New Website!

So, the website has been re-designed (along with my entire life!). The main focus of this site is to keep my family and friends informed of what’s going on with my life! Where I am, what I’m playing, things like that. I hope you find this site easy to navigate and full of lots of information. Enjoy!! mlg

HUNGRY FOR POWER

This just bugs the heck out of me! Must be a sign, here’s what my fortune cookie said last week: “If you have a job without aggravations, you don’t have a job.”

It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take that mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise, that they wear it well.

I firmly believe in this. Those who seek leadership and power just for the rewards are found out, and no more poignantly than when they miss out. Their response speaks volumes. Some who sought office and were disappointed responded by abrogating responsibilities, reneging on promises and truanting school.

That’s a quote from a 17 year old School Captain of Knox Grammar in Sydney. He delivered this speech in front of 1350 fellow students, 150 teachers and 600 parents in the school assembly hall. This kid has guts!

Teenage boys have been forced to face up to the pressures of power hungry parents. Those hypocrites who have slung the most mud do so because of a deep-seeded sense of paranoia, inferiority and the unquenchable desire to social climb. In a great paradox, these people are the embodiment of tall poppy syndrome yet all they crave is power. They accuse of intimidation, yet they are the biggest bullies of them all. They are selfish – because for every time their child is accommodated, another is displaced. They would never admit to doing so but must surely recognise it within themselves. Just as parents who berate officials on the sidelines set a poor example, parents who undermine the authority of the school fail to recognize that life doesn’t always deal in fairness, and you cannot excuse deplorable behaviour under the euphemism of wanting a ‘fair go’. It is time for Knox to have learnt its lessons. I believe that this school understands. To those who play the politics game, you have lost.

They might not realise it yet, but life will be the great leveler. It is difficult for most of us to appreciate this and it’s a concept I’m yet to understand but its one that I hold faith in. Whilst I cannot claim to comprehend the forces of karma, most of us have the foresight to see that Knox is not the be all and end all. Because once you pass through those doors, the real world takes over. Beginning with the HSC yet reaching far beyond, the schoolboy bubble will have burst. Mum and Dad are not with you in your job interview to defend you, or to make threats on your behalf, yet can only arm you with the lessons that they have instilled upon you. To our parents, most of you have done so admirably, teaching the virtues of commitment, discipline and loyalty. You have given us a chance to prosper. We are all grateful.

It is these virtues upon which the men of this year group have thrived.

TODAY ONLY

Today, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning (and again in the afternoon), the time and date will be

01:02:03 04/05/06.

That won’t ever happen again. You may now return to your (normal ?) life.

OVERWORKED!!

I’ve been wondering why I feel so tired. I’ve been blaming it on lack of sleep, not enough sunshine, too much pressure from my job, earwax build-up, poor blood or anything else I could think of. But now I found out the real reason: I’m tired because I’m overworked.

Here’s why. . .

The population of this country is 273 million. 140 million are retired.

That leaves 133 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school.

Which leaves 48 million to do the work.

Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government.

Leaving 19 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama Bin- laden.

which leaves 16.2 million to do the work.

Take from that total the 14.8 million people who work for state and city governments.

And that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals.

Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.

That leaves just two people to do the work.

You and me.

And there you are sitting on your ass, at your computer, reading jokes.

Nice. Real nice.

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