December 07, 2004
on top of something, alright
Here is your horoscope for Tuesday, December 7:
You're on top of the world right now -- and you won't be climbing down any time soon. So if a bit of intrigue comes your way via a work-related situation, you'll be able to handle it, and keep smiling, too.
I got the job. THE
job. My new title is Manager, Communication and Media Liaison.
I love it when my horoscope is right *squeeeee*!!!
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That's teh h0tn3ss.
Ha! I told you! CONGRATULATIONS to you on what is surely well-deserved! You rock, Goldie!
That's fantastic!!! Congratulations.
Woo Hoo! Fantastic news...
Yay for Goldie.... Now I've got to hope it works for a fellow Gemini.
congratulations, goldie! that's awesome!
Congrats! I can't think of anyone better!
Wait... liaison... doesn't that mean that you... you know... like kissing girls?
Are you trying to tell us you'll be making adult movies? ;-)
Well that's some good news for you! Oh lookie right near X-mas as well.
BTW Loving the selection of new skins to choose from!
Didn't doubt you would for a minute.
congrats hon! well deserved!
I think we are all moving up in the world. I am now the 'Director of Events'! :)
Now start liasoning the hell outta that communication and media.
Seriously. You're not being paid to blog. Git! *whip crack of the corporate fatcat*
congrats - doesn;t sound like my idea of fun, but if works for you, goodo!
hey, congrats! Now you'll get to deal with the fun of reporters. Do me a favor and don't return their calls for awhile, eh?
October 24, 2004
a rose by any other name
pointed via Rachel, the ewe (?!)
Helen, the Bright One.
Name Origin: Greek
Number of Syllables: 2.00
More interesting facts about the name Helen:
Lucky Number: 8 (I was born on the 8th)
Ruling Planet: Saturn (BAH! Effin typical. No wonder life always seems to think I need to be taught a lesson.)
Primary Color: Rose (Pink's alright)
Traits: Inclined to be cold and pessimistic. Not much sense of humor. Often slow getting off the mark but usually ends up ahead of the game. Successful, especially where money is concerned. Frequently connected with mining, real estate and the law. Also with cemeteries and pawnshops (WTF?!). Believes that hard work never killed anyone. Often prepossessed with thoughts of the past.
About the only correct thing in that analysis is the last sentence. I always knew I had the wrong name. Let's see what they say about goldie.
Goldie, made of gold.
Name Origin: English
Number of Syllables: 2.00
More interesting facts about the name Goldie:
Lucky Number: 7
Ruling Planet: Neptune
Primary Color: Violet
Traits: Frequently possesses E.S.P. Extremely "psychic"; Introvert. Although she does not say much, she usually knows a great deal (Aheh). Mysterious. Often interested in psychology, psychiatry, chemistry, and botany (funny that. I did a psych degree with a minor in organic chemistry. and I like to garden. a lot). Knowledgeable in astrology and all fields of the occult. Fond of fishing (absolutely NOT! I'm afraid of the things). Inclined to take from the "haves" and give to the "have nots" (most certainly).
I think you'll agree my screen name has me slightly better off. *grin*
posted by goldie
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Your screen name is much more like you, darling!
Oi! Screen name? As in AIM? Girl, how have you not told me that by now? I'm up at all hours, so the time difference ain't no thang.
Gimme gimme gimme!
That first one is the furthest (farthest?) description from you I can think of! Goldie suits much better - we shall just use that from now on. I have a hangover and must lie down again now. xx
P.S. Caterwaul! Not clowder? :)
aw thanks kelly *mwah*
G-Fry darls, I wouldn't touch AOL with yours ;). however my ICQ is available for anyone who has ICQ or Trillian!
Daphne, hon, only if I can call you Daphne *giggles*. how can you have a hangover? I saw you drink like one glass of wine last night at the quiz night! Sneaky.
PS clowder INDEED!
Hey wow, that was fascinating.... I put in my real name, and I got exactly the same meaning as the name Goldie... how intruiging!
Babe, you so have a sense of humor. For real. So you should officially change your name to Goldie, I think.
Of course, I use Helen as my screen name, so I have to wonder what that says about me...
