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Recently, a thread’s popped up on BYC about bad families. It’s pretty tear-jerking, reading about the experiences of people who’ve had alcoholic or just uncaring parents: I could never imagine a life like that! Virtual hugs to you all who’ve ever been in that situation!

I removed my post from that thread because it was obvious it wasn’t needed.

It’s interesting to read about the ways people cope with that kind of horrible stuff. People write, they listen to music, they take drugs.

I don’t know what I’d do if my life ever got that bad. Throw myself off a bridge? I currently keep a lame attempt at a journal. It’s funny in parts, when I read old notebooks, although some things are just better left in the past! There are a huge number of startling things that most people would be gobsmacked to read if I died and they found the journals.

The BYC people wouldn’t believe it, my parents wouldn’t believe it.

It’s amazing how people change, don’t you reckon? Year by year, my life has gone from one extreme to the next. I always do a little bullet point list of what I’ve achieved each year, just the main things. I do this on New Years’ Eve. It’s kind of a tradition lol

Some of the more amusing ones would be ‘Discovered PoultryLand and have successfully maintained four accounts.’ (Hey, don’t tell anyone, okay? hide I was a bit of a loser. But now I’ve started afresh, and I am 23_Lizzy_05, if PL ever returns)

‘Wrote four movies.’ Movies? What a joke! They were little Pages documents smothered in kiddy language. Recently, I’ve written a properly formatted real-deal thing, and I’m starting on another one! woot

‘Discovered aviation and have become an expert.’ ‘Discovered the stock market and have become an expert’. Really, Liz? Really? lau How can I be an expert in those things when I am not even at an age where I can legally fly or trade? ROFL. And back when I wrote those statements… I knew nothing compared to what I know now. Amusing how I used to think I was so smart, just because I knew what STAR, ILS, SPI and NYSE stand for. roll

I shall have to add ‘Discovered BYC and became a Crazy Pullet’ onto this year’s list. Fantastic. Something I should be very proud of!

The Crazy Pullets is a  fantastic resource. I can practically find any smiley I need on there, and copy and paste. Except for roll, because nobody seems to be rolling their eyes much lately 😦

And, to end with a bit of a laugh I got from old Spockety-Spock recently… lau


Wow, I just failed my German writing test! th

I actually tried really hard, went 150 over the word limit and detailed pet-searching flights to Perth and encountering the ash-cloud and enclosing a bird T-shirt from Bindi Irwin for my bird-crazy teacher who I have to tame in preparation for news that I’ve missed the past week of school to search for my missing pet. lau

Then my bubble was burst when Frau told us ‘geflogen’ has to be used with ‘sein’ and not ‘haben’. he th



wait, what? you put a hundred and fifty pets in an ash cloud just so you could tame a bird to give to you’re insane teacher?……you have no idea why weird what you just wrote sounded like.

So a woman told you that somebody had to be flogged in order to use a duck and not a rabbit in a bubble? or am i completely off? idunno

One more thing. Sorry I’m keeping you! I found a book named ‘Share Investing for Dummies’. Epic, it’s got chapters on almost everything i actually want to know… but $46 too expensive. It’s my birthday in ten months’ time!! Wink wink, nudge nudge! Jokes.

Mrs Bennet: I can wink and nudge… can you? lau


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This morning, everyone in the senior school got a chance to vote for the student council. The year elevens had given their talks a couple of weeks ago: some of them were funny, some of them were terribly boring but got huge cheers due to popularity, some of them were just terribly boring.

The second sort I hate. There are girls there who I know for a fact are bitchy, tardy, up themselves… and they’re probably going to end up on the board due to popularity. I eliminated all of those right away as soon as I got the voting slip.

I picked people who either gave me a bit of a laugh, or who I’ve chatted to before, or who didn’t get much of a cheer due to the fact that they actually wrote a proper speech. I hope at least some of them make the board, because some of them actually deserve to be there. 🙂

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There’s a Woolies in the city centre that’s recently been renovated. Reopened, that store looks absolutely fantastic. They have escalators that don’t break down every couple of days (trust me, that was annoying), four express lines with self-serve checkouts and one with cashiers so we don’t have to wait for hours in queue, and new lighting that means we can now actually see what we are buying and how much it costs.

