ones find peace. :hug:

       

    4. JayDee

      JayDee

      Too young.

  4. So now my mum has lost the sight in her right eye.  Just when things were looking up for her, Mother Nature takes another dump in her lap.  One fucking thing after another.

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    2. Melrick

      Melrick

      Thank you, I appreciate it. 

    3. pittwitch

      pittwitch

      Prayers for you & mum, Mel.  I’m very sorry to learn she has even more hurdles ahead.  :(

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      Thank you, Pitt. I don't think it pays to get old. 

  5. A bird recently shat on my head.  Apparently that’s lucky, although I can’t say it felt lucky at the time.  Still, perhaps the lucky bit was that it was a seagull and not one of the 28lb pelicans we were surrounded by.

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Oh, the puns that can be had here… I think I’ll hold off…. :)

    2. Arian-Sinclair

      Arian-Sinclair

      sea, but eye’m not one to hold back from puns. I might even make it a gull to throw around as many puns as possible. XD 

    3. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Resisting…. trying to avoid temptation …. about how shitty the day’s going, or how the head is full of it… resisting.

  6. Second time now I’ve spent a whole day with sensitive nipples.  Weird.  Is it normal for a guy to have periodic sensitive nipples?  Is it normal for women, come to think of it.  Can’t say its very pleasant.

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    2. CloverReef

      CloverReef

      Sometimes your nerve endings in any part of your body can become sensitive or inflamed. I get it in the skin of my arms and legs on occassion. It’s not like a rash, it doesn’t get discoloured and the texture doesn’t change, it’s just increasingly sensitive to touch and cold, and sometimes can get painful. When it comes to the nipples, specifically, it’s a naturally sensitive part of your body. More so for some people than others, regardless of gender. It cooould be sign of a hormonal shift, which could be caused by food your eating, or medical issues, medications.

      Since this is the second time, I’d consider what has changed about your routine around the time that it started. You can also go to a naturopath and request a full hormone workup, which is pretty much just a spit test where they ship it off and give you a report of your hormone levels. At least in canada, GPs will only test your testosterone and estrogen, but you got more hormones than that, lol. 

    3. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      Just so  long as it’s not bad sunburn. Dear gods, that’s unpleasant as the hells… :blink:

       

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      Nope definitely not a sunburn.  I’m a guy, so my normal routine is to wait until things are actually hanging out or falling off before going to the doctor.  But if it does it again then I might do something about it.  Or possibly wait for it to do it another 15 or 20 times first. lol

  7. Lakeside picnic with mum on a sunny 25C winter’s day.  Not a bad day.

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Sounds great!

    2. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      I’m jealous! :lol: But seriously, I’m glad you had a chance to have a picnic at lakeside—there’s nothing better! :D

  8. To my surprise, they fixed the outage much quicker than they predicted.  Sometimes I think they deliberately give a long repair time just so you’re happy with them when it’s fixed quicker than that.

    1. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      Well, that wouldn’t surprise me, but we’re glad to have you back!

    2. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      :congratualtions:  Fingers crossed, mine should be restored this evening.

    3. Melrick

      Melrick

      Here’s hoping!  It’s boring without the internet.

  9. No internet until possibly 27th.

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    2. kagome26isawsome

      kagome26isawsome

      i told ya you need to pay your bill Melrick! butttt nooooooo! lol 

    3. Melrick

      Melrick

      It's like being back in the 80's again.  Well, apart from the mobile phone.

    4. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Feel your pain, mine's out too, so I won't confirm checking in at work....

  10. A conspiracy theory says that Australia doesn’t actually exist.  Well, that’s… concerning, since I actually live there.

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    2. Praetor

      Praetor

           An island that’s also a nation and a continent does seem a little too fictitious.  No, that can’t be right.  Hugh Jackman is real, is he not?  Now New Zealand on the other hand, I’ve never actually seen someone from there...

    3. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      @Praetor Hobbits are very good at making sure they’re not seen, that’s just in the nature of a hobbit.

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      I’m just glad my girlfriend isn’t Australian.  At least she isn’t imaginary.

  11. The duodenum is a C-shaped section of the small intestine that connects directly to the stomach. Medical text books generally state that digestive juices and enzymes from the liver, gallbladder and pancreas empty into the duodenum to aid digestion.  Gallbladder?!  That’s literally nothing more than a reservoir for the bile given to it by the liver! Stop giving the gallbladder credit for something it doesn’t deserve!

    Okay, medical rant over.

  12. Mother’s Day was yesterday here, but a happy Mother’s Day to my lovely mum, and a happy Mother’s Day to all mum’s.

    1. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      Thank you, and wish your mum a belated happy Mother’s Day from over here! :D

  13. So, my mum’s mini strokes can’t be made to go away permanently.  Well that’s just fucking dandy.  Anybody got a heart in good working order they don’t want anymore?

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    2. Melrick

      Melrick

      Yep she’s on blood thinners, which should hopefully deal with the possible blood clots, but they don’t stop the actual atrial fibrillations, which can be pretty devastating for her on its own.

