Karmic Hairiness here I come…

THE CHALLENGE. A man (Captain Savage – a man who is about to become less hairy). A woman (the beautiful Rose). A quest. To earn enough karmic points by Christmas to be reincarnated as Something Nice. Ok I think I’m back on track, maybe this week I could be a lemur, they seem to have so much fun…

Those tails are just so cute, and those orange eyes…

Well what has happened during Week 30?

This week has been a week of Savage achievement, well not for this particular Savage, but for the lovely and engaging little Miss J…  as her dad, I am just so proud…

My daughter has always been the apple of my eye, and I’m enormously proud of her, as I’m sure all fathers are, in a most one-eyed fashion. But this week is rather special for me in relation to Miss J. Every time I spend time with her I encourage her reading, I even bought her a Kindle and loaded it up with nearly 100 classic books (from the dead writers society, you know the free ones), plus also a lot of kids type books too.

Miss J took to reading like a duck to water and at first I read to her, then we read together, with me putting on silly character voices, now Miss J reads to me, and does a really good job of it too. And at 8 years of age she is reading books I didn’t read until I was much older. She is currently reading Moby Dick, and not the comic book version either.

No, this isn’t Miss J, but you get the idea…

Not only is she good at reading, she writes pretty well as well, much better than I do, at least so she tells me whenever she get the chance. She has already been a contributor to this blog, refer… The Crazy Dream, which was her first contribution.

Then there is her sometimes infuriating habit of being quicker than my calculator at working out mathematics… Nobody likes a smarty-pants Miss J…

This would be her if she had half a chance, up showing off…

So why are you so proud of Miss J this week?

Well this week my ex-wife received my daughter’s NAPLAN report from her school… And she (Miss J) did really good… Better than even I, as her ever proud daddy, could have hoped…

Say What Capt., Her what? report?

Her NAPLAN report, ok, well it’s The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It is an everyday part of the school calendar and has been since 2008. NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.

Little Miss J has been assessed as being in the top 1% of kids of her age for reading, creative writing and mathematical ability, I was totally blown away…

And I am so proud of you Miss J

So now Miss J is being given opportunities for special tutoring and extra classes, and I know where she gets it from… Well I’ll keep telling myself that regardless Rose…

So I must be doing something right?

But there is one little white cloud on the sunny horizon for little Miss J, she is cursed like me with the same issues that I suffered from at school, and which made me sometimes be, to quote fake Roman, Mr Sporticus Clumsicus.

My parents often wondered how the hell I lived through my childhood sometimes. But I’m kind of hopeful that little Miss J can, just like I eventually did, learn to make the most of her limited sporting capacity. Yes I eventually made the school athletics and cross-country teams (I think they were desperate actually). I would also have made the curly-headed, shortsighted, nerd team too, but they didn’t want to own up to having that team at my school.

So what about Karma for this week Capt?

Well, obviously this week I want to be reincarnated as Miss J, and hopefully live a highly successful life as a child prodigy/genius…

But actually I think I have earned a few Karmic Coins from the fountain.

Here we go, a few coins in a very famous fountain…

I have added to my collection of Karmic Karma raising activities by once again becoming a MoBro…

A Mo-What Capt?

Well every year for the last 9 years I have been shaving my face clean on the 1st of November and then growing a variety of hairy caterpillars on my upper lip, yep, growing Moustaches for Movember.

Here are a couple of lovely examples of Movember Moustaches

And what is Movember about?

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health.

Registering at www.movember.com, guys then start Movember 1st with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and their female supporters (known as Mo Sistas) celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

Want to help me to raise money for Movember?

Well you can, I have just set up my fundraising page, still got to finish putting up info and arrange my own Movember events, but you are welcome to chip in and support men’s health. My Movember site is at http://mobro.co/TheSavageMO, check it out!!!

How has the Beautiful Rose gone, well in a Karmic Sense? (She’s been gone in a few other senses for a while now…)

Well Rose has been fully occupied with lots and lots of things, all which are earning her mountains of Karma. She has taken her son, the incredibly debonair and intelligent (intimidatingly) Mr F, on an expedition to the beautiful Blue Mountains (where else would someone as beautiful as Rose go?).

The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains

Rose has been doing wonderful things with the gorgeous and delightfully cheeky (shows no respect for us adults at all) Miss M.

She has also been doing heaps and heaps for her family…

As well as cleaning her house and getting it all fixed up too…

Let’s just admit it, Rose has been a very busy little vegemite!!!