Since it reopened, business has boomed. Whenever I head to the Woolies to get some lunch (and it’s the same story at closing time), the queue stretches almost to the far wall, but that’s fine because with the five check-out lines, you get out of there pretty fast. And nobody buys huge trolleyloads of food because

a) You’d have to check it out yourself, and the bagging area can only hold so many packs of steak before you start getting error messages


b) You risk having a check-out girl glaring at your mountain of food and dropping your eggs on the floor or onto your shoes in her haste to get you out so she can serve the next customer.

They’ve recently introduced three dollar “bag as much fresh fruit-n-veg as you can” bags, and they are a hit. In fact, myself and my mother bought so many (the trick is to stuff things like mushrooms and strawberries in the gaps between the egg-plants) that people thought our trolley was the collection of ready-bagged veggies and started taking stuff. 🙄 Fantastic.

Anyhow: this would be the kind of business I’d like to invest in one day. I hear Woolies isn’t doing too badly right now.

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I love the Financial Review. Anyone with me?

I have been following diligently the articles about Virgin and Singapore forming a partnership. I was onto the story the day it came out on news.com.au (That site is epic. Y’all should give it a squiz) and gradually the release of this led to a nice article on the back of the Review about how John Borghetti has turned Virgin into a “real airline”.

I thought that was kind of cute.

I was actually surprised to hear that the dude has kept all the promises he made back when he became the CEO. When stories about Julia Gillard are reveberating around your skull all day, there’s not much you hear about people actually keeping their word. In my humble opinion, ABC news goes on way too much about politics.

Anyhow, back to what I was saying about Virgin: the new partnership is giving the airlines a combined total of 100 new destinations. I reckon Borghetti has done a pretty flashy job of getting connections set up all around the world: he couldn’t have picked better, really. Etihad, Air NZ, Delta and now Singapore… they’re practically everywhere that’s worth going! 😆 (Hey, they can fly to Europe from Singapore, so that doesn’t count, does it?)

I like how it says he respects the unions. Now we don’t hear of Virgin pilots and engineers threatening to go on strike, do we? *wink wink nudge nudge* Oh, the most funny part of the whole deal was that it happened the day after Malaysia joined OneWorld and Qantas had their eye on an alliance…. sucks to be Qantas right now. Shares are looking like [expletive]. :lau (Sorry, I would normally go out and say that, but I know there are people following my blog who would scold me for openly saying the D-word, let alone the S-word. :P)

Qantas and AA’s deal has been approved by the ACCC though, so they’re good to go. I find it funny how the two major Aussie airlines made friends with the two major American airlines… I guess that leaves out United and Jetblue, but surely nobody’s going to want to partner up with Tiger… I’ll take striking out alone anyday!

Interest rates have also stayed on hold for the sixth time in a row. I find it absolutely hysterical how they create all this hype (Oh, 100% chance of a raise!) and then it never happens. In fact, now it’s dropped to a 1% chance. 🙄 Indecisive, dithering economists.

It’s the same with the Qantas industrial action. They were building it up for weeks, even months, how they were considering doing it. Newspaper coverage built from page whatever to page 1… then what do they do at the last moment? yeah, they cancel it.

Anyhow! That’ll be all for my nonsensical rambling today…

Sweet baby Jesus!!!! POULTRYLAND is back up! :ep :th Arggghhhhh

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I’ve been neglecting American air traffic control.

Dallas Fortworth got hazy. I couldn’t hear anything. Think it’s got anything to do with those darned tornadoes that are whipping across the southern states? The poor people who copped the brunt of it. I’d hate to have a tornado come crashing through MY backyard, although it seems we’ve been getting tornadoes of water all across the city resulting in the cheerful task of navigating through a series of jovial small lakes on a trans-city journey in the dinky little car.

I’m having second thoughts about getting a car. My friend received a car for her birthday, and, judging by what’s popping up on Mobil boards, I feel a bit sorry for her.

Anyhow, back to what I was saying earlier. I had forgotten about New York. After things started getting slow at Sydney with all those different dudes in Approach who have various ways of saying Rrrrrex or Reeeex or whatever it happens to be (every man his own, eh?), I decided to hop over to New York, where I was pleasantly greeted with what appeared to be a reunion of all the flights I’d encountered on my very first trips over. Jetblue 811, Delta 493 – very exciting. Some of these guys were very memorable, and made a lasting impression on me.

