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The DJ's Prank
at that.... Two blogs in a row!
How can you tell that I am betwixt and between jobs right
now? No response yet for a translation project Im
working on for our local tourism association, so Im
free for the time being because I definitely do not want
to start on a new project. Certainly not just a week before
Christmas! We still have a tree to decorate and other
good stuff to do. Although I think all the wrapping is
done. Mine was done ages ago because of that time space
continuum Ive been experiencing. Im
so far ahead on Christmas this year that I think Im
behind, but the other half in this household hasnt
been doing so well. Hes been down in the basement
day after day wrapping presents. Not all day, mind you,
but it certainly seems like hours at a time. Andy is normally
the perfect wrapper with every present squared, shined,
spit and polished. Even his Mother-in-law thinks hes
just the cats meow when it comes to wrapping presents
and hes allowed into the inner sanctum of present
wrapping all the time. I, on the other hand, am
never, ever, ever permitted to wrap presents for her and
have not been so permitted since I was very small.
She doesnt approve of all the scotch tape and lopsided
Really, is it that important???
Most people just rip off the paper to get to the innards
anyway without ever admiring the wrapping, unlike me.
I always admire the wrapping on a gift before
carefully opening it because I am more aware than most
just how much effort it requires to do a really good job
of wrapping. Its effort and time that not only am
I not willing to put in to wrapping a gift, but dont
really seem capable of. I put a tremendous amount of effort
into the work I do for clients, way more than I charge
for, I assure you. And as my husband says, I will never,
ever have to worry about getting rich off the work I do
because Im a perfectionist and just spend too much
time trying to get things right. Maybe thats why
I do such a lousy job on wrapping presents
something has to give somewhere and my housekeeping abilities
and gift wrapping is where I fall down on the perfectionist
stuff. Were not talking stumble here folks.
Were talking falling down the basement stairs right
onto your face kind of let down.
Believe me, I have tried and tried to line up paper when
wrapping so that the pattern matches, and tried to carefully
fold the ends on a gift. I almost always box everything
to make it easier but even then, things just dont
look good when I wrap. Im pretty sure I learned
to use large amounts of tape on a gift from my father
but Im not sure where the sloppy wrapping came from.
I think that what it comes down to is this. My heart is
just not in it because unlike a piece of graphics artwork
that will be admired or a website that will be useful,
wrapping on a gift is just going to be ripped off and
garbaged without a glance. So whats the point? I
akin it to house work. It looks great when its
clean but you know that as soon as you dust, you are going
to have to do it again in 15 minutes time to have it look
like you dusted, especially if you live in a house with
a wood stove. So whats the point? Well, yes,
I know, when the dust is thick enough to actually change
the shape and color of an object one should get around
to dusting then but until then? I can think of
way better things to do with my time, like go outside
and garden or take the dogs for a walk.
Anyway, I was talking about Andy having problems with
his wrapping this year, when he normally doesnt.
He keeps saying its because theyre really
big gifts and so thats the reason for all the effort
and the great ripping sounds of tape peeling off the roll
faster than the speed of light. Im normally not
a curious or nosey person, but I must tell you, this year
looks like a really intriguing Christmas
So I have to do a rant here. I cant help it,
I just have to. For those of you that dont want
to listen, just cover your ears
. Or eyes, or something.
My beef is about the death of that woman in England that
took the prank call from the two DJs working for
a radio station in Australia. As a result of the phone
call, she apparently went home and committed suicide a
few days later. Everyone in the world seems to think that
its horrific that the DJs pulled that prank
on the nurse who put the call on through to the hospital
room that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was in. (If
you dont know what Im talking about then for
heavens sake, dont read this. It will make you crazy!)
At least I think thats how it went. Frankly I heard
so much of it on the news I tuned it out and probably
missed some information perceived by some to be pertinent,
but I doubt it.
So everyone in the world is blaming the two Australian
DJs for causing this womans death. What the
heck??? Has anyone actually listened to this stuff
on the news? How in heavens name is it the fault
of the DJs that this woman allegedly committed suicide?