See a Happy Little Vegemite, even has Rosy cheeks Rose…

So Week 30, what’s the score?

Well I’ll leave that up to the delicious Rose, what do you reckon I should put in for our scores?

Week No. Week Ending Rose’s Weekly Tally Rose’s Running Total Capt’s Weekly Tally Capt’s Running Total
15

4/07/2012

200

406

50

205

16

11/07/2012

10

416

15

220

17

18/07/2012

10

426

20

240

18

25/07/2012

5

431

25

265

19

1/08/2012

5

436

20

285

20

8/08/2012

10

446

25

310

21

15/08/2012

15

461

30

340

22

22/08/2012

1

462

15

355

23

29/08/2012

1

463

15

370

24

5/09/2012

1

464

15

385

25

12/09/2012

1

465

15

400

26

19/09/2012

1

466

15

415

27

26/09/2012

1

467

15

430

28

3/10/2012

1

468

15

445

29

10/10/2012

1

469

5

450

30

17/10/2012

?

#VALUE!

?

#VALUE!

Come on Rose, what’s the score?

Capt. Savage

Soon to be hairy lipped (Moustached)

Help me pick my Movember style below…




Stories of mum: my mother’s vibrator

Stories of mum: my mother’s vibrator

Hi mum (kiss kiss, hug) How’s your week been?

Fine, you know, same as always…there’s just one thing, I can’t get that jolly vibrator to work!

What? Your vibrator?

Yes.  You know, that thing.  That vibrates.  I plugged it in, so it’s not a battery problem or anything..It heats up, so that’s not the problem.  It just doesn’t vibrate like it’s supposed to.

Oh. (puzzles) Ohhhhh.  That thing, Your VIBRATOR.  Er, mum, I think you mean your vibrating back pillow.  You do know what a vibrator is, don’t you?

Cup of tea?  No…what do you mean?

A vibrator is, um, one of those things that you buy that you hold up against your, you know, and it gives you orgasms.  You buy them in sex shops.

You hold it up against your..but why would you want to do that?

Well, suppose you didn’t have a man around, and you felt like sex, well there’s this little machine in your bedside drawer and you have that instead.  Or, some people have it even when there IS a man around.

Oh. (pause) Well I’ve never heard of THAT.  And frankly I don’t see the point.  How strange.  Now about that vibrator..

Darling mum, wherever you are in the ether (or not), have a big virtual hug!

Rose, that’s a cute story, but Rose’s mum was far more liberal and progressive than mine. My mum still hasn’t told me sex, and I think she would collapsed from shock if I discussed vibrators, CS

From my friend Rose of http://butimbeautiful.wordpress.com

Blown away in Canberra… the Captain gone all arty

The outside of the Canberra Glassworks

The art of blowing glass

This Sunday I went for a leisurely stroll around one of Canberra artistic landmarks, the Canberra Glassworks. The Glassworks were built on the site of Canberra’s first power station and are funded by the ACT Government. They are apparently Australia’s only cultural centre that is wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art. Now enough of that, no more free advertising for the ACT Government…

So what did I think of the Glassworks…

Pretty impressive really, they have done a great job of doing up what was once an eyesore, a rundown piece of former industrial wasteland, which is now a great addition to Canberra, at least I think so. The outside isn’t really that impressive, but the space they have created inside for the visitors and the artists is pretty impressive. So maybe I should let pictures tell the story…

Here is the workshop area with artists (or is that glassblowers) at work (the HotShop)

Close-up of the action in the HotShop artists area

Even closer view of a glass worker or artist in action

Best part of this for me?

I can actually have a go at making my own masterpiece. As I found out on Saturday and Sunday we, the public, can have a go in the Glasswork’s “Off The Street” program. All you have to do if you’d like to have a go (like me) is contact the centre during the week to book in. The sessions run for around 20 minutes each and can be booked between 10-4 each day. I am going to book in and have a go real soon as it looked fun.

Here is a victim (or is that a participant) learning glass blowing at one of the “Off The Street” sessions

Examples what you can create at a learner session, glass birthday balloons.

Another fun thing I saw on this Sunday was a “Sunday Gather” session. This is where the artist talks about what they are doing over the PA as they are creating. I got a kick out of this and could get quite up close and personal, watch and get an understanding of the techniques and skills that the artist was using. In addition to the Hotshop, it is also possible to view artists working in The Engine Room – artists use this area for kiln working, flame working and finishing techniques such as grinding and polishing, known as cold working.

Another view of a HotShop session with the audience seating on display at the back.

