Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stressed! And a clarification.

The stress is nothing new - it's the start of a new Semester, and I always get stressed when things start in earnest.  A few days away with The Mister will hopefully help.  Mind you, I am taking my study gear with me.

Clarification:  I wanted to clear up what I was talking about in my last post.  I know that there are people out there who, due to the incredibly high housing costs (and power costs), would struggle to pay their mortgages on the Masterchef  'wage'.

I in no way meant to promote myself as a paragon of thrift - the only kind of thrift I am is a spendthrift - if I have it, I spend it. Nor did I mean to put down those who would struggle, due to the aforementioned costs.

My argument was with the guy who complained - he got a great experience and he, and anyone else on the show HAD to know going in how much they were going to get - unless they didn't read the contract they signed.  If it was going to be too tight to maintain Real Life necessities, why would you do it?

So please, know that I meant nothing nasty by what I said - at least, not to anyone except the MC evictee.  For him, I stand by my original thought - stop whining, you went in with your eyes open, you got a great experience,  now get on with life.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

$500 a week, a roof, food AND a great learning experience........

....... and still it's not enough!

A recently evicted Master Chef Australia contender complained in the media that the contestants were paid only $500 a week.  They were accommodated, fed, and were offered a great opportunity to learn.  And paid for it, although not enough, apparently.

While the evictee said "I was ok, but imagine someone else doing that......' it does not excuse the whiny attitude.  There are people out there, in the Great Southern Land, who make do on way less than the average weekly wage ($589 in case you wanted to know).  I am one of them.  I get $300 per week, and out of that, I pay rent, power, gas, phone, food, medication, transport, Uni supplies, internet, clothing - and feed the dog.  And I survive.

Yes, many of the contestants come from mainland areas, where mortgage/rent rates are higher, but if you can't survive on $500 per week, while you aren't paying bills, or feeding yourself, then you are really in need of a wake-up call.  Because, if you don't have a job to go back to, when you leave the show, you are coming into a world where you get far less than what you are now, and have a lot higher overheads to deal with.

Take a leaf out of Polly & Waz' (another reality TV couple) book, and enjoy the experience - learn what you can, and take it out into the world with you, as you head out on the next stage of your journey.  But you will have to grow up quick, because it's tough out here.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Moving on..........

............. or rather, moving forward; it can be tough.  But we all have to do it at some stage.

I think I have held on to a lot of angst from my early years far too long.  It is time to let it go.  My husband tells me ALL THE TIME that I have to do just that - what he forgets is that, at the age when everyone else typically spends a few years sorting their heads out, I was raising a family - I never got that 'me' time.  So it's taken me a bit longer to get there.

I am here now, and I am finally letting go.  I have said 'Sod you!' to all the people who have used me, hurt me, or neglected me, and let them go.  This includes family members.  It's time for me.  And by the Dickens, I intend to make the most of it!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Academic overload approved - YEAH!!

I think this is really going to stretch me, and I couldn't be more excited!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sunset or sunrise?

Which do you prefer?

For me, it's sunset.  There are 2 main reasons for this:

1. It's prettier.
2. I don't have to get out of bed disgustingly early to see it.

Don't get me wrong, sunrises are pretty awesome too; they carry the promise of a fresh start, and the birdsong at sunrise is amazing.  But, for now, I will maintain my preference for sunsets.

Take a look at these pics at the LiveScience - sunsets, sunrises, eclipses, and solar flares are all included.  And some of the sunrises are pretty spectacular.  But not enough to warrant me freezing my butt off to see them.

Friday, July 1, 2011

It's not the same........... and it's not ok

It's really not.  And no matter how you slice it, it's not going to change.  And yes, I'm pissed. Or offended. Or both.

Yesterdayday, I was perusing one of my fave blogs, and the author was writing about a person who remarked on her appearance.  Here is what she said:

I was walking into school today wearing this very outfit when I was stopped by a rather large Tongan guy handing out fliers for the school's dance this weekend. He said, "Ooooh girl I like your style (insert the hand gesture of an hourglass figure here), what's your name? Where are you from? Please say you are coming to the dance to dance with me.'

She identifies the man's nationality - and apparently, that's racism.  A commenter says:

First let me say that I really like your blog and I read it everyday in my Google Reader. However, when you tell this story and you use a racial identifier it seems prejudicial especially since it didn't or shouldn't have had anything to do with the point of the story. Now, if you were talking to someone on campus who might have known said guy and needed an identifier to pick out which guy it was that thought you were hot, it would have been appropriate, but in this forum it's not.

I'm not writing this to say that you are a bad person in anyway, just letting you know that as a minority it's things like this that get you a little miffed. Had the guy been white, I doubt you would have said "this white guy". I'm telling you just to "drop some knowledge", JIC you don't accidentally offend anyone. I know I cringe when someone tells me a story and says, "this black girl" or "this black guy", if there is no need for it in the story.

Now, I am all about stamping out racism and racial vilification.  But it works both ways here people.  She didn't say 'black, purple, or green guy'.  She said Tongan - she identified his country of origin.  If she had said English, Canadian or French, would she have been told off in the same way?

Of course not.  Because then it wouldn't have been about race - because his skin colour would not have been an obvious thing for someone to pick on as a means of being vindictive.  The commenter says that as a member of a minority, these things leave you miffed - what things? The author didn't racially vilify or even identify the guy - there are people of Caucasian descent in the South Pacific - who is to say he wasn't of European appearance, and a resident of the island of Tonga?

The commenter advises the author to 'drop some knowledge', so as not to offend anyone.  I would say to this person, 'Take your own advice!'  Nationality is one thing, race is another, and you need to learn the difference, before you go around attacking people with your ignorance.

Read the whole thing here.