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YES - there is a PARADISE ! [Mar. 8th, 2009|03:58 pm]
Bob Bain
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There is indeed a Paradise (Post Code 5075). Here's a view from a Mystery Worshipper

Did anyone welcome you personally?

A gentleman shook our hand and smiled at us as we walked into the foyer. There were people at the entrance to the auditorium selectively handing out "welcome" cards – no one in our party received one.

Bob notes that would be St. Peter. Why would St. Peter hand out "welcome" cards to sinners ?

What musical instruments were played?

Two keyboard players, two percussionists, guitarists and a saxophonist. There was a choir of about 50 plus six 'lead' singers.

Bob feels inclined to ask about the harps but hopes the saxophonist played in the style of Charlie Parker.

What one thing will you remember about all this in seven days' time?

During the church news presentation, they advertised a carol service that was to be held soon. They said, "The man himself will be there!" I was thinking that it was quite a coup that Paradise had got God to come the carol service in person, until I found out that they were referring to Guy Sebastian!

If in need of a lawyer while in Paradise 5075 bob notes that there is a law firm

Xenophon & Co Lawyers (Lower North East Rd Paradise SA)

available for those who fall through the cracks.

Nick Xenophon who holds the balance of power in the Senate appears to have turned his back on the Mandatory ISP Level Filtering Scheme of Senator Conroy. From The Register

Great Australian Firewall dead in the water?
Sex Party add insult to injury

By John Ozimek

Posted in Government, 2nd March 2009 09:13 GMT

The final nail in the coffin of the great Australian Firewall was hammered home last week when independent Senator Nick Xenophon withdrew support for the measure. This takes the voting arithmetic in the Australian Upper House beyond the point of no-return, as there are now 43 votes stacked up against the proposal with just 33 in favour.

Under the Australian constitution, tied votes are decided in the negative: so the Labour Government now needs an about-turn of Damascene proportions, both by the Green Party and by Senator Xenophon, to reverse its now inevitable defeat on this issue.


bob notes that wise decisions are sometimes made in Paradise !

I turn 65 in 17 days time. I'm hoping I live that long.

[User Picture]From: acelightning
2009-03-08 08:03 am (UTC)
i think the chances are pretty high that you'll live at least another 17 days.

in other news, Kent Paul Dolan now has a LiveJournal. (and did you get my email about Elsie?)

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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2009-03-08 08:48 am (UTC)

I only received an email some months back regarding Elsie posting in t.b. I was not aware that Kent has a journal - and not to put a fine point on it I do have a "life threatening" condition. I'll agree the chances of living through the next 17 days are quite good - but medical advice is one of extreme caution. Financially at age 65 access to Super changes and I should have access to both a pension and the possibility of income from my fledgling company.

The government paid my NEIS contributions up to the date of the end of the NEIS agreement (March 5th.) and I still attend meetings of various professional bodies such as the Australian Computer Society, the National Institute of Accountants, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and the Australian Association of Accounting Technicians.

I work to a strict budget but have spashed out on an iPOD. I never thought I'd purchase an iPOD but I have. It seems this one needs iTunes (I think they all supposedly need iTunes but there have been workarounds that Apple disapprove of). I'm still thinking of what I can put on my iPod. I won't be buying material from the Apple store (that's for sure) but I can legally shift my collection of jazz CDs onto the iPOD).

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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2009-03-08 09:40 am (UTC)
has your cardio-vascular problem gotten worse, then? if so, i'm very sorry to hear that.

i've re-sent the relevant email to every address i have for you.

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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2009-03-08 10:57 am (UTC)

has your cardio-vascular problem gotten worse, then? if so, i'm very sorry to hear that.

the last ultrasound was journaled in my LiveJournal entry dated 20th October 2008 when I discovered my smiling Greek cardiologist talked with me about the merits of Monet and the passion of commentator David Marr. It's documented in the October 20th. entry including a link to David Marr's talk at the Art Gallery of New South Wales the previous Thursday. His opinion was that nothing had changed since April but that I need to sample the finer things of life (including Monet and David Marr). He seemed to think that "ok - you can walk to the station BUT if you think I'm going to suggest you can walk out of here with a recommendation to "come back in five years" you'd be mistaken."

So the next appointment is in April.

i've re-sent the relevant email to every address i have for you.

I have two copies. I assume they are to two different email addresses. Ta !

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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2009-03-09 12:04 pm (UTC)
so basically nothing has changed regarding your aorta in years, but they just want you to keep coming in every six months Just In Case, right?

i'm a few years younger than you, but i've already taken to inviting people to my 100th birthday party. it will be held either in an orbiting habitat or Luna City, whichever turns out to be the better party venue. and the date is December 2047 - since my actual birthday falls in the middle of the week, i'll just have to start the party the preceding Friday night, and keep it going until late on the Sunday of the following weekend. i know you're not much for parties, but i've invited quite a few people you already know ;-D

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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2009-03-10 01:10 am (UTC)
Not strictly correct. In 2002 the aorta was 4.8 cm (normal = 3.0) and the cardiologist said "ok it's large but if it reaches 5.0 cm we operate).

A year ago (after shifting heavy books around and cleaning up the place) the aorta was measuring 5.0 cm but taking into account my ability to function (generally) it was decided "ok - if it grows by even a fraction of a millimetre we make an appointment with a surgeon".

Any operation isn't mandatory but is carried out due to the fact that the aorta has tendency to rupture when it reaches a certain size. If this happens then it's a meeting with St. Peter.

I'm told the operation is regarded as "routine these days" although there have been doubts expressed about the perilous condition of the New South Wales health system and the dangers associated with it.

As it stands I avoid (as far as possible) lifting and stress.

I don't mind "gatherings" and attend quite a few gatherings. If you're planning an interstllar orgy I'd sit in the corner and read a book (or something) :-)

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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2009-03-10 12:03 pm (UTC)
i don't think anybody would be terribly interested in having an orgy where many of the participants were 100 or older... although it might at least be physically possible in zero-G...

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