Anyway, it was an interesting and fun way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, and it was warm inside, unlike the rest of Canberra. You can find out more at http://www.canberraglassworks.com.

Capt. Savage

(Soon to be fully blown, at least in a glass making sense)

Teenage Depression and Signs of Teenage Depression

Reblogged from Teenage Depression and Signs of Teenage Depression.

What is Depression in Teenagers?

Have you ever experienced teenage depression? Do you know the signs of teenage depression?

Almost without exception, teenagers go through periods of being moody and antisocial. You may think that life sucks.

Is Your Teenage Life an Exception?

I was not an exception. I was sometimes really stupid. Sometimes up and sometimes down. No, it was not a teen depression, it was an ordinary teenage life. I loved my parents but sometimes I hated them. Sometimes I felt that nobody could understand me. Sometimes I was alone. Sometimes I thought that life sucks. Sometimes I was convinced that nobody could understand me.

Signs of teenage depression

Teenage Depression

Frankly to say, it is very difficult to spot the difference between what is normal teen mood and what is teenage depression. The most recent statistics show that about 20 percent of teens (every fifth) will experience teen depression and about 5 percent of teenagers are suffering from major depression.

In addition, a considerable percent of you have a false belief about having depression. See some examples among the teenage posts.

How can we describe a Teenager of healthy Psyche?

  • Having ideals, paragons who are worth to follow
  • Having plans to change the world
  • Having dreams about the future
  • Being in love
  • Having problem with the parents
  • Having problem with authorities
  • Being interested in music and dance
  • Open-minded
  • having a lot of conversations about the great questions
  • Wishing to know everything
  • Feeling that life is a challenge
  • Being sometimes up and sometimes down
  • Take the Mental Health Test to see your mental wellbeing

“The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.” – Victor Hugo

Why are you reblogging this Capt? 

A concerned parent, we’ve all been there…

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine. She is really concerned about her daughter who is having some trouble at school. I think she (her daughter) is a lovely girl, intelligent, witty, beautiful (just like her mum). What this friend said to me made me reflect on my own teenage years, made me think about what it’s like to be a teenager, and I came across this blog which I thought had lots of very useful advice.

The main thing that I began to realise from my little bit of research (and common sense) is that there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ or ‘model’ teenager. We unfortunately have a tendency to stereotype, to pigeonhole, to classify, often based on incorrect information from well-meaning (but unqualified or biased individuals). This free advice is typically from school counsellors or chaplains (with little or no formal training in mental health related issues), from relatives, friends, and worst of all frustrated ex-husbands or former or current boyfriends.

Do I think my friend’s daughter has a problem?

Well maybe, but it’s not life threatening, it’s growing up, its dealing with life’s challenges, it can be hard, but I think the trouble with what my friend is being told is (mostly by staff at her school and do-gooder’s with their own problems), just as Victor Hugo said “The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.”

I think all too often we strive for the ideal, but we forget about what is real, we forget that we are all human, we expect conformity when in reality its our lack of conformity that makes as individuals, makes us special, makes us who we are.

So my advice to my friend?

I think she should stick with it, persist and continue to give support, give hugs, and recognise (as she does) that her daughter is going through a challenging phase (I won’t say just, that would be patronising).  From what I can see she may be just a bit more mentally mature than her peers, perhaps not interested in what they are interested in, and that this may come from my friend, because she treats her daughter as she is, a brilliant little rough cut diamond just waiting to be polished.

Capt. Savage

A roughcut diamond just waiting to be cut and polished

The Karmic Challenge, normal service will be resumed shortly… In the meantime Week 21

John Lennon with Instant Karma, and given how long Rose and my Karmic Challenge is taking, I’m starting to wish for a can of the instant stuff… And what the hell was Yoko thinking of in this video?

THE CHALLENGE. A man (Captain Savage). A woman (Rose). A quest. To earn enough karmic points by Christmas to be reincarnated as Something Nice. Maybe a big fat lazy lizard lounging on a sunny rock? (adapted stolen from Rose’s blog)

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
Dalai Lama XIV


My Hero, he makes baldness an art form

So what happened in Week 21?

For me, well my week has been largely about my new car, and I could bore you to death with the details… But perhaps only I truly appreciate the magnificence of my new Volkswagen Golf, see https://captsavage.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/ode-to-my-ford-territory/

I did make a trip to see my mum, and got to talk over some things. Plus found some old photos which I still need to get the full story from mum about. But I gather that mum used to enjoy chasing the boys (a bit), and she was not a bad photographic subject…


Mum on holidays, I’m guessing she’s on a beach…


Mum fishing, look at the size of the fish…


Here is mum with one of her many boyfriends (pre-dad) and her sister-in-law with her dashing brother (the RAAF pilot). You might notice the nose on mum, I may have inherited that…

So how many points do I get for driving my new car (got another mention in) to visit my mum Rose?

