Reflecting on 2018

Observations of a Middle-Aged Dragon with a Tattoo:

Observations and Reflections of 2018:

How many times did this happen?

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And we so hoped…

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At the end of the day when energy was defeated and Uber eats was

a whole lot of appealing we did use …

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MIND: Alas the agony, 

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BODY: Oh ! The ageing

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SOUL: Being able to laugh at ourselves:

The results of 2018 goal-setting:

Life was meant to be interesting and it is enriched by the more challenging the journey;

not the destination.

In the end when reflecting on the year; true friends are our riches and a REAL indication of our self-worth.

Go out and celebrate with the people who make you feel the most valuable. Dare you to…. 

A Christmas Survival Recipe to Get you Through!

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:  

 So this is Christmas…


Never fear I have a recipe to help you make it through. Read On…

There are a number of ways you can go.

 You can do this:


 OR you can do this: 


Both have merit and there is no judgement either way. Because Christmas is individual, and I must admit I like the creativity of the latter.

Sometimes little Christmas treats like this happen,


While we all wait on the big guy to show up

We all need to remember this recipe. 

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I understand it also works well with champagne, 

wine (both red and white), rum, vodka, gin, scotch and brandy 

(any alcohol) although not mixed altogether. You 

need to drink responsibly after all.

Enjoy Christmas, anyway that's the best for YOU! Dare you to… 


An addition to the one job debacle

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:  

A couple of weeks ago the; ONE JOB, that’s you had ONE JOB, post went up. So from the people that brought you this…

They now bring you this…. 

Dead wallaby painted over by workers marking Tasmanian road leave public hopping mad

Posted ABC News: Tue at 2:37amTue 4 Dec 2018, 2:37am 

A wallaby is dead on the road, there is a white line over its head.

A wallaby dead on the side of a Tasmanian road.

Photo: Garrick Cameron said he could not believe what he was seeing. (Facebook: Lord Of The Lettuce)   

"I've seen memes of stuff like that on Facebook before but I never thought I'd see that in the flesh, and right out the front of my house."

Facebook comments criticised why the animal had not been removed by the road workers.

In the video, the Lord of the Lettuce can been seen picking up the dead animal, leaving a distinct gap in the white line marking.

"It's just so typical in this day and age — you know, just do the hours, not the work," he said.

"It just amazes me that someone could have such little pride in what they do. Now there's a big gap in the road about two feet long."

Research G. Evans

Remember it's only life, just laugh... Dare you to..

Doing if for the kids; our kids

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:  

Doing it for the KIDS

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They are the love of our lives 

and then there’s these times:


Sometimes the kids may have a point

Image may contain: textWhen all we are trying to do is get through arsenic hour. You know that time of the day when we’re tired, they need to be bathed, feed and homework done and then someone loses an eye!

Would they? Act now that is…

A little something to remember for next Mother’s Day

At the end of the day you can remind them

Kick your heels up, and have a laugh at the kids’ expense, and enjoy them; dare you to…

You Had One Job: One JOB

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:  

You had ONE JOB

For those of you who may have had a week where you’ve worked with a mob of people who had one job… and invariably FAILED…

FEEL THE PAIN; and LAUGH maybe these are people who’ve had it far worse than you…

They’ve been mowing this field; looks like for more than a little while. I think they forgot to multitask and do more than one thing.

Pick the something extra they forgot to do??

Not sure they should be a collage of anything?

This was okay when you were in Year One; learning to write and space all the letters of one word before the edge of the page.

(These guys must have missed letter placement 101)

Forgot something??

Lucky these guys weren’t in an operating theatre.

(The patient would be dead)

Maybe this is a teaching moment…

Let’s hope the beautiful child that gets the one on the right, has a parent who can teach them about lazy eyes and how special the child is to have a Narla toy that needs the most special of friends to look after her.

This could be a quirky ‘planned’ design feature

But alas it’s not.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words… 

Forgetful, slack and just don’t care; come to mind.

