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  1. MzSnowleopard's Avatar
    Powerful words. I wonder if God regrets giving u\s the gift of free will. Look what we've done with it!
  2. Winston's Avatar
    I'm still trying to wrap my head around how your flash drived died. They're soild state. Never seen that happen.
    Losing a sector or two, sometimes... rarely. But the whole thing? That is some statistcally unlucky stuff there.

    And you're running Windows 95?! God bless you. I'm rocking Office 97. One of the few old programs that still works on Win 10.
    Stay away from Windows 10 as long as you can. I'm sure your son knows.
  3. escorial's Avatar
    My underpants seem to be moving away from my socks in the cuboard....
  4. dither's Avatar
    Dancing trousers?
    Wouldn't do me any harm I reckon.
  5. Kevin's Avatar
    Good thing you got rid... Next you'd bay spaekin an-duhsifrabull
  6. dither's Avatar
    Yeah, I know.
    Thanks for the comments Neetu. You're thoughts are always welcome and appreciated.
  7. Neetu's Avatar
    dither, flotsam and jetsam - it's all it is.

    Quote Originally Posted by dither
    Neetu,
    oh dear, it seems to be just you and me here. " but would I have been able to? " You may wonder. I shall never know, and that's the killer, because I didn't dare. What if etc. I often think of that line from Adam and the ants track, " ridicule is nothing to be scared of. " Prince charming I most certainly was not. Well, ridicule was my worst nightmare. Afraid of failure doomed to fail. It really is all about self-confidence/expectation and, even now, I have none. As for my honesty it's flotsam, discarded junk, being thrown over-board from this old tub that seems to have drifted the back-waters for ever without ever setting sail, and you know what? If I could live my life again I wouldn't change a thing. Isn't time supposed to be a great healer? It seems as though the older I get the heavier it weighs.

    Life eh?
  8. dither's Avatar
    Neetu,
    oh dear, it seems to be just you and me here. " but would I have been able to? " You may wonder. I shall never know, and that's the killer, because I didn't dare. What if etc. I often think of that line from Adam and the ants track, " ridicule is nothing to be scared of. " Prince charming I most certainly was not. Well, ridicule was my worst nightmare. Afraid of failure doomed to fail. It really is all about self-confidence/expectation and, even now, I have none. As for my honesty it's flotsam, discarded junk, being thrown over-board from this old tub that seems to have drifted the back-waters for ever without ever setting sail, and you know what? If I could live my life again I wouldn't change a thing. Isn't time supposed to be a great healer? It seems as though the older I get the heavier it weighs.

    Life eh?
  9. Neetu's Avatar
    dither,

    you are honest about yourself. Not all of us can be that. Being content with discontentment may seem like a negative thing, but is it, really?
    I haven't lived my life as I now wish I had. It's easy to say that in retrospect, but would I have had the drive to do that precise thing had I been able to? Did I become passive to the point that I didn't care which way I went? I don't know those answers, and frankly, looking back is not something I like to do. But I do so, anyway.
    We all have inherent qualities. They make us who we become.


    Quote Originally Posted by dither
    Wretched:

    Neetu,

    Simply because of having nothing better to do I've thought about that. And so, I have called a been a pedant more than once, I googled wretched, top of the list of synonyms were "miserable...unhappy". And because of that I almost googled "unhappy".
    My first thought on googling wretched, well, before googling actually, is an old favorite of mine, " It's all relative isn't it". I'm sure that you'll get what I'm saying there but anyway my first thought on having googled meaning of said word was " I'm happily miserable " in a miserly way I suppose but I'm not talking about money here. Another "pedant " might argue that I'm confusing happiness with contentment born out of resignation and now we really are splitting hairs.
    I think I strive for a state of contentment through my acceptance of what is. My life, my place in this world.

    As for "all things being relative. " I see retirement looming, I'm in my mid-sixties, and physically, I could be in better condition, My workaday week attests to that. I have a roof over my head, I eat well, and if I fancy busting a few cans I can.
    I'm not living in a war-zone. I have through all my life managed to avoid serious illness and/or injury. I try not to feel too bad about my lot. Okay, I DO wish things had been different, I've wasted my life because I lacked the courage to live it and I DO feel bitter about that but there it is. But I reached retirement, well okay almost, job done, unscathed and I shall live until I die. I DO worry that I may not have a choice, leaving it to fate, how when and/or where I shall die and I have to accept that and at my age every waking day is a roll of the dice. A fear of the unknown is very real.

    I DO talk some rubbish don't I.:-"
  10. Winston's Avatar
    We learn a lot from our parents, if we're lucky.
    My dad was easy going, avoided conflict and forgave. My mom was vindictive, held resentments and was angry a lot. Opposites attract, eh?

    Unrelated: My favorite lines from the original Red Dawn:
    "Kid, all that anger will burn you up if you don't let it go."
    "It keeps me warm."