Maybe 10 points for seeing mum and 10 points for making her lunch? = 20 points

But it was nice to see her and it always brings a smile to her face… And I just have to ring her up when I get home so she knows I got home ok (makes me feel like kid again).

Then there were my continued efforts to become a part-time foster carer. I have completed all of my paperwork, sent it dutifully to the foster care coordinator, and I am now waiting to see if there extensive search discovers that I am actually an axe maniac… (or is that frustrated sex maniac?).

I think that I will be pretty safe, I am a dutiful part-time dad, an accountant, a public servant, over 50, and with a beard that makes me look like Santa… How could they say no to me?

Maybe another few points? = 10 points


Hopefully they never see me as I really am…

How about you Rose?

Well you can read about Rose’s efforts at http://butimbeautiful.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/the-karmic-challenge-week-21-guccis-finest-hour/#comments

She used her secret Karma gathering trick (one of her cute pets). Sneaky way to gather points and according to El Gaupo she should get a few points, see below

El Guapo
said:

August 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I bet you pick up a few points for bringing Gooch.
You should talk to the staff of the hostel to get their ok for bringing Gooch, especially after he brought so much joy to them.
It would be terrible for you to bring the dog then have an overzealous staffer throw you out.


Play fair Rose, using Gucci as a Karma Magnet… It’s cheating I say…

So OK Rose, how about 5 points for you and 10 points for Gucci? = 15 Points

I really can’t afford to give you too many points, it’s still months out from Christmas and at the rate you have collected (or I have stupidly allocated) points, you’ll be reborn as a rich lotto winner cougar lady soon…

And Ta-Da, the Week 21 Tally, feedback Rose?

   

Rose

The Capt.

Week No. Week Ending Rose’s Weekly Tally Rose’s Running Total Capt’s Weekly Tally Capt’s Running Total
10

30/05/2012

5

151

15

90

11

6/06/2012

10

161

10

100

12

13/06/2012

0

161

10

110

13

20/06/2012

20

181

20

130

14

27/06/2012

25

206

25

155

15

4/07/2012

200

406

50

205

16

11/07/2012

10

416

15

220

17

18/07/2012

10

426

20

240

18

25/07/2012

5

431

25

265

19

1/08/2012

5

436

20

285

20

8/08/2012

10

446

25

310

21

15/08/2012

15

461

30

340

Capt. Savage

(Final judge of Karmic excellence, get that Rose, FINAL, no arguments please, and I know that’s going to come back and bite me isn’t it)

 

20 weeks of Karma – Yippee or is that Gold, Gold, Gold

I just had to get one shot in of an Australian winning a gold medal… I am an Aussie… And we haven’t won that many…

THE CHALLENGE. A man (Captain Savage). A woman (Rose). A quest. To earn enough karmic points by Christmas to be reincarnated as Something Nice. An Australian Olympian winning GOLD maybe? (adapted this from Rose’s blog, or maybe I stole it…)


“My Brain and My Heart are my Temples. My true Religion is Kindness.”

Dalai Lama

So How did Rose and the Capt. Do in week 20 of the challenge?

This week has been spent in search of a new car, my quest began with my blog about the beast, see https://captsavage.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/looking-for-a-new-beast/. My current car is a hangover from when I was still a complete family man, i.e. me, the wife, and the three kids. If I was American it would be an ok car, I think you call them SUVs, over here we call them gas guzzling monsters, and because mine was a fake 4WD, it’s sometimes known as mum’s taxi… Not very glamorous for a hunky sexy stud like me (look in mirror and check, yep ok)…

So what type of car did I actually end up ordering, it was going to be red, but actually its ‘platinum grey metallic’, it a really manly 2litre diesel family wagon, it’s a Volkswagen too, yep practicality and fuel economy, green agenda and etc., finally got to me…

Here is the new beast… Not exactly a chic magnet, but I’ve reached that stage that I don’t care J

The Capt Efforts

I have an errant worker who has now been off work for nearly 4 weeks. Now this is proving to be a right pain in the arse, not his fault as he has been very sick. I feel for the guy, but he is also possibly the most unreliable person as far as telling me that he is sick. He just doesn’t always remember that people are concerned about the fact that he hasn’t come to work. I am madly trying to protect his job as my manic meany manager wants to start the balls rolling on his sacking.

