I am not sure why we are here but since we are I think the point of life is to live it well. I can only speak for myself but I try not to do harm to others, to be kind to animals and appreciate nature. I enjoy the good things in life, family and friends, the love of pets, good food, good conversation, hobbies, reading and experiencing things. I try to speak up when I see something happening I feel is wrong.
I don’t know what happens when we die but I’ve always thought more about the here and now than the hereafter.
What was your most recent lie? You don’t have to get really specific obviously.
Saying thank you when someone donates another big box of books to the Op Shop when I know there is absolutely nowhere for me to put them.
What country do you consider the strangest? (it’s all In fun folks, ALL countries may seem strange to outsiders)
I’m sure that’s true. Please take everything I’m about to say in the spirit of fun.
Australia would probably take the prize for the strangest animals, platypus anyone?
Japan probably has the weirdest reality TV.
Iceland might come first for strange landscapes.
By TwoWings – Own work (NB: this is scanned photography since it had been taken with an analogue camera), CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
Lots of countries elect or inherit weird leaders so America is not alone in that although I’d have to say the USA and North Korea are neck and neck for that one at present.
Although I am very fond of my American blogging friends and I’ve met some lovely people from the USA over the years I often think that America is a strange country because:
People drive on the wrong side of the road.
People say “Booee” and “Aloominum” instead of “Boy (for buoy)” and “Aluminium”
American spelling is weird. Theater instead of Theatre, color instead of colour and there are zeds (zee’s to you) where I’d put the letter “S”
The Kardashians and other famous for being famous stars.
The Jerry Springer Show
I could go on but I won’t. I’m fascinated because in a lot of ways America and Australia seem similar. We both started out as British colonies, we both have a multicultural population, we both were opened up by pioneers looking for land or gold. On the other hand, sometimes things that happen in the USA make it seem like another planet.
What’s your funniest story involving a car?
I don’t drive and since David has been gone I no longer have a car so I have to go back a bit
Once, a long time ago I was visiting Naomi at her house in Semaphore, a beachside suburb of Adelaide. We drove down to the beach for some reason and then wandered back up the main street. At that time there were some interesting second-hand shops that we loved browsing in. We ended up buying a few things and not being far from Naomi’s house we naturally just walked back there. It was only some half an hour later when we were sitting down having a cup of tea that we thought about the car which was still parked in the car park at the beach. I can’t even call that a senior moment as we were both in our thirties at the time.
Do you have something you’re very thankful for or that showed immense kindness toward yourself or someone?
There is a lady that I know who is probably one of the kindest and most generous people I know. She spends her whole life looking out for other people. I’m grateful to know someone like that.
My favourite subjects for black and white photos tend to be things that are old. I like to photograph buildings and I think that industrial subjects often look better in black and white.
Napier, New Zealand’s art deco city is one of the most attractive places I’ve ever visited. The art deco buildings are so colourful but even in black and white, you can appreciate the detail in them. Why don’t we build things like this anymore?
Wreck of the Belle Brandon-Franklin
The Belle Brandon was being restored on the Huon River when she unfortunately sank and sadly was too badly damaged to recover.
This building is part of Port Adelaide’s industrial area and was a favourite place for David and me to take photos. The photo below is a typical style for Adelaide where many buildings had these overhanging balconies.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I’d read more, write more and unfortunately I’d probably shop more online.
What job would you be terrible at?
I can think of loads of jobs I’d be terrible at. I’d be a terrible athlete, I’d be terrible at anything that involved ladders, don’t ask me to clean your windows or gutters. I would be lousy at anything in the medical profession as I can’t even watch CSI without cringing at the sight of blood and gore. It would probably be a shorter list if I said what I might be good at.
When was the last time you climbed a tree?
I’ve never climbed a tree. Fear of falling remember.
Do you count your steps?
What for? I have tried a pedometer a couple of times but for me walking is more enjoyable if I am not thinking about exercise.
Bonus question (just because it’s really silly) What’s the dumbest way you’ve injured yourself?
I’m not sure it’s the dumbest but I once put my back out cutting my toenails.