When Homer Simpson is on the job, 

(see the Simpson’s movie)

Maybe they've never been to primary school or seen Sesame Street

The subtle art of stuffing up your ONE JOB…


AND now for more 

Proving ‘PRIDE in your work’ are only FOUR meaningless words for some.

Need I say More....

Common sense isn't common any more: it's ENDANGERED

To think that all those years of learning could lead to this…

ONE FUNCTION to achieve… draws that open 

ONE JOB fail.

Which came first??

Not the chicken or the egg…  the Bench or the Drain

When the instructions seem simple…

UNTIL some IDIOT proves they aren’t.

And the biggest DO, DO, don't of them all

One word for this SWEEPING


Clearly takes more than ONE IDIOT to do…

Have fun with getting the Job done right. Dare you to...

Advice to Daughters about Men

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:  

Advice to Daughters

Don’t imagine you can change a man, unless he’s in diapers.

What do you do if your boyfriend walks out? You shut the door.

If they put a man on the moon, they should be able to put them all up there.

Never let your man’s mind wander, it’s too little to be out alone.

Go for younger men. You might as well they never mature anyway.

Men are all the same, they just have different faces, so that you can tell them apart.

Definition of a bachelor: a man who has missed the opportunity to make some woman miserable.

Women don’t make fools of men, most of them are the do-it-yourself types.

Best way to get a man to do something is to suggest they are too old for it.

Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.

If you want a committed man, look in a mental hospital.

The children of Israel wandered around the desert for 40 years. Even in biblical times, men wouldn’t ask for directions.

If he asks what sort of books you’re interested in, tell him check books.

Remember a sense of humour does not mean that you tell him jokes, it means that you laugh at his.

Sadly, all men are created equal. 


Share a laugh with your daughters. Dare you to…

Endangered and extinct alcohol species

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:  

Endangered and extinct alcoholic species

If you are a child of the 70s, 80s and even the 90s some of the alcohol you used to drink is no longer available or very scarce or considered bad-form to order and far worse to drink.

Aspersions will be cast on your character, if you're seen in public quaffing these drinks: but hey, for some of us that's nothing new!

I thought I would take you back in time, perhaps some of you may relive those simpler times when we drove drunk, in overcrowded cars with no GPS or mobile phones and we are still alive to tell the tale.

However, I'm also most likely taking you back to those; not so good mornings and days of hang-overs - where, when you woke up, your mouth did indeed feel and taste like the bottom of a cocky's cage!

I’m not providing recipes as Google has everything you need to revisit the making of these drinks especially if you want to revisit younger times or rediscover old ones. Arhh Good times....

EXTINCT or so close they are ENDANGERED: Brandy and Advocaat dogs: Dogs was a ready-to-drink beverage that was first introduced in Australia in 1993 and went on to become available throughout the world. It was a lemon flavoured alcoholic beverage that is widely considered to have been the "world’s first brewed alcoholic lemonade"[1]    

(despite the pre-existence of traditional drinks like Zima), paving the way for similar products such as Hooper's Hooch and Mike's Hard Lemonade. Source Wikipedia.  There is only so much longevity in the drinking public's like of souped-up lemonade. Coast Cooler:

West Coast Cooler is the original ready-to-drink from the 80s that has stood the test of time (well almost). Enjoy the exotic fruit flavours that complemented each giving a balanced, crisp refreshing drink. Real morning-after cocky cage stuff.... soooo sweet.


The drink you had when you weren't having a drink. Such a successful ad campaign that the 'whole' Claytons personna took over social commentary and became a catch-cry for something ineffective or not the 'real' deal. Like he's a Claytons boyfriend... the boyfriend you have when you're not having a boyfriend.

Cold Duck:

Kaiser Stuhl is now reduced to a range of seven wine casks and one bottle product, Black Forest Moselle.

The period 1956 to 1975 were the the golden years of Kaiser Stuhl not only a wine story but an inspiring management story. Source Wikipedia. 

