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School Done!!! Other stuff in life to write about now….

Why di Rahtid 2004 Nuh Gwaan bout it Business?

This has been rough and trying year from a global, national and personal perspective. Firstly there will be no long post this morning.

Amidst all the natural disasters, wars and economic hardship the phone rang this morning before daylight. Can’t be good news:-(. Wifey’s brother, my brother in law, who lives in Canada suffered a massive heart attack yesterday evening. His wife luckily had the good sense to take him to the hospital as soon as he started complaining about chest pains.

The doctors have completed two procedures through the night and he is schedule for triple bypass surgery as I write this. Kindly keep him and his family in prayers.

Apart from the above all is relatively quiet. Right now everybody is kind of tense every time the phone rings.

On a lighter note, my family and I went to the movies last night. The Short One wanted to see Sponge Bob and would not be deterred by my suggestions that she hold up the kitchen sponge and call it Bob so we went. Her brother, The Tall One, actually agreed to go with her without a fuss. Altough she is almost thirteen I still feel queezy about letting her into movies and stuff alone. Nuff sick mofo’s out there. So, off we went, The children to Sponge Bob and wifey and I to see Meet the Fockers. Horrors of horrors, di cinema ram pack. I had to park in the bottom car park on Brentford Road (I think it was renamed recently to Studio One Blvd or something like that). I had to spring for box seats to Sponge Bob and wifey and I ended up watching Oceans 12. Meet the Fockers was sold out for both shows last night. Why people don’t go to dem yard and lef free seats in di movies eh???

The evening was good. Oceans 12 can watch but as to whether I would recommend shelling out the cinema money that is another story. Wait on the DVD. Too many flashbacks that tended to be a bit confusing sometimes. Here what go watch it yuhself!

Anyway I am not really in the frame of mind to post too much this morning so till whenever.

Oh yes BTW……

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!! And best wishes for a better 2005!!!

December 31, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Quickie

Hi all,
I have three words for you this morning; swamped with work.
I haven’t even been able to do my usual scratching around the place.
I’ve been here from before daylight and I am sure evening will see me here as well. It’s expected though. My job calls for a heavy workload at year end so I just need to survive the next 2 weeks or so then I can resume normality.
We have many statistical type reports to complete and utilization reports and reports about reports and finally staff appraisals and increments so Excel and I become really good friends just about now.
Anyway, just letting you know that I haven’t given up the ghost or blog so to speak but just bear with me a bit.
Till lata.

December 30, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Christmas Past…..

I feel like I have been in my own version of “A Christmas Carol”. Over the past few days I have seen Christmas’ past, present and future. Let’s stay with the present (now recently past).

The week leading up to Christmas was hectic but I can’t complain. With my job it could have been a whole lot worse so I give thanks. I went out with a few of my high school friends on Thursday night. It was good and I stuck to my drink limit of 2 Red Stripes and only followed them up with Pepsi. Besides I needed to be awake for the rest of the evening heh heh heh.

Friday was OK…quiet and I got to leave work a little earlier than usual.
Christmas day was good. I went to look for a friend and my God-son in the morning. The only hard part of the day was that I had to go to the airport to pick up my niece. Iyah the airport did ram pack wid people. Luckily we saw a friend who was able to accelerate the process. We had family dinner in the evening. The children put on their Christmas show which has been a family tradition since my youthful days. The evening was well spent.

On Sunday I went to church. Gots to catch likkle blessing for the season nuh true. Went to dinner in the evening and spent the time chatting and joking around. Good fun.

Yesterday I spent the better part of the morning working on a job I had started on Thursday evening. I had to finally put my foot down and advise the client that what she wanted done to the computer was next to impossible. Her bill was already more than what the job would have been worth normally. Never let non tech people try to dictate what they want you to do. I wasn’t in any mood to argue with her before but really it was becoming a bit long in the tooth so I spelt it out in ways she could understand, it’s either this way or nuff money. She finally relented. Had the stupid machine up and running in 2 hours. Had family over for the evening. More liming and joking around. Dr.D called to invite me to meet with some of the blogging crew but unfortunately I had to pass since my wife’s brothers and sister and their families were still there at the time. I hope I will get an opportunity to meet them before they run back to their respective parts of the blogging globe.

All in all the holiday was good. New Years is still to come so we’ll see what mischief I will get up to then. Probably stay home and chill inna mi bed.

It’s still so hard to believe that Christmas came and went all in the space of 24 hours. I guess we’ll do it all again next year.