So I think I deserve 10 points for that, but Rose (the generous one) gave me … = 15 points

The other night I slaved over a hot stove creating (from a recipe) a faux Indian creation (Vegetable Korma) for the beautiful Rose and her even more beautiful daughter the divine Miss M. I have to admit that even I went back for second helpings and that nobody went running for the exits either.

You can get the recipe for this wonderful dish at … https://captsavage.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/vegetarian-korma-tonights-dinner-from-the-capt/ (that’s me, shameless self promoter)


Now I have to admit that it didn’t actually look exactly like this picture, but isn’t food about the taste?

How about 5 points per plateful = 10 points?

Ok there was on blemish on my week. I may have had a possible road rage incident going to work the other day, just maybe. This little twit in a hotted up Japanese buzzbox tried to drag me off at the lights, and just maybe I raced him, and just maybe he got pissed off with me as I may have accidentally cut him off in the traffic. You know these SUVs have HUGE blind spots, at least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it…

So I think fairs fair = Minus 5 points?

Rose’s Efforts

After last week’s heroic efforts where Rose reckoned she’d scored at least 5 points for not decking Mr. L, the ex-ANZAC pensioner she has been visiting, see http://butimbeautiful.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/the-karmic-challenge-week-19s-bloodthirsty-pensioner-strikes-again/

But this week Rose claims that she hasn’t done much. She is going to see Mr. L again, so I think that shows persistence, considering the number of times he has been telling Rose about the war, and her being a left-wing anti-violence new aged cougar, it must be driving her mad.

I Reckon the fact that Mr. L is still on her Christmas card list = 5 Points

Here you go, stock shot of a typical old ANZAC, chest covered in medals and all… Not sure if Mr. L looks anything like this, but…

Then Rose is off to a fundraiser event… as per usual the ever modest Rose asked me “does that count?”

Well YES Rose it does, especially as it’s bound to be for some very worthy animal cause or perhaps a rabid leftist feminist cause, but regardless, very worthy… It’s better than becoming an axe murderer or perhaps being possessed by the devil.

So Rose I’m in a generous mood = 5 Points

The Week 20 Tally, any comments Rose?

   

Rose

The Capt.

Week No. Week Ending Rose’s Weekly Tally Rose’s Running Total Capt’s Weekly Tally Capt’s Running Total
10

30/05/2012

5

151

15

90

11

6/06/2012

10

161

10

100

12

13/06/2012

0

161

10

110

13

20/06/2012

20

181

20

130

14

27/06/2012

25

206

25

155

15

4/07/2012

200

406

50

205

16

11/07/2012

10

416

15

220

17

18/07/2012

10

426

20

240

18

25/07/2012

5

431

25

265

19

1/08/2012

5

436

20

285

20

8/08/2012

10

446

25

310

 Onwards to Week 21, which I will be doing in my NEW CAR… Yippee…

Capt. Savage

(Now driving a bloody German Car, who’d have thunk that, and we thought we won the War? dear Mr. L…)

Vegetarian Korma, Tonight’s dinner from the Capt.


Vegetarian Korma, a la Capt. Savage

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion (brown or white), diced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root (I use the pre-prepared stuff)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 potatoes, cubed
4 carrots, cubed
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
3 tablespoons ground unsalted cashews
1 (400 gram) can tomato (crushed)
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 green capsicum (bell pepper for you Yanks), chopped
1/2 red capsicum (ditto about, bell pepper), chopped
1 cup double cream (heavy) cream
1 bunch fresh coriander (yep you Americans call this cilantro) for garnish

Well that’s fine for ingredients, but how the heck do I make it?

Heat the oil in a frying pan (or wok, you know, what you throw at wabbits when you haven’t got a wifle) over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until tender. Mix in ginger and garlic, and continue cooking 1 minute. Mix potatoes, carrots, jalapeno, cashews, and tomato sauce. Season with salt and curry powder. Cook and stir 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

Stir peas, green and red capsicum (bell pepper), and cream into the frying pan/wok. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander (cilantro) to serve.

And hey presto, what do you have?

Well, serve it with rice and maybe some Indian bread like naan, and you have a meal fit for a princess or a Rose.
This recipe was originally sourced from old family recipe, handed down from family member to family member… And if you believe that you’d believe anything, you could also get it at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/vegetarian-korma/Detail.aspx

Capt. Savage
(hoping my insurance coverage extends to food poisoning)