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Pigs Are Taking Over: I need Oinkment

Posted by on Aug 6, 2009 in Cape Town, My life | 0 comments

The first thing I do once I am out of bed in the morning, is to watch the news as I eat my breakfast. I enjoy watching Sky News, but that is not the point of the article. Wow, one line and I am already wondering off an a tangent. Focus.

When the world the world was raving on about the “global pandemic” that was Swine Flu, I thought that the Europeans were just being silly and taking things overboard. Now I am not so sure.

My dad returned from Europe ill at the end of June. I got ill straight away and was knocked out for about a week. I virtually never get sick, so this was quite surprising for me with how fit I am as well. Was it Swine Flu? I didn’t think so.

Well, I didn’t think so until 160 boys were absent from my school on Tuesday. Now out of 800 boys, that is a fair percentage. I thought that it was probably a one day bug, but then on Wednesday it was still climbing, and reached about 180. I thought that this couldn’t be, and that surely today would be better. Instead it went past the 200 mark, and actually hit around 230. That is a ridiculous 29%.

I thought we had it rough, but not even close. SACS had 250 boys absent yesterday! Still not amazed at the numbers? Yesterday, Paul Roos had 575 pupils absent. The principal claims that “about half of the pupils were absent”. Holy crap!

I thought that Swine Flu was only overseas, but with 3 confirmed cases at my school, it appears not. I am sure that more than just those 3 have the flu of the pig, but with it costing R800 to get tested, I think many cases will be missed.

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Abuse and Abandonment

Posted by on Jul 1, 2009 in My life | 0 comments

I am afriad that title reflects my blogging habits over the last couple weeks. I have been so swamped with school, exams and what not that I have simply not had the time to sit down and do a few posts. It is finally the holidays and I am going to make a conserted effort to get posts out regularly to keep you lovely people entertained.

I have also been sick with the flu for the past week which has not helped at all. Normally the worst I get is a runny nose, but this time, not even the Captain could hold out again the mighty flu. I am still not 100%, but I am virtually back to normal. Unfortunately for my sister, she also doesn’t seem able to fit it off and has been in bed the last two days. My dad said to me this morning that his throat is also getting sore. Oops, looks like I have passed it onto the entire family.

Enough rambling and excuses! Let the posting begin! Later peeps!

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Heightened Perspective

Posted by on Jun 18, 2009 in My life | 1 comment

I was sent this in an email and I thought that as many people as possible need to read this as it hands over some valuable lessons in life, some that I have been fortunate enough to learn already, while others I would not have thought of until I read this. It is written by Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy…

I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person..

I’ve learned…. That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned…. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

I’ve learned…. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned…. That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned…. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned …. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned…. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned…. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned….. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned….. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

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Mercury Manic Monday

Posted by on Jun 17, 2009 in My life | 0 comments

With it being a long weekend and exams finished, we decided to celebrate another birthday in style. We had heard about Monday nights at Mercury Lounge but had never actually gone there. It was time for a new adventure.

I raced through after hockey practice and my mouth dropped when I saw the queue just after 19h00. I thought i was never going to get in. Fortunately for me, I found a friend second from the front of the queue! Awesome! I quickly slipped in with him and was in. We headed in and had a couple of chilled drinks down stairs as we waited for them to open upstairs. We headed upstairs as the huge queue from outside started to flood in. Things took a while to get going, but once they did, things got hectic.

We soon found out why they call it Manic Mondays at Mercury. The place was absolutely packed, and it was actually difficult to move around, but we had our drinks and were determined to have an awesome time. We had a great time and danced for about 2 hours straight. Things got even better when we were given a free bottle of Jagermeister. None of us were stupid enough to have a sip first, but instead grabbed some dude next to us to be our guinea pig. After he had a few sips he gave it the all clear. Turns out it was fine. After we worked that out, the bottle didn’t last long. Between 7 of us that bottle disappeared before Usain Bolt could run 100m.

Unfortunately I had a hockey match early the next morning so I didn’t stay that late, but all in all, it was an awesome experience that we will certainly be doing again!

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Fantastic Friday

Posted by on Jun 14, 2009 in My life | 0 comments

Friday signalled a friend of mine turning 18. The mark of becoming a man, and when a boy reaches that stage it is only right to celebrate it properly. That is what we definitely did!

It was a long day/night, but dam was it awesome. So we wrote our second Maths paper on Friday (I am still shaking from the terrible experience that was that paper), and with it being a long weekend and only one exam left, we organised that most of the guys would meet up at Forries for a beer and some lunch at about 13h00. I thought there would be like 15-20 of us, but that is not how my grade works. There must have been about 60 of us throughout the course of the afternoon! There were still more people slowly rolling in when we left just after 16h00. The walk back to my house, (the HQ for the day) was quite amusing and we lost Charl on the way. He just decided to go and visit a friend on the way back. After managing to make it home in one piece fairly happy ( ;) ) we chilled out for about an hour. Good music and chilled vibes are never a bad thing.

The next step of the day was to head through to a flat warming. I thought that was going to be chilled and quite and a nice build for the evening, but wow was I wrong! When we arrived the flat was packed, and the drinking had clearly started ages ago! We were more than fashionably late! The flat warming was awesome, and got into the mood for the real part of the evening!

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Weekend Update

Posted by on Jun 8, 2009 in Cape Town, My life | 0 comments

So I am into my third week of exams, and after trying to be disciplined and all of that jazz, I decided that this weekend I was going to chill a bit more. Stress was adding up, and with a HUGE week of exams this week, it was time to relax a bit before one last big push and then exams are done!

Friday night saw all my hockey cancelled to the gigantic down pour we had in Cape Town. My body was grateful for the break, and really screamed at me for even climbing the stairs at Cavendish! Quite a big group of us ventured towards the movies, and after what seemed like ages, we finally decided on what to watch. Night at the Museum 2. I was so not impressed, but I decided not to moan and just smile.

I was to be surprised. The movie was actually really good. I thought after the first one, it would just be a repeat of the same story line and I would be asleep before half way, but I actually was entertained. Somehow they took a very similar story line, and made it interesting. I don’t know if I was that over studying that anything seemed awesome, but I enjoyed it.

The real fun was on Saturday night though. I haven’t had that much fun in ages! It all started after my club hockey game, where we stayed and watched the ladies play a bit while we had drink. After that it was time to go through to the Waterfront. We didn’t really have a plan for the evening, but as soon as we got hold of a pack of cards we knew what was in store. KINGS!

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