And there they go saying “We’re cleared to go” and “Out on the breezy…”

I have a new Alistair MacLean book. It is called Where Eagles Dare. This must have been a man who has spent a lot of time in sub-zero Arctic conditions, or else he is someone who wishes he has. Either way, I really like his writing. I have spent a long time searching for someone who writes like this, yet is not wholly focused on crime, because things tend to get a bit gory in those books.

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How is everyone? I still remember when it was 12.34:56 7/8/09. (It’s 12:56 right now, so that second came to mind. :caf…. Ack!! Stop it! Why do I get this ridiculous impulse to type ‘:caf’ at the end of every sentence?! It’s becoming practically a ritual. :caf Full stop: .:caf followed by a :caf. :caf Can’t seem to type a sentence without it! Probably why when I Google Imaged my BYC username, whiteflare, I was rewarded, directly after the avatars of several of my associates (Crazy being the first, this post is dedicated to you) this:

 (Well, it was stationary, this being Google Images and not Google Animations, but it had the same effect of cracking me right up)

Anyhow, back to what I was saying originally before I lost count of how many brackets I needed to insert at the conclusion of that paragraph. I, being practically the only person in my entire year level who listens to the news without being blackmailed, was the one who pointed it out first. Another chick stole the credit (everything I do gets the credit taken away, I am one of those people who fades into the background despite the fact that I have a pretty good pair of lungs on me) and everyone thought it was fantastic, as usual. 🙄

One of these days, I am going to do something for myself. I am going to get a better paying job.

This is going to be a drastic improvement because I am trying to save up for a thousand things, and I can’t buy a single one of them with a thousand dollars. :th

  • A car
  • Flying lessons
  • University (although what’s this thing called HECS that people are talking about? I don’t fancy the idea of taking a loan from the government though, they usually can’t make up their minds about interest rates)
That would be all for the time being. Over and out, I had better start actually doing something now instead of just breezing through the day. I had something VERY important I was going to do. I forgot it as soon as I started trying to figure out how to insert the  into this post.
OOH! OOH! I have just had a GENIUS idea. Why didn’t I think of it before?! If I can insert , why can’t I insert any of the other ones? Guys, I deserve a Nobel Prize for being the most ignorant person on this planet. 

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Some people are precisely that. Thanks, Eenie and Gerbil! I almost forgot what it was like to have a giggle at someone who’s a tad ignorant about what a bee-yatch is… hehehe.

I reset my highlight colour to gold, and the streams of yellow popping up on my computer screen are making it quite cheerful 😛 I am cheerfully browsing through BYC in a bout of spontaneous rebellion, instead of researching the controversy on the Archibald Prize for portraiture.

I have completed my charcoal portrait of Alan Joyce for art class. I’m actually quite pleased with the result. From a distance, you can hardly tell the difference between the picture and the original photo, except for perhaps that I didn’t make his chin chubby enough. (No offence, Alan, but you probably wouldn’t be reading this anyhow, what with all that hoo-ha from your pilots protesting about not being put on Qantas flights and you trying to make little subsidiaries in a million different international locations). The teacher says that the dude would be proud if he ever saw my picture. Although, I have to say, it looks nothing like him now. He looks too stressed and tired about the failing international sector to be smiling much. 😉

What’s with that guy who decided to get his subsidiaries to clear out the oil on the market and send prices skyrocketing? Bit of a smart plan, if you ask me, but he’s in a helluva lot of trouble now.

I’ve been emailing with an old friend over in the UK. I’ve been practising my German, which is, in effect, terrible. I’ve just handed in my exchange forms, and am in a state of terror as I watch German movies I cannot understand a word of. The only things I have managed to figure out over the course of several emails are:

1. Ich kann nicht Deutsch sprechen. Ich meine dass Dallas Fortworth toll ist, obwohl sie sieben Landebahn haben und ich kann nicht wo Eagle Flight 3271 muss gehen verstehe.

2. Ich werde dich schiessen.

Ooh! That point reminds me. Have any of you ever read the book ‘Night Without End’? It is, by far, one of the most epic books I have ever read. I like this Alistair MacLean dude, gone through a couple of his creations before. NWE is basically about a sinister plane crash in the middle of the Greenland ice cap, and the struggle for survival of the scientists who rescue the passengers and the passengers themselves, among whom reside two murderers, the very ones who bought the plane down.

This story is taking self-sufficiency and preservation of life to the next level, at forty to seventy degrees below zero in the centre of a gravity storm and a glacier pitted with large holes.


I’ll end off with a nice cheerful screenshot I took of my new yellow highlighting 😀

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