SP, you and I just keep having these spooky coincidences, don't we...
helen-who-isn't-really-helen, thanks babe! and no, it doesn't suit you as a screen name either. maybe that's why you chose it... a true mask, nest pas? ;)
October 08, 2004
would you like fries with that?
I have a rather irreverent family. If you don't already, please take 90% of my posts with some boxed Maldon sea salt. Even when we're talking about the most serious of stuff, we love to laugh. And the laughter brings love :).
Case in point.
Setting: A few days ago in a small city café. Think light, bright, generic.
Me: How's your salad?
CY: YUM! Although you should see what I have to start eating next week.
Me: What? Did you go to the nutritionist?
CY: Yeah. Apparently my liver is filthy and dirty from all my treatment and needs a good cleanse.
Me: Eew. Not that you weren't already filthy. So you have to eat just veggies and stuff?
CY: And I'm only allowed fish, no meat. And I hate fish. *screws up nose* And it all has to be organic. I'm not allowed sugar, just pure organic hippy honey from like one tiny little stall in the Central Market.
Roja: *chuckles* And... tell her the rest...
CY: OH! No dairy! No caffeine!!!! I might die!!! And I have to eat all these seeds. Like flaxseed and linseed and some other kind of bloody seed every single day.
Me: *looks comically aghast*
CY: It's not enough that I've lost my hair. Maybe I should just move in the with budgie now. Hey! I might sprout some feathers...?!
Me and Roja: *spit drinks all over the table*
posted by goldie
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Yeah, I don't know if I could stick to that diet. Poor thing! Good luck CY!
I'll bet she'd look cute in feathers :-)
Yeah, who needs a boa, anyway!?
Laughter IS the best medicine, you know. Love to you both!
I couldn't stick to that diet. I HATE fish. I LOVE dairy. More power to her.. and give her a huge hug for me. :)
September 21, 2004
train tracks, train tracks part 2
Guess what? I'm in a net cafe on my lunch break. Sad, but true. But I just had to tell you stuff.
So I just came back from my ortho appointment. Do you want the good news first, or the bad news?
Yeah I always want the bad news first too. *grin*
Bad news: I definitely need tooth realignment, and Invisalign just isn't gonna cut it. Nor is a plate/retainer. So it's the good ole clear braces brackets for me.
Good news: I'll only need them for 9 months instead of the 2 years I originally feared, and they'll only cost me $1100, instead of $2500. Woohoo!« I'm finished
posted by goldie
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Sounds like good news to me!!
SWEET. You're going to hiss when you talk.
Ev: Nah. That's plates/retainers.
I just recently recieved braces for $1700 vs. what I thougt to be ~$3000, and guess how long I have to wear them... 9 months. I just saw this entry and had to say that, isn't that veird?
Every dentist I've ever gone to has asked me if I've had braces in the past. Apparently, my teeth are naturally very straight. Not to rub it in or anything...
September 12, 2004
There are a few posts around the place on exactly where people were when they heard about 9-11.
I remember getting a call at about 11.15 pm (Aussie time) that night from a good friend saying "Ohmigod, ohmigod! They've flown into the World Trade Centre in New York!".
You might kill me for this, but the next thing I thought was "...so?". Really. Which I think was more a testament to all the movies and television I'd seen documenting disasters. It truly didn't feel real to me, and I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.
It didn't help that I happened to be snogging away in the back corner of Spats Cafe on my second date with my now-husband.
In fact it didn't hit me at all until I got home later that night and saw the horrific images on the news... images of the planes careering straight into the buildings. Of the people trapped inside jumping resignedly to their deaths, rather than waiting helplessly to be crushed or consumed by fire. Of the firefighters who charged in fearlessly to save the lives of those who couldn't help themselves, and ended up sacrificing their own.
Even in a country thousands of miles away, we'll never forget.
We keep a huge piece of broadsheet newsprint, a full colour panorama of the massacre, tacked up on our office wall to remind us of those qualities that separate us from the animals: compassion, conscience, tolerance and intelligence. And regret.
posted by goldie
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I posted about what I was doing that morning as well.