Later guys.

December 28, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Happy Holidays

Hi everybody,
Just a quick note to say…..

A MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!!!!

May you and families enjoy the spirit and the true meaning of this very special time of year.
Let there be Peace on Earth and Good will to all.

December 24, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 Comments

What can I tell you….

Well Christmas is right on top of us. It seemed so far just the other day an look ya now, it right pon di door step. The week has been really hectic. I was off doing exams last week and in my three day absence, very little of my desk was touched so I have literally been doing two days work in one.

I didn’t blog yesterday. I just couldn’t bring myself to rant and rave after reading about the shooting of the young man who cleans windscreens. Crime in my homeland has certainly taken on epidemic proportions. Being Christian, it puts me into two minds simply because there is the obligation to try to spread the Word. On the other had I see the very real need for drastic action by our law enforcers. The question is, “Where do we draw the line?” Honestly I don’t know anymore. It seems that every half idiot out there has an illegal firearm or can readily obtain one and the sad truth is that they are willing to go to any means to get what they want.
Sometimes I don’t even bother to read the newspaper anymore because the news is always depressing.

This week the main topics have been accidents. Our drives have quite a few new roads, some really good cars and mad people behind quite a few of those steering wheels. Madness has escalated. I was going to say “taken over” but I recall when I was in high school some 20 odd years ago, there was an accident involving a Toyota Starlet on the way home. The jokers actually managed to fit 13 people into that car. Needless to say, crashing was inevitable. For those who are unfamiliar, a Starlet is a sub compact hatchback car a little smaller than a VW Golf or a Geo Metro for my American readers. It small!! This week there have been at least 2 or 3 headlines with accidents resulting in either death or serious injury. It is the silly season.

Last night I decided to go play some badminton with my co-workers. I haven’t been in a while so the fitness is non existent mi tell unno. Mek mi tell you suppen…I pain up dis morning. Pain in places I never know muscle di deh!! The workout was good though and the after chat and lime was cool. Left the training centre at about 10:00 and couldn’t believe the amount of babylon (police officers) still on the roads. They were on every corner writing tickets left right and centre. Good thing I was on my best behaviour. Cannot afford the $5K that tickets run at all.

This evening I am supposed to be getting together with my classmates for drinks but I am getting a bit wary of the entertainment package if you know what I mean. At any rate I will definitely try to be there although my office is trying to throw broom in mi spokes. We have external auditors buzzing around so I may need to do some late hours preparing for them. It’s hard but honestly the quicker they look and leave the better it is for everybody. I’m hoping that my boss doesn’t want to stay today, it being so close to the holidays and all. We’ll see.

Anyways I think I’ve more than made up for yesterday and plus if I go on much longer you naw go read it anyway. Tink mi nuh know sey a so it go? Later all.

December 23, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Where are those Keys

Hi all, I’m off to a really late start this morning. I had to literally be tearing down the house trying to find the keys for the house.
I live right across the road from my parents, so on Saturday we went out on the road leaving the helper to finish the washing and ironing and she said she was going to clean the house as well. She would then lock up and leave the keys at my parents. She did just that. When my son came in he picked up the keys and carried them over but since then they have disappeared.
I have looked high and low for them and …no keys.

We have another set but I am uncomfortable with having a set of keys out there. Last night I changed up the padlocks but mi still want mi keys. The padlock keys are special as they belong to a special set of locks that I use for safety. They are not the best arrangement but both locks use the same key so as not to spend so much time when I come from school at nights fiddling with locks and keys. The downside is that if you lose one key and someone finds it they can open both locks. The upside is that the locks are supposed to be bulletproof so you as a regular crook would need the key to access it.

Any of you seen the keys in your neck of the woods?

Addendum: Wifey just called…Keys found!!! I won’t even bother to tell you all where.

December 21, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Honey, I’m Home!!!!!

I’m still here and very much alive. I haven’t checked in at all but that’s life sometimes. I can actually say I missed you all very much. This will be short since I’m trying to catch up at work. The exams are over and I won’t comment until I get the results. The Econ was ruff. They presented you with a choice of questions but the questions were all from the same area so there really was no choice. If you were not up to scratch (no pun intended) with that topic your pork get cook!!! (sorry Melody).