Blue Nun:  It's hard to keep a good woman down and she's back and more Golden!!  

Blue Nun is a German wine brand launched by the company H. Sichel Söhne (Mainz) in 1923 with the 1921 vintage, and which between the 1950s and was a very popular international brand. For most of its existence, Blue Nun was a single German wine, which until the late 1990s was classified as a Liebfraumilch. Blue Nun can be said to have been the first wine to have been produced and effectively marketed with an international mass market in mind. Source Wikipedia and the Flagon: almost extinct, or gone the way of the Dodo… 

Usually and preferably filled with cheap sweet nasty wine!! And then there's that clothes line game with the bladders of goon a comeback because of the “Wheel of Goon” or is that “Goon of Fortune” 

Only in Australia..... because for starters you need a Hills Hoist!

Rules of Goon of Fortune: Spin the line. Wherever the bladder lands, the adjacent person must tip their head back and take a drink. Repeat this until the last person is left standing; they are the winner! You are disqualified if you leave or refuse to take a drink. 's get specific:

The 70's: Those now Retro drinks:

Dust off those bottles of Crème de cacao, Creme de menthe, and Giuliano: drinking a Grasshopper, it was like dessert and a drink in one. Most notable because it has both Crème de cacao and Creme de menthe in it. But it has made a pop culture return in the popular ‘Big Bang Theory’ when one of the main characters (Raj) was found to only be able to speak to women if he was drinking Alcohol. Low and behold The Grasshopper was the drink that unlocked his tied tongue!

 Brandy Alexander and other

heavy dessert-like drinks like a  White Russian    

The 80s: more than big hair and bigger shoulder pads...

Cinzano: Bianco, Vermouth and much, much more

Cinzano vermouths date back to 1757 and the Turin herbal shop of two brothers, Giovanni Giacomo and Carlo Stefano Cinzano, who created a new "vermouth rosso" (red vermouth) using "aromatic plants from the Italian Alps in a [still-secret] recipe combining 35 ingredients (including marjoram, thyme, and yarrow)". What became known as the "vermouth of Turin" proved popular with the bourgeoisie of Turin and, later, Casanova. Source Wikipedia.

Experience what were thought to be such witty and funny ads.... Oh how they've aged, good thing Joan Collins has aged far better than the inane humour on show here. Oh the shame!! 

White Zinfandel:

It's actually pink and is said to be making a comeback!! Whether adored or despised, 

White Zinfandel is like Donald Trump: inescapable.

Blue Lagoon:

More than the cringe-worthy movie of the same name whose cringe-worthy-ness was lead by Brooke Shields….. 

Sometimes drinks from the 80s JUST need to die... like Swan Gold: Swan Premium came along, it was to compete with the top of the class, cream of the crop, best of the hops... Crown Lager. The ads were slick and sophisticated. 'They said you'd never make it.'  They hit right at the Aussie core. Unfortunately everyone in the ads (great achieving Australians: Greg Norman, Darryl Somers, Brad Hardie .. who?) seemed to fizzle as soon as they took a sip and appeared in the ads. Then eventually so did the beer... fizzled that is.

But then there was the America's Cup and that's worth looking at again as it was inspirational viewing.

Non-Alcoholic and or close extinct: 

Tang: selling point Astronaut's used to drink it in space!    

Tab: The Ad with 'The Body' herself, alas even Elle Macpherson couldn't save it!

Classed as one of, if not the first, 'Diet' soda, alas.... gone the way of  'New Coke'... Dead. 

Right!! Can you imagine any red-blooded Australian woman hugging her man after he's lusted after Elle Macpherson just because he's drinking a diet cola... MMMmm ads have certainly changed or is it we've got a little more sophisticated?

This is really only the tip of the iceberg! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the memories, maybe partake in some!

Dare you to…

The Most Golden of the Golden Girls

From A.M.:


Now this is humour old school style - it's worth watching all 33 of them




Enjoy.... Dare you to...