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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Dissapated




dis·si·pa·tion
(ds-pshn)
n. 
1. dispersion, spreading thin, scattering
2. useless or profitless activity
3. dissolute indulgence, unrestrained indulgence in physical pleasure, esp. alcohol.
4. an amusement, a diversion.

I'm feeling stretched out and too thin... like butter spread over too much bread.*
I can't concentrate on my painting.
My children miss me.
My followers miss me.
Behind the scenes I'm starting to get expressions of confusion and inquiring emails.
In the last month, I have lost almost all of my commentators except the fiercely and probably stupidly (but wonderfully) loyal few.

No man (nor woman, presumably) is an island, even one as alluring as Blogland.
It's time I left this wonderful, but dissipated island life and went home.

Sorry YP.
Thanks for the ride.


* Bilbo Baggins

32 comments:

  1. Why thank you, kind, loyal commenter!

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  2. The grass only looks greener on the other side of the fence till you get there. Then you realise that NZ's grass is pretty damn green.
    cheers

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  3. I have quite enjoyed the island sojourn...... And better than the nothing I have produced myself recently.
    Watching your city get demolished as winter approaches and gloom sets in means nothing meaningful has sprung to mind. Your lovely beaches actually cheered me up....
    Glorious sunny day here so feel better...

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  4. Aw, Fi. Well, thanks for the +ve!
    I have enjoyed it too, weirdly feeling myself actually there some of the time. It's been quite relaxing!
    Winter plus demolish is not a good combination... but to help a bit, I hope, I am getting comments from a number of places that people are watching the 'new Chch' arise and are almost jealous that it is going to be a fantastically interesting and unique place in the not-too-distant future.

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  5. Helsie - Yes, the reality of Blogland is all I dreamed it would be. But perfect happiness comes from within.

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  6. Been looking in now and then but kept feeling I'd missed the point... and too tired to go back-tracking.

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  7. Well, exactly so Dawn. I realised it had turned into one of those insider jokes... I don't really like them.
    Thank you for forgiving me and coming back :-)

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  8. Oh, woe is me! Woe is Blogland! Your arrival filled me with joy as I anticipated exploring the infant kingdom with you and watching your artwork somehow reflect this unique environment. As well as that there'd be snorkelling expeditions, beach barbecues, heavy boozing sessions in the social club and many hours spent simply lounging in hammocks or topping up tans. I feel like Adam must have felt when Eve was tempted by the serpent. There is lead in my footsteps today. This isn't how Blogland was supposed to be..

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  9. *sob* I am truly sorry Yorkie. The childhood-instilled Protestant work ethic cannot be denied. The easy and dissolute life is not for me. As an artist I must have some against which to rail. All else is hollow, meaningless. How can I morally justify a life of leisure when millions live in abject poverty? Travail and tribulation is my lot. Not to mention autumn leaves all over the new drive.

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  10. Well, you certainly have me pegged. StupidlyLoyal is my middle name.

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  11. Better than LoyallyStupid Robert. Anyway, it's not, because your middle name starts with F. Frederick?

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    1. My middle name does not start with F. Wherever did you get that idea?

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    2. Oh. My mistake Robert. Don't know where I got it from.

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  12. Thank you, and YP and team for this adventure - I too have dissipated widely recently and have found blogging to be at the bottom of my never ending list of "stuff to do", too many irons or whatever they say. Anyway, I loved, or love, what you bunch of BlogLanders have been doing, so thanks again!

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  13. On behalf of YP, me and the team, you're welcome Brian. Ha.

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  14. As one of the loyally confused I'm glad you are back in a life that I can understand. Well, that I can understand as much as I can understand anything in this life.

    PS Your NZ Time clock on the left is one hour fast as it appears on my computer. Just another thing to confuse me. I'm such a simple soul.

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  15. Your NZ clock matches my own (not on my blog; I don't have a clock on my blog), which leads me to surmise that we are 12 hours apart.

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  16. Er... my clock is right I think Geeb. Daylight saving is over now.
    That's interesting Robert. I thought we were twelve hours different from GMT, give or take the daylight saving hour(s).

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  17. We vary between 11 and 13 hours apart. At the moment we are 11 hours apart and as I type this it is 1830 Monday with you and 0730 Monday with me. The clock on your blog is showing 0730 (or 1930!) which leads me to believe that it is taking the time from my computer or whichever computer happens to be showing your blog at the time. It would be interesting if a US blogger (or someone in a different time zone from NZ or UK could comment on that.

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  18. By fits and starts and hidden clues one learns and makes progress in life and knowledge. 'Tis an interesting theory from GB that the clock shows the local time of the viewer and not your own NZ time. Could be, could be, as I see my time, except that I thought it meant NZ time was twelve hours off from my own. But I recall reading somewhere that NZ time was NZ was 16 hours off from our time zone, which makes sense when I consider that I myself am four hours off from GMT time (during Daylight Savings Time anyway, 5 otherwise) and Katherine mentioned that NZ was 12 hours off from GMT time, and 16 - 12 = 4, which, as I said, is my difference from GMT. It's all coming perfectly clear now. GB's theory seems to hold water.

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  19. Well, that's silly, I'm sure it said it would show NZ Time. I'll check it out. Sometime.

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  20. It is now 4.14pm on my watch, and 4.13 on your clock. So GB's theory seems sound, and my watch is probably fast - wondered why I was always running and never getting anywhere ....

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  21. ... and that's in Catalunya, by the way. Which means UK time plus, or minus, never remember which, 1 hour - silly itself as we are 30 km from the Greenwich meridian and cannot enjoy all the fun of the UK time zone.
    The worst thing is , I start work at 4.30pm and am still here at home . Or maybe that's the best thing .... bye for now :)

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    1. I hope you got there in time Brian!
      I've put a new clock-and-weather wiget on. Let me know if this new one shows NZ time, or your time please gents. If you have the time.

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    2. Yup. It's your time ok. I've got 11 hours before I catch you up.

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    3. Thank you Geeb. I hope your 9.50 am is as nice as mine. Sunshine on my hands as I type, cuppa tea, and a big pot of bacon and pea soup scenting the kitchen...

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    4. I'll have no electricity in the morning so it'll be a wifi free day. I cook by gas though so I'll still be having soup - spicy kumara as it happens.

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  22. Erm, so if Blogland a site? One you've left... and does that mean you'll carry on writing this? As for time management, I cope - to the extent that I do - by having bursts of enthusiasm. This is fine as long as you don't apply it to things like eating, breathing or gardening!

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    1. Emily, it's confusing, isn't it? Blame the blogger Yorkshire Pudding (see the links on the Farewell Song post.)

      Yes, the eating and breathing, at least, you have to do regularly, not just when the enthusiasm takes you!

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  23. OK, now that's better. It says you are 10 hours ahead of us now. Don't brag though, as we are catching up, slowly but surely. Also says it's 9º in the Harbour - here it's a lovely 24º.

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    1. Oh good Brian. Yep, it just started winter here. Snow on the volcanic plateau. Time to move the sofa out of the inglenook and light some evening fires.
      Actually, now I look, I think that weather widget must be getting its weather from somewhere strange. It says 'windy' at the moment, yet it's dead calm.

      No, I know, perhaps the weather forecast gets corrupted if it has to go from the satellite then to NZ, then to USA to be stuck on the widget. Like taking a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy.

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