Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Not Town Hall Tuesday

I've taken the photos but not got it all together yet. Next week.

Once again Yarra Trams' vehicles were not running. R was out with the car at his volunteer job and I am not going to stay at home all day. While the gentle slope up Toorak Road is nothing like the hilly steep streets of Sydney, I struggled. I sat for a couple of minutes as I crested the hill but it was easier on the downhill walk from there to South Yarra Station where I could get a train to the city.

I was at one of my favourite outdoor coffee places when a noddy came in. A noddy in this case was not a paying customer and I wouldn't expect the young Asian lasses staff to do anything about him. He was affected by heroin. I've seen it many times. They nod their heads down, then suddenly sit up. Repeat and rinse. In my experience they are never aggressive or dangerous.

He sat on a stool and almost fell backwards but noddies always seem to pick themselves up, and he did. He moved to another table and nearly fell head first onto the table, but once again he picked himself up.

Then he came and sat next to me. I met the eyes of the stylish looking woman opposite me and we did a mutual eye roll and then she smiled.

Omg, his head was falling sideways and about to land in my lap. I moved along the bench and tapped him on the shoulder and said to him, Sit up man. You ok? He  just looked blankly back at me.

The stylish woman sitting opposite me had clapped her hand over her mouth to suppress her laughter at my situation of the noddy's head landing in my lap.

Heroin Smackheads don't normally pose a threat to society unless they need money for their heroin where they will rob and steal.

Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for heroin for these wasters and let them get on with their wasteful lives, rather than have them commit crimes to fund their addiction.

Photos to make a post more interesting. I saw a 1956, I know the year because a person with mental health issues was talking to himself, Thunderbird. While the steering wheel is on the wrong side, what a classy old Yank Tank.



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  1. It is years since I have seen a noddy. I expect they are in part of the city I don't often visit. And yes, I agree with you. I cannot remember seeing heroin filled rage and/or agressiveness. How I wish that was also true of alcohol.
    It is years since I have seen a Thunderbird too.

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    1. EC, goes for ice too. They can be very aggressive and violent.

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  2. What a classy looking car. Would I want to drive one? No. I would be too frightened of damaging it. Never heard the word 'Noddy' before other than being 'Big Ears' best friend.

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    1. Marie, I don't think it would travel London streets with ease. Some wide street route planning might be necessary. Maybe noddy isn't a widely used word, even here.

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  3. Yank tank, I like that. As for the heroin addict, he should be in bed at home, if he has one.

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    1. Gigi, I hate to think what the state of his bed would be like if he had one.

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  4. I'm staying home all day...and will love it...am loving the thought of not having to go out anywhere. Unlike you, I have no desire to go out every day. The thought makes me cringe...each to their own.

    I can be a total sloth, not having to get dressed up to go out and mingle with the outside world and those therein. I can wear my most unattractive, loose sloth gear...and try to keep cool (and keep my cool). "Try" being the operative word. Staying in front of the fans whenever I can.

    I hate the humidity...and boy, oh, boy...high humidity has been a regular visitor over the past few days!! And an unwelcome one, at that!!

    A lovely old "tank". Great lines...great style.

    Like Fun60...I've never heard the the term "Noddy" used before, either, other than Enid Blyton's creation. I think they only Noddys up here on the plateau are on the shelves in the local library, and perhaps Op Shops' book sections.



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    1. Lee, there will perhaps come a time when we feel we don't want to go out each day, but it hasn't arrived yet. We've had some humid weather, even yesterday, one reason why walking was hard work. I don't think you would have come across too many noddies in your life.

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    2. I've come across much in my life, Andrew...more than you know or could imagine.

      However, up here in this rather peaceful, beautiful plateau where I now live the lifestyle is mostly much removed from that of cities...and that suits me just fine. :)

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  5. I have heard heroin called the love drug as in those lacking love in their life are drawn to it. Are there safe places where they can go in Melbourne instead of public spaces, it would be better for everyone. I think the safe injecting clinics in Sydney have been really successful. 1956 was a great year and the Thunderbird a very classy gas guzzler.

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    1. Cheryl, there is one very controversial drug injecting and care place. It is under trial at the moment. Part of the problem is there is only one, so people come from all over the city to use this single facility. I prefer 1957 as a good year 😜

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  6. Funny you say the wheel was on the wrong side.
    When I was in 5th grade I was a safety patrol girl. I would assist the crossing guard each morning. She owned a British VW Bug and I recall being amused that the steering wheel was on the wrong side. Perspective is everything.
    Since a drug user killed my daughter, I tend to be less lenient with the druggies!

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    1. To us it is wrong side Maribeth. How cool, a VW Beetle. Do you know what drug the person was using?

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  7. The car looks normal to me :D (we share the Yanks' placement of the steering wheel) Why do sports cars always look so great in red?

    Noddy is a new term for me as well. But I grew up out in the country, and now live in a small town. Not much chance to run into any here, I don't think.

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    1. Jenny, as we knew before we visited your country. Now we may not travel internationally anymore, we have acquired the skill of easily adjusting to crossing roads where the cars are on the wrong side of the road. Sadly in rural areas here, the use of the drug ice is rampant. Heroin has always been just an inner city to middle suburb problem.

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  8. Never come across a noddy as you call them. Have seen people who are addicted to heroin many times in my once work environment and found them to be very cunning.

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    1. Margaret, that is something about heroin. People can still function quite well and be very scheming. It is only the worst who are close to overdosing who turn into noddies.

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  9. Nice car, and I'm pleased to see that they have the steering wheel on the correct side. As for your Noddy.... I despair!

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    1. Cro, if you think the wheel is on the correct side, you better stay in France and not return to England.

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    2. Ah, I get it. The French government is monitoring your blog to see if you will be a good French citizen if the worst comes to the worst.

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    3. I haven't driven a left hand drive car for almost 50 years!!!

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  10. I haven't seen a Yank Tank in a long while, they certainly are large and I would think that parking one takes a bit of skill when most spaces are made for smaller cars.
    I haven't heard the Noddy term either and don't think I have seen any noddies. Perhaps I have and just assume they're very tired and falling asleep.

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    1. River, that's what noddies look like, you know as your head drops when you are really sleepy but then you wake up, sit up, but your head drops again.

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  11. Glad you explained the word Noddy, as I had never heard it.
    Weren't those old cars so stylish, even though they are enormous?

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    1. Beautiful, Sami, but not so good safety wise especially if in a crash.

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  12. I don't mind if doctors could legally write prescriptions for heroin, as long as the customers are locked inside a large hospital ward, with a nurse, and NO access to a car.

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    1. Yes Hels. I pretty well agree with you, but it won't happen.

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  13. I had never heard the term noddy, very appropriate. I am a believer in treatment, I have seen the difference it can make. Nice old Thunderbird. I see GM is pulling out of the right hand drive market.

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    1. I am surprised you know GM pulling out here. It is a sad day for us for as much cultural reasons as job losses.

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  14. I found the story interesting enough without the yank car Andrew, can't believe they are only going to make cars with the steering wheel on the wrong side in the US now, how bloody arrogant is that!

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    1. Grace, a pity he wasn't attractive and I wouldn't mind his head falling into my lap. It doesn't just affect Australia. It affects all countries who drive on the correct side of the road.

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  15. Left Side Drive And Cherry Red, Like WoW - Many Thanx Brother

    Cheers

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    1. I can see you driving it, Padre.

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