Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Capture: Cats Love Cameras,

    grief is grief

    Fortunately joy is joy, whether it comes from the love given to a pet or to a human.

    And as we have seen here those cats can inspire so many wonderful emotions

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4063 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Cats Love Cameras, in reply to Isabel Hitchings,

    I'm so sorry for you Isabel.

    They become such a integral part of your life. Part of the trade off for loving and caring for a cat is the pain of their loss. For me the pain seemed just as great as when my father died.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4063 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Aunties, in reply to Lilith __,

    the day after I’ve delivered a lengthy opinion on something she’ll ask me with all innocence, “What do you think about this, dear?” And then give every appearance of listening with interest to my reply.

    Or she is simply determining that you believe that thing two days in a row :). Of course that would mean she actually did listen the first time and was merely messing with your head.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4063 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Association of Community…, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    I know several were going down to get a plant

    Yeah I have an aunt-in-law who grows her own tobacco. There are limits to how much you are allowed to grow but otherwise seems a reasonable option.

    If you accept there will be addicts or simply people who make that choice then letting them grow their own seems remarkably sensible. And yes that statement could be quite general :).

    The big tobacco companies are a much worse evil than home growers.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4063 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Association of Community…, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Yeah the point is, it's a clear cost benefit analysis for the dairy. Either it is worthwhile to put the tobacco under the counter because it increases sales of bread milk etc OR it isn't worthwhile.

    Bitching and moaning that this legislation that is, by every measure, going to save the country money, might shave his profit is just a high pitched whine.

    He is pretending he has no options and that is patently not true.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4063 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Association of Community…,

    "If I have to reposition my stock in drawers under the counter it will mean major expense and disruption, as this area is presently used for other purposes."

    Or you could ... like ... stop selling tobacco

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4063 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Aunties, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I seldom have constructive advice or practical help

    I always have advice and practical help ... it took me years to learn to stop er well reduce my inclination to give such advice.

    Turns out most times my sympathy is far more valuable - that and I'm an excellent hugger.

    As for Aunties, nope all of them were in The Netherlands as is true for most 1st generation dutch/kiwis. For me it was the circle of friends, mine and my parents, at the nudist club where we spent every summer.

    I think though that there is a difference between relatives and those close family friends. You have to tolerate the relatives, with all their weaknesses and racism and sexism ... they are still of your blood and part of your life even if they are not close.

    But the friends, are friends because they have similar ideologies and humour and joie de vivre. They are people like you and who like you. Having those people nearby to influence and help your children grow, what more could you hope for from a friend.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4063 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Cats Love Cameras, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    Extremely appreciative, however, when the humans lay paper all over the floor

    Very helpful because you always know the exact reference you need now, is under the cat.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4063 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Cats Love Cameras, in reply to James Butler,

    But here's where I found our little one

    Oh you washed those clothes especially for me?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4063 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Cats Love Cameras,

    This is SO on-topic

    Why cats love catnip

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