2008-02-29

Posting for the sake of posting

Today is the 29th of Feburary. It's a day that comes only once every 4 years, hence I wanted to post for the sake of posting on a day that doesn't come around too often. Ironically, that's really all I have to say for this post... what a waste of space.

A littel update on life:

1) The updated more speedy internet is not really as fast as I had hope it would be. But that has an upside in that it limits me downloading and exceeding the monthly quota too fast. It's also limiting my downloading by doing funny things with port forwarding. I guess if I could really be bothered, I could go through all those set up again, but I can't really be bothered. And like I said, these limitations are helping me curb my tendency to download just any crap.

2) Work is not so bad lately. Mainly because nothing has yet to die on me. Death always brings about a period of melancholy and questioning about my career choice. Having ungrateful demanding clients also brings about such periods of depression, but usually with more anger mixed within. Still I think I should be looking into a possible career change. I can't avoid death forever. Nor nasty clients.

3) I need a holiday, but my big dilemma is when to take it. Whilst I'm pondering on this issue, my chances of actually taking a break this year is slipping away. Holiday leave gets snapped up really quick at my workplace. I just think if I take any time off, I'd just be wasting the time by sleeping at home anywa. If I'm going to take a holiday, then I want to do something. But then, to do something means having to organise it. If it's an overseas trip, I'll have to factor in the parents. I'll feel bad if I leave them behind and go travelling myself. But if I take them along, it'll limit where we go, and who else I go with. It'll be really strange if I decided to take a trip to Japan with my friends and have my parents tag along as well. Decisions decisions. There's a world vet conference which is held in Dublin this year. It's one thing I like about being a vet. There's always conferences which are held throughout the year, that gives you a chance to travel, if your work allows it that is. That could be a possibility, as it means I could tour Europe. But then cost factors in as well. *sigh* I'm such a bum that it'll probably mean I'll waste another year away not taking any leave. Or I'll drop dead working. Who knows. 4) Currently watching Suzymiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. I realised I'm jumping on the crazy bandwagon a little late, but I can see how it would've triggered off a bit of mania back when it was at the peak of it form. It's a really bizzare series, where the episodes are not in chronological order, and every episode's some crazy occurence which on never turns out as normal as it starts off to be. It's one of those anime where you don't really have to think too deeply into things, but still enjoy the wackiness of it all without fully understanding what's happening. Am glad I used up 1/6 of my monthly download quota to acquire this series.

5) Have joined and started playing the ASX sharemarket game. It's free, so why not. You get to start with $50,000 with a limited list of companies you can buy shares from. The market prices actually follow the current market, so no one really is able to predict the outcome. Although many more people playing this game probably have a better idea of what they're doing than me. Currently I am holding less money than when I started the game a week ago. This can't bode well for my prospects in this game. Am I glad it's not actually my own money I'm playing with...

6) Have started reading The Stone Key, which is the long awaited fifth book of the Obernewtyn series. It's thick, heavy to carry around, and my biggest grudge against this book is that it's not hte last one of the series. I had actually went back and re-read the 4 books earlier in the series, and on first page of the second book it was distinctly stated that the chronicle is going to be a 5 book seires. She lies. Or it lies. Don't really know the gender of the person who wrote that little bit at the front of the book which briefs us on the author and her life. The book itself is actually quite good so far, and I'm grateful there are more books to come in this series which means I won't be going into a book drought hopefully anytime soon.

7) Am currently angry at this new desalination plant which has been scheduled to be build down in Wonthaggi. Mainly because it's robbing my friend and her family of their house and home. Literally. My friend's family owns a little dairy farm down in Wonthaggi, which had belonged to her grandfather before now. It's not a large farm, but it's their home. I've actually been lucky enough to stay with their family a couple of times and I love it! It's a beautiful place, maybe not to some, as it has a reputation for being wet and windy, but I loved it. It's also conveniently situated next to a relatively isolated beach, which literally sits at their backdoor. Earlier this month, the family suddenly received a notice saything that their property is needed for this new desalination plant, and they have till the end of the month to evacuate. Just like that, generations of work down the drain. Not to mention their newly built house as well. Now not only are they looking at possibly selling off their dairy herd, they're also looking at the prospect of not having a permanent home at the end of the year. Not to mention unemployment. The "compensation" they'll get for losing their home is going to be hardly enough for them to acquire another farm elsewhere. Land is expensive these days, and house prices for that matter. I'm just outraged that in this land and country, people can just lose their homes like that, without a second say in the issue. Apparently there's this law that permits the government to take one's home if it's required for building of public service facilities (e.g. freeways and such). The legal system is screwed. So my poor friend, it's not been a good time for her. First her job's getting her down (like me) and now this. Hopefully something will come right out of this schemozzle.

Well that's all for now. For someone who had nothing to say, I sure managed to write quite a bit. Now will waste away the rest of this once-every-4-year day doing nothing. Yay... *moves arms about lethargically*

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