Posted by: jkirkby8712 | December 16, 2011

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 – quiet day recuperating from an unknown ailment!!

As indicated last night, was not feeling that well overnight, nor this morning when I arose. With Susan away for 24 hours, the house was quiet enough, and deserted, and I decided to take advantage of that –  have a quiet day, no work in the garden, no walk today, generally take it easy, and catch up on some paper  work ‘inside’.  Susie had ‘disappeared’ yesterday morning, whilst I was at the radio station – a message late in the afternoon, told me that she was in Apollo Bay and she would be staying there the night [Tuesday night] –  she’d driven down on her own, and apparently pitched her tent in the caravan park!!  I certainly would have preferred that she was not doing that on her own, but Susie is rather independently minded at present, irrespective of the fact that I am told by others in  the family  that ‘she and Jimmy’ are together again, after a 6 month separation!! Not over enthused about the uncertainty of that situation either, but best to wait and see how things turn out! Mind you, no opportunity to sleep in this morning  –  up around 6.30 am, and shortly afterwards, on the phone to Ron Bourke at the radio station with my weekly local sports report!  For the next four Wednesday mornings, I would actually be on air in Ron’s place – filling in for him, from 6am – 9am!!  More commitment!! Silly lad!!

A couple of ‘interesting’ little emails received through the day.  Firstly, an unexpected Christmas ‘generic’ greeting from my Bank [well, one of them anyway]  –  ‘Dear William [from the Bendigo Bank – Sunbury] –  Providing support, friendship, laughter and love, families are the heart of every community. And during the festive season we choose to celebrate this.  So from our family to yours, best wishes for the festive season.’  I won’t reply to that one!

Meanwhile, from the University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics, dated 12 December 2011

Dear William,   We are delighted to invite you to attend the 2012 Melbourne Foundation for Business and Economics Annual Dinner and the 2012 Alumni of Distinction Awards. The guest speaker for this occasion will be distinguished alumnus Rod Sims (BCom Hons 1973), Chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.  The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics is a leading centre of education, research and innovation. This is proven by our consistent performance in international rankings and the professional standing and accreditation of our courses. Our world leading research and teaching attracts the best and brightest of students and makes us one of the world’s most preferred institutions amongst employers.  The aim of the Foundation is to secure a strong endowment which will support the Faculty’s ambition to build its national and international standing as one of the world’s leading schools of business and economics. Support will enable us to fulfill our commitment to widen participation, enhance the university experience of our students and make possible a research agenda which seeks to address issues facing our world. The 2011 Dinner contributed $500,000 to the Foundation and has enabled us to make strong progress, but the need for continued participation and philanthropic support from our alumni – at all levels – is undiminished……………………………………….[and then, at the very end, just when I was getting interested in ‘maybe’ attending]…………………….. Individual tickets cost $275 per person (incl. GST) and can be purchased………………….[at which point my potential interest in attending, vanished……………obviously, I’ not quite in the ‘class’ of Alumni they are seeking support from!!!!.

And from the Central Queensland University of Australia [Rockhampton] where many years ago, I undertook a correspondence Graduate Diploma in Management [Accounting] course, a more friendly greeting, not really asking for anything –  “There are many interesting ways for alumni to get involved – in 2012 we are starting an E-Mentoring pilot program, we are expanding our alumni biography on the website, I’m looking to add to the alumni study benefits we offer, and there will be plenty of events and functions as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary of being a University.  Thank you for being connected to Your University. I wish everyone a safe and joyous festive season and a positive start to the New Year”.

On this ‘quiet’ Wednesday [which saw Susan arrive home from her ‘little solo trip’ early evening, and then disappear again for a few hours, to go and play volleyball with Jodie over in the western suburbs somewhere], I received the following ‘little Christmas’ greeting – very interesting, somewhat relevant to our times, and I thought, worth repeating here!  A friend forwarded this to me, via email, and I think I might have sent a copy across to Mark, at the VPTA.  Rather clever, I thought!

”Unnamed Christmas greeting,

I wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting to my friends and colleagues, but it is difficult in today’s world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my lawyer yesterday, and on advice I wish to say the following :

Please accept with no obligation , implied or implicit , my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible ,low stress , non addictive , gender neutral celebration of the summer solstice holiday practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious / secular persuasions and / or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all .

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012 , but not without due respect for the calendar of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great ( not to imply that Australia is necessarily greater than any other country ) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee .

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms :

This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/ him or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. The wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher .

Best Regards ( without prejudice )

Name withheld ( Privacy Act ).”



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