You know you’re a caffeine junkie when:
a) You’ve gone to the bother of making the nicest cup of coffee you can, given your circumstances, and you don’t even remember drinking it.
b) Being jittery is your default setting.
c) You can tell your Java from your Colombian.
d) You drain a pot of coffee quicker than a toilet can flush.
e) Your concern for your kidneys is at odds with your serenity.
f) Your response to a customer query is WHAT NOW? CAN’T YOU SEE I’M STRESSED OUT?
g) Going cold turkey fills you with a sense of dread.
Posted in 100 Days, 100 Words, Humour, Life, The Job
Tagged Beverages, caffeine, Coffee, Coffee and Tea, Drink, Food, Home, Shopping
Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011
I know many people who swear by Apple Macs. Having never owned one myself, this particular pleasure passed me by. But I love my iPhone. Without it, I’m sad to say, my leisure time just wouldn’t be the same. So it was with some distress that I learned last night of the death of Steve Jobs, the man behind one of the most progressive companies the world of business has ever seen. I wish to join the rest of the community in offering my condolences to his family, friends and co-workers. Apple will miss his guiding hand badly. R.I.P., sir.
There was a time when all men had to do before heading out was brush their teeth, comb their hair, then splash on a bit of smelly stuff (Brut, Old Spice or whatever your father had in his collection). Nowadays, though, things have become a little more complicated. I blame David Beckham.
Now it’s all about moisturisers and eye cream. Where once I had shaving foam and toothpaste, now I have l’Oreal, Nivea and other products sold to me by advertising. One thing I will say, though, no way do I look 46. May this crap does the job after all.
I like to think that somewhere in the world of music, there exists a composition that is us. I also believe that as our lives change, so does the soundtrack that follows us around. When I was in my teens, my theme tune of Paul McCartney and Wings’ Live And Let Die. To a certain extent, my reasons for having this song ‘sing’ for me haven’t changed. But now that I think about it, I find myself going back to Steely Dan.
So, for the time being and until my circumstances change one more, my Life Song is Do It Again.
Each of us, I think, has something we can’t live without, despite it being detrimental to our health and way of life. For some it could be alcohol, cigarettes, fatty food, salt or prescription/non-prescription drugs. Most of us are aware that such addictions can kill us.
But what about those addictions that are not fatal? If you could, would you be able to give up using the Internet, drinking coffee, buying too many books, eating too much chocolate, or possessing an unrealistic view of mankind and all its stupidity?
But enough about me. What should YOU live without?
Posted in 100 Days, 100 Words, Blogging, Life, writing
Tagged Addictions, Addictive behaviour, Alcoholism, Behavioral issues, Books, cigarettes, drug dependency, health, internet, Medical prescription, Pharmacy, Prescription drug, Substance abuse
The ninth month of the year brings with it many treasures. A return to normality, for one: with schools reopening, gridlock once again becomes a feature of early morning traffic. The longest-running television chat show The Late Late Show, hosted by Ryan ‘Ding Dong’ Tubridy, leaps back to our screens on Friday evenings.
There is a chill in the air and the nights draw in slowly but surely. Vampires get to head out earlier and stay out later. But for me, September means one thing: my television licence is up for renewal. Someone has to pay Tubridy’s salary I suppose.
Most of us have a pocket or purse full of loose change, yet we’ll pay for something small, like a bottle of Coke, with a twenty or larger. In this respect, we like change. We like how it rattles and chings in our pocket.
Most of us call for change, whether it’s of government policies or government itself. We demand change in our living circumstances.
But when change affects us directly, we don’t like it. We are averse to having less change that rattles and chings in our pockets and purses.
How does change affect your life? Or does it?
Posted in 100 Days, 100 Words, Life, Money, Philosophy
Tagged 100 Days, Business, Change, Government, Government policies, Money, writing
For humans (and most animals), the bare necessities of life are food, water, shelter, companionship and the odd bout of rumpy-pumpy. Political and religious ideals are mere distractions from the endeavours of survival. They’re good to have and can make excellent conversation starters at the dinner table. But if one is severely lacking in the fundamental needs of humankind, then all the zeal in the world isn’t going to save you from hunger, thirst, homelessness, loneliness and a long dry spell. An efficient and speedy broadband network provider is, in my opinion, up there with a cool glass of water.
Posted in 100 Days, 100 Words, Life, Musings, Philosophy
Tagged Food and Water, life, Philosophy, Politics, Recreation, religion, The Jungle Book, Walt Disney, Water, writing