End of a decade

We’re nearing the end of the twenty tens, with 2020 coming up next week. There seems to be no fanfare for the turn of a decade.

The change of millennium understandably got a lot of attention, with the addition of the ‘y2k bug’ (which was a real issue but with plenty of warning and preparation didn’t cause many problems beyond normal program/date issues).

In some ways that doesn’t seem long ago, twenty years on. As one gets older time often seems to speed up. In a way this may be age relative to a year – for a 5 year old a year is 1/5 of their life, for 50 year old it’s 1/50, so more of a blip in a lifetime.

But if I think back over the last twenty years a lot has happened. I separated, divorced and remarried. Both my parents died (2000 and 2010). All five children/stepchildren finished school and have partners now. Ten grandchildren (the first in 2015, the latest in September this year).

I survived a number of end of world ‘predictions’, including the Mayan calendar expiry in 2012.

Having hardly ventured out of the South Island last century I have now travelled to ten countries around the world.

In a major slowdown UI have worked in the same job in the same office since 2001, having worked in numerous jobs and locations last century.

And I have lived in two houses since 2001, the current one since 2006, a major move towards stability for me (I lived in about 24 houses last century).

In Aotearoa we’ve had just four Prime Ministers in the last two decades. The slowness of ‘reform’ and the lack of revolution seems to irk some but most prefer political and social change to be slow.

The best thing about the last twenty years is that I am still healthy and happy with my life.

It’s a bit of a calendar change to 2020. I hope to make the next step to 2030 but that doesn’t like a sound significant.

Calendar’s are just man-made constructs anyway. The Julian calendar took effect in 45 BC, and was modified by the Gregorian calendar in 1582, While it’s the predominant calender used around the world it’s not the only one.

But every day is valuable no matter what the calendar says.

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14 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  28th December 2019

    Funny thing, I was just thinking the other day about how a decade spans many events. Just saying the word decade doesn’t do it justice.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  28th December 2019

      Decade means 10 years; it’s from the Latin for ten (decem) and the Greek for ten (deka)

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  28th December 2019

    Im 71 years old(yes nasties i mentioned it) its just a number, get off your fat arses and use it, OR loss it…hence dog agility and dont hate like the loser rightwingers,HATRED of, Jacinda, their damn death bring AR15 and their new Maori puppet master fresh from getting hints from the CCP and scomo in australia, simon bridges a maori which the rightwing hate(uncle tom),it ages you,i feel a good sense of the country

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    • Corky

       /  28th December 2019

      Lurchy, I forgot to give you your Xmas gift. Here it is. If you listen to classical music for 10 minutes, it can boost your intelligence for 15 minutes afterwards.

      So, you look in the cupboard..the crackers and chutney are running low. So it’s off to the supermarket. You go into your shed and are faced with a dilemma…you have two mobility scooters to choose from. What to do? Your choppers start getting restless. Ah, you think…I will listen to classical music as Corky said. After ten minutes of music, you again enter the shed. This time your are in no doubt which scooter you will choose. You choose the one that doesn’t have flat tyres. The music has worked its magic.😃

      You have a great new year, Lurchy.

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      • lurcher1948

         /  28th December 2019

        Corky,that post must have taken hours to think up and post
        A long walk is now in order,to relax the 5 brain cells.. they have overheated you understand

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      • Corky

         /  29th December 2019

        I need some music: ”You’re”

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    • Pink David

       /  29th December 2019

      Good to know you will finish the year just as hate filled as you started it.

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  3. Noel

     /  28th December 2019

    Brought a 10 year old house.
    Previous owner tried to future proof the build with broadband sockets everywhere and no switches on the wall plugs. The RCD in the switchboard may be able to replace the switches but it’s a pain every Christmas having to pull all the lights from the sockets.
    Broadband sockets was easily replaced with Wifi .

    But when it comes to longevity of fixtures. Nah! them old days was better.

    Over 35 years I probably changed the tap washers 6 times and reseated the taps twice in the old place. Now its replace the whole tap.
    Same with kids swinging of the door handles. Sorry don’t make or stock that model any more was the suppliers reply.
    Yup a lot can change in a decade.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  28th December 2019

      The plugs must be American; theirs don’t have switches and don’t seem to have ever had them.

      Could you use a powerboard with a switch for the lights ?

      I infinitely prefer the modern fuses. Our last house still had the old ones with wire.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  28th December 2019

        Have you had the switchless sockets checked to make sure they are all right in NZ ?

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  4. Corky

     /  29th December 2019

    Just had some bad news from my astrologer. He phoned me to say 2020 onwards will be the decade from hell with planetary conjunctions all over the place. He claims things will become worse from the 12th of January 2020.

    The good news is… he was pissed. And I think he had partaken in some dakky backky. That said, it always pays to be prepared.

    Lurchy.. make sure your cupboards are full. And have at least a ten years supply of dog biscuits. You can eat the remainder should RED become purple.( a little prepper humour).

    http://www.preppers.co.nz/dogs.html

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