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Had an interesting day today!
First, I got near the bus stop this morning just as the bus was coming along, I yelled and waved my arms from the other side of the road but he didn't see me. There were two other people at the bus stop, and neither of them thought to just stick out their arm and flag the bus for me! Thoughtless people!!!
Second, as I was walking to work from the bus stop, I saw a white van pull out of a parking lot really fast and lean over at an angle when it turned cause it was going so fast. The back of the van was open (hatchback) which I thought was weird. Then I walked past two transport officers on their portable radios saying things like, "rego number xxx", "heading south on xxx way", etc. I didn't get a chance to ask the transport officers any questions as they were hurrying in the direction the van went. But it looks like the van was stolen!! Maybe someone left the back open and someone took advantage, jumped in and took off with it! I have never witnessed any crime so it was pretty exciting. And when I was crossing the road 30 seconds later a police car appeared with lights flashing and I needed to give way to it, it ended up pulling into the car park the van was stolen from. When I was walking into work, the lady that usually mans the reception desk came out talking to someone about the police car wondering what was going on, I was able to fill her in about the stolen van. I bet she told everyone who came through and the rumour spread and it turned into like an armed robbery or something :-p
Then later in the morning, I walked past the corridor that leads to the toilets, and saw a woman leaning up against the wall, with her face touching it. I was still processing it as I walked past, then I thought, that's weird, I should see if she is ok. And just as I got back to the corridor, she fell down on the ground! She was whimpering and shaking, I ran over to her, and asked if she was ok, but she kept whimpering. I went to run to reception, but then I thought I shouldn't leave her, so instead I sat down next to her, put my jumper under her head, held her hand, and started yelling out for someone to come. Eventually someone did, and I told him to go find the nearest first aid officer. I stayed there and kept holding her hand and talking to her. Apparently she was home with the flu yesterday and thought she was well, but she got dizzy and fainted. It took ages for a first aid officer to come, the guy I originally sent came back a few times saying the first aid officers for several areas hadn't come into work yet (it was about 8.15am). When an officer finally came a few minutes later she was feeling better and I helped her up. Don't know what happened to her after that, but she probably went home! Hope she was ok!
I also finally had my first day of training for my job which I have been waiting for for weeks, but it kept getting delayed. It was really fun. I also got feedback on my first piece of work, so I have to try and fix it before training starts tomorrow, which is at 8.30, so I'll have to get in at like 7 which is the earliest people are allowed in the building :-s
After 12 years studying on and off various degrees I'm finally going to graduate from something. Woohoo! Had my last exam on the 7th June, felt like it went well but there's always that niggling doubt that you did something stupid and didn't realise it (like not understanding some questions properly or missing a whole sheet of questions). But exam results were available today to allay those illogical fears. I even got enough for a distinction grade which pushes me up to a credit average overall. This doesn't matter so much now since I have a job, but would have been important if I was applying for grad programs, which usually require credit average minimum.
Just heard about a police shooting case four years ago. Only in the U.S., of course.....
A guy is peacefully listening to music in his garage. A woman walking by takes offence at the noise and calls the police. The police come, and knock, and the guy answers. He puts the garage door back down and presumably goes to turn down the music (or maybe he refuses, who knows). The police shoot four times through the garage door, with at least one shot going through his head. Their justification? That he had a gun in his back pocket. Wasn't even pointing it at them or anything.
Not only this but there was a civil suit for wrongful death, and the victim's family was awarded $4 - the poor guy's life was deemed to only be worth $4. The police appealed and it was brought down to 4c. Then later it was thrown out and the family got nothing, not even the 4c. The police got away scott free - not charged with anything.
Even if you love your guns, and think everyone should be allowed to carry them everywhere, etc etc, apparently carrying one, even if you mind your own business in your own home and threaten nobody, is enough to allow the police to shoot you dead with no consequences. So probably not so smart to carry one around. If a policeman feels like killing someone today, and they see you with a gun - they can just kill you with no repercussions. The police are scarier than criminals - at least criminals have to weigh up whether they're willing to risk jail etc so they'll be less inclined to kill. The police can just kill whomever they feel like.
