Time Is Tight

The graveyard at New Norcia, Western Australia

The graveyard at New Norcia, Western Australia

It’s Wednesday night and time is running out. I now have less than three weeks in Perth and, workwise, still have quite a bit to do. Nonetheless, I’m reasonably confident I can achieve all I want to and won’t be leaving with any loose ends. If anyone from work is reading this, I hope that doesn’t sound ominous because it shouldn’t… I just hate the idea of leaving unfinished work for others. Quite a bit has happened since I last wrote, so I’d better get into it.

Last Friday afternoon, Sue and I paid a visit to New Norcia, which is unique in Australia because it’s a village founded and mostly inhabited by a group of Benedictine Monks. Yes, Benedictine Monks, who settled the community in 1846. Why? Good question. It would appear, however, the founder, Dom Rosendo Salvado, had a belief in the need to form an Australian ministry and, according to the museum, had a particular interest in forming an Aboriginal priesthood.

We spent most of Saturday just hanging out… with both Sue and I having hairdos… and Sue spending hours endelessly search for the perfect hairclip for the Media Ball. We needed to look good. The ball was an absolute hoot… with lots of drinkies, lots of good conversation and lots of dancing. The band which played was terrific! The only odd thing I’d say about the Media Ball was the awards emphasis on newspapers… radio and television hardly rated a mention. It was really terrific catching up with some of the people from ABC Radio in Kalgoorlie and meeting a few people, here and there, throughout the night. After a late night and Sue’s flight back at about 10am, I was a bit exhausted by Sunday afternoon and so didn’t do all that much at all. Monday at work, however, was reasonably busy.

It was my birthday yesterday and I turned 29. Gosh next year will be a big one when I turn 30… yeh sure. To treat myself, I ordered an Online Horoscope, which was really quite telling about a number of aspects of my life.

In particular, the Horoscope revealed….

Cautious, prudent, and rather self-contained, you are a person who approaches life realistically and who is not inclined to take foolish chances or get carried away by the overly optimistic or idealistic schemes of starry-eyed dreamers. In fact, you frequently have a jaundiced view of such things. You are rather worldly-wise at a fairly young age, even something of a cynic. Often the world doesn’t seem
like a safe, friendly place to you, and you tend to approach life in a guarded, conservative manner. You are generally calculating and careful, and are rarely spontaneous, fluid, open, and childlike.

You are pragmatic, shrewd, and an excellent strategist, carefully planning your moves for maximum effectiveness and advantage. You are willing to work long and persistently for what you want and you often do things the hard way. You do not expect others to take care of you and sometimes refuse or simply don’t seek any outside help. You are often very ambitious, but quietly so. There is nothing flamboyant or flashy about your approach. You are very responsible, conscientious,
and very concerned with your duties to others and how you appear in society, your “rank” so to speak.

To others you seem mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. You dislike sloppy sentimentality and won’t openly display your feelings, especially the softer ones. You like to always appear poised and in control and hate to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in the armor.

You respect tradition and the time-honored way of doing things, and you feel there is much to be gained from studying history and also by learning from older, more experienced people. A wise mentor or father is often your guide in life, and you in turn develop a great deal of hard-earned wisdom which you like to impart to younger people.

You have a stern, authoritarian, no-nonsense aspect to your personality. You expect much from yourself and may not give yourself enough room to experiment and make mistakes.

You also tend to be rather close-fisted, to save and conserve your money and resources rather than spending, enjoying, or splurging with them. You spend money on things of quality and of lasting value, things which are good investments, but not frivolous, temporary pleasures. There is a bit of the ascetic in you. You have great
self-discipline and self-control and can “do without” very well. Your tastes are generally understated and simple.

Though you may have other, more colorful and imaginative sides, the face you show the world is modest and rather conservative.

And then it goes on and on and on. I think it was reasonably accurate.

I went to a wine tasting this afternoon of wines from the recent Mount Barker Wine Show which was good. When I have a moment, I’ll write up what I’ve found.

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