I should pass all three though. Finally got in some shopping over the weekend. Got to the mall early and left before the masses arrived. It will be a low keyed Christmas from a spending perspective but I am going to make it a great one from a family and friend point of view. I should be linking with my school crew later this week and the rapping is always good. Dr.D ribs me about my drink of choice (Pepsi) but that’s life too. Maybe I’ll have a Red Stripe or two, who knows?

Thank you to all who remembered me while I was undergoing academic stress. I don’t plan to go back to any shopping so I will try to do all my supermarket stuff etc. by tomorrow cuz traffic out a road nuh pretty iyah!!

My niece arrives from New York on Christmas day so I’ll be spending part of the day fighting with customs but hey…. I will be standing as god father for her daughter in early January so that’s another event to look forward to.

Anywayz, I gots to go, so see you all on your blogs later.

December 20, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Nothing at all

Bwoy, I feel like a fishy out of water this morning. Can’t think of what to say today and honestly mi unda nuff nuff pressure at work. I have a report that’s due at 10:00 this morning and I haven’t even started it yet. I’m going to get myself in a bit of trouble and present it half finished. I think it’s time that they stop taking me and my time for granted. They knew they needed the info from their last meeting which was held last Tuesday and only chose to tell me yesterday evening near to leaving time. So apparently I have nothing to do but take home office work and use my own resources to complete it at their whim so I decided that I was going to work at it during working hours.
Enough is enough!!
There is a background to all of this but I’ll tell you about that later. For now just trust me, it’s the right thing to do.
Anywayz guys, have a great day and remember that I’m off for the rest of the week so you’ll see little of me till Monday.

December 14, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Weekend Review

Hi all,
A hectic weekend is over but I can say in all honesty that it wasn’t bad at all.
Got in some yard work on Saturday morning followed by some studying and ended the evening with family get together. The socializing was good. My nephew got a double CD system with a DJ mixer and was having a ball bringing sound to the gathering. Let me say that none of the DJ’s who do this for a living will have anything to worry about for quite a while. He enjoyed himself though and that’s what is important (I hope). I have never heard so much crap music played over and over again. The other teenagers there took turns at the set and at the microphone. Jokes galore.
Yesterday was the brunch put on by my high school graduating class. The food was good and the bad mouthing was present but comradery was good. I had to leave a bit earlier than I would have liked but two exams on your doorstep tend to talk louder than socializing so it was off to study group. which was also pretty good. I am less panicky about the exam later this week. It will be Econ and I still think of it as imperialistic in nature.
Anyway since I won’t be in office as of Wednesday, I have much to do between now and then so take care till whenever we chat again.

December 13, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Respec’ to the Blogging Crew……Zeen

Hail up to all blogging massive. I’m upbeat today. Nothing much going on and that once in a lifetime, all encompassing, posts of posts continues to elude me. No brilliance to spew from deep within to wow the mass, the hoi polloi as my 4th form English teacher used to say. The ST. G.C. crew should know what it means. I see the rest of you reaching for the dictionary.
Well as an update, my house has finally been sold. I won’t receive the funds directly and the amount retained must be plowed back into the purchase of a new home. Well the good thing is that I can now commence the search for a new abode. I’m happy because at least the limbo existence is on its way to an end.
I went over to the house to do a last look through to ensure that I wasn’t leaving anything there. The wasps and lizards have certainly taken advantage of ten months of unoccupancy. Luckily the purchaser intends to do some work on it before she moves in because it is not pretty. I have been there several times to clean up but because there isn’t constant traffic they just simply hide until wi gone.
Today promises to be really hectic so I need to get started soon because once staff starts to get here my day done.
I should be meeting up with some of my old school mates for brunch on Sunday so I’m looking forward to that. Well we already know that MB won’t be there unless he plans to do a fly in today. Tomorrow we go to a bar-be-que which is a delayed celebration of birthdays for one of my nephews and niece. Family fun Saturday, school fun Sunday mixed with nuff studying should be a good weekend I hope.
One of the rally cars I saw last weekend is up for sale. This would be a good way for me to break into the scene. Let’s see now, between Piggy,Doggy, Bull, Sunshine, Stu, Abeni, JDid, Ciya, Seven, Natty, Desiree, CoolDestiny and the rest of the blogging crew footing half the bill and Dr.D. footing the other half and my driving expertise we should be a winning team. What yuh sey guys? 🙂 (Yuh haffi mek Doc feel important yuh nuh so him get half to pay.)
Anywayz guys enuff crap from me for one day. Off to visit sites till work time.
Have a great weekend.

December 10, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | 11 Comments