“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

You lose track of time.

One reason I go to town is that it provides me with my calender.  As in "I went to town two days ago." The day of the week only matters if there's a show I want to watch on tv, and even then it really doesn't because the machine tapes them.  I tried to remember what day of the week it was today, without looking at a calender or turning on the computer, and I couldn't. Because it doesn't matter in any way , shape or form.



I watched a new Science Channel show.   First time I'd seen it.  The series is called "Where the Wild Men Are."   The one I saw today was about an old Australian fellow in his seventies who lives on an island out in the Great Barrier Reef.  Sort of a latter day Tom Neale, except that he had a little money from his pension and had actually fixed himself up quite a nice place on this beautiful island. I take pride in living out away from people but when I see people like this I have to laugh at myself.  As so often seems to be the case when you find people living alone, the government is kicking the guy off this pristine island so it can be "developed." I wonder if the day will come when there won't be any places like that left, and everything will be covered with condominiums and tourist shops.



I'm behind on things, and I have some emails to answer.  If you sent me one and I haven't written back, I should be caught up this evening. I'm not dead, never fear.



It's warmer today, and drier.   Starting to look more like summer should look around this place. It means more work outside, but I'm not worried about that. Just glad to see summer here again.

18 comments:

  1. That's one of the things I love about retirement. I don't need to concern myself with clocks or calendars. Glad to hear that it is finally warming up a bit in your neck of the woods. It's a little warmer here and it isn't raining.....yet.

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    1. We are supposed to have thunderstorms every afternoon, but that's ok, it's normal and keeps down the fire hazard. The extreme rain we had a week or so ago has caused some problems. The mail carrier has started leaving my packages at the house of an old guy down on the hard surface road, because she doesn't want to try to drive up the dirt road to my gate. And that used to be the "good" part of the trip.

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  2. Ahmm. Shouldn't you keep track so you know what day to start cleaning up and getting all the gun stuff and such put away before the wife comes up on Friday?

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    1. Nah. She calls me from the top of the pass while she's still twenty minutes out so I can go down and open the gate for her. Other than that I keep the place pretty squared away all the time anyway. I've always been a neatness and order addict.

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  3. I loose track of time all the time... School is out Friday, summer is here, now I know I won't ever know the time or what day of the week it is. I am not setting an alarm clock for the next 12 weeks.. Can't wait!

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    1. I imagine it does change life for you and the Senior Chief when school is out. The days just tend to merge together. But with kids, you still won't have much free time to just be lazy! :-(

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  4. Hi there Harry,

    Sorry to take so long to return to blogland, but I am glad to be back now. That sounds like an interesting show, cant say that I have seen it though.

    I think I could live away from the world too, too much hustle and bustle for me. I was raised on a large farm and never saw people very often, that is probably why I like my own company these days.

    The days and months have slipped past me this year, but now all the events are over I can hopefully get back to normal. Re your question on my blog; we were married by a Salvation Army Officer.

    Hope you and your family have been keeping well in my absence,

    xTania

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    1. Tania, we're good here. I thought that was a policeman marrying you two and I wondered about that. Thought maybe in Australia cops could marry people.

      You've been really busy and had so much going on it's a wonder you survived it all. I checked out your husband's blog, and I liked it. As I told him, my grandpa used to work for the Southern Pacific railroad here in the 20's,30's and 40's.

      Glad to see you back!

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    2. Hello again Harry,
      I just wanted to tell you that I have just watched the show you referred to in this post. I really enjoyed it, but am saddened that Dave may have to leave his paradise. He is typical of many Australian "characters". There are a lot of single blokes here that live that way. Real life hasn't treated them well so they get right away from it all! Dave was very friendly and seemed to love company :) Here is where I watched the program in case anyone else wants to see it: http://www.alluc.to/tv-shows/watch-ben-fogle-new-lives-in-the-wild-online/season-01/episode-01/500823.html

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    3. Tania,
      It does seem really sad that at his age he should have to worry about being run off his island. I don't blame him or the others you spoke of for wanting to live that way, it looked wonderful to me, except for the part about salt water crocodiles. Thanks for the link. I'll try it and see if it works over here. Sure am glad to see you back.

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  5. I tend to loose track of time in the summer when I'm not teaching a regular class, and the boys aren't in school. During the school year I pretty much always know what day it is.

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    1. When I was working I always knew the day. One of the things that is difficult to adjust to when you retire is that it doesn't matter anymore. It makes you feel cut off and abandoned in an odd sort of way. Even today, years down the road, I still get that feeling sometimes.

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  6. I don't think that time will come where there's nothing left. That would mean the world economy is booming and everyone can buy new homes, etc. I rather think we'll have a crash in the future. Unfortunately I am still a slave to time, in fact my husband can set a watch based on what I am doing in the morning as I get ready for work.

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  7. Work does that to you. If you are already a creature of habit, then work reinforces that tendency. I always got to work at least 15 minutes before I was supposed to, and often earlier because I had a long drive over the mountains. Also, I sometimes came up on women who had flats, and I always stopped and changed the tire for them, so I had to leave a little extra time for that. In fact, I carried my own special tools for tire changing so I wouldn't have to mess around with the miserable cheap tools they sell you with the car.

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  8. Hey there. I saw this whole TV series. The presenter who went to all the mens homes is called Ben Fogle (I have a little crush on him, its the English Posh Boy voice, I tell ya!). He was in a tv programme him self many moons ago called Castaways if I remember and they set up a settlement/tribe on an island.

    That man was pretty cool wasn't he, and that he in the ends with the Aborigines was trying to secure the land with some form of tourism to bring the tribes some money.

    there was one where the man was a taxi driver in Miami I think. and I think he was married to a lady in the Phillipines? He un-nerved me. All the other men that had gone and bought somewhere out in the middle of no where seemed well educated and were doing it to get away from the rat race. This man seemed un well, like he was having a mental break.

    http://www.channel5.com/shows/ben-fogle-new-lives-in-the-wild

    http://www.channel5.com/shows/ben-fogle-new-lives-in-the-wild/episodes/episode-3-554

    I hope you can view the links. I really enjoyed the programme

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  9. Sol, I knew that the guy was a Brit but I didn't know he was a television personality over there. I liked him because he wasnt judgemental and seemed sympathetic to the fellow on the island. To many producers here crucify the subjects of their shows because that makes some people watching feel better about themselves and boosts ratings. Thanks for the links. I haven't had much luck with links to outside the U.S.but I'll give it a whirl.

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    1. Ben Fogle is TV presenter and adventurer. he had a beautiful dog . and for the life of me I cant remember that dogs name... black lab...

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    2. His wife is pretty nice, too. ;-)

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