Back on my feet…

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Me and my younger colleague… older one took the photo, we had a teambuilding day…

Wednesday I went to Supersport Park, to see the first day of South Africa vs Australia, Test Cricket. Then I still thought we will do something worth seeing. But… at the moment I only have any respect left for two South African players- AB de Villiers for his 91, and Dale Steyn, for being a good bowler.    I gained a lot of respect for Mitchell Johnson, who took 7 wickets in Australia’s first attack.  And the Australian batsmen have made more runs in one session now that we took a day to gather yesterday.   I am deeply saddened by my team! Nearly ashamed…

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AB de Villiers keeping the wicket, who is the batsman?

But it was good to see this real life on Wednesday… They ask us politely not to call our team Chokers. Well, except for AB and Dale… you C…

Wednesday evening I slept over at my mother’s house. My wife came through to take me to the doctor yesterday. And Wednesday I had one of the worst spasm attacks yet. It really hurts a lot. Yesterday the specialist put me to sleep to do a gastroscopy. I was really out of it when I finally woke up- my wife jokes with me for all the questions I have repeatedly asked her. Including Austin Powers’ famous question, Shall we… now or later…

The report will be sent to my GP. It might be gall dust attacking me. There is a kind of infection in some parts of my stomach- I am now really too scared to eat almost anything at all…  Soon- skinny me…

I tried to go cycling this morning, turned around within 500 meters, I really do not feel that great at the moment. I must also go to my GP for 4 hours on Monday to get a Kalium drip, my k levels are nearly gone, and I feel extremely tired all the time.  I only have 2 weeks left to train for the Argus Cycle race, and am seriously starting to doubt if I will make it this year…

So  it goes with me like the Protea Cricket team at the moment- lots of things going on, no performance…

But I want to publish something uplifting: a photo from our district this month:  Sunflowers in the sun…

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David Warner was dropped at 26, 27 and 51- now he has reached his 100. Well done! Graeme Smith- your team are chokers!!! Except AB…

 

 

 

2013- Thank you India…

It is the last day of 2013… so you better start working on all the new years resolutions that you planned this time last year… time is running out to make a success of this year!

I have this bad habit of thinking too much on days like this… leads to nights like this, leads to love like this… Get out of my head, David Blunt! You too, Alanis Morrisette, for the title of this blog post!

  • In any case- I am really grateful to the great nation of India. Why? Except for their wonderful food and beautiful girls, they have an AWESOME cricket team… It was so sad to see the Indian team without Sachin Tendulkar!  And then our great hero also decided to step down from test cricket.  What is really, really special, is that the Indian team stood a guard of honor for Jacques Kallis when he stepped onto the pitch for his last test match ever…

Well, MS Dhoni and the team- THAT was AWESOME! Sportsmanship at it’s very best. Thank you for that!  It is also so good to see India versus South Africa on the cricket field. It is so good to see power against power, and it provides 30 hours of great fun! The Americans would not get it… sorry about that. But the Aussies would!  Another great nation!

So, on this last day of 2013- Thank you India!

  •  Thank you Australia! My wife and I have only 1 television program that we do not miss. It is Australian Masterchef. We are a year behind on the schedule, tonight we will see the finals of your 2012 season. We love the way the Aussies do cooking competitions! We got to love the competitors, and me and the boys really hoped for the two physiotherapists to be at the top, but then Kylie and Mindy made it to the top 6. We could not help ourselves, we sneaked a peak on the internet who won, and we like the winner a lot. But the positive, uplifting style of competition we love a lot. Not like the Americans in Chopped…  Now the Aussies need to get that positive competition spirit going in the Rugby!  (Just joking, you are worthy advisaries!)
  • Thank you New Zealand!  What would world Rugby be without the All Blacks!  They always set the benchmark in Rugby, and it is always a great battle when Springbok and All Black meet…
  • Up till now the Americans don’t have a clue what I am rambling on about. Only the British Commonwealth took notice. So: Thank you USA! For giving Charlize Theron a job! Thank you for Barack Obama’s great speech at Nelson Mandela‘s Memorial Service. I know a lot of Americans don’t like the guy, but we would love a president like that… the one we got- maybe you heard the crowd boo-ing our beloved president Zuma.
  • Thank you Germany for my lovely BMW R 850 R!  What a bike!
  •  Thank you to the heaven’s agricultural department for the sun and the rain, which makes my vegetables grow so lovely this year. What inspired this post was when I went to my garden to harvest today’s crop. The first tomatoes of the season is now ripe- only two today, but hundreds nearing the goalpost!
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Today’s crop…

  •  My daughter left her scanner here for a few days, so I misused it to scan hundreds of old photos from my past. I also scanned our wedding photos. And one  of the biggest thank yous go to my wife- I really got to marry the girl of my dreams! And we are nearing our 24th anniversary…
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  • Thank you for 4 beautiful kids, even if they are teenagers and don’t like me…
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    This IS the happy face!

