LET’S ALL BE MORE POS­I­TIVE

THERE’S GOT TO BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THE NEG­A­TIVE VIBES OF POLITI­CIANS, TECH­NOL­OGY AND FACE­BOOK

Life & Style Weekend - - TUGBOAT TALES - WORDS: ASH­LEY ROBIN­SON

IAM away at the mo­ment with no com­puter, so I thought I would share this col­umn from 2011. Not much has changed. It must be time I wrote a pos­i­tive story as there is enough bad news spread on a daily ba­sis that has the abil­ity of keep­ing the pro­trud­ing bot­tom lip in work for­ever. I am pos­i­tive that politi­cians on all scales are mostly con­cerned with ei­ther get­ting or keep­ing their jobs. I am also pos­i­tive that they gov­ern on knee-jerk re­ac­tions, de­pend­ing on pub­lic opin­ion, and am also fairly cer­tain that we are the most over-gov­erned coun­try on the planet with far too many pub­lic ser­vants with far too much say. Our coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem would make a whole series of episodes of Yes Min­is­ter but could prob­a­bly be re­named Lu­natics in Charge of the Asy­lum – I am fairly pos­i­tive of that. As I look down at my key­board, I no­tice that my bot­tom lip is start­ing to over­shadow my belly, which in it­self is say­ing some­thing, and I re­alise that I am be­ing pos­i­tively neg­a­tive once again, which is a bit sad. I am pos­i­tive that the ipod that I was given years ago, but didn’t know how to pro­gram, has a mind of its own. A few months ago, one of my work­mates set it up for me af­ter I gave her a list of my favourite artists like Paul Si­mon, Cold Chisel, Elvis, Johnny Cash etc. It came back with all of them some­where in cy­ber space mixed up with Jewel and John Mayer (which I hate but was told that they were good for my stress level). Now, here is the thing: ev­ery time I get in the car, the bloody thing starts back at Jewel with­out fail – like a de­fault. My blood pres­sure heads north when I am try­ing to find where Elvis has gone, which

“(TECH­NOL­OGY) HAS TAUGHT ME THAT THE SIM­PLE THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE.

makes me pos­i­tive that my work­mate did it on pur­pose. I am also pos­i­tive that a re­cent foray on to Face­book has back­fired be­cause (A) I don’t un­der­stand it and (B) I don’t know half the peo­ple on what I think is my home page which is pos­i­tively be­wil­der­ing. I opened an ac­count years ago be­cause a footy mate wanted me to look at some­thing on his page. So as usual, I fol­lowed in­struc­tions and used it once. Then it sat dor­mant for quite a while with an oc­ca­sional re­quest from some­one ob­vi­ously mis­guided who wanted to be my friend, which I ig­nored. A few months ago, about the same time as the jinxed ipod voy­age, I con­firmed a few friends and Face­book turned into a liv­ing thing and I have been poked, prod­ded, and sledged to the point where I am pos­i­tive it is an­noy­ing me. Tech­nol­ogy is not my thing, but it has helped me over the past few months. It has taught me that the sim­ple things in life are free. Walk­ing my dogs along the beach and watch­ing the ships sail past cost noth­ing. I don’t have to im­press the dogs be­cause they al­ready are. And I am pos­i­tive the Sun­shine Coast is a great place to live.

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