There is no question that they pulled a nasty prank. It
might be considered innocent fun by many that listen to
radios but frankly, Ive never considered prank calls
to be funny and have certainly never liked prank calls
pulled by radio jocks. I just dont think its
either funny or right and usually turned off a radio station
that did it. That being said, its something that
is done by radio stations all over Canada, apparently
in Australia, and presumably all over the world and obviously
with the approval of radio station managers. So the DJs
from Australia certainly did not strike out into a new
realm here. They were doing what they and thousands
of other radio jocks have done since the first jock put
radios and telephones together.
The DJs got through to a staff member, acted like
they were the Queen calling after Kate and were put through.
First of all, it was a really bad accent and didnt
have any of the dignity one expects from English gentry
but the nurse was not English and being on the switchboard
was not her normal job. She was fooled into thinking she
was talking to a member of the royal family, put the call
through and then eventually committed suicide. Anyone
see a problem here?
I dont care who you put the call through to, or
how you were fooled, how was any of it so important
that it warranted taking your own life? Has our
world become so petty and so tawdry that ones life
is cheapened to that point? Trade your life, the most
precious thing on the face of this earth, for what? For
being ashamed? For being made a fool of? For making a
small and easily made mistake over a telephone call? I
dont think so, Tim. No one values their life that
I think that there was a lot more going on in that
womans head and that phone call was just the tipping
point. That doesnt make it either of the
DJs or the radio stations fault.
I have not heard one person, a priest, a friend, a fellow
nurse or co-worker, or even anyone from the media, question
the womans mental state. Not one person has come
out and said, gee, I wonder if she was depressed, on medication,
under medical supervision, on drugs, having problems at
home, having problems at work, having mental health issues,
or anything else? I have not heard anyone ask that
question or raise that possibility. Not one person!
You cannot convince me that a woman took her life solely
because she was fooled into believing she was talking
to someone that she was not. But this is a world so busy
looking for someone to blame for anything that happens,
that no one actually stops and sees the ridiculousness
of this accusation against those radio DJs. They
didnt do anything wrong. Nothing. They were following
general radio station protocol with the approval of the
radio station. Whats wrong is that the woman took
her own life and no one is asking why. Theyre satisfied
with what the media has fed them. That it was all the
radio jocks fault. Everyones looking
for someone to blame for this death, and they didnt
bother to look very far to find a punching bag.
I have an idea. Why dont we blame the woman who
took her own life for her death? And more importantly,
why dont we look for some reasons behind the scenes
(besides at a prank phone call) for her death.
Ive been noticing a disturbing trend in the last
few years. Right from kids to adults, everyone seems to
be determined to find someone to blame for whatever plight
they might be in, no matter that they may have been the
direct cause. It has to be someone elses
fault. Heaven forbid that people should take responsibility
for their own actions nowadays. As a result, people automatically
cast around for someone or something to blame when things
go wrong, even if it has nothing to do with them such
as this woman thousands of miles away. Its gotta
be somebodys fault!
It's a sad world we live in sometimes
We have just had a very scruddy day, today. I didn't even
go for a walk with the dogs, it was so cold, overcast
and miserable looking with a nasty little wind blowing.
Blech! We did have sun for a short time this morning but
cloud promptly came in from over the mountains and from
the west and took care of that little bluebird of happiness
in a hurry. It was -17C or 1.4F when Andy got up this
morning, never got above -5C or 23F and it's supposed
to get cooler yet tomorrow and possibly Tuesday. Maybe
colder temperatures mean sunshine. That would be nice!
Walkin' On Sunshine!
asked my other half a few minutes ago if he would please
send me an email because I've been working on a website
and not getting feedback from someone I've been sending
messages to. Since I hadn't gotten anything since yesterday
afternoon from anyone, I figured there was a chance that
there was something up with my email. Apparently not as
I got an email message just fine from Andy in caps: LOOKING
FOR A BLOG!!!!!
Isn't that considered shouting? Anyone?