Just another story to add to the makes-me-feel-sick list.
Long story short, my gas wall furnace was a model that was recalled due to having the risk of exploding in a big fireball, melting, and burning down the house. My friendly local gasfitter super kindly helped me find a second hand replacement, and installed it, so I finally have heating!!!! Has been an ongoing process over like six weeks. I'm not used to having gas and it makes the air have a sort of cooked smell to it, which is sort of cosy at the same time. I have been sitting on front of it warming my toes for like half an hour now. Feels soooooo nice.
In other news, have induction for my new job on the morning of the 6th, and in the evening there will be some drinks so everyone who is starting can meet each other. Starting officially on the 12th. And I'm signing my employment contract tomorrow morning. So excited to finally be working again. And the building is only a half hour cycle from my house so I can go back to cycling to work and lose some weight. And my last exam ever is on the 7th at 1pm. Very exciting times! I have been studying on and off for about twelve years now so glad to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Remind me never to live in the USA, where a 15-year-old child, who was not even carrying a weapon, can be convicted of a murder that was actually committed by a police officer.
Not only was he just an impressionable child, so should just go to a juvenile justice facility and be rehabilitated, but he didn't even commit the crime he was sentenced for and wasn't even carrying a gun, so didn't contribute to it!! This sort of thing makes me sick to my stomach.
Probably no one here plays it but oh well. I had a 149 day old portal that I had been recharging. It was on a ski slope which I visited in winter and I thought if it survived that winter surely it would last a year (had a bunch of other ones that for taken within a month but not this one). Who would want to go to the mountains in the middle of spring or summer? But no, he went all the way down there (four hour drive plus having to pay national park entrance fees) just to kill it. If it had been 100 or 120 days old I would have thought nothing of it, just someone going down for some non winter activities like hiking or fishing or something who happened to be going through there. But no, he goes down there a few hours before it is about to give me a black guardian badge. Probably using illegal scraper software to be able to know its age so precisely. I don't even play much, probably once a week only in my local area, I don't do any big missions or anything (there's people that spend hours a day driving all over the place to play who tend to get targeted by the other team). He had no reason to target me. Makes me sooooo maaaad. And also a bit sorry for him that he seems to spend all his waking hours playing this dumb game. Anyway rant over. Now I will gain 1 or 2 hours a week to do something more productive :-p
No one gave me official permission to not be at work today, but there's nobody around. I came in extra early because on Fridays the café does a really nice cooked breakfast which I was looking forward to. But they're closed I have coffee making supplies, and lucky I brought my Switch, I guess I'll hang out in the café seating all day and play breath of the wild. I wish I had brought my computer, then I could do something useful!! I am glad I finish at 1 on Fridays otherwise I think I'd go crazy. If anyone wants to talk to me on discord I'll be available for.... the next 5 hours or so
Chelsea was born 5.20am in my sister's shower (all happened too fast to get to the hospital) with the help of her best friend, husband, and two paramedics. Labour was less than three hours. 53cm, 4kg. Everyone healthy :-)
I'm now an aunty for the first time! So exciting. And the other sister is due in February. I hope she has just as hassle-free an experience.
Some photos from our spring festival.
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My best friend committed suicide on Friday. So.......:-(
I was such a bad friend, I didn't talk to her on the weekend cause I was a little mad she didn't come to my birthday lunch. And I hadn't visited her in a couple of weeks (she couldn't drive and she lived in the other side of town so I always visited her instead of her coming to see me as it takes like 2 hours on the bus). I don't know if it would have made any difference if I had visited her more recently - I mean she didn't try to call me or anything. But I can't help but wish I had called her on the weekend :-(
I really didn't think she was in any danger - she had been doing really well lately, got a high distinction in the one uni subject she did last semester and doing fine this semester. She moved out of the group home because she didn't need the support as much (she had severe depression and bipolar). She got a distinction in her grade 6 piano exam. And the few other times she felt like she might do something silly, she got herself checked into hospital. So I don't really know what happened this time. I hope to find out more at the funeral on Monday.
Just wanted to share. Things are going great for me at the moment.