I think it's interesting to hear the perspective of someone who is not from the USA on 9/11. I had never really thought about how it might have impacted the rest of the world.
*hugs* Thanks for the link hun. I agree with Kelly, it's always interesting to read about 9/11 from someone from another country. Terrorism is something that every country should be concerned about.
If there is a hell, I'll probably burn in it for what I am about to write....
When I found out about 9/11, I didn't care. All I was worried about was the next target and beginning my preparation for apocolypse. The time when all my training and wasted weekends would come to the true fruition of its nature. Alas, no further strike came. No, what happened is what I predicted. The American (EVIL) Gov't and the Media turned what was a tragic event and turned it into a goddamned circus, with this sense of fake revere that in any other situation would be called trite. Bush used 9/11 to make himself seem great and SINCE has continued to use it almost THREE YEARS LATER.
But I'm not completely heartless. I recognize that many people of all walks of life died that day in a most tragic way. Many everyday heros gave their lives to do what damage control possible. That does strike a cord with me, but make no mistake America brought the terrorists to our own door step by sticking our great big noses where they don't belong. What is worse is that we could have avoided all of the loss of life surrounding 9/11, if we had only been more active in peaceful resolutions to global conflicts.
Sorry, Goldelen. I've avoided the subject because of this very reason. Sorry, Goldelen's readers, I didn't mean to turn her site into a political debate. Sorry, America, I still wish I was from somewhere else. Any countries want to take in a poor cynical curmudgeon with no religious beliefs or acceptable social value?
Don't worry, Ev, the folks who understand the implications of the attack will do what's necessary whether you know why they're doing it or not.
By the way, Ev, what did those school children in Russia do to deserve THEIR fate?
Goldie - Thanks, hun, you're a sweetie. And truth be told, I felt the same way about Bali. I didn't understand at first, but when I saw the pictures... it was all too clear.
9/11 affected all persons around the world . . . lord knows it seemed very surreal to me, at the time, when I first heard about it (on the radio on my drive into work that morning).
We were paralyzed at work that day. Thanks for sharing your story.
Those kids didn't do anything to deserve what happened. And the innocent victims in the Towers didn't deserve it either. But in the more abstract sense as an American, I have the right to question the motives of a government that makes a habit of getting involved in situations where we don't belong. To clarify, I don't feel that victims of 9/11 or any other terrorist attack are the responsible parties. I DO however feel that in the global sense America acts like a group of 5 year olds. And frankly, Harvey, I'm not sure you caught the whole meaning of my comment. We ASSUME as a country that our way is right and that there is no other possible way. Moreover, we have a religious fanatic running our country, who by the way, didn't win the popular election.
Goldie, I'm sorry for hijacking your comments with my bullshit ideas. Harvey, if you or anyone else want to continue this discussion, feel free to email me.
That's fine Ev, go for your life.
Just because I choose to keep politics out of my posts doesn't mean you shouldn't discuss them in the comments. i welcome robust debate, for all that I might seem to be a fence sitter ;).
Actually, I don't get involved in politics much, particularly american politics because I know little about it, and choose not to delve further.
Harvey: thanks for rememebring Bali! Even now it has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for the Aussies who choose to travel there. Apparently there are messages all over the ruined walls of sorrow and regret. The Aussie embassy in Jakarta was bombed last week also. It was mainly locals killed, very few Aussies, but the message was loud and clear to us - stop helping the war on terror, and keep your tourists out of our country.
Funnily enough, most of the Aussies stayed where they were in Indonesia over the weekend. The airlines offered refunds and changeovers but only about 10% took them up. I don't know if that's a cultural thing, a desensitsation thing or a denial thing. I can say that us Aussies take a bit to get rattled, so...
Evan - true, Bush didn't win the popular election. But the national popular total doesn't matter & never has. It's all about the electoral college results, both parties knew that going in, and designed their strategies around it. It's an odd little quirk that lets someone win without a national majority of the popular vote, but it *does* serve to keep the small-population states from becoming irrelevant.
And yeah, I'm missing your point. You're saying that the American government deserved to have its citizens killed, but the citizens themselves didn't deserve to die?
