On Friday, August 3, 2012, Pete wrote: You can’t understand teenagers. Whenever I offer to sing to Jess and her friends to save her the cost of tickets to hear Justin Bieber or whoever, she says “OmiGawd, Dad, NO!”
When she’s in the car with friends and I offer to sing instead of listening to their CD’s, iPods, Blackberrys, bluetooth to my speakers, or whatever, I get a loud chorus of “No Thanks Pete!!” and whispered giggles to Jess about her weird Dad.
But she has a soft heart. Yesterday she came to me and said “Dad maybe old people would want to listen to you sing.”
Steve Reed wrote: Want to listen to you sing? Only old people who are drunk and who are also wanting to sing. I suspect this type of forced exposure to our dubious talents ( though with only the best of intentions ) would have been responsible for a substantial degree of traumatic stress to our own kid . . . Character building though.
Anyhow, good to see the SAfricans doing well in the Olympic medals.
Aussies have brought a bunch of retired sportsmen out to have a go. The pre – Sydney games sports development initiative is now a thing of the past.
Go the ZA’s! . . and good on the Kiwis.
I wrote: Ah, austerity over posterity? The calvinist ideal. Usually used to deny poor people their fair share; but in this particular case I agree with it, I’m afraid. ‘Specially here, where much money is spent looking for medals (and my favourite: building plush, empty, white-elephant stadiums) while people have no jobs, houses or electricity. Even lotto gives money to ruddy sports clubs rather than genuine charities. Bums me.
Back to singing: Fine tradition, drunk warbling.
Steve: One of Australia’s best has yet again done his country ‘proud’ . . .
Australian Olympic rower will offer his apologies to the shop owners whose windows he damaged. Booth will also pay more than $2000 to the owners in a bid to avoid criminal charges. The 21-year-old Melbourne University student was intoxicated during the incident as the team was out celebrating.
The men’s eight rowing team qualified 6th just hours before the incident. The Australian Olympic Committee have little doubt of Booth’s involvement and say he is responsible for all reparations. Many believe the incident has caused embarrassment for the Australian Olympic team. (Me: Drunkenness has cause Aussie embarrassment? C’mon! Get real).
Booth fainted and hit his head at the police station after being arrested. He was then taken to hospital as a precaution.
And no, they take NO DRUGS…
I wrote: Having once (long ago) experimented with this very same drug, I have to keep quiet at times like this . . .
Steve: Still doing controlled experiments myself. Let’s call it research.
I wrote: Yep – C2H5OH taken internally . . ongoing experimentation.