Thursday, September 26, 2019

Before September ends...

Here again, for a while.

Still working at a place I've been complaining about since I began there over a year ago. There have been a few improvements, I must admit, to be fair, but I'm still complaining, that probably won't stop.

I will be moving again. This mostly because I'm me and I live the way I live. The reason for moving isn't something I am at fault for and the notice this time has been more than a month. If I manage to get a new place sorted further from the last minute than the last time this happened I will be continuing on an improvement arc. I may be almost normal by 2025.

The most pressing, annoying thing at the moment is I can't find my nail clippers. I don't know where they are, I've looked everywhere they can logically be and places that aren't logical and they are nowhere.

I've mostly given up on finding them and resigned myself to the fact I need to buy new ones, and afterwards of course I will find the others but one has to happen first before the other can.

The new problem is I keep forgetting to get them, but today I finally remembered, after buying a bunch of heavy groceries, so I go to the nearest that kind of thing store, the kind that has all things for bathroom and body... and they have literally everything for bath and body, feet and nails, except for that particular thing... sold out! I mean who sells out nail clippers?

Well I went home empty handed, apart from that heavy bag of groceries. And my fingernails are uneven and jagged and my toenails... nevermind about those.. I need those clippers!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

So much for that productivity thing..

So turns out I don't have a lot to write about. The end of another month and bringing it up to 2 whole posts. Wow.

Here's a thing that happened in Prague. Two weeks ago.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Only in Prague

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

To The Moon

Žižkov TV Tower, Prague, on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing*.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

*mutters over here in the 1st world*

So I've been feeling a bit down, a bit bummed a bit bla of late. Somewhere been the last week to 4 years or so. It's just.. shit isn't really working out. I mean it's not not working out it's just.. I don't know.

I mean I've got work, which continues to annoy me in one way or another, and this place, which is an improvement on the last but we still have to share and the hot water isn't heating up properly now and I'm worried we'll have a problem with bugs again. There was the problem with the plug but that's been fixed, for now but then the first time after that I try to take a shower the water doesn't even heat up properly.. it always has to be something.

And my charger isn't working, or working slow. It keeps working poorly, then better then poorly again. If it doesn't start working better again the power will run out and I won't be able to use my phone and what will I do then? I shudder to think.

Dammit..n n n... this bloody phone and its "keyboard" I mean you spend years.. or more like weeks really learning to type properly and really fast (well in my case it may have been days *is slightly smug*) and they invent these super phones that we suddenly all have to use for everything where you type with your thumbs clumsily on a tiny screen like some, man or something and they put the n right next to the space bar and it takes about 30 times to write the word "and".

They're just the things that are bugging me right now. Come back in a hour and I'll probably still be ranting about them, plus addd a few things, although they will be quite similar in nature to the existing list.

I admit some have it worse.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Overheard in Prague 4-7-19

(Presumably) American guy, walking by in group. "We're literally walking round in circles. I do not get the geography"

Well... I mean, it was the nuance, the way it was said, the accent and affectarions... emphasis on "literally" and "not"...

I mean you like.. had to be there.


I'll get me coat.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Parade o' the monks

The Czech Republic (or Czechia as it's supposed to be officially called now, though no one here calls it that) is one of the least religious countries in the world. It's about 80% atheist, according to at least one statistic which may or may not be currently accurate, but the percentage of religiosity here in Prague is lower than the national average so in any case, especially in this city it's real low.

Still, there are tons of churches, statues of saints everywhere, and lately I keep seeing monks.

First last week one morning I saw one running for the tram, holding his skirts as he sped along. It was amusing but a small incident, almost not worth writing home about.

Then yesterday, after a sweltering day of 38 degrees, fatigued by doing tours all day, and then getting on the wrong tram, getting on the right one but getting off again because I thought it was the wrong one and luckily realizing it was the right one and getting on and taking a seat, I see this monk in long robes, black ones, in a heavy material, and I sweated just looking at him. Then he got on the tram and sat down beside me and engaged me in conversation.

He talked about his monastery, which is the oldest in Prague and has a restaurant and a brewery, of course. Asked where I was from, I told him Australia and he told me about some Australian woman he knows, we were interrupted by some tourists asking about the ticket system on the trams and he spent some time explaining it in broken English, which I had to correct later because he gave them some innacurate info, and then he took his leave after giving me a gift of a crucifix and a blessing. So the virgin Mary is now watching over me, I think.

And today I saw this.

Some kind of holy (or perhaps not so holy?) ceremony.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Feeling smug, but only a little...

I have done it. I've achieved a goal. Not a major goal, not one that's of any use, but it's one I set myself and I've done it.

Well I actually haven't done it yet, at time of writing, but once this is posted my mission will be achieved. If it doesn't get posted then there will be no public record of me (humbly) boasting of it so my red face will be mostly due to being out in this sun way too much.

Today (assuming this gets completed and posted successfully), I will have written 9 posts this month, equaling my total for the whole of last year. It's a modest goal, but happily, because it would be pathetic if I couldn't manage that, especially with the ease of posting photos and meaningless fillers, I have done it. I'm proud but just a little.

Disregard all of this if something happens to prevent the posting of this article, which you will anyway because you won't see it.