Count the things you have that money can't buy

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The moon rising above Roangitoto island

NIKON D70 - 3333/5000 sec, f8 at 200mm

Ever noticed that when you make pancakes, the first one you cook is always crap? It never quite makes it to that golden and delicious state. The first pancake is either limp or rubbery and pale and pasty looking. I'm not sure why, but we always toss that one to the birds.

While doing the rounds of all the places on the Internet I have some responsibility for tonight, I happened across this post from Nelson. Although I stopped reading after the quote at the top.

Partly because the fine Martini I just mixed my attention span is small and partly because the quote got me to thinking, as is the way with Gin.

I actually am damn wealthy given all the things I have that money cannot buy. Despite the world economy turning completely to shit, I have a goodly number of things that cannot be taken from me at all, irrespective the amount I have invested in them.

Yeah my Kiwisaver account is currently losing about $300 a month, but I'm still way ahead when it comes to being a part of the best family in the world. I occasionally long for a time when I can do what ever it is the hell I want and then when Gabba and the kids go away without me for 6 days, all I bloody want is them back in the house. They are my wealth.

Which is not to say though that I wouldn't turn down a couple of million dollars in cash. Unfortunately my hitman wants actual currency before he starts work. But that's another story for another day.

Anyway, to get back to the other part of this story. The other night, we (daughters and wife) were lamenting how our first born daughter seemed to get the shitty end of the collective genes between her mother and myself, while second born daughter got away with it all. Daughter 1 suffers from a few inherited defects, mostly from me (damn my inherited genes) rather than her mother. I had to admire the little bugger when she shrugged off the whole discussion by telling us "I'm the first pancake, Dad, but we don't mind this time".

She ain't going to the birds, that's for certain!

The Photo

The full moon the other night was the largest it'll be this year. The moon was the closet to Earth it has been for some period of time I can't drag to mind right now. It was bigger last month, but I only found out after it happened. This time I was on the lookout. However, I was bloody foiled by clouds. Go get a better view of it in Australia instead. Just look at the size of that sucker.

If this entire post makes no sense to you, it's you, not me.

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Posted: Tuesday, 13 January, 2009 22:02

Captured: 2009:01:11 21:58:35

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  • Great image.. The tones here are fantastic.
    Ian - Tuesday, 13 January, 2009 23:04
  • Here's to Dave's first post of '09 - c'mon mate - pick up the rate... I like the mood of this shot with that cool little sliver of cloud sneaking in - you can almost hear the baying wolves. As the first born I thought I had got the cream of the crop (ha), but then the 30's happened and I lost all my hair and lost my adonis-like figure. My younger brother, now in his mid-thirties, still looks 25. Bastard.
    seriocomic - Wednesday, 14 January, 2009 10:44
  • You omitted to mention that you are great with cool friends. Coming over for a Heiny/Martini tomorrow? BTW, thanks to Mike above. Adonis-like is a term I need to use in my everyday conversation.
    Fothers - Friday, 16 January, 2009 14:39
  • No I'm not coming over for a Martini tomorrow, I have the wedding of important people to attend.
    Dave - Friday, 16 January, 2009 14:48

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