    Careful with the eggs.
  11. dither's Avatar
    Wretched:

    Neetu,

    Simply because of having nothing better to do I've thought about that. And so, I have called a been a pedant more than once, I googled wretched, top of the list of synonyms were "miserable...unhappy". And because of that I almost googled "unhappy".
    My first thought on googling wretched, well, before googling actually, is an old favorite of mine, " It's all relative isn't it". I'm sure that you'll get what I'm saying there but anyway my first thought on having googled meaning of said word was " I'm happily miserable " in a miserly way I suppose but I'm not talking about money here. Another "pedant " might argue that I'm confusing happiness with contentment born out of resignation and now we really are splitting hairs.
    I think I strive for a state of contentment through my acceptance of what is. My life, my place in this world.

    As for "all things being relative. " I see retirement looming, I'm in my mid-sixties, and physically, I could be in better condition, My workaday week attests to that. I have a roof over my head, I eat well, and if I fancy busting a few cans I can.
    I'm not living in a war-zone. I have through all my life managed to avoid serious illness and/or injury. I try not to feel too bad about my lot. Okay, I DO wish things had been different, I've wasted my life because I lacked the courage to live it and I DO feel bitter about that but there it is. But I reached retirement, well okay almost, job done, unscathed and I shall live until I die. I DO worry that I may not have a choice, leaving it to fate, how when and/or where I shall die and I have to accept that and at my age every waking day is a roll of the dice. A fear of the unknown is very real.

    I DO talk some rubbish don't I.:-"
  12. escorial's Avatar
    At the hospital. The tubercular patient who is told by the doctor that he has five days to live. He anticipates and cuts his throat with a razor. Obviously,he can't wait five days....Albert Camus
  13. escorial's Avatar
    Dear Mr Trump...you have until the finish of tomorrows word cricket final to give into our demands...a red,pillow an phone box on every. street corner with a tea room close by and of course red buses..you can have Meghan back(miss Simpson was enough)...all dentistry will be outlawed ...all we ask is you reinstate Boris Johnson as your love child and make ivannah love him as her own...God bless our ageing queen an Prince of Wales for living in cuckoo land were they are very comfortable an happy..the un United kingdom awaits your reply
    Thank you
    Adolf stalin escorial
  14. dither's Avatar
    Neetu,

    I really am a hopeless case. People say find an interest, maybe I DO need an interest, but if ever so much as give something a second glance, "oh I can't be bothered, maybe some other time " springs to mind. I would, I'm sure, be happy to sleep my life away. I DO sometimes wonder what is wrong me and no, the very last thing I need is sympathy. I do what must be done, work, pay the bills etc. but beyond that everything seems so pointless. And people, ugh! Don't go there.
  15. Neetu's Avatar
    That does sound quite wretched, dither. It's easy for an outsider to say, "do this, do that", but the only effective motivation comes from within us. When that is elusive, the lethargy and sleeping it away are an escape, often the only escape.
    I wish you inner strength to overcome this, or at least, get a grip on yourself, find a reason to get up each morning and find a purpose. Besides work. You need something else that drives you.

    Quote Originally Posted by dither
    Neetu,
    my aching joints, stiff heavy leaden legs, that's not perception it's really happening. Maybe I should leave the alcohol alone, oh I'm no boozer, REALLY I'm not, but if you could see my bedroom right now. Empty cans littering the place. Down-time, for me, is precisely that. I shut down both mentally and physically.
    I hope that if and when I DO retire I'm able to do something about, shake off, this lethargy. The best part of my down-time is sleep-time. I think that if I could I would live my life in a permanent state of sedation and let it all just drift by.
  16. Kevin's Avatar
    You need to come to Santi-Moniky , go for a swim out there an' see the 'juvenile' great whites- they're so cute this time of year.
    P.s. - and because it's a Friday here's a bonus track for you- a man singing to his dead goldfish ( sounds really nice- turn it up) :
    https://youtu.be/whDxCpxrkTc
  17. dither's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by escorial
    It's what were good at ...
    What we were good at was endurance. I think you might get a shock if you were planning on giving ANYONE what for.

    But on a lighter note, I DO wish that there was an indoor swimming pool close by that had times reserved for oldies like me. I might even learn to swim.
  18. escorial's Avatar
    It's what were good at ...
  19. JustRob's Avatar
    Florida? Is that a coincidence or are you aware that the original pilgrim fathers were actually Spanish Catholics who landed in Florida and set up a settlement there where everyone, even slaves, had human rights? The later arrival of the British Protestants then set human rights back decades.
  20. dither's Avatar
    Neetu,
    my aching joints, stiff heavy leaden legs, that's not perception it's really happening. Maybe I should leave the alcohol alone, oh I'm no boozer, REALLY I'm not, but if you could see my bedroom right now. Empty cans littering the place. Down-time, for me, is precisely that. I shut down both mentally and physically.
    I hope that if and when I DO retire I'm able to do something about, shake off, this lethargy. The best part of my down-time is sleep-time. I think that if I could I would live my life in a permanent state of sedation and let it all just drift by.
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