Odd combination of ideas...
Anyway, what, specifically, did America do to deserve this? I'm at a loss to come up with a crime for which this is a just punishment.
Goldie - thank YOU for having a Prime Minister with courage :-)
As I once posted at your site:
"Australians are strong, loyal, trustworthy, and fierce fighters. If for some unimaginable reason you don't own a gun, consider carrying an Australian in your holster instead."
"thank YOU for having a Prime Minister with courage"
yeah it takes a lot of courage to blindly follow an idiot to war for convaluted reasons ;)
(no offense, harv)
oh and i loved the whitehouse's response to the Australian embassy bombing in Jakarta too: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/09/20040909-2.html
(it's riiiight down the bottom)
Although I'm not sure what you mean by "convoluted".
Pretty simple, really. The murderous poison of Islamism must be destroyed so that the citizens of civilized nations don't have to live under threat from organized terrorism.
yeah lets kill those sand niggers for jesus!
G - a very enlightened, sensitive and compassionate way of phrasing it. However, as long as terrorists and their supporters wind up dead or civilized, I don't care what you call them.
Evan - Um... the letter "S" in Morse Code?
No. I WAS speechless at G's comment. How blatanly racist.
I'm hoping he was being sarcastic. Really.
Of course I was being sarcastic. But that's my impression fo your hawks out there! I was trying to use humour to point out the stupidity of the war mongerers points of view... I thought we were still prentending this war was NOT about religious oppression and oil?
...and if u endorse killing "terrorists" Harv then did you endorse the 9/11 attacks? Coz the only country to ever be tried by the UN for STATE SPONSORED TERRORSIM is the good old US of A. So was it therefore justified to kill all those "terrorists" on 9/11? According to your logic, sure! Or don't you think for yourself, just follow O'Reilly and Fox News Channel?
Guys, I just want peace. I dont wanna turn this into a big shit storm. I just hate the idea of my country and the rest of the RICH, PRIVILEDGED WEST bombing the living shit out of a medieval country whose population had done nothing to provoke it. WTF aint the US chasing Osama? I know it SOUNDS kinda like Saddam.. but come on!?
Oridinary Iraqi's did as much to deserve their deaths as the population of the two towers. It's not fair for any innocents to die, regardless of their RELIGION or place of BIRTH.
It's 2004 guys, lets EVOLVE.
Have been thinking about your "convert them or kill them" policy there Harvs... reminds me a lot of a policy a group had in the 1930s regarding ppl of Jewish or Slavic descent... what were they called? Oh yeah: The Nazi Party - but weren't they called 'The New World Order' for a while too?
The Harv/US's "lets kill everyone who wont change to be like us" opinon is one of the main reason every other country in the world is so wary of our Super Power. Makes you think "Who would Jesus bomb?"
Oh, gotta love the US. Seriously, you gotta, or they'll get you!
G - Thanks for being smarter and more eloquent than I could ever be.
I'm not advocating killing people for their heritage. I'm not advocating killing them for their religion, either. I have no problem with the majority of Muslims who just want to live their lives in peace.
But the ones who claim that their religion requires them to kill those who don't believe in Allah? I want them dead before they can do any damage. Or they can convert to a more civilized form of Islam. I don't care which.
I also don't care who kills them. It doesn't HAVE to be the US. If other countries would keep their populace of murders in check, I'd be content with that. But if they're not going to take the responsibility on themselves, then I guess it's up to the US to go in and kill the terrorists for them.
"I have no problem with the majority of Muslims who just want to live their lives in peace"
Yeah unfortunately, the US military is murdering this people en masse at the moment, under the pretence that they're protecting you from the Saudi Arabian hijackers of September 2001.... uh... you're still swallowing this!!?!??!
All the best to you Harvs... here's hoping your Government kills allllll the people you want killed, the way you want them killed and I sincerely hope their deaths make you and your family feel much safer and secure at home. I know I'll be watching the body count rise in sychronisation with my own feelings of smug self-satisfaction and security...
Wait... so you're saying the US military is deliberately *targeting* peaceful muslims?
