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Busy Times…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Well it would appear I am really busy at the moment. I seem to be spending hours on all the websites and domains I own. Somehow through all that, this one seems to have been put on the side lines for ages.
Well noticing how out of date my old site is, I have tonight forwarded all my personal domains to my blog; maybe this time I really will start using it!

Whilst pointing everything to this, I thought I might as well spruce it up a little. Although it is only a default scheme, I think it is quite apt and I like it.

Too much thinking!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I sit here wondering what it takes to get out of the rat race the majority of us seem to live in. There is so much of the world yet to be conquered, engineering to be admired and seeing some of it this weekend has made me wonder exactly what it is I need to do to achieve this. I feel this is a burning ambition inside me… Or is this normal of a human? I don’t know; all I do know is I refuse to let this slip for the rest of my life, I don’t want to look back and say I wish I had done that, not any more. Seeing so much from these great heights at tremendous speeds slips my mind into a trance.
I am missing a vital piece of my jigsaw to life, I know what I am, what I want, what I have; but that piece that puts ambitions and goals into reality is missing. I don’t see where or what I am going to be in 10, 20, 40 years time. Before long they will come and I need to do something now otherwise I will never be satisfied… or are we never satisfied anyway? How many times do we think the grass is greener when it really isn’t!
We all seem to be destined to buy a house, settle down, have kids, retire then live if we are still fit to do so.
Well by the time I will be able to retire there is a likely chance I won’t be fit to live, so is it really that important to get into the rat race of buying houses having kids? Although I love my creature comforts I am unsure if I am a settler. I know I need to settle with a female, but settle somewhere seems too laborious for the rest of my life, I couldn’t do it.
I admire what Christine has to say with regards to this matter and it stimulates the mind, but to a dangerous level maybe beyond my ability. She seems gifted in the sense that she appears to be able to say I am going to do that and manages it; does she work her socks off for it – maybe; just maybe that is where I lack stimulation; but that doesn’t seem possible – my ambitions are worthy of stimulation… So someone help me!

When The Floods Came Home

Monday, July 30th, 2007

On 20/07/2007 I was due to see Adam and Steph in Cardiff for the first time since they have moved in.

Despite the recent news about all the floods, I was adamant to travel to Wales still. I set off for the 1.5 hour journey around 3.30. First stop was to pick Christine up in Studley, and that started off badly with the road by the Griffin closed due to flooding, which is only some 100 yards from her house. I headed in the other direction which too was seriously flooded, going through some 3 newly created rivers through a 2 mile diversion. Finally reached her house and headed off towards the Star and Garter Island, this was bumper to bumper for some 45 mins. After getting free, we soon hit floods again and got diverted through Charford! This taking some 60 minutes to get  to M5 Wychbold, so far 2 hours, why didn’t I head back home now!

The next 4 hours were bumper to bumper reaching no more than 50mph. By the time we reached M50 it had been closed, so we had to take the Severn Bridge route and stopped off at services, during this time people seemed chaotic and stressed, all well known B&B’s were supposedly full and more and more roads closed, the M50 now closed in both directions and as far as 4 junctions.

We set off again to what seemed like a clear road, how wrong were we, after about 1 mile it was grid locked, so this time we decided to turn the radio on, and were informed of the M5 now being shut off.

As we slowly progressed forward we could see why, with the hard shoulder stones being washed into the fast lane some hundred tonnes had been displaced. We suddenly halted for a few hours. As we set off again it was really slow and we hit some 1.5ft of water which we had to pass, this was terrifying as the exhaust of the van in front submersed.  Once we had passed this we finally reached Adams around 2am, some 10 hours or more later than when we had set off and after going to the wrong placed thanks to TomTom and my mistake!

None the less I planned to have a good weekend and that we did, if I weren’t so tired I think it could have turned out a lot better but oh well, still got to see Adam and Steph and get to know Christine better!
Had a nice meal in Cardiff, which seems to be a really nice developing city, even I could live there one day!

The journey home showed some of the devastation caused by the floods as we went up the M50, but it did only take 1.5 hours which was much better!