Thursday, November 10, 2011

Word Of The Day: Accident.

It's NOT a bad thing. I know 'Accident' makes most people automatically think 'It's a Bad Thing'.

It is not.

Some people pre-emptively call it a 'Happy Accident'.  I say screw that.It's not precise.The truth is that this thing that happened to me was an accident; an accident that made me happy.

I am SO happy about it.

And now the word 'happy' has lost all meaning for me, so I will henceforth use others. Choices include 'giddy', 'ecstatic', 'enthralled'; and terms such as 'over the moon', 'unable to comprehend' and 'giggldi-sassifras' - which is nonsense, yes - but borne of sheer excitement.

Oh that I could tell you why.

I include this entry in my blog because I know this time next year, it will be greatly valued - maybe not by you, but definitely me. Especially when I'm 135.

Wow, that seems so indulgent and affected. But it's true.

Today something happened to me that marked the completion of an accident; an accident that began 7 months ago. It was a 'pure' accident, one without intent or pre-concieved notions. Accidents can be like that.

Accidents are not things that happen; they are things you cause without meaning to. 

I did this thing and then something happened and now here we are. Maybe not specifically, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that Accidents are not always bad. They can cause Great and/or 'great' things.

Either way, someone's getting a story to tell the grandkids.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


It surprises me to say this, but you can forgive most things as a child.

Things happen to you, but at least you are innocent of causality. You are malleable, still forming; your bones, your psyche - you can be shaped to fit; bend without breaking. You might look back and wish things hadn’t happened but at the time they seem only different - not abnormal, because the baseline for normal has not yet been set. It is not until you are fully formed that events become T-intersections in your life.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Taking The Piss For Mental Acuity: A Sustainability Assignment

I snark at you because you can take it.

So, I started a 'Tertiary Preparation Course' (aka: i can haz university degreez plz) at TAFE two-and-a-half weeks ago. For those of you needing an international analogy, please substitute 'TAFE' for local-college-but-non-university-institution of your choice.

Having already completed the 'top level' of high school academic certification requirements, I am undertaking this course in order to brush up on science and mathematics skills seldom used during the last decade of my (illustrious?) English-based journalistic / PR career.

That being said, I am perhaps taking the piss out of other parts of the syllabus. But I'll leave you to judge.