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Gender ‘Bored’ of WA

Around a year ago I applied to the WA Gender Board for a Recognition Certificate. This is a legal document acknowledging my Gender reassignment, and permitting me to change my Gender Marker. My request for the certificate was denied, because section 15(3) of the...

Tis The Season for Cognitive Dissonance

December arrived,  and as is usual, it was accompanied by the gentle pop that heralds the opening of the first door on the Lego advent calendar. Of course down under Christmas is not all Tinsel and Mince Pies...With December comes Mosquitoes, Flies,...

Not a Statistic – Not Now – Not Ever

The last few days have been tough, much harder than usual . I've been living through one hell of an episode of  Arthur's Blip. Essential support, and care is in place, and progress is being made.  This weekend in Perth is the Annual Pride parade. I'm along...

Screensaver Existence

A few years ago (possibly even decades)  there was a very popular screen saver that sort of simulated hurtling through deep space at high speed. It was a bit "Star Trek" and it was everywhere...You could change various parameters, such as the density of the star...

Bloody Puppets….

"Unwilling, Ineffective and Disrespectful..."  Up until yesterday I think the closest I have come to Disrespectful is flying a rather beefy  helicopter at full noise, far too low over the head of a very grumpy Colonel.... I must be getting old and cranky....

Dad Doesn’t Know…..

We all dream.... Every night.... It is an indisputable fact that goes with being human.... Sometimes we remember the stories that unfold in during our deepest sleep, and perhaps more often, we don't I am prone to visceral, vivid dreams. Complex, real, and frequently...

Positive Dialogue…

Jane : "Did you pick up the Milk and Eggs from the IGA" Me:  "No, I'm far to gruesome to go shopping at the moment" Jane: "I need you to be positive !" Me: "Oh I am certain, I am absolutely positive I am too disgusting to go to the shops right now." I think from...

Beyond Tired….

I think perhaps I am Tired.... Tomorrow is another 400km round trip interspersed by a battle of wits with a large ugly beast with many arms, frantically waving in multiple directions and threatening to cause chaos and mayhem. I'm not convinced I am anywhere close to...

Fix a Moog, Fix a Mood ?

This weekend, I have been repairing  and rebuilding one of  Dr. Moogs instruments. The damage was a broken shaft on one of the many knobs controlling the various parameters.  It annoyed me, and needed replacing. Beneath the exterior panels of any...

Heavy Sleeper

At some stage in my childhood I discovered that covering my bed in large hardback books, and sliding carefully beneath the sheets produced a comfortable sensation. The weight of the books somehow providing a degree of comfort, and a sensation of calm. Of course it was...

Black Dogs and Hoovers

There is a very old joke about a guy going down to an operating Theatre, just before he is handed over to the Anaesthetist, he asks the Doctor if he will be able to play the violin after the operation. "Of course" replies the Doctor. The man smiles and replies "That's...

Happy Birthday Dad

Today I phoned my Father. It is his Birthday and  when remembering his Birthday I can't help but recall his fondness for huge celebrations on the 28th of August.  There were long weekends away, and alcohol fuelled hi spirited laughs, that I listened to...

Remember Your Manners….

Manners are incredibly important.... Even Chewie, our adorable little Labradoodle has a basic grasp on Manners. With this in mind, I need to pass on a message of thanks...A sincere expression of gratitude....I am just Remembering my Manners... So, to the previous...

I’m in a Good Moog(d) 🙂

Yesterday was a day off... My first goal was to try very hard to put all thoughts of Gantt Charts, Missing Resources, and shrinking timelines behind me, or more accurately, in front of me. I'm not leaving them behind, I'm just pushing them up front until Tuesday when...

Big Feet Small Steps

I love my new job.  Yes I was living in dread for a week or so. However it looks like the trip from  absolute fear,  to complete engagement,  has taken around twelve days. Over a bowl of Pasta the other day, my incredibly smart Son, listened...

Big Change….

Another quick Blog tonight, because my head is full of work stuff. However It just occurred to me that one of the major changes since my transition has largely slipped by unnoticed. A  very subtle and steady shift that has taken about 4 years..... Let me put it...

Why ?

I'll keep it brief tonight, because this is  a big question and it needs lots of thought... "Why is it apparently so much easier for everyone else to accept me, than it is for me to accept myself ?" This question has been prompted by the amazingly positive...

Pretty Scale –

I've worked in IT for pretty much most of my adult  life. I had humble beginnings, operating ancient Mainframes on long hard night shifts. Whilst my colleagues snoozed or chatted I got stuck into reading the massive volumes of technical manuals, on CICS and...

Harmony at Chorus

The week has been long, tiring, and occasionally emotional, but all  in an overwhelmingly positive way. Yes I was anxious, but surely that's normal for a new job.....? So.....How am I  ? Let me spell that out with the Chorus  from a special song... Hey...

Unfair Comparison

If there is one thing that I can remember doing for my entire life, apart from Breathing and Eating, it is comparing myself to others.. In these  comparisons, I'm never favoured. I am harder on myself than I ever could be to anybody else.  This habit is, I...

Maintaining my Composing

I find it fairly easy to write a sentence, a paragraph or even an essay. Heck, given enough time I can manage it in reasonable Italian, or Latin.  For the last couple of months much effort has been expended to further my understanding of  the basic rules of...

Choral Offering

The first phase of my new journey that  began with an oddly convivial Lunch over Pizza, was yesterday concluded with an equally convivial Dinner, and also over Pizza. The Dinner wasn't odd at all, it had an upbeat celebratory mood, however the preceding French /...

Butterflies in Hobnail Boots

I'm sure we have all experienced a touch of the "Butterflies" that fluttery, slightly unusual sensation in the tummy in moments of stress or nervousness..... Today, I experienced a Squadron of Butterflies wearing heavy duty work boots tap dancing through my gut....

Lion Tamer ?

One of my favourite Monty Python sketches relates the story of a rather dull Accountant who visits a "Vocational Guidance Counsellor" for some career advice.  Mr. Pewtey the Accountant tells the Counsellor that his current role is unfulfilling and lacks...

Beautiful Sight – Wedding Day #2

One of the characteristics of our amazing brains is their ability to constantly seek out patterns. We are perpetually and  subconsciously processing our experiences. The complex processes in our minds look for potential patterns, or signs,  that may mean...

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