Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This week's news
So awful. Was it a mother and child killed on a train level crossing at a road accident? Can't recall now. Trains seem to bumping people off on a regular basis. I can't keep up.
Then some silly bloke drove into the side of a moving train, and survived.
Gosh, it is ages since we have been to see our very old mate in the Western District. Along the way we cross a couple of railway lines that have booms and flashing lights. The angles are acute but I always check carefully that no trains are coming. Technology is marvellous, but not infallible. T'would be an inglorious way to go.
Then it is alleged that a truck driver went through a red light and smashed up a car and its occupants. Another mother and two kiddies dead.
It is unreasonable to expect the State to protect yourself from everything. You have to look after yourself a bit. I have said before and I say again, driving is a serious business. You need to concentrate. Sort out distractions, such as screaming kids, by pulling over in a safe place and fixing it.
And when the chick/bloke of your dreams calls you while you driving, it can wait, it truly can. It might be better if you show yourself as being responsible by not answering the phone when you are driving. It is working for me.
I have firmly put into practice not answering my phone when I am driving. I can't safely do it anyway, although I expect some younger people can, almost. I just can't concentrate on a conversation and driving. My world has not caved in.
In the news this week has been Timothy Holding and Penny Wong, one a State Minister and the other a Federal Minister. One, I would like some dickie play with, and the other I would like to have an intelligent conversation with. You can guess which one I really admire.
While our Tory Party leader sailed off for months on a boat in the twentieth century, it would seem that the Tories now have a big problem with our Labor PM being absent for 17 days in the twenty first century. I am quite liking KRudd now.
Note to self: All of the above will disappoint you at some point.
I have heard some grand plans for Sydney and some grand plans for Melbourne. I have learnt to not hold my breath.
5/ The Murray River will flow again. I will believe that when I see water up to the upper wharf at Echuca and River Red Gums on flood plains not dying.
6/ I could go on, but I am old and tired and domestic matters are difficult. You are lucky I can write this much.