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Family conversation LIV

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Pim: Does anyone want to go to the Apple store later?
Chorus: Me! Me! Me!
Pim: Perhaps we should have lunch there.
Mick:  Maybe they serve apples?
Mim: You’ve been around this family too long.
Pim: Apple crumble…
Kim: Apple strudle…
T: Do you think they serve oranges at the PC store?


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December 23, 2009 at 14.08

Family conversation XLIV

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T: Have you checked out my new blog yet?
Nim: Um, yes…
T: Did you like it?
Nim: Ja, it is, um, cool…
T: What is it about?
Nim: Your life in Dubai and shit?

If any of you are also still labouring under the misapprehension that my new blog is about my life in Dubai, you might want to click here… To Nim´s credit, he did like the new blog when I forcibly showed it to him, and is going to be our hair sharing man in the Eastern Cape.

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July 26, 2009 at 19.22

Family conversation XLIII

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Nim: Do you have a towel for me?
T: Ja, take the blue and white one with ships on it hanging in the bathroom.
Nim: There is no towel with ships on it.
T: There are two towels in the bathroom. One is plain blue. One is blue and white with ships on it.
Nim: There is no towel with ships on it.
T: Okay, perhaps I was wrong then. Just take the blue and white towel!
Nim: Are you in a bad mood?
T: No, are you in a bad mood?
Nim: No.
T: Okay, I´ll come and show you the blue and white towel with ships on it then.
(Goes to bathroom; there is no towel with ships on it.)
Nim: Ha! Just because something is blue and white, it´s not necessarily a nautical theme. Especially if it
doesn´t have ships on it.

The score
Trinny: 0
Nim: 1

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July 22, 2009 at 23.08

Family (in the) news

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Had my first mention in a Dubai newspaper today. You might spot another familiar name quoted as well. Some factual errors and glaring ommissions in the article though – not least of which was the failure to mention the Democratic Alliance, who are probably going to be the official opposition again, despite Shennie Pie and my hopes the contrary. Hey, I merely proffered my opinion, I didn´t write or, more pertinently, sub the copy…

Rumour has it that younger brother Nim has also been making headlines – in the Grocitt.  Actually, the article is apparently about The Kingfisher, the bar in his digs, rather than about him personally, but it still counts. Unfortunately, it´s not up on line… Any Grahamstonians out there who can scan and send me a copy?

Family conversation XXXIX

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T: I´m going on a press trip to Cyprus in a couple of weeks. 
Nim: Awesome! Watch out for the hills…
T: What are you talking about?
Nim: Cypress Hill, bonehead. 
T: Have clearly been away from family sense of humour for too long!

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April 2, 2009 at 20.14

New Year´s Resolutions 2009

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I´m clearly a little behind in making  my resolutions for 2009, or at least declaring them on line. (Good luck with the job hunt, Bean!) Not that I´ve ever been that big on resolutions anyway.

Last time I made a New Year´s resolution I had any intention of keeping was in 2004: “I shall not be in Port Alfred next New Year.” (For the record, this was no reflection on the generous hospitality of Dogflower, rather a realisation that there were summer holiday options other than the Eastern Cape). And where was I on December 31, 2004? Port Alfred of course, and it was a good one!

But I digress. And I shall continue to do so… Looking over this blog, I see I have had a couple of previous posts concerning resolutions. In February I came up with a new semester resolution of endeavouring to update my blog with greater regularity. Well, I didn´t survive the semester in Liechtestein, nevermind the resolution!

In July I made a couple of half-year´s resolutions, to wit: get my driver´s licence and get a job. Regarding the former, I did at least get my learner´s licence, which was a huge step forward… And I did get a job, and then I got another one. So that´s one-and-a-half out of two: not a bad score!

Back to the point of this post. I did consider some resolutions for this year. But, unlike Bec, I am only giving up smoking when I grow up at 30 (not all that far away, yikes!), and I am not about to sacrifice my last few months of coughing pleasure just so I can turn the whole ordeal into a New Year´s resolution.

Nim gave me This Diary Will Change Your Life 2009 for Christmas, which was hilariously unhelpful in suggestions for unique resolutions, for example: “Find the lost city of Atlantis” (not all that difficult in Dubai, come to think of it!), “Waste fewer words” (nah, that´s my day job), or “Find the Grail but keep quiet about it” (not my style).

On yet another tanget, TDWCYL2009 is the bossiest book I have ever come across. I´ve already failed my Week 1 Goal to “Make a New Year Resolution that no one in history has ever made before”. Week 2´s aim “Open a Home Restaurant” has also passed me by – I have to use all my resolve just to cook a decent meal now and then instead of being enticed by cheap and tasty Indian takeaways. We´re already in Week 3 and it seems I must now “Subvert Consumer Society from Within”. I´ll keep you posted on that one!

Okay, I´ll stop blathering on now. I´ve decided on one resolution for 2009, and a simple one at that: to be happy. Or perhaps not that simple – thom e yorke once said something about how it´s easy to be depressed; much braver and  more difficult to be happy (If anyone can find the original quote, please let me know!).

Which reminds me of something an Iranian friend said at my goodbye party in Liechtenstein: “Theresa, I think you´ve enjoyed your time here, but you have not been happy.” Puzzling over this apparent contradiction, I realised he was right. Being happy is both more, and less, than merely enjoying oneself. I´m pretty good at the latter, but have some work to do on the former…

For now though, I´m off to make myself a bite to eat before heading down for a pint or two at the local (yes, we do have those in Dubai!) with the Golden Sands gang.

Family conversation XXXVI

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Nim: I want to make a rule for this evening. Everyone is allowed to ban one topic of conversation. Mine is solar power. What’s yours, what’s yours?
Kim: Okay, my rule is no one is allowed to talk about Garmina, or any form of navigation.
T: And I ban making funny comments to the waiters.

Arriving at the restaurant…
Kim: Where is the entrance?
Pim: I don’t know. Why don’t we find a solar-powered navigation system and use it to find some waiters?
T: Stop it. What topic do you want to ban?
Pim: I say no one is allowed to take the piss out of me!

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December 26, 2008 at 18.37