Sunday, April 30, 2006

One Year On

So today it is a year since I moved out of home. It's been a long year. It feels like it was an important year for me but then every year feels important so maybe it's just cos it's the most recent I've lived through. It also means it's nearly a year that I've had this blog. Who knew I'd stick at it this long!

I don't really have much to say, I guess just that I am glad it is now and not a year ago.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Cos all the cool kids are doing it...

Seven Things To Do Before I Die
1. Build my own house
2. Be Debt Free
3. Travel to places I've only seen in books
4. Wake up in the morning and be satisfied with who I am
5. Be old and not have any "what if's"
6. Be old and still best friends with Lilly
7. Get back into Youth Work

Seven Things I Can Not Do
1. Kick a rugby ball through the posts (Paul will teach me one day)
2. Watch blood and guts movies (ie saw, hostel etc)
3. Sing! (Thanks for pointing that out Paul)
4. Play an instrument
5. Remember the names of all the Crusaders despite needing to know them for work.
6. Eat raw tomato, I'm sorry I just don't like it, I don't care if it tastes just like the Watties Sauce I'll eat! I just don't like it.
7. Actually sit down and do an assignment when I'm supposed to.

Seven Things I Say Most Often:
1. True
2. Real
3. I love you!
4. You're my favourite
5. Can we have takeaways?
6. Sure!
7. No Worries!

Seven Books I Loved Reading:
1. Any of the Harry Potter books (espcially the Prisoner of Azkaban)
2. Lord of the Rings trilogy
3. Anything by John Grisham
4. Autobiographies of pop stars
5. PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (actually anything by her)
6. Baby Names books - with the meanings and all that, they never cease to entertain me
7. Anything by Marian Keyes (How funny are Irish authors??)

Seven Movies I Would Watch Over and Over Again:
1. The Chamber
2. Sweet Home Alabama
3. Lord of the Rings
4. Two Hands
5. Tintin - any of the episodes
6. The Life of David Gale
7. Romeo and Juliet - Baz Luhrman Version (actually anything Baz Luhrman does except maybe not Strictly Ballroom)

Seven People I would like to meet for lunch:
1-4. My Grandparents
5. Eminem
6. Esther - From the bible
7. This is a little morbid but the babies I'm related to that have been lost. How cool to meet them and say hi and get to know them.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

A sad weekend

It has been a sad last few days. On Friday a very lovely lady died (Mum writes about it better then I can). And then yesterday a friend of mine lost one of his close mates. These times are hard to understand. I don't know what to say.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Is this guy serious??

Today in class (the one I went to only half of and should still be in right now) Bill Gates came up in conversation. This is not surprising. I'm doing a business and computing degree. Never mind. The conversation went something like this: Trademe getting site of the year last night, it's not a nz site anymore, moan moan moan cos apparently that makes it not as good (another sore spot), Sam Morgan selling it for $700 million, Gareth Morgan giving away $47 million, Great guy, Bill Gates gave away $4.4 billion (or something similar, do we really need to argue details when we're talking billions??). Anyhow, the guy next to me goes something along the lines of: yeah but how many billion does he have, that will be nothing to him so what's the big deal.

Is he serious? Why is he critisising a guy who has given away $4.4 billion?? Do you think the people who recieved that money are complaining? Did anyone else see that Bill and his wife got joint person of the year with Bono in Time Magazine? If Bono gave away $4.4 billion would you think he was a bad person just cos he kept some of his hard earned cash to himself? Is it because Bill made his money in business and not by entertaining people? Is it cos he's a computer geek and not an (to some people) attractive musician who wants to save the world? Cos he's not loud and out about his trying to save africa that it makes what he does less? Cos he donates quietly and doesn't get heaps of press for it does that make him bad?

I'm not sure I'm getting across how fustrated I am. It took all my strength not to just shake the guy! In the end I said "lets just remember he gave away $4.4 billion and that makes him a great guy and when (I wanted to say until instead of when) you can give away $4.4 billion I'll consider you a great guy".

I want to know how on earth this guy made Bill Gates giving away $4.4 billion a bad thing?

And while we're at it why do so many people on my course say "Microsoft is just out to make money" like it's a bad thing? Seriously! What business isn't out to make money? If it's not making money it's not such a good business. Good on them for doing it so well!