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Rants, raves and random observations from an itinerant epidemiologist.

100 in 1000
  1. Spend a week up a mountain learning to ski
  2. Visit Karoline's place in Moravia
  3. Hold a conversation in Czech (only)
  4. Drink 500ml of each of the following beers:
    1. Pilsner
    2. Staroprammen
    3. Budvar
    4. Velke Popovice
    5. U Fleku
    6. Gambrinus
    7. Krusovice
  5. Respond to at least one GOARN request (WHO and MSF are also acceptable)
  6. Travel across the Atlantic
  7. Return to South America
  8. Read a book to, or with, an impressionably aged child
  9. Participate in one NanoWriMo Challenge and come within at least 10,000 words of the goal length
  10. Have my nose pierced
  11. Have my next tattoo drawn
  12. Purchase the perfect jeans (x 2 pairs)
  13. Attend a spin class 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks
  14. Bake Viv's cheesecake
  15. Make David's casserole
  16. Make David's Chicken Cashew-nut Stirfry
  17. Invite 4 people who don't know one another too well to dinner
  18. Ride from Vienna to Venice on a motorbike (pillion acceptable, those less desirable)
  19. Attend a book group for at least two books
  20. Go on a choir weekend (learn and perform difficult piece in two/three days)
  21. Visit Madame Tussaud's (in London)
  22. Take an architecture appreciation course
  23. Join an all-girl group and sing a solo
  24. Publish in a scientific journal (top two authors)
  25. Cook a duck or other 'waterfowl'.
  26. Locate the Al-Timimi's from Doha Veterinary Practise
  27. Have a pedicure
  28. Maintain a Brazilian (ouch) for three months.
  29. Find a trustworthy Czech hairdresser
  30. Treat my inner-6-year-old twice a week (at least)
  31. Do the liver-cleansing diet properly (12 weeks)
  32. Don't eat out for one month
  33. Find a flat and flatmate
  34. Purchase one Joseph sweater
  35. Purchase one of the following pairs of designer shoes (they MUST also be COMFORTABLE, and be able to be worn with 4 different outfits and 2 types of occasion): Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutin (Ebay or 2nd hand are acceptable)
  36. Send 5 books to the booksphere and track them.
  37. Go hanggliding
  38. Read 10 'classic' books (from 1001 Books to Read before you Die)
    1. Moll Flanders
    2. Everything is illuminated
    3. Madam Bovary
    4. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
    5. Catch-22
    6. Odysseus
    7. On the Road
  1. Run (non-stop!) for 5kms outside (preferably in a street race thingy)
  2. Send Christmas Cards on time
  3. Make a collage/mural out of street lights on my wall
  4. Buy a bed, build it, and sleep soundly in it
  5. Go to Africa
  6. Host an 'event' (classified as and when)
  7. Organise a 30th Birthday Party
  8. Wear a costume
  9. Sing on stage
  10. Buy a painting that evokes memories of Prague (cannot involve queues!)
  11. Learn a god-damned card game that stays in my memory (other than fish/snap)
  12. See sunrise. Be sober. Have woken for it. Excludes months Nov-Mar
  13. Take a walk and flip coins at each intersection
  14. Win something
  15. Draft a will
  16. Take a roadtrip
  17. Go to Italy already
  18. Sea Kayak around Abel Tasman Park (NZ)
  19. Get plants
  20. Take a train to another Eastern European Destination (accession countries are acceptable) alone preferably.
  21. Get UK to give me a provisional motorcyclists license and simultaneously get a 'card' license.
  22. Go SCUBA diving again - at least two dives lasting 30mins each.
  23. Go to a dentist. *sigh*
  24. Do a Czech Wine Trail. And live to tell the tale
  25. Make an 'outbreak emergency kit'.
  26. Go to bed prior to 11pm every night (inc weekends) for four consecutive weeks.
  27. Marvel over lack of tiredness
  28. Dine at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant (or Nobu)- preferably for free.
  29. Bet on the nags
  30. Do something for charity (applying and getting a 'red card' will count)
  31. Walk along the Champs Elysee
  32. Do 100 sit ups in a row
  33. Do 50 pressups (arms in tight)
  34. Make branston pickle (or nearest substitute)
  35. Cook something 'new' and 'adventurous' at least once a month
  36. Find a mentor
  37. Be a mentor
  38. Learn what mentoring is all about
  39. Meet an online person in real life
  40. Resist the flirt. Once. Just one night. It's okay if people don't immediately succumb to my natural charm. Really it is.
  41. Spend time at a spa (spa towns in the CR don't count)
  42. Send a care package to someone
  43. Get a Tata Bojs CD
  45. Order new contact lenses.
  46. Make a list of things I take with me when I pack for different occasions
  47. Eat lobster. Prepared by someone else.
  48. Back up the blog
  49. Put everything onto an external hard drive
  50. Find a DDR mat and console and 'dance, I say dance!'�
  51. Go to the beach and lie on the warm sand. For an hour. (with sunscreen on, natch)
  52. Take and complete a course in either: Tango, Salsa or Flamenco
  53. Join the Municipal Library of Prague
  54. Move to another country
  55. Go to a live concert of a band I actually like
  56. Pay off debts (student loan excl.)
  57. Send thank you cards for every gift I receive (other than the gift of happiness, blah blah blah).
  58. Get an agent (literary or theatre)
  59. Go to a sports bar without cringing, by personal choice
  60. Ride a rollercoaster
  61. Hold a snake
  62. Spend a day wandering around a museum (not art gallery!)
Potrebujete pomoc?
Wednesday, 1 March 2006
pot-jre-boo-yoo-et-te pom-ots? = Do you (formal) need help?

