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  1. dither's Avatar
    Maybe not so weird floridapoet, take away the geography and we all pretty much the same I reckon.
    Updated September 2nd, 2019 at 02:42 PM by dither
  2. thefloridapoet's Avatar
    Love what you wrote.....
  3. thefloridapoet's Avatar
    I tell you, going to the doctor's can be so frightening, and then, it seems, "Much To Do About Nothing", right? Go figure....... I get it. (ok, I'm American, so this probably all sounds weird to you). But, I get it...
  4. dither's Avatar
    Winston,
    we don't talk much about anything, like I said, long story.
  5. Winston's Avatar
    First stop Chip shop...
    You eat fried potatoes as a snack? Most Americans use a sweet dip, like ketchup or a salad dressing. Vinegar though(?).

    Glad to hear all is well. I feel a little envious that your wife isn't all over you, and your condition. Most men I know like to internalize our conflicts, and keep our loved ones away and safe from them.
    Do you talk to her about that stuff? She might be more stressed than you realize. Just a thought.

    But as the cliché goes, "Growling old isn't for sissies."
  6. -xXx-'s Avatar
    yay, Yay and YAY!!!!
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    "
    Pinhole glasses, also known as stenopeic glasses, are eyeglasses with a series of pinhole-sized perforations filling an opaque sheet of plastic in place of each lens. Similar to the workings of a pinhole camera, each perforation allows only a very narrow beam of light to enter the eye which reduces the size of the circle of confusion on the retina and increases depth of field. In eyes with refractive error, the result is often a sharper image. However, a second effect may appear at the common bridge between each two adjacent holes, whereby two different rays of light coming from the same object (but each passing through a different hole) are diffracted back toward the eye and onto different places on the retina. This leads to double vision (objects having doubled edges) around the rim of each hole the eye is not focussing on, which can make the overall image disturbing and tiring to look at for prolonged periods of time. "

    yummy chips?
  7. dither's Avatar
    Yeah, I know.
    Thanks for the comments Neetu. You're thoughts are always welcome and appreciated.
  8. 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?
  9. 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?
  10. 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.:-"
  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. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Neetu's Avatar
    Isn't age a perception of the mind? If you haven't retired yet, you couldn't be that old! Though I know well the feeling of dragging one's sorry self out of bed.........

    Quote Originally Posted by dither
    It's my age Neetu, I'm an old man. I plan to do so much on these weeks off and when they happen it's as much as I can do, WANT to do, to drag my sorry self out of bed. Maybe if/when I finally retire I'll feel like doing a few things. Deep sigh.
  16. dither's Avatar
    It's my age Neetu, I'm an old man. I plan to do so much on these weeks off and when they happen it's as much as I can do, WANT to do, to drag my sorry self out of bed. Maybe if/when I finally retire I'll feel like doing a few things. Deep sigh.
  17. Neetu's Avatar
    I didn't realize you had to go so out of your way. Depends on how much you like to sample new foods! Or bother to cook them. I don't know where you live, but if there are any Indian grocery shops in the vicinity, they are likely to carry it too. Though you'd have to be a bit more cautious and choose a shop that has fresh meat, not frozen. A butcher's shop does sound safer to me.
    Either way, slow boiled in cider sounds good. Brushed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and sprinkled with rosemary, baked in the oven is also very good.
    Don't do stressful things on such a short break, though!


    Quote Originally Posted by dither
    No I haven't. I won't deny that I feel a little apprehensive, it's a culture thing I suppose, but....
    Will see how I'm feeling at the weekend.It's a fair bus-ride out of town to where I saw it for in a butcher's shop window but this Saturday, having had a week off work, I might just get myself into gear and go have a look.

    I might just go tomorrow, Friday, if I DO get some the plan is to have it simmering on a slow boil in Cider for a couple of hours.
  18. dither's Avatar
    No I haven't. I won't deny that I feel a little apprehensive, it's a culture thing I suppose, but....
    Will see how I'm feeling at the weekend.It's a fair bus-ride out of town to where I saw it for in a butcher's shop window but this Saturday, having had a week off work, I might just get myself into gear and go have a look.

    I might just go tomorrow, Friday, if I DO get some the plan is to have it simmering on a slow boil in Cider for a couple of hours.
    Updated July 11th, 2019 at 01:29 PM by dither
  19. Neetu's Avatar
    You still haven't tried mutton (goat meat)????
  20. dither's Avatar
    Winston,
    I have a work colleague who trawls the local boot sales for stuff to make on e-bay. He doesn't make a fortune, little more than a hobby really, but like your wife, he concentrates on certain things and if he sees something that could make him a few quid he snaps it up.
    The sun was shining but it wasn't a scorcher, I don't enjoy the heat and usually cover myself anyway.
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