    3. GeorgeGlass

      GeorgeGlass

      And she’s probably not well enough for surgery, unless they could do a minimally invasive Maze procedure or something. Sorry it’s been so tough.

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      Yeah surgery seems out of the question.  Ah well, we just have to cross our fingers and hope things improve somehow.  Just one of the joys of growing old I guess.

  14. I know nothing about Gridiron, as we call it down here, but this little fact I learnt today blew me away: an average game only contains 11 minutes of action.  11 minutes!  That’s astonishing to me.  That contrasts to rugby league that we play down here which is two 40 minute halves, each half essentially non-stop action.

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    2. Melrick
    3. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      I think I’m smitten! I’m going to have to read up on rules, and then watch more, but this looks far more interesting than I’d imagined. Thank you! :lol:

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      lol You’re welcome!

  15. Okay, I finally got the all archive FAQ’s screenshots updated.  About bloody time.

    1. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      I know, it’s a pain, isn’t it? (And now they’ll change something yet again and we can all pull our hair out anew...)

    2. JayDee

      JayDee

      Thank you for the time and effort!

    3. Melrick

      Melrick

      It’s not that they’re difficult, just time consuming.  And when you’re sitting here sweating to death, it makes the time pass even more slowly.  But yeah, they’re fine for now, until the next change! :cry:

  16. I’ve collaborated on a story with someone I think twice in my life, the last time maybe 15 years ago.  And I miss it.  I found it creatively fun.  But I’m not the sort of person who can collaborate with just anyone, and certainly not with a stranger; it’s too personal an experience for that.  I’m probably just odd that way.  And I’m sure some writing styles would clash too much to collaborate to create a seamless story.  But I do miss it.

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    2. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      I probably wasn’t very clear in my reply. I’ve been feeling less than enthusiastic about my writing lately, but my co-authored stories are very enjoyable, and I look forward to writing with both my co-authors. The subjects of the stories are very different, yes, and the stories each have different styles, but I have no particular need to write in one style, so I enjoy that as well. I adore Pip and Willow both, and I’d be happy writing a shopping list with either of them. :D

    3. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Let’s start @BronxWench shopping list:

      • Whips
      • Chains
      • Butter, both soft and hard
      • Produce, lots of produce
    4. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      You forgot wine and chocolate, @Desiderius Price :lol:

  17. The weather people were wrong, it didn’t get to 110F today, it got to 115F!  So… that’s… great.  Here’s an indication as to what it was actually like in the sun though.  There’s a cricket match going on in Sydney – Australia v England – and in the middle of the playing field, in the sun, it got up to 57C/135F.  And the shade temperature was the same here, so that’s what it would have been like in the sun here.  Yay.

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    2. WillowDarkling

      WillowDarkling

      Honestly, this whole conversation is beginning to make me wonder whether Melrick will actually survive his first visit to a snowy, cold place :D or if it will just be like, Melrick steps off the plane, gets all the way to the exit of the airport and then just goes, “Nope, fuck this shit, it’s too cold...” and then turns around and goes back home to Hell… ::cough, cough:: I meant, Australia… :kittensorry:

    3. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      I could handle the cold season by Melrick just fine, but sadly, I’m not looking to run away then. And even as heat-seeking as I am, without the occasional foray into air conditioning, I’d not last in the hot season there. 

      But you know, I used to say the same thing to ShadowKnight, who swore he would love snow, and cold weather. :lol:

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      I don’t know how I’d handle truly cold weather.  The coldest winter day time temperature here is maybe 10C degrees, and even then I honestly can’t remember the last time it got down that low.  A 15C degree day is a bloody cold one to me.  So sub zero would probably freak me out.  It would be fun to experience, but probably for a few seconds only, and then I’d be awful keen to find a nice roaring fire nearby. lol

  18. 10:30am and it was already 105F.  This is going to be a great day...

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    2. WillowDarkling

      WillowDarkling

      You’re welcome to move… currently it is windy enough to make the rain come in sideways, and a balmy 1°C :D That’s 33.8°F for you temperature challenged folks :P 

    3. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      @Melrick Steaks?  A little aluminium foil, and should be able to cook it as desired.

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      @WillowDarkling Oh stop, you’re making me jealous! lol

      @Desiderius Price  That would have probably worked.  Although much like our lawn, my appetite dries up in extreme heat.

  19. I hurt my back.  More than normal, that is.  Feels like someone stabbed me in the back, several times.  And one of the fans in my computer is buggered and sounds like someone’s got a playing card in the spokes of a bicycle.

    You’ve got to laughed!  Well it’s either laugh or cry, and I’d rather laugh.

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    2. Melrick

      Melrick

      I don’t know who Brienne is but I appreciate the offer. lol

    3. pippychick

      pippychick

      Off topic, but you guys… giving NZ a run for their money… :wub:

       

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      And as every right thinking Aussie said at that announcement: About bloody time!