Did three uni subjects last semester and got a credit and two distinctions (Olmectron helped me with one of them!). Have two more coming up, and if I pass those, I'll graduate! This is fantastic news as I have been studying on and off different degrees for over ten years. Next year, since I'll have graduated, I will be bumped up two levels at work so I'll be making more of a normal wage instead of a low one.
And this is while working 4-5 days a week and spending as much time on here as I do and tutoring maths one or two nights a week. So I am proud of myself.
I just passed a tough Java exam to get certified as an Oracle Java professional.
I made two new friends last year and am making an effort to spend time with each even though it's hard work (I'd rather curl up with a book or my 3DS in my time off, or visit family). I know it's good for me though so I am making an effort.
I'm about to buy a house. It's a townhouse with three bedrooms, free-standing far away from all the others in the complex so no common walls, nice sized yard with covered entertaining area surrounded by brick walls & colourbond fencing, garage converted to a big room. Cycling distance to work, backs onto a park and cycle path. Hopefully nothing falls over! There are tenants in it and the lease ends in October so I can't wait to move in then.
I finally learned to drive a few months ago. After putting it off for.... what is it, 12 or 13 years now? This was because my motorcycle broke down so I had no choice - but still proud of myself, even if I was forced into it :-)
BOTH my sisters are pregnant, so I am going to have either two nieces or a niece and a nephew (one is not far along enough to tell which sex). One due in October the other in February. It's good that I learned to drive so I can help them with the babies (you can't really strap a baby into the back of a motorcycle).
My aunt and uncle have moved back to Australia after living in the US for most of my life. I met my 13 year old cousin for the first time recently as she is visiting for her summer holidays. And they invited me cross country skiing with them in two weeks. My uncle finally got a good job after being unemployed for a long time. And my cousin is considering doing university here in a few years which is really great. It's a bit hard to say no to (basically) free uni, plus a student allowance to live on from the government :-)
My grandparents just bought a house nearby after living in the Gold Coast for many years, so they'll be moving here soon.
And everyone is healthy and happy. It would be really tough for me to find something to complain about right now!
I'm currently renting a little cottage on a farm and got informed that the council is thinking about deciding that my landlord is not allowed to have so many houses on his land (3 - there's me, there's a small family, and him, about 100m apart from each other). So I'm thinking where to move to if my lease doesn't get renewed because the council will make him tear down my house. The places around here are stupidly expensive (hobby farms with massive mansions on them within 30 minutes of the city, my landlord is one of the last true farmers), so I couldn't afford to stay, but I don't want to move into the city either. I like having no neighbours except horses, cows, sheep, echidnas, rabbits and kangaroos. I found 2 blocks of land near each other 20 minutes further away that are quite affordable. I could probably get a demountable or kit house & the block and be able to afford it. One is 4 or 5 acres, but it is narrow and mostly covered in scraggly trees that I imagine would be a pain to remove. The ground is full of lumps and bumps and rises and falls. The other is quite little (bit over half an acre) and flat and clear and there is no risk of getting any close neighbours because it is an island in the middle of about 4 acres of Crown land. The big one only costs 50% more than the little one but has 8 times as much space. But kind of useless space. And there's the possibility of leasing the Crown land anyway, which would be almost as good as owning it. Both properties back onto a disused railway line which is kind of cool (the reason they are narrow I guess, no one can own the land around the railway line so that makes an automatic boundary) and when I visited the area on Wednesday I'm sure I saw one of those lever tram things lying by the side of it! But I couldn't get there to have a closer look because of the barbed wire fence that ran along the length of the line about 50m away from it. I almost want to definitely buy one of these blocks if only so I can explore the tracks properly!
Anyway, not that you guys probably care at all but do you have any opinion?
Vita fans might be happy to know my Vita has replaced my 3DS as the console I carry around with me. Ran out of games to play on my 3DS ages ago, only carried it around for Streetpass. I bought Spyro and Abe's Oddysee from PSN after failing to get Adrenaline working and am quite enjoying playing them on my lunch break :-) Meanwhile my poor 3DS now lives in the odds and ends drawer.
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