Anyway, thanks for wishing me stacks of dead terrorist bodies. I'm hope they make a pile of them 1365 feet tall.
September 10, 2004
train tracks, train tracks!
Lovely Helen wrote a beautiful entry the other day on how many ages she can feel in a single day. I must say I know the feeling.
Especially since I went to the dentist on Wednesday morning, and was instantly transported back to being 13 years old when he uttered some fateful words:
"You need to have your braces put back on again."
Yep, that's right. Three thousand bucks and 18 months of a ripped up mouth and continuous pain (of both the physical and insecure-teenaged-emotional kind) have apparently slipped right down the drain.
It got even weirder when I rang my old ortho, and when I told the receptionist my maiden name she actually remembered who I was. Fifteen years on.
Now don't get me wrong - I don't look like Austin Powers or anything, but it's got to the point where I can't get my bottom teeth clean, and my gums are exacting revenge on me for not keeping their living quarters spic and span.
I would go with invisalign (ala Tom Cruise), but with a six to eight thousand dollar hit to the hip pocket and no insurance willing to cover it, it's not worth it. Looks like the good ole clear plastic brackets for me if I want some dosh back from the insurers. Although I gotta say, the ortho should be giving me this treatment for free in my opinion!
So. Anyone else out there who has embraced the archwire in adulthood?
posted by goldie
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I should have had braces when I was 10, but my mum didn't let me because she thought it would be too painful or something, so I didn't. I wish I'd had them then, because it'd be over with by now! In adulthood, there have been a few doctors or dentists who have said I should have them... I'm getting bloody sick of hearing it - if I wanted them now, I'd get them!! I have thought about doing it, but I always decide not to in the end.
I didn't get braces till I was 17 - yep high school senior prom with braces. I got them off when I was 19. I also had jaw surgery in between - fun. Just remember a few things...
Wax will become your best friend
Keep a toothbrush and floss in your purse
Always remember to eat before you go on your visits - your mouth will be sore and you won't want to eat afterwards
I had braces as a child, and you know...I really need them again on my upper teeth, unless the buck-toothed rabbit look ever comes back into fashion again...:(
I did the braces thing as a kid. Not particularly well mind you, some of what my ortho was attempting to occomplish didn't take. I would rather the invisilign if I have to go back. Unfortunately, both the Missus and I have bigger problems: severly receding gums. Damnit, when I was a kid they told us to brush hard, but now they tell me to be soft. I'll have to get a gingiva transplant sometime soon. Wanna trade mouth problems?
I've always needed braces.....but i will never get them, I refuse too. :)
I can beat you all. My mother..MOTHER..works at the dentists office. So, not only did I suffer at the hands of the bastard physcian wanna-be, but at the hands of my mother as well.
Talk about trust issues. I never had braces. I had a retainer and I fucking hated it. Sure, it wasn't painful, but many a time was the goddamned thing dropped in the trash. Yeah, Yeah we washed it off, but Goddamnit that thing was in the trash and now it's in my mouth.
Although, there are worse things that could be in my mouth, but at the time as a teen I would have never thought of them. Nay, Only now as an adult with a ridiculous obsession with sex (will I ever grow out of it?), I realize how little scarring the trash retainer would provide.
I've never had them, but I want them. Ok, maybe need is a better word. My top teeth are fine, but my bottom teeth could use the work. My sister had them when she was 19.
Like Lori, I had braces at the end of high school, and jaw surgery just after. I missed out on our formal (the equivalent of a prom) because of the operation. It was either that, or wait another 8 months before I'd be able to have to operation. Considering I didn't want to do it in the middle of Uni, and I didn't like most of the high school kids, I opted to get it over and done with.
And now my bottom teeth are warped again, so like you Helen, I'm sure I'd be advised to get braces again if I went to the dentist. I just don't care anymore though, I can eat fine, so I'll put up with them.
PS: Hi! *waves* *grin* Nice place you've got here :)
Yup. I had to have braces on after I had my wisdom teeth removed and I am quite a bit older than you. In fact my 18 months of purgatory only finished in July and IK now have little wires welded to the back of my teeth and little plastic things like a mouthguard to wear at night.
Horrible, horrible things.