Since this project that I'm working on right now has pretty
much come to a standstill, then I guess I'll just write
a blog. Although I just tried to open up the word processing
software I normally write a blog in, and it refuses to
open up so I'm guessing my computer is going to crash
any time now. I'll go ahead and write this inside the
website program and see what happens.
In the past seven days we've gotten three or four sunny
days now, and that's more than we've had in the past month.
Talk about a Hallelujah! I was on the verge
of getting out my SAD light the other morning when the
sun popped through the clouds and it's been great ever
since with overcast days mixed in with sunny.
Our temperatures have been up and down like a rollercoaster,
very similar to last year's weirdness. Although
I guess if something is strange for long enough, it's
not strange anymore.
Last night was a good example. Like most nights, the temperature
started dropping as soon as the sun went down and by shortly
after supper, it was 10.5C or 13F and I told Andy
that the dogs were probably going to have to be brought
in for sure. Well, I was wrong. By the time I went to
bed after midnight, the temperature was back up to 5.4C
or 22F and was exactly the same when Andy got up at around
six this morning. By the time I got up, it was back down
to 10 until well after the sun came up but it's
always at its coldest just before the sun rises.
It did the same thing the night before but then after
I went to bed the mercury must have done a nose dive because
when Andy got up, it was nearly 20C or 4F
so it caught us completely by surprise and the poor dogs
were pretty cold. You expect the temps to drop
at night in this country and keep dropping until morning
in winter. But last year and now so far this year, things
are not the norm and darned if I know why. In the past
couple of years when weve driven to Williams Lake
weve seen extreme temperature changes with it often
being warmer at higher elevations and much colder in valleys
and lower elevations. If Ive got it right from the
weather forecasters, that means that a warm layer of air
is sliding up over a cold layer and holding it down. Were
seeing that happen a lot more often now in winter than
I ever have over my lifetime, especially out in this region.
But I have no idea whats causing temperatures to
rise over the course of a night after dropping in the
afternoon and evening.
We are finally seeing slightly warmer daytime temps,
anyway. Twice now this week, including today,
the temperatures have made it up to freezing or a degree
above, although not for long, and thats been on
the days weve had some sunshine. It definitely hasnt
been warm enough to melt anything, but it has been pleasant
outside, especially for walking, although we had a cold
breeze today. There were wind warnings up for the Island
and central coast today so Im not surprised.
We must have a crazy assed bunch of otters around
right now. You would not believe
the number of slide marks on the back bay and crossing
our property through the meadow and to the front bay.
I assume theyre headed out to the point where there
is sometimes open water but who knows. They just seem
to like frolicking through the bush. A week ago we saw
slide tracks down by the gun range crossing the back trail.
Other than meadows with water that will be frozen up now,
there is no water anywhere there, but the otters must
travel to the lake going through the woods. Crazy bunch,
thats for sure, and theres no question that
the population seems to be booming. On the other hand,
were seeing next to nothing for beaver so maybe
the two dont coexist that well. In any case, between
them, grouse, fox, and who knows what else, the dogs are
more than occupied pretending to guard the property.
Andy drilled the ice from our boat launch to the
public boat launch today and it looks like there is between
nine and ten inches of ice all the way across.
He then went across on the ATV without any problems so
theres lots of ice for a light vehicle I think.
We could put my truck on it with the snow plow but theres
no point right now. There is only about two inches of
snow on the ice and its best left for traction.
Besides, as soon as you plow and build snow banks, when
the wind blows it drifts the snow right between the banks
and builds up on the road, whereas if there is nothing
to impede the wind, the snow doesnt build up. Everyone
is just going to have to drive across the lake on the
snow for now.
Here I am all excited about having a plow on my
truck for the ice road, and you just watch, there wont
be any snow to plow this year. That would just
be my luck!
I missed getting a photo of Andy fooling around out on
the lake with the ATV today but things don't change much
from day to day when the sun shines. Look how low the
sun is in the sky at the height of it this time of year!
I sure wish I could set up a web cam system. I swear,
some day I'm going to manage it.
Thanks to Ted for his fox picture taken up at the top
of the Bella Coola Hill.
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last month's
December Week One.
Lake Highway cam looking West.
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