    Thank you to my church, where I spent nearly half my life already- next year on the 10th of May I will have been in town for 20 years

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  • Thank you Daniel Silva, I discovered your books this past few weeks and can’t put them down.  George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame can really learn a lot from this guy about a story having an end…
  • Thank you to the New College  Oxford’s Choir, for Agnus Dei- the soundtrack to the excellent Stephen Ambrose series Band of Brothers (thanks for that one Steven Spielburg and Tom Hanks!)
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    Thanks to the Babel Sosaties for Word Riders… it was a highlight of my year with you guys!
  •  Thanks to all my friends- I really do have some excellent people in my life!
  •  And thanks to you all, reading my blog. The Rider was born this year, and I am amazed by the 1200 followers and   39 244 hits on my blog since February. Thanks so much!
  •  I had a very good year in 2013!  Of all the tears and the bad times- there were a lot, but I am going to flush those memories down the toilet today…

May 2014 be the best year ever so far in all our lives…

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To be (a fan), or not to be, that is the question…

Daily Prompt: Fandom

by michelle w. on July 11, 2013

Are you a sports fan? Tell us about fandom. If you’re not, tell us why not.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SPORTS.

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My wife and I, we were huge Lance Armstrong fans. As the world’s slowest cyclist, I had a huge admiration for the world’s fastest… We read all his books- It’s not about the bike (we did not know how right that title was), every second count… and some photobooks about his life. I really would not believe that he could be doping, given the beautiful story of his battle against cancer, his victory over the dreaded disease, and his comeback. In my world that is being given a second chance in life, something to grab onto. and make the most of your life. I was a huge believer in his innocence, until he admitted all on Oprah.  I was shocked beyond belief. I still did not delete his profiles on twitter or facebook page. I also live in a world of grace, where people do get second and third and fourth chances to make right.  But I have learned a lesson: all people are vulnerable. Every human has his flaws and weaknesses.  No one stands on the top of a mountain forever.

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Yes, I still am a fan of a lot of sportsmen and -women. Like some saw- I really believed in Sabine Lisicki’s chance to win Wimbledon 2013. But I was wrong. Marion Bartoli proved otherwise, and showed huge character in the way she handled that rude dude from the BBC…

Oscar Pistorius- photo http://www.guardian.co.uk

We South Africans are a very competitive nation, as the Aussies and Kiwi’s will also testify. We hate to lose! And that is why any sportsman who do something wrong, is such a big disaster for us.  I was a huge Oscar Pistorius fan. And then he went and shot his girlfriend.

I am a huge Blue Bulls rugby fan– the Rugby Union team from the Northern parts of South Africa. But the bigger the fan, the harder the fall- last weekend the Bulls have narrowly beaten the Sharks by 20-19.  How could they lose so much momentum in one season?  Most Americans have no idea what I am rambling on about- just think of the Cubs versus the Socks or whatever- then you’ll probably have a spark of recognition… when your team loses or nearly draws against another strong team, your nerves are shot.  The Blue Bulls fans are fanatical indeed. Some guys paint their houses turquoise, drive around in blue cars with plastic bulls testicles dangling from the car’s trailer hook. They wear blue plastic safety helmets with bulls horns attached, sometimes with bulls nose rings pierced through their nostrils.  They gather around to worship on the hallowed grounds of Loftus, in the shadow of Pretoria University. They live by the credo: Stay True to the Blue… Like this guy:

The most famous of all the Blue Bulls fans- image from http://www.sport24.co.za

I am a huge cricket fan too. I love to be alongside the field of play. But our national side, the Proteas can really work on our nerves- sometimes they are the best team in the world, and in the very next game they become chokers and loses against much weaker nations… It takes a lot of beer to feel better about it…

A.B de Villiers in flight mode- photo http://www.dailymaverick.co.za

The problem of being too attached to a sportsman/ woman/ team is that we forget they are only human too. They also have their bad days, only much more in the public eye than my bad days.  Things also goes wrong for them. They also get criticised a lot, sometimes by the big networks’ commentators who also is has-beens or never-beens…

We are very tough on our sports heroes. Some fans are really obsessed. I think that could be dangerous (like Robert de Niro’s The Fan movie…)

So relax, it is just a game! Even if your hero gets paid millions… a month.

We can forgive sportsmen and women their mistakes, just do not go and shoot pretty girls in your bathroom  like Oscar!