What do you do when a workmate isn’t at work for days, then it turns out he’s been on an alcoholic bender? That he feels his life isn’t worth living on the first anniversary of the death of his elderly and infirm mother whom he tended for five years preceding her death? How can you be of any assistance when you’re at work yourself?

Admittedly, I, personally, can be of absolute minimum assistance, since the person in question speaks no English, and my halting Czech is woefully inadequate to deal with these sorts of issues (hence my desire for a teacher to work one-on-one with me…covering current affairs, recent history – to put those current affairs into place – and general human-to-human interactions: I’ve already figured out how to purchase a ticket from a train station thanks!!!).

But today, my boss and his wife have gone to his house, to see if he can be hospitalised. It’s so sad. How does it get this bad? How can you ward it off at the pass? How do you help someone who’s at risk of self-destruction, when they seem to resent your offering assistance?

posted by Nomes @ Wednesday, March 01, 2006  
  • At 11:59 am, March 01, 2006, Blogger Dad said…

    Hey, Nomes,

    You can't force anyone to accept help! The best you can do is offer the help, and then, if refused, cover for their slip-ups/absences, etc., shortcomings I guess. At the end of the day, we all have to come to terms with the life we're given, make valiant efforts to change the pack of cards (a major move out of the present predicament) or opt out. This guy doesn't want to be a burden on anyone else, at least not to the extent that he has direct knowledge of how much he's being a burden. He doesn't have to see everyone else taking up his workload, because he's not there. Actually, breaking down like this is the epitome of selfishness.

  • At 2:30 am, March 02, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi Gnomes,
    Unfortunately there is nothing anyone can do, except on the periphery, which is exceedingly frustrating. Each man IS an island, and John Donne realised that way back in the 16th Century - nothing changes. Just try very hard not to let it get YOU down. That way, when he does recover his perspective he will have someone with whom to talk (mime?). And should he take the easy way out then it won't pull you into his vortex. Tough love, but we have to do these things to retain our small section of sanity.
    There's a film you'd like, with Robin Williams, can't remember the name atm, but I'm sure your Pa will know it. It's incredibly sad, but everso true, and the imagery is fantastic. I'll get the name for you, but make sure you see it in company.
    Love, Mums

  • At 11:18 pm, March 02, 2006, Anonymous Marisa said…

    Trying to help someone who doesn't want help, has another name, it's called 'rescuing'. And rescuing never has any long term gain for either individual involved - rescuee or rescuer. You might get a short term reprise from the issue, but never a long term solution. And often it makes that rescuee more dependent on the rescuer the next time.

    So unless this co-worker wants your help, you really can't do anything (except those wonderful ideas already posted by your Mom). I know, it sucks :(

    These are the times I wish they sold working magic wands.

    Someone should look into that.

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