Welcome to 2009!

Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to 2009!

I hope you all had a wonderful new year’s eve and that you’re not suffering too much this morning.

Adrian of Nowra has had a hellish night, how did everyone else go?

Also, it would be good to know what you hope 2009 will bring you this year. Have you made any new year’s resolutions?

Have you made any in the past and stuck to them?

On another note this new year’s piece of advice is from me, to me…

Gray skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face;
Wipe off the clouds and cheer up, put on a happy face.

Take off that gloomy mask of tragedy – it’s not your style
You’d look so good that you’d be glad that you decided to smile

Pick out a pleasant outlook, stick out that nobel chin;
Wipe off that full-of-doubt look, slap on a happy grin.

Spread sunshine all over the place
And just put on a happy, put on a happy,
Put on a happy face.




16 Responses

  1. If you were standing in front of me right now singing that ditty I would not be responsible for my actions Reb.

    Try again much later today after I have the garden back into some semblance of order or better still tomorrow.

    PS. No need for me to put in a grumpy/angry emoticon.

  2. T’will be 39C degrees here today. Time for a swim in the beautiful Indian Ocean. Plants have been watered. All is well. Barbecue this evening.

    More sharks have been sighted off metropolitan beaches this early summer than I can ever recall. Could these sharks be the remnants of Wall street brokers on a migratory path?
    Talcum Turnball’s new year message seems ironically similar to his monotonous 2008 message. Dull, colourless, boring.
    Time to elevate Messrs. Hunt and Pyne to their obvious positions of destiny.

  3. Wow reb, so many new threads, so much to read and understand, but alas, I am stuck at work today and so will be limited in what I can post/write.

    Happy New Year to all.

  4. joni,

    Yes, I’m trying to preoccupy myself.

    Just in case you haven’t noticed, which I suspect maybe you have had a slight inkling, I’ve just been a tad slightly irritable over the past week or so.

    Perhaps “slightly irritable” is an understatement? More like damn bloody explosive!!

    I blame the grog.

    Basically I haven’t had any for a week now. Not a drop.

    And I thought giving up the fags was bad enough!

    Instead I’ve been drinking gallons of chamomile tea.

    And basically exploding at anyone who so much as looks at m the wrong way.

    “Go ahead, make my day.” I snear at my colleagues.

    Last night was no exception, while you lot were all out getting hammered and enjoying yourselves until the wee hours, I was at home with my chamomile tea and in bed by 10.00pm.

    What has my life become?

    It’ll be a crocheted f**kin rug next!!

  5. And keeping tissues up your sleeve! LOL

    Enjoy ourselves??? Aquaman and myself were on here sparring with sparta at 3am… and you call that enjoyment?

    I think a trip to the Scottish Restaraunt is on the cards for myself in a few mins.

  6. It’ll be a crocheted f**kin rug next!!

    LOL. It mightn’t be that bad; you could make yourself one of these. (I hear it gets pretty cold in southern Tasmania during winter.)

  7. Happy New Year all.

    Thanks for the kind wishes last night. You’re such a lovely mob.

    Angel, are you the same lady from Tim’s site who used to get hot and excited over Geelong?

    Reb, you beat me to bed by half an hour, in what was my first New Year’s Eve in decades that hasn’t seen me greet the New Year in a drunken stupor. Like you, I found comfort and enjoyment in a cup of tea FFS.

  8. We had a great time last night…the barge that launched the fireworks was four hundred metres straight in front of us and because we were so high it was a great show.

    It took me two hours to smoke that cigar and everything I eat or drink tastes like a Cuban but that will wear of in another day.

    Woke up in pretty good condition, went down stairs for a breakfast buffet and lazed away the morning in the water at Southbank.

    I had no problems…the two smartarses in the elevator did though when they called Queenslanders banana benders in front of me after I just got out of a half hour sauna.

  9. A Cuban scaper. Don’t think for a moment that you can look down on me for having a mere half corona.

  10. It was a Montecristo A if you know your Cubans and I’ve got more of those babies in the humidor!

  11. Montecristo! My favourite. Hopefully coming up to Brissie later in the year – we must catch up.

  12. scaper:

    “and because we were so high it was a great show.”

    Lucky you. I just can’t seem to score any good gear down here.

    I would’ve settled for a sparkler and a couple of “e” s for my new years eve fireworks show..

  13. Now here’s something you don’t read about everyday…

    “Dick squeezed by elderly woman”

  14. One is usually high on the eleventh floor…we suffered from vertigo but got used to it.

    The casino across the river was changing colour though…they must have put something in the water…LOL!

  15. scaper @ 14 they must have put something in the water….fluoride can do that to teeth too!

    G’day all and happy new year.

    Well today I’ve flown from Forrest on the Nullabor to Ceduna and then Port Lincoln as a part of my epic flight around Oz starting from Sydney a few weeks ago in my trusty Cessna 172.. Anticlockwise ’cause I’m left handed. Reckon I’ve had about 8 slabs of VB (so I can enter Top Ticket comp) during the flight. Seen some wonderful scenery and managed to land safely each time. Tomorrow across to Kangaroo Island then follow the Vic coast. Should be back in Sydney next week!
    Wonderful things, flight simulators!
    Anyway, in the real world, I’m picking up a mate (known each other since 1970) and we’re doing a quick trip across the Barrington tops stay a Scone them back home. Too short, but rest assured we’ll have a hell of a couple of days.

  16. Happy New Year, everyone.

    And a big, big hello to ‘Ishtar’, who I have missed.

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