  20. Isn’t Christmas meant to be a happy, peaceful time of the year?  Money issues, computer issues, hoping my mum lives long enough to actually get to see an overworked cardiologist, blocked sewage pipes, more yard work than I can handle, especially given my bad back, arthritis in my knees getting worse… oh yeah, I can’t wait for this year to end.  I wasn’t going to have a whinge, but fuck it, why not.

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    2. JayDee

      JayDee

      Sounds like a big pile of shit to have to deal with. I hope things improve for you somehow.

    3. DemonGoddess

      DemonGoddess

      Jeebus Melrick.  Hang in there, things are bound to improve!

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      Okay, boobies do make most things much better, I’ll be honest.  Thanks @pippychick :D

  21. A fun, if painful, fact: a Kiwi’s egg is so large that its human equivalent would be a mother giving birth to a 6 year old child.

    1. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      And we wonder why kiwi haven’t taken over the world. Yeesh. If that were true for humans, I’d have remained childless quite happily.

  22. Got my computer back now.  Microsoft Windows 10 updates are the spawn of the devil.

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    2. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Or, if I need to shut off the machine, right now, but windows decides that’s a wonderful time to install an update… it’s like, damn, I don’t have to option to even defer it to the next boot.  (My desktop is dual boot, linux vs windows, and a quirk of the motherboard lets me use a slider switch to choose between the two.)

      If you get fed up with windows, one can try one of the Linux distributions (Mint is a typical “safe” choice).  Mine, Gentoo, is very rough, however, it doesn’t mess around when I tell it to do something; ie, shutting down doesn’t bog me down with all those “do you want to save” or other dialogs, it shuts down as instructed.

       

    3. Melrick

      Melrick

      No wonder I have a headache.  Microsoft is enough to give anyone a headache.

    4. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      For a short while, with win 7 and 8.1, they seemed to start getting it right, so much so that I had switched my desktop to windows due to a rather intractable technical difficulty that made Linux really tough to get working properly (new hardware and something I hadn’t dealt with before), and this was after more than a decade with Linux.  However, they soon began pushing windows 10, very aggressively, effectively forcing the switch, and that told me enough to double my efforts to get Linux back.  Once I can afford new hardware, I’m divorcing the two, and will go back to dedicated separate linux/windows machines.  (I still need windows, from time to time, both for games and tax software.)

  23. Australian’s yesterday voted to have marriage equality.  About damn time.  Now it’s up to the useless politicians to actually put it into action.

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    2. pippychick

      pippychick

      Ah… now I get the picture. *nods*

      Just turning up to claim their salary, are they? Yep. Sounds like a group of politicians I know too. And a bunch of unelected idiots whom I will never, ever, meet. And if I did meet them, the title I’d give them wouldn’t be the one they were used to. With the possible exception of Lord Adonis, who is invariably an incredible disappointment every time you see his picture alongside his name. *sighs* I might be tempted into sarcasm with that one.

    3. WillowDarkling

      WillowDarkling

      I’m just going  to say congratulations, Melrick, it’s fantastic news, and hopefully the politicians will be quick to put it into law, as the people want them to. :congratualtions:

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      They’re saying they’re hoping to have the legislation in place by Christmas.  Yesterday was a good day for Australia, actually.  Marriage equality, and Australia won its soccer match, thereby qualifying for the World Cup!  Woohoo!

  24. I think my cat was bitten by a spider, but the tough old bastard somehow survived.

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    2. Melrick

      Melrick

      Btw, the name “Darwin’s Law” would work on two levels.  The capital city of The Northern Territory, which is up the Top End where all the crocs are, is called Darwin.  Drop them off there and tell them it’s okay to go swimming in any of the waterholes in the area.  The reality is that only the insane would go swimming in anything vaguely wet up there.

    3. pippychick

      pippychick

      Excellent! If we add whale hunters to the mix, we could intimate that there are whales in the water. Nice early pay off for the viewers.

      Green whales, with lots of teeth.

      I actually love crocodiles. There was a program on not long back here called Spy in the Wild, and they put two cameras in fake baby crocs, and left them to see what happens to real babies. And when they all hatched, their mother (who’s been waiting for them) picks them all up in her mouth and carries them to the water where they’ll be safe. They’re all there, peeking out of this weird natural cage between her teeth. Most amazing thing. Especially since when I was a kid, nature documentaries were still telling us all that crocodiles didn’t care for their young at all.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bVZeOt7bCw

       

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      I’ve seen that show.  Very interesting.  They used to think crocs ate their babies, because they saw them pick them up in their mouths, and they couldn’t entertain the idea that these giant, savage creatures could possibly be that gentle with their young.

  25. Well, girlfriend has gone back home now, so life goes back to normal, for better or worse, mostly worse.

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    2. Melrick

      Melrick

      Yup, that’s it, I finally had someone – I mean something – to do.

    3. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      Let’s hope it’s not too long before you spend time together again. 

    4. Melrick

      Melrick

      I hope so too.