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Tuesday 20 March 2001

Well I started writing some stuff yesterday just on a spare piece of paper but now I don't know where I put it. *sigh* I'll have to find it because its the intro to two issues I have to talk about. Oh well talk again later.

Thursday 15 March 2001 (sitting in Maths)

I've sat here in Maths every lecture so far, and everytime, I see this little Japanese guy and think how much he reminds me of the typical little Japanese man, like Mr Miyagi, with his generally neat appearance with polo and slacks, his little round glasses and ring of greying hair around his balding head.

...

hmm ... we're in the break right now so I'll write about what I did on the weekend since I finally remembered what it was that I had to write down.

Well I went out Saturday night (supposed to have gone Friday too but we got flooded out by this nice big storm so it ended up being cancelled). Anyway, Saturday night BoyFriend took me out to Northside so that EcoGuy and I could go looking/listening for owls - the Grass Owl to be exact. Apparently he was doing some research for the council on how many of these owls are in certain places around north Brisbane. To put it short, we didn't find any, after about 7hrs (7pm-1:30/2am). What we did was sit in each place for about half an hour, playing two tracks of owl calls over and over a few times and sitting and listening/watching. That was it - until 1:30 in the morning. Thrilling, huh? Well surprisingly it wasn't too bad, even though we didn't hear/see anything. The chances of us actually doing so was pretty low (considering that EcoGuy had only heard one (not seen) all week), so I guess I wasn't really disappointed all that much. And I probably would have been awake anyway even if I'd stayed at home - well until 12 at least - and whats an extra hour or 2 when I'm doing something special like that?!

Anyway I better go and actually listen to this lecture.

Wednesday 7 March 2001 (sitting in UEI again)

Yay! Its the second last lecture for the week (Math tomorrow then thats it) and he's finally figured out how to get the projector working so that he can finally show us this video he's been meaning to show us for 3 weeks.

Tuesday 3 April 2001

Anyways it seems I'm here again to talk about more not-so-good stuff...

And I really dont' know what to say ... I was just talking to Mum again on the phone before and it seems that ... well ... Dad's selling what there is left of his first aid stuff manikins, photocopier, etc because the powers-that-be won't let him teach first aid anymore (even though he's been doing it for almost 10yrs and has been an ambulance driver/nurse for over 14 yrs before that) without doing some TAFE course that of course he doesn't have the money to do... He already had to sell the other half of the business because of the mountains of paperwork that Little Johnnie Howard's GST produced - he simply couldn't keep up with that and running the business all by himself ... so they're left struggling to make ends meet on Mum's wage alone.

I told her about my own financial 'troubles' and how I'm practically running on empty at the moment until the next youth allowance comes in and she said "well, I have $50 left this week that I can send down if you need it" *sigh* I'm NOT going to take her last few dollars off her ... jeez ...

She also said that if this carries on for much longer (she's/they're not going to be able to last like this forever) she said that they might have to sell the house and just get some place small, a two bedroom apartment or something. She said that she thinks Dad is sick of doing first aid type stuff and would like to do something different for a change. I can see her point, he has been doing it for a while. But there isn't exactly a lot of choice living in SmallTown. She said that he's been getting a few days work, that may lead into full time, out at TinyTown's Enviro Centre doing groundsman stuff but I can't see him being happy in that for too long either. *sigh*

Anyway so they're not exactly in good shape up there ... and just to put the icing on the cake, so to speak, it looks like they're going to have to put BigPuss down soon ... because she's just getting sicker ...

... and I probably won't be able to say goodbye ...